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25th Annual River Rally Cleanup Event Returns September 21 – Volunteers must register by September 20

| Community | September 19, 2019

The City of Santa Clarita will host the 25th Annual River Rally Cleanup and Environmental Expo on Saturday, September 21, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Newhall Community Center located at 22421 Market Street. Residents and organizations interested in participating are required to register in advance by Friday, September 20, at 2:00 p.m. at GreenSantaClarita.com.

Nearly half of the Santa Clarita Valley’s water supply travels through the Santa Clara River, which is home to threatened and endangered species, such as the California condor and the California red-legged frog. In addition to cleaning trash and debris from the riverbed, the event also protects the wildlife residing in the river system.

Participating volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes and appropriate clothing for walking in the riverbed, and are highly encouraged to bring sunscreen. Volunteers are also encouraged to bring a reusable water bottle to help reduce waste and can refill at a water refill station courtesy of SCV Water.

Refreshments courtesy of Henry Mayo Hospital and Starbucks will be provided at the beginning of the event. Other items including gloves, collection bags and a commemorative t-shirt sponsored in part by Five Point will be given to volunteers.

Cleanup participants will have the opportunity to enjoy the Environmental Expo, which will feature vendors offering tips on recycling, air quality, pollution prevention, water quality, open space preservation and wildlife conservation programs in Santa Clarita.

Participants are encouraged to carpool, walk or bike to the event site. A designated rideshare drop-off and pick-up area will be available on Market Street in addition to a FREE bike valet provided by InCycle.
The river cleanup is open to ages three and above with written permission from a parent or guardian. No pets are allowed. For more information on the 25th Annual River Rally and Environmental Expo, please call the River Rally hotline at (661) 284-1415 or visit GreenSantaClarita.com to register.

For the Love of Music and Family – Detroit Musician Brings His Sound to the SCV

| Community, Entertainment | September 19, 2019

PHOTO: L-R: Chubby Checker, Little Richard, Tommy C.

Tommy C has lived in Detroit his entire life, where decades of musical success took root and continued to grow into the lucrative career he has now. Influenced by various types of musical styles, from Motown to rock ‘n’ roll, he started delving into the music world at the age of 7 and never looked back.

In the span of his extensive career, Tommy C served as the musical director for Chubby Checker for 10 years. He also played on stage with a number of musical legends such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Conway Twitty, Fats Domino, The Temptations and the Four Tops, among others. Over decades being influenced by the greats, who he credits for giving him the edge on how real rock ‘n’ roll should be performed, Tommy C now describes his personal sound as “a tribute to the greatest era of rock ‘n’ roll.”

I had the pleasure of speaking to Tommy C last week, and after just a few minutes I got the sense that he was a genuine, whole-hearted man with a strong passion for life. His evident love of music is exuberant and explosive, and you can just tell that he lives each day to the fullest.


Tommy C. and granddaughter Juney Bee

Now, however, Tommy C shares the dedication he devotes to his craft with something else – his family; more specifically, his adult son, Tommy Clufetos, daughter-in-law, Casey, and 2-year-old granddaughter, Juney Bee. So much so, in fact, that he has decided to pack up his life in Detroit and make the move to Santa Clarita in order to be close to the family members who live here.

When Tommy C starts to talk about his family something in his voice changes. The professionalism of this music man is still very much there, but you can sense that it slowly starts to melt away until you are left with a new Tommy C – father and grandfather. The love he expresses for his family is heartwarming, especially when he’s discussing his little granddaughter, who is already displaying musical talent of her own.

His son is no stranger to the world of music either; he started playing drums in his dad’s band at the age of 11 and had the

Tommy C and son, Tommy Clufetos

opportunity to accompany him on tour. Now a drummer for Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath, the younger Clufetos has molded a successful musical career for himself based on his father’s guidance and influence. And Tommy C could not be prouder.

Upon making the decision to leave Detroit for California, he quickly started putting together a new group of guys with some help from his son, which came to be called Tommy C and the Black Widow Grease Band. This team of talented Los Angeles musicians, who he describes as “highly adrenalized, high-octane rockers,” is ready to take the local music scene by storm, fronted by Tommy C’s Detroit Motor City style of rock ‘n’ roll.

They will be releasing a new studio album in May of 2020 titled “Hidden Treasures,” which Tommy C says will feature songs he loves, songs that hold a special place in his heart, along with some original music from the new group. The band will also be touring the West Coast, starting with a debut performance at the Canyon in Valencia on January 10, 2020.

What can we expect from a Tommy C and the Black Widow Grease Band show?

“If you see us, your kids will love it, you will love it and your grandparents will love it. Just come and forget your worries. You will leave smiling,” he says.

He truly believes that in order to put on a great show there has to be a lot of audience interaction, because “it’s all about the people – without them, there’s nothing.”

Tommy C is overall a charming man whose musical prowess is sure to elevate the already growing music scene in Santa Clarita. If his new sound and stage presence is anywhere near as energetic as my conversation with him, and as animated as he is when he talks about Juney Bee, we are all in for a performance of a lifetime.

For more information on Tommy C and the Black Widow Grease Band visit www.tommycbwgb.com.

Support Canyon High Basketball

| Canyon Country Magazine, Community | September 14, 2019

September 19 at Oggi’s 11 am – 10 pm, www.canyoncowboysbasketball.comhttp://www.canyoncowboysbasketball.com

Volunteers Needed for 24th Annual Santa Clarita Marathon

| Community | September 13, 2019

The City of Santa Clarita is seeking volunteers for the 2019 Santa Clarita Marathon which is scheduled to take place on November 2 and 3. The event, currently in its 24th year, will include a 5K race and 10K race on Saturday, November 2, followed by the Mayor’s Walk, Half Marathon and Marathon on Sunday, November 3.

The City of Santa Clarita is seeking volunteers for both race days. Volunteers will get a behind the scenes look at the popular race and are needed to man water stations, serve as Course Monitors to make sure runners are going in the right direction and Zone Captains to oversee Course Monitors. Residents interested in volunteering can sign up at SantaClaritaVolunteers.com. A volunteer orientation is scheduled for October 24, at 7 p.m. at The Centre.

