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Table of Contents

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30 phenomenal physicians of the H.D.

Looking for a great physician, group or specialist? Look no further, as we bring you some of the best in the H.D.! By Susan Landers, Stephanie Keyes, Tere Kidd

38 the contender We introduce you to local UFC figher Joe “Daddy” Stevenson and what drives him to be the best in his business. By Katie Chavez 44 journey of a lifetime Be inspired by Angela Valles’ story of overcoming struggle and adversity. By Susan Landers

15 up front Huck Finn Jubilee, Julie Wingfield, Gifts

for Dads & Grads

By Krystal Carrillo and Tere Kidd

20 local personality

On the air in the HD: Y102’s Coleen Quinn

By Susan Landers

22 business profile

Making a house into a home: Apple Valley’s

Button’s Furniture By Krytal Carrillo

26 health matters

Do you feel you are missing something?

It could be a lack of fiber. By Dr. Brad


46 wine trends

Trivial matters, choice selections.

By Stephanie Keyes-Morris

48 local venue

Wine … and then some

By Stephanie Keyes-Morris

51 entertainment calendar




Guide to upcoming entertainment & events.

52 hd Happenings

Local happenings

54 susan’s corner

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A match made in the H.D.

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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 9 To choose a St. Mary Medical Center Heart Care Specialist, call Physician Select at 1-877-242-4200, or visit

H.D. Living H.D. Living Magazine Volume 3, Issue 3 May/June 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.

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Publisher’s Letter

Thank You


want to start off by thanking our readers for their support and understanding over the last few months; as many of you have noticed some of our issues have been delayed, and for that we apologize. As we too fight through these tough economic times, I thank you, the reader, for your patience and support as we work hard to bring you the best our High Desert has to offer. I want to assure you we are doing our best to get our schedule back on track so you can enjoy each issue as we spotlight local events and area happenings. Now, as we move forward spring is in the air and that is great news to many across the H.D. as our weather gets better and we start to trade in our jackets and sweaters for shorts and flip flops. Along with beautiful weather comes great outdoor events: from the local fair to the Huck Finn jubilee, the H.D. has plenty of outdoor activities this spring. As it’s that time of year, we also bring you some great ideas for what to get for your Grad or Dad! Who is the face behind that voice that you hear on your way to work every morning? Find out as we spotlight Coleen Quinn who’s “On Air in the H.D.” Maybe you’re looking to furnish your house or office this spring; look no further as we spotlight local family owned Button’s Furniture. Dr. Hannon lets you know what your diet may be missing! We also bring you profiles of some of the best physicians, specialists and medical groups in the H.D.. And, of course, our cover story introduces you to local UFC fighter Joe Stevenson as Katie Chavez brings us “The Contender.” Susan Landers gives us an inside look into the life of a local woman who, despite life’s struggles, has managed to become a role model for others who may face similar challenges. So, once again, as the weather gets warmer and the evenings become longer, enjoy. Frank Castillo Publisher/CEO 12 High Desert Living magazine

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who’s who and what’s what


Step back in time

The Huck Finn Jubilee echoes back to a simpler time

By Tere Kidd


f you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to live a simpler life in a simpler time, then the Huck Finn Jubilee is for you. Even if you’ve never experienced the pleasure of reading Mark Twain’s novels about his famous characters Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, you are sure to enjoy a step back in time at the Huck Finn Jubilee. Thought by many to be the best American writer of his time, this year marks the centennial of Twain’s death. However, you can experience Mark Twain Live as Mike Randall channels one of America’s most beloved and renowned authors Friday, June 18th at 9:00 p.m. Fun loving humorist that he was, he would surely be delighted by the array of games and events that celebrate his legacy. One of the most well known antics by Twain’s character, Tom Sawyer, was the incident in which Tom tricks his friends into whitewashing a fence for him. This ruse will be reenacted in the Fence Painting Championship—open to kids 13 and under Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Other events sure to delight the child in all of us are the Liars Contest— open to all, The Huck Finn Look Alike contest—open to 8 to 15 yearDad and the whole family can celebrate Father’s Day in a unique way at the Huck Finn Jubilee Friday, June 18th, and Saturday June 19th from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 20th 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Mojave Narrows Regional Park. Camp sites are available. For more information go to www. or phone (951) 780-8810.

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UpFront olds. Nickels in a Haystack for 3 to 6 year-olds Saturday at 3:00 p.m. The kids get to keep all the nickels they find. For those who love a challenge, there is the Greased Pole Climbing contest open to all ages Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 a.m. Prizes for this event range from $20 to $150. Two more serious events— money-wise that is—are the U.S.A Nationally Sanctioned Stand-up style—Double Elimination Arm Wrestling Championship, and the Deering Banjo Championship. The arm wrestling entry fee is $25, and the weigh-in begins Saturday at 9:00 a.m. with the event beginning at noon. The banjo contest begins Saturday, June 19th at noon on the main stage. The contest is limited to 12 contestants with a first place cash award of $1000, a second place award for $300 and third place award of $200. Entry fee is $25. There has to be something here for everybody with tethered hot air balloon rides daily at 6:00 a.m., hay rides, bungee jumping, Russell Brothers Circus - lots of magic, juggling, and daring tricks, and the Mountain Man Village and Camp. Music is the main event so expect to hum along, tap your feet, clap your hands, or give a whistle with great performances by such entertainers as Lonesome Otis, The Hey Boyz, Russell Moore & IIIRD Thyme Out, Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, Julie Wingfield, Sons & Brothers, and the Oak Ridge Boys. The cowboy poet Waddie Mitchell may not be singing, but he will recite poetry that has a rhythm all its own. Finger foods are everywhere. You can find everything from tritip to corn on the cob. Homemade lemonade can quench your thirst while you decide whether it will be pizza or ice cream. And, the air is redolent with the scent of chicken, ribs, and barbeque beef.

