Joshua Tree Chamber of Commerce Newsletter – July 11, 2014

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Joshua Tree Chamber of Commerce Newsletter – July 11, 2014

Thank You to New and Renewing Members for Your Support:
New Member- McClay Distributors, Inc.

Renew Now and Save!
For the first time in many years the Joshua Tree Chamber of Commerce will be increasing its membership rates. The new rates will take effect October 1st. Renew or join now at the old rate. All renewals processed before Oct 1st will be renewed for one year from the expiration date of the current membership. Take advantage of this chance for savings!

Save the Date – Evening of Saturday July 26th
Chamber Summer Chillout Fundraiser Party at Sun Alley Shops
Art, music, food, cool beverages. 
In This Issue
2nd Saturdays
Summer Hours
Water in the Desert
Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency Exhibition
Upcoming at the Listening Lounge
Joshua Tree Clean Team
107.7 Anniversary Party
Invasive Tumbleweeds
Baseball at CMC
Radio Free Joshua Tree
Joshua Basin Water Board
Special Promotion
Z107.7 Calendar
A Doll’s House
CMC Fundraiser
Contact in the Desert
Sun Runner Calendar
Dark Sky Alliance
Membership Renewal Notice!
Yes, it is that time again for many members’ renewals!  Please be looking in your email for you automatic renewal invoice.  Your membership renews every 12 months from the time you join.  Thank you all in advance for your continued support!


Please Note
Joshua Tree Chamber of Commerce
6448 Hallee Road, in Sam’s Plaza

NEW!Chamber Office Hours:
Wed   12-4pm
Thur   12-4pm 
Fri   12-4pm 


Board Member Opportunities:
Interested in helping to shape Joshua Tree and promote our businesses?  We are currently taking applications for new Board Members.  Please call the office here to inquire.
Office Volunteer Opportunities:
For more information, please contact us at
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2nd Saturdays in Joshua Tree

Every 2nd Saturday of the month in Joshua Tree

Downtown Nights – extended business hours

Presented by the Joshua Tree Chamber




JTAG, RFJT Listening Lounge, Grateful Desert, Pie for the People and more!


Many Joshua Tree downtown businesses will be open late every 2nd Saturday of the month for extended evening hours. Art gallery openings, restaurants, music events, shopping, and always lots of fun will be going on downtown from 5pm to 9pm and sometimes later! Check each month’s Facebook event page for the most recent event info and business hours. Come downtown and join in on the fun!


The Joshua Tree Chamber of Commerce Office will be closed for the months of July and August. Our NEWSLETTER will go out as usual! Please adhere to deadlines. Details at end of this email. If you need to reach the Chamber, please email :

Downtown Joshua Tree Map and Business Directory Advertising Info


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.


Guide will be printed in editions of 1000 copies. When we receive enough ad purchases for a new edition we will print another 1000 copies of the new edition with the new ads. Each edition will feature different cover art and reflect any changes in downtown businesses to keep the look fresh and content up to date. The cover art will feature work by local artists and will promote them with an attribution tag and website/email contact info. In this way we are promoting local businesses and local artists. Every edition will also be available for download indefinitely in PDF format on the new Chamber website. Your ad will continue to gain exposure online even after the printed edition is distributed.


Printed size 8.5″ x 11″ horizontal tri-fold

Ad size is 3 3/8″ X 2″ with 1/8″ live area

Ad may be an existing business card, properly sized ad, coupon or other promotion

$100 per ad space, multiple spaces may be purchased for a larger ad

That works out to $.10 per ad exposure

$350 for 4 contiguous ad spaces (full column)

There are 8 ad spaces available for each version


Artwork can be supplied in digital print ready format or custom ad design can be produced by our designer Martin Mancha –

$100 for ad design service, text and graphic layout only, no logo design


To place your ad or for additional info please email

Don’t wait, ad spaces are filling up quickly.


Below is a mockup of the first brochure. Design details may change for the final print version. Cover artwork will change for each edition.


Mockup of cover art and ad layout (cover design may change slightly)



Opening Reception July 11 for “Water in the Desert”

at Twentynine Palms Visitor Center


An opening reception will be held on Friday, July 11, for “Water in the Desert: Scarcity and Abundance,” the summer art exhibition at the Twentynine Palms Visitor Center and Chamber of Commerce, 73484 29 Palms Hwy., downtown Twentynine Palms.


The public is invited to attend the reception from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. and meet the artists, enjoy refreshments, and listen to music provided by fiddler Bobby Furgo. Admission is free.


The group art show features more than 20 desert artists, with works on paper, paintings, photography, mixed media, ceramics, and metal sculpture representing the artists’ interpretations of the water theme. The show will remain on display through July, August, and September 2014.


The gallery is open seven days a week inside the Twentynine Palms Visitor Center and Chamber of Commerce, located 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 Highlands Artist Residency Exhibition



JTHAR Exhibition 2014

Joshua Tree Art Gallery

July 11th, 6-8PM.


