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Around Williams: week of April 8

Childhood Abuse Awareness event Saturday

April is Child Abuse Awareness month. On Saturday, the Williams Child Abuse Prevention Council invites the community to a ceremony to honor those whose lives were ended too early. Attendees will leave with the hope that future deaths are preventable through community action.

At 10 a.m. at Monument Park, a Pinwheels of Hope ceremony will take place. Dignitaries will speak about the importance of protecting our children. Pinwheels will be planted to honor each child death in Arizona due to child abuse. After April 13 the pinwheels will be relocated to the front lawn of North Country HealthCare Center for the remainder of the month. Light refreshments will be served at the ceremony.

In Arizona, 92 deaths of children were recorded last year because of abuse and neglect. In Coconino County there were 956 cases of child abuse and neglect reported to Flagstaff Medical Center's Safe Child.

In the city of Williams, the Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAP) was recently formed to address these issues in our community. The council is one of 17 councils around the state organized by the Department of Child Safety through grants, primarily funded by revenue from the specialty license plates promoting child abuse prevention. The Williams CAP Council is comprised of community members who come together to plan activities, trainings and awareness building to promote positive family interactions.

Fundraising cash shoot Saturday

The Williams Sportsman's Club and the Parents Who Care are putting on a fundraising cash shoot on Saturday at the Williams Shooting Range. The event is open to all and proceeds will benefit 2015 Grad Night. Practice starts at 8 a.m. and the cash shoot starts at 9 a.m. Categories include 100 yard long rifle with sandbag rest, 100 yard long rifle off hand, 20 yard pistol, 50 yard .22 with sandbag rest, 50 yard .22 off hand and a .22 shoot for kids ages 12 and younger. There is a $5 entry fee for non-members and a $5 cost per round. The winner of each shoot gets a 50/50 cash pot split. Breakfast burritos, hamburgers and drinks will be available for purchase. The shooting range is a quarter of a mile north of I-40 on Highway 64 on the left. More information is available from Ron Hollamon at (928) 525-4766.

Williams hospital clinic celebrates 65th May 12

The Williams Hospital District Board of Directors is celebrating the 65th anniversary of the Williams Hospital/Clinic on May 12 and would like to ask the community for any photographic materials depicting its history.

Any and all images depicting events at the Williams Hospital/Clinic from the 1950s to the present day are welcome for consideration. Original photographic materials with pertinent caption information can be dropped off at the Williams Library during their regular business hours.

The selected original items will be scanned and returned to their owner after May 13.

The selected images will be reproduced and placed on display at the Williams Clinic for its 65th anniversary celebration. Contributors are asked to completely fill out the photo release form with their contact information to ensure their consent and the return of their photographic submissions.

The deadline for submissions is April 10 at 5 p.m.

Rabies clinic Saturday

The 30th annual Williams Animal Action Group (WAAG) Rabies Vaccination Clinic will take place on April 11 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Williams Rodeo Barn. Rabies shots are $10 each.

Chamber seeks parade entrants

The Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce is seeking entrants for its 2015 Memorial Day Parade. The parade takes place May 23 at 11 a.m. in historic downtown Williams. This year's theme is "Heroes in our Hearts." Entries may include antique and classic cars, equestrian entries, family entries, floats, bikes, golf carts, tractors, ATVs and emergency vehicles. All entry forms should be received no later than May 13. After this date, entrants will be placed in the rear of the parade. More information is available from the chamber at (928) 635-0273.

Balls for Dogs golf tourney May 16

The Balls for Dogs golf tournament takes place May 16 at 9 a.m. at Elephant Rocks Golf Course.

The two man scramble event is $75 per person.

Tournament proceeds benefit SAVE-MTR.

More information is available from Robynn at (928) 635-4726

Dress giveaway Thursday and Friday

The Elks Ladies (also known as Fairy Godmothers) of Flagstaff Elks Lodge #499 will be having their gown and accessory giveaway on April 10 and 11 at 2101 N. San Francisco St. The giveaway will take place from 2:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The Elks Ladies are accepting prom, bridesmaid or dressy party dresses as well as shoes and accessories, which they will give to local high school girls for free so they can attend the prom. Jars will be set up for those wishing to donate money. Students are asked to bring a can of food for the Food Bank and their student ID on the days of the giveaway. More information is available from Shirley Merz at (928) 525-1190 or Glenda Wright at (928) 526-6409.

May Fling May 8

SAVE-Meant to Rescue will put on a May Fling for Mother's Day weekend on May 8 from 6-9 p.m. at the Sultana Theater. Boutique Route 66 will provide the fashions and Amanda's Beauty Box will do the hair styling. SAVE-MTR will present a rescue dog parade. Champagne and appetizers will be provided. Tickets are $10 and all proceeds will go to the dog rescue fund. More information is available from Robynn at (928) 635-4726.

Navajo Taco sale Friday

Parents Who Care-Senior Grad Night is putting on a Navajo Taco sale Friday at the First Baptist Church in Williams. Advanced ordering is recommended at (928) 814-4759

Free recreation programs offered

The Williams Recreation Department and Williams Unified School District are offering two free programs to the community.

On Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m. high school age and adult basketball will take place in the Williams Elementary-Middle School (WEMS) gym. Skills are required.

On Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. open gym for eighth graders and younger will take place in the WEMS gym. Activities include basketball, volleyball, dodge ball, jump rope and twister.

WEMS is located at 601 N. Seventh St. More information is available at (928) 635-1496.

Thrift shop has a drop off box

The Bill Williams Senior Thrift Shop has a drop off box. It is the red box at the northwest corner of the parking lot.

The thrift shop appreciates all donations but cannot sell large televisions, furniture, mattresses or kitchen appliances. Items donated should be serviceable.

The drop off is always open for donations. During store hours, items may be left at the store. Store hours are 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. weekdays excluding holidays.

Kiwanis collecting coats

Winter is here and the Williams Kiwanis Club is sponsoring its annual coat drive. The club especially needs children's coats. The Kiwanis Club gives the coats to the Williams Food Bank for distribution to needy families. Last year the club donated more than 400 coats. Kiwanis started the coat drive Oct. 1 and it will continue through May 1. Those interested in donating may drop off coats at the Williams Recreation Center or at Williams Realty. More information is available from Bud Parenteau at (928) 635-4393.

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