'Big Fat' performance coming to Sunset Concert Series

July 23, 2014

Music, food, dancing to fill Apple Valley Civic Center Park Thursday

From Staff Reports

Concert goers can expect more than just music this week when the Big Fat Steve Band takes the stage at Thursday night’s Sunset Concert Series. The Apple Valley-based band also brings a lot of laughs sure to entertain the whole family.

The band, which classifies itself as a swing, rockabilly, jump blues and oldies group, is a five-man ensemble that hails from right here in Apple Valley. Lead guitarist Steve Orsinelli has traveled and multitasked his way to success.

Eagle Scout completes badge

July 23, 2014

Photo courtesy of St. Joseph Health, St. Mary

With the help of the Mojave Samoan Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 18-year-old Phil Timoteo made and donated 30 blankets to St. Joseph Health, St. Mary to complete his Eagle Scout badge. The blankets were given to the hospital's Community Health Department and will be used to give to new mothers and patients to keep them warm. Timoteo, who will be heading to UCLA in the fall, is pictured below with his mother and sister.

'Cash for Grass' program reaches milestone

July 23, 2014

Agency reports removal of 6.5 million square feet of turf in High Desert

From Staff Reports

High Desert residents continue to embrace water conservation as a way of life. The Mojave Water Agency and the Alliance for Water Awareness and Conservation have announced that a total of 6.5 million square feet of turf has been removed since 2008 thanks to the Cash for Grass Program. This has resulted in a cumulative savings of 4,855 acre-feet of water that has helped drought-proof the High Desert region.

New low-radiation x-ray machine arrives

July 15, 2014

AV hospital home to only machine of its kind in California

From Staff Reports

St. Joseph Health, St. Mary is now home to the only digital tomosynthesis machine in California, the hospital announced last week. Costing roughly $1 million, the new machine is nearly as good as MRI for detecting signs of rheumatoid arthritis and bone erosion, and outperforms standard conventional radiology, officials say.

'Pop Gun Rerun' to take the Sunset Concert stage Thursday

July 15, 2014

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

Don’t let the zany 1980s costumes and wild onstage antics fool you — the High Desert-based retro band Pop Gun Rerun is as serious as can be when it comes to playing music, according to its co-founder Sean Hemstedt.

Hemstedt says the get-ups and high-energy showmanship are meant to create excitement as the group delivers spot-on renditions of the Top 40 hits of the decade.

James Stastny named Town Employee of the Quarter

July 15, 2014

Maintenance employee achieved perfect attendance record over six years

From Staff Reports

People who work nine to 11 hours a day often think of the office as their second home. Naturally, they want that home to be a comfortable, clean space filled with friendly faces. Fortunately for the Town of Apple Valley, employees such as Custodian James Stastny provide exactly that.

Optimists partner with BJ's, Lord's Table for kids' vitamin program

July 15, 2014

Program focuses on providing families with meals that include adequate vitamins, minerals

From Staff Reports

The Apple Valley Optimist Club recently announced it’s partnering with BJ’s Health Foods and the Lord’s Table this summer to start a special program for High Desert kids who are fortunate to be served a daily hot meal from The Lord’s Table in Victorville.

Submissions sought for Community Calendar Photo Contest

July 15, 2014

Photos can be submitted through social media, in person, email

From Staff Reports

The Town of Apple Valley invites local amateur and professional photographers to take their best shot — and then enter them in the 2015 Community Calendar Photo Contest.

The theme this year is “Healthy Apple Valley.” Healthy people, healthy animals, a healthy environment and plenty of recreational activities all contribute to Apple Valley’s “Better Way of Life.”

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