DRIVER CRASHES VEHICLE ON HIGHWAY 62 AFTER FALLING ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL

A Morongo Basin driver crashed their vehicle on the highway last Monday (June 28) when they fell asleep at the wheel. According the Sheriff’s reports, the vehicle was traveling along Highway 62 around 3:30 a.m. when the driver fell asleep at the wheel, colliding into the sidewalk and wrecking multiple street signs. The vehicle had to be towed from the scene. Neither the driver nor passenger were injured, but this isn’t always the case. The National Highway Safety Administration reports that nearly 700 people were killed in 2019 due to drowsy driving. Reporter Ernest Figueroa has tips on how to avoid driving drowsy…

To avoid driving drowsy, the NHSA recommends first and foremost prioritizing adequate sleep on a daily basis; avoid drinking any alcohol before driving, as alcohol increase drowsiness and impairment; check your prescriptions and over-the-counter medications for drowsiness as a side effect; and if you must drive during the peak sleepiness periods, stay vigilant for signs of drowsiness, especially if you’re driving alone. If you feel yourself falling asleep, reach for a caffeinated beverage such as coffee, or pull over for a short nap in a safe place, such as a lighted, designated rest stop. More information on avoiding drowsy driving is available at the link below.

https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/drowsy-driving

THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE AUDITIONS AT THEATRE 29

Theatre 29’s first mainstage in person performance of the 2021 season, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, is seeking talent. Entertainment Reporter Charlie Thomas says today is the day to join the cast in Narnia…

After a pandemic-induced delay of about almost fifteen months, Theatre 29 will hold auditions for open roles in the drama The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. This dramatization of C.S. Lewis’ classic, set in the magical land of Narnia, faithfully recreates the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion; his struggle with the White Witch; and the adventures of four children who inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into the exciting never-to-be-forgotten Narnia.

Auditions will be held on Monday, July 5th at 6:00pm on the Theatre 29 Main Stage (73637 Sullivan Road, Twentynine Palms). Artistic Director Char Childs is looking for an active and ethnically diverse group (especially kids!) to join her in this very physical and magical production.  This story will be told with a rich mix of drama and movement.  Makeup, costumes, and changes in physicality will represent the various creatures of Narnia.

The roles of The White Witch, Mrs. Beaver, Tumnus & Fenris Ulf have been precast. The creative team is looking to cast the roles of Aslan, The four Pevensie children: Lucy, Edmund, Susan, and Peter, Mr. Beaver, The Centaur, The Dwarf, Father Christmas and his elf, The White Stag, 4 Woodland Creatures & 5 Wood Nymphs. Roles for children are available. Rehearsals will be Monday – Friday from 6:00 – 9:00 July 6 – August 19.  A complete breakdown of the characters can be found on the Theatre 29 website at theatre29.org/auditions. Those auditioning should dress ready to move and be prepared to read for any role. If you are unable to attend the auditions on July 5th but would still like to be considered for the show, contact the director. For more information, contact Director Char Childs at (760) 401-5106 or by e-mail at childsme@msn.com.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe will run weekends at Theatre 29 from August 20th to September 5th. For tickets, visit theatre29.org or call the Theatre 29 Box Office at (760) 361-4151.

JULY GARDENING TIPS

With summer now in full swing, your gardens require certain attention. Sara Snyder offers these July gardening tips…

July is all about fighting the heat! Plant parents should still be watering during the cooler parts of the day before 9 a.m. and after 6 p.m. July is also the month to protect your fruit. As fruit is starting to be produced in your garden, birds will come for the feast. Protect your plants with nets or cages. July is also a good time to be thinking about your fall garden and spread compost over the areas you plan to plant in in the fall. Don’t forget that shade! As the temperatures send us running for cover, your peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, and lettuce want the shade too. Finally, watch out for those spider mites, they enjoy the hot, dry weather. A strong stream of water can often dislodge mites and not harm any beneficial insects that might be present.

You can get more gardening tips right here on Z107.7 on Saturday mornings during the Unique Garden Show 8:30 to 9 a.m.

POISON CONTROL TIPS

The California Poison Control System provides immediate, free, and expert treatment advice and referral over the telephone in case of exposure to poisonous or toxic substances. Pharmacists, physicians, nurses, and poison information providers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. With more information about poison safety tips, here’s Hilary Sloane…

Here are some tips on ways to keep children safe from poison. Place the California Poison action line phone number—800-222-1222—on or near all phones. Ask for child-resistant containers. Do not store food products and household cleaners in the same cabinet. Keep harmful medicines and household products out of reach and in locked cabinets. Never call medicine candy. Know your plants. Check the poison control web site at calpoison.org, or call your local plant store or nursery.  And always keep potentially harmful products; such as cosmetics, perfume, cigarettes, alcohol, vitamins with iron, and all medicine; completely out of reach.