Santa Clarita Swimming Pools Open

| Community | June 4, 2015

The Santa Clarita Aquatic Center opened its doors this week to the community so that residents can cool off this summer. There are different pools with various schedules and age appropriate activities.

The Lap Swim Pool, which is 50 meters long, which costs $5 per visit and $4 for ages 55 and older, is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 5:30 a.m.-7 a.m. and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. through September 4. Thursdays the pool is open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays through September 6, it is open 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Water Exercise is held in the 50-meter pool on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7-8 p.m. June 1-September 4, 2015. The classes are $6 and $5 for ages 55 and up.

Dive Pool hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. June 1-September 4, 2015. Cost is $6 per visit and $5 for ages 55 and up.

Summer Recreational Swim is available in the Dive Pool and in the Waterslide Pool and costs $6 per visit for ages 18-54 and $4 for ages 3-17 & ages 55 and up. Age 2 and under are free. Hours for the Dive Pool are Mondays-Wednesdays 12 Noon-5 p.m. June 15-August 19 and Thursdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 18-August 20 and Fridays 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. June 19-August 21 and Saturdays & Sundays 12 Noon-5 p.m. June 13-September 6, 2015. The Waterslide Pool is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12 Noon-5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays it is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 18-August 21, 2015.

The Santa Clarita Aquatic Center is located at 20850 Centre Pointe Pkwy.

In addition to the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center, there are numerous pools throughout the Santa Clarita Valley. Lap swim is offered at Valencia Meadows Pool on 25671 Fedala Road in Valencia. Water exercise classes are offered at the Newhall Pool, 24907 Newhall Avenue in Newhall and at Valencia Meadows Pool. Recreational swim is open at the Newhall Pool, Valencia Meadows Pool and the following: North Oaks Pool, 27824 N. Camp Plenty Road in Canyon Country; Santa Clarita Pool, 27285 Seco Canyon Road in Saugus; and Valencia Glen Pool, 23750 Via Gavola in Valencia.

The pools have special schedules for Labor Day, which is Monday, September 7, 2015.

For a calendar of pool openings, visit http://www.santa-clarita.com/index.aspx?page=427.

Golf Tournament and Cake Auction to Benefit SCV Youth Project

| Community, News | June 4, 2015

A local nonprofit serving teens is teeing up for an annual tournament next week and later this month hosting a sugar-coated fundraiser.

On Monday, June 8, 2015, supporters will gather at TPC (Tournament Players Club) for the 2nd Annual SCV Youth Project Golf Classic beginning at 9 a.m. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and sponsorships are still available, ranging from a “Tee Sponsor” for $400 to a “Hope Sponsor” for $4,000.

TPC is located at 26550 Heritage View Drive in Valencia.

On Saturday, June 27, 2015, the SCV Youth Project will host the 7th Annual Sweet Charity Cake Auction & Reception at Robinson Ranch Golf Club in Sand Canyon. A number of individuals and businesses enter cakes into an auction, where they compete for prizes based on creativity, originality, and the cake that raises the most money for the nonprofit organization. Beginning at 11 a.m., the community is invited to attend the auction and reception.

Tickets are available for the reception, and sponsorships are being accepted for the event, as well as additional cake entries. Robinson Ranch Golf Club is located at 27734 Sand Canyon Road in Canyon Country. For information about both events, call 661.257.9688 or visit the website www.helpnothassle.org.

Summer Camps Crop Up for Summer – Part 2 of 2 part series

| Community | May 28, 2015

Tutor Doctor
A tutoring program in town is hosting four sessions of educational camps this summer, inviting students to “Unleash your Academic Super Powers!”

Tutor Doctor is holding a new academic summer program to allow students to build skills, catch up and gain confidence this summer while being provided with a “camp” experience, including world class art, theatre, and conversational language.

Breakfast is included for campers in the program, which will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn Six Flags in Valencia. Each session runs four days – Monday through Thursday.

For locals who sign up for all four weeks of the program, the camp runs from July 13, 2015 through August 6, 2015. Each session is one week long, and all families are invited to a closing ceremony on Thursday, August 6, 2015.

If signed up before June 13, campers receive the following early bird prices: sign up for two of the four sessions for $520; three weeks for $780; or all four weeks for $1,000. There is also a $100 non-refundable registration fee for all students.

Hilton Garden Inn Six Flags is located at 27710 The Old Road in Valencia. Contact Tutor Doctor by calling 661-219-5335 or email doliver@tutordoctor.com.

You may also visit
santaclaritatutoring.com or tutordoctor.com.

The local YMCA is also taking signups for summer camp. There are sessions for kids just entering kindergarten this year through age 15 at different Santa Clarita locations.

“Discovery Camp” is for children entering kindergarten through second grade and “Adventure Camp” is for children entering third grade through sixth grade.

The following are locations with Discovery Camp and Adventure Camp:
Live Oak YMCA  June 4th – Aug 7th
Meadows YMCA  June 15th – Aug 7th
Valley View YMCA June 15th – Aug 7th
Wiley Canyon YMCA    June 15th – Aug 7th

“Specialty Camp” is for kids entering kindergarten through 7th grade and will be held at the Old Orchard YMCA from June 15th – Aug 7th.

