Kip's Desert Book Club
the dispossessed by ursula k. leguin
march 5, 2018 in north joshua tree

Tonelise Rugas, great lover of science fiction, is pleased to host the March 5th Book Club meeting at 7pm. Of her several book suggestions, I felt that in memory of the recent passing of the great Ursula K. LeGuin, we should be reading her book, The Dispossessed
high desert test kitchen
february theme: sustainability soapbox
february 19, 2018 at copper mountain mesa community center


At the HDTK dinners, we set aside a little time each meeting to discuss specific plants that grow out here in the desert and how we’ve worked with them in our kitchens. Over the months, we’ve heard little snippets of interesting tangential projects you have going on at home, like permaculture systems and homesteading practices—but we never get to hear the full story. So is there something you’re doing that you want to share and teach our community? Maybe you’re building a rain-capturing system, or just installed solar energy. Or maybe you’re a skilled gardener and cultivate specific plants to attract pollinators. Maybe you’ve got a compost system, or composting toilets, and have found ways to deal with waste. Or maybe you’re thinking about some of these things, and have found a certain person or movement or book or TED talk inspiring to your ambitions. If so, we want to hear about it!

the insanity principle workshops
taught by artist linda carmella sibio
february 10, 2018 at copper mountain mesa community center

Photo by Sarah Lyon, from Linda Carmella Sibio's "Origins" performance at "The Palm Talks" at HDTS 2017

Join us for the next “The Insanity Principle Workshop” taught by painter and performance artist Linda Carmella Sibio! Workshops occur every second Saturday through April 2018 in Joshua Tree. The workshops include a variety of multilayered psychological techniques, developed by Sibio, tapping into memory, play, and personal narrative as a source for art making. 

Kip's Desert Book Club
Nut Grass by James Hagerty
February 5, 2018 in Morongo valley

791 Author James Hagerty is looking forward to having us visit him on February 5th at 7pm at his house and studio in Morongo Valley. He was raised on a farm in Thermal, California in the 1950's and wrote his book, Nut Grass, about the dramatic travails of a rather dysfunctional migrant farm worker family who lived there for a while. Hard copies of this book have dried up recently, but it is available digitally on Amazon, and a few used copies are floating around on Alibris and Abe books. If you want a new paperback, contact me at The author has kindly provided me with a limited supply which I can mail to you for $20, including postage, in the USA.

new monthly program: plant meditations
with herbalist rachel burgos
January 21, 2018 at 1pm behind the bail bonds

On Sunday, January 21st at 1pm, join herbalist Rachel Burgos (of Snakeroot Apothecary) in creating a community Materia Medica based on direct experiences we will have with plants. Over the next few months we will build this body of collected knowledge through plant meditations, medicinal plant walks, and conversations about our relationships with these beings. Everyone is welcome, free of charge with no sign ups required!