Tracing the mystery of a classic Halloween symbol

October 21, 2014

Jack ‘O Lantern legend may have started in 17th century Europe

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

While it seems no one really knows for sure how the tradition of the Jack ‘O Lantern began, it is believed by historians that it dates back to 17th century Europe. The term, which means “man with a lantern,” also is a nickname for the ignis fatuus (fool’s fire), a mysterious phenomenon of flickering blue lights seen occasionally over the wetlands that are associated with ghosts and fairies.

Town program focuses on 'Special Apples'

October 21, 2014
A group of local residents attend a dance hosted by the Town's Special Apples program. The program, which provides sporting and creative activities to kids and adults with autism, Down syndrome, brain trauma, and other disabilities. (Photo courtesy of Lena Quinonez)

Events geared toward accommodating developmentally disabled

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

For those who are developmentally disabled, finding enriching and safe group activities can be quite a challenge, according to Lena Quinonez, recreation supervisor for the Town of Apple Valley’s Parks and Recreation Department.

With their needs in mind, the department founded its Special Apples program, which provides sporting and creative activities to kids and adults with autism, Down syndrome, brain trauma and other disabilities.

Local municipalities joining in PRIDE effort

October 14, 2014

Cities to come together for ‘Environmental Awareness Day’ at Mall of Victor Valley

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

Building a better Victor Valley seems to be on the minds of many area residents these days, according to Monica Petersen, marketing coordinator for the city of Victorville. To help facilitate such a worthwhile goal, Petersen said the city will hold an Environmental Awareness Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 17 at the Mall of Victor Valley, 14400 Bear Valley Road.

Apple Valley collegian earns national scholar membership

October 14, 2014

From Staff Reports

SAN BERNARDINO — Apple Valley resident Cassandra Williams was named to the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, an organization that recognizes high achievers.

Williams attends California State University at San Bernardino on a full scholarship as a pitcher for the softball team. She earned team honors, was recognized as a freshman scholar-athlete and was the co-female freshman athlete of the year.

Local author to host book signing

October 14, 2014

From Staff Reports

A local author who recently published a new book plans to host a signing with the new literary work.

Zailyn Prada is the author of, “A Girl’s Guide to Greatness: Mystical Paths for Magical Women.” She’ll be signing copies of it on Oct. 25 at One of Life’s Perks Coffee House, according to a news release.

The book is based on a composite of real life characters in a real-life story — one that came together originally as a requirement for Prada’s master’s degree in transpersonal studies.

Overnight learning event coming to Apple Valley animal shelter

October 14, 2014

‘Night at the Shelter’ to help children learn about pets

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

Youngsters who have a passion for pets will have the chance to participate in the Town of Apple Valley’s unique “Night at the Shelter” event, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Oct.24. According to Kathie Martin, Apple Valley’s marketing and public affairs officer, the program is a way for kids to interact with shelter animals and learn more about them during an overnight stay at the facility at the Apple Valley Municipal Animal Shelter, 22131 Powhatan Road.

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