Desert Chic Social Is Almost Here

Twentynine Palms, CA, April 8, 2017 – The Twentynine Palms Historical Society has the venue. They have food and drinks. They even have entertainment. All they need now is YOU at their 4th Annual Desert Chic Social, to be held on 8 April from 4:30 to 7:30, at the Broadview Hacienda.
Members and non-members are invited to experience the beauty of this historic Twentynine Palms home while you enjoy the camaraderie of old and new friends; have a nibble, a tasty treat, and a cool drink; enjoy a bit of blues music from Bill and Bob. All this and more as you relax and soak in the view from Broadview, the historic residence of pioneers Bill and Prudie Underhill. There will also be a silent auction of treasures you won't be able to resist.
 This event is to raise funds to help the Society continue to preserve our local history and culture and to help keep the doors of the Old Schoolhouse Museum open. Tickets are available for a minimum donation of $25 for Society members and $30 for non-members. This is a minimum and larger donations will be greatly appreciated. Pre-sale tickets are available at the Old Schoolhouse Museum, 6760 National Park Dr., 29 Palms. Tickets will also be available at the door. Dress is desert casual.
For more information, visit the 29 Palms Historical Society website at

“Spring Renewal” Art Reception

Twentynine Palms, CA, April 7, 2017 — An opening reception will be held on Friday, April 7, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. for “Spring Renewal,” the spring Art in Public Places exhibition at the City of Twentynine Palms Visitor Center & Gallery and Chamber of Commerce, located at 73484 29 Palms Hwy., in downtown Twentynine Palms.

The exhibition showcases spring in the desert, with artwork created by desert artists, who were invited to submit their expressions in a variety of media, including paintings, photography, mosaics, ceramics, assemblage and metal sculpture.

The public is invited to attend the reception, view the show, and enjoy music and refreshments with the artists. Admission is free.

The exhibition will remain on display from April 7 through June 30, 2017 at the visitor center.

The Twentynine Palms Visitor Center & Gallery is open daily at 73484 29 Palms Hwy. at the corner of Desert Queen Avenue downtown. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Art in Public Places exhibitions are hosted by the Public Arts Advisory Committee (PAAC) of the City of Twentynine Palms. For directions or more information, visit the website at or call (760) 367-6197.

The Red Hot Auction Is This Saturday

Twentynine Palms, CA, March 25, 2017 — Bidders who attend the Twentynine Palms Historical Society’s Red Hot Auction at the Old Schoolhouse Museum on Saturday, March 25 can walk away with everything from silver serving dishes to a four-person hot tub if they’re willing to pony up enough cash to beat their rivals.

Admission is free.

The evening will kick off at 6:30 p.m. with a silent auction and refreshments.

“Just remember, there ain’t no funner time to be had than at the Red Hot Auction, guaranteed,” organizer Larry Bowden drawled as he geared up to join Greg Mendoza, his brother in comedic arms, in serving as auctioneers for the live auction at 7:30.

The duo will coax, cajole and strong-arm auction-goers until every last item has found a new owner.
In addition to the serving dishes and hot tub, items slated for the auction block include two signed Noble Richardson serigraphs, pottery by Tony Soares, wrought-iron bird cages, an oak display case, handmade bead jewelry, “In My Garden” mosaic by Cathy Snodgrass, children’s toys, assorted glassware, gadgets galore and much more.

Proceeds from the event will go toward the historical society’s building fund for its upcoming new addition.

Donations for the auction will be accepted through the morning of the auction. For more information or to arrange pick up, call Bowden at (760) 910-3886 or historical society President Les Snodgrass at (760) 861-5801.

The museum is at 6760 National Park Drive, across from the 29 Palms Inn. For more information on the auction and historical society programs and projects, visit

Twentynine Palms Historical Society
Old Schoolhouse Museum
6760 National Park Drive
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
(760) 367-2366 Email:


 “Black Rock Symposium: Challenges to California Desert National Parks and Monuments”

Joshua Tree, CA, January 20, 2017 – The popular Black Rock Symposium will return on Friday, January 20, 2017 to feature a panel-based symposium on relevant topics affecting Joshua Tree National Park and Gateway Communities.  Academic and policy experts will analyze and assess five core aspects of challenges to Joshua Tree National Park, the Sonoran and Mojave Deserts and communities that surround the park.  

The first event of this symposium series will be “Challenges to California Desert National Parks and Monuments” featuring a panel consisting of David Smith, Superintendent, Joshua Tree National Park, Todd Suess, Superintendent, Mojave National Preserve and Josh Hoines, Resource Division Chief, Death Valley National Park.  Some of the topics that they will focus on include:  Economic impact of the parks and monuments to the local communities, the economic state of the parks, scientific advances and current projects, park visitor experience, and a vision of the next decade.  The moderator for this first event is Jeff Cummings, President of Copper Mountain College.

Sponsored by the Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park and Copper Mountain College, this symposium will be held at the Bell Center on the campus of Copper Mountain College on Friday, January 20, 7 pm – 8:30 pm.  The lecture is free and open to the public.  Pre-registration is requested.  For more information, contact the Desert Institute at (760) 367-5535,, or visit

This symposium is underwritten by California Grassroots Fund of the Rose Foundation and supported by a partnership with Copper Mountain College.

Date: January 20th, 2017
Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Copper Mountain College
6162 Rotary Way
Joshua Tree, CA 92252


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