Quick Reads for 12/5/2007

Fourth World Gathering: Honoring the Past, Knowing the Present, Respecting the Future Conference

The Office of Diné Culture, Language and Community Services and the San Juan School District of Utah are co-sponsoring a major educational conference that will address bilingual education, Native language preservation, native histories and governments and parental involvement using cultural philosophies. Navajo, Jicarilla, Mescalero, White Mountain Apache, Ute, Paiute, Zuni, Acoma, Laguna and Hopi presenters have been invited. The Dec. 6-7 conference will be held at The Inn in Gallup, N.M. and is open, but not limited to community members, educators, policy makers, curriculum directors and tribal council members. Native dance groups will be featured during the conference. For more information please call Barbara Morgan at (928) 871-7661 or visit www.odclc.navajo.org.

Attention: Stolen Saddles

Three trophy saddles and one barrel racing champion saddle dated 1994 with additional gear belonging to Diné College students who are Inter Collegiate Rodeo participants were stolen Tuesday, Nov. 27, from the Diné College, Tsaile Campus. Bits and bridles were also stolen. If you have information about these stolen saddles please call the Diné College Police Department at (928) 724-6808.

Benefit Song and Dance

The Navajo Nation Swingers will host a benefit song and dance in honor of Dee Yellowhorse Saturday, Dec. 8, in the Tuba City Junior High School cafeteria. Grand entry will begin at 12 noon, and the event will last through the evening. For more information call (928) 606-6363.

Announcers, announcements sought

KGHR Radio Station in Tuba City is seeking Navajo speakers to make local and community announcements in the Navajo language on the air. Speakers of any age group are needed including youth and elderly. KGHR is also seeking local and community announcements to be aired on the radio to inform and educate the local communities and listeners. Topics should be of an informative and educational nature. Navajo Nation, state, county and chapter service providers, health care facilities, schools and businesses are asked to submit input and announcements to inform local Navajo communities about events taking place. For further information, to volunteer or submit community announcements contact the Greyhills Academy High School Human Resources Office at P.O. Box 160, Tuba City, AZ, 86045; by phone at (928) 283- 6271 ext. 196 or 112; by fax at (928) 283-6604; or by email at kghr@gahs.bia.edu.

'Power Struggles' parenting workshop

The Coconino Coalition for Children and Youth will present the free workshop "Power Struggles: how to effectively handle and prevent power struggles" from 6-8 p.m., Jan. 22, at the Family Resource Center, 1806 E. Route 66 in Flagstaff.

International Network for Children and Families certified parenting instructor Paola San Martin will discuss ways to understand why children misbehave; learning to recognize and disengage from a power struggle and what to do to lessen them in the future; resolving conflict without power struggles; 11 ways to get out of a power struggle; and temper tantrum prevention. Registration is required for this free event and space is limited. Childcare and snacks will be provided. For more information or to reserve a space call (928) 774-1103.

Coconino Rural Environment Corps now hiring for 2008 season

Based in Flagstaff, the Coconino Rural Environment Corps is a conservation corps program for young adults who want to make a difference in their world. Projects can include trail work, wirlfire prevention and forest restoration, wildlife habitat restoration, native species revegetation, invasive species eradication, wetlands area restoration and GPS surveys. Corps members must be age 18-25 to be eligible. A living stipend of $580 every two weeks is paid and an educational award is also presented at the end of the term. $2,462 for 900 hours is given and $4,725 for 1,700 hours is provided. Great training opportunities to further personal and professional goals are offered including enhanced understanding of the environment and environmental issues, as well as access to federal land management agencies and staff. Applications are now being accepted fro 6-12 month terms beginning January 2008. Spaces are limited, so apply now. For more information call Monique at (928) 679-8173 or visit www.crecweb.org.

Eighth Annual Native American Fine Art Show and Sale

The Eighth Annual Native American Fine Art Show and Sale will be held at the Tuba City Junior High School cafeteria in Tuba City Dec. 14-15. The opening reception will be from 6-10 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14. The show and sale will be will be from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15. Paintings, jewelry, carvings, sculpture, pottery, weavings and more will be featured. For more information contact Keith Smith at (928) 283-4905 or Baje Whitethorne at (928) 853-1854.

