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  • MARS & SATURN AT SKY’S THE LIMIT STAR PARTY
    6:00 PM-8:00 PM
    01-05-2019
    9697 Utah Trail, 29 Palms, CA, United States

    MARS & SATURN AT SKY’S THE LIMIT STAR PARTY

    Event date: Saturday, January 5
    Event time: 6pm-8pm (approx)

    Event description:
    Mars and Saturn, Sky’s The Limit Observatory and Nature Center invites stargazers to tour the desert night sky on Saturday, January 5. This free public event will start around 6:00 pm and last approximately 2 hours. The Observatory is at 9697 Utah Trail in Twentynine Palms, just outside the main (north) entrance to Joshua Tree National Park.

    One of the most beautiful deep sky sights in the Winter sky is M42, the Orion Nebula.

    This bright nebula is where stars are born. The new stars are from 10,000 years to over 300,000 years old. Our Sun is over 4 billion years old. The wispy hydrogen gas forms clumps, then gravity takes over: pulling in material and increasing pressure until it ignites into a star.

    Prominent constellations are Taurus (The Bull), Orion (The Hunter), Canis Major (The Large dog), Gemini (The Twins), and Auriga (The Charioteer).

    Volunteers will set up a variety of kinds and sizes of telescopes on the winding sidewalks, and guests are welcome to use them or may bring their own binoculars and scopes as well.

    The presentation is very casual, so come at any time and leave when you wish. Bring a red flashlight to preserve night vision. Dress for unpredictable desert weather and bring snacks, water bottles, and chairs.

    Please be aware that white headlights severely disturb viewing and use only parking lights as you approach the dome. Let your eyes adjust to the dark before you drive into the parking area.

    There are no overnight stays and NO CAMPING anywhere on the Observatory and Nature Center property. No pets, no smoking or alcohol allowed, and visitors must carry out all trash. Adults must accompany and take responsibility for the safety and behavior of children under 16.

    The seasonal sky is very unpredictable, and a viewing event may have to be delayed, rescheduled, or cancelled due to cloudiness, rain, or excessive wind. Check @skysthelmit29 or follow @STL29Palms to learn the latest status of an event or call Ray at 760-365-7897.

    For more information and to see photos taken through STL’s 14” Celestron Schmidt–Cassegrain telescope, visit the STL web site at www.skysthelimit29.org. STL is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization. Donations to support Sky’s The Limit’s educational programs are gratefully accepted.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT RAY YEAGER (760) 365-7897

  • JANUARY ART CLASSES AT 29 PALMS ART GALLERY
    6:00 PM-8:00 PM
    01-05-2019-02-20-2019
    74055 Cottonwood Dr, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

    JANUARY ART CLASSES AT 29 PALMS ART GALLERY

    Resolve to be Creative in 2019: Take January Art Classes at the 29 Palms Art Gallery

    Beginning January 5, professional artists will teach a series of art classes for children and adults at the 29 Palms Art Gallery. Prices are discounted for art gallery members. To register for classes, go to www.29palmsartgallery.com or call 760-367-7819, Thursdays – Sundays, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    CLASSES FOR YOUTH: Class size is limited to 12 students. Pre-registration is requested.

    Design a Mask, Saturday, Jan. 5, 9-10:45 a.m., $7.50 or $5 for Youth Art Club members.
    Students 5 to 11 years old join clay artist Ed Keesling to make masks using examples of cultures that make and use masks. Each participant will have an opportunity to design and make their own fantasy masks.

    Portrait Painting, Monday, Jan. 7, 4-6 p.m., $7.50 or $5 for Youth Art Club members.
    Students 12 to 17 years old join Alane Levinsohn, a well-known national portrait artist, to learn portrait painting. During the class students will learn the process of painting with oil paint using a wet-on-wet method. Materials are provided by the gallery.

    CLASSES FOR ADULTS: Must register by Jan. 11. A minimum of five participants is required.

    Managing Your Art Business, Wednesdays, Jan. 16 – Feb. 20, 6-8 p.m., $120 or $100 for members.
    A team of professionals will help artists enhance their business skills, including creating a business plan, bookkeeping, branding, licenses, selling and more. The cost includes the following six sessions:

    Jan. 16: Business Plan Introduction: Outline contents, study examples, set objectives
    Jan. 23: Bookkeeping, Budgets, and Accounting: with Carol Kundert, CK Associates
    Jan. 30: Taxes, Licenses, Insurance and the Law: with Carol Kundert, CK Associates
    Feb. 6: Branding and Promoting: with Lori Rennie, Benchmark Studios
    Feb. 13: Selling Your Art: Galleries, stores/shops, commissions, arts/crafts fairs
    Feb. 20: Business Plan Completion: Finalize, assess and share business plans.

