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Meet the top Dentists of the HD

will be Your Best Year ‌ Ever! Plus Sweets for your Sweetie, H.D. Golf Courses, and much more... VICTORVILLE | S P R I N G VA L L E Y L A K E | A P P L E VA L L E Y | H E S P E R I A | O AK HILLS


to Keep the High Desert Working St. Mary Medical Center Continues to Grow and Support Local Economy For more than 50 years, we have been a vital part of our growing community and local economy. In an economy fraught with job losses – we continue to grow our local workforce. We bring good jobs to the High Desert with the majority of our positions paying in excess of $56,000 a year. St.Mary Medical Center continues to lead the way in progressive compensation and benefits by regularly matching its compensation to that of the entire Inland Empire to ensure its role as employer of choice for the High Desert. • We employ more than 1,500 registered nurses, clinicians and support staff. • We increased our registered nursing staff by 9 percent in fiscal year 2009. • In support of patient care, we also increased clinical and ancillary staff by 4 percent in fiscal year 2009. • We paid out more than $77 million in salary and wages in fiscal year 2009. Not only did this contribute greatly to the local economy, it was a $7 million increase over the previous year. • Local economic impact of our payroll equals $154 million a year. • We provided an additional $23 million in benefits to our employees. • As a top performing hospital, we received a Five-Star designation on the CommunityValue Index. Formoreinformationgoto

JOIN OUR TEAM We currently have 90 positions available in a variety of departments. If you are interested in exploring a career at St. Mary Medical Center and joining our exemplary staff, you may search our job database and apply online at or call our Human Resources Department at (760) 946-8886.

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Table of Contents

January/February 2009



15 up front

30 2010, make it your best year ever Find out how to make 2010 the best year ... ever! By Stephanie Keyes 34 tee time Take a look at what the H.D. has to offer on the 26 greens. By Tere Kidd 38 the smile makers We bring you four of the H.D.s top dentists and profiles on why they keep you smiling. By Susan Landers

Sweets for Your Sweetie, First Ladies

of the H.D., I-Design Arts and Graphics.

By Krystal Carrillo and Katie Chavez.

22 local business

Running like a dream: Dream Cars.

By Krystal Carrillo

24 neighbor of note

Anytime Fitness.

By Katie Chavez

26 neighbor profile

Nutrition Edge.

By Katie Chavez

28 health matters

Stress and how to deal with it.

By Dr. Brad Hannon

42 wine trends

Good Food, Good Wine: A Recipe

for Romance! By Stephanie Keyes

44 restaurant spotlight

A Fusion of Delights: Chateau Chang

By Susan Landers

50 entertainment calendar

Guide to upcoming entertainment & events.

52 hd Happenings


Local happenings

54 susan’s corner



These kids are alright!

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H.D. Living H.D. Living Magazine Volume 3, Issue 1 Jan/Feb 2010 PUBLISHER / CEO Frank A. Castillo MARKETING/CIRCULATION DIRECTOR James Piar CFO Tiffany Santee copy editor Susan Landers DESIGN and LAYOUT Everard Strong | CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Tere Darnell, Katie Chavez, Krystal Carrillo, Stephanie Keyes, Dr. Brad Hannon PHOTOGRAPHERS George Sillas | Susan Whitney | ADVERTISING DESIGN Joe King Kari Martinez ADVERTISING executives Kari Martinez, Lindy Bains Editorial/Advertising Inquiries H.D. LIVING MAGAZINE INC. 6630 SVL Box Victorville, CA 92395 (760) 946-0642 | (760) 241-8475 PRINTING RDS Printing and Digital Graphics Center ( 909 ) 923-8831 HD Living Magazine is a bi-monthly magazine published by HD Living Magazine, Inc.

2009 HD Living Magazine Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission from this publisher. Photographs, graphics, and artwork are the property of HD Living magazine. HD Living magazine assumes no responsibility or liability for claims made by advertisers contained herein. The opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of the magazine or its owners. HD Living is not responsible for typographical errors or omissions. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Subscriptions are $9.95 per year domestically only. To subscribe, please mail payment to address above, or subscribe online at

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year LOOKING FORWARD to 2010, we here

at H.D. Living Magazine feel that the forecast is looking sunny and bright. I’ve always been told what goes up must come down and vice versa. If that’s the case, then things will start looking up, and I am excited for 2010 and the potential that it brings. As we enter into what will be our third year of publication, I can’t help but get excited for what the future holds here in the H.D.; though the economy has affected many here in our area, the Victor Valley still has plenty of room to grow. With growth comes jobs, and with jobs come spending and the continued development for the desert we call home. With that in mind, we bring you our feature on making this your best year ever! Stephanie Keyes gives us some pointers on how to turn 2010 into a healthy and prosperous year. Looking for a little recreation in the H.D.? Look no further as Tere Kidd gives us an inside look at the High Desert’s golf courses in Tee Time. And, of course, what better gift to give yourself this New Year than a brand new smile? Susan Landers brings us some info on the top dentists in the H.D. to make your smile work for you. We also have some great tips on what to get your sweetie for Valentine’s, how to stay in shape anytime and where to take your dream car when you don’t want to make that trip down the hill. And, don’t forget to check out our restaurant spotlight, a fusion of delights. So enjoy this issue of H.D. Living Magazine and look forward to a great 2010… Frank Castillo Publisher/CEO

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who’s who and what’s what

UpFront Amor Upendo Liebe Love Be a Thoughtful Valentine in More Ways than One By Krystal Carrillo


alentine’s Day is celebrated as an international day of love; yet increasingly, our hearts are too often clouded by a barrage of commercial distortions, which tends to make the day seem more focused on materialism and consumption than the whimsical sentiments of the heart. In some countries, February 14th is celebrated with an exchange of appreciative acts rather than the exchange of gifts. This year at H.D. Living, we hope to inspire you with unique, convenient ideas that combine the traditions of gift-giving and positive actions, as ours is a community interested in and committed to the betterment of our larger, global community to which we are inextricably linked. Show how big your heart is this Valentine’s Day with these socially-conscious and environmentally-responsible gifts that are adorable, affordable, and available with just the click of a mouse! »

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» Sweet Earth Organic Chocolates

Sweet Earth Organic Chocolate, based in San Luis Obispo, is dedicated to creating a “softer, kinder, and more sustainable way of doing business that considers the needs of our planet and its people” and their products “come from either the Dominican Republic, Peru or Costa Rica, the only countries in the world where there are farmers’ cooperatives that are certified organic and Fair Trade. In the meantime, a portion of the profits from our chocolate bars will go to support West African cooperatives in their efforts to become organic.”

