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Pfizer vaccine has been approved for a booster shot for Seniors and those with underlying health issues. Again, for more information check with your Health Care Professional.
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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

August 2022

Birthstone - Peridot
Astrological Signs - (Leo, 07/21 to 08/22) and (Virgo, 08/22 to 09/22)

Flower of the Month - Gladiolus
The Gardener's Network

Now came the dog days—day after day of hot, still summer, when for hours at a timing light seemed the only thing that moved; the sky-sun, clouds and breeze-awake above the drowsing downs.”
— Richard Adams,
Watership Down, 1972

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

Next Mercury Retrograde
(Proper) Sept 9 thru Oct 2, 2022 -
See Mercury Retrograde
For Intensity Periods by date…
More 2022 information will be added in late December.

National Dog Month
Family Fun Month
National Back to School Month

See more at

For More Special Monthly Celebrations

Additional Bizarre, Unique, and Special Recognition or Holidays

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Happy50th Golden Anniversary to Rick And Sheri
Sedona Art Walk 5 PM to 8 PM

1st Q Moon - 4:06

Jerome Art Walk - Check on status with organizers

Lion's Gate


Full Moon 18:12
See Instructions for "Releasing Negative Energy During The Full Moon

Perseids Meteor Shower

3rd Q Moon -


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

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 2021 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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Please Note: The 2022 Schedule will be posted when available.

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 4/02/21

British Soccer Camp

Lifeguard Courses

Open Gym: Pick-Up Basketball & Volleyball 

Tennis: Private Lessons
Yappy Hour

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Image courtesy of David Jolkovski/Larson Newspapers

Red Rock News - March 20, 2022 - A version of this article was sent via the Red Rock News

City (Sedona) Hopes Pool Use Won't Dip

Post Date: 03/20/22 By Juliana Walter - See original article here.

SEDONA, Ariz. –
With Arizona gearing up for its infamously hot summer, the city of Sedona’s Parks and Recreation Department is discussing how to safely get more people in the water at the Sedona Community Pool.
No More Limited Attendance
The Sedona Community Pool opened in 1974 by the Sedona-Oak Creek School District, which still owns the facility. But in the past decade, the community’s usage of the area has fluctuated. During the 2020 and 2021 summers, attendance was limited to reserved slots for individuals and fami­lies. So despite having two swim teams and an array of available classes, the pool had historically low numbers.
“The last few years numbers have been quite skewed in public pools everywhere because of capacity restrictions with COVID-19,” Recreation and Aquatics Supervisor Josh Frewin said. “Last summer the Sedona Pool followed the state guidelines and started with stricter capacity limits that were eventu­ally relaxed throughout the summer to eventu­ally allow for a greater capacity of up to 100 people in the fenced-in area at one time.”
The pool remained open during the offseason for swimmers from local swim clubs and Sedona Red Rock High School’s teams to practice. But this upcoming summer the pool will be re-opening to full capacity and hours.
“I don’t have a way to make an expected attendance rate, because we offer so many different programs,” Frewin said. “However, I expect the lap lanes to be full once again during lap swim time six days a week, I anticipate the pool to be full of families enjoying our open recreational swim time and using the slide, we will have popular and full water aerobics classes four days a week as in the past, and I guarantee that we will put on top-notch swim lesson programs for youth that are interested in learning to swim or improving their swim­ming confidence.”
In December, Sedona City Council discussed the future of the pool with the city’s Park and Recreation department. At the time, the pool attributed a lower atten­dance amount to the pandemic, which delayed the pool’s usual opening from Memorial Day weekend to later in July.
During the summer of 2020, the pool had a total of 688 users, 57% of whom were not Sedona residents. According to Frewin, the numbers in 2020 and 2021 were similar, since both required advanced sign-up. But it was clear the main issue even at the time was keeping the pool staffed with lifeguards.
Staffing Issues
Of course, once the pool gets more attendees without limited entry, more workers will have to be hired to staff the pool — which has been an issue for years.
In 2019, the city had 26 life­guards, which according to Parks and Recreation Director Dawn Norman were a few too many. The following summer the pool only employed nine lifeguards.
“We are currently heavily recruiting new lifeguards and have the jobs posted [online] and I have been attending job fairs, visiting the high school during lunch hour, promoting at the pool and on social media, and recruiting more lifeguards for this season,” Frewin said.
In the past, the pool closed due to staffing shortages. Many residents even took to Facebook and social media apps to complain about the rising prices in conjunction with the increasingly numerous closures. But much of those closures were attributed to sick employees or other staffing issues.
“There is a nationwide lifeguard shortage that is affecting everyone, and we are no different, but will keep recruiting and training to continue having a top-notch StarGuard Elite team of lifeguards for our pool,” Frewin said.
Frewin said that city staffers are looking for anyone 15 years old or older, even up to age 100. Typically the pool has a good amount of employees return from the previous summer. But if previous summers predict this one, it will be a struggle to convince new staff to join.
“We anticipate the pool being open Memorial Day through Labor Day with full staffing — and that the two local swim clubs, as well as the [Sedona] Red Rock High School Swim Team, will continue to provide lap swimming, swim training and other aquatic oppor­tunities the remainder of the year to allow people access to a swim­ming pool year-round that seek to
continue swimming,” Frewin said.


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.


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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Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau - April 1, 2022 - A version of this article was sent via the Local News Letter BLOG

Dear Fellow Sedonans,

We were excited to welcome Arizona Office of Tourism Director Debbie Johnson to last week’s City Council meeting. The Council discussed the recommendations of a three-person Council committee regarding tasks and funding for an FY23 destination management plan that will focus on educating visitors to be responsible guests. As always, Debbie’s statewide perspective was welcome and pertinent. The Chamber Board and I are grateful for the committee’s work and for the opportunity to answer Council’s questions. I look forward to further discussions in May as Council and Chamber work together as partners to develop a tourism management strategy that works best for Sedona.

Michelle Conway, Interim President & CEO

City of Sedona - November 30, 2021 -

City staff partners with Sedona Food Bank to help end hunger

SEDONA, Ariz. – The city of Sedona announces a partnership with the Sedona Food Bank to assist community hunger needs and help keep the Sedona Food Bank shelves stocked by hosting a food drive at City Hall between Monday, Nov. 29, 2021 and Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021. 

The public, along with city employees, are invited to donate non-perishable food items at three convenient donation Sedona Food Bank barrels located in the finance, community development and court lobbies at City Hall at 102 Roadrunner Dr.  

“We are thrilled to team up with the Sedona Food Bank to show our community how much we care about them,” said Brenda Tammarine, human resources manager for the city of Sedona.  

Desired food donations include non-expired items such as cereal, canned soup, peanut butter, brown rice, pasta, bottled and canned sauces, canned fruit and vegetables, broth and stock, and condiments.  

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Sedona - October, 2021

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. SCR means that the establishment has taken the Safe.Clean.Ready Pledge.

Holiday Dining is also listed in the link below

Find Restaurant Information Here

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