Kathy’s Critters to be Featured at Prime Desert Woodlands

Posted on July 30, 2011. Filed under: antelope valley, city of lancaster, family, family fun, fun, lancaster news | Tags: , , , |


Lancaster, CA. July 27, 2011 – Kids and adults alike are invited to join Kathy’s Critters for a fun and educational presentation of live desert animals. This exciting presentation will feature snakes, lizards and many other animals to enjoy!

The presentation will be held in the Interpretive Center at Prime Desert Woodland Preserve (35th Street W. and K-8) on August 6, 2011 at 1pm. The presentation will start on time. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to get a good seat.

This event is open to the public. Admission is $3.00 per person. For more information, please call (661) 816-4466 or visit We hope to see you there!

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Deadline Approaches for Submission of LPAC Foundation Community Arts Grant Applications

Posted on July 30, 2011. Filed under: antelope valley, city of lancaster, family fun, fun, lancaster entertainment, lancaster performing arts | Tags: , , , , |

Lancaster, CA. July 21, 2011 – The Lancaster Performing Arts Center (LPAC) Foundation is currently accepting applications for its 2011-2012 Community Arts Grant Program. Applications must be submitted by June 28th. The grant program, now in its fifteenth year, provides annual production funding to community performing arts organizations.

“Since 1996, the LPAC Foundation has supported local performance groups with the resources they need to continue bringing high quality entertainment and cultural events to the children, youth adults and families of the Antelope Valley. During the 2010-2011season, we were pleased to be able to assist five local performing arts organizations,” stated Lou Bozigian, Foundation Board President.

The Community Arts Grant Program application packets are available through the City of Lancaster’s Parks, Recreation and Arts Department or by calling the LPAC Foundation at (661) 723-6082. Eligible performing arts organizations must hold 501(c)(3) non-profit status and be Lancaster-based or have programs which serve the residents of the City of Lancaster.

Organizations can apply for a maximum amount of $2,500; however, grant dollars awarded may be less depending on various factors, including the number of applicants approved for the 2011-2012 funding cycle. The deadline for submittal of the applications is Thursday, July 28, 2011, with recipients to be announced by September 1, 2011. The funded programs or projects must be implemented within twelve months of the award date. The Foundation Board of Directors consists of Louis V. “Lou” Bozigian, R. Steven Derryberry, Dr. John Porter, Timothy Doerfler, Berna Mayer, Dr. Inpamani S. Arul, Patricia Fregoso-Cox, Marco Johnson, and Mark E. Thompson.

For more information, please contact Julie Secory, LPAC Foundation Administrative Assistant, at (661) 723-6082 or

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Red Carpet Grand Opening Slated for The BLVD’s New Laemmle Theatre

Posted on July 30, 2011. Filed under: blvd entertainment, city of lancaster, family fun, fun, lancaster entertainment | Tags: , , , , , |


WHAT:           The City of Lancaster, in conjunction with InSite Development, will host a movie premiere-style VIP grand opening of the newest hip, luxury cinema in northern L.A. County. The event will begin with VIP arrivals, interviews and photo opportunities along the red carpet.

The VIP reception will also allow for photos and interviews, as well as a first look at the eclectic “Forge” store housed within the 3-story complex. Guests will then attend a private movie showing.

All proceeds from the evening will benefit Desert Haven.
WHERE:        742 West Lancaster Boulevard Lancaster, CA, 93534

WHEN:          Thursday, August 11, 2011 6 pm

WHO:             City of Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris

Scott Ehrlich, Principal, InSite Development
Greg Laemmle, CEO of Laemmle Theatres

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Join the Fun as the LanCoaster Bicycle Experience Hits the Road July 13th!

Posted on July 30, 2011. Filed under: antelope valley, city of lancaster, fun, lancaster city park | Tags: , , , |

Get outside, get some exercise, make some new friends
Lancaster, CA. July 8, 2011— The whole family’s invited to join this family-friendly bike ride on Wednesday, July 13th. On the second Wednesday of each month, through September, LanCoaster launches out from City Hall for a leisurely-paced, 15 mile ride around the community.

“Participating in the LanCoaster ride is an excellent way to get outside and get some exercise, as well as make new friends in your community,” remarked Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris.

The LanCoaster Ride starts at City Hall (44933 N. Fern Ave.) and usually runs for approximately 2 hours. Participants are requested to arrive at 6:30pm, as the ride begins promptly at 7pm. There will be a check point at Lancaster City Park around 7:30pm, where Block Bike’s weekly Cycology biking group will join in. LanCoaster will conclude at City Hall, while Cycology riders may elect to continue to City Park.

