Author: Tommy Acosta

Sedona News: Rascal, one of Chef Mercer Mohr and his partner Mithat Evirgen’s latest whimsical, neo-diner concepts, is winning sweeping accolades, creating a “Modern Diner Experience” for those who enjoy innovative dining. Located at the new boutique Wilde Resort & Spa in West Sedona, the new restaurant’s menu takes foodies on an epicurean adventure from mischievous to magnificent. Playful “adult boozy shakes & smoothies” add a grownup version of the old-fashioned treat. https://youtu.be/zKm2IBioLbw The atmosphere? What can we say… Playful and whimsical are adjectives that best describe it. As you journey through the Rascal menu be sure to check out the…

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By Amaya Gayle Gregory   Sedona: Most of us on what is called the spiritual path want to awaken for a reason: to finally be enough, to feel it, to know it without question and find peace within; to be accepted, included, not standing on the outside looking in, not separate from life; to find meaning, purpose in what often feels like meaninglessness; to soothe the heartache and stop the pain and suffering, to at last be happy.   While these are heartfelt reasons, truly precious and real, they are not the true impulse but the impulse made visible.  …

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Sedona News: Sedona’s bizarre real estate market in 2020-2021 has produced all manner of unexpected results. One is a shift demographic in buyers. For the past couple of decades, the mainstays of the market were Baby Boomers purchasing retirement properties for primary residences or second homes. Generally, they have been relatively affluent buyers, but a home sale over $2,000,000 was a rarity until this past year. For the super-wealthy, Sedona tended to be more or a second or third residence.    The new generation still includes Boomers, but is a bit more diverse. And, wealthier. And, they tend to want Sedona…

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Sedona News: ​As an International City of Peace, modern-day Sedonans are now challenged with deepening that legacy of peace–both inner and outer–to make it relevant, purposeful and beneficial for all who live and work here, and for the millions who visit every year. Most people who live in Sedona came here by choice–to live surrounded by breathtaking natural wilderness, for abundant hiking and biking on hundreds of miles of trails, and for its exceptional arts, culture and healing of body, mind and spirit. A strong philanthropic spirit exists here as well as a desire to engage in compassionate causes for…

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By Amaya Gayle Gregory   Sedona News: When I see you, it is the face of God I perceive. Touching you, it is the body of God I feel. In truth there is no me, no you, there is only God appearing as all things, all experiences, appearances arising and falling in Godmind.   All perceptions hold within them this mystery, not a special holding, not a deep mystical holding that only the wise can see, but the very ordinary through and through, all in all, nothing but this stunning mystery that only Is. Looking for mystical experiences veils the…

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The City of Cottonwood celebrates the heart of Arizona wine country with the 12th Annual “Walkin’ on Main” on November 13th, 2021. The Verde Valley Wine Consortium, as well as art exhibits, retail vendors, a car show and live music will accompany the charming galleries, shops, and local restaurants of Old Town Cottonwood. Walkin’ on Main features a wine tasting garden courtesy of the Verde Valley Wine Consortium, a car show courtesy of the Mingus Union High School Auto Club, and live music throughout the day. This is a free, family-friendly, event for all. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jp8cRxY0XbM&t=3s “The Verde Valley Wine Consortium…

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Sedona/Verde Valley News – More than four years after the initial petition was submitted, today the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) named the Verde Valley an American Viticultural Area (AVA). This esteemed designation identifies the unique geography, topography, soils, and climate of the Verde Valley AVA as a federally recognized grape growing region. Alongside Arizona’s first two AVAs, Sonoita and Willcox, designating the Verde Valley AVA gives vintners the opportunity to describe the specific origin of the grapes used to make their wines to consumers. “I am ecstatic with this TTB announcement,” said Tom Schumacher, president…

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Sunday Brunch is Back at Sound Bites Grill. This time an incredible Buffet. The fun starts Sunday Nov 14th from 10am to 2pm. Sound Bites Grill is a music themed restaurant with incredible panoramic views of the Sedona red rocks, a show room with a guitar gallery and a great group venue. It’s considered one of the top venues in Northern Arizona for hosting live acts of national stature. The restaurant will no longer be offering lunch and dinner on Sundays and the Brunch will take its place for those enjoying lazy, mid-afternoon meals with views. The restaurant will be…

