Belles of St. Mary's: An invitation and an opportunity has been presented to our community and it comes from Heaven above. But first, a bit of history. Our church has designated this year as "A Year of Faith." This edict was taken up by our own tiny local "Prayer Angel," Alice Longwell, back in March 2013.
Having overcome all the preliminary obstacles posed to such an idea in this time and age, we are now but three Saturdays away from this Heavenly Invitation. Oct. 5 is the designated date - Centennial Park is the location - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. is the allotted time slot - and a "Walk of Faith" is the moniker assigned.
This is our chance to stand and walk together right here in Kingman - not some far-away capitol or glitzy-place looking for our lodging dollars. Yes, the Cancer Walk-a-thon is taking place as well - same day, but you should all still make a cameo appearance and publicly show your belief and faith in God above.
The Belles met and were all a-twitter over the many summer activities: Annual St. Anne Feast, new church parking lot (should we not have a parking lot done or something?), fantastic mountain picnic, just to name a few. The agenda for 2014 was discussed - more later. Those of you who chose not to attend the Ice Cream Social on Sept. 7 missed a real treat. Our church parish-council-advisory-board-of hard-working-advisors (great title, huh?) were there to serve our Saturday 5 p.m. Mass attendees. Smiling, slurping and licking were the sounds of pure happiness and enjoyment as we all (yes, even the over-70-year-olds) were taken back in time to joys and memories of this innocence. Autumn begins this Sunday, but not to overlook Saturday's Feast of St. Matthew (aka Levi), an apostle of Christ, who wrote his Gospel during the second half of the first century, probably in Syria.
Democratic Women's Club of Kingman: The Democratic Women's Club met on Patriot Day, Sept. 11, at Calico's Restaurant. A program had been planned around patriotism and why we are Democrats, but a surprise visit from the Arizona Federation of Democratic Women slightly changed our plans. The ladies listened enthusiastically to Dawn Knight, the president, talk about the federation and what they have done in the past and what they intend to accomplish in 2014. Treasurer of the federation, Mary Margaret Cook was presented with a check from President Carol Decker-Noli for our dues to the Federation. The Federation uses their funds to help get democratic candidates elected. We have another new member, Carol Solper. She said she was so pleased to find out that there are some Democrats in the area. She read about our club in the newspaper. We welcome Carol and anyone else interested in the Democratic Party.
Call President Carol Noli for information at 753-3237.
After two months without a secretary, Hazel Gibson was elected unanimously. Hazel will be installed at our October meeting. Susan Janke, our cookbook chairman, reported our progress and still wants more recipes. Susan made yummy carrot and lemon cupcakes for a treat. It was hard to decide which one to choose. Thank you, Susan, for making our meeting a little sweeter! Joan Johns won the drawing for the MCDCC 2014 Calendar. You can purchase one for $10 at headquarters or from your precinct representative.
Our next meeting will be at noon on Oct. 9 at Calico's Restaurant. We will decide the winner of the name of our lady donkey mascot at this meeting. Everyone is welcome at our meetings, but only registered Democrat women can join our club.
Downwinders of Mohave County: The Downwinders of Mohave County held their monthly Board meeting Sept. 10 at Calico's Restaurant; all were present. It was a good and successful meeting, many subjects were discussed at length. All members are proud of all the hard work Rep. Paul Gosar (R) is doing on behalf of Downwinders. Thank you, Congressman.
Friday Afternoon Bridge Club: The winners on Sept. 13 were: first place, Karla Kay and James Blaschak; second place, Mary Jane Clegg and Sylvia Goryl; third place, Donna Blaschak and Bryan Carlson; and fourth place, Bert and Lorraine Leenhouts.
International Day of Peace: There will be a one-hour Peace Vigil on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the corner of Stockton Hill Road and Airway by Smith's Gas Station. A noon bell ringing ceremony will be held, so arrive early. All citizens in support of peace join us as we take a stand against violence. In a world awash in violence, as a world community we need to stand together for peace. Join us and bring your kids as peace begins with children with adults to guide the way. For more information, call 757-4616.
