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Volunteers sought for ‘Gabriel’s House’ work day event this Saturday

Painters and handypersons needed

OW Staff Writer | 11/15/2013, midnight

The city of Palmdale is seeking volunteers age 16 and older to assist with painting and other tasks at a work day event this Saturday at “Gabriel’s House,” the city’s third Neighborhood House.

Gabriel’s House is located at 38533 4th St., East in Palmdale. Volunteer registration begins at 8 a.m. and work will begin at 8:30 a.m.

“On Saturday, the focus will be on completing the painting of the interior,” said Palmdale’s Director of Neighborhood Services Mike Miller. “Also, we’ll be doing detail work such as installing switch plates, doors and light fixtures.”

On hand to register the volunteers will be Community Programs Supervisor Trish Jones, as well as Jimmy and Kim Lu of The Art Branch, who will be coordinating music, art and theater programming, when Gabriel’s House opens.

The Palmdale City Council voted unanimously to approve the dedication of a home in Focus Neighborhood 3 for a new Neighborhood House called “Gabriel’s House,” in memory of eight-year-old Gabriel Fernandez who was tragically killed. Working with The Art Branch, “Gabriel’s House” will serve as a music and performing arts center to provide children in the area with the opportunity to develop their creative talents.

The city of Palmdale’s Neighborhood Improvement Program was developed by the Housing Division of the Economic Development Department to improve homes where low- to moderate-income families live in specifically targeted areas.

As part of the Neighborhood Improvement Program (NIP) and to improve the appearance of the neighborhood, the Public Works Program Management Division repairs existing public improvements, and in some cases, provides new public improvements such as sewers, curbs, driveways, sidewalks and landscaping.

For information about programs at Gabriel’s House, contact Jimmy Lu at (310) 806-8496.