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Afternoon T

| Community | 1 hour ago

Q: When I fill out job applications, one of the questions asked is “What are your hobbies?” I’m embarrassed to say, I don’t have any. My free time is usually spent watching TV or movies and eating take-out. Does that count as a hobby?

A: No. In fact, every “No!” I have to give, I’m giving to you right now. Screentime and Scarfing Sustenance? Definitely not a hobby. Or is it? We’ll weigh in on that later, but let’s first get down to brass tacks and figure out what we’re talking about. Webster’s Dictionary definition of Hobby is: (noun) An activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation and not as a main occupation. Since you mentioned filling out job applications, this leads me to assume you might not yet have a main occupation. But, for this little exercise, we’re going to go ahead and pretend you do. If you were gainfully employed, you might be clocking 40 to 50 hours a week, which would leave you with 118 to 128 hours to do with as you wish. If you’re the healthy sort that sleeps approximately 8 hours a night (Lucky you!), that would add up to about 56 hours of rest and relaxation. Add all of that up, you’re left with 62 hours to view and chew. I’m the first to admit I’m not very math-y, but even by my calculations there’s plenty of time in there, even if you took a tiny fraction of those hours to find a hobby. With no job yet, you’ve got 60-110 hours a week to find time for another activity.

As to what that might be, start simple: Ask yourself what you liked when you were a kid! Did you enjoy being outdoors? Were you fascinated by wildlife or birds? Maybe you have (or wanted) pets and have always loved cats and dogs. If you nodded your head even slightly there, you might re-discover something you care/d about to find a wee bit of room and add them to your life. If the idea of pets made you smile, perhaps you could volunteer at a pet shelter (very hands on) or a rescue organization (often an office gig). If talk of wildlife or birds makes your heart beat slightly faster, then do it a favor and get out for short walks that could lead to day hikes at a local park or trail in your area or look into birdwatching clubs!

Now, if you want to turn your current free time activities into a hobby, I’d love to see you give online reviews about your favorite shows, movies and culinary choices. If you were to share your opinion and give people an opportunity to engage in conversation with you, it would open up your world and maybe theirs. Why not arrange a monthly or quarterly meet-up/eat-up where you grab a bite before or after a new movie opening or an old film’s revival showing? Feel free to call it View & Chew.
xo – t.

Why Do People Buy What You Are Selling?

| Community | 8 hours ago

Whether you sell a tangible product or a more abstract concept, and no matter if you are selling online or offline, you must determine why people will buy from you. Once you understand the psychology of why your prospects, customers, and clients are buying you will be able to sell as many of your products and services as you want and need to meet your goals.

Over the past decade I have explored the ideas I am sharing here with you. This ongoing exercise has taught me so much and helped me to help others who want to excel as sales people in a variety of niche areas.

Remember: It’s NEVER about the cost involved. That is simply an excuse we have all used at one time or another when the salesperson isn’t providing us with what we need from them. Here are some questions to begin with when you are selling.
What is the biggest challenge you are having right now?
How does this issue affect your daily life?
What steps have you taken to move forward?
If you could solve this problem what would your life look like?

Before you can get to these questions, however, you must interview people who have bought from you and ask them why they bought from you. These are some of the answers you can expect to hear:

  • They like and trust you (the “know, like, and trust” factor is huge)
  • They understand what they are buying (the confused mind doesn’t buy)
  • They perceive a difference in you and your company/business
  • They perceive value in the product they are purchasing
  • They perceive your product or service will increase their productivity and/or profit
  • The price is fair, but not necessarily the lowest in the marketplace

Do you detect a pattern here? It’s more about you than about the company you represent, the specific product, and the price. Does this surprise you?

Think back to the last major purchase you made. Perhaps it was a washing machine, or a television, or a car. Did the salesperson have anything to do with the manufacturer or model you chose, or the specific features, or the price?

But, you say, I made this purchase on the internet. There was no salesperson and no personal contact, except at the very end of the transaction when I paid for my purchase.

Aha! The savvy salesperson will reach out to you, even if most of the transaction has been completed online and make an excuse to speak with you on the phone or on a teleconference of some type. If you at that time express any doubts about completing the purchase they are likely to use some version of the four questions I shared at the beginning of this article.

If the product is a washing machine, you may share that your biggest challenge is finding something clean to wear to work, this issue affects you daily life in that you are spending too much time and focus thinking about it, the steps you have taken to move forward include locating a washing machine with the features you need, and if you could solve this problem your life could get back to normal.

Now, this is what I want you to do to ensure that you understand why people buy from you. First, contact a dozen of your best clients and invite them to a seminar on how to do what you sell. This could be safe driving techniques if you sell cars, simple dental hygiene tips if you are a dentist, or strategies on removing tough stains if you sell washing machines. I’m a marketing strategist and entrepreneur, so I invite people to learn how to start a simple business they can run from their home computer to earn extra income. You get the idea.

Serve some good food and non-alcoholic beverages at the break. At the end of your seminar, ask them questions about how you meet their needs what they look for in a vendor. Record the seminar and listen to it at least a hundred times. That is when you will understand why your customers buy from you. Your sales numbers will increase and you will understand people in a whole new way, I promise.

Connie Ragen Green lives in Saugus and has been working exclusively on the internet since 2006. Kids and Money: Teaching Financial Responsibility and Values to Children is her latest book and was released by Hunter’s Moon Publishing in July of 2018. 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 2018 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.

A High Schooler’s POV

| Community | 8 hours ago

by Analyn May

Here in the good old US of A, we’ll literally kill ourselves before we slow down.

I started thinking about this a few days ago when I was talking with my mom and she swallowed some water the wrong way, causing her to choke. You’d think the first priority when you lose the ability to breathe would be breathing, right? Wrong. Instead, my mom struggled through her sentences, trying to continue her end of the conversation (and apologize for choking) WHILE still coughing trying to get more oxygen. My anxiety kicked in and I begged her to stop talking while she regained her breath.

Obviously, my mom is fine, and the whole ordeal couldn’t have lasted longer than a minute or two. But the unsettling occurrence stuck with me. So rarely do we take a look at our own culture’s obsession with speed and productivity as something dangerous and despicable. We drive above the speed limit because we might be late to work, causing thousands of fatal crashes each year. We take phone calls on vacation because “it might be an emergency” and check our phones in the middle of the night, disrupting our sleeping patterns for fear of missing something. We cut in line, we strain relationships by working late; we dig ourselves into trenches of debt by borrowing money to “buy it NOW!”

Stop. Breathe. We’ve heard it before, but we all need to be reminded— frequently. Mute your notifications. Turn the phone off before bed. Drive safely even if it means arriving five minutes late. (If it happens every day, wake up earlier.) Take Saturday off and make dinner with your spouse or a friend. Eat your food slowly and don’t multitask while doing it. Let yourself breathe.

