Johnson Valley News 11/29/2019

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• Johnson Valley forecast for 4.5” of snow? We never know whether to believe that stuff or not, but for many days the forecast did not change much: snow and freezing in the wee small hours Tuesday, wet and snowy for Thanksgiving, and lingering cold for this weekend. Of course, Landers rates the nearest forecast, and we know how different our mini-climate can be.

Well, it sorta happened.

snow Tuesday or Wednesday, but the system, at last, came through with
the goods on Thanksgiving Day. Light snowfall in the afternoon, then, in
the evening, fat flakes came down and the ground finally turned white.

this morning it had disappeared; maybe washed away by rain in the
night? Now we have a cold wind and clouds leaving, and snow on the
mountains north and south.

All this info is for those who were
not here. If you came visiting, please drive safely over the hills and
through the Joshua trees, on your way home from grandmother’s house.

if you have been here, indulging in too much turkey this month at the
various Homestead Valley community centers, see our suggestions below
for a feast with a change of pace.


We see lots of TV advertising these days and a blizzard of mail
offering help with confusing Medicare choices, but if you have questions
or are new to Medicare, maybe you prefer expert local help as the
sign-up deadline nears.

If so, come on over to the JV Community Center for the UnitedHealthcare Medicare plan meeting next Thursday, December 5, at 2:00 p.m.

Thorne and Ron Koptis will be back to give you personalized help, to
answer your questions, and explain all your Medicare options and the
Medicare Advantage plans available locally. Hosted by Bill Proctor &
Associates Insurance Services. We will have light refreshments and hot
coffee available.


Reminder, you are invited to the annual Johnson Valley Holiday Dinner,
next Saturday evening, December 7th. Come enjoy the buffet, offering
spiral-cut ham, your choice of delicious side dishes, plus ice cream and
fresh-baked desserts. Bring family and friends; it’s only 10.00 per
person, kids 12 and younger 5.00.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m.  Dinner
will be at 5:00. Wear some Christmas finery to add to the festive decor
– the traditional Ugly Sweaters welcome! Reindeer antler hats, anyone?

are also invited to stay awhile after dinner, to hear the latest news
and announcements, and the General meeting of the Johnson Valley
Improvement Association and door prizes.


Saturday, December 14, you are invited to enjoy some of our all-time
favorite  Christmas music and a terrific dinner at the First Baptist
Church of Johnson Valley, starting at 5:00 p.m.

Everyone is welcome; no charge.

those who have not visited the church before, go up Larrea Rd. past the
Community Center to the end, turn left onto Golden Ray Rd. which leads
you right into the church parking lot.

• 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.

our new members of the Johnson Valley Improvement Association, you will
receive the Johnson Valley Journal six times a year.  The next issue
mails the last week of 2019. Extra copies will be available in the lobby
of the Community Center your membership application has not been
processed before time to print mailing labels.

You will find 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 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.


The new information handout about activities in the Center and the Paul
Van Hook Desert Dreams 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.

JVIA welcomes both members and non-members to scheduled activities and special 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.
-Card Club: Pinochle on Tuesdays, noon-4:00 p.m. Beginners welcome.
-Quilting: Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
-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 is on February 17. (The December 2019  meeting has been canceled.)

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta 2020 will be Saturday afternoon, May 2. No General Meetings those two months.

JVIA 11th Annual Oktoberfest with lots of craft beers and ciders, and a German buffet, Saturday. October 10, 2020.

will find the 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. Or, you may 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.)

You see many
drought-tolerant trees and plantings, served by underground irrigation,
all becoming 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; one 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 even attracts attention from
low-flying aircraft.

The purchase of commemorative bricks and
direct donations support the continuing success of the Garden, a unique

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.

YOUR EVENTSIf 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.

It’s turning colder, but a little rain makes great riding conditions.

sure your guests 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 happens.

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.

OFF-ROADING: The Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area north of Hwy
247 offers lots of trails for every kind of vehicle, complete with
amazing views and varied terrain. World-famous as the venue for the King
of the Hammers racing week, you can ride the same boulder-strewn
Hammers canyons– if you dare. Or, cruise the sandy trails, where the
high-speed Ultra 4 vehicles make such astounding times.

south of the Hwy 247, the best way to head out is to go straight down to
the highway on the community dirt 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.)

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.

Make your plans NOW! SAVE THE WEEK! The Nitto Tires King of the Hammers 2020 happens on
KOH WEEK: Hammertown opens on FRIDAY, January 31, 2020, and closes on  –
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.
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

a springtime trail ride or campout in the Johnson Valley OHV Area? The
Marines have notified us that they will hold training exercises in the
section around Means Dry Lake that the public shares with the military.
Temporary Closure of Shared Use Area: April 30-May 11, 2020.
Find a map and more info at

please, on the community roads. More traffic right now – you can’t see
what’s heading your way, and junior riders are hard to see or hear
around blind corners.

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.

SLOW DOWN ON LARREA ROAD. Please take care,
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.

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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