Thursday, July 18, 2019

Desert Trail Column - July 18, 2019


Marlene Roberts’ Celebration of Life was both happy and sad. It was well attended, and many people told both funny and touching stories involving Marlene. There were three Wonder Valley Community Church pastors in attendance – current pastor Lonnie Casper and former pastors Garry Brooks and Grover Fletcher. It was a nice gathering to honor a long-time Wonder Valley resident. Rest in peace, Marlene.

 
The Salvation Army Food Distribution will take place on Wednesday, July 24 at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road at Blower Road, starting at 11 a.m. The doors will open at 9 a.m. for those who wish to get there early. Food will be distributed until gone.

 Most events at our WVCC are sponsored by our local nonprofit Friends of Wonder Valley. For additional information on any local event, contact WVCC Coordinator Teresa Sitz at teresa.sitz@sdd.sbcounty.gov or 760-367-9880.

Since the birthstone for July is the ruby and the flower is the larkspur, we send out Rainbows-of-Rubies-and-Larkspurs to Ron Rush, Jayden Root (15), Star Javier and Isabel Austin who celebrate their special days this week. Happy birthday to Isabel, Star, Jayden and Ron!

 Karen’s Commentary:  Thanks to Jennie Matos for used stamps! Also, I was sure sorry to hear Sizzler closed. Dar and I and our sister Donna recently spent four hours there enjoying a “Sisters Lunch” with more talking and laughing than eating! We had no idea it would be our last time there.

 Darlene’s Commentary:  it’s sure hot! I remember my friends and I keeping cool by riding our Stingrays to the beach so we could watch beautiful clouds form pictures that floated along with a cool breeze – can you feel it? I’ve discovered that reminiscing helps turn the thermometer down a few notches!

Godwin Christian Fellowship, 6389 Godwin Road at Highway 62, holds church services each Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. Also every Sunday there is a Prayer/Bible Study from 9 to 10:15 a.m. and Children’s Church for eight years and younger from 11:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. For further information, contact Pastor Max Rossi at Mrossi121@yahoo.com or 831-234-6848, or Brother Wally Currie at 760-449-8683.

 Handy Hint:  Wipe your television screen with a used dryer sheet to keep dust from resettling.

 Today’s Thought:  In 1943, World War II dominated world events, construction of the Pentagon was completed, the Jefferson Memorial was dedicated in Washington DC, Lt. John F. Kennedy’s PT-109 was rammed by a destroyer, “Mrs Miniver” won the Academy Award for best picture, the New York Yankees beat the St Louis Cardinals in the World Series and Karen celebrated her first birthday!

 

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

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Improv at The Palms.


Noon - 3 p.m.
Saturday, July 20, 2019
The Palms Restaurant
83131 Amboy Road
Wonder Valley CA 92277

Ever experience Organic Comedy? Once you try improv, you'll never go back to regular, store-bought comedy ever again. Learn to leave yourself at the door, accept whatever comes your way and to build on it. At this workshop, led by HEATHER CLISBY, we'll learn the basics of comedy improv - making up characters and scenes on-the-spot. We will play like children. You can expect spontaneous joy, unexpected insight and solid belly laughs. The only wrong answer in the class is "No." Come join!

Cost: donation (suggested $5-$10). Whatever you're comfortable with.

Heather Clisby has worked with people of all ages and experience (or lack of it!). We guarantee that you're going to have fun at this !!

Monday, July 15, 2019

Free movies in Luckie Park.

Steve Reyes, our Wonder Valley MAC Delegate, donated funds to the Friends of Wonder Valley to be used to support free summer movies in Luckie Park in Twentynine Palms.

We were a day or two late with our donation, so the FOWV logo didn't make it on the poster. Go to the City of Twentynine Palms movie page to download the poster and schedule.

SHOWINGS
• June 20 ~ Bumblebee (PG13)
• June 27 ~ Hotel Transylvania (PG)
• July 11 ~ Instant Family (PG13)
• July 18 ~ Small Foot (PG13)
• July 25  ~ How to Train Your Dragon (PG)
• August 1 ~ Zoo (PG)
• August 8 ~ Spiderman in to the Spider Verse (PG13)
• August 15 ~ Dumbo (PG)

Free! Every Thursday night, about 8:45 p.m., on the lawn facing the racquetball courts.

Thanks, Steve!

Sunday, July 14, 2019

HEAD ON COLLISION.

A head on collision occurred on Amboy Road near Wilson last Wednesday near dusk. One man, Robert Payne, 70, died.  He may have had a medical condition, which may have caused
the collision.

Two Wonder Valley men, Cameron Turner, 19, and Jason Bussell, 22, were injured and transported to Desert Regional Hospital in Palm Springs. Bussell is the father of a 7-week old son and is the sole support for his small family and his mother.

For those who might like to help, there is a GoFundMe online at: https://tinyurl.com/jasonbussell

Thank you to everyone who has already contributed. Stay safe out there.

Read more:
CORONER ID’S VICTIM OF WEDNESDAY’S FATAL CRASH IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Salvation Army Food Distribution

The Salvation Army Food Distribution takes place starting at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 24, at the Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526-½ Amboy Road, Wonder Valley, CA 92277. The Community Center is located between the Fire Station and the palm tree cell tower.

