MARCH 21, 2017
Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce
Board Of Directors 

Aaron Kyle

Joni Daniel
Vice President

Carrie Hendrickson
Cheryl Cox

Bryan Oakley

Robert Fleck

Glenn Helm

Lorie Wiederhold

Yeseida Reyes

Chamber President Office Hours 

Chamber President Aaron Kyle will be available every Wednesday  from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. to talk to business owners and community members.

From the Executive Director’s Desk

The Grand Opening of Kostas Jewelry last Saturday night was a lot of fun and his one-of-a-kind jewelry designs are spectacular. Just a hint, Mothers’ Day is around the corner and if you are looking for a great gift for “Mom” check out Kostas’ shop for something unique and different.

Last Thursday’s Professionals Night with Mary Jane Binge of First Nations Home Finance was very interesting and everyone learned something new. Our next presenter for Professionals Night will be Ashley Smith, Digital Marketing consultant for Joshua Tree Gateway Communities. She will hold a Q&A seminar on how to best use social media for marketing your business. Thursday, May 11th from 6:00 to 8:00pm at the Chamber of Commerce.

Save the Date! Saturday, April 29th, 12:00 to 2:00pm – Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the 29 Palms Dog Park! Bring your four-legged friends!

The Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce will hold its Annual General Membership Meeting on Friday, May 19th, 6:00PM at the Twentynine Palms Community Services Building located at 74325 Joe Davis Drive, Twentynine Palms.   During this meeting we shall conduct the 2017/2018 Election of the Board of Directors. All voting shall be by ballot.  A ballot box shall remain available in the Chamber Office for ten (10) days after the ballots are mailed to the voting members.  Ballots may be returned by mail or deposited in person. 

The Board of Directors is the policy-forming branch of the Chamber. Directors approve the Budget and direct the Chamber's general activities. Ultimately, the Board must assume the responsibility for seeing that all policies are carried out. Directors have a responsibility beyond the parochial interest of their business or professions. They are expected to help formulate policies for the good of the entire community and to act as a representative of the Members in governing the Chamber. In this role it is vital that they seek out the opinion of the Members.

To be eligible to serve as an elected Director, an individual must be the primary or alternate representative of a business or professional Chamber Member. He or she must agree to abide by the terms set forth in the By-Laws, and the Director's agreement, prior to nomination, and have expressed a willingness and capability to serve.

For more information, please contact the Chamber at (760) 367-3445.

Our weekly eNews is an excellent source to find out about happenings and I urge all of our members and partners to check it out every week. You can also visit the Center in person, check out our website ( or our Facebook page (

Until next week,

Ursula Gilmore

Executive Director

Opening Night Fun at Kostas Jewelry
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Copper Mountain College will be closed and there will be no classes, Tuesday, April 18, 2017 for Faculty and Staff Development.  Normal business hours will resume Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 8 a.m.

San Bernardino County Fire Department to conduct live fire training in Twentynine Palms 

Starting on April 24, 2017 your San Bernardino County Firefighters will be conducting live fire training burns of abandoned structures in the city of Twentynine Palms.  The training will continue throughout the week and end at sundown on April 28.  Residents may see columns of smoke throughout each day and should not be alarmed as it is all a “controlled” process for the fire department to teach its 40 new trainees who are part of the recent new hire recruit training “Tower 8.”

For more information, contact: 
Jay Hausman, Public Information Officer, San Bernardino County Fire, (951) 218-1925

Things To Do
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Bring the Mojave Spring to Your Desert Garden

This Saturday, April 22nd from 9am-2pm, Mohave Desert Land Trust will be conducting its Spring Native Plant Sale at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum's Earth Day Fair.

Our Nursery & Seed Bank Manager, Madena Asbell, will be there selling 4'' pots for $5, as well as 1 gallon and 4'' x 10'' pots for $10. 
    We hope you see a plant that you've been eyeing for your garden on this list. See you Saturday!

    It's that time of year again - this time with something special!

