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Celtic Harvest Festival returns to Village Sept. 20
The sixth annual Celtic Harvest Festival Sedona will be held on September 20th from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Verde Valley School. Known for its strong focus on Celtic tradition and culture, this will be the first year that the Highland Games will be included in the Sedona Celtic Harvest Festival.
Friday, August 22, 2014

New signage approved for Tequa Plaza
Summertime can be a rather laid back time for your Big Park Regional Coordinating Council, and its business typically moves slowly, as many representatives are off gallivanting in cooler climes. At the Aug. 14 Regular Meeting, however, most representatives were very present and ready to get down to some exciting business.
Friday, August 22, 2014

Yavapai County Jail Tax up for discussion for Big Park Council
Recently, there have been various articles about the Yavapai County Jail Tax proposal that will be on this coming November ballot.

Our Supervisor, Chip Davis, has been a leading spokesperson for the county on this matter. We are pleased to announce that at the next Big Park Regional Coordinating Council on Sept. 11, Chip will be in attendance to fully explain the reasons for this increased tax.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Food Neighbors connect the community and help hungry
A gorgeous Saturday, Aug. 9, could not have been a more perfect morning to celebrate the first anniversary of the Yavapai Food Neighbors Project.
Friday, August 22, 2014

VOCA/Village Calendar
Community Calendar

September 8: Big Park Reg. Coordinating Council Executive Board

September 11: Big Park Reg. Coordinating Council, 9 AM, Fire Station (2nd Thursday of Month) www.bigparkcouncil.org



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Friday, August 22, 2014

A tale of two Villages
For the last few weeks, I've been visiting our second home in San Jose, California, ironically called the Villages.

This community is comparable in size and constituency to the Village of Oakcreek Association. Similar to VOCA, the community has a golf course, tennis courts, and a restaurant and bistro.
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Friday, August 22, 2014

Red Rose now focuses on rehab and healing center
Red Rose Inspiration for Animals was founded 5 years ago and has primarily been known for bringing to the community a variety of organized special events for the benefit of animal rescue: art and craft shows, pet adoptions, motorcycle runs and rummages for rescue.
Friday, August 22, 2014

Get ready to 'Light the Village'
Holiday talk in September? You better believe it! Back a few months ago, the Sedona Village Business Association held a meeting with business owners. We wanted to find out what we all could do to promote business here in the Village.
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Friday, August 22, 2014

Adult dog owners set poor example at Big Park School
Most people love animals. Some of us are dog people, some are cat people. I won't say which I prefer because I know that DonnaJo Wagner is probably going to read this and I don't want an angry phone call. My goal in this brief article is to reinforce that when we choose to keep pets, we assume certain responsibilities. One of those responsibilities is to clean up after our dogs.
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Friday, August 22, 2014

Three memorable events; three tasty recipes
First, if you haven't read Catana Tully's Split at the Root, you should run right over to The Worm Bookstore in the Outlet Mall and purchase a signed copy.

Split At the Root is Catana's "dramatic and beautifully written memoir, (where she) explores questions of race, adoption and identity, not as the professor of cultural studies that she became, but as the Black child of German settlers in Guatemala ...

Friday, August 22, 2014

Sept. 15 orientation planned for Big Park tutoring program
Do you miss working with your grandkids or your own kids when they were younger?

The Sedona Literacy Center may be able to help. There will be a no-obligation orientation on Sept. 15 at Big Park Community School in the Village of Oak Creek for those who want to know more about what we do.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Road less traveled now an All-American Road
The Village and the City came together in a joint effort to keep the charm and beauty of Red Rock Country intact in spite of the State trying to shove "progress" down our throats. This is a history of days of yore not so long ago.
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Friday, August 22, 2014

Highlights from American Library Conference
In late June, I had the privilege of attending the American Library Association Annual Conference and Exhibition, "ALA" for short, in Las Vegas.

