Tuesday, February 27, 2018

WV Special Meeting | March 10, 2018

Everyone is invited and welcome to attend and participate in a Wonder Valley Community Special Meeting, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at the Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526-1/2 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley, CA 92277.

This will be a Special Meeting with only one item on the agenda: filling out the survey for Wonder Valley's Fundamental Plan. The surveys will be used by Land Use Services to compile a profile for our area. Creating a Fundamental Plan is the first step toward a Community Plan, which is designed to give residents of an area a degree of control over the direction of their communities.

Land Use Services is employing a business management tool called SWOT Analysis. SWOT stands for "Strengths," "Weaknesses," "Opportunities," and "Threats." In addition to these there are a few other categories. It's a little complicated and I thought it might be helpful if we filled them out together. I have 30 copies. We can discuss the categories and then each person can fill out their survey the way they choose.

This is important. If you can't make it, come in on any Monday, Wednesday, or Saturday between the hours of 9 and 2 and I will walk you through the process.

There will be scones. Please attend. Again, your input is very important to our community!

Thank you.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Another Wonder Valley Music Festival

Another Wonder Valley Music Festival is produced by Wonder Valley old timer Ben Vaughn, and includes Amilia K. Spicer, Firebug, Donna Bummer, R.J. Bloke, Wormstew, The Sibleys, and The Ben Vaughn Ensemble.
     Saturday, March 10th, at 6 p.m. at the Palms, 83131 Amboy Road. Free camping if you can stand the cold.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

On Shooting in Wonder Valley

The notes from the February 21, 2018 WV Community Meeting may be found here:

View the interactive shooting map here:

Here is the County of San Bernardino Shooting Ordinance:

SHOOTING REGULATIONS on BLM land within the boundaries of Wonder Valley are superseded by San Bernardino County regulations. The law is: shotgun ONLY within the boundaries of Wonder Valley on private, county, state, and BLM land.

Thank Yous
  • Thanks to the Sheriff's Department for attending the meeting and clarifying some issues on legal shooting in Wonder Valley.
  • Thanks to the neighbors who successfully shut down an illegal shooting range in their neighborhood.
  • Thanks to all the shooting enthusiasts who came and shared their thoughts and were so supportive of their neighbors. 
I think it speaks very well of our area that so many diverse voices can meet together and have a productive and friendly meeting. I'm very proud to be numbered among the people of Wonder Valley. 
-- TSS

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Wonder Valley Experimental festival #10

Wonder Valley Experimental festival #10

5 p.m. sharp, March 31, 2018
The Palms, 83131 Amboy Road
Wonder Valley CA 92277

Conscious Summary
phog macheeen
Andrea Pensado
Black Artiodactyls
Colonly Collapse
Dendera Blood bath
INDOORSThe Sibleys
Sleepwalkers Local
Drunk by Noon
Guillermo Galindo
The Burtal Poodle
Tony Mason
Skunk Puppet
Clowns & Fetuses

Monday, February 19, 2018

Incantations | March 30 - April 1, 2018

Incantations, Hosted by Mojave Sound Art
March 30 – April 1
Mar 30 at 6 PM to Apr 1 at 3 PM

Palms Restaurant
83131 Amboy Road
Wonder Valley, California 92277

Incantations is an installation based and site-specific performance sound art gathering in the High Desert of Southern California. As a space for creating and presenting sound art work, the desert landscape calls on artist to be open to its many opportunities and challenges. Incantations invites artists to work with the landscape, space and history of the desert and call forth or summons the spirit of the space while creating within relationship to it.

Inspired by the Wonder Valley Experimental Music Festival held at The Palms, the idea of this event is invite conversation and contemplation around sound, space and engaging sonically in the desert. Held in conjunction with this years 10th anniversary festival, Incantations will host over 15 artist creating site-specific performances and installations around Wonder Valley.

