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Whatever your interests, Twentynine Palms and its surroundings can keep you busy with everything from spectacular desert and mountain recreation, art and art galleries, theater, restaurants, festivals and parades, the Oasis Visitor Center (Joshua Tree National Park), petroglyphs, shopping and golf to historical, botanical and wildlife excursions and browsing for treasures through the many thrift stores. Stop by the city’s Visitor Center and Gallery at 73484 29 Palms Highway, www.visit29.org, for an overview.

Attractions/Sightseeing

Joshua Tree National Park

Just south of Twentynine Palms off Highway 62

Oasis Visitor Center/Oasis of Mara

74485 National Park Drive

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 367-5500

www.nps.gov/jotr

Site of the spring that watered the original 29 palms. Information and exhibits.

Joshua Tree Visitor Center

6554 Park Blvd.

Joshua Tree, CA 92256

(760) 366-1855

www.nps.gov/jotr

Spiky, writhing Joshua trees, like something out of Dr. Seuss, gave this park their name. Legend has it that Mormons heading west called them after the biblical figure Joshua because of their upraised branches, like
supplicating arms. But Joshua Tree is no
one-tree destination: It’s so renowned for its diverse vegetation that its original suggested name was “Desert Plants National Park.” It’s a great place for hiking, camping, bird watching, bicycling and rock climbing, and there are Ranger-led programs as well as historical
sites. The Desert Institute offers outdoor field classes — www.joshuatree.org/desert-institute. The Mojave National Preserve links Joshua Tree and Death Valley National Parks.

Sky’s the Limit Observatory
& Nature Center

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 367-7222

www.skysthelimit29.org

Armchair and observational astronomy under a sweep of star-studded sky. Zoology and geology presentations too, and star parties. Rent a telescope and marvel.

Historic Dale Mining District

Fifteen miles southeast of Twentynine Palms

http://visit29.org/Historic_Dale_Mining_Dist.28.0.html

Reports of gold in the Pinto Mountains pulled in miners as early as 1881, and by 1898 as many as 3,000 were there, trying to strike it rich. But a water well, not gold, determined the location of Dale City, and ore was carried there for milling until the precious liquid started being pumped to the mines in 1899. That doomed the town, which then relocated closer to the shafts. It was abandoned when the two biggest mines, the Supply and the OK, closed in 1917. Today, the Virginia Dale Mining District is popular with recreational miners.

Amboy Crater National
Natural Landmark

45 minutes northeast of Twentynine Palms off historic U.S. 66, in the Mojave Desert.

www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/needles/amboy.html

Back when old U.S. Route 66 was the way West, generations of travelers made the steep and rocky hike to the top of Amboy Crater to say they’d climbed a (now-extinct) volcano whose bubbling lava once broke through its the west side to flow over 24 square miles. The cone itself is about 6,000 years old, but the Bureau of Land Management says the last eruption could have been as recent as 500 years ago.

Keys “Desert Queen” Ranch Tours

Joshua Tree National Park

Twentynine Palms, Calif.

(760) 367-5555

www.nps.gov/jotr/planyourvisit/ranchtour.htm

“Living History” tours conducted by the National Park Service give the flavor of life in the early 1900s for desert pioneers Bill and Frances Keys. Reservations recommended. On the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, and a designated U.S. Historic District.

Spring desert wildflowers

Joshua Tree National Park

74485 National Park Drive

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 367-5500

From February through May, wildflowers carpet parts of the desert around Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree National Park, the Mojave Desert and the Mojave National Preserve. Joshua Tree National Park offers wildflower walks.
Visitors should call the park for dates and times. Wildflower updates are available as well at Joshua Tree National Park’s website, www.nps.gov/jotr, or that of the Mojave National Preserve, www.nps.gov/moja.

Mitchell Caverns Natural Preserve

Essex, CA  92332

(760) 928-2586

www.stateparks.com/mitchell_caverns_state_park_in_california.html

These three limestone caves in Providence Mountains State Recreation Area, in the Mojave Desert off Interstate 40, date from the Pleistocene and are famed for their stalactites, stalagmites, helictites, lily pads, draperies, curtains and popcorn. The caverns are named after Jack Mitchell, who owned and operated them as a tourist attraction and rest stop for 20 years until they were purchased by the state in 1954. Two are connected by a man-made tunnel, but the third is too dangerous for public access, though sometimes it’s used to train cave rescue teams.

