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• Hope you haven’t missed it: tomorrow, Friday, September 30th, is the last day to get your Oktoberfest tickets at the 10.00 discount price.

The 12th Annual Johnson Valley Oktoberfest is getting closer! Early Bird discount tickets include the German-style Dinner Buffet and Dessert Bar for 10.00 until September 30th. Quantities are limited!
Reserve your tickets online by secure credit card at www.johnsonvalley.com.

Admission will be 12.00 per person after September 30th, and at the door on Oktoberfest day, Saturday, October 15th.

• In case you missed earlier announcements of the new set-up for Oktoberfest:
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 get your souvenir Oktoberfest pub glass (5.00) and T-Shirts (20.00) inside the Center.

Then go out through the lobby door to the new 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 it’s outside the front door under the shade pergola.

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 what to order? Try the Sampler of three brews, 5.00.
Canned domestic beer, 4.00.
Soft drinks and bottled water, each 1.00.
(Please, no outside beer or alcohol.)

Tasty pretzel bites fresh from the oven are FREE to enjoy with your beer, while quantities last.

The familiar back patio will still be open for settling down to enjoy your brews and dinner outside.

Or, choose a table out front or inside the hall.
Another popular option: find a table or seats in the Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden next door to the parking area. (Some guests like to bring their own seating).

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

You also can win some great raffle prizes:  merchandise and gift cards contributed by merchant sponsors in Yucca Valley and Lucerne Valley, and gifts and handmade crafts contributed by JVIA members!


  • See Oktoberfest details and more in the latest issue of the Johnson Valley Journal, on sale in the lobby for 1.00 each. Pick up your copy during Saturday Breakfast, 7:30 -10:30 a.m.




  • The 2023 Johnson Valley Improvement Association Early Membership Campaign has begun! Your membership application is in the lobby, or will be in members’ mailboxes shortly.
    Everyone is welcome to every event at the Community Center, JVIA membership is not required.
    But with a subscription to the Johnson Valley Journal on your application you get the printed Journal and/or the JV NEWS e-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. We want early sign-ups, so the paperwork won’t all be coming in during the holidays.

    • This Saturday, October 1st, our friends at the Morongo Basin Historical Society invite us to visit their booth at the Morongo Basin Orchid Festival, at Gubler’s Orchids, 2200 Belfield Blvd. in Landers.
    Get tickets for three of the best “Inflation-Buster Raffles in History.” Each raffle box is worth approximately $200, the tickets are 6 for only 5.00!
    Also, enjoy a Self-Guided Tour of Gubler’s Greenhouse (take the camera!) at peak blooming season,

The American Orchid Society Judged Orchid Show, and

Orchid Classes.

Also on hand:
Live Entertainment, WineTasting, Orchid Beer, Food, and Shopping!
Saturday, October 1st: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 2nd: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

• Next Saturday, October 8th, 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, about a half-hour drive from JV.
Choose from over 50 native, hard-to-find plant species, including smoke tree, jojoba, milkweed, and apricot mallow, all grown in our nursery in Joshua Tree from locally-collected seeds.

Also, you can find interesting artifacts to add to your “yard art” from an array of salvage collected from MDLT properties throughout the California desert, to use in home décor and desert crafts.

The plant sales are very popular, with visitors lining up an hour before the doors open. We encourage you to come early to avoid disappointment.

Please, only service animals are allowed.
Please be able to load your plants without assistance from MDLT staff.
No returns or exchanges once plant material has left the premises.

Seeds will also be available for purchase.
For questions about what to plant, download our plant lists and visit calscape.org.
For questions about how to plant, download our planting guide.

• If desert plants can’t lure you, in absolutely the opposite direction how about the 19th Annual Apple Valley Airshow & Car Show, returning to the Apple Valley Airport on Saturday, October 8th?
Watch formation teams, warbirds, and skydivers; see static aircraft displays, military vehicles, and a choice of food vendors.

Instead of having two separate shows, this year guests can enjoy one action-packed performance.
Highlights include

An F-16 Fly-by,
Jerod Flohr in a TA-4 Skyhawk 518,
Tony Higa’s Pitts Special S1S,
The Dawn Patrol Airshow RV Formation Team, and much more.

During the show, Chuck Coleman, the “Top Gun: Maverick” instructor, will fly the same plane used to train the actors in the film.
The event will run from 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

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!


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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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