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SIPurbia Wine and Beer Festival to Benefit Family Promise

| Community | August 16, 2019

On October 12th, wine, beer, music, food, fun and games join together to benefit the Family Promise of Santa Clarita Valley from 4 to 8 p.m. at the SIPurbia Wine & Beer Festival at The Paseo Club in Valencia.

The festival is featuring samples from dozens of breweries and wineries. Throughout the day, there will also be music from several live bands from the 80’s and 90’s including local favorite Fast Times. Additionally, guests will enjoy exhibitors, food trucks and lawn games. Everyone in attendance will receive a souvenir tasting cup to try out the many available libations.

General admission tickets are currently $50. Enter code RELEASE for a 25% discount. A portion of the proceeds will go to help support Family Promise of Santa Clarita Valley, which serves homeless families.

The Paseo Club is located at 27650 Dickason Drive in Valencia. Tickets can be purchased online at www.sipurbia.com. For more information, visit the website or email sipurbiainfo@gmail.com.

Inspire and Empower Your Children Be More Effective in your Parenting

| Community | August 16, 2019

A workshop to help participants with important techniques and skills to inspire and empower yourself and your family is scheduled for the August LifeForward workshop hosted by Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley. This free workshop is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at Valencia United Methodist Church, 25718 McBean Parkway, Santa Clarita, CA 91355.

Alex Urbina (left), a local teen and parenting expert, will present the workshop designed to help participants develop a deep and meaningful relationship with children and family, learn inspirational parenting techniques that children need, communicate effectively with your children and develop interpersonal tools for parents and individuals.

Previous workshops in the series have helped attendees understand elements of managing money, select career options and pursue meaningful employment, deal with anger management, relationships and communication, file taxes, deal with drug and cyberbullying issues, overcoming life’s challenges, and maintain healthy eating and exercise habits. Workshops are designed to help participants believe in their unlimited power and potential, build the skills necessary to succeed, and be the powerful women or person they are meant to be!

Zonta offers the free LifeForward workshop series for women, usually on a monthly basis (dark during June, July and December), in collaboration with Single Mothers Outreach, Domestic Violence Program at Child & Family Center, Returning Women Veterans and Veterans’ Wives, and the Los Angeles County Department of Child & Family Services serving foster mothers. KHTS AM-1220 is a co-sponsor of the series with Zonta.

All are welcome!

Workshops are organized by topics in which women express interest. A schedule of upcoming workshops is posted on www.scvzonta.org for women who are interested in a particular topic. Participants are not required to register in advance, but free childcare is available through Single Mothers Outreach for women who register at least one week in advance at (661) 288-0117. Spanish translation also can be provided with advance request.

Join us on Saturday, August 24th for this inspirational and informative workshop about empowerment and communication in families.

How to Excel in Business to Save you Time and Money – Part 2

| Community | August 16, 2019

Last week, I started to describe the various things one can do to save time and money using Microsoft Excel. But I only scratched the surface. Here are some more, following the same format of introducing the problem and then the solution:

Excel automates accounts receivables. A large manufacturing company did business with a large multi-store retailer. Each shipment to each store created a receivable invoice. There were thousands of receivable invoices each month. When the stores sent a check, they also sent an electronic report of which invoices they were paying. The manufacturer was then manually allocating the payments to clear the invoices and balance the accounts.

The manufacturer needed to automate allocating and balancing the payments. The solution was to write a routine in Excel that read the customer’s electronic reports and converted the data into a format compatible with the manufacturer’s system. This allowed the payments to be uploaded into the receivables system where they were matched up and cleared automatically. The program also created discrepancy reports of the items that didn’t match, so the company could address problems much quicker.

Excel automates billing processes. A consulting firm required its employees to manually fill out monthly billing reports that went to the billing department, which were then hand-entered into the system. This resulted in a lot of wasted time and paper. Sometimes the consultants forgot to include some information on the report, resulting in incomplete billing for the month, or entries were incorrect. Either way, it resulted in lost revenue.
What was first needed was to create a master report sheet that consultants could fill out electronically while they were at the client›s office or at the end of the day. The report could be e-mailed at any time. The next step was to create an Excel program that combined and re-formatted all the billing reports into a file that could be uploaded directly into the billing system to generate invoices. The Excel programs made it much easier to bill clients and keep monthly reports current. It also prevented errors and saved time by eliminating the manual copying of consultants’ reports into the invoicing system.

Excel synchronizes data and finds errors. An HR department had problems keeping its employees’ insurance reports in sync with the insurance company’s reports because each company used a different data format and data structure. Because of the different formats and structure, the HR staff had to manually reconcile the reports of more than 1,000 employees. The company needed to find a way to automate the reconciliation and eliminate errors.

Excel has a program that matched employees’ names and addresses with their insurance packages, and highlighted inconsistencies between the two reports. The new program was also capable of reading both formats for items like dates and abbreviations. After implementing the new program, all the HR staff had to do was quickly glance at the spreadsheet and deal with the discrepancies or issues indicated by the report combined with the data.

For more information, you can contact Excel & Web developer contact Warren Schultz at warren@tapsolutions.net or call him at 818-281-7628.

Take a Trip Down the Rabbit Hole with Bras for a Cause on September 7th

| Community, Entertainment | August 16, 2019

Soroptimist International of Valencia is pleased to invite you to attend our 16th Annual Bras for a Cause event. Since its beginning, this signature event has raised over $350,000 for Circle of Hope and Sheila R. Veloz Breast Center. This year’s event will be held September 7th, from 6pm to 10pm at the Hyatt Regency Valencia, and the theme will be “Alice in Wonderland.”

However, this won’t be your childhood Alice. The ambience will have more of an enigmatic and jaunty feel. The event includes dinner, raffles and a live-modeled auction of artistically-styled bras with themed baskets. Nearly every model participating this year has had personal experience with breast cancer. The club’s goal is to empower women who have been through breast cancer treatment and to celebrate their journey.

Feel free to dress to the occasion, join in the celebration and show support for these brave women. Sponsorship and donation opportunities are available, and tickets are on sale now. Last year’s event had a sold out crowd of almost 300, and is on track to sell out again. You do not want to miss this event!

For more information: www.sivalencia.org/bras-for-a-cause or email: PresidentSIV@gmail.com or PublicitySIV@gmail.com

Tickets on Sale Now for the 2019 State of the City Luncheon

| Community | August 16, 2019

This year’s State of the City Luncheon will be held on Thursday, October 24, 2019, at 11:30 a.m., at the Hyatt Regency Valencia. The theme for this year is Lights, Camera, Santa Clarita! Join the Santa Clarita City Council as they celebrate all things film. Our community’s rich history is closely intertwined with Hollywood’s. Santa Clarita’s rolling hills, picturesque canyons and close proximity to Los Angeles have made it a desirable place to film since the early days of silent films and westerns, to today’s blockbuster films.

