AV Fair & Event Center Celebrates 31st Annual Home Show

| Community, Entertainment | March 21, 2019

The 31st annual AV Fair and Event Center Home Show and More will take place March 22 – 24. Homeowners, do-it-yourselfers and motorsport fans can experience an amazing weekend at the Antelope Valley Fair and Event Center.

“Home Show and More” features over 100 vendors and crafters. Attendees will have questions answered about their home appearance, comfort and functionality. Professional Home Show exhibitors will showcase and demonstrate their products and offer time and money-saving advice. The Craft Fair is back, featuring a wide range of vendors from handmade jewelry, crocheted items, and more.

New this year (on Saturday only) will be a motorsports event – Motor Mayhem. Mud will fly with four races scheduled, including: stock figure 8, modified figure 8, autocross, and demolition derby. Along with Motor Mayhem will be a Car Show featuring True Memories Car Club Charities Inc. and Cadillac Kings of the Antelope Valley.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn firsthand about the new trends in home décor, smart and creative ways to improve any home, and making a garden or yard more beautiful and efficient.

Pet adoptions will be conducted by the L.A. County Department of Animal Care and Control. Free tomato plants will be available daily while supplies last. Raffles including Antelope Valley Fair & Alfalfa Festival ticket family packs and more will take place daily at the AV Fair & Event Center booth.

Gates to the Home Show and More event open Friday, March 22, from 12 p.m-5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24 from 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Motor Mayhem and the Car Show take place on Saturday only. The car show begins at 9:00 a.m., and races begin at 1:00 p.m. Admission to both events is free, and daily parking is $5.00.

For complete vendor list and event details visit avfair.com or the AV Fair app. Follow the event on Twitter and Instagram @AVFairgrounds.

Local Students Named Semi-Finalists in National Geographic GeoBee State Competition

| Community | March 15, 2019

Students Praneel Samal of Stevenson Ranch Elementary and Sawyer Wiltfong of Rancho Pico Junior High School have been notified by the National Geographic Society that they are two of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee California State Competition. The contest will be held at Maya Cinemas Fresno, 3090 E Campus Pointe Dr. in Fresno on Friday, March 29.

This is the second level of the National Geographic GeoBee competition, which is now in its 31st year. School GeoBees were held in schools with fourth through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion. School champions then took an online qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the State GeoBees.

This year, National Geographic increased the prize money for all State GeoBees. State champions will receive a medal, $1,000 in cash, and other prizes, as well as a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Championship to be held at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 19-22. Students that come in second and third place will receive cash awards of $300 and $100, respectively.

Each State Champion will advance to the National Championship and compete for cash awards and college scholarships. In 2019, the national champion will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, $1,000 in cash, a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society, and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour ll; second place will receive at $10,000 college scholarship and $1,000 in cash; third place will receive a $5,000 college scholarship and $1,000 in cash; and seven runners-up will receive $1,000 in cash each. Visit www.natgeobee.org for more information on the National Geographic GeoBee.

Follow the National competition at National Geographic Headquarters in Washington, D.C., on May 19-22 at www.natgeoed.org/experiences.

City Celebrates Everything Green for Upcoming Spring Season

| Community | March 15, 2019

With the spring season right around the corner, the city is thinking green – and encouraging residents to do so as well. Protecting the environment has been a city goal since incorporation.

Since 2005, over 91 percent of construction and demolition debris in Santa Clarita has been recycled, totaling over 106,000 tons of reusable materials. The city maintains more than 134,000 trees and the National Arbor Day Foundation has named the city “Tree City USA” 28 years in a row. Trees improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gases and provide shade and habitat.

Santa Clarita has been on the forefront of using smart city technology to save water and continues to have the largest single deployment of weather-based smart irrigation controllers in the world. These controllers work by utilizing real-time weather data and site specific landscape conditions to limit water usage to only what is needed. This has allowed savings of more than two billion gallons of water since 2010.