There will be no staff at the WVCC before 9 a.m., so if you line up early and you need to sit, bring a folding chair, water, and whatever else you need to make yourself comfortable. Doors do not open until 9 a.m. The distribution does not start until 11 a.m.

The distribution is first come first served, and ends when there is no more food. The distribution is open to Wonder Valley residents, who self-certify on site. No documentation is required, though you will need to fill out a form the first time you attend.

The distribution will be “shopping style.” You will take what you like from a selection of food from Trader Joe’s. Please be mindful that people behind you need food, as well, and only take what you need. There may also be a selection of fresh fruits and vegetables.

The MBHD Mobile Medical Unit will not be onsite on Wednesday, July 31.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Desert Trail Column - July 11, 2019

Yoga at The Palms with Lorelei Vox Greene will take place on Saturday, July 13 at The Palms, 83131 Amboy Road at Thompson Road, from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. All skill levels are welcome, and donations are accepted. Call 760-361-2810.
There will be a Celebration of Life for Marlene Roberts at the Wonder Valley Community Church, 82575 Amboy Road at Kuhns Road, on July 13 at 11 a.m. Refreshments will be provided by the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the church or to any organization that benefits wolves. Marlene loved wolves and wanted to help them in any way possible. Marlene was a long-time resident of Wonder Valley and will be missed by so many. Call Pastor Lonnie Casper at 760-401-6128 or 760-391-0480 for information.
Free food will be distributed at the USDA Food Distribution on Tuesday, July 16 from 9 to noon at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526½ Amboy Road at Blower Road. There is no need to arrive early.
Most events at our WVCC are sponsored by our local nonprofit Friends of Wonder Valley. For additional information on any local event, contact WVCC Coordinator Teresa Sitz at teresa.sitz@sdd.sbcounty.gov or 760-367-9880.
Karen’s Commentary: Can you say “EARTHQUAKE?” Oh, I’ll bet you can! I didn’t feel the first one because I was brushing my dog’s teeth (yes, it’s true!), but the second one scared the living daylights out of me! I remained calm even when it started to get harder, but when the walls started making creaking and cracking noises, fear definitely took over!

Darlene’s Commentary: On Thursday morning, I had my left hand on the bed when I felt a vibration, then my hand started moving slowly back and forth for a distance of about three inches. It felt like my bed might dissolve into quicksand, but then things settled down and returned to normal. For Friday’s quake, I was in San Bernardino. Scary!

Friends of Wonder Valley is our favorite local nonprofit, formed to enhance the lives of people living in Wonder Valley. This is a wonderful organization that helps in so many ways. Donations in any amount are greatly appreciated. To learn more and/or to donate, visit our community center or go online to www.fowv.org.
Handy Hint: If items are cluttering up your house only because they have sweet memories attached, here is the solution. Take a picture of the item, then donate it. A photo album or scrapbook is a great alternative to a house full of clutter.
Today’s Thought: The indentation on the bottom of a wine bottle is the “punt.”

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

Monday, July 8, 2019

Glitter Vomit, July 13


Live: 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 13, at The Palms, 83131 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley, CA 92277

Low-fi singer songwriter desert-y experimental weirdness with video visuals, from New Mexico.

No cover.

USDA Food Distribution


The USDA Food Distribution will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at noon on Tuesday, July 16, at the Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526-½ Amboy Road, Wonder Valley CA 92277. The Community Center is next to the Fire Station.

The staff arrives at 9 a.m., so please do not line up before then. The boxes are all ready to go and are, for the most part, the same.

Low income Wonder Valley residents self-certify on site. No ID or other documentation is required. You may pick up ONE (1) box for a neighbor, or they may pick up ONE (1) box for you, IF a signed pick up form is presented. One pick up per person. Pick up forms are available online at http://tinyurl.com/wv-pickup-form. They are also available at the WVCC on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., and at the kiosk outside the WVCC the week before the event.

For more information, call Teresa Sitz at (760) 367-9880.

The text below is required.

Nondiscrimination Statement
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Desert Trail Column - July 4, 2019

Earthjustice, who represents all clients free of charge and is the nation’s largest nonprofit environmental law organization, has successfully challenged Cadiz Inc.’s plan to sell groundwater, a project that many say threatens our fragile Southern California desert. Cadiz Inc. is a public company that owns private land just east of Joshua Tree National Park and adjacent to the Sheephole Valley Wilderness area. As early as 1984, the company was investigating the potential of the aquifer system beneath its property. The resulting current plan was to extract 16 billion gallons of water annually to sell to densely populated areas of Southern California at a steep profit. The court has now determined that the pipeline should not have been approved, and the Bureau of Land Management has been ordered to reconsider the project’s approval.
The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council meeting will take place on Monday, July 10 at Joshua Tree Community Center, 6171 Sunburst, at 5:30 p.m. Our Wonder Valley representative Steve Reyes encourages everyone to attend and help him present Wonder Valley’s concerns to our San Bernardino County Supervisor Dawn Rowe.
On a sad note, long-time Wonder Valley resident Marlene Roberts passed away on June 24 in Yucca Valley. Marlene was a member of the Wonder Valley Community Church, and her church family was with her at the time of her peaceful passing. She was born in Arizona in 1932, and her ashes will be interred in Kellogg, Idaho. Marlene was helpful, witty and a wonderful friend to the many people who loved her. She was a child of God and led many to the Lord over the years. There will be a Celebration of Life at the church, 83131 Amboy Road at Kuhns Road, on July 13 at 11 a.m. where refreshments will be provided. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the church or to any organization that benefits wolves. Marlene loved wolves.
Handy Hint: Have you ever forgotten a load of laundry in the washer? If so, that mildew odor can be pretty bad and hard to get rid of. The simple solution is to rewash the entire load with one cup of white vinegar.

