REP. COOK VOTES FOR BIPARTISAN BUDGET AGREEMENT

Rep. Paul Cook this week voted for the Bipartisan Budget Act to keep the federal government running for another two years. In a press release, Cook
described the act, passed late Wednesday, as a “bipartisan, bicameral agreement that ensures America’s Armed Forces have the necessary resources to maintain military readiness.” In addition, he said, it provides “critical funding for veterans, disaster relief, infrastructure” and the fight against opioid abuse and drug addiction.” Cook, a Republican, is a member of the House Natural Resources, Armed Services and Foreign Affairs
Committees.

HELP SEND OUR KIDS TO WASHINGTON RADIOTHON TODAY

Join us live today for the “Send Our Kids to Washington” radiothon here on Z107.7. The radiothon is to raise money to send the Yucca Valley High School Select Choir on a once-in-a-lifetime Spring performance tour of Washington, D.C. Choir Director Bill Barrett says the students will perform for wounded service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and at several Washington monuments, plus attend choral clinics at George Mason and James Madison Universities. Listen in between noon and 5 p.m. today to anchor Gary Daigneault and guest DJs from the community as they solicit pledges to send the students to Washington, D.C. Call 760-366-8471 to make a pledge, or send checks to the following address:

Yucca Valley High School Music Boosters
7600 Sage Avenue
Yucca Valley, CA  92284

BOXOHOUSE ARTIST’S RECEPTION TONIGHT

BoxoHouse will hold an artist’s reception tonight for its newest art exhibition. Reporter Tanisha Cureton gives the details…

Using a wide range of media, Julie Weiman creates multiple abstract pieces titled Saturate. Weiman uses different tools such as plaster, ink, acrylic and many more. Her style, including layering and scraping, reveals her inspiration found in Saturate, specifically the Mojave Desert of Southern California. You can meet Weiman at an open reception Saturday, February 10 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. This art show will be on display until March 10. BoxoHouse is located at 62732 Sullivan Rd, Joshua Tree.

THEATRE 29 IMPROV TROUPE KICKS OFF NEW SEASON WITH VALENTINE-THEMED SHOW

After a wildly successful first season, Theatre 29’s Improv Troupe, The Baker’s Dozen starts its new season off with a new show and some new cast members. With your invitation here’s Rebecca Havely…
After two January workshops The Baker’s Dozen director Chris Fleischman is thrilled to announce their second season cast. Along with Fleischman the cast includes, Assistant Directors Graham Cooley and Katie Fleischman plus return cast members Cindy Daigneault, Lisa Goldberg, Charles Harvey, Cody Joseph, and Joseph Rego. New additions to the cast include Kevin Myers, Rebecca Havely, Marty Neider, Kurt Schauppner, and Lyle Williams. The Baker’s Dozen second season starts with a show entitled, “Dough You Loaf Me?” an ode to Valentine’s Day, on Saturday, February 10 at 7 p.m. at Theater 29. The troupe will take suggestions from the audience as a source of inspiration for a series of hysterical improvisational games where anything can happen and usually does!
TAG: Tickets for The Baker’s Dozen are greatly reduced with General Admission at $10.00, Military, and Seniors $7.00 and $5.00 for students with ID. All improv performances are rated PG 13. Theatre 29 Season Ticket holders may attend one Improv show at no charge. Call the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151 or visit theatre29.org.

TWENTYNINE PALMS CYBER PATRIOTS ADVANCE TO SEMI-FINALS

A group of local computer hackers is demonstrating its skills today. They are the Cyber Patriots of Twentynine Palms High School, a so-called “E-sport” team that competes with other teams from around the country. The goal: to develop the skills necessary to become cyber security specialists, specifically hacking into the computers of bad guys.
After advancing to the semi-finals of the National Youth Cyber Education Program’s state championships, three of the four local teams are competing again today to participate in the national championships in Baltimore, MD. Let’s wish them well.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT EXPLORED AT LIFETREE CAFÉ

The fallout from recent sexual abuse allegations will be explored at Lifetree Café tomorrow. Reporter Eric Knabe fills us in…
On Sunday February 11, at 4 p.m. Lifetree Café will host the program titled “In the News: Sexual Misconduct,” to provide an opportunity for participants to discuss the recent avalanche of sexual misconduct accusations. During the program, participants will have the opportunity to discuss how to know when someone has crossed a line from accidental misconduct to sinister behavior. Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Lifetree Café Morongo Basin is located in Twentynine Palms behind Little Church of the Desert at Veterans Way and Ocotillo Avenue. For more information call 760-217-2597.

