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Armed Forces Day Antelope Valley

**Saturday May 21 is Armed Forces Day **

Four-Legged Forces Fight Terrorism – information provided by – Defense department.

USAIC Public Affairs Office – Military working dogs have been used by the U.S. armed forces since World War I.

In World War II, 436 scout dogs walked combat patrols overseas, often detecting the enemy at a 1,000 yards, long before men became aware of them.

Dogs continued to serve with distinction in other conflicts. In Korea, the Army used about 1,500 dogs, primarily for guard duty.

During the Vietnam War, nearly 4,000 dogs were employed and, officially, 281 were killed in action.

May 23, 2011 Posted by | lancaster dogs, lancaster family pet, Lancaster Veterinary, Military | , , , , | Leave a comment

Foxtail !! Not your dogs best friend.

With the summer fast approaching pet owners are battling the dreaded foxtails.

 This pest of a weed that grows all over the Antelope Valley finds its home in your pets ears, feet, underarms, vaginal opening, and a few other odd spots. Pets that are caught shaking their heads or chewing at their feet may very well be dealing with the dreaded Foxtail.

May 23, 2011 Posted by | AV CAT, AV DOG, foxtails, Lancaster Veterinary, veterinary | , , , , | Leave a comment

Where to go on the BLVD this week


749 W. Lancaster BLVD 661.948.8442

The BLVD Today Cafe / Ecellar Ebay Store Hosts events four times a week.

Community Yard Sale

8am-12pm. Don’t want to have a garage sale @ your home? Every Sunday we’ll be having our Community Yard Sale. Anyone is welcome to bring their stuff to our back parking lot to sell their stuff. Come one, come all, bring your stuff to sell @ our back parking lot. Yard sale ends @ noon! Bring your own tables or tarps.
Ecellar will be offering items left over from King Photo and other items.

“Good Morning Antelope Valley”

Weekly podcast / talk show highlighting events, businesses and community in the Antelope Valley. Come be a part of the live show! Hosted by Ben Andrews and Jim Greenleaf. 661.948.8442

“Bring your own Vinyl Night”

Come for a night of classic rock music, free wifi, and $1 gourmet coffee.Enjoy our records or bring your own LP’s and we’ll play some of your favorite tracks! Every Wednesday Night 7:30 to 10:30pm!

First 5 people to dress like the era their record is from get a free cup of coffee!

P.S. Need help with Vintage Clothes? Vintage Styles Now is only 2 doors down!


755 W Lancaster Blvd 661.951.3839

Battlegrounds is an incredible gaming, comic and hobby store which has games and tournaments almost every night of the week! Whether its Warhammer 40K, Dungeons and Dragons, Magic the Gathering, World of Warcraft or Open Board Game Night Battlegrounds has something for every player!


601 W. Lancaster Blvd 661.948.5029

Lancaster Library Writers’ Group

Anime Club

40th International Children’s Art Exhibition

Checkmate Chess Club

Subscribe to events at this location

 CEDAR PERF ORMIN G ARTS CENTER 44851 Cedar Ave 661.268.4300 

The Cedar Center is home to an incredible amount of talent in the Antelope Valley

Cedar Open Mic

Every thursday night at the Cedar Center, starting at 7:30pm (more like 8om most weeks, haha) and going until we feel like going home! Available to ALL AGES without censorship. We encourage poets, musicians, actors, dancers, spoken word artists… anyone who wants to take the stage to do so!

 The Great Tortilla Heist Cedar Centre Cd release show

Saturday, May 28 · 6:00pm – 9:00pm

The time has come for The Great Tortilla Heist to release Tower of Babel on their unsuspecting victims and for open mike to celebrate their three year anniversary

The Show is $5

THE BANDSTAND COFFEE AND TEA 706 W. Lancaster Blvd 661.723.9697

The building is enclosed by glass walls that make it an ideal spot to grab a drink and people watch in Downtown Lancaster.

Bandstand has great tasting coffee and tons of unique drink options so if you’re not a true coffee drinker you’ll have plenty of choices.

