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R. Rex Parris New Season at Lancaster Performance Arts Center

The City of Lancaster has navigated the turbulent waters of a struggling economy and, in the process, continued to advance the Arts in the Antelope Valley. We have grown and flourished as a community with deep-seeded respect for our history and our culture. This is evidenced by the multitude of performances drawing crowds to the Antelope Valley’s entertainment Mecca, theLancaster Performing Arts Center (LPAC). Our City is committed to further enhance the livability and quality of the community by providing a level of arts and entertainment which engages, uplifts and inspires us all.

Cultivation of the arts is an essential element in the vibrancy of our community, one which is key to residents from all walks of life. As such, the arts must be vehemently supported and sustained. The City of Lancaster is working hand-in-hand with the LPAC Foundation as an unyielding cohesive force driven to expose the Valley’s youth to the performing arts.Thousands of youth are impacted annually through the Arts for Youth Program, which provides for scholarships, bus funds, school shows, and various outreach projects that make reaching our City’s most precious citizens possible.

I am deeply appreciative of all the efforts and contributions of our patrons, sponsors, Foundation members, and staff, which enable us to continue to flourish as a progressive City centered on the betterment of lives through the appreciation of the Arts. I especially wish to thank Ralph Bozigian, Lou Bozigian and Scott Ehrlich for their tireless dedication to the Arts in the City of Lancaster.
R. Rex Parris, Mayor

Great New Things coming to the BLVD!

New Independent Film Theatre!

New Lancaster Museum / Art Gallery!

New Micro Brewery!

June 1, 2011 Posted by | Lancaster blvd, Lancaster Mayor, LPAC, r rex parris | , , , | Leave a comment

Making A Difference

I received this message on Facebook earlier last week and wanted to share it with everyone:

“Mayor Parris,
I just wanted to thank you for ALL that you are doing for our community. My wife and I teach ESL (English as a Second Language) at AVC, but, partially due to the budget cuts at AVC, we have just recently begun teaching FreeESL! within the Community Homes on Kingtree… and beginning next week (because we are growing) on Desert Sage. As Palmdale residents ourselves, we were disappointed that we have found no opportunities like this in our city… yet.
Keep up the great work! You are making so many more differences than you will ever know!
Scott (and Priscilla) Jenison.”

I think its obvious the Scott and Priscilla are the ones that really deserve our thanks for going out and making a difference in the community. It’s great to see the people of the Antelope Valley coming up with creative solutions to the challenges facing our community. 


P.S. I’d love to hear your ideas and feedback –

May 16, 2011 Posted by | ANTELOPE VALLEY ESL, COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS, Lancaster Mayor, Mayor R. Rex Parris, r rex parris | , , , , | Leave a comment

Aimee Pierson Named Mayor’s Athlete of the Month by R. Rex Parris Lancaster, CA. April 27, 2011–Desert Christian athlete and scholar Aimee Pierson has been chosen to receive the Mayor’sAthlete of the Month Award for April.

“For her outstanding accomplishments in athletics, academics, and in the community, I would like to present Aimee Pierson with the Mayor’s
Aimee Pierson Named Mayor’s Athlete of the Month by R. Rex Parris

Athlete of the Month award,” said Parris.

As a scholar, Pierson has maintained a 4.15 GPA and is ranked third in her class. She has been on the Principal’s List and the California Scholastic Federation each semester. She is a member of the National Honor Society and has been awarded U.S. Achievement Academy Awards for Geometry, French, Algebra, Chemistry, World History, Trigonometry, and U.S. History. Aimee has earned the Association of Christian Schools International awards for academics and athletics, and their All-American scholar award.

As an athlete, Pierson is a four-year varsity goalie, who helped lead Desert Christian to four undefeated league championships and three CIF championships. She was named first team all-league and 2nd team all-CIF in 2011 as well as making the High Desert Senior All-Star team.

In her spare time, Pierson volunteers at Valley Bible soccer camps, the Desert Christian auction, and at her church. She plans to pursue a degree in Business/Sports Management at one of several schools which have offered her either academic or athletic scholarships.

“As an all-around athlete, scholar and volunteer, Aimee is an inspiration. We need more students like her,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris.

Recipients of the Athlete of the Month are selected based on community involvement, academic and athletic accomplishments.


