'Giggles and Wiggles'

August 4, 2015

Town program aims to help youngsters improve social, motor and play skills

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

Technology is a wonderful thing, but spending too much time in front of any kind of electronic screen has the potential to do more harm than good, according to Lena Quinonez, recreation supervisor for the Town of Apple Valley.

Quinonez said this is especially true where small children are concerned.

Freshmen get Sundevil experience

August 4, 2015

Class of 2019 introduced to campus, get four-period simulation days

From Staff Reports

Over three days last week, 160 incoming freshmen gathered at Apple Valley High School for the “Sundevil Experience.”

The purpose of the Sundevil Experience is to help students become acquainted with the campus and to ease the stress of starting high school by simulating a series of four-period days.

Local woman spreads heart health awareness

August 4, 2015

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

The heart of a woman is a tender thing. It not only breaks easily but also is more susceptible to disease, according to Donna Nash, director of cardiovascular and neurovascular services at St. Joseph Health, St. Mary in Apple Valley.

For the past 20 years, Nash has dedicated her life to spreading awareness about women’s cardiac health through seminars, classes and word of mouth.

She says in many ways, her mission truly is a matter of life and death.

'80s music to explode on Civic Center stage

August 4, 2015

Neon Nation at next installment of summer series

L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

The Town of Apple Valley’s next Sunset Concert is sure to be a real blast from the past the 1980s tribute band Neon Nation. The popular Southern California-based group will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. at Civic Center Park Amphitheater, 14999 Dale Evans Parkway.

Its co-founder, Paul Byrd, says ‘80s music fans will be treated to tunes made popular by Billy Idol, The Cure, Van Halen and just about every other hair-raising act from the decade.

A born leader

August 4, 2015

By Pat Orr
For the Apple Valley Review

As part of my occasional series on community leaders, I want to share the story of Dick Pearson.

Richard P. Pearson was born in upstate New York and grew up enthralled with flying. World War II Flying Aces were his heroes and he took to the air even before he started college. When he graduated from Trinity College with a degree in economics in 1954 he joined the U.S. Air Force and went right into pilot training.

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'Fab Four' tribute continues Sunset series

July 28, 2015

Beatles tribute band to play Thursday night

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

When the stage lights dim and the music starts, Beatles tribute artist Gilbert Bonilla said audiences can hardly tell the difference between his group, Hard Day’s Night, and the real Fab Four.

From a personal standpoint, Bonilla admits it took lots of practice to be able to deliver spot-on performances of his favorite Beatle John Lennon. But he eventually worked it out and says the gigs, and accolades, keep on getting better.

Legally Blonde: Lively, smart

July 28, 2015

Show ends run this weekend at High Desert Center for the Arts

By Jeff Cooper
Staff Writer

Director Robert Blomker has a secret about his latest show: "Legally Blonde: The Musical" is a ton of fun. The musical director said he found himself in an ideal situation where energetic material meets an energetic and talented cast.

AV girl to get singing wish granted

July 28, 2015

Victoria Venegas to make Anaheim House of Blues debut

From staff reports

Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire on Aug. 8 is set to grant the wish of 15-year-old Victoria "Vicky" Venegas with the help of Los Rios Rock School.

Venegas will make her debut at the Anaheim House of Blues, playing alongside 85 other aspiring musicians ranging in age from 6 to 18 from the Los Rios Rock School.

Venegas, a native of Apple Valley, was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease in May 2013 and has been fighting a tough battle ever since.

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