Marathon weekend will begin on Friday, November 1, at the Santa Clarita Health and Fitness Expo, presented by Boston Scientific. Runners can pick up their bibs and their official race shirt Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The expo will be held in the northern parking lot at the Westfield Valencia Town Center, near Chick-Fil-A. At the expo, visitors can connect with various health and fitness vendors on Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Runners now have the option to enter a new challenge, the Double Feature and Trilogy options. Runners who register for the 5 and 10K Double feature should be able to finish the 5K in under one hour. Runners will receive a special medal for completing the challenge.

On Saturday, November 3, runners from near and far will take to the streets of Santa Clarita for the 10K race and 5K, presented by Boston Scientific. On Sunday morning, runners will compete in either the Marathon or Half Marathon, presented by Parkway Motorcars, while community members participate in the Mayor’s Walk, presented by Henry Mayo Fitness and Health.

Online registration for races is ongoing until Sunday, October 27, while in-person registration will be available during the Health and Fitness Expo only. Runners will NOT be able to register the morning of any race

The public is encouraged to cheer on runners at various points along the course on both days. Street closures and times will be announced once they are confirmed. In the meantime, Santa Clarita residents can familiarize themselves with course maps online. For questions regarding volunteering, please call (661) 250-3708 or email volunteers@santa-clarita.com. To learn more about the Santa Clarita Marathon and register for a race, visit SCMarathon.org.

Marijuana in the Workplace: What California Employers Need to Know

| Community | September 12, 2019

As part of its monthly speakers series, the Valley Industry Association presents “Marijuana in the Workplace: What California Employers Need to Know” at its business luncheon on Tuesday, September 17, at 11:45 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Valencia, located at 24500 Town Center Drive in Valencia. Dawn Irizarry, partner in the Los Angeles law office of Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP, will present.

“Although marijuana is now legal in California, it is not legal under federal law,” said VIA Chairwoman of the Board Teresa Todd. “Employers need to know how to protect themselves and their employees to ensure compliance with both state and federal laws. Business professionals who attend will have a greater understanding of what is required by law for compliance so they can avoid potential legal pitfalls.”

Topics to be covered include an overview of state and federal laws related to recreational and medical marijuana use in the workplace, as well as an employer’s duty to accommodate, drug test, and establish workplace policies.
“VIA is known for its timely and relevant programming,” said Kathy Norris, VIA CEO. “Each month we develop programs around topics that are relevant to our local business community.”

The event is nearing sell out capacity. Reservations are required. Tickets available at www.VIA.org/calendar or by calling 661.294.8088. For more information, contact the VIA office at admin@via.org.

About The Valley Industry Association (Via):
The Valley Industry Association of Santa Clarita represents business interests throughout the Santa Clarita Valley. VIA provides its members – industrial, commercial and service companies – the opportunity to collaborate on a broad range of business issues. In addition to being a legislative advocate, VIA serves as a one-stop shop for relevant business information, supports local educational initiatives, professional development, and provides networking opportunities. www.VIA.org

Santa Clarita Business Incubator Companies Secure First Patents

| Community | September 12, 2019

Located in Santa Clarita’s Arts and Entertainment District in Old Town Newhall, the Santa Clarita Business Incubator is a comprehensive program designed to stimulate local economic growth by promoting entrepreneurial innovation for creative and technology-focused startup companies. Marking its fifth year in operation, the Santa Clarita Business Incubator is pleased to announce that current Incubator tenant Celitech and past graduate AdVRtas have both secured their first patents.

After joining the Business Incubator program in 2018, Celitech has diligently worked on developing its technology, which enables people traveling internationally to access data connectivity at local prices through a web/mobile app or application programming interface (API). This year, Celitech’s founder, Ahmad Al Fares, has furthered Celitech’s reach by securing the company’s first patent for developing technology that can connect devices like smartphones to cellular networks without using SIM cards. Additionally, as a member of Forbes Technology Council, Celitech has frequently shared insight into mobile trends and the impact of data connectivity advancements through the global platform and most recently shared how eSIM technology will change the way people travel internationally.

AdVRtas, one of the first graduate companies to participate in the Santa Clarita Business Incubator program, was also the first platform in the world to launch a 360-degree programmatic ad unit in 2016. Since then, the company has been working with some of the world’s largest consumer brands and ad agencies, helping them to better engage audiences on mobile with 360-degree motion-activated display ads and marketing content. AdVRtas was recently granted a patent that helps secure its position as a leading innovator in the creative ad technology space by enabling brands, advertisers, ad agencies and creatives to leverage the company’s best in class technology. The result helps bring scale to advanced media formats, helping to define the future of consumer digital engagement.

AdVRtas also recently launched a software as a service (SaaS) platform that enables advertisers and creatives alike to build immersive content using 2D assets and/or 360-degree assets, which is the first platform of its kind. Content created on the platform is some of the best performing immersive content in the world because it benefits from AdVRtas’ patented technology. The patent issuance is what the company foresees as the first of many as it continues to invent new ways to make tomorrow’s media technologies available at scale today for advertisers and marketers.

The Santa Clarita Business Incubator, created in partnership with the City of Santa Clarita, College of the Canyons and the Small Business Development Center, works with creative and technology-focused entrepreneurs to stimulate economic growth through entrepreneurship and enterprise development. The program provides participating businesses with customized support, training, mentoring and networking opportunities, low-cost office space, meeting rooms and more.

To learn more about the program, current participating companies and past graduate companies, please visit InnovateSantaClarita.com.

Resource Parents Needed to Foster or Foster-Adopt Siblings

| Community | September 12, 2019

Foster care and foster-adoption are meaningful ways for individuals and couples to fulfill their dream of parenting. There are approximately 64,000 children in foster care in California. Los Angeles County’s foster care population exceeds 21,000 children with 200 foster children waiting to be connected to a family who will adopt. Children’s Bureau offers a comprehensive foster care and adoption program that brings families together for a lifetime. The agency is in need of resource families for children in foster care while reunifying with birth families or to provide legal permanency by adoption.

