10/17/2013 6:00:00 AM Organizations: October 17, 2013
AARP: The next two-day AARP Driver Safety Course will begin at 8 a.m. Oct. 28 and end at noon each day. The class is geared to drivers age 50 and over, but is open to people of all ages. Membership is not required. The cost is only $12 for members and $14 for non-members. Pre-registration is required; call Patricia Green at (928) 530-7982 or go to www.aarp.org.
American Legion Post 14: Football on Sunday at the Post comes with munchies, dollar hot dogs (50 cents more for chili), red Solo cup drafts for a dollar and free fun. Legion family pool players and guests, whether you're experienced or not, should come to the Post at noon on Oct. 26, to participate in the Broomstick Tournament hosted by the Sons of The American Legion. It's $5 per person, double elimination, and we provide the broomsticks. Half the proceeds go to Children and Youth programs, half to the first, second and third place players. Post 14 is on the corner of Third and Oak in old town Kingman. Call us at (928) 753-3555.
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 14: All Unit 14 members who have not been initiated are invited to attend the ceremony at 4 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Post Home, 225 Oak St. Don't worry - initiates won't be riding a donkey, but they will receive a membership pin, a copy of the Unit's constitution, bylaws and standing rules and other items during the brief service. Come learn about your organization, the largest women's patriotic service organization in the world. Please let Rebecca Faris (928) 757-8590 know if you'll be attending so the initiation team can ensure there is enough paraphernalia for everyone.
Belles of St. Mary's: As anticipated, the reigning board of Belles known as "G-H-L-D" (Green, Harrigan, Litzenberg and Duffy) led a packed room filled with Belles through the business at hand; minutes, treasurer's statement, reports on various completed projects and alerts on future goals were discussed in minute detail. During all this "highfalutin" business, picture a young mother-to-be lounging in a beach-type chair and nibbling on the wonderful treats provided this evening. This defines the relaxed and informal atmosphere of our Belles meetings. The rest of us were "à table," also savoring all the wondrous trick-or-treat goodies on parade, and no tricks were required! After the updates on the success and adventures of the Walk of Faith and the monthly raffle drawing spearheaded by Norma F. and her faithful sidekick, Chris C., a committee was formed to fully examine our bylaws (last reviewed in 1993). After all this excitement, we settled down to some serious snacking. This week we choose to spotlight Saint Cornelius (Sunday). He lived in the First Century, was a centurion and is cited in the Acts of the Apostles. While in prayer, a vision of an angel gave him instruction to send for Simon called Peter. So doing, Cornelius and his family, with Peter, experienced a new Pentecost and were then baptized. This was the beginning of the conversion of the Gentiles. Also, this week we have Saint Calixtus I, Saint Theresa of Avila and Saint Ignatius of Antioch. With a week full of holy souls like these to emulate, how can we but glory in the greatness of God's love and mercy with no fear for the future?
Democratic Women's Club of Kingman: The Democratic Women's Club held a contest to name the new mascot of the club. Mary McLaughlin entered the name "Demi the Donkey" and the membership chose her entry over 20 others. Mary received a gift certificate from Calico's Restaurant for two Sunday breakfast buffets. Congratulations, Mary! Joe Longoria, chairman of the Mohave County Democratic Central Committee, told the membership about the Democratic Party's plan for a campaign to erect a flagpole in Metcalfe Park. The absence of a flagpole became evident at the Flag Day celebration last June. We will be reaching out to the community for donations. The goal is to have the flagpole, lights and flag flying for Flag Day, June 14, or no later than August 2014 for the Route 66 Festival. For more information or if you would like to contribute, call Democratic headquarters at (928) 753-0006 or Carol, president of the Democratic Women's Club, at (928) 753-3237. Kingman Area Literacy Program founder Chris Meisenheimer was our guest speaker. She explained that Kingman had a program at one time. She said she has 20 volunteers now. Illiteracy impacts a lot of people, she said, and a surprising number in our community cannot read. Her oldest participant is 70 years old. Appropriately, our free prize this month was a gift certificate for the 5th Street Book Store and a counted cross stitch bookmark. Lisa McKee won that prize. Carol Solper won the second prize, a Cancer Care shopping bag. Our yard sale will be from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Democratic headquarters, 620 Beale St. This week the ladies will get together to sort and mark all the donations. If you have items you would like to donate, please call (928) 753-0006 or (928) 753-3237. We have a new project - a decorative neck scarf. Members will get together to assemble the patriotic kerchiefs that will go on sale next year. Some of the proceeds will be donated to the flagpole for the Metcalfe Park project. The membership voted to bring canned goods for the Kingman Area Food Bank to our Nov. 13 meeting. The food bank's inventory dwindles this time of year and they especially need items for Thanksgiving dinner. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Zaffer Iqbal, and he will be talking about the Affordable Health Care Act. Anyone can come to our meetings at Calico's Restaurant on the second Wednesday of the month at noon, but only Democrats can join our club. Our dues are $12 a year.
