Thursday, August 8, 2019

Desert Trail Column - August 8, 2019

Our local nonprofit Friends of Wonder Valley just turned one year old, and boy, have they been busy! They purchased and distributed 100 free toothbrushes to Wonder Valley residents; they purchased a small backup freezer for use at our community center; three board members (Jill Reinig, Ken Sitz and Teresa Sitz) received the Mental Health First Aid Training and Certification in Riverside; they applied for and received a raffle license; they are in the process of applying for a bingo license; and they have a new logo in the works! Sincere thanks go out to our Friends of Wonder Valley.
The Special Districts Department has allocated funds to have our community center’s kitchen and bathrooms updated, which means community meals and kitchen-related activities will be possible once again. Special Districts has also agreed to pay for the concrete work needed to install a Simi Dabah sculpture at our community center! It is being donated to us by the Simi Dabah Foundation.
There will be a Meet & Greet/Ice Cream Social with our Municipal Advisory Council Delegate Steve Reyes on Saturday, August 10 at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road at Blower Road, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Steve welcomes any suggestions, questions or comments. There will also be a special guest speaker. Contact Steve at for further information.

The Palms will be closed August 12 through August 28.
Mark your calendars for some upcoming events. A community meeting with Mark Lundquist and a Sheriff’s Department representative will be held at our community center on September 4; a free movie will be shown at Wonder Valley Community Church, 82575 Amboy Road, on September 21; and a community meeting with Supervisor Dawn Rowe will take place at our community center on October 19.
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 or 760-367-9880.
The Food for Life Ministry prepares and serves delicious hot meals every Saturday at the Church of the Nazarene, 72603 Juanita Drive in Twentynine Palms, from 3 to 5 p.m. If you are unable to travel to the church, your meals may be delivered free directly to your residence by Reach Out Morongo Basin. For further information, call 760-361-1410.
Handy Hint: In areas that are prone to pileups, hang hooks on the walls so you have somewhere for clothes or bags to go until you’re ready to put them away.
Today’s Thought: What do you get when you cross a baby with a soldier? The infantry.

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