Organization News: Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015

Xi Beta Phi: The chapter of Xi Beta Phi of Beta Sigma Phi celebrated their Halloween meeting at the home of Faye Rainey. The theme created by President Rene Fields was “werewolves.” Joyce Onnen won the best costume (top row, sixth from the left). The sisters are preparing for their Christmas Service Project by assisting a family with children. A budget has been set for service projects. The sisters reach into their pockets also with private donations.

Xi Beta Phi: The chapter of Xi Beta Phi of Beta Sigma Phi celebrated their Halloween meeting at the home of Faye Rainey. The theme created by President Rene Fields was “werewolves.” Joyce Onnen won the best costume (top row, sixth from the left). The sisters are preparing for their Christmas Service Project by assisting a family with children. A budget has been set for service projects. The sisters reach into their pockets also with private donations.

American Legion Family of Post 14: Welcome to the final month of 2015 - where did the year go? This week's meal for Friday night out will feature meatloaf, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw and dessert for $5 a plate. Serving starts at 5 p.m. and will go until 7 p.m., unless we run out before then, so be sure to get there early. If supper is not for you, you have an opportunity to join us Saturday morning from 8:30-10 a.m. for the Auxiliary-made pancakes, eggs to order, bacon and breakfast beverages. The requested donation is $6 a plate and the unit will again have two meat bags to win. The Sons will be meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday and the Auxiliary will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Please fly your American flag on Monday to remember Pearl Harbor Day. We still have several members who need to renew their organization membership for 2016. Happy Hanukkah.

Belles of St. Mary's: We have done it again, folks - marched through another year! Our wrap-up for 2015 is as follows: First Friday and Saturday devotions this weekend - Friday (5:30 p.m.) devoted to the Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and Saturday honors Our Lady of Fatima. A special alert for Dec. 18, a Holy Day of Obligation: the church holds that, alone among humans, the Virgin Mary was conceived without Original Sin in keeping with her future role as mother of the Savior. Also St. Vincent de Paul will be handing out grocery bags in hopes of your non-perishable food donations to feed the poor; please bring them back the following weekend. Major alert: Belles annual Christmas potluck is at 6 p.m. Tuesday (please note earlier time slot). Along with the fabulous food, this is the night of the now-famous contest drawings. Tickets are still on sale - treasures abound! Back up to Sunday and be sure to attend the 36th Annual Christmas Program at the museum. Our own St. Mary Choir will be on stage; music begins at 2 p.m. Our Lady of Guadalupe, patron saint of the Americas, will be feted on Dec. 11. Procession and Rosary recitation at 5 p.m. - bilingual mass at 6 p.m. with a re-enactment of the apparition of Our Lady to Juan Diego (now a saint) in the 1500s. Her apparitions led to the end of the human sacrifices by the inhabitants of that time. The evening will end with a potluck of scrumptious foods! Dec. 7 is the Pearl Harbor anniversary... Pray that our world does not suffer another catastrophe such as this - only prayers to our Omnipotent God can guide us.

Branch 260 Fleet Reserve Association meets at 1 p.m. the second Saturday of each month at VFW Post 2555, Golden Valley Highway 68 and Colorado Road.

Brunch Bunch Motorcycle Riders: The Brunch Bunch has no dues, no officers, no paperwork, no egos - we just ride Sundays and Wednesdays and have fun with like-minded friends. Meet at I-40 Exit 48 Chevron, 777 W. Beale St. at 9:30 a.m. Kickstands up at 10 a.m. For questions or information, contact Harley at (928) 530-2555 or visit us online at harley3787.wix.com/brunch-bunch-riders.

Cactus Cuties Lady Bikers Chapter: Interested in joining other lady motorcyclists with common interests of motorcycles and riding? There is a new Women in the Wind-Cactus Cuties Chapter in the Kingman, Golden Valley, Bullhead City and surrounding area! We meet the first Sunday of each month at 10 a.m. at Peggy Sue's Diner, 4305 Highway 68 in Golden Valley. Check out our website at www.womeninthewind.org or contact us at witwcactuscuties@yahoo.com or (702) 624-1160. We are also on Facebook: Women in the Wind - Cactus Cuties Chapter.

