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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

CITYWIDE FILM STATISTICS
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
Commercials:
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

CANYON COUNTRY COMMUNITY CENTER UPDATE

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.

CITY PLANNING UPDATE

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.

24th ANNUAL RIVER RALLY

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.

ARTS IN CANYON COUNTRY

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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.
FREE

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.

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

Teens
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.

Adults
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.

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.

It’s Hot, Hot, Hot in Canyon Country!

| Canyon Country Magazine | August 8, 2018

We all know summers in Canyon Country are hot, but we make due. As temperatures hit the triple digits, it’s important to remember that too much heat and too much sun can be hazardous to your health. Plus, with more daylight and the increased focus on getting cool comes an increase in thefts.

This year, summer came roaring in, leaving a lot of us scrambling to find ways to beat the heat. If you ever find yourself in the position where your only thought is to cool down, make sure you’re paying attention to what you’re doing, or you could easily find yourself the victim of a crime.

For example, if you plan to be in your backyard, make sure you don’t leave doors or windows in the front of the house open. Not all home invasions occur while the owners are away. An open garage with nobody around can be pretty enticing to an intrepid young burglar looking for a quick score. The same thing goes for your car. Locking your car doors may seem like the most obvious thing in the world, but when it’s pushing 105 and you’ve got ice cream melting in the back seat, it can be an easy thing to forget. There are folks out there who walk around at night checking car doors to see if they’re locked. Perpetrators will often pass on locked cars, but for those that aren’t …

On the whole, Canyon Country is a safe and inviting place to live, although crimes do occur now and again. By being cognizant of what you’re doing, and not leaving yourself vulnerable, you can greatly reduce the risk of becoming a victim.

Night Shift – Kimberly Night Takes the Roads Less Traveled

| Canyon Country Magazine | August 7, 2018

Kimberly Night has traveled some unexpected roads, first bringing her to Canyon Country, then winding her way through an education at College of the Canyons, and finally, onto the college faculty.

Her field of expertise? Automotive Technology.

Night grew up in a small Northern California city, but moved to L.A. County for greater career opportunities and an abundance of activities. She and her husband, Christopher, decided to move to the Santa Clarita Valley for the schools. Their family, which includes two daughters, Victoria, 14, and Piper, 4, settled in Canyon Country for four years until recently purchasing a house in the San Fernando Valley.

Night decided the next part of her journey would be to expand her education, so she began considering what she wanted to study.

“I thought about the things I loved to do and what I found myself doing on a regular basis,” she said. “Being that there are no careers in buying shoes, working on and improving vehicles is my next biggest passion. So I vetted the schools offering automotive courses around the L.A. area.”

After sitting in on classes at each school she considered, Night chose College of the Canyons, and completed 60 percent of her general education requirements at the Canyon Country campus. It is where the automotive program is housed, so all of the core classes for that certificate are offered there. (She was awarded a pin, which she wore at her graduation, signifying that she took more than half of her classes on COC’s east campus.)

“I already knew quite a bit about vehicles, so I needed schooling to polish up my skills and help me with the more advanced skills required for modern vehicles,” she said. “I took the automotive and engineering courses, getting my degree in Automotive Technology MLR (Maintenance & Light Repair). I was the first female to complete the Associate of Arts degree in Automotive Technology at College of the Canyons.”

That wasn’t Night’s only “first.” While in her final semester of college, she was invited to do an internship at the Los Angeles Police Department. “I was excited to work LAPD garage, see how their shop ran and what opportunities may be available in the future,” she said. “The employees within the motor transport division of LAPD were amazing. … They had never had a female on the shop floor working before. So, my first day on the job was quite exciting for everyone.”

The office staff embraced the trailblazer, placing her name on one of the lockers in the women’s restroom.

“The sweet gesture made me feel welcome and like part of their team,” she said. “The office employees, along with the shop employees, were all waiting in anticipation to see if I would know what I was doing or if I would even do the task at hand. Of course, I did have the knowledge necessary and I did complete the job.”

It would not be the first workplace where Night would have to prove herself, but it was one of the friendliest. “Throughout my time there, no matter which facility I was at, it felt like home,” she said. “As big as the LAPD Motor Pool is, the employees within it are so inviting and pleasant to work with. I was genuinely excited and happy to go in each day to work with the employees at LAPD.”

With plans to complete her bachelor’s degree in the next couple of years, Night was thrilled to become a member of the COC faculty.

“Everyone at College of the Canyons is very forward-thinking and trying to stay in the forefront of their department’s area of focus,” she explained. “As I was finishing my degree, the faculty and staff at COC encouraged me to go for a position within the college.”

Night recently taught the Summer Institute Automotive course at the Canyon Country campus, which is a program that gives students going into grades 6-8 a chance to learn and experience what it is like inside various professions. In her automotive camp the young teens were able to work in the shop, just as adults would.

“My students assembled a working four-cylinder engine, which they took home,” Night said. “While these students do not yet drive, they learned about common roadside emergencies and how to properly respond to them.”

They constructed rolling vehicles from snack cakes, candy, crackers, marshmallows, etc. and held a competition to see whose car would roll the farthest. “The winning car was actually quite impressive,” Night said.

College of the Canyons’ Automotive Technology Department will expand its community education in the near future, according to Night. There is a course for women planned, as well as a course designed for teenagers as they become new drivers.

“This course will go over maintenance, handling, roadside emergencies, red flags and the like,” Night said.

Canyon Country residents, as well as other members of the community, can take advantage of the opportunities. And, of course, they’re likely to find Kimberly Night at the front of the class – at least some of the time – because College of the Canyons has learned that when trying something new, it’s smart to put someone on the job who knows the way.

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.

Vista Canyon’s Developing Story

| Canyon Country Magazine, Sand Canyon Journal | August 6, 2018

The most common question developer Jim Backer receives from local residents is: “When will the Vista Canyon project be done?”

And like his 185-acre property between Soledad Canyon, Lost Canyon and Sand Canyon roads, Backer’s answer is anything but short and sweet. But he’s happy with the progress, and he feels the market is receptive to the types of amenities Vista Canyon is bringing to Canyon Country. Those include 1,100 residential units, nearly 1,000,000 square feet of commercial space, a new Metrolink station and more than 21 acres of recreational areas.

To begin with, much of the base utilities – sewer, water, storm drain, etc. – are getting completed on the west side.

“It’s really looking good over there,” Backer said. “They have the underground parts done, mostly. It’s coming along, making good progress.”

The first project completed will be the water reclamation plant, which should be finished in October or November of this year.

“It’s required to be operational before we start,” Backer said. “SCV Water is eventually going to have a pipeline for the excess water and they’ll build a tank.”

There’s a ramping up phase, Backer said, because there are a number of people who have to sign off on the plant.

Transportation Stations
“A lot of good things happened at Metrolink this month,” Backer said in mid-July. “Ninety-five percent of the drawings are completed.”

Money from the California gas tax has been allocated to construct a new Metrolink train station at Vista Canyon – $9 million, actually. Of course, that money could be jeopardized if the ballot initiative to repeal the 12-cent gas tax increase passes in November. City of Santa Clarita leaders have been working to acquire grants for the station’s construction, and part of its financing is on the shoulders of Backer’s company.

“They’ve never had another developer contribute to a train station like we have,” Backer said. “None of the other three train stations ever had significant developer contributions like ours has. The city is working on getting it funded and we’re optimistic it will be in the next two years.”

A bus transfer station that’s a part of the Vista Canyon project is scheduled to commence construction later this year, he said.

Office Space
One of the earliest aspects of the Vista Canyon project is construction of office space, which will be operational by the end of the year, Backer said. And apartments should be available a year later.

“When people see activity there, and Metrolink starts to be a reality, it’ll excite the office crowd,” the developer said.

There will be 650,000 square feet of office space and 165,000 square feet of retail stores. And with another 130,000 square feet for a hotel, Vista Canyon is almost 1 million square feet.

Most of the retail store space is on Lincoln Place, which starts at the river and goes to the train station. The development will be a mix of professional tenants and possibly big tenants who relocate here.
This fall, the project will encompass a structure where apartment dwellers and office space employees can park.

