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Meet the Artist Event on Tap This Thursday for A Journey of Discovery: the Art of Ramon Ramirez
PALMDALE – Art Around Studio will host a special meet the artist event for A Journey of Discovery featuring the art of Ramon Ramirez at the Palmdale Playhouse, located at 38334 10th St. East in Palmdale, on Thursday, July 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is free.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the artist and view his diverse range of works currently on display at the Playhouse. Light refreshments will be served.

Ramirez discovered art at the very young age of four when his grandfather invited him into his studio in Los Angeles. What started as a child’s curiosity has become a passion spanning over a half century, exploring many genres and artistic techniques. He had his first one man show at the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social. His work depicted images of everyday people from his hometown, Tijuana, Mexico.

Ramirez’ legacy includes an active participation and collaboration to establish the Casa de la Cultura Art School in Tijuana in the early 1970s. He was chosen by the California State Department of Education as the sole illustrator for the book Encuentros. Most recently, Ramirez exhibited alongside his contemporaries at the historic 1970s art retrospective at Centro Cultural Tijuana (CECUT) in Tijuana. Currently he is a master art teacher and mentor in his studio to award-winning students in Lancaster.

Unrooted Race Series for Charity Slated for August 25
PALMDALE – The inaugural Unrooted Race Series 5/10K/Fun Run for charity will take place on Sunday, Aug. 25 from 9 a.m. to noon at Transplants Brewing Company, located at 40242 La Quinta Ln, Unit 101, in Palmdale.

This race will benefit the Transplants Charitable Organization, a nonprofit which donates funds to various charities and nonprofit organizations around the Antelope Valley, including the Palmdale Community Foundation.

There will be a 5k race, a 10k race, and a children’s fun run. Race participants will receive a post race beer (21+), t-shirt, raffle ticket and a finisher medal. Vendors will have samples and goodies at their booths during the post run expo as well. Children in the fun run will receive a medal and a race bib.

Volunteers are needed and each will receive a shirt and a beer (21+).

Agents of Discovery Contest Underway
PALMDALE – In celebration of July being Parks Make Life Better Month, the City of Palmdale’s recreation and culture department is teaming up with Agents of Discovery and the California Park & Recreation Society to offer a fun new way to explore Marie Kerr Park.

Beginning Wednesday, July 17 and running through July 31, the City is launching a fun and educational program through the Agents of Discover app where the first 50 participants can have fun and win prizes.

To participate, simply download the free app to your phone or smart device (available at Google Play or the App Store), and visit the Marie Kerr Park Community Building, located at 39700 30th St. West, complete the missions and be ready to claim a prize of a free DryTown day pass. Prizes may be claimed Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 12 noon and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. or Saturday and Sunday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Limit one prize per person.

“Join in on the fun while enjoying the outdoors at Marie Kerr Park,” said Palmdale’s Recreation Coordinator Rachel Serrano. “Plus you have the chance to win some cool prizes. We’ll see you at the park as we celebrate Parks Make Life Better Month.”

Michael Adams is 2019’s “Walk on Words” Poetry Contest Winner
Poem Stamped in Concrete at Courson Park

PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale’s Public Art Committee has selected a poem by Palmdale resident Michael Adams as the winning entry in the City’s “Walk on Words” poetry contest. An unveiling ceremony was held on Thursday, July 11 at the newly refurbished Courson Park.

As part of City’s Public Art program, entrants were asked to submit original compositions with the theme of “Neighborhoods” that were no more than 8 lines long, including title, with a maximum of 25 characters per line, including spaces.

The winning poem:

My Neighborhood

Green lawns and gardens

Skateboards and bikes

Waving to old friends

Block parties and hikes

Little League and kites

Walks on summer nights

A place to call home

AJCC to Host Job Recruitment for US Pole
PALMDALE – The America’s Job Center of California (AJCC) will host a recruitment event for US Pole Company at 660 West Avenue O, in Palmdale on Friday, July 19, at 10 am.

US Pole will interview candidates for the following positions: welder, foundry molders, foundry grinders, and foundry pourers. All positions are long term, 40 hours a week and entry-level workers are encouraged to apply.

Position requirements include: perform physically demanding tasks; ability to lift up to 60 lbs.; work in very hot conditions, up to 100 degrees; able to stand for 8 hours or more, hot heavy, and at times, dirty; available to work weekends and overtime when needed; perform continuous respective work; and able to pass drug test.

Classics Book Club to Discuss The Sheltering Sky
PALMDALE – The Palmdale City Library’s Classics Book Club will discuss the novel The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles, Monday, July 22, at 7 p.m., at the library, located at 700 E. Palmdale Blvd.

Originally published in 1949, The Sheltering Sky was the debut novel of American composer Paul Bowles, who went on to become a celebrated author and spent most of his life living in Morocco. The novel, which follows three Americans on their journey through the North African desert following World War II, remains Bowles’ best known work and examines how people interact with and respond to cultures different from their own.

The Classics Book Club meets on the fourth Monday of every month from 7 to 8 pm. New members are welcome to attend.

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.

Canine Created Art Featured at Wagging Warhol Exhibit Opening
PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale will host an opening reception for the Wagging Warhols Exhibit on Wednesday, July 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Marie Kerr Park Recreation Center, located at 2723 Rancho Vista Blvd. The event is free and open to the public.

Art work masterfully created by dogs at the Paws in the Park event that was held June 15 will be on display. The opening reception will feature light refreshment and a photo spot.

“Dogs are welcome to come and see their art!” said Palmdale’s Recreation Coordinator Joi Christy.

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