Free 'Tourism on Navajoland' workshop

The Chinle Regional Business Development Office (RBDO) will sponsor a free workshop entitled Tourism on Navajoland from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 13, in Canon de Chelly. Register at the RBDO office as soon as possible for the one-day workshop for tour operators and those involved with tourism on Navajoland. Learn about tour guides, successful tour operations and tourism business planning and tour businesses. Registration is limited to 50 participants. To register or for more information call Anslem Harvey between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday - Friday, at (928) 674-2243.

Dineh Couture fashion

Michelle Silver, originally from Ganado, and creator of Dineh Couture fashion designs will showcase her designs and fashion show to the public in the SAC auditorium in Kayenta from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7. For more information call (928) 697-2181.

Kaibeto Cardinal Classic 2007

The Kaibeto Cardinal Classic 2007 will be held Nov. 30-Dec. 1 in Kaibeto for varsity girls and boys teams. The entry fee is $120 per team for both girls and boys. Award will be awarded for each division as well as to the two most valuable players. The first eight teams to register will be accepted. For more information contact Bessie Bryant at (928) 673-3840.

Kaibeto Meth Awareness Day

The Kaibeto Department of Behavioral Health Services (KBHS) is sponsoring Kaibeto Meth Awareness Day from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Kaibeto DBHS office building. Information concerning methamphetamines will be presented throughout the day by Gary Davis. Special diabetes will provide glucose screening, blood pressure checks and exercise activities. Social services and other community resources will have booths with informational materials and incentives. Community resources are welcome to call and reserve a space at the event. Call (928) 673-3267 to register or for more information.

Silent Art Auction to benefit Native American teaching scholarships

A Silent Art Auction to support scholarships for Native American students pursuing teaching degrees will be held from 1 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6, and from1 to 10:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7. It will be held in the University of New Mexico (UNM) Student Union Building (Main campus/Albuquerque), in Ball Rooms A and B. There are numerous students at the UNM main campus and branch campuses who are in need of scholarships to continue their education both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Silent Art Auction is co-sponsored by the UNM Kiva Club and the Institute for American Indian Education. The auction will be held in conjunction with the Native Beats Music Festival. If you would like to donate art or for more information, call (505) 277-0577 or JayCee Beyale at (505) 277-7236.

2008 Arizona Indian Festival plans underway

The American Indian Tourism Association is proud to present the 2008 Arizona Indian Festival, a three-day event from Jan. 18 - 20, at Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix. The festival is an official event of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee Super Celebration Series. The events are scheduled from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. each day. Visitors will be able to walk through replicas of traditional villages and dwellings, observe both traditional and contemporary performances and listen to storytelling. There will be numerous artisans selling and showcasing a variety of authentic basketry, paintings, jewelry, carvings, sculptures, pottery and more. And of course, there will be an array of traditional food available. In addition, there will be an economies tent where visitors can learn more about the various enterprises located on Arizona reservations and visit corporate partners who support American Indian tribes and businesses. Please mark your calendars and join the planning and festivities! For more information, visit the official website: azindiantourism.com. For questions, contact our events agency, Red Note, Inc. at (602) 254-1952. A planning meeting will be held Friday, Dec. 15, from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. This meeting will consist of the 4th quarter AAITA meeting immediately followed by the AIF planning meeting at the Anthony B. Shelde building, Gila River Indian Community; 5718 W. North Loop Road in Chandler. If you are able to join the meeting, please respond so plans for the appropriate number of lunches can be made. Please respond to: contact@rednoteinc.com or (602) 254-1952. The Arizona Indian Festival is a community event, and members from the community to volunteer their time and resources are needed to help make this a wonderful experience for all. Please help spread the word and plan on attending an upcoming volunteer meeting. Please RSVP volunteer attendance and participation at contact@rednoteinc.com or by calling (602) 254-1952. A volunteer meeting will be held Thursday, Jan. 3 at 6 p.m., at the Red Note, Inc. Office - MonOrchid Building, 214 E. Roosevelt Street in Phoenix; and a mandatory meeting will be held Saturday, Jan. 12, at 9 a.m., at the Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix. Meeting schedules subject to change. Visit www.azindiantourism.com or call (602) 254-1952 for schedule confirmation. There are still some great sponsorship opportunities for exposure and promotion of all tribes, enterprise/businesses and services. Contact Red Note, Inc. at (602) 254-1952 to receive a sponsorship packet and discuss the various options! Applications for artisan booths are currently being accepted. To receive an application, contact (602) 254-1952. Food vendor applications are currently being distributed. You may request an application by emailing contact@rednoteinc.com or calling (602) 254-1952. Deadline for food vendor applications is Wednesday, Dec. 12.

