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IOA - COTTONWOOD JOURNAL EXTRA, Wednesday, March 25, 2015 Verde Valley celebrates Irish heritage at St. Patrick's Parade On a beautiful, warm, sunny day in Sedona, families, locals and visitors gathered along Jordan Road to watch the 45th annual St. Patrick's Parade on March 14 and enjoy the St. Patrick's Festival that followed. The Sedona Fire District kicked offthe parade to clear the route, followed by the parade grand marshals', honored with gratitude for all they did to manage the Slide Rock Fire: ld. SFS District Ranger Nicole Branton, of the Red Rock Ranger District and Visitor Contact Center; Sedona Police Chief Raymond O. Cota; and Sedona Fire Chief Kris Kazian. Next came the Camp Verde Cavalry Color Guard on horse- back. They were followed by additional dignitaries, including Cottonwood Mayor Diane Joens, Sedona Mayor Sandy Moriarty, Vice Mayor Mark DiNunzio and City Council members Angela LeFevre, John Martinez and Scott Jablow. Other parade entrants included bagpipers, bands, horses, dogs and a variety of vehicles and walking troupes. Many different organiza- tions and individuals composed much of the parade, showing phenomenal enthusiasm with their entries. Business entries had a great opportunity to promote their business and see their patrons, friends and neigh- bors along the parade route. All were warmly received as each was announced by Master of Ceremonies John Conway and viewed by the parade judges, Steve Conrad, executive director for the Boys & Girls Club of Flagstaff; Glorice Pavey, assis- tant director of Community Events for Flagstaff Recreation Services; and Darcie Flanders, Jordan Reece/Larson Newspapers CAMP VERDE CAVALRY members on horseback make their way down in the Fort Verde Days' Parade in 1958. Longtime participants in the Jordan Road in Uptown Sedona at the start of the 45th annual St. Sedona St. Patrick's Parade, they traditionally march immediately Patrick's Parade and Festival. The Camp Verde Cavalry is a volunteer behind the grand marshals, who this year were three officials in unit of skilled horsemen and historical re-enactors who first performed charge of local efforts to battle the Slide Fire last summer. special events coordinator for song was performed by Pipeand everyone enjoyed lunch and the community, coordinated by Coconino County Parks and Major Michael Donelson andsweet treats from local Sedona Sedona Main Street Program, Recreation. Bagpiper Martha Shideler, both businesses. Crowds of residents NAU Parks and Recreation Immediately following the from Southwest Skye Pipes and and visitors alike enjoyed the Management Program and the parade, the festival kicked off on Drums free entertainment and activi- Green Team event planning Apple Avenue and in the parking Parade awards for outstanding ties on such a beautiful day in committee. The parade and lots of Sedona Meditation entries were announced at the Sedona. festival are made possible by the Center and 350 Jordan Road. festival. Families were busied by The Parade & Festival is a free generous financial support and A festival opening ceremonial a wide variety of free activities, event for the community and by donated or discounted services from many businesses and orga- nizations plus the hard work of the students and the volunteers. 45th annual Sedona St. Patrick's Parade Award Winners based on categories self-selected by the parade entrants: St. Patrick's Award -- highest points for Irish theme and musical combination: Southwest Skye Pipes & Drums ShamrockAward -- highest points for the best business entry: Sedona Pines Resort Best Float Award: Two Sisters with Pot of Gold Color Guard Award: Northern Arizona Veterans Military Color Guard Clown Award --highest total point for humorous entry: Ditzy Glitzy and Hula Hoopsy Clowns Drill Team Award: Flagstaff Kennel Club K-9 Drill Team Equestrian Award: Rio Verde Roverettes Outstanding Marching Band Award: Chino Valley High School Band Best Marching Unit Award: NAU Parks & Recreation Best Musical Entry Award -- highest points for musical entry-bands, choirs, etc.: SummitLIFE Unique Award: Northern Arizona Celtic Heritage Society Best Vehicle Award: Sedona Meditation Center Winning entrants who did not get their award at the festival are asked to call Sedona Main Street Program at 204-2390 to make arrangements for picking up the award. 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The success and proven system of the Yavapai In August 2013, Yavapai Food Council intro- Food Neighbors Project has grabbed the atten- duced the Yavapai Food Neighbors Project. tion of emergency food agencies and the The community-based green-bag project has supporting organizations across Arizona. attracted more than 1,500 local donors who Yavapai Food Council, a small, grass-roots commit to purchase one or two extra shelf-stable nonprofit organization, will offer assistance items during each trip to the grocer, in 2015 to Arizona emergency food providers On the second Saturday of every other month, outside of Yavapai County in the imple- donors place their bags at their front door before mentation and management of this effective 9 a.m. so neighborhood coordinators can collect program. the bags and deliver them to one of four collec- Yavapai Food Council is 501(c)(3) nonprofit tion sites. 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College invites public to explore campus The Yavapai College Verde both new and ongoing courses, Several instructors will be Valley campus invites the highlight options for financial conducting demonstrations or community to "Explore YC," aid and explain campus resources delivering micro-lectures in the a free event on Wednesday, that help students succeed.Community Room M-137 to March 25, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. "You'll learn more about our give potential students a taste The campus is located at 601 degrees, certificates and college of the YC experience. English Black Hills Drive in Clarkdale. courses, plus our GED, OLLI, instructor Terence Pratt, who Yavapai College faculty and Small Business Development,will be showcased at 3 p.m., staffwill be on hand to talk about and Community Education non- said, "This is your chance to classes and degree programs, ' credit courses," said LindaEvans, see all the great classes you can conduct demonstrations and the event coordinator. "We'll take at the Verde Valley campus explain enrollment opportunities also have live music by chem- of Yavapai College and explore for the upcoming summer and istry instructor and professional your options." fall semesters, drummer Gino Romeo and freeCall 634-7501 for more This free fair will showcase root beer floats and popcom." information. : }: 1