Category Archives: General Interest

Arctic Canadian Pops the Question While Thawing Out on the London Bridge

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It’s a long way from Baker Lake in the Canadian territory of Nunavut to Lake Havasu City. In fact, 2,200 miles and four separate airplane stops. The reason Canadian William Bozman chose to travel so far to propose marriage may surprise you.

William, 35, and his girlfriend Beth Cowie, 30, of Baker Lake, live in one of the most remote Inuit communities in Northern Canada, a mining town with a population of just about 1,900. Even most Canadians haven’t heard of it. While Baker Lake doesn’t receive much snow by Arctic standards, only about 50 inches a year, the average temperature in November alone is a frigid minus 10 degree F., the recommended setting for most household freezers.

Beth is a registered nurse at a local clinic; William is a personal investor and day trader. One day while searching the web for their ideal future home, after entering “warm temperatures + lake + sunny + friendly people,” the results pointed to Lake Havasu City.

It was minus 4 degrees F. at home, 99 degrees F. in Lake Havasu, when totally on a whim, they flew four stops to Las Vegas, rented a car, and chilled out during a typical Lake Havasu vacation. They rented a boat and cruised to Topock Gorge, hung out at a beach on the Bridgewater Channel, went to fun restaurants, visited SARA Park, and hung out at a pool.

With a wedding scheduled for September 2018, both are planning for the day they will be leaving Baker Lake for a milder climate. Much milder.

By the way, Beth said “yes” when William sprang forth with a shiny bauble for her ring finger. “I was totally surprised when he popped the question. Everybody knew in advance and managed to keep it a surprise. I was very pleased.”

William chose the bridge because they’re both of British ancestry and wanted to make it a memorable occasion.

“Oh my gosh, it was so hard going back,” Beth tells us when the time came to return north. “The people we met were very, very nice. We didn’t feel like outsiders at all.”

We suspect the city will give them a warm welcome when they return in April to check out the local real estate market and make plans to possibly make the city their new home.

Come Drool at the Sand-Water-RV Expo, Nov. 19-20, 2016

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Visitors from through the Southland and the rest of North America will be coming to drool at the latest watercraft and off-road vehicles on display at the 5th Annual Sand-Water-RV Expo on Nov. 19-20.

The 2016 Sand-Water-RV Expo is an annual mecca for outdoor enthusiasts of off-roading, RVing and boating. Browse, compare and shop for the latest in off-road vehicles, trucks, sand rails (a lightweight off-road motor vehicle specifically built for traveling in sandy terrain), ATV’s, UTV’s, 4×4’s, buggies, golf carts, motorcycles, electric vehicles, RV’s, toy haulers, travel trailers, power boats, pontoons, personal watercraft, kayaks, paddleboards, and all related accessory products and services. Whew!

The fact that you can fish off many of these watercraft is, of course, an added bonus.

The Expo takes place at Havasu State Park, Lot 4 (Windsor 4). Admission: $3 adults; Kids 6 and under are free.

For more information visit golakehavasu.com

Lake Havasu Concert Series Features Range of Musical Expression

The Kat Trio

The Kat Trio

You may not know what a theramin is, but it’s the only musical instrument you play without touching and has been a staple of many of the horror films we’ve all grown up with. The theramin, marimba, kalimba, and flute are all coming to Lake Havasu along with a range of performers in early 2017.

Thanks to the Lake Havasu Concert Association, now in its 44th year, visitors and locals alike can enjoy professional concerts of increasingly high quality. Performances include singing trio “Tenore” (Jan. 27), classical musicians “The Kat Trio” (Feb. 17), classical/jazz group “Kubecca” (Mar. 15), and the “Equinox Little Big Band” that will close the season on March 29.

Kubecca incorporates the aforementioned theramin in a diverse program featuring country, jazz and showtunes.

“Some very generous donors have allowed us to keep our prices down,” Concert Association President Bob Ketner tells Today’s News Herald, “We can offer this quality of entertainment at a reasonable price. Once you see it, there’s nothing better in this town.”

Season tickets are being sold at $70, and single tickets will cost $25. The performances are at Lake Havasu High School and start at 7:30 p.m. Students with a valid school ID will be allowed free admission. For more information about upcoming performances and ticket prices, visit www.lhcca.com.

