Just a Few Fun Things to Do

| Community | November 6, 2014

Friday, 11/7, & Saturday, 11/8, 8pm
Another Night Rock Opera
Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 Main Street in Newhall

The RepEast continues its concert series with Another Night at the Rock Opera, which will feature “more hits from the greatest rock musicals of forever.” General admission tickets are $35. There will be a reception at 7pm, and curtain time is at 8pm. For tickets and information call 661-288-0000 or visit www.repeastplayhouse.org.

Saturday, 11/8, 9am-4pm
MOPS Fall Boutique
Grace Baptist Church, 22833 Copper Hill Drive
Grace Baptist Church Mothers of Preschoolers’ (MOPS) fall boutique is an annual shopping affair with 60 vendors. There will be food trucks (featuring Dogtown Dogs & the Lobos truck), a raffle with over 100 items and bake sale. For more information, contact Erin Walsh, MOPS Boutique Coordinator at (310) 880-4253.

Saturday, November 8 & 15. 11:15am-3:30pm
Murder Mystery Lunch Train
Fillmore Western Railway, 364 Main Street in Fillmore

All aboard for a hilarious afternoon train ride full of murder and mystery through the scenic Fillmore citrus groves! Passengers can enjoy a signature “orange chicken blossom” three-course lunch as they try to figure out this fun whodunit. Tickets start at $63 for adults, $34 for children. For reservations call (805) 524-2546 or visit www.fwry.com. Saturday,

Saturday, 11/8, 5pm
Santa Clarita Light the Night Walk
Bridgeport Park, 23670 Newhall Ranch Road in Valencia

Join The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society on Saturday for this free fundraising event. Walkers raise funds in honor of loved ones and local patients to support the LLS mission to cure blood cancers and improve the quality of life for patients and their families. To register, contact 310-846-5183 or visit www.lightthenight.org/caslo.

11/8, 8pm
The United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road in Valencia

If you think the Hawaiian Islands have proprietary rights to the ukulele, then you’ve not experienced TUKUO – The United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra. The PAC proudly hosts this unusual orchestra, replete with formal evening wear, bow ties, and finely tuned mini ukulele guitars. TUKUO’s repertoire swings from rock to oldies, to current hits, all with incredible vocal harmonies and just the right splash of British humor. Tickets start at $40. For tickets, call 661-362-5304 or call www.canyonspac.com.

Sunday, 11/9, 3-7pm
FREE Thanksgiving Celebration

Canyon Country residents Roger and Becky Combs will host an early Thanksgiving celebration at their home to give back to people in need. The event will begin with an outdoor church service at 3 p.m. and will continue until 7 p.m., featuring music and guest speakers from the American Soaring Society. The Combs will serve dinner, providing food baskets with fresh vegetables and fruit. The event will be held in an open field on the Combs’ property, which is in Canyon Country, about two miles off of Sierra Highway. Those wishing to attend must register by 11/7 by contacting the Combs at 661-252-1836.

Sunday, 11/9, 4-7pm
Second Sundays Food Truck Invasion
28720-80 The Old Road in Valencia

This monthly free event brings gourmet food trucks and fun to the community. Second Sundays is held in the spacious and beautiful Gateway Promenade on The Old Road in Valencia where Interstate 5 and the 126 come together. Second Sundays Food Truck Invasion is supported by boutique vendors, raffles, a DJ and more! Proceeds benefit West Ranch Wildcat Football. For more information, call Sabina Fetter at 661-212-8158.

Tuesday, 11/11, 11am
Veterans Day Ceremony
Veterans Historical Plaza in Newhall

Join various non-profit organizations and friends and family of veterans and active military on Tuesday to honor those serving our country. The ceremony will feature musical performers, speakers and changing of the flags at the Veterans Historical Plaza.

| Community | October 31, 2014

Crowds gathered at College of the Canyons University Center last week to hear a man describe his experience as a Jew in Occupied France during WWII. Leon Malmed told a room full of college students and community members about his memories as a child hiding from German authorities, underscoring the tremendous risk taken by the family who saved him and his sister.

After a brief documentary film, Malmed shared his emotional story, which is the basis for his recent book, “We survived … At Last I Speak.” In a heavy French accent and in a spirit of gratitude, Malmed lauded the courage of the Ribouleau family, who cared for Malmed and his sister, Rachel, after their parents were taken by Nazis in 1942 and sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where they perished.

While a big draw for the mid-week lecture may have been a collective admiration for the survivor’s endurance, Malmed repeatedly deflected such kudos, insisting it was the actions of his wartime “parents,” Henri and Suzanne Ribouleau, that deserve attention. Leon Malmed was four years old and Rachel was 10 when they were left in the care of the Ribouleaus, and following the war, he and his sister experienced a 14-year separation from one another. The pain of his early experiences made Malmed unable to tell his story until now, at age 70. He immigrated to the United States in 1964, reunited with his surviving sister, and enjoyed a successful career in the high tech industry in Silicon Valley.

The question-and-answer part of the evening was, perhaps, most revealing, as guests asked about Malmed’s personal experiences, such as how the two remained hidden, and how it shaped his religious views.
Malmed’s book is available on Amazon, or you can read more about the man at www.leonmalmed.com.

Just a Few Fun Things to Do!

| Community | October 23, 2014

Every Saturday Night
Grateful Dudes Bluegrass
Long running, popular bluegrass jam by Grateful Dudes. The whole family is welcome from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Free to attend.
Vincenzo’s Pizza
24504 ½ Lyons Ave.
Newhall, Calif.
(661) 259-6733

Dispensing dinner to a hungry crowd, gourmet food trucks offer food for purchase. You can bring chairs and sit outside to enjoy food truck favorites Sweet Es Mini Bake Shop, Keep on Grubbin’, Burnt to a Crisp BBQ, Waffle Taco, Reuben Truck, and Grilled Cheese. They park in the Dick’s Sporting Goods parking lot across from WalMart in Santa Clarita at 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays. The address is 26468 Carl Boyer Drive in Santa Clarita.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday October 24-26
Monster Mania
You can help the SCV Winter Shelter open this year with a visit to the haunted shelter hosted by Bridge to Home. There will be scare levels for children, teens and adults at the event, held from 6-9 p.m. at the shelter, 23031 Drayton Street in Santa Clarita. Tickets are $7 at the door. For more information, visit www.btohome.com

Saturday, October 25
Lombardi Ranch
Live Music
10-1:30 – The Pink Cadillacs (50’s, 60’s, Rock & Roll)
2-5:30 – Beer Truck (Country)

Sunday, October 26
Lombardi Ranch
Live Music & Entertainment
10-1:30 The Bunky Spurling Group (Classic Rock)
1:30-2 Performance By Dance Studio 81
2-5:30 Floyd & the Fly Boys (R&B)
FREE Admission
29527 Bouquet Canyon Rd, 661-296-8697

Sunday, October 26
SCV Zombie Apocalypse
Register as either a zombie or a survivor when you join residents at this Saturday’s fundraiser held at Castaic Lake. Participants will become walking dead to raise money to build a well for the Sunzu Village in Rwanda.

Zombies must come in full costume or, if needed, there will be a zombification station. Those who choose to join the walking dead must arrive by 1:30 p.m. Each survivor starts with two flags and, to ensure survival, must not let the zombies take these flags. Prizes will be given to those zombies who collect the most flags and those survivors who succeed in survival.

Each participant will receive a T-shirt upon registration. The event will have food trucks, Jr. Zombies (kids’ area), prizes, games, and more.

Also, just for showing up, there will also be an activity to experience what those of the Sunzu Village go through to get their water. The Zombie Apocalypse will take place from 2-7 p.m. at Castaic Lake Recreation Area, 32132 Castaic Lake Drive. For more information contact Terri Crain 661.877.8075 or email scvzombie2014@gmail.com.

