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What's Happening: Sept. 28, 2016
Howl-O-Ween pet festival and costume contest Oct. 29

The Clarkdale Downtown Business Alliance is presenting its Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular at the Clarkdale Town Park on Sat., Oct 29 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. with profits to benefit animal rescue and adoption.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

What's Happening Sept. 17, 2016
On October 1, 2016 at 1p.m., the Clemenceau Heritage Museum will have a Chuckwagon dinner prepared by the Cannon Family.
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Hispanic Heritage Month: Family values, hard work, perseverance common traits of Arizona's Hispanic community
VERDE VALLEY - From Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, the economic, cultural and social contributions of Hispanics in the United States will be commemorated with Hispanic Heritage Month.


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Cancer prevention and early detection: Protecting yourself and your family
Scientists and medical professionals have been waging the War on Cancer for many years, even before President Nixon signed the National Cancer Act in 1971 and set the country on track to better fight this disease. We've had many successes and many failures, but the fight goes on with better treatments, new research and ever-changing insights into what patients really need.
Monday, September 12, 2016

Spectrum Healthcare's Mobile Crisis Team Partnership Program
No one ever plans a mental health crisis. It can't be scheduled or penciled in a calendar as one would a dentist appointment or a vacation.

Just as you can't schedule the flu or any other illness, a mental health crisis strikes suddenly, often without warning. It cares not about location or time of day; it simply occurs, and when it does, it often results in a call to 911.

Monday, September 12, 2016

The 'Fountain of Youth' is full of dumbbells
One of the major problems that we face as we go through the aging process, is that we tend to move our bodies less and less. As balance wanes and lean muscle mass & endurance decrease, we can feel less confident about continuing a favorite sport, activity or traveling.
Monday, September 12, 2016

Overview of Yavapai College health care education offerings
As the ongoing national conversation about health care in the United States evolves, there is one constant: the need for trained medical professionals, especially in rural America. That need is being addressed on a daily basis by rural community colleges such as Yavapai College.
Monday, September 12, 2016

Zika virus carrier concerns local health officials
Although no Zika cases have been reported in Yavapai County, "we have them (Aedes Aegypti mosquitos) in the Verde Valley in abundance," said Yavapai County Community Health Services Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program Coordinator, Robin Oothoudt. "Pecks Lake and Tavasci Marsh (both in Clarkdale) are producers."
Monday, September 12, 2016

Take the challenge: Get out of your comfort zone
I totally hear you when you tell me that you don't feel any more like going to the gym. Same old routine, same equipment, same comfy speed on that rat mill, and same faces to exchange pleasantries with.

Well, this means it is time to inject some juice into your fitness routine! Staying - or becoming - fit does not have to be a chore. It can, actually, be quite fun!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Is bariatric surgery the right choice for you?
According to the Arizona Department of Health Services and the World Health Organization obesity is fat accumulation that may impair health.

The World Health Organization defines obesity as a body mass index, or BMI, greater than or equal to 30. This is not the case for athletes, who often have high BMIs as a result of greater muscle mass.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Hip and knee replacement Q&A
Allen Boyd, M.D., orthopedic surgeon and medical director of the Joint Replacement Program at Verde Valley Medical Center, answers some of the most common questions regarding hip and knee replacement.
Monday, September 12, 2016

Verde Valley Support and Self-Help Services
The following is a guide to support and self-help services here in the Verde Valley:
Monday, September 12, 2016

Changing world brings changing emergency preparedness
In the past, the phrase "emergency preparedness" would bring to mind floods or fires. Now, acts of terrorism and outbreaks of contagious disease need to be added to disaster planning.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) suggests that people take steps now to better cope with an unexpected emergency later.

Monday, September 12, 2016

'Hands-only' CPR simplifies steps, increases first responders
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), most people who experience cardiac arrest die because they don't receive immediate cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Monday, September 12, 2016

Stocking a first-aid kit, applying the basics
The first step to first-aid is having an adequately-stocked medical supply kit. Not only should it contain bandages, but also some basic medications and simple medical devices. Be sure to have a first-aid kit in your home and vehicle as well as your place of work. Include a booklet on first-aid basics and routinely check contents for expiration dates.
Monday, September 12, 2016

Asthma rates rising in Arizona
There was a time when folks moved West to avoid respiratory distress. But times have changed.

"Asthma is more prevalent in Arizona. Recent studies show both Phoenix and Tucson rank in the top five cities with the highest prevalence," according to Leonard Moss, M.D., pulmonologist at Northern Arizona Healthcare's Sleep and Pulmonary Center.


Monday, September 12, 2016

Mammograms and you: Five common questions
1. What is a digital mammogram?

According to Irma Monreal, lead radiology technician, Verde Valley Medical Center, "A digital mammogram - also known as full-field digital mammography, or FFDM - is similar to a standard mammogram because it uses X-rays to make pictures of the breast. However, a digital mammogram is more advanced in how the picture is made, looked at and stored."

Monday, September 12, 2016

How to become a former tobacco user
"I have to hide smoking from my kids," Jon, a resident of Camp Verde, says. "They're disgusted by it. It's a disgusting habit, I admit, but I've been smoking my whole life. I'd like to quit. I've quit a bunch of times. But ... I'm not ready. I have to go outside to smoke. My kids get mad if they find my cigarettes- they throw them away, they've grabbed 'em out of my hand and broken them in half. They dig through my stuff to find my cigarettes. I'm almost 50, and hiding from my kids like I'm a teenager doing something illicit."
Monday, September 12, 2016

Student-run farm part of Oak Creek School's STEM/ag program
CORNVILLE - There's nothing contrary at Oak Creek School when asking how its garden grows.

