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Go West, Santa Clarita, With Thursdays@Newhall

| Entertainment | April 4, 2019

Saddle up your horse, steel or otherwise, and ride into Old Town Newhall for a wide selection of free Thursdays@Newhall events in April. On the calendar are the ever-popular 10 by 10 Variety Show, JAM Sessions, SENSES Block Party and Note by Note music night. Thursdays@Newhall is an ongoing opportunity for residents of Santa Clarita to attend shows, concerts and special events on Thursdays throughout the year.

Get ready for the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival by learning new line dance steps at JAM Sessions on April 11 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Newhall Community Center. Candy Sherwin will lead a night of lessons at the community center (22421 Market Street) and show you dance step sequences that will get everyone moving together as one. After the lesson, practice your new dance steps as you listen to the sounds of The Mary White Band. JAM Sessions is hosted in conjunction with the Ford Theatre Foundation, bringing dance and original live performances to the Old Town Newhall.

The always exciting SENSES Block Party takes over Main Street on April 18 with a Cowboy Roundup starting at 7 p.m. The Cowboy Roundup is the official after-party of the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival. Rediscover the spirit of the Old West with music from Whiskey Tango, mechanical bull rides, line dancing, trick roping, gourmet food trucks, street performers and drinks from El Trocadero.

The same night, The MAIN will host an artist reception for its newest exhibit, “Reality Optional: The Unhinged Wit of Phil Althouse.” The exhibit features digital work from the Los Angeles-based artist, who is fascinated by the challenge of telling a story and injecting humor and theatrical timing into a single still image. Attendees will get to explore the art work, meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments. The reception will take place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., and the exhibit will be on display from April 17 to May 1.

The Note by Note music night closes out the month and will take place inside The MAIN from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on April 25. Note by Note is a free night of music 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 April include Glen Allan Britain, GRIT, Tracey Lee Nelson and Steven Kai Van Betten. Artists interested in performing at Note by Note can learn more at ThursdaysAtNewhall.com/NotebyNote.

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.

College of the Canyons Offers Honorary PhDs to ‘Tenured’ Students

| Entertainment | April 1, 2019

To comply with the state’s new student-centered funding formula, College of the Canyons has taken steps to eject some of its more “seasoned” students by offering a PhD in Community College Studies – if they agree to part ways.

“We call them into the counseling office and ask them a few questions. The first is: Where’s the counseling office?” said Chancellor Dianne Van Hook. “We toss you a diploma, blow the honorary kazoo, and boom, you’re a doctor – get out.”

In order to receive adequate funding from the state, the school is required to get students out of community college and onto a career path quickly. So far, the program has proven to be effective – especially for the self-esteems of the newly doctored.

“When I walked into work the day after I got my diploma, I yelled, ‘Everyone in this Pizza Hut, bow down!’” said Kyle. “I swear that I made the best cinnamon sticks I ever had that day.”

As for the future of the workforce, the jury is out.

“So far, 300 applicants have been Doctors of Community College,” said the president of Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. “I’m hoarse from describing the difference between a doctor and a physician.”

City Seal is Now Just an Ad for Plastic Surgery

| Entertainment | April 1, 2019

In light of recent concerns that the city seal does not so accurately represent the community, city officials decided on a new symbol that they feel better serves its constituency – an 11×8 glossy ad for plastic surgery.

“I just feel more comfortable pledging my allegiance to a mommy-makeover coupon,” said local PTA President Janice. “When I look around town, I don’t see a picket fence and a grassy hill; I see driveways littered with tummy tuck advertisements and billboards alerting me of flaws I never knew I had. My community is finally being represented.”

Sierra Pelona Wine Festival to Benefit Zonta Club of Santa Clarita

| Entertainment | March 28, 2019

by Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

On Saturday, April 6, Reyes Winery will hold its 7th annual Sierra Pelona Vintners Wine Festival, which will benefit the Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley. Last year, over 700 people from all over Southern California attended. This year, more than 1,000 guests are expected to attend.

This year’s event will feature local wineries, breweries, cider makers, and plenty of non-alcoholic beverages. There will be local artists, chefs, bakers, plus many artisans showing handmade crafts. One of the rules for our event is that everything is handmade locally, so our guests can meet the chef, winemaker, brew-master or artist.

The Zonta Club of the SCV is a 501c3 service organization that empowers both local and international women. The event will raise money for Zonta projects and scholarships such as:

“LifeForward” is a series of workshops that concentrate on topics useful to women of various ages and interests.
“Girls Robotics” is a STEM program for girls. For 11 years, Zonta has partnered with the Girls and Boys Club of the SCV to work with girls to build and program Lego Mindstorm robots.
“Zonta says NO” is a campaign to educate and raise awareness of domestic violence within our community. Every November, for “Sixteen Days of Advocacy,” seven red dresses are hung at different locations throughout the SCV. Each dress symbolizes a local woman whose life was lost to domestic violence.
Last year, the Zonta Club of Santa Clarita partnered with “Fostering Youth Independence,” a local organization that ensures every youth leaving the foster care system feels safe, connected and loved.