Sunday, October 26
25th Annual Haunted Jailhouse
Every year the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Department hosts this spooky event for families in the SCV. Dozens of local non-profit groups partner with the sheriff’s station to welcome thousands to the pre-Halloween event. There is a zip-line ride from the Sheriff’s station search and rescue team and “Douse a Deputy” booth, along with a costume contest. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the SCV Sheriff’s Station, at the corner of Valencia Blvd. and Magic Mtn Pkwy in Valencia. To enter, bring a $1 donation to the SCV Boys & Girls Club. For further information contact Deputy Fanny Lapkin at 661-255-1121, ext. 5160 or at flapkin@lasd.org.

Sunday, October 26
L.A.R.C. Halloween Festival
Friends of L.A.R.C. (Los Angeles Residential Community) invite the public to its annual Halloween Festival beginning at 1:00 p.m. A carnival and food fair provide the backdrop for a day of games along with rock and roll music and dancing. L.A.R.C. Ranch is located at 29890 Bouquet Canyon Road in Saugus. Tickets are $125 for adults and $50 for children. Family packages are available. Call (661) 296-8636 or visit www.larcfoundation.org.
Friday, October 31

COC Film Series
View these films and discussions held following each.

4:00 PM Like Father Like Son (2013) 120 min. Japan
Ryota Nonomiya is a successful businessman driven by money. When he learns that his biological son was switched with another child after birth, he must make a life-changing decision and choose his true son or the boy he raised as his own.

6:00 PM Life Itself (2014) 120 min. – Documentary|Biography – 14 November 2014 (UK)
It is a film depicting the life and career of the renowned film critic and social commentator, Roger Ebert, directed by Steve James and produced by Zak Piper, Steve James and Garrett Basch. The film is based on Ebert’s 2011 memoir by the same name.

8:00 PM Under the Skin (2013) 108 min. – Drama|Sci-Fi|Thriller – 14 March 2014 (UK)
A mysterious woman seduces lonely men in the evening hours in Scotland. Events lead her to begin a process of self-discovery.

College of the Canyons
Hasley Hall Room 101
26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd.
Santa Clarita, CA. 91355
Info: gary.peterson@canyons.edu

Saturday, October 31
Drop Zone
Drop Zone performs danceable versions of your
favorite classic rock songs from the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and
today. It is free to attend.
Vincenzo’s Pizza
24504 ½ Lyons Ave. in Newhall

Golf Tournament to Raise Funds for Cancer Foundation

| Community, News | October 18, 2014

Scott Schauer is honoring his father with a golf tournament, while raising money for a non-profit group benefiting cancer patients. Calling it a “win-win” event, the Jerry Schauer Golf Invitational Golf Tournament is set for Saturday, Nov. 16 at Robinson Ranch Golf Club in Canyon Country. All proceeds will benefit the Michael Hoefflin Foundation for Children’s Cancer.

The younger Schauer is former executive director of the Santa Clarita-based foundation, and said his father, who has himself been battling cancer, is a longtime backer of the charity group and wanted to do something to raise support.

In addition to a day on the greens, the tournament will wrap up with an awards dinner and an auction. ABC7 sports anchor Curt Sandoval will serve as master of ceremonies. Schauer said his father is hoping to feel well enough to attend.

“The love of his life has been his wife and golf,” Scott Schauer said. “This is just a win-win opportunity that we’re excited to get off the ground.”

With a target of attracting 100-150 golfers, Schauer hopes the tournament raises anywhere from $25,000 to $50,000 to support the foundation. Foursome tickets are available for $600. Individual golfer tickets are $175.

Foundation officials were heartwarmed when Schauer told them his idea for the golf tournament.
“I think it’s amazing. Scott has always had the Michael Hoefflin Foundation first and foremost in his mind,” Executive Director Gillian Stone said. “He’s passionate about what he’s doing.”

Stone said fundraising efforts are crucial for the organization, and said there is a constant need for purchasing grocery cards, parking passes and gas cards to provide to families.

There are a variety of sponsorship opportunities ranging from $10,000 to $300 available, including Presenting Sponsor, Title Sponsor, Major Sponsor, Golf Cart Sponsor, Awards Ceremony Sponsor, Closest to the Pin Sponsor, Hole in One Sponsor, Longest Drive Sponsor and Hole Sponsors.

For information, contact Scott Schauer at (661) 713-6099 or email schauerscott@gmail.com.

About the Michael Hoefflin Foundation
Established in 1994, the Michael Hoefflin Foundation for Children’s Cancer is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides financial and emotional support to children and their families in the Santa Clarita Valley and surrounding areas. The organization’s goals are to find better treatments and cures through medical research, promote awareness of childhood cancer; and assist local children and their families through outreach programs. For more information call (661) 250-4100 or visit www.mhf.org.

Fillmore & Western Railway Takes Brave Souls to Zombie Land

| Community, News | October 17, 2014

by Michelle Sandoval
If you have yet to experience a train ride on the historic Fillmore & Western Railway, this Halloween season would be the ideal time. Located in the Heritage Valley, which is full of rich farming history and agriculture, the railway runs through lush orchards, making any ride enjoyable and picturesque. The train itself is a step back in time, with coach and dining cars from the 1930s and locomotives dating back to the 1950s.

During the month of October, the Railway is offering a number of different attractions for riders to experience, ranging from family-friendly to more frightening night trains for those brave at heart. The Santa Clarita Gazette was invited to ride along on the “Zombie Land in Search of Pumpkinhead” train this past weekend, and we spent a great evening hiding from monsters and wandering through corn mazes. Somehow, we made it out alive!

The “Zombie Land in Search of Pumpkinhead” train leaves the Fillmore station at 7 p.m. on select weekend evenings this month. It will take passengers along the dark railway into the night, where the orchards have naturally transformed into spooky surroundings full of ominous trees. During the ride you will meet character actors as they make their way through the train cars warning you of the dangers you are about to encounter, and giving you a bit of history on Zombie Land itself.

When you arrive there will be plenty to keep you busy through the evening, both for those seeking a good scare and for those who just want to dance the night away. There is a corn maze (the mere mention of it gave me goose bumps) where you will weave between cornhusks in the dark. A haunted hayride will take you across the grounds where your guide will share scary stories with you and ultimately see if you can catch a glimpse of the monster that haunts the grounds, the terrifying Pumpkinhead.

There is no doubt you will be hungry after all these scares and the Railway has made sure to barbecue up some delicious eats to keep you going deep into the night. The cost of your ticket includes a delicious barbecue dinner with tri tip, chicken, veggies and all the fixings. There is also a bar where you can purchase alcohol if you need a little liquid courage. Plus, Zombie Land isn’t all about the scares—make sure you set aside some time to show off your dance moves on their massive dance floor.

Guests are invited to come in their Halloween costumes and, while dressing up is a lot of fun, keep in mind that the night will be a long one, and comfort and warmth should be a priority. Children are invited to experience this trip to Zombie Land, and we were delighted to see a number of young passengers onboard, but only those truly brave little souls should participate, because the train ride does have its scary moments.

In the end, Fillmore & Western Railway’s “Zombie Land in Search of Pumpkinhead” offers a night of frightening good times. From the lovely train ride, to the eerie corn maze, and everything in between, this is a perfect activity to celebrate this most haunted of seasons.

Trains run October 17, 25 and 26, departing at 7 p.m. and returning back to the land of the living at 10 p.m. Ticket prices are $49 for adults and $34 for kids. For more information visit www.fwry-blog.com or call 805-524-2546.

Review-Los Angeles Haunted Hayride

| Community, News | October 16, 2014

To me, Halloween has never been a one-night celebration, but rather a month full of festivities. Last week I attended the official opening night of the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride at Griffith Park, one of the premier attractions in Southern California. Now in its 6th year, the Hayride will take you and a group through the dark areas of the Park that have been infested by creatures and monsters of all shapes and the sizes. There are also two haunted mazes to wander through, a demented seven sins sideshow and plenty of live entertainment. I can honestly say that, without a doubt, this year the Haunted Hayride is one of my absolute favorites. The folks over at TenThirtyOne Productions, the team behind the event, have definitely not held back the scares.

