American Legion Post 14: Today's meeting at 5:30 p.m. will include final nominations for our 2014-2015 officers and elections. All members in good standing are invited to attend. Our first breakfast from the new kitchen will be from 8-10 a.m. on May 17. A donation of $6 per person (members and guests) is requested, and will include scrambled eggs, bacon, hash browns, fruit salad, muffins and coffee/tea/juices, as we get used to our new "digs". Best deal in town! There are still a very few of you who have not yet renewed for 2014. The best way to do this now is to go online to www.legion.org and renew online. Post 14's phone number is (928) 753-3555, and we're still on the corner of Third and Oak in old town Kingman.
Belles of St. Mary's: First to business: The Belles' "End of the Year" potluck is at 6 p.m. Tuesday (note time change). We will have the installation of officers, formal photo shoot, summer agendas and good food promised! Our Lord's temple is progressing nicely. Sheet-rock is going up and gives a wondrous visual proof of what we have accomplished to date. Make a note in your journals or diaries that you prayed and contributed to God's holy temple! Last weekend found the parish parking lot filled with color, food, music, dancing, laughing and memory-making. The vibrant men and women of our faith, both in Kingman and Lake Havasu, staged an event that was a total success. Food we normally only dream about, raffles, gifts, baked goods (Belles' booth) and loud dancing music. It was wonderful - see you there next year, yes? Atencion all aficionados: our own homegrown, local, next-door neighbor athletes need us to turn out and fill the grandstand at Centennial Park. Every summer Tuesday eve will find our softball heroes on the field carrying our banner. Time schedule is in the bulletin. We need us there! We end with - Mother's Day on May 11. The entire month of May is dedicated to the Mother of God, Mary most holy. She shares this one day with the rest of us - blessing us for populating the world. And always gently, urgently, constantly, remind us to teach our children about her one and only son, Jesus Christ, savior of the world. Holy Mother's Day to all of us.
Cerbat Garden Club: The ninth meeting of the season will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. John's United Methodist Church, 1730 Kino Ave. Anyone interested in gardening, floral design, civic beautification and conservation of our natural resources is invited to attend. No gardening experience required. After our regular business meeting and refreshments, our program will be "Making a Succulent Wreath at Home". Our presenter for this program will be Cerbat Garden member Marci Jackson. Marci and her husband moved to Kingman in July 2012 from "the Carolinas" and she quickly became an active Cerbat Garden Club member. She was a Master Gardener in her home state and will be sharing her knowledge with us. She will show us how to create a succulent wreath using many plants found in our gardens and in the greater Kingman area. A portion of each wreath will be created prior to the meeting, with the remainder being completed by members with hands-on guidance by Marci. The techniques learned can be used to create a living wealth for your own home and/or for a unique Arizona gift! If you have any further questions, call Diana at (928) 713-5438.
Democratic Women's Club of Kingman: The Democratic Women's Club will meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Calico's Restaurant. Social time is at 11:30 a.m. and the meeting will begin at noon. This month our guest speaker will be your president, Carol. She will be announcing her run for City Council. We have lots to discuss and plan for our Annual Flag Day Event. This year we can celebrate the brand-new flag pole and flag that our club helped to get erected with the help of the Kingman community. The county Democratic picnic will be held later that day and we will have tickets for sale at $15 each. This year, we will have Felicia Rotalini, candidate for attorney general, as our guest speaker as well as other candidates. Marty, the chairman of the bylaws committee, will ask if anyone has any comments on the pending bylaws and appropriate changes will be made. The final vote will come in June. We will be voting to elect: Carol Decker-Noli as president, Marty Luna Wolfe as vice president, Theresa Evans as secretary and Donna Kennedy as treasurer. Everyone is welcome to come to our meetings, but only Democratic women can join our club. For more information regarding the Democratic Women's Club or the Democratic Party Annual Picnic, you can call Democratic Headquarters at (928) 753-0006.
Friday Afternoon Bridge Club: The winners on May 2 were: first place, John Goryl and Bert Leenhouts; second place, Donna Blaschak and Bryan Carlson; third place, Gretchen Carpenter and Virginia Mead; and fourth place, Trey Gordon and Wolfgang Vorbau.
