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Close Out 2018 with Thursdays@Newhall

| Entertainment | December 6, 2018

The City of Santa Clarita’s Thursdays@Newhall series, presented by Valencia Auto Center, continues in December and closes out 2018 with events inside The MAIN in Old Town Newhall. Thursdays@Newhall is an ongoing opportunity for residents of Santa Clarita to attend free shows, concerts and special events throughout the year.

The slate begins December 6 at The MAIN (24266 Main Street), when 10 performers will take the stage for 10 minutes each and share their comedy, storytelling, short films and music at the monthly 10 by 10 show from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Long-time Santa Clarita local Steve Messick and his accordion will take you on an international musical journey with a vibrant and entertaining repertoire you won’t want to miss! Performances this month also include storytelling with Michael Dougherty, Vicki Juditz and Bart Richards; comedy from Lang Parker and Richard Meyer; comedy and juggling by Ivan Pecel; music with Tracy Lee Nelson and John Bergstrom; and magic by Glenndalf.

On December 13, local musicians will take the stage for Note by Note inside The MAIN from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Note by Note is a free musical showcase delighting audiences with a variety of genres. Bands, duos and soloists will perform a wide range of styles, including rock, folk, Celtic, Americana, blues, jazz, country, experimental, western and more. Featured performers in December include Mike Fleming, Abby Lyons, Ric Taylor and Sarah Mee Ran Cave. Artists interested in performing at Note by Note can learn more at ThursdaysAtNewhall.com/NotebyNote.

Starting Tuesday, December 11, the art gallery at The MAIN will host a new show featuring work from several talented artists. The exhibit is a group show and will showcase various mediums of art from more than 10 artists. This month’s artist reception will be moved from Thursday to Saturday due to the holidays. The free art reception will be on Saturday, December 15, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The MAIN. Guests will enjoy light snacks and music, and have a chance to meet the artists.

For more information about the City of Santa Clarita’s Thursdays@Newhall events, visit ThursdaysAtNewhall.com or contact the city’s Arts and Events Office at (661) 250-3787.

Gilchrist Farm Hosts Holiday Hoedown

| Entertainment | December 6, 2018

If you can’t get seem to get enough of horses and holiday festivities, Gilchrist Farm has you covered – with both. This weekend, the public is invited to attend Gilchrist Farm’s Holiday Hoedown, where attendees can partake in holiday crafts, pony rides, face painting, a petting zoo and more.

In addition to the activites, on Saturday Dec. 8 at 10 a.m., a Holiday Horse and Rider Costume Parade will be held, with decorated horses delivering Santa to the Hoedown by wagon.

The event will take place December 8-9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission in free, with certain attractions charged per activity. Gilchrist Farm is located at 30116 Bouquet Canyon Road, Santa Clarita. For more information, visit www.gilchristfarm.com or call 661-645-2517.

Live Music

| Entertainment | November 29, 2018

Nov 30, Fri

8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic covers
8–12m Vincent Hill Station The Fulcos on patio Live music
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Sean Hughes band Covers & orig
9–11p The Local Pub n Grill Max Esparzza Live music
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Bat, on tour, spec visit Folk, acoustic
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Dec 1, Sat

6–10pm Vincent Hill Station Dan Parra Folk rock
7:30–10:30p Vincenzo’s Newhall The Grateful Dudes Bluegrass
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Horn & John Davis Classic rock
8–12m VFW 6885 No Chasers Soft rock
8:30–11p The Local Pub n Grill Nick Horn Live music
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Lance Allyn Classic covers
9–12m Mabel’s Roadhouse Catch 22 Rock
9–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Joe Ferraro band Blues rock
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Dec 2, Sun

10a–2p Saugus Swap meet Gypsy Breeze Live music
1–5pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Roby Duron & Walker Gibson Classics
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s open mic Various
5–9pm VFW 6885 Rob Staley Acoustic ctry
5–9pm Amer Legion Newhall Chuck Strong & friends Blues rock
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Dec 4, Tues 6–8:30p Wolf Creek Brewery Community Pints night Live music
7–10p Bergie’s steakhouse Dallas Hodge guest Bluesy night
Dec 5, Wed 7–9pm Alchemy Dole-Humphries Folk rk & orig
Dec 6, Thur 7–10p Brewery Draconum The Gamblers Acoustic ctry
7–10p Bergie’s steakhouse Jim Gustin & Truth Jones Blues mix
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Dec 7, Fri

7:30–10:30p Vincenzo’s Newhall Kik Start Top 40 rock
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic covers
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Boys night out on patio Classic bl & rk
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) TBD Live music
9–11pm The Local Pub n Grill Max Esparzza Live music
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Jay Bolan Classic rock

Explore, Play and Create at the 12th Annual Family Literacy Festival

| Entertainment | November 22, 2018

Literacy is an integral part of everyday life. Without it, you wouldn’t be able to read this. As for gaining knowledge in many areas of life, the Annual Literacy Festival has the community covered.

The Santa Clarita Public Library, SCV Education Foundation and College of the Canyons MakerSpace are partnering to host the 12th Annual Family Literacy Festival themed “Explore, Play, Create.” This free event will take place on Saturday, December 1 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at the Old Town Newhall Library located at 24500 Main Street.

