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City of Lancaster to Begin Offering Farmers’ Markets on The BLVD this Thursday

The City of Lancaster announced today that The BLVD will now feature a weekly Farmers’ Market on Thursdays.  In partnership with Raw Inspiration, a non-profit operator for California Certified Farmers’ Markets, the City is offering citizens yet another way to live healthier and be proactive about personal wellness.

 

“I cannot stress enough how important it is for our citizens to have access to fresh and affordable healthy foods,” stated Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “The addition of this farmers’ market on The BLVD gives everyone an opportunity to support local vendors, while making health-smart purchasing decisions.  Conveniently located in the downtown area, this market will attract both residents and the business community.”

 

Beginning this Thursday, July 14th, and continuing every Thursday thereafter from 3pm to 8pm, the farmers’ market will take place on The BLVD between Date and Ehrlich.  Fresh in-season produce and fruit will be available, as well as organic and prepared foods; arts and crafts; and flowers.  In accordance with the City Council’s initiative to create a more health-conscious community, the farmers’ market is geared toward educating adults and children on how to improve their eating habits, fight obesity, practice proper nutrition, engage in an active lifestyle, and enhance overall well-being.

 

“Farmers’ markets are popular because they offer a wide variety of top-quality goods at low direct-sale prices,” said Lancaster Director of Parks, Recreation and Arts Bob Greene.  “We wanted to partner with an experienced, reputable management company who will screen all vendors based upon high-quality, affordable products.  Raw Inspiration fits these criteria, adding us as their 20th market location.”

 

Raw Inspiration’s mission is to educate children and adults on the importance of a healthy diet, especially the importance of eating fresh fruits and vegetables daily. To accomplish this mission, they have set up a program where growers can distribute their produce at neighborhood farmers’ markets.

 

“We are always eager to partner with like-minded organizations who understand the significance of growing a healthy happy community. Conceptually, a farmers’ market has always been our hope for The BLVD, and we look forward to this new venture,” added Mayor Parris. This is only the beginning of a local staple we plan to grow continuously. We encourage everyone to come out and support our new weekly market.


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July 14, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley, BLVD, blvd events, blvd today, Lancaster BLVD entertainment, Lancaster BLVD event | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The BLVD Grand Opening Celebration

http://blvdtoday.com Steve Knight, Drew Mercy and Abel Sierra congratulate the city of Lancaster on the Grand opening of the BLVD.

City of Lancaster’s BLVD Transformation Completed

Community Invited to Explore the new Heart and Soul 
of the Antelope Valley

Lancaster, CA. November 23, 2010 – Today, the City of Lancaster hosted a press conference and ribbon-cutting ceremony announcing the completion of The BLVD portion of the City’s downtown transformation effort; opening Lancaster Boulevard from 10th Street West to Sierra Highway.

“What we have all created here is a centralized community-gathering place for family, friends and businesses to enjoy,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris.  “The variety of shopping, dining and entertainment options provides something for every age group, and offers activities for every occasion.”

“After less than nine months of construction, we are happy to look down The BLVD and see what has been accomplished by working together as a community,” remarked Lancaster City Manager Mark V. Bozigian. “This was a complex project with a very aggressive timeline, which wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work and commitment of many key individuals who made this transformation a huge success.”

The main thoroughfare of The BLVD is now complete, with additional construction on Elm Avenue and Fig Avenue continuing for the next few months.

The City recognized several individuals with primary contractor Hanes & Associates, who were instrumental in the success of the project, including: Owner Greg Hanes, Vice President Steve Wayne, Project Manager Craig Fries and Project Superintendent Paul Hughes.  Additional subcontractors acknowledged for creating a successful project team include: Taft Electric, Cal Fran Engineering, Marina Landscaping and Precision Concrete.

Mayor Parris highlighted a specific draw of The BLVD; its new pedestrian-friendly design, which provides easy access to residents, visitors and area employees who can stroll to establishments in a safe, casual and welcoming environment offering limited traffic flow and Sheriff foot and bike patrol.  He also emphasized the importance of community events and local business support, particularly during the current economic conditions.

