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By Annelies Kuiper
Our little Community is gathering as we speak, for the monthly Copper Mountain Mesa Community Association’s Board meeting, starting at 10 o’clock this morning, at the Community Center. Garden Enthusiasts will gather about 30 minutes earlier for a quick update, regarding plans, plants and plantings. Please join us for a chance to participate in - and contribute to - local goings-on.
Also, our Neighborhood Watch Meeting will be held this Monday, March 10th and starts at 6pm. This group has been instrumental in improving our Community in so many ways over the last few years. Founder and President, Linda Sibio, is unable to continue her excellent and much-appreciated service, due to a severe shortage of hours in her day. We will be discussing her successor and other important Neighborhood concerns at the meeting.
Our very own Becky Jennings, Yoga Teacher and most-excellent Neighbor, is starting up Yoga classes at the Joshua Tree Community Center. An “interested-list” is being gathered and Becky hopes to get enough people together very soon. Please call Tammy or Kim at (760)366-8415 if you are interested. By the way, I was very fortunate to be invited to Becky’s Yoga Retreat at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center 18 months ago and I recommend her with flying colors and bells on too. She is really unique; so kind and humble. I’m sure her beautiful daughter Jhulana will be in close attendance as well. Can’t wait; hope to see you there!
Last Saturday night, Jim got a ride out to The Palms on Amboy Road, deep in the heart of Wonder Valley, with our dear friends Roberta and Billy. The Sibleys played four new songs - each one utterly amazing - and I wasn’t there! Apparently, it was a wonderful performance and I’m so sorry I missed it. I was in Ocean Beach, celebrating my son Erick’s 26th birthday; on an unbelievably stormy weekend. I had such a good time; thank you to all the Family members who participated in our golden one’s cumpleanos! Happy Birthday Erick: I am so happy to be your Mum. Stay well all!
ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK
The Year 2013
By Annelies Kuiper
Our little Community gathered last week, for the monthly first-Saturday
Breakfast, at the Center. Steve Tuttle and Ray Foyil did a tremendous job
cooking all the breakfasts. The Jonas Grand-Daughter, Shy-Onna was a great
help and very efficient at the Biscuits and Gravy station. Patrick Whalen manned
the Cashier spot, while Kathy Quinn and I took the breakfast orders and waited
tables. We have so much fun serving all our favorite Neighbors from far and
wide, a delicious Breakfast! Familiar, beloved Faces show up, hugs are
exchanged, News is caught up on: see You next month?
On Saturday evening Jim, Kip Fjeld and I went to see the Dining Room
at the Blak Box Theater in Joshua Tree. First, we had a lovely Indian dinner at
the Restaurant between Sams and the Smoke Shop in JT: Mmmm-good Food!
We all thoroughly enjoyed the show. I thought it was artful, clever, witty,
insightful: really, really well done. A resounding Jolly Good Show to the entire
cast and Director Wendy Cohen!
I saw local Artist Janis Commentz at the Theater, as well as rising young
Stage-presence Damien: both members of the cast of Julius Caesar! We were
very excited to see each other. Thats one of the joys of being in a theatrical
production: all the People involved are working towards the same goal and it
brings such a feeling of Team Spirit and Family. This certainly takes me miles
out of my comfort zone: I have been a dedicated Mesa Recluse for soooo long!
Opening Night is this Thursday, March 14th and we play through Sunday, March
16th. Tickets are on Sale at: (760)366-3777 or visit:
Even my Son Erick, who grew up on Copper Mountain Mesa, is driving
up from San Diego with his Lady, Courtney to see Mum in this production! I am
really honored and touched.
We have rehearsals tonight, but I hope to join Jim, Kip and other
Neighbors at The Palms on Wonder Valleys: Amboy Road afterwards. From
7pm, Wonderful Bands are playing including our Favorites: The Sibleys! Call
(760)361-2810 for more info: Stay well!
FIVE YEARS AGO THIS WEEK
The Year 2009
By Bob DeLoyd
Our little community: I cooked up some stuffing with chicken and headed on over to our community’s potluck last Saturday. There weren’t many folks when I arrived and we were all wondering if it was going to be a small group of us, but more folks started turning up. There were almost twenty five who finally showed. The new folks Denise and Michael Myers brought some mighty delicious baked beans. Sue Bonani and her brother Tim Atzei cooked up an eggplant “Sue”preme. Diana and Bruce Rosique made rice pilaf. William Treas and his wife Elizabeth mixed up a fabulous crab salad. Danna and Karen Van Noort concocted their famed “stuffed” pears. Donna and Cal Myers brought a corn thingy (that’s what she called it!). Marcie Hines, who couldn’t make it, left us some whipped marshmallow fruit salad and a meat and cheese plate. Chris Jonas made his fantastic macaroni salad. And Bob Seeley had his fruit platter for us all to enjoy. Marie Morrison showed up and all were glad to see her after the passing of her husband Bill, and everyone gave her a hug. Mary Hodges came too, after being absent for a few years. I got to say that we all had a mighty fine time. It’s nice to live in our little community!
