The second annual Kudos Folk Music Showcase is Saturday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m., at the Old Town Center for the Arts in Cottonwood. Featured this year are Arizona Music Hall of Fame member Joe Bethancourt along with local professional folk artists PK Gregory and Ron McLain. Kudos Editor Dan Engler will host this year's show.
Tickets are $15 advance, $18 door, $20 priority (Call 928-592-3090). For more information, visit www.oldtowncenter.org.
Beaver Creek Historical Society meets
Wednesday, the Beaver Creek Preservation & Historical Society will meet from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the BC Adult Center. Everyone is invited. Contact Judy McBride at (928) 567-4648 for further information.
Arizona Poet Laureate Alberto Rios in Sedona
On Thursday, the Pumphouse Poetry and Prose Project is pleased to present a reading by Arizona's first and newly appointed Poet Laureate Alberto Rios. This extra special show will be at the Sedona library, Sy Burch auditorium from 7 to 9 p.m.
Ríos is the recipient of the Western Literature Association Distinguished Achievement Award, the Arizona Governor's Arts Award, fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Walt Whitman Award, the Western States Book Award for Fiction, six Pushcart Prizes in both poetry and fiction, and inclusion in The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, as well as over 250 other national and international literary anthologies. His work is regularly taught and translated, and has been adapted to dance and both classical and popular music.
VV Computer Club Meetings
The Verde Valley Computer Club Genealogy Special Interest Group (SIG) meeting is Thursday at 6 p.m. Research material and help are available. Interesting information may be discovered about your past relatives. Meet at the Family History Center, Mormon Church (west side) at 1377 East Hombre Drive, Cottonwood.
The Internet Special Interest Group meets Friday at 4 p.m. Topic: 'User Tips And Tricks That Make The Browsers More User Friendly' Clemenceau Building, Willard St at Mingus Ave, Cottonwood. The meetings are Free. Dave 639-0106.
Steak dinner at the VFW
The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 6739 in Camp Verde will be hosting dinner on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. They will be serving steak with sides for a donation of $10 a plate.
There will be live music. Come in & enjoy great food & good music. Proceeds go to cancer aid & research. Members & guests welcome.
Sedona Giclée Gallery features new works
Sedona Giclée Gallery, located in west Sedona's Harkins Theater Plaza, is featuring Christine DeSpain's latest works during October, along with recent works by her husband, photographer Michael Schroeder. The two will be on hand for an artists' reception at 4-8 p.m. on Friday, and the public is cordially invited to attend, meet the artists, and enjoy local wine and refreshments.
Sedona Giclée Gallery is located at 2055 W. 89A, Suite B, near the Harkins Theatres. For more information, contact Justin or Jodi Whittaker at 928-282-4708 or visit www.sedonagicleestudios.com.
Factory Outlet Art & Craft Show
This weekend will be the next Factory Outlet Art and Craft show with many exciting things to see and do. There will be 40 to 50 artists and the offerings will run from paintings, sculpture, jewelry, photography, soaps and lotions, glass, clothing, hats, sunglasses, metal art, olive oils and balsamic vinegars, and more.
Featured at this show is Alan Rios, a glass artist originally from the NorthWest, who has pretty much been spending most of his time in Sedona.
The Factory Outlets are located in the Village of Oak Creek, on State Route 179. The show is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.
For more information, please call (928) 284-9627 or visit www.bellrockartshows.com.
Celebrate Your Spirit metaphysical fair
The fourth annual "Celebrate Your Spirit" metaphysical fair will take place in the garden at Crystal Enlightenment on the Creek, 321 State Route 179, Sedona, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, and Sunday. Enjoy an array of healing modalities, personal enrichment and spiritual enlightenment as the Sedona Metaphysical Spiritual Association (SMSA) showcases its members' services, products and talents to the public.
For more information on the fourth annual "Celebrate Your Spirit" or individual practitioners and businesses, visit www.sedonaspiritual.com , contact the Sedona Metaphysical Spiritual Association at (928) 300-7796, or contact Event Chair- Baker Gendron at (602) 999-2493.
EVAA painting workshop
El Valle Artists' Association hosts a painting workshop on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at American Heritage Academy, 2030 East Cherry St., Cottonwood. This workshop is for any artist who has a stack of "some-day" photos waiting for inspiration. Wait no longer - all it takes, says watercolorist Marsha Owen - is "a bit of adjustment and inspiration."
The fee is $50 and pre-registration is required. Contact: Rose Corneto, firstname.lastname@example.org, 301-1929 (workshop chair).
Jewelry Making Presentation at Lanning Gallery
The upcoming "Sedona Arts Weekend" has a lot to offer art lovers including the rare opportunity to hear award-winning jeweler (and blacksmith!) Valerie Ostenak give a talk and demonstration at Lanning Gallery, in the center of the Gallery District. The event is this Saturday 2-3 p.m. Questions and discussion will be welcomed!
