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Sights and Sounds of SENSES Block Parties return to Old Town Newhall, March 17 through October 20, 2022.

Monthly Themed Events Return for Full Season in 2022

Newhall, Calif. – Will you have the luck of the Irish and find a pot o’ gold at the end of a rainbow when SENSES Block Parties return to Old Town Newhall this month? SENSES Block Parties bring live music, food trucks and themed activities in a festive, adult setting to Main Street on the third Thursday of each month from March through October.

Let the shenanigans begin this St. Patrick’s Day at the Shamrockin’ SENSES on March 17, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Try your luck at the outdoor casino and sample Irish whiskey from the on-street bar provided by 8th & Rail while listening to the music of Craic in the Stone.

SENSES is a FREE event geared toward adults and features a new theme each month. Mark your calendar now for the full 2022 lineup, which includes:

  • Shamrockin’ SENSES – March 17
  • Wild West – April 21
  • Nintendo Party – May 19
  • Summer Camp – June 16
  • SENSES on the Pier – July 21
  • Flower Power – August 18
  • Outer Space – September 15
  • Fright Night – October 20

For more information about SENSES Block Parties, please visit OldTownNewhall.com or contact the City of Santa Clarita’s Arts and Events division at (661) 250-3787 or aeo@santa-clarita.com.

Call for Youth Artists and Performers for Upcoming “Youth Arts Showcase” on March 19, 2022.

Local Musicians, Dancers and Artists Under the Age of 18 are Encouraged to Sign-Up Today!

Santa Clarita, Calif. – The City of Santa Clarita is seeking local youth and student artists to voluntarily participate in the 6th annual Youth Arts Showcase on March 19, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at The Centre (20880 Centre Pointe Parkway).

The call for artists is open to a wide variety of specialties. The City is currently in need of solo musicians, choirs, bands, dance groups, dance instructors, drumline performers and chalk artists to be featured in the Youth Arts Showcase. Sign-ups are on a first-come, first-served basis. This call is open to Santa Clarita Valley youth.

The annual Youth Arts Showcase celebrates the creativity of Santa Clarita Valley’s youth and students display their talents in many disciplines. Attendees will enjoy visual and performing arts, interactive art activities, youth art contests, an art gallery, art vendors, food trucks and much more.

Local youth may also submit their artwork and photography for the showcase’s art contest. This year’s art contest theme is “Generation Rescue: Sustainable Water for All,” highlighting the importance of climate change, its impact on water resources in local and global communities, and how youth are helping address this important global issue.

            Interested artists and performers under 18-years-of-age are encouraged to email Julia Rodriguez at ejrodriguez@santa-clarita.com. To learn more about the City’s upcoming Youth Arts Showcase and to apply for the art contest, please visit SantaClaritaArts.com/Youth-Arts-Showcase.

Merry-ville comes to Santa Clarita

SANTA CLARITA, Calif.,  – Sam’s Club is helping The Salvation Army of California get a jump start on the holidays with a donation that’s wrapped into a magical holiday moment for Santa Clarita area residents.

“Merry-ville” is a free event will include an ice rink, holiday-inspired chalets with interactive elements for kids and families, a virtual Santa experience, a holiday food truck, and much more.

A wishing tree will serve as a centerpiece for the event, giving families the opportunity to give the gift of hope this season by adopting children and families through the Angel Tree program. Sam’s Club is jumpstarting the program with a $10,000 donation to help local families at an invitation-only event on Thursday, Nov. 4.

For more 40 years, Sam’s Club and Walmart have worked together with the Salvation Army to meet the needs of people struggling in local communities across the U.S. This partnership has resulted in the giving of millions of dollars and in-kind product during times of disaster, as well as fundraising opportunities during the Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle and Angel Tree holiday campaigns.

Join Santa Claus, Sam’s Club and the Salvation Army on Thursday evening for a special media preview of Merry-ville! Ring in the holiday season this weekend in Santa Clarita with the Merry-ville holiday spectacular. Merry-ville will tour the country, setting up a huge Christmas installation in Sam’s Club parking lots (including an ICE RINK). The five-week tour will kick off on Friday, November 5th in Santa Clarita, California then travel to Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma and Georgia. Santa Clarita is the only stop on the west coast selected to host this inaugural event!

