The earth’s energy is constantly changing both above and below the surface.

Sedona resident Marsha Adams sits by her bank of computers at her home Tuesday, Nov. 9. Adams studies geopathic zones near her home and in the field to learn more about their effects on humans.A Sedona scientist is studying the phenomenon of the Earth’s energies and their effects on the humans who live here.

Marsha Adams, president of an educational nonprofit organization, the International Earthlight Alliance, does scientific investigations of interesting ancient lore and anomalies to attract the interest of students and the public to science. IEA seeks the truth, separating science from pseudoscience.

One of IEA’s current projects is investigation of geopathic zones. They are areas thought to be unhealthy for people.

There is speculation the zones form a grid on Earth and emit low-level radiation of various kinds that can cause health problems for people who stay within the zones for long periods of time such as when watching television, sleeping, reading or working on the computer.

“Most people are unaware of geopathic zones, but lore says cats and ants are attracted to them. Why, we don’t know,” Adams said.

In order to investigate the possibility of local geopathic zones, Adams has laid out a grid marked with small construction flags around the many anthills on an undeveloped property in Sedona. Interestingly, she saw the anthills formed a straight line. 

Adams is taking electric field, radiation and magnetic measurements of the 60 foot by 80 foot grid around the ant hills.

Adams and her team of volunteers, Jerry and Judy Kulka, want to find out as much as they can to determine iScientist MarshA Adams kneels in her backyard Tuesday, Nov. 9, near flags that mark geopathic grids. Adams also uses a sensor in the yard to send magnetic activity readings to her computers in her home.f these zones exist and how they work in order to possibly help people avoid or shorten exposure to them.

“Sedona is a mishmash of both intense and weak magnetic fields. It has the potential for many geopathic hot spots and cool spots,” Adams said.

A possibly related phenomenon is the release of energy from in the form of light, called earthlights. Adams and her international colleagues photographed these lights.

Adams belongs to the Society for Scientific Exploration. She is a biologist and worked in computers and research at SRI International. She has also performed medical research at Stanford Medical School and founded the Time Research Institute in the San Francisco Bay Area to do earthquake forecasting using low-frequency electromagnetic signals.

“While doing earthquake forecasting research I found that the human body can be very sensitive to these forces. It acts like an antenna and can be a conduit,” Adams said. “Our body will react in a variety of ways, like a feeling of being unwell, dizziness, irritability, headaches, but mostly fatigue.”

Coincidently, these symptoms share some commonality with symptoms reported to be produced by geopathic zones, she said.

“Of course, these symptoms can be caused by other factors but geopathic zone exposure is a culprit to be considered,” Adams said.

Before anyone panics, Adams said there are steps a person can take. First, to find out where the zones are on a person’s property it is necessary to take measurements to see if the zones can be detected and if and where they cross [thought to be a particularly negative influence].

“I always use instruments to measure hard data. IEA has not investigated dowsing, but it is said that dowsers are adept at finding these zones. A word of caution, there are many talented dowsers, but there are also many who claim to be who aren’t,” Adams said.

“The best solution is get away from the zone’s path — move the furniture or don’t spend much time in the area,” she said.

Reaction to geopathic zones may be aggravated by the man-made electromagnetic and magnetic fields around us, called “electrosmog.” It’s caused by household wiring, cell phone towers, clock radios, and the little black transformer plugs attached to many of our electronics. Adams calls the plugs “vampires” because they are constantly sucking electricity through their plug-in fangs.

“To reduce exposure, keep away from any of the plug-in vampires. If they’re plugged in, even if the appliance is off, they’re operating and sending out signals. Any electric appliance where we spend a lot of time should be at least six feet away from us, particularly the vampires attached to computer equipment.

It is difficult, though, with all of the electronics we have in our homes,” Adams said.

Video courtesy of the U.S. Library of Congress and Gosfilmofond.

The Russians just saved a little piece of Sedona’s Western film history.

