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Disneyland Resort to Reopen Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park on April 30, 2021, and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa on April 29, 2021, all with Limited Capacities.

  • After being closed for more than one year, magic is back at Disneyland Resort theme parks
  • More than 10,000 Cast Members are returning to work
  • Guests will be welcomed back to explore new magic and favorite experiences – from iconic attractions and character sightings to shopping, dining and hotel stays
  • Enhanced health and safety measures will be in place

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The joy and laughter and magical moments of the Disneyland Resort will soon return to its theme parks as Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park are planning to officially reopen to the public on April 30, 2021, with limited capacity.

“The day all of us have long been waiting for is almost here,” said Ken Potrock, president of the Disneyland Resort. “We’re excited to have more than 10,000 cast members returning to work as we get ready to welcome our guests back to this happy place.”

The dreams of being immersed in these theme park experiences will soon come to life, with unforgettable attractions, seeing beloved Disney characters, shopping for the latest Disney merchandise, savoring the world-famous food and drinks, and capturing fun photos. New magic will be unveiled, too, as the reimagined Snow White’s Enchanted Wish opens to guests for the very first time.

Once again, guests will experience the thrills of exploring Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, embarking on a treacherous voyage on Pirates of the Caribbean, setting sail with children from around the globe on “it’s a small world” and zipping along Route 66 on Radiator Springs Racers. They may discover the joy of waving to Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, finding the perfect Mickey ears, dipping into a DOLE Whip® and staying in the middle of the magic at a Disney hotel.

In the days leading up to the public opening on April 30, Disneyland Resort will invite cast members and members of the local community to be the first theme park guests after more than a year of closure.

The Hotels of the Disneyland Resort also plan to welcome guests once again, with a  phased reopening. Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa plans to reopen on April 29, 2021, with limited capacity. Disney Vacation Club Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa will plan to reopen May 2. Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel and the Disneyland Hotel will reopen at a later date.

Because theme park capacity will be significantly limited to comply with governmental requirements and promote physical distancing, the Disneyland Resort will manage attendance through a new theme park reservation system that requires all guests to obtain a reservation for park entry in advance. To enter a park, both a park reservation and valid admission for the same park on the same date are required for guests ages 3 and up. Theme park reservations will be limited and subject to availability and, until further notice, only California residents may visit the parks in line with current state guidelines.

More details about this new reservation system will be available soon. In addition, guests are encouraged to check Disneyland.com for the latest updates as they become available for theme park tickets, hotel booking and vacation packages, dining reservations and activity reservations such as Droid Depot.

The health and well-being of guests and cast members remain a top priority. Just as the Downtown Disney District reopened at Disneyland Resort on July 9, 2020, with enhanced health and safety measures, operational changes will be in place at the theme parks and hotels based on guidance from health authorities and learnings from our parks around the world to promote physical distancing, enhanced cleanliness and reduced contact. Cast members throughout the resort will be dedicated to assist with questions, and guests may check Disneyland.com/update for the most current health and safety measures, including mandatory face coverings for guests ages 2 and older.

A Touch of Disney, the limited-time ticketed experience which has sold out, will go on as planned at Disney California Adventure from March 18 through April 19.

Classic attractions and fun-filled favorites

Classic and favorite attractions will begin to open at both parks – from epic experiences like the new Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance to family-friendly experiences like Peter Pan’s Flight and Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind.

At Disneyland, the fun awaits on Indiana Jones Adventure, Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and King Arthur Carrousel, to name a few, and new magic is coming to Haunted Mansion. At Disney California Adventure, guests will be immersed in the stories and adventures of the Incredicoaster, Toy Story Midway Mania!, The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, and more.

Guests will discover a newly reimagined attraction in Fantasyland – Snow White’s Enchanted Wish. The timeless tale comes alive in dazzling new scenes, including a dancing figure of Snow White joining the dwarfs in their cottage as the scent of a baking pie wafts through the air. Vibrant new shadow projections show the dwarfs as they march off to the mine happily singing “Heigh Ho,” and the new lighting, glittering jewels and shimmering effects make the mine sparkle. Guests then travel through the Queen’s den to see a new library of spell books, glowing potions and bubbling flasks, toward the famous magic mirror. In the end, Snow White and her Prince ride joyfully into a golden sunset to live happily ever after.

On the “must-do” list for many guests will be a journey to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the largest and most technologically advanced single-themed land expansion ever in a Disney park. Guests are transported to a galaxy far, far away at the Black Spire Outpost on the planet Batuu, where they can take the controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy on Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. The newest attraction in the land, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, opened in January 2020. It takes guests aboard a full-size transport shuttle before they are captured by a Star Destroyer, finding themselves in the middle of a climactic battle between the dark side of the First Order and the light side of the Resistance, including BB-8, Rey and Chewbacca.

Avengers Campus, a completely new land where guests can live their Super Hero dreams, will open at a later date at Disney California Adventure.

Characters are part of the magic

From to surprise appearances along Main Street, U.S.A., and Pixar Pier to playful interactions, characters from dozens of favorite Disney and Pixar stories will entertain and delight guests across both parks. Beloved characters will pop up in new ways and sometimes in unexpected places as they remain mindful of physical distancing.

At Disneyland, guests may see Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse waving from the train station, or Disney Princesses such as Mulan appear at the Royal Theatre to wave and pose at a distance for guests taking selfies. At Disney California Adventure, Pixar pals may wave from the bandshell at Pixar Pier, and guests can share a laugh while taking photos with Mater and Lightning McQueen along Route 66 in Cars Land.

Certain experiences that draw large group gatherings – such as parades and nighttime spectaculars – will return at a later date.