Lavender Bath Basket ($37.00)

Combines handcrafts from India, Vietnam and USA, including a bamboo basket, a cotton butterfly tea towel, handmade lavender soap, shower gel, body oil and bath tea, and a beautiful cut glass bottle. basket: 9 1/2 in. sq x 3 1/2 in. h. SERRV International works to “eradicate poverty through their direct connections with low-income artisans and farmers. As a nonprofit, they buy and sell their crafts and food to find joint solutions to their challenges, and help them grow and embrace the future.”


Turn on the Brights Rose Bouquet ($39.99)

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The Turn on the Brights Rose Bouquet is a brilliant splash of beauty and color that will amaze your special recipient! Sweet peach roses to create a dazzling bouquet, seated in a clear glass vase, ready to lend its vibrant color to brighten their day. This bouquet is sustainably grown. Set to standards in which the growers are held to environmentally and socially responsible practices, these flowers may not be certified organic, but environmental concerns as well as community involvement, fair wages, and working conditions are considered and cared for. Your purchase includes a free personalized gift message! In an effort to embrace the ever-changing needs of the consumer and our society, FTD proudly presents Go Green Living: A collection of eco-friendly bouquets and organic gift baskets.

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Pictured L-R Linda Blakemore, Lovella Sullivan, Berta Barocio-Sullivan, Kim Summers, Erin Scott, Tania Boughton, Jennifer Nutter, Alison Greiner, Angela Valles, Nicole Aragon, and Val Emick at 2009 Havana Nights in October.

First Ladies of the High Desert All Women for One Cause


By Katie Chavez

hen it comes to women’s health issues, we are all affected. Having life-saving technology available to women is vitally important to the community. With this understanding, the First Ladies of the High Desert (FLHD) was formed to support the Victor Valley Community Hospital Foundation (VVCH) and The Center for Women’s Health. The FLHD, a non-profit organization, intends to unite women in improving community resources and awareness for women’s health. Chairperson Tania Boughton-Theeringer and cofounder Jennifer Nutter formed FLHD in 2008 with hopes of bringing all women of the High Desert together for the cause of women’s health. Since then the group has grown to 12 members; they are happily busy and successful in raising funds and awareness. Currently, the First Ladies are raising money to purchase a digital mammogram for The Center for Women’s Health at VVCH, which is crucial technology. Boughton-Theeringer and

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all of the First Ladies are passionate about the cause, she says, “I can’t say enough about the need for this advanced technology and the role it plays in early detection. In the crusade against breast cancer, the earlier the battles are won, the better chance we have at winning the war.” The FLHD hosted two events for 2009, launching their cause with “A Taste of Italy” in April and the enormously successful “Havana Nights.” The ladies are thrilled with the $21,000 raised at their last event. However, the ladies are never idle for long, the next event, which is being planned at this very moment, is sure to be a pleasure! The First Ladies are comprised of women from all walks of life, from stay-at- home moms to attorneys; they are an inclusive group happy to gain new members. Their mission statement says, “The First Ladies of the High Desert is a coalition of women from various walks of life, dedicated to raising crucial funds needed for women’s health concerns in the Victor Valley, all women for one cause.” As Boughton-Theeringer says, “we are all someone’s First Lady. We are all daughters, sisters, wives and mothers to someone!” If you would like to know more about this wonderful organization, contact the VVCH Foundation at (760) 843-6190. JAN | FEB 2009

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I-Design Arts and Graphics Bringing Your Vision to Life


pecializing in customized photo printing, including enlargement, retouching, canvas printing, and paint embellishment, I-Design Arts and Graphics brings premium, creative graphic design to the H.D. The freelance graphic design company began as the entrepreneurial vision of Faye Barber, a lifelong High Desert resident and gifted artist, who spent over a decade in the graphic design industry before deciding to open her own freelance business out of her home, so she could spend more time with her son. Her creative work in graphic design, especially personalized, professional photo printing, has caused the independent company to flourish in the community. One of I-Design’s premier services is Barber’s expertly crafted canvas printings, which can transform your most treasured photos into a top-quality piece of canvas artwork up to 24 inches wide and embellished for an oil-painting effect. Photograph retouching is also a popular service, glamorizing and reviving priceless memories for those photos that would be perfect “if only.” I-Design Arts and Graphics can create a variety of artistic pieces to decorate your home or office, as well as help you to design creative and effective advertising, custom logos, flyers, business card layouts, and more personal prints like portraits and graduation announcements. Contact Faye Barber at I-Design Arts and Graphics at (760) 221-2826 or —Krystal Carrillo

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Local Business

Running Like a Dream Dream cars auto repair shop Dream Cars, a Hesperia-based full-service specialty auto repair shop, services both foreign and domestic vehicles, specializing in the service and repair of European makes. Owners Carlo and Stacy Berro take pride in their shop, which utilizes only the latest in diagnostic software and equipment and relies on the skill and experience of professional technicians. The Berro’s business reputation cannot be beat due to their emphasis on customer service and detail-oriented technical expertise. Carlo Berro’s experience in the auto repair industry spans over 30 years, including both extensive experience in European auto repair and an interesting high-performance and racing background. The Berros previously owned an exotic auto shop in Redondo Beach before relocating and opening the premier auto repair shop in the H. D. in 2005. As a full-service, one-stop repair shop, Dream Cars “offers everything in the way of service, from inspections and oil services to brake jobs, tune-ups, and engine and transmission work.” While specializing in European vehicles, including Mercedes, BMW, Jaguar, Porsche, Mini Cooper, Audi, Volkswagen, and Land Rover to name a few, Dream Cars Auto Repair provides top-quality service for all types of vehicles, guaranteeing that “for all services preformed, Dream Cars Auto Repair uses only original equipment, recommended by factory for each specific vehicle.” 22 High Desert Living magazine

For those who may own a Mercedes, BMW, Jaguar, Porsche, Mini Cooper, Volkswagen, Audi, or any other European make, there’s no need to drive down the hill in search of repair, service, parts or accessories. Customers are relieved to find such a professional and friendly place to take their European vehicles, especially when the nearest dealer is over 50 miles away. Vicky Reine, a local customer, notes, “I am so thankful to have an auto repair shop that knows what they’re doing when it comes to my 2003 BMW X5! I am extremely picky about where I take my BMW. I used to go to the dealer down the hill for my repairs, and now I save time and money going to Dream Cars Auto Repair. Carlo and Stacy are wonderful about explaining things clearly to me, so I always understand and feel confident about the service I receive there.” Dream Cars is a AAA approved auto repair shop, and they also are an approved smog station. Dream Cars understands how important it is to keep your special vehicle running like a dream car! Dream Cars Auto Repair is open from Monday – Friday, 8am-5pm. Visit their website at www. or call for an appointment (760) 9482644. Dream Cars Auto Repair will be happy to help you with the information, repairs, or service your vehicle may need.— Krystal Carrillo