LanCoaster, launched by the City of Lancaster and Block Bikes, is offered at no cost to participants. The City also provides a police escort to help bikers negotiate traffic. Each ride includes a rest stop at a location where participants can purchase snacks and drinks and use restroom facilities.

All types of bicycles are welcomed, except those with motors or training wheels. Helmets are required for minors and strongly encouraged for adults. Bike lights are also encouraged.

Participants are required to sign a liability waiver form once for the entire series of rides. The liability waiver for the ride can be obtained here:

For more information, please contact Block Bikes at 661-729-2800.

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Last Chance to Win at “Ready, Set, Go Green!”

Posted on July 29, 2011. Filed under: city of palmdale, fun, palmdale, palmdale fun | Tags: , , , |

PALMDALE – The final of three of the City of Palmdale’s “Ready, Set, Go Green!” recycling events will take place this Saturday, July 30 from 11 am to 4 pm at DryTown Water Park, 3850-B East Avenue S in Palmdale.

Participants are asked to bring recyclable cans and plastic bottles, as well as gently worn clothing, to DryTown. In exchange, they will receive opportunity tickets to win a great prize.

At the first two events a Squire Stratocaster Guitar, retail value of $379, which was donated to the event by the Guitar Center in Palmdale and a solar powered backpack valued at $140, courtesy of Waste Management were given away.

“The more CRV bottles and cans you bring, the more opportunity tickets you can get,” said DryTown Recreation Coordinator Laura Rice.

The money generated by the donated recyclables will benefit South Antelope Valley Emergency Services (SAVES).

“The purpose of ‘Ready, Set, Go Green!’ is to raise awareness of the importance of recycling,” said Palmdale’s Administrative Analyst Ben Lucha.

Admission to DryTown Water Park is not included.

Waste Management will match all funds generated through residents’ donated recyclables.

For more information call 661/267-5300.

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The Sounds of the Supremes to Bring Motown Magic to Palmdale

Posted on July 29, 2011. Filed under: antelope valley, city of palmdale, fun, palmdale, palmdale entertainment, palmdale fun | Tags: , , , |

PALMDALE – Personifying a “sound” that influenced a generation, The Sounds of the Supremes, the only group of their type legally endorsed by Motown, will perform some of the biggest hits of the legendary Supremes at the Palmdale Amphitheater stage this Saturday, July 30 at 8 pm as part of the City of Palmdale’s Starlight Concert Series.

Admission is $5 for age 13 and older; guests 12 and younger are admitted free, and parking is free.

Since 1989, The Sounds of the Supremes, led by Kaaren Ragland, an Antelope Valley resident and former member of original Supreme Mary Wilson’s ’70s/’80s group, have achieved a remarkable degree of worldwide success. London’s What’s On described their incomparable energy packed show featuring more than 20 hit songs “a non-stop bravura performance of immense vitality recreating perfectly the frenetic style and sound of the original lineup.”

Ragland, along with fellow Sounds of the Supremes members Kathy Merrick and Althea Burkhalter, possess a wealth of experience in recording, television, cabaret, theater and musicals, and deliver a fantastic vocal blend on re-worked Motown classics, standards and contemporary songs, with stylish choreography and unrivaled glamour.

The Sounds of the Supremes will perform chart topping hits such as “You Keep Me Hanging On,” “Stop in the Name of Love,” “Where Did Our Love Go,” “Love Child,” “Nothing But Heartaches,” “Reflections,” “You Can’t Hurry Love,” “Back in My Arms Again,” “Baby Love,” “Floy Joy,” “Nathan Jones,” “Automatically Sunshine,” “Up the Ladder to the Roof,” “Love is Like an Itching in My Heart” and “Someday We’ll Be Together.”

Starlight Concert goers will also have an opportunity to win a solar powered backpack for recycling at the concert.

“At each Starlight Concert, the City of Palmdale and Waste Management are teaming up to spread the word about recycling through ‘Recycling Rocks,’” said Palmdale’s Sponsorship and Marketing Specialist Stella Knight. “We will be on the lookout for people who are properly separating their trash and recyclable. If we catch you, you can win a brand new solar backpack that can charge a laptop, cell phone, camera or MP3 player, courtesy of Waste Management.”

The solar backpacks retail for $140.