    The 29 Palms Art Gallery is the oldest arts organization in the Morongo Basin and was founded by a group of desert artists and famed painter John Hilton in 1951. It is located in a historic adobe building built in 1936 near the Oasis of Mara as a home for western author Tom Hopkins. Since 1963, Artist Guild members have volunteered their time to operate the non-profit organization, gallery and gift shop in the adobe near Joshua Tree National Park. The gallery also hosts seasonal events such as an art auction, holiday art & craft fair, community exhibitions and art classes for all ages. To learn more, visit www.29palmsartgallery.com

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  • The Folklore and Legend of Giant Rock
    5:30 PM-6:00 PM
    01-09-2019
    57090 Twentynine Palms Hwy Yucca Valley CA

    The Folklore and Legend of Giant Rock
    Event Date: January 9, 2019
    Event Time: 5:30- 6:30

    Event Description: The Folklore and Legend of Giant Rock as presented at Contact in the Desert! With stories of Frank Critzer, George Van Tassel and the Integratron.

    History interpreter Barbara Harris has researched the 7 story 25,000 ton granite boulder for over 30 years and is known for her lectures and tours to Giant Rock at Contact in the Desert.

    She will be sharing a condensed version of her years of research that included it’s geology, Frank Critzer’s story,George Van Tassel’s Spacecraft Conventions and the building of the Integratron. She’ll also include theories of what makes Giant Rock a mysterious vortex and the current urgency to preserve this vital part of Morongo Basin’s local history.

    Please bring your old photo’s, articles and memorabilia to share.

    This is usually a very popular presentation. Come early, space is limited.

    New Location!

    The lecture is in the Cholla Room at City of Yucca Valley Community Room- 57090 Twentynine Palms Hwy Yucca Valley.

    5:30- 6:30 Q & A to follow. Donation $5.00.

    Sponsored by Morongo Basin Historical Society 2nd Wednesday Lecture Series

    Organizer Name: Morongo Basin Historical Society
    Organizer Phone Number: 7603667896
    Organizer Email: cj61464@gmail.com

    Venue Name: Cholla Room YV Community Center
    Venue Address: 57090 Twentynine Palms Hwy Yucca Valley CA

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  • Wonder Valley Community Meeting
    11:00 AM-1:00 PM
    01-12-2019
    80526-1/2 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley, CA 92277

    Wonder Valley Community Meeting
    Event Date: January 12, 2019
    Event Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    Event Description: Everyone is invited and wecome to attend the
    Wonder Valley Community Meeting
    from 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, January 12, 2019

    at the
    Wonder Valley Community Center
    80526-1/2 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley, CA 92277

    The meeting will be hosted by the
    Friends of Wonder Valley, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization

    The agenda will be posted at least 72 hours before the meeting at the Wonder Valley Community Center, and online.

    AGENDA:
    https://tinyurl.com/wv01122019 — posted 5:30 a.m., January 7, 2019

    Wonder Valley resident and retired Los Angeles police officer Steve Reyes will present on ways to secure your property.

    Wonder Valley no longer has a MAC Delegate, as the MAC was dissolved in November. Our former MAC Delegate, Teresa Sitz, will chair this meeting and clarify issues regarding our representation with the County.

    For more information, please go to: WonderValley.org

    Organizer Name: Teresa Sitz
    Organizer Phone Number: 760-367-9880
    Organizer Email: teresa.sitz@gmail.com

    Venue Name: Wonder Valley Community Center
    Venue Address: 80526-1/2 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley CA 92277

  • “PRIVATE EYES” EXHIBIT AT GALLERY 62
    6:00 PM-8:00 PM
    01-12-2019
    61607 Twentynine Palms Highway, Joshua Tree, CA 92252, USA

    “PRIVATE EYES” EXHIBIT AT GALLERY 62

    “Private Eyes”  an EyePopping exhibit @gallery62jt
    Event Date: Saturday, January 12th,  2019
    Event Time: 6 pm to 8 pm

    Event Description: “Private Eyes”  a Gallery62 Artists reception and show

    We welcome you to a new exhibit at the Gallery62 in beautiful downtown Joshua Tree. “Private Eyes” examines what, who, and how, we see our world through the interpretations of Artists: Louise Marler, Mitch Miller, Regina Kirillov, Patti Dietrick, Kat Johnson, Rose Cefalu, Sherri Sullivan, and in the signature room, Paul Moorehead. We look forward to seeing you there.

