Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
I’m flying…

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

By Ted Grussing

… ever have those dreams where you are flying and through the changing of hand positions or arching over you change direction … soar upwards … downwards and all around. I enjoy those dreams and usually I employ sculling techniques such as is used in synchronized swimming to propel myself … Corky and I started the Costa Mesa Synchro Sylphs in the 70’s along with a few other parents and we had about 70 girls including our own on the team … I was the head coach and I had two very talented assistant coaches … Chris and Leslie … fun days. I ran the business during the day, over to the pool for a couple of hours and then to Pepperdine night law school. I remember some of us dads did a Synchro routine one time and we were not entirely bad … at least on a par with the seven and eight year olds on the team who had just joined and attended their first practice.

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Red Rose Thriftique Celebrates Halloween, Art, and Pets

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

logo_redrosethriftiqueSedona AZ (October 22, 2014) – Dust off your costumes and dress up your pooch.

Red Rose Thriftique is hosting it’s first Halloween celebration in Village of Oak Creek on Friday, October 31st from 11:00 to 3:00. There will be free giveaways for pets in costumes, with a “Best in Show” awarded.

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logo_SIFFSeth Muller’s Six-Part Dark Comedy Explores Human Nature and All Its Twists

Sedona AZ (October 22, 2014) – The Mary D. Fisher Theatre — in partnership with the Theatrikos Theatre Company of Flagstaff and Canyon Moon Theatre Company of Sedona — is bringing a debut play by Seth Muller, “Monsters,” which will be performed as a dramatic reading by some of Flagstaff’s most talented actors. Mary Guaraldi, who founded and ran Canyon Moon in Sedona, directs this fun and twisted dark comedy.

“Monsters”features six interconnected stories that show us some kind of creature we know, such as a vampire, werewolf, zombie or demon. But the presence of the monster quickly takes a backseat with a sharp twist or big dollop of irony. Often the tricky sides of human nature become more the monsters than the creatures themselves. Think of them as contemporary versions of the kinds of stories seen on television shows such as “Twilight Zone” or “Alfred Hitchcock Presents.” Read More→

logo_bearizona2Fall is a great time to visit Bearizona Wildlife Park; the animals are active in the cooler weather and are all sporting lustrous fur coats in preparation for winter.  

Williams AZ (October 22, 2014) – Bearizona is hosting Howly Growly Owly Festival weekends in October. Visitors are encouraged to dress up in costume and those that do will get a “beary” special treat!  Read More→

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Made In Clarkdale Hosts Student Invitational Art Exhibit!

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

logo_madeinclarkdale2Clarkdale AZ (october 22, 2014) – As a part of its annual Art Show, MADE IN CLARKDALE will host student artwork in its Corner Gallery located at 921 N. Main Street in historic downtown Clarkdale.  Mingus Union High School fine arts students will be joined by Clarkdale/Jerome Elementary School student artists at the Made In Clarkdale Student Invitational Art Exhibit, onNovember 7th through Dec. 14th, kicking off Clarkdale’s cherished winter arts festival season. The exhibit is expected to feature 75-80 student artists representing kindergarten through twelfth grades from public schools attended by Clarkdale residents.

The public is invited to celebrate the exhibit Opening Night on November 7, 2014, with a FREE reception from 5:00pm -8:00pm at the Corner Gallery.  Refreshments are “made in Clarkdale” by Nate’s Cowboy Café. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday-Friday 12:00pm-4:00pm and Saturday 10:00am -1:00pm. Read More→

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Be a Part of Tinsel Town at Posse Grounds

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

City of Sedona ArizonaSedona AZ (October 22, 2014) – Do you want to be a part of the newest holiday tradition in West Sedona?  Check out Tinsel Town at Posse Grounds, a walk through holiday light display brought to you by Sedona Parks and Recreation in conjunction with Holiday Central Sedona.  This is the second year for the event and it will be bigger and better than last year.  Businesses and organizations have two awesome opportunities to participate.  It’s not only a great opportunity for advertising your business/organization but decorating a ramada is a great team building exercise for coworkers and clubs.  If you choose to be an exhibitor and create a holiday light display at one of the nine ramadas, the City will provide the location and electricity for a minimal participation cost of $50. Read More→

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First Sedona Poetry Slam of the 2014-2015 season

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

logo_sedonapoetryslamSedona AZ (October 22, 2014) – Poets are invited to compete at the first Sedona Poetry Slam of the 2014-15, which kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre, 2030 W. State Route 89A, Suite A-3.