Children’s Bureau Resource Parents protect and nurture children, meet children’s developmental needs, support children’s relationships with their birth families and do all of this as a member of a professional team. Children’s Bureau welcomes every resource parent regardless of, race, age, religion, disability, marital status, ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. Qualifying families receive training, family assessment, approval and support. A current CB family advises potential resource parents “to come into it with an open mind and an open heart. Be prepared to care beyond anything you could have ever imagined.” Watch Children’s Bureau resource families share their experiences at www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfGZvaVDihE

Discover if you have the willingness, ability and resources to take on the challenge of helping children in need. A monthly information meeting is being held Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 10am to noon at Children’s Bureau, 27200 Tourney Road, Suite 175, in Valencia.To R.S.V.P. or for more information, please call 661.208.4212 or email us at RFrecruitment@all4kids.org.

An information packet or application may also be obtained by filling out a request form on the website at www.all4kids.org/program/foster-care/. An application may also be downloaded from the website.

Children’s Bureau now also offers a fee-for-service Domestic /Independent Adoption Home Study Program for families seeking the adoption of an infant whose birth mother is making an adoption plan for her newborn child. In addition to adoption home studies, Children’s Bureau provides approval of Interstate Compact packets, post placement supervision visits and reports, and finalization services when the birth mother delivers her baby in another state and the family / birth mother is working with an adoption agency.

About Children’s Bureau
Since 1904, Children’s Bureau has been a nonprofit leader in the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. More than 30,000 children and families are helped each year throughout Southern California with services that include school readiness, parenting classes, family resource centers, support groups, mental health counseling, foster care and adoption.  Children’s Bureau is one of the largest investors in child abuse prevention in the country and is developing a national model to transform an entire at-risk community through its Magnolia Community Initiative.

Licenses: Magnolia FFA 197805422, Palmdale FFA 197800281, Adoption (all) 197805428

Councilmember Laurene Weste Honored by National Parks Conservation Associations

| Community | September 12, 2019

On September 4, Santa Clarita City Councilwoman Laurene Weste was honored by the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) for her vision and leadership in progressing the Rim of the Valley Campaign. The recognition took place at a centennial celebration for NPCA at the historic El Pueblo de Los Angeles.

“I have the utmost respect for the mission and goals of the National Parks Conservation Association,” said Councilmember Weste. “Their work so closely aligns with my passion for preserving the crucial natural resources of the Santa Clarita Valley and the surrounding mountain ranges. I am deeply honored to be selected for this recognition.”

The event invitation from NPCA praised Councilmember Weste stating that the award, “recognizes your role as a leading advocate for the Rim of the Valley. From the start, your vision and leadership have been integral to the success of the campaign, and thanks to you, we are on the verge of realizing our goals.”

The event was an opportunity to thank Los Angeles-area supporters, allies and partners on NPCA’s 100th anniversary. Also recognized were Robert Garcia of The City Project and Congressman Adam Schiff who worked closely with Councilmember Weste on the Rim of the Valley Corridor Preservation Act.

“Congressman Schiff has been a determined ally and steadfast partner in our goal of preserving the Rim of the Valley. The legislation he introduced is vital to preserving cultural, archeological and paleontological resources, as well as enabling wildlife to remain in their natural habitat and travel safely through the Santa Monica Mountains, Santa Susana Mountains, and the San Gabriel Mountain ranges circling the Los Angeles basin,” said Councilmember Weste.

The legislation, House Resolution 1708, the Rim of the Valley Corridor Preservation Act, was introduced by Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA-28) on March 13, 2019, and proposes to expand the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) to include a proposed Rim of the Valley Corridor Unit, which includes portions of Santa Clarita Valley.

Councilmember Weste went to Washington D.C. in April of 2019 to provide testimony in support of the resolution. She testified that the bill would enable the National Park Service to better protect natural resources and habitats and provide members of the community with improved access to nature for recreational and educational purposes.

In addition to her work on the Rim of the Valley Campaign, Councilmember Weste has been the driving force behind the City of Santa Clarita’s Open Space Preservation District. She helped found the district which was approved by voters in 2007, and is proud to have seen it grow to more than 12,000 acres in the last 12 years.

SCV Pregnancy Center’s Walk for Life

| Community | September 12, 2019

Do you want to have some fun with a group of your friends or family and support LIFE at the same time? Come walk with us! Saturday, September 28th, the SCV Pregnancy Center will host their Walk for Life. Funds raised provide professional medical services and counseling, information, education and practical assistance for those facing unplanned pregnancy. Services include pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, STD testing and treatment, referrals and parent education.

Registration begins at 8am, and the walk follows at 9am. The starting point is Crossroads Community Church located at 25300 Rye Canyon Road in Valencia. The Walk continues down Newhall Ranch Road and back, for a total distance of about two miles (log those steps!).

There is no cost to participate, each walker can get sponsors and/or be part of a team.

This fun, family event will have a DJ, a bounce house, face painting and other activities for kids. Get out those walking shoes and Walk for Life!

For more information or to register go to: www.scvpc.org/walk-for-life or call (661)-255-0084.

Zonta Lifeforward Workshop-September 21

| Community | September 12, 2019

A workshop to help participants understand issues impacting our youth and recognize symptoms and behaviors of alcohol and substance abuse is scheduled for the September 21st LifeForward workshop hosted by Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley. This free workshop is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at Valencia United Methodist Church, located at 25718 McBean Parkway.

Detective Bill Velek, a member of the Sheriff’s Department Juvenile Intervention Team since 2010, will focus on the use and abuse of narcotics by youth in the Santa Clarita Valley. His paraphernalia display is very enlightening and highlights the many ways that drugs can be hidden and used by our youth. Bob Sharits, Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor, will share symptoms, understanding and how to obtain help with alcohol/drug abuse and self-harm. The dangers of nicotine and E-cigarettes (vaping), and opioid narcotics fentanyl and oxycoton will be discussed.