Themed dining and world-famous food and drinks

Tasty, tantalizing and ready for social media, Disneyland Resort snacks and dishes are a food-lover’s fairytale wishes come true. Park favorites such as the DOLE Whip®, corn dogs and churros are fun treats offered alongside memorable dining experiences that include lobster nachos and novel drinks at Lamplight Lounge, brisket mac & cheese at River Belle Terrace and Mediterranean-California fare at Carthay Circle Lounge – Alfresco Dining. The parks offer a multitude of food and drink options, from uniquely themed candy apples and specials like Walt’s Chili to the always popular Plaza Inn fried chicken.

At several locations around the resort, mobile ordering* on the official Disneyland app now is the primary way to order food and drinks. Dining reservations are recommended for table-service restaurants.

Check in to the magic at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

After playing in the theme parks, guests may relax with an overnight stay at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, where they are surrounded by the Craftsman-style architecture and the tranquil feel of redwood forests. Guests are treated to genuine hospitality and legendary service, just steps from the Downtown Disney District and Disneyland Resort theme parks. The enchanting Disney magic includes well-appointed accommodations, sparkling pools and a chance to request a wake-up call with greetings from some favorite Disney characters.

Guests with valid theme park admission who are planning a stay at a Disneyland Resort hotel will need to also book theme park reservations in advance, as a hotel stay does not guarantee a park reservation. Hotel capacity will be limited. Guests may soon book hotel stays for Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, or a nearby Disneyland Resort Good Neighbor Hotel, by visiting Disneyland.com or contacting a travel professional.

Digital tools help guests make the most of their visits

To make the most of a visit to the Disneyland Resort, guests will have digital tools right at their fingertips with the Disneyland app. Guests are strongly encouraged to use the Disneyland app to plan ahead and utilize mobile ordering* for food and beverage purchases from select locations, as well as to check park hours, make dining reservations, and view maps and other important resort updates. Mobile wait list (subject to availability) and mobile check-in options will be available for table-service dining at select locations. Disneyland Resort also recommends cashless transactions such as electronic payment to reduce contact.

Check Disneyland.com for the latest udpates  

For everything they need to know about their visits, guests are encouraged to check Disneyland.com regularly for the latest information, including upcoming details about ticket sales and reservations, and which experiences are currently available or will be offered.** Guests also are also encouraged to follow the Disney Parks Blog for reopening details.

The plans to open Disneyland Resort are phased and subject to change, to align with guidance released from time to time by health authorities and appropriate government agencies. This guidance is fluid and applicable at any given time as community situations change. With that guidance, many factors will determine the timing of when offerings may be available, and the status of indoor and outdoor experiences.

* Message, data and roaming rates may apply. Availability subject to handset limitations and features may vary by handset or service provider. Coverage and app stores not available everywhere. If you’re under 18, get your parents’ permission first.

** Upon reopening, certain parks, hotels, restaurants, attractions, experiences and other offerings will be modified or unavailable, will have limited capacity and will be subject to limited availability or even closure, and park admission and offerings are not guaranteed.

DOLE WHIP is a trademark of Dole Food Company, Inc. Used with permission.

About the Disneyland Resort
The Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure Park – plus three hotels and the Downtown Disney District, comprising unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s hotels are the luxurious, 948-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which also features 50 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club units; the magical, 973-room Disneyland Hotel – both AAA Four Diamond properties – and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its “day-at-the-beach” theme. For information on attractions and vacations at the Disneyland Resort, visit Disneyland.com, call (866) 43-DISNEY or contact local travel agents. Located in Anaheim, Calif., the Disneyland Resort opened July 17, 1955.

Universal Studios Hollywood Presents: ‘Taste of Universal’ Get a Taste of What You’ve Been Missing, Select Fridays – Sundays, 12pm – 7pm.

Universal City, Calif. – Come enjoy Taste of Universal, an all-new separately ticketed, limited-time event that serves up a day of shopping and outdoor dining throughout the Upper Lot of Universal Studios Hollywood. Savor the flavors of exceptional food from the restaurants of some of your favorite lands.

  • Springfield, U.S.A.
  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™
  • All New – Minion Cafe
  • Hollywood and Dine

Enjoy an outdoor feast of great food and tasty beverages plus photo ops and shopping offers.

Your ticket includes your choice of 5 menu items (3 items for kids) from an extensive menu of appetizers, entrees, beverages and desserts. Additional items are available a la carte for a separate price.

Tickets available online only.

Adults:
$44.00 ($48.18 with tax) – FRI
$49.00 ($53.66 with tax) – SUN
$54.00 ($59.13 with tax) – SAT

Children (3-9):
$25.00 ($27.38 with tax) – FRI/SAT/SUNBUY NOW – ONLINE ONLY

Pass Members Save on Tickets for Taste of Universal

All Annual/Season Pass Members will need to purchase an event ticket as this is a separately ticketed, limited capacity event. Annual and Season Passes remain paused and are not valid for this event.

Fun For Every Flavor

Stroll across the Upper Lot and treat yourself to your traditional favorites or experience our newest recipes from our expert culinary team. Vegan and vegetarian options available.

Big Pink Donut from Lard Lad Donuts, offered in Springfield, U.S.A.

Springfield, U.S.A.

  • Krusty Burger
  • Suds McDuff’s Hot Dog
  • Lard Lad Donuts
  • And More!
Fish and Chips from Three Broomsticks™ in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™

  • Butterbeer™
  • Fish and Chips
  • Shepherd’s Pie
  • Sticky Toffee Bread Pudding
  • And More!
Grilled Cheese sandwich from Minion Cafe.

