Santa Clarita, Calif. – Six Flags Magic Mountain lights up the season even brighter this year for Holiday in the Park select days November 17-December 30. See the park transform into a magical winter wonderland with millions of twinkling lights, carolers, holiday entertainment, and your favorite thrilling rides. It’s the most magical time of the year at the Thrill Capital of the World as the park is open every day, including Christmas Day.
Merry memories in this larger-than-life display of ornaments with programmable dancing light shows.Learn More
Meet Santa in his new home, along with crafts with Mrs. Claus and her merry elves. Located near Bugs Bunny World.Learn More
Festive Thrill Shakes
Sip on a holiday inspired Thrill Shake topped to perfection with yummy festive treats. Located in Holiday Square.Learn More
Embrace the holiday spirit!
From visiting with Santa to roasting marshmallows over an open fire, Holiday in the Park features unique holiday-themed decorations, festivities, and entertainment.
Merry LaneMerry memories in this larger-than-life display of ornaments with programmable dancing light shows.Learn More
Santa’s CottageTake a souvenir photo with Santa in Santa’s Cottage. Begins 12pm daily thru Dec. 24.Learn More
Winter WonderlandStep into a snowy winter wonderland with thousands of icy lights, snow sculptures and snowfall nightly.Learn More
Rockin’ UniverseDC UNIVERSE comes to life as Rockin’ Universe, featuring three dancing light shows set to holiday music.Learn More
Snowy NightsA contemporary celebration of the season with silvery trees, a spectacular visual, and a live show.Learn More
Gleampunk DistrictThe sights, sounds and aromas of the industrial revolution with a holiday twist.Learn More
Holiday SquareSix Flags Plaza transforms into a kaleidoscope of color featuring thousands of lights and snow fall nightly.Learn More
LOS ANGELES (Dec. 5, 2018) – The Amgen Tour of Californiaorganizers today announced the 13 Host Cities selected for the 14th edition of America’s premier professional cycling stage race set for May 12-18, 2019. Throughout seven stages over seven days, the world’s elite cyclists will contest more than 750 miles of roadways, highways and coastlines from Sacramento to Pasadena.
The Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race empowered with SRAM,showcasing the world’s best women cyclists, will run concurrently May 16-18, covering upwards of 180 miles over three stages. Owned and presented by AEG, both races conclude with same-day finishes in Pasadena, a veteran overall finish city.
The City of Santa Clarita will host the start for the final stage of both the men’s and women’s races on Saturday, May 18, 2019. The men and women competing in the Amgen Tour of California and the Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race empowered with SRAM will race through the streets of Santa Clarita before waving goodbye as they push toward the overall finish line in Pasadena. Of the 2019 lineup of California Host Cities, the City of Santa Clarita has the distinction of having hosted the most stages in race history, and 2019 will mark its 14th hosted stage.
“We are honored for the opportunity to host another stage for the Amgen Tour of California. It is not often that we bring a world-class race event right to our residents’ backyards!” said Mayor Laurene Weste. “With an event this prestigious, it really boosts our tourism efforts by having regional, national and international eyes on Santa Clarita. This the 14th stage we’ve hosted and every time we have had a wonderful experience partnering with the Amgen Tour of California.”
The annual Amgen Tour of California carries the distinction of being the only U.S. men’s and women’s races on the UCI WorldTour calendar and have helped launch some of today’s best known and most decorated international cyclists as well as continuing to attract the most talented competitors and teams in the world. With seven new courses between them, the event’s legacy as an international platform for both men’s and women’s racing will hold special significance this year as Olympic hopefuls gear up for Tokyo 2020.
2019 RACE SCHEDULE
Sun., May 12 Stage 1 Sacramento
Mon., May 13 Stage 2 Rancho Cordova to South Lake Tahoe
Tues., May 14 Stage 3 Stockton to Morgan Hill
Wed., May 15 Stage 4 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca to Morro Bay
This year’s course will highlight the distinct beauty of Northern, Central and Southern California. The 2019 Host Cities include the return of fan and race team favorites, long-time veterans like Sacramento, Santa Clarita and Pasadena, and a first-time start in Rancho Cordova.
