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City of Santa Clarita’s Scarecrow Alley Competition Comes to Main Street in Old Town Newhall.

SENSES Harvest Festival Block Party to Include Scarecrow Decorating Competition in October.

Santa Clarita, Calif. – Spookiness is on its way to Main Street in Old Town Newhall. The spine-tingling, hair-raising chill in the air can only mean one thing – Scarecrow Alley is returning to Santa Clarita! Sign-up now to participate in the City of Santa Clarita’s community scarecrow contest for your chance to win eternal glory – and a fabulous prize!

Scarecrow Alley is a community competition that encourages residents, businesses and non-profit organizations to submit a decorated scarecrow to be featured at the Harvest Festival SENSES Block Party on Thursday, October 21, at 7:00 p.m.

A $50 gift card will be awarded to the top entry in the following three categories: Classic, Creepy and Creative. A People’s Choice winner will be selected from all entries and will receive a $100 gift card.

There is no fee to participate in the contest, but interested participants must register in advance at OldTownNewhall.com/SENSES-Block-Party. Participants are responsible for all materials, though the City will provide one support stake for each submission. Registration must be completed by Tuesday, October 12, and entries must be delivered to Scarecrow Alley on Main Street on Wednesday, October 20.

Each entry will be judged by a panel consisting of City of Santa Clarita staff and community partners. Winners will be announced at 9:00 p.m. during the Harvest Festival SENSES Block Party on October 21.

To learn more about Scarecrow Alley and to register for the competition, please visit OldTownNewhall.com/SENSES-Block-Party or call the City’s Arts and Events Office at (661) 250-3787.

City of Santa Clarita – 10 by 10″ Variety Night is Back at The MAIN in Old Town Newhall.

The Community-Favorite Variety Show Returns to its Original In-Person Format on September 2!

The City of Santa Clarita is excited to welcome back “10 by 10” Variety Night at The MAIN (24266 Main Street) on Thursday, September 2! The free event begins at 7:00 p.m. Attendees can learn more by visiting Facebook.com/TheMAINNewhall.

            For the first time since the onset of pandemic closures in March 2020, ten performers will each step onto The MAIN’s stage for a ten-minute act of their choosing. Some of the noteworthy performers featured in the September 2 show include comedian and former “America’s Got Talent” contestant Marty Ross, world-class juggler Ivan Pecel and award-winning storyteller Christine Blackburn.

            Over the past year, “10 by 10” has been hosted in a virtual format on the first Thursday of each month. The City is thrilled to safely have audience members back in person for an evening of entertainment and laughs at the intimate venue.

            Learn more about “10 by 10” Variety Night by following The MAIN on Facebook at Facebook.com/TheMAINNewhall. For questions about The MAIN and all upcoming events, please contact Arts Supervisor Jeff Barber at jbarber@santa-clarita.com.

Enjoy “Moments of Zen” on the First Floor Gallery of Santa Clarita City Hall .

Santa Clarita, Calif. – The City of Santa Clarita is excited to host “Moments of Zen” as the latest art exhibition featured in City Hall’s First Floor Gallery (23920 Valencia Boulevard). Residents can peruse the exhibited artwork from August 2 through October 1, during normal operating hours at City Hall. Additionally, a reception will be held to celebrate and discuss the new artwork on Wednesday, August 11, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at City Hall.

 The theme of the “Moments of Zen” exhibit is inspired by the 2020 social media movement #MuseumMomentsofZen. A total of 31 artists will showcase 41 pieces of art that express feelings of peace, clarity and Zen. The artwork in the exhibit is intended to stir these same feelings amongst the audience. Let the unique art provide you with a quiet moment as you stroll through the gallery in-person or online at https://bit.ly/2Wq6jDP.

One featured artist, Brian McClean, hopes to provide healing through his photographs showcased in the gallery. He is exhibiting two pieces, “Starry Night Harbor Island” and “Bioluminescence Ocean.” Other art pieces within the show range from a peaceful walk through nature to quiet photographic scenes and individuals having a moment of reflection.

To learn more about the “Moments of Zen” art exhibit, please contact Sydney Adam at sadam@santa-clarita.com. For details regarding other City art exhibits, receptions and art opportunities, please visit SantaClaritaArts.com.

City of Santa Clarita’s SENSES Block Parties Return to Main Street in Old Town Newhall, Aug. 19, Sept. 16, Oct. 21.

Newhall, Calif. – The City of Santa Clarita’s wildly popular SENSES block parties will return to Main Street in Old Town Newhall. Stimulate your senses in August, September and October with live music, food trucks and themed activities in a festive, adult setting.

