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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

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:


    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 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


    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

    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:

    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:

    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.


    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:


    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.

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

Legacy Commons Seeks Input for New Classes

Legacy Commons Seeks Input for New Classes

PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale is seeking input from Antelope Valley residents through a newly created survey to help determine the kinds of classes and workshops that may be offered at Legacy Commons for Active Seniors.

The survey is available on its Web site, <>. Printed copies may be obtained and filled out at Legacy Commons for Active Seniors, 930 East Avenue Q-9 in Palmdale. Legacy Commons is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to noon.

“We have been working with Antelope Valley College to see if we can perhaps bring to Legacy Commons some of the Corporate and Community Education workshops and classes that appeal to individuals 55 and up,” said Palmdale’s Recreation Supervisor Paula Leszkiewicz. “This survey will help us determine what the interest level is and which class or classes have the most appeal.”

Some of the classes under consideration include: The Basics of Selling on eBay,

Getting Started With Windows 7,  Creative Photo Slideshow, Connecting With Friends and Family Using Internet Social Media, Digital Photo Editing, So You Want To Get Published, Retirement Planning, The Living Trust, Credit Education, The 99-Cent Gourmet, Clutterology – Get Rid of Clutter and Get Organized, Back To Basics Traffic School, Mind & Stress Management Strategies, An Introduction to Voice Acting, Candle Making, Soap Making, Bridge and Other Card Games and Martial Arts.

For more information, call Jennifer Tallakson at 661/ 267-5904.


Communications Department · 38300 Sierra Highway · Palmdale, CA  93550


February 23, 2011 Posted by | City of Palmdale, Legacy Commons, palmdale | , , | Leave a comment

Coed Volleyball League Registration On Through March 3

Coed Volleyball League Registration On Through March 3

PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale’s parks and recreation department is accepting registration for its coed volleyball league now through March 3.

“Get together with your friends and get ready to bump, set and spike,” said Palmdale’s Senior Program Leader Pepe Melan. ”The fee is $250 per team plus $8 per game for the official. Teams will play one classification game prior to the start of league and a ten-game schedule. The league will run from March 22 through May 31,” said Melan.

Players must be at least 16 years old and there is a maximum of 10 players per team.

Games will be played on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6:30 to 10 pm at the Palmdale Oasis Park Recreation Center and at the Marie Kerr Park Recreation Center. Registration is available online at or in person at the parks and recreation office, 38260 10th St. East in Palmdale Monday through Thursday between 7:30 am and 6 pm.

For more information, please contact the parks and recreation sports division at 661/267-5611.


Communications Department · 38300 Sierra Highway · Palmdale, CA  93550


February 23, 2011 Posted by | City of Palmdale, Coed Volleyball League, palmdale | , , | Leave a comment

School Credit Available for Palmdale Playhouse Summer Camp

School Credit Available for Palmdale Playhouse Summer Camp

PALMDALE –  Students enrolled in any Antelope Valley Union High School District (AVUHSD) school are eligible for elective credits for successful completion of the City of Palmdale’s Senior Summer Theatre Camp.

“Students who satisfactorily complete the comprehensive Senior Summer Theatre Camp course have the opportunity to earn 10 elective credits through their school,” said Playhouse Theatre Operations Assistant Linda Willis.

Spots are still available for all of the Palmdale Playhouse’s camps, including Junior and Senior Summer Theatre Camps, Symphonic Orchestra Camp and Dance Camp.

All four camps have limited enrollment.  Registration will continue during normal box office hours until the camps are filled.  Regular box office hours are Monday through Thursday, 3 pm to 7 pm, and two hours prior to all ticketed events.

Junior Theatre Camp introduces children ages 9 through 12 to theatre through hands-on experience in acting, scene painting and prop creation.  Camp dates are June 13 to June 24 from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm.  The cost for the program is $100 for Palmdale residents and $150 for non-residents.  A non-refundable deposit of $50 is due at registration.  Two performances will take place on June 25. Class size is limited to 20 students.

Senior Summer Theatre Camp is a comprehensive program for students ages 13 through 19 that includes instruction in nearly every aspect of live theatre. Camp dates are July 5 to July 22 from 8 am to 4 pm, and July 25 to July 28 from 8 am to 2 pm. The total cost for the program is $350 for Palmdale residents and $400 for non-residents.  A non-refundable deposit of $100 is due at registration.  Performance dates are July 29, 30 and 31.  Class size is limited to 30 students.

Symphonic Orchestra Camp is an intensive program that includes sectional and group work for intermediate to advanced musicians.    Camp dates are May 31 through June 10 from 6:30 pm to 9 pm.  The total cost for the program is $150 for Palmdale residents and $200 for non-residents.  A non-refundable deposit of $75 is due at registration.  This year’s camp will present a concert on June 11, featuring current pop musical selections.   Class size is limited to 25 students.

