Friday, September 20, 2019

Trespass Arrest Authorization form.

Our MAC (Municipal Advisory Council) Delegate, Steve Reyes, writes:
During the last Community Meeting I was asked if a "Trespass Letter" was permitted in Wonder Valley.  I spoke to Lt. Niles from the Morongo Station and he provided me with the Trespass Arrest Authorization form.  Once you fill out the form, drop it off at the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, Morongo Station at White Feather Road.  What the letter will do is authorize the arrest and or investigation of individuals who are trespassing on your property.  I encourage everyone to first clearly mark their property with their respective home address and post "No Trespassing Signs." This will make it abundantly clear unwelcome individuals are not to come onto your property.

Teresa Sitz adds:
You can pick up an address sign at the Wonder Valley Community Center beween the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, and as long as we're not busy with an event.

I also recommend that you make a couple of copies of the form and make sure your agent has a copy.

Great job, Steve!

Download to print.
Trespass Arrest Authorization form.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1IiCgQBgDbX6lEBPa9XUV1psy_t05Jo1f/view?usp=sharing
or
https://tinyurl.com/trespassform


Thursday, September 19, 2019

Desert Trail Column - September 19, 2019

On Saturday, September 21, Wonder Valley Community Church, 82575 Amboy Road at Kuhns Road, invites everyone to a free movie. There will be munchies at 11 and the movie will start at noon. Call Pastor Lonnie Casper at 760-391-0480 for further information.
Also on Saturday, The Palms, 83131 Amboy Road at Thompson Road, will present Succulents, an Evening of Small Juicy Theater. For further information, call 760-361-2810.
Three events will take place simultaneously at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road at Blower Road, on Wednesday, September 25. First, the mobile medical van will be providing primary healthcare services from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This includes exams, lab test referrals, prescription refills, immunizations and blood pressure checks. Appointments are encouraged, but not required. Care is provided regardless of insurance or ability to pay. For appointments or inquiries, call 760-365-9305.
Inside the WVCC, Cooking from the Distributions will take place starting at 9 a.m. Dietician Mary Kelly will integrate food distribution items into recipes and provide recipe books and handouts for cooking and using crockpots. Disease prevention and nutrition will be covered through teaching and games. This event is sponsored by the Morongo Basin Healthcare District, and there is no charge to attend.
At 11 a.m., the Salvation Army Food Distribution will begin, and will continue until the food is gone. The food is from Trader Joe’s and usually includes fresh meat, bread, fruits and veggies.

Mark your calendars for some upcoming events. At our community center, a Weed Show how-to with Ted Meyers on September 28, Miri Hunter and the Big Read also on September 28, and Bob Dougherty from Aging and Adult Services on October 16. At The Palms, The Big Read on September 29. At Wonder Valley Community Church, a spaghetti dinner fundraiser on October 12.

Most events at our WVCC are sponsored by our local nonprofit Friends of Wonder Valley. For additional information on any local event, contact WVCC Coordinator Teresa Sitz at teresa.sitz@sdd.sbcounty.gov or 760-367-9880.
We send out Rainbows-of-Sapphires-and-Asters to Eddie Kim, Bernice Barcott and Les Lindsley who celebrate their special days this week. Happy birthday to Les, Bernice and Eddie!
For those wishing to go to the Twentynine Palms Nutrition Site for lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Reach Out Morongo Basin will pick you up at The Palms at 10 a.m. and return you at 2 p.m. If you have a transportation problem and cannot get to The Palms, they may pick you up and drop you off at your residence. Call 760-361-1410.
Today’s Thought: Got a job at a bakery because I kneaded dough.
Until next time . . . remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.

File under...

...be careful what you wish for.

Judge Rules San Bernardino County Violated The Brown Act, Voids Dawn Rowe’s Appointment
By Benjamin Purper, September 29, 2019

Governor Gavin Newsome will be appointing the next Supervisor. The County will appeal.

I was skeptical when she first took office, having worked for Rep. Paul Cook, but she's done right by us so far.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Local Baand: Kroms


Dominic and Naomi Bruxer, of Wonder Valley, make up the Kroms. You can hear their music at:
https://kroms.bandcamp.com/

Email: kromstudios1688@gmail.com

Give them a listen. They were so sweet last year, giving everyone who came to the WVCC a free Christmas album of their music. Thanks, you two!!!

Monday, September 16, 2019

California Desert Art | Artist Sharon Ellis

Friendly Universe: The Electric Landscapes of Sharon Ellis

Sharon Ellis is a landscape painter often compared to her childhood hero, Charles Burchfield. She recently moved from Los Angeles to Yucca Valley, and spent part of her childhood visiting a great-aunt in Wonder Valley.

Click through above. Her paintings are magical.

Big Read | Community Open Readings



Cholla Needles Arts & Literary Library Presents: Survival

1:00 - 3:00 p.m., Sunday, September 29, 2019
Palms Restaurant & Bar, 83131 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley CA 92277

NEW BIG READ Morongo Basin Community Open Readings

Open to the entire community - bring your own creation, or recite a piece that inspires you. You may also share your opinion or thoughts on survival. This is a free event.

Big Read: Traveling Symphony at WWVC.


As part of the Big Read, Thought Theatre will present the Traveling Symphony. The Traveling Symphony is a group of actors and musicians and the like who, among other things, do snippets of Shakespeare, other writers, and the occasional classical concert. Join the Traveling Symphony as they bring an exciting sound presentation of “Station Eleven” as written by Emily St. John Mandel to life.

