DISNEYLAND RESORT WELCOMES MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ALL-STARS – HALL OF FAMER ROD CAREW LEADS MAIN STREET PARADE CELEBRATION

DISNEYLAND RESORT WELCOMES MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ALL-STARS – HALL OF FAMER ROD CAREW LEADS MAIN STREET PARADE CELEBRATION - JULY 13, 2010

Hall of Famer Rod Carew leads 2010 All-Stars Down Main Street, U.S.A. before All-Star Game

Anaheim, Calif., – More than 60 of the world’s top baseball players made their way down Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland park on Tuesday before heading to Angel Stadium for the 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

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The procession followed the public portion of the MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show in Anaheim.

One of the best players ever to wear an Angels uniform, Rod Carew,
served as Grand Marshal of the event in Disneyland. This event celebrated the 81st Major League Baseball All-Star Game. For more information go to www.allstargame.com.

The MLB All-Star event is one more celebration taking place during a year when Disney Parks asks guests, “What Will You Celebrate?” For more information about Disneyland Resort, go to www.disneyland.com, and for information about Disney Parks, visitwww.disneyparks.com.

WORLD OF COLOR’ GOES ONLINE AND ON TOUR - JULY 6, 2010

Iconic Locations in California Cities Will be Transformed Using Digital Projections and Favorite Disney and Disney•Pixar Stories. Viewers Invited to Watch and Participate Online

ANAHEIM, Calif. (July 1 , 2010) – Viewers around the world will join a one-of-a-kind, online phenomenon in July to experience the extraordinary magic of “World of Color,” the new after-dark spectacular presented nightly in Disney California Adventure park in Anaheim. The interactive tour will feature live shows in four California cities, and the online audience will travel “virtually” to each location to watch the shows and interact with the webcast.

In each city, specially produced animation will be projected onto a familiar city landmark, using a sensational mixture of special effects, high-tech projections and one of the storytelling themes presented in “World of Color.”

The public is invited to participate online only at the “World of Color” Road Show website (www.worldofcolorroadshow.com), where viewers will enjoy a rich experience that includes Disney animation and music, video entertainment and a “viewer’s choice” opportunity to vote for the starring color in that evening’s show. Each city will have a broadcast location designed for media only.

This “online spectacular” is inspired by the dazzling “World of Color” show, which combines music, animation, water and a multitude of special effects in a magical celebration of Disney characters and storytelling. A new venture for the Disneyland Resort, the tour will utilize streaming online video to bring its own special magic to the World Wide Web and to iconic locations in San Francisco, Sacramento, San Diego and Los Angeles. Each locale will deliver a different, amazing show.

ONLINE EXPERIENCE: Viewers will be able to access the webcast performances live and on encore nights at the website, in English at www.WorldofColorRoadShow.com and in Spanish at www.coloresdisney.com. The site also features an artistic video mashup, interviews with the creators of “World of Color” and the voting option. Video clips from each iconic location will be added to the show on ensuing nights, inspiring viewers to follow the virtual tour throughout California.

CAST YOUR VOTE: Just as fairies cast their spells, online viewers will cast their votes each night for one of three colors representing each of the Three Good Fairies from “Sleeping Beauty” – Flora, Fauna and Merryweather. The color with the most votes will be featured in the show’s opening moment, complete with a trail of pixie dust. In true Disney style, the winning fairy will fly from computer screens to the landmark location and she will conjure the magical transformation of the landmark using the chosen color – red, green or blue. With this bit of magic, online audience members are able to lend their own spark of inspiration to the show.

SHOW THEMES: A different theme will come alive in each of the four cities, with each show reflecting a theme from the“World of Color” production at Disney California Adventure. To experience the show in each city, people will have to visit the website. There will be no accommodations on site in each city.

SAN FRANCISCO: In San Francisco, the unique animation will be projected onto the façade of a landmark that will be revealed online on Opening Night. The presentation is dedicated to the theme of “Love,” featuring romantic couples from Disney and Disney•Pixar animated films. The live show, presented Wednesday and Thursday, July 7 and 8, will repeat continuously from 9 to 11:30 p.m. Pacific time and will be shot from several different angles for the ongoing, live webcast. Encore webcasts (not live) of the San Francisco show will appear online from 9 to 11:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 9-11.

SACRAMENTO: With forest and garden scenes from such films as “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Pocahontas,” “Bambi” and “Alice in Wonderland,” the online experience in Sacramento will be built around the theme of “Nature.” Presented Thursday through Sunday, July 15-18, in historic Old Sacramento, it will be webcast live from 9 to 11:30 p.m. each evening.

SAN DIEGO: The next stop will be San Diego where, appropriately enough, “Water” will be the theme of the interactive experience, featuring scenes from “The Little Mermaid,” “Finding Nemo” and others projected onto the U.S.S. Midway Museum at Navy Pier. The San Diego webcasts will be live from 9 to 11:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, July 22-25.

LOS ANGELES: The final shows of the online tour will be projected onto the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles Thursday and Friday, July 29 and 30. The theme will be “Sky,” illustrated by scenes from such films as “Aladdin” and “Fantasia.” As before, the live online presentation will be repeated continuously from 9 to 11:30 p.m. Encore performances (not live) will be webcast from 9 to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, July 31 and Aug. 1.

About Disneyland Resort: The Disneyland Resort features two theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure park – plus the Downtown Disney District comprised of unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s three hotels are the luxurious, 948-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the magical 970-room Disneyland Hotel and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its “day-at-the-beach” fun. For information on “World of Color,” other attractions and vacations at Disneyland Resort visitwww.disneyland.com., call 866/60-DISNEY or contact local travel agents.
Posted by Margie Anne Clark, City Life Communications.

DISNEY VACATION CLUB LAUNCHES SALES FOR AULANI, FIRST RESORT IN HAWAII - JULY 6, 2010

CELEBRATION, Fla. (July 1, 2010) – Disney Vacation Club began selling real estate interests for the company’s first family-friendly destination resort in Hawaii today. Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas, Ko Olina, Hawaii, is scheduled to open its first phase in fall 2011 and will mark the eleventh resort for Disney Vacation Club.

“We are thrilled to give families joining Disney Vacation Club a new resort option in one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world,” said Disney Vacation Club President Jim Lewis. “Once Aulani opens, families will be able to immerse themselves in the culture of Hawaii while knowing that they will get the quality vacation experience only Disney can deliver.”

Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawaii, is planned to include 481 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club villas and 360 traditional hotel rooms upon its completion. Other family-friendly resort amenities are scheduled to include an 18,000-square-foot spa, two restaurants, a wedding lawn, a kids’ club, a conference center and a pool area complete with a feature pool, wading pool, tube slides, sunset-facing hot tubs and a snorkel lagoon.

Built adjacent to a crystal-blue lagoon and a white-sand beach, Aulani is located on 21 acres of oceanfront property in the Ko Olina Resort & Marina development, near the existing Ko Olina Marina and a Ted Robinson-designed, 18-hole Championship Golf course. Located on the western side of Oahu, the resort will also offer easy access to other points of interest on the island, such as the North Shore area and Pearl Harbor.

Disney Vacation Club offers families unparalleled flexibility and is designed to accommodate changing vacation needs as families are able to determine where to go, when to visit, how long to stay and what size of accommodations best suits their needs on each trip.

To begin, Disney Vacation Clubmembers are able to choose from among a variety of exciting vacation destinations, including a stay at any Disney Vacation Club resort, a trip on one of the Disney Cruise Line ships, a guided vacation with Adventures by Disney or a jaunt to one of more than 500 other destinations around the world. Plus, members staying at Disney Vacation Club resorts truly get “more room in the room,” as they can choose from four sizes of accommodations that sleep from four people up to 12 and range from 350 square feet to more than 2,000 square feet. Additionally, vacations at a Disney Vacation Club resort can last any length of time, from one night to several weeks.

“Families can experience diverse destinations around the world with their Disney Vacation Club membership,” Lewis said. “Plus, Disney Vacation Club can be enjoyed by generations of family members, allowing families to continue to experience the magic of memorable Disney vacations year after year.”

Disney Vacation Club revolutionized the timeshare industry in October 1991 when it introduced a flexible, vacation points-based model. Today, more than 450,000 individual members from approximately 100 countries and all 50 states have discovered the joys of membership with Disney Vacation Club.

To learn more about Disney Vacation Club and Aulani, call 800/500-3990 or visitwww.disneyvacationclub.com.
Posted by Margie Anne Clark, City Life Communications.

RUSH RECEIVES WALK OF FAME STAR

RUSH RECEIVES WALK OF FAME STAR - JUNE 28, 2010

By Steven Herbert
City News Service

HOLLYWOOD (CNS) – The Canadian progressive rock trio Rush received the 2,412th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Saturday, drawing praise for their values and loyalty.
“I’ve been in the rock ‘n’ roll business for about 20 years now and let me tell you — these guys are the best of the best,” said Billy Corgan, the vocalist and lead guitarist for The Smashing Pumpkins said in the late-morning ceremony in front of the Musicians Institute on Hollywood Boulevard.
“They represent the value that the fan will listen and will care, that you’re not just a bunch of sheep out there, that you actually give a (obscenity) about what’s going on.”
Donna Halper, a former music director and radio personality at WMMS-FM (100.7) in Cleveland, the first disc jockey to play Rush’s music, said “for nearly four decades, the members of Rush have remained true to themselves and true to their music.
“They’ve never allowed success to spoil them,” Halper said. “They’ve never lost their integrity. In a world where it often seems the good guys never win, Rush are living proof that sometimes good people do finish first.”
Halper told of a man in Japan who learned English “so he could better appreciate the words of Rush songs,” along with similar stories from fans in Chile, Brazil, Finland, Israel and Mexico.
Geddy Lee, the group’s bassist and frontman, said “there are some times in life where you have what I would call a beautiful, surreal moment. This is one of those moments.”
Guitarist Alex Lifeson told the fans, who lined up on both sides of Hollywood Boulevard, “we wouldn’t be able to do what we do without you. It’s really special to us.”
The group’s third member, drummer Neal Peart, did not attend the ceremony, as he was riding his motorcycle Albuquerque, N.M., where Rush will begin its 37-city Time Machine tour Tuesday.
Rush drew what Leron Gubler, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce’s president and chief executive officer who presided over the ceremony, called “one of the most enthusiastic crowds we’ve had in a very long time.”
The ceremony came four days before both the start of its tour, which includes stops at the Forum in Inglewood Aug. 11 and the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine two days later, and the DVD release of the documentary “Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage.”
Beginning with its self-titled debut album in 1974, Rush has sold more than 40 million records worldwide. Only The Beatles and The Rolling Stones have more consecutive gold or platinum studio albums by a rock band, according to Recording Industry Association of America figures.
Rush’s most-acclaimed albums include “2112,” “Moving Pictures,” and “Test of Echo.” Some of its most popular songs include “The Spirit of Radio,” “Tom
Sawyer,” “Limelight,” “Closer to the Heart,” “YYZ,” “Working Man” and “Subdivisions.”
Rush is considered Canada’s most successful rock band. It was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1994, Canada’s Walk of Stars in 1999 and Canada’s Songwriting Hall of Fame in March and was bestowed the Order of Canada in 1997.

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RUSH- Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart – honored with 2,412th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Honor Coincides With Tour, *Documentary and New Single
Guest speakers included Donna Halper, former radio personality at WMMS Cleveland where Rush received their first airplay with Working Man; and Billy Corgan, vocalist, lead guitarist and songwriter for The Smashing Pumpkins will participate as well.
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Rush – is without question one of the most inventive and compelling groups in rock history, equally famed for both its virtuoso musicianship and provocative songwriting.

The honor comes as the progressive-rock trio comprised of bassist-frontman Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer Neil Peart gear up for their North American Time Machine tour and pre-releasing 2 new songs “Caravan” & “BU2B” from their forthcoming 20th studio album Clockwork Angels (due spring 2011)

Just last year, a career-chronicling Rolling Stone feature praised the band for its continuing artistic vitality, noting that “It’s true that Rush doesn’t mean today what it did in ’76 or even ’96. It may mean more.”

Rush’s enduring pop culture relevance is perhaps best evidenced by a pair of high- profile appearances – a rare national television performance and interview on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” in 2008 (the band’s first TV appearance since 1975), and a pivotal role in the storyline of the 2009 hit comedy, I Love You, Man, starring Paul Rudd and Jason Segal, where the band also made a memorable cameo in the film.

Beginning with their self-titled debut album in 1974, their extraordinary body of work – which includes such formidable works as 1976’s 2112, 1981’s Moving Pictures, 1996’s Test for Echo and the latest studio album “Snakes & Arrows”- made a triumphant debut on the Billboard 200 upon its initial release in 2007, entering the chart in the #3 spot. The album’s success marked Rush’s highest chart debut since 1993, as well as the group’s eleventh Top Ten album in the U.S.