Vladimir I. Kozhin, head of management and administration of the president of the Russian Federation, right, officially presented digitally preserved copies of 10 previously lost U.S. silent films to Librarian of Congress James H. Billington in a ceremony Oct. 21 in the library’s Thomas Jefferson Building. Per Russian tradition, the gift was toasted with champagne.For decades, “The Call of the Canyon,” the 1923 silent film that kicked off Sedona as a set location for more than 60 movies, was considered lost forever.

However, on Oct. 21, Vladimir Kozhin, head of management and administration of the president of the Russian Federation, presented “The Call of the Canyon” and nine other digitally preserved copies of “lost” silent films to the U.S. Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

The films are the first installment of an ongoing series of “lost” U.S. films the Russians will give to the Library of Congress.

The films were digitally preserved by Gosfilmofond, the Russian Federation’s state film archive, and donated via the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library in St. Petersburg, Russia.

“This is really exciting stuff,” said Janeen Trevillyan, with the Sedona Heritage Museum. “We heard rumors about this film being somewhere, including Russia. But we just thought it had been lost.”

Before the invention of home movies and television, once a film finished a theatrical run, it was of little profitable use to a studio and seen as a mere storage problem.

Early films were notoriously difficult to safely store because the nitrate reels could become brittle and slowly degrade into a highly flammable powder. Several major Hollywood studios suffered devastating fires in the 1920s and 1930s from improperly stored film reels including the Fox Pictures fire of 1937 that destroyed all the studio’s films made before 1935.

According to Trevillyan, American studios began selling off old silent film reels after the movies screened. Buyers sought out the reels not for the movie’s artistic merit, but to extract minute amounts of silver from the film reels.

According to the Library of Congress, although the films of the silent era from 1893 to about 1930 were created for American audiences, they were distributed in other countries — including Russia — and shown in movie houses with translated intertitles.

More than 80 percent of U.S. movies from the silent era no longer exist in the United States, due to neglect and deterioration over time.

Curators at the Library of Congress have stepped up efforts over the last 20 years to locate and repatriate lost U.S.-produced movies from foreign archives.

“The library is committed to reclaiming America’s cinematic patrimony,” Librarian of Con-gress James H. Billington stated. “I am grateful to the dedicated staff of Gosfilmofond, the state film archive of Russia, for their efforts to save these important artifacts of U.S. film history. I am also thankful for the commitment of professor Alexander Vershinin and the staff of the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library f

or their collaboration and cooperation in making this cultural recovery effort possible.”

According to the Library of Congress’ Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation, as many as 200 silent and sound-era movies produced by U.S. movie studios may survive only in the Gosfilmofond archive.

Located outside Moscow, Gosfilmofond is the Russian Federation’s primary film archive of artistic, feature, documentary and animated films. Established in 1948, its collections includes more than 55,000 motion pictures, and it is the largest such archive in the world. It is administered by the Russian Ministry of Culture’s State Committee for Cinematography.

As Gosfilmofond holds related materials such as scenarios, film posters, photographs, press clippings, set designs and the personal papers of directors, actors and film critics, it is also a center for film research.

What makes the return of “The Call of Canyon” so remarkable, Trevillyan said, is the film survived in a vault through the turbulent years of World War II, the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Trevillyan has already spoken with a Library of Congress loan curator and filed a formal request asking for a copy of the film to be sent to Sedona as soon as possible.

“It’s going to be several months before they can inspect the file that they have been given, check it for accuracy, corruption, make sure it is what it is, completeness, all that kind of stuff,” Trevillyan said.

Once the film is verified and on its way home back to Sedona, Trevillyan said she’d like to partner with the Sedona International Film Festival and the Zane Grey West Society to screen the film for audiences here.

According to Trevillyan, author Zane Grey wrote the novel in Oak Creek Canyon although sources are unclear at which location.

A recent book, “Arizona’s Little Hollywood,” claims journal entries show Grey wrote the book in California and Oregon.

As the author, Grey kept creative control of the film rights, even though that was unusual for films of the era. He had it shot in Oak Creek Canyon.A view of the switchbackson what later became StateRoute 89A is clearly identifiable in a short clip posted online at www.redrocknews.com.

During filming, Grey brought with him still photographer Carl Mayhew, who later moved to Sedona and opened Mayhew’s Lodge.

