OFFICE HOURS SET FOR ASSEMBLYMAN CHAD MAYES

District staff representatives for Assemblyman Chad Mayes will hold office hours at the Yucca Valley Community Center Wednesday, April 4. Staff representatives will be available from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Mesquite Room to answer questions and help residents with any issues they may have with state government. Mayes encourages residents who are not able to make the drive to his main district office in Rancho Mirage to attend the mobile office hours in Yucca Valley.

“STAND FOR FREEDOM CABARET” COMING TO THOUGHT THEATER IN PIONEERTOWN

Thought Theatre is presenting a cabaret in Pioneertown with an original script and an original musical score, co-written by two Hi-Desert bands. With your invitation, here’s Rebecca Havely…
Thought Theatre founder Miri Hunter stars in the leading role of an original cabaret performing in Pioneertown. Hunter co-wrote the original script with Lisa Mednick. The original music was co-written by the Hi-Desert bands Hunter and the Wick’ d and Arroyo Rogers, making the production a truly collaborative effort. The story follows the closing night performance of Thelma Edwards, a cabaret performer in a small Southern town. The title of the show, “Stand for Freedom,” is inspired by a line from Dr. Martin Luther King Junior’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech and was written commemorate the 50th anniversary of King’s assassination. “Stand for Freedom” runs April 6, 7, and 8 at Studio B theater in Pioneertown. Tickets are $10, or $15 for reserved seating, and are available at the door or online at projectsheba.com/thoughttheatre. The final performance on April 15 is at the Wonder Valley Community Center with tickets by donation only at the door.

BLOOD DRIVE AT WALMART TUESDAY

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive Tuesday, April 3, at Wal-Mart in Yucca Valley from 10 to 3. Due to a nationwide blood shortage, all blood types and all types of blood donations are needed. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, LifeStream 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.

MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND ART RECEPTION FRIDAY

An opening art reception for “The Bloomin’ Desert: Kaleidoscope of Color” will be held for the next Art in Public Places exhibition. Here’s reporter Tanisha Cureton with the details…
“The Bloomin’ Desert: Kaleidoscope of Color” is the theme for the next Art in Public Places exhibition on display at the Twentynine Palms Visitor Center Art Gallery. An opening art reception will be held Saturday, April 7th from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Artists have expressed the theme in paintings and a variety of mixed media. The public is invited to view the exhibition, meet the artists, and enjoy live music. For questions or directions, call 760-367-3445.

ART RECEPTION AT 29 PALMS ART GALLERY

A new exhibit is now on display at the 29 Palms Art Gallery in Twentynine Palms. Managing editor Tami Roleff says be sure to make the opening reception set for Saturday, April 7. Imaginary scenes and California landscape paintings punctuated with poetry are the newest exhibit at the 29 Palms Art Gallery. Featured artists include Daniel Uresk Grindle, whose exhibit “Imaginationism” features acrylic paintings and ink drawings. Jenifer Palmer Lacy will have plein-air paintings and poetry on display. An opening reception is set for Saturday, April 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. in conjunction with the Cruise 29 art crawl. The exhibit is on display through April 22; gallery hours are Thursdays through Sundays from 11 to 3. The 29 Palms Art Gallery is at the corner of National Park Drive in Twentynine Palms.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

Coming up in high school sports Monday, the Trojan boys’ tennis team will travel away to play Rancho Mirage, starting at 3:15 p.m. Also Monday, the Trojan golf team will host Beaumont at home; tee time is 3 p.m. And finally, the Twentynine Palms boys’ tennis team will travel away to Desert Hot Springs; first serve is at 3:15 p.m.