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Santa Clarita’s 24th annual Cowboy Festival Evokes Western Days of Yesteryear with Hart; Melody Ranch owners Andre Veluzat and Renaud Veluzat Receive Star on Western Walk of Fame; ‘Rockford Files’ star Bo Hopkins also inducted.

As part of the closing festivities, Western actor Bo Hopkins and Melody Ranch owners Andre Veluzat and Renaud Veluzat were inducted in to the Western Walk of Fame during the star unveiling ceremony in downtown Newhall.

Santa Clarita’s 24th annual Cowboy Festival celebrates the Old West  in Rootin’ Tootin’ style at Hart Park in Newhall.


Newhall, Calif. – The 24th annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, presented by Heritage Sierra Medical Group, featured a colorful
line-up of performances.  Hundreds of guests enjoyed numerous activities, delicious food and authentic cowboy merchandise, taking visitors back to the time of life on the Western frontier.17834765_10213322945294371_205767616624171399_o


Attendees were immersed in a world of trick-ropers and gun-slingers.  Native American lodges were set up among the William S. Hart Park trees. Civil War reenactors battled and cowboys camped under the open sky.  Guests panned for gold,18119557_10213322946934412_171256701759595913_n

then hopped on the back of the bucking mechanical bull and tried their hands at archery and much more.

As part of the closing festivities, Western actor Bo Hopkins and Melody Ranch owners Andre Veluzat and Renaud Veluzat were inducted in to the Western Walk of Fame during the star unveiling ceremony in downtown Newhall.

By Margie Anne Clark

2017 AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA ROUTE ANNOUNCED: Santa Clarita to Provide Setting for Exciting Stage 4 Finish

Santa Clarita, Calif. – Beginning on May 14, 2017, the 2017 Amgen Tour of California,presented by AEG, brings the drama and excitement of professional cycling to California for the twelfth consecutive year. The Amgen Tour of California is regarded as the most internationally respected and esteemed stage race in the U.S. and one of the largest sporting events in the country. The 2017 race will mark the first year the men’s race has been elevated to UCI WorldTour status, making it the only stage race in North America to receive this prestigious classification.  The seven-day men’s race will visit 12 host cities from Sacramento to Pasadena.

On Wednesday, May 17, 2017, the City of Santa Clarita will host the Stage 4 Finish for the 2017 Amgen Tour of California (Men’s Race). Stage 4 will begin in host city Santa Barbara and travel 100.3 miles to the finish in Santa Clarita.  Santa Clarita is returning for the ninth year, bringing the total number of stages hosted in Santa Clarita to 13.

In addition to the men’s event, top professional female cyclists from around the world will converge in Northern California three days prior to compete in the Amgen Breakaway from Heart DiseaseTM Women’s Race empowered with SRAM (May 11-14). Presented by Visit California, the route announcement includes a visual overview of the 2017 men’s and women’s courses at

With warm breezes coming off the beach across from the start line, it will be just as difficult to leave Santa Barbara as it was in 2015 when the riders took the same route into Santa Clarita. Winding through Montecito and Carpinteria, the riders will be getting their legs ready for two short but steep King of the Mountain (KOM) hill climbs as they approach Lake Casitas. A fast descent down Hwy 150 will take them alongside the lake and into Ojai. Following another KOM up Dennison Grade, the race will return to the picturesque town of Santa Paula, where the base of Balcom Canyon looms just a few miles away.

For many local riders, Balcom Canyon is just too steep and imposing a climb to even attempt. Walking up the top section is the only option for many. This is a unique climb where the riders can easily see the KOM from the start. A popular place to watch the race come by, slowly, crowd estimates have been as high as 5,000 fans in past editions.

Following a “white-knuckle” descent of Grimes Canyon, riders will head through the orange groves near the small town of Piru, and the race will begin its 13-mile eastward push on Hwy 126 toward Santa Clarita. A prevailing tailwind will help keep the race together, and the crowd waiting in Santa Clarita should see another massive field sprint. This stage comes in at more than 100 miles with two sprints, four KOMs and 7,700 feet of climbing.

Santa Clarita is home to some of the state’s most avid cycling communities. Race organizers are predicting an exciting group sprint finish, so residents are encouraged to attend and join in on the excitement.

