• This Saturday morning, November 9, have a fine old bargain-hunting time at the Johnson Valley Tailgate Swap Meet next to the Community Center from 7:00-10:00 a.m.

You never know what you may find – housewares, appliances, furniture, lamps and other decorator items, tools, construction supplies, clothing, collectibles…you name it.

If you are bringing things to sell, you can come as early as 6:00 a.m. to set up. Bring your own table if you need one for display.

We ask vendors to set up along the top and east side of the parking lot, keeping clear of the drive-through by the mailboxes and leaving room near the entry to the hall for the folks coming to Saturday Breakfast.  The space rent is 5.00.

• Next Wednesday, November 13, you have an unusual opportunity to find out about critters with which we share the desert, and sometimes never even see. They have adapted to harsh conditions and play a vital role in our world whether we know it or not: “Amazing Insects and other Arthropods of the Morongo Basin.”

Come to the Morongo Basin Historical Society’s Second Wednesday, presented by Kurt Leuschner, Professor of Entomology at College of the Desert, at 5:30 p.m. at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum, 57116 29 Palms Hwy, Yucca Valley.
Donation, 5.00. Seating is limited, so plan to be a little early.

• Also, it would be a good thing to make plans to come to the Flamingo Heights Community Center on Monday, November 18, at 3:00 p.m. for the Homestead Valley Community Council meeting. We expect to have our County Supervisor Dawn Rowe on hand again.

The HVCC agenda isn’t set yet, but we certainly can talk about the Fire Tax taking an extra 157.00 out of your pockets, and any other issue with County officialdom.

And isn’t it nice to see our Supervisor in the desert communities so often? Also, representatives of the Sheriffs and Fire Departments are always invited, and usually attend. They are happy to answer your questions and fill us in on the latest activities in our unincorporated communities.

HVCC gives voice to the four Homestead Valley communities, Johnson Valley, Flamingo Heights, Landers, and Yucca Mesa. However, a number of guests have been coming from farther away – desert dwellers have many issues in common! Meet at 55977 Perris Rd. just two blocks from Hwy 247, turn at La Copine Restaurant.

• Thanks to all who turned out for last Saturday’s Turkey Dinner in Johnson Valley. We enjoyed your company!

How about making plans to come back on Saturday, December 7? It’s the Holiday Dinner, featuring spiral-cut ham and lots of other good things. Doors open at the JV Community Center at 4:30 p.m. Dinner at 5:00. donation, 10.00 per person, kids 12 and younger only 5.00. More info to come! Save the date!

Dr. Chris Lawrence is coming out to Johnson Valley again this weekend. Call or text for an appointment for a chiropractic house call at your home or office, 760-810-2443. If the weekend does not work for you, you can schedule an office visit in Apple Valley.
• Volunteer a few hours on a Saturday morning, by joining one of the breakfast crews! Cooks and pancake cooks welcome, plus help with serving, dishwashing, or cashiering.

Saturday Breakfast began as a fundraiser in the 70’s to build the firehouse. The steady flow of funds it supplies now ensures the Community Center remains open, and reserves depleted by emergency purchases can be replaced. Best of all, Saturday Breakfast allows scattered neighbors and weekenders to meet and socialize.

JVIA is proud of our A rating. Our volunteers have all taken their food handler training and passed the test, available online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to earn their food handler card.

Every food employee working in San Bernardino County must have a food handler card from San Bernardino County, Environmental Health Services only.

The training and multiple-choice test take about 1-1/2 to 2 hours and cost $22. Credit, debit, and prepaid debit cards are accepted. JVIA reimburses you. Your certificate is good for three years (anywhere in this County).

Check out the online Food Handler Training and Test FAQ at

Talk to manager Kim Abramson, 760-792-4555, or in person at the Saturday Breakfast, 7:00-10:00 a.m.

JVIA needs you!

To our new members of the Johnson Valley Improvement Association, you will receive the Johnson Valley Journal six times a year.  If you signed up too late to get on the mailing list, we have extra copies in the lobby of the Community Center.

