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Ask the Experts

| Canyon Country Magazine | August 13, 2018

Arborist Chris Miller

Which kinds of trees are most flammable, and is there anything we should keep in mind during fire season?

A dead tree, or one with a lot of dead tissue on it, is a really flammable tree. Palms, if they haven’t been trimmed or if they have old fronds on them, are more apt to catch fire. And pine trees have a lot of oil in them, so they’re apt to flare up at times, especially if they have dead needles in them.

How do we know if a tree is dead or not?

To identify a dead tree, I look to see if branches have flexibility or if they are brittle. If the whole tree has no green leaves, or if the leaves are crispy brown and your yard is green, the tree may be dead. Also, if the bark on the trunk is cracking or falling away from the trunk, it’s another indication it’s either dead or dying. If you can break off a small limb, because it’s crispy and brittle versus having some flexibility in it, nine times out of 10 it’s going to snap. I call it my “snap test.”

Chris Miller is a certified arborist and district supervisor for Tip Top Arborists of Santa Clarita. For an arborist consultation, call 661-902-9930 or visit tiptoparborists.com.

Top 10 Ways to Prepare Your Home to Sell Quickly and for More

I’ve seen many homes that would sell more quickly and for more money if only the seller spent a little time and money preparing it. I seldom walk out of a home with a buyer who doesn’t have complaints about at least one item that could have been a simple fix to make the home more appealing.
These are the top 10 items that buyers complain about and how to address them:

  1. De-clutter. All extra items should be packed in boxes and stored in the garage. Remove furniture that is unnecessary or too big for the room. Remember you are moving, so start packing and get those items out of sight. This will make the rooms look larger.
  2. De-personalize. You want to make the buyer feel like they can see themselves living in the home. It’s important to remove all pictures of your family, or any personal items.
  3. Paint / touch-up. After living in your home for years the walls will look worn and your colors may be too bright for the buyers. It is very cost-effective to have a fresh coat of paint in the main rooms. Also, make it a neutral color to appeal to the majority of buyers.
  4. Repair small items. Fix or tighten items that could make the buyer doubt the home was maintained. Make sure all door knobs and locks work. Fix or change faucets in the kitchen and bathrooms. Tighten door hinges and handles and make sure all light bulbs work.
  5. Clean and sparkle. Have a professional cleaner come in, and pay extra attention to the bathrooms and the kitchen. Also, have the floors professionally cleaned. You will be surprised how much better it will look, and the buyers may think it is only a few years old.
  6. Fix that shower. I get the most complaints from buyers about how dirty, gritty and used the showers look. Clean the tile and mildew with a professional product. Also, touch-up the grout and caulk all of the seams. This will help seal the shower and make it look newer. And don’t forget to put in a new shower head. It’s only $50 and will make all the difference.
  7. Lighting. Change those dated light fixtures. Put a fan in the bedrooms and a nice chandelier in the dining room. Small upgrades go a long way to adding value. Also, change out missing or burned-out bulbs, as this will help brighten the room and make it look more spacious.
  8. Open those window coverings. Make sure to open all drapes, blinds, shutters, etc. to let the light in and see outside the home. It makes the rooms look and feel bigger. Also, have the windows cleaned inside and out.
  9. Landscape / curb appeal. Make sure you can see the home by trimming trees and bushes, and make the home look alive by putting in fresh plants and flowers. Also, trim the lawn and add more water a few weeks before listing the home. This will make the vegetation look green and inviting.
  10. Professional walk-through.If you’re selling your home, it is always a good idea to have a real estate agent go through the home to help and advise you on your home’s specific needs.

CRAIG MARTIN       REALTY ONE GROUP       661-361-6843


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Canyon Country Business Briefs

| Canyon Country Magazine | August 11, 2018

In June, the City issued 43 film permits, which contributed to 123 film days, generating an estimated economic impact of $3,140,000.
The following productions were filming in Canyon Country in June 2018.
Television Shows:
Bless This Mess – Sable Ranch
Camping – Sierra Highway
Shooter – Sand Canyon area home
Too Old To Die Young – Sand Canyon area homes Twisted Sisters – Sand Canyon area home
Feature Films:
International Falls – Arco Gas Station
Into the Darkness: Treehouse – Rancho Deluxe
Miss Coordinator – Sand Canyon area home
2018 TTC Certified – Rancho Deluxe
Geico – Friendly Valley Country Club
Walmart – Walmart (Carl Boyer)
Student Films:
Aurora (New York Film Academy) – Area home
You Again (Columbia College) – Area home, Begonias Lane Park


The new Canyon Country Community Center is scheduled to begin construction in 2019. The new center will provide programing opportunities for all age groups and will include park amenities such as a play area, half-court basketball, open turf areas, walkways and landscaping. The City Council is excited about providing these amenities for the community with the center and park area.


Planning is signing off on the new Facey/Providence building, and the tenant would like to be open for business in August. The project is located south of the intersection of Mammoth Lane and Soledad Canyon Road. Prior to occupancy, a new traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of Mammoth and Soledad.  This is phase 1 of the development. Phase 2, which includes a drive-through food establishment along with a freestanding building for retail and service businesses, will be developed in the future.

Bodhi Leaf Coffee House is taking over a former pizza place at 26910 Sierra Highway, Unit D-2.


The public is invited to join the City of Santa Clarita for the 24th Annual River Rally Clean Up and Environmental Expo, held on Saturday, September 22 from 8-11 a.m. at the section of the Santa Clara River off of Wiley Canyon Road, east of Orchard Village Road. Volunteers will be given bags and gloves to help clean trash and debris from a section of the river and are encouraged to participate in the Environmental Expo afterwards to learn more about conservation and pollution prevention programs. Register at GreenSantaClarita.com.


The Vision of Gary Friedman
FREE exhibit on display through October 5, 2018
Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library
18601 Soledad Canyon Rd.
Santa Clarita, CA 91351
The solo art exhibit “The Vision of Gary Friedman” features several neo-impressionistic landscapes, cityscapes, and abstracts done in a unique, warm palette style. The award-winning painter and teacher has studied with the world’s top watercolor talents, has traveled extensively, and tutored and exhibited locally for the past several years.
Mr. Friedman was also the band director at Arroyo Seco Junior High School from 1976 to 2011. When not painting, traveling or teaching, Friedman plays music with the bluegrass band The Flaw and plays jazz with the Go Jazz Big Band and David Peter’s jazz combo.