Roundabout
“That’s going to happen,” Backer said. “We’ve done the conceptual design which is leading to permanent design, which is in process. It gets a lot of scrutiny … making sure the radius is correct, and making sure they can get horse trailers through there.”

The testing process for the size of the roundabout involves constructing it larger than the actual size of a horse trailer, he said. JSB Development expects it to be completed next summer, but it’s based on the approval process. Of course, it will be easier to build when kids are on a break from school.

Homes/Apartments
Jefferson Vista Canyon is the name of the 480-unit luxury apartments being constructed on the west side of the property by JPI, a company specializing in multi-family residences. The east side of the property is being sold by JSB to a builder who will move forward with the sale of new single-family homes. “That’s moving along; they’re in escrow,” Backer said. “We have roads with curbs on them now, and eventually they’ll have pavement and landscaping.”

Park/Bridge
“Assuming the deal closes in fall, we’re probably starting construction on the park late this year or early next year,” Backer said. “The park takes about six months or a little bit more.”

The bridge over the Santa Clara River bed is a few years away. “We’ve designed the bridge and submitted it to the city for review check,” Backer explained. “We will build that sometime between now and April of 2020. And it’ll take about a year to build.”

Most residents are aware of other Canyon Country building projects, as well. JSB Development sees them as fellow contributors to the improvement of the east side of the Santa Clarita Valley.
Sand Canyon Resort Hotel & Spa
Jim Backer shared his thoughts on other projects, such as the former Robinson Ranch Golf Club, now Sand Canyon Country Club. Owner Steve Kim is in the planning stages of an expansion into a resort hotel and spa.

“I applaud some of the vision for what’s going on there to make it more accessible to people, to build on what’s there,” Backer said. “It’s a great property, the topography and everything else.”

What Jim Backer and his associates have learned in the years leading up to Vista Canyon’s fruition is that the community matters.

“Mr. Kim (owner of the Sand Canyon Country Club) is in a neighborhood that wants to have input,” Backer explained. “His success here is going to be dependent on his ability to have community support. … The key is it’s taking into consideration good ideas and the needs of the community and the needs of the project.”
The developer said he disagrees with some residents who are concerned with further construction. “I don’t see it as the traffic generator that some people think, if it’s designed sensitively and there’s appropriate parking and access,” Backer said. “You have to see how the plan comes out in the end.

He doesn’t see the planned resort as a competitor to Vista Canyon. “I think it can be very complementary to what we’re doing,” Backer said. “It’s positive for that side of town. If Mr. Kim builds on what he has in a positive way, we would certainly support that.”

Sand Canyon Plaza
Tom Clark, the developer of Sand Canyon Plaza, is in regular communication with the JSB Development team.

“I think he’s getting pretty close to starting,” Backer said. “He’ll have some services there on his side of the freeway, and we have a pretty easy connection to him, so people living either place who want to go to the other – there’s some real opportunities over there for being really eco-sensitive.”

Backer has seen a lot of changes in Canyon Country in the nearly 15 years since Vista Canyon was in the idea phase. “Fair Oaks, Skyline – it’s creating energy and I think it’s turning out well,” he said. “With quality projects you get services and people have places to live and recreation and retail.”

So, how does Jim Backer answer the question, “How long will Vista Canyon take?”

He says: “People will be amazed from now to about 30 months from now, that 80 percent is built in the next three years.”

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

TOTALLY FREE:

  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.

Fit4Mom

| Canyon Country Magazine | August 5, 2018

Becoming a new mom can be both physically and emotionally challenging. Not only does she have to recover from the grueling experience of labor (and surgery, if she has a C-section), but it’s a complete change of family structure. Adapting to this lifestyle, including relationship transitions, can sometimes feel lonely, which is why new parents can benefit from activities that provide social opportunities.

FIT4MOM connects women who have young children, attempting to meet both fitness and social needs through exercise classes. It began 12 years ago with its flagship program, Stroller Strides, and has grown to include more than 150 members in five programs across the Santa Clarita Valley. It’s also expanded to offer other stroller-based, prenatal, and kid-free workouts, and anywhere from three to 30 moms attend classes, depending on locations.

“We are thankful that FIT4MOM is a safe space for moms to come and connect with each other, and relate over their shared experiences and season of life,” said Dani Cohen, MA, BCBA, owner of FIT4MOM Santa Clarita Valley. “Every Saturday we have Family Stroller Strides, where dads can come with Mama and their littles and participate in the Stroller Strides workout for free!”

While most people think of Stroller Strides when they think of FIT4MOM, Cohen says it’s much more.

“We’re kind of the total mama package,” she said. “It’s a total body workout you can do with your little one(s) in tow. We meet at local parks and intermix intervals of strength training and cardio as we move around the park and entertain our little ones.”

FIT4MOM programs include:
Stroller Strides is a total-body conditioning workout designed for moms with kids in tow. Each 60-minute workout is comprised of strength training, cardio and core restoration, all while entertaining the little ones with songs and activities.
Stroller Barre is a unique blend of ballet, Pilates, barre, yoga and stroller-based exercises designed to help moms build strength and muscle tone and improve posture.
Prenatal Fit4Baby is a program designed to strengthen your body for all the changes you will experience during pregnancy. These classes exclusively focus on pregnant moms.
Body Back is a results-based workout (kid free) designed for moms who want their body back, whether they just had a baby or their last child was born 20 years ago. The experience includes two 60-minute HIIT (high-intensity interval training) workouts per week, pre- and post-fitness assessments, nutrition guidance, supplemental online workouts and support.
FIT4MOM Run Club is for moms who are training for an upcoming 5K, 10K or half marathon race, or just want to enjoy some extra cardio with other like-minded mamas. A program for all levels, Run Club allows you to run, improve your health and fitness, and connect with other moms through two styles of class: Run Clinics to work on strength, speed and agility; and Run Days to work on increasing endurance and mileage.
“One of my favorite things that you get with FIT4MOM is the ‘Our Village’ experience,” Cohen explained. “Through the multiple playgroups we offer weekly, monthly Moms Nights Out, monthly family field trips, and quarterly philanthropy. Our Village is the piece of the FIT4MOM puzzle that fosters meaningful relationships between Mama and Mama, Mama and Baby, and Baby and Baby, and Mama and her community.

There are six locations across the Santa Clarita Valley. Stroller Strides and Stroller Barre classes meet at the Castaic Sports Complex, Bridgeport Park, and Fair Oaks Park. The Family Stroller Strides classes meet on Saturdays at Golden Valley Park. The Body Back classes meet at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex, and the Run Club meets at Valencia Heritage Park.

There are various membership options, based on the mom’s needs. “All our instructors are highly trained and certified in pre- and post-natal fitness and experts in the pre- and post-partum body,” Cohen said. “Your first class is free!”

For more information, visit santaclaritavalley.fit4mom.com/your-first-class-is-free.

What some moms are saying:

I live in Canyon Country and teach Stroller Strides at Fair Oaks Park and Bridgeport Park, and I coach the Run Club. I have been attending classes for 3 ½ years and teaching for just over a year. My favorite part about FIT4MOM is the community. I was new to the area when I had my first child with no family nearby. I tried Stroller Strides and instantly had the friendships and support I needed. I count down the days to our Mom’s Nights Out and Family Field Trips every month, because I love the extra time with the people I have met through FIT4MOM. 

My two children now love going to classes and spending time with their friends after classes. They often reenact the exercises the moms did during class for fun. I love that the classes are accessible to all levels of fitness. I have attended classes both pregnant and newly postpartum and was able to modify workouts as needed for how I was feeling. After regaining most of my fitness and strength a year and half after my second child, I still am challenged by the workouts. 

Kimberly Carden, Instructor

I have been with FIT4MOM for almost two years, starting when my son was 3 months old. I live in Agua Dulce and go to the Bridgeport and Fair Oaks classes. 