Also, in 2010 the city began installing solar-powered Bigbelly smart waste and recycling stations. Santa Clarita now has a total of 118 stations at parks, libraries, bus stops, Metrolink stations and other busy spots. These Bigbelly stations use solar panels to power the interior compactor, allowing the 35 gallon station to securely hold 150 gallons of material, which reduces the number of collections (and therefore fuel consumption) by 75 percent. The city of Santa Clarita was recognized for achieving 66 percent diversion in the Bigbelly waste stream, the highest diversion rate of any city currently utilizing the technology.

The city is also looking to add additional environmentally friendly equipment to park maintenance operations. Santa Clarita has worked closely with the South Coast Air Quality Management District to test new electric battery operated park maintenance equipment. Maintaining 34 parks is no easy task, and the parks staff uses powerful equipment in addition to environmentally friendly products and resources in their day-to-day operations.

“Our parks staff is responsible for maintaining 200 acres of grass at our dozens of parks,” said Parks Manager Susan Nelson. “Central Park alone is an impressive 120 acres overall with 34 acres of mowed grass. This massive operation requires large-scale equipment. The city works tirelessly to meet the needs of parks maintenance operations while protecting the environment. We do this by researching battery operated equipment, converting to LED lighting, using green sealed certified janitorial products and even bio-degradable dog waste bags.”

It is now easier than ever for residents to move green, thanks to additional electric vehicle charging stations located at various city locations. The city is currently in the process of installing electric vehicle charging stations at select city locations in the next few months.

One of the best ways for residents to get involved in the city’s green efforts and learn more about how to protect our environment is at the annual Earth Arbor Day celebration coming this spring to Central Park on Saturday, April 27. The community can look forward to a fair like atmosphere, cArt aRt Contest and the 10th Annual Home and Garden Show presented by KHTS Radio.

Learn more by visiting GreenSantaClarita.com for a complete list of green events and programs in Santa Clarita, and to sign up for the Green Santa Clarita eNotify, a monthly newsletter sent right to your email. Also, like GreenSantaClarita on Facebook for green tips and updates.

College Adds Spanish for Healthcare Workers Certificate Program in Response to Demand

| Community | March 14, 2019

Beginning March 18, College of the Canyons will offer a new Spanish for Healthcare Workers certificate program in an effort to meet the growing need for Spanish-speaking healthcare professionals.

According to a 2015 report by the U.S. Census Bureau, of the more than 44 percent of Californians that speak a language other than English at home, two-thirds speak Spanish.

The college’s no-cost program was created in response to the interest expressed by long-term partners Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital and Kaiser Permanente, said Justin Wallace, director of educational partnerships at the college.

“College of the Canyons is committed to responding to local business demands by providing training and educational opportunities that are not only relevant but also lead to attainment of a new skillset,” said Wallace.

The two-course certificate program will teach students how to communicate effectively with Spanish-speaking patients and families by developing basic Spanish listening, speaking, and oral skills on specific topics related to healthcare professions. Students will also gain intensive practice with Spanish vocabulary, interviewing skills, and learn specialized basic terminology used in the medical field.

After completing the courses Spanish for Healthcare Workers I and Spanish for Healthcare Workers II, students will qualify for a Certificate of Completion.

With the needs of working individuals in mind, the classes will be offered in a hybrid format for flexibility at the Bouquet Center.

The Bouquet Center is located at 26111 Bouquet Canyon Road (Unit G6) in the IHOP shopping center.

For more information about the new Spanish for Healthcare Workers certificate program, visit the Continuing Education web page or contact the Continuing Education office at (661) 362-3304.

Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival News

| Community, Entertainment | March 14, 2019

New Shows Added to Cowboy Festival

The 26th Annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, presented by California Resources Corporation, is announcing two new events benefiting the Friends of Hart Park that will occur during the weekend festivities.

On Friday, April 12, join the Friends of Hart Park for an evening of western swing music and dance, with returning Cowboy Festival performers Cow Bop. This group is known for mixing swingin’ grooves, thrilling riffs, sweet and hot vocals, western sensibilities and tons of fun for an electric performance. The band’s collective experience crosses the spectrum of American music – from the hottest jazz and the coolest swing to the most down-home honky-tonk. The Cowboy Dance, held at Hart Hall inside William S. Hart Park, begins at 7:00 p.m. with dance lessons starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20, and beer and wine will be available for purchase.

