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GoPro Bike Ride on Lancaster Blvd

Shawn Downs races on his bike down Lancaster Blvd, Lancaster Ca.

September 1, 2011 Posted by | GoPro, Lancaster blvd, Lancaster BLVD Live, shawn downs | , , , | Leave a comment

The Association’s newly-elected Board of Directors and officers were announced at the last meeting, along with a number of upcoming events

Dear BLVD Association members,

The Association’s newly-elected Board of Directors  and officers were announced at the last meeting, along with a number of upcoming events.  Please review the attached minutes for further information.  Below are this year’s board members:

  • ·         Jill Cooper, AV Bank – President
  • ·         Erica Allbee, All About Fitness – Vice President, Zone A
  • ·         Valerie Orcutt, Bella West – Vice President, Zone B
  • ·         Julie Sutton, Sutton Photography – Secretary
  • ·         Monica Grado, George’s Cleaners – Treasurer
  • ·         Sharon Giannini, Giannini’s Bistro and Grill
  • ·         Roger Hemme, Bohn’s Printing
  • ·         Myrle McLernon, MDM Architects
  • ·         Rena Patel, Graphic Experience
  • ·         April Rae, Daisy’s Costumes
  • ·         Andy Ward, Michelizzi, Schwabacher, Ward & Collins
  • ·         Myself (City representative)

Below are this week’s updates.  There are a number of road closures this week to allow for several special events.  Some businesses might consider adjusting store hours to accommodate customers who are attending these events, as some of them will take place outside typical hours.

  • ·         This Wednesday, 8/17, The BLVD Association judges will visit businesses participating in the AV Fair’s decorating contest.  The Association will award a prize for the best decorated, which the winning business will be able to proudly display until a new winner is crowned next year.
Weekly Farmer's Market on the BLVD

Time: August 18, 2011 from 3pm to 8pm
Location: Lancaster Blvd
Street: Lancaster Blvd
City/Town: Lancaster,CA
Website or Map:
Phone: 661-723-6165
Event Type: farmer’smarket
Organized By: Lancaster BLVD
As usual, our farmer’s market will take place Thursday from 3:00 to 8:00 pm.  Runaway Train will play on the Bandstand stage at 6:30.

“Peel the Love” Auto Art Challenge

Time: August 18, 2011 from 3pm to 8pm
Location: Lancaster Blvd
Street: bewteen Date and Cedar
City/Town: Lancaster,CA
Website or Map:
Phone: 661-723-6165
Event Type: artchallenge
Organized By: Lancaster BLVD

New this week: as a promotion for the Antelope Valley Fair, which begins this Friday, AV Federal Credit Union will host the “Peel the Love” Auto Art Challengeon The BLVD between Date and Cedar.  Four vehicles painted by artists will be on display, as well as a fifth for the public to paint.  The BLVD will be closed from Fig to Cedar beginning at 11:00 am for these events.

AV Fair Parade on the Blvd

Time: August 20, 2011 from 9am to 12pm
Location: Lancaster Blvd
Street: 10th street west and Lancaster Blvd
City/Town: Lancaster
Website or Map:…
Phone: 661.948.4518
Event Type: avfairparade
Organized By: AV Chamber of Commerce

The AV Fair Parade will take place this Saturday, August 20th at 9:00 am.  In conjunction with the parade, the High Desert Runners will host a race beginning at 7:30 am in front of All About Fitness at Sierra Highway and The BLVD.  Registration begins at 6:30 am.  The BLVD will be closed from 12th Street West to Yucca Avenue from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm for the parade and race.  10th Street West will also be closed from Jackman to Newgrove, and Sierra Highway will be closed from Jackman to Milling.  Historically, the parade is very well-attended and spectators begin gathering well before the parade to get good seats, so those of you with restaurants and retail shops might consider opening early to accommodate these potential customers.

All About Fitness, MGS Bikes and Psycho City will celebrate their grand openings

Time: August 20, 2011 from 4pm to 11pm
Location: Lancaster Blvd
Street: between Sierra Highway and Beech
City/Town: Lancaster,CA
Website or Map:
Phone: 661-723-6165
Event Type: grandopening
Organized By: All About Fitness, MGS Bikes and Psycho City

All About Fitness, MGS Bikes and Psycho City will celebrate their grand openings this Saturday, August 20th.  Join them for live music, raffle prizes and giveaways, food, and more beginning at 4:00 pm on The BLVD between Sierra Highway and Beech.  Please note that this section of The BLVD will be closed from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm for this event, as it will not be re-opened during the short time between the end of the parade and the beginning of setup for the 4:00 pm event.

Youth Skate Fundraiser

Time: August 20, 2011 from 12pm to 4pm
Location: Lancaster Blvd
Street: Cedar Avenue and Milling Street
City/Town: Lancaster,CA
Website or Map:
Phone: 661-723-6165
Event Type: youthskatefundraiser
Organized By: Paving the Way Foundation

Also this Saturday, there will be a Youth Skate Fundraiser sponsored by Paving the Way Foundation on Cedar Avenue from noon to 4:00 pm. Cedar Avenue will be closed from The BLVD to Milling following the Fair Parade until 4:00 pm.·

  • Laemmle BLVD Cinemas and Forge are now open next to LPAC!  Click here to read the press release about last Thursday’s grand opening gala event, and click here to visit the theater’s website.

  • Destination Lancaster, the new tourism and visitors’ bureau, is seeking coupons from local businesses to post on its website.  This is a free opportunity to promote your business.  As the site is geared toward visitors, we are particularly seeking discounts and deals from restaurant and retail-type businesses.  If you would like Destination Lancaster to consider including your business’s discount on the site, please reply to this e-mail with the complete discount details, along with a JPEG file of any graphics you’d like included.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns related to The BLVD.


Chenin Dow

Redevelopment Assistant

City of Lancaster

44933 N. Fern Avenue

Lancaster, CA 93534

(661) 723-6165

Fax: (661) 723-6210

August 18, 2011 Posted by | city of lancaster, Lancaster blvd, lancaster blvd events, lancaster blvd grand opening, lancaster news | , , , , | Leave a comment

Farmers Market on Lancaster Blvd

Lancaster, CA. August 10, 2011 – Antelope Valley residents and visitors alike are invited to enjoy the ever-growing Farmers’ Market on The BLVD every Thursday from 3—8pm.

“Whether you stop by after work to pick up fresh produce, or spend the evening out on the town enjoying the atmosphere, the farmers’ market has something for everyone,” remarked Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris.

The year-round event has now grown past its original boundaries of Date to Ehrlich Avenue, with vendor booths stretching along The BLVD nearly to Fig Ave. Approximately a dozen vendors supply fresh fruits and vegetables, joining more than ten vendors offering pre-packaged and prepared foods. A sprinkling of arts and crafts vendors add a street-festival flair to the market.

In addition, many of the Farmers’ Markets have been enhanced by live music at BeX’s Bandstand stage beginning at 6:00 p.m. Upcoming groups include “Runaway Train” on August 18, as well as “Nuns for Fun” and “The Cruisers” September 22.

For more information, please visit Vendors interested in joining the farmers’ market may contact Angela Riley in the Parks, Recreation and Arts Department at 723-6074 or complete an application online @ 661.948.8442 Jim and Marva explore the Farmers Market on the Blvd and interview with Mike Roza.

August 13, 2011 Posted by | farmers market, jim greenleaf, Lancaster blvd, marva greenleaf, mike roza | , , , , | Leave a comment

Cristobal with Feathers on the Blvd

Jim Greenleaf gets a feather put in his beard from newest addition to Panache; Cristobal, with the help of Marva Greenleaf. Located on Lancaster Blvd

August 12, 2011 Posted by | cristobal, jim greenleaf, Lancaster blvd, marva greenleaf, panache | , , , , | Leave a comment


Hearing Test Results

After your hearing test assessment and evaluation, your Beltone hearing care professional records the results of your hearing evaluation on an audiogram. He or she will then share the results with you to show you what you’re hearing and what you are missing.

