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URINETOWN THE MUSICAL NOW PLAYING AT THEATRE 29

The first Broadway musical production of the Theater 29 2015 season opened last night and runs through March. Directed by Desert Theatre League “Best Director, Musical” Award winner Gary Daigneault, with musical direction by Ed Will, and choreography by Mandi Pushkar, “Urinetown the Musical” is a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the audiences should not let the title fool them; the musical is not an indulgence in toilet humor…

“Urinetown the Musical” is a light and cerebral look at how greed and corruption on the highest levels impacts us all. Mirroring the headlines of today, a terrible water shortage—caused by a 20-year drought—has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company. But one man decides he’s had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom. “Urinetown the Musical” at Theatre 29 runs through March 28, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00 p.m., with 2:30 p.m. Sunday Matinees March 8 and 22.

Tickets are $12 for regular admission, $10 for seniors and military, and $8 for children under 12 and students with ID. With some mild “Potty humor” it is suitable for children. Tickets may be ordered online at www.theatre29.org, or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.


SNOW SHOEING TRIP CANCELLED

The Desert Hills Presbyterian Church’s trip to Big Bear to go snow- shoeing on Sunday has been cancelled due to the threat of inclement weather. Apparently, it’s going to snow.


FREE GARDEN SEED EXCHANGE

If you’ve got extra garden seeds, Reporter Taylor Thacker says you can trade them tomorrow…

The 29 Palms Inn is holding a free Garden Seed Exchange event where participants will be able to trade their extra garden seeds with other participants. On March 1st, from 10:00am to 3:00pm, gardeners of all kinds will have the chance to explore new food and flowers and share gardening information with other gardening fanatics. During this event, there will be free packaging and labels available, live music by Artemis and James Groft, and light refreshments provided by the 29 Palms Inn. This free event takes place in the big white tent at the 29 Palms Inn. For more information call 760-367-3505.


JUPITER AND A WAXING MOON

Sky’s the Limit will host a star party Saturday, February 28. The star party will start at the Twentynine Palms observatory about 6:30 p.m. and end about 11:00 p.m. A waxing gibbous moon will be near Jupiter and will dominate the sky, offering the opportunity to observe dramatic craters and mountains on the lunar surface. Bring binoculars, telescopes, water, snacks, chairs, and dress for cold weather. For more information, call 760-367-7222. Sky’s The Limit Observatory and Nature Center is just north of the Twentynine Palms entrance to the Joshua Tree National Park at 9697 Utah Trail.


JOSHUA TREE LOCAL FOOD PROGRAM

Locally-grown food and helping local families — that’s the dual objective of the Joshua Tree Local Food Program Reporter Sara Snyder says that two organizations are jointly sponsoring a fundraiser for the program…

 Transition Joshua Tree and the Community United Methodist Church of Joshua Tree want to provide organic food from local producers to needy families.  To further that goal, they are putting on a potluck fundraiser from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the church.  There will be live entertainment and music provided by Mojave Sky.  The church is located at 6213 East Parkway, 4 blocks north of State Route 62 at Park Boulevard.  Pledges and donations can be made through contacts given in this story at z1077fm.com.

Send donations for the “JT Local Food Program” to:

Community United Methodist Church of Joshua Tree

Box 711

Joshua Tree, CA 92252

or via PayPal to communityumcjt@gmail.com.

For more information, contact Joe Fairbanks at 760 490 6287 or solarfairbanks@gmail.com.


OLD WEST MOVIES AT BOXOHOUSE IN JOSHUA TREE

Examining the myths of the Old West starts with a look at Old time Western movies. BoxoHouse will be screening those films. The second movie in the series is Sunday. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells you where to bring the popcorn…

BoxoHouse will host a series of movie screenings of old Westerns in conjunction with an artist’s residency program. During her residency, Olivia Parkes will create a body of work related to the myths of the Old West as portrayed by the entertainment industry. On Sunday, March 1, the 1952 classic “High Noon” will be featured.  The Old West movies concludes March 8 with the movie “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” from 1962. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. BoxoHouse is located at 62732 Sullivan Road in Joshua Tree.


