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.Â For more information, call 380-8646.
Storytime at the Library will take place from 10-11 a.m. for toddlers and preschoolers.Â Come sing songs, listen to stories and make a craft.Â For more information, call 380-3462.
There will be a â€œDad and Meâ€ class at 11 a.m. at the Fort Irwin Arts and Crafts Center.Â Come make a fabric heart pin cushion that can make a great Motherâ€™s Day gift.Â Cost is $5 per person and includes materials.Â For more information, call 380-3431.
There will be a lifeguard training course April 9-21 at Oasis Pool.Â Ages 15 and older are welcome.Â Cost is $75.Â For times and more information, call 380-4588 or 380-3046.
Tuesday is the final day the Fort Irwin Tax Center will be open for 2012.Â Federal tax deadline this year is Monday, April 17.Â The Fort Irwin Tax Center provides free assistance with preparing and filing tax returns from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Friday for appointments only.Â Bring your ID card, Social Security card, W-2/WG/1099-R forms and last yearâ€™s tax returns, as well as any other documents regarding income and expenses.Â The tax center is located in Bldg. 288 on Barstow Road.Â For more information, call 380-3604.
Strike Zone Bowling Center hosts TnT Tuesdays all day every Tuesday.Â Come enjoy $1 tacos and taquitos and $1 bowling and shoe rental.Â For more information, call 380-4249.
SKIES Unlimitedâ€™s School of Acdemics is offering three-day SAT prep courses in April and May.Â The first course is from April 17-19 and the second course is May 22-24.Â Course times are 5:30-7:30 p.m.Â Cost is $30 for three sessions.Â For more information or to register, visit Parent Central Services in Bldg. 109, go to www.fortirwinfmwr.com, or call 380-7751.
The Family Advocacy Program will host an ice cream social at Jack Rabbit Park from 3-5 p.m.Â Information will be provided to the community on preventing child abuse and resources available.Â For more information, call 380-4470 or 380-4474.
BOSS presents its â€œExtreme Velocity Challengeâ€ April 23-25.Â It kicks off with a trip to Bungee America in Los Angeles on April 23.Â Cost is $100.Â On April 24, there will be a white water rafting trip to Three Rivers, Calif.Â Cost is $110.Â On April 25, there will be a trip to Pole Position Kart Racing in Corona, Calif. for $45.Â Complete all three challenges and become the extreme velocity champion.Â For more information, call 760-267-1726 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Â
Bollywood dance classes are returning to Coyote Activity Center beginning at 8:45 a.m. April 23.Â For more information, email Rachel at email@example.com or find the class Facebook page.Â
The Middle School Teen Center and the EDGE program presents â€œNeon Night in Parisâ€ dance on April 27 at Sandy Basin Community Center.Â There will be a DJ, dancing, raffles, a caricature artist, photos, and glow-in-the-dark effects.Â Middle Schoolers will have their dance from 4-6 p.m. and high schoolers from 7-10 p.m.Â For more information, call 380-3732.
SKIES Unlimited will offer driversâ€™ education classes for teens 15-17 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 4-7 at Bldg. 1019, Education Center Annex Classroom D.Â The class includes 30 hours of classroom instruction, six hours of behind-the-wheel instruction, a DMV handbook, parent training guide and student workbook.Â The instructor will schedule the behind-the-wheel training, which will take place in Barstow, after the 30 hours of classroom work has been completed.Â It is suggested that families plan to reside in the area for six months beyond the class date.Â Space is limited.Â All participants must be registered with CYSS before enrolling.Â Cost is $305.Â To register or for more information, visit Parent Central Services in Bldg. 109 or https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac/irwincyms.html.
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.Â It features exhibits on everything from pioneers and miners to the present space program in the High Desert.Â The museum is located at 270 Virginia Way at the intersection of Barstow Road and Virginia Way.Â For more information, call 760-256-5452. Â
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 zooâ€™s rescue program.Â 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.Â Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for military, $6 for children 3-10, and free for children under 3.Â It is located at 43285 Goldmine Drive.Â For more information, call 909-878-4200 or visit www.moonridgezoo.org.
EFMP support group
The Exceptional Family Member Program will be starting support groups for parents of exceptional family members, adult EFMs and teen EFMs.Â 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.Â 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 youâ€™re not alone.Â If you do not see a support group that fits your needs, please let us know.Â For more information, or to get involved, call the EFMP office at 380-3698 or visit Bldg. 109, Room 110.
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.Â Mayor responsibilities include organizing and promoting neighborhood events, serving as a â€œgood neighbor ambassador,â€ and bringing housing issues to light.Â 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.Â For more information, call 380-8422.Â
Samâ€™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 Irwinâ€™s leadership is taking this action to protect Soldiersâ€™ health and welfare.
Youth And School Activities
Middle School Activities
- Â Â Thursday: 4-H Cooking Club
- Â Â Friday:Â Hip Hop
- Â Â Monday:Â 4-H Art Club Charming Shrinky Dinks
- Â Â Tuesday: 4-H Sports Building Bird Houses (Cont.)
- Â Â Wednesday: Smart Girls & Ultimate Journey
Teen ActivitiesÂ Â
- Â Â Friday:Â Ellieâ€™s Oven Fries
- Â Â Saturday:Â College Prep
Hours of Operation
Middle School :Â M-F 3:15 until 6 p.m.
- Â Â Friday:Â 6-11 p.m.
- Â Â Saturday: 3:30-11 p.m.
Sundays and holidays: Closed
More information: Â Meagan SilvaÂ atÂ 380-3732