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Julie Wingfield Victor Valley’s Very Own Star She may be small - four feet and eleven and one half inches, with great emphasis on that additional one half inch - but she is a big talent bursting with enough down-home energy to spark a fire. You can’t help but do a little toe tapping when she lights up the stage with her crystal clear voice and guitar strumming. She is the High Desert’s very own Julie Wingfield. Among some of her colorful stories of the past is the one about an unexpected phone call from Western legend Gene Autry at the tender age of eighteen. When the phone was handed to her, she thought it might be a joke, but sure enough the voice at the other end of the line was indeed that of legend Gene Autry. Autry wanted her to open for him, but it was decided that the venue wouldn’t be appropriate for a girl her age. She still spent a couple of hours talking with him, and she even got to play his Gibson guitar. At 15, she opened for Ernest Tubbs and toured with her own band for many years in the southwest region of the country. She played in Nashville a couple of times but decided early on that touring outside the Southwest wasn’t really what she was looking for. She officially gave up the touring life when her husband of 25 years, David Zierenberg, decided to become a pastor at Grace Bible Church in Silver Lakes. “At some point you decide what you want your life to be,” says Julie, who has her own recording studio where she, now teaches and records her own albums. With a mother from Arkansas and a father from Texas who came out to the Victor Valley as teenagers, you would think that a southern drawl would be out of the question, but that’s just not the case. Somehow - quite unexpectedly - she has inherited a deep southern drawl that conjures up a sense of good ole southern humor and general good will. Wingfield was just 13 years of age when she began playing at the Jubilee. Out of the 34 years the Huck Finn Jubilee has graced the Mojave Narrows, Wingfield has missed just one year due to illness. She was sorely disappointed that year. This year no one should be disappointed as she will be on the main stage Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. She loves the Victor Valley and its people, and she says she has never been disappointed that she made the decision to keep close to home instead of a life on the road.—Tere Kidd MAY | JUNE 2010

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Dads Grads

Whether you are searching for that perfect token of appreciation this Father’s Day or a congratulatory welcome to the real world for your recent graduate, we at H.D. Living understand that the timeless art of gift-giving is not always an easy one to master. And, while we might not be able help you get your crowned scholar the gift he or she really needs (cryogenic freezing until the job market improves), we hope that these gift ideas will at least help you avoid that splitsecond look of disappointment that is quickly replaced by the thin veil of an obviously over-appreciative, “Wow, thanks!” from your dad as he unwraps yet another year’s supply of tacky ties and coffee mugs. By Krystal Carrillo

For Dad

For Grad

Paying it Forward

Practical Introductions to the “Adult” World

Your father no doubt instilled good values in you, teaching you to care about the world he helped to bring you into and the people around you. This Father’s Day, honor his legacy (and first-rate parenting skills) by showing him what a wonderful human being he has raised and what a great reflection of him you have grown into. What better way to make him proud than by offering him a stylish, trendy gift rife with philanthropic integrity? Try something along the lines of TOMS Shoes, an affordable, fashionable brand built on the one-for-one movement: “With every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. One for One.” For more information, visit

Now that your grad is leaving the dorm room and Cup of Noodles diet behind, you will have to help introduce him or her to the world he or she has been distracted from during these last four years. Gone are the days of mismatched towels, dishes, and linens—hello “grown-up” household items that can make the recent graduate feel like a real adult! Help your grad shake off the remnants of the college lifestyle he or she is probably sick of with these useful gifts that are sure to be greatly appreciated. Job-minded gifts will also be cherished, like a new, top-of-the-line mobile phone for networking and organization or a portfolio file organizer to hold that impressive resume and win over future employers!

Evening Out for Pa There’s only so much joy one can get from a manufactured product; why not give Dad the opportunity to enjoy an experience he would not ordinarily give to himself? You could go hometown charming and unique, planning a local night out for dad and his friends and family, including an early dinner at his favorite sports grill and tickets to a Mavericks’ game. This kind of experiential gift can also be more traditional, say reservations for dad and mom in a romantic atmosphere like Chateau Chang and tickets to nearby entertainment, like the Improv at Ontario Mills. Chateau Chang, (760) 241-3040; The Improv, (909) 484-5411 18 High Desert Living magazine

Gentle Weaning from the Idealisms of Academia The reality that those study-abroad excursions have been replaced by the student loan bills that paid for them is an unpleasant one for most fresh alum; help make this transition less painful by satisfying their nostalgic yearning for travel with a more affordable substitution, like a weekend getaway to Catalina Island—and if they really miss the flying experience, helicopter rides over to the Island through Catalina Express run under ninety dollars each way! Island Express, (800) 2282566,

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Coleen Quinn On the Air in the H.D.


ou’ve awakened to her upbeat patter for years now; Y102’s own Coleen Quinn has been a personality on the air for 16 years, and the H.D.’s alarm clock, breakfast partner, jukebox, and constant morning friend for 9 years. In an era of automation and satellite broadcasting, Coleen is one of the best known morning radio personalities in the high desert and brings a local, live dose of fun, music, and information to radio listeners every weekday. Coleen is about as native to the high desert as one can be: she was born to Doug and Michele Quinn at the now defunct George Air Force Base. Growing up in the H.D., Coleen and her brother Doug have seen numerous changes in the population and the topography. Coleen’s parents and brother continue to live in the Victor Valley, but, even with the many transformations, Coleen says that she still loves “the sunsets, the small town feel, the openness, the air, and the fact that there’s still room to move.” Coleen likes “being close to all environments,” especially the mountains and the ocean. They’re within driving distance of the H.D., and Coleen loves to get away and enjoy outdoor activities in other spaces. Coleen’s passion is one she enjoys here at home. She plays 1st Base in an adult slow-pitch softball league through the City of Victorville. With this group of local friends and her brother Doug, Coleen has fun and finds that softball is a great stress reliever! Married for 12 years to husband and Y102 afternoon personality, Preston Stone, Coleen tries never to take work home. Keeping their work and home lives separate is one key to their happiness; keeping a mellow and 20 High Desert Living magazine

easy going outlook on life is another. Believe it or not, Coleen is a grandmother. Her four grandkids and her two daughters keep her grounded in what really matters to her. She knows that it is through family love and support that she is able to be her best every day. Coleen also believes in doing her best for the community and gives back at every opportunity. Coleen will be out and about plenty this summer. She says, “I’ll be out at the Fair this year hosting “Uncle Kracker” on May 17th, and “En Vogue” on May 19th. [Y-102] will also be a part of the Town of Apple Valley Sunset Concert Series.  It starts June 17th with Phat Cat Swinger, and I will be out there to introduce them and kick off the series for the summer.  You will also find me out every Wednesday in June, July & August from Noon-1pm as part of the Y102 Summer Cool Down Event.  We go out every Wednesday to different locations and give away free Pure Rite Water, do drawings for water park tickets & just hang out with the listeners and have fun.” When she is not working, playing softball, spending time with the grandkids, doing work for the community, or hanging out with listeners, Coleen can often be found at the library! She loves to read (murder mystery and suspense are her favorite genres) and looks forward to finding her next favorite author. As a local radio personality and someone who lives here, Coleen cares about what matters to listeners here in the H.D. and that’s why listeners will keep tuning in each morning.— Susan Landers

