Johnson Valley News 1/10/2020

Share with:


The Johnson Valley Cooks outdid themselves for last Saturday’s Souper
Supper: eleven delicious soups plus four desserts! Little sampler cups
made it easier to try each soup, but I still ran out of room to get a
taste of everything. YUM.

• Another winner is coming next month: the Potato Bar on Saturday, February 1st.
You get a big baked potato you can custom-load from a whole array of
toppings. 4.00 per person, kids 12 and younger, 2.00. More details to

Off-road enthusiasts,
you will want to hear our After-Potato-Bar speaker. Rick Russell
created the famous Sidekick Off Road maps, and JVIA has sold the Johnson
Valley OHV Area versions at the Community Center for years. You
probably own one.

We recently ran out of the handsome
silkscreened Bandana Maps, but will have them again when Rick finishes
updating the art to show the expanded Marine Base border. Not that
anyone has cared, the demand for the original never slacked off. Or for
the folding paper maps either.

Billed as an “Off Road
Specialist,” Rick has explored and mapped in detail many miles of
popular recreational areas for many years. He can tell lots of stories
and answer your questions. He also has personal experience with racing
at King of the Hammers (and KOH Week 2020 begins the day before the
Potato Bar, Thursday, January 30).

Mark the date: Saturday, February 1. The Potato Bar opens at 5:00 p.m. The program will begin around 5:30-5:45.

are also invited to stay after, for the latest news and announcements,
the General Meeting of the Johnson Valley Improvement Association, and
door prizes. Non-members welcome, too!


We found out last Wednesday when we took a tour of the facilities
aboard the Morongo Basin Mobile Medical Unit (MMU), while it visited the
Johnson Valley Community Center.

The setup is impressive. The
equipment includes things you expect in a high-end RV, such as handsome
fitted cabinets in a complete kitchen in the middle, and a restroom. The
medical fixtures and fittings at both ends have super
dental/examination chairs in two private clinic rooms with skylights.
The wheelchair lift is smooth and easy; the interior was comfortable on a
cold, windy day, the design allows for waiting area with TV, and a
medical computer center.

up was the usual form-filling routine, trying to remember when you last
had the epizootics and listing whatever medications you take. Bring ID,
and insurance cards if you have them.

summer, they will offer dental services in Johnson Valley (I believe
their dental providers are booked up during the school year).

We spoke with one of their clients on Wednesday. He said
the people all seemed dedicated; they were confident and congenial.
His exam was thorough, and he got a flu shot he did not even feel (but no lollipop).

We do not have a scheduled MMU return date yet, but stay tuned.

Some did not receive the following items last week; equipment failure (loose nut behind the wheel) My apologies.

LARRY SNELL 1970-2019

Lawrence Edward Snell was born on February 26, 1970, and passed away at
home on December 3, 2019, at the age of 49. He is survived by four
children and three grandchildren.

His family is holding a
Celebration of Life and potluck lunch on Saturday, January 11,  from
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Johnson Valley Community Center, where
Larry had worked until last fall.

Everyone is invited.

• Saturday, February 15th
the Hawthornes’ traditional Presidents Weekend Chili Cook-Off moves
down to the Community Center as a Wild-West-themed fundraiser event for

Want to enter your own favorite chili concoction?
Entry Fee: $10 per pot.  RSVP by February 1st to reserve your space. Call Arlan (909)224-1353 or Michele (909)224-3376.

All chili cooking will be outside the Center, to be finished by 4:30 or earlier. Judging time: 4:40-5:15

Prizes: 1st place: medallion + 40% of entry money.
2nd place: medallion + 30% of entry money.
3rd place: medallion + 20% of entry money
To add to the fun of the Western Theme: Best Decorated Booth wins 10% of entry money.

Want to come to enjoy the results? Add to the Wild West theme by wearing your western finery, if you wish, for  
DINNER at 5:30 p.m.
$1 per sample cup of chili
$5 Chili Dinner with salad, bread, dessert bar
All dinner proceeds donated to JVIA.

• Back again, we hope, Saturday, March 20, with extended shopping hours, now from 7:00 a.m. till noon.

we must have at least six vendors sign up before March 4 to confirm the
event is on! Please call me, 760-364-2646, and leave a message, or,
inform the cashier at any Saturday Breakfast or a Board member. We want
plenty of time to spread the word to the bargain-hunters.

plenty of room to set up in the Community Center parking lot, the more,
the merrier. The Saturday Breakfast from 7:00-10:00 brings folks to the
Center anyway, who always want to browse.

If you have household
goods, cookware, outdoor gear, clothing, crafts, you name it, everything
goes. Collectibles, antiques, jewelry, trees – we have even seen
motorcycles and a camper go on the block.

The Spring/Fall shopping and swapping tradition in JV can make a comeback!

• Johnson Valley Improvement Association owns and operates the Community Center.

• The time you spend on Saturday morning as a volunteer working the breakfast translates into a donation to JVIA.

• Saturday Breakfast proceeds are a mainstay keeping the doors of the Community Center open for everyone,

• A cook and pancake cook, servers, dishwasher, and cashier make up each crew. Extra servers may be helping on big weekends.

Our volunteers take food handler training and test (available online 24
hours a day, 7 days a week, to take at home or at the Center)  The
training and multiple-choice test take about 1-1/2 to 2 hours and cost
$22. Credit, debit, and prepaid debit cards are accepted. JVIA
reimburses you. Your Food handler certificate is good for three years
(anywhere in this County).

Resident or weekender, you can sign up for a particular week, or put
your name on the call list as a backup when you are available.

to manager Kim Abramson for more details or a tour during breakfast to
see how it all works, 760-792-4555, or in person at the Saturday
Breakfast, 7:00-10:00 a.m.


