Music provided by Bonnie & Slyde with guest appearances by members of the JT Jazzband/Food/Beverages Good Company
Meeting Space Available
The Chamber is now offering meeting/event space for groups, private individuals and Organizations at our office.
We are open for daily/ weekend and evening meeting scheduling.
Our hourly rates are reasonable and Chamber Members receive an Additional Discount.
Please contact us at: 760-366-3723 or email email@example.com
Member of the Month
Each month we will choose and feature a new Member of the Month in the newsletters for that month. To find out how to be included in the drawing, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Joshua Tree Downtown Map
We have printed our downtown map and business directory! It is available at the Chamber office, downtown locations and is being distributed to many outside locations. Download a copy here >
Advertise for the next edition of the map, spaces are filling up fast! more info >
Seeking Volunteers, Donations and Board Members more info >
Chamber office hours: 10-12 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
6448 Hallee Road, Suite 10 (in Sam’s Plaza) 760.366.3723
Member of the Month: Copper Mountain College Foundation
The Foundation is an auxiliary of Copper Mountain College and is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. It is the fundraising arm of the college, managing over $7.5 million in assets. During the 2013-2014 school year, the Foundation contributed over $1 million in scholarships and programs to CMC. The fundraising efforts and affairs of the Foundation are governed by the Board of Directors, managed by the Executive Director, operating under the purview of the District’s Superintendent/President, and under the oversight of the District’s Board of Trustees.
In 1981, the Friends of Copper Mountain College began to raise money to pay for construction of the first phase of the Copper Mountain Campus which was at that time part of the College of the Desert. It started with the sale of a quilt and before long, groups such as the local Rotary Clubs came to the rescue with large contributions. Then-President Ronald Reagan was so impressed by this self-help initiative that he awarded the Friends his Volunteer Action Award for 1984. The Friends continued to raise money from residents and in 1999, Copper Mountain Campus separated from College of the Desert, Palm Desert, and, through state legislation, formed the new Copper Mountain Community College District. Copper Mountain College obtained its own full accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in June 2001, at which time the Friends changed their name to the Copper Mountain College Foundation.
The most recent significant achievement of the CMC Foundation is the raising of over $500,000 to build a student center and additional faculty offices. The student facility is named the Christine Proudfoot Student Activity Center, after Colonel Max Proudfoot (ret) made a generous donation in the memory of his deceased wife, Christine, a longtime supporter of public education and Copper Mountain College. For more information on the Copper Mountain College Foundation, please contact Sandy Smith, Executive Director, at email@example.com.
Sunday Night Slow Jams comes to Z107.7
With the start of a new year, the start of exciting new programming for the Morongo Basin’s #1 Radio Station!
“Sunday Nite Slow Jams”now offers listeners from Morongo Valley to the west, Amboy to the East, and the Communities of Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, Landers, Twentynine Palms, and Wonder Valley in between, a special blend of old and new R&B love songs and an outlet to express special feelings to loved ones Sunday nights from 8:00 pm. until midnight.
Sunday Nite Slow Jams specializes in playing special Slow Jams that you probably haven’t heard in awhile, and definitely won’t hear anywhere else! SWV, Keith Sweat, Jodeci, The Isley Brothers, Boyz II Men, Al B. Sure, Janet Jackson and more can all be heard on “Sunday NiteSlow Jams”-on Z107.7.
In addition to the Sunday night 8-midnight show, Z107.7 will also offer a late night treat of Slow Jams -Monday through Friday nights from midnight to 2:00 am.
“Sunday Nite Slow Jams” on Z107.7 is the results of numerous listener requests to bring the popular program to the Hi-Desert. Program DirectorGary Daigneault said, “After receiving inquiries about the program, we researched it, located the program distributors and made the arrangements to bring it up to the Morongo Basin. As the only family owned and operated Radio Station for the past 25 years, we felt it was important to give our listeners the variety of music and entertainment they were asking for.”
Sunday Nite Slow Jams can be heard at 107.7 on the FM Radio dial in the Morongo Basin, streaming worldwide at www.z1077fm.com or through the free app available by searching “KCDZ” on the Google Play and Apple Markets.
Featuring a high quality mix of adult contemporary and local music, mixed with a local morning show and local news 7 days a week, Z107.7FM is broadcast from studios in Joshua Tree and recently celebrated their 25th anniversary.
They have been under the same local ownership, at the same location, and featured the same quality programming since they signed on in July of 1989. For more information about Z107.7, call the studios at 760-366-8471.
