Classic Cars Roar Into Havasu

For those not in Quartzsite yet, two semis caught fire at the Pilot station on October 8th causing Main street to close in the area for a short time. Both vehicles appear to be a total loss and the station suffered some damage but no one was hurt. Main St. is now open as is the station and the McDonald’s next door. 

One of the biggest car shows in the southwest started today in Lake Havasu City. Last year there were over 700 classic cars and trucks to view. The show will continue through Sunday.

Friday starts the Colorado River Regional Crisis Shelter Autumn (domestic violence) Awareness Festival with food, fun, and dancing. Free tickets available at CRRCS office and the Parker Chamber of Commerce or $10 at the gate. Music starts at 7pm. No outside food or drinks allowed.

 

42nd Annual Relics & Rods Run to the Sun
October 16th, 2019 @ 9:00am – October 20th, 2019 @ 10:00am Bridgewater Links,  London Bridge Resort
1477 Queens Bay, Lake Havasu City $10

CRRCS Autumn Awareness Festival
October 18, 2019 Western Park, Parker, AZ 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM MST

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Reggae Anyone?

Hope you all are getting out there and checking out all the venues that are now open for the season. If you’re hungry, Barbi’s Place is getting great reviews and Mountain Quail Cafe has always been pretty good. Of course, Silly Al’s is still a top runner with EXCELLENT pizza! You may also want to try out the Grubstake Bar & Grill which has been spruced up a bit or the new Fair Time Foods located at the former Stagecoach Restaurant at 904 W. Main St. Choices, choices. Now I’m hungry too!

This week’s fun is in Havasu at the Tribal Vibes Reggae Fest. Admission is $15/$10 with any tribal ID. Be sure to bring chairs or blankets as this is festival seating. No food or drink may be brought in but both will be available on site.

 

Tribal Vibes Reggae Fest
October 12th, 2019 Havasu Landing Resort & Casino 1 Main St Havasu Lake 5:00pm – 10:00pm $15

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Let The Fun Begin!

It’s still hot out but the winter snowbird season has begun.  The BLM Long Term Visitor Areas are open for business at the winter rate and campers will be trickling in more and more as the temps cool down later this month.  Many more sales venues are now open for your shopping pleasure. If you happen to be camping near Lake Havasu City today, the Octoberfest Pineapple Race is tonight from 4:00pm – 8:00pm. You can also catch the Thai Airways World Finals jet ski racing starting this Saturday for a week.

 

Hi Ali Swapmeet
October, 2019 – March, 2020  120 West Cowell Street

Good Ground Trading Swapmeet
October, 2019 – March, 2020

Liquidator Depot Swapmeet
October, 2019 – March, 2020

Main Street Gem & Mineral Swapmeet
October, 2019 – March, 2020

Fish Fry Friday
October, 2019 – March, 2020 Fridays VFW 120 S. Palo Verde, Quartzsite, AZ

Tyson Wells Market Center Swapmeet
October 2019 – March 2020 121 W. Kuehn St.

Rice Ranch “Yawl Come” Show
October 2019 – March 2020 55 E. Kuehn St.

Quartzsite Market Place Street Fair
October 2019 – March 2020 50 E. Kuehn St.

Annual Octoberfest Pineapple Race
October 03, 2019 London Bridge Beach, 1340 McCulloch Blvd N 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

IJSBA 2019 Thai Airways World Finals – Jet Ski extreme sports
October 5th, 2019 – October 13th, 2019 Crazy Horse Campgrounds, 1534 Beachcomber Blvd., Lake Havasu City

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New Arizona Non Resident OHV Decal Program

Passing this along from the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD):

“NEW ARIZONA NON RESIDENT DECAL PROGRAM:

Looks like we are on target for a Sept 1st roll out of the new non-res ohv decal. Here are some key points of the new program that you may want to share with your club members.

All non-residents will need an OHV decal beginning this fall. The new decal program will go live Sept 1st

The decal will be purchased thru the AZGFD website (www.azgfd.gov) by first setting up a free account (kinda like amazon, the azgfd portal will get you all things azgfd related). Residents will still purchase their decal from the MVD.

Folks can buy as many decals as they wish but only one per vehicle, the stickers are 3”x3″ and orange in color. They will be mailed to whatever address the buyer enters. The customer’s receipt or screenshot of it on a phone will be valid to operate for 30 days. So folks arriving in Qtown for example can order their decal and have it mailed there and still operate there for 30 days or until it arrives. It may take up to 14 days to receive by USPS.

Decals cost non-residents $25 plus a $5 processing fee. The monies from the decal purchase go to the state treasurer and are divided up between agencies for OHV program use/improvement. This money helps purchase signage and build trails for the OHV program, and will benefit the users.

