GUILTY PLEA IN DUI CRASH THAT KILLED TWENTYNINE PALMS DENTIST AND HIS WIFE

The Twentynine Palms Marine accused of killing a prominent dentist and his wife in a DUI crash in May 2015 pleaded guilty in court last month. Mariah Natividad, 22, a lance corporal with the Exercise Support Division on the Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, was driving under the influence and rear-ended a pick-up truck on Highway 62 just east of Juniper Road in Joshua Tree nearly two years ago. The impact sent the truck into the desert where it rolled over several times. Inside the truck were Dr. Lonnie Tiner, 80, and his wife, Patricia, 75. The Tiners died 10 minutes apart the next day at Desert Hospital in Palm Springs. Mariah Natividad pleaded guilty April 6 to two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. She is scheduled to be sentenced June 21.

Mariah Natividad pleaded guilty April 6 to two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.

SECOND ANNUAL VETERANS UNIVERSITY SET FOR MAY 20 IN PALM SPRINGS

Congressman Raul Ruiz of Palm Springs will host the Second Annual Veterans University on Saturday, May 20, at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Registration starts at 8:30, and the program runs from 9 a.m. 4:30 p.m. Veterans University is a free one-day event that will cover topics such as: health care and disability benefits, mental health, transportation, and employment resources for veterans. Presenters from veteran service organizations, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Department of Labor will provide a broad overview of each benefit, followed by practical and detailed information on how to access the benefits described. Registration is limited to 500 participants, so register as soon as possible by calling 760-424-8888. The event will also be streamed live on Facebook.

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For more information or to register, contact the office of Representative Ruiz at 760-424-8888 or simply click the registration link found at https://ruiz.house.gov/veterans-university.

AUDIENCES AND REVIEWERS ARE RAVING ABOUT “INTO THE WOODS” AT THEATRE 29

Audiences are raving about the fairytale musical “Into the Woods” at Theatre 29. Reporter Rebecca Havely says there’s still two weekends left to see the show…

The Broadway hit musical “Into the Woods” continues its run through May 21 at Theatre 29. A first-time audience member said, “Everyone did an amazing job: the techs, make up, costumes, the set, and actors. I laughed and cried.”

Reporter Rebecca Havely reviewed the production, saying “Stephen Sondheim’s complex music and witty lyrics shine in a truly ensemble piece of musical theatre.”

Another audience member said, “We really enjoyed the passion the cast showed. The whole experience was awesome and we cannot wait for the next production.”

The musical’s story interweaves the tales of a baker and his wife, Cinderella’s family, Rapunzel, Little Red Ridinghood and the wolf, Jack and his beanstalk plus a wicked witch and a giant.

The cast is sent into the woods to reverse a curse. Don’t miss your chance to see if this lot lives happily ever after.

Tickets for “Into the Woods” are $15 regular admission; $12 for seniors and military; and $8 for students with ID. “Into the Woods” has a more mature theme, so parental guidance is suggested for children under 12. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 and Sundays at 2:30 through May 21. For tickets visit theatre29.org or call the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.

BLOOD DRIVE IS PART OF TOMORROW’S HEALTH FAIR IN YUCCA VALLEY

As part of tomorrow’s Health Fair, LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive on Saturday, May 13, at the Yucca Valley Community Center, from 9 to 2. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, Desert Blood Services now offers donors free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. All prospective donors should be free of infections or illness, weigh at least 110 pounds, and not be at risk for AIDS or hepatitis. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 800-TRY-GIVING. The Health Fair will see some 30 different health and safety providers and offer free testing and a free healthy meal.

FOURTH ANNUAL RAINBOW STEW ART FAIR TOMORROW

An artist’s fair will be held in Yucca Valley tomorrow. Reporter Edica Gonzales invites you to the fourth annual Rainbow Stew event…
Rainbow Stew will hold its fourth annual artists’ fair Saturday, May 13, from 10 to 5:30 p.m. Come meet some of the artists whose work in gourd art, jewelry, beadwork, copper work, painting, photography, and paintings are sold at Rainbow Stew. Rainbow Stew is located on the south side of Highway 62 in Old Town Yucca Valley.

