2018 WEED SHOW in 29! – Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3 & 4
Twentynine Palms’ oldest and most unique tradition, the annual Weed Show, will celebrate its 78th year this weekend. The show will be open to the public from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4, at the Twentynine Palms Historical Society’s Old Schoolhouse Museum, 6760 National Park Drive.
The annual event, which originated in the community in the 1940s, is a desert version of the traditional judged flower show. It features desert denizens competing for the best composition using local dried plant material (weeds) and found objects in a variety of themed categories, including one for kids only and one category using an arrangement of live plant material with museum-quality purple glass as an accessory.
This year’s Weed Show committee selected “Colorful Characters” for its overall theme. All 12 entry categories pay tribute to some of Twentynine Palms’ most colorful former residents and homesteaders. Included are pioneer women Blanche Ellis, Nelle Godwin, Barbara Grether, Alice Moses, Prudie Underhill, and Doreen Chamberlain; early businessmen Johnnie Hastie of 29 Palms Stage and photographer Ted Richardson, plus recreation director Bill Proctor; and gold miners and historical figures Bill Keys, Bill McHaney, and John Samuelson, who were also connected to the history of Joshua Tree National Park.
Along with the first, second, third place and honorable mention ribbons awarded by the official Weed Show judges, the public is invited to view the show on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3 and 4, and cast their own votes for the coveted People’s Choice Award. Admission is free.
The Old Schoolhouse Museum is located on National Park Drive in Twentynine Palms, near Joshua Tree National Park Headquarters and Oasis Visitor Center. For directions, contact the museum at (760) 367-2366. For more information about the Weed Show, go to the historical society’s website at www.29pamshistorical.com.
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Media contact: Larry Bowden, Weed Show Chairman, (760) 501-1718
Twentynine Palms Historical Society
6760 National Park Drive
P.O. Box 1926
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT RAY YEAGER (760) 365-7897
Sky’s The Limit Observatory and Nature Center invites stargazers to tour the desert night sky with Visiting Astronomer Brian Ginn on Saturday, November 3. This free public event will start around 5:45 pm and last approximately 2 hours. The Observatory is at 9697 Utah Trail in Twentynine Palms, just outside the main (north) entrance to Joshua Tree National Park.
Mars is in a great position for observing: high in the sky all evening. Jupiter will be low in the West and sets at 6:48. Saturn sets at 9:11 and will be a beautiful object to observe. The Great Square of Pegasus will be overhead. A good test of your eyesight will be if you can see any stars within the square. The constellation Cassiopeia can be found above the Great Square. It is shaped like a “W.”
M31, the great galaxy, found in the nearby constellation Andromeda, is always impressive in a telescope. It is 2.5 million light-years away. To the East you will find the Double Cluster: a two-star cluster that is magnificent in a telescope.
Prominent constellations are Pegasus (the Horse), Taurus (the Bull), Cygnus (the Swan), Aquarius (the Water Bearer), and Cassiopeia (the Seated Queen).
Volunteers will set up a variety of kinds and sizes of telescopes on the winding sidewalks, and guests are welcome to use them or may bring their own binoculars and scopes as well.
The presentation is very casual, so come at any time and leave when you wish. Bring a red flashlight to preserve night vision. Dress for unpredictable desert weather and bring snacks, water bottles, and chairs.
Please be aware that white headlights severely disturb viewing and use only parking lights as you approach the dome. Let your eyes adjust to the dark before you drive into the parking area.
There are no overnight stays and NO CAMPING anywhere on the Observatory and Nature Center property. No pets, no smoking or alcohol allowed, and visitors must carry out all trash. Adults must accompany and take responsibility for the safety and behavior of children under 16.
The seasonal sky is very unpredictable, and a viewing event may have to be delayed, rescheduled, or cancelled due to cloudiness, rain, or excessive wind. Check @skysthelmit29 or follow @STL29Palms to learn the latest status of an event or call Ray at 760-365-7897.
For more information and to see photos taken through STL’s 14” Celestron Schmidt–Cassegrain telescope, visit the STL web site at www.skysthelimit29.org. STL is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization. Donations to support Sky’s The Limit’s educational programs are gratefully accepted.
