Camelot Movers – Local Hero!

| Community | April 2, 2020

We got a call from the local homeless shelter, a nonprofit org, capacity 60 beds. The County is requiring them to create more space between beds, in line with current social distancing requirements. In order to comply they need to move from their present location to a city recreation center a few miles away … immediately.

They knew who to call. We’re taking care of it. And, it’s on us. No charge.

A big thank you to Alex, Tyler & Juan on the front lines today, each in mask, gloves and with a bottle of hand sanitizer in his pocket, helping the City’s local heroes that work at the Shelter! And thanks Billy Kornfeld!

Give them a call – Camelot Movers, 661-255-3112,

On The Town With Jason Downs

| Community, Entertainment | April 2, 2020

Or perhaps we should call this column On the Down Low for the foreseeable future, friends, since we’re all keeping a low profile these days. There’s not much going on around town as we embark on the unknown together during these historic times. Still, fellow Santa Claritans, we are extremely fortunate to live in this town, in this county and this great state. We can be proud of our leadership and proud of each other for meeting these unusual circumstances with speed, an open mind, and love.

As everything has closed around town, we all find ourselves in the same boat, asking the same questions, and adjusting to this new reality.

What? We have time on our hands?

What? I don’t have to drive the kids all over town and be at this meeting by when and across town by then?

What? I don’t have to sit in traffic for three hours a day? I can work from home, school from home, and sleep a little more?

This is perhaps the magic ‘pause button’ we’ve all wished we could press from time to time, yes?

It’s unfortunate it takes something like a global pandemic to force the world to slow down and take stock of itself, but let’s take this opportunity, folks. While the wellbeing of our families and friends is top priority (and the very reason we’ve all taken such drastic measures to protect each other), this unprecedented moment in history could also be a once in a lifetime chance to regroup, rethink, refresh, revitalize, reorganize, and reimagine ourselves and our lives.

Again, taking the spread of this virus as seriously as possible is paramount, but it gives me real joy to go on my daily run and pass multiple families along the way. It used to be that only a couple a weeks ago I would pass a total of three people on a three mile run. Now, I’m passing three and four full and complete families along the way…and I don’t just mean core family units, I’m talking multi-generational families out for a stroll in the sunshine. This is a beautiful thing. Grandparents walking hand in hand with grandkids while mom and dad push the stroller. Talking, laughing, meandering. No one’s in a hurry. This is a silver lining if I’ve ever seen one.

As my wife and I ran past the park (something we don’t usually get to do together either), there were kids proudly doing cartwheels for their mom, dogs catching frisbees, and a family playing a baseball game. I don’t wish for anyone to suffer during this pandemic, or ever, but the nuclear family has been suffering at the hands of our nonstop, hustling-bustling society for years now and this global emergency could go far toward healing the issue. That would be my wish, anyhow.

As far as things to do with each other, the kids and I helped completely redecorate the dining room in anticipation of my wife working from home beginning this week. Her request was Hogwarts and Harry Potter themed. We had a lot of fun and the result was better than any of us expected.

Over the past week or so the family ratatouille recipe was perfected, oh yes, cookies were baked, and french toast was elevated to new heights with the use of croissant bread. (I believe I stumbled upon the greatest thing to happen to french toast since sliced bread: FRENCH French Toast, I call it!)

In addition to his ‘distance learning’ school work, I gave my son an assignment which has turned out to be a lot of fun as well. His orders were to play with every single toy in his room at least once, and decide whether to keep it or donate it. He has since pulled out tons of untouched toys from under his bed and chest of drawers. We’ve laughed at some of the amazing discoveries and old favorites he’s uncovered from the dark recesses. Who knew cleaning and reorganizing his room could be so fun! (Wink, wink.)

The wife and kids took an impromptu trip to the beach today, which allowed me some quiet time to sit and write this column…the screen door open, birds chirping, and the fresh green leaves we’ve gotten from all this amazing rain up against a robin’s egg sky and billowy white clouds…it doesn’t get much better, folks. For now, at this very moment, no one I know has been harmed by COVID-19 and it’s hard not to feel exceedingly lucky during this strangely stolen, yet solemn, more silent than usual spring season.

Love, safety and health to you and yours. Never since the dawn of man has the entire race found itself bound together for one cause the way we do today. Let’s be our best selves and arise from this collectively better than when it started.

So, there it is for this week, friends. Always feel free to let me know what you’re up to, especially during this unusual time; or if you simply want my wife’s ratatouille recipe.

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

Doctor’s Diary – COVID-19: Having an End-of-Life discussion, now

| Community | April 2, 2020

There are horror stories around the world.  Not enough medical life-saving equipment, with difficult decisions who will live and who will die.

Do you know what you or your loved ones want?  Have you had an end-of-life discussion?

Many older adults want everything done if their life is threatened:  CPR, chest compressions, blood pressure support, intubation (on a ventilator), fluids, antibiotics, and feedings.  Others do not want heroic measures because they have “lived a good life.”

Some have placed their wishes in legal documents including Advanced Directives, Durable Power of Attorney, POLSTs, living wills, DNR/DNI orders, Five Wishes, etc.

If you have not heard of these documents, there is a possibility you have not had an end-of-life discussion.

Ultimately, what do you want when you face end-of-life?  If you are incapacitated, who do you want to make medical decisions, and what legal documents will communicate your desires insuring your voice is heard?

During this trying crisis, if you want any say or control, you should have this discussion now.

Gene Uzawa Dorio, M.D.

Santa Clarita Transit to Reduce Bus Service

| Community | April 2, 2020

Santa Clarita Transit To Reduce Bus Service And Continue Enhanced Cleaning Procedures In Response To Coronavirus Pandemic

In response to the Safer at Home order announced by the City of Los Angeles on March 20, Santa Clarita Transit has experienced significant decreases in ridership aboard the city’s commuter bus services to Century City, downtown Los Angeles and Warner Center. In an effort to balance the reduced need for public transit with the necessary service for passengers traveling to essential employment, Santa Clarita Transit will be reducing the number of trips operating outside Santa Clarita. This consolidated schedule will continue until further direction has been provided.

The following trips will be suspended:
Santa Clarita to Downtown Los Angeles- 5:06a.m., 5:21a.m., 5:51a.m., 6:16a.m. and 3:20p.m.
Downtown Los Angeles to Santa Clarita- 7:15a.m., 8:00a.m., 9:00a.m., 3:42p.m., 4:17a.m., 4:32p.m., 5:02p.m. and 5:17p.m.
Santa Clarita to Century City- 6:16a.m., 6:31a.m., 2:54p.m. and 3:29p.m.
Century City to Santa Clarita- 8:15a.m., 4:10p.m. and 5:10p.m.
Santa Clarita to Warner Center- 5:00a.m. and 6:23a.m.
Warner Center to Santa Clarita- 6:15a.m., 7:57a.m., 4:05p.m. and 5:00p.m.

