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Free Labor Day Weekend event in Sedona!

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Moonlight Madness Street Festival & Sidewalk Sale in Sedona Main Street District

Saturday September 1st from Noon to 9 pm

Activities, street performers, entertainment, artist demos, live music and sidewalk sales!

Some entertainment, live music and sidewalk sales continue through Monday, Sept. 3

Details at; Event programs at festival (while supplies last).

Sedona Tweet-Up Nov. 19 to Kick Off 19th Annual Red Rock Fantasy


November 19 Tweet-Up to Kick-Off 19th Annual Red Rock Fantasy  

This month's Sedona/Verde Valley Tweet-Up Kicks off the 19th Annual Red Rock Fantasy of lights at Los Abrigados Resort & Spa
This month's Sedona/Verde Valley Tweet-Up Kicks off the 19th Annual Red Rock Fantasy of lights at Los Abrigados Resort & Spa

SEDONA, Ariz., November 13, 2009 – The 6th monthly Sedona/Verde Valley Tweet-Up will bring dozens of Twitter users from Sedona, Flagstaff, the Verde Valley, Prescott and other parts of Arizona together to network in person and online Thursday, November 19,  5:00 – 7 p.m. at Los Abrigados Resort & Spa’s Shef’s Bar. The evening also marks the grand opening of the 19th Annual Red Rock Fantasy at Los Abrigados, featuring over one million holiday lights in an array of creative displays throughout the property.  Shortly after arriving, attendees will have a chance to mingle with Santa Claus himself as he makes his grand entrance via helicopter at 5:30 p.m to switch the lights on for the season.

The Sedona/Verde Valley Tweet-Ups are sponsored in part by Red Rock TV16, and the Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa. These fun and informal gatherings offer Twitter users the opportunity to meet their followers in person, gain more followers, learn how to use Twitter more effectively and create lasting business relationships. There is no cost to attend, no membership to join – just a gathering of great “tweeps”, good food, drinks and some valuable Twitter tips and tools to take home with you.

Los Abrigados Resort & Spa is generously offering attendees complimentary appetizers and drink specials in Shef’s Bar followed by a free raffle awarding prizes such as gift certificates to local restaurants and spas. Hosts Megan Aronson, Nate Hansen and Sheryl Curtis will give a brief presentation, “Online Video Marketing 101 and 2.0” followed by a short Twitter Tips & Tools Q & A session. Afterwards, be one of the first to see this year’s spectacular lights displays on a tour of the 19th Annual Red Rock Fantasy! In the spirit of the season, attendees may bring canned food donations for the Sedona Food Bank to help feed hungry families this winter. 

About Red Rock Fantasy

LA_RRF1The 19th Annual Red Rock Fantasy will begins Thursday, November 19, 2009 and will last through the New Year, ending with “Lights Out” on Saturday, January 2, 2010. The festival is open each evening (weather permitting) from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2 for children aged 4-12 and is complimentary for children 3 and under. For more information, call 928-282-1777 or toll free 800-521-3131, or visit our web site at

About the Sedona/Verde Valley Tweet-Ups

The Sedona/Verde Valley Tweet-Ups were started by Megan Aronson (Red Rock TV16), Sheryl Curtis (Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa) and Nate Hansen (Los Abrigados Resort & Spa) in June of 2009 in an effort to bring local Twitter users together to create business and social networking relationships on line and in person. The Tweet-Ups are well attended and take place once a month at various locations around Sedona. If you would like to be included on our email list about monthly events, participate as a host, sponsor or attendee, donate a raffle prize or if you just want to learn more about Sedona Tweet-Ups, please contact Megan Aronson via email at

Geoffrey Roth Ltd. Trunk Show 11/6 at Tlaquepaque, Sedona

Pamela Froman and William Henry Trunk Show at Geoffrey Roth Ltd. at Tlaquepaque
Please join us for an exceptional Artist’s Reception on
Friday, November 6
from 5pm to 8pm and an all day Saturday appearance

crushedmelange_01Geoffrey Roth Ltd. is proud to introduce Pamela Froman’s handmade jewelry to their gallery. This up and coming designer has won several awards since her debut four years ago. Pamela has an innovative way of combining 18K white, rose, yellow, and somtimes green gold into one piece. Her jewelry is finished with a special hand hammering technique she calls ‘Crushed’.