On Saturday, April 13, don’t miss an evening of music with National Cash, a tribute to Johnny Cash. National Cash expertly escorts the audience on a trip down memory lane through Johnny Cash’s musical repertoire, intertwining local stories and historical anecdotes with music. Johnny’s bad-boy reputation will be brought to life, giving fans a taste of his time spent in the Ojai Valley. This is the perfect show for Johnny Cash fans new and old. National Cash’s Johnny Cash Tribute is truly a show not to be missed. The concert, held on the Mane Stage inside William S. Hart Park, begins at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $15, and beer and wine will be available for purchase.

For more details on these shows and the entire 2019 Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, including performers, schedules and pricing for other special events, visit CowboyFestival.org.

To stay updated on the 2019 Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, “like” the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival on Facebook or follow @CowboyFestSC on Twitter.

Festival Challenges Local Businesses and Organizations to be the ‘Best in the West’

Calling all Santa Clarita businesses and organizations! The 26th Annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival is looking for one local group that can mount up and show it has what it takes to be the head honcho in the all-new Best in the West display challenge.

The Best in the West challenge encourages businesses and organizations to get into the competitive spirit, and celebrate Santa Clarita’s rich western heritage leading up to the Cowboy Festival on April 13 and 14 at William S. Hart Park in Newhall. Participating groups will be tasked with decorating their store front in the spirit of the wild, wild west.

Groups can register for this friendly competition by clicking the Best in the West link at the top of the official Cowboy Festival website, cowboyfestival.org. Once registered, businesses and organizations can then begin decorating their store front, shop or display window.

The deadline to enter the Best in the West challenge is Friday, April 5. Judges will visit each participating location the week of April 8, and one entry will win four VIP passes to the Cowboy Festival. The winner will also be awarded the Best in the West trophy onstage at the SENSES Cowboy Roundup, the official after-party of the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, on Thursday, April 18.

For more information about the Best in the West display challenge, email cowboy@santa-clarita.com or visit cowboyfestival.org.

SCV Charity Chili Cook-off March 21

| Community | March 14, 2019

Every year the community rallies for the tastes, sounds and sights of the SCV Charity Chili Cook-off. It’s an added bonus that a couple of nonprofits get a boost.

Event founder Nicole Stinson created the event seven years ago. Last year it was held at the Wolf Creek Brewery and this year the fundraiser will be held at the Oaks Club of Valencia, located at 26550 Heritage View Lane.

“It’s on a weeknight after work – it’s a fun networking experience that includes family members, spouses and children,” Stinson said. “The event caters fun for all!”

The SCV Charity Chili Cook-off competition will be held on March 21 at 6:00 p.m. and prizes will be awarded for the Best 3 Chilis, People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice categories, and Best Decorated Booth.

Besides sampling the tastes of 40-plus chili dishes made by local residents, there will be live entertainment. Music will be provided by Gruven Tom & Jerry Danielsen and DJ Silvertunes Entertainment. There will be dancing, a silent auction, a photo booth and a 50/50 opportunity drawing as well. A “Kids Korner” will give younger guests some fun, and all ages can enjoy the Lucy Pet Surf Wave Machine, which showcases dogs surfing the waves.

“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.”

The Chili Cook-off will benefit the Shelter Hope Pet Shop and St. Bonnie’s Sanctuary/Lange Foundation, both nonprofits that find homes for unwanted animals. Both charities will have rescues up for adoption, and participants can start the adoption process during the event.

“We received hundreds of nomination requests for many charities this year, but a majority of them were for animal rescues,” Stinson said. “We went out and interviewed them and chose these two deserving charities.”

General admission tickets cost $30. VIP tickets, which come with early entry at 5:30 p.m., preferred parking, a drink ticket, souvenir glass, swag bag and hors d’oeuvres, courtesy of Salt Creek Grill and Wolf Creek Restaurant, are available only online in advance, and cost $65.

Tickets can be purchased at scvcharitychilicookoff.com.

For more information, follow SCV Charity Chili Cook-off on Facebook, or call Stinson at 661-816-4234 or Portaro at 310-800-3064.

