Johnson Valley News 7/6/2018

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Saturday, July 7th, the Two-Buck Chuckwagon arrives at the Johnson Valley Community Center with good eats for the whole family

Take your choice of hamburgers, hot dogs, tasty condiments, salads, chips, icy soft drinks or bottled water – not to mention dessert!

All this for just 2.00 per person; kids 12 and younger half price!

Everyone welcome to every event at the cool Johnson Valley Community Center! Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the Two-Buck dinner begins at 5:00.

Be sure to stay after dinner to hear all the announcements that have accumulated in the two months since we last had a General Meeting. They will come first, in case you cannot stay for the whole meeting (though you will miss the reports on the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta and the Landowners Jamboree). Remind your friends and neighbors who do not see e-mails or the newspaper; the General Meeting is your best opportunity to catch up with the goings-on in Johnson Valley.

• A change of pace for this Saturday Breakfast, July 7 – Court Prittie and Don Minnix will make those big Breakfast Burritos filled with scrambled eggs, potato, cheese and bacon with salsa on the side. You also get the small orange juice and the never-empty coffee cup, of course, all for only 4.00 per person.

Come for breakfast, stay to socialize, 7:00-10:00 a.m. in the cool Community Center.

• As we stay inside and keep cool, looking out at triple-digit heat, we find it hard to imagine that any recreational off-roading takes place in the Johnson Valley OHV area, but every year the Marines warn us the Shared Use Area will temporarily close during August for Marine Corps training.

This year, however, after sending out warnings all year, as usual, the Marines have decided they won’t need the Shared Use Area after all. It will remain open to the public August 1-30, and will not be used for military training during that time.

According to the notice, the Marine Corps revised the scope of training and decided it will only need the exclusive military area within the base boundaries.

• Looking ahead to another big JVIA event: mark your calendar now for the 9th Annual Johnson Valley Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 13.

The menu of seven craft beers and two hard ciders now brewed and fermenting, and the big plans now underway, make this a fall festival at the JV Community Center you do not want to miss.

Look forward to relaxing under the trees in the patio beer garden, as you enjoy the brew samplers. Also returning, the buffet of delicious German dishes, the souvenir t-shirts and steins, and the model beer train on the garden railway.

One change: the free fresh-baked Bavarian pretzels will take the form of pretzel nuggets! Our bakers can turn out more, faster, to meet the demand that has built as attendance has increased. Same great flavor, perfect with your favorite brew, yum.

We will bring you more details and ticket info as the time gets nearer, so stay tuned!

• The County of San Bernardino has sent step-by-step instructions for using an App to report any issues that you find in an unincorporated area directly to the Code Enforcement Department  – like abandoned vehicles and illegal trash dumping on private property, and short-term private home rental violations.

The e-mail states, “Although they are currently very busy, this method of reporting will help speed up any Code Enforcement actions.”

The County website says, “Code Enforcement administers programs designed to protect the public’s safety, welfare, and property value through enforcement of San Bernardino County ordinances and State/Federal laws relating to land use, zoning, housing, public nuisances and vehicle abatement within the unincorporated areas of the county.” Read all about it at

See App instructions attached to this e-mail. Find the app on your App store on Android or iPhone.

• Correction: Last week’s story about Joanna Wright reported that County Supervisor James Ramos and his wife are donating toward the fireworks display at Homestead Valley Park in Joanna’s name. I had the weekend wrong. The date is Saturday, September 1, Labor Day weekend. Joanna always volunteered at this event.

Comments: A flood of condolences and comments came in response to the story about Joanna’s passing; thank you to all who had such kind words. I forwarded the story and your comments to her son Richard and daughter-in-law Marcie (whom many of us got to meet at the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta). They responded, “It makes us so happy to know the community loved her so much.”

To our newcomers to the JV NEWS e-mail list:
The Johnson Valley community news column in the Hi-Desert Star in Yucca Valley usually becomes the basis for these e-mails – and most non-resident members and interested parties do not subscribe to the Star.

JVIA publishes the Johnson Valley Journal 6 times a year, which mails to members. If you are not a member, pick up an application when you come to the Community Center. Or e-mail me; I can e-mail a form you can download and print. We need the form with your check to process the membership.

You get added details here in between Journals, that space restrictions in the newspaper do not allow, as well as items specific to JVIA members. You usually will receive the JV NEWS once a week which fills in the long wait between Journals.

If you do not want to receive these e-mails, just reply and say Cancel.

You do not have to be a member of the Johnson Valley Improvement Association to join in on scheduled activities and special events at the Community Center! The Center is also available for birthday celebrations, family gatherings, weddings. No rent, we ask for a donation to cover overheads, and that you leave it as you found it.

The Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden next to the parking lot is open to visitors for free. You are welcome to enjoy this approximately 2-acre plot full of drought-resistant plants and trees, artifacts from homesteader days and whimsical decor our garden designers have created.

An extensive model railway claims top billing here. Make sure kids do not enter the train layout; the track and model buildings can be damaged easily.

The G-scale trains run when the crew is available, and the weather smiles on us. When you come to Saturday Breakfast, ask if the trains will run that day. Right now it’s just too hot.

Off-roaders navigating by GPS – according to Google Maps, the coordinates for the Community Center are
34.3424938     -116.56066880000003.

When you travel to and from the OHV Area, do not go on the Hwy 247 right of way. A dirt trail parallels it on the north side. Cross the highway legally and very carefully to get onto any of the community roads.

Remember to take it easy, watch out at blind corners for junior offroaders and thoughtless speeders.

We always ask you to slow down on the community roads. People do live here; noise and dust travel a long way.

If you come up Larrea Road while in or on a green-sticker vehicle, travel on the dirt alongside the pavement.

See you at the Saturday Breakfast, 7:00-10:00 a.m!
Check out the literature rack in the lobby. We stocked it with lots of information handouts and brochures given to us by our Landowners Jamboree Resource Fair participants!

Johnson Valley Community Center
50567 Quailbush Rd.
From Hwy 247, turn onto Larrea Rd,
go 1-3/4 miles to Quailbush Rd. The building is on your left at the corner.


Betty Munson

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