RELAY FOR LIFE THIS WEEKEND

The annual “Relay for Life” event, benefiting the American Cancer Society, is set today. Edica Gonzalez has more on the 12-hour fundraiser…
Hundreds of local residents will join the fight against cancer in the Morongo Basin’s Relay for Life event, a 12-hour walkathon to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The event kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Yucca Valley High School track with a survivors’ lap, followed by a caregivers’ lap. One of the highlights of the relay will be the luminaria ceremony, featuring the Marine Sandpiper, at 8 p.m. Participants have been raising money for their respective teams through various fundraisers and pledges, and will continue to do so during the event by selling items and food, setting up games, and walking laps for their pledges. For more information about Relay for Life, see a link in this story at z1077fm.com.
www.Relayforlife.org/morongobasinca
Facebook: Morongo Basin Relay for Life
Reporting for Z107.7, this is Edica Gonzalez.

FOOD DRIVE TODAY AT ALL STATER BROTHERS GROCERY STORES

The Rotary Clubs of the Morongo Basin are once again partnering for a Basin-wide food drive. Rotarians will be at all three Stater Brothers in Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms Saturday, April 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All monetary or non-perishable food donations are welcome. Donations will go to local food banks in the Morongo Basin. For more information, call Mary Helen Tuttle at 760-86-7315.

OPENING RECEPTION SUNDAY AT 29 PALMS ART GALLERY

An opening reception will be held Sunday, April 2, for a new show at the 29 Palms Art Gallery featuring paintings by Teal Buehler and artworks in clay. Artist guild members will also have works included in the show. The reception is set for 12 to 3 p.m. The show runs Thursdays through Sundays, from noon to 3 p.m., through April 23. The art gallery is located at 74055 Cottonwood Drive in Twentynine Palms.

JOSHUA TREE LIBRARY HOLDS SEE’S EASTER FUNDRAISER

There’s still time to get your Easter candy to support the Joshua Tree Library. Kirby Davis tells how you can get your goodies and support the Friends of the Library…
Now through April 15, the Friends of the Joshua Tree Library have See’s Easter Candy available for purchase at the library in Joshua Tree. Choices include one pound boxed assortments and Easter specialties. In addition, Friends of the Library will sell See’s candy at Von’s in Yucca Valley Saturday, April 1, from 9 to 5 both days. For more information call the Joshua Tree Branch Library at 760-366-8615.

PASSOVER SEDER IN DESERT HOT SPRINGS

Passover is just around the corner. Here with an invitation to this year’s community Seder is reporter David Haldane…Jewish residents of the Morongo Basin and Desert Hot Springs – including military personnel – are invited to a community Passover Seder on Thursday, April 13th. Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of the Desert, the festival service and meal will take place beginning 5 p.m. at Mission Lakes Country Club in Desert Hot Springs. No walk-ins will be permitted, so reservations are a must; contact Brandy Mahan at the Federation either by phone at 760-324-4737 or via email at brandy.mahan@ifedpos.org. For Z1077, this is David Haldane.

LOW-COST VACCINE CLINICS FOR DOGS, CATS

The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics in April for dogs and cats, as well as low-cost spaying and neutering. No appointments are necessary for vaccines or microchips; appointments are required for spaying and neutering services. Microchips are only $15, and can help reunite you with your lost pet. Clinics will be held in Joshua Tree, west of the dinosaurs on Highway 62, on April 5, 6, 7, 12, 19, 26, and 27, in Desert Hot Springs’ Wardman Park on April 25. All clinics are held from 10 to 2 and are cash only. Visit animalactionleague.us for more information. To make an appointment for spay or neutering, call 760-366-1100.

OPENING RECEPTION SATURDAY AT GLASS OUTHOUSE

The Glass Outhouse Art Gallery will hold an opening reception for its new exhibition, “Unnatural History,” Saturday, April 1. Featured artists are painters Ann Chevrefils and Marjorie Franklin. The opening reception is set for 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Bill and Bob will provide live music. The Glass Outhouse is located on 29 Palms Highway, about five miles east of Twentynine Palms. Regular hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

GUNFIGHTERS FOR HIRE STARTS PIONEERTOWN PERFORMANCE SEASON SUNDAY

Gunfighters for Hire will be back on Mane Street in Pioneertown, starting this Sunday, April 2, at 2:30 p.m. The award-winning Gunfighters for Hire is a local western reenactment group watched by visitors from around the world and locals in Pioneertown here for years. The shows provide great entertainment for the entire family. Gunfighters for Hire perform free shows for the public in Pioneertown, April through October. Donations from the many visitors help provide needed donations to various non-profit organizations. With safety a priority, Gunfighters for Hire uses actual western-era firearms with lots of bang and smoke. The shows are held on Mane Street on Sundays, at 2:30 p.m. The gunfighters are non-paid members donating hundreds of hours each year to make western entertainment come to life. Birthday announcements, weddings and special events are also available. Gunfighters for Hire will be participating at the Grubstakes Days Parade, Saturday, May 27.

YUCCA VALLEY SENIOR CLUB COMEDY NIGHT SATURDAY

First Saturday events presented by the Yucca Valley Senior Club start this Saturday, April 1 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Yucca Valley Senior Center. Admission is free for age 55+, $5 for under 55. To start off April Fool’s Day, they are hosting comedy night with a surprise comedian. Seniors looking for something to do or a place to meet people are urged to check out all the first Saturday events planned at the Yucca Valley Senior Center.

JOSHUA TREENIAL ART EVENT

For many, Joshua Tree carries an image of being on the frontier of creative expression. The upcoming Joshua Treenial promises to push that image as far as we’ve seen yet, to a place called the “event horizon.” Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more …
The Joshua Treenial begins March 31 and continues through April 2. Joshua Treenial co-curators, KJ Baysa and Bernard Leibov, describe it as a weekend of site-responsive art installations, performances and community building that highlight all that Joshua Tree inspires and makes possible. Joshua Treenial will bring together dozens of artists from all corners of the earth to exhibit their work and express themselves under the theme “Event Horizon.” Dozens of works there will examine the spectrum between man’s headlong rush into oblivion, his optimism about what positive outcomes may lie just out of view. Leibov’s artist residency program, dubbed BoxoHOUSE, is hub for the weekend of activities with a number of performances and exhibits hosted at area partner venues. Complete information on the artists, venues, and other options is available by following the link in this story at Z1077FM.com (http://www.joshuatreenial.com/home-1.html). Navigate there to begin your exploration of contemporary art at the new frontier. Reporting for Z107.7 News, this is Mike Lipsitz.

WILDFLOWER WALK AT SKY’S THE LIMIT SUNDAY

A botanist will lead a wildflower walk Sunday mornings in April at Sky’s the Limit in Twentynine Palms. Darrell Shade will identify up to 115 different plants—including wildflowers, and blooming cactus shrubs—that grow on the observatory’s campus, just outside the north entrance to Joshua Tree National Park. The walks will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. April 2 and April 30. Sky’s the Limit is located at 9697 Utah Trail.

CRESCENT MOON AND JUPITER

Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center will hold a star party Saturday night, April 1. The event begins at 7:45 p.m. and will end about 11 p.m., but you are encouraged to come when you can and leave when you want. Late March is great time to view the night sky and the waxing crescent moon. Jupiter and its four moons will be as bright as it will be this year. Sky’s the Limit Observatory is located on Utah Trail, just north of the Twentynine Palms entrance to Joshua Tree National Park.