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GoPro Bike Ride on Lancaster Blvd

Shawn Downs races on his bike down Lancaster Blvd, Lancaster Ca.

September 1, 2011 Posted by | GoPro, Lancaster blvd, Lancaster BLVD Live, shawn downs | , , , | Leave a comment

The Association’s newly-elected Board of Directors and officers were announced at the last meeting, along with a number of upcoming events

Dear BLVD Association members,

The Association’s newly-elected Board of Directors  and officers were announced at the last meeting, along with a number of upcoming events.  Please review the attached minutes for further information.  Below are this year’s board members:

  • ·         Jill Cooper, AV Bank – President
  • ·         Erica Allbee, All About Fitness – Vice President, Zone A
  • ·         Valerie Orcutt, Bella West – Vice President, Zone B
  • ·         Julie Sutton, Sutton Photography – Secretary
  • ·         Monica Grado, George’s Cleaners – Treasurer
  • ·         Sharon Giannini, Giannini’s Bistro and Grill
  • ·         Roger Hemme, Bohn’s Printing
  • ·         Myrle McLernon, MDM Architects
  • ·         Rena Patel, Graphic Experience
  • ·         April Rae, Daisy’s Costumes
  • ·         Andy Ward, Michelizzi, Schwabacher, Ward & Collins
  • ·         Myself (City representative)

Below are this week’s updates.  There are a number of road closures this week to allow for several special events.  Some businesses might consider adjusting store hours to accommodate customers who are attending these events, as some of them will take place outside typical hours.

  • ·         This Wednesday, 8/17, The BLVD Association judges will visit businesses participating in the AV Fair’s decorating contest.  The Association will award a prize for the best decorated, which the winning business will be able to proudly display until a new winner is crowned next year.
Weekly Farmer's Market on the BLVD

Time: August 18, 2011 from 3pm to 8pm
Location: Lancaster Blvd
Street: Lancaster Blvd
City/Town: Lancaster,CA
Website or Map:
Phone: 661-723-6165
Event Type: farmer’smarket
Organized By: Lancaster BLVD
As usual, our farmer’s market will take place Thursday from 3:00 to 8:00 pm.  Runaway Train will play on the Bandstand stage at 6:30.

“Peel the Love” Auto Art Challenge

Time: August 18, 2011 from 3pm to 8pm
Location: Lancaster Blvd
Street: bewteen Date and Cedar
City/Town: Lancaster,CA
Website or Map:
Phone: 661-723-6165
Event Type: artchallenge
Organized By: Lancaster BLVD

New this week: as a promotion for the Antelope Valley Fair, which begins this Friday, AV Federal Credit Union will host the “Peel the Love” Auto Art Challengeon The BLVD between Date and Cedar.  Four vehicles painted by artists will be on display, as well as a fifth for the public to paint.  The BLVD will be closed from Fig to Cedar beginning at 11:00 am for these events.

AV Fair Parade on the Blvd

Time: August 20, 2011 from 9am to 12pm
Location: Lancaster Blvd
Street: 10th street west and Lancaster Blvd
City/Town: Lancaster
Website or Map:…
Phone: 661.948.4518
Event Type: avfairparade
Organized By: AV Chamber of Commerce

The AV Fair Parade will take place this Saturday, August 20th at 9:00 am.  In conjunction with the parade, the High Desert Runners will host a race beginning at 7:30 am in front of All About Fitness at Sierra Highway and The BLVD.  Registration begins at 6:30 am.  The BLVD will be closed from 12th Street West to Yucca Avenue from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm for the parade and race.  10th Street West will also be closed from Jackman to Newgrove, and Sierra Highway will be closed from Jackman to Milling.  Historically, the parade is very well-attended and spectators begin gathering well before the parade to get good seats, so those of you with restaurants and retail shops might consider opening early to accommodate these potential customers.

