Universal CityWalk continues to be open on a limited basis.

CityWalk is Open for Limited Operations daily from 12-8pm. FREE Parking! Individual venue hours may vary.

Universal City, Calif. – Universal CityWalk continues to be open on a limited basis. Universal Studios Hollywood theme Park remains temporarily closed. Any Park tickets purchased for a date when we are closed will automatically be changed to one valid until December 18, 2020. In the meantime enjoy more restaurants and stores that are now open at City Walk. Review Important Safety Guidelines

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City of Santa Clarita to Celebrate the Spirit of America with Annual Fireworks Show, July 4, 2020. Fourth of July show to go on. (Update June 30, show canceled.)

Valencia, Calif. -The City of Santa Clarita is excited to announce the annual Spirit of America Fireworks Spectacular will take place this Fourth of July. The fireworks will light up the sky from the launch site near the corner of Magic Mountain Parkway and Citrus Street at approximately 9:15 p.m. on Saturday, July 4, 2020. (Updated June 30, 2020: The City of Santa Clarita announced on Tuesday June 30, the show is now canceled.)

“It was important for the City to provide the firework show to our residents,” said Mayor Cameron Smyth. “We wanted to ensure that our community was still able to mark this patriotic holiday.”

 This year’s show will be a non-traditional firework display with several new restrictions in place. Therefore, residents are encouraged to view the display from their vehicles or virtually via Facebook livestream in the comfort of their homes. The show will be livestreamed on the City of Santa Clarita’s Facebook page and can be heard on KHTS, Hometown Station on 98.1 FM and 1220 AM with a special introduction to the fireworks as well as music synchronized to the impressive display.

Westfield Valencia Town Center will be closed to vehicle parking and in-person fireworks viewers. There will also be no vehicle parking or in-person viewing on the streets and parkways surrounding the Town Center. Due to the limited viewing area, the entire show will be livestreamed on the City of Santa Clarita’s Facebook page. (As of June 30, 2020, the annual fireworks show which has annually celebrated America’s independence and freedom is now canceled, the City of Santa Clarita announced on Tuesday.)

“It was important for the City to provide the firework show to our residents,” said the Mayor of Santa Clarita. “We wanted to ensure that our community was still able to mark this patriotic holiday.”

For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/cityofsantaclarita/

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Universal CityWalk is Open for Business Starting Today, Wednesday, June 10, 2020.

Universal City, California, June 10, 2020 – Starting today, Universal CityWalk begins a thoughtful phased reopening of select venues welcoming guests back to enjoy the iconic destination as it resumes operations with enhanced health and safety measures.

CityWalk is open daily from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Following is a partial list of select venues that are now open; individual venue hours may vary. Additional venues will be added as the phased opening continues and hours of operation are subject to change. Complimentary self-parking is available during this initial reopening period, subject to change. 

Please visit the Universal CityWalk website or the Universal Studios Hollywood mobile app for updated information.

  • Dining & Eateries:  Voodoo Doughnut, Johnny Rockets, Blaze Pizza, Starbucks,

Crepe Café, Pizza Hut & KFC, Taco Bell, and Buca di Beppo.

  • Retail:                     Shoe Palace, Skechers and Guess Accessories

Universal CityWalk is implementing new health and safety measures that focus on Screening, Spacing and Sanitization.  A single point of entry now welcomes guests to the destination along with temperature checks and required face coverings. Click here for a video highlight of CityWalk’s new protocol.

            While working closely with local health officials and the company’s own health and safety experts, Universal CityWalk will continue to monitor conditions and make adjustments as conditions evolve. Specific health and safety measures include:

  • Temperature checks for all Guests upon arrival. If they have a temperature of 100.4° Fahrenheit / 38° Celsius or greater, the Guest will not be permitted to enter.
  • Face coverings required for all Guests throughout their visit. Face coverings also will be available for purchase.
  • Limited occupancy at all venues to help enforce social distancing.
  • Rigorous cleaning and disinfecting at all high touch points, including chairs and tables.