A donation of $5 is requested, but one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Miri Hunter
http://www.projectsheba.com
http://www.hunterandthewicked.com

Salvation Army Food Distribution


SALVATION ARMY FOOD DISTRIBUTION
The Salvation Army Food Distribution takes place starting at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 25, 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.

MOBILE MEDICAL UNIT
The Morongo Basin Healthcare District Mobile Medical Unit will be at the Wonder Valley Community Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Wednesday, September 25 , 2019. The WVCC is at 80526-1/2 Amboy Road, in Wonder Valley -- next to the old fire station.

This coincides with the Salvation Army Food Distribution.

A Nurse Practitioner will be on board, providing primary medical care and screenings, and if necessary, prescribing lab tests and refilling prescriptions. Some immunizations are available.

Take advantage of the MBHD’s “Take A Hike Program.” MBHD medical providers write a prescription for patients to “Take A Hike” in Joshua Tree National Park. Each prescription is good for 90 days and provides free entry to the park for the patient and up to five people in the same vehicle as the patient.

This outdoor program provides the patient opportunities to manage health and body weight through increased physical activity. Patient must have insurance accepted by the program -- see below.

Medi-Cal, IEHP and most insurances are accepted. A discounted fee-for-service is available for those without insurance. Care is provided regardless of insurance status or ability to pay.

Appointments are encouraged. To schedule an appointment, call 760-365-9305.

Walk-ins will be accepted as time permits.

IDEAS ON HOW TO USE THE FOODS FROM FOOD DISTRIBUTIONS
In addition, Dietician Mary Ann Kelly will integrate the food items from the food distributions into recipes and provide recipe books and handouts for cooking and using crock pots. Disease prevention and nutrition will be covered through teaching and games.

Morongo Basin Healthcare District seeks to improve the health and wellness of residents who live within its designated boundaries. Services of the healthcare district include the Morongo Basin Community Health Center with offices in Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley; and LIFT Transportation Services, providing free, non-emergency transportation to medical appointments. Business offices of the Morongo Basin Healthcare District are located at 6530 La Contenta Road, Suite 100 Yucca Valley | 760.820.9229 | http://www.MBHDistrict.org

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Supervisor Dawn Rowe in Wonder Valley.


WHEN: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, October 7, 2019
WHERE: Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526-1/2 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley, CA 92277

I'm very excited to announce that the San Bernardino County 3rd District Supervisor, Dawn Rowe, is coming to the Wonder Valley Community Center at 11 a.m., on Monday, October 7, 2019.

We haven't had a Supervisor visit one of our meetings in the last 5 years, or more. Thank our new Municipal Advisory Council Delegate Steve Reyes for setting this up. He will be running the meeting.

Everyone is invited and welcome to attend and participate. Bring your questions, suggestions, rants, and raves.

The agenda will be posted on the door of the WVCC a week before the meeting, and online at:
http://www.wondervalley.org/

Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of Wonder Valley.

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

Paint for the Planet.


WHEN:  11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, September 18, 2019
WHERE:
Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526-1/2 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley CA 92277

Eco-Prayer Flag and Parachutes For The Planet Painting Workshop

ATTENTION YOUTH Of ALL AGES
Come join with Wonder Valley Water Is Life and the Joshua Tree-Huggers/350 JT  for a Parachutes to Stop Pollution painting workshop in preparation for the big CLIMATE STRIKE JOSHUA TREE DEMONSTRATIONS in downtown Joshua Tree, from 11:30 a.m. on September 20, and 12:30 p.m.on September 21.

In addition to painting the traditional eco-prayer flags created out of repurposed pillow cases, we will now be adding parachute painting, thanks to Mother Earth Project's Parachutes For The Planet.

Please bring acrylic paint, paint brushes and recycled pillow cases if you can. We will have a few here if you don't.

MUCH gratitude to the Kiwanis Club Of Greater Yucca Valley for sponsoring our painting materials, and to the Friends of Wonder Valley and the WVCC for making this workshop possible.

For more info on the Climate Strike JT, look for that event on Facebook, and/or email: conchustimes@yahoo.com.

Admission is free.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Cooking from the Food Distributions.


WHEN: 9 a.m., Wednesday, September 25, 2019
WHERE: Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526-1/2 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley CA 92277

Dietician Mary Kelly will integrate the food items distributed on September 25 into recipes and provide recipe books and handouts for cooking and using crock pots. Disease prevention and nutrition will be covered through teaching and games.

This event precedes the Salvation Army Food Distribution. It is sponsored by the Morongo Basin Healthcare District. There is no charge to attend this event.

Attendees are encouraged to visit the Mobile Medical Van which will be on the premises between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Wonder Valley Man Arrested.

From the Desert Trail,

Man arrested after standoff with SWAT team

Noah Smith, 22, was arrested on September 6, for one felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon likely to cause great injury, and two additional charges related to threats.

