What's Happening - July 24, 2013

July 23, 2013

on Medicare
A free community meeting on Medicare will be held at 2 p.m. on July 25 at the Community Center, 33187 Highway 247 East.
The event will be presented by Rito Armenta, an agent with Steven Financial Insurance Solutions.
The meeting will discuss when extra financial assistance for your health care is needed and the difference beween Medicare Parts A, B, C, and D. Armenta also will discuss the differences between Medicare and other health coverage.
A free pie dessert will be provided to attendees.

Photo: Croquet, anyone?

July 23, 2013

Photo caption: Jim Davis gets ready to strike a croquet ball into a competitor’s ball during a casual croquet match at Pioneer Park last week. Looking on, from left, are Maria Lloyd and Davis’ granddaughter Brianna Wakeley. Also playing the old English game was Davis’s son Matthew Davis and grandson Devin Wakeley.

Peter Day / The Leader


Juliana Otwell, 13, has a talent for giving

July 23, 2013

Thirteen-year-old Juliana Otwell has for the last two years — and with great success — coordinated and produced a talent show for international crises needs.

In 2011, $600 was raised for the victims of the horrific tsunami in Japan. In 2012, another $600 was raised for Compassion International and children were “adopted” by individuals as well. This year all the proceeds from an upcoming Juliana-produced talent show will go to the Oklahoma tornado victims.

Youth Project drop box locations

July 23, 2013

Lucerne Valley Youth Project drop boxes for school supplies have been placed several community locations.

They are at the Lucerne Valley Chamber of Commerce office, the Y Saloon and Cadillac Ranch in Apple Valley. Another box at First Mountain Bank was expected to go in this week.

The Lucerne Valley Youth Project helps youth with school and other needs. Recently a group of teens participated in an annual camping trip in Big Bear.

This Week In History: July 24, 2013

July 23, 2013

50 years ago (July 25, 1963)
• The tenth annual Burro Derby, an endurance test for wranglers and their wild burros, was slated for August 1, with a portion of the 43-mile course winding through Lucerne Valley.
• Police Blotter: A suspect stole a parakeet in a silver cage, and a flower pot from Barry’s Flowers and Gifts Shop, after stealing a barstool and 3 or 4 ice-cream bars from Woodie’s Tavern.
• Shopping: Mistletoe Margerine was $1 for 10 pounds; Bacon was 59 cents a pound.
• Weather: July 23, 1963 high temperature was 104, with a low of 66.

Smoke from Idyllwild fire prompts air quality advisory

July 18, 2013


A fire-fueled blanket of smoke has settled on the Lucerne Valley and portions of the Victor Valley, prompting the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management to issue an air quality advisory.

The Victorville-based agency also has issued a smoke advisory for the Morongo Valley.

Some smoke and ash from the Mountain wildfire currently burning near Idyllwild in Riverside Country has drifted northward, settling in the affected high desert areas.

Residents come out to watch 'Raiders' under the stars

July 16, 2013

Photo caption: CSA 29 kicked off its first movie of the summer last Friday at Pioneer Park. The series on July 26. Peter Day / The Leader

Members of the community gathered at Pioneer Park last Friday evening for the first installment of the Lucerne Valley Parks and Recreation’s 2013 “Movies in the Park” series.

While sitting on the healthy green grass, families and friends watched Steven Spielberg’s “Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark.”


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