Blood drives are considered an essential service, and blood donations are way down due to the public’s fear of coronavirus. Blood is desperately needed; a blood drive will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at Vons in Yucca Valley, and Saturday, April 4, at the Twentynine Palms Visitors Center, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. All donors should be free of infections or illness, weigh at least 115 pounds, and not be at risk for AIDS or hepatitis. Donors will receive a free cholesterol screening and incentives. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 800-TRY-GIVING.


The 29 Palms Community Food Pantry has adjusted its schedule again. The food pantry will be open for drive-through service April 4, May 2, and June 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The USDA food distribution will be held April 21 and May 19 from 9 to 11 a.m. The food pantry is located at 6450 Stardune Avenue in Twentynine Palms. Rebecca Havely says the food pantry will be accepting donations at two locations Thursday and Friday this week…

Residents can make donations of non-perishable goods to the food pantry at two locations Thursday and Friday. You can drop off food at the Total Fitness Gym and in the parking lot behind City Hall from 2 to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. Especially needed items include cereal, pasta, spaghetti sauce, canned meat, canned fruit, soup, peanut butter, mac and cheese, rice, and ramen noodles, although all non-perishable items will be accepted. Monetary donations can also be mailed to the address below.

29 Palms Food Pantry
PO Box 782
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277


Maintain social distance, exercise, and support Copper Mountain College students. The Fighting Cacti Virtual Race is on sale and includes a custom Copper Mountain College Mascot Medal. For information, here is Reporter Hilary Sloane…

The Copper Mountain College Fighting Cacti Virtual Race is now on sale. During the coronavirus crises, you can maintain social distancing, get exercise, and support CMC students by competing in the college’s virtual race. Run or walk from any location you choose. Run your race, at your own pace, and time it yourself. Walk on the road, on the trail, on the treadmill, anywhere you want, in your own time. All proceeds benefit CMC students with services, scholarships, technology, and more. The Fighting Cacti Virtual Race runs through the current crisis and is limited to 100 virtual runners. The registration fee is $20. The medal will be shipped directly to you. To sign up, visit the links below. or


While the Yucca Valley Earth Day celebration has been cancelled, the folks at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum know that when life hands you lemons, it’s time to make lemonade. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us how they’re doing it…

Despite having the cancel the annual “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Exhibition,” due to the impending COVID-19 outbreak, the folks at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum are calling for artists to participate in a web-friendly exhibition that will be featured on the Museum’s website and Facebook page. To enter, artists will need to submit images of their work via email by April 4. complete instructions are available below.

ARTISTS must submit:

1. 2 (two) JPEG images of each piece. Remember quality is everything!

Make sure the artwork is in focus and in good lighting.

There is a limit of two art submissions per person.

2. A brief description of your artwork, including title and which recycled materials were used. (This is not an artist statement, please be brief.)

3. The artist’s name and which town or city he or she lives in.

Email your submissions to by April 4th, 2020.

Put “RRR Submission” and the artist’s last name in the subject line of the email.

Attach two JPEG images of your piece and include the text details in the body of the email. One submission per email.

Artists will be notified when the exhibit is online.


Now that more people are getting their exercise by walking in neighborhoods, they may encounter stray dogs. According to the Humane Society, an estimated 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs each year in the United States. Sara Snyder offers these tips on how to avoid being bitten by a strange dog…

To reduce your risk of being bitten, never approach a strange dog. Don’t pet a dog, — even your own – with out letting it see and sniff you first. If a strange dog approaches you, do not scream, turn, or run. Remain motionless, hands at your side, and avoid eye contact.  If a dog attacks, try feeding it your walking stick, jacket, purse, bicycle or anything else you can but between you and the dog.  And if you’re knocked down, curl into a ball and protect your ears.