Moral Courage Award nominees sought

Northern Arizona University's (NAU) Martin-Springer Institute, which applies the lessons of the Holocaust to promote moral courage, altruism and tolerance, calls for nominees for its 2008 Moral Courage Awards. If you know someone who has who has righted a wrong; stood up for social justice, took a stand for the right thing; or advocated for others in the face of opposition, then nominate them for the 2008 Martin-Springer Moral courage Awards. Deadline for nominations is Dec. 15. Categories include university students, K-12 teachers and students, and community members. Individuals chosen as demonstrating moral courage will be honored on April 3 at an award ceremony located on NAU's Mountain Campus. Winners will receive prizes and certificates. Nomination forms are available online at www4.nau.edu/msi/msi/MCAnominationform07.htm. Entries can be sent to Melissa.Cohen@nau.edu or to the Martin-Springer Institute, Box 5624,

Flagstaff, AZ, 86011. For information contact Melissa Cohen at (928) 523-2464 or Melissa.Cohen@nau.edu.

Tuba City High School announces early dismissals

Early dismissal for Tuba City High School students will be Dec. 21. Tuba City High School will have half-day schedules as follows.

7:50 a.m.-1st Warning Bell

7:55 a.m.-2nd Warning Bell

8:00 - 8:45 a.m.- First Period

8:49 - 9:45 a.m.-Second Period

9:49 - 10:45 a.m.-Third Period

10:49 -11:45 a.m.-Fourth Period

11:45 a.m. -12:15 p.m. -Lunch

Buses will arrive at 12:15 p.m.

InnSuites Flagstaff and Grand Canyon Hotel Holiday Food Drive

This winter InnSuites Flagstaff/Grand Canyon is joining with the Northern Arizona Food Bank in a non-profit organization fundraiser event to generate food for regional residents during the winter holidays. Donations of a non-perishable food item will earn guests a ten percent discount on their stay at the InnSuites located at 1008 E. Route 66 in Flagstaff. The special will be in effect now through Jan. 1. All donations can be dropped off at InnSuites Flagstaff/Grand Canyon lobby. For more information contact Kim Harris, sales coordinator, at (928) 774-7356 or by e-mail at kharris@innsuites.com.

Coconino County to implement Emergency Notification System

At their regular meeting on Nov. 6, the Coconino County Board of Supervisors approved the acquisition of a countywide Emergency Notification System (ENS) that will provide real time emergency notification to residents during times of local emergencies and disasters. Often referred to as "reverse 911," the system will provide rapid telephone notification to specific communities, neighborhoods or to citizens countywide. The service chosen by Coconino County is "City Watch," which is part of Avtex, Inc. City Watch provides the ability for public safety leaders to create, target and send an alert or non-alert message to literally thousands of destinations simultaneously. It is a full-feature, outbound and inbound notification system and service that enables emergency managers to quickly, accurately and automatically send emergency and informational messages to literally thousands of contacts, via phone.

"The ability to inform our community residents to take protective action during emergencies is critical in saving lives," said Sherrie Collins, Coconino County Emergency manager. Whether the need is to evacuate a neighborhood or shelter in place, public safety officials need to reach a multitude of people quickly. As seen recently in the wake of the Southern California fires, these systems help evacuate thousands of residents quickly when minutes can make a difference.

"With this powerful tool, we will now be able to notify residents of an impending evacuation for wildland fire, a missing child report or a hazardous material spill, to name a few," said Collins. "We can target one street, a subdivision or an entire community with a mapping feature that will allow us to geo-locate target groups. With this new system, and our existing emergency alert system (EAS) and weather radio alerts, we will have multiple notification systems to reach citizens through a variety of media forms." In addition, City Watch will provide internal notification and alerts to emergency responder teams to allow them to quickly deploy when needed. Fire and rescue groups can now be notified via phone, email, PDA, Blackberry or pager. This will help reduce call-back time and eliminate telephone trees and other slower forms of notification. County officials anticipate the system to be fully functional by the spring of 2008. At that time, a community outreach program will be implemented to help educate citizens throughout the County on how the notification system works. As always, the message to the community in terms of family preparedness is as follows:

· Have a plan: a written family emergency plan to evacuate your home during emergencies;

· Be ready: have a Go Bag and remember, have the "Five Ps"....important Papers, Prescriptions, Photos, Pets and Personal Computers) ready to leave.

