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Food, fun and games abound at West Sedona School this weekend.

It will host its annual fundraising Wildcat Carnival Saturday, Oct. 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school, 570 Posse Ground Road.

It’s all about the beer, bratwurst and bands.

The Rotary Club of Sedona Red Rocks is hosting its fifth annual Red Rocks Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Posse Grounds Park. The event features traditional German celebration including area brewers showcasing their finest beers.

Doggy doo and leashes.

No, it’s not the name of a 1980s punk band; it’s a growing problem within city parks.

For many years, there was a bit of a riff between Yavapai College and Sedona residents who didn’t feel as though they were getting enough bang out of the their tax buck.

But in recent years, the college has made strides to offer more courses at the Sedona campus and will continue to do so, said Verde Valley Campus Dean James Perey, who spoke to the Sedona City Council on Tuesday, Nov. 28.

During the Halloween-into-Thanksgiving hangover, Verde Valley residents may have noticed encroaching smoke as fire crews carried out prescribed burns along forests in central and northern Arizona.

A 2016 study by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has found evidence of links between human-caused climate change and wildfires, making controlled burning all the more prevalent. While the smoke impact may be inconvenient and sometimes foreboding, deliberate fires are not only inevitable but necessary.

Click here to read a press release from the U.S. Forest Service, Coconino National Forest.

After several years of searching for a possible signature event during the holidays, Sedona may have found one. Residents and visitors are encouraged to mark Thursday to Sunday, Dec. 14 to 17, on their calendars for something organizers expect to be enjoyable for the whole family.

Sedona Northern Lights — which will be the country’s largest projection show on a natural canvas — will help showcase “Sedona’s profound beauty, thriving arts scene, dark skies and enchanting landscapes.” But it was announced this week that while the show will last just a few minutes at a time, the prep time will take much longer.

It’s been nearly two decades in the making. The city’s 2017 Wastewater Master Plan Update is the first of its kind since 2000.

In it, city staff has provided an overview and evaluation of the existing wastewater system, including a capacity analysis and condition assessment of pipes and lift stations, and a review of operation and maintenance practices.

Those driving from State Route 89A on Brewer Road will see something unfamiliar for the next several months — a stop sign.

Construction of the Brewer Road crossing capital improvement project is underway. The work is significant and includes drainage improvements and utility relocations. During construction, motorists should be aware of traffic control changes at the intersection of Brewer and Ranger roads.

What began as a short getaway up north soon turned into an emotional, life-changing interaction between Tempe resident Steve Baily and Sedona local John Birkett.

The two met while Baily was on vacation late October at the Sedona Golf Resort. At the time, Birkett was close to death due to cardiac arrest.

Big Park Community School sixth-grader Mari Chang loves math and science, reading, singing and also practices ballet 30 hours a week.

Chang, who has been dancing since she was 3 years old, will be performing as Clara — a young girl who receives a magical nutcracker for Christmas — in a Saturday matinee performance of “The Nutcracker,” presented by Phoenix Ballet director Slawomir Wozniak at the Sedona Performing Arts Center.

Days of prepping food followed by hours of cooking and cleaning; But ask anyone who lent a helping hand and they will say it’s all worth it.

For many years, Coffee Pot Restaurant and the Sedona Elks Lodge have opened their doors — and hearts — to anyone wishing to join them for a Thanksgiving dinner free of charge. Kim Guisinger, secretary for the Sedona Elks Lodge, said their attendance was up yet again as they served nearly 1,300 people.

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