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Calling All Creatives!

| Gazette, Tell Me More, Uncategorized | March 5, 2014

You have some upcoming opportunities…

The ARTree has a heavy hitter coming to speak to attendees at its upcoming meeting on March 19. Glenna Avila, artistic director of CalArts Community Arts Partnership, will be guest speaker at the meeting, held at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Town Newhall Library.

Glenna Avila created one of the highly visible murals created in Los Angeles for the 1984 Summer Olympics. She now shepherds arts education programs that reach thousands of youth in Los Angeles. For more information, visit www.theartree.org.

NAME THE STAGE at SummerFest!

L.A. SummerFest at Rivendale is the home of the Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival, and they are building a new outdoor stage. Community members have the chance to sponsor the stage.

 The Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival has received a grant from the City of Santa Clarita to assist in securing a new stage of the growing festival. The new stage will be a temporary and portable stage. The new stage is expected last for the next 5 years or so until a more permanent performance space is built. Contact the organization for more information:email davidstears@scshakespearefest.org.

RESIDENTS INVITED TO RECLAIM CREATIVE SIDE WITH

EARTH ARBOR DAY “cArt aRt” COMPETITION

Decorate Recycling Bins for the Chance to Win Cash Prizes

Community members are invited to use their imagination and creative flair to transform an everyday curbside recycling cart into a work of art for the City’s cArt aRt Competition, which promotes reusing and recycling household items. Residents, families, school groups, clubs, teams, church groups and other organizations are encouraged to participate in the competition, which is open now through Monday, March 24, 2014. 

All cArt aRt submissions will be on display at Earth Arbor Day on Saturday, April 12, 2014.  Winners will receive cash prizes in the following categories: Grand Prize $200; Most Creative $100; Best Local Flair $100; Best Green Theme $100; and Fan Favorite $50. 

Artists must provide everything used in the art project, with the exception of the recycling cart, which can be painted or left natural. 

Participants must complete an entry form before receiving a FREE container from Waste Management.   Containers that once held hazardous waste products cannot be used in the competition, including used containers of paint, oil pesticides, cleaning products and chemicals.

All entries must be submitted between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. at the Environmental Services booth at the City’s Earth Arbor Day event. The 2014 Earth Arbor Day celebration will be hosted at Central Park on Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Contact Laura Jardine in the City’s Environmental Services Division at (661) 255-4376 for information.

INDIE FILM LOVERS ENJOY!

College of the Canyons will host “Indie Saturday,” celebrating independent filmmaking. The public is invited to the film event this Saturday, March 8 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Besides the screening of films created by COC students and K-12 students, “Indie Saturday” will also screen Ramon Hamilton’s powerful film “Smuggled” and Sheila Sofian’s animated documentary “Truth Has Fallen.”

The location for the film fest is in Hasley Hall, Room 101, on the college’s Valencia campus. For information, contact Jennifer Brezina at (661) 362-5919 or at Jennifer.brezina@canyons.edu.

 

COC Canyon Country Campus to Host Spring Star Party

| Gazette, News | April 16, 2013

How big are the stars? What do they look like? Many astronomers throughout history have sought the answers to these questions by looking through a telescope. But even with the aid of telescopes, these far away pinpricks of light remain mysterious.

The ever-expanding universe and its stars — the double star Regulus in particular — will be brought into focus at the College of the Canyons Canyon Country campus’ spring semester Star Party in May.

The spring Star Party will take place from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 3, in the Canyon Country campus’ Carl A. Rasmussen Amphitheater. Admission is free of charge and open to the public.

At the event, guest speaker Dr. Gerard van Belle, currently an astronomer at the Lowell Observatory, will share his findings and research on optical interferometry.

A novel approach to star gazing, optical interferometry involves the simultaneous use of small telescopes to create a single large telescope, which provides astronomers with high-resolution images of stars.

“We are very excited to hear Dr. van Belle’s findings on stellar astronomy and direct imaging,” said Ryan Theule, dean of the Canyon Country campus. “This will be a great chance to learn about the universe and a rare opportunity to do so from an expert such as Dr. van Belle.”

While an instrument architect for the Keck Interferometer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Dr. van Belle made the first-ever direct measure of non-spherical stellar shapes, which won him the first annual JPL Award for Outstanding Research in 2001.

After van Belle’s presentation on direct imaging of the stars, he will lead a Q&A session with the audience.
Members of the college’s Physics/Astronomy Club, The Local Group Astronomy Club of Santa Clarita and the Burbank Astronomy Group will also set up telescopes aimed at any celestial bodies that are visible, which attendees can view.

In relation to Dr. van Belle’s presentation, COC astronomy professor Teresa Ciardi will lead a demonstration with the aid of star models, which children in the audience can take home.

“I will also be setting up two hands-on science tables where K-12 students and their families can play and discover some physical properties that we utilize in astronomy,” said Ciardi.

Though some seating will be provided, Star Party attendees are encouraged to get to campus early with blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets, to enjoy a festive outdoor atmosphere as the sun begins to set and the night sky emerges.

Food and beverages will also be available for purchase at the event through the Canyons Café on the Canyon Country campus. A portion of the concession sales from the Star Party are being donated to the Dr. Ram Manvi Memorial Scholarship to benefit students who are majoring in the fields of mathematics, science or engineering technology.

Dr. Manvi was the former Dean of Math, Science and Engineering at College of the Canyons and was instrumental in launching the campus’ initial Star Party event in 2009.

On May 3, the COC Canyon Country campus annual spring Star Party will take focus on the ever-expanding universe and its stars by utilizing state-of-the-art optical interferometry technology to create high-resolution images for all to view. Attendees are encouraged to visit the campus and enjoy a festive outdoor atmosphere as the sun begins to set and the night sky emerges.

For more information about the College of the Canyons spring 2013 Star Party, please call the Canyon Country campus at (661) 362-3801.

Santa Clarita Valley Chamber to Hold Mixer in Canyon Country

| Gazette, News | April 15, 2013

The Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a business mixer at the College of the Canyons Canyon Country Campus (CCC) on Wednesday, May 15.

Attendees will have the opportunity to network and learn about various businesses and services offered throughout the Santa Clarita Valley.

“It is very exciting to hold the SCV Chamber Mixer once again at the Canyon Country Campus,” said Ryan Theule, dean of the Canyon Country campus. “This is a great opportunity to showcase the facility and the fantastic student programs we have to offer to the community.”

The Chamber previously held a mixer in 2008 at CCC, a few months after the campus first opened.

Aside from learning about the campus’ highlights and achievements during the past five years, attendees will also have the chance to learn more about the college’s Career Technical Education (CTE) program, which provides students with academically rigorous and relevant education and content in high-wage, high employment potential industry sectors, as identified by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Intended as a “taste of Canyon Country,” this year’s mixer will feature food samples from approximately 15 local restaurants for attendees to enjoy. During the event, students from the college’s Fine Arts division will provide musical entertainment. Student representatives from the college’s Culinary Arts program will also be on-hand to highlight the exciting developments of the successful program.

The mixer will be held from 5:30 to 7: 30 p.m. at the Applied Technology Education Center (ATEC), Quad 7.

Non-SCV Chamber members who wish to attend the mixer can purchase tickets at the door for $20. The cost for SCV Chamber members is $15.

For more information about the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce, visit www.scvchamber.com. To RSVP, call (661) 362-3802.

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