CITY ENCOURAGING RESIDENTS TO PROVIDE INPUT ON COMMUNITY NEEDS THROUGH SURVEY Results to be used for Community Development Block Grant Funding Allocations in 2017-2018

Santa Clarita, Calif. – Local residents are encouraged to share their opinions through the City of Santa Clarita’s annual Community Needs Assessment Survey. By completing this Survey, participants will help determine how Community Development Block Grant funding can best be allocated throughout the community in 2017-2018. The Survey is available online now at santa-clarita.com/Housing through December 15, 2016.

Each year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provides the City of Santa Clarita Community Development Block Grant funding to benefit lower-income residents. The City’s Community Needs Assessment Survey allows residents to weigh in on how funding should be distributed to housing, supportive services, community facilities and infrastructure, and economic opportunities.

Some of the key results of last year’s Community Needs Assessment are:

  • Supportive Human Services – Homeless Services, Mental Health Services, and Youth Activities
  • Community Facilities & Infrastructure – Homeless Shelters, Youth Centers, and Health Care Facilities
  • Housing – Affordable Rental Housing, Senior Rental Housing, and Energy Efficient Improvements
  • Economic Opportunities – Job Creation/Retention, Employment Training, and Small Business Loans

For more information on the Community Development Block Grant Program or the Community Needs Assessment Survey, contact Terasa Sullivan, Project Technician for the City of Santa Clarita, at (661) 255-4368. The survey is available on the City’s website at santa-clarita.com/Housing.

SANTA CLARITA’S FINE CRAFT SHOW COMING SOON Find Unique and Beautiful Arts and Gifts November 12 and 13 at Old Orchard Park

Santa Clarita, Calif. – The City of Santa Clarita’s annual Fine Craft Show brings the one-of-a-kind designs and hand-made creations that embody the spirit of giving to one festive and convenient location. The community is invited to enjoy crafts made by over 40 vendors on Saturday, November 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at Old Orchard Park, located at 25023 Avenida Rotella.

For many Santa Clarita residents, this event is a holiday shopping tradition due to the assortment of products ranging from the quaint to the exquisite; jewelry, paintings, pottery, woodwork, and so much more, all created with intentionality and creativity. Enjoy holiday shopping this season by perusing exclusive and beautiful gifts, while relishing food served from gourmet food trucks in an outdoor setting.

For more information about the City’s Fine Craft Show, visit santa-clarita.com/Events or contact the Arts and Events Office at (661) 250-37871For many Santa Clarita residents, this event is a holiday shopping tradition due to the assortment of products ranging from the quaint to the exquisite; jewelry, paintings, pottery, woodwork, and so much more, all created with intentionality and creativity. Enjoy holiday shopping this season by perusing exclusive and beautiful gifts, while relishing food served from gourmet food trucks in an outdoor setting.

SANTA CLARITA TRANSIT TO OFFER ONE-DAY SERVICE TO KNOTT’S BERRY FARM® FOR ‘MILITARY TRIBUTE DAYS’

Santa Clarita, Calif. –    Santa Clarita veterans and residents can board Santa Clarita Transit on Saturday, November 12, 2016 for a patriotic ride to Knott’s Berry Farm®. The one-day, round-trip service coincides with the theme park’s annual “Military Tribute Days” promotion, which offers free park admission to all retired or active U.S. military veterans, plus one guest.

Residents and local veterans can board the one-day Santa Clarita Transit service at the McBean Regional Transit Center at 8:30 a.m. or the Newhall Metrolink Station at 8:45 a.m. Buses will depart Knott’s Berry Farm® for Santa Clarita at 5:30 p.m. Regular fare is $3.00 each way, or $1.50 each way for seniors 60 and above and persons with disabilities.

Upon arrival at Knott’s Berry Farm®, U.S. veterans, retired and active military personnel will be required to present military ID or proof of U.S. military service to receive complimentary admission to the park. Veteran, retired and active military personnel must be present. Passengers under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

The Santa Clarita Transit excursion to Knott’s Berry Farm is open to the public. Riders do not need to be retired or active U.S. military, or in the company of retired or active U.S. military personnel, to board the bus.

For more information about Santa Clarita Transit’s one-day service to Knott’s Berry Farm®, contact Santa Clarita Transit at (661) 294-1BUS (1287) or visit SantaClaritaTransit.com.