All About Fitness, MGS Bikes and Psycho City will celebrate their grand openings

Time: August 20, 2011 from 4pm to 11pm
Location: Lancaster Blvd
Street: between Sierra Highway and Beech
City/Town: Lancaster,CA
Website or Map:
Phone: 661-723-6165
Event Type: grandopening
Organized By: All About Fitness, MGS Bikes and Psycho City

All About Fitness, MGS Bikes and Psycho City will celebrate their grand openings this Saturday, August 20th.  Join them for live music, raffle prizes and giveaways, food, and more beginning at 4:00 pm on The BLVD between Sierra Highway and Beech.  Please note that this section of The BLVD will be closed from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm for this event, as it will not be re-opened during the short time between the end of the parade and the beginning of setup for the 4:00 pm event.

Youth Skate Fundraiser

Time: August 20, 2011 from 12pm to 4pm
Location: Lancaster Blvd
Street: Cedar Avenue and Milling Street
City/Town: Lancaster,CA
Website or Map:
Phone: 661-723-6165
Event Type: youthskatefundraiser
Organized By: Paving the Way Foundation

Also this Saturday, there will be a Youth Skate Fundraiser sponsored by Paving the Way Foundation on Cedar Avenue from noon to 4:00 pm. Cedar Avenue will be closed from The BLVD to Milling following the Fair Parade until 4:00 pm.·

  • Laemmle BLVD Cinemas and Forge are now open next to LPAC!  Click here to read the press release about last Thursday’s grand opening gala event, and click here to visit the theater’s website.

  • Destination Lancaster, the new tourism and visitors’ bureau, is seeking coupons from local businesses to post on its website.  This is a free opportunity to promote your business.  As the site is geared toward visitors, we are particularly seeking discounts and deals from restaurant and retail-type businesses.  If you would like Destination Lancaster to consider including your business’s discount on the site, please reply to this e-mail with the complete discount details, along with a JPEG file of any graphics you’d like included.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns related to The BLVD.


Chenin Dow

Redevelopment Assistant

City of Lancaster

44933 N. Fern Avenue

Lancaster, CA 93534

(661) 723-6165

Fax: (661) 723-6210

August 18, 2011 Posted by | city of lancaster, Lancaster blvd, lancaster blvd events, lancaster blvd grand opening, lancaster news | , , , , | Leave a comment

Farmers Market on Lancaster Blvd

Lancaster, CA. August 10, 2011 – Antelope Valley residents and visitors alike are invited to enjoy the ever-growing Farmers’ Market on The BLVD every Thursday from 3—8pm.

“Whether you stop by after work to pick up fresh produce, or spend the evening out on the town enjoying the atmosphere, the farmers’ market has something for everyone,” remarked Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris.

The year-round event has now grown past its original boundaries of Date to Ehrlich Avenue, with vendor booths stretching along The BLVD nearly to Fig Ave. Approximately a dozen vendors supply fresh fruits and vegetables, joining more than ten vendors offering pre-packaged and prepared foods. A sprinkling of arts and crafts vendors add a street-festival flair to the market.

In addition, many of the Farmers’ Markets have been enhanced by live music at BeX’s Bandstand stage beginning at 6:00 p.m. Upcoming groups include “Runaway Train” on August 18, as well as “Nuns for Fun” and “The Cruisers” September 22.

For more information, please visit Vendors interested in joining the farmers’ market may contact Angela Riley in the Parks, Recreation and Arts Department at 723-6074 or complete an application online @ 661.948.8442 Jim and Marva explore the Farmers Market on the Blvd and interview with Mike Roza.

August 13, 2011 Posted by | farmers market, jim greenleaf, Lancaster blvd, marva greenleaf, mike roza | , , , , | Leave a comment

Cristobal with Feathers on the Blvd

Jim Greenleaf gets a feather put in his beard from newest addition to Panache; Cristobal, with the help of Marva Greenleaf. Located on Lancaster Blvd

August 12, 2011 Posted by | cristobal, jim greenleaf, Lancaster blvd, marva greenleaf, panache | , , , , | Leave a comment

Farmer’s Market and Concert Today on Lancaster BLVD


Tonight’s Concert will feature legendary Congo Player Tony Molina. Farmer’s Market 3-8pm. Concert starts at 6:30pm.

Tony Molina

Legendary Congo Musician Tony Molina

July 28, 2011 Posted by | lancaster summer fun | , , , , | Leave a comment

GBG Grilling on the Patio Thursdays 3pm-8pm














Every Thursday night come enjoy fresh BBQ chicken, BBq ribs, or BBQ tri-tip sandwiches. All items come with corn on the cob and baked beans. Stop by on your way to farmer’s market and enjoy Giannini’s patio grilling with Chef Nick.

