Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hi-Desert Star Column #187

Our little Community will be holding our monthly Potluck Party, in the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center on Winters Road, this afternoon at 4o’clock. This Potluck is in memory of Chris Jonas, our super-hero Volunteer, who died last month. Chris, who was known throughout the Community for his mischievous sense of humor, caring heart and the best hugs on the Mesa, is deeply missed by all of us who had the privilege of knowing him. Please join us in celebrating Chris’ life; as well as enjoying some of the best and most delicious culinary creations from around these parts.

There was huge excitement on the Mesa recently, when a local pot farm was paid a visit by local and federal constabulary! Very close to the border of the Marine Base, on Daisy Lane, a large, outdoor marijuana grow was raided and arrests were made. Jim and I saw the convoy of white Sheriff’s SUVs and black, unmarked trucks proceeding east on Daisy, at a pretty fast pace. We were very curious about the goings-on, but decided not to mosey on over and be lookie-loos! When we read the headlines in this newspaper, we realised what we had partially witnessed. Who knew there was a pot farm just over the hill from us? I walk over that way with our dog every morning and never noticed a thing!

What really irked us more than anything, was the fact that the growers arrested weren't even from around here. They were from Sacramento and other distant cities; even Mexico. How dare they use our pristine Desert Paradise for their enormously profitable, clandestine operations; without even paying taxes, offering local employment opportunities or in any way sharing their wealth with our Community? Phaw, I say!

Happy Labor Day Weekend everyone: it’s the unofficial end of Summer and a welcome day off for College students, yay! Our first Tuesday of the month Bingo evening is this week; come and have some fun: the party starts at 6pm. Next Saturday morning from 8-11, please join us for our monthly Breakfast at the Center. Stay well!
Annelies Kuiper

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hi-Desert Star Column #186

Our little Community held an epic “Movie under the Stars Night” at the Center last Saturday. Everyone gathered around 7pm, watching cartoons until it was dark enough to see “Monolith Monsters” on the large, outdoor screen. Scores of Neighborly People showed up: some with Friends; others with their Children; Bob Deloyd brought his beautiful Dalmation, Cassie: it was a grand gathering indeed!

movie night at copper mountain mesa community center
Monolith Monsters, movie night at Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center
Congratulations and kudos to Creators and Co-Founders of the whole “Movie Night” idea: Ken and Teresa Sitz, as well as our amazing Kip Fjeld: who all did a marvellous job with the Public Relations, special equipment, research, production and organization. Thanks to all of You who made the effort to tootle down the dirt road to join us at this record-breaking Event!

Rave reviews have been appearing on social media: everyone agreed it was a great get-together; with a memorable movie, lots of great snacks and other refreshments. Including the little bags of chocolate, pebble-looking candies, labelled: “Copper Mountain Mesa Rocks”: everyone loved those! Next “Movie under the Stars Night” at the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Centre, is on Saturday, September 20th. Mark your Calendars

The first USDA Food Give-away since our beloved Chris Jonas died, ran smoothly last Monday. Thanks to Bill Treas, Chris’ daughter Kerrie, Patrick Whalen, Chris van Nortrick, the Thrift Room Ladies and all the Volunteers for making the transition so smooth.

We are constantly reminded of the extraordinary Service the late Chris Jonas gave to us, his Neighbors and the entire Community. He organized and ran the USDA, Potluck Party, Bingo and the Thrift room and we are scrambling to fill his magnificent shoes. Next Saturday, August 30th, we are holding a special Potluck Party in Memory of Chris Jonas. Please join us and bring photos of Chris if possible. Create recipes that remind you of Chris, or you remember him liking in the past; anything we can do to honor his memory.

Big Shindig at The Palms in Wonder Valley today: Live Music begins at 4pm with performances by Jessika von Rabbit; amazing trio The Sibleys and other great Bands. Stay well!
Annelies Kuiper