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Los Angeles Kings to visit the The Cube – Ice and Entertainment Center in coordination with the 2023 ‘We Are All Kings Rink Tour practice on January 15 in Valencia.

VALENCIA, CA – Calling all Los Angeles Kings fans – in coordination with the 2023 We Are All Kings Rink Tour, The Cube – Ice and Entertainment Center | Powered by FivePoint Valencia is excited to host 3-4 current Kings players this Sunday, January 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Local ice athletes who are members of the Special Needs Athletes and Peers (SNAP) Hockey Club will get a unique opportunity to work one-one-one with players from the LA Kings. Residents and visitors are encouraged to come out to The Cube and watch this practice.

The “2023 We Are All Kings Rink Tour” showcases the wide range of opportunities within the sport of ice hockey in the Los Angeles area, including for disabled, special needs, female, underserved athletes as well as affordable entry hockey. As partners with the LA Kings, the City of Santa Clarita is proud to offer inclusive and dynamic programming for all residents and visitors at The Cube and honored to provide opportunities like this for our ice athletes.

As a reminder, this practice is for spectators only, there will not be an opportunity for attendees to interact with the athletes. For more information about the practice, or about the SNAP Hockey Club, please visit TheCubeSantaClarita.com or call (661) 257-2823. 

Santa Clarita boasts strong year for filming in 2022. Feature films shot in Santa Clarita in 2022, include “The Fablemans,” ”Eighty for Brady,” “Don’t Worry Darling,” “Oppenheimer,” “Amsterdam” and “Purple Hearts.”

Santa Clarita, Calif. – The City of Santa Clarita saw an increase in location filming in 2022 with the Film Office reporting 591 film permits and 1,549 location film days, which generated an estimated $38.5 million in economic impact to the local community. This represents a 3.7 percent increase in permits, a 2.9 percent increase in film days and a 2.2 percent increase to the estimated economic impact when compared to 2021.

Coming off of a solid year in 2021, which saw 579 film permits, 1,505 film days and over $37 million in positive estimated economic impact, the 2022 numbers were records in all categories. The Santa Clarita Film Office has averaged over 500 permits processed, over 1,300 film days and over $30 million in estimated economic impact annually since 2014. Not included in the reported numbers are the film days and economic benefit from filming that takes place on certified sound stages, which do not require a film permit.

“Since the Santa Clarita Film Office began issuing permits for filming in 2003 there has been continual growth every single year and 2022 was no exception,” said Mayor Jason Gibbs. “Home to dozens of sound stages, a multitude of studios and movie ranches and unique settings for location filming, Santa Clarita is one of the most filmed communities in California, helping to boost our local economy and provide quality jobs.”

Many factors have contributed to the continued success and appeal of filming in Santa Clarita, including the City’s Film Incentive Program, Movie Ranch Overlay Zone, low cost permit fees and expedited permit processing, along with the California Film and Television Tax Credit Program. Additionally, Santa Clarita is home to several studios and movie ranches that attract a large number of productions to the area. Santa Clarita is also located within the entertainment industry’s advantageous “Thirty-Mile Zone” and offers thousands of film-friendly locations that can double as almost anywhere in the world.

Last year, countless television shows took advantage of all that Santa Clarita has to offer and more than half of the film days reported in 2022 were attributed to television production alone. Many of the shows which were either locally based or frequently filmed in town included  “Your Honor,” “CSI: Vegas,” “Bosch Legacy,” “Lincoln Lawyer,” “9-1-1,” “The Patient,” “Mayans MC,” “The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers,” “NCIS,” “S.W.A.T.,” “The Old Man,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “The Morning Show.”

Numerous feature films were shot in Santa Clarita in 2022, including “The Fablemans,” ”Eighty forBrady,” “Don’t Worry Darling,” “Oppenheimer,” “Amsterdam” and “Purple Hearts.” In addition, many music videos, including those by artists such as Black Pink, Charlie Puth, Michael Bublé and Taylor Swift, were filmed on location in Santa Clarita, as were various commercials and online content.

Filming benefits the local economy in several ways. Productions spend several millions of dollars each year on rentals and goods from businesses (small and large), local agencies, school districts, homeowners and non-profits. Hotels, restaurants, attractions, shopping centers and hardware stores, among others, receive direct compensation and generate tax revenue that contributes heavily to the quality of life in Santa Clarita by helping fund roads, programs, recreation and public safety.

For more information about filming in Santa Clarita, please visit FilmSantaClarita.com or contact the Film Office at (661) 284-1425. For a behind the scenes peek at filming in Santa Clarita, follow the Santa Clarita Film Office on Instagram (@FilmSantaClarita).

