Johnson Valley News 06/29/2017

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• The Two-Buck Chuckwagon brings good eats for the whole family – a longtime Johnson Valley event marking the season for Independence Day celebrations. We kick things off on this Saturday
evening, July 1st.

Take your choice of hamburgers, hot dogs and the good things to pile onto them including cole slaw (try it!). Also on the table: potato salad, macaroni salad, chips, icy soft drinks or bottled water. And for dessert, the perfect July treat, fresh-baked cookies and ice cream!

All this for just 2.00 per person; kids 12 and younger half price!

The Johnson Valley Community Center opens at 4:30 p.m. and Two-Buck Dinner begins at 5:00.

You are welcome to every event at the cool JV Center. If you have not visited before: on Hwy 247 between mile markers 21 and 22, turn onto Larrea Rd. at the red Johnson Valley sign. Go 1-3/4 miles up to Quailbush Rd. The building is on your left.

• To JVIA members: your Journal won’t be in the mail until next week, sorry ‘bout that. Late stories, printers day off, and the holiday interfered.

I feel bad that the members who do not receive this e-mail JV NEWS will not get the notice about the Two-Buck Chuckwagon until after we’ve eaten up the food. Or early enough to get the number to enter the 4th of July Parade in Lucerne Valley.

My apologies. We’ll just look forward to eating and parading next year.

• After you’ve filled up at the Two-Buck Chuckwagon, cruise on over to Pioneer Park in Lucerne Valley for their annual fireworks and fun. You know where Pioneer Park is, it’s the grassy oasis with the big green shade trees on Hwy 247, right next to the fire station.

There will be six bounce houses for the kids (mid-afternoon to early evening). The family fun from 6:00-9:30 p.m. includes live music, food vendors, community and art vendors, face painting, balloon twisters, and after dark the breathtaking fireworks display, a Pyro Spectacular by Souza.

Park rules are strictly enforced, no smoking or alcohol allowed. Bring your blankets and beach chairs, and enjoy the fun. It’s all free, less than half an hour west of Johnson Valley.




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Every year Lucerne Valley puts on the Real McCoy, a traditional 4th of July red-white-and-blue parade, hard to find anywhere else out here.

Judging of entries begins at 8:00 a.m. The parade begins at 9:00 a.m. at Trade Post Road, heading westward toward Pioneer Park. Let’s hear the cheers!

(Reminder: the 3rd of July Fireworks at Homestead Valley Park in Landers has been moved to the 2nd of September, Labor Day Weekend. Details to come.)

• Last Saturday morning, June 24, the biggest ever Big Brew set up beside the Community Center. Eight members of the Mojave Brewers Guild joined in on their Summer Solstice Big Brew, making nine different German-style beers and a hard cider just for this year’s Johnson Valley Oktoberfest.

Brewers and family members visited the Saturday Breakfast Buffet. Then out on the patio and west side of the hall, the dedicated brewers measured ingredients and water from the JVIA Well in the midst of a bewildering assortment of pots, cookers, kegs, barrels, buckets, carboys and brewmaking accessories.

All the results of their expertise now safely ferment and age until the happy brewers return to the patio on October 7, to start tapping the treasure for our pleasure.

This happens only three months from now. It won’t be long before we have the discounted pre-sale tickets on sale, for the German-style buffet dinner that accompanies Oktoberfest. The tree-shaded patio will be much cooler than last Saturday’s temperatures. Guests can try different flavors in the sampler cups and snack on fresh-baked pretzels – the 8th Annual Johnson Valley Oktoberfest. My, how time flies when you’re having fun.

Save the date: October 7th.

• The Johnson Valley Directory listings come from our latest membership file.

Have you made changes since you filled out your membership application?
Please e-mail me ASAP with:

Mailing Address
Phone number(s)
Johnson Valley Address and phone number if different.

OR, if you are a JVIA member but do NOT want your name in the Directory, please e-mail me ASAP.

OR, if you are not a member of JVIA and do wish to be listed, or if you know someone whose name you think should be included, please fill out the Directory form attached, or pick one up at the front desk at the Center, or call me at 760-364-2646.

In the JV Directory, you also find numbers for County Sheriffs, Fire, Animal Control, Highway Conditions, plus a map of the Johnson Valley community roads. Only 3.00 at the Center or Wheeler’s Ship-It-Shop.

Deadline for adding names or making changes is July 10th. Publication planned by the end of July.

• But not before rescuer Frank Heffern fell in love with it. Sherrill Edmondson recognized the description. The people, who live down below, were quickly​ ​reunited with their pet.

Frank was sad to say goodbye. But he was happy to see the tail-wagging.


Betty Munson

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