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Fitness Boot Camp For Kids Lancaster Palmdale

Just1 Natural Health and Fitness, known for our adult boot camps, is now starting a summer fitness boot camp just for kids! Boot camp for kids will start July 4th at 8:00 AM at Lancaster City Park.

As we know, the overweight rate and obesity rate is increasing and the Antelope Valley leads LA County in all modalities including high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity…. just to name a few. 1-in-3 children are overweight at the ages of 9-11 and by the time they reach 25 they will be obese. LA County alone spends over 11.9 billion a year on obesity related issues.

Our goal is to help bring awareness to the Antelope Valley about these major health issues and of course provide a way to combat and reverse these statistics. Our adult boot camps have been a major success in the valley in the past year and a half and now we would like to turn some of our focus to our younger generation. Our brand new kids fitness boot camp will be a safe environment for your kids ages 10-15 to come and have fun, make new friends, and get fit in the process!

We are providing 2 week, 4 week, and 6 week programs….PLUS! Your child/children can come for the first week ABSOLUTELY FREE!  That’s right, they can try the camp out for the first week at no charge and if they don’t love it, which I guarantee will not be the case, then no hard feelings and no money lost of you!

June 28, 2011 Posted by | Kids Weight Loss, Lancaster Boot Camp, Lancaster Childhood Obesity, Lancaster Fitness, Lancaster Weight Loss | , , , , | Leave a comment

Aven’s 4th of July Sale! Lancaster, Palmdale, Antelope Valley!

Aven’s 4th of July Sale! Lancaster, Palmdale, Antelope Valley!

Come to Aven’s this 4th of July Weekend!

Clearance Items in every department. Some at a fraction of their original Sale price.

Come see what has made Aven’s leader in style and value for the past 74 years. 

Aven’s is proud to represent the finest names in furniture: La-Z-Boy, Thomasville, Flexsteel.

                   All Clearance items are limited to stock on hand!


 Thomasville Coterie Bedroom w/ Qn Bed $1688



  Thomasville Sonoma Ridge Bedroom w/ Cal King Bed $2995






Hope to see you this weekend!

Thanks for your business and support for the past 74 years!





June 27, 2011 Posted by | Lancaster Furniture | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


Every once in a while you have to get away from the drudgeries of life, and my son David and I did that last week.  We went to the redwoods at Muir Woods above San Francisco.  What an experience!  About two or three miles before we arrived at the park, we saw cars parked on both sides of the road with people walking to the entrance.   David drove past them and when we got to the entrance we saw the parking lot was full.  As we were making the turn at the ticket booth to return to the end of the line of parked cars, a woman in the very first spot pulled out and we zipped right in.  David joked she made his day more than the thrill of seeing the trees.  This had the makings of a good day!


There was quite a bit of noise and clamor, especially from children as we began walking into the tree area.  The further we went in amongst the gigantic trees the quieter it became.  I noticed I began whispering, as were others around me, including the children without being told.  We were experiencing a spiritual moment, an aura surrounding us similar to feeling the Holy Spirit, giving us a sense of calm and security.  Just having that feeling was worth all the travel, time and expense to get there.  The longer we were in the giant groves, the children and people returned to their normal selves, but I still felt the affects.   It was another wonderful experience for me, one of many I’ve had during my travels in this “Blessed country,” as my father would say.  That was quoted from by book, “Diary of a Young Musician, Final Days of the Big Band Era.”


When we left Muir Woods we drove to see the San Rafael Mission a few miles away, and after what we had just seen this was anticlimactic.  With the many missions we had visited this was probably one of the weakest of the chain of 21 in California, as it had been torn down almost a century earlier.  They began to rebuild it without truly knowing what the original looked like.  Regardless, it was still a pleasant visit, as I’m sure they came close to the original.


Our spirits were rejuvenated when we saw the “eighth” wonder of the world, the San Rafael Civic Center.  It was a sight to behold as it came into view.  It gave the impression of being about three football fields long, a rectangular edifice connected to two hills on both sides, giving the impression it was an extension of the earth.  This building was designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1929.  The two-story building is as beautiful today as it was when it was built.  The interior was breathtaking with colored tiles on the floors, walls, and the ceiling all in earth tones, the same as when it was built.  Tree-like plants grew along the center of the first floor extending to the second floor.   I leaned over the railing and touched them thinking they were fake, but they weren’t.  I’m sure what I did was a no-no!  Even the original phone booths inserted into the walls were still there sans telephones.  I’m sure people with cell phones still use them for privacy.  Then again in this day and age, those talking like everyone around them to know their business.


