Thursday, March 2, 2017

Desert Trail Column, March 2, 2017

Wonder Valley’s Glass Outhouse Art Gallery invites you to attend an Artists Reception on Saturday, March 4 from 1 to 5 p.m. The featured artists this month are Olive Toscani, Robert Kinnard, Adrian Field and Michael Fatil. Come meet the artists, enjoy music by The Luminators and free refreshments. This show will run through March 26. The gallery is located at 77575 29 Palms Highway at Thunder Road. For further information call Laurel Seidl at 760-367-3807.

Since the birthstone for March is the aquamarine and the flower is the jonquil, we send out Rainbows-of-Aquamarines-and-Jonquils to Sandy Mitchell and Tonya Briggs who celebrate their special days this week. Happy birthday to you both!

Karen’s Commentary: San Bernardino County Aging and Adult Services Department is dedicated to helping seniors and at-risk individuals. They can provide information and assistance with health insurance counseling (1-800-434-0222), community programs and resources, In-Home Supportive Services (877-800-4544), a public guardian or conservator (909-798-8500), senior community service employment (909-891-3913), a long-term care ombudsman, (866-229-0284 or 909-891-3928), Adult Protective Services (877-565-2020), senior supportive services, senior nutrition services, legal services and family caregiver support. Our closest office is located in Yucca Valley, behind the movie theater. If you have any questions about these or other services for seniors or disabled adults, call 800-510-2020 or 760-228-5219, or visit their website at

Darlene’s Commentary: I want to thank Suzanne and Richard Southard, founders of the He Provides Ministry, for their loving kindness and generosity. They came to our community center on the scheduled days of the monthly USDA Food Distributions, bringing clothing, shoes, blankets, jackets, curtains, rugs, tablecloths and more. All for free.  Special people have a certain kind of glow and I always feel good after visiting with them. I called Suzanne and asked how they’re doing and told her how much we’ll miss them. They’ve now moved to the Coachella Valley so they can more easily provide help where the need is even greater than in our area.

When construction started...
The Godwin Christian Fellowship Church building is still going forward, slowly but surely. It seems there was a change of County inspectors, resulting in a change of “requirements.” But things seem to have been straightened out now, so everyone is looking forward to the grand opening, hopefully for Easter. We know that good things come in small packages, but this is going to be a very large and very wonderful package when it’s finished!

Handy Hint: Nestea iced-tea mix doubles as a meat tenderizer.

Thought for Today: “I never forget a face, but in your case I’ll be glad to make an exception.” – Groucho Marx

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

Early mining works on BLM land.