This international conference attracted librarians from all over the world. More than 18,000 attendees braved the Nevada heat to discuss how libraries are transforming to meet and anticipate their communities' needs.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Genetic testing offers future disease prognosis
I talked recently about running blood tests for DNA on pets to determine their genetic makeup, and since that time we have run a few profiles, some with very surprising results.
Friday, August 22, 2014

With a Beefsteak and a Cup of Coffee: The Harvey Girls in the Southwest
From the 1880s to the 1950s, the Harvey Girls went west to work in Fred Harvey's restaurants along the Santa Fe railway. The Fred Harvey Company employed "Harvey Girl" waitresses: single women who chose to leave their families and adhere to strict lifestyle restrictions for the opportunity to work at respectable jobs.
Friday, August 22, 2014

Planting the fall-winter garden
Fall is a great time to start gardening and the best time for many plants that thrive in cooler weather. For gardeners in Sedona and the Verde Valley fall is the "second spring," and the time to plan and plant the Fall-Winter garden.
Friday, August 22, 2014

Writing workshop with Kristen Kauffman Sept. 19
Everyone has a story to tell. Are you an aspiring author? If you are interested in improving your writing skills and submitting your book for publication, attend the writing workshop with author Kristen Kauffman on Friday, Sept. 19.
Friday, August 22, 2014

Photographer's Corner: Introduction & wildflowers in the Village
For those who don't already know me, please allow me to introduce myself. I'm the Bob of Bob Coates Photography. My wife, Holly, and I moved to Sedona in May of 1999.
Friday, August 22, 2014

Training for inner strength
We are all striving to stay fit. Our doctors insist we need to exercise to be healthy, and our bodies feel better when we do. This is why we keep up our fitness routines week in and week out.
Friday, August 22, 2014

How's Your Game Lately?
Last month, we discussed the importance of sport-specific training. Do you know that a well-designed, tennis-specific training program can greatly improve your game, regardless of your skill level?
Friday, August 22, 2014

Photographer Beverly Kievman Copen exhibit opens in September at Herberger Theater
PHOENIX - Expanding Your Horizons, a solo photography/art exhibit of works by award-winning photographer and Sedona, Arizona resident Beverly Kievman Copen opens at the Herberger Theater Center on September 5, 2014.
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Friday, August 22, 2014

Big Park Council embraces dark-sky preservation
When it comes to preserving the pristine beauty of the Village of Oak Creak's night skies from being obliterated by light pollution, the Big Park Regional Coordinating Council is betting on "Lucky 7."


Friday, July 25, 2014

Community's support needed to become dark-sky community
Due to a unique opportunity for our community, I am devoting this month's article on becoming a Dark-Sky Community. At the July meeting, Big Park Regional Coordinating Council received a presentation from Joanne Kendrick from Keep Sedona Beautiful about the difference between Yavapai County's Dark-Sky Ordinances and being a designated Dark-Sky Community.


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Friday, July 25, 2014

Red Rose now offers Gentle Hearts Service Dogs
Red Rose Inspiration for Animals is proud to announce our newest program, Gentle Hearts Service Dogs. Part of our mission is we promote programs that connect animals with people. Gary DeGeronimo is the Founder and Director of Training for this exciting program with Red Rose.


Friday, July 25, 2014

Happy first anniversary Yavapai Food Neighbors
It was just a year ago on Aug. 9 that the very first cars, just six of them, rolled into the Sedona YMCA parking lot carrying bright green bags filled with generous food donations.
Friday, July 25, 2014

Village residents warned about utility fraud in VOC
To increase the chances of getting their requests granted, children know to pester parents when they are distracted and busy. The same, apparently, goes for scammers making fraudulent attempts to get your money.


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Friday, July 25, 2014

New Look for Hilton
Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa welcomed more than 300 local residents, community leaders and business owners during its open house event on July 16.
Friday, July 25, 2014

Golf much more than hitting a tiny ball with a big stick
The first time I learned about the game of golf was in high school. I took it as a physical education course since we had to choose an activity in order to get school credit. I wasn't very good at it, and it amazed me why anyone would want to use a stick to hit a tiny ball across the grass.


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Friday, July 25, 2014

VOCA/Village Community Calendar
COMMUNITY CALENDAR

August 11: Big Park Reg. Coordinating Council Executive Board


Friday, July 25, 2014

Sharing ideas key to making local business thrive
I have a confession to make: I haven't made it a practice to stop into local Village businesses and get to know the business owners like maybe I should have.
Friday, July 25, 2014


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