As always, the State of the City Luncheon will be an opportunity to celebrate all the progress and accomplishments that have occurred over the last year, while taking a look forward at what the future holds. This year, guests will enjoy a behind the scenes look at filming in our City, hear updates from our City Council, watch videos filled with the latest on City projects and much more.

“The Annual State of the City Luncheon is always a highlight of the year,” said Mayor Marsha McLean. “This year will be no different. There are many surprises in store as we celebrate the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, mixed in with local film history, celebrity cameos, important City news, how filming bolsters our local economy and more.”

Tickets are $40 per person and $400 per table of 10. Ticket price includes luncheon and gift. For more information- please call the City of Santa Clarita at (661) 255-4939.

Learn about Santa Clarita’s Community Services and Arts Grants

| Community | August 16, 2019

The City of Santa Clarita invites non-profit organizations interested in learning more about the 2020 grant cycle of the Community Services and Arts Grants Program to a meeting on Wednesday, August 28, at 12:15 p.m. The informational meeting will be held in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, located at 23920 Valencia Boulevard.

The Community Services and Arts Grants Program will once again make funds available to Santa Clarita Valley-based nonprofit and arts organizations that provide services to Santa Clarita residents. The Santa Clarita City Council has made available $180,000 in funding for the 2020 grant cycle of the Community Services and Arts Grants to help support one-time projects, program enhancements and pilot programs.

This meeting is highly recommended for all non-profit agencies interested in applying for the 2020 Community Services and Arts Grants. In addition to allowing agencies to ask questions, this meeting will include information about the grant timeline, funding eligibility, grant categories and criteria.

The 2020 Grant Application Packet will be released at the meeting and will be available online after August 28 on santa-clarita.com/grants. The meeting is free and open to the public. No RSVP is necessary to attend.

For more information on the City’s Community Services and Arts Grant Program, including required materials, submission guidelines and more, contact Management Analyst Tyler Pledger at (661) 286-4165.

The Replicas to Perform Popular Hits at Concerts in the Park

| Community, Entertainment | August 15, 2019

Dance your heart out at Concerts in the Park on Saturday, August 17. Hear the talented variety band, The Replicas, perform top hits from a variety of different artists. The free concert will begin at 7 p.m. at Central Park, located at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road.

The Replicas perform songs from a wide array of artists and genres. From Frank Sinatra to the Foo Fighters, and Alternative to Country, there will be something for everyone as the band showcases its vast musical repertoire. As a part of The Replicas Music and Productions talent agency, members of The Replicas come from a wide range of musical backgrounds and share their passion for music with others either on stage, in the studio or by educating the next generation of musicians.

Bring your family and friends to enjoy live music under the stars at the second to last concert in this year’s Concerts in the Park series. Remember to pack blankets and lawn chairs so you can sit back and enjoy the show. Complete the concert-going experience with tasty snacks from a variety of on-site food vendors.

For more information about Concerts in the Park and to view the rest of this summer’s lineup, please visit santa-clarita.com/concerts.

Police Blotter

| Police Blotter | August 15, 2019

This past week a 43-year-old electrician from Val Verde was arrested for attempted kidnapping. A 33-year-old man from Canyon Country was taken in for carjacking. A 34-year-old Canyon Country man was arrested for making annoying call to 911 operators. A 52-year-old campus supervisor from Valencia and a 27-year-old lifter also from Valencia were arrested for grand theft of money/property exceeding $400 in two separate cases.

DUI arrests include:

22-year-old barber from Riverside
51-year-old handyman from Huntington Park
25-year-old behavioral tech from Sylmar
26-year-old nurse from Canyon Country
18-year-old student from Panorama City
19-year-old student from Stevenson Ranch
56-year-old Canyon Country resident
65-year-old retired Valencia resident
40-year-old carpenter from Santa Clarita

Charges of possession of a controlled substance went to:

43-year-old camp host from Lebec
37-year-old unemployed Canyon Country resident
41-year-old plumber from Valencia
27-year-old unemployed Canyon Country resident
21-year-old unemployed resident of Newhall
49-year-old assembly worker from Sylmar
30-year-old church employee from Valencia
46-year-old graphic artist from Sun Valley
44-year-old unemployed Valencia resident
32-year-old hostess from Santa Clarita
40-year-old roofer from San Pedro
55-year-old unemployed Castaic resident
32-year-old clerk from Saugus

WISH Education Foundation and Westfield Valencia Town Center Partner to Make Summer Events a Community Experience

| Community, Entertainment | August 15, 2019

Westfield Valencia Town Center has gifted the WiSH Education Foundation all the coins from the recently retired fountain from inside the mall. The money will be used to present two events this summer – the Burrito Bowl on August 20th and Cocktails on the Roof on September 6th, both located on the Westfield property.

The 10th annual Burrito Bowl, held on Town Center Drive from 7-9pm, features football linemen from each of the six comprehensive Varsity football teams as they race against time and each other to eat a four foot bean burrito donated by Sharkey’s Restaurant. New this year is a team from Fox Sports West trying their hand (and mouths) to beat the players! Teams and cheer squads raise money by creating banners that can be voted on by community members by going to the Westfield Valencia Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/WestfieldValenciaTownCenter/) or their Instagram page (https://www.instagram.com/p/B01f1FxAAi8/) .

You can purchase raffle tickets from any cheer squad or football team member; Westfield is also selling the $5 raffle tickets at their management office for prizes that include a $2,000 shopping spree, a staycation at the Hyatt with breakfast and four tickets to Magic Mountain and gift cards to a variety of restaurants and retail locations.

Community members can also win tickets to the popular Cocktails on the Roof event by going to the Westfield site’s Sweepstakes Event Page (https://www.westfield.com/valencia/events/all-events/cocktails-on-the-roof-sweepstakes/54002). The event, now in its fifth year, is held from 8-11pm on top of the Macy’s parking garage and features signature cocktails from restaurants, spirit vendors, wineries and breweries, food and dancing to a DJ in a rooftop party atmosphere unlike any other event in our region. Private lounges that include two VIP early entry tickets are available but limited in number. Tickets are on sale now and you can see an updated list of participants at www.cocktailsontheroofscv.org. If you would like to sponsor or participate, please contact Executive Director Amy Daniels at wish@hartdistrict.org.

