With massage therapy growing in popularity among African-American practitioners and consumers, some fear that changes in state certification could invite trouble back into the industry.
Massage therapy has become so essential to our idea of wellness that certified massage therapist is now one of the fastest-growing occupations in the United States, with the U.S. Department of Labor reporting that it is expected to grow 26 percent by 2020.
From March 18-23, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Red Tail Squadron's red-tailed Mustang, named Tuskegee Airmen, will offer a once-in-a-lifetime backseat ride in the rare P-51C fighter airplane at the Torrance Airport and at General William J. Fox Airfield in Lancaster.
Home features net-zero energy usage and zero freshwater usage for irrigation
KB Home estimates that the Double ZeroHouse 2.0 at Dawn Creek can conserve 150,000 gallons of water each year when compared to a typical resale home and landscaping, a reduction of approximately 70 percent. In addition, the ZeroHouse is designed to produce as much energy as it consumes, potentially yielding an electric bill of $0.
The Palmdale Aerospace Academy (TPAA) robotics team was the top first-year team at the regional competition in Grand Terrace last week, and is now headed for next month’s world championships in St. Louis.
Decorate recycling bins for the chance to win cash prizes
Community members are invited to use their imagination and creative flair to transform an everyday curbside recycling cart into a work of art for the city’s cArt aRt competition, which promotes reusing and recycling household items. Residents, families, school groups, clubs, teams, church groups and other organizations are encouraged to participate in the competition, which is open now through Monday, March 24.
nFirst Palmdale resident to win a Super Bowl
The Palmdale City Council honored Highland High School graduate DeShawn Shead, a member of the 2014 Super Bowl winning Seattle Seahawks football team, at its March 5 meeting, presenting him with a proclamation that declared March 6 as “DeShawn Shead Day” in Palmdale.
Local military will be featured on The BLVD
The city of Lancaster is asking residents to help celebrate local military heroes by nominating them to be featured on banners which will be prominently displayed along The BLVD in 2014/2015, showcasing the community’s appreciation of their tireless efforts on behalf of our country.
One awaits sentencing; one awaits trial By OW Staff A trio of Republican state senators failed in their recent effort to oust Democratic Sen. Roderick Wright, who was convicted last month of living
A trio of Republican state senators failed in their recent effort to oust Democratic Sen. Roderick Wright, who was convicted last month of living outside the district he was elected to represent.
Councilmember Bernard C. Parks’ motion that asks the City of Los Angeles’ Planning Department to report back on utilizing existing city laws to regulate fracking was passed in council Wednesday. The motion backs the fracking moratorium ordinance that was approved in council last week and allows the city to effectively enforce the ban.
The city of Palmdale, in partnership with The Art Branch, is inviting the public to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony for “Gabriel’s House,” located at 38533 4th St. East in Palmdale, on Saturday, March 1.
Cutbacks mean ‘fight one, hold one’
Retiring Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon (R- 25th District) on Monday blasted the new defense department budget proposed by Secretary Chuck Hagel as trying to “...solve our financial problems on the backs of our military—and that can’t be done.”
Company gives $1.75 million in grants to three leading nonprofits
Walmart furthers its commitment to provide greater access to opportunities across 20 U.S. communities with the announcement of $1.75 million in grants from the Walmart Foundation to three of the nation’s leading nonprofit organizations: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), National Urban League (NUL) and United Negro College Fund (UNCF). The grant to UNCF will fund a program to help historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) continue as a source of quality degrees for African American students. In addition, the grants to NUL and NAACP will fund programs to help individuals receive support to secure and build meaningful careers through training and placement assistance, and help businesses create more job opportunities.
CSULA President William A. Covino visits West Angeles during Super Sunday
With the goal of helping increase college access and achievement for underserved communities, Cal State L.A. President William A. Covino addressed the congregation at West Angeles Church of God in Christ in Los Angeles on Feb. 23 during the annual CSU Super Sunday.
Program will culminate March 15
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) recently announced its first LAUSD Arts Fest 2014, a two-week festival celebrating the arts, beginning Saturday, March 1 through Saturday, March 15, 2014.
Kalimah Priforce recognized for STEM Diversity and Access
The White House honored 10 local heroes who are “Champions of Change” for their innovation in creating diversity and access in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields. These champions are creating opportunities for young people typically underrepresented in STEM industries by using unconventional approaches to enhance student exposure ranging from photography and film, to Hip Hop music, to coding competitions and community-based workshops.
