Monday

Regional Spelling Bee finals to be held
The final regional spelling bee will take place Monday at 6 p.m. at Barstow First Baptist Church, 1320 Barstow Road. The winner of the bee, sponsored by the Barstow Kiwanis Club and the Desert Dispatch, will earn the chance to represent the Barstow area the national Scripps Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., at the end of May. The public is invited to attend.

Events at Barstow Senior Center
The Barstow Senior Center, 555 Melissa Ave., will be offer the following programs: The library is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for reading enjoyment. Donations accepted of any type of books. 9 a.m. — Do you have a passion for taking pictures. Come see what the photo group has to offer. 10 a.m. —  Maximum Comfort will provide information on how to get wheel/power chairs from your insurance company. 11:30 a.m. — A baked bean and franks lunch with Cole Slaw, raisin bread and cake with strawberries will be served. 1 p.m. — Come share creative ideas about scrapbooking. For information, call 760-256-5023.

Barstow Aglow meeting
Barstow Aglow Community Lighthouse will met on Monday at the Desert House of Prayer, 236 E. Williams St., at 6 p.m. Guest speaker will be Norma Garcia, author of "The Search of my Life". For information, call 760-590-5907.

Toastmasters
The next Toastmasters meeting will be held on Monday, at Barstow College, 2700 Barstow Road, in the Library, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. For information, call 760-247-6017.

Parental Alienation support group
Joshua Rose Foundation is starting a support group to provide education, support and coaching for parents who are experiencing difficulties in their relationships with their children due to parental alienation. This includes violation of court orders, refusal of visitation, blockage of contact and other tactics that interfere with the parent child bond. Meetings will be held every Monday at the Barstow Senior Center, 555 Melissa Ave., from 1 to 3 p.m. For information, call Julia Greer Moreno, Founder of the Joshua Rose Foundation, at 760-957-7027.

Al-Anon meeting
AL-Anon meetings are held on Mondays from 7 to 8:15 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 512 E. Williams St. Baby-sitting available. For information, call 760-261-3806.
 
Tuesday

Events at Barstow Senior Center
The Barstow Senior Center, 555 Melissa Ave., will be offer the following programs: The library is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for reading enjoyment. Donations accepted of any type of books. 8 a.m. — Interested in learning how to carve, check out the Mojave Valley Carvers. 9 a.m. — Share crafting ideas and meet new friends with other crafters. 11:30 a.m. — A chicken lunch with rice, broccoli, roll and lemon bar will be served; and Heritage Victor Valley Medical Group 4th annual Senior Valentine luncheon — come gather with your friends and enjoy line dancing and Karaoke. 12:30 p.m. — Wii bowling. 1:30 p.m. — Visiting Nurses Association will be conducting bereavement counseling. For information, call 760-256-5023.

Bingo At The Barstow Senior Center
The Barstow Senior Center, 555 Melissa Ave., offer its weekly bingo game on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. and Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. There will be a Lucky 5 in play and 4 power balls with each paying $250. Buy in is $15. Take advantage of the delicious menu at our Bingo Grill. Bingo is open to the public but you must be at least 18 years to play. For information, call 760-256-5023.

Blood drive
Barstow Community Hospital, 555 South Seventh St., will be hosting a blood drive Tuesday, from 1 to 6:30 p.m. Healthy individuals at least 15 years of age may donate blood. (Those 15 and 16 years of age must provide Life Stream with written parental consent. Parent consent forms are available at any donor center, community blood drive or at www.LStream.org.) All prospective donors should be free of infections or illness, weigh at least 110 pounds, and not be at risk for AIDS or hepatitis.  Please drink plenty of fluids and bring photo identification. Donating blood takes about an hour, yet gives someone a lifetime. For information, please call Mary Mack at 760-256-6556.

Barstow Amateur Radio Club
The Barstow Amateur Radio Club holds its monthly meeting on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at 25647 W. Main St., corner of Western and W. Main St. in Lenwood. Anyone interested in amateur radio is welcome to attend. For information, call 760-252-5596 or 760-617-1334.