· Stay informed: listen for public safety officials to give you instructions on what to do and where to go.

· Volunteer: get trained to help your community by becoming a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member, a Neighborhood Watch member, American Red Cross volunteer, or Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) member.

For more information, call Coconino County Emergency manager Sherrie Collins at (928) 526-2735; toll-free (800) 790-1990.

Little League ADEQ grants to promote recycling

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) Director Steve Owens announced that ADEQ is again providing recycling grants to Arizona little leagues to promote recycling and prevent littering at baseball fields across the state. Under the Little League Recycling and Litter Control Project, ADEQ provides funding to Little League organizations throughout Arizona for banners promoting recycling to be displayed at their ball fields and for recycling containers to be placed at the fields. ADEQ first established the Little League Recycling and Litter Control Project for the 2004 Little League season. This year, ADEQ is making a total of $15,000 available to Little Leagues interested in participating in the recycling project. "The program is now in its fifth year and has been a grand slam," said Owens. "The more kids know about recycling, the more they want to recycle. This program helps our kids, helps the Little Leagues, and most importantly, helps the environment." Little leagues interested in applying for grant funding from ADEQ should contact Laura Newman at (602) 771-4459 or toll free at (800) 234-5677, ext. 771-4459, or by e-mail to newman.laura@azdeq.gov. The deadline for applications is Feb. 15. Program forms and the required application, as well as further information, are available on ADEQ's Web site at http://www.azdeq.gov/environ/waste/littleleague.html.

Navajo County to assist residents in obtaining birth certificates

The Navajo Public Health Services District can assist area residents with Arizona birth certificates. The Health District can provide to eligible parents, Arizona birth certificates for children born between 1990 to present for a $10 charge. The Health District may also be able to assist with other Arizona birth certificate issues. The Navajo County Public Health Vital Records Office is open from 8:30 a.m.-12 noon and 1 - 4 p.m., Mondays and Fridays, and is located at 117 E. Buffalo St., Holbrook, AZ, 86025. The Health District can only process birth certificates from the Holbrook office. In order to further assist area residents, the Vital Records office travels to other locations. If the Health District is able to process the birth certificate, it is mailed to residents from the Holbrook office. Complete Arizona birth certificates from 1990 to the present can be obtained. "As is" Arizona birth certificates from 1950-1989 can be issued, but cannot be used to apply for a passport. For more information contact Karen at (928) 524-4750 or visit www.co.navajo.az.us.

AARP Tax-Aide offers volunteer opportunities

AARP Tax-Aide is the largest free, volunteer-run tax counseling and preparation service in the country. Each year from Feb. 1 - April 15, AARP Tax-Aide volunteers prepare federal and state tax returns for middle and low-income taxpayers with special attention given to people 60 and older. Right now, Tax-Aide representatives in Arizona are recruiting volunteers for tax counseling and/or leadership positions with the program. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome. Membership in AARP is not required to get involved in the program.

"Volunteers with Tax-Aide get a lot of satisfaction from helping people prepare their taxes," said Diane Pearson, AARP Tax-Aide State Coordinator. "We need people with good computer skills to help out with electronic filing and we need people with basic computer skills who will be taught how to use our computer tax program." AARP Tax-Aide tax volunteers receive comprehensive training in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service. Leadership positions coordinate program delivery by volunteers at sites at the local, state or regional level or manage specific program activities such as technology, training, administration or communication. Although tax training and certification is encouraged, it is not required for many leadership positions. Volunteers are reimbursed on a limited basis for qualified program-related expenses. For more information about becoming a local AARP Tax-Aide volunteer, call toll-free 1-888-OUR-AARP (1-888-687-2277) or visit our web site at www.aarp.org/taxaide. AARP Tax-Aide is administered through the AARP Foundation in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated 501 (c) (3) nonpartisan charitable organization. The AARP Foundation administers publicly and privately funded programs, such as AARP Tax-Aide and the AARP Senior Community Service Employment Program. The Foundation also carries out national litigation through AARP Foundation Litigation, and the Washington, DC based advocacy programs funded through Legal Counsel for the Elderly. These programs also receive support from AARP.

New contemporary art grant program for Native visual and expressive arts announced

The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian is accepting applications for its Visual and Expressive Arts Grants program designed to support the wide-ranging creative activities of Native American artists. The goal of the program is to increase the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of contemporary Native American arts. Funding opportunities are for the Visual Arts and Expressive Arts, and the application deadline is Jan. 15, 2008.