The 2019 Amgen Tour of California will cover a variety of terrain, showcasing many of California’s most well-known and iconic settings and landmarks, and allowing different types of specialists in the peloton to shine throughout the week. Several fast and flat sections on tap in Sacramento, Morgan Hill and Pasadena will cater to sprinters (not to mention a start overlooking the famous WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca motor speedway). Climbers will also face challenges in South Lake Tahoe, the Diablo Mountain Range outside Stockton where they will reach an elevation of 4,625 feet, and on multiple climbs between Pismo Beach and Ventura. Fans and teams alike will count down to the men’s and women’s Queen Stages from Ontario to Mt. Baldy, which will feature a grueling 26-mile fan-favorite climb to the summit finish, a day that will shake up the leader board and can make or break the quest for the overall victory.
A traditional stage for the Amgen Tour of California, the final race day for both the men and women is one that highlights the beauty of long-time race partners: Santa Clarita and Pasadena. Past overall finishes in Pasadena have consistently been dramatic and exciting, with fans from across Southern California lining up to cheer on the fast-and-furious sprint finishes to determine the ultimate champions.
“The Amgen Tour of California continues to serve as an international postcard for the state, showcasing the beauty and diversity of California – and the 2019 host cities certainly reflect that,” said Kristin Klein, president of the Amgen Tour of California and executive vice president of AEG Sports. “We look forward to hosting another truly dynamic and engaging race, which will feature an all-star peloton, continuing the tradition of delivering one of the most exciting sporting events in the country.”
Title sponsor Amgen has been a race partner since race inception. In 2005, Amgen launched Breakaway from Cancer®, its national initiative to increase awareness of important resources available to people affected by cancer – from prevention through survivorship. Amgen expanded its platform in 2016 to launch Breakaway from Heart Disease™, aimed at encouraging Americans to have a game plan to tackle heart disease by understanding their risk through diagnostic screening and by taking charge of their heart health through diet, exercise and appropriate treatment options. To learn more, visit breakawayfromcancer.com and breakawayfromheartdisease.com.
“At Amgen, our mission is to serve patients, and for more than 35 years we have reached millions of people with our medicines,” said Murdo Gordon, executive vice president, Global Commercial Operations, Amgen. “Our sponsorship of the Amgen Tour of California gives us a platform to educate and empower people to connect with the resources that enable living a longer, healthier life.”
**AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA SUPPORTS CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE RELIEF
As a result of the devastation caused by the recent California Wildfires, the Amgen Tour of California, in partnership with the LA Kings and AEG Sports are proud to donate $100,000 to the American Red Cross.
“The recent fires have caused our community and our state incredible and unimaginable damage. AEG continues to thank those who have worked tirelessly to help combat the fires. Our hearts go out to those who have suffered hardships. We are making this donation to the America Red Cross in honor of the first responders and all who have been impacted. We are also encouraging our fans and our supporters to help by making donations as well,” said Dan Beckerman, president and CEO, AEG and Alternate Governor, Kings.
“The devastation has severely impacted the entire state of California, including many of our past and upcoming host cities of the Amgen Tour of California,” said Kristin Klein, president, Amgen Tour of California & executive vice president, AEG Sports. “We’re not just a state. But a collection of communities that come together to support each in time of need and we are proud to support the relief efforts undertaken by so many of the first responders and the American Red Cross.”
Red Cross volunteers are supporting evacuation centers to provide safe refuge for people impacted by these devastating fires. Additionally, they are also providing meals, health services, spiritual care, comfort and other support for affected residents.
Please consider joining our organization in supporting the Red Cross’ efforts in California. Visit the American Red Cross to donate today.
