Tips for Keeping Your Home Safer This Summer

| Canyon Country Magazine | May 17, 2017

Summer is fast approaching, and the weather’s heating up just as quickly. As a matter of fact, a lot of people out there like to open their doors and windows during the summer, and would-be burglars are well-aware of this. During the summer, residential burglaries tend to increase because people are prone to leaving their windows, garages, and doors open and forget to close them.

Below are a few tips to help reduce the likelihood that your home will become a target:
Don’t leave your garage door open if you aren’t in it to keep an eye on things. It’s very easy for someone to walk up and take expensive power tools, bicycles or other pricey items from your garage. If you don’t have a clear view, keep the garage door closed.
If you have gates on either side of your home, keep them locked.
Use motion lighting to brighten up the dark areas around the outside of your home. If there’s a window or side of your home that’s shrouded in darkness at night, install a light that covers it. Thieves are far less likely to try to break in if their handiwork will be in plain view.
Get to know your neighbors. When you’re familiar with your neighbors, you can watch each other’s homes when you’re away and pick up any mail or newspapers that show up.
There are many new security tech items on the market, such as camera doorbells. These allow you to see who’s at the door from anywhere you are (not just from home). By using an app on your phone, you have the ability to see who is there, while allowing you to talk to them in real time and record them on video.
You can also get involved with the neighborhood watch programs in your community. Sometimes it just takes a few people coming together to keep crime away from their immediate area.

Unfortunately, there’s really no way to remain 100 percent safe, but following these few simple steps can significantly reduce your chances of having your home broken into, whether this summer or any time of the year.

If you have questions about any Canyon Country bail related subjects, or want to suggest a topic, visit us at www.santaclaritabond.com or call 661-299-(BOND)2663.

Ask the Experts

| Canyon Country Magazine | May 16, 2017


If a sink is clogged, are there any home remedies you suggest, such as Drano?

We’ve found a few easy steps to keep those drain lines flowing free. Read the following suggestions.

Install a disposal that suits your family’s needs. The smallest one is probably not the best fit for a multiple member family.
Turn on the water and put just a handful of food in at a time. Listen for the disposal to change its sound as food is broken up before adding more. Do not pack food in your disposal.
On a monthly basis, put a tray of ice and a small amount of lemon juice into the disposal and run it to keep blades sharp and disposal clean and smelling fresh.
Never dispose of stringy vegetables or pack pasta in the disposal.

Never use drain cleaners for stoppage in the line. It will only waste your money and can be dangerous to your plumbing system and the plumber repairing it.

What is the most common plumbing problem, and how can a homeowner minimize the chance of it occurring?

The most common problem we see is kitchen drain stoppage, which is mostly caused by the garbage disposal being used improperly or the homeowner having the wrong size of unit.

The key to using a disposal is water. We find most people don’t use enough water with the disposal and let it run long enough to completely break up the food. Plumbing systems were designed to carry waste that has already been digested or degraded, and although a disposal is a useful tool, much care should be taken in breaking down the food completely so it washes away with water.

Hallway Plumbing
26352 Ruether Ave., Santa Clarita        CSL#962937


What is the best way to store an antique/heirloom watch?

Try a standard watch box. Watches should be stored separately from one another to avoid wear caused by friction. Keep automatic watches on winders. Or consider repurposing a cigar case. And put extra valuable watches in a safe.
Does the presence of gems on your watch or watchband affect the value?

If a collectible watch is set with “after market” gems, then yes, it does affect the value. If the gems are set by the factory, then a watch is worth more than those added after the fact.
Vintage Watch Shop & Service Repair Center
18364 1/2 Soledad Canyon Rd.
Canyon Country, CA 91387

Real Estate

What is curb appeal?

It’s that first impression you get when you drive up to a home that makes it stand out. Curb appeal is critical when selling. I have had buyers decide not to even go in to see a home because of the lack of curb appeal. Paint the exterior, upgrade the front door, put in a fence, manicure the lawn, trees and add plants and flowers. Make the home feel alive and inviting. Every time I sell a home for a client I bring in my gardener and pay to have them clean up the front of the home by trimming bushes and adding plants, flowers and mulch before I have my photographer take high resolution pictures for my virtual tour. Most buyers want the same impression they get when their friends and family first see their new home. It gives them a sense of pride and accomplishment and helps validate their home choice.

Which areas of Canyon Country are the hottest right now?

Right now Canyon Country 1 and 2 are selling fast. Mainly because these are areas with prices for first-time buyers that generally have no Mello Roos and no HOA. These homes are selling between $400- $500K and you get a community with great schools, parks and dining. Last week I put over seven offers on homes in this area alone. Right now I have too many buyers and there are not enough homes on the market for the demand. The last two homes I sold in the area had offers the first day for over the asking price. If someone wants to sell at this time, I can have their home sold before they even start packing.

Craig Martin
Realty One Group

Pest Control

What can homeowners do to minimize the chance of getting a rat infestation on their properties?

Here in the SCV we have a very healthy Roof Rat population. They are always a threat, and at all times of the year. Homeowners can do a lot to prevent rats from entering the house, including:
Take a flashlight and a ladder and walk around the exterior of the home to look for any open areas.
Look especially at all the vents, and most importantly, the AC line! We find this is almost always the main access point for rats in the attic.
Carefully use a ladder to access the roofline, using a flashlight to see up and under any roof returns or dark corners for signs of rodents (e.g., droppings or black rub marks).
Identify any overhanging trees and other bushes and shrubs that touch the roof or obscure any vents. Rats love to climb the trees, jump on the roof and, once there, they can chew through wood and stucco to get inside.
It is best to not leave dog food out overnight. Also pick up the dog poo with increased frequency, and try to maintain the dog area better.
If the attic is overwhelmed with rat droppings and other debris, consider having the insulation replaced, or at least cleaned up and sanitized.
Consult a professional for any assistance in this endeavor.

Is there a “season” for bugs, such as ants?

The summer months are prime time for ants, especially July and August. Argentine Ant colonies are very large — up to a million ants, at their peak. In the winter months the colonies are smaller so they do not need as many resources, such as water, but in the summer they need a lot of water in order to survive. They have a hard time finding enough outside, so that is why you find them entering the house, mostly looking for water. The fix is simple for a professional. It can be done with a non-invasive ant bait inside and a perimeter treatment that establishes a barrier.

Joseph Wilson
All Pro Pest Control, Inc.

Santa Clarita Canyon Cowboys Youth Football

| Canyon Country Magazine | May 13, 2017

A local team of parents, football alumni and community leaders pulled together to create a youth tackle football organization that is “all inclusive.” According to Michael Haiby, the president of the new Santa Clarita Cowboys Youth Tackle Football organization, kids and youth ages 6-14 can get on a team regardless of experience and at a nominal cost.

“By keeping our overhead down and with community support and corporate sponsorship we are able to offer the, by far, lowest registration fee (at $300) in Santa Clarita,” Haiby said. “The immediate goal of the organization is to fill strong teams by facilitating a robust recruitment program where athletes can play for as little as  $20 out of pocket.”

A Disneyland raffle fundraiser enables families to raise the remainder of the $300 total registration fees, Haiby said, adding that most youth football programs in the area cost close to $450.

Registration is open now and available to all youth football players in the entire Santa Clarita Valley plus residents of outlying areas without restriction due to geographic boundaries.

“Santa Clarita Cowboys is a nonprofit organization which fosters the development of community youth by providing education for the advancement of athletic skills and sportsmanship,” Haiby said.
A part of the Valley Youth Conference, goals of the Santa Clarita Cowboys also include a commitment to schoolwork.

“We truly believe that academics and athletics go hand in hand with our student athletes,” Haiby said. “We want to develop student athletes who can look forward to continuing their endeavors in high school and go on to college.”

The leaders of the new organization include former football parents whose kids are grown and they want to coach youth football as a way to give back to the community.

“We have coaches who are currently coaching in our high school district and able to make some time as well to coach for Santa Clarita Cowboys,” Haiby said. “We have coaches (who) have experience playing D1 college football, such as Cade Apsay (University of Colorado quarterback) and … we’ve got San Diego State University and the Oregon Ducks represented. Then we’ve got some coaches who are parents of current Santa Clarita Cowboys players who bring to our program their years of football experience. We are also fortunate enough to have student leaders involved in our football program, such as the varsity high school football players who put on a demonstration for the entire Santa Clarita Cowboys organization in the weight room last month.”

Practice has begun already and will run through the summer months. The youth football game season is close to the same as the NFL season.

In an effort to make registration easy for aspiring players, there is weekly registration available — every Saturday in 2017 from 2:30-3 p.m. at Toppers Pizza, located at 18417 Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country. Families can also register with any team manager at practice.

For more information about the Disneyland fundraiser, go to SantaClaritaCowboys.org and click on the “Documents” button. For more information about the program, visit www.SantaClaritaCowboys.org.