The “Pamela Froman Fine Jewelry Collection” features handmade pieces comprised of a mixture of colored precious metals and exquisite, rare natural stones. Originality and meticulous attention to every detail are hallmarks of Pamela’s signature look; because each item is handmade, no two will ever be identical, even if they are similar in design. This one-of-a-kind, limited edition jewelry is as hip as it is timeless, transcending every generation and age, and specially crafted so that it may be treasured for years to come.

William Henry studio started to make knives about 12 years ago. Now a small company with 20 employees, William Henry is known for having established a new benchmark of excellence in luxury-grade knives. The studio incorporates new as well as traditional materials into their designs to create spectacular pieces of art. 

MA-Set_LThe seamless integration of classic natural materials and state-of-the-art alloys is a hallmark of William Henry’s work — no compomises, no shortcuts, exceptional quality. Each component is precision machined to tolerances reserved for aerospace level work — often measured at 0.0005″, or one twelfth the size of a human hair. The final fit, finish, action, and sharpness of each knife are achieved entirely by hand, employing the irreplaceable craftsmanship developed by generations of master cutlers.

Geoffrey Roth Ltd. Gallery is located near the Bell Tower in Tlaquepaque on Highway 179 in the heart of beautiful Sedona. If you are unable to attend the Trunk Show and are interested in learning more about these two collections, please call or e-mail the Geoffrey Roth Ltd. Gallery at

Click here to view a short video of the Geoffrey Roth Ltd. Gallery.





 November 1st, 2009 (Sedona, AZ) – On Saturday, November 7th, children, parents, grandparents and champions for children will stroll across the country and here in Sedona as part of a grass roots effort The Champions for Children’s Health Stroller Brigade. On November 4th, the first Stroller Brigade will storm the nation’s capitol with a series of nationwide brigades to follow throughout the weekend. Hundreds of thousands of “Champions for Children” will stroll simultaneously in numerous cities across the country to make their voices heard for all of America’s children. This nationwide event, coordinated by the Children’s Defense Fund, has received national publicity. Organizers hope to send a strong and clear message to Congress and President Obama that real health reform for children means accessible, affordable and comprehensive health coverage for all children—no matter where they live.

Congress is currently debating health reform legislation that could leave millions of children worse rather than better of and fails to fix bureaucratic, unfair barriers to care. The CDF mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. CDF provides a strong, effective and independent voice for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby or speak for themselves.

Although there is a strong safety net for children in this country, which includes Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), millions of children are consistently falling through the cracks. The health care system for children desperately needs to be strengthened and simplified. There are more than 8 million uninsured children in America – that’s one in ten. More than 2,200 children are born uninsured every day. Millions of families are losing employer-based coverage, struggling to afford health insurance premiums, or facing medical bills they can’t pay. Currently, two-thirds of uninsured children are eligible but complicated enrollment processes are slowing down the progress towards healthier children.

CDF is working with several national partners and has convened hundreds of groups and secured endorsements from almost 1,300 organizations representing more than 60 million people throughout the United States to champion principles for children and pregnant women. Guarantee every child and pregnant woman comprehensive health and mental health coverage this year – join the Sedona Stroller Brigade or go to right now and click on “Take Action” to send a letter to your Congressman or Congresswoman showing your support of our nation’s children.  

The Sedona Stroller Brigade will begin at Sunset Park, located at 205 Sunset Dr., at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 7th. Please join your community members in showing support for children’s health – you don’t have to have a stroller or a child to participate! Supporters will meet at Sunset Park at 10:30 am and stroll at 11 a.m. to the intersection of Highway 89A and Sunset Drive then down to the intersection of 89a and Shelby Drive. Please bring family, friends, strollers, & walking shoes. You may also bring a sign to carry with a message personal to you. For more information please call Jessica Wrubel at 928-300-9684, visit or 

New Sedona Gallery “Spirit of the Andes” Featuring World-Renowned Artist Mamani Mamani