The day ended with total success when we found a wonderful Thai restaurant that had been given FIVE STARS in my iPad.

June 27, 2011 Posted by | AV Best Children's Books, c | , , , , | Leave a comment

What’s happening in the Antelope Valley?

Goodmorning Everyone! Another great week in the Antelope Valley is here! We’re enjoying great summer weather and have some fantastic news and events to share with everybody!


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We’ve been rolling out a lot of great chances on the site, but the on that’s making the most waves is the new latest activity module. If you you look at the front page just below the chat there is now a place to update your status from the front page! You can also like and comment photos, videos and blogs right from the front page now too!



Whether you are looking to interact with the local art scene, network for your business or enjoy a great family outing, the Antelope Valley has it all. These great events are just around the corner: 

Goodmorning Antelope Valley June 28 

Citizen Input Press Conference June 29

Thursday Night on the Square June 30

Expression Session July 1

11th Annual Rat Fink.Party & Kustom Kulture Extravaganza July 30

More events in the Antelope Valley – Know of a great event, don’t keep it a secret, upload your own events too!



Ilivetodayav has become a great source for user-generated news and information about the community. Whether your looking to find the latest press release from the city, great local music reviewspersonal op-ed pieces or tips on how to save energy this summer chances are you’ll find something great to read in BLOGS

We’d like to especially highlight these great articles:




Great videos are being uploaded to ilivetodayav all the time! Highligthing just a couple of them here today:

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Watch more Antelope Valley Videos


Thanks for being a part of ilivetodayav, keep posting photos, videos, blogs and events! Keep making friends and be sure to leave your neighbor a friendly comment!

Sponsor of the Week – Meagan of QH Veterinary  Member of the Week – Moldy Marvin 



June 27, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley, antelope valley Events | , , , , | Leave a comment

What’s All This ‘Babble’ about The Great Tortilla Heist?

Natives to the Antelope Valley, in terms of music, The Great Tortilla Heist have been shaking up the earth for many many years, from early days of slappy ska punk, to the progression of their new ska inspired sound, along with new members, these boys are quickly becoming a legend in the making. Fronted by William Giaquinto who is also a professional trumpet player, this nine-piece progressive ska band gone regional has developed and evolved greatly through out the years.

Although the members have changed though out the years, the current line up they have is surely the greatest part of their progression. Other members include, Danny Harris on lead guitar and some trombone, Kory Adams who rocks on rhythm guitar, Alex Cook who slaps the bass and also does a little backing vocals, Josh Weiss is their percussionist, making those beats all align perfectly in time.  Nigel Yancey is on Tenor sax and flute while Julian Jenkins plays the alto sax, and a little keyboard here and there. Wyatt Garrett leads on the trombone, with Mike King on Bass Trombone.

Together all nine of these talented young men make an amazing harmonious sound that could never be duplicated.

They just recently released their new LP titled Tower of Babel which  is being sold now through any show or member.

For more information on booking The Great Tortilla Heist for a show near you, you may contact them through their facebook page at this link  HERE

And on Reverbnation, which you can find here :

The “Hesit” are currently in the running for Battle of the Bands 15 hosted by Ernie Ball, to play at this years WARPED TOUR: If you would like to vote for them, check out this link below!

June 27, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley artists | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Aven’s One Day Sale…Tomorrow!

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This One Day Sale is being advertised to out online customers, fans, and friends ONLY. Lancaster, Palmdale, Antelope Valley!
Save an additional 5% off the Sale Price this Saturday June 25th only!
Go to our website to print out your One Day Sale Coupon!

June 24, 2011 Posted by | Lancaster Furniture | , , , , | Leave a comment

Solar Powered Back Pack to Be Given Away at DryTown’s “Ready, Set, Go Green!”

