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

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What a great day on the BLVD.

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


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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…

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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.

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

They were gone in minutes.

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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

City of Lancaster Celebrates Local History with The BLVD Community Program

City of Lancaster Celebrates Local History with The BLVD Community Program

Lancaster, CA. 2/9/2011 – Local residents, business representatives and City officials gathered yesterday to celebrate the unveiling of the first tree plaques to be sponsored on Lancaster Boulevard through The BLVD Community Program. The program, which was launched in November 2010, allows members of the community to participate in the revitalization of downtown Lancaster, also known as The BLVD Transformation Project, by sponsoring trees or banners on The BLVD.

“This is an incredible opportunity to truly take an active role in our community,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris. “The BLVDTransformation Project has restored Lancaster Boulevard to its former status as the heart of the Antelope Valley. Each and every one of these sponsors has now become a part of this next phase in The BLVD’s history.”

Ron Smith presents plaque to Western Equipment Service Heating and Air Conditioning

“This program provides a nice way to honor loved ones,” said Vice Mayor Ron Smith. “These trees will be an essential part of ourBLVD community for decades to come. Today, I am proud to represent the City in recognizing these upstanding citizens and businesses who have contributed so much to the Antelope Valley.”

The first 11 individuals to sponsor trees were presented with keepsake replica plaques by Vice Mayor Smith. Among the sponsors was Geraldlyn Drake, who purchased a tree in honor of her grandparents, longtime Antelope Valley residents Olin and Beatrice Derrick. Drake and the Derricks received their replica plaque near their tree in front of the post office.

The BLVD holds historical meaning for them,” she said. “I chose this area of the BLVD so I can take them to visit it and reminisce about the ‘good old days.’”

Ron Smith presents plaque in memory of SDPO Gary Lippman

The Derricks’ history in the area dates back to 1935, when Olin first arrived in the Antelope Valley. He soon established himself as an alfalfa farmer, and he and Beatrice still live on their ranch today.

The Derricks wasted no time in becoming involved in the community. The pair was among the pioneers of the original Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, donating hay to help raise money for the purchase of the land. They continued to donate numerous hours of service to the Fair each year. Olin was deeply involved in the Fair’s Rural Olympics, serving as a Starter, Committeeman, Safety Officer, member of the Protest Committee, and Judge for more than 50 years. After being knocked down by a truck which was backing through the chutes, he decided to retire. In recognition of this service, Olin was awarded entry into the Rural Olympics Hall of Fame and received a Golden Hay Hook in 2007.

“They are the best grandparents ever,” said Drake. “I am very blessed, along with their children, other grandchildren and great grandchildren. They have lived long, healthy, and prosperous lives.”

The Derricks celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in September 2010. Drake presented them with the tree as a birthday present, as Beatrice celebrated her 89th birthday on February 4 and Olin celebrated his 93rd birthday February 8 immediately after the plaque presentation.

Ron Smith presents plaque to Rottman Drilling Co

Memories made on The BLVD also led Gary Sutton to select a tree in front of the post office.  He donated the tree in memory of his fallen comrade, S. Sgt. James H. Duty, a veteran of the Vietnam War.

“As teenagers, we used to walk up and down Sierra Highway to check out the used car lots and Lancaster BLVD,” Sutton said. “On July 16, 1959, we were walking down Lancaster Boulevard. We walked between two palm trees in front of the [Western] hotel and a bird [pooped] on my head. As luck would have it, the sprinklers came on at the post office and I was able to wash my head.”

Sutton has many good memories with Duty, a helicopter gunner who had survived being shot down multiple times.

“We had lots of laughs and good times walking all over Lancaster and working together – he was a really good mechanic,” Sutton said. “Every day I go to the post office and see the two palm trees, I remember the laughs we got out of the bird [pooping] on my head and me down on my knees washing in the sprinklers.”

Resident Merlynn Aston also took advantage of the opportunity to honor the memory of loved ones, donating a tree in the name of her husband, the John Aston Family, and her father, the Al Nimigean Family. She selected a tree in front of what is now BeX to commemorate fond memories with her father.

“In 1950, the first electric door was in our grocery store on this corner,” she said. “I asked my dad how it worked, and he said that a little man sits at the top of the door and pushes a button to open it for us.”

To strengthen her ties to the downtown area, Aston’s father worked at Singer Sewing Machine on The BLVD.  In addition, both families were active in the Masons, Shriners, Eastern Star, Women’s Club, Moose, Elks, and the Christian church.

“Both families lived, worked, and spent their money and time here making a difference,” Aston said.

Other tree sponsors included:

·         Robert Laich, in memory of SDPO Gary Lippman

·         Phyllis Lask, in memory of Salvadore A. Lask, M.D.

·         Chris Aune, in memory of his grandparents, Mary and Joseph Gonzales

·         The Ralph and Virginia Bozigian Family

·         Rottman Drilling Co.

·         Western Equipment Service

·         The City of Lancaster Planning Commission

·         Helga Coleman

·         Gregory Wright

·         City Manager Mark Bozigian and his wife, Karen, in honor of their children, Brenna and Sean

Trees are still available for sponsorship through The BLVD Community Program. For more information, visitwww.cityoflancasterca.org, e-mail blvd@cityoflancasterca.org or contact Chenin Dow at (661) 723-6165.

