Tag: Giving

The Birthday Fairy Has Officially Kicked Off the Party!

Trina dressed up as the Birthday Fairy in January, as a kick-off stunt for the Senior News Sweet 16 party.

We hope you were at Victor Valley College to watch the Passport Travel film on the Great Canadian Train Ride on January 19. It was a great show!
During Intermission Trina came out on stage to announce the fun things in store for our senior readers during 2014. Because the Senior News entered its 16th year on January 1, we decided to celebrate!

We’re going to have a lot of fun, and we want you to be part of it. If you want to make sure that you find out about all of the upcoming events that we are planning, we’d like you to go on our website, www.DesertNewsPost.com, and make sure to enter your email address. Like I’ve said before, if you don’t have an email address, get your son, grandkid, nephew, or even your neighbor to let you use theirs.

Because we have some really great parties planned, and we also have some fantastic prizes to give away.

The best way for us to get the word out to a lot of people is by email. We aren’t going to share your information with anyone else. We just want to be able to contact you so you can enter our prize drawings, and so that we can contact you if you do win a prize!

If you’ve been reading our Sweet 16 articles, then you probably already know what we’re up to, but let me just run it by you one more time:

  • The Senior News is also the Desert News Post! We actually publish the Jess Ranch Bulletin, the High Desert Community News, and the Desert News Post weekly. Now if you are looking at the photo of Trina as the Birthday Fairy, you are probably thinking, “she’s a publishing mogle?” And, the correct answer is “Yes, she is.”
  • What’s so great about a new website? Why now? We wanted to do something really exciting for our Sweet 16 birthday. Our readers (you) have been wanting more than the printed version could give. And we listened to you.
  • More and better articles. There is always more information than can be published in print each month. Articles are short to make room for photos. Now, lengthier versions of articles and more articles will be available on the website.
  • More photos! There just isn’t enough room in the printed paper to publish them all! On the website, there are Galleries where you will be able to find your photo from an event, and keep it for your own personal use. Note: photos may be downloaded, but are for personal use only.
  • It’s like getting extra copies of Senior News! Although there are over 700 drop points where we have Senior News, people still can’t find them sometimes. Now, you can read individual articles or look at the PDF version on our website!
  • Calendar of Events. We have a great, up-to-date website calendar.
  • Printed version. The Senior News is still printed and distributed.
  • Be Uplifted and Entertained. You’ll find book reviews, special ways to shop for items you need, and other fun and exciting things are happening. Be sure and tell your friends!
  • Stay Informed. Sign up for email blasts on the website. Like the “Desert News Post” page on Facebook. Follow “Sivertspub” on Twitter.

Goodwill Industries Opens Career and Youth Program Offices

A new Goodwill Career Resource Center is now open in Victorville to help bring job seekers and employers together. A grand opening ceremony was held on January 9, featuring comments from some of the company’s employees.

Goodwill has been working on job preparedness for more than 100 years. Most people know Goodwill as a chain of retail stores where they can donate or purchase used goods. What they don’t realize is these facilities help fund programs that enable Americans to find jobs, train for them, and prepare. Now, there’s an online store: www.shopgoodwill.com, one of the top auction sites on the web today.

Goodwill’s first priority is helping people in need find sustainable employment. The company maintains a large network of businesses, educators, community partners and government agencies.

They work to match qualified talent with employment opportunities. The goal is to prepare and place those with the most significant disabilities and vocational challenges, including veterans, the homeless, ex-offenders, mature workers and at risk youth.

The facility offer employers customized recruiting services with access to an extensive pool of candidates from entry-level to middle management.
Goodwill’s services include needs assessments, job postings, resume review, meeting space, on-the-job training, and more.
For job seekers, there’s one-on-one career counseling, skills assessment, resume building, on-the-job experience, access to computers, internet and phones, community and government resources, training, certifications and education.

The Youth Opportunity Program serves some of the most disadvantaged young people, who may be challenged by poverty, high crime, failing schools and broken families. Goodwill’s programs help them focus on scholastic success, acquire vocational skills and obtain employment. Many youth have gone on to college and found good jobs after participating in the program.

Young adults may be placed in internships, job-readiness training and employment positions with businesses throughout the community. That way they develop skills, get experience and build relationships needed to succeed. A host of other support services such as work uniforms, gas reimbursement, bus passes, work tools, books and educational fees are also available.

Goodwill has also established a program dedicated solely to assisting veterans. Unemployed veterans can benefit from a host of services from former vets who are uniquely qualified to respond to and address the special needs of those who have served the country and now face the challenges of reintegrating into a civilian world, with it’s massive unemployment rates, and advance beyond their military careers to regain a sense of pride, dignity and purpose.

