Out of the shadows

December 24, 2014

Rainshadow Native American group spreads message through music

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

Led by a divine calling, Apple Valley resident Larry “Grizz” Brown and his wife Dawn have devoted their lives to spreading the message of Jesus Christ through their Native American music ministry, Rainshadow Native American Fellowship (NAF). For the past 10 years, the couple has been sharing their original and traditional songs at Native American gatherings around the world.

Ford, Mustang club donates $2,500

December 24, 2014

Photo courtesy of Ryan Orr
The High Desert Ford and Mustang Club recently donated $2,500 to the pediatrics department at St. Joseph Health, St. Mary. Since 2010, the club has earmarked the funds they raise to go towards the pediatrics department. Most recently, funds have been used to purchase syringe pumps for the department, which has eight pediatric beds and has been providing pediatric services to the children in the community for over 50 years.

AVCO offering Christmas tree pickup

December 24, 2014

Service available on regular trash days through Jan. 9

From Staff Reports

Once the presents are unwrapped and the needles start to drop, it’s time to give your Christmas tree a proper retirement. Apple Valley residents don’t have to haul it off to a local drop-off point or dump it in the desert — they can simply put their tree by the curb and AVCO Disposal will pick up Christmas trees between Friday and Jan. 9 on regular trash service days.

Town departments closed for holidays

December 24, 2014

Sheriff’s station to operate as usual; Town Hall reopens Jan. 5

From Staff Reports

With the Christmas week here, the town has announced the closure of most of its departments through the beginning of next year.

Apple Valley Town Hall will close Wednesday and is scheduled to reopen on Jan. 5. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Apple Valley Station will operate as usual. Essential services will still be performed and building inspections will be offered during the closure except on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

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.

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