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Joe Davies Heritage Airpark to Host Winter Holiday Tour Friday, December 13th
PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale’s Joe Davies Heritage Airpark at Palmdale Plant 42, located at 2001 Ave. P, will host a Winter Holiday Tour on Friday, Dec. 13. Gates will be open from 5 to 9:30 p.m. and the tour will begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission and parking is free.

Picnic tables and BBQs will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

“Enjoy your favorite aircraft aglow in holiday lights” said Palmdale’s Director of Recreation and Culture Keri Smith. “Wander the trails while listening to the sounds of holiday music. Enjoy a meal or make some s’mores for a night to remember.”

For more information, please call 661/267-5611.

SmartAsset.com Ranks Palmdale as 44th Safest City in US
PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale was ranked the 44th safest city in the United States (population 50,000 and up) according to a recent study by SmartAsset.com.

In order to uncover the safest cities in the U.S., SmartAsset looked at the following metrics: violent crime rate, property crime rate, vehicular mortality rate, drug poisoning mortality rate, percentage of population engaging in excessive drinking and air quality index.

Wilk honors High Desert Homeless Services with his Non-Profit Appreciation Award High Desert Homeless Servcies
Victorville - Senator Scott Wilk, representing the 21st Senate District, honored High Desert Homeless Services (HDHS) with his Non-Profit Appreciation Award. Wilk presented HDHS' Executive Director, Jimmy Waldron with the award at a community celebration.

"Homelessness is one of California's largest challenges. High Desert Homeless Services has been front and center for over 30 years in Victor Valley's efforts to help displaced families get back on their feet," said Wilk. "It is a pleasure to honor the organization, its dedicated employees and volunteers for their excellent work on behalf of those that are struggling in our community."

HDHS started providing needed services out of thrift store in 1988. It has grown to a facility that provides a safe place to sleep at night, food, and clothing including 24-hour residential services to a maximum of 55 people at one time, for up to 90 days.

The organization invests in the whole person - providing classes, workshops and resources to help people transition back into employment and permanent housing. The stats underscore its success: 85-90% of clients find jobs and 60-70% obtain stable housing upon exiting the program. Recently HDHS started a program focused on the needs of children in its care. It continues to look at the ever-changing face of homelessness in the area and seek solutions to the problems people without shelter often face.

Mystery Book Club to Discuss Frames on Wednesday, December 18th
PALMDALE – The Palmdale City Library’s Mystery Book Club “Murder, Mystery & Mayhem” will discuss the book Frames by Loren D. Estleman on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 7 pm in the Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway.

The first book in Estleman’s “Valentino Series,” which grew out of a series of short stories initially published in a mystery magazine, Frames follows UCLA film archivist Valentino as he tries to solve a murder in order to save a long-lost film.

The Murder, Mystery and Mayhem Mystery Book Discussion Group meets the third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Chimbole Cultural Center. The group is open to anyone who enjoys a good mystery.

Books and Barks Date Change for Holidays to Monday, December 16th
The highly popular "Books and Barks" program, in which kids are encouraged to read to friendly dogs, returns to the Palmdale City Library, located at 700 E. Palmdale Blvd., on Monday, Dec.16 from 3:30 to 5 p,m.

"Due to the holidays, Books and Barks will be held on a different day this month." said Library Associate Shay Hawken. "Be sure to mark your calendars so the kids won't miss out on reading practice and snuggles with the therapy dogs!"

This event is a partnership between The Palmdale City Library and The High Desert Obedience Club Pet Pals therapy dogs. "Books and Barks" is designed to encourage children to develop their reading skills. Kids of all ages can read stories to friendly, lovable dogs, without fear of being judged on their reading ability. This event is free, and no registration is required. No outside pets please.

The Palmdale City Library is open seven days a week. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 10 am to 8 pm; Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm; and Sunday from 1 to 5 pm.

2020 Business Outlook Conference Key Note Speakers
Antelope Valley Board of Trade 2020 Business Outlook Conference

February 28, 2020
7:00AM-12:00PM
Antelope Valley Fairgrounds

Henry Winkler

Henry Winkler has enjoyed over four decades of success in Hollywood and continues to be in demand as an actor, producer and director. Building on this year's theme of continuing to improve the quality of education in the Antelope Valley, Winkler has always been concerned about the quality of children's television programming. He has produced countless worthwhile projects for young audiences. Winkler is also a New York Times best-selling author. His first book, Niagara Falls, or Does it? Hank Zipzer the World's Greatest Under-Achiever, became a bestseller. To date, he and his co-author, Lin Oliver, have written 34 children's novels. Their latest is HERE'S HANK: Everybody is Somebody. The books were inspired by Winkler's struggle throughout his education due to his learning challenges.

JETHAWKS PRAISE CONGRESSIONAL EFFORT TO SAVE MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Lancaster, CA – The Lancaster JetHawks today praised the newly created Save Minor League Baseball Task Force that has been organized by members of Congress to prevent Major League Baseball (MLB) from eliminating 42 minor league franchises, nearly one quarter of all minor league teams around the country.

“We appreciate the support of Rep. Lori Trahan (D.-Massachusetts), David McKinley (R-W.Va.) and the members of the task force in standing up for Minor League Baseball and speaking out against MLB’s effort to cast off thousands of jobs, reduce affordable, family-friendly entertainment and undermine grassroots support for our great game,” said JetHawks General Manager Tom Backemeyer

The Lancaster JetHawks have been identified as one of the 42 franchises facing elimination under the MLB proposal.

Minor league teams are vital to the social and economic lives of millions of Americans; they support scores of local businesses and jobs, provide accessible entertainment, help promote tourism spending and donate tens of millions of dollars in charitable contributions.

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