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Theatre 29 will offer on-going weekly acting classes for those who want to study and learn more about acting. The classes will be led by Abe Daniels, who has 30 years of acting experience and has received several awards from the Desert Theatre League. Students will explore acting techniques using the Method approach, and will cover characterizations, scene study, monologues, and dialogues. The classes are open to actors age 16 and up. Classes will be held every Wednesday at Theatre 29 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $40 per month. To sign up or for more information, call Daniels at 626-233-4768.


The creative team behind the hit off-Broadway musical “Fabulous Divas of Broadway” and “Fabulous Divas of Hollywood” , which was performed at Theatre 29, have combined the highlights from both shows into one film, “Stage Door Divas.” Stage Door Divas is an 80-minute documentary film that chronicles Alan Palmer’s love of the theatre and the amazing ladies that inspired him along the way. Stage Door Divas premieres at the Cinema Diverse Film Festival at the Camelot Theatre in Palm Springs at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, September 20. Tickets are $13 and are available at the box office at 760-325-6565.


Sky’s the Limit is offering Sidewalk Astronomy this Saturday. Reporter Caitlin Logan gets out her telescope……

Sky’s The Limit Observatory and Nature Center offers a Sidewalk Astronomy session on Saturday, September 20th, between 7:25 pm and 2 am. This free event takes place at 9697 Utah Trail in Twentynine Palms. This time of year offers the opportunity for a good look at summer showpieces. Guests are invited to bring their own binoculars and telescopes, and come around sunset to enjoy other educational campus attractions before the cosmic tour. Everyone should dress for unpredictable weather; bring snacks, water bottles, and chairs. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult, no pets or smoking will be allowed on campus, and all trash must be carried out. Contact Steve at 650-678-0179 or Ray at 760-365-7897 for the latest information.


Desert Hills Presbyterian Church will hold a family dinner and game night Wednesday, September 17 at 6:00 p.m. The church is located at 56750 Mountain View Trail in Yucca Valley. Presbyterian Men will meet for breakfast 8:30 a.m. Saturday, September 20, at a new location, the 62 Diner in Yucca Valley.


In high school sports, the Yucca Valley High School girls’ varsity tennis team beat Twentynine Palms yesterday, 10-8. Girls’ varsity tennis Coach Cindy Miller said outstanding players in doubles were Aimee Frank and Cionne Lonergan; Dawn Rich and Moriah Goddard; and Christa Jenkins and Aislinn Gueltzow. In singles, Carrie Scofield and Rachel Green won.

Twentynine Palms High School Tennis Coach Joe Ingram said his standout was in singles action senior Jasmine Smith, who won all three sets.

Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School Girls Tennis team travels away to Desert Mirage. First serve is at 3:15.


A Morongo Valley home suffered minor damage in a fire Sunday morning. According to Morongo Valley Fire Captain Andrew Arthen, a passer-by called at 8:19 a.m. to report a debris fire off Warren Martin. When Morongo Valley and CalFire firefighters arrived, they found smoke coming out of the front door of a small, 700-square foot residence. The homeowner had tried to put out the fire in the living room himself, but the fire had spread into the walls of the structure. Arthen said the damage was minimal, with about $200 in damage to the structure and $100 to the contents. A cigarette is believed to have caused the fire.


Last Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, nearly two dozen fire fighters from San Bernardino County, the Combat Center, CalFire, and Morongo Valley gathered behind the old Walmart building in Yucca Valley to practice how to rescue a fire fighter who’s fallen through a roof. Managing editor Tami Roleff was at the exercise, and files this report…
It’s the best way—but most dangerous way—to fight a structure fire: sending fire fighters up to the roof to cut holes in it to let the smoke and heat out of the building. “It’s pretty dangerous to do ventilation just because you go to the roof of a structure and there’s fire burning below you, and every second that fire’s burning is weakening that roof.” Battalion Chief Tom Marshall explained why it’s necessary, despite the danger. “But it’s important for us to get up there and get that hole to get the smoke and the heat out so that we can see.” In last week’s exercise, some fire fighters went inside the building with water-filled hoses to fight an imaginary fire, while others pulled out a ladder and crawled to the roof with their axes and chain saws. Then the word went out that a fire fighter—in this training scenario, it was Captain Jay Dimoff—had fallen through the roof and needed to be rescued. Fire fighters armed with flashlights went searching for the missing fire fighter, who had “broken” his leg in the “fall,” and when they found him, dragged him out to safety. Marshall said it was important for the fire fighters to practice this scenario, since having a fire fighter fall through a roof is not uncommon when fighting structure fires. “It happens every year. Fire fighters fall through roofs every year.”