Featured Artist:
Chris Kubick, Nancy Barton, Bloodroot (gal*in_dog AKA Guillermo Galindo and Amber Stucke), Dan Gottwald, Endless Sample, Rose Meyers, No Bother (Cathy Allen, Luther Broome & Tony Mason), Ken Sitz, Shanna Sordahl, Anja Ulfeldt, Ven Voisey, Wonder Domes (Lindsey Anderson)

Please visit our website for more details

Event Schedule

Friday, March 30, 2018
6:00pm - 7:30pm Blind Tanks by Bloodroot (gal*in_dog AKA Guillermo Galindo & Amber Stucke)

8:30pm - 11:00pm Performance and Bonfire @ Hill's Acres Sound Performances by Ven Voisey & Chris Kubick. Fiddling around the fire by Ruarri Serpa

Saturday, March 31, 2018
6:00am Sunrise Performance by Endless Sample Tentatively @ The Swirls / Sheephole Pass

10:00am - 5:00pm Incantations installations available for viewing (See Map for details)

**Saturday Evening Recommended event**
Wonder Valley Experimental Music Festival @ The Palms

Sunday, April 1, 2018
**Sunday Morning Recommended Event**
9am - 12pm Brunch @ The Palms!!! Not to be missed!!!

10:00am - 3:00pm Incantations installations available for viewing (See Map for details)

Pop-up Poets Brunch

Pop-up Poets Brunch
Starting at 11:30 a.m., Sunday, March 25, 2018
at The Palms, 83131 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley CA 92277

$5.00 RSVP to siouxzanne@yahoo.com
All poets are welcome. Sign up for a 3 minute reading.

with ART by Diana Shay-Diehl
Wax, words, and wood: a preview of a new body of encaustic work on ancient wood

Friday, February 9, 2018

Ivy Pochoda reads Wonder Valley at The Palms

Wonder Valley resident and musician Randy Smith taped Ivy Pochoda's reading at The Palms last night and posted it on VIMEO:


Thursday, February 8, 2018

Desert Trail Column, February 8, 201

The presentation by representatives from the Morongo Basin Healthcare District was very informative. The District provides many services to residents in the Morongo Basin at low cost or totally free. There is too much information to present in this column alone, so we will write about different services in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

The USDA Food Distribution will be held at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road near Blower Road, on Monday, February 12 from 10:30 to noon.

The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council meeting will take place on Monday, February 12 at the Joshua Tree Community Center, 6171 Sunburst, at 6:30 p.m. All are invited and encouraged to attend.

On Wednesday, February 14, there will be a presentation concerning victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse at our community center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Victim’s Advocate Iris Robertson from the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office and Patrick Clark from Morongo Basin Sexual Assault Services will provide information and answer questions.

The monthly Wonder Valley Community Meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at our community center. One of the items on the agenda is the issue of illegal shooting in our area.

Our Wonder Valley Community Center Coordinator Teresa Sitz is also Wonder Valley’s representative on the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council. Teresa organizes all community meetings and presentations unless specifically stated otherwise. Call Teresa at 760-367-9880 to obtain information on any of the above meetings or presentations, or to make a suggestion, give a compliment, ask a question, lodge a complaint or just make a comment. She’d love to hear from you!

We send out Rainbows-of-Amethysts-and-Violets to Darlene Parris and to Mary Lindsley who celebrate their special days this week. Happy birthday, Darlene and Mary!

Wonder Valley Community Church, 82575 Amboy Road at Kuhns Road, holds regular Sunday services at 10:30 a.m., plus Bible Studies on Sundays from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. and on Mondays from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. There is also a potluck after church services on the second Sunday of each month. Call Pastor Garry Brooks at 760-367-0279 for information.

Handy Hint: Top storage cubes with countertop material for an affordable work station with storage.

Today’s Thought: When prohibition went into effect in 1919, brewers quickly shifted gears. Schlitz, Blatz, Pabst and Anheuser-Busch made near beer, malted milk, root beer and ginger ale. Coors Brewing founder Adolph Coors purchased a nearby ceramics plant and began making tea sets, sugar bowls, spark plugs and more. Today, CoorsTek is a global manufacturer of high-tech engineered ceramics.