“This is a time when it is most critical to keep the spirit of our community uplifted.  Many are struggling with the effects of this harsh economic climate.  It is good for all of us to know there is a place we can come to take our minds off of any stressors we face professionally and personally,” said Mayor Parris.  “BLVD events provide free and low-cost activities to ensure everyone has something to look forward to, especially during this holiday season.”

The City has already hosted several events to kick off this new destination for the senses.  The overwhelming success of the award-winning Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix is still a hot topic, with the City being awarded the prestigious Crystal Eagle Award from the California Downtown Association at today’s BLVD opening.  Additional events drawing crowds from all over southern California include Celebrate America on The BLVD – a tribute to our military forces and The BooLVD Halloween and Harvest Festival, which featured a stellar performance by original cast members of the famous “Thriller” dance video.

“These events were just the beginning of what’s to come for the rest of this holiday season, as well as annually on The BLVD.  I’d like to invite everyone to come out and have a Magical BLVD Christmas with us on December 11th as well, “added Mayor Parris.

A Magical BLVD Christmas is the upcoming holiday street festival hosted by the City on The BLVD between Beech Avenue and Fig Avenue from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. The event will offer outstanding entertainment, food and activities for the entire family, and follows the morning’s annual Breakfast with Santa affair which takes place at the Lancaster City Park Stanley Kleiner Activity Center from 8:00am to noon.

A special note regarding The BLVD is the arrival of many new and existing small businesses which require the support of the community to survive and thrive.  Small businesses and their entrepreneurial spirit are the staples of the American dream and backbone of our economy.

Mayor Parris elaborated on the importance of these ideals.  “We’ve been pushing the message of ‘Shop Lancaster First’ long before this downtown revitalization took place.  We hope our citizens continue to recognize the significance of spending their dollars within their own community, as it allows the City and its businesses to continue to provide the products and services offered to you right here at home.  Additionally, the level of quality, personalized and friendly customer service is unsurpassed when you support your fellow citizens who have a vested interest in the community.  The BLVD comprises small, entrepreneurial businesses because we know they are the backbone of the Antelope Valley’s economic success. It is imperative that we all shop Lancaster whenever possible.  We’re all in this together.”

City Manager Mark V. Bozigian noted key staff members who were instrumental in the management and implementation of The BLVD transformation.  These individuals include Senior Construction Manager Jon Cantrell, BLVD Project Manager Heather Kennedy, Capital Projects Inspector Mike Shively, Inspector Sam Cervantes and Inspector Mark Alius.

“I would like to commend City staff on the outstanding job they have done in keeping this complex project on track.  They kept the momentum going by efficiently dealing with all issues that arose during construction, and they skillfully managed resources and relationships to ensure everyone stayed on course through the very end,” noted Mr. Bozigian.

“On behalf of the City Council and the City of Lancaster, I’d like to say thank you to everyone who has contributed to this phenomenal project.  Take a look around at your new BLVD… the premier destination you all created in our own backyard. Congratulations,” closed Mayor Parris.

November 26, 2010 Posted by | Abel Sierra, blvd today, Lancaster blvd, on the blvd, Steve Knight | , , , , | Leave a comment

Santa Opens on the Blvd

City of Lancaster’s BLVD Transformation Completed

Community Invited to Explore the new Heart and Soul
of the Antelope Valley

Lancaster, CA. November 23, 2010 – Today, the City of Lancaster hosted a press conference and ribbon-cutting ceremony announcing the completion of The BLVD portion of the City’s downtown transformation effort; opening Lancaster Boulevard from 10th Street West to Sierra Highway.

“What we have all created here is a centralized community-gathering place for family, friends and businesses to enjoy,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris.  “The variety of shopping, dining and entertainment options provides something for every age group, and offers activities for every occasion.”

