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RIDE THE CITY SHUTTLE DIRECTLY TO DODGER STADIUM FOR SCV DODGER DAY, MAY 11, 2019

City Shuttle Will Have Two Pick Up Locations

Santa Clarita, Calif. – The City of Santa Clarita is excited to announce that bus service will be provided for SCV Dodger Day attendees this year! The SCV Dodger Day Shuttle will stop at two pick up locations on May 11. The first pick up location will be the Santa Clarita Metrolink Station, located at 22122 Soledad Canyon Road, with a bus departure time of 3:45 p.m. The Via Princessa Metrolink Station, located at 19201 Via Princessa, will be the second pickup location. The departure time for this stop is 4:00 p.m.

Depending on traffic, shuttle passengers can expect to arrive at Dodger Stadium at 5:00 p.m., enough time to collect your giveaway and find your seat before the 6:10 p.m. start time. After the game, passengers will have 45 minutes to make their way back to the bus before it departs for Santa Clarita.

The fare for the SCV Dodger Day Shuttle is $3 each way, and passengers can pay in cash, use a TAP card or pay through the Token Transit mobile app when they board the bus.

The City is happy to be able to provide residents with an easy and convenient way to attend Dodger Day this year. To purchase tickets for the game, or for more information on SCV Dodger Day, visit SCVDodgerDay.com or contact Elizabeth Arambula at (661) 250-3734. 

SANTA CLARITA TRANSIT TO OFFER FREE RIDES DURING COWBOY FESTIVAL Free Local Rides This Weekend – April 13 and 14.

Santa Clarita, Calif. – It has never been easier to “mosey on down” to the Cowboy Festival, at William S. Hart Park. This year Santa Clarita Transit will be offering FREE rides on local routes during the Cowboy Festival this Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14. This is an excellent opportunity to help reduce traffic in the area by taking advantage of the City’s ADA compliant transit fleet.

Attendees can easily access the Cowboy Festival by taking routes 4, 5, 6 or 14 to Veterans Historical Plaza, or by taking Route 12 to the Newhall Metrolink Station in Old Town Newhall. Both locations will leave you within easy strolling distance to William S. Hart Park.

Intuitive route maps and arrival times can be accessed through the Moovit or Santa Clarita Transit App for iOS and Android devices. By inputting your starting point and destination, users will be provided real-time transit arrival information and easy to follow instructions for first-time riders.

Please visit SantaClaritaTransit.com for a complete list of bus schedules and routes.

WALK OF WESTERN STARS INDUCTEES, JAMES DRURY, ROBERT FULLER AND DAN WHITE, TO BE UNVEILED APRIL 11 AT 5 P.M. AS THE KICK-OFF TO 2019 SANTA CLARITA COWBOY FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND!

Santa Clarita, Calif. – The City of Santa Clarita invites community members to attend the unveiling of the newest inductees on the Walk of Western Stars on Thursday, April 11, at 5:00 p.m. The event will officially kick off the 26th Annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, presented by California Resources Corporation, which opens its doors to the public at William S. Hart Park in Old Town Newhall on April 13 and 14. The unveiling will take place on Main Street in Old Town Newhall, and free parking will be available in the public lot on the corner of Ninth Street and Railroad Avenue.

James Drury in a publicity photo for The Virginian (1971)

The 2019 inductees include Western actors James Drury, Robert Fuller and Dan White. Since 1981, the City has honored Western television, radio and film stars, and the newest inductees will join them with their own bronze stars.

Robert Fuller in 1968 in a publicity photo.

James Drury, who is best known for his starring role in the television series “The Virginian,” began his acting career in 1954. He started out with small parts, and eventually made his way to roles in Western films such as “Love Me Tender” and “The Last Wagon,” as well as television series including “Gunsmoke” and “Rifleman.” His distinctive voice has been featured in various documentaries and audio books as well.

Robert Fuller’s career spanned five decades and included many guest roles on Western television shows. He starred in his better known roles as Jess Harper on the television series “Laramie,” and as Cooper Smith on “Wagon Train” before retiring in the 1990s.

Dan White grew up in Florida, but moved his family to California to pursue his acting career. White lived in Hollywood and Newhall during most of his career, and was inspired to pursue a career in Western films by local Santa Clarita hero William S. Hart. Out of the 345 film and television shows White appeared in, 264 were of the Western genre.

