Fun ways to help ease kids back into the classroom

August 30, 2016


After a summer of fun, getting back into the swing of the classroom can be difficult for students of all ages and family backgrounds. But parents can help, say experts.

“It’s easy for parents to feel like there isn't enough time to add more activities to an already packed schedule. But, there are many easy ways you can set the tone of making learning fun, ease the back-to-school transition, and foster literacy skills at home,” says Jon Reigelman, creative director of the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL).

Former students fondly remember popular Apple Valley High teacher Robert Brimhall

August 30, 2016

By Rene De La Cruz

APPLE VALLEY — A former English teacher who impacted the lives of many students and forged the beginning of one local high school is being remembered.
Former student and current college professor Ruth Nolan said many are mourning the passing of Robert Brimhall, a longtime teacher who taught at Apple Valley High School for the first 29 years of its existence.

Breaking through: Tillema quickly gaining recognition as Christian musician

August 30, 2016

By Essence Dennis

One of Apple Valley’s newest Christian artists is breaking through barriers and sharing her music with the public.

Thirty-two years old and a mother of three, Leah Tillema is working on her second studio album, “A Soul Revived,” and delivering her message that she describes as “a supernatural gift” through a multitude of music platforms.

Apple Valley adopts plan to become electric provider

August 24, 2016

By Matthew Cabe

APPLE VALLEY — The Town Council voted Tuesday to adopt the implementation plan for the Apple Valley Choice Energy Program, a move the leads the town a step closer to becoming residents’ default electricity provider.

A summary of the Community Choice Aggregation program startup and phase-in process projects total revenues for the town of nearly $13.2 million while total costs and operating reserves would stand at approximately $12.1 million upon implementation in 2017. Both amounts incrementally increase from there until 2026.

'All about bugs': Victor Valley museum hosted fourth annual 'Insectival' event

August 24, 2016

By Monica Solano

APPLE VALLEY — Children of all ages and bug lovers alike got acquainted with insects of all shapes and sizes Saturday morning as they gathered at the Victor Valley Museum and Gallery for the fourth annual “Insectival” event.

About 50 types of insects and arachnids, living and nonliving, were shown in cages, glass boxes or brought out by volunteers for display at the museum as the educational event provided children the opportunity to learn about various bugs and what makes them unique.

A historic tour: Apple Valley Inn to host event on Thursday

August 24, 2016

By L.J. Gambone

While Apple Valley’s claim to fame may be the fact it is the former home of legendary movie stars Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, there was a time when the town also was one of Southern California’s most popular destinations for many of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

From the 1940s through ‘60s, the Historic Apple Valley Inn on Highway 18 was a favorite vacation spot for celebrities such as Bob Hope, Marilyn Monroe and John Wayne, to name a few.

Banding together in wake of tragedy

August 24, 2016

By Pat Orr

Disaster rallies the community

The Pilot Fire was devastating to many and a real scare for many more.

One of the things that sometimes comes out of a local emergency like this is that the community puts down its divisions and bands together to help neighbors in need. It is what separates the megalopolis from the small communities and why many of choose to live here.

A 'Spirited" End: Apple Valley Closes out 10th Sunset Concert Series

August 18, 2016

By Bryan Kawasaki

Thousands of people filled the Civic Center Amphitheater on Thursday, as Southern Spirit capped off the 10th anniversary of the Sunset Concert Series.

The band performed in front of a raucous crowd, playing classic rock cover songs well after the sun had set.

While most of the concertgoers took in the evening of music from the grass, more than a few showed off their dance moves in front of the stage.

A constant stream of hungry music lovers were fed by food vendors that lined the outside of the venue.

Celebrity tribute show coming to town: 'An Evening with Dean Martin and Friends' scheduled for Sept. 9

August 18, 2016

By Staff Reports

If veteran entertainer Tom Stevens were a teenager today, he admits he would still prefer practicing his singing over surfing the Internet. For most of his life, Stevens said his primary focus has been perfecting his spot-on performances of legendary crooner Dean Martin, as well as hundreds of other celebrities, such as Tom Jones, Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Anthony Newley, Willie Nelson, Julio Iglesias, Bobby Darin, Louis Armstrong, Cher and Sammy Davis Jr., to name a few.


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