Previous workshops in the series have helped attendees understand elements of managing money, select career options and pursue meaningful employment, deal with anger management, relationships and communication, file taxes, deal with cyber bullying and internet issues, overcoming life’s challenges and maintaining healthy eating and exercise habits. Workshops are designed to help participants believe in their unlimited power and potential, build the skills necessary to succeed and be the powerful person they are meant to be.

Zonta offers the free LifeForward workshop series for women, usually on a monthly basis (dark during June, July and December), in collaboration with Single Mothers Outreach, Domestic Violence Program at Child & Family Center, Returning Women Veterans and Veterans’ Wives and the Los Angeles County Department of Child & Family Services serving foster mothers. KHTS AM-1220 is a co-sponsor of the series with Zonta.

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

Join us on Saturday, September 21st for this educational and informative workshop about issues that impact our youth. All are welcome.

Scholastic Success: What are Your Habits?

| Community | September 12, 2019

by Natalia Radcliffe

It’s that time of year again. Time to dig out the backpack from the back of the closet, sharpen those pencils dulled from neglect of use and prepare once again for fall.

Welcome back to school.

For most, the first few weeks back can be a challenging time as, once again, the brain has to awake and a routine has to be established.It is easy to live in the blissful ignorance of the first few weeks when homework is minimal and deadlines are far away. What is the use of getting ahead, anyway? You have months to accomplish everything.

Then the rose-colored glasses fade, and you realize the mistake of taking it easy during those first few weeks as work piles up and you wonder how it caught up to you so fast. Your days slowly turn into endless hours of studying as you desperately try to keep your head above the waters of deadlines, homework and tests.

Luckily, there are ways to escape this fate.

Practicing effective study habits is one way. The perspective you have on studying and the way you study can either help or hinder.

Dr. John Grohol, the founder and editor of the website Psych Central with a Master’s degree and doctorate in clinical psychology, has some suggestions for effective study habits in his article titled “10 Highly Effective Study Habits,” found on psychcentral.com.

In a nutshell, effective and good studying is all about how you approach it and what you do while studying. The first two habits deal with the mindset a person has when approaching studying.

“Being in the right mindset is important in order to study smarter,” Grohol explained. To put it another way, having a positive, encouraging perspective allows you to make the most of your time while studying. Grohol lists some tips that can help with getting into an efficient mindset for studying, including to “aim to think positively when you study, … avoid catastrophic thinking, … avoid absolute thinking, … and avoid comparing yourself to others.”

The location in which you study is also important in getting into the right mindset for studying. Choosing a quite area that gives you the least amount of opportunity to become distracted will enable more accomplishment in a shorter amount of time. “The library, a nook in a student lounge or study hall, or a quiet coffee house are good places to check out,” said Grohol.

The next six habits specify efficient ways to do the actual studying.

Grohol recommends not bringing anything more than what is absolutely necessary. For example, if you don’t need your computer, then don’t bring it as it could be too much of a distraction. Your phone is another tool that you should limit your use on as much as possible. “Your phone is a potential time sink and one of the worst enemies of concentration,” explained Grohol.

It is also helpful to organize your notes after attending class. The act of rewriting and making sense of what you wrote down during class can help with retention of the material. When trying to remember material, Grohol points out the usefulness of mnemonics. One of the common ways of utilizing this tool is creating a nonsense sentence to remember a set of information. It doesn’t matter how ridiculous the sentence sounds; the important thing is that it is memorable enough to jog your memory of the material you are trying to remember.

Another effective habit to utilize is practice. Yes, practice. “The old adage, practice makes perfect, is true,” said Grohol. Whether you study by yourself or with a group of people, practice can be helpful in retaining information and understanding the material. There are many ways to practice, from creating flashcards, to going over past quizzes or old tests, for example. Depending on what the class is like, certain ways of studying might be more helpful than others.

Creating a realistic and achievable schedule and rewarding yourself when you complete some of your goals you set are some more effective habits to keep in mind while studying. Treating studying as something that is done regularly instead of when you have the time can help in the long run. Setting an amount of time to study every week can help prevent cramming sessions before tests.

“The frequency isn’t as important as actually studying on a regular basis,” explained Grohol.

Treating yourself when you do complete a task you set out to do is as important as completing the task itself. Managing your time into achievable goals that you can accomplish can result in a sense of satisfaction and pride. Rewarding yourself when achieving these goals encourages studying and gives you motivation to accomplish your academic goals.
“By setting these limits on your behavior, you’re actually teaching yourself discipline, which will be a handy skill to have throughout life,” said Grohol.

Another habit revolves around taking care of yourself. Balance is important, no matter where you are in life. Focusing only on one aspect of your life is never healthy. It can be difficult sometimes, “but the more balance you seek out in your life, the easier every component in your life becomes,” said Grohol.

Finally, it is beneficial to interact with your teachers. Talking with your teachers and building relationships with them allows you to gain a better understanding of the class, and can make it easier to ask questions about the material if you do not understand something.

“Talking to the instructor early on – especially if you foresee a difficult course ahead – will help you understand the course requirements and the professor’s expectations,” said Grohol.

As one last piece of advice, Grohol reminds readers to enjoy learning new things while they have the opportunity.

“Studying is an effort to actually learn things, some of which you might actually care about,” said Grohol. “By the time you’ll realize what a great opportunity school is, you’ll be well into the middle of your life with a lot of responsibilities … Then most people have neither the time nor energy to go back to school. So take the time to learn some stuff now, because you’ll appreciate the opportunity later on.”

For more information, visit https://psychcentral.com/lib/top-10-most-effective-study-habits/.

“Evening of Remembrance” Remembers Those Lost in Traffic-Related Incidents

| Community | September 12, 2019

The Santa Clarita City Council invites residents to attend the annual Evening of Remembrance on Tuesday, September 17, to remember Santa Clarita Valley youth who have died in traffic-related incidents. A community Walk of Remembrance, which will begin and end at the Youth Grove will be held at 6:45 p.m., followed by the Evening of Remembrance ceremony at the Youth Grove in Central Park, located at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road.

The City of Santa Clarita’s half-acre Youth Grove offers residents a place to reflect and reminds the community about safe and responsible driving. Each year, Evening of Remembrance attendees remember youth who have lost their lives in traffic-related incidents.

