BLVD fitness program kicks off this week

Ruby Carter-Pikes will lead weekly distance walks around The BLVD Farmers Market, from 6 to 7 p.m. Pikes, a 65-year-old fitness guru, still participates in fitness competitions around the globe.

Ruby Carter-Pikes will lead weekly distance walks around The BLVD Farmers Market, from 6 to 7 p.m. Pikes, a 65-year-old fitness guru, still participates in fitness competitions around the globe.

LANCASTER – Thanks to a grant received through Kaiser Permanente, the city of Lancaster will host a 12-week, multi-faceted free campaign that challenges residents to eat healthy, exercise and make healthy lifestyle choices.

The BLVD Project Get Fit Campaign is being held in conjunction with the city’s weekly Thursday Farmers Market, so participants won’t have to worry about a boring fitness experience.

Musclemania Fitness Universe Champion Ruby Carter-Pikes will lead weekly distance walks around the Market, from 6 to 7 p.m.

The “BLVD Project Get Fit!” distance walks kick-off Thursday, March 20.

Participants will be loaned fitness devices that track steps, distance walked, and calories burned. The devices synchronize individual and group stats to a computer and select smart phones.

The distance walks promote physical activity as part of one’s daily routine. The BLVD Project Get Fit Campaign is also comprised of a youth focused fitness program, health workshops, cooking demonstrations and Farmers Market voucher distribution.

Social groups, friends, families and individuals are invited to participate in the free program and challenge each other to become healthy and fit.

The program objectives are patterned after three evidence-based nutrition and physical activity strategies recommended by the Center for Disease Control:

  • Decrease prevalence of obesity and chronic diseases in our community among all age groups.
  • Increase physical activity.
  • Improve dietary behaviors

BLVD walk participants can pre-register by calling the City of Lancaster at 661-723-6077 or sign-up Thursday on The BLVD at the check-in table outside of the Lancaster Museum of Art & History (MOAH). View the “BLVD Project Get Fit!” poster here.

  25 comments for “BLVD fitness program kicks off this week

  1. Son of the Anti Rex
    April 18, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    a lady in lancaster, kay from lancaster, frank rizzo, what does it matter. all rexites either paid in cash or in favors to bloviate about the wonders of life under raymond. the rest of us realize it sucks.

    • William
      April 18, 2014 at 8:36 pm

      What has Rex been doing lately? Marv seems to be doing all the BSing for him. Did he ‘outsource’ himself to work from his ‘other’ home? An absentee mayor??? How perfect.

      I guess all the new business coming to Palmdale has driven Rex mad. A custard shop?? We all like custard but really……….. What else ya got, Rex?

  2. bird
    April 16, 2014 at 7:59 am

    A Lady in Lancaster—I am part of an Air Force family, and I can tell you that some of those homeless, hopeless people that make it uncomfortable for you to enjoy the BLVD. are Veterans that have been mistreated by too many in our society. This BLVD., as in many other cities, is built with arrogance.

    • A Lady in Lancaster
      April 17, 2014 at 5:21 am

      Excuse me I’m not the one who thinks homeless people are a problem on the boulevard. Read the comments again.

    • A Lady in Lancaster
      April 17, 2014 at 5:56 am

      Was homeless in 2003, now have 3 jobs, don’t mention who my family was in identifying myself…

  3. A Lady in Lancaster
    April 16, 2014 at 4:59 am

    Spent couple hours on Blvd around dusk yesterday, lots of people on a Tuesday, 1800 turning out Baja CA style food at prices that attract whole families.

    One big thing I noticed is Lots Of Very Pretty Girls. Now I don’t go that way, mind you, but as I sat there, I thought of William et al here and just have to say, you don’t know what you’re missing.

    I’m even beginning to get why the roundabouts are a good idea. In a few years this will be like a cleaner version of El Monte in the 1950s people cruising, shooting pictures of each other. People playing guitars in outdoor cafes is already happening. I am telling you, it gets better every day here. Whatever wackiness sparked the development of this place, it got good results. Looking forward to see what happens next.

  4. bird
    April 14, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    If you ever want to take a walk on the wild side, just walk a block in any direction from the BLVD.

  5. William
    April 13, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Is this really for fitness or just to bring customers to the BLVD? Why not walk at one of the parks?