Today’s Thought: In an article entitled “Be Kind Every Day” in the May 2018 issue of Woman’s Day Magazine, a couple says that they spent many days at their daughter’s bedside during her hospitalization. The best care package they received arrived on Cinco de Mayo, when a friend sent them margarita mix, fun cups, straws and maracas. That must have provided a wonderful little break from the constant concern and worry over a sick child.
Until next time . . . remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Desert Trail : alleged chop shop raided

Deputies raid alleged chop shop
http://www.hidesertstar.com/the_desert_trail/news/article_0c05494e-9824-11e9-8173-87048cf2d953.html

Desert Trail Column - June 27, 2019

Yoga at The Palms with Lorelei Vox Greene will take place at The Palms, 83131 Amboy Road at Thompson Road, on Saturday, June 29 from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. These classes are donation-based and are open to all skill levels. Call 760-367-2810.
Also on June 29, a free children’s art collage workshop will be held at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road at Blower Road, from noon to 2 p.m. All materials and refreshments will be provided. Children 6 to 17 years are welcome to participate, and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who will remain at the community center throughout the workshop. All children will take home a completed piece of artwork. Artist Patti Dietrick will lead the workshop. She has taught youth workshops at the 29 Palms Art Gallery and the Beatnik Lounge. To RSVP, call Teresa Sitz at the number provided below.
Most WVCC events are sponsored by our non-profit Friends of Wonder Valley. For additional information on any local event, contact our Coordinator Teresa Sitz at teresa.sitz@sdd.sbcounty.gov or 760-367-9880.

Penny and Ron Root celebrate 26 years of marriage this week. Happy anniversary, Ron and Penny!
Our great grader operator Tim Candelaria has moved on to greener pastures. We are very sorry to see him go, but we wish him all the best. It looked as though we were not going to be getting any grading done for a long time, but lo and behold! It seems we now have grading being done by a contractor. We’re not sure of all the details, but we strongly believe that the unusually quick response by the county was due to our MAC representative Steve Reyes bringing the issue to the forefront. Thank you, Steve! As before, if you have any questions, compliments, requests or complaints about our graded roads, call 760-367-9880.
Handy Hint: If you share your home with elderly and/or ailing loved ones, here are a few things you can do to make things easier. Paint the insides of kitchen cabinets white for better visibility, use risers to raise the seat level of sofas or chairs, use table lamps with a push-button switch on the base, replace small light switches with larger ones, replace round doorknobs with lever-style handles and leave open floor space under the bathroom sink to accommodate wheelchairs or seats.
Today’s Thought: Bob, a 20-year-old pet goldfish underwent successful surgery at England’s Toll Barn Veterinary Centre to remove a tumor from his fin. During the procedure, the medical team kept him wet to prevent damaged scales and infused the water with an anesthetic.
Until next time . . . remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Salvation Army Food Distribution

The Salvation Army Food Distribution takes place starting at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 26, at the Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526-½ Amboy Road, Wonder Valley, CA 92277. The Community Center is located between the Fire Station and the palm tree cell tower.

Sign up starts at 9 a.m. Please do not line up before 9 a.m. Staff will not arrive until 9 a.m.

The distribution is first come first served, and ends when there is no more food. The distribution is open to Wonder Valley residents, who self-certify on site. No documentation is required, though you will need to fill out a form the first time you attend.

The distribution will be “shopping style.” You will take what you like from a selection of food from Trader Joe’s. Please be mindful that people behind you need food, as well, and only take what you need. There may also be a selection of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Palms has a new sign.

The Palms Bar and Restaurant, Wonder Valley's only brick and mortar business open to the public, has a new buffalo on their sign, and a rather spacey one at that.

Planets play across the body of the buffalo's silhouette.

Hear tell one of Wonder Valley's finest artists took it upon themselves to replace the shabby shic buffalo that had graced the sign for a decade or more. This person may be breakfasting gratis for some time.

Thanks for the beautification!