Cowboy Football Camp
Players are all invited to attend summer football camp through the program from June 12-14, 2017. The non-contact football fundamentals skills camp welcomes beginners through proficient players of all ages. The fee is $55 and the camp runs from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

The camp is conducted by Canyon High School Football Coach Rich Gutierrez and his staff. It will be held at the CHS football stadium.

Kids age 6-7 only register at the camp at 8:45 a.m. on the first day of the camp — not online. All older players can register through the Santa Clarita Summer Seasons Brochure, also available online at Santa-Clarita.com/seasons.

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

| Canyon Country Magazine | May 10, 2017

Whether you drive a car, truck, SUV, RV or something else, we all need to be mindful that we are sharing the road with motorcyclists. Two-wheel drivers are 27 times more likely to die in traffic fatalities than in other vehicles, says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Motorcycles aren’t as visible as large cars and trucks, so drawing attention to the issue is a step in reducing the risks by reminding individuals on the road to be more aware of the presence of motorcyclists.

Canyon Country resident Alan Ferdman took his Harley to Arizona Bike Week and shares his journey with us this month. Read on:

April was vacation time, and I decided to pursue one of my favorite activities — a motorcycle road trip. Together with a couple of friends, we were ready to get started at 6 a.m. on a Wednesday morning. In the spirit of diversity, we thought about how to symbolically “smoke-‘em peace pipe” so that one Indian plus two Harleys could leave Santa Clarita in harmony for a ride to Arizona Bike Week in Scottsdale.

We had decided to take the shorter, 420-mile route and ride straight through. Leaving early put us through Los Angeles before traffic hit a rush hour peak and by the time we passed Palm Springs it was clear sailing, er … uh … riding. We stopped about 150 miles into our journey for gas and breakfast. Then we continued on the I-10 to Chiriaco Summit. We had been on this route several times before, and normally it would have been getting pretty hot by now. But we were in luck and even though the weather was mild and perfect for riding, we stopped anyway for a leg stretch and an ice cream.

If you have never visited Chiriaco Summit, I recommend you take the time to stop off and visit the General Patton Memorial Museum. There are a lot of heavy metal military vehicles outside and an impressive amount of memorabilia inside the building. Oddly, it’s free to go into the museum building, but you need to pay to go into the Tank Yard.

Then, it was on to Scottsdale. We checked into the hotel and decided to go to Gilligan’s for wings and a margarita. I have to admit, when we got back to the hotel after eight hours on the road plus dinner, we were pretty whipped and crashed early that evening.

Thursday we were up early for breakfast and a charity ride. Then it was off to Westworld of Scottsdale for the main Bike Week event. As you might expect, there were the normal vendors, bands and beer. But then, an amazing aspect was revealed. I entered a large, almost empty building, with what seemed like a 40-foot ceiling, and in the middle of the building a motorcycle launch ramp and landing ramp were set up. Four daredevils on dirt bikes rode up the launch ramp and were catapulted high enough to touch the ceiling before landing on the second ramp. One of them went so far as to do back flips on his bike while in the air. It was all good, but I still chose to keep my Harley’s wheels on the ground for the rest of the trip.

Friday we took a ride to Cave Creek, where four blocks on the outskirts of the town had been reduced to one lane in each direction, allowing motorcycle parking on both sides of the street. There were vendors, music, saloons and friendly riders everywhere. We met some locals, ran into some friends from Agoura Hills and spent the day. Do you think in the future we could do something like this in Santa Clarita? I sure hope so.

Saturday it was off to the Phoenix Bikefest, sponsored by the Law Tigers. We heard they had a drive-through bar and didn’t think that was legal in Arizona. As it turned out, they didn’t have a “drive-through bar,” but did have “a bar you could drive through.” Believe it or not, the bar was set up with a motorcycle lane right through the middle of the bar, with bikes continually riding through. There were vendors, bands, friendly people and no admission fee. As you might also expect, the event was packed.

Next, we decided to do a little exploring. Using our smart phones, we tried to find the nearest Moose or Elks Lodge. In this case, there turned out to be a Lodge in Wickenburg. It is a great place, with a really cool, old, dark wood western bar. But, something across the street was what got me thinking about Santa Clarita. There on display was a restored, and well cared for steam locomotive, kind of like the one we have at Heritage Junction in Newhall.

Other aspects of the trip made me think of home as well. Scottsdale and the surrounding areas have been growing by leaps and bounds for several years. Traffic has grown to a point where the streets are full of cars all times of the day, on both weekdays and weekends. It seemed like everywhere we went we were running into traffic circles, seemingly placed just to make life more difficult. Traffic lights were synchronized, so every time you got a green light, you could watch the next light turn red. Travel at the speed limit and you could be sure to stop at every light. To keep the lights in front of you green, you would have to drive 10 to 15 MPH below the speed limit, and nobody did that. Next, going through residential areas I observed house after house with a rock front yard. I began to wonder if this would be the future for us in Santa Clarita. Something to think about.

Anyway, all good things must come to an end, and on Sunday we decided to take the desert route home in two stages. First, it was Scottsdale to Laughlin. Going up the state on Highway 60 is a beautiful ride. Mostly one lane in each direction after you leave Surprise, Arizona provides you a good view of the area. The desert was in full bloom with wildflowers everywhere. I am not going to mention how we were greeted by the yellow butterflies, but we did bring many home with us.

We headed for the Pioneer Hotel in Laughlin, where I was introduced to the Prime Rib Room at the Riverside Hotel. If you like prime rib and pass through the area, I recommend you try it. After that, it was off to the bar at the Colorado Bell, where a really great Motown band named “Touch of Silk” was playing.

Monday morning we started the ride home, and by early afternoon I was back in Santa Clarita. We had traveled about 1,400 miles, kept the painted side up and had a great time. Like I said, motorcycle road trips are one of my favorite ways to travel. I am looking forward to climbing on my Harley again soon and starting off on my next two-wheel adventure.

Sand Canyon Country Club

| Canyon Country Magazine, Sand Canyon Journal | May 10, 2017

Sand Canyon residents have watched the changes at Robinson Ranch unfold over the last couple of years, anxiously awaiting its final transformation. It began with closure of the Mountain Course due to drought conditions. Then there were the fires, followed by floods.

Owner Steve Kim had the weighty decision to create a direction for the necessary redesign after half the holes on the Valley Course were burned in the Sand Fire. He and his team took a drought-friendly approach, choosing to build a “desert concept” style for the golf course. While designing the outdoors, the owner also redecorated the clubhouse, which now has crystal chandeliers and new furnishings in the Sycamore Bar & Grill.

And last month he changed the name. Robinson Ranch is now Sand Canyon Country Club.

“Everything is kind of changing after the fire and so much rain,” Kim said. “The fire caused us to close down. Now we are making it a 27-hole course.”

Sand Canyon Country Club will have three nine-hole courses—Mountain, Valley and Desert. Valley and Desert are open and the Mountain Course is still being constructed.

“To conserve water we’re doing a lot of things,” Kim said. “Like synthetic turf. And we’re making it a desert course.”

There are 30 spots on the driving range, which has synthetic turf, and will soon be covered by solar panels for additional shade.

“We got (the) permit and it’s being fabricated,” Kim said.

There are special promotions with various tee times, some as low as $35 per player, which are spelled out on the Sand Canyon Country Club website. Lessons and membership are offered also, and there are tournament packages available.

Indoors there were both physical changes and an effort to make the facility more community friendly, head golf pro Mark Kagaoan told Canyon Country Magazine in March. “We have the most beautiful clubhouse,” he said. “Some of the concerns were we were always closed because we were such a busy wedding and event venue.”

Steve Kim said that changes to the patio, including Plexiglas, mean the Sycamore Bar & Grill can remain open during most of the events held at the venue.

“Now we have a fireside patio, so it’s a separate room covered with glass,” Kim said. “Occasionally, unless it’s a big wedding, the restaurant will be open.”

Sand Canyon Country Club can hold functions with as many as 300 guests. There is live music on weekends and the Sycamore Bar & Grill holds events such as taco night and wine tasting.

What began as a course designed by Ted Robinson, Jr. was eventually owned by Kim and a group of investors — until last month. Now Kim owns the 400-acre property completely.

Its final phase should take about two years. Kim is planning to expand the club to become a resort, complete with a 100-room hotel, a spa and tennis courts. The plans will be submitted soon for the project, he said, a vision he compares to the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa.

But in the meantime, Kim’s message to locals is: “Just come in.” Even the name change is his way of communicating his desire to build a sense of community.

“He is a golfer, he loves golf. He wants this place to succeed,” Kagaoan said.

From Kim’s perspective, Canyon Country residents are invited to step up to the tee and become a part of the changing landscape at Sand Canyon Country Club — both inside and out.

The 29th Annual Memorial Day Event – Eternal Valley Memorial Park

| Canyon Country Magazine, Community | May 9, 2017

Rosie the Riveter and other heroes from World War II will be remembered on Monday, May 29, 2017 at Eternal Valley’s 29th annual program. The community will gather for the tribute to veterans at 10 a.m. at Eternal Valley Memorial Park & Mortuary, 23287 N. Sierra Hwy in Newhall.