Kingman Elks Lodge No. 468: Special Events: At 11 a.m. Sunday, we will be having a Mother's Day ceremony and luncheon. All Elks' mothers will receive a long-stemmed red rose. After the ceremony, all are invited to join us for lunch. Elks' mothers eat free and all others pay $10 for a delicious ham dinner. The following is a list of regular events for the coming week for lodge members and their guests. Thursday: Social quarters lunch; soup and salad bar from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Chicken cordon bleu is Thursday's dinner from 5-7 p.m. Friday lunch is a captain's platter with cod and shrimp. Friday night dinner will be chicken fettuccini from 5-7 p.m. in the social quarters and main dining room. Monday lunch is shepherd's pie. No dinner will be served. Tuesday social quarters lunch will be a soup and salad bar from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dinner is meatballs and pasta from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday lunch is going to be Philly beef. There is a lodge meeting night every second and fourth Wednesday with dinner, including steak dinner or select off the menu, from 5-7 p.m. prior to lodge meetings. The public is welcome for lunch Monday through Friday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and dinner on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in the main dining room area from 5-7 p.m. Thursdays is also bingo. Doors open at 10:30 a.m., games start at noon - main dining room and food service is available. For information call Tasha, club manager, at (928) 753-2547.
Kingman Kut-Ups Square Dance Club: The Kingman Kut-Ups' next dance will be the graduation on Saturday. Dance time: 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Senior Nutrition Center, 1776 Airway Ave., Kingman. The caller will be Mike Wilder. For information, contact Jean at (928) 565-3058.
Kingman Pinochle Club: The winners on May 3 were: first, Flo Ragsdale; second, Pat Doty; and third, Ron Cosby. For more information, call Pat at (928) 718-1253.
Kingman Republican Men's Club (KRM): After a very successful April meeting with Diane Douglas, candidate to oppose John Huppenthal for superintendent of public instruction, we are poised for one of our most important meetings yet. On May 19, KRM will present Utah state Sen. Ken Ivory, who is also the president of the American Lands Council. Mr. Ivory has recently been appearing on Fox News over the issue of the federal government owning so much of the land west of Colorado, while allowing state sovereignty to the east. This issue has been brought to the fore by the events in Nevada, but the American Lands Council is concerned with the larger issue, upon which we shall be educated by Ivory. The meeting is open to the public and men, women and guests are invited. The cost of the meeting is $3, with lunch optional, and will take place from 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. at the Dambar Steakhouse, 1960 E. Andy Devine Avenue. Reservations are not necessary. On another note, for readers of this column, the debate scheduled for Saturday between the Republican gubernatorial candidates, put together by all the Republican clubs of Kingman, has unfortunately had to be canceled. For further information, call (928) 530-3637 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mohave Artists and Craftsman Guild: We will be holding our monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. May 20 at KRMC in the Neal Room. We will be holding elections and a discussion on preparing a bio. All visitors are welcome. Don't miss the art display at the ice cream shop, 311 Beale St. Contact Carol Rose at 753-4132.
Mohave County Genealogical Society: We welcomed two new members: Cookie Goldenstein and Lori Shepherd. Cookie is a longtime resident of the Kingman area and shared some interesting information about the town's past. Lori is a friend of Jan Schehl. Both are eager to start researching their family histories. Under old business, Joanne is working on the flyer to put up at the library but is having problems with the logo. Jan will check with the printer to see if they still have a copy on file. Chuck Cook suggested using some of the plentiful information about Louis Kingman for a display at the library. Chuck also mentioned the museum has an ongoing program collecting oral tapes of memories of old timers. There is a sign-up list at the museum if anyone is interested. Under new business, Gloria Dukeshire distributed a list of the museum procedures and policies we should be following. This includes the fees for making copies and the fees for the museum to do research. Our president, Averil Endicott, will look into the agreement we have with the museum and make copies for the members. Lori suggested membership cards should be made and agreed to look into that. Our librarian, Shirley Akin, will update our inventory. Because of the length of discussion on several issues, Jan was unable to do her presentation. She graciously agreed to present it at the May meeting. The Genealogical Society meets at 1 p.m. every 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. Our next meeting will be May 14.
Morning Glories Community and Family Interest Club: The Morning Glories will meet at 10:30 a.m. May 15 at the Golden Corral for our spring luncheon and installation of new officers. Carol Noli will install new officers and they are Pam Fink, president; Ellie Schwarz, vice president; Dolores McDonald, secretary; and Nancy Atkeson, treasurer. Raffle tickets have been sold during the year for a hand- crocheted afghan made by member Debbie Leonard to benefit the scholarship fund and the winner will be chosen during the meeting. There will also be a raffle of items donated by club members. New members and guests are welcome.
VFW Post 10386: The commander of Post 10386 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars invites all the veterans who are not members already to a free barbecue, which will take place from 1-4 p.m. May 25 at the post. If you are interested, bring your DD214 form and your family to the post. Please call the post and make it known that you plan to attend. We are located at 3036 John L. Ave. For more information, call (928) 757-9191 or you can call Victor Nicholson at (928) 377-7429.