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What's Happening: 9-27-2013

Grasshopper Basketball registration extended

Oct. 4

Camp Verde Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce that registration is being extended for the 1st - 4th grade Grasshopper Basketball Program. Fall is a busy time for families and we want to make sure that everyone who wants to play has the opportunity to sign up. Sign-up has been extended until Oct. 4. Co-ed teams of boys and girls, led by volunteer coaches, are grouped by grade level and practice one night per week and compete on Saturday mornings. The league is intended to allow kids to have fun, learn the fundamentals of basketball and develop teamwork. Lower baskets are used as well as smaller sized basketballs to make the game more enjoyable and successful for the kids. Volunteer coaches are always needed. Coaching experience is not required, only the desire to help your kids and others have a good time. Cost is $40 per child and $35 for each additional child from the same family. Scholarships may be available to help those in need. Sign-up forms can be picked up at Parks & Recreation. Games are scheduled to start Saturday. Oct. 26 and the Tournament will finish in early December. For more information or to register come to Parks & Recreation at 395 S. Main St. or call (928) 554-0828.

GMO-free meeting

Sept. 29

GMO-Free Verde Valley meeting at 4 p.m. Sunday, at Mount Hope Foods in Cottonwood. Open to all. For more information, call (928) 567-8687.

Openings at Hilltop Christian Preschool

Hilltop Christian Preschool has a few openings in our pre-three class. Scholarships are available. For more information call 634-7759 or 634-7876.

TOPS fill-a-crib campaign

Oct. 1-Nov. 6

Teen Outreach Pregnancy Services (TOPS) is a non-profit organization, funded by First Things First, is dedicated to helping parenting and pregnant youth of Yavapai County. TOPS, announces its 2013 Fill-a-Crib campaign and asks the community to come together to make this years' event a great success.

There are many ways to participate such as: providing a location to display and collect the many items needed to fill-a-crib; adopting a crib and collecting needed items; or by sending a monetary donation either by check or gift card that the TOPS staff will use to purchase items most needed.

The TOPS staff, located in Prescott/Prescott Valley, and the Verde Valley area, offers free services to pregnant or parenting adolescents; such as free pregnancy testing, one-on-one mentoring, case management, home visits and support groups for the nearly 200 youth who find themselves pregnant annually in Yavapai County.

For more information please visit TOPS website at or call (928) 277-8066.

New board members at Adopt for Life Center

Oct. 2

The Adopt for Life Center for Animals (Verde Valley Humane Society) will be welcoming three new Board Members at its Open Meeting Wednesday at the Public Safety Building at 199 S. Sixth St. in Cottonwood. AFLCA Board President, Grace Lahr will open the meeting at 6 p.m. The Humane Society Board will welcome new members: Raina Lee (Chase Bank) will focus on fundraising; Charlotte Chase (Allegra Printing) will be leading events planning and helping with fundraising; John McTurk (Liberty Mutual) will oversee shelter operations. Please join us in greeting the new Board Members and discussing the accomplishments and challenges of our Humane Society.

Help plan Verde Valley SciTech Festival

Oct. 7

A planning meeting for the newly announced Verde Valley SciTech Festival, to be inaugurated in March, will be 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Yavapai College, Verde Campus, Room M 203.

The goal is to showcase the Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) throughout the Verde Valley communities and inspire the next generation of STEM enthusiasts and leaders in the K12/college/business/industry continuum.

Contact Mayor Diane Joens with your suggestions and interests at

Men's breakfast at SOJ

Oct. 7

The men of Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church will host a free breakfast for all interested men on Monday at 8 a.m. The church is located at 330 Scenic Drive in Clarkdale. Call 634-4102 for further info or just come and enjoy good food and fellowship.

Mingus GOP to host override discussion with superintendents

Oct. 8

The public is invited to the next Mingus Mountain Republican Club luncheon meeting Tuesday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 7400, 705 E Aspen St., Cottonwood. Hugh Hallman, the Republican 2014 Candidate for Arizona State Treasurer will be one of the keynote speakers. He will be available of questions. The second speakers will be Dr. Paul Tighe, the new superintendent of Mingus Union High School, and Barbara U'Ren who are presenting a factual briefing on what the process of the override is and how those monies are used in the education of our students in Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District and at Mingus. The doors open at 11 a.m. Jay Parkison will introduce speakers starting at noon. Lunch & dessert will be available with coffee or ice tea for $11. Lunch purchase is not required. Sodas are $1. Reservations are only needed if you are having lunch. Please contact Bob O Connell at (928) 301-4868 or email him at

Boomtown USA's Millennials: Supercharged Entrepreneurs

Oct. 9

At a breakfast meeting from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa, 90 Ridge Trail Drive, Sedona, the Verde Valley Regional Economic Organization is hosting the annual speaker series featuring two dynamic, nationally-renowned speakers: Jack Schultz and Craig Lindvahl.

Jack and Craig will show how communities are making the connection to millennials in remarkable ways, and help us discover what our millennials can mean to the Verde Valley's future. Millennial Entrepreneurs, young people under the age of 29, are transforming communities. Towns that know how to inspire, instruct, and assist these young entrepreneurs are going to find their futures much brighter.

The cost for the event is $35 per person. Please register in advance to ensure sufficient food. Registration and speaker biographies are available online at

Questions? Contact Mary Chicoine, (928) 567-4176,

It Isn't Autumn Without Them

Oct. 12

Sentimental Journey kicks off the 2013-14 dance season at The Clarkdale Clubhouse, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Admission is $10 per person and refreshments are available.

Bring your sweetie to dance the night away and welcome the autumn season. The Clarkdale Clubhouse is at 19 N. Ninth St.

Sponsored by Clarkdale Historical Society & Museum. For more information, call Gail Daniels at 928-634-9346.

VRBP to meet

Oct. 15

Time to get ready for the quarterly meeting of the Verde River Basin Partnership, which will include a community presentation at 4 p.m. The meeting is at Yavapai College, Verde Valley Campus,

601 W Black Hills Drive, Clarkdale.

Compassion & Choices AZ to host Death Café

Oct. 19

The Sedona/Verde Valley chapter of Compassion & Choices AZ will host a "Death Café" in Cottonwood at the Verde Valley Manor in Cottonwood from 10 a.m. until noon. At Death Cafés people drink tea, eat cake and discuss death. Our aim is to increase awareness of death to help people make the most of their (finite) lives.

The public is invited to share thoughts on death, with formatted topics as well as free-flowing discussion in small groups. This event is free. For more information, contact the Sedona/Verde Valley Chapter President at (928) 274-1391 or email

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