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CONTENTS

From The Editor By BECKY OWENS EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

9 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

15 FOOD & WINE

25 FAMILY & COMMUNITY

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Summer in the Antelope Valley is great! This is the time when so many of our annual events are taking place, like the Showdown Rodeo (Yeeha!), and Thunder On The Lot, which is not only fun but assists so many of the local children’s charities; and Grace Resource’s “Christmas In July” which helps so many AV Families in need. Having fun and helping has become synonymous to the Antelope Valley Community’s local events, so get out there, help others and enjoy yourselves! As we head into 2011, the Antelope Valley Magazine is proud to announce our 9th Year of supporting the AV Community. Over the years, we have always done our very best to provide a fun and informative magazine that we can be proud of. We are so grateful for the support of our clients and our readers, and we want to say a great big “THANK YOU!” We appreciate all the fantastic feedback we received about our beautiful new format and design, and we look forward to a bright future ahead. God Bless.

THE TEAM

HEALTH & BEAUTY EDITOR IN CHIEF Becky Owens EDITORIAL Nancy Henderson Jeff BisCamp Becky Owens Mae Curtis

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PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS Jeff BisCamp CREATIVE DIRECTOR Michelle Freeman ADVERTISING Amanda Broussard Ashley Hutchings Ric Savage

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Entertainment ARTS &

CONTENTS Annual Thunder On The Lot Charity Event ................................................................. 10 Celebrity Profile............................................................................................................ 13 20 ELEVEN StarLight Concert Series........................................................................... 14

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DO WE HEAR THUNDER? Annual Thunder On The Lot Charity Event Makes Some Noise! That’s right folks, one of the AV’s most spectacular events is taking place on June 11th and 12th at the Fairgrounds! Each year Ron & Yvette Emard work tirelessly for months to prepare for this annual children’s charity event. Over the last 17 years, it has grown into this spectacular event that raises over a quarter of a million dollars each year, for local children’s charities. It takes thousands of volunteers, sponsors and vendors to get it all together, but once they do, you can definitely hear the “thunder!” This year’s event includes: A Large Scale Motorcycle Show & Custom/Classic Car Show Featuring An Early Morning Poker Run, Import Car Show, Low-rider Car Show, Burn Out Contest, Big Rig Truck Show, Car Dirt Track Racing, Celebrity Appearances, Texas Hold’Em Poker Tournament, never ending $1 Raffles, Harley Davidson Give Away, Carnival, Two Concert Stages of Live Music All Day, Green Energy Expo, Community Stage Performances, a Full Service Cantina, Various Food Booths, Numerous Vendors, and so much more! This year’s rockin’ headliner is the 1980’s and 1990’s sensation WARRANT, performing on the main stage Saturday night at 8pm. Don’t miss it!

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Celebrity Profile Sarah Louise Heath Palin was born in Sandpoint, Idaho on February 11, 1964. Third of four children (three girls and four boys), Palin is of Irish, English and German descent. Her father, Charles R. Heath was a science teacher and track coach, her mother, Sarah “Sally” a school secretary. The family moved from Idaho to Skagway, Alaska when Palin was just a few months old, then to Eagle River when she was five, and finally to Wasilla when she was eight. Palin attended Wasilla High School, were she was the head of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and a member of the girls basketball and cross country running teams. Palin received her Bachelor’s Degree inCommunications with an emphasis in Journalism from the University of Idaho in 1987. After graduating from college, Palin worked as a sportscaster for KTUU-TV and KTVATV in Anchorage, and as a sports reporter for the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, fulfilling an early ambition. On August 29, 1988, she eloped with her high school sweetheart, Todd Palin. After the marriage, she helped in her husband’s commercial fishing business. The Palin’s have 5 children and one grandchild and attend the Wasilla Bible Church, describing herself as a “Bible believing Christian”. Palin began her political career when she was elected to the Wasilla City Council in 1992, and re-elected in 1995. Throughout her tenure on the city council and during her political career, she has remained a registered Republican since 1982. Motivated by concerns that revenue from a new Wasilla sales tax would not be spent wisely, Palin ran for Mayor of Wasilla in 1996, defeating incumbent Mayor John Stein. Palin served two – three year