Local students, teachers, artists and education enthusiasts will be partnering to host stations focused on the theme of “Explore, Play, Create.” Families who attend the event can expect a fun day of celebrating literature, music, dance and crafts. Get inspired to create artistic expression with special performances by Ballet Folklórico and Saugus Choirs, as well as shows by talented musicians Joe Ayoub and Martin Espino.

Other activities include free face painting, a caricature artist, costumed character photo opportunities, a mini salsa dance lesson, storytime with a squirrel, food trucks and much more.

The event will also feature opportunities for participants to win prizes and giveaways. No RSVP is required to attend, just show up.

For more information on the 12th Annual Family Literacy Festival and other Santa Clarita Public Library events, visit SantaClaritaLibrary.com or call (661) 259-0750.

Interior Design Students Participate in Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Holiday Home Tour

| Entertainment | November 21, 2018

The Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Holiday Home Tour annually embodies the warmth and magic of the holiday season, as the doors to exquisitely decorated Santa Clarita Valley homes are opened to the community in the name of charity and goodwill.

For the second time in the event’s more than 30-year history, community partnerships have carried that warmth over to College of the Canyons by granting interior design students the opportunity to create a holiday design. This season, COC students Grace Trinh, Kylie Van Meter, Marlene Beltran, Julissa Hendriquez, and Joy Estrella-Boyland were selected to assist in decorating one of the four homes included in this year’s tour.

The group, led by COC interior design instructor Patrick Tremblay, was assigned the Michael and Teri Fox residence in Stevenson Ranch, and asked to incorporate the theme “Holiday Magic” into its final designs.

“College of the Canyons is proud to be a part of events like the Holiday Home Tour, because it gives back to the community, challenges our students to apply what they are learning in the classroom and further establishes COC as a desirable place to study a variety of subjects including interior design,” said Tremblay.

Involvement in this project teaches students numerous skills that will be invaluable to them in future design careers. Coordinating materials and décor, managing a budget, and time-management are just a few of the lessons learned.

The team has been working behind the scenes since August by making decorations such as wreaths, garlands and bows, to maximize funds and time. Their goal was to have as much done as possible before they began decorating inside the home on Nov. 1.

The 2018 Holiday Home Tour kicks off on Friday, Nov. 30 at The Oaks Country Club, where the annual Preview Gala will be held. Guests will enjoy a lavish evening, including a buffet dinner and the special first look tour of the homes.

The Holiday Home Tour officially opens to the public the following day, with tours running from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Admission is $30 if purchased before Nov. 28 and will be $35 at the door. Tickets can be purchased through the Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Foundation.

The Holiday Home Tour, which has traditionally focused on fundraising for women’s services, has raised upwards of a million dollars since the first event in 1981. This year, proceeds will benefit the Center for Women and Newborns in the hospital’s new Patient Tower.

For more information about the college’s interior design program, visit the department’s web page.

Holiday Home Tour

The 2018 Holiday Home Tour will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2018, 9:30–4:30 p.m. Purchase your Home Tour tickets www.henrymayo.com/2018-holiday-home-tour/

The Holiday Home Tour Boutique
The Holiday Home Tour Boutique will be held Saturday, December 1, 2018 9 am–4:00 pm, at Henry Mayo Center, 23803 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355. Education Center, Rooms 4/5/6/7. More than 30 vendors will be offering gourmet food items, jewelry, women’s and children’s clothing, seasonal decor and more.

City Offers Excursion to Hollywood Pantages Theatre

| Entertainment | November 21, 2018

There’s certainly no place like home, but when home provides the opportunity to venture to the wonderful land of Oz, it can be hard to pass up.

“Wicked,” the award-winning Broadway musical, is returning to the Hollywood Pantages Theatre for a limited time, and the City of Santa Clarita is offering residents the chance to see it before it flies away.

“Wicked” is the story of two unlikely friends, Elphaba and Glinda, who you may know better as the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch in “The Wizard of Oz.” The play is recommended for children eight years and older, and those under five years of age will not be admitted into the theatre.

The City’s Recreation and Community Services department is planning an excursion to see “Wicked” on Sunday, January 13, 2019, and has a limited number of tickets available to the public. Tickets can be purchased for $114 per person ($125 for non-residents), and include reserved mezzanine seating at the theatre and charter bus transportation to the show.

Participants will depart from The Centre (20880 Centre Pointe Parkway) at 10:30 a.m. on January 13. Upon arrival in Hollywood, participants will have time to have lunch at a restaurant of their choosing before the show begins at 1:00 p.m. The price of lunch is not included in registration for this excursion.

For more information about this opportunity and to register to see “Wicked” with the City of Santa Clarita, contact Jennifer Lindstrom, Recreation Coordinator, at (661) 250-3731 or visit santa-clarita.com/Seasons.

Tired of Turkey?

| Entertainment | November 21, 2018

by Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

I always have someone asking me if you can drink red wine with fish …YES! A red or pink fish, like salmon or ahi tuna, can be paired with a red wine.

I love having Zinfandel with salmon. Our 2013 Zinfandel has won silver medals in the 2016 Los Angeles International Wine Competition, plus 87 points at the 2016 Toast of the Coast Wine Competition, and in the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. It also took bronze in the 2016 San Francisco International Wine Competition.

