Desert Messenger

January 17, 2018

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WHAT'S INSIDE 3 Museum News 4 Carol's Closet 5 QuartzFest 9 Quilt Sho w 10 Letters to the Editor 11 Restaurants 12 Around Town 13 The Salvation Army happenings 14 Council Vacancy 16 Music in the Desert 19 Panhandling Awareness 24-25 Prospectors Panorama 30 A WC Strategic Plan 31 Art Show 33 Walk in the Past 35 In Memorium 36 Assessor's Corner 42 N ancy's Kitchen 42 Herb Mama 44 Parade Photos 45 Classifeds 45 Paul Winer's Cartoon • "Quartzsite's FREE Community Paper" • 928-916-4235 WEDNESDAY, JA N U A RY 17, 2018 VOL. 14 # 271 Now in our 14 t h YEAR! Always FREE! ����� | S������ RAIN G�����-B��� 5 Wednesdays in January Hi Jolly Daze Parade By Shanana Rain Golden-Bear January in Quartzsite is like no other place on earth! Deals and vendors dis- playing their treasures and delights are everywhere around town! All shows have free admission and free parking available. You can shop for Gems, Rocks, Minerals, Arts, Crafts, Hobbies, Jewelry, Silver and Goldsmithing, Faceting, Precious Metals, Antiques, Coins, Lapidary Tools, Lapidary Equipment and Supplies, and delicious Foods to amaze you! The 52nd Annual Quartzsite Improvement Association (QIA) Pow Wow Gem and Mineral Show will be held Wednesday through Sunday, January 17-21. Show hours are 9 am - 5 pm daily, located right in the middle of town! With over 500 vending spaces outside, inside and under cover, vendors are selling 75% rock related materials. Tyson Wells hosts the 40th Annual Sell-A-Rama opening Friday, Jan. 19 thru Jan. 28. The 10-day show boasts 860 selling spaces on 25 acres! Stay around for the Arts & Craft Show is from Arts and Crafts Show Feb. 2-11. The 35th Annual Sports, Vacation and RV Show, or as we fondly call it, "The Big Tent" opens Jan 20 and runs through Sunday, Jan. 28. This huge tent located on the south side of town on 20 acres, provides an estimated atten- dance of over 150,000. The "Largest Gathering of RVs and RVers" is happening right now all over town! Desert Gardens International Gem & Mineral Show, Quartzsite Mar- ketplace, Hi Ally, Main Street Traders, Tyson Wells Centre & Showgrounds, Prospectors Panorama, Quartzsite Showgrounds, Rice Ranch, & Greasewood are in full swing. Be sure to check out for all the year-round events. It's Show Time in Quartzsite! Above: Annual Hi Jolly Daze Parade Mayor's Choice Award went to Puff the Magic Dragon, representing Quartzsite Food Bank. See more Photos on Page 44. Heads Up! Desert Messenger publishes the 1st & 3rd Wednes- day of the month. With 5 Wednes- days in January, the next edition will be Wed. Feb. 7th. Dead- line for the February 7th edi- tion is Wed. January 31st. Email Hi Jolly Daze Parade took place on Saturday, January 6, 2018. Check out photos on Page 44. Organizers want to thank everyone who helped make this year's parade day one of the best ones yet. Quartzsite Police Dept did a wonderful job keeping everyone safe. Congratulations to all the winners: Mayors Choice Puff, the Magic Dragon, representing Quartzsite Food Bank. Peoples Choice award went to Roadrunner Gem and Mineral Club. The Best Antique Ve- hicle: Dave and Irene Adams all original 1929 Model A. Most Ad- venturous Group: La Paz County Law Enforcement Alliance. Oldest Quartzsite Entry Donald Echelberry 1929 2 door sedan. Best ATV: Bill and Camelita Hoover. Largest Group in the Parade: Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints. Civic Minded Organization: Bob Strange. Best Camel: Humpy, representing the Quartzsite Museum. For Government Shutdown UPDATES: DesertMessengerNews

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