Sing and Sign
The Barstow Branch Library, 304 E. Buena Vista, is hosting sign language classes on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 4 p.m. Learn simple signs and listen to songs that were designed to practice the specific signs. For information, call 760-256-4850.

Grief and Loss support group
Visiting Nurse Association of the Inland Counties hosts a Grief and Loss support group at the Barstow Senior Citizen Center, 555 Melissa, the second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. For information, call 760-256-2016.

Lions Club
The Lions Club is looking for new members with fresh ideas. The club meets the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at Quigley's Restaurant, 2841 Lenwood Road, at 7 p.m. The Lions Club donates time and effort to putting the American flags out throughout town on holidays, along with collecting and recycling used prescription eye glasses. If interested, please come to the meetings. First year membership is paid for by the club. For information, call Harold Davis at 760-256-0757.

Friends of the Library meeting
The Friends of the Barstow Library will meet at the Library, 304 E. Buena Vista on Tuesday at 11 a.m. Everyone is welcome. Come and find out the many ways to support the Library and how you can help do that.

'One Step' drug and alcohol Bible study
Calvary Chapel, 412 Ave. A, will be offering "One Step" drug and alcohol Bible study on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. For information, call 760-447-7115, 760-4473391 or 760-253-5553. No child care available.

Mojave Valley Carvers
The Mojave Valley Carvers meet every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 8 to 11 a.m. If you have an interest in carving  come to the Senior Citizens Center, 555 Melissa Ave. During the carving sessions one of the carvers will introduce you and show you around.

Wednesday

Dinner at the Eagles Lodge
The Eagles Lodge, 513 E. Main St., will be serving a French dip dinner with potato salad, Cole slaw, and dessert on Wednesday from 5 p.m. until gone. Donation is $7 and chef will be Bonnie.

Events at Barstow Senior Center
The Barstow Senior Center, 555 Melissa Ave., will be offer the following programs: The library is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for reading enjoyment. Donations accepted of any type of books. 8 a.m. — AARP Tax Aide is preparing taxes free for seniors on a first come first serve basis. 10 a.m. — Homecare Health will providing information. 11:30 a.m. — A baked chicken lunch with baked potato, California blend roll, and banana pudding will be served. 1:30 p.m. — Bingo. Must be 18 or older to play. For information, call 760-256-5023.

Amvets Post 311 meeting
Amvets Post 311 holds a monthly meeting on the third Wednesday of the month at the Veterans Home, 100 Veterans Parkway, in Bldg. A. Meeting starts at 6 p.m. Open to all veterans. For information, call Commander Ron Hess at 760-514-6037.

Cancer Awareness Group
The American Cancer Society will sponsor a cancer awareness group every Wednesday at the Barstow Senior Center from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Benefit from sharing, advice, encouragement, and inspiration from others. Lunch available after meeting for a donation of $3. For information, call 760-256-5942.

'Ups & Downs' support group
A support group for bipolar and clinically depressed is holding meetings every Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Barstow Mental Health Clinic, 805 E. Mt. View. For information, call 760-256-9685 or 760-254-2537.

Tai Chi classes
The Newberry Springs Senior Center, 33383 Newberry Road, is hosting Tai Chi classes on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Chinese exercise improves your balance, flexibility and strength. A donation of $5 per class is suggested. For information, call Rick at 760-257-3144.

Children's Bible Club
Trinity Baptist Church is holding a Children's Bible Club for preschool to high school kids, every Wednesday (September through May) from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The church is located at 2790 Barstow Road. For information, call 760-792-5378.

