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ONIONCEROS Lands at the AV Fair 8.19.2011 888.948.6006 Chris Spicher of Antelope Valley Florist prepares his shadow box for viewing at this years AV Fair, “PEEL THE LOVE’

August 8, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley Events, ANTELOPE VALLEY FAIR, antelope valley flowers, antelope valley fun, av fair, av florist | , , , , , | Leave a comment

What’s going O.N. with Improv in the AV?

In the Antelope Valley, there is a large theatre and acting community, and included in the art of acting, there’s improvisation acting, or better known as Improv. One group that is outstanding right now is the group O.N. Improv.

Improv is the practice of acting, singing, talking and reacting, of  creating, in the moment actions. Basically, everything is made up on the spot in response to the connection to one or more people involved with the group.

O.N. Improv started in 2009 and was founded by Chris Murphy, as it states on their facebook page, He formed the Improv Club under a local theater group withMelissa Martin.  He is no longer involved with the group, but new  faces have come to join the stage along the way  including Andrew PariAnthony MooreShannon HayRoy Ellison, Casey Hills, Jeff Maki, Wesley King, and Mike Geriarte. Together these fine young men and women collaborate together and meet each week inside the walls of  Lancaster’s Cedar Center to practice and enhance their skills as actors and comedians alike. Every first Wednesday of the month,  The members of O.N Improv put their talent to work for the public’s entertainment at Butler’s Coffee House in Palmdale where they enthrall the ever-growing crowd of supporters in the theatre world.

If you would like more information about joining Improv, or would just like to see more what they are about,

you may contact Melissa at and make sure you check out the monthly shows at Butler’s Coffee if you get the opportunity! Their next show will be  Wednesday August 3rd. Show starts at 7pm, so don’t be late!
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July 28, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley Events, AV comdey, av comedy, blvd events, City of Lancater, comedy show | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Get Free Antelope Valley Fair Tickets

The Rally Auto Group is offering free fair tickets for a test drive at any of our Palmdale locations, Kia, Hyundai or Cadillac Buick GMC stores. No purchase necessary. See Sales Consultant for details.  866.906.9484
866.906.9484 The Rally Auto Group living large in the Antelope Valley.

Antelope Valley Fair & Alfalfa Festival

Fairgrounds Address: 2551 West Avenue H., Lancaster, CA 93536.  Main: (661) 948-6060 & Fax: (661) 942-2135. (Information is subject to change).


A.V. Fair & Alfalfa Festival 2011 Hours of operation 8/19 thru 8/28:

8/19              4pm – Midnight

8/20 – 8/21     2pm – Midnight
8/22 – 8/26     4pm – Midnight (8/22: 
Fair opens at 2pm for Seniors/Special Needs citizens)8/27              2pm – Midnight
8/28              2pm – 11pm

8/19 – 8/28: NO entry to the Fair 1 hour prior to close.  Barns close at 10pm & Exhibit buildings close at 11pm nightly (except 8/28 when buildings close at 10pm.)  All buildings are ADA accessible.

July 26, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley Events, ANTELOPE VALLEY FAIR, Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, antelope valley fun, av fair | , , , , | Leave a comment

Allied Arts Cedar Center

July 20, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley art, antelope valley artists, antelope valley Events, art, art gallery, art in the av, art on the BLVD, av art, av artist showcase, City of Lancater, lancaster blvd art | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Eve Fleishman Wine and Art Show on Lancaster BLVD


The event will also feature Wine Tasting from Pour D’Vino a new wine bar and resturant featuring rooftop dining and live music opening soon Lancaster BLVD.

RSVP to the FaceBook Event


See more of Eve’s vides on her Youtube Channel

Download/Print the flyer and spred the word!

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See you Sunday 🙂

July 15, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley art, antelope valley artists, antelope valley Events, art on the BLVD, BLVD, City of Lancater, lancaster art, lancaster art gallery | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale…on the BLVD


What a great day on the BLVD.

Today is day one of Team Good Life Bakers – Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale.


The event is Thursday July 14th from noon to 6pm, and Saturday July 16th from noon to 4pm. The bake sale is to raise money for this great organization; whos’ mission it is to end childhood hunger in America by 2015.

Chef Clark Tonkin works two jobs here in the AV…afterwhich…around midnight he has been baking. He has been baking for weeks!

One of the best kept secrets in the entire Antelope Valley is the JP Eliopulos Hellenic Center. This ultra plush facility not only has the beautiful grounds, and interior (think Belagio Hotel in Las Vegas plush)… within 100 miles. It also has a huge, state of the art commercial kitchen.

Hellenic Center Interior. This seats up to 325 guests for weddings receptions, corporate meeting, etc…


Clark has been making dough, perfecting grenache, baking cakes, cookies, lemon bars, dipping all sorts of items in chocolate, and making the most decadent fresh strawberry butter cream frosting.


I bought a dozen cupcakes for the staff at Aven’s.

They were gone in minutes.


Be sure to stop by and treat yourself!

July 15, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley Events, blvd events, City of Lancater, City of Palmdale, Lancaster blvd, on the blvd | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Team Good Life Bake Sale

Team Good Life Cooks/Bakers is participating in Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale On Thursday July 14th and Saturday July 16th. The bake sale is our way to help raise money for this great organization whos’ mission it is to end childhood hunger in America by 2015. 