Minion Cafe

  • Grilled Cheese with Meatball
  • Chicken, Bacon & Ranch Mac and Cheese
  • Hazelnut Banana Pudding
  • And More!
Brisket Slider sandwich offered in Hollywood section of the Upper Lot.

Hollywood and Dine

  • Brisket Slider
  • Clam Chowder in Sourdough Bowl
  • Beyond Burger w/ BBQ Aioli, American Cheese & Crispy Jalapeno (V)
  • And More!

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New Safety Guidelines. Same Fun.

This partial re-opening will not include access to rides, shows and attractions

This event is designed to be awesome and physically distanced at the same time with enhanced safety and sanitization procedures throughout the theme park and Universal CityWalk.

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Prepare for a Treat!

As you stroll through the Park, prepare yourself for a hard decision. Which items will you choose? Each of our lands offers something unique with all-outdoor dining. Your ticket will include your choice of any 5 menu items* (3 for kids), with many of your favorites to choose from.

*Menu selections vary by locations and subject to change without notice. Additional menu selections can be purchased at menu pricing (alcoholic beverages will only be available for purchase in the same transaction as a designated meal item). Click here menu details and restrictions.

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Taste Of Universal

Savor an all-new outdoor event with food and fun. Separately-priced, limited-time only.

Starting at $44 plus tax, per adult
($48.18 with tax)

Springfield, U.S.A.

Red Squishee from Kwik-E-Mart.

Plus so many more options to enjoy, including refreshing Squishees

Welcome to Spingfield, entrance to Springfield, U.S.A.

Springfield, U.S.A. — Home of The Simpsons

Krusty Burger, offered at Krusty Burger in Springfield, U.S.A.

Broadway in Hollywood presents: Rock of Ages All Star Reunion – A ONE-NIGHT ONLY, BI-COASTAL LIVESTREAM JAMFEST! SATURDAY, APRIL 24, 2021 AT 5PM PT

PRE-SALE STARTS NOW!Get exclusive access through Tue 3/16 at 9:59am!

Use access code ROAPRESALE when purchasing between Sun 3/14 at 10am thru Tue 3/16 at 9:59am ONLY

GET READY TO ROCK!

Hollywood, Calif. – Featuring a soon-to-be-announced “supergroup” of ROCK OF AGES stars from across the globe, the ROCK OF AGES: All-Star Reunion Concert will feature live performances of the greatest hits of the 1980s, like you’ve never heard them before – blasting worldwide right off the legendary Sunset Strip itself, from the ROCK OF AGES Hollywood stage at The Bourbon Room, with special surprise performances from New York City. The night will be tailor-made for audiences yearning to stream at the top of their lungs – whether a long-time fan, or someone just lookin’ for “nothin’ but a good time” to break up a year of zoom meetings.

The music that ignited a generation soars to new heights in the critically-acclaimed and audience-adored hit musical ROCK OF AGES. “Even doubters will be wiping tears from their Wayfarers” as the show’s uproarious, tongue-in-cheek original love story erupts into an exhilarating musical experience that delivers “the kind of operatic ecstasy you read about only in bathroom stalls” (Entertainment Weekly). An “absurdly enjoyable” musical that’s “as guilty as pleasures get,” (New York TimesROCK OF AGES is set to the greatest rock anthems and power ballads of the 80s, like you’ve never heard them before. Featuring such hits as “Wanted Dead or Alive,” “I Wanna Know What Love Is”, “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” “Here I Go Again”, “Don’t Stop Believin’” and many more, theatergoers are invited to raise their lighters, crack open the wine coolers, and bask in “the kind of craft that makes escapism all the more satisfying.” (Variety)

There’s still time to see the WEST COAST CUSTOMS CRUIS’N THE PARK CAR SHOW AT SIX FLAGS MAGIC MOUNTAIN, final weekend, MARCH 13-14, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Cruis’n the Park Car Show at Six Flags Magic Mountain, World’s first drive-thru auto show inside Six Flags Magic Mountain presented by West Coast Customs.

Santa Clarita, Calif. – “Like a do-it-yourself tram-ride, decked out with a American graffiti, fast and furious vibe, WEST COAST CUSTOMS CRUIS’N THE PARK CAR SHOW AT SIX FLAGS MAGIC MOUNTAIN was a nostalgic adventure to remember. With tricked out cars, trucks and motorcycles galore to see and photograph while cruising along the Six Flags Magic Mountain Theme Park familiar path ways, what a great way to rev up your day!” – Margie Anne Clark

There’s still time to see the WEST COAST CUSTOMS CRUIS’N THE PARK CAR SHOW AT SIX FLAGS MAGIC MOUNTAIN this final weekend, MARCH 13-14, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. To make your reservations now, visit https://www.sixflags.com/magicmountain/events/cruisn-the-park-car-show

For the first time ever, world-famous West Coast Customs and the Thrill Capital of the World, Six Flags Magic Mountain, is hosting a showcase a drive- thru car show that winds along the park midways. This once-in-a-lifetime experience will include 100 of the world’s best automotive displays from muscle cars and hot rods to low riders and mini trucks.

Themed music and entertainment will be integrated into each featured section providing many jaw-dropping vehicle art displays. The 30-minute cruise through the park will be presented and narrated by Ryan Friedlinghaus, CEO of West Coast Customs, via a specially designed app available for free download.

“It has been a dream of mine for over 10 years to put together a family event like this!” said West Coast Customs Founder & CEO, Ryan Friedlinghaus. “I’m excited to say it is official as we are about to make some new history together with Six Flags Magic Mountain.

