SAVE THE DATE FOR JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ASSOCIATION ART FESTIVAL 

The Joshua Tree National Park Association’s Art Festival has been celebrating the inspiration of nature for 25 years. This year’s festival, set for April 7 through 9, will feature 30 local and regional artists who will show and sell their work and share their personal interpretation of Joshua Tree National Park and the desert southwest. Original works of painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, art glass, jewelry and gourd art will be featured. The free Art Festival runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day on the patio overlooking the Oasis of Mara at the Joshua Tree National Park’s Oasis Visitor Center in Twentynine Palms. For more information, visit www.joshuatree.org or call 760-367-5535.

ANOTHER IRS TAX SCAM

Now that the end of tax season is here, federal officials are warning about scammers posing as IRS agents. The IRS imposter scam tops the list of tax scams to be on the lookout for this year, according to law enforcement officials. Managing editor Tami Roleff gives tips on how you can avoid being a victim…
Area residents have reported receiving emails claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service. The official-looking email tells recipients that there is a problem with their electronic tax refund, and directs them to click on a link in the email to complete their refund. If you get an email like this, DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK and do not believe the claim that it’s a secure process. The scammers are trying to either steal your identity or hack your computer. The IRS or California Franchise Tax Board NEVER initiates its first contact with taxpayers over the phone, by fax, OR by e-mail, nor do they take payments over the phone. If you’ve received a scam email from the IRS, call the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484 or www.tigta.gov. Reporting for Z107.7, this is managing editor Tami Roleff.

ASSEMBLYMAN MAYES STAFF TO HOLD OFFICE HOURS IN YUCCA VALLEY MONDAY

District staff representatives for Assemblyman Chad Mayes will hold office hours at the Yucca Valley Community Center Monday, April 3. Staff representatives will be available from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Mesquite Room to answer questions and help residents with any issues they may have with state government. Mayes encourages residents who are not able to make the drive to his main district office in Rancho Mirage to attend the mobile office hours in Yucca Valley.

GOLF TOURNAMENT BENEFITS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The annual golf tournament to benefit the Yucca Valley High School Career Pathways scholarship program is April 7 at Hawks Landing Golf Club. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says there’s no greater time to T-off than when it supports local students …
The annual Yucca Valley High School Career Pathways Foundation Golf Tournament tees off on Friday, April 7 at Hawks Landing Golf Club. The tournament provides funds for the Yucca Valley High School Career Pathways Program. The program enables students to job shadow and participate in internships. Those who complete an internship will receive up to $1,000 in educational assistance. Over the last two decades, Career Pathways Foundation has awarded more than $120,000 in scholarships to deserving Yucca Valley High School students. The tournament is a four-person team scramble and gets underway at 8 a.m. Registration includes green fees, golf cart, awards presentation, continental breakfast, plus prizes, fun events and the satisfaction that when you T-off, you’re supporting local youth. Hawks Landing Golf Club has established a non-profit 501-(C)(3) status, your contribution may be tax-deductible. For more information contact Jeff Drozd at 760-365-3391. Reporting for Z107.7 News, this is Mike Lipsitz.

SIGN UP NOW FOR CLAY WORKSHOP AT 29 PALMS ART GALLERY

The 29 Palms Art Gallery will hold a hands-on workshop for adults on the art of clay. Led by local artist Ed Keesling, the five sessions will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 6, 13, 20, 27, and 28 at the art gallery. Participants will learn about clay, modeling techniques, building and using a kiln, and more. The cost is $56 for members; $70 for non-members. To register, go online at 29palmsartgallery.com. The gallery is located on Cottonwood Drive in Twentynine Palms.