Thursdays at Newhall is officially back with Art Slam happening tonight until 10 p.m. Go Betty Go is currently rocking Main Street amidst the backdrop of great art being created by renowned female artists.
The City of Santa Clarita has begun construction to replace the existing pedestrian timber bridge crossing Del Monte Drive, between El Paseo Drive and Benito Ct, with a pre-fabricated steel truss bridge.
On Friday, March 7, during the removal of the existing bridge, a full road closure 300’ east of El Paseo Dr and 50’ west of Benito Ct will be required. Another full road closure in early April will be required during the installation of the new bridge. Temporary lane closures will be necessary during construction.
The pedestrian bridge is expected to be closed for 10 weeks with construction hours from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. The new bridge is anticipated to be open early May.
For more information about the construction of the new paseo bridge, contact Engineering Consultant Monica Heredia at (661) 255-4332.
Local artists are invited to transform an everyday curbside recycling cart into a work of art for the City’s cArt aRt Competition. Residents, families, school groups, clubs, teams, church groups and other organizations are encouraged to participate in the competition, which is open now through Monday, March 24.
All cArt aRt submissions will be on display at Earth Arbor Day on Saturday, April 12. Winners will receive cash prizes in the following categories:
- Grand Prize $200
- Most Creative $100
- Best Local Flair $100
- Best Green Theme $100
- Fan Favorite $50.
Artists must provide everything used in the art project, with the exception of the recycling cart, which can be painted or left natural.
Participants must complete an entry form before receiving a FREE container from Waste Management. Containers that once held hazardous waste products cannot be used in the competition, including used containers of paint, oil pesticides, cleaning products and chemicals.
All entries must be submitted between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. at the Environmental Services booth at the City’s Earth Arbor Day event. The 2014 Earth Arbor Day celebration will be hosted at Central Park on Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information on the cArt aRt Competition or to obtain an entry form, please contact Laura Jardine in the City’s Environmental Services Division at (661) 255-4376.
Residents interested in joining the City of Santa Clarita’s team of dedicated water safety professionals are invited to attend lifeguard tryouts on Saturday, March 8, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center. All candidates must complete and submit an online application form in advance in order to be considered.
Interested applicants must be able to tread water for one minute while holding a 10-pound object above the water, and swim continuously for 400 yards in under 7 minutes and 30 seconds. All candidates must be 16 years of age or older by Wednesday, May 28, and bring proof of age in order to be considered for employment. A parent or guardian must accompany any candidates 17 years of age or under.
The original deadline to apply and test to become a Santa Clarita lifeguard was scheduled for March 1. However, due to inclement weather experienced over the weekend, the City of Santa Clarita opted to extend the deadline and host one additional tryout session.
For more information, call (661) 250-3761, or visit Santa-Clarita.com/Aquatics.
This Week in Santa Clarita previews the upcoming Thursdays at Newhall events returning to Old Town Newhall.
March right into the month of spring with the Santa Clarita Public Library as they host a variety of FREE educational events at each library branch, including Canyon Country, Valencia and Old Town Newhall. Community members of all ages are invited to participate in engaging, interactive programming, including:
- Coding Camp with MIT Scratch – These informative classes are designed for youth ages 10-17 and show them how to use computer programming language to create interactive stories, games and animation. Classes will be offered at the Valencia Library branch on Wednesday, March 5; at the Canyon Country Library branch on Wednesdays, March 12, March 19 and March 26; and at the Old Town Newhall Library on Fridays, April 4, April 11 and April 18. Registration is required.
- Try Your Hand @ Henna – On Saturday, March 22, at 12 p.m. at the Canyon Country Library, the Cultural Landscape Initiative invites teens to learn about the history of ancient body art with Henna Caravan before picking a pattern to decorate their own hands.
- Elementary Story Time – Hosted every Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. at the Valencia Library branch, kindergarten through 3rd grade students are invited to further their reading skills as librarians host storytime. Each week will feature a new theme and include a combination of non-fiction and fiction books and interactive activities.
- Pajama Storytime – Hosted at the Old Town Newhall Library branch every Wednesday and Thursday at 6 p.m., school-aged children are invited to an old-fashioned bedtime storytime complete with flannel board stories for both early elementary students and their preschool siblings.
- Read To Dogs – Young readers are invited to practice their reading skills aloud to gentle therapy dogs, helping children to relax and read more fluently in a friendly environment. The program will be offered at each Santa Clarita Public Library branch as follows: Valencia Library branch on the first Saturday of each month at 1 p.m.; the Old Town Newhall Library branch on the third Saturday of each month at 1:30 p.m.; and at the Canyon Country Library branch on the first and third Thursdays of each month at 3:30 p.m.
For more information about these events and other happenings at the Santa Clarita Public Library, visit SantaClaritaLibrary.com.
At Tuesday night’s City Council Meeting, Mayor Laurene Weste and the Santa Clarita City Council recognized local residents for their accomplishments in helping to make Santa Clarita a better place.
The City Council recognized local girls robotic team Heat It Up and Keep It Cool for winning the first Lego League Robotics Los Angeles Regional Championship.
The City Council and Los Angeles County Fire Department also recognized Central Park staff for performing life saving CPR on a local resident.
On Wednesday, February 26, Mayor Laurene Weste and the City Council held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Sand Canyon Road/ State Route 14 beautification project on the SR-14 on-ramp.
This completed project improves the Sand Canyon North and South bound on and off ramps. Environmentally-friendly landscaping include sizeable oak trees, shrubs, and grasses, as well as low twisting stone walls and natural colored stone pavers.
To view the full gallery of photos from the event, visit the City’s Flickr page.
With strom clouds moving in to town, This Week in Santa Clarita covers where Santa Clarita residents can attain sand bags from the Los Angeles County Fire Department and Battalion Chief Mark Savage talks about flood related safety.
Sand bags are available at all L.A. Country fire stations. Sand to fill the bags is only available at:
- Station 73 – 24875 Railroad Avenue
- Station 124 – 25870 Hemingway (Stevenson Ranch)
Residents need to bring their own shovels.