10 Filipino players bolster ABL teams as Heritage Imports

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny No regrets for Perez, Lyceum after finals loss: ‘It was a good experience for us’ Headlining the list is 2017 PBA Draft’s top overall pick Christian Standhardinger, who will bolster the already potent Hong Kong Eastern Sports Club.The Fil-German forward will reinforce the deadly frontline for the defending champion Long Lions for the next six months in Hong Kong before debuting for the San Miguel Beermen in the PBA.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneFil-Am playmaker Jason Brickman will once again orchestrate the offense for Mono Vampire Basketball Club.Ex-PBA players have also taken their act to the ABL hoping to reinvigorate their careers overseas. LATEST STORIES Ecuador: Barge carrying 600 gallons of diesel fuel sinks at port PLAY LIST 00:51Ecuador: Barge carrying 600 gallons of diesel fuel sinks at port00:50Trending Articles01:07No. 1 pick Standhardinger’s monster game further fuels SMB debut hype02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Former Ginebra first-rounder James Forrester seeks to revive his career with ABL newcomer Formosa Dreamers of Taiwan, ex-Blackwater forward Reil Cervantes will reinforce Westports Malaysia Dragons, and former GlobalPort slasher AJ Mandani will fortify last season’s runner-up Singapore Slingers.Hardworking forward Lawrence Domingo goes on a return trip for Alab Pilipinas as the 23-year-old will once again serve as the Heritage Import for the home crew.The ABL also provides a new opportunity for unheralded Filipino ballers, some of which are hoping to get a second wind in their basketball careers, or chance to introduce themselves to the public.Guard Paul Zamar of UE partners with Brickman in Thailand with Mono Vampire, while former Adamson forward Patrick Cabahug teams up with Cervantes for the Dragons.Nanhai Kung Fu Basketball Club of China will also roll the dice with little-known Caelan Tiongson of Biola University and Jonathan Bermillo of Bishop’s University.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ ABL tips off on Friday with the Slingers taking on Nanhai Kung Fu in China, while Alab opens its campaign at Mall of Asia Arena against Hong Kong Eastern on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Christian Standhardinger. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netFilipinos have long been regarded as the best basketball players in Southeast Asia.So it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that Filipino ballers are coveted in the region with 10 players enlisted as Heritage Imports this upcoming 2017-2018 ABL season.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setlast_img read more

No stopping hurting Gin Kings

first_imgMaroons, Warriors pull off UAAP stunners Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Meralco, Al-Riyadi and host team Mono Vampire finished the eliminations tied at 1-2 behind unbeaten Alvark Tokyo of Japan but the Bolts advanced with a quotient of plus-22.The Bolts earlier lost, 100-92, to the Thais and 84-73 to the Japanese.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Elite had earlier set a franchise record by finally leading a tournament behind a four-game opening romp until the Road Warriors, with coach Yeng Guiao back from steering the national five to fifth place in the recent Asian Games, ended the streak with a 124-106 rout last Wednesday.Magnolia and Alaska remain in the thick of the fight for a top 4 slot as they share second to fourth places at 4-1 and 3-1, respectively, but the Beermen (2-3) and the TNT KaTropa (4-4) need a lot of scrambling to secure the coveted quarterfinal bonus.SMB has tapped former Utah Jazz Kevin Murphy to replace the struggling AZ Reid while TNT has a new coaching staff after sacking Nash Racela.Meralco, on leave from the PBA to represent the country in the 2019 Fiba Asia Champions Cup in Thailand, is another squad in dire straits at 1-3 along with the winless trio of cellar dwellers Rain or Shine (0-2), NorthPort (0-6) and Columbian Dyip (0-6).The Bolts dropped their first two games in Thailand but they won’t be able to rejoin the PBA soon after Meralco crushed defending champion Al Riyadi of Lebanon, 96-63, Saturday and made it to the next round by superior quotient.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Aljun Mariano and Joe DeVance provided key support for Justin Brownlee in both victories. The Best Import of the last Commissioner’s Cup, who had a combined total of 63, also personally sealed the win over Phoenix by breaking up a last-ditch attempt by Matthew Wright in the dying seconds of play.Wright led Phoenix with 27.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Kings, seeking a second straight title and record third straight in this event, moved on top with a 5-1 win-loss slate halfway through the one-round eliminations that will reward the top four teams with a twice-to-beat incentive in the quarterfinals.Phoenix fell to second at 5-2 followed by the other strong-starting squad Blackwater at 4-1 and NLEX at 4-2. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The two giant-killers early in the PBA Governors’ Cup finally found their match last week with defending champion Barangay Ginebra capping the startling development by grabbing the lead with back-to-back victories despite a virtually crippled lineup.With 7-footer Greg Slaughter and 6-foot-9 Japeth Aguilar in sick bay along with five others, the Gin Kings downed the San Miguel Beermen also missing the injured June Mar Fajardo and Marcio Lassiter, 110-102, last Sunday before wresting the leadership from Phoenix Petroleum with a 101-99 decision over the Fuel Masters Saturday in Cagayan de Oro.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Neymar ‘cried for two days’ after new foot injury

