Johnson Valley News 3/9/2017

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• This Saturday, March 11, at noon in the Community Center.
Bring a favorite salad or dessert to share, come meet and greet, weekenders and newcomers, get to know your neighbors!

p.s. The latest forecast has gone up to 80° for that day.

• Sunday, 2:00 a.m. we go back to getting up in the dark for a while. Set your clocks forward an hour, and, as our fire guys always remind us, change the batteries in the smoke detectors.

• Reminder, there will be a household hazardous waste collection in Lucerne Valley on Saturday morning, March 18, for San Bernardino County residents. Fire Department personnel will collect the waste only between 9:00 and noon.

See the attached flyer for all the details. Take advantage of this opportunity to get rid of that yucky stuff safely, less than half an hour drive on Scenic 247.

• The guys hard at work in the Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden have fixed most of the damage done by the mini-tornado. They restored the Hotel California’s sign and corrugated awning better than before; everything has been reattached more strongly than before. Court says next time the wind will lift the whole hotel.

They have started the transformation of the Golden Falcon trailer recently donated by the Maurers. This addition to the row of storage sheds will become Cash’s Golden Falcon Cantina. Ken Cash smoothed the area with the tractor; Jim Hanley donated pavers and laid them for the patio in front of the cantina.

The little fruit trees are beginning to bloom, and the green grass grows faster than the trimming around the railway tracks.

If you come to Saturday Breakfast on a calm day, ask if the train crew has the garden railway in operation (unless it’s the third Saturday, then they will be cooking your breakfast). See what they have added to the second water feature, the new stream at the east end of the garden railway layout.

See George Cayer’s latest YouTube documentary on the garden progress over the winter. The GoPro video camera rides overhead on the drone and then does the circuit on both long tracks riding on the trains. The ride on top of the caboose is the hit. Look up  “Desert Dreams Gardens Railroad as of 2-17.”

• Find out the latest on the closure in August of that section of the Johnson Valley OHV Area the public shares with the Marine Base.

The Marine Corps and the Bureau of Land Management will host a Resource Management Group meeting on Saturday, April 1, 2017. They must spread the word as widely as possible about the Marine Corps’ plans to conduct a large-scale training exercise from August 1 through 30 in Johnson Valley. They will talk about the temporary land closures of the Shared Use Area and public safety concerns, with time for Q&A.

Everyone invited! The meeting is from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the Lucerne Valley Community Center, next to Pioneer Park on Scenic 247. The address is 33187 Highway 247 East.

For more information, call the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Public Affairs Office at 760-830-6213, or

Mark the date, Saturday, April 1st, for the Ham Potluck Dinner at the Community Center. If your name begins with A-D, bring a salad; E-Z bring a side dish to go with the ham. Linda Walsh will be doing the desserts.

3.00 donation if you bring a dish; 7.00 if you don’t. Doors open 4:30 p.m., dinner starts at 5:00.

• Let me know if you wish to order a commemorative brick for the Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden. This ongoing fundraising project benefits both the garden and the Community Center. The first order goes out next week, but that won’t be the last.

Already we have an order for 8×8” bricks for a memorial and a business, and 4×8” bricks with both memorial and commemorative messages. They will be laser engraved for permanence. See the brochure in the lobby of the Community Center if you did not receive one in the Journal mailing.

Call me at 760-364-2646 (leave voice mail), or send me an e-mail. The 4×8” brick is 50.00 plus set-up of 10.00; the 8×8” size is 100.00 plus 10.00 set-up. You approve the layout before we place the order. 

Betty Munson

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