The JVIA General Meeting after the first Saturday Dinners is another resource for finding out what’s happening around here, and what’s happening with the Johnson Valley Improvement Association.

In between Journals, this JV NEWS e-mail includes stories and information published in the weekly community news columns in the Hi-Desert Star, plus additional items of particular interest to Association members.

If you prefer not to receive these e-mails, simply reply and say Cancel.


• The new information handout about activities in the Center and the Garden next door is available in the lobby.

Please take one. If you know anyone who may wish to participate or join JVIA, this will give them an idea of what’s happening around here.

Both JVIA members and non-members are welcome to scheduled activities and special events!

Regularly-scheduled events:

-Saturday Breakfast: 7:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
-Dinner: every 1st Saturday at 5:00 p.m., followed by the General Meeting (except May and October). Non-members welcome.
-JVIA Board Meeting: Friday following the 1st Saturday, 6:00 p.m. (except this October, scheduled for Friday, October 18th)
-Card Club: Pinochle on Tuesdays, noon-4:00 p.m.
-Quilters: EACH Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
-Hobby Club: EACH Wednesday, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Special events:

-The Homestead Valley Community Council (HVCC) holds regular meetings in Johnson Valley three times a year on the third Monday, at 3:00 p.m. The next is on October 21.

-JVIA Fundraising events:
JVIA 10th Annual Oktoberfest! Saturday afternoon, October 12. with lots of craft beers and cider, and a German buffet.
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta 2020 will be Saturday afternoon, May 2. No General Meetings those two months.

The unique steel Garden Gate manufactured, donated, and delivered by Tim Norton was up for everyone to see by Oktoberfest, and has drawn a lot of compliments!
This handsome new entrance, with the Orange Jubilees, still blooming, make a show in lots of pictures, too. Of course, Court and Don planned it that way.

THANKS AGAIN to Garden visitors e-mailing pictures to me at www.ranchotaj@gmail.com.
The Community Center is available for your event, too!
Heated and air-conditioned, with an A-rated kitchen. You are asked for a donation, and to leave the Center as you found it. Call Betty Munson,
760-364-2207, please leave a message. 
The weather holds fine for riding and 4-wheeling around the desert.

Planning an early start? Stop by the Community Center between 7:00-10:00 a.m. for the Saturday Breakfast with a never-empty coffee cup. Large breakfast, only 6.00! Small breakfast, 4.00.

Navigating by GPS? – find your way to the Community Center:
34.3424938     -116.56066880000003.

The Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area offers lots of trails for every kind of vehicle, complete with amazing views and varied terrain.

The best way to head out there using community roads: go straight down to Hwy 247 on the road nearest you. You can cross directly over the highway legally to the dirt trail running along the north side of Hwy 247. (Please stay on the dirt shoulders if you travel on the paved Larrea Road while in or on a green-sticker vehicle.)

Always take water, tell people where you plan to go. Verizon has pretty good cell coverage out there; ATT not so much. Never go out there alone.

Slow, please, on the community roads. More traffic this season – you can’t see what’s heading your way, and junior riders are hard to see or hear around blind corners.

Remember, any vehicle, street-legal or not, going over 25mph damages dirt roads. Delivery vehicles and the trash truck do the worst, but OHVs get the blame. Noise can carry, and dust can drift a long way.

COOL IT ON LARREA ROAD. Please take care, watch for vehicles, watch for kids playing. Intersections with the side roads can be hard to see. Ask your guests to be careful, too; we don’t want their visit ruined.
Johnson Valley Community Center
50567 Quailbush Rd.
Johnson Valley CA 92285

From Hwy 247, turn onto Larrea Rd,
go 1-3/4 miles up to the corner of Quailbush Rd.
You see the Community Center on your left.


Please leave a message, I may not recognize your name or number on Caller ID, and I rarely just pick up the phone because of robo-calls.

Betty Munson

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by Betty Munson