first_imgLATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Last year, Neymar was laid up for three months after surgery, returning just in time to play in the World Cup in less than stellar form.His full interview with Globo TV is to be broadcast on March 3.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It’s more complicated. The first time I hurt myself I said, ‘I’ll have an operation, it has to be fixed as quickly as possible’. I wasn’t sad,” he told Globo TV.“This time, I took it harder. I cried for two days at home.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe injury sustained in a French Cup win over Strasbourg on January 23 has sidelined the Brazilian forward for 10 weeks. PSG hope he will be healed enough to get back on the pitch in time for a potential Champions League quarter-final in April.This time, the club’s medical staff have decided on conservative treatment of the fracture rather than another operation. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian forward Neymar leaves the pitch following an injury during the French Cup round of 32 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Strasbourg (RCS) at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on January 23, 2019. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)Neymar “cried for two days” after injuring his right foot for a second time in January, he told Brazilian television according to an excerpt of an interview broadcast on Tuesday.The 27-year-old Paris Saint-Germain star recognized that damaging the same metatarsal he hurt in February 2018, necessitating an operation, was serious.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historycenter_img MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Alyssa Valdez has ‘weekend to remember’ at 2019 NBA All-Star Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View commentslast_img read more

As we remember Dr King’s life, let us build on his legacy

first_imgDear Editor,The United Nations Secretary General joins the United States and the world in celebrating the legacy of civil rights leader, Dr Martin Luther King Jr, whose life was so tragically cut short 50 years ago.Dr King was one of the moral giants of the 20th Century. He devoted his life to equality, justice, and non-violent social change. Decades after his death, he continues to inspire all those around the world who are struggling for human rights and human dignity in the face of oppression, discrimination and injustice. His advocacy and pronouncements against discrimination, and in favour of social justice, of global understanding and the virtues of diversity are more relevant today than ever. The United Nations honoured Dr King for his outstanding contribution to the promotion and protection of the human rights embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other United Nations human rights instruments, awarding him posthumously the United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights in 1978As we remember Dr King’s life, let us build on his legacy.Sincerely,Stéphane DujarricSpokesman for theSecretary Generallast_img read more

LEC Management, Workers Sign Agreement

first_imgThe management of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) and its workers union have signed a two-year Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). A CBA is a process of negotiations between employers and a group of employees aimed at reaching agreements that regulate working conditions. The interests of the employees are commonly presented by representatives of a trade union to which the employees belong.The collective agreements reached by these negotiations usually set out wage scales, working hours, training, health and safety, overtime, grievance mechanisms, and rights to participate in workplace or company affairs. The union may negotiate with a single employer (who is typically representing a company’s shareholders) or may negotiate with a group of businesses, depending on the country, to reach an industry wide agreement.This functions as a labor contract between an employer and one or more unions.Signing the CBA on Thursday, February 27, LEC’s executive director for Administration and Human Resources, Varmunyah F. Sheriff said the corporation is not established for profit-making but to ensure the entire country is electrified.Mr. Sheriff noted that even if the corporation makes profits, they would be used to directly increase stipends and other benefits for employees.According to him, there was a lot of work that employees needed to do to have the system ready at all times; a situation that would benefit both the costumers and entity itself. “Once the workers are effective on the job thereby meeting customers’ satisfaction, the public would be ensured that LEC is capable of serving its many customers.”Mr. Sheriff also urged the employees to be more vigorous on the job to achieve management and customer desires.For his part, the president of LEC’s Worker Union, Venne Georgeaye, lauded management of the corporation for signing the agreement.He said when there is understanding among members of the work force the entity would do better in terms of production.According to him, “this is not the first time for such an agreement to be signed; so I hope that this other CBA will remain effective.”The Assistant Minister for Trade Unions at the Ministry of Labor, Boakai Sirleaf, also spoke to the gathering. He said that signing the CBA document is one thing and implementing it was another, adding that both parties should engage each other in constructive dialogue to avoid creating gaps in information.Mr. Sirleaf then urged them to live by the terms and conditions as enshrined in the Agreement’s documents.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