“Acoustic Show”

Fri, May 27, 6pm – 8pm

All Acoustic Showcase of amazing local talent brought to you by the Cedar Center. Happens every other Friday Night at the Bandstand.


750 West Lancaster Blvd 661.723.5950

It’s Only Tuesday Productions presents Celebrate America

An Evening of Patriotic music and dance celebrating the American Spirit. “God Bless America,” “God Bless the USA,” and “America The Beautiful” highlight 90 minutes of performances presented by It’s Only Tuesday Productions and some of the finest singers and dancers in the Antelope Valley.

May 27, 28 and 29.


Didn’t see your event on here? Email details to and we’d be happy to add it to the calendar.

May 23, 2011 Posted by | blvd events, Lancaster blvd, lancaster events, lancaster games | , , , , | Leave a comment

Are you suffering from Back or Neck Pain?


Are you suffering from Back or Neck Pain?
Relief from Pain is only a phone call away. 
Back and Neck Pain can be caused by many things but they always involve sore and/or strained muscles. Acupuncture is Great for Stiff, Sore and Strained muscles. Often providing immediate and long lasting Relief.
If you have been suffering with Back or Neck Pain and have been wondering what to do about it, Consider Acupuncture. It Really Works Great! Ask someone who has received Acupuncture for Back or Neck Pain and they will tell you how Wonderful it really is.
My name is Michael McNeal and I have been a Licensed Acupuncturist for 14 years and have helped many Patients with Horrible Neck and Back Pain find Relief. Often the Relief is Immediate and function is restored fully within a very short time. 

Call for a Free Consultation and Get Pain Relief Now.


May 21, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley sore muscles, Back Pain, Lancaster acupuncture, neck pain, palmdale acupuncture | , , , , | Leave a comment

Food Allergies Lancaster / Palmdale



Do you suffer from food allergies or sensitivities?


NAET Allergy Elimination Technique can set you free, to eat whatever you wish with no more problems.


Through using NAET Allergy Elimination, I successfully treat people with all types of allergies or sensitivities. For over 10 years I have happily been able to see people set free of there allergies.

Some example of Food Allergies are: (but not limited to)

  • Lactose intolerance
  • Milk
  • Citrus
  • Wheat
  • Soy
  • Melons
  • Fish
  • Nuts
  • Sugars
  • Chocolate
  • Caffeine
  • Coffee
  • Vitamins

Some people may not even know they have food allergies or sensitivities, but there body knows, and does react in different ways. Some signs your body may show to having allergies/sensitivities are


Food cravings

Weight gain

Weight loss



Stomach discomfort






Sleep disturbances


Just to name a few!


If you think you may have food allergies, intolerance or sensitivities or just want to check your body out to make sure.


If you want your body to function at its top performance!


If you have a friend or loved one who you may suspect of having any of these issues!


Come in for a free consultation, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain!


Eileen McNeal R.N.


(NAET Allergy Specialist)



May 21, 2011 Posted by | allergies palmdale, allergy elimination, food allergies, lancaster allergies, naet | , , , , | Leave a comment

Aven’s always has a better furniture sale because it’s Better Furniture!


With a 70 plus year history of selling and servicing Antelope Valley’s best furniture and accessories, you could say that we have a passion for beautiful finishes, the smell and feel of great genuine leather, and the way a room can come together with stunning fabrics and accessories.

Aven’s and La-Z-Boy have been a team since 1986. Wow…25 years. That’s a lot of La-Z-Boy. I would estimate about 26,000 units of La-Z-Boy products have moved in and out of our warehouse.

Since the beginning we have worked to always hit price levels that people like the most. The magic numbers for recliners are $299, $399, and if its a great chair $499. We struggled to hit these prices way back in 1986; and somehow we still hit them today…Over 25 years later.

What other industry can you say that about? Hot price points held stable for 25 plus years!

I can’t think of any.

Every time I need to buy recliners for inventory I start with those hot buys. Do we have enough $299 and $399 recliners. Lately it looks like $299 may actually disappear. But $399 is safe for now.

