Contact: Hi-Desert Cultural Center
Release date: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BREAKING: County approves new Joshua Tree Performing Arts Center expansion plans
JOSHUA TREE, CA — The County of San Bernardino has approved the extensive renovation and expansion plans for the Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s iconic regional performing arts venue in Joshua Tree. Carrying its new name, Joshua Tree Performing Arts Center, the landmark theater has undergone a multi-yearlong planning and design process to expand and modernize the historic structure, while continuing to honor and retain its original Joshua Tree aesthetic. The architectural plans for the Joshua Tree National Park region’s flagship performance venue will feature a greatly widened ground floor for expanded audience seating for ~300 patrons, an added second story mezzanine complete with luxury box seating, a near doubling of the stage width, added fly space, state-of-the-art video, sound, lighting, and theatrical technologies that are environmentally conscious, and accessibility brought up to today’s ADA standards, among other major enhancements.
“The dramatic transformation of this time-honored building became ever-increasingly more involved the deeper we got into the planning requirements and patron needs, and it took highly creative solutions and a great deal more time than anticipated to meet our objectives,” stated Jarrod Radnich, Hi-Desert Cultural Center volunteer and board president. “With the steadfast efforts of Clint Stoker of Stoker Construction helping to navigate the exacting planning approval process, this long-awaited and exciting news was the final linchpin needed for us to be able to begin the construction process.”
Coming up on the June 8th celebration for the First Anniversary of the opening of the Cultural Center’s new Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center, which has taken the visual arts world by storm, the Cultural Center will soon also announce a celebration of the groundbreaking for its new Joshua Tree Performing Arts Center.
Joshua Tree is an area renowned for its music and art, and soon this Southern California arts bohemia will have a world-class venue that reflects it. The re-envisioned venue will have an organic sophistication in design detail, incorporating architectural design cues from its stunning native desert landscape and famous starry night skies. It has been important to the Cultural Center leadership that the design be in sync stylistically with the region and that it have impeccable acoustics for live concerts. Balancing the historical perspective, it was also important to make sure that the original stage itself remain in place, albeit greatly expanded, and that the building’s front façade keep its general silhouette and historic front porch and entry, which originally adorned the mansion of California’s first governor.
“The construction schedule is going to be intense. In addition to much of the surrounding parking areas being inaccessible due to construction, the parking lots themselves are going to be in turmoil—not only because they will be replaced, but because the local water district will also be replacing a main service line directly underneath them that feeds Downtown Joshua Tree,” continued Radnich. “Because it is impossible to know construction schedules at this point, and because we do not want to be in the position of postponing construction crews or canceling performances, we will be idling back production this coming season and shifting some programming to our beautiful visual and performing arts center in Yucca Valley.”
Significant donor naming and recognition opportunities are available for the new Joshua Tree Performing Arts Center, and local contractors and artists are encouraged to contact Stoker Construction for bidding opportunities as they are released. For more information on the Hi-Desert Cultural Center, visit www.HiDesertCulturalCenter.org, join the Cultural Center’s e-newsletter mailing list, or send an email to email@example.com. For more information or to contact Stoker Construction, Inc., visit www.StokerInc.com
The Hi-Desert Cultural Center is a GuideStar “Gold Status” non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that serves as the regional visual and performing arts organization and arts agency for the communities of Joshua Tree National Park.
PHOTO CAPTION 1: 3D artist rendering of the inside of the new Joshua Tree Performing Arts Center as taken from its new second story mezzanine.
PHOTO CAPTION 2: 3D artist rendering of the inside of the new Joshua Tree Performing Arts Center as taken from its newly widened stage.
PHOTO CAPTION 3: 3D artist rendering of the inside of the new Joshua Tree Performing Arts Center as taken from its new foyer.
