Lancaster City Council to Cast Vote Tuesday On Proposed Materials Recovery and Conversion Facility Development Agreement

Lancaster City Council to Cast Vote Tuesday On Proposed Materials Recovery and Conversion Facility Development Agreement

The Lancaster City Council will vote next Tuesday regarding an agreement with Ecolution, an advanced solid waste separation and renewable energy developer, for the development of a Materials Recovery and Conversion Facility (MRF) in the City of Lancaster

“The City of Lancaster stands to be the first Net-Zero City in America,” says Mayor R. Rex Parris. More

Sugar Ray Leonard to Become 閃ain Event’ on the Antelope Valley’s Board of Trade 腺usiness Outlook Conference’ Card

Boxing Legend Sugar Ray Leonard will replace NBA Basketball Star Earvin “Magic” Johnson as the keynote speaker for the Business Outlook Conference. The Antelope Valley Board of Trade’s 40th annual conference will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 24, at the Poppy Pavilion at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds. More

Enjoy One Night of Queen at Lancaster Performing Arts Center Friday, February 24

Come celebrate the music of the legendary rock band Queen as the Lancaster Performing Arts Center presents One Night of Queen on Friday, February 24. This live tribute concert, as performed by Gary Mullen & The Works, is recognized worldwide for perfectly capturing the spirit and style ofFreddie Mercury. One Night of Queen recreates the excitement and atmosphere of a live Queen concert. More

Visiting Artists at Antelope Valley Indian Museum State Historic Park

Visit the Antelope Valley Indian Museum State Historic Park on Saturday, February 11, 2012, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., to meet American Indian artists Raven Magpie Rivera and John Rivera. The Riveras will demonstrate jewelry making and other traditional arts. They will also answer questions about their regalia (traditional clothing) and culture. More


2/14/2012 5:00 PM 
City Council/Redevelopment Agency Meeting 

2/16/2012 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM 
BLVD Farmers’ Market 

2/21/2012 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM 
Neighborhood Watch Block Captain Meeting

Lancaster‘s Del Sur School to be Featured in Nationally Broadcast PBS Documentary
On Monday, February 13 at 10:30 p.m., local PBS stations across the country will air Not In Our Town: Class Actions. The half-hour documentary highlights the efforts of Del Sur counselor Lauri Massari, along with two other cities. Lancasterresidents may tune-in to their local PBS channel KOCE, which can be found on Time Warner Cable’s PBS channels 408 (HD) and 240 (Standard Definition). More

“Dancing with the AV Stars” 

