"...then earth will be a paradise, and mortals resemble gods"

"...then earth will be a paradise, and mortals resemble gods"

Members of Ridgecrest Opera Workshop’s youth cast rehearse and film in the Cerro Coso Sculpture Garden in preparation for ROG’s online release of Mozart’s “Magic Flute.” Clockwise from left are Ladies Lauren Rindt, Emily Ommen and Julia Rindt, The Queen of the Night (Britney Brown), . . . Read Full Story >>

Community Garden promotes healthy living

Community Garden promotes healthy living

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest Community Garden will open next weekend after months of grueling work by members of Holistic Divine Innovations and dozens of community volunteers. The grand opening and fall planting day will be September 19, 9 a.m.-noon, and . . . Read Full Story >>

Community culture perseveres through shut-down

Community culture perseveres through shut-down

Ridgecrest Branch Librarian Charissa Wagner checks out a book to a youngster during curbside hours, offered Monday through Thursday from noon to 6 p.m. “We do not have any direction yet on when we might reopen to let the public in,” said Wagner. “We would . . . Read Full Story >>

Red Rock Books celebrates Independent Bookstore Day

Red Rock Books celebrates Independent Bookstore Day

Ann Rizzardini serves a customer during Independent Book Store Day last Saturday. “It was an amazingly good day — and honestly, quite unexpected!” said the owner of Red Rock Books. “I don’t know how much this had to do with Independent Bookstore day, but it . . . Read Full Story >>

Sierra Academy reopening with new safety measures

Sierra Academy reopening with new safety measures

After closing for several months in adherence with COVID-19 restrictions, Sierra Academy of Dance is reopening with a space designed to provide social distancing, as well as heightened safety and sanitation protocols. Beginning Sept. 7, SAD will renew ballet, jazz and tap classes for dancers . . . Read Full Story >>

Eateries continue to adapt amid changing rules

Eateries continue to adapt amid changing rules

Rebecca Neipp

While the reopening of indoor dining appears to have been pushed even further into the distance, based on the “Blueprint for a Safer Economy” released last week (see related story, Page 1), local restauranteurs have continued to find innovative ways to alter their business models . . . Read Full Story >>

Ridgecrest Community Garden grand opening is Sept. 19

Ridgecrest Community Garden grand opening is Sept. 19

A volunteer paints Tolkien-inspired scenery on a raised garden bed in preparation for fall planting day and the grand opening of the Ridgecrest Community Garden on Sept. 19. The community garden will offer organic produce, as well as education and resources for self-sustainability and healthy . . . Read Full Story >>

Music lovers collaborate to present virtual concert

Music lovers collaborate to present virtual concert

Homegrown singer-songwriter Alas de Liona delivered a live-streamed concert from Moe’s Music last Sunday – her first performance upon returning to the states from her time in Scotland. Alas, along with accompanist Brian Cosner, performed fan favorites and covers – along with some brand-new originals . . . Read Full Story >>

Navy museum plods forward during COVID

Navy museum plods forward during COVID

Rebecca Neipp

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer Like other “non-essential” businesses in California, the China Lake Museum has done its best to weather the economic hardship of a mandated closure while pressing forward in developing a community-side venue to honor more than 75 years of . . . Read Full Story >>

Peering into the portal

Peering into the portal

Rebecca Neipp

“Behind all seen things lies something vaster; everything is but a path, a portal or a window opening on something other than itself.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, “Wind, Sand and Stars” My over-reliance on the late French adventurer-poet, dear Reader, is fueled not only by . . . Read Full Story >>

Alas de Liona to stream live from Moe’s Music

Alas de Liona to stream live from Moe’s Music

Moe’s Music will livestream a virtual showcase by Alas de Liona Sunday, Aug. 23, at noon at youtu.be/ls2QoSaYuHE. “Not only will de Liona be singing some of her new songs and favorites from her collection, some additional visual and musical treats are in store,” said . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Magic Flute’ coming to your screen this fall

‘Magic Flute’ coming to your screen this fall

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer When local performers auditioned for Ridgecrest Opera Workshop’s “The Magic Flute” in January – they had no idea they were ultimately signing up for a remotely-coordinated, multimedia virtual performance of the Mozart classic. But that’s what they set . . . Read Full Story >>

"Come and dine" with VEN

"Come and dine" with VEN

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer “Nothing brings people together quite like good food,” said Reese Hogg, proprietor of VEN Communal Eatery. The food trailer has been making appearances on Balsam Street over the last several weekends and is the latest endeavor of local . . . Read Full Story >>

Moe’s hosts sidewalk album release this Saturday

Moe’s hosts sidewalk album release this Saturday

Moe’s Music proprietor and hairstylist Ashley Jones (left) and Audra Williams give curbside haircuts on Saturday during the music store’s “Within Our Guidelines” event. While Moe’s is undergoing renovations at its new location on Ridgecrest Boulevard, the store had select merchandise on sale along with . . . Read Full Story >>

Local band releases debut album

Local band releases debut album

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer As live-performance opportunities have waned, local rock band Six Feet Over has turned its attention toward the studio and will release its debut album “Flood” on Monday, July 27. “We’re really excited to share this album with everyone,” . . . Read Full Story >>

A piece of our history goes to market

A piece of our history goes to market

Rebecca Neipp

The most costly single-family dwelling in the Indian Wells Valley was recently listed on the local real estate market — offering sprawling square footage, spacious acreage, premium views and some of the most unique appointments to be found in a local home. But perhaps the . . . Read Full Story >>

Independence  Day pageant to return next July

Independence Day pageant to return next July

Rebecca Neipp

“Our Country ’Tis of Thee,” one of our community’s most popular Fourth of July traditions has been suspended for this year, but tentatively is set to return for 2021. COVID-19 restrictions that limit crowds and other social gatherings and performances is one factor. But promoters . . . Read Full Story >>

Moe’s to expand in new location

Moe’s to expand in new location

Friends, local musicians and other volunteers help renovate the new Moe’s Music location on West Ridgecrest Boulevard. Proprietors David and Ashley Jones plan to reopen the store – complete with a performance space for live music – sometime late this summer. “We are so excited . . . Read Full Story >>

New 'culinary destination' now open

New 'culinary destination' now open

Kent McGowan launched the soft opening of Mac’s International Restaurant on Thursday. McGowan said that the staff had a test run on Father’s Day to try and work out the workflow. “The feedback was very positive. Everyone commented that the ambiance is great and the . . . Read Full Story >>

Cinemas open — with upgrades!

Cinemas open — with upgrades!

Ridgecrest Cinemas general manager Kelly Walden (right), pictured with Lindsey Miller and Connor Weimholt, show off some of the new upgrades in the local theater — adult beverages and other new movie treats, a recently remodeled concession stand and heightened measures for sanitizing and distancing. . . . Read Full Story >>