The celebration begins with a fly-over by vintage planes from the Condor Squadron completing the Missing Man Formation, which symbolizes veterans who lost their lives. The Marine Corps League of Simi Valley and the Vietnam Veterans of America will present a flag ceremony this year.

Guests will hear music from the 1940s and World War II memorabilia will be on display, including uniforms from members of the WAVEs. They will also honor the lost by reading the names on the Veterans Memorial Wall at the conclusion of the Tribute to Veterans.

A light lunch will be served, hosted by Eternal Valley Memorial Park. Golf carts will carry visitors to and from the ceremony site and the parking areas.

For more information, contact Sharon Ventrice at ten.labolgcbs@ecirtnevs or call at 661-755-8629.

Canyon Country Business Briefs

| Canyon Country Magazine | May 8, 2017

New Business:
Backyard Grub N’ Brews
The Backyard Grub N’ Brews at 26509 Golden Valley Road, is now open, offering a diverse menu and dozens of brews on tap. The whole family will find something to enjoy.

Citywide Film Statistics
In March, the City issued 55 film permits which contributed to 105 film days, generating an estimated economic impact of $2,356,000.

The following productions were filming in Canyon Country in March 2017.

Feature Films:
DOE – at Bergie’s Bar and Grill and a Sand Canyon area home
Untitled Nash Edgerton Project – at an area home and on Sierra Highway

Television Shows:
Betrayed – at a Sand Canyon area home
Guilty Rich – at a Sand Canyon area home
Transparent – at Sable Ranch
Unusual Suspects – at Dario’s Mexican Restaurant and Sand Canyon area homes

Target – at Santa Clarita Skatepark

The Commute – at Canyon Country Park, Oak Springs Canyon Road, and Soledad Canyon Road


Canyon Country Community Center

Family Challenge Night (All Ages)
Family Challenge Night is an event full of family-oriented activities that are designed to be fun and interactive for all ages.  This event is designed to bring together families to participate in a variety of high/low energy games for the entire family to enjoy! Please wear comfortable, closed toe shoes.

Friday, May 19
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Tiny Time Hour (1-5 years)
Get out and socialize at Tiny Time Hour! Join us for a morning of parent-led activities including art, toys, games and more.  This program is designed to give you and your child an opportunity to socialize and connect with people, new and old.  Whether you need a new play date spot or want to get out and make friends, at Tiny Time you will mingle, have fun and experience new things!

Mondays, May 1-22
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.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:
May Stay and Play
Come hear a story, sing, clap and play with Storytime friends.  This program is for the little ones, ages 6-36 months and their grown-ups.

Tuesdays and Thursdays
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library – Canyon Country Meeting Room

Resume and Job Search Help
Participants will learn how to find and apply for jobs on the internet.  They will also learn how to create and submit resumes for job postings.

Friday, May 26
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library – Canyon Country Meeting Room

Friends of the Library Bag Sale
For only $7.00 you can fill a book bag with any books in the bookstore and you get to keep the book bag!  All proceeds benefit YOUR library!  Save $1.00 by bringing in your old blue Friends of the Library book bag from a previous bag sale.

Saturday, May 6 – Friday, May 12
All Santa Clarita Public Library Locations

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

Mother’s Day

| Canyon Country Magazine | May 8, 2017

My husband says Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are made up holidays, invented by the card companies. While I can agree, it has been a nice thing over the years to have my children recognize my worth at least once a year. When they were younger I cherished the handmade cards, even the one that said, “I love you because you feed me, I don’t always like it but you feed me.” Then there are the ones from their friends — handwritten, thanking me for being their second mother.

Mother’s Day cards from my young children always made the carpool easier, the never-ending laundry a bit less challenging, and especially because I have all boys, the lack of general communication a bit easier. It was a reminder that they did appreciate my efforts when once a year they wrote something special, heartfelt, and personal to me. That means they had to stop and think about their mother and her worth. Even if it was only food they didn’t like.

For me, Mother’s Day notes, cards and words were much more meaningful than gifts. Perhaps that’s because there were very few gifts (did I mention the boys’ father doesn’t believe in the holiday?) but there were always cards, handwritten notes and genuine appreciation.

If nothing else, Mother’s Day is a time to reflect on your mother, your motherhood, and to be appreciative. If you are still blessed to have your mother, call her — or better yet, send her a note.

National Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month

| Canyon Country Magazine | April 18, 2017

As difficult as it is for an individual with Parkinson’s disease to move forward, the effort to raise money for research and treatment is also something that occurs one step at a time. One Canyon Country woman is making the process of raising funds and awareness look more like a trot than a walk as community development manager for the National Parkinson Foundation for the last two years.

“I came to the foundation because my younger brother has early-onset Parkinson’s disease (PD), diagnosed four years ago, when he was only 32,” explained Sarah Osborne. “It was a very confusing time for our whole family, with emotions ranging from denial and disbelief to fear and sadness. None of us knew what to expect or how to handle the inevitable changes we were about to face. The National Parkinson Foundation has been a valuable and trusted source of information for us and thousands of families.”

According to the NPF website, Parkinson’s disease affects an estimated one million Americans and four to six million worldwide. PD is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s and is the 14th leading cause of death in the United States. There is no cure for PD and 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the United States alone.

Actor Michael J. Fox has brought attention to the need for funding for the incurable disease, which causes symptoms such as tremors, stiffness and slow movement. The mission of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research is to “(accelerate) breakthroughs patients can feel in their everyday lives.”

“The best advice I can give someone is to stay away from searching the general internet and guard yourself from the avalanche of misinformation, speculation, and trends,” Osborne said. “Talk to and listen to your medical professionals, connect with reputable organizations, advocate for yourself or loved one, and STAY ACTIVE! These are key to fighting PD.”

Moving Day
The limited movement that victims of Parkinson’s disease experience is the point of the organization’s fundraiser, the “Moving Day” walk. Locally, Santa Clarita is host to Moving Day North LA County later this month, which is a celebration of movement, while raising funds and making victims of the disease aware of the benefits of exercise in managing Parkinson’s disease.

The National Parkinson Foundation Moving Day walk will be held at Valencia Heritage Park on April 29, 2017 from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Participants can choose the family-friendly walk course or enjoy the kids’ area, a “Caregivers Relaxation Tent” or visit the “Movement Pavilion,” a tent with activities such as yoga, Pilates, tai chi, dance and more.

Last year the local effort raised nearly $60,000, which is used to provide free patient and caregiver resources like life-saving “Aware in Care” hospital kits, the professionally-staffed NPF Helpline, education, and part of the funds stay local in the form of community grants.

“Moving Day is fun, it is great exercise and it’s educational,” Osborne said. “But mostly, the support of the community enables us to continue to make meaningful changes in the lives of those with Parkinson’s. We believe that ‘People who move change the world.’”

Last year’s top fundraising team came from Canyon Country: “Carolyn’s Cruisers.” It was Carolyn’s sister, Mary, who signed up their team of nine siblings, who then rallied their families around the cause. “I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease two years ago,” said Carolyn. “I had a hard time accepting this, because I had already been through so much. In 2004, I was diagnosed with mantel cell lymphoma. I fought back with a stem cell transplant, but the lymphoma returned. In 2007, I underwent a bone marrow transplant, and I recently celebrated 10 years of being cancer free!”

After Carolyn was diagnosed with PD she was still working as a full-time registered nurse, trying to persevere through the symptoms —difficulty walking, clumsiness, falling and tremors.

“Fast forward five months later when my family heard about Moving Day North Los Angeles,” Carolyn continued. “It was exactly what I needed. The Moving Day walk motivated me to turn something negative into a positive. When I began training in March, I was barely able to walk a quarter of a mile. But I did not give up and I continued to walk three days per week. My doctors helped me by adjusting my medication and providing me with ways to improve my stride. It was my dream to be able to accomplish this walk and not give up on the possibilities of what I can achieve. I realized that I couldn’t let this disease be the reason for not doing something. At Moving Day North LA I walked with my team and completed my first 5K! Goal accomplished!”

Nationwide, Moving Day has funded millions of dollars in mission services, focusing on addressing the unmet needs in the Parkinson’s community, expanding successful programs to new areas and developing new programs to make life better for those living with the disease.

“We have funded the largest clinical study of PD ever, called the Parkinson’s Outcomes Project (POP),” Osborne said. “Started in 2009, the POP involves nearly 10,000 participants in four countries, with the goal of improving patient care and outcomes.”

According to Osborne, key findings include the following:
Interventions that provide neuroprotective benefits, such as exercise, could change the course of the disease.
Increasing physical activity to at least 2.5 hours a week slows the decline in quality of life.
Regular neurologist care could save the lives of thousands of people each year.
Depression and anxiety are the number one factors impacting the overall health status of patients.