HDMG Hosts 2nd Annual Basketball Follies

Local Happenings:
“Fight the Bite” Poster Contest for 5th & 6th Graders 

Casino Royale March 24 Presented by the Antelope Booster Club 

Sleep Disorders Seminar Feb. 21



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Lancaster Dance Classes Schedule Director Candice Beatty Creates “An International Celebration” Taking you around the world through Holiday dances. AV Dance Studio ‘81 526 W Lancaster Blvd. Lancaster, CA 93534 (661) 942-4953 Website: 2011-2012 Daily Class Schedule Updated 02/14/12 SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE, PLEASE CALL TO VERIFY STAFF: CB = Candice Beatty: Director AA= Amy Avery SB= Sonja Beck BGC= Barbara G. Coates BC=Brooke Coddington DC= Darla Coddington BD= Bettye Davis VJ= Vincent Julius LM= Lidia Michael LM= Lisa Monaco JM= Jen Monaco AP= Alvaro Pena HP= Holly Pardue JO= Judy Ortiz ST= Sarah Tyndall ROOM 1 ROOM 2 ROOM 3 MONDAY MONDAY MONDAY 3:15 JAZZ A 6-10 CB FULL 3:00 OPEN 3:00 OPEN 4:15 COMBO C 5-8 CB FULL 4:00 COMBO B 3-4 BD 4:00 OPEN 5:15 BALLET A 8-12 ST FULL 5:00 MUSICAL THEATER 8-UP CB/BGC 5:00 COMBO A 5-8 AA 6:15 ADV LYRICAL 14-UP SB 6:00 TAP B 11-UP BD 6:00 Danny K 7:30 ADV JAZZ Teen/Adult CB/JM 7:30 AGELESS LYRICAL SB 7:00 YOGA Shannon Starts March 8:30 ADV ADULT JAZZ CB 8:30 OPEN TUESDAY TUESDAY TUESDAY 3:00 OPEN 4:00 COMBO A 3-4 CB FULL 10:00 YOGA Shannon Starts Mar. 4:30 JAZZ B 8-12 LM 5:00 HIP HOP 4-7 AP FULL 4:00 COMBO A 5-8 AA 5:30 BALLET B Teen/Adult ST 6:00 HIP HOP 8-13 AP FULL 5:30 BALLET A 8-12 HP 6:30 POINTE 12-UP ST 7:30 ADULT BALLET ST 6:30 ADULT TAP HP Starts Mar. 7:30 HIP HOP Teen/Adult AP FULL 7:15 VINYASA YOGA 1 Sandra 8:30 ADULT HIP HOP AP WEDNESDAY WEDNESDAY WEDNESDAY 10:00 COMBO A 3-4 AA 3:30 BOYS COMBO 5-10 CB 3:00 OPEN 4:00 COMBO A/B 3-4 AA FULL 4:30 COMBO A 5-8 JO 4:00 JAZZ A 6-10 Starts March 5:00 ADULT TAP B BGC FULL 5:30 KIDS COMPANY JO 5:00 COMBO A 3-4 Starts March 6:15 AGELESS JAZZ LM 6:30 BALLET B 10-14 CB 6:00 Danny K 7:30 AGELESS TAP LM 7:30 JAZZ TECHNIQUE 12-UP JM 7:30 ADULT JAZZ DC THURSDAY THURSDAY THURSDAY 10:00 ADULT TAP BD 4:00 COMBO A 3-4 BD FULL 4:00 POLYNESIAN 7-12 AA/LM 4:00 COMBO A/B 5-8 CB 5:00 TAP B 8-12 CB 5:00 OPEN 5:00 JAZZ B 10-15 HP 6:00 BEG BALLET Teen/Adult CB 6:00 HIP HOP 4-7 VJ 6:00 ADV TAP 10-UP HP 7:00 LYRICAL A 12-UP HP 7:00 HIP HOP 8-13 VJ 7:30 CONTEMPORARY 15-UP CB 8:00 CLASSICAL EGYPTIAN w/Wanda 8:00 HIP HOP Teen/Adult VJ FRIDAY FRIDAY FRIDAY 10:00 TOT-BOPPERS 2 CB 4:00 COMBO A 3-4 AA 9:30 YOGA Shannon Starts March 4:00 COMBO A/B 5-8 CB FULL 5:00 TAP A 8-12 BC 4:00 YOGA KIDS Wendy March 5:00 COMBO A 3-4 CB 6:00 JAZZ TECHNIQUE 6-10 CB 5:00 YOGA KIDS Wendy March 6:00 JAZZ A/B 10-16 BC FULL 7:00 OPEN 6:00 COMPANY TOTS AA 7:00 JR COMPANY TEAM CB/JM 7:00 TAP A Teen BC SATURDAY SATURDAY SATURDAY 10:00 COMBO A/B 3-4 BD 9:30 TOT BOPPERS 2 CB 9:00 YOGA Wendy 11:00 COMBO A/B 5-8 BD 10:00 HIP-HOP 4-7 AP 10:00 COMBO A 5-8 BC Starts March 11:00 HIP-HOP 8-13 AP 11:00 COMBO A 3-4 BC

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100 Romantic ways to show your love on Valentine’s Day


Just a few of these ideas will make your man feel loved. To show him how truly special he is, pick a bunch of ideas and surprise him with your loving bouquet of sweet sentiments on February 14. From 100 to one, we have lots of romantic Valentine’s Day inspiration for you!

100. Send your sweetie a sweet, short and sexy text
 or email. (Not to his work email!)

99. Leave a little note in his briefcase or laptop bag so he will find it when he gets to work.

98. When your significant other gets home, be waiting in the bedroom dressed in your favorite sexy lingerie (or nothing at all!) … you know what happens next.

