You can support the good works of Reach Out Morongo Basin and enjoy yourself in the process.  Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells what’s in store at the ReachOut Holiday Art auction next weekend…

Mark your calendars for December 14, for the Second Annual Desert Holiday Art Auction. It’s a way to collect art and benefit Reach Out Morongo Basin at the same time. Last year’s auction raised $3500 for the charity’s programs for seniors and disabled neighbors. This year’s auction will have a variety of art items, including jewelry, cards, photographs, paintings, sculptures, and ceramics. And this year, non-perishable food items and holiday gifts will be accepted for low-income and elderly residents. The art auction will include holiday treats, refreshments, and live music. The event will be held Saturday, December 14, from 3 to 7 p.m., at ArTfx and Furnishings in Old Town Yucca Valley, 55836 29 Palms Highway. For more information, call Carlos at 619-990-5683.


Light up a life Saturday, December 14, at the Annual Hospice Tree dedication ceremony at Copper Mountain College. Individuals or organizations may make a $10 donation for a light on the Hospice Holiday tree in memory of, or in honor of a loved one. Hospice will an acknowledgement card to the honoree’s family, or donors may take a blank card and send it themselves. The tree lighting ceremony begins at 3 p.m. with music, refreshments, and visiting in the community room of the college’s Bell Center in Joshua Tree. For more information call 760-366-1308.


Membership in the National Honor Society gives high-GPA students opportunities for community service.  ROP Broadcasting student Brianna Jillson tells what the group is, and what it does…

Twentynine Palms High School has a group called National Honor Society. I asked National Honor Society adviser Mrs. Wilson a couple of questions about National Honor Society. What is National Honor Society?   “The National Honor Society is a 93-year-old service organization created by principals and teachers, designed for students with a 3.5 GPA to help in their community.”

How do you get into National Honor Society?   “You get into the National Honor Society by maintaining a 3.5-weighted GPA. You must be in 11th or 12th grade here at Twentynine Palms High School. We don’t have a junior National Honor Society.”

What does National Honor Society do?  “National Honor Society helps in the community where it can. Currently we do Breaking Bread. We have done Hooked on Books, which is my favorite. We make sure the students have books for the summer. We love International Festival, we get involved and at school we do the computer (unintelligible). And we do Relay for Life which is one of our favorites. The students must have service hours by the end of the year and maintain a 3.5 GPA. And that’s what we do in Twentynine Palms for the National Honor Society.”


Holiday crafts will be on tap at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum in Yucca Valley this Wednesday. Reporter Taylor Thacker gets out her hot glue gun…

Take some time out of your busy holiday schedule for some holiday-themed craft fun at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum. The Hi-Desert Nature Museum is offering an Adult Craft Program on Wednesday, December 11, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. for $5 per participant. During this time you can sit and relax with friends as you drink calming tea and make crafts. If your kids are jealous that you’re having fun making crafts, there’s also a Kids Craft Program that will take place on Saturday, December 14, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. for $2 per child. All materials are provided, but space is limited so pre-registration is required. For more information call 760-369-7212.


The California Retired Teachers Association will meet Friday, December 13, at 10:00 a.m. at the Helen Gray Center on White Feather Road.  Entertainment will be provided by the Condor Elementary School Choir.  Members wishing to reserve lunch should call Sherry Craft, at 760-881-5275, no later than Monday, December 9.


Coming up in high school sports, the Twentynine Palms high school girls’ basketball team will be playing in the Rancho Verde Tournament from Monday through Thursday, December 12.