2006 CALENDAR



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From B movies to blockbusters . . .
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JANUARY 2006
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TEN GREAT HOLLYWOOD
                                                              MARRIAGES IN YUMA
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FEBRUARY 2006
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TEN GHOST TOWNS
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MARCH 2006
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TEN GREAT YUMA DAY TRIPS
San Felipe, Baja California (Mexico): Bright blue skies, a constantly changing
ocean, untamed des...
APRIL 2006
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TEN GREAT OFF-ROAD EVENTS
                                                      AND DESTINATIONS NEAR YUMA
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MAY 2006
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TEN GREAT BIRDS IN
AND AROUND YUMA
Belted Kingfisher: It is often seen perched prominently on trees, posts, or other watch
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TEN GREAT DOWNTOWN
                                                                        EVENTS IN YUMA
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JULY 2006
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TEN GREAT ‘LOST TREASURES’
                                                            OF YUMA
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AUGUST 2006
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TEN GREAT HISTORIC
               BUILDINGS IN YUMA
Brownstetter House (627 Orange Avenue): Constructed in 1909, this hous...
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TEN HISTORIC RIVER
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OCTOBER 2006
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TEN GREAT ARTISTS
                      FROM YUMA
Dancer Linda Farrar, founder of the Yuma                          Painte...
NOVEMBER 2006
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TEN “UNDERGROUND”
                                                                       STORIES ABOUT YUMA
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  1. 1. 2006 CALENDAR Arizona Produced by opportunity in full bloom For more information on the activities and events listed inside, contact the Yuma Visitors Bureau: 928.783.0071 or email: info@visityuma.com
  2. 2. From B movies to blockbusters . . . TEN GREAT MOVIES SHOT IN (AND AROUND) YUMA Jarhead, Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Road to Morocco, Starring Bob Hope, Foxx (2005): Based on Anthony Swofford’s Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour (1942): Two best-selling 2003 book about his pre-Desert castaways on a desert shore find themselves Storm experiences as a Marine in Saudi in an Arabian city, where they compete for the Arabia, and about his experiences fighting in beautiful Princess Shalmar. Kuwait. The Scorpion King, Starring The Rock Flight of the Phoenix, Starring James (2002): A desert warrior rises up against an Stewart, Ernest Borgnine (1965): After evil army that is destroying his homeland. a plane crash in the Sahara, one of the survivors claims to be an airplane designer Rambo III, Starring Sylvester Stallone, and says they can make a flyable plane from Richard Crenna (1988): Rambo’s Vietnam the wreckage. commanding officer Colonel Trautman is held hostage in Afghanistan, and its up to Rambo The Getaway, Starring Alec Baldwin, Kim to rescue him. Basinger (1993): Doc McCoy ends up in prison because his cowardly partners flew off The Son of the Sheik, Starring Rudolph without him after exchanging a prisoner with Valentino (1926): Ahmed, son of Diana and a lot of money. Sheik Ahmed Ben Hassan, falls in love with the lovely Yasmin. Stars Wars, Starring Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill (1977): Luke Skywalker Stargate, Starring Kurt Russell, James leaves his home planet Tatooine, joins the Spader (1993): An intergalactic teleport, rebels, and tries to save Princess Leia from found in Egypt, leads to a planet with a the evil Darth Vader. society of humans resembling ancient Egyptians who worship the god Ra. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Starring Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill (1983): After rescuing Han Solo from Jabba Over 60 movies have been shot here. the Hutt, the Rebels attempt to destroy the And the list keeps growing . . . second Death Star, and Luke Skywalker tries to retrieve his father from the Dark Side. Image courtesy of Troma Entertainment The B Side of Life: iLife le of SerYuma e when Yuma isn’t hosting C rc Care Center of vic blockbusters, it boasts a bonanza of B movies . . . like “Nuke ‘Em High II” 2450 S. 19th Avenue, Yuma, Arizona 85364 (928) 344-0425 Rehabilitation - OT, PT, SLP, Skilled Nursing, Respire Care, Family Education, Therapeutic Respite
