YOUTH CONSERVATION CORPS

Youth in the Morongo Basin can work in Joshua Tree National Park this summer. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the details….

This summer, Joshua Tree National Park will sponsor a 9-week Youth Conservation Corps program. Youths between the ages of 15 and 18 are encouraged to apply. To be eligible, applicants may not reach their 19th birthday during the program. Selected applicants will start work June 18 and continue in the program until August 16. Corps members will earn the California minimum wage. Work hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., with every other Friday off. The program provides young people of the community with excellent hands-on work experience. Projects include landscaping, trail construction, and general buildings maintenance. Application forms are available from Joshua Tree National Park Headquarters in Twentynine Palms and at Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms High Schools. The application form must be returned or postmarked no later than April 20. For more information, call 760-367-5514.

THEME ANNOUNCED FOR PIONEER DAYS 2018

“Fortune Favors the Bold” is the theme for this year’s Pioneer Days in October. The Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce and 29 Palms Art Gallery are calling for art, inspired by this theme, to be used on the official poster and pin for the 2018 Pioneer Days. Artwork should be emailed by March 31 to the 29 Palms Art Gallery at 29artgallery@gmail.com.

DANGEROUS FOOD EXPLORED AT LIFETREE CAFÉ

Lifetree Café is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual, comfortable setting. This week’s discussion will be about the possible dangers of some foods on supermarket shelves. Here’s reporter Tanisha Cureton with the details…
Dangerous foods will be discussed at Lifetree Café on Sunday, March 18, at 4 p.m. The program, titled “Dangerous Food: Is Your Supermarket Killing You?” features a filmed interview that explores how America’s lack of concern regarding the source of food can cause health issues. During the session, participants will have an opportunity to discuss the role the government should play in deciding food choices and explore strategies for healthier eating. This free 60-minute event will be located behind Little Church of the Desert at Veterans Way and Ocotillo Avenue in Twentynine Palms. For more information, call 760-217-2597.

TRANSITION JOSHUA TREE TO HOLD QUARTERLY MEETING SUNDAY

If you enjoy eating good food and meeting new people – and who doesn’t – reporter Mike Lipsitz has this report for those who also want to become more involved in our community …
Transition Joshua Tree holds its quarterly meeting and potluck on Sunday, March 18 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Yucca Mesa Community Center on Balsa Avenue in the Mesa area. The meeting is hosted by the Transition Joshua Tree Heart & Soul Team. Newcomers are welcome. Bring a potluck dish to share, and your own plate and utensils as this is a no-waste event.

BOXOHOUSE TO HOLD ART RECEPTION SUNDAY

An opening art reception will be held at BoxoHouse on Sunday. Managing editor Tami Roleff gives the details about the art exhibition…
“Tree of Pain: A Shoot from the Parched Earth” is an environmental installation at BoxoHouse in Joshua Tree by Shawn Skabelund that address climate change as much as it deals with the political climate. Using found materials as well as borrowed elements, the work fills the space with sense of decay and detritus, and the silent witness born of nature. The opening reception is set for Sunday, March 18, from 3 to 6 p.m. The exhibit will be on display through March 31. BoxoHouse is located at 62732 Sullivan Road in Joshua Tree.

IMPROV WORKSHOP AT RAINBOW STEW SUNDAY

An improv comedy workshop will be held tomorrow from 1 to 4 p.m. at Rainbow Stew. Presented by Tami Wood and Bob Rufer, the workshop will allow participants to explore self-awareness through improv tools, games, and exercises. The cost is $20, and reservations are required. Call 760-774-2553 for more information.

SEE’S EASTER CANDY AT JOSHUA TREE LIBRARY

Wildflowers and See’s Candy are sure signs of Spring in the Morongo Basin. Reporter Rebecca Havely licks her lips over the possibilities…
You can enjoy delicious See’s Easter candy, save the cost of gas to drive ‘down below’ and support the Yucca Valley Kiwanis Club by purchasing your See’s Easter Candy at the California Welcome Center. Kiwanis Club members will be selling See’s Easter candy Monday through Friday from 9 to 4; Saturday 9 to 2; and Sundays 10 to 2. The Welcome Center will be closed on Easter, April 1. All sale proceeds will be used to support the Kiwanis Club and its youth programs.

SPECTACULAR MESSIER OBJECTS AT SKY’S THE LIMIT STAR PARTY

Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center invites stargazers to enjoy deep sky discoveries in the spring sky. Reporter Tanisha Cureton gives the details…
Charles Messier discovered many great deep sky objects in the northern skies in the late 1700s. Stargazers will be able to enjoy some of the best of Messier’s discoveries such as the galaxies between the Leo and Virgo highlights. This free public event starts at 7:45 p.m. and will last around three hours on Saturday, March17. The Observatory is at 9697 Utah Trail in Twentynine Palms, just outside the main entrance to Joshua Tree National Park. The seasonal sky is very unpredictable; to check the status of this event, call 760-365-7897 for more information.