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Welcome September 2014!

1) First Saturday Breakfast from 8-11am Saturday the 6th
2) BINGO only on the first Tuesday of the month as far as I can tell.
3) CMMA Board meeting second Saturday of the month at 10am
4) USDA Food Distribution is on third Monday of the month unless notified here.
5) PotLuck is on Saturday the 27th at 4PM

Check our Calendar below for Birthdays, Special Events, and Astronomical happenings :)

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Coming to a Community Center Near you!

Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center invites you to attend an outdoor screening (weather permitting) of: INFERNO (1953)
In this desert film noir thriller a tough, hard-driving business tycoon suffers a broken leg and is left to die in the desert by his scheming wife and her greedy lover. Directed by Roy Ward Baker and starring Robert Ryan, Rhonda Fleming, William Lundigan, and Henry Hull as Sam Elby.
Saturday, September 20, 2014, 7:00 P.M. 65336 Winters Rd, Joshua Tree, CA 92277
Adults: $3.00 Children: 75¢
Seniors and Veterans: Free
Bring a chair and your cooler for outdoor viewing if weather permits, otherwise we’ll set up in the Center.
Snacks available for donation. All proceeds benefit the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Association

By Annelies Kuiper

Our little Community enjoyed another well-attended first Saturday Breakfast at the Center last week. We served 65+ folks, including several children. It was lovely to see all the familiar faces and welcome a few new ones; among which: Jasmine and Linda, who we were privileged to welcome to our Community Gathering. These amazing Women and their colleagues at Pacific Clinics in Yucca Valley, reach out to so many people in the Morongo Basin. With the help of Pacific Clinics and under their expert guidelines, we are organizing a bi-monthly support group, at our Community Center, to help people who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; both military and civilian. We are still in the planning stages and the Board has not quite given final approval, but everyone seems to think it’s a marvellous idea. Thank you for joining us Jasmine and Linda, yay for all your good work!
The Copper Mountain Mesa Community Association’s Board Meeting is going on this morning from 10am. We will be discussing the PTSD group, amongst many other exciting topics and Teresa Sitz has promised to be there “with bells on”. Teresa and her husband Ken are so excited about being part of this Neighborhood and they are very knowledgeable, organized and action-oriented. Teresa is now on the admin panel with me, contributing her talents and skills to our Facebook page : “Copper Mountain Mesa Community”. Check out the photos, blog and stuff: then ‘Like’ us to receive all the updates and News from our neck-o’-the-Desert!

Teresa and Ken, along with everyone’s favorite Neighbor, Kip Fjeld; will be putting on another “Movie under the Stars” night at the Community Center, next Saturday, September 20th, around sunset-ish. This month, we get to watch “Inferno”! Neighbors are all excited about it, because last month’s Movie night was such a brilliant success, receiving rave reviews from around the Morongo Basin!

Tonight, Copper Mountain College is holding the annual “Taste of Morongo” event, put on by the Rotary Club, from 6-8pm. Tickets are $20 per person and delicious food is provided by some of the Morongo Basin’s finest Restaurants. Stay well!

The Year 2013

By Annelies Kuiper

Our little Community was the target of some serious thunderstorms last week, with cloudbursts of hail and heavy rain. Storms from the South and West converged over the Mesa, heading East. Chris and Violet Jonas said the storms stalled over their house on the east end of the Mesa! All I know is, just as we thought the worst of it was over, the storms headed back over to our house and dropped another load of thundering rain on us! We haven’t had sustained, hard rains like that in decades: not since Hurricane Linda in ‘98!
Our dirt roads and washes became raging rivers: Winters road had waves breaking up against its south banks. Coming home from my Spanish class, on the Marine Base, at 9p.m., I took Lear Avenue to Winters and darned near got stuck several times. Especially in that huge wash about a half-mile West of Bob Deloyd’s hill. Phew; pedal to the metal, steering like a maniac to keep from bogging down, it took some hard, Kenya-type driving to get through those mounds of sand: which were rapidly drying in some spots and still muddy in others. I was sweating bullets too, because my phone died and it’s pretty dark out there all by your lonesome; trying not to get stuck and dreading having to walk home.
Although some of the sand deposited on the roads by the raging rivers has been cleared, sections of Winters road, east of Copper Moon, remain hazardous; even impassable for many vehicles at this time. I’m taking the long way to Spanish class until the roads have been levelled out a bit!

