Organization News: Thursday, March 26, 2015

Emmanuel Christian Academy: Big O Tires worked with Emmanuel Christian Academy to award 10 certificates Tuesday to students as part of an Arizona Diamondback youth initiative. Each certificate is good for up to four tickets for the winner and family to attend the April 11 D-backs game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Each winner will also receive on-field recognition at Chase Field before the game and an official T-shirt.  This program offers schools a way to reward students for excellent attendance, good grades, leadership, strong character and anything else the principal deems appropriate. Pictured are: Julie Gaona, Nick Jensen, and Hudson Lander, kindergarteners; Hally Krabbe, first grade, Steven Martin, third grade; Justin Minor and Lylah Wise, fourth grade; Emily Shaffer and Kimberlin Vandyke, sixth grade; and Devin Felton, seventh grade. Also in the photo are Big O owner Frank Benson and his wife, Karen, and Lindsay Bauer, administrator.  (JC AMBERLYN/Miner)

Emmanuel Christian Academy: Big O Tires worked with Emmanuel Christian Academy to award 10 certificates Tuesday to students as part of an Arizona Diamondback youth initiative. Each certificate is good for up to four tickets for the winner and family to attend the April 11 D-backs game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Each winner will also receive on-field recognition at Chase Field before the game and an official T-shirt. This program offers schools a way to reward students for excellent attendance, good grades, leadership, strong character and anything else the principal deems appropriate. Pictured are: Julie Gaona, Nick Jensen, and Hudson Lander, kindergarteners; Hally Krabbe, first grade, Steven Martin, third grade; Justin Minor and Lylah Wise, fourth grade; Emily Shaffer and Kimberlin Vandyke, sixth grade; and Devin Felton, seventh grade. Also in the photo are Big O owner Frank Benson and his wife, Karen, and Lindsay Bauer, administrator. (JC AMBERLYN/Miner)

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 14: March 30 has been decreed by the U.S. Senate as the official "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day." The members of Unit 14 are proud to honor all those who served in the Southeast Asia war zone during that era. Thank you for your service and welcome home! The close of the 2014-15 administrative year will soon be upon us and it's time to begin reminding ourselves what we have accomplished - number of hours volunteered, amounts of monetary donations made - to benefit the veterans, children and youth, and our communities. Many of our national chairmen have moved the reporting dates up from May 15, so it is important we receive your information two to four weeks earlier this year. Please mark your calendars for these upcoming Auxiliary activities: March 26, executive meeting, 5:30 p.m.; April 3, guest home visitation, 10 a.m.; April 12, Past Presidents Parley annual fundraiser for nursing student scholarships, 12:30 p.m.; April 14, Unit meeting, 5:30 p.m. - nominations for 2015-16 officers; and reports, reports, reports.

American Legion Post 14: Members who have not yet renewed their membership for 2015 should have received reminder letters from Commander Dusty by now; please renew or contact him to talk about it. The breakfast on April 4 will be prepared by members of our S.A.L. Squadron 14. Following breakfast and the meat raffle, sign-ups for the semi-annual Broomstick Pool Tournament will begin at 11 a.m., with the first break at noon. This fun event raises funds for the Children's Welfare Foundation. Broomsticks are provided; $5 buy-in and double elimination. Stop by Post 14 on the corner of Third and Oak for a refreshing adult beverage; our regular hours are noon-6 p.m., but we're flexible for events and private parties. Call us at (928) 753-3555.

Belles of St. Mary's: The solemnity of the Annunciation is placed in the calendar exactly nine months before Christmas, so now we Belles are all on notice, since yesterday (March 25) was the Feast of the Annunciation. Along that vein of thought, seven Belles celebrated their birthday this month: we applaud Ruby D., Norma F., Rita Y., Jeannie H., Chris C., Marietta G., and Gillie C. In the midst of these tumultuous times, we Catholics must believe and cling to the promises of the Risen One. Holy Week is upon us and the riches and truths of our faith are shone before the world and are the highest priority of all Belles to pass on to the "blessing of our lives" - our children and grandchildren. All our meetings and works of charity are "second fiddle" to this honor and obligation. The annual Communion Penance Service is at 6:30 p.m. today. Several priests will attend to us, so begin your examination of conscience now. Homework assignment: Anyone with even a smidgen of new ideas and energy, please consider offering your talents to the upcoming Belles' election - April 14. An infusion of new blood and ideas ensures the success of our Christian efforts and assures the continuation of the wonderful accomplishments of our current leadership. We must not suffer burnout. "And do that which is pleasing and good in the sight of the LORD, that it may be well with thee." Deut. 6:18

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.

Cheap Shots Gun Club: A Christian gun club founded in 2008, we have been shooting at the Mohave Sportsman Club, aka Seven Mile Range, for the last five years. Jesus said in Luke 22:36, "But now, he who has a money bag, let him take it, and likewise a knapsack; and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one." Our members (both men and women) are members of a number of churches in the area. We shoot on the first Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. and have a meeting at Praise Chapel, room four, on the last Saturday of the month. The members will also receive certificates each month and receive medals for first, second and third place at the end of the year in rimfire and centerfire pistol and rifle shoots at various distances. We also have a "fun shoot" to help you with personal defense skills. For more information, call Bill McCune at (928) 716-2872.

Friday Duplicate Bridge Club: The winners for March 20 were: first, Bert Leenhouts and Trey Gordon; second, Wolfgang Vorbau and Jerry Lipson; third, Bryan Carlson and Donna Blaschak; fourth, John Goryl and James Blaschak; and fifth, Sandy Miles and Shirley Lantz. For information, call (928) 757-2778.

