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:

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

Eco-Prayer Flag and Parachutes For The Planet Painting Workshop

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:

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 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:
The NOTES were posted 10:30 a.m., September 7, 2019

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.]

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.
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 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.

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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:
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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 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 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.