Zonta also gives out scholarships to girls and women within the community. On May 9 at the Annual Awards event, scholarships for the “Virginia Wrage Memorial Fund” will be presented, along with Community Grants. Zonta International scholarships that will be awarded locally are “Jane M Klausman” and “Young Women in Public Affairs.” On the International level, an “Amelia Earhart Fellowship” is given to PhD candidates in science. One of our members, Dr. Sharon Langenbeck – the current Zonta International President Elect – was awarded the Amelia Earhart Fellowship twice.
For more information about Zonta, visit https://www.scvzonta.org.

The sponsors for the Sierra Pelona Valley Wine Festival include: Aquafina and Pepsi, Mercedes-Benz of Valencia, California Bank and Trust, Reyes Winery, Pour d’Vino, Audiology & Associates, Cobalt Realty, The Tuesday Coffee Club, and Farmers Insurance. Media sponsors are KHTS Radio, Inside SCV, the Santa Clarita Gazette, the SCV Signal, and Santa Clarita Magazine. Numerous private donors contribute as well.

On Your Feet or On Your Knees: Blue Oyster Cult Tonight (Friday)at the Canyon!

| Entertainment | March 28, 2019

by Harry Parmenter

Blue Oyster Cult will play The Canyon Friday March 29. This is one of the most underrated outfits in rock ‘n’ roll history. The thinking man’s metal band (even though they weren’t really metal), their brilliance was overshadowed in an age ruled by Aerosmith, KISS and the mighty Zeppelin. They made a string of terrific albums that have aged like fine wine, including their eponymous debut, Tyranny & Mutation, Secret Treaties, Agents of Fortune, Mirrors and Spectres, yielding hits in “Godzilla,” “Burnin’ for You” and the classic “Don’t Fear the Reaper.” They also released, for my money, the best live record ever made: “On Your Feet or On Your Knees,” a double LP with a badass cover photo of a stretch limo adorned with the band’s mysterious logo parked outside a gloomy old church beneath dark, foreboding skies.

BOC delivered the goods with endless touring and a stage show among the first to feature state-of-the-art lasers in the 1970s. My friends and I fought our way through an ice storm one New Year’s Eve to Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum, home base for the band, with front-man Eric Bloom blazing a laser out of a ring on his finger, directing the beam at giant mirrored spheres hanging from the arena, reflecting an endless shower of rays onto our stoned little heads while the band hammered their unique brand of cryptic rock at peak volume. Unforgettable stuff.

Then, during the show-stopping “ME 262,” drummer Albert Bouchard abandoned his kit to grab a guitar and join Bloom, multi-instrumentalist Allen Lanier, bassists Joe (no relation) Bouchard and uber lead guitarist Buck Dharma in a line of axe men repeating the malevolent chords of the ode to a WWII German bomber. Yeah, they were a bit metal, come to think of it.

The Bouchards eventually moved on and Lanier sadly passed away several years ago, but Buck and Bloom carry on with a band more than equal to preserving their great legacy. At the Canyon, you can expect a great set list featuring not only the hits, but essential cuts from their deep catalog including the monster lick “E.T.I.,” “Dr. Music,” “Buck’s Boogie” and the inevitable masterpiece, “(Then Came the) Last Days of May,” a cautionary tale about a dope deal gone bad featuring a poignant, mournful guitar solo I will take with me to the grave.

Five or six years ago, BOC inexplicably played a music festival/charity event at Valencia Country Club. There was no publicity or advertising and I stumbled onto it the day before and arrived to find a reserved crowd of foodies sipping white wine and sampling various local catered fare. White tablecloths, champagne flutes and strawberries dipped in chocolate. What were these monsters of rock doing here?!

Following dinner, darkness fell and Blue Oyster Cult took the stage as maybe 50 people who UNDERSTOOD THE GREATNESS ABOUT TO UNFOLD stood on the grass in front of the band, including my son, myself and two boys who couldn’t have been more than 12 years old, one in a Black Sabbath tee, the other Metallica. It must have been their first concert and, man, were they lucky.

Unfazed by the small crowd and the odd booking, the band wailed from start to finish. We stood there hooting and hollering, shouting out requests and at one point Bloom said between songs, “This is just like a private party!” And it was!

Don’t miss the party with Blue Oyster Cult at the Canyon Friday night. They will burn for you.

Live Entertainment

| Entertainment | March 28, 2019

Mar 29, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Drop Zone band Classic rock
7–9pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Nathan on piano Piano
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic rock
8–11pm The Local Pub n Grill Nick Horn Live music
8–11:30 Vincent Hill Station Right Side Up Classic rock
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Galo Pacheco Classic rock

Mar 30, Sat
3–7pm Fast House Robert Heft & Cory Clay Live music
6–10pm Vincent Hill Station Lance Allyn Classic covers
7:30–10:30p Vincenzo’s Newhall Colt 45 band CR & country
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Horn & Gerry Rothschild Classic covers
8–12m VFW 6885 Lee Harper band Country
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Sean Wiggins duo Classic covers 9–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Sean Hughes band Covers & orig

Mar 31, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap meet The Fulcos band Live music
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s open mic Various
5–8pm Vincenzos Newhall Tangent & Rough Around the Edges
5–9pm VFW 6885 Sue Rey & the Runarounds Classic rock

Apr 2, Tues
6–9:30p Wolf Creek Brewery Community Pints night Live music 7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse Harry Orlove guest Blues mix

Apr 4, Thur
6:30–9:30p Brewery Draconum The Dusty Covers Classic rock
7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse Deep Fried Daddys CR fun

