Calling it a “love letter to Sedona,” Mackenzie Phillips and Glenn Scarpelli talked about the joys and challenges of making a new movie that debuted at the Sedona International Film Festival.

The film, “Sacred Journeys,” premiered on Thursday, Feb. 25, at the Sedona Performing Arts Center with a second showing [which is sold out] set for Saturday, Feb. 27. It was shot entirely in Sedona in less than a week.

Two Sedona Red Rock High School students, Tara Aitken and Viridiana Trinidad, will compete at the Regional level at Poetry Out Loud, held Saturday, Feb. 20, at 2 p.m. at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff .

The two made the cut after placing in the school-wide competition.

According to Director of Juvenile Court Services for Yavapai County Scott Maberry, many people express confusion when he brings up the subject of human trafficking in the county.

“You get some people who say, ‘I had no idea that was an issue here,’” Maberry said.

Over the last nine years, the Sedona Park Rangers have volunteered thousands of hours, answered countless questions from visitors and have lent a helping hand for a variety of community events.

And, 2015 was no exception.

Wayne Ranney traveled to one of the most rugged landscapes in the world in a vessel so luxurious it was named “The World.”

Ranney, a well-known geologist in the Verde Valley, presented his trip to Antarctica to the Sedona Welcomers on Jan. 27 at the Sedona Hilton Resort at Bell Rock in the Village of Oak Creek.

The members of SedonaKind have no intention of leaving Valentine’s Day to Hallmark — they’re hearkening back to the 18th century in order to make the holiday special for Sedona residents.

Sedona Red Rock High School recently performed well at the Arizona Music Educators Association High School All-Region Orchestra Auditions, held at Coconino High School in Flagstaff.

Senior Cosmo Illenberger especially stood out at the performance.

A group of women mountain bikers is traveling to Nepal to help earthquake disaster relief, making a documentary in the process.

They will be starting their filming at the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival, which runs Friday through Sunday, March 4 through 6. Shortly after, they will fly to Nepal to begin their efforts in earnest.

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