Friday, October 19, 2018

Guess WHO's coming to the WVCC!

Susan A. Doggett, a Wonder Valley resident specializing in birds of prey and migratory bird rehabilitation, will present from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, October 27, at the Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526-1/2 Amboy Road, in Wonder Valley.

She will present on local raptors (birds of prey), including owls. She will be bringing 3 LIVE OWLS for you to see!!!

Susan has 40 years experience in bird rehabilitation, and is the official wildlife care center for the Marine Base.

Suggested DONATION: $3 adult, $1 child, no one turned away for lack of funds (and no attitude at all if you can't pay).

Another Plan from Outer Space.

Come to a free screening of the new movie, Another Plan from Outer Space, at 7 p.m., Monday, October 22, at Smith Ranch
Drive In, on Adobe Road, north of Amboy Road.

The low-budget, black and white movie was filmed entirely in Wonder Valley during the summer of 2017. 

The film is about five astronauts who crash-land on Earth after completing their Mars mission.

If you haven’t been to the drive-in, your should go. It’s a lot of fun and the food is pretty good, and cheap -- not like movies in the city. 

A Particle of Dread (Oedipus Variations).

Sam Shepard, a band of players, and a crime scene in the Hi-Desert. What more could you want? It’s a theatre experience that will leave you wondering, is it fate or free will?

In one of his last plays, Shepard takes us on a journey, a theatrical riff, through the eyes of Sophocles’s most popular character, OEDIPUS THE KING!

Miri Hunter, of Wonder Valley, directs, and actors include our own Lindsey Andersen, and the Desert Trail’s Kurt Schauppner.

From 4:00  – 6:00 p.m., Sunday, October 28, 2018 on October 28, at the Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526-1/2 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley CA 92277.

Purchase tickets at:

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Desert Trail Column, October 18, 2018

The Salvation Army Food Distribution will take place on Wednesday, October 24 at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road,from 11 a.m. until the food is gone. Food is from Trader Joe’s and bags are provided. For information, contact WVCC Coordinator Teresa Sitz at teresa.sitz@gmail.comor 760-367-9880.
Mark your calendar for a Farewell Potluck for Pastor Garry Brooks and wife Diane coming up October 28 at the Wonder Valley Community Church, 82575 Amboy Road. Pastor Garry and Diane are moving to Arizona, with Lonnie Casper starting as the new pastor on November 1.
 Darlene’s Commentary: So you cut open a watermelon, eat the juicy red part, spit out the seeds and discard the rind. Wrong! The white rind, just under the green skin, contains powerful nutrients that increase blood flow, improve heart health, boost immunity and reduce muscle fatigue. Chop and add white rind to smoothies, fruit salads, salsas and soups. As for the watermelon seeds, they contain magnesium, iron, folate and other vitamins and minerals Toss them in olive oil with a little salt, roast at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes, then cool. Sprinkle on salads, veggies and trail mix.
 Karen’s Commentary: I want to tell you about Wonder Valleyite Susan Doggett. She is a Wildlife Rehabilitator, a graduate biologist and has cared for more than 35,000 birds. She ran a wildlife center in Orange County, has Federal Education and Rehabilitation Permits and is also an artist! We called her because of a hawk that we thought was sick or injured. It had hung around for a few days, plowed into our windows a couple times, then took refuge in our garage. She came right over, but of course when she arrived, the hawk was gone, and we haven’t seen it since! Susan is listed under the heading Migratory Bird Rehabilitation in the local Sand Paper, and we have now learned that ALL birds are migratory except for starlings, sparrows and common pigeons. For more information, call her at 714-637-8355.
For up-to-date information about Wonder Valley, go to the website Ken and Teresa Sitz add items almost daily. Past Wonder Valley News columns are there, too!

Handy Hint: According to a plumber, the best way to empty a toilet bowl is to fill a 2 or 2 1/2-gallon pail with water, then dump it into the bowl as fast as it will take it. Because of siphon action, there will then be little or no water left in the bowl. This can also clear many nuisance toilet clogs.
Today’s Thought: When you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.
 Until next time..., remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Bob's Art Show!

"A couple months ago Bob moved to a new place & I asked if he’d let me help him hang his artwork. He was perplexed but allowing. He has so many paintings that the space has become a veritable gallery - and now he’s hosting an art show! Come check out his paintings & hats, bring your instruments & appetite. This is gonna be fun. Yay Bob!!" -- Lindsey Andersen

Harmonica Bob's Art Show & Open House
Paintings for sale! Refreshments! Hat exhibit!
4:00 - 10:00 p.m., Saturday, November 17th, 2018
3855 Meriwether Road, Wonder Valley CA

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Desert Trail Column - October 11, 2018

The free class titled “Stop the Bleed” was very interesting and educational and may prove to be a life-saver for someone in the future. Long-time trauma nurse Gael Whetstone taught us the three types of hemorrhage control and how to do each of them correctly. We practiced on lifelike models of injured legs and arms, applying direct pressure, packing a wound and/or applying a tourniquet. By the way, the rules for use of a tourniquet have changed since our first aid classes many moons ago! Everyone should take this course.
Don’t forget this Saturday, October 13, the Twentynine Palms Historical Society will present a free hands-on Weed Show workshop at the Old Schoolhouse Museum from 9 to 11 a.m. Everyone is welcome.
Also on Saturday, the Wonder Valley Community Meeting will be held at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road near Blower Road, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A report on the state of our community center and park, plus the newly-formed non-profit organization Friends of Wonder Valley are among the items on the agenda.

The USDA Food Distribution will take place on Monday, October 15 at our community center as soon as the truck arrives sometime after 10:30 a.m.
Bob Dougherty from the County Department of Aging and Adult Services will be at our community center on Wednesday, October 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to distribute bus passes to seniors, help with HEAP applications and talk to individuals about other issues.

 For information on the above events in Wonder Valley, contact our WVCC Coordinator Teresa Sitz at or 760-367-9880.
If you would like to go to the Twentynine Palms Nutrition Site for lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Reach Out Morongo Basin will pick you up at 10 a.m. and drop you off at 2 p.m. at The Palms, 83131 Amboy Road. If you have difficulty getting to The Palms, they may pick you up and drop you off at your residence. Call 760-361-1410 for further information.
Handy Hint: To clean tile grout, make a paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide and apply with a cleaning brush. Let sit for 10 minutes, give it a swipe with the brush, then rinse clean.
Today’s Thought: In the book “Inspiration and Ideals,” some of the thoughts given 101 years ago for October 11 are as follows. “The sea is a sublime illustration of man’s life. Some days will be smooth, others stormy, but if you are intelligently equipped like the far-sighted mariner, you can be confident of a safe voyage and a friendly harbor.” Still true today.

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

Friday, October 5, 2018

Crime Stats September 2018

Teresa Sitz, the MAC Delegate for Wonder Valley, has been teasing our stats out of media reports since May of 2017. This is tedious work. The stats are unofficial, and there is a small margin of error.

A change in numbers does not reflect a change in service. A change in numbers can reflect a change in the willingness to call the Sheriff's Department, with reports and arrests adjusting in response.

If you call the Sheriff's Department, ALWAYS ask for an INCIDENT NUMBER. Please write it down.