Community members are invited to further celebrate the newest inductees at the Walk of Western Stars Induction Ceremony at 6:00 p.m., following the unveiling. The Induction Ceremony will be held at Hart Hall inside William S. Hart Park and will include dinner, a montage of the inductees’ work and a Q&A session. Tickets for the Induction Ceremony are available for purchase at cowboyfestival.org for $60. Seating is assigned, with doors opening at 5:45 p.m.

For more information about the Walk of Western Stars Unveiling or Induction Ceremony, please call (661) 250-3735 or email cowboy@santa-clarita.com.    

Universal Studios Hollywood “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” Ride Inspired by Illumination’s Worldwide Blockbuster Movie, Opening in 2020.

Universal City, CA, April 10, 2019 – Adoption day is the ultimate rite of passage for every animal seeking a home, and it’s now the inspiration for Universal Studios Hollywood’s lively new ride, “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!,” opening in 2020 based on Illumination’s 2016 global blockbuster and upcoming sequel, which answers the question, “What do your pets do when you’re not at home?”

The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!,” opening in 2020 based on Illumination’s 2016 global blockbuster and upcoming sequel. Universal Pictures /Illumination

In this all-new fully immersive experience, guests will assume the roles of stray puppies as they join a familiar cast of leading characters from The Secret Life of Pets — Max, Snowball, Gidget, Chloe and Duke, along with a host of other animal friends — on the ultimate quest of finding forever homes.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring another exciting Illumination movie-based ride to our guests,” said Karen Irwin, President and COO, Universal Studios Hollywood.  “The Secret Life of Pets:  Off the Leash!’ will capture the essence of the popular film and invite our guests to live vicariously through some of their favorite characters as they embark on a one-of-a-kind experience only available at Universal Studios Hollywood.”

The innovative adventure will blend live, dimensional and animated characters with hyper-realistic media as guests zip along a track aboard ride vehicles through bustling New York City streets towards the Pet Adoption event and the ultimate happy ending:  forever homes.  Along the way, guests will face an array of challenges and meet up with fellow animal pals eager to help guide them toward their destination.

“The Secret Life of Pets:  Off the Leash!” will be located adjacent to the popular “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” attractions.

Illumination’s The Secret Life of Pets 2, the next chapter in the franchise, arrives in theaters June 7, 2019.

With so much to see and do at Universal Studios Hollywood, the California Neighbor Pass invites guests to experience over 175 select days of fun for $149 when purchased online. Blackout dates and restrictions apply. 

More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.

About Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and 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™”, and the highly-anticipated Summer opening of “Jurassic World—The Ride.”  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.

About Illumination

Illumination, founded by Academy Award® nominee Chris Meledandri in 2007, is one of the entertainment industry’s leading producers of event-animated films.  The company’s franchises include three of the top-eight animated films of all time, and its iconic, beloved brands—infused with memorable and distinct characters, global appeal and cultural relevance—have grossed more than $6 billion worldwide.

Illumination, which has an exclusive financing and distribution partnership with Universal Pictures, is the creator of the hugely successful world of Despicable Me, which includes Minions, the third-highest-grossing animated film of all time and the most profitable film in Universal’s history, as well as the Academy Award®– nominated Despicable Me 2 and Despicable Me 3, which made more than $1 billion at the global box office.

Illumination recently launched two original properties that captivated audiences worldwide: The Secret Life of Pets, which achieved the best opening for an original movie, animated or otherwise, in U.S. history, and the global smash, Sing. And in 2018, Illumination’s Dr. Seuss’s The Grinch had the biggest opening weekend of any Christmas-themed movie in history.  Illumination’s upcoming films include The Secret Life of Pets 2 in June 2019, Minions 2 in July 2020, and Sing 2 in December 2020.

THE SANTA CLARITA EARTH ARBOR DAY FESTIVAL RETURNS APRIL 27, 2019 TO CENTRAL PARK .

Santa Clarita, Calif. – The City of Santa Clarita’s annual Earth Arbor Day Festival, sponsored by the SCV Family of Water Suppliers, is making its much-anticipated return to Central Park on Saturday, April 27. This FREE festival, which focuses on protecting the environment, is held in conjunction with worldwide Earth Day and is combined with the KHTS Santa Clarita Home and Garden Show, Arts and Crafts Fair and Emergency Expo. Earth Arbor Day festival hours will be from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, and the other events will continue on Sunday, April 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Central Park, located at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road.

The festival will kick off with the City celebrating its 29th consecutive year of being awarded the “Tree City USA” designation from the National Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters.