SOUND BATH AT RAINBOW STEW SUNDAY

Rainbow Stew in Yucca Valley will hold a sound bath tomorrow. Reporter Andrew Dieleman gets out his pillow and pad…
Feel good from the inside out with a sound bath. Rainbow Stew will hold a sound bath using quartz crystal bowls, Tibetan prayer bells, song pods, and more. Bring a pad, pillow, and water; please, no small children, pets, or cell phones. A suggested donation is $10. The sound bath will be held on Sunday, February 11, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Rainbow Stew, on the south side of the highway in Old Town Yucca Valley. To reserve your spot at the event, or for more information on sound baths, call 760-418-5170.

WEDDINGTON OIL PAINTING TO BE RAFFLED

An original oil painting by a popular and prolific Hi-Desert artist will be raffled off this month by Gallery 62. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the raffle tickets are very affordable…

Gallery 62 and the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council will be raffling off a painting by former Hi-Desert resident Andy Weddington. Weddington, who recently moved to the Midwest, was a long-time resident of Yucca Valley and prolific painter who showed extensively in the Morongo Basin. His original oil painting, titled “Ryan Mountain,” is on display through February 25 at Gallery 62 in Joshua Tree. Raffle tickets for “Ryan Mountain” are $3 each or four for $10, and are available at the gallery. The raffle drawing will be held 2 p.m. February 25. It is not necessary to be present to win. Gallery hours are 1 to 3 p.m. Fridays and Sundays, and 9 to 3 on Saturdays. Gallery 62 is located at 60167 29 Palms Highway, Suite H.

RETIRED TEACHERS ASSOCIATION TO MEET FRIDAY

The California Retired Teachers Association will honor past presidents of the association at its meeting on Friday, February 16. Members who have experienced 80 or more birthdays will also be honored at the 10 a.m. meeting. Lunch is $15, and reservations are required. There is no cost for those who attend the meeting but do not order lunch. Call Gay Smith at 760-369-2211 by Monday to reserve your seat.

WINTER STARGAZING AT SKY’S THE LIMIT OBSERVATORY

Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center invites stargazers to enjoy tonight’s desert sky of the winter Milky Way. A variety of telescopes will be available for guests to view the incredible cosmic sights. Here’s reporter Tanisha Cureton with the details…

Some of the best highlights of the winter night sky, including the Double Cluster and the Great Orion Nebula, will stand out against the Winter Milky Way. Guests will have the opportunity to see several of the brightest constellations like the orange and blue double star Almach. This free event will be held Saturday, February 10, from 6:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The Observatory is just outside the main entrance to Joshua Tree National Park at 9697 Utah Trail, 29 Palms. For additional information call 760-401-3004.

GROVES CABIN THEATRE TAKING RESERVATIONS NOW FOR “ANNAPURNA”

The Groves Cabin Theatre opens its 2018 season with the drama “Annapurna.” With all the details, here’s Rebecca Havely…

“Annapurna” is a full-length one-act drama by Sharr White. Directed by Eddie Tucker, the play stars a duo of award-winning actors. Wendy Cohen plays Emma, who tracks down her ex-husband, played by Kurt Schaupner. He portrays the once-famous “cowboy poet” Ulysses, who is now alone, impoverished and terminally ill. This is a breathtaking story about the longevity and power of love, with cutting doses of humor thrown in. The play runs Saturday evenings at 7:00 and Sunday afternoons at 2:30 from February 17 to March 11. Early reservations are highly recommended as this intimate venue sells out quickly. Call Joy Groves at 760-365-4523 to reserve your seats now.