The Visual Arts Program will fund exhibitions, installations, publications and critical writing that interpret and present the work of contemporary Native visual artists to the public and encourage dialogue and critical commentary. The amount of each award will range from $7,500 to $15,000 per project. The criteria for selection will be based on the artistic and programmatic merit of the project, the ability to reach a diverse audience and the nature and extent of interpretation. Nonprofit or education-based organizations are encouraged to apply.

The Expressive Arts Program will fund the creation and presentation of new works (or existing but never-performed works) by Native artists, with particular emphasis on collaboration. Artists may create presentations that include music, dance, spoken word, electronic media, film and video, costume design, mask making, set design, performance art, photography, painting and other forms of expression. Selected artists will receive grants of up to $10,000. The scope of the projects and their overall merit, as well as the number of applicants, will determine the size of the grant awards. Awards will be announced March 15, 2008. Grants are effective from May 1, 2008 through April 30, 2009. This program is made possible with the generous support from the Ford Foundation's IllumiNation grant program. For additional information and to download an application, visit www.AmericanIndian.si.edu.

2007 Christmas Benefit Powwow 2007

The 2007 Christmas Benefit Powwow 2007 to benefit the Murrow Indian Children's Home in Mukogee, Okla. will be held from 1 -11 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Elm Casino Event Center,

951 W. 36th Street North in Tulsa. Admission is $2 or a donated item from the following list: laundry products, towels; twin sheets, toys for ages up 16, billfolds, cologne or aftershave for boys; purses or earrings for girls, bath products for boys and girls, hand held games, winter hats, gloves, art supplies - canvas, water colors, brushes, colored pencils, crayons or cash donations.

Emcee will be Rogan Noble; the host drum will be Redland Singers; Head Man will be Thorpe Sine; Head Lady has yet to be announced; Head Gourd Dancer will be Adam Proctor

For more information visit www.tulsapowwow.org; call Robert Anquoe at (918) 671-2417; or e-mail: tici@tulsapowwow.org. For arts and crafts information contact Sammy Haynes at sjhaynes@valornet.com or (918) 494-0344. For fundraising information contact Dorcas Williams at sitsonhill@sbcglobal.net or (918) 437-5115.

Bright Smiles Program at TCRHCC

The Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation is now offering Dental services to families with Infants. Each child must be less than five months old in order to participate and born before Aug. 31, 2007. This program will stop taking patients in December and parents are compensated for their time. For more information, contact the Bright Smiles Program at (928) 283-2003/2005 or stop by the TCRHCC Dental Department.

Holbrook High School class reunion

The Holbrook High School Class of 1974 announces their class reunion set for 2009 in Holbrook. Roadrunners, heads up! If you have any questions, you may e-mail jean_benally@msn.com or muunshado@yahoo.com, or call L.C. Baldwin at (505) 863-7687 (work) or (505) 979-4509 (cell), or mail your question(s) to P.O. Box 3752, Gallup, N.M. 87305.

Black Mesa Trust Seeks New Membership

The Black Mesa Trust is currently seeking new membership for the Black Mesa Trust Organization. According to Vernon Masyesva, Executive Director, the Mission of Black Mesa Trust is "to safeguard, preserve and honor the land, air, and water of Black Mesa. Black Mesa Trust is about harnessing the lessons of traditional knowledge with western science and technology to secure permanently our homeland for generations of children yet to come."

Black Mesa Trust is a 501©(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are tax deductable. You may join Black Mesa Trust in the following membership categories: $1 Pavatya-Tadpole, $10 Paakwa-Frog, $25 Baaqavi-Reed, $50 Paawiya-Duck, $100 Tangaqwunu-Rainbow, $250 Paahutaviyva-Spring Keeper, $500 Yoytaviyta-Rainkeeper, and $1,000 Paahutunatyawtaqa-Water Guardian.

Please send your name, address, phone number or e-mail and tribal affiliation. Send your check or money order to: Black Mesa Trust, P.O. Box 33, Kykotsmovi, Arizona 86039. For more information, go to www.BMT.org or call (928) 734-9255.

