Organizations: April 4, 2013

AARP: Free tax preparation will be available to middle- to low-income taxpayers at the old Mountain View Elementary School, 2380 Third St., Room 607 in Bullhead City. Trained and certified AARP tax aide volunteers will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday through April 15. Bring a picture I.D., a Social Security card for yourself and dependents, W-2 and any 1099 forms, along with your 2011 tax return. For more information, call Marilyn at (928) 768-5976.

Aglow International: Kingman Aglow is having a meeting, Preparing the Bride of Messiah, from 2 to 4 p.m. April 20 at Dora's Beale Street Deli, 509 E. Beale St., Kingman. RSVP by April 17 to (928) 530-1952 or aglowhearts4Kingman@gmail.com. We will be serving hot tea and sweet treats! The cost is $5. Jerushia Hylton will be the guest speaker. There will be an inspirational message, music and Davidic dancing.

American Cancer Society: Team Mohave will continue to hold fundraisers until a local event is held on May 3. Raffle tickets, for a $5 donation, are available for the Blue Lagoon Floating Island to be given away at the May 3 event. For more information, call Ellen Brown at (928) 763-4115.

American Legion Post 14: At noon on Saturday, come to the Post for the S.A.L.'s semi-annual Broomstick Tournament. Sign-up is only $5 per person and the broomsticks are provided, so the playing field is level (no comments about the pool table, please). Whether you play or just watch, it's entertaining. We'll be taking our second round of nominations for elected officers at our meeting on April 11. Consider getting more involved in your Post by election or appointment to a leadership position. 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 us at (928) 753-3555.

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 14: The Past Presidents Parley of Unit 14 will be presenting its annual nursing scholarship fundraiser at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. All American Legion Family members and their guests are cordially invited to participate at the Hawaiian-themed event to be held at the Post Home, 225 Oak St. Women who have served in the armed forces and those who have worked in the nursing/health care fields will be recognized. All proceeds from this event go toward scholarships for local nursing students and to the ALA Department of Arizona's PPP scholarship fund, which has also been generous to several of our local students. Call Rebecca Faris (757-8590) to reserve your ticket; an $8 donation is requested. Those donating raffle items are also asked to inform Rebecca of your donation by Saturday. All past presidents of the Unit are encouraged to contact PP Dana Brock (715-2352) to find out how you can help with the event. Nursing students entering their second year of studies this fall are encouraged to pick up a scholarship application from ViAnn Cruse at Mohave Community Colleges' nursing skills department.

Belles of St. Mary's: You have noticed, surely, in writings past, our reminder of the holy role Belles have been entrusted with in life: teaching our young ones. Our Paschal celebration spotlighted two proofs-positive of the wonderful completion and success of this task. Holy Thursday Mass was the scene of our priest demonstrating the lesson our Christ decreed: the washing of the feet. The scene we wish to highlight shows the three Moreno children (Carla, Ivanna and Claudio Jr.) hovering around the kneeling Fr. Matthew as they held a basin of water and baskets filled with towels. You have seen Christmas cards depicting the angels ministering to the Holy Child - these cherubim personified such a scene - Armida and Claudio Sr. have taught their children well. On to the second proof. Good Friday's Passion of our Christ: Here we have two young boys (Alex and Zack) holding a large crucifix as all parishioners processed to the foot of the Cross to pay homage to the One who died for us. The older son held the Cross during the entire procession and the younger son carefully administered the linen cloth after each pilgrim. Again, Mary Pat and Alan Tempert have taught their sons well - this Belle will cherish these scenes. Back to business - Belles meeting this Tuesday at 7 p.m. Do join us as we laugh, plan and pray our way through 2013. Bring a friend and earn extra points!

D'Ambro Pond: The D'Ambro Pond, owned by a disabled veteran, is a nonprofit organization manned entirely by volunteers. Each spring, usually in late May, a tournament is hosted for children ages 5 to 16. Many organizations such as Scouts, Boys and Girls Club and church organizations participate in fishing activities. The pond is stocked with catfish, blue gill and trout, which enables children to fish at no cost. There is easy access, including one handicap dock. Raffle tickets, for $5 each or five for $20, are available for a 17-foot Stratos Bass Boat donated by Martin Swanty Auto Center. Tickets are available from John D'Ambro, who will be at Smith's every Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or from Trish Carter at Mohave County Sheriff's Office. The drawing will be May 18.

DMS Events: The next Gymkhana event will begin with sign-ups at 9 a.m. and run at 10 a.m. April 13 at Graywood Stables, 2576 E. Calle Chavez (Mile Marker 14, N. Stockton Hill Road). For more information, call (928) 692-0199.

Fraternal Order of Police: The FOPA meets at 8 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at Calico's Restaurant, 418 W. Beale St.

Friday Afternoon Bridge Club: The winners on March 29 were: first place, Dan Lordhal and Wolfgang Vorbau; second place, Cecil Henry and Bert Leenhouts; and third place, Kay Klaus and Jerry Lipson. Our games are open to all bridge players. If you would like to play, please call Lorraine at 757-3397.