I always exclude “Hot Buys” for any additional discounts in any promotion. They aren’t subject to “No Sales Tax” or “take an extra percentage off” promotions.

There is nothing worse than saying no to a customer. I just try to explain that a $299 or $399 Hot Buy recliner was a great buy in 1986 and it’s a great buy in 2011. Sorry.

Hot Buys as a category have grown now to include nearly every type of La-Z-Boy product:

   Anderson Hot Buy Recliner $299

Laurel Hot Buy La-Z-Boy Sofa $799
Laurel Club Chair $639, ottoman $369

Motion Sectionals. Dozens of cover choices at this price!

Devon Motion Sectional $2633 as shown!

Carlyle Designers Choice Hot Buy Recliner $799 in a great selection…

All Hot Buys feature selected frame styles in selected fabrics at great prices!

We keep a huge inventory of Hot Buys so you can have it right now. If you pick a hot buy cover we don’t have in stock…delivery on special orders is about 4 weeks on recliners and 6 to 8 weeks on stationary, and motion sectionals.

Thanks for reading!


May 19, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley furniture, La-Z-Boy Southern California, Lancaster Furniture, Palmdale furniture, thomasville southern California | , , , , | Leave a comment


My plan was to write about my autobiography, “Diary of a Young Musician, Final Days of the Big Band Era .”  But it occurred to me that the reviews for “Diary” could do a better job than I.  Before I paste in the two reviews, I’d like to say the book also received a rating of “Highly recommended” by reputable Midwest Book Review.

Professional reporter Masha Rumer’s description and critique of the story in a newspaper article hit a home run.  I almost went out and bought the book after I read it.  The second reviewer, author Marilyn Dalrymple, defined the story in an emotional and warm manner that gave “Diary of a Young Musician credence.  All the other reviews were just as deserving, but I felt these two were more appropriate for this blog.


The reviews below are from Book Section.



Masha Rumer-reporter for Westmore News, Port Chester, NY.

Review of: Diary of a Young Musician

Little did a Port Chester-born and reared Felix Mayerhofer know when he picked up his trombone and accepted the full scholarship at Julliard in New York City back in 1948 that his life direction would change forever.

This short journey from his home at 21 Bent Ave. on the New Haven line was to be the end of innocence of an 18-year-old boy as he embarked on the 13-year road of a traveling musician, encountering cruelty, poverty, fame, women, drugs, and the thrill of the Big Band era. 
Expect to find a moving personal story, a portrait of America, humor, and unscrupulous honesty in Mayerhofer’s memoir Diary of a Young Musician, published by Fideli Publishing in 2009.

The writing is brutally honest–and that’s the way it was intended, as a father’s revealing portrait to his son David, who was now old enough to accept the real story. Mayerhofer spares no detail when he describes his manifold experiences with the opposite sex, his brief run-ins with marijuana, amphetamines and alcohol, segregation in the South in the 1950s, the challenging life on the road, his mother’s nagging to “get a real job” and Port Chester girls’ dismissive attitude toward young musicians.

Mayerhofer, whose Uncle Peter helped build Corpus Christi Church in Port Chester and became its first pastor, also tells the sad tales of loss, as many of his band mates get hooked on heroin and die before they reach 25. The reader even gets a glimpse into the author’s occasional bouts of illness; he describes the physiological details in an un-Victorian, honest fashion.

The world of Mayerhofer’s youth is different: blue suede shoes are in high fashion–he owns a pair, one can buy a cup of coffee and a hot dog for 20 cents on the streets of New York, and “crazy man,” meaning terrific, is a cool expression.

But throughout the tales of debauchery–a hard thing to avoid in the profession at the time, and pursuit of work all over the world, Mayerhofer emerges as a sensitive, disciplined man who has the strong will and fortitude to conquer his demons and lead an extraordinary life. 
He has met Louis Armstrong and played with Nat King Cole, served with the 552 Air Force Band during the Korean War, earned a B.A. from SUNY Potsdam and an M.A. from Asuza State University in California, and directed a junior high school band in Palmdale, Calif. until he retired.

