The Egg Hunt Is On At The Shops

Children of all ages hunted for Easter eggs at The Shops Saturday morning in hopes of winning the grand prize. The younger children took over Ultra Star Cinemas in search of the plastic eggs filled with candy, and the other children hunted in the main courtyard.

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No Pain No Gain At The Lake Havasu Tattoo Show

The 9th Annual Tattoo Show took place at the Quality Inn this weekend in Lake Havasu City. Tattoo enthusiasts gathered at the show to decorate their bodies in ink with images of everything from flowers to Marvel Comic Book cartoon characters.

During Saturday’s event, Beauty and the Beast Sideshow performer Jason Rigstad pierced his arms with hooks and pulled an Anderson Nisson car.

The Tattoo Show continues on Sunday afternoon.

 

Artist Sid Avis tattoos on Sheri Mauer's foot Saturday afternoon. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene
Artist Sid Avis tattoos on Sheri Mauer’s foot Saturday afternoon. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene
Dixie Smith gets tattooed by artist Larry Topping Saturday afternoon at The Tattoo Show. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene
Dixie Smith gets tattooed by artist Larry Topping Saturday afternoon at The Tattoo Show. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

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Museum Of History Honors Robert McCulloch With A Birthday Breakfast

The Lake Havasu Museum of History honored our city’s founder, Robert McCulloch, Saturday morning with a pancake breakfast in celebration of his birthday.

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Jillian Danielson/RiverScene
Gary Bjornson pours a Mimosa Saturday morning at the Robert McCulloch Birthday Bash. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene
Gary Bjornson pours a Mimosa Saturday morning at the Robert McCulloch Birthday Bash. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

 

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Teen Break 2016

While college students come to Lake Havasu City to enjoy our beaches during Spring Break, local teenagers are treated to their own fun at Rotary Park. The Aquatics and Recreation holds Teen Break each year full of activities, food, and carnival rides for ages sixth-twelfth grade.

Here is a wrap-up video social short by Empire Video.

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20 Questions – Grace Ann Etcheberia-Jacobs

Grace Ann, who is the owner/producer at Grace Arts and the owner of Arizona Coast Performing Arts dance studio, moved to Lake Havasu City 28 years ago. Today, she has four grown children including three boys and a girl. Grace Ann also has 11 grandchildren, and a black-and-white Standard Parti Poodle, who is 6-years-old. His name is Larry. Recently, she sat down with RiverScene Magazine to answer 20 Questions.

 

1.) What is your perfect pizza? “La Vita Dolce’s Chicken Artichoke pizza.”

 

2.) If you were to buy candy, what would you pick? “Milky Way. Anything chocolate, actually, but that’s one of my favorites.”

 

3.) Do you have a habit you’d like to break? “I would like to not be so reactionary. I would really react when I was younger, but now I’m working on that.”

 

4.) Favorite beverage? “Iced Tea. I pretty much live on that.”

 

5.) What is the most recent photo on your phone? “My mother-in-law’s new puppy, Prince. It is the grandson of my own poodle.”

 

6.) Favorite local restaurant? “It’s a toss-up between Juicy’s and Shugrue’s. They are very different places, but both are very good.”

 

7.) What is your dream destination vacation? “Europe. Spain. The Basque Country. It’s in the Pyrenees Mountains between France and Spain. My family is from there, and I still have distant relatives on the Spain side.”

 

8.) What is your favorite article of clothing? “I like flannel. My flannel nightgown.”

 

9.) What is a dessert you daydream about? “If I was going to cheat for the day, it would be cheesecake, with cherries on top.

 

10.) What is your favorite event in Havasu? “Winterfest. I like it because there are lots of artistic vendors and lots to look at. It’s not just the energy of the locals but the visitors, too. People stop by the theater and peek and look.”

 

11.) Who do you ask for advice? “For personal advice, it will always be my husband. For business advice, I have an amazing team of business people, friends, and sponsors.”

 

12.) Early bird or night owl? “I’m a night owl, without a doubt.”

 

13.) What is one thing that must be on your grocery list? “Yogurt. Cherry and peach are my favorites.

 

14.) In what city or town were you born? “San Juan Capistrano, California.”

 

15.) If you could be any age for one week, what age would you be? “I think 30 is the perfect age … you’re still young with energy and physical strength. You have what you need to work hard every day. As you get older it gets harder to do those things.”

 

16.) Do you have a dream theater production that you’d like to do? “I’d like to do ‘Mary Poppins’ and ‘Mama Mia’. I plan to create and produce them here. It is difficult and challenging to do in on my little stage, but I plan to do them.”

 

17.) What is your favorite pastime? “Boating. We spend a lot of time on the boat in the summer. That’s when I have most of my free time. That’s why we moved here. We liked waterskiing, boating and camping … we have great memories.”

 

18.) If you were a zoo animal, what would you be? “Mama Bear. I’m protective of my kids and grandkids, and my theater kids. I try to protect them and do the best for them to prepare them to get those opportunities that they work hard for.”

 

19.) What cheers you up? “Being with friends, playing a friendly game of poker, listening to a band somewhere, or going to Las Vegas and hanging out on Fremont Street. I like downtime with friends. And, my grandkids, I love playing and spending time with my grandkids.”

 

20.) What is your least favorite food? “I won’t eat liver. I used to hate avocadoes, too, but I’ve been starting to like them.