Rush has sold more than 40 million records worldwide and garnered untold legions of devoted and admiring fans. According to the RIAA, Rush’s sales statistics place RUSH third behind The Beatles and The Rolling Stones for the most consecutive gold or platinum studio albums by a rock band. Some of their most popular songs include: The Spirit of Radio, Tom Sawyer, Limelight, Closer To The Heart, YYZ, Working Man and Subdivisons.

Rush has also won a number of Juno Awards, been nominated for multiple Grammy awards, was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1994, bestowed the Order of Canada in 1997, inducted into Canada’s Walk of Stars in 1999 and Canada’s Songwriting Hall of Fame in March of 2010. Consistently celebrated and respected worldwide, Rush is the most successful Canadian rock band of all time, and they remain one of the biggest grossing arena rock bands ever.

Rush has become known for the instrumental skills of its members, complex compositions, and eclectic lyrical motifs drawing heavily on science fiction, fantasy, and libertarian philosophy, as well as addressing humanitarian, social, emotional, and environmental concerns.

A special limited engagement big screen release of the documentary “Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage,” opened worldwide on June 10. Directors Sam Dunn with Scot McFadyen’s rock doc, which follows the band’s 40-plus-years career, premiered this past April at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival where it won the coveted Audience Award. The documentary includes interviews with some of today’s most respected rock artists such as Billy Corgan, Taylor Hawkins, Trent Reznor, Sebastian Bach, Kirk Hammett and Gene Simmons speaking about the influence of Rush. The doc is slated for release on DVD and Blu-Ray in the U.S. on June 29. *On the day of the ceremony there will be a special screening of the documentary at Mann Chinese 6 in Hollywood, just 2 blocks west of where the band will get their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The film will be featured on Friday June 25 as an all day event. The film will play at 2pm, 5pm and 8pm. This is a last chance to see it on the big screen Event tied in to celebrate the band’s honor of receiving the Star.

Four days after receiving the Hollywood Walk of Fame star, Rush will kick-off its “Time Machine Tour” on June 29, in Albuquerque, New Mexico and finish October 2, in West Palm Beach, Florida. www.rush.com

THE HOLLYWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WALK OF FAME COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES NEW WALK OF FAME RECIPIENTS FOR 2011

THE HOLLYWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WALK OF FAME COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES NEW WALK OF FAME RECIPIENTS FOR 2011 - JUNE 17, 2010

HOLLYWOOD, CA. June 17, 2010 —A new group of entertainment professionals in motion pictures, television, live theater, and recording have been selected to receive stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, it was announced today by the Walk of Fame Committee of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

These individuals were chosen from among hundreds of nominations to the committee at a meeting held on June 14, 2010 and ratified by the Chamber’s Board of Directors.
Image and video hosting by TinyPic Penelope Cruz will be among the stars slated to be honored on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame for 2011.

The Walk of Fame recipients for the year 2011 are:

MOTION PICTURES: Penelope Cruz, Bruce Dern, Laura Dern, Diane Ladd, Ed Harris, The Muppets, Kenny Ortega, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ridley Scott, Sissy Spacek, Donald Sutherland and Reese Witherspoon.

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TELEVISION: Danny DeVito, Tina Fey, Simon Fuller, Neil Patrick Harris, John Langley, Ed O’Neill, John Wells, and Oprah Winfrey.

RECORDING: Melissa Etheridge, Los Tigres Del Norte, Rascal Flatts, Go-Go’s, Slash, Will i. Am, and Bebe & Cece Winans.
Posthumous: Buddy Holly and Louis Prima

LIVE PERFORMANCE/THEATRE: Joe Mantegna

“It was not an easy job to winnow down the extra large number of nominations this year to reach these 30 names,” said John Pavlik, chair of the Hollywood Walk of Fame Committee, “and many deserving names were left for future consideration. But the placement of stars for these famous celebrities will give fans and tourists some fun and exciting close encounters next year, such as a rare family dedication, when three stars will be placed during the same ceremony for actors Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd and their daughter Laura Dern. Next year will be another exhilarating year on Hollywood Boulevard.”

Posted by Margie Anne Clark, City Life Communications.

THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT KICKED OFF ITS GRAND OPENING AMID STAR-STUDDED CELEBRATION

THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT KICKED OFF ITS GRAND OPENING AMID STAR-STUDDED CELEBRATION. - JUNE 17, 2010

Orlando, Florida – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort kicked off its grand opening celebration Wednesday with help from Harry Potter film stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Tom Felton, James and Oliver Phelps, Matthew Lewis, Bonnie Wright, Michael Gambon, Warwick Davis.Image and video hosting by TinyPicFireworks explode over the Hogwarts Castle as part of the grand opening celebration at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort theme park in Orlando, Fla., Wednesday, June 16, 2010.(AP Photo/John Raoux)Hundreds of people gathered in front of Hogwarts castle for a spectacular display of fireworks choreographed to a special performance of music from the Harry Potter films conducted live by renowned composer John Williams. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will officially grand open to the public Friday.

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WONDERFUL ‘WORLD OF COLOR’ DAZZLES CROWD WITH SUMMERTIME WORLD PREMIERE AT DISNEYLAND CALIFORNIA ADVENTURES

WONDERFUL ‘WORLD OF COLOR’ DAZZLES CROWD WITH SUMMERTIME WORLD PREMIERE AT DISNEYLAND CALIFORNIA ADVENTURES - JUNE 16, 2010

ANAHEIM, Calif. – With a splash of fireworks, dazzling water-based special effects and a celebrity red carpet (actually a water-inspired blue carpet), the nighttime spectacular “World of Color” made its exciting world premiere Thursday before an audience filled with celebrities and VIPs at Paradise Bay in Disney California Adventure park.This new dimension of Disney storytelling, brimming with water, color, music and animation, opens to guests at Disney California Adventure Friday, June 11.

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Robert A. Iger, president and chief executive officer, The Walt Disney Company, joined Thomas O. Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, and Mickey Mouse to welcome the special VIP premiere guests.

“‘World of Color’ is a testament to the creativity, passion, innovation and talent of people throughout our organization,” Iger said. “The combination of water, light, fire, and music makes ‘World of Color’ a truly magical event that showcases beloved Disney characters in an entirely new way.”