Slam poetry is an art form that allows written page poets to share their work alongside theatrical performers, hip-hop artists and lyricists. While many people may think of poetry as dull and laborious, a poetry slam is like a series of high-energy, three-minute one-person plays. Read More→

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Celebrating Wilderness Film Event in Sedona on Nov. 5

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

logo_SIFFSedona Film Festival and Sedona Friends of the Forest present one-day-only special event

Sedona AZ (October 21, 2014) – The Sedona Film Festival and Sedona Friends of the Forest are jointly hosting a one-day-only film event honoring the 50th year of the National Wilderness Preservation Act and the 20th year of each host organization. The Nov. 5th event will feature documentary films sure to entertain and stimulate conversation.

Two films exploring the condition and future of our nation’s and region’s rivers will be presented on Nov. 5, at 4 and 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.  Feature documentary film “DamNation” and documentary short “Quartzite’s Fall: A Wilderness Tale” challenge the premise of engineering the “naturalness” out of American waterways.  Attitudes and policies toward dams, reservoirs and rivers are undergoing examination.  The value of natural watersheds is emerging. And not without controversy. Read More→

Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Just the usual…

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

By Ted Grussing

… incredible beauty that we have to live with in Sedona … geez, I need a break already … down to about 7,000’ and about six miles west of the airport inbound for landing. After leaving the scene of last night’s photograph I headed southwest and came off the plateau just east of Sycamore Canyon. I wanted to do that as it would put the sun off the passenger side of the Lambada and I could shoot out the pilots side (that would be me) and get the low red light hitting the rock faces and giving me that beautiful color that we get each day just before sunset.

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Jerome Art Walk, November 1

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

logo_jeromeartwalkJerome AZ (October 21, 2014) – Jerome Art Walk on November 1st is the perfect post-Halloween night. If you missed the legendary Halloween costume party in Jerome, just one week later, enjoy a more sedate but equally as entertaining night in this mile high town. Twenty-six studios and galleries will host openings and happenings throughout the artist colony. From the Old Jerome High School studios to UVX Building with the Adorn Collection, art, music and lively conversation are everywhere. Enjoy great food in wonderful restaurants and maybe even spend the night at one of the lodging choices. Park your car and take the shuttle or stroll the winding streets on a cool fall night. For more information visit www.jeromeartwalk.com  or contact Donna @ 928.301.3004. Read More→

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logo_sedonamountainbikefestivalSedona AZ (October 21, 2014) – The Sedona biking community is excited to announce the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival from March 6 – March 8, 2015, in the heart of Sedona at Talaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village. With the stunning scenery here in Sedona and the trails that have been featured in countless recent press write-ups, get ready to come shake off the cold with three days of unmatched red rock riding, music listening, festival going, and more. Read More→

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AquaZumba and Water Aerobics Moves
Indoors on November 3

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

City of Sedona ArizonaSedona AZ (October 21, 2014) – The City of Sedona Parks and Recreation Department will move its water aerobics indoors for the winter beginning Monday, November 3.  This year-round program is available to adults of most physical fitness levels who are interested in adding variety to their workout routines.  Water aerobics is a leader in low impact aerobic exercise, allowing the participant to work at their own pace while toning muscles, working range of motion and getting their heart rate moving.  Read More→

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Hospice Compassus Recognizes Local Chaplains

