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Wedding issue Baseball is back in town!


+ Top honeymoon destinations + Prepping for the big day + Wine selections 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

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Breast Augmentation Liposuction Tummy Tuck Eye Lid Surgery Facelift Mommy Makeovers Botox SlimLipo Laser

What can our Academy do for the finest heart care specialists in the region? Help them raise the bar.

Every day, the Academy of Heart Care Excellence strives to elevate the quality of cardiac care in the High Desert.

By bringing together dedicated heart care specialists to develop higher benchmarks and refine protocols, the result is better outcomes for patients today and tomorrow. The Academy is incorporated into the Heart Care Program at St.Mary Medical Center—home to the only comprehensive heart care program in the High Desert. With the formation of the Academy, St. Mary is raising the bar for cardiac care in the region. High Desert Living magazine 7 To choose a St. Mary Medical Center Heart Care Specialist, call Physician Select at 1-877-242-4200, or visit

Table of Contents

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15 up front

32 running with the pack From healing the sick to Hollywood movie stars, the wolves at Wolf Mountain Sanctuary are a special breed. By Tere Kidd 36 tying the knot Getting married? We bring you26 the best that the HD has to offer, making your Big Day one to remember. By Susan Landers 44 honeymoon hot spots Our guide to the hottest places to share with your honey after the Big Day. By Stephanie Keyes

Baseball season is here again; See you at

the fair; Annual Home & Garden Show, the

Magic man

By Krystal Carrillo and Katie Chavez.

22 local business

The Dream Seller: Agio’s Khrystyne Peratt

By Katie Chavez

22 business profile

Mojave Media, for all your media needs

By Susan Landers

26 medical profile

Dr. Tehrani: Compassion and laser-sharp

skills. By Tere Kidd

28 health matters

Warning: You may live longer than you

expect. By Dr. Brad Hannon

50 wine trends

Wedding issue; Casa de Vino news; reader

recommendation. By Stephanie Keyes

52 restaurant spotlight

Muy Deliciosa: Viva Maria!

By Susan Landers

56 entertainment calendar


Guide to upcoming entertainment & events.

57 hd Happenings

Local happenings

58 susan’s corner

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Bachelor[ette] do’s and dont’s

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H.D. Living H.D. Living Magazine Volume 3, Issue 2 March/April 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 Kari Martinez ADVERTISING executives Kari Martinez 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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Publisher’s Letter

I Do! Well it’s here, our first Wedding Issue! As the cold of winter starts to wind down and the smell of spring enters the air, I can’t help but think that there is no better time to plan your big day. We have had many requests for this issue in particular, and we are proud to bring you the best the H.D. has to offer. But before we start on getting hitched, check out our upfront section where Minor League Baseball, County Fairs, and Home & Garden Shows give you plenty to do this Spring. Want to get out with the local wildlife? Tere Kidd takes you to Lucerne Valley’s Wolf Mountain Sanctuary in “Running with the Pack.” These amazing animals are said to heal the sick and have even played a role in the major motion picture Twilight: New Moon. Hearing Wedding Bells? From Photographers to DJs Susan Landers brings you the best local resources to make it a perfect day in “Tying the Knot!” We also help you plan the after party as Stephanie Keyes gives us the low down on the hottest spots to go on your honeymoon in “Honeymoon Hot Spots. “ And, don’t forget to check out everything before, after and in between! Frank Castillo Publisher/CEO

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Medical Profiles coming in May ... Don’t miss this opportunity to showcase your practice in the High Desert’s premier magazine! For advertising information and special promotions, call (760) 946-0642

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who’s who and what’s what


Go Team! with spring comes April showers ... and baseball

By Krystal Carrillo


t’s that time of year again! Time to gather with family, friends, and neighbors and enjoy what’s sure to be an exciting evening at the High Desert Mavericks Stadium for the Home Opener 2010 on April 15th. Coming off of a record-breaking year in 2009, when the Mavs “led the league in batting average, home runs, hits, and runs scored, placing themselves not only among one of the best squads in team history, but also now amongst the top 10 best offensive teams the league has ever seen,” the 2010 season promises to be one of the most exciting years yet.

As always, the High Desert community will gather in support of the home team to enjoy the “big league experience right here in our own backyard” this coming season, and as Tim Altier, General Manager of the High Desert Mavericks Baseball Club, points out: “Besides the exciting Minor League Baseball action on the field, the Mavericks and the front office are quite proud of the inexpensive and wholesome family fun that we provide every night. We gear most of our promotions and events towards families, and especially, children, to give our youngest fans the opportunity to experience the fun up-close and first-hand.”

Don’t miss Opening Day 2010! Reserve your tickets today! (760) 246MAVS, or email cloper@ to order. Learn more about our High Desert Mavericks at !

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See you at the fair!


hallmark of High Desert family fun for over sixty years, the annual San Bernardino County Fair, comes back to town May 15–23. As the fair’s General Manager, Ken Alstott, points out: “In a year where economic challenges are many, the San Bernardino County Fair continues to be one of the few places where affordability and fun for the whole family is a sure bet.” This year’s scheduled entertainment lineup is also sure to have something for everyone, as headliners include acts from across the musical genre spectrum: from country’s Tanya Tucker to the power R&B group En Vogue (pictured here) and Top 40 charttopper Uncle Kracker. Other announced musical acts will include local Elvis tribute artist David Prezley, cumbia

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group La Sonora, Chicago tribute, and country newcomers Trailer Choir. With a new price of just $10 offering admission to the fair and concert of their choice, patrons are guaranteed more value for their money this year. “Whether you enjoy the entertainment, exhibits, food, or participating in competitions,” Alstott shares, “This year’s fair is designed to teach while having fun at the same time!” Green Acres is this year’s theme, perfectly combining, as Alstott notes, both the historically “agricultural aspect of the fair and our continuous effort to conserve our natural environment.” Come and be a part of one of our community’s most treasured, educational, and entertaining traditions! — Krystal Carrillo

San Bernardino County Fair DATES: May 15–23 HOURS: 4–11pm, weekdays; 12-11pm weekends PARKING: $4-$7 per day ADMISSION (presale): Adults: $6 Seniors: $4 Youth: $3 Children 5 and under: free LOCATION: San Bernardino County Fairgrounds 14800 Seventh St. Victorville

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Bringing it Home Again The Annual Home and Garden Show is back in town By Katie Chavez

