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News Briefs: November 21, 2012

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Tuesday, Nov. 20

Members of the Springs Church and community volunteers and donors will serve the Sixth Annual Free Thanksgiving Dinner from 5-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at the Mayer High School. The dinner fed 335 people last year, and organizers are planning to serve more this year.

There are three food programs in Cordes Lakes. The 60 plus program (age and income restricted) it is on the second Wednesday. Commodities are on the third Wednesday, with produce on the 4th Thursday. Please bring your plastic bags or boxes to carry your produce. Please do not bring your dogs or other pets as they are not allowed in the food area. Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, produce will be at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, at the Cordes Lakes Community Center and commodities will be at 7 a.m. on Nov. 21. Contact the community center at 928-632-9769 or call Linda Giguere at 928-632-7552 for more information.

Wednesday, Nov. 21

Mayer Area Meals on Wheels will conduct its annual  $5 Thanksgiving Dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 21, starting at 11:30 a.m. 

The public is invited.

The menu includes roast turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potato casserole, garden peas, tossed salad and pumpkin pie. After dinner, we'll auction homemade pies for your own Thanksgiving Day.

Saturday, Nov. 24

Join the Friends of the Agua Fria National Monument at 9 a.m. Saturday for the 2012 Turkey Waddle Hike. A second hike to take off at 10 a.m. may be added if interest warrants. Meet at the River Bend BLM Kiosk by Schoolhouse Site. Visit 1891 School House Site and Teskey Ranch Site.

Easy to moderately strenuous 1-mile round-trip hike. Wear sturdy walking shoes and bring water and a lunch, as well as sun protection.

Limited to the first 15 people who RSVP to

For directions and more information visit the website at


Mayer Elementary School will host a Laser Show at 10 a.m., Wed., Nov. 28, in the gym. This is a special event, and all are welcome.

The Arizona Highway 69 Chamber Tree Lighting will take place at 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Chamber Office, 12791 E. Central in Mayer. Raffle tickets will be sold to win the tree ($1 each or 6 for $5).

Mayer Elders Club General Meeting at 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 29., at the MAAC aka Mayer Senior Center. Everyone welcome. Website:

Mayer Elders Club Fundraiser Bake Sale at Mayer Bank of the West (weather permitting), 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or until the goodies run out on Dec. 7. The club will be taking orders for their Christmas Bake-a-Thon. Orders placed for baked goods will be ready for pickup on Dec. 24. For information call Brenda, 928-632-4901.

Hearty Soup Buffet and Christmas Cookies, noon to 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9, at the MAAC (aka Mayer Senior Center) 10051 Miami St., Mayer (behind the fire station). Delicious homemade soups, with salad, beverages and a festive selection of homemade cookies. Everyone welcome! Website:

Exercise Class for men and women meets Monday and Wednesday at 8 a.m., Tuesday and Thursday - Walk Group at 7:30 a.m. at Mayer Community Church. Call Joyce Nelson at 928-632-9352.

Mayer Area Meals on Wheels has a cribbage class that plays on Wednesday afternoons starting at 12:45.  It's okay if you haven't played in a while as the group will help teach or refresh your memory.  A beading class takes place every Wednesday afternoon. All instruction is free.  Kits are available at a minimal charge.  A tole painting class takes place each Thursday. Instruction is free and costs are very minimal. Painting starts at 10 a.m. and usually lasts until 2:30 p.m. 

Mayer Elders Club raffles include a Christmas Cash Raffle with a percentage of tickets sales to the winners, and a Harvest Hosts Raffle, which includes two 1-year memberships in Harvest Hosts Membership Camping Club entitling members with self-contained RVs to park overnight at a vast network of farms, wineries and agri-businesses. Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6/$5. Drawings will take place at the Elders Club Christmas Soup and Cookies Buffet. To purchase tickets, visit the Mayer Senior Center aka Mayer Area Activity Center or e-mail

Cordes Lakes

An election for Cordes Lakes Community Association Board members will take place on Dec. 13. Voting is from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Community Center. There is no charge to join the Community Association but you must be a registered member to vote.

Cookies with Santa and the Electric Lights Parade are coming Dec. 15. Mark your calendars and start thinking of how to decorate your vehicle with lights.

A craft sale will take place on Dec. 1 at the Cordes Lakes Community Center. Come early for the best selection of these one-of-a-kind items that make great Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers.

Exercise Class starts 8 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Classes are free. Chris Shackelford is leading the exercise classes. TOPS starts at 9:15 a.m. for weigh-in and 9:30 for meeting on Fridays, following the exercise class.

 Ballroom and line dancing lessons will take place at 7 p.m. every Monday night at the Cordes Lakes Community Center. These are free classes and open to all ages. Don't worry about a partner. First dance will be the two-step.

A weekly Jam Session day takes place at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Bill Teahon's house, 20273 East Quail Run. Bring your instrument and join the fun. For information, call Bill at 772-6044.

Big Bug Gem & Mineral Club meets the third Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Community Center. Call Art Frame 928-713-5492 for information.

The newly formed Cordes Lakes Dog Club meets the last Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Community Center. Discuss training, behavior, problems, and enjoy meeting and talking with your neighbors. Come and check out the newly fenced dog area at Henry Cordes Park.

Al-Anon open meetings are Mondays at 9:30 a.m. at the Cordes Lakes Community Center. Call Len, 632-9064.

First Southern Baptist Church on Pinto in Cordes Lakes hosts a youth group, grades 7 to 12, every Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. Youth Director Jen Fellars provides games, fun, worship and purpose. Call 623-556-6018 for information.

Love Ministry is at 14720 S. Stagecoach Trail in the mobile at the Extra Self Storage. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m the third and fourth weekends of the month. Contact Carol Peck at 928-899-5050.

Other Areas

Learn how to pan gold at Old Cordes Store during Cordes Gold Rush Day starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8. Members of the Gold Prospectors of Phoenix will set up portable troughs and teach people how to find real gold. The Prospectors also will bring other gold panning equipment for display and information. Panning and program is free. A barbecue lunch will be available for purchase and vendor spaces are available for those who would like to set up. For directions visit, or call Cathy Cordes at 928-848-3170.

Yavapai County Blue Star Mothers is having their monthly meetings, 6 p.m. on the 1st Wednesday of each month at the Quailwood Community Clubhouse, 12725 E Bradshaw Mountain Road, Dewey. Blue Star Mothers is a group, supporting our troops, helping veterans and the community to Honor and Remember the Gold Star community. Come and get to know your fellow military moms, dads and grandparents, show support for one another and our troops!

The Lonesome Valley Quilt Guild will hold their annual potluck Christmas party and food collection for the Yavapai Food Bank at 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 3 at the Mountain Valley Church of God, 8123 E. Manley Drive (Hwy 69; 2 miles N. on Robert Road), Prescott Valley. If you would like to join us for an evening of fun, bring a dish to share (to serve 6) and non-perishable canned foods for the YFB. Info: Mary, 928/632-8760.

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