Monday, November 12, 2018

Godwin Christian Fellowship Thanksgiving Dinner

Godwin Christian Fellowship at 6389 Godwin Road in Wonder Valley will host a free hot Thanksgiving Dinner Luncheon open to the public on Sunday, November 18, 2018 right after the 10:30 am service. Everyone is welcome!

Please contact Olympia Rossi with any questions at (831) 227-1948.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Turkeys for Wonder Valley

Friends of Wonder Valley, a new tax-exempt 501(c)(3) with a mission of enhancing the lives of those living in Wonder Valley, is SUPER EXCITED to announce that we’re partnering with SBC Community Action Partnership to give away up to 60 Thanksgiving turkeys to Wonder Valley residents on Tuesday, November 20, 2018. Sign up starts at 9 a.m., at the Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526½ Amboy Road, Wonder Valley CA 92277.

The turkeys will be distributed at the WVCC sometime between 11 a.m. and noon. There will be UP TO 60 turkeys. Turkeys average 12-14 pounds. You are not guaranteed a turkey. This event is first come, first served.

You must be a Wonder Valley resident to receive a turkey. No more than one turkey per parcel. You must be present to pick up your turkey. The Wonder Valley Community Center will be open at 9 a.m.

If you have any questions, please call Teresa Sitz at 760-367-9880.

Friday, November 9, 2018

StickyFest at the Palms, Saturday 11/10

StickyFest 2018, Saturday November 10th, 2018, 12 Punk/Metal/Alt bands at the outdoor stage at The Palms, 83131 Amboy Rd, Twentynine Palms, California 92277. Show 1 pm to 12 midnight+

All-ages, and free camping. Military and Under 16 free with ID.

Live performances, starting 1 pm till midnight:
The Wastedeads, Instigator, The DirtBays, Ormus, Satanic Johnny, UU, Karr, Drop Mob, Mega Sun, Throw the Goat, Sticky Doll, and Sleazy Cortez.

Local artists, vending, and fundraising for Morongo Basin Humane Society.

There is a 50% discount admission for attendees donating something from the MBHS list (see poster).

STICKYFEST Facebook Event | Online Ticket Sales

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Desert Trail Column - November 8, 2018

There will be a Meet & Greet to introduce Pastor Lonnie Casper and his wife Jo on Saturday, November 10 at the Wonder Valley Community Church, 82575 Amboy Road at Kuhns Road, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free hotdogs will be served. Come to welcome Wonder Valley’s new pastor! Call 760-401-6128 or 760-391-0480 for further information.
Darlene’s Commentary:  This is a two-parter. 
First, I’d like to commend fellow-columnist Bobbie Flint for her excellent column in the Hi-Desert Weekend Star on Saturday, October 20. Thanks go to Bobbie and the many people who drove clear to San Bernardino to protest the fire tax, only to find standing room only, IF they were even among the people admitted. For most of the people from our area, this would be a 200-mile round trip. Shame on the County for not providing a larger location! 
Second, I want to say that this year’s Weed Show was exceptional, with many beautiful entries, lots of imagination and creativity. I especially liked to see categories with people of years past that have helped shape our desert area being honored for their accomplishments and history. What a great idea! Hats off to our wonderful Historical Society and their volunteers, visitors and donors who support our Weed Show each year.
Karen’s Commentary:  This is a five-parter!
First, I made a mistake. I know this is hard for anyone to believe since I’ve made so few mistakes in my lifetime – Ha! I thanked Jean Blackburn for stamps when I should’ve thanked Olympia Rossi – so thanks, Olympia!
Second, I’m now correctly thanking Jean for a huge amount of greeting cards she sent over. 

Third, a great big thank you to Jennie from Blessed Sacrament Church for lots of neatly cut and packaged stamps. Used stamps help to provide funding for Boys Town.
Fourth, thanks to Bob and Joey for loads of coupons that went to U.S. Marine, Air Force and Navy bases in Japan, Guam, Korea, Spain and Sicily. 