“After less than nine months of construction, we are happy to look down The BLVD and see what has been accomplished by working together as a community,” remarked Lancaster City Manager Mark V. Bozigian. “This was a complex project with a very aggressive timeline, which wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work and commitment of many key individuals who made this transformation a huge success.”

The main thoroughfare of The BLVD is now complete, with additional construction on Elm Avenue and Fig Avenue continuing for the next few months.

The City recognized several individuals with primary contractor Hanes & Associates, who were instrumental in the success of the project, including: Owner Greg Hanes, Vice President Steve Wayne, Project Manager Craig Fries and Project Superintendent Paul Hughes.  Additional subcontractors acknowledged for creating a successful project team include: Taft Electric, Cal Fran Engineering, Marina Landscaping and Precision Concrete.

 

 

Mayor Parris highlighted a specific draw of The BLVD; its new pedestrian-friendly design, which provides easy access to residents, visitors and area employees who can stroll to establishments in a safe, casual and welcoming environment offering limited traffic flow and Sheriff foot and bike patrol.  He also emphasized the importance of community events and local business support, particularly during the current economic conditions.

“This is a time when it is most critical to keep the spirit of our community uplifted.  Many are struggling with the effects of this harsh economic climate.  It is good for all of us to know there is a place we can come to take our minds off of any stressors we face professionally and personally,” said Mayor Parris.  “BLVD events provide free and low-cost activities to ensure everyone has something to look forward to, especially during this holiday season.”

The City has already hosted several events to kick off this new destination for the senses.  The overwhelming success of the award-winning Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix is still a hot topic, with the City being awarded the prestigious Crystal Eagle Award from the California Downtown Association at today’s BLVD opening.  Additional events drawing crowds from all over southern California include Celebrate America on The BLVD – a tribute to our military forces and The BooLVD Halloween and Harvest Festival, which featured a stellar performance by original cast members of the famous “Thriller” dance video.

“These events were just the beginning of what’s to come for the rest of this holiday season, as well as annually on The BLVD.  I’d like to invite everyone to come out and have a Magical BLVD Christmas with us on December 11th as well, “added Mayor Parris.

A Magical BLVD Christmas is the upcoming holiday street festival hosted by the City on The BLVD between Beech Avenue and Fig Avenue from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. The event will offer outstanding entertainment, food and activities for the entire family, and follows the morning’s annual Breakfast with Santa affair which takes place at the Lancaster City Park Stanley Kleiner Activity Center from 8:00am to noon.

A special note regarding The BLVD is the arrival of many new and existing small businesses which require the support of the community to survive and thrive.  Small businesses and their entrepreneurial spirit are the staples of the American dream and backbone of our economy.

Mayor Parris elaborated on the importance of these ideals.  “We’ve been pushing the message of ‘Shop Lancaster First’ long before this downtown revitalization took place.  We hope our citizens continue to recognize the significance of spending their dollars within their own community, as it allows the City and its businesses to continue to provide the products and services offered to you right here at home.  Additionally, the level of quality, personalized and friendly customer service is unsurpassed when you support your fellow citizens who have a vested interest in the community.  The BLVD comprises small, entrepreneurial businesses because we know they are the backbone of the Antelope Valley’s economic success. It is imperative that we all shop Lancaster whenever possible.  We’re all in this together.”

City Manager Mark V. Bozigian noted key staff members who were instrumental in the management and implementation of The BLVD transformation.  These individuals include Senior Construction Manager Jon Cantrell, BLVD Project Manager Heather Kennedy, Capital Projects Inspector Mike Shively, Inspector Sam Cervantes and Inspector Mark Alius.

“I would like to commend City staff on the outstanding job they have done in keeping this complex project on track.  They kept the momentum going by efficiently dealing with all issues that arose during construction, and they skillfully managed resources and relationships to ensure everyone stayed on course through the very end,” noted Mr. Bozigian.

