4/20/2010 1:30:00 PM Around Williams: Week of April 21, 2010 Barbecue cookoff plans developing
Chuck Vaughn of Cactus Canyon Old Time Photo is working with the Williams Main Street Association to have a professional barbecue contest in Williams July 3-4. Pepsi and Fat Tire are presenting sponsors of this event.
Additional sponsors are necessary to make this happen since the bigger the prize pot, the more teams that will travel to Williams for the competition. The event will be a state championship and also a Triple Crown event where professional barbecue teams will earn points.
On July 4, an amateur cookoff featuring local talent will be held. Proceeds will benefit northern Arizona charities. Local charities are invited raise money through raffles.
The event is in the planning stages and volunteers, organizations and sponsors are needed. To find out more, call Vaughn at (928) 635-2395.
St. Joseph's serving dinner Friday
St. Joseph's Catholic Church is having a fundraising dinner 5-7 p.m. Friday at the church, 900 W. Grant Ave. The dinner will feature soup, bread and dessert. The cost is $7 per person and children age 12 and under eat for a donation only. Everyone is invited to attend.
Volunteers to be honored
Join the Williams Chamber Ambassadors at 4:30 p.m. Friday at the Kiddie Cottage Learning Center, 323 S. Fourth St. Owners Brittany Price and Tracy Wygal will celebrate with a red ribbon cutting.
Following the ribbon cutting, the Ambassadors will celebrate 5-7 p.m. at Doc Holliday's Steakhouse, 950 N. Grand Canyon Blvd. Owner Tom Kennelly is the evening's host. New chamber members will be welcomed. The Ambassadors will salute National Volunteer Week by honoring community volunteers and recognizing couples that volunteer. The 50/50 drawing will benefit the ambassadors.
Golden Eagle Distributors is sponsoring all mixers this year.
Community Rx forum Monday
A community Rx forum will be held 5:30-8 p.m. Monday in the Williams Elementary-Middle School auditorium, 601 N. Seventh St.
The forum will feature a community discussion on the prevention of prescription drug abuse, including updates on underage drinking in the community. Because of the sensitive nature of this topic, this event is appropriate for adults 18 years and older. Child care will be available (please RSVP). Food will be provided. The forum is presented by the Access and Tolerance Committee, a sub-group of the Williams Alliance.
To RSVP, call Anna at (928) 635-9645, ext. 417.
Grand Canyon Railway recognized for
Grand Canyon Railway (GCR) is featured in the May edition of Trains, a railroading magazine. The magazine headlines GCR as the "ultimate tourist line," and includes an extensive article explaining the company's efforts on going green. The article can be read online by visiting www.TrainsMag.com.
Patriotic items needed
Windows of Inspirations, Inc. and Williams Grand Canyon Masonic Lodge are planning a patriotic window to honor local residents who have served our country in the military. If you have any items including memorabilia or photos, which can be displayed, please contact Susan Tamulevich at (928) 814-9899 or Danny Harness at (928) 814-1279.
Lions Club accepting calendar additions
The Williams Lions Club is preparing to send the 2010-2011 Community Birthday Calendar to the printer. If you have any additions, corrections or deletions to the 43rd issue of this Williams tradition, contact your favorite Lion or calendar chair Denis Kirkley at (928) 635-9366. New customers are also welcome to have their family's birthdays and anniversaries listed. Calendars will be sold for $7 each.
Early childhood workshop offered
An early childhood workshop, "Transition from AzEIP to Preschool," will be held 5:30-7 p.m. May 4 at the Williams Elementary-Middle School, 601 N. Seventh St. Door prizes and refreshments will be offered.
To find out more or to register, contact Allison Meritt at (928) 289-5834 or e-mail Allison. Meritt@azed.gov.
AARP driving safety class set for May 25
An AARP driving safety class will be held 12:30-4:30 p.m. May 25 at city hall, 113 S. First St. For more information or to register, call (623) 696-8992.
Community garden planned
St. John's Episcopal-Lutheran Church and Junior Inspirations Inc. have joined together to start the first community garden in Williams. The teens have worked hard to design and plan the plot St. John's has made available.
