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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Quartzsite's The GRAND Gathering sets Guinness World Record!





Quartzsite, AZ -  It's official! 631 GRANDS set a new Guinness World Record Sunday, March 9th, 2014!  In an email sent Monday, April 7th to John Hendrix, of Quartzsite Improvement Association (QIA), Guinness World Record stated,

"We are delighted to confirm that you have successfully achieved a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for ’Largest human letter’.

We would like to congratulate you on your record-breaking achievement.
You are OFFICIALLY AMAZING!"

The new record was the Finale event of The GRAND Gathering Sunday, March 9th, 2014. The GRAND Gathering was a new joint venture of the QIA and Proud Neighbors of Quartzsite (PNQ).  The GRAND Gathering events were geared for GRAND Parents and Great GRANDS and their families to create memorable moments together.

Events during the four days included AVTT Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall; Concerts by Rex Allen Jr., Paul Winer, and Beyond the Ashes; a Senior/Craft Fair; Rock Art Auction; 50's Sock Hop Dance; a JAMboree; Town-Wide Yard Sales; a GRAND Bingo Marathon, Pancake Breakfasts and More! 

Quartzsite Stewards required by Guinness - Photo Desert Messenger
  Guinness World Records certification requires independent witnesses from the local community and extensive documentation. Horizon Community Bank’s new branch manager, Judi Clark and Quartzsite Council Member Mark Orgeron served as official witnesses along with 12 Stewards from the community. 

As The GRAND Gathering is now a committee under the QIA, the QIA now holds the oficial record through John Hendrix, the inspiration behind The GRAND Gathering. John, a QIA member, suggested the idea last year and from there it blossomed into a fantastic weekend with the culmination of the “Largest Human Letter Q” taking place.


WE DID IT! Photo - Starr BearCat - Desert Messenger
  For everyone who took part in the successful record attempt, Guinness offers the Certificate of Participation. All participants can purchase their own official Guinness World Records Certificates of Participation via the store online. Participants will need a special ID and code. To order, visit www.TheGrandGathering.com or www.qiaarizona.org

Staging area inside QIA - Photo Starr BearCat - Desert Messenger

Photo - Desert Flyers' Drone

Photo Desert Messenger
Photo Mark Goldberg - The GRAND Gathering

Also check out the Facebook Page for more photos and info on ordering: www.Facebook.com/TheGrandGathering.

Photo Desert Messenger
"Yes, We Can!" - Photo Desert Messenger






Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Temporary 12-hour ramp closures I-10 Exit 1 in Ehrenberg


Temporary 12-hour ramp closures at I-10 Ehrenberg (Exit 1)   
Motorists are advised to use adjacent ramps

As part of the ongoing improvements in Ehrenberg, the Arizona Department of Transportation will temporarily close the on-and-off ramps for approximately 12 hours between the midnight and noon Thursday, April 10 and Friday, April 11 at Interstate 10 Ehrenberg (Exit 1).

Ramps will be closed intermittently for milling and repaving each day. Motorists are advised to either exit in Quartzsite or Blythe to access Juneau Avenue/Poston Road.

For more information, please contact the Project Hotline at 1.855.712.8530, or email at Projects@azdot.gov. To stay up-to-date with the latest highway conditions around the state, visit the ADOT Traveler Information Center at www.az511.gov or call 511.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

I-10 delays tonight and Friday between Ehrenberg & Quartzsite


Westbound I-10 to close briefly overnight for rock removal 
near Arizona-California state line
Motorists traveling between Quartzsite and Ehrenberg 
should allow extra travel time

The Arizona Department of Transportation is advising motorists traveling on Interstate 10 near the California-Arizona state line to allow extra travel time due to the start of a three-week project to remove large rocks alongside the highway between Ehrenberg and Quartzsite this week.

Drivers traveling late at night on westbound I-10 (mileposts 10-11) on Thursday, March 27 and Friday, March 28 need to be prepared for intermittent closures up to 20 minutes for blasting and rock removal. Work will take place between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Additionally, I-10 will be narrowed to one lane in each direction through the work zone until the project is completed in mid-April.

Message boards will be in place to inform motorists of lane restrictions and speed reductions. Law enforcement will be in place to monitor traffic and enforce the speed limit. Motorists are advised to allow extra travel time through the area.

