Apple Valley Airshow returns, celebrates 20 years with full military A-10 flying demo team

The 20th Annual Apple Valley Airshow and NAPA® Auto Parts Car Show is set for Saturday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The Apple Valley Airshow, a family favorite event, attracts spectators from all over Southern California. This year’s highlights include the USAF A-10C Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team with Capt. Lindsay “MAD” Johnson, along with the Air Force Heritage Flight Team performed by Steven Hinton in the P-51 Wee Willy II and Capt. Johnson.

This is the very first time the Apple Valley Airshow has been granted a full military Demo Team. Capt. “MAD” Johnson and ten team members are coming from Davis Monthan AFB, Arizona. “MAD” has more than 1,250 hours in the A-10 including 431 in combat in support of both Operation Freedom’s Sentinel and the Resolute Support Mission. A full schedule is planned, including Dawn Patrol RV Formation Team of seven, breathtaking aerobatics by the Undaunted Airshows formation aerobatics team of two, Air Racer Tony Higa in the Pitts S-1S, John Collver in his AT-6/SNJ “Wardog”, Yuichi Takagi in the Pitts, Torrey Ward in the Micro Jet, and Chuck Coleman in the Extra 300L performing extreme aerobatics. Coleman flight trained eight actors of “Top Gun: Maverick” in the same airplane he is flying at the Airshow.

In addition to aerobatics, you will see Skydivers, Round Canopy Parachute USA Team paratroopers jumping from the C-53 Skytrooper D-Day Doll, vintage warbirds like Jason Somes in the MiG-17 jet, two North American P-51 Mustangs from Palm Springs Air Museum and TBM-3E Avenger and SBD-5 Dauntless, P-47 Thunderbolt, P-38 Lightning, and the F4U Corsair from Planes of Fame Air Museum to name a few.

Spectators will have the opportunity to meet pilots and get autographs after their performances. On the ground, you will see experimental and vintage airplane static displays, military vehicles, and the NAPA® Auto Parts Car Show “Show and Shine” along with Inglis Classics “Hot Rod Hotties”.

Spectators are encouraged to stop by the NAPA® booth and pick up a form so you can vote for your favorite car.

The STEM Expo tent is fun for people of all ages, where they can learn to fly a plane, build an airplane or a rocket! And, you won’t want to miss the General Atomics display and booth where you can see what they do right here in the High Desert.

Community groups, volunteer organizations and our sponsors are a big part of the airshow. The show provides scholarships for local students in the STEM field.

You can browse booths offering information, souvenirs, food and support the Rotary Club of Apple Valley Beer Garden. Gates are open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Admission is only $10 cash, military active-duty with ID only $7 cash, children 11 and under free. Parking is free. Apple Valley Airport is located at 21600 Corwin Rd. in Apple Valley. No animals except service animals are allowed at the event.

No large coolers and no alcoholic beverages are allowed, no drones, no canopies or large umbrellas either. Bring chairs, sitting blankets, sunglasses, hats, sunscreen, ear plugs and don’t forget your camera. For a complete list on how to plan your day at the show, go to and click on FAQs. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram for the latest announcements.

New Book Festival Returns to Hesperia Branch Library with visit from the Mobile Dairy Classroom

The San Bernardino County Library invites residents to the Hesperia Branch Library for the return of the Annual New Book Festival on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 2-6 p.m. Join the Library as we celebrate a festival of arts and literature. Thousands of new books will be available for patrons for the very first time. Be among the first to crack open one of these wonderful new titles.

Don’t forget to take pictures and meet special characters, from your favorite superheroes to Pete the Cat!  As a new feature this year, the Library will host free train rides for all ages as well as a Mobile Dairy Classroom with a live dairy cow! 

Build memories in our Jumbo Block play area, create fun crafts, enjoy face painting and balloon artists, dance to a live DJ and much more.

This event is another opportunity to celebrate and support the Countywide Vision’s literacy campaign, Vision2Read as well as San Bernardino County’s newest Opportunity Campaign. The Annual Hesperia New Book Festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 2 to 6 p.m. 

Visitors should bring their library card, as every 15 items checked out during the event earns visitors an opportunity drawing ticket for a chance to win awesome prizes. All activities are free and open to all ages.

The Hesperia Branch Library is at 9650 7th Avenue in Hesperia.

The San Bernardino County Library System is a dynamic network of 32 branch libraries that serves a diverse population over a vast geographic area. The County library system strives to provide equal access to information, technology, programs, and services for all people who call San Bernardino County home.

The library plays a key role in the achievement of the Countywide Vision by contributing to the educational, cultural and historical development of our County community.

The Library would like to thank the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors for their continued support. For more information about the San Bernardino County library system, please visit or call (909) 387-2220.

Family-friendly Harvest Festival, haunted hayride kicks off fall season with ghoulish fun

Mojave Narrows Regional Park will be hosting its first Harvest Festival and Haunted Hayride event on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023, from 2-9 p.m. The festival celebrates the beginning of fall with a touch of Halloween spookiness in the haunted hayride. The event will also include a pumpkin patch, trick-or-treating, costume contest for all ages including fur babies, as well as family games, pie-eating contest, event booths, live music, food and more.