The Hi-Desert Home Care Services hospice program will host a free ongoing bereavement support group for those whose loved ones have died. The support group meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 2 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church on Hallee Road in Joshua Tree, and at 5:30 p.m. at the Hi-Desert Home Health and Hospice office, 63484 Chickasaw Road in Joshua Tree. The group is facilitated by Gloria Beetle. For more information, please contact Beetle at 760-366-6427 or visit the Hi Desert Medical website at


Want to quit smoking? You should. Been trying to quit smoking, but need some help? The Hi-Desert Medical Center is offering free smoking cessation classes starting Thursday. Z107-7 assignment reporter Caitlin Logan tells you how to sign up…
Hi-Desert Medical Center will offer a six-week smoking cessation program facilitated by Stan Joyce. Classes begin Thursday, Sept. 18, at 1 p.m. in the Helen Gray Education Center on the hospital campus in Joshua Tree, and meet each Thursday through October 23. The program is based on a process which allows the smoker to access personal reasons to quit. It also will focus on understanding the addiction and learning simple and effective coping and stress management techniques. Other topics include weight management, addiction cycle and relapse, and staying quit forever. The classes are free but registration is required by calling 760-366-0808 or though the hospital website,


The San Bernardino Vet Center (SBVC) offers readjustment counseling, benefits counseling, and referral services to Veterans in the Morongo Basin every Tuesday. A Vet Center counselor is available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays at Copper Mountain College, 6162 Rotary Way, in Joshua Tree, Calif., in the Office of Student Services. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Yesenia Thomas at 909-801-5762.


Only two percent of persons named in our high school history books are women, and very little of our national dramatic literature celebrates their contribution. Reporter Dan Stork heralds a limited local run of a play that works at changing that…
On September 26 and 27, at 7 pm, Theatre 29 in Twentynine Palms will host “Shattered Ceilings,” a touring play that spotlights an array of remarkable women. All made significant contributions to our nation through courage, imagination and conviction despite obstacles of inequality. “Shattered Ceilings” was first conceived when California Desert Regional Theater was commissioned to produce a season of plays themed “Pinnacles of American History” by the Rancho Mirage Public Library but discovered a dearth of published plays about the contributions of the nation’s foremothers. “Shattered Ceilings” became an effort to remedy that situation. Tickets are priced at $15 each. Call the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151 for reservations. Contact Justin Blake at 760-328-1483 or for additional information. Theatre 29 is located at 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms.


The 39th Annual Gem, Mineral, and Craft show is coming to the Sportsman’s Club of Joshua Tree. The show runs from Wednesday, October 1, through Sunday, October 5, with doors opening at 9 a.m. daily. More than 60 vendors will offer rough and polished gems, jewelry, beads, gifts, minerals, geodes, meteorites, fossils, carvings, tools, and more. It’s not just for rock hounds. Learn how to pan for gold and keep what you find. There will also be raffle drawings, a charity auction, and a vendors’ dinner. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be available every day. The Sportsman’s Club is at 6225 Sunburst Street in Joshua Tree. Admission is free.


Even though the 19th Annual Morongo Basin Orchid Festival, sponsored in part by Z107.7, is almost three weeks away, it is already time to sign up for the very popular orchid classes. Reporter Taylor Thacker has details…
The 19th Annual Morongo Basin Orchid Festival is being held on October 4 and October 5 at Gubler Orchids in Landers. One of the more popular events at the festival is the orchid classes, conducted by the Orchid Society of Arizona. The first class is for children ages 6 to 15, which will start at 10:15 a.m. on October 5 and is free. Participants will learn about orchids and their cultivation and construct a miniature greenhouse out of a one-gallon container. On the same day, the dendrobium classes for teens and adults start at 11:15 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. The new phalaenopsis class is slated to start at 1:15 on both October 4 and October 5, where participants will select and transplant a blooming four-inch orchid into a six-inch container and will learn about cultivating orchids as well as caring for orchids at home. The fee is $12. The Orchid arrangement class is scheduled for 11:15 on October 5 and is $25 per person. Students will learn the ins and outs of creating the ideal orchid arrangement and receive all the materials to do so. For more information or to sign up for any of these classes, go online to


Yucca Valley High School is sponsoring a new program for parents of students at the school. Parents are a child’s most influential teacher, and a positive relationship between parents and their children’s schools can enhance the success of students. The Parent Ambassador Program will help parents establish a working relationship of trust among students, parents, and teachers. Parents are invited to attend a meeting Wednesday, September 17, from 6 to 6:30 in the high school library. For more information, email Leisa Vallo or Shannon Luckino at emails in this story at


New drivers are urged to take part in the California Highway Patrol’s “Start Smart” classes. Managing editor Tami Roleff says one will be held tomorrow…
The Morongo Basin CHP is offering another free Start Smart class for teen drivers and new drivers. These classes provide valuable safety information, and classroom instruction on collision avoidance techniques, collision-causing elements, and driver responsibilities. The class will be held on Tuesday, September 16, in the CHP offices on the highway in Joshua Tree starting at 6 p.m. Parents and guardians are encouraged to attend as well. Reservations are required by calling Officer Joan Griffin at 760-366-3707.