    • Son of the Anti Rex
      April 13, 2014 at 6:38 pm

      it is yet another desperate attempt to bring people to the most unseeming location in the valley. the good ole boys have plunked a lot of money down and they will do anything to keep their baby alive. meanwhile the rest of the city suffers. wonder when they will realize it is time to cut their losses and focus on the entire city. not likely with the current lineup of yahoos and yes men on council.

      • William
        April 13, 2014 at 8:15 pm

        I’ll say it again. The BLVD is like a banquet room in an old hotel. It’s empty most of the time unless there’s a wedding kinda like the one they recently promoted or other special events like a parade, go kart race, Farmer’s Market, BOOLVD, etc.

        On any given day, otherwise, it’s almost deserted, especially Sundays when you’d think the ‘heart of the Valley’ would be bustling with activity. Some places are even closed. There are more people at COSTCO or Walmart than the entire BLVD.

        • A Lady in Lancaster
          April 14, 2014 at 1:41 pm

          It’s great to see them. I’m at Farmers Market every week and love to watch this group of happy healthy people walk around us. They look like they are having a real good time to me. My legs won’t let me participate or I would. Plus the market is thriving. I get that many commenters here do not like Mayor Rex and i can see why. But you are, as a result, missing out on some real good fun in Lancaster. I understand there was rancor in the decisions to build The Boulevard but it’s there now, why not enjoy it. After being in Lancaster a year, I see opportunity there. If I were not already engaged, I’d rent a kiosk and start a business there. I get that there was rancor in the development of The Boulevard, but it’s there now. Why not enjoy it?

          • William
            April 14, 2014 at 4:12 pm

            @Lady in Lancaster.
            $10 million to re-do the BLVD so that there can be a farmer’s market 1 day a week.

            Do you spend your own money that ‘wisely’?

            Meanwhile, other city needs go unmet so you can enjoy yourself every Thursday. Have at it.

          • :(
            April 15, 2014 at 12:00 am

            Try $200 million spent on the blvd. Yet no one goes there.

            Now some church dude is trying to get people to trend #blvdng in a desperate attempt to drum up some enthusiasm. Because nothing says ‘Good Times’ more than a pastor in a whore house! Maybe that’s the reason the ‘MarketPlace’ failed so miserably? Not enough church pastors! (In whore houses?)

            Add the new effort to hold prayer meetings on the blvd, with pastors trying to get people into “Prayer” tents, well, what more does one need for a good night out on the town? Don’t forget to grab your rosaries! All though I’m not sure Catholics are the ‘Christians’ of choice, in this attempt to turn the blvd into a $200 million dollar house of worship. Let’s face it, it’s not like they’re REAL Christians!

            There is sooooo much excitement going on on Rex’s blvd of broken dreams that the city is going to give a class down there on boundaries! Yeahhh! Fun fun fun! No, not on city boundaries. Personal boundaries. Hey, maybe people can learn to push blvd pastors out of their personal space when those pastors try to force you into a prayer tent? Oe push you into their own personal brand of Christianity?

            Oh and in a week, some 65 year old lady who looks like she’s on steroids is going to walk with people, on the blvd, couple times a week. Now who would want to miss that?

            Talk about throwing something/anything on the wall desperately trying to make it stick.

          • William
            April 15, 2014 at 7:27 pm

            Remember the horse drawn carriage idea?

            Remember those kiosks? What happened to them?

            Remember how people from all over California were going to come to the BLVD? Where are they?

            Remember the Alamo? Maybe not. That didn’t turn out too well either.

          • William
            April 17, 2014 at 7:12 am

            A Lady In Lancaster moved here recently and shows up on this site to ‘school’ us on Lancaster.

            Isn’t that precious?

            If she had been here longer, she would know why so many comment negatively about Lancaster, Rex Parris & Co. and the BLVD.

            Apparently, she wasn’t here when Rex was bragging and boasting how it was a ‘world class destination’ and ‘the safest place in the universe’ and the ‘heart of the Valley’.

            Really? As if we haven’t been there and seen for ourselves what a mediocre development it really has turned out to be. And, an expensive one. I doubt if it brings in as many sales tax dollars as any of the larger shopping centers in the Antelope Valley.

            Well, glad she’s said she’s gone.

            I wonder who will be the next one to show up telling us how it is.