The following trips will remain unaffected:
Santa Clarita to Downtown Los Angeles- 4:55a.m. ,5:36a.m., 6:01a.m., 6:31a.m., 6:51a.m., 4:20p.m. and 5:12p.m.
Downtown Los Angeles to Santa Clarita- 6:50a.m., 3:22p.m., 4:02p.m., 4:47p.m., 6:00p.m. and 6:45p.m.
Santa Clarita to Century City- 5:00a.m., 5:14a.m., 5:29a.m., 5:44a.m., 6:46a.m., 2:59p.m. and 3:59p.m.
Century City to Santa Clarita- 6:50a.m., 7:04a.m., 7:47a.m., 3:45p.m., 4:40p.m., 5:40p.m., 6:40p.m. and 7:45p.m.
Santa Clarita to Warner Center- 5:24a.m., 5:56a.m., 6:53a.m., 2:20p.m., 3:35p.m. and 5:02p.m.
Warner Center to Santa Clarita- 6:50a.m., 7:20a.m., 8:30a.m. 3:35p.m., 4:30p.m. and 6:20p.m.

“Even during this pandemic, we are taking all necessary measures to continue providing the exceptional level of service our riders have come to expect,” said Mayor Cameron Smyth. “We have taken extra safety precautions by sectioning off every other row of seats and posted social distancing messaging throughout our fleet. Several weeks ago, we also implemented an enhanced extensive daily cleaning schedule of the entire transit fleet using hospital-grade, EPA approved disinfectant. As we continue providing a measured response to this ongoing event, the safety of our riders remains our number one priority.”

For more information on steps the city is taking to protect residents and riders, visit SantaClaritaEmergency.com. For more information on Santa Clarita Transit’s modified schedule, visit SantaClaritaTransit.com.

Real Estate Recent Sales

| Community | April 1, 2020

Closed Sales Acton /Agua Dulce

Address                                  COE Date      Br    Bath Sqft Price
32740 Rancho Americana P 03/27/2020 3 3 2,824 $589,900
34468 Desert RD 03/24/2020 4 3 2,645 $652,000
10535 Escondido Canyon R 03/27/2020 5 4 3,172 $700,000
33841 Rozich RD 03/26/2020 3 3 2,032 $810,000
35023 Caprock RD 03/25/2020 4 3 3,210 $820,000
35356 Sierra Vista DR 03/27/2020 5 4 4,080 $925,000