There will be something for every auto enthusiast along the event route, including cars, trucks, motorcycles and watercraft, all to be viewed from the safety of guests’ own cars.


“It has been a dream of mine for over 10 years to put together a family event like this!” said West Coast Customs Founder & CEO, Ryan Friedlinghaus. “I’m excited to say it is official as we are about to make some new history together with Six Flags Magic Mountain. It’s the first
ever drive-thru car show in a theme park where LA’s top vehicles from all different categories, mini trucks to low riders and everything in between, will be displayed. This event will take you on a trip down memory lane and also make new memories for families to share together.”

Six Flags Park President, Don McCoy, continues in saying, “We’re thrilled to host this event with West Coast Customs. We know that people are searching for fun and safe activities to do with their families. This is a really innovative concept that is sure to offer a fun experience for car lovers of all ages”.


The West Coast Customs Cruis’n the Park Car Show will run for a limited time – every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from February 26 – March 14. To control and manage capacity, limited reservations will be available each date and will be required by all guests in advance using Six Flags’ new online reservation system. Special event admission tickets for this first-
ever event will be available on a first come, first served basis and will be sold per car.

Admission discounts are available for active Memberships and Season Passes, and reservations will be required. Ticket sales will not be available at the gate. For more information on West Coast Customs Cruis’n the Park Car Show, visit our website at www.sixflags.com/magicmountain

The safety of guests and team members is always Six Flags’ top priority. The new West Coast Customs Cruis’n the Park Car Show at Six Flags Magic Mountain will offer a contactless experience that follows CDC, state, and county health and safety guidelines. To prevent overcrowding and provide proper social distancing, a limited number of cars will be allowed
each date.

A full list of safety requirements for the event is available on the park’s website at www.sixflags.com/magicmountain, including LA County’s guidelines for vehicle-based events.


Event requirements include use of masks if windows are down, no smoking, littering, stopping, or exiting vehicles. Due to the limited size of certain areas and terrain within the park, only cars, SUVs, vans, and pick-up trucks are permitted. No convertibles, busses, RVs, commercial vehicles, dually pick-up trucks, trailers, or motorcycles will be allowed. A maximum speed of three mph and maintaining a safe distance between cars will be strictly enforced.


As part of Six Flags’ comprehensive safety procedures, all employees are required to wear masks and are temperature-checked and health-screened each day. Gloves are worn as appropriate, per guidelines. As directed by current state regulations, no additional services will be available. Six Flags encourages guests to plan accordingly for restroom breaks, gasoline,
and food. Only portable toilets will be available at the entrance and exit.


About West Coast Customs

West Coast Customs is the premiere vehicle customization shop, internationally recognized for its original designs, beyond-your-imagination concepts, impeccable quality, cutting-edge technology, and unparalleled craftsmanship. Founded in 1993 by Ryan Friedlinghaus, the brand’s pop culture status is worldwide from industry leading collaborations with corporate and celebrity clientele to awe-inspiring builds for film, TV and gaming studios.

The West Coast Customs flagship 60,000 square foot facility is headquartered in Burbank, California and features 12 leading-edge departments offering a range of extraordinary custom services for projects of any size, scope or budget.


About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company and the largest operator of waterparks in North America, with 27 parks across the United States, Mexico, and Canada.
For 59 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling waterparks and unique attractions. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com.


About Six Flags Magic Mountain

Six Flags Magic Mountain, known as the Thrill Capital of the World, is home to more than 100 rides, shows, and attractions, including world-class roller coasters like West Coast Racers, Twisted Colossus, Full Throttle, and X2.

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At Six Flags Magic Mountain – Cruise through the park from the comfort and safety of your own car for a groundbreaking, once-in-a-lifetime drive-thru auto show experience where you will see more than 100 of the world’s best automotive displays, presented by world-famous West Coast Customs.

  • Narrated by Ryan Friedlinghaus, founder and CEO of West Coast Customs, cruisers will take a 30-minute drive around the park guided by a specially designed app to share the history and details of each automobile genre
  • Several distinctly different themed areas displaying a variety of world-class automobiles and watercraft from muscle cars and hot rod classics to low riders and mini trucks…something for every builder and auto enthusiast out there!
  • Themed music and entertainment will be integrated into each featured section providing one jaw-dropping, true “form of art” vehicle display after another.
  • Exclusive Snacks & Merchandise

Admission & Reservations

  • Online reservations are required in advance per vehicle. A limited number of cars will be allowed each day so be sure to make your reservation early. Reservations alone do not guarantee admission
  • Admission is required per vehicle, not per person. Tickets will not be available for sale at the park and all reservations must be made in advance
  • Six Flags Members and Season Passholders: while your Pass ID is not valid for admission to this special event, please visit your Passholder portal to purchase an exclusive discounted admission.


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https://www.sixflags.com/magicmountain/events/cruisn-the-park-car-show

Bring Your Appetite to the City of Santa Clarita’s Newest Art Exhibit “Creative Comforts,” March 15 through May 14, 2021. A virtual reception to be hosted on Saturday, March 20.

Santa Clarita, Calif. – Food is the subject of the City of Santa Clarita’s mouth-watering new art exhibit titled “Creative Comforts.” In conjunction with the Santa Clarita Library’s One Story One City Program, this exhibit parallels the 2021 book choice, “Eat Joy: Stories and Comfort Food from 31 Celebrated Writers.”

