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CONTACT:  John Mlynar

PHONE:       661/267-5115

DATE:          February 16, 2012








Intersection of 50th West & Avenue N-8 and intersection of 55th West & Avenue N.

Intermittent lane closures for traffic signal installation.


9th Street East Palmdale Blvd. to Avenue Q/ 8th Street East Palmdale Blvd. to Q-6/ 12th Street East Palmdale Blvd. to Q-4.

Intermittent lane closures and detours for Palmdale Water District water main line replacement project.


Avenue S/47th East to 57th East.

Lane closures and detours for street widening (City’s PN 557 Avenue S improvements.)


45th East & Avenue R.

Intermittent lane closures and detours for storm drain improvements (City’s PN 645 Avenue R at 45th East storm drain improvements.)


Elizabeth Lake Road from mile marker 5.11 to mile marker 6.55.

Intermittent lane closures and flagging operations for phase II interim grading and drainage improvements.




For more information, call the public works department at 661/267-5300.


February 16, 2012 Posted by | City of Palmdale, ilivetoday, palmdale news | Leave a comment

Spots Still Available for Palmdale Playhouse Dance Classes

PALMDALE – There is still room for interested persons to register for the Palmdale Playhouse’s upcoming tap, jazz and ballet classes.

Performance Tap and Jazz classes began Monday, Aug. 1 and a Non-Performance Ballet Class for teens and adults, new this year, started on Aug. 2. Performance Ballet classes will start next week on August 18.

“It’s not to late to sign up for any of our classes,” said Theatre Operations Assistant Debbie Barrientes. “Our dance classes are designed to provide students with a comprehensive and enriching dance education and an opportunity to develop performance skills. We work on technique, creativity and expression, and class sizes are limited to ensure that each student receives the positive, consistent attention needed to develop their unique abilities as a dancer, whether their interests are recreational or professional,” she said.

Fees for the classes are $70 for Palmdale residents and $90 non-residents.  An early bird discount of $10 off is available now through Aug. 11 for the Performance Ballet Class that begins Aug. 18.

Dance classes for the fall session will conclude with two performances at the Palmdale Playhouse in December.

The Palmdale Playhouse is located at 38334 10th St. East in Palmdale.

For more information and class times, call the Palmdale Playhouse at 661/267-5684 or visit our Web site


August 16, 2011 Posted by | City of Palmdale, dance in palmdale, palmdale dance, palmdale fun, palmdale news | , , , , | Leave a comment

Best of “The Boss” as The Rising Plays Springsteen at Palmdale Amphitheater

PALMDALE – Performing songs spanning the nearly five decades of Bruce Springsteen’s catalogue, from Greetings From Asbury Park through the 2009 release Working On A Dream, The Rising will bring all the same power, heart and soul as “The Boss” & The E Street Band with a house-rocking, earth-shaking, heart-stopping tribute at the Palmdale Amphitheater this Saturday, Aug. 6 at 8 pm as part of the City of Palmdale’s Starlight Concert Series.

Admission is $5 for age 13 and older; guests 12 and younger are admitted free, and parking is free.

The Rising will perform a string of red-hot hits like “Born in the U.S.A.,” “Glory Days” and “Hungry Heart.”

A brotherhood of friends, some with ties that date back nearly two decades, The Rising takes the stage more like a gang than a band, much like Springsteen & The E Street Band. They collectively roll up their sleeves and go to work, night after night. They were all cut from the worn denim of blue-collar towns, and paid musical dues playing dive bars and juke joints. What you hear is the musical truth. What you see is the embodiment of friendship, and what you feel is the “spiritual healing” that can only be supplied by a great rock ’n’ roll band.

“The Rising does not pretend,” said Palmdale’s Communications Manager John Mlynar. “Their passion and talent are real. There are no prerecorded tracks or pretend playing. There is no make-up or make believe voices. The band uses all of its collective power to hold true to the artistic vision, to both honor the artist and the fans.”

In addition to enjoying the best of Bruce Springsteen, Starlight Concert goers will also have an opportunity to win a solar powered backpack for recycling at the concert.

“Waste Management and the City of Palmdale are partnering for ‘Recycling Rocks,’ a promotion to get the word out about recycling,’” said Palmdale’s Sponsorship and Marketing Specialist Stella Knight. “We’ll be looking for people who are properly separating their trash and recyclables, and if we catch you, we’ll reward you with a solar backpack that can charge a laptop, cell phone, camera or MP3 player, courtesy of Waste Management.” The solar backpacks retail for $100.

In addition to Waste Management, the Antelope Valley Mall will be distributing American flags to the first 750 concertgoers through the gate. Guests can gather family and friends for a free photograph, courtesy of Antelope Valley Mall, at the main gate, and receive free giveaways from Valleywide Dental. 