“As a mother, grandmother, resident and Mayor of our great City – I take safety on Santa Clarita streets very seriously,” said Mayor Marsha McLean. “Even one young life lost on our City roads is one too many. Let this annual Evening of Remembrance serve as a reminder of the dangers and consequences of reckless driving behaviors. As a community, we must all be committed to driving safely and protecting our loved ones.”

The Youth Grove is now home to 114 individual pillars that mimic cut tree stumps to symbolize lives cut short. Each pillar bears a plaque with the name of a young life lost in a traffic-related incident. The pillars surround a central monument urging the community to “Know More” about safe driving habits and pledge that “No More” young lives will be lost behind the wheel.

For more information on the Youth Grove and the Evening of Remembrance, contact Tess Simgen at (661) 250-3726 or visit santa-clarita.com/youthgrove.

Strike up the Band — It’s time for Rampage!

| Community | September 6, 2019

Saturday, November 2nd is fast approaching and the Hart Regiment is ready to host its 36th SCSBOA Field Show and Tournament, at the College of the Canyons Cougar Stadium, located at 26455 Rockwell Canyon in Valencia. Rampage is a highly anticipated day-long marching band and color guard competition that attracts bands from all over Southern California. Most of Santa Clarita’s high schools will be participating, so come by and cheer on these talented performers.

This fun-filled day begins approximately at 10am and lasts until 9pm, ending with an awards ceremony and a mass drum line. Tickets can be bought on the day of the event; $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students and free for children under 5. Refreshments, food and Rampage products are available to purchase throughout the day. Come bring your family for a great day of music and entertainment.

The Hart Regiment, under the direction of Anthony Bailey, has won the SCSBOA (Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association) state championship in its division fourteen times since 2002.

For more information go to www.hartregiment.com, or email regimentpublicity@gmail.com, or call 661-753-9707.

Runners: Assemble! The Santa Clarita Marathon Is Right Around the Corner

| Community | September 5, 2019

by Mayor Marsha McLean

Are you faster than a speeding bullet? Do you strive to be the best you can be? If so, be sure to assemble for the 2019 Santa Clarita Marathon Heroes Edition. The Santa Clarita Marathon is a grand tradition in our City – one that brings thousands of competitors and spectators together each year. Happening on Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3, the event this year is taking on a Heroes Edition theme as the perfect way to end the Halloween weekend.

The Santa Clarita Marathon offers runners an entertaining way to let loose while showing off their costumes, and your cape can fly behind you as you speed through the course. The Heroes Edition theme encourages participants in all events, including the 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Marathon, to pay tribute to their favorite hero. You can even wear your costume on the Mayor’s Walk as we explore three beautiful miles on our trails and paseo system! Costumes in all races are optional.

Those who prefer to cheer on the runners from the sidelines can set up a spot to do so from one of the many spectator locations along the different routes. The exciting action of the start and finish on both Saturday and Sunday will be in the northern parking lot at Westfield Valencia Town Center, where your encouragement and applause will help boost each runner over the finish line.

This year also marks the return of the Final Mile Challenge, which is an opportunity for school children in Santa Clarita and Castaic to complete 25 miles ahead of time before running the final 1.2 miles of the Santa Clarita Marathon course. Students from 37 schools in the Santa Clarita Valley can participate in the Final Mile Challenge – free of charge – and registration information is being provided to school districts, campuses and parent-teacher organizations.

Kids participating in the Final Mile Challenge, as well as those loved ones who come to support them, can dress as their favorite hero or show their school pride wearing their school’s spirit shirt. The Final Mile Challenge will take place throughout the day on Saturday, November 2, following the 5K and 10K, so that the kids have plenty of time and space to complete the route.

There is much to do during the weekend for those who aren’t competing. The Santa Clarita Health and Fitness Expo will be open to the public from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, November 1, and from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 2, so that you and your family can connect with vendors in the health and lifestyle industries. The expo will once again take place near the start and finish lines so don’t miss out!

The excitement is building for the 2019 Santa Clarita Marathon and I can’t wait until race day! Remember our Marathon is a qualifier for the prestigious Boston Marathon. I hope you will consider registering for an event this year, which you can do by visiting our website at scmarathon.org. If you are not up for a run – please join me for the Mayor’s Walk.

Mayor Marsha McLean is a member of the Santa Clarita City Council and can be reached at mmclean@santa-clarita.com.

Actor Robert Patrick to Dedicate a Chair of Honor to POW/MIA Soldiers at Harley-Davidson of Santa Clarita

| Community | September 5, 2019

Actor Robert Patrick will be dedicating the first Harley-Davidson Chair of Honor to POW/MIA soldiers on the West Coast at Harley-Davidson of Santa Clarita.

On Friday the 20th of September, 2019 Robert Patrick co-owner of Harley-Davidson of Santa Clarita will be dedicating a Chair of Honor to the lost, missing, and fallen US Prisoners of War and Missing in Action soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms, in the great American wars of our past. This historic honoring will be the first chair to be dedicated inside of a Harley-Davidson Dealership on the West Coast.

In addition to Santa Clarita’s strong support for the military, Robert Patrick also has strong ties in support of the Service Women and Men of the United States, taking many tours with the USO to help support the troops.

This event will be taking place at Harley-Davidson of Santa Clarita on Friday, September 20th, 2019, located at 21130 Centre Pointe Pkwy in Santa Clarita.

You can get free admission through our Eventbrite link:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chair-of-honor-dedication-tickets-67639616915

About Harley-Davidson of Santa Clarita
We love the open road at Santa Clarita H-D®, and we are excited to help you experience the fun and adventure that a quality Harley-Davidson® motorcycle can bring into your life! We are proud to serve the Santa Clarita area, offering the best in new and pre-owned motorcycles. Our friendly and knowledgeable sales, financing, service, and parts departments are ready to offer outstanding service at every point, from assisting while you’re making your choice to ongoing maintenance and customization. At Santa Clarita H-D®, we value the opportunity to create a long-term relationship with our customers, and we do that by making sure to exceed your expectations.