Added Staggs: “‘World of Color’ transforms the landscape of the Disneyland Resort and marks a major milestone in the expansion of Disney California Adventure. It’s a spectacular show that is distinctly Disney, and unlike any attraction we’ve created before. It will captivate our guests with an end-of-day experience that is exhilarating, emotional and highly memorable. We are excited to debut this great, new experience for our guests and extremely proud of the talented team that drove its creation.”

There has never been a show like “World of Color,” the mega-scale, after-dark celebration of Disney storytelling. “World of Color” brings animation to life with powerful fountains that become stars of the show as they create one of the world’s largest projected water screens. In just under 25 minutes, “World of Color” immerses audiences in technological wonder and the enchanting magic of beloved Disney and Disney•Pixar characters, combining nearly 1,200 versatile fountains, dazzling colors, Disney music and an all-new kaleidoscope of audio and visual effects, taking water-based entertainment to a new level of artistry.

The inspiration for the show came from Walt Disney himself and “World of Color” features characters and images that span the history of Disney and Disney•Pixar moviemaking.

“Our entire team – from every corner of the Walt Disney Company – is thrilled to finally share ‘World of Color’ with our guests,” said Steve Davison, show director and vice president, parades and spectaculars, for Walt Disney Imagineering. “It’s very exciting to take audiences on an emotional journey as they experience laughter, drama and beauty in this breathtaking extravaganza.”

Disney cast members and crews built nearly an acre of superstructure to support the complex production. Walt Disney Imagineering and Creative Entertainment installed the massive infrastructure and revolutionary technology that created the stage for “World of Color.” On this stage, the team directs a unique variety of water effects, larger-than-life projections, lasers, fog, flames, surround sound and stunning images.

The sweeping story and stunning effects are created with:

* Nearly 1,200 powerful and programmable fountains with heights ranging from 30 feet to 200 feet (50 feet higher than Mickey’s Fun Wheel). Each fountain has multiple points of control to direct the lighting, color intensity, water angle and height.
* One of the world’s largest projected water screens – a wall of water 380 feet wide by 50 feet high, for a projection surface of 19,000 square feet.
* Nearly 30 high-definition projectors – 14 of them submersible.
* Synchronized flame projections, lasers and special effects that will flood the senses.
* A soundtrack performed by more than 100 musicians.

“World of Color” has been some five years in the making, beginning with brainstorming by show director Davison and his creative crew. As the concept grew, the Disney team sought out new technologies and multi-media to support a visionin which water and light could dance, change character and move the audience, becoming, in effect, the “stars” of the show.

Helping to tie it all together is a musical score that combines both familiar and new melodies and introduces a newly arranged version of the 1960s television theme for “Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color,” originally composed by Richard B. and Robert M. Sherman, the Oscar-winning composers of “Mary Poppins” and “It’s a Small World.” The “World of Color” score was composed by Mark Hammond, and orchestrated and conducted by David Hamilton, both celebrated music industry professionals.

To see an interactive version of “World of Color,” guests can visitwww.disneyland.com/worldofcolor or www.worldofcolorcreator.com. For information on planning a celebration or vacation at Disneyland Resort, visit www.disneyland.com, call 866/60-DISNEY or contact local travel agents. To explore the expansion plans for Disney California Adventure, visit www.DisneysCaliforniaAdventure.com
About Disneyland Resort: The Disneyland Resort features two theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure park – plus the Downtown Disney District comprised of unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s three hotels are the luxurious, 948-room Disney Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the magical 970-room Disneyland Hotel and the 481-room Disney Paradise Pier Hotel with its “day-at-the-beach” fun. For information on new attractions and vacations at Disneyland Resort visit www.disneyland.com, call 866/60-DISNEY or contact local travel agents.

Posted by Margie Anne Clark, City Life Communications.

MEG WHITMAN EMERGES VICTORIOUS AS CALIFORNIA’S FIRST FEMALE GOP NOMINEE.

MEG WHITMAN EMERGES VICTORIOUS AS CALIFORNIA’S FIRST FEMALE GOP NOMINEE. - JUNE 9, 2010

Universal City, Calif. – Meg Whitman won the Republican nomination for Governor Tuesday.
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Addressing a throng of supporters at the Hilton in Universal City, Whitman emphasized her three key priorities: creating jobs, cutting government spending and fixing schools. This historic victory marks the first time a woman has achieved the Republican nomination for Governor in the state of California.

STARS COME OUT TO SHINE AT THE SCV YOUTH PROJECT”S 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AT SIX FLAGS MAGIC MOUNTAIN

STARS COME OUT TO SHINE AT THE SCV YOUTH PROJECT”S 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AT SIX FLAGS MAGIC MOUNTAIN - JUNE 7, 2010

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Eva LaRue, star of CSI Miami and All of My Children shows her support of the Santa Clarita Valley Youth Project at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Photo by Margie Anne Clark, Editor, City Life Communications.Roller coasters and fun were all part of a celebration for a good cause. Celebrities and athletes joined kids and teens at Magic Mountain on Thursday, May 20 for the SCV Youth Project’s 10th anniversary celebration and fund raiser.
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“We’re a little non-profit out in this area where there are more than 100 charities,” said Executive Director of the SCV Youth Project, Kim Goldman. “We are still here, the need is still here and we have more teens that are depressed and suicidal”

Dustin_Brown“It’s a great cause, how can you turn down taking your kids to an amusement park for the day for a great cause and helping these kids, it was a pleasure. We are so glad we did it,” added Alex Kapp Horner.

Dustin Brown the Captain for the LA Kings attended the event along with celebrities from television including; Alex Kapp Horner from The New Adventures of Old Christine, Eva La Rue from CSI: Miami, Alyson Stoner and Meaghan Jette Martin from Camp Rock, Billy Unger from Desperate Housewives, Allisyn Arm from Sonny With A Chance, Colin Ford from Supernatural, Taylor Dooley and Sascha Pieterse from The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D and Ryan Newman from Zeke and Luther.

Erin, a student who was helped by the SCV Youth Project, came forward to give her appreciation and thanks to the organization’s staff.SCVYouth_Magic_Mtn

“I was going through a lot in my life, and I didn’t realize how bad it was until I started talking about it,” she said. “They are very understanding, I love this program and without them I probably wouldn’t be in high school.”

