April 5, 2012

Fort Irwin Community Calendar: April 5, 2012

This Week


Amnesty Day will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Small arms ammunition up to and including 50-caliber can be dropped off at the 759th EOD Safe Holding Area behind Bldg. 6111 at the rear entrance on South Loop Road near the intersection with Barstow Road.  Signs will be posted to direct personnel to the location.  For items above 50 calibers or if you are unsure of the type of item, call the 759th EOD company at 380-4092.

Oasis Pool is closed today while its cover is removed in preparation for summer.  It will reopen tomorrow.  For more information, call 380-4588 or 380-3046.


Tomorrow is the last day to register for the Fort Irwin Women’s Conference.  It will take place from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 19 at Reggie’s.  All are welcome.  Some workshop topics include photography, military traditions and protocol, sushi preparation and safe social networking.  The guest speaker will be Mollie Gross, military wife, comedian and motivational speaker.  Registration is $15 and includes workshops, lunch, a T-shirt, drawings and giveaways and free child care for the first 40 people to sign up.  Additional child care slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Register at The Exchange from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow, or by visiting and downloading the registration form.

There will be a Green to Gold briefing from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Fort Irwin Army Education Center, Bldg. 1020, for all Soldiers interested in learning more about the program.  Green to Gold provides enlisted Soldiers the opportunity to become commissioned officers by completing their college degree.  For more information, call 909-286-0113.

A representative from Azusa Pacific University will visit the Fort Irwin Army Education Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to answer questions and provide information.  For more information, call 380-4218.

There will be a class on making Easter and spring ornaments at the Fort Irwin Arts and Crafts Center from 5-6:30 p.m.  Cost is $5 per person and includes all materials.  For more information, call 380-3431.


In recognition of Month of the Military Child, Shockwave is offering a free lunch buffet meal to children under 12 with a paid adult during the month of April.  For more information, call 380-8646.


There will be a lifeguard training course April 9-21 at Oasis Pool.  Ages 15 and older are welcome.  Cost is $75.  For times and more information, call 380-4588 or 380-3046.

The Auto Craft Shop will host a free “how-to” night with information on car maintenance from 6-8 p.m.  For more information, call 380-3531.


Strike Zone Bowling Center hosts TnT Tuesdays all day every Tuesday.  Come enjoy $1 tacos and taquitos and $1 bowling and shoe rental.  For more information, call 380-4249.

Garage Sales

Saturday: 5109A Sweetwater Springs Dr. Items include children’s clothes (mainly girls) for ages 3 months to 13 years.


Gary Sinise and the Lieutenant Dan Band will return to Fort Irwin April 14 at 7 p.m. at Army Field.  No pets, firearms, weapons, glass containers or outside alcohol will be allowed.  The band loves to interact with the crowd so this is a show you don’t want to miss!

Around the Area

Mojave River Valley Museum

The Mojave River Valley Museum in Bartow is open to the public for free from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.  It features exhibits on everything from pioneers and miners to the present space program in the High Desert.  The museum is located at 270 Virginia Way at the intersection of Barstow Road and Virginia Way.  For more information, call 760-256-5452.

Moonridge Animal Park

Moonridge Animal Park in Big Bear Lake, Calif., has a collection of over 190 animals, including Grizzly bears who have been rescued in the zoo’s rescue program.  The zoo is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for military, $6 for children 3-10, and free for children under 3.  It is located at 43285 Goldmine Drive.  For more information, call 909-878-4200 or visit


EFMP support group

The Exceptional Family Member Program will be starting support groups for parents of exceptional family members, adult EFMs and teen EFMs.  Individuals with special needs and parents of EFMs are invited to connect socially with others who have experienced or are currently experiencing similar challenges, frustrations, and successes.  Attendees can gain support from others in similar situations, network within the community, share experiences and ideas, receive information and resources, gain moral support, provide input for future support groups, and develop peace of mind knowing you’re not alone.  If you do not see a support group that fits your needs, please let us know.  For more information, or to get involved, call the EFMP office at 380-3698 or visit Bldg. 109, Room 110.

Army MWR services survey

Give us feedback on Fort Irwin’s MWR program and services. Selected active duty personnel, civilians, spouses and retirees from Fort Irwin have been invited to complete the Army MWR Services Survey. If selected to participate, you will be notified by mail or e-mail inviting you to complete the survey. The goal of this survey is to hear from YOU, an Army MWR patron, and obtain your opinions, perceptions, attitudes and desires of MWR programs. With this data, you can make an impact on the quality of life for our Army communities. We ask that you take the 15 minutes to complete the survey, should you receive an invitation. For more information about the survey, please visit:

Volunteer mayors needed

Openings are available for volunteers to serve as mayor of the Dove Gulch, Sage Brush, and Crackerjack Flats housing areas, as well as vice-mayor of the Dove Gulch, Sage Brush, Crackerjack Flats, Sandy Basin, and Tiefort View housing areas.  Mayor responsibilities include organizing and promoting neighborhood events, serving as a “good neighbor ambassador,” and bringing housing issues to light.  Mayors can earn $100 off their ETS/PCS move cleaning bill, a letter of recommendation, a parking pass, and 10 hours of free child care per month.  For more information, call 380-8422.

Youth And School Activities

Middle School Activities

Thursday: 4-H Cooking Club

Friday:  Spring Fling Party

Monday: 4-H Art Club Beaded Sunglasses Straps

Tuesday: 4-H Sports Building Bird Houses

Wednesday: Smart Girls & Ultimate Journey

Teen Activities   

Friday:  Spring Fling Party

Saturday:  Hidden Surprise Egg Treats

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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