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Symposium in Tuba City

Diné College in Tuba City invites the community to a symposium and forum on April 15 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Greyhills Academy High School gymnasium. The topic is “The Decline of Clans and the Rise of Family Violence in Indian Country.” For more information call 928-283-5113.

Western Jr. Rodeo event

The Western Junior Rodeo Association’s 2004 Membership Drive will take place April 17, 2004 at 10 a.m. at Terrance Granger’s Arena, located in Rare Metals, 4.5 miles east of Highway 160. For contestant entry information, contact Debbie Williams, CES Secretary at 928-283-4932 after 6 p.m. For general information contact Albert Manygoats, WJRA President at 602-434-9002.

Motivation, self care & renewal

Denise Alley (Shawnee/Otoe/Cherokee/Deleware) will lead a Motivation, Self Care and Renewal Day for women on April 21 at the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock. Learn skills that will improve communication and maintain workplace professionalism including how to dress for success on a limited budget and how to keep difficult people for ruining the day. Each woman will take home a medicine bundle of soothing treats. For information, call Christine Benally at 928-871-6691.

Highway clean-up

Join with various service organizations active in the St. Michael’s Chapter/community by participating in the community trash clean-up along the St. Michael I-112 Hwy to Oak Springs Route 12 and Lupton (I-40) starting April 13-23. Trash bags will be available at the chapter. Call (928) 871-7842 for more information.

Spring Invitational

The Wells Fargo Boys 14 and Under Spring Invitational is a 20 team double elimination boys basketball tournament being held April 30, May 1 and 2 at Many Farms High School in Many Farms. Space is limited. The entry fee for the eight-player roster is only $100. Contact 928-781-4386 to join up.

Summer food program

The Hopi Jr/Sr High School announces the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program for Children. Meals will be made available free to all children 18 years of age and under within the approved geographical area without regard to sex, race, color, age, handicap or national origin. Meals will be served Monday through Thursday, June 7 through June 30 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Hopi Jr/Sr High School Cafeteria.

JayNez to perform

The smooth R&B vocal style of JayNez has been added to the ArtrainUSA Jam in Scottsdale on April 15. This is an all-ages show. Lori Piestewa’s family will attend as special guests. Look for the Rednations booth at the show. For more information, visit www.rednations.com.

Rock art exhibit

The Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum in Blanding, Utah, opens a new summer exhibit, “On Either Side of the Blues” with a reception and free program on April 15 at 6 p.m. This exhibit explores cultural landscapes and social boundaries as revealed through archaeological sites and rock art north and south of the Blue Mountains of San Juan County, southeast Utah. Research undertaken by the Earthwatch Volunteer Program and the Bureau of Land Management from 1993 through 2001 is displayed and will be discussed in a lecture with Program Leader and rock art specialist Sally Cole. Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum is located at 660 West 400 North, Blanding, UT 84511

NAU honors Native grads

Northern Arizona University will be hosting the ninth annual Native American Convocation and Awards ceremony from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. on Saturday, April 17 at the Rolle Activity Center. The ceremony honors graduating Native American students at NAU. Tribal community representatives, alumni and faculty members are encouraged to attend.For more information on the ceremony contact Sharon Doctor at 928-523-8086 or at Sharon.Doctor@nau.edu.

Youth cultural proposals

Coconino County Juvenile Court’s Community Advisory Board is advertising for proposals up to $6,000 for youth cultural development opportunities. The deadline for receiving proposals is April 20. To obtain an application packet, contact County Supervisor Liz Archuleta’s office at 928-779-6578.

Volunteer orientation

The Arboretum at Flagstaff’will hold its annual volunteer orientation on April 21 and 28 from 9 a.m.-noon. Assistance is needed in the gardens, greenhouse and gift shop as well as during special events and educational programs. Contact Lyn Stevens at 928-774-1442 by April 19 to register for both training sessions. For more information visit www.thearb.org.

Healthy Gardener Fair

The Arboretum at Flagstaff will celebrate Arbor Day by hosting a Healthy Gardener Fair on April 24 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Visit information booths on horticultural therapy, prevention of sun damage to skin, backcounty safety, organic gardening, Tai Chi, Yoga and more. Beekeeper Dennis Arp will deliver a lecture on bees and wasps. The day will end with a demonstration on the best way to plant trees. For more information call 928-774-1442, or visit www.thearb.org.

Latin American studies

The Interamerican University Studies Institute will offer two programs in Latin America this summer for high school students. “Costa Rica ¡Pura Vida!” focuses on biology and includes Spanish immersion as well. “Artes en Mexico” provides an opportunity to work with professional Mexican arts teachers. Individual homestays, excursions and small group instruction are features of both. The programs are open to students between the ages of 15 and 17 who will have completed two years of high school Spanish by June. For more information, call IUSI at 800-345-4874 or visit their website at www.iusi.org.

Wool/mohair payments

Individuals can receive Loan Deficiency Payments (LDP) for 2004 Wool & Mohair. Producers must file form CCC-709 with the Farm Service Agency before shearing.

Those who shear before filing form CCC-709 with FSA, will not be eligible to receive LDP benefits.

After the form is completed and filed with FSA, producers can shear and sell their wool/mohair. Sales receipt must be submitted to county office as soon as possible.

Payments are issued based on the dates sold and the quantity sold.

Sales receipts must include date sold, seller’s name, type of commodity (wool and/or mohair), number of pounds sold, price per pound, buyer’s name (trading post) and signature of buyer.

A representative of FSA is taking applications for 2004 crop at local chapters. Schedules are as follows.

• April 20 – LeChee Chapter, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

• April 21 – Tonalea Chapter, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

• April 23 – Cameron Chapter, 10 a.m.– 2 p.m.

Applicants must have valid Grazing Permit

For more information, contact the Coconino-Mohave-Yavapai County FSA Office at 1585 S. Plaza Way, Suite 120 in Flagstaff, Arizona 86001-7156. Or call 928-774-2401.

Benefit Concert

The fourth annual Detroit Connection benefit concert to support band and music education programs in Flagstaff schools will be April 23 and 24 at the Coconino High School Auditorium. Doors will open each night at 6:30 p.m. and the concert starts at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are $25 and $15 for students. VIP tickets include the VIP reception on April 22 at the Forrest Highlands Country Club and one concert performance is $125. A group of talented professional rock, jazz and blues musicians will fly in from around the country once again to perform for Flagstaff audiences in order to raise funds in support of band and music education programs in local public schools. John Harden, the music director at Northland Preparatory Academy, and former performer with several well-known bands is spearheading the concert fund-raiser and is the leader of The Detroit Connection. The show will also showcase some very talented local students from public high schools.

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