ABOUT HI-DESERT CULTURAL CENTER
With its multi-venue performing and visual arts centers located in Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley, California, the Hi-Desert Cultural Center (HDCC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation (Federal Tax ID# 23-7425816) that has been serving as the regional performing and visual arts organization and arts agency for the communities of Joshua Tree National Park for more than half a century. The Cultural Center owns and operates its own performance venues and facilities and produces award-winning community and professional live theater, concerts, art exhibits and galleries, festivals, the Joshua Tree Philharmonic symphony orchestra, a master chorus, an artist residency for veterans, an extensive educational arts and technology academy program for youth and adults, and more. The Cultural Center is the largest and oldest non-profit arts organization in the region with several million dollars in assets, employing over 30 full-time and part-time employees, and with an annual budget exceeding half-a-million dollars. Having achieved GuideStar Gold status and recognized as an organization of artistic excellence by the National Endowment for the Arts, it instructs over 700 adults and youth weekly and operates a significant financial aid and scholarship program so that no children are turned away from programs due to their socioeconomic situation. Learn more at: www.hidesertculturalcenter.org
FOR RELEASE ON RECEIPT
May 31, 2019
Contact: Gary Daigneault: 760-366-8471
THEATRE 29 ACCEPTING DIRECTOR’S SUBMISSIONS FOR 2020 SEASON
Theatre 29 is beginning the process of selecting plays, comedies, dramas and musicals for their 2020 season.
Area theatrical directors are being invited to submit suggested plays for consideration. The Theatre 29 Play Selection Committee is requiring prospective Directors to submit two titles to allow flexibility in forming a well-balanced season. Directors are also encouraged to present both a musical and non-musical title. Directors can request a particular time slot or slots but are not guaranteed their requested time frame will be available.
2020 is the 21st year of operation for Theatre 29. The Theatre 29 play selection, under the Chairmanship of Janet Peercy, will review all requests and submit a recommended 2020 season line-up to the Board of Directors for review, the full Board will make the final determination on what shows are selected.
Directors are reminded that Theatre 29 is dedicated to producing plays that are family-oriented and will attract a general audience. Directors submitting for the 2020 season must submit a script and an estimation of the shows budget, including, at least, estimated royalties and script costs.
Directors submitting for the first time to Theatre 29 are asked to include a directorial resume or biography of the candidate’s theatrical background. It is strongly suggested that first-time Directors include an Assistant Director who is well accustomed to the Theatre 29 Organization and culture. Directors will be required to adhere to the Theatre 29 Code of Conduct. The Play Selection Committee reserves the right to require and verify additional directorial qualifications on a case-by-case basis.
Theatre 29 is an all-volunteer Non-Profit Community theater that operates as an independent 501(c) 3 tax exempt organization. All Directors, Performers, backstage crew and theatre staff are unpaid volunteers. Musicals are allowed a stipend budget for musicians.
Theatre 29 will present six productions plus a Summer Youth Theater program during the 2020 calendar year. Musicals will run 12 performances over a 4 week run (three performances, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday each weekend) with allowance to extend the run another holdover weekend. Non-Musicals will run 9 performances in a 3 week run, also Friday, Saturday evenings, and Sunday matinees. Each play will run Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:00 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. The schedule allows for a minimum seven-week rehearsal cycle. All shows are produced at the Theatre 29 complex at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms.
Tentative 2019 season slots:
Show: 1: January 10 – January 26
Show: 2: March 6 – March 29 (HO April 5)
Show: 3: May 1 – May 24 (HO May 31)
Summer Youth Program: – June 22 – July 26
Show: 4: August 14- September 6 (HO Sept. 13)
Show 5: (Halloween Theme preferred) October 9 - October November 1
Show 6: (Holiday Theme preferred) November 27 – December 20
Directors are asked to submit their requests to:
Theatre 29 Play selection committee
c/o Gary Daigneault
6448 Hallee Road #5
Joshua Tree, Ca. 92252
Or e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for submissions is June 28, 2019. Prospective Directors can review their responsibilities on the Directors page at www.theatre29.org. For further information call Theatre 29 Season Selection Committee Secretary Gary Daigneault at 760-366-8471.
