If "Kelly's Eye" and "Burlington Bertie" don't ring a bell, chances are you have not been around the Hesperia Leisure League on a Saturday night in the last 50 years.


Just before 5 p.m. each week, more than 100 people flock to the group's Third Avenue address, turning $10 into a stack of 10 cards in hopes of being able to shout that phrase: Bingo!


Breaking the stereotype, players as young as 18 hunch over long rows of tables lined with bingo cards. They hold their colorful daubers like pistols ready for a quick draw, eager to mark the numbers that are called out and then displayed on an electronic board at the front of the room.


Volunteers walk the tables, waiting for someone to call out "bingo" so they can verify the win.


"We do it because we love it," bingo director Darlene McCoy said.


Though she has volunteered at the Leisure League's weekly Hesperia event for nine years, McCoy prefers to try her luck one town over.


"I love to play bingo, but I play in Apple Valley at the senior center," she said. "I can never seem to win here."


The Leisure League is not Hesperia's only home to bingo, with monthly events at the Fraternal Order of Eagles on Main Street.


"It may be a small amount of money but it gives us a rush," said Sandy Brown with the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Hesperia.


The Eagles' Sunday afternoon games run at a different speed. Around 20 people, all members, gather to enjoy a laid-back evening of friendly competition. Players heckle the caller and celebrate together when someone receives a bingo.


"It's a social thing," Shirley Davidson of Hesperia said. "Even if you don't win it's just fun."


As with most community bingo events, the Eagles use the competition for a fundraiser, donating half of the proceeds from the sale of bingo cards to the organization's designated charity of the month.


"We're a brotherhood," Brown said, "and we want to share our love with others."