CHP invites the public to open house

NEEDLES —The California Highway Patrol is to have an open house on Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Needles station, 1916 J St., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

CHP will have a K9 demonstration, their helicopter and vehicles on display, a children’s bicycle rodeo, equipment demonstrations, office tours, career information and more.

RSVP to officer Medina via email at jmedina@chp.ca.gov or by phone at 760-326-2000.

Elks offer Veterans Day breakfast

NEEDLES — All veterans, firemen, police, first responders get a free breakfast at BPO Elks Lodge 1608 on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11.

Others pay $7 each. Breakfast is served from 8 to 11 a.m. at the lodge, 1000 Lilyhill Dr.

VFW plans activities

MOHAVE VALLEY — Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 404 offers a variety of special activities for members and guests. The post is at 10287 Barrackman Rd. in Mohave Valley. Call 928-788-3202. All times are Mountain Standard.

Buddy Poppy volunteers will be manning tables at Ace Hardware, Smith’s grocery store and Walmart in Fort Mohave on Nov. 9, 10 and 11 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Thursday, Nov. 8, the Auxiliary offers a build-your-own taco bar from noon to 2 p.m.

• Friday, Nov. 9, a live Maine lobster or steak dinner will be served for advance ticket holders. Seating times are 5 and 6:30 p.m.

• Saturday, Nov. 10, Queen of Hearts starts at 4 p.m. with the drawing at 6:30 p.m. A steak sandwich dinner is served from 5 to 7 p.m. Karaoke starts at 5:30 p.m.

• Sunday, Nov. 11, breakfast of S.O.S. or ham steak, either with eggs, is served from 9 to 11 a.m.

• Monday, Nov. 12, Monday night football and food starts at 5 p.m.

• Tuesday, Nov. 13, League Wii bowling and food begins at 4 p.m.

Women’s Club honors veterans

NEEDLES — In an early observation of Veterans Day the Women’s Club of Needles offers pie and coffee on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The treats are free to veterans with proof of service, the general public is welcome and pays $3 each. The event is held in the historic clubhouse, 305 W. Broadway. Call Yvonne, 951-465-1455.

Observe Veterans Day early

TOPOCK — Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6306 and Auxiliary host events to commemorate Veterans Day on Saturday, Nov. 10.

Ceremonies begin at 9 a.m. in Golden Shores Community Park. Breakfast is served immediately after until noon at the post. A bake sale, and raffles for meat, 50/50 and brown bag gift continue through the day. A ribeye steak dinner continues from 3 to 7 p.m. Karaoke starts at 7 p.m.

The post is at 12858 Oatman Hwy.; call 928-763-3033 after 11 a.m.

NHS Drama Club and Dance Trax 51

team up to perform The Nutcracker

NEEDLES — The Needles High School Drama Club along with Dance Trax 51 will be performing The Nutcracker on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 6 and Dec. 7, in the NHS auditorium along Washington Street.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets for the performance will be $5 and are available for purchase in the NHS Office. Gaby Belt, NHS Drama Club Instructor, strongly suggests that tickets be purchased in advance as this same play sold out when it was performed last.

Pet pix part of Christmas celebration

NEEDLES — A new element in this year’s Holiday Fun Fair will be a pet photo contest presented by Big O Tires and NAPA Auto Parts.

A fundraiser for the Needles Animal Shelter, categories include:

• My Buddy & Me: you and your pet;

• Pets in Action: show us what your pet does best;

• Waiting for Santa: dressed for the holidays;

• Let Sleeping Pets Lie: your pet at rest; and

• I’m ready for my Close Up: pets only, not in holiday attire, no humans.

There are no limits to numbers of pets or categories entered. Pay $1 each entry fees at NAPA on Broadway at G Street; submit photos by email to needlesfunfair@aol.com before Nov. 24.

View the pictures and place votes during the fair on Dec. 1. Each vote costs 25 cents. Big O and NAPA will match each vote. Proceeds go to the shelter. Winners will be announced before the parade.

Commodities distributed

NEEDLES — U.S. Department of Agriculture commodities will be distributed on Friday, Nov. 9, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Bonnie Baker Senior Center, 149350 Ukiah Trail, Big River; and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at St. Vincent de Paul, 839 Front St., Needles.

Free to low income county residents, commodity distribution is coordinated by Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County. Visit www.sbcounty.gov/capsbc/; call 909-723-1500.

Enter Christmas Lighted Parade

NEEDLES — There are three categories for the Christmas Lighted Parade to take place during the Needles Holiday Fun Fair on Saturday, Dec. 1.

The three categories are floats, decorated vehicle and group. Entries should have at least one string of visible lights. To enter in the parade contact Mary Gonzales at 760-326-7151.

Visit library

NEEDLES — Special programming is offered at the Needles branch of the San Bernardino County Library.

Story time for all ages is offered Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. and includes a craft project.

