Celebrating history, culture on China Lake milestone

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

Celebrating history, culture on China Lake milestoneChina Lake Museum Foundation members Laura Hickle, Dr. Bob Smith and Bob Campbell — Photo by Laura Austin


From giving veteran China Lakers an opportunity to reminisce about the early days to highlighting contemporary achievements to capturing the imaginations of the youngest residents of the Indian Wells Valley, the 75th anniversary celebration of the Navy at China Lake offers something for everyone this weekend.

Many of the events will be staged at the China Lake Museum, where admission has been waived for anyone who wants to take in the exhibits and displays of some of China Lake’s greatest achievements.

On Friday, Nov. 9, food trucks will be on hand from 11:30-2:30 p.m.

From 3-6 p.m., the museum will host an open-mic-night-style gathering for anyone with a story, anecdote or noteworthy piece of trivia relating to life and work in and around China Lake.

Several high-ranking civilian retirees, along with IWV pioneers, have already signed up to share their memories with attendees, but China Lake Museum Foundation President Laura Hickle said there is still space for anyone else who wants to take the microphone.

Activities at the museum continue on Saturday, Nov. 10, with STEM demonstrations, hosted by Dr. Bob Smith, from noon to 3 p.m. Hickle said these will include computer simulations, quad copters and choppers, and water rockets. “We wanted to have something for the kids, as well as the adults,” she said.

That evening, the museum will host a gala dinner at the Kerr McGee Center. The doors open for socializing at 5 p.m., followed by dinner, program and dancing. Adm. Michael Moran will speak on the history and future of China Lake, followed by a performance by Big Band X-Press

For more information call the China Lake Museum at 760-677-2866.

Story First Published: 2018-11-09