97. Plan a surprise outing! Start with dinner at his favorite restaurant, then reveal tickets to a show or sports game.

96. Take a hot air balloon ride together.

95. Surprise him with that special something he has been coveting (no matter how big or small).

94. Send flowers or cookies for no reason at all.

93. Take his dog for a walk.Love Notes on Mirror

92. Stock his fridge with his favorite beer and his shelves with his favorite snacks.

91. Stop by your sweetie’s office around lunchtime with his favorite noontime nosh.

90. Take a drive together — car trips provide some of the best time for talking one-on-one.

89. Snuggle after sex — even if you are tired.

88. Give a back massage.

87. Offer a foot rub — without asking for one in return!

86. Fill up his gas tank.

85. If he comes home after a boy’s night WAY past the time he said he would, let it go. 

84. Make breakfast in bed.

83. Stay in bed all day — pajamas optional. 

82. Take a late-night, hand-in-hand stroll.

81. Sign up for a class you know he has been wanting to take together.

80. Make up silly nicknames for each other that you ONLY call each other in private!

79. Make a mousepad (or a mug or a calendar) with your picture on it for his desk.

78. Start a hobby together.

Young Couple with Wine77. Do something nice for his mother, brother, sister, etc.

76. Let him pick the movie this time.

75. Make a special dinner for him.

74. When he gets home, hand him a glass of wine, sit down together and let him talk about his day.

73. Do chores or errands without being asked and without complaining.

72. Put the toilet seat down.

71. Leave a note on the bathroom mirror so he will see it first thing in the morning.

70. Send a sexy picture message to his phone.

69. Leave a note for him to meet at his favorite bar or club. When he arrives, do some fun role-play and pretend you are meeting for the first time.

68. Wash his car for him.

67. Do his laundry.

66. Recreate your first date — then recall all the feelings you had for each other that very first night.

65. Make a creative coupon book (free massage, free night out with the guys, etc.) without an expiration date!

64. Book a couple’s massage.

63. Plan a romantic getaway to a bed and breakfast.

62. Dedicate a day to the one you love — plan a day filled with his favorite things.

61. Plan a surprise party for him.

60. Send him a nice (or naughty!) card. Even if you live together, mail it!

59. Take out the trash.

58. Buy him a calendar and fill it with important dates (our first dinner together, our three-year anniversary, etc.).

57. Have a romantic/sexy photo session done together or have sexy pictures taken of yourself and make a private album for him.

56. Make a big deal out of the holidays.

55. Scatter rose petals on the bed

54. If he has to work late, have his favorite take-out delivered to the office, and pre-pay, of course!

53. Have a talk about the future and let him know that he is a part of it.

52. Buy his favorite perfume, and simply put it in the medicine cabinet for him to discover on his own.

51. Declare a day of the week “your” day — always spend that day together, even if you just snuggle on the couch together.

50. Take him home to meet the family.

49. Propose.

48. Go on a picnic.

47. Explore your adventurous sides together — do something daring that neither of you have tried before, such as bungee jumping or sky diving. The experience will bring you closer.

46. Designate a place as “yours” — your favorite restaurant or bar — and frequent it together often.

45. Volunteer together. Work side-by-side at your local animal shelter, nursing home or as you gather donations for your local food bank.

44. Take him to an art gallery or art walk.

43. Arrange to have a house cleaner come to his place and spruce things up!

42. Introduce him to your best friends.

41. Walk him out when he leaves for work.

40. Make him a special bag lunch with a note written on a napkin inside.

39. Get him a subscription to his favorite magazine.

38. If he has a business trip, offer to drive to the airport, so he doesn’t have to take a cab.

37. Leave a sweet note on a post-it on his car windshield or steering wheel.

36. Flirt with him unabashedly.

35. If he has been working out extra hard or dieting, compliment him on his weight loss or how big his muscles are getting.

34. Rent some silly comedies and spend the night laughing together.

33. Take a shower together.

32. Offer to shave his face or ask him to shave your legs.

31. Guys, offer to paint your ladies toes.

30. Go stargazing. Bring a bottle of champagne.

29. Try an activity that he loves, such as golf, or that she loves, like shopping! (No complaining!)

28. Get up early on the weekend and do some of the chores he has on his list.

27. Laugh at his jokes.

26. Compliment her on her new hairstyle, shoes, outfit, etc.

25. Frame a picture of the two of you during a special trip.

24. Ask his mother for the recipe to his favorite dish that she made him growing up.

23. Ask her father for her hand and his blessing.

22. Buy a little teddy bear to sleep with when you are not there.

21. Get her oil changed and her brakes checked.

20. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride. (Bonus points if this is at Christmastime or Valentine’s Day.)

