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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.

Two years ago, a proposed CVS store consumed more city meetings than any other topic in recent memory. In the end it was approved at its location at the corner of State Route 89A and Airport Road.

But CVS representatives appeared at yet another Sedona City Council meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 14, for a somewhat unusual reason. When the project was approved, it was agreed upon and placed within the development agreement that the hours of operation would be from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. However, the developer agreed that the store would only be open for a 12-hour block during those potential hours of operation.

With the Sedona City Council voting to move forward with a new half-cent sales tax dedicated to transportation projects, the next step is to create a plan for advancing projects through the decision-making process.

That’s what the council did during its Tuesday, Nov. 14, meeting as the city moves forward with its Transportation Master Plan. The item was for direction only, thus no vote was taken.

As the old saying goes, “Third time’s the charm.”

Twice during the summer, the Sedona Planning and Zoning Commission delayed a vote regarding the city’s wireless communication master plan. But on Nov. 7, the commission voted unanimously to recommend approval to the Sedona City Council.

A tale about a lonely tree finding friendship with animals of the forest has brought together a local author and three Sedona Red Rock High School sophomores in their own story of creativity and collaboration.
 
Sedona resident Dusty Crisman, who had already been published once before, could have chosen anyone to illustrate her book, “A Lonely Tree,” but knew she wanted to work with students, which brought her to Sedona Red Rock High School.

It took months after her accident to look in a mirror.
 
Now Sedona resident and burn survivor Barbara Quayle speaks in front of crowds and has partnered with burn community organizations to develop programs and techniques to help survivors like herself.
 

Their message is simple. Rappelling down the side of a building pales in comparison to the challenges some people face every day of their lives. On Dec. 9, hundreds of people will take that frightening first step off the 27-story, 415-foot-high CityScape building in Phoenix, all for a good cause.

The annual Over the Edge event raises money and awareness for Special Olympics. “You may be wondering what rappelling down a skyscraper has to do with Special Olympics, the answer is simple,” the Over the Edge website states. “If you are a person with intellectual disabilities, you encounter adversities daily. You must have courage to try something that doesn’t come easily to you.

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