Thursday, October 30, 2014

Hi-Desert Star Column #196

Our little Community first Saturday Breakfast is from 8-11 this morning and coincides with the second weekend of the Art Tours. So cruise on over; enjoy an utterly splendiforous Brekkie, lovingly prepared and served by our all-Volunteer Crew, then admire the amazing Art on display throughout the Morongo Basin.

Please visit the Copper Mountain Community College Student Art exhibit; showing, throughout November, at the Glass Outhouse Gallery in Wonder Valley; east of Adobe road and Utah trail, on Highway 62. Our reception, with snacks and beverages, runs from 1-5pm today, so come on over and meet all of us!

The Potluck Party was held last Saturday at the Community Center and Chris van Nortrick went all out, making special Halloween decorations; as well as setting up tables with spooky tablecloths and napkins. Chris brought Pea Salad, cupcakes and orange punch; while Mary Koval whipped up an enormous crockpot of Tamale Pie, with key-lime and orange-sickle pies for dessert. Dyan Carroll brought Salmon patties, coleslaw and Ghostly Jello; while Dorothy Jacobsen brought Hong Kong Chicken and Brownies. Susie Gardner brought her Orange Chicken and I brought Butternut Squash. What a feast we had!

Last Tuesday, October 28th, a number of us gathered for the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder group session. Our group keeps growing and we discuss issues that are normally not acceptable in polite conversation. Some of the stories shared would give an inexperienced listener PTSD! For us, it’s comforting to share our issues with each other; to seek common ground; feel accepted and understood by people who have experienced similarly traumatic situations. Our next get-together is on Tuesday November 18th, from 6pm. As Veterans Day and Thanksgiving both fall in November, we will only have one PTSD meeting this month. Please join us; both military and civilian PTSD-sufferers are welcome.

Next Saturday, November 8th: the CMMCA Board meeting will begin at 10am and will focus on concluding our fiscal year; after which we will enjoy a light lunch. The Annual General meeting follows at 12.30pm; during which candidates for the Board Member seats will be voted in. Stay well!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Get a hot breakfast before the art tour - Saturday, Nov 1

Just $5.00 gets you a full breakfast with your choice of::
  • Eggs over, sunny-side up or scrambled
  • Home fries
  • Biscuits and Gravy
  • Pancakes
  • Sausage or bacon
  • Toast
  • Orange juice of V8
  • Coffee
Everything is home made and the staff is all volunteer. Come meet all your colorful neighbors, then hit the road for the art show. For more info:

From 1:00 - 5:00 pm mosey over to the Glass Outhouse Gallery for the Copper Mountain College Student art show. Annelies Kuiper, who may have served you breakfast at the Center, will be showing. Don't miss it, and bring your checkbook. You might find something you love and just have to take home.

For more info:

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hi-Desert Star Column #195

Our little Community’s “Movie under the Stars” event last Saturday night, was another huge success and featured the deliciously creepy sci-fi thriller “Tarantula”. We are going to suspend these movie nights until February or so; when the evenings begin to warm up again. Unless, we decide to show the Movies inside the Center for the chilly months. What do you think? Your overwhelming enthusiasm would certainly persuade us.

We are holding our monthly Potluck Party at the Center today; starting around 4pm. The theme is Halloween, so bring something orange, black, spooky or all of the above! I am making a melange of Butternut squash; grown in our very own pesticide-free garden. Hope to see you there; costumes are encouraged!

Next week, November 1st, we are putting on our spectacular, monthly, first-Saturday Pancake Breakfast. This is also the second weekend of the Art Tours, so we heartily encourage you to join us for a scrumptious “best Breakfast you ever had”, after which, your tummy will be happy for hours, as you tour our beautiful Morongo Basin and feast your eyes on all the incredible Art created by an abundance of gifted Artists.

