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Sedona Village Business Assn. returns
The Sedona Village Business Association is back! It is my pleasure to be the new president and I look forward to bringing you my business perspective working and living in this wonderful community that we call home.


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Monday, June 30, 2014

Post-fire concerns dominate Big Park Council meeting
Although much was discussed at the June 12 Big Park Regional Coordinating Council meeting, concern over the Slide Fire's impact on the area was a predominant topic addressed by guest speakers.
Monday, June 30, 2014

The changing face of VOCA
I don't recall who said, "the one thing constant is change itself" but reflecting on the last full year that I've been on this board, including the seven months that I've held the position of President, this has indeed been the case for VOCA. Just during my short term in this role, there have been many changes.
Monday, June 30, 2014

VOCA/Community Calendar
JULY 7: Big Park Reg. Coordinating Council Executive Board

JUNE 10: Big Park Reg. Coordinating Council, 9 AM, Fire Station (2nd Thursday of Month) www.bigparkcouncil.org


Monday, June 30, 2014

Sign up for the Code Red system
As we found out this past month, an emergency in our community can occur at any time as happened with the Slide Rock Fire. How can we be notified when a natural disaster is occurring, a severe weather warning has been issued or there is a community crisis?
Monday, June 30, 2014

Food Neighbors Project weathers summer heat
A blistering Arizona day and many summer-vacationing neighbors put just the tiniest dent in the overall number of bags collected at the June 14 Food Neighbors Project Collection. Even so, our Village/Big Park Community once again came through with remarkable statistics, as 3,647 pounds of healthy food donations were contributed here by generous, dedicated and delighted volunteers.


Monday, June 30, 2014

Kiwanis Family Barbecue
The first Kiwanis Family Barbecue at Kiwanis park was hosted by Damian Bruno & Danielle Giann of Coldwell Banker First Affiliate as well as State Farm Agent Andrew Bailor.
Monday, June 30, 2014

Carol Gronewold -- Bike & Bean's secret recipe lady
Imagine yourself out on the trail. After a rugged climb or just taking a breather, you reach into your pack and voila! there is one of those goodies," homebaked" by Carol Gronewold that you smartly purchased at Sedona Bike and Bean in the VOC.


Monday, June 30, 2014

Husband-wife team open independent insurance store
SEDONA - Jay and Michelle Fitz wanted a way to serve the community and to build a legacy in business when they relocated from California to Sedona, Ariz. in the fall of 2013. They found that opportunity in Brightway Insurance, and have recently opened the first Sedona Brightway Insurance store in Bell Rock Plaza in the Village at 31 Bell Rock Plaza, Suite C.


Monday, June 30, 2014

Ruth Jordan was the original 'Mighty Mite'
The House that Ruth Built - currently known as the Sedona Heritage Museum -- was the home of the Walter Jordan family. Ruth Jordan was the driving force behind the building of the one room cabin that eventually grew to 3,000 square feet of modern ranch house. Quite an accomplishment for this tiny mite of a person.

Ruth Jordan, nee Woolf, was born in Kentucky in November, 1902. Her family moved to Tempe, Arizona, in 1912.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Job Well Done, Mr. Davis
From left, County Supervisor Chip Davis receives a plaque in appreciation for his years of service and dedication to the Verde Valley Senior Center and for serving as past president, Elaine Bremner Executive Director VVSR, and Sam Blom (resident of the VOC), current president of the board of directors.
Monday, June 30, 2014

Joan McClelland Memorial planned for VOC
The Big Park Regional Coordinating Council is raising funds to create a memorial for long-time resident, Joan McClelland.


Monday, June 30, 2014

Red Rose Thriftique opens doors July 10
Red Rose Inspiration for Animals is excited to announce the grand opening of Red Rose Thriftique on Thursday, July 10, noon to 7 p.m. 


Monday, June 30, 2014

Expand your horizons and join a book club
Book clubs are popular, and many library patrons are members of book clubs. I often get inquiries about joining a book club or starting a book club in the Village.


Monday, June 30, 2014

No garage sale signs on SR 179
This is a notice to all residents in the Village of Oak Creek. You are being asked to please not place homemade signs on SR 179. Signs in the ADOT right of way are illegal unless a specific permit is issued.


Monday, June 30, 2014

Love your tournament committee, and consider helping out
Why does a golfer join a league? Because she is new to the game, or to the club, and wants to make new friends. Because she enjoys competition, be it silly or serious, and she likes a social life that revolves around a sport.


