Around the Canyon, week of August 12, 2009

Musical fun for the whole family!

All children are musical! Music Together® classes are tons of fun and 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.

Fall semester classes run for eight weeks, Sept. 17 through Nov. 5. Each semester features a new collection of songs and activities. This fall we will jam to the Fiddle Collection.

Registration for the fall semester is now in progress! Save money by registering early. 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 (928) 638-2232.

Blood drive at the rec center

Officials at the Grand Canyon Recreation Center will hold a blood drive next Tuesday from 2-6 p.m. The drive will be offered in conjunction with the United Blood Service organization. Rec center officials encourage everyone to give blood and "be a hero." With only one in 20 people regularly donating blood, the simple act of doing so is heroic. For more information, go online to www.bloodhero.com To donate blood at the rec center, call (928) 638-3389 to make an appointment. A signup sheet is also available at the front desk of the rec center, located at No. Two Mohave Street in the Grand Canyon National Park.

Grand Canyon High School Booster Club membership drive

Would like to help support our high school athletes? The Grand Canyon High School Booster Club is looking for new members to help raise funds for scholarships and other student athletic program needs. Members welcome new members even if they do not have a student in our school. Do you miss your high school athletic days? Many support Grand Canyon students by regularly attending the high school games and are invited to become a Booster Club member. If you are interested, please contact Kathleen Akan, (928) 638-2526 ext. 6072, or in the Xanterra Human Resources office. There will be an organizational meeting in the near future, according to members.

Paint the Parks exhibit on display until Sept. 7

Artwork from the 2009 Paint the Park exhibit will be on display at Kolb Studio on the South Rim until Sept. 7. Organizers held a reception for the exhibit Aug. 4. Paintings on display at the studio include artwork that depicts scenes from any one of the nation's 390 national parks. For more information on the Paint the Park exhibit, go online to www.paintamerica.org.

Movies at the rec center

Free lemonade and popcorn are offered during the Grand Canyon Recreation Center's movie times. On Friday, the rec center will screen "Race to Witch Mountain" (PG) beginning at 7 p.m. The rec center will also host a Saturday matinee with "Grumpy Old Men" Aug. 15. Matinees begin at 2 p.m. For more information call the rec center at (928) 638-3389.

Rec center town hall

Members of the Grand Canyon Community Recreation Center's Board of Directors plan to hold a town hall meeting Aug. 20 beginning at 7 p.m. at the rec center. Officials are seeking suggestions, comments, and concerns about the rec center. Free food will be offered during the Aug. 20 town hall meeting.

Seeking historic Tusayan photos

Historic photographs from Tusayan are being sought for a new Images of America book planned for the community. Family photos, business photos and more are being sought for the historical non-fiction project to detail the rich history of the area. For more information, call (928) 607-3679 or e-mail whitehurst1@peoplepc.com.

Opening available for assistant coach

The Grand Canyon school district has immediate openings for an assistant volleyball coach and boys' and girls' assistant basketball coach for the 2009-2010 school year. Anyone interested can contact Becky Crumbo or Dan Lopez at (928) 638-2461 or danl@grandcanyonschool.org for more information.

Yoga classes and more at Grand Canyon Rec Center

The Grand Canyon Rec Center offers a number of great activities for residents of the Grand Canyon and Tusayan, including Yoga classes and more. Tuesday night flow classes are offered from 5:45-7 p.m. and cost anywhere from $10 for a drop in class to $50 for an eight class package. Beginning Yoga with Jennifer is offered Wednesdays from 5:45-7 p.m. A night class is offered for donations on Sundays beginning at 5 p.m. A kids' Yoga workshop is offered on select Fridays. Contact the rec center for more details. Other rec center classes include free Falun Dance classes each Sunday from 6-7:30 p.m., Zumba from 6-7 p.m., line dancing beginning at 6 p.m. and tap dance and ballet. The rec center can be contacted at (928) 638-3389 for more information.

No open gym basketball

Due to Grand Canyon School renovations, the gym will be closed for all activities until school starts again for the fall semester. During the closure, organizers said there will be no open gym for the remainder of July and August. A reopening date will be announced as details become available.

Traditional Japanese Sword Class

Falling Leaf Dojo will offer a traditional Japanese Sword class on Thursdays at the Grand Canyon. Learn discipline of the mind and body while wielding the Samurai Katana of the Japanese warrior class. Classes meet from 7-8 p.m. at the rec center for ages 16-years and older. Registration is $30 for the introductory class. Call Luis Garcia at (928) 606-6142 or e-mail him at m1a1lg@hotmail.com for more information. Discount rates are offered for families.

Register for 9-1-1

The 9-1-1 Public Safety Dispatch Center urges residents in the Grand Canyon area to register their telephone numbers and addresses. Registered information is confidential and will only be used to pinpoint a 9-1-1 call in the event the caller is unable to speak. The 9-1-1 system currently leaves out crucial information for dispatchers in the event of an emergency, such as medical information and addresses. New residents, or those who are changing addresses, are encourage to call the 9-1-1 Public Safety Dispatch Center at (928) 638-7805.

Get fit with dance class

A dancexercise class for adult non-dancers will be offered on Mondays at 6:15 p.m. and Tuesdays at 3:45 p.m. at the Rec Center. The program includes elements of jazz, Afro-Caribbean and hip hop dance plus some abdominal exercises and stretching. Cost is $10 per class. Contact Bonnie Berger at (928) 638-1103.

Hopi House dancers

Look for Native American Dancers at the rim, as they perform near the Hopi House. The dancers will be located on the platform outside of the Hopi House Gift Store and across from the El Tovar Hotel. They will perform today through Saturday, Aug. 17-19 and Aug. 24-26. Dance times are 1 p.m. and 2:15 p.m.

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