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).

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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  mrossi121@yahoo.com 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(FriendsOfWonderValley.org). 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.