In the next few weeks gardeners will be hauling rock and dirt to build raised beds for community use. Part of the garden has been reserved for the teens and will eventually showcase their artistry with flowers, vegetables and sculpture. Their aim is to repurpose materials available locally, hence the use of native rock, manure from the stables.
Approximately eight plots will be made available to the community. Gardeners are also asking for folks to donate that extra spade or hose that's been laying around the garage or a plant that you've had success with. Items needed include vegetables, herb seeds or plants, 75 feet of hose, a dual hose bib, shovels, rakes, hand trowel, wheel barrow, stucco mix, dirt, peat moss and vermiculite.
If you are interested in reserving a garden plot or have any of the items listed, please contact Karen Peters at St. John's 635-2275 or Sue Tamulevich at 814-9899.
Ducky Egg Swim Saturday
At 1:30 p.m. Saturday, there will be a Ducky Egg Swim race. All eggs will be released over the spillway. The first egg to the bridge near Dairy Queen will be the winner.
First place receives $100, second place is worth $50 and third place will receive $25. In addition, there will be many other prizes. Eggs can be purchased for $5 each or five for $20. Eggs will be on sale tomorrow at Safeway, Friday at the Visitor's Center and Saturday near the bridge by Dairy Queen.
The race is sponsored by the Friends of the Williams Aquatic Center. The money will be used to apply for non-profit status so that this organization can work towards reopening the Williams Aquatic Center.
Ash Fork Auxiliary offers Mother's Day brunch
The Ash Fork American Legion Auxiliary will hold a Mother's Day brunch potluck 11 a.m.-2 p.m. May 8. All women of the community and their children are invited. The theme is "A Mother's Apron Strings." Everyone is asked to wear an apron. There will be prizes for the prettiest and funniest aprons.
Three Sisters Pit open May 8
The Williams Volunteer Fire Department will open Three Sisters Pit for disposal of woody debris on May 8. The pit will be open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Three Sisters Pit is located a few miles north of Williams on Forest Road 124 (Country Club Road) then right on Forest Road 326.
Staffed by volunteer firefighters, the pit will be open on the second Saturday of every month. This community service is provided by the Kaibab National Forest in an effort to assist local residents in disposing of debris from defensible space projects.
Only natural woody debris will be accepted. Items not accepted are: garbage, dimension lumber and other building materials etc.
For further information, please contact Mike Schulte at (928) 607-6201.
Pageant seeks contestants
The Miss Williams Route 66 Pageant 2010 committee is seeking young ladies ages 14-19-years-old who might be interested in competing in this year's pageant that will be held on Aug. 14.
For more information and to get an application please contact Pimi P. Barrozo-Bennett at (928) 635-0273, ext. 203 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Camp Civitan needs volunteers
Volunteers are needed to prepare Camp Civitan for the season April 30-May 2. Check in begins anytime afternoon April 30.
Room and board will be provided in the dorms. RVs are welcome. Meals are included. To RSVP, call Beverly Whitlock at (602) 702-8975 or (602) 953-2944.
Free legal services for area seniors
Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG), Area Agency on Aging's Legal Advocacy for Seniors Program is at the Williams Senior Center on the third Friday of the month.
The legal program serves seniors 60 and older or those married to someone 60 and older who otherwise cannot obtain council. The legal program provides services in the areas of civil and administrative law, but no criminal law. Services include the preparation of legal documents such as wills, beneficiary deeds, quit claim deeds, powers of attorney, living wills/advance directives, special needs trusts, income only trusts and codicils. The legal program can assist with Social Security disputes, consumer complaints, and bill payment issues. There are no fees; this service is provided for donations only.
To schedule an appointment please call the Williams Senior Center at (928) 679-4780. If you have any questions please call Kelly O'Donnell at (928) 213-5246 or 1-877-521-3500 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Plant a garden
The second annual garden tour group encourages everyone to begin planning their summer gardens. No garden is too big, or too small to be entered in the contest for best garden of the summer. Garden tour enthusiasts vote for the most artistic, inventive and pleasing to the eye garden art through the growing of vegetables and flowers. This year there will be three opportunities to win a prize with more specific categories available. The garden tour will be held the first week in August. For more information, call Ginny Dean at 814-3419.