Save the Date: Parent Resource Symposium

| Community | September 5, 2019

Who: Santa Clarita Mayor Marsha McLean, Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Captain Robert Lewis, The Way Out Recovery SCV’s Bob Sharits, community members. Members of the Santa Clarita City Council have been invited to attend.

What: The City of Santa Clarita will host its annual Parent Resource Symposium, titled “Head in the Clouds: Truth about Vaping,” in partnership with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. An educational resource fair at City Hall will precede a presentation on vaping trends and campus issues in Santa Clarita. The event is free and open to the public.

When: Wednesday, September 11, at 6:00 p.m.

Where: City Hall – Century Room and Council Chambers
(23920 Valencia Boulevard, Santa Clarita, CA 91355)
*Parking is available in all City Hall parking spots after 5:30 p.m.

Why: Underage vaping has become a huge problem in Santa Clarita. In an effort to address this issue, the City of Santa Clarita, in partnership with local organizations, will provide an informational event for students and parents on the dangers and consequences of vaping. Bob Sharits from The Way Out Recovery SCV will provide parents and students with tools to start an open conversation about the use of tobacco products and consequences of using illegal substances.

For additional information about the Parent Resource Symposium, please contact Yolanda Calderon at (661) 250-3727.

Route 66 Classic Grill to Host 9/11 Tribute Night

| Community | September 5, 2019

Route 66 Classic Grill will be hosting a 9/11 tribute again this year. The event will take place on Wednesday, September 11th, from 6pm-9pm, and the restaurant will also be hosting their weekly Bike Night that evening.

The band Rebel Heart will provide musical entertainment. The tribute will begin at 7pm. A bagpiper will begin playing “Amazing Grace” and exit the restaurant via the patio door, marching to the stage. The L.A. County Fire Department will be on hand to raise the flag from the ladder truck, and Millena Hicks will sing the “National Anthem.”

Bob Kellar will take the stage, speak for a few minutes and then introduce Mike Garcia. Garcia will be a great speaker, considering he was one of the first fighter pilots to enter Iran, following 9/11. When Mike is done speaking we have another incredible singer, Tim May, who will sing the Lee Greenwood song “God Bless the USA.” After that song, the bagpiper will begin playing again, and walk back into the restaurant. After about 15-20 minutes, the band will resume their set.

Route 66 invites active duty military, fire fighters and police officers to attend the tribute and enjoy complimentary dinner throughout the evening.

Route 66 is located at 18730 Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country. For more information call 661-289-1494.

COC Football Kicks Off their Season this Saturday

| Community, Sports | September 5, 2019

The College of the Canyons football program will kick off the 2019 season at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 vs. Saddleback College, in the first of 10 regular season games.

Once again, all Cougar home games will be live streamed to fans through a broadcast partnership with SoCalCollegeSports.com. Home games will also be replayed on SCVTV Channel 20 and SCVTV.com throughout the weekend.

In addition, COC head coach Ted Iacenda and the Cougars have announced a series of special free community group invites for each home game.

On Sept. 28, the college will host a 50th Anniversary Homecoming celebration prior to the game vs. Cerritos College. Fans and community members are invited to enjoy pre-game family activities, food and concessions, music, photo opportunities, T-shirt and rally towel giveaways and a special on-field half-time presentation. Festivities begin at 4 p.m., with kickoff scheduled at 6 p.m. Admission and parking are both free for this event.

2019 Schedule:
(home games in bold)

Saturday, Sept. 7 vs. Saddleback College
6 p.m. — Cougar Stadium
All scv school students/staff admitted free of charge (w/ valid ID)

Saturday, Sept. 14 vs. Grossmont College
6 p.m. — Cougar Stadium
All first responders admitted free of charge (w/ valid ID)

Saturday, Sept. 21 @ Santa Barbara City College
6 p.m. — La Playa Stadium

Saturday, Sept. 28 vs. Cerritos College
6 p.m. — Cougar Stadium
50th Anniversary Homecoming Celebration. All fans admitted free. Pre-game celebration w/ food, family activities, music and giveaways begins at 4 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 5 vs. Golden West College
1 p.m. — Golden West Stadium
Thursday, Oct. 17 vs. Moorpark College*
7 p.m. — Cougar Stadium
SCFA National Division, Northern League Opener
All SCV Youth Football & Cheer Teams Admitted Free of Charge (w/ uniform)

Saturday, Oct. 26 @ East Los Angeles College*
6 p.m. — Weingart Stadium

Saturday, Nov. 2 @ Ventura College*
6 p.m. — Ventura College Sportsplex

Saturday, Nov. 9 vs. Long Beach City College*
6 p.m. — Cougar Stadium
All veterans and active duty military admitted free (w/ valid ID).

Saturday, Nov. 16 @ Bakersfield College
6 p.m. — Memorial Stadium
*Denotes Southern California Football Association (SCFA) National Division, Northern League contest.

General admission tickets to all Cougar football games are $10. Children under 10 and seniors over 60 are $5.

Stay up-to-date on all this season’s action by following College of the Canyons Athletics on social media at @COCathletics on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.

The World Famous “Love Ride” Returns to Los Angeles for its 33rd Motorcycle Charity Ride.

| Community | August 30, 2019

On November 10th Oliver Shokouh and Robert Patrick bring back the world famous LOVE RIDE® from Harley-Davidson of Glendale and Harley-Davidson of Santa Clarita. The Love Ride is the single largest one day motorcycle event in the world and it is all done for charity, not only in the riding community but in the greater community of Los Angeles as well, raising over 25 million in a span of 30 years with the Love Ride and The LOVE RIDE Foundation.

After a four year hiatus, The Love Ride Foundation has decided to recharge the Love Ride with a smaller exclusive event, limited to 800 attendees. Participants will enjoy BackBeat BBQ cooked by the one and only Dave Grohl (Nirvana,Foo Fighters,QOTSA), beer will provided by 805, and there will be a performance by Chevy Metal, Robby Krieger (The Doors) and many more special guests. All the proceeds will go to The Love Ride Foundation which supports donations to multiple charities like USO, Wounded Warrior, and MDA, just to name a few.

