Johnson Valley News 4/5/2019

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• Tomorrow, head to the Johnson Valley Community Center for the annual Spring Dinner, Saturday, April 6th.

ham, potatoes, carrots, whipped-cream corn, green salad, plus
scrumptious desserts like Linda Walsh’s famous bread pudding, lemon
mousse and more than one kind of cake.

Once again, you get a
super menu that can’t be beat for only 7.00 per person; kids 12 and
younger, 4.00. Doors open 4:30 p.m. Dinner at 5:00.

We also
invite you to stay after dinner for the latest news on the Fire Tax
litigation, other announcements, the general meeting and plans for the
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta on May 4th, and door prizes!

•  Landers Flea Market getting established for the First Saturday of each month, open tomorrow, 9:00 a.m.-3: 00 p.m.

springtime, a great time to cruise around and do a little
bargain-hunting. They feature “used goods, treasures, handcrafted items,
farmer wares, artisans and artists, local talent.”

Come to Homestead Valley Park at 1501 Belfield Blvd. between Linn and Reche Roads.

If you would like to set up a table of your own, Email:

• The Marine Corps and the Bureau of Land Management invite us all to a land use meeting tomorrow, April 6, from 10:00-11:00 a.m., in the Yucca Room at the Yucca Valley Community Center, 57090 29Palms Highway,

Representatives from both organizations will be on hand answer your questions.

you no doubt know by now, the Marines will not train in the Shared Use
Area in the Johnson Valley OHV Recreation Area this August 1-30.
Training will occur within Combat Center boundaries, including the 
Military Use Only area in Johnson Valley.

• Get a sneak preview of the new Chapel and Garden on Thursday, April 11,
5:00-7:00 p.m., at Lucerne Valley’s renowned antique store. A favorite
for “garage art” and collectibles, they have added a chapel suitable for
weddings, about which we heard rave comments.

Cadillac Antiques’
home is in the big white pueblo-style building at 32090 Hwy 18. About a
half-hour from Johnson Valley (allow for a possible delay for roadwork)
travel through the flowers on scenic Hwy 247. When you come to the
Crossroads in Lucerne Valley, go straight across to Hwy 18; Cadillac
Antiques is about a mile farther, on your right.

RSVP 760-248-7215, Chamber of Commerce.


Supervisor Dawn Rowe attended Tuesday’s meeting of the Lucerne Valley
Economic Development Association, a partner with JV on County issues
over many years. With a full house, this LVEDA ran a little over time,
with so much to talk about and so many guests’ comments, including an
intense Q and A with members of the Sheriffs Department and the Rural
Crime Task Force.

Supervisor Rowe also plans to come to the Homestead Valley Community Council meeting Monday, April 15, at 3:00 p.m. in the Yucca Mesa Community Center, 3133 Balsa Ave.

Isn’t it nice to have a desert person to hear and represent us?



The First Baptist Church of Johnson Valley will not hold their
traditional Easter Sunrise Service this year, but they invite you to
come for a light continental breakfast and fellowship at 10:30 a.m. and
the Easter celebration service afterward, Sunday, April 21st.

you have not visited the church before, from Hwy 247, between mile
markers 21 and 22, turn on Larrea Rd. (paved) Go 2-½ miles up to the
end, turn left at Golden Ray Rd. Enjoy the view of our beautiful valley,
all dressed up for Spring.

• Come to the Community Center for Saturday Breakfast, 7:00-10:00 a.m. and be sure to stop by the Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden next to the parking area.

as in the rest of Johnson Valley, the wildflowers have begun to make a
real show. Yellow desert dandelions, bouquets of yellow Mexican poppies,
lavish displays of purple phacelia, interspersed with white pincushion
flowers and desert primrose.

Best of all, we have pathways and
benches for enjoying all this desert vegetation. And our guys do not
consider these as weeds, to be cleared out and thrown away, oh, no.

ash and elms are leafing out; bare sticks a few days ago. We still wait
for the mesquite and palo verde, desert veterans that wait for warmer

As always, watch your step. The crew continues work on both garden and model train layout.

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.

Your stories and photos could be part of it! Deadline for receiving items for the May-June issue is next Friday, April 12. Ask about ad sizes and rates for your business or service.

If you are not a JVIA member yet, you may join anytime, only 15.00 per person for the rest of 2019.

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, just reply
and say Cancel.
to everyone who has contributed items, both new and previously-loved,
that makes Spring and Easter shopping so much fun at the hall.

All proceeds go toward the activities and events at the Center.

JOHNSON VALLEY” bumper stickers by Paula Mattecheck, also on sale at
the hall, raise money for Pets of the Hammers. Your choice of two
versions, 1.00 each, six for 5.00.

Visit Pets of the Hammers on Facebook; they reunite lost or found pets in Johnson Valley with their families all year long!

the trails in the Johnson Valley OHV Area just across the highway. Take
your camera, please – skies, flowers, rock formations, junior
off-roaders, family trail riding – and e-mail them to me before April
12, to see if we can find room in the Journal.

Stop by the
Community Center between 7:00-10:00 a.m. for a great breakfast with a
never-empty coffee cup. While you are there, 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

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

do not need to zigzag through the community roads on your way to or
from the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area. The best way: go
straight down the road nearest you that goes to the highway. You can
cross directly over the highway legally to the dirt trail running along
the north side of Hwy 247. (Actually, the roadside offers some great
wildflower viewing, too.)

If you come up Larrea Road while in or on a green-sticker vehicle, please stay on the dirt shoulders.

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. Volunteers do any tractor work and drag the roads: no County
maintenance here, just your neighbors.

Noise can carry, and dust can drift a long way. Let’s not annoy the folks who live here.

is welcome to every event at the Center! 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, except this month; they come in on the 2nd Friday this month, 10:00 a.m.
-Quilters: usually meet every 4th Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. but this month they swap with Hobby and come in on the 10th

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.
These monthly meetings rotate among the four Homestead
Valley community centers: Flamingo Heights, Yucca Mesa, and Landers,
then back to Johnson Valley. None are very far apart, easy to get to
from here on Hwy 247. The Next HVCC meeting, Monday, April 15, 3:00 p.m.
at the Yucca Mesa Community Center. Our County Supervisor Dawn Rowe
plans to be there.

-JVIA Fundraising events: Cinco de Mayo
Fiesta, May 4, and Oktoberfest, October 12, usually 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.

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 Quailbush Rd. You see the building on your left at the corner.
(Scroll to the bottom of the website page, click on the JOHNSON VALLEY WILDFLOWERS button)

Betty Munson

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