December is upon us…and Gallery 62 in downtown Joshua Tree is starting the celebration this week with a gala gift show of wondrous artworks, all priced at $100 and waaay under!
G62’s HOLIDAZE show will feature dozens of delightful local artisans, with imaginative items from paintings to cozy pillows, ceramics to sensational jewelry, coasters to creative journals, photographs and much more! And, don’t forget—everything is very affordably priced to please your pocketbook!
Your presence is highly and happily encouraged at the HOLIDAZE Artists’ Reception during the Second Saturday Downtown Art Crawl, December 8th. Regular G62 hours are Fridays and Sundays, 12-3pm, and Saturdays, 9am-3pm, plus by appointment--with the show running from Friday, November 30th through Sunday December 30th.
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
Panel for the ‘The PEARLY GATES COLLECTION’ exhibition at the Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center to be held on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018 at 4 pm
The Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s Yucca Valley Arts Center (YVArts) will present a panel discussion on the ideas and concepts surrounding its current exhibition, THE PEARLY GATES COLLECTION. The event will take place on December 2nd at 4pm. The exhibition, a conceptual curatorial project created by Michael McCall, the gallery’s executive curator, was built by trading worthless bank notes to 50 chosen artists, asking each artist to trade an artwork they feel would be worthy of exhibiting in the “Halls of Heaven”. The project pays tribute to famed curator, Walter Hopps, who once owed the aforementioned bank notes. Hopps, along with Edward Kienholz, spearheaded the contemporary Los Angeles art movement during the mid-50s and opened the Ferus Gallery, which exhibited Andy Warhol’s “Soup Cans” in 1962. It was Warhol’s first gallery showing. Hopps went on to become the director of the Pasadena Art Museum, exhibiting Marcel Duchamp first retrospective in 1963. The year previous to the Duchamp retrospective, Hopps curated a show entitled, “Paintings of Common Objects”, credited as the first exhibition of Pop Art in the United States.
McCall will be joined on the panel by Jim Edwards, a colleague of Walter Hopps. Edwards co-curated the Pop Art: U.S/U.K. Connections 1956-1966 exhibition for the Menil Collections of Houston in 2001. Art critic, curator, poet, and current YVArts Advisory Board member, Peter Frank will also be joining the panel discussion. Frank, a contributing writer to the Huffington Post and many art publications, recently curated the Tony DeLap retrospective for the Laguna Art Museum. Past Los Angeles Cultural Affairs General Manager and current YVArts Advisory Board member, Adolfo V. Nodal, will join the panel. Nodal worked with Hopps during the late 1970s when Nodal was director of The Washington Project for the Arts. Nodal curated the current exhibition in the Project Room at the Yucca Valley Arts Center, entitled “Havana Noir”, which features artworks by famed neon artists Kadir López Nieves of Cuba and Michael Flechtner of Los Angeles.
Tickets to this special panel are free for members and only $15 for non-members. The new center is located at 58325 CA-62 in Yucca Valley, CA 92284. For more information on the new Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center, visit YVArts.org or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how to get involved or to become a founding member or donor.
The Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center is a program and annex of Hi-Desert Cultural Center. Additional information on the Hi-Desert Cultural Center may be found on the Cultural Center’s main website, HiDesertCulturalCenter.org or by calling 760.366.3777. The Hi-Desert Cultural Center is a GuideStar “Gold Status” non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that serves as the arts agency for the Joshua Tree National Park region.
PHOTO CAPTION: Art critic, Peter Frank, will be among the art panelists for the Yucca Valley Arts Center’s upcoming December 2 panel on The Pearly Gates Collection--a collection in celebration of famed art curator Walter Hopps.
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
Reach Out Morongo Basin organizers have geared up for the 2019 Parade of Homes fundraiser to be held on February 17, 2019 and are securing homes for the annual fundraising event. With three homes secured , two in Twentynine Palms and one in Yucca Valley, officials are seeking homes in Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley and Morongo Valley to round out the line-up as well as sponsors for the 15th Annual Parade of Homes.
The 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.
"We are very excited for the upcoming 15th Parade of Homes and the generosity of owners who open their doors to us is what makes this event such a success” said Executive Director Robin Schlosser who continues “Growing interest and success 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 to visitors from all over the world as they tour view six homes in the Morongo Basin each with its own story.”
In Twentynine Palms homes is ‘Hummingbird Haven’ – the home of Paul Stackel and Lyn Sells. Originally a 1960’s ranch style home the owners completely renovated between 2002 – 2006 adding a dining room, master bedroom and bath, an artist’s studio and garage. The home features artwork and collectables as well as antiques from America and Europe collected during the owner’s time abroad as teachers for the Department of Defense.