This event will be taking place on November 10th, 2019 starting at Harley-Davidson of Glendale, located at 3717 San Fernando Rd., in Glendale, 91204, and ending at Harley-Davidson of Santa Clarita, located at 21130 Centre Pointe Prkwy. In Santa Clarita, 91350.

You can get free admission through our Eventbrite Link. For more information to go www.loveride.org.

City Seeks Community Feedback on Proposed Justice Assistance Grant Application

| Community | August 30, 2019

The City of Santa Clarita is seeking community feedback on a public safety grant proposal for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program. All public comments must be received by 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.

The City of Santa Clarita is eligible to receive $24,219 from the U.S. Department of Justice’s JAG program, which is aimed at enhancing public safety. JAG allows states and local governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime, based on local needs and conditions. Funds may be used for hiring, training and maintaining personnel as well as for equipment, supplies and more to improve overall crime prevention.

“JAG funding allows the City and the Sheriff’s Department to continue successful crime prevention programs and explore new ways to further enhance public safety in Santa Clarita,” said Mayor Marsha McLean.

Proposed operations and strategies for the 2019 JAG program application will focus on a compilation of purchases to improve traffic safety and enforcement, evidence collection, less-than-lethal intervention tools and active shooter training.

For more information on the 2019 JAG program application or to comment on the proposal, contact Rebecca Widdison at (661) 284-1407 or via email at rwiddison@santa-clarita.com.

SCV Water Responds to the California Division of Drinking Water’s Decision to Lower the Notification Level for PFAS Chemicals

| Community | August 30, 2019

The State Water Resources Control Board (Board) has announced updated guidelines for local water agencies, including SCV Water, to follow in detecting and reporting the presence of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) in drinking water. The updated guidelines are part of the Board’s comprehensive effort to assess the scope of contamination of statewide drinking water supplies by PFOA and PFOS.

The updated state guidelines lower the current notification level from 14 parts per trillion (ppt) to 5.1 ppt for PFOA and from 13 ppt to 6.5 ppt for PFOS. These new guidelines would apply to all SCV Water wells tested moving forward. Under these levels, an additional three wells would fall within notification levels, added to the eight identified during the first round of sampling in May. One well was removed from service in May when it exceeded DDW’s interim response level of a combined 70 ppt for PFOS and PFOA. The response level is expected to be reviewed by the Board this fall.

For perspective, one part per trillion is a microscopic measurement for something in the water or air and would be equal to four grains of sugar in an Olympic-size swimming pool.

“While we did not find more PFAS in our water, today’s new requirements from the State Water Resources Control Board have established lower notification levels for all California water agencies,” stated SCV Water’s General Manager Matt Stone. “Our customers come first, and we continue to vigilantly monitor our water quality and implement new strategies as needed to safeguard our water supply,” noted Stone.

Notification levels are a non-regulatory, precautionary health-based measure for concentrations in drinking water that warrant notification and further monitoring and assessment. When SCV Water samples water that is above the notification level, it is reported to the State Water Board, as well as the SCV Water governing board, the Santa Clarita City Council, and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

SCV Water will continue to monitor groundwater, and is proactively sampling all 44 groundwater wells in August 2019. In the interim, SCV Water will adjust its systems’ operations and will rely on its diverse water supply portfolio, including imported and banked water sources, in order to minimize any supply impacts to its customers. Additionally, SCV Water encourages customers to continue to use water efficiently in their homes and on their landscapes.

In light of the changes, SCV Water has also proactively begun evaluating treatment options to remove PFOA and PFOS chemicals and has created a staff-led team dedicated to developing a plan to address the issue.

SCV Water is one of more than 200 water systems and over 612 groundwater wells in California required to sample for PFAS and PFOA chemicals this year.

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of manmade chemicals that are prevalent in the environment and were commonly used in industrial and consumer products to repel grease, moisture, oil, water and stains. These chemicals enter the environment through treated wastewater discharge, landfills and areas where the substances were used outdoors. Exposure to these chemicals may cause adverse health effects.

For more information and resources on PFAS, visit yourSCVwater.com/pfas.

History of PFAS Regulatory Levels In 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a Lifetime Health Advisory (LTHA) recommending that the concentration of PFOA and PFOS in drinking water, either individually or combined, should not be greater than 70 parts per trillion (ppt).

In June 2018, the State Water Resources Control Board – Division of Drinking Water (DDW) and California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) established interim notification levels (NL) of 13 ppt for PFOS, 14 ppt for PFOA, and a Response Level (RL) of 70 ppt for PFOS and PFOA individually or combined.

About SCV Water: The Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency (SCV Water) is a full-service regional water agency located in the Santa Clarita Valley. SCV Water provides water service to approximately 72,000 business and residential customers. It was formed on January 1, 2018, when local water suppliers combined into one integrated, regional water provider. More information can be found at www.yourSCVwater.com

“Food for Fines” Returns to Santa Clarita Public Library in September

| Community | August 29, 2019

During the month of September, the Santa Clarita Public Library will host the “Food for Fines” program in partnership with the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry, Salvation Army and Santa Clarita Grocery. This month-long program will allow customers to donate food items to remove up to $20 of overdue library fines or replacement card fees from their account. Donations are being gathered for local non-profit organizations that work to collect and distribute donated foods to those in need in the community.

Each Santa Clarita Public Library branch will have a donation collection barrel set up near the service desk. Customers are encouraged to donate as many food items as they want. Each item grants the customer up to $5 to use toward a library fine or replacement card fee, but please note that $20 is the maximum amount that can be waived per account.

According to the Santa Clarita Public Library’s non-profit partners, most-needed donation items include canned foods, dry goods and select toiletry items. However, all donation items are welcome. For a full list of needed items, please visit SantaClaritaLibrary.com.

For more information about the “Food for Fines” program, visit SantaClaritaLibrary.com, or contact Library Administrator Gina Roberson at groberson@santa-clarita.com or (661) 799-6105.