Canyon Country Community Center

CCCC Sock Hop (Adults)
You are invited to join others for an evening of dancing to the music of the 1950s. Come and enjoy your favorite boogie-woogie, doo-wop, and rock and roll classics as you dance the night away. Greasers and Pink Ladies are welcome!
Saturday, August 25
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

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

Santa Clarita Public Library
The following will be held at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library.

Lego Block Party • Monday, September 10 • 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Books & Battles: Dungeons & Dragons at the Library
Wednesday, September 5 and 26 • 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Teen Advisory Board
Tuesday, September 11 and Friday, September 28 • 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Escape Room – “Break into the Principal’s Office”
Friday, September 14 • 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday Crafts
Every Thursday in September • 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Afternoon at the Movies
Friday, September 7 and 21 -1:00 p.m. • 3:30 p.m.
Digital Drop-In: Get Help Using Digital Devices
Friday, September 14 and 28 • 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Unwind and Color for Adults
Monday, September 10 and 17 • 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Visit SantaClaritaLibrary.com for more information and to view a complete listing of activities.

Portrait Demo at Barnes & Noble

| Entertainment | August 10, 2018

If you’ve been searching for opportunities to enjoy art, prepare to strike oil this November when JoAnn Peralta demonstrates portrait oil painting at the Monday, Nov. 19, 2018 meeting of the Santa Clarita Artists Association (SCAA). This event is free, open to the public and meets at 6:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, located at 23630 Valencia Blvd.

Peralta, a book and editorial magazine illustrator since 2004, crossed over into Fine Art and is known in the Western art world for her stirring depiction of American immigrants contributing to the American landscape, as well as southwestern historical figures. With her lush brushwork and luminescent light, she creates a timeless flair to her paintings.


Peralta is a Masters artist at the Autry Masters of the American West Exhibition for nine years; and exhibited at the Small Works, Great Wonders Show, held at the National Cowboy and Western Museum (Oklahoma); amongst others. She studied at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, where she was awarded a full-time scholarship. Since then, her work has been featured in publications such as: International Art Magazine, Art Business News Magazine, International Artist, Southwest Art, Western Art and Architecture, Cowboys and Indians Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, and Art of the West.

Her first book titled, MATH FACE, is a memoir that chronicles the events when she made the connection that math and science could propel her fine art to success. Peralta explains the thinking involved to make the leap from analytic thought to masterful drawings and paintings.

“It all begins with boundaries and plumb lines of truths, which help pave the way for creative expression,” said Peralta. Art History is one of her passions.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early, because the event is expected to be standing room only by 6:30. For more information about the event or the Santa Clarita Artists Association, visit www.SantaClaritaArtists.org.

Motown in Town3

| Entertainment | August 10, 2018

Next month, Santa Claritans will be able to say they remember September, because love will change the minds of pretenders with “Motown in Town3,” a dinner show and dancing event at the Hyatt Regency Grand ballroom in Valencia on Sunday, September 9, from 5:30-10:30 p.m., to benefit the SCV Senior Center’s building campaign.

There will be a three course sit-down dinner inclusive of coffee and dessert, and a no-host bar. Matt Grey & the Stone Soul, California’s leading eight-piece Motown band, together with favorite balladeers Ms. LaNiece McKay and Ms. Alex Nester will perform.

All performers are well-known musicians that have toured and performed with Santana, the Jackson Brothers and other top concert artists in the country.

Catch the “Art of Motown” art show at the ballroom lobby, together with exciting vendor booths and a silent auction, with special guest CK Walker providing musical entertainment. This lobby event will be open to the public.

Dinner and show tickets, priced at $65, as well as show tickets only, which can be purchased for $40, are available at Fast Frame Valencia, 24204 Valencia Boulevard, or at the SCV Senior Center at 22900 Market St. VIP seats are also available.

Group discounts are still open for group seating. Interested persons can also call 661-312-3422 or go online at https://intownscv.com/ for tickets and sponsorships.

Bad Boys and Girls

| Police Blotter | August 9, 2018

A 52-year-old therapist from Valencia was arrested for shoplifting after a specified prior conviction.

Two individuals were arrested for corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant: a 19-year-old unemployed Castaic resident and a 51-year-old construction worker from Los Angeles.

A 23-year-old security officer and an unemployed 24-year-old, both from Oakland, were arrested for evading parole and disregarding safety. And an unemployed 28-year-old Canyon Country resident was arrested for disobeying a domestic relations court order.

A 27-year-old North Hills resident was brought up on charges of rape by force or fear. And a 49-year-old carpenter from North Hills was arrested for petty theft.

A 49-year-old teacher from Valencia was arrested for falsely reporting an emergency. A 26-year-old cook from Castaic was arrested for robbery.

A 23-year-old unemployed Piru resident was arrested for violating probation.

DUIs with prior arrests included:
44-year-old construction worker from Saugus
22-year-old pool cleaner from Quartz Hill
28-year-old stocker from Castaic
65-year-old stone broker from Canyon Country
26-year-old mover from Los Angeles
68-year-old retiree from Santa Clarita
30-year-old restaurant manager from Canyon Country
32-year-old dishwasher from Newhall
37-year-old construction worker from Pacoima
25-year-old laborer from Oxnard
30-year-old cook from Newhall
31-year-old real estate agent from Castaic

Charges of possession of a controlled substance went to:
35-year-old unemployed Newhall resident
60-year-old unemployed San Fernando resident
27-year-old unemployed Santa Clarita resident
26-year-old unemployed Pasadena resident
30-year-old driver from Saugus
21-year-old unemployed Newhall resident
41-year-old unemployed North Hollywood resident
39-year-old assembly worker from Newhall
42-year-old unemployed Lake Forest resident
23-year-old computer worker from Castaic
43-year-old recycler from Newhall
27-year-old unemployed Lancaster resident
26-year-old construction worker from Newhall

August Holiday Thoughts

| Community | August 9, 2018

By William Tozzi

I’m thinking about an unacceptable situation. There are no holidays to celebrate in the month of August in the U.S. There are no days off, no parties, no holiday sales … just business as usual.

I know there are many days in August highlighting various subjects, but none of them are holidays. However, one of these days caught my attention and should be a candidate for a new national holiday. It’s Senior Citizens Day, which takes place on August 21.