Do I struggle with this? Absolutely. And being a part of the techno-age makes it immensely difficult to remember that I don’t always have to be doing something, 100 percent of the time, at 100 percent speed. In fact, I tend to be more productive when I’m not.

So I’ll say it again, one more time: don’t let the American culture force you to sprint through the marathon of life. Slow down for a second, let your body rest, and heck, look out at the scenery. You aren’t racing anybody and there’s no rush to get to the finish line; you may as well enjoy where you’re at.

But as always, that’s just my POV. Until next time, this is Analyn May, signing off.

The Antelope Valley Fair and Event Center Hosts 15th Annual Bridal Show

| Community, Entertainment | 9 hours ago

The Antelope Valley Fair and Event Center will host the 15th Annual Bridal Show on Sunday, February 24, 2019 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The annual event offers one of the region’s largest gatherings of wedding vendors with close to 100 exhibiters on hand to offer insights, services and products from invitations to wedding cake samples, photography to flowers, decorations to disc jockeys and jewelry to catering services. Many vendors will be offering specials and giveaways only for Bridal Show attendees. Admission is free and parking is $5.00.

The A.V. Fair and Event Center booth will showcase food samples prepared by Friends of the Antelope Valley Fair (in-house catering service), and creative ideas for your special event to be held in fairgrounds buildings available for weddings, receptions, Quinceañeras and other special events.

This year’s event will feature a fashion show at 1 p.m., presented by Quinceañeras by R & R, and at 3 p.m. presented by David’s Bridal and Men’s Wearhouse led by Master of Ceremonies, Mr. Jack Lillian – Photo Mania/Music Mania. Draping for the stage is provided by Amaysn Designs, and floral decor by A.V. Florist. The Fun After Forty (FAF) Ballroom Dance Club will perform on the fashion show stage. Limousine rides on-site will be conducted by Desert Star Limousines. Go to avfair.com for the full vendor list. Drawings will also be held during the show for valuable prizes.

The event will take place at the H.W. Hunter Pavilion, in Gate 1 of the A.V. Fair & Event Center, located at 2551 West Avenue H., Lancaster, CA 93536. For all Bridal Show information, contact Linda at (661) 948-6060, ext. 123. For A.V. Fair and Event Center information, go to www.avfair.com. Follow the event on Twitter and Instagram @AVFairgrounds.

City Introduces New Fleet of Environmentally Friendly Buses

| Community | February 15, 2019

Through the use of federal funds, a total of seven new vehicles, including three commuter and four local buses, recently began service with the city’s transit fleet. These buses may look similar to existing buses in operation; however they represent the height of modern bus technology including electronic cooling fan systems, web-based real-time engine management systems and near-zero emission engines which are in line with Santa Clarita’s dedication to green transportation alternatives.

In 2005, the city began shifting away from diesel-powered buses in favor of environmentally friendly compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles, in an effort to reach an entire CNG-fueled fleet. CNG vehicles offer residents the same great transportation options, but with a minimal carbon footprint on the environment. The City has just eleven diesel commuter buses remaining in the fleet of 113 vehicles.

Santa Clarita Transit is already looking ahead to future bus purchases, as the city nears a 100 percent CNG-fueled fleet. Staff is currently in the middle of its Transportation Development Plan, which acts as a blueprint for transit services over the next five to ten years. Staff will present preliminary recommendations at upcoming public workshops on February 7 – 9, 2019 throughout Santa Clarita. Visit SantaClaritaTransit.com/TDP for more details.

For more information about the City of Santa Clarita Transit and its fleet, contact Santa Clarita Transit at (661) 294-1287 or email Administrative Analyst Alexander Porlier at aporlier@santa-clarita.com.

Hyatt Showcases SCAA Artists

| Community | February 14, 2019

Local artists of the Santa Clarita Artists Association have been invited to display fine art in the newly remodeled Hyatt Regency Valencia! Reception is on February 28, 6-8 pm.

“Santa Clarita Artist Association members’ art is showcased throughout the newly renovated Hyatt,” said Laurie Morgan, Hyatt Venue Chairperson. General Manager Mark Kirsch, assisted by the SCAA committee, Laurie Morgan, Zony Gordon, and Bruce McFarland, selected from nearly 100 pieces of artwork that conform to the hotel’s theme and motif.

All artwork may be purchased and includes a wide variety of themes and styles. All mediums are represented in the selection: acrylic, oil, watercolor, dry media, photography, mixed media, giclées and sculpture. The following artists are represented: Laurie Morgan, Zony Gordon, Bruce McFarland, Sandy Fisher, Olga Kaczmar, Meryl Goudy, Naomi Young, Tony Hanna, Joseph Jasik-Drdol, Bonny Butler, Gary Friedman, Lynda Frautnik, Pat Thayer, Dody Rogers, Mike Farrell, Lynne Albright, Jane Mick, Gloria Cassidy, Therese Verner, Jackie Cleveland, Charlotte Mullich, George Goldberg, Bill Duquette, Carrie Duquette, and Sheri Carlson

“The Hyatt is a lovely gem in our town and we invite the public to stop by for a drink or a meal and view the art in the lobby, restaurant and on the walls along the downstairs corridor, ” said Laurie Morgan.

Now and Then – ‘Release the Kraken(s)!’

| Community | February 14, 2019

In Icelandic legends, the Kraken is a squid-like sea monster dwelling off the coasts of Norway and Greenland. In the Hollywood movie “Clash of the Titans,” the Kraken is a menacing sea monster destroyed by the Greek hero, Perseus. In the Santa Clarita Valley, the Kraken is an underwater hockey player who works out with 15 teammates at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center on Tuesday nights from 6 to 8. These Krakens compete locally and nationally in a sport that has had little national exposure. But if team member Glenn Terry has anything to say about it, underwater hockey is going to get more attention – first in the SCV, then nationwide.

Neither water nor hockey was on Terry’s radar growing up in the SCV. Baseball was always his passion. From T-ball to being a star pitcher for Saugus High School coach Doug Worley in the late 1980s, Glenn was sure that a big league career was in his future, until a back injury ended those hopes.

Following his back injury, Glenn switched from baseball to business, first working his way up to a managerial position in the restaurant industry. “The pace was non stop, but being on my feet all day was hard on my back, so I began looking for some other pursuit,” said Terry. “A friend in the insurance industry encouraged me to consider that vocation as an alternate career– one that would require a whole new set of skills, including a proficiency in sales.”