Perhaps one of the most touching aspects of the book is Mayerhofer’s meeting of his wife Shirley, nee Wagner (Wagonseller), a beautiful show dancer and ballerina. Before he turned 30, Mayerhofer was a professed bachelor and claims to have not had more than three dates with the same girl. But when he meets Shirley, he is suddenly smitten, falls in love after their first kiss, and the two marry within months.

Mayerhofer played in the Port Chester High School Band, under the tutelage of Paul Weckesser. Nearly 30 years later, he returned there to teach band for six weeks while on vacation from touring with Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians.


Note:  Masha Rumer is a reputable free-lance writer in San Francisco, where she also teaches at the Academy of Art.



Marilyn Dalrymple “Maling” (Lancaster, CA United States)

This review is from: Diary of a Young Musician


The book is personal, genuine and warm. I got to know the musician through reading the book, and I like who he is and what he is about. Diary of a Young Musician is in fact a diary. Mayerhofer tells his life as a young musician truthfully and intimately. It was hard for me to put the book down after I began to read it. 

This book could easily serve as a must-read primer for eager young musicians and young people in general. Mayerhofer shares his wisdom about life and living in an entertaining way.


CREDITS: It’s Tough Growing Up: Children’s Stories of Courage
Marilyn Dalrymple and Joan Foor

May 19, 2011 Posted by | AV Best Children's Books | Leave a comment

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

Happened to think of this proverb when I saw this.


‘Let sleeping dogs lie’, means for one to not disrupt a situation that is going well as it will lead to problems.

It’s hard for me to catch my dog sleeping. As soon as he hears me, he is up and wanting to play!

May 19, 2011 Posted by | art in the av, av local art, frames lancaster, frames lancaster ca, palmdale custom framing | , , , , | Leave a comment

Beautiful Graduation Leis from AV Florist

It’s that time of year again…celebrate Dad’s and Grad’s with a fresh, funky Lei from AV Florist.Wearing a Lei on the big graduation day is a tradition that is fun, memorable and looks great in photographs. A sure way to tell the world how hard you’ve worked and that its time to celebrate! Know someone who is graduating? Show your successful graduate some love with one of these expertly designed floral Lei’s, and don’t forget Dad! Father’s day is June 19th so it’s a great idea to plan ahead and give him something cool this year. Great for honoring a Dad, Grandfather or a special man in your life, Lei’s make a colorful statement and a great decoration atop a cake or present.


This has to be the best local florist I have ever used. Sometimes you think that you have to use a big name to get big results, with Antelope Valley Florists you don’t!  They have the best customer service in the valley.  The flowers are always very fresh and the delivery is always prompt. Maricela-Lancaster

We’ve used AV Florist for years.  The flowers they provide for the front desk in our office, last for a week or longer.  They have taken the time to learn our needs, so shopping with them is always easy.Harry- Palmdale

Antelope Valley Florist
1302 W Ave J
Lancaster, CA 93534
Toll Free: 888-948-6006
24hr / Local: 661-948-6006

Monday to Friday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday: Closed


May 18, 2011 Posted by | av best flowers, flowers in lancaster, graduation flowers, lancaster flowers, local living | , , , , | Leave a comment

Chris Spicher Loves Sheep and Lancaster Flowers

My daughter eva lives in seattle.  Eva was born and raised in lancaster, so she came back to visit last weekend.  Eva and I went to Bex, , saw the bikini dancers, the coool bowling alley. Next day we came down and met Jim Greenleaf on the BLVD@ the ilivetoday cafe{ actualy theblvdtodaycafe}… , then we went to look @ the wildflowers, thats when we saw the lambs, that are in this video.  .  Yesterday we took our time going back to the airport, lunch @ elephant bar…eva @….

May 18, 2011 Posted by | flowers in lancaster, friendly florist lancaster, lancaster florist, lancaster flowers, nice flowers lancaster | , , , , | Leave a comment