Grey’s secretary, Mildred Johnson, also returned to the area with her husband, Harry Johnson, and moved to a home on Schnebly Hill Road becoming part of the Sedona community, Trevillyan said.

Art is far more than capturing what the eye sees.

It is an expression of the artist and how the artist feels about what he or she is painting.

Alvaro Castagnet talks Friday, Oct. 22, after finishing up his workshop at the Sedona Arts Center in Uptown. The award-winning Uruguayan artist travels around the world painting, demonstrating, lecturing and judging art competitions.“Painting is the amalgamation of elements that communicate an idea, a feeling, a mood — and this has to be done with passion. Painting is an illusion; art is inside,” Alvaro Castagnet said.

Castagnet is a watercolor artist who has won many awards worldwide. He received the prestigious High Winds award and medal from the American Watercolor Society in 2003, making him the first Uruguayan to win it. He was also one of the artists featured in the book “The Watercolor Landscape Techniques of 23 International Artists.”

Castagnet was in Sedona Oct. 18 through Oct. 22 teaching a workshop at the invitation of the Sedona Arts Center. Castagnet travels around the world painting, demonstrating, lecturing and judging art competitions. He is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and English. His studio and home are in Montevideo, Uruguay, where he was born.

Castagnet’s talent blossomed early when he attended the National School of Art in Montevideo. Castagnet continued his studies, and began traveling with his art. He credits his travels throughout the world with expanding his expertise.

Castagnet is considered an expressive painter who uses a strong, colorful style. His ability to interpret light effects has been called “superb.”

During his workshop, Castagnet’s zeal for painting manages to inspire and lift the abilities of all who work with him.

Castagnet’s workshop preceded the annual Sedona Plein Air Festival running from Saturday, Oct. 23, through Saturday, Oct. 30, with dozens of highly talented artists participating.

While the workshop took Castagnet and his students outdoors each day, he also took them inside. In one session he showed how to work on hard and soft edges using charcoal. He smeared certain areas, getting his fingers very black.

“Charcoal sketches are the greatest invention. I love charcoal. You can blend, add or even change the images,” Castagnet said as he worked. A slanted mirror overhead allowed the class to watch as he moved across the cotton paper. Several watercolors created by Castagnet were scattered on the floor next to the table drying. “Once finished in charcoal, you can choose your palette.”

This was Castagnet’s first time in Sedona, and he found it a wonderful place to paint.

“I was very impressed by the topography and the mountains. I love to paint outdoors. It’s real life as you are looking at it,” Castagnet said.

Alvaro Castagnet draws Friday, Oct. 22, while Sedona artist Peggy Sands, center, and San Dee Kinnen watch.Castagnet’s advice for the new painter is to be very patient and only set small goals. More than anything else, paint for the joy of painting. Technique should be entirely subordinate to the demands of the emotions, Castagnet said.

“Watercolor is a beautiful medium. It’s enjoyable and it is relaxing,” he said.

Although most paintings are in color, Castagnet said the power of black is amazing, and the use of grays can create an outstanding mood.

“Like a forest at night — it’s all dark but you can still see the trees and the leaves. That’s why it is important to paint with mood and ambience,” Castagnet said. “It is so much better to see a painting that has a feel of mystery. You get hooked into it.”

When reading a book, the characters come alive in the imagination, but what if the characters came alive in reality?

Principal Rittenrotten, right, played by eight-grader Emily Aitken, reads a story to Sue Ann played by seventh-grader Valerie Luyckx.Several junior high school students and Big Park Community School will show what it would be like when they perform their play, “Miss Book’s Incredible Storybook,” on Thursday, Oct. 28, at 6:30 p.m. in school’s multipurpose room.

The play is adapted from the book “Miss Smith’s Incredible Storybook” written by Michael Garland. Students from Big Park’s Junior High Accelerated Learner Program adapted and wrote the play for their peers to perform, the program and drama teacher Sonia Feldtkeller said.

The play begins with Zack, played by Michael Travaglia, certain second grade will be boring, until he meets his interesting new teacher, Miss Book, who has a knack for telling incredible tales.

