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Avoid “Carmageddon:” There’s Fun, Food, Entertainment and More in Palmdale!

With the impending traffic nightmare on the horizon for the Interstate 405 Sepulveda Pass Improvement Project scheduled for July 15 to 18, the City of Palmdale is encouraging its residents and Los Angeles area residents to take advantage of a weekend of fun, food and entertainment in Palmdale.

“Traffic is going to be tough around the I-405 and I-10 area,” said Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford. “Authorities are advising people to avoid the area until the project is complete.  We’re inviting everyone to take this opportunity to experience some of the summer fun and amenities we have to offer in Palmdale.”

Beginning on Thursday, July 14, the City of Palmdale has a full slate of activities and entertainment for people of all ages that will run the entire weekend.  Those activities include:

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    Thursday, July 14

    Thursday Night on the Square — Poncitlán Square, 5:30 – 9 pm. An open-air market featuring specialty items and enticing food, free live music and activities for kids, this has been a community favorite for 11 years running. Each week features a different theme; July 14 is Sock It To Me, where kids can create a sock puppet, a baby sock chick and their own hacky sack. Music will be provided by Lorena Mackey & The Hi-Lites.

    Friday, July 15

    Jazz Night at Embassy Suites — Fourteen Restaurant & Bar, Embassy Suites Palmdale, 39375 5th St. West, Palmdale; 8 to 11 pm. Music by the Tony Capko Trio, featuring Herbie Kay on the sax. The Embassy Suites in Palmdale is an upscale, full-service, all-suites hotel. The Jazz Night environment is one of modern urban luxury with dim lights at night and romantic candlelight adorning tables. Relax in sophistication while sipping a delightfully handcrafted cocktail or enjoying a deliciously prepared meal from Fourteen Restaurant.  

    Sundown at DryTown — DryTown Water Park, 3850 E. Ave. S, Palmdale, 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Enjoy a beautiful desert summer evening at this six-acre Old West mining town-themed aquatic park that features a 925-foot lazy river, a 35-foot waterslide tower with three waterslides and splashdown pool, and a 6,000 square foot children’s water playground, including a 50 gallon Vortex Splash bucket, three water rings and two water cannons. Tickets are $7 for ages 9 and up, $5 for ages 3 through 8.

    Saturday, July 16

    DryTown Water Park — 3850 E. Ave. S, Palmdale, 10 am – 6 pm. Day use tickets range from $6 to $16. Info available at www.cityofpalmdale.org/drytown or by calling 661/267-6161.

    Starlight Concert Series – “America-40th Anniversary Tour — 8 pm, Palmdale Amphitheater, 2723 Rancho Vista Blvd. Palmdale. 2010 marked the 40th Anniversary of perennial classic-rock favorite, America.  Their best-known tunes – I Need You, Ventura Highway, A Horse With No Name, Don’t Cross The River, Tin Man, Lonely People, and Sister Golden Hair – were cornerstones of 1970s Top 40 and FM rock radio. Admission is $5 for age 13 and older; guests 12 and younger are admitted free, and parking is free. 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.

    Sunday, July 17

    Yard House Restaurant Grand Opening — Antelope Valley Mall, 1247 W. Ave. P, Palmdale. Enjoy Palmdale’s newest restaurant on its first day of operation! Upscale eatery with extensive selection of draft beers.  Info: 661/274.9271.  If Yard House is too crowded opening day, no worries: Restaurant Row at the Antelope Valley Mall also offers BJ’s Brewhouse and Restaurant, Famous Dave’s BBQ, Carino’s Italian, Chili’s, El Torito, Olive Garden, Outback Steakhouse, Fresco II Mediterranean, Claim Jumper, Denny’s, Chipotle, Carl’s Jr., Arby’s and Red Lobster.  Restaurants across Palmdale including Steer n’ Stein, Inka Peruvian, Goldfish Japanese, Mana Asian, Tokyo Steak and more will satisfy every palate. For a list of restaurants in Palmdale, visit www.cityofpalmdale.org/visitors/restaurants.asp.

    Accomodations

    Palmdale is home to several outstanding hotels that offer exceptional service and accommodations.  Embassy Suites Palmdale, featuring 150 suites, opened its doors at 39375 5th Street in April 2010. It contains some of the largest rooms of any hotel in Palmdale and is the tallest building in the Antelope Valley. The Hilton Garden Inn Palmdale is perfectly located at the Antelope Valley Regional Mall where it is convenient to all shopping, movies, and restaurants. The Palmdale Hotel and Holiday Inn recently underwent major upgrading and refurbishing, while the new Staybridge Suites and Hampton Inn & Suites provide comfortable suite options. For more information on lodging in Palmdale, please visit www.cityofpalmdale.org/visitors/index.html.

    Nearby Attractions

    Joe Davies Heritage Airpark at Palmdale Plant 42, 2001 E. Avenue P

    Visitors may view a collection of aircraft flown, tested, designed, produced or modified at United States Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale. The Airpark currently includes 17 retired military aircraft on static display plus a 1/8 scale model of the B-2 Spirit, an AGM-28 Hound Dog Missile and various components from other aircraft. A B-52 and C-46 are also on display. Info: www.cityofpalmdale.org/airpark.

    Devil’s Punchbowl, 28000 Devils Punch Bowl Rd., Pearblossom

    A tilted sandstone county park within the Angeles National Forest on the northern slopes of the San Gabriel Mountains that features many fascinating and colorful rock formations. There are short trails within the park which showcase the geologic features along the Punchbowl and San Andreas Faults.  Info: www.devils-punchbowl.com.