HIGH DESERT HOME & GARDEN SHOW DATES: March 26-28 HOURS: Vary by day LOCATION: San Bernardino County Fairgrounds 14800 Seventh St. Victorville


he great American pastime is, of course baseball, but one pastime that is less readily acknowledged is home improvement. All across the country, at any given moment, people are choosing paint colors, remodeling kitchens, installing accent lighting, and purchasing garden gnomes. The enthusiasm of this timeless sport, if you will, is infectious. For the home improvement novice and pro, there is but one event that true devotees wait for: the High Desert Home and Garden Show. On March 26th (1 p.m. – 7 p.m.), 27th (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.), and 28th (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.), at the San Bernardino County Fair Grounds in Victorville, the very best licensed contractors the H.D. has to offer will be in top form as they lend their knowledge, skill and products to H.D. residents. This year marks the 26th annual event. In the past 26 years, the High Desert Home and Garden Show has

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provided countless ideas and resources for people to turn their homes into places where they can be happiest. There is everything from landscaping companies and barbeque grills to interior design and household amenities. Turning a house into a home can be as simple as remodeling the garage, adding a game room, obtaining a piece of art, or finally getting that Jacuzzi. And, if you want to turn your home and yard into water efficient environments, there will also be demonstrations and products to help trim water use and the water bill. On Friday the 26th, seniors get in free, and in your water bill there will be a coupon for one free admission. Mark this event on your calendar. Now is the time to invest in your property. The High Desert Home and Garden Show is the perfect place to gain inspiration, to meet likeminded home improvement enthusiasts, and to set your plans into motion.

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The Magic Man Steven Steele


nvigorate your next corporate event or private party with the enchanting Magic of Steven Steele, premier magician of the High Desert! As a performer with over twenty years of experience as a senior executive, Steele’s shows are unique in their focus on an inspirational as well as practical message, spotlighting key management concepts based on his extensive familiarity with the corporate world. Steele’s credentials as an entertainer are just as impressive as his business background, which resulted in his recognition as a “natural born” leader among his peers: he is a performing member of Hollywood’s world famous Magic Castle as well as London’s equally famous Magic Circle, earning him the coveted acknowledgement as a “magician’s magician.” Perhaps the most magical aspect of Steele’s performances is his ability to transform business know-how and pragmatic advice into a truly entertaining and captivating experience! Steele’s shows center on topics such as creativity, employee relations, customer service, and stress reduction—he can even customize a performance to speak to the personalized goals and message of a client. The Magic of Steven Steele can be also tailored to fit the intimacy or grandeur of your event, as Steele offers a variety of performance approaches. Steele’s “Strolling Magic” is intended for smaller gatherings, as he strolls around the event and entertains groups individually. According to Steele, “This type of magic is often called the most baffling as each illusion is presented within inches of each participant.” In his 30 and 45 minute “Magical Affair” stand-up shows, Steele “demonstrates expert sleight of hand magic while integrating the audience in a classical presentation of this ancient art.” He notes that this type of event is the perfect show for 25 to 100 persons, as your guests will “witness some of the same miracles seen over a century ago—truly the classics of magic.” For larger events, Steele offers up to 90 minutes of expert stage magic, incorporating lights, sound, and large illusions. Steele adds, “What could be more fun than seeing an important VIP of your group sawed in half or levitated?”  As with all Steele’s presentations, the stage shows can be personally tailored for your event. — Krystal Carrillo steven steele (888) 506-2442

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Local Business

The Dream Seller agio’s khrystyne peratt “It’s tangible, it’s solid, it’s beautiful. It’s artistic, from my standpoint, and I just love real estate.” Donald Trump describes real estate in a way some may not: beautiful and artistic. Yet every good real estate agent should see it the way he does, and at Agio Real Estate in Apple Valley, Khrystyne Peratt is the agent who just loves real estate. Khrystyne is a realtor with a wealth of knowledge and experience, helping people and companies find the perfect piece of real estate. Now, she says, is a great time to buy and sell, and homes are moving fast, in as little as five days! And, new construction in Apple Valley is ready and waiting for the right people to call it home. But Khrystyne’s love for real estate extends far beyond the day to day work of an agent; she takes great pride in her membership with National REO Brokers Association, an exclusive organization comprised of qualified individuals whose membership is permitted by a board of reputable brokers. Khrystyne is also a member of a High Desert group called the Short Sale Mastermind Group whose members are noted as being highly reputable with top sales. They meet monthly to talk with and gain training from bank short sale representatives. 22 High Desert Living magazine

When Khrystyne is not a busy realtor, she is a busy mother. As a housewife in Apple Valley, she is committed to the community that she and her family call home. Her involvement with the United Way and Agio’s support of organizations like Toys for Tots and the Apple Valley Chamber of commerce are a central part of life. During the years Khrystyne has been an agent in the H.D., she has helped people all over the area buy and sell to their heart’s content. Finding the right realtor can make all the difference when it comes to finding the right home, and with the help of Agio’s Khrystyne Peratt, something tangible, solid, beautiful, and artistic can be yours. Start your search at or call Khrystyne at (760) 4034275. —Katie Chavez khrystyne peratt Agio Real Estate (888) 506-2442

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Medical Profile

D Compassion and Laser-Sharp Skill Dr. Tehrani brings his passion to the HD

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r. Ali Tehrani’s life’s passion is his work. He doesn’t see plastic surgery as a job but more of a calling. His compassion comes from the first-hand knowledge of the devastation that breast cancer causes. He has had close friends and family members who have gone through the process of diagnosis and treatment, and he knows the sadness that accompanies the disease. He wants to contribute to the fight against breast cancer, and more importantly, he wants to help people who are diagnosed see the possibility of normalcy. He sees his work as a plastic surgeon, who does reconstructive surgery on mastectomy (removal of the breast) patients, as a way to contribute to a patient’s recovery and self-concept often the most important aspect of the psychological recovery. Dr. Tehrani has recently moved to the H.D. because there was no one available here who could do reconstructive surgery at the time of the

