Over the past few weeks, Barstow has been booming with activities, fit for just about everyone in the community. From activities for pet lovers to plays for theater enthusiasts, the city has offered a variety of events to choose from.

On April 7, an adaption of the 1964 Broadway musical “Hello Dolly” took the stage at the Barstow Community College, as actors recreated Dolly Levi’s meddling hilarity and upbeat tunes. The college's Theatre Arts Department and the Callboard Performing Arts Club wrapped up their performances this past weekend.

Furry friends of all breeds happily wagged their way through the American Cancer Society's “Bark for Life” on March 25, where funds and awareness were raised to support people — and even pets — who are fighting cancer.

Barstow High’s Jazztecs hosted their 7th annual Atomic Jazz Festival on April 6, leaving attendees in awe of the musical talents of Tower of Power members Tom Politzer and Adolfo Acosta as they played along with the Jazztecs, Jazz Ensemble, Barstow Junior High’s Jazz Hawks and the STEM Academy band.

To round things out, members of the Barstow community gathered for the 13th annual New Mexico Chili Cook Off and Belen Fiestas on April 1 for another year of embracing Barstow’s sister city, Belen, N.M. The daylong event featured free family fun, including bounce houses, pinatas and lots of musical entertainment.