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Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. is a man who helped forage Civil Rights for African Americans and gain equality for all of humanity.  It was with his non violent approach to protesting as well as his inspirational speeches that aided him in being awarded with the Nobel Peace prize in 1964.  He in fact built a foundation for future protests and america to stand on.  Although his life was ended too soon on April 4th 1968, he is still remembered for many things including helping to create the Civil Rights Act passed in 1964 as well as the Voting Rights Act in 1965.

 Martin Luther King Jr. was born January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia to Michael King and Alberta Williams King.  He was their middle child having both a brother and a sister.  Born Michael King Jr. he later changed his name to Martin Luther King Jr. after his own father Michael King Sr. adopted the name in honor of German Protestant religious leader Martin Luther.  Martin Luther King Sr. had taken over his father in law’s ministry as a pastor and succeeded in becoming a beloved minister at Ebenezer Baptist Church. Martin Luther King Jr. would take over for King Sr becoming a well respected and beloved minister himself.  

In 1955 when Rosa Parks was thrown of the bus for refusing to move to the back, Martin Luther  King Jr. was asked to head the protests that would follow boycotting the public bus system.  He became the head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.  He helped play a huge role in the ending of segregation of African Americans.  Upon getting arrested at a protest he was taken to jail.  While in the holding cell he penned notes down the side margin of the newspaper of his thoughts and plans to help the Civil Rights movement.  That newspaper was copied and made into the book “Letters From Birmingham Jail” and is used as course material in college classes today.  Next would be his famous speech “I have a dream” he gave at the protests at Lincoln Memorial.  To this day still that speech is quoted and a well known part of history.  Unfortunately while Martin Luther King Jr. had many followers and was respected by his community and honored as a minister, others strongly despised him.  Because of this he was assassinated by fatal gunshot wound on the night of April 4th, 1968.  While visiting the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee James Earl Gray shot him and then fled to London. He was later located and extradited back to the United States to be prosecuted.  He was charged for the murder of Martin Luther King Jr. on March 10, 1969 after he plead guilty.  He was sentenced to life in prison which he later tried to appeal.  He was never granted the appeal and dies in prison in at the age of 70.

Although Martin Luther King Jr. lost his life at a young age and for selfish reasons we still honor him and forever will for the non violent, courageous rights activist he was.  He paved the way for all equality no matter your race.  Civil Rights would not be what they are today without his work and devotion. Cheers to Martin Luther King Jr.!!

Outdoor Fun Near Acton

What is there to do or where should you go if you love the outdoors and are visiting Acton, California?  Lucky for you nature enthusiasts there are two different parks, and a National Forest all within a short distance from this California town.  The first to check out is Placerita Canyon Park.  This historical state landmark is the site of the first discovery of gold found in the state of California in 1842!  The preserve has been set up to protect its historical background and the remains of an old historical ranch that can be found within the park.. Next to see are the Sandstone formations, different flowing streams depending on the season,as well as beautiful cottonwood and native sycamore trees.  You will find this park nestled in between the San Gabriel Mountains and the Mojave Desert. But it doesn’t stop there, there are linkages within this preserve that connect it to the Angeles National Forest, Santa Susana Mountains, Simi Hills, and the Santa Monica Mountains!  Great place to take the family for a little exploring and a tremendous amount of natures beauty.  

  Next up we have the Angeles National Forest which is made up of 700,176 acres of land, found in between the San Gabriel Mountains and the Sierra Pelona Mountains.  It was first established in 1908, and boasts five designated wilderness areas.

 

  • Cucamonga Wilderness
  • Magic Mountain Wilderness
  • PleasantView Ridge Wilderness
  • San Gabriel Wilderness
  • Sheep Mountain Wilderness

 

Found within the National Park are ski areas, picnic areas, four different visitors centers as well as four different information centers, different hiking trails, and an abundance of different trees and wildlife.  A great spot to enjoy no matter what time of year it may be.