“On behalf of the City Council and the City of Lancaster, I’d like to say thank you to everyone who has contributed to this phenomenal project.  Take a look around at your new BLVD… the premier destination you all created in our own backyard. Congratulations,” closed Mayor Parris.

 

 

November 24, 2010 Posted by | blvd grand opening, blvd today, Lancaster blvd, on the blvd, Santa | , , , , | Leave a comment

The Twelve Days of Christmas on The Blvd

12 Days of Christmas – Santa Stories “The Santa Stories: A Special Holiday Collection” is a full color promotional booklet with three original Christmas stories containing strong positive family morals written by Jim Greenleaf, the official Santa Claus of Lancaster. The original story content makes this book extremely valuable because it a collectible item that families will cherish long after the Holiday season. The book also serves as a complete schedule for the 12 days of Christmas and the various Holiday events taking place on Lancaster Blvd. There is a guaranteed physical distribution of at least 6,000 copies on Lancaster Blvd., as well as an online downloadable PDF that the City of Lancaster will send to more than 10,000 residents.

 

November 14, 2010 Posted by | blvd today, christmas in lancaster ca, Lancaster blvd, on the blvd, santa stories | , , , , | 1 Comment

A Couple Of Spots Still Open For Tonights DSLR Class @ King Photo Supply & The BLVD Today Cafe 661.948.8442

King Photo Supply & The BLVD Today Cafe 661.948.8442 are having our Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) basic camera class tonight @ 6:00pm. 
There are three spots left for anyone who wants to learn more about their camera. The class runs about 2 hours and covers basic operation. cost is only $25.00. Please call for a reservation.

November 10, 2010 Posted by | blvd today, camera repair, Lancaster blvd, prints | , , , | Leave a comment

The BOOlvd Experience.

The BOOlvd experience. Text and Video by Chuck Linn…

The Blvd

Ben Andrews

. once again has provided some great entertainment for the citizens of the Antelope Valley. The BOOlvd tonight was a HUGE success. There were hundreds of wandering ghouls, goblins,super heros, monsters, clowns, fairies,princesses you name it they were probably on the blvd. Most were there I am sure of the hopes of lots of halloween candy. There were games and pumpkin painting also scary movies playing at the Western Hotel. You could also take the haunted wagon ride. One of the highlites for me was the Michael Jackson Thriller dancers.
I have never seen so many people on Lancaster Blvd. A BIG thank you to all the merchants that had their doors open and handed out candy for as long as they could. Yes there were some grumblings from some people but you will always have that. All in all I feel the City and the merchants put on a fantastic BOOlvd celebration I am sure next years will be even better.

November 1, 2010 Posted by | blvd today, Blvd Today Cafe, BOOlvd, lancaster, Michael Jackson Thriller, western motel lancaster | , , , | Leave a comment

Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix Mayor Cup Race

<strong>Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix Mayor Cup Race</strong>