Desert Trail Column - September 12, 2019


The USDA Food Distribution will take place on Tuesday, September 17 at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526½ Amboy Road at Blower Road, from 9 to noon.
Wonder Valley Community Church, 82575 Amboy Road, is collecting “Christmas shoeboxes” to be delivered to children at an orphanage in Mexico on November 24. Plastic “shoeboxes” with lids may be purchased at Dollar Tree, then filled with needed items and little surprises for the children. Please bring filled shoeboxes to the church anytime before November 24. For further information, call Pastor Lonnie Casper at 760-401-6128 or 760-391-0480.
Mark your calendars for some upcoming events. At Wonder Valley Community Church, a free movie on September 21, Pastor Casper’s one-year Anniversary Potluck on October 27 and a Thanksgiving Potluck on November 24. At our community center, a Theatre Presentation with Miri Hunter on September 28, a Community Meeting with our San Bernardino County Supervisor Dawn Rowe rescheduled for October 7 and a Halloween Presentation with Ken Layne on October 26.
Most events at our WVCC are sponsored by our local nonprofit Friends of Wonder Valley. For additional information on any local event, contact WVCC Coordinator Teresa Sitz at teresa.sitz@sdd.sbcounty.gov or (760) 367-9880.
Darlene’s Commentary: I have a neat book entitled “On the Tip of My Tongue” by David Gentle. It is a collection of trivia facts, with questions like: What color is Moby-Dick? How many feet are in a mile? What is the name of Dr Seuss’ egg-hatching elephant?
Karen’s Commentary: Husband Ted found a woman collapsed on the ground at the fire station! Ted called 911 and stayed with the moaning and incoherent woman until the ambulance arrived. Former police detective Steve Reyes called Ted a hero! No medical help from our empty station.
MBTA Ready Ride picks up passengers at their Wonder Valley residences at 7 a.m. every Tuesday and Friday, plus the first Wednesday of each month, taking them to any business in Twentynine Palms. Return trips are at noon on Tuesdays and Fridays, and at 1 p.m. on first Wednesdays. There is no service on holidays. For costs, information or scheduling rides, call (760) 366-2395 before 6:30 p.m. at least one day prior to desired date.
Handy Hint: Many auto insurers will shave as much as 10% off your premiums if you take a defensive driving course.

Today’s Thought: In 1917, Grenville Kleiser’s inspirational advice for September 12 was that education is not mere book-learning, but the culture of mind and heart; that you can learn from everyone you meet; and that education is free, and the development of personal character is its crowning work.
Until next time . . . remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

If you missed the Community Meeting.


It was a big one, too, with 40 people attending. Speakers included Mark Lunquist from the Supervisor’s Office; John Bradshaw from SBC Special Districts Department, along with the new fella who will be grading our roads, Dylan Baudouine; Kimberly Pope and Jonell Kosen, from the Base; and Lt. Lucas Niles, Watch Commander at the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Department at White Feather.

Mark Lundquist spoke about the new Vacation Rental Ordinance which will be addressed at the next Board of Supervisors meeting at 10 a.m., Tuesday, September 10. If you’d like to attend or comment at this meeting, you can join via videoconference at the Bob Burke Government Center at White Feather in Joshua Tree. Enter through the Sheriff’s Department. Leave all weapons in your car.

Lundquist’s second topic was the FP5 Fire tax.  It will be coming before the Board of Supervisors on September 24 to fulfill a mandate for County Fire and the SBC CEO to come back with another plan that the BOS will discuss. This is not  a board meeting but will be broadcast at the videoconferencing center mentioned above. County Fire still needs to cover a deficit of $27 million. Lundquist said this should have been on the ballot in the first place, and that he hopes it gets fixed soon so they stop pulling money from the general fund. The first FP5 payment of $157 and change will be on your next tax bill, but after that it’s anyone’s guess. Stay tuned.
       
Jonell Kosen from the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center spoke on noise levels from the Base. There have been fewer training exercises through the summer due to  the heat, but there will be more starting in October. Call (760) 830-9222, if you have a noise complaint.
   
Lt. Niles from the Sheriff Department notified the community the annual grant for illegal Off Road Vehicle enforcement has been tripled! This will allow them to buy more vehicles and assign more staff.

September 4, 2019
The AGENDA was posted here, at 11 a.m., August  29, 2019, and on the door of the WVCC:
https://tinyurl.com/wv09042019
The NOTES were posted 10:30 a.m., September 7, 2019
https://tinyurl.com/wv09042019notes

Create a Weed Show entry.


Have you ever wanted to submit an entry to the Twentynine Palms Historical Society's Annual Weed Show? Have you ever wanted to win?

Ted Meyers, long-time Wonder Valley resident, has won the weed show 33 times! And last year his students won 5 awards!

Ted will be here to explain the Weed Show's strict rules; the differences in categories; choosing a display base; collecting and using weeds effectively; choices of accessories and tips and tricks.

Three things the audience will take away from the presentation:

  1. How to construct a display.
  2. The importance of following all rules.
  3. There are no monetary prizes involved, but the fun, the feeling of accomplishment and the possibility of winning bragging rights for a full year are worth the effort!

This is NOT a hands on class so you don't have to bring anything but yourselves. Ted will be doing all the demonstrating.

The Weed Show is scheduled for November 2 & 3, 2019. We will post links to documents as soon as they are published.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Adult & Aging Services, October 16


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 11 a.m. until noon, on Wednesday, October 16th. All seniors are welcome to come and find out about the services offered by the County of San Bernardino.

Mobile Medical Unit at WVCC


The Morongo Basin Healthcare District Mobile Medical Unit will be providing primary healthcare services by a nurse practitioner who will provide a clinic visit exam, and if necessary, prescribe lab test and refill prescriptions. Some immunizations are available.
[Dental services are not provided at the MMU at this time.]

WHEN?
Drop in between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., Wednesday, September 25, 2019,
or call (760) 365-9305 for an appointment.
WHERE?
The Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526-1/2 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley, CA 92277

Medi-Cal, IEHP, Medicare, and most insurances are accepted. A discounted fee-for-service is available for those without insurance. Care is provided regardless of insurance status or ability to pay.

