Around Williams: week of Dec. 14

Williams Friends and Family Day Dec. 17

Friends and Family Day takes place Dec. 17 from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Our Mountain Home Gallery, 428 W. Route 66, Williams,

Hors d’oeuvres and drinks and special sales exclusive for Dec. 17 only. More information is available by calling (419) 825-5745.

Williams Advent Concert Dec. 18

The Williams Advent concerts will complete the series with “Joy to the World” featuring local Williams’ musicians. The concert begins at 4 p.m. Dec. 18 and there is no charge.

Holiday trash schedule

Williams transfer station will be closed Dec. 24. Commercial account pick up Dec. 24, no commerical pick up Dec. 25. Regular schedule Dec. 26. Dec. 31 transfer station will close at noon. Commercial pickups will be done Jan. 1, regular schedule Jan. 2.

Williams Middle School Drama Performance Dec.14

Williams Middle School students will be performing their winter drama performance at 6p.m. at the Parenteau Auditorium Dec. 14.

St. John’s Episcopal-Lutheran Advent concert series Dec. 20

St. John’s Church is having a concert series the four Sundays before Christmas. The concerts will be Nov. 27, Dec. 3, Dec. 13 and Dec. 20 and take place in the sanctuary of the church and begin at 4 p.m.

Bearizona’s Wild Wonderland Dec. 2 - Dec. 31

Get in the spirit of the Christmas season and enjoy the magic of Bearizona at night during Wild Wonderland. This event takes place after normal operating hours in the Fort Bearizona walk through portion of the park.

Guests will enjoy the lights and sounds of the season while strolling through the beautifully lit pine trees that are synchronized to traditional Christmas music. This festive light show occurs every half hour.

Wild Wonderland takes place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights starting Nov. 29 through Dec. 13. Beginning Dec. 14, the event will run nightly through Dec. 28, but is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas.

Community Christmas Nativity Pageant Dec. 23

The first annual Community Christmas Nativity Pageant is Dec. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Babbitt-Poulson Community Stage. Anyone interested in participating can contact Kerry-Lynn Moede at (602)818-6559.

Polar Express

Experience the magic of Grand Canyon Railway’s Polar Express. Visit the North Pole where Santa Claus and his reindeer are waiting with a present for each boy and girl. Visit www.thetrain.com for reservations.

Food Drive

The Williams Food Bank is accepting donations for the holiday season. They need canned vegetables, holiday trimmings, toiletries, diapers, laundry detergent and other nonperishable goods. Donations can be taken to the Food Bank at 200 S. Ninth St. More information is available from Guy Mikkelsen at (928) 635-2913.

SAVE-MTR teams up with Amazon Smile to help animals in need

Amazon Smile is a simple and automatic way for people to support their favorite charitable organization every time they shop, at no cost to the person. Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to SAVE-MTR if you go to Amazon Smile and follow directions on how to create the account. When asked to choose your charity type, type in SAVE-MTR and you will automatically be directed to the site.

Children needed for Community Christmas Nativity Pageant

Organizers are searching for angels and shepherds for the the Community Christmas Nativity Pageant to be held Dec. 23 at 6:30pm.

The project will only involve one rehearsal to learn two songs. There will be one costume making party, and a final dress rehearsal. Sign-up is required. More information can be found by calling Kerry-Lynn Moede at 602-818-6559 or JDMoede@aol.com

Host families sought for international students

Open your heart and your home to begin your international adventure today! An informational meeting will be held Nov. 17 from 6 to 7 pm at Café 326 in the lounge.

Becoming a host family in Arizona begins with contacting CETUSA manager Sharon Peters by emailing Sharon@cetusa.org or by calling 928-530-6547. The local coordinator for Coconino County is Deb Fleishman 928-853-2345. CETUSA works with families with children, couples, empty nesters, or single households. All interested families must complete a screening process and then will be able to select a CETUSA student to join their family.

Community Christmas Nativity Pageant Dec. 23

Organizational meetings are taking place for the first annual Community Christmas Nativity Pageant Dec. 23. The group is seeking musicians, kids for angels, shepards, choir members, and set builders. They also need people for lighting, sound, food and drinks. There is something for everyone to do. All churches, schools, clubs, neighbors and people of all ages are invited to participate. More information is available by contacting Kerry-Lynn Moede or Cosy Riggs at (602)-818-6559.

Monday and Thursday Night football at American Legion

The American Legion Cordova Post 13, located at 425 W. Grant Ave., will host Monday and Thursday night football viewing. There will be different food selections and drink specials each night. Donations gladly accepted and greatly appreciated. More information is available by contacting Mark at (928) 542-6873.

VFW Auxiliary Raffle

The Williams VFW Auxiliary Post 12128 will be hosting its annual raffle from now through Dec. 7. Prizes include a Kitchenaid stand mixer and a collection of linens. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20 and are available from any VFW Auxiliary member. More information about purchasing tickets is available by calling (928) 225-0931 or (760) 703-1297.

Big Buck contest

A Big Buck contest and raffle is open to all units south of Grand Canyon. The hunter to score the widest buck (outside to outside) will win a PSE Brute Force Bow with a full package. The contest ends January 31, 2017 and the drawing for a Ruger American rifle in 22-25 caliber takes place Feb. 1 at the Outdoor Store located at the corner of West Route 66 and Fourth Street.

Open Gym Thursdays 8th grade and under

Williams School District and the City of Williams are hosting open gym nights for kids up through eighth grade every Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Williams Elementary Middle School. Baskettball, volleyball, dodgeball, jumprope and hoola hoop are available.

“The Shed” skate park is open

The Williams Rec Center skatepark is open Tuesday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. More information can be found by calling (928) 635-1496.

Monthly prayer breakfast

The Women of Wiliams are meeting the last Friday of every month for a prayer breakfast. This month the meeting will take place Nov. 25 at 9 a.m. at the Wild West Junction, 321 E. Route 66, Williams. All women are invited to pray with the group. More information is available from Jo Remender at (928) 202-1454 Or Liz Minor at (928) 266-5128.

Men’s prayer time

A men’s prayer time is scheduled every Thursday morning at 7 a.m. at Hope for the World, 117 W. Route 66, Suite 125, Williams. This is open to all men in the community. More information is available by contacting Aaron Silverstein at (928) 225-1323.

High School and Adult Basketball open gym

The Williams Rec Center and Williams School District are hosting an adult open gym from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m at Williams Elementary Middle School. More infor at (928) 635-6784.

Teen Time at the Rec

The city of Williams is hosting a new porgram for teens. Every Thursday through Saturday from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

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