Friday, January 11, 2019

WV Community Meeting -- January 12, 2019

The full moon and Venus at dawn in December 2018 -- TSS
Everyone is invited and wecome to attend the 
Wonder Valley Community Meeting
from 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, January 12, 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: -- posted 5:30 a.m., January 7, 2019

Wonder Valley resident and retired Los Angeles police officer Steve Reyes will present on ways to secure your property.

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 and clarify issues regarding our representation with the County.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Desert Trail Column - January 10, 2019

A Wonder Valley Community Meeting will be held on Saturday, January 12 at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road near Blower Road, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Former MAC representative Teresa Sitz will talk about the dissolution of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council, and as the Wonder Valley Community Center Coordinator, she will report on the WVCC and the park. Ken Sitz will give a brief report on our local non-profit Friends of Wonder Valley, and retired police officer Steve Reyes will give a presentation on ways to keep your property secure. Contact Teresa at or 760-367-9880 for information.

On TUESDAY, January 15, the USDA Food Distribution will be held at our community center at 9:30 a.m. Please note that this is a change in the day of distribution.

We send out Rainbows-of-Garnets-and-Carnations to Jennahrose Davies-Foster who turns 11 this week. Happy birthday, Jennahrose!

Darlene's Commentary: Here’s a little poem I recently created. Hope you enjoy it. “We are all mothers, fathers and brothers, and children and sisters and friends; like opening familiar storybooks with a beginning and an end. For we are young and we are old and learn to turn the pages. We’re sometimes timid, sometimes bold, regardless of the ages. So let’s climb aboard the mother ship for our very first exciting trip.” The End!
Karen’s Commentary: I’d like to talk about stickiness. Yes, stickiness. Why is it that postage stamps stick so well and never fall off – I want some of that glue. And how about Post-it Notes – REAL Post-it Notes – they never fall off either, but can be removed easily. Where do I buy this adhesive? And the labels on Sterlite products – the red-headed step-children of Rubbermaid – peel off easily and cleanly after YEARS of being firmly affixed!
The non-profit 29 Palms Soaring Club meets at the Twentynine Palms Airport, Highway 62 at Godwin Road, every Sunday from 11 a.m. to sunset, weather permitting. The club owns two gliders and a tow plane, and provides glider rides for $20 to $50, depending on the altitude desired. Cash only is accepted, and gift certificates are available and have no expiration dates. For information, call Mike at 760-464-2835.
Handy Hint: To make a neat jewelry holder, staple chicken wire inside a large wooden frame that has been painted and/or decorated. You can hang this frame on the wall or stand it up on a dresser or cabinet. Use small S-hooks to hang jewelry.

Today’s Thought: “I was going to sue for defamation of character, but then I realized I have no character.” – Charles Barkley
Until next time . . . remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Bill Hillyard Reading.

William Hillyard reads from Welcome to Wonder Valley
1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Saturday, February 2, 2019
(after the Farmers Market and just before The Palms opens!)
at the
Wonder Valley Community Center
80526 1/2 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley CA 92277
There is a $2 suggested donation to support future events. 
If you can't afford $2, please be our guest.

What is it about Wonder Valley that brings people across the Morongo Basin, across the state, even around the globe to spend a day or two in this little patch of sand?

Local author William Hillyard will read sections from his forth-coming book Welcome to Wonder Valley. Hillyard has known and spent time with more local characters than anyone else and has seen firsthand what makes these enduring and endearing characters tick. His book offers insight into both the fortitude and eccentricities that make life bearable in a no-horse town, with bad water, and temperatures topping 120 in the summer.

Hillyard will answer questions, and talk about the writing process.

A $2 donation helps support events like this, but if you don’t have the money, please be our guest.

Not Bad.

Full Moon in Wonder Valley, The Honoroable D.H.C.