July 18, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley bistro, BLVD, business lunch lancaster, business lunch palmdale, fine dining, Lancaster blvd, Lancaster BLVD dining | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale…on the BLVD


What a great day on the BLVD.

Today is day one of Team Good Life Bakers – Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale.


The event is Thursday July 14th from noon to 6pm, and Saturday July 16th from noon to 4pm. The bake sale is to raise money for this great organization; whos’ mission it is to end childhood hunger in America by 2015.

Chef Clark Tonkin works two jobs here in the AV…afterwhich…around midnight he has been baking. He has been baking for weeks!

One of the best kept secrets in the entire Antelope Valley is the JP Eliopulos Hellenic Center. This ultra plush facility not only has the beautiful grounds, and interior (think Belagio Hotel in Las Vegas plush)… within 100 miles. It also has a huge, state of the art commercial kitchen.

Hellenic Center Interior. This seats up to 325 guests for weddings receptions, corporate meeting, etc…


Clark has been making dough, perfecting grenache, baking cakes, cookies, lemon bars, dipping all sorts of items in chocolate, and making the most decadent fresh strawberry butter cream frosting.


I bought a dozen cupcakes for the staff at Aven’s.

They were gone in minutes.


Be sure to stop by and treat yourself!

July 15, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley Events, blvd events, City of Lancater, City of Palmdale, Lancaster blvd, on the blvd | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Team Good Life Bake Sale

Team Good Life Cooks/Bakers is participating in Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale On Thursday July 14th and Saturday July 16th. The bake sale is our way to help raise money for this great organization whos’ mission it is to end childhood hunger in America by 2015. 

Our bake sale will feature a variety of delicious baked goods, Our Menu will include:
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Peanut Butter Cookies
Lemon Bars
Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting
Lemon Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting
Lavender Scones and Lemon Curd
Lemonade and Water
And so much more 

We will also have a raffle that will have lots of fun things to win. Remember that all the proceeds from the sale will be made as a donation to the Share Our Strength Organization. This is not just about great food its also a great purpose. So come and enjoy our bake sale and support the cause at the same time!


For more information


July 14, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley Events, BLVD, blvd events, City of Lancater, City of Palmdale, Lancaster blvd, Lancaster BLVD event | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Acoustic Alchemy Starring Jim Seargeant and Don Blumenshein

Time: July 16, 2011 from 7:30pm to 10pm
Location: Blvd Today Cafe
Street: 749 W. Lancaster Blvd
City/Town: Lancaster, CA
Phone: 661.948.8442

An outdoor Concert on the BLVD starring Local Favorites Jim Seargeant and Don Blumenshein as well as special guests.

The Night will be complete with music, wine-tasting, and Food catered by Pars Restaurant.

The event is Sponsored my Sweetwater Carraige Co.

and is free and open to the whole family.

July 12, 2011 Posted by | Jim Seargeant | , , | Leave a comment

City of Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery Gets a New Name, Along with It’s New Look and New Location

Last Tuesday’s Lancaster City Council Meeting resulted in a unanimous decision from City officials to rename the Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery (LMAG) to the Lancaster Museum of Art and History. This name change was prompted by the Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery Associates, the non-profit fundraising group for the museum, which desired a more appropriate designation for the facility, particularly given its nearing relocation from Sierra Highway to The BLVD, the City’s premier destination hub.


The “Art Gallery” in LMAG’s name was found to be redundant and associated the museum with commercial art galleries that buy and sell artwork for profit. The City’s museum has been a free educational, cultural and arts resource for residents of Lancaster since 1986. The new name better communicates the mission of the museum in collecting, preserving, interpreting and exhibiting works of art and historical artifacts. The revised designation also positions the museum as a place where the Antelope Valley community can gather for artistic enlightenment and appreciation.


For more information regarding the Lancaster Museum of Art and History, contact the curator, Nicholas West, at (661) 723-6250.

June 7, 2011 Posted by | Lancaster Museum Art Gallery, LMAG | , , , | Leave a comment