Don’t forget to come on over to our Community Center for the “Fabulously Fine” Breakfast this Saturday at 8:30am and goes to around 11am.
Thought for the week: Another thing that puzzles me is that as our incomes and bank accounts dwindle, and folks go unemployed; that the cost for food, health insurance, and taxes, go up!
TEN YEARS AGO THIS WEEK
The Year 2004
By Bob DeLoyd
Our little Community will have a wingding of a March Spring Bargain Breakfast next Saturday. Get acquainted with the folk out here and meet our new “World Renowned” CHEF DAN as he prepares your meal. Join us from 8 till 11A.M. for: Pancakes, Omelets, Bacon or Sausage, Dan’s Potatoes Deluxe, Juice and Coffee. Special get Acquainted Price ADULTS ---$2.99 CHILDREN ---$1.49 (under 12).
Our little Community is proud of Dennis McDermott who took 1st Place at the Pinewood Derby Feb.07 with the Weblos.
The Cub Scout and Weblos Scouts have an annual "Pinewood Derby". Scouts take blocks of wood, whittle them down to shape cars, nail in the wheels, paint, decorate, polish, and FINALLY race them on an inclined straight track. It can take up to (and over) 20 hours of work to complete. As with everything, you get out what you put in. Scouts learn 1st and foremost, SPORTSMANSHIP, grace in winning and losing, and how NOT to chop off their chubby little fingers!
Pack # 71, Dennis' Pack, also had their annual "Blue and Gold Banquet" (Scout birthday celebration). Mexican Fiesta was the theme. They had a harsh, cold wind but circled the wagons (trucks) and all had a great fun time.
When asked what his secrets to success were, Dennis said, “This is how I built my 1st class prize winning Pinewood Derby race car. It took about 12 hours to build it. First I figured out what body shape I wanted it. I decided to make it a wedge. Second, I filed my nails for axels so my wheels would go faster. Third, I trimmed my wheels so they would go fast. Forth I painted the car body white and wrote, "I'll leap ahead of you." Fifth I glued my toy frog to my racecar. Then I beat my class (Weblos), and then beat my whole pack. I learned that if you put work into something, good stuff happens”. Dennis is the son of Mac and Sayoko McDermott. Good going Dennis!
At the Potluck last Saturday, the Blind Auction took in over $200 for the community center! There was lots of grub and everyone had a great time jawing with their neighbors and biding.
LAST WEEK'S STORY
By Annelies Kuiper
Our little Community was so sorry and sad to hear about the death of our beloved Neighbor and longtime resident: Violet Jonas. Surrounded by her Family and Loved ones, she slipped the bonds of Earth early Sunday morning, February 23rd, 2014. Her husband, Chris, is a much loved and familiar face at the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center, where he has volunteered at the USDA Food giveaway, Bingo and Potluck parties for years; as well as whipping the Thrift Store back into shape. Chris and Violet were together fifty-four years and lived most of those decades up here on the Mesa. They have a whole herd of descendants together and Violet loved her Grandbabies. The whole Family would show up to any Events we organised at the Center; including Barbecues, Potluck parties and the monthly Breakfasts.
Last month’s Potluck was cancelled but the last Saturday in March, we will be holding a Memorial Potluck Party in Violet’s honor.
Speaking of which, we are holding our monthly first Saturday Breakfast this morning from 8-11, but it won’t be the same without you Violet. However, we shall all do our very best to serve great food with big smiles on our faces. Bon voyage, Love!
Relentlessly, Life presses onwards and we are bound to follow our course. Our monthly Tuesday Night Bingo is on this Tuesday, March 4th, from 6p.m. Please join us: it’s always fun and the pot’s not bad either. That’s moneypot, you naughty hippies out there! Next Saturday, March 8th, we will be holding our monthly Community Association meeting, from 10a.m.
Hold on to your hats out there: it’s been rather blustery! Hopefully, our beautiful Desert will receive a good, steady rain over the weekend and we will all enjoy the extra special display of wildflowers in a few weeks.
If the roads haven’t washed away by the time you read this, you might want to head over to The Palms on Amboy Road in Downtown Wonder Valley. I know The Sibleys are playing and Laura’s been creating some truly spectacular dinners. Stay well!
A Video Blog or Some Such
by Bob DeLoyd
December 2013 to January 2014 Run!
A short video of me running out of 2013 and into 2014. Been doing this for many years and this is my second time videoing it :)