It’s positively clear that the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix (streetsoflancastergrandprix.com) was a hit with racers, fans and host cities alike. The inaugural street race presented by Lancaster Honda is finally in the bag after months and months of work from Tri-C Karters and the City of Lancaster, CA. The city welcomed racers with gift bags at registration on Friday (at the Panache Salon on Lancaster Blvd.) and a driver reception at the art gallery featuring beer, wine, sodas, and assorted appetizers. The mayor and other city officials were on site to greeting racers and crews.
All weekend crowds gathered for the street fair starting early Saturday morning. The street festival featured live music, a beer garden, food vendors and business booths that started at the end of the straight. Tri-C Karters collaborated with Henderson Karting and Courtney Concepts to promote karting in a booth at the festival. The racers received awards on the stage at the festival with trophy girls, umbrella girls, and interviews in front of a crowd of local citizens. Drivers were asked to sign autographs for local kids. The best part about the festival was the people. Spectators actually lined the track and watched the racing. Not moms and dads of participants but moms and dads, and kids who were interested in the 120 drivers rocketing down their streets. This race did more to boost outside interest in the sport of karting than any other race in So-Cal this year.
Immediately following qualifying on Saturday, the city held a hot-rod car show. The cars cruised the race circuit revving their engines and doing burnouts on the straight. Their speeds were a lot less than their karting counterparts for sure. Some of the shifter drivers even did bigger burnouts when the green flag dropped for racing on Sunday. The Celebrity race was run during the lunch break on Saturday. It featured city officials and major sponsors competing for bragging rights and trophies. It seems there are many different sides to how the race actually played out and who had the best race craft, but at the end of the contest the winner was clear. The celebrity race raised $25,000 for the new Antelope Valley Medical Clinic.
Forest River, an event and class sponsor manufactures motor homes, trailers, and toy haulers. They had two on display at the street festival. They put up $1000 in gift cards for the winners ($200 each shifter class; $100 each other class, except PRD). They also provided hats for all participants. The class sponsors for the event were: Burris Racing – HPV Classes, RLV – PRD Class, Courtney Concepts – Rotax Classes, Forest River, Inc. – Shifter Classes.
HPV 4 Plus got the event in motion with Rob Logan scoring the pole with a time of 42.774. The heat race saw Logan overcome early attacks from Brian Phillipsen and Michael Graham, eventually taking the checkered flag by three seconds. The main event went in similar fashion with Logan on the run and being chased by Phillipsen, Graham and Paul Hohlbein. Logan drew away once again, but he slowed way down for a yellow flag and was caught with two laps to go. The white flag was awesome with them going three wide into turn one. Logan managed to regain his lead and take a hard fought win. It was a great way to get the onlookers into the action right out of the gate. Logan was presented the first place helmet trophy encased in plastic and painted by Tri-C’s very own Taylor Jocelyn. I must say these were some of the coolest first place trophies ever. The glass with the wood bases for second and third were also cool, but the helmets stole the show.
In HPV 1, Brenden Baker was the pole sitter with a 44.836. The heat race saw Baker pull out a three second advantage over Cole Davis, and finish well ahead of the Wesolowski brothers of Troy and Ian. The final was in the bag for Baker from the drop of the green, but alas it was not to be on this beautiful Lancaster weekend. A little brain fade on Baker’s part cost him the lead. He then spent the next 19 laps chasing back into contention. Even with a few more collisions on track he managed to salvage a second place finish after tech. Once Baker was out of the way it came down to the #24 of Davis and the #88 of Tyler Burk. The lead duo changed positions a few times but mostly Burk chased Davis. In the end Davis had a small gap at the line for the race win. Burk suffered in tech, elevating Baker up to second place and Henry Falls-Hand onto the podium in third. PP Mastro leds 30 shifter karts into turn one, en route to the Open Shifter victory Joey Barros set the pace in Rotax International qualifying with a 40.348. Apparently sporting the classic Kodak driving suit his dad wore “back in the day” was a good luck charm for the guy who hasn’t raced a kart in nearly two years. Race Liberante stepped up his game in the prefinal to cross the line first and set up a doozy of a final. Liberante grabbed the hole-shot and sped off into the lead followed by Barros and Ariel Jimenez. Liberante’s day didn’t go as planned, as his day ended abruptly on lap 5. Barros assumed the lead and never looked back. Jimenez wasn’t quite able to turn laps quick enough to keep pace with Barros, but she was fast enough to hold onto that coveted second place and make a trip to the podium. Lloyd Mack clawed his way up into third place, joining Jimenez and Barros in front of the fans to receive their trophies and get interviewed by Chappy.
In the Masters Rotax class FTK’s own Andy Seesemann blew the field away in qualifying besting teammate Frank Powell by nearly half a second. His dominance continued through the 10-lap prefinal where he clearly won his class and ran top five in the overall. Seesemann improved by finishing an impressive fourth overall and waxing the field of Masters drivers. With a 15 second advantage at the finish it is no wonder Seesemann is a past Rotax National Champion. Paul Hohlbein did a great job to finish in second place, keeping an International driver between himself and Powell for the majority of the race. Hohlbein also had the distinct honor of ruining the Masters podium sweep by FTK drivers. Powell was the first driver to exploit the fact that we had a stage and trophy girls and got a kiss for his third place finish.