Our bake sale will feature a variety of delicious baked goods, Our Menu will include:
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Peanut Butter Cookies
Lemon Bars
Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting
Lemon Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting
Lavender Scones and Lemon Curd
Lemonade and Water
And so much more 

We will also have a raffle that will have lots of fun things to win. Remember that all the proceeds from the sale will be made as a donation to the Share Our Strength Organization. This is not just about great food its also a great purpose. So come and enjoy our bake sale and support the cause at the same time!


For more information


July 14, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley Events, BLVD, blvd events, City of Lancater, City of Palmdale, Lancaster blvd, Lancaster BLVD event | , , , , , , | 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:


    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 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


    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

    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:

    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:

    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.


    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:


    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

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!


ilivetodayav network update

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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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

Weekly Community News from ilivetodayav! 6/14/2011

A day behind sending this out but hope everyone’s week is off to a good start. There a lot of great blogs, events, videos and new members here in the Antelope Valley that we’d like to Highlight!

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Antelope  Valley BLOGS

Local Hardcore Christian Band is Hardcore About Their Music

Posted by Ali Rae Pursley on June 8, 2011 at 6:00pm

SEO Works!

Posted by Monica Whitmer on June 9, 2011 at 6:00am

Pinker’s Place Antique Shop on Lancaster BLVD – Baskets by Holly Modine

Posted by Pinker’s Place on June 9, 2011 at 9:00am

Legislature Seeks to Overrule State Supreme Court’s Decision Allowing Police to Violate Fourth Amendment

Posted by Political Observer on June 13, 2011 at 1:30pm

Smith Veterinary Hospital June Pet Of the Month !

 Posted by Smith Veterinary 661.948.5065 on June 13, 2011 at 3:30pm


 Cleaning Up the Desert

 Posted by Graphic Experience 945.1718 on June 14, 2011 at 8:00am

Antelope Valley EVENTS 

Bring Your Own Vinyl Night June 15, 2011 from 7:30pm to 10:30pm – Blvd Today Cafe 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 Nig
Organized by Lancaster BLVD | Type: bring your own vinyl night, college hangout, av music, lancaster music, palmdale music

Lancaster/Rosamond Chamber of Commerce Mixer June 16, 2011
from 5:30pm to 7:30pm – Graphic Experience
This is the monthly Chamber mixer, held in a different location each month. This month it’s HERE @ Graphic Experience! It’s always a great way to network, have some munchies and drink and win raffle
Organized by Graphic Experience 945.1718 | Type: lancaster/rosamond chamber, of, commerce, mixer

Wiki Night June June 16, 2011
from 6pm to 9pm – Arbor Lofts Gallery
Another round of presenters share their ideas at our June 16th Wiki Night.The event is a monthly opportunity for creative individuals to come together in an informal atmosphere to share their ideas,
Organized by Lancaster BLVD | Type: artist, and, community, mixer

BLVD Summer Concert Series June 16, 2011
from 6pm to 7pm – Bex Bandstand
“Meet Me at the Bandstand” One part dancing, two parts music, delicious food, and a whole lot of outdoor fun is the recipe that makes the Sierra Toyota Scion Concert Series the best way to welcome th
Organized by ilivetoday | Type: summer, concert, series

Socialnomics 101 on the BLVD June 18, 2011
from 10am to 12pm – Blvd Today Cafe Jim Greenleaf and Adam Chant host a Live broadcast over from the BLVD Today Cafe discussing social media and local news.
Organized by Lancaster BLVD | Type: talk show, live, community, businesses, art, entertainment, antelope valley

Backdrop Grand Opening on the BLVD June 18, 2011
from 1pm to 7:30pm – Backdrop
We will be having our grand opening on June 18th from 1pm – 7:30pm We will have our gourmet sales rep there doing tastings of the various foods, balsamic, dipping oils, sipping chocolate and chocola
Organized by Lancaster BLVD | Type: grand opening, new business, lancaster blvd

Summer Sizzle Concert Series June 18, 2011
from 4pm to 11pm – Palmdale Amphitheater
Summer Sizzle 2011 from Jeffrey Ogden on Vimeo.
Organized by Pars Restaurant | Type: concert series, summer concert

New Night Club – Medrano’s at Night June 18, 2011
at 7pm to June 19, 2011 at 1am – Medrano’s Mexican Restaurant – Lancaster
There’s a new night club in the AV. Medrano’s at Night! Lancaster’s newest hot spot for dancing to salsa, country, rock n roll, and oldies. Starts Friday, 6/18. Doors open at 7. $5 cover. Best Margar
Organized by Medrano’s Mexican Restaurant | Type: party



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Sponsor of the Week Dawn Lane from Smith Veterinary Hospital Recognized for her outstanding blogs about pet care.

Member of the Week Monica Whitmer Recognized for her blogs and her project to rescue abused horses.


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P.S. Father’s Day is Coming up This Weekend

Here are some great ways to put a smile on dad’s face!

Dinner For Dad at Giannini’s

 Father’s Day LA-Z-Boy Sale at Aven’s

Father Day with Antelope Valley Florist 

10 % Off Father’s Day Gifts at Graphic Experience

June 15, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley blogs, antelope valley Events, antelope valley videos | , , , , | Leave a comment