ABOUT THE SCV YOUTH PROJECT

The SCV Youth Project helps kids facing such serious issues as drug/alcohol abuse, anger, divorce, peer pressure, grief/loss, suicide, depression, etc. The Youth Project offers free, bilingual, one-to-one or group counseling, distributes cards that include emergency numbers and leads a variety of specialized youth programs. For more information, about the SCV Youth Project, click here.

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BATTLESTAR GALACTICA’S RICHARD HATCH (“CAPTAIN APOLLO/TOM ZAREK”) LAUNCHES WORKSHOPS AND ACTING CLASSES

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA’S RICHARD HATCH (“CAPTAIN APOLLO/TOM ZAREK”) LAUNCHES WORKSHOPS AND ACTING CLASSES - FEBRUARY 3, 2010

Renowned Actor Richard Hatch Teaches Insight into Acting, Life Skills:
Posted by Margie Anne ClarkLos Angeles, Santa Clarita – Join internationally recognized actor, writer and teacher Richard Hatch for a comprehensive and inspiring cating class.

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The classes will explore the process of acting and performing for camera and the stage!

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Become a highly skilled and consummate actor. Act and audition with power and authority. Learn to give the performance of your life when it counts. Discover the power and magic of acting and performing.

Covers acting, life and communication skills (not just for actors!)

Past Workshops: If you missed this workshop, check Richard’s website for future events athttp://www.richardhatch.com/ Saturday, February, 2010
All Day – 10 AM through 6 PM

Bring one or two monologues – prepared
You will also be assigned a scene

Location:
Hallenbeck’s General Store
5510 Cahuenga Blvd. North Hollywood CA 91601
(nearest cross street: Burbank Blvd.)

COST: $100
(includes some lunch food and snacks)

MAKE CHECKS OUT TO:
SU-SHANN PRODS INC.

MAIL PAYMENT TO:
ANGEL HAWK PRODUCTIONS
RICHARD HATCH CLASS
827 N. HOLLYWOOD WAY #246
BURBANK, CA 91505

And I will add you to the list, assign sides and pass the checks along to Richard.

CLASS IS LIMITED TO 15 TO 20 PEOPLE, DON’T DELAY!!!

Questions or to arrange other payments (such as PayPal or other methods) please contact Cheryl first: info@angelhawkproductions.com to make arrangements.

About Richard Hatch -
Richard Hatch is best known for his starring roles in All My Children, The Streets of San Francisco and Battlestar Galactica (for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award), and for his guest starring roles in over 300 series episodes. Most recently acted the role of “Tom Zarek” in the newly re-imagined Battlestar Galactica playing on the Sci-Fi Channel. Has co-authored 7 Battlestar Galactica hardback novels for I-books including BG comics for Extreme Press. Richard was also nominated for the Joseph Jefferson award for his stage skills in PS Your Cat is Dead in Chicago. He has taught & lectured at the SAG Conservatory, UCLA, Orange Coast College, Maui Community College, The Learning Annex, The Learning Tree, The Whole Life Expo and Windstar.

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LANCE ARMSTRONG SET TO RIDE IN THE AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA: FEB 14-22, 2009

LANCE ARMSTRONG SET TO RIDE IN THE AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA: FEB 14-22, 2009 - FEBRUARY 7, 2009

City Life NewsLOS ANGELES, – The 2009 Amgen Tour of California will assemble the best-ever collection of the world’s top cyclists when America’s most important road race begins February 14, in Sacramento. Featuring a field that includes seven-time Tour de France Champion Lance Armstrong and two-time defending Amgen Tour of California Champion Levi Leipheimer (both racing for Astana), the 136 rider peloton also is expected to include 2006 Giro d’Italia Champion Ivan Basso (leader of team Liquigas); 2008 Olympic Champion in the time trial Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank); 2006 Amgen Tour of California Champion Floyd Landis (Ouch presented by Maxxis); 2005 World Champion Tom Boonen (Quick Step); three-time World Champion Oscar Freire (Rabobank); two-time United States National Champion George Hincapie (Team Columbia); and the top American performer in the 2008 Tour de France Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Slipstream). Other anticipated participants include, 2008 Tour de France Champion Carlos Sastre (Cervélo TestTeam); four-time Norwegian National Champion Thor Hushovd (Cervélo TestTeam); 2008 U.S. Professional Champion and Olympic Gold Medal Winner Tyler Hamilton (Rock Racing); Mark Cavendish (Team Columbia), widely considered to be the world’s best sprinter; 2008 Best Young Rider in the Amgen Tour of California Robert Gesink (Rabobank); and 2008 Tour de France Best Young Rider Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank).

“It is clear that this year’s Amgen Tour of California has the greatest field ever assembled in our country. We have legendary champions like Lance Armstrong, an extraordinary array of the best professional cyclists riding today and many of the most talented young riders in the world,” said Andrew Messick, president of AEG Sports.

The 750-mile, nine-day stage race, modeled after the Tour de France and presented by AEG, will take 17 of the world’s top professional cycling teams from Sacramento to San Diego County from February 14-22.

“I will be competing in the Amgen Tour of California,” confirmed Lance Armstrong. “The level of competition, the challenge of the course and the highly professional atmosphere makes it the ideal situation for me to continue my training. I have also chosen the Amgen Tour of California because of the race’s record of supporting Cancer awareness and research thru their Amgen Breakaway from Cancer initiatives and their commitment to partner with our Lance Armstrong Foundation. I look forward to racing once again in the United States in what we consider the best race outside of Europe.”

The unprecedented field of riders expected to compete in the fourth-annual event, which drew a record 1.6 million spectators in 2008, includes two Tour de France Champions (Armstrong, Sastre), a Giro d’Italia Champion (Basso), 10 World Champions (Armstrong, Boonen, Cancellara, Michael Rogers, Cavendish, Brett Lancaster, Stuart O’Grady, Francisco Chicchi-Jr, Yoroslav Popovych-Jr. and Janez Brajokovic-Jr.), 26 Olympians and eight Olympic medalists (Armstrong, Cancellara, Hamilton, Leipheimer, Gustav Larsson, O’Grady, Rogers and Hayden Roulston) and 25 past and current National Champions.
Renowned riders from the previously announced 17 professional cycling teams competing in the race include the following:

