Playing Catch Up Around Town as the Holidays Near


November 2, 2018


Oak Creek Fall ColorsWith Halloween a happy memory and the holiday season on our doorstep, it’s time to catch up on items you may have missed during this busy week.

Vote on Tuesday, November 6: Statewide, Congressional, and legislative district offices are on the ballot, along with statewide and Sedona-only propositions. Your vote matters – and it’s easy to do.

Yavapai County voters in Sedona can cast ballots at Elks Lodge 2291 at 110 Airport Road. Coconino County’s Sedona polling place is at Christ Lutheran Church, 25 Chapel Drive. Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

Vote-by-mail ballots should have been mailed by now, according to the Yavapai and Coconino County Recorders. If you have not mailed yours, you can drop off your completed ballot until 7 p.m. on Election Day at the Sedona City Hall drop box, whether you live in Yavapai or Coconino county. You can also deliver it to the appropriate polling place for your county of residence.

If you lost or spoiled your mail ballot, you can vote in person at the polling place.

For more information, contact the Yavapai County Recorder’s Office at 928-771-3244 or the Coconino County Recorder’s Office at 928-679-7860.

Sedona Public Library turns 60:  Congratulations to the Library for six decades of service.  Their cultural and entertainment events, learning opportunities, youth and family services and so much more have touched generations of Sedonans. With more than 200,000 visitors every year, the Library is stronger than ever as a beacon of service, culture, and history for Sedona and the Village of Oak Creek.  Did you know the library property was donated and the facility built with community contributions?  It was all spearheaded by Friends of Sedona Library, which continues to fundraise today.  Virginia Volkman, her staff, and dedicated volunteers are a unique and unmatched regional resource – a Sedona point of pride.

Speed Networking is back on November 8: Get to know other Sedona-area professionals in a structured, fast-paced way that’s fun, efficient, and exhilarating.  Be ready to share your background and business goals and listen as your partners share theirs – all in about three minutes! You will grow your network and discover new business possibilities.  It’s happening Thursday, November 8, at the Sedona Community Center, 2615 Melody Lane, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Oktoberfest was all about Sedona: The Rotary Club of Sedona Red Rocks did it again October 20, hosting a fabulous Oktoberfest at Posse Grounds Park.  Hundreds of Sedonans played group games, sampled local microbrews, enjoyed authentic German food, and thrilled to live “oompah” music on a beautiful day.  I love events that are all about Sedonans and this is one of the best – raising spirits and money for local youth causes, such as Red Rock High graduating senior scholarships, foreign exchange programs, Rotary Youth Leadership and Teacher of the Year Awards.

Thanks to all the generous local businesses – and Chamber members – who sponsored Oktoberfest. You’re helping make Sedona the best place to live, work, play and visit.

Act on Your Instinct to Help: We naturally think about others as the holidays near, so now is the perfect time to explore volunteering. Verde Valley Caregivers urgently needs drivers to get older adults to medical appointments, grocery shopping, and errands. The Sedona Area Homeless Alliance is looking for help at its soon-to-open Day Services building and has many other ongoing volunteer opportunities.

Even if you don’t think have time, talk to a local helping agency today about helping out. They are open to working with your schedule.

And don’t forget to vote!

–Jennifer Wesselhoff