Services include one-on-one career counseling, employment preparation courses, educational and technical skills classes, and work tools as well as access to a host of other partner services including shelter and housing assistance, transportation assistance, medical and dental health services, mental health and substance abuse counseling, Veterans Benefits Assistance and more, to help veterans secure meaningful and sustainable employment.
Fort Irwin is offering a Transitional Veteran Employment Program, where Goodwill staff offer vocational counseling, employment preparation workshops, job placement and follow-up services to military personnel transitioning into civilian life. Boots to Suits program gives veterans and active military personnel $50 towards clothing to help them prepare for employment.

A networking breakfast program helps veterans find jobs, encourages them to share their stories and experiences in a safe and compassionate environment, and build a long-term support system. It’s an opportunity to educate participants on a no cost training and placement service offered, and connect them with community resource sand professionals.

In addition to it’s employment services, Goodwill offers “green” business services including document imaging, shredding, e-wast recycling, landscape care, custodial, commissary, assembly and fulfillment services.

In 2012, Goodwill recycles more than 65.7 million pounds of electronics, paper, textiles and homegoods. By using Goodwill’s services, you provide skills training, a paycheck, and independence for individuals with disabilities and disadvantages. All Goodwill locations accept electronics (working or not) which include anything with a plug.

For more information on the Veteran Employment Program, call (323) 539-2184, or email: veterans@goodwillsocal.org. For green business services call (323) 539-2113. www.goodwillsocal.org. For information on recruiting and placement, call (323) 223-1211, ext. 2331.Youth Opportunity Program. (888) 4-goodwill.

Annual Fashion Show Put on by Victor Valley Women's Club

The Victor Valley Women’s Club held it’s fourth annual Holiday Fashion Show and Vendor Faire on November 23 at the Historic Apple Valley Inn.

Fashions were provided by Dress Barn. Models were Helga Butler, Gwen Bryant, Peggy Moore, Debra Ann Peterson, Jacque Castro, Ronna Robinson Smith, Paula Paige, Dori Ravenstein, Antoinette McClendon, Desteny and Terranika Watts.

Master of Ceremonies Maggie Harris is with the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Community Outreach Center, which was this year’s chosen charity benefitted by the women’s club holiday event.

Entertainment on the keyboard was provided by Marie Alcantar.

The club welcomes new members. If interested, call Anna Maria English at (760) 961-8396, or email GFWCvictorvalley@msn.com

ChiPs 4 Kids Program Collects and Distributes Toys to Children

CHiPs 4 Kids held a party at Gators Sports Bar & Grill in Apple Valley on Friday, December 6 to finalize the collection of toys for the California Highway Patrol’s annual toy drive.

CHiPs TV Show (1977-83) stars Larry Wilcox, Robert Pine and Paul Linke were on hand at the party to help celebrate the toy collection event.

Robert Pine said, “The thought of a child not having a present? There’s just something not right about that. I’ve enjoyed 71 Christmases myself. And I have children and grandchildren.”

Larry Wilcox spoke of an African tribe who wouldn’t greet a passersby with, How are you doing? But, rather, How are the children? “It was the most important thing… How are the children? We’ve got some good gifts here today, thanks to the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Optimist Club, and all the others who contributed,” he said.

The CHP collected new, unwrapped toys that were distributed to the various agencies in the High Desert that help families who are in need, including the local homeless shelter, Catholic Charities and several others, according to Officer Joaquin Zubieta, Public Information Officer with the Victorville CHP. “All the toys we collect will stay here in the High Desert,” he said.

Toy donations were accepted at the CHP office on Amargosa, along with collection boxes at businesses. Items collected included bicycles, bicycle helmets, skateboards, cars, dolls, and much more, including some cool stuff for teenagers.

High Desert Homeless Services Inc. was the final major event of the CHiPs for Kids program, held on Thursday, December 18, where about 350 toys were given away to 250 children in need. Santa and Mrs. Claus were there, along with Chipper the CHP mascot.

About 2,500 toys were given away by the time the program came to an end. CHP’s senior volunteers worked hard to gather the toys, along with many other the members of the community.

Curly's Cowboy Christmas

The 12th Annual Curly’s Cowboy Christmas dinner and show was held on Saturday, December 14 at the Historic Apple Valley Inn.

The show starred Belinda Gail, one of the most awarded female performers in Western Music, and seven-time Western Music Association Female Performer of the Year grammy winner. Another award winning songwriter, Joyce Woodson, also sang.

Andy Nelson, cowboy poet and humorist, also performed and interacted with the crowd of several hundred attendees.

A beautiful quilt in memory of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans was displayed. It took Marylin Pierson two months to make, and will be up for raffle at the December 2014 Curly’s Christmas.

Kathy Musgrave, widow of popular cowboy singer/songwriter Curly Jim Musgrave, drew the grand prize raffle ticket to a loud drum-roll. The winner, Owen Morell of Nashville, Tennessee, won the Silver Screen Legend XVI dedicated to legendary cowboy star Ray “Crash’ Corrigan.

The event is a fundraiser for the Happy Trails Childrens Foundation Cooper Home for abused children, located in Apple Valley. If you would like to help, call (760) 240-3330 or visit www.HappyTrails.org