Apr 5, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Various bands Live music
7 – 9pm Rock Inn Nathan on piano Piano
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic covers
8–11pm American Legion First Friday Jam Live bands
8–11:30p Vincent Hill Station TBD Live music
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Jay Bolan Classic rock

Live Music

| Entertainment | March 21, 2019

Mar 22, Fri

6–9pm                  Wolf Creek Brewery              On Tap band                               Classic rock
7–9pm                  Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)        Nathan on piano                       Piano
8–11pm                Wine 661                                    Bill Cinque & friends                Classic rock
8–11pm                The Local Pub n Grill               Nick Horn                                     Live music
8–11:30                Vincent Hill Station                 Overdrive                                     Classic rock
9–12m                  Salt Creek Grille                       Dole – Humphries                     Folk rk & CR

Mar 23, Sat

2:30–5:30p          Pocock Brewery                        Splash Mob                                 Reggae
6–10pm                Vincent Hill Station                 Miles 2 Go                                   CR w/fiddle
7:30–10:30p        Vincenzo’s Newhall               Monkey Bump                          Rock covers

8–11pm               The Local Pub n Grill                Max Esparzza                              Live music
8–11pm                Wine 661                                    Colene & Co                                Swing, R&B
8–12m                  VFW 6885                                   Servants of Soul                        Classic rock
9–12m                  Salt Creek Grille                        Galo Pacheco                              Classic rock

9–1a                      Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)         Boys Night Out                         CR & Blues

Mar 24, Sun        10a–2p                    Saugus Swap meet                 Karson City Rebels                    Live music
3–7pm                  Vincent Hill                                Moldy Marvin’s open mic      Various
5–8pm                  Vincenzos Newhall                 Corky Knight & the Daze        Classic rock
5–9pm                  American Legion                     Classic Rock Jam                        Live bands
5–9pm                  VFW 6885                                   Breakfast with Barbie              Classic rock

Mar 26, Tues

6–9:30p                Wolf Creek Brewery              Community Pints night           Live music

7–10pm     Bergie’s steakhouse              SRBQ band                                   Blues mix

Mar 28, Thur

6:30–9:30p          Brewery Draconum                Vinyl Gypsies                              Classic rock
7–10pm                Bergie’s steakhouse              Crush Jones band                     CR funk

Mar 29, Fri           6–9pm                  Wolf Creek Brewery              Various bands                            Live music
7 – 9pm                Rock Inn                                      Nathan on piano                       Piano
8–11pm                Wine 661                                    Bill Cinque & friends                Classic covers
8–11pm                The Local Pub n Grill               Nick Horn                                    Live music
8–11:30p              Vincent Hill Station                 The Fulcos                                   Rock covers
9–12m                  Salt Creek Grille                       Galo Pacheco                              Classic rock

Is Your Wine Gluten Free?

| Entertainment | March 21, 2019

by Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

Last week, I saw an article that caught my interest. Is wine gluten free?

Yes, there can be gluten found in wine, but it is an insignificant amount. There are two ways it could be found in wine. One way is through fining agents, which remove the impurities and sediment in wine before bottling.

We use bentonite, which is mineral-based, wheat free and vegan. Bentonite is used to absorb and remove what is not wanted in a glass of wine. Sometimes, it can strip too much from the wine. We do a light filtration in order to retain the flavor and complexities of the wine. The bentonite clay possesses a negative electrostatic charge. It allows the particles or sediment to cling to it and then settle to the bottom of the barrel before we filter, so the wine can be clear. It is an effective way to remove the proteins that are not wanted. Plus, it can help reduce the capability to oxidize.

Another method utilized by some cooperages (including Barrel maker), is a wheat-based paste that seals the barrels. More common is the use of a wax-based product. Again, trace amounts can be found in the wine. I often hear how many people have allergies to certain wines, especially red wines. Since red wine is aged mainly in oak, this could be a reason that people who need wheat-free diets have a reaction. This is another reason to drink local.

Our newest release is our 2013 Syrah. It already earned a Double Gold and 94 points in the San Francisco International Wine Competition, in addition to Silver in the 2017 Los Angeles International Wine Competition. Our Estate Syrah was aged in French Oak for 23 months and brings blackberry, plum, pepper and fall herbs to your senses. Its silky finish lingers with soft tannins and a touch of smoky oak. Enjoy with lamb burgers or a mixed berry trifle. This will be featured on our tasting sheet this month and again in April.

Always check with the wine server at a tasting room to know if their wine is gluten free and vegan! Reyes Winery’s wine is! Our tasting room is open Saturday and Sunday from 11-5 p.m.

AV Fair & Event Center Celebrates 31st Annual Home Show

| Community, Entertainment | March 21, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Film Screenings at Congregation Beth Shalom

| Canyon Country Magazine, Entertainment | March 16, 2019

A place of worship isn’t normally a venue for screening movie entertainment, but for the leadership at Congregation Beth Shalom’s monthly film series, being outside of the mainstream is a good thing.

“Five years ago, the CBS Film Series started as a way to bring wonderful and little known independent films to the community,” said Suzannah Warlick. “The two movie theaters in Santa Clarita typically show the same big budget blockbusters, (but) independent films don’t have those same budgets for publicity. They’re usually confined to film festivals and other venues you have to be in-the-know to find.”

