Johnson Valley News 10/4/2019

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• Almost here – the 10th Annual Johnson Valley Oktoberfest happens Saturday, October 12,
with the opening of the Beer Garden at 3:00 p.m. Find nine craft beers
and two hard ciders and more; 12-oz. 3.00. (Get a full 16-oz pour when
you purchase the souvenir Oktoberfest pub glass!) Or, try the Sampler:
three tasters for only 4.00, help you decide what you like best. Also
available, soft drinks and bottled water, 1.00
In the front
Lobby of the JV Community Center, your admission (12.00 per person) gets
you your wristband and the Brew Menu. It also includes freshly-baked
pretzel bites to enjoy with your choice of brews, and the Buffet between
5:00-6:00 of German-style dishes plus the fabulous dessert bar! For all
the details, see the Oktoberfest flyer and the Brew Menu at

If you wish, you can order your admission tickets online at any time, by secure credit card at!
Or pick them up at Saturday Breakfast, between 7:00-10:00 a.m. tomorrow
or on the day: October 12th. Or pay at the door when you arrive at the

GUARANTEED CHANCES TO WIN! Check out the Extra-Special Drawings you could win:
huge “baskets,” jam-packed by Barbara Harris with wild-west history and
desert destinations, good eats, and gifts handy for desert travel (see attached flyers)
-The Extra-Special Drawings for Michelle Zumstein wood burned Johnson Valley plaques, a hit at Cinco de Mayo last spring.

Other donated prizes include gifts and gift cards from local businesses and JVIA supporters, for example:
-Firehouse Subs, Yucca Valley, gift cards
-Bobbi’s Hair Shack, Johnson Valley, haircut
-Magic Chef Microwave, Home Depot, Yucca Valley
-Modern Nails, Yucca Valley, gift certificate
-Castrol Premium Lube Express, Yucca Valley, 3 Oil Changes
-Stater Brothers, Yucca Valley, gift cards
-Marconette’s Jewelry, Yucca Valley, Men’s Watch
-Oktoberfest design ceramic Hors d-Oeuvres Tray
-Farberware Sandwich Maker, Bill Wright
-Johnson Valley OHV Bandana Map, JV Hobby Club

do not have to be present to win any raffle prize: just write your name
and phone number on the back of each of your tickets.


You may wish to come to the Saturday Breakfast at the Center between
7:00-10:00 a.m. tomorrow, October 5, and on October 12, and select your
Oktoberfest souvenir T-Shirt to wear to the party.

limited, though we got a few more of sizes sold out last week. Get the
best selection of sizes in Black, Red, Royal Blue, Orange, or Purple
(plus this year, we added Bright Green to the mix). A few Ladies Tank
Tops are also available. All are silkscreened with the Johnson Valley
Oktoberfest logo in white; all are 20.00 each. Proceeds from souvenir
sales help fund the overhead and maintenance of the Community Center!

Sorry, we can’t reserve t-shirts in advance.


Cooler days: Fun stuff going on all around the desert this weekend,
easy access from Hwy 247, while we get ready for Oktoberfest next

-The Lucerne Valley Frontier Days celebration, Saturday, October 5,
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the green and shady Pioneer Park, next to the
fire stations on Hwy 247. We have special invitations to tour the
open-air museum, and to stop by and pick up some goodies at the
Roadrunners’ Bake Sale Booth!

– The Landers 4th Annual Bizarre Bazaar Artists and Makers Market: Saturday, October 5,
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Local artists and creatives sell their wares in a
comfortable and welcoming location at very affordable prices; indoors
and outdoors at Belfield Hall, 58380 Reche Rd., 3.2 miles from Hwy 247.

-The 24th Annual Gubler Orchid Festival: Saturday, October 5th, 10:00 am-5:00 pm and Sunday, October 6th,
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., in the season most of the orchid varieties bloom
at their best! Take the orchid nursery tour (closed-toe shoes required)
and classes, enjoy music, food vendors, wine and cheese tasting, and
more. Special invitation: visit Morongo Basin Historical Society’s booth
to learn about history in the Basin! At Gubler Orchids, 2200 Belfield
Blvd., Landers, between Linn Rd. and Reche Rd.

• Please take some time before Oktoberfest to run over to Lucerne Valley and drop off household hazardous wastes, Saturday morning, October 12, from 9:00-noon, behind the Fire Stations
Please bring only:
Sorry, no trash or anything else, but we need to dispose of all those things on that list properly.


You probably already know about the lukewarm results of the Board of
Supervisors meeting, expected to offer funding alternatives to the
infamous FP-5 parcel tax to pay for County fire and emergency services,
instead of funding them from the General Fund as they did in the past.

friends at The Red Brennan Group (both litigating against the tax and
gathering signatures for the FP-5 repeal initiative) suggest we ask the
supervisors to insist County staff present them with two or three
financially-specific proposals to evaluate and vote on, to place before
the voters in 2020; plus a firm date on which FP-5 will sunset.

know Supervisor Dawn Rowe works on our side, but contact the others,
too. They need to know we care. They need to know that the reduction of
already-reduced services leaves the unincorporated, low-density
populations holding the bag. Not to mention, there is no tax more unfair
than a parcel tax.

We cannot afford this, and we already know
that JV can expect a 45-minute response time. The joke used to be,
they’ll get here in time to save the slab. Will they be able to do even

A clerk will take your message:
Robert A. Lovingood (First District Supervisor) (909) 387-4830
    Janice Rutherford (Second District Supervisor) (909) 387-4833
    Dawn Rowe (Third District Supervisor) – (909) 387-4855
    Curt Hagman – Chairman (Fourth District Supervisor) (909) 387-4866
    Josie Gonzales – Vice-Chair (Fifth District Supervisor) (909) 387-4565

Thanks to Cindy Henry Pague for info and this phone list.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^HVCC IN JV• The Homestead Valley Community Council (HVCC) regular monthly meeting is in the Johnson Valley Community Center on Monday, October 21st, at 3:00 p.m.  More details to come.


Please think about volunteering a few hours on a Saturday morning, by
joining one of the breakfast crews at the Community Center! 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.

new members of the Johnson Valley Improvement Association, you receive
the Johnson Valley Journal six times a year. The next issue mails the
last week in October. Deadline for pictures, stories, or ads in that
issue: Friday, October 11 – though please send any photos you take at Oktoberfest, e-mail to me ASAP.

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 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 items of specific interest to Association members.

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

new information handout about activities in the Center and the Garden
next door is available in the lobby. Please take one. If you know anyone
who may wish to participate, to join JVIA, or to volunteer in the
Garden, 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
-JVIA General Meeting (except May and October).
-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: Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
-Hobby Club: 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 on October 21.

-JVIA Fundraising events:
JVIA 10th Annual Oktoberfest! Saturday afternoon, October 12. 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.

will notice some work going on around the entryway from the parking lot
– posts embedded for a gate with a marquee overhead. Details to come as
it happens!

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
to help with overheads, and to leave the Center as you found it. Call
Betty Munson for available dates, 760-364-2646; please leave a
Days still long enough for touring adventures…weather cool enough to enjoy it…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. The
best way to head out there using community roads: go straight down to
Hwy 247 on the road nearest you. You can legally cross directly over Hwy
247 to the dirt trail running parallel along the north side. (If you
travel on the paved Larrea Road while in or on a green-sticker vehicle,
please stay on the dirt shoulders.)

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.

Slow, 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.

Remember, 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.

you need to call me, please leave a message – I may not recognize your
name or number on Caller ID, and I rarely just pick up the phone anymore
because of robocalls and scams.
Betty Munson

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