I’ve always been athletic and pretty healthy, so when I had my son and I went to the gym and saw the daycare, I was not impressed. FIT4MOM provided me with a way that I could get my workout in and keep my son with me.

The things I love the most I never even knew I needed: mom friends and friends for my son. I can work out on my own if I really wanted, but nothing can replace the connections I’ve made through FIT4MOM. These ladies are the only people I can be brutally honest with about “mom life.” Let’s be honest, being a mom isn’t all rainbows and butterflies. There are days where the kids test your limits, where they push you to do and say things you never thought you would say, and sometimes you just need a friend to commiserate with. These last few weeks I haven’t been able to work out because of pregnancy, and now post-labor, and I find myself going to the end of class just to have a play date for my son and to see my friends. 

FIT4MOM has been a great addition to my routine and I would recommend it to everyone. 

Nicole Mena

I started with FIT4MOM in the summer of 2016 when I moved from Dayton, Ohio to Canyon Country. FIT4MOM has completely changed my life. I feel very grounded in my identity as a mother and value the importance of wellness and self-care. I joined the FIT4MOM Santa Clarita Valley team in June of 2018. I have the pleasure of helping mamas make connections with other mamas in the Santa Clarita Valley and achieve their health and wellness goals. 

I love the time that I get to spend with my little one, outside, being active. We always say, “They are always watching,” and it’s the truth. Not long after my son could walk, he could do a burpee. I love the emphasis on coming as you are. We juggle multiple roles including partner, sister, daughter, colleague, supervisor, etc., in addition to mom. I know that when I come to Stroller Strides or a Mom’s Night Out, I can bring my whole self and be valued. All of the women in our village are about lifting each other up and providing support. There is amazing diversity among the women in our group and it just makes our interactions so rich and fulfilling. I can’t imagine mothering without these women.

Staci Daniels-Sommers, MSW
Membership Director, FIT4MOM SCV

I have been a participant of Fit4Mom for two years. I’ve been to their Bridgeport and Fair Oaks locations, as well as their Body Back sessions at the Sports Complex. I live in Fair Oaks, so I was very excited when they started teaching classes there earlier this year!

I have three children (5, 2, and 3 months) and my favorite part of Fit4Mom was finding women that I became extremely close with over the last two years. I now have a close-knit group of women that I know I can lean on if I ever need support. I continued going to classes all through my last pregnancy, and it made this third labor and delivery so much easier! I am now looking forward to getting back in shape after having my third child.

Lauren Dilles

I have been a participant in FIT4MOM for over two years now. I live in Fair Oaks and attended Bridgeport classes for a while and now attend mostly at Fair Oaks Park. I have done Stroller Strides, Stroller Barre and Body Back classes. It’s a truly excellent program and a great way for moms to get their workout in and have some time for themselves. There are built-in activities for kids, playgroups, and mom’s night outs! I’ve met and made great friends and it’s been something my kids look forward to!

Jenna Buonanno

Medical Move New Facey Building on Soledad Canyon

| Canyon Country Magazine | August 3, 2018

Facey Medical Group patients who live on the eastern side of Canyon Country have never had a long drive to see their doctors, considering the facility is less than five miles from the Stone Crest development. At the end of the month they’ll have even more reason to be on time for appointments: Facey is moving to a brand new building at 14550 Soledad Canyon Road, less than a mile southwest of Shadow Pines Boulevard.

“We’d been looking at a move for several years for a few reasons,” explained Roscoe Marter, M.D., Facey Medical Group vice president and regional medical director for the Santa Clarita Valley. “We wanted more space that was better designed for our clinic needs. “(Also) the city was unwilling to install a traffic signal at our current location, which we felt was an important safety issue for our patients.”

The new 37,000-square-foot clinic will be located at 14550 Soledad Canyon Road and will offer expanded radiology services, a larger Facey Eye Center, and room to add new physicians as it grows. It was designed by Boulder Associates and is being built by Duke Realty.

  • Facey’s key features include:
  • Same-day access to adult and pediatric primary care
  • Clinical environment that is designed for team-based care
  • Extended adult primary care hours on Mondays
  • Expanded radiology services, including ultrasound and mammography
  • Expanded optometry & Eye Center
  • On-site urgent care services provided by Facey affiliate, Exer Urgent Care, which is estimated to open in December
  • 24-hour telephone access to an on-call Facey physician
  • Comprehensive patient education and disease management programs
  • Manage your health and appointment schedule online or from a smartphone using MyChart from Providence
  • Care from Providence hospitals connected via unified health record system

The clinic is tentatively scheduled to open the week of August 27, but it could change, depending on final occupancy permits. For more information, call 661-250-5200.

Former Facey Building
When the medical professionals move into the new Facey facility, the vacated building at 17909 Soledad Canyon Road (photo at left) will be put up for sale, represented by Ryan Rothstein-Serling at Marcus & Millichap real estate brokerage. The building’s owner purchased the 20,576-square-foot building as an investment and its makeup is positioned well for medical use or an academic entity, such as a charter school, according to Rothstein-Serling. He says the two-story building has a number of divided spaces on both floors, which can be used for multiple tenants or separate classrooms.

To inquire about the building, contact senior associate Ryan Rothstein-Serling at 818-212-2725 or through the website, Marcusmillichap.com.

Canyon Cowboys Hit 50 Years 1968-2018

| Canyon Country Magazine | August 3, 2018

A 50-year reunion is planned for anyone in the community who wants to celebrate with Canyon High School. An event is planned in conjunction with the school’s Back to School Night on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018 from 6-9 p.m. at the school, 19300 W. Nadal Street in Canyon Country.

The anniversary celebration will start in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) with a welcome message and screening of a 50th Anniversary film. Throughout the evening there will be student performances, and entertainment by the alumni band, a memorabilia walk in the gym and a car show. Visitors can purchase food from several food trucks at the event.

Members of the community can purchase a 50th Anniversary Brick, which will become a permanent part of the Performing Arts Center at Canyon. To find out how to buy one, just visit Engravedbricks.com/campaign/canyon.

In next month’s Canyon Country Magazine you will learn who is on the “50th Most Influential List.” Individuals from the school’s history will be recognized for their contributions in the areas of athletics, arts/entertainment, business, education, and government. It will include a picture and a short biography on display at the event.

It is Canyon’s “Back to School Night” as well, so teachers will be present and available to answer questions regarding curriculum. The Cowboy community and the public are invited to celebrate 50 years of school pride, the many traditions, and academic excellence. For more information about the Canyon High School 50th Anniversary, visit CanyonHighCowboys.org.

Blasts in the Past

Cheerleaders (L to R): Heather Moran, Leah Purcell, Kelly Houston (Seidenkranz) and Cyndi Yee

Now a Canyon High School Spanish teacher, Kelly Seidenkranz graduated from CHS in 1988. As a student, Kelly was very involved on campus, including journalism, cheerleading, and a program called “Special Friends,” where she had lunch with visiting students who had Down syndrome. She was the president of California Scholarship Federation (CSF), was a member of National Honor Society, and was in Spanish Honor Society, officially called “Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica,” or SHH.

How is Canyon High School different than it used to be?
Kelly: Technology has changed everything. When I first started teaching at Canyon, we took roll call on paper, did our grades manually, and listened to announcements on the all-call instead of watching what is now CNN (Canyon News Network) on TV. As a student, I was using a typewriter to type all my papers – it wasn’t until my senior year that I got a typewriter with which you could edit, but you could only view one line at a time. And, of course, we didn’t have the Internet!

What is Canyon High School like today?
Canyon has become a very beautiful campus, as they have done many

Kelly Seidenkranz (left) with retired teacher “Señor Ed,” who inspired her to become a Spanish teacher and helped her get a job at Canyon. “He was a Canyon High legend pretty much, and he started at Canyon the year the school opened,” Seidenkranz said. “We are friends to this day.”

renovations, but it still maintains some of its original charm and beauty, in my opinion. Ethnic diversity is much more apparent on our campus than when I was a student. There is also now an exceptional leadership program at our school that helps fight bullying, prevent violence, and foster communication among different peer groups and staff. It is completely led by students, and I believe it is one of our greatest strengths as a school. This program would have been wonderful, had we had it when I was a student, and I wish every school in our district had a similar program.

