Around the Canyon: Week of March 13

Grand Canyon community blood drive

The Grand Canyon Recreation Center is putting on a blood drive on March 25 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. More information is available by calling the Rec Center at (928) 638-3389 or by visiting (sponsor code: GrandCyn). Free cholesterol testing is available with every donation.

Student art exhibit on display at Park Headquarters

The 10th annual student "Arts for our Park" juried art exhibit is on display until March 22 in Park Headquarters, open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. January south rim Artist-in-Residence Loren Schwerd and Grand Canyon School alumna (and former Best of Show 2005 winner) Colette Aspas juried this year's exhibit. The judges selected 38 pieces from more than 150 drawings, collages and paintings created by Grand Canyon School kindergarten through 12th grade students, who responded to the theme Expressing Yourself. The exhibit also features the work of four graduating seniors.

Musical fun for the whole family

Music Together classes are fun and can help your child develop to his or 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 with DVD, newsletters and two professionally recorded CDs for more family fun at home.

Spring trimester classes run for eight weeks, April 4 through May 24. Each trimester features a new collection of songs and activities. This spring, Music Together will focus on the tamborine collection.

Registration for spring trimester is happening now. Scholarships are available. A demo class will start March 14 at 6 p.m. in the Grand Canyon Rec Center. More information on how to register is available by calling Suzanne Avantyr at (928) 890-9734.

Grand Canyon Rotary Club's Annual Easter Egg Hunt

The Grand Canyon Rotary Club is sponsoring its annual Grand Canyon Easter Egg Hunt March 30. The event starts at 10 a.m. at the Grand Canyon Schools soccer and baseball fields.

The Rotary Club has been the sponsor of this children's event for more than 10 years. This year, one lucky egg hunter will get an egg with a $100 gift certificate.

Rotarians encourage participants to arrive early. The Kaibab Learning Center will be selling a pancake breakfast in the school cafeteria, beginning at 8 a.m.

GC Community Library Storytime Wednesdays

Grand Canyon Community Library offers storytime for young reading enthusiasts on Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Former elementary school music teacher Paul Karlsberger will be playing music and reading. Currently, Karlsberger is an entertainer at The Grand Hotel in Tusayan.

Librarian Mindy Karlsberger is looking for a volunteer to coordinate the Summer Reading Program. More information is available by contacting the library at (928) 638-2718.

Adult open gym basketball

Adults in the Grand Canyon/Tusayan community can play full-court basketball games every Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. The free activity takes place at the Grand Canyon School Gym.

Win a trip for two to Las Vegas

The Rec Center will randomly choose one person from selected sponsored activities to enter into a drawing. The drawing will be April 1 and the winner will receive a free trip for two to Las Vegas. The trip will take place in May in conjunction with the Rec Center program.

The free trip includes motor-coach transportation to and from Las Vegas and two nights of lodging (double occupancy). Those who enter the drawing must be 18 years or older.

Personal trainer available

Personal trainer Terri Attridge is providing personal training at the Grand Canyon Rec Center once a week. Interested parties may email for further details.

Coed volleyball and open gym basketball

Every Sunday, participants can play coed volleyball from 5 to 7 p.m. and open gym basketball from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Grand Canyon School gym. Participants must wear clean shoes for the free event.

Archaeology comes alive on the Kaibab every Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon in March

Free Archaeology Month Thursday Evening Lecture Series starts at 6:30 p.m. at Café 326 on Route 66, 326 West Route 66, Williams.

Because of limited seating, rangers encourage participants to call (928) 635-5600 for reservations. Food is available by calling (928) 635-0777 to pre-order.

• March 14 - Williams History Photo Project. Kaibab National Forest Heritage and Tribal Program Manager Margaret Hangan will discuss the joint project between the Williams Public Library and the Kaibab National Forest to collect and scan historic photos of Williams and the surrounding area.

• March 21 - Williams Area Historic Photo Re-Shoot Project. For the past decade, Williams Ranger District staff has re-shot historic photographs of the Williams area to document how the forest has changed. The presentation will compare and contrast these dramatic differences. It will also discuss the local history that helped shape the current condition of the forest surrounding Williams.

• March 28 - We Still Walk in Their Footprint: The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in Northern Arizona, 1933-1942. Historian Robert Audretsch will discuss how the Civilian Conservation Corps, along with other New Deal agencies, was responsible for unprecedented federal land agency infrastructure growth in northern Arizona during the Great Depression. These 44 CCC companies completed an astounding number of projects accomplishing as much as 50 years of work in less than 10 years. From the first reliable road from St. George, Utah to Wolf Hole, Ariz. to the rustic cabins of Hualapai Mountain Park at Kingman, to the Crown King Ranger Station, to the Painted Desert Inn at Petrified Forest National Park we still walk in that CCC footprint.

St. Patrick's evening in Williams

Those interested in the trip should meet in the Rec Center lobby at 2:45 p.m. March 17. Stops include Bearizona and downtown Williams. Participants can join the group for dinner at Pancho McGillicuddy's or one of the other restaurants. Participants should consult the driver before leaving the Canyon if they need to visit other shopping areas in Williams. The trip fee is $10 per person and includes transportation. Participants should bring ID, a watch and spending money.

Walnut Canyon National Monument

Those interested in this trip should meet in the Rec Center lobby at 8:45 a.m. March 18. This national monument is located just outside of Flagstaff. Participants can stop in the visitor center and museum, hike down to the cliff dwellings and walk the Rim Trail. The trip fee is $15 per person and covers transportation and entrance fees. Participants should bring ID, a watch, drinking water, good walking shoes and a camera.

Texas Hold'em poker tournament

This free tournament starts at 7 p.m. in the Rec Center's piano room March 19.

Sedona day hike

Those interested in the trip should meet in the Rec Center lobby at 7:45 a.m. March 20. The group will choose from a number of trails to explore the spectacular red rock scenery. The trip fee is $20 per person and includes transportation costs and entrance in the parks. Participants should bring ID, drinking water, good hiking shoes, lunch and/or spending money.

Community CPR Class

Those interested in learning how to perform CPR for a small fee can meet in the Piano Room at 8:45 a.m. Class space is limited, so interested parties must pay in advance to reserve a spot in the class.


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