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City of Lancaster Goes Online with Business License Renewals

The City of Lancaster now offers business license renewal capabilities on its website.  As the City continues to expand its green initiatives while maximizing customer convenience options, one more avenue is provided to make doing business in Lancaster a breeze.

 

“This new feature enables existing business owners to renew their business licenses online,” stated Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “Many people now pay their bills from the comfort of their home via the internet, reducing the time and energy they spend on a necessary task.  We’re glad to offer this convenient option to our citizens as well.”

 

Business owners will continue to receive their renewal notices in the mail.  However, the paper bills will provide information on how the process to renew a business license and pay the fees due can be completed by visiting the City’s website at www.cityoflancasterca.org.  Once at the site, proceed to “I Want To… Renew a Business License” or “Finance Department… Renew a Business License” and click on the link provided.  Two pieces of information are required to complete the process online: 1) the business license account number and 2) the four-digit pin number (which is located on the paper renewal notice near the summary of charges at the top of the page).  If this information has been lost or misplaced, the City of Lancaster Finance Department can be contacted at (661) 723-6237 for further assistance.

 

The business license online renewal system accepts both full and partial payments.  Please note that although partial payments are allowed, business license certificates will not be issued until accounts are paid in full.  Certificates are printed and mailed every Friday for all (paid in full) payments received by the previous Thursday.  The online payment option is not available for renewing the following types of businesses: massage, group home, taxi or tow service.  These businesses are excluded because they require additional steps for renewal processing, such as fingerprinting and background checks.

 

For additional information regarding utilizing the online business license renewal feature or to learn how to obtain a business license, please call the City of Lancaster Finance Department at (661) 723-6237.

 

July 5, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley, ANTELOPE VALLEY BUSINESS, business, city of lancaster, City of Lancater | , , , | Leave a comment

Summer Wiki Nights

The Lancaster Museum of Art and History is seeking passionate individuals to participate in its Wiki Night series—a monthly opportunity for creative individuals to come together in an informal atmosphere to share their ideas, projects and thoughts. The museum is soliciting the creative community for presentations to help build a dynamic network of innovative concepts in the Antelope Valley. Each Wiki Night event features several presenters who utilize the Pecha Kucha format, which is designed to keep presentations short, fun, and passionate with a conversational vibe. Interested presenters for Wiki Nights are invited to email their presentation title, a short description of their topic, and three jpeg images to the museum at lmagreceptionist@cityoflancasterca.org for consideration at an event. The remaining summer Wiki Nights are July 21 and August 18. The deadline for submitting ideas for the July Wiki Night session is July 8, 2011. Ideas will continue to be accepted for future events after the July deadline.

 

The Wiki Night series of social networking events occurs the third Thursday of each month, and provides opportunities to interact with creative thinkers and a wider public audience through the exploration of the presenters’ current research topics, ideas, interests, or work process.  One of the primary objectives of this new monthly series is to expand into a community forum for the collection and collaborative documentation of creative ideas in the Antelope Valley. The Wiki Night events will also incorporate an interactive voting activity which seeks input from the community to help in “Building a New Museum.” 
The events are free and open to the public. For additional information on the museum’s programming, 
please contact the Lancaster Museum of Art and History via phone or email at 661-723-6250 or 
lmagreceptionist@cityoflancasterca.org

 

General Information – The Lancaster Museum of Art and History, located at 44801 North Sierra Highway, will be closed during the preparation for its move to a new facility.  The new facility will open later this year.  For more information about the museum and its programming:

 

Call- (661) 723-6250

Email- lmagreceptionist@cityoflancasterca.org

Visit- www.cityoflancasterca.org/Index.aspx?page=67

Check out- www.facebook.com/lmag.lancaster for updates

July 5, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley art, antelope valley artists, BLVD | , , | Leave a comment

PRESS CONFERENCE

WHAT:        The City of Lancaster will recognize Lancaster’s Citizen of the Year, Dr. Jennifer Hill for her ongoing contributions to the community and efforts to better the lives of hundreds of people.

