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.

Monday, February 11, 2019

WV in The Washington Post.

Forget Coachella, there’s a vibrant, more affordable music scene around Joshua Tree.
By Melanie D.G. Kaplan, February 8, 2019, The Washington Post Travel Section

"Palms Restaurant, a desert roadhouse in Wonder Valley, is even farther from civilization than Pappy’s. It’s known for its free-spirit vibe and avant-garde performances — such as Wonder Valley Experimental (March 30), a festival of experimental music; imagine pots and pans and concrete mixers as instruments.

“'We get a mix of locals, tourists and people driving through on the way to Vegas,' said Kevin Bone, who books talent for the Palms and planned the Hi-Desert Hukilau Music Festival, April 19 and 20, to coincide with the second weekend of Coachella; the lineup includes Victoria Williams, Ben Vaughn and Rosa Pullman. “If you think about Burning Man, some people are willing to drive all the way out to the desert,” Bone said. 'Those are the people who prefer that we’re in the middle of nowhere, prefer to see music under the stars.' He said patrons also like the free camping for festivals available on the Palms grounds and Sunday brunch with $2 Bloody Marys."

From Task and Purpose.

Aww. It's not that bad!

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Supervisor reconstitutes MAC.

Third District Supervisor Dawn Rowe ("Rowe" as in "Blow" in "Blower Road"), is reconstituting the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council which represents the nine unincorporated communities in the Morongo Basin.

Teresa Sitz, the former MAC Delegate who served nearly 4 years, will not be reapplying. Anyone interested is welcome to apply for the (unpaid, and volunteer) position. It involves attending 10 meetings a year in Joshua Tree (2nd Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m.), and scheduling local meetings for the community on a nearly monthly basis. It helps if you're comfortable speaking in public.

Aide Christina Garcia writes,
Good Morning all,
If you plan to apply for the new Morongo Basin MAC, you must submit your application by March 1st. I also have hard copies here in the office if anybody needs one. I included the link to submit online, if you have any questions, please let me know.

Christina Garcia
Executive Aide
Dawn Rowe, Third District Supervisor
Phone: 760-366-1488

Author explores Wonder Valley, its people

From the Desert Trail:
Author explores Wonder Valley, its people

Local author William Hillyard