Antelope Valley welcomes back old-fashioned ice cream shops and diners amidst pandemic.

Antelope Valley Ice Cream Photos

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, indoor dining in Antelope Valley has been suspended. However, many restaurants are still open and providing take-out or delivery services. A handful of them are also bringing back old-fashioned ice cream shops and diners. Here are some of them: 1. La Bonita Dairy, Lancaster, c. 1950s.

2. The Squeeze Inn

The Squeeze Inn is a family owned and operated restaurant in the town of Clark Fork. It offers a unique dining experience full of culture and color. The family that runs this restaurant is passionate about the food and service they provide. Their daughter Taneesha is an artist, and you will find her artwork all around the restaurant.

The Young family cashed in their retirement and savings to make their dreams of owning the Squeeze Inn a reality. Their daughters Kay and Shila would often hear their parents talk about the Squeeze Inn and how it was one of their ultimate dreams. Their dream became a reality in 2003 when they moved to Truckee and made the Squeeze Inn their home. The Squeeze Inn is now a popular destination for families and tourists alike.

3. Western Hotel Museum

Located in downtown Lancaster, the Western Hotel Museum is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. The building was built around 1888 and has since been the host of many historic artifacts. These artifacts range from prehistoric and Native American items to household items from the 1900s.

The museum also houses several photographs of early Lancaster. It is considered to be a cultural landmark in the city and is one of Lancaster’s most well-maintained museums.

The museum recently relaunched its programming to restore community engagement with the building while serving residents and supporting local businesses. This was done by reviving two popular programs, the Ice Cream Social and the Chili Cook-Off. These events are held once a year and offer visitors the opportunity to relive old-fashioned memories while enjoying a scoop of ice cream. The museum also features a fun photo booth so that visitors can preserve their historic experience. This museum is a proud member of the Lancaster Museum of Art and History, which is dedicated to strengthening awareness, enhancing accessibility and igniting appreciation for art and history in the Antelope Valley.

4. Cold Stone Creamery

Cold Stone Creamery is a worldwide chain of ice cream and frozen dessert stores. Its stores serve a variety of ice cream Creations and cakes, as well as shakes, smoothies, and coffee. The franchise is also known for its sundaes, ice cream cookie sandwiches, and pies.

When founders Donald and Susan Sutherland opened the first store in 1988, they sought to create a unique ice cream experience that fell between hard-packed ice cream and soft-serve. They developed a unique recipe with 12%-14% butterfat that is made in each store and then mixed with mix-ins right before customers’ eyes.

The result is a smooth, creamy texture that sets Cold Stone apart from other ice cream shops. Their ice cream is categorized as super-premium, and it contains a higher fat content than other brands of ice cream.

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Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve: Best Time to Visit and Tips

Is the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve Open?

The Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve is open year-round. However, the best time to see the poppies is March through May.

Visits during peak bloom can be crowded, so it’s best to plan ahead and arrive early. It’s also a good idea to visit during mid-morning, when the weather is warming up and the flowers are more likely to be open.

How to Get There

The best time to visit the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve is late spring (April and May), although blooms can occur throughout the summer. However, it can be difficult to predict what the reserve will look like as conditions change from year to year.

The State Reserve sits atop California’s most consistent poppy-bearing land, but other wildflowers (owl’s clover, lupine, goldfields, cream cups) also share the Mojave Desert grassland. Because of this, the duration and intensity of color varies from year to year.

The park gets very crowded during peak poppy season. The main parking lot fills up early, and the line to pay fees and get a permit can be long. If possible, park outside the reserve and walk in to avoid this issue.


The reserve charges a nominal parking fee, and there are options for handicapped parking along the roadways near the park entrance. The reserve is open sunrise to sunset, and parking fills up quickly.

The landscape radiates spring festivity, and the hillsides glow with Technicolor swaths of orange, yellow, purple, red and golden blooms. Even the shoulder of a nearby two-lane road is ablaze with flowers, and visitors pull over to get out of their cars to walk amongst them.

While picking poppies is illegal on state land, and trampling flowers ruins them for years to come, some visitors don’t seem to understand that. Don’t lay on or pick flowers, and stay on the trails to help preserve this beautiful area. And keep an eye out for Mojave green rattlesnakes!


The trails at the reserve are well-marked and preformed so that you can safely enjoy the poppy fields without trampling them. It’s a good idea to follow the trail rules, including staying on the trails, not picking flowers, and not lying down on the field for the “perfect Instagram photo,” as this can damage the flowers for years to come.