mastectomy, the most optimal time for most breast cancer patients. Previously patients would have to go down the hill to Loma Linda or UCLA to begin the reconstruction process. Often that could be weeks, months, and sometimes as long as a year before reconstruction could begin. In the meantime, a patient would be left with only one breast and a scar to remind her of the cancer’s toll. “When the mastectomy is followed by reconstructive surgery, it is less devastating for the patient, and the cosmetic result is better than waiting months later,” says Dr. Tehrani. “ Why break up the care? It’s not the right thing to do. Because it is common practice doesn’t mean it is standard of care. The mastectomy and reconstruction should be done at the same time. There is a real need here.” One of the pluses of doing both procedures at the same time is that the patient wakes up feeling a bit more normal than if the reconstruction was delayed. The physical consequences are critical, but for the most complete recovery, the psychological factors can’t be overlooked. Dr. Tehrani also does reconstruction of the hands and face after accidents, including reattaching fingers, which can allow patients to recover their lives more completely following traumatic events. The doctor offers cosmetic procedures such as face lifts and body contouring. He uses the SlimLipo laser when performing a liposuction; this helps reduce bruising and tightens loose skin, which can follow traditional liposuction. Unlike other lasers, the SlimLipo technology melts the excess fat allowing it to be suctioned through much smaller incisions leading to less down time and faster recovery. Because this technology uses dual wavelengths of light, the amount of skin retraction is truly remarkable. Most procedures can be done in about an hour or so. Dr. Tehrani uses a tumescent technique, injecting epinephrine and lidocaine into the tissues as a local anesthesia when performing liposuction. This technique eliminates the need for general anesthesia, and twilight sleep can be used to relax the patient. — Tere Kidd MAR | APR 2010

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Health Matters


You may live longer than you expect!


hear these phrases almost daily: “I never expected to live this long” “Don’t get old” “If I had known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself ” “I don’t know why they call these the golden years.” What are these people talking about? They are talking about their personal quality of life. At what age would you expect someone to start saying these things? Seventy? Eighty? Let me tell you, the people who say these things, are much younger, sometimes even thirty to forty year olds. Have I opened your eyes yet? The issue here is about your personal longevity, or life expectancy, coupled with your quality of life. If you are a regular reader of this column, you should be starting to understand that life is made up of choices, and we are presented with choices that are both unhealthy and healthy; such choices include whether eat the baked potato with sour cream and butter or the side salad with low-fat dressing on the side. It is important to realize that these simple lifestyle choices can greatly affect your quality of life both immediately and in your future.

Life Expectancy

When they were born, today’s centenarians were expected to live into their fifties. These same centenarians are now being physically and financially surprised by their old age. The British Medical Journal states that babies born in westernized countries in the year 2000 have a fifty percent chance of living to 100 years old. The questions then become: who will be in that fifty percent, and what should they be doing to prepare themselves both physically and financially? To attempt to answer “the who,” you should first ask yourself: do you have older parents/ grandparents? If you do, then realize that you have some of their DNA and having that DNA increases your chances that you will live a long life. However, DNA is only part of the picture. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation estimates that aging is based on a ratio of seventy percent lifestyle and thirty percent DNA. Understand that you do not have control over your DNA make up, but you do have control over your lifestyle. 28 High Desert Living magazine

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According to the CDC, the leading causes of death include: Heart disease, Cancer, Stroke, Chronic respiratory diseases, accidents, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, influenza and pneumonia, kidney diseases, and septicemia.

Finding the motivation

The next obvious question then becomes: What are you going to do daily to prepare for a long life? For most of us, it is not really about wanting to live to see 100 years old; it is more about quantity of quality years. I believe the first step is finding your personal motivation for change. Some people are scared into change. For example, they go to their doctor for a yearly check up and the doctor tells them that if they do not get their weight and blood pressure under control they are going to have a heart attack. Others just want to do everything possible so that their body is not in agony and to maintain a good quality of life. The next step is to address the common arguments for not taking control of your longevity and quality of life. The most common arguments are: “I can not afford to,” “I don’t have time to,” or “my insurance doesn’t cover it.” Don’t let obstacles get in your way, and don’t let your insurance company dictate your life; in your lifetime you may go through multiple insurance companies, but you are born with only one irreplaceable body that only you care the most about. Health insurance is similar to car insurance; it will pay for the accidents but not for the upkeep or maintenance. Depending on what you read, studies show that fifty to sixty percent of bankruptcies in the United States are due to medical debt, seventy percent of people driven into debt have insurance that denied care, and forty-nine percent of people said they refused treatment due to the cost. For those who say you can not afford to and don’t have enough time, in my opinion, you can not afford not to. Have you ever heard the phrase “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”? Ask around, heart attacks, if you survive, are very costly, very time consuming, and inconvenient. Many of these chronic diseases can be prevented through a healthy lifestyle. 30 High Desert Living magazine

Redefining broken

Some people will argue that “if my body is not broken, then why fix it?” Do you wait for your car’s engine to blow up before changing its oil? So, why wait for a heart attack to start eating healthy and exercising? Maybe what you need to do is redefine what you consider broken. Maybe broken should be defined as not functioning at your peak performance, not standing up straight, not being flexible, having bad balance, being physically weak or overweight, having high blood pressure or unhealthy eating habits. The way some people treat their body is to do nothing and then seek care for a crisis. As a society we need to change the way we take care of our bodies in a similar model to our teeth. We need to have a continuum of home care, health care, and then crisis care. In dentistry, we have home care, which includes brushing your teeth, flossing, and using mouth wash; health care is the routine checkups for cleaning, and then the crisis care is the root canals and other more in-depth procedures. If you never did any home care for your teeth, would you wonder why your breath smells and your teeth are rotten? Then what makes you think you can do nothing for your body and expect it not to waste away? Remember: there is no magic supple-

ment to make you lose weight, exercise, and be healthy. Nobody is going to get your finances in order for you. Like your doctor, a financial planner can only guide you on these issues. Ultimately, it is 100% up to you. Eliminate those arguments that are holding you back, and keep in mind that it is about progress not immediate perfection; make one small improvement at a time. Look for the next issue where we will scratch the surface of dietary fiber. — 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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• High Desert Fitness Challenge • USO Dance • Heart & Sole Club • Women’s Expo • Senior Preferred Club • Medical Scholarships