Students have been planting fruit and vegetables on campus since 2014-2015 when the Cornville school's STEM/Agriculture program began two years ago.


Friday, September 9, 2016

What's Happening Sept. 7, 2016
Fashion designer and rock 'n' roll ukulele girl Christy Fisher brings her eclectic musical mashup to Fire Mountain Wines on Saturday, September 10 from 6-9 PM during Art Walk in Old Town Cottonwood.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016

House paraded to new home in Old Town
COTTONWOOD - Eric Jurisin was up early Thursday morning to watch a house of his parade through Old Town.
Sunday, September 4, 2016

Fear is your personal challenge to become bold
Today I'm inviting you into some esoteric wanderings prompted by a thought I woke up to a few mornings ago: "If I'm not taking action that scares the snot out of me, then I'm stagnating." I jumped out of bed and started journaling.
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

What's Happening: Kids Against Hunger community packing event planned Oct. 22
Manzanita Outreach/Kids Against Hunger needs your help with the largest food packing event to date. On Oct. 22, the organization plans to package 300,000 meals at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds utilizing the support of more than 660 volunteers.


Saturday, August 27, 2016

What's Happening: Aug. 21, 2016
Tuesday, Sept. 6, 10:30 a.m. to approximately 2 p.m., a field trip, "Beaver Blather and Otter Nonsense: Roles of Aquatic Mammals in Riparian Health," will take participants along the Verde River to learn about beavers and otters, and the role they play in the ecosystem.
Saturday, August 20, 2016

How Cottonwood Goodwill turned a life around
VERDE VALLEY - Warren Hille, 48, suffered a childhood being beaten by his father, endured an adolescence under a cloud of drugs and alcohol and faced adulthood on the wrong end of the law - - until two years ago.


Thursday, August 18, 2016

What's Happening Aug. 19, 2016
Do you have a sock drawer at home? The homeless don't. Please donate new men's, women's and children's socks for the homeless and needy.
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Do you drive the car, or does it drive you?
PHOENIX -- Don't be shocked when you see the car next to you speeding down the freeway with no one's hands on the steering wheel.

Or no one behind the wheel at all.


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

What's Happening: Aug. 17, 2016
If you live in Cottonwood Arizona or are visiting Thursday, Aug 18, you are in for a special treat as Green Light, a five-piece original classic-rock band from Sedona, takes the stage at the city's Farmer's Market Jamboree, starting 5 p.m. and rocking until dark.


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

What's Happening: Aug. 12, 2016
If you live in Cottonwood Arizona or are visiting Thursday, Aug. 18, you are in for a special treat as Green Light, a five-piece original classic-rock band from Sedona, takes the stage at the city's Farmer's Market Jamboree, starting 5 p.m. and rocking until dark.
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Cottonwood teen athlete helps build Bible Training Center in Balgüe, Nicaragua
Cottonwood teen Trenton Stafford recently returned from a 10-day trip to Ometepe Island in Nicaragua.  Ometepe Island is located in the middle of Lake Nicaragua. 


Saturday, August 6, 2016

What's Happening: April 7, 2016
Monday, August 15, the monthly Voter Education Program of the League of Women Voters Greater Verde Valley, in partnership with OLLI,  will feature Clarkdale Mayor and local water guru Doug Von Gausig speaking about "The Future of Water in the Verde Valley: We Know the Problem, Now What Can We Do About It?"
Saturday, August 6, 2016

What's Happening Aug. 3, 2016
The local Chapter of Professional Women's Group will hold Business After Hours Event on Wednesday, Aug. 17, at Cucina Rustica in the Village of Oak Creek at the Collective from 5:30-7:30 p.m.


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Time out provides for reflection on agenda of ego vs. needs of relationship
The noise of coffee shop machines and conversations whirled around us. Steve and I sat across from each other, leaning over our coffee cups, deep in conversation. The coffee shop provided the backdrop for our attempts to mend our communication from a few hours before.


Saturday, July 30, 2016

A uniform feeling: Verde Valley school officials agree dressing for success key to student achievment
For most people, the only problem with casual Friday is that it only comes once each week.


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Humane Society seeks foster families
Luie is a lonely guy. The handsome Airedale mix had found the perfect woman to adopt him, but he wasn't crazy about her husband, so he was returned to the shelter.


Saturday, July 23, 2016

Late-season monsoon brings gardeners a second chance
VERDE VALLEY -Along with the crack of thunder and torrent of showers ushered-in by summer monsoon season, savvy gardeners can also take advantage of its favor for a second-chance garden.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

What's Happening, 7-20-16.
Yavapai College, Clarkdale Campus, Rm and Time TBA, will present "The Magic of Migration" Saturday, August 20.

To register please contact 928-282-2202


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Pokémon Go takes Verde Valley by storm
VERDE VALLEY -- Pokémon Go, the latest craze to hit the country, is hitting places locally like Acme Pizza and the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce building and the old jail in Camp Verde.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

What's Happening July 17, 2016
Saturday, July 23, Clarkdale Community Services is proud to present Cadillac Angels. They will perform 7-9 p.m. at the Clarkdale Town Park gazebo. This concert is free.


Saturday, July 16, 2016

What's Happening, 7-13-16.
The July 18 monthly voter education program of the League of Women Voters Greater Verde Valley will feature Larry Gould, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northern Arizona University and Executive Director of the Western Social Science Association. 
Tuesday, July 12, 2016


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