The hayride itself is approximately 25 minutes and will take you for a ride where you will encounter all types of spooky beings. To say that the special effects, animatronics, talented actors, and overall atmosphere created were excellent would be an understatement. The experience was wonderfully creepy and featured life-sized dragons, scarecrows balancing on stilts and lunging at you from cornfields, ghostly mothers sacrificing their babies, and pretty much anything and everything that would give you nightmares. Make sure to uncover your eyes long enough to peek behind you as you leave the monsters behind, because their waving silhouettes still send chills up my spine.

Aside from the hayride there are two haunted mazes. The “In-Between Dark” maze is definitely not for the faint of heart. Participants are basically thrown into pitch black darkness with nothing but a faint lantern and are left to touch and feel their way out of the dark through what seems like endless twists and turns. While the typical Halloween scares here are minimal, you won’t encounter many monsters along the way, you’ll find your anxiety and paranoia at an all-time high as you try to find your way out. The “House of the Horseman” maze is also great as you are led through various rooms of an asylum where certain participants need to perform tasks to move forward. It is wonderfully gory and by the end you’ll find yourself in a giant cremation chamber, where your ultimate fears will be met. The Seven Sins Sideshow will take you through seven different tents, each presenting an individual sin and each growing more and more disturbing the further you venture in.

The entire experience offered up plenty of legitimate frights throughout the night. If you’re going to venture off to only one haunted attraction this year, your money would be very well spent at The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride.

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride runs through October 31. Tickets range from $25 – $58; with an all attraction pass costing $42. For tickets and info, visit www.losangeleshauntedhayride.com.

Elks Lodge Boutique and Bake Sale

| Community | October 16, 2014

Every fall, the members of the Emblem Club, an arm of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, hold its annual boutique and bake sale. This year it is Saturday, October 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the B.P.O.E. – Santa Clarita Elks Lodge 2379, located at 17766 Sierra Highway in Canyon Country. Admission is free for visitors to wander and shop and snack.

There is still time to participate or just put the event on your calendar. For boutique, bake sale and vendor information, call (661) 251-0876.

Emblem Club #459 members are involved in charity fundraising events throughout the year. The group provides scholarships for students, holiday food baskets for needy families, and supports other non-profit programs.

| Community | October 9, 2014

Friday, 10/10, 8pm
Fuddy Meers
Start out your weekend with SCPAC’s presentation of “Fuddy Meers,” the story of an amnesiac, Claire, who awakens each morning as a blank slate on which her husband and teenage son must imprint the facts of her life. One day she is abducted by a man who claims her husband wants to kill her. Follow her on an adventure where everything is not what it appears to be. Recommended for mature audiences.  The Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center is located at 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road in Valencia. For tickets call (661) 362-5304.

Saturday – Sunday, 10/11-12, 9am-6pm
October at Lombardi Ranch
It’s pumpkin time and what better way to celebrate than with a family trip to Lombardi Ranch, who has been providing SCV residents with quality pumpkins for almost 50 years. They offer live entertainment on the weekends with music from The Golden Valley Jazz Club and the Beer Truck Band on Saturday, and Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps and the Zydeco Party band on Sunday. There will be a craft fair, train rides, face painting, a petting zoo, wagon rides, a corn maze and the popular Scarecrow Alley. Admission and parking is free. For more information call 661-298-8697 or www.lombardiranch.com.

Saturday, 10/11, 1-5pm
Oktoberfest Outdoor Street Festival
Santa Clarita is celebrating the month of October with their own Oktoberfest! There will be authentic music by the German Zeitgeist Band, authentic German beer, great Bavarian food, costume contests and chicken dancing – overall fun for the whole family! The event begins at 1pm on Main Street in Old Town Newhall. Visit www.otnoktoberfest.org for more information.

Saturday, 10/11, 4-7pm
The Agua Dulce Winery will host StompFest this weekend which will feature grape stomping, an “I Love Lucy” look-a-like contest, music, dancing and a great BBQ dinner. Visit www.aguadulcewinery.com for more information.

Saturday – Sunday, 10/11-12, 10:30am & 2pm
Fillmore & Western Railway’s Pumpkinliners
Ride a vintage train to Icabog, the Railway’s private pumpkin patch, to pick the perfect jack-o-lantern! Activities and attractions include jumpers, arts and crafts, face painting, BBQ, a carousel and much more. Tickets are $20 for adults, $12 for kids 4-12 and $10 for kids 2-3. The train departs from 364 Main Street in Fillmore. For more information, call 805-524-2546 or visit www.fwry-blog.com.

Saturday – Sunday, 10/11-12
Seaside Highland Games
This premier Scottish festival will feature live music, dart competitions, sheepdog demos, Celtic vendors, whiskey tasting and more. There will be live entertainment on three stages and plenty of things for the whole family to enjoy. The Games run this weekend at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. For more information, visit www.seaside-games.com or call 818-886-4968.

Sunday, 10/12, 11am-4pm
Bows-Wows & Meows Pet Fair
This free community fair celebrates pets, encourages animal awareness and promotes pet adoption in the SCV and beyond. There will be over 70 vendors, food trucks, raffles, a low cost vaccine clinic, an extreme dog stunt show and more. Pets are welcome. The event will take place at William S. Hart Park, located at 24151 Newhall Avenue.

Sunday, 10/12, 11am
Child & Family Center’s Kid Expo
The 11th annual Kid Expo is taking place this weekend at Golden Valley High School. There will be over 100 local exhibitors on site featuring services and goods geared towards children. There will also be exotic animal demonstrations, the Shakey Quakey Earthquake House, and the L.A. County fire department on hand to keep the kids entertained. Admission is $5 for adults and kids are free, all proceeds benefit the Child & Family Center of the Santa Clarita Valley. For more information visit www.kidexposcv.com

Saturday, 10/18, 2pm
Historical Society Lecture Series: Rancho Camulos, Then and Now
The presentation will include 19th and 20th century images taken by known photographers and artists, comparing them with today’s images of the iconic Rancho Camulos, one of the most illustrated sites of its time. The speaker will be Judy Triem, chairperson of the Rancho Camulos Museum and founder of San Buenaventura Research Associates. Admission is free. The lecture will take place at the Old Town Newhall Library, located at 24500 Main Street.

Just a Few Things to Do!

| Community | October 2, 2014

Things to Do and See in and Around the SCV:

Thursday, 10/2, 6pm-8:30pm
SCV Senior Center Autumn Dance
Enjoy a fun evening dancing to DJ Music! Snacks and beverages provided. Casual attire. $5 cover charge. Dance will take place at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market Street in Newhall.
Call 661-259-9444 for more information.

Friday, 10/3, 8pm
Canyon Theatre Guild Presents “The 39 Steps”
Enjoy an evening at the theatre with the CTG’s latest show, “The 39 Steps.” This fast-paced whodunit mixes a Hitchcock classic with a riveting spy novel and adds a dash of Monty Python. The comedy features four actors playing 140 characters! It plays weekends through 10/26. The CTG is located at 24242 Main Street in Newhall. For tickets call 661-799-2702 or visit www.canyontheatre.org.

Friday – Sunday, 10/3-5, 10am-6pm
Ventura County Harvest Festival
Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, the Harvest Festival includes both shopping and entertainment combined with hundreds of artisans showcasing more than 24,000 handcrafted originals, stage entertainment, a Kidzone, strolling performers, contests, a pumpkin patch, specialty foods and more. Tickets are $9 for adults, $7 for seniors (62+), and youth admission (13-17) costs $4. Bring non-perishables for donation to FOOD Share for $2 off your ticket price. For more information call 800-346-1212 or visit www.harvestfestival.com.