The Cerbat Garden Club welcomes guests at its meetings on the second Wednesday of the month from September through June. The garden club meets from 10 a.m.-noon in the fellowship hall of St. John's United Methodist Church at 1731 Kino Ave., Kingman. Come join the Garden Club at our Christmas party on Wednesday. There will be a potluck brunch, white elephant gift exchange and entertainment provided by local musicians Barbara Pike and Miriam Lee. For more information, call Sandy at (928) 692-2778 or email us at cerbatgc@gmail.com. Visit our Facebook page and website www.cerbatgardenclub.org.

The Democratic Women's Club: The monthly meeting is on Wednesday. It will be held at Calico's Restaurant with social hour at 11:30 a.m. and the meeting at noon. We are asking all who attend to bring two dozen of their favorite Christmas cookies for the cookie exchange being held in lieu of gifts. We invite everyone to attend regardless of political stance. However, you must be a registered Democrat to join. The women of the club wish to extend to all the residents of Mohave County peace, joy and good will for Christmas, Kwanza, Hanukkah and the New Year. Let us extend to our troops, first responders and refugees from all war-torn areas prayers to keep them safe from harm and they return home soon. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Fraternal Order of the Eagles: Aerie meets first and third Thursday each month; officers 6:30 p.m., general 7 p.m. - all members welcomed. Auxiliary meets second and fourth Tuesday each month; officers 6:30 p.m., general 7 p.m. - all members welcomed.

The Friends of the Golden Valley Library: Meet at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Golden Valley Library located at 3417 N. Verde Road. The election of officers for 2016 will be held. If you want to be a friend it's $5 a year for individuals and families and $10 for businesses. A lifetime membership is $100. Meetings are held the first Saturday of the month at 1 p.m., except for the summer. Applications are available at the GV library, but you don't have to be a member to come. The library is open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and noon to 6 p.m. Thursday. The phone number is 928-565-2989. The next book sale will be in January. If you have books to donate, drop them off at the library at the address above during business hours, or phone for pickup. We thank the Miner and the community for all your great help.

The Friends of the Library-Kingman: We are having the best book sale in Kingman that benefits the Kingman library and is sponsored by the Friends of the Library-Kingman. It will be held at the library at 3269 Burbank St. from 6-7:45 p.m. today (which is our preview sale for members only, but you can join the Friends on the spot and the Book Nook inside the library will be, as always, open to the public). There will not be an outside sale, but the Book Nook will have books from the outside sale. On Friday, the sale goes from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. We have a huge variety of new and used hardback and paperback books including fiction, non-fiction, reference, children's, young adults, adult large print, magazines plus audios and videos. The sale is held in the library program room and the Book Nook which is inside the library. We also have a blowout sale of five books for $5 in the program room from 1 p.m. to closing on Saturday afternoon. Come join us and support your local library. Remember, books make great Christmas gifts!

Help Animal Lives Today (HALT): Puppies are needed. If you have a litter of puppies six to nine weeks old (but no chows, pit bulls or Rottweilers) we will gladly take them off your hands to find them the most perfect homes. Most will be transported to the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. They have already accepted over 5,500 pets from us over the last 15 years. We will have them vaccinated, dewormed and supplied with a health certificate before the transfer. Please call HALT at (928) 692-8940 and try to plan in advance. Thank you.

Kingman Area School Retirees Association: A Christmas potluck luncheon will be at Barb Fuller's home on Dec. 15. Last year's holiday food drive netted 65 pounds of food for the Kingman Food Bank. President Linda Kocher has issued a challenge to members to double that amount! Check out those sales fliers this week, members, and help fill the shelves at the food bank. Our meeting in October was filled with information, calls to service, and reminders of entertainment available to all of us during this holiday season. Christine Meisenheimer and Gail Salmon of the Kingman Area Literacy Program gave a brief presentation and asked for volunteers. Steve Poe and Janet Fee caught us up on pensions. Gardeners in the group may help out in the pre-school program at the Academy. Christmas concerts by the chorus and orchestra on Saturday and Kingman Concert Band on Dec. 12 should keep us full of holiday cheer and humming some festive tunes! All in all, we've had an active, successful year, with an average of 32 members attending meetings, money raised and disbursed as scholarships, and lots of visiting and fellowship. If you are a retiree of a school district and would like to join our group, contact Linda or Steve Kocher at (928) 753-1440.

