Sunday, August 19, 2018

Wonder Valley News - August 16, 2018

The meeting called by the San Bernardino County Fire Department was packed and hot; we hope the County representatives took note of the state of our air conditioner! Fire Chief Mark Hartwig gave a presentation regarding the proposed change in fire department fees appearing on our tax bills, then answered questions from the audience. The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, which is also the San Bernardino County Fire Board of Directors, has written a proposal to charge every parcel served by the SBCFD where there is no contract involved, the same rate of $157.34, which is more than four times what Wonder Valley residents are paying now. There is a 30-day protest period, but it will take the official protests of 25% of the parcel owners representing 25% of the property values of all involved parcels to force the decision to a public vote; 50% of parcel owners and property values to stop it completely. Otherwise, the Board of Supervisors/Directors will make the decision.

At 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 18, at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road,
there will be a free presentation about the annual Weed Show. Ted Meyers, who has won more than 30 ribbons over the years will have all kinds of show-and-tell items there. He will pass along ideas, tips and tricks, plus go over the rules and the fun of entering. If you’ve ever thought about participating in the Weed Show, now is the time to get started!

 The USDA Food Distribution will take place on Monday, August 20 at our community center sometime after 10:30 a.m. when the truck arrives. 
On Wednesday, August 22, the Salvation Army Food Distribution will take place at our community center at 11 a.m. Food is from Trader Joe’s and bags will be provided. 
For further information on the above events, call our WVCC Coordinator Teresa Sitz at 760-367-9880. 
Handy Hint: Use curtain ring clips to make dishtowels into cute no-sew cafĂ© curtains 
Today’s Thought: In 1917, Grenville Kleiser wrote the following daily thoughts for August 16.
“Greatness of life is largely the product of definite purpose and lofty ambition. When you have made definite choice of a worthy life purpose, there will come to you a wonderful sense of will set to work for the sole purpose seemingly of helping on your progress. The consciousness at the close of each day that you have made real and substantial advancement toward a great purpose will increase your courage, and larger possibilities will be constantly revealed to you.“ Over one hundred years later, this still makes perfect sense. 

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

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

WV Community Meeting, September 15, 2018

Everyone is invited and welcome to attend and participate in the 
September Wonder Valley Community Meeting, 
from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, September 15, 2018, 

at the Wonder Valley Community Center
80526-1/2 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley, CA 92277. 
The WVCC is between the fire station and the palm tree cell tower.

MORONGO BASIN AMBULANCE will give an overview of their services, specifically as they pertain to Wonder Valley, as well as some of the challenges they face moving forward. They will bring an ALS (Advanced Life Support) ambulance for us to examine.

MERCY AIR will also be present and will bring one of their helicopters for us to see.

The agenda will be posted at the WVCC and online by September 8, 2018.

This invitation is extended to anyone living in the Morongo Basin.

Weed Show Presentation

Come out the the Wonder Valley Community Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. this weekend and learn everything you need to know about entering the annual Twentynine Palms weed show, and maybe even winning.

Our presenter, Ted Meyers, has won 33 ribbons over the years, and will share his winning secrets with us.

This is not a hands on class, so you don't need to bring anything other than yourself, and perhaps something to take a few notes on.

I'd love to see Wonder Valley sweep the competition, so please attend the class. Maybe when it's over we can display the entries in the Community Center for a week.

Weed Show Presentation, with Ted Meyers
11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturday, August 18, 2018
Wonder Valley Community Center
80526-1/2 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley CA 92277
Call (760) 367-9880 for more information.

Wonder Valley art in Joshua Tree

     Wonder Valley resident, artist and curator, Deborah Tobin met a group of WV artists early last Saturday morning at the Community Center to ferry their artwork to the Beatnik Lounge in Joshua Tree. The theme of the show was Liminality : Doors, Portals, and Thresholds.

Wonder Valley artists submitting work were Ellen Goldin, Jill Reinig-Davis, Chris Carraher, Ken and Teresa Sitz. Also showing was Robin Goudy.

Reinig-Davis’ Clown Therapy was a favorite among the other artists. The show hangs for the month, so go see Wonder Valley art at Joshua Tree at: The Beatnik Lounge, 61568 Twentynine Palms Highway, near Sunset Road.

The photo pictured is of Chris Carraher's, Cabin, a structure of metal, linen, and ceramic, from a private collection.

Monday, August 13, 2018

USDA Food Distribution

The USDA Food Distribution will begin sometime after 10:30 a.m. on Monday, August 20th at the Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526-½ Amboy Road, Wonder Valley CA 92277. The Community Center is next to the Fire Station.

Low-income Wonder Valley residents self-certify on site. No ID or other documentation is required. You may pick up a box for a neighbor, or they may pick up a box for you, IF you present a signed pick up form. Pick up forms are available online at They are also available at the WVCC on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., and on the door of the WVCC the week before the event.

For more information, call Teresa Sitz at (760) 367-9880.

The text below is required.

Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. 

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: 

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture 
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 
1400 Independence Avenue, SW 
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; 

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Salvation Army Food Distribution

The Salvation Army Food Distribution takes place starting at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 22, at the Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526-½ Amboy Road, Wonder Valley, CA 92277. The Community Center is located between the Fire Station and the palm tree cell tower.

The distribution is first come, first served, and ends when there is no more food. The distribution is open to Wonder Valley residents, who self-certify on site. No documentation is required, though you will need to fill out a form the first time you attend.

Starting in July the distribution will be “shopping style,” so bring a bag, and take what you like from a selection of food from Trader Joe’s. Please be mindful that people behind you need food, as well, and only take what you need. There may also be a selection of fresh fruits and vegetables.

A Salvation Army worker will be present to help people apply for Energy Assistance Funds (EAF) in partnership with Southern California Edison and the United Way. This program provides up to $100 towards a SoCal Edison bill for those who qualify. This program is open to anyone in the Morongo Basin, not just Wonder Valley residents. To see if you qualify you will need three things:

  • An appointment. There are 10 appointments available this month. Call Teresa Sitz at 760-367-9880 for an appointment. Be sure to keep your confirmation number.
  • Your most recent Southern California Edison bill.
  • Your most recent proof of income.

Appointments will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 22, at the Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526-½ Amboy Road, Wonder Valley, CA 92277. The Community Center is located between the Fire Station and the palm tree cell tower.

County Fire Meeting

County Fire Meeting, from August 8, 2018