Johnson Valley News 6/8/2019

Share with:

The airplane windvane returned to the Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden just before the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta.

during the high winds on the night of January 22, and lovingly restored
by the Garden Committee, it once again turns on its antique windmill
base to face the wind, an unusual landmark above a 2-acre property full
of unusual, not to say whimsical, sights. It even attracts the attention
of low-flying aircraft again.

On the land next to the Johnson
Valley Community Center donated to JVIA by former president Paul Van
Hook, the Garden holds more than blooming drought-tolerant plants and
trees now grown to respectable sizes among the original native creosote
bushes. And the creosotes are enormous. Nothing like some extra winter

Add all the artifacts from early days in Johnson
Valley donated by the present and former members of the community, to
the charming “Town Center” on the remnant of the original Old Woman
Springs Road, and the boulders donated by members and Mitsubishi Cement
in Lucerne Valley, plus the unique Garden Railway, it makes a recipe
that lives up to the name Desert Dreams.

The surprise: finding
what all the visiting photographers have posted on Google Maps (type
“Johnson Valley Improvement Association” in the Search box).

the cashier when you come to the Saturday Breakfast between 7:00-10:00
a.m. at the Community Center if the Garden Railway model trains will run
that day. It depends on the weather and if the crew are available.

are invited to visit anytime, but please help make sure that kids stay
off the railroad layout. The tracks can easily be damaged if unaware
parents allow them to run everywhere.

• The Homestead Valley Community Council meets next at the Johnson Valley Community Center on Monday, June 17, at 3:00 p.m. so you can hear all the details then about the Summer Solstice Fest (see below)

County Supervisor Dawn Rowe plans to be on hand, and representatives
from County Sheriffs,  County Fire, and Calfire, as well as our Field
Rep from State Senator Shannon Grove, are invited, and come if they can
to update the communities on public safety and legislative issues. Best
of all, they come to hear your comments and answer your questions!

The increase in big truck traffic, impatient commuters and unfortunate accidents on Hwy 247 are also under discussion.

Litigation against that infernal Fire Tax proposal, so wrong in so many ways, will merit an update for sure.

More details next week.


The latest word on plans for the Summer Solstice Fest at Homestead
Valley Park includes lots of live music, and face painting for the kids.

These in addition to the four-hour craft beer brewing demos by
the Mojave Desert Brewers Guild, with craft brews on tap, 12-oz. cup,
only 3.00.

Pizza slices hot from the oven, baked to your order,
of course fits perfectly with the brews. If you prefer, enjoy your
choice of other cold drinks, including lemonade, soft cider, sodas or
bottled water.

How do you like your pizza? Each slice, 1/4 of a
14” inch pizza costs 2.00 and up, depending on how many toppings you add
(all the usual choices plus some delicious items that may be new to

This festival on the longest day of the year, Saturday, June 22,
is hosted by the Homestead Valley Community Council as a fundraiser for
a PowerPoint projector for various speakers’ presentations at HVCC
meetings and its four community organizations meetings and Movie Nights.

is free, parking is free, at the park located on Belfield Rd. between
Reche Rd. and Linn Rd. in Landers. The fresh-baked pizza, craft beers,
cold drinks, snacks, and ice cream sandwiches are available from 10:00
a.m. till sundown.
p.s. You needn’t be a resident of Landers, Yucca
Mesa, Flamingo Heights or Johnson Valley to enjoy this day, residents
outside these Homestead Valley communities are welcome, too!

Chris Lawrence, our weekender-chiropractor, returns this weekend and
will be available to make house calls in Johnson Valley.
Call or text
him if you would like to make an appointment for a chiropractic house
call at your home or office, 760-810-2443. If this weekend is not the
best time for you, you can schedule a visit to the office in Apple

• Hear all about them at the Morongo Basin Historical Society’s 2nd Wednesday program and book signing on June 12.

photographer and author David Jesse McChesney will tell us about bird
photography, experiences in the field and his favorite birding places.
As a resident of Joshua Tree, he probably knows plenty near us.

program starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum. 57116 29
Palms Hwy. Come early; seating is limited — donation 5.00.

• Collection day again in nearby Lucerne Valley allows you to properly get rid of:
Oil and Filters
Latex Paint
Medical needles in approved containers
Fluorescent lights
All electronic waste (e-waste)
Saturday, June 22, only from 9:00 a.m. to noon, behind the fire stations on Hwy 247, just as you enter Lucerne Valley.
Please, nothing else, no trash.


If you can volunteer one Saturday morning a month, consider joining one
of the breakfast crews! Cooks and pancake cooks needed, plus help
serving, dishwashing, and cashiering. All these jobs are essential to
make the Saturday Breakfast a success. The Saturday Breakfast is
essential for the success of the Association and the Community Center.

is a good time to visit and find out what you might want to do. Lower
summer attendance allows some leisure for the workers to show you what
goes on.

Tool time: JVIA also needs volunteers for maintenance chores around the Center.

out with stuffing and labeling the Journal envelopes on one weekend
every two months takes very little time. More hands make the job go

If you could be able to lend a hand in the early mornings with occasional Garden maintenance, please give me a call.

are delighted that Patrick Sheehan has volunteered to continue upkeep
on the big red Johnson Valley sign at Hwy 247 and Larrea Rd.

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.

New 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.

The JVIA General Meeting after the first Saturday Dinners is a good time for finding out what’s happening in Johnson Valley.

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.

by the Community Center between 7:00-10:00 a.m. for a hearty breakfast
with a never-empty coffee cup. Large breakfast, only 6.00! Small
breakfast, 4.00.

 When you are here, pick up your Sidekick
Offroad Map of the Johnson Valley OHV Area across the highway. Miles of
trails, through terrain that’s challenging, or perfect for junior
offroaders learning to ride.

The folding paper Sidekick is 3.00. The silkscreened Bandanna Map is 8.00. Don’t leave home without it!
(Plus, they make great gifts for friends!)

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)
-JVIA Board Meeting: Friday following the 1st Saturday, 6:00 p.m. You are welcome to attend.-Card Club: Pinochle on Tuesdays, noon-4:00 p.m.

Time and day changes:
-Quilters now meet each Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
-Hobby meets 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 dates are June
17 and October 21.

-Halloween Mystery Party planned, Saturday. October 26. Seating limited. Details to be announced.

 -Cinco de Mayo Fiesta on the first Saturday afternoon in May.

-Oktoberfest on the second Saturday in October, Craft beers and cider, and a great German buffet.

No General Meetings in May or October.

about using the Center and the Garden for birthday or anniversary
celebrations, parties, 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.

to everyone who has contributed items, both new and previously-loved,
now there’s more than the table can hold. Find vintage collectibles to
brand new items to outfit cabin or camper, or give as gifts!
When you find something you just have to have, donate whatever you wish to pay for it in the box on the wall.

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!

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
If you do not have Caller ID on your phone,please leave a message. A plague of robocalls using fake names or numbers forces c all screening.I’m sorry, but that’s the way it goes.

Share with:

Liked it? Take a second to support Cactusthorns on Patreon!

Leave a Reply

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.