April 30, 2011 Posted by | AIMEE PIERSON, Mayor R. Rex Parris, mayors athlete of the month, r rex parris, REX PARRIS | , , , | 1 Comment

First Minor League Baseball Stadium in California to go Solar

Lancaster.jpg (429×288) “The entire Lancaster community has embraced the city’s mission to become the alternative energy capitol of the world, and as the first minor league team in California to go solar, we’re happy to do our part,” said Peter Carfagna, JetHawks owner. The stadium is one of six city sites slated to go solar as part of a 2.5 megawatt project, and is the first city project under the Solar Lancaster program to be underway. The city projects, including City Hall and the City’s performing arts center, are expected to save the city more than $7 million over the next 15 years. The City of Lancaster and SolarCity®, a national leader in solar financing, design, installation, monitoring and related services, today announced that Clear Channel Stadium, home to the Lancaster JetHawks, is the first minor league baseball stadium in California to go solar. The 340 kilowatt carport-mounted system is expected to offset close to 100 percent of the stadium’s energy use and save its owners up to $48,000 in the first year of operation. “The many projects comprising our Solar Lancaster program are creating a number of benefits to our community. Not only are we taking further steps toward our goal of becoming the alternative energy capitol of the world, but we are creating jobs in many of our region’s hardest hit industries,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris. “Clear Channel Stadium is the first of many City of Lancaster projects that will contribute to a greener City, a greener California and a greener nation.”




April 12, 2011 Posted by | Larry Thornhill, r rex parris, ron smith | , , , , | Leave a comment

Mayor R. Rex Parris to Join Top Scholars and Leaders at “Leading to Well-Being” Conference

Mayor R. Rex Parris to Join Top Scholars and Leaders
at “Leading to Well-Being” Conference

Lancaster Mayor to Participate in Conference to Study Community Health
and Happiness through the Latest Research and Applications of Leadership
and Positive Psychology

Lancaster, CA. 4/6/2011 – This week, Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris will attend one of the most progressive health and wellness conferences available in the nation, The Leading to Well-Being Conference hosted by George Mason University (GMU) in Fairfax, VA.  The conference is a collaborative effort sponsored by George Mason University’s Center for Consciousness and Transformation and the GMU MasonLEADS website. Notable authors, scholars and industry leaders will address innovations in leadership and well-being via keynote speeches, panel discussions, and interactive workshops.

“This conference will provide a unique opportunity to further expand our understanding and knowledge-base regarding the use of positive psychology in improving the overall well-being of a community,” stated Mayor Parris.  “I am very excited about what I hope to take away from this experience and bring back to our community.”

Mayor Parris was personally invited to Leading to Well-Being by the conference’s featured keynote speaker, Dr. Martin Seligman; a world-renowned positive psychology researcher, scholar, best-selling author, and Director of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Among his more than 20 books is Dr. Seligman’s newest acclaimed work, “Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being.” Published just this month, Flourish is already receiving five-star customer ratings on online retail sites.  Dr. Seligman’s bibliography, extensive life’s work, engagement schedule and multitude of resources can be found on Penn State’s Positive Psychology website (, as well as the university’s Authentic Happiness website (

Seligman is one of a number of experts and community leaders sharing their wealth of research and knowledge at the conference, which is designed to provide participants with the tools to go out and jumpstart well-being practices in their own organizations and communities.


“I am honored to be personally invited to this gathering of innovative and esteemed individuals who are as passionate as I am about advancing our world and our communities through new ways of thinking,” added Mayor Parris. “I didn’t think twice about attending this prestigious conference which specifically deals with how to better our cities.”

Mayor Parris is personally paying for his travel and attendance costs associated with this trip.  For more information regarding the Leading to Well-Being Conference, call (703) 993-6090 or visit

April 7, 2011 Posted by | Lancaster Mayor, LEADERS CONFERENCE, Mayor R. Rex Parris, POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY, r rex parris | , , , , | 1 Comment

Salman Khan: Let’s use video to reinvent education

Salman Khan: Let’s use video to reinvent education

Every school board member in the Antelope Valley should see this presentation. It is will change the world and could change the Antelope Valley tomorrow.

March 22, 2011 Posted by | ANTELOPE VALLEY SCHOOL BOARD, ANTELOPE VALLEY SCHOOLS, Lancaster Mayor, r rex parris, SALMAN KHAN | , , , , | Leave a comment

Calming the Streets of Lancaster With Music

Birds chirp through downtown Lancaster, as water laps gently in the background and a soft piano melody encompasses the area.

But the birds aren’t real, and neither is the water. Even the piano music is computer-generated.

In fact, all the noises are coming from the same place-small, indiscreet green speakers that line the main street of downtown Lancaster known as The BLVD.

It might sound like another generic background track, but each of the three components has a specific goal designed to decrease the listeners’ stress, and along with it, crime rates, said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris.

The piano beat is half the speed of the human heart, which has a calming effect. The birds are supposed to evoke a feeling of security, since apparently birds used only to chirp when predators weren’t around. The water is supposed to add to both the security and the calmness.

In six months, Parris said he hopes to see an increase in sales and a decrease in traffic counts and aggressive crimes, especially the latter.

