SATURDAY NIGHT CHURCH IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Desert Congregational Church in Twentynine Palms will hold a Saturday Night Church tonight, August 9 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.

WEAPON AND DRUG ARREST IN YUCCA VALLEY

A Yucca Valley felon was arrested Wednesday afternoon after deputies found him in possession of drugs and a weapon. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy made a traffic stop at Pine Avenue and Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms about 3:30 p.m. Christopher Nunley, 32, who is on parole for a 2012 burglary and false imprisonment conviction, was in the car, and during a parole search, the deputy discovered Nunley was concealing methamphetamine on his person. During a parole search of Nunley’s home, deputies found a hand gun. Christopher Nunley was arrested for investigation of possession of a controlled substance for sales, being a felon in possession of a handgun, and violating his parole. He was booked at the Morongo Basin Jail and is being held without bail due to his parole violation.

BEAT THE HEAT IN BIG BEAR!

Learn some local history and take a break from the heat at the same time.  Reporter Cara Conway says there’s a field trip to Big Bear…

Cool down in Big Bear on August 16 with the Morongo Basin Historical Society! While enjoying a 20 degree temperature difference from the Hi-Desert, this field trip allows you to tour the Big Bear Valley Historical Society which is home to 1 of only 2 operating stamp mills in California! $10 for members, $20 non-members and children under 14 are free! Call Laurie at 760-363-6681 or email at jrcs7599@roadrunner.com for more information.

ROTARY TO HOST “39 STEPS” GALA

Lights go up on stage for the next production at Theatre 29 this coming Friday.  Diana Jones says opening night will feature a Rotary Club gala…

The Twentynine Palms Rotary Club will host the opening night gala of “The 39 Steps,” Friday, August 15, at Theatre 29 in Twentynine Palms. “The 39 Steps” started as a World War I espionage novel and became an Alfred Hitchcock film in 1935 before being adapted for the stage. In “The 39 Steps,” Richard Hannay notices a mysterious woman at the theater, and when he returns alone to his London home that night, he finds her dead inside. And with that, Richard is in a headlong run for his life as he fights to clear himself of the murder. There are 150 characters played by just six actors. Doors open Friday, August 15, at 6 p.m. with the curtain up at 7. The $20 ticket price includes refreshments. Proceeds will support the Rotary Club’s scholarships and projects. Call 760-362-3642 for tickets or more information. After the opening night gala, “The 39 Steps” will run Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. through September 13, with 2:30 Sunday matinees August 24 and September 7. Regular ticket prices are $8 to $12 and are available by calling 760-361-4151, or online at theatre29.org.

JOSHUA TREE HIGHLANDS ARTIST PROGRAM

The Joshua Tree Highlands Artists in Residence program offers a new program Saturday, August 9, featuring two artists from Brooklyn, New York. Amia Yokoyama is a visual multimedia artist who works primarily in video and collage. She will be showing new stop-motion video work, alongside a set of 2-D works. Phil Weinrobe is a musician and producer who will be performing a live soundtrack to Yokoyama’s video, as well as showing new music he’s written and produced while at the residency. The opening night event starts at 7:30, with the performance at 8:30. Refreshments will be served. The Joshua Tree Highlands is at 8321 Via Rocosa Road in Joshua Tree.

CHICO IN YUCCA VALLEY SUMMER CONCERT

For the 20th year, Saturday nights in the summer means music in Yucca Valley.  Managing editor Tami Roleff will be emceeing the concert tonight, and says to come out and listen and dance to Chico…

The Yucca Valley Summer Concert for August 9 features the veteran LA band Chico.  Led by founder and bassist Joe Espinosa, Chico has been playing for 35 years, with a range that includes big band music, salsa, cha-cha, merengue, cumbias, Tex Mex, oldies and rock.  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.

CALL FOR ART FOR JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ART EXPOSITION

The second annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition will be held on December 5-7, at the Oasis of Mara in Twentynine Palms. A Call for Art has been issued for this year’s juried art exhibition, a highlight of the event, which features artwork depicting or inspired by Joshua Tree National Park. $6,000 in cash awards and an Artist-In-Residence award are available. Entry is open to California, national, and international artists. Deadline for entries is September 15. Visit www.JTNPArts.org to read the guidelines and download the 2014 call for art prospectus. Entry is open to artists 18 and over; $35 entry fee for up to 3 images. Submissions and entry fees can be processed online this year. An opening reception and gala awards ceremony will kick off the event Friday, December 5. Artwork in the exhibition will remain on display at the historic 29 Palms Art Gallery through December 28. Booth spaces are available for artists to sell additional art during the opening weekend Art Exposition on Saturday and Sunday, December 6-7, featuring live music, art demonstrations, historic exhibits and talks, wine, beverages, and culinary delights.