Historic Pioneertown

Four miles north of Yucca Valley on
Pioneertown Road

Yucca Valley, CA 92268

(760) 367-1972

www.visit29.org/Morongo_Visitors_Guide.45.0.html

In 1946, some of the most famous Western actors of the time — Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Bud Abbott of Abbott & Costello fame, villain Dick Curtis and the vocal group Sons of the Pioneers — built a movie set where the actors could live while filming cowboy movies. Old West re-enactments are staged on weekends from April to October, and Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneer Palace is famed for its barbecue, live music and dancing: www.pappyandharriets.com

Hi-Desert Nature Museum

57116 29 Palms Highway

Yucca Valley, CA 92284

(760) 369-7212

www.hidesertnaturemuseum.org

A free family-oriented operation with displays that educate residents and visitors about the desert. In 2012, the museum highlighted regional reptiles, and it’s also a center for scorpion research. Go on: Rent the scorpion exhibit overnight. You know you want to.

The Integratron

2477 Belfield Blvd.

Landers, CA 92285

(760) 364-3126

www.integratron.com

The Integratron, called the only all-wood, acoustically perfect sound chamber in the U.S., sprang from the convictions of aeronautical engineer and test pilot George Van Tassel, who picked its location based on theories involving the Earth’s magnetic field and the site’s relationship to the Great Pyramid in Egypt and nearby Giant Rock, thought to be the world’s largest freestanding boulder. As the website puts it, the design itself is “based on the design of Moses’ Tabernacle, the writings of Nikola Tesla and telepathic directions from extraterrestrials.” The Integratron has figured in numerous publications and shows, including The New York Times and The Discovery Channel.

Gubler Orchids & Orchid Festival

2200 Belfield Blvd.

Landers, CA 92285

(760) 364-2282

www.gublers.com

Among the world’s top orchid growers, Gubler has more than 155,000 square feet of greenhouses devoted to orchid production, with a sideline in carnivorous plants. October’s annual Orchid Festival, with wine and cheese tastings, greenhouse tours and orchid classes, draws throngs.

Kelso Dunes & Kelso Train Station

Mojave National Preserve

(760) 252-6108

www.ci.twentynine-palms.ca.us/Kelso_Dunes

www.nps.gov/moja/historyculture/kelso-depot.htm

The Kelso Dunes are a 45-square-mile sandbox with a unique property: They sing. Basso profundo. Hikers who climb to the top of the dunes and slide slowly down generate a low-frequency audible rumble that can be felt. The Kelso Depot Visitor Center, built in 1924 by the Union Pacific Railroad, is a renovated historic train station filled with exhibits, information, an art gallery and bookstore, an orientation film, a lunch counter, restrooms, water and a picnic area.

Events and Celebrations

Joshua Tree National Park Art Festival

Oasis of Mara Visitor Center

74485 National Park Drive

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 367-5525

www.joshuatree.org

Since 1992, the annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Festival has been held the first weekend in April on the shaded patio at the park’s Headquarters and Oasis of Mara Visitor Center. Artists’ booths and displays are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, and admission is free. More than 20 representational and abstract artists interpret the landscape, wildlife, history and archaeology of Joshua Tree National Park and the California deserts using sculpture, drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, textiles, gourd art, jewelry and other two- and three-dimensional art forms. The nonprofit Joshua Tree National Park Association is sponsor.

29 Palms Wild West Grand Prix

29 Palms Motorsports Arena

Twentynine Palms, Calif.

(760) 367-6197

www.visit29.org

www.hilltoppersmc.com

More than 1,200 entrants and 5,000 spectators flock to the 29 Palms Wild West Grand Prix, hosted by Hilltoppers Motorcycle Club of Long Beach, Calif., on the first weekend of April. Motorcycle racers in different categories roar over a scenic eight-mile grand prix course at the 29 Palms Motorsports Arena, 29 Palms Highway at Mojave Road.