Visit one of Sedona’s newest galleries, The Spirit of the Andes at Hillside Sedona, this Sunday November 1st from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. for a special exhibition of world-renowned artist Mamani Mamani’s extended collection. Mamani Mamani has traveled all the way to Sedona from Bolivia for this exhibit and will only be here through Sunday so don’t miss this rare opportunity to view his full collection of original luminous oils and pastels.

mamani11I had the pleasure of meeting Mamani Mamani this afternoon when I visited the gallery for the first time and I was quite taken aback by his genuine character and sincere humility about his artwork and his time in Sedona. He has done more than 52 exhibitions since 1983 and has earned many awards, tributes and accollades both nationally and internationally yet he greeted me like an old friend. Within moments of meeting me and learning just a little bit about me (I told him that I’m 5 & 1/2 months pregnant with a little boy), he disappeared inside the gallery for a moment and came back out with a small bookmark imprinted with the image of one of his paintings. On the bottom of it, he wrote in spanish “May all the energy of the sun be with your son.” I was so sincerely touched.

His artwork speaks to me as much as our brief interlude did. Living in one of the art mecca’s of the southwestern region, I have laid my eyes on countless works of art created by some of the world’s best artists. I’ve seen art in Sedona that I’ve never seen anywhere else in the world, I’ve admired countless paintings, sculptures, oils, pastels and mixed media pieces I would gladly take home and hang on my wall if I could…and I truly have not seen anything like Mamani’s work. It is so bright and vibrant yet rich and deep all at once. Walking into The Spirit of the Andes, you are greeted by his intensely uplifting pieces, bold use of color, geometrical shapes and figures. Warmth, love and hope radiate from each piece and you can’t help but feel happy just looking at them because they are so full of life and energy. Of all the pieces hanging (which were only a mere percentage of his full collection to be shown on Sunday) my favorite were the Mother and Child pieces. I was also suprised to see that his artwork was so well priced considering it’s beauty and his reputation – they even have prints available for as little as $150-200.


Jaqueline Conley of La Paz, Bolivia will also be showing her lustrous alpaca and silk clothing hand sewn with many of Mamani Mamani’s designs. A delicate and ornately woven peacock covered the back of a black silk shawl that took my breath away imagining the time and work that went into creating it. Several other designs were just as stunning combining the bold vibrance of Mamani’s work with fashion and flare.

You are in for a real treat if you can attend this special showing at The Spirt of the Andes. Even you can’t make it on Sunday, stop in and meet this lovely family, the Montenegro’s, sometime. I am certain you will be as touched as I am by their generosity of spirit, friendliness and character, not to mention their beautiful new gallery!

Spirit of the Andes is located at Hillside Sedona, 671 Hwy 179 Suite A-ST6. For further information call (928) 496-0234.

Divine Wine & Good Karma FUNdraiser 11/7 at Sedona Community Center

Rendering of The Church of Shambhala Vajradhara Maitreya Monastery. A FUNdraiser will be held November 7 at the Sedona Community Center to raise funds for the construction of this new monastery.
Rendering of The Church of Shambhala Vajradhara Maitreya Monastery. A FUNdraiser will be held November 7 at the Sedona Community Center to raise funds for the construction of this new monastery.

Good Karma Construction ~ Building a Blueprint for Ecological and Self-Sustainable Living!

A Sacred Site that promises to be a stunning showpiece of ecological and self-sustaining living for the future is currently being built in Northern California by a non-profit charitable organization based here in Sedona at the Buddha Maitreya Shambhala Meditation Center, Hillside.

The Project is called “The Church of Shambhala Vajradhara Maitreya Sangha Monastery & Soul Therapy Retreat Center”. It is being built in a pristine, secluded area of great natural beauty, on an old volcanic mountain in Lake County. It overlooks Clearlake the oldest natural lake in North America and the 2nd oldest lake in the world.

