Five-member Norteno-inspired 'Villa 5' band making a name

April 22, 2015

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

From rags to almost riches is the story so far for the Apple Valley-based family band Villa 5. The group’s five members began performing together as children despite being so poor their Mexican immigrant parents could only afford to buy them beat up old instruments.

Still running on determination and a dream, the quintet seems to finally be on their way to making it big after being signed to its first recording contract in January by the Los Angeles-based label, Copeland International Arts (C.I.A.).

Mic open to expressive locals

April 22, 2015

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

Creative expression takes center stage every Wednesday at Maggie Vee’s Open Mic Night. Singer/songwriters and spoken word artists from across the Victor Valley get the opportunity to showcase their talents before a live audience.

Vee, a vocalist who performs and tours with the band Soul Pattern Project, said it’s a compelling entertainment experience area residents don’t want to miss.

Festival returns to spiritual living center

April 22, 2015

Semi-annual event expanding in vendors, attendees

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

As public interest continues to grow in the connection between mind, body and spirit, it’s no surprise attendance at the Hi Desert Center for Spiritual Living’s semi-annual Healthy Spirit Festival also is rapidly expanding, according to event organizer Susan King.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, the community will have the opportunity to attend the festival free of charge and discover all that the High Desert has to assist them on their journeys to health and wellness.

'Art of Happiness' presentation highlight of festival

April 22, 2015

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

The kids are screaming, your cell phone’s ringing off the hook and you still have a “To Do” list to tackle that’s a mile long. With all that going on every day, who has time to think about being happy? After all, isn’t happiness only found sunbathing on a beach in Maui or sailing on a yacht through the Caribbean?

New principals assigned to AVUSD schools

April 22, 2015

Rancho Verde, Sycamore Rocks have fresh leadership faces

From Staff Reports

Apple Valley Unified School District this month welcomed two new principals to elementary schools within the district.

Joe Cranston was officially named principal of Rancho Verde Elementary School at the AVUSD Board of Trustees meeting on April 2.

Cranston spent a few weeks at Rancho Verde and says he immediately felt connected to the campus.

Buyer beware

April 22, 2015

By Pat Orr
Apple Valley Review

Buried deep in a list of “job killer” bills distributed by the California Chamber of Commerce is a gem we all need to be aware of.

Assembly Bill 1897, which is now law, allows an employee to sue the entity that hired a contractor for wage, hour and workman’s compensation violations.

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Bus drivers mow down local 'Roadeo'

April 22, 2015

AVUSD staffers headed to regional competitions

From Staff Reports

Seven school bus drivers represented Apple Valley Unified School District at the California Association of School Transportation Officials Local Chapter 20 School Bus Roadeo. Three will advance to the CASTO Chapter 1 Roadeo in Devore, followed by the Southern Sectional Roadeo in Cabazon.

Collective aiming to beautify

April 14, 2015

Group of local artists plan to raise visual appeal of AV's Village

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

A creative community also is a healthy one, according to Maggie Vee, who recently founded The Village Artist Collective in Apple Valley. Vee, a longtime High Desert resident, said she envisions her new enterprise as a way to provide opportunities for residents to participate in artistic projects that beautify the town.

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