The public is welcome to attend. And to get a taste of how unique the event is, among the movies they’ve screened are “Land of Milk and Funny” about an American Jewish standup comedian bringing colleagues to Israel and “93 Queen” about a Hasidic lawyer who creates the first all-female ambulance corps in New York City.

The CBS Film Series was designed to bring these diverse and lesser-known films into the public eye. At Congregation Beth Shalom’s first screening they only had 19 people in the audience, but it’s grown exponentially since then, so now they can typically expect about 100 people at the monthly event.

“With audience members spreading the word and bringing their friends, the film series even attracts people from neighboring communities as close as the San Fernando Valley and as far as Los Angeles,” Warlick said.

And the value is also a big draw. For the price of a $5 ticket, you get lunch and popcorn along with the movie.

“It’s a terrific way to meet new people and broaden your film horizons,” Warlick added. “We try our best to bring directors, producers, or relevant speakers to accompany the film for a Q&A. If we can’t make that happen, we still give the audience interesting information so they come away with an even better understanding of these amazing movies.”

The most recent film the group screened was “If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast,” which has a score of 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The film featured Carl Reiner’s interviews with 90-year-old celebrities to get their insights about life. Dick Van Dyke, Kirk Douglas and Betty White were among those in the movie.

To stay informed about the Congregation Beth Shalom Sunday movies, you can get on a list to receive updates by emailing them at cbsfilmseries@gmail.com. You can also “like” the CBS Film Series on Facebook. Or you may also join more than 1,000 members on the Santa Clarita Monthly Independent Film Series Meetup group on Meetup.com.

Famed Courtroom Illustrator To Speak at SCAA

| Entertainment | March 14, 2019

Courtroom illustrator Bill Robles will speak at the Santa Clarita Artists Association meeting on Monday, May 20. This event is free, open to the public and takes place at 6:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, located at 23630 Valencia Blvd.

“I love courtroom illustrating … the immediacy…working feverishly…the adrenaline flows…and suddenly it is over, onto the satellite and seen around the world,” said Robles. For more than four decades, Bill Robles has mastered the art of on-the-spot illustration. The 1970 Charles Manson trial launched a career as a Television News Courtroom artist, and has resulted in a long succession of high profile trials including:

Illustrations of the Charles Manson trial by Bill Robles.

Patricia Hearst; Actor Lee Marvin’s Palimony Trial; John De Lorean, The Night Stalker (Richard Ramirez); Rodney King; O.J. Simpson; the Unabomber; Oklahoma City Bombers Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols; the Menendez Brothers; Robert Blake; Michael Jackson; Paris Hilton; Lindsay Lohan; Arizona shooter Jarad Lee Loughner; Aurora Theater shooter James Holmes; Dodger Stadium Beating Victim Bryan Stow Trial; Donald Sterling vs. Shelly Sterling LA Clippers Ownership Trial; Enrique Marquez (purchased weapons for San Bernardino Terrorists); Led Zeppelin Copyright Trial; Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca Trial; and Robert Durst.

Bill has been honored for his illustration career with numerous awards and assignments, which include being selected by NASA to be on site and document the first four Space Shuttle missions, an Emmy nomination, a Gold Medal Award from the Los Angeles Art Directors Club coverage of the Manson trial., three Gold Medals from the Broadcast Designers Association, awards from the New York and Los Angeles Society of Illustrators, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Los Angeles Society of Illustrators, and in 2016, the Library of Congress acquired all of Bill’s original artwork from the book publication titled “The Illustrated Courtroom 50 Years of Courtroom Art.”

He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Art Center College of Design.  Several years later, he returned to Art Center as a Drawing instructor and continued his teaching career for more than twenty years in the Visual Communications program at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College. Robles currently lectures about his courtroom artwork at libraries, colleges and art groups. Visit http://www.billrobles.com for more information.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early, as the event is expected to be standing room only by 6:30 p.m. For more info on the artclub, visit www.SantaClaritaArtists.org.

Truffle Turkey with Renaissance by Reyes 2016 Chardonnay

| Entertainment | March 14, 2019

I was out shopping for a gift the other day and came across this fabulous olive oil and vinegar shop. They had so many choices, but after seeing the truffle oil, I felt inspired. I have white truffle Dijon mustard that I enjoy using, too. A schmear on a sandwich or a dab to gravy adds such amazing flavor.

Truffle oil seems to be one of the new trendy foods. Most seasoned chefs don’t like to use truffle oil because it has too intense of a flavor and scent. But, if you use it correctly, it will enhance the flavor of your dish. I went out just like everybody else and bought truffle oil a few years ago. I have both white and black. So, a few years ago for Thanksgiving, I decided to do something a little different, since I already use mushrooms, onions, celery and carrots when roasting my turkey. I thought, instead of rubbing the whole bird with olive oil, I would try the truffle oil. It seemed to give just enough flavor – without overpowering the turkey or the gravy that you make from the extra juice at the bottom of your pan.

You don’t have to wait to enjoy a good turkey dinner for Thanksgiving; you can enjoy this wonderful dish all year round with a chilled bottle of Renaissance by Reyes 2016 Chardonnay.

