Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center will be hosting a stargazing Discovery Night Saturday, January 25. Two comets will be visible to those who are able to stay awake until 4 a.m. A full agenda for the evening is posted on the observatory’s website, skysthelimit29.org. The public is welcome at this free event. Pads will be provided for those who want to bring their own telescopes. The observatory is located at 9697 Utah Trail, just north of the entrance to Joshua Tree National Park, in Twentynine Palms. For more information, call 760-367-7222.
A group of local volunteers stands ready to help the community in the face of the unforeseen. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells how you can get on the team…
If an earthquake, flash flood, fire, or other disaster was to hit the High Desert, would you know how to help your family, friends, and neighbors? The Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, trains volunteers what to do before, during, and after a disaster. The San Bernardino County Fire Department will hold two CERT training sessions for Morongo Basin residents. The first class will be held Thursday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Yucca Valley Senior Center, beginning February 6. The second class will be held on Saturdays, from 8 to 5, beginning March 1, at Machris Park in Yucca Valley. For more information, or to register for either class, call Battalion Chief Mike Snow at 760-365-3335.
Reporting for Z107.7, this is managing editor Tami Roleff.
Two people were arrested early Thursday morning, accused of child cruelty. According to a Sheriff’s report, Jeffrey Speakman, 35, and Jessica Jones, 30, were arguing in the 6300 block of Hermosa Avenue in Yucca Valley about 4 a.m. Thursday morning. Jones was holding their young child when the argument turned physical. After an investigation, it was determined that both Speakman and Jones were under the influence of methamphetamine, and that meth was near where the child could get at it. Jeffrey Speakman and Jessica Jones were arrested on suspicion of felony cruelty to a child, booked at the West Valley Detention Center, with their bail set at $100,000 each.
High school seniors who attend a California Cash for College workshop in January or February will not only get help completing their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and other forms, but can qualify for a $1000 scholarship. There will be a “Cash for College” workshop in Room 110 at Twentynine Palms High School, January 29, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Students must complete an exit survey and submit the FAFSA that evening. Brian Heinemann from CMC will be in attendance to help with this process, For more information, visit the counseling office or check out the counseling page on the school’s website.
The talents of our local Morongo Basin Art students will be highlighted at the 29 Palms Art Gallery. Reporter Sara Snyder says students should bring in their art Sunday and Monday ……
The 29 Palms Art Gallery will hold its annual Student Show in February. The judged show features art from junior high and high school students from across the Morongo Basin. Cash awards will be given in four categories: painting, drawing, photography and other. Students and art teachers should bring artwork to the 29 Palms Art Gallery on Sunday, January 26, between noon and 3 p.m. or Monday, January 27, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The 29 Palms Artists’ Guild will present a $500 Ada Bigler Scholarship award to the most promising Senior artist and the CMC Foundation will present a $250 scholarship award to a senior who will attend CMC. A reception and awards ceremony will be held at the 29 Palms Art Gallery, 74055 Cottonwood Drive, Sunday February 2nd, from noon until 3 p.m.
The United Methodist Church of Twentynine Palms will hold a parking lot sale Saturday, February 1, from 9 to noon at the church. One parking space is $10 suggested donation. Lots of children’s toys and household goods will be available for sale. The church is at 6250 Mesquite Springs Road in Twentynine Palms.
The Joshua Tree Rotary Club is holding its 27th annual Super Bowl Party at Copper Mountain College. Watch the Super Bowl Sunday, February 2, at Bruce’s Coyote Kitchen on the college campus with an all-you-can-eat super buffet. The doors open at 2 p.m.; kick-off is 3:25. Tickets are $25 each and are available from Joshua Tree Rotarians.
The Honor Society Phi Theta Kappa: Beta Rho Pi, and the Associated Students of Copper Mountain College are announcing a “save the date” for their Ides of March celebration at the college, on Saturday, March 15. This Roman banquet will transport participants back to ancient Rome with food, drinks, theater, raffles, costume contest, a photo booth, and more. All profits from the event will benefit the college’s new Christine Proudfoot Student Activity Center.
The Boys and Girls club of the Hi-Desert will honor and recognize achievements at its annual awards and board installation dinner. Awards will be presented to the Youth of the Year, Junior Youth of the Year, the Roy Greenleaf Award, Volunteer of the Year and Angel Awards, and Sports and Program Awards. Special guest speakers include Cub and Steve Swanson, MMA Fighters, and former Club kids. The event will be held Wednesday, January 29 at 6 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club, 56525 Little League Drive in Yucca Valley, Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children.
“The Importance of Being Earnest”, by Oscar Wilde, the first of seven main stage productions offered for 2014 AT Theatre 29, continues its run through February 8. Called “a trivial comedy for serious people,” “The Importance of Being Earnest” is a tale of lost and found love and objects.” “The Importance of Being Earnest” will run weekends with 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday night performances and a Sunday matinee February 2 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for General Admission, $10 for seniors and military, and $8 for students with ID and children under 12. The play is suitable for all age groups. Tickets can be reserved at www.theatre29.org or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.
The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will offer a Sunday morning breakfast of all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, plus bacon, sausage, burritos, and quesadillas, from 8 to 11. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.