QUARTZSITE AZ LIVING

Living or Visiting in Quartzsite 

We have about 3,600 residents in our small town but when the winter season comes we have an estimated 2 million visitors and 1000′s of RVer’s staying here.

WELCOME TO QUARTZSITE

WELCOME TO QUARTZSITE

If you are new here it maybe hard to find what you are looking for sometimes.  Even if you live here full time when all the 100′s of vendors come to town we need help finding what we are looking for.  I will try to help you find where everything is and when all the fun events are going on here in Quartzsite

4th Of July 2014 Bigger & Better Than Ever Here In Quartzsite

Quartzsite AZ Fireworks 4th of July

Quartzsite AZ Fireworks 4th of July

Quartzsite does such a great job for 4th of July.  It just amazes me that such a small town can put on so much for those of us that stay here through the summer.  It is all done by volunteers.

The events will be held at the Town Park football field area on July 4 starting at 6 p.m.

Some of the events going on are games, little fire house, dunk tanks, rock standing contest, coin hunt, bake sales, tug of war, face painting, frozen t-shirt contest, corn hole games, raffles, snacks, food and fireworks.

This is fun for all ages and many of the events are free including watermelon and snow cones.

SunBirds

We call all the winter visitors SnowBirds but we have not had a name for those of us who stay here all here especially during the summer.  So I have nicknamed us the SunBirds!  What do you think?

2014 Celia’s Rainbow Garden BBQ Picnic

Music, dancing and lots of food what more could you ask for?

How about prizes and a 50-50 drawing?  It was attended by young and old, all good and hungry and ready to listen to some great music.

And the weather was almost perfect.  We have an ongoing joke that if it is JoAnn’s Picnic the wind will be blowing but this year it was not so bad.

Here are a few of the picks I was able to take in between dishing up the grub :)

 

 

IMS Urgent Care

New summer hours for our new Urgent Care Office.

IMS Urgent Care
255 N. Central Blvd. Ste 7
Quartzsite AZ 85346
Ph: 928-927-5658

Current Hours are:
M-F 9am to 7pm

Summer hours starting March 31st will be:
M-F 8am to 6pm

We are a walk in basis. We will be able to be used as Primary Care Physician if you’d like.

If appointments are made it still stands that we operate first as an Urgent Care so appointments can be delayed if a more urgent case comes in.

The Grand Gathering Q at the QIA

The Grand Gathering Q at the QIA was so much fun.

Were you in this picture?

This picture was done by TriState CareFlight helicopter who donated their time and pilot Jennifer Arink for the aerial photos to be taken by Bernie Martin.  This is from the Desert Messenger Blog where you can find many more pictures of all the fun we had this weekend.  Make sure not to miss it next year if you couldn’t be here for this one.

http://desertmessenger.blogspot.com/2014/03/quartzsite-organizers-worlds-largest.html

Quartzsite AZ Grand Gathering for Grand Parents

In case you have been living under a rock here in Quartzsite you have heard of the Grand Gathering coming up March 6-9.

Here is there link for all the information http://thegrandgathering.wordpress.com/.

It is going to be so much fun and you all know we love fun!

A few of the events going on are:

Town Wide Garage Sale

Rex Allen Jr. Concert

Library Book Sale

Marathon Bingo

Vokssport Walk

Senior Fair/Show

Antique Car Show

Games for kids young & old

AVTT Traveling Wall

Music & Food

Guinness Record Attempt for the largest Q

Quartzsite, AZ Events For March 2015

 Yes, I know I have gotten behind.  We have been so busy with the Quartzsite Gold Show I had no time for anything else.

The Gold Show was a great success and we will be doing it again next year February 13-15 2015.  The work was not over after the show we had to deliver the door prizes to the winners.  Many happy people, especially the two winners of the metal detectors.

The winner of the Minelab was Armond Cheek of Yuma. MINELAB WINNER GOLD SHOW 2014 001

The winner of the Tesoro was Alvie Kratzer visiting Quartzsite for the winter.

GOLD SHOW 2014 WINNERS TESORO METAL DETECTOR 001

We had many other winners and here are just a few.

 

QUEEN OF PEACE CATHOLIC CHURCH has their last pancake breakfast coming up.

5005 E. MOCKINGBIRD ST.

(3/4 Mile East of ARCO)
March 8th 2014- 7:30 to 9:30 A.M.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST – All you can eat Pancakes with our signature Cactus syrup, Plus Sausage, Eggs, Juice and Coffee or Tea.
Cactus syrup is available for sale
$4.50 per person
Pancake Breakfast is served each 2nd & 4th Saturday in November through February and the 2nd Saturday of March

Quartzsite Grand Gathering will be March 6-9.  Have you signed up for largest gathering of grand parents and great grand parents?

