Johnson Valley News 12/19/2019

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Our Holiday Dinner on December 7 marked the finale dinner for the
Johnson Valley Improvement Association’s 61st year. Once again, we
enjoyed the company not only of JV neighbors but also guests who came
long distances.

Once again, from Cinco de Mayo, through the
monthly dinners, Oktoberfest, the Turkey Dinner, and now starting the
holiday season, we have welcomed new faces. As we said last year, we
hope to see you again often as you travel Scenic 247 to the wilds of
Johnson Valley. Well, sorta wild.

Our recreational opportunities
draw newcomers for family fun, camping, and exploring in the Johnson
Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area. Our access to these wild public lands
right in our front yard has acted as a magnet for desert-lovers,
including me. Good news this year: the California Desert Protection and
Recreation Act of 2019 ensures that future desert-lovers can continue to
enjoy it.

The JV Community Center, the hub of this community,
opens its doors to everyone for every event. Built and maintained by
volunteers, a remarkable achievement in self-reliance.

The Paul
Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden next door has grown to be a unique
accomplishment in only 4-1/2 years, due to the generosity and
participation of the community.

The JVIA Board, all of whom
donate hours and energy for the community, express gratitude to all our
members, neighbors, and visitors – your contributions of funds and
expertise go a long way enco,uraging our success.

• Only one more day, this Saturday, December 21, to pick out unique handcrafted gifts on the Holiday Boutique Table at the Community Center.

your choices during the Saturday Breakfast hours of 7:00-10:00 a.m.,
from stocking stuffers, fun favorites for kids of all ages, vintage
costume jewelry for collectors, and more.

The New-To-You Table
still displays some sparkling glassware and porcelain treasures, as well
as kitchenware and household items. All are donations; you donate
whatever you wish to pay for them.

Hobby Club contributes all Boutique and New-To-You proceeds toward activities in the Community Center.

• On Wednesday, January 8, 2020, between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m, the Morongo Basin Mobile Medical Unit comes back to the Johnson Valley Community Center.
to remote areas as an extension of the Morongo Basin District Health
Center, the MMU staff offers you comprehensive healthcare, no matter
your insurance status or ability to pay.
A Nurse Practitioner
provides primary medical care and screenings, and if necessary,
prescribing lab tests and refilling prescriptions. Some immunizations
are available. Medi-Cal, IEHP, and most insurances are accepted. A
discounted fee-for-service is available if you have no insurance. Care
is provided regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. 

No appointment needed – just drop in.
huge clinic-on-wheels has two private exam rooms. An electric lift
gives you easy access if you use a wheelchair or have any problem
climbing steps.
Our goal is to have comprehensive healthcare services close to home on a regular schedule you can count on.
Come check it out! The Community Center will be open, with hot coffee and light refreshments, if you want to come inside.


Planning for a springtime Swap Meet has begun. We will require a
minimum of six vendors again, the more the merrier, and we know of two

You can start planning what treasures you no longer need or want, and getting organized! The date: Saturday, March 21, 2020, in the Community Center parking lot.

Promotion begins a month in advance. Let me know if you want a space; only 5.00.


Dr. Chris Lawrence will be in Johnson Valley again this Friday and
Saturday and available to visit your home or office. His off-road
vehicle goes anywhere and is equipped with portable tables. Treatments
include vibratory massage, therapeutic ultrasound, hot packs, ice packs.

Call or text 760-810-2443.

• 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 at the Center:

-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, now starts at 11:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Beginners welcome.
-Quilting: Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in 2020
-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 Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams 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. You may also walk in 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.)

see many drought-tolerant trees and plantings, served by underground
irrigation, all 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. The main 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 accomplishment.

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.

EVENTS If 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
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.
Racing 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 dirt 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.

Intersections with the side roads can be hard to see. Ask your guests to
be careful, too; we don’t want their visit ruined.
A SAFE  HOLIDAY!  If you plan long-distance Christmas visits, take
three deep breaths and smile. You know roads and streets and airports
may be congested, preserve yourself in patience. Better yet, stay home,
enjoy our long-distance spaces.
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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