Hollywood Revisited – A Musical Revue

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Peacock dress from the movie "Dynasty"

Peacock dress from “Dynasty”

Experience what it’s like to watch the stars walk the red carpet as
your favorite Tinseltown classics come to life in “Hollywood Revisited”,
a musical revue. This live theatrical production showcases a truly
dazzling lineup of costumes actually worn by the stars in the
original Hollywood films. Set to the music that defined the times,
this show will leave you in awe as you enjoy dynamic
performances and come close enough to touch these historic
original masterpieces of old-time Hollywood.


Sunday, Sept. 27 at 2:00 pm

LIVE at the Sedona Performing Arts Center

Sequined, figure-hugging dress worn by Mae West

Sequined, figure-hugging dress worn by Mae Westat Red Rock High School • 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road

$28 General Admission • $25 Film Festival Members & Students
928-282-1177 • www.SedonaFilmFestival.org
Presented by and benefitting the Sedona Film Festival & Rainbow Acres

Spirit of Sedona Award for Rainbow Acres

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SEDONA—The Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona has announced the recipients of the 2015 Spirit of Sedona awards, which recognize individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations working to enhance the quality of life in Sedona and the Verde Valley. The honorees will be honored for their service and dedication to the community at the 15th annual Spirit of Sedona Awards on Sunday, October 4.

Nonprofit Organizations of the Year

Rainbow Acres and the Sedona International Film Festival and Workshop will be recognized as Nonprofit Organizations of the Year for their positive impact on the community.

Rainbow Acres serves 90 adults with disabilities, called Ranchers, who take part in daily work crews and vocational training, allowing them to find jobs in Camp Verde and Sedona. It was selected for the immense impact it has on the lives of Ranchers and their families in helping the Ranchers live a life of purpose and self-sufficiency.

The Sedona International Film Festival and Workshop has grown to a premier festival in its 20 years celebrating independent film. It draws hundreds of visitors each winter, from future filmmakers to actors to cinephiles from across the Southwest. In that time, the film festival has become a hallmark of the local cultural landscape as well as an important economic driver.

These paragraphs above are part of a media release from the Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona. The timing for these two non-profits to be honored together is wonderful, as the Sedona International Film Festival and Rainbow Acres are also collaborating on an exciting event at the Sedona Performing Arts Center on Sunday afternoon, September 27. A talented group of performers will WOW the audience with song and dance and stories of authentic costumes worn by stars like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and in famous films like Superman and The Three Musketeers!

“Hollywood Revisited” will entertain you! Watch our website and local media for more information about the show and how to get your tickets!

The Miracle Dream

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Here is a story written by Brent Peterson, a Rancher at Rainbow Acres, a man with developmental disabilities and many incredible abilities and talents. He is an accomplished weaver, making wonderful award-winning rugs in our Weaving Studio. We hope you enjoy his narrative, written earlier this week:

The Story of the Miracle Dream

By Brent Peterson

It was December 2009; they had the random drawing to see what Arizona athletes will get to go compete at the 2010 Special Olympic National Summer Games in Lincoln, Nebraska. Brent Peterson from Rainbow Acres, Gary Hardt from Scottsdale, Patricia Culver from Sierra Vista and Robin Peterson from Coolidge, Arizona made the Arizona Special Olympic National Bocce Team.

Don Bergen and Sandy Koonce were to be named the coaches of the Arizona Bocce Team 6 months before the games were to begin!

6 months later were the Opening Ceremonies. 2 days later the Arizona 4-man Bocce Team was given very little chance to win the opening qualifying game against West Virginia. But shockingly, Arizona crushed West Virginia 16-4 to advance into the second round. In the 2nd game Arizona went up against the highly-rated Gold Medal favorites Alabama. Arizona came away with a stunning upset win over Alabama 16-2.

Then in the Gold Medal game, Arizona wasn’t expected to win and they did coming from behind to upset Alabama for the 2nd time to win the Gold Medal!

Then there was the Double Mens Bocce Team from Arizona Brent Peterson and Gary Hardt, going up against Michigan in the opening game of the double Bocce competition. Arizona defeated Michigan 12-4. Then they beat the Massachussettes (sic) team twice 12-6 and 13-4 to win their 2nd Bocce Gold Medal.

Brent Peterson was rejoicing, yelling out, “It’s an impossible dream come true!!” Also the Arizona Unified Flag Football Team got Gold. Ashley Halberstadt got Silver in the Track & Field from Rainbow Acres and David Karns a Swimmer got Bronze from Rainbow Acres. The Arizona Unified Soccer Team got the Bronze Medal, defeating West Virginia 3-1. And the Arizona Weightlifting Team got the Silver and Bronze. The Arizona Swimmers got Silver and Bronze, and finally the Track & Field athletes from Arizona got Silver and 4th Place Ribbons. The Closing Ceremonies was a big blast.

