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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.

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

Imagine Sedona’s Community Plan but on steroids.

That would be the Coconino National Forest’s updated Land and Resource Management Plan — all 3,000 pages of it. The plan, which has been in the works for the past decade, was last updated in 1987 and is the guide the U.S. Forest Service uses to manage the natural and cultural resources offered throughout the 2 million acres of public lands within the Coconino National Forest.

Click here to read a release from U.S. Forest Service about upcoming prescribed burns.

Pumpkins and prizes and pool! Oh, my!

The Sedona Parks and Recreation’s Pumpkin Splash has become one of the most popular fall events, drawing hundreds of kids and their parents. Organizers said this year should be no exception as kids will hit the community pool from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 22.

It’s been one of the most discussed topics in the Sedona area this year — the $17.9 million bond proposed by the Sedona Fire District.

The first and only open forum on the topic will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 18 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Christ Lutheran Church at 25 Chapel Road. The event is being hosted by the League of Women Voters Greater Verde Valley.

By a 6-1 vote, the Sedona City Council approved a plan to add a half-cent sales tax with the goal of paying for needed traffic mitigation projects over the next decade.

The vote, which came on Tuesday, Oct. 10, was not a surprise being that council took an informal vote on the matter during its Sept. 27 meeting.

For Sedona-based National Geographic photographer Martin Gray, his wanderlust began when he was still just a twinkle in his father’s eye.

“My father was a diplomat,” Gray said. “My parents met and were married in China. They both loved to travel.” 

When it comes to volunteering, a little can go a long way — but a lot goes even further. Katie Chorlton, who spends hours every week volunteering as the president of Big Park Community School’s Parent Teacher Student Association, said she gives because she’s passionate about the community.

For her work, Chorlton received the Volunteer of the Year award from the Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona.

The adage “don’t judge a book by its cover” is especially fitting when applied, as the metaphor implies, to a person.

The Sedona Public Library hosted 27 human “books” for people to check out and listen to their stories, in honor of the International Day of Peace Thursday, Sept. 21. These 27 people shared their stories of marginalization, as well as their perspectives on misunderstood or little-known topics.

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