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Fiber takes on many intriguing and appealing forms this month at Gallery 62 in downtown Joshua Tree, with November’s exhibit UNCOMMON THREADS.
Guest curator and fabric artist extraordinaire Laurie Shafer has woven together a wonderful array of fantastic fiber-based work from local artisans including Patty Domay, Kathi Klopfenstein, Karen Mortensen, Joanna Szachowska, Tobi Toboada and Nikki Verbitsky. In G62’s Signature Room, fabulous clothing by Ms. Shafer and Anja Broenink will be on display—and ready to try on!
Regular gallery hours are Fridays and Sundays, 12-3pm, and Saturdays, 9am-3pm, plus the gallery is also open by appointment. The show will run from Friday, November 2nd through Sunday the 25th. And be sure to drop by the always-lively Artists’ Reception during the Second Saturday Downtown Art Crawl, November 10th from 6-8pm for a delightful, distinctly uncommon night out.
Gallery 62 is located at 60167 Twentynine Palms Hwy, Suite H, Joshua Tree and proudly features the exceptional talents of local artists. It is the cooperative gallery of the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council, a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization with a 501(c)(3) status. For further information, visit gallery62.org or MBCAC.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – The 3rd annual Joshua Tree International Improv/Comedy Festival proudly announces its 2018 line up.
The festival runs Friday, November 9 through Sunday, November 11 at The Hi-Desert Cultural Center located at 61231 Highway 62, in Joshua Tree (just ½ mile from the entrance to Joshua Tree National Park). This year’s festival features entertainment and education by celebrity guests as well as performance competitions by improv groups, sketch comedy groups and stand up comics. All events are open to the public, with audience votes determining winners.
Doors open at 6:30pm on Friday November 9, for the opening night gala, which includes heavy hors d'oeuvres, desserts, and a full cash bar. Entertainment begins at 7:30 with the ever-popular, Los Angeles-based Nick Luciano and Zach Fairless with 30 minutes of chill sketch comedy that will raise your vibration. At 8PM Adam Yenser takes the stage with his sharp observational humor with a uniquely conservative political perspective. Adam is an Emmy Award-winning writer for the Ellen DeGeneres show. He has performed his stand up on Conan and FOX Laughs, has written for The Oscars, and has been a freelance contributor to SNL’s Weekend Update. He can be seen on Ellen in the recurring segment “Kevin the Cashier Played by Adam.”
On Saturday and Sunday, improv workshops take place from 11AM-1PM. Most notably is a workshop taught by Rob Belushi (son of Jim Belushi and nephew of John Belushi) and Tim Stoltenberg focusing on emotional vulnerability. Rob and Tim met in Chicago touring for the Second City, exploding comedy all over colleges and performing arts centers nationwide.
The duo will also be performing Saturday evening, with stand up comic Sean Grant, winner of the 2017 festival, doing his stand up set as an opener at 7:30PM. Sean was also named “Funniest College Kid in America” On “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
Award-winning stand up comics, improv groups and sketch comedy groups from Texas to San Francisco will be performing and competing for audience votes starting at 2:30 on both Saturday and Sunday.
Tickets range in price from $8.00 to $75.00. For more information, go to www.jtimprovfestival.org, or call 760-366-3777.
*Photos available on request
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Contact: Gary Daigneault, 760-366-8471
Theater 29 will kick of the 2019 “Best Of” season with John Patrick’s comedy “A Bad Year For Tomatoes”, first produced at Theatre 29 in 2009.
Myra Marlowe, a famed TV actress retreats from the pressures of her life in Hollywood to a quiet village, Beaver Haven, in New England. For the next 12 months she plans to take it easy, write her autobiography and grow tomatoes. While she is successful in fending off her agent’s attempts to lure her back to Hollywood, she is unsuccessful in fending off the locals. They interfere and annoy her constantly and so in a desperate bid to keep them at bay she invents a maniacal sister locked upstairs who is likely to escape unpredictably. This ruse works a treat until the locals decide to step in and help this poor lost soul.
Char Childs, in her adult production debut as Director, knows a good farcical comedy when she sees it. She also enjoys the fact that this play has wonderfully eccentric characters, especially for women of various ages.
