COUNTY OFFICIAL APPOINTED TO STATE BOARD

Governor Jerry Brown has appointed County Chief Probation Officer Michelle Scray Brown to the California Board of State and Community Corrections. She was sworn in Thursday. California law requires that one position on the board be filled by a chief probation officer from a county with a population of more than 200,000. Scray Brown will serve on the board in a part-time capacity as she will continue to serve as chief probation officer of San Bernardino County.

OKTOBERFEST NEXT WEEK IN YUCCA VALLEY

It’s time to start practicing holding your beer steins for Oktoberfest, a fund-raising event sponsored by the Yucca Valley Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce. The gates open at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 21, and the first contest—a stein holding and carrying contest—begins at 4. Other contests will be a kids’ chicken dancing contest, then a non-alcoholic beer drinking contest, a polka-dancing contest, and a two-man log sawing contest. At 7 p.m., best costumes will be judged, followed by another beer stein carrying contest at 8 and adult chicken dancing contest. There’ll also be live music, food, and vendors throughout the event. Admission is $5 at the door, with package discounts on admission and drinks available before Oktoberfest from the Chamber of Commerce or Realty Professionals. For more information, call 760-365-6323.

THE SHOW GOES ON WITH CAST CHANGE IN “SPAMALOT”

The phrase “Break a leg” is supposed to be good luck for actors; they’re not supposed to take it literally. Charles Harvey, starring as King Arthur in Theatre 29’s production of “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” took the good-luck phrase a little too far when he fell during the first act of the performance August 30, and injured his tendon connecting his knee cap to his leg. But with a couple of cast changes, the show did go on. Managing editor Tami Roleff gives an update on the cast changes…

Theatre 29 veteran Marv Schmelling, who was playing the Knight of Ni in “Spamalot,” stepped in and took over as Charles Harvey’s King Arthur for the rest of the show, and will continue until the show closes September 21. Daughter Lizzie Schmelling took over her father’s role of the Knight of Ni. Audiences are raving over Analisa Pilecki’s performance as the Lady of the Lake, and Jericho McWilliams as the French Taunter and Lancelot. Anyone who enjoys great music, gut-busting comedy, romance, flying cows, flatulent Frenchmen, killer bunnies, and dancing divas should not miss Spamalot at Theatre 29. Tickets are $8 to $12 and are available online at theatre29.org or by calling the box office at 760-361-4151. Reporting for Z107.7, this is managing editor Tami Roleff.

CHAPARRAL ARTISTS’ RECEPTION SUNDAY

“Sunny Day” is the theme of the Chaparral Artists’ Guild’s new show, featuring the art of Ray Lamb. An opening reception will be held Sunday, September 15, from 1 to 3 p.m. at A Roadside Attraction, 69197 29 Palms Highway, in Twentynine Palms. Light refreshments will be served.

SATURDAY NIGHT CHURCH

Desert Congregational Church in Twentynine Palms will hold a Saturday Night Church tonight, September 14, at 7 p.m. Musicians of all types are invited to come and play country, bluegrass, and gospel music. The church is located at 5688 Sunrise Road. Call 760-361-0086 for a free ride to the church.

ALTERCATION IN JT

A Joshua Tree woman whose blood alcohol content was nearly four times the legal limit was arrested Thursday evening. According to a Sheriff’s report, a motorist called 911 to report that a woman, identified as Susan Finn, 29, was lying in the road at Hillview and Highway 62 about 9:30 p.m. Finn, who was barely coherent due to her intoxication, told the deputy she had been assaulted by her former boyfriend. After an investigation, the deputy determined that Finn had kicked in the door to her ex-boyfriend’s residence, and that she started fighting the people at the home when they told her to leave. Susan Finn was arrested on suspicion of being drunk in public; booked at the Morongo Basin Jail where her blood alcohol content was determined to be .304.

JOHN LINN BAND STEPS IN AT MORONGO VALLEY FIESTA

A featured event at Morongo Valley’s Fiesta Days was cancelled, but a local group stepped in to fill the spot. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says, enjoy the John Linn Band, and more…

Morongo Valley’s big Fiesta Days event is this Friday and Saturday with non-stop events and surprises that will appeal to young and old. Many will be surprised to learn that The John Linn Band will be headlining Saturday night from 7 pm to 9 pm at the Covington Park Pavilion. The band agreed to step in following the sudden cancellation of the Battle of the Bands contest. Organizers said the cancellation was beyond their control, but were pleased to be able to book the popular country rock band. Morongo Valley Fiesta Days benefits the Firefighters’ Auxiliary. Find more information and updates at MVFiestadays.com. For Z107.7 News, this is assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz.