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Caregivers' volunteer driver would rather give than receive
Torrey Barcanic, a Verde Valley Caregivers volunteer says, "It is more rewarding to give than to get."
Saturday, July 19, 2014

Fit Kids Clinic in Cottonwood helps local children and families develop healthier habits, lifestyles
Fit Kids of Arizona, a free program promoting healthy lifestyles for children and their families, has a convenient clinic location in Cottonwood. The program is open to all participants.
Saturday, July 19, 2014

What's Happening: 7-20-14
An artist reception for the new Cinco Chicopella exhibit at the White Hills Gallery in Camp Verde is Friday, 5-7 p.m.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Growers predict healthy grape harvest this year
PHOENIX - Last year's harvest was described by Kent Callaghan, winemaker with Callaghan Vineyards located in Elgin and a pioneer in the Arizona wine industry as "wet and late but great quality potential."

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Jerome's full moon skateboard ride
Many tourists use the word 'hair-raising' to describe the ride down Highway 89A from Mingus Mountain to Jerome and Clarkdale, a distance of about 18 miles. It is a steep, curvy road with some unprotected drop offs.  These days, there's an accident most every week.
Thursday, July 17, 2014

What's Happening: Blues Dawg at Clarkdale's Concerts in the Park
The contemporary electric blues band Blues Dawg will perform for Clarkdale's Concerts in the Park series on Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Humane Society birthday bash to be a real pet party
Lee Legrand faced a crisis most of us could not imagine. She was notified at her Chicago home that her sister, Linda, had been found dead in her Cottonwood home, surrounded by her beloved dogs. Thus began Lee's interaction with the Verde Valley Humane Society (VVHS) and her quest to save her sister's dogs. These are her words:

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

What's Happening:
Page Springs Cellars fifth annual Cork Boat Race is Saturday. Wondering what to do with all those corks you've been hoarding? Build a boat and race it down Oak Creek of course! Get ready for food, wine, live music and some fun in the sun! Construct a seaworthy vessel and you could win some amazing prizes. For details go to,
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Slide Fire Story
The Slide Fire Story, a Photographic Tribute to Oak Creek Canyon, opened for a exhibit from Saturday, July 12, through Sunday, July 20, at the Sedona Arts Center.
Sunday, July 13, 2014

American Dream Comes True
New homeowner Derrick Bonner walks up to his new Cottonwood home Friday morning to get his keys at a celebration with volunteers and staff from the Verde Valley Habitat for Humanity.
Sunday, July 13, 2014

New Season for Farmers Market
Deva Michele McCune, left, and Zhaka Belooussoff serve customers at the Sky Hill Sprouts booth at the Cottonwood Farmers Market on Thursday night. VVN/Vyto Starinskas
Sunday, July 13, 2014

What's Happening: 7-11-14
The Celtic Harvest Festival Sedona will be showcasing traditional Celtic Arts at Marketplace Café in the Sedona Village Outlets on Tuesday, 6-9 p.m. (928) 284-5478.
Friday, July 11, 2014

Millions of notes later ... Herb Young told the stories of Jerome
CLARKDALE -- Diane Sward Rapaport opens the first chapter of her delightful, recently published collection of stories of the rebirth of Jerome, "Home Sweet Jerome," with a remarkable question and observation by Herbert V. Young.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

What's Happening: July 9, 2014
The Cottonwood Farmers Market Jamboree starts Thursday at the Old Town Activities Park and runs each Thursday through Oct. 2.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Jerome Kid's Art Workshop
Jerome Kid's Art Workshop made a sign and costumes in their workshop in their Town Hall space to liven up the Jerome Fourth of July Parade on Friday evening. Here the children show off their costumes under construction. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

You know you're from Jerome when ...
Ever since the Jerome Historical Society proclaimed Jerome a ghost city, tourists picked through Jerome like so many scavengers, looking for artifacts, objects to photograph, as if it was one big open air junkyard.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Lightning pilots have historic meeting at Cottonwood Airport
Cottonwood resident and WW II P-38 "Lightning" Ace, Maj. Ralph Wandrey met Col. Todd Canterbury, a current F-35 "Lightning II" pilot at a reception in Al Gradijan's Cottonwood Airport hangar on Saturday, June 21.


Thursday, July 3, 2014

What's Happening: July 4, 2014
For the last 22 years the Camp Verde Cornfest has celebrated the annual sweet corn crop produced on the banks of the Verde River by Hauser Farms.
Thursday, July 3, 2014

New home for Inca, Itsy Bitsy thanks to Pets for Patriots
Tony Camacho met Ann Imbierowski in Puerto Vallarta in 1993. "She jumped ship and landed on my yacht. Here we are 20 years later - and we haven't killed each other yet," he grins.


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Text That Nature Renders
Cottonwood's Pushpa Carbaugh captured this spectacular sunset at Dead Horse Ranch State Park last week.


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

What's Happening: 7-2-14
Pianist Sam Rotman will performat Verde Baptist Church in Cottonwood on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Rotman received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School in New York City.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

What's Happening 6-29-14
The Verde Valley Archaeology Center presents the Navajo Bee Chanah Hasin Dancers on July 7 at 7 p.m., in the Camp Verde Community Center, 395 S. Main St., Camp Verde. This free event is part of the Center's Archaeology Summer for Kids activities.

