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1875 - Construction begins on San Fernando Railroad Tunnel [story]


You have lots of opportunities to volunteer your time and give back to your community this holiday season! Help make someone else’s holiday a joyous occasion.


D.I.V.E.R.T. Task Force
The Domestic Violence Center of SCV has teamed up with the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station and other local agencies to create a new task force called D.I.V.E.R.T (Domestic Intervention Education Resource Team) to help combat domestic violence within the Santa Clarita Valley. The new website, Santa-Clarita.com/DIVERT will be a “one-stop shop” for survivors of domestic violence and their families to seek help. “Whether someone is a victim of domestic violence, is afraid for their life, or they know someone who is in a family violence situation, the time is now to act and the DIVERT website provides the help victims and their families need right now,” explains Captain Johnson.
“It’s a fact that one out of four women experience domestic violence during their lifetime.  At the Domestic Violence Center of the SCV, we offer everything from a 24-hour crisis hotline, temporary restraining orders and emergency shelter for survivors and their children, to counseling, parenting classes and support groups,” explains Linda Davies, Executive Director of the Domestic Violence Center of the SCV and a member of the DIVERT Task Force.  “Women who need help and don’t know where to turn should call us first,” she added. Our 24 hour hotline is 661-259-HELP(4357)

The DIVERT Task Force is comprised of the following organizations:

5th District for Los Angeles County
Child & Family Center
City of Santa Clarita
College of the Canyons
Department of Children and Family Services
Domestic Violence Center of SCV
Emerge From Anger Program
L.A. County Department of Mental Health
L.A. County District Attorney’s Office
L.A. County Sheriff’s Department
L.A. County Special Victims Bureau

For more information about the DIVERT Task Force or efforts to raise awareness about family violence and local resources, please contact Gail Morgan, communication manager for the City of Santa Clarita, at (661) 255-4914 or via email at: gmorgan@santa-clarita.com.

Rent a Santa Fundraiser


It’s that time of year again! Yes, time to be thinking of Santa Claus, especially if you would like to arrange a personal visit from the Jolly Old Elf and/or Mrs. Claus for your home, block or business party during the upcoming holiday season.
The Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita Valley is continuing this very unique  Rent-A-Santa Fundraiser again this year to assist them in supporting survivors of domestic violence in Santa Clarita.
The Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita Valley was founded in 1983 and has offered advocacy, shelter, therapy and support groups to thousands of survivors in need.  Our objective will always be to stop domestic violence, build self-reliance and save lives through intervention, prevention and education.
You can rent Santa, Mrs. Claus and/or elf for a donation of $100 for up to one hour or $150 for up to two hours. The proceeds will help Domestic Violence Center of SCV.
Most visits will be scheduled December 1 through Christmas Eve.  We will make every effort to accommodate Christmas Eve visits.
Call our Head Elf, Barbara Cochran, at 661-251-1352 to reserve your Santa and/or Mrs. Claus and elf now!  Our schedule, as always, will fill up rapidly.
We would appreciate your support of the DVC and its activities in our community as well as providing you with a very unique opportunity to delight family and friends.
If you would like to volunteer to be Santa, Mrs. Claus or an Elf, please contact Barbara! We need more volunteers this year to accommodate all our requests!
Taproot Foundation Grant
I had two goals upon assuming Board Presidency; Board Development and Strategic Plan establishment for the DVC. Linda (DVC Executive Director) found The Taproot Foundation grant which moves both goals forward by engaging the Board of Directors and Executive Director in the first few phases of a Strategic Plan process.  Professionals in related fields provide pro-bono planning and research time to assess the current success of our programs, pointing to how future growth might occur.
The Taproot Foundation connects nonprofits and social change organizations with passionate, skilled volunteers who share their expertise pro-bono. Through their programs, business professionals deliver marketing, strategy, HR, and IT solutions that organizations need to achieve their missions.
The Taproot grant is valued at $70,000 in pro-bono services!
Support from DVC’s Taproot Team lasts four to six months, and culminates in published findings about DVC’s current capabilities.  The findings also highlight areas of work that need attention, improvement or development.  Some of the information collected toward that end are best practices of high performing organizations that provide similar services, and interviews with key DVC members, volunteers, staff and partners.
The findings generated by this grant will allow the Board of Directors to determine the best path forward over the next five to ten years.  As such, the Taproot grant is a tremendous benefit to our agency; saving much time and energy while propelling us toward a brighter future.
~DVC of SCV Board President, Jean Morrison
Purple Walk Success!
Our 4th annual Purple Walk of Strength 5k was a success! We had 180 participants this year and raised $5,000!!! Thank you so much to all those who came out, walked, and supported the DVC! Next year will be even bigger and better!

