The deadline is this Monday to get tickets for the festive fund-raiser for Sky’s the Limit, “Stairway to the Stars.” Managing editor Tami Roleff tells you where to get them…

Tickets are now on sale for Stairway to the Stars, a festive fundraiser for Sky’s The Limit Observatory and Nature Center. Guests will enjoy live music, hors d’oeuvres, and telescopes focused on the full moon. The elegant evening event will be held Saturday, September 21 at Vista del Sol, the brand new Community Center of Lincoln Housing at 5900 Desert Knoll in Twentynine Palms. Tickets are $50 per person and are available at the Twentynine Palms Park and Recreation Office, 760-367-7562, the Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, 760-367-3445, the Basin Wide Foundation office in Yucca Valley, 760-365-7219 and from Sky’s The Limit committee members. Cut-off date for ticket sales is September 9. No tickets will be sold at the door.


Seniors and the disabled in Twentynine Palms can get help with yard work and minor home repairs, thanks to a joint project between Reach Out Morongo Basin and the Marines. Volunteers from 1st Tanks Battalion will be matched with eligible residents to work on homes and yards with chores the residents can’t perform the maintenance work themselves. To be eligible for this project the homes must be owned by requesting individual or have signed release from landlord/property owner and work must be able to be performed within the allotted time. To sign up or to get more information please contact Reach Out Executive Director Robin Schlosser at 760-361-1410.


The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine clinics in September for dogs and cats as well as low-cost spaying and neutering. No appointments are necessary for vaccines; appointments are required for spay and neutering services. Clinics will be held from 10 to 2 at the following locations and dates: in Joshua Tree, behind the dinosaurs on Highway 62: September 14, and 19; and at the C and J Feed Barn in Landers, September 13. To make an appointment for spay or neutering, call 760-322-4560.


“Sunny Day” is the theme of the Chaparral Artists’ Guild’s new show, featuring the art of Ray Lamb. An opening reception will be held Sunday, September 15, from 1 to 3 p.m. at A Roadside Attraction, 69197 29 Palms Highway, in Twentynine Palms. Light refreshments will be served.


A fun event is being planned to benefit a good cause. Reporter Taylor Thacker says the Land Baron’s Ball will help the Miracle league of the Desert…

Enjoy an Italian themed night of dining, dancing, and drinking under the stars as you support a good cause. The Land Baron’s Ball is taking place on September 14, starting at 6 p.m., located at the new Brehm Park on Little League Drive in Yucca Valley. This ball is supporting the Miracle League of the Desert, a baseball league fully dedicated to special needs for children and adults. Ticket prices are $100 per person, $150 per couple, and $560 for a table of eight. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 760-625-9504.


Theatre 29 and Director Rob Wanless will hold open try-outs for “A Christmas Carol”, the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s holiday transformation. Auditions will be this Monday, September 9, at 6:30 p.m. at Theatre 29, 73637 Sullivan Road, Twentynine Palms. The classic play is an adaptation of the Charles Dickens story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey from an embittered, ungenerous creature into a giving, caring human being at the hands of three spirits, who, one Christmas Eve, show him what life means. Wanless will be seeking a cast of more than 25 actors for this production. Come prepared to perform cold reads, in addition to performing pre-selected sides for your role. The pre-selected sides are available for review at, choose the “Auditions” tab and follow the links. Although this is not a musical, some chorus singing may be required. Please be prepared to sing your favorite Christmas Carol. Anyone seeking to assist as technical crew, set builders, or costume construction roles, please also attend auditions. For more information, contact the Director via email at “A Christmas Carol” will run five weekends from November 15 to December 16. For a preview of the script Click here


One of the lead actors goes down hard, but the show goes on at Theatre 29. Mike Lipsitz tells how the cast dealt with an on-stage accident in “Spamalot” …

“Monty Python’s SPAMALOT” has been tickling sellout crowds at Theatre 29. But the audience on Friday, August 30 got more than they bargained for when leading actor Charles Harvey, as King Arthur, exited the theater in an ambulance midway through act one. That following a fall on stage in which Harvey severed a tendon at his kneecap. Fellow actor Marv Schmelling stepping in as King Arthur; daughter Lizzie Schmelling stepped into Marv’s role as the Knight of Ni. Commenting on the change, patron Herb Orban of Yucca Valley said, “The cast adjusted with incredible ease and speed; it as absolutely remarkable.” Harvey underwent surgery at Eisenhower Medical Center Wednesday, September 4, and is expected to be off his feet for four to five weeks. Marv Schmelling remains as King Arthur through September 21st when the show closes. SPAMALOT is recommended for age 12 and over. Tickets are $8 to $12 available at and through the box office at 760-361-4151.


Flash floods can strike any time and any place with little or no warning. In mountainous or flat terrain, distant rain may be channeled into gullies and ravines, turning a wash into rampaging torrent in minutes. City streets can become rivers in seconds. Observe these flash flood safety rules. They could save your life. Keep alert for signs of heavy rain, both where you are and upstream. Watch for rising water levels. Know where high ground is and get there quickly if you see or hear rapidly rising water. Be especially cautious at night. It’s harder to recognize the danger then. Do not attempt to cross flowing water which may be more than knee deep. If you have doubts, don’t cross. Don’t try to drive through flooded areas. If your vehicle stalls, abandon it and seek higher ground immediately. During threatening weather listen to commercial radio for watch and warning bulletins. A flash flood watch means it is possible that rains will cause flash flooding in the specified area. Be alert and prepared for a flood emergency. A flash flood warning means flash flooding is occurring or is imminent in the specified area. Move to safe ground immediately. Remember, stay safe this summer and keep alert for flash flooding.


More than 20 businesses in Old Town Yucca Valley will be participating in First Saturday, tonight. First Saturday is a late-night shopping event in Yucca Valley. Merchants selling antiques, vintage and modern clothing, jewelry, collectibles, art, home décor and architectural salvage, indoor gardening supplies, and dining establishments will be open late, until 9 p.m., on the first Saturday of every month. For more information, check out 1st Saturday Old Town Yucca Valley on FaceBook.