WiSH funds programs and initiatives in the Hart School District not paid for by tax dollars alone. Our current funding focus is STEAM with an emphasis on the ARTS. We are currently working to provide musical instruments to all school in the district but continue to fund programs from literacy to STEM and everything in between. Our dollars go where it counts – into the classroom to provide our students with the tools needed for SUCCESS!

Soft Tissue Racist

| Opinion | August 15, 2019

by Wil Durst

What a long, hot, lousy stinking summer. We’ve spent so much time sending thoughts and prayers to Gilroy and El Paso and Chicago and Virginia Beach and Dayton and even Toledo, there’s hardly been time for ice cream and barbecues and theme parks. Who can relax with everybody so focused on being strong?

Fireworks are out of the question as the horrific spate of mass shootings has the entire country recoiling from any loud noises, and yes, that includes the strident denials by the president that his vitriolic rhetoric has anything to do with riling up the racist element often referred to as his base. We’re not saying all Donald Trump supporters are lethally ignorant racists, just that most lethally ignorant racists are Donald Trump supporters.

In response, he said, “I don’t think my rhetoric is racist at all. As a matter of fact, I think my rhetoric brings people together.” And it has proven to be effective in bringing white supremacists together with immigrant victims.

Under intense pressure from vulnerable GOP congressional candidates, Trump did manage to mumble something about racism being bad. Of course, his words might have been easier to understand if he had taken off the hood.

45 went on to blame video games, the internet, mental illness and all sorts of things, somehow neglecting to mention the word “guns” at all, while claiming the only true answer to this disturbing spray of terror is his desperately needed immigration reform. Yep. Everything is always all about the wall. Except Mexico paying for it.

Although blaming mental illness, Trump also failed to mention it was he who got rid of Obama’s regulation that kept people who received Social Security checks for mental illnesses and deemed unfit to handle their financial affairs from buying guns. Probably just slipped his mind. That’s one slippery mind.
It’s also worth noting that people hearing Donald Trump accuse hatred and mental illness for being responsible for the madness pointed out to their televisions in varying degrees of intensity, “you, that’s you, you’re talking about you.”

What nobody mentions about this 2nd Amendment brouhaha, it’s not the guns so much as the bullets that are the real problem. Guns don’t kill people, bullets do. They are the things that put the holes in the body making the blood leak out way too quick.

Trump declared he doesn’t have a racist bone in his body, so the general consensus is it must be his soft tissue. And that’s a lot of soft tissue. I can’t wait for the upcoming announcement by the president that there is no room in his administration for racists because all the slots have been filled by his family.

He expressed confidence he could work out a deal with Congress on “meaningful background checks,” but Moscow Mitch McConnell has gone full turtle, pulling his head into his shell and refusing to encourage or discourage any optimism. Which is his way.

Suspicions run rampant they’re both counting on the 116th Congress returning from recess on the Monday after Labor Day and being distracted by the umpteen other catastrophes, calamities and cataclysms that will surely arise before their arrival, once again making this issue as dated as the fashions worn by trustees at the Asylum of Charenton. Which in 1814 played a role similar to…Congress.

Copyright 2019, Will Durst, distributed by the Cagle Cartoons Inc. syndicate.

Will Durst is an award-winning, nationally acclaimed columnist, comic and former sod farmer in New Berlin, Wisconsin. For a calendar of personal appearances, including his new one-man show, “Durst Case Scenario,” please visit willdurst.com.

Wine of the Week

| Entertainment | August 15, 2019

by Beth Heiserman

My annual vertical tasting is right around the corner and spots are filling up fast. This is a fun and educational event at Reyes Winery. Every wine has a story and I have many to tell about each and every wine.

Our 2013 estate Cabernet Sauvignon has an interesting tale to tell. When the time came last year to send wine in for judging, this was not one on my list to be sent. I hesitated because we only made a small amount, only 48 cases were produced. By mistake this vintage went out instead of the 2015 that I wanted to be judged. The wine ended up winning a silver medal. I guess the mistake was in my favor.

In 2015, I made the decision to only produce two barrels and make it a members-only wine. The remainder of the Cabernet that year went into the collaboration of the 2013 Ryan’s Blend. That is a blend of our estate Cabernet and Merlot with Cabernet and Petit Verdot from Leona Valley.

The 2013 Cabernet is robust, aromatic and complex. I mentioned a few months ago that it won a double gold medal from the most influential international wine competition in America, the San Francisco International Wine Competition. It exhibits black cherry and blackcurrant fruit with a touch of black pepper on the palate. It is a full-bodied wine with a distinctive ripe black cherry and blackcurrant. We aged this vintage for 23 months in French Bordeaux oak barrels.

I have brought this in the tasting room this month as my newest release. Even though it’s a members-only wine, everyone can try it. As long as a wine is on the tasting sheet, non-members can enjoy it as well.

Hopefully you will love our members-wines so much that you will become a member, too! Please ask your server for it to be part of your flight. Make sure and say hello to me when you visit, I love to hear what brought you in. #CabernetDay

For more information visit www.reyeswinery.com

Plan a Stadium in Santa Clarita Now!

| Opinion | August 15, 2019

by Rob Werner

Before the City of Santa Clarita was created, residents knew that we were destined to become a big city. This knowledge allowed the city to have long range plans and take actions to ensure the city both had numerous amenities and did not become a concrete jungle.

It led to some limitations on development and the setting aside of land for community needs. This includes the green boundary, hiking trails, the network of bike trails, larger streets with green meridians and numerous parks.

Sometimes what we get is a mixed blessing. Like all political entities the city is subject to influence from major developers, especially Newhall land and Farming. The City’s desire to obtain a mall and the developer’s claim of excessive costs led to granting tax incentives to a company that owned land surrounding the mall. This resulted in massive increases in the value of the land. No tax incentive was needed. It has also been claimed that this developer used the city to stop the development of a proposed competing mall in Canyon Country.

Early residents knew that we would ultimately need an East to West freeway connecting the 14 to the 5. Despite the knowledge, constant demand and numerous studies, the City failed to achieve the construction of such a freeway. Instead, we were given the Cross-Valley Connector. When it was first completed it eased some traffic issues. However, the connectors primary purpose seems to have been opening new parcels for development.

As new developments are constructed adjacent to the connector, more traffic accumulates and there are more demands for additional stops to service all these developments. Owners of property adjacent to the connector were the primary beneficiary. They gained millions in increased property values. We would have been served better had we designated it as a highway and required developers of adjoining properties to pay for on ramps so that traffic flow was not impeded.

