PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale’s popular Thursday Night on the Square (TNOTS) will hit the halfway mark with the fourth of eight free events this evening from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Poncitlán Square (9th St. East between Ave. Q-9 & Ave. Q-10).
The family event will feature live swing music from Phat Cat Swinger; a variety of foods from local vendors; an open-air market featuring specialty items; and free city activities for kids, including a Children’s Art & Activity Center.
“This week’s theme is ‘Just Say Gnome,’” stated Recreation Supervisor Annie Pagliaro. “When you look around the Square, you’ll see Gnomes everywhere. Kids can make their own gnome cone hat and fuzzy white beard, and a fishing pole down at our ol’ fishing hole.”
This will be the final week for kids to create custom gift bags for the athletes from Cyprus and St. Lucia who will be visiting Palmdale from July 21-24 as part of the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015. Materials will be available at the City of Palmdale’s booth.
At 6 and 6:45 p.m. inside the AERO building, the AERO Institute will present “Plutopalooza: NASAs New Horizons Mission to Pluto,” a solar system themed exhibition with hands on activities. Guest speaker Dr. Dana Backman, SOFIA Outreach Director, will be on hand to discuss “SOFIA: Chasing Pluto’s Shadow,” as part of the presentation.
In addition to the music and activities, one lucky person will get caught “green-handed” – disposing of recyclable and non-recyclable waste in the proper container – and will win a backpack made of recycled materials, courtesy of Waste Management, which will be filled with DryTown passes, treats and Palmdale Amphitheater Summer Concert Series tickets. Last week’s winner was Luke Newton of San Clemente.
The remaining schedule of TNOTS events is as follows:
July 23 | Home on the Range
Children can create barnyard animal paint stick pals, bottle cap magnet animals and a felt finger puppet farm animal of their choice. Camp TNOTS will feature Washi World crafts. Country music by Runaway.
July 30 | Capes & Crusaders
Children can make a super power photo frame, a flashlight signal with a superhero emblem, and create and wear a superhero mask. All superhero kids should suit up in their favorite gear because this night needs saving! Camp TNOTS will feature Paint Rockin’ Art. ARTown Fusion will be at Legacy Commons from 6-8 p.m. R&B music by Tesserae.
August 6 | Movies Come to Life
Enter the world of animation as some of your favorite film features come to life. Kids can “Let It Go” with frozen flubber, “Everything Is Awesome” with a stenciled brick Lego© jar head, and let their imaginations soar “Up” with a mixed media balloon art piece. Camp TNOTS will feature Washi World crafts. Country music by Jacob Nelson & The Tone Wranglers.
August 13 | Game Board Round-Up
Retro games are making a comeback! Kids can make a Scrabble® piece magnet, stamp funny faces onto wooden discs to create a memory pocket game, and use retro game board art to decorate their own keepsake box. Camp TNOTS will feature Rockin’ Art. Latin Rock music by Boulevard Knights.
For more information about Thursday Night on the Square, call 661-267-5611 or visit www.cityofpalmdale.org.