“I thought back to my years with Coach Worley, who not only taught character building on the baseball field, but life skills and thinking outside the box in his high school strategies class. I put all those lessons to good use as I built my own insurance business.”

It was through his insurance dealings that he met underwater hockey enthusiast Weston Monroe. Weston sized up the 6-foot 5-inch Terry and decided he would be perfect for the sport. Glenn was not so sure, but after years of Monroe‘s hounding, Terry finally agreed to meet his friend at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center to observe a few practices.

Glenn watched as members of the Kraken underwater hockey team slipped flippers on their feet, adjusted their facemasks, grabbed 12-inch hockey sticks, and jumped into the water. A puck was placed in the middle of the 25-meter pool. The swimmers took their places in front of their defending goals, which had been secured at each end of the pool. When a whistle was blown, a referee monitored play as the competitors swam to the puck, took deep breaths, and dove beneath the surface of the water.

As in ice hockey, the scramble to control the puck continued until a goal was scored. Glenn learned that a team is generally comprised of ten players with six players in the pool at any one time. Four players are in a “sub box,” and they are substituted in as needed during the game’s two halves, which are typically 10 to 15 minutes long.

“It looked like a lot of fun. I hadn’t done much swimming beyond learning the basic strokes as a kid, but I knew I could stay on top of the water. However, swimming isn’t as important as breath control, getting to the bottom of the pool, and staying there. Developing lung capacity and endurance is key. I decided all I really needed was some serious conditioning if I wanted to be competitive in the sport. So I started swimming laps to develop endurance and read some Bruce Lee books on the art of combining grace with aggression,” said Terry.

Though it is virtually unknown to most of the globe’s population, underwater hockey is played worldwide. The first Underwater Hockey World Championship was held in Canada in 1980. It began in England in 1954 when open-water diver Alan Blake invented the game to keep his team members active during the cold winter months. He called his creation “Octopush” because the game was first played by eight (octo) players using sticks that were designed to push the puck across the bottom of the pool. Today’s sticks are beveled so the puck can also be flicked in the water reaching distances up to 5 or 6 feet.

From England the sport spread to South Africa, then to Canada in 1962, Australia in 1966, and Asia in the late 70s. In 1981, a women’s division was added followed by a junior division in 1990. Scuba diving enthusiasts were responsible for helping it to spread across the globe. Sixty-eight teams from 19 countries competed in the 2013 World Championship held in Hungary.

It was into this world that Glenn Terry entered six years ago working weekly practices into a schedule of insurance sales, community outreach projects, and the activities of 16-year-old son Brandon and 11 year-old daughter Kyla.

But the sport has become more than a recreational and conditioning outlet for Glenn, he has a goal to increase its visibility in the Santa Clarita Valley, spreading its competitive and strength building benefits to residents of all ages. “It’s low impact and a great cardio vascular exercise that uses lots of muscles,” explained Terry, “it’s a great health benefit and I’d like to see it spread to youngsters as well as adults.”

Reaching that goal started last year in meetings with the city’s Parks and Recreation officials. As the Kraken’s marketing administrator, Glenn gave a brief presentation to the committee which outlined the financial benefits from the tournaments that the club has sponsored annually at the aquatics center. Drawing teams from all over the state, Terry pointed out the economic advantages to the city. (The November 2018 tournament involved over 200 players, who not only rented 35 rooms at two different hotels, but patronized the local restaurants and businesses, as well).

Eventually, California players and supporters would like to bring the world championships to the L.A. area and Terry wants to go one step further and have them held at the SC Aquatics Center. That will require many negotiations in the future with representatives from the Underwater Hockey Commission as well as the city.

But for now, Terry is concentrating on growing the local tournaments and creating a youth program. Glenn’s plan includes a summer camp at the Aquatics Center for local boys and girls 12 to 16. “I see underwater hockey as a huge benefit for kids, said Terry, “it helps develop strong physical and mental skills.”

Meetings will continue as Terry and city officials work together to make the summer youth program a reality. Those interested in learning more about the adult underwater hockey program and the summer camp for youngsters, may contact Glenn at 661-312-7268 or by email: megabuilder7@gmail.com

Deadline Approaching for iCAN Academy at Castaic High School

| Community | February 8, 2019

Families of current 8th grade students in the Santa Clarita Valley interested in having their student attend the new iCAN Academy at Castaic High School this fall have until Friday, February 15 to apply.

This is a unique opportunity for students in the William S. Hart Union High School District. It combines high academics and college classes beginning in 9th grade (similar to Academy of the Canyons), with the opportunity to get the full comprehensive high school experience and participate in extra-curricular activities such as athletics and performing groups.
iCAN Academy Features:

  • Partnership with College of the Canyons
  • High school and college dual credit opportunities
  • Multiple career certifications
  • State-of-the-art facilities for academics, athletics and performing arts
  • Brand new, cutting edge campus on 58 acres in Castaic

For those who are interested in attending iCAN Academy at Castaic High School this fall, the deadline to apply is Friday, February 15, 2019. For more information about iCAN Academy, go to Castaichighschool.org and click on the iCAN Academy Application link. Or, reach out to the Principal of Castaic High School, Melanie Hagman, at 661-259-0033 ext. 450, or mhagman@hartdistrict.org.

Santa Clarita Elks Lodge to Host Charity Roast Proceeds Will Benefit Veterans, Children with Disabilities

| Community | February 7, 2019

The community is invited to witness local Veteran Services Leader, William ‘Bill’ Reynolds, take center stage to be roasted at the Santa Clarita Elks Lodge on Saturday, February 16.

The net proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit two major charity priorities of the Elks, including local veterans services in the Santa Clarita Valley and children with disabilities in California through the Elks California-Hawaii Elks Major Project, Inc.

City Councilman and Lodge Member, Bob Keller, has been planning his strategy as MC for the evening’s program. He and three of the Roasters, Elks CHEA Trustee Jay Larkins, Santa Clarita City Manager Ken Striplin, and Iraq War Veteran Mike Garcia have been taking their involvement seriously. They have been heard fine-tuning and laughing hysterically about the entertaining, yet totally fabricated information they will present in an attempt to discredit Bill’s excellent reputation and accomplishments.

Here are some true facts about Bill Reynolds:
-He and his family have been residents of Santa Clarita since the 1980’s. He and his wife, Meg, have two children and five grandchildren.
-He has been involved with numerous local Veterans outreach and service programs and organizations in Santa Clarita, including the Santa Clarita Elks Lodge, American Legion, Vietnam Veterans of America, Mobile Riverine Force Association, the Fallen Warriors Memorial at the Newhall Veterans Historical Plaza, Santa Clarita Veterans Memorial, Inc., Santa Clarita Veterans Day Committee, The Veterans Services Collaborative, and numerous other programs where he works to inform and assist Veterans obtain available services.
-He was drafted into the United States Army on May 17, 1966, and after six months of infantry training, he arrived in Vietnam on January 28, 1967. He is one of the “Boys of ‘67” Charlie Company, 4th/47th, 9th Infantry Division. “The Boys of 67” by Andrew West featured Bill and his unit in this book. Brothers in War,’ included Bill and his unit within this Emmy nominated film, available on Netflix.
-He was one of several Vietnam Veterans invited to meet President Trump in Vietnam on Veterans Day, 2017.