National Senior Citizens Day honors our elderly population. On this day, we are encouraged to recognize and show our appreciation for the value and contribution of elderly people to home, family and society.

In a Presidential Proclamation (August 19, 1988), President Ronald Reagan said “For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute. We can best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure that our communities are good places in which to mature and grow older.”

Some might take exception and claim the sorry state of the country today is a consequence of unwise actions of senior citizens in their earlier years.

I’m also thinking this claim could be a good motivation to younger citizens. They should pay attention to advice by senior citizens in order to avoid the errors senior citizens made and the opportunities missed when they were younger.

I propose National Senior Citizens Day be made an official holiday in the U.S. I am asking everyone, not only senior citizens, to urge their senators, representatives and the media to support this proposal.

Why am I introducing taking action like this at a time when we should be doing something about the unacceptable discord in the country?

My thoughts are, this effort might open a channel of awareness and friendship to counteract the negativity and hatred overwhelming this nation.

Athletes of the Week

| Sports | August 9, 2018

Izabella Adame

Competing in the 2018 USA Swimming Futures Championship in Santa Clara from August 2 to August 5, Adame placed first in the girls 100-meter breaststroke preliminaries with a time of 1:12.27. In the finals, Adame finished second with an even faster time of 1:11.19 for Canyons Aquatics Club. Adame also took home second-place in the girls 200-meter breaststroke with a time of 2:36.72.

Cole Roederer

Selected in the second-round of the 2018 MLB First-Year-Player Draft with the 77th selection by the Chicago Cubs, Roederer (Hart High baseball alumnus) has been on a hot streak in the Arizona Rookie League. In the month of July, Roederer has hit three home runs and 20 runs scored in 82 at-bats for a batting average of .305.

City Partners With Ring Security, Offers Rebate Program

| Community | August 9, 2018

Be sure to mark your calendar for the program that is starting a ring in the community. The City of Santa Clarita is partnering with Ring to provide discounts for Santa Clarita residents on the purchase of select home security devices. During the promotional period, residents will have the opportunity to receive a $100 promotional code funded by the City and Ring, along with additional discounts generously provided by Ring. The approved $25,000 of City funding will enable 500 Santa Clarita residents to participate in the program on a first come, first served basis.

“We are proud to live in a city that is recognized as being a safe place to live and raise a family. We understand that our residents want additional peace of mind knowing their homes are safe, and we are glad this discount on Ring technology can help make that happen,” said Santa Clarita Mayor Laurene Weste.

The program will incentivize the purchase of Ring Video Doorbells and Security Cams, which connect to the user’s smartphone or tablet via a free app (iOS/Android) when activated by the motion sensor, when someone rings the doorbell or by live viewing the camera’s video feed at any time. Residents can then see, hear and speak to anyone on their property. Optional video subscription services are available to residents who want to save their Ring videos.

“We’re excited to partner with the City of Santa Clarita to make our Security Doorbells and Cameras available to local residents at an even more affordable cost,” said Jamie Siminoff, Chief Inventor and Founder of Ring. “Even without a Ring device, Santa Clarita residents can connect with one another and stay up-to-date on local crime and safety information from their neighborhood by downloading the free Neighbors App by Ring. When neighbors, the Ring team and local leaders all work together, we can create safer communities and reduce crime in neighborhoods.”

In 2017, the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station reported 384 residential burglaries in the City of Santa Clarita. The rebate program will leverage technology, community support and strategic partnerships to maximize law enforcement efforts for residential burglaries in an effort to reduce crime.

Program Information
The promotional period for the program begins August 13 and will run until the funding limit is reached. To participate in the program, residents must email santaclarita@ring.com beginning at 8 a.m. on August 13 with their shipping address to receive the promotional code information. Ring will then provide the discounts to Santa Clarita residents after the promotional code is redeemed at checkout, at Ring.com. Addresses will be verified to ensure the location is within city limits. Emails received prior to 8:00 a.m. on the program start date will not receive a promotional code.

Santa Clarita residents will have the opportunity to purchase the following discounted products:

One (1) product per household can be purchased with a $100 discount off the retail price. The discounted prices are:
Video Doorbell 2 – $99
Video Doorbell Pro – $149
Spotlight Cam Battery – $99
Spotlight Cam Wired – $99
Floodlight Cam – $149

A maximum of three (3) additional products per household can be purchased with a $30 discount off the retail price. The discounted prices are:
Video Doorbell 2 – $169
Video Doorbell Pro – $219
Spotlight Cam Battery – $169
Spotlight Cam Wired – $169
Floodlight Cam – $219

A maximum of (3) accessories per household can be purchased at 20 percent off the retail price.

Due to this program being on a first come, first served basis, residents are encouraged to use the promotional codes as soon as possible. Receiving a promotional code does not guarantee a discounted device. Only the first 500 codes to be redeemed at checkout will be honored. Promotional codes are valid for a single-use only and cannot be used towards previously purchased Ring products.

Residents will also need to pay an additional fee for a subscription to record and save the footage on the Ring mobile app. For more information about Ring’s products, visit Ring.com/products.

For more information about the rebate program, contact Jerrid McKenna, Assistant to the City Manager, at jmckenna@santa-clarita.com.

Resource Parents Needed to Foster or Foster-Adopt a Child

| Community | August 9, 2018

Adoption is a meaningful way for individuals and couples to fulfill their dream of parenting. There are approximately 64,000 children in foster care in California. Los Angeles County’s foster care population exceeds 21,000 children with 200 foster children waiting to be connected to a family who will adopt. Children’s Bureau offers a comprehensive foster care and adoption program that brings families together for a lifetime. The agency is in need of resource families for children in foster care while reunifying with birth families or to provide legal permanency by adoption.

Children’s Bureau Resource Parents protect and nurture children, meet children’s developmental needs, support children’s relationships with their birth families and do all of this as a member of a professional team. Children’s Bureau welcomes every resource parent regardless of, race, age, religion, disability, marital status, ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. Qualifying families receive training, family assessment, approval and support. A current CB family advises potential resource parents “to come into it with an open mind and an open heart. Be prepared to care beyond anything you could have ever imagined.”