19. Buy her favorite chocolates and sneak some into her purse.

18. Buy him a new tie.

17. Iron his shirts.

16. Feed each other dinner. Or better yet, dessert.

15. Sneak a sexy note into the pocket of his slacks or into her purse.

14. Kiss him when he leaves in the morning and when he gets home at night.

13. Brag about him to his friends for something really macho that he does.

12. Tell her mother how smart you think she is.

11. Go on a bike ride — extra credit for using a tandem bike.

10. Baby him when he is sick.

9. Leave lipstick kisses on the bathroom mirror.

8. Go to the park together (even if you don’t have kids). Go down the slide, play on the teeter-totter and go on the swings.

7. Let him teach you a new skill.

6. Buy a little gift and surprise him at the end of a long week.

5. Go hiking together.

4. Take a trip to the beach.

3. Watch the sun set or rise together.

2. Share the morning paper and some mimosas over the weekend.

1. Grab him spontaneously and kiss him like you mean it.


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Top 10 Valentine’s Day Dance Songs

Some special songs to help celebrate Valentine’s day with the one you love..

1. Erasure – “I Could Fall in Love With You”

Mute Records
Erasure proves once again why they are one of the premier bands of our generation. They continue to whip out great songs that are fun and catchy and make us wanna dance every time we hear them.

Rumour Records
Looking for a happy song to bring a smile to your face? Check out this cover of The Bellamy Brothers’ classic “Let Your Love Flow” by German producer Mike Melange and uk singer Alan Connor. The robot love video is just as happy as the energetic (and Motiv8 inspired) remix by 7th Heaven. With release scheduled for February 16th, this song and video would be the perfect Valentine’s Day gift.

3. Barbara Tucker – “Love Vibrations”

B Star Music
If you are a fan of “Most Precious Love,” you will no doubt be up in arms for “Love Vibrations,” the new single from Miss Barbara Tucker. Those same genuine emotions of love are expressed through Barbara’s lyrics and vocal performance.

4. Pleasure Center – “Love’s a Basic Freedom”

Northcross Media
With writer/producer Cory Conley and Jennifer Rivers on vocals, Pleasure Center’s latest single “Love’s A Basic Freedom” can’t help but be a hit. Lyrically, this is a gay pride anthem to the nth degree, with lyrics like “If you are willing to believe that love is something that is free / All my brothers and my sisters dancing to a different drummer’s beat.”

5. Tiesto featuring BT – “Love Comes Again”

Tiesto featuring BT - Love Comes AgainNettwerk Records
Tiesto is one of the finest Trance DJ’s, Remixers and Producers of our time. When I heard this song and found out that he teamed up with BT my jaw nearly dropped to the freakin floor.

6. Billie Myers – “Just Sex”

The biggest thing that stands out here is the horn break that changes up everything for a second with bombastic horns and a classic show tune chord progression as Billie Myers’ belts out “Can I Take You Home.” It’s a split second of full-on Broadway musical appeal.

7. Danielle Bollinger – “When the Broken Hearted Love Again”

This is pretty hot vocal house, and Bollinger belts out a solid, soulful performance. Chris Cox keeps the energy up and driving with big walls of synths and muscular drums.

8. Joyce Sims – “What the World Needs Now”

“What the World Needs Now” is the latest from Joyce Sims, taken from the inspirational album A New Beginning. With the help of Junior Vasquez and Friscia & Lamboy, Sims takes the Burt Bacharach classic from the church to the dancefloor.

9. Bob Sinclar featuring Gary Pine – “Love Generation”

Tommy Boy
Thanks to its island feel, reggae sound, and strong acoustic guitar, it will indeed get you moving. So much so, that it will make you want to dance with someone as it asks you to “be the love generation.”

10. Kandystand – “Love Invasion”

ReverbNation Records
Not only do we look to the Dutch for superstar DJ/producers (Tiesto, Don Diablo, Armin), we can also find some fun pop dance in the form of Kandystand. While the video for “Love Invasion” is undeniably do-it-yourself, the sheer exuberance of singer Katy D and the bouncy production of Alodis makes up for budget with pep and spirit. We reviewed their first cd [link url=][i]Watch Out Here I Come[/i][/link] and are very happy to see their sound and production both improving and developing. Keep your eyes on this duo, we foresee big things to come. In the meantime, a download of “Love Invasion” would be a cute gift for your valentine.


