Quickreads 12/10/08

Tuba City Behavioral Health Services offers A.A. meetings to public

The Tuba City Department of Behavioral Health Services (TCDBHS) will be offering Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings to the public just in time for the holidays. Meetings will be held every day (Monday through Friday) noon to 1 p.m. and every Wednesday evening from 5 to 8 p.m.

TCDBHS will also be sponsoring a Light for Life and balloon release event on Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. at the TCDBHS front lawn. The public is invited to come join in this event to remember and honor loved ones lost to drunk driving with Christmas lights and decorations to adorn our annual Christmas tree decoration and display. If there should be any questions, you may contact TCDBHS at (928) 283-3346.

Flagstaff 's greenhouse gas inventory public presentation

The city of Flagstaff is seeking public comment on mitigation strategies identified in the inventory to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Flagstaff community. A public presentation on the inventory results and mitigation strategies is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. at the East Flagstaff Community Library located at 3000 N. Fourth Street. Public comment is requested on the 28 mitigation strategies identified to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Flagstaff community.

The Flagstaff greenhouse gas inventory analyzes sources of Flagstaff's greenhouse gas emissions and identifies mitigation strategies to reduce them. The inventory provides several recommendations on mitigation strategies that could be utilized by the city of Flagstaff to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and achieve the goal of a 7 percent reduction below 1990 emissions levels by the year 2012; the voluntary goal set forth by Flagstaff City Council in the signing of the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. For more information about the public presentation, contact Nicole A. Woodman, Sustainability Manager at (928) 779-7685 ext. 3208 or e-mail nwoodman@ci.flagstaff.az.us. More information on the greenhouse gas inventory can be found at www.ci.flagstaff.gov/climate.

Public meetings to finalize Coconino County Parks System plan

Coconino County Parks and Recreation (CCPR) invites Coconino County citizens and parks and trails users to a public meeting that will determine how the County parks system will be organized, maintained and developed in the next decade. The last of three meetings is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. Board of Supervisors approval of the Parks and Recreation Organizational Master Plan. Meeting time is approximate. Please confirm at www.coconino.az.gov/boardofsupervisors/minutes_form.aspx. The meeting will be held at the County Administration Building at 219 E. Cherry Avenue in Flagstaff. For more information, call (928) 679-8027 or (928) 607-0219.

2009 UNITY powwow to be held April 10-11

The 2009 UNITY Powwow will be held April 10-11, 2009 in Page at the Navajo Village Heritage Center (1253 Coppermine Road). This is a contest powwow and all singers and dancers are invited. Sound system will be provided. Host staff includes: Northern host drum, Elk Soldier from Marty, S.D.; Southern host drum, Bad Medicine from Carnegie, Okla.; master of ceremonies, Tom Phillips; arena director, Rick Yazzie; head gourd dancer, Steve Toya Sr.; head lady dancer, Joanne Soldier; and head man dancer, Norman Largo. Special contests include: Men's Southern Straight, Solo Hand Drum Singing, Team Dance, Women's Backup Singing, 17yrs. and older Grass Dance, and a Junior and Teen Girls' Combined Jingle Dress Contest. All arts and crafts artisans are invited. Applications and fees are due by Feb. 27, 2009. Food vendors are by invitation only, no exceptions. Gourd Dancing begins Friday at 5 p.m. and Saturday at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Grand Entry starts on Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. All times are Mountain Standard Time. Contest points start during the Friday night session. Your support is appreciated and volunteers are welcome.

Contact Merle Begay for more information at (928) 640-3137, e-mail pageazunitypowwow@yahoo.com or visit the official UNITY Powwow Web site at www.myspace.com/pageazunitypowwow.

Dollie L. Yazzie Memorial Scholarships offered

The family of Dollie L. Yazzie has donated $2,000 to the Navajo Nation in the form of the "Dollie L. Yazzie Memorial Scholarship." Yazzie was an educator born in Canyon De Chelly into the Water's Edge People clan, for the Bitter Water People clan. She was a Phoenix Indian School graduate in 1954 and later became the first Native American woman to graduate from Arizona State University. She received both her bachelors and masters degrees.

Her teaching career began in 1958 at Tuba City Elementary School and ended in 2004 when she retired after a 20-year career with the Gallup Mckinley County School District. Before her passing, Yazzie also recorded songs for an album called, "Navajo Songs for Classroom Enrichment" for children and a recent album called "Dine' K' ehji Sin" which are Navajo songs from her childhood. Yazzie's family decided to donate all proceeds from sales of the albums toward a scholarship in her name. There are two scholarships available for college students with $1,000 each. For additional information, contact Daphne Etsitty by e-mail at daffodilctr@aol.com.

