Some Make a Difference Day events postponed Due to concerns about the wildfire smoke, the City of Barstow has postponed organized clean-up activities as part of its annual Make a Difference Day.

Belinda Barbour, the city's coordinator of the event, said that the local schools had planned to have students volunteer in tidying up the city, but schools will be closed Friday. The activities will be postponed until Friday, Nov. 2.

Barbour said that individuals may continue to volunteer on Saturday but organized events have been canceled. She said that the city will still offer "Free Dump Day" and the citywide garage sale will continue.

BCC to hold theater performance
Barstow Community College's performing arts department and Callboard Performing Arts Club will present the two act, 11 scene production of "Almost, Maine" this weekend at the college's performing arts center. The play is a romantic comedy set in a rural village in Maine that centers on different kinds of love, said the play's director Amy Ross. She said the play was "PG-rated" and appropriate for older children and adults.

"There's a surprise in every scene. There's something in it for everyone," she said.

What: College Performing Arts Dept. production of "Almost, Maine"
Where: BCC Performing Arts Center
When: Oct. 26, Oct. 27, Nov. 2 Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 28 at 2 p.m.
Cost: $7 for general public
$5 for seniors and students
For more information, call 252-6702

Mardi Gras parade on Saturday The 75th annual Mardi Gras parade will roll down Main Street starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday evening. The parade will run from Barstow Road until Coolwater and feature bands and floats from the community. The parade will be televised on Time Warner Cable channel 6 for those who cannot make the route.

To make way for the parade, the city will begin closing roads at 3 p.m. on Saturday. The city will reopen the roads at 11 p.m. The road closures are as follows:

Closing at 3 p.m.
o Barstow Road from Mountain View Street to Main Street
o Pioneer Street at Barstow Road
o Buena Vista at Barstow Road
o Fredricks Street at Barstow Road
o Williams Street from Barstow Road to Second Avenue

Closing at 5 p.m.
o Second Avenue from Williams Street to Main Street
o The eastbound lane of Main Street east of North First Avenue
o Main Street from North Second Street to White Street
o Third Street at Main Street
o North Muriel Drive at Main Street
o Sixth Street from Main Street to Williams Street
o Seventh Street form Main Street to Williams Street
o Muriel Drive from Main Street to Williams Street
o Yucca Avenue at Main Street
o Mountain View at Main Street
o Eastgate Road at Main Street
o Coolwater Lane from East Main Street to Roberta
o Fifth Street from Main Street to Clark Street
o Sixth Street from Main Street to Clark Street
o Seventh Street from Main Street to Clark Street