Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015

12 Bands for $5 - May 9th!

Summer's Eve
$5 bucks for 12 bands!!! 

CY DUNE // JT (member of Akron/Family)
THE RENDERERS // JT
TARA JANE O'NEIL // LA
BATT // JT
ALGAE AND TENTACLES // TUSCON AZ
FREE BLEED //
LA DICK PICKS // LA
Grateful Dead cover band
CASPAR SONNET // LA
JORDAN DYKSTRA // LA
DER // JT
GRANT EARL LAVALLEY // JT
THE SIBLEYS // WONDER VALLEY

Order and times will be announced soon.
Indoor and outdoor stages.

AT: The Palms Restaurant, 83131 Amboy Rd, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
The Palms serves dinner at night and breakfast in the morning.
Free camping.

Marine Sandpiper at Glass Outhouse

Artist's reception, with light refreshments,
Saturday, April 4, from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Glass Outhouse.

Artists: Ehsun Asadian and Duncan Roseme

Music: The Marine Sandpiper, Joel Daniels, will be playing.

Glass Outhouse Gallery, 77575 Highway 62, Twentynine Palms, CA
near Thunder Road.

Friday, March 27, 2015

The Many Moods of Ben Vaughn, March 28

This week's MANY MOODS OF BEN VAUGHN will feature selections by these fine recording artists and more. Full playlist to follow.
BROADCAST SCHEDULE:
WXPN, Phila., PA (Saturdays at 5:00 pm EST)
WEVL, Memphis, TN (Fridays at 6:00 pm CT & Tuesdays at 9:00 am CT)
PRAIRIE PUBLIC RADIO, all of North Dakota (Saturdays at 3:00 pm CT)
KCDZ, Joshua Tree, CA (Sundays at 3:00 pm PST)
KDLG, Dillingham, AK (Sundays at 9:00 pm Alaska Standard Time)
KISL, Catalina Island, CA (Mon., Wed., and Fri. at 8:00 pm PST)
KLOI, Lopez Island, WA (Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Fridays at 8:00 AM PST)

AVAILABLE AS PODCAST: Now available on iTunes thanks to KCDZ in Joshua Tree, CA.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Desert Trail Column, March 26, 2015

Live Your Dream awards were presented by Soroptimist International of Yucca Valley to two very deserving young women who are in the process of furthering their educations despite daunting odds. Also, columnists who write about the unincorporated areas in the Morongo Basin were honored for their contributions to their respective communities. All were treated to a delicious lunch at the Sizzler, and presented with framed certificates, beautiful live orchid plants and posters bearing their names and the areas they write about. It was a lot of fun getting to meet the other columnists whose words we read every week. Tory Preston who writes about Flamingo Heights, and Nancy Sammons who writes about Yucca Mesa (where our sister Donna lives), sat at our table, and we had a really great time talking and laughing with them. This was the Soroptimists’ 49th Annual Anniversary Awards Luncheon, and we want to sincerely thank them for such an enjoyable afternoon.
Our new MAC representative Teresa Sitz has started a website that is all about Wonder Valley. Go to http://wondervalleycsa.blogspot.com to check it out – you’ll be pleasantly surprised. 
The Palms, in Beautiful Downtown Wonder Valley, invites everyone to come hear the music of The Field Hollers and our own Sibleys, on Saturday, March 28, starting at 8 pm. Admission is free! The Palms is located at 83131 Amboy Road.
We send out Rainbows-of-Aquamarines-and-Jonquils to Serenity Justicanne Root who turns five this week. Happy birthday, Serenity!
Darlene’s Commentary:  Here are some funny alternate meanings for common words:  
  1. Coffee (n.):  The person upon whom one coughs.
  2. Flabbergasted (adj.):  Appalled over how much weight you have gained. 
  3. Esplanade (v.):  To attempt an explanation while drunk. 
  4. Gargoyle (n.):  Olive-flavored mouthwash. He! He! He!
Karen’s Commentary:  Pictures and graphic details of the cruelties and horrors that affect innocent animals do NOT motivate me to support organizations such as the ASPCA and the US Humane Society. I AM motivated to donate to organizations that show and explain how they achieve their happily-ever-after results.
Animal Action League will spay or neuter your pets at a very reduced rate. They also provide vaccinations and microchips. They are located just west of the dinosaurs on 29 Palms Highway in Joshua Tree. Call 760-366-1100 for further information.


