Johnson Valley News 8/30/2019

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Please express your opinions by Sunday, August 31, about the quality of
life here in this desert; it’s easy and won’t take long! Go to or

• Saturday night, August 31
it’s fireworks, but the “Farewell to Summer” Community Fair &
Fireworks at Homestead Valley Park has a lot going on all evening.

admission for this family-friendly event; the gate opens at 5:00 p.m.
The Marine Color Guard ceremony is at 6:00 p.m. Music by Joanie Francis
& the Boomers.

Have some good eats for dinner, plus cold
craft beers or sodas. Check out the Flamingo Heights Community
Association Ice Cream Social for root beer floats and other summer

From Hwy 247, turn onto Linn Rd., go down to Belfield
Blvd, turn right at the Integratron. The park is at 1501 Belfield Blvd.
between Linn Rd. and Reche Rd.  Please, no outside food or beverages.

• Reminder: next Saturday evening, September 7th, you are invited to the  Lasagna Dinner at the JV Community Center – delizioso!

It’s only 7.00 per person. 4.00 for kids 12 and younger – economico!

Doors open 4:30, dinner at 5:00.
are also welcome to stay for the General Meeting of the Johnson Valley
Improvement Association after dinner. Announcements! News! Door prizes!
(Remember, because of Oktoberfest, JVIA will not  hold the next General Meeting until after the November 2nd Turkey Dinner.)

– this Saturday, you can pick up a copy of the Beer Garden Menu for our
10th Annual Johnson Valley Oktoberfest (nine craft beers and two hard
ciders on tap!)

And – it’s your opportunity save 30% when you
pick up Early Bird admission tickets for Oktoberfest, on sale now for
only 8:00 per person. They will cost 12.00 each after September 28, and
at the door on Saturday, October 12.

(We offer the 30% savings
on the Early Bird tickets to give our Oktoberfest shoppers a headcount
for buying food, rather than pure guesswork.)

While quantities
last, we will also have some Early Bird tickets for sale at the Monday,
September 16th HVCC meeting in Landers, and the September 3rd and
October 1st meetings of the Lucerne Valley Economic Development
Association (LVEDA).

•  Saturday, September 21st,
from 2:00-10:00 p.m., enjoy another popular event in the Homestead
Valley, this one planned to generate funding to build a playground at
the Yucca Mesa Community Center, and support the Yucca Mesa Elementary
School with classroom grants. The event also helps maintain the
Community Center.

See all the details on on music, food, craft beers, cider, or wine vendors, and kids’ fun.

call for beer will be 9:30 p.m. Everyone needs to be out by 10:00. As
they say, “Mesa Fest is a family-oriented event. If you bring problems
with you, you’re out (Zero Tolerance). If you have ever been to Mesa
Fest, you don’t even need to read this – because you know it will be

Entry fee: 5.00 per person; 12 and under, FREE. No cost for kids’ stuff. Free parking on-site. Folding chairs permitted.

Hwy 247 between mileposts 4 and 5, turn onto Aberdeen Rd. Go about
three miles to Balsa Ave. Turn left; the Yucca Mesa Community Center is
just ahead on your right.


Speaking of the LVEDA meeting, last month Brian Meder presented a video
produced by County Fire, showing numerous vulnerabilities to disaster
in the high desert.

Since the Trona/Ridgecrest earthquakes and
the SCE “Public Safety” unannounced power outages were still fresh in
our minds, his message resonated and needs to be shared.

Board has begun discussing how to make the Community Center more useful
in disaster management, but, as Brian asked, “Who is responsible for
your survival?” The answer: you are.

Please look over the text of
his presentation, attached. Since very few of us have Community
Emergency Response Team (CERT) training, these suggestions based on
Brian’s extensive CERT experience, make sense. As he pointed out, you do
not have to do everything at once, but DO it, and he lists basic needs
in order of importance.

What to have on hand, where to store it.
CERT training emphasizes taking care of your home and family first, then
looking out for your neighbors and community.

For those of us
who recall the Landers earthquake of 1992, we remember help from outside
took a long time. Just the other day, we heard from Hiram Johnson’s
daughter that he and C.V. Greene brought their camping RVs down to the
hall and fired up the generators. We did know they and other volunteers
had cooked three meals a day for weeks. But they had to improvise, and
neighbors contributed food and supplies, so the hall could stay open for
folks afraid to go home.

Hiram and C.V. contacted every agency
and organization they could to get help out here. (Later, they
successfully lobbied for a County grant to install a community well, so
we have a water supply closer to home.)

At the LVEDA meeting,
Roger Peterson, also a CERT member, related his experience in Trona
distributing drinking water. He pointed out the co-ordination of
emergency services from two counties and the state, non-existent in
1992, was remarkably rapid in 2019. But even so, it might not work out
so well in our small, widely-scattered populations along Hwy 247.

Whatever happens, even the best response plans can suffer delays in a disaster.


A talk by Morgan Reche, son of Walter and grandson of Charlie, about
homesteading, cattle ranching, gold mining, and history-making, is an
event you want to experience. The Reche family footprints traveled from
Yucca Valley to Old Woman Springs and beyond. Charlie Reche was a Deputy
Sheriff at the time of the Willie Boy manhunt, part of which played out
at Rock Corral here in Johnson Valley.

Presented by the Morongo Basin Historical Society as part of their 2nd Wednesday Series, September 11, this event will be at the Yucca Valley Senior Center to accommodate a larger audience.

open 5:15 p.m. 57088 Twentynine Palms Hwy, behind the Library and
Hi-Desert Nature Museum. Donation 5.00 per person, please.

• Reminder, make an appointment for the visit by Morongo Basin Mobile Medical Unit to the Johnson Valley Community Center on Wednesday, September 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

advantage of their comprehensive healthcare services close to home:
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

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.

To make your
appointment, please call 760-365-9305. Walk-in’s accepted if time
permits. The hall will be open if you need to wait and want to come
inside. Light refreshments available.

• 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.

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

Ask 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!

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.

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 German buffet.
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta 2020 will be Saturday afternoon, May 2. No General Meetings those two months.

Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden looks amazingly good considering the
relentless heat we experience – but some of those plants prefer it! The
Orange Jubilees have begun a second jubilation – in triple-digit heat.

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!

THANKS AGAIN to Garden visitors answering
the call and e-mailing pictures you have taken! Can’t have too many! We
plan a page on the website. Shots recently sent by Mark Black will
appear in the Sep-Oct issue of the Journal, in your mailbox soon.

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. JVIA only asks for a donation to cover overheads and
that you leave the place as you found it.

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, we 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.

Please leave a message
Betty Munson

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