There are local mental health services that focus on children.  Reporter Taylor Thacker describes Success First / Early WRAP…

The Success First/ Early WRAP is a time limited intensive services for children and youth at risk for losing their current placement. This service is for children and youth who do not qualify for the Wraparound service. Early WRAP is located at 58923 Business Center Dr Suite D and E in Yucca Valley. For more information call 760-365-7209.


Desert artists are invited to submit one piece of original art for the summer Art in Public Places exhibition at the Twentynine Palms Visitor Center. The theme is “Water in the Desert: Scarcity and Abundance.” Artwork must depict or be inspired by the theme of water in the desert, focusing on either its scarcity or abundance. Artwork should be dropped off Friday, June 27, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Artists who are unable to make the scheduled drop-off time should call the Chamber of Commerce at 760-367-3445 to make other arrangements. An opening reception with music and refreshments will be held Friday, July 11, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.


Desert Hills Presbyterian Church in Yucca Valley will feature a dinner and family game night Wednesday, June 18, at 6:00 p.m. RSVP to the church office at 760-365-6331.  The church’s men’s group will meet for breakfast at Carrow’s at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, June 21.

The artist of the month at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church Artist is Suzanne Burton, a member of the Chaparral Artists Guild. Her work will be on display in the church’s meeting room 1 until July 3. Burton works in water color and acrylic, focusing mainly on landscapes and floral compositions. She has worked as a fashion illustrator, a general commercial artist, a production assistant for a local magazine, among other things related to commercial art.

The church is located at 56750 Mountain View Trail.


“A Doll’s House” opens next weekend at Theatre 29.  Managing Editor Tami Roleff describes the opening gala for the production…

Opening night for Theatre 29’s next production, “A Doll’s House,” is Friday, June 20. The opening night gala will be sponsored by Reach Out Morongo Basin. The doors open at 6 p.m. with hors d’ouevres and a silent auction. The curtain goes up at 7 p.m., and desserts will be served during intermission. “A Doll’s House” is a classic drama, written by Henrik Ibsen, under the direction of award-winning director Kurt Schauppner, and is the story of a woman who realizes her life isn’t as perfect as she thinks it is. Tickets to the opening night gala are $20, and are available at Reach Out offices in Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms, The Desert Trail in Twentynine Palms, the Joshua Tree Chamber of Commerce, the Z107.7 studio in Joshua Tree, and ArtFX and Furnishings in Yucca Valley. Tickets for the rest of the play’s performances, which runs through July 19, are available at the Theatre 29 Box Office; call 760-361-4151.


A Yucca Valley man was arrested early Thursday morning, accusing of assaulting his wife. According to a Sheriff’s report, John Drake, 25, of the 7400 block of Bannock Trail, threw his wife to the ground and then stuck his fingers down her throat. After an investigation, John Drake was arrested on suspicion of felony spouse abuse, booked at the West Valley Detention Center with his bail set at $50,000.


The Joshua Tree Art Gallery will hold its opening reception tonight, Saturday, June 14, during the Saturday night Art Crawl from 6 to 8 p.m. More than 72 artworks were entered for the open show, Abracadabra, that shows the magic of art. Magician Dean Apple will perform during the show opening. Voting for People’s Choice will go on all day, from 10 to 8; cash prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third places. JTAG is located on the south side of the highway in downtown Joshua Tree.

Gallery 62 will hold its opening reception for its new show from 5 to 8 p.m. during Joshua Tree’s Saturday night art crawl, June 14. More than 20 artists submitted work for the members-only group show. Gallery 62 is the gallery for the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council. The gallery is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11 to 5. Gallery 62 is located in the east end of Joshua Tree on the south side of the highway, next to Art Queen.


The 6th annual Joshua Tree Gay Pride Festival is taking place today, June 14th, behind Coyote Corner at Highway 62 and Park Boulevard.  It runs from 11 am to 11 pm.  The cost is fee, with a suggested donation of $5.  It’s a hometown community festival with local eateries, stage with live entertainment, DJ, musicians, artists, vendors, games for the kids, beverage garden for the adults and more. The theme of the festival this year is ‘It’s Getting Better!,’ a take on the national campaign ‘It Gets Better Project’ that helps LGBT youth against bullying.