Archive for August 2013

By Jessica Nelson, Sedona Resident
(August 31, 2013) 

logo_lettereditorImagination is the cornerstone of all learning. With it, a child’s comprehension and appreciation of intellectual concepts is deepened and embedded. Without it, the concepts have little meaning and are soon forgotten. There is no better way to engage children’s imaginations than in their arts classes. Children NEED art in their lives. Not only does it help develop their creativity and self- confidence, it enables them to explore the full range of their emotions in a profound and healing way. Their fears can be confronted, their joys celebrated.  Read More→

logo_cwag3Verde Valley AZ (August 31, 2013) – On July 31, the Arizona Department of Water Resources unveiled a draft of its long-overdue Fourth Management Plan (4MP) for the Prescott Active Management Area. The draft 4MP includes important historical data and information, conservation programs for water providers and ideas for reducing our overdraft. Is this our answer to achieving a sustainable water future? Read More→

Fifth Annual Sedona Winefest, September 28-29

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

Sedona Winefest 2013 on September 28 and 29 to Feature Arizona Wines, Juried Art, Wine Education, Food and Music.

logo_sedonawinefest2013Sedona AZ (August 31, 2013) – The Fifth Annual Sedona Winefest will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 28 and 29 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Sedona Airport Vista. The winefest is designed to awake the senses with a variety of fine wines from many of the wineries in Arizona, but with special emphasis on wines from Prescott and Verde Valley area. The event also includes tasty Sedona cuisine from local restaurants, delightful music by talented musicians, and a variety of wine-oriented and art vendors, a juried art exhibition, and an exclusive premium wines area. Read More→

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logo_MATForceVerde Valley AZ (August 31, 2013) – MATFORCE is offering a free Motivational Interviewing training designed for professionals working to improve treatment outcomes for clients with substance abuse and other disorders.

Motivational interviewing is a collaborative, person-centered form of guidance used to strengthen motivation for change. It is an empathic, supportive counseling style that supports the conditions for change. This training teaches how to elicit behavior changes by helping people explore and resolve ambivalence. It is more focused and goal-directed than other interviewing styles. Read More→

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Sedona Trails and Egos Galore

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

By Chris Halstead, Sedona Resident
(August 31, 2013)

logo_lettereditorOn Thursday August 29th 6-8pm @ the VOC Hilton the Red Rock Ranger District continued its series of meetings on the ‘future of trails in Sedona’.  The Coconino National Forest supplied a hydrologist, biologist, archeologist and several planners. Approximately 60 other local residents were in attendance, representing themselves as local trail users or on a dual role as members of Friends of the Forest, The Westerners and Sedona Mountain Bike club (SMBC).

In spite of a couple attendees who were obviously there to push their angry agenda and their agenda only… the meeting settled into a productive example of democracy in action (and in all reality as annoying as it is dealing with grown-ups acting like teenagers who just want to be heard and push their agenda, on topic or not, IS part of the democratic process.) Read More→

Sedona Airport’s 2013 Family Fun Day

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

By Al Comello

Sedona Airport’s 2013 Family Fun Day to Display World War II Aircraft, Charles Lindbergh-era Artifacts and a USO-Style Musical Review.

Sedona AZ (August 31, 2013) - Arizona’s “Airport in the Sky” will host a their “Family Fun Day”on September 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the admission is FREE! A host of interesting and historic aircraft – from old military, antiques and restored aircraft to new, modern, state of the art airplanes with full glass cockpits will be on display along with a hundred classic automobiles in the Sedona Car Club’s annual car show. Read More→

Will new “Brand” and leaders emerge?

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

By Gary Chamberlain
(August 31, 2013)

logo_lettereditorStarting in 2009 and due to the efforts of many, our Arizona, Yavapai County Adopt-A-Highway program has been energized.

The future success of this coordinated effort will be determined by existing and new Yavapai County Adopt-A-Highway groups, residents, businesses, Yavapai County leaders, youth groups and the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) working together. Read More→

logo_azdotCoalition of agencies also works to advise drivers to ‘Stay alert – stay alive’

Camp Verde AZ (August 30, 2013) – Interstate 17 north of the Phoenix area, one of the busiest highways at the start and end of the Labor Day weekend, will be the focus of a safe-driving campaign starting Friday (Aug. 30), as part of a taskforce lead by the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the Arizona Department of Transportation, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and the Arizona Department of Health Services.

