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Just Dance!

Dance studios in the HD

Time to redo you! Dr. Glenn Making the HD Smile!

V I C T O R V I L L E | 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 A K H I L L S


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H.D. Living Magazine Volume 5, Issue 1, Winter/Spring 2012 PUBLISHER / CEO Frank A. Castillo MARKETING/CIRCULATION DIRECTOR James Piar CFO Tiffany Santee copy editor Susan Landers DESIGN and LAYOUT Everard Strong | www.Big-E-Productions.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Tere Darnell, Katie Chavez, Krystal Carrillo, Stephanie Morris, Dr. Brad Hannon PHOTOGRAPHERS George Sillas | GeorgeSillas.com Susan Whitney | SusanWhitney.com ADVERTISING DESIGN Kari Martinez, Chris Ackerman ADVERTISING sales Frank Castillo frankc@hdlivingmagazine.com Kari Martinez karim@hdlivingmagazine.com

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» table of contents

Winter/Spring 2012

features

departments

24 2012: Time to redo you By Susan Landers

10 PUBLISHERS LETTER 13 up front Hittin’ the Slopes; Calico Civil War Days, Route

28 just dance! Dance studios in the HD

By Katie Chavez

32 once upon a time On a Quiet Street in Apple Valley.

Home Profile by Katie Chavez

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66 Krystal Carrillo, Tere Kidd

16 local personality Chris Ackerman 18 local senior care Skyline Villas 20 local health professional Glenn Dental 21 local businesses Greg’s Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning 22 Health matters Keep an Eye on Your Health By Dr. Brad Hannon 38 wine trends Wine and dark chocolate By Stephanie Morris 40 restaurant spotlight Apple Valley Country Club By Susan Landers 42 dining guide Restaurants in the HD 44 HD Happenings 46 susan’s corner Memorial Day: Not Just a Day of Remembrance

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» publisher’s letter

state of the union

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ell so far so good in 2012, the weather in the H.D. seems more like spring; most folks that I have spoken with seem to be taking advantage of the great weather and have been getting out and about the beautiful Victor Valley. As winter ends and spring approaches, we will continue to bring you the best our High Desert has to offer. As the region’s original Premium Lifestyle Magazine we promise to continue our quest to bring you all things H.D.. I also want to take the time to thank all of our loyal readers, subscribers and advertisers for their continued support. This issue definitely does not fall short of your expectations as we have features and spotlights that aim to please! Bringing you local businesses, events and stories has been our goal from day one and will continue to be. This issue, we bring you 2012: Time to Redo You by Susan Landers, from weight loss and dentistry to day spas and savings, Susan brings you some great ways to make 2012 the best yet! Looking for the hottest trend? Look no further than your local dance studios as Katie Chavez spotlights local studios in Just Dance! Katie also brings us a beautiful home in Apple Valley, this home in particular has it all from family comfort and backyard swimming to a professionally designed wine room; this home is the toast of the town. We also spotlight local dentist Dr. Glenn (cover) who has been serving the High Desert for over 15 years. So, whether you’re looking to hit the slopes, need a referral for a top notch carpet cleaner, or just enjoy reading about the people, places and things of the H.D., you’ll find it here in High Desert Living Magazine! Frank Castillo Publisher/CEO FrankC@hdlivingmagazine.com

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UpFront Hittin’ the Slopes T

he best part of living in the H.D. is the versatility of our locale; whenever the mood strikes, you can move from sand to snow in under an hour. Nestled at the base of Southern California’s most popular skiing and snowboarding resorts, the Victor Valley has privileged access to the most fun during the wintertime. Check out the best of these local resorts before the season’s over! Mountain High Ski Resort 24510 State Highway 2, Wrightwood (888) 754-7878 Located right off the 15, this popular resort is easily accessible with no mountain driving. This affordably-priced resort has 59 runs accessed by 16 lifts. The recently completed Mountain High North, which includes the North Pole Tubing Park with up to 12 lanes and two moving carpets, is 70 acres beginner terrain specially designed for families and new skiers. Bear Mountain Ski Resort 43101 Goldmine Drive, Big Bear Lake (909) 585-2519 Bear Mountain Ski Resort is an over 200-acre terrain with 34 runs accessed by 12 lifts. Located off Highway 18 at the southern end of Big Bear Lake, this resort also offers the exclusively designed Freestyle Park, a winter wonderland with over 120 jumps, more than 80 jibs, Southern California’s only Superpipe, one standard halfpipe, and many other unique features. Snow Summit Ski Resort 880 Summit Blvrd., Big Bear Lake (909) 866-5766 Considered “a leader amongst the snowboarding world,” this thirty-one run terrain is located off Highway 18 in Big Bear Lake and conveniently offers inter-resort access with a single ticket purchase at Bear Mountain Ski Resort just two miles away and includes a free express shuttle service. – By Krystal Carrillo

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» upfront

Swingin’ like a Phat Cat

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on’t miss the High Desert’s own Phat Cat Swinger on March 30 as they come home to perform at the Apple Valley Conference Center. The band, a nine-piece swing band, is a local favorite as they specialize in high energy Vegas style and dance swing music. They bring the music to life as you would have seen it done by greats like Bobby Darin, Frank Sinatra and Louis Prima and give it a refreshing new spin that is suitable for music lovers of all ages! Natives of Apple Valley, Phat Cat Swinger is not your everyday background music band. This band brings quality high energy entertainment for all to enjoy whether you choose to sit down and watch -- or jump up with them and jive all your worries away! Friday March 30, 6:00pm-8:00pm, Apple Valley Conference Center, 14975 Dale Evans Pkwy, Apple Valley. Go to phatcatswinger.com for ticket info. – Susan Landers

Doin’ the “Bieber” in the Apple Valley!

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he stars in the H.D. eventide are bright though this November, they paled in comparison to the rumors that popular music star, Justin Bieber, would be performing at Apple Valley High School. The rumors had only a glimmer of truth to them, as American Idol finalist Todrick Hall was actually going to shoot the video to his popular tribute to the famously coiffed pop icon at the high school. Hall invited the high school’s Sun Devil marching band along with nearly 300 dancers to perform alongside him in the center of Newton T. Bass Stadium. The upbeat dance number is an ode to the music star, titled “The Bieber”, and the video features Hall doing the Biber dance through the decades. The end of the video features the marching band along with Apple Valley High School students who were also invited to the shoot. The video has nearly 154,000 hits to date on youtube and can be seen on Hall’s youtube channel: youtube.com//todrickhall. – Krystal Carrillo