Osborne moved to Santa Clarita a decade ago and now lives in Canyon Country. “We like the family atmosphere of our neighborhood and being on the ‘quiet side of town,’” she said. “We have great access to the 14 and bought a home at a great value, comparing size, amenities, and price, so we’re very happy to call Canyon Country home.”

Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital and St. Jude Medical are sponsors of Moving Day North LA. To learn more about how you, your family and friends and/or your company can get involved, visit www.MovingDayNorthLA.org.

For more information about the disease, visit www.parkinson.org, or call the NPF Helpline at 1-800-4PD-INFO (473-4636).

Ask the Experts

| Canyon Country Magazine | April 17, 2017

Tip Top Arborists

Which types of trees need trimming most frequently?

Here is a list of some of the trees in Santa Clarita that require the most frequent trimming, from most to least often:

1. California Pepper
2. Weeping Willow
3. Eucalyptus
4. Sycamore
5. Chinese Pistache

Both the pepper and willows need trimming as frequently as every year due to their weak nature, while sycamore and pistache need attention every 3-5 years.

What is involved when a property owner hires a tree trimmer?

All contractors are licensed by the state, and all are REQUIRED to carry liability AND Workman’s Comp insurance. When we perform work for a client, a crew of four will arrive with a boom truck, a chip truck with chipper, and a crew truck. The sales team has already met with the client and determined what their needs are, and this work is conveyed to the crew. This is detailed information as to what form of work is to be performed on the tree(s), and in what fashion it will occur. All trimmed material is removed from the property, leaving it cleaner than when the trimmers arrived.

William Sher of
Vintage Watch Shop & Service Repair Center

What is the difference between a grandfather and a grandmother clock?

Many grandmother clocks were manufactured during the 1920s and 1930s. The most popular sizes were between 5 feet, 4 inches and 5 feet, 9 inches tall. Typically, if a long case clock is over 6 feet, 3 inches, it is categorized as a grandfather clock. Even smaller versions are known as granddaughter clocks.
How is it different to repair a wind-up watch vs. a battery-operated watch?

Fixing a watch is not a job for an amateur, especially if the watch is valuable or has sentimental value. Once you make the decision to fix a watch, take it to a professional watchmaker. Repairing a wind-up watch is more difficult than working on a battery-operated watch.

Vintage Watch Shop & Service Repair Center
18364 1/2 Soledad Canyon Rd
Canyon Country, CA 91387
(661) 388-5982

Craig Martin of Realty One Group

How do home values in different communities of Canyon Country compare for buyers?

The great thing about Canyon Country is that we have homes for every buyer. This is such a wonderful community that has great schools, parks, shopping, dining and is safe for families to enjoy, yet very affordable and close to work.

Canyon Country is made up of five areas: Canyon Country 1, 2, 3, Rainbow Glen and Sand Canyon.

In Canyon Country 1 & 2 many of the older homes are perfect for first-time buyers, as they are affordable and usually have no Mello Roos taxes and no Home Owners Association rules. They usually run between $400,000 – $450,000 for a three-bedroom, two-bath home between 1,000-1,500 square feet. Many of these homes will need updating and are perfect for a buyer to fix up to add instant equity.

Canyon Country 3 is a newer area, built from 1999 on up, and consists of Fair Oaks Ranch, which has an HOA, and the Ranch at Fair Oaks, which has an HOA and Mello Roos tax. These homes are high quality, built by Pardee Homes, and are perfect for the move up buyer. These homes run between $525,000 – $750,000 for a three- to six-bedroom home and are as big as 2,300-3,800 square feet.

Sand Canyon is perfect for the high-end buyer. These homes tend to have large lots, pools and room for a guest house or corral for horses, etc. The homes tend to sell for between $750,000 – $1.5 million and can be as big as 5,000 square feet.

Also, there are a few other wonderful subdivisions, including Rainbow Glen, Shangri-La, Canyon Crest, Stetson Ranch, Sunset Heights and Stonecrest, just to name a few. They sell for $500,000 – $675,000 on average. Lastly, there are also several affordable condos, townhomes and manufactured homes that run between $100,000 – $300-ish that are the perfect place to begin home ownership.

With new developments like Aliento, Vista Canyon (shops, dining, parks, etc.) and the new Disney Studios to be built, Canyon Country is going to be the place to be and should continue to see values rise.

You can contact Craig Martin of Realty One Group at 661-361-6843.

Man of the Year, Woman of the Year

| Canyon Country Magazine | April 13, 2017

One might say that non-profit involvement is a contact sport in Santa Clarita, meaning the field of volunteers is crowded with generosity, and there is a crossover of efforts among organizations of all kinds. That is why choosing a top philanthropist in this community is likely to be a difficult task.

Serving a 501(c)(3) is encouraged year round, but every spring one man and one woman are celebrated for the breadth of their volunteerism. Each year there are residents of Canyon Country nominated, and this year there are four individuals from this side of town. Previous winners of the Man of the Year and Woman of the Year honors will gather together to choose which of the nominees gain the two titles, and it will be announced at a gala on May 5 at the Valencia Hyatt Regency Hotel. The two winners each receive up to $1,000 to donate to the nonprofit(s) of their choice.

Alan Ferdman was nominated by the Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers, Inc. He has chaired the organization’s annual Rubber Ducky Festival for three years. The retired aerospace engineer is perhaps best known by locals as the chair of the Canyon Country Advisory Committee, or CCAC, for 17 years. He is active in numerous non-profit groups, including Bridge to Home and the Santa Clarita Senior Center, and is a member of local clubs such as Sunrise Rotary, Santa Clarita Elks and Mint Canyon Moose Lodge.

Alan and his wife, Pam, moved to Canyon Country in 1965, and raised two children.

“I am a big supporter of Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers because of the important role they provide for our uninsured and under-insured residents,” he said. “Nothing is more important than maintaining our health and the health of our family members.”
Tracy Hauser was nominated by the SCV Senior Center. A broker for Cobalt Realty, Tracy has tireless energy and has touched the lives of many through Santa Clarita non-profits. She is a big supporter of Single Mothers Outreach and helps with fundraising efforts for SCV Education Foundation and Bark for Life. She is known both in and out of the non-profit community for her ability to connect people to resources. Her personal experiences fuel the work she does with those in need, whether it is single mothers, a role she had in the past, or the senior population.

“The Senior Center provides for the well-being of the whole family, as well as the seniors,” Hauser says on her Tracy Team real estate webpage. “One of the critical services supported by fundraising events such as the Celebrity Waiter Dinner is the Home Delivered Meals program, which delivers hot, nutritious meals to homebound seniors five days a week.”

Diane Green was nominated by the SCV Disaster Coalition, which she and her husband founded with Carl and Jeri Goldman. Seeing the experience of victims after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Diane was moved to put some preparation in place on a local scale.

“We are so unprepared as a community,” said Green. “Certainly if we have a disaster here, we have to be prepared to help victims.” The Disaster Coalition is a non-profit you don’t hear about except in a crisis, such as the recent fires and flooding. “We stick with the families throughout the whole process,” Green said. “You can lean on us until you can stand on your own.”

Diane and Neal Green were in the car when she got a text message from Carl announcing her nomination for Woman of the Year. “I had to read it three times,” she said. “I was beyond honored — it really is a thrill.”

Janice Murray was nominated by Circle of Hope, Inc., where she has volunteered for more than six years. She serves on the executive board and has held roles as vice president, secretary, event chair, public relations ambassador, and headed up auction fundraising.

Circle of Hope is a charity dedicated to providing emotional, financial and educational support to those diagnosed with cancer in the Santa Clarita Valley. Working as host of “Non-Profit Spotlight” on KHTS AM-1220, Murray interfaces regularly with many of the charities she has been involved with as a volunteer.

Janice Murray was nominated right on the heels of her nomination for Zonta Club’s Service Award this year. “I can honestly say I was honored and very flattered to be nominated for Woman of the Year,” said Murray. “There are so many more deserving women in this town who I admire and look up to for their volunteerism, and I’m thrilled just to be thought of along with them!”

Friends and family of the nominees and members of the nominating organizations can purchase tickets online for $125 each at scvmw.org/awards-dinner-reservation-form/. Regular tables are $1,250 and include seating for 10. Premium tables, at $1,500 each, include seating for 10 with the sponsor’s name on the table, plus a full-page ad in the program book. Guests are encouraged to make reservations early, since seating is limited and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

The committee also is taking reservations for congratulations advertisements in the program to show appreciation to the candidates. Ads are due by April 15, 2017 and may be e-mailed to akovach@insidescv.com.

Cowboy Breakfast Supports the Homeless

| Canyon Country Magazine | April 13, 2017

Each year, during the world famous Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, there is a Cowboy Breakfast held at the law office of Sand Canyon resident Aurora Harris. It is a fundraiser for Bridge to Home, which is a non-profit provider of services to the homeless in the Santa Clarita Valley.

The public is invited to purchase tickets for the fundraising breakfast, which will take place on Saturday morning, April 22 at the office of The Honest Lawyer, 24367 Walnut Street in Newhall. Harris named her legal practice for President Abraham Lincoln.