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

logo_hospicecompassusJoel Boyd, Gwen Brandfass, and Dale Morgan Receive National Recognition for Delivery of Superior Spiritual Guidance during National Pastoral Care Week

Sedona AZ (October 21, 2014) - The Hospice Compassus program serving Sedona and the surrounding areas recognizes Joel Boyd, Gwen Brandfass, and Dale Morgan during National Pastoral Care Week October 19-25 for providing the highest level of spiritual care and guidance for patients and their families. Read More→

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logo_redearththeatreSedona AZ (October 20, 2014) – Red Earth Theatre, in association with Yavapai College, brings the Theatrikos production of Sky…Diamonds to the Yavapai College Sedona Center for two performances only – November Saturday 1st (7.30pm) and Sunday 2nd. (2.00pm)

This original play, written by Red Earth Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director Kate Hawkes, was the winner of Flagstaff’s Theatrikos Theatre’s 2014 inaugural original full-length play contest. Hawkes, a theatre professional with experience in arts in healthcare, spent 2 years researching and developing the play when living in Oregon with the aid of a grant from the Oregon Health Sciences University, Layton Aging & Alzheimer’s Disease Center in 2005. Presented as a staged reading and in excerpt form since then, this is the first full production. Astoundingly, Ms. Hawkes now finds herself old enough to play the lead and steps on stage in her first full role for many years. Read More→

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Geologist To Speak To University Women

Monday, October 20th, 2014

logo_UniversityWomenOfSedonaSedona AZ (October 20, 2014) – Paul Lindberg will present “Introduction to Jerome Geology and History ” at the November 3, 2014 meeting of the University Women of Sedona.  Members and guests will gather at Church of the Red Rocks at 54 Bowstring Dr. Sedona from 9:30 to 11 am. to enjoy the presentation by Lindberg, a distinguished geologist, who  resides in the Verde Valley. Read More→

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logo_sedonacommunityfoundationBy Leslie Hunt, Foundation Manager of the Sedona Community Foundation

Sedona AZ (October 20, 2014) – The Sedona Community Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 Spirit of Sedona Awards. Every fall, the Sedona Community Foundation solicits nominations for community members and organizations that have made an exceptional, positive impact in their community. Sedona Community Foundation will honor each winner with a $1,000 grant to the nonprofit organization of his or her choosing. Read More→

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By Ted Grussing

… the light brilliant … the source a star we call the sun … earth’s atmosphere the filter … earth’s surface the canvas on which the art is painted … and I got to see a masterpiece, capture it and share it with you.

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logo_catholiccharitiesExperts Help Parents Get Strategy to Talk to Children About Sex in October

Phoenix AZ (October 20, 2014) – According to a study by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (NCPTP), teens say consistently that parents are the biggest influencer on their decisions about sex and relationships.

Diane DeLong, senior program manager of North Star Youth Partnership, says that overall closeness between parents and their children, shared activities and parental presence in the home reduce the risk of early sex and teen pregnancy. “Teens who are close to their parents and feel supported by them are more likely to abstain from sex, wait until they are older to begin having sex, and have fewer sexual partners,” she said. Read More→

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Letter to The Editor:
APS in “Smart” Meter Fire Lawsuit

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

logo_lettereditorInformation & Opinion by Warren Woodward
(October 19, 2014)

I received a response from the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) concerning the letter I wrote them last month about APS changing out thousands of “smart” meters due to overheating and possible fire concerns.

For your reading enjoyment, the ACC/APS response and my reply are below. Read More→

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logo_lettereditorBy Ron Vernesoni
(October 19, 2014)

I recently reviewed the report released by the US Forest Service for the Sedona Red Rock District regarding user conflicts on trails (“A Study of User Conflicts on Sedona Area Non-motorized Trails, Red Rock Ranger District, Coconino National Forest, Final October 2014″).

I recognize the study was intended to be about “user conflicts” but there is not one mention of environmental and ecological considerations in the entire report. It is a fundamental issue in this discussion and should at least deserve honorable mention in the report. It is a very telling omission. Read More→