This will be an enjoyable, laughter-filled evening that will benefit two worthwhile charity groups. The Santa Clarita Valley Young Marines will volunteer to assist the Elks at this event.
The event will be held on Saturday, February 16, beginning at 6 p.m. Dinner will be provided by Neca Catering Services, followed by a video presentation from SCVTV. The roast begins at 8 p.m., and a live auction will take place at 9 p.m.

Tickets are $50 each person and may be purchased at the Elks Lodge Lounge or through the Elks Office, 17766 Sierra Highway, Santa Clarita, CA 91351, (661) 251-1500. Tables of 10 are available for $500. Checks can be made payable to the Santa Clarita Elks Lodge 2379. For more information about the Elks California-Hawaii Elks Major Project, Inc., visit www.chea-elks.org.

Sammy Clarita is Back With His Own Book – And He’s Not Horsing Around

| Community | February 7, 2019

Sammy Clarita is galloping back into town this winter with plans to promote his new book at the Santa Clarita Public Library. Beginning this month, community members can head to any Santa Clarita Public Library branch and check out his first book, titled Sammy Stories—Meet Sammy Clarita.
Sammy, a fun-loving mustang who loves chocolate almost as much as he loves Santa Clarita, has been busy putting the finishing touches on his new book. He’s even had a makeover in honor of the occasion, and now sports a spiffy green library vest and glasses. Sammy is excited to share his story, and knows his readers will hoot and haw over the eye-catching illustrations and fun tidbits of Santa Clarita history that are included. This is one horse tale you will not want to miss.

Join Mayor Marsha McLean for a special reading of the book at the Santa Clarita Public Library’s Storytime “Just for 2’s and 3’s,” on Wednesday, February 6 at 11 a.m. at the Old Town Newhall Library. The Old Town Newhall Library is located at 24500 Main Street in Newhall. A special guest appearance by Sammy Clarita himself will also take place.

In addition to being available at all Santa Clarita Public Library branches, Sammy’s book will be in third grade classrooms throughout the City! “Discovering the joy of reading is one of the most important gifts we can give our children,” said Mayor Marsha Mclean. “This book combines humor, local history and community pride. We hope it will inspire young children to get excited about reading and learning!”

Sammy Clarita was chosen as the City’s mascot in its thirtieth anniversary year and represents the City’s rich Western history, equestrian trails and more than 11,000 acres of open space. Residents can find mini plush versions of Sammy hidden at various City events and locations, using clues posted on the City’s Instagram account @cityofsantaclarita. Those who find him can keep him as their furever friend and are encouraged to share a selfie with him on social media using the hashtag #IFoundSammyClarita.
For more information on Sammy Clarita’s whereabouts, follow the City’s Instagram account @cityofsantaclarita. To find out more about the Santa Clarita Public Library, visit www.santaclaritalibrary.com.

College of the Canyons Students Selected to Participate in NASA Lucy Academy

| Community | February 7, 2019

Two College of the Canyons were selected to participate in the Lucy Student Pipeline Accelerator and Competency Enabler (L’SPACE) Virtual Academy, an interactive and team-based student collaboration offered through NASA’s Lucy Mission.

Held in the fall, the 12-week academy taught undergraduate science and engineering students rigorous, project-based STEM workforce development, which included mission development skills and protocols imparted by NASA scientists and engineers.

Arthur Berberyan

One of the students selected was Arthur Berberyan, a sophomore student at the college majoring in physics, who was thrilled when he got the news he was selected to participate.

“It was a really good feeling,” said Berberyan. “It makes you feel as though all the hard work you do really does pay off.”

Berberyan heard about L’SPACE while working on the Astronomy & Physics Club’s High-Altitude Student Platform (HASP) project, which he says prepared him well for the academy’s rigorous nature.

“HASP prepared me to work independently as well as in team efforts,” said Berberyan. “It made going into the L’SPACE academy feel very familiar in the aspect of what to do rather than getting overwhelmed.”

As a L’SPACE participant, Berberyan benefited from webinars hosted by Arizona State University professors, NASA projects managers and actual NASA employees and scientists working on the Lucy mission.

The experience was a dream come true for Berberyan who has loved science since he was a kid.

“As a child I was always more interested in the science channel than generic children’s shows,” said Berberyan, who plans on getting a degree in astrophysics and a PhD in a related field.

Coulson Aguirre

Another student, Coulson Aguirre, also applied for L’SPACE and was selected to participate in the program.

“Taking many science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses at College of the Canyons prepared me to be a valuable team player in the Lucy program,” said Aguirre. Before I applied to Lucy, I was involved in National Community of Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) and the COC Payload Team.”

Aguirre has goals to become an engineer for NASA, and believes that the program will prepare him for his dream career.

“By participating in programs like Lucy, it allows students to make connections, gain experience, and understand what it takes to be a NASA engineer.”

“It has been incredible to see how students have grown through their participation in the HASP project,” said Teresa Ciardi, a physical science professor at the college and HASP co-advisor. “Seventeen students have gone on to complete internships at companies such as Caltech and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.”

Explore the United States with the City of Santa Clarita

| Community | February 7, 2019

Have you ever wanted to explore Portland in the spring, see the leaves change colors in Vermont or experience Graceland at Christmas time? Now is your chance! Registration is now open for three spectacular multi-day excursions to exciting destinations around the United States.

The first excursion offered is a trip to the Oregon Trails and Portland Rose Festival and will take place June 6-11, 2019. Participants will explore Portland and the surrounding areas and visit the magnificent Portland Rose Festival during this six-day, five-night getaway. Other highlights include a tour of Portland, as well as visits to Mount St. Helens, Oregon’s Pacific Coast, Astoria and Multnomah Falls. The cost is $2,150 per person for double occupancy or $2,825 per person for single occupancy.
Residents can also enjoy the spectacular fall colors on the east coast with the New England Rails and Trails trip, taking place from September 28 to October 5, 2019. Visit Boston, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine on this eight-day, seven-night excursion that includes two rail journeys, as well as a trip to Woodstock, Quechee Gorge and a Casco Bay Cruise. The cost is $3,075 per person for double occupancy or $4,050 per person for single occupancy.