This California old vine Zinfandel has aromas of boysenberries, cocoa and nutmeg. It has distinct flavors of blood orange, pink peppercorns, and boysenberries for a fruity finish. It pairs well with a grilled skirt steak and barbeque corn, aged Gouda or boysenberry pie. You can also enjoy it with poached salmon.

Here is a recipe that everyone keeps asking me for. Salmon is one of my favorite fishes. I prefer using Coho or Sockeye. Farmed Salmon can contain dioxins, so when I prepared this, I used pacific wild-caught salmon and it didn’t have color added to the flesh. I have also purchased Scottish salmon. It was one of the best tasting salmons I have had. It even had the tag on it from when it was caught, so you knew how fresh it was.

I always get the salmon with the skin because it seals the moisture in while searing. When you bake it, the skin is optional. Salmon is an oily fish, so you don’t need that much oil; just enough to lightly coat it, so the seasoning sticks to it. It’s a very versatile fish. There are so many ways to prepare this. You could serve it every day for a month and never twice the same. This has been featured at many Reyes Winery events, and it is always the favorite of the day.

Ingredients

1 lb of salmon filet (Four 4oz pieces)
3 tsp of olive oil
½ cup Reyes 2013 Quinn’s Zin
2 tsp garlic, chopped
Juice of one lemon and an orange
2 tsp adobo seasoning
2 tsp parsley, chopped
1 ½ tsp of kosher salt
2 tsp of seasoned pepper

Directions:

In a 9×9 baking pan, spray the whole pan thoroughly so that the salmon won’t stick.
Rub the salmon with olive oil.
Season the top with adobo, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper.
Add Reyes 2013 Quinn’s Zin, a juice of lemon and orange to bottom of pan.
Bake in preheated oven at 375 degrees for 20 minutes, covered.
Uncover and broil for 5 minutes.
Serve.

Live Music This Week!

| Entertainment | November 21, 2018

Nov 23, Fri

8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic covers
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Seventh Switch on patio Classic rock
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Steve Jones Acoustic blues
9–11pm The Local Pub n Grill Max Esparzza Live music
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Galo Pacheco Classic rock
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Nov 24, Sat

6–10pm Vincent Hill Station Tony Capko & Herbie Kae Jazzy
8–11pm Wine 661 Lance Allyn Covers & orig
8–12m VFW 6885 Right Side Up R&B, Classic rock
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Bat Live music
9–12m Mabel’s Roadhouse Catch 22 Rock
9–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Robert Heft band Blues mix
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Nov 25, Sun

10a–2p Saugus Swap meet The Reign Live music
1–5pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Lance Allyn Classic covers
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s open mic Various
5–9pm VFW 6885 Pam Loe & Chad Watson Country
5–9pm Amer Legion Newhall Steve Britton’s CR Jam Classic rock
5:30–8:30p Vincenzo’s Newhall Drop Zone lite Acoustic rock
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Nov 27, Tues

6–8:30p Wolf Creek Brewery Community Pints night Sean Wiggins
7–10p Bergie’s steakhouse Dallas Hodge guest Bluesy night

Nov 28, Wed

7–9pm Alchemy Dole-Humphries Folk rk & orig

Nov 29, Thur

7–10p Brewery Draconum Peacock & the Feathers Rock mix
7–10p Bergie’s steakhouse Phil n the Blanks Classic rock
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Nov 30, Fri

8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic covers
8–12m Vincent Hill Station The Fulcos on patio Live music
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Sean Hughes band Covers & orig
9–11pm The Local Pub n Grill Max Esparzza Live music
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Bat, on tour, spec visit Folk, acoustic

Wines to Pair for Your Family Thanksgiving Dinner

| Entertainment | November 15, 2018

by Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery
Thanksgiving is around the corner, and last night, my dad and I were creating a dinner menu with a wine list to match. We were thinking about what we wanted – and, of course, it involved turkey.

Two years ago, my Thanksgiving article included my Chardonnay gravy recipe that I always make with my turkey. Turkey and gravy is a match made in heaven, but when you add wine, its paradise! While enjoying turkey, you can have a glass of the 2015 Amber Chardonnay or 2010 Syrah. Those are my two favorites.

Now that fall has arrived and it’s chilly out, a bowl of soup to start would be perfect. Curried apple and carrot soup would be a great start this year. I think that Brown Knows Cider’s Hop on this Honey would be amazing with soup.

Then, I am going to do a Japanese sweet potato dish. A few weeks ago, for our monthly hike, I prepared this delicious casserole. I layer thinly sliced sweet potatoes in a casserole dish and layer it with a white cheddar sauce and red onions. For the hike, it was vegan, so I used almond cheddar and coconut milk. The coconut milk makes it very moist and helps the cheese melt into a sauce, and I used wine. I would definitely pair this dish with our 2013 Sauvignon Blanc. This wine won a bronze medal in the 2016 Los Angeles International Wine Competition and received 82 points Wine Enthusiast Magazine (May 2018 Edition). It has aromas of crisp citrus, green apple and slight floral notes. On the palate you get a hint of honeydew melon and granny smith apples. This fruit-forward wine can be appreciated alone or with food.

For dessert this year, I am going to make something I haven’t in many years: a cranberry pecan chocolate pie. Our 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon tastes so delicious with cranberry desserts. It won’t be so sweet that you can’t finish your dessert. If you prefer a sweeter pairing, then absolutely choose the Agua Dulce Delight.