The Kingman Area Toastmasters Group holds meetings from 5:45-6:45 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month in the Kingman Regional Medical Center cafeteria meeting room. We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth. Joining Toastmasters will help you: become a better public speaker, overcome public speaking fears, "practice" presentations for other audiences, gain the confidence and courage to lead and have fun while learning, network and practice new skills!

Kingman Elk's Lodge No. 468: meets every second and fourth Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Elks Hoop Shoot is this Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Kingman Academy High School. Volunteers are needed to help with registration and scoring. Please be at the school by 8:30 a.m.

The Elks Charity Ball is this Saturday, with cocktail hour at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person and are available at the Lodge now. Dinner is your choice of beef tri-tip or chicken cordon bleu, dress is formal/semi-formal. There will be music, dancing, contests and more! Proceeds fund the 100-plus Christmas food baskets we deliver throughout the Kingman area on Christmas Eve morning. Bingo is every Thursday starting at noon. The Bingo committee is donating $1 for every person who plays bingo through Dec. 3 to help purchase turkeys for needy families as part of our Christmas Basket program. Doors open at 10 a.m. Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Pizza or $1 tacos on Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m. with shuffleboard bowling too. Friday nights, dinner is served from 5-7 p.m. Call 928-753-2547 for more information on any of these events.

Kingman Quilter's Guild: 9 a.m. every Wednesday at the College Park Baptist Church, 1990 Jagerson Ave. The cost is $1 and the meetings are open to the public. We sew and quilt during this time. For more information, contact Shirly Johnson at 928-757-8703.

Kingman Tennis Club: We have evening walk-in tennis at 5 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays now at Centennial Park. Morning walk-in tennis has changed to starting at 9 a.m. on Saturdays at the tennis courts in Centennial Park. The cost is $2 for members and $3 for non-members. Wear tennis shoes and bring a racquet. Our club provides the tennis balls and pays the court fees. We will place you in a doubles match based on your skill level. Beginners are welcome and we will assign someone to help you get started. For more information, contact Brooke Fix at 928-753-5684.

Kingman Pinochle Club: The results for the Nov. 28 games were: first, Donna Orth; second, Joann Brown; and third, Flo Ragsdale. For more information about the club or to come play with us, call Connie at 928-681-4934.

Korean War Veterans of Mohave County: meet at 1 p.m. the first Saturday of every month at the VFW on John L Street. Turn on John L Street off of Bank Street. Join us, one hour of your time to honor the Vietnam vets also. We are of the few who are left and we welcome your support.

Living the Loss of Your Child Christ Care Grief Group: We meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Golden Valley Baptist Church, 100 S. Higley Road, Golden Valley. Each year on the second Sunday in December, this year at 6:15 p.m. Dec. 13, we hold a candle lighting in conjunction with Compassionate Friends. We are preparing for the candle lighting this year and are now accepting pictures, information and messages for lost children for our Powerpoint presentation. Please come celebrate your child or loved one's life by lighting a candle and sharing a memory. Bring a special candle (or votives will be available), a small picture and a short memory to share about your loved one. For the Powerpoint presentation, email a picture along with a short message to your child or loved one, to cyndeazsun@yahoo.com with subject as "Candle Lighting Picture" by Nov. 28. For questions, contact: Cynde, 928-856-0847; Angie 928-716-9590; or Loretta 928-715-6262. Hope to see you at the Candle Lighting! God bless! The meetings are open to those who have lost children or loved ones. The meetings are to share, show compassion and support, and encourage personal Christian growth during this most difficult time in our lives. Our main purpose is to care for others as Christ cares for us. For more information, contact Cynde Anthony at 928-856-0847 or Angie Berg at 928-716-9590.

Meadview Library Book Discussion Group: Meetings are at 10 a.m. on the third Friday of every even-numbered month (February, April, June, etc.) at the Meadview Library. The purpose of the discussion group is to promote reading and have a mature, interactive discussion with other readers about the chosen book. Meetings are one hour long. Stop by the Meadview Library and check out our next book selection to read and discuss, read the book at your leisure, then come to discussion.

The Mohave Community Choir: We are practicing for the Dec. 5 Christmas concert from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays at the LDS Church on Rutherford Street. All who like to sing are invited. The choir is looking for men and women ages 16 and up to fill all parts: soprano, alto, tenor and bass. Come and join us. For further information, contact Andy Campagnuolo at 928-757-5104.