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consecutive terms and was elected President of the Alaska Conferenc of Mayors in 1999. In 2003, Palin accepted an appointment to the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Committee. In 2006, Palin became Alaska’s first female Governor, and at the age of 42, the youngest governor in Alaskan history. Polls taken in 2007 rated Palin “the most popular Governor in America”. In the 2008 Presidential campaign, Palin became the Vice Presidential running mate for Senator John McCaan which was an unsuccessful venture, but brought a huge notoriety to the Governor. In 2009, Palin released her memoir, “Going Rogue: An American Life” selling over a million copies within the first few weeks of being released. In 2010, Palin started a show that was aired on the TLC Network, called Sarah Palin’s Alaska and also secured a segment on Fox News. Palin’s high profile in the 2008 Presidential Campaign fueled speculation that she will run for the Republican Presidential Nomination in 2012. Palin has not made any sort of commitment as to whether or not she will throw her hat in the ring for the Presidency in 2012. Sarah Palin in currently on a nationwide bus tour, during which she plans to visit historical landmarks throughout the country.

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This year’s summer time concert series at the Palmdale Amphitheatre in Marie Kerr Park, features an outstanding line up of musicians, with the highlight being the July 16th Concert during the 40th Anniversary Tour of AMERICA. We all remember those classic America Tunes we still love like: Ventura Highway, I Need You, & Tin Man. The 20ELEVEN season kicks off on July 6th with EVOLUTION “The Ultimate Journey Tribute Band”, followed by AMERICA on July 16th, in addition to the

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July 30th SOUNDS OF THE SUPREMES, led by Kaaren Ragland who was a former member of the original Mary Wilson’s 70’s/80’s Supreme’s group. August 6th will showcase THE RISING, a Bruce Springsteen Tribute Band, rounding out the season with the August 13th GARTH GUY, the Garth Brooks Tribute Show.

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Food & Wine DINING

CONTENTS Picnic Time With The Family...................................................................................... 16-17 Mae’s Classic Kitchen Summertime Grilling.............................................................. 20-21 Red White Blue Drinks............................................................................................... 23

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Picnic Time With The Family Picnics may be a very traditional past time and go back to the merits of personal relations by spending time with loved ones. One of the ways wherein people spend their time for the family is by going on picnics. Page16

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Here are some good ideas to enjoy the outdoors with the family during the balmy summer months:

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Be very well prepared careful planning is very essential for a successful family picnic. Find a nice shady tree to roll your blanket out to set the scenery. To set a happy mood, colorful blankets and towels are handy and extra blankets can serve as pillows for napping or sunbathing. To prevent sun burn and unwanted insects, be sure to pack bug repellent and sun sreen.

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Bring foods that are easy to eat outdoors - a picnic would be a hassle if the food is a hassle to eat. Forget the lobster thermidor or the crab with Szechwan sauce, they are quite messy to eat. Sandwiches and fruit are safer choices. It is a good idea to have drinks frozen the night prior to the picnic so that they will stay chilled the next day, and they can also serve as chillers for the food.

3.) Have Fun!- flying a kite or playing

Frisbee or catch is a great family picnic activity. Watching the sun set can also be such a calming activity for a good rest at night. A night picnic may also be a good idea for people who have to work during the day. Last but not least, remeber to bring a camera to capture the good times!

Picnics can be so much fun for the family in these days when quality time can be so rare for most. The outdoors can be a great venue to enjoy time with each other, a great break when life at home grows boring. Having a great picnic does not have to be tedious, one just needs careful planning and cooperation from the whole family. The preparations for the picnic can be in itself a good bonding experience for the family. The important thing is to have fun!