Fifth, hubby Ted did it again! He won six more ribbons at the Weed Show! But he wasn’t the only Wonder Valleyite winner – Marina McClay, Kate Brandt and Becky Slane all came away with ribbons! Congratulations to everyone!
The non-profit 29 Soaring Club meets at the Twentynine Palms Airport, Highway 62 at Godwin Road, every Sunday from 11 a.m. to sunset, weather permitting. The club owns two gliders and a tow plane and provides glider rides for $20 to $50 each, depending upon altitude desired. They also have gift certificates with no expiration dates available for cash only. Call Mike at 760-464-2835 for information.

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

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Locals put the "Won" in Wonder Valley!

     Wonder Valley locals Becky Slane (pictured) and Kate Brandt entered six entries in this weekend's Twentynine Palms Annual Weed Show.
     The first-time entrants walked away with FIVE ribbons including BEST OF SHOW!
     Kate Brandt won 1st place in the transportation engineer category, and 3rd place in the homesteader and miner category. Becky Slane also placed 3rd in the athletics category.
     Becky and Kate learned from the best. Ted Meyers, a Wonder Valley local who has won 33 ribbons over the years, gave a presentation on how to create winning entries earlier in the year. Someone took some awfully good notes!
     Congratulations Becky and Kate!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Finding Fulgurites

After going on the last fulgurite hunt, last April, I saw them everywhere and started a good-sized collection.

So we're doing it again!

Darlene Parris, one of the sisters who writes the Wonder Valley column in the Desert Trail, will show us fulgurites that she has collected and tell us all about them.

Meet at the Gazebo in the Wonder Valley Park, at the corner of Amboy and Blower Roads, next to the Old Fire Station, at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, November 7, 2018. There is a $2 suggested donation.

A fulgurite is formed when lightning hits wet sand. The sand melts and turns into a melded conglomeration of tiny rocks and sand. The average temperature at creation is 10,000 degrees. 

Then Darlene will take us walking in the nearby desert behind the park and show us how to FIND fulgurites. We won't be walking far -- maybe 20 feet, or so. Everyone will go home with at least one fulgurite.

You can't miss the 80' tall cell tower palm tree.
Bring a hat and water, a collection bag, a small digging implement (like a garden trowel), and anything else you need to be comfortable (folding chair, gloves, sunscreen, snack).

This event is produced and sponsored by Friends of Wonder Valley. A $2 suggested donation helps us continue creating these kinds of events, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Desert Trail Column - November 1, 2018

The presentation by Wildlife Rehabilitator Susan Doggett was interesting, educational and fun. The presentation was well-attended, with much interest in seeing three live owls and a live hawk up close and personal! Thank you, Susan.
The Farewell Potluck Luncheon for Pastor Garry Brooks and wife Diane was well-attended by people savoring delicious food. Garry and Diane will really be missed in our community, but we wish them lots of happiness in their new home in Arizona.

The new Wonder Valley Community Church Pastor Lonnie Casper and wife Jo attended the Brooks’ Farewell Luncheon. Pastor Casper will officially take over church duties on November 1. The church is located at 73131 Amboy Road at Kuhns Road.

If you missed seeing the play “Final Ed.It” by local celebrity bartender Kevin Bone, it will be performed on Thursday, November 1 at The palms, 82575 Amboy Road, at 6 p.m. Donations will be accepted. For further information, call 760-361-2810.
The Glass Outhouse Art Gallery, 77575 Twentynine Palms Highway at Thunder Road, proudly presents the 2018 Copper Mountain College Student Art Show on Saturday, November 3 from 1 to 5 p.m. Come and meet the students, see their unique works of art, enjoy free refreshments and listen to the music of Hunter and the Wick’d. This show runs through November 25. Call Laurel at 760-367-3807.
Enjoy the music of Kaz Murphy and Lauren Weedman on Saturday, November 3 at The Palms, beginning at 7 p.m.
The Dale Basin Well Owners meeting will be held on Sunday, November 4 at Godwin Christian Fellowship Church, 6389 Godwin Road near Highway 62, at 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. Contact Max Rossi at or 831-234-6848 for further information.