Discover if you have the willingness, ability and resources to take on the challenge of helping a child in need. A monthly information meeting is being held Saturday, August 25, 2018 from 10 a.m. to noon at Children’s Bureau, 27200 Tourney Road, Suite 175, Valencia, CA 91355. To R.S.V.P. or for more information, call 661.208.4212 or email RFrecruitment@all4kids.org. An information packet or application may also be obtained by filling out a request form on the website at www.all4kids.org/program/foster-care/.

About Children’s Bureau
Since 1904, Children’s Bureau has been a nonprofit leader in the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. More than 30,000 children and families are helped each year throughout Southern California with services that include school readiness, parenting classes, family resource centers, support groups, mental health counseling, foster care and adoption.  Children’s Bureau is one of the largest investors in child abuse prevention in the country and is developing a national model to transform an entire at-risk community through its Magnolia Community Initiative.

Paseo Aquatics Offering Introductory Swim Clinic and Meet To Community

| Sports | August 9, 2018

Paseo Aquatics will host an “End of Summer Splash” swim clinic and meet on Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Castaic Aquatics Swim Complex.

“This is a golden opportunity for the local community to meet our amazing coaches and the other swimmers who compete with Paseo Aquatics,” said Jay Wolf, Paseo Aquatics co-founder. “The word is out: Paseo Aquatics is the area’s newest USA-Sanctioned Swim Club in the Valley, and we want to show that by inviting everyone to experience what we are all about on Aug. 18.”

The meet will include a swim clinic conducted by the Paseo Aquatics coaching staff. The “End of Summer Splash” will include a swim clinic, individual races (25 and 50 yards) and relays, water games and fun. Each swimmer will also receive a Paseo Aquatics swim cap.

“The basic goal is to introduce the Santa Clarita Valley to our growing club,” Wolf said. “We hope any local family who has child with a love, interest or curiosity for the sport of swimming will register for this fun day of swimming.”

There is a $10 fee to register. Visit www.paseoaquatics.org and click the link to register by sending your name, swimmer’s name, age and gender to: info@paseoaquatics.org.

Devon Tsuno’s Public Art Project to Transform COC Art Gallery Exterior on August 13

| Entertainment | August 9, 2018

On Monday, Aug. 13, the Los Angeles-based artist Devon Tsuno will give the curving façade of the College of the Canyons Art Gallery a makeover with his largest public art project to date. “California Seedlings” will cover 702 square feet of the COC Art Gallery’s exterior with a graphic film wrap, a project that will mark the beginning of the gallery’s new initiative to activate the college’s public space through dynamic contemporary art.

“There are so many issues and ideas that Devon is investigating with his art practice that are relevant to our time and our community,” said Pamela Bailey Lewis, COC Art Gallery Director. “This work will not only be exciting to look at, but it will provide an opportunity to engage our students in new ways in discussions about contemporary art, sustainability, and our environment.”

Tsuno is known for his abstract paintings, artist books, and print installations, and social practice projects focusing on native vs. non-native vegetation, water use, and the Los Angeles watershed. Influenced by Japanese, 19th century Ukiyo-e woodblock prints and fabric, Tsuno’s rich, densely layered works are inspired by the vigorous and dynamic flora competing for space in our urban environment.

“California Seedlings,” will be on view through Friday, May 31, 2019.

A public reception for the artist will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18.

This project is supported by the COC Foundation Patrons of the Arts, the school of Visual and Performing Arts, and the Chancellor’s Office.

The College of the Canyons Art Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Those unable to visit the gallery during normal hours can contact the gallery to schedule a viewing appointment.

All gallery exhibitions and related events are free and open to the public. For more information, please visit the COC Art Gallery web page.

More About the Artist

A Los Angeles native, Devon Tsuno has exhibited his work widely both nationally and internationally. Tsuno is a 2017 Santa Fe Art Institute Water Rights artist-in-residence, the 2016 SPArt Community Grantee, and was awarded a 2014 California Community Foundation Emerging Artist Fellowship for Visual Art. His long-term interest in bodies of water in Southern California has been central to his collaborations with the Department of Cultural Affairs, Big City Forum, and the Theodore Payne Foundation. Tsuno received an MFA from Claremont Graduate University and a BFA from California State University, Long Beach. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Art and Design at California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Letters to the Editor

| Opinion | August 9, 2018

Dear Editor:

I’d like to commend candidate Steve Fox on his stand to cut the gas tax, cut the real property tax and reduce our water bills for our area.

Now typically these promises come from a Republican who once elected are outvoted in California Legislation.

But Fox, a conservative, is a Democrat. Fox had success in 2012 when he served us in the Legislature, and brought millions of dollars in an aerospace tax credit to create jobs. He also got the Governor to return 2.7 million dollars to the City of Palmdale and he got the Governor to create a State Prison in California City to house 2300 prisoners so they would not be released on us.

I like Fox’s position that instead of getting us millions of dollars, he gets the state to just not take millions of dollars from us.


Tom Pepaj­­

Dear Gazette Editor,

I have long opposed legalizing marijuana for many reasons, but I essentially believe it‘s a gateway to stronger illegal drugs which inflicts immense chaos on our society, especially here in Santa Clarita Valley. Who is not aware of the numerous overdose deaths, burglaries and general crime related to drug use here in the SCV (redundant question). Every law enforcement officer I have ever spoken to clearly state with conviction that marijuana use routinely leads to heavier drug use and it’s particularly problematic to our young people whose brains have not yet fully developed. Drug use can have a very long lasting damaging and often addictive effect, especially on young users.

My wife and I were recently talking about these troubling issues. She said, “Isn’t is it absurd that Sacramento Democrats favor legal marijuana knowing full well that state employees and almost all employers routinely drug test for employment”. Even several Republican legislators (RINOS) favor marijuana use. Go figure. I think it’s well known that employers may periodically drug test and dismiss drug using employees at will. Essentially, it’s practically impossible for drug users to earn decent steady wages.

Therefore, I contend that the State of California and the Democrat Party is complicit in exacerbating drug use and in turn aggravating our state’s monster homeless problem which has become a major crisis this past decade. I read somewhere that 25 percent of America’s homeless live in California.

Furthermore I contend that if medicinal marijuana is truly beneficial, it should be validated by the United States Congress and prescribed exactly as all other drugs are prescribed. Personal doctors should make those critical decisions and have the drug issued via pharmacies just as all other drugs are obtained. As it stands anyone over 18 years of age can easily obtain a medicinal marijuana card simply by paying a $40 fee. If this procedure calls for a federal law change, then so be it as Congress really should weigh in on these disturbing matters.

