Thursday, September 26, 2019

Desert Trail Column - September 26, 2019

On Saturday, September 28, Ted Meyers will present an informational presentation on the Weed Show at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road at Blower Road, from 11 to noon. Ted will talk about rules, categories, display bases, accessories, tips, tricks and of course weeds. This is not a hands-on workshop, only a presentation to help you enter and win! This year’s Weed Show will be held at the Old Schoolhouse Museum in Twentynine Palms on November 2 and 3. Ted has won a total of 39 ribbons, and is already working on his entries for November! A $2 donation is requested, but not required for this presentation.
Also at our community center on September 28 will be Thought Theater’s Travelling Symphony at 2 p.m. This is part of The Big Read’s monthlong celebration based on “Station Eleven” by Emily St John Mandel.

On Sunday, September 29, The Big Read moves to The Palms, 83131 Amboy Road at Thompson Road, for open reading and discussion based on the novel. Attendees may read their own original work or discuss their reactions to the previous day’s performance at our community center. For further information visit

Mark your calendars for an upcoming meeting with Supervisor Dawn Rowe at 11:00 a.m. at our community center on October 7.
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.
We send out Rainbows-of-Sapphires-and-Asters to Orville Fangmeyer who celebrates his special day this week. Happy birthday, Orville!

Darlene’s Commentary: Giving my space to Karen this week.
Karen’s Commentary: Thanks to Jan Peek for lots of coupons and stamps! After repairs for rodent damage to our vehicle, a friend recommended rodent repellent packets sold at Desert Hardware, but they were out of stock so we ordered some online. The active ingredient is balsam fir oil. Then I got an email from Marina McClay saying she’s heard they don’t work! And that the rodents get used to those high-pitched sound devices. On a friend’s advice, she went to Home Depot and purchased solar-charged LED lights with motion sensors to be put under vehicle hoods at night. So far, so good. Same with our balsam fir packets. I guess we’ll see.
Go to to read about everything Wonder Valley. Ken and Teresa Sitz post happenings and information regularly to keep everyone informed.
Handy Hint: To unclog a drain, drop in three Alka Seltzer tablets followed by a cup of white vinegar. Wait a few minutes, then run the hot water.

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