The final excursion of the year will take participants on a journey to the Music Cities for Christmas from December 6-11, 2019. Experience the holiday season in Branson, Mo., Memphis and Nashville on this six-day, five-night trip. Highlights include three holiday shows, as well as visits to Graceland, the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame. The cost is $2,455 per person for double occupancy or $3,105 per person for single occupancy.

All three multi-day excursions offered by the City of Santa Clarita include round-trip airfare and first-class hotel accommodations. Costs associated with admission to attractions and sightseeing tours are also included, as well as some meals. A discount of $100 per person is available if the final registration payment is made by check.

Registration for each of the three excursions does not follow the City’s usual registration process. For detailed itinerary, registration questions or to receive a registration form, contact Jennifer Lindstrom, Recreation Coordinator, at (661) 250-3731.

Creativity Advocacy – Creativity Connection Conundrum

| Community | February 7, 2019

As a voice teacher, I work with my students to connect our different tones in order to sound fluid. We try to connect with the material we are singing. We connect with the audience when we perform live and also when we promote on social media. It could be said that these connections are constant in almost any art form and in a myriad of jobs.

We need the connection that comes from Creativity to function as humans.

Looking back over all of the Creativity Advocacy articles from this past year, it appears that Creativity is everywhere, all the time. We employ Creativity when we make art or when we solve problems. We touch the sacred source of Creativity when we connect with others. Life itself is Creative, and ironically, so is death. But the recurring theme woven throughout all of last year’s articles seems to be connection. The mission of Creativity is to connect us—first to our inner selves and then to the world—ultimately, to each other.

Often, and in fact currently, certain political agendas tend to disconnect us. Not only that, but misconceptions can sever our togetherness when it comes to our art. Creativity cannot fulfill the ultimate mission of connection when we are ill-informed or when we are disillusioned. Sadly, social media helps with these delusions. I have found many artists who are frustrated because they’re not making money off of their art and music. I have also met many people who don’t believe in Creativity because they’ve lost their relationship with their art. I call this a conundrum.

Over the past three years, I’ve been working on a book that delves into what Creativity is and what Creativity is NOT. The book explores the origins of Creativity as well as the purpose of all our interactions having to do with this powerful phenomenon. There’s also a chapter that offers suggestions on how to prevent social media from being a major malefactor of Creativity. A better understanding of Creativity directly contributes to our happiness and our fulfillment, which makes this book relevant for anyone desiring to live an intentional and fulfilled life.

If you’ve become more aware of Creativity’s presence in your life through these articles, I hope you’ll delve even deeper and preorder the book: The Creativity Connection Conundrum. You can email me at reneurbanovich@gmail.com.

Here’s an excerpt from Chapter 3:

CURRENT CLIMATE
American Idol, the show that premiered in 2002, has been very good for my business. I wonder if my phone would be ringing off the hook were it not for our recent obsession with talent shows. The debut season featured young Kelly Clarkson and audiences rooted for this small-town girl who’d received no training, had no familial support, no manager or agent—and their votes would transform her life in a moment. Her performance reflected innocent aspiration and raw talent. The collective voice of the dreamer was heard through Kelly Clarkson and overnight, American Idol changed the way we viewed stardom. Idol status could now be attained by the girl next door. If American Idol chose ten out of ten-thousand singers to make it to round two (odds that appear better than the one-in-a-million picks from a slush pile at a record label), then some wannabe pop singer from Paw Paw, Michigan with no financing and no business savvy might just stand a chance at stardom. This prospect would mean contestant hopefuls sleeping on the concrete outside hundred-thousand-seat stadiums while waiting in line for the first round of auditions, but if doing so was the new definition of “pounding the pavement,” it was a small price to pay. Being discovered had been “a thing” for decades, only now a television show would light the way.

Aside from Kelly’s talent, it was her charm and vulnerability that won over the masses. Text-messaging a vote to studio executives renovated the idea of audience participation. The observers could now be active rather than passive, as though 1950’s applause meters were installed in living rooms across America. Applause has been a form of power in most cultures dating as far back as Aristotle’s time. When popularity itself was under the scrutiny of the court, conventional wisdom cautioned against garnering support from the lowest common denominator of humanity. No such wariness now. In 2019, in place of slapping our palms, we have finger taps and ticks to gauge our reactions, and there’s no dispute that those thumbs-up “like” icons are what it’s all about.

Click! Next-scene: The X-Factor, America’s Got Talent, Dancing with the Stars—yet more yellow brick roads paved for promising starlets. I live in the heart of the entertainment industry, surrounded by actors, singers, writers, and producers. It can appear that life is one never-ending promotional hype in which everyone’s happiness hinges on the likes and shares of others. Every day, ritually, we count followers and build tribes. We re-tweet, snap and #hashtag before even visiting the toilet or brushing our teeth. Audience reaction has become a preoccupation over true artistic sensibilities. Some of my students excel in the social marketing arena more so than the talent arena, but are met with the most popularity because of their online appeal and dedication to fans. She who markets best wins?

Now and Then

| Community | January 31, 2019

by Linda Pedersen

SCV Newcomers who motor past the Santa Clarita Swap Meet on Soledad Canyon Road may not be aware of its storied history as a popular sports venue. The scrub brush adjacent to the Santa Clara riverbed was first developed as a rodeo arena in 1927 by the brother of a successful shoe magnate. It reached the height of its popularity in the 30s when cowboy actor Hoot Gibson used it not only as a rodeo attraction, but a site for Hollywood movie venues, as well.

Plagued first by the financial setbacks of the Depression and later by the 1937 floods, the site was forced into bank ownership. Local Republican politician William Bonelli breathed new life into the dirt arena by turning it into an auto racing attraction in 1939. Weekend crowds flocked from all over Southern California to watch their favorite drivers circle the dusty track (the track was paved twice, once in 1946, then again in 1956).

Dave Reeves was the picture of speed and agility during a Pit Crew Contest in the 1990s at Saugus Speedway.

It was on that track in the early 80s that a young racing fan named Dave Reeves took his place beside the rumbling car engines, grasping his newly acquired pit crew pass. Born in San Diego and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Reeves’ fascination with all things automotive began at an early age. As a toddler, Dave accompanied his father into the pits during pre-race festivities.

The senior Reeves, who eventually owned his own salvage yard, had a passion for racing and working on cars that just naturally led him to volunteer for pit crews in venues all over the state. That same passion enveloped Dave as the youngster stood next to the car drivers before the races, then later sat in the stands watching his father work on the cars during pit stops.

“I did the usual high school things as a teen,” said Reeves, “skating by in classes, playing basketball, and working at an assortment of jobs to earn spending cash, but every extra second was spent working on cars and watching or participating in the local stock car racing venues.”