If you are interested in learning more about the Amgen Tour of California in Santa Clarita, visit This website will be updated with information about volunteer opportunities, ancillary events surrounding the Amgen Tour of California in Santa Clarita, and community sponsorship opportunities. For more information about the Amgen Tour of California, including sponsorship and VIP experience opportunities, please visit


About the Amgen Tour of California

The Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race created and presented by AEG that challenges the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course that traverses hundreds of miles of California’s iconic highways, byways and coastlines each spring. The teams chosen to participate have included Olympic medalists, Tour de France contenders and world champions. Amgen Tour of California is listed on the international professional cycling calendar (2 HC, meaning “beyond category”), awarding important, world-ranking points to the top finishers. More information is available at

The first-ever U.S. UCI WorldTour course will cover more than 575 miles through 12 host cities May 14-20, including Sacramento, Modesto, San Jose, Pismo Beach, Morro Bay, Santa Barbara, Santa Clarita, Ontario, Mt. Baldy, Big Bear Lake, Mountain High and Pasadena. The Amgen Breakaway from Heart DiseaseTM Women’s Race empowered with SRAM May 11-14 will visit South Lake Tahoe and Elk Grove before concluding in Sacramento as the men’s race gets underway.

About Amgen

Amgen is committed to unlocking the potential of biology for patients suffering from serious illnesses by discovering, developing, manufacturing and delivering innovative human therapeutics. This approach begins by using tools like advanced human genetics to unravel the complexities of disease and understand the fundamentals of human biology.

Amgen focuses on areas of high unmet medical need and leverages its expertise to strive for solutions that improve health outcomes and dramatically improve people’s lives. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen has grown to be one of the world’s leading independent biotechnology companies, has reached millions of patients around the world and is developing a pipeline of medicines with breakaway potential.

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About AEG

Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, AEG is the world’s leading sports venue and live entertainment company. With offices on five continents, AEG operates in the following business segments: AEG Facilities, which is affiliated with or owns, manages or consults with more than 120 preeminent arenas, stadiums, theaters, clubs and convention centers around the world including The O2 Arena, the Sprint Center and the Mercedes-Benz arenas; AEG Live, which is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performances, including producing and promoting global and regional concert tours, music and special events and world-renowned festivals; AEG Real Estate, which develops world-class venues, as well as major sports and entertainment districts like STAPLES Center and L.A. LIVE; AEG Sports, which is the world’s largest operator of sports franchises and high-profile sporting events; and AEG Global Partnerships, which oversees worldwide sales and servicing of sponsorships including naming rights, premium seating and other strategic partnerships. Through its worldwide network of venues, portfolio of powerful sports and music brands and its integrated entertainment districts, AEG entertains more than 100 million guests annually. More information about AEG can be found at

SANTA CLARITA STUDIOS HIGHLIGHTED IN the City of Santa Clarita’s Economic Development video, Santa Clarita Business Minute.

Santa Clarita, Calif. –  Santa Clarita Studios, an independent full-service studio, is the most recent business to be featured in the City of Santa Clarita’s Economic Development video, Santa Clarita Business Minute.

Santa Clarita’s varied topography, over 20 sound stages, over 10 movie ranches and thousands of film-friendly locations, combined with the City’s location within the “30-Mile Zone,” make it one of the most filmed areas in California. The City of Santa Clarita is committed to creating an environment that allows the film industry to thrive and be successful. The City’s Film Office is dedicated to making filming in Santa Clarita as affordable, convenient and enjoyable as possible for production, while balancing the needs of the community’s residents and businesses.

In the latest edition of the Santa Clarita Business Minute, learn more about Santa Clarita Studios, a local studio offering a comprehensive package of products and services to meet all production needs. Countless productions have based and filmed at Santa Clarita Studios over the years, including Netflix’s soon-to-be-released “Santa Clarita Diet,” airing on February 3 and “Atypical.” In addition, TBS’ “The Guest Book,” Freeform’s “Stitchers” and “Switched at Birth,” ABC’s “Mistresses,” FX’s “Justified,” and “The Riches,” CBS’ “CSI” and “The Unit,” HBO’s “Deadwood,” TNT’s “Franklin & Bash,” and Fox’s “Melrose Place” have all filmed at the studio. Movies like A Wrinkle in Time, Magic Camp, Fast & Furious, Bobby, True Lies and Planet of the Apes have also utilized the studio for filming.

In the video, Santa Clarita Studios executives discuss the City of Santa Clarita’s film-friendly and business-friendly approach to filming in Santa Clarita.