If you missed the last Great Fulgurite Hunt, or if you just want to do it again, be at the Wonder Valley Community Park, corner of Amboy Road and Blower Road at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 7. Our local “Fulgurite Expert” Darlene Parris will have a show-and-tell session, then lead everyone out into the desert for a distance of about 20 feet where you will FIND some! You will never walk in the desert again without finding fulgurites. This eventis sponsored by the non-profit Friends of Wonder Valley( There is a suggested donation of $2, but no onewill be turned away for lack of funds.
Godwin Christian Fellowship holds Morning Worship servicesevery Sunday at 10:30 a.m. They also have Bible Study from 9 to 10:20 a.m., and Children’s Church (for eight years and younger) from 11:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. every Sunday. Contact Pastor Max Rossi.

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

Monday, October 29, 2018

Wonder Valley German Bike Tours

Created by Wonder Valley's own Tom Murtagh.

JORGBIKETOUR_29PALMS_2.8.2 from Tom Murtagh on Vimeo.

Dale Basin Well Owners

Karen Meyers writes, "The Dale Basin Well Owners meeting will be held on Sunday, November 4 at Godwin Christian Fellowship Church, 6389 Godwin Road near Highway 62, at 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. Contact Max Rossi at or 831-234-6848 for further information."

Friday, October 26, 2018

Desert Quackers

Get ready for this one! Kaz Murphy will serenade you with his guitar and voice, followed by  Lauren Weedman , who will be getting back from a tour of her highly acclaimed solo show to give us a taste here at the Palms. Don't miss this.

7 - 10 p.m., Saturday, November 3, 2018
The Palms, 83131 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley CA 92277

Final at The Palms

From Kevin Bone:

By popular demand, we're bringing back the crazy little ol' play called "Final Ed.It" to its home, The PALMS! As a bonus, "Bill and Bob" will be tossing some tunes at us to start the night off right. Show starts at 6 p.m., for you early birds. If you missed it last time, or if you saw it and want to come back for seconds, this is your chance!!!

No cover, but there will be a big, empty jar that will accept any donation, even if it's a Post-it with the words "Break a leg".

6 - 7:30 p.m., November 1, 2018
The Palms, 83131 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley CA

The Ski Club | Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the High Desert

From the copy at High Desert Test Sites:

High Desert Test Sites is pleased to present an event by The Ski Club, a contemporary art space in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This event—curated by Mark Klassen, director of The Ski Club, and Jesse McLean of Microlights Cinema—will present works by nineteen Midwest-based artists between three different sites in Wonder Valley, California. The exhibition will be on view October 27–28 with a poetry reading and film screening slated for October 27 at the Palms Restaurant.

Artists include: Matt Cook, Laura Davis, Richard Galling, Alex Herzog, Thaddeus Kellstadt, Mark Klassen, Chris Larson, John Riepenhoff, Edra Soto, Oli Watt and Allison Yasukawa. Jesse McLean of Microlights Cinema will screen works by: Zachary Epcar, Sky Hopinka, Nazli Dinçel, Alee Peoples + Mike Stoltz, Beny Wagner and Michael Robinson.

Sited artworks:
Saturday, October 27th, 11:00 am–5:00 pm
Ironage Rd. and HubbyCo Far East

Sunday, October 28th, 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Ironage Rd. and HubbyCo Far East

Saturday, October 27th, 8:00 pm
The Palms Restaurant

Driving Maps, directions, event information, and ephemera will be available Saturday, October 27 at the HDTS HQ at Sky Village Market Place, 7028 Theater Road, Yucca Valley, CA 92284, from 9:00 am–1:00pm.

Curator’s Statement:
In 2014 The Ski Club opened with an exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist and cofounding organizer of High Desert Test Sites, Lisa Anne Auerbach, who that same year, showed her work American Megazine, at the Whitney Biennial.

In those days, The Ski Club was heated by a small space heater built into the wall that was woefully inadequate for the harsh Milwaukee winters. When temperatures dropped below freezing—which is prone to happen five months of the year—the two, eight-foot, single-pane windows at the entrance become a canvas for crystal nucleation as the subzero temperatures outside collided with the accumulated humidity inside produced by breathy musings of viewers and artists. The window frost would grow to a thick sheet of ice, making it impossible to see any detail of the Riverwest neighborhood outside. But it’s no bother to Milwaukeeans. They don’t mind watching their breath and wearing gloves to drink an ice-cold beer—just think ice fishing.