A small visitor center has maps, dioramas, an audio-visual presentation about the ecology of the reserve and floral paintings by Jane S. Pinheiro, the artist whose efforts helped save this wildflower meadow from being plowed for farming or covered with asphalt as urban areas expand. There are also a few port-a-potties at the entrance and on road verges if the reserve parking area fills up, which can happen quickly during peak weekend visits.


The Poppy Reserve is a popular destination, so expect crowds. Getting there early is recommended. A per-vehicle parking fee is charged, so make sure you bring enough money to cover the cost.

The flowers generally begin to bloom in mid-February and last through May. Typically, the best time to see them is during a sunny mid-morning. It’s important to visit on a warm day with no wind, as the poppies close up quickly in cold or windy conditions.

The reserve has a number of miles of trails, including a paved section for wheelchair access. If you’re looking for even more adventure, there are several close park options, such as Arthur B. Ripley Desert Woodland State Park and Saddleback Butte State Park. Just be sure to follow the National Park Service’s leave-no-trace principles.


Despite it being a dog-friendly park, the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve has some pet policies. Dogs are not allowed to wander off trail, and you’ll need to leash them at all times. The reserve’s website also notes that you can only bring two dogs per person.

The reserve also warns visitors to be mindful of the flowers. They ask that you don’t pick or walk on the poppies—that would wilt them and thwart the seeds for next year’s bloom. Additionally, drones are prohibited. Lastly, be sure to wear proper footwear, and plan to visit in the early morning or later afternoon. The flowers close up when they get too hot or shaded, and a late-afternoon visit will also help you avoid the crowds.

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Advanced Imaging Center: CT and MRI Scans in Antelope Valley

Antelope Valley Scanner

AIC is a pioneer in state-of-the-art imaging and the first to bring claustrophobic-friendly OPEN MRI, the first high-field short-bore OPEN MRI and the first PET scanner to the Antelope Valley. AIC also has the valley’s only 16-slice CT scanner.

Our new Toshiba helical CT can obtain a routine 16-slice scan every 0.4 second, meaning that 40 slices are acquired in one rotation. This dramatically increases the scan speed and allows for a much higher resolution.

What is a CT Scan?

There are some medical problems that doctors can’t diagnose with X-rays or ultrasound scans alone. This is where CT scans (computed tomography) come in. CT scans show more detailed images of bones, blood vessels and soft tissue (for example muscle).

For some types of scan you may need an injection of contrast material dye. This is done through a tube (cannula) in your arm. Some people have an allergy to this dye, which can cause a rash or itching.

For CT scans, you need to lie very still, otherwise your movements might blur the images. This can make the test take longer and sometimes you might need to have a sedative to keep you still. The amount of radiation used for CT scans is very low and doesn’t pose any long-term risks. You can have a CT scan in the X-ray department as an outpatient. It will usually be carried out by a radiographer. If you are pregnant, it is important to tell your doctor and the radiographer as this will change how you are prepared for your scan.

How is a CT Scan Done?

The radiographer will ask you to change into a hospital gown and remove any jewellery or clothes with metal zips, bra straps or hair clips as these interfere with the scan images. You will be told to lie very still and breathe normally during the scan. You will hear buzzing and whirring noises from the CT scanner but this is normal.

A computer creates separate images of each body area, which are then stacked together to make three-dimensional pictures. You may be asked to hold your breath for a short time during some parts of the exam. A special dye may be given to you as a drink or injected into a vein in your arm (contrast medium). This helps the radiographer see certain areas more clearly. You will probably feel a warm sensation during the contrast injection and may have a metallic taste in your mouth.

You will lie on a narrow table that moves quickly into the centre of the scanner, which is shaped like a large doughnut. The radiographer will be in another room controlling the machine but can see and hear you at all times.

What is a MRI Scan?

An MRI scan uses radio waves and a large magnet to produce very clear pictures of the inside of your body. It can detect different types of tissue, for example, fat, water and muscle, better than CT can. It can also show details of some internal structures that aren’t visible with other imaging tests, for example, the blood vessels in your eyes and brain.

The radiographer who operates the scanner will watch you through a window from a separate room. You will hear tapping noises (like a bell being struck) throughout the scan and may be given earplugs or headphones to help block out the sound.

It is important to lie very still during the MRI scan. Moving will blur or distort the images. If you are claustrophobic (fear of enclosed spaces) or anxious, your doctor can prescribe a mild sedative to help you relax during the scan. This medication makes you very sleepy and it’s best not to drive after taking it.

How is a MRI Scan Done?

MRI scans are very useful for imaging soft tissues, such as muscle and fat. They are also useful for diagnosing a variety of conditions and diseases, such as arthritis, tumours, infections and injuries to ligaments and tendons.

