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FRIENDS OF SANTA CLARITA LIBRARY HOSTING GINGERBREAD HOUSE CONTEST

Santa Clarita, Calif. –   The Friends of the Santa Clarita Public Library is inviting the community to roll up their sleeves and build gingerbread houses for submission into the fourth annual Gingerbread House Contest.  Submissions must be dropped off on Friday, December 2 between 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at the Valencia Library, located at23743 Valencia Boulevard.  The contest is free and open to all ages and skill levels. From tall ones to small ones, the library wants to see your best gingerbread architecture!

Submissions will be on display the following Saturday, December 3, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Sunday, December 4, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

On Saturday, December 3, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., residents may purchase five voting tickets for $1.00 to help decide which gingerbread house will receive the People’s Choice Special Award. Winners will be announced at the Valencia Library at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, December 4. Winners do not need to be present to win. Gingerbread houses will be judgedon imagination, construction, uniformity in baking and overall design.

Contest rules and additional details can be found at SantaClaritaFOL.com. For questions, please email friends@santaclartialibrary.com.

THE CITY OF SANTA CLARITA NAMED AS LOS ANGELES COUNTY’S “MOST BUSINESS-FRIENDLY CITY”

Santa Clarita, Calif. - The City of Santa Clarita has been named The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation’s (LAEDC) 2016 Most Business-Friendly City in Los Angeles County in the population of 68,000 and over category.

Santa Clarita, Los Angeles County’s third largest City, was recognized for the community minded and business driven approach to economic development, the priority of providing high quality jobs for local residents and the creation of an environment where businesses can focus on what they do best. In Santa Clarita, this is accomplished by a team of economic development professionals, business focused City departments, and strong partnerships with business associations and community organizations.

“To once again be named the Most Business Friendly City in Los Angeles County by the LAEDC is a true testament of our dedication to the business community,” said Mayor Bob Kellar. “An array of small mom and pop restaurants to national corporate headquarters make up the business landscape in Santa Clarita and we continue to provide valuable resources that help our businesses of all sizes prosper.”

Santa Clarita was selected as a winner through independent review based on the demonstration of commitment to economic development; excellence in programs and services designed to facilitate business entry, expansion and retention; competitive business tax rates and fee structures; availability of economic incentives; and effective communication with and about business clients.

The City of Santa Clarita was a finalist for this award in 2015, 2014, 2007 and 2006. In 2008, the City was named the Most Business Friendly City in Los Angeles County in the population of 50,000 and over category. For more information about the City of Santa Clarita’s Economic Development division, programs and incentives, visitThinkSantaClarita.com.

CITY of Santa Clarita Set to HONOR LOCAL VETERANS AT ANNUAL VETERANS DAY CEREMONY, Friday, Nov. 11

Santa Clarita, Calif. - The City of Santa Clarita invites community members to join the Santa Clarita City Council for a special Veterans Day Ceremony to honor local veterans, currently-serving military and their families, at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 11, 2016 at the Veterans Historical Plaza, located at 24275 N. Walnut Street. The ceremony will include a special reading by Robert Heinisch as a sign of respect for those who are missing in action (MIA) or prisoners of war (POW) and an opportunity to hear from veteran Command Sergeant Major, Edward O. Littleton. There will also be changing of the flags by the Knights of Columbus Santa Clarita Assembly and Vietnam Veterans of America. Other featured speakers include the Santa Clarita City Council, Rabbi Mark Blazer, and Ted Olsen, who will serve as the Master of Ceremonies. The event will also include patriotic performances of the “National Anthem” and “God Bless America” by Celena McMahon and “America the Beautiful” by Men of Harmony. The Veterans Day Ceremony is a collaboration between the City of Santa Clarita and American Family Funding, American Legion, Post 507, American Legion Auxiliary, Back to the War Zone, Blue Star Dads, Blue Star Mothers of the Canyons Chapter #82, College of the Canyons Veterans Program, Congressman Steve Knight’s Office, Disabled American Veterans, Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, Elks Lodge 2379, Homes for Heroes, Knights of Columbus, Lions Club, Moose Lodge, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Optimists Club, Prayer Angels for the Military, Rotary Club, Santa Clarita Valley Veterans Memorial, Inc., Soroptimists Club, The Soldiers Project, V.EW. Post 6110, V.EW. Post 6885, Vietnam Veterans of America, Wartime Romance and 1st Marine Division Associates. For more information about the Veterans Day Ceremony, please contact Mike Fleming with the City’s Arts and Events Office at (661) 250-3777.