Universal Studios Hollywood remains temporarily closed. Universal Orlando’s theme parks, CityWalk and hotels are now open.

More information about Universal CityWalk and Universal Studios Hollywood is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Regular updates can be found on Universal Studios Hollywood’s Twitter @UniStudios, Facebook-Universal Studios Hollywood and Instagram @UniStudios.

Universal CityWalk Health and Safety Guidelines

All Universal guests are urged to follow CDC guidelines and conduct temperature checks prior to their arrival.  Guests should evaluate their own risk before they visit, and it is not recommended that older adults or individuals at high-risk with serious underlying medical conditions visit.  People who are asymptomatic can still spread COVID-19 if they are infected.  Any interaction with the general public poses an elevated risk of being exposed to COVID-19 and Universal cannot guarantee guests will not be exposed during their visit. For information on CDC guidelines, click here. Due to the evolving nature of this situation, details are subject to change without notice.

About Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Attractions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™”, the new mega attraction “Jurassic World—The Ride,” and the all-new ride, “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons Ride™” and DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda Adventure.”  The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television production studio where they can also experience such thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” and “King Kong 360 3D.” The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres.

The City of Santa Clarita Celebrates Graduates in Virtual “Graduation Cap Showcase. (Update: Now on display online.)

Santa Clarita, Calif. – The City of Santa Clarita, along with the City of Santa Clarita’s Art Commission is recognizing the recent milestone of 2020 graduates in a virtual “Graduation Cap Showcase!” Interested participants may submit their cap design by submitting a photo of their physical decorated cap or designing a cap using our virtual cap template and uploading the design. The deadline for submissions had been extended to Monday, June 8.

Now on display at:

https://www.artsteps.com/embed/5ede7a9c55b739406a38b278/560/315

Many of our City’s graduates had plans to decorate their mortarboards and wear them proudly at their school’s ceremonies. The City is hoping to spotlight the creative talents of our 2020 graduating class, while also bringing joy to them and the community through an online gallery of uniquely designed graduation caps. When submitting an entry online, participants are asked to submit a high resolution cropped JPEG of their decorated cap. Images containing any inappropriate language and content will not be accepted.

To learn more about the virtual “Graduation Cap Showcase” and to submit an entry, please visit SantaClaritaArts.com/CallsForEntries. Congratulations to all 2020 graduates for your achievements!

2020’s Safest States in America – WalletHub Study

WalletHub News – June is National Safety Month. The personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2020’s Safest States in America, as well as accompanying videos.

In order to determine the most secure states, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 53 key metrics.

In order to determine the safest states in America, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 53 key safety indicators grouped into five different categories. Read on for our findings, expert insight from a panel of researchers and a full description of our methodology.

Safest States in the U.S.

Overall Rank (1 = Safest)StateTotal Score‘Personal & Residential Safety’ Rank‘Financial Safety’ Rank‘Road Safety’ Rank‘Workplace Safety’ Rank‘Emergency Preparedness’ Rank
1Maine66.021201221
2Vermont65.482710149
3Minnesota62.421143121
4Utah61.712113746
5Wyoming59.21615162022
6Iowa59.213341044
7Massachusetts58.8410123010
8New Hampshire58.8271022434
9Connecticut58.81417232416
10Rhode Island58.1582663911
11Washington57.5334920128
12Oregon56.99262118913
13Hawaii55.8922843215
14New Jersey53.71923282324
15Virginia53.29291421231
16Maryland52.323022191523
17Indiana52.201933241129
18North Dakota51.835255037
19Wisconsin51.712019153418
20Idaho51.202416114717
21Delaware50.831337174014
22Michigan50.834528261315
23New York50.40122483228
24Kentucky50.371543351630
25Arizona50.3342324877
26North Carolina49.88162539643
27Nevada49.7848404533
28New Mexico49.64384549512
29Alaska48.52503037182
30Nebraska47.60146133840
31California47.374627421719
32West Virginia46.881834314520
33Pennsylvania46.452331293127
34Illinois45.92334192534
35Ohio45.293646142626
36Colorado44.45395404225
37Kansas44.412818122747
38Montana44.073112274133
39Tennessee43.70473833836
40South Dakota43.332711254939
41South Carolina41.464439461938
42Georgia40.912550442835
43Alabama40.223235363346
44Missouri40.123729382941
45Oklahoma37.453547324645
46Texas36.614036303748
47Arkansas36.144942413532
48Florida34.634144474442
49Louisiana32.534349343649
50Mississippi32.0017485048

No place is completely immune to danger of any form. Some areas simply deal with safety issues better than others.