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Drinks Get ready for fireworks and quench your summer thirst with festive 4th of July drinks! Get creative and mix up some 4th of July Drink ideas to keep your guests cool in the Summer Heat. It can be as simple as mixing your favorite fruit punch with some 7-Up and just placing it in a festive glass or dressing up your glass with some Fourth of July swag. Jello shots are a great way to celebrate the fourth of July. This tasty treat can be fun for the whole family. These can easily be done with or without alcohol, just make sure you know which ones are which.

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Community FAMILY &

CONTENTS Symbols Of Freedom & Strength In Our Nation........................................................ 26-27 AV Parents Come Together....................................................................................... 31 Mayor Emeritus Bishop Henry Hearns Receives Honor........................................... 32-33

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Symbols Of

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American Flag

The Flag of the United States of America is one of the nation’s most recognized symbols. At the time of the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, the United States had no official national flag. On June 14, 1777, the Marine Committee of the Second Continental Congress passed the Flag Resolution which stated: “Resolved, that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation”. Flag Day is now observed as June 14th. Although the Betsy Ross legend is controversial, the design of the circle of five pointed thirteen stars, is among the oldest of any U.S. Flags. The National Flag of the United States of American now consists of thirteen equal horizontal red stripes alternating with white, with a blue rectangle in the canton (referred to specifically as the “union”) bearing fifty small, white, five pointed stars, arranged in nine offset horizontal rows of six stars (top and bottom) alternating with rows of five stars. The fifty stars represent our 50 States and the 13 stripes represent the original 13 colonies. Americans are united upon the basic principals that all men are created equal and it is their God given right to Freedom.

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with the words “Proclaim LIBERTY throughout the land unto all its inhabitants thereof”. (part of Leviticus 25:10) The bell originally cracked when first rung in Philadelphia and recast twice by local workmen John Pass and John Stow whose names appear on the bell. The bell was used to summon lawmakers to legislative sessions and to alert citizens to public meetings and proclamations. Bells were rung to the mark the reading of the Declaration of Independence on July 8, 1776, and while there is no account of the Bell’s ringing, most historians believe it was one of the bells rung. In the 1830’s, the bell was adopted by abolitionist societies, and dubbed the Liberty Bell.

White House

From 1789-1790, our first President, George Washington occupied two executive mansions in New York City. The 1790 Residence Act named Philadelphia, Pennsylvania the temporary National Capital for a 10 year period while the Federal City was under construction. From 17901797, President Washington occupied a residence in Philadelphia. The President’s House was a major feature of Pierre (Peter) Charles L’Enfant’s plan for the newly designed Federal City, (Washington, D.C.). In 1791, President Washington visited Charleston, South Carolina saw the construction of the Charleston County Courthouse designed by Irish architect James Hoban, which has many similarities to the first design of the White House. He summoned Hoban to Philadelphia in 1792 and met with commissioners of the Federal City to make his judgment to select Hoban’s submission. President John Adams became the First President to occupy the White House in 1800. The White House is the Official Residence and Executive Office of the President of the United States. Located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C., it represents democracy and the strength of our nation.

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Arlington Cementary

1864 - Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia, is a military cemetery and the final resting place for many of the country’s fallen. Established during the American Civil War on the grounds of Arlington House, which was the former estate of the family of Confederate General, Robert E. Lee’s wife, Mary Anna (Curtis) Lee, a great grand-daughter of Martha Washington. The cemetery is directly across the Potomac River from the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. Veteran’s and M i l i t a r y casualties from all of the nation’s wars are buried in the 624 acre Arlington National Cemetery which has 70 sections, from the America Civil War to military actions in Afghanistan and Iraq. Memorials throughout the cemetery include: Tomb of the Unknowns, Arlington Amphitheatre, USMC War Memorial, Nurses Memorial, John F. Kennedy Eternal Flame, Robert F. Kennedy, USS Maine Memorial, and Space Shuttle Challenger Memorial. Arlington Cemetery represents lives lost to pay for our country’s Freedoms.

