A Roadside Attraction Art Gallery in Twentynine Palms will be open during the this weekend for the Annual Art Tours, Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The gallery will feature artworks from many local artists in the Morongo Basin, both those who are participating in the Highway 62 Art Tours, and those who are not. Light refreshments will be available. The art gallery is located at 69197 29 Palms Hwy., just west of Lear Avenue.

The Hi-Desert’s best visual and performing artists will be a part of the 12th Annual Hwy 62 Art Tours, The art tour is a self-guided tour of more than 200 galleries, shops, homes, and private studios. This final weekend, October 26 and 27, features Joshua Tree, Twentynine Palms, and Wonder Valley. In addition, there’ll be poetry readings, live music, theater, and special arts events throughout the Basin. A collective exhibit of artists participating in the art tour is at the 29 Palms Art Gallery through the 28th. The annual closing party will be Sunday, October 27, at Furst World Studio. For more information about the 2013 art tour, visit

In conjunction with Hwy 62 Art Tours, Harrison House will present an exhibition featuring the sculptural and assemblage pieces of artists-in-residence Keith North and Mark Bulwinkle. Artwork will be displayed inside as well as around the grounds of Harrison House. Viewing hours are 9 to 5 Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27.Harrison House is at 6881 Mount Lassen Avenue, Joshua Tree. For more information, 760-366-4712.


In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the Great Clips salon in Yucca Valley is offering free haircuts all day Saturday, October 26, to cancer survivors. Survivors of any type of cancer are eligible for a free haircut. Great Clips is located in the Dollar Tree center in Yucca Valley. Call 760-365-8444 for more information.


The community is invited to the Children’s Fall Festival tomorrow October 27 from 2 to 3 pm at the United Methodist Church in Yucca valley.  There is no cost to attend but children are encouraged to bring a canned food donation for the church’s community food pantry.  There will be lots of fun including games, prizes, candy, and a costume contest with everyone in costume winning.  All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult to attend.  The church is located at 57273 Onaga trail in Yucca Valley.  For more information call the church at 760-365-3671.


Managing editor Tami Roleff tells you how to get tickets’ to “Nightmare,” this year’s scary offering for Theatre 29’s Halloween Haunt…

This year’s Halloween Haunt at Theatre 29 will be the tenth, and final haunt. The theme this year is “Nightmares,” and Director Frances Wright and Producer Eric Ross are working with more than 30 cast and crew members to bring the demented dreams of a young girl to life. Will you find what scares you most in your dreams in her nightmares? The haunt runs October 26, and 30 and 31. Friday and Saturday nights, and Halloween, performances run 7 to 10 p.m. Show time for Wednesday, October 30, is 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets for the self-guided tour will be sold at the door: $7 each; groups of 4 or more are $5 each. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $5 at Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Center, at the Z107.7 studios on Hallee Road, across from the Joshua Tree Post Office; and at the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce office in the California Welcome Center on the highway.


Make money for the holidays and help our communities’ homeless pets too by reserving a space at a garage sale to benefit the basin’s no-kill shelter in Joshua Tree. The garage sale takes place Saturday and Sunday, October 26 and 27, in the Elks Lodge parking lot on Yucca Trail in Old Town, Yucca Valley. Spaces are only $25 for one day or $40 for both.  This is a perfect opportunity to sell your treasures during the popular Harvest Fest of Old Town. The Humane Society will also accept donations to sell at their table. For more information or to sign up, call Lesley at 760-902-3704.


A family excursion to Los Rios Rancho Pumpkin Patch is being planned Sunday, October 27, to pick pumpkins and wander through the corn maze, along with other fall activities. The trip is sponsored by Desert Hills Presbyterian Church. Participants will leave the church about 11:30 a.m. Bring a sack lunch, or lunch is available for purchase at the site. The church is located at 56750 Mountain View Trail in Yucca Valley.


The first weekend in November is Weed Show time.  Reporter Taylor Thacker tells what’s in store this year…

The Weed Show is one of Twentynine Palms’ oldest and most unique artistic traditions, drawing participants from across the Morongo Basin and attendees from around the world. This year, the Twentynine Palms Historical Society will host its annual Weed Show at the Old Schoolhouse Museum located at 6760 National Park Dr in Twentynine Palms. This event will be open to the public on Saturday, Nov. 2, from noon to 4 pm and Sunday, Nov. 3, from 10 am to 4 pm.  This display, now in its 7th decade, features artistic arrangements of desert plants and flowers both natural and man-made. Awards will be granted to the best in 12 categories, with a People’s Choice award to be decided by visitors to the exhibition. Entries must be brought to the museum on Friday, November 1st between 4:00 and 6:30 pm. The theme of this year’s show is “29 Palms Gold.” For more information and for rules on submitting a masterpiece, go online to


In high school sports today, the undefeated Yucca Valley High School football team travels away to Big Bear to play the Big Bear Bears, who are undefeated in league play also.   Kick off is at 7 p.m.