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February 6 to 8

Community Calendar

Snowshoe the Bear

Escape the desert and spend a weekend in Big Bear, cruising along mountain trails on snowshoes. This 5K and 10K race begins at the Village in Big Bear Lake on Saturday. If you’re not up for hitting the snowy trail, you might enjoy watching the kids race, taking in an expo and enjoying the delightful atmosphere of beautiful Big Bear. The festivities will conclude with a full moon snowshoe hike on Sunday. Book your stay early and enjoy the view from MCCS’ Big Bear cabins (mccsmiramar.com). Equada Outfitters, 663 Pine Knot Avenue, Big Bear Lake, Time TBD, 5K – $35, 10K – $55 snowshoethebear.com or 800.424.4232

February. The cream-colored joshua tree blossoms bloom first, followed by colorful annuals around the south park boundary. In March, flowers in the higher elevations begin to bloom. In April or May, cacti produce their bright, waxy flowers. nps.gov/jotr or 760.367.5500

February 7

Palm Springs Air Museum

Super Bowl XLIV

Celebrate the Super Bowl in style with MCCS. Have a blast at the Sandy Hill Lanes Super Bowl Bash or sit back and relax at your MCCS club. It will be an afternoon of drinks, food, fun, and of course, football! MCCS clubs and Sandy Hill Lanes, Time TBD, Free, mccs29palms.com

February 14

Parade of Homes

Each year, Reach Out Morongo Basin holds the Parade of Homes on Presidents Day weekend. Funds raised benefit the Neighbors-Helping-Neighbors program. Spend a day taking an inside look at some of the most spectacular homes in Twentynine Palms, Yucca Valley and Pioneertown. reachoutmb.org or 760.361.1410

Wild Flowers

Late Winter/Early Spring

Wildflower Viewing

Wildflower season in Joshua Tree National Park begins as early as late

Daily

Palm Springs Air Museum

The Palm Springs Air Museum houses one of the nation’s largest collections of World War II flying aircraft. Aviation documentaries run daily with an emphasis on World War II. Active duty military and family members are admitted free! The museum offers an array of weekend special events, including live flight demonstrations. 745 North Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 7 days/week. Free to active duty and family members. palmspringsairmuseum.org or 760.778.6262 x222

Monday to Saturday

29 Palms Creative Center & Gallery

The Creative Center is a working-studio environment for artists and those wanting to learn. The unique center produces an exciting and welcoming gallery environment. The 29 Palms Creative Center offers an ongoing array of art classes and workshops, typically on Saturday afternoons. This winter, learn to make linear linoleum cuts, paint fabrics, create viscosity prints, discover tin-tear printing, craft desert collagraphs, paint Van Goghstyle monotypes or compose Rembrandt dry point prints. Most materials are included. Robin Goudy will be displaying mosaic collages from Feb. 20 through March 16 with an artist reception on Feb. 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. James Hammons’ paintings will be on display from March 20 to April 20, with a reception held on March 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. Explore your artsy side this winter! 6847 Adobe Road, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., receptions are free, most classes cost $55, 29palmscreativecenter.com or 760.361.1805

March 13

Heart to Heart Appreciation Luncheon

Each year, Stonecroft Ministries and Women’s Connection offer a luncheon honoring active duty service women and the spouses of deployed service men from the Combat Center. The relaxing day includes music, a fashion show, a dynamic speaker, prizes and gifts for every attendee. Child care and transportation from the base are included, all at no cost to attendees! Doral Resort, Cathedral City, free stonecroft.org or 760.329.5018

29 Palms Creative Center & Gallery


Every Thursday

Free Evenings at Palm Springs Art Museum Once a week, the Palm Springs Art Museum offers free admission to the museum and various activities. This may include museum tours, playwright’s circle, family activities and poetry readings. Palm Springs Art Museum, 4 to 8 p.m., Free, psmuseum.org or 760.322.4000

Theater 29

Friday & Saturday

Theatre 29

Old School House Museum

Theatre 29 offers multiple live productions throughout the year put on by local directors and actors. This winter, check out “Blithe Spirit” from Friday, Jan. 15 to Saturday, Feb. 13. You might also enjoy “Walmartopia” from Friday, March 12 to Saturday, April 10. Besides Friday and Saturday shows, the theatre also offers one Thursday showing for each of their productions. Read play descriptions, purchases tickets or find out how to be part of the drama at the Theatre 29 website. 73637 Sullivan Road, Twentynine Palms, 7 p.m., see website for pricing theatre29.com or 760.361.4151

Every Saturday

Explore Twentynine Palms

The Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce has come together with area attractions and the City to create this unique program. Visitors explore the rich mining and ranching history and the city’s array of beautiful murals. Reservations must be made in advance. Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce, 11 a.m., $17.50, 29chamber.com or 760.367.3445.

Wednesday to Sunday

Old School House Museum

The Twentynine Palms Historical Society is housed in the city’s original 1927 one-room schoolhouse. The Society preserves the local historical heritage through displays and education. Ongoing lectures will introduce you to the richness of local history. Check out “Current Research in Joshua Tree National Park” on Friday, Jan. 8, “Culture and Landscape: The Story of California” on Friday, Feb. 12, or “Season of the Sand Blossoms” on Friday, March 12. All lectures begin at 7 p.m. 6760 National Park Drive, 1 to 4 p.m., admission to museum is free, lectures cost $5 at the door 29palmshistorical.com or 760.367.5535

Every Wednesday

Water Canyon Certified Farmers Market

This brand new farmers market is open year round and located in hip Old Town Yucca Valley. You’ll find fresh local produce, baked goods, great food and exciting entertainment. Stop in for a latte or smoothie while you’re there, the market is located in the parking lots surrounding Water Canyon Coffee Company. 55818 Twentynine Palms Hwy, Yucca Valley, 3 to 8 p.m., Free, earthwiseorganicfarms.com or 760.542.9780

Twentynine Palms Mural

Every Saturday

Joshua Tree Certified Farmers Market

This year-round market provides an array of fresh regional produce, organic foods, dried fruit, nuts, honey, fresh baked bread and more. Downtown Joshua Tree, 8 a.m. to noon, Free, joshuatreechamber.org or 760.363.1934

*Dates, times and prices are subject to change.

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Each year, Stonecroft Ministries and Women’s Connection offer a luncheon honoring active duty service women and the spouses of deployed serv...