Solar Powered Back Pack to Be Given Away at DryTown’s “Ready, Set, Go Green!” PALMDALE – The second of three of the City of Palmdale’s “Ready, Set, Go Green!” recycling events will take place this Saturday, June 25 from 11 am to 4 pm at DryTown Water Park, 3850-B East Avenue S in Palmdale.

 “The purpose of ‘Ready, Set, Go Green!’ is to raise awareness of the importance of recycling,” said Palmdale’s Administrative Analyst Ben Lucha. “We’re inviting residents to stop by with their recyclable cans and bottles and in exchange, we’ll give them opportunity tickets for a chance at a great prize.” This week’s special giveaway item will be a solar powered backpack provided by Waste Management, valued at approximately $140. “The more CRV bottles and cans you bring, the more raffle tickets you can get,” said DryTown Recreation Coordinator Laura Rice.
Admission to DryTown Water Park is not included.



”At our first event, we raffled off a brand new Squire Stratocaster Guitar, retail value of $379, which was donated to the event by the Guitar Center in Palmdale,” Rice added. “Our goal is to make this event something that only brings awareness to the importance of recycling, but also makes it possible for one lucky winner to take home a very cool prize just for recycling.”


The final “Ready, Set, Go Green!” event will take place on Saturday, July 30. Waste Management will match all funds generated through residents’ donated recyclables and co-host a clothing drive for South Antelope Valley Emergency Services (SAVES) during all three dates. For more information call 661/267-5300.

June 24, 2011 Posted by | dry town, go green, solor power | , , , | Leave a comment

Listen to your body? Or ignore it?

Dr. Andrea Mills

I’m a chiropractor who comes to you! I make house calls for people and their pets (dogs mostly, but I can also adjust horses. No cats please, they scratch!)

If you need your crack and can’t get out, call me. 😉
(800) 497-1496

I woke up at 3:30 this morning. Wide awake. I could have easily gotten up and done some writing. But I knew I needed the sleep, so I forced myself to stay in bed. When I got up at 5:45, I felt like a bus hit me. Even after my coffee (half caf now that I’m getting older, blah), I still feel groggy. It’s been a rough week’s sleep in general with the hotter weather and a racing mind, so I’ve not done my normal morning workouts for over a week. I’m feeling it, too.

 How do you decide which messages to listen to? How do you decide between getting extra sleep and physical activity? Between staying up to watch late night news or the extra zzzzz’s? The easiest way to tell if you need more sleep is by evaluating how you wake up in the morning. If you need an alarm every day to get up, you are sleep deprived.  A body that gets enough rest consistently will wake up on its own about the same time every day. For me, it’s between 4:30 and 5:30 a.m. For you it may between 7-8 a.m. Every body is different.

 Your hormones naturally fluctuate to wake you up and make you sleepy. If your hormones are out of whack (and I’m not talking female ones here, but STRESS HORMONES) you will have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. Stress hormones are the number one reason for ill health in  2011. Balancing them out requires dedication and time. And a heck of a lot of commitment.

 Sleep and light cardio exercise are the 2 simplest things you can do to begin that process. Your body regenerates during sleep.Cardio exercise helps you discharge mental energy and primes your body for sleep (as long as you exercise early enough in the day… do so at night and it may keep you awake). It’s a win-win combo!

 So even though I’m still a little out of it and my brain is screaming to crawl back in bed, I’m going to go work out. Stress my muscles, stress my heart, sweat a little stress off my brain. And tonight, I should sleep like a baby.  😉

June 24, 2011 Posted by | balance hormones, sleep patterns, STRESS HORMONES | , , | Leave a comment


If you’re over 50 and don’t own at least a cell phone or a computer, this article is for you. Love it or hate it, technology helps you connect with friends, family and information no matter what age you are. You need to participate. Continue reading

June 23, 2011 Posted by | over50 | , , , | Leave a comment

9 Reasons To Buy A House Now Palmdale / Lancaster


At RE/MAX All-Pro we pride our selves on being Real Estate experts and are always researching the current housing market. Below is an article from Forbes with some important information we’d like to share with you. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to give us a call at 661.945.9461or visit our website REMAXALLPRO.COM

9 Reasons To Buy A House Now

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If you’re planning to buy a house right now, the next few months may be the best time to buy. Waiting for both housing prices and interest rates to fall may not be a good strategy for potential homebuyers since analysts don’t expect any significant declines in these two most important home-buying factors. Here’s nine real estate trends that suggest you should get into the housing market sooner than later. (To learn more, check out 5 Sunny Real Estate Markets To Watch In 2011)

TUTORIAL: How to Buy Your First Home

1. Lowest Housing Prices in Years
Nobody knows when the housing market will hit bottom, but prices are at their lowest in several years and may soon start inching back up again. So buying now or in the near future may be the right time. An abundance of bargain-priced housing is now available because of foreclosures and falling prices.

