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Julius Ceasar Casting Call

JOSHUA TREE, CA – In the Cultural Center’s second casting call this month in support of its almost fifty-year tradition of staging the Desert’s best in live theatre, the Hi-Desert Cultural Center in association with The Yucca Valley Shakespeare Guild is pleased to announce that auditions for JULIUS CAESAR will be held Saturday, January 19th, 2013.  This Shakespearean classic will play at the Center’s state-of-the-art Blak Box Theater March 14-17, 2013.  The Yucca Valley Shakespeare Guild’s Artistic Director and Founder, Eric Quander (aka Q), will conduct the auditions beginning at 4:30 pm.

Julius Caesar is Shakespeare’s classic political thriller of conspiracy, assassination, and… what comes next.  Set in the political climate of another dimension of space and time, the piece explores what happens when opinions differ on how to rule the people.  Consisting of some of Shakespeare’s most memorable speeches and quotes, the production will be fast, “bloody” and funny.  Julius Caesar will be directed by Eric Quander, a renowned Shakespearean actor, director, and educator.  An ensemble production, the auditions seek to cast approximately 20 actors to play 45 roles, and all roles will be open to gender (the roles of Portia and Antony have already been cast).  Most actors will fill the parts of several characters. Continue reading

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Local Entertainment News

 

Hi-Desert Cultural Center announces Casting Call for “The Dining Room”

JOSHUA TREE, CA – Continuing its almost fifty-year tradition of staging the Desert’s best in live theatre, the Hi-Desert Cultural Center announces a superb opportunity for area actors and actresses this Sunday, January 6th, 2013.  The popular local director, Wendy Cohen, will hold a casting call and auditions for the Center’s upcoming theatrical production, The Dining Room.  This acclaimed “comedy of manners” will play at the Center’s state-of-the-art Blak Box Theater running three weekends from February 15 through March 2, 2013.  Cohen, whose acting and directing has garnered her many awards and honors from the Desert Theatre League, encourages all actors and actresses sixteen years of age and older to audition.
 
The play is set in a single dining room where 18 scenes from different households overlap and intertwine—with each story focused on a different family during different time periods who have in their possession the same dining room furniture set. The action is a mosaic of interrelated scenes—some funny, some touching, and some rueful.  The actors may play a wide range of roles, personalities, and ages as they portray a variety of characters, from younger boys to stern grandfathers, and from giggling teenage girls to Irish housemaids. Dovetailing swiftly and smoothly, the varied scenes mesh into a theatrical experience of exceptional range, compassionate humor, and abundant humanity. Continue reading
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Leonid Meteor Shower

Leonid Meteor Shower Peaked Monday
November 19, 2012

 Local professional photographer, David McChesney, captures unusual “double” celestial event Monday night.

David writes: “Hi -  I Facebooked this but wanted to share with you this fortunate capture last night.  It was the shower’s second peak and certainly not observed by many as it was after the weekend and the first peak left a lot to be desired.  Hope you enjoy.  You can always “friend” me at David McChesney. My best… David”

Thanks for your contribution and thoughtfulness David.


The best view for this year’s Leonid meteor shower was hours before dawn on November 19. However, the Moon and “city light pollution” likely washed out all but the brightest meteors – look to the left of the obvious near vertical “comet” line for the second display. Continue reading

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Massage Therapy FAQs 2

What are the characteristics of Body Massage therapies? Which are the most popular?

Here we’ll explore ten or more different “styles” or “types” of massage therapy to learn the differences between each type and potentially learn the “best” type for your particular needs or physical health condition. Considering the massive amount of information available on the Internet, doing a search on “massage therapy” and similar words will produce 100s of websites that contain the information you are searching for. Some sites will be elaborate with lots of information while others may only touch on the various types of massage therapies currently in use.

Today, Massage Therapy is not just a personal service at luxury spas and 5-star hotels anymore, it is a SKILL being use to treat a range of medical conditions that includes arthritis, back pain, cellulite, chronic headaches, high blood pressure, carpal tunnel syndrome, cancer, fibromyalgia and PMS. Scientific data on the medical benefits of massage therapy is still quite limited and even more difficult to retrieve for study. But as Ruth Werner, president of the Massage Therapy Foundation, points out: “There is little controversy about the psychologically and physiologically calming benefits of receiving skilled bodywork. The research on this is very consistent.”

Checking with your doctor before beginning any new treatment is always a good idea. Even better: If your physician refers you to a massage therapist, your health insurance might even cover the cost. Continue reading

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Mail-order Merchants hit by Postage Rate Increases effective Jan 27, 2013

U.S. Postal Service (USPS) announced it would raise postage rates on January 27, 2013, pending review by the Postal Regulatory Commission.

