Johnson Valley News 1/3/2020

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• Bring your bowl, bring your spoon this evening, Saturday, January 4th. Our traditional New Year favorite, the Johnson Valley Souper Supper, harks back to the early homesteader days!  Johnson Valley Cooks bring crockpots of homemade soups for you to sample, then pick your favorite! Always something to suit every taste, hot and hearty.

Tortilla soup, vegetable, split pea, cheeseburger soup, root vegetable and more, can’t wait to see the selection!

if you bring a soup; 4.00 per person without. Kids 12 or younger 2.00.
Garlic bread and homemade desserts supplied. If you forget your bowl and
spoon, there will be extras available.

Doors open 4:30 p.m. Soup’s on at 5:00.

to stay awhile after dinner for news and announcements and the JVIA
General Meeting. Catch up with what’s happening in Johnson Valley and
the Association – you need not be a member to attend.

enthusiasts will hear about the King of the Hammers coming soon, and an
outstanding off-road specialist coming to speak with us after next
month’s Potato Bar!

• Find out next Wednesday, January 8,
when you look over the facilities aboard the Morongo Basin Mobile
Medical Unit, while it visits the Johnson Valley Community Center
between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. 

See the picture of this clinic-on-wheels on the flyer attached below.

Take advantage of this offer of basic health care coming out here to our community, saving you travel time and expense.

If you wish, come inside the Center while the MMU is here, and have some hot coffee and light refreshments, no charge.

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 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 mails a week late, on Monday, Good Lord willin’
and the creek don’t rise.

• Reminder, your 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.

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 Johson Valley Journal and the JV NEWS e-mails.

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.

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 has 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 is
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 artifacts from homesteading days. The main attraction is the
G-scale garden railway. The extensive layout 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 available.

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.

EVENTS 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. We saw a lot of rigs leaving yesterday; we can only assume camping
got uncomfortable, particularly for the younger set cooped up in an RV.

Most people prepare for cold, but no one likes whiteouts, slush or mud. 

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

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 10
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.

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