    The annual Copper Mountain College Foundation Golf Scramble is here, but this time we will be celebrating the brand new Athletics Program here at CMC! The event will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Hawk’s Landing Golf Club in Yucca Valley. We anticipate a full field of golfers as well as exciting prizes, great food and lots of fun all to raise money for Copper Mountain College’s Athletic Program. To raise our goal of $20,000, we depend on the generosity of sponsors and players. Sponsorship opportunities are available beginning at $100 and include prominent display of the business at the event and in our marketing efforts.

    Players may register online at

    For more than your office supply needs!

    San Bernardino County Social Media Workshop

    May 25, 2017

    Ontario Chamber of Commerce - 3200 Inland Empire Blvd., Suite 130 , Ontario, CA 91764

    Get Immediate Business Results with Google Pay-Per-Click Campaigns

    Most online strategies take time to generate results. Search engine optimization, social media, blog writing and email marketing all require legwork beforehand to drive customers to a sale. Google pay-per-click campaigns can help generate immediate results for your business. Learn the top tactics and techniques for creating an effective Google AdWords pay-per-click campaign.



    RIDE: 6 AM – 12 PM | POST RIDE EVENTS: 10 AM – 2 PM

    300 Rider Limit
    Pre-register by April 14th
    Event Registration: $20 Active Duty Military / $35 Civilians
    Cost includes T-Shirt, Boxed Lunch and park entrance
    Open registration and walk ups welcome
    Rider Check-In 5:00-5:30 AM

    The City of Twentynine Palms in conjunction with the Joshua Tree National Park and the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center invite all bicycle enthusiasts to take park in the first annual Park to Park Bike Ride and earth day educational fair on Saturday, April 29th.  This  bike ride will begin at Knott’s Sky Park in Twentynine Palms and will continue up to Key’s View in the Joshua Tree National Park and back to Knott’s Sky Park.   Participants must register by April 14th in order to receive a boxed lunch and t-shirt.  Registration fees are $20 for active duty military and $35 for civilians. This event is limited to 300 participants.  Registrations are currently being accepted on the City of Twentynine Palms website at or by calling the Twentynine Palms Recreation Department at 760-367-7562.  

    Celebrated Writer/Director teams with Joshua Tree non-profit powerhouse to create Artist Residency for Veterans

    When writer/director Charles Evered was a struggling grad student just out of Yale, he didn’t have a place to live.  His parents had passed away, he had no money and was saddled with student loans.  The world-famous playwright Edward Albee came to his rescue. 

    “I didn’t know where I was going to go.  I was renting a cheap office in the middle of New Jersey and I’d crash there at night.  That’s when I got a call from the Albee Foundation.  I was told they liked the play I had submitted and offered me a residency for one month in Montauk, NY.  I wouldn’t have to worry about where I'd live—at least for awhile, which was a big deal—and Edward himself dropped in and delivered our mail.  He also took the time to offer me advice on playwriting as well, and corresponded with me when I made the move out to Hollywood.  The whole experience was a lifesaver for me, and helped launch my career.”           Read More

     The goal of the Twentynine Palms Historical Society's Young Historian program is to encourage the youth of Twentynine Palms to become more familiar with our local history. 
    The Restaurant at the 29 Palms Inn

    Join us in our relaxed, art-filled restaurant for lunch, dinner, or Sunday brunch. Our menus feature  fresh seafood, steaks and prime rib, pastas, salads, and delicious vegetarian dishes. We take pride in baking our own sourdough bread daily, and making all our own soups, dressings, and desserts. When
    available, we incorporate fresh & organic fruits and vegetables from our own Fault line Farm. Dine  poolside, or indoors, and enjoy live acoustic music seven nights a week. Visit our blog to see our monthly music schedules.

    Our restaurant seats on a first come, first serve basis. We strongly recommend calling ahead 30-40  minutes before you plan to arrive, to speak with our host. We will be happy to give you an update on  how busy we are, and if there is a wait list, put your name it. To keep things flowing in our small  dining room, we will direct large parties of 10 or more to make arrangements with our Restaurant  Manager.

