YUCCA VALLEY - Are you a caregiver caring for a loved one at home? Do you need help coping or need advice on how to make life a little easier? Reach Out Morongo Basin is will be holding Caregiver Peer Support groups at the Yucca Valley Senior Center 57088 29 Palms Hwy beginning Monday July 8, 2019 at 9:30 am.
Caregiving can be a tough and isolating experience but caregiver support groups are filled with people in similar situations that get what you’re going through. These informal groups are a great place to ask for advice, find out about useful resources, and just vent about your frustrations. Nobody will judge you because everyone is going through the same struggles.
There is no instruction manual for being a caregiver and being forced to learn everything by trial and error is hard. Our caregiver support group will give you an informal place to learn techniques from someone else’s experience.
If you are interested in participating in please call Reach Out Morongo Basin at 760-361-1410 or 760-369-8671.
Peace and Blessings,
Reach Out Morongo Basin
I am not what I ought to be, I am not what I want to be. I am not what I hope to be. But still I am not what I used to be. And by the grace of God I am what I am. ~ John Newton
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29 Palms Art Gallery
74055 Cottonwood Drive
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
MEDIA RELEASE – June 5, 2019
29 Palms Art Gallery
Photo Montage Camp for Youth 10 to 18 Years
Monday – Thursday, 10 AM to 12 Noon.
Teacher: Patti Dietrick
The 29 Palms Art Gallery invites all Morongo Basin students, between 10 and 18 to join Patti Dietrick in a special Photo Montage Camp. Come learn to create great photo compositions with your digital cameras and smart phones. The gallery will supply printers, paper and software, courtesy of a grant from the City of 29 Palms Public Arts Advisory Council. All you need is a digital camera or a smart phone with photo capabilities.
Patti Dietrick has been a photographer for the past 30 years and owned Paper Moon Studios in Long Beach. She also taught photography at Long Beach City College from 1991 through 2006. Patti recently moved to Yucca Valley and has participated in a number of shows at Gallery 62, The Beatnik Lounge, as well as Art in Public Places.
Interested students may register at the Twentynine Palms Art Gallery, 74055 Cottonwood Drive, in 29 Palms, Thursday through Sunday, 11 AM to 3 PM. Phone 1 760 367 7819.
Cost: $50 for members and 29 Palms residents. $60 Non-members.
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Contact: Ed Keesling, Art Education Facilitator
For immediate release
June 4, 2019, 2019
Contact: Gary Daigneault, 760-366-8471
CABARET SHOW “MIS-CAST: PART DEUX” CAST SELECTED AT THEATRE 29
Director Lisa Goldberg and Musical Director Scott Clinkscales have completed auditions and selected the performers for “Mis-Cast: Part Deux”, the second annual summer cabaret fundraiser for Theatre 29’s building expansion fund. Last year’s event was a sell-out smash hit success!
“Mis-Cast: Part Deux” will feature two performances. The first performance will be a gala on Saturday, June 22nd and include dinner at 6:00 pm, silent auction, a 50/50 drawing, and a performance at 7:00 pm. The second performance will be a Sunday Matinee performance at 2:30 pm on June 23rd. All proceeds will go towards the Theatre 29’s expansion fund.
Goldberg and Clinkscales have cast veteran performers Graham Cooley, Christopher Fleischman, Charles Harvey, Robin Wilson, Katie Fleischman, Kylie Robinson, Kegan Longuevan, Horace Miller, Emily Sheckler, Kurt Schauppner, David Whiting and Gabe Bateman. Newcomers to Theatre 29 include Paul Kowal, Sabrina Giron, Gloria-Joy Yeaton, Brittany Baldridge and stepping out from behind the scenes and into the spotlight, Jayme Bateman.
The 17 talented cast members will perform individually and in groups shows and roles they would never be cast in due to age, gender, etc. “Mis-Cast: Part Deux” gives the performers a unique chance to sing a song from a dream role they may never have a chance to perform otherwise.
Tickets for the Saturday night Gala, including dinner, auction, and raffle are $25.00 each. Tickets for the Sunday Matinee performance only are $15.00. Tickets are available online at www.theatre29.org or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.
Theatre 29 is working with the City of Twentynine Palms to expand the Theatre from its current 95 seats to 160. Expansion plans, recently approved by the City’s Planning Commission, also call for a 35 high foot “fly bay” to be able to raise and lower back drops and set pieces, an enhanced lobby area, and a stunning exterior. All the funds raised from this exclusive event go to the building fund.