It takes some humility to live in a place like Milwaukee. Not only can the weather be cold, dark, and bleak but our geographic location often deems us a “flyover state”. It’s as if we have a crystalized nucleation dome over us. But Midwesterners don’t much care—it’s this insulation that creates a uniquely rich space to work.

High Desert Test Sites (HDTS) is a nonprofit organization based in Joshua Tree, California that supports immersive experiences and exchanges between artists, critical thinkers, and general audiences. HDTS is dedicated to challenging preconceptions of art and "learning from what we are not."In this instance, The Ski Club represents “what we are not.” Joshua Tree bears little resemblance to Milwaukee—culturally, climatologically, and visually—however, The Ski Club and HDTS are similar in that they both work within the context of extremes.

Joshua Tree’s blistering heat, and dry, dusty environment can be fatal if ignored, just as the cold, lake-effect wind chill of Milwaukee cannot be ignored. These extreme environments are what connect us. HDTS looks to “insert art directly into a life, a landscape, or a community where it will sink or swim based on a set of criteria beyond that of art world institutions and galleries.” This resonates with the audience, to see artworks that are sited within an actual place, environment, and landscape—this is not an incubator.

This exhibition, curated by The Ski Club director, Mark Klassen, brings together a group of artists for a High Desert Test Sites event on the far western edge of Wonder Valley, California. This diverse group of Midwest-based artists make work ranging from painting to sculpture, poetry and filmmaking. They are connected through their relationship to The Ski Club programming and they will all be exhibiting work in an environment that is completely foreign to them, except for its familiarity as extreme and fringe.

[editor's note: "eastern," not "western" edge of Wonder Valley]

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Local Authors Event : The Feminine Revolution

Come meet local author, and Wonder Valley resident, Catherine Connors, who will be reading from her book 'The Feminine Revolution: 21 Ways to Ignite the Power of Your Femininity for a Brighter Life and a Better World.’ She will also be signing books.

‘The Feminine Revolution’ leads to an understanding of the stereotypes behind ideas of femininity, how rethinking those stereotypes can have practical benefits - for women and for men, and new ways of thinking about how we characterize women's - and men's - behaviors.

The reading will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, November 17, 2018, at the Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526-½ Amboy Road, in Wonder Valley.

A suggested donation of $2.00 insures we’re able to continue programming events like this. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Catherine Connors is the co-founder and CCO of Maverick, a social network for girls and young women. She's the former Editor in Chief of Babble and head of content for Disney Interactive's Women and Family portfolio. She has been featured in media like The New York Times, CNN, NPR, and Good Morning America. She lives in Los Angeles (and Wonder Valley!)

"Nothing could be a more critical conversation than the one women are engaged in now, trying to connect our femininity with our power in a way that delivers us to our highest selves. Kudos to Amy Stanton and Catherine Connors for exploring issues--often hidden, sometimes painful--that pave the way to genuine deliverance from the forces that hold us back."
--Marianne Williamson

This event is sponsored by Friends of Wonder Valley. Please visit us at

New pastor at WV Community Church

Lonnie Casper and his wife Jo will hold a meet-and-greet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at the Wonder Valley Community CHURCH, 82575 Amboy Road at Kuhn's Road. You'll see it. There's a bell tower that kind of looks like a smiley face.

I ran into Diane Brooks, whose husband Garrett Brooks, is the current pastor, at Staters the other day and she said the Lonnie and Jo have become like family. The Caspers also stopped into our last WV Community Meeting and introduced themselves. Please, if you can make the time, stop by and meet our new neighbors.