Final Black Rock Lecture The intent of the highly successful Black Rock Symposium is to explore the “Challenges to Joshua Tree National Park”. These challenges include industrial solar development, the drought in California, county renewable energy codes, climate change, engaging youth to nature and the current “state of the park”. THE NEXT PROGRAM BRINGS ALL OF THE TOPICS TOGETHER WITH ACHIEVABLE ACTION ITEMS FOR THE COMMUNITIES OF THE MORONGO BASIN. David Smith will discuss “Making the connection between healthy parks, healthy people, and a healthy planet”. April Sall will discuss the need for collaboration in the conservation of the open lands of the Morongo Basin. Dr. Chris McDonald will cover the aspects of pollinators and backyard habitats.
The Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park, in partnership with Copper Mountain College, is offering the final session of the Black Rock Symposium on FRIDAY, MAY 15, AT 7 PM. The panelists of the symposium include David Smith, Superintendent, Joshua Tree National Park, April Sall, Conservationist and Dr. Chris McDonald, Natural Resource Advisor, San Bernardino, Riverside, San Diego and Imperial Counties. University of California Cooperative Extension. The moderator will be Frazier Haney, Conservation Director of the Mojave Desert Land Trust.
Don’t miss out on this FREE event! Pre registration is requested.
Register Now here.
Mirrors and Windows Exhibition
THE COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE FOUNDATION and The Ada Hatch Center are pleased to present:
MIRRORS & WINDOWS 2015 – The First Invitational Exhibition of Art by Faculty from Southern California Community Colleges. Curated by C.V. Seror
Exhibition Dates: May 9-May 30, 2015
Artist Reception: Saturday, May 9th, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
The Ada Hatch Center at Copper Mountain College 6334 Rotary Way, Joshua Tree, CA 92252
Gallery Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Mirrors & Windows is an exhibition which reflects and repositions the idea of Teacher Identity and the Artist Curriculum. Education, like the practice of Visual Arts, can show us a window to the world or hold up a mirror to ourselves. The main purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows, which parallels the question asked by visual artists; are we mirrors or windows to the world which we create? Copper Mountain College recognizes two basic tenets; The Artist Instructor as a Window (direct observation) or as a Mirror (introspective narrative) and celebrates the artist, as a practitioner, as well as educator.
The distinction proposed in the exhibition, is not intended as a method of dividing the person into two discrete bodies; the artist and the instructor. On the contrary, the model suggested for the exhibition, is that of a continuous axis, no artist’s work could embody with perfect purity either of the two divergent motives. It is the nature of this issue to find a personally satisfactory resolution of the contesting claims of a History and Practice and to educate and share with the community, as well as, the will to make art.
Mirrors & Windows is an exhibition of work by eighteen (18) contemporary artists that are art instructors affiliated with thirteen (13) Southern California Community Colleges. These artists work and teach in distinctly different visual mediums. The exhibition is curated by C.V. Seror adjunct faculty member of Copper Mountain College; instructor of Art, Art History and Photography. The Copper Mountain College Student Art Club is assisting with the production of the exhibition.
Exhibition Artists: Cathy Allen, Michael Arata, Luther Broome, David DiMichel, Elizabeth Folk, Doug Harvey, Ichiro Irie & Lucas Kazansky (IILK), Laura Krifka, David Michael Lee, Daniel Marlos, Robert Miller, Jim Morphesis, Amy Oliver, Aili Schmeltz, Jaime Scholnick, Emily Silver, Coleen Sterritt, and Maggie Tennesen.
Representing Colleges: Coast Line College, College of the Desert, Copper Mountain College, Glendale Community College, Long Beach City College, Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles Valley College, Oxnard College, Pasadena City College, Rio Hondo College, Santa Barbara City College, Santa Monica College and West Los Angeles College.
For more information on this exhibition contact the Copper Mountain College Art Club at firstname.lastname@example.org
Oasis Visitor Center to Open in Twentynine Palms
The official reopening of the Oasis Visitor Center in Twentynine Palms will be celebrated on Saturday, May 16th at 10am. The festivities will include Native American Bird Singers, remarks by Superintendent David Smith and refreshments.
Since December 29th, the visitor Center and bookstore operations have occupied temporary accommodations at park headquarters while the building underwent a seismic retrofit. “We are really excited to be moving back into our home at the Oasis Visitor Center,” says Chief of Interpretation and Education, Jennifer Albrinck. “We appreciate the public’s patience and support while we worked to make our building safer and we look forward to seeing you soon”.
The Oasis Visitor Center is located at the historical, “Oasis of Mara” and serves visitors at the north entrance of Joshua Tree National Park. Saturday’s event is open to the public.
