March 8, 2012

Fort Irwin Community Calendar March 8, 2012


A representative from Azusa Pacific University will visit the Fort Irwin Army Education Center, Bldg. 1020, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to answer questions and provide information.  For more information, call 380-4218.



Shockwave will offer Blackhorse Family Pizza Night.  Get a 24-inch pizza with two toppings for $19.95.  For more information, call 380-8646.



The Red Cross will hold a first aid courses at the Red Cross office in Bldg. 566.  There will be a first aid course with CPR/AED adult and child certification, and with infant CPR certification from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Cost is $65. There will also be a course on adult CPR/AED certification from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Cost is $59.95.  Certificates are valid for two years.  To register, call 1-800-691-1205 or visit  For more information, call 380-3697.



There will be a free class on changing a tire at the Fort Irwin Auto Craft shop from 6-7 p.m.  For more information, call 380-3531.



Visit Strike Zone Bowling Center to get a free game of bowling with any combo meal purchased at lunch or dinner.  Offer is valid Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5-7 p.m.  Shoe rental applies.  For more information, call 380-4249.



There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. to open the new Shuttleworth Dental Clinic location at Bldg. 171, at the corner of 4th Avenue and Inner Loop Road.  All are welcome.



There will be a meeting of the Exceptional Family Member Program support group from 10-11 a.m. at The Forum, Bldg. 1200, on March 15.  It will be an informal opportunity for anyone with a special needs family member to get more information about resources available and to connect with others in a similar situation.  For more information, call Evelyn Villalobos, EFMP manager, at 380-3698 or visit her office in Bldg. 109, room 10.

There will be a Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament March 17 starting at 3 p.m. at Sandy Basin Community Center, sponsored by the Warrant Officer Association.  Prizes will be given for the top three finishers, including an iPad, a Kindle, and a $150 AAFES gift card.  A 40-inch flat-screen TV will also be raffled off.  Raffle tickets are $3 or two for $5.  You do not need to be present at the poker tournament to win the TV.  Entry cost for the poker tournament is $25.  For more information or to register, see any member of the association, or visit

Fort Irwin N.O.W. will welcome newcomers from 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. March 19 at the Sandy Basin Community Center.  At the time of registration, participants will receive the Newcomer’s ticket to “SPEED” (Soldiers & Family Program for Enlightenment, Entertainment and Discovery) and a packet with information. Listen to subject matter experts addresses helpful, key information specific to Fort Irwin.  For more information, call 380-3598 or 4784.

March 20 is the last day to register for the Warrant Officer Association golf tournament at Spring Valley Lakes Country Club on May 2.  Cost is $70 for a four-person team and includes 18 holes of golf, range balls, cars, and barbecue lunch.  For more information, call 760-575-1783 or 380-2220 or email

There will be a blood drive and bone marrow screening from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 23 at The Exchange.  For more information, call 380-5477.

The Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program will host a softball tournament from noon to 5:30 p.m. March 30-31 at the field on Inner Loop Road across from Coyote Activity Center.  Cost is $75 per 15-person team. Soldiers and families are welcome to play.  Prizes will be given for first-and second-place teams.  Deadline for registration is March 15. Registration forms are available at Freedom Fitness Center.  For more information, call 760-267-1726 or email

The deadline to apply for the Military and Civilian Spouses Club scholarship is March 19.  Scholarships are available for graduating high school seniors, undergraduate students who have been out of high school less than five years, and post-graduate degree students.  Soldiers and civilian federal employees and their family members are eligible to apply, as well as family members of retirees whose last duty station was Fort Irwin and who live within 100 miles of the installation.  Survivors of deceased family members whose last duty station was Fort Irwin are also eligible to apply.  Applications are available online at and must be postmarked by March 19 or received by March 23.  For more information, call 479-549-5549 or email



Hesperia Zoo

The Hesperia Zoo is the only zoo in the High Desert, and it is home to animals including lions, camels and wolves.  Guided tours are available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and last about an hour.  The zoo is located at 19038 Willow Street in Hesperia.  For more information, call 760-948-9430 or visit

California Citrus park

California Citrus State Historic Park in Riverside tells the story of the citrus industry’s role in the development of California.  The park preserves some of the vanishing landscape of the citrus industry in Southern California, and includes an activity center, amphitheater, picnic area, and demonstration groves.  For more information, call 951-780-6222.

Free balloon rides

Orange County Great Park in Irvine offers free rides in its tethered helium balloon, which reaches heights of up to 400 feet.  The park also offers a variety of events, including a farmers’ market every Saturday, stargazing, music, and gardening and sports programs.  For more information, visit or call 1-866-829-3829.



Off-limits establishments

Sam’s Smoke Shop, at 1620 West Main Street in Barstow, and the Phillips 76 gas station on East Main Street in Barstow have been designated off-limits to all Soldiers stationed at the National Training Center and Fort Irwin.

The nature of business conducted in these locations has been found to be detrimental to the health and welfare of Soldiers. Fort Irwin’s leadership is taking this action to protect Soldiers’ health and welfare.  Soldiers found in these establishments will be subject to UCMJ action.

Single Soldier Housing Office moves

The Single Soldier Housing Office has moved to Bldg. 312.  Its hours are 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  For more information, call 380-2776.

What to do if you find unexploded ordnance

Remember the 3Rs of unexploded ordnance: Recognize it, retreat and report it. Hazardous UXO comes in all shapes and sizes. All UXO should be treated as hazardous.  Do not touch it.  Soldiers should inform their children and spouses that UXO, including simulators, can be found in the cantonment area. If something is found by a family member, have them call the MPs or find the nearest adult. Soldiers who find UXO in the training area should immediately notify their Chain of Command using the 9-line UXO Report, and clear out of the area. If you are unsure if item is a UXO, treat it as hazardous. Serious injuries have occurred by misidentifying items. If your unit would like to arrange a UXO class, please contact the 759th EOD Company at 380-4092.


Youth And School Activities

Middle School Activities

  • Thursday: 4-H Cooking Club
  • Friday:   French Cuisine Crepe Suzette
  • Monday:  4-H Art Club Geometric Prints
  • Tuesday: 4-H Sports Minute to Win it Games cont
  • Wednesday: Smart Girls & Ultimate Journey

Teen Activities 

  • Friday:   Movie Night
  • Saturday:  Abstract Painting

Hours of Operation

Middle School :  M-F 3:15 until 6 p.m.

Teen Center:

Friday:  6-11 p.m.

Saturday: 3:30-11 p.m.

Sundays and holidays: Closed

More information:   Meagan Silva at  380-3732

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