Kingman Elks Lodge No. 468: The following is a list of events for the coming week: Tacos: 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, main dining room; Bingo: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., (doors open at 4) Thursdays, main dining room. Friday Night Dinner: 5 to 7 p.m., main dining room. Pizza Night: 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, main dining room. Meeting Night: 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday (2nd and 4th each month), food service in clubroom. Lunch: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, club room. Special Events upcoming: Saturday, Sept. 21, 9 a.m., volunteers needed to help serve at the Pitchin' For Cancer Horseshoe Tournament in Centennial Park; signup sheet located in the club room. Saturday, Sept. 21, 8 a.m., volunteers are also needed to assist youth participants in the Lodge's annual Soccer Shoot contest. For information on all events call 753-2547.
Kingman Kut-Ups Square Dance Club: The Kingman Kut-Ups next dance will be their Rodeo Days Dance on Saturday, Sept. 28; Dance Time: 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Senior Nutrition Center, 1776 Airway Ave., Kingman. The caller will be Ned Newberg. The Kingman Kut-Ups Square Dance Club will be hosting their new Beginners Square Dance Class starting Tuesday, Sept. 24, (Note: Open to new students for only two weeks!), 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Senior Nutrition Center, 1776 Airway Ave. If you think that you may be interested, come on out and give it a try! If you don't, you will be missing out. It's a party, a challenge, and it's American folk art too! It's about people from all walks of life getting together for FUN! For information contact Tom at (928) 757-5222.
Kingman Pinochle Club: The winners on Sept. 14 were: first, Rose Lesniewski; second, Flo Ragsdale; and third, Marilyn Tiner. For more information, call Pat at (928) 718-1253.
Mohave Sportsman Club: The Clay Target Center will be accepting applications from athletes ages 9 through high school each Saturday in September at 10 a.m. at the Clay Target Center, 3155 Oatman Highway, Golden Valley. Athletes must bring a parent or guardian. They will learn to shoot clay targets, gun safety and sportsmanship with Arizona Game and Fish and NRA certified coaches. The first practice will be Saturday, Oct. 5; all practices are at 10 a.m. the first and third Saturdays of the month. For more information, call Steve Bell, Head Coach, at (928) 758-2355.
Morning Glories Community and Family Interest Club: The Morning Glories will meet on Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Mohave County Agricultural Center at 101 E. Beale St. Refreshments will be served at 9 a.m. and the meeting will start at 9:30. A silent auction will be held at this meeting. Also, could you please bring Box Tops for Education, found on your favorite products. The program for this month is Christmas Décor with Joanna Haspels. The annual dues should be paid at this meeting. Morning Glories CFIC supports a scholarship program for Mohave County high school students and other local charities. The CFIC Clubs of Mohave County were formerly known as Extension Homemakers Clubs. Their mission statement is: "To strengthen families through programs of community leadership and continuing education; to empower citizens to actively participate in public decision-making on issues that concern children, families and home life; to promote effectiveness of volunteer action and support." New members and guests are welcome. For more information, contact Jeanne Ensign at 757-0474.
Mutt Matchers and Friends: Mutt Matchers and Friends is having their fall yard sale on Sept. 27 and 28 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. There will be many items to choose from, a lot of children's toys that would be great for anyone who has a day care, a lot of camping gear (most of it brand new), some furniture, including a desk and a daybed, holiday items, the usual array of glassware, lots of "man cave" items, some books, kitchen items, and miscellaneous treasures. The yard sale will be held at 2634 Barboot Street in Rancho Santa Fe. For more information, please call Mutt Matchers and Friends at (928) 718-4364.
Republican Women of Kingman: The Republican Women of Kingman will hold a monthly lunch meeting on Monday, Sept. 23, at the Elks Lodge located at 900 Gates Ave. Cost of the lunch is $10 and the member/guest will be able to choose from one of five lunch items. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. and the meeting will begin at noon. The guest speaker for this meeting is Arizona State Representative Sonni Borrelli.