Decals are good for 1 year from the date of purchase, so someone buying their decal in November is good until the following November.

Exemptions can be found in ARS 28-1178 and include people participating in OHV special events, operating on private land, loading or unloading from a vehicle, during a period of emergency if directed by a peace officer, or if it displays a valid dealer license plate.

Decals shall be displayed on the driver’s side of the vehicle as shown on the decal paperwork that they will receive with their decals.

Folks can use this link, http://www.azgfd.gov , to get to the AZGFD Portal account registration page.

Once the decal program goes live the Department will send out notifications to account holders and public with info on where to buy the non-resident decals.”

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RIP Paul Winer – “The Naked Guy”

Quartzsite has lost a real icon this week with the passing of Paul Winer, owner of the Oasis bookstore, fine musician, avid nudist, and adult performer. Paul died in his sleep after a long illness. Many a winter snowbird has stopped by his store to see him au natural and have a picture taken with him. His boogie woogie piano concerts were a huge draw and sold out every winter. He is also remembered for Celia’s Rainbow Garden, a memorial park dedicated to his 8 year old daughter who died of a heart infection. Quartzsite will not be the same without him and we will surely miss him.

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Bluegrass Time

For those of you still hanging around Quartzsite, this week we have the Bluegrass On The Beach Festival up in Lake Havasu City.  You’ll have a fun toe-tapping time on the shore for 3 days of great music. There will also be arts, crafts, and music vendors. Gates open for dry camping this Monday.

If you choose to stay in Quartzsite, The QIA will be having a Craft Faire and Yard Sale.

Don’t go home just yet. Next month we have a county fair for you and the Renaissance Faire is coming as well as one more festival. The party ain’t over yet!

 

“Bluegrass On The Beach” Festival
March 1, 2019 – March 3, 2019 Lake Havasu State Park, # 4, 699 London Bridge Rd., Lake Havasu City 10am-6:30pm (Fri/Sat); 10am-5pm (Sun)

QIA Craft Faire and Yard Sale
March 2, 2019 QIA 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

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Pizza, Poker, and Line Dancing

This week we have some fine entertainment from a traveling road show at Silly Al’s Pizza as if the pizza alone wasn’t worth a trip over there. Yum! You can also take a walk in the past at the Hi Jolly Cemetery or play in a golf tournament at the local golf course. You’ll get some exercise with either of these activities to work off that pizza. If you feel like getting out of town for a bit, Lake Havasu is hosting their annual poker run this week and there will be line dancing on the bridge, London Bridge that is. Yeehaw!

 

Gypsy Wilson- Colten Dusenberry- Cellmates Traveling Road Show
February 21, 2019 Silly Al’s Pizza 7:00pm

Annual Spring Fling Desert Poker Run
February 22, 2019 – February 23, 2019 Havasu Landing Resort & Casino, 1 Main Street, Havasu Lake 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Hi Jolly Cemetery “Walk in the Past”
February 23, 2019 Quartzsite Hi Jolly Cemetery 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Quartzsite Masters Tough Golf Tournament
February 23, 2019 Quartzsite AZ Desert Golf Course 9am

Annual Line Dance on the Bridge
February 24, 2019 Lake Havasu City London Bridge 2:30pm -5pm

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Ready To Have A Blast

The big RV show is over and it was as good as always. The crowds sure have thinned out in Quartzsite. Many have packed up and gone home. There’s plenty of room now to move around and put more space between rigs.  Still lots of venues open. The groceries tent in Tyson Wells is having a 50% off sale right now so it’s a good time to re-stock.  Look for discounts happening at other vendors as well to avoid dragging leftover inventory back home. Silly Al’s is still busy and their pizza is just as delicious.

This week starts the Western Winter Blast Pyrotechnic Show up in Lake Havasu City. Camping reservation at the park are sold out but you can drive up and park for the evening or check if the BLM area is now open again. Click the link below for more details. You may want to plan to see the fireworks on one of the same days as the Rockabilly reunion. There will be 30 bands playing on two stages, retro fashion and nostalgia, car show with over 800 cars and motorcycles, pin-up girl contest, lots of food, beer garden, and plenty of rock-n-roll oldies music. Check link for times.

 

Annual Western Winter Blast Pyrotechnic Show
February 13, 2019 – February 17, 2019 SARA Park, 7260 S. Sara Parkway, Lake Havasu City begins at dusk, organized show 7:30 p.m – 10:00 p.m.

Annual Lake Havasu City Rockabilly Reunion
February 15, 2019 – 17, 2019 Lake Havasu State Park, Windsor 4, 171 London Bridge Rd., Lake Havasu City

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After Glow

Alas, the Big Tent is done. Lean back, relax, and smoke ’em if ya got ’em. Hope you all found plenty of goodies to take home.  You don’t have to leave just yet. There are still plenty of other venues that will be open for at least another month and, of course, plenty of cheap camping on BLM lands for the rest of the winter.