Lanning Gallery, 928-282-6865, email@example.com, www.lanninggallery.com, located at Hozho, 431 S.R. 179, Sedona.
Geology Hike at RRSP
Sunday at 2 p.m., both beginning and advanced geologists can join hike leader Chris Weld on an interpretive hike that focuses on the geology of the area at Red Rock State Park.
You can learn why the rocks are red, where they come from, where they are going .... and more.
This hike includes the Eagle's Nest Trail for a great view of the Park and surrounding area. The hike lasts two to two and a half hours and has a 250 feet elevation climb.
Bring water and wear suitable shoes.
Red Rock State Park is located at 4050 Lower Red Rock Loop Road. Entrance fee is $10 per vehicle, up to four adults.
Corner Gallery to feature Egyptian photo exhibit
Oct. 14-Dec. 1
The next Made in Clarkdale exhibit, "Egypt at a Glance," will give patrons the opportunity to see ancient and distant artifacts. Clarkdale resident Willis Peterson took the trip with his wife Roberta and photographed the experience. This turned into an exhibit with between 80 and 100 photos, part of which will be displayed in Clarkdale.
The exhibit is free at the Corner Gallery, 921 Main Street, Clarkdale. Visit madeinclarkdale.org.
Eco-symposium on Oak Creek
On Saturday, 1-5 p.m., the Oak Creek Ambassadors, on behalf of the Oak Creek Watershed Council and Coconino Rural Environment Corps in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) will present a free, educational eco-symposium titled "Wat'er We Doing to Oak Creek?"
The Eco- Symposium is being held at West Sedona School, 570 Posse Ground Road, Sedona, and highlights cultural, social and ecological issues in the Oak Creek Watershed discussed by an interagency panel representing leaders and professionals dedicated to the well-being of Oak Creek.
Featured is keynote speaker Michael Fulton, director, Water Quality Division, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) whose topic is Water as a valuable limited resource, and why Oak Creek is a significant ecological effort.
More information is posted at http://www.oakcreekwatershed.org.
GMO-Free Verde Valley to host free movie
GMO-Free Verde Valley will be showing the movie "Everything you have to know about dangerous, genetically modified food at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Mount Hope Foods in Cottonwood. Are genetically modified foods making you sick? How can you avoid them? For more information, visit www.gmofreeverdevalley.com.
Cottonwood Smart Meter Awareness and VVPOA
Cottonwood Smart Meter Awareness is pleased to announce a free screening of "Take Back Your Power" in the Verde Village 3 Clubhouse, 4855 Broken Saddle Drive (off Hwy 260 on Del Rio, follow the signs) 6-8 p.m. The screening will be followed with Q&A's.
"Take Back Your Power" is an eye opening documentary feature film that investigates the "smart" meter program currently being implemented worldwide by most of the major utility companies and scheduled to be installed in the Verde Valley in November. It uncovers alarming issues about health, privacy, property rights, corporate fraud and the unprecedented vulnerability of the "smart" grid. Our intention is to inform the public so they can make an educated decision whether to accept or refuse these devices.
Help GMO-free Verde Valley kick off labeling initiative campaign
GMO-Free Verde Valley is kicking off its labeling initiative campaign at 6 p.m. Thursday at Verde Valley Medical Center, conference room C. VVMC is located at 269 S. Candy Lane in Cottonwood. Join GMO-Free Verde Valley in getting a labeling initiative on the ballot for GMO labeling for Arizona 2014. For more information, visit http://www.gmofreeverdevalley.com or call (928) 567-8687.
Fund-raiser for local gymnasts
Saturday there will be the $14.99 oil change/car wash fund-raiser at Larry Green Chevrolet on Rodeo Drive next to Wal-Mart to help Flip City gymnasts go to the Big Apple to make the Verde Valley proud. Free coffee and baked goods with the oil change/car wash combo.
GMO volunteer meeting
Would you like to be a GMO volunteer? GMO-Free Verde Valley is holding a volunteer meeting at 4 p.m. Sunday at Mount Hope Foods. For more information, visit http://www.gmofreeverdevalley.com.
Eco-Fair at Posse Grounds Park
Sunday, the Oak Creek Watershed Council is sponsoring an Eco-Fair at Posse Grounds Park, Lower Softball Field, 525 Posse Ground Road, Sedona, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. that is open to the public. The Eco-Fair will include several exhibits by environmental organizations working in your own backyard. People will be able to learn about current projects and enjoy free kids activities. More information is posted at http://www.oakcreekwatershed.org.
Luau at Spirit of Joy
Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church, 330 Scenic Drive, Clarkdale, will hold its annual luau on Saturday, 6-8 p.m. The cost will be $13 adults and $6 children.
