LOCAL PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS HOLD GRADUATION CEREMONIES TONIGHT

Both Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms High Schools will hold graduation ceremonies tonight. In Twentynine Palms the diplomas will be handed out at 7:30 at Tom Nicoll stadium. All attendees must have a ticket. For information call Twentynine Palms High School at 760-367-9591.
For Yucca Valley High School, graduation ceremonies are set to start at 7:00 p.m.; Trojan Field will open at 5:00 p.m. As in Twentynine Palms, all attendees must have a ticket; there is no general admission seating. For information call Yucca Valley High School at 760-365-3391.

CALIFORNIA AID-IN-DYING LAW MARKS ONE YEAR

California’s landmark aid-in-dying law took effect just over one year ago—and advocates say it is working as intended, giving mentally competent terminally ill people the option to get a prescription for drugs that can end their lives peacefully. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more…
It’s been just over a year now since the California End-of-Life Option Act went into effect– and at least 500 terminally ill people have requested the prescription for the necessary medication. There are no statistics on how many people have chosen this option, but Kat West, with the nonprofit Compassion and Choices, says many people get the medication but may not use it right away, or at all.
“Terminally ill people want to have the medication primarily for the sense of peace and the comfort that it brings and that they can choose to take if their suffering becomes unbearable.”
About 80 percent of insurance plans cover the medication. Before its passage, the Catholic Church and other groups opposed the California End-Of-Life Option Act, citing religious and moral concerns.
“Medical aid-in-dying should become normalized and integrated into the standard of care in California so that everyone has meaningful access to this compassionate end-of-life care option.”
California is one of six states plus Washington, D.C. that permit the practice.

THEATRE 29 IMPROVISATIONAL TROUPE DEBUTS SATURDAY

Theatre 29 will debut its new Improvisational troupe, “The Baker’s Dozen” this Saturday night. The improv workshops and auditions at Theatre 29 were immensely successful and Director Chris Fleischman cast 13 talented comedian/actors. Fleischman will be joined by Graham Cooley, Cindy Daigneault, Cam D’Angeles, Amy Fangmeyer, Katie Fleischman, Kory Fleischman, Lisa Goldberg, Cody Joseph, Yvonna Mullen, Joseph Rego, Kylie Robinson, and Hope Spicer. Improvisation, or improv, is a form of live theater in which the plot, characters, and dialogue of a game, scene or story are made up in the moment. No two shows are alike, and it is hoped that fans of “The Baker’s Dozen” will come back again and again. The premiere performance at Theatre 29 is Saturday, June 10 at 7 p.m. Improv troupe performances are also set for July 15, August 12, September 23, October 28, November 11, and December 30. The performances are rated PG 13. Improv troupe show tickets are $10 each; military and seniors are $7; and students with ID are $5. Theatre 29 season ticket holders may attend one performance at no additional charge. For tickets visit www.theatre29.org or call the Theatre 29 box office at 760-361-4151.

SUMMER YOUTH THEATER ENROLLMENT DEADLINE IS MONDAY

If you haven’t signed your child up yet for Theatre 29’s summer youth theater program, there’s still time. The first 30 applicants approved in each age group will be accepted. The program will run Monday through Friday from June 26 through July 30 culminating with two performances of “Disney’s Little Mermaid Jr.” Reporter Rebecca Havely shares how to apply…
The Theatre 29 Summer Youth Theater program will break into two age groups of 30 students each with “Juniors” ages 7-11 years old meeting weekdays from 10:00 am till noon. The “Seniors” ages 12-17 will meet from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. The cost for the program is $60 per student. The program will teach a wide variety of theatrical skills, including auditioning, acting, singing, choreography, costuming, make-up, backstage skills, set construction, lighting, sound, and much more. Applications will be available at the Twentynine Palms Park and Recreation offices, the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the Z107.7 studios in Joshua Tree and must be turned in to an address on the application by June 12, 2017.
Applications are available online at
http://www.theatre29.org/summer-youth-theatre-2016

TWENTYNINE PALMS FOOD PANTRY STARTS SUMMER HOURS MONDAY

The Twentynine Palm Food Pantry provides meals for those in our community in need of assistance. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the Food Pantry will shift to their Summer Hours starting Monday…
The Twentynine Palms Community Food Pantry will start its summer hours beginning June 12. The food pantry will be open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8 to 10 a.m., and closed Tuesdays and Thursdays, through September 4. In addition, it will be open the first Saturday of the month from 9 to 11 a.m., and the second and fourth Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. The Twentynine Palms Community Food Pantry, located at 6450 Star Dune Avenue in Twentynine Palms, provides emergency food services for residents of Twentynine Palms, Wonder Valley, and the Marine base. For more information, call 760-361-3663.