“There are so many things we wouldn’t be able to get done, if it wasn’t for the responsive team in the City, if it wasn’t for how film-friendly Santa Clarita is as a City,” said Richard Deutsch, Vice President of Santa Clarita Studios. “Everyone from the Mayor’s Office, to L.A. County Fire, to the Film Office, to the Economic Development group, they’re all there for us. I think we’re not the only industry that would say that. You really have their support as a business here in Santa Clarita.”

The Santa Clarita Business Minute is a video campaign designed to spotlight successful local companies. Santa Clarita Studios is one of more than 6,000 diverse global, national and regional companies that call Santa Clarita home. The most recent video, as well as others, can be viewed at

For more information about the Santa Clarita Business Minute and to learn why companies like Santa Clarita Studios choose to do business and expand in Santa Clarita, visit


THE WINGS FOR LIFE WORLD RUN SET TO RETURN TO SANTA CLARITA ON MAY 7, 2017, to raise funds for Spinal Cord Research. Santa Clarita residents can receive the $30 registration by signing up before January 1, 2017

Event participants prepare to compete in the Wings For Life World Run in Santa Clarita, California, USA on March 08, 2016 // Garth Milan for Wings for Life World Run // P-20160519-00935 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to for further information. //
Event participants prepare to compete in the Wings For Life World Run in Santa Clarita, California, USA on March 08, 2016 / Garth Milan for Wings for Life World Run.

Santa Clarita, Calif. –The Wings for Life World Run has announced its return to the City of Santa Clarita for the fourth consecutive year, as participants everywhere unite to find a cure for spinal cord injury. Of 24 locations worldwide, Santa Clarita will be the only West Coast city in the United States to host the global race on Sunday, May 7, 2017. Santa Clarita joins Sunrise, Florida as the only two United States cities to host this event.   

“This is such a fun and exciting event for our City to host year after year. It’s very surreal to be awake before the sun comes up and running on streets we normally drive on,” said Mayor Bob Kellar. “You don’t need to be an excellent runner to participate in this event, so I encourage all members of the community to take part and support this inspiring and unique experience in our hometown.”

Unlike traditional races, the Wings for Life World Run has no set distance or finish line. Instead, competitors will begin racing at Westfield Valencia Town Center simultaneously with participants around the world while trying to avoid being stopped by an advancing “Catcher Car.” The “Catcher Car” is an innovative moving finish line that takes off 30 minutes after the start at every race location and steadily increases its speed until it passes all of the participants.

Santa Clarita residents can receive the $30 registration by signing up before January 1, 2017 on For more information about Santa Clarita’s involvement in the Wings for Life World Run, please contact Evan Thomason, Santa Clarita Economic Development Associate, at (661) 286-4167 or


Come see some of the best local displays of holiday cheer in Santa Clarita Valley onboard the Hometown Trolle­y or one of their local Dial-A-Ride vehicles. Trips will be offered both Friday, December 16 and Saturday, December 17.

Santa Clarita, Calif. –This holiday season Santa Clarita Transit once again welcomes residents and visitors alike to join them on a Holiday Light Tour. Come see some of the best local displays of holiday cheer in Santa Clarita Valley onboard the Hometown Trolle­y or one of their local Dial-A-Ride vehicles. Trips will be offered both Friday, December 16 and Saturday, December 17. Passengers can board at the McBean Regional Transit Center located at the corner of McBean Parkway and Valencia Boulevard. Holiday Light Tour trips depart every 30 minutes between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

The tour will include two routes.  The first route offered on December 16, will visit decorated homes in the Saugus and Valencia communities; while the second route offered December 17, will explore the Newhall and Stevenson Ranch communities.

Tickets are first-come, first-served, and can be purchased upon boarding for $3.00 per person, or free with the donation of canned food or other essential items for the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry. for a link to suggested donations. Last year residents donated over 225lbs of food each night.

For more information about Santa Clarita Transit’s Holiday Light Tour, and for tour updates, contact Santa Clarita Transit at (661) 294-1BUS (1287) or visit


CITY OF SANTA CLARITA RECEIVES PUBLIC WORKS AWARD Lost Canyon Road Bridge Widening Project Recognized for Best Improvement for Public Safety

The Lost Canyon Road Bridge widening project was completed in May of this year. After six months of construction, the Lost Canyon Road Bridge located next to the Santa Clara River in Canyon Country, was successfully widened by 16 feet on the north side.