SBC Spay & Neuter Voucher Program
Handy Hint:  Add half a teaspoon of baking soda to the water when hard-boiling eggs to make the shells easy to peel off.
Thought for Today:  “You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself.” – Alan Alda


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

Monday, March 23, 2015

Will you jump through one more hoop to save the bobcats?

Yeah, I wrote a letter, too, but it seems the Fish and Game is only accepting NEW letters, so we all need to write again.

Check out the details here.
This page has all the talking points so you can easily put a letter together and send it to:

fgc@fgc.ca.gov

Deadline: March 26, 2015!

Saturday, March 28, the Palms

Saturday, March 28, the Palms, 8:00 p.m.
Headlining the FIELD HOLLARS. Special guests: the SIBLEYS, DRUG, STEPHEN LEE and CALEB WINN. Free show. Live.


Wonder Valley Office Hours

The page 2 headline this week in the Desert Trail read, 

Find new Wonder Valley rep at Palms Sundays

HA!

Yes, MOST Sundays, 10-ish - those are my “office hours.” I haven’t found a better place in the area to meet the people in Wonder Valley than the Palms. On Saturday night Ken and I had dinner there. Laura Sibley made brats with grilled onions and coleslaw ($3.50) and we shared an order of fries. It was delicious. Laura is a fantastic cook and after a long day at the DesertInstitute we were in need of nourishment and went where we were sure we could get it.


I ran into lots of people I knew and met a couple of gentlemen who have lived here for a very long time: Bill and George. Honored to meet them both. Later I ran into Gary, whose name I will not forget next time, and his friend Olive, and Gina and a few others. Some of these people live here full time and some are weekenders from nearby cities working hard to find a way to live permanently in this wonderful enclave that they have come to love so much.

All are vibrant people, with lively personalities who contribute to the character of Wonder Valley, something difficult to notice if you’re flying past on 62 pushing 80. If you really want to know Wonder Valley you'll need to slow down.

We stayed to watch the show Rummelsnuff. Wonder Valley was their last American stop before Koln, Germany and Vienna, Austria.

Rummelsnuff brought to mind Christopher Isherwood's Caberet and young men revving their cars before a Saturday night street race, with just a titch of Pierre et Gilles thrown in. Love and boundless enthusiasm defined their energetic performance.

Two lovely women danced back up (one is rumored to be Wonderhussy) and another lovely Wonder Valley gal in a cowboy hat danced cheek to cheek with Christian Asbach while he sang a ballad. Only the microphone came between them.

Locals joined in, dancing "on stage." The atmosphere was warm and decadent.

The Wonder Valley artist Jill Reinig took donations for stickers.


We returned to the Palms the next morning for my "office hours," had breakfast, chatted with my neighbors, and joined Miss Ida Lane in the back room. She played honky tonk piano while the rest of us tried to sing. Ken had printed song sheets and together we sang Walzting Matilda, the Yellow Rose of Texas and more.

Hope to see you next week!

Identifying wild mustards

On Saturday Ken and I took the class Native Plant Uses at Joshua Tree National Park's Desert Institute. The class was held at the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve and I was able to get clarity on something you all probably already know – the difference between these three mustards growing in the area: 
  • Sahara mustard
  • London rocket, and 
  • Western tansy mustard.
Sahara mustard seeds
The worst, first, all right? The infamous SAHARA MUSTARD (Brassica tournefortii) must be pulled whenever and wherever you can. I stopped roadside and grabbed the specimen below. Compared to the other two mustards, which resemble ordinary garden plants, Sahara mustard is on steroids. The leaves are dense and dry like cardboard, of dull color, and the stem is covered in stickers (you’d have to wear gloves, or be foolish, to pull it – guess which I was!). The seed pods are hard and bumpy, like a neglected dirt road or a bandolier. The plant is high in oxalic acid and may be toxic to desert herbivores. In no way could this plant be considered an edible.

Sahara mustard, brassica tournefortii 
Another exotic and invasive mustard is LONDON ROCKET (Sisymbrium irio). What it lacks in fierceness it makes up for in flavor. It is edible and depending on where it grows it can taste exceedingly hot, to pleasantly hot and sweet. This is the mustard I’ve found growing in my yard, the one I eat the tops off of when I’m walking around. It is invasive, and has taken over sections of the Morongo Preserve (see photo to the right, hikers hip high in mustard), but from reading the literature it seems that native plants have been able to take back some lost ground. London rocket is not as prolific or as damaging as Sahara mustard and on our property the sun seems to take care of anything I haven’t eaten or pulled.