Christmas in Our Time.

By Margie Anne Clark

“God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

As I look forward to the advent of another Christmas spent with my ever-growing family, I am reminded that life is always renewing itself. No matter the ebb and flow of life, I know this to be true. Okay, so I’m an optimist. Always have been. But even so, time marches on, our kids grow up, neighbors come and go, and familiar things fade away in a fast-changing world. 

But there are some things that I hope will remain a constant in life, like love of family, dear friends, cherished memories, and of course, Christmas. In these modern times, it seems that the season of Christmas has managed to transcend religious beliefs to include a universal celebration of the human spirit and good will.

I was raised with Christian tenets, but I have always believed in the importance and commonality of all religions which espouse the concept of goodwill towards all people. Pope John Paul II addressed this in his 1994 book, Crossing the Threshold of Hope. In it, Pope John Paul II cites in his excerpts, a church document entitled, Nostra Aetate, (In Our Time).

“From the beginning, Christian Revelation has viewed the spiritual history of man as including, in some way, all religions, thereby demonstrating the unity of all humankind with regard to the eternal and ultimate destiny of man.” (Nostra Aetate, I-2.)

Pope John Paul II wrote: “Thus instead of marveling at the fact that Providence allows such a great variety of religions, we should be amazed at the number of common elements found within them.”

Yet in this day and age, it’s easy to forget the common bonds of humanity that unite us. Pope John Paul II cites another expert from the Nostra Aetate:

“Even if over the course of centuries Christians…have had more than a few dissensions and quarrels, this sacred Council now urges all to forget the past and to work toward mutual understanding as well as toward the preservation and promotion of…peace and freedom for the benefit of all mankind (Nostra Aetate 3).”

But the world is a complicated place.

When we look at challenges that sometimes arise within families, between friends, within communities, states and nations around the world, we wonder, can we ever get along in peace and harmony?

But as it says in Galatians, (4:28) all of us are “children of promise.”

Christ himself addressed this when he said to the apostles: “Take courage, I have conquered the world (John 16:33). But he also cautioned:

“When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” (Luke, 18:8).

Life is a paradox. In Christian faith, we are taught that Christ was born to save mankind from sin. Yet, in sin comes the opportunity for grace. The birth of Christ in a lowly manger was honored with grace and profound respect by wise men, kings and shepherds who brought gifts to herald in His journey on Earth. His message of good will would continue throughout his mortal life, when at the Last Supper he told his followers, “Love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. (John. 13:34)

Because of this, gift-giving seems to be a big part of the Christmas celebration. It’s a way to take time out and give tokens of love and appreciation to those who have touched our lives. In this sense, gift-giving takes on a universal spirit of good will. 

But in the hustle and bustle of trying to find the perfect gift, it’s important to take time out to simply be a friend.

A kind word, an act of thoughtfulness and common courtesy can mean just as much or even more than a store-bought gift. 

Ralph Waldo Emerson eloquently expressed this in his essay on Spiritual Laws: “If you visit your friend, why need you apologize for not having visited him – visit him now…Be a gift and a benediction. Shine with real light and not with the borrowed reflection of gifts.”

While our traditions and gift-giving are an important part of the holiday season, friendship, love and respect for one another are by far the greatest gifts of all.

Margie Anne Clark is a Los Angeles-based writer. ©All rights reserved.

ALL ABOARD! SAMMY CLARITA IS BACK WITH A NEW BOOK AND A NEW LOOK!

Be on the Lookout for the City’s Favorite Mascot!

Santa Clarita, Calif. – The popular I Found Sammy Clarita campaign is back and Sammy Clarita has a new look and a new book. The City of Santa Clarita’s favorite four-legged mascot has released the fourth edition of Sammy Stories! In this coloring book, Sammy and his trusty sidekick snake explore Santa Clarita’s rich western history. Welcome aboard to the ride of a lifetime with Sammy Clarita- The Train Conductor!

The book is available online for download at SammyClarita.com. A limited number of books will also be available with Sammy Clarita, as he once again hides at his favorite City locations. Here is how it works…follow the City of Santa Clarita on Instagram to find out where Sammy is hiding, then head on over and claim him for your own! Please post a photo of you and your new fur-ever friend on social media using the #IFoundSammyClarita.

Join Sammy in his new conductor outfit as he travels throughout the City and discovers all the Wonder Wheels, from fire trucks to sheriff vehicles, that keep the City in tip-top shape.

