Lancaster to host Monster Mash Mile
Collaboration will benefit Children’s Center of Antelope Valley
The city of Lancaster, in collaboration with High Desert Runners and Rite Aid, is hosting a one-mile fun run/walk through downtown Lancaster. All are invited to take to the streets at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, as the trek from Lancaster City Hall down The BLVD in the Monster Mash Mile begins.
Monster Mash Mile is a charitable event, and all proceeds will be donated to the Children’s Center of Antelope Valley. In addition to funds raised through the registration fees; new, unwrapped toys will also be collected for needy children in the Antelope Valley this holiday season.
“What better way to support a worthy cause than by dressing up, gathering with friends and racing down The BLVD?” asked Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “Giving is a gift unto itself; making it fun and exciting is icing on the cake.”
Designed by Lancaster’s Wellness Committee, the Monster Mash Mile promises to be creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky, with participants encouraged to don their most creative costumes for the event. Medals will be awarded for first through third place, and trophies will be given out for best costume.
The adult race will begin at 8 a.m., followed by the children’s race at 8:20 a.m. Online registration is now available at www.active.com for $10. Late registration will be available the morning of the event for $15. Anyone who brings a toy donation will receive a $5 discount off the late registration fee.
Monster Mash Mile is a great way to kick off a day of family-friendly fun, as it precedes the city’s annual BooLVD Halloween and Harvest Festival, which begins at 5 p.m. that evening.
For more information regarding the Monster Mash Mile, contact Meg Treglia, (661) 723-6015, or Justin Patananan, (661) 945-6804.
The city of Lancaster is now accepting applications for the fourth annual Uniting Neighbors in a Team Effort (UNITE) program.
Applications for the UNITE program are available on the city’s website at www.cityoflancasterca.org/unite and must be submitted by Friday, June 14 at 5 p.m. (postmark dates will not be accepted).
The program, which aims to help build safer and stronger neighborhoods, offers residents an opportunity to propose neighborhood improvement projects and compete for the resources and funding needed to make those projects a reality.
On Saturday, the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Bureau, along with numerous teams, volunteers and city of Lancaster staff will conduct a survey in a specific Lancaster neighborhood with the purpose of identifying local crime and nuisance problems.
Teams will begin the door-to-door survey around 9 a.m. and continue until they have reached out to the nearly 600 homes in the area. The area to be surveyed is 10th Street West to Beech Avenue, and Avenue I to Avenue H-8. The area was identified after analysis of call and crime volume was conducted.
Participants in Lancaster’s Youth in Government program met for the second of their three meetings recently to suggest designs for the area of the city located at Ave. 15th West, from Avenue K to Avenue J-8. The city’s Youth in Government program has been in existence for 22 years and helps high-achieving high school students build skills through a series of activities regarding city operations.
The Lancaster City Council is expected to vote on Dec. 11 on whether to appoint Cassandra D. Harvey to the council to replace Ron Smith, who was elected to the California State Assembly.
If approved, Harvey would be sworn in and take the seat that day and finish out the remainder of Smith’s term until April 2014.
She would also be the first African American woman to sit on the city’s governing body.
Harvey was nominated by Mayor R. Rex Parris.
The Lancaster Neighborhood Vitalization Commission (LNVC) approved seven winning projects for the third annual UNITE (Uniting Neighbors in a Team Effort) program at its August meeting. The UNITE community projects, which focus on strengthening community ties, beautifying, and enhancing public safety in local neighborhoods, will take place Saturday, Sept. 22.