CHP OFFERS FREE START SMART DRIVING CLASS THIS THURSDAY

The CHP Morongo Basin station is hosting a free Start Smart driving awareness class Thursday for newly licensed drivers. Reporter Ernest Figueroa has the class details…

Start Smart is designed to provide teens and their parents with an interactive, safe-driving awareness class preparing young drivers to drive responsibly. The free class addresses such topics as safe driving practices, the rules of the road, and new driver license requirements. Start Smart also focuses on the responsibilities of newly licensed drivers and their parents and/or guardians, the Graduated Driver License program, and offers collision-avoidance techniques. The two-hour class will be held this Thursday, February 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the CHP Area office located at 63683 Twentynine Palms Highway in Joshua Tree. To reserve your spot, please call the Morongo Basin CHP at 760-366-3707.

SURPLUS FOOD DISTRIBUTION IN WONDER VALLEY TUESDAY

Because of the President’s Day holiday, the distribution of free USDA surplus food in Wonder Valley is set for Tuesday, February 11. The food distribution is from 9 a.m. to noon, or whenever the food runs out. Low-income residents of Wonder Valley will self-certify on site. Residents may pick up one box for a neighbor if a signed pick-up form is presented. The distribution will be held at the Wonder Valley Community Center on Amboy Road, next to the fire station. See the link below for information about the pick-up forms.

Pick up forms are available online at http://tinyurl.com/wv-pickup-form. They are also available at the WVCC on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., and at the kiosk outside the WVCC the week before the event.

AUDITIONS MONDAY FOR “THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE” AT THEATRE 29

Open auditions will be held tomorrow at Theatre 29 for the classic drama, “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.” With all the audition details here’s Rebecca Havely…

Director Char Childs will cast 16 roles tomorrow night at Theatre 29 auditions. “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” tells the C.S. Lewis, classic tale. A great lion struggles with a White Witch; and four children wander through an old wardrobe into the magical land of Narnia. All roles are open. Auditions will be held on Monday, February 10 at 6 p.m. at Theatre 29. If you’re unable to attend, but still want to be considered, contact the director at 760-401-5106 or by e-mail at childsme@msn.com. This story will be told with a rich mix of drama and movement. Come to auditions dressed to move and be prepared to read for any role. A complete breakdown of the characters can be found on the Theatre 29 website at theatre29.org/auditions. 

“The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” will run weekends at Theatre 29 from March 20 to April 5. For tickets, visit theatre29.org or call the Box Office at 760-361-4151.

DEATH CAFÉ AT JOSHUA TREE RETREAT CENTER TUESDAY

Transition Joshua Tree’s Heart & Soul Team and the Joshua Tree Retreat Center offer a recipe for making the most of life. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has your invitation to the Death Café…

What better way to consider death than over coffee and cake? It’s not grief counseling; it’s about making the most of life through conversations that deepen awareness of death. You are invited to attend a Death Cafe on Tuesday, February 11, at Joshua Tree Retreat Center’s Friendship Hall from 6 to 8 p.m. The Retreat Center is at 59700 Twentynine Palms Highway. Tea and cake will be provided. Please bring your own mug, plate, and utensils as this is a no waste event. The Death Cafes are free, but donations are welcome. For more information write JillianSandell@yahoo.com. Another Death Café will be held Thursday, March 12.

ADULT AND AGING SERVICES REP IN WONDER VALLEY FEBRUARY 19

A representative from the San Bernardino County Adult and Aging Services will be at the Wonder Valley Community Center from 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, February 19, to help seniors with any issues they may have. If you are a senior and would like to submit an application for the home energy assistance program, call Breanna Parker at 760-228-5232. For more information, call Teresa Sitz at 760-367-9880.