* Lance Armstrong (Austin, TX) – Astana Making a comeback after a three-year retirement, the legendary Armstrong has won the Tour de France a record seven times. Racing for Astana under his former team’s general manager Johan Bruyneel, Armstrong enters his first Amgen Tour of California fresh from retirement. His resume includes wins at the San Sebastian Classic (1995), Tour of Switzerland (2001), Duaphine Libere (2002, 2003), Tour DuPont (1995, 1996) and a bronze medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, as well as a World Championship (1993) and a U.S. Professional Championship (1993). During his reign atop the world’s biggest big race, Armstrong amassed an amazing 22 stage wins. His LIVESTRONG brand is now a global symbol of hope.
* Ivan Basso (Italy) – Liquigas In 2006, Ivan Basso won his country’s biggest race, the Giro d’Italia. The same year he also won the prestigious Criterium Internationale race. In total, he has won five stages of the Giro d’Italia and a stage of the Tour de France. He enters his second Amgen Tour of California as his team’s leader for the first time.
* Tom Boonen (Belgium) – Quick Step One of the greatest sprinters in the world, Boonen enters the Amgen Tour of California with his eyes on winning a stage. The 2005 World Champion, Boonen is a great one-day rider who could win any bunch sprint. Boonen’s recent resume includes an impressive six stage wins at the 2007 Tour de France, as well as the sprint points jersey; two stages at the Vuelta a España; two wins of the Ronde van Vlaanderen; and two dramatic wins at the world’s toughest one-day race, the Paris-Roubaix (2005, 2008).
* Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) – Saxo Bank Perhaps the world’s best time trialist, Cancellara won last year’s opening Prologue at the Amgen Tour of California and went on to win an Olympic gold medal in the individual time trial and an unprecedented bronze medal on the road at the 2008 Beijing Games. A three-time stage winner and yellow jersey bearer in the Tour de France, Cancellara also has won two World Championships in the time trial competition. A six-time time trial national champion of Switzerland, he has won the two “monuments,” Paris-Roubaix and Milan-San Remo, as well as the Italian stage race, Tirreno-Adriatico. He has posted more than 20 time trial wins in his professional career and is a favorite to win the opening Prologue in this year’s Amgen Tour of California.
* Mark Cavendish (Britain) – Team Columbia 2008 was a remarkable year for Cavendish, as he amassed 14 victories at major stage races. He won two stages at the Three Days of De Panne; two in the Giro d’Italia; four in the Tour de France; three in the Tour of Ireland; and three stage wins and the sprint points classification at the Tour of Missouri. He started cycling as a BMX racer, building his speed at a young age. He transferred that energy over to velodrome racing and won two World Championships in the Men’s Madison Title. Cavendish is widely considered to be the best sprinter in the world today.
* Oscar Freire (Spain) – Rabobank When it comes to performing well in big races, Freire has done it as well as anyone in professional cycling. A three-time World Champion, Freire also has won four stages at the Tour de France and seven stages at the Vuelta a España. He’s also won three prestigious European races, including the Tirreno-Adriatico, Ghent-Wevelgem and is a two-time winner of Milan-San Remo. Last season, he fulfilled a career goal of winning the sprint points jersey at the Tour de France.
* Tyler Hamilton (Boulder, CO) – Rock Racing Hamilton is most known for his courageous Tour de France breakaway win at the 2003 race while riding with a broken collarbone. Hamilton recently won the U.S. Professional Championships in August and, earlier in the year, won the Tour of Quinghai Lake in China. He has won an Olympic gold medal in the time trial at the 2004 Athens Games; two overall wins at the Tour of Romandie; overall win at the European classic Liege-Bastogne-Liege; and stage wins at both the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia.
* George Hincapie (Greenville, SC) – Team Columbia American cycling icon Hincapie turned professional at age 20, and since then has been the member of a record eight winning Tour de France teams, during which he served as the main lieutenant for Lance Armstrong’s historic seven wins. He has claimed his own victories throughout his 15-year career as well including, winning two stages at the 2005 Tour de France and the 2006 U.S. Professional Championships; a stage of France’s Dauphine-Libre; as well as winning the 2007 Tour of Missouri. Hincapie also is a two-time U.S. National Champion (road race) and a five-time Olympian. In the Amgen Tour of California, Hincapie has claimed three stage wins, including two in the inaugural race in 2006, in which he placed fourth overall, and a thrilling win on a rain-soaked final day in Pasadena last year.
* Thor Hushovd (Norway) – Cervélo TestTeam Hushovd remains one of the best sprinters, as well as prologue specialists, in the world. He is a threat to win the opening Prologue at the 2009 Amgen Tour of California. A six-time stage winner and sprint points jersey winner of the Tour de France, the Norwegian remains a threat to win any sprint. A well-rounded rider, Hushovd also is a four-time Norwegian National Champion and winner of stages in both the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España. In 2006, he won the prestigious Belgian Classic Fleche Wallone.
* Kim Kirchen (Luxembourg) – Team Columbia Kirchen had a breakthrough year in 2008, winning the Pais Vasco race in Spain and winning a stage at the Tour of Switzerland and the Belgian Classic Fleche Wallone. To cap off his year, Kirchen led the Tour de France for four days and found himself in the green points jersey for several others. He has finished seventh and eighth in the Tour de France in 2007 and 2008, respectively. He also is a three-time National Champion of Luxembourg.
* Floyd Landis (Temecula, CA) – Ouch presented by Maxxis The 2009 Amgen Tour of California will be Landis’ first competition in two and a half years. A one-time domestique of Lance Armstrong, Landis began his ascent to team leader in 2005, capping things off the following year by winning both the 2006 Amgen Tour of California and the Tour de Georgia. In 2009, Landis has re-emerged with a new American team and is set to race again at this year’s Amgen Tour of California. A former mountain biker, Landis suffered from a degenerative hip condition which forced him to receive an artificial hip replacement at the end of 2006.
* Levi Leipheimer (Santa Rosa, CA) – Astana Leipheimer enters the Amgen Tour of California as the two-time defending champion. Leipheimer is a four-time, top-10 finisher at the Tour de France and won a stage of the race in 2007. That same year, he won the U.S. Professional Championships, while also winning two stages at the Tour de Georgia and one at the Tour of Missouri. In 2008, he won a bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics. His dominance is noted in his home state, as he has won four stages of the Amgen Tour of California while garnering top honors twice, as well as the KOM jersey in the inaugural race.
* Michael Rogers (Australia) – Team Columbia Hailed as one of the world’s most talented riders, Rogers finished in the top-10 in both the time trial and road race competitions at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. The three-time World Champion in the individual time trial followed that up with finishing second overall at the Tour of Missouri. After suffering through mononucleosis and a strain of Epstein-Barr syndrome, the tough Aussie seems to be back in top form, recently winning the time trail in the Australian National Championships this month.
* Andy Schleck (Luxembourg) – Saxo Bank Hailed as the next great stage racer, Schleck has been racing professionally for the past three seasons. The younger brother of Frank Schleck, he finished first in the Best Young Rider competition in the 2008 Tour de France and the 2007 Giro d’Italia, where he also placed second overall. This past August, he finished fifth overall in the 2008 Olympic Road Race in Beijing.
* Christian Vande Velde (Lemont, IL) – Garmin-Slipstream Vande Velde has developed into one of the best all-around riders in the world in the past two years. After years of being a domestique for top teams, Vande Velde placed third overall at the 2008 Amgen Tour of California, led the Giro d’Italia for a day, placed fourth overall at the Tour de France and was the overall champion at the Tour of Missouri this past season. He also placed 17th overall at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. His breakthrough as a team leader came when he won the Tour of Luxembourg in 2006, followed by placing second overall at the 2007 Tour de Georgia.
* Jens Voigt (Germany) – Saxo Bank A long-time force in the peloton, Germany’s Voigt is one of the most admired cyclists in the professional peloton. Over the years, he has won two stages of the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia. A threat to win any road stage, Voigt has an impressive background, including wins in his country’s national tour (2006, 2007), the Tour of Poland (2008), the Tour of the Mediterranean and the Criterium Internationale, which he has won four times overall. In the 2007 Amgen Tour of California, he battled Levi Leipheimer throughout the eight-day race, eventually finishing second overall.
* David Zabriskie (Salt Lake, UT) – Garmin-Slipstream As the only American to win a stage of all three Grand Tours (Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, and Vuelta a España), Zabriskie is one of the most talented time trialists in the world. He is a four-time U.S. National Champion in the time trial and has won two medals at the World Championships. After spending several seasons with the former top-ranked CSC team, Zabriskie is now with American team Garmin-Slipstream and has used that as a springboard for success. One of the most colorful personalities in the peloton, Zabriskie is a threat to win the Prologue or Individual Time Trial at the 2009 Amgen Tour of California.

