Johnson Valley News 9/1/2017

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• See a unique before-dinner program when you come to dinner this Saturday, September 2, in the air-conditioned comfort of the Johnson Valley Community Center. Bring your guests!

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. At 5:00, Manuel Borges will demonstrate the technology behind the making of one of the earliest advancements in hunters’ tools, the bow and arrow.

At 5:30, we’ll feast on the Lasagna Dinner accompanied by garlic bread and green salad, plus exceptional desserts. Resident baker Linda Walsh plans a couple of previous favorites and a couple of surprises: Rhubarb Upside Down Cake, Orange and Pineapple Cake, Sour Cream Chocolate Bundt Cake and Sugar-free Chocolate and Strawberry Bundt Cake. They will all be favorites afterward!

Donation only 7.00 per person. Kids 12 and younger, 4.00. Don’t miss it!

You are also welcome to stay after dinner for the General Meeting of the Johnson Valley Improvement Association. Hear some JVIA business, and announcements and news. You do not have to be a member to attend (but the Early Membership Campaign has begun, and you can join up for only 15.00!)

The Oktoberfest celebration on the first Saturday of next month means no General Meeting again until November.

• After dinner on Saturday, September 2, take your guests and head over to the Homestead Valley Park in Landers, just minutes away from JV. The gates open at 4:00 p.m., but you still have plenty of time get there for the End of Summer Community Fair & Fireworks Spectacular. Free admission, vendors, beer garden, games for kids! (Please, no outside food, alcohol, ice chests or pets.)

The park is at 1501 Belfield Blvd between Linn Road and Reche Road. Turn right onto Scenic 247, left at Linn, right onto Belfield by the Integratron, go past Gubler’s Orchids and the park is ahead on your left.

• You’ll be looking good at the 8th Annual Johnson Valley Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 7th.

Now it is easy to reserve your souvenir Oktoberfest T-Shirts or ladies’ tank tops online, just visit

Be sure of getting the sizes you want in the colors you want, in 100% preshrunk cotton with the traditional Johnson Valley Oktoberfest logo silkscreened on the front.

T-shirts for men or ladies: your choice of black, royal blue, orange, purple, or red, S-3XL.
Ladies’ tank tops: choose black, royal blue, or red, S-2XL
20.00 each by secure online credit card purchase.

Order before 12:00 noon on Friday, September  22. Please print your receipt to bring to the center to pick up your order at Saturday Breakfast on September 29 or October 7, 7:00-10:00 a.m. Or pick them up at the party on October 7.

• Also at, save 33% on your admission tickets before September 25!

Your receipt is your ticket. These Early Bird tickets cost only 8.00 now, but after the 25th and at the door they will cost 12.00.

Admission includes the German Buffet Dinner and the Dessert Bar.

For full details, see the Oktoberfest Flyer, and the Brew Menu online: 14 craft beers and a hard cider on tap by the Mojave Desert Brewers Guild. A 12-oz pour is only 3.00. Or try three different brews with the Sampler, only 4.00.
The Beer Garden opens at 3:00 p.m, the buffet from 5:00-6:00.

• Off and on during the afternoon of Oktoberfest, the garden railway will run on multiple tracks in the Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden, next to the parking lot at the Johnson Valley Community Center. See all the drought-resistant plants and trees, vintage equipment from homesteader days, and the trains running around amongst them all (assuming the wind does not blow too hard to keep them on the track). No charge.

• If you have not been to the Johnson Valley Community Center before, between mile markers 21 and 22 on Scenic 247, turn at the big red sign onto Larrea Road. Go 1-3/4 miles up Larrea to the corner of Quailbush, and you’ll see the building on your left. It’s a pleasant drive out into the beautiful wide open spaces (but paved all the way!). Come to the front entrance to get your admission wristband.

• See the flyer I’ll circulate next. If you do not know the story of the Campbells and their contributions to the archaeology of this area and their amazing collection of artifacts in what is now Joshua Tree National Park, this is a must-see. Also, if you do know, find out more!

• For many years now our contact at the County Aging and Adult Services has worked on getting at least once-a-week public transportation from the JV Community Center to Yucca Valley for shopping or medical visits. We originally had several people sign up for using such a service, but evidently not enough.

If you would like to comment on this, the State Transit Funds public hearing on Thursday evening, September 28, at 5:00 p.m. gives us an opportunity. Come to the Helen Gray Center, 6601 White Feather Rd. in Joshua Tree.

Or send your comments to
Nancy Strickert
SBCounty Transportation Authority.
TDA Public Hearing
1170 W Third Ave., 2nd Floor
San Bernardino CA 92410-1715



Betty Munson

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