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Business Profi le

anytime fitness

One of the most popular New year’s resolutions is to slim down and be healthier, but doing it alone can be hard and joining a gym can be stressful. Fortunately, there is a solution: Anytime Fitness. For those who don’t like the idea of joining a large gym with the possibility of over crowding, Anytime Fitness is the place to see your resolution through. in each of their 5 locations throughout the H.D., there is a convenient member cap so that waiting in line is a thing of the other gyms. They also provide free classes including their difficult, yet effective, “rock Abs.” Senior citizens also have specialized classes to participate in. But the best part is that it is truly a 24 hour gym; Anytime Fitness never closes. you can head to the gym and work out--and in some locations, use the tanning salon--anytime you want. Their friendly staff takes great pride in making sure all members, no matter what time they work out, enjoy their experience. The staff also is committed to the community by participating in canned food drives, and coming soon, there will be a 12 Days of Fitness drive that will benefit Muscular Dystrophy. Anytime Fitness truly believes that “people want a convenient and affordable place to go with quality exercise equipment and a friendly atmosphere.” With that in mind, your New year’s resolution may be easier and more fun to fulfill than you thought possible. For the most up-to-date information, including locations, class times, promotions, and even a mini tour of the gym, visit—Katie Chavez

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Neighbor Profile

Nutrition Edge Being healthy is the best gift you can give to yourself, and, frankly, you deserve it. It doesn’t matter if you are a soccer mom or a soccer player, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important. So important, in fact, that you may want to supplement your diet and start the new year with a new routine. Nutrition Edge knows how to get anyone on the right track for a healthy life. It is a store committed to finding the right health supplements for the right person. The staff is well versed in all of the supplements they stock, and all of their products are tested by them before anything is recommend to their valued customers. The staff is also happy to set up custom made diet plans to teach people how eat properly. Most importantly, every customer is treated uniquely to help fulfill health and fitness goals. Nutrition Edge started in the H.D. three years ago and since then has grown dramatically. Their customer base is loyal and large, spreading the word like wildfire. Now their newest location--in Apple Valley on the corner of Bear Valley Rd. and Apple Valley Rd.--gives more opportunity for H.D. residents to see their goals met. Nutrition Edge also takes great pride in working with the community, particularly local high school athletes. They make sure students and parents know everything they need to about the supplements that will work best. In addition to their supplements, they also have workout apparel and health books. The best gift you can give yourself is to stop by and see what they can do for you; it is a store that is outfitted like a swanky coffee shop with the hospitality of home. For more information, please visit —Katie Chavez

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Health Matters


and how to deal with it

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appy New Year! Well, by now you have survived what is considered one of the most stressful times of the year; and hopefully, you still have some hair left. Many would argue that this would have been a better article to release prior to this stressful time of year. I would, respectfully, disagree. What I want to do in this article is inspire those who like to start the year off with the idea of turning over a new leaf, aka the famous “New Year’s Resolution.” I encourage you to read this article and make an attempt to reduce your stress one day at a time. Much like other health topics, stress is a very large topic, and this article can barely scratch the surface. If you have further interests, seek a healthcare professional, and know that there are people out there willing to help.

What is Stress? If you were to look up stress in dictionaries, encyclopedias, or on the internet, it is likely you will find multiple definitions. My favorite definition comes from the American Chiropractic Association: “Stress is a physical and mental response to the difference between our expectations and our personal experience.” When we encounter a stressful situation, our body will respond by stimulating the sympathetic nervous system or “fight or flight response.” The body then goes through a few changes in preparation for this “fight or flight.” Our body releases hormones and other chemical stimulators, accelerating heart rate, increasing blood pressure, increasing breathing, decreasing digestion, dilating pupils, weakening the immune system, and the list goes on.

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What are the Signs and Symptoms of Stress? Generally, the effects of stress can be broken down to three broad categories: physical symptoms, mental symptoms, and behavioral symptoms. Stress often presents itself as neck pain and stiffness, muscle tension, headaches, stroke-like symptoms, heart palpitations, heart attacklike symptoms, Bell’s palsy, shingles, digestive issues, feeling cranky, worrying, being jumpy, feeling tired or frustrated, loss of temper, feeling overwhelmed, grinding teeth, etc. Stress can lead to overeating, increased blood sugar, isolationism, lack of exercises, depression, insomnia, fatigue, anxiety, etc. Studies have shown that people who are under chronic stress are more likely to have elevated levels of inflammation, which in turn increases risk for other diseases and slower healing times. Studies have also shown that stressed people are 54% more likely to have heart attacks and strokes, and chronic stress can also double the chances of men developing diabetes. It has been estimated that 80 precent of all disease has some stress factors involved.

What are Some Common Stressors? Polls have shown insecurity to be ranked as one of the top stressors. You may be thinking insecurity? What about money? Or losing a job? The stress behind a lot of issues is the insecurity. Insecure thoughts about money, job security, joint bank accounts or sharing money and the different views on money within relationships. Hair loss is ranked high behind money, which in turn creates a negative self image and sense of unattractiveness or age. Another big reported stressor is dealing with others, relationship issues, peer pressure, crime, violence, mean and inconsiderate people, road rage, etc. Driving can be stressful to some, especially locally when approaching a stop light with the new red light cameras. Even otherwise happy events such as weddings, a new job or promotion, or a vacation can be stressful.

What to Do About Stress? First off, realize it is impossible to avoid stress. Stress is something that happens every day of our lives, so we need to learn to work through these situations. A key to working through a stressful situation is to identify the stressor and break it down into one of these categories: not my problem, my problem and urgent, or my problem and not urgent. This simply will help prioritize problems and eliminate things that others may want to push onto us. Another key to living and dealing with stress is having a positive attitude. An optimistic person will have a sunny outlook about the future and typically cope with life’s stresses better than those who are pessimistic; researchers believe this may be due to the strong social network that optimists often have that helps them deal with stress. Optimistic people typically report that they know people who will help them get through these situations. Another very important aspect of dealing with stress is being pro active, or having good habits to reduce stress. Here is a short list of ideas to be proactive: • Exercise is a stress buster, so schedule time for exercise/yoga/walks daily • Take the time to sit down and create a budget; get in control of your finances and be honest about what you can and can not afford; begin and keep a savings account • Know you can not influence others; the only thing you can control is your own thoughts and reactions • Realize that sometimes you make mistakes too, so forgive and let go • Find people entertaining: try not to see them as someone who needs help; often they don’t want help and you will find yourself wasting your time stressing out about trying to fix their situation • Daily meditation or structured timeouts can reduce stress and recharge your batteries • Try Reinterpretation or looking for the silver lining • Take micro breaks during your day; take a 30 second timeout to stretch your neck, roll your shoulders, and close your eyes

