NEW SENSATIONS TO PERFORM AT YUCCA VALLEY CONCERT SATURDAY

Tonight is the night for the last performance in the Yucca Valley Summer Music Festival.  Managing Editor Tami Roleff invites you to experience New Sensations…

Join M.C. Pat Michaels of Z107.7 at the final concert of Yucca Valley’s Summer Music Festival, which will feature the New Sensations Band. The New Sensations Band is a Top 40 cover band that plays hits by your favorite artists from the ’80s to today. Tonight’s free concert begins at 7 p.m. Bring your own blanket or lawn chair and stake out your spot on the grass on the ball field behind the Yucca Valley Community Center.

Reporting for Z107.7, this is managing editor Tami Roleff.

CHP DUI CHECKPOINT TONIGHT

The California Highway Patrol will conduct a DUI checkpoint tonight, Saturday, August 16, from 8:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. in the Joshua Tree area. Drug Recognition Experts will be on site to provide on-the-spot assessments of drivers suspected of drug use. The officers will also be equipped with hand held breath testing devices which provide an accurate measure of blood alcohol concentrations of suspected drunk drivers. The CHP said traffic volume permitting, all vehicles will be checked and drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs can expect to be arrested.

DRUG RAID IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Three Twentynine Palms residents were arrested Thursday afternoon following a drug raid on a home in the 71900 block of Sunnyslope Drive. About 3:10, deputies armed with a search warrant raided the home where they found Reah Barger, 34, Michael Pace, 51, and Jonathan Lowry, 64, along with drugs, weapons, cash, and a grenade. After an investigation, Reah Barger and Michael Pace were arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance, cited and released. Lowry, the owner of the home, was arrested on suspicion of operating a drug house, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of a destructive device. Jonathan Lowry was booked at the West Valley Detention Center with his bail set at $500,000. The Sheriff’s Department Bomb and Arson Squad was called in to dispose of the grenade.

SKY’S THE LIMIT STAR PARTY SATURDAY NIGHT

Sky’s the Limit will host a star party Saturday, August 16. The star party will start at the Twentynine Palms observatory about 8:00 p.m. and end about 1 a.m. The summer Milky Way begins to appear overhead as darkness falls. A special telescope will allow observers to see the Veil Nebula, a supernova remnant of a star that exploded thousands of years ago. 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.

PHOTOGRAPHY COURSES OFFERED

Our desert night skies present sights worth preserving photographically.  Reporter Cara Conway opens up her f-stop…

Capture our desert through your lens! The Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park is offering courses in Fine Art, Night Sky, SmartPhone, and Desert Photography! Enhance your photography skills by working with professional photographers and instructors who will allow you to discover what has been hidden before your very eyes! Classes range from $60 – $160 and begin September 19, continuing on various weekends through December 6. For exact dates, courses and registration call 760-367-5535 or visit www.joshuatree.org.

Reporting for Z107.7, this is reporter Cara Conway.

AUDITIONS SET FOR BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS

Auditions have been set for “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” the next production of the St. Joseph’s Players’. This coming-of-age story centers on a Polish-Jewish family in Brooklyn, New York, in 1937. Auditions will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, August 23, at the St. Joseph of Arimathea Church, 56312 Onaga Trail in Yucca Valley. Some parts have already been cast; open roles include Kate and Blanche, for women in their 40s, and Jack, 40s to 50s; along with Lori, age 12 to 14. Director Rebecca Haveley also needs volunteers for light, sound, props, costumes, and other backstage roles. Rehearsals will begin September 2 and the play will open October 10 and run through November 2. For more information, email cafecrafty@yahoo.com.

AUDITIONS FOR “YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN” AT THEATRE 29 MONDAY

Theatre 29 announces auditions for the musical “Young Frankenstein” will be this Monday evening. The musical comedy utilizes an ensemble cast of 25 characters ranging in age from mid-20s through mid-50s. All parts are open and available and all actors are encouraged to audition. A wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend based on Mel Brooks’ classic 1974 comedy film masterpiece, the story follows bright young Dr. Fronkensteen as he attempts to complete his grandfather’s masterwork and bring a corpse to life. 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 3 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 19. The Artistic Director is Gary Daigneault, 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, a cappella 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 or Z1077fm@gmail.com.

BREAKFAST SUNDAY AT THE JOSHUA TREE VFW

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will serve a Sunday breakfast of a pork chop special from 8 to 11. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.