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.

When Inge Jones walked into Sedona Fire District’s Station 1 on Wednesday, July 19, it was like visiting old friends.

Friends who saved her life.

On May 25 Jones was enjoying an afternoon at her Uptown home with her daughter, Suzi Heath, who stopped by to check in on her.

When asked if he was a proud grandfather, Phil Wadsack paused, smiled and said, “You bet I am. Very proud.”

That pride came following an event that had a happy ending but one that could have ended in tragedy. Wadsack’s grandchildren — 11-yearold Dakota and 8-year-old Jordan — were visiting Wadsack and his wife in Sedona from Colorado.

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