PUBLIC INVITED TO 10TH ANNUAL FAMILY LITERACY FESTIVAL Families invited to enjoy free interactive and educational activities

Santa Clarita, Calif. – The Santa Clarita Public Library, in partnership with the Friends of Santa Clarita Public Library, will be hosting the 10th Annual Family Literacy Festival.This FREE event will take place on Saturday, November 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Old Town Newhall Library located at 24500 Main Street. The theme of this year’s festival is “Explore Your World.”

The event will begin with a story read by Mayor Bob Kellar at 10:30 a.m. on the outdoor stage. At 10:50 a.m., Councilmember TimBen Boydston will also read a story. Following the story times, the audience will be treated to a special performance from the Canyon Theatre Guild at 11:15 a.m.  Annie Banannie the Balloon Storyteller will entertain attendees on stage at noon, followed by a performance from the Santa Clarita Ballet Folklórico at 1:00 p.m.

A multitude of local students, teachers, artists and education enthusiasts will be partnering to host stations focused on science, technology, engineering, art and math. Participants will enjoy indoor and outdoor booths and stations offering interactive games and activities such as a coding lab, robot obstacle course, giant chess and stitching crafts. In addition, local authors, Jane Sobel and Janet Squires, will be at the festival to read their children’s books.

Children and teens up to 12th grade will receive a free book for attending the festival, while supplies last. The first 1,000 children to attend will also receive a free 10th Annual Family Literacy Festival bag!

Food trucks will be available at the festival for residents to purchase food and refreshments.

For more information on the 10th Annual Family Literacy Festival and other Santa Clarita Public Library events, please visit SantaClaritaLibrary.com or call (661) 259-0750.

Opening Night of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood was a smashing success!

Elizabeth Banks attends the opening night at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.  Photo by Chelsea Lauren
Elizabeth Banks attends the opening night of Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Chelsea Lauren

Hollywood, Calif. – The Pink Carpet night of Hedwig and the Angry Inch was a star-studded fulfilled evening at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood on Nov. 2.

Celebrities and Hollywood luminaries on the red carpet included Jeremy Scott, Taylor Lautner, Demi Moore / Scout Willis / Tallulah Willis (with HEDWIG Costume Designer Arianne Phillips), Elizabeth Banks, John Stamos, Rider Strong, Courtney Love, Zelda Williams, Judy Greer, Mindy Sterling, JR Bourne, Margaret Cho, Gia Coppola,  Beth Hall, Patricia Kelly, Vanessa Lengies, Kate Linder (Birthday yesterday) Kate Linder (Birthday yesterday), Greg Louganis, Riker Lynch, Stephen Trask (HEDWIG Co-Creator), Spencer Liff (HEDWIG Associate Choreographer), Vincent Rodriguez III, Sara Rue, Olesya Rulin, Anna Maria Alberghetti, Mae Whitman, Ross Mathews, Rick Baker, Justin Sayre, Mason Alexander Park (HEDWIG Company).

Fashion critic and entertainment commentator Ross Mathews attends the opening night of Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Pantages Theatre Hollywood. Photo by Chelsea Lauren
Fashion critic and entertainment commentator Ross Mathews attends the opening night of Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Pantages Theatre Hollywood. Photo by Chelsea Lauren

Brilliantly innovative, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny,HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH is the landmark musical by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask that is “groundbreaking and undoubtedly ahead of its time” (Entertainment Weekly). This genre-bending, fourth-wall-smashing musical sensation, with a pulsing score and electrifying performances, tells the story of one of the most unique characters to ever hit the stage.

Rider Strong of Boy Meets World Fame walks the "Pink Carpet" at the Pantages Hollywood at the premier of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Photo by Chelsea Lauren
Rider Strong of Boy Meets World Fame walks the “Pink Carpet” at the Pantages Hollywood at the premier of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Photo by Chelsea Lauren
Demi Moore and friends and talent at the Pantages Hollywood opening night of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Photo by Chelsea Lauren
Demi Moore and friends and talent at the Pantages Hollywood opening night of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Photo by Chelsea Lauren

Directed by Tony Award® winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, American Idiot) and winner of four 2014 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH played to record-breaking sell-out crowds on Broadway and promises to take Los Angeles by storm with what Time Magazine proclaims is “the most exciting rock score written for the theatre since, oh, ever!”

