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• First of all, thanks for all the well-wishes that poured in after the announcement of my unplanned vacation caused by Covid. News and updates may still be erratic for a while, but day-to-day, things really are getting better.

• Next, we have some shocking news – shocking because the Johnson Valley Improvement Association has a long-held tradition of raising admission, breakfast, and dinner costs only at the very last minute!

We recently had to increase charges already after reopening the Community Center. Not so surprising that more cost adjustments must be made, given the inflation hits we all are taking.

We think you will agree, that these are still good deals, and as all meals are fundraisers to keep the Community Center open, we hope inflationary upcharges will not be necessary again any time soon! 🤑

So, the new price list for Saturday Breakfast:
Two favorites invented during the Lockdown To-Go days:

-2-Egg Omelette, 8.00.   3-Egg, 9.00
-2-Egg Breakfast Burrito 8.00   3-Egg, 9.00

Or enjoy one of the old favorites on the JVIA traditional Menu:
The Large Breakfast Plate is now 8.00. Take your choice of

-Hash Browns with Biscuit,
-Biscuits & Gravy, or
-French Toast

(each entree comes with two eggs cooked any way, plus bacon, ham, or sausage).
The Small Breakfast Plate gives you the same menu choices, with smaller servings, for only 6.00.
And, as always, you get the never-empty coffee cup!


Order to-go if you wish, or come inside and socialize with friends and neighbors.
To order to-go, or call in a pre-order, dial 760-892-4555 (if busy, please call back).
Cash, check, or credit card accepted.

• The JVIA Board also made some time and price changes for our First Saturday Dinners, starting with the Chicken Dinner on Saturday, August 6th.

While we enjoy longer daylight hours, doors open at 5:30 p.m., and dinner starts at 6:00 p.m.

Dinner will be 10.00 per person; kids under 10 years of age, 5.00 (in August they get chicken tenders!)

As of now, we plan to hold the after-dinner meeting, including a speaker and catch-up on JV news. Stay tuned for more details.

Everyone is welcome, you do not have to be a JVIA member to participate!

All of us live on properties zoned for Rural Living, and the meeting of the Homestead Valley Community Council this Monday, July 18th, in Flamingo Heights, starting at 3:00 p.m. had planned to address the “glamping” project on RL-Zoned land.

However,  we have been informed that the project applicants, Robott Land Company, will not be able to attend this Monday’s meeting. They have a Covid outbreak and want to reschedule for the August meeting.

Please pass the word. The matter will still be on the agenda in case people show up and want to speak about it or ask questions.

Residents have expressed strong objections to a permanent campsite facility like this, and the idea that a precedent might be set for easy commercial disruption of any Rural Living Zone, so this topic is important for all of us.

You will find the Flamingo Heights Community Center just off Hwy 247, behind La Copine Restaurant, at 55977 Perris Road.

• Bureau of Land Management’s Barstow Field Office now offers online visitor pass purchases through Recreation.gov for Dumont Dunes and El Mirage off-highway vehicle recreation areas.

The Dumont Dunes Off-highway Vehicle Recreation Area season pass (Oct. 1-Sept. 30) is $90 non-holiday, $120 with holidays, and a weekly pass is $30.

The El Mirage Off-highway Vehicle Recreation Area season pass is $90, a weekly pass is $30, and a daily pass (valid till noon the next day) is $15. A small online transaction fee will be incurred.

The mailing address is:

50567A Quailbush Rd.
Johnson Valley CA 92285

Directions to the Community Center:

From Hwy 247, turn onto Larrea Road, go 1-3/4 miles up 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.
(Please help keep kids and dogs out of the garden railway layout; it’s easily damaged, and the trains won’t run with dirt on the tracks.)

You may want to fact-check these statements

1. A rat can last longer without water than a camel.

2. Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks, or it will digest itself.

3. The dot over the letter “i” is called a tittle.

4. A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.

5. A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find a  mate.

6. A duck’s quack doesn’t echo. No one knows why.

7. A 2×4 is really 1-1/2″ x 3-1/2″.

8. During the chariot scene in “Ben Hur,” a small red car can be seen in the distance 🚗(and Heston’s wearing a watch).

9. On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily!    (That explains a few mysteries…)

10. Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn’t wear pants.

Keep smilin’



Betty Munson

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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