Rep. Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley) plans to host a “Heroes of the 8th” Veterans Recognition Ceremony to honor residents of his district who currently serve or have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. The ceremony is scheduled to take place on Friday, November 8.  Cook is seeking nominations for veteran honorees from the public. The purpose of the event is to honor past and present members of the military for their distinguished service, community involvement, or advocacy for veterans’ causes.  Nominations for honorees can be submitted via Cook’s official website at Submissions will be accepted until Friday, October 18. Any questions regarding the event can be emailed to Cook’s Deputy District Director Jeremy Smith at


A reminder to participating artists: The Hwy 62 Art Tours Collective Show Drop-Off is September 30 at the 29 Palms Art Gallery in Twentynine Palms. The Art Tour Collective Show, an annual event featuring participating artists in the Hwy 62 Art Tours open studios, will be on exhibit Wednesdays through Sundays from noon until 3:00, October 2 through Sunday, October 27. There will be an opening reception on Friday, October 4, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Twentynine Palms Art Gallery. Each participating Hwy 62 Art Tours artist is welcome to submit one work to the exhibit. Please choose a work that is representative of what you will be showing on the Art Tours. All works must be for sale; please have a replacement work on standby, should one of your pieces sell. Visit to review rules on hanging and exhibiting works at 29 Palms Art Gallery. Art Tours participating artists may pick up signs, artist kits, catalogs, and promotional materials at the opening reception event.  or more information on these and other events, visit


A unique opportunity to hear world-class musicians in Joshua Tree. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says make reservations soon for the Harrison House concert…

A gathering of highly accomplished Persian musicians will give two performances in Joshua Tree. Harrison House artists-in-residence Fared Shafinury, on vocals and setar, Saba Alizadeh on kamanche, and Dara Afraz on daf and tombak will perform classical Persian music with a modern touch. A special opening set of Sufi-inspired compositions will be played by Hooman Fazly. The first performance will be Saturday, October 5, at 7:30 p.m. with a follow-up performance Sunday, October 6, at 4. Tickets are $15 and are available at Joshua Tree Health Foods. Harrison House is located at 6881 Mount Lassen Avenue in Joshua Tree. For more information, call 760-366-4712.


The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine clinics in October 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: October 1, 2, 7, 9, 10, 21, 22, 29 and 30; and at Wild Mustang Feed in Morongo Valley, October 11. To make an appointment for spay or neutering, call 760-322-4560. Visit for updated schedules on clinics.


The Joshua Tree National Park is a destination for rock climbers from all over the world. As the seasons change, the Park is restarting a popular weekly climbers’ get-together. Park Ranger Pam Tripp invites the sports lovers to “climbers’ coffee”, starting in October…

Every winter, rock climbers converge on Joshua Tree National Park to experience the wonders of climbing the park’s granite spires.  From scrambling to technical climbing, the park is a wonderland of rock formations that offer challenge and enjoyment for all skill levels.   Beginning in October and running through May, every Friday and Saturday, the park hosts a weekly program called Climbers Coffee at the Hidden Valley campground area near Intersection Rock.   Climbers Coffee features Ranger Bernadette, an experienced climber, who will share climbing stories, answer questions and be available to discuss general and specific climbing as well as other park issues. Joshua tree has thousands of climbing routes and offers climbers an excellent opportunity to hone their skills and enjoy the sunshine during the winter months when other popular climbing areas are buried in snow. For information regarding the climbers’ coffee, contact Bernadette Regan at 760-367-5578.


Tuesday October 1 is the start date for open enrollment under the Affordable Healthcare Act.  Both the Federal government and the state of California have web sites with lots of step-by-step information to help individuals and businesses through the process.  Coverage can begin on January 1, just three months away.  The Federal web site is, and the state resources can be found at