Camps Include: 3D Design, Roller Coaster Tycoon, SPLASH, Master Chef Jr., Animation Academy, Art-tastic, Fashionista, Robotics, Duct Tape, Bowl-A-Rama, Gross Cooking and Sports.

The YMCA will host a “Teen Day Camp” for those entering 6th grade through 9th grade at the Old Orchard YMCA from June 8th – Aug 7th.

There is a “Resident Camp” for ages 7 through 15 at YMCA Camp Whittle in Big Bear from June 20th – 27th.

Register at the Santa Clarita Valley YMCA, which is located at 26147 McBean Parkway in Valencia. You can call 661-253-3593 or visit www.ymcala.org/scv.

Rainbow Ridge
Rainbow Ridge Ranch in Palmdale is offering a summer program for kids ages 10 and up. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays of each week Kathy Zavala will host groups of kids who get to spend the day with the horses on the ranch. Each child will get to catch a horse, lead it, brush it, saddle it and ride.

All levels of ability are welcome, and campers will experience both arena riding and trail riding throughout the summer. Sometimes the kids will be able to ride bareback in the arena, where they can improve balance and gain understanding about the horse’s movements.

Campers should bring their own lunches and, on hot days, Zavala plans to do crafts with the group. There may be time for the kids to decorate their horses with spray paint during camp time also.

Rainbow Ridge year round hosts trail rides, parties and other events. There are pony rides for children age 2-7 and trail riding for ages 7 and up.

For more information or to sign up for camp, call Kathy at (661) 538-9271.
If basketball’s your sport and you’re looking for a coach who’s got game, look no further than Greg Hayes. He’s worked under the best (John Wooden, for example), and has been running camps in Santa Clarita for years.

Basketball Camp
He has three camps slated for the summer months: Shot Doctor Shooting Camp, Cool Hoops Basketball Camp, and Girls Basketball Camp, all held in the Santa Clarita Sports Complex gym.

Students age 9-17 years old at Shot Doctor Shooting Camp will concentrate on (of course) shooting ability. It is open to boys and girls and will be held at Valencia High School beginning Saturday, May 30 from 8:30 p.m.-12 Noon.
Cool Hoops Camp is open to both genders also, for ages 7-14 years old and runs Monday-Thursday, July 27-30. Coach Hayes will emphasize offensive skills development at the camp, held at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex.
Girls Basketball Camp is a two-day girls camp, where players age 7-14 will receive instruction in shooting and ball handling. It will be held at Valencia High School June 12-13, 2015.

To register for one of the camps, visit the City of Santa Clarita Seasons Catalog: https://secure.rec1.com/CA/city-santa-clarita/reg.php

Locals Learn How to Find Their Unclaimed Property

| Community | May 28, 2015

Citizens who enjoy searching for long lost relatives on Ancestry sites have a hunt ahead of them that they may not know about. This one is about belongings, which usually means cash.

State Assemblyman Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) and his staff are inviting the public to a free informational seminar about “Unclaimed Property” at the Santa Clarita Senior Center this Friday, May 29, 2015.

It is designed to teach attendees how to navigate the California State Controller’s website in search of money and property that is rightfully theirs, but needs to be claimed and retrieved.

Unclaimed Property can be bank accounts, safety deposit box contents, stocks, mutual funds, bonds, certificates of deposit, dividends, matured insurance policies, etc. The State of California is currently in possession of more than $7.1 billion in unclaimed property belonging to approximately 27.9 million individuals and organizations.

California’s Unclaimed Property Law requires corporations, businesses, associations, financial institutions, and insurance companies (referred to as “Holders”) to annually report and deliver property to the California State Controller’s Office after there has been no activity on the account or contact with the owner for a period of time specified in the law – generally three years or more, according to the California State Controller’s website.

Assemblyman Wilk will be at the SCV Senior Center from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., at 22900 Market Street, Room A-1, in Newhall. For more information, contact Kris Hough at (661) 286-1565 or email kris.hough@asm.ca.gov.

To search for money or belongings that you may not be aware are rightfully yours, visit http://www.sco.ca.gov/upd_msg.html. You simply enter your name in the “individual owner” search to get results.

New President at Santa Clarita Artists’ Association

| Community | May 9, 2015

Fine art photographer Norma Warden of Castaic has taken over as this year’s president of the Santa Clarita Artists’ Association (SCAA).

“I’m very excited to be at the helm of such a talented group of artists! Our 2015 goals include our scholarship program (since 1991) and raising funds to open our own gallery,” said Warden.

During the past year, Warden was instrumental in spearheading the SCAA Gallery Shows and receptions at Westfield Mall in Valencia. SCAA has been “making visual arts visible” in Santa Clarita for 26 years.

Warden is a graduate of The New York Institute of Photography with more than 20 years experience in creating photographic images. Also, she is treasurer of F-Stops Camera Club, treasurer of Valley West Camera Club and is the chairman of the Black and White Photography Division of the Southern California Council of Camera Clubs, a division of the Photographic Society of America.

Warden resides in a four-generation household in Castaic with her mother-in-law, daughter and son-in-law, and three grandchildren. She has another daughter, son-in-law and grandson in Studio City.