  3. 3. JANUARY 2006 DECEMBER 2005 FEBRUARY 2006 1 2 3 1 2 3 4 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 26 27 28 SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY 1 2 3 4 5 6 First Quarter 7 quot;The Sound of Musicquot; Yuma Community Theatre Old Town Jubilee Sun Cinema Series quot;The Sound of Musicquot; on Main Street Yuma Community Theatre quot;Sailing to Rioquot; Yuma Antique Show & Sale Old Town Jubilee New Year's Day Travelogue Film on Main Street Murphy’s Gun Show 8 quot;The Sound of Musicquot; Yuma Community Theatre Old Town Jubilee 9 10 11 12 13 14 Full Moon on Main Street quot;The Sound of Musicquot; quot;The Sound of Musicquot; Yuma Community Theatre Yuma Community Theatre Yuma Antique Show & Sale quot;Exploration/Colorado Murphy’s Gun Show Riverquot; Travelogue Film Yuma Home & Garden Show Yuma Home & Garden Show 15 16 17 18 19 20 quot;The Sound of Musicquot; 21 quot;The Sound of Musicquot; quot;The Sound of Musicquot; Yuma Community Theatre Yuma Community Theatre Yuma Community Theatre Desert Lily Quilt Show Desert Lily Quilt Show Martin Luther quot;Europe's Alpsquot; Yuma Home & Garden Show Travelogue Film 8th Annual Yuma Lettuce 8th Annual Yuma Lettuce King Jr. Day Days on Main Street Days on Main Street 22 Last Quarter quot;The Sound of Musicquot; 23 24 25 26 27 28 Americana Art & Gem Show Yuma Community Theatre Dining With the Dead 2006 Caballeros Classic 8th Annual Yuma Lettuce Americana Art & Gem Show Days on Main Street Miss Yuma County quot;Ozark Jubileequot; Concert Sonora Showcase Sonora Showcase 2006 Caballeros Classic Mexicali Expo Beauty Pageant 29 New Moon 30 31 Americana Art & Gem Show quot;Corsica & Rivierasquot; 2006 Caballeros Classic Travelogue Film
  4. 4. TEN GREAT HOLLYWOOD MARRIAGES IN YUMA Loretta Young appeared in over a hundred films. In 1930, Midway through her 123 picture career, actress Mary Astor while a teenager, she eloped with actor Grant Withers. The flew to Yuma to marry the third of her four husbands. On marriage was annulled the next year, the same year she and February 18, 1936, the 30-year-old actress married 24-year-old Grant co-starred in the ironically-named “Too Young to Marry.” Mexican sports idol Manuel del Campo. Mary flew back to Los Angeles where at first she denied the marriage, and Manuel Silent movie star Tom Mix was a pioneer of action films. In flew to his home in Mexico where he continued to deny the 1932, Mix married his fifth wife, aerial performer Mabel Ward, marriage. They were divorced in 1941. at Lutes’ Gretna Green Wedding Chapel. Ignoring warnings that a bridge was out over a dry wash, he later lost his life as On August 18, 1932, actress Bette Davis married Harmon he sped down Highway 79 between Florence and Tucson. Nelson in Yuma. Miss Davis omitted her occupation on the marriage license, causing the local newspaper initially to omit Movie magnate and wheeler-dealer Louis B. Mayer (the last mention of her celebrity marriage. The marriage endured only M in MGM) traveled with Lorena Danker to Yuma in December, until 1939, ending in divorce. Undeterred, Davis tried again 3 1948. They planned to keep the wedding quiet, but the press more times. got word of the event and followed them to their lodgings at the Coronado Motel on 4th Avenue. After a messy divorce from his wife Virginia, Stan Laurel (of comedy team Laurel and Hardy) headed to Yuma with On January 14, 1934, actress Carole Landis eloped with his fiancé singer Vera Shuvalova. In January 1938, he was 19 year-old Irving Wheeler. With Landis being underage, the married, despite Virginia’s efforts. After continued legal pursuits marriage was quickly annulled. She returned to her high school by Virginia, the new couple returned to Yuma in February for a studies, but on August 25, 1934, she remarried Wheeler. Less repeat ceremony. When this new marriage ended in divorce than a month later, Wheeler threatened to throw her out. She in 1940, Stan took Virginia as wife for a second time in 1941. walked out but was not divorced until 1939, just in time for her By 1946, however, divorce proceedings were again in the to marry her the second of her five husbands. works. In 1946, Laurel and new fiancé Ida Raphael set out for Yuma to be married. They arrived in Yuma late because they French-born Charles Boyer became a major romantic lead in had gotten lost along the route and had to get the judge out of films of the 1930’s and 40’s. In 1938 he played suave jewel bed to perform the wedding. The third time was a charm. The thief Pepe le Moko in the movie “Algiers” (inspiring cartoon marriage lasted nearly two decades, ending only when Stan skunk Pepe le Pew). Months after meeting in Hollywood, passed away from heart disease. Boyer and English actress Pat Paterson eloped to Yuma in 1934. A huge star with more than 60 movies, actress Gloria Swanson came to Yuma in November 1931, where she On November 8, 1936, actor John Barrymore (grandfather of quietly married little-known actor Michael Farmer. At the time, actress Drew Barrymore) chartered a plane from Los Angeles Swanson’s film “Indiscreet” was sweeping the nation. Farmer’s to Yuma with 21-year-old Elaine Berrie. Once in Yuma, the performance was less impressive: he appeared only in one couple was married by the Justice of the Peace just after picture with his new wife, 1933’s “Perfect Understanding.” midnight. He and Elaine divorced in 1940. They were divorced in 1934. Photo courtesy of iStock Photo From celebrity marriages and sport hunting excursions to movie productions on location, Yuma has a long, historic connection with Hollywood.
