OKTOBERFEST TICKETS ONLINE!
• It’s easy to purchase your Early Bird admission tickets by secure credit card. Until September 28, they cost 8:00 per person. After that, it’s 12.00 each, and at the door on the big day, Saturday, October 12.
Admission includes a lavish buffet of German-style dishes including grilled brats, sauerkraut, German potatoes, and roast Brussels sprouts, the amazing dessert bar, plus free fresh-baked pretzel bites to enjoy with your craft brew.
Visit www.johnsonvalley.com. The first thing you see is the panel to click to buy!
The Brew Menu for the 10th Annual Oktoberfest is out; see it online, also. Or, any time you are at the JV Community Center, you are invited to take a copy: a complete description of the nine craft beers and two hard ciders you will find on tap in the patio Beer Garden on October 12!
Beer Garden behind the Center open from 3:00 p.m. until _? Buffet Dinner between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m.
EVERYONE AT HVCC
• At last month’s meeting of the Homestead Valley Community Council, representatives from our elected officials in Federal, State and County Government came to update us on a wide variety of topics, and answer everyone’s questions. California Highway Patrol, Sheriffs Department, County Fire, and Calfire were also on hand; a great time having everyone available and also talking with each other!
Our County Supervisor Dawn Rowe spoke about several things, including the Fire Tax. On Tuesday, September 24, the Board of Supervisors will hear county attorneys and Chief Executive Officer proposals for funding County Fire.
The FP-5 parcel tax sunsets in two years with no increase. Rowe urged everyone to stay tuned; none one likes the Fire Tax or the way it was done. Listen and comment at the teleconference centers in the government buildings in Joshua Tree or Hesperia.
Come to the next HVCC this Monday, September 16, to hear more. We have word on The Red Brennan Group litigation against the Fire Tax and their FP-5 Repeal Initiative.
It’s in Landers Belfield Hall at 3:00 p.m. 58530 Reche Rd., 3.3 miles from Hwy 247.
CA CAMPFIRE PERMIT
• Campfire permits are required for open fires, such as campfire, barbecues and portable stoves on federally managed lands, as well as private lands that are the property of another person.
On private lands, you must have written permission from the landowner for campfire use. Get your California Campfire Permit quickly and easily online! Log on to www.readyforwildfire.org
Visit the BLM California fire restrictions website for more information about current fire restrictions on BLM-managed public lands. https://www.blm.gov/programs/public-safety-and-fire/fire-and-aviation/regional-info/california/fire-restrictions
Follow wildland fire incident information and updates
via InciWeb and CAL FIRE.
BIG BOY STEAM ENGINE RETURNS!
• Union Pacific’s Big Boy No. 4014, the world’s largest steam locomotive, return S to the High Desert next month.
“Great Race Across the Southwest,” is a third and final tour of the train celebrating the 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad. Rail fans! It’s under its own steam this time.
On Tuesday, October 8, the Big Boy will make an overnight stop in Yermo. The following day, the train stops at Amtrak stations in Barstow and Victorville before heading to Los Angeles.
On its return trip on Saturday, October 12, the train will make a stop in Victorville before heading to Barstow where it will stay the night and proceed toward Yermo the next day.
The Great Race departs the Steam Shop in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on September 27, making whistle-stops in communities along its route through Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.
The full schedule will be released before the tour launch at www.upsteam.com
TWO MORE DAYS
• The High Desert Survey time was extended; the closing date is now Saturday, September 14.
Please express your opinion about the quality of life here in this desert; it’s easy and won’t take long!
Go to www.HighDesertSurvey.com or www.facebook.com/highdesertsurvey/
CAREER OPPORTUNITY IN LUCERNE VALLEY
• See the attached flyer – a new medical clinic will open in the Lucerne Valley Crossroads Center near the market.
Dr. Nguyen has all certifications and approvals. As soon as he can get the right staff, he will open. Please share the attached flyer with your neighbors. They are trying hard to get local people to staff the office, before going outside of the Lucerne Valley – but JV is not that far!
HOUSE CALLS IN JV
• Dr. Chris Lawrence is coming back to Johnson Valley, and he is available this weekend for Chiropractic house calls at your home or office.
Call or text 760-810-2443 for an appointment. Or schedule a visit to Doc Lawrence's office in Apple Valley if you wish.
BREAKFAST HELP ALWAYS WANTED!
• If you can volunteer a few hours on a Saturday morning, consider joining one of the breakfast crews! Cooks and pancake cooks needed, plus help with serving, dishwashing, or cashiering. Talk to Kim Abramson, 760-792-4555, or in person at Saturday Breakfast.
FREQUENTLY ANSWERED QUESTIONS
To our new members of the Johnson Valley Improvement Association, you will receive the Johnson Valley Journal six times a year. The next issue should arrive in your mailbox early in September.
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.
If you prefer not to receive these e-mails, reply and say Cancel.
ABOUT THE COMMUNITY CENTER
Both JVIA members and non-members are welcome to scheduled activities and special 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.
-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 GARDEN NEXT DOOR
Things look amazingly good considering the relentless heat we experience – but some of those plants prefer it! The Orange Jubilees began a second jubilation – in triple-digit heat.
GOT PICTURES? We hear photos taken by visitors to the Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden show up on Facebook and elsewhere. The surprise: when you look for “Johnson Valley Community Center” on Google Maps and the first picture you see is the airplane wind vane!
THANKS AGAIN to Garden visitors answering the call and e-mailing pictures you have taken! Can’t have too many! Shots recently sent by Mark Black appear in the Sep-Oct issue of the Journal, which could be in your mailbox now.
The Community Center is available for your event, too!
Heated and air-conditioned, with 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.
Start your day, or finish an early-morning ride at the Community Center between 7:00-10:00 a.m. and enjoy your 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:
The best way to the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area 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.)
If you are adventuring out in all this heat, take more water than you think you need, 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. Lots of blind corners, you can’t see what’s coming.
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.
REMEMBER, LARREA ROAD IS NO SPEEDWAY. Please take care, watch for vehicles, watch for kids playing. Intersections with the side road can be hard to see. Ask your guests to be careful, too; we don’t want their visit ruined.
ADDRESS & DIRECTIONS
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.
Johnson Valley Weekly Neighborhood News
by Betty Munson