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Local Wildlife


outh of Lucerne Valley, right before heading up the winding road to Big Bear and mountain greenery, there lies a sanctuary where wolves are raised and protected — and aid in educating humans about the wolf and its place in the world. While the coyotes run unfettered in this wild place, and ravens mock the earthbound, the wolves are enclosed in cages—large, clean, well-kept enclosures containing water both for drinking and bathing. The wolves here are rescued wolves—they’ve come from people who thought it would be cool to own a pet wolf, or the wolf has been injured in the wild. These animals are brought to Wolf Mountain Sanctuary, where Tonya Littlewolf and her “family” dutifully nurture them back to health in as natural an environment as possible. Some of these wolves have been bred in captivity and raised entirely at the sanctuary, therefore they cannot be released into the wild because they would not be able to survive. “When you look into the eyes of a wolf, you see your soul,” says Littlewolf, who believes there are healing wolves who can make some people well when they are hurt or sick. Wolf Mountain Sanctuary is Tonya Littlewolf’s life’s work, growing up with wolves from the very tender age of two. Her grandfather was an Apache medicine man who worked with wolves. He told little Tonya that he could see she had medicine as well. Littlewolf is the alpha female of the pack, and the wolves are her spiritual brothers. For this reason, they accept her. She begins each day with the Native American ritual of “smudging” or “smoking.” This doesn’t mean smoking a peace pipe— the according to Tonya, the peace has been broken—instead, Littlewolf lights a knotted handful of sage leaves and then blows it out, letting the leaves smoke for several minutes. A prayer to the Creator is offered as Littlewolf moves the bundle over her body, just inches from her clothing, while she prays. Bob, her “adopted” son, begins each day by smudging or cleansing himself. As he cleanses, he prays. He must face the four cardinal directions and as he turns clockwise from north to east and so on, he smudges himself, just as Littlewolf has. Then it is time to smudge the wolves, and the cats who run freely about the property. After that the geckos and every corner of the sanctuary is smudged. The sanctuary has attracted people who found themselves somewhat lost in life. They come to help with the wolves and the wolves heal their spirits. Those who stay become part of Littlewolf’s family. Dedicated to Littlewolf and the work she does

Wolf Mountain Sanctuary A one-hour tour is $20, a half-day tour is $50, and a full-day at the sanctuary is $150. (760) 248-7818

with the wolves, these people augment the ranks of caretakers who are welcomed for their dedication to the animals. The wolves mate in January and February, and they mate for life. The howl of the wolf is part of its attraction. Tonya says, “They howl in the morning to bless the Earth and in the evening to say good bye to the day. They will whimper when they sense an earthquake, too. There are 15 different howls. And, as many people know, nothing seems lonelier than the howl of a wolf, even if you only hear it on the television. People are so fascinated with wolves, they come from Italy, Japan, Mexico, all over the world. Of the 52 original species in the United States, only 12 survive today. The near extinction of wolves was caused by humans who lost range animals such as cattle or sheep to a pack. (A pack usually consisting of six to nine wolves, and they range over approximately a 100-mile radius.) Domestic herd animals were killed far less frequently than believed, but panic led to mass slaughter of the canines. At one point, as recently as 1954, the government offered $1.50 for a wolf ’s paw as proof the animal had been killed. With their hunting territory having been encroached upon by ranchers and farmers, the wolves had no choice but to hunt domesticated animals. The sensible, ecologically sound solution was to relocate the animals to an area large enough to provide plentiful hunting. (This is done with bears and cougars when it becomes necessary.) Instead the animals were hunted to near extinction. Hollywood has come knocking on the sanctuary door more than once. The recent movie New Moon—second in the Twilight saga—features some of Wolf Mountain’s hairy residents. When you see Jacob, played by Taylor Lautner, and fellow werewolves turn into wolves, you are actually seeing some of the Wolf Mountain wolves who were filmed at the sanctuary. David Conrad, of “Ghost Whisperer” fame, has visited and seems interested in helping with a fundraiser. Conchata Ferrell—Berta in Two and a Half Men—has visited as well. Littlewolf welcomes a fund-raiser because she is hoping to find a property of about 50 to 100 acres. She says the wolves need much larger enclosures and need a facility that more closely approximates a natural setting. It is the most logical step forward. Wolf Mountain Sanctuary is privately owned and one of a small number of sanctuaries dedicated to educating the public about the wolf in the wild. It receives no government funding and relies solely on donations. HDL

The recent movie New Moon—second in the Twilight saga— features some of Wolf Mountain’s hairy residents. When you see Jacob, played by Taylor Lautner, and fellow werewolves turn into wolves, you are actually seeing some of the Wolf Mountain wolves who were filmed at the sanctuary.

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Running with the Pack Wolf Mountain Sanctuary is a friend to our wild brothers By Tere Kidd

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Tying the

Knot Make Your Big Day Perfect in every way! By Susan Landers

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f they’re honest, most women will tell you that as little girls, they spent time daydreaming of the big day when, with white lace veil and long train, they would make the walk down the aisle toward their true love. However, in all their daydreaming, they usually did not foresee all that could go wrong and all of the details involved in making that big day one to remember. If the day of wedded bliss is coming your way, H.D. Living wants to help you with some of the people, shops, and services that you’ll need to make that long ago daydream a reality.

Wedding Planners Superior Events brings together all of the vendors a bride needs with one convenient call. Anna Blas will help with all of the details so the bridal couple can relax and enjoy their day. Anna says that one of the crucial aspects of planning any event is keeping the finances in line, and she will work with every budget to create a beautiful ceremony and reception. With a plethora of options available, she will help find the right venue, the invitations, the bridal attire, flowers and décor, and manage the day so completely that the happy couple won’t have to worry about a thing right down to moving the wedding gifts after the reception. To speak with Anna about your big day, call her at (760) 686-6763.

Flowers Conroy’s Flowers is located at 12420 Amargosa Rd Ste B, in Victorville. Call them at (760) 955-1100 or check out their website at http://www. Hesperia Florist can be found at16005 Main St Ste C, in Hesperia. Call them at (760) 2440689 or visit their beautiful website at Kallisto Events offers beautiful customized floral arrangements. Call (909) 2380204 for more information.

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George Sillas, H.D. Living’s own photographer extraordinaire, can be reached at (760) 559-5611 or see a sample of his beautiful work at Susan Whitney Photography, who specializes in Boudoir shoots, can be contacted at (760) 912-7686 or go to www. KM Photography offers Family, Wedding and Special Event photography. Call (760) 963-1505 or log onto BJ’s Photography is located in Apple Valley at 14599 Riverside Dr. Call them at (760) 242-4912 or see their website at http://www. Gene’s Wedding Photography can be found at 20744 Pahute Rd, in Apple Valley. Call them at (760) 247-1667 or see them on the web at: http://www. genes-photography

Invitations PostNet offers you products and services to let the world know about your special day. Stop in and talk with Patricia about your invitations, graphic design, printing, or bulk mail needs. They’re located at 12218 Apple Valley Road, Suite #107 in Apple Valley, call them at (760) 247-0099 or see them online at High Desert Image Printing is at 10178 I Ave Ste D in Hesperia. Call them at (760) 948-0261.

