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Rez Ball Classic Aug. 1-3 in TC

The Rez Ball Classic, a basketball tournament for 18 an older, will be held Aug. 1-3 at Tuba City Recreation Center. The entry fee of $180 must be paid in ful before the second game. Awards will go to first through fourth place, most valuable player,and sportsmanship, plus 10 for All-Tourney. For more information, call 283-3026.

Flagstaff Indian Days Roping

Flagstaff Indian Days #6 Roping will be held Friday, July 25 at the Fort Tuthill Rodeo Grounds. There will be onsite entries with books opening at 7 p.m. Roping will start immediately after the evening performance. The entry fee is $50 per man (enter three times, no cap). This event is open to US Team Roping Championship members only. Western attire is required. Trophy saddles will be awarded to average winners. For more information, call Leonard Williams at 928-686-6101 (8 a.m.-5p.m. Monday through Friday) or 928-699-8783.

Native American Recognition Day

The Arizona Diamondbacks Native American Recognition Day will be Aug. 9 at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix. The D-backs will take on the New York Mets at 7:05 p.m. Join pitcher Miguel Batista and the Diamondbacks as they celebrate the rich culture of Native American communities. The D-backs are the only Major League Baseball Club to honor Native Americans with a recognition day. Attendees will enjoy an array of exciting game-day entertainment including drum groups, vocalists, hoop dancers and more. Tickets can be purchased at Bank One Ballpark (602-514-840), the Intertribal Council of Arizona, (602-258-4822) and Phoenix Indian Center Inc. (602-264-6768). For more information, visit www.azdiamondbacks.com.

Flagstaff Indian Days

Flagstaff Indian Days Celebration is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, July 25-27 at Fort Tuthill. Phone contacts for events include Contest Pow wow (928-522-7001 after 6 p.m.), All Indian Rodeo (928-475-5837 between 6-10 p.m.), Junior Rodeo (928-697-3293), Indian market (928-607-4266 after 6 p.m.) and general information (928-214-9348).

Soccer clinics in TC

The American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) will be conducting free coaching and refereeing clinics 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Tuba City Junior High School athletic field. Experience with soccer is not necessary. Instruction will be directed on participation, positive coaching and good sportsmanship. Participation in both clinics will be available for those interested in providing referee and coaching services. The referee clinic will be 9 a.m.-noon, coaching from 1-4 p.m. The last chance for AYSO registration will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 13 and 14 at the Tuba City Basha’s store. For more information, call Eric Howser, Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation Health Promotion coordinator at 928-283-2188.

Reggae at Vets Center

The Hopi Music Festival Committee presents reggae recording artist Isaac Haile Salassie at Hopi Veterans Center Aug. 8 for one show. The opening act will be Moiety from Jemez Pueblo. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. (MST). Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 the day of the show. For more information or tickets, call 928-734-3614 or 928-734-6685.

Parent training

Free daylong parent training sessions will offer presentations and discussions about services available to parents of children with disabilities, Sessions run from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and lunch will be provided to participants. A training session will be held July 25 at Dine College Library in Crownpoint, N.M. The Navajo Nation Office of Special Education, Bureau of Indian Affairs, St. Michaels Association for Special Education and Native American Protection & Advocacy Project are sponsors. Registration is required. To register or for more information, contact Marilynn Freeman at 928-871-7935 or 1-866-341-9918 (toll-free).

Cliff Castle performers

Danny Rhodes will perform at 8:45 p.m. on Friday, July 25 at the Dragonfly Lounge at Cliff Castle Casino. This show is free of charge. Danny Rhodes is a Dragonfly Lounge favorite, known for playing lively rock and blues music. Califas will perform at 8:45 p.m. on Saturday, July 26 at the Dragonfly Lounge. This show has a $3 cover charge. Califas is also a Dragonfly Lounge favorite, known for playing Latin, old school and oldies music. Cliff Castle is located in Camp Verde off Interstate 17, just east of exit 289. For more information, call 928-567-7900.

Domestic violence forum

A public forum on domestic violence will be held 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (DST) July 30 at Greyhills Academy High School auditorium in Tuba City. Topics of discussion include the Domestic Abuse Protection Act, the Elderly Protection Act and Navajo Nation Title 17 proposed amendments. A panel of experts will be present to answer questions on domestic violence as well as keynote speakers representing the Navajo, Hopi and Paiute Tribes. Resource booths will be set up. Lunch will be provided for registered participants. For more information on the forum, sponsored by the Coconino County Response Team to Domestic violence, call 928-283-3346/3319/3132. For booth registration and set-up, contact Darlene Hardy at 928-283-8053.

Arboretum open house

The Arboretum at Flagstaff’s Summer Open House takes place on Saturday, July 26, from 9-5 p.m. This free event offers northern Arizona residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy activities in the botanical gardens while they are at the peak of the summer bloom. Family activities take place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and include hayrides, refreshments from the herb garden, nature crafts and the opportunity to make rope from plant materials. The Flagstaff Community Band will perform from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Learn about the Native American uses of local plants during hour-long walks at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Docents will lead guided tours of the grounds at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., and the horticulture staff will present a wildflower walk at 3 p.m. The Arboretum is a 200-acre botanical garden, research center and nature preserve dedicated to educating the public about the plants and plant communities of the Colorado Plateau. It is located four miles south of Route 66 on Woody Mountain Road in West Flagstaff. For more information call 928-774-1442 or visit thearb.org.

Youth event

The St. Michael’s Chapter, in conjunction with the Fort Defiance Office of Youth-Recreation Department, will host a youth event for ages 7-18 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 29 at the Ft. Defiance Chapter. Registration starts at 9 a.m., and there will be fun activities including arts and crafts and talent shows. Refreshments, beverages and snacks are provided. For more information, call 928-871-7842.

Hopi running camp

Camp of Champions distance running camp for fourth through 12th graders will be held July 28-Aug. 1 at Hopi Junior/Senior High School in Polacca. All sessions run 8 a.m.-noon. Participants must provide their own transportation. The cost if $25 per runner includes a T-shirt, camp photo and 20 hours of instruction. Camp director is Head Coach Rick Baker. Clinicians include Assistant Coach Owen Poleyestewa, NCAA All-American and six-time State Champion Juwan Nuvayoka and NJCAA All-American and six-time State Champion Devan Lomayaoma. Onsite registration is July 28. For more information, call the high school at 928-738-5111.

Car seat clinics planned

Come and learn to how to correctly install children’s car seats. For those who need them, car seats will be available. Clinics are scheduled 9-11 a.m. at FMCV community building parking area today (July 23) and Sipaulovi community building parking area on July 30. For more information, call 737-2670 or 737-6277/6283.

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