American Legion Post 14: Our Legion family planners have put their heads together and come up with some fun events. Until our next newsletter, we will work to get the word out for events in August and September. On Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m.,it's "speed pool and sliders." Speed pool is you against the clock and it goes really fast, so there's lots of action. Play for a dollar for the day; sliders and toppings will be a buck apiece. At 5 p.m. Aug. 18, the Auxiliary will host a spaghetti sauce cook-off with an entry fee of $5. Contact Dana at (928) 715-2352 or (928) 377-3952 or e-mail email@example.com if you think your sauce kicks butt. Pasta will be provided. Of course, we'll need folks to eat all this deliciousness, and for $5 per person, anyone can help with that. Post 14 is on the corner of Third and Oak in downtown Kingman. Call us at 753-3555.
Belles of St. Mary's: Did you see us? Did you join us? Did you miss us? Sunday last, the Belles came from the sidelines, the shadows, and stood together in front of our Lord. As you know, I am sure, all women of St. Mary's Parish are Belles. Active or inactive, it's your choice, but a Belle you are. When we send out the call for help you never deny us in our works for our God. Bless you. After Mass we migrated to Calico's (picture a covey of quail) and took over the main dining area. Surprise guest from up north was the presence of our own Mary Stout, past president many times over. Her dedication to us includes annual packages of homemade blue-ribbon winner peanut brittle for our once-a-year raffle. What a jewel! A young newcomer was welcomed into our ranks along with Karen M. and daughter Tera - Pam has joined us too! Today is dedicated to Our Lady of the Angels; can you think of a more beautiful vision? Monday, Aug. 6, is the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. Our Lord went up the mountain with Peter, James and John, was transfigured before them and was seen conversing with Moses and Elijah. This is the fourth mystery of the Luminous mysteries upon which we meditate when reciting our rosaries, right? We have more stories concerning our picnic for next week; stay tuned. A heartfelt thank you goes to all those who have taken the time to acknowledge our column starring our Belles. Along with God's nudging, it keeps us writing.
Friday Afternoon Bridge Club: The winners on July 27 were: first place, Karla Kay and Dan Lordhal; tied for second and third place, Donna Blaschak and Brian Carlson, and J.T. Perkins and Wolfgant Vorbau; and tied for fourth and fifth place, Gladys Smith and Coie O'Malley, and Trey Gordon and Jim Blaschak.
Kingman Kut-Ups Square Dance Club: The club's next event is the annual picnic from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, in Hualapai Mountain Park. For additional information, please call Jean (928) 565-3058.
Kingman Pinochle Club: The winners on July 28 were: first, Paul George; second, Warren Knudson; and third, Bob Bennett. For more information, call Pat at (928) 718-1253.
Mohave Community Choir: The choir, performing in the Kingman area since 1997, will accept additional choir members for the 2012-2013 concert season. The choir selections encompass a wide range. Those community residents ages 16 and up who wish to sing with the choir should attend the first rehearsal this season at 6 p.m. today in the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church building at Bank Street and Gordon. The choir will perform concerts in October, December and April. For additional information, call choir director Roger Johnson at (928) 757-5567.
Mohave Community Orchestra: Mohave Community Orchestra is open to youth and adults of all ages who are able to read music, attend weekly rehearsals and perform regularly for the community. Our first rehearsal for the 2012-2013 season is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 14, continuing on Tuesdays during the school year. Location: Kingman High School, North Campus on Bank Street, in the band room. More information is available at: www.mohavecommunityorchestra.com.
Mohave County Genealogical Society: Our next meeting will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, in the library of the Mohave Museum. At our last meeting we were entertained by member's recollections of their early life. Gloria Dukeshire remembered going to school in southern California where one of her classmates was a Japanese girl whose father assured Gloria that he would protect her. This was shortly after Pearl Harbor. Our next topic for discussion will be introducing each member's grandparents. We hope to have pictures and stories of their lives, as that was where we all began our genealogical research. We hope you will join us to share your history.
Mohave Republican Forum: At the June 13, 2012, general meeting of the Mohave Republican Forum, at which the Arizona State Senate Republican candidates had been invited to speak, by a two-thirds affirmative vote of its members present, the Mohave Republican Forum endorsed Kelli Ward for election to the Arizona State Senate.
Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD): The next meeting of the 2012 Victim Impact Panel will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 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 $40, money order only, made payable to MADD. Classes are held on the first Tuesday of every other month. Our wonderful volunteers are asked to be there at 6 p.m. to set up. Hope you can all make it. Please advise if you are busy. Anyone interested in being a volunteer with this organization can contact Jess at (602) 240-6506.
Sounds of Kingman: A relatively new group in Kingman will be taking the stage for Sounds of Kingman Concerts In The Park Summer Series No. 2, sponsored by Desert Highlands Care Center. This family-based group has been together for the past eight months, but they play their music with a much greater accumulation of musical experience. This very talented quartet identifies themselves by the name of "The Rivals." Through the years they have all played with other bands and have been exposed to several different styles of music, creating a great learning experience to what the music world has to offer. They have acquired a depth of professionalism and stage presence as well. They like to refer to their music style as - in their own words - "Ecclectic" Rock and "Sophistapop," which means this music is fit for every age group from teens to older teens at heart. They take pride in performing music that everyone can enjoy, playing selections from the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Authority Zero to the mellow and smooth vocal selections of John Mayer and Iration and many more. The members of this group are: Cardo Diaz on drums and vocals; David Diaz Jr. on bass, guitar and vocals; Robert Diaz playing guitar and vocals; and Pete Proffit playing bass, guitar, keyboards and mandolin. This is a great concert to bring your family and friends to from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5, at Metcalfe Park in downtown Kingman (corner of Beale at Grandview Ave.). This is a free concert, open to the public, and you are welcome to bring in your lawn chairs, coolers, blankets, and picnic dinners and sit back and relax or dance and enjoy some of the best music in Kingman that your money just cannot buy!
VFW Post 10386: This week there will be no dinner. We have a yard sale at 2210 E. Thompson Ave. on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 3 and 4. It will run from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days. The money raised will go to our Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 3. Next week's dinner will be Russ and Irene's meatloaf. Look for more details in next week's newspaper.
Wednesday Party Bridge: The winners on July 25 were: first place, Nelson Gaska; second place, Barbara Gracin; third place, Sarah Peters; and fourth place, Shirley McQuinn.