STARTUP WEEKEND SCV 2016 BRINGS ENTREPRENEURS TOGETHER

 Santa Clarita, Calif. -  From November 4 to November 6, Startup Weekend SCV, sponsored by the City of Santa Clarita, challenged over 40 developers, designers and entrepreneurs to work together and build a startup company in just 54 hours. As part of a global movement, this event, which is completely led and organized by volunteers, offers attendees the opportunity to test new concepts in a challenging, engaging and risk-free environment.

The weekend began on Friday evening with attendees pitching their business ideas. From there, the group voted for the top pitches, teams were formed and the work began. On Saturday, the event continued with prototype building, resource and customer development, one-on-one coaching and feedback from local mentors. The event concluded on Sunday with presentations to a panel of judges that included product developers, investors and other entrepreneurs.

Arin Williams, winner of a pair of free tickets to the event from the Facebook competition held by the City of Santa Clarita said, “The Startup Weekend SCV event was incredible. In fact, my own startup has now become a concrete reality because I got to hook up with a developer who had the skills to bring it to life.” Arin’s startup team tied for second place in the competition.

The first place winner was SafeClub, a Facebook messenger software that will help educate consumers on car insurance choices in simple language, and let them quote and bind insurance packages without an agent. Tied for second was Let’s, an app to help groups plan where to eat based on everyone’s tastes and preferences, and Rangle, an app that empowers citizen journalists to capture footage of local events for media outlets that pay for the coverage.

The audience choice award went to Jam, an app to help musicians plan spontaneous local jam sessions, music lessons and professional collaborations.

The first place team won an investor sit-down, $1,500 credit to Steamwork Center, a new premier shared work and event space in Santa Clarita and $500 in cash. All participants received a free day pass and great offers at Steamwork Center, including a $50 credit toward membership.

Startup Weekend SCV was the final event in the City’s month long celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship during Innovate Santa Clarita. Innovate Santa Clarita events included Santa Clarita Business Incubator entrepreneur highlight videos, networking events, a speaker event and pitch day to prepare for Startup Weekend SCV. As part of the City of Santa Clarita’s dedication to entrepreneurship and innovation, the City was a proud partner for Startup Weekend SCV. The event encourages and values entrepreneurship in the City, and is directly in line with the City’s small business programs and the Santa Clarita Business Incubator.

For highlights of Innovate Santa Clarita, search the hashtag #inSC on social media. To find out more about the Santa Clarita Business Incubator, visit ThinkSantaClarita.com. If you’d like to find additional information about Startup Weekend SCV, visit StartupWeekendSCV.com.

DON’T MISS SANTA CLARITA’S COMMUNITY HOLIDAY KICK OFF with Light Up Main Street coming November 19

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Kick start the holiday season in Old Town Newhall at the City’s annual celebration, Light Up Main Street, sponsored by Valencia Auto Center, Re/Max of Valencia, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital and Snow Orthodontics. On November 19, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Photo/City of Santa Clarita

Newhall, Calif. – Kick start the holiday season in Old Town Newhall at the City’s annual celebration, Light Up Main Street, sponsored by Valencia Auto Center, Re/Max of Valencia, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital and Snow Orthodontics. On November 19, beginning at 6:00 p.m., members of the community can enjoy festive holiday performances from local groups including The Master’s Chorale, Hart High School Choir, Canyon Theatre Guild and more. At 7:00 p.m. the Santa Clarita City Council will officially turn on the lights to illuminate overhead displays on Main Street, thousands of twinkling lights and a 23-foot-tall Christmas tree that will dazzle and amaze.

