Johnson Valley News 9/7/2017

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• The 8th Annual Johnson Valley Oktoberfest Celebration – Saturday, October 7!

See all the details on the Events Page at This year is bigger than ever – the patio Beer Garden behind the Johnson Valley Community Center opens at 3:00 p.m. with 14 craft beers and a hard cider on tap, all brewed by members of the Mojave Desert Brewers Guild. You’ll find the Brew Menu online, too, listing them all. They’re available for sampling, your choice of three for 4.00. A 12-oz. pour of your favorite is only 3.00, and if you get the souvenir glass stein for 5.00, you get 16 ounces for only 3.00!

The buffet of German-style dishes is open from 5:00-6:00 p.m., traditional favorites like grilled brats, sauerkraut and more. And don’t forget the unforgettable Dessert Bar, yum.

You can save 33% on Early Bird admission tickets before September 25, only 8.00 per person! After the 25th and at the door they are 12.00 each. Admission includes the German buffet dinner, 5:00-6:00 p.m. and the fabulous Dessert Bar.

Get your tickets online now at Print your tickets to bring to the party.

Or get tickets from the cashier at the Community Center during any Saturday Breakfast, 7:00-10:00 a.m. Same Early Bird savings: 8.00 now, 12.00 after the 25th of September!

• Souvenir Oktoberfest men’s and ladies’ T-Shirts or ladies’ tank tops – don’t make me guess what sizes and colors to order. Be sure we have exactly what you need by ordering online before 12:00 noon on Friday, September 22, also at

Made of 100% preshrunk cotton in several colors, they have the Johnson Valley Oktoberfest logo screen printed in white on the front, lookin’ good.

Mens’ or Ladies’ T-shirts: choose 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 your receipts for each one and bring them to the Center to pick up your souvenir shirts, during Saturday Breakfast 7-10 a.m. on September 29 or October 7, or at the party on October 7 afternoon.

We will also have some for sale in the hall, with luck you will find the size you need in the color you like if you did not pre-order.

All Oktoberfest proceeds go toward the operation and maintenance of the Johnson Valley Community Center, so have a good time in a good cause!

• During the afternoon of Oktoberfest, visit the Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden, next to the parking lot at the Johnson Valley Community Center, no charge. Sign the Garden Guest book, if you please.

Aside from watching trains on the multitrack garden railway, you will see the latest addition to the collection of vintage artifacts and equipment: the windmill airplane. No kidding. An experimental airplane built by longtime JV resident Ed Warren, grounded for years, now takes to the air again as the direction finder on a vintage windmill, facing into even the slightest breeze over the garden. A desert dream if there ever was one.

If the wind blows too hard to keep the train cars on the tracks, the windmill airplane still performs (its propeller really was made to be vanes on a windmill).

If you think you may want to enjoy your brews in the garden, there are benches in several places, but bring lawn chairs to be sure of seating wherever you want to sit.

• 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, paved all the way.

Come to the front entrance to get your admission wristband.

• The JVIA membership application for 2018 mailed to members with the Sep-Oct issue of the Johnson Valley Journal. The deadline for the annual dues is January 31, 2018, but getting yours in earlier makes it easier on Helene Cash, our membership chairperson, rather than having all the paperwork arrive all at one time.

If you did not receive a Journal and would like to become a member, I attach the application form so you can print and mail it to Helene with your check.

OR, pay dues by secure credit card. Just log on to
Be sure to check the “Credit Card Online” box and print the application form, so Helene knows you are already paid up.


• Please think about donating time to JVIA on one Saturday morning a month, to help out on a breakfast crew. There are several jobs to be done each week, and we always need new people. We have weekenders who join these volunteers, too, and people who call in when they will be available.

Specifically, right now, our dishwasher who has helped out every Saturday is going back to Pennsylvania after next week, so dishwashers are needed. Servers for the second, third and fourth weeks are needed. Cook for the second Saturday, egg and pancake cooks for the first Saturday and fourth Saturday Breakfast Buffet. People are filling in now and substituting, but your help will be gratefully appreciated.

The San Bernardino County health inspectors always give our kitchen an “A” rating. Our cooks, servers, and dishwashers all view an online tutorial on food handling requirements and take a test to receive a food worker permit good for three years. That requires a credit card payment of 22.00, but JVIA refunds you that cost.

The test is easy to take, the requirements are plain common sense, and everyone has passed so far. If you do not have a computer available, the test can be taken at the Community Center.

Call Joanna Wright, 760-2207, for all the details and leave a message. Or talk to her at the Saturday Breakfast or other events.

Volunteers make the Association work. The Association volunteers built and operate the Community Center. The proceeds from the Saturday Breakfasts keep the doors open. This ongoing weekly fundraiser ensures a steady flow of income for the Association to operate the center for the use and enjoyment of the whole community.

• Last Saturday before our delicious Lasagne Dinner, guest speaker Manuel Borges set out an assortment of familiar woodworking tools he uses for carving and scraping long pieces of wood into long bows. He displayed several kinds of suitable wood and demonstrated how to judge which is best for bowmaking purposes.

Custom-making your bow to fit your height, strength and expected use requires some thought. In the short time available he covered a lot of information, and everyone was paying attention. We plan to invite him back, to share arrow-making expertise as well. What started as a hobby for Manuel became a never-ending quest to hone his skills and pass them on to others. Watch for the announcement for the next installment.

Betty Munson

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