Congressman Paul Cook of Yucca Valley plants to honor military veterans from his district at a ceremony November 8. “Heroes of the 8th” Veterans Recognition Ceremony will honor past and present members of the military for their distinguished service, community involvement, or advocacy for veterans’ causes. Nominations for honorees can be submitted until October 18 via Cook’s website and For more information, email


Admission to Joshua Tree National Park is free next Saturday to celebrate the Public Lands Day. Park Ranger Pam Tripp gives the details of the fee-free day…

How about a free visit to Joshua Tree National Park? As a way to encourage visitation, the National Park Service has designated the following fee free days for the rest of 2013: September 28, for National Public Lands Day; and November 9-11, for Veterans Day weekend. At Joshua Tree National Park, on those dates, you will not have to pay the $15 per vehicle entrance price. Camping and reservation fees will still be collected as normal. Fee free days are a great opportunity to take advantage of our scenic hikes and views, enjoy a sunrise or sunset, and gaze up into the specto prepare accordingly with a backpack, water, sunscreen, hat, and snacks. Pack up your family, bring a camera, and enjoy a free visit to our beautiful desert park. Contact us at 760-367-5500 or visit any of our visitor centers to find out more information on our fee free days.


A grief workshop will be held Sunday, September 29, for those who are mourning any type of loss. The workshop will be led by Kathleen Lowndes at 11:30 a.m. at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church, 56750 Mountain View Trail in Yucca Valley. All who are grieving any type of loss are invited to attend.


The Twentynine Palms Historical Society will honor the late Huell Howser and his popular television show, “California Gold,” with the theme for its 2013 Weed Show. “Twentynine Palms Gold” will feature physical and historical landmarks in the weed show categories. Assignment reporter Sara Snyder breaks down the categories…

Sugar Bowl is the museum-quality purple glass; Sheep Hole Pass is broken purple glass; 29 Palms Art Gallery is one of two miniature categories—the 6x6x6 inch size. The other miniature category—3x3x3—is called Chocolate Drop. Four Corners is a category for compositions that include an item associated with travel or transportation. The Old Schoolhouse category includes an educational accessory. An item used in everyday life must be a part of compositions in the Historic Plaza category. Oasis of Mara/Joshua Tree National Park must use an element related to these areas. Gold Park must include a mining accessory or the color gold. Oversized compositions go in the Condor Field/Marine Corps Base category. This year there are two categories for children; ages 8 and under are in the Knott’s Sky Park and must include something used in play; and ages 9 to 12 are in Luckie Park must use any accessory from any of the other categories.


Now is your chance to show off your old, classic car for a good cause. The 18th Annual Morongo Basin Old Car Club Charity Car Show is taking registrations. The car show will take place September 28 at Town Center Mall, at Warren Vista and the Highway in Yucca Valley, starting at 9 a.m. This show is open to all makes and models of American and foreign, classic and collector vehicles. Trophies will be presented to the Best of Show, Mayor’s Choice, and People’s Choice. Awards will be also be given to the best Hot Rod, Ford, Under Construction, Motorcycle, Truck and many more categories! There will be food and vendor booths, raffle prizes, and the Z107.7 DJ playing your favorite tunes. The registration fee is $25 per vehicle and includes a T-shirt, dash plaque and goodie bag. All proceeds are donated to Morongo Basin non-profit organizations. For more information call 760-413-7209.