ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION EXPLORED AT LIFETREE CAFÉ

Lifetree Café is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual, comfortable setting. Sunday’s 4 p.m. discussion will be about illegal immigration. Reporter Tanisha Cureton has the details…
The debate and national division surrounding immigration policy has been an on-going topic. The program titled “In the News: Illegal Immigration” provides an opportunity for participants to discuss the controversy surrounding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program. Participants will have an opportunity to share their ideas to fix our nation’s immigration policy. The free 60-minute event is located behind Little Church of the Desert at Veterans Way and Ocotillo Avenue in Twentynine Palms.

LEARN TO GARDEN WITH LESS WATER USING WICKING BEDS

Transition Joshua Tree will host a workshop Sunday on how to create and use wicking beds for gardening. With his gloves and trowel, here’s reporter Andrew Dieleman…
Wicking beds use much less water than standard watering systems, making them perfect for desert gardening. A water reservoir below the surface of the soil channels water underneath the plants and into the roots. On Sunday, April 8 from 3 to 5 p.m., Transition Joshua Tree will host a wicking bed workshop, building wicking beds for the Joshua Tree local food program’s Demonstration Garden and teaching people how to create their own wicking beds. The event will take place at Joshua Tree Community United Methodist Church, located at 5213 East Parkway in Joshua Tree. For more information, visit the links in this story at z1077fm.com.

CONVICTED FELON ARRESTED AFTER HE WAS FOUND WITH AMMUNITION

A Yucca Valley convicted felon was arrested Thursday after he was found with ammunition. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy made a probation compliance inspection on Jesus Baez, 37, in the 6300 block of Balboa Avenue in Yucca Valley about 5 p.m. The deputy located a stolen 2003 Audi parked in the front yard. Baez is a convicted felon and ammunition was found inside the home. He was arrested for being a felon in possession of ammunition and booked into the West Valley Detention Center with bail set at $35,000. Baez’s roommate is the suspect for the stolen vehicle; a report will be forwarded to the district attorney’s office for review.

REGGAE MUSIC AT YUCCA VALLEY SENIOR CENTER SATURDAY

Come enjoy the happy sounds of reggae music at the Yucca Valley Senior Center Saturday. Managing editor Tami Roleff says “let’s get together and feel alright” …
Be prepared to stand up and dance Saturday night to the reggae music of the dynamic group Lamour and the Mystik Band, as they play at the Yucca Valley Senior Center First Saturday event. The show is free to seniors 60 and over, and $5 for those under 60. The music starts at 6 p.m. at the Yucca Valley Senior Center. Lamour grew up in the West Indies and played in New York before moving to California. The band has worked with George Clinton of the Fungaemic and has opened for the Bob Marley Festival in Long Beach.

TWO ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF STOLEN VEHICLE

Two people were arrested Thursday after they were found with a stolen vehicle. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 7500 block of Sherman Hoyt Avenue in Twentynine Palms about 7 a.m. after a resident found two license plates in the bushes. The responding deputy found the stolen vehicle the license plates belonged to at a home in the 7400 block of Kellogg Avenue. At the home were Julia Tucker, 34, of Hesperia, and Craig Carter, 45, of Twentynine Palms. The deputy allegedly found a shaved key among Carter’s possessions, and Tucker allegedly admitted to driving the stolen vehicle. Julia Tucker and Craig Carter were arrested for investigation of possession of a stolen vehicle and booked into West Valley Detention Center with bail set at $50,000 each.

STAR PARTY TONIGHT AT SKY’S THE LIMIT

Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center invites stargazers to enjoy the desert night sky tonight. A variety of telescopes will be available for guests to view the incredible cosmic sights. Here’s reporter Tanisha Cureton with your invitation…
The winte Milky Way is setting in the west as the spring constellations are rising in the east. Some interesting galaxies will be on display, such as the Bode’s Galaxy, Cigar Galaxy, the edge-on Needle Galaxy and many more. Guests are welcome to use the telescopes provided or may bring their own binoculars and scopes. This free public event begins at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 7th and will last approximately three hours. The Observatory is at 9697 Utah Trail in Twentynine Palms, just outside the main entrance to Joshua Tree National Park. For more information call 760-365-7897.

