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Around the Canyon, week of November 4, 2009

Fundraiser for local Grand Canyon resident

Officials at the Grand Canyon Recreation Center will host a fundraiser for local Grand Canyon survivor Deb Gardner Saturday from 2-8 p.m. Fundraising will include a chili cookoff, a cake baking contest, raffles, live music and more. Cost to enter the chili cookoff and cake baking contest is $10. Prizes will be awarded to the winners. Cost to participate and vote in the contests is $5. Raffle tickets are $1 per ticket or six tickets for $5. For more information on the fundraiser, contact Amy Wightman at (928) 638-1988.

Advocacy training Nov. 19

School board members, parents, community leaders, administrators, teachers, students and more are invited to attend advocacy training in Flagstaff Nov. 19. The training is being provided by the Arizona School Board Association. Anyone with an interest in public schools and students is welcomed to attend.

The advocacy training will be held as a workshop designed to help the public acquire the information, skills and techniques needed to effectively engage legislators on K-12 issues and to build a community coalition geared to support education.

The workshop will last two hours and will be held at the Ponderosa High School, located on Steves Boulevard in Flagstaff. For more information, call Chuck Wahler at (928) 638-7835 or Sharyl Allen at (928) 638-2465 ext. 454.

Grand Canyon Chamber Board seeking nominees

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - The Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce Executive Board is seeking nominees for four seats on the board. Nominees must be received by Nov. 15. The election by mail only will be held in December.

The Chamber's Executive Board consists of nine members. Terms of office are two years, and an election is held annually to elect a portion of the board, according to Executive Director Craig Andresen.

Nominees must represent a Grand Canyon or Tusayan business. The business must be a full-fledged member of the chamber in good standing and only one person per business is allowed to serve on the board at one time. Nominees must include a short biography of the potential candidate. All candidates must confirm they are willing and able to serve on the board and must sign a statement of willingness to serve. Statements are available at the chamber's office across the street from the Imax, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Musical fun for the whole family

All children are musical. Music Together's classes are tons of fun and can help your child develop to his/her full musical potential. Children age birth through five and their parents/caregivers experience songs, instrument play, and movement activities in a relaxed, playful setting with no performance pressure. Participants also receive a songbook, parent guide booklet, semi-annual newsletter, and two professionally recorded CDs for more family fun at home.

Winter semester classes run for eight weeks, Jan. 14 through March 4. Each semester features a new collection of songs and activities. This winter we will boogie to the Drum Collection.

Registration for winter semester is now in progress. Save money and secure your family's spot in class by registering early. Scholarships are available for those who can't afford tuition. Want to see what a class is like? Call now to reserve your space in a free class. To register or get more information, call SuZan Pearce at (928) 638-2232.

Pick up after your dog

Officials with Grand Canyon School wish to remind dog owners to pick up after their dogs when walking through school grounds. Dog droppings can present a serious health risk to children playing in school grounds.

Yoga classes and more at Grand Canyon Rec Center

The Grand Canyon Rec Center offers a number of great activities for residents of the Grand Canyon and Tusayan, including Yoga classes and more. Tuesday night flow classes are offered from 5:45-7 p.m. and cost anywhere from $10 for a drop in class to $50 for an eight class package. Beginning Yoga with Jennifer is offered Wednesdays from 5:45-7 p.m. A night class is offered for donations on Sundays beginning at 5 p.m. A kids' Yoga workshop is offered on select Fridays. Contact the rec center for more details. Other rec center classes include free Falun Dance classes each Sunday from 6-7:30 p.m., Zumba from 6-7 p.m., line dancing beginning at 6 p.m. and tap dance and ballet. The rec center can be contacted at (928) 638-3389 for more information.

Entertainment at Bright Angel

A number of great tunes will be on hand for those who visit the Bright Angel Lodge in early November. Musician Sal Valdivia will perform at the lounge nightly through Saturday from 6-10 p.m. Anyone who wishes to attend must be 21-years-old or older.

Movies at the GC Rec Center

Free lemonade and popcorn are offered during the Grand Canyon Recreation Center's movie times. On Friday, the Rec Center will screen "The Taking of Pelham 1, 2, 3" (PG-13) beginning at 7 p.m. "The Ugly Truth" (R) will screen Nov. 13 beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday matinees will be resume Nov. 14.

For more information call the Rec Center at (928) 638-3389.

KLC looking for board member

Now is an exciting time to join the board of directors for Kaibab Learning Center (KLC), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The center has received a Quality First Grant from First things First and will allow the center to begin the strategic planning process to determine what KLC will look like five years from now. Interested individuals can gain experience to add to their resume and help a great community organization. For more information, visit their Web site at Anyone interested in serving on the board for KLC, send a letter of interest to Sandi Pulli Champman at

Veterinarian visit Nov. 17

Dr. Fred Bush, from the Flagstaff Animal Hospital, will visit the Grand Canyon Kennels Nov. 17 from 12:30-2 p.m. Call (928) 779-4565 for more information or to make an appointment for your pet during Bush's visit. Walk-ins at the kennel are also welcome.

Open gym basketball

Open gym basketball will be held each Sunday at the Grand Canyon School from 7-9 p.m. Individuals who wish to participate must be over 16-years-old and wear non-marking athletic shoes. For the program to continue, officials advise that all rules of the Grand Canyon Recreation Center and the Grand Canyon School be followed at all times.

Seeking historic Tusayan photographs

Historic photographs from Tusayan are being sought for a new Images of America book planned for the community. Family photos, business photos and more are being sought for the historical non-fiction project to detail the rich history of the area. For more information, call (928) 607-3679 or e-mail

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