<b><center>Quick Reads</center></b>

Second Mesa Day School

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held for new school construction at Second Mesa Day School 9 a.m. Jan. 7. For more information, call the school at 928-737-2571.

New Year’s Eve Song & dance

Everyone is welcome to the New Year’s Song and Dance tonight (Dec. 31) at the Parish Hall in Tuba City. Registration is at 1 p.m. with the grand entry at 3 p.m. The host group is Flagstaff Native Echos. Master of ceremony is Richard Begay. All group singers, dancers and spectators are welcome. There will be many prizes. Groceries and other items given away as awards. For more information, call Rachel Begay at 928-283-5498.

Diné College Winter stories

The Office of Continuing Education, Diné College will host “Winter Stories: The Foundation of Navajo Origin” conference at the Best Western Inn Suites in Farmington, N.M., Jan. 22-23. The registration fee is $198 per person and includes two continental breakfasts, luncheon, educational materials and certification of completion. Lodging is not included. Participants will hear the teachings of the emergence, the journey of the twins, coyote stories, Navajo star people, winter games and night chant ceremonies. For more information, contact Office of Continuing Education PO Box 731 Tuba City, Arizona 86045; phone: 928-283-6321; fax: 928-283-4590.

Pow wow at Shonto Prep

Shonto Preparatory Middle School eighth grade class is hosting a New Year’s Pow wow in the large gym Jan. 2-3. For more information, call Mary Greyhat or Marjorie Laughter at 928-672-2652, ext.531.

Thunder in the Desert

Thunder in the Desert, American Indians’ World Fair and Pow wow will be held Dec. 31-Jan. 11 at Rillito Raceway Park, River Road and First Avenue in Tucson. Entertainers, cultural performances, demonstrations, arts and crafts will represent 10,000 years of culture and 150 tribal nations. Admission is $19 per day, with weekend and 11-day discounted passes available. For more information, call 520-622-4900 or visit www.usindianinfo.org.

Native New Year’s

The 2004 Native New Year’s Celebration hip hop, reggae and rock festival will be held 8 p.m.1 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 3 at The Old Brick House Grill (southeast corner of Jackson and Central) in Phoenix. Performers include Tribal Live, Ethnic De Generation, Casper and the 602 Band, The Cremains, Soul Tribe, Lil Dré, R. Lynn. S. and Rezawrecktion. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Booths are available for vendors. For more information, call Tribal Live Entertainment at 480-980-6071.

At Cliff Castle Casino

Los Bad Boyz will perform at 8:45 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 2 and Saturday, Jan. 3 in the Dragonfly Lounge at Cliff Castle Casino. Los Bad Boyz plays Latin, Top 40 and Old School. The show is free. Cliff Castle Casino is located in Camp Verde just east of I-17, at exit 289. For more information, call 928-567-7900.

Pinecone drop

This year the New Year’s Eve annual Pinecone Drop at the Weatherford Hotel in Flagstaff will feature a new aluminum and sheet metal pinecone crafted by local welder Jon Martinez of Mayorga’s Welding. The pinecone will be lowered twice—once at 10 p.m. to coincide with the dropping of the ball at midnight in New York and again at midnight Arizona time. In Heritage Square across the street, the Downtown Business Association will host its annual New Year’s Eve party from 8 p.m.-midnight with the Tommy Dukes Blues Band. For more information, call the Weatherford at 928-779-1919.

Gymnastics, cheerleading

The Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation Health Promotion Program, in partnership with the Cheernastics of Flagstaff Gymnastics Team, will be offering youth introductory gymnastics and cheerleading programs at the Tuba City Boarding School and Tuba City Wellness Center. Cheernastics of Flagstaff provide specialty gymnastics and cheerleading services, geared for children 18 months to 8 years of age, and technical training for cheerleading teams. Session two will run on Jan. 8 to March 3; session three, from March 24 to May 19. A weeklong gymnastics camp is planned for the upcoming summer. Cost for each session is $ 30 for the first child, $15 for each subsequent child. Registration is underway begins for local at the Health Promotion Office, Rm. 82 of the TCRHCC, between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. For directions for registering, call (928) 283-2404. To speak with an instructional representative for Cheernastics of Flagstaff, please call 928-213-5777.

Parent meeting

Parents have a valuable hand in “educating the whole child.” T-Bird Parent Advisory Committee Meeting (PAC) is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the Tuba City Boarding School dining room. There will door prizes for those in attendance. Parent reports from Denver and Phoenix meetings will be made and participants will work on by-laws. Join the PAC and contribute to your child’s education.

Veterans workshop

The Western Navajo Agency Department of Navajo Affairs is hosting a Federal Benefits Workshop and Western Navajo Agency Veterans meeting at 9 a.m. Jan. 9 and 10 at Little America Hotel, 2515 E. Butler in Flagstaff. Participants should bring DD-2214 forms. For more information, call 928-283-3029/3030.

Water rights

A public meeting is scheduled on the Proposed Water Rights Settlement for the San Juan Basin at 6-8 p.m. Jan. 5 at the Shiprock Chapter House, Highway 64 (north of Junction US 491) in Shiprock, N.M.

At Cliff Castle Casino

Take a trip down memory lane as Cliff Castle Casino hosts Elsbeary Hobbs’ Drifters, Cornell Gunter’s Coasters and The Platters in the Dragonfly Lounge Friday, Jan. 9 at 7 and 9 p.m. The bands will perform such memorable hits as The Drifters’ “Under the Boardwalk,” and “Up on the Roof,” The Platters’ “Only You,” and The Coasters’ “Love Potion Number Nine.” Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Castle Club. At press time, the 7 p.m. performance was close to sell-out. Doors for the show will open a half hour before each performance time. Cliff Castle Casino is located in Camp Verde just east of I-17, at exit 289. For more information, call 928-567-7900.

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