Thursday, March 14, 2019

Desert Trail Column - March 14, 2019


Susan Doggett, biologist and migratory bird rehabilitator, will present “Raptors of the Desert” at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road at Blower Road, on Saturday, March 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. She will be presenting several topics regarding desert birds of prey and will bring several birds of prey with her. A donation of $2 per adult is requested, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

 
On Tuesday, March 19, the USDA Food Distribution will take place at our community center, starting at 9:30 a.m.

 Representatives from San Bernardino County Community Action Partnership will be at our community center on Wednesday, March 20 from 9 to noon. They will be processing Home Energy Assistance Program applications for credit to be applied to your electric, wood or propane bill. The annual credits range from $206 to $343. For a list of documents that you must bring with you, go to http://www.capsbc.org or call 909-723-1500.

 Mark your calendar for some upcoming events. Community cleanup at our community center on March 23. “Diaspora in Relief:  Emily Hay” at The Palms, 83131 Amboy Road, on March 23. The new medical van at our community center on March 27.
 

For additional information on any of the above events, call our WVCC Coordinator Teresa Sitz at 760-367-9880.

 

We send out Rainbows-of-Aquamarines-and-Jonquils to Tyler Holsclaw and Donna Parsons who celebrate their special days this week. Happy birthday, Donna and Tyler!

 



Darlene’s Commentary:  (Huevos Rancheros continued from last week.) Grease a cast iron skillet lightly to heat beans, stirring occasionally. Mix together tomatoes, cilantro and onions; cover and set aside. When beans start to bubble, use a potato masher to mash about half of them thoroughly, then mix together. Lower heat and cover with tilted lid. Oil a griddle or other skillet and heat each tortilla on both sides, keeping them flexible, not crispy. Keep tortillas warm while using the butter to cook eggs over-easy. To serve, use three overlapping tortillas to cover entire plate, spread beans over tortillas, sprinkle on veggie mixture and top with another scoop of beans that you then flatten with a spatula. Place eggs on top of that and top all with salsa. Enjoy!

 Karen’s Commentary:  Lots of coupons from Bob and Joe that went out this week to U.S. Navy, Air Force and Army bases in Japan and Germany.

 Handy Hint:  Some things that make a small room look larger include furniture with legs showing, sheer curtains and light colors.

 
 
 
Today’s Thought:  Roughly 29 percent of women in dual-income marriages make more money than their spouses.

 

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

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Godwin Christian Fellowship gets new sign.


In a dry and thirsty land where no water is, we do things like watch paint dry and grass grow. The sprouting of a new sign is big news, and here's one of the biggest. The Godwin Christian Fellowship, near the intersection of Highway 62 and Godwin Road recently hung a sign noting their time of worship and that "You are loved in this place!"

Friday, March 8, 2019

Salvation Army Food Distribution

The Salvation Army Food Distribution takes place starting at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 27, 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.

Picking up for other people is not allowed.

USDA Food Distribution, March 2018

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The USDA Food Distribution will begin at 9:30 a.m. on TUESDAY, March 19, 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 one neighbor, or they may pick up a box for you, IF you present a signed pick up form. One pick up per person. Pick up forms are available online at http://tinyurl.com/wv-pickup-form. They are also available at the WVCC on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., and at the information kiosk at the WVCC the week before the event.

For more information, call Teresa Sitz at (760) 367-9880.

The text below is required.

Nondiscrimination StatementIn 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: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, 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

(3) email:
program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Desert Trail Column - March 7, 2019

Yoga at the Palms with Lorelei Greene will take place on Saturday, March 9 at The Palms, 83131 Amboy Road at Thompson Road, from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. All levels of skill and experience are welcome. Call 760-361-2810 for further information.
Mark your calendar for some upcoming events. On March 16, a presentation “Raptors of the Desert” at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road at Blower Road. On March 20, Home Energy Assistance Program applications taken at our community center. On March 29 through 31, “Incantations / Mojave Sound Art” in Wonder Valley. On March 30, “Wonder Valley Experimental #11” at The Palms. On April 20, “Hi Des Hukilau” at The Palms.
For additional information on any of the above events, call our WVCC Coordinator Teresa Sitz at 760-367-9880.
Karen’s Commentary: My favorite day of the year is coming right up. No, it’s not my birthday or Christmas or my anniversary. It’s the beginning of daylight savings time! I had a good friend, Jerry Lugar, who recently passed away, who felt the same as I do. We always called each other to celebrate in March, and to commiserate in November! Every year, I had the intention of making black armbands for us to wear on the day we went back to standard time, but I never got around to actually doing it. Of course, as most things go, now it’s too late. But I’ll be thinking of Jerry on Sunday, and I’m sure he’ll be smiling down at me during that wonderfully late sunset!
Darlene’s Commentary: I have a really delicious, easy and inexpensive recipe I’d like to share with you, but don’t have enough room to include the whole thing at once, so I’ll just include the ingredients today! You’ll have to “tune in next week” for the directions, but you can buy the ingredients in the meantime. The dish, Huevos Rancheros, makes a very hearty breakfast, lunch or dinner for four people, and it’s one of my favorites! You’ll need 1 large can of black beans with juice, 12 corn tortillas, 6-8 ripe medium Roma tomatoes chopped into ½” pieces, 1 bunch chopped cilantro, 1 bunch sliced green onions, salsa for topping, 2 or 3 lg eggs per serving, olive oil and butter for cooking eggs over-easy.
Our community center is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop in, look around and chat with our Coordinator Teresa Sitz.
Handy Hint: Gently rub an eraser over suede shoes or clothing to remove minor stains and marks.
Today’s Thought: Can vegetarians eat animal crackers?
Until next time . . . remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.

