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Palmdale City Hall to Close for Presidents’ Day Holiday

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CONTACT:    John Mlynar

PHONE:                     661/267-5115      

DATE:            February 16, 2012


Palmdale City Hall to Close for Presidents’ Day Holiday


PALMDALE – City of Palmdale administrative and business offices, the Palmdale Playhouse box office and Palmdale City Library will be closed on Monday, Feb. 20  in observance of Presidents’ Day. 

Administrative and business offices will reopen Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 am.  The Palmdale Playhouse box office will reopen Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 3 pm. The Palmdale City Library will reopen on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 10 am.

In the event of an emergency, residents may call             661/267-5338      . Emergencies include sewer overflows, roadway/right of way hazards including downed tree limbs, downed signs and potholes, or broken sprinkler lines in City parks and landscaped areas.

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





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

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

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

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