The Ocean-Like Beaches of Lake Havasu City

We love this planet. Earth has the best beaches in the solar system. We also love Arizona, and it too has beaches that are free and open to the public. Guess where the Arizona Republic says you’ll find some of the most “ocean-like” beaches in the state?

In a story by travel writer Roger Naylor appearing in a recent issue of the Arizona Republic, he describes some of the best local shorelines to soak up some sun and sand. He considers London Bridge Beach the state’s “most ocean-like beach with its swaying palm trees and seagull wings flashing white in the sun.”

He also praises Rotary Beach’s calm no-wake zone.

You should see this story. Go ahead, we’ll wait here for you.

http://www.azcentral.com/story/travel/arizona/road-trips/2016/06/02/arizona-best-beaches/84989686/

Zombies. Are. Coming. October 15.

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If you think chasing monsters on your smartphone is a silly pastime (see previous story), then what do you think about being chased by them? We know you will have a memorable evening by dressing like the living dead, the undead, the walking dead, or an odiferous, soulless corpse and shambling down main street. But don’t worry, instead of chasing brains, Havasu zombies chase down beer!

Ok, here’s a joke:
Q. What does it take to become a zombie?
A: DEADication!

Ha, we crack ourselves up sometimes! You’ll be amused as well if you join your closest speechless, mindless best fiends for a night of horror at the free-to-attend 6th Annual Havasu Zombie Pub Crawl, October 15, along Downtown McCulloch Blvd. (Main Street).

Starting at 7 p.m., join the horde invading Downtown Havasu on the hunt for fresh brains and flesh during this bloody seven-hour pub crawl.
Zombies of all ages and stages of decay are welcome. Feel free to organize your own zombie fun with designated victims, flash mobs, sidewalk dances, or apocalypse sidewalk scenes. Are you a zombie family? Bring your zombie kids – the event is not just for old zombies.
There’s lots of cool places on McCulloch to grab a beer, food, munchies, coffee, ice cream, frozen yogurt, listen to live music, dance, or entertain onlookers with your friends. Or order some rum and brandy Zombie drinks.

Knock yourself out, but heed Surf Zombie Nate’s advice. Says the Zombie Crawl creator/promoter: “Remember, zombies that drink do not drive, otherwise they could become, er, deader. See the full list of shuttle companies and phone numbers available on the official Facebook page, updated and posted just prior to the event.”

Sound like fun? The more the zombier!

For more information view: www.golakehavasu.com

See Something, Say Something. Text-a-Tip.


Ok, all you McGruff’s. Listen up. The Lake Havasu Police Department wants to keep us all safe all the time. They’ve made it easy to text a tip. Anytime, anywhere.

To text a tip about anything to the Lake Havasu Police Department, use your smartphone to enter the number “274637” (which spells out the word CRIMES) in the phone number line. Then start your message with LHCPD (to ensure the tip is routed to the proper police department) and enter your tip with as much detail as possible.

Once you send your tip via text, the information is received by an independent party that will assign each tipster a random system-generated “alias.” The purpose of this is to ensure the anonymity of the tipster. Tipsters will automatically receive a response text providing them their “alias.” The LHCPD will respond if more information is needed to process the tip. The anonymity of the tipster remains secure because the information is sent to a third party service provider that is independent of the police department. The police department will only know the tipster by their “alias.” You can stop further two-way communication with the police by texting the word STOP to 274637 (CRIMES.)

Learn more about the program here:
http://www.lhcaz.gov/police/community-programs/text-a-tip

Oorah! 5th Annual Marine Corps League Charity Golf Tournament, Oct. 30, 2016

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Now here’s an opportunity to play golf and support a number of worthy causes. The Lake Havasu Marine Corps League welcomes local and visiting golfers alike to the 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Oct. 30 at The Courses at London Bridge Golf Club.

This is a four-person scramble at the West Course (Olde London Course). The $65/player fee includes: golf, golf cart, range balls, luncheon, and prizes. Tee Sponsorships are available at $100 per hole. Check-in from 6:30 to 7:45 a.m. The Courses at London Bridge is located at 2400 Clubhouse Dr.

Organizers of the tournament are the Marine Corps League Detachment #757 which raises money for a variety of worthy causes including the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Hospice of Havasu, Special Olympics, Toys for Tots, and others.

Learn more at: www.golakehavasu.com

The Courses… Of Course.

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The Courses at London Bridge Arcis Players Club (APC) program offers anyone interested in the game of golf a chance to improve without the anxiety that goes with learning while trying to play on the course.

