ROAD CLOSURES PLANNED FOR “BACK ROAD TO VEGAS”

Travelers who plan to take “the back roads” to Las Vegas in March, take note: several roads will be closed to all traffic between noon and 10 p.m. between through March 18 while Union Pacific upgrades the railroad tracks. The Kelbaker Road crossing at Kelso will be closed March 4. Drivers should use I-15 or US Route 95 instead. The Cima Road crossing at Cima will be closed March 6, 7 and 8; use Kelbaker Road to drive between I-40 and I-15. And the Ivanpah Road crossing, nine miles south of Nipton Road, will be closed March 17 and 18.

CMC CASINO NITE

Whether you’re a player or a sponsor, everyone’s a winner at the Copper Mountain College Alumni Association’s upcoming Casino Nite. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says win or lose, it doesn’t matter when it’s all for fun and for a good cause…

Attention high rollers, card sharks, lucky beginners and everyone in between. Dust off your good luck charms and save the date, March 4th, for the Copper Mountain College Alumni Association’s Casino Nite. And for area businesses, clubs and service organizations sure thing sponsorships are available now at three levels — $250, $500, and $1,000. Sponsors can see their names on decks of cards, poker chips, casino cash and tickets. Bell Center doors will open at 6 p.m. gaming is from 6:30 to 9 p.m., and prizes and an auction come up at 9:15 p.m. Event tickets are $50 and include a cocktail and snacks, raffle ticket, and $500 in casino cash. Reporting for Z107.7 News, this is Mike Lipsitz.

FREE PROGRAMS IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK TONIGHT

Joshua Tree National Park will hold two ranger-led talks tonight. At the amphitheater in the Jumbo Rocks campground, learn about Keys Ranch and the people who made the desert their home. At the amphitheater in the Cottonwood campground, learn how plants, animals and people are able to survive in the desert where there is limited water. Both programs are 45 minutes long and begin at 7 p.m.

THEATER 29’S “DISNEY’S MARY POPPINS”

Tickets are still available for Theatre 29’s production of “Mary Poppins.” Managing editor Tami Roleff says don’t miss out on this latest show from Disney…

Mary Poppins is the story of the Banks family whose children, Jane and Michael, are out of control and need a new nanny. When a mysterious young woman named Mary Poppins appears at their doorstep, the family finds that she’s the answer to their prayers, but in the most peculiar way. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who says that “Anything can happen if you let it”. The curtain rises for “Mary Poppins” at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays through March 26. For tickets, visit www.theatre29.org or call the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151. Theatre 29 is located on Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms.

ART RECEPTION AND AWARDS CEREMONY SUNDAY AT 29 PALMS ART GALLERY

The 29 Palms Art Gallery will hold an opening reception and present awards Sunday, March 5, for its annual members-only judged art show. The judge, Terry Taylor-Castillo, owner of Taylor Junction Art Gallery in Joshua Tree, will select the winning artworks and present the cash awards and ribbons. The reception is set for 1 to 3 p.m. at the art gallery, on Cottonwood Drive in Twentynine Palms.

ST. JOSEPH’S PLAYERS’ “A FEW GOOD MEN” IS LARGEST SHOW YET

The St. Joseph’s Players mounts their largest production yet with the Aaron Sorkin courtroom drama, “A Few Good Men.” Edica Gonzalez says seats are still available…

“A Few Good Men” is the St. Joseph’s Players’ eighth show over the last four seasons. Smaller cast shows have been the norm in the cozy 80-seat venue. This show’s cast has more than a few good men and women, 17 actors total. The show will run all four Saturday nights in March at 7 p.m. and the last three Sundays in March at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $9 to $11; call 760-362-9319 to reserve your seat. St. Joseph’s Church is located at 56312 Church St. in Yucca Valley. For Z107.77 this is Edica Gonzalez.

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK CLIMBING AREA CLOSED

A pair of nesting red-tailed hawks has temporarily closed some climbing routes in Joshua Tree National Park. Park Superintendent David Smith announced that all public entry and activities in the area described as Morongo Man Cliffs—about one-half mile northwest of the Split Rock parking lot—are prohibited during the hawks’ nesting season. This area includes the climbing routes Morongo Man, Morongo Child, and From the Mouths of Dogs. The closure will remain in effect until the birds have fledged and the nest has been abandoned.

TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL IN CIF STATE DIVISION FINALS TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms High School boys’ basketball team will face the St. Paul Swordsman from Santa Fe Springs in a Southern Section CIF Division 3A final today. Twentynine Palms High School Principal Justin Monical said the game will be played at a neutral site, selected by CIF as Azusa State University, near Los Angles, at 4:00 p.m. St. Paul, a private school, has a season record of 24-5; Twentynine Palms is 26-3.