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Hi-Desert Playhouse to produce benefit performances of HEROES May 24-25 for Veterans Artist Residency program
Contact: Hi-Desert Cultural Center
JOSHUA TREE, CA — The Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s top-awarded Hi-Desert Playhouse presents its final Reader’s Theater production of the 2018-2019 season with special performances of HEROES to benefit the Charles J. Evered House–Artist Residency for Veterans (CJE House). Winner of the “Laurence Olivier Best New Comedy” award in 2006, HEROES has been called a “comedy bull’s eye,” and will play at the Cultural Center’s state-of-the-art Blak Box Theater Friday and Saturday, May 24 with a special Gala Benefit May 25, at 7:30 pm as part of its award-winning Reader’s Theater Series.
In HEROES, by Gérald Sibleyras and with English translation by Tom Stoppard, the story of three WWI veterans living in a nursing home for old soldiers in France in the summer of 1959 is hysterically told by the talented cast of three professional actors, including Barry Cutler (LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, AN ACTOR’S CAROL, SHYLOCK, TUNE-IN FOR CHRISTMAS), Howard Shangraw (RED, THE RED PRIEST: EIGHT WAYS TO SAY GOODBYE, GOING TO A PLACE WHERE YOU ALREADY ARE) and Patrick O’Neill who is making his HDCC debut. Old war injuries, a masochistic nun, a daring escape plan, and a stone statue of a dog, what could possibly go wrong in this gentle comedy of friendship, old age and glory days long gone past?
Proceeds of these special benefit performances go to support artists’ residencies with the Charles J. Evered House–Artist Residency for Veterans. In Southern California near Joshua Tree National Park, the artist residency venue is specifically meant to serve veterans who are artists. The CJE House is a program division of Hi-Desert Cultural Center.
“The sound of HEROES is the sound of a direct theatrical hit.” – EVENING STANDARD
“Achingly funny… Line by beautifully delivered line the play
proves wonderfully entertaining.” – THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
HEROES plays May 24 and 25 at 7:30 pm. The play is rated PG 13. Doors open one half-hour prior to the performance. Tickets range from $12 to $40. A cash bar is available prior to each performance and during intermission.
To purchase tickets or for more information on the Hi-Desert Playhouse, visit www.hidesertculturalcenter.org, call 760.366.3777, email email@example.com, or visit the Hi-Desert Cultural Center Box Office in person weekdays from 1-5 pm at 61231 CA-62 in Joshua Tree. The Hi-Desert Playhouse is a program of Hi-Desert Cultural Center, a GuideStar “Gold Status” non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that serves as the regional visual and performing arts organization and arts agency for the communities of Joshua Tree National Park.
PHOTO CAPTION (FROM LEFT): Actors Howard Shangraw, Barry Cutler, and Patrick O’Neill will star in two special performances of HEROES to benefit the Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s Charles J. Evered House—Artist Residency for Veterans program.
ABOUT HI-DESERT CULTURAL CENTER
With its multi-venue performing and visual arts centers located in Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley, California, the Hi-Desert Cultural Center (HDCC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation (Federal Tax ID# 23-7425816) that has been serving as the regional performing and visual arts organization and arts agency for the gateway communities of Joshua Tree National Park for more than 50 years. The Cultural Center owns and operates its own performance venues and facilities and produces award-winning community and professional live theater, concerts, art exhibits and galleries, festivals, the Joshua Tree Philharmonic symphony orchestra, a master chorus, an artist residency for veterans, an extensive educational arts and technology academy program for youth and adults, and more. The Cultural Center is the largest and oldest non-profit arts organization in the region with several million dollars in assets, employing over 30 full-time and part-time employees, and with an annual budget exceeding half-a-million dollars. Having achieved GuideStar Gold status and recognized as an organization of artistic excellence by the National Endowment for the Arts, it instructs over 700 adults and youth weekly and operates a significant financial aid and scholarship program so that no children are turned away from programs due to their socioeconomic situation. Learn more at: www.hidesertculturalcenter.org
Have an old telescope gathering dust in your garage? Have a new telescope that’s challenging to set up and align? Thinking about buying a telescope and want to learn about different types?
