Thursday, February 6, 2020

Desert Trail Column - February 6, 2020

A Simi Dabah sculpture was installed at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road at Blower Road, on January 27. This is a real honor, and we thank the Simi Dabah Foundation and all who participated in the actual installation. Stop by and take a look at our huge metal “WV”!

 The Wonder Valley Community Meeting was very informative and interesting. Our Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) representative Steve Reyes not only chaired the meeting, but received the very first “Citizen of the Year” award presented by Captain Trevis Newport of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. Way to go, Steve!

 The MAC meeting will be held on Monday, February 10 at the Joshua Tree Community Center, 6171 Sunburst, at 5:30 p.m. For further information, contact Steve Reyes at

 The USDA Food Distribution will take place at our community center on Tuesday, February 11 from 9 to noon or when the food is gone.

 The Coffee and Friends group invites all Wonder Valley ladies to attend a gathering at 73883 Manana Drive in Twentynine Palms on Tuesday, February 11 at 10 a.m. Call Sharon at 760-910-9039 for further information.

 Most events at our community center are sponsored by our non-profit organization 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 February is the amethyst and the flower is the violet, we send out Rainbows-of-Amethysts-and-Violets to Chetara Bevins, Darlene Parris (68), and Mary Lindsley who celebrate their special days this week. Happy birthday, Mary, Darlene and Chetara!

 Darlene’s Commentary:  Behind a stack of books on my bookshelf, I found “an old friend” that I thought was gone for good. This book should be in everyone’s home. It’s “The Home Care Companion’s Quick Tips for Caregivers” by Marion Kartinski, RN. It’s not fancy, just a well-written, very informative, down-to-Earth book. Excellent!


Karen’s Commentary:  Giving space to Dar.

 Food for Life Ministries prepare and serve delicious and free hot meals at Church of the Nazarene, 72603 Juanita Drive in Twentynine Palms every Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. If you have problems getting to the church, Reach Out Morongo Basin may deliver these meals to your residence at no charge. Call 760-361-1410.

 Handy Hint:  When you freeze anything in a zip-top bag, spread it out and lay it flat before forcing all the air out and freezing.  If you flatten out the food before freezing it takes much less room and your freezer stays neater.

Today’s Thought:  “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.” – Victor Borge


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