• Make tomorrow’s to do list • Aromatherapy • Listen to music • Turn the depressing news off, and avoid negative conversations with negative people • Humor and laughter (look up jokes and funny videos on the internet) • Sleep • Nutritious eating • Massage/Day spa, Acupuncture, and Chiropractic care can be used to help relax • Don’t let things build up to the point that you explode Choosing not to deal with stress is not an option; eventually it will catch up with you, and if you are not properly prepared it could result in physical and/or mental breakdown. Society has many of us wound up tight, and for what? At the end of the day where does that take you besides an early grave? How many times have you had someone tell you “I own a Jacuzzi and never use it”? Well, make the time. Everyone needs to figure out what they can do on a daily basis to reduce their own stress. I encourage you today to take 20 minutes out of your day and reduce your stress. It is not being selfish; it is simply taking care of yourself. Look for the next issue where we will talk about longevity and the strong possibility that you will live longer than you expect.—Brad Hannon

Dr. Hannon graduated from the Southern California University of Health Sciences’ Doctor of Chiropractic program. Now, in private practice Dr. Hannon dedicates his time to his passion of health, exercise, and nutrition.

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2010 Make it Your Best Year Ever

by Stephanie Keyes

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oo-hoo! Happy New Year!?! Well, at least that’s the plan, right? Good intentions and all, we often talk that talk, but seem to stumble a little while trying to walk the walk, often stubbing our toes on the broken resolutions along the way. Though most don’t talk about it much, the reality is that instead of walking, many of us find ourselves swimming in a murky wake of holiday debt and “post good cheer depression” instead. Well, snap out of it! Life really is too short. There are adventures to be had, people to love, sunsets to be viewed, and flowers to smell along the way. Okay, you can stop gagging now. So…what if we decide not to set ourselves up for failure this year? What if we take baby steps that will not only help to make 2010 a great year, but that may also give us the power us to change our entire lives? We all know that moderate physical activity is good for our bodies, but do you know how great it is for your psychological well being? Speaking of which, let’s try to rid ourselves of those negative, self depreciating thoughts; just making the choice to look at things in a more positive light can be empowering, actually aiding in the management of stress and depression. And, let’s remind ourselves that we really are worthy and treat ourselves to a little play time this year! Yeah, times are tough and money is short; however, there many fun and inexpensive ways to enjoy the small pleasures in life. Lastly, if nothing else, we need to remember to laugh! Now, put your feet up and let HD Living Magazine show you how to help make this year one of your best.

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No Pain! No Pain! The Benefits of Simple Physical Activity The thought of starting a daily exercise regimen (cringe), can be daunting. Many of us like to color outside of the lines, so pinning ourselves down to a daily routine of strenuous exercise seems like punishment. Well, getting physically active doesn’t have to mean pain and suffering. Just some sort of physical activity that is done for at least 2030 minutes daily can make such a difference by lowering blood pressure, reducing the risks of developing heart disease, diabetes and cancer, and it does wonders for your psychological well-being by reducing feelings of anxiety and depression. What you have to remember is that the activities that you choose don’t have to be arduous. Yard work counts! Go rake those leaves, mow the lawn, and for goodness sake, go wash that car; it needs to be done anyway. Housework counts as well. Mopping floors and vacuuming gets the blood flowing and the heart pumping, and if you turn your stereo up, you may find a few moments to boogie a bit in between chores to some of your favorite songs. By the way, your dog looks like he could use a walk, and a little bike ride to the park with Jr. might be a lot of fun. Simply changing the way you look at exercise can make it enjoyable, and when you actually start to feel better and see some benefits, you may find yourself wanting to push yourself to do a little more. Just don’t let it become the enemy by doing some activity you dread. Keep it fun! 32 High Desert Living magazine

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Change your Mind! Ever catch a glimpse of Eeyore when you look into the mirror? Well, if you wake up each morning dreading the day, dwelling on all the possible disasters that might occur and focusing on the view of your half empty glass, then it may be time to sit down and have a little chat with yourself. Getting caught up in the “woe is me” syndrome happens from time to time; it’s a place that we all visit, but it’s not healthy, or attractive, to stay too long and set up camp. Just making the choice to have a great day and allowing yourself to smile can do wonders. You may find if you trade those negative self-talks you tend to indulge in for a little positive reinforcement, you’ll reduce your stress level considerably, improve your coping skills—not to mention your health— and you’ll certainly enjoy life a heck of a lot more! How do you begin? Well, don’t say anything to yourself that you wouldn’t say to someone else. Most of us wouldn’t look at our coworkers and say, “Wow, you really look fat and old this morning…” Right? In fact, most of us try to throw out the gift of a compliment to our friends and coworkers instead of dragging them down; and if you don’t, well, maybe you should. Just lifting another’s spirit can be a gift to our own. Another thing you might do is to stop periodically and evaluate your thoughts. If you find yourself dwelling on that empty glass again, fill it up by counting your blessings. Think about all that you do have, and drag yourself back out of that dark place. You have more power to do so than you can imagine. And lastly, surround yourself with positive people and give yourself the permission to be happy and laugh. It’s good for you! Simple Pleasures Cheap and/or Free Things to Do If you’re short on money right now that doesn’t mean that you have to be short on fun. After all, “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” Remember what happening to poor Jack Nicholson in the Shining? We can’t have that happening… So, what can you do when you’re bored and broke? Here are a just a few tips: Find out what’s going on in our community. Check out the community section on, or explore the arts & entertainment and sports and recreation links on There, you have the option to search any city in the area for upcoming fun. A favorite in the H.D., Y102’s website also offers a great community calendar that can be found at pages/2855377.php. Many of the events are very inexpensive and/or free. Watch or join a local sports league. Community sports can be a blast and a great way to make new friends, whether you’re on the field, sitting in the stands or volunteering. Host a film festival in your home. Create a theme and invite a group of friends over for movies, munchies and drinks.