Born in New York in 1967, Olympian Debi Thomas started ice skating at an early age. She grew up in San Jose, Calif. where her interest in the sport first began. Thomas attributed most of her success to her mother who sacrificed to drive her more than 100 miles a day between home, school, and the ice rink.
Southern California Edison, IRS representatives impersonated
Sheriff’s deputies are warning business owners in Acton of a telephone scam that allegedly requests persons to submit $2,500 to Southern California Edison (SCE) in payment for equipment upgrades.
Special guest speaker cycling coach Chris Carmichael
The Bahati Foundation was chosen as the prime beneficiary of the SoCal Cycling Summit held January 14 at the Iconic Oakley Corporate Headquarters in Foothill Ranch. Chris Carmichael, renowned coach and author of “The Time-Crunched Cyclist,” received an enthusiastic reception as the featured speaker.
Tickets offer sleek look with 20 chances for $1 million top prize
Lady Luck is back—and she’s on the hunt again, this time looking to award Californians with two dozen life-changing top prizes of $1 million each. Yes, we’re talking potentially seven figures for a $10 investment on the Lottery’s latest Scratchers game, California Black Exclusive.
New rate may far exceed wages of federal workers
About 300 hotel and restaurant workers rallied yesterday at the Westin Hotel at LAX in support of the Los Angeles City Council’s proposal to increase their minimum wage to $15.37 per hour.
Dishes on the plight of African American actresses in Hollywood
Hollywood actress, writer, comedienne and TV host Sardia Robinson, is gearing up to support Black History Month by dedicating her two upcoming one woman shows to influential African American women who have made a significant impact in their communities and around the world.
Mayor Rex Parris recaps a year of progress; assures a future with hope
Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris delivered the city’s annual State of the City Address to the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce at the Hellenic Center in Lancaster this week. During the presentation, Parris shared that the city has made fantastic strides over the past year in a number of areas. By targeting basic societal needs first, then elevating efforts to more grandiose advancements, the city has been able to effectively address issues ranging from crime, health and education to infrastructure, entertainment and economic development.
BBQ Roasted Pork Tenderloin Stuffed with Braised Collard Greens & Caramelized Onions
According to Chef Judson Allen, a “Next Food Network Star” finalist and chef who has maintained a 150-pound weight loss, Americans can take care of their hearts without sacrificing their favorite foods.
Lancaster’s Museum of Art & History (MOAH) invites residents to come and enjoy the SCULPT[URE] exhibit now on display in the Museum’s Hernando and Fran Marroquin Family Classroom through March 16.
Winners will be announced today
The BLVD Association has announced the six finalists in its second annual “Wedding on The BLVD” contest. The winning couple will receive a comprehensive package for a wedding in Downtown Lancaster for up to 50 guests free of charge, with various items donated by dozens of BLVD businesses. The finalists were selected from among nearly 30 couples who entered the contest at the Antelope Valley Fair’s Bridal Show on Jan. 12.
Aio Wireless collaborated with A-MAN, Inc. to host a teen rap session entitled “Moving Black History Forward,” at its dealer-owned store at 1295 S. La Brea Avenue. The session enabled students from A-MAN,
The Negro National League (NNL) was one of the several Negro leagues which were established during the period in the United States in which organized baseball was segregated. Led by Rube Foster, owner and manager of the Chicago American Giants, the NNL was established on February 13, 1920 by a coalition of team owners at a meeting in a Kansas City YMCA.
Project scheduled to be complete in 2019
Donning hard hats, shovels in hand and bulldozers behind them, federal, state and local officials celebrated the groundbreaking of the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project, an 8.5-mile light-rail line that will run between the Metro Expo and Green lines.
Stephanie C. Hill, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin’s (NYSE: LMT) Information Systems & Global Solutions (IS&GS) Civil business, has been named the 2014 Black Engineer of the Year for her outstanding leadership during a 27-year engineering career and commitment to promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.
Holder’s remarks follow NAACP’s nationwide “Restore the Votes” campaign
The NAACP commends Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder for speaking out against laws prohibiting people with felony convictions from voting even after they have served the terms of their sentences. The NAACP has been actively engaged in campaigns in Florida, Iowa, Virginia, Delaware and other states to bring the practice to an end.
Nonprofit works to maintain wetlands and protect wildlife
More than 60 years before the popularity of the A&E reality show “Duck Dynasty,” Ducks Unlimited has served as the world’s largest and most effective private waterfowl and wetlands conservation organization. Antelope Valley Ducks Unlimited on March 14 will host its annual banquet and auction from 5 to 11 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, 2551 West Avenue H, Lancaster.