London rocket sprouting. The tender greens and flowers are edible.
The third mustard featured today is WESTERN TANSY MUSTARD (Descurainia sophia). This plant is native to our area, not invasive and if you find it on your property you might want to cherish it with a little extra water. The leaves are grayish and feathery, the seed pods huddle close around the stem; it is orderly and not rangy like London rocket, It is delicate and unassuming, unlike the bullying Sahara mustard. The flavor is very mild, a little too mild for my tastes. It was a green utilized by native peoples.


If you do work with the angels and pull Sahara mustard where you find it, please place the plants in black plastic garbage bags and tie the tops. If you pull them and leave them on the side of the road the seed pods will dry and open and spread hundreds of seeds. Thanking you in advance for any pulling that you do.

Glass Outhouse Gallery - Schedule of Upcoming Shows


March 7, 2015: Chris Hanson and Darlene Morris

April 4, 2015: Ehsun Asadian and Duncan Roseme

May 2, 2015: Ray Lamb and Hillary Sloane

June 6, 2015: Janet Cole, Christine Lamb and Olive Tosconi - 6th Anniversary Show

Friday, March 20, 2015

Wonder Valley's own Ben Vaughn!


WHISTLING! This week's MANY MOODS OF BEN VAUGHN will feature songs that include whistling. Tune in to hear selections by The Beatles, Ennio Morricone, Charley Pride and the Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation. Yes, the Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation. Full playlist to follow.
BROADCAST SCHEDULE:
WXPN, Phila., PA (Saturdays at 5:00 pm EST)
WEVL, Memphis, TN (Fridays at 6:00 pm CT & Tuesdays at 9:00 am CT)
PRAIRIE PUBLIC RADIO, all of North Dakota (Saturdays at 3:00 pm CT)
KCDZ, Joshua Tree, CA (Sundays at 3:00 pm PST)
KDLG, Dillingham, AK (Sundays at 9:00 pm Alaska Standard Time)
KISL, Catalina Island, CA (Mon., Wed., and Fri. at 8:00 pm PST)
KLOI, Lopez Island, WA (Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Fridays at 8:00 AM PST)
AVAILABLE AS PODCAST:
Now available on iTunes thanks to KCDZ in Joshua Tree, CA.

Glass Outhouse Gallery through March 28, Chris Hanson

Artist Chris Hanson, through March 28, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m., Tuesday - Sunday

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Agave Harvest and Roast

For those of you interested in the staple foods of native peoples, consider attending the Agave Harvest and Roast in Banning,

The Agave Harvest - April 4th, 2015

The Agave Roast - April 11th, 2015

Download the flyer!

Harvest:
Reservations Recommended: Please call (951) 849 7289

Cost: $10 donation appreciated
Bring with you: sturdy walking shoes, water, sunscreen, and leather gloves (if you would like to help harvest the agave)
Location: Cahuilla Tewanet Overlook on the Palms to Pines Highway (Hwy. 74)

Roast:
Reservations Recommended: Please call (951) 849-7289
Cost: Free admission, $10 donation per plate of food
Location: Malki Museum, 11795 Malki Road, Morongo Reservation, Banning

Desert Trail Column, March 19, 2015

If you’re a book person, stop in at our community center on Monday or Wednesday from 9 to noon to check out the table of free books. FREE BOOKS!
We send out Rainbows-of-Aquamarines-and-Jonquils to Donna Parsons and Tiler Holsclaw who share the same special day. Happy, happy birthday to you both!
"Narcissus jonquilla 3" by Cillas - Own work. Licensed under GFDL via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Narcissus_jonquilla_3.jpg#/media/File:Narcissus_jonquilla_3.jpg

Karen’s Commentary: Thanks to Sandi Arismendi for greeting cards, and to cousin Annie French for cards, manufacturer’s coupons (all cut out!) and used stamps. I appreciate them all. 
On a different note, I’ve been keeping track of my Tortoise Rock Casino wins and losses since April 1, 2014. I stop in once or twice a week, and my gambling money consists of a single $20 bill – if I lose it, I leave – if I double it, I leave. Pretty simple system, and so far it’s working for me. As of today, I’m $271 ahead. I just love our little casino, and consider a visit there as a bright spot in an otherwise routine day of running errands.
Darlene’s Commentary:  A few weeks ago, I read a good article about lemons, and it was packed with so much interesting and useful information that I have to share some of it with you. Lemon trees bloom and produce fruit year-round, and an average mature tree can produce 500 to 600 pounds of lemons in a year which adds up to around 2,000 lemons annually! Lemons are one of seven top sources of potassium, a mineral that promotes clear thinking, aids in normalizing blood pressure, and works with sodium to regulate the body’s water balance. The juice of half a lemon in warm water helps eliminate toxins, cleanses the liver, stimulates the metabolism and helps block pain. When lemon juice is heated, salicylic acid (the chemical precursor of aspirin’s active ingredient) is produced. Also, you can add the juice of one lemon to an equal amount of hot water for an effective antibacterial gargle. Here’s to lemons!
Godwin Christian Fellowship is in the process of building a new church on Godwin Road, north of Highway 62. In the meantime, they hold Home Group meetings every Sunday on Bonny Dunes Road. Call Pastor Max Rossi at 831-234-6848 for further information.
Handy Hint: When drilling a hole in drywall, tape an old envelope (gently folded open) to the wall just below the drilling point. Dust and debris will drop into the open envelope which can then just be tossed into the trash.


