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Los Angeles based writer, Margie Anne Clark covers the entertainment world in Hollywood, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, the Santa Clarita Valley and surrounding entertainment venues in Southern California.

Universal Studios Hollywood Cocina Mexicana Now Open!

Hollywood, Calif. – Great news! Universal Studios Hollywood announces the opening of Cocina Mexicana, bringing authentic Mexican cuisine to the theme park. Menu items include beef & chicken tacos, a wet burrito, a taco salad, frozen margaritas, and an array of desserts.

Park guests who find themselves craving an authentic Mexican meal have a new spot to check out at Universal Plaza. Cocina Mexicana is now open at Universal Studios Hollywood, and you’re going to want to try everything on the menu.

Great news! Park guests who find themselves craving an authentic Mexican meal have a new spot to check out at Universal Plaza. Cocina Mexicana is now open at Universal Studios Hollywood, and you’re going to want to try everything on the menu.
In case you’re craving tacos (you know, like everyone does pretty frequently, because tacos are amazing), Cocina Mexicana has you covered two ways. We have traditional chicken tinga or ground beef soft tacos topped with delicious queso fresco and lime crema.
What can we say about this burrito that isn’t already clear from the photo? It’s irresistible! This one comes loaded with rice, refried beans, queso blanco, guacamole, lime crema, pico de gallo, salsa rojo, and juicy, flavorful chicken.
f you like your tacos in salad form, we also have a perfect blend of lettuce, refried beans, pico de gallo, queso fresco, and avocado ranch for you. Each salad includes a crispy, flour tortilla and comes with your choice of protein: beef, chicken, or Impossible (vegan!) chorizo.
The only thing more joy-inducing than great Mexican food might be the desserts. Cocina Mexicana offers a very popular Mexican sweet treat, buñuelos (accompanied by a delicious cajeta caramel dipping sauce). Other options include a decadent tres leches cake, or juicy and sweet pineapple drizzled with a flavorful Tajin infused agave nectar.
There’s also Frozen Margaritas for guests ages 21 & up – available in Mango, Strawberry, or Classic Lime! So next time you’re here at the Park, be sure to stop by Universal Plaza on the Upper Lot and visit Cocina Mexicana for lunch or dinner (or both). This food is so good, we think you’re going to taco ‘bout it for a while!

More information is available on the USH website here

ADDITIONAL PUBLIC MEETINGS SCHEDULED FOR NEW INCLUSIVE PLAY AREA AT CANYON COUNTRY PARK.

Residents Will be Able to Ask Questions and Give Feedback

Santa Clarita, Calif. – The City of Santa Clarita will host two additional public meetings for residents to have the opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed plan for the upcoming construction of an inclusive play area at Canyon Country Park. The first meeting will take place onThursday, May 30 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. The second meeting is scheduled for later that evening from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Both meetings will be held in the Community Room at Canyon Country Park, located at 17615 Soledad Canyon Road. The same content will be covered at both meetings, and activities will be provided for children.

At the meetings the updated concept design, incorporating comments and feedback gathered from the City’s first public meeting on April 16, will be shared with the public. Attendees at the upcoming meetings will be able to speak with City staff members and consultants about the project.

These meetings are a great opportunity for residents to ask questions and offer any input they may have about the inclusive play area, which will be the first of its kind built by the City.

The play area is set to include inclusive play structures, accessible connections to existing facilities, a shade structure and new seating areas for children and adults. Construction is scheduled to begin in July 2019 and is anticipated to be completed by the end of the year.

Inclusive playgrounds provide meaningful play experiences. This project will construct an enjoyable outdoor play environment that provides physical and social inclusion for people of all ages and abilities.

For more information about the Canyon Country Park inclusive play area, please contact Elena Galvez at (661) 255-4911.


Voodoo Doughnut at Universal Studios’ CityWalk Sneak Peek at the New Animal Doughnuts!

Hollywood, Calif. – Check out the new monthly animal doughnuts at Voodoo Doughnut at CityWalk Hollywood

Check out the new monthly animal doughnuts at Voodoo Doughnut at CityWalk Hollywood.