 

Grace Ann is in her ninth production season at Grace Arts. Each season hosts about 15 productions, including six main season shows, five children’s productions, two charity fundraisers and a youth summer workshop. All actors and much of the staff are volunteers.

Many of Grace Ann’s theater kids grow up onstage before the very eyes of the audience. Some of those theater kids have gone on to audition at colleges spanning the U.S. A few make their way back to Grace Ann, and help out with productions on her beloved stage in Havasu. Grace Arts is at 2146 North McCulloch Blvd., in Havasu. For more information, call the theater at 928-505-2787 or visit www.graceartslive.com.

Jayne Hanson photo/River/Scene Magazine (Grace Ann) Grace Ann Etcheberia-Jacobs gestures to the entrance at Grace Arts Live Main Street Theater Thursday in Lake Havasu City.

 

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Lake Havasu Girl Scouts Donate To Military Moms

Girl Scout and Brownie Troops 2436, 2276, 1892, 1925, 2400, 979, 415, 147, 1304, and 1585 met with the Lake Havasu Military Moms Wednesday evening to donate boxes of cookies. The Military Moms will pack the cookies into care packages and will be sent to U.S. military troops serving overseas.

Girl Scout and Brownie troops pose with the Lake Havasu Military Moms Wednesday evening. Rick Powell/RiverScene
Girl Scout and Brownie troops pose with the Lake Havasu Military Moms Wednesday evening. Rick Powell/RiverScene

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Havasu Pioneers Reminisce About Early Days

By  Lizbeth Castellanos
Thunderbolt Middle School

If there’s one thing that’s true about Lake Havasu City, it’s the dedication its early inhabitants. Those early pioneers built the city from a wide spot in the desert. It had one big thing going for it … the beautiful Lake Havasu.

A reunion of those early Havasu Pioneers took place recently and memories were front and center.

 Today in Havasu, there are many entertaining ways to recreate and have fun.

Dody Lee-Hietpas poses for a photo at the Havasu Pioneer Reunion. Photo by Lizbeth Castellanos
Dody Lee-Hietpas poses for a photo at the Havasu Pioneer Reunion. Photo by Lizbeth Castellanos

That wasn’t the case when Tami Atwell, 64, Josephine Beauchamp, 73, Betty Blanchard, 66, Barbara Vetter, 73, Bev Standal, 72, Jean Steele, 69, Dody Lee-Hietpas, 72, or David Abe, 68, arrived in Lake Havasu City. They were some of the many people who were able to see the city flourish and develop in ways they couldn’t have ever imagined.

One of the Havasu Pioneers who was also celebrating her birthday at the reunion said, when there was a smaller community, all the people knew each other.

“There was no police station or hospital so they would have to drive to Needles or Kingman.”

Atwell said, “When I wanted to listen to the new music out, I would have to wait until night to get a radio station from Mexico.”

Jean Steele poses for a photo at the Havasu Pioneers Reunion. photo by Lizbeth Castellanos
Jean Steele poses for a photo at the Havasu Pioneers Reunion. photo by Lizbeth Castellanos

There was one thing the group agreed on – the one thing that tormented the civilians – donkeys. They roamed freely through the city but they were so wild they scared some of the people.

A big source of entertainment, they said, was football.

The group said there was a huge rivalry between the Parker and Havasu teams.

Once, they remembered, the Parker team stole a cow statue, (now in front of the Golden Horseshoe), and they put it on the Lake Havasu High School field. The Havasu team would paint its initials on the Parker field.

David Ade poses for a photo at the Havasu Pioneers Reunion. Photo by  Lizbeth Castellanos
David Ade poses for a photo at the Havasu Pioneers Reunion. Photo by  Lizbeth Castellanos

When there was a game in Parker, the Havasu team would need a police escort on their way out since Parker fans would rock the bus or they were so violent, the escort was needed.

Havasu was also well known for its parades.

The parades were flamboyant and would sometimes last up to 10 days.

The group of Pioneers said there were a lot of contests like a beard or a pancake-flipping contest.

Bands played under the London Bridge.

The Pioneers said Lake Havasu City was a place that taught residents to be good, work well in teams, and to be creative.

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No Empty Baskets At Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Every year, hundreds of Lake Havasu City kids flock to SARA Park for the annual Community Easter Egg Hunt and this Sunday was no different.

The free event was supported by the Interact Club from Thunderbolt Middle School and provided area children with an opportunity to hunt for Easter eggs, win prizes and get their photo snapped with the ever popular Easter Bunny.

 Jillian Danielson/RiverScene
Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

Scott Taylor, of the Sunrise Rotary Club said, “There are 10 different patches for 10 different age groups. There are 25,000 stuffed eggs out here.”

Taylor explained that there was one special egg in each patch with a Rotary symbol attached.

“The person that gets that egg can turn it in for a giant Easter,” he said.

One diligent searcher, Ashley Batista, said she had fun looking for eggs.

“I got to help out my baby sister and I got a lot of eggs. It was exciting to see all the kids have fun and enjoy themselves,” Batista said.

 

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Heating Up In Havasu For Spring Break

As the weather gets warmer, the Bridgewater Channel fills with college students for Havasu’s Spring Break during the months of March and April.

 

Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas performs at Kokomo during Spring Break. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene
Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas performs at Kokomo during Spring Break. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

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