In the Fry’s Cottonwood parking lot Friday, Dec. 18, a crowd of car enthusiasts formed to follow Santa Claus on one of his season’s earliest deliveries.

St. Nick climbed into his vintage brown truck — a vehicle sporting a six-shooter pistol welded to its stick shift — honked the horn and whooped. Like a team of reindeer in reverse, a line of mint-condition classics followed the jolly old elf west along State Route 260, south toward the Verde River and finally to Shannon McDonald’s door.

About a month-and-a-half ago, the Sedona Public Library held the second of its twice-annual book sales, each of which raises approximately $12,000 for the organization.

Just as in prior years, Marlene Conklin was a big part of the event’s success — though you may be forgiven for not knowing this. Largely unseen, her efforts reveal just how much goes on behind the scenes during a book sale.

Three years ago, Don “Doc” Adams died, leaving a hole not only in the Sedona Red Rock High School athletics program but in the broader community.

“Doc Adams spent 20 years of his life dedicated to SRRHS, supporting all sports programs for both boys and girls,” Sedona-Oak Creek School District Superintendent David Lykins said.

Four years ago, Catherine Anderson made an announcement to her friends: She would be quitting her high-paying job of 22 years in cardiology, selling nearly everything she owned and moving out of Delaware — to a place many people might think of as the polar opposite of Delaware, in fact.

Namely, Sedona.

It’s unusual to find someone as charitable as John Cornelius. When you take into account the fact of his age — 96 — finding someone who compares becomes nearly impossible.

Ten years ago, the World War II veteran began making calls to local businesses, asking for items that he might raffle to benefit veterans.

John Soderberg will be hosting a book signing for several local authors on Sunday, Dec. 13, at his gallery.

One of those authors is Bev Jenai-Myers. The author of “Cowboys of Color” will be signing copies of her sophomore effort, “Passing it On: Moving Stories of Activists 1960-2000.”

Though caught on the busy day before her scheduled departure to Phoenix Comicon’s Fan Fest, where she and husband C.M. Halstead will be promoting his science fiction books at a much-in-demand vendor’s table, Tonya June Moore was only to happy to provide a reporter with a frank and entertaining interview.

James Brown was once dubbed the hardest working man in show business. But with nearly 300 shows a year, Roger Blakiston may give the Godfather of Soul a run for his money for that title.

Blakiston, who moved to the Village of Oak Creek six years ago, has been entertaining people for nearly 60 years with his combination of magic and comedy. Originally from England, he’s performed under the stage name of Jolly Roger ever since moving to Phoenix more than two decades ago.

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