Author: Tommy Acosta

Sedona, Ariz. (Oct. 19, 2021) – Known as one of Northern Arizona’s top resorts, Amara Resort and Spa is continuing to elevate the hospitality scene in Sedona with the completion of a multimillion-dollar renovation encompassing all 100 guestrooms and public spaces, including the resort’s signature restaurant, SaltRock Southwest Kitchen and award-winning Amara Spa. Consistently named one of the “Best Hotels” by Conde Nast Traveler and U.S. News & World Report, Amara’s refreshed look takes inspiration from the surrounding red rocks and brings the outdoors in to create a “tree-lodge” aesthetic by encompassing the five elements of nature – earth, wood,…

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By Amaya Gayle Gregory Sedona News: Can you simply be here, now? Can you flow with whatever appears? The ability to be with whatever appears, regardless of what the whatever is, without need want or desire to run or hide is a pretty simple description of behavior after awakening. That ability is natural to one who has seen through the game, seen what reality actually is, recognizes true nature, knows that the players on stage don’t do anything, can’t do anything, and yet all doing is done through them. Yup! A bloomin’ paradox. It seems like all resistance to the…

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Sedona, AZ News — James Ratliff Gallery in Hillside Sedona is pleased to announce the re-birth of Sedona’s popular First Fridays  art-walk series, starting Friday, November 5, 2021, from 4 to 7 p.m. Gallery owner James Ratliff is presenting an exciting show centered around the works of multi-medium artist Diann Kincaid. Kincaid will speak about and present her unique paintings and sculptures inspired by her book, Shadow Chasing in Sedona, a collection of intriguing and mysterious photographs of rock shadows cast on the Red Rock formations of Sedona. It is an inspirational photography book of magical shadows. It is a time…

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By Tommy Acosta Sedona News: Sedona’s Two Fer Tuesday philanthropic group is back in gear, organizing a snack food collection effort for the brave men and women at the Sedona Emergency Room who serve the community through these perilous pandemic times. The group hopes to fill the ER “snack stash closet” with Kind Bars, Cliff Bars, cereal bars, wrapped cookies, peanut butter crackers, popcorn, canned and mixed nuts and other healthy snacks that are available in local grocery stores. Even candy.. “We are collecting healthy snack donations for the selfless, capable team of Emergency Room physicians, nurses, radiology and lab technicians that work…

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Sedona AZ News. –  The city of Sedona, in partnership with the Coconino National Forest, seeks to provide mass transit shuttle services at select trailheads located within the greater Sedona area to reduce traffic congestion, overflow parking in residential areas and improve pedestrian safety. By doing so, the Coconino National Forest puts forth a public comment period and proposed action to allow for city of Sedona mass transit shuttle services to drop off at Dry Creek, Little Horse, Mescal, Cathedral Rock and Soldiers Pass trailheads.  The city expects shuttle service to run year-round from trailhead shuttle exchange parking lots to…

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Sedona AZ News: Sunday, October 31st at 5:30pm to 8:30pm, Sound Bites Grill is offering an unforgettable Halloween murder mystery dinner, Batrina’s Ghosts & Beggars Ball. This very special treat on Halloween is sure to trick guests in this who dun it mystery theatre. Cast members list as a Who’s who of Sedona and the Verde Valley with Emmy Award winning writer, actress Dev Ross as Detective Dandy Dick, popular Sedona singer, actor, entertainer Tom Jepperson as the mad scientist Dr. Frankenfurter, actor, singer Greg Benedetto as sleazy TV producer Hector, and well known singer, actor, entertainer Shondra Jepperson as…

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Sedona AZ News: The Sedona Conscious Living Center would like to invite you to join them for a very unique and special Sound Healing Journey, that will take place Thursday night, October 21 from 6 pm to 7pm, in the main room of Sedonya Conscious Living Center. The journey will be led by Sonya Belisle,  Safe Space Keeper of Sedonya,  UQUALLLA, ceremonialist, and universal wisdom keeper, born of the Havasupai Tribe that resides in the Grand Canyon  & Carola DiLorenzo, LMT, master body and energy healer. The experience will begin with some light indigenous sounds and movement and then progress into…

