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African American Authors Book Club to Discuss New York Times Bestseller
Palmdale - The Palmdale City Library, located at 700 E. Palmdale Blvd., will host the next meeting of the African American Authors Book Club to discuss the memoir Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 6:45 p.m.

In Just Mercy, Stevenson, who founded the Equal Justice Initiative to defend those most in need, uses his experiences as a lawyer to describe America's broken justice system and make a case for pursuing justice with mercy and compassion.

The African American Authors Book Club meets the third Tuesday of every month at 6:45 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.

Palmdale City Library to Show McFarland USA
PALMDALE - The Palmdale City Library, located at 700 E. Palmdale Blvd., is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with the showing of McFarland USA (2015) rated PG, Saturday, Sept. 14 at 1 p.m. Admission and popcorn are free.

Track coach Jim White (Kevin Costner) is a newcomer to a predominantly Latino high-school in California's Central Valley. Coach White and his new students find that they have much to learn about one another, but things begin to change when White realizes the boys' exceptional running ability. More than just physical prowess drives the teens to succeed; their strong family ties, incredible work ethic and commitment to their team all play a factor in forging these novice runners into champions.

This program is made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the Palmdale City Library.

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.

Inception Featured as Mid-Week Movie at the Palmdale City Library
PALMDALE – The Palmdale City Library, located at 700 E. Palmdale Blvd., continues its Mid-Week Movies program with a showing of the Inception (2010) rated PG-13 on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 5:30 p.m. Admission and popcorn are free.

Dom Cobb is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb's rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible, inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse: their task is not to steal an idea, but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move---an enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming.

R. Rex Parris, Mayor of Lancaster, CA, Honored as Green Power Leader of the Year by Center for Resource Solutions
Annual awards honor outstanding achievements by individuals and organizations in promoting green power

SAN DIEGO, CA - Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presented the Green Power Leadership Awards (GPLAs) today at the Renewable Energy Markets 2019 conference in San Diego, CA. The GPLAs are competitive awards that recognize organizations and individuals for outstanding commitments and achievements in the green power marketplace. R. Rex Parris, Mayor of Lancaster, CA, was honored as Green Power Leader of the Year by CRS.

"It's a true honor to be named the Green Power Leader of the Year and it’s been a great adventure to lead the City of Lancaster’s charge to become a Zero Net Energy community," said R. Rex Parris. "During my tenure we have championed innovative, outside-the-box approaches and partnerships in our quest to achieve a seemingly impossible goal: become the alternative energy capital of the world,” said Mayor Parris. “As mayor of a city which is now regarded as a global leader in municipal sustainability, it is my privilege to use my platform to empower other government leaders with our message: that climate change can—and should—be combatted at every level of government. Municipalities can have a huge impact on carbon emissions through innovation and partnership, regardless of the size of their city."

City of Palmdale to Begin Rancho Vista Blvd. Improvement Project Sept. 9
PALMDALE –The City of Palmdale is set to begin a road improvement project that will widen segments and eliminate gaps in two sections of Rancho Vista Boulevard.

The Rancho Vista Boulevard Widening Gap Closure project (Capital Improvement Project No. 709) will widen a 1.5 mile east-west alignment between 15th St. West and 30th St. West, and half -mile north-south alignment between Avenue N-8 and Avenue N.

Construction will begin on Sept. 9 and is expected to continue through July 2020.

The project will include roadway widening, construction of new curb, gutter and sidewalk, a five-foot wide Class III bicycle route in each direction, landscaped raised medians between 27th St. West and Dunbar St., minor drainage improvements, curb ramp modifications to meet current ADA standards, installation of new LED street lights, modification of existing traffic signals, relocation of existing fiber optic conduits, roadway cold mill and overlay, signing and striping, and other miscellaneous improvements.

Palmdale Partners Academy Accepting Registration Fall Session
PALMDALE – Registration is on for the City of Palmdale’s 2019 fall session of the Palmdale Partners Academy, which will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 24, and continue through Nov. 5. Registration ends Sunday, Sept. 10.

Residents may register online at www.cityofpalmdale.org/engaged, or by contacting Trish Jones at 661/267-5473 or tjones@cityofpalmdale.org.

Classes will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Chimbole Cultural Center.

“The eight week Palmdale Partners Academy, recently recognized by the American Public Works Association (APWA) as a “Best Practice,” is designed to present citizens with a first-hand look at city operations and services through the eyes of each department,” said Palmdale’s Community Programs Supervisor Trish Jones.

Palmdale City Library to Host STEAM Program
PALMDALE – The Palmdale City Library, located at 700 E. Palmdale Blvd., will host a new STEAM program on Tuesday, Sept. 10 from 4 to 5 pm. It is free and geared to youth ages 5-11.

“STEM is about using Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics in a playful, fun and hands on environment,” said Circulation Supervisor Janet McLagan. “STEAM is getting creative and thinking outside the box.”

The STEAM movement has been taking root over the past several years and is surging forward as a positive mode of action to truly meet the needs of a 21st century economy. It allows students to connect their learning in these critical areas together with arts practices, elements, design principles, and standards to provide the whole pallet of learning at their disposal.

“Come and join forces with us with magnets this month,” McLagan said. “We may even get a little slimy.”

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