Patriot Day observed Sept. 11

NATION — Patriot Day is observed each year in the United States, in honor of those who were killed in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Traditionally, a moment of silence begins at 8:46 a.m. EDT (5:46 a.m. in the Tri-state); the time the first plane struck the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.

Pan players sought

NEEDLES — Card games are played Monday through Friday at the Needles Regional Senior Center, 1699 Bailey Ave. at Lilyhill Drive.

The group is currently looking for pan (panguingue) players. Anyone interested is asked to call Butch O’Dell at 760-963-7519.

Cleanup planned for historic rest stop

NEEDLES — Volunteers gather for cleanup work on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the historic Route 66 Needles Wayside Rest Stop.

Work begins at 8 a.m. at the park on the corner of Needles Highway and National Old Trails Road, an original alignment of Route 66. Those helping should bring tools, hats, gloves, and water to drink plus a little extra for the plants. Mostly, work will center around cleaning up dried grasses and creating a burn pile.

Boat show and beach party set Sept. 28

NEEDLES — The inaugural Horse Power V drive boat show and beach party is set for Saturday, Sept. 28, at Needles Marina Resort.

The event features vendors and a floating stage with live entertainment at the Colorado River-front resort at 100 Marina Dr. in Needles. Call 760-326-2197 or email for details.

Billy B’s Krazy Kolors offers a companion Banners for Charity display during the event.

Register for Dance Trax 51

NEEDLES — Register online to join the popular Dance Trax 51 program. Visit for registration, class schedules and more.

Instructor Graci Weiss can also be reached via email at; or can be messaged at A fan of Instagram? Check ’em out at

Classes are offered for ages three through adults. All levels of proficiency are welcome. Classes include tap, ballet, jazz, tiny tot tumbling and adult tap.

Dancers get to show off what they’ve learned at community performances during the Holiday Fun Fair, Colorado River Round Up Rodeo, various school events and the troupe’s annual spring recital. Selected students will perform with celebrity dancers representing the Needles Chamber of Commerce in Needles Dances with the Stars, during the chamber’s annual awards dinner Oct. 5.

Museum opens for season

NEEDLES — The Needles Regional Museum and its supporting Community Thrift Store are now open for the season.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; thrift store hours 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pacific Time Mondays through Saturdays. The two are in the same building on Front Street between F and G streets, across from Santa Fe Park. Call the museum at 760-326-5678; the thrift store at 760-326-5055.

Visit library

NEEDLES — Special programming for all ages and interests, including a new hands-on session for the youngest set called “Construction Zone,” is offered at the Needles branch of the San Bernardino County Library in the city-county complex, 1111 Bailey Ave. at J Street.

Sept. 11 - 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Story Time: The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles. Make a message in a bottle to take home.

Sept. 17 - 3 to 4 p.m. Construction Zone: make marble runs and race.

Sept. 18 - 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Story Time: NOPE! A Tale of First Flight. Make a paper bird to take home.

Sept. 21 - 11 a.m. to noon. Book club for adults. Discuss Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.

Sept. 24 - 3 to 4 p.m. Construction Zone: marble runs and races continue.

Sept. 25 - 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Story Time: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with heritage stories and make a Peruvian retablo (a folk art pictorial box) to take home.

Visit the library Monday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pacific Time; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The library is closed Friday and Sunday. Call 760-326-9255.

Exercise class offered at senior center

NEEDLES — Bodies in Motion, an exercise class, is offered on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays at the Needles Regional Senior Center, 1699 Bailey Ave. at Lilyhill Drive. The class is held between 9 and 10 a.m. Pacific Time. Call the center at 760-326-4789 with any questions.

Fort Mojave Indian Days set Oct. 21 - 26

NEEDLES — The 43rd Fort Mojave Indian Days, an annual celebration of the culture and traditions of the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe, is to be held Oct. 21 through 26 this year.

Public festivities are concentrated on Friday and Saturday including the popular Fort Mojave Indian Days Parade in downtown Needles Saturday morning. Watch for entry and vendor information.

