Johnson Valley News 1/29/2018

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• Mark your calendar so you won’t miss the Dinners on the first Saturday of each month, the Saturday Breakfasts, and special events as we announce them all year.

All the Johnson Valley dinners rate high on everyone’s list, but as the Association heads into its 60th year, we’re in the early stages of planning for extra-special events, and you are invited!

• The Johnson Valley Potato Bar not only offers you tasty toppings to load onto your big baked potato but also some outstanding desserts.

Baker Linda Walsh plans a white yogurt strawberry cake, a lemon pound cake, and lemon mousse to put on the cake or eat by itself. For those of us who want to eat less sugar, you will never miss it in her delicious sugar-free chocolate strawberry cake.

Everyone welcome to the Johnson Valley Community Center on Saturday, February 3, at 5:00 p.m. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Potatoes at 5:00. Donation 4.00 per person, kids 12 or younger, 2.00.

Stay after dinner to hear what’s in the works for the 60th JVIA year; help with ideas, too. JVIA needs more volunteers, more cooks, more people to participate to make better use of the Community Center for our community and our weekenders.

The meeting will begin around 5:45; you do not have to be a member to join in, just show up!

Saturday, February 10, bring your favorite salad or dessert to the Community Center to share; time, noon until around 2:00 p.m.

Weekenders, come as you are, it’s a casual, fun occasion, and if you do not have time to fix anything, come anyway! Newcomers, this is a good time to meet your new neighbors.

No charge. Coffee, cold bottled water, and sodas available.

• We always try to have items of historic interest in the Johnson Valley Journal – and they will be particularly welcome as we look back over 60 years.

If you have a tale to tell of your family’s homesteading days, of memorable events out here in the back of beyond, and especially any old photos, we would be delighted to publish them.

Send scanned images by e-mail, or mail the originals and I will scan and return them to you.

We like wildlife photos, too. Unfortunately, we can only print them in black and white in the Journal, but they usually come out pretty well.

The deadline for stories and photos in the March-April issues is February 9th. Thank you in advance!

• We do not have the Hammers spectator entry wristbands at the hall this year, but you can save by paying your entry fee online, 20.00 per person, good for every race all week. Order yours by tomorrow, January 29. You’ll save time going in the gate, and save 10.00 per ticket!

Order on Hammers Week is Friday, February 2 – Friday, February 9.

The course for the main King of the Hammers race on February 9 has been extended farther west, all the way over to Cougar Buttes. You will find a spectator viewing area set up there, too.

Some of the races during the week, like the Everyman Challenge and the King of the Motos, have become special events in their own right, pitting pros and amateurs against the grueling terrain of beautiful Johnson Valley.

You can experience the fairground excitement of Hammertown, close up and personal with builders, racers, vendors and fellow enthusiasts of all ages.  Expect crowds, traffic and lots to look at. Some of the racers first came here as kids watching their parents and now they face contests of skill and stamina like no other – but the “old guys” are out there still to face them down. Hey, anyone can brag if they just qualify for these events, much less finish, not to mention standing on the winners’ podium.

Races designed by racers, in and on vehicles designed by racers, moving over desert sand and huge boulders – KOH Week is an amazing spectator experience by any standard.

• JVIA membership dues should be in by January 31. Don’t let your name drop off the Journal mailing list! If you are not sure if your dues are paid up, let me know, I’ll look it up.

You may pay your dues online by secure credit card at I attach a 2018 Membership Application; please print it and mail it in, just mark it as paid online.

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. If weather permits and the garden railway crew are all here, the trains may run on any Saturday. Come watch after you have your breakfast in the hall (served 7:00-10:00 a.m.). If you plan to be here some other day, let me know and I can see if the trains will be in operation.

Everyone is welcome to every scheduled event at the Center; you do not have to be a JVIA member to join the fun.

Off-roaders navigating by GPS – according to Google Maps, the coordinates for the Community Center are
34.3424938     -116.56066880000003.

If you come from the OHV Area, you can legally cross the highway, but not travel on the right of way.

A dirt trail parallels the highway on the north side; cross over to any of the community roads. Remember to take it easy, watch out at blind corners.

If you come up Larrea Road, travel alongside it, off the pavement. Plenty of parking at the Center.

See ya!

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