Do come in this weekend to pick up your Thanksgiving selections and we will be open this year Wednesday, November 21.

Holiday Jam – Musical Treat Served at Bethlehem Lutheran

| Canyon Country Magazine, Entertainment | November 15, 2018

Chances are your Christmas traditions don’t include a backstage pass experience with dozens of A-list musicians who tour with the likes of Phil Collins, Earth, Wind & Fire and Frankie Valli. Unless, that is, you’ve been on the inside of Canyon Country’s best-kept musical secret for the last 27 years.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church holds an annual concert spearheaded by Robby Robinson, who pulls together about 30 of his friends – also professional musicians – who bring to the public a show called Jam for Jesus. It’s a free three-hour music experience featuring men and women who perform for a living, but do the concert voluntarily.

“The talent level is just off the charts, but more than the talent level is the heart that these musicians have, who are giving their talent – significant talent, I might add – to the Lord,” Robinson said. “You walk into this church and what you get is what you’d expect to see in Radio City Music Hall.”

Front-and-center is Robinson on keyboard, who created the annual event when he was the minister of music at the church in the 1990s, and his brother, Rex Robinson, on bass. Though Rex, an Agua Dulce resident, has retired from touring, both men were in Frankie Valli’s band, and Robby has been Valli’s music director for more than 40 years.

Some of the horns, guitarists, vocalists, etc. are locals who are now professionals, including Andrea Hammond, Roland and Tristan Garcia and Sara Niemietz. Jam for Jesus performers also include musicians who play in the “Dancing with the Stars” and “American Idol” bands.

The songs in the concert are sacred, Robby said, including a number of Christmas songs. But the group tackles many different styles, from classical to jazz/pop. Far from a rigid performance, it’s what Robby calls “somewhat loose,” where there’s only one rehearsal and a basic script, which he writes in advance.

Like a symphony, these friends of Robby create a blend that fills the rafters, using little musical construction but still following a list of songs and basic arrangements.

“It’s like flying with no net,” Robby said. “It’s a very intimate kind of concert, not formal – you feel like you’re backstage. It’s hard to describe unless you’ve been there.”

One professional who’s “been there” from the beginning is percussionist Richie Garcia. He’s recorded on soundtracks for such films as “The Italian Job” and “Emperor’s New Groove” and toured with Sting, Diana Ross, Brooks and Dunn and many others. His sons, Roland and Tristan, also perform professionally and are frequent members of the Bethlehem Lutheran band.

“It’s an honor to share the stage with my family and some of the most accomplished musicians in Los Angeles year after year,” said Tristan Garcia. “They come together for a time of giving, share their talents and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.”

Meanwhile, their friend and leader Robby Robinson keeps packing a bag. A couple of weeks ago he played in Milwaukee, followed by Chicago, and ended up in Detroit, onstage with Frankie Valli.

Rex Robinson

Last year, the Robinson brothers flew to their hometown of Litchfield, Illinois (population about 7,000) where their mother still lives. Where they held the Robinson Brothers 40th Anniversary Concert, raising more than $100,000 for a small hospital. Some of the Robinsons’ musical colleagues who flew to Litchfield to play included a member of Mel Torme’s band and one of the stars of Broadway’s “Jersey Boys.”

If you attend Bethlehem Lutheran on a Sunday morning it’s possible to hear several of the same musicians. You’re more likely to see Rex Robinson in the worship band than Robby, who is now a minister of music in Simi Valley, where he lives. But his years of leadership give him the ability to speak for many of his musician friends.

“I feel so blessed to do what I do,” Robby said. “And that’s the way these guys feel.”

Bethlehem Lutheran Church is located at 27265 Luther Drive in Canyon Country. Jam for Jesus will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. For more information, call 661-252-0622 or visit BethlehemSCV.com.

Live Music This Week

| Entertainment | November 15, 2018

Nov 16, Fri
6:30–10p Wolf Creek Brewery Rebel Heart Rock covers
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic covers
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Wildside on patio Rock covers
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Dan Kirkpatrick Classic rock
9–11pm The Local Pub n Grill The Gamblers Live music
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Jay Bolan Classic rock
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Nov 17, Sat
6–10pm Vincent Hill Station Miles 2 Go Classic covers
7–9 or 10p Brewery Draconum Drop 3 Jazz funk
7–10pm Backyard Grub n Brews Saloonatics Rock covers
7–11pm Moose Lodge Mint Cyn Cervantes Rock covers
7:30–10:30p Vincenzo’s Newhall Dark Desert Hwy Eagles hits
8–11pm Wine 661 Sean Hughes Covers & orig
8–12m VFW 6885 Servants of Soul R&B, Classic rock
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Jay Bolan Classic covers
9–12m Eighth and Rail Snareheads Dance rock
9–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Natalie Wattre Covers & orig
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Nov 18, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap meet Wildside Live music
1–4pm Brewery Draconum Steve Jones Acoustic blues
1–5pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Matt Loewy CR & orig
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s open mic Various
5–9pm VFW 6885 Sue Rey & Runarounds Classic 60s rk
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Nov 20, Tues
6–8:30p Wolf Creek Brewery Community Pints night Dan Kirkpatrick
7–10p Bergie’s steakhouse SRBQ CR & blues
Nov 21, Wed
7–9pm Alchemy Dole-Humphries Folk rk & orig
9–12m The Local Pub & Grill Max Esparzza Live music
Nov 22, Thur Happy Thanksgiving
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Nov 23, Fri
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic covers
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Seventh Switch on patio Classic rock
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Steve Jones Acoustic blues
9–11pm The Local Pub n Grill Max Esparzza Live music
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Galo Pacheco Classic rock

Avenues Community Pints Night for #GivingTuesday

| Entertainment | November 15, 2018

Help support Avenue Supported Living Services (SLS) community pints non-profit night by joining the organization for an evening of live music and free cornhole games.

