Noticias de Johnson Valley 5/4/2018

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• This Saturday afternoon, May 5th, come on over to the Johnson Valley Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, 1:00-5:00 p.m.! We hope to enjoy our tacos and margaritas outdoors, watching the model trains in the Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden next to the Community Center, or just enjoying the view. Bring lawn chairs if you wish.

But if it’s too hot, we’ll simply take the party indoors into the air-conditioned Community Center!

Admission, 10.00 per person, includes a free margarita, beef, pork or chicken tacos with two salsas, maybe more, rice and beans on the side, plus a free sombrero while supplies last.

The Dessert Bar will be indoors. Linda Walsh has some surprises and some proven favorites for you: Kahlua chocolate cake, Texas white sheet cake, Tabasco cake, peanut chocolate chip cookie pizza, Tres Leche cake, rhubarb upside down cake, and apple bread pudding with whiskey sauce, and who knows what else? She has tested most of these at our Board meetings and they are fabulous!

The Margaritaville Bar is in the hall, too; those delicious frozen concoctions are only 3.00.

¡Viva la fiesta!

• The buzz about next month’s Jamboree at the Community Center has drawn a bunch of Johnson Valley landowners and their guests to sign up, and more and varied businesses and other resources say they will be here or supply handouts for us to share our information and referrals. Who do you call for work on the house seems to be of major interest.

We’ll have a bunch of answers, advice and good suggestions, and get to know neighbors!

We will also have the latest on government actions that affect all of us, such as the planned development of the open desert into massive solar fields, the ban on building permits if the property relies on hauled water, and the campaign to have Hwy 247 declared a State Scenic Highway.

If you own property in Johnson Valley and have not received an invitation, you can read about it in the latest issue of the Johnson Valley Journal if you are a member of JVIA. If not, we will have the Jamboree flyer posted on by next week.

The event is FREE, on Saturday afternoon, June 9, open house from 1:00-5:00. p.m with a free picnic included!

Please RSVP before May 15, so we can be sure to have enough food on hand! You can do it by replying to this e-mail, or call me at 760-364-2646 and leave a message!


• Johnson Valley belongs to the Lucerne Valley Unified School District. We hear from Peter Day, their Social Media Advisor, that the district continues to develop its website and Facebook page. Articles and information are going up several times a week.

• The Morongo Basin Historical Society plans to bring items of interest to our Landowners Jamboree, but in the meantime, their May Event Calendar has items of interest, too. I will forward it to you right after this.

If you like exploring the history, and the prehistory, of this neck of the Mojave Desert, we highly recommend that you join MBHS. Every newsletter has an eye-opener in it, and the Museum and Research Center in Landers is a must-see for all ages.

• Our friend and good neighbor Roger Taylor died last Tuesday, April 24, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Born December 30, 1932, in Broken Bow, Nebraska, Roger grew up in Harlan, Iowa.  He and his high school sweetheart, Janice, married and moved to Oregon, where Roger worked in the logging business. Roger’s work experiences and talents were many and varied: mechanic, auto mechanics, bodywork and painting, landscaping, heavy equipment operator, pilot, talented artist, musician and bandleader.

The Taylors lived in Costa Mesa then Palm Springs. Both Janice and Roger were pilots and came with friends to Johnson Valley. When Roger retired, they came to live by our Valley Vista Airport, where Roger built their house and a house for his parents, too.

Janice passed away in 2003, but Roger is survived by two brothers, a daughter, two sons, seven grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at Joshua Springs Church in Yucca Valley at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, May 10, at Joshua Tree Calvary Chapel, 57373 Joshua Ln, Yucca Valley.

Everyone welcome to the Community  Center; you do not have to be a member of the Johnson Valley Improvement Association to join in on scheduled activities and special events!

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.

The Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden next to the parking lot is open to visitors for free. Alert: kids love the trains, but they should not enter the train layout, it can be easily damaged.

The trains run when the crew is available, and the weather smiles on us.

Off-roaders navigating by GPS – according to Google Maps, the coordinates for the Community Center are
34.3424938     -116.56066880000003.

When you travel to and from the OHV Area, you can legally cross the highway at any of the community roads, but not travel on the right of way. A dirt trail parallels the highway on the north side. Remember to take it easy, watch out at blind corners.

As always, take it easy on the community roads, let’s not offend the neighbors with noise and dust!

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

Betty Munson

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