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GALA FUNDRAISER OPENING OF “FIRST DATE, THE MUSICAL” AT THEATRE 29

The Kiwanis Club of Twentynine Palms will sponsor a gala opening night fundraiser of “First Date, the Musical.” The production makes its Inland Empire debut at Theatre 29. With your invitation here’s Rebecca Havely…
Charles Harvey, the director of “First Date, The Musical” says the play “is the perfect date night, whether it’s your first or your thousandth.” The opening night gala begins with hors d’oeuvres served at 6 p.m. and a pre-show silent auction. The curtain will rise at 7 p.m. with desert served at intermission. The tickets are $25 each for opening night ONLY and all proceeds go to service projects in Twentynine Palms and Kiwanis/UNICEF worldwide service projects. The musical will run weekends at the regular ticket price through May 20; for those tickets visit theatre29.org. Opening night tickets ONLY are available at the Z107.7 Studios in Joshua Tree, the Twentynine Palms Chamber and Visitor Center, The Desert Trail Office and from Kiwanis members, for tickets or information call 760-972-7205.


VENDORS SOUGHT FOR FRIENDS OF PIONEERTOWN COMMUNITY YARD SALE

The Friends of Pioneertown will hold a community yard sale fundraiser Saturday, April 28, from 10 to 2 next to Pappy and Harriet’s in Pioneertown. Vendor spots are available for $10. Proceeds from the vendor fees will go to Friends of Pioneertown, a non-profit organization, which will use the money to maintain the historic area. At the end of the sale, vendors may donate their unsold items to Morongo Basin Ambulance for its thrift store in Joshua Tree. For more information, call Laurie McVay at 760-871-8498.


SIGN UP NOW FOR RATTLESNAKE AVOIDANCE TRAINING

Rattlesnakes are a fact of life in the desert, and dogs usually come out on the losing end when the two animals meet. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the Morongo Basin Humane Society is offering rattlesnake aversion training for dogs later this month…
The Morongo Basin Humane Society is once again sponsoring rattlesnake aversion training. The training will be done by experienced dog trainers and naturalists from Natural Solutions Wildlife Enterprises. Training will be held from 8:30 to 5 Sunday, April 29. Each dog is trained individually to avoid rattlesnakes that are native to our desert region and takes 10 to 20 minutes. The cost is $75 per dog and the Joshua Tree no-kill animal shelter receives a portion of the fee. To reserve your spot, call Mimi at 760-366-9306 or download an application from mbhumanesociety.com.


HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

In high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley High School Trojan Boy’s tennis team will host a rivalry game against the Twentynine Palms High School Wildcats at home. The match begins at 3:15 p.m.


TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR CERT SPAGHETTI FUNDRAISER

The Morongo Basin Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a volunteer organization whose mission is to provide assistance to the community in the event of a catastrophic emergency. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the CERT volunteers will be holding a spaghetti dinner to raise money for firefighting rehabilitation equipment…
Volunteers with the Morongo Basin Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, are trained to help not only in case of disasters, but also in firefighter rehabilitation. In case of a major wildfire or extreme incident, CERT volunteers will be activated to provide rest, rehydration, nourishment, and medical evaluations to firefighters. The volunteers must provide for their own equipment, supplies, and training expenses. To help offset the costs, CERT volunteers will host a spaghetti dinner fundraiser Saturday, May 12, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Yucca Valley. Tickets are $10, or $7 for children under 12, and are available at the door or from the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce.


HESPERIA MAN WANTED ON WARRANTS ARRESTED IN YUCCA VALLEY

A Hesperia man with multiple out-of-county warrants for his arrest was arrested in Yucca Valley Wednesday. About noon on Wednesday, a deputy stopped a blue Volkswagen about noon near Yucca Mesa Road and Highway 62 for failure to display a rear license plate. A records check determined that the driver, Raymond Vargas, 40, had warrants for his arrest from Riverside and Orange Counties for identity theft, vehicle theft, reckless driving, and felony evading, and was on felony probation in Riverside County. During a search, deputies located methamphetamine packaged in individual baggies and a large amount of cash. Raymond Vargas was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sales, and booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $50,000, with another $150,000 in bail for his arrest warrants.


PORTLAND WOMAN ACCUSED OF SPOUSAL ABUSE

An Oregon woman was arrested early Sunday morning, April 15, after her boyfriend said she attacked him. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to a motel in the 57400 block of Primrose Drive in Yucca Valley about 2:15 a.m. for a domestic disturbance. The victim told deputies that his girlfriend of one year, Cecilia Warbington, 35, of Portland had attacked him. He showed deputies his injuries to his face, a bite mark on his right forearm, and scratches on his neck and body. Cecilia Warbington was arrested on suspicion of felony spouse abuse, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with her bail set at $50,000.