Desert Trail Column - October 25, 2018

Wonder Valley’s own certified Wildlife Rehabilitator Susan Doggett will give a presentation on birds of prey on Saturday, October 27 at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road near Blower Road, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Susan will be bringing three live owls with her for the presentation. Everyone is welcome to attend and see these beautiful birds up close. For further information, contact WVCC Coordinator Teresa Sitz at or 760-367-9880.
A Farewell Potluck for Wonder Valley Community Church’s Pastor Garry Brooks and wife Diane will take place on Sunday, October 28 at the church, 82575 Amboy Road at Kuhns Road, at 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome and is asked to bring a dish of your choice. Pastor Brooks and Diane have done so much for our community and will be sorely missed. Call 760-600-0687 for more information.
And mark your calendar for a Meet ‘n’ Greet for new Pastor Lonnie Casper and his wife Jo coming up on Saturday, November 10 at the Wonder Valley Community Church.
No birthdays this time, but we do have an anniversary. Sharon and Orville Fangmeyer will celebrate 56 years together this week. Happy anniversary, Orville and Sharon!

On a sad note, we have lost a 27-year Wonder Valley resident. Steve Badders passed away in his sleep on October 1. Our sincere condolences go out to wife Cathy, daughter Breann and son Kyle. Steve will be missed in our community. 
 We want to thank Tim Candelaria for jumping on our impassable roads so fast after the recent storm. You did a fantastic job, Tim, and we all really do appreciate it. If you have any issues, comments, questions, compliments or complaints about our roads, please leave a message for Tim at 760-367-9880.
Handy Hint: If you’d like to hide some rolled-up cash for emergencies, pop the end cap off a marker and remove the ink cartridge – or take apart the spring bar that holds your toilet paper roll – and stash the cash inside.
Today’s Thought: The year 1973 was an interesting year. The Miami Dolphins had the NFL’s first perfect season, CBS sold the Yankees to George Steinbrenner’s syndicate for $10 million, the final episode of “Bonanza” was broadcast, Emilie Howell Warner became the first female commercial airline pilot, the first handheld cellphone call was made, Federal Express began operations, the U.S. launched its first space station, the first CAT scan took place in the U.S., the Concorde flew from Washington DC to Paris in three hours and 32 minutes, “The Godfather” won Best Motion Picture and “The Waltons” won Outstanding Drama Series.
 Until next time . . . remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.

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.

Highway 62 Art Tour in Wonder Valley

The 17th Annual Highway 62 Open Studio Art Tours runs two weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: October 13-14 and 20-21,  2018. Six Wonder Valley Artists are participating.

The catalog of all the artists, and their addresses, is available online at
Congratulations to the following Wonder Valley artists. Please stop by and visit them.

Perry Hoffman

Mark Heuston

Robert Arnett

Wonder Valley artist showing outside of Wonder Valley include:

Lorelei Greene

David Greene

Another Weed Show Presentation

Pat Rimmington, the one with the lovely British accent, will host a presentation on how to create entries for the Twentynine Palms Weed Show coming up on November 3 and 4.

For those of you who don’t know, the weed show is like a flower show, but with dried desert weeds. No cannabis, please.

Pat’s workshop will be from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 6, at the Old Schoolhouse, 6760 National Park Drive, in Twentynine Palms. Attendance is free and you can drop in. No need to RSVP, and you don’t need to bring anything.

Aging and Adult Services at the WVCC

For a couple of years Bob Dougherty, from the SBC Department of Aging and Adult Services, has been letting me know when he would be at the Twentynine Palms Senior Center handing out bus passes for seniors, helping with HEAP applications, and distributing Farmers Market
checks. And then I let you know.

He told me last week that he’s decided to set up shop in Wonder Valley on a quarterly basis, doing the same thing for us here. The first date will be October 17 at 11 a.m. He will also counsel seniors on any other issues, such as elder abuse, and in home supportive services.

If you want to fill out a HEAP application, please call Bob Dougherty at 760-228-5219 for an appointment.

The four Senior Information Assistance meetings at the Wonder Valley Community Center will be sponsored and paid for by The Friends of Wonder Valley.

