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Biking the Verde Valley
"Tick tick tick."

There is nothing like rolling down a steep hill on a machine built like a Swiss watch on hot flat pavement.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

What's Happening 8-26-15
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, August 25, 2015

What's Happening: Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015
Bell Rock Plaza's Art and Craft Show

Through Aug. 23

After a summer hiatus, the Art and Craft Show at Bell Rock Plaza will resume on August 22-23 with over 40 artists.

There will be many of your favorites, excited to be coming back and some new ones too.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Cracks in the foundation
As my husband, Steve, and I tore out the white carpet from our house, I felt horrified to discover the concrete subfloor contained numerous cracks that crawled across every room. In addition, the visibly non-level floor tempted us to become discouraged about putting in the vinyl or tile floor we wanted.
Thursday, August 20, 2015

Apache Elder Vincent Randall shares his people's journey, family stories over the centuries
CLARKDALE -- "We've always been here."

So said Apache Elder Vincent Randall as he presented "History of the Apache" to a packed audience at the Clarkdale Memorial Clubhouse on Aug. 15, sponsored by the Clarkdale Historical Society and Museum.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Jerry Doerksen -- a fireman's fireman -- calls it a career
VERDE VILLAGE -- Jerry Doerksen has had one of those careers that made a difference for fire service and safety in the Verde Valley. He kept working at it, getting better and achieving more responsible roles and has now retired as Assistant Chief of the Verde Valley Fire District.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

What's Happening 8-14-15
Verde Valley Ballet will be holding auditions for the Verde Valley Ballet Performing Arts Company on Friday, Aug. 14 at 5 pm for dancers between the ages of 13 to 19. The company is designed to provide opportunities for dancers to perform and shine at their very best through weekly classes, conventions and master classes, competition and community involvement.
Thursday, August 13, 2015

What's Happening 8-12-15
'Considerations on the Journey of Life'

Aug. 13

"Considerations on the Journey of Life" is the topic of the August Take Note: Sedona lecture, which is sponsored by Northern Arizona Healthcare's Verde Valley Medical Center. The lecture will feature interventional cardiologist Bruce Peek, M.D.

It's ironic: The only guarantee in life is death, and heart disease is its leading cause. Dr. Peek will discuss the most commonly asked questions about unexpected health events; how medical decisions are made for you when you can't make your own; and the importance of planning ahead when it comes to your health.

The free presentation will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, at the Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road. To R.S.V.P. or for more information about this event, call 928-639-6551.

Verde Valley Medical Center is a member of Northern Arizona Healthcare, which also provides healthcare services through Flagstaff Medical Center, Team Health, Verde Valley Medical Clinic, Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare, EntireCare Rehab & Sports Medicine, Fit Kids of Arizona, Guardian Air, Heart & Vascular Center of Northern Arizona, Northern Arizona Homecare, Northern Arizona Hospice and Valley View Care.

For more information on Verde Valley Medical Center programs and services, visit "Like" VVMC at

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

What's Happening: Aug. 9th, 2015
The Cottonwood Public Library is developing a program for local artists to set up and make art while patrons can watch, ask questions and get inspired by the art making process. All forms of art media will be considered. A small spot will be provided by the parking lot door where they can display some of their art and practice their craft. Two to three hour time slots will be available and there will be three artists throughout the day. The program will be at least one Tuesday a month, possibly twice a month depending on artists' response. Contact Kyle Smith at the library at 928-340-2782 or
Saturday, August 8, 2015

What's Happening: Aug.7, 2015
Volunteers needed at Connections Equine Therapy Program


An exciting opportunity to help others and hang out with horses. Connections Equine Therapy is a non-profit organization located in Cornville, offering Therapeutic Riding and other services designed to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals with disabilities.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

What's Happening 08-05-2015
Clarkdale Art Show, National Night Out, free school and sports physicals, and more!
Saturday, August 1, 2015