Closed Sales Canyon Country

Address                                             COE Date Br Bath Sqft Price

18142 American Beauty DR      03/24/2020      2   2          843         $299,950

18053 Sundowner WY #62       03/25/2020      3   2          934         $310,000

27150 Hidaway AV #7            03/24/2020      2   2          1,094      $354,900

20335 Rue Crevier #522          03/24/2020      3   2          1,107      $365,000

27669 Ironstone DR #4           03/26/2020      3   3          1,268      $370,000

27014 Karns CT #61004          03/24/2020      2   3          1,386      $400,000

27945 Avalon DR                   03/27/2020      3   3          1,290      $403,000

19309 Newhouse Street           03/25/2020      4   2          1,144      $485,000

15628 Poppyseed LN              03/24/2020      3   3          1,871      $502,000

17919 Wellhaven ST               03/24/2020      3   2          1,196      $510,000

29022 Lotusgarden DR            03/25/2020      3   2          1,316      $525,000

29541 Blake WY                    03/25/2020      4   3          1,839      $537,000

19632 Soldon CT                   03/25/2020      3   2          1,464      $540,000

19613 Sunrise Summit DR       03/27/2020      4   2          1,969      $625,000

15970 Thompson Ranch DR      03/25/2020      4   4          3,047      $673,000

18780 Big Cedar DR               03/27/2020      3   3          2,408      $714,900

26526 Swan LN                     03/27/2020      5   3          2,738      $740,000

28300 Oak Spring Canyon        03/25/2020      4   2          2,850      $1,100,000

Closed Sales Valencia

Address                                       COE Date Br Bath Sqft Price

24696 Golfview DR                03/25/2020      3   3          1,217      $424,900

24507 Town Center DR #74      03/27/2020      2   2          1,090      $425,000

28560 Herrera ST                  03/27/2020      2   2          1,440      $425,000

28596 Herrera ST                  03/24/2020      2   3          1,440      $448,000

27918 Cherry Blossom PL #     03/24/2020      2   2          1,349      $460,000

27435 Cherry Creek DR           03/26/2020      3   2          1,245      $530,000

27448 Coldwater DR               03/24/2020      3   3          1,761      $545,000

23836 Brescia DR                  03/23/2020      4   3          1,960      $545,000

27069 Rio Prado DR               03/24/2020      3   3          2,032      $550,000

25704 Rancho Adobe RD          03/23/2020      3   2          1,111      $556,000

27713 Summer Grove PL         03/24/2020      3   3          1,866      $560,000

22718 Rio Gusto CT                03/27/2020      4   2          1,452      $572,000

24006 Mariposa PL                 03/26/2020      4   3          1,858      $575,000

25773 Lochmoor RD               03/25/2020      3   2          1,442      $575,000

24506 Windsor DR #B             03/27/2020      3   2          1,920      $588,000

25631 Estoril ST                    03/24/2020      3   2          1,381      $598,000

29010 Mirada Circulo              03/27/2020      4   3          2,129      $600,000

27814 Sweetwater LN             03/24/2020      4   3          1,849      $637,000

25514 Avenida Escalera           03/27/2020      5   4          2,735      $655,000

27977 Skycrest CR                 03/27/2020      4   3          1,763      $670,000

23315 Mariner LN                  03/27/2020      4   3          2,272      $686,000

24101 Willowbrooke CT           03/27/2020      4   3          2,578      $717,000

27065 Clarence CT                 03/24/2020      4   3          2,415      $765,000

28972 N West Hills DR            03/26/2020      4   4          2,502      $777,000

27013 Waterside CT                03/25/2020      4   4          3,010      $1,020,000

26039 Charing Cross RD          03/26/2020      5   5          3,648      $1,350,000

Closed Sales Stevenson Ranch

Address                                       COE Date Br Bath Sqft Price

25230 Steinbeck #E        03/23/2020         2              2              963         $370,000

25537 Burns PL                 03/25/2020         4              3              2,013     $685,000

Closed Sales Saugus

Address                                       COE Date Br Bath Sqft Price

28184 Robin AV                    03/24/2020      2   1          834         $292,500

20000 Plum Canyon RD #1      03/27/2020      1   1          733         $315,000

20000 Plum Canyon RD #1      03/25/2020      2   2          1,001      $370,000

19455 Opal LN #272              03/24/2020      2   2          1,121      $382,000

28236 Clementine DR             03/27/2020      3   3          1,764      $465,000

21738 Candela DR                 03/24/2020      3   3          1,544      $505,500

22533 Pamplico DR                03/26/2020      4   3          1,718      $565,000

22424 Barbacoa DR               03/24/2020      4   2          2,175      $615,000

28766 Park Woodland PL         03/25/2020      5   3          2,696      $685,000

22719 Coral WY                    03/27/2020      4   3          2,214      $695,000

28563 Rock Canyon DR           03/24/2020      5   3          2,737      $708,000

20301 Tamara PL                  03/27/2020      4   3          2,730      $800,000

Closed Sales Newhall

Address                                       COE Date Br Bath Sqft Price

26767 Whispering Leaves D      03/24/2020      2   2          864        $300,000

19358 Anzel CR                     03/27/2020      2   2          1,123      $365,000

18820 Vista Del Canon #D       03/23/2020      2   3          1,075      $373,000

25015 Vermont DR                03/26/2020      4   4          3,396      $840,000

Closed Sales Castaic

Address                                       COE Date Br Bath Sqft Price

31920 Marcasite LN               03/23/2020      2   2          1,020       $296,000

31932 Quartz LN                  03/23/2020      3   2          1,392       $370,000

31830 Sapphire LN                03/23/2020      3   2          1,392       $430,000

29901 Crawford PL                03/27/2020      5   3          2,772       $700,000

30430 Remington RD             03/27/2020      4   3          2,145       $870,000


Santa Clarita’s Charity Auctioneer Mark Drilling

| Community, News | March 26, 2020

If you’ve ever attended a live auction in the Santa Clarita Valley, chances are you know Mark Drilling.

Maybe you don’t know him by name, but you certainly know him by voice.

Let’s have some fun. A two-night stay, airfare for two and dinner for two. Alright, here we go. I’ve got a $500 bid, six now seven. Eight hundred dollar bid, now nine. I’ve got nine hundred, gotta bid one thousand. Eleven, gotta bid twelve. I got 13, gotta bid 14. Sold!

Drilling, as the above paragraph indicates, is an auctioneer. Although based in San Diego, he comes up here several times a year to help entertain and raise funds for such organizations as the Boys & Girls Club, Carousel Ranch, SCV Senior Center and the Michael Hoefflin Foundation for Children’s Cancer.

“I’m fortunate to be part of your events,” Drilling said while driving between his home and John Wayne Airport. “They’re very nice people, very philanthropic, and they’ve become my friends.”

In Santa Clarita, Drilling is known as a fundraising auctioneer, meaning he attends galas and other big fundraisers and attempts to sell not only the items to be auctioned but also the emotional satisfaction of donating to a worthy cause, which he calls “the special appeal.” He said he’s always conscious that giving is optional, so he wants to ensure he knows more than just the auctioned item and its opening bid.

“I go out of my way to understand and learn about the organization I’m serving, and when I sell, I can incorporate what I learned and help people understand,” he said. “I’m selling values. I’m selling something to a volunteer or to a board member, or to a member whose child might have diabetes. I have a fondness for organizations that benefit children, that benefit the environment and that benefit animals.”

But Drilling does other types of auctions, too. As many as six days a week, he travels the country auctioning off automobiles in such places as Denver and Las Vegas, although it remains to be seen how the current coronavirus crisis affects his work. So far, he reports numerous fundraising-auction cancellations but little drop-off with commercial auctions because they’ve gone online. Instead of standing in a big Las Vegas casino ballroom or Denver warehouse in front of hundreds of people, Drilling now stands in an empty room with computers linking the bidders.

“Nevada closed all non-essential business for 30 days. Apparently, the auto auction is an essential business,” he said. “I was in (John Wayne) airport at a bar. I was the only person at the bar. Normally, I can’t get in. I looked at the bartender: ‘How’s it going?’ He said, “You’re my first customer.’ It was 2 p.m. … Empty airports are terrifying.”

Although he has been an auctioneer for about half his life, Drilling, 52, never set out to do it, although he said he was impressed as a youngster watching auctioneers with their unbuttoned shirts, gold chains, greasy skin and cowboy clothing speaking really fast as they auctioned the items. In fact, he attended San Diego State and later graduated Boise State with the intention of becoming a teacher. But he got a job at an auto auction company in Seattle in 1997 whose general manager asked if he would run auctions.

His first job was as ringman, a junior auctioneer who assists by working the floor and helping identify bidders. A boss told him that he had a good personality, so maybe he would like to try fundraising auctions. But if he was truly serious, he should go back to school.

There are auction colleges. Drilling attended the Western College of Auctioneering in Billings, Mont. There, he learned the various types of auctioneering (including land, livestock, art, real estate, government and consignment in addition to commercial and fundraising), laws and licensing, bid calling (“You learn tongue twisters,” he said) and voice care.

The problem with auctioneering is that once someone gets a position, he or she doesn’t leave. “It’s like becoming the fire chief of a small town: There’s one of you. You get the job after someone else dies,” he said.

It took him five years before he really felt like he made it. Among the odd items he’s sold: a piece of live performance art, liposuction, braces for a child’s teeth, dinner with Robin Williams (winning bid: $60,000) and dinner at Disneyland (winning bid: $80,000).

He also met Muhammad Ali but couldn’t think of anything to say except “I love you, Champ.” And at one Humane Society auction, a Great Dane urinated on a Maltese in the front row, causing the owner to scream and Drilling to have to work hard to keep from laughing.

The reason he came to Santa Clarita was the lucky meeting of Myrna Condie and auctioneer Mark Schenfeld at a Utah auction. Condie and her husband, Gary, were well known local philanthropists who each won Santa Clarita Valley Man/Woman of the Year, Gary in 2005 and Myrna in 2012. Condie invited Schenfeld to work the Boys & Girls Club’s annual Festival of Trees event in November 2003. Schenfeld did for a few years, but when his schedule didn’t allow it, Drilling took the gig.

“He’s very clever. He’s quite active and very professional,” Condie said of Drilling, “and he’s very effective. He’ll bring in more money than you could bring in on your own.”

Drilling has been coming here ever since, and one job led to another, first Carousel Ranch and then the Hoefflin Foundation.

“It’s the only job I’ve ever had where I get paid to be me,” he said.

Elks Lodge Recognizes Local Leaders

| Community | March 19, 2020

On Monday, March 9, the Santa Clarita Elks Lodge #2379 held an awards night to recognize the first responders and charities in our community. Our local County Fire Department, Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, Santa Clarita Senior Center and Henry Mayo Memorial Hospital were represented by their respective leaders.

Justin Diez (right), our new Sheriff Captain, presented School Resource Deputy Javier Guzman Jr. (center) as deputy of the year. Gary Keener, Exalted Ruler of Elks Lodge #2379 at left.

California Highway Patrol, Newhall Station, Commander (right), presented Officer of the Year to Rudy Alcantar (left). Gary Keener, Exalted Ruler of Elks Lodge #2379

Fire Battalion Chief Nick Pena (right) presented Fire Fighter Paramedic Jacob Windell Employee of the Year (center). Gary Keener (left), Exalted Ruler of Elks Lodge #2379

Justin Diez, our new Sheriff Captain, presented School Resource Deputy Javier Guzman Jr. as deputy of the year. Deputy Guzman is assigned to our local high schools to provide services required as needed.

Fire Battalion Chief Nick Pena presented Fire Fighter Paramedic Jacob Windell with Employee of the Year. His dedication and multiple assignments throughout his career have provided services throughout the city and county.