John Stamos walks the "Pink" Carpet at the premier of Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Pantages Hollywood. Photo by Chelsea Lauren
John Stamos walks the “Pink” Carpet at the premier of Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Pantages Hollywood. Photo by Chelsea Lauren

May be inappropriate for children 12 and under. (Hedwig and the Angry Inch is recommended for mature audiences — for strong language and adult themes.) Children under the age of 5 are not permitted in the theatre.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch runs 100 minutes, with no intermission.

*The spectacular LENA HALL will appear in the role of “Hedwig” in the following performances:
Sunday, November 6th at 6:30pm
Sunday, November 13th at 6:30pm
Sunday, November 20th at 6:30pm
Friday, November 25th at 8:00pm.

DARREN CRISS will appear in the role of “Hedwig” on all remaining performances, with LENA HALL reprising her Tony-winning performance as “Yitzhak.”

For more information and tickets visit: http://www.hollywoodpantages.com/showinfo.php?id=69

CITY OF SANTA CLARITA RETURNS AS HOST CITY FOR THE 2017 AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA

Santa Clarita, Calif. –  The City of Santa Clarita will host the Stage 4 Finish for the 2017 Amgen Tour of Californiapresented by AEG, on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Of the 2017 lineup of California Host Cities, the City of Santa Clarita has the distinction of having hosted the most stages in race history and 2017 will mark its 13th hosted stage. The Amgen Tour of California is regarded as the most internationally respected and esteemed stage race in the U.S. and one of the largest sporting events in the country.

“The Amgen Tour of California allows the City to bring world-class competition to the City for our residents to enjoy and provides a considerable boost to our tourism efforts,” said Mayor Bob Kellar. “The Amgen Tour of California has proved to be a sensational partner with the City of Santa Clarita. Last year, the City was able to showcase our beautiful Old Town Newhall area to thousands of visitors who attended the race.”

The 2017 Amgen Tour of California will kick off this spring in Sacramento and conclude in Pasadena. The 2017 race will mark the first year the men’s race has been elevated to UCI WorldTour status, making it the only stage race in North America to receive this prestigious classification.  Peter Sagan, the 2015 overall Amgen Tour of California winner and one of the most popular cyclists to ever compete in the Amgen Tour of California will be racing for his recently launched BORA-hansgrohe team hoping to add on to his current record of 15 stage wins, including two in 2016.

2017 Amgen Tour of California (Men’s Race) stages include:

Stage 1 – Sacramento, May 14, 2017

Stage 2 – Modesto to San Jose, May 15, 2017

Stage 3 – Pismo Beach to Morro Bay, May 16, 2017

Stage 4 – Santa Barbara to Santa Clarita, May 17, 2017

Stage 5 – Ontario to Mt. Baldy, May 18, 2017

Stage 6 – Big Bear Lake Individual Time Trial, May 19, 2017

Stage 7 – Mountain High to Pasadena, May 20, 2017

In addition to the men’s event, top professional women cyclists from around the world will converge three days prior to the Men’s Race to compete in the Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease Women’s Race empowered with SRAM in South Lake Tahoe. Returning in 2017 is 2016 Amgen Breakaway From Heart Disease Women’s Race Empowered with SRAM defending Champion and current UCI Women’s World Tour Champion Megan Guarnier racing for the Boels-Dolmans team. The women’s competition will conclude its four-stage race in Sacramento on May 14 as the men begin their seven-stage, 600 mile event.

If you are interested in learning more about the Amgen Tour of California in Santa Clarita, visit SantaClaritaTourOfCA.com. This website will be updated with information about volunteer opportunities, ancillary events surrounding the Amgen Tour of California in Santa Clarita, and community sponsorship opportunities. For more information about the Amgen Tour of California, including sponsorship and VIP experience opportunities, please visit amgentourofcalifornia.com.

“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood Adds Hot Butterbeer to its Scrumptious Menu

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“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood Adds Hot Butterbeer to its Menu of Scrumptious Fare Served at Three Broomsticks and Hog’s Head Pub. Photo/Universal Studios Hollywood

“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood Adds Hot Butterbeer to its Menu of Scrumptious Fare Served at Three Broomsticks and Hog’s Head Pub

Hollywood, Calif. –  Delightful, delicious and hot. Three wonderful words that describe hot Butterbeer™, the newest addition that will be offered seasonally at Three Broomsticks at “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Like its traditional and frozen counterparts, hot Butterbeer is reminiscent of butterscotch and shortbread that’s been perfectly fine-tuned as a Hogsmeade treat.

