Wells of Life 2Water is at the fingertips of Imperial Valley residents, who despite living in an arid environment can simply turn on the tap for whatever they need for cooking, bathing, or however they choose.


That isn’t the case in many Third World countries, where easy access to water doesn’t yet exist. The local nonprofit agency Burning Bush International hopes to change that for thousands of Ugandans this year by raising funds for deep-water wells that would greatly improve their quality of life.


On Friday, Burning Bush International will be kicking off its campaign to fund 10 deep-water wells in Uganda in 2016. Burning Bush’s annual dinner will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Ricochet Event Center, 450 W. Aten Road, Imperial. Tickets are $15 before the event and $20 at the door. 


According to data provided by Burning Bush International, 8 million Ugandan villagers, or about 20 percent of that African country’s population, still do not have access to clean water. Instead, women and children spend an estimated three hours collecting dirty water every day, taking children out of the classroom to help provide for their families. School attendance, as a result, is poor in many villages. The mortality rate is grim. Up to 15 percent of the country’s children under the age of 5 years die, in part because of the high rate of water-borne diseases caused by dirty water not boiled before it is consumed.


At Friday’s event, guest speaker Nick Jordan of Wells of Life will speak on the project and how that nonprofit agency has provided more than 165 clean, deep-water wells in Uganda over the past six years.


Special music will be by the Walker family band. An auction table features a complete home water system from Culligan Water. Tickets are available at KGBA (ask for Ricardo) or by contacting Jim or Nancie Rhodes at 760-604-6310 or 6311.

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rib cook off_pre sale_final_edited-1The 25th Annual Rib Cook-Off Extravaganza hosted by the Holtville Athletic Club will take place in Holtville, California. This year’s event is scheduled one weekend prior to the Super Bowl. Organizers are preparing for a crowd that will approach 12,000 by reserving 12,000 pounds of fresh pork ribs, and making preparations to serve 250 gallons of Old Fashion homemade ice cream for the single day event.

This year’s marquee event will have prizes and awards that will top $ 10,000.00. The top prize of $ 1,000.00 will go to the judge’s choice for best BBQ Ribs. Additional categories include best side dish, and best booth contest.

With all net proceeds of the event earmarked to benefit area youth activity education and athletic groups, the majority of the 600 event volunteers are comprised of area athletic, youth organization, and educational groups and their leaders.

Four bands will be performing live at the Rib Cook-Off: Opus, Good Enough, Megan Strahm and the True Blues, “Eevaan Tre’ & The Show” from Coachella Valley all on the main stage.

The non-profit organization The Holtville Athletic Club has become a major benefactor to Imperial County organizations and causes. The 28 member group is primarily known for the Rib Cook-Off and the Imperial Valley ambassador Old Fashion Ice Cream machine capable of turning out in excess of 40 Gallons an hour of delicious old fashioned ice cream.  Since inception the Holtville Athletic Club’s mission has been to financially assist regional youth groups and athletic activities through non-profit fund raising efforts. The efforts include member’s personal commitments to the organization as well as seeking corporate assistance. The Holtville Athletic Club’s future will be guaranteed by the continued dedication of volunteers and the future presence of deserving sports associations, students, and local children. Today’s beneficiaries will become tomorrow’s volunteers just as today’s volunteers were yesterday’s beneficiaries. Evidenced by the hundreds of thousands of dollars and in like kind work put into the local communities by the organization.

Major event sponsors include:

KXO Radio, Fox 9, LaBrucherie Irrigation Supply, KYMA, Lucky Supermarket, AT&T, Telemundo and Cleartalk.

For additional information please visit http://holtville.net

Band Schedule

Opus:  9:30am – 10:25am

Good Enough: 10:40am – 11:35pm

Megan Strahm and the True Blues: 11:50pm – 12:45pm

Eevaan Tre’ & The Show: 1:00pm – 3:15pm



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Holtville Chamber Logo for webTime to put your teams together and create your best dish for the 2016 Carrot Festival Tailgate Cooking Contest, Sunday, February 7, 2016

Entry fee of $50.00 includes the booth space for your team

Booth spaces will be set up on the 500 block of Holt Avenue.  Spaces will be assigned by event organizers and will be available at 8am Sunday morning, but must be set up by 10am.  Serving shall begin at 12:00 noon and must continue until at least 3:00 pm (the Super Bowl starts at 3:30 pm).  Judging will begin at 12:30.

Health Department – Application for a Temporary Food Facility Permit must be filled out and turned into the Chamber Office by January 20, 2016, with an additional $15.00, which goes to the Health Department for processing.  If received after the cutoff date, there will be an extra $75 charge which goes to the Health Department also.

A City of Holtville Business License will be required. License fee is $25.

All forms are available at the Chamber Office.

For a complete listing of the rules, call the Holtville Chamber of Commerce (760) 356-2923.

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