For more information, please contact the Project Hotline at 1.855.712.8530, or email atProjects@azdot.gov.To stay up to date with the latest highway conditions around the state, visit the ADOT Traveler Information Center at az511.gov or call 5-1-1.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

ASBA offers free webinars for school board candidates La Paz County



By TRACY BENSON
ASBA Director of Communications

PHOENIX—Hundreds of school board seats in Arizona will be up for election this November, and the deadline for submitting materials necessary to run is just a few months away. To assist those who are interested in running for a seat on their local governing board, the Arizona School Boards Association, a non-partisan, non-profit organization that provides leadership and assistance to public school governing boards statewide, is hosting free informational webinars in March and April on the basics of board service and what it takes to run.

Individuals who are considering running are encouraged to participate in one of the three webinars. They are scheduled for Tuesday, March 25, 12 to 1 p.m., Monday, March 31, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 26, from 10 to 11 a.m.

Topics to be covered in each webinar will include:

• Why Serve?

• What School Board Members Do (and What They Don’t Do)

• Eligibility and the Basics of Running for Office

• Commonly Asked Questions about Board Service

• Support Available to Board Members Once Elected

Participants will also have the opportunity to submit questions to be answered live during the webinar.

Karen Loftus, director of leadership development for the Arizona School Boards Association, and Chris Thomas, ASBA’s general counsel and director of legal and policy services, will lead the webinars.

Thomas is a former school board member. ASBA Director of Communications Tracey Benson will host the webinars.

Those interested in participating can register online at www.azsba.org/becoming-a-board-member <http://www.azsba.org/becoming-a-board-member> .

ASBA offers additional resources for those considering running for school board. A 20-page publication titled “School Board Service in Arizona” will be available in late March through the offices of most county school superintendents and also by contacting ASBA at 602-254-1100.

The information contained in the booklet also is available online on the Becoming a Board Member page of the ASBA’s web site (www.azsba.org/becoming-a-board-member).

The following La Paz County district governing board positions up for election in the fall General Election


Bicentennial Union High School District: Three four-year terms;

Bouse Elementary School District: One two-year term and one four-year term;

Parker Unified School District: One two-year term and three four-year terms;

Quartzsite Elementary School District: Three four-year terms;

Salome Consolidated Elementary School District: One two-year term and three four-year terms; and Wenden Elementary School District: Three four-year terms.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Quartzsite Organizers: World's Largest Human Letter "Q" attempt was huge success


Photo by Bernie Martin

Quartzsite, Arizona- Organizers of The GRAND Gathering reported 631 people participated in Sunday's Record Attempt of the World's Largest Human Letter "Q" held at Quartzsite Improvement Association (QIA). Guinness told the group they needed 501 participants to be considered for the record. The attempt was held on the final day of The GRAND Gathering, Sunday, March 9th, 2014. Grandmas and Grandpas braved the heat to form the letter "Q" in the QIA parking lot. The organizers originally hoped for 550 participants, but was surprised with the huge amount of pre-registrations over the weekend. They cut off the registration at just over 650 to make sure everyone could fit in the designated area, but allowed others to join in after the official photo. 

The Grand Gathering was a brand new exciting four-day event held this past weekend, March 6th – 9th, 2014, in Quartzsite, Arizona. The GRAND Gathering was a joint venture of Quartzsite's oldest and youngest non-profit organizations (the QIA and Proud Neighbors of Quartzsite "PNQ"), both dedicated to the betterment of the Community of Quartzsite and the region. 
In true community spirit, cooperation between Town of Quartzsite officials, administration and many local organizations produced an exceptional event for the community and visitors alike with four full days of GRAND fun, entertainment and town-wide events. Events were geared for GRAND Parents and Great GRANDS and their families to create memorable moments together.

Photo by Mark Goldberg
The American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) Vietnam Wall arrived in Quartzsite on Wednesday, March 5th escorted by La Paz County Sheriff and Quartzsite Police Dept. Over 70 VFW Riders accompanied the Wall down Main Street, looping around town to its destination at Desert Gardens Show Grounds on Kuehn. Opening ceremony was held Friday, March 7th and closing ceremony was on Sunday March 9th. 

At 360 feet in length, the AVTT Wall is the largest traveling replica of the original Vietnam Memorial Wall located in Washington, D.C. It is an 80 percent scale reproduction which stands eight feet tall at its apex and does not leave out a single name featured on the original memorial wall. 



Bob Braa, VFW Post 769 Commander welcomed the crowd 
during Friday's Opening Ceremony.



Rex Allen Jr. performed at the QIA on Thursday afternoon


Senior Fair and Craft Fair was held Thursday - Sunday at the QIA





Auctioneer Richard McBride (left) and PNQ's Mark Goldberg (right) scan the crowd during the 5th Annual Rockin' in Quartzsite Rock Art Auction by Proud Neighbors of Quartzsite. The auction drew hundreds of art lovers vying for one of 22 Rock Art pieces 
by local and regional artists, including our local elementary and high school students. 





