Johnson Valley News 1/30/2020

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• Reminder, this coming Saturday, February 1st, is the Johnson Valley Potato Bar.

find the buffet table loaded with hot baked potatoes and a whole lot of
toppings to choose from. The traditional sour cream and chives, of
course, but also bacon bits, shredded cheese, chili, cilantro, butter,
and slaw, and more (some people enjoy having the chili or slaw as

We believe you will find this a winner dinner deal at only 4.00 per person, kids 12 and younger, 2.00.

Doors at the Johnson Valley Community Center open at 4:30 p.m. Potatoes at 5:00.

Then, Off-roading experiences by Rick Russell: A program after the Potato Bar that begins around 5:45, when we finish dessert.

Russell, producer of our Sidekick Johnson Valley OHV Area Bandana maps
and folding paper maps, will be here to talk with us. As an off-highway
specialist, he’s had a long career as a writer, photographer,
backcountry videographer, location scout, and corporate adviser. He also
can tell about racing at King of the Hammers, and the creation of the
early Hammers trails.

What’s Next? Stay for the JVIA meeting
afterward. Find out what else is happening this month, including the
Two-Gun Chili Cook-off and Dinner with a Wild West theme coming up on
Saturday, February 15.

• Check out to find:
– the Hammertown map of garages, vendor booths, and spectator arena with Jumbotron live-action viewing
– race schedules
– racers’qualifying order
– must-have spectator info
– must-have camping permit and info
– online ticket and camp permit purchase (print your receipt)

General Entry KOH
One pass is good for all of KOH Week
$30.00 per person. Your receipt will be exchanged for an event wrist band.

General Entry (Age 11-17)
Discounted ticket teen, age 11-17 years of age: $20.00.

Kids 10 and under are free at the gate.

Military Discounts Available at the gate with Military ID. Do not purchase online – online sales are non-refundable
Active Duty – FREE at the gate
Veterans and Dependents – 1/2 off at the gate ($15)

sandy desert trails and the impossible challenges of the well-named
Hammers trails – drivers and riders face rocky canyons and dry
waterfalls all week.

This world-famous week draws fans to watch
unmatched action, including the return of the King of the Motos ultimate
motorcycle enduro race, the Ultra4 vs. Rock Bouncer after-dark
Shootout, KOH qualifying events, T-1 Trucks and side-by-side utility
vehicles. The vendor shows make up one of the largest OHV trade shows
anywhere, include many who supply goods and services aiding the race

Or, view the whole shootin’ match electronically at

Hammerking Productions emphasize safety, both for the hundreds of drivers and the thousands of spectators.

review carefully the regs for OHV and free camping on public lands. Be
prepared for crowded roads. Weather outlook good so far, but count on
cold nights, and anything else the desert can serve up.

If a pet goes astray in the noise and excitement, connect on
with petsofthehammers, anywhere in Johnson Valley. Your pet can
suddenly become frightened or disoriented, no matter how well-trained,
or how much experience they have camping with their humans.

• Our friends at the Morongo Basin Historical Society serve up some WWII history on Wednesday, February 12th
“Desert Training Center Airpower” by Sid Burks. See all the details in their flyer attached below!

Saturday, February 15th,
the Hawthornes’ traditional Presidents Weekend Chili Cook-Off comes
ever to the JV Community Center. The Chili Dinner afterward is now a
Wild-West-themed fundraiser event for JVIA.

RSVP by February 1st to reserve your space if you decide to enter your own favorite chili!

Call Arlan (909)224-1353, or
Michele (909)224-3376, for all the details!
Entry Fee: $10 per pot.  
All chili cooking will be outside the Center, to be finished by 4:30 or earlier. Judging time: 4:40-5:15

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 Wild West atmosphere: Best Decorated Booth wins 10% of entry money!

Non-contestants! You are welcome to enjoy the results! Wear your western finery, if you wish, for  
$1 per sample cup of chili
$5 Chili Dinner with salad, bread, dessert bar
All dinner proceeds donated to JVIA.

• Have you signed up yet for your space at the Saturday, March 20th Tailgate
Swap Meet at the Community Center parking lot? Just send me an e-mail
or give the Saturday Breakfast cashier your contact information.

it now while you’re thinking of it – then you have lots of time to get
organized and decide what good stuff you no longer need and can sell.

Have a lot of fun, too, and some good swaps can be made. Hours extended, 7:00 a.m. to noon!

• If you have not signed up yet, you may send your 15.00 per person via a secure credit card purchase on

download the attached application form to print and mail in to have
voting membership in JVIA, also to receive the Johnson Valley Journal
and the JV NEWS e-mails.


The Palm Springs Desert Sun covered the annual meeting held by our
friends in the Morongo Basin Conservation Association, a nonprofit
founded in 1969 that seeks to preserve both the economic and the
environmental well-being of the area.

Over 100 people came to the
Yucca Valley Community Center to hear ideas on how to invite visitors
to this desert, but minimize the impact of so many wheels and feet.

The Sun reported some tips we need to heed, so as not to end up loving any of our natural attractions to death:

Tree National Park Superintendent David Smith urged visitors to explore
the Park from a road. Damage from unauthorized off-road driving could
last decades, he said.

He also recommended visitors consider
going to the park during non-peak times. “Choose your visitation times
well, when you’re not going to crowd and impact places.” 

favor any weekend just before or just after a big 3-day. Visitors are
home, either preparing for the trip or cleaning up the RV after. It
works. You may have the whole desert to yourself, and even feel welcome
in the Park.


Doc Lawrence sends his friendly reminder, he returns to Johnson Valley
this weekend and will be available for a chiropractic appointment at
your home. His mobile off-road clinic goes everywhere.
If the weekend does not work for you, you can schedule a visit to the office in Apple Valley.
Call or text: Dr. Chris Lawrence, 760-810-2443

• 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 if you
wish, or put your name on the call list as a backup when you are

Please talk 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.

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

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.

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 at 11:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Beginners welcome.
Quilting: Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Beginners welcome!
-Hobby Club: Wednesday, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

-The 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.

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

You 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.

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 Garden
Committee has located the whimsical small “Town Center” buildings, OK
Corral and a three-tier fountain along the road’s edge.)

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

The Garden landscaping includes donated boulders and dozens of artifacts from homesteading days in Johnson Valley.

G-scale Garden Railway can run four model 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.

If you would like to donate toward
maintenance of the Garden and the Center, proceeds from commemorative
bricks and direct donations are needed and very welcome! See info at the
lobby desk.

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.

Are you planning a birthday party, anniversary, or wedding, consider the Garden and the Community Center – either or both!

Center can accommodate a lot of folks. It is heated and
air-conditioned, with an A-rated kitchen you may use. JVIA asks for a
donation as a rental fee, and to leave the Center as you found it. Call
Betty Munson for details, 760-364-2646, please leave a message.

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. No

Are you planning an early start? Everyone welcome to
come by the Community Center between 7:00-10:00 a.m. for 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.All proceeds and tips go toward the operation of the Community Center!
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.
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 (always wary of robot scams and spams).

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