Street Fair and Car Show

Downtown Twentynine Palms

Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce

Visitor Center & Gallery

73484 29 Palms Highway

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 367-3445

www.29chamber.org

The annual Street Fair and Car Show, sponsored by the Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce, has been held since 2000 on the first Saturday in June on the highway between Split Rock Avenue and Adobe Road. A Soap Box Derby on Donnell Hill signals its start, and vendors, crafts, food, a beer booth and community booths line the street. Anyone can enter a classic car or motorcycle and help select winners in a “People’s Choice.”

Movies in the Park

Luckie Park

Off Two Mile Road and Utah Trail

Twentynine Palms, Calif.

(760) 367-7562

www.visit29.org

From mid-June to the end of July, the Park & Recreation Department screens family-friendly free movies on the wall of the racquetball building at the park’s south end, starting at
8:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Load up the lawn chairs, a blanket, a picnic, family and friends.

Fourth of July Celebration

Luckie Park

Off Two Mile Road and Utah Trail

Twentynine Palms, Calif.

(760) 367-3445

www.visit29.org

Celebrate the Glorious Fourth from 4 to 10 p.m. in Luckie Park with food, games, prizes, vendors, community booths, live music and the largest display of fireworks in the Morongo Basin.

Pioneer Days

Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce

Visitor Center & Gallery

73484 29 Palms Highway

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 367-3445

www.29chamber.org

Twentynine Palms has celebrated its pioneers for more than 75 years with its Pioneer Days the third weekend of October, organized by the Chamber of Commerce. Attractions include a parade; a carnival, a beer garden and community booths in Luckie Park; an Honorary Judge & Sheriff contest; a Little Miss and Master contest; the Grand Marshall’s Luncheon; an arm-wrestling tourney; an outhouse race; children’s games; a pet parade;  the Firefighters Pancake Breakfast; a chili dinner; an old-timers’ reunion; the Twentynine Palms High School alumni barbecue; bingo; art exhibits; and lots of live music. Most events are free.

Hwy 62 Art Tours

Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council

61325 29 Palms Highway/P.O. Box 643

Joshua Tree, CA 92252

(760) 366-2226

www.mbcac.org

There’s too much art for just one weekend, so the annual Hwy 62 Art Tours (formerly Open Studio Art Tours) stretch over the last two weekends in October. The Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council has sponsored the art treks since 2002: two weekends of self-guided tours of art studios, galleries and exhibits of more than 100 desert artists, plus music, performance art and special events. Spanning 50 miles, the tour is a little like a treasure hunt. Maps are provided, but bring water and be prepared to drive on desert dirt roads to some of the studios. Art lovers can get programs and maps at area galleries, Chambers of Commerce, the California Welcome Center in Yucca Valley and the MBCAC office and art store in Joshua Tree. Or download them from www.hwy62arttours.com.

The Weed Show

Twentynine Palms Historical Society

Old Schoolhouse Museum

6760 National Park Drive

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 367-2366

The Weed Show is one of Twentynine Palms’ oldest and most unusual artistic traditions. Back in 1940, the Women’s Club invited Pasadena printmaker Mildred Bryant Brooks to lecture, and the members were mortified because they had no fresh flowers to offer her. Brooks is said to cut off their apologies with, “Why do you need fresh flowers when you have so many beautiful weeds?” And thus the event was born. The 2011 divisions included “Belly Flowers: Miniature Arrangements,” and “Porcupine Wash: Compositions Using Something Spiky or Prickly.”

Winter Light Parade

Twentynine Palms, Calif.

Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce

Visitor Center & Gallery

73484 29 Palms Highway

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 367-3445

www.29chamber.org

The Winter Light Parade sparkles through the streets on the second Saturday of December, starting at 5:30 p.m. at Luckie Park. If you can put lights on it, you can enter it. No judges, no trophies — it’s all for fun.

Theatre 29

John Calveri Memorial Theatre

73637 Sullivan Road

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 361-4151

www.theatre29.org

Theatre 29 formed in January 2000 to bring quality family theater to the City of Twentynine Palms and outlying communities with six major stage productions throughout the year — award-winning musicals, dramas, and comedies —  as well as an annual Haunted House at Halloween. Other special performances, fundraisers and community events take place at the John Calveri Memorial Theatre as well.