Interested homeowners are urged to call Reach Out at 760-361-1410 for information or to offer their homes for consideration.
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
The Palm Desert R/C Raceway & Hobby Shop will host the 14th Annual Toys for Tots Toy Drive & R/C Off-Road Race on Saturday, December 1st at the PDRC Track, located at 72440 Painters Path in Palm Desert, California – behind the Desert Crossing Shopping Center and next to the entrance to the “Bump-n-Grind Trail.”
The Toys for Tots Toy Drive & Race will bring the top R/C nitro off-road drivers from around the West Coast to the Coachella Valley. Practice for the race opens on Friday, November 30th from 12pm to 8pm. Then on Saturday, gates will open at 7am, presentation of the colors and national anthem at 8:30am, and racing begins promptly at 9am. Food and drinks will be available all-day during Saturday’s event. Locals are encouraged to come by to watch and cheer for their favorite R/C driver and team during practice and race days for free.
For 2018, the Toys for Tots Toy Drive & Race is in its 14th season and is the most popular radio-control nitro car and truck racing event in Southern California during the Christmas season. “We are so pleased to have Toys for Tots back at PDRC, we need all the support we can get this season with Toys-R-Us closing down, which was our biggest supporter and donor,” says retired USMC Gunnery Sergeant Luis and Debbie Solares, regional coordinators for USMCR Toys for Tots. The “R/C community” is very community oriented and is heavily involved in local events benefiting non-profit organizations that support local residents and military and public service personnel. The race features many different racing classes for the novice to the expert racer alike. Racing fee is $20 plus New Unwrapped Toy ($10 or More Value) and Military/Public Service with ID are FREE with New Unwrapped Toy.
“I am pleased to bring PDRC back to the community and provide Coachella Valley’s only true ‘grass roots’ R/C racing facility and hobby shop that’s top-notch and fun for all hobbyists and ages alike,” says Jon VanderMolen, new owner and operator of Palm Desert R/C Raceway & Hobby Shop since March 2018. Jon has been involved in the R/C community since the late 1980’s and is former partner and co-founder of Rise Up HobbyTown and former manager at Uncle Don’s Hobbies. The buzz on the streets from those who have visited the track and hobby shop say it’s the best facility they’ve seen since it opened in 2002.
PDRC began in 2002 and has been serving local and out of town radio-control off-road car and truck racers of all ages and skill levels alike. It has hosted many of the top race events, such as Best of the West, West Coast Shootout, JBRL Nitro Off-Road Series, and Grass Roots. The track and hobby shop is open to the public, Wednesday and Friday 5pm to 9pm, and Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 6pm. Local club racing will begin on Fridays, starting November 7, 2018. Practice costs $10 per person and racing costs $15 per person. R/C rentals are available on a first-come-first-serve basis and start at $20 per hour.
Toys for Tots is a toy drive run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve. It was founded in 1947 by Major Bill Hendricks in Los Angeles, CA and is still going strong to this day. The Toys for Tots program in our region is coordinated by local charitable organization, “Rise 4 the People” founded and operated by retired USMC Gunnery Sergeant Luis and Debbie Solares.
For more information about Palm Desert R/C Raceway & Hobby Shop, visit http://fb.com/PalmDesertRCRaceway/ or contact Jon VanderMolen at (442) 324-3515 or email@example.com.
For more information about Toys for Tots and Rise 4 the People, call Debbie Solares at (951) 756-6057.
The Campbell House welcomes Janis Commentz for a two-day Desert Landscape Painting Workshop January 22 – 24, 2019
For immediate release
Contact: Breanne Dusastre (415)827-0420
Janis Commentz (760)365-4955
29 PALMS, CA - The Campbell House is pleased to announce desert artist and art instructor Janis Commentz will be leading a desert landscape painting workshop at the Campbell House property, January 22 – 24, 2019.
This workshop offers a unique opportunity to participants to explore their creative side, while enjoying the natural wonders and beauty of the Mojave Desert. Designed to benefit and inspire painters of any experience level, this workshop will focus on sketching, and painting with water-based paints.
Janis Commentz, a 40-year desert resident, has a deep love for plein air painting in the deserts of the Southwest and has a B.A. in Art and British Literature from the University of Redlands and a M.A. in Education from the California State University San Bernardino and teaches workshops with the Desert Institute and 29 Palms Art Gallery. Her work is exhibited across southern California, and she is a participant in the annual Hwy 62 Open Studio Art Tours.
This two-night, two-day workshop is being offered for $399, and will include:
Participants are required to provide their art supplies, and will be responsible for their own dinner on Tuesday and Wednesday. The deadline to register is December 5, 2018. Workshop registration and hotel reservation will require deposits at time of booking. $399 workshop fee does not include hotel occupancy tax.