What's Happening July 31, 2015
An exciting opportunity to help others and hang out with horses. Connections Equine Therapy is a non-profit organization located in Cornville, offering Therapeutic Riding and other services designed to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals with disabilities.
Thursday, July 30, 2015

From drive-thru to TV Cottonwood performer is the face of Yavapai College
COTTONWOOD - It reads like a Hollywood script. Young performing artist toils at the drive-thru window of a local fast food until one day the owner of a radio station hears her voice and offers her a job.
Saturday, July 25, 2015

What's Happening July 26, 2015
Looking for a little bit of rock n' roll and a touch of country music followed by some classic oldies? Join Clarkdale Community Services on Saturday, August 1, and enjoy the music performed by ACES N EIGHTS. They will perform 7-9 p.m. at the Clarkdale Town Park gazebo located at 1001 Main St. in Clarkdale. This concert is sponsored by the Verde Valley Visionaries and is free to the public.
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Verde Canyon Railroad Depot: A fresh look to showcase history and culture
VERDE VALLEY - Arizona's Verde Valley is steeped in history ranging from Native American settlements to copper miners and ranchers and railroads with all stories converging on today's Sedona area tourism boom.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

What's Happening 07-24-15
Come swim, come celebrate the Summer Reading Program, New student registration at Camp Verde elementary, and more!
Thursday, July 23, 2015

What's Happening: 07-22-15
Ron McLain - Live at Studio B

July 23

Local guitarist Ron McLain will perform Live at Studio B on Thursday, July 23, at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

What's Happening: July 19, 2015
Ron McLain - Live at Studio B

July 23

Local guitarist Ron McLain will perform Live at Studio B on Thursday, July 23, at 7 p.m.

Ron McLain has been playing music in Northern AZ for 35 years. He has produced concerts and festivals and helped to create work for many local and national musicians.

He is a well-known figure in the local entertainment scene and a respected member of the community.

McLain plays guitar, harmonica and is an accomplished singer. He has recorded several albums of his original music and cover songs of many other artists. He plays blues, country, classic rock and enjoys writing and singing love songs from many eras.

Come and listen to this inspired and wonderful performer.

Live at Studio B offers performances on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month. Upcoming shows include: August 13: Larry & Leslie Latour; and August 27: Don Whitcher.

Studio B is located at 633 N. 5th Street (corner of 5th Street and Main Street) in Cottonwood, adjacent to the main theater. Tickets are $10 - cash only at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, go to

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Ron McLain - Live at Old Town Studio B
Local guitarist Ron McLain will perform Live at Studio B on Thursday, July 23, at 7 p.m.
Thursday, July 16, 2015

What's Happening July 17, 2015
Mingus Union High School will sponsor its annual Mingus Youth Football Camp from Wednesday, July 22 through Friday, July 24.
Thursday, July 16, 2015

Water buffalo enjoy new concrete pool at Out of Africa
CAMP VERDE - "Water buffalo are very loving animals with their own family," explained Out Of Africa owner Dean Harrison.

So when the staff at Out of Africa realized that the "pack" needed help, they herded together and helped.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

What's Happening July 15, 2015
Join Dr. Marta Adelsman, Life Coach in Communication and Consciousness, for a class entitled "Conscious Eating" at Jerona Java Café (677 E. Mingus Ave., Cottonwood) Saturday, July 18, from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Mystery of the Monsoon
Many who move from other parts to Arizona scoff when we talk about the Arizona monsoon. "That's the rainy season in India!" they are likely to respond. Partly right, but still missing a big component of the mystery of the monsoon. The monsoon can be found all over the globe in most continents including right here.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Water conservation videos a hot student competition (with video)
COTTONWOOD -- In its second year, Cottonwood's Water Conservation Video Contest drew 27 submissions and involved more than 90 students.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

What's Happening: 7-12-15
Join the Verde Valley Humane Society to celebrate all the animals birthdays and 29 years of caring at our free Birthday Bash from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the shelter.  Food, live music, games, raffle and silent auction.
Saturday, July 11, 2015