Firewood Permits Available

Firewood permits are now available at Coconino National Forest offices. The cost of a permit is $5 per cord with a minimum purchase of $20 for four cords and a maximum purchase of 10 cords per individual or household. These permits allow for the following: Any dead wood lying on the ground can be removed; dead standing pine or fir can be cut that is less than 12 inches in diameter or less than 15 feet tall; dead standing pinyon and juniper can be cut regardless of size, unless there is obvious use by wildlife; standing dead aspen can be cut only from June 1 to Sept. 30; no cutting of any standing oak due to its value for wildlife.

A free use permit may be obtained for the removal of dead and down wood only from specified areas of the forest and up to five cords of wood may be gathered with this permit. A map is provided with each permit.

Firewood season is open through Dec. 16 on the Coconino National Forest. Permits are available at the following locations, open Monday through Friday unless otherwise indicated: Peaks Ranger Station, Flagstaff, (928) 526-0866; Mormon Lake Ranger Station, Flagstaff, (928) 774-1147; Mogollon Rim Ranger Station, Blue Ridge, (928) 477-2255; Coconino National Forest Supervisor's Office, (928) 527-3600; Red Rock Ranger Station, Beaver Creek, (928) 282-4119; South Gateway Visitor Center at Tequa Plaza, Village of Oak Creek, (928) 282-4119, open seven days/week; Verde Ranger Station, Camp Verde, (928) 567-4121. Information is also at www.coconinoforest.us.

Wheels of love

Do you know someone who has been deprived of their ability to walk due to illness or disease? Wheels of Love helps seniors who suffer from respiratory disorders, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, or has a mobility limitation making it difficult to propel a standard wheelchair to receive a powerchair or scooter paid for by Medicare. For eligibility information call (866) 631-3028.

Coconino County volunteer opportunities

Do you ever feel disconnected with the community? Would you like to make a positive difference in someone's life? Join the team at Coconino County Community Services and volunteer your time to help our citizens who may be in need of some help. Volunteers are currently being recruited to help homebound seniors or disabled adults in a variety of ways including friendly phone calls, visits, shopping, transportation assistance and yard maintenance. There are also many other volunteer opportunities available through the county. Call Sharon Tewksbury-Bloom at (928) 522-7913 or e-mail stewksbury-bloom@coconino.az.gov to be matched with a service position in you community today!

Mountain Spinners and Weavers Guild meeting

All interested individuals are invited to the monthly Mountain Spinners and Weavers Guild meeting, which is held at 9 a.m., on the third Saturday of each month at the American Lutheran Church, 1085 Scott Dr. in Prescott. For more information contact Rowena Tank at (928) 899-3574.

Honoring the Gift of Heart Health

Heart Disease prevention classes are being offered by the Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation Health Promotion / Disease Prevention Program. Classes will be held twice a week from 6 - 8 p.m. For more information or to register, call (928) 283-1433 or (928) 283-2404.

Free supplies for non-profits

The National Association for the Exchange of Industrial Resources is now offering free school and office supplies, clothing, building materials, holiday decoration, personal care items, books and games to schools, churches and other non-profit organizations. By becoming a NAEIR member, your organization has the opportunity to receive an average of $18,000 worth of these new, donated supplies each year. Members can request free supplies from a 200-plus page catalog, monthly fliers and the NAEIR Website. For a free membership information kit call 1 (800) 562-0955 or email member@naeir.org.

Free wheelchairs

The Senior Wheels USA Program makes available power wheelchairs to Senior Citizens and permanently disabled persons at no cost to qualifying recipients. Power wheel chairs are provided to those who can no longer walk or self-propel a manual wheelchair and who meet the additional guidelines of the program. No deposit is necessary. Call toll free 1 (800) 246-6010 for more information.

GED distance learning opportunity

Coconino Community College offers free online GED preparation program. Individuals who want to study for a GED but can't attend class regularly, can use GED Online to study and take practice tests anywhere they can access the Internet. In Flagstaff and surrounding areas, call Coconino Community College Adult Education at (928) 226-4317. This program is free to all and is funded by the Arizona Department of Education.

Support for nonprofits

On the third Wednesday of each month New Frontiers donates five percent of that day's sales to a Flagstaff nonprofit group that provides for critical human needs such as food, shelter, emergency health care or a safe haven. In the past, monies have also been donated to reading programs, community cleanup campaigns, children's groups, causes and programs that improve the quality of life in Flagstaff. To find out if a group qualifies for the five percent program at New Frontiers, phone Priya Drews at (928) 774-5747 for an application.

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