Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Gourmet Roadhouse - May 27

The Palms Restaurant Presents:
"Gourmet Roadhouse"
featuring a 4-course* Indian Dinner
*salad, chicken curry, eggplant stew, and panna-cotta mango lassi
Dinner served with jasmine rice and naan bread,
plus a tasty beverage!
$30 per person
Saturday, May 27, 8 p.m.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Citizen Science for Everyone

Join the FREE presentation:
Citizen Science In Action: Making a difference locally and globally

with Jane Rodgers, Chief, Science and Resource Stewardship
Joshua Tree National Park

1:30 - 3:30 p.m., Saturday, June 10
Wonder Valley Community Center
80526 1/2 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley

Citizen Science is scientific research conducted, in whole or in part, by amateur scientists -- a newish concept that has recently gotten a lot of press and becoming an important part of understanding the landscape around us locally and globally. Citizens interested in contributing to efforts such as monitoring environmental change or tracking butterfly migrations or recording archeological site information make a difference in large-scale study efforts. This presentation will describe the basics of Citizen Science, how to get involved, and how this can benefit local communities. The presentation will be fairly informal, with lots of time for questions.

Everyone is welcome and invited to attend and participate.

There will be refreshments.

Wonder Valley Community Meeting, June 10, 2017

Everyone is invited and welcome to attend and participate in the

Wonder Valley Community Meeting

Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. (Please note the new time!)
Wonder Valley Community Center
80526-1/2 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley CA 9277

The Citizen Science presentation with Joshua Tree National Park
will follow the meeting at 1:30 p.m.
There will be refreshments for both events.

The agenda will be posted in early June.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Desert Trail, May 18, 2017

The date for the Citizen Science presentation at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road near Blower Road, has been changed to June 10 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. This presentation was organized by Teresa Sitz in conjunction with Joshua Tree National Park staff.

The Salvation Army Food Distribution will take place Wednesday, May 24 at our community center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please be aware that the wonderful people from the Salvation Army can only bring a limited number of boxes.

We send out Rainbows-of-Emeralds-and-Lilies-of-the-Valley to Curtis Johnson and Barbara Finnegan who celebrate their special days this week. Happy birthday to you both!

Darlene’s Commentary: I love my coffee, and I make a fresh pot every morning. But, alas, what to do with the coffee grounds? First off, start emptying your fresh coffee grounds into a container with a lid (an empty coffee can will do!) and never, never throw coffee grounds away again! Add one tablespoon to marinades and rubs to tenderize meat and to impart a mild smoky flavor. Instead of burying nails under certain flowering plants (especially hydrangeas), mix coffee grounds with the soil at the base of the plant and you will have beautiful flowers. And did you know that scientists in the United Kingdom have developed a way to turn used coffee grounds into biofuel to power cars? Who’da thunk it!

Karen’s Commentary: Many moons ago, when I worked as Assistant Manager at a drive-in theater, I received a gift from the employees. It was a gold-plated Cross ballpoint pen with my name engraved on it. Since this was in the seventies, gold wasn’t worth what it is now, but it was still a really nice gift. So when husband Ted asked to borrow my pen at the community center, I handed it to him reluctantly. Well, wouldn’t you know, somehow it ended up missing. I figured I’d lost it for good, but found out a week later that Teresa Sitz had found it on a table and placed it in the Book Program desk. And there it was, safe and sound. Thank you, Teresa!

Food for Life Ministry prepares and serves delicious hot meals every Saturday at Church of the Nazarene, 72603 Juanita Drive, from 3 to 5 p.m. If you are unable to attend, Reach Out Morongo Basin will deliver these free hot meals to your home at no charge. Call 760-361-1410 for further information.

Thought for Today: The iconic whistle in “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” was improvised when Otis Redding forgot what he was supposed to sing.

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

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Glass Outhouse Art Gallery 8th anniversary show.

at the 
Glass Outhouse Art Gallery (8th Anniversary!)
77575 Highway 62 at Thunder Road
Wonder Valley CA 92277

from 5 - 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 3, 2017

The Luminators will perform.


We've been branded.

Dang, I missed the opening. I'm sure my invitation is in that stack of mail on the piano.

The fine folks at Wonder Valley Olive Oil had the opening of their flagship store last Saturday, May 6, from 11 a.m. until sunset.

For more information, see:

I can't give you the exact address but it was in the Beverly Hills section of Wonder Valley, over in Soam and Wego - South of Amboy and West of Godwin.

What was for sale? Olive oil for $33 a bottle; Olio Nuevo (new olive oil) for $38 a bottle; Face Oil for $65; a leather sage brush for $95; a wood fired water jug for $475...

And that's in real U.S. dollars, not Wonder Valley dollars.

If they offered coffee, cream, butter, sugar, matches, etc., I'm sure they'd make a killing here. Just not sure I could afford it.