Bird Walks - Thru 5/30, 8am: Every Wednesday and Saturday, all birders of all levels can join a naturalist. Bring binoculars. Red Rock State Park, 4050 Lower Red Rock Loop Road. (928) 282-6907.
Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival - 4/26-4/29: The annual celebration of our feathered friends includes hikes, workshops, field trips, activities, games and more. An Arizona Centennial Event. Dead Horse Ranch State Park, 675 Dead Horse Ranch Road, Cottonwood. (928) 282-2202, www.birdyverde.org.
Free Fourth Friday - 4/27, 5-8pm: Free entry to Fort Verde, Verde Valley Archaeology Center, Hance House, Historical Society and the old jail. Lowell Star Party, historic astronomy, art, music, food, displays, special events along Main Street. (928) 567-9294, www.visitcampverde.com.
Old Time Singalong - 4/27, 11am: Sing along and listen to all the old favorite songs from the 1930s, '40s and '50s with Pollyanna Sorensen in the Last Friday of the Month event. Clemenceau Heritage Museum, 1 N. Willard St., Cottonwood. (928) 634-2868.
Ballroom Dancing - 4/27, 7-10pm: Enjoy ballroom, Latin and swing dancing. West Coast Swing lesson at 7. $8 with lesson. Sedona Elks Lodge, 110 Airport Road, Sedona. Sam: (928) 274-7538.
Verde Valley Wine Symposium - 4/28, 10am-8pm: An all-day event to discuss the local wine industry, enjoy hors d'oeuvres, auctions and a special dinner in support of Verde Valley Wine Consortium. $100/$125. Wine tasting/auction only $20, Symposium $30. Hotel at Cliff Castle Casino, 333 W. Middle Verde Road, Camp Verde. www.yc.edu/winesymposium2012
Wine Barrel Auction - 4/28, 3-5pm: The painted barrels that have been on display in Cottonwood and the Verde Valley are on the block to benefit the Yavapai College Viticulture Program. Hors d'oeuvres, chocolate fountain. Wine tasting & auction $20. Cliff Castle Casino, 555 Middle Verde Road, Camp Verde. (928) 634-7593.
Plants Galore & More - 4/28, 9am-12:30pm: Sedona Area Garden Club Plant Sale to support community projects: plants, planters, misc. garden and raffle items. Donations welcome. 275 Apache Trail, Sedona. (928) 300-8774, 282-7973.
Grande Fiesta - 4/28, 9:30am-5pm: A celebration of Clarkdale's centennial and Hispanic culture, with entertainment, food and fun. Clarkdale Town Park, Main Street. (928) 639-2490.
Shantala Kirtan - 5/2, 7pm: $20 advance tix available at Golden Word, Crystal Magic and online. $25/door. 7 Centers Yoga Arts, 2115 Mountain Road, Sedona. (928) 203-41147, www.bhaktitribesedona.com.
Local Taste of Arizona - 5/3, 2-5pm: Meet he people who create and bring these delicious products to market. Food tasting. New Frontiers Natural Marketplace, 1420 W. 89A in Old Marketplace, Sedona. (928) 282-6311.
Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off - 5/5, 11am-3pm: Rotary Club of Sedona sponsors the annual celebration with many area restaurants competing for top prize, with beer garden and more. Benefits Imagination Library and End Polio Now. Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, 336 SR 179, Sedona. www.sedonarotary.org.
Dances of Universal Peace - 5/5, 7-9pm: Moving and sun prayers and meditations you learn as you go with mantras from around the world. $8. Old Town Center for the Arts, Studio B, 633 N. Fifth St., Cottonwood. (928) 301-9686.
AlterNative Plant Expo - 5/5, 9am-4pm: The second annual event from the Verde Natural Resource Conservation District includes classes, music, art activity, vendor booths and rain barrels for sale. Verde River Growers, 2613 Rocking Chair Road, Cottonwood. (928) 639-0122.
Moonlight Hikes - 5/5-5/6: An interpretive program encompassing history, geology, archaeology, botany and wildlife. $5 (plus park entry). Red Rock State Park, 4050 Lower Red Rock Loop Road. (928) 282-6907.
Save the Tantra Temples Party - 5/5, 7:45pm-10pm: Free party with music, comedy, improv and spoken work to raise awareness and legal funds. Cliff Castle Conference Center, 333 W. Middle Verde Road, Camp Verde. (928) 282-8511.
All Church Swap Meet - 5/5, 8-11am: Church members will sell their items in the church parking lot, benefiting church mortgage reduction fund. Sedona United Methodist Church, 110 Indian Cliffs Road, Sedona. Suzie: (928) 284-4707.
Speed Networking Event - 5/8, 5:30-7:30pm: Local business owners are invited to make new connections and find new leads - and do it fast! Poco Diablo Resort, 1752 SR 179, Sedona. Cheryl@vvbusinessresource.com, www.tinyurl.com/sedonamay8
Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards Luncheon - 5/11, 11:30am: Sedona-Verde Valley chapter of National Association of Women Business Owners' ninth annual event celebrates local professionals and their community work. Poco Diablo Resort, 1752 SR 179, Sedona. www.nawbosvv.org/EEA
Day of Beauty - 5/11, 11am-5pm: For Mother's Day enjoy free facial and bodycare samples, free consultations, a massage, free tea, cookies, chocolate and more. New Frontiers Natural Marketplace, 1420 W. 89A in Old Marketplace, Sedona. (928) 282-6311.
Geology Hike - 5/13, 2pm: An interpretive experience for beginning and advanced geologists. Red Rock State Park, 4050 Lower Red Rock Loop Road. (928) 282-6907.
Jerome Historic Home & Building Tour - 5/19-5/20, 9am: The 47th annual event allows a peek into the historic gems and never seen treasures. $12/adults; $6/chiudlren. Tickets sold on Main Street in front of old firehouse. (928) 634-2900.