Bulk waste pickup available

NEEDLES — Local residential customers of Republic Services (Allied Waste), the city’s exclusive trash collection service, can call for pickup of an unlimited number of bulky household waste items up to six times a year. Call Republic at 928-758-0000 at least 48 hours in advance to schedule a pickup. Be prepared to provide a detailed item list.

Some restrictions apply such as “Universal Waste” items like cathode ray tubes and batteries. Call the city, at 760-326-5700 X140 about those items.

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 Visit The aerie is now on summer hours of 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays; 2 - 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; and 2 - 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

The Aerie serves breakfast on Sundays; and observes RED (Remember Everyone Deployed) Shirt Day every Friday. The Auxiliary is collecting backpacks, supplies and hygiene items for back-to-school.

Sept. 11 - A Patriot Day remembrance ceremony begins at 5:40 a.m. around the Eagle’s flag pole.

Sept. 12 - Guy’s meatloaf dinner begins at 5 p.m.

Sept. 13 - RED Shirt Friday; September birthday celebration with bar keno and pizza begins at 5 p.m.

Sept. 14 - Wetmore baby shower.

Sept. 17 - Trustees meet at 5 p.m., aerie meets at 6 p.m.

Sept. 18 - Auxiliary meets at 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 19 - Joint officer’s meeting begins at 5 p.m.

Sept. 20 - RED Shirt Friday.

Sept. 22 - Auxiliary breakfast of chorizo burritos begins at 8 a.m.

Sept. 27 - RED Shirt Friday. Membership drive. Mexican potluck dinner from 4 to 9 p.m. features DJ Loki.

Sept. 28 - National Drink Beer Day.

Sept. 29 - Aerie breakfast of blueberry pancakes, sausage and eggs begins at 8 a.m.

Old Mustang Band photos sought

NEEDLES — Band director Justin Carlson is decorating the band hall at Needles High School with historic photos of the Mustangs Band and Mustangs Choir.

Group shots, candid shots, the older the better. Anything will be appreciated, Carlson said. “I want 100 years to reflect when we walk into the band hall. I want the kids to know we are attached to this long tradition.”

Dollar General Foundation awards grants

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards more than $175,000 for youth literacy grants in California. Funds are aimed at supporting youth literacy programs within a 20-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center. Grants awarded to California organizations are expected to positively impact the lives of more than 43,000 students.

The grants are part of more than $2.8 million the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded this year. Visit

Celebrate Recovery in the Park

BULLHEAD CITY — Mohave Area Partnership Promoting Educated Decisions hosts Recovery in the Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14.

MAPPED’s celebration of National Recovery Month will be a free family fun event at Bullhead Community Park, 1251 Hwy. 95. The goal is to salute people who are in recovery from physical, mental health and/or alcohol and drug use disorders, as well as those who have helped them obtain treatment.

Call Karole at 928-219-2582.

Paper bingo played at senior center

NEEDLES — Paper bingo is played each Thursday at 1 p.m. Pacific Time at the Needles Regional Senior Center, 1699 Bailey Ave. at Lilyhill Drive.

Bingo cards with buy in toward Powerball, Blackout and .05 Game; extra packs of cards and daubers are all available at the center.

Enroll in Head Start

NEEDLES — The local Head Start program is enrolling now for the 2019-20 school year.

Visit Katie Hohstadt Elementary School, 600 Cibola St. at D Street between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays.

Call Pam Motes, generalist for the Head Start program, at 760-326-5221.

Free food distributed Thursdays

NEEDLES — Firehouse Ministries distributes food boxes to anyone wanting them each Thursday at the church at 809 Bush St. in Needles.

Distribution continues from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pacific time. The food is free and includes produce and meat. Call 760-443-4342 for details.

Gem and mineral club meets

NEEDLES — The Needles Gem and Mineral Club meets on the third Monday of each month, October through April, at 5 p.m. Pacific at 1605 Washington St. in Needles.

Visitors are welcome. Call 307-237-9747.