WHERE:       Antelope Valley Outpatient Imaging Center
Conference Room 15, Fourth Floor
44105 15th Street West (J-5 & 15th W. intersection)

WHEN:          Wednesday, July 6th, 1:30 pm

WHO:             Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris
Edward Mirzabegian, CEO, Antelope Valley Hospital
Dr. Jennifer Hill, Lancaster Citizen of the Year
Lancaster City Council Members
Lancaster City Manager Mark V. Bozigian

                       

 

July 5, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley, lancaster, Mayor of Lancaster, Mayor R. Rex Parris | , , , | Leave a comment

Recycle at Starlight Concerts, Win Solar Powered Backpack

To help spread the message of the importance of recycling, the City of Palmdale is teaming up with Waste Management for a “Recycling Rocks” promotion at each of the five Starlight Concerts this year, where one lucky person will win a solar-powered backpack capable of charging a laptop, cell phone, camera or MP3 player, simply by recycling.

“All you need to do to win a back pack is to get caught ‘green-handed’ – disposing of trash in the proper container at one of the concerts,” said Palmdale’s Sponsorship and Marketing Specialist Stella Knight.

The solar backpacks, provided courtesy of Waste Management, have a retail value of $140.

Concertgoers will have their first opportunity to win a free backpack next week, as the Starlight Concert Series opens on Saturday, July 9 with Evolution: The Ultimate Tribute to Journey. These incredibly talented San Francisco musicians have been voted Top Tribute Band two years in a row on the Greg Kihn Show on 98.5 KFOX. Evolution promises to deliver Journey’s heart-pounding, hard-hitting rock and roll hits (“Don’t Stop Believing,” “Any Way You Want It”) and signature ballads (“Open Arms,” “Lovin’ Touchin’ Squeezin’”) with all the energy of the original group.

On Saturday, July 16, classic folk rockers, America, will perform their hit songs including “A Horse With No Name,” “Sister Golden Hair,” “Ventura Highway” and “You Can Do Magic” as part of their 40th anniversary tour.

The Sounds of the Supremes take the stage on July 30, performing chart-topping hits like “You Keep Me Hanging On,” “Stop in the Name of Love” and “Love Child.” Led by Kaaren Ragland, a former member of original Supreme Mary Wilson’s ‘70s/’80s group, their show has been described as a “non-stop bravura performance recreating perfectly the frenetic style and sound of the original line-up” by London’s What’s On. The group also features Antelope Valley resident Kathy Merrick on vocals.

The Rising will take the stage on Saturday, Aug. 6, performing a string of red-hot Springsteen 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 Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band.

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.”

Admission is $5 for age 13 and older; guests 12 and younger are admitted free, and parking is free. A season pass is available to Palmdale residents for $15, a savings of $10 for all five concerts, and $20 for non-residents, a savings of $5 for all five concerts.

A limited number of VIP tickets are being offered this year for $10, which includes express entry and seating at the front of the stage, ensuring that VIP ticket holders can arrive just before the concert and still get one of the best seats in the house. VIP seating is theater style (first-come, first-served), with chairs provided courtesy of the Antelope Valley Mall. Guests 12 and younger will need to purchase a VIP ticket to be seated in the VIP area.

Season passes, VIP and individual concert 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.

July 5, 2011 Posted by | City of Palmdale, solor power | , | Leave a comment

Business Advisory Council Meeting Tomorrow

The Antelope Valley business community is invited to join the South Valley WorkSource Center (SVWSC) for their next Business Advisory Council (BAC) Meeting, scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, July 6 from 8:30 to 10 am at the Center, located at 38510 Sierra Highway in Palmdale. 

The BAC provides information regarding services that may enhance local businesses while networking with other groups throughout the community. The July 6 meeting will focus on the City of Palmdale’s Economic Development Department services and resources.

Organizations are encouraged to RSVP at 661/265-7421.

BAC meetings are held the first Wednesday of the every month, with the exception of blackout dates.

The South Valley WorkSource Center (SVWSC) brings job seekers and employers together in one place and offers no cost, vital workforce development programs and services to the community. Job seekers receive career counseling, assistance securing interviews and employment opportunities, and access to workshops, skills training, computers and tools. Businesses receive specialized screening and recruitment services. The center functions to reduce unemployment and positively impact the community through the power of work.

