Concerts in the Courtyard returning to AV in May

‘Time Bombs’ classic rock group to kick off series

From Staff Reports

Town officials announced in a news release last week the return of the locally popular Concerts in the Courtyard program will return in May.

The free music performances, hosted by the town and sponsored by Lewis Retail Centers, are perfect opportunities to connect with friends, family members and neighbors. Acoustic rock, jazz, folk and classic rock concerts will be presented from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays.

New elephant habitat opens Friday

By Pat Orr
Apple Valley Review

The Victor Valley Republican Club and San Bernardino Republican Party are hosting an open house Friday at their new High Desert Headquarters at 18838 Outer Highway 18, unit No. 6. There will be some snacks, candidates trying to reach in your pockets and a round of good old donkey bashing.

Come on down and help them pin the tail on the Democrat. You can also sign up to volunteer at the County Fair or help staff the headquarters during election season.

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8th annual track games coming to Apple Valley

Children ages 9 to 14 invited to compete for chance to go to Hershey, Pa.

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

Winning promises the possibility of the sweetest rewards for youngsters ages 9 to 14 who compete in the Town of Apple Valley’s free, eighth annual Hershey Track and Field Games on April 26.

Cycling with devotion

Chuck Hanson, 83: ‘You are never too old’

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

The life of 83-year-old Apple Valley resident Chuck Hanson is truly a testament to the resilience and tenacity of the human spirit. But Hanson, an accomplished cyclist and recovering alcoholic, prefers to give the credit to a higher power for transforming him into someone worthy of being admired and looked up to.

“I’m who I am today only because of God,” Hanson said.

Volunteers still needed for community clean up day

Event to take place Saturday

From Staff Reports

Town officials say they’re still in need of volunteers for Apple Valley’s Community Clean Up Day from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Community service organizations, schools, churches, clubs and individual volunteers are invited to participate.

Teams are provided with trash bags and gloves and assigned an area to clean. In return, participants get event T-shirts and lunch, while supplies last. Volunteers must sign up in advance to get supplies, assignments and fill out a liability waiver.

Good news, bad news

By Pat Orr
Apple Valley Review

The good news: The Society of Actuaries has done the first update of mortality tables since 2000 and the new numbers show the average man who turns 65 this year is expected to live to 86.6 and women are expected to live to 88.8 years.

The bad news: The increased life span will add 7 percent to pension obligations which already total about $2 trillion nationwide.

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Poll: AV ‘Best City’ in High Desert

Apple Valley places, offerings nab 35 ‘Best’ nods

By Martial Haprov
Editor

For the third year in a row, Daily Press readers voted the Town of Apple Valley as the “Best City” in the High Desert.

The readers nominated the town for the nod as part of the newspaper’s 2014 Best of the Desert readers choice poll.

Out of 126 categories, 35 Apple Valley-based places, services or events took top honors.

Mayor Art Bishop credits the community, town staff and programs with helping earn the town the “Best” honors three years running.

Bestselling author to speak at writers club event

Anne Perry to visit High Desert Branch of California Writers Club

From Staff Reports

Dwight Norris, president of the High Desert branch of the California Writers Club, announced last week that a best-selling author will be the guest speaker at the club’s April 5 meeting.

Anne Perry is a New York Times and international bestselling author noted for her memorable characters, historical accuracy and exploration of social and ethical issues. Her books have sold more than 30 million copies in print.

CHP ‘Start Smart’ class returning in April

Conference Center hosting workshop for teen drivers

From Staff Reports

The third round of the California Highway Patrol’s Start Smart class will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. April 10 at the Apple Valley Conference Center at 14975 Dale Evans Parkway.

The CHP’s Victorville office currently offers the two-hour class to High Desert residents on a monthly basis. The class is made available to teens, accompanied by a parent, at no cost.

Local residents visit Congressman in Washington

From Staff Reports

Two Apple Valley residents and members of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars recently traveled to the nation’s capital and visited with a local congressman.

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