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Around Williams: Week of Nov. 2, 2011
Vendors needed for arts and crafts fair Dec. 3

An arts and crafts fair will be held 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 3 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 900 W. Grant Ave. The cost to rent a table is $15. To reserve a table, call Helen Gorney at 635-4387.

Art classes offered at the Gallery

The Gallery in Williams is offering low-cost art classes to adults and children starting this month. Classes include pencil drawing, watercolor and oil painting, wood clock construction and holiday flower arranging. Come by or contact the Gallery for a schedule, registration form and supplies list. The Gallery in Williams is located at 309 W. Route 66. For more information, call 635-3006.

Scholarship fundraiser Nov. 19

Junior Inspirations is having its Third Annual Scholarship Fundraising Dinner and Poetry Contest at 6 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Masonic Lodge, corner of Route 66 and Third Street. Youth will be cooking and serving dinner. Enjoy soup in bread bowls with your choice of tomato, potato cheese or chicken gnocchi. Tickets are available at the door. The cost to attend is $10.

VFW meets Nov. 10

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) will meet 6-7 p.m. on Nov. 10 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 Riojas (209) 915-0733.

ESA needs addresses

Christmas is just around the corner and ESA is once again seeking addresses for the local servicemen and women. Packing the boxes is planned for Nov. 29, so addresses are needed prior to that date.

ESA members know that service personnel are transferred all the time, so please call even if the address has not changed.

To assure your service person is included, contact Dorothy Miller at 635-4330 or Vicki Andros at 635-1420.

SAVE meets today

SAVE-Meant to Rescue is having their monthly meeting at 5:15 p.m. today at Denny's lounge, 2550 W. Route 66. SAVE volunteers continue to raise funds for an animal holding facility in Williams. The group relies on donations and more volunteers are always needed and welcome.

Mix it up at the food bank Friday

Get ready for November's Ambassador Networking Mixer, which will be held 5-7 p.m. Friday at the Williams Food Bank, 200 S. Ninth St.

Kick off the holiday season with hosts Guy and Angie Mikkelsen of the food bank. Please bring non-perishable food items that will go to the Annual Food Drive and Holiday Food Boxes that will be handed out to local families this holiday season. The 50/50 benefit will go to the Williams Food Bank.

Thanks to Grand Canyon Brewery for sponsoring all the Ambassador Mixers in 2011. Ambassador mixers and red ribbon cuttings are open to all. Bring your business cards, flyers, brochures and come network with fellow businessmen and women.

For more information on mixers contact the chamber at (928) 635-0273, ext. 203.

Holiday sanitation schedule

The city of Williams' sanitation routes will change next week due to Veterans Day. South side recycle will be picked on Nov. 10. The transfer station will be closed Nov. 11 and will be open Saturday. Business pickup will not be affected.

Cataract Lake topic of meeting Friday

Coconino County Parks and Recreation (CCPR) invites residents of the city of Williams to attend a public meeting hosted by the city of William Parks and Recreation Commission at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Williams City Hall, 113 S. First St. The commission will discuss recommendations to the city council regarding the Cataract Lake County Park Master Plan.

"This is the second public hearing on the plans to re-develop Cataract Lake County park located in Williams. County staff and consultants will be in attendance to review design changes as a result of the public input to date," said CCPR Director Judy Weiss.

Coconino County, in partnership with the city of Williams and agency partners, has identified key development opportunities and a preliminary design. A basic design concept was presented at a public meeting in September. Williams' residents welcome the upcoming improvement on Cataract Lake County Park and articulated their suggestions and opinions.

The redevelopment of Cataract Lake County Park is one of the projects identified and funded by the Coconino Parks and Open Space Program (CPOS), a sales tax initiative approved by Coconino County voters in 2002 that levies a capital projects tax of one-eighth of one cent per dollar on all sales within Coconino County over an estimated term of 10 years. The proceeds are dedicated to land acquisition and park development.

Swap KidStuff Saturday

The Coconino County Public Health Services District (CCPHSD), First Things First, and Williams Unified School District Family Resource Center are sponsoring a KidStuff Swap from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday at the Williams Elementary-Middle School (WEMS), 601 N. Seventh St.

KidStuff Swap is a free event where families can exchange clothes, toys and other outgrown children's items. It's easy - families can drop off what they don't need and take what they can use. Gently used items are needed for children of all ages. Drop off items during the event or bring them to WEMS during school hours Monday through Thursday.

Organizations and services participating this year include: the Association for Supportive Childcare, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Arizona Nutrition Network, the Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program, Folic Acid Education and Vitamins, Fluoride Varnishes from the oral Health Program and more. The Williams Police Department will be available for car seat safety checks at the event.

All participants will be handed a passport to guarantee a visit to each of the information tables present. Turn in your completed KSS passport to be entered to win a prize.

Flu shots will be available at this event. Most insurance is accepted. Please bring an insurance card. For information call (928) 679-7300.

For more information or if you are a family resource agency and want to secure a table, call the CCPHSD Maternal, Child, and Teen Health Program at (928) 679-7277, or Sandy Roe at WEMS (928) 635-4428, ext. 303.

Join Day of the Dead

St. John's Episcopal-Lutheran Church will open the church through Sunday for community members to set up small altars for loved ones who have passed on Day of the Dead, an ancient Mexican holiday.

Please call Kris at 863-2467 if you wish to put up an altar.

A special service will begin at 10 a.m. on Sunday to commemorate the Day of the Dead/All Saints Day.

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