CALL FOR ART FOR JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ART EXPOSITION

The Joshua Tree National Park Council for the Arts has issued a call for art for the eighth annual Art Exposition in Twentynine Palms. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the expo has been postponed to November due to the COVID-19 pandemic…

Submissions are now being accepted for the eighth annual juried Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition. Art 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. The entry fee is $35 and artists may submit up to three images of artwork. The deadline to enter is August 31. The art exhibition will be held at the 29 Palms Art Gallery in November, with an opening reception and awards ceremony November 7. While classes and demonstrations will still be held November 7-8, the artists’ market with booths will be cancelled this year. For an application and complete entry rules, visit JTNPArtsorg.com.

HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL TO MEET MONDAY

The Homestead Valley Community Council resumes its monthly meetings Monday, July 20. County Supervisor Dawn Rowe, as well as representatives from the Sheriff’s Department, CHP, County Fire, and Calfire will also be in attendance. There will be lots of catching up on federal, state, and local issues facing the communities of Flamingo Heights, Landers, Yucca Mesa, and Johnson Valley. The meeting begins at 3 p.m. in the Flamingo Heights Community Center, 55977 Perris Rd., two blocks west of La Copine Restaurant.

PALM SPRINGS TRAM TO PERFORM MAINTENANCE IN AUGUST

The Palm Springs Tramway usually closes for a month in September for its annual maintenance. Rebecca Havely says the tram has changed its schedule this year…

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, along with other California attractions, has been closed since March 13 due to the coronavirus. Tram officials announced this week it is moving its annual maintenance shutdown period from September to August. Maintenance includes replacing the lower haul rope, exchanging the carriage on cabin 2, as well as servicing the control systems and making upgrades. Tram officials hope that if the maintenance period is moved up, the tram may be able to re-open to the public by Labor Day, instead of October as originally scheduled. Officials stressed the tram has new safety protocols in place and is ready to open.

SATURDAY BREAKFASTS STILL AVAILABLE IN JOHNSON VALLEY

The Johnson Valley Community Center is still closed, but it still offers breakfast Saturday mornings. The breakfasts are served “to-go”; you can call ahead to place your order, or go inside, but then you must wait outside and someone will bring it to you. Breakfast is served from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturdays. The breakfast burrito and large breakfasts are $6; small breakfasts are $4. Cash and credit cards are accepted. To place a phone order, call 760-792-4555; keep calling if the line is busy.

PLANS FOR JOHNSON VALLEY OKTOBERFEST STILL UP IN THE AIR

No decision has been made yet about whether the Johnson Valley Improvement Association’s biggest fund-raiser of the year, Oktoberfest, will take place this year. Rebecca Havely explains…

Senator Shannon Grove’s Field Rep Dominic Heiden has been on the case about the Johnson Valley Oktoberfest, but his news makes planning almost impossible. There is no way to know if or when the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control will be able to authorize a permit for the event. The ABC is not considering any new applications for permits at this time. If the Johnson Valley Improvement Association goes forward with plans, and then the permit isn’t issued, a lot of beer will be wasted. Concerning next year’s Cinco de Mayo celebration, the ABC only grants beer and wine permits to 501(c )4 organizations, but it will consider permits for mixed drinks on a case-by-case basis. Stay tuned for updates!