Around Williams: Week of April 4, 2012

Rodeo needs sponsors, vendors

Billy and Terri Beeson are proud to bring a rodeo to Williams during Memorial Day Weekend. The Route 66 Rough Stock Stampede will bring more than two hours of non-stop rodeo action featuring bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, ranch saddle bronc riding and last, but not least, heart stopping bull riding May 26-27 at the Williams Rodeo Grounds. A fan favorite kids rodeo kicks off both days at 2 pm. with the main event starting at 5 p.m.

A limited amount of sponsorships are still available at different levels, from $300-$4,000. Benefits vary per sponsorship level. Some vendor spots remain and non-profit agencies focusing primarily on youth are more than welcome to assist with various tasks. Sponsors include Farm Bureau Insurance, Mike Cowen, Pioneer Title, Cruiser's, Grand Canyon Brewing Co., Sultana, Pepsi, DeBerge Saddlery, Western Outfitters and Coors.

Vendors, potential sponsors and interested non-profits can contact Terri Beeson at (928) 635-8825 for more information.

VFW meets April 12

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) will meet 6-7 p.m. April 12 at the Williams Senior Center, 850 W. Grant Ave.

Please bring a copy of your DD214. If you do not have one, VFW can assist you in obtaining one. If you are a U.S. citizen and served in a conflict zone, Korea, 30 days consecutive or 60 days non-consecutive, or an area where you received hostile, fire/ imminent danger pay, then you are eligible to join. Spouses are also invited.

For more information contact George Reagor at (928) 600-5995 or Harry Hart at (928) 503-2133.

Free transportation for cancer patients

The American Cancer Society is offering free round-trip transportation to Flagstaff Medical Cancer Center for any patient that needs a ride to treatment.

Any cancer patient in need of transportation to treatment or anyone that wants to volunteer should call (928) 214-2800, ext. 12231.

Big Brothers Big Sisters needs you

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff (BBBSF) is looking for businesses that have a passion for community service. Is your business interested in partnering with BBBSF to serve the community of Williams through its School Based Mentoring Program? BBBSF needs adult volunteers to be Big Brothers and Big Sisters to elementary school children and with area businesses behind this concept, employees will be inspired to be a part of this great program. To find out how your business can help, contact Christina Boyd at (928) 774-0649.

New TOPS Chapter in town

There is a new Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Chapter forming in Williams. TOPS meets at 9:30 a.m. each Wednesday at First Baptist Church, 629 W. Grant Ave. For more information, call (928) 635-9328.

Free tax preparation Saturday

AARP and United Way of Northern Arizona are working side-by-side this year to create broader access to their free income tax preparation programs.

AARP Volunteer Tax Preparers are trained to the most advanced level and are able to prepare a wider variety of tax returns. Some restrictions still apply. AARP does not limit eligibility for this free service by income or age.

Tax preparers will be available 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4:30-8 p.m. April 7 at the Williams Senior Center, 850 W. Grant Ave.

Please bring the following:

• Original Social Security or ITIN cards for all household members.

• Proof of income, including all W2s and 1099 forms.

• Name, address and tax identification number of child care providers.

• Amount of money paid to child care providers last year.

• Account and routing numbers for direct deposit.

• Copy of last year's tax return.

• If filing jointly, both adults must be present to sign the return.

For more information call Eileen Sherlock, AARP coordinator at 607-0427 or Max Bishop at 679-7485.

Preschool screening Monday

Williams Public Schools will be screening preschool children between the ages of 3 to 5 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. on Monday at the Williams Elementary-Middle School (WEMS), 601 N. Seventh St.

The purpose of the preschool screening is to identify children with special needs. Any preschooler who is having difficulty in the areas of vision, speech, language, coordination, movement, or learning are recommended for screening. Children showing significant problems in the above mentioned areas on the screening would then be recommended for further evaluation by the district special education staff. Those children identified as having handicapping conditions would then be eligible to receive special education services/therapy, tuition-free, through the district developmental preschool program located at WEMS.

If you have any questions regarding your preschooler's development or the district preschool program, please contact Mrs. Dukeman at 635-4428, ext. 316 to schedule an appointment for the Child Find screening to be held on Monday, April 9, 2012 for kindergarten and preschool.

Register for kindergarten Monday

Kindergarten registration and screening for those attending the 2012-2013 school year is scheduled from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Monday at Williams Elementary-Middle School, 601 N. Seventh St. Please call Mrs. Dukeman at 635-4428, ext. 316 to schedule an appointment.

Please bring a certified copy of your child's birth certificate and immunization records at the time of the scheduled appointment. A child must be age 5 by Aug. 31, 2012 in order to be considered for kindergarten placement during the 2012-2013 academic year.

Ladies Auxiliary meets tomorrow

The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit 13 meets tomorrow at 6 p.m. at the Legion Hall, 425 W. Grant Ave. Officer nominations will be discussed. All members are encouraged to attend.