Ten Things You Didn’t Know You Could do at the Visitor Information Center

Lake Havasu City Visitor Information Center

Consider the Convention and Visitor Bureau’s Visitor Information Center your home away from home. One hundred thousand visitors make this their first stop each year. You’d be surprised what you can do there. The Visitor Information Center at 422 English Village, conveniently located off London Bridge Road near the London Bridge, is the place for up-to-date information on special events, special promotions, and, well, all the special activities that make our city so (dare we say it?) special.

Why is this location in a former theater such an integral part of any Lake Havasu City visit? It’s more than the free parking and friendly staff. Consider eight things you didn’t know you could do there:

1. Buy a piece of the London Bridge, in a bottle no less. Don’t worry, we’re not out there chipping samples. Seems we had some leftovers from bridge construction in the early 1970s. Buy all you want, we have plenty.

2. Purchase a collectible London Bridge Rotary Club Coin. To honor the reconstruction of the London Bridge in Lake Havasu and raise funds for charities, the London Bridge Rotary Club sponsored the release of the first “Havasu Dollar” in October 1971. A new London Bridge Rotary Coin has been released every October since that time. You can buy one, buy two, or a complete set right here in river city.

3. Apply for a fishing license. We can’t promise you’ll land a record breaking redear, but at least you won’t have the law chasing after you.

4. Pose on a personal watercraft. We dragged one inside. You can pose on it with a photo of the lake in the background. Hokey, we know, but hey, you’re on vacation.

5. Visit our in-house Bill Spresser Art Gallery and consider supporting local artists by purchasing one-of-a-kind artwork in a variety of mediums.

6. Watch a movie about the history of the London Bridge.

7. Study the architectural drawings used to re-assemble the bridge just outside the door. Each and every stone was numbered, like a huuuuge jigsaw puzzle.

8. Book a 90-min. walking tour that delves into the history of our iconic bridge and see the little-known WWII graffiti that has intrigued visitors ever since the bridge was re-assembled along our shores almost 50 years ago. Wireless headsets make it easy to hear the guide’s live commentary.

9. Buy as many Lake Havasu-printed t-shirts as you want. We can always print more.

10. Last but not least, take a hit off our free WiFi. Spend a few hours, spend the day for all we care. We have plenty of space for you to get your digital fix.

Learn more about what the Visitor Information Center can do for you at golakehavasu.com

Mermaids Sighted in Lake Havasu

Mermaids in Lake Havasu

Loch Ness has its monster. Lake Champlain has Champ, and there are Yeti supposedly stalking the Himalayan region of Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet. Not to be outdone, Lake Havasu has its mermaids, which are a whole lot friendlier than those piranhas Hollywood believes were chomping away in the lake.

Mermaids are one of mythology’s most popular topics – a legendary aquatic creature with the head and upper body of a female human and the tail of a fish. Mermaids appear in the folklore of many cultures worldwide, including the Near East, Europe, Africa and Asia, not to mention a Disney cartoon or two.
Lake Havasu’s very own mermaids are Kim Weimer and Brittney Manson. According to RiverScene magazine, Weimer said the reason she started wearing her mermaid swimsuit was to honor her mom.

“I have always loved mermaids. To me, they are mysterious and free.”

She said as a child the Disney movie The Little Mermaid was her favorite.

Not able to grow her own tail, she purchased an outfit online and the rest is, well, mermaid history. “Seeing little kids’ faces light up with glee when they see me swimming is one of the best feelings I’ve experienced in the world.”

Watch for a mermaid to return during the 2nd annual London Bridge Renaissance Faire on January 6-8, 2017. Moon Mermaid, born of the moon and the sea in the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, will be there granting full moon wishes, protecting pirate ships from rough weather, and visiting with children.

She’ll be joined by stage and street performers in period costumes who will bring medieval history to life in a fun and dramatic way.
Add in a mermaid or two and it’ll surely be an unforgettable experience.

Learn about the mermaids in RiverScene Magazine: River Scene Magazine

Learn more about the 2nd annual London Bridge Renaissance Faire at golakehavasu.com

A Spring Break Worth Writing Home About

Lake Havasu Spring Break

There’s a sea change underway in regards to how the CVB is approaching spring break this season. The plans called for a calmer, more involved program, with less emphasis on partying the night away, and more on experiences throughout the city. It will be the kind of spring break worth writing home about.