Monday, January 7, 2019

WV USDA Food Distribution

The USDA Food Distribution will begin at 9:30 a.m. on TUESDAY, January 15, 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 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:, 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.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

December 2018 Crime Stats

Arrests included a 245 -- assault with a deadly weapon; and 11550 - use or under influence of a controlled substance. There were 5 calls for illegal ORV riding throughout the month, and 7 calls for illegal shooting.

There were eleven 459 calls -- 6 were alarms; 1 was listed as VR (vacation rental?); 3 were RR (residential?); and one was unmodified.

These statistics are gleaned from media reports, they are not supplied by the Sheriff's Department, so there may be a small margin of error.

Friday, January 4, 2019

First Saturday at The Glass Outhouse Art Gallery

Wonder Valley artist David Greene, along with artist Edie Fake, will be featured at an opening reception from 1 to 5 p.m., on Saturday, January 5.  Live music will be provided by The Luminators.

Don't miss David's amazing night paintings.

Improv Comedy Workshop at The PALMS

Noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, January 12, 2019
Palms Restaurant
83131 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley, California 92277

Ever experience Organic Comedy? Once you try improv, you'll never go back to regular, store-bought comedy ever again. Learn to leave yourself at the door, accept whatever comes your way and to build on it. At this workshop, we'll learn the basics of comedy improv - making up characters and scenes on-the-spot. We will play like children. You can expect spontaneous joy, unexpected insight and solid belly laughs. The only wrong answer in the class is "No." Come join!

Class size is limited! Please RSVP by e-mail to
Cost: donation. Suggested $5-$15. Whatever you're comfortable with.

This is the first 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!!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Desert Trail Column - January 3, 2019

Our local non-profit Friends of Wonder Valley needs donations. No amount is too small and donations are tax deductible. To donate, go to or mail to Friends of Wonder Valley, PO Box 1704, Twentynine Palms CA 92277. Call Teresa Sitz at 760-367-9880.
The Glass Outhouse Art Gallery, 77575 29 Palms Highway at Thunder Road, will host an artists’ reception on Saturday, January 5, from 1 to 5 p.m. This show runs through January 27 with featured artists David Greene and Edie Fake. Come to meet the artists, enjoy free refreshments, and listen to The Luminators. Call Laurel Seidl at 760-367-3807.
Mark your calendar for the Wonder Valley Community Meeting on Saturday, January 12. Retired police officer Steve Reyes is scheduled to speak on ways to secure your property.

Since the birthstone for January is the garnet and the flower is the carnation, we send out Rainbows-of-Garnets-and-Carnations to Kip Fjeld who celebrates his special day this week. Happy birthday, Kip!
Karen’s Commentary:  Giving my space to Dar today.

Darlene’s Commentary: Bob Dylan was right – the times they ARE a-changing! We have a new year ahead with great possibilities for new ideas. A couple of centuries ago the only way to get around was by foot, horseback, wagon or boat. Think about another song – “In 1814 we took a little trip, along with Colonel Jackson down the mighty Mississip. We took a little bacon and we took a little beans and wevfought the bloody British in the town of New Orleans.” Just think about what we have discovered, learned, built, engineered, solved, tamed, saved, recovered and researched since then, especially in medicine. What amazing advancement! I try to keep on the sunny side, even if Karen does call me Pollyanna, and I wish for happiness, wellness, kindness, love and peace for everyone on our planet and beyond.
Each Sunday morning, Godwin Christian Fellowship, 6389 Godwin Road near Highway 62, has an adult Prayer/Bible Study at 9, Morning Worship Service at 10:30 and Children’s Church for 8 years and younger at 11:30. In addition, every third Sunday has a Birthdays and Anniversaries Celebration. Contact Pastor Max Rossi at or 831-234-6848.
Handy Hint: Cut a stack of lettuce leaves with a pizza cutter to get shreds for salads, tacos and sandwiches.
Today’s Thought: Bonus Day – three thoughts for the price of one! 1. In a typical three-hour National Football League broadcast, the ball is actually in play for roughly 11 minutes. 2. Salsa has surpassed ketchup as the top-selling condiment in America. 3. $77,000 in assets puts you in the world’s wealthiest 10 percent.

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