The huge crowd Saturday enjoying the warm weather and wonderful music 
at the Outdoor Stage at the Quartzsite Improvement Association (QIA)


Paul Winer and Ralph Martin entertained the crowds Saturday afternoon with their fun Boogie Woogie Blues music and laughter. 


 Award Winning Beyond the Ashes Gospel Group gave a free concert 
Sunday morning during the Community Service 


Check in for the Guinness Attempt started early Sunday morning


Participants filling the Main Hall at QIA 




Volunteers cut the participants wrist-bands for documentation of the count. 
Videographers and photographers documented the whole event for Guinness.


Photo by Mark Goldberg


It's the big wave at the helicopter. 
Guinness required participants to hold their positions for a minimum of 5 minutes. 
This group of grandmas and grandpas stayed for over 7 minutes!


TriState CareFlight helicopter donated their time and pilot Jennifer Arink 
for the aerial photos to be taken by Bernie Martin


The mass exodus was orderly and everyone brought out their chairs to awaiting carts. Countless volunteers made The GRAND Gathering a huge success! Organizers wish to thank all the people who helped make this memorable event for Quartzsite. 

Organizers will submit the required documentation to Guinness for verification, which may take up to 6 weeks. Participants will be eligible for the official Certificate of Participation from Guinness. For more information visit www.TheGrandGathering.com

For more photos visit www.Facebook.com/TheGrandGathering


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Quartzsite hosts The GRAND Gathering, March 6th-9th, 2014



Quartzsite, AZ

The Grand Gathering is a brand new exciting four-day event planned for March 6th – 9th, 2014 in Quartzsite, Arizona. The GRAND Gathering is a joint venture of Quartzsite's (QIA) and Proud Neighbors of Quartzsite (PNQ), both dedicated to the betterment of the Community of Quartzsite and the region. In true community spirit, cooperation between the Town of Quartzsite administration and many local organizations are producing an exceptional event for the community and visitors alike with four full days of GRAND fun, entertainment and town-wide events. Events are geared for GRAND Parents and Great GRANDS and their families to create memorable moments together. Parking is free at all venues.

The American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) Vietnam Wall travels to Desert Gardens Show Grounds to coincide with the events during The GRAND Gathering. The AVTT Traveling Wall will arrive in Quartzsite on Wednesday, March 5th. Public viewing of the wall will be available 24 hours a day after the initial set-up on the morning of Thursday, March 6th through the afternoon on Sunday, March 9th. At 360 feet in length, the AVTT Wall is the largest traveling replica of the original Vietnam Memorial Wall located in Washington, D.C. It is an 80 percent scale reproduction which stands eight feet tall at its apex and does not leave out a single name featured on the original memorial wall. The Military Tribute is free.
Rex Allen Jr.

Paul Winer


Entertainment Highlights:
  • On Thursday, March 6th, Rex Allen Jr. performs at the QIA. Tickets are $15. Rex was inducted into the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of fame in 2013, shortly after receiving the Twentieth Annual Ernest Tubb Memorial Award, from the Western Film Preservation Society.
  • A FREE Invitational GRAND JAMboree takes place Friday at the QIA Outdoor Stage
  • FREE Live Entertainment all day Saturday at the QIA Outdoor Stage
  • Paul Winer will present a FREE concert on Saturday afternoon at the QIA. “Yes,” It is the “Naked Bookstore Guy,” Paul Winer, fully-clothed, playing Boogie Woogie Blues!  Paul is a colorful character who is definitely one of the main tourist attractions in Quartzsite.
  • On the Road Again will provide a Dance Party Saturday night at the QIA, $4/person.


Thursday events include a Library Book Sale, AVTT Traveling Wall, Exercise Class, Crafts Painting Social, Line Dancing with Vernine Adkins. Food be available at many local restaurants around town and at the QIA. At 7pm the famous Desert Music Jams happen at the QIA.

Friday events include Town-Wide Yard Sales, GRAND Breakfast at Quartzsite Senior Center, Opening Ceremony takes place at the AVTT Traveling Wall with presentation of  Colors, National Anthem, and Speakers at Desert Gardens Show Grounds. Back at the QIA will be Crafts, Vendors, Games and Food. The GRAND Marathon Bingo also takes place at the QIA. There's a GRAND Music Jamboree happening at the QIA Outdoor Stage.