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» local interest

Route 66: E

Main Street of America, the Mother Road, the Most Famous Road in the World

stablished November 11, 1926, Route 66 carried refugees from the Dust Bowl to California, where the wretched sought hope for survival and the strength to carry on. John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath told of the heart-breaking story of these people who trusted the road to take them somewhere — anywhere — they could survive the Great Depression. The 40s and 50s brought better days: the automobile was affordable for most middle-class families, and adventure called. Sunday drives were a sign of just how far America had moved from the Great Depression. She had reached out her claws, arched her back and pulled herself forward. People took great pride in owning a home and a car. The home gave them stability and the car gave mobility. Discovery beckoned. It was the era of Jell-O, Hamburger Helper, and Koolaid. Betty Crocker (who we later found out was not even a real person, but a big company icon) reigned as queen of the cake mixes, themselves a fairly recent innovation for the stay-at-home mom. Gas stations, where attendants cleaned your car windows and pumped your gas, were welcome pit stops, and Coca Cola, ice cold on a summer day, sold for a dime, and came out of large metal containers posted just outside the filling station door. Whole families piled into the family car and set off for the Grand Canyon, the Painted Desert, and of course, Hollywood, California. A great adventure awaited you just outside the city limits. Chicago to L.A. or L. A. to Chicago — a sweet ride. Families learned firsthand the geography of their country. Mementos of the trip were easy to find in roadside stands. Cheap turquoise Indian jewelry — made specifically for the tourist

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trade – caught travelers’ attention. As did, Native Americans who sold cheaply made blankets at the roadside. It was the 60s that brought America’s great highway to the attention of the rest of the world. People the world over were drawn to the culture of the open road. Great authors like John Steinbeck and Jack Kerouac used the brush strokes of words to paint their pictures of America, and the world fell in love with a place and time that was fleeting, but indelible in the minds of people around the world. The television program Route 66 followed two restless men who, driving a corvette, made Route 66 their home. The world was restless in the 60s and the pull of the open road was strong. The television show ran on foreign television for years after it was pulled in the U.S., and its theme song was a huge success. Written by Bobby Troup, it was recorded by the Nat King Cole Trio, Chuck Berry, The Rolling Stones, Manhattan Transfer, and Depeche Mode. - a song hummed around the world. Victorville’s Route 66 Museum is one of many that has popped up along the old route, but it is an excellent museum and one that is staffed with diligent volunteers who are delighted to answer questions. They have been visited by travelers from 79 countries from all over the world. Fully one half of their visitors are from other countries. All come with the idea of re-living the road. Victorville’s Route 66 Museum will be supporting the Route 66 International Festival promoted by the California Historic Route 66 Association August 9-12 this year. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Tuesdays and Wednesdays by appointment only. By Tere Kidd

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» HD PERsonality

Chris Ackerman: Signify Designs C

hris Ackerman’s Signify Designs is a local graphic design, marketing, and public speaking business that runs on the motto, “besignificant.” The term “significant” is at the core of Chris’ professional and personal life. In every endeavor he brings with him creativity, passion, and joy. Signify Designs works with clients to make ads, business cards and promotional material as eyepopping and significant as possible. “Imagine there was a table full of business cards and flyers of similar businesses,” Chris says, “one piece would jump off the table, immediately catch [someone’s] eye, [and] cause them to pick it up and look at it.” That unique and striking piece is what he designs for every client. All of his life Chris has been artistically inclined, but after studying graphic design at Riverside Community College and falling in love with Apple computers, Chris found his artistic passion in graphic design and never looked back. From there he expanded to video design as part of his total marketing abilities. In his eighteen years working as a designer, he has worked with organizations throughout the H.D., including Sunset Hills. Chris admits that creativity is in his blood. His father, Harry Ackerman, was a television producer for shows like Dennis the

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Menace, The Flying Nun, and Bewitched. His mother, Elinor Donahue, is best known for her roles as Betty Anderson on Father Knows Best and Ellie Walker on The Andy Griffith Show. Keeping it in the family, his creativity and passion for design is shared with his wife and two children. Chris is also a talented public speaker and MC for local and regional events. His popular persona, “Crazy Chris,” is a crowd favorite at the Victorville Speedway. For the last six years, Chris has enjoyed creating an entertaining and family friendly atmosphere for Speedway patrons in Victorville, Ridgecrest, San Bernardino and Las Vegas. Also, catch Chris July 4th for the Apple Valley Freedom Festival. This will be his second year as MC for the event. Whether it’s graphic design, marketing, public speaking, serving as MC for local events, or just hanging out with his kids, Chris says, “I love what I do.” Chris is energetic, personable, and ready to give your business or organization a unique look with personalized flair. For more information about Chris Ackerman’s Signify Designs, please visit www.signifydesigns.com, find him on Facebook or call 760-559-1686. By Katie Chavez

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» local senior care

Skyline Villas: Elegant Bed-and-Breakfast Care for Seniors W

hile there are a number of homes for assisted living and elderly care, here in the Victor Valley, there are few that can be called elegant, comfortable, and homey, all in the same sentence. Skyline Villas has no problem with that. The reason? Skyline is a dream come true for Yolanda Alkawass. Alkawass embarked upon her journey about four years ago preparing to open Skyline. She went through the process that most business owners go through when they make the decision to move forward with a business plan. She did some serious remodeling and planning to open a home that is just as she envisioned. For Alkawass, though, this was more than just a business; it was a calling. She wanted to open a place that would be just as she would want it to be if she were a resident. The feel of a place reflects the character of the owner. There are few establishments you enter that don’t tell you something about the owner right away, whether visiting a restaurant or a friend’s home. Undefined elements such as fragrances, textures, colors, and sounds almost immediately bombard your senses, and before you know it, you have formed a sense of the place without really having to think about it. The feeling of warmth and dignity that welcomes you to Skyline Villas is refreshing. Run very much like an elegant bed and breakfast, Skyline is the fruition of a dream that Yolanda Alkawass has worked hard to complete.

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Yolanda says, “About four years ago it came to me that this was my calling. These are beautiful people. These people are my family. I am blessed.” Alkawass treats every resident as a special guest. Rooms are large and elegantly appointed with the resident’s taste in mind and there is only one resident per room. Bed linens are changed at least twice weekly. In addition all rooms have a private bathroom. Skyline accommodates just eight residents where there are two to three caregivers at any time. In all there are eleven people on staff to care for eight residents. A massage room for just relaxing or for therapeutic care is available on the premises, and the main hall showcases an impressive wall of windows that look out over the entire valley. Residents eat here at three tables each set for four, and savory meals are made from fresh organic ingredients in a large professional kitchen. Skyline takes seniors at all levels, including dementia patients. What every family wants for their parents, when the time comes to place them in a home, is the reassurance that they will be well cared for in a place where there is someone who honors and values them. At Skyline you get the sense, after talking with Alkawass, that Skyline is just the place to get what your loved one needs, and the peace of mind the family needs. By Tere Kidd For a tour of Skyline call (760) 240-0730, or visit skyline-villas.com.