California Highway Patrol, Newhall Station, Commander, presented Officer of the Year to Rudy Alcantar. Rudy has been instrumental in keeping local highways safe. His record of arresting drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol has surpassed any of his peers.

The local Senior Center has supported SCV’s senior population with food and social activities for many years. This cannot be accomplished without the support of many volunteers. Santa Clarita Senior Center Chief Operations Officer presented Catherine and Frank Kopp as volunteers of the Year.

Santa Clarita’s only hospital, Henry Mayo Memorial Hospital, is a mainstay of our community. Charmine Navarro was introduced as employee of the year for her outstanding dedication and service to the many patients this hospital supports. She is a 20 plus-year registered nurse with a focus on emergency/trauma care. Her leadership and patient education ensure excellence in patient care.

The Elks National Foundation is the third largest provider of educational scholarships behind the federal government and Bill Gates. This year there were $1,000 scholarships presented to local students. The top two presented were to Gregory Salazar and Katelyn Sulett. These scholarships are awarded based on academic, leadership and financial needs. These recipients have exceeded in these requirements and will continue their goals with higher education.

The Elks National Foundation is dedicated to Americanism and the support of veterans. One of these programs is the Americanism Essay Contest. This year’s essay theme was “What Does Freedom of Speech Mean to Me?” This contest is held for 5th, 6th 7th and 8th grade students. This year’s winner was Sergio Gomez 6th grade student at Mint Canyon Elementary School. The runners up were Madeline Hernandez and Miguel Conde, also 6th grade students from Mint Canyon School.

The Elks National Foundation has a program where a local lodge can apply for grants to support our local veterans. This year’s Spotlight Grant Of $2,500 was presented with to a family that had won a lottery to receive a house donated to the Veterans Collaborative of Santa Clarita. These funds were provided to purchase appliances, furniture and other furnishings to make this house a home.

After the community awards and a short recess the lodge awards were presented. There were membership pins for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 to 55 years of lodge membership. The lodge main charity fundraiser is bingo played twice a week. The volunteers that make this a successful mode of charity fundraising were recognized.

The final awards were presented to members that have provided exemplary service to the lodge. These awards recognized individuals who go above and beyond to make the lodge run smoothly, events be successful and able to continue caring for the community.

CANCELLED Zonta LifeForward Workshop

| Community | March 13, 2020

Learn how to manage your money more effectively. Melanie Meyers, Wealth Adviser with Thrivent Financial, will help you determine “Where you are today and where you want to be with money matters.” She will provide tips, ideas and techniques to help develop a plan to master your money before it masters you. As life evolves and situations change, so must your money management planning and strategy change. Melanie will provide advice about how to improve credit scores and credit card do’s and don’ts. Information about saving and money investments- along with what you need to know before buying a home will be discussed. Zonta and Melanie will help you identify “Your Money Mindset” with take-aways that will help you start to achieve you money goals.

This free LifeForward workshop hosted by Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley is scheduled on Saturday March 21 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Valencia United Methodist Church, 25718 McBean Parkway, Santa Clarita, CA 91355.

Previous workshops in the series have helped attendees deal with anger management issues, select career options and pursue meaningful employment, relationships and communication, file taxes, deal with cyberbullying and internet issues, drug abuse, overcoming life’s challenges, and maintain healthy eating and exercise habits. Workshops are designed to help participants believe in their unlimited power and potential, build the skills necessary to succeed, and be the powerful women or person they are meant to be.
Zonta offers the free LifeForward workshop series for women, usually on a monthly basis (dark during June, July and December), in collaboration with Single Mothers Outreach, Domestic Violence Program at Child & Family Center, Returning Women Veterans and Veterans’ Wives, and the Los Angeles County Department of Child and Family Services serving foster youth. KHTS AM-1220 is a co-sponsor of the series with Zonta.

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


Triumph Foundation Invites The Community to Push The Limits of Their Ability At The 9th Annual Wheelchair Sports Festival

| Community | March 5, 2020

Triumph Foundation, a nonprofit organization working to improve the lives of people living with disabilities, hosts the 9th Annual Wheelchair Sports Festival featuring fifteen adaptive recreational sporting activities that are open to the general public with free participation on Saturday, April 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, April 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex

Activities include: wheelchair hockey, basketball, quad rugby (a.k.a. murderball), racquetball, baseball, hand cycling, tennis, SCUBA, track & field, wheelchair skating (WCMX), dance, yoga, art workshop, self-defense, and a wheelchair obstacle course. Additionally, a Resource Fair featuring informational booths and exhibitors will be open throughout the festival.

Triumph Foundation hosts the annual event to introduce people with disabilities and their families to adaptive recreational activities. The Wheelchair Sports Festival also provides learning opportunities to the general public, showcasing people living with physical impairment in a way that members of the community do not often see. The Festival brings everyone together of all abilities—able body and disabled alike—to take part in a weekend of all-inclusive fun and games.

As the Los Angeles Paralympic Sport Club, Triumph Foundation hopes this event will be a “Gateway to Gold” for participants, where they learn about a sport, excel, and one day represent the U.S. Olympic Team, and reach the podium.

“This is Triumph’s major event of the year giving people with disabilities a chance to push the limits of their ability, play games with friends and family on a level playing ground, and enhances their quality of life through the benefit of exercise, sports and fitness,” said Triumph Foundation Founder Andrew Skinner who suffered a spinal cord injury in November 2004 in a snowboarding accident and founded the organization in 2008. “People travel from all over California to attend this event and we are excited with the anticipation of over 1,000 people to participate this year.”

Triumph Foundation is seeking community partners to continue this free event. To become a Participant, Event Sponsor, or Exhibitor in the Resource Fair visit: www.Triumph-Foundation.org/event/WSF2020 or email info@Trimuph-Foundation.org.

About Triumph Foundation

Triumph Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to help children, adults, and Veterans with Spinal Cord Injury or disorders (SCI) to triumph over their disability and to inspire them to keep moving forward with their lives by pushing themselves to get better every day.

Triumph Foundation’s services include providing Care Baskets to people who are newly paralyzed that are filled with resources and educational materials; giving grants to support people with inadequate health insurance or financial hardship to obtain necessary equipment, supplies, and services; assisting with home modifications for wheelchair accessibility; re-purposing durable medical goods; leading more than a dozen support groups; and holding adaptive recreational events to support athletes with disabilities. Outreach and peer support is provided throughout Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego Counties.

Tickets on Sale for Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival Special Events

| Community | March 5, 2020

The 27Th Annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, presented by California Resources Corporation, returns to its home at William S. Hart Park in Old Town Newhall on April 18 and 19, 2020. In addition to a weekend of activities, music and food that celebrates the City of Santa Clarita’s rich western heritage, the Cowboy Festival also offers attendees the chance to experience special events and concerts.

General admission to Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival will be free once again for all attendees in 2020. General admission includes access to a variety of cowboy cuisine and western wear vendors, activities such as archery, ax throwing and mechanical bull riding, and a full schedule of entertaining performances across five stages inside the park.

