Thursday, April 2, 2009

Beta Sigma Phi: All sisters, past and present, are invited to rekindle the flame of friendship and sisterhood at Founder's Day on April 30 at the Moose Lodge. For more information, please contact Janice Ross at 757-4359, ext. 223.

Cerbat Garden Club: The next meeting will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Johns Methodist Church, 1730 Kino Ave. After our business meeting and refreshments, Lynda Goldberg, one of our members and an associate master gardener, will present a program on "Growing Green with Water-Wise Practices." She is also an experienced farmer. She and her husband Jerry grew avocados, citrus, fruits, edible flowers and herbs on their certified organic farm in San Diego County. They sold their produce to area restaurants and organic markets. Lynda's training includes coursework with the Avocado Growers, California Rare Fruit Growers, California Certified Organic Farmers and the Organic Materials Review Institute, among others. The program will link gardening with water-wise habits and practices, aligning with our theme "Go Green!" Remember to mark your calendar for the Home and Garden Expo to be held April 17 to 19 this year. Watch for the coming of the Frogs! For more information, call Diana at 757-8659.

For the Luv of Paws: Due to a dramatic increase in the number of abandoned or surrendered cats and dogs recently, For the Luv of Paws is experiencing a critical shortage of dry cat and dog food. We are asking for assistance from the community to help us feed all the precious animals in our care. The following locations are drop-off points in Kingman for your donations: Martin Swanty Autos, 2640 E. Andy Devine Ave.; Cliff Findlay Auto Center, 3730 Stockton Hill Road; Stockton Hill Feed, 4250 Stockton Hill Road; Manzanita Animal Hospital, 2323 E. Detroit Ave.; Petco, 3320 Stockton Hill Road; Feathered Friends, 2845 Airway Ave.; The Shirt Shop, 405 E. Andy Devine Ave.; Paws-itively Charming Thrift Shop, 204 N. Fourth St.; and Bashas' Grocery, 3360 E. Andy Devine Ave.

Friday Afternoon Bridge Club: Winners on March 27 were: first place, Lois Viola and Wolfgang Vorbau; second place, Sylvia Goryl and Dorothy Jackson; third place, Karla Kay and Jim Blaschak; and fourth place, Fran Kvale and Jerry Lipson.

Good Sam Club, Mohave Roaming Sams Chapter: Our March campout was held from March 16-18 at the Burro Creek Campground with five rig/members attending. It was hosted by Arno and Vera Gates. The park provides a covered pavilion for meals and recreational table games. The hosted evening meal was held on Monday, with the chapter meeting on Tuesday morning. The rest of the meals were potluck. The weather was favorable and the beautiful scenery and wildlife sightings were enjoyed by all. Anyone interested in inquiring about joining our chapter should call Ellen Kiefer at 757-5504.

Kingman Area School Retirees Association: On Jan. 27, the Kingman Area School Retirees met at the Elks Club to elect officers. The retiring officers were: president, Barbara Sorenson; vice president, Sandy Minkler; secretary, Bette Beeman; and treasurer, Janet Watson. Mary Murphy from Phoenix installed the new officers: president, Sandy Minkler; vice president, Lyndall Byram; secretary, Dorian Trahan; and treasurer, Sandie Womack. Mary Murphy showed a 14-minute video presentation and an update on legislation and other concerns of the retirees. Virginia Brant, ASRS health wellness director, spoke on health issues. They were both very informative. On March 24, the KASRA met at the Elks Club for planning programs with suggestions for next year. Committees are as follows: Program, Lyndall Byram; Publicity, Bette Beeman; Budget, Lynn Schrimsher; Membership, Shirley Hiestand; Scholarship, Angie Maddux, Barbara Sorenson and Sue Snell. Our next meeting will be May 26, with Betsy Parker having a program on school issues. All Kingman school retirees are invited to join. We have a great time. Call our membership chairman at 753-5510 or President Sandy Minkler at 757-1585.

Kingman Art Alliance: The KAA met on Thursday to discuss the upcoming Spring Art Show at the Kathryn Heidenreich Adult Center on April 18 (not April 11) getting the news out to the public of Kingman. We are inviting everyone who would enjoy looking at our art and discussing our projects to join us between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Kingman B.P.O.E. Lodge No. 468: The Kingman Elks Lodge has announced the upcoming musical entertainment that is open to the general public, scheduled for Fridays from now through May. The Elks Lodge is located at 900 Gates Ave., directly across the street from the Cerbat Cliffs Golf Course. The entertainment schedule is: April 3, Aces; April 17, Divided Highway; May 1, Charlie Conner Band; and May 15, Bill Bailey Band. There is no cost for the evening's entertainment if you're planning on eating at the lodge. However, if you plan on attending just to enjoy the music and are not eating dinner, there will be a small cover charge of $5 a person to help defray the cost of the entertainment. For more information, call 753-2547.

Kingman Downtown Merchants Association: The association is looking for vendors for our historic Beale Street Spring Fair. It will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 16. Bring your arts, your crafts, your hobbies, your treasures, or anything else you want to sell, display or give away. The cost to participate is $25 for a booth space plus $11 for a special events vendor permit. For more information or an application, call 692-6050.

