Around Town: ‘XerPro Family Night Challenge’ at Canyon Country Community Center

April 24, 2014

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On April 11, the Canyon Country Community Center invited families to take part in the first XerPro Family Night Challenge. The Center was divided into four areas; Trivia, XerPro Wall, Lounge, and Photo Booth, to accommodate each individual’s interests and strengths, and provide a rotating schedule so that every family was able to compete in each room.

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The focal point of the XerPro Family Challenge was the XerPro Wall focusing on teamwork, communication, and determination based on the points they accumulated during the event. After three rotations of diverse challenges, families awaited to hear their standings.

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In the Trivia area, participants’ knowledge of such topics as Santa Clarita, celebrities & athletes, geography, entertainment, basic math, and United States Presidents were tested.

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Lastly, each family was able to decorate a picture frame for a family photo taken at the center’s Photo Booth. Every participant earned a medallion, and the top three families earned a trophy to take home.

For more information about future events at the Canyon Country Community Center, visit

Youth Employment Services Participants Receive Positive Feedback from ‘Employer Feedback Workshop’

April 23, 2014


On Tuesday, April 15, 30 Youth Employment Services (YES) teens attended an Employer Feedback Workshop at the Newhall Library where they received an evaluation from their workplace supervisor based on their performance, attendance and attitude. Over 95% of the participants received “excellent and good” markings on their evaluations.

The goal of the YES program is to provide teens with job experience and life skills training to help them become more confident, employable and responsible.

For more information about the City’s Youth Employment Services program, visit


Newly Elected City Councilmember Dante Acosta Officially Sworn In Tonight at Council Meeting

April 22, 2014

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Newly elected City Councilmember Dante Acosta will be officially sworn in tonight at the Santa Clarita City Council meeting, which begins at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall in the Council Chambers.

Around Town: 25th Annual Earth Arbor Day Celebration at Central Park

April 18, 2014

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On Saturday, April 12, the City of Santa Clarita held its annual Earth Arbor Day Festival, presented by the SCV Family of Water Suppliers, at Central Park.

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Mayor Laurene Weste and Mayor Pro Tem Marsha McLean helped plant the ceremonial tree to kick off the event.

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A popular feature of the event is the free mulch and tree giveaways.

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The Amgen Tour of California promoted the upcoming cycling event that will be held in Santa Clarita.

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There was also a recycled art gallery on display, as well as a cArt aRt contest that showcased resident’s artwork on recycling bins.

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For more information about future green events in Santa Clarita, visit

Around Town: Youth Sports Basketball Represents Santa Clarita in Southern California Tournament

April 17, 2014

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Santa Clarita Youth Sports Program participated in the Southern California Municipal Athletic Federation’s (SCMAF) 2014 Basketball Championships in late March in Los Angeles area.

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The teams qualified for the tournament through winning the City’s Winter Basketball Championships. Over the course of two days, the City’s three teams played nine games and finished with an overall record of 5 wins and 4 loses.

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This included an outstanding 4th place finish by the Senior Boys team and an impressive 2nd place finish by the Major Girls team, which participated in a nine team bracket.

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For more information about the City’s Youth Sports Program, visit

Around Town: Over 250 Residents Attend Friday Night Lights Event at Park Sierra Apartment Complex

April 16, 2014

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On Friday, March 28, over 250 residents attended the Friday Night Lights (FNL) event at the Park Sierra Apartment complex in Canyon Country.

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Youth and teens participated in activities including face painting, water-balloon toss, and multiple themed games.

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Residents participated in bingo activities and enjoyed prizes donated by Toys R US, Canyon Country Car Wash, and Stater Brothers Grocery Store.

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For more information about future Friday Night Lights events in Canyon Country, visit

Santa Clarita City Council Election Final Ballots In with Winners Weste, McLean and New Councilmember Dante Acosta

April 16, 2014

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The Santa Clarita 2014 Municipal election final ballot count commenced today, following the counting of 1,001 ballots, with final non-certified results announced.  Mayor Laurene Weste was the top vote-getter with 6,210 votes, followed by Mayor Pro tem Marsha McLean with 5,677 votes.

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The third spot went to first-time City Council candidate Dante Acosta, with 4,937 votes –104 votes ahead of candidate Alan Ferdman.  Finishing fifth was Gloria Mercado-Fortine with 4,633 votes; Duane Harte with 4,506 votes and Maria Gutzeit with 4,472 votes. Election results to be certified at the April 22 City Council meeting. For more details click here or go to Election Central.

Around Town: Santa Clarita Teens Participate in 4th Annual Teen Summit in South Gate

April 15, 2014

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On Saturday, April 5, Santa Clarita Valley teens traveled to South Gate to participate in the 4th Annual Teen Summit held by the SoCal Teen Coalition.

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Approximately 300 teens from Santa Barbara to Orange County took part in interactive sessions that included leadership, ethical decision making, and diversity.

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Teens interacted in multiple workshops presented by South Gate law enforcement, peers from the City of Santa Barbara, and the Southern California Teen Coalition.

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For more information about the City’s Human Services Department, visit

Final City Council Election Votes to be Counted and Televised Tuesday April 15 Beginning at 10 A.M.

April 14, 2014

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The remaining  ballots from the 2014 City of Santa Clarita General Municipal Election will be counted on Tuesday, April 15. There will be a televised live stream on and SCVTV ending with the announcement of the final count. The election is scheduled to be certified at the next City Council meeting on  April 22.

The entire process of counting the ballots will be televised live on SCVTV, local television for Santa Clarita. SCVTV can be viewed on channel 20 for Time Warner subscribers, channel 99 for AT&T Uverse subscribers and on the web at

For all current information regarding the 2014 City Council Election go to

Fair Oaks Ranch Park is the Cool Place to Be!

April 14, 2014


In late March, construction began on the shade structures for the playground areas at Fair Oaks Park. Construction on both shade structures at Fair Oaks Park is now complete and ready to be used by kids.


For more information about the City’s Parks and Facilities, visit


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