Improv at The Palms


Improv comedy workshop at The Palms!
Hosted by Kevin Bone and Heather Clisby
Class size is limited! Please RSVP by e-mail to palmsliveevents@gmail.com.
Cost: donation. Suggested $5 - $15. Whatever you're comfortable with.

This is the second workshop of hopefully many, taught by Heather Clisby, who has worked with people of all ages and experience (or lack of it!). We guarantee that you're going to have fun at this. Please RSVP and join us!!

Noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, February 23, 2019

Palms Restaurant
83131 Amboy Road
Wonder Valley, California 92277

Mobile Medical Unit in Wonder Valley

Mobile clinic makes first voyage
By Kurt Schauppner The Desert Trail

Next stop: 
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Wonder Valley Community Center
80526-1/2 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley CA 92277

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Voices and Pearl at The Palms


This Sat, March 9, a very special evening of solo theater and improv comedy at The PALMS in Wonder Valley!

"Voices" is a hilarious one woman comedy about a voice-over actress discovering her own voice! Carla Delaney can mimic any voice: Bart Simpson, Betty White, Drew Barrymore, to name a few. But it's not until she meets the surprising voices of her head, her heart, her snotty respiratory system, and over 35 more, that she realizes the power and pleasure of her own voice.

Following "Voices", Carla will join Hollywood's all-female improv comedy troupe "PEARL" to further tickle your funny bones!

This fun double-bill starts at 7 PM and is only $7!!! Full bar and menu avail

At the Beatnik Lounge


The Clouds with the Wonder Valley Social Club (Loren Downer and Jason Sedillos) will perform starting at 8 p.m., March 18, at The Beatnik Lounge, 61568 Twentynine Palms Highway, in Joshua Tree.
Loren Downer is a Wonder Valley resident. You may have heard him at The Palms, with his wordy, ra-ta-tat-tat, try and keep up, very hysterical lyrics.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Raptors of the Desert

Raptors of the Desert

Wonder Valley owl, photographed by TSS.

The Friends of Wonder Valley is pleased to invite everyone to
Conservation and Ecology of California Birds of Prey

Susan Doggett, graduate biologist and licensed Migratory Bird Rehabilitator will be presenting on California Birds of Prey, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Saturday, March 16, at the Wonder Valley Community Center, at 80526-½ Amboy Road, in Wonder Valley.

In addition to a general overview of desert birds of prey, Ms. Doggett will be addressing the following:

  • Noises in the night.
  • Why birds of prey make terrible pets.
  • Why owls are known as silent killers.

Ms. Doggett will be bringing several birds of prey with her -- most likely owls and falcons.

A donation of $2 per adult (and no cost for children), is requested to help support these programs. If you don’t have funds, please be our guest.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Yoga at The Palms

Hello Wonder Valley friends! I, Lorelei Vox Greene, will be giving Gentle-Flow, donation-based yoga classes every other Saturday at The Palms. Open to all, beginner to the advanced.

8:30 - 9:45 a.m., Saturday, March 2

Palms Restaurant
83131 Amboy Road
Wonder Valley, California 92277

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Desert Trail Column - February 28, 2019

The Glass Outhouse Art Gallery, 77575 29 Palms Highway at Thunder Road, will host an artists’ reception on Saturday, March 2 from 1 to 5 p.m., featuring Regina Kirillev and Mark Spangenberg. Come meet the artists, enjoy free refreshments and listen to the music of Dana Larson. This show will run through March 31. For information, call Laurel at 760-367-3807.
Singer-songwriters Vega Victoria and Grant Earl LaValley will perform at The Palms, 83131 Amboy Road at Thompson Road, on Saturday, March 2 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Call 760-361-2810 for information.
Mark your calendars for two upcoming events on March 23: “Diaspora in Relief: Emily Hay” at The Palms and the Community Cleanup at the Wonder Valley Community Center.
For additional information on any of the above events, call our WVCC Coordinator Teresa Sitz at 760-367-9880.