On the right is a sample hearing test audiogram. The letters represent the frequency of common speech sounds in the English language. Clicking on theSpeech Banana check box on the lower right of the audiogram shows where these sounds fall within an audiogram.

The age drop down box on the right hand side of the audiogram allows you to select an age range to see where an average hearing person would fall within the audiogram and which sounds they may be missing.

Each individual‘s hearing is different. Call our office at 661-948-4573 to schedule a FREE hearing evaluation and explanation of your results. Once you and your Beltone hearing care professional have discussed your individual audiogram results and lifestyle needs, he or she will be able to provide you with an in-office hearing aid demonstration of appropriate hearing aids.


July 20, 2011 Posted by | AV Beltone, av hearing lost, Lancaster blvd, the blvd | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

GBG Grilling on the Patio Thursdays 3pm-8pm














Every Thursday night come enjoy fresh BBQ chicken, BBq ribs, or BBQ tri-tip sandwiches. All items come with corn on the cob and baked beans. Stop by on your way to farmer’s market and enjoy Giannini’s patio grilling with Chef Nick.

July 18, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley bistro, BLVD, business lunch lancaster, business lunch palmdale, fine dining, Lancaster blvd, Lancaster BLVD dining | , , , , , , | 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

What Happens During a Hearing Test?

What Happens During a Hearing Test?

A hearing “test” actually includes several tests that measure how well you hear a variety of sounds such as tones and speech. Hearing tests are conducted by state-licensed practitioners in special sound booths or extremely quiet rooms. Generally, hearing tests result in one of two outcomes: normal hearing or some degree of hearing loss. A baseline hearing screening is recommended at around age 50, unless you’re experiencing symptoms of hearing loss sooner. Recent studies indicate that the earlier hearing loss is detected and treated, the slower it progresses. And conversely, if hearing loss goes undiagnosed, it can worsen more quickly than necessary. Because hearing loss often appears gradually, you may be unaware of its onset-so don’t put off your initial hearing screening!

Hearing History

A hearing test usually begins with questions pertaining to your overall health and your hearing history. Typical questions about your hearing may include:

  • Have you noticed difficulty hearing?
  • Did the problem come on suddenly or gradually?
  • Is there hearing loss in your family?
  • Are one or two ears affected?
  • Were you subjected to chronic loud noise during your life?
  • Do your ears ring?
  • Do you have dizziness or vertigo?
  • Did you have ear infections as a child?
  • Do you have ear pain?
  • Is it harder to hear the voices of men, women, or children?
  • Do you notice environments where it’s challenging to follow the conversation?

At this time, you should also be asked about medications you take. This is important because many prescription and over-the-counter drugs are ototoxic, or harmful to your hearing. This is also the stage to mention anything else you feel relates to your hearing.

Visual Examination of the Ears

Next, your ear canal and ear drum are inspected by a lighted device called an otoscope that magnifies the structures in the ear. Most hearing care specialists use video otoscopes which show you the inside of your ear on a video screen. Among other conditions, otoscopes spot ear wax blockages, ear drum perforations and signs of infection in the ear canal or middle ear. These problems can contribute to hearing loss, and are generally corrected by medical doctors. If none of these conditions is found however, the hearing screening continues with the pure-tone air-conduction test.

Air Conduction Testing

The pure-tone air-conduction test notes the very softest tones you can hear at least 50% of the time they are played for you. During this test, you will sit in a completely quiet room or sound booth, wearing earphones. Starting with one ear, the practitioner plays tones of different frequencies, (high-to-low pitches), one at a time. When you hear the sound, you raise a finger or press a button. Each tone is played at softer and softer levels until you no longer respond consistently. The softest level you can hear is your threshold for that particular frequency. The various frequencies played represent the range of sounds you commonly hear in the world. Your responses are charted on an audiogram, and the resulting graph indicates how well your outer and middle ear structures are processing sound.