Feel free, as I did, to review these sites:

Bill Reynolds
Valencia Resident

Afternoon T.

| Community | August 9, 2018

Q: It has been a month and I hate my new job and I want to quit.

A: That’s it?! No explanation? Just “I want to quit.” After only one month. Forgive me if I question the amount of time committed to it, but having only given a sentence to work with, it isn’t very much to go on. For that matter, neither is 22 days. I’m not very math-y, but with 30-ish days in a month and approximately four weekends (of eight days) off, I’m guesstimating your workload to have been about 22 days. If you were working full-time, that adds up to about 176 hours. Part-time would likely have had you working between 88 to 132 hours. In addition, you probably slept or were resting for close to 200 hours during that time period, too. So, I’m going to say you need to put in more time at the job, before you throw in the towel/apron/welding tool/spreadsheet.

You know they used to say, “It takes 21 days to form a new habit.” You know what THAT crazy science was based on? A plastic surgeon, Maxwell Maltz, noticed his patients took 21 days to become accustomed to their new faces. Real science from University College London showed it actually takes an average of 66 days (varying wildly, in some cases, from 18 to 254 days). Malcolm Gladwell, in his 2008 book Outliers, gave 10,000 hours as the time it takes to become really, really masterful at… well, ANYthing. He said that one needs to have practiced or apprenticed for those 10,000 hours “before you get good.” Good. Not great, not masterful, not the Boss of the Company. He just said: Good. Makes me think you might have to give a smidge more than 88 to 176 hours to form a solid opinion about the job you currently have.

Perseverance doesn’t come easy. It’s a skill built in steps and is the hallmark character of high-level leadership. Stick-to-it-iveness at any j.o.b. shows you are the right person for any task given to you, ultimately leading to a career you can love. Sticking with this position, you may learn things you didn’t know – especially about yourself and what you really want (and don’t want) in life. Why don’t you give it at least six months? [1,000ish hours.]

As a side note, you stated you “hate” the job you have. A word that hurts my heart. When my kids were growing up, I wouldn’t allow that word to be used. It’s too powerful a word, when there are so many other ways to describe something you simply don’t like. There’s a wide river of language from “I don’t like broccoli” to “I hate the evil in the world.” If you are bored, under-utilized or having trouble with the tasks at hand – I’d like to suggest you reassess your emotions and the descriptor used. But, if you are being harassed, bullied or abused at this new job – then know, I hate it, too.
xo – t.

UCLA Basketball: Incoming 2018 Recruiting Class

| Sports | August 9, 2018

by Diego Marquez

UCLA men’s basketball announced its highly-talented incoming freshman class earlier this week.

Headlining the 2018 recruiting class is Shareef O’Neal, the son of Hall-of-Fame center Shaquille O’Neal, who committed to the UCLA Bruins earlier in the year, but had to straighten out his academic affairs and will join his teammates in Westwood soon. On Monday, O’Neal officially signed with the school after attending Crossroads School for his senior year. The No. 40 player overall in the 2018 signing class, O’Neal ranks as a top-10 power forward in the country. In his senior year playing basketball at Crossroads, O’Neal averaged 27 points per game en route to leading Crossroads to their first state championship since 1997, when Baron Davis, who also played and starred at UCLA basketball, led them to the title.

O’Neal is a four-star recruit and is part of a six-man incoming recruiting class that includes three other four-star recruits, including David Singleton, Jules Bernard and point guard Tyger Campbell, as well as three-star recruit center Kenneth Nwuba and the five-star center from Jamaica, New York Moses Brown. This, along with the fact that redshirt freshman Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were reinstated earlier this week after a year-long suspension, which was placed on them after both players, along with ex-UCLA men’s basketball player LiAngelo Ball, shoplifted sunglasses and other items from luxury shops in Hangzhou, China on UCLA’s trip to China about a year ago.

Singleton is probably the best all-around player in the Bruins signing class. Standing at 6 feet 5 inches, the combo-guard can play and defend multiple positions. He can create for himself off the dribble or create for his teammates with his excellent ball-handling skills. In his senior year at Bishop Montgomery, Singleton averaged 25.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game.

Bernard is the No. 54 ranked recruit in the incoming class and can be a two-way player for UCLA head coach Steve Alford. At 6 feet 6 inches, Bernard can defend the 2 through 4 spots and can keep up with the quicker guards, if need be. He gets off the floor quickly, thanks to his long wingspan and leaping abilities, and should impact the Bruin rotation in one way or another.

Campbell is a top-100 recruit and is one of the best “true-point guards” in the 2018 freshman class. He is a little bit undersized, but at 6 feet, Campbell doesn’t back down from anything and have proven to be a leader. During his senior season at La Lumiere in Indiana, Campbell averaged 16.6 points per game, 2.8 rebounds per game and 7.7 assists per game. The guard is as crafty as any point guard and has amazing court vision. He will fill the void that Aaron Holiday left when he entered the 2018 NBA Draft.

Nwuba stands 6 feet 10 inches and is a true center who does his damage when his back is to the basket. He doesn’t need to touch the ball all that much, as he can set solid screens and is a high-level rebounder. He loves to fight for inside position; this is one of his best attributes for getting second-chance opportunities. Playing for Huntington Prep in West Virginia, Nwuba averaged 6.3 points on 57.6 field going percentage, 5.2 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game.

Brown is the UCLA Bruins top-ranked freshman for the 2018 incoming class, and is arguably the best player to come out of New York. The 7-foot center is the No. 27 ranked player in this year’s class and brings incredible athleticism and agility for a man of his size. He is a nightmare for defenders as he can utilize the pick-and-rolls with ease and can snatch almost every rebound that comes his way. During his senior season at Archbishop Molloy High School, Brown averaged 26 points, 17 rebounds and six blocks per game.

With the amount of talent that the UCLA men’s basketball program brings with the incoming 2018 freshman class, along with the return of Riley and Hill, the possibilities are endless for the Bruins and their capabilities.