Anna Turko was in charge of the Arizona athletes and she said that she was pleased with the final results of the 2010 Special Olympic National Summer Games.

In 2014, Marcus Sanders and Mike Kowalski (from Rainbow Acres) got Gold in Golf in New Jersey.

But on one weekend as the State of Arizona and the Nation watched, a group of fine young athletes gave the State of Arizona something it needed most: a chance for one day, not only to dream, but a chance to believe!

Man with cognitive challenges

Brent with one of the Gold Medal winning Bocce Balls


Weaving at Rainbow Acres

Brent demonstrates his weaving skills

Ralph Showers Celebration of Life

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Ralph Showers, founder of Rainbow Acres, was embraced by his Savior on the morning of July 6, following a valiant fight against cancer.

Founders of Rainbow Acres

Founders Ralph and Marilyn Showers

Ralph was a much-loved pastor in Arizona, California and Hawaii before setting out to make his dream come true of a ranch-style community where adults with developmental disabilities could live with dignity and purpose. In 1974 Rainbow Acres became a reality, and although it has grown and changed over the years, his original vision has remained.

A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held on Sunday, August 2 at 2:00 p.m. at Parkside Community Church, 401 W Camp Lincoln Road, in Camp Verde. There will be a reception following at the Palmer Community Center at Rainbow Acres. All are invited to attend one or both of these opportunities to remember Ralph. If you have questions, please call Rainbow Acres at 928-567-5231.
At Ralph’s request, you may send memorial gifts to Rainbow Acres, 2120 W. Reservation Loop Road, Camp Verde, AZ 86322-8408.

His passion to help individuals with cognitive challenges never abated. As his wife Marilyn remarks, “Ralph is still raising money for Rainbow Acres, just as he did for much of his lifetime!”

24 E-Z UP Canopies!

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EZ ups Roman, Darren, Steve G

“God moves in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform!”


These words from an old hymn are shown to be true many times at Rainbow Acres, but not more than we saw today! Here’s the story:

A little less than three weeks ago, a group from the Los Angeles area came on Discovery Tour II to see what their church congregations were generously donating to with the sponsorship of Oikos House.

Developmental Disabilities don't stop us

Ranchers carry E-Z UP canopies

Debbie Gentry, Regional Coordinator, Office of the Executive Minister, American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles, Southwest & Hawaii (ABCOFLASH) stayed on a few days after the official tour was over, as the guest of one of our Rancher parents and member of the Board of Trustees, Judy Roughton, at her home in Camp Verde. Debbie and Judy sat on the back porch overlooking the extensive irrigated green lawn and talked about how the lawn is used each fall for the Special Olympics Regional Bocce Tournament. Over 100 special athletes compete from all over Northern Arizona, and along with family members and volunteers, nearly 200 people converge on the one-day Bocce Ball Courts.

Debbie asked Judy what the greatest need was for the tournament and Judy’s answer was quick: “Shade! It gets hot during the day and we don’t have enough canopies to provide shade for the various teams or for the lunch servers and other volunteers.”

Storing shade canopies

Ranchers and a couple of staff members carry the E-Z UP shades upstairs to storage

Debbie said that there was someone in the ABCOFLASH church group in the E-Z UP Inc. management and that she’d talk to him when she got back to southern California.

Recently, Steve Roblee, Director of Church Relations for Rainbow Acres, had spoken at Evergreen Baptist Church of Los Angeles, where Gregg Lee, owner of E-Z UP Inc. attends. Gregg had been inspired to help Rainbow in some way, so when Debbie approached him, he said “YES!”

Today a pallet containing 24 E-Z UP canopies arrived at Rainbow Acres! 10′ x 10′ canopies to provide shade for Bocce, for Family and Friends get-togethers, and for our Annual Open House events! We are so thankful for God’s goodness and the mysterious ways He provides for our needs through all the kind-hearted people who care about Rainbow Acres and our Ranchers!


Thank You E-Z UP!

Equine Sunshine at Rainbow Acres!

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Our new horse, Danny, has been provided by two generous donors to make life better for the adults with developmental disabilities who call Rainbow Acres home!

Equine Sunshine HQ Apr 15

Danny is an 8 year old Palomino Morgan horse, about 15 hands, with a strong build and a very gentle disposition. Morgan horses are known for their gentleness and are often chosen for 4-H projects and therapeutic riding programs.

Morgan Horse

Danny, our newest addition!

Janet Tuttle, coordinator of the Animal Care and Education program and Rancher riding and equine care classes, is happy to have an addition to our other sweet-tempered Palomino Quarter horse, Rubia.  We are all thankful for the wonderful support that allowed this to happen!