For $50-$60 per month for each person, you will have access to the practice facility and extras such as: a lighted driving range, range balls, unlimited visits and participation in complimentary clinics and play dates.

From December through March consider participating in the APC Scramble at 2:30 p.m. every Thursday on Nassau. Sign-ups must be completed prior to the day of the event and is limited to 40 golfers, with an additional wait list.

The $25 entry fee includes: green fee, cart, and prize fund. All teams must use at least one tee shot from each player on their team.

The Nassau course, opened for play in 1977, features narrow fairways and medium-sized greens that are fast and well bunkered. It offers many elevation changes that provide fabulous views of Lake Havasu and the surrounding city. But beware: the largest water feature on the property is at holes 9, 10, and 11.

Also, ask about this fall’s VIP Card offers. If purchased by Sept. 30, receive $20 off the already low price of $95 that includes a free round of golf by Apr. 30, 2017, a 20 to 50 percent discount off posted rack rates, unlimited play on both courses, and a $5 savings every time you play in a league. Card is valid Oct. 1, 2016 through Sept. 30, 2017.

The Courses is located at 2400 Clubhouse Dr. Learn more about the Arcis Players Club here:

http://londonbridgegc.com/-arcis-players-clubapc

Research all the courses in Lake Havasu City and the surrounding area at:

http://www.golakehavasu.com/activities/golf/

Take Refuge!!

Refuge Golf & Country Club in Lake Havasu City AZ.

You can play the Refuge Golf & Country Club par-72, 6,704-yard course as a Member-for-a-Day! The Member-for-a-Day Package includes: 18-holes of golf, golf car rental, range balls, a $10 voucher for the restaurant, and a resort day pass to the clubhouse pool, spa, fitness center and saunas.

“This is a great way for visitors to experience the Refuge without committing to a long-term membership. It lets them sample what we have to offer and provide another challenging course to add to their golfing resume,” says Jerry Aldridge, president.

If you want to play multiple times this season check out the Players Club Packages here: http://www.refugecountryclub.com/index.php/golf-packages

The Refuge also hosts a robust schedule of karaoke contests, comedy nights, even a Halloween and New Year’s party. For details: http://refugecountryclub.com/activities

The course is located at 3103 London Bridge Rd. Call the Pro Shop at (928) 764-1404 for pricing and tee times.

Research all the courses in Lake Havasu City and the surrounding area at:
http://www.golakehavasu.com/activities/golf/

Ready for that Hot Rod Lincoln? Come to the 39th Annual Relics & Rods Run to the Sun Show and Shine, Oct. 20-22, 2016

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Why don’t they write songs about cars any longer? Let’s see, there’s Mustang Sally by Wilson Pickett, Pink Cadillac by the Boss, Hot Rod Lincoln by Commander Cody, and our favorite, Mercedes Benz by Janis Joplin (“Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?”). Pure poetry to our ears.

Car songs may be few and far between today, but not so with the classic cars themselves. They’re coming to Lake Havasu City and you’re invited.

The Relics & Rods Car Club’s 39th Annual Run to the Sun Car Show is one of the largest car shows in the Southwest. This much anticipated car show features over 800 vehicle entrants consisting of 1972 and older cars and trucks.

The club was formed in 1975 by nine residents who had an interest in old cars. In 1978 the club members decided to put on a car show which was held in the spring in the London Bridge Shopping Center parking lot. This first show was called the Camp-O-Rama and 28 vehicles were displayed. The car show was eventually moved to October and the name was changed to “Run to the Sun” with as many as 1,000 vehicles attending.

Over the past several years the Relics & Rods Car Club has donated over $400,000 to local community charities with the proceedings from the shows.

Thursday, Oct. 20 is the Relics & Rods Cruise Night from 5 to 9 p.m. on McCulloch Blvd. (Downtown). Take a stroll up and down aisles of picture perfect collector and special interest automobiles. Fuel up at the local eateries. Ease up on the throttle and relax at the local pubs with your favorite brew. Entry to Cruise Night is free for spectators.

The Show & Shine, on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21 – 22, takes place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bridgewater Links Golf Course at London Bridge Resort. Experience the dazzling array of over 800 of the finest classic cars and trucks on display from across the nation. There will be plenty of shopping for everyone in the large vendor area. At 5 p.m. on Friday, there will be a Dinner and Sock Hop featuring the Rockin’ Relics at the London Bridge Resort Convention Center. Saturday at 10 a.m., enjoy a Ladies Fashion Show (this year’s theme: Disney).

On Sunday, Oct. 23, be sure to watch the parade down McCulloch Blvd at 9:30 a.m.