This delicious exhibition of comfort food-themed artwork will be available for viewing from March 15 through May 14, 2021 at the First Floor Gallery in City Hall, and virtually. The exhibit will feature artwork from 25 artists, showcasing their favorite comfort food such as hamburgers, mac and cheese, cornbread, grandma’s peanut butter cookies and more. Featured artists include: Arthur Carrillo – “Fiesta II,” Kat Aymeloglu – “Doughnuts,” Madison Zumsteg – “Homemade Dumplings” and Patti Kundstadt – “Blueberry Bliss.”

A virtual reception will be hosted on Saturday, March 20, at 6:00 p.m. to celebrate the exhibit and featured artists. In addition, the reception will offer residents a chance to experience artist Maho Martin talk about creating her art work, cook alongside FeedSCV’s Scott Ervin as he makes “Pasta al limone” and listen to one of our own librarians talk about the One Story One City Program.

            This exhibit will take your taste buds for a ride! Residents are encouraged to enjoy the artwork in-person or virtually. To learn more about the “Creative Comforts” art exhibit, the upcoming virtual reception and additional art opportunities, please visit SantaClaritaArts.com. For questions, please contact the City’s Arts Coordinator Katherine Nestved at knestved@santa-clarita.com.

Food fills our stomachs and our emotions. It satisfies our cravings, warms our souls and makes us feel safe. Food is the subject of the City’s mouth-watering new art exhibit titled “Creative Comforts.” In conjunction with the Santa Clarita Library’s One Story One City Program, this exhibit parallels the 2021 book choice, “Eat Joy: Stories and Comfort Food from 31 Celebrated Writers.” This delicious exhibition of comfort food-themed artwork will be available for viewing from March 15 through May 14, 2021 at the First Floor Gallery in City Hall, and virtually. The exhibit will feature artwork from 25 artists, showcasing their favorite comfort food such as hamburgers, mac and cheese, cornbread, grandma’s peanut butter cookies and more. Featured artists include: Arthur Carrillo – “Fiesta II,” Kat Aymeloglu – “Doughnuts,” Madison Zumsteg – “Homemade Dumplings” and Patti Kundstadt – “Blueberry Bliss.”

A virtual reception will be hosted on Saturday, March 20, at 6:00 p.m. to celebrate the exhibit and featured artists. In addition, the reception will offer residents a chance to experience artist Maho Martin talk about creating her art work, cook alongside FeedSCV’s Scott Ervin as he makes “Pasta al limone” and listen to one of our own librarians talk about the One Story One City Program.

            This exhibit will take your taste buds for a ride! Residents are encouraged to enjoy the artwork in-person or virtually. To learn more about the “Creative Comforts” art exhibit, the upcoming virtual reception and additional art opportunities, please visit SantaClaritaArts.com. For questions, please contact the City’s Arts Coordinator Katherine Nestved at knestved@santa-clarita.com.

PRIYANKA CHOPRA JONAS AND NICK JONAS TO ANNOUNCE 93RD OSCARS® NOMINATIONS on March 15, 2021.

Los Angeles, Calif. – Actor-producer Priyanka Chopra Jonas (“The White Tiger”) and singer, songwriter and actor Nick Jonas (“Kingdom”) will announce the 93rd Oscars® nominations in all 23 Academy Award® categories in a two-part live presentation on Monday, March 15, via global live stream on Oscar.comOscars.org, the Academy’s digital platforms – TwitterYouTubeFacebook – NY and LA Switch pool ports and satellite downlink feed.  Stay tuned!

ACADEMY MUSEUM OF MOTION PICTURES ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL PROGRAMMING. The museum opens to the public on September 30, 2021. 

VIRTUAL PROGRAMS WILL BEGIN ROLLING OUT IN APRIL, WELCOMING AUDIENCES BEFORE THE ACADEMY MUSEUM OPENS ITS DOORS ON SEPTEMBER 30, 2021.

LOS ANGELES, CA, March 10, 2021— The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles today announced a slate of programs it will offer to the public beginning September 30, 2021, when it will celebrate its grand opening. The museum’s inaugural programs are made possible by the kind support of donors, including Richard Roth Cinema-Arts Fund, Participant, Pritzker Foundation, Eric and Melina Esrailian, Dr. Kathy Fields and Dr. Garry Rayant in honor of Sid and Nancy Ganis, Julia and Ken Gouw, Robert and Miryam Knutson, and Dr. Peter Lam Kin Ngok of Media Asia Group Holdings Limited. Generous support is also provided by Istituto Luce Cinecittá.

Leading up to the opening, the Academy Museum has planned a series of virtual programs kicking off in April 2021 around the Oscars®.

Panel discussions with film industry leaders, gallery tours, screenings, workshops, and educational offerings for families and students will illuminate the world of the movies to people of all ages, backgrounds, and areas of interest. The reach of programs will be extended worldwide through the Academy Museum’s website and social media channels.

Jacqueline Stewart, Chief Artistic and Programming Officer of the Academy Museum, said, “We have been hard at work preparing the Academy Museum and are ready to welcome visitors first virtually and then in person in September. The programs we are rolling out for our opening are dynamic, diverse, and deeply grounded in the history and artistry of filmmaking. Whether they are recognizing Hollywood legends, delving into the working process of film professionals, or addressing issues of race, gender, sexuality and inequity that run through film history, these programs will use the power of movies and stories of filmmakers to open eyes and minds.”

Bill Kramer, Director and President of the Academy Museum, said, “Developed in partnership with incredible Academy members, our slate of virtual programs is designed to complement our compelling and engaging core and temporary exhibitions. When we open, our programs will also come to life in our theaters and in our public spaces to deepen the visitor experience. Our screenings, panels, symposia, and educational programs are key components of how our visitors will interact with the museum and learn about filmmaking.”

