Clubs: Thursday, January 7, 2010
Belles of St. Mary: The Dec. 9 meeting of the Belles was a mixture of joy and anticipation - hope and determination - nostalgia and sighs. Anticipations were running high as the drawing winners were announced; those names were published at the last printing. Determination was obvious as the ladies set a partial agenda for 2010. The annual Ash Wednesday delicious potato soup dinner is set for Feb. 17 at the Parish Center. Ladies will bring their most favorite potato peelers and begin their day's labor immediately after the 8 a.m. Mass. Three hardy and amiable gentlemen joined us last year; we hope for their return visit. Serving begins at noon through 5 p.m. Also voted and approved was the 1st Annual Youth "Altar Servers" Recognition and Thank You Picnic - stay tuned for details. This Wednesday at 7 p.m. is the next scheduled meeting featuring the uproarious, "not-so-silent" Silent Auction. Ladies are reminded to bring their treasures for the fundraiser. All proceeds are earmarked for the purchase of a new processional cross for St. Mary's Church. On a nostalgic note, the meeting was adjourned after many of the ladies shared a precious moment from Christmas' past - yes, there were some tears.
Cactus Critters 4-H Club: The regular class for the Canine Group of the Cactus Critters will be from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Fairgrounds. Please be on time! Parents, leaders and any 4-H member with a dog are welcome. Bring water for your dog, plastic bag (for clean-up), and wear closed-toe shoes. Any questions, please call your instructor at (928) 565-9323.
Cerbat Garden Club: The Cerbat Garden Club will meet at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Johns Methodist Church, 1730 Kino Ave. Anyone interested in gardening, floral design, civic beautification and conservation of our natural resources is invited to attend. No gardening experience required. Our fifth meeting of the season will be "Desert Wildflowers and Butterflies." Following our regular business meeting, our guest speaker will be Master Gardener Cindy Toepfer. Cindy became a master gardener in 2009 and first began her vegetable and lower gardening in Wisconsin in the early 1980s. In the mid 80s, she relocated to Las Vegas and experienced desert vegetable and flower gardening - so very different! To quote Cindy, "My passion for wildflowers started when I could not believe what grew and flowered in the desert!" Cindy moved to Kingman in 1990 and has had a vegetable garden for about five years. Recently, she has switched to wildflowers and she will share her love of desert wildflowers with us at this meeting. Butterflies? They too have a passion for wildflowers! For more information, call Diana at (928) 757-8659. We still have frogs available for $10 each, with proceeds going toward the Meditation Garden for Hualapai Mountain Medical Center. Please call me if you would like to get one and help out for this wonderful cause.
High Desert Astronomy Club: The HDAC will be hosting a Public Star Party on Saturday, Jan. 23. The club will set up telescopes in Walleck Ranch Park starting at sundown. The park closes at 10 p.m. Anyone interested can come and look at astronomical wonders. We will show the craters of our moon, Jupiter and its moons, the Great Nebula in Orion and other sights. If you own a telescope, you are welcome, too. HDAC meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Cholla Conference Room at Kingman Regional Medical Center. We have club star parties on the Saturday nearest the new moon each month; the date and location are set at the meeting.
Kingman Arizona Computer Users Group: The Users Group invites you to join them at 2 p.m. this Sunday at the Kathryn Heidenreich Adult Center, 1776 Airway Ave. This will be a must-attend meeting to get up-to-date information on Windows XP vs. Windows 7, recommended anti-virus, malware protection, Microsoft Virtual PC and much more. The presentation will be given by Art Fuller, our resident computer professional. KACUG meets monthly on the second Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. We are set up with "Wireless Network" at the Heidenreich Center for those who wish to bring their laptops. Members will be able to have "hands on" which will make it easier for them to walk through and understand presentations. Please be sure your battery is fully charged if you plan to use your laptop at this meeting. You do not have to own a computer to be a member. All persons with an interest in computers are welcome, experience is not necessary. The totally new user is equally welcome along with the highly skilled user. To view this month's Agenda or any past month's agenda, please click on our Web site at www.kingmanazcug.com and "Agenda." Save this URL to your "Favorites" for future access. For further information, please contact President Gloria Richhart at (928) 377-6726. We have been an active computer users group in Kingman for over 18 years. Our motto is "Friends Helping Friends." If you have just purchased a computer or are contemplating buying your first computer, you are welcome to attend.
Kingman Mothers of Preschoolers: MOPS (www.mops.org) meetings are from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at St. Johns United Methodist Church, library and nursery, 1730 Kino Ave. For more information, call the church at (928) 692-8828 or Nina at (928) 757-1241.
Kingman Pinochle Club: The winners on Jan. 2 were: first, Martin Hoover; second, Gladys Hoover; and third, Pat Doty. For more information, call Pat at (928) 718-1253.
Laureate Beta Gamma: Our chapter of Beta Sigma Phi had a lovely and peaceful December although many members were ill or out of town. We met on Dec. 10 at the home of Pat Smith. Only six members were present. We enjoyed Thank You cards from the Salvation Army and CASA Council Helping Children in Mohave County for contributions given. Susie Patch's program was about "The Littlest Angel," a lovely and timely story. Our Christmas social was on Dec. 20 at Calico's. Our December "Ill List" included Ralph and Jo Stoughton, Marilyn (and Tom) Johnson, Karen (and Ron) Stephan and Anne and Robert Wilson. We hope they are all feeling better. Susie and Nick Patch were well but out of town. So again, attendance was light, but Carol and Mark Daley, Delores and John Shinn, Bette and Fred Beeman, Peggy Sollars and Dawn Calhoun very much enjoyed the camaraderie of old friends and good food. We wish you all, and us all, too, a happy and a healthier new year!
Mohave Republican Forum: The next meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Elks Club, 900 Gates Ave. The public is invited to hear Republican candidates Brenda Burns, Barry Wong and Gary Pierce who are running for election to the Arizona Corporation Commission. The admission charge is $10 per person, which includes dinner. This gathering is open to the public. For more information, call Shirley at (928) 753-5183, Richard at (928) 692-4771 or Laurie at (928) 753-5581.
Wednesday Party Bridge: The winners on Dec. 30 were: first place, Leo Martensen; second place, Art Smith; and third place, Carolyn Johnston.