TPHS CLASS OF ’65 REUNION

Are you a member of the Twentynine Palms High School Class of 1965? Or do you know someone who is? The Class of ’65 will hold its 50-year reunion the weekend of June 12 and 13 at Pappy and Harriets in Pioneertown. For more information, check out wildcats1965.com.


TWENTYNINE PALMS ART GALLERY RECEPTION SUNDAY

There’s a new exhibit being readied for the Twentynine Palms Art Gallery. Reporter Diana Medley sketches what will be on view…

The 29 Palms Art Gallery will open its March exhibition with a reception on Sunday, March 1, from 12 to 3 p.m. at the gallery.

Chuck Caplinger ‘s “Big Skies,” is inspired by the Hi-Desert’s panoramic beauty—from sunny days to dramatic stormy skies and phenomenal sunsets. Vann Nguyen’s “Distant Horizons” offers a contrasting perspective of hybrid imaginary constructions of architecture and landscape. New works by 29 Palms Art Gallery Guild Members will be on display in the Pickering Room. The March exhibition will remain on display at the gallery through March 29.

Reporting for Z107.7, this is Diana Medley.


MBTA MANAGER TO STEP DOWN JULY 1

The Morongo Basin Transit Authority’s general manager has announced he will be stepping down this summer. Joe Meer, who has been with the MBTA since 2002 and its general manager since 2006, said he plans to resign as of July 1 in order to pursue his graduate studies. During the eight-plus years that Meer served as general manager, the agency’s ridership nearly doubled; the agency made the transition to buses fueled by natural gas; and the MBTA completed the Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms transportation centers and numerous bus stops. Meer said he will not end his relationship with the MBTA after he steps down as general manager, as he plans to direct the vehicle purchasing and grants program after July 1.


STANDING ROOM ONLY AT SCHOOL DISTRICT SCIENCE FAIR, 11 WINNERS NAMED

Twentynine Palms Junior High School hosted a standing-room-only crowd for the annual Morongo Unified School District Science Fair Tuesday night. Reporter Dan Stork celebrates the winners…
Megan Pfau and Lori Anderson, the MUSD Science Fair coordinators, presented the medals and ribbons to the Science Fair contestants on Tuesday, February 24. Eleven students will go on to the next level of competition and enter their projects in the Science and Engineering Fair for the Inland counties of Riverside, Inyo, Mono and San Bernardino to be held on April 6 and 7 in San Bernardino at the National Orange Show facility. They are:
Lauren Guzman, Grade 5, The Power of Magnets;
Griffin Hilderbrand, Grade 5, Agua Caliente;
Sebastian Ventura, Grade 6, What R.F. Values Does Your Candy bar have?
Devon Moore, Grade 6, What R.F. Values Does Your Candy Bar have?
Jaylene Harmon, Grade 6, Soap Wars;
Abigail Hobson, Grade 6, Storage Struggles;
Johnathan Horn, Grade 6, Who am I?
Jaelyn Hannan, Grade 6, Who am I?
Mei Chua, Grade 6, Salt Water vs. Fresh Water;
Emily Stuckey, Grade 6, The McCollough Effect;
Madison Carpenter, Grade 6, Hot Stuff.
Medals were also awarded for class projects. Ms. Cowan’s third grade class from Landers Elementary School won the gold medal. Ms. Buchanon’s sixth grade class from Condor Elementary School won the silver medal, and Mrs. Hilderbrand’s second-third combo class from Joshua Tree Elementary School won bronze.