December 15, 2022 is the City’s official birthday. To commemorate 35 years of Cityhood, Sammy Clarita will be hiding around town in his 35th shirt and birthday hat. These limited-edition Sammy Clarita’s can only be found on the City’s birthday. So keep an eye out!

To find out more about Sammy, please visit SammyClarita.com.

Santa Clarita Transit set to take residents on a Holiday Light Tour, featuring dazzling displays of local décor around the Santa Clarita Valley.

Santa Clarita, Calif. – Grab a cozy coat and your holiday spirit and join Santa Clarita Transit for the annual Holiday Light Tour! Bring your family and friends to see some of the most magical and awe-inspiring displays of holiday cheer in Santa Clarita onboard the City’s trolle­y and local vehicles. Trips will be offered from Friday, December 16, through Sunday, December 18, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., each evening.

The Holiday Light Tour departs from the McBean Regional Transit Center and lasts approximately 45 minutes. Trips depart approximately every 15 minutes beginning at 6:00 p.m., with the final tour leaving at 9:00 p.m. Tickets are first-come, first-served, and can be purchased upon boarding for $3.00 per person or are free with the donation of a canned food item. All canned foods collected this evening will be donated to the Santa Clarita Food Pantry.

Santa Clarita Transit’s Holiday Light Tour is a fun and festive way to enjoy the holiday season with friends, family and loved ones. For more information about Santa Clarita Transit’s Holiday Light Tour and tour updates, please contact Santa Clarita Transit at (661) 294-1BUS (1287) or visit SantaClaritaTransit.com.

THERE’S SNOW PLACE LIKE OLD TOWN NEWHALL DURING “LIGHT UP MAIN STREET.”

Annual Kick-Off to the Holiday Season to Take Place November 19.

Newhall, Calif. – When you think of the holiday season, do you imagine yourself in a Winter Wonderland? A pile of snow? Taking pictures with Santa? If so, then you’re in luck! The City of Santa Clarita is thrilled to welcome the community to Light Up Main Street in Old Town Newhall on Saturday, November 19, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Attendees will enjoy holiday festivities with family, friends and neighbors during an evening out on Main Street in the City’s premiere Arts and Entertainment District.

Join the Santa Clarita City Council in front of the Santa Clarita Public Library Old Town Newhall Branch as they flip the switch and illuminate a giant Christmas tree, as well as thousands of lights along Main Street, at 6:00 p.m. Following the tree lighting, attendees can enjoy live tunes from Michael Physick on the Main Stage (Main Street and Lyons Avenue) until 8:00 p.m. and dance the night away to a blend of holiday favorites and Top 40 hits. In front of The MAIN theatre, eventgoers can relish the sounds of eight different performance groups on the Community Stage, which can be found between Market Street and 6th Street.

 Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet and take photos with Santa Claus, play in real snow, write letters to Santa, create festive crafts and witness an ice sculptor create a masterpiece in real time. Enjoy flavorful foods from local businesses or tasty treats from food trucks on site. Be sure to stop by the Maker’s Marketplace as well to purchase one-of-a-kind gifts from local artisans.

The City of Santa Clarita would like to thank Infiniti of Valencia, Logix Federal Credit Union, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, Snow OrthodonticsLaw Offices of Owen, Patterson & Owen, Re/Max, Thomas Pools and State Farm Insurance Agent Nilton Rodrigues for their support of Light Up Main Street.

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 Walnut Street and Railroad 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. Closures on Main Street will begin at 8:00 a.m. on November 19, while the rest will follow at 10:00 a.m. All closures will be lifted by midnight.

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

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” adaptation heading to The Cube – Ice and Entertainment Center in Valencia featuring beloved Whoville characters, Saturday, December 10, 2022.

Valencia, Calif. – Join Cindy Lou Who and the Grinch in Whoville as the 2nd annual Holiday Skate Show returns to The Cube – Ice and Entertainment Center | Powered by FivePoint. This year, the show will be an adaptation of the timeless classic, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” on Saturday, December 10, and with two separate times to attend (12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.).

The all-local cast includes more than a dozen featured skaters, a supporting cast of over 60 skaters and a special guest skater who has yet to be announced. The 90-minute performance will take place on the NHL Rink at The Cube. With the temperature kept at 54 degrees, attendees are encouraged to bring jackets, hats, mittens and blankets.

Two seating areas will be available for each show, giving attendees the chance to immerse themselves in the action. Seating in on-ice bleachers is $25 per person and upstairs bleacher seating is $15 per person. The Grille will also be serving fan-favorite meals, in addition to hot chocolate, coffee and churros to keep attendees warm during the show.

