YUCCA VALLEY MAYOR TO HOLD MONDAY OFFICE HOURS

Yucca Valley Mayor Rick Denison will hold open office hours every Monday from 4 to 5 p.m. to discuss residents’ concerns and ideas. Residents will meet with the mayor on a first-come, first-served basis in the Yucca Valley Town Hall. To meet with the mayor outside of the designated office hours, call the Town Clerk at 760-369-7209 extension 226 to arrange an appointment.

“WIZARD OF OZ” AUDITIONS AT THEATRE 29

We’re off to see the Wizard at Theatre 29. Open auditions will be held for the musical “The Wizard of Oz”. Here with the casting details is Rebecca Havely…
Approximately 22 performers, ages 12 and older will be cast at “Wizard of Oz” auditions on Monday, January 15 at 6 p.m. on the Theatre 29 mainstage. Roles available include Dorothy Gale, The Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion. Mrs. Gulch doubles as the Wicked Witch and Glinda the Good Witch may double as Aunt Em. There’s also Professor Marvel who doubles as the Wizard and Uncle Henry who may double as the Oz Guard. The Jitter Bug character must be a dancer, plus there talking trees, Munchkins and Flying Monkeys. Come dressed to move and expect to read from provided scripts. Prepare one minute of a Broadway or Disney song. Please bring a CD or portable music player with the background track for your audition song. Bring known conflicts to auditions for the period January 16 through April 1, in case of a holdover weekend. No Acapella singing please and no songs from “The Wizard of Oz”. Cast members do not have to be the actual ages of the characters, but must be able to look age appropriate and act accordingly. If you have roles in mind, please indicate them on your audition form. If you do not, you will be automatically considered for all roles. Some children will be cast, be sure they are fully prepared for the audition process. For more information or questions contact the director at z1077fm@gmail.com. “The Wizard of Oz” will rehearse weekday evenings from 6 to 9 through March 1. The show runs weekends from March 2 through the 25 with a possible holdover to April 1. For tickets visit theatre29.org or call the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.

GET OUT YOUR CHILI RECIPE FOR VFW CHILI COOK-OFF

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary will hold a chili cook-off Friday, January 13. Contestants should drop off their chili at 3:30 p.m.; the eating and judging will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Prizes will be awarded. The VFW post is located on Veterans Way in downtown Joshua Tree.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School boys’ and girls’ soccer teams will travel away to Salton City to play West Shores High School. Game time for the boys is at 5 p.m.; the girls’ start time is to be announced.

RETIRED TEACHERS TO MEET

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, January 12, 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.