Desert Messenger

February 21, 2024

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WHAT'S INSIDE 2 AARP Tax Aide 3 Paul Winer Concert 3 Walk in the Past 4 Art Show, Metal Detectors, Early Voting 6 Editorial 6 Council Member accepted in Air Force 7 The Salvation Army Updates 8 Food Bank Updates 9 QES Students of the Month 9 Pioneer Tour, County Fair 10 Gardening with Dennis 10 Blood Drive 12 Heroes Appreciation 12 Health Fair 15 Spelling Bee Winner, Music w/Mission 16 County Election Equipment passes L & A 16 Senior Prom 17 PPE & Primary Election info 18 In Memoriam, Art Contest 19 Around Town & Palm Canyon Hikes 20 Dollar General Groundbreaking 20 Buck Connors Stage Schedule 22 Classifi eds 23 Photos 25-40 SPECIAL SECTION ONLINE! "Quartzsite's FREE Community Paper" 928-916-4235 February 21, 2024 VOL. 20 # 367 Alwa y s FREE! N�� �� ��� 20 t h YEAR! February 21 February 21 5th Annual Buck Connors Western Days The Greater Quartzsite Ukulele Orchestra fun ����� | C������� M��� G������� By Shanana Rain Golden-Bear If you haven't seen the Greater Quartzsite Ukulele Orchestra perform, it's a MUST SEE event! They might even perform "On the cover of the Desert Messenger..." Come join the Greater Quartzsite Ukulele Orchestra for another fantastic show in Quartzsite. They will be performing at the QIA, (Quartzsite Improvement Assoc.) on Thursday, February 29th at 7pm. Donations accepted. The group meets at Gold Star Clubhouse Mondays at 10am until March 9th when they will have an- other show that evening at 7pm. Their fearless leader, Alex muddy Smith, is a Reno/Tahoe based singer/songwriter/guitar man who grew up in Chicago. He is a 50 year veteran of the musical stage, has a passion and true talent for songwriting. Mix that with an awesome sing- ing style, solid guitar chops, humor and fantastic ability to connect with any audience and you have a memorable night of entertainment. Alex started the Ukulele group back in 2019, but said he didn't do much during Covid. They have since grown from 10-15 people at their fi rst meet- ing, to performing at Horney Toad, a delightful Christmas Show, to around 30 musicians at the QIA concert last month. Alex said there is only one requirement to join… agree to their unoffi cial Mission Statement, "To have fun!" Check out their Facebook group to join in on all the fun and add it to your Quartzsite Bucket List! Quartzsite, AZ - The Fifth Annual Buck Connors West- ern Days, to be presented by the Town of Quartzsite and many community "Pardners," on March 15 & 16, 10:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. at Quartzsite Town Park. The Town of Quartzsite created the Buck Connors Western Days Event to provide a community entertainment ex- perience for visitors and local families in recognition, and celebration of famous Quartzsite resident, adven- turer, actor, and founding member of the Screen Ac- tor's Guild, George Washington "Buck" Connors. Each year, the event has grown in popularity, to well over 4,000 attendees who come out to enjoy great live entertainment, food, and two days of family fun. There is no charge for admission or park- ing. Bring a lawn chair, leave pets at home, and take the family out for a great day of free music, fun, dancing, greeting friends and neighbors, and making new friends at the 5th Annual Buck Connors Western Days, March 15 & 16, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Details

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