Spend a long weekend under the awesome desert sky, working with mentors to sharpen your telescope skills.
Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center, 9697 Utah Trail, offers a Telescope Clinic on Saturday, May 25. The long Memorial Day weekend provides additional opportunities to practice on Friday and Sunday nights.
The workshop is for people who have a new – or old – telescope they would like to use but do not know how to set it up or operate it.
Mentors will be on hand from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm on Saturday to answer questions and assist with assembly, alignment, and operation. Help will be available on Friday night for those who have yet to take their equipment out of the box.
Newly-mentored aspiring astronomers can share their knowledge with guests at a free public Star Party from 8:45 to 10:45 on Saturday, and garner additional observing time on Sunday.
Workshop fee of $20 per person includes pizza on Saturday between the end of the Clinic and start of the Star Party. Registration is limited, so sign up early. Minimum age is 12 years.
See www.visit29.org for lodging in Twentynine Palms and camping options outside of Joshua Tree National Park.
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For immediate release
May 13, 2019
FRONTWAVE CREDIT UNION RECEIVES DIAMOND AWARDS FOR MARKETING EXCELLENCE
Oceanside, CA: Frontwave Credit Union (Frontwave) was honored with four Diamond Awards in the branding and marketing categories from the Credit Union National Association’s Marketing & Business Development Council, which recognizes outstanding marketing achievements in the credit union industry.
Frontwave received the Category’s Best Award for Re-Brand and New Corporate Identity. Frontwave also received Diamond Awards for its work in Logo, Plastic Card Design, and Non-Commercial Video. “It’s an honor to achieve industry recognition for our work in changing our name and the rebranding of our credit union from Pacific Marine Credit Union to Frontwave Credit Union. We believe our new name and brand is a reflection of our history, legacy, philosophy of service, and commitment to our Membership,” said Todd Kern, Chief Marketing Officer of Frontwave Credit Union.
Credit union award winners were recognized at the council’s 26th annual conference held in March in Las Vegas. For more information on CUNA’s Diamond Awards or to view the list of credit union winners, go to http://www.cunacouncils.org/events-recognition/mbd-awards/.
About Frontwave Credit Union
Frontwave Credit Union is a member-owned not-for-profit financial institution serving San Diego, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties. Frontwave Credit Union provides a portfolio of financial products and services including checking and savings accounts, auto loans, mortgage loans, credit cards, home equity loans, and financial planning. Forged in 1952 as Camp Pendleton Federal Credit Union in Oceanside, California, Frontwave has grown from 8 civil service employee members and $40 in assets to more than 88,000 members and more than $850 million in assets. Frontwave Credit Union is continuously recognized as a best place to work in Southern California, and has won the Peter Barron Stark Award for Workplace Excellence six times in 2018, 2016, 2014, 2010, 2008, and 2006. To learn more, visit frontwavecu.com.
Credit Union National Association (CUNA) is the only national association that advocates on behalf of all of America's credit unions, which are owned by 115 million consumer members. CUNA, along with its network of affiliated state credit union leagues, delivers unwavering advocacy, continuous professional growth and operational confidence to protect the best interests of all credit unions. For more information about CUNA, visit cuna.org. To find your nearest credit union, visit YourMoneyFurther.com.
About CUNA Councils
CUNA Councils is a member-led, collaborative community of credit union leaders providing vibrant peer interaction, new ideas and innovation to foster professional development for our members while advocating for the overall success of the credit union movement. There are seven CUNA Councils with a network of more than 7,000 credit union professionals. For more information, visit cunacouncils.org.
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