DJs Regal Entertainment will have your guests up and dancing to the beat with their “full time professional entertainers.” Offering a variety of music styles, lighting and other special effects, your party will be one to remember. Regal Entertainment sets high standards because they know your day is special. For more information, call them at (760) 954-9023. Real McCoy Entertainment believes in keeping the focus on you and providing your guests with a fun time. With 20 years of experience as a Master of Ceremonies and on-air DJ, Mike McCoy brings charm and professionalism to the party and can even help coordinate your wedding. To speak with Mike about your special day, call (760) 486-6629 or visit him online at Elegance in Sound will help you plan an event that is exclusively yours with music and entertainment your guests will love. Call Henry Ramos at (800) 949-1451 or online at www. Altic DJs provide “DJ service and lighting for all occasions.” To book your event, call Alex or Tina at (760) 241-1239 or go online at

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Hair and Make-up

Attire for Bride, Groom, and Wedding Party

Day Spa Jolie offers something really special for the bridal party! How about a day at the spa? Day Spa Jolie has a variety of packages including “Wedding Belles” and “Girls Night In” for the bride or the entire bridal party. Have your bridal shower, bachelorette party, or day of preparations at Day Spa Jolie. You can create a custom package that will make your special day a relaxing and rejuvenating time, replacing stress with bliss. For the bride, her attendants, and the mothers of the bridal couple, there are packages that will have the entire party looking and feeling lovely on the big day. From hair and make-up to facials, manicures and pedicures, the day of the ceremony can be one of beauty and relaxation. For an extra special bonding experience, the bridal couple can spend a romantic day at the spa together. Day Spa Jolie’s couples packages includes massage, facial and scalp treatments, and a warm and cozy couples’ room; make it extra special with champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. Whatever kind of pampering you’re looking for, Day Spa Jolie will more than fulfill your expectations. Call Kim at (760) 948-6700 or go online at http://www. to create your special spa day. Fancy Faces offers wedding packages for the bride or for the whole bridal party. Packages start at $150.00 for the bride’s make-up and $185.00 for the bride’s makeup and hair. Employing licensed cosmetologists, Anna Bee can coordinate the beauty every bridal party needs. Call Fancy Faces at (760) 596-3067. J.Michaels Salon & Day Spa offers just about anything you can imagine! From bridal shower and Bachelorette party spa days to the day of wedding packages that will have everyone in the bridal party looking and feeling their best, you’re only limited by your imagination. J.Michaels will accommodate the entire bridal party, including the mothers of the bridal couple, with salon and spa services from hair and make-up to facials, manicures, pedicures, massage and more. You can even plan a Botox party! J.Michaels has a large back room that can be reserved for your entire party to enjoy their spa services in privacy and will even cater the event with Mimosas, finger foods, or your choice of food and beverages. With parties of three or more, all your services will be discounted. To plan your party, call Angela at (760) 951-7110 and visit them online at

There are myriad bridal and tuxedo shops in the H.D. from which to choose. Among them are: R J Dales located at 14516 7th Street in Victorville. Call them at (760) 245-1828. Tux-Ego and Bridal Connection is your stop for formalwear. See them at 16970 Bear Valley Rd Ste B, in Victorville or call them: (760) 241-5099. David’s Bridal is a large chain with a shop located at 14350 Bear Valley Rd in Victorville. You can call them at(760) 243-6978. Dorylis Bridal has been dressing beautiful brides for the past few years, and you’ll find them at 16005 Main St, in Hesperia. Call them at (760) 983-5088. Little Dimples has everything for the flower girl and ring bearer. They’re located at 14084 Amargossa Road, Suite 110, in Victorville. Call them at (760) 843-8477 or see them online at:

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Reflections says they are “Your first choice for catering and in-home fine dining,” and you can count on them to offer you an elegant array for your wedding guests. From the engagement party to the rehearsal dinner and reception, they offer catering that is customized for your needs. Don’t just settle for a one-size-fits-all catering package; Chef Charles and Georgia Duncan will assist you in creating the right menu for your special day. Whether sit down or buffet, Reflections can work with you and your wedding planner to coordinate the venue site, ensuring that you and your guests enjoy your meal without delay or inconvenience. From appetizers to full menu options, you will want to be sure that your guests’ special dietary needs are accommodated. From a vegetarian option to religious considerations, the dietary needs of your guests will be an important factor in planning your wedding meal, and Chef Charles and Georgia will help you make your guests feel welcomed and well cared for. Reflections offers you many delicious choices, such as Shrimp Cocktail and Crab Stuffed Shrimp appetizers, a variety of steak, chicken, pork, and seafood entrees, and scrumptious desserts like Crèpe Suzette, Crème Brulée, and so much more. Call Reflections today at (760) 241-6690 to make your special meal one to remember or visit them online at Call Creative Catering by Eva for everything from set up and presentation to a variety of food options including specialty cakes. Call (760) 617-7228. Gourmet on the Go offers catering for a variety of events. Call them at (760) 221-1285 or visit their website at Apple Valley Catering is a full service caterer for occasions from formal to casual. Call them at (760) 694-5082 or see them on the web:

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Wedding and Reception Venues

Limousines Royalty Limousines is located at: 14390 Huntridge Dr, in Victorville and you can call them at (760) 245-2614 or visit their website: http://www. Diamond Limousine can be found at 12127 Mall Blvd Ste A, in Victorville. Call them at (760) 843-0234 or see them on the web at http://www.

Whether choosing a church, a chapel, a secular or outdoor venue, the location of your wedding is important. This past winter’s El Niño rainstorms notwithstanding, the weather in the H.D. can usually be counted on to cooperate for an outdoor ceremony, but do keep in mind that we can usually count on windy afternoons, as well. Foremost Terrace Room is the answer to many a harried bride’s prayers! With spacious outdoor gardens and roses that bloom to perfection, a spring wedding ceremony held in one of their gazebos is a dream come true, though their attractive facility can accommodate a wedding during any season, inside or out. With beautiful backgrounds for photographs, your memories of your special day will live on forever. Laura Crites is the Foremost Terrace Room’s wedding coordinator and she will make your day one of joy instead of stress. Laura and the staff will arrange all of the details, from the major to the minor. Imagine your reception in the Foremost Terrace Room, a 7200 square foot grand ballroom, which can accommodate 300 guests. Your meal choices range from Hors D’oeuvres to buffet to seated banquet. If you would like more information about the Foremost Terrace Room, call Laura at (760) 244-5579. Sunset Hills offers lovely surroundings for your wedding at their Tuscan-themed location. Whether you choose to hold your ceremony in the chapel or the outdoor terrace overlooking the lake, you’re sure to create memories to last a lifetime. With their reception packages, your event will be complete. Call their Events Coordinator Stacy at (760) 686-4903 to start planning your wedding or see their new website to envision yourself in their beautiful wedding photos at www. Hi Desert Wedding Chapel is located at 18575 Corwin Rd, Apple Valley, CA 92307. They offer religious and non-denominational services, commitment ceremonies, and reception facilities. Call them at (760) 242-2302. Spring Valley Lake Country Club, located at 13295 Spring Valley Pkwy in Victorville, offers a ceremony and reception site, and so much more. Dottie Smith is the events coordinator, and with her expert help, you can plan the wedding of your dreams. As a full service events facility, they offer a full bar as well as food and beverage services. With rooms affording views of the lake or the mountains or golf course, you’re sure to find a lovely backdrop for your special day. Call Dottie at (760) 245-5356 ext. 232, or see their website at http://www. and use the club locator to find Spring Valley Lake Country Club.

