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Western Navajo Bible Fellowship meeting Saturday

The Western Navajo Bible Fellowship will have their monthly meeting on Saturday. It will be at Shonto Alliance Bible Church in Shonto, Ariz. The meeting begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. with lunch at 12 p.m. More information is available at (928) 797-6382.

Coconino Master Gardener program accepting applications

The Coconino County Master Gardener program is now accepting applications for the Master Gardener Training Course. This course is part of a nation-wide certification program that provides horticulture training to volunteers to help them help their communities through horticulture education.

This course is designed for those interested in learning more about high elevation gardening and who are willing to share this knowledge with others. Participants will learn the keys to successful gardening in high elevation environments. The course covers basic botany, soils, plant propagation, plant problem diagnosis, insect management, pruning, fruit tree care, vegetable gardening and more.

The class will meet Wednesdays from 12:30-4 p.m. Feb. 6-May 15 at the Flagstaff Aquaplex, 1702 N. 4th St. Registration for the program is $250.

After completion of the 14 classes and volunteer hours, participants will be awarded the title of Certified Master Gardener with the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension.

An application and more information is available from the Coconino Cooperative Extension at (928) 774-1868 ext. 170 or e-mail hbraun@cals.arizona.edu. Class size is limited.

Fitness center open in Kayenta

The Kayenta Fitness Center is a 1,500 square-foot fitness center located on U.S. Route 163, next to the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) in Kayenta.

The recently opened fitness center includes a treadmill and elliptical trainer for aerobic workouts, as well as various weight machines and free weights for strength conditioning. A monthly membership is $15 and a one-time all-day pass is $1.

The center is open Monday through Saturday. Its hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon. It is closed on Sundays.

The Kayenta Fitness Center is a component of the Kayenta Township's Capital Improvement Projects and the Kayenta Township, whose overall vision is to achieve community development and to implement economic growth.

More information is available at (928) 697-8487.

Local Community Food Bank BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag)

Natural Grocers will donate five cents per customer to Northern Arizona Food Bank for each person that shops with their own bag.

Going green will help the environment and those less fortunate in the community.

Northern Arizona Food Bank is at 3805 E. Huntington Drive in Flagstaff. More information is available at (928) 526-2211 or on the web at www.nafoodbank.org.

Natural Grocers is at 503 W. Clay Ave. in Flagstaff. More information is available at (928) 779-4172 or on the web at www.naturalgrocers.com.

N-NURSE hosting sixth symposium April 18-19 in Flagstaff

Navajoland Nurses United for Research, Service and Education, Inc. (N-NURSE) will host its sixth symposium, "Hózhó Náhásdlii: Sacred Space and Human Caring in Health Care," April 18-19 at Little America Hotel in Flagstaff, Ariz. Organizers are seeking sponsors for the event.

N-NURSE invites speakers and workshop facilitators with expertise appropriate to the focus of the symposium. American Indian nursing students participate in the symposium through the group's American Indian Nursing Student Scholarship Program. The symposium provides an opportunity for nursing students to network, expand their knowledge of nursing as a career and build leadership skills.

Dr. Jean Watson is returning as this year's keynote speaker. She will discuss the cultural wisdom inherent in the concepts of her 'Caritas' theory and Hózhó náhásdlii, Navajo philosophy, to integrate human caring in health care environments.

Symposium information is available at www.n-nurse.org. More information is available from Linda Petri at (505) 459-2619 or lindap1@q.com.

Road closure on Tuba City hospital campus

Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation (TCRHCC) is completing work to close part of East Cedar Avenue permanently on the hospital campus because of construction of a new helipad.

Drivers can expect barricades and road closure signs designated on East Cedar Avenue.

More information about this project is available by contacting Terry Crank, facility maintenance director, at (928) 283-2501 or Terry.Crank@tchealth.org.

Classes offered for parents on student success

Kate Esquirvel leads parenting classes, "How to Help Your Child Succeed in School," at Leupp Public School in Leupp. Classes take place from 9-9:30 a.m. every first and third Thursday of the month through May.