Online product sellers are increasingly feeling the pressure to offer “free shipping” to their customers. Of course, the seller is compelled by common sense economics to recover the costs of packaging materials, storage and actual “shipping fees” charged by the Postal Service (or other carrier). Recovering these costs can be a complex issue or as simple as “adding the cost to the price of the product”. Most “small” online Internet stores do not offer “free shipping”.

The fees USPS charges for their popular “Priority Mail Service” will increase, Continue reading

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Desert-Wise Landscape Lectures

Expert information on native seed collecting, native plant propagation, native revegetation of previously stripped land and drip irrigation systems.

Presented by the Morongo Basin Conservation (MBCA) at the Joshua Tree Community Center (view MAP) on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13 – 12:30 p.m. and again at 4:30 p.m.

More information is available at 760-364-3455 or 760-365-9366, or, at www.mbconservation.org.

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Visiting our Southwestern Deserts – safely

 

Four Essential Life-Saving Tips for Safe Travels in Dangerous Desert Heat

 Plan and Pack Right to Avoid Tragedy in Triple-Digit Desert Temps

Author: Hillary Fox -

While cruising north on I-95 in Nevada en route to Death Valley National Park, we encountered a young man wandering alongside a remote stretch of desert highway.

It was 104°F and his car had broken-down more than forty miles from the nearest town. He was burned a bright red, without water or shade, and his cell phone battery was dead. He had been stranded under the relentless sun of the Mojave desert for nearly four hours.

He was lucky to be alive.

Mildly delirious, this college kid refused a lift into town—he didn’t want to leave his car. So we loaded him up with water, ice, and fruit and charged his phone while he cooled off in our air conditioned rental. He made a call and was finally on his way home safe with a vicious sunburn. Tragedy averted.

But not everyone is so fortunate. Continue reading

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VETERAN DENIED MEDICAL/DENTAL BENEFITS

Dateline: September 18, 2012

I applied to the Veteran’s Administration for medical/dental benefits. On September 19, 2012 I received the “denial letter” from the VA Loma Linda Healthcare System, wherein it describes the reasons for the denial.

Rather than editorialize on the letter, I’ll reprint here that letter in its entirety. Please note that the Veterans Administration did not “directly” reply to my application. However, in our Morongo Basin region, the Palm Desert VA Clinic is where our local VETs go for treatment, and, the Loma Linda Hospital is the contracted acute care center for VETs who need such intensive care.

The letter follows: Continue reading

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ENDEAVOUR’s FINAL FLIGHT – September 20 & 21, 2012

Channel 7 (ABC-TV) will have complete coverage of its “display trip” or “fly-by” around Southern & northern California at an altitude of about 1500 feet above ground level before settling down at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Later, the Shuttle will be dismounted from its 747 carrier and paraded down at street level October 13 to its final resting place at the California Science Center. The dateline in these photos is September 20 & 21, 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LAFCO Official presents Joshua Tree recomendations 9-27-12

In a move to “educate” the population (roughly 8,000+) of the unincorporated community of Joshua Tree (92252), the San Bernardino County government’s LAFCO (Local Agency Formation Commission) offers a roundtable discussion with Kathleen Rollings-McDonald at the Joshua Tree Community Center on Thursday, September 27th at 6:30 pm. (click HERE for MAP)

Ms. Rollings-McDonald, Executive Officer of the San Bernardino Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO), is an amazing resource with encyclopedic knowledge of San Bernardino county. She oversees a state agency that is involved in every San Bernardino county incorporation, annexation, and sphere of influence. LAFCO is also charged with doing service reviews of each these entities every 5 years.  (A copy of the  2011 review for Joshua Tree – CSA 20, is online at JTCAonline.org)

Kathleen is well aware of our desire to have more input and influence on the future of our community.  Over the past few years Joshua Tree has been presented with several projects that have caused concern about the direction of our community – the bullet we dodged with the Katz project, a possible casino, the Dollar General store, solar and wind projects and phone towers.  She will cover several topics including the National Historic Conservation Reserve and LAFCO’s recommendation that Joshua Tree seriously consider an elected Community Service District or CSD. 

There will be time for your questions and community input. We hope you’ll join us and please pass the word about this roundtable to your friends and neighbors.

Please join us September 27 at 6:30 pm.

Victoria Fuller, President

Joshua Tree Community Association

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DOLLAR GENERAL STORE takes center stage 9-20-12

Dollar General’s initial proposal for their sundries discount store in Joshua Tree will receive review at the next Municipal Advisory Council meeting Thursday, September 20, 2012 — 7 p.m. at the Joshua Tree Community Center. The general public is encouraged to attend and participate in the decision making.

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Ugly News – Aug 20, 2012

I’ve been going through a rough several weeks since mid March when CANCER struck my left lung. After nearly 4-months waiting for Medicare to acknowledge the request for an oncologist and authorize procedures to take place, it finally came to light July 1.