Miss Book reads to her class from an incredible book from which the characters spring to life. After the story ends, they slip back into the book’s pages.

However, one day the teacher is running late and the children begin reading from the book, snatching it from one another before the story ends.

“The characters keep coming out because the teacher is gone and there’s no one finishing
the stories,” the young thespians’ teacher and director Feldtkeller said.

As more and more characters appear, the stage [classroom] becomes crowded. Attend the play to see how the chaos ends.

As the junior high school students moved to their places across and around the stage reciting lines Tuesday, Oct. 19, Feldtkeller gave them cues and directions, holding a copy of the script.

“There’s about a third of the junior high invested in this play. They either wrote it or they’re in it. Some were involved in the writing and are acting,” Feldtkeller said.

The cast is large with nearly 20 students having parts, and each has his or her own reason for wanting to portray a character.

“I like pretending I’m someone else and do it for others to enjoy,” said Annie Parella, who plays the part of Billie.

Travaglia said he likes to be the center of attention.

“I soak up the spotlight,” he said, and spread his arms and took a low bow.

Big Park Community School students, from right, Kayla Walker, Annie Parrella, Eddie Parrella and Michael Travaglia, listen as the teacher reads a book during rehearsal Tuesday, Oct. 19, for the school’s adaptation of “Miss Smith’s Incredible Storybook.” Students will perform the play Thursday, Oct. 28, at 6:30 p.m. in the school’s multipurpose room.Valerie Luyckx, as Sue Ann, likes to perform on stage and have fun with all of her friends. Michaela Cunningham, who plays Captain Kirk, likes to show her silly side, while Lilly Davis, who is the Princess, thinks acting is a “really good stress reliever.”

“I like the part where you can embarrass yourself in front of the whole school,” Eddie Parrella said. He plays the part of Freddie.

Other cast members include Kayla Walker, Jessica Kirkham, Lauren Hoyer, Emily Aitken, Catherine Chapman, Stefan Zielinski, Brooke Drysdale, Jennie Harlan, Daisy Jacobsen, Yeseeiri Guzman, Wendy Dudley, Emily Aitken, Lauren Hoyer, Sophie Gorschboth, Jennie Harlan, Stefan Zielinski and Jon Ackley.

As with most activities in school, the play has educational objectives. It allows the students to distinguish between reality and fantasy, helps them develop verbal expressive and descriptive language skills through analyzing the author’s illustrations, and helps them develop confidence in creative dramatic presentation.

The students will present the play to their peers, and students and teachers in the elementary grades the afternoon of Thursday, Oct. 28. The evening performance is for parents and the public.

For more information, call the school at 204-6500.

After a year off, Festival of Wreaths returns this November to the Sedona Public Library.

Sedona resident Jack Morley holds round, red rocks called Moqui marbles on Oct. 7 in his backyard. The rocks are scattered throughout his property in West Sedona. In the past, Morley made a wreath out of the rocks for the Festival of Wreaths.A wreath is one of the most recognizable holiday symbols. While many are a simple circle of holiday greenery, others are elaborately decorated. People in the Sedona area will have a chance to not only see some one-of-a-kind, hand-created wreaths, but to buy one at the 11th Festival of Wreaths.

“This year we are putting the festival on with renewed enthusiasm. The Festival of Wreaths has always been a very popular event,” Friends of the Sedona library event chairwoman San Dee Kinnen said.

The organization funds programs and workshops for children and young adults as well as year-round presentations by the Arizona Humanities Council. It also supports public computer access and the Village of Oak Creek service center.

The Festival of Wreaths is a sale of donated wreaths sponsored by the Friends of the Sedona Library to raise money for the programs. Anyone can make and donate a wreath. The deadline for delivery to the library is Friday, Nov. 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wreaths can also be dropped off at Sedona Winds in the Village Of Oak Creek.

Each person who contributes a wreath will receive one complimentary admission to the Preview Gala and Sale on Sunday, Nov. 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. The wreaths go on sale to the public Monday, Nov. 15, and will be on display throughout the week. During that time, visitors to the library can choose their favorite in The People’s Choice Awards in four categories: Best of Show, Best Creative Use of Materials, Best Christmas and Best Nontraditional.