The Cowboy Breakfast features a delicious and hearty meal, along with musical entertainment, a photo booth, a raffle, and a chance for the door prize, which this year is an iPad. The food and prizes for the Cowboy Festival are donated by local community members and the event is sponsored by local business leaders, churches and community members. Guests are encouraged to wear their Stetsons and cowboy gear and bring their family and friends to the party. Suggested donation is $10 a person.
Food will be served from 8-11 a.m., and the music and festivities at the site will continue until 12 noon. Afterwards, guests can wander over to nearby William S. Hart Park to enjoy the city-sponsored Cowboy Festival.

At this year’s breakfast event, director and writer Yaniv Rokah will be presented with a Humanitarian Award for his 2015 documentary feature film, “Queen Mimi,” which explores the life of an 88-year-old woman who Rokah found living in a laundry mat in Santa Monica after she spent 20 years on the street. The film is the winner of the St. Tropez International and Manhattan Film Festival awards.

Bridge to Home is a registered non-profit, which runs an Emergency Winter Shelter for adult men and women and provides case management services and referrals to families and individuals threatened with or experiencing homelessness. In addition to the shelter, Bridge to Home’s support services include Healthy Lives Dental and Medical clinics, Feeding it Forward evening meals, and the Bridge Client Care Center, which is a year round access center, providing case management, job search assistance, housing assistance, financial assistance, transportation, and housing referrals to economically distressed persons and their families.

There are more than 5,000 homeless people in the Santa Clarita Valley. However, there are currently only 60 shelter beds, so the need far outstrips the resources available and Friends of Bridge to Home hope their services can be expanded.

You can join in the generosity of the Santa Clarita community and show support for local homeless individuals by attending the Cowboy Breakfast (the suggested donation is $10 per person) or by donating a basket or gift item in advance for the raffle. You may also make a direct contribution to Bridge to Home, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. All donations will be used to support their services for people experiencing homelessness in our valley. For more information or donation pickup call 661-771-2281 or 661-607-2580.

New Business – Mago Beauty Salon

| Canyon Country Magazine | April 11, 2017

Canyon Country just got a new way to let your good looks “go to your head.” Mago Beauty Salon opened in February near Baskin-Robbins and Athena’s Rotisserie & Pizza. There are haircuts for men and women, plus other treatments available.

When Mago Castillo opened her doors, she brought three new hairstylists to the area and one expert in facials, waxing and makeup.

The shop serves both men and women, already seeing a variety of customers through walk-in service and by appointment.

Castillo said she chose the location “because in the shopping center there are a lot of stores and it is very visible.”
So far, so good, as Mago Beauty Salon has been pretty busy so far, said Leslie Pimentel, one of Mago’s stylists. Some of the more popular treatments lately, she said, are bright colors, such as reds, and balayage, a hair color treatment where dye is painted to create a fairly natural, graduated look.

One of the stylists applies extensions for her clients, and the salon is a go-to spot for proms and weddings, including make-up, hairstyling and up-dos.

Mago Beauty Salon is located at 18843 Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country; 661-200-0247.

COC Summer Institute & Athletics Youth Camps Open

| Canyon Country Magazine | April 10, 2017

Registration is now open for the popular career exploration-themed College of the Canyons Summer Institute, with weekly sessions running July 10-14 and July 17-21.

The College of the Canyons Summer Institute is open to students entering junior high school in the fall of 2017.

The goal of the Summer Institute is to provide hands-on career exploration and learning opportunities to students in a variety of areas and subjects, including: robotics, special effects and movie making, video game design, sports medicine, allied health, photography, architecture and welding and engineering/manufacturing.

All Summer Institute instructors are COC professors, student teachers or industry professionals who have tailored their curriculum with junior high students in mind. Each track allows participating students to discover a multitude of career possibilities through a unique blend of innovative lesson plans and hands-on activities that are scheduled each week.
All 2017 COC Summer Institute sessions begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m. Enrollment fees are $275 per child per week.

The 2017 Summer Institute weekly schedule of classes is listed below:

July 10 to 14 (M/T/W/Th/F) — video game design; robotics; photography; sports medicine; special effects and movie making; welding; intro to architecture
July 17 to 21 (M/T/W/Th/F) — video game design; robotics; Photoshop; introduction to architecture; special effects and movie making; sun, wind and fire; allied health
For more information about the 2017 College of the Canyons Summer Institute visit www.canyons.communityext.net.

COC Athletics Youth Camps

The COC athletics department annually hosts a variety of youth sports camps for children ages 6-14 of all skill levels. Registration will begin in mid-April with camps traditionally running during dates in June and July.

Scheduled for summer 2017 are six camp sessions in the areas of basketball, volleyball and soccer.

The 2017 Howard Fisher Cougar Basketball Camp is open to boys and girls ages 6 to 14, with two sessions running in June and July. Open to players of all skill levels, each four-day camp session will provide attendees with a unique opportunity to learn new techniques and strengthen current skills.

Session one will run June 19-22 and session two will run July 31 to Aug. 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All basketball camp meetings will take place in the college’s West P.E. gymnasium, located on the COC Valencia campus. A $225 per player registration fee applies to each session.

The COC men’s and women’s soccer programs will both host a youth sports camp this summer, with sessions running in June and July.

Girls ages 6 to 14 are invited to participate in the 2017 Elite Girls Soccer Camp, running June 26-29.

Boys ages 6 to 14 will have an opportunity to enroll in the 2017 Elite Boys Soccer Camp, running July 17-20.

All camp sessions will be held from 5-8 p.m. at the state-of-the-art COC soccer facility, located on the college’s Valencia campus. Registration for individual players is priced at $150. Families with multiple players will be charged $120 for a second camper and $90 for a third participant. Campers registering as part of a team will be charged $120 per player (minimum of seven players) and will be required to register together.

The COC women’s volleyball program will also host two four-day camp sessions running July 10-13 and July 17-20. Open to beginning and intermediate level players ages 9 to 14, each camp session will provide attendees an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of the game and/or increase their current skill levels. For more experienced players, the camp will reinforce already learned skills while introducing new concepts related to offensive and defensive strategy, quick attacking and jump serving.

Camp sessions will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the West P.E. gymnasium located on the college’s Valencia campus.

Registration for all camps will begin in mid-April. For more information visit www.COCathletics.com.

Sand Canyon Plaza

| Canyon Country Magazine, Sand Canyon Journal | April 8, 2017

Current view of the site

It is perhaps best known as the project replacing the mobile home units on the corner of Sand Canyon and Soledad Canyon roads.

Sand Canyon Plaza is a mixed-use project on approximately 87 acres that plans to include: 580 dwelling units (comprised of single-family and attached multi-family units); 60,000 square feet of retail (primarily restaurants situated around a water feature); and a 130-bed, 80,000-square-foot assisted living facility. According to developer Tom Clark, the project will also include three private recreation areas, commercial plaza areas, various private streets, driveways, parking and landscaped areas.

“We have had two Planning Commission public hearings, to date, with a third scheduled for May 16, 2017,” Clark said. “If approved at that meeting, the project would likely be scheduled for City Council consideration in June/July. We intend to start land development after City Council approval, if granted.

Royal Clark Development has made several changes to the project over the last two years, after considering input from the community, city staff and the Planning Commission.

“Recent changes have included increasing the size of the commercial square footage, the provision of additional parking, and the creation of a two-acre park, which will include a pool, jacuzzi, clubhouse, BBQ, fireplace, basketball court, dog park and trails,” Clark said.

The project will connect to the existing public sewer system, and water for the project would come from Santa Clarita Water Division. Previously, the Sand Canyon Plaza development was intended to connect with the nearby Vista Canyon development for some of its water.

“Castaic Lake Water Agency will be distributing recycled water from the Vista Canyon Water Reclamation Plant,” Clark said. “Based on their engineering studies they will be using the recycled water in Vista Canyon and then off-site into Fair Oaks Ranch. They are not proposing to utilize the water at this stage to properties east of Vista Canyon such as Sand Canyon Plaza. However, we will be incorporating all of the city’s green building requirements into the project, (including) the use of drought-tolerant landscaping, low-flow fixtures and other water conservation strategies.”

To some of Canyon Country’s residents, progress seems slow, considering rumors that the lot where the mobile home park currently stands would possibly become the site of a Trader Joe’s, or that Vons would move there from its current location across the street.

Tom Clark explained some of the process involved. “Large scale development projects like Sand Canyon Plaza and Vista Canyon take time (years, not days) to develop,” he said. “Assuming City Council approval, grading and infrastructure work on Sand Canyon Plaza will take us through mid to late 2018, with vertical construction following.”

Nearby residents are hoping the presence of both developments prompts two thumbs up.

“We made a point early on to reach out to the surrounding community,” Clark said. “The feedback has been very positive. Additionally, the public outreach process has really resulted in the creation of a project that will be an asset to this part of town.”

