DIRECTOR PRAISES ACTORS IN “A DOLL’S HOUSE”

There’s still time to get tickets for “A Doll’s House” at Theatre 29.  Managing Editor Tami Roleff relays the director’s happiness with his players…

As the classic drama “A Doll’s House” by Henrik Ibsen continues its run at Theatre 29, Director Kurt Schauppner says he’s very happy with how the players matured during rehearsals. He’s enjoyed watching the actors Adam Redmon, Herman Platzke, and Rob Wanless, and the children, Nicholas Perez, Christopher and Justin Ornelaz-Perez, and Lea Maya, blossom. He added that Adam Redmon in particular has really grown into the role of Torvald, while Herman Platzke brings a gravitas to his Dr. Rank. “A Doll’s House” runs through July 19. Performances are 7:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights with a 2:30 Sunday matinee p.m. July 13. Tickets are $8 to $12 and may be ordered online at www.theatre29.org, or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.

BIG PAPA AND THE TCB IN YUCCA VALLEY

Saturday is the first night of the Yucca Valley summer concert series. The six-week concert series will feature a variety of music. Reporter Taylor Thacker says Saturday’s concert will feature a popular swing group…

The Town of Yucca Valley’s Summer Music Festival kicks off on July 12th, with an exciting performance by the swing group Big Papa and the TCB. Chris “Big Papa” Thayer leads the band well with his powerful vocals.Their new album Six Pack Of Cool shows exactly what this band is capable of and is packed with infectious tunes and awesome musicianship. They are probably best known for their song “Go Big Papa!” which has been used in a Papa John’s ad campaign. This band is sure to have you jumping and singing along. Bring friends and family and have a good time with Big Papa and the TCB! All concerts will be held on the Yucca Valley community center ballfield; gates open at 6:30pm and concerts start at 7 p.m. You may bring your own food, but there will also be food vendors.

SATURDAY NIGHT CHURCH IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Desert Congregational Church in Twentynine Palms will hold a Saturday Night Church Saturday, July 12, 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.

CHP REPORTS HOLIDAY WEEKEND ACTIVITY

The California Highway Patrol held a maximum enforcement period over the July 4 holiday weekend, focusing on speeding violations, seatbelt use, and drunk drivers. During the four-day period of July 3 through July 6, CHP Officer Joan Griffin said the Morongo Basin CHP made five arrests for driving under the influence, compared to eight arrests last year. There were no fatal crashes in the Morongo Basin either this year or last year. The Inland Division, which covers San Bernardino to Death Valley to Mount Whitney, made 125 DUI arrests, compared to 147 last year, with no fatal crashes this year, and four fatalities last year.

SPANKSHAFT AT TORTOISE ROCK TONIGHT

Spankshaft, a local Joshua Tree band, will hold the first of its two concerts at Tortoise Rock casino tonight, Saturday, July 12. Spankshaft is a six-piece pop-ska-punk band that has won several local band concerts. The free concert will be held outside the casino and is set to start at 8:30 p.m. Spankshaft has been booked for a second concert on Friday, August 15.

RADIO STORY LED TO MISSING WOMAN’S CAR

A Twentynine Palms Water District employee—who heard coverage of the disappearance of a Twentynine Palms woman on Z107.7—is believed to be responsible for finding Erin Corwin’s missing car. Corwin left home on Saturday, June 28, telling her husband she was going to Joshua Tree National Park to scope out locations to take her mother who was coming for a visit. Corwin’s husband reported her missing the next day, Sunday, June 29. Z107.7 News broke the story of Corwin’s disappearance on Monday, June 30. According to the Water District’s General Manager Tamara Alaniz, the employee was out doing field work Monday morning, when he spotted a blue Toyota Corolla that matched the description of Corwin’s car at Valle Vista and Ranch Road, several miles from the Marine Base’s Condor gate, and called the Sheriff’s Department to report it. Alaniz, who refused to release the employee’s name, said he used good judgment and didn’t approach the car because he didn’t want to contaminate any evidence. Alaniz said Z107.7’s coverage of the story definitely contributed to finding Corwin’s vehicle.

SAFETY FIRST IN THE NATIONAL PARK

Due to excessive heat and drier-than-normal conditions, the risk of fires is high in the Morongo Basin. Joshua Tree National Park officials remind visitors that campfires are only allowed in designated campsites with fire rings. Smokers should only smoke on paved surfaces or in a vehicle, and should never throw butts on the ground. If you see smoke or fire, report it to authorities immediately. Fireworks are strictly prohibited in the park. Violators will be cited and fireworks confiscated. For your safety, tell others where you intend to go in Joshua Tree National Park. Most areas in the park do not have cell phone coverage. And finally, balloons are an eyesore and a hazard to wildlife in Joshua Tree National Park.

DESERT HILLS FAMILY NIGHT AND MEN’S BREAKFAST

Desert Hills Presbyterian Church will host a family dinner and game night, July 16 at 6:00 pm. The men’s breakfast will be on Saturday, July 19 at Carrows in Yucca Valley, starting at 8 a.m., with breakfast at 8:30. The church is located at 56750 Mountain View Trail in Yucca Valley.