EXPLORING CHURCH AND SOCIETY RELATIONS: SHOULD THE CHURCH GET INVOLVED IN POLITICS AND BUSINESS?…

first_imgIn these days and age some Churches and Christian leaders are getting up to all sorts of things in the name of God, including serious politics and business. It is then of considerable interest to examine afresh the question of what Church and society relations should be. What is the role of the Church in society of every age and time? Should the Church concern itself solely with matters of prayer, fasting and salvation? Is it all right for the Church get involved in politics and if yes to what extent and what kind of politics? Should the Church concern itself with issues of liberation and empowerment? Is it all right for the Church to get into business? What does Jesus Christ mean when he says the Church or more accurately its members should the light of the world and salt of the earth? These and many more questions and issues of Church and state dynamics will be examined in this series I am proposing.The series will proceed as follows. The introductory article will center on putting the series in context by highlighting why it is important to have some clear understanding of the main role and functions of the Christian Church in society and by defining the main terms of the series. The second article will focus on what the Bible means for Christians to be the salt of the earth and light of the world. In the third article the question of Church and politics will be explored. The thrust of the fourth article will be the question of Church and business or entrepreneurship. The fifth article will delve into the how the Church should be enabling its members make the most of the resources and opportunities available to them. And, the sixth and final article will consider the Church as a divine institution that is in the world but not of the world.In light of the proliferation of Churches mushrooming everywhere and some of them going far beyond what in the past was considered the role and place of the Church in society, it is proper and even essential for serious minded Christians and others to reflect on what the purpose of the Church on earth is. Has the Church failed society? Is the Church being responsive to the changing circumstances and realities of the time? Both world history and Church history have proven sufficiently that the Church has influenced societies wherever it has survived and thrived. It is therefore significant that we examine its public and private influence in all of society. One such way to provide clarity on Church and state relations is to be clear about the terminologies such as Church, society, politics, and business, What or who is the Church? The Christian Church is the people of God; the body of believers whose head is the Lord Jesus Christ; the community of the faithful committed to the discipleship of Jesus Christ; it is the community of the New Covenant described in the New Testament as “the people of God, the New Israel, a holy nation, a royal priesthood, and the pillar and ground of truth” (Ex. 19:5-6; Jer. 31:33; 1 Pt. 2:9; 1 Tim. 3:15). So the Church of God is not a building but the people. The Church building (conveniently called “the Church”) is where the Church meets and if the people of God meet on a beach or at a stadium or on a road that is where the Church is. The early Church met in homes and in catacombs (underground graves) for worship and teaching.A society is defined by the online Encarta Dictionary as “the sum of social relationships among groups of human beings or animals.” Or, “a structured community of people bound together by common traditions, institutions, or nationality.” Simply put, a society is any group of people sharing a lot in common by way of food, language, mindset, and attitude to life as a whole. Human beings everywhere live in societies of all sorts.Politics broadly defined is the art of living together in a community. It deals with how we manage our common life. Politics is about the society and its citizens and their responsibilities to it and one another as well as the privileges they derive from being members of the society; it is concerned with the whole of life in society. It is in this context that Aristotle said that man is a political animal. In the narrow sense politics is the science of government. It is the art of a particular government formulating and implementing specific policies to run societies.Business in the context of this series is the art of producing, selling and supplying goods and services for money. Business is the art of engaging in commerce and trade of some sort. We shall see, in subsequent articles, how these terms play out and help us shed some light on answering the various questions posed above about the Church and its role and functions in society.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Muslim Congress Principal Lectures on Career Development

