TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL AND JOSHUA SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAMS IN ACTION TONIGHT

Coming up in high school sports today, the Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat football team travels away to play Xavier Prep. The Joshua Springs Lightning football team will host Lucerne Valley at home. Kick-off for both teams is at 7 p.m.

FOOD FOR LIFE SERVING UP FREE MEAL IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TOMORROW

Food for Life serves meals to those in need in the Twentynine Palms area every Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Little Church of the Desert Community Hall. Tomorrow, Desert Congregational Church will be preparing and serving the meal.

VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL LOOKING FOR BACKGROUND

The Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., wants to collect the background of all those whose names are enshrined. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells you what they are looking for…

To focus on those from the Vietnam War, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, today known as The Wall, in Washington, D.C., was dedicated in 1982. We will always remember the half million troops deployed to Vietnam and The Wall honors more than 58,000 men and women who unfortunately did not return. The newest event for The Wall is the “Call for Photos,” tied to the Faces Never Forgotten campaign, encouraging friends and families of veterans, as well as every citizen, to ensure that the memories and stories of those listed on The Wall are never forgotten. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund hopes to acquire the photographs of vets who are listed on The Wall in Washington, DC. There are still over 26,551 names without faces or even a back story on the Wall and this event is hoping to give every Vietnam service member the honor of being fully remembered as a person and not just a name. For information on the the Wall or submitting a photo, visit www.vvmf.org or call 866-990-WALL.

COPPER MOUNTAIN MESA FIRST SATURDAY BREAKFAST TOMORROW

After a long summer siesta, it is once again time for breakfast at the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Association located at 63356 Winters Road in North Joshua Tree. Breakfast will be served from 8-11. All of your breakfast favorites will be served up hot and fresh along with a healthy helping of good old fashioned neighborliness for $5.

A BUSY KITCHEN AT THE JOSHUA TREE VFW

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will be serving up a fish and shrimp dinner tonight from 4:30 to 6:30. Sunday breakfast is with chicken fried steak from 8 to 11. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.

SPORTSMANS CLUB SWAP MEET IN JOSHUA TREE TOMORROW

The Sportsman Club in Joshua Tree will hold its monthly swap meet tomorrow, September 7. Shop for great bargains on new and used items, crafts and collectibles, books, and eclectic artworks. Admission is free, and vendors are always welcome. Spaces rent for just $10 during the summer months; for non-profit organizations, the space is free. Call Jose at 760-275-6876. The swap meets are held on the first Saturday of every month from 8 to 3 at the Sportsman’s Club, on Sunburst Avenue just off the highway in Joshua Tree.

MONDAY IS THE DEADLINE TO GET TICKETS FOR STAIRWAY TO THE STARS

The deadline is this Monday to get tickets for the festive fund-raiser for Sky’s the Limit, “Stairway to the Stars.” Managing editor Tami Roleff tells you where to get them…

Tickets are now on sale for Stairway to the Stars, a festive fundraiser for Sky’s The Limit Observatory and Nature Center. Guests will enjoy live music, hors d’oeuvres, and telescopes focused on the full moon. The elegant evening event will be held Saturday, September 21 at Vista del Sol, the brand new Community Center of Lincoln Housing at 5900 Desert Knoll in Twentynine Palms. Tickets are $50 per person and are available at the Twentynine Palms Park and Recreation Office, 760-367-7562, the Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, 760-367-3445, the Basin Wide Foundation office in Yucca Valley, 760-365-7219 and from Sky’s The Limit committee members. Cut-off date for ticket sales is September 9. No tickets will be sold at the door.

AUDITIONS FOR

Theatre 29 and Director Rob Wanless will hold open try-outs for “A Christmas Carol”, the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s holiday transformation. Auditions will be this Monday, September 9, at 6:30 p.m. at Theatre 29, 73637 Sullivan Road, Twentynine Palms. The classic play is an adaptation of the Charles Dickens story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey from an embittered, ungenerous creature into a giving, caring human being at the hands of three spirits, who, one Christmas Eve, show him what life means…