  5. 5. FEBRUARY 2006 JANUARY 2006 MARCH 2006 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1 2 3 4 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 29 30 31 26 27 28 29 30 31 SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY 1 2 3 4 Yuma Area Prayer Breakfast Performing Artist Series: Old Calvary Chapel Church Time Radio Show Sun Cinema Series Concert Yuma Doll Show 5 First Quarter 6 7 8 9 10 Performing Artist Series: 11 Side Street Strutters The Sun and YRMC Health quot;The Pony Expressquot; Yuma Square & Round Yuma Square & Round & Fitness Fair Travelogue Film Dance Festival Ash Wednesday Dance Festival 12 13 Full Moon 14 quot;World of Fijiquot; Travelogue Film 15 16 17 “A Tribute to Elvis” Concert 18 Yuma Square & Round Blues and Jazz Review with Dance Festival Sensational Seniors Unone Brooks Valentine's Day Concert,Yuma Talent Show Yuma Crossing River Daze Yuma Crossing River Daze Orchestra Association Arts & Crafts Festival Valentine's Day Arts & Crafts Festival 19 Yuma Crossing River Daze 20 21 Last Quarter 22 23 24 25 Arts & Crafts Festival Kids First Film Club Masonic Lodge Barbeque Yuma County Spelling Bee quot;Inside Irelandquot; President's Day Travelogue Film Washington's Birthday Yuma Sand & River Expo Gospel Extravaganza 26Yuma Sand & River Expo 27 28 New Moon Yuma Reading Council HomeARama quot;Sardiniaquot; Travelogue Film
  6. 6. TEN GHOST TOWNS NEAR YUMA Emerging from a find of placer gold, La Laguna did not last While the name “Fortuna” exists in various incarnations long. This small camp served ferry passengers, merchants, throughout the area, the Gila Mountain mining town of Fortuna and an ever-changing cast of hopeful miners from 1860 gave hope to miners traveling the dreaded Camino del Diablo. to 1862. When gold was found in La Paz, La Laguna was Fortuna began in the mid 1890’s and then started a slow deserted. If you plan to visit, bring your water wings and a descent to oblivion shortly after the turn of the century. At its snorkel -- today the site is submerged under Mittry Lake. height, it featured a stage coach, freight line, saloons and a hotel. Today, nothing remains. A large adobe building, along with some remnants and foundations along the Wellton-Mohawk canal is all that remains Located on the Gila River, Gila City was one of the first boom of Dome. A post office was established there under the name towns in Arizona, with a heyday that lasted from 1858 till its of Gila City in 1858. Thirty-four years later, the post office was destruction by flood in 1862. At one time it had over 1,200 established as Dome, closing and re-opening for business residents. Today, nothing is left of the site. several times before locking its doors for good in 1940. A small museum nearby celebrates the small mining settlement Kofa, which stands for King of Arizona, was plagued with of Castle Dome, which first produced silver and later lead. scarcity of water. When ore was first found at Kofa (the King Lacking the appeal of silver, the settlement soon vanished. The of Arizona mine) at the turn of the century, a lack of water post office opened in 1875 and closed just a year later. Mining prevented progress. Eventually, a well was dug five miles from foundations, building ruins, miscellaneous mining debris and the site and a mill was built. While the ore ran out in 1910, Kofa sometimes hazardous mine openings remain. managed to linger through 1928. Today, a few buildings and a cemetery remain on what is now a military bombing range. Castle Dome Landing’s post office was established on December 17, 1875 and closed just 9 years later. A supply In the 1870’s, Owl Station was a water pickup station for and shipping depot for mines in the nearby Castle Dome travelers headed over the Mohawk Pass to Aztec, and later Mountains, the landing was the next stop for steamboats featured a Standard Oil service station for motorists between making their way from the river city of Yuma. The town Tucson and Yuma. A destination for dances and other boasted a stage agency, stores, saloon, hotel, and a justice distractions for military personnel in the 1940’s, Owl Station of the peace. As the mines in the area faded away, so did burned down in the early 1960’s after the completion of the fortune of Castle Dome Landing. This ghost town won’t Interstate-8. Some sidewalks and cabins remain. get dusty, though: the site is now completely submerged as a result of the Imperial Dam. Established in 1909 and named for the North Star, Polaris Eighty miles east of Yuma (Exit 73 off I-8), the railroad station had a population of 150. When the nearby mines played out of Aztec was a stop on the Southern Pacific line between in 1911, so did the fortunes of Polaris and its residents. Now Yuma and Phoenix in the 1890’s. Two buildings, crumbling located in the Kofa Wildlife Refuge, nothing remains of the foundations and other debris remain, along with a wealth of town. Photo courtesy of D.A. Wren Photo railroad ties. History speaks to us daily, if we take the time to listen.