Statue of Liberty

The Statue Of Liberty National Monument was a gift from France to the United States in recognition of the friendship between our two countries, established during the American Revolutionary War. Sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi was commissioned to design a sculpture with the year 1876 in mind, to commemorate the centennial of the American Declaration of Independence. America agreed to build the pedestal and the French were responsible for the statue and its assembly in the United States. It arrived in New York Harbor in

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June 1885 on board the French frigate sailing vessel “Isere”. Official dedication took place on October 28, 1886. The Statue Of Liberty has become a symbol for Freedom and Democracy.

Mount Rushmore

Representing the first 150 years of the history of our country, the Mount Rushmore National Memorial was sculpted by Gutzon

Borglum, and his son Lincoln Borglum. In 1923, Doane Robinson, a South Dakota historian, first thought of carving the image of famous people in the Black Hills region of South Dakota to promote tourism. Borglum decided it should have a national focus and chose the four Presidents whose likenesses would be carved into the mountains. President Coolidge insisted that along with George Washington, two republicans and one democrat were to be portrayed. Mount Rushmore features 60 foot sculptures of the heads of former United States Presidents (left to right): George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. The entire memorial covers 1,278.45 acres and is 5,725 feet above sea level. Between October 4, 1927 and October 31, 1941, over 450,000 tons of rocks were blasted off the mountainside, as Gutzon Borglum and 400 workers sculpted the magnificent monument to represent our nation’s history. Borglum chose the Presidents because of their role in preserving the Republic and expanding territory. Mount Rushmore is located near Keystone,South Dakota.

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AV Parents Come Together To Improve Lives of Young Children Hundred of Parents from throughout Los Angeles, including 50 from the Antelope Valley, took part in a day long training and informational “Academy” to enable them to take a leadership role in First 5 LA’s Best Start efforts to improve lives of young children. First 5 LA oversees the L.A. County allocation of funds from Proposition 10, which added a .50 cent tax on tobacco products sold in California. These funds help pay for health care, education and child development programs for children from the prenatal stage to age five and their families. First 5 LA’s mission is to increase the number of young children who are physically and emotionally healthy, safe, and ready to learn. For more information, visit: www.first5la.org . Best Start is a community driven group of parents, educators, faithbased groups, businesses, and health professionals, funded by First 5 LA and working together to ensure that children are born healthy, maintain a healthy weight, are safe from abuse and neglect, and are ready for kindergarten. For more information, visit: www. beststartla.org.

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Mayor Emeritus Bishop Henry Hearns Receives Honor The City of Lancaster dedicated its 23 years ago, and was first elected City Hall Plaza in honor of Mayor to the Lancaster City Council in April Emeritus, Bishop Henry Hearns with 1990. He was selected by his fellow the unveiling of a plaque bearing his council members to serve as Mayor name. “You could write a book about in April 1991. In April 1992, and again everything Henry has contributed to in April 1996, he accepted the position of the City “This is such an honor for me. I would never V i c e over the y e a r s , ” have accomplished what I have, without the M a y o r. said Mayishop good citizens of this community coming to- B Hearns or R. Rex P a r r i s . gether as one, for the betterment of the City.” w a s elected “He was - Bishop Hearns instruto his mental in s e c the building of a new sheriff’s station, ond term of office in 1994, again in the library and other City facilities. 1998 and for a fourth term in 2002 He was able to do this because of his when he served as Vice Mayor. In unique ability to get people together.” 2006, he became the City’s 2nd elected Mayor. He currently holds Bishop Henry Hearns initiated the the position of Mayor Emeritus, fillCity of Lancaster’s very first MLK Day ing in for Mayor Parris at a num-

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ber of public events. Bishop Hearns has provided more than 21 years of service with the city. “Henry’s a man of impressive and incredible integrity,” said Lancaster City Manager Mark Bozigian. “This is characteristic of his mayorship and long tenure on the City Council. He is truly a community leader.”

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Beauty HEALTH &

CONTENTS JUMP.......................................................................................................................... 36-37 How To Lower Cholestrol................................................................................................ 38 City Of Palmdale “Red” Day Event.................................................................................. 41 Article 1........................................................................................................................... 12 Article 1........................................................................................................................... 12

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Instead of forcing yourself into boring exercise routines, you can recapture some of those good feelings of your youth by seeking out activities that help you burn calories and shape up while having fun.