    Yoga is back!

     Class is $5 per person, and is currently being offered Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday mornings starting at 7:30am.

     Advance registration required – please call ahead to confirm schedule and reserve your spot (760)367-3505.

    April 30
    from 9:00 -11:00 am  

    Reach Out Morongo Basin 

    Providing support, assistance, education and referrals to our seniors and disable neighbors in the Morongo Basin

    “Reach Out Morongo Basin would like to invite the community to our Desert Tea Social for a leisurely afternoon enjoying the beautiful gardens at Flora Desierta. Tickets are on sale for A Desert Tea Social, which will benefit the neighbors helping neighbors organization, Reach Out Morongo Basin.

    The tea will be held at Flora Desierta, the Joshua Tree home of Reach Out supporters Eddie and Janet Tucker, at 4524 Avenida La Flora Desierta, from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 29.

    Tickets are $5 each and are available at Reach Out Morongo Basin offices in the Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms senior centers, at Z107.7 in Joshua Tree, The Desert Trail 6396 Adobe Road, ArtFx Art and Furnishings in Yucca Valley and the Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce on Twentynine Palms Highway and Desert Queen Avenue.

    Reach Out Morongo Basin helps seniors and disabled residents maintain healthy, independent lives. Services run the gamut from friendly visits and help with simple home repairs to transportation to medical appointments.
    For more information call Reach Out Morongo Basin at (760) 361-1410 or go online to

    Our valued Guild Member Artists will present a group exhibition in the Pickering Room.

    Would you like to show your artwork in the Guild Members Exhibition? Become a Guild Member and participate in all the Artist Opportunities available to our membership.

     Celebrating 65 Years!

    Saturday, April 29, 2017  |  6 to 10 pm

    Tickets: $25 per person, $45 per couple (if purchased by April 22, 2017) |  Flyer (pdf)  | Register Now

    This gala celebration & fundraiser will feature a historic photo exhibition along with a very special "Volunteers of the Year" exhibition, special guests presenting "Tales of the Past", and provide fundraising opportunities through:
    • Silent Art Auction (some very special artworks)
    • Commemorative Bricks
    • Historic Photo Books, and more

    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.

    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.

    Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park We have had a great rainy winter in Joshua Tree National Park and the desert is beginning to show Spring colors, so don't miss out on these great classes!

    The Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park is conducting the following classes for the weekend of April 28-30:

    April 28 – 30  Birds of Joshua Tree National Park with Kurt Leuschner

    April 29  Plein Air Poetry with Jim Natal and Jeanette Clough

    April 30 Discover Pine City (hike) with De Karlen

    April 30  Watercolor Painting in Joshua Tree National Park with John Scahill

    The Black Rock Symposium on Friday, April 21 features a panel discussing "Effective Grassroots Activism".  The panel consists of Ruth Rieman of the Morongo Basin Conservation Association Tom O'Key of Project Bobcat and Laraine Turk of the Morongo Basin Dark Sky Alliance.  The moderator will be Frazier Haney of Mojave Desert Land Trust.

    This event takes place at the Bell Center at Copper Mountain College at 7 pm.  
    Admission is free, and we ask that you preregister.
      April 27- 

    7 pm.
    Bell Center Community Room, Copper Mountain College, Joshua Tree

    Make the most of your visit to any national park and experience them in ways that most people never do. National parks have some of the darkest skies in the country, which means they are filled with amazing views of the Milky Way.

    Grab your camera and put on your hiking boots for this  exclusive all-day photo shoot in Joshua Tree National Park with master photographer  David Muench who will guide this workshop in seeing the natural beauty of the park through the camera lens.  Class size is limited to 12 participants.  This class will repeat on Sunday, May 7.
      THEATRE 29 CANCELS SPECIAL PRESENTATION OF “RASHOMAN”   Theatre 29, The Morongo Basin’s most successful and largest all-volunteer Community Theater organization, announces the cancellation of the scheduled Special Presentation of “Rashoman”. 
    Theatre 29 is expanding its offering of first class theatrical entertainment and training to include a resident repertory improvisational troupe.   The Twentynine Palms based non-profit Community Theater, the largest and most successful all-volunteer theater organization in the Morongo Basin, continues to build upon recent successes with more experimental and diverse forms of performance.   In addition to their very successful Summer Youth Theater program, the “Theatre 29 Repertory Improvisational Comedy Troupe” is now forming under the direction of Veteran Performer and U.C. Riverside Professor Chris Fleischman.    

