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 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


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 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.

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
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