Walk Through Holy Week

| Canyon Country Magazine | April 7, 2017

Palm Sunday
The final Sunday of Lent, Palm Sunday remembers the arrival of Jesus into Jerusalem riding on a donkey. It is just days before his crucifixion, which is commemorated on Good Friday.
It is referred to as “Palm Sunday” because Christian churchgoers will sometimes reenact the praise granted to Jesus by townspeople upon his arrival, in all likelihood involving the waving of branches and possibly palm fronds. It was a sign of respect in those days.
Maundy Thursday
Sometimes called “Holy Thursday,” three days before Easter Sunday is a time set aside representing the night Jesus was taken by the authorities to be questioned. The evening began with a Passover Feast, called the Last Supper, when he ate with his 12 disciples, and established the sacrament of Holy Communion. Because Jesus had been betrayed by the disciple named Judas Iscariot (in return for 30 pieces of silver), when he went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray, Jesus was arrested there.

Good Friday

The day Jesus was crucified on a cross, called Good Friday, is a symbol of his sacrifice for the sins of the world, which is recognized throughout the Christian community. The morning after his arrest, Jesus was condemned to death for blasphemy after refusing to deny that he was the Son of God. Though Pontius Pilate found no reason to condemn him, he issued the order to kill him as the Jewish leaders desired.

Easter Sunday

Celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the purpose of Christians coming together on Easter Sunday. It marks the day he rose from the dead, a triumph over sin and death. Easter Sunday underscores the faith of Christians – the fulfillment of God’s promises to mankind, that those who trust in Christ will rise after death.

What’s Happening to the Highway?

| Canyon Country Magazine | April 6, 2017

Sierra Highway. It’s had a life as “El Camino Sierra,” been nationally-known as “U.S. Route 6,” and first made it to the silver screen in the final shot of Charlie Chaplin’s “Modern Times” in 1936.

So, what now?

If you’ve driven north on Sierra Highway from Soledad to Vasquez Canyon Road, you’ve probably noticed a few things, such as deterioration of the roadway, the announcement of a community center, and the presence of tractors on the ridgeline to the west.

To inquire about all of those issues isn’t entirely simple, as the City of Santa Clarita doesn’t own every stretch of Sierra Highway. Some of it south of Soledad Canyon Road actually belongs to CalTrans. And a small portion of the road, the .7-mile length between Golden Valley Road and Friendly Valley Pkwy, has been a point of discussion for leaders of Santa Clarita recently. Legislation was co-sponsored earlier this year by Assemblyman Dante Acosta (R-Santa Clarita) and state Sen. Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) to authorize the California Transportation Commission to relinquish all or any portion of Sierra Highway from Friendly Valley to Newhall. Acosta spokesperson David Creager said in an email to Gazette writer Lee Barnathan, “This was requested by the city due to the state’s inability to maintain the section of highway. The city wishes to take over responsibility for the section in question in order to make sure that the highway doesn’t fall into any further disrepair.”

City Councilman Bob Kellar told Barnathan that “the city spends between $8 million and $10 million (the city’s website puts it at about $9.5 million) annually on slurry seal and overlay road preservation to improve roadways and extend their lives.”

So, what’s happening on Sierra Highway north of Soledad?

“We maintain roads much better than the state,” Kellar added.

But north of Soledad is not owned by the state. It is owned by the city up to Fox Feed, beyond which Sierra Highway is owned by L.A. County.

“When the Community Center moves forward there will be significant improvements to Sierra Highway going north from Soledad,” Kellar said.

The Canyon Country Community Center is planned for the northeast corner of Sierra Highway and Soledad, though the fate of the white, two-story building located there (photo) is unclear.

“At this point we are working with all the surrounding property owners for the development of the new Community Center, Caruso’s included. We have had preliminary discussion with the owners,” said Robert Newman, city director of public works.

Angie Caruso, whose family owns the building on Sierra Highway where their restaurant, Caruso’s, is located, has been informed about the proposed Community Center. She debunked any rumors that their building would be demolished as part of the plan.

“They contacted us last year that they have plans to build in back of us. That’s okay,” Caruso said. “We have no intention of selling (the building). My grandpa bought that in the 1950s, it’s something my grandfather left us. My mom and dad have no intention of selling it.”

Angie Caruso owns Piccola Trattoria, an Italian restaurant around the corner from Caruso’s. She believes both of her family’s businesses are impacted by the state of Sierra Highway.
“We do need Sierra Highway upgraded,” she said. “It’s very dark, very dangerous. We offer valet here because we don’t want any of our customers crossing Sierra Highway. That was one of the reasons we started valet — we didn’t want anything to happen to anyone. They need lights. They need sidewalks.”

That’s where the City of Santa Clarita comes in.

“With the development of the Community Center, street improvements along the property frontage on Sierra Highway will be constructed including sidewalk, curb and lighting,” Newman said. “(It) will include full construction of curb and sidewalk improvements along the project frontage, along with striping changes to include three lanes and a bike lane.”

Newman responded to questions about the current state of the roadway.

“The city has made a number of improvements along Sierra Highway over the years, including widening to two lanes within the city, landscaped medians with development partners and traffic signal enhancements,” Newman said.

And what about where Sierra Highway becomes county-owned, north of College of the Canyons and Fox Feed?

Canyon Country Magazine reached out to the 5th District County Supervisor’s office, and was referred to Steven Frasher, public information officer for the Los Angeles County Public Works office. There are no projects planned for the county-owned section of Sierra Highway, Frasher said. Recently there was work on recessed pavement markers and striping, he said. If residents have concerns they should direct their inquiries to the district engineer’s office at 661-947-7173. And in the case of a downed tree or potholes, you can call a 24/7 dispatch line at 800-675-HELP (4357).

“Other improvements will take place over time on Sierra as new development occurs,” Kellar said. “The Skyline project is a case in point, with the creation of a new intersection just north of the Backwoods Inn Restaurant.”

The Skyline development, which will all be on county-owned land, is owned by Pardee Homes, with approval for 1,220 total units, all single-family detached homes. According to Dave Little, division president for Pardee Homes, about a quarter of them will be age-restricted units in their own gated section, the same size as Belcaro, a 55 and older gated community in Valencia.

“In conjunction with the development of Skyline we’ll be providing another school for Sulphur Springs, also a nine-acre public park,” Little said. “With our grading equipment up and over that ridgeline, you can see what’s going on across the street from the Backwoods Inn. There’s an inherent inconvenience, but a lot of benefits, in addition to having the equipment out there.”

New Road from Sierra Highway side

New road from Plum Canyon

What they’re constructing is Skyline Ranch Road, which will connect Plum Canyon Road to Sierra Highway. An intersection will be constructed in front of the Backwoods Inn.

“At the connection point we’ll improve the intersection there. We’re working with the city to see what they’re doing with improvements right there, so we can see how we can dovetail with that,” Little said. “Vasquez Canyon Road is obviously a sore subject for residents of Santa Clarita. Skyline Ranch Road will offer people another way to get to the Sierra Highway side.”

Ask the Experts

| Canyon Country Magazine | March 27, 2017

Myles McNamara of Comfort Keepers In-Home Care

Question: Is in-home care an affordable alternative to finding a group home for your loved one?

Answer: Depending on the quantity of care that is needed, home care can be costly, as it is not covered by insurance, Medicare or Medi-Cal. Long-term care insurance will cover home care, but each policy is written differently, with daily and monthly maximums. Unless 24-hour care is needed, a customized schedule can be created for each budget, and strategically coordinate care so that our seniors can remain in the comfort of their own home, which is where most seniors would prefer to stay. If 24-hour care IS needed, and the budget will not accommodate 24-hour home care, then a Board and Care or Assisted Living Community may be the better option.

 Question: What kinds of services can an individual expect to receive with home care?

 Answer: A customized care plan is created for each client. But basically, home care includes most anything that doesn›t take a medical license, and includes assistance with all aspects of Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). This can include personal hygiene assistance with bathing or showering, medication reminders, toileting assistance, meal preparation, light housekeeping, transportation to doctor appointments and errands, etc. Sometimes companionship, to prevent isolation and depression, is one of the biggest benefits. Many of our clients are facing the challenges of Alzheimer’s or other dementia, and cannot safely be left alone, and a caregiver is the solution to allow them to stay in their own home.

Comfort Keepers can be reached at 661-287-4200.

William Sher of Vintage Watch Shop & Service Repair Center

Question: How do I know if my grandfather clock or pocket watch has value?

Answer: All clocks and watches have value. The difference between high value clocks and watches and low value is maker, year of production, model number, and overall condition.

Question: What direction do you see the industry going in regard to watches and clocks?

Answer: Antique, vintage and collectible clocks and watches in recent years have seen dramatic growth in value. Collectors and dealers are willing to pay top dollar for desirable pieces.

Vintage Watch Shop & Service Repair Center

18364 1/2 Soledad Canyon Rd

Canyon Country, CA 91387

(661) 388-5982

Flipping Homes with Dean Glosup

Question: Is the home sales climate right now a good time for flipping houses?

