Around the Rez: week of June 6

Tuba City Child Care Center opens July 10

The Navajo Nation Child Care and Develpment Fund Program announed the opening of a Child Care Center, located at Maloney Street and Kerley Road, in Tuba City. A dedication for the facility will take place July 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The fund is accepting applications at the Tuba City Case Work Unit, located at the Navajo Nation Shopping Center, Suite 12, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (DST). Case workers will be soliciting applicants for the Child Care Center at the Flea Market on Fridays in Tuba City, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., including surrounding communities in the western region as scheduled. More information is available by calling (928) 283-3470 or (928) 283-3472.

Gathering of Western Navajo believers at Kin Lani (Flagstaff) June 10-15

The Flagstaff Mission to the Navajos (FMN) annual family camp will take place June 10-15 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. (MST) daily at the El Nathan Conference Center in Flagstaff. The conference center is located at 3910 E. El Paso Drive, northwest of Flagstaff Mall, the phone number is (928) 863-0845. Eighteen Diné Bible Churches are involved as daily hosts, refreshment servers, helping in the nursery and cleanup. The theme for the family camp is 'The Journey of Life begins in the Mind of God.'

Speakers will include: Navajo Adults a.m. — Calvin Kelly; Navajo Adults p.m. — Irvinson Jones; English Adults a.m. and p.m. — Dr. Kevin Newman. Children and teens — College Park Church from Indianapolis, Indiana; Special forum — Kene Jackson; Children’s Ministry training — Joe Weibe; Women’s Bible study — Bernice Begay. Cost: $9 per person per night. Children and teen activities is $5 per child for the week. Lunch and dinner are served daily ending with a potluck at Friday's dinner. Register with Brenda Largo for classes for men, women and children. More information is available by calling the FMN office at (928) 774-2802.

Mental Health First Aid training in Kaibeto June 18

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an eight-hour course that teaches how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The next MHFA training takes place June 18 at the Kaibeto Behavioral Health Facility. More information or registering is available by calling MSPI at (928) 283-2816.

Summer food program begins in June at Hopi Jr./Sr. High School

Hopi Jr./Sr. High School will begin its Summer Food Service program June 4-June 28. Breakfast is served from 8-9 a.m., lunch from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. Both meals are available at the Hopi Jr./Sr. High School cafeteria, Monday through Thursday. More information is available by contacting the food service manager (928) 738-1432 or jhumeyestewa@hjshs.org.

Grandparents Raising Grandkids EXPO June 21st

The Area Agency on Aging NACOG will present the first Grandparents Raising Grandkids EXPO June 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This free event will be held at the Desert View Baptist Church located at 101 Hipkoe Dr. in Winslow, Arizona. Registration is required. Kinship caregivers – grandparents, aunts/uncles, older siblings, other relative and non-relative caregivers – will find information, supports, programs, services and resources while learning more about local organizations. Lunch will be provided. More information or to register call 1-877-521-3500. Area Agency on Aging NACOG provides answers on aging through resources, services and advocacy. More information about the programs and services at Area Agency on Aging is available at www.nacog.org/aging.

Native American Disability Law Center to assist with connecting people with benefits

The Native American Disability Law Center will be assisting low-income Native American Elders (65 years and older) and Native Americans with disabilities (21 years and older) in northern New Mexico connect to benefits programs like SNAP, Medicare, Medicaid, and Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

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