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• New plans for your JV Holiday Dinner on Saturday, December 2! The Johnson Valley Cooks will host a Ham + Potluck, and all the proceeds will go for the activities and upkeep of the Johnson Valley Community Center.

Arrangements for savory spiral-cut hams have already been made.

If your last name begins with A-S, think of a side dish to go with ham, enough to share with about eight people.
If your name begins with T-Z, bring along a salad.

They have held two Ham Potlucks before that made a big hit, with lots of tasty choices. Donation 3.00 per person with a dish, 7.00 without.

Everyone invited, bring your friends and family. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Dinner at 5:00

• The comment period on the Draft Environmental Impact Report on the Homestead Valley Community Plan ends this Monday, November 20.

View it at www.countywideplan/com/EIR or the Joshua Tree Government Center, 63665 Twentynine Palms Highway.

• Reminder, the Homestead Valley Community Council (HVCC) meets this Monday, November 20, at the Flamingo Heights Community Center, 55977 Perris Rd. just off Hwy 247, two blocks west of La Copine Restaurant. The meeting begins at 3:00 p.m. Your comments and questions are always welcome.

• Thanks to the good work by Linda Gommel, the St. Mary Health Van comes on Thursdays to the Crossroads Center, the location of the Lucerne Valley Market and Hardware.

We heard from Linda that you can get your flu shot free in the St. Mary van as well as a long list of health services including primary care, annual physicals, and diabetes and high blood pressure management.

Visit the van on Thursday, November 16 and November 30 between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.  but they will be closed the month of December.

For more details call 760-946-4240, Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

• Check the Hobby Club Boutique Table from now until Saturday, December 23, when you come to the Community Center. New things every week: handcrafted decor, note cards, and JVIA specialty stocking stuffer gifts.
All proceeds go toward activities at the Community Center.

• Thanksgiving Day and the three days following usually bring lots of visitors to enjoy the fall weather and outdoor recreation in Johnson Valley.

Please remind your guests going out in off-road vehicles or riding motorcycles to go slow on the dirt roads in the community.

Johnson Valley roads traditionally get a dragging by volunteers – your neighbors. The best time for that kind of grooming is just after a rain. If you have not been here, you may not be aware that monsoon season and recent weather conditions gave us gorgeous skies but very little rain at all.

Fast travel in cars and trucks develop that hard corrugated surface we all hate, and that plays havoc with our suspension though it may FEEL smoother.

Fast travel on off-road tires makes the damage even worse. The neighbors willing to donate time and wear and tear on their vehicles dragging the roads get very discouraged when the next day they see the obvious high-speed damage that only grows worse as days go by.

And guess what? They give up dragging.

Roger Taylor and other expert road workers, including the guys smoothing the right of way when Larrea Road got paved, have told us that our dirt roads suffer most when speeds get above 25mph.

And you do not have to be a road worker to know how much dust you can raise at even slower speeds, also not popular with the neighbors.

Slower travel adds very few minutes extra travel time. World class open riding lies just across the highway, where we can take any trail we want at any speed we can manage safely. Out of sight, out of hearing and off the community roads.

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if needed.

• Hammerking Productions has announced they have secured the 2018 dates for the Nitto King of The Hammers Powered by Optima Batteries.

The 12th annual KOH week commences with Hammertown opening to the public on Friday, February 2, beside Means Dry Lake in the Johnson Valley OHV Area.

Motorcycles and several classes of 4WD vehicles will race through Saturday, February 10th.

Hammerking expects all fan favorites from 2017 to race in 2018, including the Smittybilt Every Man Challenge, Can-Am KOH UTV Race Presented by HCR, King of The Motos, and the Shootout.

The main event King of The Hammers, the ultimate desert race, will run on Friday, February 9th.

Find tips, requirements, and facilities for this amazing spectator experience at

• We have been hearing from some JVIA members that the Nov-Dec Journal mailed on Monday, October 30, arrived very late or not at all. Ours did not come until Wednesday, November 8.

This news distresses everyone who works to get the Journal to the Post Office in plenty of time for you to receive yours before the Dinner on the first Saturday of the following month.

Such late deliveries have not happened in the four years since we began mailing from the Lucerne Valley Post Office. We know that bulk rate mail gets low priority, but this outfit gives us excellent service. Our little booklet-size envelopes must have gotten lost in the shuffle while traveling among all the gift catalogs and insurance solicitations.

We do have a few extras available at the Community Center if you want to get one.

The deadline for pictures, stories and ad copy is Friday, December 15. However, the way the Christmas and New Year holidays mix with the printer deadlines looks very iffy. If you have something to contribute, try to get it to us before the 15th.

And thanks for the kind words we have received in reply to the last JV News.

To those new to this e-mail list who have not visited the Johnson Valley Community Center before, it is at 50567 Quailbush Rd. From Hwy 247, turn onto Larrea, go 1-3/4 miles to Quailbush. The building is on your left at the corner.

The Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden is next to the parking lot, open to all. Ask the Saturday Breakfast cashier if the model trains will run that day (depends on the weather and if enough crew is on hand.)


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