Despite the rains, a good crowd showed up for the first, post-Summerbreak Saturday Breakfast last week and it was lovely to see all the familiar faces again. Unfortunately, however, Tuesday Night Bingo has been cancelled indefinitely: simply not enough Volunteers to run the show. Ruthie Malton sounded utterly woebegone when I gave her the sad news. Reminder: big Burrtec-sponsored Neighborhood Clean-up is next Saturday from 8am-3pm. Please, no tires, animal excrement or hazardous waste. Stay well!

Videos of large storm cells hitting Copper Mountain Mesa on 09/06/2013
By Bob DeLoyd

Storm Cell Coming my way down Winters Road

First storm cell hits (sorry about the cuss word)I slipped and got knocked down a couple of times

the calm before the nex storm came through. Winters Road is a river!

The next storm cell hits minutes later!

The Year 2009

By Bob DeLoyd

Our little community looks to be cooling down a little bit now from the heat of summer. Last Sunday the air was crisp, clean, and clear without the smoke from the Los Angeles County fires. Nice weather for walks, hikes, and bicycle rides. I spent some of that day outside exercising and watering my plants. A neighbor, Ron Monastero, came to my home for an evening walk. We ended up over in front of Ron's house when another neighbor, Adrian on his own evening walk, joined us. The Sun had set as dark silhouettes of birds outlined against the graying sky overhead winged their way home to roost. We talked as darkness closed in and stars emerged where they were previously hidden from the Sun's glare. It ended up being a beautiful perfect Labor Day weekend!

Birthdays for September: Randell Herrera, Mike Villarreal, Donna Myers, Kimberly Herrera, Marcie Hines, and Ed Drzal.

Thought for the week: You can spend more time in preparation for a small job than it actually takes to do it.

The Year 2004

By Bob DeLoyd


Our little Community had a great First Saturday Breakfast last week with around 40 people showing up. Everyone said that the cooks did a very fine job of flipping the pancakes and the rest of the volunteers worked very hard to make the breakfast a memorable event.

I am sorry to say that Zoila Preciado was taken to the hospital again this week. She was doing well for a while after her recent visit to the hospital two weeks ago, then recently had a relapse. We all up here wish her the very best and hope she recovers soon.

Roger Toomes told me in August that the first two weeks in September would be very hot! Well he was right and he is now the official Weatherman for Copper Mountain Mesa with all the rights, privileges, and responsibilities that comes with the position. I asked him what the weather would be like this autumn and he said he'd have to check with his big toe first.

Thought for the week: Perception is in the mind, beauty is in the heart.

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Community Center located 4 miles east of Border Ave, 5 miles west of Lear Ave at:
65-336 Winters Road (760)362-5212