Friends of the Golden Valley Library: There will be a book sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in back of the Golden Valley Library at 3417 N. Verde Road. Our price is $2 a bag (our bag). We have many books, hardbacks, paperbacks, sci-fi, mysteries, romance, western, new, old, fiction and nonfiction available. There is no limit on the number of bags purchased. 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. The next meeting will be held April 4. Applications are available at the library, but you don't have to be a member to come. The library is open 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday and noon-6 p.m. Thursday. The phone number is (928) 565-2989. If you would like to be a volunteer at the library, phone the number above. You could have a story time for the children, shelve books or bring your own ideas.

Kingman Art Alliance: The Kingman Art Alliance met on March 19 at the Kathryn Heidenreich Adult Center. Members outlined artistry as their demo with a Girl Scout group at the next meeting, April 16 at the Adult Center. A "Starving Artists" yard sale will be held on April 18 at a member's home. Nominations for a slate of officers for the coming year will be held at our regular meeting April 16. Raffle items were won by Teri Merrill and Nancy Rembolt. Coffee and treats were provided by Karen Peters and Teri Merrill.

Kingman Elks Lodge No. 468: The Lodge meets at 7 p.m. every second and fourth Wednesday. The annual Old Timer's dinner and presentation of pins is at 5 p.m. Friday. Lodge Member Cal (Jack) Potter of Las Vegas will be receiving his pin commemorating 70 years as a Kingman Elk! Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person. On Sunday, the Trustees Dinner is from 5-7 p.m. The menu is meat lover's lasagna, salad, garlic bread and dessert for $10. Come and enjoy a great meal, all dinner tickets will be entered into a raffle and one lucky winner will have their 2015-2016 dues paid for them. Lunch is served Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Every Friday, dinner is served from 5-8 p.m. Bingo is Thursdays at noon; lunch is available starting at 11 a.m. Tuesday evenings Bingo starts at 6 p.m., food service is available from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Proceeds help to fund our local Elks scholarships. Call (928) 753-2547 for more information on any of these events and follow Kingman Elks on Facebook for updates on all of the Lodge's activities.

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. Morning walk-in tennis is at 9 a.m. on Saturdays. We meet 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 of the March 21 games were: first place, Shirley Costain; second place, Jim Robbins; and third place, Bob Bennett. For more information about the club, call Joann at (928) 718-0359.

Living the Loss of Your Child Christ Care Grief Group: We meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Golden Valley Baptist Church, 100 S. Higley Road, Golden Valley. The meetings are open to those who have lost children or loved ones. For more information, contact Cynde Anthony at (928) 856-0847 or Angie Berg at (928) 716-9590.

Mohave Roaming Sams Club: Our campout in March was at Canyon Trails RV Resort in Boulder City. We had lots of fun activities during this trip, including morning hikes along the edges of Bootleg Canyon. You know how we love to eat, and our culinary adventures included an International Festival on Tuesday evening. Everyone brought their favorites from different countries - Germany, Italy, Greece, China and Ireland were all represented. It was quite the extravaganza and we decided to hold this eating fest every St. Patrick's Day in the future. Our group visited various places in Boulder City. Some went to a great ice cream place (several times), while others enjoyed the quaint little shops in town. Our last evening together, some of us went to Texas de Brazil, a wonderful Brazilian restaurant that served fantastic food. We applauded Adrian and Diane Pappas, our hosts, on a well-rounded and pleasurable campout. Our next campout will be at Distant Drums RV Resort at Camp Verde. Our host, Jim Burtrum, has some exciting plans for our group. If you are interested in participating in this trip, contact Jim. His number is (928) 757-8072, and he will be happy to give you the particulars. The Mohave Roaming Sams Chapter is a part of the International Good Sam Club, and is dedicated to the promotion and enhancement of the RV lifestyle. If you are interested in finding out more about our chapter and future campouts, call the number above.

Mutt Matchers & Friends: The Spring Yard Sale will be held April 16-18. We are looking for gently used items, prefer no clothing, but sure can use some small appliances, "pretty" things, tables, chairs, books, kids toys, "man cave" items, towels, etc. Since this fundraiser/yard sale is for our pups at Mutt Matchers, your pets are welcome to come in and browse with you. We will probably have some items for them too. Please call our center for more information and where the items should be dropped off. (928) 718-4364.

Thursday Party Bridge: The winners for March 19 were: first, Gladys Smith; second, Coie O'Malley; and third, Yolanda Metcalfe.

TOPS 0551: Weight loss goals? Come join TOPS and Take Off Pounds Sensibly! Meet with us at 6 p.m. on Mondays, 2022 Golden Gate Ave. in Kingman. Contact Helen for more information at (928) 757-5631.

Wednesday Party Bridge: The winners for March 18 were: first, Chuck Wallace; second, Jay Martin; and third, H. Wayne Allred.

Venture Club of Kingman: The Second Annual Casino Night fundraiser and dinner event will be held on April 18 at the Central Commercial Building in downtown Kingman. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Kingman, the Venture Scholarships for local women, our long-term community project and other local nonprofit groups that we support throughout the year. Casino night promises an evening of Las Vegas-style entertainment including craps, poker, roulette and blackjack tables, a Vegas-style buffet dinner catered by Calico's Restaurant, drinks and dancing. The Kingman business community has been very supportive of the Venture Club and our annual fundraisers in the past and we will need that support again to make this event an even bigger success than it was last year. We are currently looking for items for our raffles and silent auction. Venture is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, all sponsorships and donations are tax-deductible. Sixty tickets are now available and it's first come, first served - $65 individual / $120 couple. Email us at info@ventureclubofkingman.org or call (480) 550-0016 for ticket purchases or if you are interested in donating an item.