Just as we feared, the perfect storm of weather and holidays held up
Journal production. It mailed a week late, on Monday. Let me know if you
did not get yours.

• Reminder, JVIA dues for 2020 are due.

Maybe you are a 2018 or 19 member who has not yet signed up. I can check our database to be sure.

If you have not signed up yet, see the attached application form to print. Your deadline for dues is January 31st, to have voting membership in JVIA, also to receive the Johnson Valley Journal and the JV NEWS e-mails.

Please, mail in the application form to Helene, whether you are paying your 2019 dues with a check, or by secure credit card PayPal payment on

Or find the application form on the lobby desk at the Center, to fill out, date, and give to the cashier with your dues.

Your E-Mail address:
If you want to continue receiving this JV NEWS e-mail between Journals,
be sure to print your e-mail address plainly on your application form.

our new members of the Johnson Valley Improvement Association, you will
receive the Johnson Valley Journal six times a year. 

copies of the Journal will be available in the lobby of the Community
Center, in case your membership application had not been processed
before time to print mailing labels.

You will also find the JVIA
General Meeting after the first Saturday Dinners is another resource for
learning what’s happening around here, and what’s happening with the
Johnson Valley Improvement Association.

In between Journals, this
JV NEWS e-mail includes stories and information published in the weekly
community news columns in the Hi-Desert Star, plus additional items of
particular interest to Association members.

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


Please check out the current information handout about activities in
the Center and the Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden next door, 
available in the lobby.

Please take one. If you know anyone who
may wish to participate or join JVIA, this will give them an idea of
what goes on around here.

JVIA welcomes both members and non-members to scheduled activities and special events at the Center:

-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). Non-members welcome.
-JVIA Board Meeting: Friday following the 1st Saturday, 6:00 p.m.
-Card Club: Pinochle on Tuesdays, now starts at 11:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Beginners welcome.
-Quilting: Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in 2020
-Hobby Club: Wednesday, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Homestead Valley Community Council (HVCC) holds regular meetings in
Johnson Valley three times a year on the third Monday, at 3:00 p.m. The
next meeting in JV is on February 17. (The January 20 meeting is in
Landers Belfield Hall, 58380 Reche Rd, only about ten minutes from JV.)

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta 2020 will be Saturday afternoon, May 2.
JVIA 11th Annual Oktoberfest with lots of craft beers and ciders, and a German buffet, will be Saturday, October 10.
No General Meetings those two months.

will find the Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden next to the parking
lot. JVIA member and past president Paul Van Hook purchased the property
and donated it to the Association in 2015.

The new entry gate
created, donated, and delivered by JVIA member Tim Norton welcomes
everyone. You may also enter from the road that crosses the property on
the upslope side. (The Garden preserves this remaining open stretch of
the original Old Woman Springs Road, the location of the whimsical small
“Town Center” buildings, OK Corral and a three-tier fountain.)

see many drought-tolerant trees and plantings, served by underground
irrigation, all well-established after over four years of care from the
JVIA Garden Committee. Everything hibernates now in the falling
temperatures, but the slow-soaking from winter snow and rain promises
even more growth next year.

Landscaping includes donated boulders and dozens of artifacts from homesteading days in Johnson Valley.

G-scale garden railway can run four trains simultaneously on separate
tracks. The railway operates during the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta,
Oktoberfest, and other times when weather permits and the crew are all

An unusual sight is a one-man airplane built by former
JVIA president and officer Ed Warren. Mounted on the gearbox of an
antique windmill, then mounted on a derrick constructed and raised by
volunteers, it turns into the wind. And it even attracts attention from
low-flying aircraft.

The purchase of commemorative bricks and direct donations support the continuing success of the Garden, a unique accomplishment.

Garden visitors, if you take photos, please e-mail them to me at We may use them for the Johnson Valley Journal or on the Johnson Valley website.

If you are planning a birthday party, anniversary, or wedding, both the Garden and the Community Center are available for you.

Center is heated and air-conditioned, with an A-rated kitchen you may
use. You are asked for a donation for rental, and to leave the Center as
you found it. Call Betty Munson for details, 760-364-2646, please leave
a message.

little rain and snow make wonderful riding conditions – after they soak
in. Most people prepare for cold, but no one likes whiteouts, slush or
mud. Watch the forecasts; Landers is closest.

If you have guests,
be sure they know where they are and can find their way home. Supply
them with a map, your phone number, and a compass can help. We know this
sounds like OHV 101, but newbie off-roaders and newcomers to the desert
can get turned around easily, separated from friends, and be unable to
tell rescuers where they came from. It happens.

Are you planning
an early start? Everyone welcome to come by the Community Center between
7:00-10:00 a.m. for the Saturday Breakfast. Enjoy a hearty breakfast
with a never-empty coffee cup. Large breakfast, only 6.00! Small
breakfast, 4.00. Coffee only? 1.00.

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

take water, tell people where you plan to go. Verizon has pretty good
cell coverage out there; ATT not so much. Never go out there alone.

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.

KOH WEEK: Hammertown opens on FRIDAY, January 31, and races continue
ten days now because the MOTOS ARE BACK, plus there will be a massive
celebration closing ceremony with live music –presented by Monster
Energy – on Saturday night.

Racing will include the Can-Am
Motorsports UTV King of the Hammers, the Shootout, the Everyman
Challenge, the Toyo Desert Invitational (T1 trucks), the Nitto King of
the Hammers Ultra4 race, PLUS the King of the Motos event! All of it
happens in the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area.

Find out the schedule, spectator requirements, and volunteering at
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.

Betty Munson

Please leave a message, I may not recognize your name or number on Caller ID, and spam and scam robocalls drive me nuts.

Share with:

Liked it? Take a second to support Cactusthorns on Patreon!

Leave a Reply

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.