Hello, good neighbors! Hope you all had a joyous Easter holiday. Now it's time to savor all of those "egg"citing activities awaiting you during this...the best part of the spring season!
Spring into action. Donate your special, precious gift of life to a friend or a neighbor that just may need it. The Houchin Community Blood Bank is open today, Wednesday, April 19 from 12 noon to 6 p.m. at the Kerr McGee Center, 100. W. California Ave. To schedule an appointment, please call 661- 323-4222.
Sounds a bit "screwy" to me! The Historical Society of the Upper Mojave is continuing its latest Classic Movie Night series this evening, Wednesday, April 19 at 7 p.m. at the Historic USO Building, 230 W. Ridgecrest Blvd. In tandem with the publication of local author and historian Liz Babcock’s latest literary endeavor, “Tales from the Owl Saloon: Hollywood, Red Mountain and Beyond," film host Nick Rogers (that would be me) will, along with Liz, present the second of three classic films as part of his series ”Sounds Great: the Genius of Film Sound Man Lodge Cunningham.” The well-known proprietor of the famous "Owl Saloon” was also a renowned soundman in motion pictures and television. Liz is certain to have some choice anecdotes about Cunningham’s innovative sound work in the second film in the series, the wacky 1939 screwball comedy starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell. Her books will also be on sale at the Gift Shop. Films screen on flex-Wednesdays ( 5/3 will be the final showing). Doors open at 6:30 with the thrifty Snack Bar serving a variety of tasty foods and drinks. Admission is, as always, a much-appreciated $2.
Leisure and Learning...are for the whole family at your Ridgecrest Public Library, 131 E. Las Flores Ave. On Friday, April 21, at 9:30 a.m.,"Preschool Story Time" will present stories and other activities for preschoolers in the library's Community Room. Come on back on Saturday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon for "Color Me Happy--Teens and Adults." (Grown ups like to color, too, you know!) Stick around for an encore presentation of "Computer Basic Skills Class #4," and bone up on mobile devices and setting up e-books. Call 760-384-5870 to learn more about this important local information resource.
Blooming secrets. The magnificent Maturango Museum’s delightful docents will present another wonderful Children’s Hour on Friday, April 21, at 10:30 a.m. During the “Blooming Time of the Year,” preschoolers and younger children are invited to enjoy the beauties of wild and garden flowers. How do sunflowers get started growing? What do they need to grow so tall? Find out the secret that many sunflowers share. Through stories, songs, and finger plays a plant’s journey from seed to flower can be imagined and then experienced in a seed planting craft activity. The Maturango Museum, 100 Las Flores Ave. is open daily, 10-5, except major holidays. More information is available at 760-375-6900 or maturango.org.
We seniors just want to have fun! Healthways Silver Sneakers, held every Monday through Thursday at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., is an awesome exercise program for active older adults. The action takes place upstairs in the Outpatient Pavilion of the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, 1011 N. China Lake Blvd. Please call 760-499-3825 for questions. And, stick around for the Seniors' Gentle Chair Yoga at 11 a.m. Also, keep in mind, there is a Diabetes Support Group on the last Thursday of the month (that would be April 27) at 5:30 p.m. Please call 760-499-3825 for more information about these fun and healthy activities.
Love the season. Singers from Ridgecrest will perform at the world famous Amargosa Opera House in Death Valley. Seasons of Love-An Opera Concert takes place this Friday, April 21 at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30. For tickets and more information, call 760-382-4441 or 760-977-7747.
Get some green going! Beautiful plants, that wont break the budget, are yours for the shopping this Saturday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the FREE and famous Oasis Garden Plant Sale. You are sure to see me pulling one of those wagons full of plant treasures at this anticipated event at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds, 520 S. Richmond Rd. Call Karen 760 446-4671 for the green details.
Music to enchant. The Ridgecrest Chamber Music Society presents another of its lovely programs on Monday, April 24 at 7 p.m. at the Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church, 633 W. Las Flores Ave. The Shytrykov-Tanka Duo (clarinet and piano) will be performing works by Bach, Rachmaninoff, Debussy and Prokokfiev in this glorious musical event. Tickets run $25 for general admission, $20 for seniors, and $5 for students and active duty military. Contact Fran Rogers for tickets and more information.
And on that lovely musical note, I leave you for another week. Have a great one, neighbors!
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