Dennis Shirley, local photographer, will teach photography classes at the Open Studios Art Gallery, 106 S. Ninth St. Classes take place Friday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes will cover basic photography along with how to use the special features on your camera. Classes cost $20 each. Additional information and reservations available from Helen Gorney at (928) 635-4387.
Curley the Bear fundraiser
Kiwanians will give Curley the Bear stuffed animals to children at the Kiwanis Community Dinner in December. Each bear requires a $20 donation. Kiwanis is looking for 200 donations. Donation information is available from Virginia Quinn at (928) 635-0677 or Carol Glassburn at (928) 635-4503.
Salvation Army seeks bell-ringing volunteers
The Salvation Army's rental, energy and stranded traveler programs are now available at two locations. Information on rental or heat assistance is available from Pat McShane at (928) 221-3577. If travelers need assistance, police station dispatchers will help.
Folklorico dancing open to community
Folklorico dance classes are open to all. The class meets 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at the Williams Rodeo Barn. All community members are welcome to attend. More information is available from Armando Padilla at (928) 380-4637.
TOPS meets every Wednesday
Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) meets at 9:30 a.m. each Wednesday at First Baptist Church, 629 W. Grant Ave. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call (928) 699-2122.
Thrift shop has a drop off box
The Bill Williams Senior Thrift Shop has a drop off box that cannot be missed. It is the red box at the northwest corner of the parking lot.
All donations are greatly appreciated. However, large televisions, furniture, mattresses or kitchen appliances cannot be sold. Items donated should be serviceable.
The drop off is always open for donations. During store hours, items may be left at the store. Store hours are 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. weekdays excluding holidays.
Free transportation for cancer patients
The American Cancer Society is offering free round-trip transportation to Flagstaff Medical Cancer Center for any patient that needs a ride to treatment. Any cancer patient in need of transportation to treatment or anyone that wants to volunteer should call (928) 214-2800, ext. 12231.
Dancing Divas practice Friday
The Dancing Divas meet each Friday from 9-10 a.m. at the Williams Senior Center, 850 W. Grant Ave.
This free dance group gets together to learn various types of dance such as western, jazz, ethnic and tap. The group's goal is to perform for various community organizations. Due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather and/or illness, the class will be cancelled.
For more information, contact Barb Brydenthal at (928) 310-4459.
TOPS offered Tuesday
TOPS - Take Off Pounds Sensibly - is a non-profit organization designed as a support group for those who wish to lose weight. TOPS meets at 10 a.m. each Tuesday at St. John's Episcopal-Lutheran Church, corner of Second and Grant.
More information is available by contacting Dianne Stapley at (928) 635-9446.
Sanitation pickup schedule for Thanksgiving
The transfer station will be closed on Thanksgiving Nov. 22 and Nov. 23. Both North and South Side recycle will be picked up on Nov. 23. Cans will be place outside the transfer station during the Thanksgiving holiday for people to drop off trash.
Choir, band seeks members
The Northern Arizona Choir and Symphonic Band is seeking members. Residents of Ash Fork, Seligman and Williams are encouraged to join. The choir/band is open to those in grades first through 12th. Donations to purchase music are welcome. Joining the choir is free. More information is available from Kathleen Petty at (435) 669-6752.
Adult education classes available
GED preparation classes are offered at the Coconino Community College Williams Campus with new student registration weekly. Classes are on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is between $20 and $60 per year based on annual income and family size.
More information is available from Karla at (928) 635-1325. Additional info can be found at www.coconino.edu/adulted. The campus is located at 636 S. Seventh St. just south of Williams High School.
Recreation department offers free activities
Two free recreational opportunities are available. Basketball for high school age and adults is offered 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays at the Williams-Elementary Middle School (WEMS) gym. Adults are invited to match their skills against their high school age family members for a challenging night of basketball. A high skill level is required.
Family game and craft hour takes place Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m. at the Williams Rec Center, 300 W. Railroad Ave. Supervised games, craft supplies and fun are offered free of charge.
Open Gym for eighth grade students and younger takes place Friday nights from 6-9 p.m. at the WEMS gym. Basketball, dodgeball and volleyball games are available.
The programs are sponsored by the city of Williams Recreation Center with financial assistance from the Williams Unified School District through the Arizona Parents Commission on Drug Education and Prevention Grant.
The Gallery in Williams offers locals discount
The Gallery in Williams is now offering 10% discount to all local patrons. Local patron cards are available at The Gallery starting Nov. 24. The discount card has no expiration date, and it will be good at The Gallery at any time.
The Gallery features one-of-a-kind quilts by Gretchen Neil this month. Her designs range from traditional to creative, and all are hand-tied and embellished with hand-embroidery and applique. Neil's quilts will be on display during a meet the artist event Nov. 24 from 6-8 p.m. during Williams's Festival of Lights celebration and tree lighting.
Swap meet this weekend
The Kiwanis Swap Meet remains open. Shop until dusk Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The swap meet is located on West Railroad Avenue, west of the Williams Justice Center.
Shooting range open Saturdays
The Williams Sportsman's Club (WSC) will have the city shooting range open for members shooting and target practice Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. as staffing and weather allows. Please check the club's website at www.williamssportsmansclub.org for possible closures, weekday openings, extended hours, special events, etc. A Range Safety Officer (RSO) will be present to coordinate activities. Please check in with the RSO upon arrival. Targets are available at the range for a small donation, or bring your own. Membership forms are available on the website or call the membership director, Vicki Andros, at 635-1420.
Widest buck contest features Diamond bow prize
The hunter to score the widest buck (outside to outside) will win a new Diamond bow. The Big Buck Contest and raffle is open to all units south of Grand Canyon.
Entry number also gives contestants a chance to win a Remington 870 Express Super Mag. The entry fee is $15. The contest ends on Jan. 31. The drawing is Feb. 2 at Hunters Headquarters.
Those interested in entering can visit the Outdoor Store, corner of Route 66 and Fourth Street or Hunters Headquarters at 4401 N. Highway 89, Suite 3 in Flagstaff.
Rain barrels available now
Rain barrels are now on sale and available for pick up at Williams Mountain Nursery. They are 50-gallon rain barrels with spigots.
Tee sponsorships available at Elephant Rocks
The Elephant Rocks Golf Committee wants to make improvements to the level of the golfing experience year upon year. Being a municipal golf course does however, put budgetary restrictions upon these improvements. While the quality of the playing conditions has never been better, it is those other improvements to the facilities that have suffered.
The golf committee has decided that one of the main improvements they would like to see occur is to replace the existing tee markers with a more descriptive type of sign. The signs are guaranteed for 20 years. The cost of these signs is rather expensive and beyond the means of our present budget, so the committee is offering sponsorship on the signs.
For a fee of $1,000, your company name can appear on one of the signs for five years - that's just $200 per year. At the end of five years you can continue with your sponsorship for just $200 per year.
More information about the program is available by calling Brian James, committee chairman at (928) 600-4436 or Brent Redman, PGA professional, at (928) 635-4935. Those interested in reserving a space may call Brian James, who will determine the holes still available and be pleased to take the booking.
Lions Club meetings open to all
The Williams Lions Club meets at 6:45 a.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month at the lounge inside Denny's. Everyone is welcome.