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What's Happening, 10-4-15
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Casey Rooney from the City of Cottonwood Economic Development Department and Juliana Brutsche from AZ Culture recently accepted the Arizona Association For Economic Development Golden Prospector Award at the AAED conference in Tucson. (Courtesy photo)

Saturday, October 3, 2015

What's Happening 9-30-15
This year, the 12th annual Ghost Walk will be proudly produced by the Jerome Historical Society. Each night begins in Spook Hall and continues on the back streets of town with scenes depicting some events and characters from Jerome's infamous past.

Come and see the sorted story of Sammie Dean and her tragic death in 1931. It's a murder that has never been solved even though there are three prominent suspects.

Other scenes depicted include a mine shaft accident, circa 1911; the Jimenez execution murders, circa 1928; Belgian Jennie, circa 1905; and a shootout in the Balkan Saloon, circa 1912.

Due to the nature of some of the scenes being depicted, this performance is rated PG-13.  

The show includes walking over uneven ground at night, so wear comfortable shoes.  The route is not handicap accessible.

The 2015 Ghost Walk:  "Faces from the Past," Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9-10, 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. both nights, shows start every half hour. Purchase tickets online at or call 634-1066 for more information.  Ticket prices are $15 on Friday and $20 on Saturday.  Children 10 years old and younger are free.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Today, I choose you
Today I want to make myself vulnerable and share some of my journey with you as it relates to my relationship with my husband, Steve. Hopefully this will help normalize questions that inevitably arise in long-term relationships.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015

What's Happening, 9-25-15
The Manzanita Outreach/Verde Valley Kids Against Hunger community packing event will be Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Out with Thunder, in with Verde River
COTTONWOOD -- Put a star on your calendar for Saturday to take the family to Verde River Day. Free festivities at Dead Horse Ranch State Park during Verde River Day celebrate our community's connection to the Verde River.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

What's Happening, 9-23-15
Free guided

canoe paddle

Sept. 27

Sunday, Sept. 27 a free guided canoe paddle will be offered by the River Valley Nature Organization and sponsored by American Rivers and South by Southwest Outfitters.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Five tips for your fall garden: Keep your landscape blooming year-round in Verde Valley
COTTONWOOD - Lindsey Cure is a horticulturalist who earned her degree from the University of Arizona. But she has also earned "dirt time" working the 15 acres of trees, shrubs, flowers, fruit, vegetables and native plants at Verde River Growers in Cottonwood.
Saturday, September 19, 2015

What's Happening: Sept. 20, 2015
Restore, preserve and protect the Verde River

Sept. 30

Come learn about the Friends of Verde River Greenway and its programs that restore, preserve and promote the Verde River and its tributaries from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30 at Yavapai College in Clarkdale, M-Building Room 137.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

What's Happening, 9-18-15
Real men Pump it up on Oct. 3

Oct. 3

Walk in her shoes against domestic violence and sexual assault. Supportive Verde Valley men will put on heels of their significant others to walk a mile Oct. 3 at the 4th Annual Real Men Pump it Up Men's walk to end sexual and family violence. It is an important fundraiser for the Verde Valley Sanctuary.

The walk is just $25. The route starts at Riverfront Park to RIOT. The registration fee includes a beverage and a T-shirt. Register now to secure a t-shirt in your size.

The Sanctuary offers a safe haven for victims of family violence and sexual assault, providing shelter, community outreach, legal advocacy and education and prevention.

Walk will be followed by silent auction and raffle, all proceeds will benefit the Verde Valley Sanctuary.

For more information, contact Verde Valley Sanctuary at 928-634-2511.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

VW Bus crush comes to Jerome
On the morning of Friday, Sept. 18, a caravan of VW buses will weave their leisurely way (top speed, 50 miles-per-hour) up Mingus Mountain towards Jerome for the 25th Annual Jerome Jamboree weekend.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015

"You can really do a good home brew, but sanitation is the key. We have a sealed system. And home brewing is just not as consistent," said Steve Morken, co-owner with wife Tamara of THAT Brewery in Cottonwood and Pine.
Saturday, September 12, 2015

Nontraditional ways for folks of all ages to stay in shape
VERDE VALLEY - Being healthy and staying in shape can be difficult. For some people, it's because of age or a disability.
Thursday, September 10, 2015

What's Happening: Sept. 11, 2015
Main Street Trunk or Treat in Camp Verde

Oct. 31

Camp Verde Parks and Rec will host the annual Main Street Trunk or Treat Halloween Festival on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Five things to know about asthma in Arizona
Asthma is a chronic disease of the lungs that affects people of all ages.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Yavapai County Community Health Services
Where can you get a flu shot, see a Pediatrician when your child is sick and get an affordable reproductive health exam?
Wednesday, September 9, 2015

How to become a former smoker
Mark Twain once said that giving up smoking is the "easiest thing in the world."

