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Carl Jackson Reports on Winter Storm Juno

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Westport CT (January 27, 2015) – Carl Jackson, former publisher of Sedona.biz, gives an update of winter Storm Juno from Westport, Connecticut: 18″ of snow and it’s still falling.

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MATFORCE Announces Annual Video Contest

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

logo_MATForceVerde Valley AZ (January 23, 2015) – MATFORCE announces its annual “My Voice Makes a Difference” video contest.   Area youth ages 11 to 18 and college students are invited to let their voices be heard by creating an original short video that makes a positive statement about reducing drug and alcohol abuse.  Winning videos will be used by MATFORCE at community events and as Public Service Announcements on TV and radio. Read More→

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Child Sex Trafficking in Our Community:
Awareness and Prevention

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

logo_internationalcityofpeaceSedona AZ (January 21, 2015) – The Sedona International City of Peace is sponsoring a special evening event at 6:30 pm, Tuesday, January 27th at the Sedona Public Library, entitled “Child Sex Trafficking in Our Community: An Evening of Awareness and Prevention.”

“Learning about child sex trafficking is shocking, and as a City of Peace, we feel an obligation to share what we recently have learned with you,” says Lori Rubenstein. Rubenstein is one of the founding members of the Sedona International City of Peace and an Ambassador for Shared Hope International whose mission is to eradicate sex trafficking worldwide. “You might think that child sex trafficking happens primarily overseas, or maybe in metropolitan areas, but not here, not in Sedona! The truth is, it happens everywhere, and children in our community are being used for sex.” Read More→

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MATFORCE Announces Youth
Pizza Box Topper Contest Winners

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

logo_MATForceCamp Verde AZ (January 21, 2015) – Youth from throughout Yavapai County spoke out against underage drinking by entering the annual MATFORCE Pizza Box Topper Contest.  The theme for the contest was ‘Say No to Underage Drinking.’  Winning artwork will be displayed on pizza box tops during the Super Bowl weekend (January 30th-February 1st).  Participating pizza vendors, who will be displaying the artwork, are from Prescott, Prescott Valley, Cottonwood, Camp Verde and Sedona. Read More→

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LWV Greater Verde Valley Celebrates 95 years

Monday, January 19th, 2015

logo_leagueofwomenvotersBy Robyn Prud’homme-Bauer

Verde Valley AZ (January 19, 2015) - On February 7, 2015, the League of Women Voters Greater Verde Valley is celebrating the idea of a nonpartisan civic organization to provide the education and the experience the public needs to assure the success of democracy – The League of Women Voters! With passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920 that gave women the right to vote, the League of Women Voters was formed with the thought that women needed enlightenment and encouragement to vote. Read More→

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Life Inspired – A Photographic Tribute to Lynne Leakey

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

Sedona AZ (January 18, 2015) – Kenya elephants and Masaai culture were passions of Lynne Leakey, a long-time Sedona resident and a leading  Africa tour guide for 40+ years, before she passed away suddenly while on safari last summer.

She had been planning a July, 2015 safari especially designed for Sedona residents.  You can experience vicariously what Lynne had in mind at a tribute to her life and work, put together by some of her closest  Sedona friends, on Friday, January 23 at the Yavapai College Sedona campus, room 34 (on Cultural Park Rd, across Rte 89A from Red Rock High School).   The program will begin  at 11:30 a.m., with doors opening at 11:00. Read More→

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Reflecting Back on Red Rose from the Beginning

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

logo_redroseinspirationBy Tina Allegrezza

Sedona AZ (January 17, 2015) – As we look forward to 2015, we are excited about the possibilities of a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year for Red Rose Inspiration For Animals, a nonprofit 501(c) 3 based here in Sedona. We are pleased to be making a difference for animals in variety of unique ways throughout the Verde Valley. As Founder of this organization, Red Rose has by far exceeded many of my expectations in this wonderful community that I proudly call home. We are now entering our 6th year and I would like to take this opportunity to reflect back on many of the accomplishments in animal rescue. Read More→

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logo_professionalwomensgroupBy Carla Trujillo, PWG President

Cottonwood AZ (January 8, 2015) – The local Chapter of Professional Women’s Group has their first quarterly luncheon of 2015 on January 20, 2015. 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 www.pwgaz.org. Read More→

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logo_crossingworldshopiprojectsSedona AZ (January 6, 2015) – Home for Hopi people is rich in meaning and function within the cultural cycle of the year. Hopis are known for their ancestral multi-story plastered stone homes on mesa tops in northeastern Arizona. Today, with growing population and changing building styles, many Hopi families face overcrowding, have substandard housing, indoor air quality challenges with the coal heaters, inadequate plumbing, and much higher than average housing disrepair. Read More→

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logo_MATForceCottonwood AZ (January 2, 2015) – The January 22nd MATFORCE Lunch ‘n Learn will feature one mom’s story of her son’s marijuana addiction, called “Helping Andy Help Others.”