Saturday, 10/4, 11am-4pm
Valencia United Methodist “Fiddles, Vittles & Wine”
“Fiddles, Vittles & Wine” is a fundraiser for the programs and ministries of Valencia United Methodist Church. The evening features wine tasting from Giessinger Winery, appetizers, live entertainment, and a silent auction. Tickets for admission are $85. More information is available at 661-255-1301 or visit http://umcv.org/events.
Saturday, 10/4, 11am-4pm
Sheriff’s “Fun in the Sun Chili Cook Off”
The 2014 Sheriff’s “Fun in the Sun Chili Cook Off” is ready to tantalize your taste buds and offer you extra fun in the sun. Over 25 booths will be dedicated to chili. There will be a classic car show, live music, kid zone, Sheriff’s Department displays, crafters and vendors. An Adult Chili Card is $10, Junior Tasting Card is $5 and children under age 5 are free. The event will be at Jack S. Bones Equestrian Center, 26983 Tapia Canyon in Castaic. All proceeds benefit Special Olympics Santa Clarita & Tri-Valley. More information is available by email chilicookoff@lasd.org.

Saturday, 10/4, 11am-3pm
“Rubber Ducky Festival”

Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers is celebrating the 12th Annual Rubber Ducky Festival. Grand Prize is $2,500 cash gift card, Second Prize is $1,500 cash gift card, and Third Grand Prize is $500. Your duck adoptions for the race help support Santa Clarita Valley residents in need of patient care. New this year is the Chunk-A-Duck Competition where ducks are launched from an air cannon. There will be family friendly events like a rock climbing wall and an obstacle course. The Duck Race starts at 1pm, when thousands of rubber duckies splash down from Bolden Pond into the churning rapids of a man-made waterway and dash through the finisher’s chute. If your duck is the first through the chute at the race finish line, you will be the grand prize winner! Adopt a single duck for $5; a six quacks is $25; a quackers dozen is $50; and a flock of ducks (25) is $100. You may adopt ducks on race day between 11am-1pm. Online adoptions close on Friday, October 3 at 5pm. More information is available at http://www.duckrace.com/scv.
Saturday – Sunday, 10/4-5, 10:30am & 2pm
Fillmore & Western Railway’s Pumpkinliners
Ride a vintage train to Icabog, the Railway’s private pumpkin patch, to pick the perfect jack-o-lantern! Activities and attractions include jumpers, arts and crafts, face painting, BBQ, a carousel and much more. Tickets are $20 for adults, $12 for kids 4-12 and $10 for kids 2-3. The train departs from 364 Main Street in Fillmore. For more info call 805-524-2546 or visit www.fwry-blog.com.

Thursday. 10/10
Women in Touch Mixer
The holidays approach us and celebrate by meeting with the girls of Women in Touch to discuss how you can give back! Join them as they fall into the holidays at their mixer at Kokolita Cakes, located at 27530 Newhall Ranch Road in Valencia. For more information email kimmarie021@msn.com.

Saturday, 10/11, 1-5pm
Oktoberfest in Old Town Newhall
Oktoberfest Outdoor Street Festival is coming to Old Town Newhall! Enjoy authentic German music, original Oktoberfest beer, chicken dancing and Bavarian food. Come in your German costumes as there will be a costume contest. This event is for the whole family! Adult admission starts at $10 when purchased online so visit www.otnoktoberfest.org today!

Saturday, October 11, 9am-3pm
FALL into the Holidays Boutique
30+ vendors to help you with your holiday shopping! There will be a raffle with all proceeds donated to Single Mother’s Outreach. Come Join the fun, at Care Learning Academy, 26883 Ruether Ave, for more information email kimmarie021@msn.com. Brought to you by Women in Touch.

Saturday – Sunday 10/11-12, 9am-5pm
The Seaside Highland Games
80+ Clans and Societies, Bagpipe and Drum bands from many Western states. Competitions in Pipes, Drums, Dance, Athletics, Drum Majoring and Fiddles! Beautiful Harp Glen and “Harp Petting Zoo.” Great Scottish Food & Drink! Children’s Glen with Celtic Craft Demos, Storyteller and Athletics for All Ages! Heavy Athletes Throwing Stuff and Herding Dog Demonstrations and Heeland Coos! Grand Parade & Opening Ceremonies at NOON on Saturday!
There will be the finest Scottish/Celtic/Irish vendors selling the most unique and one-of-a-kind items. Shop early, shop here!! Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Boulevard, Ventura. For more information go to seaside-games.com or call John & Nellie at 818-886-4968.

Square Dancing Club Rounds Out the Year with Ball

| Community | September 28, 2014

The general public is welcome to the next two dances held by the Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club. One is a “Harvest Festival & Food Pantry Benefit” and the other is the “Dancing Leaves Ball.”

The upcoming dance is scheduled for Sunday, October 5 at 2:00 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center in Newhall. Andy Allemao will call squares and David Moorhouse will cue rounds. Casual attire is always welcome, and the Harvest Festival dance is no exception. All community members are welcome to drop off donations for the SCV Food Pantry between 2-5 p.m. on the same day.

On Sunday, November 2 the Hillbillies will celebrate the season with the Dancing Leaves Ball beginning at 2:00 p.m., also held at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market Street, Newhall. Paul Waters will call squares and Jim Elder will cue rounds. Casual attire is welcome for the ball also. For information, call 661-254-4272, visit www.sierrahillbillies.org, or find the group on Facebook.

Just a Few Fun Things to Do!

| Community, Gazette | September 25, 2014

Lombardi Ranch Opens
On Sunday, September 28 at 9 a.m. the doors fly open to a season favorite—Lombardi Ranch Fall Festival. For over 30 years, family-operated and owned Lombardi Ranch has been an annual must-do for many in the SCV, who take in its summer produce, pumpkin patch, live bands, petting zoos, contests, field trips and fundraisers. Today, husband and wife Bob and Joanne Lombardi continue that tradition from late summer until early November. Hours are Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lombardi Ranch is located at 29527 Bouquet Canyon Road in Saugus. Contact Lombardi Ranch at (661) 296-8697 or visit www.LombardiRanch.com.

SCV Music Festival
This weekend, on Friday, September 26 and Saturday, September 27 the SCV Music Festival showcases renowned national and international recording artists. The headliner for Friday is country music artist Aaron Tippin. His debut single, “You’ve Got to Stand For Something” and his many trips to Iraq and Afghanistan has cemented his standing with country music fans and the U.S. military. The headliner for Saturday is Blue Oyster Cult, an American rock band known for its hard rock and heavy metal songs. The SCV Music Festival will be held outdoors, rain-or-shine beginning at 12 Noon at the Valencia Country Club, 27330 Tourney Road in Valencia. For tickets, visit www.scvmusicfest.com.

Circus Vargas
From September 26 through September 29, SCV families will flock to the Westfield Valencia Town Center, at the Sears end of the mall parking lot for Circus Vargas. The producers of Circus Vargas promise a show with more magic and excitement than ever before. Children can meet and perform with the cast of Magikaria for 30 minutes before the show.  KHTS’  Kyle “The Jellyman” Jellings will be guest Ringmaster on Saturday at the 4 p.m. show. Dates and times are: Friday, September 26 at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, September 27 at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, September 28 at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., and 7 p.m.; Monday, September 29 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the box office by calling 877-468-3861.

Farm Day Opening Eyes to Agriculture
For the second year, students for Eco-Education and Agriculture (SEEAG) and local Ventura County farms will host “Ventura County Farm Day” this Saturday, September 27, 2014. A total of 20 Ventura County farms will host the event, where both adults and children can enjoy a free day of learning and tasting what their local farmers grow in their backyards. SEEAG is an agricultural education non-profit organization with an aim to increase the understanding of the food journey, from field to consumption.

There is no charge for the general public to visit multiple locations between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. All are welcome to an after-party BBQ at McGrath Family Farm from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., located at 1012 W. Ventura Blvd. in Camarillo. Guests will enjoy gourmet salads prepared by local Ventura Chef Tim Kilcoyne and meat prepared by Young Farmers and Ranchers with wine, beer and a signature cocktail. The event will include a kiss at the farmer photo booth, live music, dancing, corn hole and other games for the whole family.

Tickets can be purchased for: $30 for adults, $15 for children ages 12 and below. Tickets are now on sale on Eventbrite: https://venturacountyfarmdaybbq.eventbrite.com. For more information and map visit http://www.venturacountyfarmday.com.