 

 

February 10, 2011 Posted by | on the blvd, The BLVD Community Program, The BLVD Transformation Project | , , , , | Leave a comment

Brian Golden and JIm Greenleaf on the BLVD Launch

 

http://blvdtoday.com Brian Golden reports on the BLVD from the Aerospace Walk of Honor about “The Launch”

 

January 24, 2011 Posted by | Brian Golden, Lancaster blvd, Lancaster BLVD entertainment, Lancaster BLVD Live, on the blvd | , , , , | Leave a comment

Aerospace Walk of Honor Brian Golden reporting on the Launch

http://blvdtoday.com Brian Golden reports on the BLVD from the Aerospace Walk of Honor about “The Launch”

January 24, 2011 Posted by | Brian Golden, Lancaster blvd, Lancaster BLVD entertainment, Lancaster BLVD Live, on the blvd | , , , , | Leave a comment

Brian Golden reporting on the BLVD Launch

http://blvdtoday.com Brian Golden reports on the BLVD from the Aerospace Walk of Honor about “The Launch”

 

January 24, 2011 Posted by | Brian Golden, Lancaster blvd, Lancaster BLVD entertainment, Lancaster BLVD Live, on the blvd | , , , , | Leave a comment

City of Lancaster to Add Pianos to The BLVD

City of Lancaster to Add Pianos to The BLVD


Public Pianos to Act as Both Musical Instruments and Artwork

Lancaster, CA. 12/15/10—The City of Lancaster unveiled a new project which will set pianos along The BLVD for the community to play.  To enliven The BLVD with both music and visual art, these pianos have been transformed into works of art by two local Antelope Valley artist collectives.

 


 

“What we are witnessing is the rapid burgeoning of the arts in our downtown area,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris. “The BLVD Pianos have joined the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery, Cedar Center, Artists’ Lofts and Gallery, BeX Bandstand stage, and the upcoming movie theater in bringing the arts to downtown Lancaster. These pianos are a synthesis of music and visual art, acting as yet another attraction to fulfill The BLVD’s motto as a “Destination for your Senses.”

 

 

The program is modeled after similar programs in several cities, including Denver, New York and Birmingham, UK.  The pianos are decorated by artists and then placed in public locations where anyone who wishes may play them.

 

 

Inspired by these programs, the City of Lancaster purchased the pianos and handed them off to two different artist collectives, which then converted them into functional pieces of art. Bryan Pacana, Larissa Nickel and Laurel Siler designed a Liberace-inspired piano, while more than a dozen artists collaborated on the artwork covering a tiled-collage piano. The artists include: Todd Cooper, Edwin Vasquez, Dennis Calaba, Donna Weil, Susan Moses, Jennifer Petty, Autumn Petty, Dave Faust, Arturo Castañon, Ana Luz Castañon, Benjamin Andrews, Cheryl Jackson-Schaffer and Mia Badua.

 

The two pianos will be placed on the BLVD; one on the sidewalk in front of Graphic Experience and one in the Ramblas in front of Bank of America.  There are plans to provide each piano with a protective encasement. At a later date, the program will expand to include additional pianos along The BLVD.

 

“These pianos are a catalyst for creating community,” concluded Mayor Parris. “When someone sits down and starts to play, people stop, gather around, and begin to comment and converse. These pianos, like many other attractions on the BLVD, provide a focal point where people can come together and connect with one another.”

 

December 16, 2010 Posted by | BLVD pianos, Lancaster blvd, Music on the BLVD, on the blvd, r rex parris | , , , , | Leave a comment

BLVD Piano Liberace Piano

http://blvdtoday.com Artist Bryan Pacana talks about the Liberace Piano created for the City Of Lancaster’s BLVD Piano project.

December 16, 2010 Posted by | art on the BLVD, BLVD pianos, Lancaster blvd, Music on the BLVD, on the blvd | , , , , | Leave a comment

BLVD Pianos Played for the First TIme


http://blvdtoday.com The program is modeled after similar programs in several cities, including Denver, New York and Birmingham, UK.  The pianos are decorated by artists and then placed in public locations where anyone who wishes may play them.

December 16, 2010 Posted by | art on the BLVD, BLVD pianos, Lancaster blvd, Music on the BLVD, on the blvd | , , , , | Leave a comment

BLVD Pianos Music and Art


http://blvdtoday.com Inspired by these programs, the City of Lancaster purchased the pianos and handed them off to two different artist collectives, which then converted them into functional pieces of art. Bryan Pacana, Larissa Nickel and Laurel Siler designed a Liberace-inspired piano, while more than a dozen artists collaborated on the artwork covering a tiled-collage piano. The artists include: Todd Cooper, Edwin Vasquez, Dennis Calaba, Donna Weil, Susan Moses, Jennifer Petty, Autumn Petty, Dave Faust, Arturo Castañon, Ana Luz Castañon, Benjamin Andrews, Cheryl Jackson-Schaffer and Mia Badua.

December 16, 2010 Posted by | art on the BLVD, BLVD pianos, Lancaster blvd, Music on the BLVD, on the blvd | , , , , | Leave a comment

City of Lancaster to Add Pianos to The BLVD Streetscape

City of Lancaster to Add Pianos to The BLVD Streetscape


WHAT: Based on similar programs in other cities such as London, New York and Denver, the City of Lancaster is adding music to the BLVD with two pianos to be made available to the public to sit down and play a tune in downtown locations.  Each piano has been turned into a work of art by two local Antelope Valley artist collaboratives.

 

WHERE:       Graphic Experience

624 W. Lancaster BLVD
Lancaster, CA 93534

WHEN: Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 10:00 am

WHO: Mayor R. Rex Parris

Lancaster City Council Members
City Manager Mark V. Bozigian
Rena Patel, Co-owner, Graphic Experience

December 11, 2010 Posted by | antelope valley artists, on the blvd | Leave a comment