Women’s Conference to Discuss Purpose, Potential, Passion and Peace on March 23

| Community | March 14, 2019

The annual College of the Canyons Women’s Conference returns Saturday, March 23 with an exciting lineup of presenters and breakout sessions designed to help attendees find “Purpose, Potential, Passion and Peace,” which is this year’s conference theme.

The 2019 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.

U.S. Congresswoman Katie Hill (D-Agua Dulce) and California Assemblywoman Christy Smith (D-Santa Clarita) will be the conference’s keynote speakers.

“We are very excited about this year’s conference,” said Dr. Diane Fiero, assistant superintendent/vice president, human resources at the college. “Our goal is to assist the women in our community in exploring their full potential while leading lives filled with peace and purpose.”

Attendees will benefit from breakout sessions throughout the day covering a wide range of topics, including:

•New Innovations in Women’s Health
•Creating a Community of Caring: How to Foster Change through the Work of Non-Profits
•Online Safety for Internet and Social Media
•Having the Courage to Lead
•The Solution Shift: Choosing Joy, Positivity and Success in Every Situation
•Starting a Business
•Personal Safety
•Creating a New Career Beginning
•Financial Milestones
•Becoming Empowered
•Healthy Eating on the Go
•The Four Agreements
•Looking your Best at any Age
•Interviewing Skills

A vendor fair of more than 15 booths will feature boutique shopping of unique for-sale items such as jewelry, boutique clothing, personalized household goods, self-defense items, and handbags. There will also be an information table highlighting local non-profits and 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.

Breakfast will be catered by the University Center Café and lunch will be catered by Wolf Creek Restaurant & Brewing Co.

Conference sponsors include presenting sponsor Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Valencia, College of the Canyons Associated Student Government, Mellady Direct Marketing, Wolf Creek Restaurant and Brewing Co., and KHTS.

For more information and to register, visit the conference’s web page or contact the Women’s Conference event desk at (661) 362-3426 or womensconference@canyons.edu. For vendor opportunities, email jasmine.foster@canyons.edu.

Support Canyon High Softball

| Community | March 12, 2019

Canyon High Cowboys Softball Cornhole Fundraiser

Help raise money for for the Canyon High School Cowboys Softball Team

Cornhole Tournament Fundraiser on Apr 20 at 11:30 AM
Wolf Creek Brewery, 25108 Rye Canyon Loop, Santa Clarita, CA 91355, USA

25108 Rye Canyon Loop, Valencia CA 91355 (Industrial Park area)

Time of the event: 11:30am registration, Tourney starts at Noon (whole tournament time is approx. 3 hours)
register here https://www.longshotcornhole.com/events/canyon-country-cowboys-cornhole-fundraiser

Now and Then – COC Foundation Honors Don and Cheri Fleming

| Community | March 7, 2019

He was born four months after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, catapulting the U.S. into World War II, and spent his boyhood in the small town of Tyler, Texas recreating his own version of “Tom Sawyer’s Adventures.” Like most growing boys, Don Fleming had a fascination and love of automobiles. He also loved sports, excelling in baseball and football.

After high school graduation, Don joined the Marine Corps serving on a helicopter carrier in Southeast Asia. As a member of the 5th Marine Expeditionary Force, he was involved in sorties into Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. When he was discharged in 1962, Don began dabbling in a series of business enterprises, which led to a partnership with General Electric in Austin, Texas; then into the development of the first tanning salon business in the United States.

Born in Bay Village, Ohio, Cheri Sykes grew up in neighboring Parma Heights during the early days of rock ‘n’ roll and Atom Bomb drop drills. In spite of the international strife posed by the Cold War, the Sykes family, like many in America at that time, was home for five o’clock dinners, spending quiet evenings together – often in front of the newest technological innovation, the television set.

Cheri was an outstanding student, excelling academically through her elementary and secondary school years. Her prowess in German prompted the high school cheerleader to pack her bags after graduation and head to Ohio University, intent on becoming a language teacher.

While in college her enthusiasm for teaching was eclipsed by a growing interest in business, leading Cheri first into a career in banking, then later into starting her own business – coincidentally, a tanning salon.

