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City of Lancaster Furthers Partnership with International Company, US Topco Energy, Inc.





Press Conference

 WHAT:           City of Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris and representatives of U.S. TopCo will sign a Memorandum of Understanding and a Master Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), to further develop this public/private partnership, allowing for the development and construction of a number of solar energy facilities.


WHERE:        Michael D. Antonovich Antelope Valley Courthouse

42011 4th St. West
Lancaster, CA 93534

WHEN:         Wednesday, July 20, 2011


WHO:             L.A. County Supervisor Michael Antonovich

City of Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris
City of Lancaster Council Members
City of Lancaster Deputy Mayor, Kit Yee Szeto

Mr. Joshua Chang, Chairman, US Topco Energy, Inc.                                                
Mr. Chung-Chen Kung, Director General of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles                                                                                                         

Mr. Charles Lee, President, Topco Scientific Co., LTD.                                                                        
Mr. Simon Chang, Chairman, PowerCom Co., LTD.                                                                             
Mr. Jackson Torng, Chairman & CEO, Ligitek Photovoltaic Co., LTD.             
Lancaster Deputy City Manager Jason Caudle   


July 19, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley, antelope valley community, AV Best Attorney, CITY GOVERNMENT, city of lancaster, City of Lancater, lancaster | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Elm Avenue Community Garden Growing Strong Residents Encouraged to Submit Projects for 2011 UNITE Program

November 6, 2010 marked the launch of the City of Lancaster’s Uniting Neighbors in a Team Effort (UNITE) Program, which aims to provide area residents with a forum to propose neighborhood improvement projects and compete for the funding and resources they need to bring these projects to fruition. Among the efforts initiated on the event’s inaugural project day was the Elm Avenue Community Garden, under the leadership of Dave Mashore and Master Gardener Susie Bowman. Now, six months later, the dream of a thriving community garden in the heart of downtown Lancaster is still growing strong. The site celebrated its official grand opening this Saturday, June 4 at 10:00 am at the corner of Elm Avenue and Milling Street. 

In November, more than 100 volunteers turned out to help transform what was once a vacant lot into a neighborhood gathering place which would also serve to provide participating families with fresh, nutritious fruits and vegetables. In this first phase, volunteers worked together to clear weeds; dig irrigation ditches; and build planters. 

“The Elm Avenue Community Garden is an excellent example of a project with the power to truly unite a neighborhood,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris. “Not only did it bring more than 100 local residents together to work toward a common goal on its initial launch day; it will also continue to bring neighbors together day after day, year after year as they enjoy the healthful benefits of gardening and growing their own organic produce.” 

The garden’s next major workday was the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, when over 110 volunteers gathered to make further improvements to the garden, including raised bed planters throughout. Eventually, the garden will feature gardening classes for the community; a meditation area; a garden shed donated by Youthbuild; a mosaic garden sign donated by local artist Kris Holladay; and more. More than a dozen local organizations and businesses have supported the garden, including: 

• America the Beautiful Fund
• City of Lancaster
• Home Depot
• Lees Bees
• Paving the Way Foundation
• Round Table Pizza
• Superior Nursery
• Sparkletts Water
• Starbucks Coffee
• Target
• The Catalyst Foundation
• Tip Top Tree Service
• Wal-Mart
• Wallace Demolition 

“I encourage our residents to put their creativity and energy to work on projects such as this,” added Parris. “Only you know how your neighborhood could best benefit from this program. I urge you to put that vital knowledge to good use by proposing a project that would enhance your area of our community, whether it be a community garden; a mural; an after-school program; or something entirely original.” 

This year’s UNITE Program is now accepting applications. To apply, visit, click “UNITE Lancaster Program,” and download an application. Applications must be received by 5:00 pm on Friday, June 17. Further information is available on the website, by phone at (661) 723-6072, or via e-mail at

June 8, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley, ANTELOPE VALLEY BUSINESS, antelope valley community, Mayor R. Rex Parris, Uniting Neighbors in a Team Effort | , , , , | Leave a comment

Lancaster BLVD Showcase – Weekly Events, Music, Art and Community

This Week on the BLVD


Tuesday April 12th

Goodmorning Antelope Valley

WhenTue, April 12, 8:30am – 10:30am
Where749 West lancaster BLVD, Lancaster, CA (map)
Description 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

Toddler Storytime

WhenTue, April 12, 11:30am – 12:00pm
Where601 W. Lancaster Blvd. Lancaster CA 93534 (map)
DescriptionDrop in and join us for stories, songs, rhythms & movement for children ages 2-3 years old.