She has received numerous awards and recognition for her work. Currently, she has an exhibit at La Galeria Gitana in San Fernando, Calif., and in several private collections as well. Warden is the October 2014 first place winner for photography in the SCAA’s juried show, The Art Classic. Visit her website to learn more: Norma-warden.pixels.com.

For more information, visit www.santaclaritaartists.org.scaa logo

Art for Jack Festival for Pediatric Cancer Research

| Community | April 26, 2015

The community is invited to attend the 3rd Annual Art for Jack Music and Art Festival for Children next Sunday, May 3. Hosted by the non-profit organization Jack’s Angels, the event will be held at the Sulphur Springs Elementary School MPR in Canyon Country from 1-5 p.m., and celebrate the artistic and creative talent of children with art workshops, professional and student exhibits, and a concert of young performing artists, including works of Paganini, Tchaikovsky, and Mozart.

Event officials are striving to raise awareness for pediatric brain tumors — specifically DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma). Proceeds from the event benefit the “For Jack” DIPG research fund at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in honor of Jack Demeter, a local boy who died of DIPG in 2012.

“This event embodies our mission to support the arts for children in our local community in raising awareness for DIPG, providing fun and entertainment for the whole family and a forum for young artists to work and perform,” Jack’s Angels officials said.

The family-friendly event will feature a DIPG Hero Tribute to Nathan Street, 8, of Bakersfield, and activities such as a magic show, silent auction and raffle. There will be a special appearance by singer/songwriter Teresa James and saxophonist Jerry Peterson to open the festivities.

Foundation officials said there is an “urgent need” for DIPG research, referring to the disease as “one of the most devastating pediatric malignancies with virtually no survivors.”

“We are committed to affecting change in the experience of a family receiving a DIPG diagnosis for their beloved child,” foundation officials continued, “that there be active research and hope for survival.”

For more information about the festival, visit ArtforJack.org or call (661) 977-3125.
For general information, visit Jacksangels.org.

May Day Resale Event

| Community, News | April 26, 2015

Sale to Include Vintage Furniture
photoRepresenting the estates of multiple families moving out of the area, local resale agents from The Living Room hutchEmporium are hosting a May Day sale next week. Both Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2 items for sale will be displayed at a Sand Canyon residence on Clearlake Drive from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Some vintage furniture will be featured, as well as home goods, toys and novelty items. For more information, email info@thelivingroomemporium.com or find The Living Room Emporium on Facebook.

Patti Finley Takes a Bow with ‘West Side Story’

| Community, News | April 25, 2015

If you like Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet,” but prefer something a little more contemporary, Canyon Theatre Guild is lifting the curtain on a show you would like. “West Side Story” is coming to the local live entertainment venue over the next few months. This Tony Award-winning musical is a love story with two characters from different “sides of town.” Rather than the Montegues and the Capulets of “Romeo and Juliet,” the relationship between “Maria” and “Tony” creates tension between the Jets and the Sharks.

patti finleyAs familiar as “West Side Story” may be, the show brings to a close the presence of a familiar face at the Canyon Theatre Guild. After 20 years at CTG, Patti Finley will direct the show as her farewell production, after which she’ll be bringing down the curtain here and moving on to further adventures in the wilds of Ohio. Ms. Finley has been a wonderful advocate for the arts in this community.

Canyon Theatre Guild performances are Fridays: June 5, 12, 19, 26 at 8 pm;  Saturdays, May 30 and June 6 at 8 pm, June 13, 20, 27 at 2 and 8 pm, Sundays: May 31, June 7, 14, 21, 28 at 2 pm. The theatre is located at 24242 Main Street in Newhall. Call the CTG Box Office at 661-799-2702 for ticket information and reservations.

Canyon Country Cake Auction Sweet Charity Comes to Robinson Ranch

| Canyon Country Magazine, Community | April 22, 2015

sweetyestoyouthSweeeeet! A favorite fundraiser is going to be closer to home this year, when participants bring their most creative cakes to Robinson Ranch Golf Club. The 7th Annual Sweet Charity Cake Auction & Reception will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2015 from
11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and there are
numerous ways the community can get involved.

FIRST, a business, organization or school/group can gain exposure by entering the cake contest. The cost is $25 to enter a cake/auction package, which means the individual or group submits a specially designed cake on the day of the event, plus an auction item. Each participant can design (or have a cake designed) that reflects its mission, logo or products (think “Cake Boss” or “Ace of Cakes”). Each cake must be accompanied by a unique gift item with a minimum value of $100 (trips, baskets, gift certificates, services, etc.). Guests will bid for the cakes and gift items together.

Cakes will be awarded prizes based on their originality and creativity, as well as the cake that raises the most sweet charitychils orchardmoney. For ideas, refer to the SCV Youth Project’s website to see pictures from the last five years (www.helpnothassle.org).

SECOND, you can become a Sweet Charity Cake Auction sponsor. Sponsorship levels range from a Royal Icing Sponsorship of $10,000 to a Sprinkle Sponsor of $100.

THIRD, you can simply attend the event. The cost is $45 to enjoy the reception and bid on the cakes. The cake auction is limited to 25 entries, so hurry! Robinson Ranch Golf Club is located at 27734 Sand Canyon Road in Canyon Country.

