Soldier’s Best Friend is an Arizona based non-profit organization dedicated to providing veterans living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) with a trained Service or Therapeutic Companion Dog; many of these dogs are rescued from local shelters. “Soldier’s Best Friend - Helping Our Veterans and Shelter Dogs” will be the topic at Keep Sedona Beautiful, Inc.’s Preserving the Wonder™ Speaker Series on Wednesday. Starr Ladehoff, professional dog trainer, will be the presenter at 5:45 p.m.
For more information about Keep Sedona Beautiful, please call (928) 282.4938, or visit http://www.keepsedonabeautiful.org/.
Hopi Sustainable Ways of Life
Hopi Sustainable Ways of Life & Head Start Edible Landscaping Project program will be held at the Sedona Library on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Hopi Tutskwa Permaculture Director Lilian HIll will talk about strengthening food security, traditions, and cultural values that support sustainable ways of life, in order to pass that knowledge on to future generations in this visual presentation.
For more information: CWHP, (928) 282-0846, firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will be an information table at New Frontiers Natural Foods, Sedona, April 6 & 12, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and at Verde Valley Archaeology Center Fair, Camp Verde, March 29 and 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Legion hosts USO Dinner Dance
The American Legion Club located at 480 S. Calvary Way in Cottonwood is holding a dinner dance fundraiser, a USO Canteen theme served by local junior Girl Scouts, on Saturday. Dinner and dancing is $15 per person served at 6 p.m. The phone number for the Club is 634-3004.
Dance only tickets at $7.50 each are also available marked "Dance Only" at the bar. Dancing will begin at 7 p.m. Keeping with the tradition $1 dances will be available with the "lady" of your choice." This event is open to the public. Any questions can be answered by Christine DeWolfe 634-1295 or Shirley Whitacre 567-7409
Vegetable Gardening Class - From Artichoke to Zucchini
Time to plant your veggie garden! Learn about soil amendments, correct varieties for this area, seed starting, transplanting tips, organic insect and disease control, correct watering and harvesting methods. Teacher Janice Montgomery, a lifelong gardener, has taught vegetable gardening classes at Scottsdale Community College and for several years in Cottonwood. Time: 1-4 p.m. Cost: $40 for two class sessions. Location: 1049 S. Fifth St., Cottonwood. Call 634 -7172 or email email@example.com to register. Class is limited to 15 students.
Kathy Dumas Benefit Barrel Race
The Kathleen Dumas Benefit Open 4D Barrel Race is Sunday at 9 a.m. at Arena Del Loma in Camp Verde. All proceeds go to Kathy's medical expenses. Cost is $40 for Open, $25 for Youth and $25 for Senior. Time only's $4 each. Arena fee is $10 per rider. Cash only.
There will also be hot dogs, chili, drinks and snacks for sale. For more information, call Stacey Barker at (928) 300-2031.
Free support group for caregivers of Alzheimer's patients meets
Each month Verde Valley Presbyterian Church hosts a free support group for caregivers of Alzheimer's patients on the first Wednesday of each month from 10 to 11 a.m. (please arrive by 9:45 a.m.) Verde Valley Presbyterian Church is located at 1500 E. Hombre Drive in Cottonwood. This support group is open to everyone, 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.
Cornville P&Z Discuss Camp Soaring Eagle proposal
Camp Soaring Eagle's proposal for use of the property formerly known as Living Waters Retreat will be discussed at the Cornville Community Association's P&Z meeting on Wednesday at 7 p.m. To accommodate the group, this month's meeting will be at Oak Creek School. Visit www.CornvilleAZ.org.
Comedy Hypnosis Show at MUHS
The Mingus High School SkillsUSA Program will play host to a Comedy Hypnosis Show Fundraiser starring Master Stage Hypnotist Michael DeSchalit. He has more than 20 years of professional performance experience and in addition to comedy hypnosis, he is also a multi-award winning magician.
The show is a fundraiser for the Mingus High School SkillsUSA Program. Showtime is 7 p.m. at Mingus High School in the Auditorium which is located at 1801 E. Fir St., Cottonwood. You may purchase tickets in advance from the Mingus HS SkillsUSA program by calling (928) 300-6715 or purchase them online at www.hypnoshowtickets.com. Advance purchase tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults. Add $2 to purchase at the door.
Artists Workshop with Keith Schall
On Saturday, local artists Keith Schall will lead a one-day workshop on his approach and abstract techniques at White Hills Gallery, in downtown Camp Verde, from 1 to 4 p.m. Schall will begin the workshop by discussing materials, an understanding of abstract art and his approach. Then the class will have a hands-on demonstration and discussion about how to create abstract art. For the rest of the session, participants will be creating their own abstract pieces.
The workshop is free to the public, but participants are encouraged to sign up early by calling the gallery at (928) 567-7033 in order to receive the required material list.
New time for Open Book Club
For the next few moths, the Open Book Club is changing the time of its meetings to 10 a.m.-noon on the second Tuesday of every month at the Camp Verde Community Library. Hopefully, the new day & time will be more convenient for more people. It will also give participants a chance to extend the time by going out for lunch after the meeting ends.