  7. 7. MARCH 2006 FEBRUARY 2006 APRIL 2006 1 2 3 4 1 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 26 27 28 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY 1 2 3 4 Ft.Yuma Native American Pow-Wow Midnight at the Oasis Ft.Yuma Native American Performing Artist Series: Pow-Wow Queens of Bingo Sun Cinema Series Midnight at the Oasis Murphy’s Gun Show 5 6 First Quarter 7 8 9 10 11 Kids First Film Club Soroptimist Angel Run 12 13 14 Full Moon 15 16 17Concert presented by 18 Cultural Council of Yuma St. Patrick's Day Yuma Ballet Theatre “Alice in Wonderland” 19 20 21 22 Last Quarter 23 24 25 Shakespeare's Three Performing Artist Series: The Tribute to Elvis Musketeers Nat King Cole Story A Taste of Fine Art 26 27 28 29 New Moon 30 31 Performing Artist Series: Cab Calloway
  8. 8. TEN GREAT YUMA DAY TRIPS San Felipe, Baja California (Mexico): Bright blue skies, a constantly changing ocean, untamed desert trails through jagged mountains, hidden canyons, and lonely sand washes. Parker, Arizona: Arizona’s earth, wind and fire will ignite your appetite for the wettest wildest water sports this side of the Rockies, all on the churning Colorado River. Palm Canyon: Like a fish out of water, rugged California Palms carve out a unique niche literally between a rock and a hard place. El Golfo de Santa Clara: The traditional sleepy Mexican fishing village exists complete with pristine beaches, year-round sport-fishing and one-of-kind sunsets. Squaw Lake Campground: Cool off after packing in a full day of exciting trail hiking, jet-skiing, boating and fishing the legendary Colorado River. Senator Wash: Choose from the many water activities and dive into the crisp water, or stay on land and discover 470 acres of twisty off-road trails all within short reach of your camping area. Betty’s Kitchen: Nothing says lovin’ like lots of outdoor fun, hiking with family and friends under delicious Arizona sunshine. Organ Pipe National Monument: Backcountry hiking among . . . ouch! Towering cacti. Camp under clear desert skies. Painted Desert Trail: Experience a rainbow of volcanic colors amidst sun- drenched rocky washes and one-of-a-kind postcard views of nature’s wondrous creations. Puerto Peñasco (aka Rocky Point): Cruise town and beach with your off- road vehicle. Swim, surf, and fish the day away, then ‘rough it’ in four star accommodations at area resorts. Photo courtesy of Yuma Visitors Bureau Yuma boasts the amenities of urban life with rustic adventures literally minutes away.
  9. 9. APRIL 2006 MARCH 2006 MAY 2006 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 5 6 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 26 27 28 29 30 31 28 29 30 31 SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY 1 2 3 4 5 First Quarter 6 7 8 Yuma County Fair Yuma County Fair Yuma County Fair Yuma County Fair Sun Cinema Series Yuma County Fair Yuma County Fair 9 10 11 12 13 Full Moon 14 15 Yuma County Fair Palm Sunday Good Friday Kids First Film Club 16 17 18 19 20 21 Last Quarter 22 6th Annual Yuma Birding & Nature Festival 6th Annual Yuma Birding & 6th Annual Yuma Birding & Easter Sunday Passover Nature Festival Nature Festival 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 6th Annual Yuma Birding & Nature Festival Ballet & Strings New Moon Soroptimist Luncheon and Conference 30 Lunchtime Leisure Teacher of the Year Chamber Mixer at Yuma Art Banquet & Award Center Museum David Burgess Concert
  10. 10. TEN GREAT OFF-ROAD EVENTS AND DESTINATIONS NEAR YUMA Glamis Sand Dunes: Bring all your toys & join thousands of dune enthusiasts vying for position while speeding full throttle across the starkly beautiful and constantly changing terrain . . . just for the bragging rights. Superstition Series Off-Road Racing, Imperial Valley: a big chunk of the Baja in our backyard dares racers to risk life and limb for that coveted checkered flag. No ice chest racing allowed. Visit www.mdrracing.com for schedule. Code Off-Road Racing Series, Mexicali, Baja California (Mexico): blistering temperatures, hostile geography and throngs of spectators challenge racers to keep the rubber side down as they race to the finish line. Visit www.codeoffroad.com.mx for schedule. Score Off-road Racing, San Felipe, Baja California (Mexico): North America’s premiere off-road race series. Witness iron men and women pitting themselves and their $300,000 machines against the unforgiving Baja Peninsula. Visit www.Score- International.com for schedule. Picacho State Recreation Area: Explore the rugged desert, ride the waters of the Colorado River, or land that record catch. Located 25 miles north of Yuma. Ehrenberg Sand Bowl OHV Area: Fire up your sand toys and point ‘em down wide- open roads and technical trails, and hang on tight for a dusty good time. Imperial Sand Dunes (aka Algodones Sand Dunes): Awe-inspiring 300’ foot high sand dunes! Come play in North America’s 1000-square-mile sandbox. Hundreds of thousands of off-roaders from across the country can’t be wrong. Baker Tanks: Hunt for “tinajas” (natural tanks). These naturally occuring hollow bedrock Photo Courtesy of The Sun pools collect rainfall, and are relied on by desert wildlife (and the occasional human). Dusty trails hold more action than you might think. Baker Tanks is a 40 minutes drive from Yuma, in the Baker Peaks. Oxbow Campground: Kick up the dust with your off-road vehicles, then get clean by pitching your jet ski sideways into the old river channel at Oxbow as you charge up the river for a day of wet fun. The Best In The Desert Parker 400: Welcome the New Year by kicking up gravel through the Rock Garden, running the Gauntlet and hammering down Thunder Alley to the finish line of the Parker 400 at the river’s edge. Visit T.B.I.T.D.com for schedule.