Later that same day, on Saturday November 1st, from 1-5pm, Art Students from Copper Mountain College will be hosting a reception at the Glass Outhouse Gallery, on Highway 62 in beautiful Wonder Valley, to introduce you to the incredible Art Work by Students of CMC; under the expert guidance of our Mentor: Professor Cathy Allen. This too is during the second weekend of the Art Tours, so please come and see us; we can’t wait to show you our stuff! CMC Art Students are so proud to be invited back, to share and show our creations at the Amazing Glass Outhouse Gallery. Thank you Lauren and Frank; we love You!

Actually, our Show will be on display throughout the month of November. Students will be at the Gallery every weekend from 1-5pm, to meet and greet you; answer any questions and tell you about the local Copper Mountain College we are all so proud to attend. Stay well!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hi-Desert Star Column #194

Our little Community held another lively Board meeting last Saturday morning, with lots of positive and innovative reports. Pioneer and Elder of our Neighborhood: Earl Wilbert, asked the Board to consider renovating the current Historical account of our Community - which Earl wrote in the 1980’s - and updating it to present times. Mary Helen Tuttle and Teresa Sitz eagerly agreed to work on this project together; so with those two go-getting Ladies on board, this is going to be a wonderful thing. Thanks, Earl; jolly good idea!

Immediately following the meeting, Jasmine Gutierrez from Pacific Clinics, assisted by her colleague Joe, gave a ‘Suicide Awareness’ presentation. It was a powerful message and important questions were raised; addressing a tragic trend in our Society. Many thanks to Jasmine and Joe for driving all the way out here; we really appreciate you!

Pacific Clinics’ Starlyn Eckerman facilitated our first “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder” support group, last Tuesday. She did a fine job, guiding us through the intricate and varied rhymes and reasons concerning PTSD. It became apparent that some of us were not sure we had the disorder, but when causes and symptoms were discussed, we realised these described our experiences. It’s almost a relief when you discover why you have terrifying nightmares; startle at every sound; suffer from anxiety attacks, or other symptoms of PTSD. There is definitely hope; ways to work through the symptoms and lead a positive, productive life. Our next get-together is on Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 at 6pm; I encourage you to join us.

Tonight, we’re holding our splendiferous “Movie Under the Stars” Night; showing “Tarantula”! This creepy Desert sci-fi thriller was shot locally; starts around sunset, at Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center. We’re serving hot and not dogs, all the fixin’s; also popcorn; bring a chair!

After the movie; we should carpool to The Palms in downtown Wonder Valley; where the Sibleys are playing tonight; yay!

Next Saturday October 25th, our monthly Potluck Party begins at 4pm: Halloween is the theme! Thanks and kudos to Mary Koval and daughter Chris for their enthusiasm. Stay well, Neighbors!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Hi-Desert Star Column #193

Our little Community held another fabulous Breakfast, last Saturday morning; serving Neighbors a most splendid start to their weekend. As always the food was scrumptious and we were offering a choice of orange or V-8 juice; or a Bloody Mary with the meal! Surprisingly, a notable number of Neighbors declined the alcohol; some even wore slightly disapproving expressions. However, most folks responded to our spirited offer with delighted smiles and lots of nodding! Mary Helen Tuttle and Patrick Whalen provided the Vodka and Teresa Sitz brought celery and limes; thanks Loves! So YumE and the Kitchen Crew and Servers certainly appreciate your kindness: Cheers!

It was great to see Ray Foyil at the Breakfast. Ray recently lost his beautiful and courageous Wife, Ila. Ray has been a Volunteer Extraordinaire in our Community and at the Center for decades; in all sorts of capacities. Ila was also a wonderful Volunteer and a familiar face at the Bingo nights and all the Events. For a number of years, Ila and I would switch off being Cashier at the first Saturday monthly Breakfasts, until she just couldn’t anymore. We know you’re in a better place, Ila; but we love you and really miss your pretty face and warm smile: bon voyage. We love you, Ray.

The Copper Mountain Mesa Community Association Board meeting is happening this morning, Saturday; from 10am, at the Center; please feel welcome to join us.

