Johnson Valley News 9/10/2018

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• The Johnson Valley 9th Annual Oktoberfest at the Johnson Valley Community Center is almost here.

The Patio Beer Garden opens at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October  13th! Take your choice of 9 craft brews and two hard ciders, 12 oz. for 3.00, or get a Sampler of three for only 4.00.

Pre-sale tickets are now available for 8.00 per person! Save 33% off the admission of 12.00 per person. After September 28, admission is 12.00.

Admission includes:
-FREE home-baked pretzel bites to enjoy with your brew – the same recipe as the big pretzels last year – while quantities last.
-Then between 5:00 and 6:00, the Dinner Buffet will be serving German-style dishes: grilled Brats, German potatoes, sauerkraut, and roasted Brussels sprouts.
-Then choose your favorites from the fabulous Oktoberfest Dessert Bar! 

Also on hand, the Oktoberfest souvenir pub glasses, only 5.00 each, which give a larger 16-oz pour of a craft beer or cider for only 3.00.

We will have a variety of colors in the Oktoberfest souvenir T-Shirts and ladies Tank Tops, but quantities are limited. We plan to have them available at Saturday Breakfast on September 6, for best selection.

Get your tickets at any Saturday Breakfast, 7:00-10:00 a.m. at the Community Center, or make a secure credit card purchase on

OKTOBERFEST BREAKFAST 7:00-10:00 a.m. The simplified menu features All-You-Can-Eat Pancakes, plus scrambled eggs and sausages if you want, 6.00. This simplifies cooking and cleanup so Oktoberfest chefs can take over the kitchen sooner. And, if you eat all those pancakes, you can skip lunch, leaving room for your fabulous pretzels, brews, and Buffet Dinner.

• Land Use Services staff will be explaining this new approach to our Community Plans this Wednesday, September 12, in the Lucerne Valley Community Center, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

If you can attend, you may be able to get a handle on how all these ideas are supposed to work.

Lucerne Valley has a larger population, larger area, and larger problems than we do in the Homestead Valley. However, we share many concerns and many values, so it’s worth a listen to how they have reacted to these Action Plans.

The Center is on Hwy 247, just past the fire station, next to Pioneer Park. You may want to get there a little early.

If you want to see the draft plan for the Homestead Valley online, visit

• Your notice of Fire Protection Zone FP-5 expansion, including Johnson Valley, goes in the mail on September 14, to inform you about the proposed $157.26 tax on each parcel (whether undeveloped or not, large or small). This plan makes up projected revenue shortages in the County Fire Department budget.

A video of Chief Mark Hartwig explaining all this at the August meeting of the Lucerne Valley-Johnson Valley MAC is posted on YouTube; Search for Lucerne Valley MAC and click on Fire Tax Presentation.

If you approve or disapprove the parcel tax, you have a month after your notice goes in the mail. Your letter must be in their hands before the hearing on October 16. For details online, visit

Chief Mark Hartwig describes the protest process this way:
If over 25% of the landowners file a protest, it goes to an election.
If over 50% protest, the proposal is killed, and it goes back to the Board.

Other reports state:

To trigger an election, 25 percent of property owners who control at least 25 percent of the assessed land value would need to file written protests. To stop the tax, more than 50 percent would have to oppose it in writing.

Every property owner can submit a written protest. If two people own a property, each would need to submit a protest to reflect their views.

If 25 percent of all property owners protest, their collective vote also must represent 25 percent of the assessed value of the area.

We need a LOT of protests from a LOT of title holders for our “severely disadvantaged” desert communities to make any impression on the outcome!

Monday, September 17th, 3:00 p.m. at Landers Belfield Hall, 58380 Reche Rd., on your left, a short distance past the Post Office.

Billed as assorted weirdness, curios & exotic baubles, trinkets and such! Admission is free, Saturday, October 6, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Belfield Hall, 58380 Reche Rd.

Calling Vendors!
Call Paul Buck, 323-774-9756, for info or to reserve your space. They anticipate the biggest turnout in the three-year history of the Bizarre Bazaar, so reserve your space now.
Tables inside: 15.00 paid in advance; 20.00 paid at the event.
Outside space: 10.00 paid in advance; 15.00 at the event.
Vendor setup from 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Saturday, October 6th: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 7th: 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Free tour of the orchid-filled greenhouses – see hundreds of orchids blooming in the desert! (Wear nonslip, rubber-soled shoes; required for all greenhouse tours).

Also orchid classes, music, live entertainment, wine and cheese tasting, shopping, and food – burgers, carne asada plates, and sweet treats!

Be sure to look for the Landers Elementary School Booth with fresh-baked funnel cakes – a traditional festival favorite!

Decide which of your favorite charities receives the proceeds from your purchases through the use of “Rotary Bucks” given with each sale.

Gubler’s Greenhouses, 2200 Belfield Blvd., at the corner of Linn Rd.

Bring your camera!

• The Johnson Valley community news column in the Hi-Desert Star in Yucca Valley usually becomes the basis for these e-mails. A lot of non-resident members and interested parties do not see the Star.

The Johnson Valley Improvement Association publishes the Johnson Valley Journal 6 times a year, which mails to JVIA members and advertisers. NOTE: the early membership campaign for 2019 has begun. See the attached application form to print. Mail it to Helene, whether you are paying your dues with a check, or by secure credit card PayPal payment on

This JV News e-mail in between Journals keeps you up-to-date, and you get extra info specific to JVIA members that space restrictions in the newspaper do not allow. You usually will receive the JV NEWS weekly.

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

Everyone is welcome to every event at the Center! You do not have to be a member of the Johnson Valley Improvement Association to join in on scheduled activities and special events!

Reminder, you can book the Center 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.

You are welcome to enjoy the approximately 2-acre Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden next to the parking lot. You’ll see drought-resistant plants and trees, artifacts from homesteader days donated by the community, and some whimsical decor our garden committee has created.

Open to visitors for free. Watching sunsets an option.

The model railway will see more action as the weather cools down, when the crew are available to operate it. Make sure kids do not enter the train layout; the track and model buildings are fragile!

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 going to and from the OHV Area, do not travel 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.

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

Remember to slow down on our dirt roads, any speed, any vehicle going over 25mph does major damage.

Caution! Blind corners! Junior offroaders! Thoughtless speeders.

Remember, people do live here; noise and dust travel a long way. Let’s not irritate the neighbors!

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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