VENDOR BOOTHS STILL AVAILABLE!! IF YOU ARE AN ARTIST/CREATOR/CRAFTER or have HAND CRAFTED GOODS to sell – Please contact the Joshua Tree Chamber of Commerce 760-366-3723
THE COMMUNITY IS INVITED TO A RIBBON CUTTING 12:30 P.M. NOVEMBER 15, 2014 AT JT MODERN REAL ESTATE! 61762 29 PALMS HWY., JOSHUA TREE PLEASE STOP BY AND WELCOME BRYON WYNWOOD TO DOWNTOWN JOSHUA TREE!
Joshua Tree Downtown Map Advertising Opportunity
This tri-fold promotional brochure features a downtown Joshua Tree map and directory of all downtown businesses. It will be made available at locations throughout the Morongo Basin, at tourism trade shows and throughout LA and other regions. JT Chamber members have the first opportunity to advertise. We expect this to be a very popular promotional piece for tourists and locals to use as a guide to promote downtown JT, businesses and the arts community. There are 8 adverising spaces available on each edition of the map.
Opening Reception for the CDPA 20th Anniversary Art Exhibition
Friday November 14th, 5-8 pm
Joshua Tree National Park Visitor CenterMore info here
From the World-Famous Hollywood MAGIC CASTLE come “Haunted Magic Theater – Halloween Club Night!” and “Halloween Magic 4 Kids” afternoon matinee at the Hi-Desert Cultural Center
Magic Theater returns to Joshua Tree! Back by popular demand after its sold-out success – three acclaimed magicians, two prestidigitaciously miraculous shows! The Hi-Desert Cultural Center is proud to present two shows, “Haunted Magic Theater – Halloween Club Night!” and a special Saturday matinee show “Halloween Magic 4 Kids” geared for kids of all ages at its Blak Box Theater. Both shows feature master of illusion and ventriloquist Rob Watkins (of the world-famous Hollywood Magic Castle), magical wizard Xtreme Dean, and for the first time in the Hi-Desert, the award-winning Magic of Arnel with his exotic animal troupe. Filled with new magic, these special and fun shows will perplex, entrance, bewilder, and otherwise leave you never being able to trust your eyes again! Theatergoers will also be treated to “IRA The Ghost” as she invisibly plays the Center’s new 9’4″ Mason & Hamlin concert grand piano for the audience’s eerie delight.
The Haunted Magic Theater Halloween Club Night runs one night only, Friday, October 31st at 7 pm at Joshua Tree’s Hi-Desert Cultural Center. A full cash bar and light refreshments will be available throughout the evening. Tickets are $15 General Floor Seating, $20 General Raised Seating, and $30 Elite Seating which includes bistro tables.
“Halloween Magic 4 Kids” afternoon matinee runs one show only on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 2 pm at the Hi-Desert Cultural Center. Tickets are $7 for general seating and $12 for Elite Seating that includes bistro tables.
Local Events Celebrate 20th Anniversary of California Desert Protection Act
Nov. 8 to 16, 2014
Morongo Valley ~ Joshua Tree ~ Twentynine Palms ~ Yucca Valley
Twenty years ago on October 31, President Bill Clinton signed into law the California Desert Protection Act (CDPA) of 1994, which enlarged and re-designated Joshua Tree and Death Valley national monuments as national parks, established the Mojave National Preserve, and designated 69 new Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wilderness Areas, 8 Wilderness Study Areas, and various other designations. In total, the CDPA increased the level of protection for over 8.6 million acres of the California desert, for current and future generations.
In honor of this important anniversary, events will be celebrated in the Joshua Tree Gateway Communities from Nov. 8 to 16, coordinated by Joshua Tree National Park Council for the Arts and numerous local organizations.
A kickoff event is planned for Saturday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Joshua Tree Railroad Museum in Joshua Tree, adjacent to Mojave Desert Land Trust’s Quail Mountain property near the west entrance of Joshua Tree National Park. The event will feature interpretive talks, desert history, storytellers, and an anniversary cake cutting in the historic dining car at the museum. Admission is free, although RSVPs are requested by Mojave Desert Land Trust, (760) 366-5440.
On Thursday, Nov. 13, Robin Kobaly of The SummerTree Institute will lead an Eco-Discovery Walk in Big Morongo Canyon Preserve from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The interpretive stroll on the boardwalk through the marsh and riparian woodlands will end at the Pavilion in beautiful Covington Park around noon, with lunch, music, and art. The event begins and ends at Covington Park, East Drive off Hwy 62 in Morongo Valley, or call Morongo Valley Community Services District (760) 363-6454 for directions or more information.