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Local Business

Making a House a Home Debra and James Button Button’s Furniture


urnishing a home can seem like a daunting and overwhelming task to many; by fashioning your environment, you are indeed fashioning a major part of your everyday life. This experience must be an individual one, personalized to suit one’s particular vision and unique expectations. No matter what your personal tastes or sensibilities may be, Button’s Furniture stores in the High Desert were designed to help you create the home of your dreams. The ultimate goal of Debra and James Button, H.D. residents for over forty years and owners of Button’s Furniture stores, is to accommodate the personalized needs of their clients across the spectrum. Their first store, located on outer Hwy 18 and Apple Valley Road, was built with this mission in mind, as James explains, “We want to reach out to as many people as we can.” Alongside the multitude of manufacturers and new furnishings, this familyrun store has joined the business-with-a-conscience movement by also offering new and growing families quality-used furniture and a trade-in option to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to make their house a home, and not just any home—the home of their dreams, perfectly tailored to fit the individual family’s 22 High Desert Living magazine

aesthetic tastes and financial responsibilities. The quality-used furniture and trade-in program available at this store are also a part of the Button’s commitment to “go green,” as the Buttons offer free hauling and proper disposal of any furniture that is not recycled and reincarnated in the home of a new family. The success of Button’s Furniture is attributed wholly to the loyalty and endless support of their clientele; James makes it clear that without the families who visit the store, they would not have been able to open their second store located on Bear Valley Road in Apple Valley in December of 2009. The demand for another Button’s Furniture store made this second, new-only store possible. Button’s Furniture on Bear Valley offers the best in new furnishings and its wide selection is sure to please an expansive array of varying style preferences at prices that can’t be beat. Free delivery and free set up are available at both Button’s Furniture locations. For more information, visit or call (760) 242-7433. Krystal Carrillo button’s furniture Several Locations (760) 242-7433

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Health Matters

Do you feel you are missing something?

It’s very likely that you are among the estimated 90% of Americans who are not getting enough fiber in their daily diet according to the report by the Columbia Institute of Human Nutrition. Dietary fiber is a part of plant foods that your body can not digest properly. I bet right now you are scratching you head and asking yourself “why should I be concerned about eating something that my body can not even digest?” In fact, it is the inability to digest fiber that is most helpful to our bodies.

Types of fiber

It could be a lack of fiber

Fiber is classified into two major sub categories: soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber dissolves in water and is found in foods like beans, fruits, legumes, and oats. Soluble fiber is coined as food for the good bacteria, or flora, in the colon. Studies show that soluble fiber can help lower cholesterol and regulate blood sugar levels when combined with a low cholesterol and low fat diet. Insoluble fiber, on the other hand, is not dissolved in water and is considered to be more beneficial to our bodies. Insoluble fiber helps our bodies’ bowel movements to be more regular, adding bulk and making them softer. Insoluble fiber generally can be found in whole grain products and vegetables. Why are we so deficient in fiber? The simplest answer is that our grains are refined, which removes fiber and bran from the grain. Food made from rice, oats, corn, and wheat, such as bread, oatmeal, pasta, and grits, are all grain products. There are two sub categories of grain products: whole grain and refined grains. We have talked about the need to eat whole grain in the past and here is why: whole grains contain the entire grain made up of bran, germ, and endosperm. Refined grains are milled, or ground, into flour or meal and have had the bran and germ removed. This refining process also removes most of the B-vitamins and iron as well as the fiber and other nutrients. This is why manufactures enrich the flower, after the refining process, by adding B-vitamins and iron back in, but not fiber.

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Health benefits

The negatives

There are multiple health benefits provided by fiber:

Fiber is partially broken down in your colon by your body’s flora, or good bacteria, by a process called fermentation. The process yields some organic acids, that help nourish the cells that make up the colon walls, and gas. The gases produced are passed as flatus and can give a bloated or cramp like feeling to some people. For this reason, dietitians recommend drinking lots of water and increasing your fiber intake gradually. In summary, we all need to make an effort to eat whole grain foods instead of enriched white flour. Fiber is a very important substance for our bodies and which allows our bodies to feel well and function best. Adding whole grain foods to your diet is as easy as increasing fruits and vegetables, and purchasing whole grain cereals and breads. In the next column, we will continue our discussion of digestion and learn about the good bacteria in your digestive tract.

weight management

Fiber can help curb hunger by making you chew more, adding bulk to your stomach and digestive track without absorbing calories, leaving you feeling satisfied


Fiber absorbs large amount of water in the bowels, making stools softer and easier to pass


Fiber makes stools softer and easier to pass, allowing you to have less strain during bowel movements

heart disease

Research on fiber shows a positive influence on cholesterol when regularly eaten as part of a diet low in saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol


Fiber in your diet can help regulate blood sugar levels by slowing your absorption of sugars, which has the potential to promote healthy blood glucose levels

digestive health

Fiber feeds the good bacteria, and helps nourish the cells that make up the colon

How much fiber should you eat? The National Academy of Science, American Heart Association, and the American Dietetic Association, all recommend that people get at least 25-35 grams of fiber per day, with some people needing even more. According to the Annals of Internal Medicine, people on low carbohydrate diets typically get only seven to eight grams of fiber daily. It is much easier than you may think to increase your daily fiber intake. Most of the things you already eat can be purchased in a less processed, whole food, high fiber alternative; such as cereals, cereal bars, breads, tortillas, etc. You should always consult with your healthcare provider to see if a high fiber plan is right for you.

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.

Here is a list of good sources of fiber: • Bran has the highest fiber content - about 25 to 45 percent. • All-natural cereals • Whole-grain breads • Beans • Nuts and seeds • Legumes (such as dried peas, beans, lentils) Fruits (not juices) and vegetables that are high in fiber include: • Apples • Beans • Berries • Broccoli • Brussels sprouts • Carrots • Cauliflower • Figs • Oranges • Pears • Peas • Prunes

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Phenomenal Physicians of the H.D.