What is the same about Canyon High School today?
Canyon still feels very much like a family, in that people support each other and take an interest in each other’s lives. It was like that for me as a student. I had more than a few teachers who really encouraged me to become more than I had ever imagined was possible for me. 

Canyon is truly part of my DNA, as not only did I graduate from Canyon, but so did my siblings. I taught both my son and my brother-in-law Spanish, and I’ve had both my brother and my mother as subs. Green and gold run through our veins.

Canyon High School custodian Donnie Kite knows everybody. He’s lived in Santa Clarita since 1950 and used to own a Chevron Station at the corner of Whites Canyon and Soledad until it closed 16 years ago, employing Canyon High students in its 33 years there. To this day, kids will tell him their parents or grandparents knew him from the station.

Although Donnie’s been working at CHS for just under 15 years, he’s made his presence known – which is why some people call him the “Ambassador of Canyon High.”

He gets invited to CHS sporting events by team members, always faithful to root for them. His wife’s name, Kelly Morey, is on the wall on campus for her days as catcher for the softball team (1974). Kelly, Donnie’s sister and brother-in-law all graduated from Canyon, and he feels connected to the Home of the Cowboys. As an employee of the school, he prides himself on “providing customer service by taking care of everybody.”

What he does for the Cowboys
Donnie: I help the kids out, I help the teachers out. My favorite thing is just being there, being helpful to everybody. I enjoy my job, and if you’re not happy in your job you ought not be doing it.

I’m proud to be there – it’s an honor to me. Everybody’s so helpful and the kids are so happy. It’s hard to want to retire when you enjoy being there. If it wasn’t for the people around – students and teachers and staff – I’d probably say goodbye.

All the kids have been well-mannered over the years. The school seems a little more peppy, happy. They’re doing a good job. And they all jump in and help.

What he gets in return
Seven or eight years ago I had a heart attack, and Canyon High School was there for me when I was down. The principal, Bob Messina, and staff came to visit me, and the teachers. The choir all sent me cards, the band sent me cards. It was important to me … you know when you’re really loved.

Before retiring last year, Mary Purdy had taught music for more than 35 years, the last 27 at Canyon High School. Looking back, she said that when she took the job at the helm of the choir department in 1990, football was strong and the morale was low. At the time, the Canyon High School mixed choir totaled only about 35 students, so Mary decided they needed to raise their visibility on campus.

Performing arts center

“I wanted us to be recognized as much as the football team,” Mary said. “We did really well that first year and with that success the kids got excited, so it kept getting bigger and bigger.”
In the early days, she worked closely with the drama teacher, Marilyn Pilkey, whose creativity impressed Mary, especially watching her deal with their extremely limited resources.

“‘Minimal’ isn’t a strong enough word for it,” Mary explained. “Our first concert with Marilyn was a winter concert and the kids did an abridged ‘Christmas Carol.’ Girls with really long hair would bend over and that would be a scene change. The place where we performed was four flat classrooms with dividers and what she did to make that come alive for the drama department was amazing.”

In Mary’s first few years, Canyon performed the musicals “Brigadoon” and “Fiddler on the Roof.”

“The really ambitious part was that Marilyn did ‘Fiddler’ outside in the amphitheater,” Mary said. “It was really, really good. ‘Making do’ with things was her nature.”

Then vs. Now
“When canyon first opened it was a modular campus,” Mary remembered. “That’s why every building has a core. Canyon was kind of a model of this new kind of education in 1968, more like a college campus. … They did away with that, but we still have the core, which is interesting, because it’s hard to not hear the class right next door to you.”

One campus feature surprised Mary when she took the job. “There was a smoking section for the kids out by the football field,” she said. “It was not a secret and it was patrolled; they did it to keep the vandalism in the bathrooms down.”

In the beginning, Mary joined every committee possible so they wouldn’t try to cut her program. She’s witnessed a number of changes in education, but said she’s learned that the pendulum swings in both directions.

Honorable Mentions
Mary Purdy has nice things to say about, virtually, every Canyon principal, but one in particular. “Bob Messina was a fabulous, fabulous principal,” she said. “He had been ASB director, so he knew the whole school. He’d be asked, ‘Does the football program raise the most money?’ And he’d say, ‘No – the choir and the band.’”

The Performing Arts Center
Some say it’s the jewel in Mary’s crown, a project she even stalled her retirement to see. Canyon High School finally built and opened a Performing Arts Center in 2016, and Mary had been in on the planning of it for years. “It was everything we asked for, everything we planned, it was all there,” she said. “It was wonderful – the architects were great.”

Not only did Mary Purdy get to lead her choirs onstage at the new Performing Arts Center, she took a piece of it with her. During construction, Mary took pictures every Friday from the ground up and made a Shutterfly album to always remember how it came to life. Two of the photos are pictured above.

Best of Canyon Country

| Canyon Country Magazine | August 1, 2018

If you love to Yelp, or just want to give a shout out to your favorite local business, here’s your chance!

Every year, Canyon Country Magazine seeks to reward all of those businesses that deserve recognition for providing their customers with everything they want and need. We’d love for you to be a part of it – give your favorite establishments the “bragging rights” for their industry, so everyone else in town knows they’re the best.

How do you vote?
Simply let us know your favorite:

Restaurant * Hair Salon * Store *Realtor * Pharmacy * Attorney * and others…

*Vote by mail
*Vote here https://santaclaritafree.com/best-of-canyon-country

Ask the Expert – Robb Nelson Insurance

| Canyon Country Magazine | July 10, 2018

CCM: Are homeowners insurance policies all the same?

Robb Nelson: No, they can be very different, and you want to be sure your insurance professional has access to the most comprehensive coverage available.

Homeowners will sometimes assume they only need “fire insurance,” which is also referred to as “hazard insurance,” the minimum insurance you need to satisfy the mortgage company. It doesn’t cover water damage, theft, vandalism, lightning, weight of snow, etc.

Homeowners insurance covers a lot more. In my 29 years of experience I’ve only lost maybe one home a year due to fire. But about 95 percent of my clients’ claims are for water damage. A good homeowners package covers everything you’d normally expect in your home, with the exception of floods and earthquakes.

Water damage, which is separate from flood damage, includes such problems as damage from broken pipes from within the house. Homeowners insurance doesn’t cover true flooding, which is what flood insurance covers. Flooding involves rising water from an outside source, such as rain coming down too fast, where storm drains can’t handle it.

A homeowners package policy, not just fire insurance, covers the estimated value to rebuild a house. Land is not included. Coverage A is your dwelling. Coverage B is separate structure, such as fences, walls, jacuzzi, shed or barn. Coverage C is personal property, which is easily thought of as anything you’d take with you if you moved. Coverage D is loss of use, which pays for reasonable additional costs you incur because you are not able to occupy your house due to a covered loss. Coverage E is liability, which includes someone getting hurt on your property. Coverage F is medical, for guests at your property who may hurt themselves where you aren’t necessarily liable for it.

If your agent says you only qualify for California Fair Plan, it is only the bare minimum. Make sure the agent you choose represents a company offering a policy with the widest parameters at the best price. There have been many times that I have had homeowners come to me stating that they can only be covered by California Fair Plan mostly due to brush. Nine times out of 10, I am able to place them with a more complete homeowners policy for a much more competitive price. It is one of the advantages of representing several different companies.

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Get in the Habit of the 9PM Routine to Thwart Thieves

| Canyon Country Magazine | July 10, 2018

People have been breaking into cars to steal what’s inside for a long time, and until auto companies invent vehicles that can’t be broken into, the practice probably isn’t going to disappear any time soon. As a matter of fact, the crime is becoming increasingly common all across the United States. Even here in Canyon Country, despite the numerous police patrols, vehicles are broken into all the time. Sometimes it’s to snatch a cell phone or tablet, other times it’s for the change in the cup holder.

