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Create a Clarkdale Landmark

Feb. 8

Everyone is encouraged to join with the Friends of Verde Greenway as they continue work to build a new trail along the river. Complete with lively rapids, a historic artesian spring, and natural scenery, the trail will connect Tuzigoot Bridge with a historic railroad trestle. Work will begin at 8:30 and continue until noon. Snacks will be provided.

To find the worksite, look for directional signs that will be posted on Broadway north of Tuzigoot Road near the Treatment Plant. Contact for more information.

Sunday lunch at the VFW

Jan. 26

The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 6739 in Camp Verde will be hosting lunch on Sunday from noon till 4 p.m. They will be serving ham, scalloped potatoes, vegetables & lots of sides for a donation of $6 a plate.

Come on in & enjoy great food, good company & have some fun. Proceeds go to the state's VA veterans home. Members & guests welcome.

Sedona Winter Farmers Market

Jan. 26

The Sedona Winter Farmers Market continues today from noon to 4 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Bank Parking Lot, 2201 W. 89A.

New at the Market: Old Town Creperie. Hand made crepes entice the sweet and savory taste buds in a creative rendition of this traditional French food. Special this Week: Certified Organic Citrus.

Christian concert by former atheist

Jan. 30

Christian musician Chris Driesbach returns to Peace Lutheran Church (1450 E. Fir St., Cottonwood) at 7 p.m. Thursday. Chris was a victim of Hurricane Katrina, grew up an atheist, and is a recovering alcoholic. Yet, he has gone on the road, presenting hundreds of concerts in 35 states to share his message of thanks to his awesome God for bringing him to faith and rescuing him from Katrina and his former life.

Musically, Driesbach's songs are varied: country, reggae, folk, and some rock and roll. However, each song is about his Christian life path, the inspiration he takes from the Bible, and the hope he holds for the future.

A free-will offering will be taken and free CD's will be available. Any questions please contact Pastor Paul Rutschow at (928) 634-8727.

Annual Chamber Dinner & Board Installation

Jan. 31

The Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner and Board Installation is Friday, staring with social time at 5 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 and awards at 7. The event is catered by Cork & Catch.

Tickets are $30 and available from board members, at the chamber office, or online at

The dinner will be at the Cottonwood Recreation Center, 150 S. Sixth St. Call (928) 634-7593 or email for more information.

Early Erev Shabbat at JCSVV

Jan. 31

On Friday, early Family/Community Erev Shabbat services at the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley begin at 5:30 p.m. led by Rabbi Alicia Magal. The students of the Beit Sefer Shalom religious school participate in the service.

Welcome in the Sabbath with joyous song, prayer, and a Torah service, followed by a dairy/vegetarian pot luck supper. JCSVV is at 100 Meadowlark in Sedona. Call the office at 928 204-1286 or visit

A history of quiltmaking

Feb. 1

The history of quiltmaking and quiltmakers of the Verde Valley and northern Arizona will be presented by one of our local favorite experts, Mary Beth Groseta, on Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Ladies' Lounge in the historic Clark Memorial Clubhouse. Clarkdale Historical Society and Museum sponsors this event and welcomes everyone to attend whether you're a quiltmaker or just interested in regional history. Various quilts will be shown by Mary Beth along with those donated to the Clarkdale Historical Society and Museum. Admission is free. For information please call 649-1198. Clark Memorial Clubhouse is located at 19 N. Ninth Street in historic Clarkdale.

The Four Chaplains commemoration

Feb. 2

The David C. Johnson American Legion Family Post 93 in Camp Verde celebrates "The Four Chaplains," Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Armed Forces Museum at 283 Third St.

This very moving service is held yearly honoring these four men of different faiths, who gave their lives so others would live. This story begins when the four Chaplains join WWII along with so many other men. They were deployed overseas aboard the USAT Dorchester. The ship was torpedoed off the coast of Greenland on Sunday, Feb 3, 1943. These four men gave their life jackets and their lives so others could live, then stood side by side to pray together as the ship sank.

The service is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served after the service.

Super Bowl Party

Feb. 2

American Legion Post 93 in Camp Verde is hosting a Super Bowl party on Sunday starting at 4:30 p.m. Wear your favorite team shirt. Please bring appetizers. Members and their guest only.

Support group for caregivers of Alzheimer's patients

Feb. 5

Verde Valley Presbyterian Church hosts a free support group for caregivers of Alzheimer's patients are the first Wednesday of each month from 10 to 11 a.m. (please arrive by 9:45 a.m.) Valley Presbyterian Church is located at 1500 E. Hombre Drive in Cottonwood. This support group is open to all. 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.

Film Festival's Patrick Schweiss speaks to OLLI

Feb. 5

The Sedona International Film Festival is coming up and will soon be upon us from Feb. 22-March 2.

Ask your questions and get your answers direct from Patrick Schweiss, the festival's executive director, at the weekly "Lunch & Learn Keynote Speaker Series" sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) in room 34 of the Sedona campus of Yavapai College on Wednesday from 12:30 to 2 p.m. This enjoyable, informative midweek community event is free and open to all.