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• Try working your muscles with a hula hoop. They now make special hoops that are balanced with weights for different parts of your body. Before you know it, you’ll be toned and in shape and you’ll have had fun in the process. • Get yourself a computer dancing game and dance away. Dancing is really a great way to burn a lot of calories while having a lot of fun. You see, there are many ways you can burn calories, shape up and have a lot of fun at the same time. Don’t make excuses that you don’t have the time for exercise. We all have 24 hours a day (no more no less). Learn to manage your time and allocate time for exercise as it can help you to become more healthy.

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How To Lower Cholesterol? So you want to know how to lower cholesterol? You can make some changes to your food intake. There are many types of foods which alter your blood profile. Previously all the fats were considered unhealthy and we tried to avoid them. But actually there are some good fats and bad fats. So the fat which is considered bad for the body is called saturated fat. This saturated fat is mostly in the meat like beef, pork and also poultry. But the fat which is good for the body is found in nuts, whole grains, fish. So now you know how to lower cholesterol? There is a lot of importance to know how to lower cholesterol because if you know the food to eat to then you can save your life from it. It is healthier to be familiar with various details about how to minimize bad cholesterol in the body. This is because it has become a chief health problem all over the planet today. The lifestyle we lead today is entirely unhealthy these days and our lives are prone to many medical problems if we don’t

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take sufficient care in the food we take and the life we live. Most of the cholesterol that is in our body is obtained from consuming animal products. So if you boost your intake of plant products then you can decrease the risk of cholesterol. This way by eating the right kind of foods you can stay away from a range of risks. You are prone to health hazards like strokes and even heart attacks. It literally means that cholesterol kills. We can’t afford to stay careless anymore as it may take away our lives.

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AV HOSPITAL BLOOD DRIVE

CITY OF PALMDALE “RED” DAY EVENT The Antelope Valley Hospital joined the City of Palmdale for its 2011 RED “Renew, Energize, Donate” Event by participating with a Mobile Blood Drive. The Antelope Valley Hospital is celebrating more than 50 years caring for the AV Community as a non-profit, 420 Bed Facility founded in 1955. As the AV Hospital focuses on their annual “Lucky Ducky Days” Blood Drive at the AV Blood Center, now through September 23rd, hospital officials report a critical need for all blood types, but especially O-Negative. All blood donated at AV Hospital Blood Center stays in the AV and could be helping a friend, neighbor or even saving a life. The 2011 RED “Renew, Energize, Donate” Event also featured more than 60 vendors offering food, raffles, prizes, and entertainment for all ages. The event raised thousands of dollars in funds and bags of nonperishable food items for Grace Resource Center, The P a i n t e d Turtle, South Antelope Valley Emergency Services (SAVES), West Antelope Valley Educational Foundation (WAVE) and Keller Williams’ Agent Family Emergency Fund. All food that was collected at the event by Westside School District students was presented to SAVES and Grace Resources.

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The Most Important Summer Skin Care Tip under the summer heat and sun. It is well known that the sun can actually increase the rate at which wrinkles appear. Let’s not forget things like ultra violet rays and it’s harmful effects on your skin such as skin disease. So here are a few tips to help you get things started without worrying too much about the administrative issues of skincare and other issues like that.

Well summer time is here and everyone is looking to have fun in the sun, but that doesn’t mean you should stop worrying about you skincare regimen. In reality you will need to make some changes in order to maintain the health of your skin

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It may feel like a drag at first because after a long winter you just want to get your groove on and have a good time enjoying this fine weather with the smiling happy people. However by taking this one precaution you will definitely be able

to enjoy yourself much more without having to worry about whether you will get sun burnt or not. In case you haven’t been sun burnt in the pastlet’s just say it’s a very painful and quite an uncomfortable situation to be in. Here is a list of some of the different “hotspots” where you will need to be wary of your skin when you’re at those places. Hotspots meaning you’re going to have to bring mass of lotion for you and your buddies to prevent getting sun burn and getting adversely affected by UV rays. Some hotspots include your friends pool party, the local public beach, or a barbecue in your own back yard. Make sure to have a stash of tanning lotion just in case. More likely than not, you will be using it on a daily basis during the summer time especially.