Hear technology presentation at

Needles Chamber of Commerce meeting

NEEDLES — Technology takes center stage at the quarterly general membership meeting of the Needles Chamber of Commerce at noon Thursday, Sept. 12, in the Wagon Wheel Restaurant along Needles Highway.

Hansel Boyd, owner of Tech Needles at 800 W. Broadway Ste. D and a member of the chamber’s board of directors, gives a presentation on the latest advances in technology for modern businesses. Topics include:

• Bridging the technology gap.

• How to benefit from new technology.

• Quickly adapt to today’s technology.

• Why learn more?

• How your business can thrive with automation.

• Buying out the time to advance education.

• Is it too late to lean?

• Your return on investment.

• What kind of technology is best for your business?

All are invited to attend and bring their business technology questions. Typically, a no-host lunch is available at these sessions. Contact the chamber at 119 F St., P.O. Box 705, Needles, CA 92363. Call 760-326-2050 between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays. Send email to Visit Boyd’s Tech Needles at

Serve on school board

NEEDLES — The board of trustees of the Needles Unified School District hopes to appoint a new member to represent Area 2 - Needles, during their meeting of Sept. 17. Applications can be had at the District Support Office at 1900 Erin Dr. and must be returned by 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13.

Donate Blood at Needles High School

NEEDLES — The Needles High School Associated Student Body is preparing for a blood drive scheduled to be on Sept. 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The blood drive is to be held in the Needles High School Gymnasium located behind the high school along Washington Street. Visit for information or to make an appointment.

Household hazardous waste collected

NEEDLES — Household hazardous waste will be collected in Needles on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Needles City Yard, 112 Robuffa St. The free service is for San Bernardino County residents only. Properly dispose of paint products, household batteries, TVs, computer monitors, printers, microwave ovens and more.

Waste must be properly labeled or in sound original containers no larger than five gallons. No more than 15 gallons or 125 pounds of waste may be transported to the collection site. Call 800-OILYCAT (645-9228) 909-382-5401, or Rainie Torrance of the city of Needles at 760-326-2115 ext. 140 for details.

Donations fund shopper shuttle fares

NEEDLES — Two anonymous donors have added another $250 to subsidize Needles’ pilot shopper shuttle program.

The shuttle leaves the west parking lot of El Garces at 8:15 a.m. Pacific Time Wednesdays and stops at Walmart, Safeway, Smith’s and CVS; then leaves Mohave Valley at 11:45 a.m. to return to Needles. Advance reservations are required, call the Needles Regional Senior Center at 760-326-4789 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Fare subsidies continue until funds are exhausted; current estimates are around Thanksgiving.

Join Peddlers’ Fair

NEEDLES — Former vendors should watch their mailbox, prospective new vendors may call Rev. Jan Hurley now at 760-326-6673 for a reservation form for Needles’ annual Peddlers’ Fair.

The 49th event begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 2020 J St.

There are to be some added attractions this year. Community services such as the sheriff, fire and health departments, are being invited. Requirements that articles be hand made are being relaxed to allow vendors of high-quality luxury and convenience items such as Tupperware, Scentsy candles or Pampered Chef products to participate.

As always the church will be serving chili, hotdogs, pie, coffee and sodas in the parish hall.

Call Jan Paget for details: 702-540-0586.

National Day of Republic of China observed in Needles Oct. 10

NEEDLES — A long-standing tradition in the city of Needles is the observance of 10-10: the National Day of the Republic of China. Ceremonies typically start at 10 a.m. on Oct. 10.

Paired flagpoles on which to display both the United States and Republic of China flags are permanent fixtures of the city/county complex at J Street and Bailey Ave. The observance attracts officials from both countries including representatives of the Republic of China Veterans Association, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles, city of Needles, San Bernardino County and others.

Patriotic music from both countries is performed and proclamations read reinforcing community recognition of Needles’ rich Chinese heritage.

The Wuchang Uprising started on Oct. 10, 1911. The Qing Dynasty fell and the Republic was established in January of 1912. The government of the Republic moved to Taiwan in 1949 in the aftermath of the Chinese Civil War.