Immediately following the Meeting; Jasmine Gutierrez from Pacific Clinics, will do a presentation on “Suicide Awareness”. This is a timely topic; just consider the late, great Robin Williams. Living in a remote area, as we do out here on our Mesa, is sometimes a lonely life; especially if we’ve lost friends and loved ones. Or, even if you are not thinking about ending your life, but you know someone who’s struggling; take positive action: join us for this important presentation. We are at 65-336 Winters Road in far North Joshua Tree: 4 miles east of Border Avenue and 5 miles west of Lear. For more information, please e-mail me: Stay well!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Hi-Desert Star Column #192

Our little Community held the monthly Potluck Party last Saturday afternoon, at the Community Center. I was not able to attend, as I was part of the Crew on a MultiMedia shoot. However, our very own Bob Deloyd was there and he provided a list of all the Yummies people brought.  Bob created his mystery chile casserole. Mary Koval and Chris Van Nortrich prepared Fancy Jello, rolls, fruit punch, cheesy mac casserole, key lime and pineapple pies, veggies and dip, grape soda and a chocolate birthday cake for Chris's birthday. Dorothy Jacobsen  brought spaghetti and a chicken casserole. Her daughter, Dyan Carroll made her ham and cheese rollups, a tasty truffle and a fresh fruit bowl. Kip Fjeld created his delicious homemade guacamole with chips. Patrick Whalen prepared his fabulous Chile Acquilles and peach torts. Susie Gardner brought Polish sausage and veggie pasta marinade. Yum!

We had an issue in my immediate neighborhood last Sunday. Jim and I saw a white van and a zippy, dark hotrod, stopping at my Neighbor to the East, Judy Bowman’s fenced and gated property. She was not home. Four adults gained entrance and proceeded to walk around her land.

I called retired CDF Captain Mike Dowd, who lives just South of us and was working outside. He walked over to Judy’s fence, with his black dog and made contact with one of the men. We walked down the property line we share with Judy and watched. Pretty soon, Mike went home with his dog so I called him. The guy wanted to move his Scout that’s been stored on Judy’s land for years, to his new place down the road. Mike said he would need Judy’s permission to allow that and nothing would be moved off until then. Furthermore, if the group did not immediately vacate the property, Mike would call the Sheriff. They complied promptly without further incident. Now that’s Neighborhood Watch at its best!

Our monthly Breakfast is happenin’ this morning from 8-11 and someone’s providing Bloody Mary’s!  Also, we desperately need a few more more Servers; any volunteers? Stay well!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

ConEd Energy Assistance Fund

Today’s tough economic times have hit Californians hard. Many of our neighbors need help paying their energy bills—especially seniors and families with children.
The United Way and SCE work together to provide up to $100 per 12-month period to qualified customers struggling to pay their electricity bills.

Find out more.

Contact any of the following San Bernardino charities about the EAF (Energy Assistance Fund) program
  • Catholic Charities16051 Kasota Road Suite 700B Apple Valley 92307(760) 242-2311 Mon. - Fri.: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Desert Manna Ministries201 N.1st Avenue Suite B Barstow 92311(760) 256-7797 Mon. - Fri.: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Catholic Charities904 E. California Street Ontario 91761(909) 391-4882 Mon. - Fri.; 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • The Salvation Army838 North Alta Street Redlands 92374(909) 792-6868 Mon.: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • Operation Provider26516 Pine Avenue Rim Forest 92378(909) 337-8585 Tue., & Thur.; 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Catholic Charities1800 Western Avenue, Suite 107 San Bernardino 92411(909) 880-3625 Mon - Fri.: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Samartian's Helping Hands15527 8th Street Victorville 92395(760) 243-5933 Mon.: 8:00 am - 10:00 am
  • The Salvation Army56659 29 Palms Hwy. Suite F Yucca Valley 92284(760) 228-0114 Tue., Wed., & Thur: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm