REMOTE CONTROL TOYS

Remote control toys are great fun.  Ranger Pam Tripp says that the Desert is not the place for them…

Kids of all ages love to play with toys, and visitors to Joshua Tree National Park are no exception. There are restrictions, however, to what can be used in the park. An example is remote-controlled vehicles, such as cars, trucks, helicopters, airplanes, and drones. These toys are not natural to the park and the wildlife become scared and stressed by the presence of them. The animals see them as predators, which changes their behavior. They may leave a favorite watering hole, and not come back, because of an encounter with a remote control toy. The noise such toys make is also out of place here in the park.  Not only do animals find it disturbing, many humans enjoy the quiet and solitude that a machine like this can disrupt.

Help make everyone’s experience here in JTNP a little better by leaving remote control toys at home. For more information on how to enjoy our beautiful desert park, call 760-367-5500.

HOLIDAY OPERATIONS FOR BUS AND TRASH

The Morongo Basin Transit Authority will NOT operate service on Monday, September 1st  in observance of Labor Day and will resume its regularly scheduled service on Tuesday, September 2nd.  Burrtec trash pickups normally scheduled for Mondays will be done on Tuesday this week.

SHATTERED CEILINGS

Only two percent of persons named in our high school history books are women, and very little of our national dramatic literature celebrates their contribution.  Taylor Thacker heralds a limited local run of a play that works at changing that…

Theatre 29 celebrates American women with a touring play called “Shattered Ceilings” that they will host on September 26th and 27th at 7:00 p.m. on the Theatre 29 main stage. This play spotlights an array of remarkable women that all made significant contributions to our nation through courage, imagination and conviction despite obstacles of inequality. Tickets are priced at $15 each. Call the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151 for reservations. For more information call 760-328-1483.

THE WAY REVEREND LOU GERHARDT SEES IT

“The Way I See It At 89 Years of Age” is the title of the Rev. Dr. Lou Gerhardt’s nine week seminar beginning Sept.4, at St. Joseph of Arimathea Episcopal Church.  The free sessions will be held at 10 a.m. Thursdays at the church, which is at the corner of Onaga and Church Streets in Yucca Valley.  The seminar’s topics include positivity, humor, love, openness, and more.  The seminar is not a Bible study or a discussion group, but rather what Gerhardt calls “a presentation of practical aids in the development of a more positive outlook on life and relationships.”  Paul Gerkin and others will provide weekly music.  .  For more information, call Gerhardt at (800) 995-1620 or (760) 367-4627 or Joe or Jananne Turner at (760)-365-5695.

MORONGO BASIN OLD CAR SHOW

Show off your classic car for a good cause. The 19th Annual Morongo Basin Old Car Club Charity Car Show is taking registrations. The car show will be September 20 at the Town Center Mall in Yucca Valley, starting at 9 a.m. This show is open to all makes and models of American and foreign, classic, collector vehicles, and motorcycles!. Custom trophies for Best of Show, Mayor’s Choice, and People’s Choice,  Plus top 20!   There will be food and vendor booths, raffle prizes, and the Z107.7 mobile DJ. The registration fee is $25 per vehicle before September 5th and includes T-shirt, dash plaque and goodie bag. All proceeds benefit local charities. For more information call Alice at  760-413-7209 .

SIGN-UP TIME FOR THE ORCHID FESTIVAL

The Yucca Valley Sunset Rotary Club is now accepting applications from local, non-political, secular, 501(c)3 charities who would like to either have an information booth or a fundraising booth at the Orchid Festival October 4th and 5th.  The is no charge for non-profit booth space, which is limited to the first 15 qualifying organizations that apply.  To reserve your space, call Debbie Gubler at 760-221-6101.  The Orchid Festival is also looking for sponsors for the Stage, and for the Orchid classes.  For information about sponsorships, call Wayne Stamm at 760-887-2997.

DESERT INSTITUTE OFFERS FAMILY ACTIVITIES

It’s never too early to learn how to handle yourself in the desert.  Reporter Cara Conway surveys course offerings of the Desert Institute designed for families…

Learn the in’s and out’s of the Joshua Tree National Park from the Desert Institute by bringing the whole family to guided activities on tracking, navigation, map-reading and more! Three programs, Poop & Paws: Tracking for Families, Map and Compass for Families, and iNaturalist for Families are geared toward children ages 8-13. Activities held on October 5, 18 and 19th with meeting spots at the Joshua Tree Visitor Center and Oasis Visitor Center are $25 each for members – $35 nonmembers. Register by phone at 760-367-5535 or online at joshuatree.org.

TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS TENNIS AND VOLLEYBALL

Coming up in high school sports Tuesday, the Twentynine Palms High School girls’ tennis team will hold Cathedral City at homE, with first serve at 3:15. The Lady Cat volleyball team will host the Cathedral City Lions at home, starting at 4:30.

SKY’S THE LIMIT STAR PARTY

Sky’s the Limit will host a star party Saturday, August 30. The star party will start at the Twentynine Palms observatory about 8:00 p.m. and end about 1 a.m. Bring binoculars, telescopes, water, snacks, chairs, and dress for unpredictable weather. For more information, call 760-367-7222. Sky’s The Limit Observatory and Nature Center is just north of the entrance to the Joshua Tree National Park at 9697 Utah Trail in Twentynine Palms.  Planets Saturn, Mars and Neptune, stars Vega, Altair, Deneb, and constellations Scorpius, Sagittarius, and Cygnus will all be in evidence.  Pads are provided for telescope setup, and STL volunteers will make every effort to assist as needed in setting up and using equipment. All are encouraged to come around sunset to have time to set up and visit other campus educational attractions before the cosmic tour begins.  Everyone should dress for unpredictable desert weather and bring snacks, water bottles, and chairs. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. No pets and no smoking allowed on the STL campus, and visitors must carry out all trash.

“39 STEPS” CONTINUES AT THEATRE 29

A veteran director and actor has brought the madcap “The 39 Steps” to Theatre 29. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the hilarious, high-energy comedy is running weekends through September 13…
Theatre 29’s latest production, “The 39 Steps,” a manic mad-cap murderously funny spy caper, is directed by veteran Theatre 29 actor and director Charles Harvey. Harvey said the play, based on the Alfred Hitchcock film, has a very talented cast, each of whom has stretched far outside their comfort zone. He warns audiences that the show might cause sore ribs and breathlessness from non-stop laughter. “The 39 Steps” runs weekends through September 13, with a 2:30 Sunday matinee September 7. Tickets are $8 to $12 and can be purchased from the Theatre 29 box office at 760-361-4151. Theatre 29 is at 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms.

CERT TRAINING IN YUCCA VALLEY

The County Fire Department is offering a free course in Community Emergency Response Team training.  It meets 6-9 pm on Thursday evenings from September 4th to October 18th, at the Yucca Valley Senior Center.  The CERT class consists of 8 modules containing informative sessions that will help you to be better prepared to survive a disaster, such as earthquakes, fires, and floods.  Participants must be at least 18 years of age. Students must provide safety goggles, work gloves, and an N95 breathing mask at the first class – all of which are available for purchase locally. Closed toe footwear must be worn.  Space is limited to the first 25 registrations. Participants must attend all class dates in order to be eligible to graduate. For more information or to register, please contact Battalion Chief Michael Snow at (760) 365-3335 (email at msnow@sbcfire.org ) or Nancy Guinn at (760) 218-0151 (email at nguinn@hidesertstar.com).

PIONEER DAYS ARTWORK SOUGHT

Only a few days remain for planning stages for this year’s Twentynine Palms “Pioneer Days event.” It’s the final call for this year’s Pioneer Days Grand Marshal nominees and button artwork. The public is asked to nominate a community leader and submit artwork. The design should include the phrase “Pioneers & Patriots” along with “Pioneer Days 2014” into a 3 ½” circular design. Submit via email in JPEG or .PNG format to 29chamber@29chamber.org for consideration. The deadline for both of these is this Monday, September 1.

HELP NEEDED FOR VETS

Sword of the Lord Ministries, a non-denominational church near Twentynine Palms, is in need of your help. Kevin Fish, founder and military veteran, is on the mission to provide shelter, food, clothing, and even ministry, to the homeless in order to get them back on their feet. A particular need right now is food donations.  Serving as the one of the only immediate resource for the homeless in the Hi-Desert, Sword of the Lord Ministries is dependent on monetary donations, and is grateful no matter the amount. To donate, visit the church’s GoFundMe website, gofundme.com/craq1o.

THE MORONGO BASIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY MARKETPLACE

Reporter Taylor Thacker says that, with the end of summer in sight, a Saturday morning Landers fixture is getting back in business…

The Morongo Basin Historical Society is reopening their marketplace on September 6th, from 9am to 1pm. They are back with new treasures that the whole family will enjoy such as men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing, bar stools, motor cycle tires and rims, adorable dolls, jewelry and hand crafted items. They’ve got what you don’t know you want. Stop by The Morongo Basin Historical Society marketplace at 632 Landers Lane in Landers.