Glass Outhouse Art Gallery Reception

     The opening at the Glass Outhouse runs from 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday, October 6. The Gallery is at 77575 Highway 62 at Thunder Road. Admission is always free.
     Artist include Erik Saks who will be featuring paintings of Wonder Valley yard boats, and David Sayes and Juan Esquivel.
     Bill and Bob, the famed music duo, will perform. That’s  Bill Winter and "Harmonica" Bob Rowell, respectively.

WV Community Meeting - October 2018

Everyone is welcome and invited to attend and participate in the Wonder Valley Community Meeting, to be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, October 13, at the Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526-1/2 Amboy Road, in Wonder Valley.

Highlights on the agenda include:
  • A discussion about the Municipal Advisory Council and future representation as an unincorporated area.
  • A report on the state of the Wonder Valley Community Center and the Park.
  • Members of the board of the Friends of Wonder Valley, a newly formed 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity, will talk about the mission and goals of the organization, and what they have already accomplished. The FOWV has a mission to enhance the lives of the people living in Wonder Valley. 
The agenda for this meeting was posted online at 10 a.m., October 5, 2018 at:
Meeting notes were posted at 8 a.m., October 16, 2018:

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Desert Trail Column - October 4, 2018

A free course entitled “Stop the Bleed” will be taught by Gael Whetstone BSN RN at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road near Blower Road, on Saturday, October 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Living in a rural area, knowing how to stop severe bleeding can be a life-saving skill. A certificate of completion will be presented to those attending and completing the class. Class size is limited to 10, but there will be a waiting list and more classes will be held if needed.
The  Glass Outhouse Art Gallery, 77575 Highway 62 at Thunder Road, will host an artists’ reception on Saturday, October 6 from 5 to 9 p.m. Featured artists are Erik Saks, David Sayes and Jose Esquivel. Come enjoy free refreshments and listen to music by Wonder Valley’s own Bill and Bob. This show will run through October 28. For more information, call Laurel at 760-367-3807.
The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council meets on Monday, October 8 at the Joshua Tree Community Center, 6171 Sunburst, at 5:30 p.m. Teresa Sitz represents Wonder Valley at these meetings. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Since the birthstone for October is the opal and the flower is the calendula, we send out Rainbows-of-Opals-and-Calendulas to Ron Root who turns 56 this week. Happy birthday, Ron!

Darlene’s Commentary: When you peel a red onion, save the scraps, skins and papery pieces. They contain a high level of quercetin, a phytonurtrient that fights inflammation, reduces blood pressure, prevents arterial plaque and keeps the heart healthy. Other onions have less quercetin, but are still good for your health. Use red onion scraps when making soups, gravies, stock or sauce, then remove them before eating.
Karen’s Commentary: First, thanks to Jean Blackburn for used stamps. Second, I made a great discovery when I finally sat down to reluctantly compose my protest letter about the proposed fire fees. You do not need to COMPOSE anything! It is a very simple FORM needing only name, address and parcel number, plus a signature and date. THAT’S IT! The title “Written Protest” is very misleading.
The Wonder Valley Lending Program has books and movies you can borrow for a month at a time. This is like a little library, but it’s right at our WV Community Center. Come in to see what’s available any Monday, Wednesday or Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Handy Hint: Instead of throwing away usable items, post them online as free and they’ll usually be gone within a day.
Today’s Thought: “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” – Mark Twain
 Until next time . . . remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Desert Trail Column - September 27, 2018

