Arizona State Sen. Katie Hobbs [D-District 24] came up to the red rocks to speak about her run for Secretary of State. Hobbs was the featured speaker at the Democrats of the Red Rocks breakfast meeting Thursday, Aug. 17, at Olde Sedona.

Hobbs said that it had been frustrating to be in the minority as a legislator, and her pursuit of the higher office falls in line with her main concern as Senate minority leader, that being voter protection. She recounted the most recent legislative session and lamented that it was too similar to other years with failed Democratic policy.

Preschool teacher Shara Coughlin sat criss-cross applesauce with her six students in a semicircle around her, resting on blue cushions Velcroed to the floor.

Sedona Integrated Preschool, part of Big Park Community School, started class on Monday, Aug. 14, and Coughlin reported the first week is going well. Their lesson at the end of the day on Wednesday, Aug. 16, was about reading, sort of.

Cheerful, upbeat fourstringed strumming filled the air with music at Oak Creek Espresso Aug. 9.

The Village Ukulele People was celebrating its first birthday with cake, balloons and laid-back jams. About 15 people, ukes in hand, gathered for the event during the group’s regular weekly meeting.

They filled out nearly half of one of the coffee shop’s rooms, pulling tables together to sit side-by-side and strum their songs.

The Sedona Summer Arts Colony ended with a transient, collaborative show much in the spirit of the colony itself, seeing artists from multiple media collaborate to create a one-of-a-kind experience on Friday, Aug. 4.

The brainchild of the Sedona Arts Center’s Eric Holowacz and Verde Valley School’s Paul Amadio, the colony saw around 60 artists board at the school to collaborate and work on their own projects over the course of three weeks.

Roxanne Holland’s first day of her new job was Monday, July 31. But unlike many who start somewhere new, it was familiar territory for her.

The city announced last week that she was named the new manager of the city’s wastewater reclamation plant. She started with Sedona in 2012 and has managed all of the wastewater capital projects since then.

Eric Holowacz is leaving to live Down Under, and slightly to the right.

Holowacz, the executive director of the Sedona Arts Center in Uptown, will be leaving in October for a new job in Aotearoa, the Land of the Long White Cloud. Or New Zealand for us Yankees.

Holowacz will be the museum director and cultural affairs coordinator in Whakatane, which is in the Bay of Plenty. The museum is operated through the area’s equivalent to a city council.

Verde Valley Caregivers Coalition is cruising to stardom with a recent national recognition and award. The nonprofit won the National Volunteer Transportation Center’s 2016 Grand Star Award, and along with it, a brand-new Toyota Sienna mobility vehicle.

Verde Valley Caregivers provides free rides to qualifying older adults who don’t have any independent method of transportation. From hospital visits to grocery shopping, from down the street to downtown Phoenix, VVCC volunteers help get these otherwise stationary people where they need to go.

Two Camp Verde men are getting the professional chance of a lifetime, joining an elite crew of detailers responsible for giving Air Force One a presidential shine.

This week, July 24 through 30, Rob Fafrowicz and Rob Zubek of All in the Polish Detailing are taking part in a detailing event at Seattle’s Museum of Flight.

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