All proceeds will benefit the SCV Youth Project, which provides free peer mentoring, crisis intervention, support groups and outreach to teenagers on junior & senior high school campuses throughout the Santa Clarita Valley. For more information or to register, call (661) 257-9688 or visit Helpnothassle.org.

This Weekend

| Community | April 16, 2015

California Poppy Festival
This weekend, rain or shine, the California Poppy Festival kicks off spring in Lancaster, Calif. The City of Lancaster and the Lancaster Woman’s Club greet thousands of visitors with music, art, food and a celebration of the appearance of poppies in the Antelope Valley. The festival runs from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, April 18-19 at Lancaster City Park 43011 10th Street near the 14 Fwy and Avenue L. Visit www.poppyfestival.com for more information.
The Wild Beast
California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) will present a concert by students, sharing songs with American roots and folk music beginning at 5 p.m. this Saturday, April 18. Up-and-coming 
bands will convene at CalArts to forge new connections between the vibrancy of those traditions and contemporary expressions in pop, rock, metal and experimental music. Open lawn seating is available in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Courtyard on campus, 24700 McBean Pkwy in Valencia. It is free and open to the public. Visit https://calarts.edu/wild-beast.

Bobby McFerrin at PAC
The legendary Bobby McFerrin will take the stage at College of the Canyons Performing Arts Center on Saturday, April 18 from 8-10:30 p.m. Fans expect a creative performance from the 10-time Grammy winner. Visit http://www3.canyons.edu/Offices/PIO/CanyonsPAC/main.html.

COC Culinary Arts Center Open

| Community | April 16, 2015

Santa Clarita’s newest ribbon-cutting serves as a metaphor for the health and well-being of a local institution. College of the Canyons recently opened a new culinary arts center on its Valencia campus, the latest in a host of expansions on both campuses in recent years.

Community College District Board of Trustees and Chancellor Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook unveiled COC’s latest development on Wednesday, called the College of the Canyons Institute for Culinary Education (iCuE), which is the final permanent building in the Valencia campus’ facilities master plan. Visitors to the ribbon-cutting and open house received tours of the college’s new, state-of-the-art culinary learning center, which includes such amenities as a demonstration kitchen, savory kitchen, sweets kitchen, banquet kitchen, chocolate room, wine studies classroom, herb garden, faculty offices and retail shop.

The district covered iCuE’s cost of approximately $8 million to build the 12,000-square-foot project. It was paid for through a combination of private donations and Measure M bond funds (the $160 million general obligation bond measure passed by Santa Clarita voters in 2006) that were remaining after completion of the college’s recent library expansion project.

The College of the Canyons Institute for Culinary Education (iCuE) is located on COC’s Valencia campus, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road in Santa Clarita.

This Year’s Cowboy Festival

| Community | April 16, 2015

The 22nd Annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, presented by Logix Federal Credit Union, is well underway and closes Sunday, April 19. Festival events include the following:

Friday, April 17
Friday Night Flickers will screen the 1954 film “Suddenly,” starring Frank Sinatra from 6-9 p.m. The movie was filmed entirely on location in Old Town Newhall and Saugus in 1953. Tickets are on sale for $10 and include popcorn.

Saturday, April 18
Heritage Junction will swing with the country and western music of Marie Wise-Hawkins from 6-9 p.m. A BBQ dinner will be catered by Salt Creek Grille. Tickets are on sale now for $45 at CowboyFestival.org.

Saturday and Sunday, April 18-19
Civil War reenactments will transform Heritage Junction into a battleground at 12:45 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.

OutWest Boutique and Cultural Center will host the Buckaroo Book Shop at the Cowboy Festival, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. in the Pardee House at Heritage Junction.

Popular Cowboy Festival activities will return, including gun spinning, trick roping, Native American dancers, living history exhibits and much more.
For more information on the 2015 Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, visit CowboyFestival.org.

Street Closures due to the Festival

Beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2015, a street closure will be in effect on Newhall Avenue between Market Street and Railroad Avenue for the 2015 Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival. The block is expected to be reopened at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 19.

During the festival, the closed area of Newhall Avenue will be used as a shuttle drop-off area for Cowboy Festival visitors. Pedestrians will have full access to the sidewalk. The public is encouraged to detour the closed street by taking Lyons Avenue to Railroad Avenue.

For additional details or questions about the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, contact Mike Fleming, Santa Clarita arts and events supervisor, at (661) 250-3777 or visit CowboyFestival.org.

Free Events at Santa Clarita Public Library Branches This Month

| Community | April 16, 2015

Several free, interactive programs are offered at all of the Santa Clarita Public Library branches. The events will feature the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, Earth Day and Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros.

