A number of new homeowners were welcomed at the party, including (photo at left, left to right) Stephen and Sally Vender, Tamara and Justin Rodriguez. The Venders live in Desert Song and have two children. The Rodriguezes are new residents in the Highlands and also have two children. Both couples moved to High Desert from other neighborhoods in the city for the views and access to Open Space and trails.
Theresa and Bruce Smith (photo at left) are shown with longtime High Desert resident and Welcome Committee member Thea Berg (far left). Theresa is from Beijing, China and Bruce is originally from Washington, D.C. The Smiths moved to High Desert in March and will be getting married this year.
Dave and Frances Lusso are so new to High Desert they say they haven't even unpacked at their new Trillium home. They moved from the East Mountains after living there for 14 years.
Also at the Wine and Cheese party were Paul and Angelic Griego who moved into their Highlands home in November. The Griegos chose High Desert for its wonderful mountain and city views and the excellent school system.