Three Broomsticks, an aged rustic tavern, caters to guests with an array of authentic British breakfast, lunchtime and dinner fare while they are seated at custom-made wooden tables, chairs and benches in a warm and inviting atmosphere inspired by the Harry Potter books and films.

The eclectic menu offers such tasty staples as Bangers & Mash (savory grilled English sausages with creamy mashed potatoes and minted peas), Shepherd’s Pie (ground beef and vegetables, crowned with a crust of mashed potatoes), Beef Sunday Roast (prime rib of beef with Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes and gravy), Beef, Lamb & Guinness Stew, and Fish & Chips.  In addition to Butterbeer Potted Cream, Sticky Toffee Pudding rounds out the hearty British fare.

Scrumptious traditional English breakfast items invite guests to start their day at “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” including the Eggy Bread breakfast (freshly baked baguette dipped in a cinnamon egg batter and lightly sautéed, sprinkled with powder sugar and served with bacon, strawberries and real maple syrup.), as well as traditional English breakfast (fresh scrambled eggs, sausage links, bacon, baked beans, baked tomato, and potatoes) and traditional American breakfast (fresh scrambled eggs, potatoes, bacon and link sausage with butter croissant).

Gathering inspiration from historic British taverns, the adjoining Hog’s Head pub features original draught beers and spirits created exclusively for the land, including Hog’s Head Brew, Dragon’s Scale, Wizard’s Brew and Fire Whiskey.  Also available are Pumpkin Fizz and Gilly Water and the three Butterbeer choices: traditional, frozen and hot.

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Universal Studios HollywoodTM is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Recent additions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter TM” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and Flight of the Hippogriff™, Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor rollercoaster, as well the all-new “The Walking Dead” permanent daytime attraction.  Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons RideTM.”  The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s flagship attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television studio where they can also experience such authentic and immersive thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged.”  The destination also features the Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, including the Universal CityWalk Cinemas and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue.

About Warner Bros. Entertainment: Warner Bros. Entertainment is a global leader in all forms of entertainment and their related businesses across all current and emerging media and platforms.  A Time Warner Company, the fully integrated, broad-based studio is home to one of the most successful collections of brands in the world and stands at the forefront of every aspect of the entertainment industry from feature film, television and home entertainment production and worldwide distribution to DVD, digital distribution, animation, comic books, video games, product, and brand licensing, international cinemas and broadcasting.

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Festival of Holidays Invites Guests to Enjoy Heartwarming Festivities from Many Cultures with Music, Dance, Food and More “World of Color—Season of Light’ Creates a Sparkling Winter Fantasy with Classic Holiday Songs and Treasured Disney Animation

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HOLIDAYS AT THE DISNEYLAND RESORT (ANAHEIM, Calif.) –– The Disneyland Resort is a magical place for creating holiday memories with family and friends. Holidays at the Disneyland Resort will run from Nov. 10, 2016, through Jan 8, 2017, with the new “”Festival of Holidays”” and new “”World of Color—–Season of Light,”” plus guest favorites “”it’’s a small world”” and Haunted Mansion Holiday. Glistening Christmas trees and beautiful seasonal décor adorn the entire Disneyland Resort, and “”A Christmas Fantasy”” Parade is performed daily. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

ANAHEIM, Calif. –It’s the season for celebrations as Holidays at the Disneyland Resort launches Nov. 10, inviting family and friends to make magical memories together.  This year, guests will have even more to celebrate as they discover the new Festival of Holidays, with music, dance, food and heartwarming holiday festivities inspired by cultural traditions from around the world.