Live Music

29 Palms Inn

73950 Inn Ave.

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 367-3505

www.29palmsinn.com

Every night local country, jazz or folk musicians and songwriters perform at the pool or in the dining room at the inn next to the Oasis of Mara and Joshua Tree National Park visitor center.

The Palms Restaurant and Bar

83131 Amboy Road

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 361-2810

A rustic desert roadhouse and home to the Wonder Valley Music Festival, The Sibleys and an eclectic lineup of visiting musicians.

Joshua Tree Music Festival/
Joshua Tree Roots Music Festival

May and October

P.O. Box 2205

Joshua Tree, CA 92252

www.joshuatreemusicfestival.com/

The two installments of the world-famous Joshua Tree Music Festival take place at Joshua Tree Lake & Campgrounds, 14 miles west of Twentynine Palms north of the highway on Sunfair Road. May is devoted to world music, mostly, and October to country and bluegrass with a salting of rock ’n’ roll.

Art

Visitor Center & Gallery

Art in Public Places

73484 29 Palms Highway

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 367-6197

www.visit29.org

Free daily admission to rotating gallery shows and group exhibitions.

Oasis of Murals

Action Council for 29 Palms

6476 Adobe Road/P.O. Box 306

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 367-1963

www.oasisofmurals.com

The Mural Project brings Twentynine Palms’ history to life on the walls of local businesses. The project is up to 21 murals, all free to see on a self-guided tour with help from the murals map available at the Visitor Center & Gallery downtown. Basketball. Early Native American life at the Oasis of Mara. Flying Constable Jack Cones, who patrolled his 2,800-square-mile jurisdiction from 1932 to 1960 in a Piper J-3 Cub. Click on the website for a fascinating virtual visit.

More Art for Everybody

Public art in Twentynine Palms isn’t confined to the walls of buildings. Many major sculptures are scattered around town too. Pick up the walking tour map from the Visitors Center & Gallery.

29 Palms Art Gallery

74055 Cottonwood Drive

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 367-7819

www.29palmsartgallery.com

The oldest arts organization in the Morongo Basin was founded in 1951 by eight desert artists. Since 1963, the Guild has owned and operated the Twentynine Palms Art Gallery & Gift Shop in an historic adobe home at the oasis. The Gallery has monthly art shows from September through May, Wednesdays through Sundays, and a Summer Show on weekends from June through August. The Guild also hosts weekly paint-outs, monthly receptions, seasonal fundraisers and classes.

29 Palms Creative Center

6847 Adobe Road

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 361-1805

www.29palmscreativecenter.com

Private art lessons and group art classes for all ages, with artists’ studios on site and work on display from September to July. The website lists classes available for printmaking, handmade art books, mosaics, stained glass, pottery on the wheel, drawing and more.

29 Palms Inn

Bimonthly shows

73950 Inn Ave.

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 367-3505

www.29palmsinn.com

The Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council sponsors rotating shows in the Inn dining room.

A Roadside Attraction Gallery

69197 29 Palms Highway

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 362-4100

The Chaparral Artists sponsor changeable desert art and photography shows and receptions.

Bowden Frame Shop

73487 29 Palms Highway

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 367-1174

Desert and Southwest paintings, fine art prints and photography

Glass Outhouse Gallery

77575 Twentynine Palms Highway

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 367-3807

The first Saturday of every month (except July and August), artist and gallery owner  Laurel Seidl invites everybody to the latest Grand Opening, a gala with refreshments, live music and dancing under the stars. The works of one or two featured artists will hang for a month, then another party will mark a new show.

The Silk Purse Art & Antiques

73519 29 Palms Highway

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 367-2999

 

Antiques, Works By Local Artists And Vintage Paint

Yucca Valley Public Art Gallery

Yucca Valley City Hall

57090 29 Palms Highway

Yucca Valley, CA 92284

(760) 369-7207

www.yucca-valley.org/departments/gallery.html

Yucca Valley started its public art collection in 1991 with three donated sculptures and has more than quadrupled that number since, with sculptures, paintings and photography at various sites around town, from the Yucca Valley Branch Library to the Hi-Desert Nature Museum to the Monongo Basin Regional Transportation Center and beyond.

