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PRESS CONFERENCE

WHAT:        The City of Lancaster will recognize Lancaster’s Citizen of the Year, Dr. Jennifer Hill for her ongoing contributions to the community and efforts to better the lives of hundreds of people.

WHERE:       Antelope Valley Outpatient Imaging Center
Conference Room 15, Fourth Floor
44105 15th Street West (J-5 & 15th W. intersection)

WHEN:          Wednesday, July 6th, 1:30 pm

WHO:             Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris
Edward Mirzabegian, CEO, Antelope Valley Hospital
Dr. Jennifer Hill, Lancaster Citizen of the Year
Lancaster City Council Members
Lancaster City Manager Mark V. Bozigian

                       

 

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July 5, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley, lancaster, Mayor of Lancaster, Mayor R. Rex Parris | , , , | Leave a comment

R. Rex Parris Shares The Desert Christian Girls Soccer CIF

Congratulations to Desert Christian for winning the CIF Southern Section Division V Girls Championship.  Desert Christian capped off an amazing season (23-0-0) by beating a tough Downey team in penalty kicks in the CIF finals.

June 8, 2011 Posted by | ANTELOPE VALLEY SCHOOLS, AV Sports, Mayor R. Rex Parris | , , , , | Leave a comment

Elm Avenue Community Garden Growing Strong Residents Encouraged to Submit Projects for 2011 UNITE Program

November 6, 2010 marked the launch of the City of Lancaster’s Uniting Neighbors in a Team Effort (UNITE) Program, which aims to provide area residents with a forum to propose neighborhood improvement projects and compete for the funding and resources they need to bring these projects to fruition. Among the efforts initiated on the event’s inaugural project day was the Elm Avenue Community Garden, under the leadership of Dave Mashore and Master Gardener Susie Bowman. Now, six months later, the dream of a thriving community garden in the heart of downtown Lancaster is still growing strong. The site celebrated its official grand opening this Saturday, June 4 at 10:00 am at the corner of Elm Avenue and Milling Street. 

In November, more than 100 volunteers turned out to help transform what was once a vacant lot into a neighborhood gathering place which would also serve to provide participating families with fresh, nutritious fruits and vegetables. In this first phase, volunteers worked together to clear weeds; dig irrigation ditches; and build planters. 

“The Elm Avenue Community Garden is an excellent example of a project with the power to truly unite a neighborhood,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris. “Not only did it bring more than 100 local residents together to work toward a common goal on its initial launch day; it will also continue to bring neighbors together day after day, year after year as they enjoy the healthful benefits of gardening and growing their own organic produce.” 

The garden’s next major workday was the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, when over 110 volunteers gathered to make further improvements to the garden, including raised bed planters throughout. Eventually, the garden will feature gardening classes for the community; a meditation area; a garden shed donated by Youthbuild; a mosaic garden sign donated by local artist Kris Holladay; and more. More than a dozen local organizations and businesses have supported the garden, including: 

• America the Beautiful Fund
• City of Lancaster
• Home Depot
• Lees Bees
• Paving the Way Foundation
• Round Table Pizza
• Superior Nursery
• Sparkletts Water
• Starbucks Coffee
• Target
• The Catalyst Foundation
• Tip Top Tree Service
• Wal-Mart
• Wallace Demolition 

“I encourage our residents to put their creativity and energy to work on projects such as this,” added Parris. “Only you know how your neighborhood could best benefit from this program. I urge you to put that vital knowledge to good use by proposing a project that would enhance your area of our community, whether it be a community garden; a mural; an after-school program; or something entirely original.” 

This year’s UNITE Program is now accepting applications. To apply, visit www.saferstrongerneighborhoods.org, click “UNITE Lancaster Program,” and download an application. Applications must be received by 5:00 pm on Friday, June 17. Further information is available on the website, by phone at (661) 723-6072, or via e-mail at unite@cityoflancasterca.org.

June 8, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley, ANTELOPE VALLEY BUSINESS, antelope valley community, Mayor R. Rex Parris, Uniting Neighbors in a Team Effort | , , , , | Leave a comment

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.
Sincerely,
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. 

Rex 

P.S. I’d love to hear your ideas and feedback – http://www.facebook.com/mayorrrex.parris

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

http://rrexparris.com 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.

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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

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http://ilivetoday.com “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.

 

 

http://ilivetoday.com 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.

 

 

http://ilivetoday.com 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.

 

 

http://rrexparris.com “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 (http://www.ppc.sas.upenn.edu/bio.htm), as well as the university’s Authentic Happiness website (http://www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu/seligman.aspx).

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 http://lead.gmu.edu/wellbeing.

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