Nov. 7 - Thanksgiving stories with a special related craft.

Nov. 14 - Celebrate American Indian/Alaskan Native Heritage Month with special stories and making Inuit snow goggles.

Basic computer classes for adults will be offered Thursdays at 3 p.m. through Nov. 15.

Little artists will create fun, sometimes messy projects Tuesdays at 3 p.m.

Oct. 30 - Celebrate the V by making a VW finger car.

Nov. 6 - W means making a western wagon.

Nov. 13 - Come and make this mystery craft featuring the letter X

A book club for adults meets at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 and Dec. 15. The group will discuss Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena on Nov. 17.

Celebrate literacy in the largest shared reading experience: Jump Start Read for the Record, 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25.

Baker’s Book Club, a program for ages four through 17, continues through Nov. 17.

Vendors may join Holiday Fun Fair

NEEDLES — Sign up now for limited vendor spaces in the Dec. 1 Holiday Fun Fair in downtown Needles.

Booths in the community’s annual Christmas celebration go for $35; $45 with electricity.

Contact Contact Tena McGee at 760-985-4050 for details.

Eagles Aerie offers activities

NEEDLES — Eagles Aerie 2599 offers several special events each month for members and guests. Visit the aerie, 729 Front St. at E Street; call 760-326-2599; email needlesaerie2599@gmail.com. The aerie opens at noon each day; earlier on Sundays when breakfast is served.

Nov. 10 - U.S. Marine Corps Birthday.

Nov. 11 - Veterans Day.

Nov. 14 - Patty melt lunch, noon to 3 p.m.

Donate to toy drive

NEEDLES — The Needles annual toy drive boxes were to be distributed Nov. 1.

Those who would like to donate can take toys or money — checks can be made out to The Women’s Club of Needles — to Desert Communities Federal Credit Union at 1001 W. Broadway.

Program offers youth training

NEEDLES — There are only a few spots left for the MHS, Inc. Needles Center For Change Work Force Innovation and Opportunity Act Youth Program. The program is free to all who qualify through the center. Contact Stacey Shaver at 300 H St. or call 760-326-4590.

To qualify, applicants must be willing to work towards a GED or occupational certificate or degree; be 17 to 24 years old and out of school; live in San Bernardino County; and have a barrier to employment. The Title I financially assisted program is an equal opportunity program.

Parenting classes still available

NEEDLES — While the office at 800 W. Broadway has been closed for several months, First 5 San Bernardino and WestCare are still offering free parenting classes in Needles and Havasu Lake, Calif.

Home visits are available. Call for more information: 760-326-3135 or (cellular) 760-903-3451.

Classes address expectations, response to needs, discipline, self awareness and empowerment through increasing knowledge and skills in 30 related areas.

Trailer off-road vehicles to parade

NEEDLES — Non-street legal vehicles are allowed during the Christmas Lighted Parade to take place after the Needles Holiday Fun Fair on Saturday, Dec. 1.

Those who will enter non-street legal vehicles should transport them on a trailer to the start point at D Street along Broadway. To enter the parade contact Mary Gonzales at 760-326-7151.

Head Start continues to accept students

NEEDLES — Needles Head Start, 600 Cibola St., is still enrolling for the 2018-19 school year.

Contact Pamela Motes at 760-326-5221 or 760-326-3969.

Visit BPO Elks Lodge 1608

NEEDLES — BPO Elks Lodge 1608, 1000 Lilyhill Dr., serves tacos Mondays and dinners Tuesdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Darts are played at 3 p.m. Sundays. All Elks and guests are welcome. All times Pacific. Call 760-326-1608. Coming up:

Nov. 7 - Bunco, 6 p.m.

Nov. 11 - Veterans Day breakfast, 8 to 11 a.m.

Nov. 13 - Meatloaf, salad, green beans, potatoes and gravy, dessert by Barb.

Nov. 14 - Lodge, 6 p.m.

Assemblyman’s staff to visit

NEEDLES — The staff of Dist. 33 Assemblyman Jay Obernolte is to visit Needles on the second Tuesday of odd-numbered months.

Staff will be in the Needles city offices at 817 Third St. from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Call 760-244-5277 or send email to Assemblymember.Obernolte@assembly.ca.gov.

Sign up for Santa’s Workshop

NEEDLES — The North Pole moves far south on Saturday, Dec. 8, as Santa’s Workshop returns to the Needles Recreation Center.

Youngsters ages five through 13 will each make five Christmas gifts and enjoy cookies and cocoa in the annual event held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the center at 1705 J St.

Space is limited to the first 40. Cost is $25 each which must be paid by Nov. 30. Call Jennifer Valenzuela at 760-326-2814.

Sign up for toy drive during Fun Fair

NEEDLES — Parents or guardians who would like to register their child to receive toys in an annual drive can sign up during the Needles Holiday Fun Fair scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Registration will be held inside Desert Communities Federal Credit Union.

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