March 2014

  • March 6-9 – The Grand Gathering http://thegrandgathering.wordpress.com/
  • March 6 - The Traveling Wall War Memorial will be coming to Q-Town on the 6th of March 2014.
  • March 8 Queen of Peace Church All U Can Eat Pancakes Breakfast w eggs sausage juice coffee 7:30-9:30

What Is Happening In Quartzsite Week of February 10-16

Just when you thought it was starting to wind down we have the Quartzsite Gold, Treasure & Craft show.

Starts Friday February 14 at the QIA from 9-5 and goes through Sunday.   Several speakers will be attending.  Dr. Erick Melchiorre will be talking about his new book.  It has been sold out but he will be there with a new batch of his Gold Atlas of Quartzsite Volume 2 encompassing the area south of the freeway.  Jim Walkington of Viper Voidance will speak on rattlesnakes.  He is doing dog training on which need to be scheduled ahead of time.  Jerry Boswell of Joshua Tree Earth and Science museum will be speaking on meteorites.  There will be more speakers on finding gold.

There will be gold panning and metal detector contests and drawings.  Also the Quartzsite Metal Detector Club will be doing a coin hunt.  For more information QuartzsiteAZGoldShow.com.

Tuesday there will be one of my favorite sales in town at the Library from 8-4.  Lots of books, magazines, puzzles and videos.

$th Annual Authors Fair is still going on at  Readers Oasis Book Store.

For the ATVers the Desert Bloom Rally will be held at the Desert Gardens.

Wednesday The GeoCachers meet at the QIA from 10-12.

Friday the Senior Center is having a Valentines Day Dance.

Saturday a Valentines Day Dance at the Split Rail RV Park.

Wednesday there is a free educational seminar on Peripheral Artery Disease by Fr. Sumar at the Palm Plaza Suite 6 at 4.  Please RSVP at 928-927-6105.

Saturday VFW Golf Tournament at the Quartzsite Golf Course.

What Is Happening In Quartzsite Week of February 2-9

Super Bowl Sunday!  Yea I love watching football.

Down at the Main Trading Post Food Court they will be having a football party with all the fixin’s, check it out, starts at noon.

Have you ever watched the guys fly their RC Airplanes?  Well on Thursday they are having a get together Fly-In at their runway in the northern part of the city park off of Plymouth.  Great bunch of guys that I am sure would love to tell you more about their planes.

Are you going to be out and about Saturday morning?  Go over to the Queen of  Peace Church for their All You Can Eat Pancake breakfast.

One of the first things I noticed about our town library was all the books on quilting.  When I inquired about it I was informed that we have a rather large quilting club here in town.  Well if you have never been to one of their shows this is the one to go see.  They make the most wonderful creative quilts and you get a chance to win one and help out the food bank.  See you there on Friday and Saturday at the Senior Center.

  • Feb 2 Super Bowl Football Party at the Main Trading Post Food Court Noon till?
  • Feb 6 Quartzsite Flyers RC Fly-In Town Park
  • Feb 8 Queen of Peace Church All U Can Eat Pancakes Breakfast w eggs sausage juice coffee 7:30-9:30
  • Feb 7-8 Quartzsite Quilters Quilt show at Senior Center to benefit the Food Bank 425-210-6468

When is that last time you volunteered to help with something here in town?  You don’t have to be a resident to volunteer.  Just a couple hours a week sure makes a difference.  Also a great way to meet the nicest people in town!

Many non-profits are looking for volunteers to help this time of the year.

  • The town of Quartzsite After-School Recreation Program is looking for help and donations, call 928-927-4333 for more information.
  • The Quartzsite Museum needs volunteers to help dig on the Oasis Hotel.  Show up at the museum Wed thru Sun 10am.
  • Check with the Community Thrift Store
  • The Salvation Army needs a few good men to help pick up the heavier items
  • The food bank needs volunteers, they are open Tuesdays & Thursdays
  • Join the QIA and help them out at many of their functions they have going on
  • If you need volunteers let me know to be listed here.

There are many many music jams and dances going on in town every day, too many for me to list.  Check out the DesertMessenger.com for listings.

 

What Is Happening In Quartzsite the Week of January 27th

Ready for some boogie woogie blues concert put on by Paul Winer along with some of his musical friends.

Two shows by him and his friends at the QIA Tuesday January 28th.  His shows at the QIA have sold out in the past so make sure you can get tickets.

Tyson Wells starts it’s 3 show the Arts & Crafts Fair.  Many of the vendors stay there through all 3 shows but there are also many that are only there for 1 or 2 shows so check back if you have already been there to see new items.

All the vendor swap meets are still going strong.

Main Trading Post Super Bowl Party on Sunday come watch the super bowl on a 60″ tv – Music, Food from our food vendors – Rick Mitchell will entertain! Hope to see you here!

