Thursday, May 18, 2017

Desert Trail, May 18, 2017

The date for the Citizen Science presentation at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road near Blower Road, has been changed to June 10 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. This presentation was organized by Teresa Sitz in conjunction with Joshua Tree National Park staff.

The Salvation Army Food Distribution will take place Wednesday, May 24 at our community center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please be aware that the wonderful people from the Salvation Army can only bring a limited number of boxes.

We send out Rainbows-of-Emeralds-and-Lilies-of-the-Valley to Curtis Johnson and Barbara Finnegan who celebrate their special days this week. Happy birthday to you both!

Darlene’s Commentary: I love my coffee, and I make a fresh pot every morning. But, alas, what to do with the coffee grounds? First off, start emptying your fresh coffee grounds into a container with a lid (an empty coffee can will do!) and never, never throw coffee grounds away again! Add one tablespoon to marinades and rubs to tenderize meat and to impart a mild smoky flavor. Instead of burying nails under certain flowering plants (especially hydrangeas), mix coffee grounds with the soil at the base of the plant and you will have beautiful flowers. And did you know that scientists in the United Kingdom have developed a way to turn used coffee grounds into biofuel to power cars? Who’da thunk it!

Karen’s Commentary: Many moons ago, when I worked as Assistant Manager at a drive-in theater, I received a gift from the employees. It was a gold-plated Cross ballpoint pen with my name engraved on it. Since this was in the seventies, gold wasn’t worth what it is now, but it was still a really nice gift. So when husband Ted asked to borrow my pen at the community center, I handed it to him reluctantly. Well, wouldn’t you know, somehow it ended up missing. I figured I’d lost it for good, but found out a week later that Teresa Sitz had found it on a table and placed it in the Book Program desk. And there it was, safe and sound. Thank you, Teresa!

Food for Life Ministry prepares and serves delicious hot meals every Saturday at Church of the Nazarene, 72603 Juanita Drive, from 3 to 5 p.m. If you are unable to attend, Reach Out Morongo Basin will deliver these free hot meals to your home at no charge. Call 760-361-1410 for further information.

Thought for Today: The iconic whistle in “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” was improvised when Otis Redding forgot what he was supposed to sing.

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