MOTORHOME FIRE IN MORONGO VALLEY THURSDAY NIGHT

A motor home and small sedan are a total loss after a fire in Morongo Valley Thursday night. About 9:30 p.m., Morongo Valley firefighters, with assistance from water tenders from Yucca Mesa and Desert Hot Springs, were called to the 50700 block of Palo Verde Road where they found the motor home fully involved in flames, and a small Chevy car also burning. There were no fire hydrants in the area, so firefighters depended on water tenders for water to douse the flames. In addition, power lines over the motor home made fighting the blaze challenging. The fire was knocked down within minutes, but it took at least an hour to put it out completely. No one was injured and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

WOMAN LOSES CASH BACK TO THIEF AT WAL-MART

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating a case of petty theft at Walmart Wednesday evening. According to a report, the victim was using the self-checkout register about 4:30 p.m. and requested $100 in cash back. The register did not dispense the $100, and so the woman left the cash register to get a manager. The manager reviewed the tape and said a man took money from the register as soon as the victim walked away. Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.

MAKE YOUR OWN BRUSHES AT THE 29 PALMS ART GALLERY

Make your own brushes at the 29 Palms Art Gallery. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says sign up soon…

The 29 Palms Art Gallery will hold a two-day brush-making workshop with internationally renowned brush maker Glenn Grishkoff. Participants will make eight to 10 brushes that can be used for ink, watercolor, acrylic, oils, ceramics, and batik. All materials will be provided. The workshop will be held May 20 and 21, from 9 to 4 both days. The cost is $150 for members, $175 for non-members. Register online at 29palmsartgallery.com. The art gallery is located on Cottonwood Drive in Twentynine Palms.

LANDERS ASSOCIATION MEETS TOMORROW

The Landers Community Association will hold its monthly meeting Saturday, May 13, at 3 p.m. at Belfield Hall on Reche Road. Topics of discussion include Landers’ big real estate boom and what’s driving it, Grubstake Days rodeo and dance, the Landers July 3 fireworks show, an art show with wine and cheese, and a planned newcomer’s open house. And if something is on your mind, you’ll have an opportunity to speak out as well. Saturday’s meeting should last about an hour. This is not a potluck, but feel free to bring a snack for yourself or to share.

A LECTURE ON THE ADOBES OF TWENTYNINE PALMS

You can learn about the adobes of Twentynine Palms from an author who lives in one of the very first ones built. Reporter Sara Snyder invites you to the Old Schoolhouse Museum Lecture…

The adobes of Twentynine Palms will be the topic of the Old Schoolhouse lecture tonight. Pat Rimmington and her husband Sid bought the John Meyer adobe house in 1977. The Rimmingtons learned it was built in 1929 and is the oldest standing adobe homestead in Twentynine Palms. They attended seminars on adobe construction; Sid learned how to make the bricks and prepare the plaster while Pat learned how to restore and maintain the adobe. The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. tonight at the Old Schoolhouse museum on National Park Drive. Admission is $5 at the door.

SPRING PICNIC DINNER TONIGHT AT THE JOSHUA TREE VFW

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7264 will serve up a spring picnic dinner tonight (May 12) from 4 to 6 p.m. On the menu will be beef, turkey and barbecue pork sandwiches, and salads donated by Auxiliary members, all for $5. The post is located on Veterans Way in downtown Joshua Tree. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.

GRUBSTAKE DAYS RODEO QUEEN CORONATION AND SPAGHETTI DINNER TOMORROW

The Grubstake Days rodeo fundraiser dinner is planned for tomorrow night. Reporter Rebecca Havely has your invitation…

Rustle up a posse and get ready for some great grub at the spaghetti dinner and rodeo queen coronation fundraiser dinner set for Saturday, May 13. A spaghetti dinner will be served from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The $8 ticket includes dinner, dessert and a drink. The dinner takes place at Healthy Generations, 57121 Sunnyslope Drive in Yucca Valley. All proceeds go to the Grubstake Days Rodeo.

BEER DRINKERS AND HELL RAISERS AT THE ROCK

The Friday concert series, Live at the Rock, is back in May. The concert series runs every Friday night through October on the outdoor stage at Tortoise Rock Casino. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says tonight’s concert is for all the “Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers” out there…

The ZZ Top tribute band, Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers is instantly recognizable to fans by the same beards, clothes, hats, cheap sunglasses and playing the same music ZZ Top has played for the last 45 years. Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers master the Texas rock and blues sound that has come straight out of Houston since the 1970s. Only tonight’s free concert will be coming straight out of Twentynine Palms’ Tortoise Rock Casino. Fans will “Give it Up” for “Blue Jean Blues,” “Viva Las Vegas,” “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” and more. The free Live at the Rock concert series kicks off on the outdoor stage every Friday night at 8 p.m. through October. And mark your calendar for upcoming tributes to Guns N Roses May 19, and The Pretenders May 26.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES

In high school sports today, the Yucca Valley baseball and softball teams will host Coachella Valley High School at home. Both games start at 3:15.