OPEN AUDITIONS AT THEATRE 29 FOR MUSICAL “MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS”

The family musical “Meet Me In St. Louis” is based on the 1944 heartwarming film of the same name. Director Kathryn Ferguson is holding open auditions at Theatre 29. With the list of roles available here’s Rebecca Havely…

Auditions are October 9 at 6:30 p.m. on the Theatre 29 mainstage. The roles include Mr. & Mrs. Smith in their 40’s, their 19-year-old son, and four daughters ages eight to 18. A grandfather type, some middle-age men and women, and some males and females ages 16 to 20.

Please also attend auditions if interested in technical assistance such as stagehands, set builders or costume construction. “Meet Me in St. Louis” features memorable musical numbers such as “The Boy Next Door,” “The Trolley Song,” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

Auditions will consist of cold readings and movement, dress comfortably. Bring a karaoke or non-vocal backing track on CD, or on a mobile device with a speaker “Meet Me In St. Louis” will run four weekends November 24 through December 17. For ticket information visit theatre29.org or call the Theatre 29 box office at 760-361-4151.

MUNICIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETS MONDAY

The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council meets Monday with highways on its agenda. Specifically, an update by David Matza, the Caltrans Government and Legislative Affairs Liaison, on current Morongo Basin projects including improvements to the Yucca Grade and continuous left turn lanes on Highway 62. Monday’s meeting gets underway 6:30 p.m. at the Joshua Tree Community Center on Sunburst Avenue.

TIPS FOR JOGGING SAFELY

Many people enjoy jogging or running, but if they’re not careful, they can be victimized by criminals. Runners or joggers are often so preoccupied with their run that they are not paying attention to their surroundings or realize what is happening around them. Reporter Eric Knabe offers the following personal safety tips for joggers or runners…
Jog or run with a known companion. Jog or run in a familiar area. Do not jog or run in a dark or secluded area. Do not jog or run after dark. Particularly if jogging or running alone, don’t wear headphones or earbuds. Do not talk on your phone, which is a major distraction. Do not run or jog near bushes which can provide concealment. Vary your route and pattern. Carry a whistle or high-decibel, battery-powered personal alarm device. If followed, get to the nearest residence, open business, or group of people. Carry your motor vehicle or home key with you.

PROTECT YOUR HOME FROM FIRE WITH DEFENSIBLE SPACE

Although we’re enjoying cooler fall weather, southern California and the West are still threatened by extreme fire danger. Reporter Sara Snyder says you can help by creating a defensible space…
To better protect your home from wildfires, remove all dead plants, grass, leaves, and pine needles from your yard and roof for at least 100 feet from your home. Trim tree branches so they are at least 10 feet from each other, and from your chimney and roof, and are at least six feet from the ground. Remove or prune plants that are near windows. Woodpiles should be stacked at least 30 feet away from buildings.

PACIFIC CLINIC OFFERS A SAFE PLACE FOR YOUNG ADULTS

The TAY Center offers young adults a safe and comfortable place to define and accomplish their life goals. Clients can come to the TAY Center to meet their basic needs such as a meal, shower, laundry, enrichment groups, job training, housing referrals, and a place to meet new people. Once they become Full Service Partnership (FSP) clients, they can utilize additional services, such as counseling, case management, and medication support services. For more information contact the TAY Center at 760-853-4888 or visit them at 58471 29 Palms Highway in Yucca Valley.

RETIRED TEACHERS ASSOCIATION TO HEAR ABOUT ELDER LAW

The next meeting of the Retired Teachers Association will be a presentation on elder law by attorney Michael McGuire. The meeting is set for 10 a.m. Friday, October 13, at the Helen Gray Education Center on Whitefeather Road in Joshua Tree. Lunch is $15 and reservations are required. There is no cost to attend for those who do not order lunch. To reserve your spot, call Gay Smith at 760-369-2211 by Monday.