Women’s Club specialty sale continues Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

NEEDLES — The Women’s Club of Needles holds their popular speciality sale from Thursday to Wednesday, Jan. 18 - 24 except Sunday, in their historic clubhouse at 305 Broadway.

Hours are: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Donations are accepted. For more details contact Pattie of the Women’s Club at 760-326-5691.

Work to begin on Arizona 95

BULLHEAD CITY — Maintenance work on four miles of Arizona Hwy. 95 between the south end of the Bullhead Parkway and Miracle Mile Road begins this week and continues through mid-February.

Traffic will be squeezed down to a single lane between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. Sundays through Wednesdays. Delays should be expected. Most of the traffic signals on the parkway control roads that reach various points in Bullhead City and Hwy. 95 north of the construction zone.

Enroll now at Palo Verde

NEEDLES — Register by Feb. 2 for spring semester classes which begin Jan. 22 at the Needles Center of Palo Verde College.

Examine schedules and class offerings at www.paloverde.edu.

New this month is a welding program for adults and high school students, held in the Needles High School welding shops. Several other classes, both for-credit and non-credit will be available, including GED prep classes. Visit the center at Broadway and E Street, call 760-326-5043.

Sponsor Rte. 66 Hot Boat, Custom Car Show

NEEDLES — Opportunities are still available for businesses, organizations or individuals to join presenting sponsors Murphy Broadcasting and Nick Rose Insurance in sponsoring the 10th Route 66 Hot Boat and Custom Car Show.

Sponsorship packages have been designed for investments of $150 to $4,000. Contact the Needles Chamber of Commerce at 100 G St., P.O. Box 705, Needles, CA 92363; call 760-326-2050; email needleschamber@frontier.com. Visit www.needleschamber.com.

Master Gardener course starts tomorrow

BULLHEAD CITY — The Master Gardener Urban Home Horticulture Course provides research-based horticulture information for use as a Master Gardener volunteer educator for the Mohave County Cooperative Extension.

The 13-week course runs from Jan. 18 to April 19 on Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mohave Community College in Bullhead City. Register or learn more at extension.arizona.edu/Mohave (click on Master Gardeners > News) or contact Andrew Brischke at 928-753-3788 or brischke@email.arizona.edu. Walk-in registrations will be accepted.

Topics covered include: soils, basic botany, irrigation and landscape design, composting, plant propagation, basic ecology, vegetables, staking and pruning trees and shrubs, fruit trees, native plants, entomology, pest management, and plant diseases.

Volunteers sought for Jan. 25 homeless count

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY — Volunteers are needed to participate in the 2018 Point-In-Time Count of the homeless population.

The count is a one-day, street-based and service-based count and subpopulation survey of sheltered and unsheltered individuals to identify how many people in San Bernardino County are homeless. The Jan. 25 count will help promote government and private grant funding and other resources. For more information on volunteering, visit www.sbcounty.gov/sbchp.

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.

• Thursday, Jan. 18, the Auxiliary serves chili dogs from noon to 2 p.m.

• Saturday, Jan. 20, Queen of Hearts starts at 4 p.m. with the drawing at 6 p.m. A lasagna dinner is served from 5 to 7 p.m.

• Sunday, Jan. 21, a breakfast casserole is served from 9 to 11 a.m.

• Monday, Jan. 22, Family Freedom Festival meeting starts at 3 pm.

• Tuesday, Jan. 23, open Wii bowling and food begins at 4 p.m.

College offers GED preparation

NEEDLES — The Needles Center of Palo Verde College will offer free general educational development classes for students 18 years and over during the spring semester.

Both day and evening sessions are available. The college is a certified Pearson Testing Center for the GED. Call Maureen Burt, GED Coordinator, at 760-326-5043.

Visit the center in the historic Claypool Building at Broadway and E Street; see www.paloverde.edu.

County to connect with businesses Jan. 25

SAN BERNARDINO — The county holds a special vendor outreach event between 4 and 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 12603 Mariposa Rd. in Victorville. RSVP by Jan. 17. Contact Monique Hernandez at 909 387-2077 or at Monique.Hernandez@pur.sbcounty.gov.

Representatives from more than 20 county departments will be on hand to discuss goods and services purchased by the county. Local companies can learn how to become approved county vendors and search bid opportunities.