Sally Schindel will tell the story of her 31 year-old son, Andy.  He died by suicide in 2014, leaving a note saying, “Marijuana killed my soul + ruined my brain.”  Sally will recount his struggle with marijuana addiction in order to raise awareness about the risks of broad legalization of the drug marijuana. Read More→

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Hooked: Tracking Heroin’s Hold on Arizona

Monday, December 29th, 2014

logo_MATForceSpecial Event January 13

Cottonwood AZ (December 29, 2014) – On January 13, MATFORCE will host the screening of a special investigative report on heroin that was produced by Arizona State University.  The event will feature a statewide TV-simulcast along with an interactive panel discussion on heroin problems occurring in Yavapai County.

Art Brooks, President and CEO of the Arizona Broadcasters Association (ABA), developed the TV broadcast idea after learning of the seriousness of the issue.   “The scourge of heroin and opioid addiction is killing hundreds of Arizonans, and the growing problem is reaching epidemic levels,” Brooks said. “Our industry leaders are bonding together on this public danger in order to save lives.” Read More→

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logo_catholiccharitiesBy Rebecca Sauer

Verde Valley AZ (December 23, 2014) – The holiday season is a festive time filled with music, decorations and family traditions. For those who have experienced a loss, the season can be a painful reminder that the loved one is no longer here. Each person deals with loss in their own way. There is no right or wrong way to grieve. Here are a few ideas that might make it easier to get through the holidays. Read More→

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logo_verdevalleycaregiversCottonwood AZ (December 17, 2014) – Verde Valley Caregivers has collected more gifts for seniors this year than ever before. VVCC placed giving trees at Sedona, Cottonwood, Camp Verde Public Libraries, Oakcreek Country Club, and Wal-Mart. Visitors selected gift tags, purchased the items, and returned them to a box located near each tree.

“This has the best turn out ever with each neighbor receiving multiple gifts,” said VVCC Operations Manager Kim Meller. “Normally neighbors receive socks and slippers, but this year there has been a much wider range of gifts. Bigger and better items such as toasters and crockpots will also be delivered to older adults in need.” Read More→

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logo_arizonafoodandfarmfinanceAnnual event offers local food industry professionals opportunity to gain skills, network

Clarkdale AZ (December 11, 2014) – The second annual Arizona Food and Farm Finance Forum will be held on January 15 and 16, 2015, in Clarkdale with the aim of influencing the way Arizona feeds itself and does business locally. The event is presented by Local First Arizona; a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening local economies by supporting locally owned businesses, including food entrepreneurs.

“The second annual Arizona Food and Finance Forum will be an opportunity for those involved in and contributing to Arizona’s local food system to gather, network, learn and develop new skill sets,” said Meg Williams Jamison, Northern Arizona Director of Local First Arizona. “This year’s forum will feature nationally acclaimed speakers with experience in farming, food system development, local food marketing, food hubs and building local, living economies.” Read More→

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Verde Valley Museums Offer Holiday Shopping

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Verde Valley AZ (December 3, 2014) – The Verde Valley is home to a treasure trove of cultural heritage sites and museums.  Many of these have Museum Gift Shops offering gifts for the coming holiday season – gifts that you may not find anywhere else.  You don’t need to pay admission just to shop and you can provide much needed support to these non-profit organizations in the process.  Read More→

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logo_redrosethriftiqueBy Tina Allegrezza
Founder of Red Rose Inspiration for Animals

Sedona AZ (December 1, 2014)  - As the holiday season arrives and the spirit of gift giving is upon us we would like to share how your support is making a difference through the Red Rose Thriftique in the Village of Oak Creek. We are proud to be a part of this community and have met so many wonderful animal lovers since our grand opening in July 2014.

Our story is about our commitment to giving throughout the year to those who truly need assistance and who are dedicated to their animal companions despite the challenges they may experience. Read More→

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logo_MATForceVerde Valley AZ (December 1, 2014) – Progress in reducing youth substance abuse is being made, according to MATFORCE Executive Director Merilee Fowler.

Fowler said, “The results of the 2014 Arizona Youth Survey have been announced.  With over 2,000 8th, 10th and 12th grade students being surveyed in Yavapai County, it gives us an excellent snapshot of youth substance abuse.  All the MATFORCE partners, supporters and volunteers can be thanked for the progress we are making in reducing prescription drug and alcohol abuse.  However, the rise in marijuana use among youth is an area of huge concern that we are addressing.” Read More→

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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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