• Reminder: For fun and good food, the Johnson Valley Cinco de Mayo Fiesta is this Saturday afternoon, the 4th of May, at the Community Center and all are invited!
Admission is only 12.00 per person, kids 12 and younger 8.00
Doors open at 3:00 p.m.
You will find the Margaritaville Bar and guests' tables under the shade pergola at the front entry.
Margaritas  4.00 each, beer or wine 3.00.
The Taco Grill begins serving at 6:00 p.m..
Your choice: carne asada, carnitas or chicken tacos with rice, beans, and nacho bar, YUM

Enjoy your drinks and dinner indoors or outdoors. Find seating in the Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden next to the parking area or bring your own if you wish.
The Garden Railway will run if winds allow. (As always we ask you to help keep kids out of the layout; jarring or kicking dirt onto the tracks stops everything).
The replacement Johnson Valley sign stands by the highway – can’t miss it – but the red panel is now a white panel of more weather-resistant materials. You now will see the historic old highway sign preserved in the Desert Dreams Garden. Also look for the JVIA Memorial Tree, how well it's doing!

Send me any photos you take for possible use in the Journal!

• Look for bright yellow Desert Dandelion, white Desert Chicory, purple or white Sand Verbena, blue Phacelia and Canterbury Bells and vivid magenta blooms on Prickly Pear Cactus. If you look real closely you might even find the delicate Mexican Poppy open in the sun, if the wind isn’t too strong.

Identify the flowers you may not recognize on johnsonvalley.com. Scroll down to the bottom of the first page, and click on the "Wildflowers" button. Click on any photo to check if there are extra views and close-ups.

• Where to  go for a springtime expedition? The Big Bear Alpine Zoo is a family-friendly destination for everyone, only about an hour drive from Johnson Valley.
One of only two alpine zoos in the United States, and the only zoo in the nation’s largest county, a majority of the Zoo's resident critters are from the San Bernardino Mountains.

Big Bear Alpine Zoo is the "go-to" facility for injured and imprinted wildlife. Their rehabilitation facility gives injured, orphaned and imprinted animals  a safe haven, either temporarily while they heal, or permanently if they are unable to survive on their own.

Only about an hour drive From JV turn left (west) onto Hwy 247, go to Camp Rock Road and turn left, go to Hwy 18 and turn left. When you get into the hairpin turns on the mountainside, drive cautiously.
You are headed for 42801 Moonridge Rd, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315.

For more info see https://www.bigbear.com/directory/big-bear-alpine-zoo/
If you have never been to Big Bear, you’ll find lots of other things to see. Spring is the best time.

To new readers: the JV NEWS e-mails expand on items published in the neighborhood column in the online Hi-Desert Star. Other notices of particular interest to Johnson Valley residents and property owners also circulate to this list.

If you don't want to receive these notices, please reply and tell me to remove your name.

The mailing address is:
50567A Quailbush Rd.
Johnson Valley CA 92285

Directions to the Community Center:
From Hwy 247, between mile markers 21 and 22, turn onto Larrea Road at the Johnson Valley sign and go 1-3/4 miles up to Quailbush Rd. The Community Center is on your left at the corner.

• Saturday Breakfast: every week, 7:30-10:30 a.m.
Lots of delicious choices, still reasonably priced, with the never-empty coffee cup!
Great Gift Idea: the history of cowboy days, Heart Bar Ranch and Johnson Valley Neighbors, by early homesteader and historian Martha Coutant. 20.00 at the Community Center, sales tax included. Cash, check, or credit card accepted.
See what's new, or donate gently-used items for the New-To-You Table
(Most items are not priced. Donate whatever you want to pay for items you want to buy).
All prices include Sales Tax.

• Johnson Valley Journal: The Journal will be mailed to all members quarterly.

• HVCC: The Johnson Valley Improvement Association is one of the four associations in the unincorporated communities that established the grassroots organization, the Homestead Valley Community Council.
HVCC circulates information among JVIA members and other JV residents and property owners. Citizens present issues in the meetings, the Council follows up with them with federal, state, or county officials. Our County Supervisor Dawn Rowe has usually attended HVCC as well as other local meetings.

See HVCC Actions and Comments, as well as meeting dates and agendas on http://homesteadvalleycc.org   HVCC usually meets at 3:00 p.m. on the third Monday of the month.

The next meeting date to be announced. We hope soon. JVIA is the only community that currently has a full roster of delegates to attend HVCC meetings. Unfortunately, Flamingo Heights, Landers, and Yucca Mesa do not.

The campaign for Scenic Highway 247 is still being conducted by a committee of the HVCC, now awaiting review of the Corridor Protection Plan by Caltrans. See documents and the Visual Assessment on the website-in-progress www.scenichighway247.

Keep smilin'

Betty Munson


Johnson Valley Weekly Neighborhood News
by Betty Munson