Love to read? Start or join a book club. Once a week someone in the club chooses a book to be read, and at the end of a week or so, the group gathers to share and exchange views. It can be a lot of fun. Go on a picnic. When is the last time you actually went on one? Pack up the kids, the dog, a few lounge chairs and some vittles, and head down to Mojave Narrows Regional Park. There’s so much to do there, and at only $10.00 per car, it’s a very inexpensive day of fun. To see what you’ve been missing, check out: Invite friends over for game night. Have everyone bring their favorite snack and a game, and have a ball. If it’s the Best Medicine…Laugh! Comedic genius, Bob Newhart had it right when he said, “Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on.” But, is it the best medicine? Well, it’s free; it provides a great workout for the abdominal muscles, diaphragm and heart, and it provides a wonderful emotional and physical release. In fact, many hospitals are using humor therapy, as studies have found that laughter actually increases the level of health-enriching hormones that boost the immune system. According to Caroline Rea, RN, BS, MS, in an article written for RevolutionHealth website: “ Humor therapy helps reduce the negative effects of feeling unhealthy, out of control, afraid, or helpless, which are common problems for those with cancer or chronic diseases.” Laughter naturally draws people together, creates memorable bonding experiences, and can make awkward situations almost bearable. When life throws us nasty bumps in the road, humor is such a great distraction. It’s a wonderful stress reliever, not to mention, laughter just plain feels good. So, let’s take our medicine: let’s cut ourselves some slack, surround ourselves with light-hearted people, and laugh until it hurts! And so we begin our new year... We can’t control what’s going on in the world, but we can control how we choose to face each day. So, let’s do what we can do, treat ourselves well, and strive to make 2010 our best year ever! HDL High Desert Living magazine 33

Spring Valley Lake

Tee Time By Tere Kidd


here are no thoughts of Earl Grey and shortbread biscuits. No thoughts of milk in your tea. All of which sounds very British, as well it should. Our modern game of golf finds its heritage in that wee bit of pleasure known as Scotland. There you will find more golf courses per capita than anywhere else in the world. By comparison the United States ranks 8th for the most golf courses per capita. The game was so popular in 1452 that King James banned golf because it kept his subjects from archery practice—important to the nation’s defense. Even though Mary, Queen of Scots played at Musseburg Racecourse in 1567, and any number of legendary women have since played to great acclaim, golf is generally thought of as a gentleman’s game. Not as in only men can play well, but as in players demonstrate good manners and behave in a gentlemanly manner. No one smacks somebody, and no one shouts profanities at other players. Tiger may kick himself all around the course on a bad day, but you won’t see a brawl break out among the players, and you won’t see bare-chested men painted in team colors cheering a player on. No fighting in the audience and no crude gestures. Luckily, for golf enthusiasts (a euphemism for fanatics who play at least twice a week and twice more on the weekends), the H.D. has four local golf courses: Victorville, Apple Valley, Spring Valley Lake, and Hesperia. All have 18-hole golf courses that have played steadying roles in the development of their communities. At this time of year, a lot of courses are under several inches of snow. For us here in the H.D., we are more likely to have sunshine and balmy temperatures. So, go already!

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Spring Valley Lake Spring Valley Lake is the only club that allows only its members to play. The course - built by Boise Cascade and designed by Robert Trent Jones in the late 60s, along with the lake, was the center piece for the Spring Valley Lake development. The 18-hole, par72 course featuring a mile-long stream and eight ponds is part of the Clubcorp Network with properties worldwide. The 3,000 square-foot country club overlooks the golf course, the lake and a lagoon. It is a beautifully kept course, and PGA golf professional Gregg Combs is available if you need some help with your swing or strategy advice. For information about the Spring Valley Lake course, contact: golf pro Gregg Combs at (760) 245-7921, or visit the course at 13229 Spring Valley Parkway.

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Tee Time Green Tree Golf Course

Apple Valley Country Club

Hesperia Golf and Country Club

Green Tree Golf Course in Victorville pre-dates most of the neighborhood development. Now run by the city of Victorville, the course is open to the public. A par-72 course designed by the renowned William Bell is rumored to be a break in the road trip for Willie Nelson when on his way to a performance in Las Vegas. He shows up unannounced and plays a few holes then back to the bus and away to Vegas. Green Tree’s new club house is indeed very impressive. The dining room looks out on the course through four huge panes of glass that rise from the floor to the ceiling. These can be pushed back into the walls so that the course becomes virtually part of your dining experience. For information about Victorville’s Green Tree Golf Course, call golf pro Ron Atkins at (760) 2454860, or visit the course at 14144 Green Tree Boulevard.

According to Brian Miano, head golf professional at Apple Valley Country Club, the club is working in cooperation with the Town of Apple Valley’s park and recreation department to develop a program for children ages four to seventeen that is affordable. “The goal is to teach golf, but even more it will teach good values,” insists Miano, who has just recently begun working at the club. The program has hopes of developing the moral character of the young players through good sportsmanship and golf protocol. The par-71 course has hosted such celebrities as Bob Hope, Lawrence Welk, and Desi Arnaz. Champion Arnold Palmer and other golf greats have played the course, as well as, visionaries Newton Bass and Bud Westlund, who were two of Apple Valley’s founding fathers. For information about Apple Valley’s course and their youth program, contact golf pro Brian Miano at (760) 242-3125, or visit the course at 15200 Rancherias Road., Apple Valley.

Ex-golf pro Alex Rickards talks readily about the history of Hesperia Golf and Country Club. He has been called out of retirement to help put the shine back in the future of the club and course. When asked about club policy with regard to membership, Rickards replies, “It is a semi-private facility that is also open to the public.” The course was established around 1957. The course and pro shop are still open as the city of Hesperia works to restore the course to its former glory. Legends like Arnold Palmer, Don January, and Gene Littler still haunt the halls of the club house where pictures of historic figures and tournaments adorn the walls. For more information about Hesperia Golf Course, contact: Alex Rickards at (760) 244-9301. Or, take a look at the course located at 17970 Bangor Avenue in Hesperia.

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GOLF Robert Trent Jones Jr./Sr. designed 18-hole championship golf course

7070 SVL BOX 13229 Spring Valley Parkway Victorville, California 92395 Ph (760) 245-5356 Fx (760) 245-7597

You don’t have to live in Spring Valley Lake to join! Members enjoy access to over 170 other clubs and resorts world-wide

TENNIS Four lighted tennis courts

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The Smile Makers H.D. Dentists Who Keep Your Pearly Whites Bright!

By Susan Landers


here is nothing that makes one look youthful quite like a bright, white smile; however, if your teeth haven’t been sparkly lately, you’ll want to get yourself to a dentist pronto! Dental professionals have made huge strides in the last few years and can offer you terrific new procedures for whitening, straightening, cleaning and caring for your teeth. And, it’s not all about looks, you know. Your teeth can be a good indicator of your overall health and well being. If it has been too long since you’ve graced the threshold of a dentist’s office, check out the following H.D. docs who will help you regain the confidence of a beautiful smile!

