Thursday, November 14, 2019

Desert Trail Column - November 14, 2019

The USDA Food Distribution will take place on Tuesday, November 19 at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road at Blower Road, from 9 to noon. No need to come early – you’ll be in and out in a jiffy!


On the same day, the mobile medical van will be at our community center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Appointments are not necessary. Care will be provided regardless of insurance status or the ability to pay. Call 760-365-9305 for information.

A reminder about the Christmas shoeboxes destined for a Mexican orphanage. Plastic “shoeboxes” are available at Dollar Tree and can be filled with useful items and/or fun things for kids. The only restriction is anything that looks like a gun. The deadline for these boxes to be dropped off at Wonder Valley Community Church, 82575 Amboy Road at Kuhns Road, is November 24. Call 760-391-0480 or 760-401-6128 for information.

 Mark your calendars for some upcoming events. At Wonder Valley Community Church, there will be a Thanksgiving Potluck on November 24, and Ryan Brown will be a special guest speaker on December 29. On December 7, there will be approximately 30 small planes flying in to Twentynine Palms Airport to deliver approximately 5,000 toys to Marine Corps representatives for their Toys for Tots Program.

 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-Chrysanthemums-and-Topaz to Karen Meyers who turns 77 this week. Happy birthday, Karen!


Also, Sherry and Bill Hague celebrate their years of marriage this week. Happy anniversary, Bill and Sherry!

 Here are some phone numbers Wonder Valley residents might want to keep handy. Southern California Edison (for outages) 800-611-1911, County Roads (includes pothole reporting on Amboy, Godwin, Pinto Mountain and Valle Vista) 760-366-3572, Susan Doggett (injured birds, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.) 714-637-8355, County Animal Control 800-472-5609, Sheriff’s Department 760-366-4175 or 760-956-5001 (911 for emergency only), County Code Enforcement 760-995-8140 or 909-884-4056, Veterans’ Crisis Hotline 800-273-8255-Press 1, Crisis Walk-in Center (24/7) 760-365-6558, Domestic Violence Hotline (24/7) 760-366-9663-Press 1, Community Crisis Response Team (7 a.m.-10 p.m. daily) 760-449-4429 and Suicide Hotline 800-273-8255.

 Handy Hint:  To save yourself a lot of hassle and save cabinet space, too, buy containers with lids that are interchangeable. In other words, the containers may be different sizes, but they all take the same size lids and everything stacks neatly.

Today’s Thought:  When people tell me “You’re going to regret that in the morning,” I sleep till noon because I am a problem solver.

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