Thursday, December 25, 2008

American Legion Post 14: Thank you to everyone who came out to support Unit 14's Christmas party last Sunday. We hope you had a good time! Tickets for the New Year's Day Champagne Brunch are available at the post now. Legion family members and guests will enjoy an extensive buffet and omelet station from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets are only $12.50 per person; please get yours before Jan. 1. The buffet cost for children 10 years old and younger is $7. To minimize overproduction of food, we will only be able to accommodate 80 ticket-holders. One more reminder: All Legion family annual memberships will expire on Dec. 31. Renew before the end of the year to remain members in good standing. Post 14 is located on the corner of Third and Oak in downtown Kingman; phone is 753-3555.

Boys and Girls Club of Kingman: Boys and Girls Club of Kingman needs your help. Please make your charitable donations to: Boys and Girls Club of Kingman, P. O. Box 4362, Kingman, AZ 86402. Your donation is 100-percent tax-deductible. Please support your local youth. Call the club for additional information at 718-0033.

Filipino-American Club: The Filipino-American Annual Christmas Party was held at "Chat N' Chow" building on Dec. 14. As always, the party was very successful. Thanks to all of those who brought dishes for the party and also to those who brought gifts for the games prizes. I would like to commend my co-organizers who helped put on this party: Lucrecia, Audrey, Charito, Ligaya, Edith, Pilar, Justin, Publita and Wesley. In addition, thanks to all those who participated in the program as well. The dances were choreographed by Audrey Pike, my younger sister. Audrey was one of my best students when I had my International Dance Studio in the Philippines. Watching her do all of these was my joy because that proved I am a good dancer and a dance teacher! Just to mention, I also have a ballroom studio in Las Vegas - more information another time. Armi Davies, who was a founder of this Filipino-American Club back in December 1989, has been organizing and helped finance the majority of the expenses of this party for so many years with the help of Lucrecia Stewart (Wal-Mart employee). She said that next year's party is by reservation. A registration form will be sent to the Filipino-American families (some exceptions may apply) who would like to be invited or join the Fil-Am Club activities, etc. This is to emphasize to all concerned that all we do in this club is voluntary. We have been doing this for everyone to enjoy and celebrate the Christmas tradition despite our hectic schedules. Although it is not as good as we did it in the Philippines, at least we celebrate. Fil-Am is not a registered non-profit organization. We don't tax write-off our expenses. Davies said, "More paperwork to do if we register it. This is better - freelance. Yes, it costs a lot of money, but at the same time my personal philosophy is that when you die you can't bring it all with you, so you might as well share." She also said there is a limited capacity at the center, so we have to comply with their requirements. Before I forget, thanks to Charlie (manager) for renting us the center every time we need it. Signing off with thanks to our Dear Lord that despite the recession, our Christmas party still exists. May the Lord continue to give us all blessings. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

Friday Afternoon Bridge Club: Winners on Dec. 19 were: North-South, first place, Kay Klaus and Jerry Lipson; second place, Karla Kay and Jim Blaschak; and third place, Lorraine Frazza and Cecil Henry; and East-West, first place, Virginia Mead and Bert Leenhouts; second place, Brian Carlson and Trey Gordon; and tied for third place, Lois Viola and Wolfgang Vorbau and Coie O'Malley and Julia Caughlin.

Kingman B.P.O.E. Lodge No. 468: Bingo is at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Highest payouts in town. Last game $500 payout guaranteed. Food available on new, revised menu. Prices reduced and weekly special at half price. Tuesday nights: Pizza in dining room. Friday night dinner: Open to the public with live music. The lodge is at 900 Gates Ave. For more information, call at 753-2547.

Kingman Kutups: The Kingman Kutups new class will soon be having their Halfway Dance to celebrate having made it half-way through. This is a big milestone for the class, and they will not be invited to participate in Saturday-night club dances. We still have about five squares that have come this far, and we are certainly proud of their accomplishments. Some of the Club members traveled to Lake Havasu recently to participate in their Christmas dance. Everyone who went had a good time. We are making plans for our 29th-Annual "Route 66 Spring Jubilee" to be April 24 and 25. Our club dances are the second and fourth Saturday at the Kathryn Heidenreich Adult Center at 1776 Airway in Kingman, and we invite anyone who can dance or just want to watch to come and join us. For more information, call Nancy at 279-0466 or Don at 757-1807. Come out and see that square dancing is fun.