We send out Rainbows-of-Amethysts-and-Violets to Susie Sesma who celebrates her special day this week. And since the birthstone for March is the aquamarine and the flower is the jonquil, we send out Rainbows-of-Aquamarines-and-Jonquils to Sandy Mitchell and Tonya Briggs who also celebrate special days this week. Happy birthday to all!
Darlene’s Commentary: I want to thank Mr. Bob Dougherty who works diligently to help low-income seniors take advantage of programs that make life a little easier. I recently applied for the Home Energy Assistance Program at our WVCC. I waited while Bob, with a kind smile, patiently went over everything with a gentleman who wanted to make sure he had everything correct. The man left wearing an ear-to-ear grin! When I walked over, the air was filled with “Bob’s Essence” – kindness, honor and respect – because that’s just the kind of person he is.
Karen's Commentary: On April 18, 1935, the first Desert Trail newspaper was published. The cost was five cents per copy and it was “dedicated to the mining and resort industry.” The weather summary was “Always Fair.” Gold was listed at $34.81 per ounce, with silver at 75 ½ cents per ounce! The front page article that immediately catches the eye is “’Cap’ Humphreys Ain’t Dead – Yet!” It seems that Cap Humphreys was in the Veterans Hospital when another patient named Humphreys passed away. By the time the news reached Twentynine Palms, it was Cap reported as deceased! The article set the record straight.
If you have a question, comment or complaint about road maintenance, please call 760-367-9880. And thank you, Tim, for all you do.
Handy Hint: By purchasing an LED bulb instead of an incandescent, you’ll end up saving about $38 because LED bulbs last 10 years.
Today’s Thought: Broken pencils are pointless.


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

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Desert Trail Column - February 21, 2019


Yoga at The Palms classes will be held every other Saturday from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. beginning February 23. These classes are Gentle-Flow and donation-based, and are for beginners through advanced. The Palms is located at 83131 Amboy Road at Thompson Road. Call 760-361-2810 for further information.
The Salvation Army Food Distribution will take place at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road at Blower Road, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 27. The food provided is from Trader Joe’s and includes fresh produce.
Mark your calendar for a couple upcoming events. Vega Victoria and Grant Earl LaValley will be performing at The Palms on March 2. HEAP applications will be taken at our community center on March 20. For additional information on any of the above events, call our WVCC Coordinator Teresa Sitz at 760-367-9880.

Karen’s Commentary: Twentynine Palms now has its very own sinkhole! It happened during a rainstorm on February 14, so I guess it was some kind of weird Valentine’s gift from Mother Nature! My son Joe lives at Sagewood Manor Apartments where this sinkhole is located. The opening is about four feet wide, but when looking inside, it’is about seven feet deep and the size of a small room! Everyone has their own idea of what caused it, with the most popular being that it’s an old septic system that has disintegrated over the years, with the earth partially collapsing into the void.
Darlene’s Commentary: As many of you know, I am a dinosaur about computers by choice. However, I understand that banking transactions can be made on those confounded machines. Since the Bank of America ATMs are locally non-existent for at least a couple more months, maybe I should give this a try! So you should now see my planner – my dear, dear sister Karen (a non-dinosaur) has pre-planned visits scheduled to teach me the ins and outs of the wonders packed into those little metal boxes from February 20 to December 31, 2019!!! I should be a total Computer Nerd by 2020.
Wonder Valley’s website www.wondervalley.org tells everything you ever wanted to know about Wonder Valley, but were afraid to ask! Ken and Teresa Sitz do a great job keeping everyone up-to-date on all our happenings and interesting people.
Handy Hint: To remove oil and grease stains, sprinkle baking soda on the stain to remove any loose oil or grease. Then soak in white vinegar and scrub with dish soap before washing normally.
Today’s Thought: Batfish play dead to hide from predators. Their compressed bodies look like leaves floating on top of the water.
Until next time . . . remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Vacation Rental Ordinance

Here’s how to suggest revisions to San Bernardino County’s short-term rental laws
The county last revised its policies for the mountain communities in June 2017


Community Crisis Response Team (CCRT)

Are you experiencing a mental health related crisis?
Community Crisis Response Team (CCRT) is a community-based mobile crisis team that provides assistance to those who are experiencing a mental health related emergency. Services include:
  • Mental Health Assessments
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Intensive follow up services
  • On-site Crisis Intervention
Morongo Basin Office: (760) 449-4429

Dial 7-1-1 for TTY users
Teams are available 7 a.m. - 10 p.m., 365 days per year

FLYER in English and Spanish:https://drive.google.com/file/d/1vQbSmPEo0sSH6JDv5jOfWIihv-tCZtK7/view?usp=sharing, or
https://tinyurl.com/ccrt92277

Friday, February 15, 2019

HEAP Applications


Representatives from CAPSBC will be processing HEAP applications
from 9 a.m. until noon, on Wednesday, March 20,
at the Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526½ Amboy Road, Wonder Valley CA 92277.
For more information, please call Teresa Sitz at (760) 367-9880, or write teresa.sitz@sdd.sbcounty.gov.

