To celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the 12th annual Peace March will be held in Barstow this coming weekend, Saturday, Jan. 19. On Monday, Jan. 21, a Peace Breakfast will be held. Sponsoring the events is the Art and Industrial Women's Club and Men's Club. The dates to observe King's birthday are chosen on the Saturday and Monday of the three day weekend selected to observe his birthday.

The Peace March this year begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday starting at the parking lot located at the northwest corner of Barstow Road and Williams Street to march up Barstow Road to the Cora Harper Community Center. We are all invited and encouraged to participate in the march and to bring banners if we have them. The club's theme this year is "To Make A Difference." There will be a short program at the center following the march. It will be presented by Barstow's "Tiny Tot Time" and Pastor Gray. Contact Chairman Toni Carter at 252-2429 or President Mary L. Hailey at 256-7708 for additional information.

The Peace Breakfast is to begin at 8 a.m. on Monday at the Sizzler Restaurant, 1523 E. Main St., using this year's theme, "To Make A Difference." The Guest Speaker will be Natasha Moore. The late Annie Jo Shropshire will be recognized for her past volunteer contributions to the club and to our Barstow area, for the difference she made. Tickets may be picked up at the door. Ticket donations are $15 per person and children 10 years of age and under are $8. Contact Hailey for tickets at 256-7708.

The Art and Industrial Women's Club began in January 1950. The purpose was to improve the status of women and to help raise the cultural and economic level of local people. The emphasis was to teach them to be good wives and women. In February of that year, they held a Brotherhood Program and it has continued to date. When I write about that program next month, I expect to bring readers more information about the club's history.

Current officers of the club are President Mary L. Hailey, Vice President Georgia Powell, Secretary Shirley Brodie, Treasurer Margareta Young and Chaplain Toni Carter.

The local chapter of the Art and Industrial Women's Club here has recently added men's membership to their group.

Correction Last week I wrote about the Awards Banquet and told that the Chamber of Commerce would also hold their installation of officers. I omitted Martha Rochelle and Renita Wicks from the list of members to be installed. I regret my error.

ABOUT THE WRITER: Helen Bendure is a correspondent for the Desert Dispatch She can be contacted at rimrock83@aol.com