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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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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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logo_verdevalleycaregiversSedona, AZ (October 10, 2014)  – Verde Valley Caregivers Coalition (VVCC) Operations and Mobility Manager, Natalia Molina, who has successfully led volunteer services for more than a thousand seniors in Sedona and the Verde Valley, announced she will resign her post, effective October 17th to accept a position within California State University Monterey Bay’s diverse, multicultural programs for masters’ students. VVCC provides volunteers, programs and services that support adults in Sedona and the Verde Valley to maintain their independence and quality of life at home.

Molina joined the VVCC team last May (2013), where she provided leadership in volunteer recruitment, training and retention, staff supervision for the One-Call Center and the Guardian Angel medical alert provision, transitional care, respite support and community resources and eligibility. 
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Professional Women’s Group Quarterly Luncheon

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

logo_professionalwomensgroupBusiness Networking for Women in Northern Arizona

Cottonwood AZ (October 2, 2014) – The local Chapter of Professional Women’s Group has their fourth quarterly luncheon of 2014 on October 21, 2014.  Luncheon will be at the Cottonwood Recreation Center from 11:30am – 1:30pm and include a speaker presentation, networking opportunities, catered lunch, and raffle/door prizes. This month’s luncheon will be catered by Café Jerona based out of Cottonwood.  Pre-registration for this event is required and you can sign up at Read More→

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logo_MATForceSuffolk University/USA Today poll finds support for legalization plummets 17% among Colorado voters

Verde Valley AZ (September 25, 2014) - When Arizona voters narrowly approved a medical-pot bill in 2010, they were promised that it was just about “medicine.” Now, less than four years later, the Marijuana Policy Project has broken that promise. News broke last week that the Marijuana Policy Project, a group located in Washington D.C., filed paperwork with state elections officials to campaign for the legalization of the drug for recreation in Arizona. Read More→

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logo_verdevalleycaregiversProceeds to help older adults stay in their homes   

Verde Valley AZ (September 20, 2014) – Verde Valley Caregivers Coalition invites you to help older adults stay in their homes by attending its Third Annual Masquerade-themed Fundraiser to be held on Thursday, Oct. 23, 5 to 9 p.m. in the Hilton Sedona Canyon Ballroom, at 90 Ridge Trail Drive. The gala will begin with a wine tasting reception on the Canyon Patio featuring violinist Teresa Joy and appetizers by Vintages Grille. Dinner will be in the Canyon Ballroom where guests will enjoy performances by Classical singers from Northern Arizona University’s School of Music. The event also includes live and silent auctions. Read More→

logo_MATForceVerde Valley AZ (September 17, 2014) – A Dump the Drugs event will be held on Saturday, September 27th, at 6 locations county-wide, including Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, Cottonwood, Sedona and Camp Verde.  MATFORCE and area law enforcement are joining with the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Campaign to gather and safely dispose of unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medication. Read More→

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Fire Safety at Home September 10

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

logo_cornvillecommunityCornville AZ (August 28, 2014) – Come and learn about fire safety at the monthly Cornville Community Association meeting on Wednesday September 10th at 6:00 P.M. Meetings are at Oak Creek School,11490 E. Purple Sage Drive. 

Fire Captain Dustin Chambliss will discuss fire safety in the kitchen and around your home. Children are welcome and are encouraged to join us and learn about staying safe in their homes. County Supervisor Tom Thurman will discuss a possible jail tax proposal. Please come and be part of the community.

Meetings of the Cornville Community Association are free and open to the public. Additional information is available on their website

logo_catholiccharitiesPhoenix AZ (August 27, 2014) – Catholic Charities is proud to announce Paul Mulligan as the new CEO of Catholic Charities Community Service AZ, succeeding Bob Brown who is retiring. Read More→

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logo_lettereditorBy Barbara Mayer, Sedona Resident
(August 24, 2014)

Dear Editor:

It is now 2014. A rather long way from the Dark Ages. Our species has now reached a point where compassion and intelligent caring of our mentally ill can be treated with a host of different therapies. We also now have brilliant and dedicated professionals ready to serve and help heal our mentally ill sisters and brothers. Read More→

logo_MATForceCottonwood AZ (August 20, 2014) – MATFORCE is offering a free Motivational Interviewing training designed for professionals working to improve treatment outcomes for clients with substance abuse and other disorders. It is an empathic, supportive counseling style creating conditions for change.