The no-cost services offered at the SVWSC are provided through the Federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and the City of Palmdale. The WIA provides the framework for a national workforce preparation and employment system. Programs authorized by WIA are provided at the local level to individuals in need of those services, including job seekers, dislocated workers, youth, incumbent workers, veterans, new entrants to the workforce, persons with disabilities and employers.

The City of Palmdale has contracted with Goodwill Southern California (GSC) as the operating agency for the South Valley WorkSource Center. Last year, GSC served 92,353 individuals with disabilities and vocational disadvantages, including 5,581 businesses, and placed 7,490 in new jobs through programs and services offered at three campuses and 24 job service centers throughout Los Angeles (north of Rosecrans Ave.,) Riverside and San Bernardino counties. GSC supports its mission of “Transforming lives through the Power of Work” through operations at 65 retail stores and 44 attended donation centers.

To find a Goodwill location near you, please call 1 (888) 4-GOODWILL or visit www.goodwillsocal.org.

For more information, call 661/265-7421 or visit our Web site at www.cityofpalmdale.org/business/svwc.

July 5, 2011 Posted by | ANTELOPE VALLEY BUSINESS, business, city of lancaster, City of Lancater, lancaster | , , , , | Leave a comment

Avoid “Carmageddon:” There’s Fun, Food, Entertainment and More in Palmdale!

With the impending traffic nightmare on the horizon for the Interstate 405 Sepulveda Pass Improvement Project scheduled for July 15 to 18, the City of Palmdale is encouraging its residents and Los Angeles area residents to take advantage of a weekend of fun, food and entertainment in Palmdale.

“Traffic is going to be tough around the I-405 and I-10 area,” said Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford. “Authorities are advising people to avoid the area until the project is complete.  We’re inviting everyone to take this opportunity to experience some of the summer fun and amenities we have to offer in Palmdale.”

Beginning on Thursday, July 14, the City of Palmdale has a full slate of activities and entertainment for people of all ages that will run the entire weekend.  Those activities include:

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    Thursday, July 14

    Thursday Night on the Square — Poncitlán Square, 5:30 – 9 pm. An open-air market featuring specialty items and enticing food, free live music and activities for kids, this has been a community favorite for 11 years running. Each week features a different theme; July 14 is Sock It To Me, where kids can create a sock puppet, a baby sock chick and their own hacky sack. Music will be provided by Lorena Mackey & The Hi-Lites.

    Friday, July 15

    Jazz Night at Embassy Suites — Fourteen Restaurant & Bar, Embassy Suites Palmdale, 39375 5th St. West, Palmdale; 8 to 11 pm. Music by the Tony Capko Trio, featuring Herbie Kay on the sax. The Embassy Suites in Palmdale is an upscale, full-service, all-suites hotel. The Jazz Night environment is one of modern urban luxury with dim lights at night and romantic candlelight adorning tables. Relax in sophistication while sipping a delightfully handcrafted cocktail or enjoying a deliciously prepared meal from Fourteen Restaurant.  

    Sundown at DryTown — DryTown Water Park, 3850 E. Ave. S, Palmdale, 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Enjoy a beautiful desert summer evening at this six-acre Old West mining town-themed aquatic park that features a 925-foot lazy river, a 35-foot waterslide tower with three waterslides and splashdown pool, and a 6,000 square foot children’s water playground, including a 50 gallon Vortex Splash bucket, three water rings and two water cannons. Tickets are $7 for ages 9 and up, $5 for ages 3 through 8.

    Saturday, July 16

    DryTown Water Park — 3850 E. Ave. S, Palmdale, 10 am – 6 pm. Day use tickets range from $6 to $16. Info available at www.cityofpalmdale.org/drytown or by calling 661/267-6161.

    Starlight Concert Series – “America-40th Anniversary Tour — 8 pm, Palmdale Amphitheater, 2723 Rancho Vista Blvd. Palmdale. 2010 marked the 40th Anniversary of perennial classic-rock favorite, America.  Their best-known tunes – I Need You, Ventura Highway, A Horse With No Name, Don’t Cross The River, Tin Man, Lonely People, and Sister Golden Hair – were cornerstones of 1970s Top 40 and FM rock radio. Admission is $5 for age 13 and older; guests 12 and younger are admitted free, and parking is free. 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.