It is also #GivingTuesday, an international day of giving. This is a night for giving back to the community. Music will be performed by Sean Wiggins and food will be provided by Charlie’s Wieners food truck, which will serve hot dogs and other vegan options.

The event will take place Tuesday, November 27 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Wolfcreek Brewery 25108 Rye Canyon Loop, Santa Clarita, CA 91355.

Avenues SLS, Inc is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit agency providing supported living and individualized day services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/D) living in the Santa Clarita and San Fernando Valley. The nonprofit provides instructional coaching to ensure that the individuals supported can live productive lives of their choosing in their homes and community.

Live Music

| Entertainment | November 8, 2018

Nov 9, Fri

6:30–10p Wolf Creek Brewery Right Side Up band Classic rock
7:30–10:30p Vincenzo’s Newhall Code Red band Classic rock
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic covers
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Runaway Train on patio Country rock
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Sean Wiggins duo Covers & orig
9–11pm The Local Pub n Grill Todd & Niki Live music
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Galo Pacheco Classic rock
9–1am Doc’s Inn Frankly Speaking Rock covers
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Nov 10,

Sat 6–10pm Vincent Hill Station Z Band Classics & Ctry
7:30–10:30p Vincenzo’s Newhall Colt 45 band Rock covers
8–11pm Wine 661 Dole Humphries Folk rk & orig
8–12m VFW 6885 Big Coyote Country
9–11pm The Local Pub n Grill Some Other Loco Blues, folk, ctry
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Lance Allyn Classic covers
9–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Sean Wiggins Covers & orig
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Nov 11, Sun

10a–2p Saugus Swap meet Old Dawgs, New Tricks Live music

1–5pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Milo Sledge Country blues
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s open mic Various
5–9pm Amer.Legion Newhall Rick Berthod, SCV Blues Society Jam
5–9pm VFW 6885 Breakfast with Barbie Classic rock
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Nov 13, Tues

6–8:30p Wolf Creek Brewery Community Pints night SomeOtherLoco
7–10p Bergie’s steakhouse Deep Fried Daddys Blues rock mix
Nov 14, Wed 6:30–8:30p Alchemy Dole-Humphries Folk rk & orig
Nov 15, Thur 7–10pm Brewery Draconum SRBQ band Blues rk mix
7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse Alan Wright band Blues mix
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Nov 16, Fri

6:30–10p Wolf Creek Brewery Rebel Heart band Rock covers
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic covers
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Wildside on patio Rock covers
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Dan Kirkpatrick Classic rock
9–11pm The Local Pub n Grill The Gamblers Live music
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Jay Bolan Classic rock

‘Memory | Mythology’ Art Exhibit at The MAIN in Old Town Newhall

| Entertainment | November 8, 2018

Starting Wednesday, November 14, 2018, the art gallery at The MAIN in Old Town Newhall will feature “Memory | Mythology,” an art exhibition showcasing ink drawings, collages and fiber installations by artist Theresa Knopf. The exhibition will be on display through Friday, December 7. The public is invited to view the gallery, enjoy light refreshments and meet the artist at a reception on Saturday, November 17, 2018, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The MAIN, located at 24266 Main Street in Newhall.

“Memory | Mythology” explores the fluidity of memory and its ability to rewrite itself over time to create variations in personal narratives. Theresa Knopf is a Los Angeles-based mixed media artist, whose work combines a variety of materials and techniques to explore archetypes in literature and personal histories. To tell these stories, she uses everyday objects and materials that have personal significance, but which also have their own histories and cultural importance, weaving together images physically and metaphorically.

Knopf has been a recipient of the Henry Van Slooten Award, a California State University Grant and the Collage Artists of America Scholarship. She studied art history in France and has an extensive educational background in painting, illustration, printmaking and bookbinding.

The gallery at The MAIN is open for viewing during all events at The MAIN, as well as Wednesdays through Saturdays, from 6 p.m. to close. For more information, call (661) 290-2255 or visit AtTheMain.org. For information regarding all city art happenings, visit SantaClaritaArts.com.

November 7 – International Merlot Day!

| Entertainment | November 8, 2018

by BEth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

For everyone who knows me, I love talking about Merlot. Every wine has a holiday, and of course, Merlot gets a whole month and a day. You start to enjoy Merlot for the whole month of October, and on November 7, we finish it with a bang. #MerlotMe It’s one of those wines that needs a little bit of a push, but when you try it, you will love it. This Past weekend, I was pouring our 2015 Merlot at the Sunset in the Vineyard event at Compa Vineyard in Newhall. Such a wonderful event! Don’t forget to support your local Santa Clarita and Antelope Valley wineries.