Tickets to special performances and experiences as part of the 27Th Annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival are now on sale to the public. Tickets to these events, which begin on Thursday, April 16, will be available to purchase by visiting CowboyFestival.org.
Venues in and around Old Town Newhall will host additional free and ticketed events. The full lineup of ticketed performances and attractions is below.

SENSES Block Party: Cowboy Kickoff: Thursday, April 16, at 7:00 p.m. This is located in Old Town Newhall, Main Street, Newhall, CA 91321.

Walk of Western Stars – Induction Ceremony: Thursday, April 16, at 6:00 p.m. – $60. A free public unveiling will take place at 5:00 p.m. on Main Street, between Market Street and 8th Street in Old Town Newhall prior to the Induction Ceremony and Dinner. This is located at Hart Hall at 24151 Newhall Avenue, Newhall, CA 91321.
Californio Fiesta de Rancho Camulos with Dave Stamey: Friday, April 17, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – $50. The Rancho Camulos Museum is located at 5164 E. Telegraph Road (Highway 126), Piru, CA 93040.

Additional Ticketed Events

Cowboy Dance with Syd Masters and the Swing Riders at William S. Hart Park, Hart Hall: Friday, April 17, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – $12 pre-sale, $15 at the door.

Chili Cook-Off at William S. Hart Park: Saturday, April 18, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. – $10 tastings *note: tickets are only available for purchase onsite at the event.

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Tour (Departs from the corner of 13th Street and Railroad Avenue): Saturday, April 18, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – $60

Garth Guy, the Garth Brooks Tribute Show at William S. Hart Park, Hart Hall: Saturday, April 18, 8:00 p.m. – $15 pre-sale, $20 at the door

Veluzat Film Ranch Tour (Departs from Festival Shuttle Site at 13th Street and Railroad Avenue in Newhall): Sunday, April 19, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – $60

For more details about the 2020 Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, visit CowboyFestival.org.

To stay updated on the 2020 Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, follow the event on Facebook and Twitter.

How Confident Kids and Teens Make Our Community Strong

| Community | February 27, 2020

Raising confident children is definitely a wise investment in your future and theirs. But it is also a way to make our community of Santa Clarita strong and positioned well for what the future will bring.

Parents usually want their children to be self-confident – after all, self-confidence is a key component of success in life. But how do you teach this important life skill? Instilling confidence in our children begins the day they enter our lives. Here are some tips.

Meet Their Needs
Experts note that babies and later children who have their needs met consistently – needs for food, comfort, a listening ear, etc. – are learning the message that they are worth paying attention to and have worth. Some professionals believe this is best accomplished through the practice of attachment parenting. Prompt and consistent meeting of needs will send a positive message to children.

Watch What You Say
In a similar vein to the paragraph above, be careful about complaining about your children in their hearing. Yes, parenting is hard, and children can try your patience. But if you need to vent to your friends about the things your child does that drive you crazy, do it at a time when your child is not present or after he or she has fallen asleep.

Raising a Confident Boy
Boys are very different from girls and the experts are now teaching us to be aware of this as parents, grandparents, and teachers. Plain and simple, confident boys are happier boys. They feel good about themselves and their accomplishments, which makes them well-adjusted, delightful, and happy children. This is really all a parent wants in her child. Let your child enjoy his life by raising his confidence. If you have boys and young men in your life, take the time to learn more about confidence in boys.

Advice for Teens
Whether you’re a male or female teen, your self-confidence is important. While the emphasis is often on girls’ self-esteem, boys need to be confident, too, and often struggle just as much (although perhaps in different areas). Here are some tips to help teens build their self-confidence.

Recognize Your Talents
It’s easy to blow off your abilities, especially if your peers make fun of them (and they probably do so out of jealousy). But get serious with yourself and make a list of things you love to do and are good at. Keep this list just for yourself and look at it often. Remember it when you flunk a test or say something you wish you hadn’t. Those talents of yours won’t go away, and you can rely on them for the rest of your life… as long as you cultivate them.
Cultivate Your Abilities
You may have so many interests and abilities that it’s impossible to develop them all; or, you may have one thing you really love to do. Regardless, look into developing and using some of your abilities in applications beyond school. Not only will it open more opportunities to look for activities around your community, but it might also remove you from peer judgment.

Opportunities to Gain Confidence in Santa Clarita
We are fortunate to be living in a community that values its inhabitants and views us a crucial part of the solution to most any situation that may arise. I encourage you to get out there with your children to volunteer, participate, and enjoy what Santa Clarita has to offer. I see too many of my friends and neighbors heading into Los Angeles or to other locations for work and play and not take advantage of what is right here in our own backyards.

I challenge you to take your children to visit Central Park or one of the many other parks that have so much to offer. Take them to a gardening class at the Water District; swim at the Aquatic Center; take in a show at the Performing Arts Center; and volunteer with one of the many non-profits that make Santa Clarita strong. Include your children and share every activity with them.

When I moved to Santa Clarita in 2006 I vowed to get to know this community and experience everything it had to offer. In so doing I boosted my self confidence, made new friends, and served those in need.

The best way to be a role model to the children in our lives is to be a confident adult. Everything I have shared with you here can apply to our lives as adults. Make time and space once a week or more to work on your own level of confidence and to model this to your kids in an age appropriate way. You’ll all be glad you did.

Connie Ragen Green lives in Saugus and has been working exclusively on the internet since 2006. The Road Trip: An Entrepreneur’s Journey of Self-Discovery is her latest book and was released by Hunter’s Moon Publishing in January of 2020. All of Connie’s titles are available in paperback at Amazon, at Barnes & Noble, at your local bookstore by request, and also for Kindle. Find out more by visiting http://HugeProfitsTinyList.com and download an audio recording for 2020 at http://NewRulesforOnlineMarketing.com.

Questions? Email Connie at crgreencrgreen@yahoo.com and be sure to put Home Business Question in the subject line. Your question and answer will be included in a future article.

The City Invites Residents to a Public Meeting to Share Input on the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan

| Community | February 27, 2020

The City of Santa Clarita has announced another public meeting opportunity for attendees to engage in discussion and provide feedback on biking and walking solutions for our community. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. in the Century Room of Santa Clarita City Hall, located at 23920 Valencia Boulevard.

In order for the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan to be reflective of the community’s needs, it is important to receive input from the public. To date, participation has been outstanding with online responses from over 800 residents, along with the attendance of an additional 140 residents at three pop-up workshops and two neighborhood meetings.

The overarching goal of the Plan is to reduce single-occupancy vehicle use and traffic congestion by promoting bicycling and walking. At the meeting, residents can expect to hear about the City’s ideas and developments for reaching this goal, in addition to being given an open forum for opinions and critique.

For more information about the Santa Clarita Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan and the upcoming meeting, please visit BikeSantaClarita.com or contact Tom Reilly at treilly@samta-clarita.com.

