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The bluegrass appreciation club
BEAVER CREEK - When he was 9 years old, Mark Cohen wanted to play guitar like Eric Clapton.

Today, he aims to play the banjo like Earl Scruggs.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Annual Children's Celebration Returns April 19
Buena Vista Children's Services 21st annual Children's Celebration and Resource Fair returns April 19, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, April 12, 2014

What's Happening 4-13-14
Stop by the Camp Verde Community Center Kitchen between 5 and 6 p.m. on Friday to enjoy a hot bowl of chili, a side of tortilla chips or cornbread and a beverage for $5.50. Camp Verde Community Library Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is cooking and selling the meal during the Parent/Child Campout.
Saturday, April 12, 2014

Boris finally finds a home with help from Jerome Humane Society
There was no exit strategy for Boris. The handsome, soulful pit bull mix had arrived at the Verde Valley Humane Society (VVHS) in bad shape. He had an intractable injury on his left front foot. The VVHS had tried various supportive treatments but the burly mutt just wouldn't leave the foot alone. He continued to re-injure the foot with almost willful regularity. The paw was raw and Boris was becoming nippy. Despite his sunny personality, he was headed down a bad road.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

What's Happening: 4-10-14
The second Friday of the month means it is Country Western Dance and Desserts at Liberty Performing Arts Studio. 662 E. 89A, Cottonwood, (928) 580-4975. Directions: Hwy 89A toward Jerome; turn right on Seventh Street at the "Bedrock" sign. Liberty is on the left.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Alpaca Zak: The friendliest alpaca in Cornville (with video)
CORNVILLE -- In some cultures, a celebration is held if a child lives to 1 year old. A baby alpaca in Cornville was lucky to have survived the first week.

Now after his first year on his feet, Alpaca Zak is the toast of the neighborhood. A joy, the lively young alpaca follows people around the ranch, especially Kevin.


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

FooteWork expands to Cottonwood
COTTONWOOD - The fourth location for Ken Foote's third-party department of motor vehicles opened in Cottonwood at 656 S. Main St. at the start of this year.

Foote said the office has seen an increase in customers each month FooteWork has been open, offering almost all of the same services as a state-run DMV office.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

High satisfaction for Cottonwood Village
Cottonwood Village Independent and Assisted Living, a Capital Senior Living Community, earned a 97.65 percent resident satisfaction rating in a recent survey of its seniors. The results of this annual survey reflects the residents' satisfaction with the meals and dining experience, recreational and social activities, administration office services, the 24- hour welcome desk, weekly housekeeping and property maintenance. The assisted living residents also rated CV on the memory care and assisted living services provided by the assisted living director, nurse and professional caregivers.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Home prices climbing in Yavapai County
Data released Monday by Yavapai County Assessor Pam Pearsall indicates that Single Family Residential home prices have risen by 16.1 percent year over year. The median sale price of a single family home also saw an increase from $185,120 last year to $215,000 this year.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Resources Transition Veterans Into Entrepreneurs
Question: I'm a retired veteran, but am certainly not ready for the rest home. I would like to open my own small business using the skills I acquired during my military career, but I'm not certain how best to proceed. Can SCORE offer some guidelines?

Answer: Like many others, you've served in the Armed Forces and have gained valuable skills, training, and personal growth. Fortunately, the opportunities don't need to end once you've returned to civilian life. There are several programs available to help veterans transition to new roles as owners of their own small businesses.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

What's Happening: 4-6-14
Dave Joslin will play for the American Cancer Society-Verde Valley Relay For Life Cancer Survivor's Dinner at the Cottonwood Middle School starting at 5 p.m. (928) 526-7344 or by visiting www.vvrelay.com.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

What's Happening 4-1-14
Verde Valley Computer Club April Calendar

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

What's Happening: 3-30-14
Lake Montezuma Women's Club Players will present another fabulous play, "The Boardinghouse," on Friday at 7 p.m., and Saturday at 2 p.m.
Sunday, March 30, 2014

Venom begins to flow as the weather warms
KINGMAN - Residents of the desert should always remember one simple rule when the weather begins to warm: know where you are placing your hands and feet.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

What's Happening 3-27-14
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.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Two-time music hall of famer Alvie Self still playing at 75
RIMROCK - Growing up in the Verde Valley, Alvie Self never thought he would one day become a member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.

Self also didn't grow up thinking he would become a member of the Greater Arizona Country and Western Swing Music Association Hall of Fame.

People just don't grow up thinking they will be inducted into a hall of fame.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

What's Happening: 3-25-14
Yavapai College's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) of Sedona and the Verde Valley will kick off their spring semester with a fun open house for one and all. "A taste of OLLI," is being held on Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Sedona Center (4215 Arts Village Dr., Sedona), Room 34.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

What's Happening 3-23-14
Peace Lutheran Church, 1450 E. Fir St., Cottonwood, will host the Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary men's chorus on Friday at 6 p.m.

Check for more listings!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

RiverFest features month of events along Verde River
The Verde River Valley Nature Organization is celebrating from C to Shining C - Clarkdale, Cottonwood and Camp Verde - and bringing a month of river recreation events to the Verde Valley from Saturday, March 22, through Saturday, April 19.
Thursday, March 20, 2014

SciTech Festival Expo highlights STEM students in Verde Valley
The Yavapai College Verde Valley campus hosts the Verde Valley SciTech Festival Expo on Friday, March 28 from 5 to 9 p.m.
Thursday, March 20, 2014

What's Happening 3-21-14
Old Town Center for the Arts in Cottonwood hosts the fourth annual Old Town Blues Fest on Saturday from 2 to 10 p.m.

