Lancaster, CA. July 28, 2011 — Local residents looking for ways to reduce their air conditioning bills and still stay cool this summer, should consider taking advantage of the City’s two Cool Centers. Senior residents will be able to enjoy air conditioning while viewing a discounted movie at Cinemark Movies 12; while all residents will be able to benefit from the refreshing cool air offered at the Lancaster National Soccer Center.
“These cool centers allow our residents to socialize and enjoy entertainment in an air conditioned venue, as opposed to being home alone in the heat, which is especially dangerous for seniors,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris.
Seniors ages 62 and older are invited to “Beat the Heat” while enjoying a $1 movie at Cinemark Movies 12 from 11am to 5pm, whenever the temperature reading on weather.com is listed as more than 100 degrees for the City of Lancaster. The “Beat the Heat” discounted admission program is available through the end of September. Cinemark Movies 12 is located at 44790 Valley Central Way.
In addition, through October 15, residents can enjoy the Cool Center at the Lancaster National Soccer Center (located at 30th Street East and Avenue L). Residents are invited to drop in anytime from 10am to 5pm Monday through Friday. Board games and cards are available for all to enjoy, as well as crafts for the children. Water and light refreshments will be provided. Southern California Edison, which partners with the City to offer the Cool Center program, is also offering educational information on energy efficiency and other programs. Residents are encouraged to bring their friends and family along to socialize, watch television or just read a book in this cool, air conditioned environment. The center is open to all residents of Lancaster. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
To find out if a particular day is a Cinemark “Beat the Heat” day, residents can call City Hall at 661-723-6190. For theater information, contact Cinemark 12 at(800) 326-3264 ext. 1438. For information on the SCE program at the Soccer Center, you may contact the Lancaster Parks and Recreation Department at(661) 723-6077.
PALMDALE – The City’s purchasing division will host “Doing Business With the City of Palmdale” workshops to launch its new Vendor Self-Service Online Registration Program on Tuesday, Aug. 9 from 10 am to noon in the City Council Chambers located at 38300 Sierra Highway, Suite B.
“Vendor Self-Service (VSS) improves efficiency for the purchasing division and City departments looking for prospective vendors to be placed on bid lists,” said Buyer Sharon Williams. “We encourage the business community to take advantage of this opportunity to learn about what this service has to offer.”
VSS enables the business community to register as a prospective vendor with the City of Palmdale online. This service allows vendors to access their company information and records, update their profile and contact information, as well as register the commodities and services they provide. Additionally, purchase orders, invoices, AP checks and bid information are all available online 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
For more information on these upcoming workshops and/or the VSS program, please call661/267-5440.
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.
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.
WHEN: Monday, August 1, 2011 at 9:30 am.
WHERE: Mayor’s Conference Area, City Hall, 38300 Sierra Hwy., Suite A.
WHO: Mayor Ledford will brief members of the working press on issues to be discussed at the regularly scheduled Wednesday, August 3, 2011 City Council meeting.
INFO: For more information, please call 661/267-5115.
PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale’s public safety and community relations department is offering Landlord Training classes to anyone who owns or manages rental property in Palmdale on Tuesday, Aug. 23 and Tuesday, Aug. 30 from 6 pm to 10 pm in the administration training room at Palmdale City Hall, 38300 Sierra Highway, Suite A.
Attendance at both classes is required to complete the training program. The class fee is $25 and it includes all training materials. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.
Landlord Training classes are designed to instruct local owners and managers of multifamily rental properties how to keep illegal activity out of the rental property. This practical guide and community oriented property management approach will review current laws and regulations on property management and completion of this class required for owners or managers of buildings wishing to acquire certification under the City of Palmdale’s Partners Against Crime program.
For more information or to register, please contact Community Safety Supervisor Kelly Long at 661/267-5172.
PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale is seeking volunteers to provide instruction in intermediate conversational Spanish for individuals 55 and over at Legacy Commons for Active Seniors, located at 930 East Avenue Q-9 in Palmdale.
Volunteer instructors will be asked to lead the class for a 4-month period of 1 to 2 hours per week. The hours are flexible in accordance to the operating hours of Legacy Commons, which are Monday through Friday from 8 am to 12 noon.
Duties include designing and leading conversational language classes for seniors, and responding to general questions regarding the Spanish language and culture.
To qualify, applicants should be fluent in Spanish, be polite and personable, and possess good communications skills.
Interested candidates may contact Legacy Commons at 661/267-5904 or visit the City’s Web site to download a volunteer application. The application is located atwww.cityofpalmdale.org/jobs/VolunteerApplication.pdf.
For more information, please call 661/267-5904.