Kingman Mothers of Preschoolers: MOPS meetings are in the library at St. Johns United Methodist Church, 1730 Kino Ave., and your children are lovingly cared for in MOPPETS childcare programs. Membership is $35 a year for mom, $10 for child, and $60 maximum for a family. Financial assistance is available. Meetings are from 9:30 to 11 a.m., and the next meeting will be Friday. For more information, call 692-8828. There is also a group meeting the second Wednesday of the month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Kingman Pinochle Club: The winners on March 28 were: first, Bob Bennett; second, Ellamae Lane; and third, Martin Hoover. For more information, call Pat Doty at 718-1253.

Knights of Columbus: The Knights of Columbus Fish Fry will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday at the Knights of Columbus Hall at the corner of Butler and Bond. The menu is fish, fries, coleslaw and dessert at $7.50 for adults, $3.50 for children 12 and under. Clam chowder will be available for $2, and takeout will also be available. For tickets or more information, please contact Jerry Carreiro at 757-4193 or 279-6381, or Tom Anamasi at 718-0615. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Laureate Beta Gamma: Peggy Sollars was the "Hostess with the Mostest" when this chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met on March 12. It was a busy meeting. We were informed about the "Happy Days" convention to be held Sept 18, 19 and 20 in Tucson. Our dear friend, Jo Stoughton, will be celebrating her 80th birthday Sunday. We discussed Founder's Day, which is at the Moose Lodge on April 30. This is the culmination of the year for Beta Sigma Phi chapters and will be headed this year by Xi Beta Phi and enjoyed by four chapters. Peggy's program was about "The Man behind Garfield, the Cat." Jim Davis had severe asthma as a child and resorted to drawing cartoons to keep himself amused while bedridden. Jim's mother says that if Garfield was her son, she would have to make him behave! Peggy served luscious brownies and cookies and we all enjoyed the company. The meeting on March 26 was at the home of Karin Stephan and turned out to be very interesting. Attending were Carol Daley, Delores Shinn, Dawn Calhoun, Peggy Sollars, Marilyn Johnson, Thelma Elstrod, Pat Smith and Jo Stoughton. After discussion of Founder's Day and other pertinent business, we had our annual election of officers for 2009-2010. Marilyn Johnson was elected president; Dawn Calhoun, vice president; Carol Daley, recording secretary; Jo Stoughton, treasurer; and Pat Smith, correspondence secretary. We also elected Our Woman of the Year, although it took several votes to do so and a tie-breaking vote from an absent member! The winner will be revealed at Founder's Day. Karin's program was about the team that turned down the opportunity to play in the Tangerine Bowl, which later became the Fiesta Bowl. It was 1958, before the civil rights era, in Buffalo, N.Y. The team had been invited to play in Florida but was told that they could not play two members of their team because as blacks, they were not welcome in Florida sports! The team unanimously chose to give up the opportunity of a lifetime rather than play without the two members! Karin's husband Ron Stephan, who many readers in Kingman will remember as a recently retired and beloved Kingman schoolteacher, was a member of the team. It wasn't until 50 years later, in 2008, that a Canada Bowl organization decided to recognize and honor them, and invited all of the original team members as well as spouses and the current Buffalo team to play in a bowl game. It was a weekend to be remembered as a special event in a lifetime as the team members renewed old acquaintances and reminisced about the old days.

VFW Post 10386: The James L Standfield VFW Post 10386 will be the host hall for the Korean War Veterans dinner on Saturday. Starting at 5 p.m., they are serving baked pork chops with all the trimmings. Please remember to get your cookies to the post for the trip to Prescott by Friday. Store-bought cookies only; we cannot take homemade anymore. Sunday: Work Party at 9 a.m. Monday: Highway Cleanup meets between 7 and 8 a.m.; Dart League at 6 p.m. Wednesday: Busy Bees at noon; Post meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday: Tacos and More, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Dart League at 6. Friday: Charity Pool at 6 p.m. For more information, call 757-9191 after noon. The post is located at 3036 John L. Ave.

Wednesday Party Bridge: The winners on March 25 were: first place, Leo Mortenson; second place, Rita Selk; and third place, Lorna Gabby.

Xi Beta Phi: Members met at the home of Cassandra Oberlin, and Renee taught us all how to believe and find Leprechauns - hint it involves the consumption of Irish whiskey or rum - your choice - the more the better. We had a wonderful time enjoying the celebration of St. Patrick's Day, eating many wonderful traditional homemade delights. Members discussed Founder's Day and upcoming events. Service announced it did volunteer hours at KRMC Senior Health Fair. We had one special guest, Faye Rainey, who also attended the festivities. Plans for a progressive dinner were made and laughter could be heard for most of the evening. If you are interested in becoming a member, please feel free to contact Janice Ross at 757-4359, ext. 223. All sisters, both present and past, are invited and encouraged to attend Founder's Day on April 30.