When some retire, they may move to a warmer climate, take up golf or spend more time with the grandchildren. But for one Sedona Police Department retiree, his days will be spent catching up one some needed rest with a daily dose of fetch thrown in to help keep him in shape.

During the Tuesday, March 14, Sedona City Council meeting, Dalan, SPD’s K-9, was recognized by Mayor Sandy Moriarty with a proclamation for dedication of service for the past seven years.

With their familiar tan cowboy hats and grey shirts, the Sedona Volunteer Park Rangers have been a mainstay in the Uptown area for the past 10 years, helping thousands of visitors along the way.

“The Rangers are important to this department, this city and its visitors,” said Parks and Recreation Manager Rachel Murdoch, whose department the program falls under. “They provide year-round hospitality in all sorts of weather without complaint. They are valuable to other event promoters in town and are always genuinely happy to help out at a community event. We appreciate their time and dedication to their cause.”

Five filmmakers gathered at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre Thursday, Feb. 23 to discuss the challenges of being a woman while working in a male-dominated industry. The panel was part of the Sedona International Film Festival’s Filmmaker Conversations series and was moderated by Susie Singer Carter, writer and director of the narrative short “My Mom and The Girl.”

She was joined by Jennifer Kramer, creator of the feature film “The Sand Box,” Deborah LaVine, director of the narrative feature “Wild Prairie Rose,” Monika Wilczynska, creator of the short film “Who I Am,” and Katie Stjernholm, writer, director and producer of the documentary short “Edges.”

John Paul DeJoria’s message is simple. Regardless if you have $1,000 in your bank account or $1 billion, everyone can do their part to help their fellow man and the planet whether through their time or donations.

DeJoria, the co-founder of Paul Mitchell Professional Hair Products and Patron tequila, has promised to give away at least half his fortune — currently estimated at $3.3 billion — to charitable organizations while he is alive or shortly after his death.

At times you’ll hear someone say, “That person was meant to have that job.” Patrick Schweiss is one of those people.

For the last 13 years Schweiss has been the face — and executive director — of the Sedona International Film Festival. During the nine-day event he is everywhere and approaches each film, special appearance or concert with the same enthusiasm and showmanship.

Peter Marshall is best known for saying things like “circle gets the square” while calling on celebrities to answer a variety of crazy questions for a vamped up version of tic tac toe.

But that stint as host of the popular “Hollywood Squares” makes up just a small portion of his nearly 76 years in showbiz. His true passion — singing — was on full display during a live performance on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the Sedona Performing Arts Center. He was one of the featured guests at this year’s Sedona International Film Festival, which concludes this weekend.

“Prodigy” will premiere at the Sedona International Film Festival on Wednesday, Feb. 22, and Saturday, Feb. 25. The star of the film is Savannah Liles, a Sedona native now living in Los Angeles with her mother. At 11 years old, Savannah has already had an impressive acting career and is now celebrating her first feature-length film hitting the big screen.

In “Prodigy,” Liles plays Ellie, a borderline sociopathic girl locked in a maximum security facility. A psychologist is commissioned to work with her and soon discovers her dark past as well as outstanding intelligence. The two engage in a psychological chess match under the vigilant observation of experts staggered by Ellie’s case — a match that soon turns into a perilous situation.

With a combined 175 years in showbiz — not to mention 19 Emmy Awards among the three — Cloris Leachman, Ed Asner and Valerie Harper know how to keep an audience laughing.

They did just that on Friday, Feb. 17, at the Sedona Performing Arts Center before a sold-out crowd. It was part of “Cloris on Comedy,” which kicked off the 23rd annual Sedona International Film Festival. That night Leachman also received the festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

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