VEGETARIAN MEAL SUNDAY

The Transition Joshua Tree Local Food Program aims to supplement other food assistance programs. Dinners typically take home fresh fruit and vegetables, along with ideas about cooking with fresh ingredients. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has your invitation …
You are invited to the Transition Joshua Tree Local Food Program vegetarian dinner and fundraiser this Sunday, April 22 from 6 to 7 p.m. In collaboration with the Joshua Tree Community United Methodist Church, and generous community contributions, this month’s dinner and fundraiser is being offered under a “waste not, want not” theme. There is no charge, but donations are welcome. This is a “no waste, no want” event. Please bring your own dishes and utensils. The church is located on East Parkway in Joshua Tree. Contact jtlocalfoodprogram@gmail to donate or volunteer.


VFW BREAKFAST TO BENEFIT BOY SCOUTS

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7264 will serve up Sunday breakfast, from 8 to 11, as a fundraiser for Boy Scout Troop 77. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1. The VFW Post is located at 6402 Veterans Way in downtown Joshua Tree.


TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE FOR ROTARY’S BBQ JUBILEE

The Rotary Club of Yucca Valley sponsors many youth-based programs each year, chief among them is the Boys and Girls Club of the High Desert. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us of a delicious way you can help the Rotary fund some those programs…
You take one star-filled sky, add dash of guitar, and a splash of cocktails … and what you get is the Yucca Valley Rotary Club’s BBQ Jubilee. What better way to fund local kid-based programs than with live music from the Whiskey Blues Band May 12 in Pioneertown from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $100 each or $175 per couple and include beer, wine, cocktails, dancing to live music, live and silent auctions … and did we mention barbeque? Yes, lots of delicious barbeque. For tickets, call the loan lady at 760-365-7003.


LYRID METEOR SHOWER IN OUR DESERT SKY THIS WEEKEND

Photo credit: Brad Sutton, National Park Service

One of the best meteor showers of the year coincides with Earth Day this year. Morongo Basin residents will have a good view of the 2018 Lyrid meteor shower lighting up the sky. The annual Lyrid meteor shower started last weekend and will continue through the end of April, though peak viewing hours will begin in the evening this Saturday (April 21) and extend through Sunday morning (April 22), Earth Day. During its peak, the Lyrid meteor shower is expected to bring up to 20 meteors per hour. While meteors may be spotted late Saturday, light from the waxing moon may interfere with visibility. After the moon sets at around midnight local time, visibility should improve, and stargazers should be able to see meteors during the few hours before sunrise on Earth Day The showers emanate from the constellation of Lyra; its principal star, Vega, is the third brightest star in the northern hemisphere. For best viewing, face toward the northern half of the sky with the moon at your back. This will allow you to see the fainter Lyrids, which will be more numerous than the bright ones.


SKY’S THE LIMIT TO ENJOY THE FIRST QUARTER MOON SATURDAY NIGHT

Take some time to enjoy the desert night sky this weekend at the Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center. A variety of telescopes will be available for guests to view the incredible cosmic sights. Here’s reporter Tanisha Cureton with your invitation…
Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center invites stargazers to enjoy the first quarter Moon. Many interesting features such as, valleys, mountain ranges and hundreds of craters can be seen along the surface of the moon through a telescope. Other prominent constellations including Gemini and Virgo will be visible at this free public event on Saturday, April 21. The event begins at 8 p.m. and will last around three hours. The Observatory is at 9697 Utah Trail in Twentynine Palms. For more information call 760-365-7897.


ARTIST TALK AT JTAG SUNDAY AFTERNOON

Artist Barbara Drucker will give an artist’s talk at the Joshua Tree Art Gallery in downtown Joshua Tree Sunday. Drucker, who has a solo show on display at JTAG, is a painting professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her studio practice includes painting, sculptural installation, documentary video, photography and artists’ books. Her artist’s talk is set for 1 p.m. Sunday. Drucker’s show will be on display through May 6. Gallery hours are 10 to 3 Saturdays, and noon to 3 on Sundays, and by appointment.


THE LUMINATORS IN CONCERT AT DESERT HILLS PRESBYTERIAN SATURDAY

The Luminators will perform a concert of bluegrass and gospel favorites Saturday, April 21, in Yucca Valley. Admission is $5 at the door. Light refreshments will be served following the concert. The concert will be held at 2 p.m. at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church, 56750 Mountain View Trail. For more information, call 760-365-6331.