In addition to the lights and entertainment, delicious sweet and savory food trucks will line Main Street offering savory and sweet options, and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for photos.

Prior to the start of Light Up Main Street, residents are invited to start holiday shopping early at the annual Old Town Newhall Sip N’ Shop. From 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., the merchants of Old Town Newhall will offer promotions and specials, simplifying holiday shopping!

Lyons Avenue will be closed beginning at 2:00 p.m. until midnight between Railroad Avenue and Walnut Street. Main Street will be closed starting at 4:00 p.m. until midnight between Lyons Avenue and Market Street. Both Walnut Street and Market Street will remain open to through traffic. Detours will be made available.

Free public parking will be available at the Old Town Newhall Library, the Newhall Community Center and several lots on and around Main Street. A free shuttle service from Newhall Community Center to Light Up Main Street will continuously be available from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. to allow for easy access to the event. The Newhall Community Center is located at 22421 Market Street.

To find more information about Light Up Main Street, visit OldTownNewhall.com.

 

 

CITY ENCOURAGING RESIDENTS TO PROVIDE INPUT ON COMMUNITY NEEDS THROUGH SURVEY Results to be used for Community Development Block Grant Funding Allocations in 2017-2018

Santa Clarita, Calif. - Local residents are encouraged to share their opinions through the City of Santa Clarita’s annual Community Needs Assessment Survey. By completing this Survey, participants will help determine how Community Development Block Grant funding can best be allocated throughout the community in 2017-2018. The Survey is available online now at santa-clarita.com/Housing through December 15, 2016.

Each year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provides the City of Santa Clarita Community Development Block Grant funding to benefit lower-income residents. The City’s Community Needs Assessment Survey allows residents to weigh in on how funding should be distributed to housing, supportive services, community facilities and infrastructure, and economic opportunities.

Some of the key results of last year’s Community Needs Assessment are:

  • Supportive Human Services – Homeless Services, Mental Health Services, and Youth Activities
  • Community Facilities & Infrastructure – Homeless Shelters, Youth Centers, and Health Care Facilities
  • Housing – Affordable Rental Housing, Senior Rental Housing, and Energy Efficient Improvements
  • Economic Opportunities – Job Creation/Retention, Employment Training, and Small Business Loans

For more information on the Community Development Block Grant Program or the Community Needs Assessment Survey, contact Terasa Sullivan, Project Technician for the City of Santa Clarita, at (661) 255-4368. The survey is available on the City’s website at santa-clarita.com/Housing.

SANTA CLARITA’S FINE CRAFT SHOW COMING SOON Find Unique and Beautiful Arts and Gifts November 12 and 13 at Old Orchard Park

Santa Clarita, Calif. - The City of Santa Clarita’s annual Fine Craft Show brings the one-of-a-kind designs and hand-made creations that embody the spirit of giving to one festive and convenient location. The community is invited to enjoy crafts made by over 40 vendors on Saturday, November 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at Old Orchard Park, located at 25023 Avenida Rotella.

For many Santa Clarita residents, this event is a holiday shopping tradition due to the assortment of products ranging from the quaint to the exquisite; jewelry, paintings, pottery, woodwork, and so much more, all created with intentionality and creativity. Enjoy holiday shopping this season by perusing exclusive and beautiful gifts, while relishing food served from gourmet food trucks in an outdoor setting.