Editorial Cartoons

| Opinion | August 9, 2018

13-Year-Old Escapes Death – To Meet Men Who Saved Her Life Nearly 36 Years Later

| News | August 9, 2018

On December 12, 1982 at approximately 1:30 p.m., tragedy struck. The day before her 13th birthday, a speeding car hit Christine Hermann as she and other neighborhood children were playing.

The fire department was called, and the crew on the A-shift that day responded to find her lying in the middle of the street, unresponsive due to a head injury. They were just doing their jobs, but Christine is here today because of them.

After nearly 36 years and hours of tireless searching, Christine located the heroes who answered that call and saved her life that day.

At 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 15, at Fire Station 107 at 18239 W. SoledadCanyon Road in Canyon Country, Christine will meet these five men for the first time. Because of the help and tireless dedication of Maria Grycan LACOFD Division III Community Services Liaison, Christine will be able to thank these men in person, something she has wanted to do since she began writing her memoir, “Because It Didn’t Kill Me,” in which she tells the story of this near-fatal accident that forever changed her life.

“As I went through the process of writing my story, I reflected on all the people who had anything to do with the events of that day, as well as with my recovery and realized that the only people who had not been acknowledged were the men who came to my rescue that day,” Hermann said. “Although the book has been published, the story was incomplete. Meeting these men and being able to thank them in person wraps up this story and allows me to finally turn the last page on that chapter of my life.”

For any further information, please contact Maria Grycan, Media Relations liaison with LACOFD at 661-250-2710, Maria.Grycan@lacounty.gov

Wine of the week – Verasion

| Entertainment | August 9, 2018

by Beth Heiserman

It is the fourth stage, then comes harvest!

Currently, we are in the veraison stage. This is the stage before harvest. After “fruit set,” the red grapes varietals are green and still hard, sugar is still very low and the acidity is high. Veraison is the ripening stage of the grapes. I was thrilled to see recently our award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon start to turn to a ruby red. The change of color is due to the chlorophyll in the skin of the red grapes being replaced by anthocyanins. (Anthocyanin is a water-soluble pigment that gives flowers or fruit their colors, ranging from red to blue.) The grapes start to ripen, sugar levels increase and acidity decreases. Within a week of the start of this stage, you can see tremendous change in this interesting transition of colors from green to red. Even the green grapes turn an amber color. This process can sometimes take up to 45 days. Because of the heat wave we have had for the last month, we are seeing that they have been maturing slightly faster.

A small berry has a better skin to juice ratio and ensures a better concentration of flavor and structure, something that’s very important in quality winemaking. Every grape varietal goes through a different time span from veraison to harvest, just like any other fruit or vegetable. Grapes are no different. For instance, we harvest our Chardonnay usually the second or third week of August. This year, we are still at least two weeks from starting. This should be followed by Muscat, Merlot, Syrah, and then finally, Cabernet Sauvignon.

Every day this week, when I arrived at the vineyard, I stopped to walk through the Cabernet Sauvignon before I started to work. This year, the Cabernet berries are a little smaller than the Merlot or Syrah, but the vines are definitely full of beautiful grapes. This month, on August 25 for #CabernetDay, I will be previewing our 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon. Our estate Cabernet Sauvignon is robust, aromatic and complex. It exhibits black cherry and blackcurrant fruit with a touch of black pepper on the palate. It is a full-bodied wine with distinctive ripe black cherry and blackcurrant taste to your palate. We aged this vintage for 23 months in French oak barrels. Only 48 cases were produced. Enjoy this delicious wine with prime rib topped with horseradish or a chocolate soufflé for dessert. Come enjoy this very limited wine with us.

Trump, Lincoln, and the Second Civil War

| Opinion | August 9, 2018

by Richard Hood

The War Between the States, the War of Secession, the War of Rebellion, the Civil War – all names for America’s bloodiest conflict. The South’s slavery, was an issue of compromise for political unity during our founding. The Republican Party, founded to fight the Democratic Party’s support of slavery, today allow themselves to be lobbied into exploiting illegal and cheap labor for greater profits, while the Democrats exploit their own plantation mentality in order to exist.

Our Founders said our Constitution is suitable only for a moral and religious people. It was a religious minority that kept abolition’s fires burning, while Southern states worked to expand slavery and its power. Their economics contaminated their religious beliefs, with ministers justifying the evil of slavery by equating it with indentured servanthood found in their Bible, illustrating human propensity to do anything in an attempt to protect what it really trusts in, including replacing a relational God with a non-relational (and unaccountable) religious system. Anything can become an idol.

Then, it was North vs. South. Today, Middle America is mocked by those representing urban enclaves on both coasts, while rural Americans considered as deplorables by the left, ironically live closer to the nature idolized by the left. The Missouri Compromise, which was designed to keep a balance of political power between the regions, didn’t work, as political bandages won’t cleanse infectious wounds, and policies will not contain rebellious attitudes.

For the South, Lincoln’s election was the last straw. Contemplate Trump’s election. Lincoln too was despised and the entire South were “never Lincolners.” He was labeled a tyrant, an ignoramus, an embarrassment and baboon who must be stopped. Voter fraud? Lincoln’s name wasn’t even listed on some ballots in the South. If Republican Trump is no Republican Lincoln, neither is he the Democrat Jefferson Davis, President of the slavery-promoting Confederacy.

Secession! Resistance! Marches! All because Lincoln’s Democratic opponent lost. So did Trump’s, so now there’s more marches, resistance and calls for secession. The South didn’t accept, and the left doesn’t either, our American system when it can’t have its way.

Perhaps the North should have kicked the South out, tough love style, ending household discord caused by rebelliousness. We could welcome our own ungrateful (therefore unhappy) prodigals back into the family if they desired, even killing the fatted calf. We could call it the Second Reconstruction, but they’d need deconstruction of faulty belief systems and rebuilding on a true foundation. In the meantime, the left threatens to run away from a home it despises to some socialist paradise but then chickens out. Compare that with the conviction of the Pilgrims, who exchanged everything and everyone they had known for a howling wilderness because of their faithfulness.

Both sides were wrong, and neither side has ever confessed and asked forgiveness – the South for building their culture around the evil of enslaving God’s children made in His image, and the North for forcing the South to be part of a Union it never would have joined had it the least suspicion it couldn’t leave, and which is still waiting to be shown where in the contract it says they couldn’t.

