Hello, good neighbors: As the temps…and the autumn leaves start to fall, events at your Historic USO Building start to sizzle like a toasty October bonfire.

Shop 'til you drop! The month has already started off on a brisk note with an awesome month-long book sale at the Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert Gift Shop (located inside the Historic USO Building at 230 W. Ridgecrest Blvd.). All titles, all month... are on sale at 20, 30 and 50 percent off. And, on every Tuesday of the month, ALL merchandise (except See’s Candies) will be on sale! What a terrific way to jump start holiday shopping for the entire family! The Gift Shop is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This Friday the 13th will be lucky, indeed! The next Open Mic Night is set for this Friday, October 13 at 7 p.m. The Historic USO Building, once again, becomes the most happening venue in town for the hottest musical talent in the valley. A paltry $2 draws musicians and listeners (kids 18 and under are free when accompanied by a paying adult) into an evening of the best live entertainment in town. Get there at 6:30 p.m. and enjoy the tantalizing treats from the thrifty Snack Bar. How lucky can you get?

Tropical delight. Ladies (and gents), get out your best Hawaiian finery on Saturday, October 14 as the HSUMD hosts the delightful and playful “Ladies Tea,” where loud and luscious tropical shirts and hats will rule the day, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations for groups are recommended, and tickets (a mere $8 each) may be purchased at the Gift Shop. “The Caliches” will be providing the entertainment, along with the Society’s servers Craig and Carol Porter, Andrew Sound, Tex Hoppus, John Abbott, and yours truly…and yes, we will be decked out in appropriate island outfits!

One more picture, please. A very special treat awaits NAWS history buffs, when a brand new episode in the popular series of China Lake videos, “Pictures of Us” screens on Tuesday, October 17 at 7 p.m. at the Society’s monthly general meeting. Series creators Mark Pahuta and Leroy Doig will present one final episode, never before shown. “That Was the Way Things Were” looks back at the early years of the China Lake community, and highlights the first official recruiting film made in 1952 at NOTS. Also included is the infamous recruiting film spoof made the following year and excerpts from some 50 oral-history interviews conducted through the years. And…an intriguing visit to China Lake’s Dispensary and Morgue. (Yes, you read that right…morgue!)

This monthly meeting is free to the public, and all are welcomed to attend. Call 760-375-8456 for more information.

Here's lookin' at you, kid! Be sure to mark your calendars for Wednesday evening, October 18 at 7 p.m., as film # 5 of the Classic Movie Night’s popular film series “Bogie & Bacall” features Humphrey Bogart (without Lauren Bacall, this time) in his 1951 Best Actor Academy Award® winning role opposite the legendary Katharine Hepburn. John Huston’s rousing Technicolor® tale of a rough-and-ready steamer captain and a prim missionary, who navigate a rickety rig though raging rapids (and lots of other obstacles) to defeat a World War I gunboat in hot pursuit, is sure to thrill classic movie lovers. And, Bacall takes the final bow of the series in a delightful 1957 comedy, directed by Vincent Minelli, opposite an unexpectedly funny Gregory Peck. The unlikely clash of the worlds of high fashion, sports,…and crime are certain to tickle a funny bone or two. Admission is, as always, a suggested donation, and film titles are available in film schedules located in the lobby...or by calling 760-375-8456.

Breakfast Club. Attention Veterans and their spouses. Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast, chat with other vets, and meet new friends every third Thursday of the month (that would be October 19) from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Historic USO Building. Chow Down, and enjoy!

Well that, good neighbors, is a “wrap” for the month of happy hometown happenings... and Halloween. The grandest holidays are yet to come, and the Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert is certain to celebrate with style. See you in November!