For workshop details, and to reserve your spot, please visit www.janiscommentz.com/store.html
For immediate release
November 13, 2018
Contact: Gary Daigneault: 760-366-8471
The all-volunteer board of directors of the non-profit Theatre 29 will be reorganizing early next month and are looking for those interested in serving.
Theatre 29 will be holding their annual Board of Directors elections and reorganization December 11, 2018 at 6 pm at the theater facility, 73637 Sullivan Road in 29 palms.
Anyone who is interested in serving a 2-year term on the non-profit, all-volunteer, Theatre 29 Board of Directors, is invited to send a letter of intent to: Gary Daigneault, President, Theatre 29 Board of Directors, 6448 Hallee Road, Joshua Tree, Ca. 92252 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline to receive letters of interest is 5:00 pm Friday, December 7, 2018. For further information, contact Daigneault at 760-366-8471
Morongo Basin Broadcasting Corporation
Z107.7 FM Radio / www.z1077fm.com
for Immediate release
Contact: Z107.7 Radio, Gary Daigneault: 760-366-8471
Z107.7 RADIO SPONSORS BUSINESS HOLIDAY DECORATING CONTEST
As the holiday approaches, to encourage area businesses to get into the spirit and encourage shopping locally, Z107.7 FM Radio and www.z1077fm.com have teamed up to co-sponsor a free holiday decorating contest for all businesses located in the Morongo Basin. Winners receive quality advertising and promotion, a very cool plaque, holiday bragging rights, and customers who know you care!
The contest will be judged by professional local artists and designers. It is free to enter and the rules are simple.
The judges use a scale of 1-10 for five criteria, “overall appeal”, “Use of available Space”, Use of Lights and Color”, “inventiveness and overall theme”, and “Wow factor”. Painted windows do not qualify for this contest.
Judging will be done in 4 simple categories;
SMALL BUSINESS (up to 1,500 square feet)
LARGE BUSINESS (1,500 square feet or over)
Awards will be given for 1st and 2nd place in all 4 categories. The judging is done on artistic merit; the decision of the judges is final.
First place winners get $250.00 in radio advertising from Z107.7 Radio and website presence for a month on www.z1077fm.com, now viewed over 200,000 times per month!
Second Place winners get $150.00 in radio advertising from Z107.7 Radio and 2 weeks on www.z1077fm.com There are some restrictions, (see * below).
There is no charge, to enter call Z107-7 Radio at 760-366-8471 and tell us the name and location of your business and what category you are entering in.
Entries must be located in the “Morongo Basin”, defined as from Morongo Valley to the West, Wonder Valley to the East, North to Johnson Valley, and South to the border of Joshua Tree National Park.
Deadline to enter is 5:00 p.m. December 14, 2018.
Winners will be announced December 21, 2018.
*(ad credit can not be used for existing contracts or billing)
*(ad credit can not be used for political purposes)
*(ad credit can not be transferred)
*(ad credit must be used by April 25, 2019)
Some Past winners
#1 – First Nations Home Finance. 29 Palms
#2 – Hi-Desert Medical Center, Birth and Delivery
#3 - Affordable Rentals, Yucca Valley
#4 - Sunnyslope Garden Suites – 29 Palms
A FREE flu shot clinic will be held on Saturday November 10, 2019 at the Twentynine Palms Senior Center 6539 Adobe Rd from 10 am to 1 pm and is open to the general public.
Flu Shots will be provided for men, women (including those that are pregnant) senior citizens and children who are 3 years and older. A parent or guardian must accompany children under the age of 18. Children under nine (9) years old may require two (2) doses of flu vaccine (4 weeks apart) based on prior vaccination history.
Flu shots are the first step in protecting against influenza and potentially serious complications especially for seniors, individuals with health problems and children. With the CDC reporting over 80,000 people died from influenza and its complications in 2017, the most in four decades, individuals of all ages are encouraged to get protected now.
The San Bernardino County Department of Public Health Preparedness and Response Program will be testing emergency response plans at local Point of Dispensing (POD) sites during the influenza (flu) vaccination season. A POD site is a location where the community would go to receive lifesaving medication and/or vaccinations during a public health emergency.
The Twentynine Palms Senior Center is the local POD site which will be utilized to excercise plans and procedures for a local pandemic influenza response. The goal of the excercise is to test Public Health's mass distribution of vaccinations to County residents as a response to an outbreak or pandemic influenza, such as the 2009 H1N1 Pandemic.
For more information on public health emergencies visit the County of San Bernardino, Department of Public Health, Preparedness and Response Program website at www.sbcounty.gov/prp or call 909-252-4406.##