TOPS AZ 0297 Kingman: Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) passed out its monthly awards for October on Nov. 13. The following awards were presented: Special award 2015 Chapter Angel - Rachel Thalrose; TOPS Ballerina - Mary Handly; KOPS Ballerina - BJ Ridgeway; 13 pins - Mary Ann Chwaszczweksi, Cari Clark, BJ Ridgeway, Danny Velderrain and Eleanor Velderrain; 10 non-consecutive losses - Gail Pashby and Michelle Rogers; six months continuous walking - Cari Clark; six months perfect attendance - Evelyn Dearborn and Gail Pashby; 25-pound loss - Ruthy Cisney; Division 2, first place - Michele Rogers; Division 4, first place - Mary Handley, second place - Cheyla Callahan and CJ Shephard.

Exercise awards for September were: TOPS first place - Anne Hopping; second place - Gail Pashby. KOPS first place - Venita Barnes, second place - Patsy Brocnick. Walking awards for September were: TOPS first place - Kathy Duncan; second - Gail Pashby. KOPS first place - Cari Clark; and second place - Venita Barnes. Exercise awards for October were: TOPS first place - Gail Pashby; second place - Cheyla Callahan; KOPS first place - Venita Barnes; second place - Susan Crews. Walking awards for October were: TOPS first place - Cheyla Callahan, second place - Gail Pashby. KOPS first place - Cari Clark; and second place - Venita Barnes. Early in the month, the following KOPS were spotlighted: Bob Burns - five years; and Venita Barnes - four years. Our chapter meets each Friday in the social hall at the United Methodist Church, 1730 Kino Ave. Weigh-ins are from 7-9 a.m. Meetings are from 9:30-10:30 p.m. Visitors and new members are always welcome. For more information, please call Cari Clark at 928-897-8199 or 800-923-8677 or visit our website at www.tops.org.

Teamster Retirees and Associates: The group meets the first Wednesday of each month at 302 Monroe St. (Moose Lodge) in Kingman. Friendly people, good conversation and food. For more information, call (928) 692-1071.

Wednesday Party Bridge: the winners for the Nov. 25 game were: first, Barry Pope; second, H. Wayne Allred; and third, Julia Caughlin.

Whistle Stop Railroad Club: The club is pleased to announce that the Kingman City Council has granted its request to expand the Kingman Railroad Museum into the adjacent, unoccupied suite. We appreciate the Council's action on our behalf. The club opened the museum in 2012 and has since filled the 1,380 square foot room to maximum capacity. In the coming months, we are going to be able to add new features and more displays and exhibits. Meanwhile, bring your holiday visitors to the museum to see what we already have to offer. In addition to railroad artifacts, historic displays, and memorabilia, the museum has three exceptional model railroads that can be seen in operation. The museum is located at 403 E. Andy Devine Ave. in the restored Santa Fe Railroad depot and is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Our next club meeting will be held Saturday. For more information, call the Museum at 928-718-1440, visit our website www.kingmanrailroadmuseum.org or see us on Facebook.

The Women of the Moose: The chapter had a nice turnout for our first meeting in November. A special ceremony was held to change the tassel for Norma Booth and also recognize our newest Collegian, Kitty Beirau. We had an unexpected surprise when Armi Davies presented the chapter with an envelope containing $510 in donations from the Filipino-American (Pioneer) Group. Armi founded this group in 1989 and they continually raise funds for different community projects. This generous donation is earmarked to replace chapter items that were damaged in our fire last April. Our second meeting of the month we had another surprise when our last surviving charter member, Ann Wieland (formerly of Kingman) attended the meeting while in town visiting her son. Senior Regent Sandra Wormell presented Ann with a pin for 45 years of service. Although Ann relocated to Oregon several years ago, she continues to support the Moose. Our annual Thanksgiving dinner was well-attended and netted enough to honor our pledge to the Special Olympics and the Safe Surfin' project. Our chapter meeting was on Wednesday at our new Lodge on Northern. All members are invited to the Christmas party being held after the Colorado River District No. 5 meeting at the Bullhead City Lodge on Sunday. The higher degree meeting starts at 11 a.m. and the District meeting is at noon. Both meetings will be short to allow more time for the party. Questions? Call 928-279-6168.