21st Annual Hart Park Pow-Wow & Native American Craft Fair
This Saturday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, September 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. crowds will gather at William S. Hart Park in Newhall for the annual Pow-Wow & Native American Craft Fair. Visitors will experience Native American culture, including dancing, drumming and arts and crafts. Held by the Friends of Hart Park and the Department of Parks and Recreation, admission is free to the Pow-Wow, held at Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Avenue in Newhall. Visit www.Friendsofhartpark.org.

Telly’s Castaic Car Show
Telly’s invites you to join the fun Saturday, September 27 starting  from 5pm to 9pm, 31703 Castaic Road. Car Show is $10 per entry, there will be a live band and more fun! Come help us raise funds to support Maggie in her fight with Pancreatic Cancer.

Family Promise “Box City”
Box City invites participants to open their hearts to the homeless by spending one night in a box. Box City is a fundraising event for Family Promise of SCV, which brings shelter, meals, and support services to families without homes. Groups and families decorate their boxes. It will be held this Saturday, September 27 starting at 3 p.m. at Bridgeport Park, 23520 Bridgeport Lane, between Bouquet and McBean Pkwy in Valencia. More information and volunteer registration are available by calling 661-478-5282.

Canyon Theatre Guild’s “The 39 Steps”
Canyon Theatre Guild is presenting “The 39 Steps,” a mix of a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, and a dash of Monty Python. The play will take the stage on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. on:  9/27, 10/3, 10/4, 10/11, 10/17, and 10/15; and matinees at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays: 9/28, 10/12, 10/18, and 10/26. The Canyon Theatre Guild is located at 24242 Main Street in Old Town Newhall. Tickets are $15-$17, now on sale by calling 661-799-2702.
Canyon Theatre Guild’s “Once Upon A Mattress”
The Canyon Theatre Guild is hosting the family-friendly and hilarious musical “Once Upon A Mattress.” If you thought you knew the story of ‘The Princess and The Pea,’ you may be in for a walloping surprise! It will be presented on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. on: 9/26, 10/10, 10/18, and 10/24; and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. on: 9/27, 10/4, 10/5, 10/11, 10/19, and 10/25. The Canyon Theatre Guild is located at 24242 Main Street in Old Town Newhall. For tickets call 661-799-2702.

Action Family Foundation “Drugs Kill”
Action Family Foundation is hosting an informational meeting called “Drugs Kill,” offering truth about drugs and how it’s affecting you. It will be held on Thursday, October 2 from 6-8 p.m. at the Dianne Van Hook University Center, on the COC Valencia Campus, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road in Valencia. If you are having urgent trouble with a member of your family, call 1-800-367-8336. More information about Action Family Foundation is available at www.actionfamilycounseling.com.

Harvest Festival
The Harvest Festival Art & Craft Show is coming to the Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Boulevard in Ventura, on Friday, October 3 and Saturday, October 4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, October 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Festival features 24,000 handmade American art & crafts in hundreds of booths, which include jewelry, clothing, specialty foods, photography, art, wood, music and ceramics. There is stage and strolling entertainment, festival food, and a kid activity center. Tickets are available by calling The Santa Clarita Gazette at (661) 298-5333 or by visiting Valley Publications, 27225 Camp Plenty Road in Canyon Country.

Rubber Ducky Festival
For the 12th year, the Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers will host a family-oriented fundraiser open to the public. Held at Bridgeport Park in Valencia, crowds will gather from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to watch rubber ducks “race” across the water to declare a winner. You can adopt a duck and contribute to the non-profit organization by visiting the website:www.duckrace.com/scv. Winners need not be present to win.

Just Some Things to Do

| Community | September 18, 2014

Boys & Girls Club And City Of Santa Clarita “Day For Kids”

When: Saturday, September 20 from 12noon-5pm
Where: Newhall Park, 24907 Newhall Avenue, Newhall
Details: Presented by the City of Santa Clarita and the Boys & Girls Club, this free event includes rides, games, and kid and family oriented activities. There will be entertainment, contests, raffles, food, and prizes. More information is available by calling 661-254-2582 or arts.santa-clarita.com/events/day-for-kids/

City Of Santa Clarita “River Rally Clean-up & Environmental Expo”

When: Saturday, September 20 from 8am-11am
Where: Wiley Canyon Road, off the Via Princessa Bridge
Details: The City is hosting the 20th annual “River Rally Clean Up & Environmental Expo.” “Be part of the solution for a better environment by helping to preserve the river’s natural beauty and variety of wildlife.” Pre-registration is required. All River Rally participants are asked to wear closed-toe shoes, sunscreen and appropriate clothing for walking in the riverbed. Gloves, bags and refreshments will be provided. Commemorative giveaway, while supplies last. The Environmental Expo features displays on recycling, air quality, pollution prevention, water quality, open space preservation and wildlife conservation. For more info call -284-1415 or visit greensantaclarita.com/2012/11/16/river-rally/
Agua Dulce Country Fair

When: Saturday, September 20 from 4pm-midnight
Where: Agua Dulce Women’s Club, 33201 Agua Dulce Canyon Road, Agua Dulce
Details: The Fair starts with a parade tractor brigades, aging beauty queen floats, and camels. Win homemade treats at the Cake Walk, test your balance with Giant Jenga, try your skills at Chicken Splat Checkers, take on opponents at the Silly String Wars, Jalapeno Holler, and challenge Lady Luck on the Wheel of Fortune. Check out the Chili Cookoff, Beer Garden and Cigar Booth. The music starts at 4:30pm with five bands performing through the evening. Vendors have a variety of shopping. Admission is $5. All proceeds go back into the community. More information and direction available at www.aguadulce-countryfair.com/

Domestic Violence Center “Clothesline Project”

When: Saturday, September 20 from 11am-2pm
Where: Savia Center, 23780 Newhall Avenue, Newhall
Details: The Domestic Violence Center SCV is holding “Clothesline Project,” a national project to bring a visual display of awareness about violence against women. Bring a shirt to decorate. White represents women who died because of violence; yellow or beige represents battered of assaulted women; red, pink and orange are for survivors of rape and sexually assaulted; blue and green represent survivors of incest and sexual abuse; purple or lavender represent women attached because of their sexual orientation; and black if for women attacked for political reasons. More information call 661-259-8175 or visit dvc-scv.com/

Circle of Hope “Bunco For Hope”

When: Sunday, September 21 from 12:30-5pm
Where: Hyatt Regency Valencia, 24500 Town Center Drive at McBean Parkway, Valencia
Details: The “Bunco For Hope” Tournament to benefits Circle of Hope and is sponsored by MOMS Club of Castaic. Besides games of bunco, the afternoon includes a champagne toast, lunch, dessert, and prizes. Registration and lunch starts at 12:30pm and games start at 2pm. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased online at www.eleven12events.com/#!bunco-for-hope-registration/cjnx

SCV Baby Boutique

When: Saturday, September 20 from 10am-4pm
Where: The Hilton Garden Inn, 27710 The Old Road in Valencia
Details: New parents, expectant moms and dads, grandparents and anyone remotely interested in babies are welcome to attend the SCV Baby Boutique. The event includes 30 vendors, raffles, gift bags and more. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the NICU at Henry Mayo. Boutique vendors include a Mary Kay Cosmetics representative, Lasting Impressions, The Painted Shutter & Co., Enchanted Kids and dozens of artists from photographers to crafters who create handmade baby garments. Contact Valerie at scvbabyboutique@yahoo.com or call (661) 312-7007 for information.

SCV Youth Project “Comics For The Cause”

When: Tuesday, September 23, 6pm for the VIP Pre-Party, doors open at 6:30pm, show starts at 7:30pm
Where: Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center on the College of the Canyons Valencia Campus, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
Details: The SCV Youth Project is holding their 3rd Annual “Comics For The Cause” charity event. Annabell Gurwitch, author of I See You Made An Effort will take on Master of Ceremonies duties. The evening features comedy from Cathy Ladman from HBO, The Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and The Tonight Show; Ahmed Ahmed of Sullivan & Son, Weeds, Swingers and Iron Man; and Bryan Callen of MADtv, Chelsea Lately, and Letterman. For more info and tickets call 661-257-9688 or visit www.helpnothassle.org/2014/07/10/3rd-annual-comics-for-the-cause/

Creative Writing Class Comes to Senior Center

| Community | September 13, 2014

Noted author and instructor Teri Crane will help others bring their writing to a higher level in a new creative writing class offered at the SCV Senior Center in Newhall. Students will explore ideas in the craft of writing, share and discuss their work, receiving professional guidance from Dr. Crane, who has a doctorate in education, an MFA in writing and is certified in therapeutic journaling.