If you missed the Weed Show presentation with Ted Meyers and are still procrastinating about starting your Weed Show creations, you have one more chance to learn some tricks and tips from Weed Show veterans. There will be a hands-on workshop on Saturday, October 13 at the Old Schoolhouse Museum, just north of the entrance to the 29 Palms Inn, from 9 to 11 a.m. Everyone is welcome.
Karen’s Commentary: Thanks go to Bob, Joey and Annie for donating coupons. I sent them out this week to U.S. Navy, Army and Air Force bases located in Japan, Germany and the United Kingdom.
Darlene’s Commentary: Fall has finally arrived and I’m looking forward to nice days and gently blowing breezes. I don’t think I could’ve survived much more baking, and I’m not talking about pies either!
The Food for Life Ministry does a wonderful job of preparing and serving delicious hot meals every Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 72603 Juanita Drive in Twentynine Palms. If you do not have transportation to town, Reach Out Morongo Basin may deliver these meals to your home. There is no charge for the meals or for the delivery. Call 760-361-1410 for further information.
Handy Hint: Here are some clever hiding places around your home for cash, important papers, jewelry, hard drives, keys or other valuables. 1. Put items in an envelope and tape it to the back or underside of a drawer. 2. Tape items to the back or inside any open cavities of a wall or mantle clock. (Just make sure the clock isn’t worth stealing!) 3. Store a container of items inside a larger bin full of unappealing stuff, such as winter clothing, making sure there is an easily-read label on the large bin. 4.  Empty out a new tub of cat litter, put small containers of items in the bottom, then replace the cat litter. 5. Hot glue a magnet to a spare house key & place it up out of sight inside a metal dryer vent. 6. Many wooden dining chairs have space under the seat for an easily-made drop-down hinged panel in which to stash items.

Today’s Thought: Seahorses are the slowest fish in the ocean, traveling only five feet in an hour. But they are able to watch their surroundings from all angles because their eyes move separately. In a reversal of traditional roles, the female lays eggs in the belly pouch of the male, then the male rocks back and forth by grasping a piece of seaweed with his tail until the eggs hatch!
Until next time . . . remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Desert Trail Column - September 20, 2018

The trees in our little park are once again being watered! Thanks go out to the San Bernardino County maintenance workers for getting the watering system back in working order. And special thanks to several anonymous people who watered trees with buckets while the system was down.

The show-and-tell meeting with representatives from Morongo Basin Ambulance and Mercy Air was very informative.  This was a great opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with an advanced life support ambulance and an emergency medical transport helicopter without being ill or injured. Everyone was also able to talk with the crews of both units, and to ask many questions. We thank both organizations for their participation.
A presentation on “Living with Snakes” will be given on Saturday, September 22 at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road near Blower Road, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Retired Park Ranger Jane Fawke will bring live non-venomous snakes that are securely contained. She will speak on how to safely co-exist with snakes and will answer all your questions.
On Wednesday, September 26 the Salvation Army Food Distribution will take place at our community center from 11 a.m. until the food is gone. Food is from Trader Joe’s and bags will be provided. During this event, you may also fill out paperwork for obtaining a credit of up to $100 off your electric bill, but you must have an appointment and you must bring specific documents, although there are no income requirements.

“Stop the Bleed,” a workshop for teaching hemorrhage control by use of direct pressure, wound packing and tourniquet application, will be held at our community center on Saturday, October 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Class size is limited, but there will be a waiting list with subsequent classes if needed.

For information, appointments or sign-ups for any of the above events, please contact our WVCC Coordinator Teresa Sitz at or 760-367-9880.

We send out Rainbows-of-Sapphires-and-Asters to Bernice Barcott, Eddie Kim, Les Lindsley and Orville Fangmeyer who celebrate their special days this week. Happy birthday to all of you! 
Animal Action League provides low-cost spaying, neutering, vaccinations, microchipping and more at their location in Joshua Tree, 62762 Highway 62, just west of the dinosaurs. Call 760-366-1100 for further information.

Handy Hint: If you’re lucky enough to own an air compressor, you know how heavy and cumbersome they are to carry or move around. Try attaching it to an old mechanic’s creeper so you can easily roll it wherever you need to.

Today’s Thought: You don’t really know someone until you’ve been to a casino together.
Until next time . . . remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Wonder Valley turns out!

I received a note from Suzanne at Land Use Services regarding Wonder Valley's Fundamental Plan.

80 (EIGHTY!) people took the survey online, or mailed in their form!!!

You all are amazing!!!

Here's the Wonder Valley page at Land Use Services:


HEADLINE (satire):
Marines Are Training For War In Syria Because Twentynine Palms Doesn’t Suck Enough

"The Marines recently completed a live-fire exercise in Syria – the one place more hostile to human life than Twentynine-Palms – during which they trained with Syrian rebels backed by the U.S. government, according to U.S. Central Command."