The Starlight Concert 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.” The first 200 children age 12 and under through the gates at the Garth Guy Live! concert will receive a free straw cowboy hat, courtesy of the Antelope Valley Mall.

Tickets for all Starlight concerts are on sale now at the parks and recreation office and Palmdale Oasis Park Recreation Center. The parks and recreation office, 38260 10th St. East, is open Monday through Thursday, 7:30 am to 6 pm, and accepts cash, check, Mastercard and Visa. The Palmdale Oasis Park Recreation Center, 3850 East 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.

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 American Medical Response, Antelope Valley Mall, High Desert Medical Group, Palmdale Regional Medical Center, PARS Fine Persian Cuisine, Robertson’s Palmdale Honda, Valleywide Dental – Dr. Robert Haze & Associates, Southern California Edison, and Waste Management; and contributing sponsors 93.5 The Quake, Anheuser-Busch Sales, AT&T The Real Yellow Pages, Classic Top 40 106.9, Double D Cupcakes, Greenhouse Café, Lancaster JetHawks, Residence Inn – Palmdale, Round Table Pizza and The Palmdale Hotel.

For more information about the upcoming Starlight Concert Series, please call parks and recreation at 661/267-5611.

August 4, 2011 Posted by | City of Palmdale, palmdale, palmdale news, palmdale press | , , , | Leave a comment

DryTown Extends Hours Due to Demand

PALMDALE – Due to popular demand, DryTown Water Park, located at 3850 E. Ave. S in Palmdale, is changing its hours of operation to remain open later in the evening for two weeks during August.  The Antelope Valley’s only water park will be open Monday through Friday, 1 to 8 pm, during the weeks of August 8 through 12 and August 15 through 19.

“We highly value the input we receive from our customers, and we had many who asked us to stay open later in the evening,” said DryTown Manager Eric Dombrowski. “We heard you loud and clear, and we’re thrilled that we’ll be staying open until 8 pm during the week to make the DryTown experience even more fun for everyone!” 

Dry Town will be open from 11 am to 6 pm on Saturday, Aug. 16 and 20 and Sunday, Aug. 14 and 21.  After Aug. 21, the park will be open weekends only through Sept. 25 from 11 am to 6 pm.

Tickets and season passes are available online at, or at DryTown Water Park during normal operating hours.

Day use tickets are $13 for residents and $16 for non-residents ages 9 and above; $8 for residents and $11 for non-residents ages 3 to 8.  Children under 2 are free.  Day use tickets for Seniors 62 and over are $8 for residents and $11 for non-residents. Members of the military may purchase day use tickets for $11 and tickets for military family members ages 3 to 8 are $6.

 Season passes are also available for $56 for Palmdale residents and $67 for non-residents. Family 4-Packs are available for $189 for Palmdale residents and $229 for non-residents.

A special Twilight Rate is offered Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 6 pm through August 5, and 5:3 to 8 pm August 8 through 12 and August 15 through 19. Twilight tickets are $10 for residents and $13 for non-residents ages 9 and above; $6 for residents and $9 for non-residents ages 3 to 8 and seniors 62 years and over; $8 for members of the military.

DryTown season pass holders also receive two free admissions to Wild Rivers Waterpark in Irvine for the 2011 season, are eligible for half off fountain drinks, limeades, iced teas and classic slushes at Sonic Drive-In Restaurant, and receive free admission to ‘Sundown at DryTown’ events.“

The final “Sundown at DryTown” event will be held this Friday, Aug. 5 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Tickets for “Sundown at DryTown” are $7 for ages 9 and up, $5 for ages 3 through 8. Tickets may be purchased at the admission window on the day of each event.

DryTown is available for group activities or private rentals. Youth groups, teams, companies, family reunions, church groups, schools, fundraisers, organizations, camps and more can take advantage of our special group rates.

DryTown Water Park is sponsored in part by All Valley Federal Credit Union, Antelope Valley Mall, AT&T Yellow Pages, La Prensa, Sonic Drive-In, Wild Rivers, Yellowbook.

For more information about DryTown, group rates or private rentals, please visit or call 661/ 267-6161.

August 2, 2011 Posted by | City of Palmdale, family fun, palmdale drytown, palmdale fun, palmdale water park | , , , , | Leave a comment

Housing Rights Clinic Set for Aug. 18 in Palmdale

PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale and the Housing Rights Center will host a free walk-in housing rights clinic on Thursday, Aug. 18 from 1 to 4 pm in the City of Palmdale’s development services building, 38250 Sierra Highway. Housing rights clinics are held on the 3rd Thursday of every month in Palmdale.

