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5/27/2014 11:47:00 AM
Around Williams: week of May 28
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13th annual Fire Prevention Golf Tourney June 7

The 13th annual Fire Prevention Golf Tournament takes place June 7 at Elephant Rocks Golf Course.

The four man scramble tourney begins with a shotgun start at 12 p.m.

The cost per four-man team is $320 and individual players can enter for $80.

More information is available from Jeff Pettit at (928) 607-0869.

Williams public library summer reading program starts June 11

The summer reading program at the Williams Public Library is set to begin June 11 at 10 a.m. The library will have programs every Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. for kids of all ages.

This year's theme is "Fizz Boom Read" and will feature creative interactive programming presented by the library, the Kaibab National Forest and North Country HealthCare.

This is a six-week program and each session will last about an hour.

More information is available from Andrea or Sherry at (928) 635-2263.

Friends of Williams Aquatic Center golf tourney Sept. 13

The Friends of the Williams Aquatic Center's fifth annual golf tournament will take place on Sept. 13 at Elephant Rocks Golf Course. There will be an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. The format will be a two-man scramble, so organizers encourage golfers to find a partner and plan on playing.

Youth Football registration open now

Williams Youth Football registration for the 2014 football/cheer season is now open.

Tigers Football, ages 5-8 is $95, Bengals Football, ages 9-11 is $105 and Cheer Teams, ages 5-8 and 9-11 are $75.

Physicals must be completed after Jan. 1. Practice starts July 28 and the season ends Oct.-Nov. 2014.

Space is limited, so register early.

More information is available from Darcie Jensen at (928) 699-6267, Jennifer Carter at (928) 853-7646, Travis Grantham at (928) 890-7537 or Erica Ocampo at (707) 472-7396.

Registration packets are available at the Williams Elementary-Middle School office.

Community members accepting donations for Iannello family

Community members are accepting raffle donations and/or monetary contributions to help the Iannello family who lost their 4-year-old daughter Cora after a brief illness. Any donation would be greatly appreciated to help the family during this tragic time. Donations may be made in Cora's name at any National Bank of Arizona location. Raffle tickets are now on sale. More information about the raffle or making a donation is available from Kendra Edens at (928) 814-6999.

Greater Williams Community Fund to award $8,300

The Greater Williams Community Fund (GWCF) will award $8,300 to local service organizations on June 20 at 5 p.m. at South Rims Beer and Wine Garage. The event will also be a chamber mixer and the community is invited to attend.

The GWCF receives its funding from donations, planned charitable legacies and endowments. Each year the group can gift 5 percent of its income to service organizations for a specific project. This year service organizations requested $17,767. A group of local citizens evaluated the grants and determined the amount of money each group should receive.

Donating to the GWCF would allow for more money to be given to service organizations next year. Those interested can send donations to the Greater Williams Community Fund, P.O. Box 11, Williams, AZ 86046. Donations are tax deductible. More information is available from Kris Vasquez at (928) 863-2467.

New cancer support group

A new cancer support group will start meeting on the first Sunday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at the Williams Health Care Center, 301 S. Seventh St. The group is open to cancer survivors, the newly diagnosed, those in treatment, caregivers or anyone who would like to encourage people dealing with any form of the disease. More information is available from Dianne Pender at (928) 607-0471 or

Interpretive programs available to community

Beginning in May, the Public Lands Interpretive Association will present two programs a month for adults at one of the Kaibab National Forest campgrounds. Both programs will take place Wednesday mornings from 9 to 11 a.m.

On the first Wednesday of the month, participants will learn about plant and animal identification, scientific illustration and botanical art, and current opportunities to get involved with citizen science projects. On the third Wednesday of the month, community members can discuss a book on nature or history, with a walk following the discussion.

The programs will meet in the campground amphitheater. Attendees should bring water, and be prepared for all types of weather.

More information about the programs is available from Deb Noel at (928) 635-4707.

Shooting range open Saturdays

The Williams Sportsman's Club (WSC) will have the city shooting range open for members shooting and target practice Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. as staffing and weather allows. The club's website,, lists range closures, weekday openings, extended hours and special events. A Range Safety Officer (RSO) will be present to coordinate activities. Shooters should check in with the RSO upon arrival. Targets are available at the range for a small donation. Membership forms are available on the website. More information is available from Vicki Andros at (928) 635-1420.

R&R Horse Rescue Spring Ride and Barbecue May 31

The R&R Horse Rescue is putting on a spring ride and barbecue at Williams Feed and Pet located on 283 Garland Prairie Road on May 31. The ride begins at 10 a.m. and will last around four to five hours. A suggested donation for the ride is $50. The barbecue will be at 3 p.m. and will include ribs, beans, potato salad, macaroni salad and dessert. A suggested donation for the barbecue is $20. All donations for the ride and the barbecue will be accepted. Raffle prizes will also be available. More information about registering for the ride is available at the Williams Feed and Pet or call (928) 202-1452.

TOPS Chapter 0541 meetings on Thursdays

TOPS Chapter 0541 is now meeting on Thursdays.

Meetings take place at the First Baptist Church, 629 W. Grant Ave. at 9:30 a.m.

More information is available from Patty at (928) 699-2122.

Spring Clean Up Day Saturday

Williams Clean and Beautiful's Spring Clean Up Day has been rescheduled for May 31 after being snowed out on April 26. The event starts at 9 a.m. and will be a trash pickup day only. No activities will take place at the Rodeo Barn or Transfer Station. Volunteers should meet at the train display in Glassburn Park and bring a hat and gloves. Williams Clean and Beautiful will provide the trash bags. Volunteers should be on the lookout for Easter eggs hidden along the clean up route for the chance to win a cash prize.

At 11 a.m. a dedication ceremony will take place at the Railroad Exhibit and Interpretive Site. Attendees will recognize Al Richmond with the Arizona State Railroad Museum. Mayor John Moore will cut a red ribbon at the ceremony.

At noon, everyone is welcome to attend a barbecue with hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and sodas. More information is available from the Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce at (928) 635-0273 ext. 203.

New business ribbon cuttings today

The Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce will welcome two new businesses to the community and to the chamber with red ribbon cuttings today.

At 4:15 p.m., chamber officials will be on hand for a ribbon cutting at Boutique 66 Inc. at 238 W. Route 66. Owner Jill Johnston will greet attendees. Then at 4:30 p.m., chamber officials have organized a ribbon cutting at Allstate Insurance 4C Sons Agency at 116 S. First St. Representatives Craig and Alyson Fritsinger will greet attendees. Mayor John Moore will conduct the ribbon cuttings.

The public is welcome to attend. More information is available from the chamber at (928) 635-0273, ext. 203.

Greater Williams Community Fund seeks business support

Each year the Greater Williams Community Fund encourages local businesses to contribute a percentage (their choice) of their sales on June 14, Founder's Day; the day that Williams was founded.

The day and this contribution symbolizes how the community has grown and how community members take care of each other.

By donating to the Greater Williams Community Fund, businesses are helping make money available to local non-profits. This in turn helps all of the citizens of Williams and the surrounding areas.

This year the fund was able to grant $8,300 to local non-profits.

The money is 5 percent of the organization's total assets within the Arizona Community Foundation.

Members of the Greater Williams Community Fund will visit local businesses asking for support. Each business who participates will be given recognition with a supporter notice in their window prior to June 14.

Those wishing to participate, can call Kris Vasquez at (928) 863-2467.

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