JOSHUA TREE ART GALLERY ANNUAL COMMUNITY SHOW OPENS SATURDAY

Joshua Tree Art Gallery, “JTAG” will open “The Drawing Show” Saturday, June 10, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. This is the gallery’s annual community show, which offers an opportunity for local artists to submit work. Cash awards and people’s choice awards will be given out the night of the opening. The exhibit will run through July 2 at JTAG “Your Cultural Out Post in the Desert” at 61607 29 Palms Highway in Downtown Joshua Tree. Regular hours are Saturday from 10-3, Sundays from 12-3 or by appointment at 760-366-3636.
http://www.joshuatreeartgallery.com/
info@joshuatreeartgallery.com

RECEPTION AT GALLERY 62 SATURDAY

A new show has opened at Gallery 62 art gallery in downtown Joshua Tree, and an opening reception has been set for Saturday, June 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. The show, “The Body Eclectic” features artists Janis Commentz, Timothy Hearsum, Zara Kand, Kat Johnson, David Bottoms, and signature artist Karan Murphy. Works featuring human figures are the theme for this exhibit. The show runs through July 2. Gallery hours are Fridays and Sundays noon to 3; and Saturdays 9 to 3. The gallery is located at 61607 29 Palms Highway, Suite H.

LANDERS “WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD” OPEN HOUSE SET FOR SATURDAY

During a discussion of local real estate sales at last month’s meeting of the Landers Community Association, there was general agreement that there are a lot of new faces in the community and something should be done about it. Reporter Mike Lipsitz takes it from here…
Landers newcomers, old-timers, and everyone in between is invited to this Saturday’s Open House from 1 to 3 p.m. at Belfield Hall in Landers. Swing by for a warm welcome and a cold drink. Browse the Thrift Shoppe, meet your neighbors and the folks from the Landers Community Association. Find out about the monthly food giveaway, Bingo, the quilting and garden clubs, and other weekly meetings at Belfield Hall. Feel free to stay for the regular monthly meeting of the Landers Community Association immediately after the Open House. It all happens Saturday at 58380 Reche Road, just east of the Landers Post Office.

MORONGO BASIN DEMOCRATIC CLUB TO HEAR FROM NPCA

The Morongo Basin Democratic Club will host a guest speaker at its regular meeting Saturday, June 10. David Lamfrom is the director of the California Desert and National Wildlife Programs for the Pacific Region of the National Parks Conservation Association, and he will speak on behalf of the opposition to the proposed Cadiz Water Project in the Mojave Desert. The morning starts with an optional $10 breakfast buffet at 9 a.m. in Bruce’s Coyote Kitchen at Copper Mountain College. The meeting starts at 10 a.m. Please be “green” and bring your own coffee mug.
The college is located at 6162 Rotary Way in Joshua Tree.

COMMUNITY CONCERT SUNDAY AT DESERT HILLS PRESBYTERIAN

Desert Hills Presbyterian Church in Yucca Valley continues their concert series. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the details…
Anne and friends will perform original, eclectic and uplifting songs at the community concert at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church in Yucca Valley. Anne DeMille will be joined by Steve Finley and Bob Garcia on Sunday, June 11 to perform some of her favorite spiritual music and some new songs as well. Doors will open at 2:30 for the 3 p.m. concert. An $8 suggested donation will be collected at the door. Light refreshments will be served following the concert. The church is located at 56750 Mountain View Trail in Yucca Valley. For more information call the church office at 760-365-6331.

JoAnne DeMille 2017 Concert Flyer