Desert Messenger

February 6, 2013

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Page 14 Celia's Rainbow Gardens brief history By Joanne Winer Celia's Rainbow Gardens is one of the most unique and well visited places in Quartzsite, but many new people to the area are not aware of its history. They often ask who she was and why there is a plce named after her. So here is a brief history of the Gardens… Celia Ann Winer was born in 1986 in McMaster Neo Natal Unit in Hamilton, Ontario. At that time, she was Canada's smallest baby by birth weight (670 grams or 1 ¼ lbs.), as well as by gestation (23 ½ weeks). Her head was the size of a lemon, and she was only 12 inches long. Her chances of survival were next to nil. She spent the first five months of her life in an incubator, and by the time she reached her scheduled due date, she was only five pounds. But, she had a will to live that surprised the doctors and nurses, and she made it through all those months to finally come home. After travelling for several years with her parents (her dad, Paul, is an entertainer) across Canada, she spent a year living in New Hampshire, but ended up catching pneumonia during the damp winter months, so the family came out to Arizona because of her health. When she began school, they decided to settle in Quartzsite where they could sell in the swap meets all week and the new school had just opened. She loved school and the town she called home. PALO VERDE CAFE FREE WI-FI & LOUNGE Times Three Great American Food LUNCH & DINNER 11AM - 8PM DAILY OPEN 6am-8pm • 7 Days a Week Come join us for our Valentine's Day Prime Rib Special Dinner Family Restaurant NEW Mexican Food by Sara! ~ Enjoy Isabel's Scrumptious Salsa ~ Free Refills for Coffee, Tea & Sodas We'd like you to become our new "Best Friends" * BREAKFAST SERVED ALL DAY (except Cakes, Waffles, French Toast) * Plate Size Pancakes! * Weekday Breakfast Specials 5 $ 99 from 6am-11am * LUNCH AND DINNER SPECIALS * Fish Friday with Alaskan Cod * Treat yourself to Rib Eye * * * & Shrimp Scampi Dinner Senior & Small Fry Menu! Delicious Desserts Lemon Meringue Cake & More! 1265 W. Main St., Quartzsite West of McDonald's • 928-927-6014 Happy Hour Daily 2pm - 5pm 305 N. Central (Hwy. 95) 928-927-7676 SWEET DARLENE'S RESTAURANT & BAKERY February 6, 2013 When Celia was in third grade, she contracted a virus that travelled through her body and hit her heart. She passed away in minutes. The Town of Quartzsite, residents, friends, snowbirds and vendors alike who knew her, rallied around the family and helped get them through this terrible loss. They started a fund to help with expenses and it was wonderful to see the whole community pull together in the face of such a loss. A year after her death, her parents wanted to give something back to the community that had opened their hearts to share their grief. They asked at the SEE GARDENS PAGE 15 La Casa Del Rancho M &A F EXICAN e om H of the F am MERICAN SOMBRERO! ou s OOD Join us for our Special Valentine's Day Dinner BREAKFAST - LUNCH - DINNER 7AM-7PM 70 N. Central, Quartzsite (one block north of Shell, Hwy. 95) Orders to go! 928-927-6610 JoAnn's Frybread FAMOUS NAVAJO TACOS Valentine's Day Special - BREAKFAST - LUNCH - DINNER $10.95 HOME OF THE $1 TACOS AFTER 4PM Delicious Thrifty Ice Cream • 18 flavors Open Daily 6:30am - 7pm Open 8am-6pm 602-999-5062 Steak & Shrimp with choice of potato - Choice of soup or salad 776 E. MAIN ST., QUARTZSITE (at the I-10 Exit 19 off ramp) 928-927-9338 Expanded Breakfast Menu 1/4 lb. Burgers & Fries Pork Tenderloin Chicken Breast Located on the SE corner of E. Kuehn & Hwy. 95 Rice Ranch south side of road 9 YEARS SAME LOCATION!

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