2020 Grand Canyon, Tusayan Regional Events

| November 30, 2020



The following is a compilation of upcoming events in the Grand Canyon, Tusayan region. To share your upcoming events, please attend the next Tusayan-Grand Canyon Wellness Group meeting is held from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month. Normally, meetings at the Big E Steakhouse and Saloon, Building 395, Arizona State Route 64, Tusayan, and from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month at the Xanterra Purchasing Office, Albright Street, Grand Canyon.

Can’t attend the meetings in person? Call into conference call number at 605-472-5380, use code 639046. 





2020 Grand Canyon South Rim Chamber of Commerce Community events























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 The 2020 Grand Canyon Trail Half Marathon was a SMASHING Success!

Despite being a blustery and chilly day, the Grand Canyon Trail Half Marathon was a success! Check out what one runner had to say:


“Thank you all for a wonderful event. We very much appreciated the immense precautions and preparedness you took to allow for a live running event on such a great day in an iconic place. Us runners got to enjoy a seamless event and it was so evident how much work had gone in to make it so! The race swag was great, the course outlines so well marked, and the people all so friendly. The finish area was exciting and a great end to a nice run. Kudos to you all for what you bring to running in Arizona.” – Sarah J.


Thank you so much to the following for making this event so spectacular:

  • Run Tucson
  • The Town of Tusayan
  • The Kaibab National Forest 
  • The Grand Canyon Chocolate Factory
  • Buck Wild Hummer Tours
  • Pink Jeep Tours
  • Grand Canyon Jeep Tour and Safari
  • Bearizona
  • The Tusayan Fire Dept
  • Grand Canyon Bikes
  • Bright Angel Bikes
  • Papillon Helicopters
  • Maverick Helicopters
  • Wendy’s
  • McDonalds
  • We Cook Pizza
  • Plaza Bonita
  • Canyon Plaza Hotel
  • 7 Mile Lodge
  • Red Feather Lodge
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Chamber of Commerce Elections Are Coming Up!

The Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau is seeking nominations for its annual Board of Director member election in December.  There are 3 open seats.


To be eligible, the nominee must represent a Grand Canyon-Tusayan business and be a current full Chamber member in good standing.  No more than one representative is allowed from any one full Chamber Member.  Nominations must include a short bio (65-90 words max) of the potential candidate and a signed statement confirming eligibility and willingness to serve.


Elections will be held in December by mail ballot.  The board has a total of seven members with a portion of the group elected each year.  Board meetings are held monthly on the first Tuesday at 10:00 am.


For more information contact the Chamber Office at 928-638-2901. Mail nominations by November 24th to PO Box 3007, Grand Canyon AZ 86023 or email to grandcanyonchamber@gmail.com.

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The Town of Tusayan is planning a Thanksgiving Dinner Food Distribution for residents of Tusayan, and employees of Tusayan Businesses.

The Distribution will include a Turkey (or Turkey Breast), Veggies, Sides, and Rolls. 

This distribution is in the planning stage, and in order to make this a success, the Town of Tusayan would like to get a general idea of how many families and individuals would utilize this generous service. 

In order to do so, they are asking that those who are interested complete the form below by 11/15/2020. 


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If you have an event or news you’d like featured in this Community Newsletter, please send details to grandcanyonchamber@gmail.com




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As always, the Chamber is at your service.

Feel free to stop by or call anytime!

928-638-2901 – 469 Hyw 64, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023


COVID-19 Fund Update:
Grand Canyon Food Pantry
Shortly after it became clear this spring that coronavirus was going to change life as we know it, the United Way of Northern Arizona created the COVID-19 Fund to help nonprofits as they addressed the pandemic.
Thanks to your generosity, UWNA has distributed more than $379,866 to local groups addressing the economic fallout from COVID-19. Typically these grants are for large, round numbers that help these groups as they deal with increased demand for basic needs.
But today we wanted to talk about a smaller, and very specific, grant that is changing lives in the Grand Canyon area: a check for $4,717.29 to the Grand Canyon Food Pantry.
Housed in what used to be the tiny jail in Grand Canyon Village, the food pantry is the brainchild of Michael Scott (pictured left).
A couple of years ago, when he learned that about half of the children in the local school system were on free or reduced lunch, Mike worried about what they did when school was out and organized local churches to make and distribute sandwiches a couple of days a week during the summer.
That led to more partnerships with local government, businesses and St. Mary’s Food Bank to create a Summer Cafe for children. Last year, these partners formed a nonprofit to create the food pantry and a year-round effort to address food insecurity.
When it started last spring, the food pantry used a grant to purchase a walk-in refrigerator, but also received a donation of a second walk-in unit. Checking with contractors, it was discovered that for $4717.29, that second unit could be converted into a freezer.
“Having 18,000 cubic feet of freezer would allow us to safely store rescued and donated proteins as well as bakery items, such as bread, to distribute to our clients,” Mike wrote in his grant application.
This is how your donations are making a difference to many families in the Grand Canyon area. In March and April alone, it is estimated that the pantry assisted between 15% to 18% of the population there.
It’s common now to talk about “coronavirus fatigue” as the pandemic stretches from weeks to months, but the need being felt by our fellow residents in northern Arizona is real and continuing.
With our partners and fueled by your generosity, UWNA is continuing the work of quickly transforming donations into solutions as we collectively deal with this crisis and the economic recovery to come.
If you can, please consider a donation to the COVID-19 Fund today.
1515 E. Cedar Ave. Suite D-1 Flagstaff, AZ 86004
928-773-9813 nazunitedway.org



Grand Canyon Community News Update


Community Announcements

As the affects of COVID – 19 evolve we want to keep you informed of changes and updates.  We will be making changes to the site regularly so please visit often.  We want to caution you about scams surrounding the pandemic and to exercise caution with web searches and email phishing scams.  One of the reasons for keeping up this site is to direct you to authoritative resources.  If you have anything you would like to add please email Laura Chastain.



