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Rotary dinner dance

tickets still available

GC VILLAGE — Plenty of dinner tickets remain for this year’s Grand Canyon Rotary Club Holiday Dinner Dance.

The annual Christmas season event will be Saturday at the El Tovar Hotel. The dinner dance’s evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with a no-host reception. Dinner served by the El Tovar staff will begin promptly at 7 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by Limbs Akimbo.

Dinner tickets are available for $50 per person. They can be purchased from any Rotarian. There is limited availability for dinner tickets.

There will be several door prizes and raffle drawings all evening. Raffle tickets cost $2 each or three for $5. Those who buy raffle tickets do not need to be present to win. At the dinner dance, there will also be silent and live auctions and Rotary’s Community Leader of the Year award will be presented.

A professional photographer will be on site to shoot portraits for this “dress-up” social event.

Dinner and raffle tickets will also be available most afternoons and weekends at Canyon View Marketplace in the village. For those seeking ticket information, call Rotarian Angie Ancheta at 638-3150.

Food basket drive

continues locally

TUSAYAN — The sixth annual Grand Canyon Christmas Food Basket Drive continues with the local Food Drive Committee canvassing the community to find deserving individuals and families.

Each year, local businesses and civic organizations are asked to identify and suggest individuals and families in the community who may not be able to enjoy a nice Christmas dinner without a community Christmas food basket.

After a list of suggested persons is compiled, the Food Drive Committee solicits donations from area businesses, organizations and individuals. The committee then collects the donations and purchases food items to place in the Christmas food baskets.

After the Christmas food baskets are prepared, they are quietly distributed to families and local individuals, within ample time for the recipients to prepare their own Yuletide feast.

The Christmas Food Basket Drive committee asks for local business leaders and individuals to contact Paul Kinnison at 638-2790 if they are aware of a family or person may deserve a Christmas food basket this year.

Christmas tree

permits available

WILLIAMS — Personal-use Christmas tree permits for Kaibab National Forest’s Tusayan Ranger District are currently available for sale through Dec. 24.

The permits cost $10 per tree and come with a corresponding map at the Tusayan and Williams ranger districts, as well as at the Williams Visitor Center.

Hours for facilities where permits can be purchased:

• Williams Visitor Center — Open daily, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

• Williams Ranger District — Open weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

• Tusayan Ranger District — Open weekdays, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Christmas tree permits are also available for specific areas on the Coconino National Forest. For information on locations and availability of those permits, call 928-527-3600.

Christmas choir

readies for service

GC VILLAGE — All are invited to be a part of the Community Christmas Choir that will perform on Dec. 24 at the Community Christmas Eve Service.

Choir practice will be Monday nights this month, at the home of Marker Marshall, 360-D Sunset. For more information, call 638-2340.

Angel Tree up

at McDonald’s

TUSAYAN — The Grand Canyon Angel Tree is up at McDonald’s Restaurant in Tusayan and residents can participate in the Christmas Angel Toy Drive.

Each angel on the tree represents a local child in the community who may not otherwise receive a gift on Christmas because their parents may not be able to afford presents.

The identity of each child is concealed but age and gender is noted on each angel. Residents are encouraged to choose an angel from the tree, purchase and wrap an appropriate gift for that chid and return the present to McDonald’s no later than this coming Monday.

A member of the Grand Canyon Food Basket Committee will then gather the presents and place them with food baskets. Both food and presents will be delivered to the deserving families in time for Christmas.

The Angel Tree is accessible during regular business hours at McDonald’s. For more information, call Paul Kinnison at 638-2790.

Self-paced CCC classes

available at GC campus

By Brad Fuqua

Grand Canyon News Editor

GC VILLAGE — The Grand Canyon campus of Coconino Community College will be offering classes under the PLATO computer-based instructional system again this year.

PLATO’s program enables students to work at their own pace and receive course credit.

“They’re expanding the number of courses, they keep adding a few more,” CCC instructor William Jacobs said. “They’re all English or Math, some writing classes.”

Students receive full credit in half the time using PLATO to complete their course work. Classes will begin in mid-January.

Jacobs, who has been teaching CCC basic skills classes for the past four or five years, said the courses offered are remedial-type classes in a non-threatening format. Students who may miss scheduled classes can make it up later.

Those with little experience will have no problems with PLATO.

“For any adults who had difficulty with math or English, it’s a good way to pick up basic skills review for students,” Jacobs said.

PLATO is a software program installed on individual computers in the CCC lab. It can actually be purchased by anyone who wants to learn on their own.

Details about the PLATO program are available online at: www.plato.com.

For those seeking more information on the classes, contact Jacobs at 638-9454.

For questions about CCC registration, contact area coordinator Wahler at 638-2087.

Local 4-H club

reschedules event

TUSAYAN — The Grand Canyon-area 4-H Club rescheduled its program to recognize current members and recruit new members, Alberta Booth announced.

The site of the event had not been finalized prior to the newspaper's deadline. However, it is planned for Friday evening.

The 4-H club is open to any youth ages 5-19. Adult project leaders are also needed.

For information, call Booth at 638-9230.

Book-signing set

for this Saturday

FLAGSTAFF — Author John Vernon will stage a book-signing and presentation for his work, “The Last Canyon,” on Dec. 8 at the Cline Library on the Northern Arizona University campus.

The event will run from 2:30-4 p.m. in Cline Library room 200. The presentation will begin at 3 p.m.

In the book, Vernon tells the story of Powell’s harrowing voyage through the Grand Canyon.

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