Popular tunes with a unique twist

September 3, 2014

High-D Boys folk band to kick off concert series Thursday

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

According to Apple Valley native and musician Philip Clevinger, the sweetest music can be made on the simplest and most inexpensive instruments. Take, for instance, the washtub bass that he plays in the High-D Boys folk band. It’s known for producing a variety of rich tones that can take a bluegrass or folk tune to a whole new level, Clevinger said.

Concerts in the Courtyard returning to AV this week

September 3, 2014

From Staff Reports

Town officials announced last week the locally popular Concerts in the Courtyard program will return for a September run.

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. On Thursday, folk comedy quartet the High D Boys will kick off the series, which will feature pop/dance, blues/acoustic and Americana music throughout September.

Quarterly adoption event coming to PetSmart

September 3, 2014

Pets Forever Found organization to host Adopt-a-Thon Sept. 12 to 14

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

Surprising as it may seem, acts of kindness toward abused and abandoned animals often go unrewarded, according to Cathy Bayless, president of the Apple Valley non-profit organization Pets Forever Found. Bayless said while she and her organization’s volunteers work tirelessly to find homes for unwanted pets, many end up being euthanized.

The Apple Valley resident admits she has endured more heartbreak than she cares to think about.

Jump in the water after donating blood

September 3, 2014

Blood donors to receive gas card, voucher for water park

From Staff Reports

LifeStream’s next scheduled blood drive will come with a unique gift in return for donors: a gas card and a ticket to Raging Waters.

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, the LifeStream mobile blood van will be at the High Desert Juvenile Detention and Assessment Center. While supplies last, donors will receive a $15 gas card and a free ticket voucher to Raging Waters in San Dimas.

‘Hotel Transylvania’ coming to Civic Center Park

September 3, 2014

Movie to begin at dusk Friday evening

From Staff Reports

Families are invited out to Civic Center Park on Friday to enjoy a night out watching the animated feature film, “Hotel Transylvania.”

The Town will host this Movie in the Park, which will start at approximately 8 p.m. Those who attend should bring chairs or blankets to sit on during the film.
Admission is free.

Civic Center Park is at 14999 Dale Evans Parkway. Visit www.AVRecreation.org or call the Town at 760-240-7880 for more information.

Ascension Lutheran receives $5k for community support

September 3, 2014

Trivent Financial Foundation awards grant to AV church

From Staff Reports

Ascension Lutheran Church, Apple Valley, recently received a $5,000 “Lutheran Community Matthew 25: Neighbors in Need” grant from the Thrivent Financial Foundation. The funding was awarded to Ascension Lutheran based on its effectiveness in addressing physical, emotional and /or spiritual needs in the local community such as food, clothing, shelter, fellowship and care for the sick based on Jesus’ words in Matthew 25: 35-36.

Changing neighborhoods

September 3, 2014

By Pat Orr
Apple Valley Review

The comments I heard from some African-American leaders during the Ferguson, Missouri drama about how “the community changed but the police force didn’t” prompted me to ask a question: What are you supposed to do, terminate all the fire and police who aren’t black when the neighborhoods change? Then you think about the demographic changes that have and are still happening in Adelanto, Victorville, Hesperia and to a lesser degree here in Apple Valley.

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School choir heading to New York City

August 26, 2014

Granite Hills chamber singers choir earns privilege after solid showing in Las Vegas

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

For many singers, the opportunity to perform at New York City’s Carnegie Hall would surely be the chance of a lifetime. Next March, 38 students in Granite High School’s chamber singers choir in Apple Valley are hoping to seize that dream. They will join choral groups from all over the United States for a classical music concert at the prestigious venue.

Save the dance studio

August 26, 2014

Krystle Beck Dance Studio to be featured on episode of 'Abby's Studio Rescue'

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

Apple Valley-based dancer/instructor Krystle Beck admits she took a big chance when she opened her studio, Krystle Beck Dance Company, in 2011. The High Desert offers a number of studios to choose from and Beck says she knew it might be difficult to attract enough students to stay in business.

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