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Fourth of July Freedom March

Join a fun-filled day celebrating the Fourth of July, saluting troops and honoring veterans. Welcome home troops from Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Navajo Nation Office of the Speaker, the Human Services Committee and the Department of Navajo Veterans Affairs will host a Fourth of July Freedom March beginning at the Navajo Education Center at 8 a.m. on Friday, July 4 in Window Rock. The March will conclude at the Song-and-Dance arena, Navajo Nation Fair Grounds with other appearances at fair grounds throughout the day. For more information, contact Angela Barney-Nez at 928-871-7160, Leo Chischilly at 928-871-6413 or Manuel Shirleson at 928-729-4117.

July Fourth Horse Races

The 2003 Coconino County Horse Races are a Fourth of July tradition and will be held Friday through Monday, July 4-7. Admission is $3 for adults $2 for children. The races will be held at Fort Tuthill County Park, Flagstaff. For information, call Coconino County Parks & Recreation at 928-774-5139.

Native American Vietnam Veterans

The Native American Vietnam Veterans will march in the Flagstaff Fourth of July parade along with World War II veterans, Code Talkers and Korean veterans. Following the parade NAVV and American Legion Post No. 112 from Leupp are hosting a picnic for veterans and former employees of Navajo Ordinance in Bellemont at Fort Tuthill. Donations of canned food and door prizes are welcome. For more information, call Gibson Jones, NAVV president, at 928-283-5246.

Tolani Lake school

Recruitment is underway at Tolani Lake Elementary School Academy for the 2003-04 school year. Instructional programs include an accelerated reading program, hands-on service learning (a native science program), mastery and outcome-based learning, family and community involvement. Bring important documents such as birth certificate, Certificate of Indian Blood, Social Security card and updated immunization records. For more information, call 928-686-6101.

Hopi Head Start

The Hopi Head Start Program is accepting enrollment applications for the 2003-04 school year. A child must turn 3 by Sept. 1 or within the school year. School begins Sept. 2 and slots are filling up fast. For more information or an application, contact Lynette Shupla, enrollment coordinator, at the Hopi Head Start Program (928-734-7125/7126).

Shonto Preparatory

Shonto Preparatory School is now taking enrollment for kindergarten through eighth-grade students. Office hours are Monday through Thursday 7 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday morning 7-11 a.m. The first day of school is Aug. 18. . For more information, call 928-672-2652, ext. 523 or 519.

Youth Fair 2003

Youth Fair 2003 will get underway at 9 a.m. Monday, July 7 in Tuba City. At 6 p.m. that day a Miss Western Teen Pageant will be held at Tuba City Community Center. Tuesday, July 8 events include a Youth Field Day 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the front lawn of Tuba City Department of Behavioral Health Services and a Youth Light Parade, with time and location to be announced. July 9 events include a Youth Conference 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Greyhills Academy High School, a Ropes Course 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Tuba City High School and a Comedy Show 6 p.m. at Greyhills Academy High School. July 10 events include a Ropes Course 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Tuba City High School and a basketball/T-ball/volleyball clinic 8 a.m.-4 p.m. with location to be announced. July 11 events include a bike clinic 9-11 a.m. and a bike ride at 1 p.m., both at TC Community Center, and a Jam Zone 4 p.m.-12 a.m. in Basha’s parking lot. July 12 events include an 8K/ two-mile fun walk 8 a.m. at TC Community Center, a daylong adult softball tournament at Tuba City ballfields and a youth rally 10 a.m-2 p.m. at Tuba City Assembly of God.

Fitness Run

The first annual 10K, 5K and two-mile Fitness Run will be held at 6 p.m. July 11 at the Hopi Health Care Center. Registration fees, which include a T-shirt, are $10 for the 10K and 5K, $5 for the two-mile run. Awards go to the top five male and females in the 10K and 5K. Drawings will be held. On the day of the race, registration will start at 4:30 p.m. To pre-register, contact Miriam Stacey at 928-737-6263 or Kay Lynn Honanie at 928-737-6262.

Summer program

The Tolani Lake Summer Enrichment Program is open Monday through Thursday for children 3 to 13 years July 7-31. Lunch is provided. Activities include gym, sports, arts and crafts, computer time, reading, math, swimming, movie night, youth basketball and goat roping. For more information, including schedules, call Tolani Lake Elementary School at 928-686-6101.

Benefit song & dance

A Benefit Social Song and Dance will be held Friday, July 4 at the parish hall in Tuba City. Registration is 10 a.m. (DST) and grand entry is at noon. Donations are appreciated. This event is sponsored by the Western Navajo Social Song and Dance Committee.

Independence Day Fest

An Independence Day Festival will be held Friday through Sunday, July 4-6 at the Arizona Historical Society Pioneer Museum, 2340 N. Fort Valley Road in Flagstaff. This event is free and open to the public. Living history enactments include the 2nd US Artillery Battery B, cannon firing, period costumes, authentic military camp, Powderhorn Clan Mountain Men and hide tanning. Demonstrations include woodworking, candle making, lace making, spinning and weaving, camp cooking, basket making, train info and caboose tours. Donations are appreciated. For schedule and more information, call 928-744-6272.

Diabetes education

Hopi Health Care Center is offering a diabetes education class open to the public 9-11 a.m. July 15 in room A302. Participants are encouraged to bring a snack. For more information, call 737-6203 or 737-6152.

Shonto Land Use

A public participation meeting for Shonto Chapter Land Use Plan will be held 11 a.m. on July 13 at the chapter house. Shonto community members are invited to give public comments on land use. Lunch will be served. For more information, call 928-672-2460.

Sneezy Boyz at casino

Sneezy Boyz will be performing at Cliff Castle Casino at 8:45 p.m. on Friday, July 4 and Saturday, July 5 in the Dragonfly Lounge. The show is free of charge. Sneezy Boyz is a Native American band from San Carlos, Ariz., and a Dragonfly Lounge favorite, known for playing classic rock music, to keep the dancers grooving throughout the night. Cliff Castle is located in Camp Verde off Interstate 17, just east of exit 289. For more information, call 928-567-7900.

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