Winners will be announced Friday, Nov. 19.

“What we’re looking for is wreaths of good quality and durability — nothing perishable,” Kinnen said.
Jack Morley has made a wreath for the festival for several years. One of his creations was made totally from small, round red rocks he said are called Moqui marbles he found near his home.

Morley’s creation for the 2010 Festival of Wreaths is a bit unconventional, he said.

“It starts with a ram’s head in the shape of a heart, and I’m adding beads, stone, feathers and some hair,” Morley said as he wound some beads around a red rock. “I like doing this. It’s one of the things that keeps me occupied.”

Staying occupied is not a problem for Morley. He is a multifaceted artist. He draws in pencil and creates objects he needs around the house, such as tables and shelves. He also landscaped his backyard over the five years he’s lived in Sedona with his wife, Marilyn, following the contours of the land. They like to travel and take photographs. Morley uses many of the photographs in his artwork.

Artist Jack Morley works on a wreath shaped as a ram’s head. Ornaments, right, are also included in this year’s Festival of Wreaths. Morley is an integral part of the event held at the Sedona Public Library.“Jack and Marilyn have been an integral part of the festival. He not only makes a wreath, he helps set up and hang the wreaths,” Kinnen said. “He’ll be 80 next year.”

To add a little flavor to the festival this year, Kinnen has added painted ornaments. She and the Friends invited local artists to create a masterpiece on a 6-inch diameter ornament. They will also be on display, and for sale. Morley chose an orange ornament and painted a smiling face with very large teeth.

“The ornaments give added excitement,” Kinnen said.

The Festival of Wreaths Preview Gala and Sale will be Sunday, Nov. 14.

It will be an evening of wine and appetizers, cake, musical entertainment and raffles. Tickets are $15 each or two for $25.

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First, the fourth- and fifth-grade students in Linda Crawford’s class made folded newspaper pots, filled them with potting soil and planted tiny seeds inside. They watered them carefully and gently, gave them some sunshine and watched.

West Sedona School students including fifth-grader Kayla Rabago, right, dig holes before planting vegetables in the school’s garden Thursday, Oct. 7. Teacher Linda Crawford’s garden club features students from fourth and fifth grade who are growing seedlings in the classroom and planting them in the new garden.In a few weeks, green sprouts poked through the dark soil then tiny leaves appeared. Within days, the classroom came alive with tender green plants. Then it was time for those young sprouts to be let go from the classroom.

Once the final bell rang at West Sedona School on Thursday, Oct. 7, the students who had formed a garden club gathered up the young snow pea and cabbage plants and took them to the garden just outside the cafeteria. It was time to plant a winter garden.

The garden was soft from the recent rains, some places muddy, so Keely Arbogast rolled up her jeans and walked into the fenced area in her black patent leather shoes and white socks. Arbogast, a fourth-grader, joined the garden club for many reasons.

“It sounded really fun, and we have a garden at home, and it’s really cool. You get a big space where you can dig and get dirty without your mom yelling at you,” Arbogast said as she swept some of her stray blond hair from her face with a hand wearing an oversized garden glove. “You can get a whole bunch of food that tastes better and you don’t have to pay for it.”

Crawford is part of the school’s sustainability team and works with Gardens for Humanity. She is impressed with the students’ enthusiasm.

“Our former garden was demolished with the construction, so we’re happy to be starting a new one,” Crawford said. “In this plot we’re looking at food we could even use in the kitchen here on campus.”
The school’s campus on Posse Ground Road underwent construction to erect a new building and several other amenities over the summer.

West Sedona School fourth-grader Keely Arbogast holds snow pea sprouts before planting them in the school’s garden Thursday, Oct. 7. Teacher Linda Crawford’s garden club features students from fourth and fifth grade who are growing seedlings in the classroom and planting them in the new garden.Eventually the garden will be divided for various classrooms for the students to work as a way to enhance the curriculum, Crawford said. It will give the students a chance to see how the food they buy at the grocery store comes about.

