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What's Happening 4-17-2015
Beginner Women's Hula Class - Open to those 15 and older. Learn basic hula movements plus Hawaiian language, culture, and values. Mondays from 7 to 8 pm, beginning May 4 until June 15.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

What's Happening 4-15-15
Remember the fun swingin' music of the 1940's? Well, it's back! EF Productions presents the 15th annual Celebrate America: 1940s USO Holiday Radio Show, June 26-28 at 7 p.m. nightly. Join us as we take you back in time to December in the 1940s.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

New brand, sames sense of pride, for Verde Valley Community Champions
VERDE VALLEY - For 29 years, the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce and Verde Independent have honored citizens who continually raise the bar on improving the quality of life in the Verde Valley.
Thursday, April 9, 2015

Lifetime Achiever Max Castillo
Cottonwood's Max Castillo is the 2015 Lifetime Achiever honoree among this year's Verde Valley Community Champions.

Castillo recently retired from Arizona State Parks. He was on the ground floor when Dead Horse Ranch State Park was born and worked at the park for 40 years.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Education Champion Danny Watkins
COTTONWOOD - Danny Watkins has been awarded the Verde Valley Community Champions Award for Education. Watkins has been at teacher at Cottonwood Middle School for 19 years and has done nothing but succeed as a teacher and is more than deserving for this award, says Cottonwood-Oak Creek Superintendent Barbara U'Ren.
Thursday, April 9, 2015

Student Champion Evan Snyder
COTTONWOOD - Evan Snyder, a junior at Mingus Union High School, is the recipient of the Student Award for Verde Valley Community Champions.
Thursday, April 9, 2015

Tourism Champion Drake Meinke
CLARKDALE -- It was a no-brainer for Clarkdale Economic Development Director Jodie Filardo to nominate Drake Meinke and the Copper Art Museum as the Verde Valley's 2015 Tourism Champion.
Thursday, April 9, 2015

Tourism Champion Verde Valley Archaeology Center
CAMP VERDE - Almost five years ago, the Verde Valley Archaeology Center first opened, a dream of eight avocational archaeologists who wanted to preserve archaeological sites and collections, and to nurture an understanding of prehistory and American Indian history in the Verde Valley.
Thursday, April 9, 2015

Citizen Champion Darrell Dierks
COTTONWOOD - Darrell Dierks, a resident of the Verde Valley for the past 14 years, is the recipient of this year's Verde Valley Community Champions' citizen award. Dierks retired in 2001 and decided to move to Arizona with his family to enjoy retirement.
Thursday, April 9, 2015

Business Champion Highlands Floor Coverings
Highlands Floor Coverings in Flagstaff and Cottonwood is a family-owned business that specializes in service and customer satisfaction. Highlands is an exclusive Mohawk Floorscapes dealer and has a vast knowledge of the right product for each floor, whether it be commercial, retail, new home construction, property management, and apartments.
Thursday, April 9, 2015

Organization Champion Jerome Elks Lodge
CLARKDALE - Who are the Elks? And what do they do?

According to their official website, Elks lodges bring more to their communities than buildings, golf courses or pools. They are places where neighbors come together, families share meals, and children grow up.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

What's Happening: 4-10-15
Mingus presents Thoroughly Modern Millie

April 18-26

Gloria Alcala plays small-town girl Millie Dillmount, who heads to New York City in 1922 to start a new life in a city filled with intrigue, jazz and a whole new set of rules for love. Shows are Saturday, April 18 and 25 at 7 p.m., Sunday April 19 and 26 at 3 p.m., and Friday April 24 at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at www.showtix4u.com, in the MUHS bookstore from 7:30-3:30 p.m. every day, or by calling the box office at (928) 649-4466.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

What's Happening: 4-8-15
Community invited to 'Plant-a-Vine'

May 2

Yavapai College celebrates its fourth year planting grape vines at the Verde Valley campus in Clarkdale on Saturday, May 2, beginning at 8 a.m. The public is invited to join this day of community service and fun, as the young vines are planted in the student-run vineyard at the Southwest Wine Center.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

What's Happening: 4-5-15
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute celebrates 10 years

April 10, 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., OLLI will celebrate all that has made it grow and thrive over the past ten years. OLLI, created to serve "mature adults with curious minds and hearts," currently has over 800 members, and more than 150 gifted facilitators offer learning groups and workshops each term.

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Saturday, April 4, 2015

What's Happening: 4-3-15
Live at Studio B - Upcoming Performances

The Rice Brothers, guitarists Dan and Dave, will perform at Live at Studio B on Thursday, April 9, at 7 pm. Studio B is part of the Old Town Center for the Arts complex in Cottonwood and is an intimate and informal venue for local performances of all kind, with seating for about 40 people.

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Where The Jobs Are
Where are the jobs? What industries should those entering the workforce be prepared for? These are the questions that keep job seekers up at night.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Verde Valley Job Fair returns April 8 at Yavapai College
COTTONWOOD -- There is a big update to the annual job fair this year.

This re-tooling of the April job search and prep event will give you the skills and head start to getting your next job and career.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Job Connection at Goodwill - putting people to work
When most people think of Goodwill in Cottonwood, their first thought is about the retail store. It's a terrific place to get gently used clothing or goods at a great price, and hopefully where you plan to donate when you are cleaning out your closets this spring!
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

2015 Job Fair Sponsors
Avon by Karen

AZ Dept. of Economic Security

Better Business Bureau

Buena Vista Children's Services

...

