Johnson Valley News 5/14/2020

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• Your choice: this Saturday, May 16, take your breakfast to eat at home, or carry it across the parking lot and pick out a table to eat in the Desert Dreams Garden. 
We still ask for social-distancing, not a hardship when you’re out in the fresh air. Saturday morning temps – mild. Not much wind forecast, but who knows? It’s May, after all.
Have a big Breakfast Burrito, 6.00; or choose from the traditional Saturday Breakfast menu, first-come, first-served.
-Two eggs any way, with your choice of bacon, ham, or sausage, with
-Hash Browns and Biscuit, or
-Pancakes, or
-Biscuits and Gravy, or
-French Toast
The Large breakfast is 6.00;
The Small breakfast (one egg, smaller portions) 4.00.
Sorry, we can’t offer the never-empty coffee cup these days. Servers will bring your orders outside, with one cup. Condiments, creamer, sweetener, pick out your own from the spread.

To order, park in the lot or on the street by the Community Center, and come up to the cashier station outside the front door. Or call ahead to Kim, 760-792-4555, during Saturday Breakfast hours: 7:00-10:00 a.m. – if the line is busy, please call back instead of leaving a message.

Cash or credit card accepted. Sorry, still no entry inside the Community Center. If you have not been to the Johnson Valley Community Center before, from Hwy 247, turn onto Larrea Road (paved), go 1-3/4 miles up to the corner of Quailbush Road. Welcome!

While you are social-distancing, check out some JVIA fundraising specialties on open-air display. All proceeds go toward the operation of the Community Center:

🖊🖊🖊 Father’s Day is June 21. If he likes smart gadgets, he will love the 7-function ballpoint pen with stylus, regular and Philips screwdriver bits, inch and millimeter rulers, plus a level, only 3.00. Or, get one for home, one for work, and one to carry anywhere, 3 for 8.00.

📑History buff? Take a look at “Heart Bar Ranch and Johnson Valley Neighbors.”
This prime historical source, written and published in the 1980s by early JV homesteader Martha Coutant, has been re-published by the Morongo Basin Historical Society, with permission and help from Stan Coutant, Martha’s son. They also added more vintage photos from their collections.

Heart Bar cowhands gave Martha first-hand accounts of cattle-ranching at Old Woman Springs. They will present you with a whole new perspective when you look at the wild scenery along Old Woman Springs Road (the prehistoric trail now the route of Hwy 247.) Check named wells still surviving on AAA maps, a legacy of Heart Bar, not always accessible today, but not yet forgotten.

This large-format book is only 20.00 (discounted for us by the MBHS as a JVIA fundraiser).

They officially launched the book on Wednesday, March 11, with Stan and Dixie Coutant attending, at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum in Yucca Valley.

The next day, March 12, we had the Johnson Valley launch and lunch. From 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., we had a wide-ranging conversation, and Stan was signing books – the last special occasion at the Community Center before shutdown.

🚙Off-roader! We have the 21.5” square Sidekick Bandana Map available again, silkscreened with a detailed topo map of the Johnson Valley OHV Area trails plus GPS Coordinates to take you to the original Hammers trails if you dare. Don’t leave home without it! 8.00. (We know people who like its treasure-map appearance so much, they framed it and hung it on the wall.)

• The Lucky Leap Year Lottery began on Leap Day, Saturday, February 29. Maybe Leap Year has not been so lucky for some of us, but our lottery resumed with the return of Saturday Breakfast, so somebody gets a little luck!.

As a customer appreciation, you could win a FREE Saturday Breakfast if you have the winning breakfast order number. Mert Waite has won the free breakfast twice, on March 14, the last Saturday before the shutdown, and then again last Saturday.

She got her choice of one of the Lucky Leap Year Winner decorated cowboy hats to show off while having breakfast! (Of course, the winner can wear it any other time, too.)

• Jason Hansen (former JVIA director) sends you this invitation:
I am one of the directors for the Homestead Valley Volunteers Active in Disaster. In case of a disaster, we will be serving Johnson Valley, Landers, Flamingo Heights, Yucca Mesa, Pioneertown, RimRock, Gamma Gulch, and Pipes Canyon.

We will be hosting a training through the Red Cross on Monday, June 8th, at 10:00 a.m., both virtually and simultaneously in person, at the Landers Association to prepare our community for future disasters. All social distancing measures will be in place for this training, and we are encouraging online participation.