Theatre 29 is a 501(c)3 all-volunteer non-profit organization. The theater is located at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms. Further information is available at www.theatre29.org or by calling 760-366-8471
"Mis-cast: Part Deux" poster and artwork
Program/News Director, KCDZ, Z107.7FM
Associated Press Hall of Fame, 2010
President, Theatre 29
President, Rotary Club of Twentynine Palms
Reach Out Morongo Basin
6539 Adobe Road • P.O. Box 2225
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
Phone: (760) 361-1410
Fax: (760) 361-5206
57088 Twentynine Palms Hwy
Yucca Valley, CA 92284
Phone: (760) 369-8671
Fax: (760) 361-5206
Media Advisory Contact; Robin Schlosser
For Immediate Release Phone: 760-361-1410
Twentynine Palms— Food insecurity is one of the biggest hurdles faced by senior and disabled persons living on a fixed income. Starting June 1, 2019 senior and/or disabled individuals receiving Social Security Supplemental Income (SSI) may be eligible to qualify for CALFRESH as of June 1, 2019.
Reach Out Morongo Basin will be hosting an outreach by FIND Food Bank to help individuals check eligibility and enroll in the CALFRESH program at the 29 Palms Senior Center 6539 Adobe Rd on Monday June 10, 2019 from 9:30-11:00 am.
For eligible individuals your SSI benefits will NOT be reduced or eliminated if you decide to apply for CALFRESH or if someone in your home already receives CALFRESH you can add members who have SSI or help them get their own benefits.
For more information call Reach Out Morongo Basin at 760-361-1410.
The Desert Institute and the Twentynine Palms Historical Society offer the Old Schoolhouse lecture on Friday, June 14 with acclaimed photographer, Richard Arnold.
Joshua Tree National Park is vast, with over 1,235 square miles. That makes it perfect for exploring. Photographer and journalist Richard Arnold will focus on the Park as he looks at many areas "off the beaten track". This comes at the end of a season which has brought spectacular weather conditions, with monsoon rains, followed by some of the heaviest snowfall in years, and a "superbloom" of wildflowers. While the Joshua Tree bloom was not as widely known as the wildflower sites in Anza Borrego, Lake Elsinore and Carrizo Plain, it has been in some ways even more remarkable.
Richard Arnold is an internationally known broadcaster whose regular assignments as Australia's longest-serving foreign correspondent have taken him on journalistic jobs from the White House to the Academy Awards and to many other places. Still in his own time, Richard calls our desert "home". He fell in love with the desert before he ever saw it. Growing up in Australia he collected pictures of American desert scenes. Now, for more than 30 years, he has explored the local deserts and mountains and will present a unique collection of his own stunning photographs.
Sponsored by the Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park and the Twentynine Palms Historical Society, this lecture is held at the Old Schoolhouse Museum, 6760 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms, on Friday, June 14 at 7 pm. This lecture is open to the public and costs $5 per person at the door. Optional dinner with speaker at 5 pm at the 29 Palms Inn, room is limited and attendees are responsible for their own meal. If interested in dinner please RSVP at 760-367-5539 before Wednesday, June 12.
Contact: Hi-Desert Cultural Center
Release date: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
YUCCA VALLEY, CA — The Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s new Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center will celebrate its one year anniversary June 8th from 6-9 pm, marking the state-of-the-art venue’s first year of success as the Joshua Tree National Park region’s new flagship art gallery and arts production space. The special gala will feature festivities, the unveiling of the “Founding Donors” wall in the facility’s foyer, a cash bar, live music, and more.
Having awarded thousands of dollars in student scholarships this year and following the closing of its celebrated STUDENT EXHIBTION where students of the Cultural Center’s award-winning Arts|Tech Academy were given the chance to display their works in the cutting-edge gallery, a new exhibition will open that evening in its place and join the remaining newly opened exhibitions as part of its larger PENTAMEROUS exhibition.
The new exhibition opening June 8th, entitled PERPLEXING VISIONS AND UNREALITIES, will feature the works of two painters, Matthew Couper, out of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Pablo Romero, who resides in Landers, California. Presented together, it is a show of visions that might leave the viewers perplexed but surely entertained. Romero’s work is not about dreams but about the imagination of the mind, at times touching upon the truth as well as the fiction—and always with a bizarre sense of humor. Couper’s works skew established narrative traditions of Spanish Colonial painting to discuss the space between religion, politics, and environmental issues. Both painters have been termed “Lowbrow” at times, but that label is not to be confused with the old use of the term. This is artwork that will entertain and intrigue.
“When viewing an artwork, one might think it is important to try to understand what was on the artist’s mind when conceiving the piece, and sometimes more often than not, one might walk away perplexed by what they have seen,” stated the gallery’s Executive Curator, Michael McCall. “Adding to this confusion may be the labels assigned to art movements in an attempt to help us understand what is going on. The term “Lowbrow” is one of these labels. It describes an art movement originally based in underground comics, but later developed into a highly intellectual movement.”
The Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center is located at 58325 CA-62 in Yucca Valley, California, 92284. The gallery is open Thursday through Sunday from 1-6 pm, holidays excluded, and there is no admittance fee. All artworks in the PENTAMEROUS exhibition will also be available for viewing and sale via its online gallery. More information on the new exhibition and the brand new visual and performing arts center may be found online at YVArts.org.
The Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center is a program and annex of Hi-Desert Cultural Center, a GuideStar “Gold Status” non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that serves as the regional visual and performing arts organization and arts agency for the communities of Joshua Tree National Park.
PHOTO CAPTION: Over 1000 community members and art aficionados celebrate the opening of the new state-of-the-art Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center. The center will be celebrating its 1st Anniversary and opening a new exhibition June 8th from 6-9 pm.
ABOUT HI-DESERT CULTURAL CENTER
With its multi-venue performing and visual arts centers located in Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley, California, the Hi-Desert Cultural Center (HDCC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation (Federal Tax ID# 23-7425816) that has been serving as the regional performing and visual arts organization and arts agency for the gateway communities of Joshua Tree National Park for more than 50 years. The Cultural Center owns and operates its own performance venues and facilities and produces award-winning community and professional live theater, concerts, art exhibits and galleries, festivals, the Joshua Tree Philharmonic symphony orchestra, a master chorus, an artist residency for veterans, an extensive educational arts and technology academy program for youth and adults, and more. The Cultural Center is the largest and oldest non-profit arts organization in the region with several million dollars in assets, employing over 30 full-time and part-time employees, and with an annual budget exceeding half-a-million dollars. Having achieved GuideStar Gold status and recognized as an organization of artistic excellence by the National Endowment for the Arts, it instructs over 700 adults and youth weekly and operates a significant financial aid and scholarship program so that no children are turned away from programs due to their socioeconomic situation. Learn more at: www.hidesertculturalcenter.org
MEDIA RELEASE – June 3, 2019
CALL FOR ART: “Oh Those Summer Nights”
Artwork due Friday, June 28, 2019
Twentynine Palms Visitor Center & Art Gallery
“Oh Those Summer Nights” is the theme for the next Art in Public Places exhibition at Twentynine Palms Visitor Center & Art Gallery in downtown Twentynine Palms. The show will be on display from July 6 through September 27, 2019.
Desert artists are invited to submit an original piece of art for possible inclusion in the group exhibition. Artwork will be received at the visitor center on In/Out day, Friday, June 28, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Artists unable to make this time can request an alternate delivery time by calling (760)367-3445 any weekday prior to June 28.
The show theme focuses on the long, hot summer nights in the Mojave Desert and can be expressed in painting, drawing, photography, mixed media, mosaics, ceramics, assemblage, sculpture or other 2D and 3D work. All work must be ready to hang with professional wire or mount on a pedestal, must be offered for sale, and must be suitable for viewing by the general public. Outdoor art pieces also will be accepted and displayed in the visitor center’s walled patio area.
An opening reception for artists and the public is planned for Saturday, July 6, from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m., as part of Art Cruise 29! First Saturday, and will feature refreshments and music by Miri Hunter.
In addition to the exhibition at the visitor center, Art In Public Places spotlights one of the murals this summer—Mural #19, Good Times at Smith’s Ranch—painted by local artist Tim O’Connor in 2002. The mural can be seen on the south facing wall at 6296 Adobe Road. The mural celebrates the Smith family—Bill Smith who arrived in 1923, Thelma who became his wife in 1930, their six children, and their ice house, ice cream parlor, outdoor theater, recreation hall, water wells, showers and swimming pond that served desert homesteaders on hot summer days and nights.
Art in Public Places exhibitions are hosted by the Public Arts Advisory Committee (PAAC) of the City of Twentynine Palms. For questions, contact Jon Beard at (760) 367-7562 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Twentynine Palms Visitor Center is open daily at 73484 29 Palms Hwy. at the corner of Desert Queen Avenue in downtown Twentynine Palms, (760) 367-3445.
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Desert Spirit Press
P.O. Box 87, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
Media Advisory Contact: Reach Out Morongo Basin
For Immediate Release Phone: 760-361-1410
May 31, 2019
Morongo Basin – Chances are you know someone who has fallen or who is afraid of falling. A Matter of Balance is a proven program designed to help people manage concerns about falls and increase physical activity. Reach Out Morongo Basin is looking for volunteers interested in participating in this program.
A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls is conducted in 8 two-hour sessions and uses group discussion, problem–solving strategies, videos and gentle physical exercise. Older adults learn positive coping methods to reduce fear of falling and remain active and independent.
A Matter of Balance coaches help participants become more confident about managing falls by believing that they can increase their strength, find ways to reduce falls, and protect themselves if they do fall. In addition, participants report that they have increased the amount they exercise on a regular basis.
If you would like to attend classes in Yucca Valley or 29Palms or want more information, please contact Reach Out Morongo Basin at 760-361-1410 or 760-369-8671.
A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls
This program is based on Fear of Falling: A Matter of Balance. Copyright© 1995 Trustees of Boston University. All rights reserved. Used and adapted by permission of Boston University.
A Matter of Balance Lay Leader Model
Recognized for Innovation and Quality in Healthcare and Aging, 2006, American Society on Aging.
A Matter of Balance Lay Leader Model was developed by a grant from the Administration on Aging (#90AM2780).