HOLIDAYS AT THE DISNEYLAND RESORT (ANAHEIM, Calif.) –– The Disneyland Resort is a magical place for creating holiday memories with family and friends. Holidays at the Disneyland Resort will run from Nov. 10, 2016, through Jan 8, 2017, with the new “”Festival of Holidays”” and new ““World of Color—–Season of Light,”” plus guest favorites “”it’’s a small world”” and Haunted Mansion Holiday. Glistening Christmas trees and beautiful seasonal décor adorn the entire Disneyland Resort, and ““A Christmas Fantasy”” Parade is performed daily. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)
HOLIDAYS AT THE DISNEYLAND RESORT (ANAHEIM, Calif.) –– The Disneyland Resort is a magical place for creating holiday memories with family and friends. Holidays at the Disneyland Resort will run from Nov. 10, 2016, through Jan 8, 2017, with the new “”Festival of Holidays”” and new ““World of Color—–Season of Light,”” plus guest favorites “”it’’s a small world”” and Haunted Mansion Holiday. Glistening Christmas trees and beautiful seasonal décor adorn the entire Disneyland Resort, and ““A Christmas Fantasy”” Parade is performed daily. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

Also new for the season is the holiday-themed “World of Color—Season of Light,” a nighttime water spectacular that will inspire guests with cherished holiday music and treasured Disney animation. This fourth all-new production of “World of Color” creates a sparkling winter fantasy with magical storytelling, brilliant lights, lasers and high-definition projectors, along with fountains that shoot as high as 200 feet to create the giant screens of water.

Princess Elena of Avalor also makes her debut at the Disneyland Resort during Festival of Holidays, performing in a colorful cavalcade.

HOLIDAYS AT THE DISNEYLAND RESORT (ANAHEIM, Calif.) ––– Jack Skellington brings a unique spark to the season as Haunted Mansion Holiday returns to Disneyland park to celebrate the collision between Halloween and Christmas through Jan. 8, 2017. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland) - See more at: http://disneylandnews.com/photos/2016/10/31/holidays-at-the-disneyland-resort-15/#sthash.H7NzvNn5.dpuf
HOLIDAYS AT THE DISNEYLAND RESORT (ANAHEIM, Calif.) ––– Jack Skellington brings a unique spark to the season as Haunted Mansion Holiday returns to Disneyland park to celebrate the collision between Halloween and Christmas through Jan. 8, 2017. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)

Holidays at the Disneyland Resort is a time many guests celebrate as an annual tradition, visiting the parks for Disney-themed treats, snowfall on Main Street U.S.A., the glistening décor and holiday entertainment. This year, guests will find Santa Claus in a fun, new location at Disney California Adventure Park, at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail, and guests at Disneyland Park will enjoy the one-of-a-kind transformations that create “it’s a small world” Holiday, Jingle Cruise and Haunted Mansion Holiday. Now celebrating its 20th holiday season, “it’s a small world” Holiday has added some “Hidden 20s” for guests to discover on their voyage.

At Disney California Adventure Park

  • The new Festival of Holidays celebrates holiday festivities of diverse cultures with music, dance and craft-making, plus food at the Festive Foods Marketplace. The daily lineup of entertainment includes nearly 50 performances of nine unique shows, with special Disney characters, street parties, cavalcades, musical ensembles and dance performances. The celebrations include Diwali, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas/Navidad and Three Kings Day. Guests can look for performances of traditional Indian dance that builds to a Bollywood party, a Klezmer band with a new global sound, the Mariachi Divas and an a cappella vocal group that puts an R&B spin on holiday songs.
  • Princess Elena, the first Disney Princess inspired by diverse Latin American cultures, will make her Disneyland Resort debut as part of the Festival of Holidays. She will perform a song in “Princess Elena’s Musical Grand Arrival,” and she will appear at a character greeting location. Guests will recognize this brave and adventurous teenager from the Disney Channel series “Elena of Avalor.”
  • The popular Disney ¡Viva Navidad! also returns as part of the fun at Festival of Holidays, with a wonderful finale to celebrate Three Kings Day (Dia de los Reyes). The special festivities for Three Kings Day will run Jan. 5-8, 2017, including music and storytelling in Paradise Garden. Treats for this holiday will include traditional Rosca de Reyes bread.
  • “World of Color – Season of Light” brings the warmth and heartfelt spirit of the holidays to this stunning, nighttime water spectacular, with its 1,200 powerful fountains shooting water as high as 200 feet to help tell the story. The show’s musical soundtrack features some well-known musical artists performing popular holiday tunes, including “Let it Snow” by Dean Martin and “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” by Michael Buble and Idina Menzel. With classic holiday music, humor and memorable moments from Disney animated films, this becomes an ideal way for guests to conclude their holiday visit.
  • Jolly old St. Nick arrives at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail for Santa’s Holiday Visit. His joyful elves have transformed the trail into a magical playground of holiday fun and games, including opportunities for guests to join the ranks of Santa’s elves.
  • The residents of Cars Land decorate for the holidays, beginning with a whimsical “snowcar” that greets guests on the road to Radiator Springs. Each address along Route 66–from Flo’s V-8 Café to Luigi’s Casa della Tires–features holiday décor that reflects the personality of the “Cars” character who lives there.
  • “a bug’s land” transforms for the holidays, too, as Flik and his bug friends deck their land with oversized lights and ornaments.
  • A dazzling, 50-foot Christmas tree adorns Carthay Circle, drawing guests into the holiday magic along Buena Vista Street. The tree and surrounding buildings, inspired by Los Angeles as it appeared when Walt Disney arrived in the 1920s, create scenes of another era with vintage-style decor.