The Yucca valley High School Varsity Trojan football team lost against Indio Friday night, 43-13. Coach Andrew Amosa said the team racked up over 350 yards on offense, improving each week they have played. The offense line played great and helped Creston Cole rush for 184 yards. Tommy Gieger had 71 yards rushing and a rushing touchdown. Gieger also threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to junior WR Sean Wallace. Defense was led by seniors Mike McKay and Taylor Smith with eight tackles each. The Trojans will travel to Blythe to play against Palo Verde HS this Friday.

Coach Tim Cannavo reported The JV team remained undefeated by beating Indio 44-0.

The Twentynine Palms Varsity Wildcats fell 56-27 to Arrowhead Christian at home Friday night. Head Coach Ernest Martinez said the ’Cats once again had big games from James Shragge and tailback Beayahn Carrllo. Defensively, first-year varsity player Demetrius Holmes had an interception, sophomore Caleb Roy had a solid game on defense with nine tackles, and junior linebacker Andrew Wilson had two sacks and seven tackles on the night. The Wildcats are now 1-1 after two non-league games.

The Twentynine Palms High School Frosh-Soph played a solid game on Thursday against Arrowhead Christian losing a heartbreaker 14-12 in the final minutes. Enliko Tuli and Quentin Griffin played well at the back up quarterback position. K.J. Magwood, Derek Sutherland, and Raymond Williams played well for the Frosh-Soph team.

Joshua Springs Lightning football improved to 3-0 on the season, defeating the visiting Lancaster Baptist Eagles 40-24 in a non-league match. After the first half saw the two teams trading scores, the Lightning pulled away in the second half, led by senior Jeff Bachman, who broke two Joshua Springs records, longest run (78 yards for a touchdown) and most tackles in a game, with 26. Dylan Green finished with three scores, while Connor McClay caught two Joey Hagerman touchdown receptions.

And the Twentynine Palms High School volleyball home game against Banning, originally scheduled for Wednesday, has been changed to tomorrow, Tuesday, September 16. The match begins at 4:30.


Celebrate 50 years of the Wilderness Act by volunteering at your national park on National Public Lands Day. Joshua Tree National Park Ranger Pam Tripp tells us how you can help, and when…

“Helping Hands for America’s Lands.” This slogan describes our nation’s celebration of National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 27. Sign up will be at 8:00 a.m. at Oasis Visitor Center. This year, volunteers will make seed-balls for park reforestation. Preservation of public land for the benefit of all is an expression of democracy in action. Joshua Tree National Park invites local residents and groups such as Boy and Girl Scouts, church groups, social and business clubs and other interested groups, to join in the fun. By working together toward a shared goal, we all benefit from long-term use and enjoyment of these precious lands. Participants will receive a coupon for a “fee-free” day at any national park or federal agency site, as well as a heartfelt thank you and the feeling of participating in something that “matters.” Entrance fees for all park visitors will be waived on September 27. For further information about National Public Lands Day, contact the park at 760-367-5500.


The third Monday of September is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus Federal food in the Morongo Basin. Reporter Dan Stork has the times and places…

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday, September 15. The locations and times are:
· The Church of the Lighted Cross, at 11518 Elbow Lane in Morongo Valley, from 8 to 10;
· Belfield Hall, on Reche Road in Landers, 8:30 to 10:30;
· The Community Center in Yucca Valley, 8:30 to 10:30;
· Copper Mountain Mesa Foundation, 65336 Winter Road in the Copper Mountain area, 9 to 11;
· Joshua Tree Community Center on Sunburst Road, 9 to 11;
· The fire station in Wonder Valley, 11 to 12;
· and the Evangelist Mission Church at 6595 Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms, from 10 to noon.
Recipients are requested to bring their own paper or plastic bags. For more information, call 909-723-1580.


The Yucca Valley High School girls’ volleyball team will hold a potato bar dinner Monday, September 15, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. An auction will be held are a variety of decadent desserts. The potato dinner and auction will be held in the high school gym, at 7600 Sage Avenue in Yucca Valley. Tickets are $5 and are available at the door, or in advance from volleyball players.


A reminder to the local Morongo Basin Art Community that this Monday is the deadline for submissions to the Joshua Tree National Park Art Expo. Reporter Diana Jones has details…

September 15 is the last day to submit an entry application for the Second Annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition, a judged art show to be held in December at the Oasis of Mara in Twentynine Palms. 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; $6,000 in cash will be awarded as well as an artist-in-residence award. The entry fee is $35, and artists may submit up to three images of artwork. The show will be on display at the 29 Palms Art Gallery for the month of December. For an application and complete entry rules, visit

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