When this shared business interest brought 2019 Silver Spur Honorees Don and Cheri Fleming together in the early ‘80s in Austin, Texas, the meeting of West with Mid-West was magic. “It was like I was hit by a silver bullet,” Cheri told friends, “I knew that we would be married the first time I saw him.” The feeling was mutual – as Don explained at a recent tribute dinner for Cheri, “She is a woman as gorgeous as she is smart … the wind beneath my wings, and is simply the most amazing woman I have ever known.”

The tanning salon venture brought the couple to California in 1984, but a fascination with cars led them to invest in a 1985 car leasing business, a 1989 Woodland Hills Lexus dealership, and then a Toyota partnership. When their Toyota partner bought them out in 1990, Don and Cheri dabbled with retirement. Don indulged his love of golf and Cheri became active in charity work.

A golfing friend ended that retirement in 1997 when he convinced them to be partners in a Santa Clarita Acura Dealership. Because the partner lived in Oregon, Don and Cheri became the hands-on promoters of the venture. The Flemings had their work cut out for them, reviving and rebuilding the dealership. Their perseverance paid off and the business began to climb up the financial charts.

Enchanted with the Santa Clarita Valley, the couple sold their house in the San Fernando Valley, moved to Valencia, and plunged into the Santa Clarita charitable and social scene. With their familiar Shih Tzu mascots at their sides, the Flemings electrified not only the business world, but the SCV charitable scene as well, with their innovative ideas and hard work.

In the past 22 years, both Don and Cheri have served as leaders on the boards of charitable organization like the Henry Mayo Newhall Health Foundation, the SCV Child & Family Center, SCV Chamber of Commerce, American Cancer Society, and SCV Boys & Girls Club Foundation, earning them the prestigious titles of SCV Man and Woman of the Year in 2004.

Cheri’s work with the American Cancer Society and Arthritis Foundation is only eclipsed by her service with the Soroptimists of Greater Santa Clarita Valley, both locally and nationally. In 2012, she became president of Soroptimist International of the Americas, which is made up of 28 regions with about 33,000 members in 20 countries.

Both Don and Cheri have continued to sponsor or raise money for numerous SCV charities, and Don has served as the president of the Santa Clarita Valley Auto Dealers Association. His wit and infectious sense of humor have made him a popular choice as an auctioneer and emcee at many local events.

The Flemings’ non-stop support of the community’s charitable institutions made them a natural choice to be selected as the COC Foundation’s 2019 Silver Spur honorees. The 29th annual event, which was inaugurated in 1989 to honor the Santa Clarita Valley’s outstanding leaders, will be held Saturday, March 16, at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

Founding organizers, LaVerne Harris and Kathleen Maloney, initiated the precedent of holding the prestigious events at Los Angeles area museums. Prior venues have included the Gene Autry Museum, the Santa Monica Museum of Flying, and the Southwest Museum in Pasadena.

Past honorees include Cliffie Stone, “Aggie” Agajanian, Scott and Ruth Newhall, Tom Dierckman, Michael Berger, Tom Lee, Gary and Diana Cusumano, Charlotte and Frank Kleeman, Lou and Rita Garasi, Wayne Crawford, Harold and Jacquie Petersen, Gary and Myrna Condie, Richard and Marian Sandnes, and Jack and Doreen Shine.

For more information on the event, contact the College of the Canyons Foundation, cocfoundation@canyons.edu. Or call 661-362-3737.

City Thanks Santa Clarita Deputies for Lowest Crime Rate on Record

| Community | March 1, 2019

Recently, city officials, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department staff and County representatives joined the community in thanking the brave, hardworking men and women of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. Last year’s crime numbers are in, and 2018 marks the lowest on record. 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.

Santa Clarita Mayor Marsha McLean led the press event which included comments from Assistant Sheriff Tim Murakami from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Captain Robert Lewis from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, and a special video message from Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger.

“Today we recognize the men and women of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station for their successful crime fighting efforts that led to significant reductions in the City’s crime rates for 2018,” said Mayor Marsha McLean.

Crime stats for 2018 have shown robberies are down 23 percent, burglaries are down more than 13 percent, grand theft autos are down 28 percent and assaults are down nearly 19 percent. Deputies have been impacting crime through special operations, directed patrol tactics, targeted traffic enforcement, specialized deployments, the apprehension of suspects and public education and awareness efforts.