Transition Joshua Tree to Host Death Cafe
Morongo Basin Republicans
Superintendent of Morongo Unified School District, Tom Baumgarten, to
speak on two hot topics at the Morongo Basin Republicans meeting, Monday
– The Common Core – Realities, Myths & the Whole Apple
– Textbook Adoption, or how did that get in our schools?
We will also have updates from Sarann Graham, Director, HI DESERT WATER
DISTRICT, Frank Lucking, City Manager, CITY OF 29 PALMS, and Joe
Sullivan, HI DESERT MEDICAL CENTER.
Join the Morongo Basin Republicans on Monday, May 18, 9:30 AM meeting,
Evangelical Free Church, 6804 Mohawk Trail, Yucca Valley. Light
Refreshments served. Reservations required – call Hilary Slotta at
The U.S. Raelian Movement invites you to experience its annual Happiness Academy – West…Like you have never experienced it before!
Come explore something most revealing about yourself – how to BE your extraordinary self.
How can you choose and enjoy your emotions, while not having them lead your life?
What is science discovering about happy people and human consciousness?
How can you cultivate your harmony and health through simple meditation techniques?
What do pleasure and sensuality do for your body and mind?
Best of all, how can you find your happiness and keep it forever?
The Nourishing Tree Events
We’re offering a 2-day course on Greywater Irrigation System Design & Construction starting at 7pm Friday, May 29th in Joshua Tree. This course is recommended for do-it-yourselfers, architects/ designers, landscape architects/designers, permaculture designers, builders/ contractors, building department officials, building inspectors, homeowners, water conservation & sustainability/ regenerative living advocates… anyone interested in understanding the details of what’s involved in safe & effective greywater re-use, and what types of systems to install, as well as those that should be avoided. Space is limited. Please see course details and registration info in the poster.
BoxoPROJECTS – The Joshua Treenial
50 artists, 15 countries, 5 venues, 1 weekend:
The Joshua Treenial
May 22 – May 25 2015
BoxoPROJECTS is very pleased to announce the inaugural Joshua Treenial. Established by international curator Dr. KJ Baysa and Bernard Leibov, founder of BoxoPROJECTS, The Joshua Treenial is a unique international art event whose focus and locus is Joshua Tree, California, and surrounding areas. Featuring site-responsive installation and performance works, the event includes artists and works from fifteen different countries. See www.joshuatreenial.com
With its headquarters at BoxoHOUSE, The Joshua Treenial works collaboratively with local institutions The Integraton in Landers, The Palms in Wonder Valley, the Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater, The Art Queen in Joshua Tree, and Royale Projects in Palm Desert. The Joshua Treenial unfolds over Memorial Day weekend, May 22 – 25 2015, concurrent with events at area organizations: High Desert Test Sites, Outpost Projects, Harrison House Music, Arts & Ecology and Copper Mountain Community College.
We look forward to your participation!
For the full schedule and program, please refer to the website as well as to social media.
Harrison House Music, Arts & Ecology Presents:
A performance and workshop with Letter of Marque Theater Company
WORKSHOP: SATURDAY, MAY 23, 2-4 PM
$10 – $20 sliding scale
PERFORMANCE: SUNDAY, MAY 24, 2-6 PM
2pm performance followed by a reception with the artists
Free of charge
6881 Mount Lassen Avenue
Joshua Tree, CA 92252
Harrison House Music, Arts & Ecology is pleased to present Artists-In-Residence Letter of Marque Theater Company
for two weekend programs: An indoor workshop on collaborative art and an outdoor performance, free to the community, on the Harrison House back stage.
Ensemble-Minded: A Workshop in Collaborative Art will take place on Saturday, May 23, from 2PM-4PM. Designed to explore and create live art for visual artists, dancers, singers, musicians and actors, participants will engage with the Company and with each other using theater games, singing rounds and spontaneous art creation. In addition a crash course in a technique called Soundpainting, a method of live composing in any discipline, will be given. No previous experience is necessary.
On Sunday, May 24 starting at 2PM, Letter of Marque will perform “Whet Willy’s Short Wave Radio Show”, an irreverent and fast-paced hour of live performance incorporating music, comedy and theatricality with Letter of Marque’s alter-ego band, The Whet Willies. The plot centers around the last ditch effort by front man Whet Willy to keep his ship from being repossessed by the Man. He is joined by his bum-clown-pirate siblings, Soggy Sally and Moist Mort. This performance will be the culmination of Letter of Marque’s five-day rehearsal process as Artists-In-Residence at Harrison House. Audience members will be invited to a reception for the artists following the performance.