In an effort to help residents take proactive steps to protect themselves, the SCV Sheriff’s Station and other law enforcement agencies have taken to popularizing a protocol known as the 9PM Routine. The routine is simple. It’s a reminder for residents to go out to their vehicles at 9 p.m. every evening and remove their valuables – including loose change – and to make sure the windows are up and the doors are locked (in their vehicles, as well as in their homes).
Simple routines like this can be effective because breaking into someone’s vehicle is a crime of opportunity most of the time. Someone walking by a vehicle notices a pair of expensive sunglasses on the dash, a cell phone on the seat, or even random coins in the center console or cup holder and decides to bash in and relieve the owner of his/her property. When perpetrators peek through a vehicle’s window and see nothing worth stealing, they’re far more likely to move on to other vehicles rather than try their luck breaking into what appears to be an empty car.

Sometimes it’s the little things you can do that keep you from being the victim of a crime, and the 9PM Routine is one of those things. It’s easy, it’s quick, and it’s effective.

Canyon Cowboys Hit 50 Years – 1968-2018

| Canyon Country Magazine | July 9, 2018

A team of people with true Cowboy pride have been planning a big reunion for all former students from Canyon High School, and the whole community is welcome. A 50th anniversary celebration will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018 from 6-9 p.m. at the school, 19300 W. Nadal Street in Canyon Country.

The free event will start in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) with a welcome message and screening of a 50th Anniversary film. Throughout the evening there will be student performances, and entertainment by the alumni band, a memorabilia walk in the gym and a car show. Visitors can purchase food from several food trucks at the event.
The “50th Most Influential List” will recognize individuals from the school’s history for their contributions in the areas of athletics, arts/entertainment, business, education, and government. It will include a picture and a short biography on display at the event.

Canyon High School during the building process circa 1968; photo courtesy of Wm. S. Hart School District

It is Canyon’s “Back to School Night” as well, so teachers will be present and available to answer questions regarding curriculum. The Cowboy community and the public are invited to celebrate 50 years of school pride, the many traditions, and academic excellence. For more information about the Canyon High School 50th Anniversary, visit CanyonHighCowboys.org.

Tae Bo Master Classes

| Canyon Country Magazine | July 3, 2018

After an attention-getting appearance by fitness guru Billy Blanks in May, the enthusiasm for Tae Bo is growing – and in the direction of Canyon Country. Angie Eliaszewicz, who recently became a certified instructor, taught a master class alongside Blanks at Hugo’s Gymfitness, introducing the group of men and women to the basics of the martial arts style fitness program. She is now teaching Tae Bo at both Hugo’s on Centre Pointe Pkwy in Santa Clarita, and Be Fit, which is located next to New World Dance in Canyon Country.

The trademarked martial art is a combination of Tae Kwon Do and boxing, which was founded by Blanks in the 1980s, one of the first to launch a culture of total body fitness.

Eliaszewicz is offering “6-week Challenge” sessions, where women will gain an added advantage over a typical workout: encouragement from the instructor.

“I guide them and motivate them daily,” she said. “Lack of motivation makes people quit. I’ve been there and done that – I know how it feels. You need that person to be right next to you saying you can do it.”

You can take the Tae Bo classes individually, at $10 per class. The six-week session is $150, which allows participants three classes a week, bringing the price down to about $8 per workout. The aim is to help women see results, so Eliaszewicz gives dietary coaching as well as fitness technique.

“If you take four weeks or six weeks and you haven’t changed anything, you’ve pretty much wasted your time,” she explained. “When we get weak our fears come out, and we work psychologically through that. Once you pass that firewall of facing your fears you can achieve anything you want.”

The one-hour Tae Bo classes are appropriate for a range of levels. The moves are basic, with an emphasis on technique and repetitive movement.

“Any martial artists – first degree, third degree, fourth degree – will get a good workout, just as someone who’s never done a workout before,” Eliaszewicz said.

Participants should wear regular workout clothing, according to comfort. “We’ll be doing Tae Bo in conjunction with weights to achieve maximum results,” the instructor said. “Once you incorporate strength training with cardio you burn fat at a faster pace.”

Eliaszewicz plans to start the six-week sessions on July 2 and again August 13. Also this year, she is joining Billy Blanks in Florida to create Tae Bo videos, followed by a company trip to South America.

The Tae Bo Fitness 6-Week Challenge schedule is:

Hugo’s: Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 10:00 a.m.

Be fit: Fridays at 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Hugo’s Gymfitness is located at 21107 Centre Pointe Pkwy in Santa Clarita; Be Fit is located at 18916 Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country.

Free Master Class July 13
Angie Eliaszewicz will lead a Tae Bo Master Class on July 13 free of charge at Be Fit in Canyon Country. The community is invited to attend the class at 7:30 p.m. to experience Tae Bo.

For information about the free master class or the Tae Bo 6-Week Challenge, call 818-967-2629.

PedalFest Summer Series

| Canyon Country Magazine | July 2, 2018

While the high speeds that people take through Sand Canyon are sometimes cause for alarm, there’s a group of people encouraging you to go even faster in Placerita Canyon.

Don’t worry – they aren’t driving on four wheels, just two – and they’re actually on a new track off of Placerita, not on the road.

This year’s “PedalFest Summer Series” is being held at East Walker Ranch on Thursday evenings, engaging nearly 200 bike enthusiasts of all ages and abilities for a friendly competition.

The public is invited to watch or participate in the remaining five race events. It costs $30 to race and competitions are divided into various groups from kids age 6-8 years old to semi-pro adults. The next PedalFest event is Race #06, held on July 26 from 6-9 p.m.

It’s the sixth year that Greg and Gina Flanagan of Saugus are spearheading the racing events.

“There’s definitely a competitive element to the races, but it’s mostly a fun, family-friendly environment,” said Gina Flanagan. “PedalFest has grown and evolved over the years, but we stay true to our grassroots racing.”

Greg Flanagan, who works for an equipment rental company in the film industry, used to race motorcycles professionally. “I grew up riding motorcycles and that led to biking,” he said. “I haven’t ridden a motorcycle in about 2-1/2 years. We just love to ride bikes.”

Between hundreds of racers and spectators, the Grill Maniac and Sweet Beams Ice Cream food trucks stay pretty busy at the event.

Previous Summer Series were held in Castaic and at Central Park, where there were too many activities to safely and effectively hold the races. The move to Placerita Canyon was brewing about a year ago, when City of Santa Clarita officials brought the 180-acre property to the attention of the Flanagans. They began designing a multi-use track there, which was successfully completed because of the help of a group called SCV Trail Users.

“It’s a group of guys who love to build trails,” Greg explained. “They’re amazing. The SCV Trail Users group had organized trail workdays all winter, and they’re still working out there.”

The track is used by walkers, hikers, joggers and mountain bikers – just no motorized forms of transportation … well, sort of.

Literal trailblazers, the Flanagans are open to new ideas, and this year’s races are incorporating a first-time feature: Racers can ride e-bikes.

Electric bikes offer individuals the chance to ride bicycles with a little additional power through a pedal assist. David Brow, CEO of Open Trails E-bikes in Valencia said that Greg Flanagan “is the first to integrate e-mountain bike races with traditional mountain bikes.”

E-bike riders begin on a separate track, going uphill on a fire road an extra two miles, Brow explained. They merge with the other bikers at the top and race them downhill.

“We’re keeping up with them and passing them,” Brow said. “It takes about 45 minutes. Even on an e-bike it’s hard, but it’s faster.”

One of the advantages of electric bikes – whether you’re racing at PedalFest or riding the more than 80 miles of bike path trails in Santa Clarita – is that people who are past their prime (in other words, a little older) can get a workout much more easily. Open Trails E-bikes has rentals for $50 per four hours or $75 for a full day.

PedalFest accommodates e-bikers at half of the 10 Summer Series races.

“My favorite thing about hosting the races is the sense of community and camaraderie between the participants, spectators, vendors and volunteers,” Gina Flanagan said.

