5/4/2010 1:28:00 PM Around Williams: Week of
May 5, 2010 Friends of the Aquatic Center update
Friends of the Aquatic Center have applied for their own 501c(3) and are submitting all the necessary information to apply for Pepsi's $50,000 challenge.
Two important meetings are coming up this month. On Monday there will be a board meeting and May 17 a public meeting. All meetings are at 6:30 p.m. at the Williams Recreation Center, 301 W. Railroad Ave.
At the Williams Alliance meeting last week it was noted that students felt the city of Williams needed more activities for youth. Friends of the Aquatic Center members believe opening the pool will definitely help give youth added activity, lessons, job training (lifeguards) and more.
Community garden plots available
Anyone interested in using one of the garden plots behind St. John's Church, please contact Karen Peters or Kris Vasquez at (928) 863-2467.
Health and safety fairs May 15, 21
The Coconino County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) and Williams Police Department (WPD) are hosting health safety fairs 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Maine Consolidated School, 10 Spring Valley Rd. and Williams Elementary-Middle School (WEMS), 601 N. Seventh St. The WEMS fair will be held May 15 and the Maine event will be held May 21.
The whole family is invited to attend these free events featuring tips and activities focusing on health and safety. Visit with Smokey the Bear and view K-9 demonstrations. Enjoy free refreshments and door prizes.
Door prizes and other donations are welcome. To donate or to find out more, contact WPD Safety Officer Sarah MacRae at (928) 635-4461 or CCSO Deputy Antonio Tararan at (928) 679-8735.
Diabetes support returns tomorrow
The Williams Diabetes Support Group will resume meetings at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Williams Senior Center, 850 W. Grant Ave.
Speaker Rose Marie Rincon will discuss the top five ways to take control of diabetes. The interactive meeting is free to all that want to know more about diabetes.
For more information, call Rincon at (928) 635-4897.
Ash Fork Auxiliary offers Mother's Day brunch Saturday
The Ash Fork American Legion Auxiliary will hold a Mother's Day brunch potluck 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday. 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.
Put food in your mailbox Saturday
Officials at the Williams Post Office remind everyone that on Saturday, a food drive will be held. Mail carriers will pick up non-perishable food items from mailboxes throughout the day. All food will remain in Williams and will be distributed by the Williams Food Bank. Studio 9 is having a raffle featuring a basket of products worth $200. A portion of the proceeds will be given to the food bank. The drawing is May 9.
Three Sisters Pit open Saturday
The Williams Volunteer Fire Department will open Three Sisters Pit for disposal of woody debris on Saturday. 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.
Annual dinner-auction returns May 16
The Fifth Annual Williams Young Life Steak Dinner and Auction returns May 16 at Lost Canyon, 1450 Perkinsville Rd. The event begins at 5 p.m.
Enjoy a delicious steak dinner and support local high school and middle school students as they prepare for summer camp. The evening includes dinner, a silent auction and live auction. Learn more about Young Life, Wyld Life and the outreach program for youth in Williams. All proceeds go directly toward helping youth go to summer camp.
High school students will be serving and working extra hard for tips, so please bring extra cash. The cost is $7.50 for adults, children 12 and under eat for $4 and children under age 3 eat free. Tickets are on sale at American Flyer, 326 W. Route 66 or Christmas Tree Gallery, 402 E. Route 66 or at the door.
For more information, visit www.williams.younglife.org or call Jen Tiffan at (928) 600-0262.
Run for the Wall in town May 19
The American Legion Cordova Post No. 13 will be hosting Run for the Wall on May 19. Approximately 550 veterans from all wars and their supporters will be here. Most of them will be on motorcycles.
Their mission is to create support for accountability for American prisoners of war and missing in action from all wars, and to help those injured by war to heal. This 10-day cross-country journey will include ceremonies with veterans and civic organizations.
The American Legion will be hosting a barbecue for them. They are seeking donations for food and supplies to help with this important day.
For more information and how to help, contact Don Buffington at (928) 607-5676 or George Rojas at (209) 915-0733.
Barbecue cookoff set for July 3-4
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 cook off 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.
Driving class 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.
Defensive driving class May 21-22
The Williams Rotary Club is preparing for the upcoming second annual teen defensive driving class. The class is open to all teens with or without a driver's permit or license. The class will be held May 21-22 at the Williams Airport. To donate, or for more information, call Dennis Wells at (928) 607-2766.
Tacky mixer today
The Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors invite all to join them for a ribbon cutting at 4 p.m. today at Footework Auto License and Title Service, 820 W. Route 66. Owner Ken Foote will be welcomed as a chamber business member.
The Ambassadors will then travel to the Williams Airport, where Todd Boyle of Mountain Goat Air Tours will treat all to a Cinco de Mayo mixer. Mountain Goat will be offering 10-minute air tours for a $10 donation. To make reservations for this special mixer flight, call Boyle at (928) 600-2491. Proceeds from the air tours will be donated to the Williams High School's graduation celebration.
Fajitas will be served. Everyone is also encouraged to bring their tackiest piece of luggage to the mixer. The person with the tackiest piece of luggage will win a flight for two to Las Vegas courtesy of Mountain Goat Air Tours.
On May 14 the Ambassadors will host a ribbon cutting and mixer in Valle at HappyHappyJoyJoy. Owner Sally Wilson will be on hand to welcome all 5-7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. The 50/50 drawing will benefit the Ambassadors.
Mother-daughter banquet Saturday
The Community United Methodist Church invites all ladies in town to an annual celebration of motherhood at 6 p.m. Saturday in the church hall, corner of Second and Sherman.
The theme this year is "Bountiful Baskets," a tribute to this wonderful container used by one and all, from past to present and how it has affected the lives of women. The program will include a presentation by a professional basket maker. Some special mother will be recognized as the newest mom in attendance. Men of the church will serve the ladies and do the dishes.
The cost is $7 for adults, $3.50 for younger ladies and under age 2 are free. For more information, call Patty Williams at (928) 635-0194.