• So what do you do on a long hot Saturday?
Celebrate Ole Man Sun stopping dead in his tracks, then heading back South for cooler weather to come!

Celebrate where? At the Summer Solstice Fest this Saturday, June 19, at Homestead Valley Park on Belfield Ave in Landers, from 10:00 a.m. till sundown.

We may not actually see the sun stand still, but we’ll see puh-lenty of pizza and other tasty food, ice-cold water, and excellent craft beers, hard cider and hard spritzers, extra shade canopies, plus live music!

This Homestead Valley Community Council fundraiser had to be canceled last June, so we also get to celebrate the last of the 2020 misery. Admission and parking are free. From Hwy 247, turn onto Reche Rd., go to Belfield Ave, turn left. The park is on your right.

• Hear the latest updates on our battle against the plague of illegal pot farms this Monday, June 21, at 3:00 p.m. in the Johnson Valley Community Center, at the meeting of the Homestead Valley Community Council.

As you know, HVCC has fiercely opposed illegal cannabis growing in San Bernardino County, caused by the failures of the intent and purposes of Prop 64. Voters’ approval of the adult use of marijuana also slashed the penalty for commercial cultivation from a felony to a misdemeanor. Absolutely NOT a deterrent; we don’t see any other states undercutting their own regulation, health concerns, and tax revenues.

It also drew illegal cultivation to infest the High Desert and other California locations, down-drafting our water and polluting the environment with banned pesticides, rodent poisons, and human waste. Our State legislators can fix this!

To join in the meeting at the JV Community Center: from Hwy 247, between mileposts 21 and 22, turn at the big red Johnson Valley sign onto Larrea Rd. Go 1-3/4 miles up to Quailbush Rd. The Center is on your left. Everyone welcome!

You can fight back. If you know of an illegal pot farm, report its location by e-mail to Capt Luke Niles, (with photo, map, and property owner name if possible) 
Send to: lniles@sbcsd.org.
c/c to Supervisor Dawn Rowe  bos@sbcounty.gov
c/c to Ignacio Nunez, Code Enforcement  Ignacio.Nunez@lus.sbcounty.gov

Calling all vets - an interesting item from Supervisor Paul Cook’s June 16th newsletter, about an outfit we never heard about before!

Operation Dirtbike Freedom, a High Desert nonprofit founded by Ken Colburn, is dedicated to providing free outdoor recreation to Veterans, active-duty military, and their families.

"Operation Dirtbike Freedom was started to give back to those who have served this country," said Colburn. "We show Vets and active duty military all about the fun of dirt bike riding. We start right at the basics, with a small dirt bike in a safe, clear area. Everyone who goes has a great time."

Colburn provides all services at no charge. "It's all free, and we supply the bikes and gear," he said. "Later, we BBQ. We've been doing this since about 2012."

Veterans and active military are welcome to bring their families, and the group has small bikes for children to ride. Target shooting is also offered, though not on the same day.

"We are always looking for new Veterans to join us," said Colburn.

For more information, please call (909) 204-8032 or email ezwriter1@verizon.net

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• Reminder, it’s your choice for Saturday Breakfast! You are welcome to come inside the Community Center to eat.

You decide. Do you prefer to order your breakfast to-go and remain outside?
Or, order to-go and wait indoors in the AC?
Or relax indoors to eat your breakfast and socialize with friends and neighbors?

In case you haven’t been among our breakfast regulars during the late unlamented lockdown, we have additions to our traditional menu choices.

How about the Breakfast Burrito with fresh salsa, and hot coffee, only 6.00 (added every week as an easy takeaway, it quickly became a permanent item!
Or try the Omelette, with cheese, your choice of bacon, ham, or sausage, and hash browns on the side (6.00)
Or, take your choice from our old favorites, first-come, first-served:

1. Hash Browns with a Biscuit, or
2. Pancakes, or
3. Biscuits and Gravy, or
4. French Toast
...plus two eggs any way, and your choice of bacon, ham, or sausage.
Large Breakfast Plate is 6.00; Small Breakfast Plate (one egg, smaller portions) 4.00.

Cash, check, or credit card OK.
To order in advance, phone Kim after 7:00 a.m. and before 10:00 a.m.at 760-792-4555. Keep calling if the line is busy.

Everyone is welcome to every event at the Johnson Valley Community Center, built, maintained, and operated by generations of volunteers of the Johnson Valley Improvement Association (JVIA) for over 60 years.

Who might you meet here? JV residents and weekenders, visiting offroaders and travelers from nearby communities, folks who have made the Saturday Breakfast a highlight of every weekend in JV.

As I used to say before I moved here in 2000, ah, someone else to cook and do dishes!

The Johnson Valley Community Center mailing address:

50567A Quailbush Rd.
Johnson Valley CA 92285
(mail pickup about once a week)

The phone number is 760-364-3575; no messages.

From Hwy 247, turn onto Larrea Rd, go 1-3/4 miles to Quailbush. The building is on your left at the corner, paved roads all the way.

The Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden is next to the parking lot, open to all.

Betty Munson

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by Betty Munson