May – Penguin

June – Bear

July – Fox

August – Narwhal

September – Bee

October – Tiger

November – Blue Penguin

May – Penguin, June – Bear, July – Fox, August – Narwhal, September – Bee, October – Tiger, November – Blue Penguin

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

CITY OF SANTA CLARITA RECEIVES AWARD FOR ANNUAL OVERLAY AND SLURRY SEAL PROGRAM.

Construction Management Association of America’s CMAA Southern California Recognizes Santa Clarita with Project Achievement Award

Santa Clarita, Calif. – The City of Santa Clarita has been recognized by the Construction Management Association of America’s (CMAA) Southern California chapter with a 2019 Project Achievement Award for the City’s 2017-18 Annual Overlay and Slurry Seal program. The City received its award at the organization’s 27th Annual Awards Gala on May 15, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach.

The City of Santa Clarita spends approximately $11 million each year on its Overlay and Slurry Seal road preservation project, which improves City roadways and extends their life. Slurry seal is a pavement preservation treatment that involves a coating of finely crushed aggregate, asphalt and water applied to roads, while overlay is a rehabilitation treatment that first grinds up the old asphalt before the coating is used.

The Overlay and Slurry Seal project typically takes place on arterial and neighborhood roads during the summer months. Santa Clarita roads identified for the project in 2019 will be announced when project details are finalized.

For more information about the City of Santa Clarita’s Public Works Department, please contact the City at (661) 259-2489.

CITY OF SANTA CLARITA’S SAMMY CLARITA LAUNCHES HIS OWN WEBSITE.

Favorite City Mascot Shares Story and More

Santa Clarita, Calif. – Sammy Clarita, Santa Clarita’s favorite horse mascot and “neigh-bor” just launched his very own website. The new website can be visited at SammyClarita.com.

Sammy Clarita’s website features a biography on Sammy Clarita, downloadable versions of Sammy’s recently released book “Sammy Stories: Meet Sammy Clarita.” Sammy Clarita became a beloved mascot for the City of Santa Clarita when he was introduced to the community to help celebrate the City’s 30th anniversary in 2017.

Sammy Clarita’s website features a biography on Sammy Clarita, downloadable versions of Sammy’s recently released book “Sammy Stories: Meet Sammy Clarita” in both English and Spanish, as well as a coloring book version. Parents and children can also visit the website to view a collection of photos of people who have found Sammy in the community throughout the years through his Instagram scavenger hunt.

By following clues posted on the City of Santa Clarita’s Instagram account (@cityofsantaclarita), you can find out where Sammy is hidden at a City facility or event. If you find him, you get to keep him! Just remember to share your picture with him using the hashtag #IFoundSammyClarita.

Sammy Clarita became a beloved mascot for the City of Santa Clarita when he was introduced to the community to help celebrate the City’s 30th anniversary in 2017.

The stuffed animal horse was hidden at various City events and locations as part of a social media scavenger hunt. Although originally intended to be a one-year campaign, Sammy Clarita’s popularity within the community grew so much that he continued to make appearances well after the 30th anniversary celebration. Sammy has made special visits at a hospital, the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, press conferences and much more. This year Sammy Clarita is celebrating the Santa Clarita Public Library. 

Learn about all of Sammy’s adventures by visiting his new website today!

CITY OF SANTA CLARITA TO HOST RIBBON CUTTING FOR NEW ARCHERY RANGE.

Santa Clarita, Calif. – Hikers, equestrians and cyclists love to visit Santa Clarita’s picturesque open spaces for a day of fun in nature and now archers can also do the same thanks to a new archery range in the Haskell Canyon Open Space. The Santa Clarita City Council will be hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Santa Clarita Archery Range on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. The community is invited to attend the event to celebrate the grand opening.

The Archery Range is located in the northernmost canyon in the Haskell Canyon Open Space, located north of Copper Hill Drive and east of Haskell Canyon Road. To access the archery range, please follow the signage along the road off Copper Hill Drive. The path to the archery range is a 1.3 mile dirt road. Closed-toed shoes are recommended. To attend, please RSVP to Kathleen Herrera at kherrera@santa-clarita.com or call (661) 255-4939.