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Sonata and Accent “Best Family Sedan” and “Best Subcompact Car”


COSTA MESA, Calif., Feb. 8, 2012 – Today at the Chicago Auto Show, MotorWeek recognized the Hyundai Sonata and Accent as the “Best Family Sedan” and “Best Subcompact Car” respectively, in its 2012 Drivers’ Choice Awards. As winners, Sonata and Accent will also be featured on a special MotorWeek episode on PBS, February 11.

“For the second year in a row, the Hyundai Sonata has captured MotorWeek’s Drivers’ Choice Award for Best Family Sedan,” said John Davis, MotorWeek host. “The Sonata’s sleek styling, top-notch interior and extremely efficient powertrains, including a new available hybrid model, have redefined the mid-size family sedan.”

“Speaking the language of the value-conscious consumer, the 2012 Hyundai Accent is a very stylish, well-made, fun-to-drive, roomy, and very affordable small car, that also happens to have the best powertrain warranty in the business,” adds Davis. “The Accent was also the first car in its class to deliver 40 mpg fuel economy right off the mark, with no options or special packages required. Now that’s value.”

Each year, MotorWeek takes stock of the state of the automotive business and judges the best new cars and trucks of the year. Its annual Drivers’ Choice Awards look at vehicles from a buyer’s point of view, analyzing trends and innovations as well as the value and reliability of the vehicles. This year, a team of 15 judges, comprised of MotorWeek’s editorial staff, evaluated more than 150 cars, trucks and utilities. Decisions are based on performance, technology, practicality, fuel efficiency and dollar value.

“Since its introduction, Sonata continues to be the perfect mid-size sedan for families looking for quality and value with advanced standard safety features, three versatile powertrain choices and unrivaled interior convenience technologies,” said Scott Margason, director, Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “And like Sonata has done in the mid-size category, the all-new Accent reinvigorates the subcompact segment with class-leading standard fuel economy and power.”

For a complete list of the MotorWeek award winners, visit:




GMC Truck, from a 1919 advertisement

On December 22, 1901, Max Grabowsky established a company called the Rapid Motor Vehicle Company, which developed some of the earliest commercial trucks ever designed. The trucks utilized one-cylinder engines. In 1909, the company was purchased by General Motorsto form the basis for the General Motors Truck Company, from which “GMC Truck” brand name was derived.

Another independent manufacturer purchased by GM that same year was Reliance Motor Car Company. Rapid and Reliance were merged in 1911, and in 1912 the marque “GMC Truck” was first shown at the New York International Auto Show. Some 22,000 trucks were produced that year, though GMC’s contribution to that total was a mere 372 units. In GM’s early decades, the initialism “GMC” was simply an abbreviation of “General Motors Corporation”, and had some currency within GM referring to the corporate parent in general. Later “GMC” would become distinct as a division brand within the corporation, branding trucks and coaches; in contrast, the abbreviation for the overall corporation eventually ended up as “GM”.

In 1916, a GMC Truck crossed the country from Seattle to New York City in thirty days, and in 1926, a 2-ton GMC truck was driven from New York to San Francisco in five days and 30 minutes. During the Second World War, GMC Truck produced 600,000 trucks for use by theUnited States Armed Forces.

In 1925, GM purchased a controlling interest in Yellow Coach, a bus manufacturer based in ChicagoIllinois which was founded by John D. Hertz. After purchasing the remaining portion in 1943, GM renamed it GM Truck and Coach Division. The Division manufactured interurban coaches until 1980. Transit bus production ended in May 1987. The Canadian plant (in London, Ontario) produced buses from 1962 until July 1987. GM withdrew from the bus and coach market because of increased competition in the late 1970s and 1980s. Rights to the RTS model were sold to Transportation Manufacturing Corporation, while Motor Coach Industries of Canada purchased the Classic design.[1]

In 2002, GMC released a book entitled, GMC: The First 100 Years, a complete history of the company.

GMC currently manufactures SUVspickup trucks, vans, light-duty trucks, and medium duty trucks. In the past, GMC also produced fire trucksambulances, heavy-duty trucks,military vehiclesmotorhomes, and transit buses.