    Sunday, July 17

    Yard House Restaurant Grand Opening — Antelope Valley Mall, 1247 W. Ave. P, Palmdale. Enjoy Palmdale’s newest restaurant on its first day of operation! Upscale eatery with extensive selection of draft beers.  Info: 661/274.9271.  If Yard House is too crowded opening day, no worries: Restaurant Row at the Antelope Valley Mall also offers BJ’s Brewhouse and Restaurant, Famous Dave’s BBQ, Carino’s Italian, Chili’s, El Torito, Olive Garden, Outback Steakhouse, Fresco II Mediterranean, Claim Jumper, Denny’s, Chipotle, Carl’s Jr., Arby’s and Red Lobster.  Restaurants across Palmdale including Steer n’ Stein, Inka Peruvian, Goldfish Japanese, Mana Asian, Tokyo Steak and more will satisfy every palate. For a list of restaurants in Palmdale, visit www.cityofpalmdale.org/visitors/restaurants.asp.

    Accomodations

    Palmdale is home to several outstanding hotels that offer exceptional service and accommodations.  Embassy Suites Palmdale, featuring 150 suites, opened its doors at 39375 5th Street in April 2010. It contains some of the largest rooms of any hotel in Palmdale and is the tallest building in the Antelope Valley. The Hilton Garden Inn Palmdale is perfectly located at the Antelope Valley Regional Mall where it is convenient to all shopping, movies, and restaurants. The Palmdale Hotel and Holiday Inn recently underwent major upgrading and refurbishing, while the new Staybridge Suites and Hampton Inn & Suites provide comfortable suite options. For more information on lodging in Palmdale, please visit www.cityofpalmdale.org/visitors/index.html.

    Nearby Attractions

    Joe Davies Heritage Airpark at Palmdale Plant 42, 2001 E. Avenue P

    Visitors may view a collection of aircraft flown, tested, designed, produced or modified at United States Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale. The Airpark currently includes 17 retired military aircraft on static display plus a 1/8 scale model of the B-2 Spirit, an AGM-28 Hound Dog Missile and various components from other aircraft. A B-52 and C-46 are also on display. Info: www.cityofpalmdale.org/airpark.

    Devil’s Punchbowl, 28000 Devils Punch Bowl Rd., Pearblossom

    A tilted sandstone county park within the Angeles National Forest on the northern slopes of the San Gabriel Mountains that features many fascinating and colorful rock formations. There are short trails within the park which showcase the geologic features along the Punchbowl and San Andreas Faults.  Info: www.devils-punchbowl.com.

    Rancho Vista Golf Club, 3905 Club Rancho Drive, Palmdale

    Located in the heart of Palmdale, it provides guests with an exceptional golfing, dining and entertaining venue. The Ted Robinson designed 18-hole golf course offers a lush oasis perfectly complementing the surrounding desert landscape while the Clubhouse features a comfortable retreat for a quiet family dinner or celebrating special occasions. Info:www.ranchovistagolfcourse.com.

    Shopping

    Antelope Valley Mall, 1233 Rancho Vista Blvd., Palmdale.

    The High Desert’s largest and finest shopping destination features about 140 stores.  The anchors, Macy’s, Dillards, JC Penney, Sears and Forever 21 are complimented by Hollister Co., New York & Company, Lane Bryant, American Eagle Outfitters, Aéropostale, Build-a-Bear Workshop, Zumiez, Hot Topic, Frederick’s of Hollywood, Sephora, Old Navy and many more. Information: www.av-mall.com.

    Cinema

    A 16 screen Cinemark theater with “stadium style seating” theater opened in the north “ring road” which surrounds the Antelope Valley Mall. It is called “Restaurant Row’ due to the many restaurants located there.

     

For more information, call 661/267-5115.

July 5, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley, antelope valley Events, palmdale, palmdale summer fun | , , , | Leave a comment