ART IN THE PARK

The time is near for one of the Morongo Basin’s don’t-miss annual events.  Ranger Pam Tripp invites you to see the Art in the Park…

Spring is in the air and art is in the park!  This year’s 20th annual Arts Festival takes place at Joshua Tree National Park.  The event runs April 4-6 from 9:00am to 5:00pm at the Visitor Center in Twentynine Palms.  The festival highlights the work of more than twenty artists drawn together by their love and respect for the park.  This multi-media showing features painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics and other exhibits on the patio of the visitor center.   The Joshua Tree National Park Association sponsors the free event. The association, a private nonprofit, operates retail sales outlets in the park’s three visitor centers to sell educational and other park related items.    Proceeds from sales provide support and assistance to the parks interpretive, educational and scientific programs.  Come on out and enjoy the art of those to love and respect the park.  For information about the park and the annual art festival information, call 760 367-5525.  For Z1077, this is Park Ranger Pam Tripp, reminding you to enjoy the solace and wonder of your national park.

PASSOVER SEDER IN DESERT HOT SPRINGS

Jewish residents of the Morongo Basin and Desert Hot Springs — including military personnel — are invited to a community Passover Seder during this year’s Passover holiday.  The Seder is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of the Desert.  The festival service and meal will be taking place at Mission Lakes Country Club in Desert Hot Springs, at 5 p.m. on Thursday April 17th.  Reservations are a MUST – walk-ins will not be accepted that evening.  Please RSVP by April 10th to Sandy at the Jewish Federation of the Desert, either by phone at (760) 324-4737, or via email at sandy.durham@jfedps.org.

BASIN WIDE FOUNDATION SEEKS AWARD NOMINEES

The 18th Annual Basin Wide Foundation Gala Celebration Awards dinner and meeting is set for Saturday, June 7, 5 p.m. at the Helen Gray Center, in Joshua Tree. Basin Wide Foundation is now accepting award nominees. Award categories are:
Together We Can (person or organization that best display the BWF motto of “Together We Can”);
Lifetime Achievement;
Basin Wide Cultural Contributor;
Volunteer of the Year;
Youth Volunteer of the Year.
Due date to submit form is April 9 at noon. If you would like a form faxed or mailed call Kelly Carson at Basin Wide, 760-365-7219.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP

A bereavement support group meets twice a month to help those who have suffered the loss of a loved one. The free meetings provide a safe and comfortable setting to help heal and recover after a loved one’s death. Gloria Beatle, a hospice social worker with the Hi-Desert Home Care Services hospice program, leads the meetings on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 6336 Hallee Road in Joshua Tree. For more information, call 760-366-6427.

ORIGINS OF TWENTYNINE PALMS

How did Twentynine Palms happen?  ROP Broadcasting student Gary Leazer tells us…

The first recorded exploration of Twentynine Palms was made in 1855 by Colonel Henry Washington. Twentynine Palms was named for the palm trees found there by Washington while surveying the San Bernardino base line. After the First World War, many veterans returned to their homes suffering from tuberculosis and the effects of the mustard gas that had been used in combat. Dr. James B. Luckie treated many of these men and in the 1920s began to search for an area in the California desert that would provide a beneficial environment for people afflicted with respiratory and heart ailments. After visiting many places, he chose Twentynine Palms because it had a moderate elevation and clean dry air, as well as being accessible to large cities. And that’s how 29 came to be, according to 29palms.org.

Reporting for Z107.7 news I am ROP Broadcasting student Gary Leazer.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS MONDAY

Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School boys’ tennis team will travel to Thermal to play Desert Mirage High School. Match time is 3:15. Also tomorrow, the Yucca Valley boys’ Trojan tennis team will travel to Desert Hot Springs to play the Golden Eagles. The match starts at 3:15.