Jane Austen wrote “convention is not morality,” and neither is legality. Slavery was once legal. “God won’t be mocked” about His own children. Abortion, now legal, was considered both immoral and illegal for most of our history. Yes times change, but no, morality doesn’t. Rather, acceptance or rejection of eternal morality changes as it is a choice – individual and societal, like individual bricks in a protective wall. Ethic’s yardstick, if not immovably embedded, removes any objective scale by which to measure right and wrong whether by Lincoln haters and supporters, or Trump haters and supporters. Even slavery wouldn’t be judgeable.

As rebellion increases, so will more laws, and therefore resentments as in our first Civil War, also known as the “Brothers War.” Today, brothers on the left also reject and turn against family members, abandoning natural affections due to politics, with Trump instead of Lincoln serving as the linchpin.

Lincoln, called on the “better angels” of our nature. A third of heaven’s angels fell by choosing to rebel. Moses preached the inescapable choice of blessings or curses, based on whom we serve. George Washington called religion and morality indispensable supports of political prosperity, claiming it unpatriotic to subvert those great pillars. Lincoln called America the “last best hope of earth,” but also warned “A house divided cannot stand.” Lincoln was quoting the Jewish rabbi Jesus, who preached the true patriarchy of his Father.

Hegel said what we learn from history is that we don’t. There are always consequences for denying reality. Nature’s laws don’t change for our convenience, as neither does He whom the Founders called nature’s God. “Human nature” hasn’t changed either, yet we know individuals whose hearts have been miraculously transformed. Reconciliation awaits our own prodigals, who’ve no idea how good we’ve got it, or what it cost in lost limbs, sorrow and death to protect. Both side’s real enemy is the father of lies who comes to rob, kill and destroy. Yet there remains faith, hope and love. The first Brothers War was our country’s biggest disaster because we chose “my will” rather than “thy will” be done. If this second heats up, it will be for the same reason.

Education Expert Mark Perna to Speak at Performing Arts Center on August 10

| Community | August 9, 2018

Local educators, employers and parents are invited to attend a special presentation from author, education expert and motivational speaker Mark Perna during one of two sessions designed to inspire individuals currently working with Generation Y and Z students.

Considered a national expert in education enrollment, retention and performance, Perna’s presentation will seek to unleash passion, purpose and performance in students by helping attendees understand how to best give those same students a competitive advantage by expanding the educational options and opportunities available to them.

Through his ongoing work with educational and business organizations, Perna has recognized the distinct issues that younger generations are continually faced with, and in response, has developed several best practices for addressing them.

“These proven strategies, pioneered through years of experience with educational organizations of all sizes, will change the game for educators and the students they seek to serve,” said Perna.

Perna’s speaking points will reflect those expressed in his upcoming book “Answering Why: Unleashing Passion, Purpose, and Performance in Younger Generation.”

“I have attended several of Mark’s presentations over the years,” said Harriet Happel, Director of Career and Technical Education at COC. “I guarantee that attendees will leave this event feeling encouraged and empowered to take the journey with our Generations Y and Z students to inspire them to greater performance in all areas of life.”

Perna’s presentation will take place Friday, Aug. 10 at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) at College of the Canyons. A morning session will run from 9 to 11 a.m. followed by an afternoon presentation from 1 to 3 p.m.

A book signing will be held immediately following both sessions. This event is free and open to the public, with parking available in college lots 2, 4, 5, 13, 14 and 15. This event is being hosted through a partnership with College of the Canyons and the William S. Hart Union High School District, with funding provided by a California Career Pathways Trust Grant.
For more information, call (661) 362-3653 or email Nancy.Sandoval@canyons.edu.

More About the Speaker

Mark C. Perna is the founder of TFS in Cleveland, Ohio, a full-service strategic consulting firm whose mission is to share and support every client’s desire to make a difference. Perna, a graduate of John Carroll University, has many years of experience addressing industry leaders on the topic of expanding their reach in an increasingly global marketplace. A dynamic public speaker, he frequently delivers keynote speeches across the country and recently spoke at Harvard University by special invitation. At TFS, Perna’s team shares his vision of helping organizations experience significant gains in recruitment, engagement, retention, and performance. His first book, “Answering Why: Unleashing Passion, Purpose, and Performance in Younger Generations” was written to help educators, employers, and parents understand Generations Y and Z and inspire them to greater performance in all areas of life. Perna is the father of two successful millennials. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio.

Live Music

| Entertainment | August 9, 2018

Live Music this week in SCV!
Aug 10, Fri

6–8pm Val. Marketplace The Hodads Beach classics
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Traxx Classic rock
6–10p The Oaks akaTPC Magnolia Drawl aka Mary White band
7–10p Route 66 Classic Grill Double Play Acoustic duo
8–10:30p Double Trouble Wines Snareheads Rock covers
8–11p Wine 661 Miles 2 Go Classic covers
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Wildside on patio Cover rock
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Shadow Wheel Live music
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Galo Pacheco Classic rock
9–1:30a Doc’s Inn Frankly Speaking Rock covers
Aug 11, Sat

6–10p Vincent Hill Station Miles 2 Go Classic covers
7–10p Central Park SCV Fooz Fighters FooFighters trib
7:30-10:30 Vincenzo’s Newhall Dark Desert Highway Eagles tribute
8–11pm Sweetwater Café Debbi Lee band Blues mix
8–12m VFW 6885 Pam & Chad Watson Country
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Jay Bolan Classic rock
9–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Natalie Wattre Folk rock
Aug 12, Sun

10a–2p Saugus Swap meet Midnight Crisis Live music
1–5pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Roby Duron & Walker Gibson Covers
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s open mic Various
5–8pm Salt Creek Grille G–3 band Classic rock
5–9pm VFW 6885 Nomad Classic rock
5–9pm Amer.Legion Newhall Stunt Rd – SCV monthly Blues jam
5:30–9p Vincenzo’s Newhall Island Passion Reggae
Aug 14, Tues

6–8:30p Wolf Creek Brewery Community Pints night Live music
7–10p Bergie’s steakhouse Randy Volin guest artist Blues

Aug 15, Wed

6–10pm Route 66 Classic Grill Bike Night & Live Music various
7–9pm Alchemy in Valencia Dole-Humphries duo Folk rk & orig
7–9pm Wine 661 David Blasucci Soft rock

Aug 16, Thur

7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse Big Coyote Country
7–10pm Old Town Newhall Senses! – Old Hollywood theme
Aug 17, Fri

6–8pm Val. Marketplace Sgt Pepper band Beatles trib
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live music every Friday Various
7–10p Route 66 Classic Grill Double Play Acoustic duo
7–10pm Amer.Legion Newhall Heavy Metal night 5 bands
8–11p Wine 661 Ron Suffredini solo Classic covers
8–12m Vincent Hill Station The Fulcos on patio Cover rock
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) RicJames duo Live music
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Lance Allyn Classic covers

Country Singer Cam to Open 2018-19 Santa Clarita PAC Season

| Canyon Country Magazine, Entertainment | August 8, 2018

Cam, Christopher Titus and Veronica Swift to Perform at the PAC

The Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) will kick off its 2018-19 season with the headlining performances of Cam, Christopher Titus, and Veronica Swift.

