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1987 - Incorporation: Santa Clarita officially becomes a city [story]


michelebuttelmanIt’s the end of January already. How did THAT happen? Just one more week until the Super Bowl which will feature the Seahawks vs. the Broncos. It should be a great game with the number one defense vs. the number one offense. As a Seattle native you know who I’m rooting for.

 

Bella Shaw’s Wedding Bells program

bellashawDid you miss Bella Shaw’s inaugural Wedding Bells Radio program on KHTS AM 1220? Bella and “Coach” Ron Tunick teamed up to present an informative and fun hour of relationship advice and Bella’s “deal breakers” for dating. Listen to the podcast [here]. Great fun and great advice.

 

Book Lovers Lunch with AAUW

The American Association of University Women will host its inaugural “Book Lovers” Luncheon, Saturday, Feb.15th from 10:30-2:30 p.m. at the Tournament Players Club in Valencia.  The cost is $65 and is a fundraiser for the AAUW Tech Trek program. The Book Lovers luncheon features two Santa Clarita Valley authors, Norma Yaeger, a wife, mother and grandmother who spent 50 years “Breaking Down the Walls on Wall Street” and Laurisa White Reyes, a resident of Saugus, and mother of five children who wrote an enchanter’s apprentice story for her son, “Rock of Ivanore.”  In addition, Debbie McIntosh, the AAUW’s own Women in History expert, will portray Margaret Mitchell during a unique interview.  The event will also include opportunity drawings and book signings.

Tech Trek (http://aauw-techtrek.org) is a science and math camp designed to develop interest, excitement, and self-confidence in young women who will enter eighth grade in the fall. It features hands-on activities in math, science, and related fields. All sleeping, eating, instructional, and recreational facilities are located on a university campus.  The SCV AAUW chapter raises funds for scholarships exclusively for 7th grade girls from the SCV. For reservations to the Book Lovers Luncheon visit www.aauw-scv.org.

 

Valentine’s Day

Can you believe that Valentine’s Day is only a few weeks away? Oh my. It’s time to plan something special for your sweetie. A couple’s massage is always fun, in addition to the traditional candlelit, romantic dinner. All women like to be pampered so make sure to give the lady in your life a nice spa package as a gift. (Hint, hint.)

 

Newhall Roundabout

roundabout_012314 263It’s now easier to get to downtown Newhall with the grand opening of the Newhall Roundabout. Have you been to the Newhall Refinery or visited Ma Maison? How about The Closet on Main? There’s so much to see and do now in downtown Newhall. Go visit.

 

Willie Nelson

willienelsoncocpac040514It seems the SCV is now attracting some big name talent to the Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons with the announcement that Willie Nelson and Family will be performing at the PAC on April 5. Tickets go on sale at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4. Willie Nelson is one of the most recognizable country artists of all time. He began his critically acclaimed career in the late 1950s and reached superstar status with timeless songs such as “To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before,” “On The Road Again,” “Always on My Mind” and “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys.” Visit www.canyonscpac.com for more information.

 

Cowboy Festival

cowboy-2012It’s never too soon to book your tickets to the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival to be held April 24-27. The weekend festival at Melody Ranch is cowboy (and cow gal) lover’s dream of music, food and Western fun. I am thrilled that my two favorite performers, Jon Chandler and Dave Stamey will be returning to this year’s festival. I am also a huge fan of the Sons of the San Joaquin and Don Edwards, who are headlining this year’s festival along with Waddie Mitchell. I’ve already purchased my “Friends of the Festival” ticket and can’t wait to see Jon Candler and Belinda Gail in concert at the William S. Hart Mansion. There will be tons of entertainment with the gun slinging skills of Joey Dillon on display and more music from Cow Bop, the Messick Family and many others. It looks to be a spectacular line up this year. Visit www.cowbowfestival.org to order tickets and to see the schedule of events and performers.

 

Behind the Scenes Tour

One of the first tickets to be sold out each year at the Cowboy Festival is the Behind the Scenes Tour of Melody Ranch. The tour begins at 8:30 a.m. (Saturday or Sunday) and tickets are $40 each. Take a walking tour of Melody Ranch with local historian E. J. Stephens and his wife Kim. Hear tales of building the Ranch, learn about the Ranch’s film history, and visit Melody Ranch Motion Picture Museum. The tour is limited to 60 participants and includes daily admission to the Festival. Visit www.cowboyfestival.org.