LGBTQ Training
Intimate partner violence (IPV) is prevalent in all types of relationships. At the DVC, we asked an advocate from the LA LGBT Center to come to the Savia Center and conduct a training for our advocates. Upon completion of the training we will be able to recognize the prevalence of LGBTQ intimate partner violence, analyze and recognize various tactics used to establish power and control in LGBTQ IPV (intimate partner violence) and assess and remedy barriers to services and safety for LGBTQ survivors of IPV.  For more information about the LA LGBT Center you can visit their website
If you are experiencing intimate partner violence, please call our hotline so we can help! 24 hour Hotline

Ice Skating with
JCI Santa Clarita
JCI (Junior Chamber International) Santa Clarita will be throwing a party for our families and clients at the Ice Station! They will have crafts, dinner, ice skating gifts and even a visit from Santa Claus! Thank you so much JCI Santa Clarita for making the holiday season a little brighter! More information about JCI Santa Clarita can be found on their website

Adopt a Family
This holiday season give the gift of giving! Adopt a Family from the DVC of SCV and help bring joy to a family in need! You can fill out the application on our website, click to Adopt a Family. We ask that wrapped gifts be delivered to our Outreach Center by December 15th.

Building Bare Necessities
Our Senior Girl Scout, Ana, is still working hard on her Gold Award Project of raising money to help the DVC of SCV build a second bathroom! Ana’s goal is to raise $7,000 – $10,000 to help us fund this project! So far our County Supervisor, Michael Antonovich, has donated $500 and Lowes and Home Depot have donated store gift cards. If you would like to help Ana with her project or make a donation, please email Ana at  adomvi2@yahoo.com

Giving Thanks
Every year for Thanksgiving, Castaic Water donates enough turkeys for our clients and Boston Scientific donates all the fixings for side dishes for our clients so that our clients may have a very Happy Thanksgiving dinner with their loved ones. A VERY big thanks to Castaic Water and Boston Scientific to continuously supporting the DVC of SCV each year! Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!


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Tuesday, Mar 20, 2018
If you think you have the right stuff, Blue Star Ranch is looking for volunteers.
Tuesday, Mar 20, 2018
Family Promise of Santa Clarita Valley, a non-profit that mobilizes community faith groups in the SCV to assist homeless families, recently announced that after six years at its current Resource Center, they are in need of finding a new site for its offices in order to provide services to homeless families.
Tuesday, Mar 20, 2018
The Triumph Foundation's Wheelchair Sports Festival will take place on Saturday, April 28 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Sunday April 29 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Mar 20, 2018
The Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center will hold a Cyber Security: If It's Connected, It Must be Protected Presentation on Wednesday, March 21 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in Rooms A1 and A2.
Friday, Mar 16, 2018
Santa Clarita Valley Boys & Girls Club "Youth of the Year" Lluvia Partida was among the young people vying for regional "Youth of the Year" honors at the annual County Alliance award ceremony Tuesday night.