The new class begins October 6 and will be held on Mondays from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. It is open to novice and seasoned writers and the cost is $3 per class. The SCV Senior Center is located at 22900 Market Street in Newhall. For more information email Robin Clough at rclough@scv-seniorcenter.org or call 661-259-9444.

ANNUAL RIVER RALLY SET FOR SEPTEMBER 20 – Volunteers Must Pre-Register by Wednesday, September 17

| Community | September 12, 2014

The City of Santa Clarita will host the 20th annual River Rally Clean-up and Environmental Expo on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The river clean-up event will be held on the Santa Clara River just offWiley Canyon Road, near the Via Princessa Bridge.

Residents and organizations who would like to participate in the River Rally clean-up are required to register in advance at GreenSantaClarita.com or by calling the River Rally Hotline at (661) 284-1415. The deadline to sign up to participate is Wednesday, September 17, 2014.

“Over the past two decades, River Rally has brought thousands of residents together to remove 387,000 pounds of trash and debris from the Santa Clara River,” said Santa Clarita Mayor Laurene Weste. “I invite the entire community to join us as we mark the 20th anniversary of River Rally, and help protect one of California’s last free flowing rivers for generations to come.”

All participating volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes, sunscreen and appropriate clothing for walking in the riverbed.  Gloves, collection bags, and refreshments will be provided to participants, and volunteers will receive a commemorative giveaway (while supplies last).

In addition to the River Rally clean-up, the event will also feature an Environmental Expo featuring  with vendors offering helpful tips on recycling, air quality, pollution prevention, water quality, open space preservation and wildlife conservation programs in Santa Clarita.

Nearly half of the Santa Clarita Valley’s water supply travels through the Santa Clara River, which is also home to 14 endangered bird species, six endangered plant species, 57 archeological sites, and 12 historical landmarks.

For more information on the 20th Annual River Rally and Environmental Expo, or to sign up to participate, call the River Rally hotline at (661) 284-1415 or visit GreenSantaClarita.com.

Veteran Disney designer to Speak at The ARTree

| Community | September 11, 2014

Characters from Disneyland’s “It’s a Small World” are among the designs of Alice Davis, who will appear next week at The ARTree Community Arts Center. The latest in the non-profit’s guest speaker series, the 85-year-old Davis will share how she used cloth, clay and wood to craft more than 150 characters in “It’s a Small World” and reflect on her costume design work and experience with Disneyland’s “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

There is no charge for admission to the event, which will be held Wednesday, September 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Old Town Newhall Library, 24500 Main Street in Newhall. For more information, visit www.theartree.org.

Hiring a Website Designer

| Community | September 6, 2014

warrenA website is your business portal to your customers. It has to appear professional, function well and be easy to navigate. If it isn’t, you’ll likely lose their interest and the sale. You can create your own website or hire a professional. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?

Do-it-yourself websites cost less, but they require that you or your staff expend time to set it up and maintain it.

Hiring a professional web designer is the other option. Beware—just because someone advertises that he/she is a web designer does not guarantee that the person has the proper credentials and work experience.

Before speaking to anyone, know what you want your website to achieve. Ask yourself:
How will you use the website?
Will it be your customer’s main connection to your company?
Will it be a teaser to get people to find out more about your company?
How many pages will it include?
What will it say?
What will the pages look like?

When speaking with web designers, ask to see samples of their other work, such as pages / websites they have created. Make sure their style matches what you have in mind. Then be very specific about what you want. Don’t assume that the web designer can read your mind.

Here are some other tips:

Ask for references. If someone you know recommends a web designer, find out what it was that individual liked about the designer and determine if it meets your needs. And don’t let the fact that the designer isn’t local be a stumbling block. The internet and telephone are wonderful inventions.
Check out a web designer’s site.I s it attractive? Easy to navigate? Organized logically? Are there any broken links? How quickly does the site load? Look at the portfolio (examples of other web sites for previous clients). Do you like what you see? What can the web designer do? Does he or she only design websites, or can the artist do dynamic development and database design? The best developers know how to create a site, maintain it, market it and promote it. Does this person do it all? Look for customer testimonials. Get the company’s contact information.

Lines of Communication. How easy is it to communicate directly with the web designer? The contact information page should make it clear. When you communicate with him or her, make sure it’s not just through emails. You’ll want to talk to the person directly to gauge his or her personality and see if you can bounce ideas off of each other. Ask as many questions as possible and see if you like the answers. Some questions you should ask are: Who will own the website? Who will maintain it, and at what cost?

Find the best price. Many web designers don’t post their prices online—don’t let that stop you. Contact them directly, give them a few parameters or specifications, and they’ll usually give you an estimate, which you can either accept or refuse, or propose a counteroffer. Find out if the designer requires a percentage up front and what the project payment terms are.

Read the fine print. Insist on a contract. It protects you and the web designer. Make sure the contract includes deadline guarantees, the designer’s availability, how much more you’ll pay for changes to the project, and whether the web designer will take care of programming bugs that you discover once the work is done. Also find out who will own the website once it is complete. It should belong to you, not the designer. Ask for the source code—it is written in all related files.

Finally, if you’re in a regulated industry, make sure all legal and compliance issues are included.

Web designers come in all shapes and sizes, depending on your project, budget and timeline. Larger web firms offer a staff with varied skills and an enhanced body of work, but often charge more and can be more bureaucratic. Smaller firms or a freelance web designer often charge less for work and offer better one-on-one communication.

Warren Schultz is the owner of Tap Solutions. You can email him at warren@tapsolutions.net or call 818-281-7628.

Message from the Mayor

| Community | September 1, 2014

Laurene Weste
September 2014

Santa Clarita has always been a forward-thinking city, continually looking ahead to determine the needs of its resident, then planning for these needs. Since cityhood, we’ve spent tens of millions of dollars on creating a beautiful, sustainable, healthy city that our residents and business community can be proud of.  As we embark upon the future, we continue to look ahead to plan and provide the necessary infrastructure, programs and services our residents have come to expect.

The City’s $39 million Capital Improvement Program for the new fiscal year includes funding for several projects that will add valuable facilities, roads and other important infrastructure.  Some of these include:
Widening the bridge over SR 14 on Golden Valley Road and adding a bike lane and sidewalk in Canyon Country;
Designing a new tennis complex at Central Park in Saugus;
Modifying intersections to enhance safety at Orchard Village Road and Wiley Canyon Road; at Seco Canyon Road and Pamplico Drive and at Sand Canyon and SR 14;
Allocating $10.5 million for improving local roads city-wide to assure a smooth pothole-free drive through the City;
Spending $1 million for sidewalk repair citywide; and
Upgrading Old Orchard Park in Valencia
Right now, we are looking at new facilities for seniors, a new library and new recreational opportunities. We would love to hear from you regarding your thoughts and ideas for future needs. This fall, the City will have an online opportunity for you to add your voice to this process (www.santa-clarita.com).  Many thanks in advance for your interest and participation in helping to create an amazing City.

Message from the City Manager

| Community | September 1, 2014

Ken Striplin
September 2014

One of the most important issues our City deals with is drug use among our youth.  Almost since cityhood, Santa Clarita has funded programs and services aimed at educating our community to the perils of drug use. Together with our Sheriff’s Department, school districts, County of Los Angeles and several non-profit agencies, we have worked hard to provide the education, tools, and programming to prevent our youth from choosing to use drugs.