Desert Trail Column - June 20, 2019

This month the mobile medical van will be providing basic dental services only at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road at Blower Road, on Wednesday, June 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A dentist will do exams with x-rays, simple restorations and simple extractions. Care is provided regardless of insurance or ability to pay. Appointments are highly recommended; walk-ins will be accepted as time permits. Call 760-820-4131.
Also on June 26, will be the Salvation Army Food Distribution at our community center at 11 a.m. Food will be distributed until gone.
Most WVCC events are sponsored by Friends of Wonder Valley. For additional information on any local event, contact our Coordinator Teresa Sitz at teresa.sitz@gmamil.com or 760-367-9880.
We send out Rainbows-of-Pearls-and-Roses to Donny Pixley who celebrates his special day this week. Happy birthday, Donny!
Darlene’s Commentary: Have you ever walked into a store where you felt like a stranger on another planet? Well, not at Big Five Sporting Goods. It is one of my favorite stores, hands down. The people that work there provide excellent assistance, and that is why customers return again and again. For instance, when I walk into the shoe department, someone comes to assist me right away. During a recent visit, I ran into a problem that the manager Christina took care of cheerfully and efficiently. Then friendly clerk Nicole rang up my purchase and I went on my merry way. I really love Big Five!
Karen’s Commentary: Last Thursday was going along just fine until my husband Ted announced he’d been stung by a bee. Since he’s allergic to bee stings, this was not good. We grabbed the EpiPens and discovered they’re way past expired, but used one anyway. Amid lots of protest, I called 911. Morongo Basin Ambulance with two young men arrived first, followed by a gigantic fire truck with four young men from Combat Fire. They took excellent care of Ted, and so did the ER staff at Hi Desert Medical Center. Despite a few scary moments, he came through it just fine. Thank God for our healthcare professionals.
Interested in Wonder Valley? Go to www.wondervalley.org and find out everything you ever wanted to know about Wonder Valley but were afraid to ask! Ken and Teresa Sitz do a bang-up job keeping this site loaded with local information.
Handy Hint: After using your can opener, wash it with an abrasive sponge, detergent and hotwater, or run it through a dishwasher. Can openers are notorious for harboring bacteria.
Today’s Thought: A dog who attends a flea circus may steal the show.
Until next time . . . remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Desert Trail Column - June 13, 2019

The Community Meeting was very informative. One thing our Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council representative Steve Reyes spoke about was registering for the Telephone Emergency Notification System (TENS) by going to sbcfire.org. This system is designed to send urgent high-speed mass notifications via telephone and text messages.
Yoga at the Palms with Lorelei Vox Greene will take place at The Palms, 83131 Amboy Road, on Saturday, June 15 from 8:15 to 9:45 a.m. This is a donation-based class in which everyone can participate regardless of their skill level. Call 760-361-2810.
The USDA Food Distribution will be held at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road, on Tuesday, June 18, from 9 to noon.
Bob Dougherty, Social Service Aide from the San Bernardino County Department of Aging and Adult Services will be at our community center on Wednesday, June 19, from 11 to noon to assist seniors. His services include giving out bus passes and Farmer’s Market checks, and helping with HEAP applications. Everything is on a first come, first served basis.
Most WVCC events are sponsored by Friends of Wonder Valley. For additional information, contact our Coordinator Teresa Sitz at teresa.sitz@sgmail.com or call 760-367-9880.
We send out Rainbows-of-Pearls-and-Roses to Josiah Bevins who turns 10 this week. Happy birthday, Josiah!
Karen’s Commentary: I had the pleasure of meeting Donna and Pappy Parsons’ grandson recently. His name is Gavin Lesneski, and he’s 11 years old. This intelligent young man is very adept at carrying on conversations with older adults, which is pretty rare. Thank you, Gavin, for a nice visit.
Darlene’s Commentary: It used to be that our firefighters “lived” at our Wonder Valley Station #45 during each shift, always ready to immediately assist the injured or sick in our area. And just like Fran Becker’s comments, it’s so sad to see our station now just sitting here, silently waiting.
Reach Out Morongo Basin will provide rides to and from the Twentynine Palms Nutrition Site every Tuesday and Thursday. Pickup is at 10 a.m., drop off at 2 p.m., at The Palms. If you have a problem getting to The Palms, they may be able to come directly to your residence. Call 760.361.1410.
Handy Hint: Bring a few office supplies into the kitchen. Use stackable plastic letter trays for unruly packages and bags, and bright-colored bins for items near spoiling or close to expiration dates.

Today’s Thought: Where were you in 1968? During that year, “Mr Rogers’ Neighborhood” debuted on National Educational Television, “In the Heat of the Night” won the Academy Award for Best Picture and the best-selling Christmas toys were Hot Wheels.
Until next time . . . remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

County Supervisors Vote to End Controversial Fire Tax

COUNTY SUPERVISORS VOTE TO END CONTROVERSIAL FIRE TAX

There are two stories here, so be sure to read through to the end. It's a little confusing, and clarifications will probably come out over the next days. It seems that our new 3rd District Supervisor Dawn Rowe is a hero, voting on the side of the people.

Former Supervisor James Ramos was the deciding vote FOR the fire tax last year, his parting gift to San Bernardino, as he left the area to represent the 40th District in the California State Assembly. SBC Fire Chief Mark Hartwig beat it out of town a couple of months later. See:
COUNTY FIRE CHIEF LEAVING FOR SANTA BARBARA COUNTY


Receive emergency text messages on your cell phone.


Telephone Emergency Notification System
In an effort to quickly communicate information on impending dangers, the San Bernardino County Sheriff and Fire Departments send high-speed mass notifications via telephone and text messages. This system is known as the Telephone Emergency Notification System (TENS).

The County uses a database of landline telephone numbers, which is updated every six months, to send emergency messages to landline phones only. By signing up below, residents can also receive emergency text messages on their cell phones, add voice over internet phone numbers (V.O.I.P.), and manage their own account using a valid email address. Those without internet connections can sign up by calling 2.1.1 or 888.435.7565.

TENS alerts do not generally go out to the entire County but instead are targeted to affected areas. You must enter a valid San Bernardino County address. This is the address for which you will receive alerts.