Check for more listings!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Grief Hill: Old route, new mission
It's difficult to climb and even the name doesn't allow for much hope, but Grief Hill is changing again. The route already has depth in Verde Valley history. Now another chapter is being written.

Yavapai County historian Jean Cross, writing for the Sharlot Hall Museum, quips that the pioneers who established the arduous route through Grief Hill could not have known that the route they chose was probably the most difficult and so it persisted formally for only five years from 1865 through 1870. It is likely that a "crude track" into the Valley followed where hay cutters operated or possibly rancher King Woolsey, she continues.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Gem of a show for Cottonwood (with photo gallery)
Six Sedona-based lapidary vendors, CKM Productions, LLC, sponsored the Cottonwood Rock, Jewelry, Gem and Mineral Show over the weekend.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Tractor Supply Co. readies for opening day
COTTONWOOD - Arizona's newest Tractor Supply Co. opens in Cottonwood Saturday, and manager Patrick White and a dozen employees are setting up the 2,200-square-foot facility's last displays. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

PAWZ ON MAIN: Newest Old Town addition offers boutique pet products
COTTONWOOD - Taking their love for pets and animal rescue, Denise and Steve Strong moved from Lake Havasu City to open a boutique pet shop this month offering organic and natural pet foods in Old Town Cottonwood.

The wall behind the register at Pawz on Main is filled with pictures of the couple's many furry, forever friends, and a small pen keeps Chance, JoJo and Marley nearby while the couple mingle with customers. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Leadership is essential to small business success
Question: My business has grown significantly recently, to the point where I now have hired several employees. All this is great, but I'm unclear on how best to function in my new role as effective leader for my team.

Answer: Do an Internet search on "leadership" and you'll find no shortage of articles, books, and quotes about what it takes to be a successful leader.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

What's Happening 3-19-14
The International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers, led by Hopi Grandmother Mona Polacca, will be holding their first ever women's gathering at Soda Springs Ranch on March 20-23. The Ranch is adjacent to Montezuma Well.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

What's Happening 3-16-14
County Supervisor Tom Thurman and county Public Works Director Byron Jaspers will meet with the public at 4 p.m. in the Beaver Creek Adult Center to talk about the pedestrian bridge to be installed next to the Lake Montezuma (Wet Beaver Creek) Bridge.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

What's Happening: 3-14-14
Rachel Mari Kimber, a singer/songwriter and recording artist originally from Wales, will perform at the Pillsbury Wine Company in Old Town Cottonwood on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. Those attending the show will be in a drawing for a free CD.
Thursday, March 13, 2014

Back on the line: Caboose reopens in Clarkdale
The Clarkdale Caboose Gift Shop reopened its doors last week under new owners and former Mesa residents Laura and Patrick Ladeau.

Frequent visitors in the years before they opened their business, the Ladeaus said Clarkdale's historic charm and community events made them want to move there.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

What's Happening: 3-11-14
Kumu Hula (Hula Master) Kehau Chrisman from Hawai`i is now accepting new students into the Men's Hula Class.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

What's Happening 3-9-2014
Monday, the Verde Village Property Owners Association will hold its monthly general meeting at the Clubhouse, 4855 Broken Saddle Drive.

Check for more listings!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

What's Happening: 3-7-14
Fran Banish headlines Old Town Blues Fest

March 29

Back by popular demand, Fran Banish returns to Cottonwood, headlining the fourth annual Old Town Blues Fest on Saturday at the old Town Center for the Arts. Banish appeared here for the first time two years ago and brought the house down with his performance.

Go to www.oldtowncenter.org for more information about the Old Town Blues Fest and to purchase tickets online.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

What's Happening 3-5-14
Sedona Museum hosts Oak Creek Canyon Tours
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Surveying Wingfield Mesa
Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month was initiated in 1983 by what is now the Arizona Archaeology Advisory Commission.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Revelation Wines: Old Town's first full-production winery on the way
COTTONWOOD -- While numerous tasting rooms fill Old Town Cottonwood, Revelation Wines will be the historic area's first winery. Located just off Main Street at 102 E. Pima Street, a tasting room will also accompany the full-production winery in what previously housed a church.

The opening is set for 2014, with exact dates to be announced in the coming months.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Verde Valley Southwest Wine Center closer to completion
CLARKDALE - After two months of construction, the exterior structure of the Southwest Wine Center on the Yavapai College Verde Valley campus has been completed.

According to Tom Beveridge, FCI Constructors project superintendent, the building's interior concrete slab will be placed this week with framing and electrical/plumbing work to follow.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

What's a Small Business Worth?
Question: My business has been making me a comfortable living for quite a while, but I'm wondering how to determine what its value really is. Does SCORE have some kind of criteria for evaluating a businesses worth?
Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Holidays drive retail tax revenues through January
Retail stores in four Verde communities brought in more sales tax revenues this January than in the same month last year, according to the newest reports from the Arizona Department of Revenue.

January and February are typically the low-earning months for businesses in the Verde Valley, said Kurth Haskell, Yavapai College Small Business Development Center president.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Sedona International Film Festival winners
The Letters, the story of how Mother Teresa changed hearts and lives and inspired millions, earned the Audience Choice Award for Best of Fest and The Broken Circle Breakdown and Waiting for Mamu collected Audience and Directors' Choice Awards for Best Foreign Film and Best Documentary, both short and humanitarian, respectively, at the 20th annual Sedona International Film Festival.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014

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