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:
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:
- 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.
Photo: Friends of the Apple Valley 2014 Library Officers are Jackie Fielder, President; Marcella Taylor, Vice President; Sarah Scott, Treasurer; and Dori Marino, Secretary.
For more information, call Vice President sMarcy Taylor at (760)985-1918 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jan. 19 (Sun) – Great Canadian Train Ride, film presented live by Doug Jones. Don’t miss this Passport Travel Series film. In 1955 Canadian Pacific inaugurated a new Trans-continental streamliner, the luxurious Canadian. It still rolls across prairies of Canada, with breathtaking views of the rocky mountains. Train travel is a romantic form of travel going back to a more leisurely age when travelers viewed scenery from the ground. Complimentary intermission refreshments served, plus meet the filmmaker! General admission is $8.50 per person per show, or why not order a Season Pass? The show starts at 2:30 p.m., at the Victor Valley College Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available at the door, or get a season pass by calling (760) 617-1448.
Jan. 20 (Mon) – Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Peace March & Celebration. The 9th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Peace March and Ceremony will be held on Monday, January 20, the federal holiday marking the birthday of MLK. This year’s theme is “Milestones in Civil Rights History,” and will feature a program after the march, put on by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. High Desert Alumnae Chapter.
The march starts at 10:00 a.m. in front of Victorville City Hall, at the corner of Seneca Road and Civic Drive in Victorville. Following the march, an inspiring program will feature music, speeches and presentations. Both events are free to the public, and all people in the community are encouraged to attend. This event is a perfect opportunity for the local community to honor Dr. King’s legacy of empowering individuals, strengthening communities, bridging barriers, and creating solutions to social problems.
After the ceremony, a reception will be held at McKay’s Mortuary & High Desert/Inland Valley News, featuring complimentary hot beverages, soups and desserts at: 14444 7th Street Victorville, For more information, call (760) 951-0680 or (760) 887-3746.
Jan. 20 (Mon) – Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Event, will be presented by High Desert Black Heritage Committee & VVC ASB. Enjoy the message of Dr. King thru music, declarations of peace & understanding that encourage brotherhood in our lives. Victor Valley College PAC. 760-245-2787. www.vvc.edu/pacevents.
Jan. 21 (Tues) – Apple Valley LifeStream Blood Drive. Donate to save a life. It’s easy and only takes a few minutes. Healthy individuals 15 years & up may donate blood. (Age 15-16 must have written parental consent). Donors should be free of infections or illness, weigh at least 110 pounds, and not be at risk for AIDS or hepatitis. Receive a free mini-physical as part of process! Giving blood takes about an hour, yet gives someone a lifetime. Walk-ins welcome, or make an appointment at 1-800-TRY-GIVING or visit www.lstream.org. Enticing goodies given for each donation! Donors earn loyalty points to be redeemed for complimentary items. 11am-4pm, Apple Valley Town Conference Center, 14975 Dale Evans Pkwy, adjacent to AV Town Hall. Call AV Public Relations Specialist Charlene Engeron at (760) 240-7000 x7072 for information.
Jan. 21 (Tues) – Medicare 101: Learn the A, B, C & D’s, 10am, Medicare can be confusing. Learn different aspects, how to get started, what to expect, what benefits you are entitled to. Soon- to-be or recently eligible, or just want to know? Inter Valley Health Plan’s Medicare Information & Vitality Center, 12209 Hesperia Rd., Victorville. RSVP (888) 702-6073. TTY/TDD (800) 505-7150.
Jan. 21 (Tues) – VV Gem & Mineral Club Education Lecture, 7pm. Tina Tuttle talks on evaporites, boron and other minerals from the Mono Lake area to ancient Lake Manly, Trona, and Owens Lake. Interesting, and geared towards the lay audience. Open to public. 15056-B 7th St., Victorville (behind Kaman Bearing). (760) 243-2330.
Jan. 26 (Sun) – Victor Valley Concert Association – Umi Garrett. At 8 years old Umi wowed Ellen DeGeneres when she performed on her NBC show in 2009. Now she’s 12 and playing on stages throughout the world winning international music competitions in Japan, Europe and the United States.. Tix & subscriptions, call 760-961-0486. Tickets at the door. 2:30pm, VV College Performing Arts Center. (760) 961-0486.
Jan 24 (Fri) – Seniors With Inquiring Minds (SWIM). 1pm – Legal Considerations for Seniors” by Adriana McGinnis, Legal Shield; 2:30pm“TBA” by Pat Bridges. SWIM meets at 1 pm, Trinity Lutheran Church, guests always welcome, snacks & coffee, time to share with friends. Contact Jean at 949 244 3215 or Leah at 760 956 7581 for information.
- 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.