In the mid 80s, Dave began building race engines, working for a professional who had developed a NASCAR-recommended restrictor plate engine for Chevrolet. (The device limits the power output of a motor to help safeguard against out-of-control speeds). That experience led to associations with Dale Earnhardt and Richard Childress, and the chance to attend NASCAR races all over the states and in Canada.

In the early 1990s, Dave graduated to a paid track position as a weekend crew chief at the Saugus Speedway and got the chance to drive in some of the officials and mechanics races. Then in 1994, Reeves worked on the Hobby Stock car driven by local resident John Schultz, who won that year’s Saugus Speedway championship. It was at the victory banquet held at the Odyssey Restaurant that Dave first met Schultz’s sister Cindy, and was impressed not only by her beauty, but her shared passion for the racing scene. Two years later, Dave and Cindy married and set up housekeeping in the Santa Clarita Valley. The couple has spent the years since organizing their time around Dave’s work in the salvage business, his venture into his own business in 2008, stock car racing, community activities, and raising four sons, Sean, Zack, JohnMichael, and Jeremy.

Business Owner Dave Reeves

As Dave’s business, Reeves Complete Auto Center Inc, grew, so too did his involvement in stock car racing, taking him to championship races in Bristol, Charlotte, Daytona Beach, Pensacola, Las Vegas, and Phoenix.

While stock car racing ended at the Saugus Speedway when the grandstands were condemned in 1995, Reeves continued to participate in local races held at tracks in Irwindale and Kern County. His twenty-year-old son JohnMichael, who works with Dave at his Auto Center, followed his dad into the pits, working as a paid crew member.

In 2015, Reeves began sponsoring stock cars in the Southwest Touring Series and Modified Series. He became a personal endorsement sponsor in 2018 for racer Derek Thorn, who drove a Sunrise Ford to a championship in the NASCAR K&N Touring Division. He has also sponsored Linny White in the Spears Southwest SRL Tour, and Rod Johnson Jr. (grandson of Donnie Johnson, owner of one of the cars driven by Saugus Speedway legend “Roarin’ Oren Prosser”) in the SRL and Modified Touring Divisions.

In addition to stock car racing, the Reeves family is also passionate about community service. Dave and his sons are the first to volunteer at SCV Rotary fundraisers that support both local and international service projects, and Cindy is the event coordinator of vendors at the annual Indian Powwow held at Hart Park. Youngest son Jeremy is currently serving a church mission in Calgary.

7th Annual SCV Charity Chili Cook-off Set to Sizzle

| Community | January 31, 2019

Kick off spring by attending the 7th Annual SCV Charity Chili Cook-off. This year’s event benefits the Shelter Hope Pet Shop and St. Bonnies Sanctuary/Lange Foundation. The cook-off begins March 21 at 6 p.m. and will be held at The Oaks Club of Valencia (formally TPC) located at 26550, Heritage View Lane Valencia, Calif. 91381

Attendees will enjoy tasty chilis prepared from 45 local cooks. The event also features live music, dancing, a silent auction, a photo booth, “Kids Korner” and more. General admission is $25 until February 14, and will go to $30. VIP tickets are available in advance for $65, which includes early entry at 5:30 p.m., preferred parking, a drink ticket, souvenir glass, swag bag and hors d’oeuvres provided by Salt Creek Grill and Wolf Creek Restaurant. VIP tickets are only available online in advance.

“Every year the SCV Charity Chili Cook-off gets bigger and more popular,” said event co-chair Steve Portaro. “This year we’re hoping to make a significant contribution to both animal rescues.

In addition to dozens of exceptional chilis, a few vendors are setting up to sell their goodies and help with a contribution to the charities. Also featured will be The Lucy Pet Surf Wave Machine, where participants will be able to see dogs surf and ride the waves. Both charities will have rescues on site looking for their new best friends and loving homes, so guests can actually start the adoption process right there and then.

“Nothing brings the Santa Clarita community together quite like the annual SCV Charity Chili Cook-off,” said event founder Nicole Stinson. “We are really excited about this year’s event, it’s also a chance for our families to get to know each other, and network, and it’s all to support two great charities.”

To purchase tickets visit scvcharitychilicookoff.com. For event updates, follow the event on Facebook. For sponsorship inquires or questions regarding the event, call Nicole at 661-816-4234 or Steve at 310-800-3064.

Lowest Crime Rate on Record in Santa Clarita

| Community | January 31, 2019

Crime rates are the lowest on record in Santa Clarita history. The city attributes this decrease to the efforts of deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

According to the numbers, part one crimes – which include homicide, rape, robbery, burglary and arson – have been reduced by 20 percent from 2017 to 2018. The figures indicate the lowest crime rate on record, surpassing numbers from 2014, which were the previous lowest crime stats on record in Santa Clarita.

“Since incorporation, one of the City’s top priorities has been the safety of residents. Santa Clarita has consistently been ranked as one of the safest cities in the nation, but we are always working with the sheriff’s department to ensure we stay vigilant and work together as a community to keep it that way,” said Mayor Marsha McLean.

Crime stats for 2018 have shown robberies are down 26 percent, burglaries are down more than 16 percent, grand theft autos are down 30 percent and assaults are down nearly 25 percent.

“This significant decrease in crime is extraordinary given the challenging environment for law enforcement created by recent legislation and initiatives. Assembly Bill 109 and Propositions 47 and 57 were intended to decrease the state prison population; however, the reality has been a rise in crime in communities across California,” said City Manager Ken Striplin.

“Despite these new challenges, we’ve been able to tackle crime through proactive efforts, crime suppression operations and all-around dedication of our Sheriff’s Deputies,” said Captain Robert Lewis of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. “We also heavily depend on the community to be our eyes and ears and report any suspicious behavior. This partnership has played a major role in our effectiveness.”

Santa Clarita Celebrates Another Year of Filming

| Community | January 25, 2019

Santa Clarita had another successful year of location filming in 2018, with the Film Office recording 547 film permits and 1,376 location film days, which generated an estimated economic impact of $32.9 million to the local community.

This is the fifth consecutive calendar year the Santa Clarita Film Office has recorded more than 500 permits, over 1,300 film days and $30 million or more in estimated economic impact generated from location filming alone. Not included in the reported numbers are the film days and economic benefits from filming that takes place on certified sound stages, which do not require a film permit.

“It’s been another great year of filming in Santa Clarita. It’s no wonder why our City is one of the preferred destinations for film production and location filming in the Los Angeles Area,” said Mayor Marsha McLean. “Filming remains a critical part of our business community and local economy by supporting high paying jobs and companies involved in the industry.”