 The one-acre Santa Clarita Archery Range was developed by the City in partnership with local nonprofit organization Santa Clarita Valley (SCV) Archery. The Haskell Canyon Open Space was chosen as its location because of the amount of space needed for archery practice, keeping archers and trail users alike at a safe distance from practice targets.

The archery range is available and open to the public seven days a week, from dusk till dawn. On select dates and times, the SCV Archery hosts free and low cost introductory classes, including one-on-one coaching and group events. More information on the local nonprofit SCV Archery and their classes can be found on their website at SCVArchery.com.

CITY OF SANTA CLARITA ANNOUNCES 2019 CONCERTS IN THE PARK LINEUP.

City’s Concerts in the Park Return to Central Park July 6 to August 24

The City of Santa Clarita’s Concerts in the Park series, presented by Logix Federal Credit Union, will return this summer with a variety of acts that everyone can jam out to each Saturday night. The stage will light up on Saturday, July 6, at 7:00 p.m. for the first show of the 2019 season at Central Park, located at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road. With tributes to the Spice Girls, Queen and more, and original music by the band Prussia, this year’s lineup will be one for the Concerts in the Park hall of fame!                                                    

The stage will light up for the City of Santa Clarita’s Concert in the Parks series on Saturday, July 6, at 7:00 p.m. for the first show of the 2019 season at Central Park, located at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road. With tributes to the Spice Girls, Queen and more, and original music by the band Prussia, this year’s lineup will be one for the Concerts in the Park hall of fame! Image/City of Santa Clarita.        

Fan favorites are returning to the Concerts in the Park stage, as well as new acts looking to wow the crowd. Here is the full list of dates and performers:

  • July 6 — Wannabe: A Tribute to Spice Girls
  • July 13 — Surf City Allstars: A Tribute to the Beach Boys
  • July 20 — Prussia
  • July 27 — Queen Nation: A Tribute to Queen
  • August 3 — Mirage: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac
  • August 10 — Grateful Shred: A Tribute to Grateful Dead
  • August 17 — The Replicas: Party Music
  • August 24 — Erotic City: A Tribute to Prince

            The City’s annual Concerts in the Park series will take center stage at Central Park every Saturday night from July 6 through August 24. Residents and visitors alike are invited to enjoy the good weather and great music with family and friends all summer long.

            Attendees are encouraged to bring beach chairs and blankets so they can sit back and enjoy the show. A variety of food vendors will be on site selling concessions and snacks to complete the concert-going experience. For more information on Concerts in the Park, visit santa-clarita.com/concerts.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles An Exhibit of Iconic Memorabilia Screenings, & More, Celebrating 30 Years, coming to the Paley Center in Beverly Hills – Saturday, May 18 to Sunday, July 14, 2019.

Beverly Hills, Calif. – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles An Exhibit of Iconic Memorabilia Screenings, & More, Celebrating 30 Years, is coming to the Paley Center for Media, Saturday, May 18 to Sunday, July 14, 2019 .

Wednesdays to Sundays 12:00 to 6:00 pm; Thursdays to 8:00 pm FREE Admission – The Paley Center for Media welcomes Nickelodeon as it opens its vault to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

Opening Day: Saturday, May 18! The exhibit will open to the public at noon, with a special giveaway for the first 100 children in line, and a meet and greet with the Turtles from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Wednesdays to Sundays 12:00 to 6:00 pm; Thursdays to 8:00 pm FREE Admission – The Paley Center for Media welcomes Nickelodeon as it opens its vault to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

The Exhibit
Your journey through the Turtleverse includes art showcasing the comic-book origins of our half-shell heroes; taking a “shellfie” with a Turtles standee; and sewer surfing through a visual timeline of the evolution of the Turtles from the very first comics to the current series, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Gear up with a Turtles mask to play TMNT apps, express your inner Turtle with craft activities, and get in on some gnarly giveaways! 