For more information about the City’s Fine Craft Show, visit santa-clarita.com/Events or contact the Arts and Events Office at (661) 250-37871For many Santa Clarita residents, this event is a holiday shopping tradition due to the assortment of products ranging from the quaint to the exquisite; jewelry, paintings, pottery, woodwork, and so much more, all created with intentionality and creativity. Enjoy holiday shopping this season by perusing exclusive and beautiful gifts, while relishing food served from gourmet food trucks in an outdoor setting.

PUBLIC INVITED TO 10TH ANNUAL FAMILY LITERACY FESTIVAL Families invited to enjoy free interactive and educational activities

Santa Clarita, Calif. - The Santa Clarita Public Library, in partnership with the Friends of Santa Clarita Public Library, will be hosting the 10th Annual Family Literacy Festival.This FREE event will take place on Saturday, November 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Old Town Newhall Library located at 24500 Main Street. The theme of this year’s festival is “Explore Your World.”

The event will begin with a story read by Mayor Bob Kellar at 10:30 a.m. on the outdoor stage. At 10:50 a.m., Councilmember TimBen Boydston will also read a story. Following the story times, the audience will be treated to a special performance from the Canyon Theatre Guild at 11:15 a.m.  Annie Banannie the Balloon Storyteller will entertain attendees on stage at noon, followed by a performance from the Santa Clarita Ballet Folklórico at 1:00 p.m.

A multitude of local students, teachers, artists and education enthusiasts will be partnering to host stations focused on science, technology, engineering, art and math. Participants will enjoy indoor and outdoor booths and stations offering interactive games and activities such as a coding lab, robot obstacle course, giant chess and stitching crafts. In addition, local authors, Jane Sobel and Janet Squires, will be at the festival to read their children’s books.

Children and teens up to 12th grade will receive a free book for attending the festival, while supplies last. The first 1,000 children to attend will also receive a free 10th Annual Family Literacy Festival bag!

Food trucks will be available at the festival for residents to purchase food and refreshments.

For more information on the 10th Annual Family Literacy Festival and other Santa Clarita Public Library events, please visit SantaClaritaLibrary.com or call (661) 259-0750.

CITY OF SANTA CLARITA RETURNS AS HOST CITY FOR THE 2017 AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA

Santa Clarita, Calif. –  The City of Santa Clarita will host the Stage 4 Finish for the 2017 Amgen Tour of Californiapresented by AEG, on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Of the 2017 lineup of California Host Cities, the City of Santa Clarita has the distinction of having hosted the most stages in race history and 2017 will mark its 13th hosted stage. 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 Amgen Tour of California allows the City to bring world-class competition to the City for our residents to enjoy and provides a considerable boost to our tourism efforts,” said Mayor Bob Kellar. “The Amgen Tour of California has proved to be a sensational partner with the City of Santa Clarita. Last year, the City was able to showcase our beautiful Old Town Newhall area to thousands of visitors who attended the race.”

The 2017 Amgen Tour of California will kick off this spring in Sacramento and conclude in Pasadena. 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.  Peter Sagan, the 2015 overall Amgen Tour of California winner and one of the most popular cyclists to ever compete in the Amgen Tour of California will be racing for his recently launched BORA-hansgrohe team hoping to add on to his current record of 15 stage wins, including two in 2016.

2017 Amgen Tour of California (Men’s Race) stages include:

Stage 1 – Sacramento, May 14, 2017

Stage 2 – Modesto to San Jose, May 15, 2017

Stage 3 – Pismo Beach to Morro Bay, May 16, 2017

Stage 4 – Santa Barbara to Santa Clarita, May 17, 2017

Stage 5 – Ontario to Mt. Baldy, May 18, 2017

Stage 6 – Big Bear Lake Individual Time Trial, May 19, 2017

Stage 7 – Mountain High to Pasadena, May 20, 2017

In addition to the men’s event, top professional women cyclists from around the world will converge three days prior to the Men’s Race to compete in the Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease Women’s Race empowered with SRAM in South Lake Tahoe. Returning in 2017 is 2016 Amgen Breakaway From Heart Disease Women’s Race Empowered with SRAM defending Champion and current UCI Women’s World Tour Champion Megan Guarnier racing for the Boels-Dolmans team. The women’s competition will conclude its four-stage race in Sacramento on May 14 as the men begin their seven-stage, 600 mile event.

