CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT

Next Saturday morning, you can shake off post-holiday lethargy in the bracing air of the National Park.  Ranger Pam Tripp says, come join the Christmas bird count…

Attention bird lovers and volunteers:  your expertise and enthusiasm are needed for the upcoming Joshua Tree National Park Christmas Bird Count.  The count begins at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 28.  Participants of all skill levels of birding are encouraged to attend.   The National Audubon Society sponsors the event that attracts thousands of observers each year, throughout the nation.   Those who participate in the bird count help to collect important data used in many scientific studies.  This data constitutes the largest body of information about wintering bird populations anywhere in the world and helps us learn more about the environment.   For the bird count, inexperienced birders will be partnered with veteran birders.  Territories are mapped out ahead so that participants know where to start the morning of the count.  Volunteers should be prepared for an all day event in the field.  Contact Joe Zarki at 760-367-5520, or Bill Truesdell at 760-362-4132 to sign up for this year’s Christmas Bird Count.  For Z107.7, this is Park Ranger Pam Tripp, reminding you to visit your national parks – America’s best idea!

“THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST” CAST AT THEATRE 29

With the new year comes a new season of Theatre 29.  Managing Editor Tami Roleff previews a first production that promises to be truly “Wilde”…

It’s just three weeks until Theatre 29 opens its first show of 2014. A cast of Theatre 29 veterans will perform “The Importance of Being Earnest,” by Oscar Wilde, and directed by another Theatre 29 veteran, Butch Pelfry. Called “A trivial comedy for serious people!” “The Importance of Being Earnest” was first performed in 1895, and is a tale of lost and found love and objects. Ben Bees, who starred in last year’s production of “Deathtrap,” is back as Jack. Cyrus Short, a natural comic actor, will portray Algernon. Multi-award winning director, music director, costumer, and performer Kathryn Ferguson will step back on the stage to play Lady Bracknell. Katie Van Sumeren, who starred as Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy, will play Gwendolen. Lizzie Schmelling, who performed in nearly every play at Theatre 29 last year, is back as Cecily. Playing Miss Prism is Janet Peercy. Leonard Weber takes on the role of Mr. Chasuble, and Marv Schmelling will play the roles of twins Merriman and Lane. “The Importance of Being Earnest” will run for 12 shows from January 10 through February 8. Friday and Saturday night shows are 7:00 p.m. and Sunday Matinees on January 19th and February 2nd at 2:30 p.m. For tickets, call 760-361-4151.

Reporting for Z107.7, this is managing editor Tami Roleff.

HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION NOTICES

The Transportation Congestion Relief Program (TCRP) Project is located on Highway 62 and includes the construction of raised medians from Kickapoo Trail to Elk Trail and from Cherokee Trail to Apache Trail, and sidewalk improvements from Palm Avenue to Dumosa Avenue.  Starting Friday December 20, 2013 stamped colored concrete will be placed and completed in medians.  The week of December 23 to December 27 paving along the raised median will be completed, pending weather conditions.  Please note that no work will be performed on Wednesday December 25, 2013 in observance of Christmas Day.  The installation of the sidewalks, curb & gutter, and handicap ramps scheduled to start on the week of January 2, 2014.

HOLIDAY SAFETY TIPS

The San Bernardino County Fire Department would like to remind you of the following holiday safety tips. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz explains some of the ways to ensure a safe holiday season…

Before setting up lighted decorations, check for burned-out lights, empty sockets and broken bulbs. Inspect wires for breaks or fraying and toss any damaged strands. Turn off tree lights before bed and when leaving the house. And plug no more than three light sets in a single outlet. If you use a natural tree, make a 1-inch cut at the base to open pores. The cut surface should be creamy-white. Choose a sturdy stand that holds at least a gallon of water. If the tree isn’t going right in the house after purchase, it should be stored in a bucket of water in away from wind and sun. In all cases, check and add water daily. Keep the tree away from heat sources. After the holidays, never burn it in a wood stove or fireplace; it burns too fast and is explosive. The best alternative is to recycle it through a local program. For Z107.7 News, this is assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz.

YUCCA VALLEY YOUTH BASKETBALL

There is still time to play some hoops!  The Town of Yucca Valley is still accepting registrations for current Youth Basketball League. There is plenty of space left in both the 3rd - 4th grade and 5th - 6th grade girls divisions. Register at the Yucca Valley Community Center, Monday through Friday 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm, (keep in mind the Town offices will be closed from Dec. 24 through Jan. 1) or online anytime at www.yucca-valley.org.  Practices are held weeknights with games beginning Saturday, January 4, 2014.

The Town of Yucca Valley is also looking for individuals interested in becoming a coach or referee for the 2013/14 Youth Basketball League. Share your knowledge of basketball with the youth of our community!  Applications are available at the Yucca Valley Community Center.  Contact Sue Earnest, Recreation Supervisor at the Community Services office 369-7211, extension 244 for more information.