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Designs Sought for Gabriel’s House Bench Project

PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale, in partnership with local Girl Scout Taylor Moore, is seeking individuals or groups to design and paint backyard benches that will be located at Gabriel’s House, one of the City’s Neighborhood Houses.

“You or your group can design and paint a backyard bench for the kids and families who come to Gabriel’s House,” said Palmdale’s Housing Coordinator Terri-Lei Wheeler. “We are looking for fun and colorful designs to inspire a very artistic and talented group of kids.”

This community project is being done in partnership with local Girl Scout Taylor Moore as she is working on her Gold Award. There are six 7-foot by 17-inch tall benches to paint. Interested persons or groups should email either a drawing or verbal description of their design to Taylor Moore by Sunday, Feb. 14.

The six designs selected will be painted by the individuals or groups on Sunday, Feb. 28 from 12:30 to 4:30 pm at Gabriel’s House. Paint, paintbrushes, pizza and water will be provided. Paint colors provided will be basic primary colors in yellow, black, white and red. Participants may bring their own additional colors and supplies as well. The names of the individuals or groups who are selected will be showcased on the bench.

“If you need some hours for school, this is a great way to get community service,” Wheeler said.

About Gabriel’s House

The Palmdale City Council voted unanimously to approve the dedication of a home in Focus Neighborhood 3 for a new Neighborhood House, and name it “Gabriel’s House” in memory of eight-year-old Gabriel Fernandez who was tragically killed. Working with local partners, “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.

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