Community News

Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce Newsletter

August 26, 2018


Community Announcements
Welcome to the Grand Canyon Community News Weekly email for August 24th.. Our goal is to combine all Grand Canyon area Activities, Events, Meetings, Volunteer Opportunities in one newsletter and send it out weekly. If you have something to contribute please click the links below.

Grand Canyon Music Festival is looking for volunteers to be ushers, assist with retail, host a reception or home cooked dish.

Volunteers are invited to all concerts and receptions following.  Email if you can volunteer or text 928-522-3690.

Shows begin August 24th and run through September 8th.

Grand Canyon Music Festival


Call for 2018 Grand Canyon Celebration of Art Hosts- A Grand Place to Stay

Dear Grand Canyon community members,

The 2018 Celebration of Art is approaching and we are looking for host families for our artists. Hosting an artist is an excellent opportunity for community members to meet individuals from all over the country who appreciate the canyon as we do. Living with a host family during the Celebration of Art is preferred by some artists as they enjoy spending time with those of us that live at Grand Canyon.

Hosted each year by the Grand Canyon Association, the Grand Canyon Celebration of Art is an annual event that includes 6 days of art related events followed by a 4-month long exhibition in Kolb Studio on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

The Celebration of Art features 25 artists from around the country who engage in a plein air competition and exhibition. Park visitors have the opportunity to watch the artists paint as they seek to represent the shifting light and shadow, amazing land forms, and vibrant colors of this vast landscape.

Proceeds from this event will support the goal of funding an art venue at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. This permanent home will ensure that future generations of park visitors will be able to view the stunning art collection in the Grand Canyon National Park Museum and Grand Canyon Association Collections.

The plein air painters will need accommodations from September 7th-16th in order to participate in the event. Artists are typically out of the home before sunrise and gone for the bulk of the day, busy painting the canyon, they may return around lunch time and after sunset. Hosts are not obliged to provide dinner but may do so if they wish. If you have a spare bedroom and would like to volunteer to be a host, you will be rewarded with the experience of a lifetime. Thank you for your consideration.

Heather Peeters
Events Coordinator
Grand Canyon Association

Coconino Community College - Classes located here at the Grand Canyon this Fall!

Coconino Community College has been working hard to bring classes to the Grand Canyon.  This process started several months ago - and we are extremely excited to announce it will happen for this Fall's semester.

Classes include:

BIO 181 Unity of Live

ENG 009 Fundamentals of Composition

MAT 088 Pre-Algebra

SPC 100 Fundamentals of Speech Communication

Classes will be held at the Albright Training Center every other Friday beginning Sept 7th and ending Dec 7th.

For more information call 928-527-1222 or on-line

MOM -  The Mobile Mammography van will be here on September 24th parked at the Best Western - sponsored by Halvorson Seibold. Schedule your appointment today 480-967-3767 or 800-285-0272. 


We have added a lot to our Google Calendar so please take a look here.  
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Community Event
Aug 24th 7:00 pm Movie Night Avengers:Infinity War
Grand Canyon Recreation
Aug 24th 7:30 pm Grand Canyon Music Festival
Opening night - The Catalyst Quartet Concerts
Shrine of the Ages - Reserve your seat now!
Aug 25th 10 am - 2 pm Kids Crafts at Desert View
Featuring guided craft-making with Navajo ambassador Krishel Augustine.
Delaware North
Aug 25th 7:30 pm Grand Canyon Music Festival 
The Catalyst Quartet Concerts 
Shrine of the Ages - Reserve your seat now!
Aug 30th 7:00 pm Ping Pong Tournament
Grand Canyon Recreation
Aug 31st 4:00 pm Grand Canyon Music Festival 
School of Rock 
Shrine of the Ages -Come support our local students!
Aug 31st 7:00 pm Movie Night Deadpool 2
Grand Canyon Recreation
Aug 31st 7:30 pm Grand Canyon Music Festival 
Bonfiglio Group Jazz, Blues with local guests John Vail on Bass and Bryan Stone on Drums 
Shrine of the Ages - Reserve your seat now!
Sept 1st 7:30 pm Grand Canyon Music Festival
A Flute, a Recorder, 10 Strings and 64 Reeds
Shrine of the Ages - Reserve your seat now!
Sep 2nd 5:00 pm Grand Canyon Music Festival
Native American Composer Apprentice Project
Shrine of the Ages
Have a day off?  Learn about the Canyon from a Ranger daily programs include: 
7 am - 11 am - Cedar Ridge Hike
9 am Fossil Walk - Bright Angel Trailhead
10:30 am History Walk - Verkamp's Visitor Center
1:30 pm Canyon Tails - Verkamp's Visitor Center
2 pm Geology Glimpse - Yavapai Geology Museum
3:30 pm Geology Walk - Yavapai Geology Museum
5 pm Critter Chat - Grand Canyon Visitor Center
5:30 pm Condor Talk - Village Ampitheater
Plus evening programs 8:30 pm McKee Amphitheater
Take a drive and head out Tusayan Ruins for a daily tour at 11 am or 1:30 pm and then check out Desert View Watchtower!
Desert View Watchtower is now hosting daily Cultural Demonstrators from 9 am - 4 pm.
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Organized Activities
Kid's Tumbling Wednesdays 3:30 pm fees apply
Grand Canyon Recreation
Girls on the Run - Grades 3rd - 5th Mon/Wed 4 pm - 5:30 pm.  Grades 6th - 8th Tue/Thur 4 pm - 5:30 pm.  Contact
Youth Baseball - Free to Play
Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Chips & Snacks available for sale to support this great group of kids
August and September
Tuesdays 6 pm - 7 pm Ages 5 - 9
Wednesday 6 pm - 7 pm Ages 10 - 13
Grand Canyon Recreation Softball League
Come cheer Monday - Thursday 6 pm
English Classes
Tusayan Town Hall
Mondays and Tuesdays 6-7 pm
Playgroup for kids & parents
Grand Canyon Rec Center
Mondays 10 am - 12 pm
Bible Study and small group discussion
Mondays 7 pm  Canyon Plaza Hotel Atrium sponsored by: The Grand Canyon Community Church
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Community Meetings
Grand Canyon Rotary is doing good things. Interested in learning more we meet weekly on Wednesday's from 12:10 - 1:10 pm at Big E Steakhouse . Please join us or call Laura for more information at 638-2901.
Grand Canyon AA
Grand Canyon chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous meet three times a week at the South Rim on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays in the Kachina Room of Kachina Lodge at 7 pm.
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Field Trips
Grand Canyon Recreation Center
Aug 27th - Snow Bowl Summer Games $18 + Tickets
Aug 28th - Night Hike with Joanne
Aug 29th - Flagstaff Shopping $18
Oh what an opportunity!!! Sign up now and save the dates October 12th - 14th Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta.  Camp 2 nights at Coronado Campground $95 per person.
You must sign up in person at Grand Canyon Recreation Center