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» local business spotlight

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Greg’s Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning

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arties, kids, pets, life—all take a toll on your carpet and upholstery. If you have to move your couch to find the true color of your carpet, and you find that you can’t rearrange your furniture because of the glaring clean spots, it’s probably way past time to call Greg’s Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning. Not your typical carpet cleaning service, Greg’s Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning uses only the top of the line truck mounted equipment and state of the art cleaning methods. And never fear; your newly cleaned carpet will not be quick to attract dirt, as often rumored. They use a deep steam extraction method, utilizing high quality cleaning surfactants, which leaves little or no dirt attracting residue. And, they won’t pump your carpet full of harsh chemicals. If it’s flood restoration services that you need, don’t fret. Their powerful water extraction equipment, cleaning products and restoration equipment will eliminate the mess and calm your nerves. They will work with your insurance company, and they guarantee their work, so your calamity will be remedied in no time. It’s no wonder that Greg’s Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning has an 82% customer repeat ratio, which is “unheard of” in this industry, according to Greg Meierhoff, owner and hands on manager. With companies in Orange County, Big Bear (largest in the area), and in Victor Valley, Greg’s reputation for exceptional service at a fair price is spreading like wildfire. But, Greg doesn’t take the high demand for granted. He is genuinely grateful to his loyal customers and feels “incredibly blessed” that his business has thrived in such difficult economic times. The fact that it has speaks volumes. If you have questions or need an estimate, give Greg a call at 760-951-0055, or check them out on the web at http://www.gregscarpetcleaning.com. By Stephanie Morris

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» local health professional

Glenn Dental

Your healthy, beautiful smile is their goal

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othing says health, youth, and vigor quite like a perfect smile, one showing off straight, white teeth. If you’re hiding your smile because it is not as white, straight, or healthy as it should be, the professionals at Glenn Dental in Apple Valley can have you beaming brightly in no time! Specializing in “cosmetic, orthodontic, and general dentistry,” Glenn Dental offers myriad solutions to your dental issues, whether you only need a regular check up and cleaning or more complex treatment. The last ten years have brought amazing breakthroughs in the field of dentistry, and this has allowed professionals like Glenn Dental to help patients achieve their best smiles ever. Glenn Dental uses advanced technology and creates individual patient treatment plans that offer everything from veneers to implants. If you need a root canal and crown or a simple filling, the professionals at Glenn Dental have treatment options. If orthodontia is necessary, Glenn Dental offers choices from full orthodontics to

discreet Invisalign®. Drs. Glenn L. Ong-Veloso and Joy Marie Helou bring the education, skills, and experience necessary to make your visit comfortable and professional. With qualified and skilled staff, the doctors bring you treatment options designed specifically for you. With the health of your teeth and gums as the foundation of its practice, Glenn Dental provides you with care that ensures a healthy, bright smile for life. The beautiful and ultra-modern décor of Glenn Dental’s offices reflects the state of the art treatment available. Glenn Dental’s website is a great place to start your road to good dental health and hygiene. The website offers everything from photos of the office and treatment rooms to a tutorial on what to expect on your first visit. You can even book your appointment online. For a healthy, beautiful smile you can be proud of, call, click, or visit the professionals at Glenn Dental. By Susan Landers

Glenn Dental 16098 Kamana Rd, Apple Valley, Ca. 92307 (760) 242-2620 glenndental@gmail.com | www.glenndental.com

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» health matters

Keep an Eye on Your Health A

rguably one of the most valuable of our five senses, eye sight is not something to be taken lightly; quick quiz: can you name all the five senses? They are hearing, touch, smell, taste, and yes, sight. But, what do you really know about eye health? As always, this article is to educate and spark interest by scratching the surface of eye health and is no way an attempt to diagnose or treat eye pathology. Let’s start with some basic understanding of the eye: the pupil is the opening in the iris that allows light to enter the eye, our pupils change shape according to the amount of light available. iris is the color part of your eye and the pupil is a hole in the iris. cornea is a transparent outer layer of connective tissue covering the iris and pupil. sclera is tough skin that makes up the “white” part of your eye. retina is the inside area of the eye which contains rod cells (which allows us to see black and white) and cone cells (which allows us to see color); these cells then send signals by the way of the optic nerve to your brain for interpretation as sight.

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is cranial nerve number two, which is responsible for carrying messages from the eye to the brain. blind spot or optic disc is the spot where the optic nerve attaches to the retina and therefore contains no rods or cones for sight lens behind the iris and pupil, which helps focus light on the retina. macula is where the majority of light hits the retina vitreous humor is a clear gel inside the eye behind the lens aqueous humor is a clear liquid between the lens and the cornea optic nerve

Light passes through the cornea, then the pupil, the lens then focuses the image upside down on the retina, and finally the optic nerve sends the message to your brain to interpret. Most common eye pathology Age related macular degeneration (ARMD)- is a leading cause of blindness in the over 50 year old population. Approximately 60 million have ARMD with approximately 20,000 new cases of ARMD causing blindness per year. ARMD is not fully understood but UV light (free radicals) causing oxidative damage to the retina seems to be a big factor.

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are a white opaque lesion that forms on the lens, there are approximately 3 million cataract surgeries every year, and it is estimated that 20 million people have cataracts. Cataracts can progress to blindness. diabetic retinopathy affects, to some extent, about 45% of the nearly 81 million Americans that are pre diabetic and diabetic, caused by high levels of sugar in the blood that will damage blood vessels, causing your body to replace the damaged blood vessels with new ones. Diabetic retinopathy can progress to blindness. cataracts

Actions that can be taken to prevent eye pathology • Stop smoking • Blink for hydration (we typically blink less frequently while using computers) • Take breaks during eye straining activities (such as reading or using computers) about every 20 min • Get and keep your blood pressure under control (high blood pressure can damage the small vessels in the eye) • Control blood sugar with diet and exercise (too much sugar in the blood can damage blood vessels and have a negative effect on the lens of the eye) • Healthy nutrition - Take supplements of anti-oxidants to limit free radical damage. Eat vegetables high in carotenoids (carotenoids is what gives our natural food its color) lutein (which is in spinach, kale, carrots, and squash, but the best source is from the yolk of eggs) and zeaxanthin (found in peppers, kiwi, grapes, oranges, squash). Eat omega 3 rich foods like cold water fish. Black currant and bilberry/huckleberries have anthocyanins which helps us have a healthy aqueous humor and intraocular pressure. Astaxanthin has recently been gaining popularity in research which is the carotenoid that gives salmon/lobster/krill/crab their pink or reddish colors; which is why some suggest taking krill oil supplements. • Sleep deprivation can have a negative effect on eye health due to the need for rest and replenishment that occurs as we sleep • Use contact lens appropriately, give your eyes a break and wear glasses, clean them and do not sleep with them in • Wear UV blocking sunglasses • Wear a hat to shade your eyes • Never share eye makeup, clean eye make up applicators, do not

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put eye makeup in your eye or past the eye lash line, remove eye make up before bed. The bottom line The American Academy of Ophthalmology stated that people with ARMD may be able to slow the progression of the disease by taking a nutrient supplement containing the following: Vitamin C (500 mg), Vitamin E (400 IU), Beta-carotene (15 mg), Zinc oxide (80 mg), Copper oxide (2 mg).