Artists: Jed Ochmanek, Andrew Milward , Zoe Childerley & Shea Hembrey.


Jed Ochmanek /

Jed Ochmanek produces his recent paintings by pouring highly thinned, oil-based enamels onto metal plates. Here the flatbed picture plane is interpreted as a sheer surface from which the majority of “information” slides off. As the pigment separates from its binder, thousands of minute points articulate their surfaces. Assuming shifting tonal colorations through progressive pours, they visually advance or recede like cones and rods in a biomorphic play-act of perception.


Andrew Milward / Writer

Andrew Milward will be reading an excerpt from a nonfiction manuscript called JAYHAWKER, which he was able to complete thanks to his time at JTHAR. JAYHAWKER examines both his love for the game of basketball, and the way in which that love is compromised by issues of race, history and politics. Andrew’s book, I WAS A REVOLUTIONARY will be published by Harper Collins in the fall.


Zoe Childerley /

Zoe will show work in progress for a film project, which includes portraits, landscape, still-life photographs, moving image, interviews and drawings – documenting her journey through Joshua Tree National Park and it’s communities.  The High Desert community provided a bridge between personal stories and the ecology of the land, telling Zoe about how people shape the landscape and the landscape shapes them.


Shea Hembrey /

Shea will exhibit drawings, paintings and scuptures that are poetic attempts at a full models of the universe.  He references contemporary scientific research into the basic building blocks of dark matter, string theory, and base particles to produce lyrical informed images of the entirety of the cosmos.  Shea is best known for his 2011 TED TALKS about his creation of the Seek Biennial.



This Weekend at the Listening Lounge!
listening lounge
 Saturday at 10 am – the Garden Show!

RFJT Listening Lounge is located at

61597 29 Palms Highway

Joshua Tree, CA 92252

(formerly the Beatnik Cafe/Red Arrow)

Please contact or via for more details.


Please listen to the Sunday Evening Variety Show at 5pm (PST)

Join Ted Quinn Monday nights at Pappy and Harriet’s for Ted Quinn’s Reality Show! 7:00 sign-up!



We will convert your vinyl LPs to digital. We can burn a CD, or put files on the drive of your choice. Only $5 per single album!




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.

Mac Meeting


There will be a MAC Meeting this Monday, July 14th at 6:30 pm at the Joshua Tree Community Center (6171 Sunburst Ave). Items on the agenda include Scenic Hwy 247 and an Extension of the Review Period for DRECP. For more information

Z107.7 Anniversary Party!





Location: 51010 Pipes Canyon Road

Map to Pioneertown Mountains Preserve [1]


Bring a pair of gloves and protection from the sun.

Water will be provided.


Please RSVP to:

Brian Brenzel, Preserve Ranger 760/369-7105

Baseball Fundraiser at CMC!

Radio Free Joshua Tree!
Streaming 24/7
Featuring local music, news, cultural reports
and much, much more!
Please listen to the Sunday Evening Variety Show
5 pm every Sunday – click the link above to listen!
Please send your music submissions, with permission to play your music,

Strings Conservatory Summer Camp

Hi-Desert Cultural Center offers NEW 3-week Strings Conservatory Summer Camp – learn to play music!  Classes for adults & children

JOSHUA TREE, CA – The Strings Conservatory will again offer the popular summer camp program with exciting new course types and additions. This 3-week intensive summer session will offer different courses for adults and children, including a new “Mommy/Daddy & Me” program for children ages 4-7, a new beginner class for all ages 8 through adult, and a Philharmonic Prep class for those who already have passed at least the beginner level curriculum.


Regardless of level, the camp will give all students a tremendous opportunity to “experiment” with a violin or other orchestral string instrument (i.e. viola, cello) while also learning music theory in a fun and challenging environment. Individuals interested in participating need to register early to ensure a seat in their class and, if desired, to obtain a loaner instrument if there is one available. Loaner instruments from the Cultural Center also require a security deposit. This summer camp will be taught by Phyllis Moss, a 25-year L.A. public schools music educator, and will feature materials from her popular string method book “Right from the Start”. Instruction is correlated to the Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards for California Public Schools.


All classes begin Monday, July 14th, 2014 and run through Thursday, July 31, 2014.  Classes are held each Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday for three-consecutive weeks for a total of nine classes, with public “open houses” the final night of each class.  For more information or to enroll, go to the Cultural Center’s website at, send an email to, or call the Box Office at 760.366.3777

Special Promotion – Visit our booth at the JT Farmer’s Market – mention this ad, and get a pound of coffee for $10!


You’ve just discovered what may well be the freshest, most delicious coffee on the planet, and it was roasted in the beautiful village of Joshua Tree, by hand, with love.


All of us at Joshua Tree Coffee Company are obsessed with offering the perfect coffee. Our beans are climate controlled for their short stay with us (they really like that), immediately packed in a resealable bag (so it’s fresh the whole time you take care of it and enjoy it), with Italian made Goglio valves (the company that invented them – they’re the best) and oxygen absorbers (so it stays its freshest no matter what – we’re the first to do this as far as we know – watch . . . it might just catch on).