We still have enough, undeveloped land to build a stadium or coliseum. But as our city grows our options for where to place it diminish. We still face the fact that monies and power interests remain focused on the west side of our valley. These same interests face a conflict as more profit may be derived from building homes and commercial sites then from utilizing available lands for a stadium.

West side developers also might become an obstacle to development of a coliseum on the east side of the valley as such could result in an increase in values and interest in further developments to the east.

There is an undeveloped area on the east side of the valley which may be an ideal spot for a stadium. On the south side of the 14-freeway heading toward Palmdale, there are sand mining areas. This includes the area desired for the Cemex mine. After years of litigation the City finally prevailed in its efforts to stop the mine. However, the success was short lived as Cemex has filed new litigation.

If this land could be utilized for a stadium, the development might be able to compensate Cemex and end the litigation. Furthermore, the area has nearby rail lines and there is adequate surrounding undeveloped land so that the stadium could be connected by a network of rail lines providing easy access from anywhere in Los Angeles County. There are also vast amounts of undeveloped lands surrounding the site that could be used for hotels and commercial establishments.

Let’s start planning the development of a stadium now!

81st Annual Antelope Valley Fair and Alfalfa Festival – A Sweet Deal!

| Community | August 15, 2019

The award-winning Antelope Valley Fair and Alfalfa Festival, an iconic annual community event, is celebrating 81 years. This year’s “Sweet Delights and Carnival Lights” Fair takes place Aug. 16th – 25th at the Antelope Valley Fair & Event Center.

The A.V. Fair offers one of the most family friendly, cost efficient, wholesome entertainment events in Southern California. Discount general admission tickets are available and just $8 at the A.V. Fair Mall Cart or through a participating Moola For You organization. After August 15th all adult general admission tickets are $13 and youth and senior admission tickets are $9. Active Military get in free with their military service photo ID all ten days of the fair. Parking for the fair is just $10 (cash only).

New to this year’s fair is Los Angeles County Air Show’s “Aerospace Valley STEM Expo.” The expo space will host a variety of partners including, the Aerospace Museum, local school robotics teams, pilot autograph opportunities, STEM exhibits, technology petting zoo and more.

Returning this year, is the BACKYARD – a great gathering space to enjoy local independent craft beer, local wine tasting and games like corn hole, Jenga and more. New to this year’s independent beer’s BACKYARD is the free, Brews and Beards competition happening Tuesday, August 22nd at 6PM.

General admission tickets include free Miller Light grandstand seating to the Palmdale Auto Mall Concert Series, Figure 8 race, and Rural Olympics and Fireworks show. A general admission ticket is the gateway to a plethora of additional “Free Fair Fun” including: Suzy Haner the Hypnotist, Pig Races, Aerospace Valley STEM Expo, live music and dancing at various stages, and so much more. Download the AV Fair app for the complete list. The Antelope Valley Fair app will provide information on all things fair including, voting for your favorite food vendor, surveys, push notifications, maps and more. The app is available at Google Play and the IOS Apple.

There are additional savings as well – including, a $22 season pass, carnival wristbands offering unlimited rides and special admission days.

Discounted admission tickets, season passes and carnival wristbands can still be purchased at the fairgrounds box office (hours 8am-5pm), online and through the A.V. Fair app until 11:59 p.m. August 15, 2019.

“The Antelope Valley Fair has a long tradition of providing fun and opportunities for every generation. Every year we bring in new attractions and this year includes new carnival rides, the Brews and Beards contest, and the LACAS Aerospace Valley STEM Expo. Fair-goers will once again be able to enjoy several new and all-time favorite attractions, all with an admission ticket, including free grandstand seating to our concerts and select arena events. We’re making an effort to ensure that wherever anyone goes, they’ll be able to find something affordable for the entire family to enjoy,” said Dan Jacobs, CEO of the Antelope Valley Fair and Event Center.

Special admission days provide even greater bargains:

Opening day, Friday, August 16th, fair admission and parking is free from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. only.

Monday, August 19th is Kids, Senior and Special Needs Citizens Day. Seniors 62 and older and Special Needs Citizens (with one caregiver) get free admission and parking from 2 p.m. to 4 pm and a complimentary lunch served between 2 and 3 p.m. Youth 11 & under get free admission after 4p.m.

Tuesday, August 20th, fair-goers who bring five cans of food for Grace Resource Center will receive one free admission ticket and one ride pass.

Wednesday, August 21st, fair-goers who donate one new or three gently used elementary level books to the Rotary Club of Lancaster will receive one free admission ticket and one ride pass.

Thursday, August 22nd, Military Appreciation Day, sponsored by Budweiser, all military personnel and dependents are admitted free entry into Fair with a red carpet entrance.

Los Angeles County Aerospace Air Show STEM Expo – Free all 10 days with admission.

Discount tickets and coupon books are available at the Antelope Valley Fair kiosk in the Antelope Valley Mall, and the Antelope Valley Fair Administration office until August 15th.

Carnival wristbands, which allow unlimited rides for one day, can be purchased in advance for $25 until August 15th. After August 15th, unlimited carnival ride wristbands are $35.

Daily parking is just $10 cash only per car and there is free shuttle from the parking lots to the main gate.

A wide range of exhibits are also free including, artwork, floriculture, gems and minerals, small and large livestock, home arts, agriculture and more. Free hands-on demonstrations in the exhibit halls every day will be available with Fairgrounds admission including quilters, artists and florists providing demonstrations that don’t cost a thing. There are hundreds of free exhibits at this year’s fair that will delight people of all ages.

The Antelope Valley Fair is taking place August. 16-25 and is open daily from 4 p.m. to 12 midnight with the exception of August 26th closing at 11 p.m. It is located at the Antelope Valley Fair and Event Center, 2551 West Avenue H, in Lancaster.

For more information visit www.avfair.com.

City Using New Traffic Pattern Near Santa Clarita Elementary

| Community | August 15, 2019

To improve pedestrian safety and reduce traffic congestion, the City of Santa Clarita will use a pedestrian scramble traffic cycle at Seco Canyon Road and Decoro Drive during the school year. Drivers and pedestrians using the intersection, which is adjacent to Santa Clarita Elementary School and Arroyo Seco Junior High School, will notice the new cycle during the schools’ morning drop-off and afternoon dismissal times.

Due to the high volume of pedestrians crossing at the intersection and vehicular traffic during these times, the traffic signal will be modified to include a pedestrian scramble phase sequence. This phase enables all pedestrians to cross the intersection simultaneously while all vehicular traffic is stopped.