Kingman Moose Lodge No. 1704: There will be a New Year's Eve dance for members and guests only at the Moose Lodge, 302 Monroe, from 8 p.m. to midnight, with a continental breakfast to follow. Music provided by Easy Country. Cost is $25 per couple or $15 for singles.

Kingman Pinochle Club: The winners on Saturday, Dec. 20, were: first, Mae Thomas; second, Paul George; and third, Sarah Peters. For more information, call Pat at 718-1253.

TOPS AZ 287: TOPS AZ 287 Kingman had their weekly Friday morning meeting and awards ceremony, and later in the afternoon the annual Christmas luncheon and party. The business section was conducted by Leader Beverly Prader. Peggy Smith, awards chairman, presented the November awards. KOPS Ballerina was again achieved by Janie Daughtrey. TOPS Ballerina went to Darlene Sweet. Division two: first-place winner went to Marie Benoff. Division three, first place went to Darlene Sweet, and second place went to Georgeda Wilker. Division four: first place went to Kathy Riley. Six months of perfect attendance charmswent to Kathy Duncan and Pam Estep. A special award went to Mimi Bonney for bringing happiness, smiles and joy to the members. Marge Esposito reached her projected goal weight, becoming a KOPS. Six months walking and exercising charms went to Rachel Thalrose. KOPS at or below goal weight for six months receiving charms were Dossie Bostwick, Patsy Brocnik and Rachel Thalrose. Turning in 10 smiley faces for 10 non-consecutive weeks of weight-loss charms went to Susie Fisher, Marge Dudley, Marge Esposito, Darlene Sweet and April Senediak. KOPS turning in 13 gold pins for being at or below goal weight charms went to Jo Stoughton, Rachel Thalrose, Sylvia Schneider, Laura Hignite and Ruby Lee Dierks. Gold beads were presented to 16 KOPS for being at or below goal weight. Twenty-four members received beads for perfect attendance in November. Ruby Lee Dierks received first place walking and second place exercising awards; Rachel Thalrose, second place walking award; Dora Wolff, first place exercising award; and Pauline Blais won the Water award. Following the meeting, the hall was decorated for the Christmas party and luncheon. Members put on a skit, carols were sung and the members and guests. all had a good time. Our chapter meets each Friday morning in the social hall of St. John's Methodist Church. Weigh-in is from 8 a.m. until 9:15. The meeting begins at 9:30 and ends approximately at 10:30. New members are most welcome. For more information, call (800) 932-8677 or visit our Web site:

Wednesday Party Bridge: The winners on Dec. 17 were: first place, Hazel Warnock; second place, Sandy Miles; and third place, Sarah Peters.

VFW Post 10386: James L. Standfield VFW Post 10386 Men's Auxiliary dinner Saturday will be lasagna and Earl's pizza, served at 5 p.m. Sunday: Men's Auxiliary Horseshoes sign-up is at noon and starts at 1 p.m. Tuesday: Men's Auxiliary meeting is at 6 p.m. Wednesday: New Year's Eve party is from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Have a safe and Happy New Year. For more information, call 757-9191 after noon. The post is at 3036 John L. Ave.

Rescued Unwanted Furry Friends Foundation: RUFFF needs your help. This holiday season, we are having a pet-food drive to help feed the nearly 600 pets we have now at our sanctuary, RUFFFHOUSE in Golden Valley. Dry dog food and cat food are desperately needed. So are new or gently used blankets, dog or cat beds, dog houses, toys, etc. Our "Feed a Furry Friend Frenzy" began on Dec. 8 and continues through Jan. 2. Food donations can be dropped off at the following locations: In Kingman - Martin Swanty's Dodge, Martin Swanty's Hyundai, Petco and True Value Hardware. In Bullhead City - Swanty's Chrysler, Sears and Active Style. Or donors can call RUFFF at 565-BARK for volunteers to pick up your contributions or for more information. It's not too late to make a year-end, tax-deductible contribution to help our furry friends! Mail donations to P.O. Box 2477, Bullhead City, AZ 86430. In these hard times, please don't forget our precious furry friends who give us so much love and companionship throughout the year and ask for so little in return.

Korean War Veterans Association of Mohave County: Our meeting is at 1 p.m. on Jan. 3 at the VFW Post 10386 at 3036 John L Ave. in Kingman. The KWVA will have a fundraising dinner from 5-7 p.m. on Jan. 3 at the post. The cost is a $7 donation per person. We will be serving a ham dinner with all of the trimmings. This event is open to the public. For more information, call Bill at 757-7728.