PRE-OPENING PROGRAMS
Around the time of the 93rd Academy Awards®, to be presented on April 25, 2021, the Academy Museum will launch a series of virtual conversations, screenings, and education programs on the Academy Museum website . Conceived as digital prologues to the Academy Museum’s core exhibition, Stories of Cinema, these programs will share the varied voices of extraordinary film artists, tell the stories of their inspirations and collaborations, and explore the art, technology, history, and social impact of the movies.

Pre-opening programming will kick off on April 22, 2021 with Breaking the Oscars® Ceiling, a conversation hosted by Academy Museum trustee Diane von Furstenberg and moderated by the Academy Museum’s Jacqueline Stewart, who will be speaking with women who achieved historic Oscars milestones. Guests include actor Sophia Loren, actor and comedian Whoopi Goldberg, actor Marlee Matlin, and singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie.

Also launching on April 22, the museum’s website will be activated with thoughtful historic content on the
Oscars and Hollywood: the Academy Awards History Timeline, an interactive timeline that previews and
expands on the Academy Museum’s gallery of Academy Awards History and Hollywood Past and Present, a virtual tour of Oscars-related locations with vintage and contemporary photographs of key locations.

Additional pre-opening virtual programs will include (times and dates TBA):Film Screenings and Conversations with the Artists*Screenings are available in the United States at this time; the subsequent conversations are available worldwide. Pariah (2011), the cast and crew of this groundbreaking fiction debut of writer/director Dee Rees reunite to discuss the conception, production, and impact of this coming-of-age story. Y tu mamá también (2001), a celebration of the creative partnership between three-time Oscar-winning cinematographer Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki and four-time Oscar-winning writer-director Alfonso Cuaron (this event will be in Spanish with English subtitles).In Conversation SeriesSpike Lee, a virtual conversation with the trailblazing writer-director, exploring how Lee’s vast personal collection represents his many cinematic muses in the museum’s Director’s Inspiration gallery.Hildur Guðnadóttir, a virtual conversation between the Oscar-winning musician and composer (Joker, 2019) and Academy Museum Exhibitions Curator Jenny He, discussing Guðnadóttir’s work and her approach to designing the museum’s Composer’s Inspiration gallery. Activism and Film, an in-depth conversation on the intersections between filmmaking and social change featuring drop-in guests and previewing the Academy Museum’s Impact/Reflection gallery.Workshops and Education ProgramsHow to Use Film as a Teaching Tool to Have Difficult Conversations, a series of workshops for educators and caregivers. The Work of Black VFX Artists , celebrating the accomplishments of six visual effects professionals in a candid discussion about perseverance and the shared experiences of Black film artists in the industry. Offering unprecedented access into their creative process via break-out sessions with visual effects professionals Lyndon Barrois, Lauren Ellis, Audrea Topps-Harjo, Greg Anderson, Andrew Roberts, and Corey Turner.Hayao Miyazaki Family Day, introducing families to the world of Hayao Miyazaki’s films through a day of events including art-making workshops and live performances. Academy Museum family day programs are made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.OPENING PROGRAMS
When the Academy Museum opens September 30, 2021, it will begin presenting a robust range of screenings, in-depth conversations, and programs for youth and families.

Visitors will be welcomed with a slate of film screenings that celebrate cinema’s rich past, present and future. Presented in the Academy Museum’s two theaters—1,000-seat David Geffen Theater and 288-seat Ted Mann Theater—viewers will enjoy films as intended with state-of-the-art sound and projection in multiple film and digital formats. The theaters will be spaces to explore and experience the art of cinema as well as inspire conversation and action long after the credits roll.

The museum will present film series that celebrate a global spectrum of cinematic perspectives and practices across histories to expand beyond conventional narratives and build on the ever-expanding film canon, including:Branch Selects, selected by each of the Academy’s 17 branches that represent meaningful breakthroughs in the evolution of their craft.Exhibition-inspired series expanding on the themes, films, and filmmakers in the museum’s galleries.

For the museum’s inaugural temporary exhibition, Hayao Miyazaki, the museum will present all of Miyazaki’s features in both Japanese with English subtitles and with English dubbing, as well as additional series exploring the worlds, ideas and stories created by this master filmmaker.Oscar Sundays, screenings of Oscar-nominated and -winning films, as well as a behind the scenes look inside the Academy and the Academy Awards.Filmmakers’ Inspiration, expanding upon the gallery spaces curated by film artists Pedro Almodóvar, Hildur Guðnadóttir, and Spike Lee with films they select highlighting their own works and films that have influenced them.Preservation Spotlights, showcasing recently preserved films from archives around the world Retrospectives offering expansive surveys of a filmmaker’s body of work. Our inaugural year will include retrospectives on a range of film artists from Indian writer/director Satyajit Ray, Ethiopian-born writer/director/teacher Haile Gerima, Austrian exiles who helped shape much of the Golden Age of Hollywood, and actress and icon Anna May Wong. Shorts in the Geffen, daily screenings celebrating the creativity of short-form filmmaking—live-action, documentary, and animated—in the David Geffen Theater during regular museum hours.Additionally, the museum will present conversations, panels, symposia, and lectures several times a month in our theaters celebrating film artists and film history while also providing learning opportunities to lean into areas of harm, hurt and complexity:Legacy, inviting family members of Hollywood legends to discuss the legacy of film artists and provide first-hand insights into film history.Impact/Reflection, featuring film artists in conversation with scholars and activists about the relationship between documentary and narrative film and topics presented in the museum’s Impact/Reflection galleries in Stories of Cinema, such as #MeToo, pay equity, Black Lives Matter, climate change, and labor relations.

