WONDER VALLEY COMMUNITY MEETING TO DISCUSS CLOSED FIRE STATION

Just three months after Wonder Valley residents were told their fire station was funded for 2017-18 and would remain open, Wonder Valley firefighters packed up and left the fire station on Friday, September 22. In June, County Assistant Fire Chief Tom Marshall told Wonder Valley municipal advisory council representative Teresa Sitz that the county’s fire budget included the Wonder Valley fire station, guaranteeing fire service in Wonder Valley for at least another year. However, there was a conflicting report from Battalion Chief Mike Snow who had said the fire station was being considered for possible closure, and would eventually be staffed by volunteers rather than paid firefighters. County fire representatives—as well as representatives from the Sheriff’s Department and Supervisor James Ramos’ office—will be at the monthly Wonder Valley community meeting Monday, October 2, at 10 a.m., where residents will be able to ask questions about the future of their fire station. The meeting will be held in the Wonder Valley Community Center on Amboy Road.

 

IF IT'S OCTOBER, IT'S JOHNSON VALLEY OCTOBERFEST

Save the date for the eighth annual Oktoberfest celebration in Johnson Valley, set for Saturday, October 7. The beer garden at the Johnson Valley Oktoberfest opens at 2 p.m. There’ll be a section of craft and domestic beers, hard cider, plus a German buffet dinner including a dessert bar. Dinner is served at 5 p.m. Tickets are $12 and are available at johnsonvalley.com, or at the door. The Johnson Valley Community Center is at 50567 Quailbush Rd. From Hwy 247 between mile markers 21 and 22, turn at the red sign, go 1-3/4 miles up Larrea (paved) to the corner of Quailbush Rd. and you’re there!

TOURS, CLASSES, MUSIC, FOOD, AND MORE AT ORCHID FESTIVAL

October is orchid month in Morongo Basin and an opportunity to experience displays of beautiful live orchids and much more at the 22nd annual Morongo Basin Orchid Festival at Gubler Orchids in Landers. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has an overview…
The annual Orchid Festival is about much more than the world-class judged orchid show, greenhouse tours every half hour offering acres of blooming orchids, and free orchid-growing classes for children and adults. It’s also about great food like burgers, dogs, barbeque, tacos at the Sunset Grill; live entertainment from the Yucca Valley High School Jazz Band, craft beers from Joshua Tree Brewery, and wine and cheese tasting to enjoy in the shaded Sunset Rotary Wine and Beer Garden. Then there’s mini-golf, a bounce house, vendors and booths showcasing community non-profits. The festival happens Saturday, October 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, October 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission and parking are free. For more information call Gubler Orchids at 760-364-2282 or visit gublers.com or sunsetrotary.org.

“MY OLD LADY” COMING TO GROVES CABIN THEATER IN MORONGO VALLEY

Get your tickets now for a new drama at the award-winning Groves Cabin Theater in Morongo Valley. “My Old Lady” is a three-character drama about a middle-aged American who inherits an apartment in Paris. His plans to sell it to solve his financial difficulties are thwarted by the fact than an old woman lives in the apartment, and French law prohibits the sale of the apartment until she dies. The American, played by Abe Daniels, moves in and develops a friendship with the woman, played by Alden West. Wendy Cohen plays the woman’s daughter. Opening night is Saturday, October 7, and the play runs Saturdays and Sundays through October 29. Performances of “My Old Lady” are 7 p.m. Saturdays and 2:30 Sundays, except for October 8 when the performance is at 2:00. For reservations, call 760-365-4523.

CHILDREN AND TEEN PROGRAMS SET TO BEGIN AT JOSHUA TREE LIBRARY

For the next month, the Joshua Tree Library is offering programs for kids of all ages, from toddlers to teens. On Mondays, at 4 p.m., is the teen program, where teens can explore art and different artistic media. This program is for teens who are artistic or who would like to learn how to be. On Tuesday mornings at 11 a.m. is preschool story time for children ages 3 to 5. The story time promotes a love of reading and provides an opportunity for socialization as children listen to stories, sing songs and construct a simple craft. Kids on the Move is a high-energy program for active toddlers up to 3 years old, and is held Wednesdays at 11 a.m. Kids will jump, clap, shake, and dance through the morning, and parents are encouraged to participate.

YUCCA VALLEY RECRUITING YOUTH COMMISSIONERS

The Town of Yucca Valley is recruiting for their youth commission. Managing editor Tami Roleff tells you how to apply…

The Yucca Valley Youth Commission is made up of students in grades 7 through 12 who attend school in Yucca Valley. Youth commissioners produce informative video programs, present forums to local schools, and volunteer at community events. Commissioners meet the first Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. Applications are available at the Yucca Valley Community Center or online at www.yucca-valley.org. The deadline to apply is October 2. For more information, call the Community Services Office, Monday through Thursday, from noon to 5:00 p.m. at 760-369-7211.