The construction consists of a central 51⁰ white pyramid with capstone and six surrounding ‘monolithic’ domes creating a sacred geometric form as seen throughout nature and holy sites across the globe. Each of the surrounding domes is enclosed within a 51⁰ pyramid individually making not only the center pyramid but also all six domes into pyramids – the most powerful structure for meditation and self-realization. The project is designed to be a prototype of advanced, ecological living and sacred geomantic design. It is a sacred site for personal and planetary healing – blessing the land to heal the nations – and its unique, earth-friendly architectural design is built to last 1000 years.

The complex will incorporate solar and wind technology (4 wind turbines are already functioning), recycling and water conservation principles, hybrid and electric transportation, along with aquaponic and organic food cultivation, and the practice of right exercise and diet as an example of healthy balanced lifestyle.

The main features of the monastery are:

  • It is designed and built according to sacred geomancy as found in all temples, churches, stupas and holy sites.
  • There is a central 51 degree pyramid surrounded by 6 monolithic domes, for a 1000 year lifespan.
  • Energy efficiency will be attained through solar, wind, geothermal power, and electric vehicles.
  • Self-sustaining living through the use of aquaponics and hydroponics.
  • Open by appointment for day visits and extended meditation healing ‘Soul Therapy®’ retreats.

To raise funds for this $2.25 million project which is currently one-third complete, the center is hosting a “Divine Wine and Good Karma” fundraising event on November 7th. This promises to be a high-profile event with support from many local businesses and sponsors. Guests will be able to sample wonderful wines and mouth watering gourmet hors d’oeuvres, along with the carving of a special cake – an exact replica of the monastery illustrating the beauty of its unique architecture – created by Master Executive Chef Mike McCray of “Mikes Amazing Cakes”.

The evening will also offer an opportunity to experience the soulful Meditation Healing tools, learn about the monastery project, and bid for awesome prizes such as a jeep tour, hot air balloon ride, spa treatments, a Montana ranch weekend get-away and much more!

Join us at the Sedona Community Center at 2615 Melody Lane, West Sedona from 7pm – 10pm, Saturday November 7th for this purposeful and memorable fundraising night. Call (928) 239-4409 to reserve your space – you won’t want to miss it!

For more information about the project go to

Video on Buddha Maitreya Sacred Geometric Forms

Sedona Events: 5th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival 10/24 – 11/1

Betty Carr "Paint Out on Main Street" 2008
Betty Carr "Paint Out on Main Street" 2008

Artistic Magic is in the Air!

 5thAnnual Sedona Plein Air Festival 2009

SEDONA, Ariz. (October 15, 2009):  The cool weather has arrived, the leaves are turning and thirty-two nationally-recognized plein-air artists will soon begin to paint the mystical beauty of Sedona. The spell has been cast and magic abounds.

The 5th Annual Plein Air Festival, hosted by the Sedona Arts Center and the presenting sponsor, L’Auberge de Sedona, will still your hearts and stimulate your imagination for nine full days, beginning Oct 24 through Nov 1.

The festival provides something for everyone!  Visitors and residents alike are invited to watch the artists transfer their vision of the beauty that surrounds them onto canvas or paper ~ capturing magical moments in time right before your eyes. 

Sedona is a plein-air artist’s paradise with its abundance of picturesque scenes and exquisite landscapes. The ever-changing light, shadows and colors in late October, make the setting almost perfect.

The art form is not easy.  Painting out-of-doors, from life, requires stamina and the ability to stay focused and completely absorbed in the work regardless of the shifting elements. The award-winning artists from around the country  will spend six days painting in a variety of media to capture the unique scenes of Sedona, Jerome, Oak Creek, and the surrounding area, followed by weekend events that present the body of work created by the artists earlier in the week.

Join the excitement by watching the artists in the creative process.  Four events have been planned for this purpose: Saturday, Oct 24, enjoy the Paint-out on Main Street from 2:30 – 5:00pm, sponsored by Sedona Main Street Program.  Tuesday morning (7:00am), Oct 27, you will find some of the artists painting the scenes and landscape around the Sedona Heritage Museum.  All day Wednesday, Oct 28, Jerome Chamber of Commerce and Jerome  ArtWalk will host the artists as they paint Historic Jerome.