Before you have an MRI scan, you will need to remove any metal objects such as jewellery and wristwatches. You will then be asked to change into a cotton gown and lie on the scanner table. The radiographer will talk to you through an intercom and you can ask any questions you may have. It is important that you stay still during the procedure as any movement will blur the resulting images.

You will hear tapping and thumping noises while the scan is being performed. Earplugs or headphones are usually provided to reduce the noise from the MRI machine.

The radiographer will take pictures of the area being studied and then send them to a specialist doctor who will interpret them. The radiologist will then send a report to your healthcare provider who will share the results with you.

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Antelope Valley Fair 2023 Concerts: Kool & The Gang, Train, Chris Young, Banda El Recodo, Las Fenix

Antelope Valley Fair 2023 Concerts

AV Fair & Event Center’s Board of Directors is excited to announce the opening day arena concert with iconic R&B band Kool & The Gang! The band will perform their hit songs in the Palmdale Auto Mall Grandstand Arena.

Rounding out the lineup will be Latino band Las Fenix, a family of sisters from Texas known for their fun norteno and cumbia music. Note: Concert tickets do not include Fair Admission.


The AV Fair is an annual event that showcases a variety of activities, attractions, and vendors. It is held at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds in Lancaster, CA and draws a large regional audience. The fair is open to the general public and offers a unique opportunity for exhibitors to connect with a diverse audience.

Grammy award-winning rock band Train is set to perform at this year’s AV Fair and Alfalfa Festival. The concert series will kick off Sept. 23 with the band’s AM Gold Tour, with opening act Thunderstorm Artis, a former finalist on the TV show “The Voice.” Three Latino bands will also be performing at the fair this year. These include Banda El Recodo, a group of Mexican singers and musicians, as well as Las Fenix, a self-contained Mexican norteno and cumbia family act.

Kool & the Gang

The AV Fair & Alfalfa Festival is a ten-day event that features agriculture and livestock. It also includes rides, midway games, food, exhibits and contests. The festival is a great place to enjoy live music and entertainment. The AV Fair’s 2023 concert series will feature Calibre 50, a regional Mexican band that performs in the Norteno-Bando style and La Adictiva Banda, a loud and proud wind band rich in Sinaloan flavor.

Kool & the Gang will get the party started with their classic hits like “Jungle Boogie,” “Get Down on It” and “Ladies Night.” Concert tickets are sold separately from fair admission. They are available for purchase through the AV Fair’s official ticket vendor, Vivid Seats. Prices are subject to change. The cheapest seats are currently selling for as low as $30 before fees on Vivid Seats.

Chris Young

The AV Fair and Alfalfa Festival is a 10-day event that takes place at the Antelope Valley Event Center at Avenue H in Lancaster, California. It features carnival rides, midway games, food, exhibits, contests, livestock, and live music. The fair is held every September and October and attracts a large regional audience.

Chris Young is a country musician who drew national attention after winning the Nashville Star television singing competition in 2006. He has since released a number of hits and given back to his fans through his philanthropic endeavors.

He will headline one of the three live concerts at this year’s AV Fair and Alfalfa Festival, which will be opened by the country husband-and-wife duo Kat and Alex. Tickets are on sale now.

Banda El Recodo

The Antelope Valley Fair and Alfalfa Festival’s 2022 edition will feature Grammy-winning rock band Train on the opening day arena concert. Organizers have also added popular Hispanic bands to the line up: Banda el Recodo, which formed in 1938, and Las Fenix, a five-woman self-contained Latin pop and norteno family act that sings and dances while playing their instruments.

For fans looking to experience a unique mix of big band entertainment and techno music, there’s no better way to see Banda El Recodo than in person. You can purchase tickets for any of the upcoming Banda El Recodo shows in 2023 at Vivid Seats. All ticket orders are backed by the Vivid Seats 100% Buyer Guarantee. So go ahead and place your order for a live Banda El Recodo show today.

Las Fenix

Grammy award-winning rock band Train will open the Antelope Valley Fair and Alfalfa Festival on Sept. 23, kicking off the Fair’s concert series at the Palmdale Auto Mall Grandstand Arena. Multi-platinum Country artist Chris Young will follow. Up-and-coming Country husband-and-wife duo Kat & Alex will open for Young.

Rounding out the lineup are three beloved Latino bands. The event’s finale on Sunday will feature Banda El Recodo, formed in 1938 and under the direction of the Lizarraga family. The musical ensemble includes wind instruments, brass and percussions. Banda Los Recoditos, a Mexican banda formed in Mazatlan Sinaloa in 1989, will also perform. Las Fenix will be joining the festivities as well, a self-contained Latin pop and norteno family act that sings and dances while playing their instruments.

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