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2/4/2014 10:08:00 AM
Around Williams: week of Feb. 5
Williams-Grand Canyon News

Salvation Army update

Williams residents are still able to receive rent and utility assistance through the Salvation Army. Assistance is available Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Appointments are available from Pat McShane at (928) 221-3577.

Bingo starts in Ash Fork

The American Legion, Post 57, Ash Fork is glad to announce that bingo will resume at the American Legion Post at 47006 N. Third Street, Ash Fork. Bingo will be on the second and fourth Sundays of each month.

Doors open at noon and games begin at 1 p.m. Single game sheets are $1 and packet of 10 games are $10. More information is available from the American Legion Post at (928) 637-2254.

Special needs screenings available for WUSD preschoolers

Throughout the school year, Williams Unified School District will conduct screenings for 3-5-year-old children to identify those with special needs.

Any preschooler who is having difficulty with vision, hearing, communication, coordination and movement, adaptive living skills, social skills or learning is recommended for screening.

District special education staff will further evaluate children showing significant problems in any of these areas. Determining eligibility for special education begins with the Child Find screening and may be extended to include a developmental and psycho-educational evaluation.

Parents should bring a certified copy of their child's birth certificate and immunization records to the screening. More information and appointments are available from Ms. Ford at (928) 635-4428, ext. 316.

Grant application help still available

An instructional meeting took place Jan. 23 regarding how to apply for a 2014 grant from the Greater Williams Community Fund. Anyone who did not attend and would like the instructions on how to apply may contact Kris Vasquez at (928) 863-2467.

Kiwanis seeks craft fair vendors

The Williams Kiwanis Club is seeking vendors for its first "Gateway to the Grand Canyon Arts and Crafts Fair" May 16-17.

The fair will be at the rodeo grounds on Rodeo Road. On May 16 the fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on May 17 the fair will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kiwanis will sell lunch on May 16, breakfast on May 17 and drinks and desserts on both days.

Vendors must display handmade or significantly embellished items, not commercial or food items. Kiwanis has 36 10 x 10 foot indoor vendor spaces available for $60 and unlimited outdoor spaces available for $50.

Applications are due by May 1. Those who submit applications and pay by March 1 will receive a $10 discount on the vendor fee.

This fair is a fundraiser for the Williams Kiwanis Club with all proceeds from vendor rent, food/drink sales and auction items to benefit Williams area children through scholarships and other activities.

Applications are available from Cathy at (928) 216-0316 or

TOPS Chapter 0541 now meeting at health clinic

The Williams TOPS Chapter 0541 now meets in the conference room at North Country HealthCare Clinic, 301 S. Seventh St., at 5:30 p.m. every Thursday. More information is available from Patty Hukes at (928) 699-2122.

Williams Rec Center offers free programs

Basketball for high school age students and adults takes place from 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays at the Williams-Elementary Middle School (WEMS) gym. The program will go until May 14.

Open Gym for eighth grade students and younger featuring basketball, dodgeball and volleyball takes place Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. at the WEMS gym. The program will go until May 15.

Free aerobics/group fitness classes are offered Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the WEMS cafeteria. This program goes through May 21.

The Williams Recreation Department sponsors these activities and Williams Unified School District hosts them.

Pet blessing and photo session Saturday

SAVE Meant-to-Rescue (SMTR), a local non-profit dog rescue organization, is putting on a pet blessing and photo session on Feb. 8. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Williams Youth Recreation Center, 300 W. Railroad Ave.

Father Kilian McCaffrey of St. Joseph Catholic Church will perform a group blessing at 10 a.m. but will be in attendance for the whole event. Blessings are free, but donations are encouraged.

SMTR will sell hamburgers and chips for $5 and hot dogs and chips for $3.

Simply Angelic Photo will be on hand to take professional quality photos of pets and their owners for $5 to $7.

SMTR and Many Tails Dog Grooming are also sponsoring two fundraising events on Feb. 14. SMTR is putting on its annual Valentine's Day Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Old Trails Hardware Store, 616 Airport Road. Those interested in donating baked goods to be sold may contact Lita Ebersole at (928) 635-9598.

Many Tails Pet Grooming, at 402 E. Route 66, will donate all proceeds from pet grooming appointments on Valentine's Day to SMTR's building fund. Appointments are available at (928) 635-8897. A limited number of appointments are available.

More information about SMTR is available at or

Williams High class of the 80s reunion planned

The Williams High School class of the 80s is organizing a reunion for July 2014. Organizers are looking for class representatives for 1983, 1985, 1988 and 1989. More information is available from Shawna Standal at (928) 486-7840 or Pimi Barrozo-Bennett at (928) 853-7784.

Dancing Divas practice each 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 performs for various community organizations. Because of unforeseen circumstances such as weather and/or illness, the class will be cancelled.

More information is available from Barb Brydenthal at (928) 310-4459.

Volunteers needed for financial literacy event

Local business volunteers are needed to volunteer for the "Reality Check" event at Williams High School on March 12 from noon to 3 p.m. The event explains the cost of living to high school juniors and seniors, and is sponsored by the Coconino Association for Vocations, Industry and Technology and the Coconino County Career Center.

Reality Check is a financial literacy event to help students become aware of the decisions that families make every day. The ultimate goal is for students to make realistic educational choices, which will provide for the future they anticipate for themselves and their families.

Organizers need about 36 business volunteers to help with the "booths of life." Those interested in volunteering may contact Christine Mayer at (928) 853-4703 or

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