American Legion Post 14: We are rockin' the membership numbers right now, so thank you to everyone who has already renewed for 2014. If you're one of the 68 who has not yet renewed, please consider doing so as soon as you can to remain in good standing. Those 2013 cards are no longer valid. The pool tournament on Saturday is open to all American Legion family members and guests. Sign-ups start at noon; $5 per person. It's a fundraiser for children and youth programs, hosted by the Sons of The American Legion. So you won't starve, food will be available. Even if you don't play, swing by to watch for a while. Post 14 is at 3rd and Oak Street in Old Town Kingman. Call us at (928) 753-3555.
American Legion Auxiliary Swaskegame Unit 14: The next general meeting will be at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 14. We will soon be accepting applications for this year's session of ALA AZ Girls State from girls of the junior class at Kingman High and for the Past Presidents Parley scholarships from college second-year nursing students. Help serving on the selection committees is always welcome. First nominations for next year's officers will be at the April meeting and the new president will want volunteers for committees.
Belles of St. Mary's: We have a whole new, unblemished, untarnished, unbelievable year of possibilities, a gift from God. Want proof? Try this: you are standing, singing and adoring our Lord at Sunday mass. Slowly, sweetly, softly you become aware of a child's voice singing with confidence in perfect harmony with the gathered worshippers. He knows the tune, he knows the words, and so he lends his voice to us as proof of his absolute belief in the One God - Creator of all. The child might be all of five years on this earth, but there is not a wisp of a doubt that this young mother has accomplished that which all young mothers are charged to do - teach your children the wonders of God. Need further proof? The first mass celebrated this year proceeded to its completion without a single cell phone intrusion! We have two alerts. One: Belles meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday. No. 2: The schedule for mass times is changing. Saturday mass will be at 4 p.m. and Sunday masses are at 9 a.m. (English) and 11 a.m. (Spanish). This will begin on Jan. 25-26. We are also urging the community to help us meet our financial obligation so we are sponsoring a 50-inch flat screen for adoption with a small $5 fee, which covers the costs of drawing entry. We invite the entire community to drive by and see the progress of our new church and help us by buying a ticket!
DMS Events: The next gymkhana Jackpot Series will begin Saturday with sign-up at 9 a.m. and runs at 10 a.m. at GrayWood Stables, 2576 E. Calle Chavez (mile marker 14, North Stockton Hill Road). For more information, call (928) 692-0199.
Friday Afternoon Bridge Club: The winners on Jan. 3 were: first place, Coie O'Malley and Gladys Smith; second place, Karla Kay and Doug Heard; and third place, Bryan Carlson and Cecil Henry.
Route 66 Good Sams Club: We will be having our January campout at the Pirate's Den Resort in Parker from Jan. 16-18. It will be a fun-filled weekend with lots of things to do. A boat ride down the Colorado River on the resort's pontoon boat is planned. If you would like to share some good company, food and fun, call Amy Dotson at (928) 530-2448 or email email@example.com.
Kingman Arizona Computer Users Group: Kingman Computer Users Group invites you to join us from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the Kathryn Heidenreich Adult Center, 1776 Airway Ave. There will be a presentation by Gloria Richhart: Ripping music from cassettes. For more details, see our website, www.kingmanazcug.com. Kingman Arizona Computer User Group (KACUG) annual dues are $12 per person; you may pay at our meeting. As a member of KACUG you will be entitled to attend all meetings, run for office and participate in the voting on all major policies and officer elections, subject to the KACUG bylaws. You do not have to own a computer to be a member. All persons with an interest in computers are welcome, experience not necessary. For more information, contact President Gloria Richhart at (928) 377-6726.
Kingman Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 3744: We are having a BINGO Marathon on Saturday. The doors open at 10 a.m. and the first game starts at 11 a.m. There will be 50 games. Play as many as you like, take a break in between games. $1 per 6-ON sheet, pay-out 70 percent to winner. The F.O.E. is located at 4536 Patsy Drive, Kingman. Call (928) 279-6382 for more information.
Kingman Kut-Ups Square Dance Club: The Kingman Kut-Ups' next dance will be the Halfway Hoedown on Saturday. Dance time: 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Senior Nutrition Center, 1776 Airway Ave., Kingman. The caller will be Mike Wilder. For information, contact Jean at (928) 565-3058.