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Honeymoon Hot Spots

Run Away, Relax and Revel!

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By Stephanie Keyes

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ou’re getting married?! Well, that’s great! When? Where will the wedding be held? What are your colors? Who’s in your wedding? Where are you having the reception? Aaaaaah! Antacid anyone? Well, hopefully you have the answers to at least some of those questions; but, then again, you may not have a clue. Whatever the case, let’s skip all that painful planning (that’s what best friends and future mother-in-laws are for, right?) and get to the fun part. Let’s get to the part where you get to run away from it all, relax, and celebrate. Let’s get to the honeymoon! If you’re still undecided and don’t even know where to begin, we, at H.D. Living Magazine, with the help of our friends at the Apple Valley AAA, have a few ideas we’d like to share with you. Whether you’re on a budget and prefer to stay somewhat close to home, or if your dream is to fly to faraway lands, take a deep breath, put your feet up, and enjoy the tour. Your dream honeymoon may be just around the corner…or at least a paragraph away. Now, if you’re short on vacation time and the wedding has left your bank account a little short on funds, a weekend getaway may be just the thing for the two of you. Have you ever been to Morro Bay? It’s a quaint fishing village located on California’s Central Coast, just north of San Luis Obispo. With Hearst Castle only 25 miles or so away, the Paso Robles wine country nearby, golf, shopping, the sea and the sand, it’s the perfect place for a romantic retreat. Where should you stay? We’d like to recommend The El Morro Masterpiece Motel. The rooms are reasonably priced, and if you want to live it up a little, they also offer suites with in-room Jacuzzis. You can find them on the web at, or give them a call at (800) 527-6782 for more information. If you’re on a budget, but you’d still like to venture out of California, AAA’s Jenna Martin recommends Carnival Cruise Line’s 4 Day Baja Mexico cruise. It departs from Long Beach with Ports of Call in Ensenada, Mexico and Catalina Island. Prices vary, depending on when you plan to go, but Jenna quoted $1,143 (June-high season) for an Ocean View cabin for two adults, taxes, port fees and prepaid gratuities included. Carnival Cruise Line also offers their 5 Day Baja Mexico cruise, departing from San Diego, for a little less than $200 more. The 5 Day cruise includes an additional stop in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. If you’ve got a little more time and cruising is not your thing, AAA travel agent, Jenny James suggests the 7 Day Maui Honeymoon with tour company, Pleasant Holidays. The $5,052

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package includes round trip airfare from LAX to Maui, a convertible car rental, and the seven night stay at the Grand Wailea in Maui. According to Jenny, AAA accepts payments on bookings up to 35 days before departure for tours, interest free. Would you like to step it up a little? Okay, how about seven romantic nights in an over-water bungalow villa at The InterContinental Tahiti Resort? With a private beach, Lagoonarium, a diving center, tennis courts, two pools, and 30 acres of gardens on site, there’s plenty to do and see. Nightclubs, shops, and museums are just a short distance away. According to Jenna, the $7,261 price includes private transfers, breakfast and dinner daily, and the Air Tahiti Nui airfare. The tour company for this get-away is also Pleasant Holidays. For the ultimate honeymoon, Jenny proposes the twelve day Greek Isles tour: Abode of the Ages, with the tour company Abercrombie and Kent. Air fare to Europe varies, but it runs approximately $1,100-$1,500 per person. The tour, which includes all accommodations, sightseeing, and airport transfers, allows guests to explore the ancient ruins of Athens and all the history and myth that encompass it. From the Acropolis to the Temple of Poseidon to the island of Crete (the mythological birthplace of Zeus), this excursion offers twelve days of exploration and relaxation in Mediterranean paradise. If you’re still at a loss, go online and do some research and/or visit your local travel agency for some advice. If you’re a AAA member, you may want to pay their accommodating agents a visit. The advice is free, and they’ll do all the leg work for you to help you get the most for your money. Whatever you decide to do, and wherever you decide to go, we wish you the best! Some of the planning can be hectic, indeed. But, just remember, it only happens once (fingers are crossed), so enjoy and cherish this special time. A big “Thank you!” is extended to AAA Travel Agents Jenny James and Jenna Martin, for all their assistance. If you, too, would like to seek their help, pay them a visit at the AAA located at 19201C Bear Valley Rd. in Apple Valley, or give them a jingle at 760-247-4779. HDL

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Business Profile

Capturing the Magic Wedding photographer George Sillas | By Stephanie Keyes


eorge Sillas is a true artist. His photography speaks the truth; his remarkable talent enhances beauty. He has the gift of turning a moment in time, a simple exchange, into a magnificent work of art. If you’re a regular reader of H.D. Living magazine, you’ve undoubtedly noticed his genius gracing the pages, his love of the High Desert evident in each shot. As an adolescent, George grew up learning the restaurant business. His father, Gus, is the owner of the first Tom’s Famous Family Restaurant in the H.D. (Bear Valley Rd.), so when George wasn’t in school, he was usually there, learning the trade and having a blast. “I was thirteen at the time and spent most of my weekends locking employees in the walk-in fridge, and if I was really out to get them, in the freezer; it was a giant playground for me.” He always thought that he’d follow in his father’s footsteps and was fine with that idea until his wife persuaded him to color outside of the lines a little and follow his passion. “I’ve always loved photography, but I never imagined doing it for a living. It was my beautiful wife, Julie, that noticed my love for it and encouraged me to do something I love for a living.” Lacking in confidence and experience, George had no clue where to start. He enrolled in photography classes at Victor Valley College, and with three years of education under his belt, he took his first steps. However, with a portfolio