Shell-Shocked ScreeningsSit back and enjoy nonstop ninja action! Each Saturday and Sunday, get ready for some super shell-shocked screenings. Viewers can shellax and relax while watching over two hours of footage featuring episodes from different TMNT iterations and getting an inside look at special short form content.  

City of Santa Clarita gears up for 2019 Bike to Work Day, Challenge, May 16, 2019.

Local Businesses Invited to Join the No-Pollute Commute on Thursday, May 16, 2019.

Santa Clarita, Calif. – May is Bike month in Santa Clarita, and what better way to celebrate than by inviting local businesses and their employees to participate in the 16th annualBike to Work Day challenge, coming upon Thursday, May 16, 2019. The annual event prompts thousands of public and private employees statewide to join the no-pollute commute, by pledging to ride their bikes to work. 

The Santa Clarita Bike to Work Day challenge will be broken down into three categories: small businesses with two to 25 active employees, medium businesses with 26 to 100 active employees and large businesses with 100 or more active employees.

Participants who bike to work will be able to fuel up with free refreshments, giveaways and cycling tips at five different pit stops stationed across the City, including:  

·    City Hall, located at 23920 Valencia Boulevard

·    Bouquet Junction, located at the corner of Valencia Boulevard and Bouquet Canyon Road behind Chi-Chi’s Restaurant

·    South Fork Trail access, located at the corner of Newhall Avenue and 16th Street

·    Camp Plenty, Just off Soledad Canyon Road next to CVS Pharmacy

·    City Public Works yard, located at 25663 Avenue Stanford

In addition, Princess Cruises (24303 Town Center Drive) invites riders to stop by their pit stops as well.

Bike to Work Day participants will be entered into a local raffle for prizes including KHS bicycles, high-quality cycling gear, gift certificates, movie tickets and more. Riders must sign in at a pit stop or work with their employer to ensure their name is submitted for the raffle.

Interested businesses should designate a “lead rider” who will act as a point of contact and be responsible for registering their business for the Santa Clarita Bike to Work Day challenge. Lead riders should register online at GreenSantaClarita.com, and must submit a list of their company’s participating bicyclists by 1:00 p.m. on May 16 to Laura Jardine, City event coordinator for Bike to Work Day, at (661) 255-4376 or ljardine@santa-clarita.com.

Santa Clarita Transit and Metro will be offering FREE local rides to anyone with a bike and/or helmet. In addition, the City’s new PACE Bike Share program has offered $2 off for any rider that use the code BIKETOWORK. Any participants that register with PACE and confirm by showing the app on their phone at a pit stop have the chance to win ONE YEAR FREE rides with the bike share program!

For more information about Bike to Work Day, visit GreenSantaClarita.com. For additional information about cycling events taking place for Bike Month in Santa Clarita, including the Amgen Tour of California and more, visit BikeSantaClarita.com

LANE CLOSURES AT INTERSECTION OF VALENCIA BOULEVARD AND TOURNEY ROAD FOR SEWER PIPE INSTALLATION PROJECT IN SANTA CLARITA STARTING MAY 15, 2019.

Santa Clarita, Calif. – Starting Wednesday, May 15,developer Sahika Corporation will begin a project to install a sanitary sewer pipe under Valencia Boulevard and Tourney Road, from Springfield Court through the intersection of Valencia Boulevard and Tourney Road to the southern portion of Valencia Boulevard. Construction is expected to continue for four weeks
            Construction will take place nightly, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. The work will allow one lane open in each direction on both Valencia Boulevard and Tourney Road through the intersection of the two streets until the completion of the sewer pipe installation.
Commuters are asked to be aware of scheduled lane closures and to plan their routes accordingly. Electronic message boards will be posted in each direction to inform motorists of upcoming lane closures. Residents are reminded to please reduce their speed through the construction zone for the safety of the public and the contractor’s employees. 
            Community members are thanked in advance for their understanding and support of this project. All measures will be taken by the developer to complete the project in a safe and timely manner. ­­­
            For questions or concerns, please contact City of Santa Clarita Associate Engineer Adam Lewis at (661) 255-4366 or by email atalewis@santa-clarita.com.