SILVER LAKES: Like a swarm of locust straight from a Biblical plague, 6,000 Easter eggs disappeared within 90 seconds as hundreds of children, divided into age groups, rushed across 3 sports fields grabbing eggs in all directions. The annual event, put on by the Silver Lakes Association’s Recreation Department, claimed close to 1,000 residents and their guests. Silver Lakes is a private community and a valid Association ID is required to attend events, which are hosted on a regular basis throughout the year.
Children were divided into four age groups, starting from toddlers and going up to thirteen years old. The eggs were filled with assorted chocolate candies, and prize baskets were offered to the winners in each age group who found special “critter” eggs that pictured small creatures on the shell.
Many residents lined up to take pictures with the Easter Bunny. Seated on a green and gold throne, children were able to interact with the special guest and have their picture printed to take home. After the eggs had been gathered, kids lined up to try out the latest activity added to the event; a life-sized Candyland game board.
Modeled after the classic board game, children moved along a winding road of colored foam squares according to the color on a large die cast by a volunteer. As they passed hand-painted, life-like wooden characters, they gained candy and small prizes until they reached the last square, where they were given a gleaming crown next to King Kandy.
Marta Kraemer, Recreation Coordinator and event director for the Silver Lakes Association, was very pleased with the event turnout, and excited that Candyland came to life without a hitch. She asked that Diane Golden, a resident of Silver Lakes, be recognized for the many hours she donated to create the characters for the game. Diane has 43 years of experience painting portraits, and although her cheapest work is worth hundreds of dollars, she painted each character, a two and a half to three-hour process per character, all for free. When asked why, Diane said she volunteered her services to help her daughter Patty and for the benefit of the children throughout the community. Kraemer also had praise for Tom and Debbie Ulibarri, along with Diane’s daughter, Patty Setter. The four of them cut, treated, sketched, and painted the wood to bring the characters to life, over a period of several weeks.
“I think it was awesome. The parents had a great time and the kids had a great time. It gets better every year, and I think it went great this year,” said Kraemer.
The event took place at Parmalee Field, located behind Helendale Elementary School.
2020 High Desert Book Festival in Hesperia Cancelled due to COVID-19
HESPERIA, Calif. — Wordsmith Productions has confirmed that due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, it has cancelled the 2020 High Desert Book Festival, which was to be held on Saturday, September 26th at Hesperia Civic Plaza Park.
This would have been the second consecutive year of the book festival’s co-sponsorship with Hesperia Recreation & Park District and the City of Hesperia. Registered exhibitors have been refunded, and all presenters notified. International bestselling author Anne Perry was scheduled to appear.
“We are following the best practices of cautionary regulations against large gatherings during these troubled times,” said Wordsmith CEO Davida James. “We are very proud of our partnership with the park district and city, and it is our intention to announce a date in a few months for the 2021 High Desert Book Festival.”
Wordsmith Productions is working on transitioning to a virtual festival this year and encourages people to follow them on Facebook or visit the website at: highdesertbookfest.org
“We are still committed to making this book festival a destination event for San Bernardino County, and we welcome the public’s support in achieving that goal,” James said. “In the meantime, we hope everyone remains safe.”
Victorville Hyundai to host Virtual Sidewalk Chalk Event
VICTORVILLE, Calif. — Victorville Hyundai announced today they are hosting a virtual sidewalk chalk contest to the theme “Summer Road Trip” to kick-off the Fourth of July holiday!
Victorville Hyundai along with Red Dragon Karate Apple Valley, Tonyan Coffee, Generations Hair Salon, and Texas Roadhouse Hesperia is set to host a one-of-a-kind virtual event to support and bring a positive and light atmosphere to the community while we safely social distance.
“The strength of the High Desert community is unmatched! After such a rough couple of months for everyone, we wanted to host an event that could lighten the atmosphere and give people something to celebrate,” says Stephanie, Marketing Director at Victorville Hyundai Mazda Genesis.
Beginning June 27th through July 3rd, high desert residents are asked to “Chalk it Up!” and transform their sidewalks, porches, and back patios into works of art.
- Gift Certificates and uniquely created prize packs from Red Dragon Karate Apple Valley, Tonyan Coffee, Generations Hair Salon, Texas Roadhouse Hesperia, and Ameriprise Financial- Martin E. Brander’s Office.
- Grand Prize for General Participants includes: $150 + Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet + FREE Oil Change + 25% off your next major car service with Victorville Hyundai*
- Grand Prize for Small Business Owners includes: $250 + FREE Oil Change + 25% off your next major car service with Victorville Hyundai*
This event kicks off Saturday, June 27th and will accept entries through July 3rd. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/vvhyundaisidewalkchalk
Town of Apple Valley to host fireworks, cancels Freedom Festival and Sunset Concerts
APPLE VALLEY, Calif. — The Town of Apple Valley has canceled this year’s Sunset Concert Series and the Freedom Festival due to public health concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Despite the cancelation of the well-attended events, a July 4th fireworks show will go on.
“We’ve gotten so many inquiries as to whether or not there would be fireworks that we just couldn’t imagine an Independence Day without them,” said Mayor Scott Nassif. “Of course, it will be different this year in order to maintain social distance measures, but we would rather celebrate our freedom without the festival than to not celebrate at all.”
Per state guidelines, large-crowd events such as festivals, concerts and live sporting events are still yet to reopen due to their higher-risk of potential COVID-19 spread. Those events will hopefully resume later this summer.
In order to balance the tradition of pyrotechnics with the safety protocols of the pandemic, the fireworks will be staged at Brewster Park, which will be gated and locked to prevent on-site viewing. Residents will be encouraged to view the show from their homes.
Should spectators choose to see the show closer, they will be encouraged to view from the safety of their vehicle in an open space area. Spectators are urged to obey all traffic laws and to refrain from parking on private property.
The 18-minute firework spectacular is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. with patriotic music simulcast on 106.5 The Fox radio station.
As a reminder, fireworks are prohibited in Apple Valley and subject to a $1,000 fine.
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