Santa Clarita, Calif. –The City of Santa Clarita has been recognized by the High Desert Branch of the American Public Works Association (APWA) with an award for “Best Improvement for Public Safety” for the Lost Canyon Road Bridge widening project. The Branch represents public works jurisdictions located in Santa Clarita, Victorville, Lancaster and Palmdale.  The award was presented at the High Desert Branch of the American Public Works Association’s year-end banquet.

The Lost Canyon Road Bridge widening project was completed in May of this year. After six months of construction, the Lost Canyon Road Bridge located next to the Santa Clara River in Canyon Country, was successfully widened by 16 feet on the north side.

In addition, the project added 4-foot shoulders along both sides of the existing travel lanes to provide extra space on the roadway.  A new raised 10-foot wide concrete walkway on the north side of the bridge was also added to allow residents to safely cross the bridge.  The path is part of future trail improvements connecting from Vista Canyon Development to Sand Canyon Road.

The American Public Works Association is a non-profit, professional association of public works agencies, private companies, and individuals working to promote professional excellence and public awareness of public works through education, advocacy and the exchange of knowledge.  To learn more about the High Desert Branch Southern California Chapter, please visit

Please contact Brian Glidden of Arrow Engineering for more information about the awards program at (661) 949-2525 or For more information about the Lost Canyon Road Bridge widening project, please contact Project Manager James Tong at (661) 255-4366 or

Ghost Band, an art installation by “Six”


Ghost Band, an art installation by “Six”
Ghost Band, an art installation by “Six”

Santa Clarita, CA – “Ghost Band” is coming to Santa Clarita, showcasing and honoring musicians in memoriam.

The altar uses full size instruments that are painted completely white.  A drum set, bass guitar and amp, microphone and mic stand, guitar and guitar amp, as well as microphone cables and instrument cables complete the band portion of the piece.  The instruments are arranged in a typical band performance type set-up.

The piece is meant to be interactive.  The public are encouraged to write notes or remembrances to a musician that they either knew personally, or respected.  Notes can be placed into an open guitar case as a final step.


“Six” is a visual artist, musician, curator, and event producer.  He has spent the past 20+ years developing a variety of events and programs for the Autry National Center, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, and the City of Santa Clarita in the Arts & Events Division.  “Six” has been playing drums since he was 9 years old, and currently plays drums and sings back-up vocals for the popular Ventura Rockabilly band Hard Six.  “Six” has curated 70+ art exhibitions over the past 8 years, and was inspired to create his own work as a result of experiencing the art made by others.  “My goal with my art is to help people remember their own pasts.  I develop art that provides a reason to reminisce about your past, and think about the good times, the funny times, the sad times, and the journey.  I also enjoy creating art that is interactive.  I want those that view my work to be inspired to play along!”

WHEN:   Opening Night is Friday, December 9 from 5pm to 10 pm

FREE Wine & Cheese Reception:  Saturday, December 10 from 7 pm to 10 pm.

Daytime Exhibit Hours on December 10:  11 am to 7 pm

WHERE:  The ARTree – Studio 2 – 22508 6th Street, Newhall, CA 91321



Returning to Main Street this Thursday, December 8, is one of Thursdays@Newhall’s favorite events, Note by Note. Beginning at 7:00 p.m., the singer/songwriter night features five acts for an evening of entertainment. Note by Note takes place at the Repertory East Playhouse, located at 24266 Main Street.

Note by Note allows professional and aspiring songwriters a platform to showcase their songs in front of a live audience in the City’s Arts and Entertainment District of Old Town Newhall. The event also allows the community to hear new music as each songwriter performs four original songs.

Santa Clarita resident, Sara Niemietz, will entertain the crowd with her talent and voice. She has starred on Broadway, appeared on television and in film, recorded vocals for many scores and projects, released four albums and has even performed in Times Square for 50,000 people.

Note by Note performer, Tim Propersi is another Santa Clarita resident, who is a guitarist, songwriter and private music instructor. In addition to performing, he has also worked with sound design and audio/video editing.

Antje Zumbansen, a Berlin-based singer/songwriter will grace the stage with her strong melodies and soaring lyrics about life, love and the wonders of the universe.

