Organizations: Thursday, December 29, 2011

AARP: An 8-hour AARP driver safety class will be held at Kingman Regional Medical Center, Mohave Conference Room, 3269 Stockton Hill Road, on two consecutive days. Classes are from 9 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. Jan. 10 -11. Students must attend both days. Call Bob at (928) 754-2541 to reserve a seat.

American Legion Post 14: Time is running out to get your tickets for the New Year's Day Champagne Brunch. Get tickets in advance; we will not be selling them at the door. It's also time to renew your membership for 2012 if you haven't already done so. If your card still says 2011 after Dec. 31, you will not be a member in good standing and you won't be served in any Post clubroom. Our kitchen fund is doing well, with a great big "thank you" to everyone who has pitched in whatever they can. However, we have a way to go yet, so whether you need a tax deduction for 2011 or 2012, please consider a donation soon. Post 14 is on the corner of Third and Oak, and our phone number is 753-3555. Our regular hours are noon to 6 p.m.

Belles of St. Mary's: It's over, it's done, it's finished, the hustle, the bustle, the hurry-upness. Now we have time to hear the snowflakes settle, watch the curling smoke-dances and actually hear the children's laughter and joy. As we clear away the empty boxes, the tissue and ribbons, let's all together as one worldwide (okay, maybe citywide) family make a sincere and honest pledge to smile more, help more and pray more. We say goodbye to the year 2011 with this truism: What you are is God's gift to you. What you make of yourself is your gift to God. Happy and Healthy New Year!

Kingman Elks Lodge No. 468: Special events coming up: Saturday the lodge will hold it's annual New Year's Eve party starting at 6 p.m. in the main dining room. There will be a prime rib dinner, continental breakfast and open bar. Ron Ackerson will provide the entertainment. The cost is $125 per couple and $75 for a single. For ticket information, call (928) 753-2547. Regular events this coming week include: Thursday: Tacos, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.; Bingo, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Bring four cans of food and receive extra game sheets. Friday: Dinner, to 7 p.m. Tuesday: Pizza Night, 5 to 7 p.m. First and third Wednesdays: Meeting Night, 7 p.m. Food service: 5 to 7 p.m. Lunch: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information on any regular events, call Boot Quintana, (928) 753-2547.

Kingman Kut-Ups Square Dance Club: The Club's next dance will be the New Year's Eve dance from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, at the Senior Nutrition Center, 1776 Airway Ave. The caller will be Mike Wilder. For additional information, call Jean (928) 565-3058.

Kingman Pinochle Club: The winners on Dec. 24 were: first, Martin Hoover; second, Pat Knudson; and third, Flo Ragsdale. For more information, call Pat at (928) 718-1253.

Kingman Republican Women's Club: Susan McAlpine was recently named the "Woman of the Year" by the Kingman Republican Women. McAlpine was recognized for her contributions to the club and our community: she coordinated the collection of personal care items for our military members in Afghanistan, raised funds for the purchase of clothing and personal care items for homeless women and children in Mohave County, and collected stuffed animals for distribution by Mohave County Sheriff's officers to children impacted by trauma. In addition, McAlpine serves as a mediator for Mohave County Justice Court, a grant writer for "For The Luv of Paws" a local non-profit animal shelter, served on the Horse Sense Workshop committee for the Cooperative Extension Service, was a board member for her property owners association and volunteered at a wild animal shelter.

Korean War Veterans Association of Mohave County: Join us for our monthly dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at VFW Post 10386, 3036 John L Ave. Our menu is oven baked crispy chicken, baked cheesy mashed potatoes, steamed veggies, fresh garden salad, rolls and dessert, all for a $7 donation. The dinner is open to the public. Enjoy the music of our very own DJ, J. Miller. All proceeds from this dinner go to help support our scholarship fund. See you there on Jan. 7. For more information, contact Bill at (928) 757-7728.

TOPS AZ 0287 Kingman: Take Off and Keep Off Pounds Sensibly met Dec. 9. Leader Joyce Smith called the meeting to order. Ann Hopping achieved her goal weight, becoming a KOPS. Following all business, the meeting was turned over to Carroll Kite who presented all November awards and achievements. Awards were presented to Nancy Hilton, Sam Cole and Susan Stokka. Best loser awards to Memory Burkett, Sam Cole, Lyn Floyd, Toni Hupp, Joan Jordan, Susan Stokka and Jayne Sieroe. Awards to Venita Barnes, Rae Bonney, Patsy Brocnik, Pat Gnodle, Nancy Hilton, Dee Hudson, Sylvia Schneider and Danny Velderrain. Seventeen KOPS were presented gold beads for being at or below goal. Twenty-two members received beads for Perfect Attendance. Faye Budde received the Water Award. Walking and Exercise Awards went to Venita Barnes, Patsy Brocnik, Viola Emans, Naomi Jiles, Donna Mumford and Darlene Sweet. Following the meeting, the chapter celebrated their Holiday Luncheon Party, which was enjoyed by all. Our chapter meets every Friday morning in the social hall at St. Johns Methodist Church, 1739 Kino St. Weigh-in is at 7:30 a.m., ends at 9, and meeting beings at 9:30, ending at 10:30. New members are most welcome. For further information, call Leader Joyce Smith (928) 377-5852 or (800) 932-8677 or visit our website

VFW Post 10386: We hope everyone had a great Christmas and is ready to come to our New Year's Eve Party, which starts with the Men's Auxiliary Dinner at 5:30 p.m. The dinner consists of pork roast, black-eyed peas, scallop potatoes, salad and apple pie for $7. Then stay for our New Year's Eve Party with drink specials and karaoke starting at 6:30. Sunday we will have the Rose Bowl game on. We are looking for a volunteer bartender (must be over 21). Call 757-9191 for appointment. Our kitchen and dining room are available for private parties; call 757-9191 for more information. Our next big party is Super Bowl Sunday.

Wednesday Party Bridge: The winners on Dec. 21 were: first place, Nelson Gaska; second place, Carol Selfridge; and third place, Paul Tonoso.