Quick Reads: Week of Sept. 5, 2012

Early childcare providers eligible for REWARD$

Childcare center teachers, directors and family childcare home providers are eligible for a financial incentives program through First Things First (FTF) that acknowledges and rewards progressive education, educational attainment and continuous employment at a qualifying childcare facility. Award amounts range between $300 and $2,000.

Applications will be accepted through midnight on Oct. 31. To be eligible childcare providers must be at least 18 years of age; have a high school diploma or GED; currently work 30 hours per week with children ages birth through age 5; earn $20 per hour or less; have completed a minimum of six credit hours of college coursework in Early Childhood Education Special Education or Child Development with a grade of "C" or better; and have been employed a minimum of one year at their current location.

The applicant's childcare center or family care home must be in an eligible region (visit azftf.gov/regionalcouncils and be regulated by a federal, state or tribal authority; provide services to children, ages birth through 5 years; and be in good standing with regulatory agencies. There must be a demonstrated commitment to program quality through accreditation, a Quality First participating program, Quality First Wait List or have submitted an application to be rated on the Quality First Rating Scale. Other qualifications include being accredited by a national organization at a level that equals a 3-5 star rating in Quality First or currently awaiting selection for Quality First participation.

For more information about the Professional REWARD$ program, contact Ms. Claude Endfield, Early Childhood Program Chair at Northland Pioneer College, (800) 266-7845, ext. 7335 or email cendfield@npc.edu or Valley of the Sun United Way, (602) 240-6327, azftfrewards@vsuw.orgFarmers market open to all

St. Jude Food Bank in Tuba City is opening a farmers' market. The market will be open every Wednesday 5:30-7:30 p.m. through Oct. 10.

Local farmers are encouraged to sell crops at the market. There will also be cooking demonstrations, health screenings and several informational booths at the market as well. The event is sponsored by Johns Hopkins Institute. For more information, call (928) 283-6886.

Contestants wanted for 2012-2013 Miss Western Navajo Pageant

The 2012-2013 Miss Western Navajo Pageant is scheduled for Oct. 13 at Monument Valley High School in Monument Valley, Utah.

The pageant will begin at 9 a.m. with contestants' arrival and followed by personal interviews (closed to public). The frybread competition will be at 11 a.m. Lunch will be provided by the outgoing Miss Western Navajo 2011-2012 and family at noon. The talent competitions will begin at 2 p.m.

All interest contestants can pick up an application at the ToNanesDizi Chapter House in Tuba City, Ariz. Application deadline is Sept. 28 at 5 p.m. and a small orientation will be held the same day. For more information contact Ann Marie Salt at (928) 814-4778 or amsalt89@gmail.com.

Local charities to benefit from Route 66 Car Show

The Route 66 Car Club is having the Eighth Annual Charity Car Show Friday through Sunday in Wheeler Park in downtown Flagstaff. On Saturday 425 classic cars will be displayed in the downtown area. They will be competing for over 50 prizes.

There will be over 50 baskets raffled throughout the day with 100 percent of the proceeds going to local charities.

More than 50 baskets will be raffled throughout the day with 100 percent of the proceeds going to local charities. Raffle tickets are $1 each, six for $5 and 15 for $10. Numbers will be called every 30 minutes beginning at noon. You must be present to win.

There will also be a silent auction occurring Saturday in conjunction with the car show. To view these silent auction items come to the booth directly in front of city hall backing Wheeler Park. Auction items include memorabilia from Arizona sports teams, Native American items and northern Arizona surprises.

Upcoming council sessions

District II Council Session will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at Tuba City Chapter in Tuba City.

The Western Navajo Agency Council session begins at 9 a.m. Sept. 22 in Coalmine Canyon, Ariz.

Miss Navajo Fundraising Gala Friday

Miss Navajo Council, Inc. and Navajo Nation Division of Transportation proudly presents the 60th Anniversary Miss Navajo Nation Titleholders Fundraising Gala. The celebration begins at 6 p.m. on Friday at Senator John Pinto Conference Center, NNDOT Building No. 16, Old Coalmine Rd. in Tse Bonito, N.M. The event will be held during the Navajo Nation Fair.

Purchase your ticket and spend an evening with former Miss Navajo Nation titleholders from 1952-present as they celebrate 60 years. Seating is limited and tickets are $60 each.

For more information, contact Jennifer Jackson Wheeler at (480) 289-8546 or Geraldine Gamble at (928) 209-5993.

Farewell, Miss Indian AZ

A farewell celebration for Miss Indian Arizona 2011-2012 Jaymee Li Moore will be held 4-7 p.m. Saturday at the Blue Water Resort and Casino in Parker, Ariz. For more information contact mia12.farewell@gmail.com, Lynnette Stevens at (928) 916-0019, Hilary Laffoon at (480) 236-2281 or hilarylafoon@yahoo.com, or Tommy Barrackman at barrackman.thomas@yahoo.com.

Veterans' benefits outreach schedule

Veterans' benefits outreach is available free of charge. Veteran Benefit Counselor Peter Fava visits Page and Tuba City on a regular basis. His schedule follows -

• Page Community Center, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 7.

• Department of Economic Security in Page, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 3 and Dec. 5.

• Navajo Veteran's Office in Tuba City, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 8.

• Department of Economic Security in Tuba City, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 4 and Dec. 6. All times are Mountain Standard Time. For more information, call (928) 779-4166, ext. 2.

Country Market continues at Leppin Ranch

The Leppin Ranch in Winslow extends an invitation to all Navajo and Hopi people to come and enjoy upcoming events.

The Farmers Market continues 12-2 p.m. Saturday and Sept. 15, 22 and 29. Park your booth under a tree and sell to the many customers that come to enjoy the ranch. Fees are still $7 prior to Aug. 20. After that date, the fee is $15.

The Annual Fall Harvest Festival will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 6-7 at Leppin Ranch, 102 Papago Blvd., Winslow. Enjoy live pumpkin, melon and vegetable picking in addition to hayrides and food and beverages. Pet and paint Princess the Pony while enjoying entertainment and other exciting events. There is fun for everyone - young and old - so come and enjoy the new store, order ice cream, sandwiches and spend the day.

Vendors are welcome. For more information, call Paula Leppin at (928) 289-0577 or visit www.leppinranchevents.com.


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