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Around Williams: week of July 3
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Old School Family Jam Zone event

The Williams Recreation Center will play host to an Old School Family Jam Zone event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 13 at 300 W. Railroad Ave. The event is a day of competition for the entire family, featuring games, music and free food. The event will include a three on three basketball tournament with prizes for first and second place teams. Age groups include 8-10, 11-13, 14-17 and 18 and older. An adult horseshoe competition will also take place with prizes for first and second place. Adults can compete in the men's, women's, or couples category. All ages can compete in additional games throughout the day. Sign up for the event is from 10 to 11 a.m. More information is available at (928) 635-1496.

Free swim days at aquatic center

The Williams Aquatic Center is offering three more free swim days this summer, thanks to several sponsors. The Friends of the Williams Aquatic Center sponsored a free swim day for the first day of the season on May 25. Upcoming free swim days include:

• July 4: sponsors include the Williams Rotary Club, Bearizona Wildlife Park and the Grand Canyon Railway,

• August 10, the last day of the full season: sponsors include Old Trails True Value Hardware, the Williams Clean and Beautiful Committee and L.P.'s Excavating,

• August 31, the last day of the Friday/Saturday extension: sponsors include the Williams Lions Club and L.P.'s Excavating.

More information is available at (928) 635-3005.

Williams Planning & Zoning Commission to discuss general plan on July 22

The Williams Planning and Zoning Commission will meet to discuss the Williams General Plan at 7 p.m. July 22 in the council chambers, 113 S. First St. Rick Counts of Counts Planning will present preliminary findings about the seven plan elements and the implementation program during the meeting. Community members are encouraged to make recommendations about the draft. The draft of the Williams General Plan update is available on the homepage of the city's website at More information is available from Counts at, (602) 955-7097 or (602) 618-1891.

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 rides for cancer patients

The American Cancer Society offers free round-trip transportation to Flagstaff Medical Cancer Center for any patient who needs a ride to treatment. Any cancer patient in need of transportation to treatment or anyone who wants to volunteer may call (928) 214-2800, ext. 12231.

TOPS Chapter 0541 meeting on Thursday

TOPS Chapter 0541 has moved its meetings to 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

Diabetes support group information

The Williams Diabetes Support Group meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Williams Healthcare Center. The meetings are free. More information is available from Kate Cornell at (928) 221-0624.

Community garden plots available

The St. John's Inspirations Community Garden has garden plots available for community use this growing season. Participation is open to all community members. St. John's provides the plots and water for free. More information is available from Karen at (928) 635-2275 or Reverend Ann Johnson at (928) 556-8656.

Junipine garage sale

The annual auxiliary garage sale will take place Aug. 16-17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the fire station, 7422 N. Ponderosa.

Anyone wishing to donate items for sale may call (928) 635-1010.

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,, 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.

Big Brothers Big Sisters looking for volunteers

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff needs adult volunteers to be Big Brothers and Big Sisters to elementary school children.

More information is available from Christina Boyd at (928) 774-0649.

Friends of the Williams Aquatic Center seeks board members

The Friends of the Williams Aquatic Center is seeking two board members. Currently, Mike Dulay, Clare Hydock, Tom Hooker, Kris Vasquez, Bobby Patricca, Beth Michelson and Edie Phillips serve on the board.

Board members attend 8-10 meetings per year and participate in fundraising activities. Grant writing skills are also helpful.

Those interested in helping return the pool to full-time operation may contact Dulay at or Phillips at

12th annual Fourth of July prayer to take place in Visitor Center parking lot

The 12th Annual Fourth Of July Prayer takes place July 4 at 8 a.m. at the parking lot of the Visitor Center at the stage area. 

Choir, band seeks members

The Northern Arizona Choir and Symphonic Band is seeking members. Residents of Ash Fork, Seligman and Williams can 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.

Youth football registration now open

Williams Youth Football registration for the 2013 Football/Cheer Season is now open.

Tigers football, 5-8 years old is $95. Bengals football, 9-11 years old is $105. Cheer teams, 5-8 years old and 9-11 years old is $75.

Practice starts Aug. 5 and the season ends by November.

Space is limited.

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.

Gallery Partners with GWCF

The Gallery in Williams is supporting the Greater Williams Community Fund by offering an on-going raffle for art donated by gallery artists. Every six weeks the gallery will sponsor a drawing and then offer a new raffle.

Carla Perkins donated the current piece. She is one of only a few glass bead weavers in the U.S. Perkins creates fine art as framed mini rugs, lanyards, hatbands, bracelets and key rings. Using extremely small glass beads, she works on a small loom to make a product that is supple and beautiful. Perkins has donated a lanyard for this raffle which will end June 30. Tickets are $2 each or six for $10 and are available at The Gallery in Williams, 145 W. Route 66.

Senior Center needs thrift shop volunteers

The Bill Williams Senior Center needs volunteers to work at the thrift shop one or two days a week.

The work hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Senior Center provides lunch.

Anyone interested in volunteering can call Lydia at (928) 635-2204 and leave a message.

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.

Friday dinner at St. Josephs this week

Parishioners at St. Joseph's Catholic Church can meet the new priest, Father Killian, at a dinner Friday at 6 p.m.

The dinner takes place at the church, Ninth St. and Grant Ave.

Dinner will include authentic Italian beef sandwiches topped with provolone cheese, Giardiniera sauce, three bean salad and dessert.

Dinner is $5. Karaoke will take place after dinner.

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.

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.

Williams Kiwanis Route 66 Swap Meet

The Williams Kiwanis Swap Meet is open every weekend through October. The Kiwanis Club invites all vendors to participate, including antiques and arts and crafts vendors. The club also welcomes church fundraisers and garage sales at the meet. Vendor spots are $10 per day or $25 for the weekend. The swap meet takes place on West Route 66 at the west end of town. More information is available at (928) 635-4393.

Junipine Fire Department open house and potluck

The Annual Junipine Fire Department Auxiliary open house and potluck will be July 20 from 1-4 p.m. at the fire station, 7422 N. Ponderosa.

Representatives from the sheriff's office, animal management and the supervisor's office will attend. This is the time for residents to meet neighbors and ask questions.

No fire department business will take place at this social event.

Kids summer golf begins July 13

Elephant Rocks Golf Course is putting on a junior development golf program for kids ages 6-17. Students will meet Saturdays from 9 to 10:30 a.m. starting July 13. The program will cover rules and etiquette, short game and putting, and the full swing. The five-week program costs $50. Junior golf clubs will be available. Sign up is available by emailing Scott Little at Parents should provide the child's name, parent's name, phone number, email address and if the child will need to borrow clubs.

Community Fourth of July event in the works

One of the largest parades in northern Arizona begins at 11 a.m. on Route 66. This year's theme is "Family Fun on the Fourth." After the parade a community barbecue with games, live music and more will take place in the Williams Visitors Center parking lot.

More information is available from Carol Glassburn at (928) 635-4503.

Ice cream social July 4

The 40th annual Fourth of July Ice Cream Social will take place in front of the Methodist Church, starting at 1 p.m. at the corner of Second Street and Sherman Avenue.

Community United Methodist Church started serving homemade ice cream to the Williams Community in 1973.

Church members will serve ice cream rain or shine.

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