This timing eliminates vehicular-pedestrian conflicts, making it safer for students and families to cross the street. Additionally, traffic circulation will be greatly improved because vehicles will no longer need to wait for high volumes of pedestrians to cross the street during a green light before they can make a turn.

The new pedestrian scramble phase will operate on school days only. On non-school days and during times other than those identified, the signal at this intersection will follow a standard signal operation sequence.

For more information about the implementation of the pedestrian scramble phase, please contact the City of Santa Clarita’s Traffic Signal System Administrator, Cesar Romo, at cromo@santa-clarita.com.

On the Town with Jason Wright Downs

| Community, Entertainment | August 15, 2019

Greetings fellow Santa Claritans, and welcome to a column that’s all about having fun around town!

I enjoy many different aspects of our vast and ever-changing culture, from the Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl to cutting a rug at Mabel’s Roadhouse (even though you won’t find a single rug in the entire joint); from new films to classic theater, from delightful books to delicious bites, from walking tours to hikes and bikes…we’re fortunate enough to live in one of the great entertainment meccas of the world. Join me as we celebrate all the area has to offer!

Here’s what I got up to this week: The Play That Goes Wrong at the Ahmanson downtown, an opening at the TAG Art Gallery on the Miracle Mile and dinner at Piccola Trattoria in Canyon Country.

First of all, who doesn’t love a good farce? How many plays have you seen that make you laugh so hard and so long your face almost falls off? You don’t see many truly good slapstick spoofs, and The Play That Goes Wrong was right on the money. Pure silliness, pure fun.

The Ahmanson Theater, directly across a beautiful park from City Hall in downtown Los Angeles, continually puts on quality work that the family and I all enjoy. The play that goes horribly wrong in The Play That Goes Wrong is called “The Murder at Haversham Manor” – a 1920’s murder mystery (which doesn’t actually exist). From beginning to end the prat falls and pranks do not disappoint as we watch a desperate bunch of players do their best, and fail miserably, to get through a single performance without becoming victims of crashing set pieces or murdering each other (for real). As my wife often says, “Why is watching someone fall on their face always so funny?”

(We can unpack all that implies on some other occasion.)

My mother-in-law, Margaret Raab, is a Valencia resident. She moved from Buffalo, New York two years ago after teaching art to middle school students for 25 years. To say that she’s taken to being a “California Girl” like a pro surfer takes to the waves is an understatement. She is also taking the art scene by storm.

Since moving here, Peggy, as her friends and family call her, has had her art accepted into many of the best galleries around Los Angeles County, from Newhall to the Huntington, including the TAG Gallery on the Miracle Mile near Beverly Hills. It’s a pretty big deal! The gallery was beautiful, the art was exciting, and the wine was cheap (but plentiful), so a good time was had by all.

Jason Alexander (of Seinfeld fame) was the big celeb sighting at the gallery, which convinced us all my mother-in-law had officially hit the big time.

Everyone turned out for the TAG’s 14th annual 2019 California Open, which is a national juried exhibition celebrating contemporary and modern art. The piece that won the event was a stunningly detailed pencil drawing of a woman holding her face in her hands; very dark, emotional, and well done. Here’s the painting that won my mother-in-law her place in the highly-acclaimed show…it’s called The Kiss.

Pretty incredible, eh? (And yes, it’s for sale. Visit www.margaretraab.com and feast your eyes.)

When we moved to SCV from New York five years ago, I never would’ve guessed that the great Italian food in the “city that never sleeps” could be rivaled by a tucked away, little hidden gem in Canyon Country,…but, oh boy was I wrong!

Santa Clarita’s best kept secret is out: Piccola Trattoria is the real deal. And here’s a tip if you want to eat anywhere around 6pm — you may want to book your reservation well in advance. The Trattoria is busy and for good reason.

I’ve only been to Italy a couple of times in my life (so far) and let me tell you from my limited palate and experience, when you close your eyes and take a bite of their lasagna, you may as well be in Firenze! (For me, it was a toss up between the lasagna and the veal parmesan as the winning dish of the evening…my wife was for the shrimp risotto all the way.) Even our lovely waiter, Serge, was a recent Italian transplant!

If you haven’t had the pleasure of visiting Italy, try this for yourself: Order anything on the menu at Piccola, scoop up that fork full of fresh melt-in-your-mouth pasta (or whatever you fancy), close your eyes (after the fork is in your mouth…we don’t want anyone losing an eye), and you will instantly be transported to the Piazza del Duomo.

So, there it is, folks. Feel free to let me know what you like doing around town so I can check it out and write it up. You can reach me at: reachjasondowns@santaclariagazette.com.

Until next time, bon voyage, break a leg, and bon appetit!

Where Do We Go From Here?

| Opinion | August 15, 2019

by Harry Parmenter

I went to Walmart today, less than a week after the tragedy in El Paso. Tragedy/bloodbath/mass shooting, call it whatever you want, but maybe pure evil fits best. Another young man with an assault rifle and an insane manifesto creating a theatre of hate culminating in an orgy of killing. Dead bodies, traumatic life changing injuries and innocent people and their families scarred for life. And the hits keep on coming. Right now someone, somewhere, is sobbing uncontrollably, suffering forever sorrow for their irreplaceable loss. It could be me, or you.

This is America today.

The flag flew at half-mast outside the Walmart Golden Valley store. The parking lot looked sparse and inside I could feel the sober, subdued vibe of grief, fear and uncertainty. There was minimal chatter, no buzz of humanity, bantering or bargain hunting. Instead, most of us were probably thinking about the hunting that went on at the El Paso store, then the next night in Ohio and the week before in Gilroy…

It all seemed to begin at Columbine 20 years ago. Young men with hearts and minds blackened by malevolence, the early days of the anonymous sewer of social media, the internet and its disturbed extension, the dark web, poison seeping into our lives with the blood of innocent children, women and men of all ethnicities and faiths.

I was in Orlando last December and one day when I found the nearest Starbucks I looked across the street and saw, quite unexpectedly, the now infamous Pulse nightclub where, not long before, young gay men were executed by another demented killer armed with high powered artillery and ammunition.

The club shuttered after the incident and is now an abandoned shrine, the walls covered with photos of once happy faces now gone, their lives cut short through no fault of their own except, to their sick assassin, “the crime” of homosexuality.

These sick “landmarks” show what our country has become, a place where no one is safe anywhere: not the mall, not the gym, not the movie theatre, not the school, not the playground, not the concert venue, not the casino—and we are all culpable because we have done nothing to change the situation. We simply take it for granted, are horrified when it occurs, but return to our lives over time…until the next one. Unless we fall in the victim family pool. Then the torture never stops.

