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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!

LIGHT UP MAIN STREET CELEBRATION Set to Kick off the Holiday Season in old town Newhall, Nov. 19, 6-9 p.m.

LIGHT UP MAIN STREET CELEBRATION Set to Kick off the Holiday Season in old town newhall WITH MERRIMENT, Nov. 19

Newhall, Calif. – The City of Santa Clarita’s annual Light Up Main Street celebration, happening Saturday, November 19 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., is expected to bring thousands to Old Town Newhall.

Beginning at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 19, 2016, a street closure will be in effect on Lyons Avenue between Railroad Avenue and Walnut Street. Beginning at 4:00 p.m., an additional closure will be in effect on Main Street between Lyons Avenue and Market Street for the 2016 Light Up Main Street event. The streets are expected to be reopened at 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 19. Detours will be provided for both Lyons Avenue and Railroad Avenue.

On street parking in Old Town Newhall will be available, in addition to the Metrolink Station, Old Town Newhall Library and the parking lot in and around Main Street. A free shuttle will begin at 5:00 p.m. from the Newhall Community Center to the event.

Residents planning to attend the Old Town Newhall Sip N’ Shop on November 19 should utilize Newhall Avenue and Railroad Avenue to access Old Town Newhall. The annual Sip N’ Shop event will take place from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. More information about the event, including participating merchants, can be found on the event’s Facebook page, located at

For additional details or questions about the Light Up Main celebration, please contact the City’s Communications office at (661) 255-4939 or visit


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 For questions, please email


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,


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.


 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 If you’d like to find additional information about Startup Weekend SCV, visit