Desert Messenger

January 19, 2011

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FREE! WED. JAN. 19, 2011 Vol. 7 Issue #123 PLEASE TAKE ONE N�� O�����! For the latest council meeting videos visit 2 4 8 What’s Inside Editorial Letters to Editor Around Town 18-19 Restaurants 22 29 34 40 42 43 43 45 47 Voices from the Past Jams Church Directory Rock Art Map Puzzles AZ Centennial Schedule Show Schedule Astrology Classifi eds World’s Largest Belt Buckle in Quartzsite? Thomas Thomas, 58, of Phoenix, Ari- zona is an amaz- ing artist, crafting what is the “World’s Larg- est Belt hopefully, Buckle” right here in Quartzsite! The 165 pound buckle was recently mounted in Main Street Trad- ing Post, just across the street from Pilot Truck Stop. Thomas worked over three months on the project. The Belt Buckle contains 18,722 carats of hi jolly daze parade see page 25 turquoise, 2000 carats of cor- al and 300 feet of scroll/wire work. Phil Bates, the owner of Main Street Trading Post, has contacted Guinness and is working out the details. Thomas crafted all the fa- mous jewelry for the giant bear in front of Main Street Trading Post. Thomas also has items for sale, such as money clips, light- er cases, and “normal size” belt buckles! Be sure to stop in and see the “World’s Largest Belt Buckle”! Quartzsite’s FREE Community Paper have you found the rock art? see map on page 40 It’s Show Time in Quartzsite! Quartzsite-January in Quartzsite is like no oth- er place on earth! Deals and vendors display- ing their treasures and delights are everywhere around town! All shows have free admission and free parking available. The 45th Annual Quartzsite Improvement Association (QIA) Pow Wow Gem and Mineral Show will be held Wednesday through Sunday, January 19 - 23. Show hours are 9 am - 5 pm daily, located right in the middle of town! With over 500 vending spaces with 70 spaces inside and 43 under cover, 300 vendors are selling 75% rock related materials. Tyson Wells Showgrounds host the Sell-A- Rama opening Friday, Jan. 21 thru Jan. 30th. The 10-day show boasts 860 selling spaces on 25 acres! Stay around for the Arts & Craft Show is from Feb. 4-13, 2011. MAIN STREET LAUNDRY SERVICE, TOO! Pick up & Delivery LAUNDROMAT 205 E. Main St. (across from Roadrunner) 928-308-0011 The 28th Annual Sports, Vacation and RV Show, or as we fondly call it, “The Big Tent” opens Jan. 22th and runs through Sunday, Jan. 30th. This huge tent located on the south side of town on 20 acres, provides an estimat- ed attendance of over 150,000. The 14th An- nual Hobby, Craft and Gem Show will be held Feb. 2nd thru Feb. 6th, with the 13th Annual Quartzsite Rock and Roll Classic Car Show on Feb. 5 & 6, 2011. The “largest gathering of RVs and RVers” is happening right now! Rice Ranch has 200 vendors. The Main Event, Prospectors Pan- orama, Main Street Traders, Quartzsite Show- grounds, Hi Ally, Greasewood and many more swapmeets are in full swing. For a full show schedule, see page 43 with all the events happening around town. MAIN STREET EATERY OPEN DAILY 6am-3pm “The Gathering Place of Quartzsite” Egg Strata, Waffl es, Walking Taco, Brown Rice, w/Tofu, Vegies, or Chicken. Vienna Beef Hot Dogs, Burgers, More! Breakfast 6am-11am Lunch 11am-3pm 205 E. Main St.(Entry & Parking west of Main St. Laundromat) 928-308-0011 Michelle’s Famous Biscuits & Gravy Served All Day! Vegetarian Options! NOW OPEN DAILY 6am-8pm Showers $6

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