About the Amgen Tour of California
The Amgen Tour of California and the Amgen Women’s Race empowered with SRAM are Tour de France-style cycling road races created and presented by AEG. Running concurrently, the races challenge the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along demanding courses that traverse hundreds of miles of California’s iconic highways, byways and coastlines each spring. The teams chosen to participate have included Olympic medalists, Tour de France contenders and World Champions, and award important, world-ranking points to the top finishers. For more information visit the Amgen Tour of California on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.
Amgen is committed to unlocking the potential of biology for patients suffering from serious illnesses by discovering, developing, manufacturing and delivering innovative human therapeutics. This approach begins by using tools like advanced human genetics to unravel the complexities of disease and understand the fundamentals of human biology.
Amgen focuses on areas of high unmet medical need and leverages its biologics manufacturing expertise to strive for solutions that improve health outcomes and dramatically improve people’s lives. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen has grown to be the world’s largest independent biotechnology company, has reached millions of patients around the world and is developing a pipeline of medicines with breakaway potential.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, AEG is the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company. With offices on five continents, AEG operates in the following business segments: AEG Facilities, which is affiliated with or owns, manages or consults with more than 120 preeminent arenas, stadiums, theaters, clubs and convention centers around the world including STAPLES Center, The O2 Arena, the Sprint Center and the Mercedes-Benz Arenas; AEG Live, which is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performances, including producing and promoting global and regional concert tours, music and special events and world-renowned festivals; AEG Real Estate, which develops world-class venues, as well as major sports and entertainment districts like STAPLES Center and L.A. LIVE; AEG Sports, which is the world’s largest operator of sports franchises and high-profile sporting events; and AEG Global Partnerships, which oversees worldwide sales and servicing of sponsorships including naming rights, premium seating and other strategic partnerships. Through its worldwide network of venues, portfolio of powerful sports and music brands, AXS.com ticketing platform, AXS cable television channel and its integrated entertainment districts, AEG entertains more than 100 million guests annually. More information about AEG can be found at www.aegworldwide.com.
“Blood on Thy Hands,” 10 by 10 Variety Show, Comedy Mashup, The Society Comedy Troupe and Note by Note Music Showcase
Santa Clarita, Calif. – The City of Santa Clarita invites you to attend upcoming shows at The MAIN, located at 24266 Main Street, in Old Town Newhall. Tickets are now on sale for a variety of shows taking place in December.
Bridgeway Theatre Company presents “Blood on Thy Hands,” an original work from director Stephan Nieman and writer Sarah Hoftstedt. It is a contemporary story featuring three of Shakespeare’s leading ladies analyzing life after their story ends. Des (Desdemona from Othello), Lia (Ophelia from Hamlet) and Julie (Juliet from Romeo and Juliet)are in their own version of purgatory, in which they connect with each other to share their perspective of how they died, while discussing the objectivity of male control in their lives and what love means to each of them. Performance dates and times are November 30 at 8:00 p.m., December 1 at 2:00 p.m., and December 2 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $18 for seniors and students, and $20 for adults.
The 10 by 10 Variety Show occurs on the first Thursday of the month and features music, film, storytelling, magic, comedy and more! Ten performers, from a variety of genres, are selected to perform a 10-minute piece of their choosing. Every month is different, so you never know what you will see on stage! Performances this month include storytelling with Michael Dougherty, Vicki Juditz and Bart Richards; comedy from Lang Parker and Richard Meyer; comedy and juggling by Ivan Pecel; music with Tracy Lee Nelson, Steve Messick and John Bergstrom; and magic by Glenndalf. The show is Thursday, December 6, at 7:00 p.m. and free to attend.
Comedy Mashup is a group of working comedians and improvisers from all over Los Angeles that come together once a month to put on a show that is half stand-up comedy and half improv. Mad House Comedy’s Ashley Johnson headlines the evening, while “Your Favorite Cast” brings the improv and holiday sketch comedy. The show is Friday, December 7, at 8:00 p.m., and is geared towards an adult audience. Tickets are $12 presale and $18 on the day of the show.
The Society Comedy Troupe is bringing hilarious and energetic team improv to The MAIN. Similar to the TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” they ask for audience participation while creating improvised music, comedy and scenes. The show is Saturday, December 8, at 8:00 p.m., and is appropriate for all ages. Tickets are $12 for seniors and students, and $15 for all others.