“We are hoping to maximize the number of local companies doing business with the county,” said Dist. 1 Supervisor and Board Chair Robert A. Lovingood said.

Additional tax imposed on cannabis growers

SACRAMENTO — The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration has added a new category and rate for the cannabis cultivation tax, which took effect on Jan. 1.

Proposition 64, approved by voters in 2016, established a cultivation tax based on the dry weight ounce of cannabis flowers and leaves. The CDTFA has added a new cannabis cultivation tax category for fresh cannabis plants at a rate of $1.29 per ounce. The cultivation tax rates are:

• $9.25 per dry-weight ounce of cannabis flowers,

• $2.75 per dry-weight ounce of cannabis leaves, and

• $1.29 per ounce of fresh cannabis plant.

All fresh cannabis plants must be weighed within two hours of harvesting.

Cultivators are responsible for paying the tax on all harvested cannabis entering the commercial market to the distributor (or to the manufacturer if that is where the first transfer or sale of unprocessed cannabis takes place). Manufacturers who collect the cultivation tax are required to pay the tax to the distributor. The distributor reports and pays the cultivation tax to the CDTFA. Cultivation rates and a tax guide for cannabis businesses are available at http://www.cdtfa.ca.gov. Call 800-400-7115 (TTY:711) Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Commodities distributed

NEEDLES — U.S. Department of Agriculture commodities will be distributed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, 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.

Donate blood Jan. 23 in Laughlin

NEEDLES — United Blood Services is conducting a community blood drive on Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. PST in the Laughlin High School gym.

To make a blood donation appointment, call 877-UBS-HERO (1-877-827-4376) toll free or visit www.BloodHero.com.

Veteran services available

BULLHEAD CITY — An Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services Veterans Benefits Counselor is available Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 2249 Clearwater Drive, Unit B, Bullhead City. Call 928-763-9401.

Counselors, accredited by the U.S Department of Veteran Affairs and the American Legion, assist vets and family with a variety of subjects including benefit information applications and appeals. Call 928-763-9401.

Register people who need special assistance

SAN BERNARDINO — The county sheriff’s Safe Return Program is designed to protect and locate missing persons, according to the Dec. 14 edition of the newsletter of Robert A. Lovingood, Dist. 1 County Supervisor and Board Chair.

A registry database developed by the department for people who may need special assistance allows officers to match data with lost individuals to reconnect them with their loved ones.

For more information, visit http://www.sbcounty.gov/Sheriff/SafeReturn/.

Comment on downtown improvement district

NEEDLES — The city Planning and Zoning Commission is discussing the creation of a Needles Downtown Improvement District, as directed by the Needles City Council.

Public comments are requested. Written correspondence can be sent to City of Needles, Attention Planning & Zoning, 817 Third St., Needles, CA 92363.

Send email to councilmembergudmundson@yahoo.com to have comments submitted.

Change email

NEEDLES — The Needles Desert Star is experiencing continuing difficulty with the email address:

needlesdesertstar@citlink.net

obtained from the local provider. Electronic correspondence should be sent to:

needlesdesertstar@nwppub.com.

Museum open for season

NEEDLES — The Needles Regional Museum is now open for the season. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. The adjacent Community Thrift Store, which supports the museum, is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Found at 929 Front St. the museum is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization staffed entirely by volunteers. Patron memberships are available. Call 760-326-5678.

Join Route 66 Cruise and Poker Run

NEEDLES — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management once again offers their scenic and informative poker run along historic Route 66 in the southeastern California Desert; an ancillary event to the annual Route 66 Hot Boat and Custom Car Show.

The event is free, register at the Needles Chamber of Commerce at Front and G streets beginning at 8 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23.

Become a museum member

NEEDLES — Memberships, including those of patron level, are available now at Needles Regional Museum.

Patron memberships receive a free Historical Calendar, and each year their names will be prominently displayed in gratitude for their generous contribution. All memberships $250 and above can be paid in installments.

All dues must be paid in full by June 30, 2018, to receive tax credits. The museum is a 501 (c)(3) organization staffed entirely by volunteers. Visit the museum at 929 Front St. Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; mail checks to Needles Regional Museum, P.O. Box 978, Needles, CA 92363.