Rescued Unwanted Furry Friends Foundation: RUFFF is holding a fundraising dinner tomorrow, sponsored by Dora's Beale Street Deli, 509 E. Beale St., Kingman. No host beer and wine beginning at 6 p.m. with dinner served at 6:30. Tickets are $30 per person. You'll have your choice of sirloin steak, chicken Cordon bleu, lemon-pepper fish, or vegetarian with salad and dessert! This is one of the major fundraisers for RUFFF animals this year, and will help us continue to provide food and veterinary care for the nearly 300 dogs and cats, goats and potbelly pigs at our truly "no-kill" sanctuary. There will be a silent auction and RUFFF-le, too! Please join us and show your support for the homeless and unwanted animals that are in our care through no fault of their own - after all, they depend on humans to care for them! All proceeds from this evening will go to RUFFF to help with costs of caring for the animals. Mark your calendar to attend and help us help them! We do this for the animals who can't speak for themselves - we are their only voice! See you Friday evening at Dora's Beale St., Kingman at 6 p.m. on Sept. 20. Come relax and join us for an evening of good food, fun and help save a life. Seating is limited so please call RUFFF at (928) 565-BARK or Rachel at (928) 757-4243 to purchase your tickets in advance.
VFW Post 10386: This Saturday's dinner is hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary. The menu is hot dogs and hamburgers with the works, chili, sauerkraut, potato salad, baked beans, ice cream sundaes for $7 from 5-6 p.m. We are located at 3036 John L Ave.; for more information call 757-9191.
Vietnam Veterans of America, Mohave County Chapter 975: The VVA, Mohave County Chapter 975, will be meeting at 6 p.m. on Sept. 26 at the Sunridge Village, 839 Landon Drive, Bullhead City. For additional information, call (928) 681-4709.
Wednesday Party Bridge: The winners on Sept. 11 were: first place, Nelson Gaska; second place, Lorna Gabby; and third place, Barbara Gracin.
Whistle Stop Railroad Club: Pictured is a Challenger 4-6-6-4 Steam Engine used in heavy hauling and some passenger service across the American Plains. The club bought a model of this engine for the "N" Gauge display where it is hauling a string of ore cars. Come and visit us and see the additions made to our displays. Members are train enthusiasts with the purpose of preserving railroad history through the operation of the Kingman Railroad Museum. The Museum provides the public with the opportunity for discovery, education and recreation using scale model railroad equipment and railroad artifacts, memorabilia and historic displays. The model railroads in operation include an N-gauge, an HO-gauge and a Lionel O-gauge. Club members provide staffing for the museum on a volunteer basis, six days a week (closed Monday). New members are being actively recruited. The club meets at the museum at 9 a.m. on the first and third Saturdays of each month. Come by and join us. For more information, call us at the museum at 718-1440.
The museum is liquidating surplus train items, engines, cars, track, buildings and several complete train sets. Get your Christmas trains early. Drop in at 402 Andy Devine, corner of Fourth Street, at the railroad station. A charity fundraising event is in the planning stage. Details are coming.
Xi Beta Phi: Four officers from Xi Beta Phi completed the 2013-2014 budget, treasurer's audit, and executive board meeting. President Pat Mullen-Lamb, Vice President Betty Lou Reed, Secretary Yvette Stratton, and Treasurer Barbara Patterson conducted the business meeting. We are off to a fantastic start of this season!
Yoga Group: A small yoga group meets at St John's Methodist Church at 1730 Kino Ave. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. It only costs a donation. The donations are given to needy causes, mostly to benefit people and animals in the Kingman area. In the last several months, donations have been made to St John's Methodist Church, the high school robotics team, Last Chance Sanctuary for Animals, Hualapai School, ARC, Carl Mecom Fund to help with funeral expenses, Medicine Dog Arena, HALT, Coats for Kids, and Hurricane Sandy victims. We've also contributed to the Adopt A Troop program at the library, Toys for Tots, St. John's Mosquito Netting Project to Help Prevent Malaria, Cornerstone Giving Tree, Chili's Benefit for Baby Aurelia Grant, and the Boys and Girls Club. Thank you to Kmart for the donation of three lovely warm winter coats to match our Coats for Kids donation. All are welcome to join our yoga group. Bring a yoga mat, water and a donation. The yoga consists of stretching at a moderate pace and modifications can be used for beginners. Start the fall out right, exercising for good health and making new friends as well as contributing to worthy causes for the community. The yoga group would like to encourage businesses and individuals to match our contributions. This little group has done big things this year. Together we could do even bigger things in the future. Please contact St John's Methodist Church at (928) 692-8828 for more information or to contribute to one of our causes. St. Jude's Ranch for Children in Boulder City will be the recipient of our next donation.