Quick Reads Feb. 8,2006

Miss Indian NAU Pageant

The Miss Indian NAU Scholarship Pageant 2006 will take place 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10 at Cline Library Assembly Hall, Flagstaff, Arizona. Admission is free. Miss Indian NAU will help to promote cultural awareness and understanding of tribal/indigenous nations, support and represent the Native American student organizations and participate in programs and activities to strengthen recruitment and retention efforts of NAU students. She will also be awarded various prizes, including a scholarship for $1,600. Volunteers are needed. Interested staff or students can call Sharon S. Doctor at 928-523-6960 or e-mail: sharon.doctor@nau.edu; Kathleen Frank 928-523-6229 or e-mail: kathleen.frank@nau.edu or Laverne Kescoli at 928-523-8312 or e-mail: Laverne.kescoli@nau.edu

Camping at Lee's Ferry

The Navajo Nation Department of Youth Boys Girls Club of Dine Nation in Tuba City is planning a Camping trip to at Lee's Ferry for ages 14 through 21 years March 17-19. A fishing license, transportation, lodging and meals will be provided. Participants need to provide their own fishing gear and tent. The deadline for application is Feb. 17. For more information, call 293-3021.

Bodaway/Gap

Family fun nights at the Bodaway/Gap Chapter are Feb. 3-4 and Feb. 10-11 from 5:30-9 p.m. A raffle will be held to benefit the Gap Elementary third grade class fieldtrip to San Diego Zoo in March. The chapter planning meeting is at 10 a.m. Feb. 5. The regular chapter meeting is 10 a.m. Feb. 12. For more information, call Calvin Hanks at 928-283-8343 or e-mail: bodawaygapchapter@hotmail.com.

Health study

All DinŽ who are 18 and older are invited to join a study called Education and Research Towards Health also known as Navajo Earth. The study looks at how factors such as traditions, eating habits and physical activity affect the health of the DinŽ. Join the study by visiting the Window Rock office to answer questions about diet and lifestyle and have a few simple measurements taken. At the end of the visit, you will receive important information about your health. Call 928-871-3034 to schedule your visit.

Song & dance

A Benefit Song and Dance will be held 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Tolani Lake School gym. The sponsor is the Heritage Days Committee, emcee will be Bill McCabe and hosts are the Southwestern Singers. Registration is at 10 a.m. and the Grand Entry is at noon. Admission is $4/adults and $2/students. Donations are appreciated. Groceries will be awarded to Group Singers and Dancers. There will be door prizes, raffles, a cakewalk and concessions. All singers and dancers are welcome.

Teacher of year

Nominations for the Arizona 2005-06 Teacher of the Year award are being accepted through March 1. The award sponsor is Teachers' Insurance Plan(tm), a car insurance program exclusively for members of the educational community. To nominate an educator, or yourself, explain in 250 words or less, why this teacher should be the Teacher of the Year. Nominees will be judged on their ability to motivate students, their special talents, and their contribution to their school, students or educational community. Nomination forms are available online at www.teachers.com/toty

Song & Dance

Everyone is welcome to attend a Benefit Social Song and Dance held Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Tuba City Primary School cafeteria. Registration is at 10 a.m. and the grand entry is at 11 a.m. All singers, dancers and spectators are welcome.

Vendors needed

The fourth annual Soar Into Spring Kite & Activity Festival is scheduled for Saturday, April 29 at Foxglenn Park. Flagstaff.Parks & Recreation is seeking local arts, crafts and food vendors for this event. This one-day event opens to the public at 11 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. (set-up beginning at 7 a.m.). Activities include professional kite demonstrations, a community kite fly and contest, spring craft workshops, carnival games and live entertainment. The fee is $25 for a 10-foot by 10-foot booth. Entry into the event is free to the public. For more information, contact Heather Ainardi at 928-779-7690 or visit the website: www.flagstaff.az.gov.

Adult Literacy

The third annual Celebration of Arizona Adult Literacy Week (AALW) ) begins Feb. 19-25. Navajo County adults are invited to get involved and visit their local library. Adults who receive a new library card will be given a small gift, such as a water bottle, in recognition of their efforts to help stamp out illiteracy. Children who sign up for a new library card during AALW will receive a sticker or button. Other events scheduled include a Read-a-thon for TLC students and a community book exchange planned at NPC's Holbrook, Snowflake/Taylor, Winslow and Whiteriver locations. For more information about celebrating Arizona Literacy Week locally and how to get involved, contact Heidi Fulcher at NPC 928-289-6535 or call toll-free at 1-800-266-7845, ext. 6535.

College Goal

The Arizona Commission for Post secondary Education (ACPE) will host the 10th annual College Goal Sunday event on Feb. 12 from 2-4 p.m. at Tuba City High School Main Library, Chinle High School Cafeteria, Hopi High School Cafeteria, Coconino Community College at the Flagstaff Lone Tree Campus. The ACPE event provides college-bound students with assistance from financial aid professionals to complete financial aid forms and meets the Arizona deadline for accessing all available aid dollars. College Goal Sunday is a free event for students and their families. For more information, call Rhonda Moret 602-287-0572

Country jam

The O'Odam Tash Indian Rodeo will present Indian Country Jam 2006. It is one of the largest Indian Rodeos in the country held every year in Casa Grande from Feb.18-20. The Jam, now in its seventh year will feature some of the best native country bands. Badlands, Sons of Waymore will be making their Phoenix debut and S.O.L. of Sanders will also perform. The show is 7 p.m. Sunday Feb. 19 at The Sets, 93 E. Southern Ave., Tempe (on the southeast corner of Mill Ave.& Southern). For more information call 480-829-1822, visit the website www.thesets.com or e-mail artnsoul88@yahoo.com.

