The city of Palmdale has announced its “Season of Service” events for 2019, as part of the city’s participation in the “National Day of Service” in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

“You can make a difference in YOUR community by participating in the city’s 6th annual Season of Service,” said Trish Jones, coordinator of Community Programs. “Our theme this year is ‘Serve, Learn, Give’, and between now and May there are many opportunities to volunteer your time, learn about the community and give back in areas that are meaningful to you.” Volunteers under age 16 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.

Kicking things off is the annual MLK Day of Celebration “Hope and Unity Block Party” sponsored by Advancing Communities Together (ACT). The event will take place tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at ACT’s facility at 38626 9th St. East. The block party is free and open to the community and will feature games, food, live music, art and information on available resources.

The remaining 2019 Season of Service events include:

Antelope Valley Homeless Count – Thursday, Jan. 24. Community Partner: Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Deployment Center One: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints, 2120 E. Ave. R, Palmdale Deployment Center Two: Church of esus Christ of Latter Days Saints, 39546 23rd St. West, Palmdale, Register at www.theycountwillyou.org. Participate in the annual event to document homeless in our community. Count provides valuable information for funding and program development. Youth must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Community Partners: Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, LDS East and West.

Community Cleanup: Avenue Q and 42nd East (North and South of Avenue Q)- Saturday, Feb. 2. Time: 8 – 8:30 a.m., registration; 8:30 a.m. project begins. Participants are encouraged to bring work gloves and rakes.

Community Cleanup: Barrel Spring Path- Saturday, March 2. Time: 8 – 8:30 a.m. registration; 8:30 a.m. project begins. Participants are encouraged to bring work gloves and rakes. Partners: Palmdale Water District.

Community Volunteer Resource Fair – Saturday, March 9. Location & Time: TBA. Local agencies will be on hand to provide information about volunteering, donating and engaging opportunities. Partners: AV Mall and AV Volunteer Coordinators Group

SAVES Spring Cleaning – Saturday, March 30. 1002 E. Ave. Q-12. Time: 8 – 8:30 a.m. registration; 8:30 am project begins.

Community Cleanup: Courson Park/Neighborhood – Saturday, April 6. Time: 8 – 8:30 a.m. registration; 8:30 a.m. project begins. Participants are encouraged to bring work gloves and rakes.

Community Cleanup – Old Harold Road – Saturday, May 4. Time: 8 – 8:30 a.m. registration; 8:30 a.m. project begins. Participants are encouraged to bring work gloves and rakes.

Stamp Out Hunger – Part 1 – – Saturday, May 1. Community Partner: United States Postal Service. Location: SAVES, 1002 East Avenue Q-12, Palmdale. Time: Varied. Complete list at www.cityofpalmdale.org/servicedays Partner with local letter carriers for the 25th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Food assists local families in need. Community Partner: United States Postal Service.

Stamp Out Hunger—Part 2 – Saturday, May 18. Community Partner: United States Postal Service. Location: SAVES, 1002 East Avenue Q-12, Palmdale. Time: Registration from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Help SAVES process donations from the Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive for community distribution.