2. Interest Rates at a 50-Year Low
Interest rates are near a 50-year low, according to housing analysts. By the second week of May, 2011, 30-year fixed mortgage rates had fallen to their lowest rates of the year at 4.63%. Although mortgage rates vary from day to day, the 30-year rate at this level is an attractive inducement to first-time buyers, or buyers who want to either move up to larger residences, or others, including many empty-nesters wanting to sell and move to smaller houses or condos.


3. Interest Rates Expected to Go Up
As the economic recovery gains momentum, interest rates are expected to increase, making mortgages more expensive. Even a half-percent increase in mortgage interest can add a hundred dollars or more to your monthly payments, depending on the amount of your loan. (To learn more about interest rates, read Forces Behind Interest Rates.)

4. Adjustable Rate Mortgages at Record Lows
Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARMs) are also lower now, although there are risks that interest rates may increase over the life of the mortgage and the balloon payment due at the end of the mortgage life, usually three or five years, could be substantial. Nevertheless, for new buyers who are sure they’ll have enough income to meet payment obligations, an ARM may be the best way to buy a house. Keep in mind that payments may increase on a monthly basis. For a full explanation of advantages and risks in an ARM, visit the

5. Low Down Payment Mortgages Available
Low-down-payment financing through Federal Housing Administration-insured mortgages is available as an additional inducement to buy a house now. Down payment minimum requirements also fluctuate and may increase as the market heats up, so potential buyers with less cash to consummate a deal may be well-advised to buy now. 

6. Easy to Qualify, Easy to Borrow
Lending standards have become less rigid recently, so qualifying for a mortgage may be easier. Experts advise that a potential buyer become pre-approved for a loan by a lending institution – meaning that a lender guarantees to make the loan contingent on an appraisal of the property. But the good news in seeking pre-approval is that lenders are now willing to let a potential buyer take on more debt than the previous formula allowed – a percentage of monthly income. (For more on getting a cost effective mortgage, see Score A Cheap Mortgage.)

7. Lenders Offer No-Fee Mortgages
Many banks and other lending institutions are waiving mortgage loan generation and other fees and points (each point represents 1% of the loan amount), thereby reducing the cost of buying.

8. Home Builders Eager to Sell, Offer Incentives
Home builders, competing with the resale market, are offering incentives to potential buyers to reduce their inventory of unsold new homes. Incentives may include cash for furniture or free refrigerators, washers and dryers. In Seattle, for example, builders have offered opportunities to win iPads or Smart phones, and $3,000 buyer bonuses. Specific demographic groups, including military personnel, police, firefighters and health-care workers, have been targeted by builders for special offers. But virtually anyone who can qualify for a mortgage is likely to get a good deal from a homebuilder who is eager to sell.  

9. Motivated Home Owners Desperate to Sell
Desperate sellers of existing homes have also been offering attractive inducements to potential home buyers, including warranties on appliances, air conditioners and furnaces. Some sellers are even offering cash or have included furnishings, refrigerators, washers and dryers as a bonus to potential buyers. With so many existing homes in foreclosure or underwater – bargain prices are abound in this depressed market. (For help on buying a house, read Top Tips For First-Time Home Buyers.)

The Bottom Line
With a convergence of the factors above, all of which are favorable to the prospective home buyer, there may not be a better time to buy than right now. It’s a buyer’s market, but like everything else in life, the bargain deals won’t last. (To help determine if it is the right time to buy, read Are You Ready To Buy A House?)


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June 23, 2011 Posted by | AV Real Estate, av short sale, buy a home lancaster, buy a home palmdale, buy a house lancaster, buy a house palmdale, Re/Max All-Pro | , , , , | Leave a comment