Donut Day: ‘share little bits of happiness’

Donut Day: ‘share little bits of happiness’

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Graduation season is dying down, and Father’s Day is close on its heels. But in the flurry of transitioning from the academic year into summer, it’s easy to overlook National Doughnut Day – which falls on Friday, June . . . Read Full Story >>

Smiths cling to art, faith, family in quarantine

Smiths cling to art, faith, family in quarantine

Rebecca Neipp

Harrowing stories of loss associated with COVID-19 — and our attempts to contain it — dominate the mainstream media. But for some, the time in isolation has bred a mini-Renaissance. Take Darren Smith, for example, who started fabricating super-hero armor out of his garage several . . . Read Full Story >>

Mac’s to bring culinary world to our doorstep

Mac’s to bring culinary world to our doorstep

Rebecca Neipp

As residents of the Indian Wells Valley enter the third month of confinement, local chef Kent McGowan is preparing to bring global cuisine to their doorsteps. Just three weeks into occupying a space in the Heritage Village Plaza — previous home to popular eateries like . . . Read Full Story >>

A look ahead ...

A look ahead ...

Darren Smith points to a photo of himself with comic book legend Stan Lee and other superhero fans at a past San Diego Comic-Con. The local man gave us an inside look at his new shop and his growing body of work in the fabrication . . . Read Full Story >>

RMES announces sing-off winners

RMES announces sing-off winners

RIDGECREST MUSICAL ENRICHMENT SOCIETY – RMES is proud to announce the winners of our first-ever Facebook Sing Off! Our judges panel — RMES Boardmember and performer Larry Cosner and guest judges Sharon Nicole and Ala Tiatia — selected nine out of more than 50 talented . . . Read Full Story >>

Mystery film crew comes to IYK

Mystery film crew comes to IYK

Rebecca Neipp

While residents across the nation shelter in place in hopes of reducing COVID-19 outbreaks — choosing to endure financial hardship and isolation in exchange for protecting human life — many point to the difficulty in finding any associated silver linings. But V/SPEED co-founders Mike Knockenhauer . . . Read Full Story >>

Motherhood: ‘The most important work’

Motherhood: ‘The most important work’

Rebecca Neipp

“The most important work you will ever do will be within the walls of your own home.” — Harold B. Lee —————— Kimm Washburn is an accomplished musician, experienced organizer and peerless volunteer. But raising her children alongside husband Ephraim is the role she cherishes . . . Read Full Story >>

’Our sole goal is to keep people healthy’

’Our sole goal is to keep people healthy’

Rebecca Neipp

With two emergent medical crises in the last year, most residents did not need the national observance of Nurses Week to remind them of the value of our front-line workers in healthcare. “The earthquake kind of prepared us for the pandemic, to be honest,” said . . . Read Full Story >>

The woman behind the potato suit

The woman behind the potato suit

By CHRISTINA MACGREGOR News Review Correspondent Although Ridgecrest resident Arianne Costner’s debut novel “My Life as a Potato” has only been out for a month, she has already received distinguished recognition for her work. Amazon editors selected her work as Best Book of the Month . . . Read Full Story >>

RMES hosts virtual sing-off

RMES hosts virtual sing-off

RIDGECREST MUSICAL ENRICHMENT SOCIETY — Calling all singers! Due to social distancing and stay-at-home orders, the Ridgecrest Musical Enrichment Society is unable to provide any of its normal community musical productions this year. But RMES doesn’t want to let that stop our local performers from . . . Read Full Story >>

‘It’s nice to spread joy’

‘It’s nice to spread joy’

Rebecca Neipp

Not all trends associated with COVID-19 are bad. Despite the many restrictions that have hampered cultural and economic vitality, friends and neighbors in the Indian Wells Valley continue to find ways to elevate the spirits of those around them. Take the Keehan and Kyte families, . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Don’t wait. Just start writing.’

‘Don’t wait. Just start writing.’

Rebecca Neipp

While writers are famously regarded, as a profession, among the worst procrastinators in existence, for Casey Sutton it took facing his own mortality to prompt him to begin. “The good news is, everything is okay now. But for about a week I was hospitalized in . . . Read Full Story >>

Free radio show streaming

Free radio show streaming

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Having had to cancel it’s regular season, Community Light Opera and Theater Association has provided a free stream of its latest radio show “Prometheus the God(father)” online. “With lockdowns and social distancing in effect, we decided to find . . . Read Full Story >>

‘The show must go on’

‘The show must go on’

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Dozens of local musicians streamed their live performances on the “Ridgecrest’s 1st Virtual Music Festival” Facebook page last weekend in lieu of what would have been the fourth-annual “Ridgecrest Music Festival,” which usually takes place at the Desert . . . Read Full Story >>

The sky is not the limit

The sky is not the limit

Rebecca Neipp

As large portions of the world remain gripped by fear and anxiety over the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, the story of astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli reminds us of the importance of encouragement, community, and the lifelong pursuit of dreams —————— When Jasmin Moghbeli made headlines across the . . . Read Full Story >>

DCOA announces Pinto winners

DCOA announces Pinto winners

The Desert Community Orchestra Association announced winners of this year’s Peter Pinto scholarship — vocalist Emily Ommen and violist Ryan Larson. The scholarship is named for the late Dr. Peter Pinto, a pediatrician who played violin for many years in the local orchestra, and awarded . . . Read Full Story >>

#Letitgrow movement gains momentum

#Letitgrow movement gains momentum

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Social media consumption (and internet usage in general) has increased sharply amid sheltering-in-place protocols as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. One of the trending topics is pictures and stories telling the misadventures of residents cutting, coloring . . . Read Full Story >>

Performers struggle without an audience

Performers struggle without an audience

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer “When all this is over, remember that when people were quarantined in their homes and could no longer turn to each other – they turned to artists.” This message circulating on social media reminds people, amid canceled gatherings . . . Read Full Story >>

Felici Trio canceled

Ridgecrest Chamber Music Society announced that its final concert of the year, which was originally scheduled on April 17 featuring the Felici Trio, has been canceled because of restrictions relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. The High Desert Music Teacher Association adjudication clinic with the Felici . . . Read Full Story >>

Locals kick off live-stream concert project

Locals kick off live-stream concert project

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Those who are self quarantining or practicing some social distancing can still enjoy live, local music this Saturday, March 21, by tuning in to a live-stream performance by local band “Dropkick Boomer,” presented on the Moe’s Music stage . . . Read Full Story >>