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victor valley community hospital emergency services department Troy Cashatt, MD Loretta Samaniego, MD Victor Valley Community Hospital (VVCH) has teamed up with emergency services group, TeamHealth West, in providing medical services in the hospital’s emergency department (ED). The team will help VVCH provide High Desert families with shorter wait times, efficient processes, and improved quality patient care Local medical director, Troy Cashatt, MD, is supported by regional medical director, Loretta Samaniego, MD. Dr. Cashatt is board certified in emergency medicine, a Yale graduate in General Surgery, and completed his residency in Emergency Medicine in Los Angeles at King Drew Medical Center. Dr. Samaniego is board certified in emergency medicine and has been practicing medicine for more than 15 years, with 10 years experience as an ED medical director. TeamHealth West’s years of experience in emergency services and patient care compliments Victor Valley Community Hospital’s mission of providing quality, compassionate healthcare to the community.

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desert valley medical group dr. maryam zand dr. h rexford mcdaniel Affiliated with Desert Valley Hospital, rated one of the “Top 100 hospitals in the Nation,” years 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009, Desert Valley Medical Group has been providing quality healthcare to the High Desert for more than twenty-five years. With several conveniently located offices across the H.D., Desert Valley Medical Group offers an exceptional list of boardcertified primary care and specialty physicians. Two of Desert Valley Medical Group’s finest specialists, Dr. Maryam Zand, D.O. and Dr. H. Rexford McDaniel, D.O., can be found lending their expertise, providing premium women’s healthcare services, in the Medical Office Building and the Desert Valley Hospital Birthplace located on Bear Valley Road in Victorville. Maryam Zand, D.O. Highly qualified and passionate about serving the women of the High Desert, Dr. Maryam Zand studied medicine and obtained her degree at the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri. She completed her internship in Downey, California at the Downey Community Hospital Foundation. She furthered her education, choosing the Albert Einstein College of Medicine program, and completed her residency at Catholic Medical Center in Jamaica, New York. Dedicated and reputable in the specialized field of Obstetrics-Gynecology, Dr. Zand is a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (A.C.O.G.) and is Board Certified with A.C.O.G..

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H. Rexford McDaniel, D.O. Dr. H. Rexford, McDaniel, also known as Rex McDaniel, is regarded highly by his patients and peers. A specialist in Obstetrics-Gynecology, he is committed to women’s healthcare and giving his patients the quality care they deserve. He received his degree in medicine from the University of Health Sciences College in Kansas City Missouri, and his internship was fulfilled at the San Bernardino County Medical Center, San Bernardino, California. His residency was satisfied at Riverside County Regional Medical Center, San Bernardino County Medical Center, and Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. Dr. McDaniel is currently a member of the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Medical Association. “Women’s healthcare for all ages and all stages of life,” the exclusive practice of Dr. Maryam Zand and Dr. Rex McDaniel includes comprehensive services, such as the Well Woman exam, a complete scope of obstetrics, gynecological disorders, and preventive medicine. They also offer infertility testing and alternatives and provide premium perinatal services to educate and guide expectant mothers through pregnancy and childbirth. Under their care, moms-to-be may also enjoy the benefits of The Birthplace at Desert Valley Hospital, which offers a Birthplace tour, childbirth classes, Epidurals, a lactation consultant, and provides the only LDRP (Labor/Delivery/ Recovery/Post-partum) Suites in the High Desert. Desert Valley Medical Group 16850 Bear Valley Ro., Victorville. (760) 241-8000

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high desert plastic surgery associates dr. ali tehrani Dr. Ali Tehrani is new to the H.D., but he’s making a difference in the lives of women who need reconstructive surgery after a mastectomy. Mastectomy is a procedure that removes a woman’s breast when cancerous tissue is found in that area of the body. It is a devastating procedure both physically and emotionally for a woman. In a society that places great emphasis on the size of a woman’s breasts, the procedure can be life saving. Not only literally, but emotionally, too. Losing a breast not only changes society’s view of a woman, but can change the way a woman sees herself. Losing a part of your body - any part - is deeply disturbing. The diagnosis of cancer alone can change your life in ways only a patient diagnosed with cancer can conceive. Who you are or thought you were before diagnosis and surgery is essentially gone forever. Dr. Tehrani’s goal is to help a woman put the pieces back together after her life has been shattered by diagnosis and surgery. Fortunately there is a relatively new procedure that can salvage a woman’s self-image and avoid possible negative side effects associated with waiting to have an implant sometime after the surgery of the mastectomy has healed. Past practice subjected the woman to two recovery periods instead of one. The process was drawn out because the reconstruction of the breast was not done until as much as a year later. In addition, the woman would have to travel to Loma Linda or UCLA Medical Center which, of course, was a long way from home for loved ones who wanted to visit and give their support. Families of women with children at home especially suffered. Now, Dr. Tehrani who is passionate about his work wants to save a woman and her family some of the heartache associated with breast cancer and mastectomies. First of all, Dr. Tehrani reduces recovery time substantially by reconstructing the breast immediately after the mastectomy so that the patient leaves the recovery room with the new tissue already implanted. The doctor uses a material made from cadaver skin called AlloDerm. This material mimics the patient’s own tissues. It is made from cadaver skin that has been processed so that the cells become acellular, meaning it contains no living cells. Thus, when it is placed in the patient’s body, there is no rejection of the tissue. When the patient is ready to leave the hospital, she leaves with her new breast intact. Physically and psychologically the patient’s recovery is enhanced. Dr. Tehrani is especially compassionate about breast reconstruction because he has had family members and friends who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. His quest in life is to alleviate the pain and distortion so many people feel when their lives are altered by this disease. Witnessing firsthand how the disease and surgery affected them, he has been especially touched by the consequences. His quest in life is to alleviate the pain and distortion so many people feel when their lives are altered by this disease. High Desert Plastic Surgery Associates 19341 Bear Valley Rd., Ste 205, Apple Valley (888) 7NEW-LOOK

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high desert primary care medical group niki balginy, ceo high desert primary care medical group (760) 956-4158,

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High Desert Primary Care Medical Group was recently awarded a 3 star performance for meeting National Standards of Care. The results are complied by the Office of the Patient Advocate (www.opa. in California and measure the clinical performance standards of medical groups throughout the state. According to the OPA, meeting national standards of care refers to people who have heart problems or diabetes and have their cholesterol tested. It means that children get their immunizations, or shots, to prevent illness, and women get Pap smears to test for cervical cancer. It also means that people with asthma get the medication needed to avoid severe attacks. HDPCMG is the only medical group in the high desert that was awarded the 3 star performance ranking and one of only three medical groups in the San Bernardino County. This information offers the @CFOIBN@ medical consumer the ability to check which groups are providing care to their members. HDPCMG has been in the high desert for more than 20 years. Niki Balginy, CEO, states that “High Desert Primary Care prides itself on caring for the patient as though they are a part of our own family.â€? They have three locations in the H.D.: Victorville, located at 12550 Hesperia Rd, which features an Urgent Care along with X-ray and Lab Services; Hesperia, located at 17091 Main St in Hesperia; Physical Therapy and Urgent Care are also located on the Hesperia campus; and their newest location in Apple Valley located at 19333 Bear Valley Rd, Suite 102 in the Apple Bear Center. HDPC is proudly affiliated with St. Mary Regional Medical Center and Premier Healthcare. HDPCMG has recently added cardiology service to the scope of services provided.

