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A great night for Santa’s Little Helpers!

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You can tell when  an event is put on by Kim Ortamond …..it tends to be a success.

I have no Idea how the Light Parade went I was too busy slinging Dogs and filling orders for Nachos.

I can not tell you how proud I am to be listed as a friend of the Ortamonds. Kim is one of those kind of folks that can take a pile of rocks and build a palace. What was heading to be another community disaster was quickly turned around into a memorable community event.

Old Town Grill and we as Mustards Last Stand were busy serving hot food and beverage to a happy crowd. Our new friend the Candle Lady was happy with several new customers.

From our stand point it was a dog gone good three hours for Hot Dogs. We made sure Larry Briggs was fed and kept Cora and Kim warm with Coffee and Cocoa.

Reach Out Morongo Basin, Kiwanis Club, the Youth Club, and 29 Palms Cheer Leaders were all there bringing their own brand of Holiday Cheer.

Teacher Jeff Corbin and his 29 Palms Junior High Choir filled the air with those memorable tunes that come with the season.

Marines in their crisp Dress Blues from Toys for Tots were on hand to accept gifts for the needy. If you were unable to drop a gift off at the event you still have time to drop your new unwrapped gifts at the Chamber of Commerce.

And talking about Marines…. We would like to thank our young patriot Marines from C&E Schools that came out to help set up the event and provide logistic support. I can not tell you enough, that if these are the young men and women that are our future leaders, we do not have anything to worry about. Thanks Marines.

The Main Act… the Special Guy himself, Santa Klaus arrived by way of Engine 421 of the Twentynine Palms Fire Department. Kids lined up 20 deep to set on Santa’s lap to give him their Christmas Wish List.

I know I’ve said this before but we need more well organized community events like this. This was the second successful event held at the Historic Plaza. We would like to not only thank the Chamber for putting on the event, but Robin Ayala and the Historic Plaza Businessman’s Association for allowing us to use the venue. What a great place to put on a community gathering.

Merry Christmas…. Happy Hanukkah!


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Dan OBrien


Cactus Thorns has been online in one form or the other since 2001. What started as a personal blog documenting the corruption and lack of Due Process of the 29 Palms Community Development Department has turned into over these many years into a hugely popular Independent Alternative News Media Outlet. We have partnered with other media including The Desert Star Weekly, Joshua Tree Star, other blogs, indie media and an incredible staff of volunteer Reporters, Commentators and Opinion Makers to create one of the most read, honest and dependable alternative to the Local traditional Media services in the country. Thanks to you the reader we are in the 5% of most read sites in the World.

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