    Improvisation, or improv, is a form of live theatre in which the plot, characters and dialogue of a game, scene or story are made up in the moment. Often improvisers will take a suggestion from the audience, or draw on some other source of inspiration to get started.   Fleischman graduated from Yucca Valley High School in 2006 with salutatorian honors as an active member of the repertory theater company, received his B.A. in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing (Poetry) and a minor emphasis in Theater,  summa cum laude, from UCLA, and received his M.A. in English from UC Riverside, where he is currently working on his dissertation to complete his doctorate.

    The repertory improvisational comedy troupe will perform at select intervals during the Theatre 29 season. Fleischman is seeking to cast a troupe of 8-10 players, ages 18 and older.   Auditions for the troupe are set for 6:00 pm Monday, May 1, 2017 at Theatre 29, 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms. The troupe will be formed on the night of auditions.

    Prior to the audition and subsequent formation of the troupe, Theatre 29 will hold two days of workshops, 6:00 pm Tuesday, April 25 and 6:00 pm Thursday, April 27, intended to instruct those interested in improvisation and to give people an idea of the qualities sought prospective troupe members. Live performances (rated PG-13) by the troupe are schedules at Theatre 29 June 10, July 15, August 12, September 23, October 28, November 11, and December 30, 2017. Ticket prices are greatly reduced with General Admission at $10.00, Theatre 29 Season Ticket holders, Military, and Seniors are $7.00 and $5.00 for students with ID.

      For 2017, Theatre 29 will present five Main Stage productions, a Halloween Haunt, a Summer Youth Theater Program, and an exclusive two-week run of a special theatrical event. In addition, new for 2017, Theatre 29 will introduce an Improvisational Theatre troupe under the direction of Chris Fleischman
    Next up, the popular Broadway musical Into the Woods will be helmed by artistic director Charles Harvey and musical director Kathryn Ferguson. With a classic story that darkly twists and turns through the worlds of favorite Fairy tales and Children's literature. Into the Woods will run April 28th through May 21st.
    The Andrew Lloyd Webber operetta, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat running August 25th through September 17th will bring the St. Joseph's Players of Yucca Valley's artistic director Rebecca Havely along with musical director Analisa Pilecki to Theatre 29.
    The very popular season themed Halloween Haunt will continue with Freak Show for October 19th through 31st. Producer Brandon Hazel said the walk-through attraction will be both frightening and disturbing and definitely not for younger children.

    The 2017 Theatre 29 Summer Youth Theater program is well into the planning stages and staff members are ready for this exciting educational experience in the live arts!

    The program will run Monday Through Friday from June 26 through July 30, 2017, (4th of July off) culminating with two performances of “Disney’s Little Mermaid Jr.” set for each day, July 28, 29, 30, 2017. The Youth Theater Program and the performances will all be held at the Theatre 29 building at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms.  

    Plan to attend one of the scheduled BLM open-house meetings:

    WHERE: BLM at Yucca Valley Community Center (Yucca Conference Room) 57090 29 Palms Highway, Yucca Valley 
    WHEN: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  
    WHERE:  BLM at Barstow Field Office (Main Conference Room) 
    2601 Barstow Rd, Barstow, CA 92311 
    WHEN: Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

    April 22, 2017 at 9am - April 23, 2017

    $10 for Non-Members/$5 for Members. A link to the Tour Book will be emailed to registrants by mid-April. Online registration will continue through April 21.