Community Meetings

There are many groups that are working to address community concerns – click here to learn more.


Keep Fit

Follow CDC Guidelines on social distancing – maintain 6 feet between you and others.  Getting out for walks/runs is ok if you follow the social distancing guidelines.


Community Resources

Do you or does someone you know need a little or a lot of assistance.  Check out all of these resources.




Precautions are being taken due to coronavirus (COVID-19)
Confirmed cases in Grand Canyon/Tusayan: 5 (confirmed on 6/05)

The South Rim’s South Entrance is now open 24 hours/day. Some visitor services and overnight accomodations are available.

Entrances fees should be paid at automated fee machines or by purchasing a pass in advance from nearby third-party vendors, or online, through Recreation.gov. Click here or above for more information

News Release Date: May 27, 2020

Contact: Office of Communications, 928-638-7779

Grand Canyon, AZ – Grand Canyon National Park implemented Stage 2 fire restrictions for the South Rim May 25, which will be effective until further notice.

Due to increased fire danger, all wood burning and charcoal fires, including campfires, warming fires, and charcoal barbeques, will be prohibited on the South Rim of the park. This includes all campgrounds and residential areas. Pressurized liquid or gas stoves, lanterns, and heaters are allowed. Click here or above for more information.


COVID-19 Grand Canyon Community Resources





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Resilient Arizona Crisis Counseling Program to Provide Free and Confidential Support and Connections to Resources for Arizona Residents Impacted by COVID-19

New Bilingual Statewide Program Accessible via 2-1-1 Arizona


Tempe, Arizona, [June 24, 2020] – In partnership with the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) and made possible by Federal Emergency Management Agency Grant funding, Crisis Response Network (CRN) announces that the new Resilient Arizona Crisis Counseling Program launched on July 22, 2020, to provide 100% free and confidential support and connections to resources for Arizona residents impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Accessible via CRN’s existing 2-1-1 statewide information and referral phone number, the Resilient Arizona Crisis Counseling Program is a bilingual (English and Spanish), federally-funded program that will connect callers to crisis counseling providers in their area throughout the state of Arizona.

The mission of Resilient Arizona CCP is to assist individuals and communities in recovering from the psychological effects of the Coronavirus pandemic through crisis counseling services which include community-based outreach, emotional support and educational services.

Crisis counseling seeks to prevent the onset of diagnosable disorders by helping individuals understand they are experiencing common reactions to extraordinary occurrences. All services are provided at no cost and are available to anyone who has been impacted by the pandemic. These services are provided in safe, accessible telephonic and virtual locations. Services can be provided in a group setting or one-on-one and include supportive crisis counseling, education, development of coping skills, and connection to appropriate resources.

Crisis counselors help enhance social and emotional connections to others in the community, and promote effective coping strategies and resilience. The counselors also work closely with community organizations to familiarize themselves with available resources to then refer and connect individuals and families to other necessary services.

Crisis counseling services for the Resilient Arizona Crisis Counseling Program will be provided by the following organizations:

  • Crisis Preparation and Recovery (CPR)
  • Empact – Suicide Prevention Center
  • Family Involvement Center (FIC)
  • La Frontera Center
  • The Guidance Center (TGC)
  • RI International

While counseling provider hours will vary, bilingual live-answer service on 2-1-1 is available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days per week. On July 1, 2020, new funding from the Arizona Department of Economic Security will allow 24/7 operation of bilingual live-answer service on the statewide line.

Further information on the Resilient Arizona Crisis Counseling Program can be accessed through its website, www.resilientarizona.org.

“On behalf of CRN, I want to express our sincere gratitude to the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System for the opportunity to provide access to these potentially life-saving crisis counseling services to Arizona residents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic through 2-1-1,” said Justin Chase, President/CEO of Crisis Response Network. “We are also very grateful to the crisis counseling providers with whom we are working in this important program.”

This publication was made possible by Grant number FEMA-4524-DR-AZ. The views expressed in these materials do not necessarily reflect the official policies or contractual requirements of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), Department of Health and Human Services, and Department of Homeland Security; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.



Grand Canyon Community Support — Assessing services and needs during COVID-19

NPS has created a Community Task Force which meets daily. We are trying to gather information to better understand what needs you may have and to see if we can assist. Please take a moment to answer the following questions – not all questions are required but please make sure you submit at the bottom of the form so any answers you provide are included.
Click here to take the survey (English)
Click here to take the survey (Spanish)

Click here from Community News compiled by the Grand  South Rim Chamber of Commerce

Click here for Community resources compiled by the Grand  South Rim Chamber of Commerce






Community Resources

Do you or does someone you know need a little or a lot of assistance.  Check out all of these resources.


Information below Courtesy Bonn Baudelaire — First Things First

As promised, here are our digital resources to share via Facebook and other social media platforms.  Please feel free to forward this email (bbaudelaire@firstthingsfirst.org), copying and pasting into a new email should work as well!


First Things First Resources Specific to Coronavirus:


First Things First Articles, Videos and Resources on In-Home Learning Activities:


State Resources Specific to Coronavirus:





Town of Tusayan Mayor Sanderson proclamation for Tusayan 03-19-20 regarding COVID-19

Grand Canyon Community Food Pantry is in need of volunteers. Please call Mike Scott 207 229 1228 to sign up


Through Nov. 14, 2020

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