Native Scholars and Collaborators Projects

San Diego State University (SDSU)'s Native Scholars and Collaborators Projects support students in nationally accredited graduate programs in school psychology and school counseling. Project students study with others committed to becoming highly skilled professionals specializing in the issues of Native American children and youth. Scholars received tuition and fees, monthly stipends, book, and professional development allowances and participate in a weekly Native American graduate seminar, Project Institutes in Traditional Knowledge and Indigenous Learning. They also practice each semester in rural schools with Native American youth and families as well as in broader urban school-based venues with high cultural and ethnic diversity. Application review begins Jan. 15, 2009. You may contact either Carol Robinson-Zanartu at (619) 594-7725 or e-mail crobinsn@mail.sdsu.edu, or Shawn Deschenie, Project Assistant at sdeschi@yahoo.com to discuss the project or to ask for an application. The project website is located at edweb.sdsu.edu/csp/nacpprojects1/.

Free weekly alcohol and drug addiction recovery classes offered

Addiction Recovery Classes patterned after the 12 step Alcoholics Anonymous program are being offered weekly at chapels in five reservation communities. Locations, times and contact numbers are listed as follows: Chinle - 6:00 p.m. Thursdays, LDS Church. Call (928) 674-8179; Ganado - 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesdays, LDS Church. Call (928) 755-3999; St Michaels - 7 p.m. Tuesdays, LDS Church. Call (928) 871-4468; Kayenta - 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, LDS church. Call (928) 697-3804; Pinon - LDS church. Call Eagans at (928) 725-3253 for day/time.

The course is based upon Christian gospel principles and participation is confidential. There is no charge for the class, other than $3 for the workbook. The course qualifies for court-ordered classes. Adult family members and friends affected by alcohol and drug addictions are also invited to attend. No children please. Call Elder Wilcox at (928) 755-3999 for more information.

FMC Cancer Center offers Lunch 'N Learn support groups

The Cancer Center at Flagstaff Medical Center offers monthly Lunch 'N Learn support groups. The meetings are held on the last Saturday of each month from noon to 2:30 p.m. in the Cancer Center lobby. During the first hour a light lunch will be provided along with a speaker about a cancer-related topic. The remainder of the time is reserved for a support/discussion group. These groups are confidential, free and open to the public. Because cancer is a family disease, support groups offer families and friends an opportunity to share their feelings and ideas about the journey when a loved one has cancer. Sometimes just knowing others are having a similar experience can be both comforting and healing. For more information about the support groups, call (928) 773-2261. For more information about the Cancer Center at Flagstaff Medical Center, visit CancerCenteratFlagstaff.com.

Coconino County ITAC seeking new membership

The Coconino County Inter-Tribal Advisory Council (ITAC) is currently recruiting interested citizens to serve on the ITAC.

Established in 2001 by the Coconino County Board of Supervisors, the ITAC is an official liaison and communication link between Native American communities and Coconino County governmental agencies. It is composed of up to 15 members appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Members must reside in Coconino County and have an interest in and knowledge of issues and concerns of importance to Native Americans residing in Coconino County.

The ITAC reviews and makes recommendations to the Board of Supervisors concerning existing and proposed city, county, state, federal and tribal legislation affecting Native Americans. They also examine and assist in planning policies for employment, education, housing, health services, community services, the justice system, recreation and land development as they affect or relate to Native American tribal members. The ITAC also promotes cultural and historical activities and events related to Native Americans and recommends and reports findings from studies regarding the current needs of Native Americans to the Board of Supervisors. Additionally, they host community forums to educate the community about Native American issues and concerns.

The ITAC meets on the first Tuesday of each month in the Coconino County Administrative Center located at 219 East Cherry Ave. in downtown Flagstaff. The meeting will be in the second floor meeting room. Public participation is encouraged. Citizens who are interested in becoming a member of the ITAC are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications can be downloaded from the ITAC Web site at www.coconino.az.gov/itac. Completed applications should be submitted to: Coconino County Board Of Supervisors, 219 East Cherry Ave., Flagstaff, AZ 86001.

For more information about the ITAC, or if you should have questions regarding membership, call (928) 779-6644 or toll free (800) 559-9289, or e-mail Elaine Beyal at ebeyal@coconino.az.gov.

Foster grandparent and senior companion volunteers needed

The Senior Volunteer Programs of Northern Arizona's foster grandparent and senior companion programs need elders age 60 and older. By volunteering your time and talent to help children or visit homebound seniors, you can receive a stipend of $2.65/hr tax free, meal and mileage reimbursement, annual physical exam, secondary insurance and formal recognition for the important work you do.

Foster grandparent volunteers can volunteer 15-40 hours weekly to help children who need extra love and attention in a variety of settings including school classrooms, Head Start programs, and children's shelters.

Senior companion volunteers can volunteer 15-40 hours weekly to help homebound seniors who need a helping hand to stay independent. If you are interested in finding out more about the foster grandparent and senior companion programs, contact Mary Tenakhongva at (928) 734-1290 or toll free at 1-866-856-3017.

Navajo County to assist residents in obtaining birth certificates

The Navajo County 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 1950 to present for a $10 charge. The Health District may also be able to assist with other Arizona birth certificate issues. 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.

For more information contact Karen at (928) 524-4750.

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(c)(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.

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.

New Frontiers seeks five percent Wednesday candidates

On the third Wednesday of each month New Frontiers donates five percent of that day's sales to a Flagstaff non-profit 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 your group qualifies, call Priya Drews at (928) 774-5747.

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