        • A Lady in Lancaster
          April 15, 2014 at 11:06 am

          If you compare Costco to the Boulevard and think Costco is better, that explains why you don’t like The Boulevard. Saying no one is ever here shows you have not come to see for yourself.

          I don’t know about any of the politics that led to building the Boulevard, and I’m glad I wasn’t here for it. To be honest, The Boulevard was one of the things that attracted me to move to Lancaster. I do most my shopping on line, except for fresh produce I get at the farmers market, and I bet other people will be moving here that are like me.

          If I never walk into a Walmart, mall, or Costco again in my life, that will be fine. Sorry you are unable to enjoy the Boulevard bk of some things that happened a few years back, sorry the newcomers seem to drive you crazy. That’s life. I’m an L.A. native and I sure can’t go back there. I like The Boulevard, I like the pace. I agree they should leave the Christian stuff elsewhere but it was one day, one time. There’s been Many good bands, lots of laughter, and fun had there.

          The Christian musicians last week were a little off-putting, but it could be a lot worse. It could be Costco.

          • William
            April 15, 2014 at 1:29 pm

            @Lady in Lancaster.

            Have you noticed that the negative comments about the BLVD outnumber the postive ones, something like 10 to 1?

            And, many are comments from Lancaster residents.

            Why is that?

          • bird
            April 15, 2014 at 3:36 pm

            A Lady in Lancaster—You might enjoy the BLVD., but if you could look beyond yourself, you would see in any direction off the BLVD. many people are suffering. It is a band aid on a festering sore.

          • A Lady in Lancaster
            April 15, 2014 at 8:39 pm

            Have you been downtown in any city in America lately? Bird says I should look beyond myself, I’ve looked beyond Antelope Valley recently, living in four cities in the last 3 years for my job. Every one has aggressive beggars and people living on sidewalks using alleys for toilets, you can smell it. For me, The Boulevard is a haven. It’s unique, clean, not full of global franchise mega-stores, which BTW do Not provide good jobs. I read these criticisms of Lancaster and just want to say, you have no idea how much better this is than so many other places.

          • meh
            April 16, 2014 at 12:02 am

            Although, there are several negative comments concerning the Blvd, you can’t use the avtimes’ comment section as a true insight into public opinion. If that were the case then Ervin would be on the city council! Didn’t you leave a comment last week that stated you can’t vote in Lancaster, so therefore you ‘vote’ by spending your money elsewhere? I find it intriguing that you know how empty the Blvd is then? Don’t get me wrong, I find the Blvd to be a joke myself, but i couldn’t help but notice your words are falling over themselves.

          • William
            April 16, 2014 at 1:22 am

            I’ve driven the BLVD many times in the last 4 years to see what all the fuss was about.

            You’re right. It is a joke.

            But, I quit spending money there a long time ago.

            Can you get that? I’ve been to the BLVD but I didn’t spend a dime. What’s the problem? I like to see for myself before I make comments about how deserted it is most days. Rex said it was the ‘heart of the Valley’.

            Well, then, call a ‘Code Blue’.

          • bird
            April 16, 2014 at 6:40 am

            A Lady in Lancaster—You’re not the only one who has lived in other cities. I’m sorry that you have such distain for those less fortunate than you. White collar crimes wreak much more devastation on society, than an aggressive panhandler and people using alleys as toilets. If you don’t like what your eyes see or your nose smells, than maybe you could try to be a part of the solution.

          • A Lady in Lancaster
            April 17, 2014 at 5:30 am

            No wonder only about 3 people comment here. Disdain? Where are you getting disdain from my comments? I posted that I enjoy the boulevard but you guys here have already made up minds to hate it no matter what.

            So, why even read or listen to people if you’ve already made up your mind? I heard what you said and went back to the boulevard and looked for myself. I don’t see what you see there and I’m there every day.

            Disdain? You have reading comprehension problems.

            Since haters always take over comment sections, I should have known that would happen here too.

          • A Lady in Lancaster
            April 17, 2014 at 5:36 am

            I mentioned homeless bk of earlier comment re too many beggars on boulevard. So I wrote there are homeless people in every city and the problem is a lot worse than in Lancaster. Nowhere is there disdain, hell, I’ve been one of them.

            I’m outta here. Can’t waste time explaining things to people with reading comprehension problems.

          • bird
            April 18, 2014 at 6:02 am

            A lady in Lancaster—You’re absolutely right, I do have comprehension problems. Be at peace.

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