Note by Note is a free musical showcase delighting audiences with a variety of genres. Bands, duos and soloists will perform a wide range of styles, including rock, folk, Celtic, Americana, blues, jazz, country, experimental, western and more! Featured performers in December include Mike Fleming, Abby Lyons, Ric Taylor and Sarah Mee Ran Cave. The show is Thursday, December 13, at 7:00 p.m. and free to attend.
Santa Clarita, Calif. –The City of Santa Clarita in partnership with Sensys Networks Inc. is pleased to announce GiveMeGreen!, an innovative new smartphone app for bicycle detection at signalized intersections. GiveMeGreen! is the first of many connected and autonomous traveler apps developed by Sensys Networks Inc., the world’s leading provider of integrated wireless traffic data systems for Smart Cities. This initial deployment is a pilot program to improve safety for cyclists and travel convenience for all motorists in Santa Clarita.
The initial pilot is deployed at three intersections along the Chuck Pontius Commuter Rail bike trail, parallel to Soledad Canyon Road. The system consists of the GiveMeGreen! smartphone app which allows the bicyclist using the app to be automatically detected up to 300 feet in advance of the intersection. Once detected, the signal applies the normal pedestrian-crossing signal timing function. This will allow pedestrians and bicyclists to use the same signal phase and will not cause any delay for motorists.
There are also new signs that illuminate only when bicyclists or pedestrians are detected to warn turning motorists on Soledad Canyon Road that bicycles or pedestrians will be crossing the intersection. Finally, the system includes a bicycle-only light at each intersection along the bike trail which confirms to the bicyclist that they have been detected.
“This free app will greatly benefit both bicyclists and motorists by providing better information about the presence of bikes at these intersections,” says Cesar Romo, Traffic Signal System Administrator for the City of Santa Clarita. “GiveMeGreen! not only improves safety, but also improves the ride experience for Santa Clarita’s legions of cyclists with automatic and reliable advance detection.”
This pilot system demonstrates the flexibility of the Sensys Networks Inc. platform, as it integrates with third-party signs and City traffic controllers.
“We are delighted to be working with the City of Santa Clarita on this pilot program,” says Amine Haoui, CEO of Sensys Networks. “GiveMeGreen! is the first of many connected traveler apps to be released by Sensys Networks Inc. in the coming months. These apps all use the same infrastructure at the intersection, and allow Cities to easily tailor the services they want to provide for bicyclists, pedestrians, truck drivers and many other travelers. This Infrastructure to Everything (I2X) system for connected and autonomous travelers will improve safety, decrease congestion and improve the travel experience for many different types of connected traveler.”
For more information about GiveMeGreen! in Santa Clarita, please contact Cesar Romo at email@example.com or at (661) 286-4002.
About Sensys Networks
Sensys Networks improves the way people travel through cities. Sensys Networks delivers accurate and dependable detection data to drive reductions in urban traffic congestion for partners and public agencies around the globe. For more information see sensysnetworks.com.
Santa Clarita , Calif. – Just in time for the holiday season – don’t miss the arts and crafts event of the year! Join us for the City of Santa Clarita’s 27th annual two-day Fine Craft Show held on Saturday, December 1, 2018 and Sunday, December 2, 2018from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Fine Craft Show will be outdoors and located at Old Orchard Park, situated at 25023 Avenue Rotella.
This public event is free and features more than 70 artists’ booths with high-quality, original and Made-in-USA crafts for any budget. One-of-a-kind, handmade gifts items include jewelry, paintings, pottery, ceramics, wearables, home décor and woodwork. Holiday shoppers can select unique and beautiful gifts, while enjoying gourmet food trucks and live music in a festive outdoor park setting.
Rain or shine, the event will be held. For more information on the Fine Craft Show, please visit SantaClaritaArts.com or contact the Arts and Events Office at (661) 250-3777.