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choice medical group manmohan nayyar, MD founder As the founder of Choice Medical Group, Dr. Manmohan Nayyar brought an important and necessary component for health and wellness to the H.D. community, and he has done so much more. In 2004, Dr. Nayyar, working with other physicians, created Physicians Hospital Management LLC, and through a change of management and infusion of significant funds saved Victor Valley Community Hospital; this allowed the “only community hospital” in the region to continue serving high desert residents. The generosity of Dr. Nayyar and his colleagues has touched countless lives, for without the financial support of Physicians Hospital Management LLC and the belief that VVCH was too important to lose, many residents would have found it harder than ever to get medical care. Dr. Nayyar founded Choice Medical Group in 1990 with the intent of creating a medical group that would provide access to comprehensive medical care close to home for all high desert residents. He has recruited many physicians to the high desert over the years expanding access to medical services through private practice settings. Dr. Nayyar supports the mission of Choice Medical Group in expanding services and programs to focus on preventive care and educational services that empower patients. Choice Medical Group also supports many non-profit organizations who dedicate their efforts in helping children, seniors, battered women, and others. Choice Medical Group also supports the non profit organization, Today’s Woman, a foundation focused on bringing awareness to the community for preventive care and women’s health. Dr. Nayyar has contributed to the well-being of the high desert’s residents, both physically and spiritually. Dr. Nayyar’s daughter Megha was instrumental in bringing the H.D. its first Hindu temple and cultural center. The Center was completed in 2007 and is located on Apple Valley Road. This lovely temple not only serves the Indian community but the entire high desert area. In fact, many schools and church groups come to visit the Temple for interfaith programs. Dr. Nayyar’s support for his daughter’s dream of building a Hindu place of worship led to the Krishna Valley Temple and Cultural Center’s existence. Building cultural understanding and promoting peace and fellowship among all ethnic and religious groups are among the temple’s goals. Thanks to his drive, determination, generosity, and community spirit, Dr. Nayyar is the 2010 recipient of the Merlin A. Hendrickson, M.D. Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Community by the San Bernardino County Medical Society. The award will be given to Dr. Nayyar in June at the annual installation of officers’ reception. Dr. Nayyar’s example of community support is something for all in the H.D. to celebrate.

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choice medical group’s health and wellness center nina suh, director and physician’s assistant

choice medical group’s health and wellness center 18522 Hwy. 18, Ste 206, Apple Valley (760) 242-9355, HOURS: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

An important part of staying healthy is preventive care. At Choice Medical Group’s Health and Wellness Center you get that and more. The Center offers a variety of health care services to help you keep feeling good. The Health & Wellness Center offers many services to the members and patients of Choice Medical Group (CMG) and Choice Physicians Network (CPN), and several of the same services are available for a charge to all residents of the High Desert. Some of the services offered are annual physicals examinations, diabetes management classes in English and Spanish, flu shots, medically supervised weight management program, nutritionist services to assist with healthy eating, bone density scans, Coumadin clinic, immunizations for children and adults, pap smears, and much more. Members of Choice Medical Group and Choice Physicians Network can call and make an appointment for any of the services offered; some may require the primary care physicians’ orders while others are open for direct access. The Health & Wellness Center is also open to the community, especially when it comes to women health services. To find out more about the services and discounts available, please contact the Center directly at (760) 242–WELL. The Health & Wellness Center is part of the ongoing programs of Choice Medical Group to continue providing its members and the community with preventive services and access to medical care.

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HD’S UFC champion JOE STEVENSON by Katie Chavez

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n a gloomy Wednesday in March, I made my way to Joe Stevenson’s Cobra Kai with no real knowledge of Joe Stevenson and even less knowledge of Cobra Kai. When I had mentioned to people that my assignment for this issue was Joe Stevenson, his history in the H.D., and his gym (Cobra Kai), most knew exactly who I was talking about. I was impressed. So, it was my turn to figure out who Stevenson is and what he is all about. Joe Stevenson is a mixed martial arts fighter who has maintained a winning record since 1999. His skill and determination took him to The Ultimate Fighter 2, a mixed martial arts television series, where he won in the welterweight division. That event propelled him into his current role as well known and well respected fighter. But let’s back up for a moment, to Stevenson’s youth. Stevenson began learning martial arts at a young age and found it was something he enjoyed and was good at. Stevenson moved to the high desert when he was 11 and attended Silverado High School where he began refining his craft and turned pro at age 16. After graduating from Silverado High, his career was well on its way. His training and competitions have taken him all over the country and the world, but he maintains a home base in the H.D. Giving back to the community that supported him is important and is the reason he opened his own gym in the area to teach others martial arts and fitness. Stevenson says he does not think of the gym “as a commercial enterprise, but we’re more like a family.” He tries to spend as much time at Cobra Kai as possible because he believes in what he is doing and says “it’s not enough to put your name on a place,” and “it’s not all about fighting; it’s about how you represent yourself outside of the ring.” Stevenson, besides being committed to the gym, is very committed to his family and community. With his wife Maia, he feels “blessed” with a wonderful life, and his four sons bring him great pride. He wants them to follow their own paths and says he will be happy with whatever they choose to do in life as long as they strive to be their best. This is a lesson he teaches to the wider community as well. Stevenson goes to local schools to talk about more than martial arts, and while he encourages children to be physically active, speaking at school assemblies is all about building kids’ confidence and teaching them to focus on what is important. He says fighting in the ring is easy compared to speaking at Sultana and Hesperia high schools because he says in the ring, there may be millions of people watching him fight, but in local schools, he was suddenly faced with people he knew and cared about. He was recently asked to speak at a school’s career day, and it made him feel so overwhelmed with gratitude for what he has attained in life. When he’s in town, you will often find Joe Stevenson at Cobra Kai, which is located in the new Monarch shopping center near Victor Bowl. The staff is

