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BLVD Business Boot Camp The training will be called the BLVD Business Boot Camp and will begin at 8:30 am at City Hall in the Council Chambers.  The cost is $10 for BLVD Association members and includes lunch.  More details soon to come.

April 7, 2011 Posted by | BLVD Association, blvd business boot camp, blvd business help, lancaster blvd business, small business help lancaster | , , , , | Leave a comment

Mayor R. Rex Parris to Join Top Scholars and Leaders at “Leading to Well-Being” Conference

Mayor R. Rex Parris to Join Top Scholars and Leaders
at “Leading to Well-Being” Conference

Lancaster Mayor to Participate in Conference to Study Community Health
and Happiness through the Latest Research and Applications of Leadership
and Positive Psychology

Lancaster, CA. 4/6/2011 – This week, Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris will attend one of the most progressive health and wellness conferences available in the nation, The Leading to Well-Being Conference hosted by George Mason University (GMU) in Fairfax, VA.  The conference is a collaborative effort sponsored by George Mason University’s Center for Consciousness and Transformation and the GMU MasonLEADS website. Notable authors, scholars and industry leaders will address innovations in leadership and well-being via keynote speeches, panel discussions, and interactive workshops.

“This conference will provide a unique opportunity to further expand our understanding and knowledge-base regarding the use of positive psychology in improving the overall well-being of a community,” stated Mayor Parris.  “I am very excited about what I hope to take away from this experience and bring back to our community.”

Mayor Parris was personally invited to Leading to Well-Being by the conference’s featured keynote speaker, Dr. Martin Seligman; a world-renowned positive psychology researcher, scholar, best-selling author, and Director of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Among his more than 20 books is Dr. Seligman’s newest acclaimed work, “Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being.” Published just this month, Flourish is already receiving five-star customer ratings on online retail sites.  Dr. Seligman’s bibliography, extensive life’s work, engagement schedule and multitude of resources can be found on Penn State’s Positive Psychology website (, as well as the university’s Authentic Happiness website (

Seligman is one of a number of experts and community leaders sharing their wealth of research and knowledge at the conference, which is designed to provide participants with the tools to go out and jumpstart well-being practices in their own organizations and communities.


“I am honored to be personally invited to this gathering of innovative and esteemed individuals who are as passionate as I am about advancing our world and our communities through new ways of thinking,” added Mayor Parris. “I didn’t think twice about attending this prestigious conference which specifically deals with how to better our cities.”

Mayor Parris is personally paying for his travel and attendance costs associated with this trip.  For more information regarding the Leading to Well-Being Conference, call (703) 993-6090 or visit

April 7, 2011 Posted by | Lancaster Mayor, LEADERS CONFERENCE, Mayor R. Rex Parris, POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY, r rex parris | , , , , | 1 Comment

26th Antelope Valley Union High School District Student Art Exhibition

26th Antelope Valley Union High School District Student Art Exhibition

April 9-May 8, 2011 at Lancaster City Hall.

Opening Reception- Saturday, April 9, noon-3 pm.


Lancaster, CA April 6, 2011- The Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery’s “26th Antelope Valley Union High School District Student Art Exhibition” will be on view April 9–May 8, 2011 at Lancaster City Hall, with a free opening reception and award presentation on Saturday, April 9th from noon-3 pm. Nearly $1,400 in cash awards will be presented to the valley’s talented student artists. Presented by the City of Lancaster, the Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery Associates, and the Antelope Valley Union High School District, the exhibition encourages and supports the artistic experimentation, talent, and expression from the next generation of artists in the Antelope Valley.

Featuring 94 pieces of artwork from 80 students within the school district, the exhibitors were selected by 26 participating art instructors from Antelope Valley, Eastside, Highland, Lancaster, Littlerock, Palmdale, Pete Knight, and Quartz Hill High Schools. The exhibition includes a wide variety of media such as oil, ceramic, watercolor, photography, acrylic, sculpture, charcoal, pencil, scratchboard, color pencil, pastel and mixed media.

Awards are donated and selected by judges from the Lancaster Photography Association ($100), Lakes and Valley Art Guild ($100), High School District art instructors ($425 total), the Antelope Valley Union High School District Superintendent ($100), the AVUHSD administrators’ awards (over $100), the new Beryl Amspoker Memorial Award ($200), and the LMAG Associates who choose Best of Exhibition ($100), 2nd Best of Exhibition ($75), 3rd Best of Exhibition ($50), as well as winners (no cash) in each medium category. All Valley Federal Credit Union also donated an award which provides one student artist $100 to open a savings account, while City of Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris selected the Mayor’s Choice Award.

Each year a different high school art department chairperson acts as the liaison for this exhibition. This year, Erin Jones of Pete Knight High School along with her fellow department art instructors have been very busy helping to make this a successful and inspiring exhibition. For additional information on the museum’s exhibitions, events and programs, please visit or contact the Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery at 661-723-6250 or


Opening Reception: “26th Antelope Valley Union High School District Student Art Exhibition” Saturday, April 9, 2011 from noon to 3 pm at Lancaster City Hall.

Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and music with an awards presentation at 1 pm. Free admission. Please RSVP to or 661.723.6250.


California Poppy Festival™

April 16th & 17th from 10 am-6 pm at Lancaster City Park

Join us at the 20th annual California Poppy Festival and view a historic timeline which showcases the past 100 years of Lancaster. Rare photos and details will show how Lancaster began as a community and has grown into a city of more than 156,000. Participate in building the new museum with an interactive display and voting booth, while learning more about the new Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery facility that will open on The BLVD in 2011.

About The Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery

Founded in 1986, the Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery is dedicated to advancing an appreciation of art and history in the Antelope Valley. Operating two sites—the Museum/Art Gallery and the Western Hotel Museum—LMAG is not only a repository for historical artifacts important to the preservation of the unique character of the Antelope Valley, but also a place where audiences—residents and visitors alike—may experience exhibitions of fine art and participate in a variety of art and history-based programs. LMAG offers a schedule of exhibitions, as well as lectures, workshops, Family Day activities, film and musical events.

General Information– The Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery located at 44801 North Sierra Highway, will be closed to public access during the preparation for its move to its new facility. The new facility will open in 2011. For more information about LMAG and its programming, call (661) 723-6250 or log on to or updates.

Lancaster City Hall General Information: Lancaster City Hall is located in Lancaster, CA at 44933 North Fern Avenue. Parking is available street side around City Hall, and in the corner lot on Fern and Kildare.

City Hall Hours and Admission– Lancaster City Hall is open Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 6 pm and Friday 8 am to 5 pm; it is closed holidays. Admission to this exhibition is free, and open to the public.

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Image Credit:

Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery, “25th Antelope Valley Union High School District Student Art Exhibition,” 2010.



LANCASTER MUSEUM/ART GALLERY          44801 N. Sierra Highway  Lancaster, CA 93534

TEL: (661)723-6250 Museum Hours:

EMAIL: Tuesday-Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm.

WEB: Closed Mondays, holidays, and between exhibitions,  MMM       wwwh Free admission and tours.


April 7, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley art, lancaster blvd art, lancaster ca art, palmdale art, student art | , , , , | Leave a comment