I am a happy to share that I could not believe how many people actually asked for Merlot. Obviously, all the media around the world has obviously helped this varietal. Our 2015 Merlot has not yet been officially released, but it does make an appearance occasionally. If you come in the tasting room, it is available for purchase. This estate Merlot has bold aromas of plum, blackberry and notes of toasted oak, followed by juicy flavors of Satsuma plums with a hint of spice rounding out the finish. It has won a gold medal and received 91 points from the Toast of the Coast wine competition. Supple, velvety tannins and lush fruit make this wine an ideal match for grilled pork chops, Port Salut cheese or roasted plums and vanilla ice cream.

Thinking of food and wine while I am writing makes me want to open a bottle of this delicious Merlot for dinner while enjoying grilled chicken with a plum glaze on top of basmati rice and fresh green beans. Here is my recipe for the plum jelly I use when I glaze my chicken.
Ingredients

4 ½ cups Italian Plums, chopped and pitted
4 cups of sugar
1 lemon, juiced
1 sprig of rosemary
1 package of Sure-jell Certo liquid pectin
1/3 cup of Reyes 2011 Robby’s Blend

Directions

Pour sugar into large pot and cook over medium to high heat.
When sugar starts to melt and sides of pot, looks like it is a caramel color; add plum, lemon juice, rosemary and pectin.
When it starts to boil, continue to cook until frothy.
When the back of the spoon looks like it is sticking to the back. (Take a finger and go down the back of the spoon, if you make a line and it feels thick, it’s done.) Turn off the heat.
Add Reyes 2011 Robby’s Blend.
Chill and then Serve.

‘Light Up Main Street’ Set for November 17

| Entertainment | November 8, 2018

Have you ever wanted to see live reindeer, play in the snow or take a selfie with Santa? Now is your chance to do all three at the City of Santa Clarita’s yearly holiday celebration and tree lighting ceremony, Light Up Main Street! The city council invites the public to attend an evening of entertainment and holiday cheer in Old Town Newhall on Saturday, November 17, beginning at 6 p.m.

Light Up Main Street is the unofficial kickoff to the holiday season in Santa Clarita and brings community members together to enjoy festive performances, activities and more. Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy real snow on Main Street, see live reindeer up close and visit local fine craft vendors to discover one-of-a-kind gifts for the holidays.

Children will also be able to take a photo with Santa Claus and get their faces painted during the event. Food trucks will be on site selling sweet and savory options for dinner and dessert as well.

At 7:30 p.m., members of the Santa Clarita City Council will officially turn on the lights and illuminate overhead displays along Main Street as well as a 23-foot-tall Christmas tree in front of Old Town Newhall Library. Following the tree lighting, Prussia, a popular band that has been featured at a SENSES Block Party presented by Valencia Auto Center, will play a special free concert until 9 p.m.

Lyons Avenue will be closed beginning at 2 p.m. until midnight between Railroad Avenue and Walnut Street. Main Street will be closed starting at 11 a.m. until midnight between Lyons Avenue and Market Street. Both Walnut Street and Market Street will remain open to through traffic. Detours will be made available.

Free public parking is available at the city-owned parking structure on 9th Street and Railroad Avenue, as well as at the Newhall Community Center (22421 Market Street) and various lots around Newhall.

Community partners supporting this event include Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, Re/Max of Santa Clarita, Snow Orthodontics and Valencia Auto Center. To find more information about Light Up Main Street visit OldTownNewhall.com.

COC Presents Shakespeare’s ‘Measure for Measure’

| Entertainment | November 8, 2018

The College of the Canyons theatre department continues its season with a production of William Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure” opening Friday, Nov. 9.

“Measure for Measure,” once seen as a raucous comedy, is now viewed through a contemporary lens where hypocritical moralists are juxtaposed with bawdy humor. A duke abdicating his authority, archaic laws strictly imposed, and a woman’s stand against lechery are among Shakespeare’s elegant arguments and timeless characters that hold uncanny relevancy.

“Though this play is more than 400 years old, it sounds as though it was written last month,” said David Stears, who is directing the production. “There are whole passages that could have been ripped from recent headlines, with parallels to current items such as the #MeToo movement. It is a testament for the deep understanding Shakespeare had for people, characters, and the nature of power.”

“Measure for Measure” marks the COC directorial debut for new full-time theatre faculty member David Stears. Stears is also the executive director of the Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival, and was a long-time adjunct instructor in the COC theatre department. He also serves as the theatre department’s producer.

Performances will be held at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) Blackbox Theatre located on the college’s Valencia campus.

Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9, 10, 16 and 17; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 and 18.

This play contains some adult subject matter.

General admission tickets are $12. Tickets for students and seniors are $6.

For more information, contact the PAC box office at (661) 362-5304 or visit the PAC website.

More About the COC Theatre Department
Part of the college’s School of Visual and Performing Arts, the COC theatre department offers a highly regarded transfer program with three degree options available.

Students interested in attending a COC theatre department performance or learning more about the program are encouraged to email theatre@canyons.edu.

For more information about the College of the Canyons theatre department, visit the department’s web page or like its Facebook page.

