Wednesday, September 30, 2015

First Saturday Pancake Breakfast of LOVE!!!!!

Waiter Patrick Whalen plants one of top of Ken Sitz.
Saturday, October 3 from 8:00am - 11:00am
Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center
65336 Winters Road, Joshua Tree, CA 92252

INVITE SOMEONE who's never been. <3

Start the month off right with a hearty breakfast and a lot of local color. This all-volunteer monthly event is lovingly created by long-time (and short-time) locals cooking and serving a good homemade breakfast for just $5.00!

We have outdoor seating, so bring your vices and your dogs as long as you agree to bring your dirty dishes back to the kitchen. ?

The Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center was started in 1981 and is one of the only privately funded Community Centers in the area. Your breakfast helps the Center doors stay open and the services to the community flowing.

Bring a friend, bring several. CMMC First Saturday Pancake Breakfast is the hippest and happeningest place in North Joshua Tree. We're OUT there!


Look! There's Michelle, and Karen, and Gloria, Aaron and Kelly, Ruth and Michael and Ken!

The THRIFT STORE will be open. Bring a bag for a cheap treasure hunt.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Hi-Desert Star Column #243, October 3, 2015

Our little Community Breakfast is happening this Saturday, October 3, 2015, from 8-11am. It is always a memorable and joyous occasion to sit down next to your favorite Copper Mountain Mesa Neighbor and enjoy a jolly good chinwag over a most delicious Brekkie, prepared by your favorite Volunteer. See you there!


Abigail, our golden desert dog, is a very sweet girl and always kind to humans and dogs. Her canine buddy Blaze - so nicknamed because he is mainly black, with a huge, white blaze on his chest - often comes over to see us and visit with Abigail. Recently, however, he brought one of the locals over to visit: a large, female labrador/pitbull mix named Bella, who lives just down the road. Her owner lets his dogs out of their fenced yard every morning, to go for a nice gallop around the Neighborhood. There’s never been any problem with the dogs, who frequently come over and do their business on our property. This one morning, however, Bella came onto Abigail’s porch, perilously close to Abigail’s Dad and she wasn’t having it.

I came out of a lovely, early morning snooze, to the horrific sounds of a serious dog brawl just feet away from my open window. Jim was already outside and immediately jumped up to separate the two dogs, but their jaws were in lock down mode and no-one was letting go. I leapt out of bed, raced outside and grabbed the hose; turning it on full blast. The old hose in the nose did the trick and I was able to drag a fiercely resistant Abigail into the house; while Jim chased Bella off the property. Fortunately, neither dog was seriously injured, but Jim and I both had cuts and scrapes on our feet and legs. Ugh! I am mortally terrified of dogfights. It’s going to take me a minute to stop having flashbacks.



 How did you like that huge, full Moon, at its closest proximity to Earth in decades and going through a teensy, weensy total eclipse to boot?! Well, I suppose if we’re reading this column, the world didn’t end again and life hurtles on: stay well!

Photo courtesy of Robert Deloyd

Monday, September 21, 2015

Hi-Desert Star Column #242, September 26, 2015

Our little Community was kissed by light rains several times recently. No downpours or raging washes; just sweet, light rains, enough to lay down the dust. Of course all this lovely rain is bringing a decided downside in the form of small, fast, grey mice! They are such a nuisance and we’ve already had 2 Gopher snakes and a red racer (or coachwhip to some) in the house trying to rustle up some delicious mouse mousse! I don’t like snakes in my house; even non-venomous constrictors. Thank goodness the temperatures are cooling off and soon all this rodent/reptile energy will be snoozing for the winter.

Gopher snake, Copper Mountain Mesa, Ken Sitz
Can you believe we are already into the Fall and the Holidays loom before us! Just kidding; the holiday season is a particularly delightful time up here on Copper Mountain Mesa; with mild weather and sunny skies: usually! With this El Nino we are slipping into, however: all bets are off! We may have snowdrifts on Thanksgiving and 100-degree temps on Christmas Day; it has happened before!

Our monthly Community Potluck Buffet is happening at the Center, Saturday, September 26, 2015, from 4 pm. You are encouraged to join us and bring your favorite delicious dish to share!


Next week, October 3rd, we are celebrating our first monthly Saturday Breakfast of the fall Season. This event has been drawing record crowds of hungry Neighbors and no wonder: charming Volunteers prepare and serve a superb quality and quantity Breakfast, made with love especially for you! Hope you’ll join us at the Community Center 65-336 Winters Road, from 8-11 am.


It’s time for our dog Abigail’s annual rabies shot and vaccinations. We are so grateful to the Animal Action League (on Highway 62 in Joshua Tree) for providing low-cost spay/neutering services, as well as all annual shots required by the County for Licensing compliance. They will be open on September 29 and 30 from 10 am-2 pm. Last year, we were especially grateful for their services, because we suffered a serious parvo outbreak on the Mesa. In fact, a close neighbor of ours, Susie Gardner, lost her two dogs; while our pup Abigail, who had just received all her shots, breezed through the deadly threat with no worries. Phew: stay well!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Hi-Desert Star Column #240

Our little Community has been buzzing with celebratory events lately. On the last Saturday of every month, we gather for our Potluck Buffet. Mary Koval and her daughter Chris put on their Hostess hats for the occasion and folks show up from far and wide, bringing their favorite delicious food dishes to share. We had Tuscan Chili with croissants; Spaghetti-o Surprise; Mushroom Raviolis; Enchiladas; Antipasto salad; pickled Squash and Rice casserole, with fancy cake; key-lime pie; trifle; fresh fruit platter and banana pudding for dessert. Everyone broke bread together and chit-chatted until around 6pm: a splendid time was had by all. Our next Community Potluck Buffet is on Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 4pm.

Our First Saturday monthly Breakfast was another record-breaker and we served 81 Neighbors a super Yummelicious Brekkie. It is lovely to see so many friendly faces in our Community Center and we had an extra crew of wonderful Volunteers to help us out. Special thanks to Doug and Marlene Marron; Stewart West and Matt Perez for all your hard work: we appreciate You! We even had the pleasure of serving Bruce - from Bruce’s Coyote Cafe on Copper Mountain College campus - who stopped by to see us. Thanks Bruce: it was a pleasure to serve you and I’ll see you at school next week! I also wanted to thank all you lovely Neighbors who purchased a copy of my book “Kenya Cowgirl” from the Treasure Room. I must have autographed at least 6 copies, making me feel quite world-famous in Joshua Tree!

Jim and I will be sad to see Matt Perez take off for Texas. He arrived the day before the big floods in July and spent six weeks with us. It has been an amazing experience watching him grow in confidence and neighborly love and now he’s off to make his fortune in Texas. We love you, Matt and I know I speak for all of us who were fortunate enough to spend time with you. You are truly a wonderful fellow and we wish you all the very best for your future. Please come back and visit all your Copper Mountain Mesa Neighbors soon. Stay well!