The third on our list of great parks to visit near Acton goes to William S.Hart Park.  Found about 25 miles from Acton in Newhall, this park was once the home to William S. Hart also known as “Two Gun Bill” the first movie star of silent cowboy films in the silent film era.  Upon his death he donated his 265 acre ranch for the world to visit and enjoy.  His mansion was turned into a museum that boasts his personal & movie paraphernalia, native american artifacts, and western art to name a few. There are free guided tours daily as well as a Music in The Mansion Concert event. A barnyard zoo, group camping and picnics, hiking and equestrian trails can also be found.  Looking to hold a reception or wedding? There is a bunk house available for receptions and ,meetings and Hart Hall is available to host important events such as your wedding or other important events.  Let’s not also forget the senior center and historical ranch that may also be visited!

These are just a few of the marvelous parks and outdoor recreation facilities that you may enjoy with family and friends when in this neck of the California woods.  Something for the whole family to do and a nice dose of the California fresh air.  Next time you are heading to Acton think about incorporating a visit to one of these fine spots.  We promise you will enjoy yourselves.  

Vinyl Wraps – What are they?

Heading down Crown Valley Road, a gold chrome, snake skin care sped passed me. No lie, chrome and snake skin, it was quite a looker. Let’s just say it stood out.

Come to learn, this type of customization is called a vehicle wrap. I began to do a little research on what exactly a vehicle wrap was, just for my own understanding, as what I say, although not my style, was quite amazing.

I came across a blog written by Haus of Wraps, www.hausofwraps.com. They are a vehicle wrap shop in San Diego. Their blog provided some great info, but I decided to call and get a little more information.

I spoke with Ed, one of the owners. He was glad to provide me with information about the wrap industry, and come to find out, they are planning to open a shop in Acton by summer of this year….coincidence, small world…who knows.

After my research and the information provided by Ed, this article came to fruition.

What is a Vinyl Wrap?

In layman’s terms, a vinyl wrap basically like a big stick er that can be applied to a variety of surfaces. It is pressure sensitive and be molded to any shape. The film comes in a variety of colors, finishes, and textures. Images and graphics can also be printed on these films, truly making for customization of any project.

What can you wrap with vinyl?

Vinyl can be applied or installed to most surfaces, although most people are familiar with car wraps. Vinyl can be installed on cars, boats, trucks, walls, windows, ice chests, toilets…yes toilets, and more. Now you may not have seen a gold chrome snake skin car, but i’m sure you’ve seen a truck or van advertising their business info on their vehicle, well that is a vinyl as well. That is actually the graphics application. So really it’s all around us.

What is the Cost of Vinyl?

Well Ed told me that it depends on the what is being wrapped, if graphics are done, what material is used, and the amount of coverage that needs to be applied, which all makes sense. He did inform me that a vinyl used for a vehicle wrap is a lot cheaper (1/3 of the cost) than a paint job, and offers protection to the vehicle and paint itself.  Read More

The 411 on New Year Actions

2016 is soon coming to a close, and a new year begins. The majority of us are creating the ever so famous tradition of the New Year’s resolutions list. The list that we preach to ourselves at the beginning of each year.

This year I will be diligent about my dieting and get down to my goal weight.  This year I’m really getting serious about……

This year I plan to put more energy towards….

myself, my family, my children, my work, my peace of mind, my animals, my relationships….and the list goes on.

By definition a resolution is the decision to do or not to do something. This is great, especially in theory. However if action steps are not both planned, developed, and executed, one’s resolution gets added to next year’s resolution list.  Does it seem that you’ve had the same New Year’s goals, or personal verbal commitments? If so, this article may be just what you need to read, whether your an Acton, CA resident, or a resident of Tim-buck-too.

It’s easy to calm ourselves and our minds with what we plan to do. Just getting that list down feels good. In our minds things are going to be different each year. And then something comes up, or happens, or offers an immediate excuse for the postponement of what we had the best intentions to being doing or stop doing. So what can we do?

There are a couple of ways to rewire the way we do things to promote results. First of all, ask yourself why you want to do what you are saying. Is it for you? Is it for someone else? Is it for a short term success? Long term success? Are you really attached to why you are doing it? Defining why you plan to out energy and action towards a goal, thought or plan is essential for success. If you don’t know why you are doing something, it’s hard to keep going.

