JOSHUA TREE COMMUNITY JAZZ BAND LOOKING FOR PLAYERS

The Joshua Tree Community Jazz band is still in need of some key players. The fun group is looking for sax, trumpet, trombone and guitar players who can read music. For more information contact Jesse Henry at 760-574-5212, or via Facebook at Jazzband page. Rehearsals are every Sunday from 2 to 5 in Joshua Tree.

FIRE SAFETY ADVICE

A fire in Yucca Valley Thursday evening was caused when the residents kept combustible items too close to a water heater in their garage. Flames quickly spread to the items around the water heater. The San Bernardino County Fire Department reminds residents to be aware of fire safety when storing personal items. Appliances such as water heaters, kitchen appliances, and electrical panels should be kept clear of debris and other items that are combustible. A minimum of 18 inches of clearance should be maintained. Always make sure your appliances are in good operational order. In addition, another fire in Yucca Valley was caused by charging lithium-ion batteries in the wrong type of battery charger. The batteries exploded, causing the fire. When re-charging batteries, ensure that the charger is appropriate for the batteries.

AMBER ALERT AWARENESS DAY

Monday is Amber Alert Awareness Day. The day was created to raise public awareness of the nationwide Amber Alert program, which enlists the public’s help in the search for and rescue of abducted children. The public can get involved during an AMBER Alert by listening to television and radio reports, paying attention to changeable message signs along the highway, which display information about the abductor’s vehicle and license plate number, and keeping an eye out for the suspect vehicle. Since 2002, California’s Amber Alert system has been activated 218 times, and has resulted in the rescue or safe finding of 255 children. As of January 1, 2014, the program has been expanded to include children who have been taken by anyone, regardless if an actual abduction is involved, and the agency believes the child is in threat of serious bodily injury or death.

“THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST” AT THEATRE 29

The first production of 2014 opened last night at Theatre 29.  Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells us who’s who in the cast of “The Importance of Being Ernest”…

Theatre 29 veteran director Butch Pelfry said he knew his cast of the Oscar Wilde comedy of errors, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” was having fun at rehearsals when they said they didn’t want to take time off during Christmas week. Called “a trivial comedy for serious people!”, “The Importance of Being Earnest” is a tale of lost and found love and objects. Pelfry has cast a crew of veteran performers: Janet Peercy as the governess with a secret past, Miss Prism; Ben Bees as John Worthing, aka Earnest, aka Jack. Cyrus Short plays the rascal Algernon; Katie Van Sumerin as Gwendolen who hates crowds but lives in the city; Kathryn Ferguson as the extremely upper crust Lady Bracknell; Leonard Weber as the reverend who’s kept busy with christenings; Lizzie Schmelling as John Worthing’s very spoiled ward, Cecily. You can see “The Importance of Being Earnest” tonight at 7 p.m., and for the next four Friday and Saturday nights through February 8 with 2:30 Sunday matinees January 19 and February 2. Tickets are $8 to $12. For more information call Theatre 29 at 760-361-4151.

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

SATURDAY NIGHT CHURCH

Desert Congregational Church in Twentynine Palms will hold a Saturday Night Church Saturday, January 11, 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, or Bob Pilgrim at 760-367-9429 for more information.

TWO PERFORMANCES OF THREE PLAYS AT YVHS TODAY

Theater students at Yucca Valley High School conclude a run of three plays with two performances today.  Diana Jones says, don’t miss your last chance to see them…

Today is your last chance to see three plays directed and performed by the Yucca Valley High School Theatre Company. The triple feature will include “Happy Birthday, Heather Higby,” “Flash Mob,” and “We’re Your Friends,” directed by Hunter Stepp and Cassandre Hemphill. Appearing in the plays are Vivian Chow, Cindy Sou, Madison Curtiss, Aimee Frank, Chalise Kunz, Alicia Murphy, and Christopher Stevens. There’ll be a 1:00 matinee today, and if you miss that, the closing performance will be at 6:00 tonight, in the Yucca Valley High School multi-purpose room, 7600 Sage Avenue, in Yucca Valley. Tickets are available at the door for $5, $4 for students, and children under 12 are free.

Reporting for Z107.7, this is reporter Diana Jones.

BINGO TO BENEFIT YVHS SWIM TEAM

Bingo at the Sportsman’s Club in Joshua Tree will benefit the Yucca Valley High School swim team on Sunday, January 19. There will also be a silent auction. Money raised from the bingo and silent auction event will go toward paying the team’s bill for use of the pool. Doors open at 3 with early bird bingo starting at 4:30. The team is asking for donations to include in the silent auction. To donate items for the auction, call Kathy Goddard at 760-399-6849.

JOSHUA TREE RECREATION YOUTH BASKETBALL

Registration for the Joshua Tree Youth Basketball Program is now being accepted online and at the Joshua Tree Community Center Office. Cost is $48 until January 24th, and then the fees increases to $55.  Price includes a jersey and shorts, and registration is open for ages 4 to 14 years.  The final day to register is February 14th.  The 8 week session begins the week of March 10th.  All practices and games will be played outdoors at Sunburst Park in Joshua Tree.

Are you 15 or older and want to play in a basketball program?  Contact the Joshua Tree Community Center, and they will see about getting a program started for your age group.  For more information about youth basketball or other programs contact the Joshua Tree Community Center at (760) 366-8415 or at www.JoshuaTreeRecAndPark.org

HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING TONIGHT

In high school sports tonight, the Yucca Valley High School Trojan wrestling team will travel away to Palm Springs High School. Match time is 6 p.m.