RETIRED TEACHERS MEET JANUARY 20

The local chapter of the California Retired Teachers Association will meet on the third Friday in January rather than the usual second Friday. The meeting will be held January 20, at 10 a.m. at the Helen Gray Center on Whitefeather Road in Joshua Tree. Members will welcome Silver Sneakers instructor, Teresa Mizusawa, who will speak about health and fitness. In addition to speaking, Mizusawa will lead attendees in a few light exercises. Those who wish to participate should wear comfortable clothing and athletic shoes, and are invited to bring light weights and/or stretchy bands, as well. Reservations are required. (There is no cost to those who attend the meeting but choose not to order lunch, but seats still need to be reserved for those attending only the meeting.) Please call Gay Smith, at 760-369-2211, no later than Monday, January 16, if you plan to attend. 

NEW SHOW AT 29 PALMS VISITOR CENTER ART GALLERY

The Twentynine Palms Visitor Center and Art Gallery’s upcoming show will feature the many moods and shades of the desert in the winter. “Winter Blues: Desert Moods and Shades” is an exhibit meant to depict winter in the desert. Artwork will include painting, photography, ceramics, mixed media, and 3-dimensional work. An opening reception will be held Friday, January 13, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and will include refreshments and live entertainment. For more information, call 760-367-7562.

TWENTYNINE PALMS SOROPTIMIST SPONSOR OPENING NIGHT OF “SYLVIA” AT THEATRE 29

The Soroptimists of Twentynine Palms will host the gala opening night of the tail-wagging comedy, “Sylvia,” at Theatre 29. Managing editor Tami Roleff has your invitation…
The comedy “Sylvia” will open at Theatre 29 Friday, January 13, with a gala benefit, hosted by the Twentynine Palms Soroptimists. The gala event includes a silent auction, heavy appetizers, and dessert at intermission. Doors open at 6 p.m.; the curtain rises at 7. “Sylvia” tells the tale of Greg, played by Jeremy Volsteadt, who adopts a stray dog he names “Sylvia,” played by Amy Fangmeyer. His wife Kate, played by Ann Van Haney, does not approve. A trio of eccentric characters join the mix, all played by Theatre 29 veteran Kurt Schauppner. The production is directed by Eddie Tucker. Tickets for opening night ONLY are $25 and can be purchased from all Twentynine Palms Soroptimists. “Sylvia” will run through January 29. Performances on Friday and Saturday nights are at 7 p.m. with 2:30 Sunday matinees. Tickets after opening night are $8 to $15 and are available at theatre29.org or by calling 760-361-4151. Due to strong language, “Sylvia” is not recommended for children under 13.

CACTUS SEWABLES QUILT GUILD MEET MONDAY IN YUCCA VALLEY

Cactus Sewables Quilt Guild will hold its general meeting on January 9 in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center, 57098 29Palms Hwy. Doors open at 12:30 and the meeting begins promptly at 1:00 p.m. New officers will be installed and outgoing officers and committee chairpersons will be recognized. Guests are welcome with a $3 donation.

CMC ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR MUSD ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIPS

Copper Mountain College Foundation is now accepting applications for its CMC Alumni Scholarships for students who attend high school in the Morongo Unified School District. Managing editor Tami Roleff has information on how to apply…
One student from each of the three local Morongo Unified School District high schools will receive a $500 Alumni scholarship to attend Copper Mountain College. To be eligible, applicants must include two letters of recommendation, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and include a one-page essay on the student’s educational goals. Applications must be postmarked by Wednesday, April 5. For more information, visit a link in this story at z1077fm.com. Reporting for Z107.7, this is managing editor Tami Roleff.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

In high school sports today, the Twentynine Palms High School boys’ basketball teams will host Xavier Prep of Palm Desert at home, starting at 6 p.m.