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MATFORCE Dump the Drugs Apr 26 County Wide

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

logo_MATForceVerde Valley AZ (April 15, 2014) – A Dump the Drugs event will be held on April 26th at 6 locations county wide, including Cottonwood, Sedona, Camp Verde, Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley.  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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Work Force and Education – Building Our Future

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

logo_verdevalleyregionaleconomicorgVerde Valley AZ (April 10, 2014) – On April 22, 2014 from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM at the Sedona Red Rock High School, Performing Arts Center, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road, Sedona, AZ 86336, the Verde Valley Regional Economic Organization is hosting an Education Forum featuring the latest research on the state of education in Arizona and the Verde Valley and the workforce needs of the Northern Arizona business community. Read More→

logo_MATForceVerde Valley AZ (April 9, 2014) – Captain Troy Hoke of the Cottonwood Fire Department has been named to the MATFORCE Board of Directors.  

MATFORCE is led by Co-Chairs Sheila Polk, Yavapai County Attorney, and Doug Bartosh, Cottonwood City Manager.  Bartosh said, “We welcome Captain Hoke to the Board.   His leadership and experience in responding to emergencies that include drug abuse related emergencies is a valuable asset to our goal of working together to reduce substance abuse.” Read More→

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Professional Women’s Group Quarterly Luncheon

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

logo_professionalwomensgroupBusiness Networking for Women in Northern Arizona

Cottonwood AZ (April 9, 2014) – The local Chapter of Professional Women’s Group has their second quarterly luncheon of 2014 on April 15, 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 Jerona Java Cafe based out of Cottonwood.  Pre-registration for this event is required and you can sign up at Read More→

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logo_verdevalleycaregiversVerde Valley AZ (April 2, 2014) – Verde Valley Caregivers Coalition invites members of the community to turn their caring into action on Tuesday, April 22, 2 to 4 p.m. at the Cottonwood Library. This “I Care” volunteer recruitment event will focus on the need for more volunteers to help install Guardian Angel medical alert units. Carol Basini, program coordinator, will be available to train and answer questions on the life saving devices. Read More→

logo_sedonaverdevalleyfirefightercharitiesSaturday, April 12 from 7am to 12 Noon at Station 31 (off Highway 260 in Cottonwood)

Cornville AZ (April 2, 2014) – Recently the Thomas Mizer family lost their home and vehicle due to a structure fire in Cornville.  This has been a devastating event for this family and they are in need of our help. The Verde Valley Fire District and SVVFC will be holding a yard sale to benefit the Thomas Mizer family on Saturday, April 12th. Read More→

logo_verdevalleycaregiversArt. Wine. Dine. on the Rocks Fall Masquerade

Sedona AZ (April 1, 2014) - Verde Valley Caregivers will hold its third annual Art. Wine. Dine. on the Rocks fundraiser on Thursday, Oct. 23, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Hilton Sedona Canyon Ballroom. The event will feature Masquerade-theme with Venetian masks provided and include a wine tasting reception, elegant dinner, music from Opera and Stage, a silent auction, and the live art auction of the year. Tickets are $75 per person. Table sponsorships available. Proceeds to benefit assistive services for older adults in need. For more information and to RSVP, contact Linda Clark at (928) 204-1238 or email Follow the event on their website at:

logo_yavapaicollegeClarkdale AZ (April 1, 2014) – The Yavapai College Fire Academy/EMT program, in conjunction with numerous local agencies and organizations, will conduct a mass casualty incident drill on Saturday, April 5, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus in Clarkdale. Read More→

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logo_bikeMSEvent Benefits Multiple Sclerosis Research, Programs, Services

Verde Valley AZ (March 31, 2014) – You may not want to cycle up to 150 miles across the Verde Valley, but if you’re looking for a great opportunity to assist those who are and also benefit multiple sclerosis research, programs and services, the Arizona chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is looking for volunteers for Bike MS: Ride the Vortex ­Sedona Verde Valley, May 17 and 18. Bike MS: Ride the Vortex starts and ends at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds, 800 E. Cherry St., Cottonwood.

All proceeds directly benefit MS research and programs and services for women and men with MS in Arizona. Read More→

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logo_localfirstarizonaVerde Valley AZ (March 31, 2014) – In recognition of National Independents Week, Local First Arizona will honor locally owned and independent businesses across the state from Sunday, June 29, through Sunday, July 6. The nationwide Independents Week campaign, coordinated by the American Independent Business Alliance and known as “Indie Week,” takes place during the week of Independence Day with the purpose of enlightening consumers to the importance of supporting local businesses. Read More→