Thought for Today: “Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something, wearing stripes with plaid comes easy.” – Albert Einstein
Until next time . . . remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.

Sahara Mustard or London Rocket - does it matter?

Okay, y'all. Is there a difference between SAHARA MUSTARD and LONDON ROCKET? If so, how do you tell the difference, and does it matter? Are they both invasive? Are they both edible? I ate the top - flower and tender leaves - off some Sahara mustard in my yard and it was delish - hot and sweet. I id'd it as Sahara mustard because that's what everyone says is growing in the desert right now.

See an interesting article at Desert Turtle Botanicals on London Rocket:
http://www.desertortoisebotanicals.com/urban-foraging-for-london-rocket/

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

This just in..., Rummelsnuff!!!

March 21, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
The Return of Captain Rummelsnuff and Maat Christian Asbach
LIVE at Palms Restaurant
83131 Amboy Rd, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
Food Special Bratwurst & Slaw 3.50
Drink Special The Drunk German 3.50
Happy Birthday Johann Sebastian Bach


Germans seems to have a particular affinity to Wonder Valley, and the wild west at large, which Wonder Valley seems to personify to some. I'm looking forward to hearing Rummelsnuff Saturday night, having hung out a bit with them one recent Sunday.

Captain Rummelsnuff, Wonder Valley artist Jill Reinig, and Maat Asbach
Does this spot look familiar?

SB Board of Supervisors - March 17, 2015

San Bernardino Board of Supervisors AGENDAhttp://www.sbcounty.gov/uploads/cob/docs/PrintableAgenda.PDF

SEPARATED ENTITIES
Board Governed County Service Areas
56) Acting as the governing body of County Service Area 70 M - Wonder Valley, declare surplus equipment number 051921, 1997 John Deere Motor Grader, Vehicle Identification Number DW670CX561241.
(Presenter: Jeffrey O. Rigney, Director, 387-5967)

When: 10:00am – 11:30am
Where: Bob Burke Government Center, 63665 Twentynine Palms Hwy, Joshua Tree, CA
Description:
Attend the bi-monthly County Board of Supervisors meeting held in San Bernardino via the Video Conference center in Joshua Tree

Through videoconferencing, the public can testify before the board, make presentations, or simply watch meetings without having to travel to San Bernardino. People addressing the board from Joshua Tree will appear on the screen in the board chambers in San Bernardino and be able to see the board while offering their comments.

The videoconferencing center is located on the first floor of the newly opened Bob Burke Joshua Tree County Government Center. The building also contains Supervisor Ramos’s Morongo Basin field office  as well as offices for the Sheriff-Coroner, Land Use Services, the Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk, and Probation.

The public portion of Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting begins at 10 a.m. The board welcomes comments from the public on all items being considered by the board throughout each meeting as well as general comments at the end of each meeting.

Meeting agendas can be viewed at
http://cob-sire.sbcounty.gov/sirepub/
Live and archived meetings can be viewed through CountyDirect at
http://www.sbcounty.gov/main/countydirect.asp

Monday, March 16, 2015

Bon voyage, Heather!

Wonder Valley's own, artist Heather L. Johnson, departed on her journey to the end of the earth - Tierra del Fuego - yesterday. We'll miss you, Heather! There are still a few days left to contribute to her project.

 

Follow Heather on her journey: In Search of the Frightening and Beautiful

MAC Meeting - March 9, 2015

MAC Meeting, March 9, 2015

Hello, Wonder Valley!

I went to my first MAC (Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council) meeting last night and was sworn in as your representative.  What follows is my take on the meeting – UNOFFICIAL in every way, and I invite correction for anything I got wrong.