Visitors can experience a fair like atmosphere with fun activities for the whole family including a petting zoo, exciting pig races, free giveaways and much more! The festival will also feature a great selection of food trucks and volunteer opportunities in addition to the City giving away 1000 one-gallon trees and 80 yards of mulch to participants on Saturday.

The City will also be holding the always popular cArt aRT contest: a competition where participants transform ordinary trash carts into works of art using recycled materials and craft supplies. Individuals interested in participating must fill out an application form available online at GreenSantaClarita.com/EarthArborDay and reserve their trash cart with Laura Jardine at (661)255-4376 or at ljardine@santa-clarita.com. Forms must be submitted before April 14, and entries must be brought to the Environmental Services booth at Central Park, April 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Entries will be judged the same day and winners will be notified the following week with cash prizes.

Additional details can be found at GreenSantaClarita.com/EarthArborDay andSantaClaritaHomeandGardenShow.com.

SANTA CLARITA COWBOY FESTIVAL 2019 ROAD CLOSURE AND PARKING DETAILS, APRIL 13 & 14.

Santa Clarita, Calif. – The 26th annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, presented by California Resources Corporation, returns to Old Town Newhall this weekend! Residents are encouraged to prepare for road closures in Old Town Newhall and plan transportation accordingly for Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14

Free parking for the Cowboy Festival will again be offered in the dirt lot located at the bend of 13th Street and Arch Street in Newhall. Guests will be able to take a free shuttle to and from the parking lot. Map/City of Santa Clarita

The 2019 Cowboy Festival, taking place at William S. Hart Park is expected to draw thousands of visitors to the area. Beginning Saturday, April 13, Newhall Avenue, from Market Street to 4th Street, will be closed for festival transportation and set up. Please plan a different route in advance of the closure, which will last from Saturday, April 13 at 6:00 a.m. to Sunday, April 14 at 9:00 p.m.

Free parking for the Cowboy Festival will again be offered in the dirt lot located at the bend of 13th Street and Arch Street in Newhall. Guests will be able to take a free shuttle to and from the parking lot. Please note that limited parking is also available in the City-owned parking structure on Main Street in Old Town Newhall, but shuttle service from the structure will not be available. No parking is available at Hart Park.

The City greatly appreciates residents’ cooperation, and is working to make theSanta Clarita Cowboy Festival a great time for all! For more information regarding Cowboy Festival events, and to purchase tickets to special performances, please visit CowboyFestival.org

CITY OF SANTA CLARITA THANKS LOCAL VOLUNTEERS DURING 2019 NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK

Santa Clarita, Calif. – There is no “I” in team, but there is a “U” in volunteer! The City of Santa Clarita is proud to recognize National Volunteer Week, from April 7 to April 13. In 2018 alone, a total of 5,478 volunteers gave 51,154 hours to the City, valued at an estimated $1.5 million. The City is fortunate to have so many community members who are dedicated to supporting and improving our City of Santa Clarita.

From the annual River Rally and Cowboy Festival, to beautification projects and swim meets, the City has a regular need for volunteers to make events, programs and projects a success. The City would like to offer its sincere praise and thanks to all of our volunteers.

No job is too big or small, and the time and effort volunteers put into the City make Santa Clarita a great place for all to live, work and go to school. There are many upcoming events and programs where regular volunteers, and residents who would like to begin volunteering, can contribute as a part of the team. Earth Arbor Day, the Splash-and-Dash Egg Hunt, Eggstravaganza, Amgen Tour of California and Tween Clean-Up Days at the libraries are just a few.

For those looking to sign up to volunteer at an upcoming event, or to learn more about volunteering with the City, visit SantaClaritaVolunteers.com.

The Paley Center Presents: An Evening with The Irwins: Crikey! It’s the Irwins Screening & Conversation Friday, May 3, 2019 7:00 pm

Los Angeles, Calif. – On Crikey! It’s the Irwins, Animal Planet’s hit series that has reached 36.2 million global viewers, Terri, Bindi, and Robert Irwin continue Steve Irwin’s incredible mission to bring people closer to animals and ignite the connection that will ensure an abundance of wildlife for generations to come.

Terri, Bindi, and Robert Irwin continue Steve Irwin’s incredible mission to bring people closer to animals.

The Paley Center welcomes the family that has charmed and inspired viewers around the world, as well as members of the creative team, for a behind-the-scenes look at the global phenomenon. In Person:
Terri Irwin
Bindi Irwin
Robert Irwin
Additional guests to be announced.    

Shen Yun 2019 World Tour coming to the Dolby Theatre, May 3–5, 2019. Colorful show invites audiences to travel back to the magical world of ancient China.

