Johnson Valley News 10/19/2019

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Thanks to all who came to the Johnson Valley Oktoberfest! We had record
attendance from far and wide, 166 of whom enjoyed the great food. Many
more people than expected arrived for dinner without tickets, so we did
not have every dish available for late arrivals. Hardly anything
remained of all those desserts.

Did you take pictures? The crowd? The beer bar? The garden? Please
e-mail them to me; the Johnson Valley Journal goes to the printer
Monday, time is running out.

Thanks to Yucca Valley businesses who donated gifts and gift cards for the  prize drawings:
$110 Pedre Watch donated by Marconette’s
Firehouse Subs donated by Shawn @ Firehouse Subs (15 subs & 20 chips & drinks)
Magic Chef Microwave donated by Home Depot
$30 Gift Certificate donated by Tina @ Modern Nails
3 $39.99 Gift Certificates donated by Castrol Premium Lube Express
2 $25 Gift Cards donated by Stater Brothers
Other gifts added to the prizes:
Gift Cards donated by Eve Vykydal (3 sets)
$16 Haircut donated by Bobbie Jones @ Bobbie’s Hair Shack
Hors d’oeuvre Tray by anonymous
Sidekick Johnson Valley OHV Bandana Map donated by Hobby Club
And huge thanks to Lucerne Valley Market & Hardware for donating that huge $125 bottle of wine.
-JVIA member Michelle Zumstein created three wood-burned Johnson Valley Plaques for a Special Drawing
other Special Drawing: 2 Huge Gift Baskets donated by JVIA Hobby Club,
value $125 each, created by Barbara Harris, who filled them up with
Wild-West history and desert books, treats and hand tools she collected
in the Lucerne Valley Market & Hardware, plus local histories from
the Morongo Basin Historical Society!

my thanks to our guests who said kind words about the content of the
Johnson Valley community column in the Hi-Desert Star! I am surprised
when folks from elsewhere say they read it.


Asked how we know about so many issues, I say, meetings. We hear a lot
about a lot of issues that affect everybody in the high desert at
monthly meetings of the Lucerne Valley Economic Development Association
(LVEDA) on the first Tuesday of each month, and the Homestead Valley
Community Council (HVCC) on the third Monday.

HVCC is a
coalition of the community organizations in Landers, Yucca Mesa,
Flamingo Heights, and Johnson Valley; the meetings rotate among the four
community centers. We hear from the Sheriffs and fire departments and
representatives from our County Supervisor Dawn Rowe, State Senator
Shannon Grove, and Congressman Paul Cook. And they hear from the Council
and folks at the meetings about the things that affect our lives.

widespread feeling that bureaucrats who know nothing about us and make
up regulations, permits and fees that maybe work for townies but simply
make our lives more complicated, well, at HVCC we get to inform,
complain and ask questions, and urge our elected officials to address
what desert dwellers care about, in the Homestead Valley and elsewhere.

you might want to attend? If you came to Oktoberfest, you know the way
to come on back to the Johnson Valley Community Center for the next HVCC, this Monday, October 21, at 3:00 p.m.
the latest on the Fire Tax, updates from the Sheriffs Dept. and maybe
details on the “Chop Shop” that has been bad news for quite a while.)

• Reserve your seat at the Community Center for next week’s UnitedHealthcare Medicare plan meeting, Thursday, October 24, at 2:00 p.m. at the Community Center. 760-364-2646; please leave a message.

No one has called yet, or maybe you did not leave a message…

about your Medicare options and the Medicare Advantage plans available
here in our area. It is hosted by Bill Proctor & Associates
Insurance Services.

If at least six people call me by Saturday, October 26, to say they want to participate in the community Tailgate Swap Meet on Saturday, November 11th, it will happen.

Everyone, welcome. Space only 5.00 (bring your own tables if needed).

can set up in the parking lot at the Community Center starting at 6:00
a.m.(it will be daylight by then). The Swap Meet will be in operation
during the Saturday Breakfast hours 7:00-10:00 a.m. We usually get Early
Bird shoppers looking for the best selection (also Late Bird shoppers
looking for clearout markdowns!)

Now is the time to get
organized; make some dough on items you no longer want or need, and who
knows? You may just find some treasures yourself, with irresistible
price tags!

Bargain hunters, we already have two neighbors bringing lots of stuff, including construction tools, equipment, and supplies.

And, you can have breakfast with a never-empty coffee cup while you are here!

