Thursday, September 20, 2018

Desert Trail Column - September 20, 2018

The trees in our little park are once again being watered! Thanks go out to the San Bernardino County maintenance workers for getting the watering system back in working order. And special thanks to several anonymous people who watered trees with buckets while the system was down.

The show-and-tell meeting with representatives from Morongo Basin Ambulance and Mercy Air was very informative.  This was a great opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with an advanced life support ambulance and an emergency medical transport helicopter without being ill or injured. Everyone was also able to talk with the crews of both units, and to ask many questions. We thank both organizations for their participation.
A presentation on “Living with Snakes” will be given on Saturday, September 22 at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road near Blower Road, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Retired Park Ranger Jane Fawke will bring live non-venomous snakes that are securely contained. She will speak on how to safely co-exist with snakes and will answer all your questions.
On Wednesday, September 26 the Salvation Army Food Distribution will take place at our community center from 11 a.m. until the food is gone. Food is from Trader Joe’s and bags will be provided. During this event, you may also fill out paperwork for obtaining a credit of up to $100 off your electric bill, but you must have an appointment and you must bring specific documents, although there are no income requirements.

“Stop the Bleed,” a workshop for teaching hemorrhage control by use of direct pressure, wound packing and tourniquet application, will be held at our community center on Saturday, October 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Class size is limited, but there will be a waiting list with subsequent classes if needed.

For information, appointments or sign-ups for any of the above events, please contact our WVCC Coordinator Teresa Sitz at or 760-367-9880.

We send out Rainbows-of-Sapphires-and-Asters to Bernice Barcott, Eddie Kim, Les Lindsley and Orville Fangmeyer who celebrate their special days this week. Happy birthday to all of you! 
Animal Action League provides low-cost spaying, neutering, vaccinations, microchipping and more at their location in Joshua Tree, 62762 Highway 62, just west of the dinosaurs. Call 760-366-1100 for further information.

Handy Hint: If you’re lucky enough to own an air compressor, you know how heavy and cumbersome they are to carry or move around. Try attaching it to an old mechanic’s creeper so you can easily roll it wherever you need to.

Today’s Thought: You don’t really know someone until you’ve been to a casino together.
Until next time . . . remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.