Johnson Valley News 4/26/2019

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Editors Note: I would like to apologize for posting The Johnson Valley News late….


Question for a Spring weekend! Where can you go and fork over ten bucks
and get terrific tacos, a free margarita or craft beer, and a sombrero?

Ah, you have been paying attention. Of course; you will head
for the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at the Johnson Valley Community Center next Saturday afternoon, May 4th.

It’s Open House from 1:00-5:00 p.m.

2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Taco Grill, choose from carne asada beef,
chicken, or pork fillings. Top them with your choice of two salsas, and
add rice and beans to your plate. Then, browse the fabulous Fiesta
Dessert Bar!

Dine indoors, or head outside to back patio. Better
yet, picnic in the Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden next to the
parking area. If the weather smiles on us, we get to see the garden
railway in action – the crew plans to run some of the largest G-scale
locomotives ever; fingers crossed.

Try for raffle prizes, including:
A barbecue grill cart donated by Home Depot in Yucca Valley,
A one-of-a-kind Johnson Valley plaque, woodburned design by Michelle Zumstein,
A smoke-fired ceramic bowl with a beautiful Southwest design, and 
A $50 Wal-Mart gift card!
Tickets, 1.00 each; 6 for 5.00. Drawing 4:30 p.m.

to the front lobby for your admission wristband and free drink ticket,
only 10:00 per person. Remember that includes your taco dinner, a free
drink (margarita, craft-brewed Mexican-style lager, soft drink or
bottled water), plus a sombrero (while supplies last)!

See the Events page at

you have not visited before, from Scenic 247 between mileposts 20 and
21, turn at the big red Johnson Valley sign onto Larrea Rd., go 1-3/4
miles up to Quailbush Rd. The center is on your left, with lots of free
parking, including around the former fire station behind the building.


JVIA member Patrick Sheehan kindly took advantage of calm spring days
to refurbish the Johnson Valley sign at Larrea Rd. and Hwy 247. What a
difference! We know that sign takes a whale of a beating from the
weather. The east-facing side looked bad, but the deterioration of the
west-facing side had become just awful. Thank you, Patrick, from all of


JVIA members should receive your Johnson Valley Journal next week, with a
couple of flower photos in black and white. See attached for the Real
McCoy, desert flowers at their peak.

Visit for identifying Mojave Desert wildflowers; some new arrivals in the gallery!


If you have an excellent high-resolution shot of your group or family
trail-riding in the Johnson Valley OHV Area, please e-mail it to me.
We’re looking for one that typifies the recreational opportunities in
that amazing landscape to add to the slide show for the Johnson Valley
page, on the new website for the Homestead Valley Community Council

From the Steve Milloy website:
minimal increases (1-4%) in wind/solar raise electricity prices 11-17%.
Reducing CO2 emissions costs $130 to $460 per ton. Disaster. Don’t
believe us. Believe the [climate researchers] at the University of

• HOUSE CALLS Dr. Chris Lawrence wrote that he’s available for chiropractic housecalls in Johnson Valley today, Saturday and Sunday, April  26-28. You
may be reading this too late for today, but call or text anyway for an
appointment at your home or office, 760-810-2443. Or schedule an office
visit in Apple Valley.

• PING PONG SOCIAL Among the new things going on in Flamingo Heights is a Ping Pong social, the next one is this Sunday, April 28, from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

consider bringing a snack or treat to share (hint: “maybe some more
root beer floats would be good” – can’t argue with that!).
Sounds like fun, and thanks to Joe Hertel for letting us know about it.

Flamingo Heights Community Center, minutes away from Johnson Valley, is
at 55977 Perris Road, just off Hwy 247 behind La Copine Restaurant.

piece of welcome information from Joe Hertel: He wrote about Joshua
Tree residents Colin, Jill and Zach Sauter and their family mission to
rid the desert of trash and nails. They clean up local camping and
off-roading areas, retired homeless camps and BLM land.

to educate everyone on how the desert accumulates trash, they want to
inspire others to join them in taking care of the desert we love.

complain about illegal trash dumping in the desert. We complain about
campers, in ignorance not only of the damage they do and the BLM no-no,
burning wooden pallets in campfires. Little heat, little light, lots and
lots of nails waiting to puncture tires and vulnerable body parts.
Nothing like being stuck by a rusty nail to give the feeling of being
stuck by a rusty nail. Nothing like a tetanus shot to top off your fun
times in the desert.