Next once you understand why you are willing to put the time, and energy into your resolution, it’s important to define what it will take to make it happen, as well as be prepared for the obstacles you may face. Obstacles and speed bumps exist…end of story. It’s important not to focus on them, but to have a plan when they do arise.  Next you must remember that if you fall down, you stand back up. Falling does not mean your legs are broken, it means they weakened for a moment, but you will stand again. Identifying what created the weakness and then preparing and strengthening those muscles will keep you on the road to success.

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The 411 on solar in California

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Solar Energy as an alternative energy is a very discussed topic, especially in California. Whether you are in Acton, or another Cali location, solar is bug new. California leads the solar market industry. It makes sense with the solar advocates and policies, along with the sun that bathes the pacific, and the fact that California is the most populated state in the U.S.

Although Acton is a small, considerable laid back town compared to other So Cal areas, solar still plays a big role in the local market.

We decided to offer some information on solar for those residing in Acton, as well as other locations in the largely populated, sunny state of California.

Solar energy is energy created by the sun. Solar cells, or solar technology capture the sun’s energy and convert it into a useable energy, one that can be used to power the many electric “necessities in life. Solar power therefore reduces the emissions and negative environmental effects that crude oil places on our world as a whole. I mean why not harness the natural power and energy from the sun and use it for our benefit. Whether or not your an environmental supporter or activist (although everyone should be considerate), solar energy reduces the amount of money spent on electricity. That directly impacts you because of money spent or money saved.

Currently there are both Federal and state incentives for people to go solar. Each state offers different incentives, rebates and tax breaks for people who “go solar”. Many areas of California have tapped out on these state incentives and rebates, although some are still available. Federal incentives are in place until December 31, 2019. The incentives prove to be very advantageous and help greatly to increase the return on your solar investment.

With the drive to increase the amount of green renewable energy sources and reduce our use of resources that negatively impact the environment, solar options have evolved.

Acton, Ca has higher than average energy costs, which may just be the leading reason that it is an area that has the highest percentage of home powered by solar.  Located just north of Los Angeles, which by the way is one place in the nation that receives peak annual sunlight hours, Acton residents and businesses greatly benefit from opting for solar. Not all states allow for leasing panels, which is an appealing option to many people. Acton does allow for solar leasing, which gives residents more choices on how they can go solar. Solar leasing allows for a smaller upfront investment, being that you pay a monthly cost. That monthly cost should be smaller than your monthly electric bill for it to make financial sense, although environmental sense should also still be considered.

Acton residents on average receive a faster return on their initial solar investment because of the higher cost of energy combined with the available incentives. Check out our website directory and find a solar provider in Acton. Explore if solar energy is right for you from a financial standpoint, because form an eco friendly standpoint, it is right for everyone.

Acton, California

Acton is located in Los Angeles County just 50 miles north of downtown Los Angeles. Although close enough to a big city, Acton is some country living at it’s finest! Nestled in between the San Gabriel Mountains and the Sespe Condor Sanctuary provides Acton with four seasons, including a warm Mediterranean climate in the summer months.

Acton was originally founded as a mining town in the late 1800’s. Gold, silver, and copper kept the town booimgThis fact has contributed to small town western feel Acton has.

California has 40 districts, and Acton is part of the 21st District, which is represented by Senator Scott Wilk.

There are many enjoyable things to do in Acton. Take a stroll back in history and visit the 49er Bar & Grill, the first saloon founded during the mining days in 1889.  Still in operation over 125 years late,r, it was one of the restaurants to check out. Located in the mountains, there are outdoor activities to engage in adventure in, as well as RV parks for camping, and the well known Shambala Reserve.

The Shambala Reserve, founded by Tippi Hendren, is space dedicated to providing a sanctuary and safe home to exotic felines who have experienced life other than they should. Exotic animal private ownership is very more popular than many are aware of. The trading and selling of exotic cats is a very big business. Once a cat is rescued and brought to Shambala, it stays in this sanctuary reserve, where it is fed, nourished, and treated as it should be for the rest of it’s life.

Acton is quite a bit quiter than the bustle of LA. Yet it is close enough to explore both. We invite you to learn more about Acton, it’s government, real estate and other things going on. Have questions? Always please feel free to contact us.

Our goal is to provide you on the happenings actin’ on Acton. Stop by and explore what’s going on around town or learn about this old mining town located 50 miles north of Los Angeles.