HPV 2 and HPV 4 shared the track, but ran split starts in the final. The split start was a joke as drivers from each class were once again intermixed within three laps. Jared Torres was primed for the HPV 2 win from qualifying. His 42.325 was good enough for the pole over Nicholas Silva and Adrian Starrantino. Torres put his foot down in the prefinal as Haley Jenni and Michael Graves finished four seconds back. The final was a slugfest as Torres led the opening circuits and Starrantino worked his way through traffic and into send place. By halfway, Torres was under pressure and had to give way to the charging Starrantino. The continued the battle lap after lap with Starrantino eventually getting the win. Jenni held strong and battled her way onto the podium as the only other driver not finishing a lap down. HPV 4 was even more exciting as Brody Roa, Robby Harryman and Carl Modoff put on a show for the fans. Harryman was the guy on pole with a time of 42.112, but the heat race saw Roa slip by Harryman on lap 3 for the win. They were three seconds clear of the pack. Modoff joined the fight in the 24 lap final and the trio bashed off each other nearly every lap. I have never seen more contact in a race that didn’t result in karts not finishing. Roa led the final from the drop of the green until lap twenty-one when all hell busted loose. Harryman led lap 22 with Roa and Modoff in tow. Modoff took a flyer on lap 23 followed by Harryman and Roa. The race was decided on the last lap as all three drivers dove for the inside line in turn one. Harryman stepped onto the podium and asked the crowd if they liked the show. They did, and he liked his first place trophy too. Modoff held on for second and Roa had to settle for third after an amazing 24-lap race.
PRD was one of the most anticipated races of the weekend. With 20 drivers and the lions share of prize money fans lined the fences to watch what was surely going to be the best race of the weekend. Lloyd Mack Jr. kicked things off with the pole, running a 41.144. Kyle Kuntze, Joey Barros and Steven Clark were Mack’s nearest competitors but they were five tenths off his pace. The prefinal didn’t go too well for Mack or Clark, as they didn’t make it the full race distance. Barros took over the lead from Mack on lap 8 and carried it home for the prefinal win. Derek Zimmermann finished in second place with Devin Lindsey moving up from sixth to finish in third. The final got ugly from the drop of the green as Barros got assisted into turn one on the start. Completely sideways in front of the field is no way to start a main. After the contact subsided, Barros was well back in the pack as Lindsey had clear track in front and Kuntze glued to his rear bumper. It didn’t take long for Lindsey to put it into overdrive and sail off into the Lancaster sunset. Barros picked off drivers one by one and eventually made his way past everyone but Lindsey to finish in second place, only five seconds back of the winner. Shawn Cricca ran solidly all race long and was rewarded with a trip to the podium in third place. The purse for the PRD class saw $2200 divided up with Lindsey taking home $1k in cash while Barros and Cricca left $700 and $400 richer. A randomly selected driver was given $100 – going to Gene Pasquini. Thanks goes to RLV, Lloyd Mack, Performance Racing, Anonymous Donor, Fleming Racing Engines, Empire Karts and Jerry Henderson for donating to the cash purse.
I can’t even remember the last time that shifters were the headline class by sheer numbers alone. With enough karts for two classes it was no wonder the fans stuck around until later in the day to see these rocket ships blast down the street with average speeds above 63mph. Of course it doesn’t hurt that the SKUSA SuperNationals are just around the corner and this was a great test and tune for the temporary circuit at the Rio parking lot. The podium celebrations took place on the festivals main stage with a number of fans and trophy girls Open Shifter saw PP Mastro run a time 37.585 to sit on pole. Troy Butts was right in the hunt and started from the outside of row one for the prefinal. Mastro was the heat winner, but we saw Imran Husain move up to second place and start the final off pole. The final was filled with traffic as Mastro hit lap traffic only a few laps into the contest. Husain made a go of things, taking over the point for a few laps during the mid point of the race. Mastro may have been surprised once by Husain, but it didn’t last long for the driver of the #44 CRG. Once back out front Mastro gapped the field by four seconds. Husain finished an impressive second with Kyle Lewis third. Kyle Hathcox moved up from ninth to finish in third place overall to take the Spec Honda Shifter Heavy victory. I think Kyle might have been the most excited guy on the podium all day long. Casey Scherer was just under two-seconds back with Paul Russell completing the podium. Of the 30 overall drivers who took the green only 11 of them finished on the lead lap.
Spec Shifter saw Bobby Legate run the fastest qualifying lap of the event, 37.128. Jacob Neal was two tenths off but came alive in the prefinal to beat Jason Toft and Legate to the checkered flag. Toft came to the final ready for a fight. With a quick start and some fancy driving he managed to gain a small advantage on Neal. Legate maintained third but was involved in an early battle with Clinton Schoombee, Patrick Cushenberry, and Willy Musgrave. Neal gave chase to what seemed to be a lock in for Toft, but as the laps wound down Toft would disappear. One lap, Toft was up front on his way to the win and the next moment it was Neal on his way to victory. Finishing is always a big part of finishing first and today was Neal’s day. Neal has had plenty of good days this year, but not nearly as many as he has to come in his career. A solid performance landed him the first place helmet award. Legate eventually was able to gain a large advantage over the pursuing field of drivers led by fellow Arrow driver Cushenberry.
The event drew racers from all over California, Arizona, Nevada and even one from Iraq. Jeff Dyers was on a short leave from being an EOD Specialist (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) in Iraq used his time away from the war to hit the streets of Lancaster for some needed R &amp; R. His day ended early in turn one, but you gotta figure the worst day karting is still better than a good day disarming bombs.
The event went off nearly flawless. Racers left with something rarely seen, a smile, and hats off to Tri-C for making that happen. The city of Lancaster officials seemed pleased, and looked like they were all ready to commit for next year’s event. Lets hope that happens and we have a new karting tradition for years to come in the Southland.

