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What's Happening: 8-20-14
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VFW Ladies Auxiliary Breakfast

Aug. 20

VFW Post 6739 Ladies Auxiliary will serve breakfast on Wednesday from 8 to 10 a.m. They will have eggs to order, Belgian waffles, hash browns, sausage and raisin toast or English muffin for a $6 donation. Members and Guests Welcome. Proceeds go Operation Uplink.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

New Allstate Insurance office opens in Cottonwood
COTTONWOOD -- Allstate Insurance Company has opened a new office in Cottonwood, which is independently owned and operated by Agent Tom Zvonek.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

It's A Kick! Cottonwood guide to Verde thrifting
National Thrift Shop Day is America's unofficial-yet-widespread holiday for being thrifty. Set for Sunday this year, many shops around the country have been celebrating all weekend.


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Jerome is home of Leaverite Society of America
In 1982, I showed an interesting rock that I found near Jerome to the President of the Mingus Gem and Mineral Club. "Could you please tell me what kind of rock this is?"

"Young lady, what you have there is a genuine leaverite."


Saturday, August 16, 2014

What's Happening: 8-17-2014
Hospice open house tours

Aug. 23

On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Verde Valley Medical Center and Northern Arizona Hospice invite the community to the opening of a new 10,000-square-foot facility at 421 N. Willard St. where Northern Arizona Hospice will provide hospice care.

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Mingus football spaghetti fundraiser (with photo gallery)
The Mingus football players served their annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser on Wednesday night at Mingus Union High School to a large turnout of football and spaghetti fans in the school's cafeteria.
Thursday, August 14, 2014

What's Happening: 8-15-14
Join Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy on a journey to the Land of Sweets, where the mice are dancing, and the snowflakes are twirling, and magic is everywhere. Verde Valley Ballet is excited to be holding auditions for "The Nutcracker" on Friday at 5 p.m.


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Clarkdale Concert in the Park (with photo gallery)
Clarkdale Community Services/Parks & Recreation presented violin virtuoso Jonathan Levingston Saturday night at the Clarkdale Town Park gazebo to a large crowd listening on lawn chairs and blankets on the moon-lit evening.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014

What's Happening: 8-13-14
The Youth Group will be having a free car wash to anyone who needs one. Call 634-4102 or see www.http://sojaz for further information. The church is located at 330 Scenic Drive, Clarkdale.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

What's Happening: 8-8-14
Let the Mingus football players serve you at the annual Spaghetti Dinner Fund-Raiser on Wednesday, 5-7:30 p.m., in the mingus Union High School Cafeteria. Tickets are for sale at the door - $5 for adults and students; Children age 5 and under free.


Friday, August 8, 2014

The Cowboy Way (with photo gallery)
The Verde Valley Fair Arena is kicking up dust every Wednesday night with roping practice open to the public.
Thursday, August 7, 2014

Mayor Diane Joens selected as 'Hometown Hero of the Month'
COTTONWOOD - This month's Hometown Hero award goes to Cottonwood Mayor Diane Joens for her dedication to our community, but more so for her support for our senior citizens
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Saturday, August 2, 2014

What's Happening: 8-2-14
Native American artist Wolfs Robe will be playing music by moonlight at Montezuma Castle National Monument on Saturday. Wolfs Robe is committed to the preservation of the Native American flute as well as his own ancestral connections. His work has been credited with helping sustain the art of traditional flute music.


Saturday, August 2, 2014

Back to School: Try these useful backpack stuffers
This prep-school must is useful for kids who just can't seem to keep those lunchtime jelly glops from landing on their pristine lapels. Tuck it into a lunchbox or backpack, and kids can help make wash day a little easier on mom and dad.


Friday, August 1, 2014

Getting in on the Action: Verde River outfitter opens Clarkdale storefront
CLARKDALE - Town officials and sandaled spectators crowded around the new Verde River Adventure Center storefront last week to see the ribbon cut on its doors.


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Verde Valley winery is first to go solar
Page Springs Cellars is getting 85 percent of its energy from solar power come September, said owner Eric Glomski.


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Thriftique to benefit animal rescue
VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK - Red Rose Inspiration for Animals is excited to announce the opening of Red Rose Thriftique on Thursday, July 10.


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Yavapai College allocates state funding to strengthen workforce education
As part of the State of Arizona's FY 2015 budget, Yavapai College received $802,900 to bolster educational efforts in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and Workforce areas.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Employee health care remains in reach for small businesses
Question: Our small business provides highly skilled professional services, but it is getting more difficult to attract the level of professional people my customers expect. One of the big issues we face is that we currently don't offer healthcare. Can SCORE give some suggestions on how we can provide this benefit for employees without breaking the bank?


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

What's Happening: 7-30-14
The Sedona Heritage Museum presents Michael Peach in a performance of his new original show "Deceptions, Lies & Alibis" on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Peach's show features his unique blend of original cowboy poetry with a tongue-in-cheek look at Arizona and local history.


