American Legion Post 14: Root, cheer, and trash talk at the Army-Navy (or Navy-Army, if you prefer) game on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. Our Legion family Christmas party will be on Dec. 16 from 1 to 3 p.m. Stop in for some holiday cheer and maybe a few reindeer games. Post 14 is on the corner of Third and Oak in old town Kingman. Our regular hours are noon to 6 p.m. every day. Call 753-3555 for more information on these and other upcoming events.

Belles of St. Mary's: The Belles' annual Christmas Potluck is this Tuesday at 6 p.m. Please note the earlier start time. We will have an exchange of gifts (ornaments) and a guaranteed delicious assortment of foods! Advent: the arrival of something momentous; momentous: of utmost importance or outstanding significance. This is where we are - the first week of Advent. We prepare as we all anticipate for the glorious Gift from Heaven - Emmanuel, which is "God with us." Can you even grasp the majesty of what was given to us, the sheer magnitude of God's perfect plan? Those of us who are smart enough to learn, study and share the "Greatest Story Ever Told" are charged with the great responsibility. Our God did what Abraham was asked. Let's all shoulder our mandate from God and proclaim the true message of Christmas: Love and care for one another, which equals Love of God. Holy Day of Obligation: Saturday is the feast of the Immaculate Conception. Vigil Mass on Friday at 6 p.m. or Saturday at 8 a.m., either of these will fill our Holy Day obligation - not our Sunday obligation. Next on your schedule of appointments with our God: please list Wednesday. Our Hispanic community will re-enact the Apparition of Our Lady to Juan Diego in Mexico. This miraculous event brought the horrific practice of human sacrifice to an end, and the conversion to our faith was begun in the Americas. We continue by wishing you joy, peace and hope this Christmas, from all your Belles, to each of you!

Cerbat Garden Club: The fourth meeting of the season will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Johns Methodist Church, 1730 Kino Ave. Anyone interested in gardening, floral design, civic beautification and conservation of our natural resources is invited to attend. No gardening experience required. At the conclusion of our business meeting our members and guests will enjoy all of the goodies that they have made for our Christmas and Hanukkah celebrations. The highlight of this meeting will be providing Christmas decorations for Diana's Faith House. Garden Club members will then proceed to Diana's Faith House, bringing goodwill and cheer through decorations that they are providing to help the women and children celebrate Christmas in style. The women and children who reside there will receive a tree, lights and decorations for Christmas to provide hope and peace for the New Year. Please feel free to share your holiday goodies at the meeting prior to our departure for the shelter. If you have any questions, call Diana at 757-8659. Please leave a message if I'm not there and I will get back to you.

Chloride Historical Society: The Chloride Historical Society is hosting a Christmas Bake Sale and Swap Meet starting at 9 a.m. Saturday at the corner of Tennessee Avenue and Second Street in downtown Chloride. Swap meet folks are welcome to set up near the bake sale at no charge, and vendors can set up in the parking lot of the Mine Shaft Market/Visitor Center for a fee. At "High Noon," the Frontiersmen Gunfight Troupe will perform in the Cyanide Springs Ghost Town on Elkhart Avenue. This group of Wild West performers will take you back 100 years when Chloride was a rough and tumble mining camp. While in town, be sure to visit the Historical Society's Jim Fritz Museum, the old jail and the Roy Purcell murals. Besides checking out the historical points of interest, visit the antique shops, the silversmith's store and numerous shops with loads of Christmas gifts, all at reasonable prices. Chloride, Arizona's oldest silver mining camp, is located 23 miles north of Kingman and 80 miles south of Las Vegas. Follow Highway 93 to State Route 125, turn east and go four miles. For more vendor information, call Donna or Allen at (928) 565-4888.

DMS Events: The next Gymkhana event will begin with sign-ups at 9 a.m. and run at 10 a.m. Saturday at Graywood Stables, 2576 E. Calle Chavez (Mile Marker 14-N Stockton Hill Road). For more information, call (928) 692-0199.

Filipino-American Club: The Filipino-American Annual Christmas Bash will be held beginning at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Moose Lodge, 302 Monroe St. Attire will

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be coat and tie or barong tagalog. Give love on Christmas Day - bring 10 or more canned goods to be donated to Kingman Area Food Bank. RSVP or for more information, please call Armi at (928) 757-1040.

Friday Afternoon Bridge Club: The winners on Nov. 30 were: North-South: first place, Jim Blaschak and Bryand Carlson; second place, Demeter Manning and Tom Wood; and third place, Karla Kay and Dan Lordahl. East-West: first place, Sandy Miles and Shirley Lantz; second place, Gretchen Carpenter and Jerry Lipson; and third place, Marguerite and Jaye Smith.

Friends of the Golden Valley Library: The Friends are holding a Christmas basket drawing at noon Dec. 22. The large basket is filled with candy, toys, tools, lotions, movies and much more. It has something for every member of the family! Visit the Golden Valley Library to see the basket and buy one ticket for 50 cents or 5 for $2. Winners need not be present to win. The Friends of the Golden Valley Library are starting 2013 with a Book Sale from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Jan. 19. Books will sell for $2 a bag (our bag). We have many books on just about every subject - law, music, mysteries, romances, children's books, science and many more. Treat yourself to hours of reading pleasure. Are you a prospective lawyer or know one? Come look at the legal books. In case of rain, the book sale will be rescheduled. Friends of the Golden Valley Library is an organization that supports the Golden Valley Library. Funds earned are used to buy things for the library that their budget doesn't allow for. Individual/family memberships are $5 a year, business memberships are $10 and lifetime memberships are $100. Meetings are held the first Saturday of the month at the Golden Valley Library at 1 p.m. except for June, July and August. Applications are available at the library, but you don't have to be a member to attend the meetings. The Golden Valley Library is at 3417 N. Verde Road. Library hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, noon to 6 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The phone number is (928) 565-2989.

Kingman Kut-Ups Square Dance Club: The club's next event is the Toys for Tots Dance from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday in the Mohave County Senior Center, 1776 Airway Ave. The caller will be Dale Dockery. For additional information, please call Jean (928) 565-3058.

Kingman Pinochle Club: The winners on Dec. 1 were: first, Joann Brown; second, Barbara Stoefen; and third, Warren Knudson. For more information, call Pat at (928) 718-1253.

Mohave County Genealogical Society: We will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Library of the Mohave Museum, 400 W. Beale. We will take a few minutes of the meeting to install the officers for 2013. Then we look forward to learning the information our new members have gained in their searches and will open the meeting to anyone with genealogical questions. We hope we may be able to answer them. Guests are always welcome.

Wednesday Party Bridge: The winners on Nov. 28 were: first place, Shirley McQuinn; second place, Lorna Gabby; and third place, Mary Wallace.