Universal Studios Hollywood Celebrates National Dinosaur Day with a JURASSIC WORLD Watch Party on Twitter on Friday, May 29 at 5:00 p.m. PST In Honor of Its Mega Attraction “Jurassic World—The Ride.”

Fans Also Invited to Recreate Favorite Isla Nu-Bar Cocktail Recipes While Engaging Online in Real Time. This Unique Opportunity is Part of #UniversalAtHome. Designed to Bring Meaningful Theme Park Experiences to Guests at home.

Universal City, CA, May 26, 2020 – Universal Studios Hollywood pays homage to its mega attraction, “Jurassic World—The Ride” with a special watch party of the global blockbuster movie JURASSIC WORLD in celebration of National Dinosaur Day on Twitter on Friday, May 29 at 5:00 p.m. PST.

 Fans are invited to screen their personal copy of the film while engaging with fellow fans through Universal Studios Hollywood’s Twitter account at https://twitter.com/unistudios.

 To help toast the celebration and, for the first time ever, Universal Studios Hollywood is sharing some favorite cocktail recipes from the popular Isla Nu-Bar, located adjacent to the ride. Fans can view the exclusive recipes for Tiki Tai, Bird of Paradise and a non-alcoholic Mai Tai on Universal Studios Hollywood’s website here.

Must be 21 years or older to consume alcohol. Please drink responsibly.

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About Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Attractions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™”, the new mega attraction “Jurassic World—The Ride,” and the soon to open all-new ride, “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons Ride™” and DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda Adventure.”  The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television production studio where they can also experience such thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” and “King Kong 360 3D.” The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.

City of Santa Clarita Announces New Virtual Disc Golf League to Begin in June.

Santa Clarita, Calif. – Dust off your disc, breathe in the fresh air and get ready for a new competition from the City of Santa Clarita’s Adult Sports Office! The all-new Virtual Disc Golf League, which will kick-off in June, will pit Santa Clarita’s best disc golfers against one another and allow new players to sharpen their skills in a fun, safe and FREE environment.

Registration for the Virtual Disc Golf League runs from June 1–26, 2020, and players must sign up online at santa-clarita.com/DiscGolf prior to the deadline to be accepted into the league. Once registered, all players will be required to complete two rounds of disc golf at the Central Park course prior to the end of the day on June 26, and report their scores by email to adultsports@santa-clarita.com.

After registration closes, all preliminary scores reported will be used to assign players into groups for league play. The number of registered players will be used to determine the number of groups in the league. Players will compete against others in their group over the course of the league season and the winner of each group will win a prize when the competition is completed.

The Virtual Disc Golf League is open to players of all skill levels and will officially begin on Sunday, July 5, using a singles stroke play format and will continue for one month. Players will be required to submit a one-round score on the Central Park course each week. Adult Sports staff will adjust basket locations every other week to create new course configurations as the competition progresses.

For more information about the Virtual Disc Golf League, please visit santa-clarita.com/DiscGolf or contact the Adult Sports Office at (661) 290-2240.

First Entertainment Credit Union, May 2020 Message from Frank Wasson, President and CEO.

To our valued members,

On behalf of the entire team at First Entertainment, I want to thank you for your membership and loyalty during these difficult times. I understand you have a choice when selecting a financial partner, and I am happy that you continue to trust us as your financial ally and advocate in the entertainment industry….

I most appreciate your willingness and energy to share your perspective on how First Entertainment is doing for you, and where we can get better.  Since mid-March, I have received no less than one thousand calls and emails from members, expressing their concerns and compliments.  Thank you for your feedback!

