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Veterans Xmas party Saturday

A veterans Christmas party will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20 at Birdsprings Chapter. All veterans and their families are invited to enjoy an evening of social activities and celebration. There will be recognition of veterans in various wars, an Everlasting Ceremony, dignitaries, refreshments and entertainment. Sponsors are Post 112 of Leupp Wheyoldaashii Veterans Organization.

Xmas Dinner at Soup Kitchen

St. Jude’s Soup Kitchen annual Christmas Dinner will be 2-5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19 in St. Jude’s gym in Tuba City. Santa will be present.

Bodaway/Gap Chapter dinner

Bodaway/Gap Chapter will hold its regular chapter meeting and Christmas dinner at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20.

Grand Falls worship service

All are invited to attend the Grand Falls Bible Church Community Christmas worship service at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19. The Fruitland Gospel Trio will be perform during this Celebration of the Birth of Jesus Christ. Representatives of Flagstaff Mission to the Navajos and Flagstaff Indian Bible College will also participate in this worship event. Pastors Gregory C. Long and Alvin Gon will present a sermon entitled. “A Homily of the Birth of Jesus Christ.” Hors d’ouevres will be served and there will be giving of gifts after the service. For more information, call Pastor Long at 928-773-8539.

Pioneer Museum

The Arizona Historical Society Pioneer Museum presents the 13th annual Playthings of the Past and old fashioned toy sale through Dec. 24 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Also see the largest collection of toys in northern Arizona. Learn about the history of toys, dolls and games. See skilled demonstrators making wood toys, dolls, stuffed animals and ships in bottles. Enjoy homemade refreshments. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors and students with no charge for children under 12. Playthings of the Past will be open through February at the museum, 2340 N. Fort Valley Road, Flagstaff. For more information, call 928-774-6272.

Song & Dance

Lil Miss Shaa’toho Song and Dance will be held Saturday, Dec. 20 at Shonto Preparatory Academy in the large gym at Shonto. Registration is at 10 a.m. and the grand entry at 1 p.m. Sponsors are Lil Miss Shaa’toho and the fifth grade class. Hosts are Kin-Lani Swinging Echoes and Littlewater singers.

Military support

Donations are being accepted by the Military Family Support Network for the families in northern Arizona whose loved ones are serving in Iraq or other foreign countries. These families’ needs are particularly important during the holiday season. Many are struggling financially with sometimes drastically reduced income. Donations can be dropped off at the Navy Recruiting office at the Flagstaff Mall from through Dec. 21 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Contributions can be mailed to the American Legion #3, 204 W. Birch, Flagstaff, AZ 86001. They can also be dropped off at the American Legion on at the United Way office, 2821 N. Fourth St. Financial contributions can also be made directly at any Bank One branch in Flagstaff using account number #653664987. Donations and financial contributions are tax deductible.

Ballet & jazz

The Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation Health Promotion Program, in partnership with the Grand Canyon Ballet will be hosting a meet the instructor opportunity on Monday, Dec. 22, from 6-8 p.m. at the Tuba City Family Wellness Center. Information with registration and class times will be available. Contact Artistic Director Sonja Vold at 928-606-2574, for more details.

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. These stories have far deeper meaning in Navajo so they will be presented in Navajo. For more information, contact Office of Continuing Education PO Box 731 Tuba City, Arizona 86045; phone: 928-283-6321; fax: 928-283-4590.

Song & dance

Everyone is welcome to the New Year’s Song and Dance, Dec. 31 at 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 Echoes. 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.

At Cliff Castle Casino

Straight Up will perform at 8:45 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 19 and at 8:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20 in the Dragonfly Lounge at Cliff Castle Casino. Straight Up plays a variety of music, specifically Latin and Top 40 Hits. The show is free of charge. 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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