PALMDALE – The grand opening ceremony to celebrate the Antelope Valley Swap Meet at Four Points now being open on Saturdays will feature a musical performance from students of Palmdale’s Neighborhood House #3, known as “Gabriel’s House,” a blood drive hosted by Girls Scout Troop #442, and an opportunity drawing fundraiser for “Gabriel’s House.”
Festivities begin at 9:30 a.m. this Saturday, May 16, at Four Points Swap Meet, with the inaugural Ylliana and Akemi’s Girl Scout Troop #442 Blood Drive. Attendees may donate blood until 3 p.m. All donors will receive an opportunity ticket to win prizes. The first 25 donors will receive $10 in “swap meet bucks” which can be spent on food, space rental and admission.
At 10 a.m., as part of the grand opening ceremonies, the Gabriel’s House musicians will perform on stage. Mayor Jim Ledford, members of local chambers of commerce and other dignitaries will be in attendance.
Attendees of the swap meet on both Saturday and Sunday will have the chance to purchase opportunity tickets to win one of more than 30 themed gift baskets. The winning names will be drawn at 3 p.m. Sunday. Winners need not be present to claim prizes.
For more information, contact the Antelope Valley Swap Meet at 661-273-0456.
About Gabriel’s House
The Palmdale City Council voted unanimously to approve the dedication of a home in Focus Neighborhood 3 and name it “Gabriel’s House” in memory of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez who was tragically killed.
Working with local partners, “Gabriel’s House” serves as a free music and performing arts center to provide children in the area with the opportunity to develop their creative talents. Gabriel’s House provides guitar, drum, hip-hop dance, folklorico dance, photography, filmmaking and pencil art. These classes and the necessary instruments, dance shoes or art supplies are provided free to children between the ages of 5 and 18. Programs are geared to families who do not have the means to provide this kind of enrichment. Twice a year (spring and fall) Gabriel’s House has a recital so the children can show off their talents and progress. At this time, all the classes are full and waiting lists have formed for the next sessions. Gabriel’s House is constantly recruiting volunteers who can provide more classes.