DPS will assign six highway patrol officers, two commercial vehicle enforcement officers and several freeway service patrol members to work along I-17 between Black Canyon City and the State Route 69 interchange at Cordes Junction on Friday and Monday (Sept. 2) as part of the state’s Labor Day Traffic Safety Taskforce. Read More→

Tips for Enhancing Your Online Searching

Friday, August 30th, 2013

By Andrea Lhotka, Public Services Librarian

logo_sedonapubliclibrarySedona AZ (August 30, 2013) – Most of us nowadays are familiar with the verb “to google.” When we use the Google search engine to look up something on the Internet, we are “googling.” Google has allowed us to find the answers to life’s questions with minimal effort, and these answers seem good enough to us in most cases. We live in a time of abundant information, but should we be doing more to verify online content? And what if we can’t locate what we’re searching for on the web? To answer these and other questions, read on. Read More→

logo_redroseinspirationSedona AZ (August 29, 2013) – Red Rose Inspiration For Animals is thrilled to present the 1st Annual “Ride For Rescue” Motorcycle Event on Sunday, September 8th, 2013.  This will not be your ordinary motorcycle event in several ways.  September 8th is National Pet Memorial Day and Red Rose Inspiration For Animals would like to honor this day as part of this event.  If you bring a photo of your pets that have passed, we will display it on our framed Pet Memorial Poster.  This is a unique way to let everyone know just how special their companion animals will always be.

Red Rose has also created a unique twist to this anticipated fun event.  At a certain time, there will be a motorcycle “Ride to Pine (Arizona) For Pie”.  All registered Riders and Passengers will receive a Free Slice of Pie and Ice Cream in beautiful Pine, Arizona at Sidewinders Saloon.  It will be a wonderful ride with a “sweet” ending! Read More→

logo_azdpsCamp Verde AZ (August 29, 2013) – Due to increased traffic and travel over the Labor Day weekend, The Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) in conjunction with various local and national departments will implement several traffic safety campaigns throughout the state. 

In one of the campaigns, DPS Highway Patrol units will take on an integral role while assisting local departments in forming a “Safety Corridor” along I-17 between Black Canyon City and Camp Verde.  Read More→

logo_sedonamuseumSedona AZ (August 29, 2013) – The Sedona Heritage Museum is proud to announce that it has added another collection to the Arizona Memory Project’s online system. This new offering includes historic photos, contemporary photos and history of the Bristow and Jordan families as interpreted through a collection of family clothing.

Based on the “One Family’s Closet” exhibit held at the Sedona Heritage Museum in spring 2013, the online collection features nine focus areas representing clothing from 1912-1962, including items that belonged to various members of one Arizona pioneer family: Annie Bristow Jordan, Ruth Woolf Jordan, Anne Jordan Jackson, Helen Jordan, and other family members. Read More→

Sedona City Talk: Councilor Dan McIlroy

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

By Sedona City Councilor Dan McIlroy

City of Sedona ArizonaSedona AZ (August 29, 2013) – The waste water plant is an Enterprise Fund, which means it is supposed to charge what it costs to operate.  This has not been the case for many years.  How did we get to this point and what is being done to address the issue?

Around 1984, a study was conducted by what is now the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) regarding individual septic systems in the Sedona area.  According to that study, over half of the septic systems in the Sedona area were non-compliant with applicable regulations.  Also in 1984, an Environmental Assessment was conducted with regard to effluent disposal plans proposed by the Sedona Sanitary District, which had been formed in 1982.  The report concluded that “on-site septic systems using leach fields in shallow soils were a threat to the environment since nutrient rich septic tank effluent would flow on top the underlying rock down gradient to Oak Creek.”  It appears that these findings prompted ADEQ to require improvement of the Sedona area wastewater system.  In 1985, an unsuccessful attempt was made to incorporate the Sedona and Village of Oak Creek to manage this issue.  It failed, but in 1987, incorporation of Sedona was approved.  The Sedona Sanitary District was disbanded and the City took on management of the wastewater system. Read More→

Sedona: International City Of Peace In Partnership With The Sedona International Film Festival And Sedona War Veterans Presents Leave No Soldier: A Feature Length Documentary, and The Underworld Journey Of A Soldier’s Soul: A Vietnam Veterans Personal Journey From Childhood Through War

logo_SIFFSedona AZ (August 29, 2013) –  On Wednesday, Sept. 11 Sedona: International City of Peace in partnership with the Sedona International Film Festival and Sedona war veterans invite you to attend “Leave No Soldier: A Feature Length Documentary” directed, produced and co-written by Donna Vassin at the Mary D. Fisher Theater.

