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• The 2023 Johnson Valley Improvement Association Early Membership Campaign has begun!

If you were on the 2022 Journal mailing list your Membership Application was mailed out today, Thursday, October 6th.

If not, you can pick up your Membership Application in the lobby of the Community Center,
or download it on www.johnsonvalley.com to fill out and mail it to us with a check, memo Membership or Membership + Donation. (Or pay dues by secure credit card on the website if you wish).

Everyone is welcome to every event at the Community Center, JVIA membership is not required.

But we appreciate your support of the Association, and this is your opportunity to stay in the know with a subscription to the Johnson Valley Journal as well as the JV NEWS e-mail. Eventually, the paper version of the Journal may be retired due to costs associated with mailing it to members. An online format may be the final source for future editions.

We know not everyone uses e-mail, and many prefer to have a printed Journal. If you do, just check the box on your Membership Application to subscribe.


We’ll see how it all plays out. For now, the Journal will not be automatically mailed to each member; we are adding a token subscription rate: 1.00 if you pickup your Journal in person, 2.00 to receive it in the mail.

Dues are still only 15.00 per person; you are eligible to vote on Association projects and hold office if you get your dues in by January 31, 2023, and live or own property within Johnson Valley borders.

The Early Membership Campaign means the paperwork won’t all be coming in during the holidays. Thank you from our membership committee!

• The latest issue of the Johnson Valley Journal, which you did not receive in your mailbox, is on sale in the lobby for 1.00 each. Pick up your copy during Saturday Breakfast, 7:30 -10:30 a.m. See Oktoberfest details and more!

• The 12th Annual Johnson Valley Oktoberfest is getting closer – Saturday, October 15th.

Pick up your tickets when you come to Saturday Breakfast, or reserve them online by secure credit card at www.johnsonvalley.com.

Admission is 12.00 per person and includes your German Buffet Dinner.

Opening at 3:00 p.m. Come inside the Community Center through the east door near the mailboxes – get your wristbands and drink tickets at the cashier station inside the door, and souvenir Oktoberfest pub glass (5.00) and T-Shirts (20.00) inside the Center.

Then go out through the lobby door to the Beer Garden. It opens as always at 3:00 p.m., dispensing your choice of five craft beers and a hard cider on tap – but now the bar is outside the front door under the shade pergola.
Brew Menu:

Craft beers and hard cider  12 oz, 4.00,

(Get a full 16-oz pour in the Oktoberfest pub glass for the same price)

Can’t make up your mind about which to order? Try the Sampler of three brews, 5.00.
Canned domestic beer  4.00.
Soft drinks and bottled water 1.00 each
(Please, no outside beer or alcohol.)

Take your choice where you would like to settle down to enjoy your brews:

-a table out front or inside the hall, or

-in the back patio beer garden.

-Another popular option: find a table or seats in the Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden next door to the parking area. (Bring your own seating if you wish.

Between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m., the Dinner Buffet offers classic German dishes: grilled brats, sauerkraut, roasted Brussels Sprouts, and German potatoes. Then take your choice from the Dessert Bar!

The Oktoberfest raffles have lots of items and gift cards donated by merchant sponsors in Yucca Valley and Lucerne Valley, plus gifts and handmade crafts contributed by JVIA members!


• Reminder: Saturday, October 8, events:
Desert Plants and Salvage Sale from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the headquarters of the Mojave Desert Land Trust, 60124 29 Palms Hwy in Joshua Tree, over 50 native, hard-to-find plant species from their nursery in Joshua Tree, grown from locally collected seed.
-The 19th Annual Apple Valley Airshow & Car Show. Formation teams, warbirds, skydivers, static aircraft displays, military vehicles, and food vendors, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Apple Valley Airport, 21600 Corwin Road. Tickets are $10; parking is free. For more information, call 760-995-8761
-Also, shop original unique creations at the Landers 2nd Saturday Craft Fair, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Belfield Hall, 58380 Reche Rd.

• Cooler longer nights and the first stopover of the migrating turkey vultures in JV last Friday have told us so. If you get any good pix of incoming in the evening or outgoing in the early morning, please send to me for the Journal.


Still haven’t figured out when, or if, the clocks fall back.

This JV NEWS e-mails every week or two and brings the news in a more timely manner than the Johnson Valley Journal published every two months.

The news items expand and add to items published in the neighborhood column in the Hi-Desert Star. Other notices of particular interest to Johnson Valley residents and property owners also circulate to this list.

If you do not wish to receive this information, just 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 and go 1-3/4 miles to Quailbush Rd.
The Community Center is on your left at the corner.

The Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden is next to the parking lot, open to all.
No charge; just keep the dog on the leash and kids out of the train layouts – THANKS!





Sign in a Shoe Repair Shop:

We will heel you.
We will save your sole.
We will even dye for you.

Sign on a Blinds & Curtains Truck:

“Blind man driving.”

Sign over a Gynecologist’s Office:

“Dr. Jones, at your cervix.”

In a Podiatrist’s office:

“Time wounds all heels.”

At an Optometrist’s Office:

“If you don’t see what you’re looking for, you’ve come to the right place.”

On a Plumber’s truck:

“We repair what your husband fixed.”

On another Plumber’s truck:

“Don’t sleep with a drip. Call your plumber.”

At a Tire Shop in Milwaukee:

“Invite us to your next blowout.”

On an Electrician’s truck:

“Let us remove your shorts.”

In a Non-smoking Area:

“If we see smoke, we will assume you are on fire and will take appropriate action.

On a Maternity Room door:

“Push. Push. Push.”

At a Car Dealership:

“The best way to get back on your feet – miss a car payment.”

Outside a Muffler Shop:

“No appointment necessary. We hear you coming.”

In a Veterinarian’s waiting room:

“Be back in 5 minutes. Sit! Stay!”

At the Electric Company:

“We would be delighted if you send in your payment on time.
However, if you don’t, YOU will be de-lighted.”

In a Restaurant window:

“Don’t stand there and be hungry; come on in and get fed up.”

In the front yard of a Funeral Home:

“Drive carefully. We’ll wait.”

At a Propane Filling Station:

“Thank Heaven for little grills.”

In a Chicago Radiator Shop:

“Best place in town to take a leak.”

And the best one for last…

Sign on the back of a Septic Tank Truck:

“Caution – This Truck is full of Political Promises”


Keep smilin’


Betty Munson
c/o Ship-It-Shop
51720 Hacienda Rd.
Johnson Valley CA 92285

By Betty Munson

Betty Munson c/o Ship-It-Shop 51720 Hacienda Rd. Johnson Valley CA 92285

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