Monday, December 14, 2009
The Annual Hi Jolly Daze Parade will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2010, starting at noon.
NOTE THE DATE CORRECTION!
Proud Neighbors of Quartzsite in cooperation with the Town of Quartzsite and other sponsors is planning the best parade in years!
Hi Jolly Daze Parade route is the same as last year, starting at the Fire Station and heading east on Tyson to south on Plymouth, ending at the Town Park, where there will be fun events for the whole family.
The theme this year is "In the Good Old Days" chosen by last year's winner, Tews RV Park. Come on down for a fun day!
Stating "the residents of Quartzsite, Arizona, are proud of our rich history of gold mining, prospecting, and love of rock...each year buyers and sellers from around the world are attracted to our region for the finest rocks, gems and minerals...and is the home of the nation's largest rock and gem club", Huntley went on to say that the "Town of Quartzsite, Arizona will continue to promote the community, and support those ideals and projects that will grow the distinction of our community as the "Rock Capital of the World"! A copy of the whole proclamation is posted at Town Hall for all to view.
Council member, Joe Winslow said, "We need to be proud of this, it's a big deal!" Proud Neighbors of Quartzsite (PNQ) invites "all residents, businesses, organizations and visitors to start claiming it in emails, letters, cards, advertising, etc. to tell the whole world what an amazing town this is!" said Starr BearCat, PNQ President.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
We heard on the scanner that a truck blew over on I-10 near MP 21-23. The washes were all running last night, east/west and north/south. There were reports of a motor home losing their roof, a small building at La Mesa RV lost their metal roofing, and Flying J reported part of their roof came off. We saw today a food vendor's trailer at the corner of Hwy. 95 and E. Kuehn was moved about 100 yards, keeping upright and on it's wheels. Behind Quartzsite Marketplace, a large canopy ended up wrapped around a light pole, a large cactus at Silly Al's Pizza fell against the fence,
This morning most cell phone service was down. Early this morning, one vendor told me his T-Mobile Service was working and that's the only service he knew that was up. While running around town getting photos, everyone else said none of their phones were working either. Verizon was back on line late in the morning, however as of 3:00pm AT&T is still down.
It is very challenging to run a newspaper with no cell phone. So anyone reading this, please take into consideration all of this when trying to reach me in the next few days. Deadline is officially tomorrow for next week's Dec. 16th issue, however, I still have email service, and I'm willing to work late to get your ads in.
Tonight is the Town Council meeting at 7pm. See me there! Rain
Monday, November 16, 2009
The artists have been working for three weeks, painting their Boulder Art Piece. Due to some last minute changes, PNQ had 16 Boulder Art Pieces, plus one Community Painting Boulder - a fundraiser for our new project, Quartzsite Children's Music Program.
The Moreira family helped bring sweetness to the event by serving sparkling cider to the guests. Some of the even painted on the Community Boulder, which is shown below.
Artist Jesse Ray Koontz, with his boulder, "Evening Splender". "Ray Ray", as many know him, was of great help, finding boulders to paint, fork lift/backhoe driver and trailers.
Two musical groups performed for the evening. Both offered their free entertainment at the last minute. It was wonderful combination for the night.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Letter arrived at Desert Messenger on Sunday, and due to length, content and time constraints, I have chosen to publish here instead of the Desert Messenger Nov. 4th issue #97. Foster filed charges beginning on Oct. 26, 2009. Council member, Hal Davidson, resigned his position as of noon, Wed. Oct. 28, 2009, stating, "The reasons are many...It has been a great honor serving Quartzsite, but I feel I am no longer of any use to the current council." This morning at 8:30am, Patricia Anderson and Jerry Lukkasson were sworn in as new Council Members. Please note the opinions expressed below do not represent those of the Desert Messenger. Letters to the Editor are opinions of the author.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Transforming rocks into art.
Quartzsite, AZ –Proud Neighbors of Quartzsite (PNQ) sponsors their first event, “Rockin’ in Quartzsite! A Celebration of the Arts” on Saturday, October 24, 2009. Proud Neighbors of Quartzsite kicks off this new public art event with the opening of the “Rock Motel”, where “Boulder Art Pieces” will be painted and decorated by local artists.
Integrating National Make a Difference Day, PNQ brings together the Quartzsite Women’s Club’s “Walk for Education” and the Red Hat Run-Abouts’ “Walk for Cancer Research”. Both walk-a-thons will end at the “Rock Motel”, a converted warehouse where the painting and fun happens!
