Thursday, February 21, 2019

Raptors of the Desert

Wonder Valley owl, photographed by TSS.
Raptors of the Desert

The Friends of Wonder Valley is pleased to invite everyone to
Conservation and Ecology of California Birds of Prey

Susan Doggett, graduate biologist and licensed Migratory Bird Rehabilitator will be presenting on California Birds of Prey, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Saturday, March 16, at the Wonder Valley Community Center, at 80526-½ Amboy Road, in Wonder Valley.

In addition to a general overview of desert birds of prey, Ms. Doggett will be addressing the following:

  • Noises in the night.
  • Why birds of prey make terrible pets.
  • Why owls are known as silent killers.

Ms. Doggett will be bringing several birds of prey with her -- most likely owls and falcons.

A donation of $2 per adult (and no cost for children), is requested to help support these programs. If you don’t have funds, please be our guest.

Desert Trail Column - February 21, 2019

Yoga at The Palms classes will be held every other Saturday from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. beginning February 23. These classes are Gentle-Flow and donation-based, and are for beginners through advanced. The Palms is located at 83131 Amboy Road at Thompson Road. Call 760-361-2810 for further information.
The Salvation Army Food Distribution will take place at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road at Blower Road, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 27. The food provided is from Trader Joe’s and includes fresh produce.
Mark your calendar for a couple upcoming events. Vega Victoria and Grant Earl LaValley will be performing at The Palms on March 2. HEAP applications will be taken at our community center on March 20. For additional information on any of the above events, call our WVCC Coordinator Teresa Sitz at 760-367-9880.

Karen’s Commentary: Twentynine Palms now has its very own sinkhole! It happened during a rainstorm on February 14, so I guess it was some kind of weird Valentine’s gift from Mother Nature! My son Joe lives at Sagewood Manor Apartments where this sinkhole is located. The opening is about four feet wide, but when looking inside, it’is about seven feet deep and the size of a small room! Everyone has their own idea of what caused it, with the most popular being that it’s an old septic system that has disintegrated over the years, with the earth partially collapsing into the void.
Darlene’s Commentary: As many of you know, I am a dinosaur about computers by choice. However, I understand that banking transactions can be made on those confounded machines. Since the Bank of America ATMs are locally non-existent for at least a couple more months, maybe I should give this a try! So you should now see my planner – my dear, dear sister Karen (a non-dinosaur) has pre-planned visits scheduled to teach me the ins and outs of the wonders packed into those little metal boxes from February 20 to December 31, 2019!!! I should be a total Computer Nerd by 2020.
Wonder Valley’s website tells everything you ever wanted to know about Wonder Valley, but were afraid to ask! Ken and Teresa Sitz do a great job keeping everyone up-to-date on all our happenings and interesting people.
Handy Hint: To remove oil and grease stains, sprinkle baking soda on the stain to remove any loose oil or grease. Then soak in white vinegar and scrub with dish soap before washing normally.
Today’s Thought: Batfish play dead to hide from predators. Their compressed bodies look like leaves floating on top of the water.
Until next time . . . remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Vacation Rental Ordinance

Here’s how to suggest revisions to San Bernardino County’s short-term rental laws
The county last revised its policies for the mountain communities in June 2017

Community Crisis Response Team (CCRT)

Are you experiencing a mental health related crisis?
Community Crisis Response Team (CCRT) is a community-based mobile crisis team that provides assistance to those who are experiencing a mental health related emergency. Services include:
  • Mental Health Assessments
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Intensive follow up services
  • On-site Crisis Intervention
Morongo Basin Office: (760) 449-4429

Dial 7-1-1 for TTY users
Teams are available 7 a.m. - 10 p.m., 365 days per year

FLYER in English and Spanish:, or

Friday, February 15, 2019

HEAP Applications

Representatives from CAPSBC will be processing HEAP applications
from 9 a.m. until noon, on Wednesday, March 20,
at the Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526½ Amboy Road, Wonder Valley CA 92277.
For more information, please call Teresa Sitz at (760) 367-9880, or write

You will need to bring the documentation listed on this form:

For more information, please go to:

Home Energy Assistance Program || Apply Now!