  11. 11. MAY 2006 APRIL 2006 JUNE 2006 1 1 2 3 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 25 26 27 28 29 30 30 SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY 1 2 3 4 5 First Quarter 6 Yuma Ballet Theatre Dance Friends of Yuma County Festival Showcase Library/Yuma Reading Sun Cinema Series Council Martini Tasting Cinco de Mayo Celebration 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Full Moon 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Last Quarter NIE Teacher of the Year Concert, presented by Mother's Day Cultural Council of Yuma Kids First Film Club Awards 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 New Moon 28 29 30 31 Memorial Day
  12. 12. TEN GREAT BIRDS IN AND AROUND YUMA Belted Kingfisher: It is often seen perched prominently on trees, posts, or other watch points close to water before plunging in head first after its fish prey. They also eat small crustaceans, frogs, aquatic insects, small mammals, lizards and berries. Red-winged Blackbird: When migrating north, these birds travel in single-sex flocks, and the males usually arrive a few days before the females. Once they have reached the location where they plan to breed, the males stake out territories by singing. They defend their territory aggressively. Snowy Egret: These birds stalk their prey in shallow water, often running or shuffling their feet, flushing prey into view. Snowy egrets may also stand still and wait to ambush prey. They also hunt for insects stirred up by domestic animals in open fields. At one time, the plumes of the Snowy Egret were in great demand by market hunters for their beautiful breeding plumes for decorating women’s hats. Now protected by law, the bird’s population has rebounded. Great Horned Owl: Adults have large ear tufts, a reddish face, a white patch on the throat and yellow eyes. The ear tufts are not actually ears, but just tufts of feathers. The call is a low-pitched hoo hoo hoo hoo, sometimes with five syllables rather than four. Road Runner: A large long-legged bird with a long thick dark bill and long dark tail. They are terrestrial, and although capable of flight, they spend most of their time on the ground. They run down prey or occasionally jump up to catch insects or birds. Double Crested Cormorant: A very common and widespread species, it breeds in coastal areas as well as near inland rivers and lakes, building a stick nest in a tree, or on the ground on suitable islands. They are gregarious birds, usually found in colonies, often with other aquatic birds. Least Sandpiper: These birds forage on mudflats, picking up food by sight, sometimes by probing. They mainly eat small crustaceans, insects and snails. Great Blue Heron: the best known and most widespread of all North American Herons. Great blue herons nest together in colonies, and are sensitive to the effects of human disturbances. Photo Courtesy of the Sun Broad-billed Hummingbird: The Broad-billed Hummingbird is said to be quieter and less active than most hummingbirds, often sitting on high perches for long periods. Everybody’s Heard About the Bird: Yuma attracts bird watchers However, its flight is more irregular than that of others. from across the country and the world Mourning Dove: Its mournful cooOOoo-coo-coo call is familiar throughout its range, as is the whistling of its wings as it takes flight.
  13. 13. JUNE 2006 MAY 2006 JULY 2006 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 28 29 30 31 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY 1 2 3 First Quarter Sun Cinema Series 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Somerton Melon Festival & Health Fair Women's Expo 11 Full Moon 12 13 14 15 16 17 Kids First Film Club 18 Last Quarter 19 20 21 22 23 24 Father's Day 25 New Moon 26 27 28 29 30 Reggae Concert
  14. 14. TEN GREAT DOWNTOWN EVENTS IN YUMA Old Town Jubilee (the first weekend each January): Enjoy handmade arts & crafts, specialty foods, live music, strolling entertainment, and activities for the kids during this festival on Main Street. Yuma Lettuce Days (the third weekend each January): Yuma, the winter lettuce capital of the world, celebrates in a one-of-a-kind way. Previous celebrations have included huge produce and farm equipment displays, vegetable bowling, a lettuce box-car derby, a Mr. Lettucehead contest and a salad toss-off. Yuma River Daze (the second weekend each February): Features historical reenactments, tours of historic sites, over 125 artisans, and train rides. North End Classic Bicycle Race (each February): Cheer on professional bicycle racers during the weekend festivities. Sanctioned by the U.S. Cycling Federation, the North End Classic attracts over 400 top athletes from across the country. Fort Yuma Rotary Mardi Gras Celebration (the last Friday of February): An evening celebration hosted by Fort Yuma Rotary. Admission is free. The public is encouraged to dress in Mardi Gras-style costumes. Beads, masks and hats are available for sale. Cinco de Mayo Parade and Celebration (the first Saturday of May): This day long celebration features performing arts groups & entertainers, folklorico dancers, charros, art exhibits and food. Hispanic Heritage Fiesta (the third Friday each September): This cultural event offers music, food, dancing and other entertainment for Yuma residents and our neighbors from Somerton and San Luis, Arizona, as well as Algodones, Mexicali, and San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico. Photo courtesy of The Sun Oktoberfest Block Party (the second Friday each October): Celebrate the region’s German heritage and traditions with German bands, performances by master yodelers, as How to Get Ahead in Life: Veggies and velocity combine at the lettuce well as sausage and a beer garden during this annual event along Main Street. crate race during Yuma Lettuce Days Christmas Open House on Main Street: enjoy the holiday magic of ‘parlors’ decorated for the season. Christmas Light Parade and Lighting of Christmas Tree: Watch in wonder as floats, vehicles and even people adorned in lights parade through town. An evening of enchantment culminating downtown in the lighting of the tree.