Anyone may drop in to get their blood pressure checked.

If you are seen at the Mobile Medical Unit, be sure to ask about pediatric care, dental care, chiropractic care, pain management, chronic wound care, behavioral health, general surgery consultations, and patient education programs. These services are available to the the MBHD Clinics in Twentynine Palms or Yucca Valley. Free transportation to these services is available via the MBHD's Lift service.

USDA Food Distribution -- September 17, 2019


The USDA Food Distribution will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at noon on Tuesday, September 17, 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 ONE (1) box for a neighbor, or they may pick up ONE (1) box for you, IF a signed pick up form is presented. 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 kiosk outside 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: 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, September 5, 2019

Desert Trail Column - September 5, 2019

You are invited to the Glass Outhouse Art Gallery on Saturday, September 7 for its fall opening from 5 to 9 p.m. with featured artists Zara Kand and Barbara Adams. There will be birthday cake and catered food, with music provided by Hunter and the Wick’d. This show will run through September 29. The gallery is located at 77575 29 Palms Highway at Thunder Road. Look for a BIG Pepsi can and a little chapel! For more information, call Laurel at 760-367-3807.
On Monday, September 9, the Municipal Advisory Council meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Joshua Tree Community Center, 6171 Sunburst Street. Representative Steve Reyes will be there to pass along Wonder Valley’s issues and concerns to our San Bernardino County Supervisor Dawn Rowe. Everyone is invited to attend and participate. Contact Steve at stevenr25261@outlook.com for further information.

Mark your calendars for an upcoming community meeting with our Third District Supervisor Dawn Rowe at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road, on October 7.
Most events at our WVCC are sponsored by our local nonprofit Friends of Wonder Valley. For additional information on any local event, contact WVCC Coordinator Teresa Sitz at teresa.sitz@sdd.sbcounty.gov or 760-367-9880.
Since the birthstone for September is the sapphire and the flower is the aster, we send out Rainbows-of-Sapphires-and-Asters to Cheryl Davies and Sherry Hague who celebrate their special days this week. Happy birthday, Sherry and Cheryl! (Sorry, Scott – we sent you the wrong rainbows last week!)
Karen’s Commentary: A recent quiet morning was shattered by warning lights and bells going off when I started my vehicle. After being towed, RODENT DAMAGE to the tune of $760 was discovered, and the darling little rodent was still inside! Its victims were three sensors and a wiring harness.

Darlene’s Commentary: Here are foods to increase strength and sharpness. Turkey contains natural tryptophan that relieves anxiety and stress. Whole grain breads have high levels of amino acids that synthesize brain fuel. Spinach is loaded with vitamin B folic acid that is effective in treating depression and increasing mental energy levels.
An informal meeting of Wonder Valleyites takes place at The Palms Restaurant, 83131 Amboy Road at Thompson Road, every Sunday morning over breakfast. All things Wonder Valley are discussed, and a good time is had by all. Whether a weekender, new resident or longtime resident, all are welcome to join in.
Handy Hint: Using a hammer and small nail, punch holes around the rim of an open paint can. Paint dripping into the rim will then drain back into the can.
The word meaning stomach rumbling is “wamble.”

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

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Desert Trail Column - August 29, 2019

The Palms, 83131 Amboy Road at Thompson Road, will reopen today, August 29.
College of the Desert professor Ruth Nolan will present “In the Desert: Stories of Willie Boy” at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road at Blower Road, on Saturday, August 31 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A $2 donation is requested, but not required to attend.

Our Municipal Advisory Council representative Steve Reyesc will hold a community meeting on Wednesday, September 4 at our community center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mark Lundquist, Field Representative for our San Bernardino County Supervisor Dawn Rowe, will be in attendance. Also, representatives from the Sheriff’s Department will discuss illegal offroading and illegal shooting. And there will be a raffle! Refreshments will be available. For further information, contact Steve at stevenr25261@outlook.com
Mark your calendars with these upcoming events at Wonder Valley Community Church, 82575 Amboy Road: A free movie and munchies on September 21, and a spaghetti dinner fundraiser on October 12.
Most events at our WVCC are sponsored by our local nonprofit Friends of Wonder Valley. For additional information on any local event, contact WVCC Coordinator Teresa Sitz at teresa.sitz@sdd.sbcounty.gov or 760-367-9880.
We send out Rainbows-of-Peridots-and-Gladioli to Scott Kelso who celebrates his special day this week. Happy birthday, Scott!
Darlene’s Commentary: Chewing a substance containing Xylitol can help clear a foggy brain! Xylitol is a sugar substitute that tastes good and is good for you, too. Hard to believe, right? There are many products that contain Xylitol, especially sugar-free gum. Start chewing!
Karen’s Commentary: More coupons on their way! This time to US Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine bases in Belgium, Germany, Japan and Guam. Also, I read that the Twentynine Palms Library will be closed for renovations from October 1 to December 13!


Our community center is open on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can check out books and movies from the free lending program, or just come in to cool off and relax. There are lots of pamphlets and brochures full of useful information available. Stop in, look around and say hello to our coordinator Teresa Sitz!
Handy Hint: Leave your phone in your pocket or purse when you’re talking to other people face-to-face. Give them all your attention.

