Tag: Club Events

Apple Valley Optimist Club Roasts Tim Donnelly and Toasts Trish Hill

Over 200 people attended the Apple Valley Optimist Club’s 4th annual awards dinner on March 8 at the Apple Valley Conference Center. The theme for the event was Always Value Our Children.

Jack Fales, in his usual comedic fashion, roasted Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, at one point gifting him with some pink boxer shorts.

Trish Hill was toasted for her work with youth in the community. She is the spokesperson and community liaison for the Apple Valley Sheriff’s Department. The Police Activities League (PAL) received a $500 donation from the club.

Las Brisas restaurant catered the chicken and prime rib dinner.

The Optimist Club does a lot of good in the community, actively sponsoring the Boy Scouts, youth basketball and baseball team, and reading programs.

If you are interested in the Optimist Club, email: OptimistclubAV@gmail.com, “Like” them on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/OptimistClubAV.
Or, call Ben at (760) 242-8230.

Local Author to Hold Book Signing at Victorville Senior Citizens Club

Join Brenda Lane-Oliver in a book signing and discussion about her new book, Creating the Million Dollar Leader, 52 Inspirational Lessons to Attract The Life You Want. The event will be held Monday, February 24, from 10:30am – 12:30pm at the Victorville Senior Citizen Club.

Brenda is an author, national speaker and entrepreneur. In the book she discusses how writing a symbolic check for $1,000,000 is what Million Dollar Leaders do to reach their ultimate goal. The goal can be related to anything from personal growth to entrepreneurship, or even simply happiness. What would you write on the “for” line of your million dollar check? The book is published by ACT International Publishers, Woodstock, Maryland.

If you are unable to attend and would like a signed copy of the book, please contact Brenda Lane-Oliver or email your request to Brenda@LaneOliverConsulting.com. Also, check out BrendaLaneOliver.com or Amazon.com for your life changing book. Please RSVP to Cheryle Baysinger at (909) 877-3577. If you are interested in hosting a book signing or other event, contact Brenda @ 410-299-4800. The club is located at 14874 S. Mojave Drive, Victorville, CA 92392.

Sweetwater Outlaws Seeks Cowboys, Gunslingers, Saloon Girls

The Sweetwater Outlaws is an Wild West reenactment team that is actively seeking new members. The group is based in the High Desert of Southern California. They are family-oriented and have a lot of fun depicting life in the Old West of the late 1800s. Members dress in period correct attire, and promote gun safety with demonstrations and education before each performance. They have their own town and encampment, which are used for performances during events. The group is fully insured and is a member of the Reenactment Guild of America.

They are available for hire to perform at public and private events such as parades, festivals, chuckwagon cookoffs, encampments, gunfights, shotgun weddings, chamber and community functions.

They perform at no charge for U.S. Military personnel and their dependents.
The Sweetwater Outlaws will be performing gunfights, skits, and living history at these 2014 events (in California unless otherwise noted): Whiskey Flat Days, Kernville (Feb. 14-17); Bishop Mule Days, Bishop (May 20-25); Gilman Ranch and Wagon Museum Wild West Days, Banning (June 7-8); Old Miners Day, Big Bear (June 14); Big Bear Chili Cook Off (July 12-13); Shoot Out on Whiskey Row, Prescott, AZ (July 25 -28); Stage Coach Days, Banning (Sept, 5 – 7); Calico Days Parade, Calico Ghost Town, Yermo (Sept. 27); Mojave River Days, Helendale (Oct. 4 -5); Helldorado Days, Tombstone, AZ (Oct. 17-19); and 49ers Encampment, Death Valley National Park (Nov. 14 – 15).

For more information about the group, or the events calendar, contact Lauren Hood at (760) 504-3157. Visit www.SweetwaterOutlaws.com, or “like” Sweetwater Outlaws on Facebook. Email: LaurenHood@SweetwaterOutlaws.com

Jettin' With Jazzie – February 2014

Fine Arts Factory

There were fairies, elves, drummettes and princesses dancing to Christmas themed music at the Annual Dance Recital. From the adorable two little girls dancing and hopping to watching pre teens to teens, boys and girls, performing hip hop, ballet, modern and jazz. Family and friends crowded in the ballroom to watch the entertainment. The kids did a great job with only a few months to prepare and looking forward to their big performance in the Spring.

Twas The Night Before Christmas

As thirty one floats, cars, horses and people entered the Silver Lakes Annual Christmas Parade. What and amazing turnout.
The police headed the long line of classic cars, sleigh made grocery carts, to pretty Pin Up Dolls with a Riverside Prep Marching Band and dancing horses to preceed arounf the lake. Candy was tossed to the kids, with smiles and waves of enthusiastic partioners on this gorgeous sunny day.

A Sad Goodbye

A sad good bye to The Beauti and Wellness Center owned by Kathi Hertz. If one wanted a massage, facial, help with diabetes or dieting the Wellness Center was the place to go. Kathi was and will no doubt continue to be a big influence in this community. For now, Kathi wants to travel and give her family the attention she has given to her customers over the past years.

Behind Silver Lakes

Welcome to 2014! I feel already blessed with this perfect weather we are having. We are so fortunate to live in this great little community, I thought I would start the new year by sharing a personal interest story on people behind Silver Lakes.
My first story is about someone who has worked at the Restaurant for almost twenty years. When this person was younger he wanted to be a doctor but became a Federali instead. After four years of trying to be a good cop against all the corruption, he decided to follow his father’s foot steps and become a chef. I am talking about the very quiet and humble, Javier Ibarra.

Javier loves to cook and told me his favorite item is creating soups, and his all time requested Pumpkin Bisque. Funny thing, he told me was that he does not even like pumpkin. A lot of his recipes are from his grandmother and does not write anything down but all his creations are stored in his head. Much to my surprise is that when creating a new dish he does not go on taste but on smell. He has studied with a French chef and worked many years in a French Bistro. Even at his home, Javier enjoys cooking and inventing with his wife of thirty four years. During his free time he likes to watch soccer and spend time with his three kids and four grandchildren. Javier’s dream is to retire in Cabo San Lucas and open up his own restaurant. Right now, we are all happy he is here constantly making enjoyable tasty food.


Can’t think of a better way to end 2013 then with the infamous annual Holiday Cookie and Ornament Exchange. This very fun and filling event was hosted by the lovely, Julie Garland. It was a delight to see the Toy Drive box full and the garage made into a cookie warehouse. I don’t think even Santa has seen or tasted so many yummy cookies. There were over twenty ornaments to exchange and swap and steal, as I yelled out numbers but was barely heard over the laughter and chattiness of all the ladies. It was a fun night!

We have had such lovely weather that in February we might have to pretend we are on the East Coast to enjoy the February 20th Stew and Chili Cook-Off. This new event will be held at Denise Niblack’s home. If you prefer not to enter the cook-off then you may always bring any kind of breads and your choice of beverage. And 1st place prizes will be the biggest given out yet.

Mark your calendars for the March 25th event at 6:30pm in the Terrace Room for an Arts and Craft Night. Two of very own Social-Lites, Ruby Roselli and Patricia Lloyd , will teach us to decorate and personalize candles for our homes and unique gifts. Ruby says that ribbons, beads, fabrics and a imagination can add the to make any size battery operated candle a perfect gift or addition to your home. It will be a chef’s choice appetizer and a night of inspiration. The price has yet to be decided.

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!