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Lots of great eats on tap in area this week<BR><BR>

If you like food and merriment, this week should leave you full and content!

For starters, THE ORIGINAL PAPA RETURNS TO THE SCENE! Ten years ago on May 7, Tom Baisley had his grand opening of Papa's Place - just in time for Mothers' Day that year. This year, the seventh falls on a Wednesday, but Tom and Betty will be here anyway, to celebrate the 10th anniversary. Come give Papa a hug, or get one, or both on Wednesday, May 7, from 11 a.m. 'til 4 p.m. Tom will be sharing his special cake, and pictures of the "olden days." (Just in case any of us really want to be reminded of how we looked and acted 10years ago!) It promises to be a fun afternoon, and for that day only you can get a hamburger and fries for just what you paid 10 years ago at Papa's - $2.50. There will be a dinner special that evening, too, but for now nobody's telling just what it will be. Please stop in and swap howdies with Papa Tom and Betty.

Then, true to her word, Jo Ann True called back with details on the Cinco de Mayo Dinner. It will be held diez de Mayo (May 10) at the Cordes Lakes Community Center, from five to seven p.m. South of the border cuisine will prevail; with mouth-watering enchiladas, taquitos with guacamole and/or sour cream, Spanish rice, and of course Jo Ann's famous refried beans. (Jo Ann didn't say they were famous, that is Peg's personal opinion and editorial comment.) The Cordes Lakes Cakemasters will be bringing a variety of desserts to tickle your palate. All of this for the small donation of $5 for adults, and $2.50 for children under 12. Hasta la vista, amigos! Ole'!!

It certainly looks like May will be The Month of Marvelous Munchies.

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The Boys and Girls Club will again be doing a summer program, and continuing on with after-school activities as well. It looks like it will be held in Mayer this summer, but they are working to have a shuttle bus available to transport Cordes Lakes kids safely back and forth across the freeway. Again, I could wish it were going to be held closer to home, since a great preponderance of the kids live in Cordes Lakes, but we will continue to do the best we can with what we have.

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Law Enforcement Week seems a particularly propitious time to point out that the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office proudly announces that it will graduate 19 new volunteers from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Volunteer In Protection (VIP) Academy Class XIV.

On Saturday, May 3rd, 2003, Sheriff G. C. "Buck" Buchanan will swear in the graduates. They will take their place alongside the other 130 volunteers already in the program, helping patrol the streets of Yavapai County as the "eyes and ears" of the Sheriff's Office.

These are your neighbors and your friends, who have undergone extensive training in order to make your communities a safer place to live. Appreciate them, thank them, JOIN THEM!

If you would like to attend the graduation ceremony or if you are interested in joining the Volunteer In Protection Program you may contact Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Volunteer Services Division, Dennyse Loll at (928) 771-3281.

(Peggy Swycaffer is a longtime Cordes Lakes resident. Reach her at swycamel@mindspring.com)

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