Johnson Valley News 9/21/2017

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• Be sure we have exactly your size and color in souvenir Oktoberfest men’s and ladies’ T-Shirts or ladies’ tank tops – Order online before 12:00 noon tomorrow, Friday, September 22, at

Made of 100% preshrunk cotton in several colors, with the traditional Johnson Valley Oktoberfest logo screen printed in white on the front:

Mens’ or Ladies’ T-shirts:
black, royal blue, orange, purple, or red, Sizes S to XXXL.
Ladies’ tank tops:
black, royal blue, or red, S to 2XL.
20.00 each, by secure online credit card purchase.
Print the receipt for each one you order to bring to the Center for pickup, during Saturday Breakfast September 29 or October 7, 7-10 a.m., or at the party on October 7 afternoon.

If you do not pre-order, we will also have some for sale in the hall, with luck you may find the size and color you want.

• Also on the website Events page, you can see the Brew Menu, better than ever for the 8th Annual Johnson Valley Oktoberfest! It describes the 14 craft beers and a hard cider by the Mojave Desert Brewers Guild.

All are German-style brews with different recipes and flavors; a 12-oz pour is only 3.00. (And if you buy the collector’s souvenir etched glass stein for 5.00, you get more pour for the same price.)

Or try three different brews on the Sampler, only 4.00.

So whatever plans you have for October 7th, finish up with a relaxing time in the Johnson Valley Beer Garden and a terrific dinner.

The Beer Garden is behind the Johnson Valley Community Center and opens at 3:00 p.m. It also offers bottled domestic beer for 2.00, canned soft drinks and bottled water for 1.00.

FREE while quantities last: big Bavarian pretzels to snack on with your brew!

Your admission includes the Buffet Dinner and the Dessert Bar from 5:00-6:00 p.m. offering a fine feast, German-style: Grilled brats, German potatoes, sauerkraut, roasted Brussels sprouts, and a Dessert Bar with lots of choices.

The garden railway will run if weather allows, one of the features of the Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden next to the Center parking lot. We hear Ed Warren and family plan to come to Oktoberfest, so Ed can visit his experimental airplane, the latest addition to the Johnson Valley artifacts in the Garden.

Bring your own seating in case we run short on chairs.

All Oktoberfest proceeds go toward the operation and maintenance of the Johnson Valley Community Center, the biggest fundraiser of the year and lots of fun besides.

Reminder: you still have a little time to save 33% on your Oktoberfest tickets. Buy yours at the Saturday Breakfast for only 8.00 per person, or order yours online by this Monday, September 25th at After that admission is 12.00 per person, still a good deal, but who doesn’t want to save some bucks?

JOHNSON VALLEY COMMUNITY CENTER, 50567 Quailbush Rd. at the corner of Larrea Rd, just 1-3/4 miles from Hwy 247.

• We are sad to report the death of longtime Johnson Valley resident, Frank Heffern. The information that follows comes from a story in the Jan-Feb 2017 issue of the Johnson Valley Journal written by Jim Hanley, entitled “Cowboy Frank has 92 Years of Stories.”

Frank was born November 7, 1924, in California. He was 92.

He served in the United States Army and was a veteran of combat in the South Pacific in World War II. After the war, Frank got married and had nine children. He became a cowboy and owned a 1400-acre cattle and sheep ranch in Yerington, Nevada. After that venture, Frank owned a hog ranch down by Miramar, California, which was also successful.

Frank then owned two Mexican restaurants, one in Lucerne Valley and the other one in Apple Valley. Two of his customers in Apple Valley were Dale and Roy Rogers, the famous cowboy-cowgirl couple. Frank had a little band in the Apple Valley restaurant, and every now and then Roy and Dale Rogers would sing “Happy Trails” to the customers, how nice that must have been.

Hanley’s last paragraph stated, “Frank then got out of business and retired to good old Johnson Valley around 1982 or so. As one can see, Frank has had a long and varied life, and is still going strong…” until yesterday evening. His health had failed lately, and when taken to the hospital yesterday he was found to be dehydrated. Cause of death has not been determined.

Frank requested he be buried Riverside National Cemetery. A memorial in Johnson Valley is being discussed, to be announced.

Betty Munson

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