Johnson Valley News 05/31/2019

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• Reminder, you are invited to Johnson Valley’s Spaghetti Dinner this Saturday, June 1st,  at the  Community Center.
reviews last year when we had the classic sauce by the renowned Vince’s
Spaghetti; if you missed it, you now have another opportunity to enjoy
without going all the way to Ontario! Also on our menu: garlic bread,
green salad, and your choice of some super dessert treats.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m., dinner is at 5:00.
Donation, only 7.00 per person; kids 12 and younger, 4.00.


Coming soon to the  Johnson Valley Community Center, the Homestead
Valley Community Council, a valuable resource for those of us in
unincorporated communities.

Save the date: Monday, June 17, at 3:00 p.m.

Representatives from the Sheriffs Dept, County Fire and CalFire are invited are happy to answer your questions.

also have a speaker from REACH, an AirMedCare emergency helicopter
service. Subscribers and everyone in their households can be airlifted
quickly for medical help when first responders see the need. Yes, its

What do you want to talk about?
How about the latest on the Fire Tax, already increased for this year?
the campaign for Scenic 247 progressing inch by inch. Our
“disadvantaged” communities need the proven boost we would get from
tourism that Scenic status delivers.

Come participate. HVCC
represents the four unincorporated communities of Yucca Mesa, Landers,
Flamingo Heights and Johnson Valley to local, county, state and federal
officials – but folks from all over join in now.

Supervisor Dawn Rowe plans to be here, too. Hear the latest on County issues that affect you and your property values.

Also, hear about fun stuff at the June 17 HVCC meeting. The plans are coming together for the first HVCC Summer Solstice Fest, Saturday, June 22, from 10:00 a.m. to sundown – a longest-day fundraiser at Homestead Valley Park, featuring all-time summertime favorites, pizza, and craft beer!

Create pizza your way with lots of different toppings, by the slice (1/4 of a 14” pie) 2.00 and up, according to the number of toppings, cooked to your order.

Watch beer brewing demonstrations from 10:00-2:00 by members of the Mojave Desert Brewers Guild. Excellent craft beers and hard cider, 4.00 pint.

Also on hand, individual snack chips and cookies, ice cold lemonade, soft drinks,  bottled water, ice creams, games for kids, and live music!

Free admission, free parking, find out all about it!

• If you can volunteer some hours on a Saturday morning, consider joining one of the breakfast crews at the Johnson Valley Community Center! Cooks and pancake cooks needed, plus help serving, dishwashing, and cashiering.

Saturday Breakfast has been a regular income source since the ’70s,
when members began it to raise funds to build the firehouse.

It has operated since then to keep the doors open at the Community Center, and it’s a mainstay.

Saturday Breakfast crews work to Health Department standards; each one
holds a Food Handlers Permit. This requires a few hours of online
training and test,  costing 22.00 by credit card. JVIA reimburses you.

speak from experience, the online tutorial is all common sense, and if I
can pass the test, you can, too. You can use your computer at home, or
use a computer by appointment at the Community Center. The permit is
good for three years and must be renewed like any license.

Summer attendance slows, so the pace slows, good for trainees!

For more details, please call me (760-364-2646, leave a message), or call or text Kitchen Manager Kim Abramson (760-492-4555).

p.s. Volunteers also welcome for handyman-type maintenance chores, and Journal production once every two months!

members of the Johnson Valley Improvement Association, you will receive
the Johnson Valley Journal six times a year. The next issue should
arrive early in July.

It contains news, Association events,
photos of wildlife, OHV happenings, history, and advertisements for
businesses willing and able to serve us out here and on the highway.

JVIA General Meeting after the first Saturday Dinners is another
resource for finding out what’s happening around here, and what’s
happening with the Association.

Meantime, this JV NEWS e-mail
keeps you up to date including stories and information published in the
weekly community news columns in the Hi-Desert Star.

If you prefer not to receive these e-mails, reply and say Cancel.

If you have not joined JVIA yet, you may join anytime, only 15.00 per person for the rest of 2019. Application forms are on the lobby desk at the Center.
by the Community Center between 7:00-10:00 a.m. for a great breakfast
with a never-empty coffee cup. Large breakfast, only 6.00! Small
breakfast, 4.00.

 When you are here, pick up your Sidekick
Offroad Map of the Johnson Valley OHV Area across the highway. Miles of
trails, through terrain that’s challenging, or perfect for junior
offroaders learning to ride.

The folding paper Sidekick is 3.00. The silkscreened Bandanna Map is 8.00. Don’t leave home without it!
(Plus, they make great gifts for friends!)

Navigating by GPS? – find your way to the Community Center:
34.3424938     -116.56066880000003.

best way to the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area using community
roads: go straight down to Hwy 247 on the road nearest you. You can
cross directly over the highway legally to the dirt trail running along
the north side of Hwy 247. (Please stay on the dirt shoulders if you
travel on the paved Larrea Road while in or on a green-sticker vehicle.)

days are getting hotter! Take more water than you think you need, tell
people where you plan to go. Verizon has pretty good cell coverage out
there; ATT not so much. Never go out there alone.

Slow, please,
on the community roads. Lots of blind corners, you can’t see what’s
coming. Remember, any vehicle, street-legal or not, going over 25mph
damages dirt roads. Delivery vehicles and the trash truck do the worst,
but OHVs get the blame. Noise can carry, and dust can drift a long way.
Let’s not annoy the folks who live here.

Both JVIA members and non-members are welcome to scheduled activities and special events!

Regularly-scheduled events:
-Saturday Breakfast: 7:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
-Dinner: every 1st Saturday at 5:00 p.m. followed by the General Meeting (except May and October)
-JVIA Board Meeting: Friday following the 1st Saturday, 6:00 p.m.
-Card Club: Pinochle on Tuesdays, noon-4:00 p.m.
-Quilters: on the 4th Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
-Hobby Club: on Wednesdays and the 4th Friday 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Special events:
Homestead Valley Community Council holds regular meetings here three
times a year on the third Monday, at 3:00 p.m. The next will be in June
and October.
-JVIA Fundraising events this year:
We already celebrated our Cinco de Mayo Fiesta on May 4.
The 10th Annual Oktoberfest is
Saturday afternoon, October 12, with lots of craft beers and cider, and
a tremendous German buffet. No General Meetings those months.

Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden, well-established on the land next
to the Community Center parking area, has many drought-resistant shrubs
and trees. The extra rainfall this winter and spring have given them all
a growth spurt.

Heat-loving Orange Jubilee, orchid and purple Desert Willows, canary yellow Palo Verde, all make eye-filling accent colors now. 

Ask the cashier at Saturday Breakfast if the Garden Railway model trains will run; it depends on the weather and if the crew are available.

Both the Center and the Garden work well for
birthday or anniversary celebrations, parties, family gatherings, or
weddings. JVIA asks for a donation to cover overheads and that you leave
the place as you found it. Check with me for available dates.

Johnson Valley Community Center
50567 Quailbush Rd.
Johnson Valley CA 92285

From Hwy 247, turn onto Larrea Rd,
go 1-3/4 miles up to the corner of Quailbush Rd.
You see the Community Center on your left.
(Scroll to the bottom of the home page, click on the JOHNSON VALLEY WILDFLOWERS button)
Betty Munson

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