Pajama Storytime

WhenTue, April 12, 6:00pm – 6:45pm
Where601 W. Lancaster Blvd. Lancaster CA 93534 (map)
DescriptionStorytime introduces children to stories, music, fingerplays and art activities.For children Up to 2nd grade. Pre-Registration is Required. Please register at the children’s information desk or call (661) 948-5029.
Wednesday April 13th

Preschool Storytime

Storytime includes stories, fingerplays, music and art activities. For children 3-5 years old. Registration is required.


Wed April 13th 11:30am – 12:15pm Pacific Time
601 W. Lancaster Blvd. Lancaster CA 93534 (map)


Lancaster Library Writers’ Group

Do you write essays, poetry, short stories, whole novels, or even technical reports? If you do, come share your work and receive helpful suggestions from fellow writers. All skill levels welcome, just bring up to three double-spaced pages to the library’s Literacy Center.


Wed April 13th 12pm – 2pm Pacific Time
601 W. Lancaster Blvd. Lancaster CA 93534 (map)


Checkmate Chess Club

WhenWed, April 13, 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Where601 W. Lancaster Blvd. Lancaster CA 93534 (map)
DescriptionJoin chess coach, Ms. Daa(pronounced ‘day’) for our weekly chess club!All ages and skill-levels are welcome to learn and play the wonderful game in a supportive atmosphere. Beginner and intermediate lessons offered weekly.In conjunction with the Checkmate Chess Club, The AV Chess House is sponsoring a Chess Essay Contest open to any K-8 student who resides in Antelope Va…Full Description available at:



Teen Book Club

WhenWed, April 13, 4pm – 5pm
Where601 W. Lancaster Blvd. Lancaster CA 93534 (map)
DescriptionTeens, read a book and share it with this fun group!



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!


Wed April 13th 7:30pm – 10:30pm Pacific Time
749 West Lancaster BLVD (map)
Thursday April 14th

‘Adventures in Dog Sledding’

WhenThu, April 14, 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Where601 W. Lancaster Blvd. Lancaster CA 93534 (map)
DescriptionDog sled racer, Robert Stradley presents the sport of dog sledding . Exhibits, media footage and a meeting with a member of Team Quest, his dog sledding team, will provide an exciting hour. This program is free. For ages: 4 years and up. Call 661-948-5029, Children’s department for further information.


Country Night

WhenThu, April 14, 7pm – Fri, April 15, 12am
WhereBeX Roshambo Lounge 706 W. Lancaster Blvd (map)

Cedar Center Open MIc Night

WhenThu, April 14, 7:30pm – Fri, April 15, 12:00am
Where44851 Cedar Ave Lancaster, CA (map)
Description Cedar Open Mic! Thursday nights 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!


Friday April 15th
The Bandstand Coffee & Tea


Acoustic Show

WhenFri, April 15, 6pm – 8pm
Where706 West Lancaster Boulevard Lancaster, CA 93534-3119 (map)
DescriptionAll Acoustic Showcase of amazing local talent brought to you by the Cedar Center.
Socialnomics 101 on the BLVD

WhenSat, April 16, 10am – 12pm
WhereBLVD Today Cafe 749 West Lancaster BLVD (map)
Description Jim Greenleaf and Adam Chant host a Live broadcast over from the BLVD Today Cafe discussing social media and local news.


Streaming on the BLVD

WhenSat, April 16, 7pm – 9pm
WhereBLVD Today Cafe 749 West Lancaster BLVD (map)
Description Open Mic Night and Musical Showcase highlighting various musical entertainment, stand-up comedy and spoken word brought to you by Brittany Harris of the Cedar Center Performing Arts Center. You don’t want to miss this incredible event! EVERY Saturday Night, in person and online!




The Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery’s “26thAntelope Valley Union High School District Student Art Exhibition” will be on view April 9–May 8, 2011 at Lancaster City Hall. 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.





Chimera Body Art Grand Opening
April 30th


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April 11, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley community, lancaster ca community, local a.v. art, Music on the BLVD, palmdale community | , , , , | 1 Comment