Students accepted all year at Dance Trax 51

NEEDLES — Classes are now in session for the Needles Recreation Department’s 2017-18 Dance Trax 51 program. Students may continue to enter the program offering stretch and strengthen, tap, ballet, jazz, toddler tumbling for ages 3 and up and all levels plus adult tap.

Register or learn more by calling 702-496-4185 or sending an email to needlesdance@yahoo.com.

Visit art guild’s show

LAKE HAVASU CITY — Members of The Topock Art Guild are to be the featured artists at the Bill Spresser Gallery in Lake Havasu City for the entire month of January 2018.

The gallery is housed in the Lake Havasu Visitors Center, 422 English Village by the London Bridge. Look for the sign along Highway 95 directing visitors to the center.

The show is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST through Jan. 31, displaying painting, photography, illustration art, collage and mixed media, pastels and rock paintings, silversmithing and wirewrap jewelry, Athabaskan beadwork, hand turned or carved wood items, clay masks, murals and mosaic clay designs as trays, and metal sculpture. The artists will be on hand to discuss the works.

Join Route 66 show golf tourney

NEEDLES — Join the traditional golf tournament of the 10th Route 66 Hot Boat and Custom Car Show on Feb. 23 at Needles’ River’s Edge Golf Course.

Call River’s Edge at 760-326-3931.

Library offers special programs

NEEDLES — Several special programs for all ages are to be offered through Feb. 17 at the local branch of the San Bernardino County Library, 1111 Bailey Ave. at J St.

• Tuesdays at 3 p.m. - Little Artists let infants through age five exercise creativity with fun, and sometimes messy, art projects.

• Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. - Story Time for ages six through 12 features stories, songs, rhymes and more. Themes are:

Jan. 17 - Chu’s Day

Jan. 24 - Pet the Cat stories

Jan. 31 - Mustache Baby and Tell Me a Tattoo Story

Feb. 7 - Black History Heritage

Feb. 14 - Valentine’s Day

• A monthly Saturday book club for adults discusses “Secret Daughter” by Shilpi Somaya Gowda on Feb. 10; at 11 a.m.

• A special program on Black History Heritage Month is to be presented from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7. A jazz-theme program features books and making a trumpet of colors craft.

• Coming up: Read Across America celebrates the legacy of Dr. Seuss March 1 through 10. Earn a stovepipe hat for every 15 items checked out while supplies last.

Eagles Aerie 2599 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.

Social room hours are Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Tuesdays noon to 7 p.m.; Thursdays and Mondays noon to 5 p.m.; Sundays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Coming up:

Jan. 17 - Auxiliary meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 18 - Steak dinner, 5 to 7 p.m.

Jan. 21 - Breakfast of corned beef hash and eggs, biscuits and gravy, beings at 9 a.m.

Jan. 24 - February calendar deadline.

BPO Elks Lodge 1608 offers activities

NEEDLES — BPO Elks Lodge 1608, 1000 Lilyhill Dr., serves tacos Mondays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and dinners Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Darts are played at 3 p.m. PST Sundays. All Elks and guests are welcome. All times Pacific. Call 760-326-1608. Coming up:

Jan. 18 - Lodge initiation begins at 6 p.m. after 5 p.m. dinner.

Jan. 23 - Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes and roll by Carl.

Jan. 26 - Fish fry.

Jan. 30 - Prime rib, salad, baked potato and roll by Randy and Crew.

Visit historic Goffs School House

GOFFS, Calif. — A wealth of information about the Mojave Desert and its history is available at the Goffs School House. Open Oct. 14 through June 25 hours are Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Other days and times may be available: Leave a message at 760-733-4482 or send email to info@mdhca.org.

Admission is free, donations are appreciated; a guide to the Goffs Cultural Center is available to provide a self-guided tour. Visit www.MDHCA.org.w

MCC offers community classes

MOHAVE COUNTY — All campuses of Mohave Community College offer non-credit community education classes.

Visit http://ce.mohave.edu to see the list of classes available.

Enter Route 66 Hot Boat, Custom Car Show

NEEDLES — Join thousands of folks from all over the country to ogle and display hundreds of classic, custom and performance entries in the 10th annual Route 66 Hot Boat and Custom Car Show.

The event continues Feb. 22 through 24 in and around Needles’ Jack Smith Park on the Colorado River. While most of the displays are static, many run their machines’ engines periodically to give visitors a listen to the powerful engines. Many more take their boats for a demonstration run on the glassy waters of the Colorado River.