Recent Real Estate Sales

| Community | February 25, 2020

Closed Sales Acton /Agua Dulce

Address COE Date Br Bath Sqft Price
33270 Oracle Hill RD 02/21/2020 4 3 3,383 $579,500
770 Carson Mesa RD 02/20/2020 6 4 4,612 $870,000

Closed Sales Canyon Country

Address COE Date Br Bath Sqft Price
20195 Edgewater 02/21/2020 3 2 1,482 $175,000
18806 Mandan ST #207 02/20/2020 1 1 652 $250,000
18129 American Beauty DR 02/18/2020 3 2 948 $310,000
29073 Lotusgarden DR 02/18/2020 3 2 1,470 $520,000
27031 Langside AV 02/21/2020 3 2 1,427 $530,000
14808 Daisy Meadow ST 02/21/2020 4 2 1,428 $531,000
30443 Sunrose PL 02/20/2020 3 2 1,437 $535,000
28046 Foxlane DR 02/19/2020 3 2 1,420 $550,000
14411 Colorado Pl 02/20/2020 4 3 1,825 $674,500
17355 Sierra Sunrise LN 02/18/2020 5 3 3,274 $682,500
16628 Bermejo ST 02/21/2020 4 2 2,173 $725,000
27256 Golden Willow WY 02/21/2020 5 3 3,219 $735,000

Closed Sales Castaic

Address COE Date Br Bath Sqft Price
31963 Emerald LN 02/20/2020 3 2 1,536 $420,000
30266 Cedar Oak LN 02/21/2020 3 3 1,503 $490,000
29330 Hidden Trail RD 02/19/2020 3 3 1,512 $515,000
29822 Glendower CT 02/21/2020 3 3 2,052 $614,000
27864 Pine Crest PL 02/20/2020 5 4 3,040 $681,000

Closed Sales Newhall
Address COE Date Br Bath Sqft Price
26730 Oak Garden CT 02/21/2020 2 2 1,270 $312,525
18734 Vista Del Canon #C 02/19/2020 2 3 1,075 $356,000
26279 Rainbow Glen DR 02/20/2020 2 2 893 $379,900
20933 Judah LN 02/19/2020 3 3 1,395 $398,000
26582 Cardwick CT 02/21/2020 2 2 1,190 $425,000
26293 Rainbow Glen DR 02/20/2020 3 2 1,469 $485,000
19330 Ackerman AV #16 02/21/2020 4 3 2,125 $585,000
25078 Highspring AV 02/19/2020 3 3 2,157 $650,000
24724 Apple ST 02/21/2020 3 2 1,696 $718,000
23161 8Th ST 02/20/2020 4 3 2,956 $810,000

Closed Sales Saugus

Address COE Date Br Bath Sqft Price
22832 Banyan PL #20 02/20/2020 2 3 1,059 $427,500
19551 Laroda LN 02/19/2020 2 3 1,440 $435,000
28033 Eddie LN 02/18/2020 4 3 2,415 $581,595
27821 Dandelion DR 02/20/2020 4 2 1,650 $595,000
19653 Mathilde LN 02/19/2020 4 4 3,518 $685,000
28512 Red Cedar PL 02/19/2020 4 3 2,214 $695,000

Closed Sales Stevenson Ranch
Address COE Date Br Bath Sqft Price
25210 Steinbeck AV #E 02/19/2020 2 2 963 $380,000
25740 Armstrong CR #C 02/20/2020 2 2 1,521 $385,000
26107 Singer PL 02/21/2020 3 2 1,979 $775,000
25402 Hopkins PL 02/20/2020 4 3 2,445 $782,500

Closed Sales Valencia

Address COE Date Br Bath Sqft Price
25716 Player DR #T12 02/19/2020 2 2 1,041 $261,000
23715 Del Monte DR #213 02/21/2020 2 2 910 $358,000
28812 Calle De La Paz DR 02/19/2020 3 3 1,390 $470,000
27518 Sycamore Creek DR 02/21/2020 3 2 1,263 $525,000
25841 Turquesa DR 02/20/2020 3 2 1,128 $539,000
24255 Verdugo CR 02/21/2020 3 3 1,678 $548,000
25756 Rancho Adobe RD 02/20/2020 2 2 1,111 $553,500
24373 Allegra WY 02/17/2020 3 3 1,936 $563,000
25246 Via Sistine 02/21/2020 3 2 1,435 $612,500
26053 Manzano CT 02/19/2020 3 2 1,614 $626,000
27262 Valderrama DR 02/20/2020 3 3 2,215 $690,000
26520 Emerald Dove DR 02/20/2020 3 3 2,114 $700,000
23209 Cuervo DR 02/21/2020 3 2 1,529 $719,900
25960 Via Catalina 02/19/2020 4 3 2,279 $741,000
29364 Las Brisas RD 02/20/2020 4 3 3,437 $775,000
29034 Ridgecrest CT 02/19/2020 5 3 3,363 $833,500
26800 Monet LN 02/21/2020 3 4 2,711 $915,000

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Re/Max of Santa Clarita
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The Cast of “Reno 911!” is Reminding Santa Clarita Residents To Do the #9pmroutine Nightly

| Community | February 20, 2020

The cast of Comedy Central’s popular television show “Reno 911!” has taken time out of their busy schedules to remind Santa Clarita residents to perform the #9PMRoutine nightly.

The #9PMRoutine, promoted by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station and the City of Santa Clarita, calls for individuals to remove any valuables from vehicles, lock vehicle doors and trunks, check exterior door locks and turn on exterior lights. Making this simple routine a priority every night at 9 p.m. can be the difference between safety and becoming a victim of crime.

In the public service announcement video, each “officer” highlights the routine’s crucial steps in their own humorous and banter-filled way, guaranteeing a lasting impression. To help spread the word, Santa Clarita residents are asked to share the video with their community and to encourage friends, family and neighbors to partake in the #9PMRoutine. The #9PMRoutine continues to be one of the best ways to thwart crime and maintain safety in our Santa Clarita community.

To join the #9PMRoutine and help spread the word to your community, show your #9PMRoutine with the hashtag #9PMRoutine and follow the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station and the City of Santa Clarita social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The public service announcement can be viewed on the City of Santa Clarita’s Facebook page, @cityofsantaclarita.

Say ‘I Do’ at Santa Clarita City Hall

| Community | February 20, 2020

Love is in the air for the City of Santa Clarita with the exciting news of marriage services now available at City Hall. Staff from the City Clerk’s Office, through a new service, entitled City Hall Ceremonies, can issue confidential marriage licenses to adoring couples and conduct weddings in a picturesque area of City Hall. As of Valentine’s Day, couples are able to apply for a marriage license and begin to plan their wedding ceremony.

This announcement may relieve many Santa Clarita residents with pending nuptials, who would otherwise need to travel to Van Nuys or Lancaster for a marriage license. Additionally, for individuals without ceremony plans, City Hall Ceremonies is taking the stress off with an easy and convenient wedding option at Santa Clarita City Hall. Marriage ceremonies are available by appointment for a very reasonable fee. Eliminating the need for costly wedding planning at a typical venue, the spouses-to-be can opt for a memorable alternative at City Hall based on availability and ceremony date.