About 12 children started digging holes for the young plants. Others plotted out areas where they will start with seeds planted directly into the garden’s soil. One area previously dug for a possible herb garden had to be temporarily abandoned. It was full of rocks and water stood in it about three inches deep — it would not drain.

“Is this good for the plants?” Crawford asked the students. They all answered it was not because the roots need soil that drains excess water away so they don’t rot and kill the plant. The area will be reworked and new soil put in.

Kayla Rabago, a fifth-grade student, said she was in the garden club last year and enjoyed it so much she wanted to be sure to join again this year.

“I love to garden, to grow and eat our own food. My favorites are cucumbers and corn. It’s fun to see stuff come up,” Rabago said.

The students will still take care of the plants just as diligently as they did in the classroom. Hopefully, in a few more weeks they will begin to harvest some of the fruits of their labors.

The garden area is approximately 20 feet by 30 feet with a 3-foot fence surrounding it. One corner has room for a composting drum so the students can put in vegetable and fruit scraps, grass clippings and fallen leaves to make more soil for the garden.

Allegiant Air pilot, attendant visit with awards for heroism


The members of Boy Scouts of America Troop 48 in Sedona weren’t surprised when one of their leaders showed a news clip about an emergency landing of a plane 10 troop members were on July 25.

Members of Sedona’s Boy Scouts of America Troop 48 applaud during a surprise visit by Allegiant Air pilot Ana Vindas and flight attendant Arlene Parker at the troop’s award ceremony Tuesday, Sept. 21, in Sedona. Ten troop members received awards from the airline and the Federal Aviation Administration in recognition of their efforts after the jet they were  traveling in made an emergency landing in Flagstaff on July 25.After all, the Tuesday, Sept. 21, meeting of the troop was an awards ceremony honoring the boys’ accomplishment. Many received pins, ribbons and merit badges.

What did surprise them was the introduction of the Allegiant Air pilot Capt. Ana Vindas and second flight attendant Arlene Parker after the news clip finished.

Only one person in the troop knew the two women were coming. They attended the meeting to commend the Scouts in person and give them awards not only from Allegiant Air but the Federal Aviation Administration.

On July 25, the boys were traveling from Billings, Mont., to a Mesa airport when Vindas announced she had to take the airplane down in Flagstaff because one of the engines had shut down. The boys were on their way home from Island Park Boy Scout Camp in Idaho where they learned emergency and first aid skills.

In the news clip Vindas told news crews she was fortunate to have Boy Scout Troop 48 on board. Troup member Paul Zenovitch said the Boy Scouts train for emergency situations.

“We did what we were trained to do,” he said on the news clip.

Before the Sept. 21 meeting, Vindas said she heard that as soon as she raised the alert the Scouts jumped into action.

Allegiant Air pilot Ana Vindas, left, and flight attendant Arlene Parker smile as they surprise the Boy Scouts.“They were asking the flight attendants how they could help. Once on the ground they went to work helping with the evacuation and assisted with first-aid,” Vindas said. “They were excellent. They’re
a really good group of boys.”

Parker said she was not surprised at the boys’ performance “...because they’re Boy Scouts. ‘Be prepared’ is their motto. At one point, we had to tell them to let the paramedics take over they were so intent on what they were doing.”

When introduced, Vindas and Parker walked to the front of the meeting to a standing, very loud ovation.
“It was with the assistance of your troop that I was able to successfully evacuate the back of the plane. You handled yourselves in a heroic manner,” Parker said.

Each Scout and leader who was on the flight received a model of the airplane and a personalized letter from Maurice J. Gallagher Jr., Allegiant Air CEO, along with a flight certificate.

They also received a personalized placard and coin from the FAA.

Allegiant Air flight attendant Arlene Parker, right, shakes the hand of Boy Scouts of America Troop 48 member Paul Zenovitch, 16, during a surprise visit by Parker and pilot Ana Vindas, center, at the troop’s award ceremony Tuesday, Sept. 21, in Sedona. Ten troop members received awards from the airline and the Federal Aviation Administration in recognition of their efforts after the jet they were traveling in made an emergency landing in Flagstaff on July 25.“It was definitely an honor to be recognized for what we did. It’s not an event that happens every day. To know I helped save that many people gives me a good feeling,” Jason Lionberger said. He has been in Boy Scouts for 10 years.