“To the deputies from our Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, I speak for all of us here today when I say – from the bottom of my heart, congratulations and thank you,” said Mayor McLean.

Contestants Invited to Bring the Heat at SCV Charity Chili Cook-off

| Community | February 28, 2019

This year, the second day of spring is expected come with some serious heat – hot, chili-pepper heat, that is. A whopping 45 local chefs will share their favorite chili recipes at the 7th Annual SCV Charity Chili Cook-Off on March 21 at The Oaks of Valencia Club.

“This fun event has become increasingly popular each year, which really makes a difference for the organizations it has supported over the years,” said event co-CHAIR Steve Portaro. He, along with fellow co-founder Nicole Stinson expect this year’s event to sell out. Nicole said, “The SCV Charity Chili Cook-off is a great event to meet up after work with your co-workers and friends, AND FAMILY , to taste some spectacular chili’s, enjoy cocktail, dance, bid on silent auction items and most importantly, raise some money for charity.”

The fee to enter the chili contest is $125. Prizes will be awarded to the best three recipes. There will also be People’s Choice and Judges Choice categories, in addition to best decorated. For more information, visit www.scvcharitychilicookoff.com

This year’s judges include “The Voice” finalist Karli Webster and Karen “Doc” Halligan, who has appeared on Animal Planet and frequently appears on Dogs 101, Cats 101 and Americas’ Cutest Pets, and she currently has a regular segment on KTLA’s “Ask the doc.” She practices general medicine and surgery at Marina Veterinary Center in Westchester and is The Chief Veterinary Officer for The Lucy Pet Foundation. Last but not least, judging the competition will be local Culinary Chef Leslie Kaz.

Each year, proceeds from the event benefit a local nonprofit organization. This year funds will be given to Shelter Hope Pet Shop and St. Bonnies Sanctuary/Lange Foundation.

Attendees will enjoy live music from Gruven Tom and Jerry Danielsen and music played by DJ Silvertunes Entertainment, a silent auction and a 50/50 opportunity drawing. In addition to enjoying up to 45 different bowls of chili, there will be a variety of vendor booths and the giant Lucy Wave Surf Machine on display with actual surfing dogs, as well as dogs available for adoption.

The event begins at 6 p.m. and general admission is $30. A limited number of advance-purchase VIP tickets are available for $65, which includes early entry at 5:30 p.m., one drink ticket, VIP lounge access, VIP preferred parking, a swag bag, VIP hors d’oeuvres and chair massages, compliments of Diane Stacy. To register as a chili chef or purchase tickets, visit www.scvcharitychilicookoff.com.

Lane Closures on Sierra Highway for Sewer Pipe Installation Project – Construction to Occur through End of March

| Community | February 28, 2019

Starting Monday, March 4, developer Trammell Crow Company will begin a project to install a sanitary sewer pipe under Sierra Highway, from Newhall Avenue to 3,000 feet south of Remsen Street, with construction continuing for the following four weeks. The work will only allow one lane open in each direction on Sierra Highway by the Needham Ranch project until the completion of the sewer pipe installation.

Commuters are asked to be aware of scheduled lane closures and to plan their routes accordingly. Electronic message boards will be posted in each direction to inform motorists of upcoming lane closures. Residents are reminded to please reduce their speed through the construction zone for the safety of the public and the contractor’s employees.

The City of Santa Clarita thanks community members in advance for their understanding and support of this project. All measures will be taken to complete the project in a safe and timely manner. ­­­

For questions or concerns, contact City of Santa Clarita Associate Engineer Ronil Santa Ana at (661) 286-4070 or by email at rsantaana@santa-clarita.com.

The Heat is Off

| Community | February 22, 2019

by Harry Parmenter

Am I the only one done with this cold weather? I didn’t think so. Two months of SCV winter and we’ve barely been above 60 degrees in 60 days! Where. Is. The SUN?! The HEAT! SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA!

I know, I know, climate change, that’s it, and of course the rain, we need the rain. Life without drought is what it’s all about. The sprinklers are off, we’re saving water, a wet winter brings a green spring, the bloom will be on the rose.