Santa Clarita, Calif. – Grab your broom, don your ruby red slippers and travel to the wonderful land of Oz – long before Dorothy and her friends burst onto the scene. Wicked, the award-winning Broadway musical, is returning to the Hollywood Pantages Theatre for a limited time, and the City of Santa Clarita is offering residents the chance to see it before it flies away.
The City’s Recreation and Community Services department is planning an excursion to see “Wicked” on Sunday, January 13, 2019, and has a limited number of tickets available to the public. Tickets can be purchased for $114 per person ($125 for non-residents), and include reserved mezzanine seating at the theatre and charter bus transportation to the show.
Participants will depart from The Centre (20880 Centre Pointe Parkway) at 10:30 a.m. on January 13. Upon arrival in Hollywood, participants will have time to have lunch at a restaurant of their choosing before the show begins at 1:00 p.m. The price of lunch is not included in registration for this excursion.
Wicked, back at the Pantages in Hollywood by popular demand,is the story of two unlikely friends, Elphaba and Glinda, who you may know better as the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch in “The Wizard of Oz.” The play is recommended for children eight years and older, and those under five years of age will not be admitted into the theatre.
For more information about this opportunity and to register to see Wicked with the City of Santa Clarita, please contact Jennifer Lindstrom, Recreation Coordinator, at (661) 250-3731 or visit santa-clarita.com/Seasons.
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Santa Clarita, Calif. – The City of Santa Clarita has been recognized with the prestigious 23rd Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement® (AEP) Award in 2018 from the National Procurement Institute, Inc. (NPI). This is the eighth time the City has received this award in recognition of its purchasing policies and practices, and marks the fifth consecutive year Santa Clarita has been recognized.
The AEP Award is bestowed upon public and non-profit organizations that obtain a high application score based on standardized criteria. The AEP is awarded annually to recognize innovation, professionalism, electronic procurement, productivity and leadership in the procurement function. The City of Santa Clarita’s procurement ethics standards, eProcurement practices and internal procurement automation received high honors and recognition among judges. Several other areas were also accredited, including the City’s creative and successful annual Vendor Outreach program, centralized procurement authority, internal customer and professional development training programs, the use of electronic systems for bids, quotes, online surplus auctions and the City’s employee Procurement Card program.
The City of Santa Clarita is one of only 65 cities in the United States and Canada to receive this esteemed award in 2018. The Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award® has the distinction of being sponsored by every major procurement association in the nation and recognizes state-of-the-art best practices in public procurement.
Los Angeles, Calif. – Since 1941, around the country and around the world, the USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. Bob Hope USO is not a government agency and relies entirely on contributions from patriotic Americans and philanthropic corporations and organizations.
The Bob Hope USO at LAX is open 24/7, to current members of the military and their dependent families with proper military ID. In recognition of a career spent in the military, we also welcome military retirees, who meet our admission requirements, on a space available basis, between 4 a.m. and 10 p.m. This welcoming “safe haven” for troops and their families is located on the ground floor of the historic LAX Theme Building on Center Way. The 7,100 square foot USO center opened in Summer 2018 and is serviced by nearly 300 volunteers.
More than 100,000 troops and their families, visit the Bob Hope USO at LAX annually.
Amenities include a canteen snack bar, dining room, large nap room, family zone with play area and three private family rooms with dedicated restroom, three private connection rooms for calling home, big screen TV lounge and movie theater, gaming lounge, charging stations, secure luggage storage and an outdoor pavilion. The center features also features men’s and women’s restrooms and showers, as well as a tribute to famed comedian and USO entertainer, Bob Hope.
All services are provided without charge to current military personnel and their dependent families with proper ID. There is no on-site parking available, all guests must park in parking structure 1 or 2. Passenger drop-off and pick-up is available on the outside curb near the front entrance.