FORMER TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY MANAGER FIRED FROM ADELANTO

The Adelanto City Council Wednesday, discussing its looming bankruptcy, released City Manager Jim Hart, a former Twentynine Palms City Manager. Hart, who went on a two-week administrative leave last week, was absent from the meeting. According to Wednesday’s staff report, Hart’s departure will cost the city $225,352.93, which includes a severance payment, benefits and employer taxes. The city will also continue to pay for Hart’s medical insurance, and Hart will receive a used vehicle from the city.


YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED WITH STOLEN TRAILER

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Wednesday evening after he was found with a stolen trailer. According to a Sheriff’s report, the trailer’s owner called the Sheriff’s Department about 3:30 p.m. to report someone had stolen a trailer out of his yard earlier in the day. The caller reported he was following the suspect from an address on El Dorado in Yucca Valley to Wal-Mart. During the investigation, the deputy contacted Daniel Dalpezzo, 45, who said he had bought the trailer, valued at $8,500, for $700 from a man he knew only as “Jimmy.” Based on the fact that Dalpezzo had no bill of sale, and the license plate on the trailer belonged to another vehicle, Daniel Dalpezzo was arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property. He was booked and released on $10,000 bail.


HEART-TO-HEART LUNCHEON IN CATHEDRAL CITY FOR MILITARY WOMEN

A Low-Desert service organization will be honoring military women. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells you how to lunch with Heart-to-Heart…
For the eighth year, Heart to Heart will host a luncheon and fashion show to honor military women—both active duty and wives of active duty service members from the Twentynine Palms Marine Base. The event will be held at the Desert Princess Resort in Cathedral City on March 14, starting at noon. The “Flashback to the 50s” luncheon and fashion show will also include music and an inspirational speaker. The luncheon is open to the public; tickets are $30 and must be paid in advance. However, the event is free for military and spouses. Sponsors are also needed to help finance the event. For more information, visit hearttoheartps.org, or for reservations, call Nancy Carter at 760-329-5018.


“URINETOWN, THE MUSICAL” OPENS AT THEATRE 29

The first major Broadway musical production of the Theater 29 2015 season opens tonight. “Urinetown the Musical” is a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. Mirroring the headlines of today, a terrible water shortage—caused by a 20-year drought—has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company. Amid the people, a hero decides he’s had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom. “Urinetown the Musical” is an irreverently humorous satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny. On Broadway, the show was nominated for an impressive 10 Tony Awards, winning best book, score, and direction. It also won the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical. Audiences should not let the title fool them. The show is not an indulgence in toilet humor. Rather, it is a light and cerebral look at how greed and corruption on the highest levels impacts us all. “Urinetown the Musical” runs at Theatre 29 through March 28, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00 p.m., with 2:30 p.m. Sunday Matinees March 8 and 22. Tickets are $12 for regular admission, $10 for seniors and military, and $8 for children under 12 and students with ID. With some mild “potty humor” it is suitable for children. Tickets may be ordered online at www.theatre29.org, or by calling the Theatre 29 box office at 760-361-4151.

In “Urinetown, The Musical”, at Theatre 29, Little Becky Two-Shoes, (Chalice Kunz) 3rd from left, and Soupy Sue, ( Emmi Partridge) right, pay their charge to use the public amenity to the Hero, Bobby Strong (Chris Fleischman) left, and Miss Pennywise (Rebecca Havely) 2nd from left. (Cindy Daigneault Photo).

In “Urinetown, The Musical”, at Theatre 29, Little Becky Two-Shoes, (Chalice Kunz) 3rd from left, and Soupy Sue, ( Emmi Partridge) right, pay their charge to use the public amenity to the Hero, Bobby Strong (Chris Fleischman) left, and Miss Pennywise (Rebecca Havely) 2nd from left. (Cindy Daigneault Photo).

 

The heroine of In “Urinetown, The Musical”, at Theatre 29, Hope Cladwell (Katie VanSumeren) left, Hero Bobby Strong, (Chris Fleishman) center, and Moral compass Little Sally, (Amand Winters) right, prepare for the revolution. (Cindy Daigneault Photo).