For more information, please go to:
https://www.capsbc.org/home-energy-assistance-program-heap

Home Energy Assistance Program || Apply Now!

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County
(Energy, Education, and Environmental Services Program, EEES)
Is processing HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program)
Applications for qualifying residents to receive:

Annual Credit AssistanceAn annual CREDIT ranging from $206 to $343 which can be applied towards GAS, ELECTRIC, WOOD OR PROPANE

Emergency AssistanceEMERGENCY HEAP utility assistance is available for clients with a FINAL CALL or SHUT OFF notice!

For more information call: (909) 723-1680 or (909) 723-1500
696 S Tippecanoe Avenue, San Bernardino CA 92408
http://www.capsbc.org

WV Community Cleanup


San Bernardino County Code Enforcement and Solid Waste Management Divisions will be providing bulky trash collection containers for the FREE disposal of accumulated trash, e-waste, and tires. Please bring your bulky items and trash to the designated container at the location listed below. This program is limited to the residents of the unincorporated County area. We cannot accept commercial or industrial waste from businesses. Please remember to safely secure and properly cover your loads prior to traveling to the event. If you are bringing waste tires, please limit your load to a maximum of 9 tires.Tires on rims will be accepted.
PLEASE NOTE: If you have oversized, loose, or hard-to-handle loads, you may be turned away to dispose of your waste materials at your own expense.

THIS EVENT WILL BE HELD:Saturday, March 23, 2019
8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
(Event will end earlier if equipment is full.)

at the following location:

Wonder Valley Community Center80526 ½ Amboy Rd, Wonder Valley

NO HAZARDOUS WASTE WILL BE ACCEPTED
Please do not place the following hazardous materials in these designated containers:
motor oil, oil filters, antifreeze, gasoline drain cleaners, pesticides/fertilizers, fluorescent lights, wood preservatives, pool and hobby supplies, auto and furniture polish, paint, paint products, and paint thinners.

Safely dispose of toxic chemicals from your home on the third Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the Hazardous Household Waste Disposal, 62499 Twentynine Palms Highway in Joshua Tree. For more information call (800) 645-9228.

E-WASTE:
“Urban Conservation Corps” will be present at this event to accept electronics: TV’s, computer monitors, VCR’s, stereos, cell phones, and more! This service is on a first come, first served basis and is subject to change.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please call Code Enforcement Officer Melissa Malcom at (909) 266-3477

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Desert Trail Column - February 14, 2019


Improv at The Palms, a comedy workshop hosted by Kevin Bone and Heather Clisby, will take place at 83131 Amboy Road at Thompson Road on Saturday, February 16 from noon to 3 p.m. Suggested donation is $5 to $15. Call 760-361-2810
That evening, Johnny Angel Wendell will be performing at The Palms at 7 p.m., followed at 8 p.m. by Lolly Goodwoman and her Stagefright’s Valentine’s Day Massacre.

Bob Dougherty from the Department of Aging and Adult Services will be handing out bus passes to seniors at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road, on Wednesday, February 20 from 11 a.m. to noon. And if you need help with a HEAP application, call Bob at 760-228-5219 for an appointment.

Mark your calendars for Incantations/Mojave Sound Art in Wonder Valley March 29 through 31, and for Wonder Valley Experimental #11 at The Palms on March 30.
We send out Rainbows-of-Amethysts-and-Violets to Donna Bremmer and Christina Lindsley who celebrate their special days this week. Happy birthday, Christina and Donna!
Darlene’s Commentary: I had the surprise of my life on my 67th birthday. Karen had taken me out to lunch, and we took our time enjoying the good food and talking and relaxing before heading for home. When we got to my house, my yard looked like a parking lot! Cars were everywhere, and I couldn’t quite grasp what was going on. Well it was a surprise birthday party for me! I had no notion or hint that this was coming so I was completely flabbergasted! There were about 30 people there, including all three of my kids and all of their kids, plus many dear friends. The person who orchestrated the plans for such a fantastic party is Richard Herron, my sweetheart for 20+ years. I was showered with beautiful cards and gifts and will always have sweet and happy memories of that wonderful day. A sincere thank you to all who made it happen.

Karen’s Commentary: Dar hogged all the room! (Only joking.)
If you’d like to go to the Twentynine Palms Nutrition Site for lunch on Tuesdays or Thursdays, Reach Out Morongo Basin picks up at 10 a.m. and drops off at 2 p.m., both at The Palms. If you have trouble getting to The Palms, they may pick up and drop off at your residence. Call 760-361-1410.
Handy Hint: Before you go to the store, make a shopping list. People who shop with a list spend less time in the store and make fewer impulse buys.

Today’s Thought: Your “philtrum” is the little groove between your nose and upper lip.

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

Monday, February 11, 2019

WV in The Washington Post.