What can we do? Blame guns? Mental illness? Increase security? Decrease liberty? All this astounding technology yet we cannot stop these slaughters, the country churning beneath the surface with disaffected outcasts so twisted they kill for pleasure, for anger, for some inexplicable cause.

In times like these you wonder God where is? How can this happen? How does this make sense if the universe has any semblance of order?

The world has lived through dark times and continues to turn. America itself has seen the devil repeatedly and put him away. But this contemporary epidemic is insidious, serpentine, much like the conspirators of 9/11 and their hijacking of Muslimhood. Hitler and the Japanese we simply destroyed with bombs, boots and brawn, breaking their will. Those who took the beach at Normandy 75 years ago (or died trying), one of the greatest victories in military history, would be equally vexed by this dilemma, this amorphous disease infecting our nation.

Words are powerful and can be used to inspire the strong to saintly pursuits or turn the weak into vicious, soulless murderers. High powered weaponry is accessible in more ways than we can fathom. Consensus and collaboration are non-starters. Division and disdain carry the day.

We must somehow find the truth, the source of this malignant hemorrhage, these corrosive crimes. The prime suspects line up: guns, mental illness, young men raised without fathers, social media and the internet. None of the above, all of the above, who knows; we have to start somewhere. However, we must resist the temptation to turn any of these into political bogeymen. Everything matters, anything can have ramifications. Childhood is where it usually begins.

Above all I pray we can coalesce as a people and seek common ground. This is not a black and white conflict. We have somehow birthed this ideological evil and must pause our political differences to take steps in the right direction, ANY direction, just not accept this violence as the new normal.

I often think our country today is collectively incapable of the sacrifice and unity it took to assemble, let alone fight and win World War II. Now we face a new challenge and, while we need leaders who will bring us together, it’s not just on them. All of us play a part. Simply listening would be a start, but if we keep arguing the killing will continue.

Live Music This Week

| Entertainment | August 15, 2019

Aug 16, Fri
6–8pm Valencia Marketplace Ride the Tide band Pop & rock
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Traxx band Classic rock
7 – 9pm Rock Inn Nathan on piano Piano
7–10pm Hyatt Val. Lounge Lance Allyn Acoustic CR
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic covers
8–11pm The Local Pub & Grill Nick Horn Live music
8–11:30p Vincent Hill Station Benny Thomas Band Country
8–1am Amer Legion Newhall Heavy Metal night Hard rock
9–12m Alchemy Vinyl Gypsies band Classic rock
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Galo Pacheco Classic rock
9–1am Doc’s Inn Route 69 band Rock classics

Aug 17, Sat
6–10pm Vincent Hill Station Al Bermudez Live music

7–10pm Santa Clarita Central Park The Replicas (cover rock) Summer Concerts
7–10pm Hyatt Val. Lounge Lance Allyn Acoustic CR
7:30–10p Vincenzo’s Newhall M Squad band Movie tracks

8–10pm Double Trouble Wines Elwood Moon Classic rock
8–11pm The Local Pub n Grill Future X Husbands Classic rock
8–11pm Wine 661 Sean Hughes Pop, rock
8–12m Brass Monkey Pubhouse Right Side Up Classic rock
8–12m VFW 6885 No Chasers Classic rock
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Miles 2 Go Classic rock

9–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Freddie’s Bomb Factory Hard rock

Aug 18, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap meet Old Dawgs, New Tricks Live music
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s Open Mic Various
5–8pm Salt Creek Grill Drunken Monkies Classic rock
5–9pm VFW 6885 Pam & Chad Watson Country
5–9pm Amer Legion Newhall Ton Teresi Jazz Jam Jazz Jam
6–10pm Black n’ Blue Reflections band Ltn-jazz fusion

Aug 20, Tues
6–9:30p Wolf Creek Brewery Community Pints night Live music

7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse Harry Orlove, Lynn Keller, Alicia Morgan

Aug 21, Wed
6–9pm Route 66 Classic Grill Various bands Live music

Aug 22, Thur
6:30–9p Brewery Draconum Dole – Humphires duo Folk, rock
7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse Val Rael, Gary Swan, Stuart & Danny
7–9pm The Main, Old Town Nwhl Note by Note Variety

Aug 23, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery The Grizwalds Classic rock
6:30–9:30p Backyard Grub n Brews Mod-U-Lates Classic rock
7 – 9pm Rock Inn Nathan on piano Piano
7–10pm Hyatt Val. Lounge Dole – Humphries Folk, rock
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic covers
8–11pm The Local Pub & Grill Nick Horn Live music
8–11:30p Vincent Hill Station Overdrive on the patio Classic rock
9–12m Newhall Press Room tbd Live music
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Galo Pacheco Classic rock

Wilk Measure Urging Congress to Fix a Retirement Policy Impacting Teachers Passes Both Houses of Legislature

| News | August 15, 2019

Senator Scott Wilk, representing the 21st Senate District, announces that Senate Joint Resolution 3 (SJR 3) has cleared both houses of the Legislature. SJR 3 urges the federal government to repeal two federal retirement benefit laws that can reduce Social Security for teachers along with some other groups of public employees and their spouses.

“There’s no other way to say it: this federal policy is completely unfair to its most valuable public servants, especially educators,” said Wilk. “School is starting back up right now, and it’s the perfect time to send Congress the message that teachers and their families should not be treated unjustly. They are entitled to every cent they have paid into social security.”

The Government Pension Offset (GPO) and Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), passed in the 1970s with little statistical analysis, were designed to prevent “double-dipping” from social security and other government pensions. The GPO cuts benefits when an individual receives a government pension, and their spouse is eligible for social security from non-government employment. Similarly, the WEP cuts an individual’s benefits when they are eligible for social security and government pensions from separate employers.

Why does this matter? It is unfair.

If you have had a non-public sector career and, for example, in later life become a teacher, the social security benefits you earned from your non-public sector career could be slashed or altogether eliminated. Teachers, as a group, do not receive generous retirement benefits, so a policy that penalizes them from receiving their rightfully earned Social Security from a previous job is really a double whammy and infinitely unfair.
72-percent of teachers are women. The ramifications of this penalty are usually discovered when a spouse passes away and a widow’s household income is dramatically reduced because social security benefits are gutted.
If you work in the private sector, pay social security and are the spouse of a person who is eligible for a pension that does not pay into social security (like a peace officer or teacher) the benefits you rightfully earned may be diminished by up to 50 percent.

