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COTTONWOOD JOURNAL EXTRA, Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 11A t LAURA MCCUISTION, also known as Smokey Rain, left, will join Cottonwood Mayor Diane laughter experiment at the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, April 1. Courtesy photo Joens during a Don't let sadness Rain on your good time at Chamber According to the World Health Organization, the Freedom to Laugh Coalition, a free club to stress is the number one health threat in the United liberate laughter. States. Local "glad scientist" Laura McCuistion, "Stress can be a killer. Managing stress is esser~- also known as Smokey Rain, is responding by tial to good health. Heart disease, hypertension, formally kicking off the world's largest laughter stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, depression experiment, dubbed The Laffathon. and panic disorder are just part of a growing list To celebrate the kickoff, a laughter demonstra- of health issues that laughter and humor develop- tion will be held Wednesday, April 1, from 4 to ment can prevent or treat," she said. 6 p.m. at the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce, It is estimated that over 90 percent of patients 1010 S. Main St. Simultaneous laughter demon- walk through their doctor's doors because of strations in Detroit and Tel Aviv, Israel, have stress and stress-related illnesses. already demonstrated support. "When you smile and laugh more, the only "Laughter and a humorous perspective can thing you stand to lose is stress, a bad attitude, a make us healthier, smarter and happier," Rain bit of weight and your frown," Rain said. said. "The Laffathon experiment is simply chal- The purpose is to improve individual and lenging yourself daily to laugh and smile more, community health, invite collaboration and especially when you don't feel like it, because generate joy to enliven the community. that's when you need it most." "Cottonwood has been very supportive and Rain adds, "Like a giant sponge, you can cooperative. It has been a pleasure to work with squeeze out the stress and absorb the humor until Mayor Diane Joens, the chamber of commerce, it overflows and you laugh. It may seem a bit silly, other city officials and citizens," Rain said. but it sure beats checking info the hospital. Nurse Everyone is welcome to come join in the fun, your humor and your humor will nurse you." bring family and friends and shake off stress with Rain is a field gelotologist and has been rejuvenating laughter. involved in over 20 years of laughter and humor Contact Rain at 274-5347 or laffathon@gmail. application and research and is the founder of corn for more information. EF Productions will present the 16th annual asked to bring a nonperishable canned food Celebration of Easter in April. The production donation to give at the door to benefit local will be held Friday, April 3, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, charities. April 4, at 2 p.m.; and Easter Sunday, April 5, at Come experience the greatest story ever told. 7 p.m. Laugh, cry and forever be changed as the beau- This Easter production is a festive musical tiful story of Easter is told as never seen before. drama that takes the audience back in time to Also, everyone is welcome to come Easter Jerusalem to Jesus' final days here on Earth. Sunday, April 5, to Emmanuel Fellowship in The triumphal entry, the Last Supper, Judas' Cottonwood for a free pancake breakfast from betrayal in the garden and many more scenes are 9 to 10 a.m. Come early or stay for special portrayed, including the crucifixion and resur- Easter Services at 8 and 10:15 a.m. There will rection of Christ. The grand finale is the glorious be an orchestra and choir for praise and worship ascension of the Lord. and a portion of Celebration of Easter will be Celebration of Easter has a cast and crew of presented as part of a special illustrated sermon. more than 100 people, a live orchestra and choir, No ticket is needed for either Easter services or exciting music, beautiful costumes, pageantry, the breakfast. Jerusalem sets, the "living" Lord's supper, live Call the EF Productions box office at animals, spectacular lighting and special effects. 634-3034, ext. 102, Monday through Thursday There are four levels of seating for all three from 9. a.m. to 3 p.m. for more information. EF performances: Gold Circle, Silver Circle, Bronze Productions is located at 1580 East Fir Street in Circle and Copper Circle. Cottonwood, one block west of Mingus Union The doors will open one hour before each High School. Visit the EF ProductiOns website performance. Any remaining tickets will be for information about the show, seating diagram sold at the door at each show. Everyone is and to watch the trailer. AND ROB .,-22 AMO 50 BOX $6.00 l!l lkA l~V~ ' ...... BRICKS $55 00 )![ ,9 MM ......50BOX Family owned & operated. Serving Arizona for 19 years. Tanner, Natalie, Roslln, Amelia FAIR MARKET VALUE ON 90-DAY LOANS 401 S. Calvary Way, Ste. C Cottonwood, AZ 86326 928-634-0898 Licensed and Bonded State budget ignores priorities of residents The state budget recently of parents and students who passed by the Arizona Legislature protested Ducey's proposed and signed by Gov. Doug Ducey budget, the release states state rejects the values of most legislators passed the budget in Arizona parents and undermines the middle of the night without fair and transparent govemment, providing any opportunity for according to a press release by the public debate. Arizona Education Association. "Arizonans were clear about This budget slashes $352 million their support for public education, from district additional assis- but our state's leaders chose not taHoe, which supports classroom to follow the will of the people. materials, technology, building They have handed Arizona a repairs and more in neighborhood budget that prioritizes their own public schools. Any appearance special interests over the majority of additional funding is driven by of students," Morrill said. increased student enrollment and The budget includes funding court-ordered inflation money, increases for private prisons, An AEA summary of the K-12 continues $267 million in corpo- education budget is available on rate tax giveaways, and siphons the group's website, more than $100 million to a According to JLBC reports, runaway STO corporate tuition Arizona spent more on educa- tax credit program that drains still tion in 2008 than is appropriated more money from the general in this current budget. When fund. inflation and student growth "This budget ignores our are factored in, Arizona will be public schools and over 1 million spending less per student than students," Morrill said. "If our last year. leaders will not" find the will to "Arizona is already last in the support our priorities, then it is nation in per-pupil spending; this time for the community to come budget will keep our children together and demand a solution at the bottom unless voterstake that ensures a better future for action," AEA President Andrew our children and all of Arizona." F. Morrill said. "This budget The Arizona Education ignores the priorities of our citi- Association represents 20,000 zens and shows no respect for the teachers and education support majority of parents." professionals and is the state's Ignoring the thousands largest professional organization. Understand causes of heartburn with Teran Understanding heartburn and arid treatment ofbothconditions. gastroesophageal reflux disease To RSVP or for more infor- is the topic of the March Take mation about this event, call Note: Cottonwood lecture, which 639-6551. is sponsored by Northern Arizona Verde Valley Medical Center Healthcare's Verde Valley Medical is a member of Northem Arizona Center. Healthcare, which also provides The free presentation will be health care services through held from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Flagstaff Medical Center, Team March 25, at Verde Valley Health, Verde Valley Medical Medical Center, 269 S. Candy Clinic, Cancer Centers of Northern Lane, Conference Rooms B and Arizona Healthcare, EntireCare C. The lecture will feature gastro- Rehab & Sports Medicine, enterologist Dr. Juan Teran. 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