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Garden HOME &

CONTENTS How You Can Plant The Best Summer Garden............................................................ 46-47 Show Some Love! Summer Plant Maintainence.......................................................... 51 AV Veteran Tree Planting Celebration........................................................................... 53

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How You Can Plant The Best Summer Garden When it comes to planting your garden the first thing you need to focus on is planning your garden. Once you have a line on the things you want to plant, where you want to plant them, and what the needs of your individual plants will be it is time to really dig in and get your hands dirty. Of course, for many gardeners this is the best thing about growing a summer garden (though some will argue that the results are the best thing). Either way, many gardeners relish the idea of getting their hands in the dirt in order to really get their garden underway. Before the planting begins however you should take a calendar and mark the days that each part of your summer garden will be planted. Different flowers and vegetables have different growing seasons. Some prosper by earlier plantings while others prosper by later plantings. Plants that are known to take up a great deal of space on the ground when left to their own devices may be trained to climb poles that you set up in the garden for them. If space is limited, this is highly recommended. Doing this also provides an opportunity to shade plants that prefer less direct sunlight when planted next to these climbing vines that are climbing vertically. Also make sure you have enough stakes for all the plants that require them for best effect. Plant your plants so that those needing shade get the shade they need and those that require the most water are located on a downward slope so that they get the Page46

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water that runs off from the plants that require lesser amounts of water. This is a trick of conservationists and seasoned gardeners that makes the most of sometimes limited resources such as water for the purpose of creating a better environment for optimal growth. At the same time you want to avoid planting vegetables and flowers that require less water at the bottom of these slopes as they are likely to become over hydrated, which can be just as devastating as not getting enough water. Make sure your soil is healthy so that it can create the healthy plants you are hoping to have. Fertilize the soil in which these plants and flowers will be grown. This provides the foundation necessary for optimal performance from your plants. You should also take great care once the planting has taken place that the plants and flowers that make up your summer garden are well fed in order to produce even better results. Plan your pest control before you begin planting your garden. There are some plants, flowers, and herbs that work as natural pest controls. These make an excellent addition to your garden as they offer no harmful side effect and can rid your garden of many of the pests that provide constant head aches. Another thing you may wish to consider is the use of chicken wire to protect some of your plants from things a little bigger than the average bug. The more humane the methods of pest control and the less you rely on pesticides the better. www.AntelopeValleyMagazine.com

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Show Some Love! Summer Plant Maintenance Summer is a great time to show some love and revitalive your planter beds and do some much needed maintianence form the harsh winter. For plants it is a very active period as they wake from their winter nap. For gardeners this is a very spirited stage for not only outdoor plants but our house plants too. Spring is the perfect time for plant maintenance. Examine plants to determine if they require re-potting or removed and replaced. Pruning a plant to recover its form and cultivate more even budding throughout the plant is also ideal. If your re-potting plants, it’s a good time to consider showing off your plants in a handsome

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plant hanger. Plant hangers are also a good way to move that plant that requires more or less light into a better place to get its proper light. The majority of plants are accompanied b y a guideline on the amount of light that is ideal for them. During the winter, less sun comes inside than in the spring and summer. Wth the new summer hours this is an opportunity for you to reposition your plants accorsindly. This can also give your home and garden a new look that you are sure to love!

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AV Veterans th Of July 4 Tree Planting Celebration “Grove Of Honors”

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followed by prayer, breakfast, and Keynote speakers. Tree planting is scheduled to run from 10-11 am.

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he event and Tree Planting for the “Grove Of Honors” will take place at Birdies Restaurant & Driving Range located at: 41520 10th Street West, Palmdale, CA. 93551. Breakfast reservations ($10) are requested to be made by 6/15/11 to Mark Chapa, Outreach Coordinator at: (661) 547-2690 or markavvcac@gmail.com . The event is free and open to the public.