Bob Hope USO provides USO services, programming and outreach at four airport centers, also including John Wayne Orange County (SNA) Airport, Ontario International (ONT) Airport, and Palm Springs International Airport (PSP), March Air Reserve Base and Military Entrance Processing Station Los Angeles and at dozens of military installations across 51,000 square miles in Southern California from San Luis Obispo to the San Diego County line to over 200,000 members of the military and their families each year.For more information on Bob Hope USO, please visit www.BobHopeUSO.org
Santa Clarita, Calif. – The City of Santa Clarita’s popular Summer Trolley, which takes guests to and from Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor each day for FREE, is now offering evening entertainment service, from local hotels to both Town Center Drive and Old Town Newhall! Traditionally, the Summer Trolley has run service between participating hotels and Six Flags Magic Mountain. The new, later service adds three stops along Main Street in Old Town Newhall (the hotspot for dinner, drinks and entertainment) with extended hours, every Thursday through Sunday.
The free Summer Trolley runs each morning from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., picking up riders from three locations along the way: Hyatt Regency Valencia/Westfield Valencia Town Center, Courtyard by Marriott/Embassy Suites and the Holiday Inn Express. Return trips to those locations depart from Six Flags each evening beginning at 6:00 p.m. with the last trolley leaving at 11:00 p.m., depending on park hours.
The new nighttime service is a great way to experience nightlife at the Westfield Valencia Town Center (Hyatt Regency Valencia stop) and in the City’s Arts and Entertainment District in Old Town Newhall. Some of the new attractions at Westfield include The Dudes Brewery, Cheesecake Factory and Saddle Ranch Chop House, as well as community favorites like Salt Creek Grille, plus explore a variety of wine bars, restaurants and entertainment opportunities along Town Center Drive and the Patios.
While the Summer Trolley will make the same stops during this time, it will also take riders to Old Town Newhall in the evening where they can enjoy free Thursdays@Newhall events, as well as a host of nightlife spots that include a variety of dining, craft breweries, wine rooms and shopping. Local favorites include Brewery Draconum, Double Trouble, Newhall Refinery, Pulchella Winery, Southern Smoke BBQ & Brewhouse and Newhall Press Room.
Evening service to Old Town Newhall runs from 5:40 to 11:10 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, while Sunday service runs from 5:40 to 9:45 p.m. Two trolleys are in rotation providing service every 30-40 minutes during operating hours.
See the full Summer Trolley schedule at VisitSantaClarita.com. For more information about the Summer Trolley’s service to Six Flags and Old Town Newhall, please contact Evan Thomason at (661) 286-4167 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Triumph Foundation celebrates milestones and looks to grow community support at annual fundraiser that supports its mission to serve those who have become paralyzed.
UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIF. –Triumph Foundation is hosting its 8th annual ‘Let’em Roll’ Fundraiser, returning to the Universal Hilton in Universal City, CA on Saturday, July 28, 2018 from 5:00pm-11:30pm. All proceeds will benefit Triumph Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works to minimize the obstacles for children, adults, and Veterans that suffer from spinal cord injuries and other forms of paralysis. Guests will be treated to a prime rib dinner, dancing and silent auction, as well as $500 in chips to play games.
“For the last ten years, Triumph Foundation has partnered with people who become paralyzed to assist them with triumphing over the new challenges they face to restore their lives,” says Andrew Skinner, Triumph Foundation’s Founder who suffered a spinal cord injury in 2004. “One of the highlights of our year, the Let’em Roll Fundraiser brings the entire community together for a night of fun and to celebrate our accomplishments. We are proud to make quality of life a reality for people.”
This year, Triumph will be honoring Dr. Thomas Hedge, MD, a spinal cord injury specialist in Northridge, CA. Practicing for 40 years, Dr. Hedge specializes in spinal cord injury, rehabilitation and brain injury medicine.
Last year, over 350 people attended the ‘Let’em Roll’ Fundraiser, which raised over $100,000. The fundraiser is not a typical gala, but instead an inspirational, impactful, and powerful event that builds relationships, raises funds for an important cause, and changes lives.
This year, the organization is doubling down on its commitment to the needs of the paralysis and disability community and expanding programs to change the world for many more needy recipients. Double down with Triumph by coming out to play on July 28th.