David Smith has been selected as the new superintendent for Joshua Tree National Park in California. Smith is currently the superintendent of Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka, Kansas. He will begin his new position in mid-September, replacing former superintendent Mark Butler, who retired earlier this year.
New Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent David Smith.
According to a release from the National Park Service, It is a bonus that David considers Joshua Tree to be ‘his dream park.’ It is where he signed on as a park volunteer, and in 1998, got his first permanent position with the National Park Service.”During 22 years with the National Park Service, Smith has served as a law enforcement ranger, a park interpreter, and a biological technician in a host of western parks. “I grew up climbing and camping in what is one of America’s hidden jewels: Joshua Tree National Park,” said Smith. “Helping to lead Joshua Tree in the coming years is an honor. Smith earned a BS in Forestry/Developmental Studies from the University of California, Berkeley as well as an MS in Resource Interpretation from Texas State/Stephen F Austin University. Smith grew up in northern San Diego County, he’ll be joined by his wife and two children. Smith’s hobbies include rock climbing and trail running. He is looking forward to finding a local church, maintaining his ties with Rotary and becoming an active member of the area communities.
The third Monday of July is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus Federal food in the Morongo Basin. Reporter Dan Stork has the times and places…
The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday, July 21st. 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.
Theatre 29 announces auditions for the musical “Young Frankenstein,” written by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, with music and lyrics by Mel Brooks. “Young Frankenstein” utilizes an ensemble cast of characters ranging in age from mid-20s through mid-50s. All parts are open and available and all actors are encouraged to audition. “Young Frankenstein”, The inspired re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend is based on Mel Brooks’ classic 1974 comedy film masterpiece, the story follows bright young Dr. Frankenstein (that’s Fronkensteen) as he attempts to complete his grandfather’s masterwork and bring a corpse to life. But this musical comedy hit is not without scary and hilarious complications. The show includes such memorable tunes as “The Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas My Boyfriend” and the famous “Puttin’ On The Ritz.” Performances are at Theatre 29 October 3rd through November 1. Auditions for “Young Frankenstein” are at Theatre 29 at 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms Monday, August 18, at 6:00 p.m.. Rehearsals start August 19th. The Artistic Director is Gary Daigneault, and the Music Director is Bill Barrett. For vocals, those auditioning are asked to bring a back-up CD or mp3 file on a Smartphone or mp3 player (no accompanist will be available). Broadway tunes only, (not from “Young Frankenstein”), no pop music, acappella is discouraged. Readings will consist of cold sides from the script.For information about auditions for “Young Frankenstein” contact Gary Daigneault at 760-366-8471.
For the 20th year, Saturday nights in the summer means music in Yucca Valley. Dan Stork says, come out and listen to Adrianna Marie…
The Yucca Valley Summer Concert for July 19 features Adrianna Marie and the Groovecutters. Adrianna Marie vocalizes R&B, jazz, folk, and blues with a voice and style that is at the same time sultry and upbeat. The gates open for the free concert at 6:30. The music starts at 7 pm at the ball field behind the Community Center, where it’s always cool, on even the hottest Hi-Desert days. You can bring your own food but NO ALCOHOL, PLEASE — and there will be food vendors, too. You can even bring pets, just so long as you stay with them on the upper ballfield. You can grab a little preview of Adrianna Marie at her website http://www.adriannamarieandhergroovecutters.com/