Hailed as the next big female powerhouse in country music, Cam, who is currently on tour with Sam Smith as his opening act, is bringing her impressive vocals and heartfelt lyrics to the Santa Clarita Valley.

The Grammy Award-nominated country music singer will take the PAC stage on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018.

Cam’s music is reputed to strike a balance between whimsy and wise, which has garnered the San Francisco native a growing fan base and the attention of the music industry.

The 33-year-old’s song “Burning House” was nominated for a Grammy Award for “Best Country Solo Performance” in 2016.

On Saturday, Sept. 8, Christopher Titus will perform “Amerigeddon,” a stand-up comedy show that tackles politics with across-the-aisle humor. With the goal of uniting the country one audience at a time, Titus is brutally honest and hilarious. This show is intended for mature audiences only.

A 23-year-old jazz superstar in the making, Veronica Swift will take the stage on Saturday, Sept. 22. Swift’s superb technical skill and depth of feeling wowed judges Dee Dee Bridgewater, Al Jarreau and Patti Austin at the 2015 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition where Swift won second place.

Other acts and artists visiting the PAC this season include: Chinese Warriors of Peking; Villalobos Brothers & Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles; Peter Gros, wildlife expert from the original Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom; Catapult; and Ann Hampton Callaway & Liz Callaway in “Sibling Revelry.”

As in years past, the PAC will also host a number of College of the Canyons theatre, music and dance department productions, as well as other community group performances.

For more information about the PAC 2018-19 season or to purchase tickets, visit www.canyonspac.com or call the PAC box office at (661) 362-5304.

Hoefflin Foundation Celebrates 25 Years of ‘An Evening Under the Stars’

| Canyon Country Magazine, Community | August 7, 2018

A non-profit that was founded in Canyon Country and for many years held its annual fundraiser in Sand Canyon has a long, successful history of improving the lives of families fighting pediatric cancer.

The Michael Hoefflin Foundation will hold its 25th “An Evening Under the Stars Benefitting Kids with Cancer” next month, an event that brings together hundreds of Santa Clarita supporters and raises thousands of dollars for the non-profit organization. Many of the community members from the first event and early days of the Foundation are, once again, volunteering for the event as it marks a significant anniversary.

The charity’s roots are in Canyon Country. The event was held in the backyards of Sand Canyon residents in its early years, including the inaugural An Evening Under the Stars in 1993 at the home of Carl and Jeri Goldman. The fundraiser has brought numerous musicians to Santa Clarita as feature entertainment, from Christopher Cross to Eddie Money.

This year’s entertainment will be Kenny Cetera’s Chicago Experience, featuring Kenny Cetera, a former touring member of the original band, Chicago. It will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 6 p.m. at Valencia Country Club.

The Valencia Country Club is a new location for An Evening Under the Stars. Attendees will enjoy a dinner catered by the golf club and the opportunity to bid on many unique auction items.

The chairman of this year’s event is Scott Schauer, owner of the Santa Clarita Soccer Center, who has been involved with the Foundation for more than 20 years. Visit www.mhf.org for ticket information and to discover what the Michael Hoefflin Foundation is doing in our community.
The Michael Hoefflin Foundation for children’s cancer is a public non-profit that provides financial and emotional support to children and their families in Santa Clarita and surrounding valleys. They strive to educate the public and provide grant funding for innovative research to accelerate progress in the fight against pediatric cancer.

Free Fair Fun at 80th Annual Antelope Valley Fair and Alfalfa Festival

| Canyon Country Magazine, Entertainment | August 5, 2018

“Holy Cow We’re 80 Now!” is this year’s tagline for the Antelope Valley Fair, held August 17-August 26, 2018.

On top of the usual AV Fair/Palmdale Auto Mall Concert Series, which is featuring Chaka Khan & Sheila E. on opening night, there are some important things you should know…

New This Year

Antelope Valley Fair App – Download tickets, view a map, find food, rides, etc.

The Backyard – Hang out for beer and wine, a little corn hole, bocce ball and more.

Youth Film Festival – Watch short films that are written, directed, shot and edited by local youth.

‘80s Flashback Party – On Saturday, Aug. 26 from 7-11 p.m. Dress, dance and act like you did in the ‘80s at the Corona Cantina Stage

Free Fair Fun


  1. Free Grandstands to all the Palmdale Auto Mall Concerts
  2. Picture with Alfie
  3. Jr. Livestock Auction
  4. Download the Fair App
  5. Home Arts Entries in the Van Dam Pavilion
  6. Fair pins at the inFAIRmation Booth
  7. Rally Kia Arena Event: Figure 8 Race and Rural Olympics
  8. Fireworks Show after the Rural Olympics
  9. Rural Museum
  10. Pig Races
  11. Wild Animals
  12. Science Exhibits
  13. Ag Mechanics
  14. Shopping in the H.W. Hunter Pavilion
  15. 4-H Projects
  16. Petting Zoo
  17. Goat Mountain
  18. Dancing at Various Stages
  19. Big Wheel Ride with Concert Ticket
  20. Line Dancing
  21. Special Baking Contests every day
  22. Photo Opportunities
  23. Clowns
  24. Get hypnotized
  25. Balloon Animals
  26. Rotary Club of Lancaster Book Drive
  27. Grace Resources Canned Food Drive
  28. Vote in the People’s Choice Food Competition
  29. Read a Book with a Queen
  30. Wine Tasting at The Backyard on Tues. 8/21

For all the regular AV Fair details, such as dates/hours/prices/entertainment, visit AVFair.org.

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