Joshua Tree Art Gallery

61607B 29 Palms Highway

Joshua Tree, CA 92252

(760) 366-3636

Painting, sculpture and photography in a respected gallery setting

The Red Arrow Gallery

61597 29 Palms Highway

Joshua Tree, CA 92252

(760) 366-3700

www.theredarrowgallery.com

A gallery that’s built its reputation on edgy, uncensored, experimental art. The Red Arrow sponsors the Second Saturday J-Tree Gallery Crawl every month.

Murtle the Turtle

61597 29 Palms Highway

Joshua Tree, CA 92252

Since the Beatnik Café shut down, the giant mostly concrete desert tortoise Murtle (aka Myrtle) can be found in front of the laundry next to the vacant lot, between Hillside Road and Sunset Road. Said to have once been part of a parade float, Murtle went on to a new career as a Joshua Tree landmark when the parade passed into history.

Metal dinosaur sculptures

62842 29 Palms Highway

Joshua Tree, CA 92252

(760) 366-3800

A small herd of large dinosaurs draws attention to a pre-fab housing company, Desert View Homes, about a mile east of the intersection of Sunburst Circle and 29 Palms Highway.

Museums

Old Schoolhouse Museum/
29 Palms Historical Society

6760 National Park Drive

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 367-2366

www.29palmshistorical.com

The oldest public building in the Morongo Basin houses the Old Schoolhouse Museum, which preserves a 1920s schoolroom, papers, books, other resource documents, and exhibits and artifacts. The Twentynine Palms Historical Society, a private nonprofit, maintains the museum as part of its goal to protect and interpret the region’s history. The Society and the Desert Institute co-sponsor the Old Schoolhouse Lecture Series from September through June on the second Friday every month. Thousands of school children have toured the museum, which hosts the Old Timers’ Gathering every October during the city’s annual Pioneer Days.

Beauty Bubble Salon & Museum

5444 Moon Way

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 835-9369

www.moonwaylodge.com

Hair care through the ages: More than 2,000 pieces of beauty and hair memorabilia, including  the 1970s mod Ken doll. By appointment, naturally.

World Famous Crochet Museum

61855 Highway 62

Joshua Tree, CA 92252

www.sharielf.com/museum.html

Gales in 2011 that upended its former Foto-Mat trailer and whirled the crochet pieces  though a sandstorm couldn’t quash The World Famous Crochet Museum. It’s been righted, bolted to a base and reopened for visitors with its small but fabulous offerings. See ww.flickr.com/photos/tags/crochetmuseum/show — A favorite would have to be the crocheted taco. Unforgettable.

Noah Purifoy Museum

63030 Blair Lane

Joshua Tree, CA

(213) 382-7516

www.noahpurifoy.com

Artist Noah Purifoy spent most of his life making art out of other people’s throwaways, and by the time he died in 2004 at 86, he’d pretty much filled 10 desert acres with his whimsical sculptures. The Noah Purifoy Foundation looks after them now. Call for an appointment and plan to go early. By noon it’s really, really hot.

City Parks

Twentynine Palms has five public parks. For more information:

Twentynine Palms Park
& Recreation Department

74362 Joe Davis Drive

Twentyninepalms, CA 92277

 (760) 367-7562

www.ci.twentynine-palms.ca.us/Park_Recreation.39.0.html

Knott Sky Park

On El Sol Avenue off Twentynine Palms Highway

Knott Sky Park has a baseball field, a children’s playground, a large grass and shade area and a covered picnic shelter.

Luckie Park

Located off Two Mile Road and Utah Trail

Luckie Park has four baseball fields, two basketball courts, a skateboard park and a soccer field, all lighted, four tennis courts, two playgrounds, three picnic shelters, two racquetball courts, two sets of two horseshoe pits, a public swimming pool and restrooms. The Luckie Park Pool opens on weekends starting Memorial Day weekend and is open every day from June 11 through Labor Day weekend from 1 to 5 p.m. There are fees and dress and insurance requirements. Call (760) 367-5777 for information.

