HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY CENTER MEETING MONDAY

Residents of Johnson Valley, Flamingo Heights, Landers and Yucca Mesa are invited to attend the monthly meeting of the Homestead Valley Community Council tomorrow at 3 p.m. On the agenda is a discussion of the permit applications for more than 5,000 acres of solar projects in rural living zones. Residents are also encouraged to speak up about any other county, state, or federal issue affecting the Homestead Valley communities. The meeting will be held in the Flamingo Heights Community Center, 55877 Perris Road, behind La Copine Restaurant.

FREE FOOD TO BE DISTRIBUTED MONDAY

The third Monday of the month is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus federal food in the Morongo Basin. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the times and places…

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday.  The locations and times are:

Belfield Hall, 58380 Reche Road in Landers, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.;

Yucca Valley Community Center, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.;

Joshua Tree Community Center, 6171 Sunburst Avenue, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.;

Copper Mountain Mesa, 65336 Winter Road in Joshua Tree, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.;

Wonder Valley Community Center, on Amboy Road, 11:00 a.m. to noon.

For more information, call 909-723-1580.

MUSTARD AND OTHER WEEDS ARE THE THEME FOR THIS MONTH’S HI-DESERT TEST KITCHEN MEAL

For two years now, Artist Sarah Witt has been inviting local enthusiasts to join her in a culinary exploration of the Mojave Desert. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has your invitation…

At the regular monthly themed dinner gathering organized by artist Sarah Witt under the name Hi-Desert Test Kitchen, mustard and other weeds will be the chosen ingredients. Both native and non-native mustards are prevalent in our area, and so are other edible weeds such as thistles, mallow, dandelion, lambs quarters. For those who attend, the mission is to bring a dish to share that is either made with or inspired by a local weed.  Tonight’s meeting is at the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center on Winters Road just east of Boarder. The potluck is at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 19. For more information: www.sarahwitt.net/hdtk/#/hdtk-archive/.

ONE-80 MINISTRIES TO HOLD MUSIC CELEBRATION SATURDAY

One-80 Ministries of Joshua Tree will hold a day of praise, music, and celebration on Saturday, March 24. The free event features live music and dance from local performers and artists, as well as refreshments and a bounce house for the kids. Music will include hip-hop, gospel, blues, jazz, contemporary Christian and original rock. Performers include Hunter and the Wik’d and180 Praise and Testimony Band, as well as the Twentynine Palms Christian Gospel Fellowship singing and dance group. The celebration is from noon to 5 p.m. at 6414 Hallee Road in Joshua Tree.

CALL FOR ART FOR JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ART EXPOSITION

The sixth annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition will be held in September in Twentynine Palms. Managing editor Tami Roleff says artists are invited to submit photos of their artwork for possible inclusion in the juried art show…

Submissions are now being accepted for the sixth annual juried Joshua Tree National Park art show. Entries must be inspired by or depict the natural beauty or cultural history of Joshua Tree National Park. Entry is open to all artists 18 and over; $5,000 in cash awards will be presented. Approximately 50 artists will be selected for inclusion in the show. All artwork must have been created within the last five years. The entry fee is $35, and artists may submit up to three images of artwork. The deadline to enter is June 25. The art exhibition will be held at the 29 Palms Art Gallery in September, with an opening reception and awards ceremony September 15. For an application and complete entry rules, visit JTNPArtsorg.com.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES

In high school sports, the Yucca Valley High School boys’ tennis team hosts Desert Hot Springs at home tomorrow. First serve is at 3:15 p.m. The Trojan golf team will travel away to Bermuda Dunes to play Desert Christian Academy; tee-off is at 3 p.m.

Also, tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School boys’ tennis team travels to Thermal to play Desert Mirage High School. First serve is at 3:15 p.m.