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Church plans holiday bazaar

The Grand Canyon Community Church Christmas Bazaar is coming! This year's bazaar is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Grand Hotel in Tusayan. This is the annual event you've been waiting for. Come see what your talented neighbors and co-workers have been creating since last year's sale and find something special for your Christmas list.

If you'd like to reserve a table for your handcrafted items, they are $30 each. Contact Lori Bowman at 638-9300 for additional information.

Angel Tree will go up this week

The Christmas food basket committee hopes to have the angel tree up and running at the Delaware North General Store by today.

Each angel on the tree, will list the gender and age of a child in need of a Christmas gift. Anyone who would like to help can pick an angel from the tree, and sign up to provide a gift for that child. When they pick an angel they should register at the service desk so that organizers can keep track of which angels are out.

Gifts should be in the $15-$20 price range and should be returned to the General Store unwrapped by Dec. 11 This program has been a great success in the past as the community participation has been phenomenal. Please consider helping this year.

Donations of money or time are also welcome for the food basket program. Volunteers are needed to wrap presents, pack boxes and deliver goods to employers.

If you know a family in need this holiday, contact Dan Tobin at 638-2271.

GCA planning holiday event

Grand Canyon Association hosts their second annual Community Open House Monday, Dec. 4, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Books & More at Canyon View Information Plaza. The commercial bus lot will be open for parking.

Community members receive a 30 percent discount on all merchandise. Gary Ladd, Kate Watters, Lori Makarick, Mike Anderson, Stephen Hirst, Tom Myers and Wayne Ranney will be on hand to sign their books.

There will also be a raffle with proceeds to benefit the community holiday food basket program. Prizes include GCA merchandise and a Grand Canyon blanket designed by artist Ed Mell and valued at more than $200.

The event will feature cookies, punch and music by Grand Canyon School students and the Canyon Crooners. For more information on the sale or to volunteer to sing along with the crooners, contact Helen Thompson at 638-7033 or hthompson@grandcanyon.org.

County hosting flu shot clinic

The Coconino County Health Department will host a flu shot clinic on Tuesday, Nov. 21, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Rec Center.

Vaccinations are free for children under 18, as well as for AHCCCS, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona and Medicare recipients who bring their insurance cards to the clinic. The cost for all others is $20, though no one will be denied service due to inability to pay.

To schedule an appointment, call the county health department at 928-522-7814. Visit www.coconino.az.gov/health for more information.

Salvation Army seeks 'ringers'

Volunteer bell "ringers" are needed to collect donations on behalf of the Salvation Army on the weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Volunteers serve two-hour shifts outside the General Store with the red kettle and a silent bell.

Proceeds go to the Salvation Army's emergency fund, which helps people in need year round. According to Dan Tobin, who oversees the granting of funds, the bell ringing raised enough to help people all year with things like food, groceries, medication, fuel and more.

To volunteer or for more information, contact Tobin at 638-2271.

Dinner dance tickets on sale

Today is the last day to buy Rotary Dinner Dance tickets at the early price of $55 each. Starting tomorrow, they will be $65 each.

The annual Holiday Dinner Dance to be held on Saturday, Dec. 9, at El Tovar.

The ticket price includes meal, dessert and live entertainment by Exit 64.

Tables may also be reserved for an extra $10.

A $200 lodging package is also being offered this year. It includes an overnight stay in Tusayan on Saturday, Dec. 9, two dinner dance tickets and transportation to and from the event. A package with a single dinner dance ticket is also available for $150.

Raffle tickets are also available for $2 each or three for $5. Prizes in the past have included river trips, overnight stays at various resorts, gift certificates and merchandise from local vendors.

Those who plan to attend the dinner dance are urged to buy tickets early, as last year, this event was sold out before Nov. 15. To purchase tickets or reserve a table, contact Sheila Breen at 638-2461, David Beckerleg at 638-2526, ext. 6390 or Greg Bryan at 638-8401.

Music Together class enrolling

All children are musical! Music Together' classes 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.

Winter semester classes run for eight weeks, from early January through early March. Each semester features a new collection of songs and activities, with registration being accepted until Dec. 14. 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.

Students join in food collection

The Middle School Student Council is sponsoring a non-perishable food drive for the Grand Canyon Community Church. The food drive will run through tomorrow.

All grades are encouraged to participate and the grade that brings in the most items will win an ice cream party.

Items can include any unopened, non-perishable canned, boxed or bagged food item.

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