Friends of the Valle Vista Library: The Friends of Valle Vista Library will hold their Spring Book and Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 20 at 7264 Concho Drive, Suite B. Used books, both paperback and hardbound, audio books and movies will be available at low, low prices. To find the sale, turn left off Route 66 near milepost 71 onto Concho Drive. The library is on the left just a short distance inside the entrance to Valle Vista. Call (928) 757-1565 for more information.

Kingman Kut-Ups Square Dance Club: The club's next event is the 33rd Annual Route 66 Spring Jubilee from April 12 through 14. Dancing will be from 6:30-9:30 p.m. April 12. There will be workshops from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 13 and dancing from 7-10 p.m. The Donut Dance will be at 9 a.m. April 14. All this will be at the Senior Nutrition Center, 1776 Airway Ave. The cost is $12 per person April 12 and $15 per person for the evening of April 13. For more information and to pre-register, call (928) 565-3058 or (928) 530-8919.

Kingman Masonic Lodge No. 22: There will be a garage sale Friday and Saturday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at 3768 Martingale Drive (between Palo Verde and Hillcrest). The proceeds will be used to support public service programs, including the Child Identification Program (CHIP) and Bikes for Books. Sale items include furniture, bookcases, TVs, bedding, power tools, electronics, a refrigerator, clothing, Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts and accessories, a new bicycle and too much more to list. For more information, call (928) 681-6819 or (928) 753-6048.

Kingman Pinochle Club: The winners on March 30 were: first, Ellamae Lane; second, Bob Bennett; and third, Pat Doty. For more information, call Pat at (928) 718-1253.

Korean War Veterans Association of Mohave County: Join the KWVA of Mohave County for dinner from 5-6 p.m. Saturday at VFW Post 10386, 3036 John L Ave. Our menu will be breaded pork loin chops, scalloped potatoes, fresh green beans, tossed green salad, rolls and dessert for a $7 donation per person and it is open to the public. Enjoy the music of DJ John Miller. Don't let the roadblock scare you away. We are looking forward to seeing you. Call (928)757-7728 if you need more information.

Mohave Community Choir: The choir will present "Spring Joy in Song" on April 20 at St. John's United Methodist Church, 1730 Kino Ave. There will be a matinee at 3 p.m. and the evening performance will be at 7. They will be singing some lively Broadway numbers - a medley from "My Fair Lady," "Fiddler on the Roof" and "Cats," and several Beach Boys songs. It will be a fun concert! Suggested ticket donations are: $3 senior/child, $5 adult and $10 for a family. For more information, call (928) 377-7277.

Mohave County Genealogical Society: Our next meeting will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the library at the Mohave Museum of History and Arts. This month we will be joining Gloria Dukeshire as she takes us back to the 1840s where, through the pages of a diary, we will relive a journey made by one of her ancestors. We hope you will join us on this trip.

Mohave Republican Forum: You are invited to the forum meeting Wednesday at the Elks Lodge, 900 Gates Ave. A buffet dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. and the program begins at 6. The gathering is open to the public; admission is $13 per person and includes dinner. The speakers will be Kingman Chamber of Commerce chairman of the board Tony Campbell and executive director and CEO Pam Wilkinson. If time permits, there will be a period for questions and answers. Reservations are requested and helpful. Call Rita at (928) 692-4771 or Kathie at (928) 718-0891.

Rescued Unwanted Furry Friends Foundation: RUFFF is hosting the Second Annual Play-a-Round for RUFFF Fun-Raising Golf Tournament Saturday at Cerbat Cliffs Golf Course. This tournament will help raise much-needed funds to feed and care for the animals at our no-kill sanctuary, RUFFFHouse, while enjoying 18 holes of fun. Cart and lunch are included. We will also have a "Rufff-le" for great prizes and a silent auction. The cost is $70 per player with an optional $30 buy-in. This is a four-person scramble. Call Cerbat Cliffs to sign up or RUFFF at (928) 565-BARK (2275) to reserve your spot, as space is limited.

VFW Post 10386: This Saturday, the dinner is hosted by the KWV and will be baked ham and trimmings from 5 to 6 p.m. for $7. The KWV meeting is at 1 p.m. at the Post. The next Post meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Ladies Auxiliary dinner on April 20 will be a baked potato bar with all the fixings and a silent cake auction. We are in need of the following items for our annual trip to the VA Hospital in Prescott: jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, books, decks of cards, toothbrushes, white T-shirts, white socks and white underwear in various sizes. We will need these by noon May 3. For more information, call (928) 757-9191.

Wednesday Party Bridge: The winners on March 27 were: first place, Nelson Gaska; second place, Fay Pope; and third place, Barry Pope.

Whistle Stop Railroad Club: The grand opening of the Kingman Depot Railroad Museum will be May 11, which is the Sixth Annual National Train Day. The ribbon cutting with the Chamber of Commerce will be at 9:30 a.m. There will be free admission all day and free donut samples by Dawgs 'N' Donuts. Raffle prize drawings will take place throughout the day. The prizes will include Grand Canyon West gold certificates admitting four persons each to the Skywalk, meals and vouchers, two tickets on the Grand Canyon Railway from Williams to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, and many more items. The museum is open six days each week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is closed Mondays. Call (760) 887-0938 for more information.