American Legion Post 14: We have a website! It's basic right now, and we're working out some kinks, but as we all get used to using it, we anticipate this will become a more regular means of communicating with our Legion family. Check out www.al14.org. Thank you to S.A.L. Area C Vice Commander Ron Martin for setting this up! And speaking of the S.A.L., on July 27, they are hosting pool and dart tournaments at the Post to help sponsor the Kingman Krush Little League baseball team get to their national championship. Starting at noon, come on down and have some fun. Even if you don't play pool or darts, but would just like to drop off a donation, we're on the corner of Third and Oak in old town Kingman. Call us at (928) 753-3555. On a broader note, The American Legion National Emergency Fund will help Legion family members affected by the Yarnell fire. Requests must be submitted directly to state headquarters. Forms are available on the website www.legion.org. Anyone can make a donation to the fund by going to the same website. Post 79 in Yarnell is heavily involved in getting its community back on its feet. We picked up the 2014 membership cards at convention. Even though your 2013 card is good until the end of December, renewing early saves resources that can be used for other programs. You can save a stamp by dropping off your dues at Post 14. Our hours are noon to 6 p.m. every day.
Belles of St. Mary's: Dear Readers, we must share a special episode in our quiet but steady devotions to our God and country. The stage was set for a regular 8 a.m. Mass on July 4. Many preparations had been completed for the Rosary to be recited immediately after Mass - but wait - a bonafide/genuine crisis! There were too many Catholics! Our little historic 107-year-old church was wall-to-wall with no standing room left! Outside, determined, patriotic worshipers were still making their way to the little church. What to do, what to do? As if on cue from "Above," we all streamed over to our main church building, 1967 vintage. The red, white and blue flower arrangements festooned with small American flags were quickly transplanted, the air conditioning was fired up, the lights were triggered, our priest was redirected and the Holy Mass was begun. All flowed smoothly as if rehearsed, except for one tiny, teensey, little blip - the "Lectionary" was not transported from Church A to Church B! But again, not to worry - our own fearless World War II-era lector, Alice Longwell, resolutely and calmly produced her own copy of the "Magnificat" and read God's words to us. It was great! Mass ended and we continued our devotions by praying the Rosary with each decade led by a different ministry group. We ended these wonderful hours of prayer with a heartfelt rendition of "Amazing Grace." Fr. Matthew's beaming smile at the final blessing showed us all that he was well pleased with his flock. I know our God was too.
Friday Afternoon Bridge Club: The winners on July 5 were: first place, Wolfgang Vorbau and Dan Lordahl; second place, Donna Blaschak and Bryan Carlson; and tied for third, fourth and fifth place, Kay Klaus and Jerry Lipson, Jim Blaschak and Lorraine Leenhouts, and Julia Caughlin and Bert Leenhouts.
Kingman Arizona Computer Users Group: KACUG invites you to join their meeting from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Kathryn Heidenreich Adult Center, 1776 Airway Ave. We have a wireless network set up at the Heidenreich Center for those who wish to bring their laptops. Please be sure your battery is fully charged if you plan to use your laptop at this meeting. Our July presentation will be by Tom Acree: How to make a web page in Web Page Maker software. For more details, see our website: www.kingmanazcug.com. Annual dues are $12 per person; you may pay at the meeting. You do not have to own a computer to be a member. All people with an interest in computers are welcome, experience not necessary. We have been an active computer users group in Kingman for over 19 years. If you have just purchased a computer or are contemplating buying your first computer, you are welcome to attend. For more information, please contact president Gloria Richhart at (928) 377-6726.
Kingman Kut-Ups Square Dance Club: The club's next event is the Dance in the Park on Sunday with caller Mike Wilder. This will be a Hawaiian Luau at Ramada 1 at Centennial Park, 3333 Harrison. The potluck will begin at 4 p.m. followed by dancing. For more information, call (928) 565-3058.
Kingman Pinochle Club: The winners on June 29 were: first, Flo Ragsdale; second, Joann Brown; and third, John Goryl. The winners on July 6 were: first, Rose Lesniewski; second, Bob Bennett; and third, Barbara Stoefen. For more information, call Pat at (928) 718-1253.
Kingman Republican Men's Club: Kingman Republican Men's Club will meet on Monday at the Dambar Steakhouse, 1960 E. Andy Devine Ave. (across from the post office). Meeting time is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.; feel free to come early. The speaker for this highly anticipated meeting is state Rep. Doris Goodale, R-Kingman. She and her group will be presenting the second of our series on Common Core, which is a momentous change to the educational system. The first session on Common Core was explosive, and we anticipate no less for this meeting. As always, the meeting costs $3 and lunch is optional and on your own. It is open to the public, and feel free to bring a friend. No reservations are necessary. We will also be raffling off some tickets to benefit a youth group, as our group is growing. Come be part of the action. For more information, contact (928) 530-3637.
Rescued Unwanted Furry Friends Foundation: RUFFF is holding a fundraiser sponsored by Calico's Restaurant, 418 W. Beale St., Kingman, from 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. July 19. Make plans to enjoy a great breakfast, lunch and/or dinner, and benefit the homeless animals of the Tri-State and beyond. RUFFF is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization currently caring for nearly 300 abandoned/homeless cats, dogs, potbelly pigs and goats. The RUFFF-ians will love you for it...hope to see you there...you won't leave hungry and you'll help feed RUFFF's residents at the same time!
VFW Post 10386: On Saturday, the Post will be hosting the dinner. They are having a fish fry from 5 to 6 p.m. for a donation of $7. The Mohave County Veterans Day Parade committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the VFW Post 10386; anyone interested in helping please attend this meeting. On July 20, at the Ladies Auxiliary Dinner, we will have live music by Gary and Fay Palmer beginning at 6:30 p.m. We are located at 3036 John L Ave. For more information, call (928) 757-9191.
Wednesday Party Bridge: The winners on July 3 were: first place, Lorna Gabby; second place, Barbara Brown; and third place, Shirley McQuinn. The winners on June 26 were: first place, Barry Pope; second place, Rita Selk; and third place, Fay Pope.