Other performers include Jen Hajj and J.C. Hyke. Note by Note takes place on the second Thursday of every month. For more information about Note by Note and other Thursdays@Newhall events, or contact the City’s Arts and Events Office at (661) 250-3787. Also, be sure to follow along on the Thursdays@Newhall fun at


Santa Clarita, Calif. – The Santa Clarita Public Libraries are providing families with plenty of occasions to embrace the spirit of the holidays through the month of December. The Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library, Old Town Newhall Library and Valencia Library invite you and your family to come decorate cookies, enjoy holiday stories and so much more.

December 2­­ – 4, the Friends of the Library are hosting the Annual Gingerbread Contest at the Valencia Library. All gingerbread house submissions can be brought to the Valencia Library, at 23743 W. Valencia Blvd, on Friday, December 2, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. All gingerbread houses will be on display for the public to view on December 3, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and December 4, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Winners of the contest will be announced at 10:15 a.m. on December 4.

On Wednesday, December 7, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., the family can enjoy a holiday-themed, musical story time and craft at the Valencia Library, at 23743 W. Valencia Blvd.

Roll up your sleeves and decorate cookies on Friday, December 9, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Old Town Newhall Library, located at 24500 Main Street.

Saturday, December 10, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library, at 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, is welcoming families to the Make and Take Holiday Cards event. Come design handmade greetings for your family and friends.

The Old Town Newhall Library is offering a special Christmas story time, reindeer games and holiday crafts on Tuesday, December 13 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Old Town Newhall Library is located at 24500 Main Street.

Children, ages kindergarten to 5th grade, are invited to decorate gingerbread cookies at the Valencia Library, at 23743 W. Valencia Boulevard, for the fourth year in a row. This event is set forWednesday, December 14, 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Registration is required and will be available starting Wednesday, December 7 at 8:00 a.m.

Wednesday, December 21, is going to the elves at Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library, located at 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The Elf Ball celebration will have fun activities like making marshmallow shooters, elf hats and more. Come fish with candy canes and participate in other elfish games. It doesn’t matter if you come late or leave early, but parent supervision is required. This event is going to be a lot of fun for the entire family.

Hanukkah Storytime with Wendy Hersh and Rabbi Mark Blazer will be taking place December 27 – 29 at each of the Santa Clarita Libraries. On Tuesday, December 27, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Storytime can be enjoyed at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library, located at 18601 Soledad Canyon Road. On Wednesday, December 28, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Hanukkah Storytime will be at theValencia Library, 23743 W. Valencia Boulevard. Storytime will be at the Old Town Newhall Library, at 24500 Main Street, Thursday, December 29, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

To finish off the month of holiday activities, author Greg Wolfe will be reading his story, Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf. This event will be on Friday, December 30, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the Old Town Newhall Library, 24500 Main Street.

For more information regarding any of these events, visit or call the Santa Clarita Public Library at (661) 259-0750.

Thursday@Newhall’s presents NOTE BY NOTE AND 10 BY 10 CONTINUING IN December at the Repertory East Playhouse in Downtown Newhall

December 1 and 8 provide respites from holiday rush 

 Newhall, Calif. – Another month of astounding performances is on the horizon, providing residents time to sit back and enjoy a show in the midst of holiday busyness. December is bringing a new collection of eclectic performers to the Repertory East Playhouse, at 24266 Main Street, for Thursday@Newhall’s 10 by 10 and Note by Note events. December 1 will be kicking off the month with an assortment of acts at the 10 by 10 Variety Night.  December 8 will feature several talented musicians during Note by Note. Each Thursday evening begins at 7:00 p.m.

During the 10 by 10 Variety Night, on December 1, audience members will enjoy The New Mexican, Fisher McLeod School of Irish Dance and Dan Sachoff’s ventriloquist act. More performances will be by musician Abel Gallardo, Golden Pen Writers Guild and comedian Peggy Sinnot. Finally, musician Robert Matter, comedian Richard Myers and storyteller Vicki Juditz will contribute their own stylings and talents.

The second Thursday of the month, December 8, will bring additional entertainment at Note by Note. Five unique and gifted songwriters will bring their musical tastes and melodies; Sara Niemietz, Jen Hajj and J.C. Hyke, Antje Zumbansen and Tim Propersi. Residents will not want to miss these performances.

For more information regarding these events or to find information about participating as a performer, visit

Thank you for your participation in the City of Santa Clarita’s Thursdays@Newhall events. In an effort to further develop Old Town Newhall as an Arts and Entertainment District and to expand the various events in the area, we would like your feedback on the 2016 Thursdays@Newhall series. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey and share your thoughts. Thank you!