Friday, Nov. 14, from 1 to 3 p.m., Mojave Desert Land Trust staff will lead a guided hike on their Quail Mountain property in Joshua Tree, near the west entrance to Joshua Tree National Park. The hike is designed for the public with all levels of hiking abilities and includes interpretive signs, brochures, and dialogue about desert ecosystems and the CDPA. Snacks and beverages will be available at the trailhead.
Later on Friday, Nov. 14, an opening reception will be held at the Joshua Tree National Park Visitor Center on Park Blvd. in Joshua Tree, from 5 to 8 p.m., to celebrate a California Desert Protection Act 20th Anniversary Exhibit, featuring artwork from Joshua Tree and Death Valley, and a “Crazy Cactus” exhibit from Mojave National Preserve. Joshua Tree Chamber of Commerce will host the event with music and refreshments, and admission is free.
On Saturday, Nov. 15, from 3 to 4 p.m., a CDPA 20th Anniversary Mural, designed and painted by California mural artists Chuck Caplinger and Art Mortimer, will be dedicated at the 29 Palms Historical Society’s Old Schoolhouse Museum on National Park Drive in Twentynine Palms.
Saturday evening, Nov. 15, from 5 to 9 p.m., a Desert Sky Dinner will be a night to remember at Smith’s Ranch on Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms. The event will feature Southwestern fare, Margaritas, star gazing, dancing, and country music by The Jann Browne Band. Special guests will include Dr. Bruce Pavlik, author of The California Deserts: An Ecological Rediscovery, and new Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent David Smith. Tickets are $25/person or $40/couple and will go on sale the week of Oct. 27 at 29 Palms Chamber of Commerce.
Sunday, Nov. 16, is a “Party with Coyote Cool” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Desert in Yucca Valley. A “Saving the Ancients” workshop with Robin Kobaly of The SummerTree Institute begins at 11 a.m., followed by student project displays, desert conservation tables, a coloring contest, face painting, door prizes, birthday cupcakes and beverages from 12 to 3 p.m. Andy Gorrill’s MUSD band students will provide music, and solar scope viewing will be available with Tom O’Key of Southern California Desert Video Astronomers. The free family event is hosted by Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce, Soroptimist of Yucca Valley, and Education Consultant Diana Shay-Diehl, Morongo Unified School District.
Reach Out Morongo Basin will be holding its 8th Annual Craft Fair and Bake Sale at the 29 Palms Senior Center – 6539 Adobe Rd on Saturday and Sunday November 1 and 2 from 9am to 4 pm.With 20 wonderful vendors of handcrafted goods ranging from textiles and wood crafts to jewelry and homemade jams available there is something for everyone. In addition there will be taste tempting delights of delicious baked goods and sweets! Come browse the crafts, have a cup of hot coffee and something sweet and start your holiday season off with a smile!For more information contact Reach Out Morongo Basin at 760-361-1410.
November at JTAG
STUDENT ART SHOW AT THE GLASSOUTHOUSE GALLERYWhat do the Glass Outhouse Art Gallery and Copper Mountain College havein common? A dazzling, eclectic student art show!
See this exciting display of CMC’s emerging visual art talent that
includes drawings, paintings, prints, digital photos, and sculptures,
with all works available for purchase. This is the second year CMC
students have been invited to show their works at the Glass Outhouse
Gallery. Professor Cathy Allen, Art Instructor stated, “It’s absolutely
wonderful that Laurel Siedle, owner of the Glass Outhouse Gallery,
offers CMC Art students this real world experience of showing their work
to the public.”
Enjoy the CMC student artists’ reception during the second weekend of
the art tours, Saturday, November 1, 2014 from one to five. Refreshments
will be provided, along with live musical performances.
You can stop by to view the student art works from November 1st through
November 30th. The Glass Outhouse Gallery is located at 77575 Highway 62
in Twentynine Palms and is open from one to five Tuesday through Sunday.
