Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Bonefest 2017 - The Palms

"Bonefest 2017"
Desert Halloween Party!!!
At the Palms in Wonder Valley
83131 Amboy Road, 92277

Featuring live music with:
  • The Sibleys
  • Bellstarr
  • Easier
A costume contest: prizes for best costumes
Probably a dance party...because, well, dance party

Saturday, October 28, 7 p.m. - midnight. No cover.
More info: 760 - 361 - 2810 / 310 - 920 - 4804

Free camping available.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Crime Stats for September 2017

The figures for 2015 and 2016 were supplied by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. The figures for 2017 were gleaned from media reports so these numbers have not been confirmed by the Sheriff's Department.

An increase in numbers does not mean there has been an increase in crime. An increase may be due to increased public awareness and willingness to report crime.

Remember, if you call the Sheriff's Department, always ask for an incident number.


In case of an emergency: dial 911
Sheriff’s Department non-emergency: 760-956-5001

Code Enforcement: (909) 884-4056 or (760) 995-8140

Animal Control:  (800) 472-5609


San Bernardino Sheriff's Department (always call first)
private land trespass - (760) 366-4175

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)
public land trespass - (888) 233-6518

San Bernardino Code Enforcement
(909) 884-4056 or (760) 995-8140

CRISIS WALK IN CENTER: Open 24/7 - (760) 365-6558
7293 Dumosa Avenue, Suite 2, YV 92284
No appointment necessary

SUICIDE HOTLINE: (800) 273-8255

VETERANS CRISIS LINE: 1-800-273-8255, press 1

Crisis counseling, information, referrals and access to the immediate safety of emergency domestic violence shelter.
(760) 366-9663 x1

Thursday, October 5, 2017

High Desert Test Sites | October 21 - 22, 2017

HDTS 2017

Saturday, October 21. 2017

3 - 5 p.m.
Edie Fake with the Glass Outhouse
Glass Outhouse Art Gallery
77575 Twentynine Palms Highway
Wonder Valley, CA 92277

5:45 p.m.
Chill Out: Oliver Payne
Iron Age Road
Wonder Valley, CA 92277

7 - 10 p.m.
The Palm Talks
Palms Restaurant
831831 Amboy Road
Wonder Valley, CA 92277

The Palm Talks
     Community has become a buzzword for everything from right-wing fraternities, ecological collectives, and Silicon Valley burners to gentrification activists. The very notion of the term brings people together as much as it divides them; it creates a sense of belonging and a case for segregation, shared sets of beliefs and prejudices. More than likely, we are all voluntary and involuntary members of different communities, with contradictory values and conflicting agendas. Therefore, it might be more relevant to think of a non-community, where each and every one of us can be left alone together. But is this possible in today’s political climate? Is there anything left of the social infrastructure that supports operations of the self?
     The Palm Talks wants to know what the future of our non-community looks like. How can we not belong to a group that would likely take us as a member? How can there be the acceptance of difference without otherness? These are some basic ideas. The Palm Talks affords an opportunity to think about the groups to which we belong. Particularly in the context of the High Desert and the convergent ideologies represented there, it becomes ever more important to address the notion of community—as well as non-community—through personal anecdotes and oral histories, as well as critical methodologies. There is perhaps no better place to ask these questions than Wonder Valley, where some come to create communities, others to escape them, some a combination of both, and where all rely on the land, water, trees, animals, and everything else that is seemingly common to all.
     The Palm Talks includes both local and non-local contemporary thinkers, historians, writers, and artists, whose contributions culminate in a momentary glimpse into our collective state. Set within the context of the legendary Palms Restaurant in Twentynine Palms and presented with live musical accompaniment by M. Cay Castagnetto and The
Renderers, there will be a negotiation between language and sound, noise and meaning, music and speech. Participants in The Palm Talks include Fiona Connor, Trinie Dalton, Gary Dauphin, Steve Kado, Alexander Keefe, Nancy Klein, Annelies Kuiper, Cailin O'Connor, Litia Perta, Linda Sibio, Laura Sibley, Bobby Jesus and Frances Stark, Sam Thorne, James Owen Weatherall, and others.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Press Release - First-ever Morongo Basin plan for culture and arts underway

[I'm proud to say that Wonder Valley is represented by two members: Cathy Allen and Kevin Bone!]