Welcome back SENSES on Thursday, August 19, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. with a Sports of All Sorts block party. Play hard and have fun with a smorgasbord of games and sporting activities as you show why you should’ve been chosen to represent your country at this year’s Olympics.

Take a trip to Downtown Las Vegas as Old Town Newhall transforms into Fremont Street on Thursday, September 16, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Try your luck at the outdoor casino games and enjoy live entertainment, iconic Vegas thrills and adult beverages from the on-street bar.

Closeout the 2021 SENSES slate and carve out some fun at the Harvest Festival on Thursday, October 21, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Stroll down Scarecrow Alley or enter the scarecrow decorating contest yourself for a chance to win a fa-boo-lous prize! “Pumpkin spice” things up with a game of pumpkin bowling and a cup of cider.

For more information about the City of Santa Clarita’s SENSES block parties, connect by “liking” the City of Santa Clarita Events page on Facebook.

The Santa Clarita Public Library to Host “Magical Summer” Celebration, July 17, 2021.

Take Part in an Event Filled with Music, Movement and More on July 17!

Santa Clarita, Calif. – Santa Clarita families are in for a “Magical Summer” morning! The Santa Clarita Public Library and the Include Everyone Project SCV (IEPSCV) invites families to come and enjoy fun art activities on Saturday, July 17, at 9:30 a.m. in Canyon Country Park (17615 Soledad Canyon Road). This is a free inclusive family event. Attendees may register in advance for the event and learn more at SantaClaritaLibrary.com/Events.
            All things arts and inclusivity are the focus of the upcoming “Magical Summer” event. The morning will include music, movement, acting, crafts, storytelling and much more. Families will have the opportunity to participate in improv games, an obstacle course and a magical musical journey. Artistic expression will also be a focus via designated craft stations for creating magic potion slime and ribbon wands.
            The Santa Clarita Public Library has partnered with IEPSCV on various outdoor events this year, such as “Thursdays in the Park” as a part of the Library’s Summer Reading Program. IEPSCV is committed to providing creative arts programming for children with disabilities. The collaborative free events offered by the Library and IEPSCV have grown in popularity throughout the summer, bringing together families and children of different ability levels from all over the Santa Clarita community.
            To learn more about the upcoming “Magical Summer” celebration on July 17, please contact Senior Librarian Liza Purdy at lpurdy@santa-clarita.com or Include Everyone Project Founder Kristen De Benedetto at kristen.iepscv@gmail.com. Discover more fun upcoming library events by visiting SantaClaritaLibrary.com/Events.

Residents Invited to Provide Input on City of Santa Clarita Website Redesign.

Santa Clarita, Calif. – As the next stage of strategic planning begins, the City of Santa Clarita invites residents to provide input that will help shape a new, redesigned santa-clarita.com. The survey, which is available now by visiting surveymonkey.com/r/design-outreach, enables residents to have their voices heard and will inform City staff on the features and design elements the community finds most useful.

Originally launched in 1997, santa-clarita.com serves as the information hub for City news, programs, services, events and more. Residents can file applications for building permits, request graffiti removal, report fallen or overgrown trees for clean up and watch City Council meetings live.

With a website redesign, the City will develop a site that prioritizes the user experience and makes accessing City services online as simple as possible. The new site will take a mobile-first approach to make it as easy as possible to browse from a mobile device.

            The redesign of santa-clarita.com is a stated goal within the Santa Clarita 2025 strategic plan. To learn more about Santa Clarita 2025, please visit santa-clarita.com/SC2025.

The ‘Phoenix’ Festival runs from July 17th through August 15th. Live performances at The Main in Santa Clarita.

Santa Clarita, Calif. – Out of the ashes, a Phoenix arises. This year’s Summer Theatre Festival is called the PHOENIX FESTIVAL as we celebrate the return of live theatre performances in our community. 

The Phoenix Festival is a celebration of the return of live theatre performances in our community. Four different groups are coming together to present seven events throughout July and August: Bridgeway Theatre Company, Hope Theatre Arts, Liminal Space, and the Santa Clarita Shakespeare. The festival will be held at THE MAIN in Newhall.

The festival includes free Shakespeare performances, a musical, a world premiere of an original work, a family piece, a spoken work event, and a contemporary play. “We are thrilled to be in front of audiences again” says David Stears, executive director for Santa Clarita Shakespeare, “Even more exciting is the group of different theatre companies coming together to create this year’s summer theatre festival.” 

The Phoenix Festival runs from July 17th through August 15th. For a complete listing of dates, information, and tickets, visit: www.scshakespearefest.org/phoenix-festival

Play Dates – SCV Style

City of Santa Clarita’s Medallion Hunt Returns This Summer.