SIGN UP -- GO TO:

  1. Sbcfire.org
  2. Click on the “Emergency Services” TAB.
  3. Click on the “Alert and Warning System” LINK.
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page, to “Telephone Emergency Notification System”.
  5. Click on the “Sign up here for Emergency Alerts” BUTTON.
  6. Then click on the “Register Swift 911” BUTTON and follow the directions.

If you don’t have Internet, you can sign up by calling 2-1-1, or (888) 435-7565.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Improv at the Palms


Noon - 3 p.m.
Saturday, June 15, 2019
The Palms Restaurant
83131 Amboy Road
Wonder Valley CA 92277

Ever experience Organic Comedy? Once you try improv, you'll never go back to regular, store-bought comedy ever again. Learn to leave yourself at the door, accept whatever comes your way and to build on it. At this workshop, led by HEATHER CLISBY, we'll learn the basics of comedy improv - making up characters and scenes on-the-spot. We will play like children. You can expect spontaneous joy, unexpected insight and solid belly laughs. The only wrong answer in the class is "No." Come join!

Cost: donation (suggested $5-$10). Whatever you're comfortable with.

Heather Clisby has worked with people of all ages and experience (or lack of it!). We guarantee that you're going to have fun at this !!

Free Children’s Art Collage Workshop.


Summer is the time to participate in fun family experiences with your kids. This art collage workshop will inspire both imagination and creativity.All materials, and refreshments, will be provided.

Children will enjoy a relaxed environment, encouraging participation and expression of ideas. They will take home a finished piece of artwork. Parent/guardian will work beside their kids, or just chill on the sidelines in our lucious air conditioning.

This workshop will give your kids the skills to work on their own at home.

Children ages 6 - 17 are welcome with their parent/guardian. You must remain at the WVCC through the entire workshop.

Noon to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 20, 2019
Wonder Valley Community Center
80526-½ Amboy Road, Wonder Valley, CA 92277
Next to the palm tree cell tower.

Artist patti dietrick will lead the workshop. She has taught youth workshops at the 29 Palms Gallery, and the Beatnik Lounge, in Joshua Tree.

RSVP is appreciated. Call Teresa Sitz at (760) 367-9880, or email at teresa.sitz@sdd.sbcounty.gov.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of Wonder Valley, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

USDA Food Distribution.


The USDA Food Distribution will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at noon on Tuesday, June 18, at the Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526-½ Amboy Road, Wonder Valley CA 92277. The Community Center is next to the Fire Station.

Low income Wonder Valley residents self-certify on site. No ID or other documentation is required. You may pick up ONE (1) box for a neighbor, or they may pick up ONE (1) box for you, IF a signed pick up form is presented. One pick up per person. Pick up forms are available online at http://tinyurl.com/wv-pickup-form. They are also available at the WVCC on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., and at the kiosk outside the WVCC the week before the event.

For more information, call Teresa Sitz at (760) 367-9880.

The text below is required.

Nondiscrimination Statement
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Dental Care debuts in Wonder Valley.


IMMEDIATE RELEASE - MMU debuts dental services in Wonder Valley
Karen Graley <kgraley@mbhdistrict.org> Mon, Jun 3, 2019 at 3:49 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 3, 2019

Contact: Karen Graley, Director Communications

760.853.3027   |   kgraley@MBHDistrict.org

MORONGO BASIN HEALTHCARE DISTRICT’S MOBILE MEDICAL UNIT
DEBUTS MOBILE DENTAL SERVICES in WONDER VALLEY

The Morongo Basin Healthcare District’s Mobile Medical Unit will provide basic dental services, Wednesday, June 26, at the Wonder Valley Community Center, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (NOTE: No medical services will be offered this day).

A dentist will be on board, providing dental exams with x-rays, simple restorations and simple extractions. Endodontist services, crowns and dentures will not be provided on board.

Medi-Cal and IEHP are accepted. A discounted fee-for-service is available for those without insurance. Care is provided regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. 

Appointments are highly recommended.  To schedule an appointment, call 760-820-4131.   Walk-ins will be accepted as time permits.

The Mobile Medical Unit is an extension of the Morongo Basin Healthcare District’s Community Health Center, which operates full dental services in both Yucca Valley and 29 Palms.

Morongo Basin Healthcare District seeks to improve the health and wellness of residents who live within its designated boundaries. Services of the healthcare district include the Morongo Basin Community Health Center with offices in Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley; and LIFT Transportation Services, providing free, non-emergency transportation to medical appointments. Business offices of the Morongo Basin Healthcare District are located at 6530 La Contenta Road, Suite 100 Yucca Valley | 760.820.9229 | www.MBHDistrict.org

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Karen Graley, Director Communications & Board Clerk

MORONGO BASIN HEALTHCARE DISTRICT

760/853-3027

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Desert Trail Column - June 6, 2019

The Glass Outhouse Art Gallery’s tenth anniversary celebration had a big crowd, a huge anniversary cake, delicious food, great music and fantastic artwork! The entire property’s amazing, with a real glass outhouse, trails winding throughout the acreage and interesting creations everywhere. Darlene’s favorite was a white metal family of goats!
A Community Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, June 8 at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road, at 11 a.m., with pizza being served! Our Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council representative Steve Reyes will discuss the 911 system, security issues and the upcoming MAC meeting on Monday, June 10 at the Joshua Tree Community Center, 6171 Sunburst, at 5:30 p.m.


