Register for college

NEEDLES — Open registration continues for Palo Verde College summer classes which begin June 17. PVC offers a large variety of online and correspondence classes this summer as well as GED preparation and the always-popular quilting class face-to-face at the Needles Center.

Watch for upcoming auto mechanics classes: dates and times are to be announced.

Summer schedules are available at the Needles Center at E Street and Broadway between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday; or any time at www.paloverde.edu. Call 760-326-5033 for more information.

Celebrate freedom

NEEDLES — Celebrate Independence Day with fun for the whole family at the Needles Aquatic Center along J Street.

The July 4 celebration features lots of games and prizes and a drawing for a free family pass for the season.

Youngsters four and five years compete for Miss Freedom and Mr. Firecracker during the annual event. Call the aquatics center at 760-326-3866.

Chamber has new email address

NEEDLES — The Needles Chamber of Commerce has a new email address to go with their new office at 119 F St.

Send email to the chamber at info@needleschamber.com.

The mailing address remains the same: P.O. Box 705, Needles, CA 92363; as does the phone number of 760-326-2050. The chamber is currently on a summer schedule from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Find summer meals for youngsters

NEEDLES — The end of the school year may bring lean times for some students who can count on nutrition programs of the Needles Unified School District when classes are in session.

District School Nutrition Director Alex Chandler reported that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is attacking those shortcomings by providing a web site: www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks; where summer nutrition programs can be located.

“Nutritious free meals are available for children and teens 18 and younger at many locations throughout the nation throughout the summer while school is out of session,” Chandler said via email. “Starting in May, this website will be updated with summer meal programs near our area.”

Museum closes for summer

NEEDLES — The Needles Regional Museum and its supporting Community Thrift Store close June 15 through Sept. 2 for annual summer maintenance.

Both reopen Tuesday, Sept. 3, for regular museum hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and thrift store hours 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pacific Time Mondays through Saturdays.

Private tours can be arranged during the summer months for $5 each person; call 760-217-3559 or 760-326-4008.

Join summer day camp

NEEDLES — Summer begins day camp season at the Needles Recreation Center. Sign up now at the center, 1705 J St.

Camp continues July 1 through Aug. 1, weekdays from 1 to 5 p.m. including an hour a day at the aquatic center. Cost is $3 each. Call Recreation Manager Jennifer Valenzuela at 760-326-2814.

Seniors play paper bingo

NEEDLES — Paper bingo is played at 1 p.m. each Thursday at the Needles Regional Senior Center.

The program begins June 6. Cards and daubers will be available at the center, 1699 Bailey Ave.

Eagles Aerie offers activities

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

June 14 - Flag Day program begins at 3:30 p.m. Gourmet hot dog bar and watermelon continues from 4 to 7 p.m. RED Shirt Day.

June 16 - A Father’s Day brunch from noon to 2 p.m. features chicken and tri-tip.

June 18 - Happy hour all day. Trustee meeting begins at 5 p.m., aerie meeting at 6 p.m.

June 19 - Happy hour all day. Auxiliary meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

June 20 - Joint officers meeting begins at 5 p.m.

June 21 - First day of summer. RED Shirt Day.

June 28 - RED Shirt Day.

Visit BPO Elks Lodge 1608

NEEDLES — BPO Elks Lodge 1608, 1000 Lilyhill Dr., serves tacos on Mondays, dinners on Tuesdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Play darts at 3 p.m. on Sundays. A smoker valued at $400 will be given away on Father’s Day; tickets are available. All Elks and guests are welcome. All times Pacific. Call 760-326-1608. Coming up:

June 12 - VP visit. Committee meeting 5 p.m. Meatloaf dinner 6 p.m. No lodge.

June 16 - No darts. Father’s Day chili cookoff begins at 1 p.m.

June 17 - Tacos, 5 to 6:30 p.m.

June 18 - Shredded beef, coleslaw, beans, tortillas, dessert by Adela, 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Visit library

NEEDLES — Special programming, including a summer reading program that offers prizes and guest appearances, is offered at the Needles branch of the San Bernardino County Library in the city-county complex, 1111 Bailey Ave. at J Street.

June 12 - Story time, 3 - 4 p.m. Beauty and the Beast, Waking Beauty and The Wolf Who Cried Boy are the stories. Participants will make and take home an enchanted rose stained glass.

June 18 - 3 - 4 p.m. Summer reading program features Mobile Zoo of Southern California.

June 19 - Story time, 3 - 4 p.m. Classic children’s tales with a twist – Hear three traditional tales that are not quite how your parents remember them and make the craft “Walking in the Woods.”

St. Vincent de Paul reopens June 18

NEEDLES — St. Vincent de Paul’s thrift store at 839 Front St. reopens June 18 for regular hours of 9 am. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Join summer reading program

NEEDLES — Weekly incentives and chances in an opportunity drawing complement the satisfaction of reading in Tales of Enchantment, the summer reading program of the San Bernardino County Library system.

Sign up now at the Needles Branch Library, 1111 Bailey Ave. at J Street. The program continues from June 10 through Aug. 3 and has categories for children, teens and adults.

Commodities distributed

NEEDLES — U.S. Department of Agriculture commodities will be distributed on Friday, June 14, 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, June 15, 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.

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.

• Wednesday, June 12, Game Nite and food starts at 5 p.m. A float planning meeting begins at 5:30 p.m.

• Thursday, June 13, the Auxiliary serves tacos from noon to 2 p.m.

• Friday, June 14, the Auxiliary serves enchilada casserole and salad from 5 to 7 pm. All proceeds go to their scholarship program.

• Saturday, June 15, Queen of Hearts starts at 4 p.m. with the drawing at 6:30 p.m. A pork chop dinner is served from 5 to 7 p.m. A jam session begins at 6 p.m.

• Sunday, June 16, a Father’s Day Donuts for Dads with eggs and fruit breakfast is served from 9 to 11 a.m. Dads from Post 404 eat free.

• Monday, June 17, the calendar meeting begins at 5 p.m.

• Tuesday, June 18, League Wii bowling and pizza starts at 4 p.m.

Donate for active duty care packages

GOLDEN SHORES — Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6306 Auxiliary is accepting donations of items for packing and funds for shipping care packages to a unit based on the USS Ronald Reagan.

Requested items include sugared drink mix, K-cups, microwave popcorn, personal care items, snack foods, condiments (especially hot sauce), dried fruit, hard candy, books, magazines, playing cards, DVDs, and letters of support.

Packages ship Sept. 5. Bring donations to Post 6306, 12858 Oatman Hwy. in Golden Shores. Arrange pickup, ask questions, volunteer to help on packing day, or learn more about programs, call the post at 928-768-3033 any day after 11 a.m. or text 909-767-0592.

Join Summer Bridge program at PVC

NEEDLES — The Needles Center of Palo Verde College is inviting 2019 Needles High School graduates to participate in the Summer Bridge program from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 18, 19 and 20.

The Needles Center is at Broadway and E Street.

The three day program is designed to introduce recent high school graduates to community college life at Palo Verde College. Students must have completed a PVC application and have a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) on file in order to participate. Visit www.paloverde.edu to apply and register and for the FAFSA application. Call the Needles Center at 760-326-5033 for more information and assistance.

The three day program will include registration assistance, math and English placement, student orientation, advising, student education plans and career exploration activities. Participants earn one college credit upon completion of the program and participate in a completion ceremony.

Lunch and snacks will be provided each day.

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