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Dr. James Sweeney Hometown Dental 16385 Walnut St., Hesperia (760) 947-6905


r. James Sweeney is homegrown and proud of it. Raised in the H.D., Dr. Sweeney graduated from Apple Valley High School. Though he left to attend college, he returned as soon as he was able and opened his practice in Hesperia. Dr. Sweeney says, “I grew up in the high desert, it is home to me. Even when I was off at college, I would come home as often as I could to be with friends and family. I love the landscape and openness of the desert, and the views of the beautiful mountains.” The beauty of the H.D. and the lure of family and friends brought the doctor home, yet he was also drawn by the need to serve where he knew he was needed most; as he says, “I knew the high desert (especially Hesperia) was in need of more general dentists and it just made sense to come back.” He and his team have built a practice as unique as the H.D. itself. Hometown Dental offers patients an experience unlike most they will find at other dental offices. Combined with Coco Bella Salon, Hometown Dental provides the opportunity to have salon and dental services in one location. Dr. Sweeney says that “It was my wife’s idea to combine the practice with Coco Bella beauty salon. She has always felt that the high desert needed more dental offices that were like the dental spas in Orange County. When my sister-inlaw obtained her cosmetology license, we decided to give it a try. The salon is convenient, because family members can get a haircut, wax, or their nails done while they are waiting for their family member’s dental procedure to be completed. We also offer beauty packages for weddings, prom, etc. that include teeth whitening. We have even had patients reward daughters for a good job at the dentist by going to the salon to get their nails painted.”

When patients come to Hometown Dental, they feel all of the warmth and individual attention the doctor and his staff can offer because “We are family owned and operated, and from the moment you step in our living-room style waiting room, our goal is that you feel welcome and at home. We see one patient at a time, limiting our schedule so that you get the one-on-one attention you deserve. We strive to schedule in such a way that we only have one family in the waiting room at a time.” Though the friendly, caring, individual approach may feel old-fashioned, the dentistry is definitely of the modern age. The doctor says that, “We offer laser dentistry in our office which allows for a variety of dental procedures with no anesthetic shot. We have the latest digital x-ray technology which allows for less radiation exposure, and we also have TV, movies, and Nintendo in the dental chair.” The videogames are just one example of the soft spot Dr. Sweeney has for

children. He had thought of specializing in pediatric dentistry, yet decided he could still serve children and their parents as a family dentist. Parents can feel good about bringing their children to Hometown Dental because “We are a family dental office and see patients of all ages; however we are especially good at working with fearful children with bad previous dental experiences.”   Dr. Sweeney’s faith informs his practice and his life for he assures his patients that “I am a Christian and my belief in Christ impacts every decision I make. Finding a good dentist is a very personal decision, and I want potential patients to know that honesty, integrity, and hard work are important factors in my core beliefs and lifestyle.”

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Smile Makers

Dr. Ginger Scoggins 16173 Walnut St., Hesperia (760) 244-3112, Her slogan says it all: “We Cater to Cowards.” If the idea of the dentist’s office turns you into a whimpering ‘fraidy cat, and you’re certainly not alone if it does, then fear no longer: your new dentist awaits and her name is Dr. Ginger Scoggins! Dr. Scoggins offers dental care for even the most fearful patients, and you’ll find “complete dental services in a warm and friendly environment.” The doctor says that “We understand the anxieties that many people experience when faced with the dentist’s chair, and so we work hard to prove those anxieties unfounded. We do this by striving to make every appointment as enjoyable and relaxing as possible.”

Dr. Farhad Mazi Apple Dental 19190 Hwy. 18, Ste. A, Apple Valley (760) 242-7753, When it comes to your oral health, Dr. Farhad Mazi believes that education is key. A graduate of one of the top dental schools in the nation, the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Mazi’s practice is located in Apple Valley. Patient care and comfort are Dr. Mazi’s priorities. Apple Dental’s informative website offers information about oral health as well as a detailed description of the dentists, associates, and their services, so when you read that “Dr. Mazi has a wide range of experience in different areas of dentistry, from cosmetic and restorative dentistry to surgical treatments and root canal treatments,” you can feel secure that the doctor will be able to treat you with the utmost care. 40 High Desert Living magazine

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Dr. Michael Jacobsen 12587 Hesperia Rd., Ste A Victorville (760) 951-7752


pecializing in orthodontics, Dr. Jacobsen’s practice needs to be fun, and it is! Though he has patients in all age groups, children constitute a large percentage of those he sees in his office. A graduate of Loma Linda University, Dr. Jacobsen is also a member of many professional organizations, which allows him to stay on top of the latest in dental and orthodontic care. Dr. Jacobsen’s practice is committed to professional patient care, but one look at the murals of whales, manatees, and other sea creatures gracing his office walls denotes a lively environment. Dr. Jacobsen says, “We offer an exciting atmosphere with excellent customer service where people truly enjoy being. We provide the highest quality orthodontic treatment in a setting that is friendly, professional and fun. The team is dedicated to the practice and supportive of one another.” That team spirit means that the patient is at the center of all they do. Dr. Jacobsen offers braces in multiple styles and colors, including translucent and transparent aligners like Invisilign,

so adults can feel as comfortable getting a great smile as kids. The benefits of a beautiful smile cannot be underestimated either. Often, one of the first aspects people notice is our smile, so if you’re not proud of yours, Dr. Jacobsen can rectify that. Healthy teeth and gums provide numerous benefits beyond the surface aesthetics. Many health problems including headaches or jaw pain may be eliminated by proper tooth alignment. Treatments vary, and Dr. Jacobsen and his staff treat patients as individuals. An initial consultation can determine the best course of treatment. Children should have their first orthodontic consultation and examination by the age of seven. Treatment may not be necessary at that age, but a baseline exam will offer indicators of which treatments will be of most benefit and when treatment should begin. Dr. Jacobsen and his family have lived in the H.D. for many years, and because he enjoys an active lifestyle, it’s no surprise why he enjoys it here; he says, “I have the best of everything. I have the convenience of the mountains for skiing, beaches for water sports, lakes for water skiing. I can go biking almost any time of the year. Clean fresh air is a plus. People are so friendly in the high desert and also the potential for cultural growth is outstanding.” The love of an outdoor

life keeps the doctor vibrant for his many family, church, and youth activities, and of course, his patients. Dr. Jacobsen’s own bright smile greets his patients, young and old, and assures them of a pleasant and comfortable visit. The doctor says that “Our practice is dedicated to providing the best patient experience possible. We are creating smiles for the future in a stress free, comfortable and caring environment.” The entire staff at Dr. Jacobsen’s office is interested in providing the best in care and staying up to date with the latest treatment options. Their website assures patients that, “Each member of our treatment team is a registered assistant, and our office staff has years of experience in treating patients with the highest level of care. We strive to stay abreast of the very latest in technology and advances by regularly attending continuing education courses and seminars.”

