Johnson Valley News 11/30/2017

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• Though the JV Journal announced the Holiday Dinner as a regular dinner, plans changed after it had gone to the printer. The Johnson Valley Cooks invite you to a Holiday Ham Potluck and it’s almost here, this Saturday, December 2, at 5:00 p.m.

Bring your friends and family to feast on crowd-pleasing potluck dishes – bring a favorite dish of your own, particularly if it’s a good companion for holiday hams.

The JV Cooks will have spiral-cut hams for the entree, the rest of the feast will certainly include some sweet potatoes and mashed potatoes, and who knows what-all, but it will be good!

If your last name begins with A-S, bring a side dish, enough to share with eight people; with T-Z, bring a salad. Dessert includes Linda Walsh’s Christmas cookies with ice cream.

Donation 3.00 per person with a dish, 7.00 without. All proceeds donated to the upkeep and expenses of the Johnson Valley Community Center, so you are cooking and/or feasting in a good cause to kick off our Holiday Season!

Stay after dinner for the end-of-year meeting of the Johnson Valley Improvement Association. Hear what’s been going on and plans for the new year – JVIA’s 60th anniversary!

• Each time you visit the Community Center, check to see what’s new on the Hobby Club Boutique table. Handcrafted Christmas decorations, little JVIA specialty gifts, and stocking stuffers, all contribute toward the activities and upkeep of the hall.

• The Saturday Breakfast always brings out the “regulars,” those of us lucky enough to live in Johnson Valley. We also have a long history of a Thanksgiving weekend crowd at breakfast and last week was no exception.

The weather could not have been better. Over 80 breakfasts were served. We had a great time greeting and gossiping with old friends we rarely get to see. Multi-generational family gatherings, picture-taking, laughing – the joint was jumping.

What very few realized; some of the regular breakfast crew were missing, on vacation or staying home for health reasons.

Joanna Wright usually organizes a Breakfast Buffet on the fourth Saturday. She was here, but on crutches favoring a bad knee, unable to shop or set up, and without her pancake cook.

For months Joanna has been warning us that our roster of Saturday regulars and back-up cooks had shrunk. By Tuesday before Thanksgiving it was obvious we had a major problem for one of the biggest Saturdays of the year.

Her first call as always was to Sharon Huffman, who fortunately was available to volunteer an extra day as the cashier. Larry Snell came to wash dishes, Linda Walsh was here to help serve, and Kristina Michal did pancakes.

The cook and second server came in from Landers, and we are grateful they did. With a little pruning of the regular breakfast menu, there were few delays as Kathy Trezona took over at the cookstove and Roxanna Shamay helped out as the second server. (Joanna did stand up scrambling eggs, but she shouldn’t have.)

As Joanna tells us at every crisis small or large, it will all work out. Her outlook on life not having been tainted by negativity or naysayers, she is always right, it does. And her friends remember the times she goes out of her way to help them.

This was a reminder, we need more volunteers to come in and learn the ropes before an awful day comes we have to hang a “Closed” sign on the door. If you can help out for a few hours early on a Saturday, either as a regular or backup on the call list, you can help keep the Saturday Breakfast going and the hall open for everyone to enjoy. Please give this serious consideration!

• The caroling songfest is at the Community Center Thursday, December 21, at 3:00 p.m. Come join in singing Christmas songs. We will chase the chills with our traditional chili, thanks to Bill Wright, and enjoy tasty dessert treats. Everyone invited, kids welcome! No charge.

Once again, if Aunt Mabel gave you a beautiful, colorful, outrageous Christmas sweater, now’s the perfect time to wear it! Be part of the decor!

Everyone is welcome to every event at the Center; you do not have to be a JVIA member to join the festivities.

Welcome to new readers on this e-mail list who have not visited the Johnson Valley Community Center before, it is at 50567 Quailbush Rd. From Hwy 247, turn onto Larrea Rd, go 1-3/4 miles to Quailbush. The building is on your left at the corner.

The Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden is next to the parking lot, open to all. Lots to look at, waterwise plants and vintage artifacts from the homesteading era.

Hope to see you at the breakfast Saturday, 7:00-10:00 a.m.


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