AARP: The two-day AARP Driver Safety course begins at 8 a.m. and ends by noon Monday and Tuesday at the Del E. Webb Wellness Center, 1719 E. Beverly Ave. Although the class is geared toward drivers ages 50 and older, the course is open to people of all ages. AARP membership is not required to take the course and there are no tests to pass. The classroom course costs $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. Pre-registration is required for the next class. Please call Patricia Green at (928) 530-7982 or go to www.aarp.org to find a class near you or to register for the online course.
Belles of St. Mary's: Just a bit more on this summer's wonderful picnic: picture tables laden with trays of burgers and 'dawgs (with all the fixin's) cooked to perfection by that dynamic duo, Tempert and Gaul. Alongside we find salads, chips, delicious homemade chili ala Moreno. Also nestled under the mountain cabana roof, we find old tin washtubs filled with ice yielding ice-cold huge slices of watermelon, hand-thumped and chosen by Laura G. These were generously served up by newly returned Mr. and Mrs. Rabiotti. By the by - all this was found in one of the top 100 Arizona campgrounds, as listed in Arizona Highways Guidebook. Surely you will admit we had it all - perfect weather, fabulous food, church family, squealing babies, rambunctious teens, great music and softball! And did you see those spectacular piñatas? Chuy and Oralia Cano outdid themselves again this year - they were huge, colorful and so very welcomed by the children. Today, Thursday, our church concludes the Earthly events of the Blessed Virgin Mary with the Feast of the Queenship of the Virgin Mary. How fitting to set aside a special day to honor the mother of God by crowning her as Queen of Heaven and Earth. As we Belles strive to follow in the footsteps of this most perfect and holy woman, be assured that our God is most pleased.
Democratic Women's Club of Kingman: The Democratic Women's Club helped with the Annual Democratic Picnic on Aug. 17 at our beautiful Metcalfe Park. Even though the temperatures climbed to 100-plus degrees, everyone enjoyed the music, speeches and food. Our own Susie Gestrine made two very delicious cakes to share with the picnic crowd. The ladies of the club talked trash at their meeting on Aug. 14. Bud Lemelin from the city of Kingman's recycle program was the guest speaker. He explained how Eddie Tapia, director of the sanitation department, had a vision years ago to start a recycling program here in Kingman. Like everything, it started slowly and grew into a productive and moneymaking program. You can find the recycling dumpsters in several locations around the city. Look for the green bins and put your paper products, plastic, tin, aluminum and glass recyclables in the appropriate ones and you are helping to save our planet from the growing problem of garbage. The city is able to sell the various refuse and saves money also by not having to pay the fees at the landfill. The new Mohave County Democratic Central Committee's 2014 calendar was unveiled at this meeting. Calendars are $10 and can be purchased at headquarters, 620 Beale St., No. 7, or from your Democratic precinct committeeperson. Headquarters moved recently to the small cottage in the rear of the property. Plans to remain open for eight hours a day, Monday through Friday, are in the works. You can call (928) 753-0006 for more information about the calendars and what plans our local Democrats have to promote the ideals of the party. The ladies brought in their recipes for our cookbook project. Susan Janke, chairwomen of the cookbook committee, reminded the ladies to put their names on their entries and any interesting information about the recipe would be nice. Mert Glancy won the prize drawing of the new 2014 calendar. Anyone interested in the Democratic Women's Club can join us at Calico's Restaurant on the second Wednesday of each month at noon. Our next meeting will be Sept. 11. For more information, call president Carol Decker-Noli at (928) 753-3237.
Friday Afternoon Bridge Club: With three tables in play, there was a tie for first and second places: Gladys Smith and Coie O'Malley, and Karla Kay and Jim Blaschak.
Friends of the Golden Valley Library: The Friends will recommence meeting after the summer break. They will have a meeting at 1 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Golden Valley Library, 3417 N. Verde Road. You don't have to be a member to attend. Library hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. The phone number is (928) 565-2989.
Friends of the Kingman Library: The Friends of the Kingman Library are sponsoring the biggest and the best book sale in Kingman to benefit the Kingman Library and it will be held at the library at 3269 Burbank Street starting at 6-8 p.m. Sept. 5 (which is our preview sale for members only, but you can join the Friends on the spot, and the outside sale is open to the public). It then goes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 6 and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 7. There is always a huge selection of new and used hardback books and paperbacks including fiction, nonfiction, reference, children's, young adults, adult large print, and audios and videos. The sale is held inside the library in the program room and outside on the south side. Remember, books make great gifts! A basket of books will also be raffled.