*Complete team rosters to follow in the days leading up to the race For more information about the 2009 Amgen Tour of California, please visit www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.

About the Amgen Tour of California
The largest cycling event in America, the Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race, presented by AEG, that challenges the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course. Building on last year’s third-annual stage race, which attracted 1.6 million spectators, the 2009 Amgen Tour of California will be expanded to cover more than 750 miles over nine days from February 14-22, 2009.

About Amgen
Amgen discovers, develops, manufactures and delivers innovative human therapeutics. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen was one of the first companies to realize the new science’s promise by bringing safe and effective medicines from lab, to manufacturing plant, to patient. Amgen therapeutics have changed the practice of medicine, helping millions of people around the world in the fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and other serious illnesses. With a broad and deep pipeline of potential new medicines, Amgen remains committed to advancing science to dramatically improve people’s lives. To learn more about Amgen’s pioneering science and vital medicines, visit www.amgen.com. To learn more about Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer initiative, visit www.breakawayfromcancer.com.

About AEG
AEG is one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world. AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Anschutz Company, owns or controls a collection of companies including facilities such as STAPLES Center, The Home Depot Center, Sprint Center, The O2, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE and NOKIA Theatre Times Square; sports franchises including the Los Angeles Kings (NHL), two Major League Soccer franchises, a Women’s Professional Soccer league team, the Los Angeles Sol, two hockey franchises operated in Europe, management of privately held shares of the Los Angeles Lakers, the ING Bay to Breakers foot race and the Amgen Tour of California cycling road race; AEG Live, the organization’s live-entertainment division, is a collection of companies dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance, touring and a variety of programming and multi-media production. For more information, visit AEG today atwww.aegworldwide.com.

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CITY OF SANTA CLARITA FILM OFFICE SEES INCREASES IN FILM DAYS AND ECONOMIC IMPACT IN JANUARY 2009 - FEBRUARY 3, 2009

City Life NewsSANTA CLARITA -The City of Santa Clarita Film Office announced today that the month of January 2009 was the most successful to date, with the office overseeing more film days and reporting a higher economic impact for the month than any other January on record since the office’s inception in 2002.
The City of Santa Clarita reported a total of 84 film days in the month, a 265 percent increase when compared to January 2008 when the City hosted 23 film days. Location filming for the month resulted in more than $2.3 million in economic benefit to Santa Clarita businesses, compared to January 2008 when $367,500 in economic impact was reported. The City of Santa Clarita Film Office issued 25 permits in January 2009, compared to 24 permits in January 2008.
The Film Office attributes the dramatic increase in film days to the steady base of local television production in Santa Clarita, which currently includes HBO’s “Big Love,” CBS’s “NCIS” and “The Unit,” and Discovery Channel’s “Doing Da Vinci.” And while the City of Santa Clarita is proud to start 2009 on a strong note, officials remain realistic about the coming months and what they will bring with the still-looming SAG strike and weakening economy.
“We are thrilled to start 2009 on such a strong note,” said Mayor Frank Ferry. “Los Angeles’ film community, which includes Santa Clarita, is really taking a hit with feature films leaving for other states and countries offering production incentives. However, Santa Clarita’s ability to capture television production has really offset the losses and declines most cities are feeling in Southern California.”
In addition to shows based in the City, several other television shows, like “24,” “Heroes,” “House,” “Wipeout,” and “My Name is Earl,” regularly film on location in Santa Clarita. And in the month of January, the City also hosted several small budget feature film days and commercials.
Location filming is an important part of the Santa Clarita Valley economy, contributing an estimated $13.5 million in economic impact locally in the first seven months of Fiscal Year 2008-2009, which runs from July through June.
The City continues to market our valley as an ideal place to film and credits its success as a prime film destination to Santa Clarita’s film-friendly neighborhoods and businesses, variety of locations, affordable permit and location fees, close proximity to Los Angeles, and access to talented industry professionals.
Santa Clarita businesses continue to make the area an ideal place to work in the industry’s “30-Mile Zone,” an industry designation that allows productions to save money on per diem and mileage, by keeping location and rental fees competitive. The residential communities are also a big part of the Santa Clarita Valley’s success, with individual homeowners and neighborhoods working hand-in-hand with productions to make filming happen, even when it includes the occasional late hours and complicated scenes.
The City of Santa Clarita’s Film Office was created to help attract and retain the filming industry including both location filming and film-related businesses. The office currently issues permits for all location filming within the City ensuring that there is a
minimal impact on residents and businesses, promotes the City as an ideal place for the film industry to do businesses, and promotes the Santa Clarita Valley as a great place for location filming.
The film industry is a major economic engine of the City’s economy, providing increased revenue for local programs through sales tax revenue, and jobs for residents. For more information about the Film Office, please contact City of Santa Clarita Economic Development Associate Jessica Freude at (661) 286-4103 or visit santa-clarita.com.

