Around the Canyon: week of June 5

Vacation Bible School comes to the Grand Canyon

From as early as 1894, Vacation Bible School programs have been a mainstay in Christian church tradition, offering children an opportunity during the summer to spend a week playing games, completing crafts and activities and singing songs that are centered on the Bible and Christian teaching.

This year, Grand Canyon Community Church brings the "Sonwest Roundup" program to the Grand Canyon, providing children in Kindergarten to fifth grade an opportunity to spend a week enjoying lively songs, hilarious skits, creative crafts, exciting games, Bible stories and tasty snacks.

Grand Canyon Vacation Bible School will be June 10-14 at the Grand Canyon Recreation Center Ramada from 8:30-11 a.m. and enrollment is free. Parents are invited to join in June 14 at 5 p.m. for a free family barbecue and Vacation Bible School presentations.

Those interesting in pre-registering can contact Kate Maragos at (928) 707-1166 or April Peters at (928) 380-6009, or obtain registration forms at the Grand Canyon Recreation Center.

Free health screening Wednesday

Flagstaff Medical Center is sponsoring a free health screening Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Tusayan Fire Department.

The non-fasting screening includes: finger-stick blood draw to check for blood glucose; total, HDL, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides check and blood pressure check. A nurse provider will be on hand to explain results.

Community Garden planting June 15

The beginning of the season community planting starts June 15 at 9 a.m. Organizers will provide all seeds/plants and tools but ask planters to bring their own water. The planting will take place in the "communal" area of the garden that is used for activities with the school kids. The garden is located nect to the soccer field at Grand Canyon School. More information is available from Deb Goepfrich at deb.goepfrich@gmail.com.

Grand Canyon softball registration

Grand Canyon Community Softball League registration is now under way. Registration forms can be picked up at the Rec Center. Cost is $200 per team. Games will be Monday and Thursday at 6 p.m. More information is available from Ryan Schaan at (928) 638-3389 or grandcanyonrec@gmail.com.

Flagstaff Lava Tubes and shopping trip

People can explore the famous Lava Tubes located 14 miles north of Flagstaff. The group will also head into Flagstaff for lunch and some shopping. Those interested should meet in the Rec Center lobby at 8:45 a.m. June 11. The trip fee is $15 and covers transportation only. Participants should dress warmly (the temperature inside the cave is 42 degrees Fahrenheit), wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots and bring a water bottle and flashlight.

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