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Local Employment Resources
After you have lost a job, a person can be faced with many challenges in getting back to self-sufficiency.

Services are available from government, state, private agencies, non-profit organizations and churches. These services can be a great help in finding employment and maintaining basic needs.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Essential skills for job success
Most job seekers wish they knew what the secret is to securing employment. They will often wonder, what will help me in gaining the career I have applied for?
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Business Assistance Center has free help for small businesses
Whether it's a start-up or existing business, entrepreneurs and small business owners in the Verde Valley area have many free resources available to them through the Business Assistance Center (BAC) in Old Town Cottonwood.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Writing a winning resume
The purpose of a resume is to get you to the next step in your job search: getting an interview. A lot of the preparation you do to write your resume will help you target your job search efforts more effectively.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Dress for success
It's a common phrase - "Dress for Success" - but it is a crucial part of your set of interviewing and job skills. If you are the right person for the job, be sure you don't miss landing that position because you didn't wear the right clothes.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

What's Happening: 4-1-15
Oak Creek Canyon creekside cleanup planned April 11

Spring break in Sedona has been a prelude to the looming summer crowds sure to visit Oak Creek this summer. To prepare, the Oak Creek Watershed Council (OCWC) will host a creek-side clean up event on Saturday, April 11, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Indian Gardens Café and Marketplace in Oak Creek Canyon.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

What's Happening: 3-29-15
Passover Seder

April 3

Passover is the commemoration of the liberation of the Jewish people by God from ancient Egypt and the harsh rules of the Pharoah. The Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley will celebrate the first Seder of Passover or Pesach on Friday at 5:30 p.m.

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

March a Mile For Meals
Walkers in the 7th annual "March-a-Mile for Meals" event for the Verde Valley Senior Center Meals on Wheels program head for 6th Street to start their walk on Saturday morning.
Saturday, March 28, 2015

What's Happening; 3-27-15
50th Annual Jerome Historic Home and Building Tour

May 16-17

Guests will enjoy entertainment and seats in Spook Hall while waiting for the shuttle to begin the tour, which currently features five homes, including the The Rosie Salas House. Tickets will be sold online as well as the day of the event.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

What's Happening: 3-25-15
Mingus Strive for .5 ceremony April 1

Mingus Union High School's Strive for .5 program continues its 27th year with an awards ceremony on April 1.

The goal of this project has been to focus on recognizing academic improvement for the entire student body. The guest speaker for Spring 2015 is Jason Teague, Art teacher and Director of Mingus Online Academy.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Then & Now: Cottonwood's original Feed & Fuel Co. now home to Larry's Antiques
The Cohen Family, Larry, Jennifer and daughter Orielle, left the ocean for the desert for multiple reasons. For one, daughter Orielle was severely allergic to mosquitoes.
Saturday, March 21, 2015

What's Happening; 3-22-15
Explore Yavapai College

March 25

The Yavapai College Verde Valley campus invites the community to "Explore YC," a free event on Wednesday from 2 to 4:30 p.m. The campus is located at 601 Black Hills Drive in Clarkdale.

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

What's Happening: 3-20-15
Contra Dance

March 21

The Cottonwood Civic Center, 805 North Main Street in Cottonwood, hosts a contra dance lesson at 6:30 p.m., followed by dancing 7-10 p.m. No experience or partner necessary, and wear comfortable clothes. Recommended donation is $9 per dancer and $7 for students. Contact Mark Alexander for more information at (928) 699-5456.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

March Madness By the Numbers
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

What's Happening: 3-17-15
Cottonwood Band performance

March 22, 29

At 3 p.m. at the Cottonwood Recreation Center, 150 South 6th Street with a second performance at 3 p.m. at the Rock of Ages Lutheran Church, 390 Dry Creek Road.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

St. Patrick's Day by the Numbers
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Saturday, March 14, 2015

What's Happening: 3-15-15
Artistry from 1987 to 2015

March 14-May 1

Work by early Made In Clarkdale artists David Boles, Marsha Foutz and the late Eleanor Mead and Made In Clarkdale newcomers Sam Hightower and Becky Russell will be on display at Made In Clarkdale's Corner Gallery from March 14 through May 1.



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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Fire Dept. Honors ...
The 2014 Safety Award from the Cottonwood Fire Department was presented to Matthew Oxendale
Thursday, March 12, 2015

The big lie is that we don't lie
A conversation arose among participants in my workshop last month about lying. Since then I have thought about how we intentionally and unintentionally deceive others and ourselves.
Thursday, March 12, 2015

It's the 'fun-raising' season at Verde Valley Senior Center
The Verde Valley Senior Center will be very busy during the next few weeks. As a non-profit we are always creating new methods of fundraising or as we can call it "fun-raising."


Thursday, March 12, 2015

What's Happening: 3-13-15
Welcome Home Vietnam Vets

March 29

The 2015 event kicks off with a Motorcycle Run which begins at the Sedona Military Service Park (25 Northview Road - on the corner of 89A and Northview Road in Sedona) and travels through all the communities in the Verde Valley.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015


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