This recommendation is the result of government research carried out by The National Eye Institute (NEI), a part of the National Institute on Health (NIH). The take home message of eye health and the common theme is that there are things that are out of your control (unfortunate accidents/genetics/etc), but more empowering is all that is in your control. We have knowledge that shows us that by following some simple lifestyle practices, and healthy eating we can greatly increase our odds of maintaining great vision throughout our life. Isn’t that amazing.....the odds are ours for the taking. Look for the next issue of High Desert Living magazine for the next health column.

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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2012: Time to Redo You By Susan Landers

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hough the New Year is well underway, making a resolution for self-improvement now is a great idea. Some time has passed since the holiday parties and the pressures to make resolutions are over, so it is the perfect time to make a resolution you will not break. Instead of making the same resolutions and breaking them because you have no real plan or support, why not resolve to make some changes for yourself that will be truly life changing and create an approach that will really get you there this time? Making your resolutions now, after the false starts of January gives you the chance to revise your strategy. Losing weight…great idea, but what’s your plan? Stop smoking….really great idea, but how are you going do it? Save more money….nifty, but where will you find the right strategy? Improve your mind…excellent, but where will you begin? Whatever the resolution, make this year the one that gets you serious, about your body, mind, spirit, and finances; make this the year you decide to do more for yourself and live the life you truly want to live. Assuming we all survive the Mayan calendar big scary, we have a bright new year to look forward to, and we all hope for better, don’t we? We’ve got nearly a year to do it, so let’s all plan to see in 2013 as the new and improved versions of ourselves!

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Make Yourself a Better Body!

Whether you want to lose a little or a lot of weight, get fit, be healthier, or make the mirror image match the mind and spirit, it is vital that you find the right people to help you reach your goals. There are many weight loss programs, gyms, and medical programs that are available. Weight loss is big business, but if you want to make it your business, you need to find the right combination for you. What works for your sister-inlaw’s brother or your cousin’s wife will not necessarily work for you. The sad truth is that there is no magic bullet and real lasting weight loss will never be accomplished without proper diet and exercise. But the good news is that you do not (and should not) have to face the daunting task alone. In fact, finding supportive people on the same journey often leads to success. The important thing to remember is that weight loss is a journey, and while there may be an ultimate destination, if you want to stay there, you need to continue to do the work that got you there. There are many helpful people here in the H.D. to help you on that journey; below are just a few of them.

Weight Watchers

Weight Watchers is a proven weight loss method that has worked for millions of people over the last several decades. Join a local group of join online at www. weightwatchers.com. Click on the small Find a Meeting icon at the top for a local connection. Inshape Medical Weight Loss

Inshape Medical Weight Loss “is a physician supervised program with professional guidance aimed at helping you achieve your own healthy lifestyle change.” For more information call (760) 241-9739, visit them at 14298 St. Andrews Dr. Suite 8 in Victorville, or go online at inshapemedical.com.

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New Image Weight Loss and Wellness

New Image Weight Loss and Wellness has an abundance of answers to assist you on your way to your new body. From nonsurgical Lipolaser to health and wellness solutions, including nutrition, hormone replacement, and other medically supervised treatments, New Image may be the key to your reawakening selfesteem and confidence. Stop by their clinic at 12740 Hesperia Road Suite A in Victorville, call them at 760-9614196, or see them online at: http://www. mynewbodytoday.com/ From Jenny Craig to Curves, 24Hour Fitness to classes at Victor Valley College, there are an array of places and people to help you on your journey. Keep in mind that any weight loss treatment you are interested in, whether surgical or medical, should be thoroughly examined. Do your homework. Cosmetic surgeons should be Board Certified, medical clinics should be in good standing with the state, and be sure to steer clear of promises that are too good to be true— chances are good that they are. If you smoke, living in California makes quitting easier because there are so few public places where you are allowed

to light up and with the new awareness of the damage of secondhand smoke, smokers are pretty much pariahs around here, so if you want to kick the habit, visit the American Lung Association’s Stop Smoking page online at http:// www.lung.org/stop-smoking/. There are Stop Smoking programs all over the H.D.. Many of the medical centers, like Desert Valley or Saint Mary’s, offer classes in wellness that include smoking cessation plans. Whether using a medical program, hypnosis, the patch or new medications, just like in weight loss, choose your plan carefully and get yourself mentally prepared to make the lifestyle choices that will bring big changes to how your look and feel.

Go on…Pamper Yourself!

Doing something nice for someone is always a good idea, even if that someone is you! Make it a point to do something nice for yourself on a regular basis. There are lots of day spas and salons that provide professional services like massage, manicure, pedicure, facials and hair care for both men and women. Massage Envy

One of the best things you can do for yourself is to get regular massages. It’s not only relaxing, but it is healthy too! The stress relief that regular massage brings helps to lower blood pressure and Cortisol (the stress hormone) levels, increases blood circulation and flexibility, which is so important to a healthy lifestyle. Strengthening your immune system is a surprising benefit of regular massage. Massage increases serotonin levels and leads to a greater level of well being. Massage is beneficial for men and women of all ages and is particularly good for helping elderly individuals keep their skin supple and their muscles flexible, and of course an increase in circulation is helpful as we age. Massage Envy offers facials, too.

Membership at Massage envy is a great way to get that regular massage for you or as a terrific gift for the ones you love. Call, stop by, or visit their website to make an appointment for what will be the best gift you will give yourself. Massage Envy 19179 Bear Valley Rd. Suite 7 Apple Valley, (760) 240-3689 http://www.massageenvy.com/clinics/CA/ Apple-Valley Athena Jean Salon and Day Spa

Whether for a special occasion or “routine maintenance,” a visit to Athena Jean will help you to take good care of yourself. From hair services to nail care, massages to facials, the professionals at

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Athena Jean will cater to your desire to be pampered. With over 20 years in the beauty industry, Jean McSwain has created an oasis of indulgence for you. Though a bit of a cliché, it is also true: when you look good, you feel better about yourself. Confidence is everything, and when you have groomed yourself right, then you have what you need to go out and tackle the world. Athena Jean Day Spa 17260 Bear Valley Road C-105, Victorville, (760) 241-5888 or (760) 241-7786 www.athenajeansalonandspa.com

Smile!

A great smile not only improves your looks, it can also improve your health. Seeing your dental professional regularly is a must. Your dentist can alert you to potential problems with gum disease, which can lead to heart disease, check your mouth and tongue for early signs of cancer, and other diseases of the mouth. If it has been too long since you have opened your mouth to the dentist, be sure to see one soon.

From cosmetic surgery or implants to orthodontia and even simple cleanings, Dr. Hudson and his staff will have you smiling brightly. Call them for an appointment at (760) 951-1007 or visit them online at http://www.scotthudsondds.com/. Hometown Dental

At Hometown Dental in Hesperia, Dr. Sweeney uses laser technology to treat patients, often without the use of anesthesia or shots. Dr. Sweeney “wants to ease the fears of patients and encourage a generation of children who are not petrified of going to the dentist.” Call them at 760-947-6905, stop by their office at 16385 Walnut St. in Hesperia, or see them online at http://www. ourhometowndental.com

Show Yourself the Money! These days, saving money is hard to do. With today’s economy, it is vital to be smart where money is concerned. Trusting someone with your hard earned money is not easy, but going it alone can lead to disaster, so it is wise to have a professional look at your financial health and help you reach your goals.