If you’d like to review the meeting for yourself, it’s on YouTube at:


In attendance were Elizabeth KARMAN (Yucca Mesa); Mark LUNDQUIST (Joshua Tree, who served as Chair); Pat FLANAGAN (Desert Heights); Gayl SWARAT (Morongo Valley); Mary Helen TUTTLE (Copper Mountain Mesa); Lib KOENIG (Flamingo Heights); Teresa SITZ (Wonder Valley). Two seats, Pioneertown and Landers, remain vacant.

PUBLIC COMMENT
Bob KARMAN, Yucca Mesa, spoke about the mission and goals of the MAC
Tom O’KEY, Joshua Tree, spoke about Earth Hour on March 28 – turn out your lights from 8:30-9:30 p.m. and graffiti in the Park.
David FICK, Joshua Tree, spoke about unfinished projects on which Mike LIPSITZ had been working.
Greg GILBERT advocated for a bicycle path along Highway 62.
Gary BENEDICT commented on how dangerous driving on Highway 62 can be and advocated for bicycle lanes.
Deb BOLLINGER, Morongo BasinConservation Association, urged everyone to destroy Sahara mustard, an invasive non-native plant, growing anywhere they see it.

Sahara mustard looks very much like the plant pictured here and competes with our beautiful native spring wild flowers. A single plant may produce thousands of seeds. If the plant you pull has seed pods, dispose of it in a sealed black plastic trash bag.

If you’d like to make a comment or ask a question you are welcome to come to the next meeting, Monday, April 13, 2015 at 6:30 p.m., or you can send your comment or question to me at teresa.sitz@gmail.com and I’ll share your concern or try to get your question answered.


REPORTS
California Highway Patrol
Lieutenant Eric ROBLES cautioned the audience about inattentive driving, obeying the speed limit and wearing seat belts.

Sheriff’s Department
Captain Dale MONDRAY spoke of Sheriff McMahon’s 4-year plan.
Almut FLECK, Wonder Valley, asked about the priority of sheriff’s calls.
Captain MONDRAY said the highest priority is emergencies, crimes in progress and major traffic accidents. The second priority is recent calls, crimes not in progress. The third priority is for crimes against vacation properties and identity theft. The fourth priority is non-emergency – telephone harassment, loud music, barking dogs, and we later learned – off-road vehicle violations.

PRESENTATIONS
Haissam YAHYA presented on the CALTRANS Highway 62 continuous left turn lane project. I will post links to materials that he brought with him when his department sends them to me. The project does not extend into Wonder Valley. I asked if the project would require power poles to be moved (no), if shoulders would be paved (yes), and if it were possible to include bicycle lanes in the project (no – bike lanes are a city mandate, not Cal Trans).

Sergeant Rick MILLARD, San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department, presented on off-road vehicle (ORV) safety. The department applies for and receives a grant each year for ORV safety and enforcement.  There are 6 trained deputies, 3 – XL 650 dirt bikes, a Chevy Tahoe and a Dodge pickup. The officers travel in pairs.

Last year the SBSD had 433 contacts with ORV riders, gave 37 warnings, and wrote 10 citations.

ORV calls are “cold crimes,” against property and are priority 4, though he said that they will always come check them out. It’s important to record as much information as possible – describe the vehicle, the rider and the direction they were going. They also work proactively in known hot spots.
It is against the law to ride without a helmet, to carry passengers, to ride at night without lights, to ride under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or for any child under the age of 16 to ride on an ORV.

It’s important to post NO TRESPASSING signs on your property. It’s also important to REPORT any crime, especially in areas which are not often patrolled. Wonder Valley got a shout out for reporting the most ORV violations which has caused the SBSD to focus most of their attention here.
To report ORV violations call the NON-emergency line at the Sheriff’s Department at: (760) 366-3781 or (760) 245-4211. You are also encouraged to report to Code Enforcement and to the BLM.

ACTION ITEM
The MAC unanimously passed a motion approving a resolution against the BOWMAN SOLAR PROJECT in Landers. The SB Board of Supervisors will meet on this issue on May 5. You may attend and comment at this meeting via video conference at the Bob Burke Government Center, 63665 Twentynine Palms Highway, in Joshua Tree.