    Exhibit runs January 4th to January 27 2019

    Artist’s reception show, January 12 from 6-8pm

    Open Gallery hours: Saturdays from 9am to 3pm, Fridays and Sundays from 12pm to 3pm and by appointment

    Event venue: Gallery 62 Address: 61607 29 Palms Hwy Suite H, Joshua Tree CA 92252

    Event contact:

    Facebook:    fb.com/gallery62jt/
    Instagram:   @gallery62jt
    Web:         Gallery62.org

    Organizer Name: Gallery62 members
    Organizer Phone Number: 323-377-8729
    Organizer Email: gallery62@mbcac.org

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  • Wonder Valley USDA Food Distribution
    9:30 AM-12:00 PM
    01-15-2019
    80526-1/2 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley, CA 92277

    WV USDA Food Distribution
    Event Date: January 15, 2019
    Event Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon

    Event Description: The USDA Food Distribution will begin at 9:30 a.m. on TUESDAY, January 15, at the Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526-½ Amboy Road, Wonder Valley CA 92277. The Community Center is next to the Fire Station.

    Low income Wonder Valley residents self-certify on site. No ID or other documentation is required. You may pick up a box for one neighbor, or they may pick up a box for you, IF you present a signed pick up form. One pick up per person. Pick up forms are available online at http://tinyurl.com/wv-pickup-form. They are also available at the WVCC on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., and at the information kiosk at the WVCC the week before the event.

    For more information, call Teresa Sitz at (760) 367-9880.

    The text below is required.

    Nondiscrimination Statement
    In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

    To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

    (1) mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

    (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

    (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

    This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

    Organizer Name: Teresa Sitz
    Organizer Phone Number: 760-367-9880
    Organizer Email: teresa.sitz@gmail.com

    Venue Name: Wonder Valley Community Center
    Venue Address: 80526-1/2 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley CA 922

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  • SALT SONGS & SKY STORIES AT SKY’S THE LIMIT
    5:00 PM-6:00 PM
    01-19-2019
    9697 Utah Trail, 29 Palms, CA, United States

    SALT SONGS & SKY STORIES AT SKY’S THE LIMIT

    Saturday, January 19 at Sky’s The Limit:

    Salt Songs & Sky Stories of the Nuwuvi (Southern Paiute) People

    by Matt Leivas, Director of the Chemehuevi Cultural Center

    Sky’s The Limit Observatory and Nature Center initiates a Cultural Astronomy Series with Salt Songs & Sky Stories of the Nuwuvi (Southern Paiute) People, led by Matt Leivas, Director of the Chemehuevi Cultural Center on Saturday, January 19 at 5:00 pm. The Observatory is at 9697 Utah Trail in Twentynine Palms, just outside the main (north) entrance to Joshua Tree National Park.

    “The Salt Songs are an ancient song complex unique to Southern Paiute people of California, Arizona, Utah, and Nevada. The songs and ceremonies associated with them are highly significant cultural links, uniting contemporary people with their time of origin. They are at once healing and power songs of great importance today.” – Preface to Where Puha Sits; Salt Songs, Power, and the Oasis of Mara by Clifford E. Trafzer and Matthew (Matt) Hanks Leivas.

    Matt Leivas is one of the leading Salt Song Singers among the Southern Paiute people. He has been a member of the Tribal Council for the Chemehuevi Tribe and is currently the Director of the Chemehuevi Cultural Center. Matt and his sisters will share Salt Songs to honor the landscape and sky of 29 Palms.

    An anonymous gift makes possible these programs, exploring how diverse cultures experience the significance of the desert, earth, and sky. The gatherings will take place on Saturdays under the full desert moon.

    Guests are urged to dress for winter night desert weather and bring comfortable camp chairs and water. The campus will open at 4:00 pm to allow time to explore the setting and watch the sunset. Parking is limited, so carpooling is encouraged. A suggested donation of $10 per vehicle will help sustain this series and support the worthy organizations the speakers represent.

    On Sunday, January 20, Matt Leivas and Clifford Trafzer will sign copies of their book, Where Puha Sits; Salt Songs, Power, and the Oasis of Mara, at the 29 Palms Inn from 1 to 3 PM. This original book honors the Gathering of Tribes in November 2016 and the Intertribal Sing Blessing of the three new Desert National Monuments in May 2017 and contains previously unpublished material. Clifford E. Trafzer is a Distinguished Professor of History and Rupert Costo Chair in American Indian Affairs at the University of California, Riverside, where he has taught since 1991.

    There are no overnight stays and NO CAMPING anywhere on the Observatory and Nature Center property. No pets, no smoking or alcohol allowed, and visitors must carry out all trash. Adults must accompany and take responsibility for the safety and behavior of children under 16.