Forget Coachella, there’s a vibrant, more affordable music scene around Joshua Tree.
By Melanie D.G. Kaplan, February 8, 2019, The Washington Post Travel Section

"Palms Restaurant, a desert roadhouse in Wonder Valley, is even farther from civilization than Pappy’s. It’s known for its free-spirit vibe and avant-garde performances — such as Wonder Valley Experimental (March 30), a festival of experimental music; imagine pots and pans and concrete mixers as instruments.

“'We get a mix of locals, tourists and people driving through on the way to Vegas,' said Kevin Bone, who books talent for the Palms and planned the Hi-Desert Hukilau Music Festival, April 19 and 20, to coincide with the second weekend of Coachella; the lineup includes Victoria Williams, Ben Vaughn and Rosa Pullman. “If you think about Burning Man, some people are willing to drive all the way out to the desert,” Bone said. 'Those are the people who prefer that we’re in the middle of nowhere, prefer to see music under the stars.' He said patrons also like the free camping for festivals available on the Palms grounds and Sunday brunch with $2 Bloody Marys."

From Task and Purpose.


Aww. It's not that bad!

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Supervisor reconstitutes MAC.

Third District Supervisor Dawn Rowe ("Rowe" as in "Blow" in "Blower Road"), is reconstituting the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council which represents the nine unincorporated communities in the Morongo Basin.

Teresa Sitz, the former MAC Delegate who served nearly 4 years, will not be reapplying. Anyone interested is welcome to apply for the (unpaid, and volunteer) position. It involves attending 10 meetings a year in Joshua Tree (2nd Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m.), and scheduling local meetings for the community on a nearly monthly basis. It helps if you're comfortable speaking in public.

Aide Christina Garcia writes,
Good Morning all,
If you plan to apply for the new Morongo Basin MAC, you must submit your application by March 1st. I also have hard copies here in the office if anybody needs one. I included the link to submit online, if you have any questions, please let me know.
Thanks!

http://cms.sbcounty.gov/cob/Forms/BCCApplication.aspx

Christina Garcia
Executive Aide
Dawn Rowe, Third District Supervisor
Phone: 760-366-1488

Author explores Wonder Valley, its people

From the Desert Trail:
Author explores Wonder Valley, its people

http://www.hidesertstar.com/the_desert_trail/news/article_8d1b5cbe-2a4f-11e9-a560-1ba4f1961d59.html

Local author William Hillyard

Desert Trail Column - February 7, 2019

Lorelei Vox Greene will hold Yoga at the Palms classes every other Saturday, starting on February 23 from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. The Palms is located at 83131 Amboy Road. These classes are open to all, from beginner to advanced. For information, call 760-361-2810.

The Wonder Valley Community Meeting will take place at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526½ Amboy Road near Blower Road, on Saturday, February 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Among other agenda items, the March Community Cleanup will be discussed.

On Tuesday, February 12, the USDA Food Distribution will take place at our WVCC at 9:30 a.m.

Mark your calendars for some upcoming events in Wonder Valley. A CPR class at the WVCC and Improv at the Palms will both take place on Saturday, February 16. Bob Dougherty from the Department of Aging and Adult Services will be at the WVCC on Wednesday, February 20. A Community Cleanup will take place on Saturday, March 23. And don’t miss Hi-Des Hukilau at The Palms on Saturday, April 20.
For information on any of the above events, call our WVCC Coordinator Teresa Sitz at 760-367-

We send out Rainbows-of-Amethysts-and-Violets to Darlene Parris (67) and Mary Lindsley who celebrate their special days this week. Happy birthday, Mary and Dar!

On a sad note, Wonder Valley resident Robert William Adams has passed away. He was affectionately known to all his friends as “Vietnam Bobby” and he will be very much missed in our community. He was born on June 11, 1961 and died on January 13, 2019 at the age of 57. Graveside services will take place on Wednesday, February 13 from 2:15 to 2:45 p.m. at Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Boulevard, in Riverside.
The Wonder Valley Lending Program provides books and movies to borrow, just like a little library. Stop in at the WVCC to see what’s available, all at no charge.
Handy Hint: The average American pays about $2400 in credit card interest annually. To save those costs, transfer credit card debt to a card with 0 percent interest. Find better options at WalletHub.com.
Today’s Thought: If you’re looking for a few great lines . . . Dennis Miller said, “You know there’s a problem when you realize that out of the three Rs, only one begins with an R.” Oscar Wilde said, “To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.” Billy Wilder said, “He has Van Gogh’s ear for music.” And Bette Midler said, “She loves nature in spite of what it did to her.”
Until next time . . . remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Post Valentine's Day

A little birdie told me...

Saturday, February 16th:
7:00 p.m.: Performance by Johnny Angel Wendell, followed by
8:00 p.m.: Lolly Goodwoman and her "Stagefright's Valentine's Day Massacre"!!