Studies indicate millennials are prioritizing their cars and homes less and less, and assigning greater importance to personal experiences — and showing off pictures of them. A recent Harris Poll found that factors such as a need for recognition (for example, how many likes someone gets on their Instagram post), and a “fear of missing out” help drive millennials’ cravings for experiences.

“We’re rethinking spring break to promote the literally dozens of available outdoor activities and experiences our college-age guests can enjoy here,” said Chip Shilosky, president/CEO of the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Starting this month, the CVB will be spending $17,000 for digital advertising on Facebook and Instagram, and a website landing page that promotes a wide variety of hotels, restaurants and rental services, especially those that cater to Havasu’s spring break visitors. The mostly college-age students will be spread throughout the city, not just concentrated on a few hotels, as in past years.

The new website currently under development, www.havasuspringbreak.com, will encourage visitors to book hotel accommodations directly and will serve as a clearinghouse of information on special events planned during their stay.

“We hope to expand spring break’s positive economic impact and create more opportunities for visitors to share on social media, thus expanding the message that Lake Havasu City is more than just a fun place to visit, but it could be a future full-time or vacation home once they graduate,” Shilosky said. “We hope to eventually turn visitors into residents.”

“It will be a lot less raucous and more cerebral, and certainly more upscale than in past years.”

Learn what makes Lake Havasu City so attractive as a spring break destination at golakehavasu.com

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/

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:
Lake Havasu City Police Department TEXT-A-TIP

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

Locals Say Pokemon Go is “Good Clean Fun”

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Hundreds come to the English Village to stare at their screens. They chase around town searching for imaginary monsters. Is Pokemon Go the next “pet rock” craze? Maybe so. But for now, the new online game, an international sensation, is generating business for local entrepreneurs.

There are “pocket monsters” lurking everywhere if you ask fans of this new pastime. Nintendo released the location-based augmented reality mobile game Pokémon Go  on July 6 for download in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand. Over the next 24 hours, the game was installed on more U.S. Android phones than the dating app Tinder. Recent estimates are that downloads of the game has surpassed 100 million worldwide.

If you’re one of the few without the game, it works by dropping its user into the Poké-verse (a neon version of your exact location, Google Maps style), where the player physically walks through the world in search of rare Pokémon creatures. The point is to capture, battle and train Pokémon. It uses GPS and camera functions to place the other-worldly creatures within our day-to-day lives – the game is designed to appear as though players are capturing these creatures in the real world.

Unlike virtually all other video games, viral sensation Pokémon Go requires its players to get outside and walk around. It has encouraged masses of players to gather in places like the National Mall and Central Park in search of adorable little monsters. Its appeal in Lake Havasu City is no different. The city has no shortage of so-called Pokestops to attract Pokemasters to come and play.

“It motivates a generation of people to get up from their desktop computers and actually walk out of their homes and into the outdoors,” says the Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Jon Slater, Communications & Brand Specialist.  “It’s something for the millennial generation to share with each other. Luckily, we have no shortage of monsters for people to capture.” Based on what he’s seen and captured, he estimates that 124 of the game’s 150 Pokemon can be captured within Lake Havasu City.

Cinda Anderton, owner of Havasoap in the English Village calls it “good clean fun for everyone.” She says, “Imagine my surprise when someone told me there were monsters on my countertop. This has been like free advertising for us, especially after I offered a free $5 bar of soap to anyone who captures a monster in the store or just outside. Now, the monsters seem to multiply the more people capture them. Pokemon loves Havasoap. It has definitely introduced our store to new customers.”

Cinda continues, “I realize this could just be a fad, but I hope it doesn’t fade until well after I receive my new Pokemon molds so I can make natural goats milk soap for fans.”

Her husband, Director of Visitor Services Jan Kassies, who runs the Lake Havasu City Visitor Information Center, reports 200 to 300 people recently met to capture monsters, and he doesn’t mind a bit.

“Anything that brings people out to enjoy the English Village is a great thing,” he says.

“The fountain is running, we have trees and benches, and renovated bathrooms. Everything is painted and looking good. Plus, we have plenty of Pokemon monsters –  they’re everywhere.”