Answer: Yes, now is a good time to flip houses. The loans are experiencing some upticks on interest rates, and yet sales remain strong. The main criterion for buying and flipping houses is predicated on the fact that there are always situations that cause some sellers to want to quickly get rid of houses. Deaths in the family, probate, divorce, late payments and foreclosures are among the top reasons people want to be rid of a “problem house.” These reasons are the least obvious. Then there is the stinky house, which is basically an embarrassment for the homeowner. They do not want to show and sell normally. The best deals can be gained with homes like these.

Question: What’s the simplest thing you can do to a house to make it sell?

Answer: When selling a house, the easiest thing to do if the house is already looking pretty good (“good bones” we call it) is to stage a house. Empty houses do not sell fast or well. The yard can be dolled up for not much money and a fresh coat of paint can make or break an easy sell. It is also quite easy to look at a house and see beyond how it looks now and see it as done. So, plotting the most direct path to a beautiful landscape or overall look of a house makes it easy to fix as well as to sell.

Dean Glosup can be reached at 661-618-7015


Canyon Country Business Briefs

| Canyon Country Magazine | March 23, 2017

Sand Canyon Plaza
On February 21, 2017, the Planning Commission conducted the first in a series of meetings for the Sand Canyon Plaza Mixed Use project located at the northeast corner of Sand Canyon Road and Soledad Canyon Road. The project includes 580 residential units, 55,600 square feet of restaurant and retail space, and a 75,000-square-foot assisted living facility. The project will be heard by the Planning Commission at their March 21, 2017 meeting to discuss the environmental documentation for the project and address initial comments received at the February 21 meeting.

The Edge Martial Arts is now open at the Sand Canyon Shopping Center located at 16622 Soledad Canyon Road. The Edge combines martial arts instruction and mindset training, renewing and enhancing the traditional martial arts experience. Limited enrollment and smaller class sizes provide a personalized training environment where members can grow their skills.


In January, the City of Santa Clarita issued 47 film permits, which contributed to 92 film days, generating an estimated economic impact of $2,252,000.

The following productions were filming in Canyon Country in January 2017.

Feature Films
Miles – at Alliance Gas Station
Seether – at Sable Ranch

Television Shows
Crazy Love – at Sun Florist
The Last Man on Earth – at Alliance Gas Station
Murder Among Friends – at Sand Canyon area homes
Unusual Suspects – at Sand Canyon area home

Progressive – at Mountasia Family Fun Center
Subaru – at Rancho Deluxe
Trubiotics – at Santa Clarita Aquatics Center & Sports Complex

Hack Harassment – at Waller’s GymJam Academy

Santa Clarita Public Library

Read to a Dog
Children are invited to visit with and read to gentle therapy dogs at the library.

Thursday, March 2 and March 16
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library
Canyon Country Meeting Room
Behind the Scenes – Season 2
Explore aspects of the film and television industry as well as speak with those who have professional knowledge of creating. The topic this month is voiceovers and the special guest speaker will be Chris Taylor, a nationally known voice actor.

Wednesday, March 15
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library
Canyon Country Meeting Room
Canyon Country Book Club
“Rise of the Rocket Girls” Book Discussion
Join others for a librarian-led book discussion of “Rise of the Rocket Girls” by Nathalia Holt.

Tuesday, March 14
6:15 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library
Canyon Country Meeting Room

Friends of the Library Book Auction
All are invited to view and bid on a large selection of rare, collectible and unique books that are on display. A full 100 percent of the proceeds benefit the library.

Monday, March 6 – 13
Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library
Friends of the Library Bookstore

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

New Coffee, Tea, and a Movie (Ages 50+)
Join us for an enjoyable morning watching a movie while sipping coffee or tea. Bring your friends!

Mondays, March 6 – 27
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Boys’ Night In (Ages 8-12)
It’s time for the boys to play! This evening will be full of things boys enjoy, including playing a variety of sports and games like dodge ball, soccer, broom ball hockey and using the SMART ProTrainer. Dinner will be provided.

Friday, March 3
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Fee: $9 per person
Pre-registration is required

Family Dodgeball Night (All ages)
Get ready to go all out for a family Dodgeball competition. Throw, dodge and catch with the whole family while you learn the basic rules and techniques of Dodgeball, tournament style. This friendly game does not require experience, practice, or athletic ability to play. You can dodge, duck, dip, and dive as your family works hand-in-hand to beat the rest, to be the best!

Friday, March 17
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Pre-registration is required
Tiny Time Hour (Ages 2-5)
Get out and socialize at Tiny Time Hour! Join others for a morning of parent-led activities including art, toys, games and more. This program is designed to give you and your child an opportunity to socialize and connect with people – new and old. Whether you need a new play date spot or want to get out and make friends, Tiny Time offers you the chance to mingle and experience new things.

Mondays, March 6 – 27
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

*A free membership card must be obtained in order to participate in Center activities. Membership forms are available online at santa-clarita.com/cccc or at the Center.
Spring Break at Canyon Country Community Center
(Ages 5-12)
Looking for something for your child to do during Spring break? You can join the city’s spring programs.
Space is limited and all children must be pre-registered in order to attend.

Online and Walk-in registration begins
Monday, February 27
8:00 a.m.

*Full Day Camp – The Full Day Camp includes both the Morning Camp and the Afternoon Camp options.

Monday – Friday, April 3 – 7
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
**Fee: $95 ($100 non-resident) per week

Morning Camp – Spring Spectrum Spectacular
Each day campers will put on their “science caps” as they enter the world of chemistry and make projects with chemicals. Then they will trade their “caps” in for goggles and explore the field of physics and create games and toys. Finally, participants will finish camp by suiting up and going into space to make a mini solar system, then travel back down to Earth to find fossils.
Monday – Friday, April 3 – 7
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
**Fee: $60 ($65 non-resident) per week

*Full day campers must bring lunch from home.
** A $25 materials fee is due to the instructor on the first day of camp for Options I-II.

Afternoon Camp – Spring BLAST
Spring BLAST provides a fun and structured setting for children during spring break. The Spring BLAST program offers an opportunity to participate in enrichment activities, crafts, and games.

Monday – Friday, April 3 – 7
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Fee: $25 ($30 non-resident) per week

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.

Canyon High School Teachers in Space Program

| Canyon Country Magazine | March 22, 2017

Two Canyon High School teachers will rise above all others within the next 12-24 months – literally. Michael Crawford and Lydia Gonzalez-Jimenez, both science teachers at Canyon, are going on a mission for NASA.
They are two of the 39 teachers from across the country, 12 from the William S. Hart Union School District, who have been chosen to participate in NASA’s Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors program called SOFIA, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy. The missions will take place in 2017 and 2018.

The teachers will be onboard a Boeing 747 modified by NASA to become the world’s largest airborne observatory, with an effective telescope diameter of 2.5 meters (100 inches). Flying at altitudes between 39,000 to 45,000 feet, above more than 99 percent of the water vapor in the atmosphere, SOFIA makes it possible to obtain astronomical data that are impossible to obtain from telescopes on the ground.

“They are looking for teachers willing to do real astronomical research and then bring that knowledge, both about astronomy and the profession of being an astronomer, back to students so they, the students, learn more about the field of astronomy,” said Crawford, who has taught science and math for nearly 25 years, 18 at Canyon. “I have always tried to bring real world experiences to my students, and I expect this endeavor to be a rich source of new lessons for them.”
Julie Huffman, a Hart District science teacher on special assignment, is the liaison for the SOFIA project.

“Our Hart District teachers are over-the-moon excited and proud to be going on SOFIA,” Huffman said. “Working with NASA scientists to see far out into our universe and collect evidence is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that we can’t wait to bring back to our students and community.”

The teachers will stay for a week at the NASA research facility in Palmdale, California, from which they will fly on two missions that will last 10-12 hours each. They will have an opportunity to interact with science teachers from all over the world as well as experts from NASA and the SETI Institute.

“The Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors program gives science teachers a unique opportunity to witness research with all the blood, sweat, and tears as it really happens,” said AAA Principal Investigator Dr. Dana Backman. “These teachers can then convey to their students the wide range of professional expertise needed to support that research, from engineering to technology to mathematics, and perhaps see themselves someday in one of those roles.”

Prom Planning

| Canyon Country Magazine | March 19, 2017

This month, Canyon High School students will create a runway show where they preview the latest prom styles for classmates. It gives them a month to seek out the look they want for the April 22 prom. Golden Valley’s prom will be right on their heels on April 29, this year held at Madame Tussaud’s in Hollywood.

For dresses, a lot of the girls turn to Eugenia’s, a longtime local resource for all the high schools. Others head to downtown L.A. to the fashion district to seek out something they wouldn’t find in local department stores.

Of course, the winter formals the schools had a few months ago are also a great way to check out the latest looks. Bailey Moore of Canyon High School told us what she saw this year. “The majority of the guys wore dark colored tuxedos and the girls wore longer dresses, primarily matte black,” she said.