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Recreation SPORTS &

CONTENTS Quality Time Outdoors................................................................................................ 56-57 Space... The Final Frontier Is Here!............................................................................. 59 AV Pet Adoptions........................................................................................................ 60

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Quality Time

OUTDOORS

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When was the last time you hunkered down to your kid’s level, and spent a quarter of an hour to do something one on one with them, like watch an ant go about its business or gather up the teddy bears and play at having tea? Kids know the difference when parents are doing something just for them, and they’ll remember the moment for a long, long time. Turning off

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the television and getting back to simpler things is great for spending quality time with your kids, and an even better way to break the circle of daily routine is to throw your things in the car and take your family away for a weekend lake trip.

to your children. Your kids will find that their too-busy parents have come back to life and that there’s more to the world than pressure to perform and schedules of work that leave you feeling tired and worn out. And if you can’t get away from the weekly bustle, an afternoon of fishing is with the investment.

Being outdoors is the best way to let loose and relax with your family. Life has become so fast paced that we can hardly think at times, but a lazy afternoon on a lake gives us all a chance to forget about our busy lives for a little bit. Kids love to explore the shoreline, swim in the nearby lake or catch fish with their Dad. It can be a whole family experience when you go fishing. Being away from the bustle and daily grind is often relaxing for parents, and the tension flows away, leaving kids wondering who replaced their harried, too-busyright-now mother and father with these mellowed out people. A night looking at stars is fun for all, as is an afternoon in the fishing boat or a hike along the water’s edge. Kids, lost in the excitement of their adventures, will also be learning new skills throughout all of this. Once you rediscover quality time and that taking a break from the crazy world we live in only brings you closer

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TSC, also known as THE SPACESHIP COMPANY, is a new aerospace production company, founded by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and Scaled Composites, which will be building the world’s first fleet of commercial spaceships and carrier aircraft intended to make widespread space travel a reality. TSC has contracted Scaled Composites to develop and build a suborbital space flight system, comprised of WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo, and TSC is now taking these designs into commercial production. TSC’s first customer is Virgin Galactic (www. virgingalactic.com) which is on track to become the world’s first private “Spaceline”. Mojave Air and Space Port, (Mojave, California) often described as the Silicon Valley for the emerging space

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industry, is the home of TSC’s WK2 and SS2 assembly and testing operations. The new building is a 68,000 square foot,

clear span, 737 sized hangar including offices that will serve as TSC’s operating

headquarters. George Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic and TSC said, “TSC’s new hanger is another significant milestone in developing Virgin Galactic’s commercial spaceflight operations, following on from recent achievements including the maiden and second glide flights of SpaceShipTwo and the dedication of Spaceport America’s runway in New Mexico”. TSC’s operations continue to grow as many job opportunities become available with the organization, who recently participated in the South Valley WorkSource Center’s Job Fair in Palmdale, CA. Commercial space travel is closer to becoming an exciting reality. For more information visit: www.thespaceshipcompany.com and www.virgingalactic.com.

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Pet Adoptions From The Heart

Impound No: A4288327 Sex: Male Breed: CHIHUAHUA Age: 3 Years, 0 Months

Impound No: A4288936 Sex: Female Breed: DOMESTIC Age: 0 Years, 4 Months

Impound No: A4287618 Sex: Male Breed: CHIHUAHUA Age: 0 Years, 0 Months

Impound No: A4287934 Sex: Female Breed: TERRIER Age: 9 Years, 0 Months

Impound No: A4285699 Sex: Female Breed: DOMESTIC Age: 2 Years, 2 Months

Impound No: A4285657 Sex: Male Breed: FILA Age: 6 Years, 0 Months

Impound No: A4289106 Sex: Male Breed: GERM. SHEP. Age: 6 Years, 0 Months

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Impound No: A4288867 Sex: Female Breed: DOMESTIC Age: 0 Years, 4 Months

Impound No: A4287073 Sex: Male Breed: BOXER Age: 4 Years, 0 Months

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