Walking into 95-year-old Holocaust survivor Nika Fleissig’s home in the Village of Oak Creek, one is immediately struck by the artwork on the walls: More often than not filled with color, exuberant, but now and then somber, cast in muted tones, they are in the majority Fleissig’s own work, a testament to decades of self-expression.

Rimrock, old purses and the holiday spirit of giving: What do these three things have in common?

According to Colleen Baldwin of Winnipeg, Canada,  — who purchased a holiday home in Rimrock several years ago — there is a lot used purses can do to relieve the suffering of others.

Sedona resident Tony Taylor recently won the Arizona Book of the Year Grand Prize, put on through the Arizona Literary Contest, for his novel “The Darkest Side of Saturn.”

The book was chosen as the grand prize winner after taking first in the same contest in the Published Fiction category, then taking top honors up against the Short Story and Unpublished Fiction categories.

Former mayor Thron Riggs, who played a leading role in thwarting the “Disneylanding” of Sedona, has died at the age of 94.

During his term as mayor from 1992 to 1996, and throughout  a life dedicated to civic service, Riggs worked to protect the city’s character, according to his son Thron P. Riggs.

Prior to receiving a pie in the face Friday, Nov. 20, Sedona Red Rock High School Assistant Principal Deana DeWitt — who, along with Principal Darrin Karuzas, counseling secretary Teresa Lamparter and humanities teacher and swim team coach A. Jay Bronson  had agreed to the public stunt — sat down to address a few questions of concern to the community.

 

The first thing Sedona Arts Center Education Operations Director Debbie Winslow did upon her arrival in Sedona in 1990 was audition for a play — a play whose name she doesn’t recall. She does, however, recall the third production she auditioned for: In Cole Porter’s musical comedy “Anything Goes,” she took on the role of Bonnie.

Two weeks ago, Scott Miller believed he would be vacationing in coastal Mexico as he had planned — chasing surf, enjoying the ocean-side breezes and eating his share of shrimp cocktails.

As today’s edition hits the stands, however, he and fellow relief worker Kara Kelty stand on the Greek island of Lesbos, anticipating another influx of refugees arriving in their hundreds — if not thousands — from Syria and other war-torn Middle Eastern and North African nations.

Thanksgiving is a holiday steeped in tradition and in Sedona, that tradition has been extended by one day for the last decade.

Starting around 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25, the line will start to form to enjoy Coffee Pot Restaurant’s annual Thanksgiving Day dinner.

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