  • Jan 28 Paul Winer In Concert QIA
  • Jan 29-Feb 9 Tyson Wells Arts & Crafts Fair TysonWells.com
  • Jan 1 QIA Craft Show & Dance at night
  • Feb 2 Main Trading Post Super Bowl Party

Many non-profits are looking for volunteers to help this time of the year.

  • The town of Quartzsite After-School Recreation Program is looking for help and donations, call 928-927-4333 for more information.
  • The Quartzsite Museum needs volunteers to help dig on the Oasis Hotel.  Show up at the museum Wed thru Sun 10am.
  • Check with the Community Thrift Store
  • The Salvation Army needs a few good men to help pick up the heavier items
  • The food bank needs volunteers, they are open Tuesdays & Thursdays
  • Join the QIA and help them out at many of their functions they have going on
  • If you need volunteers let me know to be listed here.

There are many many music jams and dances going on in town every day, too many for me to list.  Check out the DesertMessenger.com for listings.

 

Quartzsite Pow Wow Was Our Best Since 2009

We really weren’t expecting it to be a great show with the economy and all but we were pleasantly surprised.

It started off with a bang.  Wednesday was a really busy day with customers filling the isles.  Everybody seemed to be a in good mood and there to have a good time.  Shoppers were finding all kinds of deals and steals.  By the weekend it had slowed down but we were ready.

 

What Is Happening This Week In Quartzsite, AZ January 20-25

The Quartzsite RV Show & the Tyson Show has started and is on going.  The QIA Pow Wow starts this Wednesday.

Be sure not to miss the Pow Wow as it is where it all started here in Quartzsite.  The Pow Wow  largest operating display of lapidary equipment in the country. Over 400 outdoor sites and 10,000 sq. ft. building. Displays from around the Country: dealers with gems, minerals, jewelry, demonstrations and more.

Roadrunners Gem & Mineral Club is a big part of the show. The Pow Wow is the biggest single fund raising event for the club. They raffle tickets for special prizes  Drawings are held every day of the Pow Wow every 15 minutes. Winners are rewarded with gifts donated by local businesses, vendors and club members. The minimum value of each gift is $25. Some are valued at much more than $50. Over 150 gifts are given away to winners during the Pow WOW.

The club also takes interested visitors out on field trips to look for rocks of every variety. Trips are arranged twice a day during the Pow Wow. Visitors can buy a temporary membership for $2/trip. For insurance reasons, only members and those buying a temporary membership are allowed to go on the field trips.

The club also staffs a booth at the Pow Wow with demonstrations emphasizing some of the skills learned at the club. knapping, faceting, cabbing and silversmith skills are demonstrated.

Saturday is Queen of Peace Church All U Can Eat Pancakes Breakfast w eggs sausage juice coffee 7:30-9:30.  Great way to start your Saturday!

You might want to get your tickets to the Paul Winer January 28 Concert at the QIA ahead of time as they have been sold out for the last 3 years.  You can find them at the QIA or at Paul bookstore.

  • Jan 22 -26  45th Annual QIA Gem & Mineral Show http://www.qiaarizona.org/
  • Jan 25 Queen of Peace Church All U Can Eat Pancakes Breakfast w eggs sausage juice coffee 7:30-9:30

Many non-profits are looking for volunteers to help this time of the year.

  • The town of Quartzsite After-School Recreation Program is looking for help and donations, call 928-927-4333 for more information.
  • The Quartzsite Museum needs volunteers to help dig on the Oasis Hotel.  Show up at the museum Wed thru Sun 10am.
  • Check with the Community Thrift Store
  • The Salvation Army needs a few good men to help pick up the heavier items
  • The food bank needs volunteers, they are open Tuesdays & Thursdays
  • Join the QIA and help them out at many of their functions they have going on
  • If you need volunteers let me know to be listed here.

There are many many music jams and dances going on in town every day, too many for me to list.  Check out the DesertMessenger.com for listings

QIA Pow Wow Is Next Week

It is almost that time again for the Quartzsite PowWow  rock show.

This is a show not to miss.  Not only are there rocks, gems and minerals but rock related items like jewelry.  Equipment for working with rocks and making jewelry.

There are vendors from all over the country and even out of the country bringing their wares to Quartzsite.

This year’s POWWOW is Wednesday January 22 through Sunday January 26, 2014.  There are about 500 vendor spaces at the QIA and they are always full of great items.

Even if you are not a rock collector you will enjoy walking around this show.

The QIA also has the restaurant open with 3 meals daily during the show.  Good home-style cooking.  Park at the lot about 1 block east of the QIA and a shuttle will give you a ride to the show because believe me once it is open you cannot park close.

New this year is that there will be an ATM at the show just in case you don’t bring enough money.

Find us at space 462 with the gold sign above our tent.  We will also have more information about the Quartzsite Gold show in February.