    The desert weather is very unpredictable, and this event may have to be delayed, rescheduled, or cancelled due to rain or excessive wind. Check @skysthelmit29 or follow @STL29Palms to learn the latest status of an event.

    For more information and to see photos taken through STL’s 14” Celestron Schmidt–Cassegrain telescope, visit the STL web site at www.skysthelimit29.org. STL is an all-volunteer tax-exempt nonprofit organization. Donations to support Sky’s The Limit’s educational programs are gratefully accepted.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT CARMEN MENDOZA (970) 217-2430

  • “Salt Songs & Sky Stories of Nuwuvi People” at Sky’s the Limit
    5:00 PM-3:00 PM
    01-19-2019-01-20-2019
    9697 Utah Trail, 29 Palms, CA, United States

    “Salt Songs & Sky Stories of Nuwuvi (Southern Paiute) People”

    By: Matt Leivas, Director of the Chemehuevi Cultural Center

    at Sky’s the Limit

    Event dates/times: Saturday, January 19th 5-7pm & Sunday, January 20th 1-3pm

    Event description: Sky’s The Limit Observatory and Nature Center initiates a Cultural Astronomy Series with Salt Songs & Sky Stories of the Nuwuvi (Southern Paiute) People, led by Matt Leivas, Director of the Chemehuevi Cultural Center on Saturday, January 19 at 5:00 pm. The Observatory is at 9697 Utah Trail in Twentynine Palms, just outside the main (north) entrance to Joshua Tree National Park.

     “The Salt Songs are an ancient song complex unique to Southern Paiute people of California, Arizona, Utah, and Nevada. The songs and ceremonies associated with them are highly significant cultural links, uniting contemporary people with their time of origin. They are at once healing and power songs of great importance today.” – Preface to Where Puha Sits; Salt Songs, Power, and the Oasis of Mara by Clifford E. Trafzer and Matthew (Matt) Hanks Leivas.

    Matt Leivas is one of the leading Salt Song Singers among the Southern Paiute people. He has been a member of the Tribal Council for the Chemehuevi Tribe and is currently the Director of the Chemehuevi Cultural Center. Matt and his sisters will share Salt Songs to honor the landscape and sky of 29 Palms.

    An anonymous endowment makes possible these programs, exploring how diverse cultures experience the significance of the desert, earth, and sky. The gatherings will take place on Saturdays under the full desert moon.

    Guests are urged to dress for winter night desert weather and bring comfortable camp chairs and water. The campus will open at 4:00 pm to allow time to explore the setting and watch the sunset. Parking is limited, so carpooling is encouraged. A suggested donation of $10 per vehicle will help sustain this series and support the worthy organizations the speakers represent.

    On Sunday, January 20, Matt Leivas and Clifford Trafzer will sign copies of their book, Where Puha Sits; Salt Songs, Power, and the Oasis of Mara, at the 29 Palms Inn from 1 to 3 PM. This original book honors the Gathering of Tribes in November 2016 and the Intertribal Sing Blessing of the three new Desert National Monuments in May 2017 and contains previously unpublished material. Clifford E. Trafzer is a Distinguished Professor of History and Rupert Costo Chair in American Indian Affairs at the University of California, Riverside, where he has taught since 1991.

    There are no overnight stays and NO CAMPING anywhere on the Observatory and Nature Center property. No pets, no smoking or alcohol allowed, and visitors must carry out all trash. Adults must accompany and take responsibility for the safety and behavior of children under 16.

    The desert weather is very unpredictable, and this event may have to be delayed, rescheduled, or cancelled due to rain or excessive wind.  Check @skysthelmit29 or follow @STL29Palms to learn the latest status of an event.

    For more information and to see photos taken through STL’s 14” Celestron Schmidt–Cassegrain telescope, visit the STL web site atwww.skysthelimit29.org. STL is an all-volunteer tax-exempt nonprofit organization. Donations to support Sky’s The Limit’s educational programs are gratefully accepted.

