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Birth Month Flowers 
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Astrological Chart 
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Astrology - 12 Houses 
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Open To See Events and Other Special Days Celebrated this Month

September 2023

Birthstone - Blue Sapphire
Astrological Signs -
(Virgo, 8/22 to 9/22) thru (Scorpio, 9/23 to 10/22)

Flower of the Month - Asterd
The Gardener's Network

“By all these lovely tokens, September days are here.
With summer’s best of weather and autumn’s best of cheer.”

Helen Hunt Jackson

See the City of Sedona Calendar for Events related to the community.

Want to know more about Astronomy?

Check out the Calendar

The Mercury Retrograde

The Pre-Shadow Period for the next Mercury Retrograde starts August 3rd, 2023.
On August 23rd Mercury goes stationary.
It goes direct on September 15th, 2023. The Post Shadow ends on September 30th, 2023.

See Mercury Retrograde
For Intensity Periods by date…
More 2024 information will be added in late December 2023.

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National Back to School Month
National Hispanic Heritage Month
Autumn Fun Month
National Pain Awareness Month
Prostrate Health Month
Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month

See more at

For More Special Monthly Celebrations

Additional Bizarre, Unique, and Special Recognition or Holidays

Event Guide: List of Monthlong Observances

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First Friday Sedona Art Walk 5 PM to 8 PM

First Saturday Jerome Art Walk - Check on status with organizers

Labor Day!

Bashes - Senior 10% Discount

3rd Q Moon - 15:21

Happy Heavenly Birthday to Adeline Moran - Matriarch of Moran Clan
Wife - Mother - Grandmother - Great Grandmother

September 14th
Remembering Ryan J. Sperry on the anniversary of being laid to rest…
See more at

New Moon
See Instructions for "Setting Intentions in the New Moon"

Rosh Hashanah


First Quarter Moon - 2:57

Names of Monthly Full Moon

John Moran's Birthday

Full Corn or Harvest Moon 2:57
See Instructions for "Releasing Negative Energy During The Full Moon
The male deer shed the antlers every year and begin to regrow them in July. Hence the Native American name for Full Moon in July. Other names include, Thunder Moon, and Hay Moon. See link below…

Sunset Park Splash Pad Closes until May 1, 2024

Happy Birthday Song!
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Select the link below to watch an amazing birthday video by Paul McCartney that will put a huge smile on your face! Crank up the volume! It is your special day!!!

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Parks and Recreation 2023 Events and Programs Calendar

Many events and programs that have been postponed or cancelled are in the process of reassessing the health and safety needs of the community. Check with the Parks and Recreation Department for further updates.
Also check with other organizations not affiliated with City of Sedona for more information and future status of respective events and programs.

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Parks and Recreation Office
525 Posse Ground Rd., Sedona AZ 86336: (928) 282-7098
Parks Maintenance Office: (928) 203-5057
Email: SedonaRec@sedonaaz.gov
Report maintenance issues or concerns using Sedona Citizen Connect

It is the mission of the Sedona Parks and Recreation Department to provide diverse year round leisure opportunities.

There are programs for all people. You can check out the facilities here.

Calendar of Events

Sports, Classes, and Camps

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The links below are not affiliated with the City of Sedona Parks and Recreation Department but are available to the residents of Sedona.

AYSO (Soccer) website - (888) 808-5354

Cub Scouts email

Sedona Little League -
Email Coco Minner, (928) 302-8699

Sedona Swordfish Swim Team

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Schedule and Information

Splash Pad: The splash pad located at Sunset Park is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from May 1 through September 30.  Water features are activated on a timer with the push of the button. 

Adult Summer Softball League:  Check with the Parks and Recreation Department for the disposition of Summer Camps in Sedona. 

Summer Camps:   Check with the Parks and Recreation Department for the disposition of additional Summer Camps in Sedona. The current sports, specialty classes and programs are listed below. Updated 2/01/23

British Soccer Camp
Currently Not Available

Lifeguard Courses
Currently Not Available
Open Gym: Pick-Up Basketball & Volleyball


Tennis: Private Lessons

Yappy Hour

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Sedona City Manager
Post Date: 09/01/23 from the Sedona AZ website.
SEDONA, Ariz. –