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FINAL TEAMS ANNOUNCED FOR 2009 AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26, 2009

FINAL TEAMS ANNOUNCED FOR 2009 amgen tour of californiaPROFESSIONAL ROAD CYCLING race which begins february 14th

Santa Clarita to host Lance Armstrong, Levi Leipheimer Fabian Cancellara and Oscar Freire

Among the World’s Best Teams February 2, 2009

LOS ANGELES, January 22, 2009 – Joining the previously announced eight ProTour teams, nine additional Pro Continental and Continental teams have been confirmed for the 2009 Amgen Tour of California by AEG, presenter of the professional cycling race. The nine-day stage race will feature 17 of the world’s top professional teams, including world-renowned riders Lance Armstrong, two-time defending champion Levi Leipheimer, three-time World Champion Oscar Freire and 2008 Olympic gold medal winner and world champion Fabian Cancellara, racing more than 750-miles from the state’s capitol, Sacramento, to San Diego County.

Santa Clarita will host the Stage 7 start of the 2009 Amgen Tour of California. The roster features the following 17 professional cycling teams:

o Ag2r-La Mondiale (FRA)
o Astana (KAZ)
o Bissell Pro Cycling Team (USA)*
o BMC Racing Team (USA)*
o Cervelo Test Team (SUI)*
o Colavita/Sutter Home Presented by Cooking Light (USA)*
o Fly V Australia presented by Successful Living Foundation Team (AUS)*
o Garmin-Chipotle (USA)
o Jelly Belly Cycling Team (USA)*
o Liquigas (ITA)
o Ouch Presented by Maxxis (USA)*
o Quick Step (BEL)
o Rabobank (Netherlands)
o Rock Racing (USA)*
o Saxo Bank (DEN)
o Team Columbia (USA)
o Team Type 1 (USA)*

*Newly announced

“These 17 teams represent the strongest field ever at the Amgen Tour of California. We are delighted to welcome some of the world’s best and most established teams, as well as new teams racing with us for the first time,” said Andrew Messick, president of AEG Sports. “The level of competition and talent for the fourth-annual Amgen Tour of California rivals the top races in the world and demonstrates the importance of the United States to pro cycling U.S.”

Along with the Pro Tour teams, the growing class of top domestic teams will be represented by return competitors Bissell Pro Cycling Team, BMC Racing Team, Colavita/Sutter Home Presented by Cooking Light, Jelly Belly Cycling Team, OUCH Pro Cycling Team Presented by Maxxis (formerly Team Health Net) and Rock Racing, and new competitors Cervelo Test Team, Fly V Australia presented by Successful Living Foundation Team and Team Type 1.

Several of the 17 professional cycling teams will hold their pre-season training camps in California, which will give residents across the state an opportunity to watch these elite athletes prepare for one of the top professional cycling races in the United States.

“The amount of energy and excitement the Amgen Tour of California brings to town is absolutely electric,” said Mayor Frank Ferry. “On February 21 the eyes of the world will be on us and we can’t wait to host Lance Armstrong and many of the top cyclists in the world when
America’s top cycling event comes to town.”

Kicking off the countdown to the Amgen Tour of California, the City of Santa Clarita will host Hit the Trail, a community bike ride and rally to kick off the countdown to the Amgen Tour of California, on Saturday, January 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. Local residents are invited to enjoy a leisurely bike ride along the City’s off-street bike trails from one of three starting points en route to Bridgeport Park, where participants of all ages will enjoy food, fun and giveaways. For more information on Hit the Trail, including the location of bike ride starting points, visit santa-clarita.com/tourofca.

The largest cycling event in America, the Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race, presented by AEG, that challenges the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course. Building on last year’s third-annual stage race, which attracted 1.6 million spectators, the 2009 Amgen Tour of California will be expanded to cover more than 750 miles over nine days from February 14-22, 2009.

For more about AEG, please contact Michael Roth at (213) 742-7155 or at mroth@aeg-la.com. For more information regarding tour routes and event details, please contact Nicole Okoneski at (213) 428-8793 or nokoneski@golinharris.com. For more about the teams competing in the 2009 Amgen Tour of California, please visitwww.amgentourofcalifornia.com.

GOVERNOR NAMES RECIPIENTS OF STATE’S TOP ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP AWARDS

GOVERNOR NAMES RECIPIENTS OF STATE’S TOP ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP AWARDS - NOVEMBER 25, 2008

Summary Report by Margie Anne Clark
Image and video hosting by TinyPic Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, photo by Margie Anne ClarkSACRAMENTO – Tonight, 21 organizations will receive California’s highest and most prestigious environmental honor. The award is the he Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards.

The recipients will be honored for their notable, voluntary contributions to conserving California’s precious resources, protecting and enhancing our environment, and building public-private partnerships.

“I’m proud to honor this year’s award recipients for their sustained commitment, innovative solutions and strategic investment to protect our environment and boost our economy,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “Tonight’s honorees have shown extraordinary leadership in modeling environmental stewardship with long-term goals in mind. California’s long history of environmental leadership is due in large part to the companies and organizations that demonstrate a strong commitment to preserving our natural resources.”

Honorees will accept awards at a ceremony in the Byron Sher Auditorium at the California Environmental Protection Agency headquarters building in Sacramento. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 25, and is open to the press.

“We just returned from the Governors’ Global Climate Summit where international leaders discussed what can be done in various sectors, so I’m pleased that we have so many people on a local level in a variety of fields showcasing their sustainable initiatives. These are true leaders in today’s world of balancing our most precious resources and our growing economy,” said Linda Adams, Secretary for Environmental Protection.

The Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards program was established in 1993. Recipients are selected by a large panel of evaluators and the Secretaries of Cal/EPA, the Resources Agency, Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, the Department of Food and Agriculture, the State and Consumer Services Agency, and the Governor’s Office.

For more information about GEELA, visit the Cal/EPA Web site:http://www.calepa.ca.gov/Awards/GEELA/.

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