Tag: Victor Valley

Casino Night Fundraiser Benefits High Desert Homeless

It was a great night of gambling, comeraderie, delicious food, and prizes during the Casino Night put on by High Desert Homeless Services.

The event helps keep the shelter open for those who truly need help getting back on their feet.

Angela’s Casino Entertainment provided dealers and crupiers to keep the cards flowing, the roulette wheel spinning and the dice rolling!

Dickey’s BBQ Pit in Victorville catered the food for the evening, to the enjoyment of all.

The man with the most chips at the end of the night was Paul Rudow, who won a night out for two at San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino, complete with door to door limousine service from his home.

The shelter’s next fundraiser is a Bunco tournament on April 9. Call (760) 245-5991 for information.


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

Victor Valley Animal Protective League in the News

Dogs on the Go Pet Adoption Vehicle

The Victor Valley Animal Protective League (VVAPL) humane society introduced its first mobile adoption vehicle to the public on February 13.

Called “Dogs On the Go,” the vehicle can showcase 25 pets, it’s debut took place at PetSmart in Apple Valley during Pet Smart Charities’ National Adoption Weekend. The vehicle was donated by Southwest Gas.

A ribbon cutting ceremony kicked off the showcasing of this first of its kind vehicle in the High Desert, vehicle. Afterwards, attendees were able to get a look at some of the pets up for adoption through VVAPL.

Every month Dogs on the Go will travel to different locations throughout the area bringing adorable adoptables to a neighborhood near you!

VVAPL is a nonprofit and was the first animal shelter in the Victor Valley. Since 1958, VVAPL has rescued, sheltered and found homes for unwanted animals.

Their clinic provides vaccines, spay/neuter, dental and microchip clinics, pet therapy, and C.A.R.E.S. outreach education programs in schools, senior facilities and health and safety fairs.

VVAPL Humane Society is located at 21779 Zuni Road, Apple Valley, CA 92307. Call (760) 247-2102, or visit for more information.


Employee Giving Programs Help

Giving back and making a positive impact in local communities is part of the mission of many companies.

One way to accomplish that is through employee charitable giving programs, providing employees the opportunity to support local nonprofits through one-time gifts or ongoing payroll deductions.

VVAPL Humane Society is thankful and humbled by the generosity of employees from two giving programs – Disney VoluntEARS Community Fund (DVCF) and Southwest Gas Corporation’s Fuel For Life.

For over 30 years, Disneyland Resort cast members have focused on providing meaningful service to their communities. Cast member Rachelle Allen recently nominated the humane society to receive one of the many grants given to Southern California nonprofits through the Disney VoluntEARS Community Fund.

VVAPL was awarded $5,000 to help with Chip and Return, a low-cost microchip program launching in March.

“A microchipped pet has a greater chance of being reunited with their family if found,” said VVAPL Executive Director Kathy Williamson. “Thanks to DVCF, we’re able to provide this much needed, low-cost resource to pet parents.”

Southwest Gas encourages a culture of giving, and their employees have a long and proud history of making a meaningful difference in the communities they serve.

This year, through the Fuel For Life program, the generous SWG employees donated $11,881.71 to VVAPL, which will be used to support the humane society’s community and adoption programs, such as their Dogs on the Go

Mobile Adoption Vehicle. The humane society was also honored to be highlighted in the Fuel For Life Campaign video, which can be viewed at

VVAPL Humane Society is a nonprofit located at 21779 Zuni Road in Apple Valley. For information call 760/247-2102, visit to view animals, and like us on Facebook.