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15th Annual Winter Gifting Project

Monday, November 24th, 2014

logo_crossingworldshopiprojectsVerde Valley AZ (November 24, 2014) – Donations are welcomed to supply food, hygiene supplies and gifts for Hopi families in six villages on these remote mesas in the 15th annual Crossing Worlds Hopi Projects annual Winter Gifting Project.  The Hopi Projects group of local volunteers provides support year round for: families, preschooler’s learning enhancement, Hopi cultural activities and Hopi-based initiatives that are growing sustainability.  Last year the group provided 12 pieces of playground equipment for the Hopi pre-schools. Read More→

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MATFORCE Dump the Drugs Event
Dec 6 in Beaver Creek

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

logo_MATForceVerde Valley AZ (November 19, 2014) – A “Dump the Drugs” event will be held on December 6 in Lake Montezuma at the Beaver Creek Adult Center.  MATFORCE, the Beaver Creek Community Action Team and Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office are helping sponsor this event. Read More→

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logo_MATForceVerde Valley AZ (November 13, 2014) – MATFORCE invites area youth to enter the “Say No to Underage Drinking” Youth Art Contest.  Winning entries will receive cash prizes.  Participating pizza stores will be attaching the winning posters to the top of their pizza boxes helping raise awareness about underage drinking risks.  Read More→

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logo_MATForceVerde Valley AZ (November 4, 2014) – Each year MATFORCE helps schools support Red Ribbon Week with ribbons, bookmarks, speakers, workbooks, and other substance abuse prevention tools.  The materials and presentations are all geared toward helping students make good, healthy choices for themselves.  Read More→

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Loved To Death: The Story of Oak Creek

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

logo_oakcreekwatershedcouncilOak Creek Ambassadors to premiere environmental documentary

Flagstaff AZ (November 3, 2014) – Oak Creek is internationally recognized for its outdoor beauty. Many visitors seem to forget that with this natural beauty comes responsibility. The Oak Creek Ambassadors have taken it upon themselves to address this issue through organized clean ups and public education. Their efforts have been chronicled in an informational documentary, titled Loved to Death: The Story of Oak Creek which will premiere Tuesday, November 4 at Wanderlust Brewing Co. “The documentary will cover what we, the ambassadors, did over the summer and the problems associated with recreation on Oak Creek,” said Dalton Zanetti, an Oak Creek Ambassador and producer of the documentary. Read More→

Camp Soaring Golf Charity Golf Tournament

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

logo_campsoaringeagleVerde Valley AZ (November 3, 2014) – On Saturday, November 8th @ 8:00 a.m., Verde Santa Fe Golf Club will be hosting a charity golf event for Camp Soaring Eagle. The format is a fun 4-person team scramble. The entry fee is $85.00 and includes green fee, cart fee, lunch, prizes and a $20.00 donation to the Camp. Read More→

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logo_associationoffundraisingprofessionalsPrescott AZ (October 28, 2014) – The Northern Arizona Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals will hold its annual National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 13, at 11:45 to 1:30 p.m. in the Granite Mountain Room at the Prescott Resort. Each year on NPD the chapter recognizes the efforts of volunteers, businesses, organizations, and fundraising professionals.   Read More→

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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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