    Event contact:

    FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT CARMEN MENDOZA (970) 217-2430

    PHOTOS: Matt Leivas at Chemehuevi Indian Tribe Council House, Cliff Trafzer

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  • Joshua Tree Community Garden Monthly Meeting
    3:00 PM-4:00 PM
    01-23-2019
    6171 Sunburst St. Joshua Tree, CA 92252

    Joshua Tree Community Garden Monthly Meeting
    Event Name: Joshua Tree Community Garden Monthly Meeting
    Event Date: 1/23/2019
    Event Time: 3pm-4pm

    Event Description: COMMUNITY GARDEN/COMMUNITIES OF EXCELLENCE MONTHLY MEETING IN JOSHUA TREE

    We will be covering the following topics:

    -Setting Nutrition Goals
    -Learn to mix in Healthy Ingredients in to your favorite meals
    -Taste Testing/Vegetable Quesadilla
    -Track your Nutrition Goals

    Visit us on facebook:

    https://www.facebook.com/ROYV760/
    or
    https://www.facebook.com/JTCommunityGarden/

    Organizer Name: Reach Out Yucca Valley
    Organizer Phone Number: 760-365-7130
    Organizer Email: isabel@we-reachout.org

    Venue Name: Joshua Tree Park and Recreation
    Venue Address: 6171 Sunburst St. Joshua Tree, CA 92252

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  • MORONGO BASIN REGIONAL COUNIL ON AGING MEETING
    12:30 PM-1:30 PM
    01-24-2019
    57090 Twentynine Palms Hwy, Yucca Valley

    MORONGO BASIN REGIONAL COUNIL ON AGING MONTHLY MEETING

    Event Date: Thursday, Jaunary 24, 2019
    Event Time: 12:30-1:30 pm

    Event Description: Regular Monthly meeting every 4th Thursday of local residents concerned with issues Affecting Seniors over the age of 60. We take concerns to the San Bernardino County Department of Adults and Aging Service Senior Affairs Commission. Educational information is shared with attendees also. Meet in Yucca Valley Senior Center, meeting room after the Senior Nutrition lunch program. Come Join us!

    Organizer Name: Lib Koenig
    Organizer Phone Number: 760.694.4509
    Organizer Email: jjarlsberg@gmail.com

    Venue Name: Yucca Valley Senior Center
    Venue Address: Dumosa behind YV City Hall

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  • MARS, THE MOON & A SUPERNOVA AT SKY’S THE LIMIT
    6:00 PM-8:00 PM
    01-26-2019
    9697 Utah Trail, 29 Palms, CA, United States

    MARS, THE MOON & A SUPERNOVA AT SKY’S THE LIMIT

    Event date: Saturday, January 26 at Sky’s The Limit:

    Event time: 6 pm- 8pm (aprox two hours)

    Sky’s The Limit Observatory and Nature Center invites stargazers to tour the desert night sky on Saturday, January 26. This free public event will start around 6:00 pm and last approximately 2 hours. The Observatory is at 9697 Utah Trail in Twentynine Palms, just outside the main (north) entrance to Joshua Tree National Park.

    A special guest on January 26 is Terry Honyoust, demonstrating the ZWO camera for digital astrophotography.

    Mars sets at 10:48 pm and the Moon rises at 11:36 pm.

    The nebula M1, located in the upper part of the constellation Taurus, is the remnant of an exploding star (supernova) that was discovered by Chinese astronomers in 1054. It was described as a “Guest Star.” It was so bright that it was observed in the daytime for 23 days. This object is 6,500 light years away.

    Supernovas occur when a star has consumed all of its hydrogen and collapses in on itself, creating an enormous explosion. The elements of the star – such as carbon, oxygen, iron, and calcium – are blasted into space. These raw materials will be used for new stars.

    Prominent constellations are Taurus (The Bull), Orion (The Hunter), Canis Major (The Large dog), Gemini (The Twins), and Auriga (The Charioteer).

    Volunteers will set up a variety of kinds and sizes of telescopes on the winding sidewalks, and guests are welcome to use them or may bring their own binoculars and scopes as well.

    The presentation is very casual, so come at any time and leave when you wish. Bring a red flashlight to preserve night vision. Dress for unpredictable desert weather and bring snacks, water bottles, and chairs.

    Please be aware that white headlights severely disturb viewing and use only parking lights as you approach the dome. Let your eyes adjust to the dark before you drive into the parking area.

    There are no overnight stays and NO CAMPING anywhere on the Observatory and Nature Center property. No pets, no smoking or alcohol allowed, and visitors must carry out all trash. Adults must accompany and take responsibility for the safety and behavior of children under 16.

    Event contact: The seasonal sky is very unpredictable, and a viewing event may have to be delayed, rescheduled, or cancelled due to cloudiness, rain, or excessive wind. Check @skysthelmit29 or follow @STL29Palms to learn the latest status of an event or call Ray at 760-365-7897.

    For more information and to see photos taken through STL’s 14” Celestron Schmidt–Cassegrain telescope, visit the STL web site at www.skysthelimit29.org. STL is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization. Donations to support Sky’s The Limit’s educational programs are gratefully accepted.

    FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT RAY YEAGER (760) 365-7897

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