Johnson Valley News 10/3/2018

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• Come to Saturday Breakfast at the Community Center between 7:00 and 10:00 a.m. this Saturday, October 6, to pick out your Johnson Valley Oktoberfest T-shirts and Ladies’ Tank Tops to wear at the party.

Quantities are limited;
as usual, you early birds have the best chance of finding the sizes and
colors you want. We always have some for sale on the Oktoberfest
Saturday, but they go fast.

High-quality cotton, imprinted with our Oktoberfest logo in white, 20.00 each, sales tax included.

All proceeds go toward the upkeep and operation of the Center.

• Good times Saturday, October 13, at the Johnson Valley Community Center!


Super pancakes by Arlan Hawthorne, plus scrambled eggs, sausage, a
small OJ, and the never-empty coffee cup, start the day right, only

• The Patio Beer Garden will be open from
3:00 p.m. until…? Take your choice from nine homemade craft beers and
two hard ciders, 12-oz, 3.00, all brewed with water from the JVIA Well.
Or choose soft apple cider, canned sodas or bottled water, 1.00.

you arrive, you can add to your collection of OKTOBERFEST GLASSES,
heavy-base pub glasses this year, with the JVIA Oktoberfest logo, still
only 5.00 each. And you get more pour in the pub glass for the same 3.00
price as the 12-oz. cup.

Pick up a BREW MENU and read about the different flavors available for this 9th Oktoberfest. Fans of the Raspberry Wheat Beer – Himbeere Weizenbier – will be glad to see this Johnson Valley favorite is back. (And I am happy to see the Fall Spiced Cider on the menu again.)

The popular SAMPLER for tasting your choice of any three brews is only 4.00.

12.00 per person, includes pretzel bites to enjoy with your brew. These
individual bites are made with the same recipe as the big Bavarian
pretzels of previous years, but quicker to produce to keep up with the
Also, from 5:00-6:00 p.m., the
traditional GERMAN BUFFET DINNER of grilled brats, sauerkraut, German
potatoes, and roasted Brussels sprouts – and of course the legendary

TICKETS & WRISTBANDS  See the flyer and Brew Menu and get your tickets online at

Or get tickets during the All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, October 6, 7:00-10:00 a.m.

Or pay your admission in the lobby of the Community Center where you will pick up your wristbands.

indoors in the hall or enjoy the afternoon in the Patio Beer Garden
behind the hall, or in the Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden across the
parking lot. If the weather allows, the model trains will run!

GIFTS  Businesses in Lucerne Valley and Yucca Valley have been generous
with prizes and gift cards for our fundraising raffle – thanks to Kim
Abramsom for calling on them and picking up the prizes! Raffle tickets
are 1.00 each, six for 5.00. The drawing will be held after the Buffet
dinner closes at 6:00 p.m. If you can’t stay till then, write your name
and phone number on the back of your tickets before turning them in!

QUILT  Take this opportunity to enter the raffle for the fantastic
quilt you will see on display. Donated to the Association by Carole
Bickel, it’s a queen-sized work of art. These tickets are also 1.00
each, six for 5.00. This drawing will be held after the December 1st
Holiday Dinner. Write your name and phone number on the back of your
tickets if you think you might not be able to attend!


Do you know someone who recently bought a house? In Yucca Valley? Or
someone who owns commercial property? Ask them to send a protest form
against the proposed County Fire tax, before October 16.

The Tax Assessor’s rolls probably list their property as more valuable
than parcels in outlying “disadvantaged” rural unincorporated
communities. So their protest counts for more in calculating 25%+1% of
the total value of the parcels to defeat this annual tax of $157.26.

folks holding title to higher-value properties nor we out in the
boonies will see an increase in County Fire emergency fire and medical

Spread the word, please! Callers ask questions and tell
us of copying protest forms for neighbors who threw away that plain
envelope, not guessing the return address, “Service Zone FP-5 Expansion”
translates: new tax coming! A call even came from a Yucca Valley owner
living in Connecticut after he received his notice but felt confused by
the unclear explanation.

Two things rig this procedure against us:
-Titleholders beyond the reach of any publicity or incapable of traveling to Chief Hartwig’s public meetings; and
-County Fire failure to include the protest form with the notification. No internet connection, too bad.

If you can, log on to
Download your form, and fill out a copy for each parcel Take them to the post office ASAP!

