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Organizations: April 3, 2014

American Legion Auxiliary Swaskegame Unit 14: All members of the legion family are reminded that the 2014 fundraiser for nursing student scholarships will start at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the post home. The event will have a railroad theme and participants can volunteer to dress with the theme in mind. A $10 donation per person is requested and Auxiliary members are reminded that your male relatives and friends are especially invited. Female veterans who attend will be recognized and thanked for their military service. Many items have been donated to raffle off to help fund the scholarships.

Belles of St. Mary's: News alert from your friendly, elderly roving busy-body: the large square opening still in our new church on the Spring Street side is not, we repeat, not a future door. This is the means whereas monstrous mechanized equipment can enter and exit as they do that which they were designed to do. Exciting news, yes? Our roof shingles are works of art and stand ready to protect us through many storms ahead. And so the steady progress continues through Laetare Sunday (Sunday last), which of course you know as the midway mark through our Lenten journey with our Lord Jesus. Hopefully we are all concentrating on our pledges of prayer, abstinence and alms giving, and that equals: we are more Christ knowledgeable, much thinner and the church building fund is much fatter! Our Lord is pleased. Mark your calendars - 6:30 p.m. April 10 is the Penance Service. Many "cassocks" are to be present to hear our confessions. These same priests will renew their priestly annual commitment at our SS. Simon and Jude Cathedral in Phoenix on April 14 at the Chrism Mass. Reflections on the Via Dolorosa (aka, Stations of the Cross) continue at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. (Spanish) each Friday. This Saturday will spotlight our monthly First Saturday devotions as well (3:15 p.m.). So many opportunities to kneel and adore our Lord Jesus Christ! Ok, my Belles, let's do this... At 7 p.m. Tuesday, the Belles meet!

Cerbat Garden Club: The eighth meeting of the season will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. John's 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. After our regular business meeting and refreshments, our program will be "Pond Gardening." Our guest speakers for this program will be the father-and-daughter team of Mike and Marcie Turner, owners of Island Palms Nursery in Golden Valley. They have expanded their site and are now also offering ponds for your backyards. Mike and Marcie will discuss the basic requirements to get started, the most suitable types of water vegetation for our area and the types of fish to stock the pond with. They will also address maintenance requirements and answer any concerns that we may have. Who wouldn't enjoy the gentle sound of water in our yard and enjoy all of the beauty that pond gardening has to offer and beautify our yards? If you have questions, call Diana at (928) 713-5438.

DMS Events: The next gymkhana Jackpot Series will begin April 12, with sign-up at 9 a.m. and run at 10 a.m. at GrayWood Stables, 2576 E. Calle Chavez (mile marker 14, North Stockton Hill Road). For more information, call (928) 692-0199.

Democratic Women's Club of Kingman: The Democratic Women's Club will meet Wednesday at Calico's Restaurant. Social time is at 11:30 a.m. and the meeting will begin at noon. This month our guest speakers will be Joe Longoria and Beth Weisser, candidates for the Arizona Legislature, and Mikel Weisser, a candidate for the House of Representatives. Plans for the Annual Flag Day Celebration on June 14 in conjunction with the Mohave County Democratic Picnic will be discussed. Tickets for this event at Metcalfe Park will be available at our meeting for $15 a person. President Carol will report on the fundraising for the Flag Pole for Metcalfe Park Project and the possibility of having the new flagpole in place and a dedication ceremony at the picnic. Candidates Fred Duval for governor, Terry Goddard for secretary of state and Felicia Rotalini for attorney general are expected to be among the many candidates participating at this event. Bylaw changes will be presented and voted upon. Everyone is welcome to come to our meetings, but only Democratic women can join our club. For more information regarding the Democratic Women's Club or the Democratic Party Annual Picnic, call (928) 753-0006.

Friends of the Kingman Library: Our next meeting is at 11 a.m. April 15 at the library, 3269 Burbank St.

Kingman Aglow: Kingman Aglow will meet from 3-5 p.m. April 19 at the Holiday Inn Express, 3031 Andy Devine. "Behold the Lamb of Adonai Elohim (God) Who Takes Away the Sin of the World!" Rev. Marcia Stutler will do a Passover presentation along with personal testimony related to our Passover Lamb. Come and fellowship with us at this most important biblical season. Perhaps there will be a divine appointment for you. There will be light refreshments. Cost: $6. For more information and to RSVP, call (928) 380-4471.

Kingman Masonic Lodge No. 22: Our regular monthly meeting is at 7:30 p.m. April 14 at the lodge. We have a family dinner before the meeting at 6:30. The lodge is located at 212 N. Fourth St. For more information, call (928) 681-6819 or (928) 753-6048.

Kingman Pinochle Club: The winners on March 29 were: first, Keith Walker; second, Bob Bennett; and third, Charlene Graves. For more information, call Pat at (928) 718-1253.

Mohave Community Choir: The Mohave Community Choir is practicing for its Spring Concert from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays in the LDS Church on Rutherford Street. For more information, contact Ginni Potts, (928) 753-7011.

Mohave County District One Democrats: The District One Democratic meeting will be held at the Kingman Library at 7 p.m. April 14.