friendly and energetic. Their commitment to the gym and their members is evident as they enthusiastically describe the classes, environment, and Stevenson. “Great person. The greatest person on Earth. So endearing, big heart, great guy to work for and with,” says Mike Ehring about his friend and colleague, Stevenson. And, that same sentiment was expressed time and again as they showed off the gym. The staff is well trained and come from all walks of life; their commonality is their passion for mixed martial arts, boxing, jiu-jitsu and more. Cobra Kai offers more than 240 classes for men, women, kids and teens. Popular classes include women’s kickboxing and Krav Maga. Instructor Ryan Spink, who has over 20 years experience teaching martial arts, describes Krav Maga as the most effective use of self-defense. It was developed so that just about anyone can learn and remember the techniques that have very real world applications like weapon disbarment, and hand-to-hand defense. After Spink described the course and its benefits, I was convinced it was something I would like to learn, and his students agree it is something that is not only beneficial, but fun as well. Kids and teens also have a number of classes they can participate in. Jiu-jitsu and wrestling are great programs, and they also offer competition teams. Children as young as four can start taking classes. And, for those just wishing to be more physically active, they have a fitness center for weight loss, rehabilitation of limited mobility, and sport specific training. The gym is large and there is no fighting for space. Joe Stevenson’s Cobra Kai is a state-of-the-art gym for everyday fitness and mixed martial arts, but it is Stevenson who brings a professional knowledge of his craft to the gym as he continues to be a UFC lightweight contender and encourages members and his staff to be the best they can be. Stevenson insists that it is not always about winning and there is a level of respect that it is important to maintain for himself and for his opponents. The kind of values exemplified by Stevenson and his colleagues at the gym are important outside the ring: work hard, respect others, and do your best at whatever you try. As he continues to train and readies for matches later in the summer, Joe Stevenson continues to embody a winning spirit. For more information about Joe Stevenson’s Cobra Kai, please call (760) 245-1800. HD

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Neighbor Profile

Journey of a Lifetime Through struggle and adversity, Angela Valles is still committed to her community By Susan Landers

Hers is the classic American story, full of setbacks and triumphs, poverty and pain. It is a story of selfdetermination, of bootstraps-pulling and belt-tightening, of self-reliance and independence and knowing that the day would come when all of the effort would produce the long sought after American Dream. Angela Valles is the embodiment of that story.  What she endured, what many women endure still, is also what led her to success. From Middle Class Security to Hard Reality Growing up in a nice, middle class Apple Valley home with good and loving parents, Angela’s future seemed secure enough as she attended St. Mary’s Catholic School and Apple Valley High School.  Secure, that is, until the day she became pregnant at sixteen years old and her parents insisted that if she was old enough to make a baby, she was old enough to marry his father.  Unfortunately, the baby’s father was only a 16-year-old himself. With no support, the young couple moved into the only home they could afford: a tiny rat and roach infested house east of D Street 44 High Desert Living magazine

behind the tracks in Victorville. When she would tell her parents how difficult her life now was, her father would tell her “Well get mad enough to do something about it.”   A young bride and pregnant, with no high school diploma, Angela was sent to a continuation school to finish her education. The school was not a good fit for her though as her background had not prepared her for the rough and tumble prison-like setting the school provided.  She left school and studied to earn her GED instead.  Her new husband had his own ideas of what married life should be and was not supportive of Angela’s academic ambition.  He consistently insisted that her role was to keep house and have his children.  While he worked evenings at a variety of low paying jobs to support her and their son, Angela was left home with the baby in a neighborhood where shootings and assaults were a common occurrence. In this environment, Angela studied for the GED, but on her first attempt failed. Undaunted, she studied harder, re-took the exam, and passed.  Her husband eventually landed a better paying job, and when the young couple

turned 18, they were able to buy a house that was in foreclosure in Hesperia. In a better neighborhood, Angela and her husband added to their family. With her second child, Angela’s ambition grew, as did her husband’s determination to stifle her aspirations. She wanted more for her children and herself but knew it would never be acceptable in her marriage. Role Model in an Unlikely Source Due to the absence of a realistic role model in her life, Angela found hope and inspiration through the unlikely means of an ambitious, career-oriented character on a daytime television show. From this unlikely source, Angela began to make her life plan.  She enrolled at Victor Valley College to pursue a career as a paralegal, yet her first class in paralegal studies was equivalent to the professor speaking a foreign language. She told her mother that she understood little of what her instructor, Debra Popineau, was saying, and she was discouraged. Her mother’s advice? “Just give it another week.” By giving it one week and then another and another, Angela made it through the semester and found herself with an A in the class. Ms. Popineau, a MAY | JUNE 2010

VVC alumnus who had also graduated from Yale University, became her new role model. It was this success and the realization that one could pursue one’s dreams and succeed that led Angela forward. After all, she reasoned, Ms. Popineau went from Victor Valley College to the Ivy League, and if it was possible for her, then it was certainly possible for Angela herself. With a continued lack of support at home, Angela turned that negative energy into fuel to drive her to succeed. This new realization drove Angela to graduate, becoming the first in three generations of her family to earn a degree. She soon realized that things were only going to get worse for her and the children at home, so she filed for divorce. An Unusual Job Angela realized providing for her children would require a steady, dependable income and benefits, but she was having difficulty finding work even with her Associate’s degree in Administration of Justice. She heard from a VVC counselor, Donna Filadelfia, that two new prisons were opening up in the high desert and that she might find work there. Her degree did not qualify her for any administrative positions with the prisons, but she was told she could apply to be a corrections officer. Angela was a little stunned at the prospect of becoming a prison guard, but given her responsibility to her children, she didn’t hesitate.  While her father had taught his three daughters to be strong physically and mentally, the slim and petite Angela seemed an unlikely candidate for a job in such a brutal environment. Undeterred, she went through the academy and trained for the job.  As a hard dose of reality, in just Angela’s first month as a guard, a prison riot left 50 inmates injured and proved to be a sobering welcome for Angela and a glimpse of the violent nature of the career path she had chosen. While working in a prison as a single parent, Angela returned to school, attending Azusa Pacific University’s

