RELAY FOR LIFE SPONSORS “BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS” OPENING NIGHT GALA

Relay for Life of Morongo Basin will be hosting the Opening Night Gala of “Brighton Beach Memoirs”, by Neil Simon, on Friday, October 10 at 6 p.m. at St. Joseph of Arimathea in Yucca at the corner of Church St. and Onaga Trail in Yucca Valley.

Brighton Beach Memoirs will

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CALIFORNIA BAG BAN

Do you have your reusable grocery bags with you when you shop? Reporter Caitlin Logan says that next year it’ll cost you if you don’t…

California is poised to become the first state in the nation to enact a statewide ban on single-use grocery store plastic bags. While opponents argue

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS MONDAY SEPTEMBER 29

Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School girls’ tennis and volleyball teams will travel away to Indio to play Shadow Hills High School. The tennis match starts at 3:15; volleyball at 4:30.

The Yucca Valley High School girls’ volleyball team will travel away tomorrow to

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NEW SUPERINTENDENT STARTS AT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Joshua Tree National Park employees gathered Wednesday morning, September 24, to welcome Superintendent David Smith, who assumed his new role on Monday. Smith spoke about his leadership priorities and fielded questions from park staff.

In his remarks, Smith addressed:

Threats to the park Need for taking care of park staff

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THEATRE 29 CELEBRATES AMERICAN WOMEN WITH “SHATTERED CEILINGS”

Tonight is the last chance to take in “Shattered Ceilings” at Theatre 29. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells about this effort to shine a light on some great American women…

After discovering that there was a severe lack of plays about great American women, the California Desert Regional Theater set

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CHURCH’S MEN’S GROUP HOLDS FUNDRAISER SATURDAY

The men’s group at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church will hold their end-of-season fund-raiser this afternoon, Saturday, September 27, from 4:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to join them for hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, watermelon and soft drinks! All this for $8 for adults and $4 for kids. The

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YUCCA VALLEY YOUTH COMMISSION

The Yucca Valley Youth Commission has extended their recruitment dates. Reporter Caitlin Logan tells teens how to apply…

The Town of Yucca Valley has a Youth Commission that provides communication between Yucca Valley’s elected officials and Yucca Valley Youth. Yucca students in grades 7 through 12 are eligible to serve.

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FUNDRAISER FOR MORONGO VALLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT

A breakfast and rummage sale in Morongo Valley’s Covington Park will benefit the Morongo Valley Fire Department. The Fire Fighters Auxiliary is hosting breakfast, set for 8 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 4; tickets are $7 for adults, $3.50 for children. The breakfast will feature homemade pancakes, eggs, sausage

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PAINTING AND DRAWING COURSES OFFERED

The desert is an inexhaustible source of inspiration. Reporter Cara Conway says there’s a course that will help you realize your artistic yearnings…

Bring out your inner artist! The Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park is introducing residents to oil, watercolor, and clayboard painting and drawing! Learn to re-create

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JOSHUA TREE VFW BREAKFAST SUNDAY, TACOS WEDNESDAY

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will offer a Sunday pancake breakfast with breakfast burritos, omelets, and more from 8 to 11. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1. The VFW post is located at 6402 Veterans Way in downtown JT.

MAJOR HIGHWAY PROJECT COMING TO STATE ROUTE 247

Motorists who drive on State Route 247, also known as Old Woman Springs Road, should prepare to be inconvenienced for the next seven months or so. CalTrans is planning an $8 million dollar project on eight miles of the highway, from El Cortez Road to Handley Road that will start

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AS ELECTIONS APPROACH, CAMPAIGN SIGN ISSUES

At least one candidate for a local office has complained about disappearing campaign signs. What can be done about it? Reporter Dan Stork says, not much … State law has a fair bit to say about the responsibilities of parties who put out campaign signs in the run-up to balloting.

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THEATRE 29 ANNOUNCES THE PRODUCTION FOR THEIR 2015 SEASON

Theatre 29 announced its 2015 season at a special gala event hosted by the three Morongo Basin Chambers of Commerce last week. Managing editor Tami Roleff gives a run-down on the upcoming shows… Beginning the year is the comedy “An Ideal Husband” by Oscar Wilde and directed by Butch Pelfry.

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THEATRE 29 SELLING MEMORIAL BRICKS FOR “SERENITY GARDEN”

Theatre 29 has big plans for their new Serenity Patio being constructed to the east of the theater building. This area will include a giant sculpture, reminiscent of the iconic Comedy and Drama masks, a beautiful garden, and seating area. Theatre-goers will be able to enjoy the peaceful seating area

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DESERT RUN FUNDRAISER BENEFITS MORONGO BASIN SEARCH AND RESCUE

The annual Desert Run is a fund-raiser for the Morongo Basin Search and Rescue Team. Assignment reporter Cassie Zimarik says get your 4-wheel drive vehicle for some big fun for a good cause… It’s that time of year again! The Morongo Basin Search and Rescue will be holding their Desert

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ORCHID FESTIVAL OCTOBER 4TH AND 5TH SPOTLIGHTS LOCAL NON-PROFITS

In addition to the orchids, food, entertainment, wine and cheese tasting, bounce house, pottery, and art and jewelry vendors at the Orchid Festival, the festival is a showcase for participating non-profit organizations. Reporter Dan Stork tells which nonprofits are participating this year, and how you can help your favorite charities

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“SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE” GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP MEETS TOMORROW

A “Survivors of Suicide” Grief Support Group meets every Saturday at 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. at the Hospice of Morongo Basin Office located at 61675 29 Palms Highway, Joshua Tree. Nancy Goudie, a psychiatric nurse, has offered to conduct this group at no cost to the members of our community.

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JOSHUA TREE VFW DINNER TONIGHT, BREAKFAST SUNDAY, TACOS WEDNESDAY

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will offer a spaghetti dinner tonight, from 4 to 6, complete with salad and garlic bread, for only $6. Sunday breakfast this week is a pancake breakfast with breakfast burritos, omelets, and more from 8 to 11. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL CANDIDATES FORUM TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

An opportunity to be an informed voter is coming up next week. Managing editor Tami Roleff says a Yucca Valley Town Council Candidates forum is set for this coming Tuesday… With nine people running for Yucca Valley Town Council there are a lot of candidates to get to know before

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STAR TWIRLER SQUARE DANCING TONIGHT IN YUCCA VALLEY

The Star Twirlers Square Dance Club is hosting a plus-level square dance at the Yucca Valley Elks Lodge tonight. The lodge is located at 55946 Yucca Trail in Yucca Valley. Rob Grigsby will be calling squares from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Lines will be cued from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m.

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