Bone Conduction Testing

Bone conduction testing uses the same process as air conduction testing, but tones are sent to a device placed behind your ear instead of into earphones. This allows sounds to bypass your outer and middle ear and pass through your skull to your inner ear. In this manner, bone conduction testing accurately assesses your inner ear’s hearing ability, without influence from your outer or middle ear. Once the results of both air conduction and bone conduction testing are plotted on your audiogram, a fuller picture of your hearing health emerges. The picture may show normal hearing or may indicate hearing loss. If the latter, the audiogram identifies the degree (mild, moderate, severe, profound), and the type (conductive, sensori-neural, mixed) of your hearing loss.

Speech Testing

The next step in the process is testing that utilizes speech. The first test requires you to repeat a series of two-syllable words that are played at successively lower levels. This test helps to determine the level at which you can detect speech. You will then be asked to repeat one syllable words set at a comfortable listening level, to see how well you understand speech. Identifying these levels helps to further determine your hearing aid candidacy. Other valuable speech tests may include:

  • Speech-in-Noise testdetermines how well you hear sentences in noisy environments
  • Most Comfortable Listening Level (MCL)systematically increases volume until it feels “just right”
  • Threshold of Discomfort (TD)/Recruitment testsystematically increases volume until it’s uncomfortable /li>

If your hearing tests show you require hearing aids for hearing loss, these speech tests help customize your hearing devices so it’s easy to comprehend conversation in multiple listening environmentseven noisy ones.

Take Charge of Your Hearing Care

While a hearing screening can range from a short procedure to a battery of tests, a good hearing care professional will always take the time to explain every step, and help you understand your results. Remember, good hearing is in your control, so never hesitate to ask questions or seek answers! Call Beltone today at 661.948.4573 to schedule a complimentary hearing test.  Our office is located at 753 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster, CA  93534.  We also have offices in Bishop and Ridgecrest.  Call for more information.

June 13, 2011 Posted by | AV Beltone, Lancaster blvd | , , , , | Leave a comment

R. Rex Parris New Season at Lancaster Performance Arts Center

The City of Lancaster has navigated the turbulent waters of a struggling economy and, in the process, continued to advance the Arts in the Antelope Valley. We have grown and flourished as a community with deep-seeded respect for our history and our culture. This is evidenced by the multitude of performances drawing crowds to the Antelope Valley’s entertainment Mecca, theLancaster Performing Arts Center (LPAC). Our City is committed to further enhance the livability and quality of the community by providing a level of arts and entertainment which engages, uplifts and inspires us all.

Cultivation of the arts is an essential element in the vibrancy of our community, one which is key to residents from all walks of life. As such, the arts must be vehemently supported and sustained. The City of Lancaster is working hand-in-hand with the LPAC Foundation as an unyielding cohesive force driven to expose the Valley’s youth to the performing arts.Thousands of youth are impacted annually through the Arts for Youth Program, which provides for scholarships, bus funds, school shows, and various outreach projects that make reaching our City’s most precious citizens possible.

I am deeply appreciative of all the efforts and contributions of our patrons, sponsors, Foundation members, and staff, which enable us to continue to flourish as a progressive City centered on the betterment of lives through the appreciation of the Arts. I especially wish to thank Ralph Bozigian, Lou Bozigian and Scott Ehrlich for their tireless dedication to the Arts in the City of Lancaster.
R. Rex Parris, Mayor

Great New Things coming to the BLVD!

New Independent Film Theatre!

New Lancaster Museum / Art Gallery!

New Micro Brewery!

June 1, 2011 Posted by | Lancaster blvd, Lancaster Mayor, LPAC, r rex parris | , , , | Leave a comment