Organization News: Thursday, July 7, 2016

American Legion Family of Post 14: The post, unit and squadron are now accepting 2017 membership renewals. Legionnaires should mail their $35 to 225 Oak St., 86401-5837; auxiliary members - $25 for seniors, $7 for juniors - to P.O. Box 4221, 86402-4221; and the Sons - $20/$12 under 21 years of age - to the Post address. We had a great turnout at last Friday's dinner. This week's dinner will be ham, potatoes, green beans and dessert for $6 from 5-7 p.m. Unfortunately, the motor to our large cooler in the meeting hall went out; we are now gratefully accepting donations to replace the motor. All friends of the Pederson family, especially Auxiliary members, are invited to the memorial service honoring Gina Pederson at 2 p.m. Sunday. At the Unit's meeting at 5:30 p.m. July 12, we'll hear from our Girls State citizen and award the scholarships to two MCC nursing students.

Belles of St. Mary's: Calling all Belles - alert! Annual gathering of the Belles after the 9 a.m. Sunday Mass at the end of July. We come together to honor the grandparents of Jesus Christ! No assignments, no projects, no commitments other than to be together and revel in our blessings... Thank you Saint Anne and Saint Joachim. Wednesday was a double-header: feast days of both Saint Maria Goretti (martyr) and Saint Isaiah, major prophet. A very young maiden, Maria, was stabbed to death while defending her virginity in the early 1900s. The writings of the Prophet Isaiah are well known to us from the 700 BC era. He tirelessly and bravely proclaimed the need to live in faith and thus survive the consequences of disobedience to God. So there is the formula for life's many questions... Make note that the Picnic Committee is looking for your "in-kind" donations to be used as prizes in all categories. Target date: Aug. 6 in the Hualapai Mountains. Need you there.

Cheap Shots Gun Club is a Christian gun club that has been shooting at the Mohave Sportsman Club, a.k.a. Seven Mile Range, for the last six years. Our members (men and women) are members of a number of churches in the area. We shoot on the first Saturday at 8 a.m. and have a meeting at Praise Chapel, room four, on the last Saturday of the month at 9 a.m. The members will also receive medals for first, second and third place at the end of the year in the following events: Pistol, rimfire and center fire rifle, center fire 200 yards scope, and 100 yards open sight. Rimfire, 75 yards with scope, and 50 yards open sight. For information, call Bill McCune at 928-716-2872.

Conservative Republican Club of Kingman (CRCK): The next meeting of the CRCK is slated for 11:15 a.m. Monday at the Dambar Steakhouse, 1960 E. Andy Devine Avenue. The guest speakers shall be the Republican candidates for Mayor of Kingman - current Mayor Richard Anderson, Harley Pettit and Monica Gates. Also on the card are the two candidates for county assessor - Jeanne Kentch and Nancy Esquibel, vying to succeed the late Ron Nicholson, who was a dear friend to all of us. Finally, we will introduce one of the candidates for City Council, David Wayt, running for his first office. We'll also give information on how to obtain "Trump stuff" such as hats, yard signs, etc., as many people have been asking. This meeting is open to the public and men and women are invited. The meeting costs $3 with lunch optional and on your own. Club membership is $12 annually. No reservations are necessary, and guests are welcome. For further info, check out our Facebook page or our website at www.kingmancrc.com, or call 928-530-3637.

The Democratic Women's Club of Kingman (DWC) will host a bipartisan candidate forum July 19. The forum will be held at the Mohave County Democratic Central Committee conference room, 212-B North 5th St. in downtown Kingman. It will begin at 6:30 p.m. with each candidate given three minutes to speak. The audience may ask up to two questions per candidate. Marty Luna-Wolfe, president of the DWC, reported more than a dozen candidates have already confirmed their attendance. All Kingman mayoral candidates will be present. Many running for state and federal offices have also indicated their desire to meet local area residents. Marty said, "We wanted to hold an open forum for locals to be given a chance to meet many of the candidates regardless of party affiliation." The Kingman Democratic Woman's Club meets the second Wednesday of each month. During the summer months the meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. at Calico's Restaurant. Other officers of the club are Deni Cochran, vice president; Marietta Green, treasurer; and Theresa Evans, secretary. Recently the club opened its membership to men. For additional information call 928-753-0006.

Fraternal Order of Eagles: 4536 Patsy Dr.; 757-8635. Bingo on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Kitchen open. Come play bowling on the Wii every Tuesday at 2 p.m. Friday night dinner is fried chicken, mashed potatoes and corn. Dance to follow - public welcome, 5 p.m. to close. Friday night band is "M.S.G." The Junior Order of Eagles is open for children ages 7 to 18 and they meet on the first and third Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Call Lisa Pinto at 928-303-8526 for more information. The Fourth of July celebration was a great success, thanks to a lot of hard-working people. Everyone had a great time with good food, games and drawing contests.