Cowboy Adventuring: Trick Roping, Whip Cracking and More – At 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 17 at the Old Town Newhall Library, storyteller Christy Lewis will share the secrets of being a cowboy, demonstrate whip cracking and teach basic square dancing to participants ages five and up.
Drought Resistant Landscaping – At 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 18 the Friends of the Community Gardens of Santa Clarita will host a discussion about drought-resistant gardening at the Valencia Library.
Earth Science Workshop – From 3:30-5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22 at the Valencia Library, students in grades fourth through sixth can learn about recycling and caring for the earth.
Plant a Gift for the Earth – Beginning at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22 at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library, students in grades kindergarten and up can learn about the health of the planet and take home a plant in a small pot.
Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros – From 12 Noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library will host an international event emphasizing literacy for children of all cultural backgrounds. The festival will feature performer Nathalia Palis, the SCV Youth Symphony, traditional Native American Dancing, crafts, storytelling and face painting. All children who attend will receive a free book. This event is sponsored by the City of Santa Clarita’s Cultural Landscape Initiative and the Friends of Santa Clarita Public Library.

The Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library is located at 18601 Soledad Canyon Road. The Old Town Newhall Library is located at 34500 Main Street. The Valencia Library is located at 23743 W. Valencia Boulevard.

For more information about these events or other programs available for kids, teens and adults at the Santa Clarita Public Library, visit SantaClaritaLibrary.com or call the library at (661) 259-0750.

Dentist Offers Free Oral Cancer Screenings in April

| Community | April 9, 2015

Most will agree that early detection is a key to fighting cancer, and this month there’s an opportunity to screen for it – for free.

In conjunction with the Oral Cancer Foundation and Head and Neck Cancer Alliance, Dr. Dell Goodrick of A Unique Dental Experience® in Santa Clarita is offering free oral cancer screenings throughout the month of April for Oral Cancer Awareness Month.

Nearly 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer each year and it is the 11th highest cause of cancer mortality. Early screenings and diagnoses can lead to favorable survival rates and much less invasive treatment options. Patients can simply call the office of A Unique Dental Experience® to schedule a free, quick and painless oral cancer screening with Dr. Dell anytime throughout the month during their business hours.
The screening is comprised of six simple and painless steps that dentists have begun to incorporate with each dental check up. These six steps involve checking the tongue, lips, cheeks, soft tissue and palate for abnormalities that may be indicative of oral or pharyngeal cancer.

At A Unique Dental Experience®, Dr. Goodrick also incorporates a seventh step for oral cancer screening with VELscope technology. The VELscope device uses the latest fluorescence visualization to detect oral cancer cells in their earliest stages, before they may be visible to the human eye. This helps Dr. Goodrick diagnose patients early, so they have the most options for treatment and the most potential for favorable outcomes. The VELscope examination is absolutely painless and requires only a few minutes of the patient’s time in the dental chair.

While mortality rates from oral cancer have improved over the past several years, it still kills approximately one person per hour, 24 hours a day. Oral cancer traditionally is more common in people over the age of 40, however, it is becoming more frequently found in younger patients. Those who use chewing tobacco or who smoke are at a higher risk than others for oral cancer. Recent connections have also been proven between the presence of HPV16 and oral cancer.

For more information about Dr. Dell Goodrick or the free oral cancer screenings he and his staff are offering through the month of April, visit www.drdell.com or call (661)254-4000. A Unique Dental Experience® is located at 23504 Lyons Avenue, Suite 104 in Santa Clarita.

Fundraiser Coordinated by Siblings

| Community | April 4, 2015

Using the power of social media, a group of Santa Clarita sisters are seeking to gain the help of the public to purchase a van that is modified for their brother’s disability. Myrna McKenna, Susie Starcer and Laura Hogan have set up an account at GoFundMe.com, which is a “crowdfunding” site where users can open an account to raise money for a cause. Anyone can contribute to the GoFundMe account for Rual Zenteno to purchase a modified van.

McKenna, Starcer and Hogan also welcome personal participation at a fundraiser they are hosting at Buon Gusto Ristorante & Bar in Mission Hills on Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 12 Noon. All food purchased for lunch by fundraiser participants at the restaurant will add to the total needed for Zenteno’s van for independence. Buon Gusto will contribute 60 percent of the money paid for food during the fundraiser toward the cause.

Buon Gusto Ristorante is located at 15535 Devonshire in Mission Hills. To contribute on GoFundMe.com, simply visit the site and type in “Rual Zenteno” and it will bring up “Raul Zenteno, Vehicle for my Independent Mobility.”

Theatre Review – Spamalot

| Community | April 3, 2015

Any local Monty Python fans are making a BIG mistake if they miss Canyon Theatre Guild’s latest musical – “Spamalot” – especially if you liked the 1975 movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”

The show opened last weekend at the Canyon Theatre Guild in Old Town Newhall and closes May 2.

This Monty Python spoof musical comedy has won several Tony Awards since it hit Broadway in 2005. In its initial run of over 1,500 performances, it was seen by more than two million people and grossed over $175 million, according to Wikipedia.

The Canyon Theatre Guild’s production kept the audience laughing throughout, largely due to faces made by actors. Our ability to catch the playful, comedic looks was owed partly to director Donna Manfredi’s blocking, I suspect. The show had just enough (yet not too much) melodrama to create the audience response necessary to make a spoof successful.

Set in medieval England, the main character is “King Arthur,” played by John Morris, whose acting was strong enough to lead the company. His sidekick, “Patsy,” was portrayed by Tim McGowan, who seemed like a seasoned character actor. His face was responsible for quite a bit of the play’s personality.