“The Underworld Journey Of A Soldier’s Soul” written and produced by Eduard Uzumeckis, PhD, will precede the documentary. This is a short story of one soldier’s personal journey from childhood through his return from the war in Vietnam. The performances will begin at 7:00pm followed by a group conversation on restoring oneself and one’s community in the face of tragedy. Read More→

Sedona AZ (August 29, 2013) – Author, Native American and shaman, Devara ThunderBeat is pleased to announce the release of her new spiritual/metaphysical book, Look Up: My Encounters with ETs & Angels. ThunderBeat will lecture and sign books at the Sedona Public Library on September 19th at 7pm.

This amazing true story about Devara’s lifelong journey with ETs and angels may shatter your views of the world as you know it. Read More→

logo_recipe4wellnessKaren Russell of Recipe 4 Wellness hosts a “Chocolate Tasting” September 25, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at 75 Sedona View Drive. Have a fun night out with your girlfriends for chocolate tasting, wine and chocolate facials. Learn which chocolates are best for your energy and decreasing belly fat. $20 or bring a friend for half price. Contact Karen (928-282-8918 or info@recipe4wellness.com) to reserve your spot today. Limited number of seats available.

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logo_connectionsequinetherapyCornville AZ (August 28, 2013) – Connections Equine Therapy is a non-profit organization located in Cornville, AZ offering Therapeutic Riding and other services designed to improve the health and well-being 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!

20130829_connectionsequineWe need volunteers for Horse Care. No experience necessary – training provided.

Duties include feeding, grooming, and watering horses, pasture and barn clean-up.

  • Minimum age 14
  • Must be physically fit
  • One A.M shift or one P.M shift per week
  • 8 week commitment required

For further information call 928-202-2631 or email: connections @commspeed.net

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logo_nationalparkserviceFlagstaff AZ (August 28, 2013) – Today, acting Regional Director Laura Joss signed a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the development of a new hiking trail system at Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument (Monument). This system will provide increased recreational experiences for monument visitors, address resource preservation concerns, and remedy ongoing maintenance needs. Read More→

3 on 3 Basketball Tournament to Support MATFORCE

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

logo_MATForceVerde Valley AZ (August 28, 2013) – Caleb Krebbs, a 17-year old Rimrock High School student, has a vision to help reduce substance abuse. Krebbs said, “I have seen the damage that drug abuse causes for the person and for families and I want to do something about it.”

Krebbs launched a 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament called ‘Shoot for Drug Awareness,’ that is set for September 20 and 21 in Cottonwood. Youth and adults are invited. Proceeds from the event will go towards MATFORCE’s various drug prevention programs. Read More→

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Celebrate the 25th Anniversary Verde River Day

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Hands Across the Lagoon on Saturday, September 28 at Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Arizona State ParksCottonwood AZ (August 28, 2013) – Dead Horse Ranch State Park will celebrate the 25th Anniversary Verde River Day on Saturday, September 28th, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The activities during Verde River Day promote preservation and care of the environment by showcasing informative exhibits on the Verde’s riparian habitat.

This year’s FREE event kicks off with “Hands Across the Lagoon” at 9 a.m. and everyone is invited to join hands around the east lagoon at Dead Horse Ranch State Park to symbolize the importance of the preservation of the Verde River. The line-up for the Hands Across the Lagoon will start at 8 a.m. Pick your spot and then enjoy the best pancakes served by the Knights of Columbus. The Rough Riders will conduct a flag ceremony and posting of colors at 9 a.m. accompanied by the Cottonwood Community Band and will be followed by keynote speaker Vincent Randall, Tribal Elder for the Yavapai-Apache Nation who is also a Verde Valley historian. Read More→