Following the Sounds of the Supremes will be The Rising, a tribute to Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, who will take the stage on Saturday, Aug. 6, performing a string of red-hot hits like “Born in the U.S.A.,” “Glory Days” and “Hungry Heart.” Cut from the worn denim of blue-collar towns, this group holds true to the artistic vision to honor both Springsteen and the fans. This house rocking, earthshaking, heart-stopping tribute delivers each song with the same power, heart and soul as the Boss.

The series closes with a performance by Garth Guy Live! on Saturday, Aug.13. Dean Simmons gives a dead-on “Garth” performance, nailing the walk, the talk, the laugh and Garth’s talent for truly entertaining his audiences while performing fan favorites like “Friends in Low Places,” “The Thunder Rolls” and “The Dance.”

Tickets are on sale now at the parks and recreation office and Palmdale Oasis Park Recreation Center.

The parks and recreation office, located at 38260 10th St. East, is open Monday through Thursday, 7:30 am to 6 pm, and accepts cash, check, Mastercard and Visa. Palmdale Oasis Park Recreation Center, 3850-A Avenue S, is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 3:30-8 pm, and Wednesday, 3:30-6:30 pm. The recreation center accepts check, Mastercard or Visa. Palmdale residents must bring proof of residency (California I.D., drivers license or current utility bill) to purchase a season pass at the resident fee.

The Palmdale Amphitheater is located at 2723 Rancho Vista Boulevard. All concerts begin at 8 pm, and gates open at 6 pm. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Carry-in food, beverages, coolers, alcohol and pets are not permitted. Food will be available for purchase.

The Starlight Concert Series is generously sponsored by premier sponsors Antelope Valley Mall, High Desert Medical Group, Robertson Palmdale Honda, Valleywide Dental – Dr. Robert Haze & Associates, Southern California Edison, and Waste Management; and presenting sponsors Anheuser-Busch Sales of the Antelope Valley, AT&T The Real Yellow Pages, Double D Cupcakes and the Lancaster JetHawks.

For more information about the upcoming Starlight Concert Series, please call parks and recreation at 661/267-5611.

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Have a Blast on the Camp Cyber Space Excursion to Knott’s Berry Farm!

Posted on July 25, 2011. Filed under: best price, Camp Cyber Space, children camp, fun | Tags: , , , |


Parents seeking a great way for their children to enjoy the summer can enroll them in Camp Cyber Space. Next week, the sixth session of Camp Cyber Space (July 25-29th) will travel to Knott’s Berry Farm where campers will enjoy over 40 rides & attractions, exciting shows and much more! This day camp is a great way for your child to create fun summer memories.

Camp Cyber Space provides an enriching atmosphere with fun games, arts and crafts, swimming, and weekly excursions for the reasonable price of $150 per week (9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Friday.) This fee covers all camp costs, including excursions and extended commuter hours (7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

Children ages six through twelve are eligible to participate. For more information, or to register, stop by the Parks, Recreation & Arts Department at Lancaster City Hall (44933 Fern Avenue.)

For additional information, please call (661) 723-6077.

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Fly on the Wall

Posted on October 1, 2010. Filed under: fun, photogrpahy | Tags: , , , , |

The AV Fair! Once a year this spectacle complete with food, rides, art, animals and musicians descends upon the Antelope Valley. But this year was special, why? Because I had special access. Thanks to a good friend of mine Jim Greenleaf (CEO of I was able to get a special all “AG-CESS” pass to the AV Fair. In return for this fantastic priveledge I agreed to do some photography and blog about my experience and my experience was awesome.

To start off I arrived at the fair around 6:30pm. I parked in the prefered parking lot for free (score) and passed through the fair side gate like a celebrity. My girlfriend came in as my “photography assistant” and we ran about taking some great pictures of farm animals, tractors and buildings.

As we made our way around the fair we ran into a number of friends and acquaintances. A couple of our friends were big Dierks Bentley fans who had just met him in a special meet and great time. After that we headed off to the big event of the night; The Dierks Bentley Concert! While I’m not a huge fan of country music I actually had a blast at this concert. Dierks definitely leans more towards the rock and roll side of country. Because of my AG-CESS pass I was able to get up close to take some pics at the concert. I had access to the space between the crowd and stage for 30seconds on the first two songs of the night.

Again, at the concert we ran into some more friends and met up with my girlfriend’s brother and his girlfriend. After the concert we went on a search for llamas, corn-dogs and kettle corn. Our hunger for corn-dogs and kettle corn was satisfied that night, but we couldn’t find any llamas. I ran about again for a few minutes taking pictures and then we headed home with music still ringing in our ears, smiles on our faces and kettle corn in our bellies!

Check out the rest of my photography from the night here:
Yours truly,
Ben Andrews
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