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consisting primarily of NASCAR photos, George was having a little trouble selling himself as a wedding photographer. “Lucky for me, two of my friends asked if I would shoot their weddings. Since then, I’ve had the privilege of photographing over seventy weddings. Today, I am entering my fourth year as a wedding photographer.” George is amazed at his success, but anyone who knows him and has seen his work understands it completely. Although he embraces his talent, he doesn’t take a bit of it for granted. “I understand that this is a great gift that God has given me, and I give back at least once a year, whether a wedding shoot for a much deserving couple or by donating my services to a charity I feel good about.” He feels passionately about giving back and believes it is a key component to success. Focused and professional, George Sillas has the ability to connect with his subjects, helping them to look relaxed and natural, rather than uneasy and posed. As a person, he’s genuine, affable and confident in his work, so couples can feel secure with their wedding in his hands. As an artist, George enhances the most memorable days and captures fashion and magic. To experience some of that magic, get pricing on wedding/engagement packages, or contact George, visit his website at or give him a call at 760-559-5611. MAR | APR 2010

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Food Wine Cellar

Wine Trends Casa De Vino News

The Casa De Vino Wine Club is up and running! They are capping the membership at 100 members and are presently at 80% capacity now. Beyond that, they will start a waiting list and may possibly expand membership, depending on interest and demand. For details, give them a call at (760) 240-8877, or send Jason an email at

The Wedding Issue by Stephanie Keyes

“Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words.” –Plautus, Roman playwright


o I hear the impending clang of champagne flutes? Well, if so, congratulations! Let the bubbly flow! Whether it’s white and sparkling or red and full-bodied, wine has been a guest of honor at wedding celebrations for centuries. While champagne and sparkling wine (yes, there really is a difference) are favorites at parties and anticipated at most receptions, it’s a good idea to have a variety of wine choices for guests to choose from and enjoy with their reception fare. As for the toast…well, since you can’t always be sure that the speaker of honor won’t cause some awkward discomfort, make sure that the flutes you’re holding up shine with distracting elegance and, more importantly, that they twinkle with your favorite wine. If you want to add a little color to your toast (other than the words streaming from your best friend’s mouth), pink champagne can put a tasty twist on tradition. How much sparkling wine or champagne will you need? The average champagne bottle holds approximately six glasses, so it really depends on the number of guests in attendance, how many glasses you plan to offer them, and whether there will be a variety of other beverages offered. If you plan on offering 80 guests one glass of champagne, then 14 bottles will suffice; however, unless you’re thinking of serving really bad champagne, it may be wise to bump that calculation up a few glasses per guest. Best wishes, and to quote the poet, Ogden Nash, remember this: “To keep your marriage brimming, with love in the wedding cup, whenever you’re wrong, admit it; whenever you’re right, shut up.” Cheers!

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Reader Recommendation Wine Trends fan and avid wine aficionado, Mark Purdy recommends Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs, a sparkling wine that, according to Mark, is “a well-known favorite at the White House.” A brut sparkling wine, alive with fruity aroma and zest, this jewel is distinctive, as it’s made primarily from the red grape Pinot Noir. Renowned and elegant, yet reasonably priced, it complements a variety of foods and is an excellent choice for wedding festivities.

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Food Restaurant Spotlight

Muy Deliciosa Viva Maria by Susan Landers


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ith an abundance of Mexican restaurants in the H.D., there are many to choose from, but if you haven’t been to Viva Maria!, you are missing out on one of the best. Serving Apple Valley for fourteen years, Viva Maria! welcomes you to enjoy delicious food in their warm and inviting atmosphere. You’ll find a fresh twist on tradition at Viva Maria!. With two locations, Apple Valley and Lancaster, Viva Maria! offers guests a traditionally hospitable Mexican ambiance coupled with exciting new dishes, including vegetarian favorites. Chef Rosendo says that a much loved choice among the regulars at Viva Maria! is the shrimp enchiladas with poblano sauce. You’ll find traditional dishes on their menu that includes appetizers, à la carte, and combinations alongside specialties like

homemade Oaxacan Mole Negro, fresh halibut tacos with corn relish and a tasty chipotle tartar sauce. One of Viva Maria!’s summer specialties is chicken tacos with a jicama tortilla served with an avocado tomatillo salsa. Top off your meal with an extraordinary dessert like flourless chocolate cake with raspberry sauce topped with xtabentun (a Mayan liqueur) whip cream served with cajeta ice cream. Rosendo’s experience and training bring the best of Mexico to the H.D.. With only fresh ingredients and the highest quality meats, including certified Angus beef, Viva Maria! makes all their dishes from scratch daily, including their salsas and vinaigrette dressings. Rosendo takes advantage of seasonal fruits and vegetables when the flavors are at their best, so you’ll find specialties each time you dine at Viva Maria! Be sure to stop in on Thursdays from 3-10 P.M. when you can experience Tapas and wine. Tapas are delicious bite-sized portions of favorites perfectly paired with wine, such as breaded panela cheese topped with fresh roasted tomatillo sauce with their Riesling. With a full bar, Viva Maria! offers specialty margaritas made with premium 100% agave tequila. This tequila is organic and has no fillers, so when you order their 100% agave acai rosemary margarita or roasted pineapple & coconut margarita, you’re in for a treat! You may also want to try one of their pomegranate mojitos. Whether in the kitchen or at the bar, at Viva Maria!, only the freshest of ingredients goes onto your plate or into your glass. Want to enjoy your meal elsewhere? Viva Maria! offers Take-Out service. If you have a special event coming up, you’ll want to take advantage of Viva Maria!’s banquet facilities and catering services. You can order from their extensive menu or make a special order as Chef Rosendo and his staff are happy to make your dining experience a pleasure.