Antoinette Andrews will serve as assistant director of planning and implementation
Los Angeles native and El Monte resident Rafael González has been selected as Director of the Best Start Communities Department at First 5 LA. As Director, González will lead a department of 28 in First 5 LA’s ongoing work to support young children and their parents in 14 communities across Los Angeles County.
Call center may lead to job creation
With the dawning of the New Year, renewal is on its way for the former Bank of America call center campus located in the Lancaster Business Park. To overcome the impact of Bank of America’s recent layoffs, the city of Lancaster has been busily working with key partners to ensure the local buildings previously occupied by the bank’s employees return to full productivity and future job creation.
nCommunity project slated for Feb. 22
The city of Palmdale continues its “Season of Service” program with a “Beds, Paths & Beyond” community garden project on Saturday, Feb. 22 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the City’s Yucca Neighborhood House, located at East Ave. Q-3 in Palmdale.
At a recent city council meeting, the Santa Clarita City Council approved three grant awards designed to benefit Santa Clarita’s Community Services and Arts programs. The approved awards included monies up to $72,000 for community services grants, $45,000 for arts grants and a separate art grant of up to $3,000 awarded to the Canyon Theatre Guild.
Antelope Valley transient population has increased by nearly 400 percent
At a recent meeting, upon returning from its closed session, the Lancaster City Council directed the City Attorney to look into options to compel the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) to provide the Antelope Valley region of L.A. County with an equitable share of funding.
The Greenlining Institute
In comments filed with federal financial regulators, The Greenlining Institute urges a number of changes designed to strengthen and clarify proposed joint standards for assessing the diversity practices of more than 70,000 financial institutions.
Thomas McDowell, father of AEG Chief Administrative Officer Kevin McDowell, passed on Feb. 2, at age 90.
Roy Willis, the first African American graduate of the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Virginia, and the first African American student to live on the campus and a pioneer for racial equality will share his story at the Venice-Abbott Kinney Memorial Library at 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice, at 10:30 a.m.
Season begins March 11
Palmdale’s recreation and culture department is accepting registration for its church coed hardball slow pitch softball league now through Feb. 20.
Grant funding supports multiple city projects
During Tuesday’s City Council Meeting, city staff members presented a mid-year update regarding the Capital Improvement Program (CIP). During the presentation, staff reported that $12 million in grant dollars will be used to help fund this year’s 30 CIP projects, some of which are scheduled to be completed or advertised for construction over the next six months.
City recognized 23 years in a row
Palmdale has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012.
From politics to pulpit, a pastor finally follows his calling
A new face is preaching from behind the pulpit at New Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church on Manchester Avenue in South Los Angeles.
Events are part of National School Choice Week
Current and prospective families are invited to visit The Guidance Charter School (GCS), 1125 East Palmdale Boulevard, during National School Choice Week. The Open House which will be held January 27-31 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. will serve continental breakfast on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:15 to 10:15 a.m. Students will also participate in poster and essay contests about why they love GCS, write appreciation letters to their parents and dance in morning Zumba exercise classes.
TAO Japanese drum and dance ensemble will wow spectators
TAO is back with a brand new production for 2014, Phoenix Rising. Athletic bodies and modern visual effects, combined with the traditional art of Japanese Taiko drumming, explode in rare percussive beauty and energetic precision live on the Lancaster Performing Arts Center stage, Saturday, February 15 at 8 p.m.
Training will begin Feb. 21
Palmdale’s Recreation and Culture department is offering a Lifeguard Academy that will begin Friday, Feb. 21 at Marie Kerr Pool, located at 2723 Rancho Vista Blvd.
Cashier and ride attendants for Six Flags Magic Mountain needed
The Santa Clarita WorkSource Center will host a recruitment event to seek qualified professionals for immediate employment in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Artist John Broussard hosts meet-and-greet reception
“Mama’s Fabric: Weaving America Together” is an upcoming photo exhibit that centers on Beatrice Dixon, an extraordinary mother who was a community organizer and who believed deeply in the goodness of people and in the American Dream. She became a mother-figure to people from all walks of life, and once it became known that she had a passion for sewing, people began providing her with beautiful pieces of fabric. She passed away in 2002 at the age of 90.
Designed for youth ages 5 to 19
The city of Lancaster, in continued partnership with the Antelope Valley 4-H to provide quality life experience and education opportunities for local youth, is inviting Valley families to attend the 2014 Livestock Symposium at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds on Saturday, January 25, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) voted last week to appoint an interim replacement for Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte, the veteran District 1 educator who died in December at the age of 80.