Volunteers with the Flagstaff International Relief Effort (F.I.R.E) packed 9.5 tons of clothing and other relief items in 1,450 boxes in time for shipment to Mongolia in a container by Sept. 2. The container will go by sea to Beijing, then by train to Ulan Bator.
Other volunteers are leaving for Mongolia soon to hand-deliver a variety of relief items, including winter clothing, shoes, baby clothes, crutches, wheelchairs, blankets, bedding, vitamin supplements, stuffed animals, medical supplies, sleeping bags and toys for children to the poor of all ages. Many items are for children, including a number of Mongolian orphans.
Not all the donated items fit in the one container, so organizers are pleased to have more than two tons left over for projected shipment June 2005. More than 300 boxes have already been packed with the two tons, and another one ton is waiting to be packed. Seven regular clothing pick-ups are conducted every week. Volunteers are packing as the clothes come in so they will only need to have one or two packing parties next spring.
Volunteers will give a slide show of the trip upon their return.
More more information, call Lisa Lamberson at David Edwards Photography, 779-1966.
Foreign language conference starts today
The Arizona Language Association (AZLA) annual conference starts today at 1 p.m. on the Lone Tree Campus of Coconino Community College. Registration opens at noon.
Saturday sessions run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and include lunch.
The two-day conference provides quality professional development for kindergarten through 12th grade and post-secondary teachers of a foreign language or English as a second language.
Certificates of attendance are available for service credits.
Some of the session themes include: Early language learning; obtaining national board certification; implementing standards; and creating meaningful assessment.
Keynote speaker, Toni Theisen, will present two sessions on "Differentiated teaching strategies" and "Engaging learners."
The Arizona Language Association is the largest professional organization of language educators in Arizona.
Call Barbara Eickmeyer immediately at 226-4258 for more information.
Walk to defeat ALS Saturday
The ALS Association Arizona Chapter is hosting a Flagstaff Walk to D'Feet ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease) Saturday beginning at Foxglenn Park. Participant registration begins at 9 a.m., with the walk starting at 10 a.m.
This disease affects one in 50 families and knows no boundaries, afflicting both men and women of all ages and races.
Last year, walks in Arizona raised more than $130,000 to support vital patient services programs provided by the chapter to those afflicted with ALS in the state. In 2003, more than 900 people supported the walks throughout the state.
The event will feature free food, refreshments, T-shirts and great raffle prizes. All Flagstaff residents are welcome. Day of registration is available.
Walk teams have been formed with family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. Teams have been raising money through donations.
To learn more about the Walk to D'Feet ALS events in Arizona and how to participate, call Maria Garcia, director of events, at (480) 609-3888 or visit www.alsaz.org.
New program features Arizona cooks
For several months, KAET-TV/Channel 8 has been collecting "hot & spicy" recipes from viewers across the state.
Eleven Arizonans have been invited to prepare their favorite dishes in the studio with KAET Cooks host Barbara Fenzl. What they all have in common is "heat" — with levels ranging from mild to five-alarm!
Alice Ferris of Flagstaff will showcase her Szechuan Beef recipe during the run of the show.
The station premieres this new marathon cooking event Saturday at noon and 3 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 23 at 9 a.m.
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