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Late spring in Jerome -- magic and surprise
After more than 60 years of restoration, the ghost town derelict that Jerome became after 1953 is gone. It is arguably the most photographed and painted town in America.


Friday, June 27, 2014

What's Happening: June 27, 2014
Mark your calendar for Clarkdale's Old-Fashioned Fourth of July. The festivities kick off at 7 a.m. in the Clarkdale Town Park located at 1001 Main St., and will conclude at 11 a.m. Clarkdale will offer the traditional Independence Day activities throughout the morning. You'll want to make sure you get to the park early so that you don't miss any of the special activities, including the famous Kids' Parade.
Friday, June 27, 2014

Pink Rain in Old Town: New owner combines personal style with former Cindi Bee Boutique
COTTONWOOD - A vintage shop with a flair of sparkle, the newly dubbed Pink Rain in Old Town Cottonwood is seeing some small changes under new owner Christel Radke.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

'Tommy Rocks' music store opens July 1 in Jerome
JEROME - You have probably heard of "Tommy Rocks" already: as a Tempe musician, Tommy Anderson has played extensively throughout Arizona, as a solo performer, with his Beatles bands "Ringo McLennonSon" and "The Beatless," and with his band " OvO " featuring guitar legend Joe Berger from NYC. He has since moved to Cottonwood, and performs regularly in Prescott, Scottsdale, Phoenix and Tempe, as well as at The Spirit Room in Jerome and My Dobro in Cottonwood.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Ask your customers for valuable feedback
Question: I've worked at my small business for a long time, but things change so quickly I'm wondering if SCORE has some ideas on how I can find out what today's customers want and how I can best deliver it.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

What's Happening: 6-25-14
Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Denny's Restaurant in Camp Verde is hosting a benefit car wash to raise money for Cookies for Kids Cancer, which is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity. Founded in California, the organization's focus is to raise money for pediatric cancer research. Cancer claims the lives of more children annually than any other disease, and 25 percent of all children diagnosed with pediatric cancer don't win the battle.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Cottonwood Public Library Turns 55
The Cottonwood Public Library is 55 years old, 20 years in the current building on S. Sixth Street. On Friday afternoon the library sponsored a cake and punch celebration of the auspicious occasion.
Sunday, June 22, 2014

What's Happening: 6-22-14
Registration is now open for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute's summer semester, which begins Monday and continues to Aug. 15.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Ghosts of my Verde Street home
Sometimes you get to meet the ghosts that built the house you lived in; who whispered to you when you buried Whiskers the cat near the apricot tree, "Thanks for giving us a cat to be our companion. We've been wishing for one for a long time."

Thursday, June 19, 2014

What's Happening: 6-20-14
Join Northern Arizona wineries at Riverfront Park from 1 to 11 p.m. as they celebrate summer in Arizona with wine and music.
Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Father of the Mother Road
NORTHERN ARIZONA -- Prescott is celebrating its anniversary as a town this year. Established May 30, 1864, it marks its sesquicentennial. And while it would appear through the backwards lens of 150 years as a frontier town, Arizona was a beehive of activity at that time. It was a vibrant period of exploration and expansion that would establish the roadways we still use today.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

What's Happening: 6-18-14
The Cottonwood Youth Advisory Commission is hosting the free "Dive in Movies" at the Cottonwood Aquatics Center. The next feature is "Monsters University." Gates open at 7:45 p.m. and the movies start at dark. Concessions will be sold on site. All children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Please no inner tubes or other floatation devices.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

What's Happening 6-15-14
On Saturday, Clarkdale Community Services/Parks & Recreation is proud to present Doubleblind. They will perform 7-9 p.m. at the Clarkdale Town Park gazebo. This concert is free to the public.

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Copper Ball Raises Funds for EntireCare Rehab & Sports Medicine Program
Verde Valley Medical Center's 2014 Copper Ball grossed over $110,000, which will benefit VVMC's EntireCare Rehab & Sports Medicine program.
Saturday, June 14, 2014

CASA Case of the Month
A Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteer is needed to serve as a "Baby CASA" for 1-month-old "Kelly." The Division of Child Safety (took custody of the infant after the parents were arrested for criminal activity.
Saturday, June 14, 2014

What's Happening: June 13, 2014
The Verde Valley Archaeology Center presents the Grand Opening of their Children's Discovery Area on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Center is located at 385 S. Main St, Camp Verde.
Thursday, June 12, 2014

What a Laugh! Jerome cartoonist gives back to community
JEROME - A teddy bear comes between two fuzzy enemies in Michael Gallagher's pro-bono cartoon used to promote the Jerome Humane Society's annual Flea Market last month.

Gallagher and his wife, Candace, "stumbled" across Jerome about 10 years ago while on a road trip from the Grand Canyon, to Sedona, then through Cottonwood to the mile-high Ghost Town.

"It's a story you've heard from almost everyone - they saw it one time and it kind of never left them," he said.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

What's Happening: June 11, 2014
Join Northern Arizona wineries at Riverfront Park from 1 to 11 p.m. as they celebrate summer in Arizona with wine and music. The event benefits the Cottonwood Teen Center "Empowering Teens in the Verde Valley to Lead Successful Lives" and is hosted by Page Springs Cellars.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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