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Organizations: July 3, 2014

American Legion Auxiliary Swaskegame Unit 14: Welcome to the new administrative year, 2014-15. Your new corps of unit officers is to be installed at 2 p.m. Sunday. After the dust settles with an additional appointment or two, the list will be published. Better yet, come to the installation and/or the first meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to find out firsthand who they are. Carol Bahr, Dana Brock and Rebecca Faris have returned from the state convention with information and awards to present to the unit -another reason to attend the next meeting. Your new department president is Jane Shoemaker from Peoria and the District 7 president is Ellen Hampton from Ash Fork. We hope everyone has a safe and fun Fourth of July. Remember to fly your American flag as our country celebrates its 238th birthday.

American Legion Post 14: The post will be closed for the Fourth of July. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause, but it's a lonely and empty place on holidays, since "other plans" pre-empt members stopping by; this isn't cost-effective. When we start having events on holidays again, and more members participate, it will be easier to be open. Speaking of events, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, the post, auxiliary, and S.A.L. will be installing new officers for 2014-2015. Come meet your new leadership and tell them what you'd like to see happen in the next year. On July 12, we'll be partnering with Mother Road Harley Davidson for their customer appreciation barbecue. We enjoy doing this for them and are grateful for the opportunity to do a little fundraising. Post 14 is on the corner of Third and Oak Streets in old town Kingman; call us at (928) 753-3555.

Belles of St. Mary's: Let us tend to the most important points first: First Friday (6 p.m.) and First Saturday (3:15 p.m.) devotions are scheduled this weekend. Today is the feast day of Didymus (aka St. Thomas) - don't you love that name? With our prayer life now in order, we proceed: Top of the list, middle of the list and bottom of the list now at a critical point - our annual picnic is 29 days away! Many of you are still playing hard to get - we need you, we invite you, we cherish you. As a family of Christ-centered believers, this is where and when we can play as well as pray together. We will have bingo, face painting, a cakewalk, Duck Mania (with real, live duckettes), music and (drum roll please) professional emcees Joe Cuccia and young Mr. Blanco (recently returning from St. Mary Choir). Mr. Cuccia's dance card includes triumphs at the Tropicana and Avi resorts and many local appearances. I dare you to top this. Picnic meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Parish Center. Let's do this. Prizes to be won at this picnic are spectacular - dinners, hair cuts, Belles offering two scooters with helmets, paintings by local artists, oil changes, tickets to visit Keepers of the Wild and the grand-grand prize: a Galaxy Tab 3 by Samsung. Tickets are at St. Vincent-St. Mary and church steps - buy now, win later!

Brunch Bunch Motorcycle Riders: The schedule for the month of July is as follows: Wednesday is our Wikieup Ride to the RV Resort and Café. July 16 is our Oatman/Laughlin picnic ride. We will be riding to Flagstaff/Meteor Crater on an overnight ride on July 23. Our Yarnell Ride will be on July 30. Every Sunday we have an impromptu ride; we leave Kingman at 8:30 a.m. All rides leave from the I-40 Exit 48 Chevron, 777 W. Beale St., at 8:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome to ride with us. (928) 530-2555.

Kingman Computer User Group: The Kingman Computer User Group will have its next meeting from 2-4 p.m. July 13 at the Kathryn Heidenreich Adult Center, 1776 Airway Ave. Everyone needs to know how to back up their files. We will be covering how to save to a thumb drive, SD drive, exterior drive, CD, and DVD.

Friday Afternoon Bridge Club: The winners on June 20 were: first place, Mary Jean Clegg and Wolfgang Vorbau; second place, Bryan Carlson and Trey Gordon; and third place, Gladys Smith and Coie O'Malley.

Kingman Pinochle Club: The winners on June 28 were: first, Charlene Graves; second, Rose Lesniewski; and third, Pat Knudson. For more information, call Pat at (928) 718-1253.

Kingman Tennis Club: We have evening walk-in tennis at 5 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, and morning walk-in tennis is at 8 a.m. on Saturdays. We meet at the tennis courts in Centennial Park. The cost is $2 for members and $3 for non-members. Please wear tennis shoes and bring a racquet. Our club provides the tennis balls and pays the court fees. We will place you in a doubles match based on your skill level. Beginners are welcome and we will assign someone to help you get started. We are offering a free Tennis Play Day for children ages 6-14 at 2 p.m. July 19. Arrive a few minutes early to get signed up. We will be having more Tennis Play Day events on Aug. 16, Sept. 13 and Oct. 11. For more information on these events, or if you are interested in joining the Kingman Tennis Club, please contact Brooke Fix at (928) 753-5684. Come play tennis with us!

Mohave Community Choir: Our practices start up again on Aug. 7. We will be practicing for our October concert, which will feature ensemble duets and will have full choir numbers. If you are interested in participating in our practices and concerts, you should be high school aged and over. Please contact Andrew Campagnuolo at (928) 757-5104. Our regular weekly practices will be at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day Saints, 3180 Rutherford Drive. Important: we are looking for a new director for our choir. This would be a volunteer position and the duties would include conducting practices and rehearsals. If you are interested in this position, contact Andrew at the number listed above.

Mohave County Genealogical Society: For the last meeting, I brought a guest, Lorraine. We hope she found the meeting interesting and helpful and will return. Regarding the library display, a suggestion was given to form a committee to come up with ideas and plans. Further discussions about the display and the group logo were tabled until our next meeting. There was no new business. Member updates included Shirley, who gave some ideas about what she might do with her research thus far. Bette and Andi also gave updates. Averil gave a presentation about organizing research files when first starting out. It can definitely save time as one gets more information and prevents getting the same material over and over again. Bette will be giving the July presentation. Our next meeting is at 1 p.m. Wednesday. We meet the second Wednesday of the month at the Mohave County Museum of History and Art, 400 E. Beale St. There is no museum fee for attending the meetings. We invite anyone interested in his or her family history to visit us even if you are just beginning or have worked on it for a while.

Rescued Unwanted Furry Friends Foundation (RUFFF): RUFFF has many, many wonderful dogs and cats looking for their forever loving home. We hold daily adoptions by appointment and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To adopt, you'll need a verifiable Tri-State address, photo I.D., a fenced yard for dogs, written permission from landlord if renting, a donation to RUFFF to help offset veterinary expenses, and a loving home. All animals are spayed/neutered and vaccinated - cats are Felv/Fiv tested. To schedule an appointment, please call (928) 565-BARK (2275). RUFFF is seeking volunteers to help with daily chores, such as cleaning, watering, feeding and socializing with the animals. If you have even two hours to spare and love animals, please call (928) 565-BARK (2275).

Thursday Party Bridge: Eight members met June 26. The winners were: first, Dorothy Jackson; second, Lois Cantrell; and third, Julia Caughlin.

VFW Post 10386: There will be a Men's and Ladies' Auxiliary Dinner from 5-6 p.m. on Saturday. The cost is $8 and the menu will be pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans and chips. We will be having our post dinner from 5-6 p.m. July 12. The cost is $8 and the menu will be pot roast, potatoes, carrots, salad, rolls and dessert. Our Ladies Auxiliary Dinner will be from 5-6 p.m. July 19. The cost is $8 and they will be serving barbecue chicken. On July 26 we will be having a memorial service for Ed Lyon at 11 a.m. Our Men's Auxiliary Dinner will be from 5-6 p.m. July 26. The cost is $8 and the menu will be grilled chicken breasts, baked beans, salad, rolls and dessert.

Wednesday Party Bridge: The winners on June 25 were: first place, Barry Pope; second place, Barbara Brown and third place was tied between Carolyn Johnston and Winnie Rankin.


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