Saturday events include a Pancake Breakfast, Town Wide Yard Sales, AVTT Traveling Wall, Colors, National Anthem, Speakers @ Desert Gardens Show Grounds, Volkssport 5k/10k Walk at the QIA, SENIOR FAIR/SHOW, Antique Car Show, Games for young & old – (Rock Stacking, Rock Painting, Hula Hoop Contest, etc.), Live Entertainment throughout the day with a Preview of “On the Road Again” at the QIA Outdoor Stage. State Assemblyman Sonny Borrelli will be speaking at the AVTT Traveling Wall at Desert Gardens. There's also a Cancer/MS Fundraiser Walk at Paradise RV Park. The 5th Annual Proud Neighbors of Quartzsite (PNQ) “Rock Auction” will be held at the QIA Outdoor Stage, followed by Paul Winer FREE Concert. Closing out the day is a Dance with “On the Road Again” at the QIA.

Sunday events include a Community Service at the QIA, followed by a delicious Brunch. Closing Ceremony at the AVTT Traveling Wall happens at 1pm with Colors, National Anthem, Speakers, and Taps.
At 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Quartzsite will attempt to break the Guinness Record  for the World's Largest Human Letter "Q" at the QIA. The goal is have at least 550 people stand (or sit) together and form the letter "Q". Don't worry, there will be plenty of chairs available if folks can't stand. This event is open to all ages. Registration is only $5 which includes the Official The GRAND Gathering collector's lapel pin. Multiple Registration Packages are also available.
Quartzsite is conveniently located on I-10, just 17 miles from the California border, and Hwy. 95 1/2 way between Yuma and Lake Havasu City. Just 2 hours west of Phoenix, Quartzsite is in the middle of everywhere!

 See the full details about The GRAND Gathering at www.TheGrandGathering.com.


About the organizations:
·         The Quartzsite Improvement Association (QIA) was incorporated in 1965 and is a non-profit organization dedicated to the betterment of the Quartzsite Community. www.qiaarizona.org.
·         Proud Neighbors of Quartzsite (PNQ) was established to help provide benefits to local charities and non-profit organizations by promoting the community of Quartzsite, and surrounding areas through quality local celebrations. www.ProudNeighbors.com.
·         Maps, Entertainment Schedule and RV Park Discounts are available online at www.TheGrandGathering.com





Paul Winer

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

AVTT Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall comes to Quartzsite


Quartzsite, AZ - The American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) Traveling Wall travels to Desert Gardens Show Grounds to coincide with the events of The GRAND Gathering in Quartzsite.

The AVTT Traveling Wall will arrive in Quartzsite on Wednesday, March 5th. Public viewing of the wall will be available 24 hours a day after the initial set-up on the morning of Thursday, March 6th through the afternoon on Sunday, March 9th.

At 360 feet in length, the AVTT Wall is the largest traveling replica of the original Vietnam Memorial Wall located in Washington, D.C. It is an 80 percent scale reproduction which stands eight feet tall at its apex and does not leave out a single name featured on the original memorial wall.

Also on display will be: wall informational panels, Vietnam War Time line Panels, Vietnam era military equipment and uniforms displayed by Gunny’s Military Museum of Quartzsite, military vehicles, souvenirs, and computer terminals to look up specific names on the wall.

Representatives from The Veteran’s Administration will be present to help Veterans with MYHEALTH and assisting with sign-ups for Veteran’s Benefits.

The wall will be formally escorted to Quartzsite.  Anyone desiring to be part of the escort should plan to be at the Rest Area on eastbound I-10, at mile marker 4, at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, 2014.  The escort will arrive in Quartzsite at exit at Exit 17 and proceed north on Quartzsite Blvd., then head east on Main Street, turn south on Riggles and travel west on Kuehn to Desert Gardens Show Grounds. People are encouraged to line the streets and welcome the Wall as it proceeds through Quartzsite beginning about 3:30pm Wednesday.

Opening ceremonies will be held at 9:00 a.m. Friday, March 7, 2014.  VFW Commanders, and Quartzsite Mayor Ed Foster will speak; The Bouse Elementary School 5th & 6th graders will present the History of the United States Flag.  At 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 8, 2014, VFW Commanders will speak, and Tony Borelli, Member District 5 House of Representatives is planning to speak at 9:45 a.m.

At 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 9, 2014, closing ceremonies will take place.

The AVTT Traveling Wall is FREE, and parking is Free.  Donations received at the Wall will go to The USO Wounded Warrior Organization to assist Veterans and their families with recovery.
   
Plan to bring your family to The Grand Gathering and The Military Tribute, March 6-9, 2014 in Quartzsite, Arizona.

For the full weekend schedule of events, visit the website www.TheGrandGathering.com.

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