Bucky Bucklin Memorial Park

At Desert Queen and 29 Palms Highway

Bucky Bucklin Memorial Park offers public art sculpture and a nature mural, desert-landscaped walkways, shade and picnic tables.

Veteran’s Park

On Adobe Road between the Library

.................................................. and City Hall

Veteran’s Park has displays honoring American veterans, trees, lawns and picnic tables.

Recreation

The wild desert landscape and mountains invite hiking, biking, rock climbing, camping, wildflower viewing and day excursions, but there are plenty of organized activities in the area as well.

Joshua Tree National Park

www.joshua.tree.national-park.com/camping.htm

The nine campgrounds in the park are open year-round, and all have tables and fire grates, though those who want a campfire must bring their own fuel because all vegetation in the park is protected. Reservations are required for three of the sites —  Black Rock, Indian Cove and all group sites — and can be made by calling (800) 365-2267. None of the campsites has showers, and there are no hookups for recreational vehicles. Water is available only at Oasis Visitor Center in Twentynine Palms, the Indian Cove Ranger Station, the West Entrance and Black Rock and Cottonwood Campgrounds.

29 Palms Sandshufflers

(760) 367-7061

The 29 Palms Sandshufflers meet every Wednesday night at the Elks Lodge at 7 p.m.  Grab a partner and square dance the desert night away!

29 Palms Soaring Club

(760) 361-8548

The 29 Palms Soaring Club flies nearly every weekend, usually on Sunday but sometimes Saturday and sometimes both days. The Soaring Club operates out of 29 Palms Airport.

Bingo

Twentynine Palms Senior Center

6539 Adobe Road

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 367-5780

Bingo every Thursday starting at 1:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Twentynine Palms Youth Club and Reach Out Morongo Basin, which matches volunteers with seniors and the disabled.

The Bowladium

73868 Gorgonio Drive

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 367-9502

This Family Entertainment Center offers 16 synthetic lanes, open bowling, a fully equipped pro shop, pool tables, a coffee shop and a cocktail lounge.

Youth and Adult Sports

Yucca Valley has a schedule full of sports for kids and grownups alike throughout the year: soccer, softball, volleyball, swimming, even table tennis, and more. Go to www.yucca-valley.org/pdf/recreation/activity_guide_current.pdf

Full Moon Run

Starts at Machris Park

59100 Santa Barbara Drive

Yucca Valley, CA 92284

(760) 369-7211

www.yucca-valley.org/departments/sp_events.html

This 5K Run (3.1 miles) will be held in the evening on a moderate out and back course, under the full moon with beautiful vistas of Yucca Valley. Preregister at the Yucca Valley Community Center or online. 

Golf

Roadrunner Dunes Golf Course

4733 Desert Knoll Ave.

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 367- 5770

www.roadrunnerdunes.com

Open year-round and fully overseeded in the winter, Roadrunner Dunes is a nine-hole course of greens, water obstacles, sand bunkers and doglegs. Golfers can enjoy a links-style course with a true Par 72 round of golf, along with a pro shop, chipping area, putting green and driving range. Next to the Twentynine Palms Resort, which has an RV park, rental cottages and a clubhouse. 

Other Activities

Senior Citizens Center

6539 Adobe Road

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 367-5780

There’s always something going on at the Senior Center. Lunch is served in the Nutrition Center Monday through Friday. On Monday the Bridge Club gets together, Wednesday is Movie Day, and Thursday is for bingo. Hustlers can play and wannabes can practice at the pool tables from Monday through Friday. Computers are available, and so are classes to brush up on computer skills. Swimmers can hitch a ride to Senior Swimming in Yucca Valley every week, and in summer, there’s senior and adult social lap swimming Monday through Friday at the Luckie Park pool. Other assistance includes paralegal services, Department of Aging and Adult Services, Braille Institute visits, food distribution the third Monday of each month,  in-home support services, a home weatherization program, renters’ assistance, flu shots and a senior companion program.

Youth Club

5882 Luckie Ave.

Luckie Park

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 367-5776

After-school activities and a summer program for young people from age 7 to 17.