The hayride seating is limited to the first 225 who pre-register and pay for the event using the QR code or by visiting The hayrides will be scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. (9 p.m. being the last ride out of the night). The rides will run every 15 minutes with a maximum of 25 people per wagon.

The event will be held rain or shine, and no refunds will be issued. Park entry can be prepaid in combination with the hayride tickets or separately. Barcodes will be issued in the confirmation email and will provide entry to the park and hayride.

Hayride Information

NOTICE: Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your hayride departure time. Allow yourself time for entry to the park, parking, walking to the stables and checking in for the hayride; this may take some time (based on entry wait & walking time).

Confirmation Barcode

Please have your barcode ready for scanning. The barcode is on your confirmation receipt and will be used at the gate to enter the park and also to check-in for the hayride.

Arrive on Time

The wagon will not wait for late arrivals. If you are not on time your seat may be forfeited.

The Haunted Hayride experience will contain some special effects, but not limited to strobe lights, intense sound, extreme and graphic visual effects and fog machines.

Not Recommended for Small Children

Due to the nature of the special effects and sound, the Haunted Hayride may not be suitable for children under the age of 13.

Hayride Rules

  • No food or drink permitted while on the ride.
  • No smoking or vaping allowed on the ride.
  • No standing in the wagon while moving. The ride may be bumpy and unstable at times.
  • Keep all your personal belongings in your care.
  • No strollers or car seats allowed on the wagon.
  • No flash photography or video recording during the ride.
  • No pets allowed on wagon (except certified service dogs).

Park admission is $10 per vehicle and $5 for hayride tickets. Regional Parks is excited to bring this event to the high-desert communities and intends to host this as an annual event every year. For more information on Regional Parks, visit Mojave Narrows Regional Park is located at 18000 Yates Rd. in Victorville.

Museum adds treats to annual Shake Out Emergency Preparedness Fair

No tricks, just treats! Bring the entire family to the San Bernardino County Museum on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the annual Earthquake and Emergency Preparedness Fair. Local businesses and county departments will hand out candy, goodies and emergency preparedness information as kids and families walk through the parking lot dressed in costumes.

This free event offers residents the opportunity to learn how to prepare themselves, their families, their homes and their neighborhoods for wildfires, earthquakes and other disasters. The day will also feature hands-on preparedness demonstrations, expert speakers, resources and emergency supplies at partner booths.

The museum has partnered with a multitude of departments and organizations throughout the county that will be on hand including the San Bernardino County Aging and Adult Services, San Bernardino County Child Support Services, San Bernardino County Behavioral Health, San Bernardino County Library, San Bernardino County Public Works, San Bernardino County Children and Family Services, Devore Animal Shelter, Redlands CERT, Inland Empire Resources Conservation District (IERCD), Redlands Fire Department, American Medical Response (AMR) and more to get you better prepared for any kind of disaster.

The San Bernardino County Museum is located at 2024 Orange Tree Lane in Redlands. Museum galleries will be open during the event with general admission pricing which is $10 (adult), $8 (military/senior), $7 (student), and $5 (children ages 6 to 12). Children 5 & under and Museum members are free. Parking is free and the museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. For more information, visit

The San Bernardino County Museum’s exhibits of regional, cultural and natural history and the museum’s other exciting events and programs reflect the effort by the Board of Supervisors to achieve the Countywide Vision by celebrating arts, culture, and education in the county, creating quality of life for residents and visitors.

Stimulate your imagination with second Saturdays at the Victor Valley Museum

Families can enjoy onsite themed art projects every month through Second Saturdays at the Victor Valley Museum (VVM) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Located in the quaint town of Apple Valley, the museum is an easy drive from Victorville, Hesperia, Adelanto, Oak Hills and Spring Valley Lake. It also makes for a perfect family road trip.

VVM Associate Curator Tiffany Talavera shared, “It’s very educational and eye-opening to see the children having fun while learning something new and to see the amount of energy they have is so cheerful; plus, it is a great opportunity for parents and kids to share time doing something new together! We are looking forward to continuing and expanding our offerings with Second Saturdays.”

Second Saturdays schedule:
October 14: Homemade Bookmarks
November 11: Slime Time
December 9: Christmas Carols

VVM is located at 11873 Apple Valley Road in Apple Valley. General admission is $10 (adult), $8 (military/senior), $7 (student), and $5 (children ages 6 to 12). Children 5 & under and museum members are free. Parking is free and the museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. For more information, visit

VVM’s exhibits of regional, cultural and natural history and the museum’s other exciting events and programs reflect the effort by the Board of Supervisors to achieve the Countywide Vision by celebrating arts, culture, and education in the county, creating quality of life for residents and visitors.

First 5 San Bernardino, Museum partner to promote reading at Gift a Kid a Book fair

First 5 San Bernardino is partnering with the San Bernardino County Museum to promote reading and literacy for young children in the community.
Come join us for FREE books, face painting, balloon creations, photo ops with Potter the Otter, a performance by Twinkle Time and Friends and more!

Bring your family to Apple Valley on October 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
for free access to the museum, resources and books from the pop-up bookstore.

Visit for more information.

Additional County Update News – September 29, 2023