This Chardonnay has delightful aromas of citrus, lemon zest and a hint of grapefruit. It aged in French oak for 20 months, creating a multi-layered and complex wine. It is rich on the palate and filled with notes of tangerines and quince. This wine has been very easy for me to pair this with so many delicious dishes. The acidity pairs perfectly with a rich tasting dish, such as this turkey dinner.

Ingredients:
•turkey breast or whole turkey
•2-3 tbsp truffle oil
•2 tbsp butter
•6 carrots
•2 onions
•6 celery stalks
•1 8oz package mushrooms, sliced
•4 parsnips
•2 tbsp garlic
•5 sprigs of thyme
•1 cup 2016 Reyes Chardonnay
•2 cups turkey or chicken stock
•salt, kosher
•pepper

Directions:
1. Rub the truffle oil and butter all over the bird
2. Sear the bird in a hot Dutch oven or roasting pan on the stove on each side
3. Slice up vegetables and herbs, and place them in a roasting pan with the bird in 1-inch chunks
4.Add 1 cup 2016 Chardonnay and 2 cups turkey or chicken stock to the roasting pan
5. Cover the bird with tinfoil or if you have a lid to your Dutch oven roasting pan

6. Roast the turkey in the oven according to the weight of your bird
7. 20 to 30 minutes before you’re done flip the bird over and take the foil off to finish cooking
8. Add salt and pepper to taste.
9. Let rest for 15 minutes then carve
10. Serve

Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival News

| Community, Entertainment | March 14, 2019

New Shows Added to Cowboy Festival

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

City to Host Fourth Annual Youth Arts Showcase

| Entertainment | March 14, 2019

In honor of March being Youth Art Month, the community is invited to enjoy a celebration of youth art with an array of performances, interactive art activities, art vendors, food trucks and more, at the City of Santa Clarita’s fourth annual Youth Arts Showcase. The event will take place on Saturday, March 23, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Centre, located at 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway.

Returning this year is the Santa Clarita Youth Art Gallery, with art pieces by local youth artists in the categories of Art on Canvas, Technical Art, and Pen and Paper. While viewing the gallery, attendees will have the opportunity to cast their vote for the people’s choice award. An awards ceremony will follow at 1:30 p.m.

Attendees will also be treated to dance and chorus performances on the Performing Arts Stage, and will get to watch as youth street painting teams turn The Centre parking lot into a masterpiece, as it is filled with eye-catching chalk art.

The event will also include an Interactive Youth Art area, where young artists can get their creativity flowing by making shadow puppets, building art robots, and receiving guided drawing lessons. Local dance and art studios will be on hand to lead movement classes, and interactive art demonstrations for attendees to enjoy as well.

For more information about the 2019 Youth Arts Showcase, contact Arts and Events Supervisor Yolanda Calderon at (661) 250-3727 or visit santa-clarita.com/YouthArtsShowcase.

King Arthur Brings Family Fun to The MAIN

| Entertainment | March 14, 2019

Sensory Sensitive Performance Scheduled for March 16

Hear ye, hear ye! The City of Santa Clarita summons all lords and ladies for an audience with his Royal Highness, King Arthur at The MAIN, located at 24266 Main Street in Old Town Newhall.

Tickets are on sale now for “King Arthur,” a hilarious musical comedy that puts a fun-filled and interactive new twist on a timeless classic. The show, presented by Olive Branch Theatricals, is playing on weekends at The MAIN from March 15 through 31.

This family friendly adaptation features a tragic dragon, a magical wizard and a nanny who just won’t stop chit-chatting. The fun begins at The MAIN on Friday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased for $12.

The “King Arthur” crew is proud to announce that a sensory sensitive performance is scheduled for Saturday, March 16 at 2 p.m., which will be brighter and quieter, to better accommodate families with special needs.

Learn more about “King Arthur” and purchase tickets by visiting AtTheMain.org/tickets.

Live Music

| Entertainment | March 14, 2019

Mar 15, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Right Side Up Classic rock
7–9pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Nathan on piano Piano
8–10pm Double Trouble Wine Mike Fitzgerald Trio Classic rock
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & Jeff Ross Classic rock
8–11pm The Local Pub n Grill Nick Horn Live music
8–11:30 Vincent Hill Station Seventh Switch Classic rock
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Various bands Live music

Mar 16, Sat
12n–10p Pocock Brewery 3 live bands Live music
6–10pm Vincent Hill Station Crystal Whiskey Country
7–9:30p Brewery Draconum Oxalis band Trad. Irish
7:30-10:30p Vincenzo’s Newhall Fahr West Sessions Country-rock
8–10pm Double Trouble Wine John Surge & Haymakers Country-rock
8–11pm The Local Pub n Grill Max Esparzza Live music
8–11pm Wine 661 Sean Hughes Covers & orig
8 – 12m Alchemy Valencia Sean Wiggins Classic rock
8–12m VFW 6885 Big Coyote Country
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Galo Pacheco Classic rock
9–1a Eighth and Rail Pulp Rock covers
9–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Saloonatics Rock covers

Mar 17, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap meet Old Dawgs, New Tricks Live music
1–5pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) String Theory Live music
2–5pm Wolf Creek Brewery Traxx Classic rock 3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s open mic Various
4–7pm Backyard Grub n Brews Saloonatics Rock covers
5–9pm VFW 6885 Pam Loe & Chad Watson Country

Mar 19, Tues
6–9:30p Wolf Creek Brewery Community Pints night Live music
7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse Dallas Hodge band Blues mix

Mar 21, Thur
7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse Gary Coppola & Time Mach Classic rock

Watercolor Demo by David Deyell

| Entertainment | March 8, 2019

A watercolor demo, hosted by David Deyell, will be held on the Monday, March 18 meeting of the Santa Clarita Artists Association (SCAA). This event is free, open to the public and meets at 6:30 p.m at Barnes & Noble, located at 23630 Valencia Blvd.