  15. 15. JULY 2006 JUNE 2006 AUGUST 2006 1 2 3 1 2 3 4 5 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 25 26 27 28 29 30 27 28 29 30 31 SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY 1 2 3 First Quarter 4 5 6 7 8 Independence Day Flag Raising Ceremony Independence Day Sun Cinema Series 9 10 11 Full Moon 12 13 14 15 Kids First Film Club 16 17 Last Quarter 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 New Moon 26 27 28 29 30 31
  16. 16. TEN GREAT ‘LOST TREASURES’ OF YUMA A blacksmith located just north of a road between The English pirate Thomas Cavendish stripped the Castle Dome and Kofa Mountains skimmed several Spanish galleons of their treasure in the high grade gold ore from passing wagons and late 1500’s. One of his vessels, the Content, buried the gold beneath the floor of his shop. loaded with tons of gold and silver, mysteriously He died of a heart attack and the treasure went disappeared and is believed to lie under the unrecovered. In the 1960’s, treasure hunters desert sands while the mutinous crew tried searched the area and found many relics and sailing the vessel up the Colorado River with the bottles, but no gold. hiijacked treasure and became caught in a tidal wave and swept far inland. The Nazi Germany war regime is said to have cached millions of dollars in war treasure A large cache of gold and silver coins is in an area between Yuma and Lukeville. A supposedly hidden on the Colorado River near similar Nazi war cache was recently recovered what were once Pima Indian villages near Yuma. near Lima, Peru and could lend credence to its existence. A gold miner returning east from California with $40,000 in gold nuggets was robbed along the El Near a prominent army camp used for desert Camino del Diablo in the 1850’s. The outlaws training during World War II in a mountainous are believed to have fled into the Tinajas Altas to area, at a flat base fronting a vertically-faced wall a hideout. Numerous outlaws and highwaymen of volcanic rock are two stacks of 220 gold bars used the basins in the Tinajas Altas Mountains as that were discovered in the 1940’s by 5 trainees a hideaway and many caches of loot and treasure assigned to the camp. The site is near Yuma and are believed to be secreted in the region. was lost by those who originally found it. In 1933, a couple traveling illegally towards $50,000 in silver coins and between $20,000 Wellton from Mexico crossed the Gila Mountains and $30,000 in gold coins are believed to about a half a day’s hike from Tinajas Altas. As have been hidden on the California side of the they came through a small pass and started down Colorado River, accumulated by gang leader the east side of the Gilas, they saw what looked John Glanton, who eased California gold seekers like burlap fluttering in the breeze from behind of their heavy burden when they crossed at a sand dune. Upon investigating, they found a Yuma. cave nearly hidden by the dune and, inside, about a dozen wooden crates full of Winchester According to an ancient map, a cache of gold 30-30 carbines dated 1903. Leaving the cache treasure is supposedly buried somewhere in they continued on their journey, were caught Spook Canyon in the Gila Mountains, about 5 by government officers and forced to return to Photo courtesy of D.A. Wren Photo miles southeast of the once-rich Fortuna Gold Mexico. The rifles were never recovered. Mine. Gold? Guns? Galleons? Captain Jesus Arroa buried a large quanity of The desert Southwest holds many secrets . . . gold from the wrecked Spanish galleon Isabella Catolica. He moved about 300 miles inland SE of San Diego near the Mexican border and N of the state of Sonora, Mexico. and cached the hoard on the slopes of the Cocopah Range in 1682. Searches have been made for this cache as far back as 1874 without success.
  17. 17. AUGUST 2006 JULY 2006 SEPTEMBER 2006 1 1 2 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 30 31 SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY 1 2 First Quarter 3 4 5 Sun Cinema Series 6 7 8 9 Full Moon 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Last Quarter 17 18 19 Kids First Film Club 20 21 22 23 New Moon 24 25 26 KCFY Jesus Jam 27 28 29 30 31 First Quarter
  18. 18. TEN GREAT HISTORIC BUILDINGS IN YUMA Brownstetter House (627 Orange Avenue): Constructed in 1909, this house is probably the best example of Queen Anne architecture in Yuma. In 1902, the house was modified by enclosing the porch. Much of the interior is intact and has been restored by the owners. Frank Ewing House (700 2nd Avenue): Built in 1920, this Spanish Colonial Revival was considered to be one of the finest in Yuma at the time it was constructed. Distinctive features include a low-pitched hip roof covered with red mission tiles, a boxed cornice with paired brackets, plastered walls, paired windows, and an entry porch with semicircular arches. Ruth Ewing House (712 2nd Avenue): Built in 1906 with rustic concrete block, indicating a modern design and feeling. The roof and porch configuration indicates a freedom from stylistic constraints, which was unusual for the time. Old St. Paul’s Church (645 2nd Avenue): Built in 1909, and considered by many to be the finest Gothic building in the Southwest. The church was built in the style of an English chapel. Hotel del Ming/Hotel del Sol (300 Gila Street): Built in 1926, this hotel is an architectural and contextual complement to the Southern Pacific Railroad Depot. The hotel was intentionally sited diagonally from the new train station in order to capitalize on the shortage of overnight accommodations in that section of the city. Norton House (226 1st Avenue): Known by local historians as the Norton House, it was actually built in 1874 for banker George Duke. Several different persons owned the house before it was purchased by George Norton in 1913. Henry Levy House (602 2nd Avenue): Built in 1916, this house is one of the less elaborate bungalow forms. However, its broad roof, horizontal emphasis, and deep overhangs clearly mark it for inclusion in that stylistic category. Peter B. Hodge House (209 Orange Avenue): Built in 1905, this house is noteworthy as a unique adobe structure with Neo-Colonial characteristics. Its symmetry plan, basic roof construction and exterior wall finish are strongly suggestive of Georgia Colonial architecture. Power Apartments (20 West 3rd Street): Built in 1915, the Power Apartments is a well-preserved example of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture. At the time it was built, the structure was situated at the southern end of the main commercial district. Photo courtesy of D.A. Wren Photo Cactus Press-Plaza Paint Building (30-54 East 3rd Street): Built in 1927, this poured concrete Yuma’s architectural riches are being preserved. The Hotel del Sol, building remains principally intact. The Spanish Colonial Revival style with curvilinear arcade shown here, will eventually undergo renovation and be open again dominates the front of the building and complements the stepped parapet with cap row and original to the public. ornamental details.
