Thursday, October 4, 2018

Desert Trail Column - October 4, 2018

A free course entitled “Stop the Bleed” will be taught by Gael Whetstone BSN RN at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road near Blower Road, on Saturday, October 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Living in a rural area, knowing how to stop severe bleeding can be a life-saving skill. A certificate of completion will be presented to those attending and completing the class. Class size is limited to 10, but there will be a waiting list and more classes will be held if needed.
The  Glass Outhouse Art Gallery, 77575 Highway 62 at Thunder Road, will host an artists’ reception on Saturday, October 6 from 5 to 9 p.m. Featured artists are Erik Saks, David Sayes and Jose Esquivel. Come enjoy free refreshments and listen to music by Wonder Valley’s own Bill and Bob. This show will run through October 28. For more information, call Laurel at 760-367-3807.
The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council meets on Monday, October 8 at the Joshua Tree Community Center, 6171 Sunburst, at 5:30 p.m. Teresa Sitz represents Wonder Valley at these meetings. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Since the birthstone for October is the opal and the flower is the calendula, we send out Rainbows-of-Opals-and-Calendulas to Ron Root who turns 56 this week. Happy birthday, Ron!

Darlene’s Commentary: When you peel a red onion, save the scraps, skins and papery pieces. They contain a high level of quercetin, a phytonurtrient that fights inflammation, reduces blood pressure, prevents arterial plaque and keeps the heart healthy. Other onions have less quercetin, but are still good for your health. Use red onion scraps when making soups, gravies, stock or sauce, then remove them before eating.
Karen’s Commentary: First, thanks to Jean Blackburn for used stamps. Second, I made a great discovery when I finally sat down to reluctantly compose my protest letter about the proposed fire fees. You do not need to COMPOSE anything! It is a very simple FORM needing only name, address and parcel number, plus a signature and date. THAT’S IT! The title “Written Protest” is very misleading.
The Wonder Valley Lending Program has books and movies you can borrow for a month at a time. This is like a little library, but it’s right at our WV Community Center. Come in to see what’s available any Monday, Wednesday or Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Handy Hint: Instead of throwing away usable items, post them online as free and they’ll usually be gone within a day.
Today’s Thought: “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” – Mark Twain
 Until next time . . . remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.