    Day 1:   9am - 4pm on Saturday, April 22, 2017
    Features 10 sites on the EAST side of the Morongo Basin, including Joshua Tree, Twentynine Palms, and the Native Plant Nursery at Joshua Tree National Park. 
    Day 2:   9am - 4pm on Sunday, April 23, 2017
    Features 12 sites on the WEST side of the Morongo Basin, including Morongo Valley, Pioneertown, Yucca Valley, Flamingo Heights, and Landers.  

    FREE Friday Concert Series, Live at the Rock is back! The concert series runs every Friday at 8 p.m. through the end of October on the outdoor stage at Tortoise Rock Casino.
      April 21 don't miss a Tribute to Billy Idol with  Generation Idol - Billy Idol tribute.



    Sponsored by our Club this event will be a great deal of fun AND will raise money for our Scholarship Fund. Come at 8:30 am. to Bruce's Coyote Kitchen at Copper Mt. College to pick up information and pay the $20 entry fee.Then you will follow the map and at each stop pick up a card !  You will also meet elected officials who represent us at those stops.  As you collect your cards you will develop a "hand".  There will be three winners for cash prizes!  Bring friends! Call 760 799 3113 with questions! 


    APRIL 29 - PEOPLE'S CLIMATE MOVEMENT - 12:00 noon at Park BLvd & Hwy # 62 in Joshua Tree



    Regular Board meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month. All meetings are held in CMC Community Room at the Bell Center, 6162 Rotary Way in Joshua Tree, California. In the interest of time, the meeting will start at 2:00 p.m. with a Closed Session scheduled early in the meeting. The regular session will begin at 3:00 p.m, unless noted differently on the agenda. Board meetings are open to the public. 
    Local Services

    Ruth's Rabbit Trail Tours

    Small-group tours of the fascinating historical and cultural sites of the beautiful Morongo Basin in the California high desert!

    Many tours to choose from.  

    Botanicals and Wildlife

    Museums and Historical Sites

    Antique Stores Tour

    And more!

    Kyle's Cleaning Services

    Your home is your escape. Your area of relaxation. Give yourself a gift and let Kyle's Cleaning Services clean your home the way you want it cleaned. 

    Hailing from the greater metropolitan area of Twentynine Palms, CA, MarineSandpiper is the Southern California High Desert's only Rock & Roll bagpiper!  With over 15 years of bagpipe experience, MarineSandpiper can cover everything from traditional bagpipe music to classic rock and pop music.   
    Our Flip Book is available each month where you can view our magazine by flipping the pages with your mouse, a virtual magazine. Send this to your out-of-town or local clients to show that their property is being shown in our magazine.  
    • Large Full Service Pull-Thru & Back-In Sites
    • 50 Amp
    • Propane
    • Pool
    • Spa & Sauna
    • Rec Hall
    • Tennis Court
    • Exercise Facility
    • Shuffleboard
    • Seasonal Activites
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Laundry Facility
    • Large Clean Bathrooms/Showers
    • BBQ
    • Fully Equipped Cottages with Satellite TV
    • Clean Air!
    • & Much More!!
    Golf Courses
    • Adjacent to a 9 hole golf course -- 5 Minute walk!
    • Access to 18 Hole military gold course -- 15 Minute Drive 

    Local Job Announcements
    Registrations are currently underway for the City of Twentynine Palms Lifeguard Certification Course.  This course will provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for health emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services personnel take over.  To enroll in the life-guarding course, applicants must be at least 15 years old before the last scheduled class session and must be able to pass a skills evaluation test.  The course fee is $200 which includes the American Red Cross registration fee, life-guarding manual, adult/child CPR mask, whistle and instruction.  Classes will be held April 17,18,19,20 and 21 from 8 am to 4 pm.  Classes will take place at the Twentynine Palms Recreation office and the Luckie Park Pool in Twentynine Palms.  Students who successfully complete the course may apply and  interview for the city’s summer aquatic positions.  Register online at or by calling the Twentynine Palms Recreation office at 760-367-7562.  For more information call Kary Minatrea at 760-367-7562.

    Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce| Phone: 760-367-3445 | Fax: 760-367-3366 | |