More than half of the filming days in 2018 were attributed to television production alone, many of which were from shows locally based in Santa Clarita including “Future Man,” “Good Trouble,” “Goliath,” “Mayans MC,” “NCIS,” “Santa Clarita Diet,” “Shooter,” “S.W.A.T.,” “Untitled Suits Spin-off” and “Westworld.”

TV shows weren’t the only productions taking advantage of Santa Clarita film locations in 2018. Numerous feature films were also shot in the area last year including A Quiet Place, Bird Box, Call of the Wild, Captain Marvel, Ford vs. Ferrari, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Vice and more, in addition to countless commercials, music videos, still photo shoots and online content.

Santa Clarita is consistently one of the most filmed places in California because it offers thousands of film-friendly locations that can double for almost anywhere in the world, more than 20 sound stages, over 10 movie ranches, a one-stop shop Film Office, low cost permit fees and expedited permit processing, in addition to being located within the industry’s coveted “30-Mile Zone.”

Several other factors have contributed to the continued success and appeal of filming in Santa Clarita including the City’s own Film Incentive Program and Movie Ranch Overlay Zone. The Santa Clarita Valley has also benefitted tremendously from the California Film and Television Tax Credit Program, as numerous approved projects have filmed on location in the area.

For more information about filming in Santa Clarita, visit FilmSantaClarita.com or contact the Film Office at (661) 284-1425. For an insider’s view to filming in Santa Clarita, follow the Santa Clarita Film Office on Instagram (@FilmSantaClarita).

Creativity Advocacy – To Toss, or Not to Toss?

| Community | January 25, 2019

Last week, after cleaning out our house of thirty years, we loaded up the truck and made a visit to the Goodwill. I shouldn’t have been surprised by the long line of cars in front of me, since it was January and most people begin the New Year with a good purge. I also should not have been surprised that there before us lay an enormous mound of couches, dressers, desk chairs, bags of clothes and toys. Rain had been pouring on and off for days, which soaked this expansive pile as well as the workers.

Yikes, I thought, what a mess!

My house looked like a similar mess, truth be told. The contents of every closet, every trunk, every cupboard and drawer seemed to have been upchucked into the living room with no rhyme or reason. We mulled through keepsakes and photos, children’s finger-paintings and a half–century’s worth of birthday cards. Which mementos should be kept for another ten years? Which should be tossed?

Suggestions ran the gamut from each of my millennial children—1) take a picture of each item and save it in the cloud so it doesn’t take up valuable real estate 2) rate each item by the joy sparked from feeling it in your hands, then only save those that rank highest
3) toss everything; nothing matters and 4) buy new trunks and make room for more!

The words of Shakespeare via the overly romantic Juliet, “Parting is such sweet sorrow…” come to mind. But the sweet becomes bittersweet when I know I may never again even remotely remember the pieces before me. My memory is limited, after all. Indeed, that there is a word for feeling good and bad at the same time offers me relief that I am not alone (like the line at the Goodwill).

Naturally, I am well aware that this act of reflection is highly Creative, because I deem myself a Creativity expert! Going through old photos and diaries connects me with my past. Reflection is the final stage in the Creative process, and one that is overlooked much of the time. By connecting with our past and thus our inner realm, we are engaging Creativity, ultimately bringing depth and meaning to our daily life instead of operating on a superficial level. We learn from our reflections, too, which help us in our self-development (and yes, I’m still self-developing in my mid-fifties). All of this Creative activity whilst cleaning up a huge mess is overwhelming.

There is an old saying that requires a hand motion. If I make a fist and hold it tightly, I cannot open my hand and receive anything new. There’s a funky play on opposites at hand (no pun intended).

Holding on and letting go mirror the idea of the word bittersweet. Married opposites.

Opposites are everywhere in art, Creativity and life! Heraclitus, the great Greek philosopher, suggests “harmony consists of opposing tension like that of the bow and the lyre.” The tension between opposites seems to actuate us—even though these tug-of-wars are unseen, hidden, they often drive the world of the seen.

So, for me, I had to 1) destroy the house before I could organize it. 2) emotionally re-connect with some items before I could disconnect myself from them.
3) save some mementos via digital photography so that I could release them to the trash. 4) drive to Fillmore to buy more trunks for whatever is coming next.

The bittersweet nature of life with all of its changes is nothing new. I realize that I’m a part of something greater than that of my little daily life, as is evidenced by the myriad of people and their trunk loads full of donations. The unity of opposites is an activating force and helps me feel less overwhelmed by the mess I seemed to have made.

Incidentally, after my drop-off, I parked and then scoped the inside of the store, scoring a perfect black bookshelf for my studio. Someone else’s discard became my treasure.

January: The End of the Past, and the Beginning of the Future

| Community | January 24, 2019

By Natalia Radcliffe
Contributor

For those following the Gregorian calendar, January is marked as the first month of the year.

For many people, this month is a time of New Years resolutions. It is an opportunity to reflect on past years and create new goals for the future.

Ever wonder why we choose January, rather than any other month of the year, as the time to do this?

Perhaps it is merely a coincidence, perhaps not.

According to britannica.com, the root of the word January is derived from the name Janus, who, in Roman mythology, was the “god of all beginnings” (“Janus”).

The deity is often depicted as having two faces, representing the ability to look both backwards and forwards.

People worshipped him at the start of the New Year, both calendrical and agricultural. It is no coincidence, then, why we choose January as the month to reminisce about the past and plan for the future.

We are merely living up to its origin, after all.

Walk To Support Local Kids with Cancer at College of the Canyons

| Community | January 24, 2019

If you received the unimaginable news that your child had cancer, would you know where to turn? Support exists right here in the Santa Clarita Valley with the Michael Hoefflin Foundation for Childrens Cancer.

To help support the foundation and families battling pediatric cancer, the Michael Hoefflin Foundation (MHF) will host the 9th Annual Walk for Kids with Cancer, on Saturday, March 16 at College of the Canyons Cougar Stadium. For more information or to make a donation, go to www.mhf.org. Co- Presenting sponsors of the Walk are Boston Scientific and Scorpion.

The annual fundraiser offers hope to those who may feel there is none. All funds raised from the walk go directly to support the Michael Hoefflin Foundation and its services. Last year’s event raised $85,000 this year, the Foundation hopes to raise $100,000.

“The only way we can fight pediatric cancer is by banding together,” said Gillian Stone, executive director of MHF. “Every year, so many generous neighbors from throughout our community come to participate in and support this event. To all of you, we are forever grateful.”

Throughout the year, the Foundation provided help to families in many ways, including gas and grocery assistance, support group meetings, and family outings – aid crucial to families dealing with the emotional and unexpected financial burden of cancer.

