Author: Tommy

By Tommy Acosta Sedona Az News: When I was young, back when the Dead Sea was still sick, I remember living through the heat of the cold war with Russia, Regularly, in my fifth-grade class at Holy Family Elementary School in the Bronx, an air-raid siren would go off and all the kids had to crawl under their desks. Sister Stevens would, with no thought of her own safety or survival, walk between the rows smacking with her ruler any body parts that were vulnerable. I remember looking out of the big classroom window, (which I did when Sister Stevens…

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B y Jodi Liggett & Ellen Ferreira Remember “death panels?” In 2009, when the Affordable Care Act was still being written, Sarah Palin coined the phrase “death panel” in a viral social media post. Republican members of Congress tapped into that anger. US Sen. Chuck Grassley told a crowd back home in Iowa, “We should not have a government program that determines you’re gonna pull the plug on Grandma.” Of course, the so-called “death panels” were not real, but we agree with Grassley’s sentiment: government programs or institutional ‘experts’ should not oversee life-or-death decisions. Those decisions rest with patients, their…

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By Sedona Vice-Mayor Scott Jablow Sedona, AZ News: The City has complimentary goals of reducing reliance on fossil fuels and the resulting pollution as well as reducing traffic congestion. Sedona’s Community Plan includes a vision of a community that is more walkable and bike-able with less reliance on personal vehicles. The city hopes to encourage people to leave their cars and walk, bike, or take public transportation by ensuring that the physical infrastructure to accomplish that is in place. Towards that end, the City implemented shuttles to the trailheads, which is the first step in an ambitious program is to…

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Sedona News: The “Two Fer Tuesday’s” support of the “Fill the Need” Food Bank philanthropic effort, turned out to be another big success.  Contributors, volunteers and donors filled up truck bed, the truck’s back seats and supplies are still coming in this week to be delivered to the Food Bank!  “Ephesians 3:20; we are very blessed by our great donors and volunteers who are called to help others,” said organizer Andrea Kadar of the community’s expression of kindness to those in need. She conveyed a special thanks to Efren Santa Cruz, Pastor Fred Mast and Jenny Mast, the generous donors at Sedona United Methodist Church,Bill and Debbie…

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SEDONA, AZ — The Willows Kitchen & Wine Bar has just opened at Poco Diablo Resort, a longtime cornerstone of Sedona hospitality. Part of a $22 million dollar renovation project, Willows offers a superb new dining option for resort guests, Sedona locals and visitors alike, promising to become a culinary destination in its own right. Under the direction of Executive Chef and Director of Food & Beverage Evan Campbell, the restaurant features eclectic, from-scratch American fare. Curated small plates, large plates and a la carte dishes share the stage with a comprehensive selection of wines. Poco Diablo is located in Arizona’s…

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By Tommy Acosta Sedona Az: As a Sedonan I can say with great pride and sincerity that there is no other place on earth I would rather live. Sure, there’s traffic every once-in-a-while but so what? Compared to driving in New York where I lived most of my life, driving in Sedona is a piece of cake. Being stuck in traffic is just an excuse to sit back and enjoy the sights around you. For so many who live here the mountains, the skies, the vortexes, the spiritually steeped land of Sedona, is what makes it for them. The views…

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By City Council Vice-Mayor Scott Jablow Sedona News: A vibrant and healthy community boasts an adequate stock of diverse housing opportunities to meet the needs of the residents and the workforce that supports our economy.  The Sedona City Council vision includes housing for all levels of income and care needs, from rental apartments to home ownership to continuing residential care for Sedona’s senior population. Meeting this need is one of the Council’s highest priorities, and the City has made significant progress towards making diverse housing opportunities a reality.  This year we’ve started a Down Payment Assistance program that provides loans…

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Sedona News: Sedona’s own Lisa Dahl has opened a new pizzeria called Pisa Lisa in the Village of Oak Creek. Grand Opening began with Sedona Chamber of Commerce President Michelle Conway and Chef Lisa Dahl cutting a ribbon of pizza dough.  A spontaneous drum circle led by Sabrina Sandoval magically prepared the crowd for Sedona’s Spiritual Shaman, Jeva Uqualla. His uplifting message reminded everyone to come from the heart on our Earth Walk . The ceremony was concluded with the unveiling of their spaceship and its ET pilot. This weekend’s out-of-world, Mystical Pizza Festival encompasses Sedona’s Spiritual nature by combining…