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

What's Happening 7-27-14
On Saturday, Clarkdale Community Services/Parks & Recreation is proud to present violin virtuoso Jonathan Levingston. He will perform 7-9 p.m. at the Clarkdale Town Park gazebo.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

What's Happening: 7-25-14
The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 6739 in Camp Verde will be hosting lunch on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. They will be serving meatloaf, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, salad and lots of sides for a donation of $6 a plate.
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Page Springs Cellars' fifth annual Cork Boat Race (with photo gallery)
The Page Springs Cellars' fifth annual Cork Boat Race was a huge success this year as boats, ships and pirates filled Oak Creek Saturday under sunny skies, flowing wine and live music. VVN/Vyto Starinskas
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

What's Happening: Have Instruments - Need Players
The Cottonwood Community Band invites area instrumentalists from Sedona and throughout the Verde Valley to join the band when it resumes rehearsals on Monday, Aug. 4, 7-9 p.m. in the Cottonwood Middle School band room (Room 301).
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Caregivers' volunteer driver would rather give than receive
Torrey Barcanic, a Verde Valley Caregivers volunteer says, "It is more rewarding to give than to get."
Saturday, July 19, 2014

Fit Kids Clinic in Cottonwood helps local children and families develop healthier habits, lifestyles
Fit Kids of Arizona, a free program promoting healthy lifestyles for children and their families, has a convenient clinic location in Cottonwood. The program is open to all participants.
Saturday, July 19, 2014

What's Happening: 7-20-14
An artist reception for the new Cinco Chicopella exhibit at the White Hills Gallery in Camp Verde is Friday, 5-7 p.m.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Growers predict healthy grape harvest this year
PHOENIX - Last year's harvest was described by Kent Callaghan, winemaker with Callaghan Vineyards located in Elgin and a pioneer in the Arizona wine industry as "wet and late but great quality potential."


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Jerome's full moon skateboard ride
Many tourists use the word 'hair-raising' to describe the ride down Highway 89A from Mingus Mountain to Jerome and Clarkdale, a distance of about 18 miles. It is a steep, curvy road with some unprotected drop offs.  These days, there's an accident most every week.
Thursday, July 17, 2014

What's Happening: Blues Dawg at Clarkdale's Concerts in the Park
The contemporary electric blues band Blues Dawg will perform for Clarkdale's Concerts in the Park series on Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Humane Society birthday bash to be a real pet party
Lee Legrand faced a crisis most of us could not imagine. She was notified at her Chicago home that her sister, Linda, had been found dead in her Cottonwood home, surrounded by her beloved dogs. Thus began Lee's interaction with the Verde Valley Humane Society (VVHS) and her quest to save her sister's dogs. These are her words:


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

What's Happening:
Page Springs Cellars fifth annual Cork Boat Race is Saturday. Wondering what to do with all those corks you've been hoarding? Build a boat and race it down Oak Creek of course! Get ready for food, wine, live music and some fun in the sun! Construct a seaworthy vessel and you could win some amazing prizes. For details go to, http://pagespringscellars.com/2012club-events/.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Slide Fire Story
The Slide Fire Story, a Photographic Tribute to Oak Creek Canyon, opened for a exhibit from Saturday, July 12, through Sunday, July 20, at the Sedona Arts Center.
Sunday, July 13, 2014

American Dream Comes True
New homeowner Derrick Bonner walks up to his new Cottonwood home Friday morning to get his keys at a celebration with volunteers and staff from the Verde Valley Habitat for Humanity.
Sunday, July 13, 2014

New Season for Farmers Market
Deva Michele McCune, left, and Zhaka Belooussoff serve customers at the Sky Hill Sprouts booth at the Cottonwood Farmers Market on Thursday night. VVN/Vyto Starinskas
Sunday, July 13, 2014

What's Happening: 7-11-14
The Celtic Harvest Festival Sedona will be showcasing traditional Celtic Arts at Marketplace Café in the Sedona Village Outlets on Tuesday, 6-9 p.m. (928) 284-5478.
Friday, July 11, 2014

Millions of notes later ... Herb Young told the stories of Jerome
CLARKDALE -- Diane Sward Rapaport opens the first chapter of her delightful, recently published collection of stories of the rebirth of Jerome, "Home Sweet Jerome," with a remarkable question and observation by Herbert V. Young.


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

What's Happening: July 9, 2014
The Cottonwood Farmers Market Jamboree starts Thursday at the Old Town Activities Park and runs each Thursday through Oct. 2.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Jerome Kid's Art Workshop
Jerome Kid's Art Workshop made a sign and costumes in their workshop in their Town Hall space to liven up the Jerome Fourth of July Parade on Friday evening. Here the children show off their costumes under construction. VVN/Vyto Starinskas


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

You know you're from Jerome when ...
Ever since the Jerome Historical Society proclaimed Jerome a ghost city, tourists picked through Jerome like so many scavengers, looking for artifacts, objects to photograph, as if it was one big open air junkyard.


Sunday, July 6, 2014


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