PALMDALE – Popular local bands, themed children’s activities, and a wider variety of food vendors are just a few of the things attendees can expect from this summer’s Thursday Night on the Square (TNOTS) events in Palmdale.
“This is definitely an event that’s for the people and by the people, and we are pleased to coordinate it,” said Parks & Recreation Manager Keri Brady.
“Bring a blanket, bring a lawn chair, it’s going to be a blast,” said Palmdale Mayor Pro Tem Steve Hofbauer.
At a press conference Wednesday city officials announced the entertainment lineup and the themed children’s activities for TNOTS events, which will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on eight Thursday nights in Poncitlán Square, beginning July 5.
The children’s art & activity schedule and entertainment lineup are as follows:
New York, New York. Kids can create a Statue of Liberty crown, grow a Central Park plant and create their own Metropolitan Museum of Art masterpiece.
City savvy dogs should dress up in New York fashion and join the Liberty Dogs costume contest and parade. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Liberty Dog, Broadway Dog, Coney Island’s Hottest Dog, Yankee Dog, The Dogfather, Wall Street Dog and Hobo Dog.
R&B by Bump City. Bump City is a popular rhythm and blues band that has played music of the Motown area at TNOTS since 2002.
Summer Down Under. Kids looking for an Aussie adventure can enjoy making their own rain stick, a personalized painted boomerang and a cute Koala wall pouch.
Oldies by The Legend. The Legends, dressed in ‘Beach Boys’ attire, play classic oldies from the ‘50s and 60s. The band features members of the original local band, The DelAires, who performed at TNOTS since it began in 2001.
Shark Attack. Make your own shark snow globe, a cool shark tooth necklace to wear and a miniature wooden spoon shark.
Swing by Phat Cat Swinger. The poplar swing band has performed at TNOTS since 2007, in full Zoot Suit dress with horns blazing.
Mini Me. Kids can create a tiny doll version of themselves, and a mini house with clay accessories just the right size for their doll.
R&B by Tessarae Band. Rhythm and blues music that celebrated the best of the Motown sounds from the ‘60s and ‘70s.
Candy Carnival. Kids can try their hand at the lollipop ring toss, gumdrop tic tac toe and the gumball challenge. They win tickets at every game and turn them in for prizes.
Country by Tombstone. Tombstone performs past and present country hits that have proved to be crowd-pleasers year after year.
Lucky Fortune. Kids will create their own Magic 8 wheel, a tube of fortune sticks and colorful cootie catcher, then test them out and get answers to all their questions!
R&B by Lorena Mackey & The Hi-Lites. Lorena Mackey & The Hi-Lites have performed at TNOTS since 2002. Mackey belts out her rendition of melodies as the crowd is captivated by her soulful voice.
Major League Mania. Baseball fans will enjoy creating a personalized wooden baseball bat and a design-your-own baseball cap. Kids can challenge their puzzle skills and learn about famous baseball stadiums in America for a chance to win five keepsake stadium trading cards.
R&B by The Ambassadors of Soul. The Ambassadors of Soul oerform legendary sounds of Motown with the added twist of jazz backed by horns and distinct vocals.
Button Me Up. Kids’ crafts include a cute button bug, a glittered button magnet and a useable button bookmark.
Latin rock by Boulvard Knights. The Boulvard Knights will perform an impressive “Santana” sound.
Each week, one lucky person caught “green-handed” – disposing of recyclable and nonrecyclable waste in the proper container – will win a solar-powered backpack valued at $125 that is capable of charging an mp3 player, cell phone, camera or laptop, courtesy of Waste Management.
Pets are not permitted, except dogs on July 5 for the New York, New York event. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Alcohol is not allowed.
This year’s sponsors include Double D Cupcakes, Energy Upgrade California, High Desert Broadcasting, High Desert Medical Group, Sierra Medical Group, Target, Valleywide Dental and Waste Management.
In addition to TNOTS, the City will celebrate its 50th anniversary of incorporation on Friday, August 24 at Poncitlan Square from 5:30-8:30 pm. This special evening will include fun, food and music.
For more information about Thursday Night on the Square, call 267-5611 or visit www.cityofpalmdale.org/tnots.