Thanksgiving in the National Park – we’ve done it ourselves.  Ranger Pam Tripp says, lots of people do the same…


The Thanksgiving Holiday is upon us, and, the staff at Joshua Tree National Park is expecting a very busy weekend. Campgrounds will fill with campers, climbers, and hikers, and day use visitors will enjoy the mild temperatures during this holiday weekend.  Ranger led programs will be offered to visitors with schedules  available at, and in the visitor centers.  Reservations for the Keys Ranch Tour can be made at the Oasis of Mara or Joshua Tree Visitor Centers or by calling 367-5522.  Expect daytime temperatures to run into the low to mid 70’s, but nighttime temps are dropping down into the upper 30’s, so don’t forget to come prepared.  Layer your clothing, carry at least a gallon and a half of water per person per day, and wear a good hat and sunscreen.  On behalf of the Staff of Joshua Tree National Park, from our park families to yours, have and safe and Happy Thanksgiving.


The busiest time of year  for the staff at Food for Life is ahead as the they plan for the Thanksgiving and Christmas meals.  The Thanksgiving meal, the Betty Garrett Memorial Meal, at Little Church of the Desert, is set for 1 to 4 pm.  It features turkey, stuffing, and all the fixings.  Volunteer help is needed to make both meals a success — Volunteers are the heart of the holiday offerings.   Volunteers are needed to cook, set up the hall, serve from 1-4 on Thanksgiving and 3-5 on Christmas, and clean up.   Volunteers will need to wear black pants and white shirts.  Please call Teresa Brown to schedule a time to work at 1-562-324-9099.


ArtFx & Furnishings in Old Town Yucca Valley will be hosting the second annual Hi Desert Holiday Art Auction on December 14, 2013  from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm as a benefit for Reach Out Morongo Basin and its programs for senior and disabled neighbors. Organizers are seeking donations of artwork for this event from local artists.

“Last years event was such a huge success with artwork donated by over 50 artists” said Robin Schlosser executive director for Reach Out. “With the generosity of these artists we were able to raise $3500 for our programs for seniors and the disabled.”

Schlosser continued: “This year’s event will be expanded to also accepting donations of non-perishable food items and holiday gifts for our low income elderly neighbors”.

Donations of artwork are requested by December 1, 2013 and can be delivered to ArtFx & Furnishings 55836 29 Palms Hwy, Yucca Valley, Ca (4 doors west of Pioneer Town Rd.) or to Reach Out at 6539 Adobe Rd. Twentynine Palms, CA. or you can call

Carlos Reyes at 619-990-5683 or Reach Out at 760-361-1410 to arrange for donations pick up or for more information.


Dennis Draeger, San Bernardino County Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk, reported a significant increase in marriage activity on Tuesday November 12,  primarily due to the sequential date of 11-12-13.  County Clerk staff performed 50 civil marriage ceremonies on that day, which is a 194% increase over the typical daily average of 17 ceremonies performed.  Another recent repetitive date that generated an increase in civil marriage ceremonies was 12-12-12, on which 81 ceremonies were performed, a 376% increase. Draeger said there is no anecdotal evidence to explain this phenomena, but men probably pick these calendrical rarities because they are easy anniversary dates to remember.  Another traditionally busy day for the County Clerk is Valentine’s day.  The next sequential date is 12-13-14.