The Arts and Sciences of Cinema, providing information and context about breakthrough scientific and technical achievements in filmmaking, featuring figures who have made major contributions to their fields.In Conversation Series , with profiles of film artists, celebrations of the anniversaries of significant films, discussions in which film artists speak with people who have been their inspirations and influences, and more. • Contextualizing Cinema, where Academy members and scholars unpack challenging topics in film history—such as racialized makeup, degrading depictions of Indigenous peoples, and racism in animation—with the aim of increasing empathy and knowledge.Object Acquisitions, inviting audiences to follow the journey into the Academy Museum of iconic objects such as the “Bruce the Shark” model from Jaws (1975) and the ruby red slippers from The Wizard of Oz (1939).Hayao Miyazaki, linked to the Academy Museum’s first temporary exhibition, Hayao Miyazaki, unpacking themes in his films including environmentalism, female empowerment, post-war society, and Japanese spirituality and culture.Education and family programs will be ongoing at the Academy Museum, provided both in the exhibition galleries and in the Shirley Temple Education Studio:Teen programs, made for teens, by teens, the Academy Museum will engage with local teenagers to create workshops and events.Family studio activities will follow family matinee screenings on weekends and will be facilitated by Teaching Artists, with Academy members dropping in as guest teachers. Participants will gain hands-on experience with filmmaking processes and technologies while enjoying informal, play-based learning.Free Monthly Quiet Mornings, held on weekends before regular public hours, will give young people with sensory processing disorders and their families or caregivers an opportunity to experience the museum with no crowds, lower sound levels, and moderated lighting contrasts. Participants will join a facilitated accommodative tour, followed by a workshop in the Education Studio.Seasonal family/community days will provide programs on all floors throughout the day, including tours, Education Studio activities, demonstrations, and performances.School tours will be offered twice a week, at no cost and with the expense of bus travel reimbursed. Advance registration is required and will become available in the summer. Tours and accompanying programs in the Education Studio at appropriate grade levels are being developed with the assistance of roundtables with teachers from the Los Angeles Unified School District. Programs will be designed to connect to national curriculum and the needs of California teachers and students.In addition, visitors will be able to join themed, interactive 45-minute guided tours throughout the week, offering insights on the core collection, exhibitions, art installations, and the Academy Museum’s architectural design. Family tours and accommodative tours (including offerings for the low vision, blind, hard of hearing, and deaf communities) will be scheduled on a regular basis. On weekends, multiple 15-minute Gallery Highlights will encourage a deeper understanding of focal points in the museum’s content while engaging visitors in conversation. Guided tours and Gallery Highlights will be free with museum admission, and free audio tours will also be available in English, Spanish, and Korean.

More details on the Academy Museums Inaugural programs will be announced at a later date.
For more information, please visit academymuseum.org.

City of Santa Clarita Adult Softball Leagues Return to Play.

Registration Opens Wednesday, March 10 for Spring Season.

Santa Clarita, Calif. – Dust off your mitt and lace up your cleats – adult softball is returning to Santa Clarita! Following the latest guidance from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health regarding outdoor sports competitions, the City of Santa Clarita’s popular Adult Sports Softball Leagues are returning to play with a six-week season to be held at Central Park.

Registration opens Wednesday, March 10, for Sunday leagues, which start on March 28, and weeknight leagues, which start the week of April 5. The registration window will close Monday, March 22, and early sign-ups are highly encouraged as limited space is available in each league.

The cost to register is $270 per team, with a $100 deposit paid during registration to secure a team’s spot. The full registration cost must be paid by the end of the business day on March 22.

For more information about the Adult Softball Leagues and to register, please visit santa-clarita.com/softball or contact the City’s Adult Sports Office at (661) 290-2240 or by email at adultsports@santa-clarita.com.

The City of Santa Clarita Announces “The Cube” as the New Name of the Former Valencia Ice Station, Slated to Open Spring 2021.

City-Owned Ice Rink Anticipated to Open This Spring.

Santa Clarita, Calif. – Following months of renovations and preparation for a grand reopening, the City of Santa Clarita-owned ice rink has a new name and brand. The Cube – Ice and Entertainment Center is anticipated to open to the public in Spring 2021.

“We wanted a name that would be catchy and also appropriate to cover the wide range of uses The Cube will play host to,” said Santa Clarita Mayor Bill Miranda. “Of course, The Cube will offer residents and visitors an unrivaled place to participate in hockey, figure skating, curling, recreational skating and more. It will also be a new entertainment hub with space to host conventions, conferences, non-profit events, business mixers, concerts, sports competitions, banquets and more. The new unique logo and branding elevate The Cube’s reputation and will attract users from throughout the Southern California region.”

The new identity for the Cube takes inspiration from carved ice block sculptures and features cool, crisp icy blues inside a clean, minimalist design to give off a welcoming, friendly, crisp and “cool” vibe that is versatile enough for a variety of purposes, which it will soon host. In February, the City awarded a contract to the Los Angeles Kings and American Sports Entertainment Company (ASEC) for the operation of The Cube, which is located at 27745 Smyth Drive. The Cube is owned by the City but will be operated by ASEC in partnership with the LA Kings.

Business sponsorship opportunities are available at The Cube, which is anticipated to see an annual attendance of more than 500,000 visitors. In addition to naming rights for The Pond, Olympic and NHL rinks, interested businesses can purchase wall banners, dasher board signage and even sponsor The Cube’s Zambonis with a custom wrap. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Chris Page at cpage@santa-clarita.com.

