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Bike and Build Day

WHAT:   “Bike and Build Day” event at a City of Palmdale’s Neighborhood Improvement Project home.

WHEN:           Wednesday, August 24, 9 am to 3 pm. Media interviews at 9:45 am.

WHERE:  38518 5th Street East, Palmdale  (on the corner of Q-5.) 


WHO:            Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford; Palmdale City Councilmembers; VanRay Murphy, Bike and Build Construction director; Bike and Build cyclists; Palmdale Neighborhood Preservation Manager Mike Miller; Youth Build CEO Rossie Johnson; YouthBuild staff and students; Paving the Way Foundation members; project sponsors.


WHY:    Bike and Build cyclists will join Youth Build in working on a new rehab project in Palmdale’s Focus Neighborhood #3. Work to be done includes  deconstruction of exterior walls, drywall, exterior painting, removal of electrical wiring and plumbing. In June, a “door smashing” event was held to signal the beginning of a new project where the City of Palmdale approved an Owner Participation Agreement that provided funding for Paving the Way Foundation to acquire the property as a construction/rehabilitation project for AV Youth Build. With the assistance of several supporters, including Home Depot, the students have been renovating the property.  When completed (approximately December 2012), the property will be used as affordable student housing for students 18 and older who are enrolled in Youth Build and working to receive their high school diploma.



        Bike & Build is a 501(c)(3) independent nonprofit organization that works with young adults to produce cross-country fundraising cycling trips, open to participants ages 18 to 25. The proceeds from the events are disbursed to affordable housing organizations to underwrite projects chiefly planned and executed by young adults in this age group.

        Palmdale is one of the stop on their “Maine to Santa Barbara 2011” bike trip. For details on the trip, visit

        The City of Palmdale’s Neighborhood Improvement Program was developed by the Housing Division of the Economic Development Department to improve homes where low- to moderate- income families live in specifically targeted areas. The Neighborhood Improvement Program (NIP) selects targeted areas to assist low- to moderate-income families to rehabilitate their homes. Qualified residents living in a focus neighborhood can receive grants for exterior paint, landscape improvements, tool loan vouchers and trash dumpster service. Homeowners may also receive rehabilitation funds through the Home Conservation Loan Program.

        As part of the NIP and to improve the appearance of the neighborhood, the Public Works Program Management Division repairs existing public improvements, and in some cases provides new public improvements such as sewers, curbs, driveways, sidewalks and landscaping.

        Youth Build is a youth and community development program that simultaneously addresses core issues facing low-income communities: housing, education, employment, crime prevention, and leadership development. In Youth Build programs, low-income young people ages 16-24 work toward their GEDs or high school diplomas, learn job skills and serve their communities by building affordable housing, and transform their own lives and roles in society.

        Paving the Way Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation for charitable purposes only.  Specifically the corporation is to aid in the development of at-risk youth, homeless, elderly, disabled persons and recovering alcoholic addicts.  Paving the Way believes that living skills enhancement, including resume development, and job and interviewing techniques are all of paramount importance to the success of anyone seeking to maintain sobriety and soundness of mind.  The Bike and Build team rode their bicycles from Boston to Santa Barbara recently and helped build low-income housing along the way. In 2008 and 2009, a Bike and Build team performed work on the City’s Neighborhood House 2.

INFO:           For more information, please call Rossie Johnson 661/317-8310.


August 16, 2011 Posted by | palmdale fun, palmdale news, palmdale press | 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

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