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Around Williams: week of Dec. 7

Santa's World of Wonders Dec. 10

The Williams Recreation Department invites everyone to Santa's World of Wonders at the Youth Recreation Center 300 W. Railroad Avenue on Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Santa will have goody bags for all children along with crafts, games and free refreshments. First Baptist Church will give away free gloves, mittens and hats. Professional photos will be available.

Williams School District Choir and Band concert Dec. 7

The Williams Unified School District choir and band concert is Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. at Parenteau Auditorium.

St. Johns Episcopal-Lutheran advent concert series Nov. 29 - Dec. 20

St. Johns 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.

Santa’s World of Wonders - Dec. 10

The city of Williams is sponsoring a visit with Santa at the Williams Rec. Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All kids are invited to visit Santa and receive goodies. More information can be found at (928) 635-1496.

Williams Alliance for the Arts Craft Workshop Dec. 10

Williams Alliance for the Arts is sponsoring a free children’s craft workshop Dec. 10 at Old Trails True Value from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. More information can be found by calling Kim at (928)635-2591.

Community Holiday Dinner - Dec. 11

The Williams Community Holiday Dinner is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend the dinner at Doc Holliday’s Steakhouse at 950 N. Grand Canyon Blvd. . More information is available by contacting Carol Glassburn at (928) 635-4503.

Heritage School Winter Celebration - Dec. 12

The Heritage School is having its winter performance at 6 p.m. at the Canyon Chapel. Parents and community members are invited to attend the singing performances by the students.

Williams High School Drama Performance - Dec. 12

The Williams Unified School District is having their winter drama performance at Parenteau Auditorium at 6 p.m. Parents and community members are invited to attend.

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 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.

Ash Fork open house Dec. 10

Ash Fork Historical Museum’s Annual Open House will be Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. It will be held at the Ash Fork Museum, 901 Old Route 66 next to the Ash Fork Inn. A luncheon will be served during this time. This year there is an arts and crafts fair included with the Open House. More than 21 vendors will be displaying their arts and crafts. All are invited to attend. Visitors are invited to do some holiday shopping and see what the Ash Fork Museum has to offer.

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

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 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.

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