For more information about this or any of the other upcoming library events, check out the webpage at www.campverde.az.gov/government/library or contact the library at (928) 554-8380.
Business Start-Up Lab
The Businesses Assistance Center, 821 N. Main St., Cottonwood, hosts the free workshop "Business Start-Up Lab," presented by Kurt Haskell of SBDC, with Guest Speaker, Kate Densmore of American Family Insurance. This workshop is designed for individuals interested in starting a business, as well as those in business for less than two years.
Call (928) 340-2740 or visit www.facebook.com/vvbac
Do's & Don'ts of Spring Gardening
Join the Cornville Community Association Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Oak Creek School. Bob Snyder of Windmill Gardens will present "It's Time to Start Gardening" with the do's and don'ts of spring gardening. Marion Johnson and Ava from Yavapai County Master Gardener's Association will do a Power Point presentation on pest control and gopher problems.
Guest speakers will follow the business meeting which includes election of board members, approval of the 2014 budget, and annual Committee Activity Reports. Visit www.CornvilleAZ.org.
Autism Awareness Month
April is Autism Awareness Month. Rusty's Morningstar Ranch in Cornville is participating in AZ Gives Day on April 9. Go to AZGIves.org, type in Rusty's Morningstar Ranch and donate. It's that easy. Rusty's Morningstar Ranch is only 1 of 30 residential facilities in the specific to Autistic Adults and their needs in the entire country.
For more information, or to donate visit our web site at www.rmr.org or call 928-634-4784
Take Note: Sedona - 'Aging Eyes'
"Aging Eyes" is the topic of the March Take Note: Sedona lecture series, which is sponsored by Verde Valley Medical Center. The Thursday lecture features board-certified ophthalmologist David Deutch, 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.
Train to be a school board member
New and Prospective Governing Board Members Training, presented by Tim Carter, Yavapai County School superintendent, using ASBA/AASBO materials, is Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. The event is free, dinner Included. Please register at: http://form.jotformpro.com/form/33155661227957
The training will be at the Yavapai County Education Service Center, 2970 Centerpointe East Drive, Prescott. If you need assistance, please contact Laurin Custis at (928) 442-5138 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Free diabetes and heart health screenings in April
Verde Valley residents have access to free diabetes and heart health screenings through the Northern Arizona Diabetes - Heart Connection and Diabetes Together programs. The non-fasting screenings include a diabetes risk test, blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol (Total, HDL, LDL, triglyceride), height, weight, and results consultation with a healthcare professional.
Sedona: Friday, April 11 - Sedona Library, 3205 White Bear Road; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. No appointment needed.
Rimrock: Saturday, April 12 - Beaver Creek School, 4810 E. Beaver Creek Road; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No appointment needed.
Camp Verde: Tuesday, April 15 - Camp Verde Community Library, 130 Black Ridge Road; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. No appointment needed.
Cottonwood: Wednesday, April 16 and 23 - Verde Valley Medical Center, 269 S. Candy Lane; 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. To make an appointment, call 928-639-6509.
Heart Connection and Diabetes Together are community-based programs sponsored by Verde Valley Medical Center, Flagstaff Medical Center and several other organizations.
Diamondbacks tickets still available
There are still tickets available to see the Arizona Diamondbacks play the LA Dodgers on Sunday with Camp Verde Parks & Recreation. Travel in chauffeured comfort to and from the game and park a short walk from your seat. These seats are field level with a great view. The bus leaves the Community Center at 10:30 a.m. for the game at Chase Field. Enjoy the game, buy lunch and refreshments and journey home stress free! All this for only $45 per person for game tickets and bus ride. Already have your own tickets? Ride the bus for only $10 per person. Sign up soon for the best seats.
For questions call Michael Marshall at Parks & Recreation (928)554-0828.
VVPOA Annual Meeting
The Verde Village Property Owner's Association Annual Meeting will be held on Monday at 7 p.m. at the Clubhouse at 4855 Broken Saddle Drive.
Nominations received are as follows: President, June Hayes; Unit 4 Director, Nancy Bowman; Unit 5 Directors (vote for 2) Gene Carrigan, Krys Vogler; Unit 6 Director (vote for 1) Maggie Lais, Mal Otterson. There were no nominations for Directors for Units 1, 2, 3 and 7.
Win a trip to Disneyland
The South Verde High School Booster Club is raffling off a family vacation as a fund-raiser this year. The package - valued at $4,000 - includes a week in Southern California, one day at Sea World, two days accommodation in San Diego, one day at Universal Studios, three-day park hopper pass to Disneyland, five days accommodations at the Paradise Pier Hotel at Disneyland Resort, character dining experience for four at Goofy's Kitchen, Disney's Photo Pass, $10 ESPN Zone Sports Arena game card and one Walt Disney Travel Company Collectible Pine and Lanyard.
Raffle tickets are $20 each or six for $100. All proceeds go to the booster club. Purchase tickets from one of the SVHS students or at American Family Insurance, 358 S. Main St., Camp Verde, or South Verde High School, 462 S. Main St. Call (928) 567-7553.