For more information visit golakehavasu.com

There’s a Whole Lotta News at Lot 4

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Officials at the Arizona Department of Transportation and Arizona State Parks are about to increase boat launch capacity by 33 percent with a new fourth launch ramp at Lake Havasu State Park. But that’s not all: things will get a lot easier on your feet this Labor Day.

In addition to the new ramp between Lot 3B and Windsor 4, and reduced wait times, the ramp is v-notched for added traction. The new construction also includes an additional 72 over-sized parking spots on the east side of the access road, more restrooms, and a new exit out of Lot 4 that will ease traffic congestion. It is expected to be completed by late summer.

But that’s not all! Thanks to volunteers at the Lake Havasu Marine Association, the complimentary golf cart shuttles, so popular last Memorial Day and Fourth of July, will return for Labor Day weekend. The shuttles will cut the long walk between parking and the launch ramps. As we all know, even a quarter mile of walking can be a hassle on hot asphalt with a bunch of kids and coolers in tow, especially when the overflow Windsor 4 parking area is called into service.

While the service is free, tips are gratefully accepted – the funds are used to pay for the golf cart rentals.

For information about the lake’s launch ramps, log onto:

http://www.golakehavasu.com/activities/boating/marinas-and-launch-ramps.aspx

House of Reps: “Don’t Box Us In”

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The U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment in mid-July that would prohibit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from using federal funds to restrict recreational tubing, waterskiing or wakeboarding on Lake Havasu.

No changes are likely to occur on the lake until the legislation meets approval by the U.S. Senate, and is signed into law by President Obama.

“I’m pleased to see the House pass my bipartisan amendment and instruct the service to reopen Lake Havasu for all users,” said the amendment’s primary advocate, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ 4th District).

“The irresponsible and arbitrary boating restrictions made by the Service in May of 2015 should alarm all Americans who value the rule of law and a government that is accountable to the people it serves.”

In May 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service expanded a no-wake zone in Lake Havasu National Wildlife Refuge. The restrictions drew city and county administrators’ disdain by inconveniencing boaters without any advance public notice, Gosar said, and was implemented two days prior to Memorial Day weekend.

Last April, Fish and Wildlife submitted a proposal that would effectively close large areas of the Refuge to motorized watercraft out of concern for the Refuge’s shoreline and wildlife. Those restrictions, however, could do irrevocable harm to the region’s recreation-based economy.

“This half-mile area is a place where families taught their children to ski and wakeboard,” Gosar said. “Several special needs children no longer have a safe place for these activities. Instead, these restrictions have created a safety risk as more people have been confined to a smaller space with boats traveling 70 miles per hour.”

Read the complete story here:

http://lhmarineassn.com/amendment-on-lake-havasu-restrictions-passes-u-s-house/

Volunteer Group CERTainly Contributes to the Safety of Visitors, First Responders

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Next time you’re at a special event like the Havasu Balloon Festival, Relics & Rods, the Renaissance Faire, triathlons or mountain bike races, look for the group in the bright orange safety vests and take a moment to thank them for their contribution to the community. Lake Havasu City CERTainly appreciates their support.

CERT, or Community Emergency Response Team, is part of a national program that educates individual volunteers about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area. Members are trained in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Locally there are 38 volunteers ages 30 to 70-plus from all walks of life, who provide first aid services at local events, and support firefighters while they’re working a blaze, a process called Firefighter Rehabilitation, or simply Rehab.

CERT volunteers report to fire scenes to switch out air packs and monitor the health of firefighters, especially when the weather is its hottest. According to Bob MacMillan, team leader, they provide personal restorative measures such as refilling air packs, providing sports drinks, coffee, snacks, cooling buckets and cold towels, and shady places to sit during hot weather, always keeping a watchful eye on the physical conditions of the working firefighters.

“They are involved at fire scenes with their own vehicles and supplies, and provide hydration to firefighters, as well as assist the Police Department and SWAT as needed,” said Convention & Visitors Bureau interim president Chip Shilosky, a former Fire Marshall Division Chief.

“They are a terrific asset to the community willing to do anything within their scope of training. Kudos to Bob MacMillan for making that happen.”

CERT, which donates over 2,000 hours a year to community service, is also installing Knox-Box Rapid Entry Systems around town. Inside are house keys that provide immediate entry into a home in case of emergency. CERT has installed over 300, each accessible only by firefighters, according to MacMillan.

Look for CERT’s bright orange vests at over 20 events a year and thank them for their help in keeping us all safe.

For more information, contact Bob MacMillan at macmillan@npgcable.com.