Organization News: Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016

American Legion Family of Post 14: Ready for some good homemade lasagna? That is what's on the menu for this Friday, accompanied by green salad, garlic bread, and dessert for a requested $5 donation. With the better weather this week, we hope to see more participants. At 11 a.m. Saturday, District 7 will be meeting at Post 81 in Lake Havasu City. It will be great to have a good representation from the Post 14 organizations. Both the Post and Unit have now reached over 80 percent of goal, so if you have not yet renewed for 2016, please do so as soon as possible; Legionnaires $35 and $25 for members of the unit. Auxiliary members: Please get your craft items ready for one of the Saturday events we'll be having in February at Annie's Attic. More on that later. Ron Martin, Rob Pederson, Ernie and Rebecca Faris represented the Post's various groups at the department's open house on Jan. 9.

Belles of St. Mary's: Gasp - are you ready for this? Three and a half weeks, or 26 days (you choose) 'til Ash Wednesday! I had to count twice, what with the tinsel still dangling from my eyebrows... there is not a moment to waste; with the birth of the Christ-child still a warm memory wafting through our homes, let us make ready for that which our God came to accomplish - the eternal salvations of our souls. The Belles will soon be announcing wonderful plans for special "Hot Soup" days for the Lenten season. Pat M. has stepped up and we Belles will gleefully follow her lead in serving our parish. It is most exciting to see new plans and ideas sprouting through our ladies group! Stay tuned for further instructions. We (my pen and I) are eagerly looking forward to reporting on the antics and outcome of last Tuesday's "Not-so-silent Auction." A celebrity auctioneer and a musical "songbird" were promised. Truly, a night to remember. Have you stopped to admire the wonderful masonry work done on the western garden plot designated to honor and remember the aborted babies? Father and son team Humberto Ayala (2x) are the wonderful craftsmen who volunteered their time and talents to this most worthy tribute to God's treasured babies. The Belles have earmarked the auction funds for this tribute. Closing truism: A sure-fire formula for success: rise early, work late, pray constantly.

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: At our Feb. 10 meeting, we will be getting ready for April's Home and Garden Show at the fairgrounds. Members will plant vegetable and flower seeds for our annual plant sale at the Home and Garden Show. The February Gardeners' Day Out will be a trip to view the Ethel M. Cactus Garden in Las Vegas, followed by lunch and a visit to a local nursery.

DIG It Community Garden: Indoor Seed Starting for the Outdoor Vegetable Garden by Ron Tanner, Kingman Area Master Gardener: Though we are in the middle of the El Nino winter, it's not too early to start making plans for our spring/summer vegetable gardens. An important thing to do within the next five weeks is to start seeds indoors so that you will have healthy seedlings to put out into your garden when the weather grows warmer and the soil heats up. At DIG It Kingman Community Gardens on Jan. 30 at the first Winterfest in the Garden, instructions will be given on exactly what it takes to start your seeds indoors. Some seeds will be given out to those in attendance. The process of seed starting is really quite simple. The materials needed are: fresh good quality seeds, either store-bought or seeds harvested from last year's crops; seed starting potting mix, vermiculite, Perlite, Sphagnum peat, a small amount of fertilizer; materials to start your seeds in. You can use several items found around the home: leftover egg cartons, empty toilet tissue rolls, baked chicken or salad containers. You can also purchase ready-made seed starting kits from your local garden center. For the step by step of how to start your seeds, come to the Winterfest in the Garden on Jan. 30 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. or visit our website at digitkingmancommunitygardens.org and look for "seed starting" under the "Gardening Ed and Tips" section.

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.

Friends of the Golden Valley Library: The Friends of the Golden Valley Library will have a book sale from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 23 in back of the library at 3417 N. Verde Road. Our price is $2 a bag (our bag). We have many new donations. 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. Applications are available at the GV Library. 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. All money goes to support the GV Library. The library has more than books. Reserve a computer for use, send a free fax, come to one of the craft classes for children or adults, or attend the book discussion. Attend the creative writing class for beginners or advanced writers. Meet the new GV librarian and buy some books for yourself or friends.

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 Christian Children's Community Choir: Practice will be held for an ecumenical youth choir (ages 8-12) from 6-6:45 p.m. on Thursdays at St. John's United Methodist Church, 1730 Kino Ave. Any denomination is welcome. Marnie Lauck is our pianist, and we are actively searching for another adult accompaniment. Contact Karen Zeyouma at 928-897-9495 for more information.

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 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.

The Kingman Social Club: At 11 a.m. Tuesday, the club will hold its monthly "no host" luncheon meeting at the Garlic Clove. We are having Kingman Mayor Richard Anderson as our speaker. He will speak on what is happening in Kingman this year. The Kingman Social Club is a social organization open to all adults in Kingman and surrounding area. We raise money with different fundraisers and in December we give money to organizations that help people in need. Our monthly "Dine Out" will be at Calico's at 5 p.m. Reservations can be made at the meeting or with Vi Butler, or call her at 928-377-3384. For further information about the Kingman Social Club and its activities, please contact our president Bob Whitsell at 928-377-2010.

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 Jan. 9 games were: first place, Marilyn Tiner; second place, John Goryl; and third place, Jim Robbins. For more information about the club or to come play with us, please call Connie at 928-681-4934.

Korean War Veterans of Mohave County: We 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. 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.

Mohave Amateur Radio Club: will be holding training classes for the HAM radio "entry level" license in January for preppers and everyone. Contact Rick at 928-530-1671 for more information.