COMMUNITY, OFFICER and COMMITTEE REPORTS
Teresa SITZ, Wonder Valley, I reported that I had created this blog and was very happy to be on the council and to serve the people of Wonder Valley.
Elizabeth KRAMER reported on solar projects and asked that we agendize an item forbidding new solar and wind projects in the area.
Lib KOENIG, Flamingo Heights, also newly sworn in, said she was happy to serve the community.
Mark LUNDQUIST, Joshua Tree, reported that the project is requesting 9.8 million gallons of water for the project and this is probably an underestimation.
Gayle SWARAT, Morongo Valley, is working with the community to raise funds for a new fire engine.
Mary Helen TUTTLE, Copper Mountain Mesa, reported on the homeless count – 150, stating that there are likely more that did not want to be counted.
Pat FLANAGAN, Desert Heights, gave a report on ORV deaths. Last year 62 children died, 25,000 were injured and went to the emergency room.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Desert Trail Column, March 12, 2015

The USDA Food Distribution will take place on Monday, March 16 at our community center from 11 to noon. The He Provides Ministry will also be there with free clothing and household items.

Darlene’s Commentary:  The desert dune primrose is a most amazing desert plant. When a seed sprouts, it sends down a long woody taproot that grows like a corkscrew. Green shoots send out tendrils that radiate from the plant like octopus arms, then it blooms from the center with beautiful delicate white flowers touched with pink. Each flower blooms, fades and dies within about 24 hours, forming a seedpod cluster at the base of the plant. When the season is over, the plant becomes dormant and the greenery turns pale and papery and blows away from the plant, leaving a dry woody seedpod cluster anchored by the sturdy taproot to keep the plant in place. When the plant grows old and is in its final season, the “arms” become thick and tough and do not disconnect from the plant this time. They then slowly curl UP off the ground and form what looks just like an old-fashionedround birdcage!  Utterly amazing!

Photo from Basin and Range Watch: http://www.basinandrangewatch.org/
Karen’s Commentary:  Dar and I have been completely won over by Celtic Thunder, a musical group from Ireland. This is a pretty amazing thing because we are both old die-hard heavy metal/hard rock/soft rock enthusiasts! We were introduced to this group by an email containing a video of them singing “All God’s Creatures Got a Place in the Choir.” From that day on, they have just steadily grown on us, and we now have a ritual we call “inspiration time” of watching a couple of their videos before working on our column each week! They’re so talented and fun to watch, and appeal to all ages, as seen in the diversity of their live audiences. Since we started following them, they have lost three members for various reasons, but the replacements appear to be just as talented and well-liked as the originals. Long live Celtic Thunder!



The Wonder Valley Community Center, located next to the fire station at 80526 ½ Amboy Road, is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 to noon, except for food distribution days when it opens at 8. Star Javier is there to assist with questions or concerns regarding our area. You can call her if you prefer at 760-367-9880.

Handy Hint:  After steaming or boiling vegetables, use the leftover water for houseplants – it’s full of vitamins that make houseplants flourish.

Thought for Today:  “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” – Unknown

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

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Mosaic Workshops at The Tile House and The Raft


Mosaic Workshops, $175 includes all materials

DATES:March 14 & 15, 2015,
November 7 & 8, 2015
@ The Tile House (Wonder Valley)

May 9 & 10
August 8 & 9
@ The Raft (Santa Barbara)

email: magentaraven@gmail.com
more info: ravenmosaics.wordpress.com

Wonder Valley Experimental Festival


The seventh installment of the Wonder Valley Experimental Festival. A carnival of harsh noise, weird instruments, free improvisation and the joy of free sonic manipulation! Still Fun! Still Free! With free camping on site. If that isn't enough to motivate you to mark your calendar, then check out the videos of past WVE Festivals on YouTube.

Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
At the Palms, 80526 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley, CA 92277

Here is the lineup:
11:20 PM Wheels - Ellen Weller
11:00 to 11:20 Set up
10:40 PM Andrea Pensado
10:20 PM The Oort Cloud
10:00 PM Asha Sheshadri
10:00 to 10:20 Set up Virons
9:40 PM Phog Masheeen
9:20 PM Endometrium Cuntplow -> cessation -> Sleepwalkers Local
9:00 PM Alien Ajenda
8:40 to 9:00 Set up
8:20 PM earth pitch
8:00 PM Toaster + Squirrellex
7:40 PM The Sibleys
7:20 to 7:40 Set up Skunk Puppet
7:00 PM Poly Wave Experiment
6:40 PM Violin K Sonata / Doctor Doctor
6:20 PM Jonathan Saxon
6:00 to 6:20 Set up Cathy Allen
5:40 PM Sykora
5:20 PM Nightmare Task Force
5:00 PM Tawee Kiva
4:00 Load in