October 10, 2010 Posted by | blvd today, marv crist, r rex parris, rick clutter, Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix Mayor Cup Race | , , , , | Leave a comment

Mayor R. Rex Parris/Ron Smith at THE BLVDTODAYCAFE

http://www.blvdtoday.com Mayor R. Rex Parris shares his thoughts with Jim Greenleaf CEO of ilivetodayav at the Blvd Today Cafe

http://www.blvdtodaycafe.com ON THE BLVD WITH RON SMITH @ THE BLVDTODAYCAFE

Downtown art gallery and framing shop Graphic Experience hosted a new event this at their store on Lancaster BLVD. The event, entitled “Art, Wine & BLVD Today,” featured wine tasting, artist demonstrations, appetizers, and the formal announcement of The BLVD Today Café. The event was free.

“This is precisely the type of community gathering we hope to see happening regularly on the BLVD,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris. “I would like to thank Graphic Experience and the other participating businesses for being among the first to celebrate our wonderful new downtown with an event everyone can enjoy.”

Attendees of Art, Wine & BLVD Today will enjoy live music by two different guitarists, as well as the chance to meet 13 artists whose work has been available at Graphic Experience. Some artists will also perform live demonstrations of their craft. Authentic Southern California wine will be served, along with finger foods from BeX Grill and Pars Fine Persian Cuisine. Admission is free.

“We want the BLVD to be like it was in the 50s,” said Jim Greenleaf, CEO of ILiveTodayAV, who helped organize the event. “We want it to be the heartbeat of the Antelope Valley, and we want it to involve businesses from throughout the AV.”

The event will also include the formal announcement of a new internet café, which will be offered in partnership with longtime BLVD business King Photo Supply. Dubbed “The BLVD Today Café,” it will feature both indoor and outdoor seating.