One of the most common questions I receive is when we plan to “re-open” our branches…. I can tell you that we are hard at work on this, and will announce a plan shortly that will call for a phased re-opening of our branches…We will be including guidelines regarding available services, hours, and locations in the coming weeks.

Also, as part of our re-opening processes, we will be resuming our regular operating procedures and fee schedules for ATMs and account management, effective May 16th. Please check our website (Firstent.org) for more details. Know that despite this change, we still remain ready to assist members in any way we can for those who may be experiencing hardships.

In closing, I want to THANK YOU for your continued trust in First Entertainment..

Frank Wasson

President and CEO

LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC CANCELS 2020 HOLLYWOOD BOWL AND THE FORD SEASONS

LOS ANGELES, CA, May 13, 2020— The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association is canceling the 2020 seasons at the Hollywood Bowl and The Ford. Seasons at these two Los Angeles County venues, normally scheduled from June through September, are programmed by the LA Phil and feature a wide variety of artists, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic. 

“Play Your Part,” a $35 million campaign. “Play Your Part” will support all of the Association’s ongoing operations and programs, including the LA Phil’s YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles) program and other educational initiatives, which serve more than 150,000 youth, families, and teachers every year. As part of the overall campaign, Hollywood Bowl ticketholders will have the option of supporting what has been a summertime tradition for generations of Los Angeles families by donating the value of their tickets back to the LA Phil, raising an initial $1 million from a challenge grant from Jane and Michael Eisner. Chad Smith, the Association’s Chief Executive Officer, David C. Bohnett Chief Executive Officer Chair, said, “The cancellation of our summer programs and the resulting impact on our musicians and staff is devastating. We are all broken hearted..and share the disappointment of all those who look forward to the Bowl and Ford seasons every year.

..”Our task now, which we share with all of Los Angeles, is to go forward with strength and resilience… The LA Phil has been here for more than one hundred years, and the Hollywood Bowl and The Ford for almost as long. We are doing what is necessary to ensure that we are all here for the next century.” Gail Samuel, President of the Hollywood Bowl and Chief Operating Officer of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, said, “The Hollywood Bowl and The Ford are much more than performance venues.

They are iconic places and represent summer traditions that have played a part in defining Los Angeles itself. It’s .. saddening to acknowledge that the 2020 summer season is gone, but the LA Phil isn’t going anywhere. Our cultural community is among the most vibrant and creative in the world.We have every reason to look ahead with hope and confidence to next summer’s centennial celebrations at the Hollywood Bowl and The Ford.”

For information about donating to the LA Phil or how to manage your tickets, contact us by email at information@laphil.org or by phone at 323 850 2000 between 10am and 5pm Monday through Friday.

Universal Parks & Resorts Update: Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando closure extended until at least May 31, 2020.

Universal City, Calif. , Orlando FL. – Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood to remain closed at least through May 31, 2020.

We are extending the closure of Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood at least through May 31 as we continue to respond to current conditions and make the health and safety of team members and guests our top priority. 

This includes our theme parks and Universal CityWalk at both destinations.  The Universal Orlando Resort hotels have also temporarily suspended operations through this time period.  We will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as needed, based on guidance from health agencies and government officials.  

In addition, we have communicated with our team members today and have this to share:

Taking care of our team members during this difficult and challenging time remains one of our most important priorities.  We are working hard to find solutions that also allow us to sustain our business. 

Our team members will be paid at 100 percent through April 19, but as we enter a more prolonged closure period, we need to take additional measures.  Beginning April 20, nearly all our team members will be paid at 80 percent of their pay – and we will ask them to adjust their work accordingly.  A small group of team members will be asked to continue working at 100 percent and will continue to be paid at that level.   We have also made the difficult decision that we will furlough our part-time hourly workers beginning May 3. 

During this time, we will fully cover the cost of benefit plans for those team members who have them.  All of these team members remain in our thoughts – and, while we don’t yet know when, we look forward to returning them to work one day.

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