VACCINATIONS AND MICROCHIPPING CLINICS

The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics in September for dogs and cats, as well as low-cost spaying and neutering. No appointments are necessary for vaccines or microchips; appointments are required for spay and neutering services. Microchips are only $15, and can help reunite you with your lost pet. Clinics will be held in Joshua Tree, west of the dinosaurs on Highway 62, on September 2, 4, 5, 16, 23, and 30. All clinics are held from 10 to 2. To make an appointment for spay or neutering, call 760-366-1100. Visit animalactionleague.us for updated schedules on clinics.

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ART EXPO REMINDER

September 15 is the last day to submit an entry application for the Second Annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition, a judged art show to be held in December at the Oasis of Mara in Twentynine Palms. Entries must be inspired by or depict the natural beauty or cultural history of Joshua Tree National Park. Entry is open to all artists 18 and over; $6,000 in cash will be awarded as well as an artist-in-residence award. The entry fee is $35, and artists may submit up to three images of artwork. The show will be on display at the 29 Palms Art Gallery for the month of December. For an application and complete entry rules, visit JTNPArtsorg.com.

DESERT INSTITUTE WOMEN’S COURSES

The Desert Institute has course offerings targeted specially for women.  Reporter Cara Conway tells how to find out what suits your needs…

Women of all ages are encouraged to reveal new creativity and personal empowerment while participating in the Desert Institute’s Women’s Courses at the Joshua Tree National Park!   Improve your outdoor skills or step off the grid for a weekend  camping under a full moon! Workshops begin October 25th and run intermittently through December 7th. Cost varies from $60-$110. For exact dates, courses and registration call 760-367-5535 or visit joshuatree.org.  Reporting for Z107.7, this is reporter Cara Conway.

THEATRE 29 TO ANNOUNCE 2015 SEASON

A special Tri-Chamber mixer event, hosted by the Yucca Valley, Twentynine Palms, and Joshua Tree Chambers of Commerce, will feature the announcement of the 2015 Theatre 29 season of live theater offerings.  It will take place at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center  in Joshua Tree from 5:00pm until 7:00pm Wednesday, September 17.   Each of the chambers will give a brief presentation on their economic development activities and upcoming events and activities. Soft Drinks and Water will be available and a large selection of deli delights will be served to those in attendance by Theatre 29 volunteers.

With sell-out audiences a frequent occurrence at Theatre 29, this event will give those in attendance the opportunity to secure 2015 season tickets first. A season ticket assures a seat to all seven of the 2015 regular stage productions. Season Tickets are $68.00 for regular admission, $56.00 for seniors and military, and $46.00 for children under 12 and students with ID.   At the Announcement, each of the seven Directors selected for the Theatre 29 2015 season will give a brief description of their show, complete with musical and dramatic performances. The 2015 season will not be revealed until the event. Starting the day after the announcement, Season Tickets will be available for sale by calling the Box office at 760-361-4151, before scheduled performances at the Theater Box Office or on the Theatre 29 website: www.theatre29.org.

For more information on the season announcement event, or Theatre 29, call Board President Brian Tabeling at 760-367-9338.

TASTE OF MORONGO

The 7th Annual Taste of Morongo will be held on Saturday, September 13, from 6 to 8 pm at the Bell Center on the Copper Mountain College campus.  The cost is $20 per person.  Participating Restaurants Include: Applebee’s, Bruce’s Place, Gonzo Taco’s, J.T. Saloon, Las Palmas, Louisiana Fish & Chicken, Pie for the People, Papa’s Smokehouse, Park Rock Café, Sam’s, Mojave $5 Pizza Place, and the 29 Palms Inn.  ON TAPP will be providing music.  Beverages, including beer and wine, will be available for purchase.  There will also be a raffle.  Proceeds will provide scholarships, leadership camps, shoes for kids and benefit community philanthropic projects.  Tickets can be purchased at Pacific Western Bank in Yucca Valley, or by contacting the Joshua Tree Rotary Club at JTRotary@yahoo.com.

BROKEN POWER LINE CAUSES POWER OUTAGE ON THE MESA

A power line on the mesa broke yesterday evening, causing a power outage for eight to 10 hours from Yucca Valley to Pioneertown. According to County Fire Captain Trent Blanchard, the line broke on Alta Avenue, north of Aberdeen Drive, about 5:30 p.m. About five or six small fires were sparked by the line touching the ground, Blanchard said, but mostly burned themselves out. The power came back on about six hours later, but went back out again later, and didn’t come back on in some areas until shortly before 6 this morning.