Local Clubs and Organizations Offer Many Activities

Amateur Radio / Ham Operators Wanted!

Don’t let the name fool you! You don’t have to live in Spring Valley Lake to become a member of their Amateur Radio Club (SVLARC)! The group is actively seeking new members, and to assist you in the decision to become a ham operator, they are holding a class and/or testing opportunity. If you’d like to get certified, you still have time to get the manual and study before the two-day crash course, and even have a good chance of passing the test at the end of the last day! You can join the club without being certified, or even having any knowledge or training in amateur radio. If interested, call (760) 486-1218.

The Mohave Historical Society (MHS) is Educational!

A non-profit organization formed in 1964, this group’s members research, record, teach, and publish the history of the people and communities of the Mojave Desert area. The spelling of “Mohahve” came from a journal of noted military leader and explorer John C. Fremont who spent time in this area during 1843-1844. The MHS is a member of the California Conference of Historical Societies, Friends of the Victor Valley Museum and Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce. Anyone interested in preserving the history of the area can join. The group ranges in age from 8 to 80+. Meetings are the 4th Thurs. of each month at 7pm, at Victor Valley Museum. For more information, call Marcy Taylor at (760) 985-1918 or emailmltaylor@gmx.com.

Friends of the Apple Valley Library

Meets the second Tuesday of the month at 11:30 a.m. at Newton T. Bass Apple Valley Library, 14901 Dale Evans Parkway, Apple Valley, just North of Highway 18.

The group supports the library with book sales, a summer reading program, and more. Recently, a historical display was shown at the Town’s 25th Anniversary Celebration, educating attendees on the library’s rich history.
Meetings feature a presentation, on an educational and entertaining topic. The 2014 schedule follows:
Feb. 11- Eloise Gibson and Marcella Taylor – The Bell Mountain Community (Black History Month); Mar. 11- Sharon Foster- Route 66 Museum; Apr. 8- A.V. Mayor Art Bishop, Town News; May 13- Mary Hughes, books, California Writers Club; June 10- John Hixon – World War II; July 8 – Beverly Dudley-  Victorville history – 64 years!; Aug. 12 – Mary Dutro- Desert Tortoises; Sept. 9- Andrea Willow – her art and writing; Oct. 14 – Annette Bazile – Her family, homesteading Bell Mountain, quilting, and art; Nov. 11- Dale Park- “Good Old Days with Gabby Hayes”; Dec. 9- Christmas potluck.  Installation of officers.
For more information, call Vice President sMarcy Taylor at (760)985-1918 or emailmltaylor@gmx.com.

Victor Valley Gem & Mineral Club.

If you’re interested in mineralogy and earth sciences this club is for you! The group meets regularly and presents public exhibitions, lectures, slide programs, demonstrations, field trips for exploration, study, and collection of specimens, lapidary arts, and much more! They meet monthly, and their 37th annual Stoddard Wells Tailgate Party & Camping Trip is March 8-9. This is a free public event that invites the public to come out and see what it’s all about. They’ll have handcrafted and faceted jewelry, minerals and fossils, food, vendors, and a lot more. Saturday will be a family field trip from 9am-1pm to find famous marble varieties! Go to their website at www.vvgmc.org, and click on “Tailgate” or call for more infomation at (760) 243-2330.

Garden Clubs.

With Spring fast approaching you might be interested in the local garden clubs, which promote gardening, floral design, civic beautification, environmental responsibility and the exchange of information and ideas. Clubs and districts sponsor courses in horticulture, environmental education, safe & efficient gardening, flower arranging, flower show judge accreditation and landscape design Cactus Wren Garden Club – President: Donna Davis, email: mlddav@aol.com; Desert Crossroads Garden Club-President: Tonya Judkins, email: huskerfans3@yahoo.com; Hesperia Garden Club – President: Tari Blaylock, email: tarigirl_2000@yahoo.com

Citizens on Patrol.

Local police departments have volunteer citizens who provides a wide range of services to the community including neighborhood patrol, vacation checks, traffic and parking control at community events, and adminstrative work. In Hesperia, contact Sue Rose at (760) 947-1549 or Sergeant Kevin Ferber at (760) 947-1500. To get information about COPs in cities that use county sheriffs, call the San Bernardino County Citizens on Patrol hotline at (909) 387-0641.

Oath Keepers.

The Victor Valley chapter of Oath Keepers is still growing and looking for new members. This is a non-partisan organization of current and formerly serving military, reserves, National Guard, veterans, Peace Officers, and Fire Fighters who support and defend the Constitution. In January, the guest speaker was Kelly Maxwell of the Orenda Foundation Veterans Project in Apple Valley. The group meets on one Saturday per month, from 10:30 am to 1pm, at Valley Hi Nissan in Victorville. Meetings are organized by Rick H. Renaud. To find out more call (805) 266-3148, or go to www.oathkeepers.org.

The Desert News Post will highlight other groups and clubs throughout the year, so watch for more interesting information to come!

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