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Food Wine Cellar

Wine Trends Red Wine Pot Roast

Good Food, Good Wine A Recipe for Romance! by Stephanie Keyes

“When a man drinks wine at dinner, he begins to be better pleased with himself.”–Plato


h-oh…Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! What to do this year? Instead of doing the typical and going out to dinner, again, how about surprising your loved one with an easy, yet impressive, home cooked meal…made with wine? Now, if you’re the one wearing the apron all the time, forget about it! But, for those of you who don’t usually cook (trust me, gentlemen), a homemade romantic dinner for two scores a lot of brownie points. Create a quixotic setting of flowers, candlelight, mood music, and then greet your Valentine with a glass of his/ her favorite bubbly or vino and maybe some chocolate covered strawberries. Then, astound your loved one even further by serving a delicious wine laced meal and dessert. Now, don’t panic just yet; if you lack a little confidence in the wine and food pairing department, just pay a visit to Casa De Vino Wine Boutique on Apple Valley Rd. They know wine well and will happily point you in the right direction. While you’re at it, if you’re in need of a gift idea, they can create a custom gift basket for your significant other that can include everything from Kama Sutra products to candles to fun and classy wine inspired accessories and gifts…and of course, a bottle of his or her favorite vino. But, let’s get back to that remarkable meal that you’re going to serve… If you’re at a loss and don’t have a clue what to serve for dinner and dessert, you may want to try the two wine enhanced recipes that follow; they’re easy, delicious and impressive. The bottom line is that most of us just want our loved ones to put a little thought and romance into Valentine’s Day, or any day for that matter. But, whatever you choose to do, say, give, or serve, don’t forget to pour on the love as you pour the wine. Cheers! 42 High Desert Living magazine

3 lb. pot roast Salt & Pepper 1 onion (potatoes, carrots, mushrooms are optional) 1 Italian dressing season mix packet 1 bottle of fine red wine Lightly and quickly brown the pot roast and season well with salt and pepper. Place it and an onion (cut into large chunks) into a crock pot. Combine the bottle of red wine with a packet of your favorite dry Italian dressing mix and pour it over the roast. Cook it on high for 1 hour and then on low for 7 to 8 hours. The roast should be “fall apart” tender. You can also add mushrooms, carrots and potatoes, if you’d like, but give the roast at least a good 4 hour head start so that the veggies don’t fall apart on you as well. You can serve this alone or over rice or mashed potatoes. Delicious!

Black Cherries in Wine 2 cups Merlot 1 cup sugar 2 cinnamon sticks Peel and juice of 1 small lemon 2 tablespoons brandy 2 pounds pitted black cherries Combine all ingredients (except cherries) and simmer for 20 minutes. Cool. Partially chop and macerate cherries for 1 hour in the cooled syrup, folding many times. Serve over ice cream, angel food cake, pound cake, chocolate cake or brownies. Don’t forget the whipped cream! Variations of both recipes can be found at

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Food Restaurant Spotlight

A Fusion of Delights Chateau Chang | by Susan Landers

chateau chang 15425 Anacapa Rd. (Park Center off 15 freeway), Victorville (760) 241-3040

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crumptious…elegant…delightful… romantic: words alone cannot sum up the experience that is Chateau Chang. A delicious secret, hidden away in Victorville, Chateau Chang has epitomized fine dining in the H.D. for 21 years. Its lovely décor and quiet atmosphere, conducive to a relaxing meal, bring additional pleasure to the gastronomic delights served. A fusion of tastes, Chateau Chang serves a perfect blend of French and Chinese cuisine. With specialties such as Frog Legs and Lobster Thermador, Filet Mignon Flambé, poached salmon, and Duck a l’Orange, there is a taste for every palate. Chef James, who has trained with Le Cordon Bleu trained-chefs, brings passion to every meal and prepares every dish from scratch. Whether homemade soups or their tasty house dressing, nothing is frozen or premade. Many of Chateau Chang’s regular diners come from as far away as Los Angeles and Las Vegas, comparing their dining experience to that found in much larger cities. Whether for a special event such as a birthday or anniversary or an elegant and peaceful business lunch, coming to Chateau Chang is always a good decision. But, it is not necessary to wait for a

special occasion to treat yourself to Chateau Chang’s beautiful ambiance and delicious food. With their reasonable prices, dining on Chateau Chang’s fresh seafood, beef, pork, or poultry dishes is within every budget. Prices for dinner range from $12.95 to $40.00, and that is not a la carte pricing. Expect a full meal, including soup or salad, with generous portions and excellent service. Their lunch menu starts as low as $7.95, and their full menu is available. Lunch is served Monday-Friday from 11:30 am to 2 pm, while dinner is TuesdaySaturday from 4:30 pm to 9 pm. Chateau Chang’s full bar complements any lunch or dinner choice; for a delicious tropical treat be sure to try Jan’s famous Mai Tai! With special arrangement, Chateau Chang will open on Sunday and Monday evenings by request for private parties and large groups of ten or more. For the most romantic of first dates or a Valentine’s dinner to remember, be sure to make reservations early. If you’re looking for specialties like Oysters Rockefeller, fresh sea bass, ostrich, baby rack of lamb, surf n turf, or perhaps a simpler dish like your choice of halibut or cod fish and chips, all prepared to your order, stop in to Chateau Chang and find your new favorite place to eat. JAN | FEB 2009

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Food Eating Out

Dining Guide VIVA MARIA

La Casita Mexican Restaurant 14977 Palmdale Rd, (760) 241-0119 La Casita at the Lake 12170 Spring Valley Pkwy, (760) 843-0440 Rinconsito Del Mar 14678 7th St, (760) 9510344 Tokyo Sushi & Bar BQ 14741 7th St, (760) 9557123 Johnny Rebs’ Southern 15051 7th St, (760) 955-3700 Golden Gate Restaurant 15208 Bear Valley Rd., # B, (760) 245-6189 Steer ‘n Stein Restaurant 12224 Mariposa Rd, (760) 241-0775

The following is a listing of select High Desert restaurants. These listings are a free service provided by H.D. Living magazine and are subject to change. This guide also includes nightclubs and wine tasting. If you would like your dining establishment considered, send information to, include your name, the name of the establishment, address, and contact information.

» Victorville

The Grumpy Golfer 14144 Green Tree Blvd. (760) 955-6017 Yoshi Sushi 14177 Kentwood Blvd, (760) 241-1960 Chateau Chang Restaurant 15425 Anacapa Rd, (760) 241-3040 Cocky Bull Steak House and Opry Hall 14180 US Highway 395 (760) 241-6592 Divine Wine Bar 14845 Monarch Blvd. suite C, (760) 843-3888

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Marie Callenders 12180 Mariposa Rd, (760) 241-6973 Los Roberto’s 12670 Hesperia Rd, (760) 243-9422 Outback Steakhouse 12400 Amargosa Rd # B, (760) 962-1003 Maan Fu 14317 Bear Valley Rd, (760) 956-8787 Los Toritos Mexican Restaurant 14962 Bear Valley Rd Ste A, (760) 245-1811 Well Being Tofu House 15024 Bear Valley Rd, (760) 241-8888 Mimi’s Cafe 12032 Amargosa Rd, (760) 244-6888