August 9 is PedalFest Family Night, where kids age 5 and under get a chance to race, beginning at 5:30 p.m. “We have kids on push bikes, we’ve had a mom push their kid in a stroller,” Greg Flanagan said. “There will be a bounce house, and every kid gets a medal and a little prize.”

The 10th and final PedalFest Summer Series race will be held on August 23, 2018. The next PedalFest race is July 27 from 6-9 p.m. Online registration for $30 closes at 9 p.m. the Wednesday prior to the event. The cost is $35 if you register onsite at the beginning of the race.

“We like to bill it as the race series for people who don’t race,” Greg Flanagan said. “We have a 6- to 8-year-old class and a 9- to 11-year-old class. We have a modified route for them. We have over 20 different classes, with 12- to70-year-olds on the track at the same time.”

The track is located at East Walker Ranch, 16723 Placerita Canyon Road in Santa Clarita. For more information, visit Racepedalfest.com, where you can find the schedule, and even the race results.

Antelope Valley Fair Aug. 17-26 – ‘Holy Cow, We’re 80 Now’

| Canyon Country Magazine | July 1, 2018

If you like to spend some of your summer walking, talking, eating and seeing heartwarming, educational exhibits, it sounds like you’re a frequent visitor to the fair. For 80 years, the Palmdale/Lancaster community has been hosting the Antelope Valley Fair, with many traditions and events that are the same today as they were in 1938 when it first opened.

Its history actually goes back to the 19th century, when the area’s leaders would host a two-day celebration for farmers and ranchers. A Harvest Festival was held in 1931, bringing Hollywood entertainers to the area; then an annual Field Day began in 1934, where locals would compete in friendly contests, including cow milking and hay loading.

The early years of the Antelope Valley Fair required fundraising to buy the 80-acre property where it was originally located, so local ranchers auctioned off bales of hay to the highest bidder. In 2003, the AV Fair was relocated to its current venue at Avenue H in Lancaster. It began as a four-day event, but is now 10 days of carnival rides, livestock exhibits, vendors, concerts and much, much more.

The Fair Association’s mission statement is “to serve as a well managed, safe, multi-purpose, year-round facility which meets the diverse educational and entertainment needs of the residents and families of the Antelope Valley and surrounding communities. The Antelope Valley Fair Association will be innovative in planning and growth while protecting the public’s investment, maintaining sensitivity to our environment and preserving and caring for our agricultural heritage while creating new cultural traditions.”

For more than 30 years, 4-H community leader Shirley Byrne has been involved in educating and encouraging children and teens in the Canyon Coyotes 4-H Club. “We are the only club in this area and have members from Castaic, as well as other cities in the Santa Clarita Valley,” she said. “We also have members from the Palmdale, Lancaster and Leona Valley areas.”

This year there are dozens of local kids showing livestock at the AV Fair in August. With 4-H members showing as many as 20 lambs, eight goats and 22 pigs, plus many others from beef and swine to turkeys and rabbits, there will be plenty of ribbons coming home to Acton, Agua Dulce, Canyon Country and other parts of the surrounding area.

Some students are also participating in cake decorating, arts and crafts, photography – even welding. “I have kids in almost every category in the building this year,” Byrne said.

The building Byrne is referring to is the Van Dam Pavilion, where fair visitors can see exhibits from community members who submit their creative entries, from jam and table settings to miniatures and ceramics.

There is still time for members of the public to enter an exhibit in the competition. Visit the website at AVFair.com for rules, forms and deadlines.

Another building has “Farm and Garden” entries such as honey, floriculture, and bird/bat houses. There are numerous stages with entertainment throughout the 10-day fair as well.

You can see the 4-H members show their large and small livestock during the first few days of the fair. The animals receive vet checks and other clearances and stay in the barn according to a schedule for appearances and auction.

For more information about the Antelope Valley Fair, visit AVFair.com.

Canyon Country Business Briefs

| Canyon Country Magazine | June 27, 2018

FIREWORKS SAFETY AND REMINDERS
Did you know that more pets get lost on July 4th than any other time of the year? Fireworks terrify pets and can cause them to run away from home. In addition to spooking pets, fireworks can cause serious injuries, fires and property damage. All fireworks are illegal in Santa Clarita, including those that are labeled safe and sane.
Please leave the show to the pros and attend a professional fireworks show such as the City of Santa Clarita’s Fourth of July Fireworks Show at Westfield Valencia Town Center.

If you see illegal fireworks, report them to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station at (661) 255-1121. Penalties for possession or use of fireworks can range up to a fine of $1,000 and a misdemeanor prosecution. To learn more, visit santa-clarita.com/Fireworks.

CITYWIDE FILM STATISTICS
In May, the City of Santa Clarita issued 47 film permits which contributed to 99 film days, generating an estimated economic impact of $2,310,000.

The following productions were filming in Canyon Country in May 2018.

Television Shows:
Camping – Sierra Highway
Mayans MC – Area home
Feature Films:
Foreign Exchange – Sand Canyon area home
If I Can’t Have You – Sable Ranch
Untitled Dan Gilroy Project – Sierra Highway
Commercials:
FUSE – Sable Ranch
Go Go – Rancho Deluxe
Walmart – Walmart (Carl Boyer)
Short Films:
The Carpool (W.T.) – Area homes, Sierra Crest Center
Student Films:
Balloon (American Film Institute) – Sable Ranch

CANYON COUNTRY COMMUNITY CENTER UPDATE

The new Canyon Country Community Center is scheduled to begin construction in 2019. The center will provide programming opportunities for all age groups and will include park amenities such as a play area, half-court basketball, open turf areas, walkways and landscaping.

SMART GARDENING PROGRAM

The city has partnered with the L.A. County Department of Public Works to offer Smart Gardening Workshops in Santa Clarita in 2018. The beginner workshop provides instruction on the basic techniques of composting, water-wise gardening and grasscycling. The advanced workshop teaches you organic gardening, landscaping with native drought-tolerant plants and integrated pest management (including environmentally-friendly ways to control pests).

They will be held at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library – 18601 Soledad Canyon Road.
Beginner Workshop – Saturday, July 21, 2018: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Advanced Workshop – Saturday, August 25, 2018: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

For more information about the gardening program and other workshops throughout the year, visit http://dpw.lacounty.gov/epd/sg/wk_scheds.cfm.

ARTS IN CANYON COUNTRY

The Vision of Gary Friedman
A free exhibit is on display through October 5, 2018 at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road.

The solo art exhibit “The Vision of Gary Friedman” features 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 exhibited locally for the past several years.

Friedman was also the band director at Arroyo Seco Junior High School from 1976 to 2011. When not painting, traveling, or teaching, Gary plays music with the bluegrass band The Flaw and jazz with the Go Jazz Big Band and David Peter’s jazz combo.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Canyon Country Community Center
Excursion: Ventura Harbor Village and Harbor Cove Beach
Enjoy a family day at the Ventura Harbor Village and Harbor Cove Beach. Participants will enjoy the small lapping waves, sand dunes and protected shoreline of “Mother’s Beach.” After a morning at the beach, take a short walk to Ventura Harbor for lunch and shopping. Participants are free to decide activities and how time will be spent, as there is no set schedule. Parents must accompany children 17 and under. The last day to register is July 5.

Saturday, July 14
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Fee: $10 per person

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.

NOTE: The Santa Clarita Public Library will be closed July 1st – 3rd for staff development and on July 4th in observance of Independence Day. The library will be open again on July 5 at 9:00 a.m.

One World Rhythm
Free family event! Create spontaneous and exciting music as a group.
Friday, July 20
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Survival 101
Children can test out their survival knowledge and skills to see if they can emerge from disaster as a Survivor Champion.
Thursday, July 12
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Passport to Fun
Children will enjoy activities while traveling through the library.
Thursday, July 26
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

All Mapped Out
Teens will create a frame or globe lantern using old maps.
Wednesday, July 11
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Henry Mayo Presents: You and Your Health
Learn what free, educational services Henry Mayo provides to help everyone stay healthy and in shape.
Tuesday, July 24
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

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

4th of July In and Around the SCV

| Canyon Country Magazine | June 27, 2018

Independence Day Classic 5K and 10K Run/Walk
Proceeds from this early morning event benefit cross country teams of the six Santa Clarita Valley high schools and other local charities. The 36th annual Independence Day Classic includes a Kid’s K and non-competitive walk. Runners begin at Newhall Memorial Park, 24933 Newhall Avenue; the 10K begins at 7 a.m., while the 5K and walk begin at 8 a.m. The Kid’s K begins at 7:45 a.m. For registration information, visit scrunners.org/independence-day-classic.html.

