Community briefs for 3/9/14

Local coordinators honored for blood drive work

Kim Angelo, Mary Hostetler and Monique McCartney of Flagstaff Medical Center were among the top 3 percent of award-winning blood drive coordinators honored Feb. 14 by United Blood Services, earning a Hero Award for providing the largest impact on the blood supply. 

Of the 1,100 organizations that sponsored blood drives last year, FMC was among the top 29 organizations across Arizona that qualified for the Hero Award. 

Hero Awards were also earned by blood drive coordinators Bonnie Bouschet from Flagstaff Mall The Marketplace, as well as Eric Davis RE/MAX Peak Properties. 

Navajo taco dinner to raise money for team travel

A Flagstaff team is raising money to travel to a LifeSmarts competition. LifeSmarts is an educational tool available for students in grades 6-12 that teaches teens consumer knowledge, including personal finance, technology and more. Teams, with the support of an adult coach, begin competition online. The highest-scoring online teams are invited to a live state competition, and teams that win their state competition are invited to attend the national LifeSmarts championship. 

This year, the Flagstaff team has advanced to the championship April 26-29 in Orlando, Fla. This is the 13th year that a team from the Flagstaff Home Educators has represented Arizona at the national tournament run by the National Consumer League.

Juniors Paul Bearchell, Nathan Blanchard, Emma Gindorf and team captain Morgan Maycumber, and freshman Sophie Gindorf make up this year’s team.

The team is having a Navajo taco dinner and silent auction on Thursday, March 13, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., to help raise funds for travel expenses. Donations to help with travel and hotel expenses can be sent to Flagstaff Home Educators, P.O. Box 31236, Flagstaff, AZ 86003. 

Musicians needed for concert series

Flagstaff Recreation Services is seeking bands to play a two-hour concert during its popular summer Concerts in the Park series. Bands must supply all equipment, play a two-hour set, play on a Wednesday evening in June or July and must be appropriate for a family audience. 

Interested bands can submit a demo CD to the Recreation office at the Flagstaff Aquaplex, 1702 N. Fourth St., or mail a demo CD to Flagstaff Recreation Services, Attn: Claire Harper 211 W. Aspen Ave., Flagstaff, AZ 86001 by the close of business on Friday, March 14. 

For more information, contact the City of Flagstaff Recreation Department at 213-2311. 

Parks board seeks members

The Arizona State Parks Board is seeking recreation enthusiasts from all Arizona counties to serve in an advisory capacity. Currently, there are two openings for the Arizona Outdoor Recreation Coordinating Commission. Applications are available to download at The openings will fill positions on this board vacant as of Jan. 31. Appointments will be made retroactive to the actual dates of expired terms.

The AORCC serves in an advisory capacity to the Arizona State Parks Board and reviews statewide outdoor recreation plans and approves the use of grant funds from various funding sources for projects both at Arizona State Parks and across the state of Arizona. The governor appoints members to three-year terms. 

The deadline for submitting an application is 5 p.m. Friday. More information about each of the committees and an application can be found on the Arizona State Parks website at or call the Arizona State Parks offices at (602) 542-4174.

Free mental health class offered

Registration is now open for a free peer class for anyone suffering from mental illness including anxiety, bipolar, depression, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress, obsessive compulsive disorder and panic disorder. 

Sponsored by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Flagstaff, the three-month class will be taught by trained peer-teachers who are experienced at living well with mental illness. They will teach participants to feel more in control, plan recovery, calm thinking, and deal with providers and the public. The classes will be Wednesdays, March 19-May 21. All instruction and course materials are free.

Space is limited. To register call 779-3413 or email