first_imgThe principal of Muslim Congress High School (MCHS) has urged students to make choices that will lead to successful career development, noting, “It is also advisable for one to follow their intuition, or those things that motivate them in many choices.”According to Mrs. Zainab Assaf, though career has traditionally been associated with paid employment, today’s world presents a very different perspective to this ideal–with the term seen as a continuous process of learning and development.There is a series of activities that contribute to good career development that the students need to learn and emulate, said Madam Assaf.These include education, training, employment, work experience, community activities, enterprise activities, volunteer work, different life roles and leisure activities in a constantly changing world of work.Mrs. Assaf spoke recently to a group of students from various Islamic schools in and outside Monrovia at a one day career development workshop organized for senior students under the theme, “How Do I Help Liberia Develop?” The ceremony was held on the campus of the Muslim Congress High School in Monrovia on the topic, “How to Develop, Pursue and Achieve a Career.” As a career developer, she cautioned the students to know themselves, what they like, what they are good at, and what is important to them, especially their respective values, adding, “You need to understand the world of work and learning how to make informed decisions.”In this new climate, she said, individuals need to be adaptable, dynamic, innovative, flexible, resilient, self-initiative and collaborative to accommodate and thrive in workplaces, or create work for themselves. “The concept of a job for life is no longer a reality. Young people are now likely to experience five to eight major career changes in their lives in a variety of industries or sectors. They will also be experiencing more fluid forms of work with increasing casual, contract and part-time work options,” she noted.For his part, Alieu F. Nyei, Assistant Minister for Fiscal Affairs and Expenditure at the Ministry of Financial Development Planning (MFDP), spoke on the topic, “The Impact of an Achieved Career.” Mr. Nyei expressed gratitude for the seminar, which aimed to guide young people in making informed decisions in life.He said many young people need guidance, mentorship and someone who can basically talk to them, both at high school and university levels, on their careers, objectives and goals. “Choosing something that you are passionate about can help you to make the needed impact in your life and society. We need to know the kind of career we develop and how we go about in the selection process,” he said.He spoke on the importance of integrity, emphasizing that “regardless of whatsoever career you have, if you do not have integrity, it will be very difficult to succeed.”K. Ishmael V. Corneh, President of the Consortium of Muslim Youth Organizations, who organized the seminar, said the dialogue focused on the career development of young people.He said since the Consortium of Muslim Youth Organizations receives subsidy from the national government, it decided to implement programs that would help the youth to make informed decisions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

ANTI-FRAUD GARDAI TO GO UNDERCOVER IN DONEGAL DOLE CRACKDOWN

first_imgGardai will work with the Department of Social Protection in Letterkenny in a crackdown on dole fraud.The town has been chosen as one of ten centres across the country for the trial period.The officers will work hand-in-hand with experienced social protection employees. A spokesman for the Department said officers will collate and assemble suitable evidence to enable a deciding officer to review an entitlement and to use in possible legal proceedings.As well as Letterkenny, other towns set for the trial include Dundalk, Monaghan and Navan. ANTI-FRAUD GARDAI TO GO UNDERCOVER IN DONEGAL DOLE CRACKDOWN was last modified: April 17th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:dole frauddonegalGardailetterkennylast_img read more

Protest over convictions

first_imgLANCASTER – Family and friends of a man and his nephew convicted of robbing a Sam’s Club store protested Monday outside the Antelope Valley Courthouse, saying the men were wrongly convicted. The mother of the younger man, Robert Jones, said the surveillance tape from the membership warehouse store was altered to show him as being the robber. “We are protesting for two innocent people. One is my son, one is my brother,” said said Mary Jones, 41, of Palmdale. “I have evidence from a forensic specialist stating (Jones) is not the same person on the tape from the store. The tape was altered to make it look like my son.” Jones and his uncle Arthur Ross, a former Sam’s Club employee, were sentenced in November to lengthy prison terms after being convicted of robbing the store in January 2004. The case is on appeal. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Ross, who was then 35 and had worked for the Palmdale Sam’s Club since it opened in 2003, was found guilty of planning the Jan. 5 robbery with Jones, then 20, who was convicted of being the gunman who carried it out. Ross was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison and Jones to approximately 23 years to life. Mary Jones said she received the forensic analyst’s report before the sentencing but that the judge “brushed it off.” She said the expert from New York state is willing to testify to his findings. Deputy District Attorney Michael Blake, who prosecuted the case, said the family’s claims are baseless and ridiculous. “This defense claim was known to both sides from the beginning of the case. There was a claim from the very beginning that the tape was altered. There was absolutely no evidence to support that claim,” Blake said. “The original tape was produced in court and provided to the jury. The defense had access to it. It was played for the jury and the jury found these people guilty,” he added. “Where was that expert during the trial? You would think it would have come out during the trial.” About 15 to 20 people held signs and walked along both sides of 4th Street West, the street that runs in front of the courthouse. They chanted, “Free Ross and Jones.” One of them shouted into a bullhorn. Mary Jones said one witness during the trial said her son was not the robber. Relatives said the six-photo lineup used by investigators to show to victims to identify the suspect was itself suspect. Robert Jones’ photograph was the only one that had a blue background while the others had brown backgrounds. His was the only one that showed head, neck and shoulders; the others were just head shots. When shown next to a door measuring 6 feet in height, the robber in the tape is shorter than the door, while Robert Jones is 6-feet-2, they said. “With all this evidence to clear him, why is he still in jail? I don’t understand that,” Mary Jones said. Jones’ attorney had argued that authorities had arrested the wrong person, and Ross’ attorney said circumstantial evidence presented by the prosecution did not prove anything more than that he was there in the store. A third man was arrested but no charges were filed against him. The Sam’s Club was robbed just before 8 p.m. Jan. 5, 2004, by a gunman who walked in, spent about 10 minutes in the store and then went upstairs to the office. In the office, the man pulled out a gun and confronted a female employee, whom he forced into the cash room. He couldn’t get the vault door open. But on the way downstairs, he encountered another employee carrying cash from a register, deputies said. The gunman stole that cash and fled out an emergency exit. Jones was arrested Jan. 29, 2004, in Kern County, where he had been sent on a job by a temporary employment agency. Ross was arrested the next day at Sam’s Club. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Antelope Valley Calendar