Santa Clarita Fourth of July Parade
This year’s theme is “It’s a Grand Old Flag” and the 2018 Grand Marshal is Fred W. Trueblood III for the annual 4th of July Parade in Newhall. There are floats, equestrian units and entries from many local clubs and organizations. Spectators can see vintage cars and marching bands while munching on food from multiple vendors. Visit scvparade.com.

City of Santa Clarita Fireworks Show
The day’s festivities conclude with the City of Santa Clarita Fourth of July Fireworks Show, held at Westfield Valencia Town Center, starting at 9:15 p.m.  You can drive near the mall and park your car to see the sky light up in celebration. As the fireworks show is one of the city’s most popular 4th of July events, guests are encouraged to arrive early. Major intersections and streets will be impacted.

Fillmore & Western Railway Firecracker Train
Departing at 6:30 p.m. and returning at 10 p.m. on the 4th of July, the Fillmore & Western is hosting a ride through Heritage Valley while guests enjoy a BBQ dinner, including tri-tip, chicken, potato salad, chili, garlic bread and dessert. Fillmore’s fireworks show is part of the evening as well. Visit fwry.com.

Santa Clarita Valley Quilt Guild

| Canyon Country Magazine | June 12, 2018

Your grandmother may have had a sewing circle, or had a group of friends who would bring over fabric squares which they pieced together on a rack.

Santa Clarita has the SCV Quilt Guild.

“Our guild is a fun guild,” says quilter Donna Chipperfield of Agua Dulce, who joined the club in 1991. “Yes, we do a lot of work … but we also go out and have dinner once in a while and anybody is welcome to come.

Almost 30 years ago, a group of quilters created the non-profit Santa Clarita Quilt Guild to share their love of handcrafting, and at the same time, meet needs of others in the community. They pass on their skills to future generations through demonstrations and in working with Girl Scouts earning their Quilting Badge.

The group has contributed three quilts to the City of Santa Clarita, and one hangs in the City Council chambers. The members also adopt families in need, raising money for individuals without resources.

The goal of the SCV Quilt Guild is to serve the community, says Carol Carter, who serves on the community service committee for the club.

“We make quilts for our veterans through Habitat for Humanity,” she says. “Each veteran receives a quilt when they move into their new home.”

The non-profit organization also creates quilts for residents of the VA Hospital in West Los Angeles. They also support The Painted Turtle, a camp for children with special needs and medical issues.

“We donate turtle pillows and small quilts for each child to take home,” Carter says.

The Guide Dogs of America are supported by the non-profit, and the Santa Clarita Senior Center receives original work from the Quilt Guild, including placemats, shawls, wheelchair and lap quilts for seniors.

“We have a good group and we’re all oriented toward doing community service,” Chipperfield says.

Some of the other organizations benefiting from the work of the guild include: American Diabetes Association, Boy Scouts, Brownie Girl Scouts, Canyon Country Library, City of Hope, Henry Mayo Memorial Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, Santa Clarita Food Pantry, SCV Pregnancy Center, SCV Homeless Shelter, SCV Sheriff’s Department, United Cerebral Palsy, and others.

Canyon Country resident Bunny House joined the Quilt Guild after she retired from Union Bank in 2004. Her first quilting project involved matching up the points of triangles.

“It was all challenging, I’ve got to tell you,” she says. “At the time, I hadn’t used my sewing machine in … I can’t even tell you. I had packed it away.”

Like many of the guild’s members, House sewed when she was young. “When my daughter was born … the first two years she was in school I made everything she wore,” she says. “I made clothing for myself, and doll clothes. Before, it was actually more cost-effective than it is now, because fabric is really expensive.”

House says she’s a traditional quilter.

“I’m not a modern quilter,” House says. “I like traditional patterns. I don’t have a favorite pattern, but I do like stars.”

Traditional does not necessarily mean hand-sewn.

“Hand-quilting would not be an option at this point. I can do some hand-sewing, but hand-quilting would be intensive,” House says. “I know we have some members who do hand-quilting.”

Of course, some of the Guild prefer working by hand, one member in particular.

“She doesn’t even own a sewing machine,” Chipperfield says. “Everything is done by hand. And she pumps out some of the most beautiful quilts you have ever seen.”

Chipperfield, a former Quilt Guild president, quilts professionally, finishing people’s quilts for almost two decades now.

“Modern quilting now is quite different,” Chipperfield says. “It used to be quilts were made to be on beds. Now we do it for art. … You used to sit around a frame and you outlined your little squares or triangles. And now you do it by machine and your imagination is the only thing that hinders you.”

Chipperfield’s grandmother started her quilting when she was 9 years old, and she was hooked.

“Anybody who takes up quilting, it will become a passion for them,” she says.

Smithsonian refers to quilting as “fiber arts,” says Chipperfield, who adds that it resembles the work of visual artists.

“All quilts are beautiful,” she says. “It’s kind of like looking at paintings. Some will really jump out at you and others will kind of just intrigue you. With others you’ll say, ‘Hmm … that’s OK.’ Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

Santa Clarita Valley Quilt Guild meetings are held the second Thursday of every month from 7-9:30 p.m. at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, located at 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road. The club gets national and international quilting experts to come and speak, and will typically show examples of their work. Sometimes there’s a workshop, where members can become more knowledgeable quilters.

“If you had any desire to become one, or any sewing background you’d probably enjoy it,” House says. “It’s really gratifying to put a quilt together and see it come together and you can give it to someone who will appreciate it.”

For more information about the organization, visit SCVquiltguild.org.

Ask The Experts

| Canyon Country Magazine | June 5, 2018

Q: What is the difference between a sewer and a septic system?

A: Septic refers to a private sewer system. It includes a tank, distribution box and an effluent field, also known as leech lines, and a seepage pit, or cesspool. All maintenance work is the homeowner’s or private land owner’s responsibility.

A public sewer system is a county or city maintained system that ends up in a treatment plant. All maintenance work on a trunk line in the street is paid for by property taxes and completed by city or county maintenance teams.

The City of Santa Clarita and surrounding areas have many variables to consider when talking about responsibility and codes. You want to consult a professional plumber for clarification.

Q: What type of maintenance should homeowners have to prevent potential problems with their plumbing?
A: One of the best ways to mitigate a big maintenance issue is for the owner of a home or business to check and maintain water pressure, keeping it under 80 pounds, as per code.

 

Hallway Plumbing can be reached at 661-702-9988

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard Wade of Richard’s Boats

Q.What is one way to maximize the pleasure of owning and using a boat?

A. Boat owners need to maintain their boats and make sure they’re properly serviced, at least annually, and ready for use. I recommend a safety inspection to make sure the boat operates correctly, that the bilge blower works and the bilge pump works. There’s nothing worse than investing hundreds of dollars for a day on the lake and then your boat doesn’t work.

Q. What safety equipment should boat owners have on board?

A. They need a life jacket on board for everybody, and everyone under 12 has to wear their life jackets. You need to keep a working fire extinguisher on board, no matter what kind of boat it is. They also need throw cushions, a paddle and a flag for maximum safety.

Richard Wade owns Richard’s Boats located at 45500 23rd St. West, Lancaster, CA 93536. Call
661-951-9191 or visit www.richardsboatcenter.com.

The Shrinking Life of Bees

| Canyon Country Magazine | June 5, 2018

Bee-lieve it or not, if the number of hives continues to decline, humankind may not survive.

That’s a driving force for Max Morgan, a former member of the military, firefighter and police officer who began a new career as a bee removal specialist.

