Belles of St. Mary's: The bishop is coming! The bishop is coming! Finally, after years of planning, dreaming, setbacks, new progress and setbacks (again), our own Bishop Olmstead will actually be here in Kingman for the official groundbreaking of our long-awaited church expansion. Architects are busily drawing their last specs, the general contractor is verifying his specs and Father Matthew and the diocese are finalizing and visualizing the finished temple. It is so very exciting. So - this Friday, we begin the process with Holy Mass at 6 p.m. Then we march across the street for the groundbreaking official launch (we have helmets, and shovels and dignitaries!). Oh my! After this very positive and blessed performance, we turn in precision drill and have cake and drink served up by the Belles with their usual calm demeanor and gentility. All are invited and expected for this giant step forward. P.S. - The plans for this project are wonderful and beautiful, as appropriate for this, our offering to our God. See you there, yes?
Friday Afternoon Bridge Club: The winners on July 12 were: first place, Lorraine Leenhouts and Bert Leenhouts; second place, Wolfgang Vorbau and Dan Lordahl; and third place, John Goryl and Julia Caughlin.
Kingman Area School Retirees' Association: KASRA will be meeting at a new location on Tuesday. Members please take note that the meeting will be held at 11 a.m. at Dora's Beale Street Deli, 509 E. Beale St. between Fourth and Fifth streets. Our guest speaker will be Toni Bigelow, winner of our 2012/13 mini-grant. Toni will tell us how the funds were used and who benefited from them. Vice president Sandi Minkler will read a report from Duane Nelson, our state president-elect, on the 2013 state convention, and our display board will be available to enjoy! The summer is flying by and the start of a new school year is just around the corner. That means it is time for all of us to gather school supplies to donate to those students in need. Please bring your contributions to the meeting. For additional information you may call Paul Tribbett at (928) 753-6481.
Kingman Elks Lodge No. 468: The following is a list of events for the coming week: Thursday: Taco Thursday, 5 to 7 p.m., main lodge dining room. Bingo: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. (doors open at 4 p.m.); for information call Boot Quintana at (928) 753-3557. Friday night dinner, 5 to 7 p.m., main lodge dining room. Tuesday: Pizza night, 5 to 7 p.m., main lodge dining room. Wednesday: Meeting night every second and fourth Wednesday; food service, from 5 to 7 p.m., is provided in the club room. Lunch is served in the club room Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information on any of the above events, except bingo, call (928) 753- 2547. Special events for the coming week: The Lodge needs volunteers for the Christmas in July dinner to be held from 5 to 7 p.m. July 27.
Kingman Pinochle Club: The winners on July 13 were: first, Tom Suminski; second, Bob Bennett; and third, Joann Brown. For more information, call Pat at (928) 718-1253.
Mohave Community Choir: The Choir will begin meeting again early in August. Watch the Kingman Daily Miner for the time, date and location.
Mutt Matchers and Friends: Because of the "horrific" heat, the Mutt Matchers and Friends annual Putt for Mutts golf tournament was canceled. It will instead be at 8 a.m. Oct. 26 at Cerbat Cliffs Golf Course. We have a set of women's golf clubs that we'll be raffling off for $5 a ticket. Raffle tickets can be purchased at our dog rescue center at 1001 Buchanan St. or at the golf tournament. The entry fee is $25, plus green fees. Cash prizes will be given for first, second and third places. Please come and golf for our dogs! Call us at (928) 718-4364 for more information. All proceeds go to Mutt Matchers and Friends, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Republican Women of Kingman: The RW of Kingman will hold a lunch meeting on Monday at ABC Restaurant, 2890 E. Andy Devine Ave. The lunch will be fried chicken or Chinese buffet at a cost of $12 and will be served at 11:30 a.m. The meeting will begin at noon. The guest speaker will be Mohave County Treasurer Cindy Landa Cox.
TOPS AZ 0287 Kingman: Take Off and Keep Off Pounds Sensibly held a meeting July 12. Thank you notes were read from those who received chapter money baskets in the raffle at State Recognition Days. Baskets were created by Laura Hignite and Marj Snell from money collected from the members. There was a discussion concerning those who wish to order T-shirts for Fall Rally to be held at Topoc in November. MiMi Bonney gave instructions for our new contest and gave each a yarn octopus to be decorated each week to members who achieve goals, this week being necklaces and bowties. Patsy Brocnik received a special recognition pin for being chapter news chairperson for 10 years. TOPS Ballerina was achieved by Mary Byford, and Nancy Hilton was KOPS Ballerina. New members Irene Pierce and Carol Rose were welcomed. Ten non-consecutive losses charm: Kathy Duncan and Connie Rule; KOPS turning in 13 gold pins award: Barbara Cole, B.J. Ridgeway and Danny Velderrain; achieving a 25-pound weight loss charm: Eleanor Velderrain; turning in 13 weeks of calorie charting: Rae Bonney, Ruth Cisney and Darlene Sweet; six weeks of consecutive losses: Camille Patula; six months of perfect attendance: Ruth Cisney; best losers in all divisions: Mary Byford and Theresa Riordan; perfect attendance beads were given to 36 members; KOPS at or below goal: 18 members; water award was won by Patti Blackwell; exercising and walking awards were won by Vaneta Barnes, Patsy Brocnik, Ruth Cisney, Theresa Riordan, Darlene Sweet and Rachel Thalrose; and KOPS at or below goal six months to Pat Gnodle. Our chapter meets each Friday morning at St. John's Methodist Church in the social hall. Weigh-in begins at 7:30 a.m., closing at 9. The meeting begins at 9:30, closing at 10:30. Visitors and new members are welcome. For more information call Ruth Cisney at (928) 377-8795 or (800) 932-8677, or visit our website, www.tops.org.
VFW Post 10386: On Saturday, the Ladies Auxiliary dinner will be Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, gravy, salad, vegetable and dessert from 5 to 6 p.m. for a donation of $7. Live music by Gary and Fay Palmer will begin at 6:30 p.m. The Ladies Auxiliary meeting is at 10 a.m. Saturday. Our next breakfast will be from 8 to 10 a.m. July 28. The next Mohave County Veterans Parade meeting will be at 1:30 p.m. July 27 at VFW Post 10386. We are currently looking for a dependable, reliable and experienced volunteer bartender. Contact Melyssa at (928) 757-9191. We are located at 3036 John L Ave.
Vietnam Veterans of America, Mohave County Chapter 975: VVA Mohave County Chapter 975 will be meeting at 6 p.m. July 25 at VFW Post 10386, 3036 John L Ave. in Kingman. For more information, call (928) 681-4709.
Wednesday Party Bridge: The winners on July 10 were: first place, Shirley McQuinn; second place, Lorna Gabby; and third place, Rita Selk.