Letter of Marque (LoM) is an emerging Brooklyn-based Theater Company founded by long-time collaborators Welland H. Scripps, Scarlet Maressa Rivera, and Nolan Kennedy. This pan-disciplinary crew creates original and dynamic works that bring current or social issues to audiences from all walks of life. Undertaking the mission of making quality theater approachable and accessible to everyone, LoM performs at unconventional public places such as “outdoor festivals and pubs” at little or no cost to the audience.
Harrison House Music, Arts & Ecology is a non-profit program based in the landmark straw bale retreat built by the late composer Lou Harrison in Joshua Tree, CA. It brings cultural vibrancy and environmental awareness to a high desert community through a residency and performance program for international artists, ecologists and thinkers.
The Beatnik Lounge!
May 18 & 19 – Beatnik Lounge Painting Party
It’s spring cleaning time! Show your love for our community space, come help us STORM the walls of the Beatnik into renewed beauty. Refreshments, fun, hugs & gratitude for everyone who participates.
The Art of War
The Art of War
Saturday, May 23, 2015, at the Beatnik Lounge 61597 Twenty-Nine Palms HWY, JT Door open at 5:30 p.m. & reading begins promptly at 6:30 p.m.
This event is not to be missed! Military Writers are matched with artists from the community. Each artists has picked from the pool of written work submitted to create a piece of art inspired by what they have chosen. The Art of War project is two fold: It gives creative voice to the military authors and at the same time educates the community about their military experience serving our country. This event is open to the public and we are suggesting a $10 donation, but everyone is welcome and no one will be turned away. Please Join us for this profound event.
The Beatnik Lounge is located at
61597 29 Palms Highway
Joshua Tree, CA 92252
(formerly the Beatnik Cafe/Red Arrow)
Please contact email@example.com or via facebook.com/tedquinn for more details.
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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, to submit@RadioFreeJT.com
Hi-Desert Arts Academy
The Hi-Desert Arts Academy program, which is a part of the Hope Academy Charter curriculum but is open to all school-aged children, is proud to announce that its SUMMER YOUTH THEATER program will feature Disney’s THE LION KING JR.
Howard Shangraw, who was the Chair of Theater and the Head of Acting Studios at the Idyllwild Arts Academy for over 10 years, leads this tremendous theater program.
For more about the Hi-Desert Arts Academy program, click here.
The course offerings at the Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park continue to grow. We have more classes and the Black Rock Symposium to offer in May. For a great educational experience, we keep our class sizes small, so enroll soon!
A new program will be conducted on Friday, July 17, “NIGHTSCAPE AND
LIGHT PAINTING PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP” and there are just a few spaces
To enroll in any of our courses, VISIT OUR WEBSITE, OR CALL
760-367-5535 (MON-FRI 8AM – 5PM).
MAY 2 PLEIN AIR POETRY WITH JIM NATAL AND JEANETTE CLOUGH – ONE
OF OUR FAVORITE CLASSES, COMBINING NATURE EXPLORATION AND POETIC
MAY 2 David Meunch Photography Workshop (FULL)
MAY 2-3 LIGHT AND COLOR: OIL PAINTING IN JTNP (NOW TWO DAYS!) WITH ANDREW DICKSON
MAY 3 DAVID MEUNCH PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP (LIMITED SPACES LEFT!)
May 9 Journey to Artistry in Joshua Tree National Park with Valohna
Wynn – Ladies, don’t miss out on this great women’s class incorporating
nature, dance, art and tribal music!
May 15 Desert Night Skies: Planets to Galaxies with David Chappell – May evenings provide an opportunity to explore the skies of Joshua Tree National Park
May 16 Keys Ranch Night Sky Photography Workshop WITH DON CHAMBERS
We have had a very successful series of panel-led community discussions
on topics concerning the “STATE OF THE PARK”, “RENEWABLE ENERGY
DEVELOPMENT”, “WATER IN A DECADE OF DROUGHT”, SAN BERNARDINO
COUNTY RENEWABLE ENERGY CODES”, “ENGAGING A NEW GENERATION OF PARK STEWARDS”, and, most recently, “CLIMATE CHANGE RESPONSE”.
Now it is time for our final program, “PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER: ACHIEVABLE
ACTION ITEMS”. The panel will consist of David Smith, Superintedent,
Joshua Tree National Park, April Sall, Conservationist, and Dr. Chris
McDonald, Desert Natural Resources Advisor, UC Riverside. The intent of
the May 15 program is to offer ideas and suggestions that will help the
audience to move forward to help land and water conservation, to help
the park’s climate change response and, perhaps, the centennial
celebration, to help build a new generation of conservationists and to
take ownership in the future of the Mojave Desert and the Morongo Basin.
This program is free and starts at 7 pm at the Bell Center, Copper
Mountain College. Pre-registration is requested by registering here.