Sedona's City Manager Karen Osburn
A public servant for her entire career, Karen has worked for the City of Sedona since 2012. She holds a Master’s in Public Administration with a sub-specialization in government budget and finance from Arizona State University. She is also a Certified Public Finance Officer through the Government Finance Officers Association.
Want to talk with Karen about an issue or concern you have? Sign up for 
Straight Talk, a program in which residents may come and talk with the City Manager about any topic of their choice once a month. 
About the Role
Sedona functions under a Council-Manager form of government in which the city manager is appointed by the mayor and city council, and reports directly to the elected officials. As the city's chief administrative officer, the city manager is responsible for carrying out policy enacted by the council, overseeing the administration of the city, and maintaining intergovernmental relationships.
The city manager's executive team includes department heads: Police Chief, City Attorney, Magistrate, and City Clerk, and the directors of the Communications, Community Development, Economic Development, Public Works, Financial Services, Human Resources, Information Technology, Parks and Recreation, and Wastewater departments.


Latest Sedona Headline Links


Image courtesy of the Sedona Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau

Text to 911

SEDONA - October 2020 - If your mobile device has the function for texting, you can now text to report an emergency. Verde Valley dispatch centers now have the capability to receive and respond to text.


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Looking For A Trail That Meets Your Needs?

Below you will find a link that will help you decide on a the right hike for you. There are sliders for Popular to Hidden Gems - Easy to Difficult - Flat to Elevated - Quick Jaunt to Full Day - Worth A Look to Great Views. After choosing your preference, you will see trails that match your criteria with a percentage (top right of image). Enjoy your hiking experience!
Here is the link for
Sedona Trail Finder.


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Red Dirt Concert Series
The article appears in an email from the Sedona Chamber of Commerce
Link —> See Dates and Participants here

SEDONA, AZ – May 5, 2023
Hosted by the City of Sedona Department of Parks and Recreation
FRIDAYS in September 2023
September 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2023 -
5:00 p to 7:00 p
Posse Grounds Pavilion 525 Posse Ground Road Sedona, AZ 86336
Only ADA Service dogs are welcome at this event.

 September 1
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Him & Me 
 September 8 
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Sugar Moon 
 September 15
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Local Honey 
 September 22
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Big Daddy D & the Dynamites with opener Jeanie Carroll 
 September 29
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
The Electric Harp Guitar Group 
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City passes new ordinance for feeding and protection of wildlife

Article courtesy of City of Sedona…

SEDONA, Ariz. 05/04/23 –  SEDONA, Ariz. – On April 11, 2023, Sedona’s City Council passed a new wildlife feeding ordinance intended to provide guidelines and rules for the safe feeding of wildlife in an effort to protect the welfare and safety of both the public and wildlife.
Highlights of the ordinance include:

  • It is unlawful for any person to intentionally, knowingly or recklessly feed wildlife or to attract wildlife by placing/leaving edible material in a location accessible to wildlife, such as in a trash can or left out as animal food. This includes, but is not limited to feeding javalinas, skunks and coyotes.
  • There are exemptions for safe and responsible feeding of birds, squirrels, horses and domestic animals like dogs and cats. An example is a bird feeder placed at least four feet above the ground.
  • Fines will be given for repeat violations after receiving a written warning. Fines range from $150 to $500.
  • The ordinance becomes effective on May 11, 2023.
Background Feeding wildlife can attract animals that are not accustomed to interacting with humans, which can result in damage to property, bites or attacks, and may be an annoyance to property owners. The intentional, negligent or reckless placing or storing of edible material or garbage contributes to these issues and the frequency of wildlife/human contact.
Wildlife needs to depend on their own ability to find and utilize natural foods. Human food is usually not formulated to be eaten by wildlife and can be unhealthy for the animals. Feeding wildlife can concentrate wildlife in small areas and increase animal-to-animal contact, which can lead to the spreading of diseases and parasites, such as distemper and rabies. Rabies is relatively common in the skunks, foxes, and raccoons in the Sedona area.
More information Remember to keep wildlife wild and for information about living with wildlife, go to the Arizona Game and Fish website at www.azgfd.com/wildlife-conservation/living-with-wildlife/. Read the wildlife feeding ordinance here: https://www.sedonaaz.gov/home/showpublisheddocument/49095/638169973412130000.  

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Dining - Restaurant Information

Restaurants are open for dine-in if they choose to have service. The link below will provide a list of restaurants with hours of operation as well as food service options. There is a phone number and Web information.

Find Restaurant Information Here

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Sedona Government page.
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