AUDITIONS SET FOR “THE 39 STEPS”

Right after the opening of “A Doll’s House”, the next show at Theatre 29, the volunteers will gear up for its successor.  Managing Editor Tami Roleff has the audition call for “The 39 Steps”…

Four multi-talented actors are needed who can play multiple roles in Theatre 29’s fall production, “The 39 Steps.” This fast-paced, frenzied comedy needs a male; 20 to 40, who can play a dapper English gentleman; a female, 20 to 40, who can play three different roles; and two other actors who play about 150 different characters. Auditions are set for 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 30 at Theatre 29 in Twentynine Palms. Auditions will consist of improvisation skills and cold readings. Dress prepared to move. The production is also seeking technical assistance as stagehands, set builders and costume construction. Anyone interested in backstage roles should also attend auditions. “The 39 Steps” runs from August 15 though September 13.  Reporting for Z107.7, this is managing editor Tami Roleff.

FOOD DISTRIBUTIONS MONDAY

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday, June 16.  The locations and times are:

  • The Church of the Lighted Cross, at 11518 Elbow Lane in Morongo Valley, from 8 to 10
  • Belfield Hall, on Reche Road in Landers, 8:30 to 10:30
  • The Community Center in Yucca Valley, 8:30 to 10:30
  • Copper Mountain Mesa Foundation, 65336 Winter Road in the Copper Mountain area, 9 to 11
  • Joshua Tree Community Center on Sunburst Road, 9 to 11
  • The fire station in Wonder Valley, 11 to 12, and
  •  The Evangelist Mission Church at 6595 Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms, from 10 to noon.

Recipients are requested to bring their own paper or plastic bags.  For more information, call 909-723-1580.

WILDERNESS PROTECTION ACT ANNIVERSARY

Before there was an officially-designated Joshua Tree National Park, there was Federal action to protect and preserve it.  Ranger Pam Tripp celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Protection Act…

The Wilderness Protection Act of 1964 established federally-managed lands preserved as large, roadless tracts where there are no mechanized vehicles or equipment or evidence of modern human occupation. These are places where future development is not considered. This year marks the 50th anniversary of that pivotal legislation; 84 percent of Joshua Tree National Park’s 789,866 acres is managed and protected as designated wilderness. These areas protect wildlife, scenery, natural processes, and historic sites. In designated wilderness, facilities and improvements such as trails, signs, and campsites may be provided only where they are necessary to protect resources and the public’s health and safety. Wilderness areas offer opportunities for a primitive and unconfined recreational experience. They provide visitors with solitude and quiet and the opportunity to explore where few others have ventured. Check out the official National Park Service website at www.nps.gov, for more information about the Wilderness Protection Act of 1964.

HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING POSTPONED

The regular meeting of the Homestead Valley Community Council, scheduled for this Monday, June 16, has been postponed. The Homestead Valley Community Council Scenic 247 Committee plans a public meeting 1 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at the Johnson Valley Community Center. Members from the Save Our Skyline group from Lucerne Valley will provide updates about threats to the Scenic Highway status of 247. They are forming a grass roots coalition to fight the 70 wind turbines proposed for the San Bernardino Mountains, and the transmission line that would invade residential areas and the scenic corridor of Hwy 247. Activists from the Morongo Basin who successfully blocked the wind turbines on Black Lava Butte and Flat Top Mesa over Pipes Wash and Pioneertown will also be on hand. The Johnson Valley Community Center is 1-3/4 miles south of Hwy 247 on Larrea Road, at the corner of Quailbush Road. For more information, call Betty Munson at 760-364-2646.

HI-DESERT WATER WASTEWATER INFO MEETINGS

The Hi-Desert Water District will hold informational meetings about the wastewater reclamation project every Tuesday, starting June 17, through August 26. Information about the cost, financing, funding, construction, and the district assessment vote will be presented at these meetings about the sewer project. Two meetings will be held each Tuesday at the Hi-Desert Water District offices, located on Highway 62 at Inca Trail in Yucca Valley: at 9 a.m. and again at 6 p.m. For more information, call Jennifer Poland at 760-228-6267.