Glenn Dental

Local Credit Unions

Glenn Dental in Apple Valley offers all kinds of treatments to care for your pearly whites, from simple cleanings and check-ups to full implants and orthodontia. See their spotlight in this issue, call (760) 242-2620, or see them online at www.glenndental.com.

Tired of the big banks nickel and diming you to death? Switch to a local credit union. You may be surprised at the number of them in the H.D. that you qualify to join. Whether through your work or your school, joining a credit union makes good sense. Credit unions are not for profit, so they generally have low to no fee checking and savings plans, low interest rates for mortgage and automobile purchases. In fact, anything you can do at a bank, you can do at a credit union and they are federally insured just like banks.

Hudson Family Dentistry

Hudson Family Dentistry in Victorville is a full service family dental office that offers a warm and friendly atmosphere. Located on Ridgecrest at Bear Valley Road, the professionals at Hudson Family Dentistry will make you feel right at home. Scott Hudson’s lively personality will ease those dental fears you may be harboring. www.hdlivingmagazine.com

Victor Valley Credit Union

With forty-five years of service to the H.D., Victor Valley Credit Union offers its members competitive

interest rates. Call them at (760) 2457170 or visit their website at http:// www.vvfcu.org/asp/home.asp Schools First Credit Union

Specifically designed for school employees — teachers, administrators, staff members, and bus drivers — Schools First Credit Union’s professional staff will guide you to your financial goals and work with you to provide the best financial products to fit your needs. Call them at (714) 258-4000, stop by to see them at their branch at 13605 Bear Valley Road in Victorville or visit their website at www.schoolsfirst.org.

Improve your Mind! Libraries

Whether looking for a new novel to take you away from it all or a text to learn a new skill, your local library offers a free way to read all about it! If you are thinking of changing careers, do your research at the library. Libraries not only have books, they also have DVDs to borrow, computers to use, and reading groups to join. Colleges and Universities

Victor Valley College and California State University San Bernardino are great places to not only start a new career, but to expand your mind and keep your brain healthy. With VVC for Me, you can find community classes to learn everything from yoga to writing or cooking. Victor Valley Performing Arts Center and CSUSB’s theater department offer terrific plays and musicals to enjoy for low ticket prices and great opportunities to support student performers and artists. Whatever you do, make a decision to learn new things, read more, elevate your thoughts, increase your vocabulary, and be better tomorrow than you are today. The beauty of being human is that we have a chance each day to remake and reform ourselves; live better by becoming better!

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Taking a flying leap at Krystle Beck Dance Company.

just dancE! Dance Studios in the H.D. By Katie Chavez

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“Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.” — Martha Graham, American modern dancer and choreographer

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ne of the great means of artistic expression is in the form of dance. Every culture in the world participates in dance as a means of entertainment, expression, and social interaction. It is part of what makes us human. In the High Desert, we have great dance studios that allow people of all ages and all levels to participate in an art highly revered and deeply beloved. Dance Dynamics (Hesperia) (760) 947-4242 | www.dancedynamicsstudios.com Owners Jeanette and Paul Wheeler opened Dance Dynamics in Hesperia in 1991. Jeanette, a lifelong dancer, began dancing at her mother’s studio—Suzanne’s Performing Dance Studio in Upland—by age three. With the dance influence of her mother and grandmother, Jeanette developed a career pursuing her art. Now her children are following in the family tradition of dance. This family atmosphere stretches to the extended family of dancers and instructors at Dance Dynamics. Dance Dynamics’ well educated and first aid certified staff have “succeeded in producing award winning choreography” and classes. Ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, hip-hop, tumbling and cheer are among the offered courses. They strive to keep their dancers motivated and in pursuit of personal excellence. They also offer competition teams in dance and cheer. In 2003, Jeanette and Paul took over Suzanne’s Performing Dance Studio upon Jeanette’s mother’s semi-retirement. With this expansion in Upland, Dance Dynamics offers a compressive program where instructors can be sought at both the H.D. location and the Upland location. Their annual recital will be held on June 23 and 24 at the Victoria Gardens MultiCultural Center. They are proud of the dancers they produce and are always happy to include new dancers of all levels to their dance family.

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A Dancer’s Pointe Performing Arts Center (Apple Valley) (760)242-0352 | www.adancerspointe.com A Dancer’s Point has been in the High Desert for over a decade. In that time they have developed a standard of excellence for their students and staff. This standard includes creating a fun and respectful environment. They take pride in a conservative approach to classes, where suggestive music, costumes and choreography are not part of the lesson. They find that teaching their dancers good technique along with morals and values will prepare them for anything in life. Their instruction ranges from ballet, jazz, lyrical, and tap classes to musical theater, cheer, and voice classes for students ages three to adult. Their hip-hop classes are especially popular with adults who have always wanted to dance. Throughout the year, they participate in local events like the Apple Valley tree lighting ceremony and the San Bernardino County Fair. They also enjoy performing at local retirement homes. On May 19th, they will be performing Mary Poppins at the Victor Valley College Performing Arts Center. The Friday before that, they will present the show to local school children as a way to introduce young people to the arts. A Dancer’s Pointe is happy to have their students with them for years. Some former students have become teachers at their studio and others have enrolled their own children in classes. It is the close-knit environment that makes A Dancer’s Point a great place to dance. Dancetime Studio (Victorville) (760) 241-8277 | www.dancetimehighdesert.com Jami Wiseman-Graham is owner and director of Dancetime Studio in Victorville. A dancer of 50 years and a teacher of dance for 30 of those years, Jami has had a prolific career. High Desert Living magazine 29


Having earned a degree in dance education from the University of California, Irvine, she has taught college dance as well as dance in local schools. Not only does she have extensive dance experience, she also has experience as a baton twirler and was a competitive gymnast in high school and college. But her passion is in Dancetime Studio. It has served the High Desert for more than 30 years. Dancetime offers great family discounts for a family of dancers taking multiple classes. Additionally, there is no new student registration fee. Choose from ballet, tap, jazz, and hiphop classes. They also offer ballroom classes in the styles of swing, Latin, and slow dance that are scheduled in four week sessions designed for beginners. Their Pilates and technique classes offer greater training for the developing dancer and those wishing to improve overall fitness. They find it important for dancers to participate in the artistic community: “Students enjoy opportunities throughout the year to participate in public events, community shows, and dance competitions throughout Southern California.” If you are new to dance and don’t know where to start, contact Dancetime for advice on what may suit you best. Also, their comprehensive website offers detailed descriptions of their classes and instructors. High Steppers Studio of Dance (Victorville) (760) 245-2995 | www.HighSteppersDance.com For over 35 years, High Steppers Studio of Dance has been a staple in the High Desert dance community. Dixie Hart first opened the studio in 1976, and through her years of teaching dance and directing the studio, she helped to mold young dancers and instructors. One of those instructors was Nikki Patrick. When Miss Hart decided to retire, Nikki and Jason Patrick took over ownership of the studio and have since maintained the high standard that Miss Hart long established. They emphatically state, “It is truly our desire that our students grow to be more than just talented dancers, but that they become great people in the process.” This process includes classes in ballet, Pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, and tumbling. “Showcasing the growth and development of its talented dancers,” High Steppers holds an annual performance in June at the VVC Performing Arts Center. It’s an impressive display of hard work and talent. In addition to standard classes, they offer their dancers the opportunity to be in competitive performing groups that participate in regional and national events. Locally, they perform for events all over the H.D. Most recently, they were part of the Victor Valley College OffBroadway Performing Arts Club Variety Show. High Steppers Studio of Dance works hard to make sure they are “providing more than a foundation in dance technique and appreciation of the arts, but moreover training in ‘life lessons,’ where students as young as three learn to take pride in their accomplishments.”