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

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Desert Trail, February 1, 2018

Wonder Valley’s Glass Outhouse Art Gallery will hold an artists reception on Saturday, February 3 from 1 to 5 p.m. for featured artists Joy Leininger, Savannah Sky and Dani Curlin. Come meet the artists, enjoy the refreshments and the music by The Luminators. This show will run through March 25. The art gallery is located at 77575 29 Palms Highway at Thunder Road. For further information, call Laurel at 760-367-3807. See you there!

Since the birthstone for February is the amethyst and the flower is the violet, we send out Rainbows-of-Amethysts-and-Violets to Beautiful Downtown George Burgess and to Chetara Bevins who celebrate their special days this week. Happy birthday, George and Chetara!

Karen’s Commentary: Thank you to Jan Peek for lots of coupons, stamps and cards. Coupons went out last month to Army, Navy, Marine and Air Force Bases in Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom. I have discovered a real treasure right here in our midst – David Jesse McChesney. He is a professional photographer, author and musician. His experience includes working as the advanced photography instructor for the Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park. My birthday gift from son and daughter-in-law Jerry and Cheri was his book “Miles of Wonder” which includes some of the most beautiful and fantastic photos of the Mojave Desert I have ever seen. This is one over-the-top talented guy!

Darlene’s Commentary: I love my chickens! Each one has a different character, and the entertainment never stops. I have two silkie hens that look comical to start with – they are kind of pudgy and waddle when they walk and their wings are smaller than most chickens so they don’t do much flying. The best feature is their “top-knot hairdo” and their feathers grow straight up from the top of their head! My silkies also have feathers that grow over their feet that look like slippers made out of feathers. Silkies are calm and docile and lay nice golden-brown eggs and are good mothers. Silkies make good pets and provide a lot of entertainment.

The 29 Soaring Club, a non-profit group, meets every Sunday, weather permitting, from 11 to sunset at the Twentynine Palms Airport on Highway 62 at Godwin Road. Glider rides are available for $20 to $50, cash only, depending on altitude desired. Gift certificates are available and have no expiration date. Call Mike at 760-464-2835 for further information.

Handy Hint: Six-pack cartons are useful for storing and transporting items like spray paint or household cleaners. Most spray cans fit perfectly.

Today’s Thought: After the class trip to the Coca-Cola factory, there was a pop quiz.

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

Wonder Valley Community Meeting | February 2018

The monthly community meeting -- usually on the 2nd Saturday -- has been moved to February 21 to accommodate the schedules of SBC Sheriff's Department Detectives Vaca and Wilson, who will speak to us on progress they've made on the issue of illegal shooting in Wonder Valley.

Other items on the agenda will be a workshop for residents to fill out the survey for the upcoming Fundamental Plan, and an update on the Wonder Valley Community Center.

Everyone is invited and welcome to attend and participate.

The agenda will be posted online and at the WVCC no later than February 14, 2018.

AGENDA: posted 7 a.m., February 8, 2018

Help for Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse

Embrace Your Voice!
Help for Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse

Iris Robertson, a victim’s advocate with the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office, and Patrick Clark, from Morongo Basin Sexual Assault Services, will present on victim advocacy, and resources for supporting the survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.

Everyone is invited and welcome to attend and participate.

From 11 am. - 1 p.m., Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Wonder Valley Community Center
80526-½ Amboy Road, Wonder Valley, CA 92277
Phone: (760) 367-9880

Iris Robertson, Victim Advocate
San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office, Victim Services
Ms. Robertson will speak on the Victims Services Unit and the services they offer, including special services to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. Victim Advocates are trained to assist with the special needs of sexual assault and domestic violence victims and can provide emergency assistance, and referrals to community agencies for counseling and other resources.

Patrick M. Clark, Sexual Assault Response Team Coordinator
Morongo Basin Sexual Assault Services
SBSAS is committed to serving all clients without regard to race, color, religion, sexual preference, marital status, disability, national origin, or ancestry. A 24-hour Crisis Hotline is available for survivors of sexual assault: (760) 369-3353 Counselors can accompany sexual assault survivors to medical exams, police and legal interviews, and court appearances.

AGENDA: posted 7 a.m., February 9, 2018

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