satellite campus at VVC. Graduating with her Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership, Angela was eligible for promotion, first to Assistant Warden and then Warden. Running an efficient prison, like any business, takes organization, skill, and determination. Angela received a letter of commendation noting that under her leadership, the facility received a 98% rating in their compliance audit, the facility’s highest rating. Her successes continued to come as she continued to work hard for them.  Despite hearing that the odds of acceptance were against her, Angela applied to, and was accepted by, Pepperdine University’s International Master’s of Science program for Organization Development. In this demanding program, Angela traveled to many foreign cities, such as Beijing, China; Lyon, France; and Monterrey, Mexico, to work solving problems within major corporations and China’s communist party. Her degree has now brought her opportunities to work on problem solving close to home.              Angela now serves as the Director of Administrative Services for the award winning Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority, a multi-city agency that works to treat wastewater and keep the cities in compliance with the California Clean Water Act.  By overseeing the various departments within the agency, Angela does, not only what she does best, but what she has done for herself: she sees what is possible and what needs to be done to make things better.  Seeing the Big Picture By being able to see the big picture, Angela Valles has managed to improve her own life, the lives of her children, Alissa and Emmanuel, as well as the people in the H.D. community. Being a problem solver led Angela to run for, and get elected to, Victor Valley College’s Board of Trustees.  Serving as the Board’s President, Angela arrived at a time of crisis for the college. VVC was close to losing its accreditation and needed to be brought into compliance.  The community college that had provided her an escape from despair and poverty

needed help, and she wanted to ensure that the college would be there for generations to come. Using $40,000.00 of her own money to campaign, Angela was the top vote-getter in the 2007 election.  Serving the Community In her position as president of the college’s Board, Angela puts herself in the shoes of the students who need the support services that seem to be cut before administrative services, and she is not afraid to remind everyone who the college is meant to serve.  Angela has also become the kind of role model that was absent in her own life, to the countless students that she has taught at area community colleges. Even more so than the joy of transferring her knowledge to her students, Angela found the most rewarding thing: seeing students who heard her own story go from being defeated to being determined. Her children have also followed in their mother’s footsteps. Angela’s daughter Alissa, 20, is currently attending VVC and her son Emmanuel, a 25-year-old Air Force Veteran, is currently working towards his bachelor’s degree at Azusa Pacific. Despite her accomplishments, Angela’s ambition grows with every passing day. She is always searching for the next challenge or the next dysfunctional organization to fix. Given her drive, it’s no mystery that her favorite quote comes from Erma Bombeck: “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.’” Angela believes that the key to raising one’s life circumstances requires determination, self-sacrifice, and above all good role models who encourage people in any circumstance to strive to be their best. Angela lives by one credo that she came up with and reminds herself of daily: “Don’t allow your circumstances to dictate your future; allow your determination to dictate your future.” HD

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Food Wine Cellar

Wine Trends choice selections

trivial matters by Stephanie Keyes-Morris


Fill up, fill up, for wisdom cools When e’er we let the wine rest. Here’s death to Prohibition’s fools, And every kind of vine-pest! – Jamrach Holobom

emember Cliff Clavin, the know-it-all from the sitcom, Cheers? Well, if you ever want to pull a “Cliff Clavin” and impress (or really annoy) your friends with random wine facts, let me help you stock up on a little wine trivia ammunition. For instance, did you know that… • • • • • • • • • •

You’re not supposed to swallow your wine when at a tasting in Utah. Yep, if you go on a wine tasting adventure in Utah, you’ll need to be prepared to do some spitting. Yeah, I won’t be going either. President Thomas Jefferson was one of the nation’s first wine experts, helping to stock the wine cellars of the first five U.S. presidents. It seems he was a big fan of Bordeaux and Madeira and spent a good portion of his salary on wine purchases. Bubbles in Champagne were considered “a highly undesirable defect” by early wine makers. White wine gets darker as it ages, and red wine gets lighter with age. Christopher Columbus brought Sherry with him on his voyage to the New World…and that wasn’t the name of his girlfriend. The longest recorded champagne cork flight was measured at 177 feet and 9 inches, four feet from level ground, at Woodbury Vineyards in New York State. Foot treading of grapes is still used to produce wine! Yes, it seems that a small quantity of the best port wines are still produced in this manner. The pressure in a bottle of champagne is approximately 90 lbs per square inch, which is about three times the pressure in automobile tires. Yikes! It’s been told that the Irish believe that fairies are quite fond of fine wine. You see, in the “olden days,” royalty would leave a keg of wine out for them at night, and wouldn’t you know it, it was always gone in the morning. Irish Folklore You can find more fun wine facts, definitions and interesting trivia at facts. Now go inform the uninformed!

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Looking for an awesome red? Jason recommend’s the Trefethen Family Vineyards 2007 Double T Red Blend. A blend of five classic Bordeaux varieties, it’s a flavorful fusion that includes Cabernet Sauvignon, amplified by smaller amounts of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Jason loves this medium bodied wine, as “it offers aromas of plums, blackberry jam, black pepper, clove and toasted oak.” He also enjoys its flavorful display of blackberries, raspberries, currents, and rich chocolate finish, pairing it with anything from burgers to pasta to grilled steaks or lamb chops. You can find it at Casa De Vino for $26.95. A summertime favorite of Jason’s is Dr. Loosen Dr. L 2008 Riesling. “Let’s kick it off with a bottle, or two, of this enjoyable, fruit-filled, semi-sweet Riesling, filled with scents and flavors of lime and other citrus fruits.” According to Jason, you really don’t want to age this wine. “It’s a wine to drink now!” It’s a low-alcohol, fruity wine that is perfect as an all-purpose Riesling. “Let’s make some enormous salads! Let’s bring home some sushi! Barbecue some chicken! And, pour me another glass.” But first, grab a bottle, or two, at Casa De Vino for a very reasonable price of $5.95.