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Visions Dance Academy (Apple Valley) (760)669-8021 Founded in 2000, Visions Dance Academy offers more than just basic dance training. They offer a supportive atmosphere to bring out the best in their students. Part of this support includes offering their students—even their two year olds—a chance to develop public speaking skills. They learn how to speak into a microphone as well as how to address a group of people with confidence and poise. This will help them as dancers, but it will also serve them well in school and in life. Their well-rounded training includes proper dance vocabulary. The ballet students keep notebooks of French terminology (arabesque, relevé, soubresaut). Oui! In helping to develop confident young people, Visions Dance Academy is also well aware that it is important that their students have fun. They offer classes in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, contemporary, and tumbling for ages two and a half to adult. Dancers at all levels of experience will find themselves welcome. They hold an annual recital and offer competition teams. All students have opportunities to perform throughout the H.D. and California. All of their classes maintain age appropriate music, costumes, and movement. Making sure that kids are not asked to look or act older than they are is one of the most important aspects of Visions. With their commitment to giving everyone the gift of dance, Visions Dance Academy has enacted a program where clients and donors can anonymously give donations toward a deserving student’s tuition. Look for Visions Dance Academy on Facebook. The Talent Planet (Victorville) (760) 241-4567 | www.thetalentplanet.com As a new studio in the H.D., The Talent Planet offers a wide variety of classes for every dancer. Jazz, tap, ballet, hip-hop, contemporary, lyrical, tumbling and cheer are offered for every age and every skill level. They also offer vocal lessons for those wishing to pursue the musical theatre stage. Katy Varner opened The Talent Planet after dedicating years to dance. She puts maximum effort in providing a great atmosphere for her students. Part of this includes offering classes where everyone feels welcome. Her “boyz crew” hip-hop class for boys five and older is very popular, and her adults only hip-hop class is a favorite among parents whose children are already dancing with the studio. Their three types of classes include basic classes, technique classes and company classes for ages two and a half and older. Their basic classes offer great introduction and development in a particular style of dance. These classes also get the opportunity to perform a few shows a year. Their technique classes do not perform; rather they work to develop the skills of the individual dancer. The company teams are tryout based groups that perform and compete regionally and even have opportunities to perform nationally.

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The studio is conveniently located on Industrial Blvd. in Victorville, just off Bear Valley Rd. The Talent Planet offers elite dance training for the High Desert. Krystle Beck Dance Company (Apple Valley) (760) 247-7007 | www.iluvdancing.com Apple Valley’s Krystle Beck Dance Company (KBDC) works to give “dancers of all ages a chance to enhance technically and explore their talent on a competitive level.” To accomplish this, KBDC makes their studio an outlet for young people to express themselves through the performing arts. It’s a place where many dancers find they can “grow and develop not only their unlimited talents, but also grow and develop as individuals.” KBDC classes include the standard ballet, Pointe, tap, hiphop, contemporary, lyrical, and tumbling, but they also include combination classes like ballet/jazz, ballet/tap, and turns/ leaps. Also, make sure to ask about future master classes. It is a great opportunity to add diversity to already great dance training. The Krystle Beck Dance Company is located on Pawnee Rd. in Apple Valley. Anyone at all interested in learning to dance or refining their skills is encouraged to call KBDC, find them on Facebook or stop by the studio for more information.

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Once Upon a Time

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s long time residents of the High Desert can agree, the growth in the area has been immense. With all the positive aspects of that growth, one thing that has been lost is the deep quiet that the desert once was. It’s good to know, though, that there are areas in the middle of the hustle that still experience a truly serine desert setting. Nestled in the back of Apple Valley’s Stonebrook Estates, Herb and Dori Calderon have found a quiet place where they can live, entertain, and relax. Built in 2003, the Calderon home was perfected with surprising ease. During the building process, Herb and Dori went to open houses and gathered ideas for what they wanted in their own home. Their wish list became a reality as they purchased furniture one piece at a time. “It fell into place very easily.” Dori explains, “you hear horror stories of people splitting up over building a house, but it was easy for us.” Part of that ease came from the wisdom that anything can be changed, and as Dori puts it, “just keep the receipt, you can always take it back.” Their Tuscan inspired home utilizes a warm color pallet and elegant flooring throughout. This choice of materials helps make the tall ceilings and open living spaces welcoming. Large items like the dining room table work to utilize the space and accommodate their many guests for birthday parties and holiday gatherings. “If you think small it looks small,” Dori explains. She says that in choosing items for each room, bigger pieces of furniture or large framed prints actually made each room feel more spacious. From their large kitchen to the beautiful master

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bath—where a curved glass block shower is anchored in the middle of the room—the house speaks of comfortable living, but it is a separate structure from the main house that demands attention. The “little house” allows for the homeowners to indulge in hobbies and relaxation. One portion is devoted to Dori’s craft projects, mainly stained glass. With a hardy workspace that looks out onto the yard and pool, she says there is no longer any excuse for not being creative and forming her meticulously crafted stained glass. Throughout the main house, her stained glass windows accent rooms and bring color, creativity and personal touches to the home. In the other portion of the little house there is the ultimate relaxation retreat. This retreat is in the form of a complete wine cellar. In through the wooden, arched entry door is a quaint seating area with warm colors and just enough space for an intimate gathering. A stone interior wall with large windows and a glass door divide the seating area from the cellar itself. Inside the cellar the same warm tones and dark woods accent 400 bottles of wine. It is far from full though; this climate controlled room—set to exactly 58 degrees—can hold as many as 800 bottles. When family and friends stop by, a favorite gift to give Herb and Dori is a bottle of wine. The guests have a great time placing bottles in the cellar themselves. It makes each addition a little more special. The thorough design allows for the space to become a true escape. With little difficulty, you can almost feel as if you are somewhere in the Italian countryside among hundred year old vineyards. The design purposefully excludes televisions, phones, computers, and clocks. “I didn’t want anything out here,” Dori says. They wanted to make sure their hideaway was not disturbed. “It’s quiet outside, but when you come in

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here you have no idea where you are.” Combine that with the careful choosing of warm tones, synthetic wood floors and heavy stonework, there is nothing to disturb the tranquil setting. The old world charm is accented with the more modern track lighting, striped chairs and glass artwork. This design element ties the function of the main house to the escape of the little house without sacrificing an overall cohesiveness. This private space is not without Dori’s artistic touch. The walls have small sayings of inspirations and wisdom and a handmade cork wreath. Dori and Herb utilize the space as a place to unwind. “We like to come out here on weekends. We open a bottle of wine and get lost together.” Just outside their hideaway, the backyard also functions as a place to relax. They live on a quiet street where only the occasional barking of a neighbor’s dog and soft tones of wind chimes can be heard, and that might be the nicest element of all. Dori asserts that out of everything she and her husband have accomplished with their home, the one thing they are most happy with is sharing it with others. “We want people to be able to put their feet up on the coffee table, enjoy a glass of wine and stay as long as they want.”