Snake Training Your Dog at the Quartzsite Gold Treasure and Craft Show

The Quartzsite fire department reported that they removed 106 rattlesnakes from our little town last year.

Did you know that you can have your dog trained not to go near rattlesnakes?

Well you can and Jim Walkington will be here in February 15 at the Gold Show doing just that.

I know you can get rattlesnake vaccination for your dog and you should if you are down here in the desert.  The vaccine is supposed to make the effects of a rattlesnake bite less severe but your dog will still need to be taken to the vet if bit and will most likely have problems.  So why not have your dog trained not to go near the rattlesnakes?

Jim Walkington is the owner operator of Viper Voidance, a company in New River, Arizona that trains dogs to avoid rattlesnakes. He has been training dogs to avoid rattlesnakes for eleven years and has trained thousands of dogs…and one cat, using the caged rattlesnake method. During his decade long training stint, Walkington collected so many marvelous dog stories that he wrote a book titled: What the Lord Said About Labs: And Other Amazing Dog Stories From Rattlesnake University. This book is available on Amazon as either a paperback or a Kindle book. Walkington’s website is www.vipervoidance.com

You do need to sign up ahead of time at Jim’s website to make sure you can get your dog trained that day.  There is a fee.

By the way I was one of the fire department rattlesnake removal statistics.  One slithered right up to where we were sitting outside one night.

A friend of mine Jane Boyles had her dog trained by Jim and was very pleased with the results.  She will be at the show at the authors table and will gladly tell you what she thinks about having your dog trained.

Here is a picture Jane took of a rattlesnake out in the desert.

Jane Boyles Rattlesnake Picture

Jane Boyles Rattlesnake Picture

What Is Happening This Week In Quartzsite, AZ January 13-19

It is so busy here in Quartzsite right now that it seems like time is just flying by with all the fun things to do.

There is music everywhere all day long.  You can go down to the Main Street Traders and listen to musicians play most of the day or stop at any of the many jams going on at the RV parks.  If you want to go to dinner and a show we have two special events this week.

It is hard to keep up with everything going on here but I will give it a try.  All the shows are going on full blast so make sure not to miss any of them  see my page on swap meets for more information.  If you don’t want to drive or walk to all of them you take the shuttle.

I wrote about the La Paz County Search & Rescue Benefit last week at the QIA that is on Tuesday January 14th.  I hope you got your tickets for the dinner and show already as I hear they have been going fast.

January 17 Friday Spaghetti Dinner at the Queen of Peace Catholic Church.  Held from 4-6 pre-sale tickets $5 or $6 at the door.  Spaghetti served with meat sauce, salad, garlic bread, drink and desert.

January 17 Tyson Wells officially opens their Sell-A-Rama with so many vendors selling all kinds of items you won’t know where to start.  Put on your walking shoes and don’t miss all the great items from rocks to socks.

Saturday the crafters are out again at the Senior Center for their Craft Fair.  I don’t know how they keep up making so many great hand made items for sale.

The Quartzsite Metal Detectors Club has their 3rd Saturday of the month Hunt in the Park.  New members can sign up at the park.  You don’t have to be a member to do the hunt or just want to come by learn more about the metal detecting club and their gold claims.  There will also be information about the up coming Quartzsite Gold, Treasure and Craft Show in February.  See their website for more information of costs and prizes at  Quartzsite Metal Detectors Club.

The GRAND Gathering is having a Fundraiser Saturday with a Prime Rib dinner and The Howard, Sandy & Friends Variety Show! Advance tickets are highly recommended so as not to miss it and can be bought at the QIA for $12.

The big RV  show starts up on the 18th called The Big Tent Sports, Vacation & RV Show.  This can take you all day to see everything and learn about all the new items out there.

Now if you have not completely worn your self out on Saturday it is always fun to go to the Shell Station in the evening and see the old cars that come in for the Cruis’en.  Not only is this free but there are hot dogs and ice cream for only 50 cents.

The Dump Station Revue will be  at Quail Run RV Park to keep you in stitches laughing at their Dump Station Revue at  7pm https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dump-Station-Revue-Comedy-Show/136108726508073

Many non-profits are looking for volunteers to help this time of the year.

  • The town of Quartzsite After-School Recreation Program is looking for help and donations, call 928-927-4333 for more information.
  • The Quartzsite Museum needs volunteers to help dig on the Oasis Hotel.  Show up at the museum Wed thru Sun 10am.
  • Check with the Community Thrift Store
  • The Salvation Army needs a few good men to help pick up the heavier items
  • The food bank needs volunteers, they are open Tuesdays & Thursdays
  • Join the QIA and help them out at many of their functions they have going on
  • If you need volunteers let me know to be listed here.

There are many many music jams and dances going on in town every day, too many for me to list.  Check out the DesertMessenger.com for listings.