The female lead, Taylor Lane, who was the “Lady of the Lake,” had the most beautiful singing voice in the company. Her numbers, “Whatever Happened to My Part” and “The Song That Goes Like This,” – (for full disclosure, I must confess they are my favorite songs in the show) – were delivered with both vocal superiority and great comedic timing.

One of the most interesting decisions by the show’s producer(s) was to change the lyrics in the number “You Won’t Succeed on Broadway” from lines like “If you don’t have any Jews” to “If you don’t have any stars.” That wasn’t extremely noticeable; it was just interesting that the playful “His Name is Lancelot,” which pokes fun at the gay community, was left in the show. That’s the fun of live theatre, though – you get to see familiar shows produced differently at various theatres.

You don’t go to “Spamalot” for plotline. You go for the comedy, mostly, the music, which is all fun, and to revisit bygone years of Monty Python.

The Canyon Theatre Guild is located at 24242 Main Street in Newhall. Contact the box office at (661) 799-2702 or visit www.canyontheatre.org.

Spring Art Festival and Sale at Le Chene

| Canyon Country Magazine, Community | March 28, 2015

SAF SP018The beauty of Le Chene French Cuisine, a Zagat-rated restaurant noted for its exotic foods, wines and setting SAF photo (4)outside of town, is amplified each year with the presence of artwork.

The Santa Clarita Artists’ Association will hold its 3rd annual Spring Art Festival and Sale on Sunday, April 26, 2015 from 10-4 p.m. at Le Chene. It is a one-day-only exhibit, which is free to the public and will include approximately 40 SCAA artists showing various art mediums in the garden level of the restaurant.

Art demonstrations are included in the festival with all pieces available for purchase. Proceeds to the non-profit organization, SCAA, will go to benefit a high school scholarship program and other art activities. An elegant brunch or lunch may be purchased at the restaurant during this show as well. Reservations for the restaurant are recommended at (661) 251-4315.

Le Chene French Cuisine is located at 12624 Sierra Highway in Agua Dulce.

For SCAA Festival inquiries call (661) 252-7639. Also visit www. Santaclaritaartists.org.scaa logo


| Canyon Country Magazine, Community | March 27, 2015

While most people can come up with dozens of happy Christmas memories, it may take some time to recollect memorable Easter moments. But, it isn’t for lack of trying. Every year, Santa Clarita is host to numerous events to celebrate, such as Richard Rioux Park in Stevenson Ranch, where residents will gather on Easter Sunday, April 5 at 10 a.m. for a community Easter Egg Hunt, a live band, concession stands and a celebration of the meaning of Easter. The City of Santa Clarita always hosts the Eggstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt in Central Park in Saugus. This year it will be held the day before Easter at 10 a.m. And for water lovers, the Santa Clarita Aquatics Center will host its 7th Annual Splash & Dash Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 4 at 10 a.m.

quarterbethlehemAn even earlier hunt is held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 27265 Luther Drive in Canyon Country. The 5th annual Eggventure Egg Hunt will take place from noon to 2pm on Saturday, March 28, 2015. The event is for toddlers up to 10-year-olds and there is no charge for the event, but donations of canned foods are welcomed on behalf of Help the Children, Santa Clarita.

For those of us who like to stay inside, there is always the prospect of an Easter movie marathon, especially with the prevalence of streaming practically anything we want into our homes. A quick search of favorite Easter films brings us back to oldies-but-goodies such as “The Robe” (1953), “Ben-Hur” (1959), “Jesus of Nazareth” (1977), “King of Kings” and many more.

The deepest meaning of Easter is, of course, its religious meaning as a Christian holiday. Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, this year on March 29. It is a celebration that commemorates Jesus making his triumphal entrance into Jerusalem a week before his crucifixion. It comes from the Bible, in the book of John, chapter 12, verse 13. Worshipers wave palm fronds in recognition of the ones placed in Jesus’ path when he rode the donkey into Jerusalem. While it is a less common practice, some churches save the palms and burn them the next year on Ash Wednesday, which is the day that launches the Season of Lent.

Easter Sunday is, of course, the big day. But, wait – there are a few more important days first. Three days before Easter is Maundy Thursday, which commemorates the Last Supper. That is the last time Jesus sits with his disciples before he is arrested and crucified. Next is Good Friday, of course, when Jesus was crucified and buried.

On the third day Jesus arose, which is a phrase you hear on Easter Sunday, which is usually the Sunday with the highest church attendance, by the way. It is the pinnacle of the Christian faith, that Jesus is the Christ and was resurrected that day. It is debated as to which actual date or time of year it occurred (just like Christmas), but the commemoration remains the same. The story of Easter is found in the book of Mark, chapter 16. There is probably no better time to read the account than the Season of Lent. Happy Easter!sixthhopevineyardhalfhotc

 The 2015 Gazette 22 Who Do – Now Add Yours Too – Until March 31!!

| Community, News | March 26, 2015

Honor your favorite Santa Clarita Valley community advocates with a nomination for 22 Who Do. Some of this year’s nominees are, in alphabetic order:

Martha Aguilera
Fred Arnold
Jim Backer
Chris Ball
Gail Berke
Louie Bernal
Ed Bernstein
Sue Bird
Mike Bjorkman
Mark Blazer
Ed Bolden
Jen Brown
Tom Christensen
Rebecca DeLuca
Rick Drew
Sue Endress
Amanda Etcheverry
Alan Ferdman
Jennifer Gerard
Tiffany Grummer
Duke Hogstrom
Rhona Jukes
Nick Lentini
Jim Lentini
Greg Nutter
Michael Oliveri
Steve Petzold
Jennifer Ramos
Dave Reeves
Alice Renolds
Patrice Rifkind
John Rogers
Daniel Sterkel
Patty Sulpizio
Mike Thomas
Shelly Tomson
Lisa West

Nominations are open until March 31.