For information, contact Laurel Seidl, 760-367-3807 or Cathy Allen,
Through a generous donation, we will be reducing the cost of the class “Campfire Cuisine: Gourmet Cooking in Joshua Tree National Park on November 8-9. The cost will be $135 for JTNPA or PINE members or $145 for non-members. This price includes the cost of the meals (food isprovided). Camping is at the beautiful “LOST HORSE CAMPGROUND”, an”administrative” campsite, not accessible to the typical park visitor. Join Michael Moura and Tanya Jenkins to learn easy, creative campcooking on this weekend class. They will share with you many successfulrecipes for fun, exciting eating while camping in Joshua Tree National Park. From gourmet traditional to vegan/vegetarian fare, Michael and Tanya will help you to be a good camp cook based on pre-trip preparations, packing your foods correctly (no one wants water soaked sandwiches) and cooking equipment and utensils checklists. To create a good appetite, hikes with Lew Kingman are scheduled for both Saturday and Sunday. Don’t miss out on this fun weekend in the park, as enrollment is limited to 12 students! Meals will include Saturday dinner and desert & Sunday brunch. We will purchase the food and bring it to the campsite. (Camping is not required, but highly recommended)
Old Schoolhouse Lecture Series Resumes!
Changes to Joshua Tree National Park – a Symposium
In case you missed last Friday’s event, “JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK – STATE OF THE PARK” at Copper Mountain College, The Desert Institute is providing a link to the video on the Desert Institute YouTube Channel We had over 110 active participants in the audience. The next event is on Friday, November 21 from 7-8:30 pm at the Bell Center on the campus of Copper Mountain College. The topic is “RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT” and the panelists are Chris Clarke, KCET Environmental Writer, James Andre,Director of the Granite Mountains Desert Research Center and April Sall, California Desert Coalition. This event is free, but pre-registration is required.
Trade in your computer, cell phone, Instagrams, clocks, schedules and work-jargon for off-the-grid, pure, unadulterated fun in Joshua Tree National Park. Learn new survival skills, explore observation and art techniques, hike with a naturalist, enjoy time with your kids in our family programs, or discover the mysteries of the park’s name sake -Joshua trees. Sign up soon, as enrollment is limited!
Nov 1 – 2 iNaturalist: Join the Society of 21st Century Naturalists ,
Nov 8 – 9 Campfire Cuisine: Gourmet Cooking in JTNP
Nov 22 – 23 Rough N’ Ready Girl’s Desert Camping Workshop and
Dec 6 – 7 Women’s “Get-Away” Weekend
PUBLIC COMMENT SOUGHT
This letter is to inform you that Joshua Tree National Park is requesting public input for a potential fee increase. Under discussion are potential fees for entrance into the park, use of the campground facilities, backcountry camping fees, and Keys Ranch Tour fees. After reviewing public comments, park management may consider seeking approval from the Washington Office of the National Park Service to increase fees to meet the park’s increasingly unmet needs.
The National Park Service makes every effort to limit fee increases and ensure the greatest amount of public access to the nation’s public lands. The park last increased user fees in 2006 and camping fees at campgrounds in 2007. Since then, money raised from those fees has funded dozens of programs around the park, including improvements at all of the campgrounds, road and trail maintenance, exhibits at visitor centers, and scientific research projects.
We realize that any fee increase has the unintended consequence of limiting many families from visiting and using their parklands. We also acknowledge that challenging economic times have resulted in decreased park budgets. As a result, park staff has been unable to maintain services and infrastructure at the minimum level expected by the American public. For example, poorly engineered drainage and rapidly decaying asphalt at the heavily used Black Rock Campground have limited the public’s use and added to flooding problems. Repairs to this project alone are expected to cost the park $15 million. Similarly, recent staff cuts led to a 55% decrease in the number of students served through the park’s environmental education program. Cuts in patrol staff have forced rangers to become reactive instead of proactive. All of this is occurring at a time with rapidly increasing visitation to the park. Current visitation projections estimate that the park will see 1.5 million visitors this year – an 110,000 increase over last year’s numbers and the largest number of visitors in the park’s history. Revenues generated by any fee increase will be used to help remedy these problems and help prepare the park for the second century of the National Park Service in 2016.
After reviewing fees charged by other federal recreational sites as well as similar private sites and campgrounds, management is considering the following changes to the fee schedule:
Vehicle entrance fees:
Current level – $15/week and $30/annual Proposed – $25/week and $50 annual
Proposed – $8 at designated high use campsites when established
To ensure the opportunity for the public to comment on the proposed new fees at Joshua Tree National Park, the National Park Service will engage the public in the following steps:
· — Meet with the Congressional Delegation and notify them of the proposed fee increases and the reasons behind the increases.
· — Meet with local, state, and federal officials in the area and inform them of the proposed increases.