  19. 19. SEPTEMBER 2006 AUGUST 2006 OCTOBER 2006 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 27 28 29 30 31 29 30 31 SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Full Moon 8 9 Friends of Yuma County Library/Yuma Reading Sun Cinema Series Labor Day Council Book Fair 10 11 12 13 14 Last Quarter 15 16 Kids First Film Club 17 18 19 20 21 22 New Moon 23 Rosh Hashana 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 First Quarter Yuma PLAY Day
  20. 20. TEN HISTORIC RIVER CROSSINGS AT YUMA Quechan Tribe: As keepers of the gate at scarcely command belief”. Thus began one of the narrows of the Colorado River at Yuma, the largest human migrations in history as a half- the Quechan operated the first ferry carrying million people from around the world descended passengers, supplies, and livestock over the river. on the region. In 1849, Yuma’s Rope Ferry served The Quechan people were incredible swimmers over 60,000 “forty-niner’s” in their quest for gold. and used this skill in crossing thousands of head The U.S. Army: Established by the U.S. Army in of livestock being driven west. 1850, Fort Yuma is one of the oldest military posts Cocopah Tribe: Known as “River People”, the associated with the Arizona Territory. It offered Cocopah developed a way of life adapted to the protection to settlers and secured the Yuma Colorado’s ebb and flow, growing grains, corn, Crossing. beans, and melons, netting fish, and hunting The Southern Pacific Railroad: Overcoming in the abundant mesquite forests. Cocopah many political obstacles from the military at Fort men became valued steamboat pilots with their Yuma, and attempted intervention by President knowledge of the river’s currents and shifting Hayes, the Southern Pacific Railroad Bridge was sandbars. completed and the very first locomotive arrived in Juan Bautista de Anza: The first European Arizona from Los Angeles on September 30, 1877. to establish an overland route from Mexico, The Ocean-to-Ocean Highway Bridge: through the Sonoran Desert, to the Pacific Coast Constructed in 1915 as a joint effort between the of California. Authorized to colonize the San Office of Indian Affairs and the states of California, Francisco Bay area, Anza left Tubac on October Arizona, and New Mexico to promote traffic along 23, 1775 with 245 people (155 of them women the Ocean-to-Ocean Highway, the bridge became and children), 340 horses, 165 pack mules, and the only highway span over the Colorado River for 302 cattle. Anza considered the Yuma Crossing 1,200 miles. the linchpin of his arduous journey. Depression Era Migration: During the 1930s, Mormon Battalion: In July 1846, under the “Dust Bowl Migration” saw 300,000 to 400,000 the authority of the U.S. Army embroiled in people driven from Oklahoma and surrounding the Mexican American War, and with the states by economic despair, drought and declining encouragement of Mormon leader Brigham agricultural conditions. As these groups headed Young, the Mormon Battalion was mustered in at west, California erected a checkpoint on the west Iowa Territory. They crossed the Colorado River side of the bridge to prevent the jobless from on January 9 and 10, 1847. After grueling labor entering. and many hardships, the battalion arrived in San Diego on January 29, 1847, having blazed the first Fiber Optics Cable: As the sun rises on the wagon road across the West. 21st Century, the Colorado is now crossed by Photo courtesy of D.A. Wren Photo high-speed fiber optic cable, offering high speed The Gold Rush of 1849: In his address to The Yuma Crossing is at the essence of telecommunication capabilities to Yuma and the Congress in December 1848, President Polk Yuma’s history and development. verified stories of the gold strike in California and surrounding region. declared that the wealth was so great “it could
  21. 21. OCTOBER 2006 SEPTEMBER 2006 NOVEMBER 2006 1 2 1 2 3 4 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 26 27 28 29 30 SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Full Moon Sun Cinema Series AZ Fall Antique Show Yom Kippur 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Last Quarter Columbus Day AZ Fall Antique Show Observed Columbus Day 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Kids First Film Club 22 New Moon 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 First Quarter 30 31 Halloween
  22. 22. TEN GREAT ARTISTS FROM YUMA Dancer Linda Farrar, founder of the Yuma Painter Jens Johanson was born in Yuma Ballet Theater in 1979, where she served as and taught painting in the city before taking his the board president, vice president, executive talents to Paris, France. He still visits Yuma director or artist director for 25 years. She often. played a key role in bringing serious dance to the Yuma community. Poet Pietra Pantradi is known for her colorful poetry. Her current book, “Spiders Web,” is a Painter Louise Tester, an abstract collection of her work. expressionist, was co-founder of the Yuma Fine Arts Association and later served as its Ceramic artist George Tomkins is a former executive director from 1962-1973. She went Arizona Western College Professor of on to become executive director of the