 

Michele E. Buttelman is a correspondent for www.hometownstation.com and the editor of the online publication www.everythingscv.com which will launch on Feb. 1. She can be reached by email at Michele@hometownstation.com.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
Thursday, Dec 14, 2017
Here is a list of Santa Clarita arts-related events for Friday:
Thursday, Dec 14, 2017
This Friday and Saturday (Dec. 15-16), The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance brings their annual Winter Dance Concert to the REDCAT stage.
Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017
The Caribbean is back, better than ever, and Valencia-based Princess Cruises is offering the best fares of the season during the “Exclusively Caribbean Sale,” on 7-, 8-, 10-, 14-day sailings departing February through April 2018.
Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017
Designer and animator Jamie Tan (Film/Video BFA 15) started baking cakes and fancy French pastries as a meditative practice to help her balance the 20 credit semesters she was taking as a student at CalArts.
Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017
CalArts School of Critical Studies faculty Janet Sarbanes recently received a grant from The Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program for her essay "Reframing the House of Dust: A Meditation in Many Parts."
Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
Sponsorships are now open for the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation's 2018 Economic Outlook Conference, set for Thursday, March 8, 2018 at a location to be announced shortly.
SCV 2018 Economic Outlook Conference Tickets, Sponsorships Open
SetPoint Medical, a Valencia-based biomedical company developing therapy for chronic inflammatory diseases, has received approval from the FDA to initiate a pilot trial in the U.S. for patients with drug-refractory rheumatoid arthritis.
FDA OK’s SetPoint Bioelectronic Therapy Study for Rheumatoid Arthritis
The regular Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Tuesday, December 19 has been canceled, according to a notification from the city of Santa Clarita today.
City Cancels Dec. 19 Planning Commission Meeting
The next meeting of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is set for Tuesday, December 19, starting at 9:30 a.m.
Dec. 19: L.A. County Board of Supervisors Meeting
L.A. County's Bringing Our Loved Ones Home Task Force officials unveiled their final recommendations, endorsing a plan to use a voluntary system of trackable bracelets to find people prone to wandering, like those suffering from Alzheimer’s or autism.
County Task Force Calls for Tracking Bracelets to Locate Lost Individuals
The Community Development Commission of the county of Los Angeles looks back on 35 years of advancing its core program areas: affordable housing and housing, community and economic development.
County Community Development Commission Marks 35th Anniversary
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department looks back at five years of work by its Domestic Highway Enforcement Team, which has disrupted the operations of the drug cartels by confiscating millions of dollars in illegal drugs and drug money.
Elite LASD Drug Enforcement Team Disrupts Cartel Operations
The National Weather Service has called a Fire Weather Watch for this weekend for Los Angeles and Ventura County mountains and valleys including the Santa Clarita Valley due to gusty northeast wind and low relative humidity.
Weekend Fire Weather Watch Called for SCV
The California Air Resources Board approved a $663 million low-carbon transportation plan Thursday to increase the use of clean cars, heavy-duty trucks, buses and freight equipment.
Air Resources Board OK’s $663 Million for Clean Vehicles
The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station has released its public safety and crime information report for Saugus (Zone 4) for December 4-10, 2017.
Crime Blotter: Shoplifting, Petty Theft in Saugus
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has filed his strong opposition to the Trump Administration’s illegal attempt to suspend the 2015 Clean Water Rule for two years.
California AG, 10 Others Oppose Feds’ Suspension of Clean Water Rule
1987 - Incorporation: Santa Clarita officially becomes a city [story]
With an offense that challenged the program’s single-season goals record, The Master’s University women’s soccer team was almost almost never out of any game it played: The Mustangs were always within striking range.
Lady Mustangs Within Range of Directors’ Cup Top Spots
When Ed Jackiewicz met Tera Trujillo in spring 2015, she was studying at a desk she’d carried to the corner of the California State University, Northridge soccer field, in a “time out” of sorts, unable to practice because she’d just earned a D in an economics class.