Today’s Thought: “I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” – Quaker saying
Until next time . . . remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Desert Trail Column - August 22, 2019


The mobile medical van will be at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road at Blower Road, on Wednesday, August 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Primary healthcare services will be provided by a nurse practitioner, including exams, lab test recommendations and prescription refills if necessary. Some immunizations are also available. Walk-ins are accepted as time permits, but appointments are encouraged. Call 760-365-9305 for information or appointments.
The Salvation Army Food Distribution will take place at our community center on Wednesday, August 28, starting at 11 a.m. The distribution will continue until the food is gone. Fresh fruits and veggies are usually included.

Mark your calendars for some upcoming events. The Palms, 83131 Amboy Road, will reopen on August 29; Ruth Nolan will give us stories of Willie Boy at our community center on August 31; and a community meeting with Mark Lundquist and Sheriff’s Department representatives will be held at our community center on September 4.
Most events at our WVCC are sponsored by our local nonprofit Friends of Wonder Valley. For additional information on any local event, contact WVCC Coordinator Teresa Sitz at teresa.sitz@sdd.sbcounty.gov or 760-367-9880.
We send out Rainbows-of-Peridots-and-Gladioli to Dominick Bruxer and Ted Meyers (82) who celebrate their special days this week. Happy birthday, Ted and Dominick!

Darlene’s Commentary: Did you read the letter on a recent Opinion Page entitled “Old people versus the darkness”? I did, but I’m still not sure what exactly I read – or I guess, what exactly it was supposed to mean. After I manually closed my gaping mouth, I just sat there for a while, then came back to Earth with a thud and got on with my life!
Karen’s Commentary: Two things. One good, one not-so-good. Thanks to Bob and Joe for coupons that went out this week to US Army, Marine and Navy bases in Germany, Japan and Italy. Now for the not-so-good. All my hopes, prayers, positive thinking and wishful thinking came to a screeching halt when I read the article on the front page about our fire station not reopening. I’m devastated.
Lift Transportation provides free rides to and from medical appointments in the Morongo Basin. For information and/or to schedule a ride, call 760-366-5438 or 760-820-9229. When scheduling a ride, try to call at least two weeks before your appointment.

Handy Hint: Using a nail, punch holes into the sides of a clean empty can with the label removed, making any design you’d like. Then place a tea light inside and enjoy your dazzling creation!
Today’s Thought: My IQ test results came back. They were negative.


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

Monday, August 19, 2019

Fire Station closed for good.

In an interview with Tracey Martinez, the Public Relations office of the San Bernardino County Fire Department, is was definitely announced that County Fire has no plans to evern reopen the Wonder Valley Fire Station.

Read more...
Wonder Valley Fire Station will not reopen
By Kurt Schauppner The Desert Trail Aug 14, 2019

Many residents responded to the news with dismay, and some with anger.

County Fire is in the process of leasing the empty properties to non-profits, though there is no information as to which.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Desert Trail Column - August 15, 2019

The Meet & Greet/Ice Cream Social with our Municipal Advisory Council Delegate Steve Reyes went very well. Upon arrival, guests were treated to some great piano playing by Lauris K. while waiting for the meeting to start. The special guest speaker was Scott Brown from High Desert Keepers, a nonprofit organization that deals with illegal dumping. Scott, a former police officer, is the president and founder, and is dedicated to ending illegal dumping in the high desert. The organization has agreed to assist Wonder Valley in cleaning up our illegally-dumped trash. To learn more about this organization, go to www.highdesertkeepers.org
Godwin Christian Fellowship, 6389 Godwin Road at 29 Palms Highway, will have a free movie and pizza night on Friday, August 16, starting at 5:30. If planning to attend, RSVP at 831-234-6848 so they will be sure to have enough pizza for everyone.

The USDA Food Distribution will take place on Tuesday, August 20 at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road at Blower Road, from 9 to noon.

Mark your calendars for the following upcoming events: The mobile medical van at our WVCC on August 28; a theater presentation with Miri Hunter at our WVCC on September 28; a Halloween presentation with Ken Layne at our WVCC on October 26; and a one-year anniversary potluck for Pastor Lonnie Casper at Wonder Valley Community Church, 82575 Amboy Road, on October 28.
Most events at our WVCC are sponsored by our local nonprofit Friends of Wonder Valley. For additional information on any local event, contact WVCC Coordinator Teresa Sitz at teresa.sitz@sdd.sbcounty.gov or call 760-367-9880.

We send out Rainbows-of-Peridots-and-Gladioli to Chad Fairweather and Alexa who celebrate their special days this week. Happy birthday, Alexa and Chad!
Wonder Valley resident Susan Doggett has cared for over 35,000 sick, injured and/or orphaned wild birds since 1978. She’s an Emergency Medical Technician, a graduate biologist and holds an undergraduate degree in vertebrate zoology with two years of graduate studies in ornithology and animal behavior. Susan has operated state and federally licensed wildlife rehabilitation facilities for over 39 years without any outside funding, and is a frequent guest speaker at schools and events where she provides public education on conservation and ecology of California’s birds of prey. If you come across a wild bird in distress, call Susan at 714-637-8355 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.
Handy Hint: Not everything is a great deal at warehouse clubs, but the really smart buys include canned veggies, soda, toilet paper and eggs.

Today’s Thought: An unwillingness to quarrel about something doesn’t mean you agree with it.
Until next time . . . remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.

Salvation Army Food Distribution & MMU

The Salvation Army Food Distribution takes place starting at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 28, 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.

The Morongo Basin Healthcare District Mobile Medical Unit will be at the Wonder Valley Community Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Wednesday, August 28 , 2019. The WVCC is at 80526-1/2 Amboy Road, in Wonder Valley -- next to the old fire station.

