Month In Review A reflection on our communities past month’s achievements, community developments, and awesomeness – August 2018
Filming in Santa Clarita Valley
Santa Clarita Valley is popular for its filming locations. The filming production list has been revised for the week of July 9 to July 15, 2018 for the Santa Clarita Valley. Well-known T.V. shows and student films are shot here. T.V. shows include “NCIS: LA” and “Future Man.” Student films scheduled to film this week are “Children of Gold” and “Snow Monster.” The local economic impact is an estimated 33.9 million. What makes Santa Clarita favorable is its Film Office, cheap film permits, and more. Interested in filming at the Santa Clarita Valley? Please visit FilmSantaClarita.com or call the Film Office at 661-284-1425.
Music In the Park
Santa Clarita Concerts in the Park will have artists of various genres from July 7th to August 25 every Saturday evening at Central Park in Saugus. Performances are at 7 p.m. Band performances are attributed to famous band players. Performers include Bon Jovi tribute band, Wanted; tribute band to Green Day, Green Today; Kenny Metcalf as Elton John and the Early Years Band; Eagles tribute band, Hotel California and more. All concerts are free and will have food vendors according to officials. Don’t have anything to do over the summer? Come enjoy music festivities with various performances and popular music..
Career Prep Summer Institute
College of the Canyons held its Summer Institute with a subject matter of career exploration. The Summer Institute’s goal was to give hands-on career exploration and opportunities to learn in a variety of areas and subjects,” according to the college’s website. “These included robotics, video game designs, sports medicine, health and human services, sciences pathway, photography, architecture, computer coding, auto technology, and manufacturing and welding.” The classes began at 9 a.m. and ended at 3 p.m. It was a perfect summer experience and worthwhile for youngsters to get an inside scoop on what it is like in the workforce.
Flutter Your Creativity
Residents are invited to be creative and expressive through art every month on 6th Street in Old Town Newhall’s community center hosted by ARTree. ARTree teaches both children and parents during their Flutterby events. “The whole purpose of ARTree is to serve the community and get kids interested in art and get adults interested in art,” said Karen Martinez, a board member of ARTree and instructor during the Flutterby event. ARTree holds multiple stations and this month, they held three. Guest speaker Michael Powell taught the children how to draw with chalk. Flutterby events hosted by ARTree are a great experience for both children and parents.
Thank You For Your Music Service
Excluding August, Every second Sunday of each month, The Santa Clarita Valley Blues Society performs for veterans at American Legion Post 507. Styxx Marshall and the Grandstand Allstars entertained residents and veterans with music and fun. We’re keeping the blues alive,” said Blues Society president Chuck Strong. Strong is the grandson of a veteran and he encourages more veteran bands to perform at the post. The board election will be held in August and the performances will continue to be led by him or someone else according to Strong. He adds that there is a proposal of a children’s band to reflect the aims of their affiliate, an international nonprofit organization The Blues Foundation in Memphis, Tenn.
SEAT At the Service of Seniors
The Hermit Social Club Robotics team helps assist seniors with technological issues every Thursday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center. The Seniors’ Electronic Assistance Team, also known as SEAT, is made up of 10 students ranging from middle school to high school who are very involved in robotics and competitions. They wanted to keep occupied during the summer and they came up with the idea because their grandparents always asked them for help according to SEAT’s coach, Connie Wong. The type of assistance they offer ranges from reinstalling iTunes or simply helping the seniors with their device.
Santa Clarita Artist Associations’ Gallery hosts its newest exhibit, Summer Breeze, from July 6 to August 26. The event is open to the public where you will get to meet the artists themselves while enjoying glasses of wine and desserts. Small art pieces and crafts are for sale as well. Music is presented by CK Walker. 20 residents and members of the SCAA are showing exhibits from artist such as, Lisa Barr, Zony Gordon, and Cathy King, just to name a few. The art gallery is located at 23508 6th Street in Old Town Newhall. The art gallery is open ‘Senses Thursday’ and every Friday 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, please visit: www.SantaClaritaArtists.org.
She’s The Man
La Mesa Jr. High School P.E. teacher, Michela James, is the new Girls’ Head Varsity Soccer Coach of the Golden Valley Grizzlies. She is replacing John Bogdan, the former coach who “led the Lady Grizzlies for the last two years,” according to Golden Valley via press release. The Lady Grizzlies have not won a single game in two years! What made James a great candidate is that she is an alumni of Golden Valley who graduated after the 2012-2013 season. It was time for a change. “We want a coach who wants to spend the time to nurture and develop all the levels of our programs,” says Golden Valley co-Athletic Director Carmelo Flores. What will the turnout be now that a women is leading the team?
Gazing the Stars
Santa Clarita Valley’s Local Group Astronomy Club hosted a free star gazing party at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area on Saturday July 7 at 5 p.m. A telescope clinic was provided to help assist attendees set up their gear. Guests had the opportunity to gaze at nebulae, planets, and galaxies. Vasquez Rocks Natural Area is located at 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce 91390. This area was the shooting area for various films such as “The Ten Commandments” and “The Planet of the Apes.”
Wildcats on The Ice
West Ranch hockey players Jack McNamara, Jack Titter, Justin Badillo, and Dylan Durrell, competed at the Air Force Academy Summer Showcase in Colorado Springs on Friday, June 22 and Saturday, June 23. They played against hockey players from other states around the country. It was a compelling event for them as in the audience watching were scouts from AAA, Junior ‘A’, College and USA Hockey. “At one game, there were two dozen scouts watching us,” says soon to be senior, McNamara. The most difficult part of McNamara was the altitude. None of the Wildcats made it to the all-star game, but Titter did receive two game pucks.
America the Beautiful
Santa Clarita Valley held its annual 4th of July celebration on Wednesday with a parade during the day on Main Street, Lyons Avenue, and Orchard Village. The parade was dedicated in memory to Bobbie Trueblood Davis, Fred Trueblood’s – this year’s Grand Marshall – mother, says event officials. The parade guests included the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the American Legion Riders along with 5 homeless veterans on the Lost Patrol’s float according to Randall Phillips, a member of Chapter 355. Politicians Congressman Steve Knight and Assemblyman Dante Acosta were also present. The community ended the celebration with beautiful fireworks that sparked the night around 9 p.m.
Fundraising For Others
Elks Lodge in Canyon Country shows its love for the community by fundraising for organizations in the Santa Clarita Valley every Thursday evening and Sunday morning. Being a fraternal organization, they have about 2000 lodges all across the country. Elks Lodge in Canyon Country holds Bingo every Thursday at 6 p.m. and every Sunday morning after breakfast at 12:30 p.m. At least 46 to 50 guests are needed to participate to raise enough money. Elks Lodge helps the young generation by giving away scholarships while at the same time acts as a friend to veterans. No plans on Thursday or Sunday? Go to Elks Lodge to have a good time and help raise money for multiple causes. For more information please visit: https://www.elks.org/lodges/lodgefacilities.cfm?LodgeNumber=2379
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