The city of Williams staff will complete normal trash pickup on Monday, May 26.
Friends of Williams Aquatic Center golf tourney Sept. 20
The Friends of the Williams Aquatic Center's fifth annual golf tournament will take place on Sept. 20 at Elephant Rocks Golf Course. There will be an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. The format will be a two-man scramble, so organizers encourage golfers to find a partner and plan on playing. The Friends of the Williams Aquatic Center appreciates the community's support.
Youth Football registration open now
Williams Youth Football registration for the 2014 football/cheer season is now open.
Tigers Football, ages 5-8 is $95, Bengals Football, ages 9-11 is $105 and Cheer Teams, ages 5-8 and 9-11 are $75.
Physicals must be completed after Jan. 1. Practice starts July 28 and the season ends Oct.-Nov. 2014.
Space is limited, so register early.
More information is available from Darcie Jensen at (928) 699-6267, Jennifer Carter at (928) 853-7646, Travis Grantham at (928) 890-7537 or Erica Ocampo at (707) 472-7396.
Registration packets are available at the Williams Elementary-Middle School office.
Community members accepting donations for Iannello family
Community members are accepting raffle donations and/or monetary contributions to help the Iannello family who lost their 4-year-old daughter Cora after a brief illness. Any donation would be greatly appreciated to help the family during this tragic time. Donations may be made in Cora's name at any National Bank of Arizona location. Raffle tickets are now on sale. More information about the raffle or making a donation is available from Kendra Edens at (928) 814-6999.
Greater Williams Community Fund to award $8,300
The Greater Williams Community Fund (GWCF) will award $8,300 to local service organizations on June 20 at 5 p.m. at South Rims Beer and Wine Garage. The event will also be a chamber mixer and the community is invited to attend.
The GWCF receives its funding from donations, planned charitable legacies and endowments. Each year the group can gift 5 percent of its income to service organizations for a specific project. This year service organizations requested $17,767. A group of local citizens evaluated the grants and determined the amount of money each group should receive.
Donating to the GWCF would allow for more money to be given to service organizations next year. Those interested can send donations to the Greater Williams Community Fund, P.O. Box 11, Williams, AZ 86046. Donations are tax deductible. More information is available from Kris Vasquez at (928) 863-2467.
New cancer support group
A new cancer support group will start meeting on the first Sunday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at the Williams Health Care Center, 301 S. Seventh St. The group is open to cancer survivors, the newly diagnosed, those in treatment, caregivers or anyone who would like to encourage people dealing with any form of the disease. More information is available from Dianne Pender at (928) 607-0471 or email@example.com.
Interpretive programs available to community
Beginning in May, the Public Lands Interpretive Association will present two programs a month for adults at one of the Kaibab National Forest campgrounds. Both programs will take place Wednesday mornings from 9 to 11 a.m.
On the first Wednesday of the month, participants will learn about plant and animal identification, scientific illustration and botanical art, and current opportunities to get involved with citizen science projects. On the third Wednesday of the month, community members can discuss a book on nature or history, with a walk following the discussion.
The first "Books and Boots" program will be May 21 from 9-11 a.m. at Kaibab Lake Campground. The book "Half Broke Horses" by Jeannette Walls will be discussed. The first hour will be the book discussion, with a one hour walk following at 10 a.m.
The programs will meet in the campground amphitheater. Attendees should bring water, and be prepared for all types of weather.
More information about the programs is available from Deb Noel at (928) 635-4707.
Kaibab National Forest Memorial Day weekend campground programs
Three different programs will take place on the Kaibab National Forest over Memorial Day weekend.
"Over the River and Through the Woods" will teach people how to become citizen scientists today in the world of the Internet. It takes place May 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Kaibab Lake Campground, May 24 at 6:30 p.m. at White Horse Lake Campground and May 25 at 10 a.m. at Dogtown Lake Campground.
"Signs, Signs, Everywhere Wildlife Signs" will teach families to increase their wildlife observation through different activities. It takes place May 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Dogtown Lake Campground, May 24 at 10 a.m. at White Horse Lake Campground and May 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Kaibab Lake Campground.
The Explorer's Club Nature Walk will take place on May 24 at 10 a.m. at the Dogtown Lake Campground and on May 25 at 10 a.m. at the Kaibab Lake Campground.
All programs meet in the campground amphitheaters. The Public Lands Interpretive Association in partnership with Kaibab National Forest put on the programs. More information is available at (928) 635-4707.
Sherwood Forest Estates Fire Dept. Auxiliary Memorial Day breakfast Saturday
The Sherwood Forest Estates Fire Department Auxiliary is putting on its annual Memorial Day weekend pancake breakfast fundraiser.
Breakfast will be served from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday. Donations are accepted. A 50/50 raffle will take place and T-shirts will be available for purchase. All proceeds support the volunteer fire department.
To get to Sherwood Forest take I-40 to Exit 171, back east one mile to Sherwood Forest Road, then right three miles to the firehouse at 450 S. Little John Road.
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.
More information is available from Barb Brydenthal at (928) 310-4459.
Free swim Saturday
The first free community swim will take place May 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Williams Aquatic Center. The Friends of the Williams Aquatic Center have added a luau party from noon to 2 p.m. that will include a barbecued pork lunch with all of the fixings. The event will also feature pool games for all ages and prizes. All community members are invited to the free luau and swim.
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. The club's website, www.williamssportsmansclub.org, lists range closures, weekday openings, extended hours and special events. A Range Safety Officer (RSO) will be present to coordinate activities. Shooters should check in with the RSO upon arrival. More information is available from Vicki Andros at (928) 635-1420.
Williams Little League seeks volunteers
It is that time of year again: boys and girls ages 4-16 are gearing up for Little League baseball and softball in Williams. The Williams Little League would like to express a very big thank you to all the businesses and individuals in the community that donated money and time to our program.
However, the Williams Little League is in search of more volunteers to keep the league successful, and give the best experience for our youth. Organizers are in search of scorekeepers, announcers, cook shack workers, and umpires. Little League is a lifetime memory for the children who participate, as many of the adults that have played before know.
Those who are unable to donate time are invited to come out and enjoy a ballgame on Tuesday, Thursday evenings and Saturdays to cheer on these future big league stars.
Those interested in volunteering should contact PT Carter at (928) 699-4102, or John Romero at the Williams Police Department (928) 635-4461 and leave a message.
Thrift shop has a drop off box
The Bill Williams Senior Thrift Shop has a drop off box. It is the red box at the northwest corner of the parking lot.
The thrift shop appreciates all donations but cannot sell large televisions, furniture, mattresses or kitchen appliances. 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.-noon and 1-2:30 p.m. weekdays excluding holidays.
Folklorico dancing open to community
Folklorico dance classes meet from 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 Chapter 0541 meetings on Thursdays
TOPS Chapter 0541 is now meeting on Thursdays.
Meetings take place at the First Baptist Church, 629 W. Grant Ave. at 9:30 a.m.
More information is available from Patty at (928) 699-2122.