Are you ready to spell? The annual Spell-A-Thon is coming in May.

The twenty-ninth annual Morongo Basin Coalition for Adult Literacy Spell-A-Thon will be held Saturday, May 16, 2020, at a new venue, Bruce's Coyote Kitchen on the campus of Copper Mountain College in Joshua Tree, from 9 a.m. to noon. A spelling bee for adults, the Spell-A-Thon is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Twentynine Palms to benefit the MBCAL, which provides free and confidential one-on-one tutoring to adults in the Morongo Basin.

Teams of three people will listen to the words given them by the pronouncer, write them down, and team members will spell the words aloud in rotation. You don't have to be an amazing speller to have fun and help your team. We will begin with a practice round where misspellings don't count. Your team can be made up of your friends, co-workers, or fellow service club members. Let us know by Wednesday, May 13, the names of your team and its members.

Last year's participating teams were the Best People on Earth (BPOE), Team Blue Wave, Team Blue Tide, Cathy and the Lascivious Lads of CMC, Kiwanis Key Clubs I and II of Yucca Valley High School, Kiwanis/Friends of the Twentynine Palms Library, Letterhead Shrikes, Team Rotary 29, Super Stars/Condor K-Kids, Word Muses, and Unified Field Theory of Hi-Desert Publishing. Teams and spectators alike had a good time, and the event raised over $4600 to support the adult literacy program.

For more information or to sign up your team, call 760-972-7205, 760-368-8706, or 760-362-4132,

Or mail to: MORONGO BASIN COALITION FOR ADULT LITERACY, INC. PO Box 686. Twentynine Palms, CA 92277.
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Morongo Basin Coalition for Adult Literacy

29th Annual SPELL-A-THON May 16, 2020, 9am-12pm
Bruce's Coyote Kitchen, CMC Joshua Tree, CA

Features Two Signature Art Pieces

"Cool Waters"
Framed 16 x 20 Oil Painting by Chuck Caplinger

With a commercial art career dating back to 1960, Chuck Caplinger, a native Texan of German and Cherokee Indian lineage, relocated from Houston, Texas, to California in 1980, where he operated Caplinger Studio in Hollywoood. In 1997 he moved to Twentynine Palms, CA, where he established his world headquarters--Desert Art Studio & Gallery. Here, on the edge of the Mojave Desert, next to Joshua Tree National Park, he concentrates on oil portraits, desert landscape and wildlife painting, and murals of the Southwest.

Chuck Caplinger's paintings and portraits have been represented in public and private collections, group and solo gallery exhibitions, murals in Southern California and Texas, and featured in Southwest Art Magazine. His "Tribute to Marilyn", a 3'6" x 8' mural of the life of Marilyn Monroe, was featured in the Hollywood Entertainment Museum in Los Angeles, CA (2001-2006).

"Spirit Dancer"
11 x 14 Print on Metal

llona has been a resident of the Morongo Basin since 1980. Approx. 7 years ago she discovered the incredible color and versatility of alcohol inks and her artistic journey took off. Some of her work is rooted in the precisely controlled detailed approach, whereas other works emerges from the very opposite end of the spectrum, where she enjoys the freedom of letting the inks flow and mix with minimal intervention. Ilona is one of the featured artists in the book by Cathy Taylor "Pigments of Your Imagination II" available on Amazon.com.

Opportunity tickets for $2.00, 3 for $5, and 7 for $10. All proceeds support Morongo Basin Coalition for Adult Literacy. For tickets: Contact Cindi King, 760-368-8706 or Herman Platzke, 760-972-7205