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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Twentynine Palms, California – Join the park staff at Oasis Visitor Center on Thursday, August 25 at 10am for birthday cake and celebration of the National Park Service’s 100th birthday. Superintendent David Smith will officiate over cutting of the cake and provide remarks regarding this monumental milestone.
On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill that created the agency “to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and wildlife therein, and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations”. For the last one hundred years, the National Park Service has been doing just that. As an agency under the management of Department of the Interior, the NPS oversees 412 units and employs over 23,000 people all mandated with the responsibility of looking after our nation’s most precious natural and cultural resources.
In honor of the centennial birthday, all units of the park service will offer free admission from August 25-August 28th. You are invited to come out and celebrate and Find Your Park!
Fatality in Joshua Tree National Park
JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Twentynine Palms, California – On Saturday, August 13, 2016, a 56-year old woman died while hiking in the Cottonwood area of Joshua Tree National Park.
At 10:00 a.m., a family group began hiking to the Mastodon Peak Trail. They missed the sign for Mastodon and continued toward Lost Palms Oasis. They realized they had missed their trail and turned around. While on the return hike, the woman began suffering from heat-related symptoms, and lost consciousness. Her husband continued ahead to get assistance. The rest of the group stayed behind. After receiving the initial report, a park ranger responded at 2:25 p.m. and found the woman without pulse or respiration. He called for a helicopter and began CPR. Additional park staff arrived and helped transport her to an ambulance where she was declared deceased.
AMR Ambulance Company, Indio Fire Department, Indio Medic Engine, Mercy Air, and Riverside County, all participated in this incident.
Temperatures Saturday were around 100 degrees. All hikers in Joshua Tree National Park and the surrounding desert areas are strongly encouraged to take adequate water and food on any hikes, and avoid hiking in the middle of the day when it is the hottest.
The incident is under investigation by the Riverside County Medical Examiner.
We are excited to announce Rimrock Ranch will be hosting a concert starring Victor Krummenacher and the Flying Circus on Sunday August 28th at 4pm following Pappy and Harriet’s annual Camp-Out Festival. The concert will benefit the Mojave Desert Land Trust, as Rimrock Ranch has pledged 10% of the concert’s profits to the continued protection of our beloved and beautiful desert. Rimrock Ranch is uniquely positioned within a wildlife corridor and surrounded by the newly formed Sand to Snow National Monument, Pioneertown Mountains Preserve, and MDLT’s Flat Top Mesa Parcel. We recognize the importance of preserving our landscape, and look forward to supporting them with a fun afternoon of music amongst friends. Joshua Tree Chamber of Commerce will be partnering with us to provide cold beer and delicious wine for purchase as well. What could be better than that?
We will be hosting a Wilderness Medical Associates, 80 Hr, Wilderness First Responder Course in Joshua Tree, CA. From Oct 4-10 at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center. This course, taught by the Wilderness Leadership Institute, is Internationally recognized and quickly becoming the minimum requirement for anyone interested in becoming a Wilderness Guide. Also a great continuing educational opportunity for Law Enforcement, Military, EMTs, Firefighters, Park Rangers or anyone else operating in remote environments. Visit ourwebsite for more details and registration. Seats are filling up and early registration ends in August.
Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s ArtsTech Academy program seeks arts and academic educators and tutors
JOSHUA TREE, CA – The Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s ArtsTech Academy program is greatly expanding for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year and is seeking enthusiastic arts and core academic educators and tutors to join its team. Last year, the program served over 250 students weekly and has been critically lauded for its exceptional programming and high-quality, inspiring, and innovative education. The Hi-Desert Cultural Center is among the most recognized arts institutions in the Southern California desert region, and the unprecedented success of its educational programs spawned one of the largest academic movements in the region – the formation of a new arts and technology-focused public charter school, the petition of which shall be before the San Bernardino County Board of Education for a Fall 2017 opening.
