Johnson Valley News 8/15/2019

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Lots going on, of interest to Johnson Valley folks, as well as the
other three Homestead Valley communities! Concerned residents and
property owners from other unincorporated desert communities plan to
join Homestead Valley community members for this month’s meeting of the
Homestead Valley Community Council.

The HVCC begins at 3:00 p.m. in the Yucca Mesa Community Center this Monday, August 19.

Commander Lt. Cooper has information to add to the HVCC conversation
about safety on Hwy 247. Sheriff and Fire Department representatives
come whenever possible, and Field Rep from our State Senator Shannon

Good news! County Supervisor Dawn Rowe plans to be with us
again – always a welcome guest, to give you direct contact with our
elected representative.

Guest comments always are first on the agenda.

mile markers 4 and 5 on Hwy 247, turn onto Aberdeen Rd. Go three miles,
turn left on Balsa Ave, to the Yucca Mesa Community Center, just ahead
on your right.


Start your Labor Day Weekend with a bang at the 3rd Annual “Farewell to
Summer” Community Fair & Fireworks at Homestead Valley Park in
Landers on Saturday, August 31.

Admission is free! Gates open at 5:00. The Marine Color Guard ceremony is at 6:00 p.m. It will get dark soon after, ka-boom spectacular!

All kinds of music, live, by Joanie Francis & the Boomers! Fun for kids, including face painting and a bounce house!

Vendors include:
Ice cream specialties at the Flamingo Heights Community Association booth!
Beer Garden! All at 1501 Belfield Blvd. between Reche Rd. and Linn Rd.

• On Saturday, September 7th,
head for the Johnson Valley Community Center and the Lasagna Dinner
with fresh salad, and your choice of desserts, for only 7.00 per person.
4.00 for kids 12 and younger. Doors open 4:30, dinner at 5:00.

welcome, and you are also welcome to stay for the General Meeting of
the Johnson Valley Improvement Association after dinner. Announcements!
News! Door prizes!

Because of Oktoberfest, JVIA will not hold the next General Meeting until after the November 2nd Turkey Dinner.


Talk about bargains: the Early Bird admission tickets for the 10th
Annual Johnson Valley Oktoberfest go on sale now for only 8:00 per
person. They cost 12.00 each after September 28, and at the door on Saturday, October 12.

day, the patio Beer Garden opens at 3:00 p.m, with nine craft beers and
two hard ciders on tap! Enjoy free fresh-baked pretzel bites with your
brew. Admission includes a great buffet of German dishes and dessert bar
between 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Call me, 760-364-2646, to reserve your
tickets, or pick them up at any Saturday Breakfast, 7-10 a.m., the
September 7th Lasagna Dinner – only a limited number available!

will also have some Early Bird tickets for sale at this Monday,  August
19th HVCC meeting, and the September 16th meeting in Landers, and
probably the September 3rd and October 1st meetings of the Lucerne
Valley Economic Development Association (LVEDA) – while quantities last,
that is.

• Because some of you know that Oktoberfest is JVIA’s major fundraiser of the year, you buy tickets even if you do not expect to be here. We have a request:

Maybe you could send a donation labeled
“Oktoberfest,” or, better yet, contribute a gift for the prize drawing!
The more gifts to win, the better. Anything you think suitable, even
gift cards from local stores, businesses or restaurants. You know
everyone likes to win something. (Also, we thank those who contribute
and the businesses the cards came from, in the Journal and the

The reason we offer the 30% savings on the Early
Bird tickets, is to give our shoppers for Oktoberfest a headcount for
buying food, rather than pure guesswork. Thanks for your generosity for
the Association in the past.


With so much attention to grade scores improvement over four years and
the individualized learning possible with the AVID program in the
Lucerne Valley Unified School District, we must not overlook LVUSD’s
Adult Education classes about to start up again.

out the 2019-20 schedule for Lucerne Valley Adult Education classes,
courtesy of Nancy Monson, who heads up Lucerne Valley Adult Education:

Testing and enrollment from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, August 26, and Monday, October 7.

Mrs. Monson will teach the following classes:

• Diploma Class, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, starting August 27th

• Microsoft 2016, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, starting August 28th (district employees welcome)

• Intro to Media Design using Adobe CS5, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Thursdays, starting August 29th (district employees welcome)

Mr. Jaime will teach the following class:
• ESL, 3:30 to 6 p.m. Mondays and Thursday, starting Monday, August 19th.

