MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR FREE FLU SHOTS AVAILABLE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

With fall—and the flu season—coming, residents are urged to get a free flu shot at the Twentynine Palms Senior Center. Reach Out Morongo Basin is sponsoring two flu shot clinics, September 26 and 27, from 1:30 to 3:30. A licensed pharmacist will provide the flu shots to adults and children. No appointment is required and walk-ins are welcome. The Senior Center is located at 6539 Adobe Road, across from the fire station. For more information, call Reach Out Morongo Basin at 760-361-1410.

HELP FOR SENIORS WHO HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT HEALTH INSURANCE

If you are a senior who’s confused about your health care coverage, mark your calendar for a free program that will offer information about Medicare and other health insurance topics. Reporter Rebecca Havely fills in the details…
The Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program will have a representative at the Twentynine Palms Senior Center, on Adobe Road on Friday, September 29, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. to help seniors and disabled residents get unbiased answers to questions about benefits and enrollment; prescription drug plan coverage; Medicare advantage plans; supplemental policies; employee and retiree coverage; the Affordable Care Act; Medicare limited-income assistance programs; long-term care insurance, as well as legal assistance with Medicare appeals and administrative hearing. For more information, call Reach Out Morongo Basin at 760-361-1410.

JEWISH HIGH HOLY DAYS SERVICES PLANNED

If you need a welcoming place to attend Jewish High Holy Day services, the Jewish Federation of Palm Springs and the Desert Area invites you to Mission Lakes Country Club in Desert Hot Springs.
Services will be held there at 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 20, and 10 a.m. Thursday, September 21, for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Services for Yom Kippur are set for 7 p.m. Friday, September 29, and 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 30. Memorial Yizkor and concluding services start at 4 p.m. on Yom Kippur.
Admission is free for Jewish residents of the Morongo Basin and Desert Hot Springs, and includes a break-the-fast meal in the facility’s dining room following Yom Kippur.
To RSVP, call Brandy Mahan at 760-324-4737, or email her at brandy.mahan@jfedps.org.

PIONEER DAYS KICK-OFF FRIDAY

There’s much to do for those aiming to be a part of the 81st annual Pioneer Days celebration in Twentynine Palms October 21. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details on the big Kick Off and opportunities for contestants, vendors and other participants…
The Pioneer Days celebration kicks off Friday evening, September 15 starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Bowladium. Hosted by The Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce and The Bowladium, the Kick Off! will feature live entertainment, Elks Lodge Bar-B-Que, beer, contests, and family fun.
Sign up to be a Pioneer Days Judge and Sheriff and sell commemorative buttons. The team that sells the most buttons gets to ride in the Parade. And if you plan to be a little more active, the outhouse races are back. There are cash prizes for the winning teams; register at the Visitor Center by September 10. Pioneer Days also offers clubs, businesses, and other organizations an opportunity to market themselves to the community; apply for the limited vendor space now as vendors will not be duplicated.
For more information contact the Chamber at 760-367-3445 or email admin@29chamber.org.

THEATRE 29 RECEIVES GRANTS FOR NEW CARPET

Theatre 29 in Twentynine Palms recently installed new carpeting thanks to grants it received from a military charity and from a civilian business. Despite regular cleaning and maintenance, the theater’s carpeting had deteriorated to the point that it was literally wearing through to the cement floor in some areas. Due to grants the theater received from the Twentynine Palms Officers’ Spouses’ Club and U.S. Bank, new carpeting was installed this summer by Quality Tile and Carpet. The theater’s board of directors chose to carpet its lobby and theater area using 2-foot-squares of carpet so if it gets soiled, the square can easily be replaced, and the theater bought 50 extra squares to use as replacements. Theatre 29 Board President Gary Daigneault was very grateful for the financial support that allowed the theater to recarpet the theater. “This significant support for Theatre 29 by both donors really accentuates the remarkably cooperative relationship between the military and civilian communities of the Morongo Basin.”