Deyell is an author, demonstrator, teacher of weekly classes/workshops and judge of SCAA’s 2018 Art Classic.

“My goal is student progress. My emphasis is on composition, values, shapes, lines, brush strokes, symbols and strong contrasting colors,” said Deyell. He paints and talks at the same time, explaining his design process. He is the author of Art of Plein Air Watercolor. His painting style is California Style, where the paintings are entertaining, happy, bright and colorful.

A California architect, retired member of the University of California and an active plein air artist, Deyell is a signature member of California Gold Coast Watercolor Society, Valley Watercolor Society and cofounder of Thousand Oaks Plein Air Watercolorists. He has taught annual weeklong workshops in Yosemite for the Yosemite Conservancy for the past 20 years.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early, as the event is expected to be standing room only by 6:30 pm. For more info on the artclub, visit www.SantaClaritaArtists.org.

Wild Country and Cow Folk Exhibit

| Entertainment | March 7, 2019

The Santa Clarita Artists Association’s latest show, Wild Country and Cow Folk, is on display until April 28. A total of 21 local artists will be exhibiting their latest collections in a variety of mediums. There are many beautiful wall paintings, jewelry, and decor items, in addition to small and miniature pieces for purchase.

The exhibitors for this event are: Cheri Marcovitch, Howard Marcovitch, Chrystal Walker, Mardi Georgio, Bonny Butler, Georgette Arison, Gloria Cassidy, Meressa Naftulin, Leslie Halberg, Mike Farrell, Freda Morrison, Dody Rogers, Meryl Goudey, Chad Wanstreet, Rosanne Haddad, Charlotte Mullich, Lisa Barr, John Grisbach, Olga Kaczmar, Sandy Fisher and Peggy Patti. Some artists will provide live demonstrations on selected days during the duration of the show.

The SCAA Art Gallery is located at 22508 6th St. in Old Town Newhall, between Railroad and Main Street. Gallery Hours are during SENSES Thursday; Fridays from 4-7 p.m., Saturdays from 2-8 p.m., and Sundays from 11-5 p.m. Signs along Main Street will announce gallery openings.

SCAA is the only non-profit fine art association in Santa Clarita since 1989. For more information, visit www. SantaClaritaArtists.org.

Jam Session, Senses Return to Thursdays@Newhall

| Entertainment | March 7, 2019

Thursdays@Newhall emerges from a cold and rainy winter with new events in March, including the return of the popular JAM Sessions and SENSES Block Party in Old Town Newhall. As the calendar flips to March, free events will draw residents and visitors to Newhall on the first four Thursdays of every month, occurring through October. Thursdays@Newhall is an ongoing opportunity for residents of Santa Clarita to attend shows, concerts and special events on Thursdays throughout the year.

Gather for a night of fun, fellowship, laughter and dancing at JAM Sessions on March 14 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. to learn a new Celtic dance. Bring your family and friends to the Newhall Community Center (22421 Market Street), and join the CnaG Gaelic League of L.A.’s dance division, Céilí Rua (Wild Gathering), as they lead you through the jig step movements of traditional Irish social dances. After the JAM, practice your new dance steps during the free concert put on by The Ploughboys! JAM Sessions is hosted in conjunction with the Ford Theatre Foundation, bringing dance and original live performances to the Old Town Newhall.

The wildly popular SENSES Block Party returns to Main Street on March 21 at 7:00 p.m. with a Mardi Gras celebration! Take a trip to Louisiana, as Old Town Newhall transforms into Bourbon Street for the night. Be sure to bring your beads and mask, as you sip on your favorite drink from the on-street bar, brought to you this month by Eighth & Rail.

The Note by Note Music Night closes out the month, and will take place inside The MAIN from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on March 28. Note by Note is a free night of music, 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 March include Mike Fleming, Tom Corbett and Katy Moffatt. Artists interested in performing at Note by Note can learn more at ThursdaysAtNewhall.com/NotebyNote.

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.

Reyes 2011 Les Deux Rois Blackberry Serrano Jam

| Entertainment | March 7, 2019

by Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, I would say, are the two most famous red wines. They are the kings of red wine. This week, I am sharing with you a favorite, 2011 Renaissance by Reyes Les Deux Rois. This is our “Two Kings” red wine blend. The two grapes make up this amazing and award-winning Bordeaux-style red blend. For hundreds of years, these two grapes have been widely known around the world.

Cabernet Sauvignon classically provides the blend’s structure, with heavier tannins and more acidity than Merlot. It also brings dark fruit flavors of blackberries. Merlot is generally considered a much juicier grape with less structure, but lots of fruitiness. In the vineyard, the Merlot tends to be from larger grapes with much more juice than the thick-skinned smaller grape of the Cabernet Sauvignon. When paired together, they have a potential to age well for many years.