‘ABC’: Anything but Chardonnay!

| Entertainment | November 2, 2018

by Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

Just the other day somebody made that comment: “ABC.” I haven’t heard that expression in quite a while. If you haven’t heard of before it, stands for “anything but Chardonnay.” Traditionally, I am a person who doesn’t really enjoy Chardonnay, but I absolutely adore our 2015 Amber Chardonnay.

This is a white wine made for red wine drinkers. I am a red wine drinker. I enjoy red by far more than whites even though I do love having a glass of cold white wine on a hot day or even when I am enjoying something very spicy and want that bit of sweetness.

This estate Chardonnay is perfect for any holiday party. It pairs so well with cheeses, olives and pickles. Last night, I was at a social gathering with friends and I enjoyed an amazing glass of Amber, and of course, I couldn’t stop eating the olives all night long. This is a unique wine was created in similar fashion to the Georgian wines called “Orange or Amber Wines.”

Those wines are normally fermented and aged in clay vessels called qvevri. After fermenting in the skins, just like red wines, we aged this estate Chardonnay in French oak barrels for 15 months, which contributed to the amber color and unique flavor. Aromas of blood orange, gala apples, orange blossom and honeysuckle tantalize your senses. This estate grown Amber wine is smooth and silky with medium tannins, and has notes of blood orange, grapefruit, kumquat and aromatic spices.

For my dad‘s birthday tomorrow, I am surprising him with a Reuben casserole. It has all the elements of a classic Reuben sandwich like the sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing, the corned beef brisket and Swiss cheese; except it’s not going to have any rye bread. I am making it like a shepherd’s pie with mashed potatoes on top, and topping it with caraway seed.

Valencia High Band & Color Guard to Host 7th Annual Field Show Tournament

| Entertainment | November 2, 2018

The Valencia High School Marching Band & Color Guard is pleased to announce the 7th Annual Pride of the Vikings Field Show Tournament on Thursday, November 8, at 4:30 p.m. in Santa Clarita. Valencia High School will host approximately 18 local and southern California bands with over 1200 performers who will showcase artistic visual pageantry, music, and marching formation designs.

The tournaments location will be at the Valencia High School (VHS) Football stadium at 27801 North Dickason Drive, Santa Clarita 91355. The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. with an awards ceremony taking place at 9:45 p.m. Admission is $10, and general parking is free. Preferred parking is $10. There will be a special performance by the Pasadena City College Lancer Marching Band and Color Guard at 9:30 p.m.

Valencia High School Band and Color Guard will perform as well. Band Director Mark Judd, along with his Visual and Music Design Team, crafted a program called “New York Cityscapes” which musically conceptualizes the unique energy of New York by incorporating music genres that reflect its cultural diversity.

“We have been invited to perform at the prestigious Carnegie Hall and St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York in March 2019,” said Mark Judd. “Our goal was to create a performance that is musically and visually attainable. In a political landscape that can be divisive, we wanted to celebrate the melting pot of New York and the American music that historically brings us all together.”

Food, snacks and drinks will be served throughout the day by the Valencia High School Band & Flag Boosters.

“Raffle prizes will also be available. All proceeds from the tournament go towards our ongoing fundraising efforts of our music program. We encourage businesses to visit our website for great opportunities to be a sponsor,” said Channon Morris, President of the Flags & Boosters Board.

“These band and color guard students have worked very hard since the beginning of the summer this year, and we are so proud of their accomplishments,” VHS Principal Steve Ford added. “We encourage our students to excel in academics, sports and the fine arts. This tournament is an important event for Valencia High School. It brings us joy to offer ways that bring the Santa Clarita Community together! I strongly encourage everyone in the area to support the music program and enjoy the great performances from these school bands in the surrounding communities.”

About the Valencia High School Band & Color Guard:

The Pride of the Vikings Marching Band and Color Guard has been ranked as one of the top “Class 3A” bands in Southern California and has won sweepstakes awards at several competitions.  The concert band programs have also received consistent “superior” rankings at the festivals they attend.  For the past five years, the Viking Band and Color Guard has medaled at SCSBOA (Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association) Championships, receiving a bronze medal in 2014, silver in 2016 and 2017 and gold medals in 2013 and 2015.

Live Music

| Entertainment | November 1, 2018

Nov 2, Fri
6:30–10p Wolf Creek Brewery Drop Zone band Classic rock
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic covers
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Mama’s Hot Sauce on patio Rockabilly
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Guitar James Acoustic
9–11pm The Local Pub n Grill Max Esparzza Live music
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Galo Pacheco Classic rock
9–12m Eighth and Rail Snareheads Rock covers
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Nov 3, Sat
6–10pm Vincent Hill Station Dan Parra Folk rock
7:30–10:30p Vincenzo’s Newhall The Grateful Dudes Bluegrass
8–11pm Wine 661 Vinyl Gypsies Classic rock
8–12m VFW 6885 No Chasers band Live music
9–11pm The Local Pub n Grill Some Other Loco Blues, folk, ctry
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Tewks & Beans Classic covers
9–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Saloonatics Classic rock
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Nov 4, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap meet Splinters Live music
1–5pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Roby Duron & Walker Gibson Classics
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s open mic Various
5–8pm Vincenzo’s Newhall Island Passion Reggae
5–9pm VFW 6885 Rob Staley Country
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Nov 6, Tues
6–8:30p Wolf Creek Brewery Community Pints night Steve Jones
7–10p Bergie’s steakhouse Gary Coppola guest Blues mix
Nov 7, Wed
6:30–8:30p Alchemy Dole-Humphries Folk rock & orig
7–9pm Paseo Club Valencia Lance Allyn Classic covers
Nov 8, Thur
7–10pm Brewery Draconum Sean Wiggins duo Covers & orig
7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse Jay Dean & friends Live music
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Nov 9, Fri
6:30–10p Wolf Creek Brewery Various bands Live music
7:30–10:30p Vincenzo’s Newhall Code Red band Classic rock
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic covers
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Runaway Train on patio Country rock
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Sean Wiggins duo Covers & orig
9–11pm The Local Pub n Grill Todd & Niki Live music
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Galo Pacheco Classic rock
9–1am Doc’s Inn Frankly Speaking Rock covers

