Johnson Valley News 5/4/2017

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• Had fun at the Poker Run? We saw some new faces – now you know your way around the Homestead Valley Communities, don’t be a stranger. Lots going on out here.

If you are into DIY, flea market style, and like to spend a Saturday morning browsing among collectibles and antiques, and finding super bargains, this is happy hunting grounds.

Saturday morning, May 6, be sure to check out the Flamingo Heights Annual Yard Sale and Craft Fair, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Community Center, 55977 Perris Rd., two blocks west of La Copine Restaurant on Scenic 247.

• Saturday afternoon, cruise on over to enjoy the Johnson Valley Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, 2:00-5:00 p.m.

BUT probably not in the Open Air.

We had hoped to relax with our tacos and margaritas outdoors, watching the model trains in the Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden next to the Community Center, or just taking in the view like we did last year.

Now the weather forecasts say winds will increase to about 30 mph in the afternoon with a 20-degree drop from today’s temps in the mid-90’s.

So, the party moves inside the Community Center – same great food, drinks, and desserts, but out of that fast-moving open air. The way it used to be, before the Garden, and still lots of fun.

The model train cars can blow right off the tracks so the railway crew does not plan to run them. If you do decide to take a stroll in the Garden anyway, hang on to your sombrero!

The 10.00 per person admission includes a free margarita or soft drink; delicious beef, pork or chicken tacos with two salsas between 3:00-4:00; special dessert treats; plus a free sombrero while supply lasts!

From Scenic 247 after mile marker 21, turn at the red Johnson Valley sign onto Larrea Rd., go 1-3/4 miles to Quailbush Rd. and you’re here!

(Reminder, there is no JVIA General Meeting this month.)

• When you come to the Community Center, take a look at the display case on the Boutique Table. We have quite an assortment now of items, great for yourself, great for gifts.

The popular Soft Touch pens are back; click action pens with comfortable black or gray cushy finish and chrome trim, only 2.00 each. The new little Keyring Flashlights, featuring a very bright LED light, turn out to be very handy. Choose red, gunmetal gray, black, royal blue or purple, only 5.00.

The Sidekick silkscreened bandana maps, 8.00, and the Sidekick folding paper maps, 3.00, show the Johnson Valley OHV Area and Hammers trails, don’t leave home without one.

Order the items you want from the cashier in the lobby. All proceeds go toward the operation of the Community Center.

• At one of our stops on last Saturday’s Poker Run, we loved the Morongo Basin Historical Society’s exhibit celebrating the 1950’s in the Desert. And, at last, taking the opportunity to look inside the original Landers Post Office, preserved behind the Museum and Research Center.

They are building more displays, too. We look forward to seeing the future Vertical Mine Shaft near the Post Office, and the Assay Office and Miner’s Cabin now in the works. These will be accessed by concrete paths.

When you visit the Museum and Research Center, you find the many displays in Vernette Landers’ house, open Tuesdays 10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Fridays-Saturdays, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

From Scenic 247, go on Reche Rd. to the “new” post office, turn right to 632 Landers Lane.

And don’t miss the MBHS 2nd Wednesday Lecture series, May 10: “Cowboy Poetry and Humor,” featuring Richard Brewer, at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum, 57116 29 Palms Hwy, Yucca Valley, 5:30 p.m. 5.00 donation. Very entertaining.

And speaking of entertainment, we heard that Gene Autry and the Cisco Kid star in the two MBHS summer outdoor movies with scenes shot in the area. Dates and times to be announced.

Let’s go, Cisco!

• A celebration of life for Garry Lindt will be held at the JV Community Center, Sunday afternoon, May 7, between 2:00 and 4:00. It’s a snacks and finger food potluck if you wish to bring something to share.

Betty Munson

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