Monday

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. 7 to 8 a.m. — New exercise class/Sit and Be Fit, a slow moving and gentle workout great for people with arthritis. 9 to 11 a.m. — Photo group. 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. — A meatloaf lunch with mashed potatoes and gravy, mixed vegetables, bread and peaches. 1 to 2 p.m. — Share you creative ideas about scrapbooking. For information, call 760-256-5023.

Veteran Benefits
The Barstow Senior Center, 555 Melissa Ave., will be hosting a free education workshop on Monday at 1:30 p.m., at the  If you or your spouse is a veteran, or a widow of a veteran, you may be entitled to government benefits to assist in the cost of assisted living. Guest speaker, Tony Ruggieri, President of Amerivets will provide information to include: How to qualify for VA Pension that will pay you thousands of dollars a year in a tax-free pension; how to plan in advance for future long-term care expenses. This event is sponsored by Valley Crest Memory Care and Sierra Vista Independent and Assisted living. For information about the event and to RSVP, please contact Mary Costa at 760-256-5023.

Exercise class
The Barstow Senior Center is offering a new chair exercise class on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 7 a.m. These workouts are slow moving, gentle and include arthritis exercises that are ideal for anyone managing arthritis pain. Please call the Center and sign up for class, it is free. For information, call 760-256-5023.

NARFE meeting
The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Chapter 1564 will meet at Sizzler, 1523 E. Main St., on Monday at 6 p.m. Guest speaker will be Zola Parker, president of the National Association of Federal Employees at Fort Irwin. Updates on current congressional actions affecting health, retirement, and other retiree benefits are provided for consideration. All federal and retired employees are encouraged to attend and participate in chapter meetings. For information, call 760-253-7280.

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. 7 to 8 a.m. — New exercise class/Sit and Be Fit, a slow moving and gentle workout great for people with arthritis. 9 to 11 a.m. — Share craft ideas and meet new friends with the other crafters. 10 to 11 a.m. — Scan Health Plan will be here to answer questions. 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. — A lunch of fried eggs with potatoes, sausage, chip beef with toast and fruit salad will be served. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. — Wii bowling. 6 p.m. — Bingo. Must be 18 or over. For information, call 760-256-5023.

Taco Tuesday
The American Legion Auxiliary #324 will be serving $ hard shell beef tacos on Tuesday at 5 p.m., at the American Legion Hall, 2181 Armory Road. Open to the public for dine-in or take-out. All proceeds go towards local scholarships, helping veterans and veteran families. For information, call 760-253-7744 or the legion at 760-252-8369.

U.S. Veterans Support Group
The U.S. Veterans Support Group will meet today at 7 p.m. at the Veterans Home-Barstow in building F. The group was organized to help all veterans, current and former military, as well as their families. Anyone may join the group including civilians. There is a nominal annual fee of $5 per family. The group is a 501(c) (3) tax exempt organization as established by the U.S. government. Any and all donations are welcome.
Meetings are normally held on the third Tuesday of each month. For information, call Bob Washington at 760-255-4031.

'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.

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.

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

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 chicken taco soup with tostadas, and flan, on Wednesday from 5 p.m. until gone. Donation is $6 and the chef's will be Kim and Linda.

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. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. AARP Tax Aid will prepare taxes free for seniors on a first come first serve basis. 11:30 to 12:30 — chicken cordon bleu with rice pilaf, peas and carrots, salad, and peach cobbler will be served. 1:30 — Bingo. Must be 18 or over. For information, call 760-256-5023.

Relay for Life rally
The American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Barstow invites you to sign up for this year's event by joining at a rally at Sizzler on Wednesday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. If you sign up or join an existing team that night, Sizzler will give you a great coupon to save on your meal there. The group is also always looking for more volunteers to join the committee to help in the fight against cancer. For information, e-mail Chi Potter at ca_potter@verizon.net or call 760-253-3789.

BCC celebrates Black History Month
In observance of February's Black History Month, the college's history and humanities departments are presenting free, lunch-time topics on Black history and diversity for students, college staff and the community-at-large. All presentations will be held on the Barstow college campus. On Wednesday at noon, the humanities department will present Contemporary African American Songs, Poems and Prose in room interim Performing Arts Center (IPAC). This will be readings and songs performed by students and faculty members. Barstow Community College is located at 2700 Barstow Road. For information please visit www.barstow.edu.

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

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. 7 to 8 a.m. — New exercise class/Sit and Be Fit, a slow moving and gentle workout great for people with arthritis. 9 to 11 a.m. — Share craft ideas and meet new friends with the other crafters. 10 to 11 a.m. — Community Hospice will answer questions. 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. — A lunch of stuffed pasta shells with zucchini, salad, garlic cheese bread sticks and peaches will be served. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. — Wii bowling. 6 p.m. — Bingo. Must be 18 or over. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. — Line dancing. For information, call 760-256-5023.

Grief support group
The Mourning Star Center of the VNAIC is offering grief support groups to children, teens and families who have experienced the death of a loved one. An orientation will be held on Thursday February 23 at 5:30 p.m. at the Visiting Nurse Association Office, 222 Main St. (in the Mercado Bldg.). For information, contact Sheryl Sullivan or Rob McEvoy at 760-948-7249.

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.