Mohave County Genealogical Society: Our new books are in and available for use. Chuck Cook donated a book from his collection. There was extensive discussion about ways to let the community know about us. Chuck has written an article for the April edition of the museum newsletter. Jan Schehl contacted the library, the Visitors Center at the Powerhouse, and the Chamber of Commerce. The Visitors Center was very open about promoting any events we would put on. Debbie and Shannon at the Mohave County Library were very enthusiastic about collaborating with us. They mentioned that Family History Month is in October, but we could have a display anytime. They also suggested possible programs we could put on at the library. Jo Anne is working on a poster and flyers about the MCGS that we can put out. It was decided not to use the Chamber of Commerce at this time. Jan was told that the library also had some oral history on tapes that were part of a state project that ran out of money and were never transcribed. It turns out that the museum has some transcribed records. Chuck volunteered to contact and coordinate with the library concerning what to do and where the tapes should go. Under new business, we were sent a copy of the Arizona Genealogy Society List, which shows the towns that have genealogy groups plus when and where they meet. Copies will be available next month. As a followup to December's presentation by Averil Endicott, another website available concerning cemeteries is www.forgotten ashes.com. Jan will be our presenter in April. Our next meeting is Wednesday. The Genealogical Society meets at 1 p.m. every second Wednesday of the month at the Mohave County Museum of History and Art, 400 E. Beale St. There is no museum fee for attending the meetings.

Mutt Matchers and Friends: Mutt Matchers and Friends will be holding the spring yard sale from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. April 11-12 at 2634 Barboot St. All proceeds go to Mutt Matchers & Friends, a nonprofit dog rescue and adoption center. Please stop by and see what treasures you will find at our sale. For more information, call (928) 718-4364.

TOPS AZ 0287 Kingman: Kingman Take off Pounds and Keep Off Pounds Sensibly held their weekly meeting March 14. Venita Barnes, keeper of the KOPS and presentations, presented Grace KOPS as a KOPS re-instated. Susan Crews received KOPS status for achieving her goal weight. Nancy Hilton got the KOPS nine-year numeral for nine years as a KOPS at or below goal weight. Sonjia Kinzer's design for the State Recognition Days was chosen to be on the pin. TOPS Ballerina went to Gail Pashby. TOPS Prince was given to Sam Cole. KOPS Ballerina was awarded to Beverly Prader. Six Weeks Consecutive Losses went to Sam Cole. Ten Non-Consecutive Losses to Sonjia Kinzer, Nancy McCune, Gail Pashby, B.J. Ridgeway and April Senediak. KOPS turning in 13 gold pins to Robert Burns, Viola Emans, Sylvia Schneider and Eleanor Velderrrain. Turning in 10 small turtles in exchange for one large one for being at the same weight went to Ruth Angle, B.J. Ridgeway, and Eleanor Velderrain. KOPS at or below goal six months was awarded to Venita Barnes. Six months perfect attendance to Joyce Smith and Darlene Sweet. Thirteen weeks calorie charting was given to Venita Barnes and Six Months Exercising Award went to Venita Barnes. Five pairs of walking shoes went to Rachel Thalrose. Best Losers in all Divisions were Sam Cole, Susan Crews, Naomi Jiles, Gail Pashby, Camille Patula, Tom Rule, Sharon Saltarelli and Marj Snell. Perfect Attendance beads were given to 39 members. KOPS at or below goal gold beads were presented to 15 KOPS. Weight loss for the month of February was 35 pounds. Weight loss since the beginning of the year was 60 pounds. Darlene Sweet presented Exercising and Walking awards to Venita Barnes, Patsy Brocnik, Ruth Cisney, Gail Pashby, Sharon Saltarelli and Rachel Thalrose. Our chapter meets each Friday morning in the social hall at the First Methodist Church on Kino Avenue. Weigh-in begins at 7:30 a.m. and closes at 9 a.m. The meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. and closes at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call (928) 377-8795 or (800) 923-8677 or visit our web site, WWW.tops.org.

VFW Post 10386: Veterans Day Parade Open House meeting at 6 p.m. April 11 at Post 10386. We are located at 3036 John L Ave. For more information, call (928) 757-9191.

Vietnam Veterans of America, Mohave County Chapter 975: The VVA will be having a rummage sale from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Cerbat Lanes, 3631 Stockton Hill Road. The VVA, Mohave County Chapter 975, will be having the monthly meeting at 6 p.m. April 18. This month's meeting will be at the VFW Post 10386, 3036 John L Ave. For additional information, call (928) 377-1101.

Wednesday Party Bridge: The winners on March 26 were: first place, Shirley Costain; second place, Nelson Gaska; and third place, Shirley McQuinn.

Whistle Stop Railroad Club: The club's next meeting will be at 9 a.m. Saturday and will be followed by the next session of the club's workshop series, "How to Create a Model Railroad." As this training series nears completion, the April 5 session will cover the many details of completing the model layout. As designed and presented by club member Bob Batten, these workshops are free to youth of all ages. The Whistle Stop Railroad Club operates the Kingman Railroad Museum for the purpose of preserving railroad history. We meet at the museum at 9 a.m. on the first and third Saturdays of each month. The museum is located in the restored Santa Fe Depot, 402 Andy Devine Ave. For more information, call us at the museum: 718-1440.