HOBNOBBING IN HELENDALE by Shirley Hummitsch, Oct. 11, 2010
October 11, 2010
The Silver Lakes Arts and Crafts Guild has a special speaker scheduled for this Thursday’s General Membership Meeting to be held in the Recreation Room of the Clubhouse.
The speaker is special because she is my sister, Toni Brendel, who just happens to be spending the month of October at my home. She is helping me put The History Of Silver Lakes together after two years of interviews and compilation of facts.
Toni is a good source of not only inspiration but experience as well. When we were growing up in Phillips, Wisconsin, she paid attention to our Czech and Slovak influences. After high school she moved on but always came back, many times over, raised four children, has six grandchildren and still lives in Phillips today.
In 1987, Toni founded the Phillips Czechoslovakian Community Festival, which became an annual event. During that time she co-authored two books, Volumes I and II of the “Phillips Czechoslovakian Community”. She also penned the brochure, “Lidice Shall Live In Phillips, Wisconsin”. More recently she wrote a book entitled “Slovak American Touches“, and went on to write the text for “Slovak Recipes,” which was a collaboration with noted Slovak Folk Artist, Sidonka Wadina.
Toni Brendel (R) with her daughter Tami Satre
The Arts and Craft Guild meeting on Thursday will begin at 9:30 a.m. when members will meet for socializing over coffee and sweets. The actual meeting starts at 10 a.m. with President Marji Watson presiding.
Ms. Brendel will give her presentation after which her last two publications will be available for purchase and she will be happy to sign them upon request.
Toni will also have a booth at the Craft Fair this Saturday, October 16th, to be held at the Clubhouse from 9 until 3 p.m. Besides her books, she will be featuring a line of greeting cards with original photography as well as fabric items and other novelty crafts, including Slovak Splash Cloth Kits. She will be in the good company of nearly 70 other vendors, renown for their homemade items that are unique, creative and of high quality.
So, don’t forget that the Arts and Craft Guild has two events this week. Their Membership Meetings are always open to anyone interested in joining and the Craft Fair is truly a special once-a-year occasion to which you can bring your friends and family. It’s a great place to do your holiday shopping, participate in all their tempting raffles and even enjoy a hearty lunch at the Lions Club barbecue.
Hope to see you there!
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Plug! Plug! Plug! The Helendale Chamber of Commerce has three big events coming up in a row - one month apart. In November they are presenting The Fall Fashion Show on a Sunday, on the 14th at 1 p.m. It will be held in the Ballroom of the Clubhouse.
No, it’s not the usual luncheon but rather an appetizer/desert bar and a show that you will all get a big kick out of because there will be local men and women that you know, modeling special designs by Ann Taylor, Banana Republic and the Silver Lakes Pro Shop.
For ticket information call the chamber at 760 952-2231.
Then, on December 5th, a Holiday Home Tour will be presented that promises to be really different from the past. Jean Miernik is in charge of this auspicious event and has been hard at work with a high spirited committee making plans to entertain you.
From 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. guests will visit eight homes, each named after one of Santa’s reindeer. As you walk through these select homes you will be entertained by Christmas carolers singing familiar holiday songs.
When you have finished your tour, the festivities continue at the Silver Lakes Restaurant, Terrace Room and Lounge between the hours of 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. There will be vendors for your shopping pleasure, complimentary appetizers, a no-host bar/ wine tasting, raffles, door prizes and entertainment by the chamber’s own vice president and D.J., Mike McCoy.
Flyers have been all over town about this event and you’ll be seeing one in the Ledger and Shopper News as well. So you already know that if you buy your tickets now, until November 14th, you can save a few dollars. They are $18 in that time frame and $20 after that date. They are available at the chamber, at Helendale CSD, the Mojave Desert Bank, Hair Unlimited and Lasting Impressions or just call the person in charge of tickets, Ruby Roselli at 760 243-1222.
If you’re interested in being a vendor at this event, call Tricia Blake at 760 403-0640 and for any other questions, give Jean a jingle at 760 943-7849.
And one more thing. Tom Kirk, also on the Holiday Home Tour Committee, will have a great big box in the Terrace Room where you can drop off a “Toys For Tots” gift to make Christmas a more happy occasion for youngsters who would otherwise go without.
Now the third date to remember is January 21, 2011. That might seem far off but nominations are already being sought for the 1st Annual Community Service Awards Banquet, sponsored by the chamber in honor of the Man of the Year, Woman of the Year, Couple of the Year and Student of the Year.
All you have to do is look around you. How many times have you praised one person or another in this club or that organization? Every group has someone who works above and beyond. Who would it be in the Men’s Golf Club, Women’s Golf Club, the Tennis Club, the Arts and Crafts Guild, either Helendale Elementary School and/or the new Helendale Secondary School, the Lion’s Club, the COP program, the Green Committee, Grounds, Lakes and Parks and so on and on. You might even want to nominate someone from the Silver Lakes Association or any business people who give, give, give. We finally have a chance to honor those special people we have praised, sometimes for years so let‘s get the ball rolling and start nominating!