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB HOSTS CHARITY DESSERT PARTY AND AUCTION

The Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Desert will host its 16th Annual Dessert Soiree Charity Benefit party and auction at 6 p.m. tomorrow night. Here’s reporter Andrew Dieleman with details on the sweetest event in the desert…
The 16th Annual Dessert Soiree will feature a delicious selection of desserts, including cheesecakes, cupcakes, and chocolate dipped strawberries; champagne; and various snack foods. There will be a silent and live auction with prizes including a seven-day cruise, a gourmet meat basket, original artwork donated by local artists, vacation packages, and more. One lucky person could win $1000 during the Deal or No Deal game. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Boys and Girls club of the High Desert. The event will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 7, at the Boys and Girls Club, 56525 Little League Drive in Yucca Valley. Tickets are $30 per person. For tickets or more information, call 760-401-5229.

HILLTOPPERS MOTORCYCLE RACE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS THIS WEEKEND

Thousands of spectators and participants will be converging on Twentynine Palms today and tomorrow for the 43rd annual Hilltoppers off-road motorcycle Grand Prix. The grand prix is an AMA-sanctioned event and part of the GPR Big Six Grand Prix Series. The gates open 6 a.m. Saturday and Sunday; the races start at 7:30 a.m. today and tomorrow. Motorcycle riders of all ages and abilities will race on desert courses that include jumps and dips. There will be food, vendors, and fun for all ages. The event will be held at the Twentynine Palms Motorsports Arena, about 3 miles east of the city off Highway 62. Tickets are $20 per day, with discounts for military and children. For more information visit www.hilltoppersmc.com.

ART RECEPTION AT 29 PALMS ART GALLERY

A new exhibit is on display at the 29 Palms Art Gallery in Twentynine Palms. Managing editor Tami Roleff says be sure to make the opening reception set for tonight…
Imaginary scenes and California landscape paintings punctuated with poetry are the newest exhibit at the 29 Palms Art Gallery. Featured artists include Daniel Uresk Grindle, whose exhibit “Imaginationism” features acrylic paintings and ink drawings. Jenifer Palmer Lacy will have plein-air paintings and poetry on display. An opening reception is set for Saturday, April 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. in conjunction with the Cruise 29 art crawl. The exhibit is on display through April 22; gallery hours are Thursdays through Sundays from 11 to 3. The 29 Palms Art Gallery is at the corner of National Park Drive in Twentynine Palms.

AMBOY SALT MINE EMPLOYEE ARRESTED FOR VANDALISM, POSSESSION OF STOLEN GUN

Talk about a drinking bout gone bad. An employee at the salt mine in Amboy was arrested Thursday after allegedly trying to steal diesel gas from his employer. The problem was that, in the process, he also stole a truck and front-end loader which he drove through plant’s locked gate. According to a Sheriff’s report, Frank Segler-Monroe, 26, of Prescott, Arizona, was intoxicated when he went to the Amboy Calcium Carbonate plant in the 18200 block of Kelbaker Road sometime after midnight Thursday. Segler-Monroe allegedly drove his truck around the gate into the plant where he stole 15 gallons of diesel from the mine’s tank. Unfortunately for Segler-Monroe, however, on the way out his truck got stuck in the desert. According to the report, he then took the mine’s Chevy 4500 lubrication truck to pull his truck out of the sand, but that too got stuck. Segler-Monroe then allegedly took the mine’s front-end loader and crashed through the locked gate to pull out his truck and the mine’s borrowed stuck-lubrication truck. While doing this, he damaged the highway. At 2 a.m. the mine’s supervisor and called deputies. When the deputy arrived, he searched Segler-Monroe’s vehicle and found two loaded handguns, one of which had been reported stolen out of Prescott Valley two years ago. The damage to the road was estimated at about $7,000. The unfortunate would-be robber was arrested for investigation of felony vandalism and possession of a stolen handgun. He was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with bail set at $25,000.