In the interim, the Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s immediate expansion of its after-school arts and technology programs and expansion of its facilities will bring a dramatic advancement in arts class offerings and academic educational support opportunities to local parents for their children beginning this September. Not only will the program offer exceptional arts and technology classes during the after school time period, but the program is planning to also offer students who are taking the program’s arts classes unique access to first-class home school core and supplemental academic resources. The Cultural Center plans to further support the students who participate in the program’s home school support element by making its facilities available for on-site academic tutoring, one-on-one arts instruction, and computer lab usage during the week. Most of this year’s expanded slate of arts and related technology classes will be offered on a semester basis or in some cases a shorter term for classes designed for younger children. Classes may include: dance (hip-hop, latin, jazz/broadway), drama & musical theater (theater rep, classical training, multiple levels of drama, improv and more), music (theory, voice, guitar, piano, woodwinds, brass, strings, percussion), visual arts (2D and 3D including drawing, watercolor, oil, cartooning, ceramics & pottery), and theater technologies (light, sound, make-up/hair, and visual design & technical engineering). The areas of academic tutoring will include math and core subjects as needed/available.
Both volunteers and paid staff are being sought. If you are a professional or credentialed educator interested in joining the program’s staff or if you are a skilled individual wishing to help as an integral volunteer or tutor, please send an email with your resumé or information on your focused area of expertise to firstname.lastname@example.org. Paid positions will be commensurate with experience and class participation. All individuals must pass a Live Scan and a Tuberculosis test.
If you are a parent interested in more information on the program’s offerings, or if you are interested in donating to help financially support the program and provide scholarships for local youth, please send an email to email@example.com. As these significant educational offerings are being funded by the Cultural Center without public school funding, financial contributions to help offset costs are tremendously appreciated and will help ensure that more classes are able to be offered. The Hi-Desert Cultural Center is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that has served as the performing and visual arts center for the Joshua Tree National Park Gateway Communities for more than half a century (Federal Tax ID# 23-7425816).
PHOTO CAPTION: Academy instructor Nelms McKelvain teaches one of the piano classes as part of the Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s ArtsTech Academy program. The program is greatly expanding for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year and is seeking enthusiastic arts and core academic educators and tutors to join its team.
“Desert Oasis: Wisdom in the Water” is the theme for the summer Art in Public Places exhibition at Twentynine Palms Visitor Center & Art Gallery and Chamber of Commerce, 73484 29 Palms Hwy. in Twentynine Palms, from July 1 to September 30, 2016.
Desert artists are invited to submit an original piece of art for the group show and deliver it to the visitor center on Friday, June 24, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Artists unable to make this time can request an alternate delivery time by calling (760) 367-3445 any weekday prior to June 24 .
MORONGO BASIN – Reach Out Morongo Basin officials have begun gathering homes and sponsors for the 13th Annual Parade of Homes, set to take place Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017.
The annual event, which sees Reach Out Morongo Basin supporters from across the basin open their homes to curious visitors, is the Neighbors-Helping-Neighbors program’s long running fundraiser bringing in thousands of dollars in ticket sales and sponsorships every year to support it’s services to senior and disabled residents of the Morongo Basin. “The generosity of owners who open their homes to us is what makes this event such a success” said Executive Director Robin Schlosser who continued “Growing interest and success in the recent past has homeowners eager to show their homes which range from renovated homestead cabins to astonishing architectural masterpieces. The unique qualities of each home showcase our desert community and way of life. Visitors on the tour view six homes in the Morongo Basin each with its own story.”
