Saturday, November 10, 2018

Turkeys for Wonder Valley

Friends of Wonder Valley, a new tax-exempt 501(c)(3) with a mission of enhancing the lives of those living in Wonder Valley, is SUPER EXCITED to announce that we’re partnering with SBC Community Action Partnership to give away up to 60 Thanksgiving turkeys to Wonder Valley residents on Tuesday, November 20, 2018. Sign up starts at 9 a.m., at the Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526½ Amboy Road, Wonder Valley CA 92277.

The turkeys will be distributed at the WVCC sometime between 11 a.m. and noon. There will be UP TO 60 turkeys. Turkeys average 12-14 pounds. You are not guaranteed a turkey. This event is first come, first served.

You must be a Wonder Valley resident to receive a turkey. No more than one turkey per parcel. You must be present to pick up your turkey. The Wonder Valley Community Center will be open at 9 a.m.

If you have any questions, please call Teresa Sitz at 760-367-9880.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Finding Fulgurites, with Darlene Parris

After going on the last fulgurite hunt, last April, I saw them everywhere and started a good-sized collection.

So we're doing it again!

Darlene Parris, one of the sisters who writes the Wonder Valley column in the Desert Trail, will show us fulgurites that she has collected and tell us all about them.

Meet at the Gazebo in the Wonder Valley Park, at the corner of Amboy and Blower Roads, next to the Old Fire Station, at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, November 7, 2018. There is a $2 suggested donation.

A fulgurite is formed when lightning hits wet sand. The sand melts and turns into a melded conglomeration of tiny rocks and sand. The average temperature at creation is 10,000 degrees.

Then Darlene will take us walking in the nearby desert behind the park and show us how to FIND fulgurites. We won't be walking far -- maybe 20 feet, or so. Everyone will go home with at least one fulgurite.

You can't miss the 80' tall cell tower palm tree.
This was a great event. We had about 35 people, coming from as far away as San Bernardino and NorCal. Everyone found at least one fulgurite and there were many happy people. It was a beautiful day for an easy little walk in the desert.

Friday, October 19, 2018

What's up in October?

We're finally registered with the State of California a charity! See for yourself at:

We also now have a bank account and a PayPal account so can start taking donations.

What does friends of Wonder Valley do? We're proud to pay for the facilities fees and insurance for the event above and others like it. Our dear neighbor, and bird rehabilitater, Susan Doggett will bring her owls for everyone to see.

There are so many amazing people living here, and when we have the donations to cover the fees, we plan to showcase our many authors, artists, musicians, and other locals.

Please donate so we can continue to bring great programming, and social services, to the Wonder Valley Community Center.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Our domain is live.

Ken Sitz, our Chairperson, and IT guru, assigned the domain name "" to this site yesterday and it is now live!

We also opened accounts yesterday at U.S. Bank and are waiting for our online access. At that point we'll be able to complete our PayPal account, Amazon Smile, and others that will make it easier to donate to the charity.

It's been a long journey putting this together, but we're nearing the finish line and look forward to accomplishing some of our goals.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

SBC Adult and Aging Services

Bob Dougherty, from San Bernardino County Adult and Aging Services, will be coming to the Wonder Valley Community Center at 11 a.m., Wednesday, October 17, to offer free bus passes to seniors, to process HEAP applications, and to counsel seniors on programs and services available to them. Bob will be out here four times a year. He will continue to be available at the Twentynine Palms Senior Center, and we will continue to publicize his visits.

The Friends of Wonder Valley will -- with your donations -- pay for the facility fees and insurance for Bob's visits.

Please donate to the Friends of Wonder Valley, a 501(c)(3) so that we can continue to support this program, and others that enhance the lives of people living in Wonder Valley.

Make checks payable to:

Friends of Wonder Valley
PO Box 1704
Twentynine Palms CA 92277

Your donations are tax deductible.

Thank you!

The piano is tuned!

A Wonder Valley resident donated the money to have the piano tuned, and we did just that. Our Kurtzmann piano was built sometime between 1918 and 1922. Two hammer had fallen off. The tuner retrieved them, refelted them, and then tuned the piano.

Alicia Beatty, the new French intern at The Palms, came in the other day and played it for us. It was wonderful hearing the Wonder Valley Community Center filled with beautiful music.

Many thanks to the resident who made this possible, through the Friends of Wonder Valley.

Monday, September 10, 2018

IRS Determination Letter

We received our IRS Determination Letter today and they have determined that we are public charity and that we are exempt from federal income tax under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501(c)(3)!

Now we have to file for our California State exemption status.