At Disneyland Park

  • Disney characters celebrate the season in “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, a daily procession with floats, music, marching “tin soldiers” and holiday cheer. Santa, who makes a jolly appearance in the parade, also will be found welcoming guests at his special location in Critter Country while he visits Disneyland.
  • The classic Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle brightens the park nightly with magical snowfall moments along Main Street, U.S.A., concluding with “Believe … in Holiday Magic” fireworks and its stirring snowfall finale.
  • Twinkling lights, festive holiday garland and nearly 1,800 ornaments decorate the soaring Christmas tree in Town Square, Main Street, U.S.A., an ideal place for guests to begin their holiday traditions. The Christmas tree becomes an enchanting place for guests to take their holiday photos, up close or with all 60 feet of the shimmering tree.
  • On Friday, Nov. 18, guests and cast members in Disneyland will celebrate the birthday of Mickey Mouse, applauding him as he appears in a special birthday cavalcade preceding “A Christmas Fantasy”
  • Disneyland guests definitely will want to experience the popular seasonal transformations of these park attractions:
    • “it’s a small world” becomes “it’s a small world” Holiday for the 20th time, celebrating children around the world and the distinctive holiday traditions of their nations. (The Holiday theme debuted in 1997.)
    • Haunted Mansion becomes Haunted Mansion Holiday, with Jack Skellington and his friends from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” causing a collision between Christmas and Halloween.
    • Jungle Cruise is transformed into Jingle Cruise, as the jungle skippers gather jettisoned holiday gifts and decorations to brighten the rugged landscapes surrounding their riverboats.

The Downtown Disney shopping, dining and entertainment district and the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort join in the holiday festivities with twinkling lights and ornaments, holiday displays, special entertainment and holiday dining with themed menus. One highlight is the gingerbread house in the lobby of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Designed to resemble the exterior of the hotel itself, the gingerbread house stands 7 feet six inches tall and 12 feet wide. Holiday snacks, cider and hot chocolate are sold from a window in the gingerbread house.

Haunted Mansion Holiday inspired by “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

– See more at: http://disneylandnews.com/2016/11/04/disneyland-resort-celebrates-the-holidays-with-new-fun-and-entertainment-including-festival-of-holidays-the-nighttime-spectacular-world-of-color-season-of-light-and-the-de/#sthash.CBdtRvcz.dpuf

Aspiring Singers and Songwriters, take note! Thursdays@Newhall’s Note by Note is seeking musical performers.

Santa Clarita, Calif. –   Thursdays@Newhall’s Note by Note is calling all singers and songwriters.  On the second Thursday of each month, performers take the stage at the Repertory East Playhouse in Newhall. The show starts at 7:00 p.m. and ends at 10:00 p.m. with artists performing four songs of their own composition.

Aspiring Singers and Songwriters, take note! Thursdays@Newhall’s Note by Note is seeking musical performers.
Aspiring Singers and Songwriters, take note! Thursdays@Newhall’s Note by Note is seeking musical performers.

The evening is a chance for professional and aspiring songwriters to showcase their songs in front of a live audience. All interested participants must submit an entry application and a musical sample(s) of their work. The process of selecting artists is juried by the City of Santa Clarita and only four artists will be selected for each night. Musicians are asked to limit the number of people on stage to no more than three performers.

The application deadline is one week prior to the date of intended participation. For more information or to apply, please visit ThursdaysAtNewhall.com/NoteByNote or call the Arts and Events Office at (661) 250-3787.