Thursday, July 11, 2019

Free movies in Luckie Park.

Steve Reyes, our Wonder Valley MAC Delegate, donated funds to the Friends of Wonder Valley to be used to support free summer movies in Luckie Park in Twentynine Palms.

We were a day or two late with our donation, so the FOWV logo didn't make it on the poster. Go to the City of Twentynine Palms movie page to download the poster and schedule.

SHOWINGS
• June 20 ~ Bumblebee (PG13)
• June 27 ~ Hotel Transylvania (PG)
• July 11 ~ Instant Family (PG13)
• July 18 ~ Small Foot (PG13)
• July 25  ~ How to Train Your Dragon (PG)
• August 1 ~ Zoo (PG)
• August 8 ~ Spiderman in to the Spider Verse (PG13)
• August 15 ~ Dumbo (PG)

Free! Every Thursday night, about 8:45 p.m., on the lawn facing the racquetball courts.

Thanks, Steve!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

One year anniversary.

The Friends of Wonder Valley celebrated their one-year anniversary on July 5, 2019. We celebrated by filling out our application for a RAFFLE license. We're not thinking of it as a fundraising tool, but as a way to get more people engaged in our meetings and events.

We're hoping to get donations of new, or nearly new, items and will raffle these off at community meetings and other events. We're told that it may take two months to get the license, just in time for our Fall Meeting Series.

There will be:
  • an ice cream social with our new MAC Delegate, Steve Reyes, on Saturday, August 10; 
  • a poetry event with Ruth Nolan on Saturday, August 31; 
  • a Community Meetings with the Sheriff's Department and Mark Lundquist from the Supervisor's office on Wednesday, September 4; 
  • a theater presentation with Miri Hunter on Saturday, September 28; 
  • a Community Meeting with our Third District Supervisor Dawn Rowe on Saturday, October 19; 
  • and a presentation with the Desert Oracle's Ken Layne, on Saturday, October 26.
For more information about the above events, please visit: WonderValley.org.

Mental Health First Aid

L>R: Teresa (Piccolotti) Sitz, Ken Sitz, Jill Reinig

FOWV board members Ken Sitz, Jill Reinig, and Teresa Sitz were certified on July 2nd in Mental Health First Aid, after eight hours of training through the Riverside University Health System.

“There are people in our community who deal with various mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD. We wanted to educate ourselves, and learn better ways to communicate with them and offer resources,” said Teresa Sitz. “We now know how to destigmatize mental illness so that people can feel safe to reach out for support."

"Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour Evidence Based training that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses and Substance Abuse, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common supports. Course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis."

To register or for more information please contact: Adult Mental Health First Aid Prevention and Early intervention at: PEI@ruhealth.org

FOWV provides toothbrushes to the community to promote dental clinic.


FOWV was happy to purchase 100 toothbrushes to promote the Morongo Basin Healthcare District's Dental Clinic at the Wonder Valley Community Center, on June 26. Six residents were seen at the clinic.

MORONGO BASIN HEALTHCARE DISTRICT’S
MOBILE MEDICAL UNIT DEBUTS MOBILE DENTAL SERVICES in WONDER VALLEY

The Morongo Basin Healthcare District’s Mobile Medical Unit will be providing basic dental services, Wednesday, June 26, at the Wonder Valley Community Center, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (NOTE: No medical services will be offered this day).

A dentist will be on board, providing dental exams with x-rays, simple restorations and simple extractions. Endodontist services, crowns and dentures will not be provided on board. Medi-Cal and IEHP are accepted. A discounted fee-for-service is available for those without insurance. Care is provided regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. Appointments are highly recommended.  To schedule an appointment, call 760-820-4131. Walk-ins will be accepted as time permits.

The Mobile Medical Unit is an extension of the Morongo Basin Healthcare District’s Community Health Center, which operates full dental services in both Yucca Valley and 29 Palms.

Morongo Basin Healthcare District seeks to improve the health and wellness of residents who live within its designated boundaries. Services of the healthcare district include the Morongo Basin Community Health Center with offices in Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley; and LIFT Transportation Services, providing free, non-emergency transportation to medical appointments. Business offices of the Morongo Basin Healthcare District are located at 6530 La Contenta Road, Suite 100 Yucca Valley | 760.820.9229 | www.MBHDistrict.org

Monday, April 15, 2019

New old freezer.

Kip Fjeld delivered a new-to-us chest freezer yesterday to the Wonder Valley Community Center. The Friends of Wonder Valley spent $100 for the additional freezer for the rare occasions when our USDA food delivery exceeds our storage space.

We're hoping that in the future we'll be able to receive food from other sources to distribute. The freezer will help us store it safely.

Thanks to everyone who donated to the Friends of Wonder Valley, and made this purchase possible.

Book donation

Artist and Guggenheim fellow Susan Lipper was visiting in Wonder Valley last week, and donated a copy of her new book Domesticated Land.

Many of the photographs in the book were taken in Wonder Valley.

The book will be available at the Wonder Valley Community Center, for people to look through while on the premises.

Thank you, Susan, for your donation.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Mobile Medical Unit, and More.

This morning we received a recurring monthly donation from a supporter. Personally, I love the recurring monthly donations, as small as $5 a month, because when I see them come across in my mailbox, I know that -- in the midst of all the hard work -- we are not alone, that the work we do is supported by our community.

Today the WVCC is hosting the Salvation Army Food Distribution, which feeds about 50 families. In addition, for the FIRST time, the Morongo Basin Healthcare District is bringing out their Mobile Medical Unit to see patients on the ground AT the WVCC.

Morongo Basin Healthcare District Mobile Medical Unit
While these are WVCC events, they are supported by the FOWV. Last week we hosted a CPR/AED class and 9 WV residents were trained, 3 on scholarships from FOWV.

Morongo Basin Ambulance teaching a certification course
of CPR, AED, and First Aid.

 We're buying a second freezer to help with overflow food from the USDA Food Distribution, and just bought a 2-sided vinyl sign to advertise the upcoming Community Cleanup.

These may all seem like small things, but these are small things the community could not previously afford -- and now they can!

Sign up for a small (or large) monthly donation at the link to your right.