I’m now under the care of a Dr. Brook, a resident of the Comprehensive Cancer Center located in Palm Springs. I’ve had my “test chemo-therapy” 3 weeks ago and I am due for my “first real chemo-therapy” session tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. The “IV-Drip” will run for 3-hours… and I’m told by several that I’ll feel like I’ve been hit with a MackTruck for a week. I get to “recover” for two-weeks, then get hit again with the chemo. I sure hope I either go quick or survive to live another 20 or so. Either way, it appears to be a rough road ahead. Wish me luck.

BF

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UGLY NEWS AROUND TOWN – Updated Sep 20, 2012

This will be “short”… but I’ll update, or, add to it as time goes forward

About the middle of March this year, this writer, Bill Ford, and Founder of this JoshuaTreeStar.com  was stricken with what turns out to be Stage 4 Lung Cancer in my left lung. After nearly 4 months and 3 different hospital admissions, I finally have gotten through most of the government’s red tape and am now, finally, being treated as an “out-patient” with Chemo therapy. I had my “first” treatment a week ago – July 30.

There are a lot of details about this deadly disease… but I’ll not expound on “it” as much as I will elaborate on resources that are available — but only to you who know who to contact, when, where and “who to contact first” to stay out of the red tape that could indeed be the supporting cause of what’s killing you.

Right now, I’m “staying” at a friend’s home in Indio which is about an hour’s drive from the well endowed Cancer Center. Of course, I don’t drive myself… the pain meds are narcotics which preclude any such operation of a motor vehicle.

Considering it’s now about 10 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug 8 and I’m getting a bit tired and weak … I think I’ll go hit the snore shelf and continue this dialogue tomorrow.

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FREE SURPLUS FOOD GIVE-AWAY “Monday”

FREE SURPLUS FOOD -  MONDAY
IN THE MORONGO BASIN 

Free surplus food for low-income households is distributed at various Morongo Basin locations. This is a regular monthly event, “generally” on the THIRD MONDAY of EACH MONTH unless otherwise notified. January & February are generally on the SECOND MONDAY.
The list of 8 LOCATIONS below displays the name of the facility, address, zip code, time of the event and a link to our “FreeFood Map” showing a local map of the facility’s location.  All hours are in the morning - “a.m.” Click on the map for a larger printable version.
 

 
1. Church of the Lighted Cross – Morongo Valley
      11518 Elbow Lane Morongo Valley CA 92256  8 to 10

 

 

2. Belfield Hall – Landers
      58390 Reche Road Landers CA 92885   8:30 to 10:30

 

 

3. Community Center – Yucca Valley
      Community Center Park YV CA 92284   8:30 to 10:30

 

 

 
4. Copper Mountain Mesa Foundation - Copper Mt. area
      65336 Winter Road Joshua Tree CA 92252    9 to 11

 


5. Community Center – Joshua Tree 
      6171 Sunburst Street, Joshua Tree, CA 92252    9 to 11

 

 

 
6. Sunset Village Apartments – Joshua Tree
      6036 Sunset Road  Joshua Tree 92252    9:30 to 11:30

 

 

7. Fire Dept. Wonder Valley
      80526 Amboy Rd, 29-Palms, CA 92277  10:30 to 11:30 

 

 

8. Little Church of the Desert
      6079 Adobe Road 29-Palms CA 92277    10 to 12 noon  

 

Please send errors/corrections/updates to WEBMASTER@JoshuaTreeStar.com
OR — leave a “comment” below

NEED A MAP?
Clicking on the MAP next to each facility location address above will provide you with a LARGER printable local street map showing the location of the facility (including the address) where Free Surplus Food may be obtained by qualified persons in need.
Phone numbers
Free Food Give-Away phone numbers are not available since each facility is operated by varying volunteers.
Qualifications for Free Surplus Food:
Proof of income (such as annual Social Security income statement, unemployment, disability or other document) a photo I.D. (drivers license or other) and proof of current local address such as a recent electric, gas bill with YOUR name on it, but water bills are not acceptable. IF you rent, and pay these utilities directly to the landlord as part of your rent payment, you will need a copy of the utility bill AND a sworn statement from the landlord that you are the current renter of that address, or a copy of your Rental Agreement. Other “proof”, in a variety of ways, including self-certification, is available on a form available at each give-away site. Recipients are requested to bring their own box, paper or other carry bags. Clean empty boxes and appropriate grocery bag donations are appreciated.
FOOD CONTRIBUTIONS
Non-perishable, commercially canned or pre packaged dry goods may be accepted at these events.  Frozen and unlabeled foods may not be accepted due to health safety concerns.
The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County Food Bank serves over 50,000 persons each month with the help of more than 156 affiliate agencies, churches, schools, soup kitchens and senior centers. The food is provided through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) food commodities, surplus food from supermarkets, and by food drives sponsored by local businesses, schools, groups and clubs. For more information, call 1-909-723-1580 or look into the SBCO Food Bank web site.

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