Follow Clues and Find the Medallion First to Win!

A lone medallion – a sleek, black circle adorned with the City of Santa Clarita logo in gold – lies in hiding, waiting to be found by a lucky person in one of the City’s 35 parks. This summer, residents are once again invited to embark on a quest to solve riddles, discover clues and be the first to find the medallion and the spoils that come with it.

The Medallion Hunt returns on Tuesday, July 2, and interested participants can receive their first clue by visiting the City of Santa Clarita Events page on Facebook (Facebook.com/CityOfSantaClaritaEvents). A new clue will be posted every Tuesday and Friday on the Facebook page until the medallion has been found.

Clues will start out vague and become slightly more detailed the longer the medallion stays hidden. The first person to find the medallion will win a $100 gift card to the business of their choice!

To ensure all medallion hunters stay safe, a few ground rules have been put in place. Hunting must take place during daylight hours only when City parks are open to the public. The medallion will be hidden in plain sight in an area that is publicly accessible – hunters should not enter maintenance yards or buildings, climb fences or terrain or engage in any other behaviors not typically permitted at City parks.

By participating in the Medallion Hunt, residents agree to abide by these rules. Additionally, if the medallion is found by a resident under the age of 18, the prize will be awarded to his or her parent or guardian. City of Santa Clarita employees and their families are not eligible to compete.

For more information about the 2021 Medallion Hunt and a full list of rules, please visit the City of Santa Clarita Events page on Facebook, as well as the dedicated Facebook event page for the hunt.

City of Santa Clarita Summer Beach Bus Service Returns July 3 – Sept. 5, 2021.

Head to Santa Monica with Santa Clarita Transit All Summer Long!

Beginning July 3, 2021, residents can once again board Santa Clarita Transit’s Summer Beach Bus to travel to Santa Monica on Saturdays and Sundays. Santa Clarita Transit is excited to bring back the popular service, which allows residents to ride to the beach with ease on one of the City’s comfortable, air-conditioned commuter express buses. The Summer Beach Bus runs through Sunday, September 5.

Summer Beach Bus fares are $3.00 each way for children and adults and $1.50 each way for Senior Citizens and persons with disabilities. Riders may pay using the simple Token Transit mobile app by using the stored value on their TAP card or in exact cash; monthly passes will not be accepted.

Buses will depart at approximately 8:40 a.m. and return at 4:30 p.m., ensuring a full day of beach activities without the stress of freeway driving and finding parking.

Two bus routes will depart each Saturday and Sunday from various stops in Santa Clarita and take residents to the Santa Monica Pier. Shuttle departure stops include Canyon Country Park, Soledad Canyon Road and Solamint Drive, Soledad Canyon Road and Shangri-La Drive, Via Princessa Metrolink Station, McBean Regional Transit Center, Railroad Avenue and 15th Street, Newhall Metrolink Station, Newhall Avenue and Valle Del Oro and Newhall Avenue and Sierra Highway. 

Travelers may bring their beach chairs, coolers and surfboards. For more information on Summer Beach Bus routes and times, please visit SantaClaritaTransit.com.

City of Santa Clarita’s “Spirit of America” Fireworks Show to light up the Skies on July 4, 2021 at the Westfield Valencia Town Center Mall.

City of Santa Clarita Fireworks to Light Up the Night Sky on the Fourth of July!

Santa Clarita, Calif. – The City of Santa Clarita today announced the return of the Spirit of America Fireworks Spectacular, which will headline Fourth of July festivities in Valencia at the Westfield Valencia Town Center Mall. The fireworks will once again light up the sky from the launch site near the corner of Magic Mountain Parkway and Citrus Street at approximately 9:15 p.m. on Sunday, July 4, 2021.

“It is important for our residents to be able to celebrate our nation with a fireworks show, particularly after the events of the past year,” said Mayor Bill Miranda. “This event is one we look forward to all year – and as a veteran, I am proud that the City is once again holding this patriotic event in Santa Clarita.”

            As you turn your head to the sky to watch the fireworks show, make sure your radio is tuned to KHTS, Your Hometown Station, on 98.1 FM and 1220 AM. Doing so will allow you to hear a special introduction to the spectacular, as well as music synchronized to the overhead display.

            Citrus Street will be closed beginning at 3:00 a.m. on the morning of July 4. In addition, a portion of the Westfield Valencia Town Center parking lot will be blocked off to the public for the firework fall zone. All other roads in the area will remain open to vehicle traffic and existing “no parking” zones will remain in effect and be enforced by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Post by Margie Anne Clark