22 Who Do Criteria:
Nominees shall be selected and ranked based upon their levels of “Beneficial Community Activity” for the 2014 calendar year. The following will be excluded from consideration: elected officials; full time employees of the County of Los Angeles or the City of Santa Clarita; media members and high profile corporate executives. Residents in these categories will be excluded from nomination unless they have performed significant “Beneficial Community Activity” outside of their employment, offices or influence.
“Beneficial Community Activity” shall be defined as having been engaged in and/or having directly performed activities significantly benefiting the Santa Clarita Valley. We are looking for people whose roles are largely behind the scenes and who, in many instances, go unnoticed.
Nominees are not required to live in the Santa Clarita Valley, but must have performed officially recognized “beneficial community activity” in the Santa Clarita Valley during the past year.
Nominations will only be accepted for individuals.
All nominations must include a short biography and clear rationale as to how the nominee provided activities which were beneficial to the Santa Clarita Valley in 2014. Please include a high resolution head shot.
Nominate Your Favorites Today! Email Editor@scfree.net

Go Green at 2015 Santa Clarita Earth Arbor Festival Festival Highlights Eco-Friendly Fun with a Variety of Family-Friendly Activities

| Community | March 19, 2015

The City of Santa Clarita, in partnership with the SCV Family of Water Suppliers, invites residents to explore the benefits and fun of going green at the 2015 Earth Arbor Day Festival from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Central Park, located at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road.

The City’s FREE Earth Arbor Day Festival will include a variety of activities designed to get community members excited about eco-friendly living, including tree plantings, educational presentations by local organizations, healthy food for sale, recycled art exhibits, live music and much more.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to explore six interactive zones highlighting the importance of protecting the environment, including Alternative Transportation, Community Organizations, Tree Zone, Energy Zone, Eco Zone and Water Conservation Zone.

Other festival activities include solar energy cooking, where residents can eat chocolate chip cookies cooked by the sun, a crafting booth where participants can make scarves and bracelets from old t-shirts, and lady bug education and collection. Families can also enjoy guided tours of Castaic Lake Water Agency’s Sustainable Garden and the City’s newly expanded Community Gardens. Several recycled art exhibits will be on display, including submissions to the City’s annual “cArt aRt” competition which allows residents to decorate curbside recycling bins with eco-friendly materials.

This year, the City of Santa Clarita celebrates its 25th consecutive Tree City USA award from the National Arbor Day Foundation. In honor of this prestigious award, the City will give away free one-gallon trees and mulch at the event.

Several volunteer opportunities are available for the festival, including planting and tagging trees, assisting with activity booths and helping to distribute mulch. Interested participants can register to volunteer at SantaClaritaVolunteers.com.

For more information about the 2015 Earth Arbor Day Festival, visit GreenSantaClarita.com.

Cowboy Festival Volunteers Sought in Ranch Hands Round-Up

| Community | March 13, 2015

Both youth and adults can become “ranch hands” for the 22nd Annual Cowboy Festival next month. The City of Santa Clarita is seeking volunteers for the Festival, taking place in William S. Hart Park and other venues in Old Town Newhall from Thursday, April 16 through Saturday, April 19, 2015.

Those interested in volunteering are required to attend the Cowboy Festival “Volunteer Round-Up” at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24 in the Santa Clarita Activities Center, located at 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway.

The Volunteer Round-Up is an orientation for all Cowboy Festival volunteers and will cover the Festival’s new venues, events and activities. There are a number of available positions including ticket taking, ushering, helping with children’s activities, assisting vendors, greeting and much more. All attendees will be entered into raffles to win Cowboy Festival memorabilia.

To help out at the 2015 Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, all volunteers must register online at SantaClaritaVolunteers.com.

For more information about volunteering for the Festival, the Round-Up and other volunteer opportunities with the City, contact the City’s Volunteer Engagement Program at (661) 250-3708 or volunteers@santa-clarita.com.

Charter School Youth Offer Help to the Homeless

| Community, SC Living | March 12, 2015

More than three dozen students from iLEAD’s founding school, the Santa Clarita Valley International Charter School (SCVi), volunteered their time this month to benefit the SCV Emergency Winter Shelter.

Aubrey Love, Abby Blasberg, Maddy Sands, Baylee Lesh

Aubrey Love, Abby Blasberg, Maddy Sands, Baylee Lesh

The sixth- and eighth-grade learners prepared and served hot meals to the homeless, even cooking the food from scratch.

“They did the meal planning, they did the fundraising, they did the prep work, they did the cooking and they did the serving,” said Sara Brown, community outreach coordinator for SCVi Charter School, iLEAD’s founding school (www.ileadschools.org). “I’m so proud of the initiative and compassion these students displayed.”