Original Roadhouse Grill 11940 Amargosa Rd, (760) 949-2308

The Wine Seller Apple Bear Center, (760) 961-2500

Karma Nightclub 12152 Cottonwood Rd, (760) 955-1600

Los Domingos Mexican Restaurant 17790 Wika Rd, (760) 946-5344

El Tio Pepe Mexican Restaurant 12100 Amargosa Rd, (760) 241-0811

Oggis Pizza & Brewing Co 19201 Bear Valley Rd, (760) 240-8977

Carino’s 11970 Amargosa Rd, (760) 949-2248

Mama Carpino’s 22010 Highway 18, (760) 240-9664

Kinari 12152 Cottonwood Rd, (760) 955-1500

Pita Stop 1620 Apple Valley Rd. B-4 (760) 916-9010

China Garden 13790 Bear Valley Rd # 10, (760) 245-9665

Viva Maria 20162 US Hwy 18 (760) 946-2087

Paulina’s Mexican Grill 14845 Monarch Blvd, (760) 955-2661

» Hesperia

Daikoku Japanese Steak House 12174 Hesperia Rd, (760) 952-1300

» Apple Valley

Angel’s Roadhouse 2 13685 John Glenn Rd, (760) 240-6923 Casa De Vino 13692 Apple Valley Rd. #250, (760) 240-8877 Las Brisas Mexican Restaurant 21919 US Highway 18, (760) 240-1051 Nikki’s Cafe 19311 Bear Valley Rd. (760) 247-355 Di Napoli’s Fire House 17856 US Highway 18, (760) 242-5802 Amy’s Mexican Restaurant 19123 US Highway 18, (760) 242-7272

Go Bangkok Thai Cuisine 15800 Main St Ste 200, (760) 947-9029 Los Domingos Restaurant 15885 Main St, (760) 948-6161 Cancun Mexican & Seafood 15550 Main St, (760) 956-7720 Italian Kitchen 16409 Yucca St, (760) 244-7757 Molly Brown’s Country Cafe 16575 Smoketree St, (760) 949-1212 Thai-Lotus Restaurant 12027 Hesperia Rd, (760) 949-9362 Wood Grill Buffet 14135 Main St. (760) 981-4418

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Weddings • Quinceaneras Sweet 16 • Corporate Events Special Occasions • Fundraisers Business Seminars • Theme Parties First Class Decor • Full Course Menu Indoor or Outdoor

Book Your Event Today! Call Stacy Plaziak Events Coordinator

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The Victorville Chamber of Commerce & Auto Park at Valley Center Present

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Arts and Culture H.D. Calendar

Entertainment Calendar January/February DANIEL RODRIGUEZ

JANUARY 24 DANIEL RODRIGUEZ The Victor Valley Community Concert Association Presents, America’s beloved tenor. The world knows him as the “singing policeman” who lifted the spirit of America in the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks. This former ‘beat cop’ from New York continues to uplift hearts and minds with his incredible voice and showmanship.VVC MAIN STAGE THEATRE. Call (760) 961-0486 or visit ~

JANUARY 30-31 TUX EGO BRIDAL FAIR Getting married or know someone who is? The annual Tux Ego Bridal Fair will once again showcase some of the top vendors in the High Desert for all your Bridal needs. From locations to photographers you will find it all at this annual event. SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS: Call (760) 241-5099 for more information JANUARY 29-31 IMPROV COMEDY NIGHTS Come enjoy comedy and fun in an improvisational setting where anything can be said and the punch line can come from anywhere. Get ready to laugh your socks off in this “who’s line is it anyway” type comedy act here in the High Desert. HIGH DESERT CENTER FOR THE ARTS: Call (760) 243-7493 for ticket information


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FEBRUARY 13-15 CIVIL WAR AT CALICO Experience history as the North meets the South in Authentic Civil War Reenactments. Drills, Music, Living History Displays, Confederate and Union Camps set throughout the town. Imagine yourself under martial law in a town occupied by the Confederate army. Suddenly a cannon blasts, smoke fills the air, and a hundred Union soldiers come rushing in. CALICO GHOST TOWN: Call (760) 254-2122/1-800-TO-CALICO or go to JAN | FEB 2009 888-50-MAGIC

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Entertainment H.D. Happenings

havana nights On October 15 the First Ladies of the High Desert and the Victor Valley Community Hospital Foundation hosted “Havana Nights” at Karma nightclub in Victorville. The Havana themed fundraiser was held to benefit the Victor Valley Community Hospitals Center for Women’s Health. The event featured Wine tasting by Casa De Vino and Gourmet dishes served from Kinari Bistro.

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Susan’s Corner


If you’re paired up with a loving partner, then the coming of February 14th will likely bring flowers, chocolates, or at the very least, a card and a love note. If you’re not paired up, but continue to live the single life, then Valentine’s Day can seem just plain wrong on so many levels. Surviving the celebration of the couple can seem daunting, but fear not! If you’re single, you can still celebrate the lousy…I mean…lovely holiday with other singles. If you’re a woman, you likely have single girlfriends with whom to share the holiday. A girls’ night of chick flicks, wine spritzers, and chocolate will help you forget that last year you may have spent the evening locked in a romantic embrace with the man of your dreams, or maybe you merely dreamed that after having spent the evening watching last year’s movie marathon that included “Somewhere in Time” and “Sleepless in Seattle,” followed by the inevitable “When Harry Met Sally.” Some choices for this year’s girl fest? How about “French Kiss,” “Titanic” or “Twilight”? Want a taste of the classics? Try “An Affair to Remember,” “That Touch of Mink,” or my personal favorite, “Casablanca.” Single Valentine’s with the guys? Easy: Sports Bar, B-Ball, and Beer. This year, try for a co-ed singles’ Valentine’s Day bash, and perhaps next year’s Valentine’s will be a bit more couple-like for all concerned. How to mix the above suggestions for a co-ed singles Valentine’s? Margaritas, Nachos, and “Terminator.” At least there’s a love scene or two to go with Arnold’s “I’ll Be Back…”

cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese filling

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For the filling: For the cupcakes: 1 pkg (8 ooz) cream cheese softened 3 cups cake flour sifted 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup milk 2/3 cup butter or margarine makes: About 1 1/2 cups. ps sugar 1 3/4 cu 2 eggs 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1 1/4 cup milk makes: About 24 standard cupcakes. Each cupcake serves 1. preheat oven to 350°. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Set anilla aside. Cream butter and sugar together until light. Add eg gs and v ture to lour mix d. Add f hly mixe thoroug eat until to creamed mixture and b ition. creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each add minContinue beating one minute. pour into prepared pan. Bake 20-25 pan on inutes in ool 10 m clean.C mes out erted co hpick ins ntil toot utes or u ing. decorat rack; remove and cool completely before Frost with pink icing to celebrate the day. Recipe found at: http://w

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HD Living, January/February 2010  

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