· — Contact with partner groups, stakeholders, and local business owners to apprise them of the proposed fee increase in the fall of 2014.
· — Mail letters to the local community members and encourage feedback to the park that represents their respective members, audiences and customers.
· — Hold public meetings to discuss raising the fees. Park management is scheduled to hold a Morongo Basin session on November 6 from 7:00-9:00 PM at the Belle Center at Copper Mountain College.
If fee increases at Joshua Tree Park are approved, it is anticipated they will be implemented beginning in the spring of 2015.
The public is encouraged to email their comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. They can also be sent in writing to the park at Joshua Tree National Park – Attention Fee Increase Comments, 74485 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277. Comments must be received by November 21. Due to an anticipated large quantity of comments, we will be accepting comments only, without reply. If you have any immediate questions or concerns, please contact me directly at 760-367-5502.
Know a senior who needs home repairs?- Reach Out Morongo Basin is seeking senior and disabled persons needing home repairs or yard work for upcoming service projects coordinated with volunteers from 3/7 Infantry Battalion, 3/11 Artillery Battalion and 1st Tank Battalion aboard the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center for upcoming service projects scheduled for Monday January 26, 2015 and with 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion on Friday January 30, 2015..”This will be our third project in coordination with 1st Tank Battalion and we welcome the addition of volunteers from 3/7 Infantry Battalion and the 3/11 Artillery Battalion who will combine forces on January 26th and 3rd LAR Battalion who will volunteer onJanuary 30th, 2015. The support we have received from the Command at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center – 29 Palms during our last projects held on October 4, 2013 and April 4, 2014 helped make it such a success with 38 senior homeowners throughout the Morongo Basin receiving much needed help with yard work and other home repairs. During past projects volunteers from 1st Tank Battalion and 3/4 Infantry Battalion helped our senior neighbors with tasks they are unable to do anymore.” said Robin Schlosser executive director for Reach Out Morongo Basin. “Due to the overwhelming success of this wonderful collaboration we are seeking to expand the project to help more senior and disabled neighbors and to expand the types of work done. To help make this a reality Chaplains from many different battalions aboard MCAGCC are answering the call to service and coordinating with Reach Out on these Basin wide days of service. .”Organizers are seeking 35-40 homes in the Morongo Basin. Requests for home repairs such as painting, light carpentry and other repairs not requiring permits as well as yard work projects are being sought. Homes must be the primary residence and owned by the senior or disabled person requesting the assistance. All requests will require inspection to evaluate the scope of work required. For more information or to sign up for this program please call Robin Schlosser at Reach Out Morongo Basin 760-361-1410.
Sundays are eclectic…Just like Joshua Tree is….on Z107.7
In the mood for something different than the mainstream? Tune in Sundays from 3-5pm. At 3pm…enjoy the many moods of Ben Vaughn. Broadcasting somewhere in the U.S. from a relay shack…Vaughn digs into the archives of yesterdays music, you never know what you’ll hear!
At 4pm…join Pat Michaels for the local music showcase featuring the best of our eclectic Hi-Desert musical scene! Local artist? Submit your music for possible inclusion!
Make it a date…Sundays on z107.7, community radio.
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Join us for two great women’s camping weekends with the Desert InstituteNOVEMBER 22-23 The Rough N’ Ready Girl’s Desert Camping Workshop (new) If you’re a rough n’ ready girl or would like to be one, then this is the class for you. If you have a taste for adventure, a thirst for wild spaces or just want to improve your outdoor skills, sign up here! Learn how to thrive in the outdoors with camping basics and best practices, improve your knowledge of natural science and have fun with a bunch of other intrepid women. On this weekend camping workshop you’ll learn about the desert while hiking through it, share stories around a crackling campfire, and acquire useful skills that will transform the great outdoors into your own spectacular backyard. No prior camping experience is necessary, though some basic equipment is required. More experienced campers who’d like to brush up on their skills or just come to have a good time are also welcome! DECEMBER 6-7 Women’s “Get Away” Weekend Spend a weekend with the Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park where you can go to unplug, to get away, to learn new skills and to enjoy the company of other course participants. Trade in your computer, cell phone, Instagrams, clocks, schedules and work-jargon for an off-the-grid weekend with the girls – two days of pure unadulterated fun and education! Join Caryn Davidson and Laurie Green on hikes, yoga practice, journaling, basic navigation and desert survival. This weekend of classes will be held at the Lost Horse Campsite, a beautiful location that is perfect for this program! Camping is optional, but highly recommended. If you want a one-day hike, join Chris Metzger on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8to hike the Lost Horse Loop . Lost Horse Mine is one of the easier mountains to climb in the Park. Join Chris Metzger in a 8.5 mile route that travels over a high ridge to a remote valley and the mine and camp ruins of the Optimist Mine. The history of the mine and the cast of characters involved will be highlighted by Chris, whose knowledge of the mines and mining history will make your day complete.