For more information about City Hall Ceremonies, including marriage service pricing, scheduling dates and more, visit the new website at Santa-Clarita.com/Weddings or contact the City Clerk’s Office by phone at (661) 259-CITY (2489).

Quail Run Ostrich Ranch Opens after Hiatus

| Community | February 20, 2020

Quail Run Ostrich Ranch in Lake Hughes is officially open for tours again, in addition to selling eggs and birds.

“It’s been a long, hard year being under the vNC quarantine that was instituted county wide last year,” according to Quail Run. “Especially because (the ranch) never had a case of this disease in the area or their ranch, and because ostrich aren’t your typical birds (they don’t get sick).”

After the quarantine was extended again, the ranch quickly began operations. With some help from Spectrum News reporter Natalie Brunell’s report that alerted her viewers to their plight, as well as the advocacy of Assemblyman Tom Lackey and the persistent support of Pamala Balch from his office who coordinated with reps from both Senator Wilk and Supervisor Barger’s offices, they were finally able to communicate the unnecessarily dire state of the situation to the state veterinarians of the CDFA.

Quail Run had a meeting with Dr. Haack and Dr. Fowler of the CDFA, as well as reps from Assemblyman Lackey and Senator Wilk’s offices, where they were able to address why their typical permitting process for large-scale egg and bird operations just wouldn’t address that type of business – a small, family-run ranch with an event site, developing U-Pick orchard, and educational agritours that help sell produce, ostrich eggs and chicks individually on the fly.

Once the officials visited to finally test birds and facilities, it took under 48 hours for them to finalize issuing a permit for the ranch to get back in business. Quail Run Wishes to thank Assemblyman Lackey, Pamala and her team; Spectrum News, Natalie & her viewers; Senator Wilk and Supervisor Barger’s offices and reps, and the many folks who put in calls, emails, spread the word, and donated to support saving the ranch.They would also thank Dr. Alexi Haack for working so quickly and Dr. Kent Fowler for continuing to reach out to ensure they get what they need to comply with the permitting.

The public is welcome to schedule a visit by phone at (661)724-1592 or by visiting their website at quailostrichranch.com. Quail Run Ostrich Ranch is located at 44420 Shaffer Rd in Lake Hughes, 93532.

Women’s Conference Slated for March 21

| Community | February 13, 2020

The annual College of the Canyons Women’s Conference returns Saturday, March 21 with an exciting lineup of presenters and breakout sessions centered around the theme “Empowered Women: Health, Wellness, and Balance.”

The 2020 College of the Canyons Women’s Conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center.

The conference’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Rena Callahan, who specializes in hematology, oncology and internal medicine at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

“This year’s conference will bring together exciting and diverse sessions for our attendees,” said Dr. Rian Medlin, Human Resources Director, Recruitment and Employee Services at the college. “We hope our attendees leave feeling recharged and empowered to bring health, wellness and balance to the rest of 2020 and beyond.”

Attendees will benefit from breakout sessions throughout the day covering a wide range of topics, including:
Before and After Marriage: The “legal” side of things
Caring for Aging Family Members
Living with Anxiety
Everyday Self-Defense
Does Everything Really Cause Cancer?
Grief Counseling
Healthy Eating On a Budget
Midlife: It’s Time to Reboot
Coping with Substance Abuse for Families
Sleep and Wellness
What You Never Knew Makeup Can Do for You
A vendor fair will feature boutique shopping of unique for-sale items, such as jewelry, clothing and self-defense items, and an information table will highlight local women-owned businesses.
Admission is $35 and $20 for students and COC staff (identification required). Admission includes access to all events and activities, breakfast, as well as a raffle drawing ticket.
Lunch will be catered by Gyromania.
Conference sponsors include presenting sponsor Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Valencia, UCLA Health, College of the Canyons Associated Student Government, Mellady Direct Marketing, and KHTS.
For vendor opportunities, email jasmine.foster@canyons.edu or call (661) 362-3101.

City of Santa Clarita Donates Recycling Bins to Golden Valley High School

| Community | February 13, 2020

On Thursday, February 6, Santa Clarita Mayor Cameron Smyth met with students at Golden Valley High School to present 25 additional recycling containers. The students had requested the containers to enhance the recycling program already in place. The new containers will be used indoors to collect bottles and cans for recycling.

This expanded recycling program at Golden Valley High School encourages environmental awareness by providing students with the tools to jumpstart their own recycling program and become everyday heroes within their community.

The City of Santa Clarita has partnered with the William S. Hart School District to implement a bottles and cans recycling program on each high school and junior high campus in the district.

Next month, the City of Santa Clarita will be releasing the new Recycle Hero campaign, which will highlight local heroes that help the city in the fight to recycle right. The engaging campaign will help students and faculty take advantage of the new recycling bins and show how they recycle by using the hashtag #RecycleHeroSC on social media.

For more information about the recycling containers, contact project technician Laura Jardine at ljardine@santa-clarita.com or visit greensantaclarita.com.

Local Girl Scout Completes Girl Scout Gold Award Project

| Community | February 13, 2020

Laurel De Santis Completes Project at Villa Scalabrini Retirement Center

This project demonstrates extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable “Take Action” projects that address important community needs.

Laurel De Santis is a sophomore at Saugus High School and serves as an Associate Editor of the school’s yearbook, an honor student in the National Honor Society and is an active member of the girl’s golf team. As a Girl Scout member of Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles Council for ten years Miss De Santis is a Girl Scout Senior in Troop 382 of Santa Clarita. Her Girl Scout mentor, Melissa Pepe and the staff at Villa Scalabrini in Sun Valley, CA supported her in her Gold Award Project effort. In addition, Mrs. Laura Mesrobian, Mr. Ardy Afshar from Villa Scalabrini aided her and she obtained donations from the Denzin Family, the Saramiento Family, Alan Kram Family, the Peters Family, and many others. Miss De Santis had a great amount of help from other Girl Scouts in her from Troop 382, 2942 and other volunteers. Her Gold Award project began in November 2019 and was completed in January 2020.

At Villa Scalabrini the need for an updated Library turned into the making of a Media Center for the residents. The former Library was 40 years old and in need of a face lift. The project included removing all the books, shelves, furnishings, and flooring. The applying new paint, installing new carpeting, cleaning and repairing the shelving, re-installing the shelving and re-stocking the books. In addition, a new section for over 600 DVD’s, 300 CD’s and 100 cassette tapes were added to provide entertainment as well as information to the residents. A computer was added so that residents may have access to the Internet and email.

Laurel is interested in becoming a medical doctor upon graduation from Saugus High School.

This project marks the completion of her Gold Award Project, which is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. It also represents Laurel’s time, leadership, creativity and effort contributed to making the world a better place.

An open house was held February 8, 2020 at Villa Scalabrini, located at 10631Vinedale Street, Sun Valley, CA 91352.

Not only do Girl Scout Gold Award projects help communities, they also give girls important leadership skills, teaching them to seek out the work that needs doing in the world.

