American Legion Post 14: Members and guests are invited to attend the initiation ceremony for new Legionnaires at noon Saturday. At 1:30 p.m., the public is invited to attend our flag disposal ceremony. This is a short but dignified event to properly retire used and tattered U.S. flags. Anyone who has a flag that needs to be disposed of may bring it to Post 14. Please note that Post 14 will be closed on Dec. 24-25 and on Dec. 31-Jan. 1. Call (928) 753-3555 for more information on these and other upcoming activities. Post 14 is at 3rd and Oak in old town Kingman. Our hours are noon to 6 p.m.
American Legion Auxiliary Swaskegame Unit 14: We encourage our members to attend the next general meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. We will welcome our own Carol Bahr, who is also serving as District 7 president, as she makes her official visit to Unit 14. We have heard that the Legion Family Christmas Party, which was scheduled for Dec. 15, has either been canceled or will have the date changed. It will be discussed at the meeting. Thank you to those who donated items to the Bob Stump Northern Arizona VAMC American Legion Auxiliary Christmas gift shop. President Mary, Dana, Morgana and Rebecca took the items to Prescott and helped with the set-up.
Belles of St. Mary's: Already we have gathered to worship as a believing community on the first Sunday of Advent. As we await the celebration of the world-changing event, The Incarnation, let's spotlight a few noteworthy saints. On Wednesday, we had Saint John Damascene: around 650, he was a defender of religious images against the iconoclasts (those who destroyed religious images - reminds me of secularists). Saturday commemorates Saint Ambrose, who successfully battled the Arian heresy circa 380 - the doctrine of Arius holding that Jesus was not the same substance as God but was only the highest of created beings. This same Pearl Harbor Saturday will see us all gather for the First Saturday devotions to B.U.M. at 4:15 p.m. We have the additional honor of celebrating the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a singular grace bestowed on the mother of God. The Vincentians will lead the rosary. We will now digress to the wonderful success of the Thanksgiving feast. Our own Jerry Carreiro, along with Bubba Floyd of Red Neck's BBQ, led 46 volunteers in their feeding of over 475 dinners - a 33 percent increase over 2012! Nothing but rave reviews and sighs of exhaustion were heard throughout downtown. Our Lord is surely pleased with your feeding of His sheep. Tuesday at 6 p.m. (please note the time change) will be the Belles Christmas potluck, ornament gift exchange, caroling, dancing and general all around merrymaking. All are welcome - we need you there!
Cerbat Garden Club: The fourth meeting of the season will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. John's 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 is required. After our regular business meeting and refreshments, our guest speaker will be Bill Ward, chief professional officer of the Boys and Girls Club of Kingman. Ward will inform us of the many ways that their activities are structured to develop children into well-rounded, self-sufficient adults. The Cerbat Garden Club volunteers with the school gardening program work with students at the Boys and Girls Club, teaching gardening basics and putting those skills to use in the gardens on site. In keeping with this month's program, "Our Seasonal Gift to Others," our members chose ornaments last month, which included many food items, providing holiday dinners for the children and their families. If anyone would like to contribute a cash donation, they can do so by sending a check to Cerbat Garden Club, P.O. Box 3552, Kingman, AZ 86402.
DMS Events: The next gymkhana Jackpot Series will begin Dec. 14, with sign-up at 9 a.m. and run at 10 a.m. at GrayWood Stables, 2576 E. Calle Chavez (mile marker 14, North Stockton Hill Road). For more information, call (928) 692-0199.
Democratic Women's Club of Kingman: The Democratic Women's Club will meet at Calico's Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. We will celebrate the holiday season with a party. We will dispense with the "ho hum" of a meeting and have a lot of "ho ho ho" laughter. If you feel like making your favorite holiday cookie, make enough to share at this meeting and bring a copy of the recipe for our cookbook. We will have gifts and games appropriate to the season. Call Carol at (928) 753-3237 if you plan on attending. The Democratic Women want to extend a wish for a happy holiday season to everyone.