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Sedona AZ – If you are in Sedona and you are a Doors fan, you are in for a treat. The Sedona International Film Festival is presenting a one-night-only world premiere of the “The Doors: Live at the Bowl ’68 Special Edition” on Thursday, Nov. 4 at 4 p.m. and later at. 7 p.m., at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. On July 5th, 1968, The Doors lit up the storied stage of the Hollywood Bowl with a legendary performance that is widely considered to be the band’s finest captured on film.  Performing on the back of their 3rd album release…

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Sedona News: It’s a musical treat this weekend at Sound Bites Grill as two fabulous touring acts take the stage. On Friday, October 29 from 7 to 10 p.m., consummate performer and national touring artist Michael Johnson and the Denim Brigade rock the night away, featuring local musicians Patrick Ki on guitar, Adriel Zang-Perrault on percussion and Marcus Vann on bass. This folk-rock ensemble of gifted professional entertainers will take you on a magic carpet ride through classics by James Taylor, Paul Simon, Kenny Logins and more, flavored by their unique inimitable style. Johnson is a Berklee educated musician and…

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Sedona News: Once again Bella Vita Ristorante is hosting two of Sedona’s finest musicians on their outside patio stage. On Friday, October 29 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Bella Vita Ristorante features the inimitable Sammy Davis and his band. He dances, he prances, he whirls and twirls, putting on a show each and every time he plays, giving his all in every performance. He is a master of stage craft and his voice is strong and powerful as he rocks through our favorite classic rock tunes in a style that’s all his own He is the perfect party performer, and…

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SEDONA, Ariz. — TMS & Brain Health will soon offer transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) treatments to qualifying patients in the Verde Valley via a partnership with local treatment facility Tribe Wellness Group. The company specializes in creating personal treatment regimens to help patients who struggle with a wide range of mental health disorders and who have been resistant to traditional treatments. “This partnership further cements our commitment to making high-quality mental health care more accessible,” said Ben Spielberg, CEO and founding neuroscientist of TMS & Brain Health. “As the only TMS center in the Verde Valley, we look forward to…

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By Amaya Gayle Gregory   Sedona News: The thoughts that keep recycling, that replay, the persistent reruns of life’s trauma, want only one thing, to be invited in, accepted for what they are. They are not unlike the small child huddled within desperately crying for love.     Whatever causes us to flinch, to turn away, to run and hide will return again and again until at last we meet it fully, embrace it for its teachings, see it as part of what was, the unmet moment still resonating within body mind and heart.   In the moment of trauma…

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By Candace Carr Strauss, President/CEO  Sedona Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau Sedona News: Building sustainability into our tourism economy is a chamber priority, so I am happy to report we are making progress on one of our most complex environmental issues – the impact of OHVs in our “neighborwoods” in the words of Red Rock Ranger Amy Tinderholt. The challenges are familiar to most Sedonans. The popularity of Off-Highway Vehicles (OHVs also called ATVs or UTVs) has skyrocketed in Arizona, with more than 452,000 registered with the state. Many came as Day Trippers to Sedona. At the same time,…

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By Tommy Acosta Sedona News: On Monday, October 11, in states and cities across America, Indigenous Peoples’ Day is being celebrated. Indigenous Peoples’ Day used to be called Columbus Day in honor of European explorer Christopher Columbus who set foot in the Bahamas on October 12, 1492.  Columbus Day was declared in 1892 by Republican President Benjamin Harrison to celebrate the 400th year of Columbus’s discovery. However, a movement that started in 1989 in South Dakota, led to changing Columbus Day’s name to Indigenous Peoples’ Day, as a way to make reparations to Native American Tribes whose culture and way of life were…

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Sedona News: If you are visiting Sedona there is one adventure you want enjoy as part of your stay. Your unforgettable Sedona experience must include spending time at internationally renowned Tlaquepaque (pronounced T-la-keh-pah-keh), Sedona Arizona’s Arts & Crafts Village, one of the best things to do in Sedona. Nestled beneath the shade of the sycamores on the banks of beautiful Oak Creek in Sedona, Tlaquepaque is the most distinctive Sedona shopping experience to be found in the Southwest. Authentically fashioned after a traditional Mexican village, Tlaquepaque, meaning the “best of everything,” has been a Sedona landmark since the 1970’s. Its…

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