For more than 20 years, the City funded a program that provided elementary classroom education to students to instill the importance of avoiding drugs. In assessing the classroom presentations, it was determined that a hard-hitting, meaningful program in the junior and senior high schools was needed. A team of concerned, local professionals researched programs across the nation and landed on DFYIT—Drug Free Youth in Town—a program out of Florida that boasted a more than 90 percent success rate for keeping teens away from drugs.

DFYIT is a volunteer club run by teens for teens. In giving youth a voice, the program helps empower them to make good choices. DFYIT operates within junior and senior high school campuses across the Santa Clarita Valley and currently includes more than 1,200 members who have pledged to be drug and alcohol free and to spread the DFYIT message to their peers.

Each school’s DFYIT club reflects the culture of its campus with the common goal of increasing awareness of the negative effects of drugs and alcohol. Students enjoy a variety of activities, including motivational guest speakers, as well as community service opportunities, contests and lunchtime activities to name a few. Earlier this year, the DFYIT program hosted highly interactive assemblies that educated more than 3,500 sixth graders on the importance of making good choices.
Our goals to impact our youth, creating role models and providing a positive influence in our community, are being achieved through the DFYIT program.  To date, 99 percent of DFYIT participants have remained drug free. DFYIT members have delivered their message to more than 24,000 junior and senior high school students and reached more than 1,000 sixth graders in 2013 and another 3,600 in 2014.  As part of the program, an astounding 2,480 hours of community service has been completed by DFYIT members. Later this month, the League of California Cities is honoring Santa Clarita with the prestigious Helen Putnam Award for Excellence for the DFYIT program and its achievements during its first two years.

I want to personally commend our partners: the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, L.A. County 5th Supervisorial District, and the William S. Hart School District for their commitment of time and talent to DFYIT and for helping keep our youth drug free.  For more information regarding DFYIT, please visit the DFYIT website at: www.dfyitscv.com.

This Weekend!

| Community | August 21, 2014

Wings over Camarillo Air Show
Thousands of visitors to Ventura County will be looking to the skies this weekend when aerobatic performers fly overhead in an annual air show. The “Wings Over Camarillo Air Show” will draw crowds to the Camarillo Airport this Saturday and Sunday, August 23-24 for two days of ground displays, aerobatic flying, aircraft demonstrations, food booths, a custom car show and many other activities.
Sponsored by the non-profit Camarillo Wings Association, the event aims to recognize heroes and astonish visitors with such feats as a group of parachutists jumping out of a transport plane at 8,000 feet carrying an American flag during the air show portion, which runs from 12:00 Noon to 4:30 p.m. The Camarillo Airport is located at 555 Airport Way in Camarillo.
The Air Show gate admission is $15 for adults and children under 12 are free. Military discounts are also available. In addition to all the flying and static displays, the show will offer a VIP Chalet featuring preferred, covered seating in a private hospitality tent. The Chalet is located right on the flight line and provides guests with food and beverages. Show updates are listed on the show’s Facebook and Twitter pages and at www.wingsovercamarillo.com.

With everyone settling into the school schedule again, KHTS and the Valencia Marketplace are inviting parents and students to celebrate. On Saturday, August 23 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. the sponsors will host an afternoon of music and youth-oriented activities. The event will be held at the Valencia Marketplace Outdoor Amphitheater on The Old Road at McBean Parkway near Noah’s Bagels. KHTS will be giving away a stash of prizes and provide the music. The KHTS 1948 Antique Mack Fire Truck will be there for fun and photo opportunities also. Visitors can check out their favorite stores for back-to-school specials and dance to rockin’ music. There will also be balloon animal magic, prizes and crafts.

FilAm Stage Musical at Canyon Theatre Guild

| Community | August 21, 2014

Photo Credit: ©Joel Javan, 2014

Photo Credit: ©Joel Javan, 2014

The FilAm Association of SCV, Inc. is proud to present a musical play of “Mga Kuwento Ni Lola Basyang” (The Stories of Grandmother Basyang), an anthology of short stories by Philippine literature’s most iconic storyteller, author Severino Reyes.

The musical production will be held on Saturday, September 6, 2014 starting at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 Main Street in Old Town Newhall.

Co-sponsored by Morton Manufacturing and AFC Corp, in cooperation with Kababayan LA18, and media sponsor The Magazine of Santa Clarita Magazine, “Mga Kuwento Ni Lola Basyang” will feature value-driven folktales showcasing local talents, singers, colorful costumes, and unforgettable Filipino cultural dance numbers by the popular Malaya Filipino American Dance Arts.

“We are so delighted to bring Lola Basyang, one of the Philippines’ most beloved storytellers. This play will entertain you, will teach values and will surely captivate you,” says FilAm of SCV President, Zenaida Justiniano.

The evening will delight you with two fascinating and enchanting stories, “Ang Sultan Saif” (The Sultan Saif), played by new stage actor, Joe Maglalang, along with Dexter Tucay as Chamberlain Abdul and Art Rivera as Minister Lour; and “Ang Mahiwagang Biyulin” (The Magical Violin), in which Rodrigo will be played by young, up-and-coming stage actor Paolo Arguelles, with actor and singer Joseph Sese to play Mr. Ahab. The alluring Miss Zeny Benitez takes the loveable role of Lola Basyang. A colorful ensemble of various characters will be played by various members of the association.

The play is being directed by experienced stage actor and director Myra Miranda along with co-director Verna Arguelles, an experienced stage director.

“Being able to translate these two timeless stories in a production play is such an honor. This is just another one of FilAm of SCV’s efforts to continue to promote and preserve our beautiful and colorful Philippine heritage,” says Myra Miranda.

Seats are limited so tickets may be reserved now. General admission tickets are $30 and reserved center stage VIP seats are $50. For ticket reservations, for ads and sponsorships on the show’s playbill, contact Zeny Justiniano at (661) 294-0181 or Linda Crawford at (661) 296-1234.

6th Annual Youth Sports & Healthy Families Festival

| Community | August 14, 2014

Free Annual Event Returns to Santa Clarita Sports Complex on August 23

For the sixth year, the City of Santa Clarita has pulled together an event for the public that offers sports activities, interactive lessons, and healthy food demonstrations. The Youth Sports and Healthy Families Festival is a free, action-packed event presented on Saturday August 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex.

City staff will transform the Santa Clarita Sports Complex into the biggest playground in the City. The event is designed to offer local kids the opportunity to try out a new sport or activity, and to provide local families with simple tips and information on how to live healthier, more active lives.

“The Youth Sports and Healthy Families Festival is one of the City’s most popular family events and draws thousands of attendees each year,” said Mayor Laurene Weste. “This year, we’ve extended the festival by two full hours, allowing local residents more time to sample some of Santa Clarita’s top youth sports activities, learn healthy eating tips and have fun while doing so.”

The 2014 Youth Sports and Healthy Families Festival will be divided into several activity zones, offering more than 20 recreational games and activities. Options will range from classic sports like basketball, soccer, tennis, volleyball, cheerleading and dance, to nontraditional activities like archery, SNAG golf, snorkeling, and Futsal, also known as indoor soccer.

Several new activities will make an appearance at this year’s event, including fencing, innertube water polo, an expanded tricycle race course for kids and adults, and much more. The Lancaster JetHawks will return with their exciting Home Run Derby activity, and team mascot KaBoom will cheer kids on and pose for photos.

A Play Every Day! area at the festival will feature Back to the Basics activities like hop scotch, tetherball, jump rope and hula hoop to inspire families to get active on a daily basis. Rock climbing, boxing and a quad bungee trampoline will also be available for those seeking something a little more extreme. Kids and adults can also play games with the futuristic, interactive XerPro sports wall.

The Youth Sports and Healthy Families Festival will also include a series of high energy demonstrations from local groups, including Hoop Dance, Waller’s Gym, Gym Cheer, TK Tae Kwon Do, Hawaiian Dance, Star Dance, and Shin’s Family Martial Arts Center. Demonstrations will also be held for some of the City’s most popular programs, including boxing and Futsal.

