Tag: Entertainment

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.


Burlesque Show Held at High Desert Center for the Arts

All three performances of Burlesque 2014 were sold out. Put on over the past 14 years by the Theater Arts Guild (TAG), the show was held at the High Desert Center for the Arts during January.
Featuring a modern interpretation of classic vaudeville, song, dance and zingers (comedy), it is always a popular event for the adult crowd.

Starring Robert Blomker II, Carlotta Diggs, Burt Hamrick, Jeanne Huber, Shelley Lange, Bill Menzel, Amy Ross and featuring The Corsettes, with Toni Alessandrini and the TAG Comedy Players, it was a great performance akin to music hall shows of yesteryear.

Burlesque is meant to be fun, and every effort is made by the producers to give the audience some gut-busting, full-blown, rolling-in-the-aisles humorous entertainment.

With acts like “Bigger is Better,” “I Don’t Look Good Naked Anymore,” “Spanish Oysters,” and “Seniors in Florida,” they surely hit the mark if laughter was the gauge.

Of course, a few risque dancing numbers in skimpy outfits made it a true Burlesque show.

TAG is looking for behind-the-scenes volunteers to join their theater family. If you are handy with a saw, drill, paintbrush, needle and thread, or have other skills to offer, email TAG president Don Amador at

More shows are coming in 2014! In March, the play Adam’s Eve will touch your heart and funnybone. June will bring the classic Tennessee Williams drama Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and in October and December don’t miss a Halloween thriller Woman in Black, and the musical Christmas Debt epilogue.

There are also other shows every month at the High Desert Center for the Arts. Coming up in February, don’t miss the Creative Arts Theater presentation of Next to Normal, a Pulitzer Prize and Tony winning rock musical. Also showing will be a Hannett Thorn production of All Shook Up, inspired by and featuring the Songs of Elvis Presley.

You never know what you’ll find in the lobby of the Center for the Arts, as there is a gallery with photos and artworks changing regularly.

For more information, go to, or call the High Desert Center for the Arts at (760) 243-7493, or email:

The Seasons Last Two Passport Travel Films & One Community Concert

The Passport Travel Series


The Passport Travel Series continues with Sudan-The Inside Story, a film by NatGeo Explorer Karin Muller, will show on March 16. This new documentary is not a story about victims – it’s about victory.  It’s not about human suffering, but speaks of joy and community.  Most of all, it’s testimony to the power of the human spirit and the courage of those who have lost more than we can ever imagine, and yet have found hope – and often happiness – in some of the most desperate places on earth. How did they do it? The answer may change your life. This is the Southern California film premiere and Karen will share her experiences in person.

The World Is Round, Steve McCurdy/Creative Light Productions. will be shown on March 30. It is an insider’s look at the sights, sounds, people and places that inspired the producer’s wanderlust and imagination. Travel to 14 cities on four continents; from the Ganges River in India and the ancient city of Varanasi to the Fjords of Norway, including Oslo and Risor. Visit Paris, Versailles, and Hong Kong, to ride the 25 cent Hong Kong Ferry. You’ll only catch a glimpse of the World, and you’ll want to visit “Faraway Places with Strange Sounding Names.”


Don’t forget about the Senior News Sweet 16 Party on March 30, with the Theme “The World is Round!” The party starts at 1:00 p.m.!

Complimentary intermission refreshments are served and everyone gets an opportunity to meet the filmmaker. General Admission is $8.50 per show. Call (760) 617-1448 for more information.

Victor Valley Community Concert Association – There’s are only one show left in the Series.


The Gothard Sisters will perform on April 13. These girls have been playing violin and dancing since a very young age, and they grew up performing on stages. Greta, Willow and Solana Gothard started out with rigorous classical violin training and competitive Irish dance, leading them to the Irish dancing World Championships. The sisters were on an Irish dance team from Seattle that placed second at the World Championships in Glasglow, Scotland in 2007. Tickets by mail, at: Victor Valley Community Concert Assoc., Inc. P.O. Box 1054, Victorville, CA. 92393-1054.