The Michael Hoefflin Foundation for children’s cancer is a public non-profit 501(c) (3) foundation serving children and families touched by pediatric cancer in the Santa Clarita and surrounding valleys. For more information, contact the organization at (661) 250-4100 or go to www.MHF.org.

Afternoon T

| Community | January 24, 2019

Q: I went to a party the other night, and the whole night I worried I wasn’t smart enough, wasn’t dressed right, like I just didn’t deserve to be there. How do I get over the feeling that I’m not worthy enough?

A: You suited up and you showed up, so major points for bravery, friend! I know that wasn’t easy to do. Many a time I’ve cried in my closet, agonizing over the perfect outfit for an event and it was never about the clothes. It was the overwhelming sensation that I wasn’t good enough be invited. So, I feel your pain sister/mister! There’s a saying that sometimes you have to “Fake it, ‘til you make it!” You can look around a room of 100 people and plenty of them may stand tall and look like they own the joint, but emotionally they are working hard to stay upright and not letting the fear of being found a fraud squash them.

Calculating our self-worth is a tough one, mostly because we tend to do the math wrong. We let outside forces influence the numbers, and then do ourselves a bigger disservice and count from the outside in. We then gather all that gobbledygook up and are left with a paltry bit of business that doesn’t add up. No wonder we feel worthless. What we believe we’re left to assess, doesn’t have much value. Again, that’s because the numbers are wrong. I’m going to ask that you go all forensic accounting, to get to the truth of the emotional embezzlement you’ve been experiencing.

Put your hand up and tick off these five erroneous measurements of self-worth, one at a time: 1. Appearance. 2. Net Worth. 3. Who You Know. 4. What You Do. 5. Achievements/Accomplishments. Now, close your hand. It all went away, didn’t it?! All five crushed into the palm of your hand, no longer seen. While your closed, clenched fist is still there, strong and important – we don’t see the fingers you assigned those units of measure to. Your self-worth cannot be calculated by things that can be taken away or by the measurements imposed by others.

We’re going to switch from math class to language now. The dictionary defines self-worth as a noun meaning “the sense of one’s own value or worth as a person; self-esteem; self-respect.” Boils down to self-worth’s an inside job – another noun meaning task, work, assignment, etc. Self-worth takes self-work in order to fully understand, accept, respect and love yourself and hard work takes two hands! For each finger, I want you to say something good about yourself and repeat those things a few times a day, so you commit it to memory. Then, think of a few more positive things to say and do every single day – and just keep adding, until you reach a googolplex. Might take a lifetime, but when all is said and done, you’ll discover your worth and others will, too. It’ll all add up eventually.
xo – t.

City to Celebrate New ‘Pace’ Bike Share Program at Iron Horse Trailhead

| Community | January 24, 2019

The City of Santa Clarita will host a ribbon cutting event on Thursday, January 31 at 10:00 a.m. to celebrate the Pace Bike Share Program launch at the newly opened Pace Bike Share Station at the Iron Horse Trailhead. The event is free and open to the public.

“We are happy to celebrate this new City amenity that is already being utilized by our residents,” said Mayor Marsha McLean. “The new bike share program is an excellent way to enjoy our miles of trails, make last mile connections and get around town in a green and healthy way.”

The initial Pace Pilot Program features 12 outdoor stations and 50 bikes located throughout the City. Users can locate and rent Pace bikes by using the Pace app, which is available as a free download for both iOS and Android devices. The program enables riders to view Santa Clarita from a new perspective, while utilizing green transportation alternatives.

City staff continues to develop programs that boost tourism activities and enhance recreation and transportation opportunities for residents.

To learn more about the Pace Bike Share Program in Santa Clarita, go to RidePace.com or contact Evan Thomason, Economic Development Associate, at (661) 286-4167.

Public Library Receives High-Speed Internet Connection Upgrade

| Community | January 24, 2019

Customers visiting a Santa Clarita Public Library can now enjoy one of the fastest internet speeds available, thanks to an upgrade to the internet connection made possible through a grant from the State of California and the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC). The upgrade is part of the CENIC High-speed Broadband in California Public Libraries Project.

The Santa Clarita Public Library branches are now connected to California Research and Education Network (CalREN), a high-capacity 3,800-mile fiber optic network operated by CENIC. The high-speed broadband connection has increased the Santa Clarita Public Library’s internet speed tenfold, from 100 Mbps to 1,000 Mbps (1 Gigabit). The connection services public computers at all branches of the Santa Clarita Public Library, including personal computer devices used by customers.

“This upgrade is going to help our customers immensely. We average around 8,000 hours per month of computer usage across all of our library branches. Our computers are used by our visitors to apply for jobs, conduct school research, find information and connect with the world. It’s crucial that we provide both reliable and high-speed access to information resources our customers need so they can be successful in their goals,” says City Librarian Shannon Vonnegut.

Hardware costs for the project were covered through a grant from the California State Library. The city anticipates to see a cost savings of 93 percent on monthly service when federal discount rates are applied.

More information on the CENIC project is available at cenic.org. For more information regarding the Santa Clarita Public Library upgrade, contact City Librarian Shannon Vonnegut at svonnegut@santa-clarita.com, or at (661) 799-6132.

Lynne Fearman Oil Demo at Barnes and Noble

| Community | January 19, 2019

An oil painting demo by Lynne Fearman will be held on Monday, February 18 at the meeting of the Santa Clarita Artists Association (SCAA). This event is free, open to the public and meets at 6:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, located at 23630 Valencia Blvd.

For this demonstration, Fearman will be using a palette of three colors and white.

“This will be slightly different from most because my triad will be primarily in the cool tones,” Fearman said. “I will show how, with this limited palette, one can create a dynamic and exciting painting.”

Over the years, she has garnered numerous awards for her work and has had pieces featured in both the Riverside Art Museum and Pasadena Museum of History. She was commissioned to create “Bearlovian Paradise” as a permanent art installation for the Monrovia Library in 2010.

A professional artist for over 30 years, Fearman won the Award of Excellence in 2018 at the National Oil Painters of America Convention during the “Wet Painting” competition. She received the Grand Prize for the Los Angeles Plein Air Festival and was invited to participate in the Washington state Plein Air Festival, “Paint the Peninsula!”

Fearman is an active member of Mid-Valley Arts League, (president from 2006-2008), California Art Club, California Plein Air Painters, Oil Painters of America, and American Impressionist Society. She is the location master for the Thursdays En Plein Air group in the San Gabriel Valley. For more information about Lynne Fearman, visit www.LynneFearman.com

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early, as the event is expected to be standing room only by 6:30 p.m. To learn more about SCAA, visit www.SantaClaritaArtists.org.

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