If you are interested in learning more about the Amgen Tour of California in Santa Clarita, visit SantaClaritaTourOfCA.com. 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 amgentourofcalifornia.com.

Santa Clarita Marathon Kicks off on Sunday, November 6, 2016, featuring Marathons for all levels.

Santa Clarita, Calif. – The Santa Clarita Marathon, which is an official qualifying race for the Boston Marathon, will test the physical boundaries of the human body on Sunday, November 6, 2016. The day will include a full marathon, a half marathon, a 5K run, Mayor’s Walk, and a Kid K run. All races will begin at 7:00 a.m., with the exception of the Kid K, which will begin at 8:30 a.m.
Photos courtesy of the City of Santa Clarita

 

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To kick off the Santa Clarita Marathon and get in the racing spirit, the City will host a pre-race Health and Fitness Expo for everyone to enjoy on Saturday, November 5, 2016.  The free Health and Fitness Expo will be held at TBA from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and will feature dozens of health-related vendors and information booths.  Here, runners may sign up for events and race participants pick-up race bibs and t-shirts.  All runners are required to pick up their race packet with ID on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at the Health and Fitness Expo.  If you are unable to pick up your race packet, someone else may pick up your race bib and t-shirt with your photo ID.  Or, you can sign up for race day packet service for and additional $25.

 Marathon—7:00 AM

Early Registration: $80
After September 30: $90
Expo Registration: $100

Starting between the Hyatt Valencia and Westfield Valencia Town Center, the looped course follows 26.2 miles of roadways, paved City trails, and paseos to its finish line at Westfield Valencia Town Center. The Santa Clarita Marathon is a Boston qualifier and is USATF certified.  Marathon participants must stay under a 15-minute per mile pace to stay ahead of course shut down.

 Half Marathon—7:00 AM

Early Registration: $60
After September 30: $70
Expo Registration: $80

The Half Marathon starts simultaneously with the Marathon, following the same course but breaking away after mile 12 for a 13.1 mile finish at Westfield Valencia Town Center. The elevation for the Marathon and Half Marathon is relatively flat, but includes some switchbacks and short inclines and declines on paseo bridges crossing over and under main City streets.

5K Run—7:00 AM

 Early Registration: $30

After September 30: $40
Expo Registration: $50

The 5K Run is a looped 3.1 mile course that will start and end at Westfield Valencia Town Center. A great event for all ages and all paces. Walkers are encourage to participate in the Mayors’ Walk.

A chip timing system will be used for the Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K. To score in these races, you must wear the chip on your shoe during the race.

Mayor’s Walk—7:05 AM

 Early Registration: $10
After September 30: $15
Expo Registration:  $25

If you’ve been looking for a way to get involved with the Santa Clarita Marathon, but running just isn’t your pace, then the Mayor’s Walk is for you. This 3-mile community walk is safe, simple, and doesn’t require much training.

The Mayor will lead this year’s walk, which kicks off just steps away from the Marathon start line at Mall Entrance and McBean Pkwy. The course follows much of the 5K course and concludes at the official finish line site.

All participants receive a Mayor’s Walk finishers medal and T-shirt.

Kid K Fun Run—8:00 AM (new start time)

Early Registration: $10
After September 30: $15
Expo Registration: $25

Designed to promote health and fitness among children, this non-competitive event for ages 12 and under follows a quarter-mile course starting near Chick-fil-A and follows the Marathon route on Magic Mountain Parkyway to finish under the Marathon arch.  Parents may accompany their children or cheer them on at the finish line.

For more information and to register, please visit: http://scmarathon.org/