He will give a talk on "Backstage at the Sedona International Film Festival: Stories and Suggestions for Enriching Your Film-Viewing Experience" before answering questions. For more information about OLLI or the Lunch & Learn program, please call (928) 649-4275.

Women's Interfaith Luncheon

Feb. 6

Thursday at 11:30 a.m. is an Interfaith Luncheon for the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley's Women's Havurah and Christ Lutheran Church's Women's Group. This year's function will be hosted at the church, 25 Chapel Road. Call the office at (928) 204-1286 or visit

Women and Cardiovascular Disease: Are You at Risk?

Feb. 13

"Women and Cardiovascular Disease: Are You at Risk?" is the topic of the February Take Note: Sedona lecture series, sponsored by Verde Valley Medical Center.

The Thursday lecture features interventional cardiologist Steven Heilbrunn, M.D. The free presentation is at 5 p.m. at the Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road.

To R.S.V.P. or for more information on this event, call (928) 639-6551.

NAWBO Monthly Luncheon

Feb. 13

The Sedona - Verde Valley chapter of The National Association of Women Business Owners will hold their monthly meeting Thursday at 11:15 a.m. at the Barking Frog Grille in West Sedona. There will be an informal question and answer session with a panel of our distinguished and savvy local corporate partners: Diane Prescott, Marc Sterling, Stephanie Larsen and Martha Mertz who will be sharing their experience and wisdom. Please join us and learn the secrets of their accomplishments from four great local success stories.

Please make your reservation by visiting for more information or to purchase your ticket.

Habitat for Humanity Seeks Home Applicants

Verde Valley Habitat for Humanity (VVHFHF) will hold Community Awareness Seminars where you will learn the truth about how VVHFH works and what they are doing in your community, how to become a VVHFH homeowner (with an opportunity to start the application process), and how you can volunteer to make a difference in the lives of others.

Everyone is invited to the seminars. In Cottonwood, they will be held at the Cottonwood Library (100 S. Sixth St.), at 12:30 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month throughout 2014. In Sedona, a seminar will be held at the Sedona Library (3250 White Bear Road), at 1:30 p.m. on February 15. Light refreshments will be served at each seminar.

For more information about the Seminars and other opportunities, contact Lori, at 928.649.6788 or e-mail

Sedona in the Permian Period

Feb. 16

Red Rock State Park's first Sunday Lecture Series will feature Kennard Bork at 2 p.m. Ken is a new resident of Sedona and is an enthusiast of the rich natural history and cultural options of this area. He has long been fascinated with dinosaurs and has Ph.D. in geology and paleontology. He will be discussing the Permian Period (300 to 250 million years ago), when most of the continents were together in a great landmass called Pangea. Reptiles and amphibians were the dominant land vertebrates, because dinosaurs and mammals would not appear for tens of millions of years.

Space is limited, so call ahead to reserve your spot. A special event fee of $5 per adult is required in addition to Day Use Entrance fees of $5 per adult (14 and up), $3 per youth (7-13), and free for children (0-6).

For additional information and reservations, please call (928) 282-6907. Red Rock State Park is at 4050 Lower Red Rock Loop Road, Sedona.

Intro to PC classes at Beaver Creek Public/School Library

Feb. 18

Starting on Feb. 18, the Beaver Creek Public/School Library will offer a free five-week Introduction to PC course. The class will meet on five consecutive Tuesdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the library and will help people increase their skills in surfing the web, using computer programs, keyboarding, computer components and much more. Space is limited, so register ASAP at the librarian desk. Beaver Creek Public/School Library is located at 4810 E. Beaver Creek Road in Rimrock. For more information, call (928) 567-4034.

Enjoy Aqua Zumba at Villas of Sedona

The City of Sedona Parks and Recreation Department encourages a great start to the New Year by splashing your way into shape. The "Zumba Pool Party," an easy-to-follow, community-oriented, invigorating, low-impact aquatic, is now available.

Participants can enjoy Aqua Zumba Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Villas of Sedona indoor swimming pool. Located at 120 Kaloff Place, it is conveniently located for the Sedona community to drive to and attend a great class. The class fee is $5 per class, or for your convenience, we offer discounted punch passes.

For more information, please contact Parks and Recreation at 282-7098 or visit

Join new Beaver Creek Library book club

Feb. 22

A middle-aged man returns to his home in Sussex, England, to attend a funeral. Though the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road where when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl.

Though "The Ocean at the End of the Lane" is a brilliantly imaginative and poignant fairy tale from Nell Galman, the modern master of wonder and terror. It is also the first book that the Beaver Creek Public/School Library's new book club will read. First meeting is from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 22. Beaver Creek Public/School Library is located at 4810 E. Beaver Creek Road in Rimrock. For more information, call (928) 567-4034.

Living the Eucharist

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church is participating in Living the Eucharist. This Lenten spiritual renewal program provides us with the opportunities to grow in our faith through learning more about the Eucharist, participating more actively in Sunday Mass, and Living the Eucharist each day as disciples of Jesus. Please consider joining us. Information available at all Masses and in Church office.

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