News Briefs: Wednesday, April 28, 2010

KINGMAN

The Kingman Route 66 Association is pleased to announce that the Waldmire family has graciously contributed a stunning collection of work by iconic artist Bob Waldmire for a month-long memorial exhibit at Beale Street Gallery of Fine Arts.

In addition to the richly detailed Route 66 postcards and maps that transformed an itinerant artist into an internationally recognized icon, and that played a key role in the resurgent interest in Route 66, the exhibit will also feature lesser known material such as drawings of vintage aircraft, as well as never-before-displayed original sketches on topics as diverse as coffee roasters and political satire. The backdrop for the largest collection of Bob Waldmire work ever assembled will be selected works from award winning photographer Jim Hinckley, an author of five books and more than 500 feature articles.

The exhibit opens at the gallery inside Beale Street Brews Coffee House, 418 E. Beale St., in conjunction with the annual Route 66 Fun Run on Friday. It will run through May 25 with a special First Friday Reception on the evening of May 7.

KINGMAN

A local heating and cooling franchise, Pitzer's One Hour Air Conditioning, is looking forward to seeing their brand featured on NBC's "The Celebrity Apprentice" this coming Sunday at 8 p.m. local time.

Clockwork Home Services, the parent company of One Hour Air Conditioning and Heating, will be having their three home service brands, One Hour Air Conditioning and Heating, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing and Mr. Sparky featured on the hit TV show. This joint venture will serve as the first time the show has integrated home service brands. All three brands will be featured in the same challenge - another unprecedented show first. The episode is set to air this Sunday.

During the episode, teams are challenged with a creative task highlighting the brands' popular message of punctuality and reliability. The episode will feature the two teams, Rock Solid and Tenacity, cutting three 30-second radio commercials for the Home Service brands.

PHOENIX

The Arizona Trails Association is making another bid for the $50,000 Redwood Creek Greater Outdoors Project grant.

The Arizona Trail runs from Page through Flagstaff and ends near Nogales.

Eight other trails across the U.S. are bidding for the same grant. The grant is awarded to the trail project that wins the most votes online at www.blazethetrail.com/greatoutdoors/vote/.

The association made a bid for the grant last year and came in second. If the association wins the grant this year, it will use the funds to reroute part of the trail in the Sonoran Desert "Black Hills" passage, fix trailheads and add kiosks to Pima and Pinal counties.

Residents can vote for the Arizona Trail once a day until Aug. 31.