Hog Wild will cater the meal. There will be a silent auction, hula hoop contest, and other entertainment/games. All are invited. See www.http://sojaz.co or call 634-4102 for further info or to purchase tickets.
Get spooked at Beaver Creek Library
At 11 a.m. on Saturday, the Beaver Creek Library and Verde Valley Spirit Seekers will present "Spooked," an informative Q&A about paranormal investigations, equipment and personal experiences. "Spooked" will be held at the Beaver Creek Library, 4810 E. Beaver Creek Road in Rimrock. Admission is free. For more information, visit Verde Valley Spirit Seekers on Facebook or call (928) 567-4034.
Join the Verde Valley Voices
It's not too late to join the non-audition Verde Valley Voices as we practice for the Holiday Concert at Mingus High School on Dec. 7. They currently have over 100 members and always look forward to having new members join the choir. You do not have to be able to read music, but just carry a tune and enjoy singing. Practices are held at the Presbyterian Church every Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The church is located on Hombre Street in Cottonwood. There are two semesters per year - September-December and January-May. A single membership is $40 per semester, $35 each for two or more members from the same household and $20 for students. Dues paid by the members help pay for our music. For more information - Please call: 206-406-2669 or 639-2611.
Wine tasting fundraiser for Maynard, Homes for our troops
At 2 p.m. on Saturday, Vintages Grill will host a wine tasting and silent auction to raise money for USMC Sgt. Jordan Maynard and Homes for our Troops. American Legion Post 135 members and Women's Auxiliary of Cornville will sponsor the fundraiser. Advance tickets cost $10 per person and include wine tasting and Hors d'oeuvres. For advance tickets, call (928) 592-9220 or (928) 301-0608, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.vintagesfresh.com. Vintages Grill is located at 5155 N. Dave Wingfield Road in Rimrock.
Friends of the Well road clean-up
Calling all volunteers interested in assisting the Friends of the Well road clean-up crew on Saturday, 8-10 a.m. to pick up trash along Beaver Creek Road. Volunteers are asked to meet in McGuireville across from the mini mart.
The area designated for clean-up is from McGuireville to the Lake Montezuma Fire Department. Come out and help us make the area trash free. The more volunteers the less time required to clean up the area.
Volunteers are asked to bring water, gloves, and wear walking shoes. Bags, vests and pick-up sticks will be provided
Word Weavers Writers Workshop
The Northern Arizona Word Weavers group is holding their third annual writers workshop on Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church, 330 Scenic Drive, Clarkdale. The workshop is open to anyone interested in writing for the Christian market. Registration is $5 for members and $15 for nonmembers. For more information contact Joy Gage at (928) 646-6534.
All registrants can attend "How to Commit Publishing? Or, What Happens in the Publishing Process?" as well as "Constructing the Nonfiction Book Proposal" sessions. They can also choose between either "Keys to Writing Great Fiction" or "Anything Short of a Book."
Join Cottonwood Historic Preservation Commission
The City of Cottonwood is seeking volunteers to fill three seats on its Historic Preservation Commission. All three are for 3-year terms that will expire November 2, 2016. It is desirable that applicants have professional experience in the fields of architecture, planning, history, archeology, or construction.
The commission consists of seven members, five of whom shall be residents of the city, and two of whom need not be residents of the city, provided that the city council finds at the time of their appointment that they have substantial ties within the corporate limits of the city, such as owning real property, owning a business, being employed within the city limits, or based on any other factors deemed relevant by the city council.
Commission and board volunteer application forms and a copy of the powers and duties of the commission are available at the City of Cottonwood website: www.cottonwoodaz.gov, or from the Human Resources office, 816 N. Main St., or by calling 928-340-2713. Applications will be accepted at the HR office until 3 PM Oct. 18.
Dan Engler to perform at Living Room Music Series
The Living Room Music Series at CPL Sedona will feature Cornville singer-songwriter Dan Engler with his program called "Simply Stated and Simply Played." He will perform his original folk music and talk about folk music origins and his own song-writing process. In addition, Engler will share songs from the deepest corners of the Americana-Roots-Folks music treasure chest.
The Center for Positive Living Sedona is located in the Village of Oak Creek at 45 Castle Rock Road. For more information, visit CplSedona.org. Admission is $10 cash only and because seating is limited it is highly recommended to arrive early since tickets are available only at the door the night of the concerts.
Ken Bennett to address Verde Valley GOP
The Verde Valley Republican Women's October meeting will feature speaker Ken Bennett, current Arizona Secretary of State, who plans on being a candidate in next year's gubernatorial election.
The meeting will be held Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. (doors open at 11 a.m. for meet and greet) at the Los Abrigados Resort located at Highway 179 and Portal Lane in Sedona. Please come, bring a friend, enjoy a delicious lunch for $16 all inclusive and hear from our great speaker.
Reservations Please call or email 928-284-4248 or email@example.com. You can also visit the website at www.Azfrw.com