The official Escapees Geocaching get-to-gether starts Monday. There will be lots of teaching and learning going on and the campfires are good too.

The local food bank is putting on a fundraiser that sounds like fun. Learn to line dance or help others learn and be sure to bring some food for the donation box.

Lake Havasu is hosting the annual Vintage Trailer Campout.  There will be lots of old style trailers to view and nearby activities.

Tyson Wells Arts & Crafts Fair starts next Saturday in case you still have some show money left or haven’t found that chicken kitchen towel yet.

Over at the QIA, they’ll be doing another craft faire and yard sale as well as dinner and a concert. Now that sounds good to me. I love dinner theater!

Lastly, the local VFW Post 769 has put out a call for volunteers to help. I know your sergeant told you to never volunteer in Basic Training but I think he/she would be OK with helping others and it’s good for the soul.

ATTENTION:
Needed, volunteers at Post 769!
Contact Jean Wendt 360-509-3962

*Expediter-pull dinner tickets, organize orders, hand out orders on Fridays -4-7 pm, pick 1 Friday a month, get free dinner and beverage!
*Dishwasher, 9-11 am each day. Pick one day a week to help and get a free breakfast that day!

*Dishwasher Fridays 4-7 pm, pick 1 Friday a month to help your VFW and get a free dinner and beverage!

*Floor cleaner, Th after 7pm, Friday after 7 pm. Pick 1 day a week or month to help out at your VFW. Must have good shoulder, back and arm strength. Sweep, mop, take out garbage after each of our busy nights-free meal for following day.

 

Escapee Geocachers
January 28, 2019 – January 31, 2019 GPS N 33° 35.135 W 114° 13.529 (Hwy. 95, Near MM-99,BLM Roadrunner) 9am Open to all geocachers, $5 at registration

Live, Love, Laugh, Line Dance Fundraiser – Food Bank
January 28, 2019 QIA 11am – 2pm $5 No partner needed. Learn new dances. Refreshments and prizes.
Food donation box

Lake Havasu Vintage Trailer Campout
January 31, 2019 – February 3, 2019 Lake Havasu State Park, 699 London Bridge Rd, Lake Havasu City, AZ

Tyson Wells Arts & Crafts Fair
February 2 – February 11, 2018 Tyson Wells 9am-5pm

QIA Craft Faire and Yard Sale
February 2, 2019 QIA 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Dinner & Concert
February 2, 2019 Quartzsite Improvement Association (QIA) 7:00pm – 8:00pm

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Yeehah! Rodeo time!

Hope you all are enjoying the Sports, Vacation, RV Show this week in the Big Tent and surrounding area. Anyone have a favorite booth? The rodeo is coming up this weekend in Lake Havasu City and that’s always a rip roaring time you don’t want to miss. Quartzsfest Amateur Radio Operators Gathering is going on this week so you may be seeing a lot of antennas this week. If you need some fine entertainment, the twin sons of the late Ricky Nelson will be in town to honor their father’s music at the QIA. Please verify times and available tickets at the QIA.

I see my favorite geocache, The Dump, is getting found regularly. The Escapees Geocachers BOF (Birds Of a Feather) are there having fun finding the other local geocaches so if  you see someone running around in circles, groping poles,  or looking like they have lost their keys on the ground, don’t worry about them. They are just geocaching.

I am sad to report that Darlene’s eatery with their wonderful food and pies is now closed as the beloved owner has passed on. May she rest in peace. She will be missed.

For other places to eat, check the Tyson Wells area. You can find delicious sourdough cheddar bacon grilled cheese sandwiches there and Noel’s Mexican Food has yummy taquitos. The VFW today is serving food across from Herbs on Central. 12-4 Beef tacos $1, 4-? Fish Tacos, soft beef tacos and taco salads.

You may also want to check out the Quartzsite Senior Center. They have a lot of entertainment this time of year and Bingo on Saturday and Wednesday nights.

 

Quartzfest Amateur Radio Operators Gathering
January 20 – January 26, 2019 Road Runner BLM near mile marker 99

Grand Canyon Pro Rodeo Assn. & Little Delbert Days
January 26, 2019 – January 27, 2019 SARA Park Rodeo Grounds, 7206 Dub Campbell Parkway, Lake Havasu City 10am – 4pm

Ricky Nelson Remembered (by his sons Matthew and Gunnar Nelson)
January 25, 2019 Quartzsite Improvement Association (QIA) 7:00pm – 8:00pm (please call ahead and verify availability) Seating Prices: Center Stage Front – $45 Center Stage Rear – $35 Wings – $25

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