HILLTOPPERS MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX IN TWENTYNINE PALMS THIS WEEKEND

The 40th Annual Hilltoppers off-road motorcycle Grand Prix is today and tomorrow, at the Twentynine Palms Motorsports Arena, east of the city off Highway 62 on Mojave Road. This grand prix is an AMA-sanctioned event and part of the GPR Big Six Grand Prix Series. The race attracts hundreds of entrants and thousands of spectators every year. Tickets are $10 per day or $15 for both days; there are discounts for military and children. Gates open 6 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, with the first race at 7:30 a.m. both days. There will be food, vendors, and fun for all ages. For more information visit www.hilltoppersmc.com.

RELAY FOR LIFE THIS WEEKEND

The annual “Relay for Life” event, benefiting the American Cancer Society, is set for this weekend. Assignment reporter Diana Jones has more…

Hundreds of local residents will join the fight against cancer this weekend in the Morongo Basin’s Relay for Life event held by the American Cancer Society. The annual 24-hour event will be held at the Twentynine Palms Junior High School on April 5, beginning with the opening ceremony at 9 a.m., ending at 9 a.m. on the following day. Participants have been raising money for their respective teams through various fundraisers and pledges, and will continue to do so during the event by selling items and food, setting up games, and walking laps for their pledges. Money raised during the event will be used to fund cancer research as well as supporting programs such as “Look Good, Feel Better” and the “Road to Recovery” Programs.

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ART FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND

The Joshua Tree National Park Art Festival has been celebrating the inspiration of nature for 20 years. Over thirty local and regional artists will be on hand this weekend at the festival to show and sell their work, sharing their personal interpretation of Joshua Tree National Park and the desert southwest. Original works of painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, art glass, jewelry, woodcrafting and gourd art are featured each year. The Art Festival runs from 9:00 to 5:00 p.m. today, Saturday, and Sunday on the Park Headquarters patio near the historic Oasis of Mara nature trail on Utah Trail in Twentynine Palms. Admission is free.

ART EXHIBITS IN TWENTYNINE PALMS AND WONDER VALLEY

An opening artists’ reception was held Friday, April 4, for “The Desert Rocks! Life on the Faultline” at the Twentynine Palms Visitor Center. Presented by the Twentynine Palms Public Arts Advisory Committee, the exhibition features two- and three-dimensional artworks by more than 30 desert artists. The “Desert Rocks!” art show will be on display at the gallery 10 to 4 daily through June. The Visitor Center is located at 73484 29 Palms Highway in downtown Twentynine Palms.

Local artists will be exhibiting at the Glass Outhouse Art Gallery in Wonder Valley in April. An opening reception is set for today Saturday, April 5, from 5 to 9 p.m. Featured artists include Ray Yeager, Mary Best, Douglas O. Smith, Suzanne Ross, Laura Peterson Volz, Bill Dahl, George Howell, Cinda Lassen, and Karin Mayer. The Glass Outhouse is located at 77575 Highway 62, east of the Twentynine Palms airport.

OPEN HOUSE FOR BOXO HOUSE ARTIST

A New York artist, Jennifer Karady, came to the High Desert to be the artist-in-residence for BoxoHouse in Joshua Tree after receiving a commission from the Palm Springs Art Museum to show her critically acclaimed project, “Soldiers’ Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan.” Managing editor Tami Roleff says a reception and artist talk will be held today Saturday, April 5 in Joshua Tree…

BoxoHouse in Joshua Tree will hold a reception Saturday, April 5, for its artist-in-residence, Jennifer Karady. For the past seven years, Karady has worked with veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to create staged narrative photographs that depict their individual stories and address their challenges in adjusting to civilian life. Each large-scale color photograph is accompanied by text, based on audio recordings, that consists of the veteran recounting his/her story in his/her own words. Karady will have an exhibition of her photos at the Palm Springs Art Museum in December. The open house will be from 3 to 6 p.m., with an artist talk at 5 p.m. at BoxoHouse, 62732 Sullivan Road in Joshua Tree.

PIONEERTOWN WESTERN RE-ENACTMENTS OPEN SEASON THIS WEEKEND

Two tourist-favorite local old-western reenactment groups will return to Pioneertown with their popular free shows starting this weekend. The Mane Street Stampede Wild West Show thunders into Pioneertown with their season-opener today (Saturday). The Stampede performs a series of family-friendly Old West, shoot-em-up skits every Saturday at 2:30 p.m. through October on Mane St. in Pioneertown. For more information contact: “Desert Rose” at 760-365-0044.

And if you missed today’s opening show, the Gunfighters for Hire start their 2014 season Sunday on Mane Street in Pioneertown. The shootin’ will begin at 2:30 p.m. This year the Gunfighters will be performing the first four Sundays of each month, April through October. The Gunfighters will have new skits and old timers ready to shoot it out. So bring the kids and enjoy some western entertainment for the whole family.

DESERT CHIC PARTY TO BENEFIT TWENTYNINE PALMS HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Tickets are still available for the Desert Chic Wine and Cheese Social this Saturday night, April 5, sponsored by the Twentynine Palms Historical Society at the historic home of Bill and Prudie Underhill, Broadview Hacienda. This fundraiser, besides teaching you a little about pairing wine and cheese, will support the Old Schoolhouse Museum. There will also be a silent auction. Tickets are $25 per person for Society members and $30 for non-members. The event will be held from 4:30 to 7:30, 73452 Sunnyslope Drive. For more information, email splproj@29palmshistorical.org.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY FIELD TRIP AND MARKETPLACE

The Morongo Basin Historical Society has two events going on today.  During the day the Society’s Museum Marketplace in Lander has goodies for your garden, from vermi-compost to vegetable seedlings, as well as collectibles and treasures at the vendors’ tables. The cement portico has been poured, so all vendors will now be on an “even keel.” Tonight, at  the Sky’s the Limit Observatory in Twentynine Palms,  field trip for Society members begins at 6 p.m. with a nature walk. The “Under the Desert Sky” star party begins after dark when telescopes will be pointed at the waxing crescent moon, Jupiter, and other celestial objects. The cost is $10 and includes dessert. For information on either event, call Claudia at 760-366-7896.

ONE 80 MINISTRIES BAKE AND YARD SALE TODAY

One 80 Ministries will hold a bake sale and yard sale today, April 5, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Baked goodies, hot dogs, and popcorn will be available. Donations may be brought to One 80 Ministries Church on the day of the event. All proceeds will benefit One 80 Ministries outreach programs and various activities. One80 Ministries is located at 61858 29 Palms Highway in Joshua Tree.

DRIVE-IN MOVIES – A DYING BREED

Twentynine Palms boasts a disappearing American icon.  ROP broadcasting student Titus Fair highlights drive ins movie theaters…

In the United States there are approximately 375 Drive-ins left around the country. The Twentynine Palms Smiths Ranch Drive-in is one of the few left. Drive-ins are usually in small towns, which is why they aren’t so popular. They are easily dying off but ours continues to stay strong.

JOSHUA TREE VFW BREAKFAST

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will be serving Sunday breakfast of chicken fried steak tomorrow from 8 to 11. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.