This coincides with the Salvation Army Food Distribution.

A Nurse Practitioner will be on board, providing primary medical care and screenings, and if necessary, prescribing lab tests and refilling prescriptions. Some immunizations are available.

Take advantage of the MBHD’s “Take A Hike Program.” MBHD medical providers write a prescription for patients to “Take A Hike” in Joshua Tree National Park. Each prescription is good for 90 days and provides free entry to the park for the patient and up to five people in the same vehicle as the patient.

This outdoor program provides the patient opportunities to manage health and body weight through increased physical activity. Patient must have insurance accepted by the program -- see below.

Medi-Cal, IEHP and most insurances are accepted. A discounted fee-for-service is available for those without insurance. Care is provided regardless of insurance status or ability to pay.

Appointments are encouraged. To schedule an appointment, call 760-365-9305.

Walk-ins will be accepted as time permits.

Morongo Basin Healthcare District seeks to improve the health and wellness of residents who live within its designated boundaries. Services of the healthcare district include the Morongo Basin Community Health Center with offices in Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley; and LIFT Transportation Services, providing free, non-emergency transportation to medical appointments. Business offices of the Morongo Basin Healthcare District are located at 6530 La Contenta Road, Suite 100 Yucca Valley | 760.820.9229 | http://www.MBHDistrict.org

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

WV Community Meeting | September 4, 2019


Everyone is welcome and invited to attend and participate in 
the Wonder Valley Community Meeting 
from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 
at the 
Wonder Valley Community Center
80526-1/2 Amboy Road, Twentynine Palms CA 92277

Our MAC Delegate Steve Reyes will run the meeting. Special guests include:

  • Mark Lundquist from the SBC 3rd District Supervisor's Office
  • Representatives from the SBC Sheriff's Department, who will be addressing quality of life issues including illegal offroad activities and illegal shooting.
The AGENDA was posted here, at 11 a.m., August  29, 2019, and on the door of the WVCC:
https://tinyurl.com/wv09042019
The NOTES were posted 10:30 a.m., September 7, 2019
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cLsKP2cY-DeKEWUnckCF_uO_TL1g2K3Y2ZIZ1Sm7XOI/edit?usp=sharing, or
https://tinyurl.com/wv09042019notes

The Friends of Wonder Valley, the local 501(c)(3) organization now has a raffle license, so for the first time in many years, we will be having a RAFFLE!

Refreshments will be available.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Short Plays -- Auditions, The Palms.


Lolly Goodwoman - Saturday Night!

We (The Palms) begged and pleaded with her to not do this show. The last thing we (The Palms) wanted is an evening of fun, craziness, mature themes and members of the community losing themselves running around in costumes that, well, you know. We (The Palms) were hoping for a slow, boring night at our bar in the middle of nowhere. Please, stay home and stare at your TV and fridge instead. We (The Palms) hate fun. It leads to, well, more fun. And what good is fun?

7 p.m., Saturday, August 10, 2019
The Palms
83131 Amboy Road
Wonder Valley CA 92277
FREE

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Desert Trail Column - August 8, 2019

Our local nonprofit Friends of Wonder Valley just turned one year old, and boy, have they been busy! They purchased and distributed 100 free toothbrushes to Wonder Valley residents; they purchased a small backup freezer for use at our community center; three board members (Jill Reinig, Ken Sitz and Teresa Sitz) received the Mental Health First Aid Training and Certification in Riverside; they applied for and received a raffle license; they are in the process of applying for a bingo license; and they have a new logo in the works! Sincere thanks go out to our Friends of Wonder Valley.
The Special Districts Department has allocated funds to have our community center’s kitchen and bathrooms updated, which means community meals and kitchen-related activities will be possible once again. Special Districts has also agreed to pay for the concrete work needed to install a Simi Dabah sculpture at our community center! It is being donated to us by the Simi Dabah Foundation.
There will be a Meet & Greet/Ice Cream Social with our Municipal Advisory Council Delegate Steve Reyes on Saturday, August 10 at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road at Blower Road, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Steve welcomes any suggestions, questions or comments. There will also be a special guest speaker. Contact Steve at stevenr26251@outlook.com for further information.


The Palms will be closed August 12 through August 28.
Mark your calendars for some upcoming events. A community meeting with Mark Lundquist and a Sheriff’s Department representative will be held at our community center on September 4; a free movie will be shown at Wonder Valley Community Church, 82575 Amboy Road, on September 21; and a community meeting with Supervisor Dawn Rowe will take place at our community center on October 19.
Most events at our WVCC are sponsored by our local nonprofit Friends of Wonder Valley. For additional information on any local event, contact WVCC Coordinator Teresa Sitz at teresa.sitz@sdd.sbcounty.gov or 760-367-9880.
The Food for Life Ministry prepares and serves delicious hot meals every Saturday at the Church of the Nazarene, 72603 Juanita Drive in Twentynine Palms, from 3 to 5 p.m. If you are unable to travel to the church, your meals may be delivered free directly to your residence by Reach Out Morongo Basin. For further information, call 760-361-1410.
Handy Hint: In areas that are prone to pileups, hang hooks on the walls so you have somewhere for clothes or bags to go until you’re ready to put them away.
Today’s Thought: What do you get when you cross a baby with a soldier? The infantry.

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

Monday, August 5, 2019

Barnetts Trading Post and the Peacock Lounge.