The heroine of In “Urinetown, The Musical”, at Theatre 29, Hope Cladwell (Katie VanSumeren) left, Hero Bobby Strong, (Chris Fleishman) center, and Moral compass Little Sally, (Amand Winters) right, prepare for the revolution. (Cindy Daigneault Photo).


REUSED OR RECYCLED ART SOUGHT FOR EARTH DAY EXHIBIT

Local artists who have used recycled or reused items for their pieces are being sought by the Hi-Desert Nature Museum. Reporter Taylor Thacker put out the call…
As part of the Town of Yucca Valley’s annual Earth Day celebration, local residents are invited to contribute artwork made from recycled and reused materials for the Hi-Desert Nature Museum’s “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” art exhibition on display March 5 through April 25. Paintings, sculpture, mixed media creations, photographs of recycled products, or any other art-related objects can be loaned to the museum for display in the exhibition. Individual and group projects are welcome and children are highly encouraged to participate. Guidelines for the submittal of artwork are available at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum during operating hours or on the museum’s web site www.hidesertnaturemuseum.org. An opening exhibition will be held on Friday, March 6, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The reception is free to the public. For more information call 760-369-7212.


AAL OFFERS LOW-COST PET VACCINES, MICROCHIP, AND SPAY/NEUTER

The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics in March 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 with your lost pet. Clinics will be held in Joshua Tree, west of the dinosaurs on Highway 62, on March 2, 11, 12, 13, 19, 20, and 31; and in Landers at C&J Feed Barn on March 14. All clinics are held from 10 to 2. Visit animalactionleague.us for updated schedules on clinics. To make an appointment for spay or neutering, call 760-366-1100.


OLD WEST MOVIES AT BOXOHOUSE IN JOSHUA TREE

Examining the myths of the Old West starts with a look at old-time Western movies. BoxoHouse will be screening those films. The second movie in the series is Sunday. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells you where to bring the popcorn…
BoxoHouse will host a series of movie screenings of old Westerns in conjunction with an artist’s residency program. During her residency, Olivia Parkes will create a body of work related to the myths of the Old West as portrayed by the entertainment industry. On Sunday, March 1, the 1952 classic “High Noon” will be featured. The Old West movies concludes March 8 with the movie “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” from 1962. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. BoxoHouse is located at 62732 Sullivan Road in Joshua Tree.


STAR TWIRLERS WILL DO-SEE-DOH IN YUCCA VALLEY TONIGHT

The Star Twirlers Square Dance Club is hosting a plus-level square dance at the Yucca Valley Elks Lodge tonight. The lodge is located at 55946 Yucca Trail in Yucca Valley. The dance level will be geared to comply with the level the students are dancing at the present time in their class. Richard Brewer will be calling squares from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Lines will be cued from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. and between tips. For further information contact Dennis at 366-8626.


TWENTYNINE PALMS ART GALLERY RECEPTION SUNDAY FROM 1-3

There’s a new exhibit being readied for the Twentynine Palms Art Gallery. Reporter Dan Stork sketches what will be on view…
The 29 Palms Art Gallery will open its March exhibition with a reception on Sunday, March 1, from 12 to 3 p.m. at the gallery.  Chuck Caplinger ‘s “Big Skies,” is inspired by the Hi-Desert’s panoramic beauty—from sunny days to dramatic stormy skies and phenomenal sunsets. Vann Nguyen’s “Distant Horizons” offers a contrasting perspective of hybrid imaginary constructions of architecture and landscape. New works by 29 Palms Art Gallery Guild Members will be on display in the Pickering Room. The March exhibition will remain on display at the gallery through March 29.


FREE MEAL OFFERED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TOMORROW

Food for Life serves hot, nutritious meals from 3 to 5 p.m. each Saturday at Little Church of the Desert Community Hall in Twentynine Palms at no charge. Tomorrow, the United Methodist Church of Twentynine Palms will serve ham, sweet potatoes, vegetables, and dessert.


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