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Flash Flood Watch in Effect Wednesday PM to Friday AM
Radio station 88.5 FM/Los Angeles, Southern California’s leading Triple-A (adult album alternative) format station and headquartered at California State University, Northridge, is adding Andy Chanley to its afternoon drive spot.
88.5 FM/Los Angeles Adds Andy Chanley to PM Drive
The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control encourages all pet owners to make their homes pet-safe during National Poison Prevention Week, now through Saturday, March 24.
March 18-24: National Pet Poison Prevention Week
The family-friendly Gilchrist Farm in Bouquet Canyon will host its annual egg hunt and Spring Fling on Saturday, March 31.
March 31: Egg Hunt, Spring Fling at Gilchrist Farm
Weather permitting, CSUN beach volleyball is scheduled to host a pair of tri-duals this week as the Matadors host Cal State LA and No. 19 Washington on Wednesday followed by No. 15 Loyola Marymount and top-ranked Pepperdine on Thursday.
Matadors Face Trio of Ranked Teams in Beach Volleyball Tri-Duals
CSUN's softball team will host the Matador Classic this weekend with Cal Poly, Pacific, Santa Clara and Georgia Tech all visiting the Matador Diamond in Northridge.
March 23-25: CSUN Softball Team to Host Matador Classic
Fale Avin's two-out RBI single in the top of the 11th sent No. 5 Oklahoma past the CSUN softball team 2-1 Monday afternoon.
No. 5 Oklahoma Edges CSUN Softball Team 2-1 in 11 Innings
No. 4/5 Notre Dame shot 54.8 percent (40-of-73) from the field as the Fighting Irish defeated CSUN 99-81 in the first round of the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament Friday night.
No. 4/5 Notre Dame Defeats CSUN 99-81
CSUN senior Arvis Greene picked up his second consecutive Big West Player of the Week award in men's volleyball Monday after leading the then-No. 10 Matadors to a pair of upset wins over No. 3 Hawai'i last week.
CSUN’s Arvis Greene Repeats as Big West Player of the Week
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April 28-29: First Bear Grylls Survival Challenge at Blue Cloud Movie Ranch
Kameron Quitno safely slid across the plate for the first home run of his collegiate career, sparking the TMU Mustangs to a 13-4 win over visiting Bethesda University on Tuesday at Lou Herwaldt Stadium.
Mustang Baseball Rides Home Runs to Non-Conference Win
Walmart recently expanded its test of new AI shelf-scanning technology to four stores in Southern California, including the store on Kelly Johnson Parkway in Valencia.
Walmart Launches AI Shelf-Scanning Technology at SCV Store
James Allen Hayes, 55, nicknamed by law enforcement authorities as the "Seasoned Bandit" because of his age, has formally pleaded guilty to robbing four banks in 2017, including two in the Santa Clarita Valley.
‘Seasoned Bandit’ Cops to String of Bank Heists
The Senate Education Committee gave a thumbs-up to Senate Bill 1009 (SB 1009), a measure to expand access to community college tutoring, according to California Senator Scott Wilk (R-Antelope Valley), who introduced the bill.
Wilk Community College Tutoring Bill Clears First Hurdle
Los Angeles County Fire Department firefighters doused a house fire in the 24700 block of Chestnut Street in Newhall Wednesday morning.
Firefighters Douse House Blaze in Newhall
To celebrate California’s Water Awareness month, SCV Water will hold its annual Open House on Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Central Park and at its conservation garden and patio located above the park.
May 12: SCV Water Open House; Vendors Sought
The city of Santa Clarita is urging residents and businesses, specifically those living near the recent burn areas of Sand Fire in the Sand Canyon area, to take extra precautions and stay alert as heavy rains fall this week.
City Urges Residents to Take Precautions During Storm
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies out to lunch at a local fast-food restaurant recognized and arrested a 29-year-old man with two outstanding warrants Tuesday, according to officials.
SCV Deputies Arrest Fast-Food Diner on 2 Warrants, Drug Possession
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March 22: Rich Musical Heritage Concert
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Blue Star Ranch Seeking Volunteers
Comic books, comic strips, graphic novels and web comics often provide an escape from reality.
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The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion aimed at preventing foster youth from becoming entangled in the juvenile justice system, and ensuring supportive care for those do.
Supes Approve Motion Preventing ‘Dual Status,’ ‘Crossover’ Foster Youth
On Friday, March 23, CalArts alum Travis Wilkerson’s (Film/Video MFA 01) latest documentary, Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? screens at CalArts' Bijou theater.
March 23: CalArts Screening ‘Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?’
LOS ANGELES – As part of the team’s continuing celebration of 60 seasons in Los Angeles, the Dodgers will pay tribute to one of the most dramatic moments in baseball history by permanently marking a commemorative seat located in the area of the Right Field Pavilion where Kirk Gibson’s historic walk-off home run landed during Game 1 of the 1988 World Series. The “Kirk Gibson seat” is the first seat at Dodger Stadium to be marked in tribute to a historic event.
Dodgers Honor Kirk Gibson Homerun with Seat in Right Field Pavilion
Family Promise of Santa Clarita Valley, a non-profit that mobilizes community faith groups in the SCV to assist homeless families, recently announced that after six years at its current Resource Center, they are in need of finding a new site for its offices in order to provide services to homeless families.
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Adonna Khare will demonstrate carbon art at the April 16 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, 23630 Valencia Blvd.
April 16: Carbon Art by Adonna Khare
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March 24: Zony Gordon Artist Reception
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Santa Clarita Farmers Market Open Easter Sunday
The Triumph Foundation's Wheelchair Sports Festival will take place on Saturday, April 28 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Sunday April 29 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
April 28-29: Triumph Foundation’s Wheelchair Sports Festival
With significant rain moving across the area Tuesday through Thursday this week, there is a moderate to high risk of debris flows near recent burn areas.
National Weather Service Warns Residents of Debris Flows as Storm Approaches