The upcoming 16th annual Parade of Homes fundraiser features five unique properties including the straw bale Harrison House; Huell Howser’s former home; and a fire, wind, and earthquake-proof domed domicile in Wonder Valley. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more and tells us where to get tickets…

The 16th Annual Parade of Homes fundraiser for Reach Out Morongo Basin has secured five extraordinary homes for the popular self-guided tour. Set for Sunday, February 16, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the event is the primary fundraiser in support of Reach Out’s services to senior and disabled Morongo Basin residents. The 2020 tour spans Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, and Twentynine Palms; and will feature some long-sought-after-homes. Elimination of a lunch stop will afford tour-goers ample time to explore each site. Tickets are $25 each and go on sale January 13 in Yucca Valley at ArtFx and Furnishings and the Chamber of Commerce in the California Welcome Center; in Joshua Tree at Z107.7 FM studios; and in the Twentynine Palms Visitors Center, the Desert Trail, or by calling Reach Out at 760-361-1410.


Commuters who travel on Interstate 10 between Banning and Highway 111 in Palm Springs, brace yourselves for construction projects for the next two to three years. CalTrans has announced that preliminary work on the project, called the I-10 Tune-Up, will start Monday night, February 3. The paving operation will begin on eastbound I-10 and will include repaving lanes number 3 and 4, slab replacement in lanes number 1 and 2, upgrading various on- and off-ramps to make them ADA compliant, and upgrading the guardrail systems.

In addition, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 4-5, eastbound I-10 will experience lane and ramp closures from Fields Road to Main Street in Cabazon. Work will be done on the right shoulder, the number 4 lane, and the eastbound I-10 on-ramp from Morongo Trail.

To stay on top of roadwork, go to Caltrans District 8 and sign up for commuter alerts. To assist in planning your commute, view live traffic conditions and planned lane closures using the QuickMap link below.


The registration deadline for vendors and exhibitors for the Hi-Desert Nature Museum’s annual Earth Day fair in Yucca Valley is coming up soon. Reporter Ernest Figueroa tells us more about the event and how you can sign up…

Each April, the Hi-Desert Nature Museum in Yucca Valley celebrates Earth Day with a community fair. This year’s fair is set for Saturday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Event organizers are soliciting vendors; such as artists, designers, crafters, and environmental organizations that offer information or products that convey the event theme. The deadline for all vendor applications is March 8. Exhibitors and non-profit organizations who would like to participate in the Earth Day event must apply by March 27. Event information and applications can be downloaded at or visit the Hi-Desert Nature Museum located in the Yucca Valley Community Center Complex.


The Mojave Desert Land Trust will hold its last free campfire lecture about the Mojave Desert Saturday, February 8. The talk will be about enjoying, protecting, and exploring the desert as a family. Mary Cook-Rhyne will give a multi-media campfire talk where she will share ideas for family activities in the Mojave Desert and how parents can help create the next generation of conservationists. The campfire talk is from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Twentynine Palms Visitor Center on the highway in downtown Twentynine Palms.


The general meeting for the Cactus Sew-ables Quilt Guild will be Monday, February 3, at the Yucca Valley Community Center. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 1 p.m. This month’s program will be the display of the challenge quilts and miniature quilt entries for the Palm Springs Quilt Show, set for March 6 and 7. Members will be voting for their favorites and prizes will be awarded.