American Legion Post 14: We hope everyone had a lot of reasons to give thanks last week. All Legion family members and guests are welcome to join us for Auxiliary Unit 14's "First Sunday Brunch" from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A selection of hot and cold dishes, as well as salads and desserts, is available for only $5 per person. Post membership is over 81 percent, which is outstanding for this time of year; if only 60 more members "re-up" before the end of the year, Post 14 will earn that 100 Percent Ribbon. If anyone knows a Legionnaire who has not yet renewed for 2011, you can renew for him or her by contacting Post 14 at (928) 753-3555 and letting us know you'd like to do so. What a great Christmas gift for your veteran!
Belles of St. Mary: The Belles must hit the pavement running as the hours race toward the deadline for the annual raffle - our main and only fundraiser. This year's first prize is our traditional "Basket of Cheer," and it is brimming past overflow with bottles of spirits of all shapes and flavors. We also are awarding a deep-fry turkey pot. Contact any Belle or stop by the St. Vincent de Paul store for $1 tickets. Newcomers Jeanne and Patricia Holcomb (sisters-in-law) have followed through on presenting attending Belles with new name tags. These are shiny new silver bells appropriate for day- and nighttime wear. One caveat - a Belle must be wearing her bell or will be fined 10 dimes at any meeting or event. All Belles are reminded to mail their special Christmas greeting to the ACLU - yes, the national union. Our regular Christmas party has been shifted to Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. This is total party time, with an ornament gift exchange, music, food, laughter and memories guaranteed.
Cerbat Garden Club: The Cerbat Garden Club's fourth meeting of the season will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 8, at Hualapai Mountain Medical Center, 3801 Santa Rosa Drive. Anyone interested in gardening, floral design, civic beautification and conservation of our natural resources is invited to attend. No gardening experience required. Our meeting will be "Holiday Merriment." After our business meeting, members will enjoy treats and camaraderie while wrapping gifts for CASA children. Please remember to bring wrapping paper, ribbon, tape and the gift tag(s) you selected in order to identify each child's gift. "The Mohave County CASA Program recruits, screens, trains and supervises community volunteers to serve as Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers. CASA volunteers are appointed by a judge to advocate in court for the safe, permanent future of abused, neglected and abandoned children." If you have any further questions, please call Diana at (928) 757-8659. Please leave a message if I'm not there and I will get back to you.
For the Luv of Paws Domestic Animal Rescue and Sanctuary: The Paul Bunyon of Yard Sales III will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, through Saturday, Dec. 4. It will be held at Feathered Friends, 2845 Airway Ave. For more information, call (928) 897-7304.
Intercommunity Action Network: The I.C.A.N. Bargain Box will hold its first major craft show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 3, 4 and 5. Top crafters in Mohave County will present their homemade goods for sale. There will be jewelry, dolls, soap, cards, crocheted and knitted items, and more. Also at the show will be pictures with Santa Claus. He'll be there from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday. There is also a special 20-percent discount on all Bargain Box Thrift Store purchases from Dec. 1 to 7 - to thank the community for their continued support. The Bargain Box is located at 1911 Kino Ave. (just off Stockton Hill behind Sonic and Palace restaurants). It's the "Castle." All donations to this 501c3 registered charity are tax-deductible.
Kingman Area School Retirees' Association: KASRA will kick off the holiday season with a club favorite, festive event. KASRA will hold their annual Canned Food Drive/Potluck Brunch Christmas party from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 7, at the home of member Barb Fuller. Those planning to attend are asked to bring non-perishable food items to be donated to the Kingman Food Bank and a dish to share at the brunch. Election of new officers will take place during a short business meeting. All retired school employees are invited to attend. For additional information, call Membership Chair Shirley Hiestand at (928) 753-5510 or Sandi Minkler at (928) 757-1585.
Kingman Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 3744: On Friday night, there will be dinner from 5 to 7 and dancing from 7 to 11; music provided by the Bill Baley Band. The dinner special will be meatloaf, baked potato, vegetables, dinner roll and salad bar for only $6.50 per person; other items are available on the menu, costs vary. There will be a 50/50 prize drawing and other gifts to benefit our charities. The kitchen is also open on Saturdays from 7 to 10 a.m. for breakfast; members and guests are welcome. The Eagles Auxiliary will be hosting a craft show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4. Local artists will be displaying their goods for your Christmas shopping and stocking stuffers. The public is welcome. The bingo manager at the Fraternal Order of Eagles has announced that beginning in December all new bingo players who come to play at the Eagles will receive a free bingo dauber. When asked why, Peggy Borchers said she would like to give all new players the same opportunity and enjoyment of playing at the F.O.E. The F.O.E. offers bingo every Sunday and Wednesday; on Sundays the doors open at 11:30 a.m. with the first game starting at 1:30 p.m., and on Wednesdays, doors open at 4:30 p.m. with the first game starting at 6:30. The kitchen is also open for your convenience during bingo, with a variety of items on their menu including weekly specials. In addition to new players receiving bingo daubers, all bingo players will receive a birthday dauber during the month of December; just show the bingo staff your ID. Peggy said she is offering the birthday daubers as a token of appreciation for the continued support of all bingo players to the F.O.E. The Fraternal Order of Eagles is located at 4536 Patsy Drive; please call (928) 757-8635 for more information. Peggy would like to remind everyone that the F.O.E. bingo is open to the public; you don't have to be a member to play bingo.
Kingman Pinochle Club: The winners on Nov. 27 were: first, Bob Bennett; second, Joann Brown; and third, Rose Lesnewski. For more information, call Pat at (928) 718-1253.
Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD): The next meeting of the 2010 Victim Impact Panel will be at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 7, at the Mohave County Sheriff's Office Training Room, 600 W. Beale St. To register, call (602) 240-6500, option 2, then option 3 for Mohave County. Follow the detailed instructions. Class fee is $30, money order only, made payable to MADD. Classes are held on the first Tuesday of every other month. Anyone interested in being a volunteer with this organization can contact June at (928) 681-3435.
Rescued Unwanted Furry Friends Foundation: The "Feed a Furry Friend for the Holidays" pet drive, sponsored by Swanty's, has begun. Donations of pet food and related items can be dropped at Swanty's from now through January to benefit RUFFF and RUFFFHouse. Monetary donations can be sent to: P.O. Box 2477, Bullhead City, AZ 86430 to help purchase food and supplies. The greatest need is dry dog food, treats and cat litter, as well as blankets, toys, doghouses, cat trees and fencing. Volunteers are always needed. For more information, call (928) 565-BARK.
VFW Post 10386: James L. Standfield VFW Post 10386 will not have a dinner Saturday, Dec. 3, due to the Ladies Auxiliary Rummage Sale on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 3 and 4. Saturday, there will be karaoke with Don West; call the post for time. Post breakfast will be from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday, and the Thursday Ladies Auxiliary tacos will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call (928) 757-9191 after noon. The post is located at 3036 John L Ave.