Motivational interviewing teaches interviewers how to help 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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A transition that makes a huge difference

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

logo_verdevalleycaregiversVerde Valley AZ (August 20, 2014) – Linda, 61, was ready to be discharged from the hospital. Her niece arrived from out of state to take her home. Linda’s husband died unexpectedly last October, so she now lives alone. She also no longer drives due to a fall two years ago when she struck her head.

In communities across the nation, metro and rural alike, many older adults like Linda recover after hospital stays alone at home. The days and weeks after a hospital discharge are especially critical for older adults, many of whom can be at risk for falling down. Some don’t take or aren’t even able to get their medications. Read More→

logo_associationoffundraisingprofessionalsVerde Valley AZ (August 19, 2014) – Nominations are due Aug. 29 for the National Philanthropy Day Awards. The awards luncheon, hosted by The Northern Arizona Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals will be held on Thursday, Nov. 13, 11:45 to 1:30 p.m. in the Granite Mountain Room at the Prescott Resort. Each year the chapter recognizes the efforts of volunteers, businesses, organizations, and fundraising professionals.   Read More→

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MATFORCE Seeks Volunteer Speakers

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

logo_MATForceVerde Valley AZ (August 19, 2014) – MATFORCE speakers reach out to youth and adults with messages aimed at reducing substance abuse.  Last year the organization’s volunteer speakers reached over 10,000 people in more than 200 presentations to schools, businesses, churches, youth and civic organizations.

MATFORCE is seeking additional speakers. The only requirement is compassion for helping to save lives by raising awareness about the risks of drug and alcohol abuse. Read More→

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Kids at Hope Training in Cottonwood

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

logo_MATForce“All Children are Capable of Success, NO EXCEPTIONS”

Cottonwood AZ (August 6, 2014) – On August 21st, teachers, administrators, counselors, youth serving organizations and parents have the opportunity to experience a new way of viewing and interacting with each child in their charge.  The Kids at Hope Training in Cottonwood challenges traditional pigeonholing strategies, such as ‘kids at risk,’ and instead views each child as capable of success, without exception. Read More→

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logo_associationoffundraisingprofessionalsVerde Valley AZ (August 5, 2014) – The Northern Arizona Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals will host the annual National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 13, 11:45 to 1:30 p.m. in the Granite Mountain Room at the Prescott Resort. Each year the chapter recognizes the efforts of volunteers, businesses, organizations, and fundraising professionals.   Read More→

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logo_MATForceVerde Valley AZ (August 5, 2014) – The August 14th MATFORCE  Lunch ’n Learn will explore gangs and the connection to illegal drug activities on a local and statewide level.  This eye-opening presentation will be made by Sgt. Tim Bolger of the Department of Public Safety State Gang Task Force in the Yavapai County area. Read More→

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logo_verdevalleycaregiversExperience joy as a Silver Linings Thrift Shop volunteer

Sedona AZ (August 5, 2014) – The playbook at Silver Linings Thrift Shop is simple: Volunteer for a good cause and reap the joy.

Thrift Shop volunteer, Doris Post, has been experiencing just that. She’s worked at Silver Linings for many years. She heard about the thrift shop at a church function, where she met Thrift Shop Manger Kali Baldwin. The two of them hit it off and Post has been working there ever since. Post says she enjoys the stress-free environment of the thrift shop and loves to meet new people. She really enjoys socializing with people who are visiting Sedona from all around the world. Read More→

logo_MATForceVerde Valley AZ (July 28, 2014) – The epidemic of prescription drug abuse continues to receive broad local and national attention.  According to the National Institute of Health, “About 9% of the population is believed to misuse opiates over the course of their lifetime, including illegal drugs like heroin and prescription pain medications such as Oxycontin.” (  Increased abuse leads to increased addiction rates.  Read More→

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logo_amigosdelverdevalleyCottonwood AZ (July 26, 2014) – The Amigos del Verde Valley Volunteer Coalition  today announced its new “Amigos Heart-to-Heart Seniors’ Yard Adoption and Beautification Programs” to benefit low income and elderly homeowners in Cottonwood, Clarkdale and the Verde Villages with ongoing yard care and beautification. These community volunteer programs are designed to help seniors prevent overgrown yards; avoid the risks of injury and heat-related illnesses if they attempt to perform the yard work themselves; and to increase seniors’ pride in their homes while beautifying the entire neighborhood. Read More→