PALMDALE – City of Palmdale officials announced the roster of summer entertainment and themed activities, including this year’s Thursday Night on the Square (TNOTS) events that will be held on eight Thursday nights beginning June 27, and a series of movies at the Palmdale Amphitheater that begin July 26.
TNOTS events begin at 5:30 pm and end at 8:30 pm in Poncitlán Square (9th St. East between Ave. Q-9 & Ave. Q-10) on June 27, July 11, July 18, July 25, August 1, August 8, August 15 and August 22.
“C’mon down to the Square to celebrate eight weeks of Summer Fun in Palmdale!” said Palmdale’s Recreation Supervisor Annie Pagliaro. “It truly is a community gathering for all ages and a wonderful opportunity to gather with friends and family while experiencing our beautiful summer evenings.”
Weekly free entertainment and activities include:
- Live music in the gazebo until 8:30 pm, sponsored by Valleywide Dental
- The Game Garden featuring a variety of board games for all ages
- The Children’s Art & Activity Center, open while supplies last
- Camp TNOTS, sponsored by High Desert Medical Group, featuring guest storytelling at 6:30 pm. New this year is interactive story telling at 7:30 pm.
- The Children’s Art & Activity Center and Camp TNOTS are for children age 12 and under.
The schedule of events is as follows:
All Eyes On You. Eyes will be all around you, literally, at this fun event! Kids will create furry finger friends, crazy eyeball rings, a whimsical picture frame and a googly eye pet creature.
Live music: R&B by Lorena Mackey & The Hi-Lites.
** 4th OF JULY – NO TNOTS **
Guess Who? Who? Owls…that’s who! These wise old birds can be fun, too. Design an artistic foam 3D owl, a cute pinecone owl and your very own wide-eyed sunglasses to wear.
Live music: Oldies by the DelAires.
Prehistoric Pooches. Neanderthal men, women, kids and dogs should come out of their caves tonight and join the Prehistoric Pooch Costume Contest & Parade for a chance to win prizes! Kids can make a wild sabertooth tiger necklace, a wooden ancient impression bracelet and a clay fossil print.
Live music. R&B music by The Ambassadors of Soul.
Sandscapes. Celebrate the beauty of the beach on the Square! Create an art masterpiece with colorful sand, a cookie cutter garden sand stone and a sand art bracelet.
Live music. Country music by Tombstone.
Bugalicious. Who knew bugs would taste so good? At this fun-filled foodie event kids will make an edible cookie spider, a Twinkie™ bumblebee and a butterfly goodie bag. Get your Bugalicious recipe book with all the recipes and space to record your own bugalicious recipe creations!
Live music. R&B music by Tesserae Band.
Battastic. These little creatures of the night are not just for vampire movies! Kids can enjoy making a bat-shaped votive candleholder, a trendy bat bead bracelet and a wooden window decal.
Live music. Swing music by Phat Cat Swinger.
Mad Hatter Wonderland. Decorate a crazy bag hat to match your mad personality! Create a Queen of Hearts paper rose to give to your true love, and a watercolor lantern to hang in your room.
Live music. R&B music by Bump City.
Monsterology. Have you ever been invited to a wild scavenger hunt? Tonight you have! First, create your monster feet and regal crown to wear. Then, turn your invitation into a Monsterology Dictionary so you can decode clues left on the Square that will help you find the Royal Rumpus!
Live music. Latin Rock music by Boulevard Knights.
Walk on Words poetry, Green-handed contest
The City will launch the first “Walk on Words” poetry contest, which will culminate with the winning poem being stamped in concrete at Poncitlán Square during TNOTS at a date to be determined. The contest is open to all ages beginning June 6 and ending July 15. Complete contest rules and entry form are available at www.cityofpalmdale.org.
In addition to the music and activities, 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 18 for the Prehistoric Pooches event. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Alcohol is not allowed.
Family Movie Nights at the Palmdale Amphitheater
“This summer, we’re also pleased to announce the return of the very popular Family Movie Nights at the Palmdale Amphitheater,” said Pagliaro.
Featured flicks include Toy Story on July 26, The Hunger Games on Aug. 2, How to Train Your Dragon on Aug. 9 and The Avengers on Aug. 16.
Admission is $2. Kids 12 and under are admitted free. Gates open at 6:30 pm and movies will begin at dusk. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Children 12 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
“People are welcome to bring in food and non-alcoholic beverages in coolers at Family Movie Nights,” Pagliaro said. “Snacks will also be available for purchase.” All items are subject to a bag search at the gate.
“We’ll be holding a ‘Care with Cans’ food drive in conjunction with the movie nights,” said Pagliaro. “For every can of food you bring, you’ll receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win prizes.” “Care with Cans” will benefit the South Antelope Valley Emergency Services (SAVES), which provides assistance to families experiencing a temporary emergency situation.
Family Movie Nights are generously sponsored by the High Desert Medical Group and Valleywide Dental.
For more information about Thursday Night on the Square and Family Movie Nights, call 267-5611 or visit www.cityofpalmdale.org.