THE DESERT’S DEEP DARK SECRETS AT SKY’S THE LIMIT

Sky’s The Limit and Joshua Tree National Park will explore the desert’s dark secrets during a lecture and presentation tonight, Saturday February 22. Park Ranger Sarah Jane Pepper will talk about “The Dark Side of Joshua Tree National Park” and the animals that come out after the sun goes down, and how light pollution affects nocturnal creatures. Telescopes will be focused on the night skies, and visitors are encouraged to bring their own telescopes or binoculars, along with chairs, water and snacks, and warm clothing. The event begins at 6 p.m. tonight at the Sky’s the Limit observatory, on Utah Trail, just north of the Park Entrance in Twentynine Palms. For more information call 760-367-7222, or visit the STL web site at www.skysthelimit29.org.

“ON GOLDEN POND” AT ST. JOSEPH’S

The Yucca Valley Theater Company, St. Joseph’s Players, opened the show “On Golden Pond” last night, and will run Saturday and Sunday thought March 16. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells you how to get tickets…

The St. Joseph’s Players production of the classic comedy/drama “On Golden Pond,” opens Friday, February 21, in the Parish Hall at the St. Joseph of Arimathea Church at Onaga Trail and Church Street. “On Golden Pond” opened on Broadway in 1979 and has since become an American theatrical classic. Rebecca Havely directs. The opening night gala is sold out. Tickets are available for regular performances which are Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. from February 22 to March 16. Tickets are $10 or $8 for military, students and seniors (55+), available at The Silk Purse in Twentynine Palms and Wind Walkers in Joshua Tree, as well as from church and cast members. To reserve your seats, call 760-365-7133; leave your name and phone number; you will receive a call back to complete your reservation.

DANCING WITH THE YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER STARS

Yucca Valley High School soccer stars and Yucca Valley Heat dancers will be teaming up for the annual “Dancing with the Soccer Stars.” This annual event is a major fundraiser for both teams. The Heat dancers work with their soccer partners to create original dances. Similar to the favorite TV show, the teams are judged, and based on their scores, first through third place winners are announced. Dancing with the Soccer Stars is 7 p.m. tonight in the Yucca Valley High School Multi-Purpose Room.  General admission is $7, VIP seats in the first three rows are $12, and tickets for children under 6 or with a student ID are $6. In addition to a fun evening of dancing and entertainment, the teams have some excellent raffle items, including a Keurig machine, with raffle tickets going a dollar each, or 6 for $5, or 25 for $20. For information, please email yvheat@gmail.com.

DESSERT SOIREE TO AUCTION 3-DAY WINE COUNTRY VACATION

A three-day vacation package to California’s wine country in Sonoma is one of the items to be auctioned during the Dessert Soiree to benefit the Hi-Desert Boys and Girls Club. Managing editor Tami Roleff gets out her auction paddle…

The wine country vacation package includes airfare from LAX, three days and two week nights at Camellia Inn, a rental car, winery tour, and kayaking on the Russian River. Other items in the auction include artwork, crystal, a 48-inch flat screen TV, date night packages, golf packages, and other get-aways, including to Lake Tahoe. At the end of the auction, is the ever-popular game, “Deal or No Deal,” where one lucky contestant will try to win a $1,000 in cash. The Desert Soirée and Auction is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, February 22, at the Helen Gray Center in Joshua Tree. Buy tickets in advance from Tease Shirts, Boys and Girls Club, or Gubler Orchids, For more information, you can contact Chris Gubler 760-401-9001.

PERMACULTURE WORKSHOP SUNDAY

The Transition Joshua Tree Permaculture Project Team will present a free all-day workshop on Planting Food Trees in Arid Lands on Sunday, February 23. Participants will learn the basic ethics of permaculture, arid land techniques for planting food trees and medicinal plants hydrated from simple water harvesting earthworks, and a water-harvesting technique that slows, spreads, and sinks water run-off. Pre-registration is required. Email or call Jill Giegerich at transitionjoshuatree@gmail.com, or call her at 310-795-6991. The location is a private residence in Joshua Tree, whose details will be provided upon registration. For more information go to transitionjoshuatree.org, or email transitionjoshuatree@gmail.com.

BEN VAUGHN ON Z107.7

Among the many features of Z107.7 Radio, on Sundays is the quirky and fun “Many Moods of Ben Vaughn.” Vaughn, an accomplished musician in his own right, is known for his work in television. He composed and scored 3rd Rock from the Sun, and That ’70s Show, among others. Vaughn splits his time between Hollywood and Wonder Valley and produces and hosts “The Many Moods of Ben Vaughn,” which airs on Z107.7 every Sunday at 3 p.m. The popular show is an hour-long eclectic mix of music featuring rock, blues, jazz, folk, soul, R&B, country, movie soundtracks, easy listening, and more, all peppered with his twisted musicological slant. “The Many Moods of Ben Vaughn” can be heard live at 107.7 on the FM radio dial, streamed on-line at z1077fm.com, and podcast through iTunes with a link at z1077fm.com.

DOG OBEDIENCE CLASSES

If you love your dogs (and of course you do), you want them to behave, avid dog lover Managing Editor Tami Roleff has information about obedience training classes in Yucca Valley…

Obedience training is one of the best things you can do for your dog or puppy, and for yourself. A well-trained dog can provide companionship and fun. Obedience training teaches you how to communicate with your dog and is the foundation for solving many problems. The Town of Yucca Valley will hold a six-week obedience training class on Thursdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m., beginning March 6. Covered in the class are sit, down, come, stay, heel, and leave it, team socialization exercises, problem solving, and the AKC Canine Good Citizen guidelines. The cost is $135 and pre-registration is required. Dogs must be current on all vaccinations. To register, call 760-369-5211 or go online to yucca-valley.org.  Reporting for Z107.7, this is managing editor Tami Roleff.

EATS AT THE JOSHUA TREE VFW

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will be serving up a pork chop special for Sunday breakfast. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.  The Joshua Tree VFW post is located at 6402 Veterans Way in downtown JT