The clinics provide an opportunity for residents to ask questions and receive answers about fair housing, rent increases, repairs and more.

The Housing Rights Center is a nonprofit agency that works to help provide equal housing access to all residents in the communities it serves. The Center assists homebuyers, tenants and housing professionals with free counseling services on fair housing law, public education seminars on housing discrimination and housing discrimination complaint investigation. 

For more information, call the Housing Rights Center at 800/477-5977, visit the Housing Rights Center Web site at or call the City of Palmdale’s housing division at 661/267-5126.


August 2, 2011 Posted by | City of Palmdale, fair housing, palmdale housing, palmdale news, palmdale press | , , , , | Leave a comment


WHAT:   Grand opening/ribbon cutting ceremony for Advanced Imaging Center’s new facility in Palmdale.

WHEN:   TODAY, Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 4 pm

WHERE:          607 W. Avenue Q, Palmdale 

WHO:            Advanced Imaging Center staff; Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford; members of the City Council; City of Palmdale staff; Palmdale Chamber of Commerce staff and Ambassadors.

WHY:            To celebrate the grand opening of

BACKGROUND:     Advanced Imaging Center (AIC) is a state-of-the-art, diagnostic medical imaging center specializing in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanning (OPEN MRI and high-field MRI), 4D ultrasound, helical CT scanning, coronary calcium scoring, DEXA bone density testing, as well as x-rays.


            AIC was founded in January 1998 by Dr. Ray H. Hashemi, M.D., Ph.D. (Dr. Ray). Dr. Ray received a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of California. He later completed his Medical Degree (M.D.) from the University of Miami School of Medicine. Subsequently, Dr. Ray completed five years of diagnostic radiology residency program and one year of MRI fellowship training in the Los Angeles area. He is the author of the book “MRI: The Basics,” a 353-page book with over 400 illustrations and images on the physics and basics of MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), whose 2nd edition was recently published. Dr. Ray is board certified by the American Board of Radiology and an expert in the field of MRI.

INFORMATION:    AIC – 661/267-2070

July 26, 2011 Posted by | City of Palmdale | , , | Leave a comment

National Night Out Celebration This Thursday at TNOTS

The City of Palmdale’s public safety and community relations department will kick off the 28th Annual National Night Out (NNO) with special activities and displays at the City’s Thursday Night on the Square (TNOTS) event this Thursday, July 28.

        “We’re proud to feature a variety of crime prevention and safety-related activities,” said Palmdale’s Crime Prevention Officer Kery German. “We’ll have vehicles and representatives on hand from the City’s public safety office, the Los Angeles County Sheriff and Los Angeles County Fire Department’s, and as well as participants from the California Highway Patrol to answer questions and share information.”

The event will run from 5:30 to 9 pm in Poncitlán Square, 38315 9th Street East  in Palmdale.

        “In celebration of NNO, we’re asking our residents to participate by turning on their outside lights and spending evenings outside with neighbors throughout the month of August,” German said. “Many neighborhoods and Neighborhood Watch Groups will be hosting special events such as block parties, cookouts and visits from public safety staff and Sheriff’s deputies.”

        National Night Out is a nationwide crime and drug prevention awareness campaign sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch designed to generate support for and participation in local anti-crime efforts.  It strengthens neighborhood spirit and law enforcement-community partnerships and sends a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting crime.  Target is the national corporate sponsor of NNO.

For more information, call 661/267-5181.

July 26, 2011 Posted by | City of Palmdale | , | Leave a comment

Presentation of new videoconferencing center at City of Palmdale.

WHAT:           Presentation of new videoconferencing center at City of Palmdale.

WHEN:           TODAY – Tuesday, July 26 at 2:30 pm

WHERE:  Palmdale City Hall, Development Services Conference Room, 38250 Sierra Highway, Palmdale.

WHO:            Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford; Palmdale City Councilmembers Mike Dispenza and Steve Hofbauer; SCAG’s Executive Director Hasan Ikhrata (via videoconferencing from Los Angeles); and Palmdale Transportation/GIS Manager Mike Behen.

WHY:                    Provide more opportunities for local participation in Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) meetings, and potentially other regional meetings.  Will provide significant savings in travel time and costs.

BACKGROUND:     The City of Palmdale was selected to be the site of new video teleconferencing center that allows local agencies to participate in meetings at locations in the Los Angeles area without having to make the 4 hour round trip.

Funded by Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the Palmdale center is located in the City’s Development Services conference room. The equipment features two 60-inch LCD televisions and videoconferencing hardware and software that allows for real time audio and video interaction.

INFORMATION:    For more information, call Mike Behen at 661/267-5300.

July 26, 2011 Posted by | City of Palmdale, palmdale chamber events, palmdale meeting place | , , | 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