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Quick Reads: Week of Oct. 31, 2012

Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals 20th anniversary

The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals at Northern Arizona

University is celebrating its 20-year anniversary. The event is Friday and will focus on 20 years of service to tribes and look ahead to new initiatives and programs.

From 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Dr. Margaret Hiza Redsteer, US Geological Survey, will discuss climate change impacts and tribes (Native American

Cultural Center). Keynote speaker Winona LaDuke, acclaimed author and activist, talks form 1-4 p.m. in the Cline Library. A reception and silent auction follows from 4:30-6 p.m. (Native American Cultural Center). To register for this event visit www4.nau.edu/itep/20Anniversary/

For more information contact Monica.Begaye@nau.edu or (928) 523-9555.

The Hopi High Senior Class Turkey Trot Nov. 17

The race will be held at 7 a.m. Nov. 17 at Hopi High School.

The registration fee for the 5K run is $20, which includes a t-shirt. The registration fee for the two mile fun run is $10.

The top male and female finishers will receive turkey/ham food baskets, which include stuffing, mashed potatoes, yams, marshmallows, green beans and more.

The top ten finishers will receive pumpkin pies.

Registration begins at 7 a.m. The run will begin at 8 a.m.

All proceeds will benefit the Hopi High School senior class of 1013.

For more information call Carmen Tsingine or Celia Seweingyawma at (928) 738-5111.

Veterans concert Nov. 8

Holbrook Unified School District hosts the third annual Veterans Concert featuring the Plateros Nov. 8 at the George Gardner Performing Arts Center in Holbrook. Admission is $5, or $1 if wearing a FUSION t-shirt. For more information, contact Renee Soto, parent liaison, Indian Wells Elementary School at rsmith@holbrook.k12.az.us.

Halloween bash today in Tuba City

The Office of Youth Development/Boys and Girls Club of Dine Nation will present a Halloween bash 3-6 p.m. today in front of the Tuba City Community Center.

Enjoy games, costume contest, free throw contest (win a T-shirt), entertainment and food. A haunted house will be open 7-10 p.m. The cost to enter the haunted house is $1 or one can of food.

For more information, call Elsie or Kyra at (928) 283-3022.

Classes offered for parents on student success

Parenting classes, "How to Help Your Child Succeed in School," will be led by Kate Esquirvel at Leupp Public School in Leupp. Classes will be held 9-9:30 a.m. every first and third Thursday of the month through May.

Classes will be held Nov. 1 and 15, Dec. 6 and 20, Jan. 17, Feb. 7 and 21, March 7, April 4 and 18 and May 2 and 16.

For more information, call (928) 686-6266.

Navajo Self Reliance Office has moved

The Navajo Nation Program for Self Reliance Fort Defiance Field Office has moved to the Quality Inn Office Complex, 48 W. Highway 264, Quality Inn Office Complex, Suite 112 in Window Rock, Ariz.

Upcoming events at Tuba City Boarding School

The Office of Youth Development at Tuba City Boarding School (TCBS) is pleased to announce several upcoming events.

The Fall Youth Basketball League will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays through Nov. 29. The league will meet 5:30-8 p.m. in the TCBS gym. The league is for youth ages 6-7 and 8-10.

Early childcare providers eligible for First Things First professional rewards

Childcare center teachers, directors and family childcare home providers are eligible for a financial incentives program through First Things First (FTF) that acknowledges and rewards progressive education, educational attainment and continuous employment at a qualifying childcare facility. Award amounts range between $300 and $2,000.

Applications will be accepted through midnight tonight. To be eligible childcare providers must be at least 18 years of age; have a high school diploma or GED; currently work 30 hours per week with children ages birth through age 5; earn $20 per hour or less; have completed a minimum of six credit hours of college coursework in Early Childhood Education Special Education or Child Development with a grade of "C" or better; and have been employed a minimum of one year at their current location.

The applicant's childcare center or family care home must be in an eligible region (visit azftf.gov/regionalcouncils and be regulated by a federal, state or tribal authority; provide services to children, ages birth through 5 years; and be in good standing with regulatory agencies. There must be a demonstrated commitment to program quality through accreditation, a Quality First participating program, Quality First Wait List or have submitted an application to be rated on the Quality First Rating Scale. Other qualifications include being accredited by a national organization at a level that equals a 3-5 star rating in Quality First or currently awaiting selection for Quality First participation.

For more information about the Professional REWARD$ program, contact Ms. Claude Endfield, Early Childhood Program Chair at Northland Pioneer College, (800) 266-7845, ext. 7335 or email cendfield@npc.edu or Valley of the Sun United Way, (602) 240-6327, azftfrewards@vsuw.org
Birth certificates available

Birth certificates will be available through the Coconino County Public Health Services District. Their staff now travels to Tuba City, Page, and Leupp to offer the service outside of their regular Flagstaff Office hours.

Staff visits Tuba City 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (local time) the first and third Wednesday of the month at the Coconino Country District 5 Supervisors Office, 49 Maple St., one street west of Tuba City Regional Health Care Center. A Navajo translator is available.

Staff visits Page every second Wednesday of the month 10 a.m.-2 p.m. MST at the Coconino County Health Department, Northern Region Office, 467 Vista Ave.

Staff visits Leupp Chapter house the first Thursday of the month 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (local time).

Questions about requirements and fees may be directed to the Flagstaff office at (928) 679-7284/7272. You may also visit the Flagstaff office at 2625 N. King St., Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. MST.

Registration open at Northern Arizona Academy

Northern Arizona Academy (NAA) is currently enrolling students in grades 9-12 for the upcoming school year. NAA is a charter high school located in Winslow, and provides an alternative path to earning your high school diploma. NAA is accredited through North Central Association, and has been serving students in the Winslow, Holbrook, and Navajo Reservation areas for 17 years. Transportation is provided. To enroll call (928) 289-3329 or stop by 502 Airport Rd.

Veterans' benefits outreach schedule

Veterans' benefits outreach is available free of charge. Veteran Benefit Counselor Peter Fava visits Page and Tuba City on a regular basis. His schedule follows -

• Page Community Center, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 7.

• Department of Economic Security in Page, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 5.

• Navajo Veteran's Office in Tuba City, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 8.

• Department of Economic Security in Tuba City, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 6. All times are Mountain Standard Time. For more information, call (928) 779-4166, ext. 2.

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