For the third consecutive year, volunteers will head to Grand Falls in Leupp to pull trash out of the Little Colorado River. Trash collects by the ton at the base of Grand Falls—also known as Chocolate Falls—and can eventually end up in Grand Canyon National Park at a sacred site known as The Confluence where the Little Colorado feeds into the Colorado. This year's clean-up will span two days, Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7.
Volunteers are welcome to help out for any portion of time over the two days. Volunteers should dress to get muddy and wet and bring food, water, sunscreen and work gloves. Work will begin at 9:30 a.m. and continue until dusk on both days.
Volunteers with trucks and trailers are needed to haul trash to the Cinder Lake Landfill on both Friday and Saturday. The dump closes at 4 p.m. on Friday and 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. Organizers have coordinated with landfill managers to waive any dump fees for this event. Also needed will be: heavy duty trash or compacter bags, shovels and wheelbarrows. In past years, kayakers have brought boats to take on the water to collect hard-to-reach trash.
To get to the site, take I-40 15 miles east from Flagstaff, take exit 211 at Winona. Drive 2.3 miles north to Leupp Road. Turn right and drive 20.3 miles to unpaved and unsigned Indian Road 6910 (between mileposts 5 and 6). Turn left and drive along this rough road 9.4 miles to the turnoff on the left, which leads to the falls overlook (do not cross the Little Colorado River). Grand Falls can also be accessed from Indian Road 70 (instead of 6910). This road is located 15 miles along Leupp Road (5.3 miles before Road 6910). Follow Road 70 8.4 miles to the same turnoff on the left before the Little Colorado River (Roads 6910 and 70 join together just before the turnoff). See Grand Falls Cleanup on Facebook for carpool information.
Health fair full of freebies
Now in its tenth year, the Flagstaff Small Business & Community Health Fair is set for Friday, April 6, at the Aquaplex, 1702 N. Fourth St. Each year more than 400 participants attend to receive free health screenings and to learn about health and wellness services in northern Arizona. The Small Business & Community Health Fair is sponsored by North Country HealthCare, and the purpose of the event is to create healthier communities by offering free health and wellness services to the greater Flagstaff community – all in a fun, interactive environment. Participants can take advantage of free health screenings, including free baseline blood tests (reservations at northcountryhealthcare.org/event-directory/sbchf/attendees/); free chair massages; free diet and fitness advice; natural and alternative care information; insurance options and alternatives; on-site mammography (call 522-9404 to schedule); information about free or low-cost wellness programs and much more. The health fair is free and open to the public.