Help plan NHS Class of ’79 reunion

NEEDLES — A brief organizational meeting begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, in Colorado River Medical Center’s cafeteria to plan for the Needles High School Class of ’79 reunion. The reunion will be held Oct. 4 and 5.

Come to CRMC at 1401 Bailey Ave., ask for Linda Garcia. Those who would like to help but cannot attend are asked to contact her at 951-323-9014 and leave a message or text. RSVP to the same number.

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, Sept. 11, Game Nite and food starts at 5 p.m.

• Thursday, Sept. 12, the Auxiliary serves tacos from noon to 2 p.m.

• Saturday, Sept. 14, Queen of Hearts starts at 4 p.m. with the drawing at 6:30 p.m. Burgers and fries will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. Karaoke begins at 6 p.m.

• Sunday, Sept. 15, a ham steak breakfast is served from 9 to 11 a.m.

• Monday, Sept. 16, a calendar meeting begins at 5 p.m.

• Tuesday, Sept. 17, fun Wii bowling and pizza starts at 4 p.m.

Commodities distributed

NEEDLES — U.S. Department of Agriculture commodities will be distributed on Friday, Sept. 13, 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, Sept. 21, 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; call 909-723-1500.

Lynne’s Little Ladies take tea

NEEDLES — Tri-state girls ages five through 12 dress in their finest for a traditional society tea at the Women’s Club of Needles on Saturday, Sept. 21.

The tenth annual Lynne’s Little Ladies Tea Party in honor of Lynne Haver continues from 1 to 3 p.m. in the women’s historic clubhouse at 305 W. Broadway. Registration is $25 and can be paid at the Needles Recreation Center, 1705 J St.

Registration is limited to 40 girls; all fees must be paid before Sept. 18. Call Recreation Manager Jennifer Valenzuela at 760-326-2814.

Cleanup planned for historic rest stop

NEEDLES — Volunteers gather for cleanup work on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the historic Route 66 Needles Wayside Rest Stop.

Work begins at 8 a.m. at the park on the corner of Needles Highway and National Old Trails Road, an original alignment of Route 66. Those helping should bring tools, hats, gloves, and water to drink plus a little extra for the plants. Mostly, work will center around cleaning up dried grasses and creating a burn pile.

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. All Elks and guests are welcome. All times Pacific. Call 760-326-1608.

Sept. 11 - Lodge begins at 6 p.m.

Sept. 15 - Play darts at 3 p.m.

Sept. 16 - Tacos, 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 17 - Tri-tip sandwiches, coleslaw, french fries, dessert, 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 18 - House committee and trustees meet at 5:30 p.m.

Sept. 22 - Play darts at 3 p.m.

Sept. 23 - Tacos, 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 24 - Spaghetti and meatball dinner, dessert, 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 25 - Lodge begins at 6 p.m

Sept. 29 - Play darts at 3 p.m.

Sept. 30 - Tacos, 5 to 6:30 p.m.

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 (each Wednesday and perhaps some others). 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 for more details.

Lynne’s Garden needs donations

NEEDLES — Lynne’s Garden needs donations of items to achieve its mission of teaching youngsters about all things green and growing.

The garden, behind the Dance Trax 51 studio adjacent the Needles Recreation Center off J Street, was established years ago in memory of beloved long-time recreation services manager Lynne Haver. Among her aspirations was to designate a garden spot that could be used to educate kids about horticulture; offering them the experience of planting, tending and watching things grow then tasting the fruits of their labors.

A couple dozen very large plant pots, potting soil, cow or horse manure, slats for the chain link fence, a picnic table, a couple garden hoses 50 to 100 feet long, one large and several small (child-size) wheelbarrows, three fruit trees, and seeds or starter plants for tomatoes, chilies, flowers and so-on are needed.

A shade canopy joins the list as the decade-old canopy at the garden is in questionable condition.

Call Jennifer Valenzuela at the Needles Recreation Center, 760-326-2814; or leave a message for Krikit Glass, who cares for the garden, at her home: 326-3826.

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