PHOTO: Mayor Curt Emick

Hello, I’m Mayor Curt Emick.

As our economy and society continue to reopen more and more, I’m pleased to see so many people safely, and responsibly, getting back to work, entertainment, play and travel.

We’ve missed seeing our neighbors, friends and family participate in everything from in-person forums, and blood drives to free concerts and running events. The good news is that the Town continues to reopen programming slowly and cautiously, and I have some exciting news to share about our summer events and activities.

For starters, we’ve already hosted two running events! In March we held a St. Paddy’s Day 5K/10K walk/run and in early April more than 125 participants joined us for our socially distanced Bunny Run. Join us next month for our May the Fourth Fun Run and in July for the Firecracker Run.

Our parks, recreation programs, and special events are a big part of what make Apple Valley the best place to live and play in the High Desert. So, as the weather warms, and COVID cases continue to dwindle, I am thrilled to tell you that we are officially kicking off our summer season on Memorial Day weekend.

Our pool will be open for both recreational swim and swim lessons. We will relaunch Day Camp at the beginning of June and open a number of recreation classes.

Perhaps one of the most exciting announcements of all is that we will once again fill our parks with live music beginning on June 17 when the Sunset Concert Series returns to Civic Center Park with Latin Express. The Freedom Festival is coming back too, with live music, shopping, food vendors, fireworks and more. 

Be sure and check our website and follow us on all our social media channels for the most up to date information.

Passport Services Resume

As COVID numbers decrease and opportunities to travel resume, the demand for passports is expected to rise. The Town of Apple Valley will resume its passport processing service by appointment only beginning Monday, April 12! 

Call (760) 240-7000 ext. 7800 or email townclerk@applevalley.org for an appointment.

For passport pricing, requirements, processing information and more visit www.av.town/passport.

Vaccinations Continue

As a reminder, The Victor Valley Transit Authority (VVTA) is offering free door-to-door shuttle service for vaccine recipients from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call VVTA at (760) 948-3030 to schedule a ride once your vaccine appointment is secured.

To learn more visit or to register for a vaccination at this or any other site in San Bernardino County visit www.sbcovid19.com/vaccine.

Small Business Grants

The Town continues to offer small business grants. The Microenterprise Assistance Program, geared toward businesses with 1 to 5 employees, offers grants up to $30,000 for backpay of rent and utilities, cash flow for payroll, purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplies, and for services to increase or alter business, for example. 

A second program, designed for small businesses with 1 to 50 employees,  up to $50,000 for similar capital expenditures.

Our small businesses and entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of our local economy and when they succeed, our community succeeds.

To learn more, including eligibility requirements and to download an application visit: www.av.town/businessgrant

Clean, Green, Together

One of the reasons that makes Apple Valley the best place to live in the desert is our Community Enhancement Programs that keep tires, yard debris, small appliances, household hazardous waste, furniture and more out of our beautiful desert at no cost to our residents. 

Our next Neighborhood Cleanup and Tire Drop Off event will be held May 15 at Lion’s Park from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. where Apple Valley residents can bring a variety of items for free disposal. Household Hazardous waste like paint, chemicals, medication and more are accepted at our collection facility at 13450 Nomwaket Road every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Burrtec Waste will pick up bulky items like refrigerators, mattresses and couches four times per year. Call (760) 245-8607 to schedule a residential pickup.

Green Tree Blvd Extension

Apple Valley residents will soon have another connection to Interstate-15, thanks to the regional construction partnership with the City of Victorville to build the Green Tree Boulevard extension, connecting to the Yucca Loma Bridge. 

In 2017, the Town completed two phases of the project, widening Yucca Loma and Yates roads and constructing the Yucca Loma Bridge over the Mojave River. 

This last phase will extend Green Tree Boulevard east from Hesperia Road over the railroad to Ridgecrest and Yates roads.

The Town contributed nearly $4 million to this final phase using Traffic Impact Fee revenues, collected as new development occurs for regional transportation enhancements. 

For more information on these or other Apple Valley programs, events and activities, visit www.AppleValley.org, email info@applevalley.org, or call our offices at (760) 240-7000.