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A Most Convenient

Choice for 2012.

When we are faced with health challenges it is comforting to be close to home and family. Choice Medical Group and Choice Physicians Network offer a panel of nearly 200 Primary Care Physicians and specialists conveniently located in the High Desert. This large panel of physicians provides comprehensive services and are experts in their respective specialties. They are not an hour or two away. They are in your city, your community, your neighborhood. That makes us both the right choice, and the most convenient. If you have any questions, or need help selecting a physician, we are here to help. Call us at 760.242.7777, Ext. 224.

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In addition to practitioners of Family Medicine and Internal Medicine, Choice offers experts in the fields of... - Allergy

- Obstetrics & Gynecology

- Anesthesiology

- Oncology/Hematology

- Audiology

- Ophthalmology/Optometry

- Behavioral Health

- Orthopaedics

- Cardiology

- Pediatrics

- Cardiothoracic Surgery - Pediatric Cardiology - Chiropractors

- Pediatric Ophthalmology

- Dermatology

- Perinatology

- Endocrinology

- Pain Management

- Gastroenterology

- Physical Medicine & Rehab

- General Surgery

- Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

- Hospitalists

- Podiatry

- Infectious Disease

- Pulmonology

- Neonatology

- Radiation Oncology

- Nephrology

- Rheumatology

- Neurology

- Vascular Surgery

- Neuro Surgery

- Urology

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» wine cellar Tasting Notes

wine trends by Stephanie Morris

“A bottle of wine begs to be shared; I have never met a miserly wine lover.” — Clifton Paul Fadiman Reader Recommendation 2007 riboli maddalena cabernet sauvignon Husband extraordinaire, Wayne Morris’ latest wine of choice is the Riboli Family Vineyard’s Maddalena Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007, of Paso Robles. Raspberry, spicy black cherry, plum and notes of vanilla and caramel give this wine a rich, yet silky texture that’s soft and smooth on the finish. It’s a reasonably priced wine—usually found at about $16 to $17 a bottle. Wayne enjoys pairing it with pretty much everything, but he recommends you give it a try with a good steak arrabiata or meaty lasagna.

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Wine & Dark Chocolate: A Match Made in Heaven

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ome things are meant to stand alone and are absolute and all-inclusive in their solitude. Likewise, some things are richer when coupled, as they complement each other, they complete each other. How would salt look on the table without her buddy, pepper? How bored would Romeo have been without Juliet to stir things up? Don’t even get me started on Superman and Lois Lane, John and Yoko, and Siegfried and Roy. But…one of my all-time favorite pairings… has got to be… (drum roll, please)…RED WINE and DARK CHOCOLATE!! Two of the most wonderful things in all the land paired together—it’s heavenly. If you haven’t tried the blissful pairing, it’s a must do! Now, if you’ve never done it before, you might need to experiment a little (oh, how painful) to find out what wine and chocolate combination you prefer, but a key thing to remember is that, for most palates, the lighter the chocolate, the lighter the wine

should be. Deep, full-bodied reds pair best with very dark chocolates; but, really… whether you prefer to complement your chocolate with a Cabernet Sauvignon, a California Zinfandel, a Pinot Noir or a Merlot, that will be up to you and your palate’s preference. Trust me; you’ll know when you have the right combination. And just think—in moderation, this heavenly pairing is also a healthy pairing, so unless you go on a self-destructive binge, it’s good for you! The flavonoids in the dark chocolate (the darker & less processed, the better) and the resveratrol in red wine are powerful antioxidants, which aid in the prevention of heart disease. It has also been found that dark chocolate can reduce emotional stress as well, lowering stress hormones. So don’t feel guilty if you enjoy indulging in a glass of wine and piece of dark chocolate daily. It’s good stuff.

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» restaurant spotlight

Great Links to Great Food Apple Valley Country Club

L apple valley golf course 15200 Rancherias Rd., Apple Valley (760) 242-3653 www.applevalleycountryclub.com

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ooking for a delicious breakfast or lunch? Ready for a round of golf or a game of tennis? Enjoy it all at the Apple Valley Golf Course (formerly the Apple Valley Country Club). Open to the public, Apple Valley Golf Course offers a celebrated history and a warm and welcoming atmosphere. With multiple spaces for meeting and eating, however, Apple Valley Golf Course is a great place even if you don’t play golf! Serving breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays from 7 am to 11 am, the Grill Room offers a variety of delicious favorites like: ham, bacon, or sausage and eggs, as well as pancakes, waffles, or French toast. The breakfast burrito is sure to please a hearty appetite. Apple Valley Golf Course’s Grill Room is a great place to meet up with your weekend golfing pals to fuel up before you hit the links. Afterward, enjoy a tasty lunch menu filled with sandwiches, burgers, and salads. Try the Reuben sandwich or a Patty Melt, the Cobb Salad or the unique “Brata-Asada;” it’s “A Bratwurst wrapped with carne asada, then grilled and served on a bun with Chipotle-cilantro mayo and salsa.” General Manager, Eric Fisher, says, “The blending of Mexican and German flavors are unique and delicious. It comes on a burger as well.”  With many choices, you’re sure to find your favorite. Lunch is served seven days a week from 11 am to 3 pm. Don’t forget to enjoy appetizers and Happy Hour from 3 pm to 5 pm. For business meetings or special occasions like weddings, birthdays, or anniversaries, the Apple Valley Golf Course is a great location. With multiple meeting spaces that can be set up with audio-visual equipment, podiums, and screens for presentations, your business can be conducted in a tasteful atmosphere, and the catering will be top notch. Apple Valley Golf Course’s website promises that “Our professional staff is equipped to operate anything from a continental breakfast to a lunch buffet, to a full service 5-course dinner.” For more information about hosting an event in one of the meeting rooms or the main dining room, call Kat Jack or Randi Coffman at 760-2423653 ext. 108. For more information, be sure to visit the Apple Valley Golf Course’s website: www. applevalleycountryclub.com. — Susan Landers

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Food Eating Out Oggi’s Pizza & Brewing Company

Dining Guide 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 wine tasting venues. If you would like your dining establishment considered, send information to frankc@hdlivingmagazine.com, include your name, the name of the establishment, address, and contact information.

