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What's Happening: 12-27-13

New Year's Eve at the Horn

Dec. 31

The Horn Restaurant invites everyone to celebrate the New Year with musical guest Just 4 Mama and The Horn staff. The New Year's Eve celebration begins at 9 p.m. Just4Mama is a family band from Prescott who plays a mix of bluegrass, old time and gospel music. They have been playing together since 2005, when they started playing together on their back porch.

The Horn is located at 348 S. Main St. in downtown Camp Verde. For more information on upcoming events, visit their website at 

Alzheimer's patients caregiver support group

Jan. 1

Verde Valley Presbyterian Church hosts a free support group for caregivers of Alzheimer's patients are held the first Wednesday of each month from 10 to 11 a.m. (please arrive by 9:45 a.m.) The next meeting will be Wednesday. Verde Valley Presbyterian Church is located at 1500 E. Hombre Drive in Cottonwood. This support group is open to all. We know that this January meeting is on a holiday, but hopefully many will be able to come on that day. The meetings are open to everybody, and we are extending an invitation especially to people who have not been able to attend before.

For information, call Barbara at (928) 634-2638 or Fran at (928) 634-6495.

Verde River Patriots host state candidates

Jan. 6

The next meeting of the Verde River Patriots will be Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7400 located at 705 E. Aspen St., Cottonwood. Guest speakers will be Al Melvin, candidate for Arizona Governor and Randy Pullen, candidate for Arizona Treasurer in 2014.

For questions or reservations please contact us at 928-639-4753 or

Sing with Verde Valley Voices

Jan. 7

The Verde Valley Voices will begin practicing for the Spring Concert shortly after the New Year. Practices will be held at the Mountain View United Methodist Church, 901 S. 12th St. in Cottonwood beginning Tuesday. Practices are held every Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 8:30. They always encourage new members to join the non-audition choir. So, if you love to sing and hum (you do not have to read music) and can carry a tune, please think about joining the Verde Valley Voices. Semester dues are: $45 each for adults and $25 for students.

Boundaries versus Forgiveness

Jan. 7

Author and forgiveness expert Lori S. Rubenstein, JD, CPC announces her monthly workshop at Unity of Sedona, Building Your Forgiveness Muscles with the theme of Setting Boundaries. On the first Tuesday of each month a new subject about forgiveness will be explored, allowing participants to do what Rubenstein calls "build their forgiveness muscles." This month, the topic will be "Boundaries versus Forgiveness."

Meet at Unity of Sedona, 65 Deer Trail, Sedona, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Donations requested. For more information, see

The Alan Caillou Story

Jan. 8

The Sedona Heritage Museum is hosting the next in its Living History speaker series on Wednesday at 10 a.m. with Alan Caillou's story as told by his daughter Nadia Caillou. The event is free.

Alan Caillou is perhaps best known for his character stints on television shows like The Man from U.N.C.L.E., It Takes a Thief and Daktari, all shot during the 1960s and 1970s.  At this presentation, Caillou's daughter Nadia will share her father's colorful life story of intrigue and celebrity.

Sedona Heritage Museum is at 735 Jordan Road, Uptown Sedona. Call 928-282-7038,

Register for College dance classes

Registration is now open and space is limited for the following Yavapai College classes:

Tuesdays: Ballroom Smooth Dances :  Fox Trot, Waltz and Tango; Downtown Camp Verde Parks and Rec. Classrooms 206 & 207

Wednesdays: Ballroom Rhythm/Latin Danced:  Rumba, Cha Cha, East Coast Swing and Mambo; Yavapai College Clarkdale Campus Building I Aerobics Room.

Register at, 928-634-7501.

Make and play your own Native American flute at Montezuma Castle

Dec. 28

On Saturday, Don Decker from the Yavapai-Apache Nation will be at Montezuma Castle National Monument, showing how the Dilzhe'e or Western Apache people made traditional reed flutes. From 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., while the materials last, Mr. Decker will show visitors how to make and play their own reed flutes.

There is no additional charge for the special program. The fee for Montezuma Castle National Monument is $5 per adult 16 years of age or older. There is no charge for children 15 and younger. Montezuma Castle is located off Interstate 17, exit 289, 2800 N. Montezuma Castle Highway. For additional information, call 928-567-3322, extension zero.

Bi-Monthly Bird Walks at Montezuma Well

Jan. 4

Beginning Saturday, the National Park Service will offer winter bird walks at the Montezuma Well unit of Montezuma Castle National Monument. Visitors can join Ranger Melinda McFarland to explore the diverse bird life inhabiting the different ecosystems around the Well.

Bird walks will begin at 8:30 a.m. every first and third Saturday through April, weather permitting. The park ranger will meet visitors at the ­­­­­­picnic area and help identify birds around the site, while interpreting different species and their roles in the local environment.

Montezuma Well is located 11 miles north of Montezuma Castle, at 5525 East Beaver Creek Road in Rimrock, Arizona. There is no entry fee at the Montezuma Well location, and the program is free. Call (928) 567-3322 ext. 221 for more information.

Grasshopper basketball starting

Jan. 11

Camp Verde Parks and Recreation reminds every one of our open registration for fifth-eighth grade Grasshopper Basketball. Christmas is a busy time for families but don't miss out on the opportunity to play basketball starting in January. 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, improve their basketball skills and develop teamwork. Volunteer coaches are still needed to help our kids enjoy a fun season of basketball. 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 courtesy of the Kiwanis Club of Camp Verde to help those in need. Sign-up forms can be picked up at Parks & Recreation. Games are scheduled to start Saturday January 11 and the Tournament will finish in late February. For more information or to register come to Parks & Recreation at 395 S. Main St. or call (928) 554-0828.

Children's clinic, clothing exchange

Dec. 28

Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church will provide a free children's clinic and the Revolve Clothing Exchange on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the church, 330 Scenic Drive, Clarkdale. Trade in gently used outgrown clothing for new or gently used items.  Bring the child for whom the clothing is needed. See www.http://sojaz or call 634-4102 for further information.

2014 Verde Valley calendars at Clemenceau

The Verde Historical Society presents its calendar for 2014, "Verde Valley Special Events: Then and Now." Each month is represented by a special event held in that month, with a collage of photos, past and present.

Strengthening Families program

Jan. 4-Feb. 22

Cottonwood Public Library, 100 S. Sixth St., presents "Strengthening Families," a program for youth age 10-14 and their parents.

The free program is Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon, with a free light breakfast provided.

A strong family is the best defense against youth violence, alcohol, drug use, early sexual activity and other risky decisions. Creating a strong family doesn't have to be work; it should be fun.

For details, call Rebecca Southall (928) 692-5889.

Homeless Coalition winter meeting

Jan. 8

The Winter 2014 meeting of the Verde Valley Homeless Coalition is Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Verde Valley Guidance Clinic, 8 E. Cottonwood St., Cottonwood.

This meeting will address the need for appropriate housing for formerly homeless individuals in the Verde Valley. We encourage anyone who is a landlord or potential landlord to attend this meeting.

Guest Speaker Julie Miles is a property manager with Ventura Investments that has supported many Catholic Charities programs that house chronically homeless individuals. For more information, call (928) 634-4254, ext. 54111.

Hole in One

Ron Cupp of Cottonwood recorded his first ever Hole In One Dec. 3, on the 5th hole at newly named Coyote Trails Golf Course (formerly Pine Shadows). Ron used a 7 iron to ace the hole. Witnesses were members of the mens club. Congratulations Ron!

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