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Around Williams: week of May 14
Williams-Grand Canyon News

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 Aug. 4 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.

Free community swim May 24

The first free community swim will take place May 24 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Williams Aquatic Center. The Friends of the Williams Aquatic Center have added a luau party that will include a barbecued pork lunch with all of the fixings. The event will also feature pool games for all ages and prizes. All community members are invited to the free luau and swim.

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.

Williams Women Networking group meetings in May

We are starting a new networking group and every lady in Williams is invited. This is a group that will meet on May 14 at 6 p.m. at the Italian Bistro. More information is available from Cosette at (928) 853-0395 or Connie at (928) 853-3752.

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

Lions Club looking for last minute changes to calendar

The Williams Lions Club is preparing to send the 2014-2015 to the printer. If you have any additions, corrections or deletions to the 47th issue of this Williams tradition, contact your favorite Lion and Calendar Chair Denis Kirkley at (928) 635-9366. New custormers are also welcome to have their family's birthdays and anniversairies listed. Calendars will be sold for $10 each and will be here in June.

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 first "Books and Boots" program will be May 21 from 9-11 a.m. at Kaibab Lake Campground. The book "Half Broke Horses" by Jeannette Walls will be discussed. The first hour will be the book discussion, with a one hour walk following at 10 a.m.

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.

Williams Little League looking for volunteers

It is that time of year again: boys and girls ages 4-16 are gearing up for Little League baseball and softball in Williams. The Williams Little League would like to express a very big thank you to all the businesses and individuals in the community that donated money and time to our program.

However, the Williams Little League is in search of more volunteers to keep the league successful, and give the best experience for our youth. Organizers are in search of scorekeepers, announcers, cook shack workers, and umpires. Little League is a lifetime memory for the children who participate, as many of the adults that have played before know.

Those who are unable to donate time are invited to come out and enjoy a ballgame on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturdays to cheer on these future big league stars.

Those interested in volunteering should contact PT Carter at (928) 699-4102, or John Romero at the Williams Police Department (928) 635-4461 and leave a message.

SAVE MTR golf tourney set for May 17

Save Meant to Rescue (SMTR) will put on the Balls for Dogs Golf Tournament on May 17 at Elephant Rocks Golf course at 9 a.m.

The two-man scramble is $75 per person, which includes lunch and all golf fees.

More information is available from Brandy White at (928) 635-2181 or Robynn at (928) 635-4726.

SAVE Meant to Rescue is also putting on a Casino Night at the Sultana Theater on June 13.

More information will be available at a later date.

All proceeds from both events will benefit the SMTR dog group.

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.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is looking for volunteers

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff (BBBSF) is looking for individuals that have a passion for community service. BBBSF needs adult volunteers to be Big Brothers and Big Sisters to elementary school children. More information is available from Christina Boyd at (928) 774-0649.

Moms group meets twice a month in Williams

A new moms group has started meeting for play dates the first and third week of the month in Williams. More information is available from Alison Smith at (928) 286-7617 or Rachel Anderson at (928) 707-1688.

Folklorico dancing open to community

Folklorico dance classes meet from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at the Williams Rodeo Barn. All community members are welcome to attend. More information is available from Armando Padilla at (928) 380-4637.

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