Kingman Pinochle Club: The winners on Jan. 4 were: first, Joann Brown; second, Pat Knudson; and third, Jan Crosier. For more information, call Pat at (928) 718-1253.
Mohave Community Choir: The Mohave Community Choir is looking for singers for the Spring Concert, ages 16 and up, who want to share their talents with the community. Tryouts start today at the LDS Church on Rutherford Street. For more information, contact Roger Johnson at (928) 757-5567. Practices will be every Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
Mohave County District One Democrats: We will meet on Monday at the Kingman Public Library on Burbank. Let's make a New Year's resolution to come to our first meeting of the year and plan on attending all our monthly meetings. Social time and refreshments will be at 6:30 p.m. By coming early, you will have a chance to meet all of our new precinct committee people and guests. The formal meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Please plan to attend this meeting, because we will be setting the agenda for the entire year and your input is very important. Chairman Dean Wolslagel has made arrangements for this year's meeting dates for Mohave County District One Democrats as follows: Jan. 13, Feb. 10, March 10, April 14, May 12, June 9, July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 15, Oct. 20, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8. Until further notice we will continue to meet at the Kingman library. At Monday's meeting, Dean will discuss the possibility of a public information officer for District 1. He intends to address some of the local 'Grand Old Party' operations and misinformation campaigns. We will also look into the removal of voters from the active voter's list. All precinct committee persons in District One are encouraged to come to this meeting. Anyone interested in the Democratic Party is welcome to join us. For more information, call (928) 753-3237 or (928) 753-0006.
Morning Glories Community and Family Interest Club: The Morning Glories will meet on Jan. 16 at the Mohave County Agricultural Center at 101 E. Beale St. Refreshments will be served at 9 a.m. and the meeting will start at 9:30. The speaker this month will be Zen Mocarski from the Arizona Game and Fish Department. New members and guests are welcome. For more information, contact Jeanne Ensign at (928) 757-0474.
Soroptimist International of Kingman: Soroptimist International of Kingman gives out scholarships and grants to local women. The grants are given to women who are heads of households (responsible for yourself and children) working to better their lives through education. This winter's grant is the Women's Opportunity Award (WOA). The WOA is for a woman who is trying to improve life for herself and her family. She needs to be enrolled in school, and in need of financial assistance to complete her education. These cash grants are for books, child care, transportation or any other expense that will help her reach her educational goal. She will need to fill out an application with her financial information, give references, and she will be interviewed to be considered. The WOA grant ranges from $500 to $2,500. The number of grants given depends on the number of qualified applicants and is subject to a 1099 tax form. Soroptimists are business and professional women in this community. We have given WOAs in Kingman for many years. In addition to the cash award, our members will mentor the WOA recipients as needed to improve their social and economic status. This could be interview preparation, resume review assistance, tutoring, tax or financial planning assistance, or whatever else is needed. If you believe you qualify for this award and want to apply, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Chair Cherie Bourlier at (928) 716-6677. Completed applications are due Jan. 15. We would also be honored to hear from past scholarship or grant recipients. We want to know how our support has improved your lives. Apply online at www.soroptimist.org.
VFW Post 10386: From 5-6 p.m. Saturday, we are having a dinner. The menu is stuffed pork tenderloin, sweet potatoes or mashed potatoes, applesauce and a dessert. The cost is $7. It is open to the public. We are located at 3036 John L Ave. For more information, call (928) 757-9191.
Whistle Stop Railroad Club: The first club meeting of 2014 was held on Jan. 4. It was followed by the initial session of the club's training series, "How to Create a Model Railroad". Club member Bob Batten presented the first workshop in a series that he has designed that covers the full range of activities involved in building a model railroad layout. The first session focused on layout planning and design. The next training offering will provide information on constructing the bench work, which provides the framework for the layout. That session will be from 10 a.m. to noon following the Jan. 18 club meeting. These informational sessions are free to youth of all ages. The Whistle Stop Railroad Club operates the Kingman Railroad Museum for the purpose of preserving railroad history. We meet at the museum at 9 a.m. on the first and third Saturdays of each month. The museum is located in the restored Santa Fe Depot, 402 Andy Devine Ave. For more information, call us at the museum: (928) 718-1440.