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  • 'Free the Ladybug' event, June 29

    Jessica DeMumbrum, contributing writer|Jun 22, 2024

    The Desert Rose Garden Club of California City presents the "Free the Ladybug!" event. They will release 20,000 Ladybugs at Central Park in California City on Saturday, June 29 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Besides a full tank of ladybugs, there will be: face painting, rock painting, miniature gardens, The Ladybug Hustle Game, candy and stickers. Also, have your picture taken with Lady the Ladybug!...

  • Desert Rose Garden Club recognized

    Jessica DeMumbrum, contributing writer|Jun 22, 2024

    Congratulations are in order! The Desert Rose Garden Club of California City received an unexpected award. The statewide, California Garden Club Inc., recognized the DRGC with a Blue Ribbon Certificate of Achievement. Since restoring Cal the Tortoise and landscaping the Kiosk, the DRGC has also recorded 1128.35 volunteer hours and $1,938.89 of in-kind donations. A lot of consideration, strategy and work has gone into improving our city, but no one "thunk" about the reach it would get. Much more...

  • 'Free the Ladybug' event, May 4

    Jessica DeMumbrum, contributing writer|Apr 27, 2024

    This is the second year the Desert Rose Garden Club of California City will be hosting a "Free the Ladybug" event for the kids. About 20,000 ladybugs will be let loose! Last year it was 10,000 and ladybugs were flying and crawling and landing on everybody! There will also be: face painting, rock painting, miniature gardens and a game called, The Ladybug Hustle. The event will be May 4, 10 to 11:30 a.m., at Central Park in California City. Tortoise Days will be starting at noon in the same...

  • Garden Club hosts reptile enthusiast

    Jessica DeMumbrum, contributing writer|Mar 2, 2024

    The Desert Rose Garden Club of California City hosted a very interesting speaker to their February club meeting. Greg Watson, from Ridgecrest, has been a reptile enthusiast his entire life and has a vast knowledge of many desert critters. He provided an excellent Power Point presentation of all of the desert life he has personally photographed. Each photo held a story of the reptiles he has observed, and sometimes caught. Being bitten by a Sidewinder Rattlesnake did not sway his interest in sear...

  • Desert Rose Garden Club completes first project of the year

    Jessica DeMumbrum, contributing writer|Feb 3, 2024

    The Desert Rose Garden Club of California City (DRGC) has completed its first project for the year. The kiosk at the entrance of the city was built in 2016. The idea for the kiosk was that of Adam Barragan. He needed a task for his Eagle Scout Project. Adam raised the money, sought out volunteers and dedicated many hours to complete this gigantic kiosk. Eight years later it still stands to showcase our city to visitors. So how is the DRGC involved? We are constantly pursuing the "Beautify...

  • Desert Rose Garden completes new fence

    Jessica DeMumbrum, contributing writer|Jan 20, 2024

    The Desert Rose Garden Club Of California City has finished the wrought iron fence around the Remembrance Rose Garden. A project that had been put on the back burner for a while, Tawney Sparks jumped in head first and got it across the finish line. A generous $4,000 donation from a friend was quite helpful, also. The project was completed in three phases. The old wire and pole fence was removed and replaced with the very nice wrought iron. Next was the arbor to the entrance, donated by club...

  • Cal the tortoise gets a makeover

    Jessica DeMumbrum, contributing writer|Jan 6, 2024

    About 20 years ago, The Red Hat Society of California City had artist Russell Mitchell, and the Fremont Valley Museum and Center for the Arts, build a desert tortoise to locate at the entrance of the city. The Red Hat Ladies had the tortoise shell painted to resemble a red hat with a purple band. To raise money, the tortoise shell had 3,200 signatures on it and the donations were given to Autism Speaks. Recently, the Desert Rose Garden Club noticed the tortoise was in pretty bad shape. A damaged...

  • Inspiration Walk

    Jessica DeMumbrum, contributing writer|Nov 11, 2023

    The Desert Rose Garden Club was at Inspiration Walk battling the goat heads again. Garden Club members and local volunteers keep the walk clean and weed free. You will find: trees, flowers, cactus, native grasses and wildflowers. All planted and maintained with care. Inspiration Walk was envisioned by the DRGC and has become a very peaceful place to visit with the family or to take a nice quiet walk by yourself. Inspiration Walk is located between The Remembrance Rose Garden and the lake in...

  • California City Career Day

    Jessica DeMumbrum, contributing writer|Aug 19, 2023

    The Desert Rose Garden Club joined the Career Day hosted by The Safe Haven for Kids League. Backpacks were handed out to the kids and an ongoing game of bingo was quite fun. The California City Police Department and Fire Department were there to show support. Also, representatives from the Marine Corps. and Air Force from Edwards AFB. Supporters were giving out free melons and vegetables. Starbucks hosted a booth handing out free cups of coffee. The garden club signed four new members...

  • 10,000 ladybugs released in California City

    Jessica DeMumbrum, contributing writer|Apr 29, 2023

    The Desert Rose Garden Club, in California City, released 10,000 ladybugs into California City's Central Park on Saturday, April 22. The Boy Scout Troop 413, helped with face painting, rock painting, ladybug shell gardening, games, prizes, candy and "The Ladybug Hustle." The event was organized by Jessica DeMumbrum and Marilyn Giovanni....