At The Palms
83131 Amboy Road
Wonder Valley CA 92277

Stop sign at Shelton and Amboy

Nothing makes me feel more small town than writing about a new stop sign.

At the January community meeting, a community member -- Barbara, in fact, mentioned that she'd almost missed the stop on Shelton and Amboy. I put in an order for  sign, and viola! There it is! And while they were there they put a stop sign at Kern and Amboy across the street.

Now, I just hope that whoever cuts down all our signs will consider that this particular sign has the potential to save many lives, so please, don't cut down this stop sign.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Diaspora In Relief : Emily Hay-Cartoon Justice


Diaspora In Relief : Emily Hay-Cartoon Justice
7 - 10 p.m., March 23, 2019
The Palms Restaurant
83131 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley CA 92277

En Diaspora - Jazz Meets Voice :  modes of free
from Free Jazz to Experimental Improvisation to Psychedelic Roots Infused Punk Jazz
  • Emily Hay improviser/composer on Flute and Voice (solo)
  • Cartoon Justice / Lingua Incognita with Emily other local JT musicians : collective improvisation ensemble holding a open improvisation session for healing ourselves and the earth: Elegy Da Amazona

Emily Hay - Flute, Voice, Electronics. Southern California based
Cartoon justice (San Francisco) : Mika Pontecorvo - Guitar, Flute, Voice, Electronics. Kersti Abrams - Alto Sax, Fute, Lybian double reed, Mbira.
Mark Pino - Drums, Percussion.
Elijah Pontecorvo - Bass. 

Vega Victoria with special guest Grant Earl LaValley


Vega Victoria with special guest Grant Earl LaValley
Hosted by Palms Restaurant and Boneybone Productions
7 - 9:30 p.m., March 2, 2019
Palms Restaurant
83131 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley, California 92277

Vega Victoria is an indie-Americana singer-songwriter in the Bay Area, originally from Stockholm, Sweden. Her debut EP The Long Embrace was recorded and produced by Ben Tanner, band member of  the Grammy-award winning band Alabama Shakes, in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Revered songwriter Dylan LeBlanc calls her songs "haunting, beautiful...extremely well crafted". Her music is shaped by longing, loss, and love, and pulses with intense emotion, that legendary Muscle shoals sound, and a fascination with the open road.

Grant Earl LaValley is an American singer-songwriter who left Ohio for the California desert. His dark, cinematic soundscapes have a glowing undertow of tenderness, vulnerability, and mystery. A kindred spirit with contemporary songwriters like Ryley Walker, LaValley also conjures images of a gothic Gene Clark collaborating with a desert-dwelling Bonnie “Prince” Billy---with the blessing of Townes Van Zandt. 


Monday, February 4, 2019

What's all the racket at the WVCC?

As if the bombing isn't loud enough, now there's something amiss with the generator for our 80' palm tree cell tower. It's making a lot of noise which seems to get louder if you're in the general direction it is pointed. (Sorry, Darlene!)

I called American Tower, who then called Verizon. They're sending out a guy tomorrow to fix it up. Sorry for the trouble.

I sent them a picture of the problem and they promised it is no danger to anyone.

UPDATE: All fixed now.

Bill Hillyard's Indieagogo fund raiser


About 50 - 60 people attended Bill's local author reading at the Wonder Valley Community Center last Saturday. The audience consisted of a few people who are actually in the book, curious locals, and fans from far away.

Attendance was $2 and included free Mexican sodas, chips and salsa, and jicama with chili powder, courtesy of the Friends of Wonder Valley, the organization that hosted the event. The money raised will go toward the Mobile Medical Unit which will be at the WVCC later this month.

Bill Hillyard has 30 days to raise enough money to publish his book. Please help make this happen and earn some cool and amusing premiums -- including a homestead cabin! Check it out.

Click on the frame to the left.

Services for Robert Adams


Robert William Adams died on January 13, 2019. Everyone knew him as "Vietnam Bob," but when I asked him about the nickname, he said he preferred "Very Nice Bob."

Bob and I shared many a drink together before breakfast at The Palms on Sunday mornings. Toward the end Bob would visit me on Monday and Wednesday at the Wonder Valley Community Center where a small group of local meet for coffee.

Bob was born on June 11, 1961 and died on January 13, 2019 at the age of 57. Graveside services will take place on Wednesday, February 13 from 2:15 to 2:45 p.m. at Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Boulevard, in Riverside.

Bob will be greatly missed. 

Friday, February 1, 2019

Crime Stats January 2019

There were fewer call, but more reports and arrest in the Crime Stats for January 2019. The numbers for January 2015 were provided by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. They stopped providing us these numbers in October of 2016. Teresa Sitz, the former MAC Delegate for Wonder Valley, has been teasing our stats out of media reports since May of 2017. 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 were three arrests noted but one of the arrest was for 3 people, a father, mother, and daughter that came all the way from White Feather to do their work.