I dunno, I kinda like the sushi.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Protest Form now online

The protest form for the Expansion of FP 5 can be accessed at the link below:

USDA Food Distribution - September 17, 2018

The USDA Food Distribution will begin sometime after 10:30 a.m. on Monday, September 17th 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 - September 2018

The Salvation Army Food Distribution takes place starting at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 26, 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.

The distribution will be “shopping style.” You will 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 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. 
  • Your most recent Southern California Edison bill.
  • Your most recent proof of income.

Appointments will be scheduled starting at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 26, at the Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526-½ Amboy Road, Wonder Valley, CA 92277.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Crime Stats for August 2018

The numbers for August 2015 and 2016 were provided by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. They stopped providing us these numbers in October of 2016. 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.

There is a correlation, perhaps anecdotal, that crime will rise with a change in the seasons. Please use this opportunity to make your property less attractive to criminals. Consider an alarm system with an exterior siren. Simplisafe, as well as other companies, make good alarm systems that you can access and control from your smart phone (for about $25 a month). There are of particular use to weekenders and those who are unable to depend on neighbors for keeping an eye on their property.

Desert Trail Column - September 13, 2018

A Wonder Valley Community Meeting will be held on Saturday, September 15 at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road near Blower Road, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Morongo Basin Ambulance will have an ambulance onsite for inspection by the public, and will talk about services they provide and challenges they face. Mercy Air will land a medical transport helicopter onsite for inspection as well. Procedures to protest the expansion of FP-5 will also be discussed. This should prove to be a memorable event.

On Monday, September 17, the USDA Food Distribution will take place at our community center sometime after 10:30 when the truck arrives.
For information on either of the above events, please contact our WVCC Coordinator Teresa Sitz at or 760-367-9880. 
Karen’s Commentary:  I know I’m probably grasping at straws, but I’m not convinced our fire station will remain closed. We now have a new Water Tender 45 at the Twentynine Palms station with our firefighters; I’m not sure the comment on the LAFCO website about our station closing was accurate; and Chief Hartwig said they would not re-open any closed stations, but does that include TEMPORARILY-closed stations? I can hope.
 Darlene’s Commentary:  I had a great time at the Glass Outhouse Art Gallery last Saturday! Walking into the gallery, I was immediately magnetized by the beautiful works of Tom Carvellas. Each painting had vivid colors and expressiveness with something to say! I also enjoyed Dana Bowden’s tile works, each piece different and some that made me smile. Then, Hunter and the Wick’d blew the crowd away with their music! 
The Wonder Valley Community Church, 82575 Amboy Road at Kuhns Road, holds services every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. In addition, Bible Studies are held every Sunday from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. and every Monday from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Following the service on the second Sunday of each month, a potluck lunch is served. For further information, contact Pastor Garry Brooks at or 760-600-0687. 
Handy Hint: You can call 911 on any cellphone, even if it has no cellular plan. Those who want a cellphone just for emergencies can use a phone that is out of service. Just keep it charged.
Today’s Thought: In 1957, Earl S. Tupper receives a patent for his Tupperware bowl and “burping lid,” John Lennon meets Paul McCartney by chance, U.S. Surgeon General Leroy Burney links smoking to lung cancer, Ford Motor Company introduces the Edsel. “Perry Mason “and “Leave It to Beaver” both debut on CBS and Russia launches Sputnik 1. (And Karen turns 15 and Darlene turns 5!) 
Until next time . . . remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Wonder Valley Music Festival

We are super excited to be returning to the Wonder Valley Music Festival this Fall. The festival is created by singer songwriter, musician and producer, Ben Vaughn and takes place in the legendary home of Indie Rock band, The Sibleys.

7 - 11 p.m., October 13, 2018

Hosted by The Blue Dolphins and Palms Restaurant

Palms Restaurant
83131 Amboy Road
Wonder Valley, California 92277

More, later.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Shawn Williams, and Curtain's Up! at The Palms

Shawn Williams, and Curtain's Up! at The Palms Wonder Valley
6 - 8 p.m., Thursday, September 27, 2018.
83131 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley CA 92277