Friday Afternoon Bridge Club: The winners on Oct. 11 were: first place, Sylvia Goryl and Jeanny Clegg; second place, Virginia Mead and Gretchen Carpenter; third place, Wolfgang Vorbau and Dan Lordahl; and fourth place, Coie O'Malley and Gladys Smith.
Kingman Area Literacy Program: KALP needs a community volunteer to promote and coordinate Kingman's relatively new literacy program. The program is now active despite having no "official community volunteer coordinator." KALP is four weeks old, has 12 active tutors, an additional six tutors currently in an inactive status, and is tutoring four students - two adults and two children. KALP would greatly benefit from a community volunteer devoted to promotion of literacy in a focused way. Chris M. has been the KALP volunteer community coordinator thus far, although the program was not designed for her to be at the helm. Realistically, what KALP needs is a person with fewer physical limitations than she has. The ideal person would have a passion for increasing literacy in the Kingman area and the ability to effectively communicate that passion. Additionally, the person has good organizational and administrative skills and an adequate computer knowledge base. If you or someone you know may be interested in volunteering for this active and much-needed community literacy program, call Chris M. at (928) 757-4616 and we can discuss it further.
Kingman Area School Retirees' Association: KASRA will meet at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the back room of Dora's Deli. Julie Gragg, music coordinator for Kingman Unified School District No. 20, will be our guest speaker. She will talk to us about the district-wide music program, which has enjoyed great success. School retirees, come on out and enjoy a leisurely luncheon with friends in a beautiful setting! For more information, call Paul Tribbett at (928) 753-6481 or Sandi Minkler at (928) 757-1585.
Kingman Elks Lodge No. 468: From 5 to 10 p.m. Oct. 25, the Lodge will hold its annual Spooktacular Halloween Party in the dining room at 900 Gates Ave. The party will be open to both Lodge members and the public. A finger food buffet will be served and a $6 donation will be requested at the door. All attending should wear a costume and they will be judged at 8:30 p.m. with prizes awarded to the winners. For information, call (928) 753-2547. 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 (new manager, Penelope Witkop). 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 (second and fourth of each month), food service in clubroom. Lunch: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, club room. For information on all regular events, call (928) 753-2547. Special events: Volunteers are needed Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. to help with the cookout unit for the Pink Heals walking event at the KRMC Hospital Annex.
Kingman Kut-Ups Square Dance Club: The Kingman Kut-Ups' next dance will be the Costume Ball on Oct. 26. Dance time: 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Senior Nutrition Center, 1776 Airway Ave., Kingman. The caller will be Gordy Oseth. For information, contact Jean at (928) 565-3058.
Kingman Pinochle Club: The winners on Oct. 12 were: first, Joann Brown; second, Pat Doty; and third, Flo Ragsdale. For more information, call Pat at (928) 718-1253.
Kingman Republican Men's Club: KRM, now with some great Republican women, invites the public to come to our next meeting at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 21 at the Dambar Steakhouse, 1960 E. Andy Devine Ave. We are continuing our series of candidate presentations for high office in the state of Arizona, this time presenting state Rep. Justin Pierce, who is running for secretary of state. He is the son of Gary Pierce of the Arizona Corporation Commission (who is himself well-known here in Kingman). Recall that in our state, the secretary of state is also the lieutenant governor. In fact, that was how current Gov. Jan Brewer ascended to the office. The meeting is open to the public, no reservations are necessary, and family and friends are invited. The cost is $3, with lunch optional and on your own. We are developing a great roster of speakers for the next year leading up to the elections. Not all will be candidates, but our promise to you is to make our meetings informative, interesting and fun. Club membership is $15 yearly for individuals and $25 for families. For more information, call (928) 530-3637, or just come to the meeting.
Kingman Veterans Day Parade: The annual Kingman Veterans Day Parade has been scheduled for 11 a.m. Nov. 9. The parade will start on Northern at Bond and end at the Bank Street traffic signal. This year's theme is "Veterans of the Past honoring the Veterans of Today." Those wishing to participate in the parade may do so by calling Rob at (928) 279-9870 or by completing an online application at www.javc.org. Updated information is available on the website. The signup deadline is Nov. 2.