Parris came up with the idea as a result of his interest in cognitive science, and contributed a few thousand dollars of his own to develop the soundscape for downtown Lancaster, he said.

“I’m absolutely convinced that because of cognitive science, we have the ability to solve most social problems in society today,” Parris said.

The only problem Parris can see is that since it’s outside, the wind and other natural elements might interfere with the water and birds people are supposed to hear.

March 22, 2011 Posted by | BIRD SOUNDS, BLVD pianos, Lancaster blvd, Lancaster Mayor, r rex parris | , , , , | Leave a comment

City of Lancaster Opens First Phase of Downtown-Area American Heroes Park

City of Lancaster Opens First Phase of Downtown-Area American Heroes Park

WHAT:           The City of Lancaster will open the public-ready grounds of downtown’s American Heroes Park next week.  Named in honor of local fallen heroes, this new park offers a multitude of community- and family-gathering opportunities.

The media is invited to come walk the grounds; view the open areas of the park; and learn about what more is in store at this wonderful new addition to the downtown area.


WHERE:        American Heroes Park
Kettering Street, East of Fern Avenue
Lancaster, CA 93534

WHEN: March 22, 2011

1:00 pm

WHO: Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris
Lancaster City Manager Mark V. Bozigian
Lancaster City Officials


March 22, 2011 Posted by | American Heroes Park, City of Lancater, Downtown Lancaster, Lancaster Improvements, r rex parris | , , , , | Leave a comment

R. Rex Parris Interactive Recycling Kiosk on the BLVD

Waste Management Greenopolis Kiosk Arrives on The BLVD

Lancaster Performing Arts Center Hosts Interactive Recycling Kiosk

Lancaster, CA. 3/14/2011 – The first Waste Management Greenopolis Kiosk in the Antelope Valley arrived today at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center. The Greenopolis community, sponsored by Waste Management, aims to make recycling easy and rewarding through their online and on the street programming.  On the street, the Greenopolis Kiosk is an interactive recycling station where the public can bring their recyclable containers, receive points redeemable for discounts on tickets to LPAC shows, and, ultimately, donate to the LPAC Arts for Youth program.  Online, recyclers can track their points, play recycling games and interact with other online community members to learn more about conservation and how to keep their communities clean.

“The City of Lancaster is always looking for ways to improve the community and benefit our citizens,” stated Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris.  “The addition of Greenopolis to The BLVD is not only a ‘green’ advantage for our city, but also a resource for increasing exposure to the arts for both recyclers and community youth.”

“The new Greenopolis Kiosk is a great way to get Lancaster residents excited about recycling,” explains Sandra Pursley, Community Relations Manager with WM.  “You can win amazing prizes, support a great local community organization and help the environment at the same time, just by recycling!”

The WM Greenopolis Kiosk arrived in celebration of The Aluminum Show, sponsored by Waste Management, showing Tuesday, March 15th and Wednesday, March 16th at 7:00pm, at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center.

The Aluminum Show, a unique and energetic experience for the entire family, is a stimulating tour de force which combines movement, dance, visual theater and plenty of humor. In the show, talented dancers and actors breathe life into recycled aluminum-tone industrial materials to tell the story of a young machine determined to reunite with its long lost parents. During its travels through a futuristic world ruled by bizarre technology, it finds adventure, excitement and even a human friend, who does whatever it takes to get it back home in one piece.

The Aluminum Show uses recovered materials from industrial factories that are re-used to build the set, dress the cast and interact with the audience. As industrial materials are given new and surprising contexts, then combined with visual effects, lighting manipulations and enchanting music, all senses are on high alert. With sights and sounds universal to all, this is visual entertainment at its best.

In partnership with Waste Management, the Lancaster Performing Arts Center has pledged to recycle all of the recyclables collected through the concession recycling bins and contribute their proceeds in the name of Waste Management to the Arts for Youth program. Patrons who attend the public performances of The Aluminum Show will have the chance to sign their own recycling pledge at the Waste Management booth in the LPAC lobby before or after the show. All patrons who sign their own pledge to recycle at home will be entered to win six-months of FREE residential trash service from Waste Management. One patron from each public performance will be chosen to win.

For more information or to purchase tickets
Call, Click or Visit the Lancaster Performing Arts Center Box Office:

(661) 723 – 5950 / / 750 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster, CA 93534


March 19, 2011 Posted by | City of Lancater, Honest Politician, Lancaster Mayor, LANCASTER RECYCLING, r rex parris | , , , , | Leave a comment

I’m Social Networking – A special Message from R. Rex Parris














March 3, 2011 Posted by | Lancaster Mayor, Mayor R. Rex Parris, r rex parris, REX PARRIS, SOCIAL NETWORKING MAYOR | , , , , | Leave a comment