Sunday, December 1, 2019

William Hillyards Book Event.

Catherine Connor interviews 
Bill Hillyard on his new book.
The Friends of Wonder Valley sponsored a book event with local author William Hillyard on Saturday, November 30. Close to 60 people crowded the Wonder Valley Community Center to hear Bill read from his book Welcome to Wonder Valley. Catherine Connor, another local author, interviewed Bill.

Catherine Connor, co-author of The Feminine Revolution: 21 Ways to Ignite the Power of Your Femininity for a Brighter Life and a Better World, spoke on her book last November, at an event also sponsored by the FOWV.

Local artist Ven Voicy designed the book cover and a coupon good for one (1) natty ice at The Palms. Hillyard's book was crowd funded. Everyone who gave a any level was promised a Natural Ice at our local watering hole.

The television set was left for a neighbor who said he needed one, though
he didn't have electricity to run it.
One of the goals of the Friends of Wonder Valley is to support authors and artists in Wonder Valley.

Second Annual Wonder Valley Turkey Giveaway!

Ken Sitz hands a turkey to local 
Wally Currie, a volunteer with
Food for Life in 29 Palms.
The Friends of Wonder Valley teamed up this year with Lori Cosgriff and the Interact Club at Twentynine Palms High School to purchase holiday turkeys for Wonder Valley residents. The mood was festive at the Wonder Valley Community Center on the afternoon of November 23 as the Second Annual Turkey Giveaway began.

Local musicians Miri Hunter and Thom Merrick, of Hunter and the Wick'd, played for the crowd. Miri is a volunteer with at the food distributions. Other volunteers included Ken and Teresa Sitz, Stewart West, Michael Brown, Steve Reyes, Gary Tufel, Karen Molina, and our local anthropologist Florrie Holloway.

We were pleased to again donate eight turkeys to Food for Life for their community Thanksgiving dinner.

Plans are in the works to start a small emergency food program to help span the time between food distributions. Participants in the turkey giveaway were asked to fill out a form which will provide us with information we need to put the emergency food program together.

WVCC volunteer Miri Hunter, of Hunter and the Wick'd,
plays for the crowd at the FOWV Turkey Giveaway.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Anonymous Giving

If you would like to donate ANONYMOUSLY to the Friends of Wonder Valley you can do so at PayPal's Giving Fund at the link below:

It is our promise that we will not divulge who gives to the FOWV, AND more importantly who DOES NOT give. This is a small town and we want everyone to give what they want, or even not give.

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.

• 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:

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:

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.


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 |