Thursday evening will feature dazzling ice skating performances, snow flurries, a human claw game, a virtual Santa experience, holiday inspired chalets and so much more!

“Light Up Main Street,” Santa and his reindeer Return to Old Town Newhall on November 20, 2021.

Newhall, Calif. – The holiday season is just around the corner, and the City of Santa Clarita is excited to welcome the community back to the official holiday kick-off, Light Up Main Street! Join your family, friends and neighbors for an evening of entertainment and holiday cheer in Old Town Newhall on Saturday, November 20, 2021, beginning at 6:00 p.m. There is no better way to ring in the season than enjoying real snow, crafts, festive performances, shopping, snacking, reindeer and pictures with Santa.

           After a virtual event last year, residents can once again enjoy this festive event centering around the momentous lighting of our 25-foot-tall Christmas tree and thousands of lights. The official tree lighting will take place promptly at 6:30 p.m. in front of the Old Town Newhall Library, so be sure to arrive early!

Following the lighting, attendees can dance to the sounds of “Electric Vinyl” performing on the Main Stage until 9:00 p.m. Six different performances will also be held throughout the night by various groups on the Community Stage near 6th Street and Main Street outside of the Canyon Theatre Guild (24242 Main Street).

           Attendees will have the opportunity to play in 20 tons of real snow on Main Street, take photos with Santa Claus, write Christmas letters with the Santa Clarita Public Library, make crafts with DFY in SCV and much more. Be sure to visit local craft vendors who will be selling one-of-a-kind gifts for the holiday season, from handcrafted jewelry and candles to beautifully designed purses and watercolor paintings. In addition to local restaurants along Main Street, 10 food trucks offering a range of savory and sweet options will be on site.

Residents are asked to be mindful of road closures that will be in effect for Light Up Main Street. Lyons Avenue will be closed between Railroad Avenue and Newhall Avenue, and Main Street will be closed between Lyons Avenue and the roundabout. Residents are asked to use Railroad Avenue or Newhall Avenue as a detour. Both closures will begin at 10:00 a.m. and end at midnight.

           Free public parking is available at the parking structure on 9th Street, as well as at the Newhall Community Center (22421 Market Street). To find more information about Light Up Main Street, please visit OldTownNewhall.com.

The MAIN in Old Town Newhall presents “Through Our Eyes: The Art of Contemporary Native America exhibit on November 4, 2021.

Native American Art Exhibit featured in The MAIN’s lobby, followed by a Special “10 by 10” Variety Night. The Art Reception and Variety Night events are free and open to all ages.

Santa Clarita, Calif. – The MAIN in Old Town Newhall will celebrate Native American culture on Thursday, November 4, during the “Through Our Eyes: The Art of Contemporary Native America” Art Reception and “10 by 10” Variety Night. The art reception will begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by “10 by 10” Variety Night at 7:00 p.m.

Attendees will have the opportunity to stroll through the art exhibit featured in The MAIN’s lobby, chat with featured artists and enjoy an all Native American “10 by 10” Variety Night during the event. The Art Reception and Variety Night events are free and open to all ages.

“Through Our Eyes: The Art of Contemporary Native America” features six Native artists, including Peggy Fontenot, Nadia Reed, Nadiya Little Warrior, Corina Roberts, Matthew White Bear McMasters and Corey Stein. The artwork is presented in a variety of mediums ranging from photography to sculpture, painting and more. Through the use of diverse materials and techniques, these artists create works of art that are fun, thought-provoking, interesting and beautiful.

From the art gallery to the stage, the “10 by 10” Variety Night will continue immersing attendees into Native American culture. The show will feature ten Native American performers, each with a ten-minute performance of their choosing. Some of the acts include Grass Dancing by the McMaster’s Dancers, comedy by touring comedian Cat Alvarado and music from Carlos Reynosa.

Learn more about the upcoming art reception and “10 by 10” Variety Night event by visiting Facebook.com/TheMAINNewhall. For email notifications, please sign-up for The MAIN’s eNotify (https://www.santa-clarita.com/city-hall/enotify) to receive up-to-date information on topics or events happening at The MAIN.

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.