Our organization has been working overtime to ensure that we have a structure in place to serve you, and welcome all who wish to volunteer and help.

If you are interested in this training, please respond to my email below, and I will add you to the list for that date and future updates.

Thank you all and be safe,

Jason Hansen, Director
Homestead Valley Volunteers Active In Disaster (VOAD)
Cell: 951.232.8248

• The clinic is up and running full force, and welcoming new patients, five days a week, with excellent availability to get appointments quickly, even the same day.  They take a wide variety of insurances and will even help you get Medicare and Medi-Cal if you need it.

See the flyer attached, for primary services and other info.

H CLINIC is at 32770 Old Woman Springs Road, Unit A (only half an hour from JV on Scenic 247).
Call: 760-625-0052

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^2020 COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES
• These folks are amazing! Everything for the kids! (LVUSD includes Johnson Valley.)

• The annual round of Johnson Valley Improvement Association dinners and special events at the Community Center, so rudely interrupted, leaves us uncertain making plans, BUT, you can be sure there will be a doozy of a party when the doors open again.

In the meantime, the May-June calendar remains blank (except for Saturday Breakfast, YAY!), and July-August is iffy. No General Meetings scheduled yet, but we’ll keep you posted.

We certainly continue planning for the JVIA 11th Annual Oktoberfest! Craft beers and hard ciders brewed with water from the JVIA Well (Beer Garden Brew Menu already published), fresh-baked pretzel bites, and a lavish German-style buffet, on Saturday, October 10, can’t wait.

So, although the Center itself remains non-op, you are welcome any day to visit the Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden next to the parking lot. No charge; just keep the dog on the leash and kids out of the train layouts. 

JVIA member and past president Paul Van Hook purchased the property and donated it to the Association in 2015. ITS development has been nothing short of amazing, thanks to JVIA volunteers, two winters’ extra rainfall, and community contributions of plants, money, and things, things, things.

The handsome entry gate with the choo-choo on top, the recently-arrived antique wooden wagon, the whimsical “town center,” the donated boulders, and dozens of artifacts dating from Johnson Valley homesteading days add plenty of eye-candy. The greening and flowering of hot weather drought-tolerant plants have begun.

The G-scale Garden Railway can run four model trains simultaneously on separate tracks. The crew must do some more right-of-way repair of weather damage, but have been interrupted by other garden projects.

The one-man airplane built by former JVIA president and officer Ed Warren, now mounted on the gearbox of an antique windmill, turns as a wind vane into the wind (usually westward as our prevailing May winds gear up).

Donations toward maintenance of the Garden help a lot. The Garden Committee welcomes half the proceeds from commemorative bricks, as well as direct donations! Make a secure credit card donation online anytime, through PayPal, at (memo Garden).

See George Cayer’s latest in his series of videos documenting the progress of the Desert Dreams Garden.

VISITOR PHOTOS!  Wanted, for possible use in the Johnson Valley Journal or on the Johnson Valley website. Please e-mail your Garden pictures, 120 or higher-resolution, to me at Thanks in advance!

Lots of work has gone into repairing flood damage (and thanks be to you who make donations to the JVIA Road Fund).

Big trucks, aggressive tires, delivery vehicles, and the trash truck, all create ruts and whoopties, but motorcycles and side-by-sides get the blame – and too often deserve it. (You do know, don’t you, that those who spin in circles, looking stupid making donuts in the roads, attract a mysterious curse? Ancient alien researchers say yes.)

Road-building and repair contractors tell us, ANY vehicle, street-legal or not, going over 25mph will damage dirt roads. So please take it easy.

Remember, noise carries, and dust drifts. Glance behind you, you may be surprised at the rooster tail you have raised.  Please, we don’t need more dust in the house than Mother Nature already supplies.

Also be aware, blind corners with exceptionally dense vegetation have cut down your field of vision. You know to look out for junior riders on smaller vehicles, but another hazard needs mentioning.

Some thoughtless people let their dogs run loose, and you know what many dogs like to do when they spy a moving vehicle. It’s sad to think those folks are either unaware or don’t care about the perils that domestic dogs face out here (and then blame you if you injure or kill the poor animal).

Many of us host family and friends. Please alert them to all this if they ride or drive the community roads.p.s. This goes for any dirt roads in every community!

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, stay healthy, and as George Cayer always says, KEEP SMILING!
Johnson Valley Improvement Association
50567 Quailbush Rd.
Johnson Valley CA 92285

Betty Munson

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