SHINE HOME IN RED MONDAY TO CELEBRATE FIREFIGHTERS

Monday, May 4, is International Firefighters Day. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation urges residents to celebrate firefighters by lighting their homes in red. On Monday, residents are asked to change their porch lights to a red light to show their gratitude for firefighters.

WATER AGENCY HOLDING CONTEST ABOUT WATER CONSERVATION

California’s shelter at home restrictions doesn’t have to be boring. It can be your location shoot for a prize-winning video. Ernest Figueroa says the Mojave Water Agency is looking for some creative home videos that deliver an important message about water conservation…

May is Water Awareness Month, and to celebrate, the Mojave Water Agency is sponsoring a contest on water conservation. Residents should make a video, only 30 to 45 seconds long, with the themes of “water conservation is a way of life,” and “together, we can do this.” Prizes are Visa gift cards for $200, $100, and $50. Submissions must include name, email address, phone number, and a signed model release. The deadline to enter is 5 p.m. May 15. More information on the contest and how to enter can be found below.

1. Video length 30 – 45 seconds. Videos must include these themes: “Water conservation is a way of life” and “Together we can do this.”

2. Submissions should include name, email address, phone number, and signed model release forms. One entry per family. Visa gifts cards will be awarded for the top three videos. and will be awarded as follows: first place: $200; second place $100; and third place $50. 3. Submissions are due May 15 by 5 p.m. . Email video links and questions to Arlynn Caasi at acaasi@mojavewater.org. Model release forms and water conservation information can be found at www.mojavewater.org.

HARRISON HOUSE ARTS & ECOLOGY CENTER TEACHING PERMACULTURE CLASS

Mesquite and palo verde trees have been a part of the Mojave Desert landscape for millennia. Their low maintenance and drought tolerance make them excellent choices for local gardens. Reporter Hilary Sloane is here with a story about how to plant trees ecologically…

Harrison House Music, Art & Ecology Center in Joshua Tree is dedicated to the practice and teaching of permaculture; it also provides a space for artists to explore art and ecology. The newest endeavor for Harrison House has been three short films to teach people how to sprout native mesquite and palo verde seeds. The films are “Native Planting with Damien Lester,” “Sprouting Mesquite and Palo Verde Seedlings,” and “Introduction to Greywater with Nicholas Holmes.” The first 50 residents who live within 20 miles of Harrison House can receive a free sprout just by asking. Harrison House is also holding a fundraiser; sponsor a seedling by donating $100 on the Harrison House website. To see the films and learn more about permaculture and the Harrison House, visit their website at https://louharrisonhouse.org.

FREE FOOD DISTRIBUTION TUESDAY IN JOSHUA TREE

A distribution of free food will be held the first and third Tuesdays at the new Joshua Tree Elementary School, 4950 Sunburst Avenue, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

STATE TO PROVIDE MONETARY ASSISTANCE TO UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS

Governor Gavin Newsom announced last month an unprecedented $125 million in disaster relief assistance for working Californians. This first in the nation, statewide public-private partnership will provide financial support to undocumented immigrants impacted by COVID-19. California will provide $75 million in disaster relief assistance and philanthropic partners have committed to raising an additional $50 million. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more information…

California’s $75 million Disaster Relief Fund will support undocumented Californians impacted by COVID-19 who are ineligible for unemployment insurance benefits and disaster relief—including the CARES Act—due to their immigration status. Approximately 150,000 undocumented adult Californians will receive a one-time cash benefit of $500 per adult with a cap of $1,000 per household to deal with the specific needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Individuals can apply for support beginning next month. The state’s Disaster Relief Fund will be dispersed through a community-based model of regional nonprofits with expertise and experience serving undocumented communities.