Since the birthstone for June is the pearl and the flower the rose, we send out Rainbows-of-Pearls-and-Roses to Pappy Parsons and Bill Hague who celebrate their special days this week. Happy birthday, Bill and Pappy!
Ironically, both of the following commentaries were written about the same business. Darlene’s was written before hearing about the upcoming closure, Karen’s was written after.

Darlene’s Commentary: I’ve been a customer of Bank of America for 25+ years and have had good service until now. It started when the ATMs in Twentynine Palms were torn down without warning, then immediately replaced, reassuring everyone that there was no problem. Not long after this, signs went up on the BRAND NEW ATMs that they would soon be permanently removed! Even though we have since been reassured several times that BofA is “working on” replacing those ATMs, it is now coming up on six months without any. Believe it or not, many of us do not have computers or Internet capability to do banking online (even if we wanted to), so it is a 72-mile round trip to get to the closest BofA ATMs! This is ridiculous!! Bank of America, PLEASE install some ATMs in Twentynine Palms.

Karen’s Commentary: Talk about the “end of an era” – how about the “end of almost a lifetime?” I’ve been a Bank of America customer since 1961 – 58 years! Through thick and thin, home mortgages and car loans, we have always had a checking and a savings account with Bank of America all these years. Now the only branch left in the Morongo Basin will be closing on September 10. In their notification, it states that you can still do all your banking online or by phone – nothing is mentioned about using an ATM, by the way. Well, let me tell you, when you have a problem, having to contact someone in Texas, Chicago, Florida or beyond just does not cut it, not to mention the HOURS spent on hold, navigating websites and/or pressing buttons! So long, Bank of America.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Jamie Lee Dimes and Davis.

Starts at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 8, 2019
The Palms
83131 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley CA 92277

Australian artist Jamie-Lee Dimes hits the road kicking off her “Waste of Time” North American Tour, May 22nd. Performing a series of intimate shows across the country, on the lead up to the release of her forthcoming record.

Dimes spent the first quarter of 2019 in Melbourne, Australia, in the studio recording with Mick Turner (guitarist from The Dirty Three.) Releasing her single Waste of Time (recorded with Kate Dillon  and Gabriella Cohen) and touring Australia.The album was written after spending a year between New York, the California desert and Mexico. The new direction of Jamie-Lee Dimes’ forthcoming record is hypnotic, ethereal, folk-melancholy. Marking a new chapter into a lighter headspace from Dimes’ brooding and cinematic six-track EP 'Liminality' that was released at the end of 2016.

Special screening of the music video shot in the Mojave desert, followed by a performance and desert after party.

$5 suggested donation entry

Playing with JT local artist, desert goddess DAVIS!


North American tour dates:
May 22: The Living Stage, Baltimore, MD
May 23: The Living Stage, Washington, DC
May 28: The Living Stage, Brooklyn, NY
May 31: Open Studios Block Party, NY
June 6: Landers Brewery, Landers, CA
June 7: The Salty Frog, San Diego, CA
June 8: The Palms, Wonder Valley, CA
June 20: Holland Project, Reno, NV
June 30: Gold Diggers, Los Angeles, CA
July 13: The Woods, Vancouver, Canada

Website: http://jamieleedimes.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jamieleedimes
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jamieleedimes/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jamieleedimes?lang=en
music/?hl=en
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8EtZSLLu9KAPo1lOs62Nxg

Aging and Adult Services.


     Bob Dougherty, our Social Service Aide, from the SBC Department Of Aging & Adult Services, will be giving out some bus passes for seniors and helping them with HEAP applications, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., on June 12, at the Twentynine Palms Senior Center, 6539 Adobe Road, just off the Twentynine Palms Highway.
     He’ll be at the Wonder Valley Community Center from 11 a.m. until noon, on Wednesday, June 19. He may still have Farmers Market checks for seniors. All seniors are welcome to come and find out about the services he offers.

Sunday, June 2, 2019


The 2019 Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program is now available to seniors 60 years and older living in San Bernardino County. Checks for $20 may be used to purchase fruits, vegetables, herbs, and honey at participating California Certified Farmers Markets in SBC, such as the 29 Palms Farmers Market at the corner of Highway 62 and Desert Queen Avenue, in Twentynine Palms.

The checks will be available from 8 a.m. till noon, on Saturday, June 8, at the 29 Palms Farmers Market. They will also be available at the Joshua Tree Farmers Market in the parking lot just off Highway 62 and Sunset Road, on June 15.

If there are remaining checks, and you qualify, you may pick them up at the Wonder Valley Community Center from  11 a.m. until noon on Wednesday, June 19.

For more information and income guidelines, call the County of San Bernardino Senior Information and Assistance at (800) 510-2020, or go to: https://tinyurl.com/fm-checks

A proxy form is included at the link above. Your proxy may sign up for the program for you, receive the checks, and make purchases.

Wonder Valley Community Meeting, June 8, 2019


Everyone is invited and welcome to attend and participate in the
Wonder Valley Community Meeting
from 
11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 8, 2019
at the
Wonder Valley Community Center
80526-1/2 Amboy Road
Wonder Valley CA 92277

The WVCC is between the palm tree cell phone tower and the old fire station.

Our new Wonder Valley Municipal Advisory Council Delegate, Steve Reyes, will be introduced. He will be speaking about the 911 system, and other issues regarding security in our little corner of the Mojave Desert. He will also be bringing pizzas, so bring your appetite.