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Al-Anon will host a discussion, 1 p.m. at 1737 E. Ave. R, Palmdale; a step study at 7 p.m. at 1827 E. Ave. Q-10, Palmdale; and a meeting on Steps, Traditions, Concepts at 7:30 p.m. at 44815 Fig Ave., Suite 101, Lancaster. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Emotions Anonymous will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. Information and location: (661) 723-9967. Desert Aire Women’s Golf Association will meet at Desert Aire Golf Course at Avenue P and 40th Street East in Palmdale. Call (661) 269-5982. Cardio Knockout Blast, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat. Call (661) 267-5551. Billiard Gang for seniors, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Sierra Club will offer one- to two-hour conditioning hikes leaving at 6 p.m. from the Palmdale Park and Ride lot, Avenue S at Antelope Valley Freeway. Moderately conditioned beginning hikers are welcome. Call (661) 273-2761. Country line dance lessons for seniors, 1-2 p.m. for beginners and 2:15 p.m. for intermediate dancers at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Donation requested. Call (661) 267-5551. Soroptimist International of Antelope Valley will meet, noon at the Holiday Inn of Palmdale-Lancaster, 38630 5th St. W., Palmdale. Business and professional women are invited. Call (661) 946-1609. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 5:30 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38530 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-4178. Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Chapter 569 will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Grecian Isles Mobile Home Park, 4444 E. Ave. R, Palmdale. Call (661) 947-7672 or (661) 285-5003. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 7:30-9 p.m. Step Workbook reading and writing. Call (661) 947-7935. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Support group for women in abusive or battering situations will meet, 1-3:30 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. A Spanish-language group also will meet, 10 a.m.-noon. Call (661) 945-6736 or (661) 945-5509. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.com. FRIDAY Fun After 40 Ballroom Dance Club will host a holiday dinner-dance, 6:30-11 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12. Cost: $7 for members, $12 for nonmembers. Tropic Starr band will provide dance music. Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m., dancing at 7:30 p.m. Reservations must be made in advance. Call (661) 943-0210. Grief Support Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. at Lancaster Presbyterian Church, 1661 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Call (661) 951-2988. Celebrate Recovery will meet, 7 p.m. at the Harvest Office and Ministry Center, 43209 10th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 942-2803. Speakers in the Wind Toastmasters will meet, noon-1 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call Jack Knight at (661) 946-7166. Adult Anger Management Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. Court approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Low-cost Facilitated Parenting Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. Court approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Successful Marriage and Parenting course, 10 a.m.-noon. Call Carmen Andersen at (661) 273-8122. MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meets, 9:15 a.m.-noon the first and third Fridays of each month at Church of Christ, 1655 E. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Includes a hot breakfast buffet, discussion groups, featured speaker, craft and demonstrations. Children welcome. Cost: $5 for moms and $3 for kids. Call (661) 943-3162 or (661) 942-1638. Stress Management will meet, 1 p.m. at 43423 Division St., Suite 107, Lancaster. Call (661) 947-1595 or (661) 726-2850, Ext. 221. Speakers in the Wind Toastmaster Club 2867 will meet, noon-1 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call Joyce Hall at (661) 946-1181 or Barbara Linde at (661) 947-2537. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Celebrate Recovery, a biblically based 12-step recovery program, will meet, 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 44648 15th St. W. Call Pastor Pat Tanner at (661) 948-0855. The Lightkeepers, Spiritual Discussion Group, will meet, 7:30 p.m. at Center of Light, A.V. Church, 1030 West Ave. L-8, Lancaster. Call (661) 718-8731. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3000 and Ladies Auxiliary will serve steak or shrimp dinners, 5:30-8 p.m. at 4342 W. Ave. L, Quartz Hill. Takeout orders. Proceeds will go to community affairs. Members, guests and public welcome. Call (661) 943-2225. Meditation class, 7-8:30 p.m. For location and information, call (661) 945-9832. Schizophrenics Anonymous will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. in the multipurpose room on the mental health ward at Antelope Valley Hospital, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. The Ups and Downs, a support group for people who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder or depression, will meet, 2 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Friendship Center, 43423 Division St. Suite 107, Lancaster. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. The Kaiser Permanente Grief Support Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. at the clinic offices, 44444 20th St. W., Lancaster. Open to the community. Free. Call (661) 951-2988. The Weekenders, a social and recreational group for mental health consumers, will meet, 1-2 p.m. at Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale. Call (661) 947-1595. Al-Anon will have a 12-and-12 meeting at 10:30 a.m. at 1821 W. Lancaster Blvd. and a beginners meeting at 7 p.m. at 1737 E. Ave. R, Room 104, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Pinochle Group for seniors, 6-9 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Flex and stretch, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring floor mat and hand weights. Call (661) 267-5551. Billiard Gang for seniors, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Oil painting class for seniors, 9-11 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Shop Talk Toastmasters will meet, 7-8:30 a.m. at Crazy Otto’s Diner. Call Stan Main at (661) 269-1424. Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Chapter 1681 will meet, 9:30-11 a.m. in Room 14 at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 943-4459. Rosamond Moose Lodge, 1105 Sierra Highway, Rosamond, will serve dinner, 5-8 p.m. Cost: $4-$6. Bingo will start at 10 a.m., offered by the Knights of Columbus, 719 W. Ave. M, Lancaster. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Room 13, Lancaster. Call (661) 943-0595. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. SATURDAY J&J Social and Travel Club will host a New Year’s Eve dance party, 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. in Lancaster. Reservations and payment must be made in advance. Call (661) 267-2586. Seniors Lunch-Bingo Hour, noon-5 p.m. the fourth Saturday of each month at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Sponsored by Buklod ng Pagkakaisa (Bond of Unity). Call Emerita Ross at (661) 723-7876 or Marie Cabrera at (661) 726-5309. Al-Anon will have a Spanish-speaking discussion meeting, 9 a.m. at 38345 30th St. E., Suite C-3, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-9353. Facilitated Anger Management Group for ages 8-11 will meet, 2:30-4 p.m.; teens, 4:30-6 p.m., and adults, 10:30-noon or 12:30-2 p.m. at the Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or (800) 479-CARE or visit the Web site: www.frf.av.org. Beginning yoga, 9-10 a.m. at Unity Church of Antelope Valley, 39149 8th St. E., Palmdale. Call (661) 273-3341. Women and Self-esteem support group meets in the Acton area. Call (661) 947-0839. Healing Heart support group will meet, 4-5:30 p.m. at the Salvation Army store, 45001 Beech Ave. in Lancaster. Call (661) 943-5830. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 9 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 1737 E. Ave. R, Palmdale. Call Jane at (661) 945-4798. Women Midlife Transition Support Group for women over age 40 is facilitated by a professional psychotherapist. Call (661) 947-0839. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. in Room 13 at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 724-1820. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.todayna.com or www.sava-na.org. SUNDAY Nicotine Anonymous will meet, 8-9 p.m. at Seventh-day Adventist Church, 43824 30th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 946-7606. Buklod ng Pagkakaisa (Bond of Unity) Seniors’ Social Hour, 4-7 p.m. the first Sunday of each month at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Meetings feature films, talks, singalongs, talent shows and dancing. Call (661) 723-7876 or (661) 726-5309. Costume Figure Sessions, 2:30-5:30 p.m. the fourth Sunday of each month at Cedar Centre Hall, 44857 Cedar Ave. Cost: $5, students with identification are admitted free. 40 and Up Singles dance, 6:30 p.m. Sunday at 240 E. Ave. K, Lancaster. Admission: $7. Club membership: $20. Call (661) 718-8997. Life Figure Sessions, 2:30-5:30 p.m. the second Sunday of each month at Cedar Centre Hall, 44857 Cedar Ave. Cost: $5, students with ID are admitted free. Teen Care and Support Group, for teens who have lost a family member or friend, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian School, 1011 E. Ave. I, Room 302, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. Palmdale Moose Lodge, 3101 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale, will host bingo games beginning at 1 p.m. Call (661) 947-6777. Revealing Truth, a meditation and spiritual discussion, 4:45-6:15 p.m. Call (661) 723-9967. Antelope Valley Chess Club will meet, 1-5 p.m. at American Legion Post 771, 39463 10th St. E., Palmdale. Call (661) 726-1323. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 5-6 p.m. at 44960 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. Call (661) 789-5806. MONDAY The Antelope Valley Branch of the Music Teachers Association will meet, 9 a.m. Guest speaker will be Mario Grosse of Mario’s Music Store. Call (661) 944-3466 or (661) 946-2657. Beyond the Light, a socialization and support group for young adults, ages 17 to 25, with mental health issues, will meet, noon-1 p.m. at Transitional Youth Services, 104 E. Ave. K-4, Lancaster. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595. Jazzercise classes, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at George Lane Park, 5520 W. Ave. L-8, Quartz Hill. Call (661) 722-7780. Snyders Dance Groove will give ballroom, Latin, country and swing dance lessons, 6-8:30 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. For ages 40 and up. Cost: $3 per person. Call (661) 609-6510. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Co-Dependents Anonymous Step Study will meet, 6-7 p.m. at Antelope Valley Hospital, multipurpose meeting room, second floor, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 944-4927. 12 Step Recovery Groups for alcohol and drug addiction, co-dependency, relationship addiction, overeating, fear and anxiety issues, meets, 7 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 1011 E. Ave. I, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. Recovery Inc., a self-help group for people with panic attacks, anxiety or depression, will meet, 2 p.m. at Antelope Valley Hospital, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster, third floor. Call (661) 943-3956. The Palmdale Elks Lodge, 2705 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale will host bingo at 5:30 p.m. The grill will be open. Call (661) 947-2027. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 6-7 p.m. at the Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 722-0393. Co-Dependents Anonymous will host a 12-step recovery program, 7:30-9 p.m., at Antelope Valley Hospital, multipurpose meeting room, second floor, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 944-4927 or (661) 946-5846. Grief Recovery Outreach Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or visit www.frf.av.org. Adult Anger Management Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700. The Highs and Lows, a support group for those diagnosed with manic depression or related disorders, will meet, 7-9 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 E. Ave. J, Lancaster. Al-Anon will have a discussion, 7 p.m. at 51st Street West and Avenue K, Lancaster. Child care provided. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Take Off Pounds Sensibly Chapter 572 will meet, 9-11 a.m. at the Mayflower Gardens chapel, 6570 W. Ave. L-12, Quartz Hill. Call (661) 943-3089. Early bird bingo games will begin at 6 p.m. with regular games beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Elks Lodge, 2705 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale. Call (661) 947-2027. Early bird bingo games will begin at 6:30 p.m. with regular games beginning at 7 p.m. at Paraclete High School, 42145 30th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 943-3255, Monday evenings: (661) 943-1017. Billiard Gang for seniors will meet, 9:15 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Flex and stretch, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat and hand weights. Call (661) 267-5551. Parent support group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 1529 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite 203, Palmdale. The facilitated group is for parents who need help coping with family issues. Call (661) 266-8700. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 6 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38530 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 273-1016. Expectant parents can tour the Antelope Valley Hospital obstetrics department, 1600 W. Ave. J in Lancaster, and get information on what to expect during hospitalization, at sessions starting at 6 p.m. Visitors meet in the main lobby. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. TUESDAY Prostate Cancer Support Group meets, 12:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 E. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call Susan Baker at (661) 273-2200. Toddler story time for children ages 2-6, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 39228 10th St. W., Palmdale. Call (661) 272-9134. Celebrate Discovery, a Christian-based 12-step program, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Palmdale United Methodist Church, 39055 10th St. W., Palmdale. Call (661) 947-3103. Jazzercise classes, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at George Lane Park, 5520 W. Ave. L-8 in Quartz Hill. Call (661) 722-7780. Lupus International Support Group meets, 6:30-8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in Palmdale. Call Danielle Duffey at (888) 532-2322, Ext. 4. Successful Anger Management course, 7-9 p.m. in Lancaster. Call (661) 538-1846. Sand Creek Orators, Toastmaster International meets, 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Hummel Hall, 2200 20th St. W., Rosamond. Call Miik Miller at (661) 256-0328. Caregiver Support Group will meet, 5:30-7 p.m. in Conference Room 1 at Lancaster Community Hospital in Lancaster. Sponsored by ProCare Hospice. Call (661) 951-1146. Tears in My Heart Support Group will meet, 10:30 a.m.-noon and 5:30-7 p.m. at ProCare Hospice, 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Rocketeers Toastmasters meets, 1:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the Air Force Research Laboratory. Call Pam Raneri at (661) 275-5287. Pancho Barnes Composite Squadron 49, Civil Air Patrol, will meet, 6-8:30 p.m. at Rosamond Sky Park, 4171 Knox Ave., Rosamond. Call (760) 373-5771. Antelope Valley Archaeology Club will meet, 9:30-11 a.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5656. Grief Support Group will meet, 5:30-7 p.m. at the Hoffmann Hospice, 1832 W. Ave. K, Suite D-1. Call (661) 948-8801. Toastmasters Sand Creek Orators Club will meet, 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 2500 Orange St., Rosamond. Call Miik Miller at (661) 256-0328. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Snyders Dance Groove meets, 6-8:30 p.m. the first and second Tuesdays of each month at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Cost: $2. Call (661) 609-6510. Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) meets, 9-11:30 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month for brunch, speakers and crafts at Central Christian Church, 3131 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Cost: $6 per meeting, plus $2 per child for child care. Scholarships are available. Call (661) 945-7902. 12 Step Recovery Group for alcohol and drug addiction will meet, 7 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 1011 E. Ave. I, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. American Indian Little League will meet, 7 p.m. at HomeTown Buffet, 422 W. Ave. P. Call Harry Richard at (661) 267-2259. High Desert Woodworkers Club meets, 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Denny’s restaurant, 2005 W. Ave. K, Lancaster. Call (760) 240-4705. Grief/Bereavement Group will meet, 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at ProCare Hospice, 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Youth Anger Management Group for ages 8-11 will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or (800) 479-CARE, or visit the Web site: www.frf.av.org. Plane Talk Toastmasters will meet, noon-1 p.m. at the Lockheed Federal Credit Union, 1011 Lockheed Way, Palmdale. Call (661) 572-4123. Harmony Showcase Chorus of Sweet Adelines International will rehearse, 7:30 p.m. at 44857 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. The group is part of an international organization of women who sing four-part harmony. Call (661) 273-0995, (661) 285-1797 or (661) 940-3109. Al-Anon will hold a discussion, noon at 1737 E. Ave. R, Room 104, Palmdale, and at 7 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, Room 704, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Cardio Knockout Blast, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat. Call (661) 267-5551. Billiards Gang for seniors, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program representative will be available, 1-3 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551 for an appointment. Tumbleweed Card Club for seniors will play canasta, pinochle and other games, 1-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Line dancing, 6-7 p.m. for beginners and 7-8:30 p.m. for intermediate dancers at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Palmdale Youth Council will meet, 5:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Parks and Recreation office, 38260 10th St. E., Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5611. Sierra Club will offer one- to two-hour conditioning hikes leaving at 6 p.m. from the Palmdale Park and Ride lot, Avenue S at the Antelope Valley Freeway. Moderately conditioned beginning hikers are welcome. Call (661) 273-2761. Expectant parent tours of the Antelope Valley Hospital obstetrics department will start at 6 p.m. from the hospital lobby, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 7-9 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1821 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Beginners will meet at 7 p.m. Call (661) 948-2571. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 10:30 a.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38530 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-4178. Also in Lancaster, 6:30 p.m. at Sunnydale School, 1233 W. Ave. J-8. Call Karen at (661) 723-9331. Overeaters Anonymous – HOW Concept! will meet, 7:15 p.m. at Robin’s Law Office, 203 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 949-9192. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.com. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The Overcomers, an emotional and educational support group for mental health consumers, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G. Call Bill Slocum or Mary Rogers at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. Aces & Deuces Square Dance Club will meet, 7-8:15 p.m. for beginners and 8:15-9:30 p.m. for plus at Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale, for ages 10 and up. Cost: $3. Call (661) 256-7650. Grief/Bereavement Group will meet, 10 a.m. at ProCare Hospice, 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. The Ups and Downs, a support group for people with bipolar disorder or depression, will meet, 2 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G, Palmdale. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. Facilitated Anger Management Group for teens will meet, 4:30-6 p.m., and adults will meet, 6:30-8 p.m., at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or (800) 479-CARE or visit the Web site: www.frf.av.org. center_img TODAY Ask and It is Given classes, 6:30-8 p.m., Stress Management Institute for Living Empowered, 44130 Division St., Lancaster. Call (661) 942-4220. High Desert Toastmasters will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. at 1008 W. Ave. M-4, Palmdale. Call (661) 992-3229 or 944-1130. High Desert Modular Model Railroad Club meets, 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month in the Experimental Test Pilots Association boardroom, 44814 Elm Ave., Lancaster. Call Bob Drury at (661) 400-4479. Cedar Open Reading meets weekly, 7-9 p.m. in Cedar Hall, 44851 Cedar Ave., Lancaster, except on the second Thursday of the month when the meeting is in the gallery, 44857 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. Call (661) 943-4314. last_img read more