[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

SCVNews.com | LARC Residents Embark on CityHUNT at Valencia Mall | 03-15-2012
Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Clear
Clear
65°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
August 17
1920 - Actress Maureen O'Hara born in Ireland; 1961 "Parent Trap" uses Disney Golden Oak Ranch [story]


| Thursday, Mar 15, 2012

From left: Sara Seibt, Maria Chandler, Jerry Chandler, LARC staffer Travis Medlin and Gerry Haughinberry

Think of a cross between “The Amazing Race” and a scavenger hunt at a kids’ birthday party, with multi-person teams participating in a series of stunts and challenges to accumulate points — all of it chronicled in a video and photo slideshow in which all teams break down the day’s action.

That sums up cityHUNT, which is billed out as a team-building activity for businesses, groups of friends and families — and recently provided a Saturday afternoon adventure at Westfield Valencia Town Center that residents of LARC Ranch won’t soon forget.

“Everybody had a blast,” said Steve Bratzel, activities director for the Saugus-based LARC Ranch, which provides residential and day programs for developmentally disabled adults. “For our guys, an event like this gets them to do things that socially they might not normally do.”

You know. Like doing a muscle-man pose-down in front of a Gold’s Gym sign. Or having their picture taken while pretending to take candy from a baby. Or performing a conga line on video. Or engaging in a group hug with a stranger.

Or, finding someone named Bob and asking him to pose for a picture.

“One of our residents is named Bob,” Bratzel said. “So Bob became everybody’s best friend because he was the one with the name.”

Conga line: Bill Basurto, Nathaniel French, Chad Childers, LARC Activities Director Steve Bratzel and Steve Allen

The teams participating in the March 3 cityHUNT event at the mall included four teams from LARC Ranch, one from Bridges to Ability (a local nonprofit organization serving individuals with disabilities), and one group of friends and family who weren’t affiliated with the two nonprofits, but wanted to get in on the fun.

“The conga line video turned out great,” Bratzel said.

Performing a conga line was just one of dozens of tasks the teams could take on to earn points in the cityHUNT contest as they journeyed on foot from the fountain outside Salt Creek Grille, down Town Center Drive and through the mall, finishing with a celebration dinner — and laughter-inducing video of the challenges being performed — at Red Robin.

Even as they prepared to undertake the challenges — and as they were given three minutes to come up with a team name and animal — the LARC residents got into the spirit of friendly competition.

“I’m going to do it, boy,” said Ruth Forehand, 50, a member of the Tinkerbell Teddy Bears. “I want to make my finals. I’m ready!”

Bratzel — whose team, the Gold Seekers, was crowned the winner at the post-hunt dinner — said an event like cityHUNT (cityhunt.org) would be great for any groups looking for a fun team-building exercise, and it was especially beneficial for LARC’s residents as it helped build esteem and social skills.

“One of our residents who’s normally pretty quiet went on the radio at the KHTS kiosk in the mall,” Bratzel said. “She really came out of her shell.”

He added that many mall merchants got into the fun spirit of the event — including a staffer at a chocolate store who “gave all our guys fudge.”

“It was a win-win-win for the mall, for cityHUNT and for our LARC residents,” Bratzel said. “It allowed them to do things that maybe they didn’t think they could do. I think in so many ways this event brought out the best in them.”

About LARC Ranch: The nonprofit LARC Ranch (Los Angeles Residential Community), established in Bouquet Canyon in 1959, strives to help developmentally disabled adults thrive. LARC provides homes, recreation, social activities, physical fitness, day training workplace training and more. Additional information about LARC is available at www.larcfoundation.org.

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

0 Comments

You can be the first one to leave a comment.

