Quick Reads Feb. 1, 2006

Little League meeting in TC

There will be a Little League coaches meeting 7:30 p.m. today (Feb. 1) at the Local Governance Support Center behind Tuba City Dry Cleaning. All those who coach and desire to coach this upcoming year for the Tuba City/Moenkopi Little League should attend this meeting. For more information, call William Greeson Recreation Program Specialist at 928-283-2186.

Benefit Country Western dance

A Benefit Country Western Dance for Travis Yazzie will be held starting 9 p.m Feb. 3 at the Holbrook American Legion Post 37, 290 East Iowa, Holbrook. Dennis Yazzie and the Night Breeze Band will perform. Admission is $10 per person to benefit medical expenses of the family. Door prizes will include $30 gas card, free meal at Denny's, a night's stay at Motel 6. Travis Yazzie, the son of Betty Yazzie and Arnold Bain was diagnosed with a brain tumor called Medullablastoma (a type of brain tumor that occurs mainly in children). He underwent brain surgery in December and is receiving radiation treatment while recovering at the Ronald McDonald House in Phoenix. He will begin chemotherapy this month. For more information, call Dee-Dee Bob at 928-241-1303.

Camping trip

The Navajo Nation Department of Youth Boys Girls Club of Dine Nation in Tuba City is planning a camping trip to 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 bring their own fishing gear and tent. The deadline for application is Feb. 17. For more information, call 293-3021.

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.

Special election

The Navajo Election Administration will conduct a special election to fill a vacant seat on the Shonto Preparatory School Governing Board 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Feb. 7 at Inscription House and Kaibeto Chapter Houses. Also walk-in absentee voting is now in progress until Feb. 3 at all Navajo Election Administration offices in Tuba City, Window Rock, Crownpoint, N.M. and Shiprock N.M. For information, call 1-888-508-4980.

Navajo Earth Health Study

All Dine 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 DinZ. 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.

Hiking in Havasupai

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.

Driver safety seeks volunteers

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.

Teacher of the 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

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.

Bodaway/Gap events

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. 10. 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

Ten Star All Star B-ball camp

Applications are now being evaluated for Ten Star All Star Summer Basketball Camp. The camp for ages 10-19 is by invitation only. Players from 50 states and 18 foreign countries attended last year. College scholarships are possible for players selected to the All-American Team. Area camps will be held in Prescott, Thousand Oaks, Calif., Sterling, Colo., and Commerce, Texas. For a free brochure, call 704-373-0873.

NABI 2006 registration

The Native American Basketball Invitational or NABI 2006 will feature 64 teams of male and female Native American high school student-athletes from throughout the U.S. and Canada, who will compete for top honors while showcasing their talents. Tournament games kick-off on July 10-14 at gyms on reservations in the Phoenix area. The semi-finals and championship games will be held at U.S Airways Center, home of the Phoenix Suns & Phoenix Mercury, on July 15. Proceeds from the event will benefit the NABI Foundation, whose mission is to fund the educational needs of Native American college students. For information about NABI, the NABI Foundation, registration, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities contact 602-265-2770 or visit the official website of NABI at www.NABIHOOPS.com.

Teaching Stars 2006

The U.S. Department of Education again plans to honor outstanding classroom teachers through the American Stars of Teaching program. The Department's Teacher-to-Teacher Initiative is seeking nominations and information about teachers who are improving student achievement, using innovative strategies in the classroom, and making a difference in the lives of their students. Teachers across all grade levels and disciplines will be honored this fall as 2006 American Stars of Teaching. Parents, students, colleagues, school administrators and others can nominate an exemplary teacher who they believe has the qualities to be an American Star of Teaching. One teacher will be recognized from each state.

To learn more or nominate a teacher to become an American Star of Teaching, please visit the Teacher-to-Teacher Initiative Web site at: http://www.ed.gov/teachers/how/tools/initiative/index.html. All nominations must be completed by April 15.

Offices now open in TC

The Navajo Treatment Center for Children & Families and the Family Violence Prevention Program's new offices are located in Tuba City northeast of the chapter house, in a white modular building. The treatment center provides therapeutic services for children and families experiencing child sexual abuse trauma. The Family Violence Prevention & Services Act program provides services for domestic violence victims and community awareness prevention services. Office hours are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional more information regarding either program, call 928-283-3261 /3269 /3270 /3466 /3319.

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