Contact the Needles Chamber of Commerce at 100 G St., P.O. Box 705, Needles, CA 92363; call 760-326-2050; email needleschamber@frontier.com. Download entry and sponsor forms from www.needleschamber.com.

Join after school program

NEEDLES — Students in kindergarten through eighth grade can attend a free after school program at the Needles Recreation Center Monday through Friday from 2:30 to 6 p.m. Pacific Time; 12:30 to 6 p.m. on school minimum days when students are released early.

A joint effort of the city of Needles and Needles Unified School District, staff includes three certificated teachers and three certified instructional aides.

Youngsters get extra help with homework and participate in activities stressing reading, writing, math and physical activity. Two nutritional snacks are offered each day. Prizes are awarded for attendance and homework completion.

Enrollment is required. Visit the rec center at 1705 J St., call city recreation manager Jennifer Valenzuela at 760-326-2814 or the school district office at 326-3891 for more details.

Get new mobile app for bus line

VICTORVILLE — The Victor Valley Transit Authority has new web and mobile applications that enable passengers to plan trips, track buses in real-time, view route maps and schedules, and more. Anyone with older versions should uninstall them and replace them with the new apps.

The new web app is available for desktop and mobile web browsers at https://ontime.vvta.org. Mobile apps are available for devices running Android at http://bit.ly/2mtCbme; or Apple iOS at https://apple.co/2mq1cPq.

VVTA runs the bus service from Needles to Barstow and Victorville.

California to issue REAL ID cards

SACRAMENTO — The California Department of Motor Vehicles is to begin offering the option to apply for a federal compliant REAL ID driver license or identification card beginning Jan. 22, 2018, at DMV offices statewide. Californians may choose either a REAL ID or a non-compliant card.

Currently valid California driver licenses and ID cards will continue to be accepted to board a domestic flight and by federal agents to enter certain federal facilities until Oct. 1, 2020. After that date, a REAL ID or other federally accepted ID will be required.

A DMV field office visit is required to apply for a REAL ID card. Applicants should make an appointment and must bring:

• Proof of identity such as a certified copy of a U.S. birth certificate, a valid U.S. passport, employment authorization document, permanent resident card or foreign passport with an approved form I-94.

• Proof of Social Security Number such as a Social Security card, W-2, or pay stub with full SSN.

• California residency document such as a rental agreement, mortgage bill, utility bill, medical, employment or school document.

• A name change document, such as a marriage certificate, divorce decree or other court document, may be required if the identity document is different from the name on the application.

Visit dmv.ca.gov; call 800-777-0133; TDY 800-368-4327.

Book grand jury presentation

SAN BERNARDINO — The county Civil Grand Jury has produced a brief power-point presentation to educate the public on its responsibilities and duties concerning local and county governments.

Members of the current grand jury are available to present the program which includes an overview of responsibilities; how to file a citizen complaint; and how to apply for the civil grand jury.

Members of the grand jury are also available to staff a booth at civic events.

Organizations interested in scheduling a presentation or having a booth may contact Norma Grosjean, grand jury assistant at norma.grosjean@gj.sbcounty.gov; call 909-387-9120.

Public can bid on brown bags

TOPOCK — Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6306 will hold an auction at 3 p.m. MST Friday, Feb. 2, to raise funds to purchase a new refrigeration unit.

All items will be sealed in bags and will be valued at $20 or more. To donate or for information contact Annetta at 928-788-8011; or the post at 12858 Oatman Hwy., Golden Shores; 928-768-3033.

Library offers app

SAN BERNARDINO — The county library’s dissemination of media now includes an application they claim is for every user and device, everywhere. All one needs is an internet connection and a library card to enjoy free eBooks, audiobooks, music and videos from the web site at sbclib.org.

Walk and roll to fight cancer

LAUGHLIN — The fifth annual Connie Davis 5k Walk and Roll to fight cancer begins at 9 a.m. PST Saturday, March 3, in the Pyramid Canyon Day Use area just below Davis Dam.

A $25 registration includes a picnic lunch, T-shirt and goodie bag while supplies last, live music, interactive stops and prizes. The trail is safe for children, pets, wheelchairs, strollers or motorized scooters.

Sponsorships are available. Call Michelle at 702-298-2214 ext. 0 or email Michelle@LaughlinChamber.com.

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