The agenda for this meeting was posted on the kisosk at the WVCC and online 
posted 6:10 a.m., on Sunday, June 2, 2019.
NOTES: https://tinyurl.com/wv06082019notes
posted 12:30 p.m., June 12, 2019

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the WVCC Coordinator, Teresa Sitz, at teresa.sitz@sdd.sbcounty.gov, or call (760) 367-9880.

[Originally published at 1 p.m., May 25, 2019]

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Desert Trail Column - May 30, 2019

Yoga at the Palms with Lorelei Vox Greene will take place on Saturday, June 1 at The Palms, 83131 Amboy Road, from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. This is a donation-based class and all skill levels are welcome. Call 760-361-2810.
The Glass Outhouse Art Gallery, 77575 29 Palms Highway, will celebrate its tenth anniversary on Saturday, June 1 from 5 to 9 p.m. This month’s featured artists are Alan Powell and Karen Mortensen, with the show running through June 30. Come meet the artists, enjoy the refreshments and listen to great music by The Luminators. For information, call Laurel at 760-367-3807.

Darlene’s Commentary: Our “Monument” was a place to drive through slowly, looking at rock formations, flora and fauna. Campfires, friends, family, helping out-of-towners find a good camping spot, giving directions to the Cholla Garden, taking pictures. Few vehicles were on the winding roads, and there were unused campsites to be found on the Fourth of July and Memorial Day. But that was then, this is now. Then was better.

Karen’s Commentary: I’ve been a busy little “coupon beaver” this week. Coupons went out to U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine bases in Japan, Korea, Germany, Spain, Sicily and Italy.
MBTA’s Ready Ride bus will pick you up at your residence in Wonder Valley every Tuesday and Friday, plus the first Wednesday of each month, at 7 a.m. The bus will take you to any business of your choice in the City of Twentynine Palms, but not on Base. It will make the return trip to your home at noon on Tuesdays and Fridays, and at 1 p.m. on the first Wednesdays. These buses do not run on holidays. The cost for this service is $5 for adults, or $2 for the disabled and for seniors 60 years and older. For reservations, call 760-366-2395 from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Reservations must be made by 6:30 p.m. the day prior to your desired ride date. But for your first ride, be sure to call a few days earlier than that because a road check may be needed before the bus travels on your road.
Handy Hint: According to Jan Bellows, an American Veterinary Medical Association-certified dentist, hard bones can fracture your dog’s teeth; anything you give a pet to chew on should be able to bend!

Today’s Thought: According to the 1917 book “Inspiration and Ideals,” the advice for May 30 includes to beware the squandering of words, that the words you use proclaim you to the world and that eternal vigilance is the price of great accomplishment. Still good advice.
Until next time . . . remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Live music at The Palms.

Starting at 6 p.m., June 1, 2019.
The Palms
83131 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley 92277

Songwriters' Round feat. Bill Bloomer, Laura Harmondale, & Kaz Murphy. Join us at Palms Restaurant in Wonder Valley for an enchanting night of original music.
Starts early at 6pm, don't be late because you don't want to miss a minute!
$5 suggested donation, if you're able

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Desert Trail Column - May 23, 2019


We send out Rainbows-of-Emeralds-and-Lilies-of-the-Valley to Barbara Finnegan who celebrates her special day this week. Happy birthday, Barbara!
Karen’s Commentary: Thanks to Joe and Olympia for manufacturers’ coupons. The military families overseas appreciate them. Here are some numbers for health services. All are 800 numbers unless otherwise noted. Allergy/Asthma Hotline 624-0044, American Cancer Society 227-2345, American Council for the Blind 424-8666, American Diabetes Association 232-3472, American Heart Association 834-1670, American Kidney Foundation 638-8299, Better Hearing Institute 327-9355, California Smoker’s Hotline 766-2888, DentiCal 322-6384, Domestic Violence Hotline 799-7233, Epilepsy Foundation of America 332-1000, Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy 877-835-5447, Hearing Aid Helpline 521-5247, Hospice Education Institute 331-1620, Inland Caregiver Resource Center 675-6694, Lung Line 222-5864, National Center for Stuttering 221-2483, National Downs Syndrome Society 221-4602, Parkinson’s Disease Foundation 327-4545, Shriners Hospital Headquarters 237-5055, Spina Bifida Hotline 621-3141, Urinary Incontinence – Simon Foundation 237-4666. Perhaps you don’t need these phone numbers, but you might know someone who does.
Darlene’s Commentary: Anybody being bothered by bugs? We have had a majestic wildflower bloom and I thank Mother Nature for her abundance, and most of us made it through the allergies and pollen. I think Mother Nature deserves a rest, but Mother Nature doesn’t think so – she has plans! Suddenly, moths, grasshoppers, flying ants, black beetles, pincher bugs, cockroaches and little green flies are into your clothes, eyes, mouth and hair. And if you happen to look at the ground, you’ll find large black ants, small red ants, brownish ants and teeny-weeny black ants that go in circles instead of a trail! Other trails are like a freeway of ants hurrying this way and that. Maybe the abundant wildflowers this spring had too much protein. I’ve noticed that many insects look a little larger than last year.