    Rancho Vista Golf Club, 3905 Club Rancho Drive, Palmdale

    Located in the heart of Palmdale, it provides guests with an exceptional golfing, dining and entertaining venue. The Ted Robinson designed 18-hole golf course offers a lush oasis perfectly complementing the surrounding desert landscape while the Clubhouse features a comfortable retreat for a quiet family dinner or celebrating special occasions. Info:www.ranchovistagolfcourse.com.

    Shopping

    Antelope Valley Mall, 1233 Rancho Vista Blvd., Palmdale.

    The High Desert’s largest and finest shopping destination features about 140 stores.  The anchors, Macy’s, Dillards, JC Penney, Sears and Forever 21 are complimented by Hollister Co., New York & Company, Lane Bryant, American Eagle Outfitters, Aéropostale, Build-a-Bear Workshop, Zumiez, Hot Topic, Frederick’s of Hollywood, Sephora, Old Navy and many more. Information: www.av-mall.com.

    Cinema

    A 16 screen Cinemark theater with “stadium style seating” theater opened in the north “ring road” which surrounds the Antelope Valley Mall. It is called “Restaurant Row’ due to the many restaurants located there.

     

For more information, call 661/267-5115.

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July 5, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley, antelope valley Events, palmdale, palmdale summer fun | , , , | Leave a comment

VINYL VINYL VINYL

SCHOOL’S OUT FOR SUMMER!

It’s time to start having some FUN!

I’ve been hosting an event called Bring Your Own Vinyl Night every Wednesday night from 7:30 to 10:30 at the BLVD Today Cafe on Lancaster BLVD for about 7 or 8 months. I had a great turnout in the beginning Winter months of 2011 especially during Winter Break. The crowd started to wane as we got further and further into the Spring Semester. However now that’s school out again we’re picking up! We’ve been enjoying some great weather for the past few weeks and a lot more people are coming out to be a part of the event! We’re actually even getting some recognition from the City of Lancaster! Our event is listed on the Destination Lancaster Events flyer and has been included in Chenin Dow’s BLVD news email!

Ages range from high schoolers to senior citizens and everyone has a good time. We’ve heard a a wide variety of different music, from classic rock to 80’s electronic and funk, big band jazz, classical musical, broadway show tunes and some modern music too! There’s always plenty to do as we have art on the walls to look at, free wi-fi if you bring your own laptop, and a great selection of board games and cards.

Many people may think Vinyl is totally dead, or say they don’t own any so they don’t feel the event is for them. I’ve got news for you! Vinyl is alive! Listening to an old record has a magical sound quality to it, and holding a 45mm record is just so much more tangible than an MP3. For those without Vinyls we’ve got a great stack of stuff to make there’s always something to enjoy. If you’re itching to get your hands on some Vinyl its actually pretty simple to get a hold of (an affordable).

Some Great places in the Antelope Valley for Vinyl Records:

Antiques on the BLVD

520 West Lancaster Boulevard, Lancaster, CA 93534-2516 

Nice Selection of Vinyls, Unsorted. All Records For Sale for only $3 a piece. Very Friendly Service!

PNS Coins & Collectibles
620 W Lancaster BlvdLancaster, CA 93534
(661) 942-3554

Fantastic Selection, Organized into genres and alphabetically, great prices at $1 – $2 per vinyl. The owner Vince is looking to get rid em all and would be willing to make a deal if you wanna by a bunch.

Full Score Music

42741 N. 45th St. West, Ste B-2 Quartz Hill, CA

661.943.8333

Haven’t Had a chance to check the place out yet, but plan to soon. If you’ve been there let me know if it lives up to the ad 🙂

Best Buy

39330 10th St W
Palmdale, CA 93551
661.274.7991

Not a lot here, but there are a few vinyls. Of course everything is a reprint, new vinyl mostly just classic rock stuff. The Record will be fresh and clean, true to the original artwork but it’s also gonna cost you $20 or more.


Thrift Stores

Many of my Vinyl finds have been at second hand stores throughout the AV. The selection is never consistent, but hunting for a special find is always fun and you can score many records for less than a dollar. Happy Hunting!


Palmdale Thrift Stores

Goodwill – Palmdale

 2140 East Palmdale Boulevard, Palmdale –

Super Value Thrift Shop

38458 Sierra Highway, Palmdale –

Valley Oasis Shelter Thrft Shop

3030 East Palmdale Boulevard, Palmdale –

 38442 20th Street East, Palmdale –
Lancaster Thrift Stores

44247 10th Street West, Lancaster –

 

44245 10th St W # 104, Lancaster –

329 West Avenue I, Lancaster –

A To Z Thrift Shop

1213 West Avenue I, Lancaster –

2043 W. Ave J, Lancaster –
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR VINYL NIGHT! Download our Flyer and print it our to pass around town 🙂 VinylNight-1.pdf

You Still Can’t get enough Vinyl? Our Event Photojournalist Ali Rae Pursley is Selling VINYL BOWLS for only $10!

Oh yeah and be sure to check out these great videos from VINYL NIGHT:

If you’re still not ready to come out and enjoy vinyl night with us, or stumbled upon this blog from somewhere else in the world other than the Antelope Valley, you can still be a part of the fun even if you can’t show up in person. We Stream the evening’s festivities LIVE on Ustream, Tune in Here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/vinylnight

June 22, 2011 Posted by | av summer fun, lancaster blvd nightlife, lancaster nightlife, lancaster summer fun, palmdale summer fun, vinyl night lancaster | , , , , , | Leave a comment