Morning Glories Community and Family Interest Club: The Morning Glories will meet today 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. Our speaker this month is Zen Mocarski from the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Remember to bring donations for the food bank to this meeting. Also, please bring Box Tops for Education found on your favorite products. New members and guests are welcome. For more information, contact Jeanne Ensign at (928) 757-0474.
Mutt Matchers and Friends: The annual Putts for Mutts golf tournament will be held at 8 a.m. Oct. 26 at Cerbat Cliffs Golf Course. This tournament is for our nonprofit organization. There will be cash prizes for first, second and third place teams. We are raffling off a set of women's golf clubs. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. All players will receive a T-shirt and golf tees. We also have a few free pizza and Taco Bell coupons! All proceeds go to our dog rescue center. The entry fee is $25 plus green fees.
Relay for Life of Kingman: The 2014 Relay For Life of Kingman is seeking to fill several volunteer committee positions. Help us finish the fight against cancer by taking on the challenge. Prior experience is not necessary and help is available. Openings include event co-chair, team development, registration and accounting, entertainment and activities, sponsorship, and food and hospitality. Contact Joann at Joann.Miracle@FTR.com for further information or to sign up for an opportunity to make a difference in the fight against cancer.
Sounds of Kingman: Sounds of Kingman is cooperating with the Arizona Humanities Council, Mohave Museum of History and Arts, and the Kingman Visitors Center to present "With a Beefsteak and a Cup of Coffee: The Harvey Girls in the Southwest." This is part of the Smithsonian Journey Stories series, and admission is free at 1 p.m. Saturday at the museum. From 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 27 at Metcalfe Park, 315 W. Beale at Grandview, the sixth free concert in the park will feature Polka Katzan, an authentic German polka band from Flagstaff. Be sure to attend this grand finale for the summer concert series.
VFW Post 10386: This Saturday's dinner is hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary. The menu is enchiladas, rice, beans and dessert for $7 from 5-6 p.m. Today, tacos will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Upcoming Events: Sunday - the Ladies Auxiliary will be hosting a craft fair and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tables are available for $10 for vendors. All fees will be donated to the VFW Walk-in-Cooler Fund. All other funds raised will support the Ladies Auxiliary Relief and Cancer Aid and Research. On Oct. 24, the Busy Bees will be buzzing again at the VFW at 1 p.m. Come have some fun making crafts; the theme is "dream catchers." Everybody is welcome. On Oct. 26, VFW Post 10386 will be hosting a Halloween party starting at 7 p.m. There will be karaoke and a costume contest. For more information, call (928) 757-9191. We are located at 3036 John L Ave.
Vietnam Veterans of America, Mohave County Chapter 975: The VVA, Mohave County Chapter 975, will be meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 24 at the VFW Post 10386, 3036 John L Ave., Kingman. For additional information, call (928) 681-4709.
Wednesday Party Bridge: The winners on Oct. 9 were: first place, Nelson Gaska; second place, Kathy Townsend; and third place, Carolyn Johnston.
Whistle Stop Railroad Club: Club members appreciated the community's response to the Kingman Railroad Museum's Oct. 13 open house and Smithsonian Journey Stories presentation by our club president, David Bacon. Those who missed the open house can still visit the museum to see its Go Pink Week decorations and pink model train on the museum's Lionel (O-gauge) railroad layout. The club will be donating 10 percent of all museum admissions and donations received in October to the Kingman Cancer Care Unit and the Catch It Early program at KRMC. So if you've been putting off enjoying a visit to the museum, come see us in October. The Whistle Stop Railroad Club's members are train enthusiasts with the purpose of preserving railroad history through the operation of the Kingman Railroad Museum, located at 402 E. Andy Devine Ave. in downtown Kingman. 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. For more information, call us at (928) 718-1440.
Women Making History: Nominations are now open for the 2014 Women Making History awards. This year's theme is Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment. The steps to honoring a woman you believe deserves recognition are: (1) Fill out a nomination form. These are available in paper form at the library, museum, and Mohave Community College student center, or online at www.kingmanwomenmakinghistory.com; and (2) Submit the form and any additional material to support your nomination either online or mail to: Women Making History Committee, c/o Desert de Oro Foods, Inc., P.O. Box 4179, Kingman, AZ 86402-4179. You may nominate a woman in one or two categories, which include education, professions, the arts, business, religion, homemaking, volunteerism, pioneering, public service (including law enforcement, politics, fire fighting, state/county/city workers, military, etc.), or a category not specified that describes your nominee. To qualify for this honor, a nominee must have been a resident of Kingman for at least 10 years. The deadline for submitting a nomination is 5 p.m. Jan. 17, and the awards ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. March 2 at the Mohave Museum of History and Arts.