Since being acquired by the City in Fall 2020, The Cube has undergone a number of renovations, including technology system upgrades and interior and exterior branding changes. The City also completed repairs to the facility’s roof and cooling system, restored skate surfaces, upgraded plumbing fixtures, updated fire safety systems and more to ensure The Cube meets high safety standards.

Renovations are anticipated to be completed in March, and a grand reopening date will be announced at a later date.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: BEST PICTURE OSCAR 2020 to feature 366 FILMS IN CONTENTION FOR Hollywood’s highest HONOR.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Three hundred sixty-six feature films are eligible for the 2020 Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today.

To be eligible for consideration under rules provisions implemented for the 93rd Academy Awards year only, feature films may open in a commercial motion picture theater in at least one of six U.S. metropolitan areas: Los Angeles County; the City of New York; the Bay Area; Chicago, Illinois; Miami, Florida; and Atlanta, Georgia, by February 28, 2021, and complete a minimum qualifying run of seven consecutive days in the same venue.

Drive-in theaters open nightly are included as qualifying commercial venues in the above cities.  Films intended for theatrical release but initially made available through commercial streaming, VOD service or other broadcast may qualify if the film is made available on the secure Academy Screening Room member site within 60 days of the streaming/VOD release or broadcast.  Feature films must have a running time of more than 40 minutes.

The “Reminder List of Productions Eligible for the 93rd Academy Awards” is available at http://www.oscars.org/oscars/rules-eligibility.  The Reminder List also includes the performers eligible for consideration in the Acting categories.

Nominations voting begins on Friday, March 5, 2021, and concludes on Wednesday, March 10, 2021.

Nominations for the 93rd Academy Awards will be announced on Monday, March 15, 2021.

The 93rd Oscars® will be held on Sunday, April 25, 2021, and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

ABOUT THE ACADEMY
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 10,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

THE MOST RECOGNIZED TROPHY IN THE WORLD, THE OSCAR STATUETTE HAS STOOD ON THE MANTELS OF THE GREATEST FILMMAKERS IN HISTORY SINCE 1929.
 

Shortly after the formation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1927, the fledgling organization held a dinner in the Crystal Ballroom of the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles to set out its goals. Among the topics discussed that night was how best to honor outstanding moviemaking achievements and thereby encourage excellence in all facets of motion picture production.

Agreeing to institute an annual award, the group turned its attention to creating a suitably majestic trophy. MGM art director Cedric Gibbons designed a statuette of a knight standing on a reel of film gripping a crusader’s sword. The Academy tapped Los Angeles sculptor George Stanley to realize the design in three dimensions – and the world-renowned statuette was born.

A KNIGHT CALLED OSCAR

Since the initial awards banquet on May 16, 1929, in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel’s Blossom Room, more than 3,000 statuettes have been presented. Each January, additional new golden statuettes are cast by Polich Tallix fine art foundry in New York’s Hudson Valley.

Oscar stands 13½ inches tall and weighs in at a robust 8½ pounds. The film reel features five spokes, signifying the five original branches of the Academy: actors, directors, producers, technicians and writers. Although the statuette remains true to its original design, the size of the base varied until 1945, when the current standard was adopted.

Officially named the Academy Award of Merit, the statuette is better known by its nickname, Oscar. While the origins of the moniker aren’t clear, a popular story has it that upon seeing the trophy for the first time, Academy librarian (and eventual executive director) Margaret Herrick remarked that it resembled her Uncle Oscar. The Academy didn’t adopt the nickname officially until 1939, but it was widely known enough by 1934 that Hollywood columnist Sidney Skolsky used it in a piece referring to Katharine Hepburn’s first Best Actress win.

THE STUFF THAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF

The statuettes are solid bronze and plated in 24-karat gold. Due to a metal shortage during World War II, Oscars were made of painted plaster for three years. Following the war, the Academy invited recipients to redeem the plaster figures for gold-plated metal ones.

Achievements in up to 25 regular categories will be honored on February 24, 2019, at the 91th Academy Awards presentation at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. However, the Academy won’t know how many statuettes it will hand out until the envelopes are opened on Oscar Night. Although the number of categories are known in advance, the possibility of ties and of multiple recipients sharing the prize in some categories makes it impossible to predict the exact number of statuettes to be awarded. As in previous years, any surplus awards will be housed in the Academy’s vault until next year’s event.

More than 80 years after that auspicious gathering in Hollywood, Oscar’s success as a symbol of filmmaking achievement would probably amaze those who attended the dinner, as it would its designer, Cedric Gibbons.

NOMINATIONS VOTING PROCESS

Regular awards are presented for outstanding individual or collective film achievements in a wide variety of categories. Most categories are nominated by the members of the corresponding branch–actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors, etc. However, certain categories such as International Feature Film and Animated Feature Film have special voting rules which can be viewed at our Rules & Eligibility page.

All voting members are eligible to select the Best Picture nominees.

Nominations voting is conducted using both paper and online ballots, with online voting being the preferred choice for the overwhelming majority of Academy members.  Voting for nominations begins in late December, and all votes are tabulated by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Nomination results are then announced at a live televised press conference in mid-January at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

FINAL BALLOTING PROCESS

Finals voting is also conducted online.

During finals, all Oscar categories are on the ballot for voting members.

After final ballots are tabulated, only two partners of PricewaterhouseCoopers know the results until the famous envelopes are opened onstage during the Oscars telecast. mage/Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

After final ballots are tabulated, only two partners of PricewaterhouseCoopers know the results until the famous envelopes are opened onstage during the Oscars telecast.

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