• Many positions are available! Flexible hours, great pay, including paid training!­ Apply online at
For more info or help applying, just call 1-855-JOB-2020


The  JV Garden Committee, creators of the Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams
Garden next to our parking lot, took another day last Tuesday to escort
Union Pacific’s beautifully-restored #4014 Big Boy steam locomotive as
it departed Southern California.

Court Prittie and Don Minnix
found a location just where the I-10 and Hwy 111 meet, capturing the Big
Boy as it ran under the overpass (which was occupied by vehicles that
looked like Matchbox cars in comparison to this engine).

reported that Union Pacific’s restoration has created a locomotive that,
on flat ground, ran so smoothly and quietly he could have spoken to the
engineer and been heard. No clanks, no squeaks, no rattles. Just lots
of action! Well, the whistle is loud.

They returned to the I-10
and caught up and passed it so that they could wait for it at Indio.
Once again, Big Boy fans crowded around. Big Boy rules.

journey has taken it to Arizona, then they head on to New Mexico, all
across Texas and north to Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas,
Missouri, across to  Kansas City, Kansas, then on to Colorado and home
to Cheyenne, Wyoming. Lots of stops along the way – you may want to
alert family and friends. Check


Please think about volunteering a few hours on a Saturday morning, by
joining one of the breakfast crews! Cooks and pancake cooks welcome,
plus help with serving, dishwashing, or cashiering. Talk to Kim
Abramson, 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. The next issue
should arrive in your mailbox early in November, assuming it gets to the
printer on time.

The JVIA General Meeting after the first
Saturday Dinners is another resource for finding out what’s happening
around here, and what’s happening with the Johnson Valley Improvement

In between Journals, this JV NEWS e-mail includes
stories and information published in the weekly community news columns
in the Hi-Desert Star.

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


• The new information handout about activities in the Center and the Garden next door is available in the lobby.
take one. If you know anyone who may wish to participate, or join JVIA,
this will give them an idea of what’s happening around here.

Both JVIA members and non-members are welcome to scheduled activities and special events!

Regularly-scheduled events:

-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. (except this October, scheduled for Friday, October 18th)
-Card Club: Pinochle on Tuesdays, noon-4:00 p.m.
-Quilters: EACH Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
-Hobby Club: EACH Wednesday, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Special events:

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 is this Monday, October 21. Guest comments are welcome!

-JVIA Fundraising events:
Valley Oktoberfest 2020 will be on  Saturday afternoon, October 10,
with lots of craft beers and cider, and a German buffet.
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta 2020 will be Saturday afternoon, May 2. No General Meetings those two months.

steel Garden Gate manufactured, donated, and delivered by Tim Norton
was up for everyone to see in time for Oktoberfest. It certainly
improves the entrance, and the Orange Jubilees keep on blooming on
either side, believe it or not. Of course, Court and Don planned it that
Garden Railway ran during most of the day to the pleasure of many
newcomers. THANKS AGAIN to Garden visitors answering the call and
e-mailing pictures you have taken! Can’t have too many! Just send them
to me at

The Community Center is available for your event, too!
and air-conditioned, with A-rated kitchen. You are asked for a
donation, and to leave the Center as you found it. Call Betty Munson,
760-364-2207, leave a message.  
still long enough for touring adventures…mild weather…dark nights full
of stars …some of the best riding times are right now!

an early start? Stop by the Community Center between 7:00-10:00 a.m. for
the Saturday Breakfast with a never-empty coffee cup. Large breakfast,
only 6.00! Small breakfast, 4.00.

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

Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area offers lots of trails for every
kind of vehicle, complete with amazing views and varied terrain.

best way to head out there using community roads: go straight down to
Hwy 247 on the road nearest you. You can cross directly over the highway
legally to the dirt trail running along the north side of Hwy 247.
(Please stay on the dirt shoulders if you travel on the paved Larrea
Road while in or on a green-sticker vehicle.)

Always 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.

please, on the community roads. Lots of blind corners you need to be
wary of. These days we start to see more traffic – you can’t see what’s
heading your way, and it could be juniors on mini’s.

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.

LARREA ROAD. Please take care, watch for vehicles, watch for kids
playing. Intersections with the side roads can be hard to see. Ask your
guests to be careful, too; we don’t want their visit ruined.

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.

Please leave a message, I may not recognize your name or number on Caller ID, and I rarely just pick up the phone because of robocalls.
Betty Munson

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