Fraternal Order of Police Associate Lodge: FOPA is a civilian affiliate of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP). We are comprised of civilian law enforcement employees, friends and families of law enforcement officers, responsible and respected business persons, professional men and women and citizens from all walks of life - people willing to devote a portion of their time and efforts toward assisting the various law enforcement agencies of our communities, county and state. We urge all supporters of law enforcement to join our ranks today. It is time for the silent majority to be heard and recognized. Contact us and ask for more information about the FOPA. Coordination: The FOPA has many programs to keep you involved. We are proud to support many deserving programs. Communications: FOPA members have accomplished a great deal. Members are kept up-to-date on pending legislation. Attend local meetings. Cooperation: Even if you can't be personally involved all the time, just "being a member" is important to show our support of the law and our law enforcement professionals. For information, call (928) 699-7412.
Friends of the Kingman Library: The Friends of the Kingman Library is sponsoring a book sale to benefit the Kingman Library. It will be held at the library at 3269 Burbank St. today, which is our preview sale for members only, but you can join the Friends on the spot and The Book Nook inside the library is open to the public. The sale continues from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. We have a huge selection of new and used hardbacks and paperback books, which includes fiction, nonfiction, reference, children's, young adults, adult large print, and audios and videos. The sale is held in the library program room and The Book Nook inside the library. There will be no outside sale this time due to cold weather. There will also be a raffle available.
Kingman Pinochle Club: The winners on Nov. 30 were: first, Flo Ragsdale; second, Rochelle Cosby; and third, Connie Rapp. For more information, call Pat at (928) 718-1253.
Korean War Veterans Association of Mohave County: Join the KWVA of Mohave County for dinner from 5-6 p.m. Saturday at VFW Post 10386, 3036 John L Ave. Our menu will be baked ham, scalloped potatoes, vegetables, fresh green salad, rolls and dessert for a $7 donation; it is open to the public. All proceeds from our dinners go to help other veterans, memorials and the funding of our local scholarship program. Call (928) 757-7728 for more information.
VFW Post 10386: Today is our taco dinner from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Prices vary depending on item ordered. This is open to the public. On Saturday, we will honor Pearl Harbor Day with a flag raising at 11 a.m. We are located at 3036 John L Ave. For more information, call (928) 757-9191.
Vietnam Veterans of America, Mohave County Chapter 975: The VVA, Mohave County Chapter 975, will be having a potluck dinner at 1 p.m. Dec. 21.The meeting will begin at 2 p.m. This month's dinner and meeting are at the Sunridge Village, 839 Landon Drive, Bullhead City. For additional information, call (928) 681-4709.
Wednesday Party Bridge: The winners on Nov. 27 were: first place, Sarah Peters; second place, Shirley McQuinn; and third place, Kathy Townsend.
Whistle Stop Railroad Club: Unique railroad-themed holiday decorations have been completed at the Kingman Railroad Museum. Trains dominate the ornamentation, both inside and out. Outside, a lighted Christmas train adorns the museum walkway. Inside, a snowy landscape with a river and woods lies at the foot of the yuletide tree. An N-gauge model train, pulled by a steam locomotive, travels through the wintry mountainous railroad layout. These decorations and lighting are available for museum visitors' enjoyment throughout the month of December. For the New Year, club members are preparing for a series of model railroading classes. This series will span the full range of activities involved in creating a model railroad layout. These include designing, building, wiring, landscaping and operation. These classes will be free to youth of all ages. The first session in the series will be held 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 4 at the museum. More information will be available as it develops. The Whistle Stop Railroad Club operates the Kingman Railroad Museum for the purpose of preserving railroad history. 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. Anyone with an interest in railroad history, memorabilia or model railroading can join us. The club is recruiting new members. We meet at the museum at 9 a.m. on the first and third Saturdays of each month. The museum is located in the restored Santa Fe Depot, 402 Andy Devine Avenue. For more information, call us at (928) 718-1440.