Greenleaf Scholarship Finalists Crystalfaith Rickman and Karina Vanegas, Scholarship winner Timothy Hesse, and Finalists Jacynda Gutierrez and Katelyn Sage.

Greenleaf Scholarship Finalists Crystalfaith Rickman and Karina Vanegas, Scholarship winner Timothy Hesse, and Finalists Jacynda Gutierrez and Katelyn Sage.

Recently four students were recognized by Copper Mountain College Foundation as finalists for the Greenleaf Scholarship.  Jacynda Gutierrez, from 29 Palms High School wants to pursue her doctorate in Psychiatry while Crystalfaith Rickman, also from 29 Palms High School aspires to work in genetics.  Katelyn Sage, a Yucca Valley High School senior hopes to become an anesthesiologist.  While Karina Vanegas, an ICE West success story, plans on a career as a neonatal nurse.  All four women received $500 scholarships as finalists for this prestigious scholarship.  Foundation Executive Director Sandy Smith noted, “The field this year was extremely competitive with 23 applicants for the full-ride Greenleaf Scholarship.  The students go through a rigorous application process, both written and personal interviews and all of the applicants deserve this opportunity.  It is difficult to narrow it to one student each year.”

The Foundation presented Timothy Hesse from Yucca Valley High School the 2014 Greenleaf Scholarship.  The scholarship will pay tuition, books and fees plus living expenses while Timothy is a student at Copper Mountain College in addition to paying those same expenses while he completes a baccalaureate degree at a four year institute.   Endowed by local banker F. Roy Greenleaf Jr., the scholarship is awarded each year to a promising student who is interested in learning, success oriented, has performed successfully in school and shows a desire to return to the Morongo Basin upon completion of his education.


The public is invited for an evening with the cosmos on Saturday, April 26 – starting at approximately 7:30 pm and ending around 1:00 am – at Sky’s The Limit Observatory and Nature Center, just north of the entrance to the Joshua Tree National Park at 9697 Utah Trail in Twentynine Palms.   The constellation of Leo the Lion dominates the sky, surrounded by harder-to-see constellations of Hydra, Sextans, Cancer, and Lynx.  Mars and Jupiter are both shining brighter than any star at almost opposite ends of the sky. Viewing Mars and Jupiter in same night should be a treat for any planetary enthusiast. Subtle surface and cloud-top detail will be visible on both planets.  Guests are encouraged to bring binoculars and telescopes to this free event. Pads are provided for telescope setup, and STL volunteers will make every effort to assist you as needed in setting up and using your equipment. Everyone should bring snacks, water bottles, chairs, and a small flashlight (red lens, no white lights please) and dress for unpredictable desert weather. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. No pets and no smoking allowed on the STL campus, and visitors must carry out all trash.  For more information call 760-367-7222, visit the STL web site at .


Help keep electronic items out of landfills by bringing them to a free e-waste recycling event Sunday. Area residents and businesses are welcome to bring their televisions, computers and components, cameras, cell phones, DVDs, and VCRs to the drop-off point, the parking lot north of the Joshua Tree Chamber of Commerce, 6448 Hallee Road, from 9 to 1. Household or car batteries and appliances will not be accepted. The Joshua Tree Chamber of Commerce, Joshua Basin Water District, and Bighorn Desert View Water Agency are sponsoring the event.


NUNSET BOULEVARD, the latest in the “Nunsense” franchise of musical comedies, began its run at Theatre 29 last night. Productions continue weekends (Friday and Saturday evenings) at 7 p.m. beginning April 25th through May 24th, with two Sunday Matinees May 4 and 18 at 2:30 p.m.

NUNSET BOULEVARD follows the latest exploits of The Little Sisters of Hoboken, who have been invited to perform at the Hollywood Bowl. They are thrilled at the prospect until they arrive and realize that they are actually booked into the Hollywood Bowl-A-Rama, a bowling alley with a cabaret lounge, and not the famed ‘Bowl’ they were imagining.  The intrepid band of dancing and singing nuns are played by Marty Neider, Gloria Garner, Char Childs, Pamela Crane, Mandi Pushkar, Katie VanSumeren, Amanda Winters and Jasmine Shaffer.   Tickets are anticipated to sell quickly, reserve your seats now! $12 General admission, $10 Seniors and Military, $8.00 for children under 12 and students with ID. Theatre 29 is located at 73637 Sullivan Rd, just a quarter block west of Adobe Rd. at Sullivan.  Tickets can be purchased now online at, through the box office at 760-361-4151,.  Tickets are also available Theatre 29’s Facebook page “Buy Tickets” window, by downloading the WALLETINI app from I-Tunes App store or Google Play or by scanning the QR code with your mobile device on production posters appearing at businesses across the Morongo Basin.


As soon as one production at Theatre 29 opens to the public, rehearsals start for the next.  Mike Lipsitz has the auditions call for “A Doll’s House”…

Actors of all ages are needed for the Theatre 29 production of “A Doll’s House,” Kurt Schauppner directs the show which runs from June 20 to July 19. Auditions for “A Doll’s House” are set for Sunday, April 27, at the Theatre 29 beginning at 4 p.m. Schauppner looks to cast four or five adult women in a range of ages, three to four adult men, and three youngsters to be cast as children ages four to seven. “A Doll’s House,” tells the story of a seemingly happy housewife and mother who comes to realize her life is not as ideal as she thought and that she is not where she needs to be. Rehearsals will begin immediately following the open try-outs. For more information about auditions or about the production, call Schauppner at 760-362-4577. For Z107.7 News, this is assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz.


Harrison House Music and Arts in Joshua Tree will present a concert of original music featuring acoustic instruments and percussion this weekend. Maxime de la Rochefoucauld is the Samuel H. Scripps artist-in-residence at Harrison House for two weeks, and during his residency, he will create an original composition using an analog, robotic music system he invented that uses inaudible frequencies to control physical phenomenon. The music will be accompanied by an art installation of puppet-like mechanical figures that are also controlled by the robotic system. The concerts will be presented at Harrison House Saturday, April 26, from 5 to 10, and Sunday, from noon to 5. Admission is $5 and tickets are available in advance at Joshua Tree Health Foods. Harrison House is located at 6881 Mount Lassen Avenue in Joshua Tree.


The Morongo Basin Humane Society is sponsoring rattlesnake aversion training on May 10, 2014. The training will be done by experienced dog trainers from Natural Solutions Wildlife Enterprises. Each dog is trained individually to avoid rattlesnakes that are native to our desert region. The training cost is $75 per dog and the JT no-kill animal shelter in Joshua Tree will receive a portion of the fee. For more information or to sign up, call Mimi at 760-366-9306.