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Family-Friendly Celebration To Be Held Saturday, March 9th
TWENTYNINE PALMS, CA • February 27, 2019

Contact: Kristy Kneiding
Cord Media Company


The Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians and The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens and are partnering to present the Desert Wildlife Celebration, a free, family-friendly event on Saturday, March 9, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Tortoise Rock Casino Live at the Rock Outdoor Venue, 73829 Baseline Rd, Twentynine Palms.


The day’s events, open to all ages, include meeting and learning about the desert wildlife, interactive educational experiences, enlightening chats, fun crafts, unique games, amazing face painting, a fun photo booth, and fascinating storytelling by a tribal elder. In addition, there will be live music and a free, boxed lunch while supplies last.


“It’s an important part of The Living Desert’s mission to educate the public about desert wildlife, and we are excited to partner with the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians on this free event,” said Allen Monroe, President and CEO of The Living Desert.

“We invite everyone to join us for this entertaining, and educational day,” said Darrell Mike, Chairman of the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians. “Many people aren’t aware that not only is the desert tortoise, or ‘Aya, woven into our ancestral Chemehuevi heritage as a symbol of wisdom, but Tortoise Rock Casino was named to celebrate its significant role in our desert ecosystem. Guests will learn interesting facts such as this, along with ways to protect our natural desert and its habitats.”


The event is sponsored by Augustine Casino and Z107.7FM. For more information about Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians and Tortoise Rock Casino, visit For more information about The Living Desert visit


About the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians:

The Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians trace their origins back to the Chemehuevi, a peaceful and nomadic Tribe whose territory once covered parts of California, Utah, Arizona, and Southern Nevada. In 1867, a group of Chemehuevi settled at the Oasis of Mara in Twentynine Palms. The Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians are their descendants. Today, the Tribe’s Reservation lands consist of two parcels, which are located near the town of Twentynine Palms and the City of Coachella. The Tribe’s two economic enterprises, Tortoise Rock Casino and Spotlight 29 Casino, help provide housing, education and financial security for the Tribe’s future generations.