"Tranquil" by Clark Mitchell - Winner, Collector's Choice 2008
"Tranquil" by Clark Mitchell - Winner, Collector's Choice 2008

Then, begin the weekend on Friday morning Creekside at L’Auberge de Sedona, the Festival’s generous presenting sponsor. The artists will create paintings from start to finish in just two hours. The unique Quick Draw event, starts at exactly 10am and ends at Noon. Trolley service will be available from the Uptown City Parking Lot on Jordan and Schnebly Road. 

For those who want to be more personally involved and actively participate, there are events designed especially for you. Learn about plein-air painting from the artists, or try your hand at “painting from life.”

Monday through Thursday (11am – 1pm) lunchtime lectures/demonstrations by one of the participating festival artist are offered ~ and ~ four free plein-air painting classes (two sessions each/$25 materials fee) are available. Space is limited and reservations are recommended for both the lectures and the classes (call 928-282-3809). For details and a complete schedule visit the Festival Website:

For those who love to rub shoulders with the artists in an informal, social setting, two receptions will be held: Monday evening (6:30 – 8:00), October 26, the Arts Center will host an Opening Reception for the Artists Showcase Exhibit in the Community Gallery, presenting prior works of the 32 participating artists. 

A mid-week highlight, Wednesday evening (7:00 – 8:30pm), there will be a presentation by special guest speaker, Wm Scott Jennings, a national-recognized master plein-air artist, will discuss his process in a lecture titled, Plein Air to Studio. The presentation will be followed by a wine reception in the Theatre Studio at the Arts Center.

"Side Street Surprise" by Betty Carr, 2008 Plein Air Festival
"Side Street Surprise" by Betty Carr, 2008 Plein Air Festival

Friday, Oct 30, at 6pm, an Evening Extravaganza with the Artists will be held at L’Auberge de Sedona in the Monet Ballroom.

Those who attend will be the first to see and have the opportunity to purchase the artwork that has been created throughout the week. The evening filled with fine art, music, delicious hors d’oeuvres and fine wine in one of Sedona’s most luxurious settings is an event not to be missed! Only a few tickets are still available, so make your reservations today. Tickets are only $125.00 and can be purchased Online or by calling: 928-282-3809.

Saturday, Oct 31 (10am – 5pm) and Sunday. Nov 1 (10am – 3pm) a Public Sale and Exhibit will be held in both galleries at the Sedona Arts Center. There is no admission and everyone is invited to view and purchase the amazing, original art by the talented cadre of Festival Artists – all created during Festival Week.

All events and activities, except the Friday night Gala, are open to public and free of charge. The Sedona Arts Center campus is located in Uptown Sedona, corner of State Rte 89A and Art Barn Road.

The week-long event is made possible by an ever-growing list of Festival sponsors:  L’Auberge de Sedona (presenting sponsor), Sedona-Oak Creek Chamber of Commerce, Sedona Magazine, Sedona Monthly, Sedona Red Rock News, Sedona Red Rock TV, Excentric, Sedona Trolley, KNAU Arizona Public Radio, Windrush Gallery, MacPherson, M. Graham & Co, Southwest Art Magazine, Valley Guide, and Connoisseur Art Supplies; plus a generous grant from the City of Sedona.  We also want to thank our community partners whose support expands the boundaries of possibilities: Sedona Main Street Program, Jerome Chamber of Commerce, Jerome Artwalk, and Sedona Historical Society.

Special Festival Workshops are being offered by the Sedona Arts Center’s Art School in conjunction with the Festival – before, during and after.  Before the Festival: Plein Air Painting in Oils, Oct 19 – 23 with Jill Carver,  Artists’ Choice Award 2008. Pastel Painting in the Sedona Landscape, Oct 20 – 23 with Clark Mitchell, 2008 Festival Poster Award (2007) and Collectors’ Choice Award 2008. During the Festival: Plein Air Painting with Oils, Oct 26 – 30 with Wm Scott Jennings, Master Plein-air Artist and 2009 Festival Guest Speaker. Following the Festival: Sedona – Fall Colors (Watercolor or Oil), Nov 2 – 6 with Betty Carr, Festival Artist 2006 – 2009.  Watercolor Secrets, Nov 3 – 5 and  Plein Air Painting ~ One day Workshop, Nov 6 ~ both workshops led by Tom Lynch, Festival Artist 2006 – 2009. To register for a class, or for more information call (928) 282-3809, or visit