Monday, June 30, 2014

Beware of water toxicty
Welcome to another warm month in Arizona, this month I had a request for a topic, and it definitely piqued my interest, and hopefully yours too! I have talked here in the past about things our animals ingest, both liquid and solid that are not healthy and potentially toxic. Grapes, raisins, macadamia nuts, bread dough, sugar free puddings and gum are a few of the lesser known evils. That being said, this next one makes people scratch their heads and say 'huh'? That can't be right? The item that can be potentially toxic? Water. Yes, good old fashioned water has the ability to be a problem for our feathered and furred friends.


Monday, June 30, 2014

Thank you Mr. Gardner Longtime Big Park School principal retires
Big Park Community School 8th graders shared the spotlight with retiring Principal Steve Gardner at their Promotion BBQ May 20. Steve Gardner retires after 41 years as an educator, a man with a true vocation for teaching and here's just a part of his story.
Friday, May 23, 2014

Village Volunteers Honored
Joanne Johnson and Ruth Kane were honored by Yavapai County Supervisor Chip Davis and presented with the first commemorative coins of Sesquicentennial May 19 in Cottonwood. While the 150th anniversary celebrates the establishment of the military and subsequent founding of Prescott, Davis said the county's very first improvement district was in the Village of Oak Creek.
Friday, May 23, 2014

Huge loss for Big Park community
We were all saddened by Joan McClelland's sudden passing. This is not only a loss for Big Park/VOC but the entire Verde Valley.

This past month we celebrated with her as she received a special Community Member Recognition from Yavapai County by Chip Davis.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Never a dull moment in the Village
April and May have been busy months for the VOCA board and staff. First was the preparation for the annual member meeting in April, which included several weeks of behind the scenes work by the staff, committee members, and the board, to prepare the ballot initiatives, and to recruit prospective board members for candidacy.
Friday, May 23, 2014

Library continues to experience positive growth and change
When Dotte Vande Linde moved to the Village of Oak Creek in 1994, the Village had no public library services. After serving at the main library as a volunteer and on the staff, Dotte, along with a committee of VOC residents and David Keeber, the Library Director of SPL in 2005, developed a plan to open a library service center in VOC.
Friday, May 23, 2014

Schnebly Hill Road: What happened?
Schnebly Hill Road originated as a shortcut between the summer range for cattle near Flagstaff and the winter range in the Verde Valley. William Munds (of Munds Park fame) had homesteaded land both in the Verde Valley and above the Rim outside of Flagstaff.
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Friday, May 23, 2014

Double Your Donation program underway
Golden Bone Rescue & Rehab and Red Rose Inspiration for Animals are two amazing rescues in our animal-loving community. They are both non-profit 501(c) (3) organizations based here in Sedona, and they operate with an all-volunteer staff.
Friday, May 23, 2014

Big Park Council tackles environmental challenges
We, who have chosen to live in this most breathtaking of places, also must face the reality of its challenges, protecting it now and for future generations. Such was a theme of the May 8th meeting of the Big Park Regional Coordinating Council (BPRCC), the governing body of our unincorporated community, whose representatives are stepping up to do just that.
Friday, May 23, 2014

Judi's Restaurant and Lounge: new owners with same trusted menu
The menu isn't exactly the same -- no new owners could resist putting their own twist even on good things -- but Alice and Gary Simmons have continued serving Sedona with tried and true menu items, as we had hoped.

The staff at Judi's has remained constant for years. Alice, for 27 years in the kitchen with Chef Gonzo at her side, now hangs out in the main dining rooms.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Food Neighbors Project poised for next collection
Great things are about to happen again in our town, so on the morning of Saturday, June 14, keep an eye out for those beautiful bright green bags on the doorsteps of MANY of our Community's generous neighbors.
Friday, May 23, 2014

Cheers of gratitude for 'people's park'
The residents and staff of Sedona Winds Assisted Living Community share thankful "cheers of gratitude" with the greater Sedona community for their support upon completion of "The People's Park - a community garden dedicated to the production of wholesome veggies and beautiful flowers, and creation of a healing place where all may experience community and a connection to each other and the earth with its therapeutic powers.
Friday, May 23, 2014

Safety first: It's Arizona and the heat is on!
Each year it seems like the summer gets here sooner, and the heat is worse than ever...well at least to me! Sadly every year despite all the warnings to the contrary, there are still folks out there that do not seem to understand just how hot a parked cars' interior can become...nor how quickly.
Friday, May 23, 2014

'Sitting Disease' biggest challenge to optimum health
One of my beloved trainees recently walked into my studio and asked if I had read the "USA Today" article on the "Sitting Disease."  Her inquiry re-ignited my interest in health studies conducted on the effects of prolonged sitting.  
Friday, May 23, 2014


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