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Sound Bites Grill is hosting two great bands this coming weekend that are guaranteed to rock your socks off. On Friday, November 12, from 7 to 10 p.m., Sound Bites Grill features Scandalous Hands, a fusion rock band that rocks The Beatles, Steely Dan, Allman Brothers Band, Led Zeppelin, original tunes and more. Featuring explosive solos and infectious grooves, this is one band you want to see up-close-and-personal — and no better place to see them than on the Sound Bites Celebrity Showroom stage. Their live performances are impeccable, and their coverage of classics is unique and inspiring. Band members include Troy Schilperoort on…

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Sedona News: It’s another week of live music at Steakhouse89 featuring some of some of Sedona’s finest performing musicians. On Friday, November 12, from 5 to 9 p.m., and Wednesday, November 17, from 5 to 9 p.m., Sedona diva Lyndsay Cross entertains on piano and vocals. She is mellow, smooth, and a pleasure to watch perform. Her repertoire of classics is formidable and expansive. On Saturday, November 13, from 5 to 9 p.m., it’s Sky Conwell (aka Sky Daddy) performing his own special style and interpretation of the classics. Energetic and entertaining, Sky Daddy always puts on a great show…

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Sedona News: On Friday, November 12, the inimitable and exciting performer Sammy Davis graces the Bella Vita Ristorante outside patio stage from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sammy is flamboyant, commanding and a true performer as he delivers one hit after another to a dancing, classic rock loving crowd. He is engaging and never fails to get the audience out of their seats up and dancing. Flashy, classy, Davis rocks every time he performs. Locals love him and know where to go on a Friday night for great food, music and dancing. On Saturday, November 13, the perennial Dan Vega takes…

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By Tommy Acosta: The Democrats took one on the chin Election Day, with the final-round KO of Virginia Commonwealth Democrat Terry McAuliffe at the hands of Republican contender Glenn Youngkin, in their gubernatorial championship bout. The people rose up against the perceived totalitarians on school boards across the country and expressed their displeasure by ousting the Democrat. It was a classic people-against-the-rulers fight, and the people won. Egged on by FOX News, parents rallied in a solidly blue state. Voters changed their minds and the challenger scored with enough votes/punches to topple the reigning gubernatorial champion. Although there were contributing…

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Sedona News: The Pray Sedona 2021 “America Unites” Rally is tomorrow, Saturday, the 6th, 10 AM, at Posse Grounds Pavilion, 525 A Posse Grounds Road, Sedona, 86336.  Bring a lawn chair or a blanket to sit on and pray with other concerned citizens for America. The Sedona United Methodist Church is collecting for a Navajo Christmas and items donated must be delivered to the Church at 110 Indian Cliffs Road, Sedona, 86336, by Nov. 14th.  Here is what they need for adults (unwrapped): Tupperware, flashlights with batteries, kitchen and bath towels, combs and brushes, puzzles, men’s work gloves, pots and pans, kitchen utensils, candles and holders, decorative tins with lids, socks all sizes, salt and pepper shakers,…

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Sedona News: The Sedona International City of Peace is heading into our 10th year in 2022! An amazing decade filled with connection, expansion, and accomplishment! The International Cities of Peace organization is restructuring, improving, and setting a goal to grow from 350 to 1000 Cities of Peace worldwide by 2025!  Just within the last few months, several Arizona cities like Peoria, Prescott, Mesa, Cottonwood, and Flagstaff are at different stages of becoming International Cities of Peace. We are always striving to create ways to unify us, illuminate all perspectives, dissolve divides, and seek shared solutions that create peace within ourselves,…

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By Amaya Gayle Gregory Writing about true nature is tricky. As best I can, realizing it’s not me writing words flow that are bound to fall short of the mark. They are arrows flying through appearances of time and space. I smile as my fingertips loose from the string of life and the arrows fly. Even a poor bowman, hits the mark occasionally and that’s worth however many shots I am compelled to take. I’ve also been known to write from the perspective of duality, the progressive paths where the appearances in time and space — you and me and…

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