Charity Banquet

Window Rock Valentine Charity Banquet will take place Feb. 25 from 5 -- 10 p.m. at the Ft. Defiance Chapter House. The event is sponsored by the Window Rock Christian Reformed Church Worship Committee and advance ticket purchases are recommended. For more information call 928 729 2153, 928-871-5022 or at 928-871-7957.

Red Cross

Several classes with the American Red Cross will be offered in Flagstaff this month--Adult CPR Feb. 15, Adult CPR and First Aid Feb. 20, Infant and Child CPR Feb. 13 and 27, CPR for the Professional Rescuer Feb. 23 and 24. Participants must pre-register for the courses and payment will be taken at the time of registration with a credit card over the phone or with cash or check delivered in person to the office located at 1750 Railroad Springs Blvd. Suite A3. Participants can now register for courses online and a complete schedule of class offerings at www.arizonaredcross.org or call 928-779-5494 for more information.

Flag Car Show

On Feb. 11 and 12, car enthusiasts of all ages can rev their engines at Flagstaff Mall, located at 4650 N. Highway 89. Flagstaff Mall and the Route 66 Car Club will host a display of 20 street rods, classic, sports and muscle cars.. The Route 66 Car Club is a nonprofit club that continues to fund annual donations to local charities since 1983. For more information contact Lori Pappas or online at www. westcor.com

Sedona lecture

The Sedona Museum of Northern Arizona lecture is 7 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Church of the Red Rocks, 54 Bowstring Drive, Sedona. The featured lecture is The Beauty of Ancestral Pueblo Ruins of the Colorado Plateau by Gene Balzer and Russ Gilbert. The talk will accompany Images of Ancestral Pueblo Ruins located on the Colorado Plateau and will provide a visual tour of ruins located in national parks and monuments in remote locations of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona. Many of these images will be in the MNA exhibit starting March 2006 to celebrate the Centennial of the Antiquities Act of 1906. Tickets are $6 each and benefit the MNA. For more information, call 928-282-4786 or 928-774-5213 or visit the website at www.musnaz.org

Tax preparation

Tax preparation free assistance is available for individuals and families. This service is a joint effort by Coconino County, City of Flagstaff and United Way. The location to receive these services is at the United Way office on 1515 East Cedar Ave., Flagstaff. For more information call 928-522-7977 or Perry Shilling at 928-522-7977.

CARE 66 meets

CARE 66 will hold an open meeting on Friday, Feb. 10 at noon. The meeting will be held in the dining area of Frances Opportunity Center in Gallup, N.M.

Free workshops

Flagstaff Parks & Recreation is hosting a series of free artist led workshops March 21, 22, & 23. These hands-on lessons are in conjunction with Youth Celebrate Art & Culture 2006, presented by the Flagstaff Cultural Partners and many other local organizations. The goal of these workshops is to introduce youth and teens to various artistic mediums utilized in a variety of cultures. Parks & Recreation is offering eight free classes for youth ranging in age from 4 to 18 years old. Workshops will be held at Flagstaff Recreation Center (2403 N. Izabel St.) and Cogdill Recreation Center (301 S. Paseo Del Flag). For a full listing of workshops offered visit Flagstaff Parks & Recreation on the web at www.flagstaff.az.gov, or call 928-779-7690.

Driver safety

AARP needs volunteer instructors for AARP's Driver Safety Program in Arizona. Instructors receive initial training and participate in instructor workshops to maintain and enhance their skills. Instructors are required to teach a minimum of three classes each year. Instructors can set their own hours and teach classes on weekdays, weekends or evenings. Volunteers are reimbursed for approved out-of-pocket expenses. To become an AARP Driver Safety Program volunteer in Arizona, call toll free 1-888-227-7669 or e-mail drive@aarp.org.

B-ball tourney

Broomball Madness tournament will take place Feb. 18 in Flagstaff starting at 6 a.m.. Registration is Feb 12 for teams of up to 12 players at the Jay Lively ice arena, 1650 North Turquoise Drive. The event sponsor is the City of Flagstaff Parks and Recreation department. For more information call Mike Abeyta 928-779-7690.

Havasupai hike

The Navajo Nation Department of Youth Boys Girls Club of Dine Nation in Tuba City is planning a trip to Havasupai Canyon for ages 14 through 21 years March 22-25. Transportation, lodging and meals will be provided. Because of the 10-mile hike out of the canyon, participants need to be fit and must provide their own backpack and tent. The deadline for application is Feb. 17. For more information, call 293-3021.

Pee Wee tourney

The Pee Wee Western Agency girls Basketball Tournament Playoffs for 12 and under boys and girls will take place Mar. 3-5 at Warrior Pavilion in Tuba City. The fee of $75 is due Feb. 23. For information call 928-283-3026, fax 928-283-3048 or mail to P.O. Box 1690 Tuba City, AZ 86045.

Wild About Wildlife IX

On Saturday, March 18, the Southwest Wildlife Rehabilitation & Educational Foundation will host its ninth annual dinner and fund-raising auction 6:30 p.m. at The Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. There will be auction items to appeal to everyone's tastes, including original art and photography, jewelry, sports packages, and vacation packages. Tickets are $135 per person or $1,300 for a table for 10. Patron's Tables for 10 guests are also available for $1,500. Patron's Tables receive an honorable mention in the evening's program. Because Southwest Wildlife is a nonprofit, 501(c) 3 organization, all donations and a portion of each ticket price is tax deductible. For reservation information, please visit www.southwestwildlife.org.

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