Wanless will be seeking a cast of more than 25 actors for this production. Come prepared to perform cold reads, in addition to performing pre-selected sides for your role. The pre-selected sides are available for review at www.theatre29.org, choose the “Auditions” tab and follow the links. Although this is not a musical, some chorus singing may be required. Please be prepared to sing your favorite Christmas Carol. Anyone seeking to assist as technical crew, set builders, or costume construction roles, please also attend auditions. For more information, contact the director via email at wanlessrd@yahoo.com. “A Christmas Carol” will run five weekends from November 15 to December 16. A preview of the script may be found at the following website:
http://books.google.com/books?id=_-RE_XyQeKAC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

GOOD NEWS COMES IN THREES FOR YUCCA VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

The school year has barely started, and already there’s much positive news coming out of one of the local elementary schools. Dan Stork says good things come in threes at Yucca Valley Elementary…

Yucca Valley Elementary School has started the academic year with three pieces of good news, according to YVES Principal Jolie Kelley. Last week, the school was named one of the top 10 growth schools in the county when Academic Performance Index scores were released. Yucca Valley’s API came in at 802, an increase of 35 points. Right before school started, Target awarded the school with a $2,000 community grant to institute a drama program. “Drama in the Desert” will be offering theater arts opportunities to students throughout the year. Last year, the school saw improvements to the stage in preparation for the program. YVES has also become a 4-H school, and this fall, will be offering a series of 4-H enrichment courses, including entomology, leadership, and geospacial geography.

FIRST SATURDAY EVENT IN OLD TOWN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

More than 20 businesses in Old Town Yucca Valley will be participating in First Saturday, tomorrow. First Saturday is a late-night shopping event in Yucca Valley. Merchants selling antiques, vintage and modern clothing, jewelry, collectibles, art, home décor and architectural salvage, indoor gardening supplies, and dining establishments will be open late, until 9 p.m., on the first Saturday of every month. For more information, check out 1st Saturday Old Town Yucca Valley on Facebook.

RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT SUBJECT OF MEETING TOMORROW

The California Desert Coalition and the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan are hosting a public meeting tomorrow, Saturday, September 7, about renewable energy projects. Representatives from federal, state, and county agencies will be on hand to hear from residents about wind turbines, solar energy, and power lines, on public and private land. The meeting will be held from 9 to 1 at the Yucca Valley Community Center.

A BOARD VACANCY AT BIGHORN DESERT VIEW WATER AGENCY

The Bighorn Desert View Water Agency is looking for a new board member. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details…

The Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency is accepting applicants to fill a vacant seat on the Board of Directors. A qualifying applicant must be a registered voter residing within the Agency’s boundaries, and interested in serving the community. Applications are available at bdvwa.org and at the Agency’s office at 622 S. Jemez Trail in Flamingo Heights. Completed applications must be received by the Agency no later than 4:30 p.m., September 18. Interviews will take place at the next regular meeting of the Board of Directors, September 24 at 6 p.m.

TWO LANDERS MEN ARRESTED WITH STOLEN, CONCLEAED HANDGUN

Two Landers men were arrested Wednesday after walking around inside Wal-Mart with a concealed and stolen handgun. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant D. Garvin, a Wal-Mart security employee called police just before 1 p.m. after watching Frank Hernandez, 25, give a handgun to Jacob Perez, 19, in the parking lot outside the store. Perez then concealed it under his clothing and walked into the store, where security continued to watch Perez as he visited different departments in the store. Deputies detained Perez as he left the store, and discovered a loaded .40-caliber Ruger handgun—later determined to be stolen—concealed in his pocket. Frank Hernandez and Jacob Perez were arrested for investigation of possession of stolen property. They were booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with their bail set at $25,000 each. Sergeant Garvin said Wal-Mart security employees did an outstanding job of watching the men and reporting their actions to law enforcement.

MORE DETAILS ON AN ARREST FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER IN LANDERS

More details on an arrest for attempted murder in Landers Wednesday. According to Sheriff Sergeant D. Garvin, Coral Schilling, 62, of the 4200 block of Youngs Freeway, called 911 at 11:35 a.m. Wednesday to report that her husband, David, was threatening to have a shoot-out with police. Schilling told 911 that deputies should bring a SWAT team with them, as her husband was high on drugs and alcohol, had a rifle and scope as well as numerous other guns, and was a good shot. Schilling also said she had gone outside the house where she fired a .38-caliber Ruger at the house. When deputies arrived, David Schilling denied his wife’s allegations. After an investigation, Coral Schilling was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after deputies discovered a bullet hole from the gun she fired in the wall of her husband’s bedroom. Schilling was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with her bail set at $1 million.