Dance Camp is an opportunity for beginning and advanced beginning dancers ages 7 to 12 to learn character dance and mime as well as classical ballet technique. Camp dates are June 20 to June 30 from 9 am to 1 pm. The total cost for the program is $100 for Palmdale residents and $150 for nonresidents. A non-refundable deposit of $50 is due at registration. This year’s camp will hold one public performance on July 1 entitled “Coppelia“ featuring mechanical dolls.  Class size is limited to 15 students.

For more information please call the Palmdale Playhouse at 661/267-5684.



Communications Department · 38300 Sierra Highway · Palmdale, CA  93550


February 23, 2011 Posted by | City of Palmdale, palmdale, Palmdale Playhouse Summer Camp | , , | Leave a comment

Ribbon cutting ceremony for Palmdale Regional Medical Center in Palmdale


WHAT:   Ribbon cutting ceremony for Palmdale Regional Medical Center in Palmdale.

WHEN:   Friday, February 25, 2011, 1:30 pm

WHERE: 38600 Medical Center Dr., Palmdale (Corner of Palmdale Blvd. and 10th St. West. Ribbon cutting to be held at the main front entrance off of Palmdale Blvd.)

WHO:            Palmdale Regional Medical Center staff; Mayor Jim Ledford; members of the City Council; City of Palmdale staff; Palmdale Chamber of Commerce business members, directors and ambassadors; and AV Hispanic Chamber of Commerce officials.

WHY:            To celebrate the grand opening of the Palmdale Regional Medical Center in Palmdale.

BACKGROUND:     Palmdale Regional Medical Center (PRMC) provides high quality medical services to residents of the Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita Valley and surrounding communities, with 121 licensed acute care beds, inpatient and outpatient surgery, cardiac services featuring a STEMI Receiving Center (heart attack), and a 35-bed 24-hour emergency department.


INFORMATION:    John Mlynar at 661/267-5115.


Communications Department · 38300 Sierra Highway · Palmdale, CA  93550 <>


February 23, 2011 Posted by | City of Palmdale, palmdale, Palmdale Regional Medical Center | , , | Leave a comment

ilivetodayav LIVE! From Butler’s Coffee

Recorded on 11/2/10
Every Tuesday ilivetodayav broadcasts live over Ustream from Butler’s Coffee in Palmdale. The Show runs from 8am to 10:30 am and features community business owners and leading community members. If you have an event, service or cause you’d like to share about come to Butler’s for an interview. The show also highlights events and people around the valley with original video content and commercials from local sponsors.

Check out the video here —>

Today’s Special Guests:
David Byrne
Chris Spicher
Chris Calaba
Mike Hernandez

November 2, 2010 Posted by | av social networking, community webshow, lancaster, local events, palmdale | , , , , | Leave a comment

Home Winterization Tips for the High Desert! From Goodwill Plumbing

No doubt about it, as much as I love fall it is one of our shortest seasons here in Central Oregon. I can’t remember more than one Halloween where my daughter’s costume wasn’t buried under a parka. (At least the fairy wings fit outside one year!) So, before it get’s too cold to care, here are a few things to do to winterize your home in the High Desert.

If you have gutters, clean out any debris and clear the downspouts.Where necessary seal corner joints to prevent unnecessary damage to the fascia board and trim. In this climate clogged gutters can lead to ice buildup and eventually ice damns if we get enough snow. Not only is this bad for the roof it’s not so hot for the inside of your home when the ice starts to thaw!
Blow out your in-ground sprinkler lines and insulate the valve box. This is a cheap fix with most landscaping companies charging $35-40 to do this for you.
Remove hoses attached from outdoor spigots. The Frost Free Feature does not work if there is a hose attached! Insulate spigots that are not frost free!
Clean and seal deck surfaces. Pressure wash or clean the surface with a good deck cleaner andseal with a reliable product. (Ask your local hardware guy what he recommends.) A little effort here goes a long way in preventing costly refurbishing later!
Caulk exposed joint corners and openings at exterior beams and windows; when re-touching these areas with paint don’t forget to touch up any other areas that may have missing paint or exposed wood. Cracks at joints and seams as well as exposed wood eventually can allow moisture to accumulate under the surface leading to an eventual breakdown of the product through dry rot or mold. Also, if moisture does get trapped in these openings and freezes it can cause expansion which is usually not good.

Have a licensed professional service your heating system to be sure it is running optimally, and don’t forget to change the filter. With energy costs on the rise this is one place where an ounce of prevention is well worth it!
Close foundation vents when it gets cold. Keep the wind and damp out from under your home and decrease energy costs by closing the ventilation to your foundation.
If you have perennials, now is a good time to add an extra dose of winter fertilizer and mulch. This should protect the roots from freezing and give them an added boost of nutrients for the winter.
This is the “short list” and I’m sure there is more that I’ve left out! Please feel free to add your comments and to-do lists here and I’ll update the list!Need help locating a contractor? Call your local Realtor, they’re happy to help and generally have a list of icensed professionals in their community!

October 15, 2010 Posted by | antelope valley plumbing, california, lancaster, palmdale, winterize | , , , , | Leave a comment