Our Renaissance by Reyes Winery 2011 Les Deux Rois has received many awards, including a gold medal and 90 points from the 2014 San Diego County Fair Commercial Wine Competition, plus Second Prize for best label in the 2014 San Diego County Fair Commercial Wine Competition. his is a blend of California Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. It has a rich ruby red color with aromas of plum, dark cherries and a hint of cocoa. On the palate, you get a continuity of its delectable aromas. This wine can be paired with so many dishes. Enjoy with Beef Bourguignon, three-month Manchego cheese or berry bread pudding.

This week, for our member pickup lunch, I am preparing meatballs that have a blackberry serrano sauce made from the recipe below. This lunch is open to all, with guests paying $15 for lunch and a glass of wine to experience one of our events. Hopefully you will enjoy our wine as much as I do, become a member, and be part of our Reyes Winery wine club family.

Reyes 2011 Les Deux Rois Blackberry Serrano Jam (By Beth Heiserman)

At our monthly “hike and brunches,” I usually have a seasonal jam. This is a delicious winter favorite. I enjoy a tad of jam with my yogurt or on a croissant. This past month the blackberries looked so delicious, they inspired me to make this sweet and spicy treat.

Ingredients
4 ½ cups blackberries, chopped and pitted
4 cups of sugar
1 lemon, juiced
1 serrano pepper, minced
1 package of Sure-jell Certo liquid pectin
1/3 cup of Reyes 2011 Les Deux Rois

Directions
1. Pour sugar into large pot and cook over medium to high heat.
2. When sugar starts to melt and sides of pot, looks like it is a caramel color; add blackberries, lemon juice, serrano pepper and pectin.
3. When it starts to boil, continue to cook until frothy.
4. When it looks like it is sticking to the back of the spoon (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.
5. Add Reyes 2011 Les Deux Rois.
6. Strain out the seeds in a fine mesh strainer.
7. Chill and then Serve.

Live Music

| Entertainment | March 7, 2019

Mar 8, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Michael Ruiz Acoustic guitar
7–9pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Nathan on piano Piano
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & Mark Eddie Classic rock
8–11pm The Local Pub n Grill Nick Horn Live music
8–11:30 Vincent Hill Station Benny Thomas band Country
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Dole / Humphries Folk rock & orig
9–1:30a Doc’s Inn Frankly Speaking Rock covers

Mar 9, Sat
6–10pm Vincent Hill Station Dan Parra Folk rock
5–10p Vincenzo’s Newhall Am. Cancer Society fundraiser – 4 bands*
8–11pm The Local Pub n Grill Max Esparzza Live music
8–11pm Wine 661 David Blasucci & Mandy W Soft rock
8–12m VFW 6885 Henry Becker band Country
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Galo Pacheco Classic rock
9–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Daphne’s Trio Live music
5pm Blue Devils 6:16pm Right Side Up 7:30pm The Band Lexington 8:30pm Catch 22

Mar 10, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap meet Abrakadabra Live music
1–5pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Roby & Walker Classic rock
3–5:30p Double Trouble Wine Dave Marchant Folk & blues
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s open mic Various
5–8:30p Vincenzo’s Newhall Island Passion Island style
5–9pm VFW 6885 Sweetwater Gentlemen Ctry-bluegrass
5–9pm Amer Legion Newhall SCV Blues Society – Jam Robert Heft host

Mar 12, Tues
6–9:30p Wolf Creek Brewery Community Pints night Live music
7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse John Davis Experience Classic rock
Mar 13, Wed
7–9pm Alchemy Dole-Humphries Folk rk & orig

Mar 14, Thur
6:30–9p Brewery Draconum Drop 3 band Jazz funk
7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse Crooked Eye Tommy Blues mix

Mar 15, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Right Side Up Classic rock
7 – 9pm Rock Inn Nathan on piano Piano
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & Jeff Ross Classic covers
8–11pm The Local Pub n Grill Nick Horn Live music
8–11:30p Vincent Hill Station Seventh Switch Classic rock
9–12m Salt Creek Grille TBD Live

Reyes Winery Wine Club

| Entertainment | February 28, 2019

by Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

It’s once again time for our members to have their quarterly choices and a lunch. Our wine club consists of four shipments a year, which are in March, June, September and December. There is no fee to become a member, only a commitment that you will remain a member for at least four shipments. Every shipment, you have the option of either having it shipped to you or picking it up at the winery.

For instance, next weekend is our member pickup party, which we offer to all our members, free of charge. It allows two members to have lunch and a glass of wine each. If they wish to invite friends, it’s $15 a person. Every lunch that I do is always paired with the wine of the selections we have chosen. You too can come as a guest and pay $15 for lunch and a glass of wine to experience one of our events. I always choose one white wine and two red wines, and one of the three is always a new release. This quarter, my three wines are 2011 Renaissance by Reyes Winery Les Deux Rois, 2016 Renaissance by Reyes Chardonnay (new release), and 2013 Syrah (new release).
Our Renaissance by Reyes Winery 2011 Les Deux Rois has received many awards, including a gold medal and 90 points from the 2014 San Diego County Fair Commercial Wine Competition, plus Second Prize for best label in the 2014 San Diego County Fair Commercial Wine Competition. In addition, it was awarded a bronze medal in the 2014 O.C. Fair Commercial Wine Competition. This is a blend of California Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The label depicts our family crest, which represents an extensive ancestral history. This is the first of several delicious wines Reyes Winery will proudly be releasing in the future. It has a rich ruby red color with aromas of plum, dark cherries and a hint of cocoa. On the palate, you get a continuum of its delectable aromas. Enjoy with Beef Bourguignon, three-month Manchego cheese or a berry bread pudding.