It doesn’t matter how many different names are submitted for each category but it is important that you get those names in before December 15th. There is no absolute criterion for any of the candidates, it’s what the person who nominates gives as a reason for suggesting a name.
A committee of ten carefully selected people have been planning this for some time now. They want it to be a very prestigious affair; a dress up time, a time when we all band together in a very positive way and honor special citizens of Helendale.
If you want to nominate by snail mail, write to Awards Banquet, P.O. Box 2350, Helendale, CA 92342 or by email to HCOCAwardsBanquet@gmail.com
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The local Soroptimist International Club of Silver Lakes/Helendale is doing a very good thing. They are decorating about ten Military Boxes with red, white and blue and placing them in various places around the community, hoping to get people to donate items for soldiers.
Cathy Cruz is the chairperson of this endeavor with a committee of five volunteers, including Norma Polen who decorated the boxes.
So far Norma has placed boxes at Video Quest, Silver Lakes (Calico) Hardware, the Lion’s Club, in the lobby of the Silver Lakes Inn, at Helendale CSD, the Helendale Post Office and the Mojave Bank.
Each box has a flyer attached that lists the things that are needed such as packaged items like disposable razors, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, chap stick , shampoo, deodorant, body powder, sun screen, hard candies, playing cards, writing pads and pens, tee shirts, towels, etc.
Polen advised that the committee is open for suggestions as to what is needed, meaning that perhaps local people who are in the military could let them know what may have been missed.
Monetary donations are also being accepted to pay for the postage required to mail the boxes once they are filled. For more information you may contact Cathy at 760 243-3430.
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The Helendale Community Service District (CSD) hosted their first-ever event at the proposed Helendale Community Park on October 2nd. They called it the Mojave River Trail Day in celebration of historic Helendale’s humble beginnings along the Mojave River, when it was once identified as The Point Of Rocks and became a stopping off place for wagon trains, the Pony Express and eventually the railroad.
CSD co-sponsored the celebration with the Happy Trails Children’s Foundation and drew an estimated crowd of 1500 to 2000 people, starting at 10 a.m. It was supposed to go on all day to at least 8 p.m. and almost made it until a gully washer came down at about 7:30 p.m. to chase everyone either under cover of tents, cars and a few motor homes or back home for shelter.
It was advertised as an exciting family day of fun with a schedule that was topped by the Hesperia Wrangler’s Mounted Drill Team and followed by two stages of competitive Mounted Shooting.
CSD's Paul Harmon
The idea of the shooting was to hit a series of balloons while riding horseback.
In between riders, it was up to student volunteers from Helendale Secondary School to replace the popped balloons, as supervised by teacher Linda Hoover.
According to Kimberly Cox, General Manager of CSD, thirty-three vendors participated in the event but also significant were those who dressed for the Western occasion.
(L) Dale Parks with a Dale Evans impersonator and the Piersons, Marilyn and Curtis Sheriff's Posse Chuck Wagon Lion's barbecue
Two bands were featured during the day in the Performance Tent, with the Julie Wingfield Band playing between 3 - 5 p.m. and the Kinfolk Western Band performing from 6 - 8 p.m.
Julie Wingfield Band
Greg Heldreth, was on stage for a Will Rogers Monologue, which was a hit and an appearance by Miss California International was a pleasant surprise.
Greg Heldreth Britteney Wagoner
Several CSD members helped with the many raffle prizes that were given away and in spite of the brief thunder and lightning storm, all things considered, it was a great day for Helendale.
(L)Craig Schneider, Ron Clark, Sandy Haas and Kimberly Cox
Blair Absher contributed to the CSD photos
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The Calendar Of The Week:
Monday, October 11th: Columbus Day.
Monday, October 11th: Golf Course Opens.
Monday, October 11th: Judy Marshall’s Art Class at the Top Of The Lakes from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday, October 12th: Helendale Secondary School Girl’s Vollyball in the gym at 4 p.m.
Tuesday, October 12th: Helendale Chamber Of Commerce Dinner, in the Terrace Room at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, October 13th: Soroptimist Business Meeting in the Recreation Room of the Clubhouse at 6 p.m.
Thursday, October 14th: Arts and Crafts Guild General Meeting in the Recreation Room of the Clubhouse at 9:30 a.m.
Friday, October 15th: Halloween Dance Costume Contest, Grades K-5 from 6 - 7:45 p.m.; Grades 5-8 from 8-9:45 p.m. at the Top Of The Lakes.
Saturday, October 16th: AYSO games at Parmelee Field.
Saturday, October 16th: Craft Fair in and around the Clubhouse, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, October 16th: WI bowling in the Youth Room, 1:30 p.m.