Forty-two students volunteered for the project, in which they also gathered for group discussions about the issue of homelessness and the importance of nutrition and healthy foods. They raised funds to purchase the food, then did the prep work and cooking at the kitchen in the café on SCVi’s Hasley Canyon Road campus. And the food went well beyond peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

They have served two nutritious, hot meals to individuals in the shelter, including homemade shepherd’s pie, last week. The meals were served at the emergency winter shelter operated by Bridge to Home (http://www.btohome.com), a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing transformation, healing, hope and compassion for the SCV’s homeless.

The students said they were struck by the gratitude expressed by those staying at the shelter, and the experience made them appreciate what they have.

“It reminded me that I shouldn’t take anything for granted,” sixth-grade student Aaron Andrews

Aaron Andrews, Kailey Spiteri, Lexi Andrews.

Aaron Andrews, Kailey Spiteri, Lexi Andrews.

said, adding that he noticed those staying at the shelter seemed to sincerely appreciate the meal. “They smiled and had good manners, like saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you.’”

His sister, eighth-grader Lexi Andrews, echoed the sentiment. “It made me realize how fortunate I am. The people at the shelter were so nice, and grateful.”

Heeli Lounibos, an eighth-grade volunteer, said it was an adventure getting the meals prepared, particularly in such large quantities. “The kitchen, it can be hectic, but it’s fun because of the cause.”

It was Kailey Spiteri’s second year volunteering for the project. She said she noticed “there were a lot more people there this year.”

Eighth-grader Morelia Robles reflected on the experience also. “There were a lot of smiles and they were really grateful.”

Brown said the learners’ fundraising efforts were so successful that they exceeded the amount needed for the meals. So, the students agreed to use the $117 in extra funds to purchase items that were on the shelter’s wish list. “The kids enjoyed the opportunity to go on that shopping run to buy things to donate to the shelter,” said Brown.

SCVi Lower School Director Kim Shaw said the sixth-and eighth-graders did an excellent job of representing themselves and SCVi.

“Tonight was a wonderful example of what SCVi is all about … leadership, kindness and generosity,” Shaw said after the students’ March 5 visit to the shelter. “Our learners spent weeks planning a menu, raising the funds to purchase the food, cooking the meal, and finally serving the clients at Santa Clarita’s Emergency Winter Shelter. I could not be more proud and honored to have spent my evening with such amazing children.”

SCVi offers project-based K-12 curriculum and student-led assessment with global and culturally

Maddy Sands

Maddy Sands

diverse influences. The tuition-free charter school emphasizes an inquiry-based, learner-centered approach to education. SCVi’s primary goal is to help learners lead a successful and fulfilled life while contributing to the world around them. More information about SCVi and iLEAD Schools is available at www.ileadschools.org.

Bands to Audition for “Battle” Held at COC Canyon Country

| Community, News | March 12, 2015

Local musicians are welcome to audition for an annual competition that brings the sound of music to the Canyon Country hills.

The College of the Canyons Canyon Country campus is inviting local musicians to audition for a chance to play at the college’s second annual “Battle of the Bands” event taking place Sunday, May 31.

“We are so excited to once again be hosting this family-friendly event for our local music lovers,” said Dr. Ryan Theule, vice president of the Canyon Country Campus & Grants Development at the college. “After the success of last year’s event we wanted to continue the tradition to try and see which local band could best rock the hills surrounding the Canyon Country campus.”

To audition, bands must apply online at www.keyboardgalleria.com by Thursday, April 30, 2015. Keyboard Galleria staff will then select five to seven bands to participate in the competition.

Bands selected to perform will have their music heard by the panel of music industry veterans judging the competition, while also competing for the chance to win cash prizes and music equipment.

As an added bonus, KHTS AM 1220 will also play the winning band’s music over its airwaves.

The 2015 Battle of the Bands competition will be held from 12 noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 31, at the Canyon Country Campus Carl A. Rasmussen Amphitheater.

For more information about Battle of the Bands and how to audition visit www.keyboardgalleria.com. 

City Invites Feedback on Trail Sign Project

| Community | March 12, 2015

The city of Santa Clarita is inviting the public to give feedback regarding the addition of signs to local pedestrian and bicycle trails at a meeting set for 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 21 at the Old Town Newhall Library.

Attendees will have the opportunity to give their opinion on the design of the signs, suggest sign destinations and help city officials clarify which areas of local trails are most difficult to navigate, according to city officials.

“We have a large number of community members in Santa Clarita who love to use the bike and pedestrian trails as an alternative means of transportation,” said Mayor Marsha McLean. “This grant from METRO will help improve navigation for those residents and escalate the overall enjoyment of our trail system.”

The project, which will be partially funded using a grant from METRO, will also include pedestrian and bicycle signage to help residents find the nearest Metrolink station in Santa Clarita.

City officials called the project a “response to resident’s requests” that signs be added along Santa Clarita trails to help pedestrians and cyclists more easily navigate trails and locate destinations.

For more information about the public meeting for the sign project, contact Project Manager Mark Hunter at 661-286-4042 or mhunter@santa-clarita.com.

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