Thanks go to our new MAC Delegate, Steve Reyes, for the amazing color photo of Barnetts Trading Post and the Peacock Lounge. This was next to the old Fire Station out near the turn on Amboy headed to Sheephole Pass.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Desert Trail Column - August 1, 2019

Mark your calendars for two upcoming events in Wonder Valley. A Meet & Greet/Ice Cream Social will take place at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road, on August 10. And a spaghetti dinner fundraiser will be held at Wonder Valley Community Church, 82575 Amboy Road, on October 12.
Most events at our WVCC are sponsored by our local nonprofit Friends of Wonder Valley. For additional information on any local event, contact WVCC Coordinator Teresa Sitz at teresa.sitz@sdd.sbcounty.gov, or 760-367-9880.
We send out Rainbows-of-Rubies-and-Larkspurs to Mandy Root (35) and Cris Buskirk, who celebrate their special days this week. Happy birthday, Cris and Mandy!
Karen’s Commentary: Here are numbers you might need now or in the future.

Mental Health: 

  • Family Resource Center 760-228-9657, 
  • Hi-Desert Medical Center Behavioral Health Centre 760-366-1541 and 
  • San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health, 909-381-2420 or 888-743-1478
Legal Services:
  • Attorney General 800-952-5225, 
  • Household Goods Movers Complaints 800-366-4782 and 
  • Victims of Crime Resource Center 800-842-8467. 
Military Veterans’ Services: 
  • US Department of Veteran Affairs 800-827-1000, 
  • Veterans Administration Insurance Center 800-669-8477 and 
  • Veterans Center 800-225-8387. 
Substance Abuse:
  • San Bernardino County Substance Abuse Services 800-968-2636, 
  • ASAP Family Treatment - Cocaine 800-367-2727, 
  • Chemical Dependant Hearing Impaired 800-282-3323, 
  • National Alcohol and Drug Abuse Line 800-252-6465 and 
  • Substance Abuse Information and Referral Line 800-662-4357. 
Could be helpful.
Darlene’s Commentary: Bank of America in Yucca Valley is closing on September 10, 2019. After the Starbucks/ATMs incidents, there were assurances by Bank of America personnel that new ATMs would be placed in Twentynine Palms, so many of us held on, expecting a completely satisfactory outcome. As a long-time customer, I didn’t want to just give up on them, but I now must face the facts Since a satisfactory outcome with Bank of America is definitely no longer in the future, I must say that we are fortunate to have other good banks in Twentynine Palms. And it will be good to have my bank back in town again.

Animal Action League will spay or neuter your pets, implant microchips and provide vaccinations, all at reduced rates. AAL is a wonderful organization that is located at 62762 29 Palms Highway, just west of the dinosaurs, in Joshua Tree. For further information, call 760-366-1100.

Handy Hint: When you get a splinter, reach for the Scotch Tape before resorting to tweezers or a needle. Simply put the tape over the splinter, then pull it off. This method will remove most splinters painlessly and easily.

Today’s Thought: “Such a simple thing as the giving of yourself – giving thoughtfulness, time, help, or understanding – will trigger the cycle of abundance.” – Norman Vincent Peale

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

Free pass to Joshua Tree National Park.


The Morongo Basin Healthcare District's Mobile Medical Unit (van) will be serving people from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Wednesday, August 28, at at the Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526-1/2 Amboy Road, in the shade of the cell tower palm tree.

The MBHD is participating in the Take a Hike program, which provides to patients a prescription in the form of a 90-day pass to Joshua Tree National Park, to get out in the open air, in nature, and to walk or hike in the park. The pass is good for up to five people in the same car. Patients are given a booklet of hikes tailored to various levels of activity -- easy, moderate, or strenuous. Patients may also enjoy rangers talks, tours, and in the fall -- Artist's Teas each Sunday.

You may already have a doctor that you see, but if you stop and see the doctor at the MMU for a quick check, you could walk away with a park pass!

The MMU takes Med-Cal, Medicare, IEHP, and most PPO insurance. Feel free to drop in and sign up to be seen at the desk. If you don't have insurance, they can help you sign up, or you can pay for the visit.

The MMU also offers free blood pressure checks, so stop by for that, too.

If you own property here you'll notice that part of our property tax goes to the Morongo Basin Healthcare District. Since you're already paying for it, please help make sure this program is a success, and use it!

Hunter and the Wick'd included in country music compilation.

From the Hi-Desert Star: Hunter lands spot on compilation

The band Hunter and the Wick'd, with Wonder Valley locals Miri Hunter and Thom Merrick, are being included in a country music compilation -- Keepin’ It Country, Vol. One., released by BWH Music Group. Their song is “I Don’t Want To Talk Right Now.”

Congratulations, Miri and Thom.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Friends of Wonder Valley -- what we've been up to.

Monsoon season
Friends of Wonder Valley just sent out a newsletter this week, but if you haven't signed up for it you can do so at the tab above, or the link below; and you can read the newletter linked below, as well. (We only send these out 2-3 times a year, so we're not going to inundate you.)

Newsletter link
https://mailchi.mp/ac9ba8a025a8/friends-of-wonder-valley-weve-been-busy
Sign up link
https://www.friendsofwondervalley.org/p/email-list.html

USDA Food Distribution


The USDA Food Distribution will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at noon on Tuesday, August 20, at the Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526-½ Amboy Road, Wonder Valley CA 92277. The Community Center is next to the Fire Station.

The staff arrives at 9 a.m., so please do not line up before then. The boxes are all ready to go and are, for the most part, the same.