Arizona Ceramics. He and his wife, Neely, are founders Commission on the Arts. of the Yuma Symposium, an annual gathering of artists and workshop presentations for over A teacher of voice and piano, Wendy Turner, 25 years in Yuma. founder and director of Rainbow Station for children ages 4 through 14. The group Bead artist Linda Lane is noted throughout the performs annually at various events in Yuma. Southwestern United States for her beautiful In March 2005, the children received high bead work. She has been featured in such acclaim for their performance at Disneyland. publications as Craft Horizons, Bead Magazine, and Ornament Magazine. Painter Aura May Savage was one of Yuma’s long-time visual artists and an art teacher in the Local actor, director, designer and producer Crane School District. In 2002 she received the Gerald “Gerry” Giss has played a major role Tribute of the Muses Award by the City of Yuma in the establishment of local Yuma theatre Arts and Culture Commission. groups. He is a former Arizona Western College Professor Emeritus of Speech and Photographer Emil Eger has won numerous Theatre. awards for his work. He is noted in the Photo courtesy of D.A. Wren Photo Southwest for his portraits and black and white photos. Yuma’s arts community grows stronger and more popular each year. Pictured are Linda Farrar, Erika Farrar Davis and Jared Mesa of Yuma Ballet Theatre. HISTORIC DOWNTOWN YUMA Garden Café & Rio Colorado Coffee Company Quilt & Sew House Desert Hills Gallery 102 E. 3rd Street. BERNINA Husqvarna. 316 S. Main Street, Suite B – Custom Picture Framing. Use 250 S. Madison Avenue. Welcome to the Garden Café. These grounds have been loved in, lived in, played in and worked in by members of our four generation Also in JoAnn Fabrics, 1550 E. Yuma Palms Parkway. rear entrance off of Madison Avenue family since EF Sanguinetti launched his career here in 1887. Missing Piece Care Management Services Twigs Gift & Garden 316 S. Main Street. Keeping our clients independent in 299 S. Main Street. Voted Best Gift Shop in Yuma, 5 years running. Kirstin’s Inc. Southwest Decor their environment of choice. 261 S. Main Street. Specializing in unique southwestern furniture & artwork as Time ‘N Tune well as lamps, area rugs & kitchen accessories. 281 S. Main Street. Great variety of gifts and musical clocks. Prickly Pear 324 S. Main Street. Decorative accessories, gifts, coffees, Red’s Birdcage Saloon teas, food & kitchenware. Yuma Office Equipment Sales & Service 231 S. Main Street. Home away from home. 340 S. Main Street. Partners in office productivity.
  23. 23. NOVEMBER 2006 OCTOBER 2006 DECEMBER 2006 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1 2 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 29 30 31 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY 1 2 3 4 Yuma Reading Council 13th Annual Children's Sun Cinema Series Festival of the Arts Pie Sale 5 Full Moon 6 7 8 9 10 11 Veteran's Day 12 Last Quarter 13 14 15 16 17 18 Community Homemakers Bazaar Welcome Back Winter Visitor Bash Kids First Film Club 19 20 New Moon 21 22 23 24 25 Holiday Pageant & Friendship Thanksgiving Tower Lighting 26 27 28 First Quarter 29 30
  24. 24. TEN “UNDERGROUND” STORIES ABOUT YUMA The Lost Six-Shooter Mine is said to be located somewhere between Quartzsite and the Planet Copper Mine in the Buckskin Mountains. The Belle McKeever Lost Mine, actually a streambed littered with gold nuggets, was found by three soldiers from Fort Yuma looking for the kidnapped Belle McKeever. Two of the three soldiers died on the return trip to the fort and the third was never able to find the stream again. Castle Dome Mine began with prospectors in 1858. The first mining venture was recorded in 1862 by Colonel Jacob Snively (former Secretary to Sam Houston), and Herman Ehrenberg. John Nummel’s Lost Ledge is said to be in the Chocolate Mountains north of Yuma. This mine was ‘lost’ in 1948. A Lost Black Ledge of rich silver was found by Billy Orme between Ehrenberg and Cullings Well. Orme could never locate the ledge again. Baker’s Tank supposedly overlooks a mine once worked by Yuma Indians. An exposed ledge of rich gold ore was found by a Mexican traveling from the Kofa Mountains. The old man died before returning to it’s location. A rich gold placer was found by a prospector in the desert south of Topock, who gave some of the nuggets to a railroad conductor. The man returned later with his son to assist in working the mine. Both were found dead south of Topock, but the lost placer was never found. Somewhere in the Tank Mountains, north of Yuma, is said to be Camel’s Tank, a tank of Photo courtesy of D.A. Wren Photo natural water that had gold nuggets lying about. It was found by John Gordon and Juan Perea, who took a load from the site, but could never relocate the tank. Intrigue and adventure is closer than you think -- you might even be standing on it. A rich ledge of gold is said to be located in the Little Horn Mountains. A Tonto Apache gave a large sample to Jose Alvarado in appreciation for Jose’s care for his son during an illness. Jose died before visiting the ledge.

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