By Annelies Kuiper

Our little Community Center was jam-packed during last Saturday’s Potluck Party, which was held in Memory of Chris Jonas. Chris, who passed away in late July, was a longtime Mesa resident and extraordinary Volunteer! So many Neighbors, Friends and Family showed up for the occasion that every seat in the Center was occupied. At least one third of the attendees were part of Chris’ enormous family.
Two long tables were required to accommodate all the food people brought. A huge, expertly roasted beef brisket; enchiladas; casseroles; countless Salads; vegetable dishes: too much food to name! Then the desserts: oh-my-gosh! Pies; cakes; trifles; puddings; jello; fruit salad - you name it, somebody brought it! I ate some of everything; tossing my gluten intolerance worries aside for this monumental occasion. Phew: we have some great chefs on this Mesa, that’s for sure.
Mary Helen Tuttle welcomed us all to the Party and asked everyone to introduce themselves and say a little something about Chris; perhaps share a story. It took a long time, as 80+ Loved Ones and Neighbors introduced themselves and shared their memories of Chris. Many of us were tearful, as the love and emotion in the room was overwhelming at times. Some of us shared humorous memories about Chris; laughing through our tears. One thing everyone agreed on: Chris Jonas was a wonderful human and we all loved him very much indeed. It’s so hard to believe that this vibrant, generous mischievous, hard-working, loving man is no longer here with us. Many of us remarked that Chris left some huge shoes to fill and we will all miss him terribly. Bon voyage, to our dear Friend.

Relentlessly, Life moves on. This morning, from 8-11am, we are holding our monthly, First Saturday Breakfast, in the Community Center. For just 5 bucks you get: eggs, bacon or sausage, home-fried potatoes, pancakes, biscuits and gravy or toast and all the coffee you can gulp! August’s Breakfast was a record-breaker; help us set a new record this month!
Note: Wonder Valley’s ‘Glass Outhouse Gallery’ reopens today; exhibiting local artists’ work. 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 :)

Anniversaries Birthdays and Events
1 2
Randell Herrera

Mike Villarreal

James Kern Watson

CMMA Breakfast

8 9
10 11
Donna Myers

Kimberly Herrera

CMMA meeting at 10 AM

17 18

19 20
Roz Drzal

Marcie Hines
Ed Drzal


Starts 4:00
Ruth Denison



Roger Smith's Magic Garden
November 2012

By Roger Smith

So a little update on the no digging technique I began using a couple of years ago is due as I have seen enough to now describe my observations.
The technique is helpful as it keeps the soil sheltered from wind erosion. And adds organic matter with all it's benefits. Attracts a mix of beneficial insects and their opposites [though I have not experienced any pest epidemics by growing lush greenery in the summer].
Also it is not a problem to scratch in a row for seed planting; I simply move the debris away for planting the row then rake it back into place. I did notice that the termites ate a significant portion of the material though the remainder still resisted erosion and kept the soil damp. So.... I did find myself digging in bags of compost this year nonetheless. There are not the worms out here to get a year round digestion of vegetative matter process going. When the heat comes, the worms go. And when the black-eyed pea and buckwheat cover crop gets tall enough, about a foot minimum, I will cut it down with hedge shears and let the plants regrow through the trimmings. Probably a good time to place your compost, manure, and or plant food on the surface, cut down the cover crop and then simply let it lay including a GOOD flooding to get the trimmed plants growing again and wash some nutrients down into the soil profile. I have tried this once this year and am pleased enough to make this a standard practice during the summer months.
By mid August or thereabouts, shut off the water. You can leave the dried out cover crop standing, I would think, though the peas are very hardy and slow to die. One might want to pull them out along the planned planting row and leave those not in the way. Leaving the dead crop standing does reduce the wind's erosive impact on your soil and provides a bit of shelter for young seedlings. And of course, their eventual decay provides nutrients for your growing endeavors. In time though, you'll need to clear a seed row to get the fall crops planted. This shouldn't disturb much; a row taking up several inches in width at the most.
This is also a good method to get green matter into your garden. I gave up collecting lawn clippings when down below when I realised there is an ag chemical problem with material from yard cuttings and trimmings. The cover crop supplies this and decomposes well during the cooler times out here. Anyway, that's about it for this missive and the no digging method. It probably should be named the dig less method. Ya think?

Pleasant gardening, Roger

See Ya Real Soon!

The time has come to take a bold jump into the unknown and fight the beast with yer bare hands.
To go the way of yer ancestors and build a fire for warmth, to slay a critter for food.
To understand the meaning of hunger in a time of plenty.
To spit in the eyes of yer antagonist!
To howl at the moon...
And enjoy life!

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