Shopping

Mom-and-pop and specialty stores thrive in the Morongo Basin, and who can say what surprise may surface in one of the thrift stores — treasure chests for many an area artist. Big-box stores including Sears, J.C. Penney and Walmart cluster in Yucca Valley, which has a few of the chains like Starbucks as well.

Farmers Markets

Certified open-air
seasonal farmers markets

Lori Herbel

(760) 420-7529

loriherbel@aol.com

Joshua Tree Farmers Market

Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tortoise Island

Joshua Tree, Calif.

Yucca Valley Farmers Market

Wednesdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sears Parking Lot

57840 29 Palms Highway

Yucca Valley, Calif.

Local Shopping

Cowboy Attic

5686 Plaza Road

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277  

(760) 367-7437

www.cowboyattic.com

Vintage and contemporary western wear, cowboy boots and hats, western and Native American jewelry, Twentynine Palms T-shirts, mugs and souvenirs, oldie-but-goodie items and an area just for kids’ western boots, cowboy hats, T-shirts and toys.

The Flower Garden

5690 Historic Plaza

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 367-1409

www.29palmsflowergarden.com

 

Flowers and gifts at a full-service flower shop whose owner, Betty Laferriere, teaches floral design at the local college.

Whitaker’s Art Supply

5684 Historic Plaza

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 367-2299

Surprises: paints and glue for models, BIG tubes of acrylics, kite-design and dream-catcher kits, window patterns, glass and face paint, gold and silver gel pens, and, of course, papers, canvases, brushes, etc., in the “lots more” category.

 

Blair’s Wholesale Appliances

6298 Adobe Road

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 361-6001

 

Computer Experience

5783 Marine Ave.

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 361-4121

 

Computer Zone

55971 29 Palms Hwy.

Yucca Valley, CA 92284

(760) 365-9663

 

Roy’s Tires

4082-B Adobe Road

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 367-0222

 

Frank’s Pontiac Parts
& Auto Dismantling

75992 Baseline Road

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 361-3242

 

Canyon Automotive

62762 29 Palms Hwy.

Joshua Tree, CA 92252

(760) 366-8400

 

4 Sports N More

73355 Sullivan Road

Twentynine Palms, CA  92277

(760) 361-0300

 

Village Bicycle Shop

6416 Hallee Road

Joshua Tree, CA 92252

(760) 366-3377

 

Raven’s Bookshop

69225 29 Palms Hwy.

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 362-4900

 

Crossroads Christian Bookstore

6308 Adobe Road

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 367-4673

 

Donnell’s Shooting Supply

71025 Indian Trail

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 362-4372

 

Desert Hardware

5152 Adobe Road

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 367-9125

 

Barr Lumber Company

6854 Adobe Road

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 367-7581

 

Desert Cycle Works

6231 Ocotillo Ave., Suite B

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 361-3226

 

Jerry’s Custom Cycles

73893 29 Palms Hwy.

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 367-7374

 

Freedom Motorcycle Shop

7327 Hopi Trail

Yucca Valley, CA 92284

(760) 369-7000

 

Ramey Nursery & Landscape Center

72491 Indian Trail

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 362-4298

Thrift Shops

29 Palms Thrift Store (Rosie’s Place)

73911 29 Palms Hwy.

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 361-9500

Older and antique furniture, household items and books, clothing and decorative items

A Second Time Around

71965 29 Palms Hwy.

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 361-5239

Blessed Sacrament Thrift Shop

5798 Adobe Road

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 367-0125

Hi-Desert Medical Center

6534 Park Blvd.

Joshua Tree, CA 92252

(760) 366-8660

Yes, there really is a popular thrift store in the hospital.

Unity Home Thrift Store

61605 29 Palms Hwy.

Joshua Tree, CA 92252

(760) 366-8500

Joshua Springs Thrift Store

56867 29 Palms Hwy., Suite A

Yucca Valley, CA 92284

(760) 365-4555

Morongo Basin Humane
Society Thrift Store

7230 Pioneertown Road

Yucca Valley, CA 92284

(760) 228-9988

Oasis Thrift Store

57205 29 Palms Hwy.

Yucca Valley, CA 92284

(760) 365-5356

Salvation Army Thrift Store

56659 29 Palms Hwy., Suite E

Yucca Valley, CA 92284

(760) 228-0114

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