One of our new releases is the Renaissance by Reyes 2016 Chardonnay. It has delightful aromas of citrus, lemon zest and a hint of grapefruit. This wine was aged in French oak for 20 months, creating a multi-layered and complex wine. It is rich on the palate, filled with notes of tangerines and quince. Enjoy this wine chilled with grilled spicy salmon, topped with a grapefruit salsa or a citrus salad.

The other newest release is our Estate 2013 Syrah. It is truly a spectacular wine. I am very happy to release it, yet sad that our 2009 Syrah has been sold out. It was awarded with a “double gold” Medal and 94 points from the San Francisco International Wine Competition and a Silver medal from the 2017 Los Angeles International Wine Competition. Our Estate Syrah was aged in French Oak for 23 months and brings blackberry, plum, pepper and fall herbs to your senses. Its silky finish lingers with soft tannins and a touch of smoky oak. Enjoy this wine with lamb burgers or a mixed berry trifle.

Next weekend, I am serving for lunch, like every quarterly member party. I prepare dishes that will pair well with the three wines. I will have meatballs with a blackberry serrano sauce, grapefruit salsa chicken, pasta with steamed vegetables, plus mixed green salad and for dessert chocolate cupcakes with cherry pie filling, mixed berry cobbler and a few other goodies. We are open this weekend for lunch from 12 p.m. – 4p.m. Come join the Reyes family and become a wine club member!

Winners Announced for City’s Sidewalk Poetry Project

| Entertainment | February 28, 2019

Ten poems have been selected as the winners of the 2019 Sidewalk Poetry Project and will be stamped into city sidewalks this spring. Last year, the community was invited to submit original poems for a chance to get them stamped into cement sidewalks throughout the city as part of the Public Works Department’s sidewalk rehabilitation program.

The Sidewalk Poetry Project was a public art project, classified as part of the 2018 Arts Commission Work Plan and Public Art Proposal. The public was asked to submit original poems drafted in the theme of “Poetry of Place,” focusing on landscapes and the built environment, reflecting shared spaces in the community.

After a review of 281 poetry submissions by an Artist Selection Committee, the following ten winners were selected for their poems: Jaclyn Bennett, Oliver Bunkell, Amy Hough-Dugdale, Katherine Kihiczak, Abby Kirby, Linda Ravenswood, Hailey Rutter, Valerie Swanson, Katherine Ward and Abi Wurdeman. To read the winning poems, visit SantaClaritaArts.com.

The winners will be receiving a $150 stipend and are invited to attend a Sidewalk Poetry project dedication to be scheduled sometime in the spring. The poem locations and a dedication ceremony will be announced at a future date. To learn more about this project, contact Santa Clarita Arts Coordinator Katherine Nestved at knestved@santa-clarita.com or at (661) 250-3777.

New Walk of Western Stars Inductees to be Unveiled as Part of 2019 Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival

| Entertainment | February 28, 2019

Community members are invited to attend the unveiling of the newest inductees on the Walk of Western Stars on Thursday, April 11, at 5:00 p.m. The event will officially kick off the 26th Annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, presented by California Resources Corporation, which opens its doors to the public at William S. Hart Park in Old Town Newhall on April 13 and 14. The unveiling will take place on Main Street in Old Town Newhall, and free parking will be available in the public lot on the corner of Ninth Street and Railroad Avenue.

The 2019 inductees include Western actors James Drury, Robert Fuller and Dan White. Since 1981, the city has honored Western television, radio and film stars, and the newest inductees will join them with their own bronze stars.

James Drury, who is best known for his starring role in the television series “The Virginian,” began his acting career in 1954. He started out with small parts, and eventually made his way to roles in Western films such as “Love Me Tender” and “The Last Wagon,” as well as television series including “Gunsmoke” and “Rifleman.” His distinctive voice has been featured in various documentaries and audio books as well.

Robert Fuller’s career spanned five decades and included many guest roles on Western television shows. He starred in his better known roles as Jess Harper on the television series “Laramie,” and as Cooper Smith on “Wagon Train” before retiring in the 1990s.

Dan White grew up in Florida, but moved his family to California to pursue his acting career. White lived in Hollywood and Newhall during most of his career, and was inspired to pursue a career in Western films by local Santa Clarita hero William S. Hart. Out of the 345 film and television shows White appeared in, 264 were of the Western genre.

Community members are invited to further celebrate the newest inductees at the Walk of Western Stars Induction Ceremony at 6:00 p.m., following the unveiling. The Induction Ceremony will be held at Hart Hall inside William S. Hart Park and will include dinner, a montage of the inductees’ work and a Q&A session. Tickets for the Induction Ceremony are available for purchase at cowboyfestival.org for $60. Seating is assigned, with doors opening at 5:45 p.m.

For more information about the Walk of Western Stars Unveiling or Induction Ceremony, call (661) 250-3735 or email cowboy@santa-clarita.com. For other updates about the festival, follow the event on Instagram and Twitter.

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