ART FAIRE IN THE NATIONAL PARK

The Joshua Tree National Park Art Faire, which began yesterday, has events scheduled through this weekend.  Ranger Pam Tripp tells what’s in store…

Joshua Tree National Park staff, along with the town of 29 Palms will host the first Joshua Tree NP Art Show and Faire on December 7 and 8. This celebration of art and music at the historic Oasis of Mara will include a weekend of artist booths, art demonstrations, cultural displays, park presentations and live music.  On December 7 and 8, festivities will be hosted at Joshua Tree National Park headquarters and visitor center, Twentynine Palms Art Gallery, 29 Palms Inn, Old Schoolhouse Museum, and the Twentynine Palms Creative Center and Gallery.  Admission is free, and all event venues are within walking distance of the Oasis.  For a schedule of events and information, visit the website at www.jtnpartfaire.com.  Join us for a celebration of Art and music during this fun-filled weekend.  For  Z107.7, This is Park Ranger Pam Tripp, reminding you to enjoy the solace and wonder of your national parks.

AVOID FROZEN PIPES

With freezing overnight temperatures forecast for the weekend and through most of next week,Joshua Basin Water District reminds its customers that a few simple steps will help to avoid breaks and flooding that can occur when water pipes freeze.   Standing water in pipes and hoses expands as it freezes; this can cause pipes and hoses to break. Leaks due to freezing water are usually not noticed until the frozen water in the pipe thaws, allowing water to run through the break and flood property.

Pipes that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs and irrigation lines, are the most likely to freeze. Disconnect and drain all outdoor hoses when not in use. Outdoor taps can be left on at a very slow trickle overnight; this will keep the water moving so that it will not freeze. Remember to turn the taps off after freezing temperatures have passed to avoid unnecessary water waste.

It’s best to insulate pipes and faucets that are outside or in unheated spaces like garages and crawlspaces. Some buildings even have water pipes in attics. Water lines to swamp coolers are also vulnerable.   If you plan to be away from home overnight, turn your water off at the meter box; then open and drain all household and irrigation lines to prevent them from freezing while you’re gone. Adjust the thermostat in the house before you leave so that interior water pipes will be protected from freezing.   Find the main water shutoff valve so you can turn the water off in case of an emergency. Or, look for the handle that turns from side to side in your meter box to turn the water off at the meter. If a break does occur, turn the water off at the meter to prevent water loss and to allow the break to be repaired.

FIRST SATURDAY IN OLD TOWN

Come out tonight to First Saturday in Old Town Yucca Valley. First Saturday is a late-night shopping event in which 25 businesses will stay open late, until 9 p.m. Open businesses include consignment shops, home décor, arts and antiques, vintage and new clothing, restaurants, and the brand new Rose and Buster’s Wine Tasting Bar. There’ll be live music and artist meet-and-greets. First Saturday is a perfect opportunity to get that unique gift for the people on your lists and shop local.

2 WEEKENDS LEFT FOR “A CHRISTMAS CAROL”

Have you seen “A Christmas Carol” at Theatre 29?  Time is running out to catch it, says reporter Sara Snyder…

Just two more weekends to catch Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” at Theatre 29. This Christmas classic is the story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s transformation on Christmas Eve as he is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Rob Wanless directs, and Kurt Schauppner plays Scrooge. “A Christmas Carol” runs Fridays and Saturdays through December 14with a 2:30 Sunday matinee December 8. Tickets are $8 to $12. Reserve yours at theatre29.org or by calling the Box Office at 760-361-4151.  For Z107.7 News, this is assignment reporter Sara Snyder.

FIREFIGHTER AND CHP TOY COLLECTION

Morongo Basin firefighters and the California Highway Patrol will be collecting toys to distribute to needy children. Boxes where residents can drop off toys will be in local businesses, banks, and mobile home parks, including at the Z107.7 studio in Joshua Tree. In addition, Walmart will host a “stuff the truck” event at the store to collect toys for firefighters to distribute. Firefighters will be at Walmart for the next two weekends: Saturdays, 1 to 5; Sundays, noon to 5; and next Friday night, 4 to 8 p.m., through December 15 to collect monetary donations and new toys. Toys for both boys and girls up to age 17 should be valued at $20 or less. Residents can also bring new, unwrapped toys to the CHP station in Joshua Tree, or to the collection site near the Walmart Pharmacy entrance.

TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL HOLIDAY CONCERT

ROP Broadcasting student Nina Dizon has your invitation for a musical treat at Twentynine Palms High School this week…

The holidays are here, and so is the Twentynine Palms High School Annual Holiday Concert! The Holiday Concert will be held Thursday, December 12, at the Twentynine Palms High School Gymnasium at 7:00PM sharp. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the performance and concessions that will be offered. Entrance fee is only $5.00 at the door so come support your fellow Wildcats! Reporting  for  Z107.7,  I’m ROP Broadcast Student Nina Dizon.

HOLIDAY BUSINESS DECORATING CONTEST

Hi-Desert Publishing Company and Z107.7 Radio have teamed up once again to co-sponsor a free business holiday decorating contest for all businesses located in the Morongo Basin. Winners get hundreds of dollars in local advertising, very cool plaques, and holiday bragging rights. The contest will be judged by professional local artists and designers. It is free to enter.  Entries will be judged on 5 criteria,  “overall appeal”, “Use of available Space”, Use of Lights and Color”, “inventiveness and overall theme”, and “Wow factor”. Painted windows do not qualify for this contest. There are 4 business categories:  interior and exterior, for small and large businesses.  First place winners in each category get $300 in free advertising from each sponsor, with $150 in free ads from each going to second place winners.  Call z107.7 at 760-366-8471 for entry information.  The deadline to enter is 5:00 p.m. December 12.

JOSHUA TREE VFW SUNDAY BREAKFAST

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will serve Sunday breakfast of chicken fried steak from 8 to 11. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.  The VFW post is at 6402 Veterans Way in downtown JT.