No access to a computer? Pick up protest forms and instructions at:

-Wheeler’s Ship-It-Shop: 51720 Hacienda Rd., just off Hwy 247, Monday through Friday between 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Valley Community Center: 50567 Quailbush Rd. at the corner of Larrea
Rd. during Saturday Breakfast between 7:00-10:00 a.m. or during
Oktoberfest, October 13.

-Lucerne Valley Market & Hardware:
from Hwy 247 (Old Woman Springs Rd.) turn left at the Desert Crossroads
and go south on Hwy 18; look for the market on your left.

-Lucerne Valley Chamber of Commerce:
32750 Old Woman Springs Rd.

Mail your forms soon, be sure they arrive before October 16.


Our friends in Lucerne Valley who volunteer to work the Household
Hazardous Waste Collection inform us the next one will be on Saturday, October 27, from 9:00 a.m.-noon (don’t come early).

So now’s your opportunity to get rid of this yucky stuff responsibly, less than a half-hour away from Johnson Valley.

They will be working behind the fire stations on Hwy 247, collecting your:
-oil and filters
-latex paint (only)
-medical needles
-all electronic wastes (e-waste)
NO trash, nothing else

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^JOURNAL DEADLINE OCT 12

Have any stories about early days in Johnson Valley? Old photos?
Wildlife pictures? The deadline to make the Nov-Dec issue is October 12.
We welcome your contributions!

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^JVIA MEMBERSHIP  The early membership campaign for 2019 already has 59 signed up, which is good news.
the attached application form to print. Mail it to Helene, whether you
are paying your dues with a check, or by secure credit card PayPal
payment on

pick up an application form at a Saturday Breakfast at the Center,
between 7:00 – 10:00 a.m. and hand it in with your dues to the cashier.
Don’t miss an issue of the Journal. If
you know friends or neighbors who are not members, let them know about
the Association and urge them to join, too. There’s a lot happening we
should all know about. JVIA meetings, the Journal, the JV NEWS, and our
connection with the Homestead Valley Community Council keep us connected
even though we are scattered hither and yon.

SPONSOR! Add a donation to your dues. Help rebuild JVIA reserves
depleted by the recent replacement of our old septic tank. Or earmark a
donation toward an almost certain need to replace our antiquated AC
system in the hall soon.

• The
Johnson Valley community news column in the Hi-Desert Star in Yucca
Valley usually becomes the basis for the JV NEWS e-mails. A lot of
non-resident members and interested parties do not see the Star.

members receive the Johnson Valley Journal 6 times a year – this JV
NEWS e-mail in between Journals keeps you up-to-date. You also get info
specific to JVIA members that space restrictions in the newspaper do not

If you do not want to receive these e-mails, just reply and say Cancel.

is welcome to every event at the Center! You do not have to be a member
of the Johnson Valley Improvement Association to join in on scheduled
activities and special events!

Birthday celebration coming up?
Family gathering? Wedding? The hall and garden are available. No rent,
we ask for a donation to cover overheads, and that you leave it as you
found it.

You are welcome to enjoy the approximately 2-acre Paul
Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden next to the parking lot free any day.
You’ll see drought-resistant plants and trees, artifacts from
homesteader days donated by the community, and some whimsical decor our
garden committee has created.

Make sure kids do not enter the train layout; the track and model buildings are fragile, and repairs can be difficult.

When the weather allows, and the crew is here, the trains usually run on Saturdays, and maybe at other times, too.


Be sure to pick up your Sidekick Offroad Map of the Johnson Valley OHV
Area when you come to the Community Center. It features a detailed
topographical map, a Guide to the original Hammers trails, general
information, and off-road tips.

The folding paper map is 3:00. The silkscreened Bandanna Map is 8.00.

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

going to and from the OHV Area, do not travel on the Hwy 247
right-of-way. A dirt trail parallels it on the north side. Cross the
highway legally and very carefully to get onto any of the community

Larrea Road is paved. Therefore only street-legal vehicles
allowed. Green sticker vehicles travel on the dirt alongside the

Remember to slow down on the dirt roads in the
communities. Any speed, any vehicle, street-legal or not, aggressive
treads or not, going over 25mph does major damage.

Just because
you never see anyone else, don’t let that lull you into thinking no one
else could be around those blind corners! Junior offroaders! Thoughtless
speeders! Hikers! Dogs! Monster trucks! Bigfoot!

Remember, people do live here; noise and dust travel a long way. Let’s not irritate the neighbors!

Johnson Valley Community Center
50567 Quailbush Rd.
From Hwy 247, turn onto Larrea Rd,
go 1-3/4 miles to Quailbush Rd. The building is on your left at the corner.

Betty Munson

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