Sedona Arts Center VIDEO:

Sweat Lodge Deaths Near Sedona Had Little Do With Sedona

All of us here at would like to extend our condolences to the families and friends of those who tragically passed away after a Sweat Lodge held as part of a “Spiritual Warrior” Retreat hosted by James Arthur Ray on October 8th at the Angel Valley Retreat Center outside Sedona. We are deeply saddened to hear that now three participants have passed away as a result of this tragedy and our hearts go out to all of those involved and affected.

Many Sedona residents have been surprised by the level of international publicity this story has received. This tragedy has been intricately tied into Sedona and the “New Age Movement” in this area however, according to the facts of this case, this entire tragedy has very little to do with Sedona besides being held nearby the city and now being investigated by local authorities. The national and international media have been hyping this story up with headlines like “A New Age Tragedy in Sedona” and “The New Age Sweat Lodge Death Tragedy” including many references in news stories to the New Age movement in Sedona. However, this tragedy had nothing to do with Sedona or Sedona’s New Age movement other than it’s close proximity to Sedona’s beautiful red rock country.

Here are the facts:

#1) The Angel Valley Retreat is located 11 miles outside Sedona equally as close to Cottonwood as Sedona. Although the Angel Valley Retreat Center has a Sedona address, it is rented out for various seminars, retreats and events that the local owners have no participation in.

#2) James Arthur Ray, the self-help guru who rented the Angel Valley Retreat Center to host this particular event, does not reside in Sedona. He has a home in Beverly Hills. He hosts events like this all over the country. This was simply the place  he chose to hold one of many of his events.  Spiritual Warrior events are also held in San Diego, Chicago, Tahoe City and San Francisco. If this had happened in one of those locations, would it still be referred to as a “New Age Tragedy?”

#3) Mr. Ray refers to the techniques he teaches in this “Spiritual Warrior” Retreat as “techniques that I searched out in the mountains of Peru, the jungles of the Amazon (and a few other places I don’t care to recall).” He does not mention developing any of these principles in Sedona.

#4) James Arthur Ray does not characterize any of the principles he teaches as “New Age.” I did a search for the term “New Age” and did not find one mention of it on his extensive website.

#5)  Those who attended the Spiritual Warrior Retreat and sweat lodge came from all over the country, not Sedona.

Sedona has been known the world over as a spiritual mecca and a hub for the New Age Movement over the last few decades. However, Sedona is first and foremost known for it’s breathtakingly stunning red rock mountains. Sedona has also been named one of the Top 25 Arts Destinations in America (American Style Magazine, 2007-2008) with over 50 world-renowned art galleries and dozens of well-known artists calling Sedona home.  USA Weekend Today named Sedona the #1 “Most Beautiful Place in America.” This beautiful little city also has a reputation for fantastic festivals and events; friendly townspeople; award-winning restaurants, artists, resorts, spas and golf courses. We’re known for Jeep Tours into the backcountry, for a history of famous filmmaking with legendary actors and actresses like John Wayne, Elvis and more. The 7-mile stretch of Highway 179 through the Village of Oak Creek, “The Red Rock Scenic Byway” was recently named Arizona’s only All American Road. The 28-mile stretch of road through Oak Creek Canyon to Flagstaff is also designated as a Scenic Road and was named one of the Top 10 Most Scenic Drives in America by Rand McNally (especially this time of year in the Fall when the leaves are on fire with bright hues of gold, orange and crimson).