Mohave Arms Collectors Association: MACA's meeting is at 6:30 p.m. the last Thursday of the month. The January meeting will mark a change in format for the MACA. We will, at least for a while, use firearm calibers or gauges as our monthly themes. The January theme will be the .45-70, an American icon. The .45-70 was adopted in 1873 as our first self-contained brass cartridge. It bravely soldiered on until replaced in 1892 by the .30-40 Krag-Jorgensen, although it was used extensively in the Spanish-American War from 1898-1899 by militia and reserve units. We should have some fine examples of firearms at this meeting. Pay us a visit! Doors open at 5 p.m. for buying, selling and swapping (first liar doesn't stand a chance). MACA is a group of firearms enthusiasts who normally meet the last Thursday of the month in the clubhouse of the Mohave Sportsman Association rifle range, located at 3155 N. Oatman Highway. For further information, call 928-681-4476.

Mohave Artists and Craftsmen Guild: There will be a meeting this coming Tuesday at the Kingman Regional Medical Center in the Neal Room. We will have a guest speaker from the Kingman Police Department, Joel Freed. He will be sharing with us how seniors can avoid scams and fraud. Don't miss this important meeting. It should be a must if you are a senior or have a parent that could be helped by this knowledge. All visitors are welcome. Also, be sure and view our new display at the Ice Cream Shop, 311 Beale St. Contact Carol for further information at 928-753-4132.

The Mohave Community Choir: The choir is looking for men and women ages 16 and up to fill all parts: soprano, alto, tenor and bass. We are especially looking for men. Come and join us. The first practice for the spring concert will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. today at the LDS church on Rutherford St. For further information, contact Andy Campagnuolo at 928-757-5104.

The Morning Glories CFIC will meet at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 21 for refreshments and social time. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. We will meet in the Fellowship Hall at St. John's Church, 1730 Kino. Ave. The speakers for January are: Robin or Bobbie from the Spinster, demo on drop spindles. The Morning Glories organization is a community and family club, which supports a scholarship program for Mohave County High School students and other local charities. Please bring items for the food bank to the January meeting. Bring Pennies for Scholarships, Box Tops for Education for Cerbat Elementary School and used greeting cards for St. Jude's Home for Children. We would like to welcome new members to our organization. For more information call Publicity Chairman Jeanne Ensign at 928-757-0474.

The Northern Arizona Stitchers: We are a chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America and invite all those interested in the needle arts to join our meetings. We meet the second Monday of each month at the Sedona Public Library. Meet and greet social time starts at 10 a.m. with a very short business meeting at 10:15 followed by a program of interest to most stitchers. Our program chair has introduced us to several new techniques in 2015 and we expect she will continue to do so this year. With the start of a new year, we hope to entice new members to join us to learn new ways to embellish our needlework, to perfect our skills even further than we have in the past, to share our skills with fellow members and to continue to build the friendships that have been growing over the years that we've been a chapter in Northern Arizona. We have members who come here from Winslow, Kingman, Prescott and all parts of the Verde Valley to stich, to share, to learn and to foster the love and the art of needlework. If you have a passion for any or all forms of needlework, please join us. If this is something you've always thought would interest you, or something you did in the past and have wanted to get back to it, now is the time to do so. If you saw the exhibit we had at the library in November, and marveled over the pieces on display, join us and start creating your own masterpieces. We'll give you all the help and encouragement you need. Those unable to attend regular meetings might want to consider the free information Sit 'n Stitch sessions the first and third Tuesday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon. These are held in the Quiet Room located in the middle of the library or in the Arizona Room at the far side of the library near the fireplace. Whether you stitch, knit, crochet or are just interested in any of these, we invite you to join our group. For further information, contact leighstitcher@gmail.com.

Thursday Party Bridge: The winners of the Jan. 7 games were: first, Julia Caughlin; second, Dorothy Jackson; and third, Barbara Gracin.

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.

The Watchmakers-Clockmakers: If you are interested in antique watches or clocks as a collector, repair person, or just have an interest, we met the first Tuesday of each month. For more information call Richard at 928-753-6489.

Wednesday Party Bridge: the winners for the Jan. 6 games were: first, Paul Greening; second, Millie Lejeune and Chuck Wallace; and third, Barry Pope.

Whistle Stop Railroad Club: As we begin 2016, the club wants to help everyone to keep their New Year's resolutions. A visit to the Kingman Railroad Museum is perfect for those who resolved to do new things, have more fun, meet new people, explore downtown Kingman, or spend quality time with the kids or grandkids. Come see our collection of railroad artifacts, historic displays, and memorabilia. Be delighted at the sight of our model railroads in operation. The museum is located at 402 E. Andy Devine Ave. in the restored Santa Fe Railroad depot and is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. For more information, call the museum at 928-718-1440 or see us on Facebook.

Women of the Moose: The Jan. 6. meeting had a better-than-expected attendance despite the weather. Chairman Connie Schoenke served homemade chili along with too much other stuff to mention. The German chocolate cake disappeared almost instantly. The chapter approved two new members: Deritha Vanres, sponsored by Norma Booth, and Mary Hamner, sponsored by Ginger Hickle. We welcome both ladies and thank their sponsors. Nancy Shepherd is collecting old, broken or unwanted cell phones for a project to send care packages to our troops. Please bring any you may have to a meeting or call for pick up. Eight members went to Bullhead City last Sunday to witness the Moose Legion enroll 17 new members. The Roadrunner Council of Higher Degree meeting installed new officers, including Sandra Wormell as president (again), Erma Lorion as secretary/treasurer, and Ginger Hickle as chaplain. Doris Huff was lucky and drew a black marble to win $215. The Colorado River District meeting was then held. The district meeting in February will be held in Kingman. All members of the LOOM and the WOTM are encouraged to attend these meetings and keep up on what is happening in the lodges and chapters. Don't forget our next meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Please call 928-279-6168 for information or to get on the mailing list for our newsletter.