By Z107.7 News, on January 19th, 2019

By Z107.7 News, on February 1st, 2019

By Kurt Schauppner The Desert Trail Feb 1, 2019

USDA Food Distribution


The USDA Food Distribution will begin at 9:30 a.m. on TUESDAY, February 12 (NOT Feb. 1), 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 one neighbor, or they may pick up a box for you, IF you present a signed pick up form. One pick up per person. Pick up forms are available online at http://tinyurl.com/wv-pickup-form. They are also available at the WVCC on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., and at the information kiosk at the WVCC the week before the event.

For more information, call Teresa Sitz at (760) 367-9880.

The text below is required.

Nondiscrimination StatementIn 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: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, 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 

(3) email: 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Wonder Valley Community Meeting | February 9, 2019


Everyone is invited and wecome to attend the
Wonder Valley Community Meeting
from 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, February 9, 2019

at the
Wonder Valley Community Center
80526-1/2 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley, CA 92277

The meeting will be hosted by the
Friends of Wonder Valley, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization

The agenda will be posted at least 72 hours before the meeting at the
Wonder Valley Community Center, and online.

AGENDA:
https://tinyurl.com/wv02092019, posted 8:30 a.m., January 31, 2019
NOTES:
http://tinyurl.com/wv02092019notes, posted 12:30 p.m., February 9, 2019

We will be announcing the WV Community Cleanup on Saturday, March 23, and will be brainstorming ways to maximize the event. Come with ideas!

There will be refreshments.

Wonder Valley no longer has a MAC Delegate, as the MAC was dissolved in November. Our former MAC Delegate, Teresa Sitz, will chair this meeting. A new MAC will be forming and applications will be accepted later in February. We'll try to provide more information as it becomes available, but you can always talk to Teresa at teresa.sitz@gmail.com to find out more about being a MAC Delegate.

Wonder Valley Experimental #11


5 p.m. to Midnight, Saturday, March 30, 2019
Wonder Valley Experimental 11
Hosted by Phog masheeen and Palms Restaurant
The Palms Restaurant
83131 Amboy Road,
Wonder Valley, California 92277

The eleventh edition of the preeminent hi-desert experimental music festival. Hours of amazement presented for free at the coolest bar on the planet. As if that wasn't enough, there is free camping on site the night of the event.
Here is the line up as of 1-16-19
11:40 PM Crank Sturgeon
11:20 Patio - Nitro Donkey

11:00 PM Enrichd White
10:40 PM Eric Dahlman (Boston)
10:20 PM Zwellz!
10:00 Patio J3M5

9:40 PM Trash Pandas of the Sky
9:20 PM Loop Goat
9:00 PM Violin K Sonata
8:40 Patio - War Hippy

8:20 PM The Brutal Poodle
8:00 PM Amps for Christ
7:40 PM Skunk Puppet
7:20 Patio - Martin Espino

7:00 PM  So Ar Shunna Sordal                         Sunset 7:07
6:40 PM The Hostile Hippies
6:20 PM Greychurch
6:00 Patio - Carey Fosse

5:40 PM Hongo Killer
5:20 PM Z.Vital
5:00 PM phog masheeen
4:00 Load in

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Desert Trail Column - January 31, 2019

On Saturday, February 2 William Hillyard will read from his book “Welcome to Wonder Valley” at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526½ Amboy Road near Blower Road, from 1 to 3 p.m. Mr. Hillyard will also answer questions and talk about the writing process. There is a $2 suggested donation, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. For further information, call our WVCC Coordinator Teresa Sitz at 760-367-9880.
There will be an Artists’ Reception at the Glass Outhouse Art Gallery, 77575 29 Palms Highway at Thunder Road, on Saturday, February 2 from 1 to 5 p.m. Featured artists are Marine Walton and Jessie Keylon, with music provided by Damian Tiner. Come to meet the artists while enjoying free refreshments. This show will run through February 24. Call Laurel Seidl at 760-367-3807.
Since the birthstone for February is the amethyst and the flower is the violet, we send out Rainbows-of-Amethysts-and-Violets to Beautiful Downtown George Burgess and Chetara Bevins who celebrate their special days this week. Happy birthday, Chetara and Beautiful Downtown George!
Karen’s Commentary: Here’s one more trick that I read or heard about somewhere that falls into the category of “things that really work!” To store an extension cord, loop it into a circle, squish the circle into a straight line so you can then push one end into the cardboard tube found inside paper towels. (Toilet paper tubes work for smaller cords.) No more tangled cords – makes life a whole lot easier!
Darlene’s Commentary: We humans must have clothing! They are a necessity in our culture. Some people buy clothes in fancy clothing stores, others only during sales, others only at thrift stores. Inside my closet and dresser, I have clothes that are too small, too big, not to my liking, the wrong fit, the wrong color or just never worn. What do you think about having a Wonder Valley Clothing Giveaway and Exchange?