We only complain when we feel like we can do nothing. Well, the Sauters have started doing something.

recent editorial in the Lucerne Valley Leader detailed the horrendous
costs to all of us caused by illegal dumping. We find the Sauters on
their own, recruiting other willing hands, facing the problems and
trying to resolve them.

See Desert Cleanse Project accomplishments in photos on Facebook.

See photos, video, and story at

you are not a JVIA member yet, you may join anytime, only 15.00 per
person for the rest of 2019. Application forms are on the lobby desk at
the Center.

Members of the Johnson Valley Improvement Association
receive the Johnson Valley Journal six times a year. It contains news,
Association events, photos of wildlife, OHV happenings, history, and
advertisements for businesses willing and able to serve us out here and
on the highway.

This JV NEWS e-mail keeps you up to date between
Journals, including stories and information published in the weekly
community news columns in the Hi-Desert Star. If you prefer not to
receive these e-mails, reply and say Cancel.

bright lime green “BEAUTIFUL JOHNSON VALLEY” bumper stickers by Paula
Mattecheck, are available at the Community Center to raise money for
Pets of the Hammers. Your choice of two versions, 1.00 each, six for
5.00. And visit Pets of the Hammers on Facebook; they reunite lost or
found pets in Johnson Valley with their families all year long!

by the Community Center between 7:00-10:00 a.m. for a great breakfast
with a never-empty coffee cup. Large breakfast, only 6.00!

welcome! While you are here, pick up your Sidekick Offroad Map of the
Johnson Valley OHV Area. The folding paper map is 3.00. The silkscreened
Bandanna Map is 8.00. Don’t leave home without it!

Navigating by GPS? – find your way to the Community Center:
34.3424938     -116.56066880000003.

do not need to zigzag through the community when going to or from the
Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area. The best way: go straight down to Hwy 247 on the
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.)

Slow, please. 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. Let’s not annoy the folks who
live 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
-General Meeting (except May and October)

-JVIA Board Meeting: Friday following the 1st Saturday, 6:00 p.m.
-Card Club: Pinochle on Tuesdays, noon-4:00 p.m.
-Hobby Club: on Wednesdays 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
-Quilters: on the 4th Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Special events:
Homestead Valley Community Council holds regular meetings here three
times a year on the third Monday, at 3:00 p.m. The next will be in June
and October.

-JVIA Fundraising events this year: Cinco de Mayo
Fiesta, May 4, and Oktoberfest, October 12, begin in the afternoon. They
include great food, plus margaritas and craft Mexican-style lager in
May, and lots of craft beers and cider in October. No General Meetings
those months.

-The Center and the Garden are available for your
birthday celebrations, family gatherings, weddings. JVIA asks for a
donation to cover overheads and that you leave the place as you found
it. Check with me for availability.

Be sure to stop by the Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden next to the parking area at the Community Center.

drought-tolerant plants and young trees have begun to bloom in warmer
weather, and really begin to show their stuff. Nothing like rain and
snow in winter to give the Garden its best startup ever!

vintage artifacts and the gorgeous rocks and boulders donated by people
in the community and Mitsubishi Cement can be found all over this
approximately two-acre area. A remnant of the original Old Woman Springs
Road travels across it. The Garden Crew preserves it.

lined up three trailers along it that had been given to them for
storage. Having transformed these trailers into a Sheriff’s Department,
Hotel California, and Cash’s Golden Falcon Cantina, this “town center”
gives us seating with a view over the garden to the hills and mountains
across the highway.

Reminder, watch your step, as work continues
on both garden and model train layout. The crew now tests G-scale
replicas of some large steam locomotives on the newly-remodeled track,
designed to accommodate them. These are not ride-on size, but they are

Please make sure kids stay out of the railroad layout.

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.
(Scroll to the bottom of the website page, click on the JOHNSON VALLEY WILDFLOWERS button)

Betty Munson

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