Other consequences of these problematic policies are that they disproportionately affect lower-income workers and can discourage qualified individuals from seeking public-sector jobs such as STEM education. Our future depends on students having access to education in science, technology, engineering and math. Experts in these fields (e.g., people that have good careers in aerospace) may not consider second careers in education because of the ramifications to retirement under WEP and GPO.

“The GPO and WEP are unfair to public employees and harmful to the nation’s workforce,” said Wilk. “I hope Congress hears this message and finally takes action to repeal these harmful policies.”

SJR 3 has support from a number of education and law enforcement associations, including the California Teachers Association, the California Retired Teachers Association, the Peace Officers Research Association, and the Statewide Law Enforcement Association.

Senator Wilk represents the 21st Senate District which includes the Antelope, Santa Clarita and Victor Valleys

Santa Clarita Sews – Community Sewing Workshops

| Community | August 15, 2019

Calling all sewing enthusiasts in Santa Clarita! Come join us for a community sew-in at the Centre Building – Oak room, 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway. There will be three opportunities to participate:

Saturday, August 24th from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm,
Thursday, September 5th from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sunday, September 8th from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

As part of the Girl Scout Gold Award project by Jessie Nilsen, we will be sewing a variety of projects to benefit SCV Veterans, the SCV Senior Center and The Painted Turtle camp. Sewing experience is not needed.

This is a free event; all materials will be provided. This is open to all ages. Experienced sewers will be on hand to assist.

This is a Girl Scout Gold Award project in conjunction with the SCV Quilt Guild (SCVQG), and it’s all about the community helping the community. The overall goal is to bring the community together to help those in need.

The SCV Quilt Guild promotes the art of quilting through sharing, friendship, education and meaningful service to the community. The guild preserves the profile of an American folk art that is vulnerable to being lost as a traditional home arts form. Every year, the guild sews projects to benefit people in need in the SCV community. This Gold Award project is an outreach program, to educate SCV residents on how the SCVQG helps the community, and to give SCV residents an opportunity to be involved in helping too.

Space is limited, so if you would like to attend, please RSVP to jnilsengoldaward@gmail.com.

Focusing on School Safety for the New School Year

| Community | August 15, 2019

This week marks back to school time for all of the elementary districts and the William S. Hart Union High School District here in the Santa Clarita Valley. The City of Santa Clarita would like to welcome students back to class and remind everyone of important safety messages and programs.

“This is an exciting time for both parents and students,” said Mayor Marsha McLean. “We want to remind drivers to expect more students in the crosswalks, especially around local schools. Please drive cautiously in these areas and leave early to give yourself extra time to get where you are going.”

The City has also developed a data-driven program to enhance safety for pedestrians and drivers in school areas. The City continuously analyzes traffic data and uses the information gathered to enhance its Crossing Guard program, which provides crossing guards at 39 crosswalk sites in all four school districts within the City of Santa Clarita.

The City is also conducting studies and reviewing designs for its Safe Routes to School program, which will identify walking routes for students and families around schools that minimizes the need to cross busy intersections. A new Pedestrian Scramble traffic signal phase at Seco Canyon Road and Decoro Drive, near Santa Clarita Elementary School and Arroyo Seco Junior High, will modify the existing traffic sequence to allow for all pedestrians to cross at once while traffic is stopped. This modification will be in effect during busy morning drop-off and after-school pick-up hours to enhance pedestrian safety and reduce vehicle back-up.

Another way the City is creating a safe environment on campus is by partnering with the William S. Hart Union High School District to provide school resource deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

“Not only does our amazing team of school resource deputies help keep school campuses safe, they also help educate students on everything from personal safety and internet safety – to bike and pedestrian safety,” said Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Captain Robert Lewis.

The City’s Drug Free Youth in the Santa Clarita Valley team, or DFY in SCV, has already kicked off the school year, welcoming new students at registration events. At the elementary school level, City staff introduced the message of saying “no” to drugs and alcohol through age-appropriate workbooks, as well as various assemblies that teach about the dangers of drugs and strategies for making positive choices. As kids get older, they have the opportunity to join drug-free clubs and develop a positive peer network in junior high and high school, while also giving back to the community through community service projects.

“It is important to the City Council, and the City as a whole, that these vital programs and enhancements are included in our budget,” said City Manager Ken Striplin. “Our DFY in SCV program has reached more than 55,000 students since it began back in 2012. It has grown and evolved to meet the specific needs of our community. We take the safety and well-being of our residents seriously and want to do all we can to make it a safe and successful school year for all.”

Other City initiatives, such as the award-winning Heads Up! program, continue to reinforce positive behaviors in youth when it comes to traffic safety, pedestrian awareness and making positive choices as a new driver. To learn more about these City programs, please visit santa-clarita.com/headsup and dfyinscv.com.

LA Dodgers and NY Yankees First MLB Teams to Reach 80 wins on Same Day

| Sports | August 15, 2019

by Diego Marquez

The Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Yankees are in familiar company after both teams got their 80th win of the 2019 MLB season on Tuesday.

Earning a 15-1 win over the Miami Marlins in Miami, the Dodgers become the first National League team to complete the feat. The Yankees accomplished the goal earlier in the day in a 8-3 home win against the Baltimore Orioles.

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the major league teams match each others’ win total for the third time in the teams’ history by reaching the 80-win mark on the same night since the 1947 season and again in the 1953 season.

The Dodgers earned an even more impressive conquest by launching six balls over the fences for home runs and are the first team to reach 200 home runs in a season, in dominant fashion, for a third year in a row. The Dodgers home run total is at 203.

Justin Turner and Corey Seager each hit two-run home runs in the seventh and in the fourth, respectively. Cody Bellinger hit a solo home run in the seventh and Matt Beaty a solo in the eight inning. Will Smith had the biggest night, hitting a solo and a two-run home run in the fourth and sixth innings in the Dodgers’ win.

With a solo homer in the seventh, Bellinger’s home run total now comes to 39 on the year, which ties him for MLB lead with crosstown rivals Angels Mike Trout, and the Milwaukee Brewers, and California-native, Christian Yelich.

Smith recorded his first multi-home run game of his career and passed Bellinger with 26 RBIs in 23 games for most RBIs in their first 23 games in the franchise’s history.

Community Blood Drive

| Community | August 15, 2019

Did you know approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed each day in the United States? The City of Santa Clarita and the American Red Cross invite residents to help save a life this summer at a community blood drive event on Friday, August 16, 2019, at City Hall.