Kinder Moveup at Heritage April 13

Heritage Elementary School is hosting Kinder Moveup, an enrollment and meet/greet event. The event will be held 3-5 p.m. April 13. Heritage Elementary is located at 790 E. Rodeo Rd.

Parents will have an opportunity to meet teachers, tour the school and gather information about the curriculum. The event is geared towards kindergarten enrollment. Parents should bring birth certificates and immunization records if they are interested in enrolling.

To find out more, call Heritage at (928) 635-3998.

Golf tournament benefits youth football

The First Annual Williams Youth Football/Cheer Golf Tournament begins at 9 a.m. April 29 at Elephant Rocks Golf Course. Contact Jose Zabala for more details at (928) 600-7821.

Community calendar will be printed soon

The Williams Lions Club is preparing to send the 2012-2013 Community Birthday Calendar to the printer. If you have any additions, corrections or deletions to the 45th issue of this Williams tradition, contact your favorite Lion or calendar Chair Denis Kirkley at 635-9366. New customers are also welcome to have their family's birthdays and anniversaries listed. Calendars will be sold for $7 each and will be here in June.

The carnival is coming

The carnival is coming to Williams. It's springtime fun for the whole family. There will be bumper cars, the Zipper, the Sizzler, the Himalaya, a Kiddie land for the tots, and much, much more. Enjoy popcorn, cotton candy, hot dogs, and other fair favorites.

The carnival will be located at Glassburn Park starting April 19-20 at 5 p.m., April 21 at 12 p.m. and April 22 at 1 p.m. Pick up an unlimited all day rides pass for $18, starting April 12, at The Williams Recreation Center at (928) 635-1496 or the Williams Visitors Center at (800) 863-0546. Visit www.ExperienceWilliams.com for information on other events.

Bake sale Saturday

The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit 13 is hosting a bake sale 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Legion Hall, 425 W. Grant Ave. Proceeds will benefit disabled veterans.

Easter Sunrise Service Sunday

The Community Easter Sunrise Service begins at 6 a.m. April 8 at Young Life's Elk Horn Dining Hall. Everyone is welcome.

Art walks in Williams

The Gallery in Williams is starting an art walk in Williams and local businesses are encouraged to participate. The art walks will start on June 9 and end on Oct. 13.

Participating business would be required to open 6-9 p.m. each second Saturday and to provide light refreshments.

Those interested should call The Gallery at (928) 635-3006.

Relay for Life Kick Off Party tomorrow

The Relay for Life of Williams Kick Off Party begins at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at JD's Espresso, 219 E. Route 66. Find out more about Relay and how to start a team, join a team, become a sponsor or invite a cancer survivor. This year's Relay will be held on July 21.

For more information contact Leah Payne at (928(310-4989, email run4payne@yahoo.com or visit williamsrelay.com.

Tax Relief Spaghetti Dinner April 13

The Kiwanis Club of Williams will serve their Annual Tax Relief Spaghetti Dinner at 5 p.m. on April 13 at Community United Methodist Church, 127 W. Sherman Ave.

Enjoy homemade spaghetti sauce and pasta, salad, garlic bread and tea or coffee for just $5. There will be a silent auction for some great gifts.

Proceeds will be used for scholarships for the Kiwanis Scholarship Fund to be used for graduating high school students at Williams High School.

Do you want to own a home?

Do you want to own your own home? If the answer is yes, then you must attend a Williams Habitat for Humanity Family Selection Orientation Meeting. The meeting begins at 1 p.m. April 15 at the Williams Senior Center, 850 W. Grant Ave.

Applications will be available only at the orientation meeting. Families are selected based on housing need, ability to pay and willingness to partner with Williams Area Habitat for Humanity. Applications will be accepted from households earning below 60 percent of the median Williams income. Households earning between 20 and 60 percent will be the primary focus group for this program.

Come to this orientation meeting to see if your family may qualify to be considered for a Williams Habitat for Humanity home. Williams Habitat is a faith-based organization bringing all faiths together to work in partnership with those in need building decent homes in decent neighborhoods.

For more information, call (928) 635-4393. The meeting location will not accept phone calls about this orientation.

It is not too early to enter the parade

The Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce invites one and all to the 2012 Memorial Day Parade on Route 66 celebrating Veterans. The theme of the parade this year is "Fighting for a Cause." Attendees can expect to see an assortment of entries all representing a cause worth fighting for.

The parade kicks off at 10 a.m. May 26 at the corner of Ninth Street and Route 66 ending at Pine Street. Show your support for veterans and the community.

If you are interested in participating in the parade, please contact Carollan Zanot at the Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce by calling (928) 635-4061 or visit www.williamschamber.com for more information.

Volunteers needed for egg hunt

Volunteers are needed to assist with the annual Easter egg hunt. The event is scheduled 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 7 at the Williams Recreation Center, 301 W. Railroad Ave.

Community members are needed to set up, organize games, food, prizes and cleanup. The event is organized by Guy Mikkelsen of the Williams Food Bank and city of Williams Recreation Department. If you can help, email Rose Newbold at rnewbold@williamsaz.gov.

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