Although the New Age Movement is part of Sedona’s heritage, it does not alone define Sedona. In a case like this, the media tends to paint a picture of Sedona where you’d expect to find aliens landing in the street,  people chanting on every street corner, the guy sitting next to you at the coffee shop “Om-ing” over breakfast and visitors being sucked into vortexes everywhere you look. That simply isn’t what you’ll find when you come to visit Sedona! Many come here to reconnect with their spirits or to have a “spiritual experience” because the energy of this place is so magical, but in reality, Sedona is simply what you make of it. Want to experience some of the most brilliant art in the Southwest? Come to Sedona. Want to relax in a 5-star spa sipping champagne getting a red rock hot stone massage? Come to Sedona. Want to see the most beautiful fall folliage in Arizona? Come to Sedona. Want to play in a natural waterpark carved into slippery red rock cliffs? Come to Sedona and visit Slide Rock State Park. Want to stay just hours away from the Grand Canyon, hike the red rocks, take jeep tours onto them and have a fun-filled adventure-pack vacation of a lifetime? Come to Sedona. We have so much to offer you.

Sedona/Verde Valley Tweet-Up 10/20 to Benefit Camp Soaring Eagle

twitter-logoSEDONA, Ariz., October 9, 2009 – Twitter users from Sedona, Flagstaff, Cottonwood and surrounding areas will gather Tuesday October 20, 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Hilton Sedona Resort and Spa for a monthly “Tweet-Up” to connect and raise money for the local Camp Soaring Eagle. Event tickets are priced at $10 per person and may be purchased at the door. All ticket proceeds will go to Camp Soaring Eagle’s building fund.

The monthly Sedona/Verde Valley Tweet-Ups are sponsored in part by Red Rock TV16 and the Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa. These informal mixer-style gatherings present incredible opportunities for Twitter-ers to learn how to maximize their presence on Twitter, discover new Twitter tools and gain ideas and insights on how to promote a business through social networking. Connecting local business owners to each other, the Tweet-Ups create a social networking community online and in person.

Attendees can purchase raffle tickets to win fabulous prizes, including one-of-a-kind art pieces donated by local artists and gift certificates to local businesses. Hilton Sedona has generously donated The Grille at ShadowRock patio to host the gathering, and will provide a cash bar for guests. For Twitter-ers traveling from afar to attend the event, the resort has created a special overnight package that includes a $20 food and beverage credit, a 50 percent discount for pet travelers, and of course free internet to allow Twitter guests to tweet all about their stay. The package starts at $139 per suite, contact 1.877.273.3762 for reservations.

“We always enjoy the opportunity to connect with both our online and local communities,” said Hilton Sedona Resort and Spa General Manager, Edgar Lozoya. “This Tweet-up is especially significant because we’re able to help raise funds for a commendable cause.”

About Camp Soaring Eagle

Nestled within the spectacular red rocks of Sedona, Camp Soaring Eagle will help ailing children discover a world of possibilities, not limitations, by offering them an unforgettable experience that is otherwise impossible to achieve. It will be a unique, distinctive place designed for campers to forget their worries, ailments, and gain a renewed sense of vigor and charm in life.

About Hilton Sedona Resort and Spa:

Located along the beautiful Red Rock Scenic Byway, Sedona’s gateway to world-famous red rock country and Arizona’s only designated byway, Hilton Sedona Resort and Spa, a 219-room property is only 90 minutes north of Phoenix. Guest accommodations feature two-room suites with separate living rooms and private patios or balconies, with breathtaking views of Sedona’s majestic red rocks or the Sedona Golf Resort. In-room amenities include fireplace, flat screen televisions, minibar, high-speed Internet access, microwave oven, coffeemaker, and iron/ironing board. Additionally, the resort boasts three heated pools, two restaurants, and is the area’s largest conference facilities in Northern Arizona with 20,500 square feet of meeting space. Complete meetings packages are available. The resort, a part of Hilton Worldwide Resorts™, offers guests complimentary wireless internet access in all public spaces including the pool areas.

