Thursday, December 12, 2019

Desert Trail Column - December 12, 2019

The community meeting hosted by our Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council representative Steve Reyes was very interesting and informative. Along with all the updates and a delicious lunch provided by Steve, there was also lots of information provided by experienced exterminator Evan Browsowsky about our current rodent problem. Thank you, Steve and Evan.

 For the past four years, Redlands Airport Association members have collected toys in November at their “Stuff a Plane with Toys for Tots” event at Redlands Municipal Airport. The toys are then flown to our Twentynine Palms Airport in December to be picked up by the Marines for their Toys for Tots program. This year they had to cancel the fly-in, which usually includes more than 30 planes, due to bad weather. So if they couldn’t come to the Marines, the Marines came to them! The Marine Corps responded trucks and personnel to the Redlands Airport where volunteers from the Airport Association were waiting to help load approximately 10,000 toys! This is a fantastic group of people who go all out to insure happy children at Christmastime. Hopefully, next year they will be able to deliver the toys as in the past. A big thank you to every one of them!

 Wonder Valley men and women of all ages are invited to Aglow of 29 Palms’ December luncheon on Saturday, December 14 at First Baptist Church of 29 Palms, 6414 Split Rock Avenue, at 11 a.m. RSVP to Billie Perez at 760-501-6154 or Donna Sandler at 760-361-5531, and ask about bringing a favorite Christmas dish and about the toy drive for Unity Home.

 The USDA Food Distribution will take place at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road at Blower Road, on Tuesday, December 17 from 9 to noon.

 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.

 Since the birthstone for December is the turquoise and the flower is the narcissus, we send out Rainbows-of-Turquoise-and-Narcissus to Elsilynn Foster (13), Diana Akins, Wyona Hipple-Sandoe and Ken Sitz who celebrate their special days this week. Happy birthday, Ken, Wyona, Diana and Elsilynn!


The Morongo Basin Healthcare District operates Lift, a service offering free transportation to and from medical appointments. You must call ahead to schedule a pickup at your home. Call 760-366-5438 or 760-820-9229 for information or to schedule a ride.

 Handy Hint:  Before closing the door, say “Wallet, keys, phone” to avoid leaving one behind.

 Today’s Thought:  Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.


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