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County
(Energy, Education, and Environmental Services Program, EEES)
Is processing HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program)
Applications for qualifying residents to receive:

Annual Credit AssistanceAn annual CREDIT ranging from $206 to $343 which can be applied towards GAS, ELECTRIC, WOOD OR PROPANE

Emergency AssistanceEMERGENCY HEAP utility assistance is available for clients with a FINAL CALL or SHUT OFF notice!

For more information call: (909) 723-1680 or (909) 723-1500
696 S Tippecanoe Avenue, San Bernardino CA 92408

WV Community Cleanup

San Bernardino County Code Enforcement and Solid Waste Management Divisions will be providing bulky trash collection containers for the FREE disposal of accumulated trash, e-waste, and tires. Please bring your bulky items and trash to the designated container at the location listed below. This program is limited to the residents of the unincorporated County area. We cannot accept commercial or industrial waste from businesses. Please remember to safely secure and properly cover your loads prior to traveling to the event. If you are bringing waste tires, please limit your load to a maximum of 9 tires.Tires on rims will be accepted.
PLEASE NOTE: If you have oversized, loose, or hard-to-handle loads, you may be turned away to dispose of your waste materials at your own expense.

THIS EVENT WILL BE HELD:Saturday, March 23, 2019
8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
(Event will end earlier if equipment is full.)

at the following location:

Wonder Valley Community Center80526 ½ Amboy Rd, Wonder Valley

Please do not place the following hazardous materials in these designated containers:
motor oil, oil filters, antifreeze, gasoline drain cleaners, pesticides/fertilizers, fluorescent lights, wood preservatives, pool and hobby supplies, auto and furniture polish, paint, paint products, and paint thinners.

Safely dispose of toxic chemicals from your home on the third Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the Hazardous Household Waste Disposal, 62499 Twentynine Palms Highway in Joshua Tree. For more information call (800) 645-9228.

“Urban Conservation Corps” will be present at this event to accept electronics: TV’s, computer monitors, VCR’s, stereos, cell phones, and more! This service is on a first come, first served basis and is subject to change.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please call Code Enforcement Officer Melissa Malcom at (909) 266-3477

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Desert Trail Column - February 14, 2019

Improv at The Palms, a comedy workshop hosted by Kevin Bone and Heather Clisby, will take place at 83131 Amboy Road at Thompson Road on Saturday, February 16 from noon to 3 p.m. Suggested donation is $5 to $15. Call 760-361-2810
That evening, Johnny Angel Wendell will be performing at The Palms at 7 p.m., followed at 8 p.m. by Lolly Goodwoman and her Stagefright’s Valentine’s Day Massacre.

Bob Dougherty from the Department of Aging and Adult Services will be handing out bus passes to seniors at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road, on Wednesday, February 20 from 11 a.m. to noon. And if you need help with a HEAP application, call Bob at 760-228-5219 for an appointment.

Mark your calendars for Incantations/Mojave Sound Art in Wonder Valley March 29 through 31, and for Wonder Valley Experimental #11 at The Palms on March 30.
We send out Rainbows-of-Amethysts-and-Violets to Donna Bremmer and Christina Lindsley who celebrate their special days this week. Happy birthday, Christina and Donna!
Darlene’s Commentary: I had the surprise of my life on my 67th birthday. Karen had taken me out to lunch, and we took our time enjoying the good food and talking and relaxing before heading for home. When we got to my house, my yard looked like a parking lot! Cars were everywhere, and I couldn’t quite grasp what was going on. Well it was a surprise birthday party for me! I had no notion or hint that this was coming so I was completely flabbergasted! There were about 30 people there, including all three of my kids and all of their kids, plus many dear friends. The person who orchestrated the plans for such a fantastic party is Richard Herron, my sweetheart for 20+ years. I was showered with beautiful cards and gifts and will always have sweet and happy memories of that wonderful day. A sincere thank you to all who made it happen.

Karen’s Commentary: Dar hogged all the room! (Only joking.)
If you’d like to go to the Twentynine Palms Nutrition Site for lunch on Tuesdays or Thursdays, Reach Out Morongo Basin picks up at 10 a.m. and drops off at 2 p.m., both at The Palms. If you have trouble getting to The Palms, they may pick up and drop off at your residence. Call 760-361-1410.
Handy Hint: Before you go to the store, make a shopping list. People who shop with a list spend less time in the store and make fewer impulse buys.

Today’s Thought: Your “philtrum” is the little groove between your nose and upper lip.

Until next time . . . remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.