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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 hbraun@cals.arizona.edu. Class size is limited.

Western Navajo Council on Aging Thursday in Cameron

The Western Navajo Council on Aging (WNCOA) is having a meeting Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Cameron Senior Center.

Cameron Senior Center supervisor Alice Begody is requesting that all 14 senior centers let her know how many elders will be attending in order to properly prepare food as needed. She also requests that senior centers' staff bring door prize items to the meeting.

More information is available from Begody at (928) 679-2010.

MSPI Suicide Prevention Conference Thursday and Friday in Tuba City

The Meth and Suicide Prevention Initiatives presents a Suicide Prevention Conference Thursday and Friday at Moenkopi Legacy Inn at One Legacy Lane in Tuba City. The conference will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days inside the Conference Center.

The two-day conference will feature seminars, activities and speakers addressing any and all types of concerns and issues.

Pre-registration is required. More information is available from Mitze Lee or Karen Tisi at (928) 283-2816 or mitze.lee@tchealth.org or karen.tisi@tchealth.org.

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.

Drivers are encouraged to adjust their route and allow extra time to reach their destinations on the hospital campus. TCRHCC advises drivers to proceed with caution, slow down, and be alert for road signs and personnel.

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 held 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).

Those with questions about requirements and fees may call 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).

Navajo Nation Special Diabetes Project central administration office relocation

The Navajo Nation Special Diabetes Project (NNSDP) central administration office has relocated to the log cabin behind the Inn of Navajoland in St. Michael, Ariz. because of the closure of Administration Building 2 in Window Rock, Ariz.

NNSDP is currently waiting for phone service and Internet to be installed at the new offices. Until then, phone messages may be left at the Window Rock Wellness Center at (928) 871-7870.

Cameron Chapter meetings and announcements

A Cameron Chapter planning meeting is scheduled for Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. at Dzil Lebéi Elementary School.

A Cameron Chapter regular meeting is scheduled for Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. at Dzil Lebéi Elementary School.

Questions or concerns can be directed to the Western Navajo Agency Local Governance Service Center in Tuba City, Ariz. at (928) 283-3340.

Country dance at Kootka Hall in Polacca this Saturday

DHD Productions presents the One Ninety One Band at Kootka Hall in Polacca, Ariz. on Saturday. The dance starts at 9 p.m. and the band will play until 1 a.m. Admission is $10 per person.

Organizers say space is limited so they recommend getting there early. A dance contest will take place, as well as One Ninety One CD giveaways. Concessions will also be available.

This is a drug and alcohol free event. More information is available at (928) 737-0174.


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