Friday Duplicate Bridge: The winners of the July 1 games were: first, Jeanny Clegg and Bert Leenhouts; and second, Sylvia Goryl and Doug Heard. We play at the Elks Lodge at 900 Gates Ave. The game starts at noon, leaving time for lunch at 11 a.m.

Friends of the Library - Kingman is looking for a few volunteers. We, as a group, do great things in support of our local library, but we need your help to do it. The first and most important thing we do is put on quarterly book sales to raise funds to support many special programs and projects otherwise not covered by a dwindling budget. There is no better way to support our community than to volunteer a few hours per month. The Friends is a great organization, offering any and all interested people a good place to volunteer. The Friends meet monthly on the third Tuesday of the month at 11 a.m. Attendance is not mandatory but members are always welcome. Our annual meeting is in November and we encourage attendance. Membership dues for adults 50 and over are $5 per year. Your membership gets you a quarterly newsletter which includes a "book buck" to spend at any of our book sales. If you use all four book bucks, your membership ends up costing you $1. Can't beat that! You can get a membership form at the library or you can join online at www.kingmanlibraryfriends.org.

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.

The Kingman Area Toastmasters Group will be holding meetings from 5:45-6:45 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month in the Hualapai Conference Room at the Kingman Regional Medical Center. Visit the website at kingman.toastmastersclubs.org, email contact-3906294@toastmastersclubs.org or call 928-224-8329 for more information. The club's mission is to 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, and gain the confidence and courage to lead. Have fun while learning, networking and practicing new skills!

The Kingman Area Literacy Program, (KALP), a volunteer advocacy group which promotes literacy skills for all ages, is asking for your help. Volunteers are needed to help students improve reading skills, prepare for GED and other testing, or help English Language Learners (ELL) expand communication skills (all ages are welcomed). Free tutor orientation/guidance is provided. When this short briefing session is completed, the tutor and student decide on the day and time that is best for them for tutoring. A minimum of one hour per week is needed. Tutoring sessions occur during open hours at the Mohave County Public Library- Kingman. All materials for guidance and tutor sessions are no charge. No previous teaching experience is required - just interest, patience and your desire to help others will help make you a part of the winning KALP tutor team! KALP meets at 1 p.m. Friday, offering an open meeting for current tutors and for those interested in becoming tutors. It will be held at the Mohave County Library Administration Building, Conference Room, at 3269 Burbank St. (large north side parking lot, back). For further information, please call Chris Meisenheimer at 928-757-4616. (If necessary leave a message.)

Kingman Pinochle Club: The results for the July 2 games were: first place, Lorraine Mack; second place, Flo Ragsdale; and third place, John Goryl. For more information about the club or to come play with us, please call Connie at 928-681-4934.

Kingman Quilter's Guild: Our group meets at 9 a.m. every Wednesday at College Park Baptist Church, located at 1990 Jagerson Ave. in the Fellowship Hall. The cost is $1 and our gatherings are open to all as we stitch and quilt together. For more information, please contact Dorelle Carpenter. Her number is 928-718-1888. We look forward to seeing you.

Kingman Railroad Museum: We thank our many visitors for spending some time with us over the Fourth of July weekend. And now that it is officially summertime, the Railroad Museum is definitely a cool place to bring the kids and take a break from the heat. Come see the gigantic BNSF freight trains speed by the museum's floor-to-ceiling windows. Then watch our model trains traveling through realistic towns, over bridges and into tunnels. Relax and browse our library of railroad books while the kids play with Thomas the Train. Children 12 and under are free with adult admission of $2. The museum is located at 403 E. Andy Devine Ave. in the restored Santa Fe Railroad Depot and is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call the museum at 718-1440, visit our website, www.kingmanrailroadmuseum.org, or see us on Facebook.

Kingman Tennis Club: We have evening walk-in tennis at 5 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at Centennial Park. Morning walk-in tennis begins at 8 a.m. 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.

Korean War Veterans of Mohave County: For all Korean War and Korean service veterans. Meetings are the first Saturday of each month at 1 p.m. at VFW Post 10386, 3036 John L Ave. in Kingman. We are always looking for new applicants. Just bring your DD214 and we will do the rest. We look forward to seeing you. For further information, please call 928-757-0492.

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 County Genealogical Society meets at 1 p.m. every second Wednesday of the month at the Mohave Museum of History and Arts, 400 W. Beale St., Kingman. The members present at our last meeting talked about their current projects. Florine showed how she set up her own chart on Excel with three columns per person including birth and marriage records but not death (too many errors). She also showed us the source code she developed and gave us a chart useful for finding dates. Our presenter this month will tell about her grandparents' journey from England. All visitors are welcome and there is no museum fee for attending the meetings.

Thursday Party Bridge: The winners of the June 30 games were: first, Julia Caughlin; second, Doug Heard; and third, Barry Pope.

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 June 29 games were: first, Barbara Gracin; second, Barry Pope; and third, Julia Caughlin.