Johnson Valley News 4/13/2017

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• Come to the First Baptist Church of Johnson Valley this Sunday, April 16, at 6:30 a.m. for the sunrise service. Everyone is welcome, and you are invited to stay for the gathering and breakfast in the church afterward, at no charge.

If you have not visited the church before, from Scenic 247 between mile markers 21 and 22, turn at the red Johnson Valley sign onto Larrea Road (paved). Go three miles up Larrea to the end, turn left onto Golden Ray Road and enjoy the inspirational view over the valley. The address is 50636 Golden Ray.

• You do not have to make reservations for your entries for the HVCC Poker Run, Saturday, April 29th, but you would sure help out with planning the food purchases if you do! Call me, leave a message. 760-364-2646.

All players, pay your entry fee at the Yucca Mesa Community Center starting at 8:30 a.m. (15.00 per person, 25.00 per couple, breakfast, snacks, lunch and ice cream included), and draw your first card and have breakfast.

See where the day’s travel takes you this year as we wind around the four Homestead Valley communities, drawing a card at each stop. Download the schedule and map posted on www.hvccsite. org. or pick up a copy at one of the community centers.
Be sure to be at the Johnson Valley Community Center for the drawing of the final card at 2:30 p.m.
Is this your lucky day? Best hand wins $150; second place, $100; third place, $50.

If you can’t make the whole run, come on over to the Ice Cream Social in Johnson Valley, 1:30-3:00 p.m.  See the grand finale announcing the big winners of prizes and the players with the best Poker Run hands. Also enjoy a Scoop in a cup or a cone for 1.00, or Banana Split for 5.00, or Root Beer Float for 3.00. M-m-m-m.

CINCO DE MAYO celebration on May 6th in Johnson Valley
• Join us for the Cinco de Mayo Open Air Fiesta on Saturday, May 6, from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Good eats and frozen margaritas, with an admission of only 10.00 per person. (This gets you beef, pork or chicken tacos, rice and beans and two salsas, fabulous desserts, a FREE margarita, soft drink or bottled water, and a FREE sombrero while quantities last!)

If it’s not too windy or hot, we will enjoy Johnson Valley views outdoors. Bring lawn chairs and sit where you please, by the Taco Stand in the parking lot, by the cantina on the old road, or anywhere in the desert garden next door to the Community Center. There’s a horseshoe pitch, and maybe some more games to enjoy, or just relax and watch the garden railway, now expanded to run three trains at a time!

The Dessert Stand will set up just inside the side door of the hall, everything else outdoors.

Reminder, bring old tires without rims (sorry, no semi or tractor tires) to the Homestead Valley Park in Landers for proper recycling this Saturday, April 15, between 8:00 a.m. and noon – only minutes away on Belfield Road between Linn Rd. and Reche Rd.

Get rid of old TVs, computer monitors, printers and other electronic waste, too!

The BLM will host two meetings, inviting comment on a proposal for to temporarily restrict use to street legal vehicles only, in County Service Areas (CSA), with dirt roads maintained under contract with San Bernardino County.

Questions of feasibility and enforceability have been raised, and concerns that too many trails have been lost to OHV recreation. And why temporary? How long does temporary last? Desert neighbors who routinely use off-road vehicles to run errands or get to the mailbox will be forced to gas up the car, largely because of complaints about OHVs messing up the dirt roads – even as delivery trucks and neighbors race by, raising the dust in street legal vehicles.

The BLM has numbered routes deemed suitable for OHV travel. They dump traffic without warning onto residential dirt roads, and we hear more complaints. Folks who go too fast make trouble for everyone, including themselves.

Opponents of OHV travel in the communities argue BLM cannot link the numbered trails using roads adjoining private properties.

In the real world, they linked up long before planners took over and assigned any numbers. Generations of old roads and trails crisscrossed this desert before our homestead grids appeared with their parcels and easements. Homesteaders took advantage of these early trails when entering and leaving their communities. All travel was “off-highway.”

Next Monday’s meeting of the Homestead Valley Community Council will talk about this issue among others. Come to the Yucca Mesa Community Center, 3133 Balsa Ave., just off Aberdeen Rd., Monday, April 17 at 3:00 p.m. What do you think of this idea?

The BLM meeting dates:
Wednesday, April 19, at 5:30 p.m. at the Yucca Valley Community Center, 57090 29 Palms Highway, and
Thursday, April 20, at 5:30 p.m. at the BLM Barstow Field Office, on your right at 2601 Barstow Rd. when you enter Barstow on Scenic 247.

Or comment by
Phone: 760-252-6000
Fax: 760-252-6098

• Come visit the Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden anytime, flowers are flowering, fruit is fruiting, and more of everything is budding. Each day sees something new.

Our first order of commemorative bricks has arrived. We hope they will be placed in the Garden for all to see before the HVCC Poker Run on Saturday, April 29, or before the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta on May 6th, for sure.

We have donations for more bricks, but now wait to get an order of at least five of each size to keep the costs down. Your donation for a brick goes toward maintenance funds of both the Garden and the Community Center. See the brochure and a sample of the laser-engraved brick on the front desk in the Community Center.

To order, 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. See the order form attached.

You may want to donate another kind of memorial besides the bricks: trees or benches with permanent plaques, or vintage items to add to the historic flavor of the scene – or check with the crew to see if they need something special.

• The Johnson Valley Community Center:
1-3/4 miles from Hwy 247. Between mile markers 21 and 22, turn onto Larrea Rd. (paved) at the red Johnson Valley sign. Go up Larrea to the corner of Quailbush; the Center is on your left.

The mailing address is 50567a Quailbush Rd., Johnson Valley CA 92285.

• The Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden:
on the property adjacent to the Community Center, on the east side of the parking lot.

Everyone welcome!

Betty Munson

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