The event was organized through the BLVD Today website (www.blvdtoday.com), an offshoot of Greenleaf’s ILiveTodayAV website (www.ilivetodayav.com). Through these social networking sites, Greenleaf provides businesses with the information and tools they need to enhance their online presence and visibility. Businesses can also manage their various social networking sites, such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress, from one central site.

“I teach them to utilize the Internet to get traffic through their doors,” he said. “From social networking comes “socialnomics” – the science of using your web presence to produce hard dollars.”
Nearly 20 BLVD businesses are actively participating in the BLVD Today site. The concept for the new café was conceived through this association.

Businesses and members of the public who are interested in the BLVD can visit http://www.ilivetoday.com and join the BLVD group. Those interested in the café may call (661) 948-8442.

Graphic Experience is located at 624 W. Lancaster Boulevard.

September 30, 2010 Posted by | blvd today, on the blvd | , , , | Leave a comment

BeX Comedy Night with KATO KAELIN

BeX Comedy Night with KATO KAELIN

September 22, 2010 from 8pm to 10:30pm
Location: BeX Grille
City/Town: Lancaster Ca
Website or Map: http://www.bexgrille.com
Event Type: comedynight

Kaelin came to notice for his role as a minor witness in the trial of O. J. Simpson for the murders of Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. In 1994, Kaelin was staying in a guest house on the Simpson property, and was present at the compound on the night of the murder, witnessing some of Simpson’s movements before and after the time of the murders.[citation needed] Kaelin’s story seemed to contradict Simpson’s version of the events on some key points.[citation needed] However, his rambling and inconsistent testimony[citation needed] over four days of the 1995 criminal trial made him a less-than-ideal witness for the prosecution.[citation needed] Prosecutor Marcia Clark had him declared a hostile witness. Kaelin also testified at the 1996 civil trial against Simpson.

As one of the more colorful figures in the Simpson case cast of characters, Kaelin received considerable media attention. He was the subject of jokes by TV comedians, who made fun of his spaced-out surf bum persona, lack of employment and parasitic habits. One popular joke held that he was proof that Gilligan and Ginger Grant of Gilligan’s Island had actually had children.

September 22, 2010 Posted by | bex comedy night, Bex grille, blvd today, KATO KAELIN, O. J. Simpson, on the blvd | , | Leave a comment

Musicians Jim Seargeant and Don Blumenshein

More Moments From Graphic Experience with:

Musicians Jim Seargeant and Don Blumenshein

If you are a music lover, then the melodic, dynamic, and talented duo of Don and Jim are a treat to listen to ! They have been playing together for 30 years now and have a real “connection” to their music.

Jim and Don first met way back in 1971, attending the same high school here in the Antelope Valley. They started playing seriously together in 1980.
Since then, they have played on numerous occasions in numerous places ! This includes the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, and just about every public venue ( The Rock Inn, Cedar Art Center, Lakes and Valleys Art Guild and many more) there is and “used to be” places here in the Antelope Valley and beyond.

These artists have played at many private functions as well. They have a CD out called The Goods but unfortunately is sold out ! It has all original material and they have so many more new compositions, Don and Jim hope to put out another CD soon.

Jim’s earlier influences are Paul Simon, James Taylor and of course, the great Eric Clapton. Which leads us into other types of music these great musicians, Jim and Don play. When Jim was asked which type of guitar do you like best, “electric or acoustic ?”, he thought about it and honestly said he loves both ! He had a blues band for a while that was absolutely great. In addition to the blues, Jim plays literally all types of music.

Don, like any great musician, loves all music too. He has been lately really enjoying playing Spanish guitar, not to be confused with flamenco guitar. It’s all in the fingering and Don has the talent to do it all !
If you have an opportunity to hear these two together, apart, or with other musicians, be sure not to miss it !

September 9, 2010 Posted by | blvd today, Don Blumenshein, graphic experience, Jim Seargeant | , , , , | Leave a comment