Santa Clarita Hometown Trolley in Demand this Past Summer

September 29, 2014

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The 2014 Summer Trolley Program completed its last ride on Monday, September 2. The Hometown Trolley saw a 16% increase in ridership compared to 2013.

  • 2013 Total Trolley Ridership – 10,353
  • 2014 Total Trolley Ridership – 11,994

The Summer Trolley runs from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend and services the five City hotels within the Tourism Marketing District, providing free rides to Six Flags Magic Mountain & Six Flags Hurricane Harbor for hotel guests.

For more information about tourism information in the City of Santa Clarita, go to .

Santa Clarita City Council Awards and Recognitions: September 23rd

September 24, 2014


At last night’s City Council meeting, Mayor Laurene Weste and the Santa Clarita City Council recognized Flaming Knights Patrol from Cub Scout Pack 40.


The Santa Clarita City Council also proclaimed that October 4 is Rubber Ducky day in the City of Santa Clarita.


Council also recognized International Karate Tournament Medal Winners John Michael Laurin, Shannon Laurin and Gabriel Harris.

Around Town: Drug Free Youth in Town Goes Back to School!

September 23, 2014

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For the past month, the City’s Drug Free Youth In Town (DFYIT) Program has been hosting kick-off events throughout Santa Clarita High Schools and Junior High Schools.

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DFYIT club members reached out to their peers during lunch and invited them to the first club meetings on each campus.

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DFYIT is a peer based anti-drug program focusing on education and prevention of drugs and alcohol. Students can sign up online any time throughout the school year.

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For more information about the DFYIT program, visit .

2014 Santa Clarita Marathon Early Bird Registration Ends September 30 : VIDEO

September 22, 2014

This Week in Santa Clarita previews the 2014 Santa Clarita Marathon, presented by Parkway Motorcars,  happening Sunday, November 2. The early bird special ends on September 30, so register online now for instant savings on the marathon!

The Health & Fitness Expo, presented by Boston Scientific, will be held on Saturday, November 1, at the Hyatt Regency Valencia. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information about registering online for this years Santa Clarita Marathon, visit

Around Town: Hundreds Attend 9th Annual Youth Grove Evening of Remembrance

September 22, 2014

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On Wednesday, September 10, more than 300 participants attended the City’s 9th Annual Youth Grove Evening of Remembrance held at Central Park.

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The annual event honors Santa Clarita youth, ages 24 and younger, who lost their lives on the road, and serves as a powerful reminder about the importance of safe driving.

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The evening began with the inaugural Walk of Remembrance, followed by the Evening of Remembrance Ceremony.

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Teens from the City’s Youth Advisory Committee and Safe Rides created 10 signs depicting “Safe Driving” messages that they held along the Walk of Remembrance Route.

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The “No Texting Pledge Car”, brought by the Jacob Hefter Foundation, was available for viewing and many event participants signed and pledged to “never text and drive.”

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To date, the half-acre youth grove memorial is home to 91 individual pillars, each with a plaque bearing the name of a young life lost in a traffic-related incident.

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The pillars surround a central monument featuring the “KNOW MORE, NO MORE” vow, urging the community to “know more” about safe driving habits, and to pledge that “no more” young lives will be lost behind the wheel.

For more information about the Santa Clarita’s Youth Grove Memorial Park, visit .

City to Host Bidders Meeting for Community Services and Arts Grants Program

September 18, 2014

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The City of Santa Clarita’s Community Services and Arts Grants Program will once again make funds available to Santa Clarita Valley-based nonprofit organizations in 2014 and 2015. Grant applications will be released at the Grant Bidders Meeting, which will be held on Monday, September 22, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Activities Center.

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The Community Services and Arts Grants offer local non-profit organizations the opportunity to support innovative and crucial programs and projects that serve residents. The Bidders Meeting will provide information about the available grants, as well as applications, tips and guidelines for applying for grant funding. No RSVP is required to attend.

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Attendance is encouraged, but not mandatory in order to apply for funding. Grant applications and information will be available online for download on Tuesday, September 23.

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This year, the Santa Clarita City Council has made $150,000 in funding available for the Community Services and Arts Grants program to help support one-time projects, program enhancements and pilot programs. Past grant funding has been awarded to assist with equipment upgrades, after school enrichment programs, facility renovation projects, community art projects and performances at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons.

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For more information on the City’s Community Services and Arts Grant Program, including required materials, submission guidelines and more, contact Hope Horner, Community Services Administrator for the City of Santa Clarita, at (661) 250-3718 or visit .

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to the ‘Emerald City’ Themed Senses Block Party this Thursday

September 17, 2014

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Santa Clarita’s favorite block party SENSES, presented by Galpin Subaru, will be this Thursday, September 18, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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The free Emerald City-themed event will take attendees down the yellow brick road and over the rainbow into the Land of Oz with whimsical décor and live performances by Savannah Burrows and the Skinny Little Twits.

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Adult beverages and food from the Grilled Cheese Truck, The Garbage Truck and Sweet Arleens will be available for purchase.

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For more information about the 2014 Thursdays @ Newhall events, contact the City’s Arts and Events Office at (661) 250-3787 or visit .

Around Town: City Recognizes Volunteers with Pool Party at Santa Clarita Aquatic Center

September 17, 2014

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On September 10, the City of Santa Clarita held a Volunteer Recognition Pool Party at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center.

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Over 160 community members attended the event with friends and families.

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This annual appreciation is for the volunteers who have lent their time to two or more City events or programs.

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City leaders were on hand to thank the volunteers, including Councilmember Dante Acosta (center) and Assistant City Manager Frank Oviedo (far right).

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Twenty-three volunteers were honored with the Loyalty Club award, given to those who volunteered for 100+ hours in Fiscal Year 2013-14.

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They received the special Loyalty Award pin and a certificate of recognition from Mayor Laurene Weste.

For more information about volunteering for future events with the City, visit

Business Owners Enouraged to Attend Free Santa Clarita Valley Enterprise Zone Seminars this Wednesday

September 16, 2014

Business owners, general managers, HR managers, and accountants in Santa Clarita are encouraged to register for one of two FREE Santa Clarita Valley Enterprise Zone seminars being hosted this Wednesday, September 17.  The Enterprise Zone program officially ended in 2013, but there is still time for local businesses to claim tax credits through December.

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Space is still available for the breakfast seminar, which will take place from 7:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m., and for the lunch seminar, which will take place from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.  Both seminars will be hosted at the College of the Canyons University Center on the first floor in room 107.

The Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation, City of Santa Clarita and County of Los Angeles are hosting the seminars to share information about how business owners can earn tax credits of up to $37,000 for employees hired through December 2013.


For more information on the Santa Clarita Valley Enterprise Zone seminars, contact (661) 288-4400 or email . 


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