Johnson Valley News 6/21/2019

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• After the solstice – when the sun stands still – days become shorter ­as the sun moves from its highest point in the sky.

The Summer Solstice Fest this Saturday, June 22,
celebrates this astronomical beginning of summer with a special treat
for everyone – how many times have you had a big slice of pizza baked to
your order at a fair or festival? Not often.

Add your choice of eight craft beers on tap, or other ice cold thirst-quenchers and make it really special.

slice, 1/4 of a 14” inch cheese pizza, costs 2.00. Lots of toppings,
too: Add one for 2.50; add two or more, 3.00. Craft beers, pint cup,

What else on this festive day? How about live music;
watching how members of the Mojave Desert Brewers Guild make their
beers; games and face-painting for kids; snacks like ice cream
sandwiches, drumsticks, individual packs of cookies and chips,
including, what else? Sun Chips, of course.

We hear the high temp forecast for Landers, around 80°
on over anytime between 10 a.m. and sunset to Homestead Valley Park at
1501 Belfield Rd. in Landers. From Hwy 247 take Reche Rd. or Linn Rd. to
Belfield. Free admission and parking!


The Summer Solstice Fest is a fundraiser being held by the Homestead
Valley Community Council, the association of the unincorporated
communities of Landers, Flamingo Heights, Yucca Mesa, and Johnson
Valley, to make enough to purchase a PowerPoint projector for the use of
speakers at the HVCC meetings.

This would have been useful at
last Monday’s meeting for the presentation about AirMedCare, a
subscription service for emergency transport to a hospital without
delay. You can find out all about this protection at

Third District Supervisor Dawn Rowe detailed the ins and outs of the
Board of Supervisors resolution to sunset the County Fire Tax, and the
dilemmas faced in order to establish reliable funding for County Fire –
but with voter approval! Thank you, Dawn.

HVCC also discussed
various approaches to achieve some solutions to safety issues on Hwy
247, the vital route connecting us that connects us to the world. Stay

• That
good little white dog, nicknamed Snoopy, rescued from a very rural area
of Apple Valley, still remains with his rescuer. She reported today that
no one had wanted him yet.

I’m surprised considering the
comments I received on the story.  She says, “He is such a good boy. 
Maybe you can send out an “update” that Snoopy is still looking for a
forever home….”

Call me at 760-364-2646 (please leave a message), or e-mail me for contact info.


The Johnson Valley Community Center has already been decked out in red,
white and blue for Independence Weekend, but the famous Two-Buck
Chuckwagon only arrives on Saturday evening, July 6, at 5:00 p.m.

Enjoy all our favorites, hamburgers, hot dogs, sides and dessert bar, all for a donation of only 2.00 per person.

Yes, 2.00, and kids 12 and under only 1.00

members of the Johnson Valley Improvement Association, you will receive
the Johnson Valley Journal six times a year. The next issue should
arrive early in July.

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.

next issue contains what may be the beginnings of historical notes on
life in the Johnson Valley homesteading days from our friend Stan

The JVIA General Meeting after the first Saturday
Dinners is when we find out what’s happening around here, and what’s
happening with the Association.

If 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.

this JV NEWS e-mail keeps you up to date 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.


If you can volunteer some hours on a Saturday morning, consider joining
one of the breakfast crews! Cooks and pancake cooks needed, plus help
with serving, dishwashing, and cashiering. Talk to Kim Abramson to find
out what is needed, 760-792-4555. (This time I have the number right!)
by the Community Center between 7:00-10:00 a.m. for the Saturday
Breakfast with a never-empty coffee cup. Large breakfast, only 6.00!
Small breakfast, 4.00.

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

best way to the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area using community
roads: 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.)

days are getting hotter! Take more water than you think you need, tell
people where you plan to go. Verizon has pretty good cell coverage out
there; ATT not so much. Never go out there alone.

Slow, please,
on the community roads. Lots of blind corners, you can’t see what’s
coming. 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). Non- members welcome.     

    -JVIA Board Meeting: Friday following the 1st Saturday, 6:00 p.m.

    -Card Club: Pinochle on Tuesdays, noon-4:00 p.m.

    -NEW  Quilters: EACH Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

    -NEW  Hobby Club: EACH Wednesday, 10:00 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 are June 17 and
October 21.

     -JVIA Fundraising events:
Oktoberfest on Saturday afternoon, October 12, with lots of craft beers and cider, and a great German buffet.
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta will be Saturday afternoon, May 2. General Meetings are not held on those months.

Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden, well-established on the land next
to the Community Center parking area, has many drought-resistant shrubs
and trees.
Ask the cashier at Saturday Breakfast if the Garden
Railway model trains will run, depends on the weather and if the crew
are available.

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

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.

Betty Munson

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