Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Desert Trail, January 16, 2016

The Godwin School of Music is a just-launched after-school music program providing individual and small group music lessons for children ages 7 to 15. In addition to singing, students are taught to play various instruments. This program serves primarily the Wonder Valley area and the City of Twentynine Palms. Classes are taught on Mondays from 4 to 5:30 pm at the brand new Godwin Christian Fellowship facilities located at 6389 Godwin Road, just north of Highway 62, in Wonder Valley.  Lessons are offered at no charge, and snacks and transportation are also provided at no charge. Teachers are professional resident musicians and local school music teachers who love to teach their music skills to young people. Email Pastor Max Rossi at for information.

Since the birthstone for January is the garnet and the flower is the carnation, we send out Rainbows-of-Garnets-and-Carnations to Jennahrose Davies-Foster who turns eight this week. Happy birthday, Jennahrose!

Darlene’s Commentary: I am really looking forward to this year, and the air seems to be charged and new, with opportunities everywhere we turn. It feels like a new page where there is room to let go of things that had become burdens, and find more room to grow. Does anyone out there have the same feeling? And yes, Karen, I do believe that the pioneer spirit is one of the desert’s magical treasures. That is why we stay and always will.

Karen’s Commentary: Many, many thanks to cousin Annie French for lots of cut-out coupons, to Marie for neatly cut-out stamps and to John Klink for lots of stamps, almost all of which were cut out. The US military families overseas and the eagles in Big Bear all thank you! Also, here’s a bit of trivia for you:  Corduroy is the oldest living cat at 26. He lives in Sisters, OR and still enjoys chasing birds, mice and chipmunks!

The Wonder Valley Book Program is like a little library right inside our community center. There are lots of books and movies that can be checked out free. The community center is open Mondays from 9 to noon, and from 8 to noon on USDA Food Distribution days. Call 760-367-9880 for information.

Handy Hint: To give a unique gift of cash, get crisp new one dollar bills at the bank and have them turned into glue-top pads at a quick print shop. When the recipient needs cash, they can just tear some dollar bills off their money pad!

Thought for Today: The current world record for the number of nails hammered into a wood block in one minute is 24.

Women's nailing contest. Clackamas County Historical Society,
4th of July Celebration 1914, Gladstone Park.
Until next time . . . remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.