Palmdale

AV YouthBuild opens Palmdale Dream Center

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PALMDALE – Antelope Valley YouthBuild on Thursday celebrated the completion of the Palmdale Dream Center, a new transitional housing program and outreach facility located at 38518 5th Street East in Palmdale. The 6,000 sq. ft. facility was constructed over the past three years by more than 360 students and alumni from AV YouthBuild, in partnership…

Man hit, killed by car in Littlerock

(LUIS MEZA)

LITTLEROCK – A man standing in the road was hit and killed by a car Thursday evening in Littlerock, authorities said. The fatal collision occurred around 6:08 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, on Avenue T, just west of 85th Street East, according to a California Highway Patrol report. The pedestrian, described as a Hispanic male in…

Palmdale pastry chef proves ‘love’ is winning ingredient in Food Network challenge

Campbell said if there’s one thing she learned from her experience in the Holiday Baking Championship, it’s never to second guess your own abilities. (Television Food Network)

PALMDALE – Erin Campbell, the general manager of Nadia Cakes in Palmdale, won the Holiday Baking Championship on the Food Network Sunday night, taking home $50,000 in winnings as the network’s first champion from the Antelope Valley. The show’s competition finale featured a Gingerbread Worlds challenge, where the three remaining competitors were told to create…

Palmdale wins three B.E.S.T. awards

Accepting the B.E.S.T. awards for the city, left to right: Mike Mischel, Trish Jones, Councilmember Fred Thompson, Cheryl Hughes, Mike Livingston, Lynn Glidden, David Wu and Ben Lucha. (Contributed photo)

PALMDALE – The city of Palmdale’s Public Works Department won three Building Excellence/Shaping Tomorrow (B.E.S.T.) awards, presented by the Southern California Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA). The Southern California Chapter of the APWA, which represents Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties, named Palmdale the winner of three awards in the…

Kinkisharyo offers glimpse into scaled operations for site expansion

The Palmdale site currently employs about 165 workers for this assembly process. (Jim E. Winburn)

PALMDALE – The city arranged a media tour of Kinkisharyo International’s assembly facility at the Palmdale Airport Tuesday, demonstrating how the rail car manufacturer is forging ahead with an infusion of jobs for the Antelope Valley. Members of the local media toured the facility just two weeks after the Japanese manufacturer’s first rail car delivery…

Local school teaches lesson on giving

The boutique was the pet project of third grade teacher Jeff Pettipas (left), who led the campaign to collect new toys to be given away. (Contributed)

PALMDALE – Eager parents slowly browsed tables loaded with dolls, digital cameras and even electric guitars, selecting the perfect gift for each of their children. But there were no price tags or cash registers at this holiday boutique hosted by Manzanita Elementary School. Every soon-to-be Christmas gift was free. “Manzanita is more than a school,”…

Countdown to local Kwanzaa celebration

More than 200 people attended the local Kwanzaa celebration in 2013.

PALMDALE – You are invited to celebrate family, community, and culture at the Antelope Valley’s largest annual Kwanzaa celebration. Titled “Embrace the Spirit,” the free community event is set for Sunday, Dec. 28, from 2:30 to 6 p.m., at United Desert Charities, 2101 East Palmdale Blvd. The local Kwanzaa celebration will feature African dancers and…

Blood drive at Palmdale City Hall Tuesday

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PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale will host a blood drive Tuesday, Dec. 16, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Poncitlán Square, (9th St. East between Ave. Q-9 & Ave. Q-10). All donors will receive a coupon good for a free pint of Baskin-Robbins ice cream. To sign up for the blood drive, call…

Palmdale encourages participation in 3D Month activities

Palmdale Crime Prevention Officer Kery German “ties one on” to help spread the word of the City’s 3D month campaign. (Contributed)

PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale is actively asking residents not to drink and drive this holiday season, and to participate in National Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month. “The winter holidays are among the deadliest times of the year because of impaired and intoxicated driving,” said Crime Prevention Officer Ruth Oschmann. “In fact,…

Various holiday events on tap this Saturday

UAV's 'Caring for the Community' dinner service and toy distribution event (left); Palmdale's Christmas parade (top right); and Lancaster's 'A Magical BLVD Christmas' (bottom right) are all taking place this Saturday, Dec. 13.

LANCASTER – Various local holiday events are on tap this Saturday, Dec. 13, from an annual Christmas parade in Palmdale to a Magical BLVD Christmas in Lancaster. Here is a rundown of the family-friendly events, many of which are free and open to the community: UAV’s Caring for the Community. From 10 a.m. to 2…

Palmdale honors community builders

AV Youth Build’s Rehonda Trotter receives a Certificate of Appreciation on with Rossie Johnson, Mike Miller and Mayor Jim Ledford looking on. (Contributed)

PALMDALE – The Palmdale City Council honored several local individuals, pastors, churches and law enforcement staff at its last meeting to thank them for their many community building efforts over the past year. Mayor Jim Ledford presented Certificates of Recognition on behalf of the Council to four local community leaders for their support of a…

Single Airmen get home-baked holiday goodies

Airman 1st Class Ardell Reams, 412th Force Support Squadron, shows off his bag of holiday cookies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Rebecca Amber)

EDWARDS AFB – Like a well-oiled machine, the Edwards Officers’ Spouses Club packed around 3,600 cookies into decorated brown paper last week. The annual Airman’s Holiday Cookie Drive, sponsored by the First Sergeants Council, was a community effort to ensure that nearly 300 Airmen living in the dorms got a taste of home for the…

Palmdale woman killed in Sierra Hwy crash

(LUIS MEZA)

PALMDALE – A 22-year-old Palmdale woman died after she was ejected from a vehicle that careened off Sierra Highway early Tuesday morning, authorities said. The victim, identified by coroner’s officials as Jackeline Abigail Matias-DeLeon, was a passenger in a 2001 Chevy Tahoe that crashed around 3:10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, according to Detective Quemuel of…

Palmdale wins two APWA High Desert Branch awards

(L to R) Benjamin Lucha, Larissa Nickel (Volunteer), Trish Jones, Mike Mischel, Cheryl Hughes, Lynn Glidden, and Kristin Holloway, proudly accepted Palmdale’s two awards from the APWA High Desert Branch.

PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale’s public works department won two awards from the High Desert Branch of the American Public Works Association (APWA) presented at its annual awards dinner Dec. 5 at Gino’s Restaurant in Palmdale. Palmdale took home the Outstanding Public Works Project of the Year for Community Engagement/Season of Service, and Innovative…

Palmdale awarded Village Square Grant

PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale has been named as one of two cities in California to receive a 2014 Village Square Grant through Pepperdine University’s Davenport Institute. Along with Palo Alto, Palmdale will receive services and expenses valued at $15,000 through the Village Square’s “Dinner at the Square” program, which is designed to improve…