Johnson Valley News 12/21/2017

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• Wishing you a joyful Christmas weekend wherever you are reading this. In Johnson Valley. “They” predicted stiff winds to blow in a cold front, and they were right on the money. But things should settle down by Saturday, calmer, cold at night, mild in the daytime.

If you don’t travel over the river and through the creosotes to Grandmother’s house, enjoy the days at home more, remembering days that may have been busier or more hectic. This is the season for recalling old friends and other good times.

Since we have not turned the TV on enough to be saturated with commercial carols, we had fun singing along with the music at the church, and our own singalong at the hall on Wednesday.…this is the season to do that, too.

And to send up our prayers for folks who suffer loss and disaster, that they still find some cheer this season and determination to survive and thrive in 2018. And thanks for those who spend their holidays trying to save the holidays for others they may never know.


 Some new things on the Hobby Club Boutique table
 in the Johnson Valley Community Center

 Handcrafted Christmas ornaments, centerpieces, snowfolks made of desert wood, Johnson Valley note cards.

Pick up handy stocking stuffers including JVIA specialty pens, keychains, and very bright little flashlights.

All proceeds go to ward the activities and upkeep of the hall.

• Come to the Johnson Valley Community Center to welcome the new year, next Sunday, December 31. Bring your snacks and drinks; doors open at 8:00 p.m. until? No charge.

If you come from another party, call 760-364-3575 to check whether we are still celebrating after 2018 arrives in Manhattan or Texas or Colorado. Wouldn’t want you to get here and find the place dark.

• One tradition we welcome on the first Saturday of every year: the Johnson Valley Souper Supper, on  January 6th this year.

Bring your bowl, bring your spoon, like our pioneer homesteaders, before we had a kitchen sink, or even a Community Center. Of course, bowls and spoons are on hand if you forget.

The Johnson Valley Cooks bring homemade soups to share – sample several and choose your favorite, and enjoy extra-special dessert treats, too! Donation: only 4.00 per person,

FREE with a soup.

ids 12 and younger 2.00. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Soup at 5:00!


Welcome to new readers on this e-mail list who have not visited the Johnson Valley Community Center before, it is at 50567 Quailbush Rd. From Hwy 247, turn onto Larrea Rd, go 1-3/4 miles to Quailbush. The building is on your left at the corner.

The Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden is next to the parking lot, open to all. Lots to look at, waterwise plants and vintage artifacts from the homesteading era. Our airplane wind vane is a must-see. No good weather right now to watch the garden railway run, but the engineerst will be back in action come springtime.

Everyone is welcome to every event at the Center; you do not have to be a JVIA member. Hope to see you at the Saturday Breakfast Buffet, December 23, between 7:00-10:00 a.m. and to the regular breakfasts any week.

And if I miss another week of the JV NEWS e-mail, my apologies. We’re into the annual mishmash of deadlines and vacations while trying to print and mail the Johnson Valley Journal. The goal of mailing on the Monday before the first Saturday of January, well, that’s New Year’s Day this year so that won’t work. We hope everyone gets theirs on time this time, at least the blizzard of gift catalogs and insurance mailings should be over.



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