Classes will be offered Jan. 17, Feb. 7 and 21, March 7, April 4 and 18, and May 2 and 16.

More information is available at (928) 686-6266.

Navajo Nation Program for Self Reliance Field 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.

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 County 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 or visit the Flagstaff office at 2625 N. King St., Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (MST).

Weed management plan public meeting this week

The Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Navajo Region announces public scoping meetings for an integrated weed management plan to tackle invasive weeds on the Navajo Nation.

Meetings will take place at the following Navajo Nation Chapter Houses:

• Shiprock, Wed. 5-7 p.m.;

• Chinle, Thurs. 1-5 p.m.;

• Fort Defiance, Friday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.; and

• Tuba City, Feb. 12, 3-6 p.m.

More information is available from BIA Natural Resource Specialist Renee Benally at (928) 283-2210 or renee.benally@bia.gov

Honoring Our Warriors gourd dance May 18

The fourth annual "Honoring Our Warriors" gourd dance takes place May 18 at the Curleyresidence located at Navajo Tribal Route 6830 in Birdsprings, Ariz.

Head staff include Rick Yazzie as emcee, LyDall Yazzie as the arena director, Ted Pavatea as the head gourd singer, Rudy Coan as the head gourd dancer, Jason Curley as the water boy and Angelina Curley as the head cook.

Gourd dancing runs from 11 a.m. (MST) to sunset. Dinner will be provided. All singers, drummers and dancers are welcome.

This is a free event. Attendees are encouraged to bring canopies and chairs. This is a drug and alcohol free event.

More information is available from Jason Curley at (928) 587-7253 or curley.jason@hotmail.com.

The Curley residence is two miles east of Little Singer School. From Tribal Route 15, exit south at Mile Post 33, and go five miles on Route 6830.

Indian Art and Navajo Rug Auction March 15-16 in Prescott

A Spring Indian Art and Navajo Rug Auction takes place March 15-16 at Smoki Museum in Prescott, Ariz.

Organizers expect to sell more than 200 pieces of traditional and contemporary Indian art and 300 Navajo weavings.

At 5 p.m. on March 15 and 11 a.m. on March 16 Indian art will be auctioned. Navajo rugs will be auctioned at 1 p.m.

More information about previewing art is available by calling the Smoki Museum at (928) 445-1230. The Smoki Museum is located at 147 N. Arizona Ave. in Prescott.

Holbrook High School offers tutoring to prepare students for AIMS

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) math testing will occur on April 9. Meeting the AIMS math standard is a graduation requirement in the state of Arizona.

In order to assist high school juniors and seniors who have not met the AIMS math standard, the Holbrook High School math department will offer systematic after-school tutoring twice a week.

The sessions are from 3:45-5:15 p.m. on Mondays with Mrs. Yazzie and Mrs. Ross in room B-2, and on Wednesdays with Mr. Yazzie and Mr. Wehrman in room B-4. School officials will provide activity bus passes.

Questions can be answered by calling Principal Lance Phaturos at (928) 524-2815.

Western Navajo Diné Justice Center grand opening Feb. 15 in Tuba City

In partnership with the Navajo Nation, the Tuba City Chapter is celebrating the grand opening of its new Western Navajo Diné Justice Center on Feb. 15 at 10 a.m. in Tuba City, Ariz.

The Western Navajo Diné Justice Center is an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funded development, made possible with the efforts of many organizations and communities, as well as local, state and federal governments.

This Justice Center will streamline the judicial system for the tribe, county, state, and federal courts. The center is the first of its kind to preside on the Navajo Nation. This building will encompass the Department of Corrections, the Department of Public Safety, and a Judicial Department under one roof.

Chapter officials anticipate more than 1,000 people from the community plus the local media to be present for this event. All donors and sponsors will be recognized during this event.

More information on the event is available by contacting the To'Nanees'Dizi Local Government at (928) 283-3284 or by email at tubacityjusticegrandopening@gmail.com.


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