Leave a Comment


SCV NONPROFIT LINKS

NONPROFIT HEADLINES
Tuesday, Aug 15, 2017
The Boy Scouts of America Santa Clarita chapter is pairing with the Veterans Services Collaborative to add a unique twist to its annual fundraiser.
Monday, Aug 14, 2017
The 2017 "Cocktails on the Roof" benefit for the non-profit WiSH Foundation is set for the rooftop of Macy's parking garage at Westfield Valencia Town Center on Friday, August 25 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Monday, Aug 14, 2017
The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department's annual "Fun in the Sun" Chili Cook Off benefitting the Special Olympics is set for Saturday, October 14 from 11 a. to 4 p.m.
Monday, Aug 14, 2017
The SCV Sheriff's Foundation and SCV Search & Rescue are holding their 11th annual golf tournament fundraiser at TPC Valencia on Monday, September 18.
Friday, Aug 11, 2017
Hundreds of dogs, cats, kittens, and puppies will be available for adoption at the 17th Annual Bow-Wows & Meows Pet Fair, set for Hart Park in Newhall on Sunday, October 8 starting at 11 a.m.

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
1920 - Actress Maureen O'Hara born in Ireland; 1961 "Parent Trap" uses Disney Golden Oak Ranch [story]
Farmers and environmentalists are lining up to battle the $16.7 billion California WaterFix tunnels project proposed for the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.
Farmers, Environmentalists Join to Fight California ‘WaterFix’ Project
There's a new Grizzly at Golden Valley High School as Matt Sorensen has been named the school's new head baseball coach.
Matt Sorenson New Head Baseball Coach at Golden Valley
Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, Sheriff’s deputies are continuing to conduct burglary suppression operations in our valley. Plus, Representative Steve Knight sat down with local law enforcement to discuss the current state and future role of policing in the SCV. Watch these stories and more on tonight's edition of SCV NewsBreak.
SCV NewsBreak for Wednesday, August 16, 2017
The Saugus Union School Board is establishing a committee to advise on the development of policies and procedures for the sale or lease of surplus real property owned by the District.
Saugus Board Creates Surplus Property Advisory Committee
The SCV Sanitation Board has provided an update in its efforts to comply with the state-mandated chloride limit, including finalizing the Recirculated EIR released for public comment in May.
SCV Sanitation Board Finalizing EIR Due August 18
"Music, Volume 1," the latest album by platinum recording artist and CalArts' School of Music namesake Herb Alpert, recently reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Albums chart.
Herb Alpert’s Latest Album Tops Billboard Jazz Chart
The Castaic Union School District's Governing Board will hold a special meeting on Thursday, August 17 at 5 p.m.
August 17: Castaic Schools Governing Board Special Meeting
MannKind Corp. is moving its corporate headquarters to Westlake Village, after nearly 17 years in Valencia, according to the latest quarterly report it filed with the SEC.
MannKind Corp. Moving from Valencia to Westlake Village
CalArts grads Mark Bradford and Sharon Lockhart headline the Un-Private Collection artist talk at the Orpheum Wednesday night, presented by the Broad museum of contemporary art.
August 16: CalArtians Mark Bradford, Sharon Lockhart at Broad in L.A.
Santa Clarita Valley International School has hired veteran coach Ken Erenberg as athletic director, the school announced today.
Ken Erenberg Named SCVi Athletic Director
The Los Angeles Dodgers took the first of the two-game Interleague series with a 6-1 victory over the White Sox at Dodger Stadium Tuesday night.
Dodgers Soil White Sox 6-1 Tuesday
40 oz. to Freedom arrives in Santa Clarita as part of its anniversary tour at Concerts in the Park at Central Park on Saturday, August 19, with showtime at 7 p.m.
August 19: 40 Oz. to Freedom Rocks Central Park
Senator Scott Wilk, R- Antelope Valley, today submitted a letter to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation during a public comment period regarding proposed regulations that could lead to the early release of dangerous "nonviolent" inmates and diminish victim rights.
Wilk Urges Public Safety When Releasing ‘Non-Violent’ Felons
The Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations released a statement Wednesday morning, condemning the violence and mourning a death in Charlottesville.
County Commission Mourns Death of Charlottesville Protester