Low income Wonder Valley residents self-certify on site. No ID or other documentation is required. You may pick up ONE (1) box for a neighbor, or they may pick up ONE (1) box for you, IF a signed pick up form is presented. 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 kiosk outside 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: 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.

In the Desert: Stories of Willie Boy


Join us, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturday, August 31,
at the Wonder Valley Community Center, Wonder Valley, CA 92277

In the Desert: Stories of Willie Boy
The Willie Boy manhunt of 1909 is the stuff of legend. Occurring in the areas adjacent to Joshua Tree National Park and Palm Springs, the real-life tale - termed a "watershed" event for our region's Chemehuevi Indian people by Native scholar Clifford Trafzer - has captivated, to this day, more than a century of scholars, writers, storytellers, artists, filmmakers and desert Indian residents who have endeavored to shed understanding, truth, and portray the real-life events, and the long-lasting impacts on this region, in an accurate way.

In this presentation, College of the Desert professor, scholar, author, and former wildland firefighter Ruth Nolan, M.F.A., M.A. explores the body of scholarly and artistic works dedicated to the event and discusses reasons why the event continues to spawn interest, inquiry, discussion and a considerable archive of scholarship and art.

Ruth Nolan is editor of the critically-acclaimed No Place for a Puritan: the Literature of California's Deserts (Heyday Books, 2009); author of Ruby Mountain (Finishing Line Press 2016) and coeditor of Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California (Scarlet Tanager Books 2018).

We request a $2 donation at the door, but if you cannot afford this, please be our guest. The modest donation helps us produce more events.

Please contact Teresa Sitz at (760)367-9880 for more information.

News Coverage:
Story of Willie Boy haunts the West more than a century after his death
By Kurt Schauppner The Desert Trail Sep 4, 2019

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

WV Ice Cream Social


Everyone is invited and welcome to attend and participate in an ice cream social from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, August 10, at the Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526-1/2 Amboy Road, in the shade of the cell phone palm tree, in Wonder Valley.

There will be a special guest speaker.

Our MAC (SBC Municipal Advisory Council) Delegate, Steve Reyes, will be passing out ice cream sandwiches and other delicious confections at this casual meet-and-greet. Bring your questions, suggestions, comments, and complaints. Meet your neighbors and make new friends.

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

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Planned power outage -- CANCELLED!

UPDATE:
Our new MAC delegate, Steve Reyes, worked with SCE and the Supervisors office to get this planned outage rescheduled and has succeeded. If you would like to thank Steve, please come to the Meet-and-Greet / Ice cream social, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturday, August 10. Everyone is welcome.

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There MAY be a planned power outage on Monday between the hours  of 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. It is supposed to affect a very small slice of Wonder Valley -- from Meriwether, either west to Schooler and/or east to Shadow Mountain, and then all the way north to the mountains.

The Wonder Valley Community Center, at 80526½ Amboy Road, under the shadow of the cell tower palm tree, will be  open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. and everyone is welcome to come enjoy the air-conditioned facility. There will be some snacks, books, games,  and a place to just rest and chill.

Those in the outage area without transportation may call for a ride to the WVCC and back. Call Teresa and Ken at (760) 367-9880. This is not an offer from the County, just an offer from your neighbors.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Desert Trail Column - July 25, 2019

Beginning on July 28 and continuing through the summer, Sunday church services at Wonder Valley Community Church, 82575 Amboy Road at Kuhns Road, will begin at 9 a.m. instead of 10:30. For further information, call Pastor Lonnie Casper at 760-401-6128 or 760-391-0480.

On July 31, the medical van will be at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road at Blower Road, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Care will be provided regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. Appointments are recommended, but not required. Call 760-365-9305 for further information.

Most events at our WVCC are sponsored by our local nonprofit Friends of Wonder Valley. For additional information on any local event, contact WVCC Coordinator Teresa Sitz at teresa.sitz@sdd.sbcounty.gov or 760-367-9880.
We send out Rainbows-of-Rubies-and-Larkspurs to Mary Anderson and Lilah Margaret Fairweather (8) who celebrate their special days this week. Happy birthday, Lilah and Mary!

Karen’s Commentary: When I went to pick up a prescription, I was told my insurance wouldn’t cover it and it would cost over $800! While trying to straighten this mess out, it just got more and more complicated each day. I finally called the pharmacy to update them, and got an unbelievable but wonderful surprise. It seems that my insurance DOES cover the brand name, BUT NOT the generic! Is that totally backwards or what? I got the brand name for a $20 copay! So if you’re ever told your insurance won’t cover a prescription, be sure to check both brand name and generic.

Darlene’s Commentary: Whew! I’ve been back and forth most of June and July for xrays and CT scans, and I think my car used enough gas to drive around the globe. As for the tests, xrays and miracle machines that can look through your body without using a scalpel, we are fortunate to live in this era. I was so grateful to hear my doctor say, “You are well.” What a relief! I want to thank all the personnel at HDMC, Desert Advance Imaging, Dr Mahajan, P. A. Ellen, my daughter Julie, my sister Karen, dear friend Shereen and my forever love Richard.

The 29 Soaring Club meets every Sunday from 11 to sunset, weather permitting, at the Twentynine Palms Airport on 29 Palms Highway at Godwin Road. Gift certificates are available, or just come out to watch the gliders! For information, call Mike at 760-464-2835.
Handy Hint: Clean your mirrors with air freshener. This will give you two nice results!

Today’s Thought: Clutter is physical proof of abundance. Take a look around. If you have clutter, you’re richer than you think!

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