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Around the Canyon, week of March 24, 2010

Odyssey of the mind fundraiser

Organizers for the Grand Canyon School Odyssey of the Mind program will hold a fundraiser tomorrow in the multi-purpose room at Grand Canyon School. The fundraiser will be held from 6-8 p.m. The fundraiser will feature $5 chili dogs and chili burgers. Proceeds go toward the Odyssey of the Mind program.

Odyssey of the mind performance

All four of Grand Canyon School's Odyssey of the Mind teams will put on a special perfomance in the multi-purpose room of Grand Canyon School April 8. The evening of entertainment will begin at 6 p.m. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children. Chili bread bowls will be available for $5. Dessert will be available for $1. All proceeds from the event go toward the Odyssey of the Mind program. The group is raising money to send the Odyssey of the Mind teams to an April 17 state competition.

Archeology Day Friday and Saturday

Vanishing Treasures Archeologist Ian Hough will present a special Archeology Day program Friday at the Shrine of Ages within the Grand Canyon National Park. Hough's program, "Extreme Cultural Landscapes: New Archeological Research in Grand Canyon," will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Shrine of Ages auditorium. On Saturday, park guide Jennifer Onufer will share her experiences on an archeology trip along the Colorado River. Called "A River of Change," Onufer's presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Shrine of Ages auditorium. A number of activities will also be held at the Visitor Center in honor of Archeology Day at the national park. Activities, including making clay pots, sculpting, and more, will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ballroom dancing at the rec center

Dance instructor Bonnie Shanks brings her dancing expertise to the Grand Canyon Recreation Center twice a month. Shanks will instruct slow waltz April 6 and rhumba April 20. Classes are held from 7-8 p.m. and are free. For more information, call the recreation center at (928) 638-3389.

Grand Canyon Lions Club meets twice a month

The Grand Canyon Lions Club, a non-profit community organization, meets on the first and third Wednesday of every month. The meetings are held in the conference room of the Canyon Plaza Resort in Tusayan. Meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. The Canyon Plaza Resort is located behind the IMAX® Theater on Highway 64. Anyone in the community is invited to attend.

Musical fun for the whole family

All children are musical! Music Togetherâ 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.

Spring semester classes run for 8 weeks, April 1 through May 20. Each semester features a new collection of songs and activities. This spring we will boogie to the TAMBOURINE Collection.

REGISTRATION FOR SPRING 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 638-2232.

Pollen Trail Dancers return

The popular Pollen Trail Dancers will return to the platform outside of the Hopi House, located on the South Rim adjacent to the El Tovar Hotel. The dancers will perform April 1-4, 8-11, 29-30, and in the month of May. Dates and times are subject to change.

Grand Canyon Alcoholics Anonymous meetings

Members of the Grand Canyon chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous meet three times weekly at the South Rim. The group meets Mondays. Wednesdays and Fridays in the Kachina Room of Kachina Lodge. Meetings for the group, which has been in existence at the Grand Canyon for 15 years, begin at 7 p.m.

Save those box tops and labels

Officials with Grand Canyon School are asking for the public's help in saving box tops for the Box Tops for Education program. School officials are also seeking Campbell's soup labels for Campbell's Labels for Education program. Both programs equate into money for the school. For more information on the program, contact Lori Rommel at Grand Canyon School at (928) 638-2461. Labels can be dropped off at the school office or delivered to Mrs, Rommel's room at the school.

Movies at the GC Rec Ceter

Free lemonade and popcorn are offered during the Grand Canyon Recreation Center's movie times. On Friday, the Rec Center will screen "New Moon" (R) beginning at 7 p.m. On Saturday, the Rec Center will screen "Princess and the Frog" beginning at 10 a.m. For more information, call the Rec Center at (928) 638-3389.

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.

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.

Traditional Japanese Sword Class

Falling Leaf Dojo offers a traditional Japanese Sword class on Thursdays at the Grand Canyon. Learn discipline of the mind and body while wielding the Samurai Katana of the Japanese warrior class. Classes meet from 7-8 p.m. at the rec center for ages 16-years and older. Registration is $30 for the introductory class. Call Luis Garcia at (928) 606-6142 or e-mail him at for more information. Discount rates are offered for families.

Register for 9-1-1

The 9-1-1 Public Safety Dispatch Center urges residents in the Grand Canyon area to register their telephone numbers and addresses. Registered information is confidential and will only be used to pinpoint a 9-1-1 call in the event the caller is unable to speak. The 9-1-1 system currently leaves out crucial information for dispatchers in the event of an emergency, such as medical information and addresses. New residents, or those who are changing addresses, are encourage to call the 9-1-1 Public Safety Dispatch Center at (928) 638-7805.

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