Art Exhibit ‘Dressing Up Is Fun’ Now at Newhall Community Center

| Entertainment | October 26, 2018

Decorated with fun embellishments such as puffy paint, tulle fabric, feathers and even bubble wrap, artist Georgette Arison’s mixed-media art in “Dressing Up is Fun,” the newest art exhibit at the Newhall Community Center, uses unconventional methods to showcase costume design. The art exhibit is free to visit and is on display for the public to enjoy until February 14, 2019.

“I am passionate about using accessories and embellishment. I am currently studying Costume Design with an emphasis on wardrobe and millinery hat design,” says Georgette about what inspired her work.

Georgette Arison has been involved in numerous arts and crafts fairs such as the Pasadena Bead and Design Show and the Harvest Festival. She specializes in leather tooling, silk painting, millinery, wearable clothing art and illustration. To learn more about Georgette, visit georgiegirldesigns.wordpress.com.

The Newhall Community Center is located at 22421 Market Street in Newhall. The Center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. and is closed on Saturday and Sunday.

For more information regarding the art exhibit, contact Jeff Barber at jbarber@santa-clarita.com. For more information regarding all city art happenings, visit SantaClaritaArts.com.

Canyon Theatre Guild Reveals 2018 Scholarship Winners

| Entertainment | October 25, 2018

The Canyon Theatre Guild is announcing this year’s scholarship winners.

Riley Milton is awarded the Mike Levine Scholarship, Rachel Kugler the Darryl Roberts Scholarship, Shannon Corbett the Greg and Patti Finley Scholarship, and Jasmine Gawra the Douglas and Mercy Holiday Scholarship. Each scholarship is for $500. Every year the Canyon Theatre Guild awards a variety of different scholarships to graduating high school seniors in the Santa Clarita Valley.

“The youth of America are the future, and the Canyon Theatre Guild believes in investing in our youth,” Executive Artistic Director TimBen Boydston said. “It is an honor to help these bright young people in their continuing education.”

The Canyon Theatre Guild is a nonprofit arts organization which productions 10 full-scale productions a year. It also produces a wide variety of youth afterschool, home school, and summer workshops.

“There is no better way to instill confidence and team building skills than putting them in a workshop where they work with their peers to put on a show,” Jennifer Teague said, who is the CTG Director of Youth Workshops.

To receive more information about the Canyon Theatre Guild and its youth programs and workshops, contact the box office at 661-799-2702, or visit the Theatre Complex at 24242 Main Street in Old Town Newhall.

The Perfect Pairing: Wine and Chocolate!

| Entertainment | October 25, 2018

by Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

Anyone who knows me personally is aware that I love M&Ms and thought was my grandma’s fault. Every time I go shopping at Target, I HAVE to peek at the seasonal flavors. I love to pair the flavors with notes from the wines. For instance, our 2009 Merlot paired well with the mint, the 2010 Merlot with the pumpkin pie and the 2011 Merlot with the coffee nut.

Reyes 2010 Merlot pairs perfectly with the pumpkin pie M&M, and it also pairs well with pork chops with a cinnamon jerk rub, Toscano cheese dusted in cinnamon, and many things you might enjoy for Thanksgiving. It has won silver awards from the 2012 O.C. Fair Commercial Wine Competition and the 2012 Long Beach Grand Cru Wine Competition. Plus, it was awarded bronze from the 2012 Los Angeles International Wine Competition, Sunset International Wine Competition and the 2013 San Diego County Fair Commercial Wine Competition.

I had a couple that came in last weekend. The gentleman loved wine and wanted his girlfriend to enjoy it, too. He brought her to Reyes Winery to explore the varieties we offer. She preferred sweet white wines, yet never tried a red before. I asked her what fruits or spices she likes. She named strawberries, coffee, raspberries and few others. I first had her try our 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, which has notes of dried strawberries and peppercorns. And yes, I do have a strawberry M&M. I had her first sip a little bit of the wine and then eat the M&M, and while it’s still in your mouth, finish it with the M&M. She was so amazed how the wine wasn’t as dry with the chocolate. That goes for any wine – you have not just chocolate, but cheese or a steak dinner.

Pairing wines with food can be very beneficial to each other. The fat content of the food will depend upon the dryness of the wine. Always think opposites. A very dry wine needs a high fat content food. Then again, a smooth wine could pair with a low-fat content food, like dark chocolate or a dry cheese.

If you come to the tasting room, mention M&M’s to me and you just might be surprised at some of the pairings I do.

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