Press Release - First-ever Morongo Basin plan for culture and arts underway

​Land Use Services
Linda Mawby
Senior Planner
(909) 387-4002

First-ever Morongo Basin plan for culture and arts underway

The community, including residents, artists, educators, and culture-oriented organizations and businesses throughout the Morongo Basin will be asked to participate in developing a Strategic Plan for Culture and the Arts.

The County of San Bernardino will lead the effort along with The Cultural Planning Group, a Southern California consulting firm specializing in the field of arts and culture with experience working with communities across the country to create cultural plans.

“The Morongo Basin is known for its artistic and creative way of life which continues to attract residents, businesses and tourists to this region,” said San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor James Ramos. “We hope the community will help us build this roadmap to continue to promote and celebrate the Morongo Basin as an artistic hub.”

The plan will assist Morongo Basin communities to articulate their vision for culture and the arts. This will lead to plans for activities that can fulfill that vision, such as art shows, arts education, musical performances, poetry readings, writing groups, festivals and seminars.

The Cultural Planning Group will work with a leadership group of community leaders, including artists and others, to guide the planning process grounded in the unique creative identity of the Morongo Basin, and to create a plan based on the priorities of the communities of Joshua Tree, Morongo Valley, Pioneertown, Landers, Wonder Valley, Yucca Valley, and Twentynine Palms. The local communities will implement the plan with guidance from the leadership committee.

The Strategic Plan for Culture and the Arts is expected to be complete in mid-2018. The first public meetings will begin before the end of the year.  To receive future announcements on how to become involved, submit an email address to Linda.Mawby@lus.sbcounty.gov.  The San Bernardino County Land Use Services Planning Division will also be posting information on their website and social media links.  For additional information visit: http://cms.sbcounty.gov/lus/Planning/PlanningHome.aspx

Felisa Cardona
Deputy Public Information Officer
County of San Bernardino
Phone: 909-387-5429

Our job is to create a county in which those who reside and invest can prosper and achieve well-being.

Kip's Desert Book Club

Gold Fame Citrus, By Claire Vaye Watkins

7 p.m., October 2, 2017 at
The Palms Restaurant
83131 Amboy Road
Wonder Valley, CA

Bring something for the potluck if you' like to take part.
For more information see:

Friday, September 22, 2017

Food in Wonder Valley

Our friends from Wonder Valley Olive Oil are having a dinner. I got the invitation - I think I signed up at their site - but was a day late and $120 short to get a place at the table.

If you don't know what a "paladar" is, come sit by me. I looked it up. It's a little restaurant run by "self-employers." It's a Spanish word related to the root for "palate."

The Olive Oilers describe the event thusly:

"Our seasonal paladars are leisurely multiple course communal suppers, cooked over an open fire, where strangers become friends, all set to the background of the beautiful high desert near Joshua Tree, California. The dishes will be prepared with the remainder of the 2016 harvest olive oil by chef Jay Wolman of Small Trades. Jay's background is working in landmark kitchens such as Diner, Marlow & Sons, and newcomer Hart's (of Bon Appetit's Top 10 best new restaurants 2017).

"Live music & cocktails at 5 pm followed by a five course menu and wine pairing by Oeno Wines."

See the menu.


Volunteers distributed 83 boxes of food on September 18 at the Wonder Valley Community Center, serving 108 people. All low income Wonder Valley residents may self-certify on site. The next distribution is Monday, October 16.  The doors open at 10:30 a.m There is a Salvation Army Food Distribution at the WVCC this coming Wednesday, September 27 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., first come first served. All you have to do is sign your name and you'll be given a box. No waiting.

I want to thank all of our volunteers: Mary Quamme, Star Javiar, Karen Meyers, Stand Up Bob Woods, Mighty Mike Gillespie, Steven Wilhelm, Ken Sitz, Sunny Downer, and Grey Hill. We couldn't do it without you, and we love your sunny faces and wonderful, generous attitudes. This is what Wonder Valley is all about. Remember, some people are so poor that all they have is money.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Highway 62 Open Studio Art Tours

Three artists represent Wonder Valley in this year's Highway 62 Open Studio Art Tours: Robert Arnett, Perry Hoffman, and Mark Heuston. The tour runs for two weekends: October 14 & 15, and October 21 & 22.

Mark Heuston specializes in metal work and his studio will be open the second weekend only. Perry Hoffman specializes in tile and mosaics, and Robert Arnett in painting, and their studios will be open both weekends.

Go to www.hwy62arttours.org for maps to the studios and more information.