CSUN’s “Under Armour Faculty” Promotes Academic Success in Student-Athletes
When Rafael Munoz recalls his time at the Layer 8 Computer Security Club at California State University, Northridge, he feels proud and thankful.
CSUN’s Tech Education Makes Top 10 List
The city of Santa Clarita Arts and Events division is currently seeking proposals for solo exhibits for 2018 in the gallery space at The MAIN, the City’s newest arts venue in Old Town Newhall.
City Seeking Artists for 2018 Solo Exhibits
NORTHRIDGE, Calif.---CSUN Men's Basketball returns to the road for the final time in the non-conference season this weekend.
CSUN to Face-Off Against Formal Rival Eastern Washington
Here is a list of Santa Clarita arts-related events for Friday:
Dec. 15: Santa Clarita Arts Calendar
This Friday and Saturday (Dec. 15-16), The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance brings their annual Winter Dance Concert to the REDCAT stage.
Dec. 15, 16: Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance Concert at REDCAT
The William S. Hart Union High School District Governing Board has approved naming Dr. Collyn Nielsen as Chief Administrative Officer and Jan Hayes-Rennels as Director of Special Programs and Staff Development.
Hart Appoints Nielsen, Hayes-Rennels to District Office Positions
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The CSUN men's volleyball team was picked to finish third in the inaugural Big West Men's Volleyball Preseason Coaches Poll announced Thursday.
Big West Pre-Season Coaches Poll Puts Matadors Volleyball at No. 3
A 44-year-old transient was arrested by SCV Sheriff's Station deputies Wednesday afternoon after he allegedly tried to pick up his 8-year-old niece from a school in Santa Clarita.
Suspect Arrested in Attempted Kidnapping
It was a night to honor exceptional mentors at California State University, Northridge, but the five recipients of the 2017 Don Dorsey Excellence in Mentoring Awards just wanted to talk about their students.
CSUN Pays Tribute to Mentors Who Have Made a Difference
The words leapt right off the page and hung in the air, heavy, encircling the audience. Their creator stood, offering his gifts of verse — shared in a powerful baritone voice.
Literary Star Power Comes to CSUN
While critical fire conditions continue through Friday, the final numbers for the Rye Fire have been released.
Officials Release Final Numbers on Rye Fire
The William S. Hart Union High School District Governing Board held it’s annual reorganizational meeting Wednesday night, naming Steve Sturgeon as Board President.
Steve Sturgeon Named 2018 Hart Board President
Castaic Elementary School is collecting gently used children's clothing and toys for the victims of the Creek Fire in Sylmar.
Local School Collecting Clothes, Toys for Creek Fire Victims
Gusty Santa Ana winds fanned the Thomas Fire's eastern flank Thursday, prompting officials to call for mandatory evacuations for areas near Fillmore.
Officials Issue Evacuation Orders for Fillmore Residents
SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued the following statement in response to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision to repeal net neutrality rules instituted in 2015. These rules protect consumers' access to online content without interference or manipulation by an internet service provider:
Becerra Condemns FCC’s Net Neutrality Ruling
Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the following statement Thursday on the fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting:
Feinstein Issues Statement on Five Year Anniversary of Sandy Hook
SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education and its Secretary, Betsy DeVos, for refusing to process debt relief claims submitted by tens of thousands of students who took out federal student loans to attend Corinthian Colleges, Inc. (Corinthian).
Becerra Lawsuit Alleges Devos, Education Department Refusing to Process Debt Relief Claims
CAL FIRE has released a statement on its Facebook page regarding the death of one of their own:
CAL FIRE Engineer Killed Battling Thomas Fire
1931 - Season's first major storm deposits 9 inches of snow in Newhall, 10 in Saugus [story]
The Sheriff’s Department and CHP will participate in a special year-end "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" enforcement campaign from December 15 through January 1.
LASD, CHP Join ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ DUI Campaign
The Caribbean is back, better than ever, and Valencia-based Princess Cruises is offering the best fares of the season during the “Exclusively Caribbean Sale,” on 7-, 8-, 10-, 14-day sailings departing February through April 2018.
Princess Cruises ‘Exclusively Caribbean Sale’ Offers Season’s Best Fares