Garrett Hampson, the Cal League’s reigning Player of the Week, slugged a two-run home run to lead the Lancaster JetHawks to a 5-3 win over the San Jose Giants on Tuesday night at Municipal Stadium.
Hampson Stays Hot, Lifts ‘Hawks Over Giants
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies arrested three suspects and seized drugs and weapons in a recent burglary suppression operation.
SCV Deputies Arrest 3, Seize Drugs, Weapons
1947 - Newhall Hardware opens on Spruce Street, now called Main Street [story]
Representative Steve Knight, R-Palmdale, sat down with Santa Clarita law enforcement officials to discuss the current state and future role of policing in the SCV.
Knight, Law Enforcement Officials Hold Roundtable Discussion
From the Facebook page of Shirley Miller, public information officer, social media manager at Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station: LASD Carjacker Captured (with some help).
Community Member Tackles Suspected Carjacker
A funeral service for William Clinton Cloyd Sr., a renowned architect and home builder in the Santa Clarita Valley, is being held Wednesday, August 16 in Eternal Valley’s Upper Chapel.
Funeral Services Wednesday for SCV Homebuilder, Architect William Cloyd Sr.
Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, deputies are looking for a hit-and-run suspect. Plus, county supervisors have approved a motion to a establish a Blue Ribbon Commission on public safety.. Watch these stories and more on tonight's edition of SCV NewsBreak.
SCV NewsBreak for Tuesday, August 15, 2017
To kick-start its celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the revival of TMU Theatre Arts, the school is bringing back a favorite.
TMU Celebrates 10th Anniversary Revival of Theater Arts
College of the Canyons is hosting 2017 Professional Development Week — a week of seminars, lectures, and workshops concerning student development and teaching.
COC Professional Development Week Underway
In the fall, College of the Canyons will offer several Associate Degrees for Transfer (AD-T) at the Canyon Country campus, including Business Administration, Psychology, and Sociology.
COC Will Now Offer “Degrees With a Guarantee”
On a motion by Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Janice Hahn, the Board of Supervisors voted 3-0, with Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas abstaining, to establish a “Blue Ribbon Commission on Public Safety” to explore innovative solutions to criminal justice challenges resulting from statewide reform
Supes Approve Blue Ribbon Commission on Public Safety
If left uncontrolled, diabetes can lead to some really bad outcomes, including kidney problems, glaucoma and other eye disorders, foot ulcers, amputation of feet or legs, stroke, diabetic coma, and even death.
Medicare and Your Diabetes | Commentary by Greg Dill
In recent weeks, the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District (GLACVCD) has seen a marked increase in West Nile virus (WNV) activity across its jurisdiction.
County Seeing Increase in West Nile Virus Activity
Arroyo Seco Junior High School will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary on Friday, September 1, with a midday ceremony and festivities.
Sept. 1: Arroyo Seco Junior High Celebrates 50th Anniversary
A veteran investigator of sex crimes in Santa Clarita discussed concerns created by coverage and social media, as part an ongoing KHTS News series.
Social Media Poses New Concerns for Sex Crimes Investigations
On Friday, August 18th, 2017, the California Highway Patrol Newhall Area Office will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint in the unincorporated area of Los Angeles County.
DUI Checkpoint Scheduled for Friday
Communication With All Life University and founder Joan Ranquet to present upcoming workshops in learning animal communication, energy healing techniques for animals, and death & the art of dying.
Oct. 6-15: Animal Communication Workshops
Join the VIA Education Foundation and the Valley Industry Association in mentoring today's high school students to prepare them for their future.
VIA School Program Looking for Facilitators to Mentor Students
The city of Santa Clarita will host the 23rd Annual River Rally Cleanup and Environmental Expo on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Sept. 22-23: Registration Deadline, Annual River Rally Cleanup
In an effort to make its art holdings more accessible to the public, The Broad, a contemporary art museum in Downtown Los Angeles, created The Un-Private Collection, an ongoing series of conversations with artists whose work is part of The Broad collection.
Aug. 16: CalARTS Alum Featured Artist at The Broad