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

Parent/Teacher Conference

A Parent/Teacher Confer-ence is scheduled today (March 10) at Greyhills Academy High School in Tuba City. All parents are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to meet with teachers and see how their children are doing in school. Parents can ask questions, see their children’s grades, ask about what they are working on and see how they are performing in class. The conference will be from 1-5 p.m. and then from 6-8 p.m. Dinner will be served at 5 p.m. in the cafeteria. For more information, call the principal’s office at 928-283-6271.

Child Find at Jeddito School

On March 17, Child Find will be at Jeddito School Multi-purpose Room from 1-4 p.m. Cedar Unified School District #25 offers a comprehensive screening program for all children who live in the school district. Children are screened in the areas of physical development, speech/language and communication, hearing, vision, cognitive/adaptive and self-help/adaptive. Early intervention is the key to success in school for children who have special needs. For more information call the Cedar Unified School District Special Education Department at 928-738-2335, ext. 106 or 108.

B-ball tourney at Shonto Prep

A basketball tournament for 16-year-olds and younger will be held at 9 a.m. on March 20 and 21 at Shonto Preparatory School. The entry fee is $85, and there will be sweatshirts and T-shirts as awards. Sponsors are the eighth grade class that is planning a trip in May. To enter a team, call 928-672-2652 ext. 531 or ext. 519.

Song and dance

A benefit song and dance will be held at Tonalea Day School on Sunday, March 14. Registration is at 10 a.m. with the grand entry at 1 p.m. The sponsor is Tonalea Western Agency Native Festival Committee. Master of ceremony is Kenneth H. Curley Sr. and hosts are the Western Midnighters. Group singers are invited and prizes go to all group singers and category winners.

Poetry night

Readers from diverse backgrounds, languages and different kinds of education and professions are needed for the second annual Favorite Poem Night, April 16, at Northland Pioneer College’s Show Low-White Mountain Campus Ponderosa Center Symposium Room, beginning at 7 p.m. Each will have five minutes to read a poem, and speaking informally from your heart, explain its significance. The deadline for reader registration is April 2. Joining NPC’s Community Education and Events Division is sponsoring the Favorite Poem Night is the Arts Alliance of the White Mountains. The event is free and open to the public. To register as a reader, contact Bill Mawhinney at 928-537-0868.

Arts and crafts

The Fort McDowell first annual Native American Arts and Crafts show, located at the Fort McDowell Casino will be March 27 and 28. For more information, call 480-816-7162. Admission is free.

Shonto Prep events

The following events are held at the Shonto Preparatory School: Thursday: March 11, at 6 p.m. in the large gym, there will be a St. Patrick’s Carnival. There will be food, bingo prizes, a cakewalk and dart throw. On March 26 at 5 p.m. in the large gym, there will be a song and dance. Canteen and admission helpers are needed for this event. Also, start bringing donations for awards. Everyone in the community and surrounding are welcome to join in the fund-raising events for the eighth grade class trip in May.

Song and Dance

Everyone is welcome to a Benefit Song and Dance held on Saturday, March 13 at St. Jude Catholic Church Parish Hall in Tuba City. Hosts are Chinle Swingin Echos and sponsors are Western Navajo Social Song and Dance Committee. Registration is at 10 a.m. with the Grand Entry at 1 p.m. There will be raffles, concession, door prizes and a cake walk. Grocery awards to all dancers and groups singers. Any donations are appreciated.

Drama festival

The Chinle High School Canyon Players are hosting the first of what will be the Many Stories Many Faces Drama Festival. The dates of the festival are March 10, 11 and 12. All performances are free to the public. Currently 11 schools from the area have committed to participate. Returning as defending champions from last year’s festival is Red Mesa High School as well as new participants from Flagstaff and Farmington, N.M. Coming this year as judges and presenters are Kim and John Guerrero, Yvonne Russo, Dr. Tamara Underliner and Chris Danowski. For more information call, 928-674-9594 or e-mail:kennvanpelt@usa.net

NAU open house in TC

Northern Arizona University will hold an open house on Thursday, March 11 from 3 p.m.-8 p.m. in the Kompare Conference Room at Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation. There will be a representative from NAU available to discuss the application process and answer questions. The deadline for applying for fall 2004 is April 15. Applications will be available, so please bring transcripts/educational records. For more information, call Yolanda R. Burke-Dee, Nurse Recruiter at 928-283-2710.

AISES B-ball tourney

The fourth annual AISES Open men’s basketball tournament will be held April 3 and 4 at Northern Arizona University in the Rolle Activity Center. The entry fee for this 16-team 10-player roster is $200. A registration fee of $90 required to hold a spot. The deadline for registration is March 19 at 6 p.m. Information: Anthony Billy at 928-523-1333 or after 6 p.m., Lambert Benally at 928-606-0751.

Wildlife fund-raiser

Wild about Wildlife might be the mantra for volunteers at Southwest Wildlife, but it’s also the name of the Scottsdale conservation group’s annual dinner silent auction. Tickets are $125 a person and benefit injured, orphaned and displaced native Arizona wildlife. This year, due to drought and continuing development, the group’s resident animal population has doubled to more than 400. The fund-raiser features Grammy nominated Burning Sky (Best Native American Album). The event is slated for 6 p.m. March 13 at the Westin Kierland Resort, 6902 E. Greenway Pkwy, Scottsdale. Details: 480-951-3082 or www.southwestwildlife.org.

Boys B-ball Tourney

Pinon High School’s Athletic Club will host a 14 and under boy’s basketball tournament. The deadline for entry is March 24 at 5 p.m. The event will take place March 26 and 27 at the Pinon High School gym. There is a $100 entry fee per team, double elimination 10-player roster. Sweatshirts and T-shirts will be awarded. Proof of birth date required upon request. For more information, call the PHS athletic office at 928-725-2407.

NPC offers Excel Basics

Learn the basics of using Microsoft’s Excel spreadsheet application during a two-day workshop, March 13 and 14, at Northland Pioneer College’s Kayenta Center. Elaine Sombrero will teach the one-credit CIS 099s-24236 Excel Basics workshop. The class meets 8 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. Workshop participants will be introduced to creating, saving, printing and editing spreadsheets. Tuition for the workshop is $35, plus a $5 course fee. A student’s actual tuition could vary, depending on the total semester course load. Seniors, those 60 and older, qualify for half price tuition. An academic advisor can explain tuition options available utilizing NPC’s tiered tuition scale. Pre-register for the Excel Basic’s workshop at the NPC Kayenta Center, located in the Challenge Center on the Monument Valley High School campus, Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., or call tool free 800-266-7845, ext. 7660 and pay tuition fees with a VISA or MasterCard.

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