Mr. Kern will teach the following class:
• Auto Repair & Maintenance, 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, already begun.

enrollment procedures, pre- and post-tests, an enrollment packet, an
independent study master agreement, transcripts (credit recovery),
Mrs. Monson, Teacher/Facilitator
760-248-2124, ext. 1502
or email at

Or contact Miss Anderson, Records Technician/Registrar
760-248-2124, ext. 2107
or email at^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
• We have scheduled a visit of the Morongo Basin Mobile Medical Unit at the Johnson Valley Community Center on Wednesday, September 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

idea is to make regular visits possible. The 38-foot diesel chassis
clinic-on-wheels acts as an extension of the Morongo Basin District
Health Center. It has two examination rooms for those of us in remote
areas, often unable to have access to even the most basic health care.

staff provides comprehensive healthcare: primary care, clinic visit
exams, screenings, some immunizations, referrals to mental health
services, and if necessary, prescribing lab tests and prescription
refills. (As of now, dental care not yet offered.)

They accept
Medi-Cal, IEHP and most insurances, and offer discounted fee-for-service
for the uninsured. They provide care no matter your insurance status or
ability to pay.

Appointments encouraged: please call
760-365-9305. Walk-in’s accepted as time permits. You can wait inside
the hall if necessary; we’ll have light refreshments available if you

Chris Lawrence will be in Johnson Valley this weekend. You can call or
text 760-810-2443 to make an appointment for a Chiropractic house call
at your home or office. Or if you prefer, schedule a visit to his office
in Apple Valley.


JVIA always requests more volunteers to fill out the kitchen crews
serving breakfast each Saturday morning. As cooler weather approaches,
we ask if you can lend a hand for other necessary activities around the
Community Center.

If you have handyman talents, we need you for
help with the maintenance chores our volunteers handle. Minor repairs,
refurbishing and upgrading all come up. Can you help?

If you have
skills making models, love the handling and running of large-scale
electric trains, or playing in the dirt maintaining railway lines, the
crew in the Desert Dreams Garden next to the Community Center can always
use more hands (ages 16 up). Also for garden maintenance – although the
drought-tolerant plantings have established themselves well,
underground irrigation and garden-hose “rainfall” need doing.

Kim Abramson at Saturday Breakfast 7-10 a.m., who you should talk to,
or give me a call 760-364-2646, please leave a message.

Or come to the JVIA General Meetings or Board Meetings (see times below).
Thanks in advance!


Reminder! You have an opportunity to weigh in about the issues facing
the High Desert. You can share what you like about our region and what
needs to improve.

There are three surveys: for residents, for people that work in our region, and for those that work in government.

Please choose the one most relevant to you and share your opinions before the end of August. Be a part of the solution.

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

General Meeting after the first Saturday Dinners is another resource for
finding out what’s happening around here, and what’s happening with the
Johnson Valley Improvement Association.

In between Journals,
this JV NEWS e-mail includes 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 a few hours on a Saturday morning, consider
joining one of the breakfast crews! Cooks and pancake cooks needed, plus
help with serving, dishwashing, or cashiering. Talk to Kim Abramson,
760-792-4555, or in person at Saturday Breakfast.

Thanks to Arlan and Michele Hawthorne for volunteering for two weeks in a row!

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. (except this October, scheduled for Friday, October 18th)
-Card Club: Pinochle on Tuesdays, noon – 4:00 p.m.
-Quilters: EACH Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
-Hobby Club: EACH Wednesday, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Special events:

Homestead Valley Community Council holds regular meetings in Johnson
Valley three times a year on the third Monday, at 3:00 p.m. The next is
on October 21.

-JVIA Fundraising events:
JVIA 10th Annual Oktoberfest! Saturday afternoon, October 12. with lots of craft beers and cider, and a great German buffet.
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta 2020 will be Saturday afternoon, May 2. General Meetings are not held on those months.

Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden looks amazingly good considering the
relentless heat we experience – but some of those plants prefer it!

PICTURES? We hear photos taken by visitors to the Garden show up on
Facebook and elsewhere. The surprise: when you look for “Johnson Valley
Community Center” on Google Maps, and the first picture you see is the
airplane wind vane! (Some nice comments, too.)

Garden visitors answering the call and e-mailing pictures you have
taken! Can’t have too many! We plan a page on the website and using them
in the Journal.

if you have a birthday or anniversary celebration, a wedding or other
family gathering coming up, the Community Center and the Garden are
usually available, and you have more room for a crowd. JVIA only asks
for a donation to cover overheads and that you leave the place as you
found it.

Stop 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.)

you are adventuring out in all this heat, 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.

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.

LARREA ROAD IS NO SPEEDWAY. Please take care, watch for vehicles, watch
for kids playing. Intersections with the side road can be hard to see.
Ask your guests to be careful, too; w don’t want their visit ruined.

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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