Thursday

Blood Drive
Barstow Community College, 2700 Barstow Road, will be hosting a blood drive on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donors may enter to win a pair of three-day, general admission passes to the 2012 Stagecoach Country Music Festival, and receive Gift of Life Donor Loyalty points that may be redeemed in the online donor store at www.LStream.org. You may also register for Be The Match bone marrow screening at all donor locations free of charge or go to bethematch.org and use the promo code 92408. Healthy individuals at least 15 years of age may donate blood. (Those 15 and 16 years of age must provide LifeStream with written parental consent. Parent consent forms are available at any donor center, community blood drive or at www.LStream.org.) All prospective donors should be free of infections or illness, weigh at least 110 pounds, and not be at risk for AIDS or hepatitis. Donors receive a free mini-physical as part of the donation process. Donating blood takes about an hour, yet gives someone a lifetime. For more information, please call 1-800-TRY GIVING.

Discussion on proposed roundabout
The Barstow City Council will hold a community meeting Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the City Council Chambers to discuss the city's proposal to build a roundabout at the intersection of Mountain View Street and Belinda Avenue. At the meeting, officials will present preliminary designs of the proposed roundabout. For information, call Domingo Gonzales at 760-255-5156 or Ava Reyes at 760-255-5129.

Events at Barstow Senior Center
The Barstow Senior Center, 555 Melissa Ave., will be offer the following programs: The library is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for reading enjoyment. Donations accepted of any type of books. 8 a.m. — Interested in learning how to carve. Come check out the Mojave Valley Carvers. 9 a.m. — Share your crafting ideas with the Center's crafters. 11:30 a.m. — A ground beef with gravy with scalloped potatoes, corn, three bean salad, and brownies will be served for lunch. 12:30 p.m. — Wii bowling. 1 p.m. — Line dancing.
For information, call 760-256-5023.

Ironwood Christian to feature comedy performance
Ironwood Christian Academy in Newberry Springs is hosting a comedy performance "Our Hearts Were Young and Gay", a classic play set in the 1920s. The cost is $7 per person, and the performances are at 7 p.m. on February 16 and 17. The public is invited to these performances, and tickets may be reserved and purchased by calling 760-257-3503. Seating is limited.

Barstow Area Republican Caucus meeting
The Barstow Area Republican Caucus will hold its monthly meeting the third Thursday of each month at Canton Restaurant, 1300 W. Main St., at 6 p.m. Arrive early to be served.

Bereavement support group
A bereavement support group meets at 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. the first and third Thursday of each month at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 505 E Mt. View in Room 13. All are welcome. For information, call 760-256-6818.

Patriot Forum
The Patriot Forum, a non-partisan group, will meet every Thursday at 6 p.m., at Sizzler Restaurant, 1523 E. Main St. For information, call 760-256-3323.

Bingo
Knights of Columbus, 580 Victor St., will offer bingo every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. For information, call 760-252-4885.

Story time
Barstow Branch Library, 304 E. Buena Vista, hosts Story time every Thursday from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. Children will enjoy reading, and crafts. For information, call 760-256-4850.

Craft Sale
Best Opportunities will hold a handmade craft sale every Thursday at the Barstow Mall, 1800 E. Main St., from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit Best Opportunities.

Line dancing at Barstow Senior Center
Barstow Senior Center, 555 Melissa Ave., holds a line dancing class every Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. First timers should come early. The class is free. For information, call 760-256-5023.

Al-Anon
Thursday Night Book Study will be held on Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 512 E. Williams St. Baby-sitting available. For information, call 760-261-3806.

Alateen Club
Alateen will be holding meetings on Thursdays for children ages 5 to 12 (Young Alateen Club) and ages 13-19 (A New Beginning Alateen). Meetings are held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 512 E. Williams St., from 6 to 7 p.m. For information, call 760-261-3806.

'Read to Me'
Read with storyteller and former Children's Librarian, Helen Riley, at the Barstow Branch Library, 304 E. Buena Vista, every Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m. For information, call 760-256-4850.

Compulsive Overeaters Anonymous/HOW
Help from compulsive overeating is available on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m., and Thursdays at 9 a.m. Meetings are held at the Mojave River Valley Museum, 270 E. Virginia Way. No dues/fees. For information, call 760-577-9566.