FALL VISITORS DESCEND ON JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

The holidays are upon us, and, the staff at Joshua Tree National Park is expecting very busy weekends. As early as Friday mornings, campgrounds will fill with campers, climbers, and hikers, and day use visitors will enjoy the mild temperatures during this holiday season. Cooler temperatures may also provide a

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GIVE BIG TO SUPPORT NON-PROFITS ON TUESDAY

Tuesday, December 1, is “Give Big San Bernardino County,” a 24-hour online giving campaign that allows residents to give to their favorite causes in the Morongo Basin and San Bernardino County. The goal is to raise a minimum of $300,000 in just 24 hours through online donations. From 12:00 a.m.

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SAVE THE DATE FOR MOJAVE WATER TOUR

Save the date of May 19. The Mojave Water Agency is offering its very popular tour of its facilities May 19. Yes, this date is many months away, but the tour always fills up quickly. Participants will receive a tour of the agency’s field sites for a first-hand perspective of

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SPAY/NEUTER CLINICS AND VACCINE AND MICROCHIP SCHEDULE FOR DECEMBER

The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics in December for dogs and cats, as well as low-cost spaying and neutering. No appointments are necessary for vaccines or microchips; appointments are required for spaying and neutering services. Microchips are only $15, and can help reunite you

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SEND IN ENTRIES NOW FOR YUCCA VALLEY LIGHT PARADE

Entries are now being accepted for the 18th annual Yucca Valley Festival of Lights parade. The light parade is set for Saturday, December 12, starting at 5:30 p.m. at Bannock and Santa Fe Trail, and heads west on Santa Fe to the Hi-Desert Water District’s office at Inca Trail. The

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YUCCA VALLEY ROTARY CLUB COLLECTING USED BOOKS

The Rotary Club of Yucca Valley is collecting books for all ages, whether hard back or paperback and to distribute to local organizations, libraries and children’s centers. The books should be in good condition and be free of any drawing or writing in the book. Books can be dropped off

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O-NEGATIVE BLOOD DONORS NEEDED

The region’s blood banks are in desperate need of O-negative blood, as there is insufficient supply to meet the demand of local hospitals. Only about 7 percent of the population has O-negative blood. Those with O-negative blood are known as “universal donors” as their blood can be accepted by all

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BACKSTAGE VOLUNTEERS ARE IMPORTANT AT THEATRE 29

While Theatre 29 is packing in audiences to see the talented local volunteers perform on stage, ROP broadcast student Diana Jimenez says a lot of work is done by volunteers back stage… At Theatre 29 there are many duties off-stage besides those duties on-stage. According to board member Charles Harvey

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SIGN-UP NOW FOR CO-ED SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT

The Tri-Valley Little League will host a co-ed softball tournament for adults, 18 and over on Saturday, December 12. The Winter Classic Tournament is one pitch, double elimination at the Tri-Valley Little League fields on Little League Drive in Yucca Valley. The games will start at 9 a.m. The tournament

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TILES AVAILABLE FOR THEATRE 29 SERENITY GARDEN

Theatre 29 has big plans for its new Serenity Patio just to the east of the theater building. This area includes a giant Simi Dabah sculpture, reminiscent of the iconic Comedy and Drama masks, a beautiful garden, and seating area. Reporter Sara Snyder says that you, too, can be a

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BUY TICKETS NOW FOR HUMANE SOCIETY’S FUR-EVER HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS PARTY

The Morongo Basin Humane Society is sponsoring a Fur-Ever Home for the Holidays party to benefit the Joshua Tree no-kill animal shelter. The party will include wine and appetizers, along with a live auction on Sunday, December 6, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Sacred Sands, 63155 Quail Springs Road

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CROSS-COUNTRY TEAMS IN STATE MEET TOMORROW

Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms High School cross-country teams will participate in the California State Meet in Fresno.

STAR TWIRLERS HOLD SQUARE DANCE TONIGHT IN YUCCA VALLEY

The Star Twirlers Square Dance Club will hold a plus-level square dance at the Yucca Valley Elks Lodge tonight (Friday, November 27). Bill Gipson will be calling squares from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Lines will be cued from 7 to 7:30 and between tips. The lodge is located at 55946

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HOLIDAY MARKET IN JOSHUA TREE STARTS TODAY

The Joshua Tree Chamber of Commerce’s third annual bazaar at Coyote Corner opens at 10 a.m. Black Friday, and continues Saturday and Sunday. Shop for gifts and goodies, enjoy family fun, and hot food. This year offers free pony rides for kids each day, courtesy of White Rock Ranch Horse

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TENDER LOVING CHRISTMAS NEEDS HELP

For 32 years, Mara Cantelo of Yucca Valley has been organizing a free Christmas dinner for anyone who wants to share the day with others. This year, her organization, Tender Loving Christmas, has encountered several bumps in her fund-raising efforts. The organization hasn’t been able to hold its yard sales

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BUCKLE UP AND DRIVE SAFELY THIS WEEKEND

As you travel to and from Grandma’s house, or during Black Friday shopping, remember that the Thanksgiving weekend is one of the busiest travel times in American, and by extension, one of the deadliest. Over the 2014 Thanksgiving weekend, 45 people died in collisions on California roadways, a 36 percent

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AUDITIONS MONDAY FOR “THE SUNSHINE BOYS” AT THEATRE 29

Theatre 29 auditions for the first show of the 2016 season, Neil Simon’s Classic Comedy, “The Sunshine Boys” are this Monday night. Managing editor Tami Roleff shares which roles director Eddie Tuckers seeks to cast … “The Sunshine Boys” auditions at Theatre 29 will be on Monday, November 30, at

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“FARNDALE CHRISTMAS CAROL” HAS THREE SHOWS THIS WEEKEND

“That was the funniest show I have ever seen!” “I laughed so hard my face hurt.” “My ribs were sore the next day from laughing so much at your opening night performance.” “That was so funny I want to go get my friends and come see it again!” Those are

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COLORADO RIVER BASIN WATER BOARD EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RESIGNS, INTERIM DIRECTOR NAMED

Last week, the executive officer of the Colorado River Basin Regional Water Quality Control Board, Robert Perdue, resigned. The board appointed Jose Angel as its interim executive officer.

SEND LETTERS TO SANTA

Do your little ones have their letters to Santa ready? Assignment reporter David Knutson tells you how to get them to the North Pole… Santa’s elves will be visiting Yucca Valley to pick up children’s letters to Santa. You can drop off your letter to Santa in his special mailbox

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