What about the beans we use? We use only the freshest certified organic beans and strive to make sure that they’re Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance certified as well – all so that it’s kind to humans, and the environment and smells

Sunday afternoons are fun on Z107.7 Radio, broadcasting from Joshua Tree for the past 25 years!. At 3:00 p.m. listen to “The Many Moods of Ben Vaughn” an eclectic, quirky hour of music from the mysterious radio shack. Then, at 4:00 p.m., listen to “The Z107.7 Local Music Showcase”, a full hour of nothing but local musicians performing with the special Joshua Tree Vortex Magic. The Local Music Show is hosted by Hi-Desert Native and nationally recognized radio personality Pat Michaels. You can hear both on the air at 107.7 on the FM Radio dial. Streaming at, and podcast on I-tunes.

(now streaming worldwide)

Film about Lou Harrison is Honored

I’m proud to share the news that my feature-length documentary “LOU HARRISON: A World of Music” was selected to be streamed online in the newly-launched online film festival, “We Speak, Here” presented by “Culture Unplugged.”


The aim of the festival is to make accessible the work of global independent filmmakers who reflect on human life and our spiritual journey. “We Speak, Here” also endeavors to support the new work of filmmakers so that their voices can continue to be heard and to create the world history and mythology of our time and place.


The festival also makes it possible for viewers to support, via PayPal, my ongoing work of bringing inspiring stories of remarkable, gifted and courageous artists into the public eye.


Thank you and please follow the link below to screen the entire 92-minute documentary “LOU HARRISON: A World of Music.”–A-World-of-Music


I invite you to leave a review once you’ve seen the film.



Eva Soltes



LOU HARRISON: A World of Music



Harrison House Music & Arts




Isaac Schankler ~ New Music Box


Andrew Patner ~ Chicago Sun Times


Joshua Kosman ~ San Francisco Chronicle


Harrison House Music & Arts

P.O. Box 416

Joshua Tree, CA 92252


A Non-Profit Project of Community Initiatives


Help us “keep it going!” Donate to Harrison House Music & Arts…



Christine Linde (Gabby Timbrook) and her best friend Nora Helmer (Tishia Forcada), “A woman with a secret”, enjoy rehearsing for “A Doll’s House” at Theatre 29. (Theatre 29 Photo)




As the classic, riveting drama, “A Doll’s House” by Henrik Ibsen continues its run at Theatre 29 through July 19th, Director Kurt Schauppner says he was at first delighted with fresh new talent and now is in wonder at how well his performers are portraying their multi-faceted roles.

Schaupnner, who Directed PICNIC and wrote and directed THE MEMORY JAR at Theatre 29, was named “Best Supporting Actor, Drama, for 2013 in an original production at the Grove’s Theater, “Georgia O’Keefe, said, “The best part of rehearsals was the discovery of actresses Tishia Forcada, who gives heartbreaking life to Nora Helmer, and Gabby Timbrook, who defies time itself in her portrayal of Mrs. Linde.

Both have been revelations.”

The Director, no stranger to the Theatre 29 stage, having appeared in numerous productions, including a lauded turn as Scrooge in last year’s production of “A Christmas Carol”, says he is very happy with how the players matured during rehearsals. “A wonderful experience has been watching the actors, Adam Redmon, Herman Platzke and the children, Nicholas, Christopher and Justin Perez and Lea Maya, blossom and bloom through the rehearsal process.” He said, adding, “Adam Redmon in particular has really grown into the role of Torvald Helmer while Herman Platzke brings a gravitas to his Dr. Rank that I did not realize he was capable of.”

He had high praise for his veterans as well, “Working with Sue Kelly is, of course, always a dream come true. She is the consummate actress and always gives everything she can to any role, large or small. Getting Rob Wanless to take on the role of Nils Krogstad was great as was getting Diana Jimenez to play the maid.”

First produced on the stage in 1879, the masterwork tells the intricate story of Torvald Helmer, who loves his wife, Nora, but secretly considers her a child and possession. When a secret debt comes back to haunt her, Nora’s seemingly idyllic domestic existence becomes a battleground between societal norms and self-determination.

Schauppner was also very proud of his intricate period set, commenting, “Of course, watching Ann Congdon and Shane Johnson slowly transform the Theatre 29 stage into a 19th century Norwegian home was a delight.”.

“A Doll’s house” will run for five weekends through July 19. Performances will be held at 7:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights (except July 4th) with Sunday Matinees at 2:30 p.m. June 29, July 6 and July 13.

Tickets are $12.00 for Regular admission, $10.00 for seniors and Military, and $8.00 for Children under 12 and students with ID.


Contact in the Desert

Visit the Sun Runner Calendar for a comprehensive list of events
 in the Hi-Desert.

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