Food for Life Ministry prepares and serves 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 have a problem getting to the church, Reach Out Morongo Basin may deliver these meals right to your home. Call 760-361-1410.
Handy Hint: If you’re not the greatest at labeling things, use clear storage totes so you can easily see what’s inside. If there’s something you really don’t want the world to see, just put it inside a paper bag before placing it in the clear tote.
Today’s Thought: What does a clock do when it’s hungry? It goes back four seconds.

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

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

USDA Food Distribution


The FEBRUARY USDA Food Distribution will be TUESDAY, February 12.

There was a typo on the calendar that put the event on Feb. 1. There is NO distribution on Feb. 1

I apologize for the error and any inconvenience this causes. -- TSS

Incantations


An annual Sound Art Gathering in the High Desert
March 29-31, 2019
Hosted by Mojave Sound Art

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Aging and Adult Services at WVCC


Bob Dougherty, our Social Service Aide, from the SBC Department Of Aging & Adult Services, will be giving out some bus passes for seniors and helping them with HEAP applications, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., on February 13, at the Twentynine Palms Senior Center, 6539 Adobe Road, just off the Twentynine Palms Highway.

Bob will be doing much the same at the Wonder Valley Community Center, from 11 a.m. until noon, on February 20th. If you are a senior and would like to schedule an appointment for to fill out a HEAP application, please call Bob at 760-228-5219.

Hi-Desert Hukilau Music Festival


8 hours of live music on 2 stages. Celebrating the diversity of music in the Joshua Tree area.
Saturday, April 20, 2019 starting at 4 p.m. Cost: $12

The Palms in Wonder Valley
83131 Amboy Road
Wonder Valley CA 92277

Improv at The Palms


Improv comedy workshop at The Palms!
Hosted by Kevin Bone and Heather Clisby
Class size is limited! Please RSVP by e-mail to palmsliveevents@gmail.com.
Cost: donation. Suggested $5 - $15. Whatever you're comfortable with.

This is the second workshop of hopefully many, taught by Heather Clisby, who has worked with people of all ages and experience (or lack of it!). We guarantee that you're going to have fun at this. Please RSVP and join us!!

Noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, February 16, 2019

Palms Restaurant
83131 Amboy Road
Wonder Valley, California 92277

YOGA at The Palms


Hello Wonder Valley friends! I, Lorelei Vox Greene, will be giving Gentle-Flow, donation-based yoga classes every other Saturday at The Palms. Open to all, beginner to the advanced.

DATE CHANGE
8:30 - 9:45 a.m., Saturday, February 23

Palms Restaurant
83131 Amboy Road
Wonder Valley, California 92277

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Desert Trail Column - January 24, 2019


Mark your calendars for two upcoming events at our Wonder Valley Community Center. First will be a reading on Saturday, February 2 by author William Hillyard from his forthcoming book “Welcome to Wonder Valley.” Second will be a CPR class presented by Morongo Basin Ambulance on Saturday, February 16. Contact WVCC Coordinator Teresa Sitz at teresa.sitz@gmail.com or 760-367-9880 for further information.
We send out Rainbows-of-Garnets-and-Carnations to Vida Hamilton who celebrates her special day this week. Happy birthday, Vida
Darlene’s Commentary: Here are a couple things you might want to try. Scanning your phone before bed can disturb your sleep because the bright blue light has a short-wavelength and can inhibit the production of melatonin which helps you fall asleep. To avoid that, turn your cellphone off at least 30 minutes before hitting the hay. Also, when you’re alone and bored, put your phone aside for awhile, like a half-hour or so, because when you’re bored, four different areas of your brain activate and work together to pull in random thoughts and combine them in unique ways, inspiring creative ideas. You might become a young Einstein – or an “oldster Einstein!” Give it a try.
Karen’s Commentary: There are notices on the Bank of America ATMs stating they will be removed on January 23. I called the bank and was told that they will indeed be permanently removed, but new ATMs will be placed in another location in Twentynine Palms, possibly Stater Brothers shopping center. There will be an approximate two-month time period though without any Bank of America ATMs at all because the company was apparently taken by surprise. They had been told the Starbucks deal fell through (which is what they told me months ago) so they replaced their old ATMs with brand new ones, but are now being told to remove their new machines so Starbucks can build!
Animal Action League provides low-cost spay and neuter services for pets living in unincorporated areas such as Wonder Valley. They also provide low-cost microchipping and vaccinations, and are located at 62762 Twentynine Palms Highway, just west of the dinosaurs in Joshua Tree. For further information call 760-366-1100.

Handy Hint: Here are two easy tips. Unless you know for sure that you’ll need your checkbook to pay for something, leave it at home. Checks usually list your name, address, bank account number and routing number – all useful to a hacker. Also, put a baby picture into your wallet. Research suggests that wallets with baby photos are more likely to be returned.

Today’s Thought: “Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom.” – Thomas Jefferson
Until next time . . . remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.