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Sedona News: Locals and tourists look forward to the annual events of Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village. Exquisitely curated with attention to history and their entertainment value… these events are some of the most delightful in Sedona. The outside ambiance of Tlaquepaque enhances the decorations, and colorful, large installations—creating a feeling of magnificence. While the actors, musicians, costume characters, acrobatics, decorations, and select vendors, lend an air of excitement seldom experienced today in such a venue. Plus the variety of these productions appeals to diverse audiences of all ages. Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village presents the following upcoming events this…

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Looking for a little magic in your life? Get ready to be enchanted this weekend at Chef Lisa Dahl’s Mystical Pizza Festival. An expert in the art of fanfare as well as culinary excellence, she has conjured a pizza themed extravaganza this weekend you’ll never forget. It’s a three-day event to celebrate the opening of her second Pisa Lisa emporium in The Village of Oak Creek, a mere hop, skip and jump from Sedona where her first Pisa Lisa resides. Festivities kick off on Friday, September 16, from 5 to 9 p.m. at which time the public can enjoy drinks…

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Sedona News: The SAVCO (Sedona Area Veterans Community Outreach) Golf outing was featured in the September 1st issue of Sedona.BIZ. It is being held on October 15th at the Oak Creek Country Club in the Village. One of the silent auction items is a night at Sedonan Mike Schroeder’s home theater for 10, with a movie of your choice, regular or 3D if available, beer, wine and upscale Hors d’Oeuvres. The great thing is you do not have to play golf to participate in this auction which benefits charities in the Sedona area.  SAVCO is the group that displays and…

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SEDONA, ARIZ. (September 10, 2022) – Magical, spiritual and just plain musically awesome VortiFest, Sedona’s premier music festival, returns this fall with a two-day celebration of music, art, culture and community in the vortex of Sedona’s mystical red rock country. Presented by Wild Thyme Restaurant Group, multi-platinum two-time Grammy-Award winning Arrested Development and Grammy Award-nominated G. Love & Special Sauce will headline the family-friendly festival with an expanded lineup over two days of celebration. This Fall’s event marks the third Sedona VortiFest since the festival was founded in 2021. Created by long-time Sedona residents and local business owners Brandon Decker,…

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By Tommy Acosta Sedona AZ — When I saw those jets slam into the Twin Towers 21 years ago on September 11 my heart broke. Not just for the 2,977 souls that would perish that day but for those who would die, soldiers, men women and children, in the coming wars sparked by that event. I watched in horror, in profound shock and sadness seeing those buildings come down, knowing there were human beings in those edifices that were perishing, live, on TV. My first thought was that those who profit from war now had the perfect excuse to wage…

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Sedona AZ News: Get ready Sedona to kick off this year’s 13th Annual Sedona Wine Fest celebration at the Sound Bites Grill Opening Night Party in Uptown Sedona to be held Friday, September 23, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the restaurant. This is a party not to be miss. It is like one of Sound Bites New Year’s Eve parties. Tickets are only $89 plus tax, including gratuity, to celebrate the Verde Valley Wine Consortium.  Price includes dinner, wine tasting and live music with Will Donato and Eddie Reddick. There will be four wine stations open from 6-8p.m.representing Alcantara, Javelina Leap,…

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Sedona News: A food festival like no other is slated for this fall in Sedona, Arizona. The first-ever Mystical Pizza Festival, hosted by chef-owner Lisa Dahl, will celebrate the grand opening of her second Pisa Lisa location in Sedona’s Village of Oak Creek with a three-day hyper-local pizza party.  From Friday, September 16 through Sunday, September 18, The Mystical Pizza Festival promises to showcase out-of-this-world pizza. plus special rituals to spread goodwill across the hospitality industry. “Our mystical pizza fest gives me the chance to share my passion for pizza, family, friends, and my beloved home of Sedona, while channeling energy to spread goodwill to…

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