Hollywood, Calif. – Shen Yun will take to the famed Dolby stage in Hollywood May 3–5, 2019.

Shen Yun invites you to travel back to the magical world of ancient China. Experience a lost culture through the incredible art of classical Chinese dance, and see legends come to life. Shen Yun makes this possible by pushing the boundaries of the performing arts, with a unique blend of stunning costuming, high-tech backdrops, and an orchestra like no other. Be prepared for a theatrical experience that will take your breath away!

Take an enlightening journey through 5,000 years!

SHEN YUN’S unique artistic vision expands theatrical experience into a multi-dimensional, inspiring journey through one of humanity’s greatest treasures—the five millennia of traditional Chinese culture.

This epic production immerses you in stories reaching back to the most distant past. You’ll explore realms even beyond our visible world. Featuring one of the world’s oldest art forms— classical Chinese dance—along with patented scenographical effects and all-original orchestral works, Shen Yun opens a portal to a civilization of enchanting beauty and enlightening wisdom.

Enter a world where philosophers and poets alike sought harmony with the Dao, or “Way,” of the universe. Where maidens danced with ethereal grace and generals fought with explosive athleticism. Where timeless tales of valor and virtue were born. Where heaven and earth intersected, and miracles came into being.

For more information visit: https://dolbytheatre.com/events/details/shen_yun_2019_world_tour

SHEN YUN’S unique artistic vision expands theatrical experience into a multi-dimensional, inspiring journey through one of humanity’s greatest treasures—the five millennia of traditional Chinese culture.

This epic production immerses you in stories reaching back to the most distant past. You’ll explore realms even beyond our visible world. Featuring one of the world’s oldest art forms— classical Chinese dance—along with patented scenographical effects and all-original orchestral works, Shen Yun opens a portal to a civilization of enchanting beauty and enlightening wisdom.

Enter a world where philosophers and poets alike sought harmony with the Dao, or “Way,” of the universe. Where maidens danced with ethereal grace and generals fought with explosive athleticism. Where timeless tales of valor and virtue were born. Where heaven and earth intersected, and miracles came into being.

“Absolutely the NO. 1 SHOW in the world—no other company or any style can match this.” 
— Kenn Wells, former lead dancer of the English National Ballet

“Five stars! I have reviewed about 4,000 shows since 1942, none can compare to what I saw tonight.”
— Richard Connema, Broadway critic

“There is a massive power in this that can embrace the world. It brings great hope… It is truly a touch of heaven.”
— Daniel Herman, former Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic

“I was uplifted; I was filled with hope… The world is a better place because of Shen Yun.” 
— Richard Swett, former U.S. Congressman

“Everything was larger than life. It’s one of the happiest evenings of my life. All my cares just disappeared, and I became one hundred percent positive thinking.” 
— Nancy Brock, former actress, associate producer

“The ancient Chinese wisdom will benefit the whole world.”
— Ted Kavanau, founding senior producer of CNN headline news

“I encourage everyone to see and all of us to learn from.”
— Donna Karan, creator of DKNY (New York)

“Go see it to believe it, because otherwise, you are going to miss the most important thing in your life.”
— Joe Heard, former white house photographer who watched Shen Yun 5 times.

“Awe-Inspiring!”
— ABC

“A Must-See!”
— Broadway World

“Absolutely the NO. 1 SHOW in the world—no other company or any style can match this.” 
— Kenn Wells, former lead dancer of the English National Ballet

“Five stars! I have reviewed about 4,000 shows since 1942, none can compare to what I saw tonight.”
— Richard Connema, Broadway critic

“There is a massive power in this that can embrace the world. It brings great hope… It is truly a touch of heaven.”
— Daniel Herman, former Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic

“I was uplifted; I was filled with hope… The world is a better place because of Shen Yun.” 
— Richard Swett, former U.S. Congressman

“Everything was larger than life. It’s one of the happiest evenings of my life. All my cares just disappeared, and I became one hundred percent positive thinking.” 
— Nancy Brock, former actress, associate producer

“The ancient Chinese wisdom will benefit the whole world.”
— Ted Kavanau, founding senior producer of CNN headline news

“I encourage everyone to see and all of us to learn from.”
— Donna Karan, creator of DKNY (New York)

“Go see it to believe it, because otherwise, you are going to miss the most important thing in your life.”
— Joe Heard, former white house photographer who watched Shen Yun 5 times.

“Awe-Inspiring!”
— ABC

“A Must-See!”
— Broadway World