AV church distributing meals for Christmas

December 16, 2015

L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

‘Tis the season of selfless giving and with that in mind, the Hi-Desert Church of Christ in Apple Valley will continue its annual Christmas meal distribution to needy families. According to Sam Brisco, a deacon at the church and coordinator of the program, the boxes will include an entire meal featuring a ham and other holiday food staples.

Families who receive the donations are recommended by church members, who are either related to them or know them personally, Brisco said.

Shoebox drive garners record numbers

December 16, 2015

L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

In the true spirit of giving, the High Desert community stepped up this season and donated thousands of toys, school supplies and other items to the Samaritan’s Purse project, Operation Christmas Child.

According to Lani Sanders, director of Victorville’s Zion Lutheran Church’s Relay Center where the boxes were filled and packed, local volunteers assembled 3,310 shoeboxes, over 100 more than last year.

Local author pens Santa novel

December 16, 2015

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

To write a Christmas tale and have it compared by book critics to the classic, “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus,” has been the highest complement of all for High Desert-based author Holly La Pat.

But even though her recently released second holiday novel, “Do You Believe in Santa?,” has been welcomed by rave reviews, La Pat said her true rewards come from an entirely different and more personal place.

Don’t sign it if you don’t understand it

December 16, 2015

By Pat Orr
For the Apple Valley Review

California is both revered and ridiculed for its statewide ballot initiative process that allows voters to make changes to our state constitution.

The process is revered by those who believe democracy resides with the people, ridiculed by those who believe that elected officials and government should make all the decisions.

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Santa goes back to the park

December 16, 2015

AV resident continues St. Nick role for 10th year

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

Playing Santa Claus can be a tough gig. Between screaming babies on your lap and little ones tugging hard on your beard to prove to themselves you’re the real deal, it’s a wonder anyone would want the job.

But Apple Valley resident Dave Bennett, who has been portraying St. Nick for the Town of Apple Valley’s “Santa in the Park” event since 2005, said he loves every minute of it.

Peace at the playground

December 16, 2015

AAE cuts ribbon on new equipment at campus

From Staff Reports

Academy for Academic Excellence Principal Lisa Lamb smiles down from the new playground at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday morning. The school's campus on Mana Road in Apple Valley was the recipient of the new equipment courtesy of Desert Valley Medical Group.

Photo courtesy of Steve Bailey, AAE

Legendary saddle to be offered in drawing

December 16, 2015

From Staff Reports

A dazzling saddle that's a near-exact replica of saddles used in early Hollywood films will soon be the property of one lucky recipient.

The Happy Trails Children's Foundation is presenting the Early JW Saddle in an opportunity drawing to help raise funds for the foundation. Leading cowboy heroes of the 1920s and '30s westerns era such as Bob Steele, Tom Tyler, Tom Mix, John Wayne and others used similar saddles in their films.

DVL scholarship project kicks off new season

December 2, 2015

AV student among 2015 recipients

From Staff Reports

The Dreamers Visionaries and Leaders Legacy Scholarship Project, an affiliate fund of the High Desert Community Foundation, launches its third year on Tuesday, awarding scholarships to outstanding high school and post secondary students from the High Desert region. Scholarships are awarded without regard to ethnicity, color, religious affiliation, national origin or family financial condition.

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