About Sedona/Verde Valley Tweet-Ups

The Sedona/Verde Valley Tweet-Ups take place regularly once a month at various locations around Sedona. If you would like to be included on our email list about monthly events, participate as a host, sponsor or attendee, donate a raffle prize or if you just want to learn more about Sedona Tweet-Ups, please contact Megan Aronson at 928-202-8193 or

Businesses Affected by Sedona Flooding Re-Open In Time for Fiesta del Tlaquepaque Tomorrow 9/12

Businesses Affected by Sedona Flooding Re-Open In Time for Fiesta del Tlaquepaque Tomorrow 9/12

Sedona, AZ – Yesterday, torrential monsoon rains brought 3″ of rain and pea-sized hail in less than 30 minutes to a localized area over Sedona causing massive flooding just after lunchtime. A gush of water came pouring through Portal Lane, the entrance to Los Abrigados Resort & Spa, El Portal Luxury Inn and Sedona’s most well-known shopping area, Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village. Dozens of vehicles were swept away in the flood, piled on top of each other, thrown into ditches and gulleys, forced under bridges, and crushed. Emergency response crews were on the scene within minutes and performed several rescues in waist-deep mud and water as onlookers from inside Tlaquepaque businesses watched, trapped. Thankfully, no one was injured although some were very shooken up and many lost their vehicles.
In West Sedona, a mudslide on Coffee Pot Road swept two vehicles into a local flooring business. A 5 foot deep “lake” formed behind the Basha’s Shopping Center – vehicles trying to cross it had water mid-way up their car doors. The highway throughout West Sedona looked like a dirt-road, covered in inches of mud.

Just hours after the rain had stopped and the flooding had subsided, volunteers came out in droves to begin clean-up at the areas most affected – Tlaquepaque, Los Abrigados Resort & Spa, and the Hummingbird House to name a few. Bulldozers and dozens of volunteers with shovels began clearing mud and debris immediately. Friday morning, Tlaquepaque General Manager and Resident Partner Wendy Lippman said, “We have over 40 people here working very hard to get Tlaquepaque ready for Fiesta del Tlaquepaque tomorrow. We are still open for business and there is fortunately no permanent damage to Tlaquepaque. We still plan to host one of Sedona’s most popular annual festivals tomorrow with several performances throughout Tlaquepaque and artists exhibiting extraordinary works at many of the galleries located here.” Officials report that today road ways are clear and safe for travel, the flooding is gone, and the beauty of Sedona remains intact.


“Many have asked how they can help Sedona right now and we have a perfect solution for you…Come show your support to the businesses affected by visiting Sedona this weekend to enjoy everything we have to offer including Fiesta del Tlaquepaque” says Megan Aronson, host of Out & About with Megan on Red Rock TV16 in Sedona. “This is a small community filled with ‘Mom and Pop’ shops that rely on tourism to sustain their businesses. The last time we had a severe flood here a few years ago, the negative publicity deterred visitors from coming to Sedona – they thought the whole town was under water! We’re here to tell you, the flooding is gone, the roadways are safe and nothing can touch the beauty of Sedona or Tlaquepaque. Come see us this weekend and help support Sedona!”
Fiesta del Tlaquepaque
Celebration of Mexican Independence Day

Sedona, Arizona Tlaquepaque, the Art and Soul of Sedona, announces its 36th annual “Fiesta del Tlaquepaque,” a celebration of Mexican Independence Day, Saturday, September 12, 2009 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Arts and crafts exhibits will abound offering a glimpse into the traditional and present artistry of Mexico. “The artists at the Fiesta are a great expression of the diversity, artistry and spirit of the community,” said Wendy Lippman, Tlaquepaque General Manager and Resident Partner. “Abe Miller, the visionary builder of Tlaquepaque, started this tradition more than 30 years ago and Fiesta attracts people from all over the state and country.”

Fiesta highlights include Mosaico Flamenco, one of the most innovative and inspiring new acoustical flamenco groups in the US, performing from and the singing Mariachis, offering sweet traditional songs in many locations throughout Tlaquepaque village.

Free Road Runner shuttle service will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. between Tlaquepaque and the Uptown municipal parking lot located on Apple between Jordan and Highway 89A. Admission to Fiesta is free. This event will take place from 10:00am – 5:00pm. For additional information please call (928) 282-4838.

  • Date Details: Saturday, September 12, 2009
  • Organizer: Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
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  • Location: 336 State Route 179 Sedona AZ 86336
  • Phone: (928) 282-4838
  • Cost/Fees: Free
For videos and more information on the wonderful galleries, restaurants, shops and boutiques at Tlaquepaque view their video webpage on Sedona. tv!