Around the Canyon: Week of March 20

Tusayan General Plan community meeting March 25

The Tusayan Town Council is putting on its first Tusayan General Plan town hall meeting for the public March 25. The meeting is open to all community members, whether they live in town limits or not, who have interest in Tusayan's development and future.

The meeting will take place at Best Western Premier Grand Canyon Squire Inn, upstairs in the Anasazi Room starting at 5:30 p.m. Town staff will serve light refreshments. More information is available by contacting Tusayan Town Manager Tami Ryall at (928) 638-9909. Town staff encourages participants to give notice of attendance so they can produce enough materials for everyone.

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 until Friday

The 10th annual student "Arts for our Park" juried art exhibit is on display until Friday 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. The next demo class is March 27 at 5 p.m. on the Kaibab Learning Center.

Registration for spring trimester is happening now. Scholarships are available. 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.

• Thursday - 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.

Phoenix pro sports trip

The group will catch the Phoenix v. Detroit NHL game and the Kansas City v. Seattle MLB spring training game. Participants should meet in the Recreation Center lobby at 8:45 a.m. March 25. Trips to the Metro Center Mall, movie theater and Castles and Coasters amusement park will also be offered. The trip fee is $65 and includes transportation and double occupancy lodging at a local Super 8 Motel. Van space is limited, and those interested are encouraged to pay in advance to reserve a seat. Participants should bring and ID, watch and spending money.

Table tennis tournament

Participants can test their ping pong skills and luck against other community members. A free double-elimination singles tournament begins at 7 p.m. March 25. Sign up starts at 6:45 in the Rec Center lobby. A prize for the night's champion will be awarded.

Pool tournament

Participants can test their billiards skills and luck against other community members. The double-elimination tournament starts at 7 p.m. March 26. Sign up begins at 6:45 in the Rec Center lobby. A $3 per person entry fee covers table use and cash prizes.

Tusayan bowling night

Participants will have an opportunity to dine in Tusayan and bowl at the lanes at the Squire Inn. Those interested in the trip should meet in the Rec Center lobby at 5:45 p.m. March 27. The trip fee is $1 per person and covers only transportation to and from Tusayan. Van space is limited, and those interested are encouraged to pay in advance to reserve a seat. Participants should bring an ID to receive local discounts.

Board game night

The Rec Center will provide a variety of board games for community members to enjoy. The free event starts at 6 p.m. March 28 in the Rec Center lobby.

Friday night flix

This week's movie is "Life of Pi," rated PG. The free movie starts at 7 p.m. March 29 in the Rec Center's multipurpose room.

Antelope Canyon hiking trip

Participants can explore the wonders of Page and the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. The group can hike the Horseshow Bend Overlook Trail, Antelope (Slot) Canyon and/or the Toadstools trail. Those interested in the trip should meet in the Rec Center lobby at 7:15 a.m. March 30. The trip fee is $25 per person and covers transportation only. Participants should bring a good pair of walking/hiking shoes, drinking water, sunscreen, camera, watch and spending money. Van space is limited, and those interested are encouraged to pay in advance to reserve a seat.


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