Auditions will be held at 5:00 pm, Sunday, November 18, 2018 at Theatre 29, 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms. Rehearsal are weekday evenings from November 19 - January 10, 2019. “A Bad Year for Tomatoes” will run weekends from January 11. 2019 through January 27, 2019 with Friday and Saturday night performances at 7:00 pm and Sunday matinees at 2:30 pm.
Director Childs will be looking for a cast of 3 men and 4 women:
Myra Marlowe … She is a successful actress and decides to come to New England to write her autobiography. Although the neighbors don’t know who she is, they are constantly interrupting her so she invents a mad sister. She also plays her mad sister whom she invents to scare off her nosy neighbors. Age: approximately in her forties
Tom Lamont … Myra’s agent, he is quite fond of Myra. He isn’t sure that this was a good plan for Myra to drop out and write her autobiography.
Cora Gump … Just likes to gossip. Local girl from Beaver Haven. Very much like Reba.
Reba Harper … Local gossip like Cora. Not up to date on anything outside of the Hamlet of Beaver Haven.
Piney … Very blunt kind of a hick, unusual character.
Willa Mae Wilcox … Local witch reads palms, fortune telling and the like.
Sheriff … Sherlock to the rescue.
1. Auditions are open auditions, no appointment necessary.
2. Auditions are cold read. No prepared monologues required.
3. Must be available for all the rehearsals or make prior arrangements with the Director.
Tickets for all performances (except the 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. “A Bad Year for Tomatoes” is appropriate for most audiences.
Theatre 29 is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)3 Community Theater organization.
”A Bad Year for Tomatoes”
Contact: Jolie Alpin
Copper Mountain College
6162 Rotary Way, P. O. Box 1398
Joshua Tree, CA 92252
760-366-3791 ext. 5310
You are invited to the Howl 2019 Kick-off event
Copper Mountain College Foundation proudly announces the 2019 Howl Kickoff. The event takes place Thursday, November 15th, from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at the Copper Mountain College outdoor Amphitheater, which is behind Bruce's Café. There will be free cookies, poetry readings, and an open mic.
Howl, Copper Mountain College’s literary magazine, is now accepting writing and art from students, staff, faculty, and community members. Submission forms will be available at the event or you can visit the CMC website at cmccd.edu under the Foundation tab. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2019.
The Howl publication is funded through the generosity of donors and the CMC Foundation. For more information about the event, how to submit your works or for sponsorship opportunities, please contact Ellen Baird at 760-366-3791 ext. 0331 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joshua Tree National Park, Twentynine Palms, CA – Park officials announced the reopening of Cottonwood Campground (loop B) after repairs were made due to damage by heavy rains. Also, access to the park of off I-10, via Pinto Basin Road will be reopened. Visitors are asked to exercise caution when entering and exiting the park through the south entrance due to a short distance of single lane traffic and road repair crews working in the area. Cottonwood Oasis Trail and the parking lot at the trailhead will remain closed until further notice. For further information, call 760 367-5522.
Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce
October 25, 2018
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Contact: Marion Poindexter (541) 408-8771
The Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that Coldwell Banker Roadrunner Realty—Marion Poindexter Jeff Poland will host our Fall Mixer on Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 5-7p.m. at 73555 Twentynine Palms Hwy, Twentynine Palms, California 92277.
We will enjoy the Grand Re-opening of the newly renovated Coldwell Banker Roadrunner Realty location in 29 Palms with a ribbon-cutting, fall-themed décor, a walkthrough of the facility, and raffle prizes to include pies made by Jan Peters of Roughly Manor.
Additionally, there will be meat’n’cheese platters, dessert catered by Raspaditos, and adult refreshments available.
Mixers are open to Chamber members as well as Non-Chamber businesses.
For more information on The Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce, call the Chamber of Commerce at 760-367-3445.
The Palms-N-Paws Animal Shelter will be conducting a low-cost rabies vaccination clinic for cats and dogs on Saturday, November 3, 2018. The clinic will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Palms-N-Paws Animal Shelter at 7086 Bullion Road, one block south of Sullivan Road, in Twentynine Palms.
The cost is $8.00 per vaccination (cash only, no exceptions). City of Twentynine Palms and San Bernardino County licensing will also be available.
All dogs must be on a leash and cats in a carrier. For more information, contact Palms-N-Paws Animal Shelter at (760) 367-0157.