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Food Eating Out

Dining Guide VIVA MARIA

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 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

Outback Steakhouse 12400 Amargosa Rd # B, (760) 962-1003

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

Tokyo Sushi & Bar BQ 14741 7th St, (760) 9557123

Maan Fu 14317 Bear Valley Rd, (760) 956-8787

Las Brisas Mexican Restaurant 21919 US Highway 18, (760) 240-1051

Johnny Rebs’ Southern 15051 7th St, (760) 955-3700

Los Toritos Mexican Restaurant 14962 Bear Valley Rd Ste A, (760) 245-1811

Nikki’s Cafe 19311 Bear Valley Rd. (760) 247-355

Golden Gate Restaurant 15208 Bear Valley Rd., # B, (760) 245-6189 Steer ‘n Stein Restaurant 12224 Mariposa Rd, (760) 241-0775 Marie Callenders 12180 Mariposa Rd, (760) 241-6973 Los Roberto’s 12670 Hesperia Rd, (760) 243-9422

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Well Being Tofu House 15024 Bear Valley Rd, (760) 241-8888

Di Napoli’s Fire House 17856 US Highway 18, (760) 242-5802

Mimi’s Cafe 12032 Amargosa Rd, (760) 244-6888

Amy’s Mexican Restaurant 19123 US Highway 18, (760) 242-7272

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

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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March 25–28, April 1-5 The Vagina Monologues This episodic play written by Eve Ensler is made up of a varying number of monologues read by a group of diverse women. It was originally written as part of the campaign called Women against Violence against Women. Every year a new monologue is added to highlight a current issue affecting women around the world. The monologues are performed at thousands of local V-Day benefit productions of the play (V-Day equals Valentine/Vagina Day) that take place annually in February and March raising funds for local groups, shelters, and crisis centers working to end violence against women. “The Vagina Monologues” will be presented cabaret-style with refreshments available during the performance. V.V.C. Theatre Arts Department, Black Box Theatre. Call (760) 245-4271 ext. TIX (849) March 26-28 the 26th Annual Home & Garden Show The High Desert Home and Garden Show will once again grace the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds. Twice a year (April and November) for a quarter of a century, the Home and Garden Show has made the connections between homeowners and businesses to create and enhance the great living spaces here in the H.D. San Bernardino County Fairgrounds 14800 Seventh St. Victorville. For information on this year’s Home and Garden Show call (760) 949-0822 or go to www. April 3 Calico Easter Weekend Join us this Easter weekend at Calico Ghost Town for exciting Easter weekend activities. From 11:00-4:00 on Saturday and from 7:00-3:00 on Sunday Calico will be hosting a series of games and activities to celebrate the Easter weekend. Egg hunts will occur at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. Calico Ghost Town P.O. Box 638 Yermo. Call (760) 254-2122 for directions or visit April 10-11 Relay for Life of Hesperia Teams of people camp out at a local

high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Relays are 24 hours in length; representing the reality that cancer never sleeps. By participating, you honor cancer survivors, pay tribute to the lives we’ve lost to the disease, and raise money to help fight cancer in your community. Relay began in 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon in Tacoma, Washington, ran and walked around a track for 24 hours to raise money for the American Cancer Society.. Hesperia Civic Plaza Park, Hesperia Ca. For more information, visit www. or call (760) 900-2672 April 15 High Desert Mavericks Opening Night Don’t miss opening night, as your High Desert Mavericks take on the Lake Elsinore Storm on Thursday April 15th at 7:05 pm. The Mavericks are looking forward to another season of “bringing ‘a big league experience right in our own backyard, ’”and 2010 is sure to see another exciting year for the Mavericks. Fireworks to follow opening night. Maverick Stadium 1200 Stadium Rd, Adelanto. For Tickets Call: (760) 246-MAVS (6287) or go to May 1 Cinco de Mayo Family Festival Bring the family to celebrate a day of music, fun and food as the High Desert Hispanic Chamber and Victor Valley College host the 2010 Cinco de Mayo Family Festival on May 1st from 10am-6pm. V.V.C. by the Lake 18422 Bear Valley Rd, Victorville. Call (760) 241-6661 for More Details. May 15–23 San Bernardino County Fair This year’s County Fair continues with the theme of green and a whole lot more as the 2010 lineup is the best yet! In addition to thrilling rides and great exhibits, there will be numerous concerts and shows to please everyone. Check out livestock competitions and homemade crafts along with fun foods and neat treats, your family will be sure to have a green time! San Bernardino County Fairgrounds 14800 Seventh St. Victorville. For ticket information call: (760) 9512200 or go to

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Entertainment H.D. Happenings

business expo To kick off the New Year right, the Victorville Chamber of Commerce held its annual Business Expo on January 27 with the theme “Salute to Hollywood.� The event took place in the Conference Center at the Hilton Garden Inn in Victorville; the Expo featured Businesses from across the Victor Valley showcasing their products and services. Photos JRZ Photography

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Susan’s Corner


o your best friend is getting married, huh? If you are in the bridal party, you will have a few responsibilities, one of which is planning the Bachelor or Bachelorette party. Traditionally, these events have become known for drunken revelry and perhaps professional dancers to send the bride or groom off into wedded bliss and out of the ranks of singlehood. Tradition, however, needn’t hold sway as you plan the bash for your soon-to-be married friends. Sometimes well-meaning planners neglect to take the wishes of the bride or groom into consideration and throw the party that “most people expect” or perhaps the party that he or she always wanted but never got. The most important thing to remember is that you know your best friend and should know what kind of event he or she would enjoy because ultimately the party is in his or her honor. Knowing what will please the bride and groom is your best decision making tool. Does your friend relish the idea of a Chippendale’s wannabe running his hands (and other parts) over her the night before her wedding? Does your best friend want a lap dance that he will have to either explain or deny to his bride? For some couples, exotic dancers are an expected and desired part of the fun—nothing wrong with that. But, as the party planner, be sure you know what the honoree really wants. Most of the online sources for Bachelor and Bachelorette parties offer sexthemed décor and party ideas, but with a little searching, you can find some party supplies that are somewhat tamer. These days, many couples are holding joint parties so that all of their friends can enjoy the send off from singledom in one big bash. Whether you’re holding your party at a club, restaurant, or private home, there are endless ideas for themes, food and drink, and party favors. Let your creativity run free as you plan the party for the bride or groom, but the most successful party will keep the bride or groom at the center of all decisions.

Bachelor(ette) Bashes: do’s and dont’s If you would like to see something special featured in Susan’s Corner, or if you have a special recipe, drop me a line and let me know about it at: Susan Landers at H.D. Living Magazine 6630 SLV Box Victorville, Ca. 92395, or e-mail me at

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spinach artichoke dip Try this easy and delicious dip that is always a hit at Stephanie Key ebrations! 1 can quartered artichokes in water, chopped, if necessary

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2 cups mayo 1 cup sour cream 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1/2 cup powdered Parmesan cheese 1 1/2 cup chopped frozen spinach (thawed and very well drained) White pepper to taste (optional) . Combine all ingredients and bake in casserole dish for 45 minutes It can also be made in the crock pot.

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HD Living, March/April 2010  

The March/April issue of HD Living magazine, your guide to living well in the High Desert.