Throughout the festival, attendees will be able to enter into a raffle for the chance to win great prizes including amusement park tickets, restaurant gift cards and professional sports memorabilia. All raffle proceeds will benefit the City’s SCORE program, which provides recreation scholarships for youth.

The Healthy Families Experience, presented by Kaiser Permanente, will return in 2014 to show families how to make healthier food choices to fuel an active lifestyle. An Explore the Store! area sponsored by Whole Foods will welcome attendees to browse fresh fruit and veggies and participate in a Create Your Plate activity to design free, healthy snacks. A new Healthy Families Grows experience will feature a healthy, organic planting activity to show families how to cultivate their own fresh produce at home.

The Healthy Families Experience will also include a variety of activities for younger kids sponsored by My Gym, including face painting, running, jumping, hopping, skipping, throwing, kicking and catching games, as well as arts and crafts.

For more information about the 2014 Youth Sports and Healthy Families Festival, please visit santa-clarita.com/youthsportsfestival or call the City’s Youth Sports Office at (661) 250-3756. Volunteer opportunities are also available at the event. Residents interested in volunteering may call call (661) 250-3708 or visit SantaClaritaVolunteers.com to sign up.

Shrek The Musical

| Community, News | August 14, 2014

by Musa Wilder
I went to the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center on Saturday, August 2,
2014 to see everyone’s favorite ogre in a Santa Clarita Regional Theatre production of “Shrek The Musical.”

For the few who aren’t familiar with the show, “Shrek The Musical” tells the story of a swamp-dwelling ogre who goes on a life-changing adventure to reclaim his marsh from a motley group of displaced, squatting fairy creatures. Joined by a wise-cracking donkey, this unlikely hero fights a fearsome dragon, rescues a very feisty princess and learns that real friendship and true love aren’t only found in fairytales.

George as Shrek“Shrek” was expertly directed by theatre veteran, Patty Finley, with musical direction by Lydia Saxon, a score by Jeanine Tesori and a book and lyrics by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire. The choreography by Nancy Alterman and Musette Caing is unique and extremely entertaining. Rarely is movement across the stage this much fun to watch.

The set was designed by John Alexopoulos and Doug Holiday and captures some of the feral majesty of Steig’s original drawings. Costume coordinators, Jordan Cabrera, Chelsea Jones, Jean Paletz, working with hair and makeup supervisor Martha Kelley, expertly transformed actors into their fairytale counterparts.

The characters and comedy that made “Shrek” a hit were definitely brought to the stage in this production. George Chavez as the main character was superbly wild, grumpy and, ultimately, endearing. The Fiona Princess trio, Colleen Rhatigan as Child Fiona, Taylor Lane as Teen Fiona, and particularly Fiona Kelly Boardman as Adult Fiona, had voices that showed great purity. The amazingly hilarious Ms. Boardman was a great tap dancer and a wonderful comedienne – a total natural on stage. Dragon Chelsey Jones, with her huge, commanding singing voice, gracefully navigated the massive dragon puppet with “Bunraku” theatre style (look it up!).

The very capable Sean Henry, playing Shrek’s sidekick, the sassy Donkey, had great fun in his furry coverall, cutting up like a shaggy Little Richard at a Mardi Gras party. The evil, height-challenged Lord Farquaad, played by the incredibly funny Craig Sherman, walked on his knees, with tiny fake legs dangling before him. The tight ensemble was uproarious, singing and dancing up a storm of musical delight for their audiences.
Chavez and Boardman really summed up the irreverent humor and rich message of the show in a breezy song called “I Think I Got You Beat,” where Shrek the ogre and Fiona the princess find a chemistry that’s more than merely gaseous, and in the best tradition of screwball comedy, they transform frowning friction into dewy-eyed romance. The show relaxes into goofy, genuine charm and becomes a romping, realistic message of love and angst, self-concept, silliness and child-like wonder that entranced the audience to the very end.

“Shrek The Musical” is well structured and comedic, with a great cast, humor for all ages, great sets and music. This quality production is appropriate for children ages 8 and up and will appeal to serious musical theatergoers as well! Performances are at the beautiful Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons at 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road in Valencia, from August 2 to August 24, 2014. Show times are: Saturdays at 8 p.m. August 9, 16, & 23; Sundays at 2 p.m. August 10, 17 & 24.Tickets are $12 – $29 and are available at the SCRT/CTG Box office: 661-799-2702.

Boosting Sales During the Remainder of the Summer

| Community | August 7, 2014

Becky wrote in to ask me if I stopped doing business on the Internet during the summer because of all the distractions that happen this time of year. The answer is No!

Just as a brick and mortar business is unable to close its doors for any extended time, the same is true for an online business. And why would you want to close up shop when there are so many opportunities to earn money during this time? With more than a month of summer still remaining, I thought it would be valuable to discuss how you can keep your business alive and thriving when the temperatures are still in the three-digit range.

Here are some facts you may not be aware of when it comes to making sales during the June through September time period:

The final week of August is the strongest for “back to school” sales
Wednesday is the top sales day of the week during this time
Saturdays and Sundays are the least likely to have sales

Every year since I first came online in 2006 I have experienced an increase in sales, and this also holds true during the summer months, when I am extremely busy with family, friends, and travel. I also work much less in the summer, so that means putting things in place well ahead of time to help my business run without me. An online business lends itself well to this strategy, as I will explain in greater detail.

When you run a virtual business, clients do not see you face to face on a regular basis. You also employ a technique called “time shifting,” where your income generating activities are done during the time that is most convenient to you. For example, I send out an email first thing every morning, but it is always written the afternoon or evening before. I also set up mailings ahead of time to go out while I will be out of town or otherwise engaged. My audience does not care when I actually did the work for this aspect of my business.

Websites and shopping carts work 24/7/365, so digital products you have for sale can carry on without your having to be there. The same holds true for physical products you are selling on Amazon or other retail sites. Customer service can be done from anywhere in the world, so you can easily have people helping you who live in different time zones around the world.

Planning ahead for your summer business activities is crucial to success. I spend extra time during the month of May making sure I have everything in place. I write blog posts and email messages then, and even schedule some social media interactions. Another part of this is informing my clients what I will be doing over the summer. This helps everything to run seamlessly later on. I also love my online business and still check in every couple of days or so, even in the summer, though I am only actively engaged in maintenance for what I already have in place.

Running a summer special sale can also help to boost your bottom line. We all love a sale, and summer sales can do especially well. I have a $97 product I offer for only $75 during July, and it does extremely well. There is still plenty of time to increase your sales this summer, whether you’re an entrepreneur or own a small business offline or online. Plan ahead, use automated systems and tools, and hire virtual assistants who can help your business to move full speed ahead while you are having fun in the sun.

Connie Ragen Green lives in Saugus and has been working exclusively on the Internet since 2006. Her ninth book, Living the Internet Lifestyle, was recently released by Hunter’s Moon Publishing and is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Find out more by visiting http://HugeProfitsTinyList.com and download an audio recording for 2014 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.

Family Foster Care & Foster-Adoption Information Meeting

| Community, Gazette | August 7, 2014

Every child deserves to have a safe, loving and permanent family.  Children’s Bureau invites individuals and couples to become Resource Families to care specifically for children during the reunification process with their parents. There are also children currently in foster care who are unable to return to their families of origin.  Children’s Bureau encourages caring families to consider foster- adopting these children.  Families who have the willingness, ability and resources to care for teenagers, older children and sibling sets are also invited.  The monthly information meeting for those interested in learning more is on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014  from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at the Westfield Valencia Town Center Community Room (Level 1 by LOFT), 24201 W. Valencia Boulevard, Valencia, CA 91355.

Children’s Bureau encourages individuals (single or married), who are interested in helping children find the love, stability and support a family can provide, to contact Children’s Bureau.  Qualifying families receive training, certification and support.  For more information, call (661) 208-4212 or visit the website www.all4kids.org.  An information packet or application may be requested by filling out a request form on the website, if desired. An application may also be printed directly from the website.

cb logoFor 110 years, Children’s Bureau has been a nonprofit leader in the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect.  More than 21,000 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, foster-adoption and more.

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