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• This Saturday evening at the Johnson Valley Community Center we look forward to an appetizing dinner menu: delicious lasagna along with sides of green salad and cheesy garlic bread, and dessert cupcakes!

Invite family and friends – it’s a deal at only 10.00 per person; kids plate for age 10 years and younger, 5.00.
Doors open, next Saturday, September 3, at 5:30 p.m. Dinner is at 6:00.

Everyone is welcome to stay afterward for local news and announcements and the General Meeting.

You are not required to be a JVIA member to participate, though we always appreciate new members. p.s. Our 2023 Early Membership Campaign begins in September!

• Reminder, the popular Saturday Breakfast times changed recently: Now serving from 7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. No changes in the menu – hearty breakasts at reasonable prices, with a never-empty coffee cup!

• To members of the Johnson Valley Improvement Association:
The decision has been made to no longer mail a printed JV Journal to you.
JVIA begins the 2023 Early Membership Campaign in September. Receiving the Journal in your mailbox six times a year no longer will be a perk for joining.

We have already notified our trusty friends and helpers at VIP Printing and Copy Center in Yucca Valley. For years, they have gone the extra mile not only for the printing quality but also for outstanding service on always short lead times.


We will continue to ask VIP to print Journals for a fundraiser for sale in the Community Center, but less extra handwork folding if only a few Journals go in the mail. Quantities will be reduced.

No more asking JVIA volunteers to help stuff 200 envelopes and cart the final product to the Lucerne Valley Post Office in time to get to your mailbox before the next announcements go out of date.


Lots of “ifs, ands, and buts” here, and systems to re-work.


Our mailing costs could be reduced.
But, we have no notion how many members still may request their Journals be mailed.
And, if we don’t mail the minimum 200, we don’t get the discounted Bulk Rate postage.
Of course, we won’t have to pay the annual Bulk Rate Permit either.


We do know members who don’t have or won’t read e-mails.  When we mail your Membership Application to you, you can check which you prefer or both.

Plans are being made for a JVIA Facebook page.
Advertisers will be notified by mail of the change. Sponsoring our digital messaging will be offered.

The Journal itself possibly could be attached to the JV NEWS e-mail as well as appearing on www.johnsonvalley.com. (Log on now to see this year’s Oktoberfest Brew Menu and reserve your discounted Early Bird Tickets by secure credit card).

Of course, items of interest to our visitors and news of Johnson Valley events will continue to be set up for the neighborhood columns in the Hi-Desert Star, print and digital.

Sound familiar? We hear this over and over about printed news of any kind, from newspapers to newsletters. Even my high school alumni newsletter that supplies me with so many laugh-out-loud one-liners is digital, and the printed version may fall by the wayside soon.


Preserving the Johnson Valley Journal as a historical archive won’t be the same, either.

Nobody reads anymore, so we’re told.
Well, some of us still can, and prefer to hold a printed piece rather than an electronic device.

Everyone in every enterprise can tell stories of how much their technology has changed in so little time.

But, folks still seek out and pay a gazillion bucks for a ’55 Chevy or old books, antiques, and memorabilia.
Printing by hand-operated letterpress became the hot setup for fashionable cards and invitations.
Millions turned out to witness the return of the Union Pacific Railroad #4014 Big Boy, the largest steam locomotive ever.
Huge crowds go to hear “live” music.

Hand-weaving and blacksmithing are no longer necessities of daily life.

Yet, people have not let old skills and technologies die out completely.
We hope they never will.

• In Apple Valley:

Victor Valley Museum, partnering with High Desert Astronomical Society (HiDAS) Cosmic Nights from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 10.

Cosmic Nights features telescope viewing and an opportunity to discuss astronomy with the telescope operators. Bring binoculars or set up your own telescope if you wish.

The event takes place outdoors, weather permitting, and they advise you to wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
Victor Valley Museum
11873 Apple Valley Rd,
Apple Valley
Approx 43 miles from the JV Community Center via Hwy 247 west to Hwy 18 in Lucerne Valley, then to Bear Valley Rd, turn left on Apple Valley Rd.
The Museum is a short distance ahead on your left.
Call (760) 240-2111 for more info.


The Apple Valley Airshow & Car Show returns on Saturday, October 8th, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Enjoy formation team flying, warbirds, skydivers, static aircraft displays, military vehicles, and much more!
Apple Valley Airport
21600 Corwin Road.
Call 760-995-8761 for more info.

Mitchell Caverns Guided Tours resuming in September!
A tour of Mitchell Caverns in the Providence Mountains State Recreation Area involves a 1-1/2-mile strenuous roundtrip hike to and from the caverns, followed by an hour-long guided tour of the fantastic unique cave formations, located off I-40 near Essex in the Mojave National Preserve.


Tours of Mitchell Caverns operate on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Holiday Mondays. Reservations are highly encouraged!

To reserve your spot, Call (760) 928-2586 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Mondays only.


Check on travel conditions when you call. The shorter, more scenic drive from JV up to the wildlands of the Mojave National Preserve would lead you onto historic Kelbaker Road – but it suffered severe damage in the recent monsoon rains and may be closed for a very long time.

Your only option right now: Hwy 247 to Lucerne Valley, turn right at the Crossroads and stay on 247 to Barstow. Take I-15 N to I-40 exit #100. Continue on Essex Road northwest for 16 miles to the Mitchell Caverns Visitor Center.

A 175-mile drive, yes, but it’s a Bucket List Must-See.

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 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!

It’s probably my age that tricks people into thinking I’m an adult.


Remember back when we were kids and every time it was below freezing outside they closed school? Yeah, me neither.

I may not be that funny or athletic or good-looking or smart or talented….I forgot where I was going with this.

Marriage Counselor: Your wife says you never buy her flowers. Is that true?
Me: To be honest, I never knew she sold flowers.






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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