But these cold temperatures—50s, 40s, 30s, down goes the mercury! Ice in the hemisphere! Clouds of breath in the air! Not why I moved here!

I grew up back east in New England, New York and Pennsylvania. I shoveled snow from the time I was a toddler to the time I could drink a hot toddy afterward. Powdery snow, wet snow, REALLY wet sludge snow. Finding the concrete driveway with the edge of the cold metal spade, thrusting forward, torso squared, legs lifting the pile and heaving it over my shoulder; arms, midsection and pelvis powering one labored fling after another, hundreds, thousands of them, and I’m talking about in one day.

Hours of backbreaking work, and when you finished off the endless driveway chore sometimes you’d turn around and find a fresh layer of powder blanketing the pavement as snow continued to fall. At night, my mother read me a bedtime story about an older, bearded man named Sisyphus.

I survived 1976 Syracuse, where winter spanned October through April. Tromped through New Hampshire woods over frozen ponds in search of the elusive beaver dam. Traversed the slippery ravines and wipeout inclines of Pittsburgh to and from high school, sleet, hail and snowstorm my constant seasonal companion. It’s a good thing we wore uniforms; fashion was not an option after an unexpected, and frequent, face-plant on the way to school. On any given day, your name really was Mud.

Peaking the pyramids of character-building were my Boston college years, navigating every square mile of The Bean on foot, its perilous sidewalks, alleys and byways punctuated by intermittent escape underground to the subway, temporary albeit unheated respite from nature’s ill will. Ignoring the throng of compressed humanity and the graffiti warnings of “pickpockets are ON,” it offered a few minutes of transport without the piercing freeze. Ultimately, however, there was no escape from the wind deity.

Each morning I’d bolt out of my apartment in a daze, bundled and bumptious, plowing through any dawdling humanoid on my way across the Back Bay cobblestones, buoyed by the prospect of any indoor destination, any overcrowded classroom, even Trigonometry. By the time I made it there, flushed cheeks blending into my red scarf, fingers welcoming hot water music before the tools of learning—let alone a pencil—could be embraced, I was frostbit, frigid, and, without fail, wide awake. I never needed caffeine.

Sated by a day of higher learning, with the infrequent prospect of even higher learning back home, back I’d go into the sub-zero wind chill whipping off the Charles River. Darkness fell with cap, gloves, sweater, shirts and down jacket providing a Colgate invisible shield of ultimately useless protection. Reaching my abode, I’d blast the furnace and pass out with a chicken pot pie boiling over, just like my schizophrenic constitution.

Between semesters in 1977, I visited Los Angeles, stayed with my sister and temped for awhile (first assignment: six weeks at The Salvation Army, typing for General Sherman—true story). I discovered Venice, where the spectre of Jim Morrison hung over the place with the morning fog; The Strip, where it was all happening from The Roxy to The Whisky a Go Go, to Pat Collins, The Hip Hypnotist. Down on Santa Monica Boulevard was The Troubadour, home of Tom Waits, and The Starwood, a fabled rock ‘n’ roll emporium run by its unsavory and soon to be brutally murdered proprietor, Eddie Nash (see “Wonderland Avenue,” fellow macabre history buffs).

I quickly learned there were two seasons in Los Angeles, warm and hot. Armed with that knowledge and a bachelor’s degree, I fled Boston after graduation, even managing to squeeze out my final credits with the school’s nascent “Hollywood” program. I recall visiting the set of “Happy Days,” and later being mistaken for Ralph Malph on an airplane. All I could think was, why isn’t EVERYONE moving to L.A.? It took half an hour from Pasadena to LAX day or night. Eventually everyone DID move here (cf. Sigalert, 2019).

So, 40 years ago, I moved here and now, yes, it’s true: I am soft. I couldn’t survive getting out of a cab in Boston let alone walking the dog. When it drops below 60 degrees I shrivel up and cower under the covers, dreading the light of sunrise. A jacket! A coat! No short sleeved shirts! Deliver me from this unholy freeze, Dear Lord, preferably in shorts, flip flops and a tank top.