There is a darling little tiny Wayside Chapel out in front of the Glass Outhouse Art Gallery, 77575 29 Palms Highway at Thunder Road. It is open year around and is well worth a look. Just drive up, park and look inside on your own – no charge or hassle. Everyone is welcome to just admire the beautiful interior or to stay awhile if you wish. This is a unique and fantastic place to show your visitors from out-of-town. For further information, call Laurel at 760-367-3807.
Handy Hint: Tankless water heaters are expensive, but they will save you at least $150 each year because they provide hot water on demand instead of keeping the water hot all the time.
Today’s Thought: “I was going to have plastic surgery until I noticed that the doctor’s office was full of portraits by Picasso.” – Rita Rudner
Until next time . . . remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Desert Trail Column - May 16, 2019

Yoga at The Palms will take place on Saturday, May 18 from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. These classes are donation-based and all skill levels are welcome. The Palms is located at 83131 Amboy Road at Thompson Road. Call 760-361-2810 for information.
A presentation “Living with Snakes” will be given by retired park ranger Jane Fawke on Saturday, May 18 at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road at Blower Road, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees will be given information on how to identify local poisonous and non-poisonous snakes, and how to safely co-exist with them. There will also be lots of time for questions and answers.
On Tuesday, May 21, the USDA Food Distribution will be held at our community center from 9 to noon.
The Morongo Basin Healthcare District’s medical van will be at our community center on Wednesday, May 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Care is provided regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. Appointments are not necessary, but they are recommended. Call 760-365-9305.
Our community center will also host the Salvation Army Food Distribution on Wednesday, May 22, beginning at 11 a.m. It will continue until the food is gone.

For additional information on any of the above events, call our WVCC Coordinator Teresa Sitz at 760-367-9880.
We send out Rainbows-of-Emeralds-and-Lilies-of-the-Valley to Curtis Johnson who celebrates his special day this week. Happy birthday, Curtis!
Darlene’s Commentary: Apparently the biggest problem for tourists coming into our Morongo Basin is finding a room in a hotel or motel. So why do businesspeople continue to open barber shops and tattoo studios instead of accommodations?

Karen’s Commentary: We once had a vehicle that suddenly had a terrible odor coming from the battery which was on its last leg. The same thing recently happened again, but why only twice in 25 years?
A group of Wonder Valleyites meets every Sunday morning at The Palms for a delicious breakfast and some good conversation. If you’re interested in hashing over all the Wonder Valley happenings, you’re welcome to join in, regardless if you’re a weekender, a newbie or an old-timer!

Handy Hint: For clothes closets, linen closets, etc., hang a small folding step stool on the inside of the door so you can easily access what’s on the top shelf.
Today’s Thought: Here are Billy Graham’s six Rules for Living: 1. Make it your goal to live at peace with others. 2. Avoid revenge. 3. Guard your tongue. 4. Never repay evil with evil. 5. Treat others as you’d want them to treat you. 6. Practice the power of forgiveness.
Until next time . . . remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Desert Trail Column - May 9, 2019

The Dale Basin Well Owners meeting was both interesting and informative. President Max Rossi, Vice President Ted Meyers and Secretary/Treasurer Olympia Rossi presented lots of information concerning the Cadiz water situation. There was also information available that had been provided by member Jim Copeland. Because of conflicting events, the next meeting, normally held in November, will be held on Sunday, October 27 at 5 p.m.
The High Desert Soundings music festival will begin at The Palms, 83131 Amboy Road at Thompson Road, on Friday, May 10 at 11 a.m., and continue through Saturday, May 11 at 11:59 p.m. The festival will feature 17 different groups and musicians, including an offsite event. Call 760-361-2810 for information.
The Women’s Aglow meeting will take place at First Baptist Church, 6414 Split Rock Avenue in Twentynine Palms on Saturday, May 11 at 11 a.m. Please bring finger-food to share at the Mother’s Day Tea Party. There will also be a Hat Contest with two categories: “Funniest/Silliest” and “Prettiest.” Hats may be handmade or purchased. For information, call Olympia at 831-227-1948.
The newly re-established Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council meeting will be held on Monday, May 13 at the Joshua Tree Community Center, 6171 Sunburst, at 5:30 p.m. Our new Wonder Valley representative Steve Reyes will be representing us there.
On Wednesday, May 15, our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road at Blower Road, will reopen. Hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Our WVCC Coordinator Teresa Sitz will be there to greet and assist you. For information on any of our local events, call Teresa at 760-367-9880.

Mark your calendars for two upcoming events. The “Living with Snakes” presentation on May 18 and the medical van visit on May 22 willboth take place at our community center.
Darlene’s Commentary: Thanks to WVCC Coordinator Teresa Sitz and all the volunteers and workers, our park’s green, our landscape’s healthy and our nice new marquee keeps us up-to-date.
Karen’s Commentary: All’s quiet on the Western Front!

Handy Hint: The Lil’ Chizler Vinyl Label Scraping Tool (about $5 for a two-pack) can be used to scrape paint and oven crud, and to remove labels, decals and stickers – all without scratching.
Today’s Thought: One hundred two years ago, the still-relevant advice for today’s date from former Yale Instructor Glenville Kleiser was to accept your great heritage now by realizing the great mental resources at your ready command, and resolving to make better and larger use of your daily opportunities. He also said that all things necessary are yours if you will but take them.
Until next time . . . remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.