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logo_verdevalleysanctuaryVerde Valley AZ (March 21, 2014) – Mark your calendars and get ready for a boot-stomping good time: Picnic in the Moonlight is a-comin’! The event, a fundraiser for the Verde Valley Sanctuary, will take place on May 18, 2014, at 4 p.m. at Sky Ranch Lodge on Airport Mesa. Relax with a cold beer, shop for provisions at the Country Store, kick up your heels to live music, learn to line dance and play a carnival-style game to win beautiful gourmet baskets filled with tasty vittles from your favorite local restaurants. Once you’ve won your basket, make yourself comfortable at checker-clothed tables and enjoy your feast surrounded by your friends and neighbors (not to mention one of the best red rock views in town). Read More→

logo_arizonascitechClarkdale AZ (March 19, 2014) – The Yavapai College Verde Valley campus hosts the Verde Valley SciTech Festival Expo on Friday, March 28 from 5 to 9 p.m. The Expo, which is free and open to the public, is an extension of the statewide Arizona SciTech Festival, held annually in February and March. The event celebrates science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and features a variety of exhibitions, workshops, expos and tours across the state to underscore how STEM will influence Arizona for the next century. Read More→

logo_bearizona2Spring is in the air and it’s the start of baby season at Bearizona Wildlife Park.  All different species of North American Wildlife start to have their young between March and July, making it the perfect time to visit.

Williams AZ (March 18, 2014) – Bearizona Wildlife Park is excited to announce the arrival of two bear cubs, which were born to two different mothers the second week of January at the Williams, Arizona Wildlife Park.  The bear cubs spent their first two months with their mothers are were just weaned.  They will be viewable in a nursery exhibit until May, when they are big enough to go out into their own enclosure within the walk through area of the park. Read More→

logo_MATForceVerde Valley AZ (March 17, 2014) – The March 27 MATFORCE Lunch ‘n Learn will feature Dr. Greg Stephens. In your family, business or practice, do you ever experience communication challenges? If so, Dr. Stephens will offer helpful insights you can use in creating meaningful and compassionate communication.  Do you ever have problems communicating with teens?  Both educators and parents will learn new ways of communicating more effectively with youth of all ages. Read More→

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logo_verdevalleycaregiversVerde Valley AZ (March 16, 2014) - Verde Valley Caregivers Coalition is sponsoring a Defensive Driver workshop for its volunteers and all those who would like to learn how to be safe on our roadways and highways. The free workshop will be held 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday, March 28, in the Community Room at the Sedona Public Library.

Workshop speakers include John Bond of Cottonwood Area Transit, who will facilitate the Defensive Driver Training class. Two police officers from both Sedona and Cottonwood will discuss traffic issues and driving hazards in the VerdeValley. Read More→

logo_yavapaifoodcouncilVerde Valley AZ (March 13, 2014) – Yavapai Food Council announces 2014 Summer Meals program in association with the Arizona Department of Education and USDA Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).  All summer youth camps and organized summer activities are eligible for free breakfast and lunch, including but not limited to faith based, school based, and sports related.  To learn how to apply for free summer meals join an informational conference call on Thursday, March 20, 2014. Read More→

logo_verdevalleycaregiversVerde Valley AZ (March 11, 2014) – Leonard Filner, a caregiver by trade, also volunteers for Verde Valley Caregivers his off hours to help older adults who need assistance. “I was looking for other ways to help as many individuals as possible, in addition to my services as a personal caregiver,” he said.

Filner, a volunteer for nearly two years, is part of VVCC’s Transitional Care team, which helps patients from Verde Valley Medical Center transition from hospital to home. The 30-day or longer program, which begins prior to discharge from the hospital, provides the attention older adults need to prevent re-admittance. Read More→


By Merilee Fowler
Executive Director of MATFORCE

Verde Valley AZ (March 10, 2014) – Senate Bill 1389 will educate Arizona’s kids on the consequences of non-medical marijuana use, much as was done with tobacco.  But some are objecting to the bill. I have to ask: Why would anyone object to educating our kids about the harms of using marijuana? Read More→

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logo_verdevalleyleadershipVerde Valley AZ (March 6, 2014) – Verde Valley Leadership (VVL) is pleased to announce the call for Summit Award Nominations. In April 2012, VVL developed an annual Leadership Summit as an opportunity to celebrate leadership in the Verde Valley and honor Adult and Youth Leaders in the community. The nomination committee received 9 nominations in the Adult Leadership category, and 4 nominations in the Youth Leadership category.  The Inaugural Verde Valley Leadership Awards were presented at the event to Doug Von Gausig and Colton Elmer. Read More→

logo_yavapaicollegeEffort Fosters Local Entrepreneurial Spirit

Clarkdale AZ (March 6, 2014) – Over the past six months, Yavapai College has greatly increased its business assistance presence in the Verde Valley.  During September 2013, the Yavapai College Small Business Development Center (SBDC) began reestablishing contact with the Verde Valley business community to determine the services needed to support entrepreneurship and business expansion. Read More→

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