GRUBSTAKE DAYS “WESTERN HERITAGE DECORATING CONTEST”

Get into the Grubstake Days spirit by entering a business Decorating Contest sponsored by Z107.7. Here to tell you how to enter is reporter Rebecca Havely…
The 68th annual Grubstake Days theme, “Celebrating Life in the Desert with Non-Profit Organizations,” has a red, white, and blue color theme to honor Memorial Day. So, decorate the interior and/or exterior of your business red, white and blue with some Western flair and enter to win the “Western Heritage Decorating Contest” for all businesses located in the west end of the Morongo Basin. Winners get hundreds of dollars in local advertising, very cool plaques and bragging rights. Contest judges use a scale of 1-10 for five criteria: “overall appeal,” “use of available space,” use of color,” “inventiveness and overall theme,” and finally, “wow factor!” The categories are interior and/or exterior for both large and small businesses. The deadline to enter is 5 p.m. Friday, May 15. There’s no charge to participate so just call Z107-7 Radio at 760-366-8471 to enter. Winners will be announced May 25, 2018.


NON-COMBATANT EVACUATION EXERCISE TODAY ABOARD 29 PALMS MARINE BASE

Residents of the Combat Center in Twentynine Palms and surrounding areas will hear a lot of noise and activity today, Friday, April 20, as Marines practice a non-combatant evacuation exercise. Marines will simulate the evacuation of civilians from a potentially hostile area during an emergency
situation. Helicopter and tilt-rotor flights will be conducted over the Combat Center, with multiple landings onto Lance Corporal Torrey L. Gray Field, the Del Valle track and field, and Range 220 between 3 and 10 p.m. Friday. Depending on atmospheric conditions, the sounds from the training may be amplified throughout the local area.

To submit a sound report from the exercise, call 760-830-9222, or email
SMBPLMSSOUNDREPORTING@usmc.mil

Or visit:
http://www.29palms.marines.mil/Staff/G5CommunityPlansPAO/SoundReporting.aspx


CANNABIS ACTIVIST TO SPEAK IN WONDER VALLEY TOMORROW

Cannabis legalization has a taken firm hold in California with cultivation, manufacturing, and dispensaries opening throughout the state. Managing
editor Tami Roleff says a prominent cannabis reform activist will be at the Wonder Valley Community Center Saturday, April 21, to explain changes in
the law at local, state, and federal levels and how you can get into the industry…

Lanny Swerdlow, who has been active in trying to reform cannabis laws for two decades, will be at the Wonder Valley Community Center April 21 to
give a presentation on how Prop 64 affects individuals and the burgeoning cannabis industry. He will explain laws that affect driving, personal
cultivation, the benefits of having a doctor’s recommendation, and what’s happening in San Bernardino county, the state, as well as on the federal
level. He will conclude with information about using cannabis for health issues. The presentation begins at 4:20 p.m. in the Wonder Valley Community Center on Amboy Road in Wonder Valley. Refreshments will be served. There is no charge, but donations will be accepted to help cover costs.


FREE DIAGNOSED DIABETES CLASSES AT HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER

Hi-Desert Medical Center hosts free education classes for diagnosed diabetes patients. The Medical Center’s Dietary department will provide relevant tools and information that patients need for comprehensive training and understanding. Classes are held at 11 a.m. on the first Tuesday of every month at the Helen Gray Education Center on the hospital campus in Joshua Tree. Register for classes by calling 760-366-6182.


MORONGO BASIN HEALTH DISTRICT BOARD PUTS OFF VEHICLE PURCHASE

The main action item on last night’s agenda of the Morongo Basin Healthcare District meeting had no action. Reporter Eric Knabe explains why…

The Morongo Basin Healthcare District Board of Directors met in a regular meeting last night to discuss the purchase of a mobile clinic vehicle.
Director of Business Development Joe Ruddon provided a comprehensive presentation, from his own research, but also from Mary Hall, President of Universal Specialty Vehicles, who had the prevailing low bid to manufacture said vehicle. Hall and Ruddon answered all the questions asked by the board with ease, until asked about maintenance costs, and only a rough estimate could be provided. Board member Paul Hoffman expressed unease at voting on an action item without all the numbers. He then requested that this action item be tabled until a full assessment on the maintenance costs could be obtained. The rest of the board agreed and rescheduled the vote to April 30 at 3 p.m.


FISH AND CHIPS TONIGHT, SUNDAY BREAKFAST, TACOS WEDNESDAY AT JOSHUA TREE VFW

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7264 will serve up a Boy Scouts’ fish and chips dinner tonight (Friday) from 4 to 6 p.m. Two pieces
of fish are $7; three pieces are $8. Sunday’s breakfast, from 8 to 11, is a fundraiser for Boy Scout Troop 77. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1. The VFW Post is located at 6402 Veterans Way in downtown Joshua Tree.


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