Reversing course: Annual Reverse Triathlon scheduled for Sept. 24

September 14, 2016

By L.J. Gambone

It’s off to the races once again as the the Town of Apple Valley kicks off its Reverse Triathlon at 5:30 a.m. Sept. 24 at the New Civic Center Park and the Aquatic Center. The 7th annual event will begin with a 5k run and move on to a 12-mile flat road bicycle course. It will conclude with a 150-yard pool swim at Civic Center Park, 14999 Dale Evans Parkway.

Bring along the singalong

September 8, 2016

By Staff Reports

Whether it’s oldies, Broadway standards, country or good old rock ‘n’ roll, Southern California-based entertainer Dianne Chavarria has it covered. Over the last 20 years, Chavarria has made quite a name for herself performing her multi-genre repertoire at retirement homes, women’s groups, senior events and private functions.

Local mom creates athletic scholarship fund before losing fight against breast cancer

September 8, 2016

By Charity Lindsey

As a lifelong softball fan, the greatest gift Jeanne Williams could have received was the knowledge that she helped a rising player reach their goals.
Williams, a longtime Apple Valley resident, recently lost her life to breast cancer after a four-year fight, but not before she created a scholarship fund for softball students at California State University, San Bernardino.

Concerts in The Courtyard returns: Weekly Thursday concerts series back at Apple Valley Commons

September 8, 2016

By Essence Dennis

APPLE VALLEY — The Mojave Yacht Club kicked off the return of the Concerts in The Courtyard series Thursday evening.

In front of a large crowd seated in colorful lawns chairs around The Courtyard at Apple Valley Commons, the local band played an abundance of oldies and other genres to open the weekly concert series that runs every Thursday in September from 6 to 8 p.m.

Remembering those lost in 9/11

September 8, 2016

By Pat Orr

How soon we forget

Apple Valley, Hesperia and Victorville will be participating in a memorial tribute for the people we lost on 9/11 on Saturday at Civic Center Park.

Officials and first responders will be there and you are encouraged to bring your lawn chairs and stake out a spot on the grass in the amphitheater to see and hear the presentations that kick off at 9 a.m.

Fun ways to help ease kids back into the classroom

August 30, 2016


After a summer of fun, getting back into the swing of the classroom can be difficult for students of all ages and family backgrounds. But parents can help, say experts.

“It’s easy for parents to feel like there isn't enough time to add more activities to an already packed schedule. But, there are many easy ways you can set the tone of making learning fun, ease the back-to-school transition, and foster literacy skills at home,” says Jon Reigelman, creative director of the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL).

Former students fondly remember popular Apple Valley High teacher Robert Brimhall

August 30, 2016

By Rene De La Cruz

APPLE VALLEY — A former English teacher who impacted the lives of many students and forged the beginning of one local high school is being remembered.
Former student and current college professor Ruth Nolan said many are mourning the passing of Robert Brimhall, a longtime teacher who taught at Apple Valley High School for the first 29 years of its existence.

Breaking through: Tillema quickly gaining recognition as Christian musician

August 30, 2016

By Essence Dennis

One of Apple Valley’s newest Christian artists is breaking through barriers and sharing her music with the public.

Thirty-two years old and a mother of three, Leah Tillema is working on her second studio album, “A Soul Revived,” and delivering her message that she describes as “a supernatural gift” through a multitude of music platforms.


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