"I know," he said, "because I've done it thousands of times."

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Top five questions about mammograms
Who should get a mammogram?

The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends women 40 and older have a screening mammogram annually.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Lack of exercise responsible for twice as many early deaths as obesity
According to a University of Cambridge study released in January 2015, a brisk 20 minute walk each day could be enough to reduce an individual's risk of early death, according to new research.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015

We live in Arizona; sun can be your worst enemy
It gets hot in Arizona. Temperatures rise to over 100 degrees during the summer.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Before disaster strikes: prepare, plan, stay informed
"Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed."

That's the advice given by, a national public service advertising campaign to help people prepare for natural and man-made disasters.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Common cold, common sense
With the start of school and changing weather, this time of year can also bring on the common cold.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Local, regional support and self-help services
The following is a guide to support and self-help services here in the Verde Valley:
Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Chest-compression-only CPR triples survival rates
Times are changing and so is CPR.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Changing, one step at a time
We are all creatures of habit. Following the familiar beaten path makes us feel comfy, cozy, and generally happy. Change can leave us anxious, uncertain that doing something new is the best solution.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Socialization essential for healthy senior living
Though it may seem to be low on the triage of care needs for most seniors in the Verde Valley, socialization can be a key support lacking in local senior citizen's daily lives.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Health care options for low-income seniors and those with disabilities
Seniors over age 65 who need a nursing home level of care have options, according to Arizona Long Term Care Services of Cottonwood.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Education: The health care issue that unites
Through all the political squabbling about the Affordable Care Act, the rising cost of health care and the role of personal responsibility, the inarguable need for trained medical professionals has been the one constant -- especially in rural America.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Spectrum's WAT Program brings new hope
How does a mentally ill homeless man find employment, a nice apartment, and restored self confidence in less than six months?
Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Sleep apnea and obesity − Verde Valley Medical Center's Sleep Center can help
In the United States, approximately 40 percent of adults and 17 percent of children and adolescents aged 2 to 19 years of age are obese.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Community Care Network offers care beyond hospital walls
Verde Valley Medical Center's Community Care Network, a member of Northern Arizona Healthcare, works to ensure that patients leaving the hospital have a successful return home.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015

EntireCare Rehab & Sports Medicine helps stroke survivors
A stroke is a medical emergency. In the U.S., it is the fourth leading cause of death and the leading cause of disability.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Verde Valley Medical Clinic offers occupational medicine services
Occupational medicine is a branch of clinical medicine devoted to occupational health and safety.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Northern Arizona Healthcare offers services for early detection of cancer
If you're 40 or older, you're at higher risk for developing several types of cancer, so scheduling routine screenings aimed at early detection - such as mammograms, prostate exams, lung cancer screenings and colonoscopies - is an important part of staying healthy.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Top 5 advances in retina care
Over the past 10 years, there has been a virtual revolution in the management of eye diseases. In no area has this been more apparent than in the subspecialty focusing on the evaluation and treatment of the retina, the light-sensitive structure deep within the eye that senses and directly transmits visual stimuli to the optic nerve and brain.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015

What's Happening, 9-9-15
On Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 10:30 a.m., Thomas Beauty, Chairman of the Yavapai-Apache Nation, will present "As Long as the River Flows, Life Will Be Good." This free public presentation will be at the Yavapai County Administration Building in Cottonwood, 10 South 6th Street, in the Verde Room. This event is part of the Verde River Basin Partnership's (Partnership) ongoing monthly program series for the public.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Christa Hansen helps bring babies into the world - naturally
Christa Hansen always knew she wanted to be a midwife.

"I wanted to do this all my life. I love every minute of it," said Hansen.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

What's Happening: Sept. 6, 2015
Fort Verde Days Art Show

Through Oct. 10

Artists working in two and three-dimensional fine art, photography, and crafts are invited to enter the 2015 Fort Verde Days Art Show to be held Oct. 10-11.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

What's Happening, 9-4-15
New Zealand singer-songwriter Jackie Bristow will be making an appearance at Clarkdale House Concerts on Saturday evening, September 19, at 7 p.m., accompanied by Australian electric guitar wizard Mark Punch. Both will be making their second visit to Clarkdale, having last performed here in May 2013.
Thursday, September 3, 2015

As summer temperatures abate with monsoon storms, it is the perfect time to play. And organizers know it. Just try to cram in all the scheduled September events in the Verde and you will have a squeaking-tight calendar.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

What's Happening, 9-2-15
Jerona Java Cafe' and Gifts, 677 E. Mingus in Cottonwood, an art show will be presented by two local artists. This show will be an accumulation of years of paintings by Rosemary "Roe" Corneto and Bonnie Jellison. It will be a collection of oils, watercolors, acrylics, photography and pastels. Included in these collections are: landscapes, collages, experimental media, portraits and a photo collection of Antelope Canyon.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015

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