Cancer survivor to ride high New Year’s Day

December 16, 2014

Vicky Graham part of City of Hope float at Rose Parade

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

When 2015 kicks off on Jan. 1 with the 126th Tournament of Roses Parade, Apple Valley resident and cancer survivor Vicky Graham will be riding high atop the City of Hope’s float, “Made Possible by HOPE.”

The City of Hope invited her and several other cancer survivors to ride the float in celebration of their triumphs over the life-altering disease, according to Graham.

Hospital, agency team for foster parent orientation

December 16, 2014

Four one-hour workshops planned in December, January

From Staff Reports

Avant-Garde Foster Family and Adoption Agency Inc. and St. Joseph Health, St. Mary are partnering to offer a presentation for those interested in learning what it takes to become a foster parent and make a positive change in childrens’ lives.

The free one-hour orientations will be offered from 5 to 6 p.m. and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday and again on Jan. 21 in the St. Joseph Health, St. Mary Administrative Support Center rooms 1, 2, 3, located behind St. Mary Hospital at 16071 Kasota Road.

Officials warn residents about decoration safety

December 16, 2014

From Staff Reports

With the holiday season here, the San Bernardino County Fire Department is reminiding residents of the following holiday decorating and natural Christmas tree safety tips.

Check lights, cords
Before putting up any electrically lighted decorations, check the equipment to make sure it will operate safely. Check for burned-out lights, empty sockets and broken bulbs. Inspect wires carefully for breaks, fraying and damaged connections before energizing your holiday decorations. Any damaged strands of lights should be thrown out.

Movie tickets, gift and gas cards for blood donors

December 16, 2014

Hospital, movie theater, Jack in the Box to host drives

From Staff Reports

Three mobile blood drives are planned for Apple Valley this week and those who donate are in for some free goodies.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, the LifeStream mobile blood van will be at St. Joseph Health, St. Mary for the first blood drive. Donors will receive, while supplies last, a $10 Target gift card.

St. Joseph Health, St. Mary is at 18300 Highway 18.

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, LifeStream will be at Jack in the Box in the Jess Ranch Marketplace.

Around Town: Now, for something totally different

December 16, 2014

By Pat Orr
Apple Valley Review

Last week I spent four days in Babylon by the Bay (San Francisco) to celebrate an anniversary and my entry-into-Medicare-birthday. Having spent my college years there during the late ’60s and early ’70s, I am well aware of the far-left leanings of the government and residents in this part of the state. After all our governor, assistant governor, state attorney general and at least one Senator all came out of local bay area politics to prominence.

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Town's after-school program a big success

December 10, 2014

200 to 300 youths part of ASAP; program has long waiting list

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

For working parents, finding a safe place to send their children after school can pose a challenge. Perhaps that’s why the town of Apple Valley’s After School Activities Program has become so popular that it now has a waiting list for admission.

According to recreation assistant Jacquelynn Auzenne, there are somewhere between 200 to 300 youngsters enrolled in ASAP and quite a few are waiting for a spot to open.

Hot spots for holiday gifts

December 10, 2014

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

While the usual socks and sweaters may very well be suitable Christmas presents, there are plenty of places in the Victor Valley to find unique gifts that your loved ones will be thanking you for all year long.

Check out the following list of shopping ideas, which includes collectibles, antiques, books, fine wines, instruments, jewelry and more.

Local groups to sing at annual holiday concert

December 10, 2014

Harmoni By Three, Living Proof will present holiday favorites

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

The Hi Desert Center for Spiritual Living will ring in the Christmas season at 7 p.m. Friday with its 10th Annual Christmas Concert, featuring local groups Harmoni By Three and Living Proof. Harmoni By Three is a folk/pop ensemble, while Living Proof performs original arrangements of jazz standards.

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