Friends of Yucca Library: The Yucca Friends of the Library meetings are from 11 a.m. to noon the first Thursday of each month at the fire station. The Yucca Arts and Crafts Fair will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8 at the Yucca Fire Department building on Frontage Road. Applications from vendors are being accepted. For more information, call (408) 251-4256.
Kingman Elks Lodge No. 468: The following is a list of events for the coming week: Thursday: 5 to 7 p.m., tacos, main dining room; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., bingo, main dining room. For information, call Boot Quintana at (928) 753-3557. Friday: 5 to 7 p.m., Friday night dinner, main dining room. Tuesday: 5 to 7 p.m., pizza night, main dining room. Wednesday (second and fourth of each month): 5 to 7 p.m. food service provided in club room. Lunch is served in the club room Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Special Event: 5 p.m. Aug. 31, "Cheeseburger in Paradise" dinner, dancing, karaoke, games and prizes. For information (except bingo), call (928) 753-2547.
Kingman Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 3744: At 7 p.m. Sept. 5, we will read, discuss and vote on changes to the bylaws and house rules. Your participation is strongly encouraged. The F.O.E. is located at 4536 Patsy Drive, Kingman. Call (928) 279-6382 for more information.
Kingman Kut-Ups Square Dance Club: Square dancing is going strong with the Kingman Kut-Ups Square Dance Club. After graduating their 2012-2013 beginners class in May, the members of the Kut-ups who stayed in town for the summer - along with dancers from Bullhead City, Fort Mohave and Lake Havasu City - came and improved their skills and learned new ones at the Tuesday night class with Mike Wilder doing the calling and teaching. The Kut-Ups held their Hawaiian Luau on July 14 at Centennial Park in Kingman with dancers from the Kut-Ups, Bullhead and Lake Havasu City. On Aug. 4, the Kut-Ups hosted the sixth annual picnic in the Hualapais with dancers from Kingman, Bullhead City, Fort Mohave and Lake Havasu City. The Kingman Kut-Ups' next dance will be their Welcome Back Dance on Sept. 14. Dance time is 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Senior Nutrition Center, 1776 Airway Ave., Kingman. The Kingman Kut-Ups Square Dance Club will be hosting their new beginners square dance class starting Sept. 24, (Note: Open to new students for only two weeks!), 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Senior Nutrition Center, 1776 Airway Ave. If you think that you may be interested, come on out and give it a try! If you don't, you will be missing out. It's a party, a challenge, and it's American folk art too! It's about people from all walks of life getting together for FUN! For information, contact Tom at (928) 757-5222.
Kingman Pinochle Club: The winners on Aug. 17 were: first, Rose Lesniewski; second, John Goryl; and third, Bob Bennett. For more information, call Pat at (928) 718-1253.
Mohave Community Choir: The Choir will hold open auditions at 6 p.m. tonight at the LDS Church, 3180 Rutherford. All who like to sing, ages 16 and up, are welcome to attend. The choir is looking for men and women to fill all parts: Soprano, alto, tenor and bass in preparation for their fall concert. Male voices are especially needed. The choir will be singing a variety of musical favorites and show tunes. For questions, contact Roger Johnson at (928) 757-5567.
Republican Women of Kingman: There is a meeting place change for the Republican Women of Kingman. The lunch meeting will be held on Monday at the Elk's Lodge, 900 Gates Ave. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. and the meeting will begin at noon. Cost for the lunch is $10. A choice of one of five items may be selected. Our guest speaker will be a representative from the AZGOP office in Phoenix.
VFW Post 10386: This week's Saturday dinner, hosted by the Men's Auxiliary, is carne asada, tortillas, rice, beans and dessert. Dinner will be served from 5 to 6 p.m. and the cost is $7. For more information, call (928) 757-9191. We are located at 3036 John L Ave. Bank Street is now open.
Vietnam Veterans of America, Mohave County Chapter 975: The VVA, Mohave County Chapter 975 will be meeting at 6 p.m. today at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 186 London Bridge Ave., Lake Havasu City. For additional information, call (928) 681-4709.
Wednesday Party Bridge: The winners on Aug. 14 were: first place, Kathy Townsend; second place, Rita Selk; and third place, Barbara Brown.