On The Town with Jason Downs

| Community, Entertainment | August 29, 2019

Greetings fellow Santa Claritans, and welcome to a column that’s all about having fun around town! We’re fortunate enough to live in one of the great entertainment meccas of the world — join me as we celebrate all the area has to offer!

Here’s what I got up to this week: Sunday Night Jazz with a local legend, and the best steak I’ve had in a long while at Valencia’s hottest new entertainment venue.

Looking for an adventure to cure those Sunday night blues? My wife and I hit the jackpot, friends — jazz at the Black ‘N Blue.

The Al Pascua Project, a top-notch band of musical brothers who know their way around a jazz tune, had the audience wrapped around their fingers at the stylish Black ‘N Blue lounge at the Valencia Town Center on Sunday night.

Left to right: James Graham (drums), Terry Collier (band manager), Al Pascua (keys/vocals), Lance Rickman (sax/flute), and David Cook (bass)

As soon as we walked into the restaurant our senses were aroused by the smooth sounds of Al Pascua, the inviting lighting, the laid back vibe, the smell of lobster, and last but not least, the staggering number of beautiful people filling up the place. That’s right, folks, it was as though all the beautiful people of Santa Clarita had descended upon the Black ‘N Blue just waiting for us to discover them…from the waitresses to the patrons it was a veritable feast for the eyes (and we’ll get to the actual feast in a moment).

Al Pascua and his band mates were beautiful (he hails from Hawaii, so no wonder); Al’s manager, Terry Collier, who welcomed us into the fray with open arms was gorgeous; the owner of Black ‘N Blue, Lee Kan, was ruggedly handsome; the wait staff was a runway of models; and of course, my wife was the crown jewel looking as stunning as ever in her long, flowing, low cut dress. I was surrounded by beauty! The bar was magnificent. The booths were inviting. The band was killing it. And then the food arrived…

First, let me just say, when we saw the relatively low prices on the menu, especially for the filet mignon we ordered, we were expecting a small piece of USDA steak. We were extremely and oh-so-pleasantly surprised when a choice cut of Angus, still crackling on a cast iron hot plate, was delivered to our table.

Next, we sliced into the filet and saw that it was the perrrrrfect medium rare…and still sizzling from the piping hot plate.

Then, we each took a bite.

THEN, we died and went to heaven.

You’re getting serious value for your buck here, people. The wine (we tried a Sauvignon Blanc) was outstanding. The baked potato was infused with a yummy mixture of butter, herbs and cheese which was also outstanding.

Then, we ordered more wine (because the alcohol was also less expensive than most places) and started to feel like dancing! But that would have to wait because the band was finishing their first set by now. Mixed among the applause and the cheers was a collective disappointment that they needed to take a break at all. “Keep playing, Al,” a group from across the room pleaded.

By special request, Mr. Al Pascua himself joined us at our booth for a moment and we got to chat music and compare stories. (I’ve had my run-in with the music industry as well, but we can unpack all that implies at a later date.) My wife remarked that she’d never seen a jazz group engage so well with their audience before (we’ve seen a lot of jazz back in New York), because usually they seem to be so involved with the art of jazz or the personal pleasure of bonding with the other musicians that little attention is paid to drawing in the crowd.

Mr. Pascua credited this unique trait to the years he’s spent educating folks about the joys of jazz…caressing and coaxing his audience into an appreciation by incorporating broader music into his set and tying it all back to jazz. This practice of “audience education’” began back in Hawaii (before moving to LA to work for Disney) where Mr. Pascua played for years with a hit band called Music Magic.

Purchase his current album by searching The Al Pascua Project on any of your favorite platforms. Take a moment, it is well worth it. Mr. Pascua is focusing on his music completely nowadays and we are the lucky benefactors. His set consists of classics and originals, both of which draw you in and onto the dance floor. Not just because the band is so tight and are such pros, but because they invite you to be a part of the experience with infectious smiles and obvious love for the music.

You’re probably thinking I’m a paid advertiser at this point, but my wife and I walked away from the evening thinking we would definitely be coming back on a regular basis. The Black ‘N Blue is the hang out, folks. Owner and operator, Lee Kan, knows what he’s doing and I for one (and my wife for another) couldn’t be happier he’s doing it here in Santa Clarita! This type of venue is just what we’ve been looking for…especially on those nights you just want to dance. Wednesday through Saturday they have a DJ playing all the greats from the 70s to the present with the many screens peppered throughout the room showing the corresponding music video.

Prefer to play Jenga while sipping a cocktail and listening to some great jazz on a Sunday eve before the busy week begins? Check out The Al Pascua Project every other week starting September 15th.

To cap off a perfect evening, when we stepped onto the sidewalk of Town Center an adorable old-fashioned trolley pulled up alongside us, beckoning us to climb aboard. We did, and it carried us off to our car.

In the words of Plato, “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, and life to everything.” Hear, hear! (Pretty insightful guy, I’m told.)

So, there it is for this week, friends. Always feel free to let me know what you like doing around town so I can check it out and write it up. (reachjasondowns@santaclaritagazette.com)

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

Residents Encouraged to Share Feedback for the City’s Parks and Recreation Work Plan

| Community | August 29, 2019

In an ongoing effort to update the 2008 Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan to a fluid Work Plan, the City of Santa Clarita is now conducting a community-wide survey to solicit feedback and information about the programs and services the City offers.

The community survey is an opportunity to gauge residents’ satisfaction, priorities and concerns as they relate to parks and recreation opportunities in the City of Santa Clarita. In addition to the randomly sampled survey conducted by True North Research Inc., the results of this survey will inform the Parks and Recreation Work Plan, which will then be integrated into the City’s next comprehensive strategic plan. All residents are highly encouraged to participate in this survey as it will ensure that the results reflect the diverse experiences and needs of the community. Some of the questions residents will be asked to respond to include; what park amenities they would like to see and where do they get information about classes, events, parks and more. The survey will close August 30, so please visit santa-clarita.com to participate.

For more information about the City of Santa Clarita’s Parks and Recreation Work Plan or the community survey, please contact (661) 286-4176.

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