Tickets can be purchased online by visiting TheCubeSantaClarita.com/HolidayShow. “The Grinch’s Holiday” show at The Cube is being produced by The Cube’s certified Ice Skating Directors, Kymberly Tompkins and Linda Stroh.

For more information about the event, please visit TheCubeSantaClarita.com or call (661) 257-CUBE.

UCLA Hockey Returns to The Cube – Ice and Entertainment Center in Valencia for the 2022-2023 Season.

VALENCIA, Calif. – Welcome back, UCLA Hockey! The City of Santa Clarita and The Cube – Ice and Entertainment Center | Powered by FivePoint, are excited to announce the return of the UCLA Men’s Hockey Team for the 2022-23 season. Just this year, the Bruins joined the West Coast Hockey Conference (WCHC) and will now compete against top teams, both nationally and in Southern California and Arizona. 

Fifteen UCLA games will be held at The Cube over the course of the 2022-23 season, including one against cross-town rival USC. Additionally, The Cube will host the WCHC Playoffs in early February 2023. The first home game for UCLA will be against the Loyola Marymount Lions on Friday, October 7, at 8:30 p.m. at The Cube. General admission is free but is subject to change. Times vary for each game, so please visit TheCubeSantaClarita.com for a full list.

The 2022-23 UCLA home schedule at The Cube is listed below:

  • October 7 vs. Loyola Marymount University
  • October 9 vs. University of Colorado, Boulder
  • October 14-15 vs. University of Connecticut
  • October 22-23 vs. Northern Arizona University
  • October 28-29 vs. University of Denver
  • November 4 vs. USC
  • December 2 vs. Long Beach State University
  • January 20 and 22, 2023 vs. Grand Canyon University
  • January 27, 2023, vs. University of Northern Colorado
  • February 3, 2023, vs. Loyola Marymount University
  • February 9–12, 2023 – WCHC Playoffs
  • March 3, 2023, vs. San Diego State University

While you cheer on the Bruins, make sure you stop by The Grille to order your fan favorite foods, snacks and drinks. Remember, it is always a chilly 54 degrees inside The Cube, so stay warm by visiting the City Store for sweatshirts, blankets and more! For more information about UCLA hockey games at The Cube, please visit TheCubeSantaClarita.com or call (661) 257-CUBE.

“Locals Only!” to Feature an ‘Evening with Sara Niemietz’ at The Main in Santa Clarita, November 4, 2022.

Music Series Showcases Local Performers at The MAIN

NEWHALL, Calif. – Enjoy an intimate evening of live music with one of the nation’s brightest up-and-comers at the next “LOCALS ONLY!” show! American singer-songwriter Sara Niemietz will visit The MAIN (24266 Main Street) for a special one-night-only performance on Friday, November 4, at 7:00 p.m.

Niemietz is a musician and actress based in Los Angeles and has performed on Broadway, as well as at Radio City Music Hall and the Grand Ole Opry. She has toured in over 30 countries, and her popular YouTube channel has surpassed 30 million views. Niemietz’s music videos caught the attention of Ellen DeGeneres, earning her an invitation to perform on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and share her gift with the world.

“LOCALS ONLY!” is a music series held every other month at The MAIN that features bands and performers from throughout the Santa Clarita Valley. November’s show will spotlight Niemietz’s music, which speaks to vulnerability, empowerment and shaking off the past.

General admission tickets are $12 each, and seating is extremely limited. To learn more about “LOCALS ONLY!” and to purchase tickets, please visit atthemain.org.

The City of Santa Clarita and The Cube – Ice Entertainment Center presents the inaugural Community Skate Day

Valencia, Calif. – Join the City of Santa Clarita and The Cube for the inaugural Community Skate Day! Residents are invited to join us at The Cube – Ice and Entertainment Center, Powered by FivePoint | Valencia (27745 Smyth Drive) on Sunday, September 11, from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. during public skate for a family-friendly event! First responders, veterans and up to four of their family members will have admission and skate fees waived. The public will also be able to skate at a reduced rate of $5, which includes admission and rentals.

Attendees will have the opportunity to join free skate lessons, meet the Los Angeles Kings Crew and Bailey, enter to win a raffle for Kings tickets, take holiday family photos on the Zamboni and so much more! All day long, The Grille at The Cube will be serving up Maria’s Deli fan-favorite meals, while the pro-shop will be offering a variety of deals! Also stop by the City Store for all of your City of Santa Clarita merch like hats, shirts, sweatshirts and more. For every purchase, receive a free skate pass. 

For more information about the Community Skate Day, please contact Jessica Terzian at jessica.terzian@thecubesantaclarita.com or call The Cube at (661) 257-2823.