Last month, a swarm of Africanized bees killed three dogs in Agua Dulce. But while many members of the community were shocked by the local drama, Morgan wasn’t surprised.

“It’s not unusual at all,” he said. “The Africanized bees have killed livestock, pets … humans. They actually crossed the border into Texas, probably in 1999, and they were found in California in 2004, and now they’re pretty much in the Southwest and moving their way north.”

Morgan quoted a statistic where they found that 80-90 percent of wild bees (the kinds not kept by beekeepers) have some degree of “Africanization,” meaning they have DNA from the aggressive African honey bee.

“Some are mildly nasty and some are a public safety hazard,” Morgan said. “It’s evolutionary. They’re starving to death because of a lack of forage.”

To avoid being attacked by them, it’s best to stay away. Morgan said that Africanized bees can sense danger at 50 feet away, and they sense vibration (which agitates all bees) at 100 feet. “A bee can fly 15 miles an hour,” he said. “How fast can you run? They will chase someone for a quarter of a mile.”

The local bee expert responds to calls from clients and speaks to groups about a growing – or shrinking – problem. It is called Colony Collapse Disorder.

“It’s a worldwide phenomenon,” Morgan said. “What happened around 2006 is the agricultural chemical companies came out with new … insecticides – neonicatinoids – which are nicotine-based.”

It is a “systemic insecticide,” according to Morgan, which means that by contrast to other insecticides, which typically last a few days, neonicatinoids are there forever. Bees then gather the contaminated, toxic nectar, according to Morgan, and bring it back to hives, decimating bee populations. He added that most of the Western European countries, including Russia, banned the use of neonicatinoids.

There is also a loss of habitat because farmers are using their land to grow corn for ethanol for cars, he said.

“A few years ago, for the almonds in the Central Valley, they needed 1.6 million bee hives to pollinate. They were literally trucked in by the thousands,” Morgan explained. “But because of the Colony Collapse Disorder, they’re losing colonies. Four years ago there were only 500,000 hives available to pollinate the almond crops.”

Bee-lieve it or not, bees are smart
“People who are aware that bees are dying, they’ll say, ‘How come we’re getting all these bees?’ We have sprinklers, bird baths, pools, water features, and we have landscape plants,” he said. “It’s almost Darwinian. They’re moving into urban areas in their fight to survive.”

Morgan gets called to Sand Canyon, among other parts of the valley. Ranch owners who have water troughs for livestock can draw bees. A lot of the horses will get stung on their faces, such as the nostril area, he said.

“Bees require a lot of water,” he said. “I get several calls a year from people saying, ‘We can’t use our swimming pool.’ I tell them to drain the pool. And sometimes they ask, ‘Can we convert it to saltwater?’ But bees like saltwater even more.”

This hive at Lowes was relocated

Morgan said that when bees find a desirable situation, they remember it. “Bees will put that in their GPS. They’ll fly in a 5-mile radius and find their way back,” he said. “They are highly intelligent.”

Bee-lieve it or not, Max Morgan is a no-kill bee expert
“I’m a moderate environmentalist,” he said. “I recognized six, seven years ago bees were dying, so I became a beekeeper. I wanted to do my part. I thought it was the environmentally responsible thing to do.”

By keeping bees alive, Morgan can fight the numbers dying off.

“Everyone knows they’re critical to our food supply. One out of three foods we eat requires a bee to pollinate it, whether it’s vegetables or fruit,” he said. “It’s also critical to our meat and dairy, because alfalfa requires pollination.”

When bees swarm, there are typically 4,000-6,000 bees and they’re about the size of a football,” the bee expert warned.

One of his most challenging calls involved removing an Africanized hive a few years ago. They attacked him and got into the cab of his truck, so he had to drive home in his beekeeper uniform, Morgan said.

“The best advice I could give people is don’t ignore their bee problem,” Morgan said. “A lot of people say, ‘That’s OK, it’s nature, they’re not bothering anyone.’ I cannot emphasize it enough. They’ve got to deal with it.”

The season for bees is March through September, and a fertile queen bee can lay 1,500-2,000 eggs a day.

“Exponentially, the population is exploding,” he said. “It doubles again and again. You can have a hive with 15,000-40,000 bees and they can become Africanized.”

If they aren’t attended to and they get in the wall of a house it’s complex and expensive to solve, Morgan said.

The beekeeper’s research shows that without bees, humans have only wheat, rice and corn to eat. He reminds people that it was Einstein who allegedly said, “If all the bees were to die, mankind would only have four years to live.”

That projection sounds a little bit ironic, as Morgan’s proposal to help turn the tide is a political one. He said, “It’s all about campaign donations from chemical manufacturers.”

To learn more, you can visit Max Morgan’s business page on Facebook, which is “Have Bees?”

Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society

| Canyon Country Magazine | June 4, 2018

When Cindy and Gary Bernsdorf moved to Canyon Country in 1977, roses were the first thing they planted in the front yard. Since then, when they’ve made changes to their landscaping it often meant making room for more roses.

“My interest in roses goes back to my childhood,” Cindy Bernsdorf said. “My mom had roses as part of her front and back gardens. It just seemed natural to include them in our gardens, too.”

Susan Rinker

Susan Rinker’s interest in roses also took root in her mother’s garden. She remembers her “Peace Roses” as colorful and “Mister Lincoln Roses” as fragrant and velvety red.

When she came to the Santa Clarita Valley, Rinker noticed that some roses don’t grow well in this area.

“There are specific roses that do really well out here, while there are others that don’t,” said Rinker, who moved to Canyon Country 21 years ago. “We bought here because it was semi-rural at the time. Canyon Country still has that small town feel and community spirit.”

The SCV Rose Society is another community Rinker praises. She attended their annual rose shows and about five years ago, she went to the group’s “How to Cut Back Roses” class, which is held in January.

“Everyone is really friendly and knowledgeable,” she said. “There is something for everybody, even if you are just starting out.”

some of the Bernsdorf family’s 50 roses

The Bernsdorfs have been members of the Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society for about 10 years.

“We first became aware of the Rose Society from articles in The Signal inviting the public to visit local rose gardens. One of them was in Canyon Country, not too far from us, so we went,” Cindy said. “It was amazing to see someone’s garden who was really ‘into’ roses. They had so many different kinds and colors, and everyone there was so helpful when we started asking questions.”

Their next visit was to the Rose Show at Hart Park. “Again, we talked to members, and decided to join,” she said.

The 26-year-old local Rose Society has monthly meetings with speakers on subjects related to roses or gardening, including related topics such as pruning, soil, pests, or from experts in the field of landscaping.

“We have often brought questions about growing roses to the many experts who attend,” Cindy said. “The really nice thing is that there are many members who, like us, grow roses for our own pleasure, but don’t go any further than that. However, if you want to grow ‘show quality’ roses and participate in showing them, we have lots of others who can help.”

Some of the club’s members even graft their own roses, and there is a wide range of expertise in the group.

“There is a place for anyone who loves roses, no matter how involved you want to be,” Cindy said. “We have a monthly newsletter with great articles, as well as an award-winning website. You can find information there on almost any question you might have about roses.”

The group’s website, SCVRS.homestead.com, has a calendar of care, with suggestions about what you can do each month to help your roses grow to their highest quality. There are photos of members’ gardens and a list of consulting Rosarians, among much more.

“Of course, we also continue to have the Rose Garden Tours and our Rose Show each year,” Cindy said.

All three of the members support the club by volunteering; for instance, assisting judges at the Rose Show.

The Bernsdorfs don’t show their roses; but they’ve been enjoying them in the yard for 40 years, as well as life in their Canyon Country neighborhood.

“We still have neighbors who were there when we moved in. Our kids grew up together,” she said. “We loved the schools and families we met through PTA, Girl Scouts, and AYSO. … We have some pretty awesome newcomers in our neighborhood as well.”

Rinker was drawn to the area, in part, for the wildlife. “We loved the roadrunners, quail, plover, and a coyote or two,” she said. “Due to the development out here, most of the animals are gone now, but we still love the quietness, the beautiful views, the sunsets and sunrise.”

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