The blood drive will take place in the Century Room at Santa Clarita City Hall, located at 23920 Valencia Boulevard. To schedule an appointment between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., please use the sponsor code “CityOfSantaClarita.”

Visit redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment using the location-specific sponsor codes. For questions regarding the August 16 blood drive, please contact Amanda Santos at (661) 255-4923 or asantos@santa-clarita.com.

Canyon Country Business Briefs

| Canyon Country Magazine | August 13, 2019

CITYWIDE FILM STATISTICS
In June, the City issued 39 film permits, which contributed to 90 film days, generating an estimated economic impact of $2,004,000.

The following productions were filming in Canyon Country in June 2019:
Television Shows:
America’s Top Dog – Sable Ranch
Atypical – Starting 9 Batting Cages
Mayans MC – Area street, Mountasia Family Fun Center
Murder for Hire – Area home
Recreation #2 – Sable Ranch
Scrawny to Brawny – Fair Oaks Park
Features:
Dweller – Sable Ranch
SRRL – Sand Canyon area home
Commercials:
CAR – Area streets, Santa Clarita Skatepark
Chevy – Mountasia Family Fun Center, Rancho Deluxe
Walmart/Capital One – Walmart
Student Films:
El Narco (New York Film Academy) – Church of the Canyons
Super Roomies (New York Film Academy) – Area home

FUTURE CANYON COUNTRY COMMUNITY CENTER UPDATE

Phase I of the Canyon Country Community Center project continues to make progress on the corner of Soledad Canyon Road and Sierra Highway. As Phase I nears completion later this year, residents will see the final touches put on the Mint Canyon Channel, as well as construction of the site’s infiltration systems and completion of the rough grading. Phase I is scheduled to be completed at the end of this year. Phases II and III are expected to begin construction after the first of the year and take approximately 18 months to complete. Phases II and III include the construction of the community center building and site improvements.

For more information on the new Canyon Country Community Center project, visit santa-clarita.com/FutureCCCC.

CANYON COUNTRY PARK INCLUSIVE PLAY AREA UPDATE

The public outreach process for the Inclusive Play Area project included three public outreach meetings at Canyon Country Park. The public meetings were ‘open house’ style, allowing the attendees to learn about the project, share their thoughts and ideas on the project with City staff and the consultants, vote on play elements and review and comment on the preliminary and revised designs.

Construction will begin in September 2019 and the grand opening of the City’s first Inclusive Play Area will take place by the end of this year.

For more information about the new Inclusive Play Area project at Canyon Country Park, contact Elena Galvez at (661) 255-4911 or egalvez@santa-clarita.com.

ARTS IN CANYON COUNTRY

The Ground Beneath Me; Not Above Me, So Enjoy Life
On display Aug. 2 to Dec. 3, 2019
Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library
The images in this display were created by a local photographer who had cancer and radiation treatment, but did not let that stop him from making art. Through the difficult ordeal, the artist continued to photograph, create art, appreciate nature, live and love life.

This exhibit hopes to remind everyone to stay positive, have a good attitude and continue to live life to its fullest.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Concerts in the Park
The City of Santa Clarita’s annual Concerts in the Park, presented by Logix Federal Credit Union, continue. The 30-year-old program takes place in Central Park on Saturday nights at 7:00 p.m. through August 24. Voted the “Best Live Entertainment in the Santa Clarita Valley in 2018,” you won’t want to miss exciting shows still to come from Mirage – Visions of Fleetwood Mac, Grateful Shred, The Replicas and Erotic City, and a Tribute to Prince!

Be sure to bring your blanket and chairs to these free events and see what residents love about it. You can get more information on the entire Concerts in the Park lineup by visiting santa-clarita.com/concerts.

25th Annual River Rally and Environmental Expo
You and your family can help clean a portion of the Santa Clara River – the longest free-flowing river and one of the last two natural river systems remaining in Southern California.

Be a part of the solution for a better environment by helping to preserve the river’s natural beauty and variety of wildlife. To date, thousands of volunteers have collected more than 445,000 pounds of trash and debris from the Santa Clara River and its tributaries!
Saturday, September 21
Newhall Community Center
22421 Market Street
8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
More information: http://greensantaclarita.com/calendar/river-rally/

Canyon Country Community Center

iTEENS (12-18 yrs.)
iTeens is a teen after school program. Local youth have the opportunity to participate in homework help, leadership development, team building and more.
Mon through Fri beginning Aug. 19
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
FREE

Teen Night Out (12-18 yrs.)
Drop-in and work up a sweat with an evening of Dodgeball, Wii, or computers in the Tech Room. Bring a friend! Activities will be structured; membership and participation is required.
Friday, August 30
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
FREE

Saturday Drop-N-Play (5-12 yrs.)
Drop in and enjoy structured play and fun activities on Saturdays. SMART ProTrainer Interactive Wall,
computer time, arts and crafts, games, and more are available. Membership is required.
Saturdays
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
FREE

Tiny Time Hour (1-5 yrs.)
Get out and socialize at Tiny Time Hour! Join us for a morning of parent-led activities including art, toys, games and more. Whether you need a new play date spot for your child or want to get out and make friends, at Tiny Time you can mingle, have fun and experience new things.
Mondays, August 19 and 26
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
FREE

DoodleBugs (2-4 yrs.)
Come and enjoy a fun parent/child participation class. Children and parents will engage in a multitude of sensory activities, crafts, stories and songs.
Fridays, August 23 and 30
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $5 per class

Adventures with Food (3-5 yrs.)
Cooking activities that integrate reading, math, science and healthy living. Focuses on measuring, mixing and tasting new foods. Parent attendance is required.
Wednesdays, August 21 and 28
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Fee: $5 per class

Preschool Fitness Fun (3-5 yrs.)
Enjoy a morning of fun on our SMART ProTrainer Interactive Wall. Preschoolers will discover the fun of fitness, while developing their gross motor skills. Participants will practice and improve skills such as spatial awareness, locomotor coordination and rhythmic skills.
Wednesdays, August 21 and 28
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Fee: $5 per class

Visit santa-clarita.com/CCCC or call (661) 290-2266 for more information and to view a complete list of activities happening at the Canyon Country Community Center.

SANTA CLARITA PUBLIC LIBRARY

Get ready for the start of the school year at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library! Although programs are on break for the month of August, you can still explore new worlds, find volunteer opportunities, connect with the Friends of the Library and much more.

Discover resources offered by the library for kids, teens and adults and see how you can get involved in the community. Regular programs will return to the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library on September 9.

Visit SantaClaritaLibrary.com for more information and to view a complete listing of activities happening at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library.

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