Kevin Schweiss said getting an award was awesome. It was a shock when the incident happened, but it turned out to actually be fun.

“I was shaking. The plane could have crashed, but we knew what we needed to do and did it for the sake of other people,” Schweiss said.

The first thought on Zenovitch’s mind when he heard the announcement on the plane was about how flying was the safest way to travel.

“My second thought was to see the boys got out quickly and safely. I was the senior patrol leader at the time,” Zenovitch said.

“When they showed up with the awards tonight, I was surprised. I thought we might get some recognition, but I didn’t think it would be this big.”

Mass pet adoption hopes to send 150 animals to homes


Her name is Molly.

The young German short-haired pointer has delighted her owner, Cynthia Collingwood, for one year now. The two found each other at the 2009 Pet-a-Palooza at the Humane Society of Sedona booth.

Kittens play in the kitty room at the Humane Society of Sedona on Saturday, Sept. 18. The society will have a booth during the 2010 Pet-a-Palooza pet adoption event Saturday, Oct. 9, at the Cottonwood Kids Park.“It was a good match. We got her to be a companion to our other dog, Duke. He’s an older guy, and I think it’s better to have more than one dog. It’s worked well,” Collingwood said.

The other day, Collingwood said, the two dogs were lounging together and Molly put her head on Duke’s shoulder.

“Pet-a-Palooza is a wonderful event. I really recommend adopting a pet. It’s the way to go,” Collingwood said.

Pet-a-Palooza is a mass pet adoption at which people can view, walk and hold cats, dogs and other animals from several shelters in one place. After finding the perfect pet, filling out the paperwork and paying the fee, the new pet can go home that day.

Pet-a-Palooza Adoption Event

  • When: Saturday, Oct.. 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Where: Cottonwood Kids Park, S. 12th and Cherry streets

“My motto is always, ‘Come meet you new best friend.’ That’s how it always turns out. I know, I’ve adopted animals over the years and they’ve always worked their way into my heart,” event organizer Joe Sowerby said.

This year is the seventh annual Pet-a-Palooza. It will be at the Kids Park in Cottonwood at the corner of S. 12th and Cherry streets from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“There’ll be about 150 animals that desperately need loving homes. We have six adoption groups coming with animals ready to take home. I want to send all the animals home. I want to see all of the cages emptied,” Sowerby said.

The six groups coming include the Humane Society of Sedona, the Verde Valley Humane Society, Tara’s Babies, the Greyhounds of the Verde Valley, Second Chance and Coconino Humane Society.

Sowerby began his mission to find homeless animals loving homes when he visited his local humane society in Michigan to get another cat. He read some literature about how many animals are euthanized every year because of the lack of a home. Sowerby held his first event in the Detroit Zoo. It became the largest adoption event in the country. Since Sowerby visited Sedona often, he began one here.

Sowerby holds the firm belief humans are the reason so many animals are homeless.

“These animals are in jail and we’re responsible. We don’t spay and neuter our pets and consequently they end up in harm’s way,” Sowerby said. “The problem is fixable.”

Sowerby is concerned about the current economy, and thinks animals are at more risk than ever.

“In the Verde Valley we have only one day to place animals. Everyone should adopt a cat or a dog. A pet improves the quality of life. I know mine do,” Sowerby said.

Jackie Bessler, a local DJ, helps organize the event.

“It’s such a great event to bring about awareness of a problem that never sleeps. We make a dent, but every spot that gets opened, another animal always comes to fill it,” Bessler said. “We at the station think this is something we need to be on the bandwagon for.”

Bessler not only helps put Pet-a-Palooza together, he is also a client.

“It’s a family event. It’s about increasing the size of the family with a furry friend who lost theirs,” Bessler said. “They always give more than they get.”

Several vendors will have booths at Pet-a-Palooza with all types of pet supplies.

“For me personally, Pet-a-Palooza is the best thing I do in my life,” Sowerby said.

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