This cold snap isn’t going away anytime soon, according to the long term forecasts. 50s, 40s, 30s, down goes the mercury! Down goes Frazier! Periods of rain, clouds and the one who will never be my friend, THE WIND. No sudden heat wave coming down the pike, no reason to drink iced tea; Arizona is calling my name and not just because of spring training!

In the meantime I shall remember the many ice-induced pratfalls of pain I endured as a lad, the shovel, the scrape, the savage whiplash off the Charles. I will turn the thermostat up over 70 and curl up with a good book. I’m thinking Steinbeck’s “The Winter of Our Discontent.”

Creativity Advocacy – Creativity and RBG

| Community | February 22, 2019

Three weeks ago, like many other pseudo-feminists around me, my friend Andrea and I jumped in the car, braved a horrendous rainstorm and drove the 30 miles to see the movie released in December of 2018, “On the Basis of Sex,” showcasing the early era of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court Justice since 1993. Serendipitously, the “RBG” documentary hit theaters just months prior in May of the same year, so I watched that via Amazon on our big screen at home with my partner, Jimmy. I marveled at the synchronicity of two similar films having been created and released in the same year. Ginsburg has been active for half a century as a lawyer, judge and game-changer, so these movies could easily have been produced any number of decades ago. But they didn’t. They happened now, nearly simultaneously.

As a Creativity Advocate and enthusiast, I always find it germane when artists slap culture in the face with similar stories. I remember Babe and Gordy coming out together when my kids were young, as well as A Bug’s Life and Ants. But there were also mainstream movies like Armageddon and Deep Impact, The Prestige and The Illusionist whose plots seemed to be mysteriously expressing the same themes. With Hollywood movies, sometimes it can be attributed to the “buzz” in the industry, but even with this factor, it takes years to write a screenplay, raise funds, cast, travel, film, edit and distribute a piece. To me, this synchronicity is important because it points to some sort of collective movement that helps the human race evolve. But that’s just me.

Beyond the coincidental timeliness of these RBG movies, however, I also really appreciated how both filmmakers framed Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a similar light, with identical honor. In spite of the fact that one was a dramatization and the other a documentary, the message carried the same profound punch. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was quite the badass.

The writer (Daniel Stiepelman) and the filmmakers (Julie Cohen and Betsy West) highlighted more than RBG’s badassery. They showcased the powerful phenomenon of Creativity at work in her. While most people might assume the inherent Creativity of a writer or an artist behind a work, I actually focused more on RBG’s Creativity than the artists’ who depicted her. I was more interested in the type of Creativity often overlooked by the Golden Globes, the Oscars, the Grammys, the Emmys, etc.

Creativity is the force behind Ginsburg’s efforts at winning court cases and tirelessly pushing for law changes. For example, according to “On the Basis of Sex,” Ginsburg, an activist for women’s rights, chose to represent a man whose rights were stripped away, instead of a woman. This approach is a brilliant example of Creative problem-solving, but it also helped to promote equality during an era when men felt extremely threatened by women’s rights. When the opposition tried to overwhelm her team with a truckload of hundreds of cases yet to fight, she figured out a way to use it to her team’s advantage instead. She was able to invert the destructive into the constructive, fulfilling yet another mission of Creativity.

Theoretically, Creative acts derive from an individual’s divergent and convergent thinking skills, which clearly Ginsburg had plenty of. Creative acts start in an individual and then affect society. In the case of gender equality, her Creative acts literally transformed culture, and ultimately promoted unity.

As Jimmy pointed out to me after we watched the documentary: “One of the most profound components of Ginsburg’s work was her ability to be close friends with Judge Scalia, who held opposing political viewpoints.” He pointed out to me how one’s relationships on the micro need not be affected by one’s viewpoints regarding the macro. This type of connectivity is fueled by Creativity, but hard to do without a little love.

At this time in history, biographies and documentaries seem to be guiding us into a more “wholistic” view of humankind and hopefully, with more and more folks flocking to their local theater and curling up to their Netflix streams, the collective will catch on as Creativity continues to lead the way.

Afternoon T

| Community | February 21, 2019

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 | February 21, 2019

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 | February 21, 2019

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 | February 21, 2019

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.

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