What are they doing with hair and makeup this year? For answers, Canyon Country Magazine consulted with Nicole Lorraine, a local hair and makeup artist.

“I think that the messy up-do is in still this year,” she said. “The loose curls and pulled-out braid are very trendy and popular. Beach waves are another favorite this year.”

Has anything changed, in terms of style?

“The last few years I have seen more of the formal style, the more ‘put together’ up-dos or half-up style,” she said. “This year is more of a messy/fun look.”

And for makeup? “This year everyone is loving the glowy/dewy finish,” the makeup artist said, “and full brows that are pushed upward and fluffy compared to last year’s carved out brow and contour.”

Jen Gerard of Gerard Cosmetics agrees that brows are full this year. “Full and sculpted brows are very in at the moment,” she said.

Gerard described other makeup choices also. “The hottest trends are glitter and metallics for eyes and lips,” she said. “Color-wise, I would use more nudes and pinks for teens. I also would go for a more natural look.”

Vandalism in Canyon Country

| Canyon Country Magazine | March 15, 2017

Early in February, deputies working out of the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station were called to an area of Canyon Country near Sierra Hwy and Sandy Drive to investigate reports of vandalism. Apparently, the suspect(s) had tagged several places underneath a bridge on Sierra Hwy near a pedestrian and bicycle path. After searching the area, three suspects were taken into custody that same day.

Vandalism is a serious, yet common, crime and depending on the monetary amount of damage caused, can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. For example, if the damage to the property as a result of vandalism is less than $400, the crime will likely be charged as a misdemeanor. If the damage is $400 or greater, the prosecuting attorney can decide whether to charge the crime as a misdemeanor or a felony.

Both misdemeanors and felonies can be punished with up to one year in county jail; however, a felony charge could result in the defendant spending time in state prison instead. Additionally, both felony and misdemeanor charges include hefty fines.

The individuals caught earlier this month could easily have escaped arrest had witnesses not called deputies when they saw something fishy.

The Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station urges anyone who sees something to say something. Non-emergencies can be reported anonymously by calling the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station at 661-255-1121 or 661-284-2-TIP. If the possible crime being committed is an emergency, such as a crime that involves another person being injured, witnesses should call 9-1-1.

If you have questions about any Canyon Country bail related subjects, or want to suggest a topic, visit SCV Bail Bonds at www.santaclaritabond.com or call 661-299-(BOND)2663.

Robinson Ranch is Venue for Zonta’s Women in Service Awards

| Canyon Country Magazine | March 15, 2017

Canyon Country is well represented this year at the Zonta Club’s annual Women in Service Celebration. Two nominees are residents on this side of the Santa Clarita Valley, and so is the event location: Robinson Ranch Golf Clubhouse.

Olive Bruins and Janice Murray are two of the 21 community volunteers who have been nominated by local non-profit organizations to be honored at the event. Friends and members of the Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley will gather on Saturday, April 8 for a buffet brunch, and tickets are available for members of the public as well.

The first 50-year member of the Santa Clarita Valley AAUW (American Association of University Women), Olive “Olly” Bruins has actually been in the non-profit longer than that.

“At University of Maine our dean of women was on the national board of AAUW,” Bruins explained. “When we became seniors she made sure we all got a card to AAUW. … Eventually, I had it in the back of my mind. When I moved to Whittier they had a branch, so I joined.”

After graduation, Bruins taught first in Maine, and then in New York State. When she visited a former classmate in California, she liked it so much she applied for a job – and got it. After teaching in Bellflower and Norwalk, she moved to Santa Clarita and became an instructor at Arroyo Seco Junior High School until a position opened at the high school level. Bruins retired from the English department at Saugus High School after approximately a decade and a half.

At the local chapter of AAUW, she held various positions, including vice-president in charge of membership and was corresponding secretary at least 10 years. “I don’t know how many times I’ve done hospitality,” she said. “I helped out wherever I could.”

Her teaching career kept her busy, but she still found time to contribute. “I believe in everything (AAUW) does because, of course, it’s a very strong advocate for women and girls, and for equality,” Bruins said. “One of the outstanding things we do is to send girls to Tech Trek – that’s such a wonderful program. They go away to various colleges and universities for a week for a program that introduces them to science and math. … And we are, of course, hoping they move into those areas, because let’s face it, that’s where the jobs are.”

Olive Bruins

Janice Murray was nominated for the award by Circle of Hope, a charity dedicated to providing emotional, financial and educational support to those diagnosed with cancer in the Santa Clarita Valley. Murray serves on the executive board of COH.

“My mother and older sister who survived breast cancer are my motivation,” Murray said, “(and) my passion for helping women going through their battle with cancer.”

Working as host of “Non-Profit Spotlight” on KHTS AM-1220, Murray interfaces regularly with many of the charities she has been involved with as a volunteer. She was active at the Canyon Country Pinecrest School for more than eight years, which included chairing the auction/raffle during the Fall Festival, and managing the collection and accounting of all monies for the American Heart Association’s Jump For Heart and Hoops for Heart campaigns.

At Sulphur Springs Community School she read Dr. Seuss stories to first graders during the Read Across America campaign, and she was one of the founding members of the Community Advisory Committee for the development of the College of the Canyons Canyon Country campus, where she is still active.

“My parents and my Catholic upbringing drives my volunteerism!” Murray said. “My family of seven grew up in Watts, and my parents put five children through Catholic school on one salary! I always saw them helping out (and) volunteering at the school (and) church. I grew up with the understanding that we were very blessed and should help others less fortunate than ourselves.”

This is Murray’s first time nominated for the Women in Service award. “I feel so very honored to be among such a group of women much more deserving than me!” she said.

In addition to brunch, the event includes prize drawings, a marketplace featuring vendors whose merchandise supports women’s causes, and presentation of all 21 nominees and their nominating organizations. At the end of the program one of the honorees will be named the 2017 Carmen Sarro Community Service Award winner, representing outstanding service to her organization, to the community as a whole, and to Zonta’s goal of improving the lives of women and girls. The award is named for the late Carmen Sarro, a longtime Zonta member whose wide range of community service epitomized the well-rounded community volunteer.

Janice Murray

Tickets to the event are $45 per person if postmarked and paid before March 20, and $50 thereafter; March 27 is the final reservation deadline. Actual nominees are guests of Zonta. Payment can be made online at www.scvzonta.org/women-in-service or by a check made payable to Zonta Club of SCV Foundation and mailed to event co-chair Mary Ree at the address on the reservation form.

A New Opportunity for Learning

| Canyon Country Magazine | March 14, 2017

While Opportunities for Learning is known for making education more accessible, last month the local charter school took advantage of an opportunity of its own. Canyon Country’s OFL location moved to a bigger facility, near the Canyon Country Edwards Stadium Theatre.

“We have been serving the Canyon Country community for the last 15 years and wanted to stay as close to our original home as possible. Some of our students take public transportation or walk to our learning center, so we were cognizant of their needs when we decided on our new location,” said Julie Johnson, who has served as principal of OFL Santa Clarita Valley/Ventura for three years. Due to Johnson’s recent promotion, Canyon Country resident Candice Varner, who was principal of OFL Simi Valley, is now the new principal of SCV/V OFL.

“After 10 years in public education, I am looking forward to leading an instructional team that is dedicated to serving OFL’s diverse and unique student population,” Varner said.

Before opening the new facility, students attended class at OFL near the Vallarta Supermarket on Soledad Canyon Road. Most of the students who attend locally also reside in Canyon Country, and the new location accommodates the growing needs of the program.

“About two years ago, it became apparent that we needed not only more space, but updated space,” said Peggy Wilson, enrollment and outreach specialist. “More staff in specialized fields were added, and space was getting tight with resource teachers, continuing enrollment. … This space provides a larger learning environment as well as space for laptops, textbooks, smart-boards, and other educational tools that allow our students more access to technology and resources.”

Staff members, city leaders and associates celebrated the official opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Feb. 24. Johnson officially welcomed attendees before accepting certificates of recognition from Congressman Steve Knight, State Senator Scott Wilk, State Assemblyman Dante Acosta, Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Santa Clarita Mayor Cameron Smyth and the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce.

“Our student population remains steady in the Santa Clarita Valley,” Johnson said. “We serve a population of students who are looking for a school of choice that is different than a comprehensive high school campus. OFL works closely with the Hart district to recover students and return them to the district based on student needs and parent choice.”

Established in 1999, OFL is a free public charter school, serving students in grades 7-12 who have fallen behind in school, are looking to get ahead and graduate early, or simply desire a non-traditional learning environment. Via a blended learning model, students learn through independent study, small group (SGI) classes, online courses, one-on-one single-subject tutoring and hands-on, experiential activities. There are trips and cultural excursions available also, including scholarship trips to Washington, DC, Cuba, Italy and China.

For more information, call the Canyon Country OFL at 661-233-7889 or visit www.emsofl.com.

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