Gold, Iron & Steel
The group art show features more than a dozen desert artists, who have captured the theme of desert metal in photography, mixed media works, painting, ceramics, and steel sculpture. The show will be on display for October, November, and December 2014.
The Art in Public Places gallery inside the Twentynine Palms Visitor Center and Chamber of Commerce is open seven days a week at the corner of Desert Queen Ave. and the highway, downtown Twentynine Palms. For more information or directions, call (760) 367-6197.
Art in Public Places exhibitions are presented quarterly by the Public Arts Advisory Committee of the City of Twentynine Palms.
JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM
The Joshua Tree Clean Team meets on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Wednesday of each month to clean the well-traveled routes in Joshua Tree. They provide the trash bags, gloves and grabber sticks to make the job easier.
Their co-sponsors include the Park Rock Café, Z107.7, Joshua Tree Outfitters, Joshua Tree Recreation & Park district, County of San Bernardino, Hi-Desert Star and Cal Trans. For more information call, 760 366-8415.
DEDICATION CEREMONY AND VETERANS DAY OF REMEMBRANCE Veterans Day is a time to pause and honor all of those who served and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for this great nation. Please join Copper Mountain College in a Veterans Day of Remembrance on Friday, November 7, 2014 at 10:00 a.m., in the 300 Quad on the main campus in Joshua Tree. Included will be a brief dedication of Bud and Betty’s Place for Veterans, the new military student center which will open in the spring. Located in the Christine Proudfoot Student Activity Center, this is a special place set aside for the use of service members and Veterans while attending Copper Mountain College. “We are grateful to the Garrett Family for creating this place of their own for those who have done so much for our country” states Sandy Smith, Foundation Executive Director. This event, sponsored by CMC’s Veterans Services and Base Programs and the CMC Foundation, will feature a program presented exclusively by Veterans including Foundation President Pete Wood, Honorary Board Member and Major Donor Bud Garrett, and Chaplain Joe Matousch, and will include light refreshments after the ceremony. If you would like more information on this event or how to donate to Bud & Betty’s Place for Veterans, contact the CMC Foundation at 760-366-3791 ext 4200.
Hi-Desert Medical Center is hosting a Drop-Off Event for unwanted prescription drugs and used sharps/needles. The event takes place Saturday, November 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the Helen Gray Education Center on the hospital campus is Joshua Tree. Every year, thousands of pounds of prescription drugs end up in landfills, posing a danger to the environment. Medicines are a special type of hazardous chemical that we need to keep out of our solid waste system and landfills to prevent harm to people and the environment. THE FDA, DEA, EPA, AND OFFICE OF DRUG CONTROL POLICY RECOMMEND USING MEDICINE TAKE-BACK PROGRAMS SUCH AS THIS AS THE BEST WAY TO DISPOSE OF YOUR UNWANTED MEDICINES. Used sharps/needles are a contamination and health threat if not properly disposed of. Sharps must be brought to the event in a container such as a coffee can; do not bring uncontained sharps to the event. The event is free and no sign up is required
That’s a Bingo!
Morongo Basin Haven Leads in the 2015 Point-In-Time CountMorongo Basin Haven, an affiliate of the Basin Wide Foundation, takes the lead for the Morongo Basin in the January 22, 2015 Point-In-Time Count and is looking for volunteers to help head it up.Point-In-Time Count is a critical count and survey of the homeless persons living in our Community. This effort will help promote government and private grant funding and other resources for local communities to help people exit life on the streets and prevent homelessness.Adult volunteers are needed to help organize the count in your Community. Volunteers will aid in helping us identify locations where homeless people live, spend time, and receive services on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from 6am to 10am.For more information or to sign up for a volunteer position please see the San Bernardino County Homeless Counts website at www.sanbernardinocountyhomelesscounts.com or you can call Mike Lipstiz at 760-366-1488.
The Joshua Tree Chamber of Commerce supports the Morongo Basin Dark Sky Alliance in all their efforts.
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