This family event includes Rock Games, Rock Painting, food, crafts and more! The Rock Motel, a magically transformed warehouse located at 100 W. Kuehn, Quartzsite, is open 9am-3pm. Admission is only $1 plus one non-perishable food item for Quartzsite Food Bank. Participants in the two walk-a-thons get in free.
On Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, get a “Sneak Preview” of the Boulders before they hit the town. The “Boulder Art Pieces” will be displayed throughout town from Nov. 15, 2009 through March 1, 2010. On Saturday, March 6, PNQ holds a “Rock Auction” to find new homes for the “Boulder Art Pieces” and the People’s Choice Award will be announced.
Quartzsite is known worldwide for its rocks and shows! Expanding on this theme, locals and visitors alike will find themselves looking for the Boulder Art Pieces throughout town, using a “Rockin’ in Quartzsite Map” bringing folks from one end of town to the other. This event benefits local organizations, businesses, and the Quartzsite community!
Proud Neighbors of Quartzsite is 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!
In the fall of 2004, thirteen indigenous grandmothers from Africa, Asia, the Arctic Circle, and the North, South and Central America gathered to explore issues of environmental degradation, climate change, war and terrorism and nuclear proliferation. The International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers were formed. This film follows their journey. This documentary tells the story of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers from all around the world who came together to help us create a new way of life that will bring the planet back into balance before it's too late.
On October 3rd 2009, For the Next 7 Generations was featured on the Starrdust Show, a program hosted by Starr BearCat on Takilma FM radio. To download the broadcast visit http://takilmafm.com/Downloads.php During this program, Starr aired the entire soundtrack to the film.
The Grandmothers are coming to Sedona Dec. 3-6, 2009 for their 7th Gathering. For more information visit www.grandmotherscouncil.com.
To purchase the DVD, For the Next 7 Generations, visit www.forthenext7generations.com.
Monday, September 7, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
What an honor it was for me to experience the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers Conference held in Lincoln City, OR, August 3-7, 2009. I was just one of the multitude gathered to share the wisdom shared by these Grandmothers and Ambassadors from around the world.
The Grandmothers first came together in 2004, and have been visiting each other's homes, all over the globe. I was offered an opportunity to stay in a vacation house with other women to help host a dinner for the Grandmothers at the end of the conference. What an experience! It will take quite sometime for all the images, sounds and blessings to show themselves to me. Many amazing experiences jammed into one week. These women bring their message of peace into the world through their lives. The gift of that message will be with me forever.
Thank you, Coach Louise for hosting the house and all the incredibly talented women housemates!
(Above) Grandmother Tsering Dolma Gyaltong was born in Tibet and escaped along with her family from Tibet in 1958 to India. In 1972, she and her family (four children) came to Canada as refugees. She returned to India and became one of the founding members who revived the Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA). She now resides in Toronto and remains as an advisor to the TWA.
The sponsor for this gathering was Grandmother Agnes Pilgrim, is the oldest living member of her tribe, the Takelma Indians, originally from Southern Oregon. Grandma Aggie is a world renowned spiritual leader, member of the Historic Society and keeper of the Sacred Salmon Ceremony and resides in Grants Pass, Oregon.
"We bring a new way to walk on the earth!
We gather together to celebrate life!"
WE, THE INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF THIRTEEN INDIGENOUS GRANDMOTHERS, represent a global alliance of prayer, education and healing for our Mother Earth, all Her inhabitants, all the children, and for the next seven generations to come. We are deeply concerned with the unprecedented destruction of our Mother Earth and the destruction of indigenous ways of life. We believe the teachings of our ancestors will light our way through an uncertain future. We look to further our vision through the realization of projects that protect our diverse cultures: lands, medicines, language and ceremonial ways of prayer and through projects that educate and nurture our children.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Local artists create unique, on-of-a-kind "Boulder Art" pieces painted with desert scenes, desert critters, landscapes, etc.
Boulder Art pieces, sponsored by local businesses, will be showcased throughout the town from November 2009 through early March 2010.
National Make a Difference Day is Saturday, October 24, 2009. As part of the celebration of Make a Difference Day, the Quartzsite Red Hat Runabouts will hold their annual Walk for Breast Cancer Research. The Quartzsite Women’s Club will also hold their annual Walk for Education.
Both walkathons will end at The Rock Motel, where the public will be able to Meet the Artists, enjoy Food, Rock Games, Entertainment and more!
On Saturday, November 14, 2009,
the public will be able to get a sneak preview of the Boulder Art pieces before hitting the town!
On March 6, 2010, a "Rock Auction"
will be held with proceeds used for future events for our community.
For more information visit www.proudneighbors.ning.com and join the discussion!
Or call Angie, 928-927-3845 or Rain, 541-218-2560.