Homeowners are urged to call Reach Out at 760-361-1410 for information or to volunteer their homes. In addition organizers are looking for tour and media sponsors at the following levels: Platinum: $1,000 or more The single platinum sponsor will receive top billing in all publicity about the home tour as well as listing on tickets, directional signs, advertising, fliers and posters and the Reach Out Morongo Basin website and newsletter. The platinum sponsor also has the option of nominating one home for the tour, with the caveat that the home should be of historical or architectural interest and that the chairman reserves the right to choose homes for the tour. Docents at each home will wear company shirts and hats, assuming they are supplied by the sponsor and will display company brochures during parade hours. The platinum sponsor will receive 20 free tickets. Gold: $500 or more Each gold sponsor will also be the floral centerpiece sponsor for one home on the tour, with their name featured prominently in the display. Gold sponsors will also be listed in advertising, fliers, posters and on the Reach Out Morongo Basin website and newsletter and will receive eight free tickets. Silver: $250 or more Silver sponsors will be listed in advertising, on fliers and posters and on the Reach Out Morongo Basin website and newsletter. They will receive four free tickets. For more details, call Reach Out Morongo Basin at (760) 361-1410
OPENING NIGHT GALA AUGUST 26TH FOR “SECRET GARDEN” AT THEATRE 29
“The Secret Garden”, The redemptive family tale of love, loss and renewal, helmed by the multi-award winning director Kathryn Ferguson, will take the stage weekends beginning August 26 through September 24th, 2016, at Theatre 29.
The Opening Night Gala of the Hit three-time Tony-Award winning Broadway Musical is sponsored by Friends of the Twentynine Palms Library and The Gladys Carol Scholarship Friday, August 26, with activities starting at 6 PM, the curtain rises at 7:00 pm.
Based on the beloved novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, “The Secret Garden” tells the story of how, after the sudden death of her parents in the cholera epidemic of 1905 in India, ten-year-old Mary Lennox is sent to live with an uncle whom she’s never met. Mourning the loss of his own true love, Uncle Archibald is distant and strange. Cold, bleak Misselthwaite Manor is no place for a little girl. Strong-willed and brave-hearted, Mary finds solace in a locked-up, hidden garden, and with it, a path to rebirth, proving that hope can bloom from the darkest of places.
For Opening night tickets, visit the 29 Palms Library or call 760-972-7205 or 760-586-2185. Tickets for the Gala only are $25.00 and include hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, door prizes and dessert at intermission. Curtain call at 7 PM.
All proceeds will support the Friends of the Twentynine Palms Library and The Gladys Carol Scholarship.
Tickets for all performances (except opening night gala) are available for purchase now at www.theatre29.org, by calling the Box Office at 760-361-4151, tickets can also be purchased via the WALLETINI app available through Google Play and I-Tunes App Store, through the “Buy Ticket” button on Theatre 29’s Facebook page or by scanning the QR code embedded on show posters at businesses across the City of Twentynine Palms.
Tickets are $15.00 Regular, $12.00 Seniors and Military, and $8.00 for Students with ID or children under 12. THE SECRET GARDEN is appropriate for general audiences.
Theatre 29 is located at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms.
Hi-Desert Playhouse Call For Theater Directors
JOSHUA TREE, CA – Calling All Directors! The Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s prestigious Hi-Desert Playhouse theater division is seeking experienced directors to join its artistic team for its upcoming 2016-2017 season that opens this Fall. Led by its internationally acclaimed artistic director, Howard Shangraw, the new season builds upon the current season’s impressive slate of entertainment that presented true year-round theater with more than twelve high-quality theatrical productions featuring published and original works by famed playwrights and performances by Tony Award-winning, equity, and local up-and-coming talent. The regional Playhouse is looking for directors to submit show ideas to be considered for its highly-anticipated new season line-up of Main Stage and Blak Box Theater productions, First Fridays! Reader’s Theater Series, Youth Theater and more. From Shakespeare to Simon, Chekhov to Durang, Gershwin to Sondheim, and everything in between – all ideas are welcome!
As the most recognized professional division theater in the upper desert region this past year, the Hi-Desert Playhouse also offers exceptional opportunities for local talent who desire to work in a professional environment and state-of-the-art venues. The Playhouse’s 2016-2017 season will feature both semi-professional or Equity level productions as well as community-involved productions, and will continue to consider both published and original works.
PHOTO CAPTION: A scene from its hit musical THE SPITFIRE GRILL, the Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s prestigious Hi-Desert Playhouse theater division is seeking experienced directors to join its artistic team for its upcoming 2016-2017 season.
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