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Keep Fit
Grand Canyon Recreation Center
Sun 7:00 pm Yoga
Wed 7:00 pm Yoga
I host keep fit activities
Volunteers/Donations Needed
Grand Canyon PTA
Interested in getting more involved at the school? Contact Cherie Benefield  email or call 928-310-8289. Next meeting Tuesday August 7th at 6 pm in room 206 at the school.  All are welcome - door prizes for members.  Hope to see you there!
Tusayan Fire Department 
We are seeking people with a strong desire to learn and eventually commit to one night a week.  Send anybody you think would be a good candidate to the TFD or have them call 638-FIRE. 
Coconino Community College 

Coconino Communtiy College is also looking for Part-Time Faculty to teach classes here at the Grand Canyon.  They are partnering with the Grand Canyon Chamber, Town of Tusayan, National Park Service and other local businesses to broaden the local educational opportunities with on-site programs.  They want to employ local part-time faculty where possible to help supplement local incomes and provide opportunities to do something new.  If you are interested in a part-time faculty position please clickhere  to fill out an application.

Box-Tops wanted!

Here is an easy way to help our local school - check those boxtops - the school earns $0.10 cash per boxtop. Check your tops clip them and turn them in asap!

Amazon Smile 
Do you shop Easily switch to and support local Grand Canyon organizations.
Shop like you always do but check out through and a portion of your purchase price goes directly to your charity of choice.  To pick your charity search  zip code 86023, and select from multiple local groups such as Grand Canyon PTA, Kaibab Learning Center, or Grand Canyon Association as your charity of choice. SHOP AS NORMAL! Same prices, same policies, same Amazon, no extra money from you! Use this all the time, and help your local community!
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Community Resources
SNAP Program - Do you need help buying food?

We have been working hard to bring a SNAP program to the Grand Canyon area. We hope to have more information soon but if you want to see if you may qualify see below.

Your household must meet certain requirements to be eligible for SNAP and receive benefits. If your State agency determines that you are eligible to receive SNAP benefits, you will receive benefits back to the date you submitted your application.

To see if you might be eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, visit our pre-screening tool.

Note: The FNS SNAP pre-screening eligibility tool is an interactive site with general information about eligibility requirements and how benefits are determined. Sharing your information in that form does not mean you filed an application for benefits. You will still need to submit an application through your State SNAP agency or local SNAP office.

Head Start
Grand Canyon Head Start is accepting applications for childrren from the ages of 3 to 5 years old.
Tusayan Neighborhood Watch
Want to learn about what's happening in our neighborhood.  Join us the 2nd Thursday of the month at 5:30 pm at the Tusayan Fire Station. Next meeting Sept 13th.
Suicide Prevention Training
Perri Spreiser is available to come talk with small groups about suicide prevention.  Her training is 20-30 minutes.  She has been presenting this course over the last year with different NPS groups but is now opening it up to the community.  If you would like to schedule a training with your staff please contact Perri at 928-638-7834 or email