» Victorville Thai Dawn Bistro 14317 Bear Valley Rd Ste 2 Victorville, (760) 244-7600 Paulina’s Mexican Grill 14845 Monarch Blvd, (760) 955-2661 Yoshi Sushi 14177 Kentwood Blvd, (760) 241-1960 Chateau Chang Restaurant 15425 Anacapa Rd, (760) 241-3040 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) 951-0344 Tokyo Sushi & BBQ 14741 7th St, (760) 955-7123 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 42 High Desert Living magazine

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

Amy’s Mexican Restaurant 18768 US Highway 18 Ste 170, (760) 242-1474

Juliano’s Italian Restaurant 12052 Hesperia Rd. (760) 949-0595

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

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

Go Bangkok Thai Cuisine 15800 Main St Ste 200 (760) 947-9029

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

Los Domingos Mexican Restaurant 17790 Us Highway 18 (760) 946-5344

Cancun Mexican & Seafood 15550 Main St. (760) 956-7720

Carino’s 11970 Amargosa Rd, (760) 949-2248 Daikoku Japanese Steak House 12174 Hesperia Rd, (760) 952-1300

Oggis Pizza & Brewing Co 19201 Bear Valley Rd, (760) 240-8977 Mama Carpino’s 22010 Highway 18 (760) 240-9664

Crown and Sword Restaurant 14173 Green Tree Blvd. (760) 513-6046

Viva Maria 20162 Highway 18 #D (760) 946-2087

Grumpy Golfer 14144 Green Tree Blvd, (760) 955-6017

Marcelinos Mexican Restaurant 21510 Bear Valley Rd. (760) 240-4344

» Apple Valley

Linko Sushi 12115 Apple Valley Rd. (760) 240-1125

Angel’s Roadhouse 2 13685 John Glenn Rd, (760) 240-6923 Las Brisas Mexican Restaurant 21919 US Highway 18, (760) 240-1051 Go Bangkok Thai Cuisine 20783 Bear Valley Rd, Ste H (760) 240-3888 Di Napoli’s Fire House 17856 US Highway 18, (760) 242-5802

Italian Kitchen 16409 Yucca St. (760) 244-7757 Thai-Lotus Restaurant 12027 Hesperia Rd. (760) 949-9362 Wood Grill Buffet 14135 Main St. (760) 981-4418 Los Domingos Restaurant 15885 Main St. (760) 948-6161 Oasis Sushi Restaurant 12719 Main St. (760) 244-9608

Carmen’s Ponderosa Restaurant 9544 Kiowa Rd. (760) 247-7727 Apple Valley Golf Course Grill 15200 Rancherias Rd, 760-242-3653

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Calendar of Events Winter/Spring March 1-11 gilbert and sulivan’s the pirates of penzance On a rocky seashore on the coast of Cornwall the pirates of Penzance are holding a party to celebrate the apprentice Frederic’s promotion to the status of full-blown pirate on the expiry of his indentures. Young Frederick meets Mabel, the daughter of MajorGeneral Stanley, and the two young people fall instantly in love. Bound by his own sense of duty, Frederic’s only solace is that Mabel agrees to wait for him faithfully. V.V.C. Performing Arts Center: Call (760) 245-4271 ext. TIX (849) for tickets and showtimes

March 10 13th Annual Women’s Expo Y102 and El Dorado Broadcasters are proud to present the 2012 Women’s Expo. Events include free mammograms, health screenings, yoga, jazzercise and zumba lessons plus booths and seminars for women of the H.D.. There will also be makeup, fashion and home decorating plus finance and lifestyle, come out to this year’s event as admission is free. San Bernardino County Fairgrounds

Mon. through Sat. 10:00 am - 7:00pm Sunday 12:00pm - 5:00pm Come Relax and Enjoy our Large Seating area while you take your time and view our wine selection in all price ranges.

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April 13-15 28th ANNUAL HOME & garden SHOW Looking to update your kitchen? How about a new closet system? Come out to this year’s High Desert Home and Garden show presented by Victorville Motors. The annual event is a homeowner’s favorite as local and national vendors have everything you need for your home, garden, garage and lifestyle. San Bernardino County Fairgrounds: Go to highdeserthomeshows.com or call 760-949-0822 for more information

April 5 High Desert Mavericks Opening Day The High Desert Mavericks are excited to return for the 2012 season!. They open the season at home with 7-game homestand on Thursday, April 5, 2012 against the Lancaster Jethawks. The Mavericks are looking forward to a fun and exciting season with 10 fireworks shows, great weekly promotions such as Thirsty Thursday and Family Feast Nights, and amazing theme nights. Mavericks Stadium: 12000 Stadium Way Adelanto, CA 92301, Go to hdmavs.com or call 760.246.6287 for ticket information.

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» Susan’s corner

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A Real-Life Hero in the HD by Susan Landers

e doesn’t own a Superman cape or have a belt full of gadgets like Batman, but DaShan White is nevertheless a superhero. Two years ago, when DaShan was a mere sixteen years old, he intervened in a violent attack in a Victorville parking lot and was nearly killed for his trouble. DaShan witnessed a man choking a baby and striking a woman, the baby’s mother. Coming between the man and woman, DaShan was stabbed in the chest and gave the woman a chance to get away, while the man fled, using the baby as a shield. A deputy shot the attacker and rescued the baby. Meanwhile, DaShan lay bleeding in the WinCo parking lot. The woman used DaShan’s phone to call his mother, Franshella Hopkins, who managed to get there before the paramedics. Ms. Hopkins is a clinical medical assistant instructor at San Joaquin Valley College in Hesperia, so she knew how to render first aid until paramedics arrived. DaShan was airlifted to Loma Linda Medical Center in critical, but stable, condition. Because of his quick action, DaShan saved a woman and her child. Because of his heroism, in January 2012, DaShan was awarded the Patricia Lewis Witness of the Year award by the California District Attorneys Association (CDAA). This award represents what happens when people do more than stand by when they see others in trouble. DaShan, now eighteen years old, plans on joining another group of heroes: the United States Marine Corps. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said that “the time is always right to do what is right.” It really doesn’t take a superhero to make a difference in the world, but we should always try to do what is right in any circumstance, and if we had more DaShans in the world, it would indeed be a better place.

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 susanl@ hdlivingmagazine.com.

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Looking forward to caring for you in 2012


We Put Time on Your Side No appointments necessary. Rajeev Walia, MD, is the resident Family Practitioner at Main Street Medical Center. The doctor and his friendly professional staff are ready to treat all of your minor medical emergencies. Why wait in the ER when you have a medical emergency? Any injury or illness that is not life threatening is considered a minor medical emergency. If you have a bump, scratch, break, bruise, burn, sting, bite, fever, scrape or minor cut come to the Main Street Urgent Care. It’s such a relief to know we are right here when you need us.

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HD Living Winter/Spring 2012  

The Winter/Spring edition of HD Living magazine