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Salman Khan: Let’s use video to reinvent education

Salman Khan: Let’s use video to reinvent education

Every school board member in the Antelope Valley should see this presentation. It is will change the world and could change the Antelope Valley tomorrow.

March 22, 2011 Posted by | ANTELOPE VALLEY SCHOOL BOARD, ANTELOPE VALLEY SCHOOLS, Lancaster Mayor, r rex parris, SALMAN KHAN | , , , , | Leave a comment

Calming the Streets of Lancaster With Music

Birds chirp through downtown Lancaster, as water laps gently in the background and a soft piano melody encompasses the area.

But the birds aren’t real, and neither is the water. Even the piano music is computer-generated.

In fact, all the noises are coming from the same place-small, indiscreet green speakers that line the main street of downtown Lancaster known as The BLVD.

It might sound like another generic background track, but each of the three components has a specific goal designed to decrease the listeners’ stress, and along with it, crime rates, said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris.

The piano beat is half the speed of the human heart, which has a calming effect. The birds are supposed to evoke a feeling of security, since apparently birds used only to chirp when predators weren’t around. The water is supposed to add to both the security and the calmness.

In six months, Parris said he hopes to see an increase in sales and a decrease in traffic counts and aggressive crimes, especially the latter.

Parris came up with the idea as a result of his interest in cognitive science, and contributed a few thousand dollars of his own to develop the soundscape for downtown Lancaster, he said.

“I’m absolutely convinced that because of cognitive science, we have the ability to solve most social problems in society today,” Parris said.

The only problem Parris can see is that since it’s outside, the wind and other natural elements might interfere with the water and birds people are supposed to hear.

March 22, 2011 Posted by | BIRD SOUNDS, BLVD pianos, Lancaster blvd, Lancaster Mayor, r rex parris | , , , , | Leave a comment

City of Lancaster Opens First Phase of Downtown-Area American Heroes Park

City of Lancaster Opens First Phase of Downtown-Area American Heroes Park

WHAT:           The City of Lancaster will open the public-ready grounds of downtown’s American Heroes Park next week.  Named in honor of local fallen heroes, this new park offers a multitude of community- and family-gathering opportunities.

The media is invited to come walk the grounds; view the open areas of the park; and learn about what more is in store at this wonderful new addition to the downtown area.


WHERE:        American Heroes Park
Kettering Street, East of Fern Avenue
Lancaster, CA 93534

WHEN: March 22, 2011

1:00 pm

WHO: Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris
Lancaster City Manager Mark V. Bozigian
Lancaster City Officials


March 22, 2011 Posted by | American Heroes Park, City of Lancater, Downtown Lancaster, Lancaster Improvements, r rex parris | , , , , | Leave a comment

American Red Cross to Host Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief Drive at Clear Channel Stadium



Contact: Jeff Baumgartner

AV Executive Director

Phone: (661)267.0650 <>

American Red Cross to Host Japan Earthquake and

Pacific Tsunami Relief Drive at Clear Channel Stadium


WHAT: The American Red Cross Antelope Valley Chapter will host a Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief Drive at Clear Channel Stadium. Donors will be able to drive in, make a financial donation via cash, check, or credit card and receive vital information on disaster preparedness, local Red Cross services and volunteer opportunities.

WHEN: Saturday, March 26, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WHERE: Clear Channel Stadium 45116 Valley Central Way, Lancaster, CA 93536 (Hwy 14 and exit I)

WHY: Our hearts go out to the people of Japan and the other survivors of the earthquake and tsunami. The American Red Cross has made an initial contribution of $10 million to the Japanese Red Cross Society to assist in its ongoing efforts to provide medical care and relief assistance.

        • The American Red Cross is in close contact with our partners in the Pacific region to offer our support and they are grateful for the assistance. An official at the Japanese Red Cross recently said: “At a time when the Japanese Red Cross is providing medical assistance, blankets, and other humanitarian care to tens of thousands of Japanese who have been devastated by earthquakes, a tsunami, and evacuations occasioned by nuclear power crises, the Japanese Red Cross is extremely grateful for the financial assistance being provided by the American people and the American Red Cross.”

    Request widespread dissemination of this important effort through all available means.  Members of the media wishing to attend the event are asked to contact the Antelope Valley office at 661.267.0650.


    March 22, 2011 Posted by | American Red Cross, Japan earthquake, Pacific Tsunami Relief Drive | , | Leave a comment