For more information, visit www.girlscoutsla.org/en/about-girl-scouts/our-program/highest-awards/gold-award

Inaugural Charity Hike to Benefit Santa Clarita Sister Cities Program

| Community | February 13, 2020

The Santa Clarita City Council is inviting residents to register for the inaugural Santa Clarita Sister Cities Charity Hike, which will take place at Rivendale Park and Open Space and Ed Davis Park at Towsley Canyon on Sunday, March 15, 2020. Funds raised from the event will benefit the Santa Clarita Sister Cities’ Local-to-Global programs and support the Sister Cities International’s mission to “promote peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation – one individual, one community at a time.”

There are two options for participants in the Charity Hike. Attendees can choose the challenging, 5.1-mile Towsley Canyon Loop Trail, with its panoramic views of the Santa Clarita Valley, or opt for the scenic, rolling hills of the shorter, 1.6-mile Elder Loop. Registration for either course is $25 per person, or $30 after March 1.

In addition to the hike, participants will receive free photos on the course, a Zumba warm-up and yoga stretch prior to the hike and a post-hike breakfast provided by Holiday Inn Express & Suites. Kids 10 and under may enjoy the hike and breakfast for free. One official event shirt will be provided for each paid registration.

Both hikes will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 15, with on-site registration available as early as 6:30 a.m. Following the hike, enjoy the finish line celebration and breakfast with your family and friends.

For more information about the Sister Cities Charity Hike and to register, visit santa-clarita.com/SisterCities.

Help Keep Siblings Together Children’s Bureau Info Meetings Teach Interested Families about Foster-Adoption

| Community | February 13, 2020

Foster care and foster-adoption are meaningful ways for individuals and couples to fulfill their dream of parenting. Children’s Bureau offers a comprehensive foster care and adoption program that brings families together for a lifetime. The agency is in need of resource families for children in foster care while reunifying with birth families or to provide legal permanency by adoption.

In Los Angeles County alone, the foster care population exceeds 21,000 children with 200 of those foster children waiting for an adoptive family. Many of these children are siblings in need of families who are willing and able to keep them together. In fact, Children’s Bureau turns away at least 10 sibling sets weekly due to lack of families.

“Children’s Bureau focuses on keeping siblings together whenever possible,” said Amy Heilman, Children’s Bureau’s Director of Foster Care and Adoption. “The sibling relationship is a strong and important long-term bond in the life of a child. We see that children adjust better and find more success in life when they join a family with their siblings. It takes away that worry about the safety of their brother or sister. The child can then focus on adjusting to the family they have joined and their new environment.”

Although the Bureau finds loving families for more than 300 at-risk children and finalize 100 adoptions annually, the need continues for more individuals and families to become resource parents, especially ones who are able to accept siblings. Resource parents (foster and adoptive) are concerned about the well-being of children and their families. Resource parents protect and nurture children, meet children’s developmental needs, support children’s relationships with their birth families and do all of this as a member of a professional team.

Children’s Bureau welcomes every individual regardless of race, age, religion, disability, marital status, ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression to become a resource for children. Qualifying families receive training and support throughout their journey.

Children’s Bureau now also offers a fee-for-service Domestic /Independent Adoption Home Study Program for families seeking the adoption of an infant whose birth mother is making an adoption plan for her newborn child.

Discover if you have the willingness, ability and resources to take on the challenge of helping children in need. A monthly information meeting is being held Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at Children’s Bureau, 27200 Tourney Road, Suite 175, Valencia, CA 91355. To R.S.V.P. or for more information, call 661-208-4212 or email them at RFrecruitment@all4kids.org. An application may be downloaded from the website.

Rotary Donates to Help Veterans

| Community | February 13, 2020

Mike Berger, president of the Newhall Rotary Foundation, presented Joe Gomez with a $1000 Foundation Grant for his work with Nine Line Foundation and Tango Down Foundation. The foundations raise awareness on the needs of America’s severely wounded soldiers and veterans, and strive to improve the quality of life of wounded heroes, focusing on individual needs. A veteran himself, Joe owns Commando Military Surplus in Newhall.

Santa Clarita Dodger Day Ticket Sales to Benefit Saugus Strong Victim Fund

| Community, Sports | February 7, 2020

The crack of the bat, the roar of the crowd, the taste of a world-famous Dodger Dog – it must be time for Santa Clarita Dodger Day. The Santa Clarita City Council invites residents to purchase tickets now for the 43rd Annual City of Santa Clarita Dodger Day, to see their hometown Los Angeles Dodgers take on their National League West foes, the Colorado Rockies, at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, June 7, at 1:10 p.m. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, February 18, at 8:00 a.m. and can be purchased online by visiting SCVDodgerDay.com.

A portion of each ticket purchased through the SCV Dodger Day website will be donated to the Santa Clarita Disaster Coalition to benefit those affected by the shooting at Saugus High School in November 2019.

Ticket prices range from $33 each for Preferred Reserve seats to $80 Loge Box MVP seats. Also available to fans this year are tickets at Field Level, which are $62 each.

A limited amount of tickets are available in each seating tier. Residents will be able to select their preferred seats prior to purchasing tickets. For more information, visit SCVDodgerDay.com or contact Ashley Gurrola at (661) 250-3708.

Art Gallery to Feature Jessica Wimbley Exhibit

| Community, Entertainment | February 6, 2020

The College of the Canyons Art Gallery will feature the mixed media work of artist Jessica Wimbley in her solo exhibition “Belle Jet and Cabinet Cards.”

Running through March 26, the exhibition is a survey of works Wimbley has created over the past six years investigating how identity is constructed through portraiture as well as inherited ideals and beliefs.

Wimbley’s complex and poetic portraits are made up of layers of photographic images of herself, her grandmother, great grandmother, and other relatives dating back to the early 1900’s. She also uses Victorian portraits, pop culture images from black periodicals like JET Magazine, and ethnographic images of Native, African, and African American women.

“I’m so excited to introduce Jessica Wimbley’s artwork to our community and also thrilled that Jessica will be here ‘in-residence’ to engage directly with our students and faculty,” said COC Art Gallery Director Pamela Lewis.

Using poet Audre Lorde’s term “biomythography” (a literary form that blends elements of autobiography, the novel, and personal mythology) as an interdisciplinary approach, Wimbley’s mixed media works merge memory, biology, culture and history to challenge the complexities of race and narrative in the American imagination.

“Through the merging of images, I seek to create a hybrid, which exposed the shifting of identities in relationship to both historical and social political understanding of American history and citizenry,” said Wimbley.

As the Art Gallery’s second artist in residence, Wimbley will be on campus from February 24 to 27.

A free public lecture by the Los Angeles-based artist will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26 followed by a reception for the artist from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

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

All gallery exhibitions and related events are free and open to the public.

More About the Artist:
Based in Sacramento, Jessica Wimbley has exhibited her work in galleries across the nation, including the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art, California State University at Long Beach, and Ripon College.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in painting from Rhode Island School of Design, she completed her M.F.A in visual arts from the University of California, Davis. Wimbley also holds a master’s degree in arts management from Claremont Graduate University.

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