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Tailgating with Victor Valley Gem & Mineral Club

The Victor Valley Gem & Mineral Club held their annual tailgate campout over the weekend of March 11-13. The event is like a swap meet for rocks, with “rock hounds” perusing about 50 vendors offering minerals, fossils, jewelry, slabs, equipment and a huge variety of them all. The venue is a back country spot in the desert seven miles out on a graded dirt portion of Stoddard Wells Road in Apple Valley. Vendor Row was a series of trailers, tents and motor homes with folding tables set up to display the wares being sold. There were chunks of raw material, polished stones, faceted gems, figurines, handcrafted jewelry, beads, and more. There were beautiful crystals and gemstones from places like Iraq, Mexico, the Orient, and other locales. Many people use rocks as healing energy, including massage therapists, Reiki masters, psychics, mediums, and other holistic healers. I met a few of them while out there and they seemed thrilled with the variety available. The prices were beyond reasonable and it was lots of fun. In addition to the stones themselves, there was all kinds of equipment for sale to be used to transform rocks into all sorts of beautiful items. Some vendors gave equipment demonstrations and offered parts or whole machines for sale. This was much more fun than just picking up a rock or two when out traveling. I really enjoy myself at these events. The club has been doing these tailgate campouts for over 30 years. They hold regular meetings, educational lectures and workshops for those interested in this fun hobby. The clubhouse is located at 15056-B 7th Street, Victorville. Get more information by calling (760) 243-2330, or visit

Go Red for Women Event Focuses on Female Heart Heath

Desert Valley Hospital and the American Heart Association (AHA) brought attention to the risk of heart disease in women on February 20 at the Mall of Victor Valley. Go Red for Women was held at the Mall of Victor Valley on February 28. Nationally sponsored by Macy’s, the event offered a heart health walk, speakers, doc talk, health screenings. and an information vendor fair. Brisa Alfaro, who recovered from a stroke she had two years ago at age 33, told her emotional story of overhearing her doctors say that she would never be move again from the neck down. Through sheer will and hard work, she has made a good recovery with a few minor problems still to overcome. Rosanne Weathers, Desert Valley Hospital Marketing Director, thanked all of the sponsors, staff and volunteers who made the event a success. A fashion show by Macy’s included models who had survived heart health issues, from small children to grown ups. The event was developed by the American Heart Association to bring attention to the fact that it is not just a man’s disease. One in three women die of heart disease or stroke, and the organization strives to educate women on signs, symptoms and prevention. Many women are either unaware of the symptoms or may mistake their symptoms as other causes. For AMA information, visit or call 1-800-AHA-USA1. Another heart health awareness event is the Block Walk happening on April 8, at Desert Valley Charitable Foundation, starting at 9 a.m. For more information, about heart health, the Block Walk or Desert Valley Medical Group call (760) 241-8000.

Local Chambers Offer Great Business Support

Chambers of Commerce in the High Desert offer lots of networking, educational and leadership growth opportunities for business owners. Over the past month, there were networking breakfasts and lunches, and many ribbon cuttings, mixers, awards banquets, and other opportunities for businesses in the area to be involved. Victor Valley Chamber’s VMI breakfast is very popular, and the January event featured a chance for attendees to learn about the subjects of business law, health in the workplace, social and digital media, real estate, and much more. Because all of the local chambers cooperate with eachother, sometimes they hold joint ribbon cuttings and other events, all to benefit their members. This page is only a small sampling of the great activities offered to chamber members. To find out about joining the Victor Valley Chamber call (760) 245-6506; Hesperia Chamber (760) 244-2135; Apple Valley Chamber (760) 247-2753; Barstow Chamber (760) 256-8617; Big Bear Chamber (909) 866-4607 ext. 2200; Phelan Chamber (760) 868-3291; Wrightwood Chamber 760) 249-4320; Newberry Springs Chamber (760) 257-1072, Running Springs Chamber (909) 867-2411, Adelanto Chamber (760) 246-5711.