Reader Recommendation

Jeff Henry, wine enthusiast and Wine Trends devotee, claims that he found “Heaven for Pinot Noir fans,” while wine tasting at the Central Coast’s Laetitia Winery. Although he enjoyed five out of six tastings, the one he fell in love was their 2007 Estate Pinot Noir. “I’m definitely no expert, but I love the dark fruity flavor, little bit of spice, light earthy tones, and most of all, the hint of vanilla oak. I enjoy pairing it with my favorite fish or chicken, sautéed in garlic and/or onions. Mmmm…”

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Wine Venue Spotlight

Wine … and then some The Wine Seller by Stephanie Keyes-Morris


the wine cellar 19341 Bear Valley Rd., Apple Valley (760) 961-2500

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hat’s not to like about The Wine Seller? Well, unless you have an odd aversion to “nice wine for nice people,” you’ll love the place! As the exclusive High Desert distributer of Graveyard Vineyards, among many other premium wines, The Wine Seller is so much more than a cute shop that sells wine. Owners Jill and Derrick Sandwick have taken great pride in creating an atmosphere that’s welcoming and fun. Warm, yet contemporary, artsy and upbeat, it’s the ideal setting for a get together with friends, an intimate business meeting, and it’s the perfect place to impress a date. Bring a picnic basket full of your favorite snacks, or bring a whole meal if you’d like, and enjoy it with your favorite bottle of wine. If you’re not sure what you like, ask about their Wine Flights, do some wine tasting, and let your taste buds decide. And, if you’re new to the wine world, there’s no need for apprehension; you won’t find a hint of pretentiousness in the help they offer.

Now, if your preference is a good brew, they offer the all time favorites, but they also showcase many selections that you won’t find at your local grocery store, such as Hangar 24 Orange Wheat and Young’s Double Chocolate Stout. And, if you happen to be the designated driver, never fear! They also offer a variety of non-alcoholic beverages. Live music adds to the cool ambiance two weekends a month, featuring local artists such as From the Ashes and Maggie Vee, who can often be found sharing her favorite dark chocolate with guests. If you need a gift idea, the accommodating staff at The Wine Seller can help you out in that area as well. With everything from fun & unique frames, fan pulls, distinctive wrought iron designs, Rustic Sedona Décor, custom gift baskets, and, of course, wine accessories galore, there’s so much to choose from and enjoy. And, oh yeah… they sell fine wine as well!

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Food Eating Out

Dining Guide VIVA MARIA

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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Arts and Culture H.D. Calendar

Entertainment Calendar May/June May 6 – 16 The Music Man Con man “Professor” Harold Hill poses as a boys’ band director hoping to sell band instruments and uniforms to naive townsfolk as a way to keep the youngsters of River City from being forever doomed. He plans to skip town with the cash without ever having the boys play a note. Prim Marian the librarian sees through him but when Hill helps her younger brother build self confidence, Marian begins to fall in love with Harold. This Tony award winning musical brings well know songs back to the stage: “Seventy-six Trombones,” “Shipoopi,” and “Marian The Librarian” to name a few. V.V.C. Theatre Arts Department – Main Stage Theatre. For Tickets call (760) 245-4271 ext. TIX (849) May 15-23 San Bernardino County Fair Squeals, Thrills and Ferris Wheels is this year’s theme as the County Fair is back in town! The 2010 lineup promises to please from Country and R&B to a Hypnotist and Monster trucks, along with another year of great rides, exhibits and food. Don’t forget to check out the livestock competitions, homemade crafts and even a pie eating contest. San Bernardino County Fairgrounds 14800 Seventh St. Victorville, Ca 92395 For information on this year’s Home and Garden Show call (760) 949-0822 or go to June 18-20 Huck Finn’s Jubilee Tales of life on the river, jumping frogs, hot air balloons and the arrival of a small town circus can be lived first hand this Father’s Day weekend when the 34th Annual Huck Finn Jubilee rolls into Victorville. During the three-day festival which runs June 18-20, families can whitewash fences, build river rafts and climb a greased pole. Nearly all 1880’s style contests are free to enter, and winners receive not only bragging rights, but ribbons too! Mojave Narrows Regional Park, Victorville, Ca. For tickets call (951) 341-8080 or go to


huck finn jubilee

July 4 Independence Day Postgame Fireworks Show It’s your High Desert Mavericks annual Independence Day celebration with post game fireworks presented by Alaska USA Federal Credit Union!!!! Come support the Mavericks as they take on area rival Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in this July 4th family fun event. Admission $6.00 - $8.00. Mavericks Stadium, Adelanto. Call ( 760 ) 246-MAVS for tickets or go to

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Entertainment H.D. Happenings

an evening affaire The Annual “An Evening Affaire� event took place on March 7 at the Mall of Victor Valley. The evening once again featured fine food, fine wine, art and music from restaurants, wine shops, artists, and bands from across the High Desert. This annual event has become one of the most popular mixers of the year and is looked forward to by many community leaders, business owners, and businesses. The event, held every year in March, is put on by the Victorville Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by the Auto Park at Valley Center.

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Susan’s Corner


f you were expecting a story of romance, you’re out of luck this time; this time, I am going to be talking strictly business. The matching going on in the H.D. is not of the heart but of the economy. The County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency’s Department of Workforce Development is matching prospective employers with the employees of their dreams. Yes, all this is going on right here in the H.D. Business owners and workers of all skill levels are finding one another through the many programs offered by the county. Employers looking to fill positions will find eager applicants whose wages the county will supplement while they’re being trained! There are no catches or commitments either. If you are a business owner looking to hire, the county of San Bernardino’s On-The-JobTraining program will “reimburse up to 50% of the wages paid, for a period of up to 320 to 1040 hours, while you train the employee in their new job. There is practically no paperwork or record keeping involved.” That’s a huge savings in overhead and headaches! If you are unemployed and looking for a job, the county will help in your job search with resources that include access to computers, resume workshops, training and testing, as well as referrals to employers looking to fill positions. It’s a match made in job heaven! The County’s Workforce Development Department has an office right here in the H.D.. It’s located at 15555 Main Street, Suite G4 in the Cardenas’ center in Hesperia. For more information about the On-The-Job Training program, call Patty Baltazar at (760) 713-7772 or email her at pbaltazar@wdd.

A Match Made in the H.D. 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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Grandma C’s “bbq” Chicken any Mandy Taylor sent us this great family recipe that will surely please ! summer and spring this crowd 1-2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts (can be cut into “tenders” or strips as desired) 8 oz Wishbone Russian dressing (about a bottle) 6 oz apricot preserves 1 oz dry Lipton Onion soup mix   recPreheat oven to 350 degrees. Place chicken in 9x13 baking dish (glass apricot , dressing Russian combine r, containe separate In ded). ommen for 30preserves, and onion soup. Pour soup mixture over chicken. Bake thickinto eter thermom meat inserting by s donenes for Check . 35 minutes . degrees 165 least at measure est part of chicken; thermometer should clear. run juices and pink longer no is chicken that Also make sure *Serve with vegetables of your choice or over brown rice

MAY | JUNE 2010



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