What's Happening July 9, 2015
On July 11, enjoy 2nd Saturday Art Walk in Old Town Cottonwood for an array of live music, local artists, food, wine and festivities. Special discounts at some stores run during the Walk from 6-9 p.m., although some stores close at 8 p.m. Get out of the heat and shop in the evening.
Thursday, July 9, 2015

Rain, White and Blue
Off-an-on rain didn't dampen the spirits of the people at the Fantastic Family Fourth of July celebration at Cottonwood Kid's Park on Saturday where they were rewarded with free hot dogs and hamburgers and fireworks. VVN/Vyto Starinskas
Tuesday, July 7, 2015

What's Happening: July 8, 2015
Oak Creek Watershed Council meeting

July 10

Oak Creek Watershed Council will host a general meeting on Friday, July 10 from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. in the Hummingbird Room at Red Rock State Park.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

What's Happening 7-5-15
Cottonwood's National Night Out event is scheduled Aug. 4, 5:30 p.m., at the Cottonwood Kids Park, 12th and Cherry.

It is a free community event to promote partnerships between police and the community and to educate the public about crime, drug and violence prevention, safety, and neighborhood unity.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Tommy Rocks it with the Jerome Ukulele Orchestra
In one year's time, Anderson (aka Tommy Rocks) opened a music store in Jerome, revived his professional music career and -- perhaps most astonishingly -- launched the Jerome Ukulele Orchestra, whose membership at one time ballooned to 35 performers.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

What's Happening July 3, 2015
The Verde River Valley Nature Organization (VRVNO) and Old Town Center for the Arts are calling for singer/songwriter submissions on theme for the AZ 'Verde River'! Three Finalists will perform at the second 'Celebrate the River Concert' on Sept 25 along with professional musicians William Eaton and friends, as well as at Verde River Day Sept 26. Please email or write VRVNO P.O. Box 2224, Cottonwood AZ 86326 for info.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

What's Happening July 1, 2015
Bresnan Unplugged will perform Live at Studio B on Thursday, July 9, at 7:00 pm.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Fitness app shows Arizonans to be among most active in America
WASHINGTON - People in Arizona work out longer than those in almost any other state, according to an analysis of data from millions of users of a popular fitness app.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

What's Happening: 6-28-15
For the last 24 years, the Camp Verde Cornfest has celebrated the annual sweet corn crop produced on the banks of the Verde River by Hauser Farms. But the Cornfest has always been much more than that. It is a celebration of summer, a celebration of Camp Verde's rich agricultural history and a celebration of what makes life in a small town so special.
Saturday, June 27, 2015

Sharing the Wealth
The Knights of Columbus Verde Council would like to thank everyone in the Verde Valley and Sedona for supporting the organization's annual raffle ticket sales.
Friday, June 26, 2015

What's Happening June 26, 2015
'Computer Maintenance Chores' will be the Fourth Friday Workshop topic for the Verde Valley Cyber Connection. Friday, June 26 at 5 p.m.
Friday, June 26, 2015

What's Happening June 19, 2015
Saturday, June 27th, Clarkdale Community Services is proud to present the Missouri Opry Duo.  They will perform 7-9 p.m. at the Clarkdale Town Park gazebo. This concert is free.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

What's Happening June 13, 2014
Connections Equine Therapy is a non-profit organization located in Cornville, AZ offering Therapeutic Riding and other services designed to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals with disabilities. This is your opportunity to get involved with a great group of people, get to know some wonderful horses and help a worth-while cause.
Saturday, June 13, 2015

What's Happening: June 12, 2015
Horticulture Science course offered

at Verde Campus

Thursday, June 11, 2015

What's Happening: June 10, 2015
Escape the ordinary at CVCL

June 12

Camp Verde Community Library is celebrating summer with Every Hero Has a Story, by choosing to introduce kids to local heroes rather than comic book superheroes.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

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