Santa Clarita’s Las Vegas Themed Photo Booth at the ‘League of California Cities’

October 5, 2015

City of Irvine Mayor Steven Choi

The City of Santa Clarita recently won the Helen Putnam Award for Excellence from the League of California Cities‘ in the category of Economic Development through the Arts for the Old Town Newhall Arts and Entertainment district. The City highlighted our “Let it Ride” Vegas-inspired Senses during the 2015 Annual Conference and Expo in San Jose, Calif.


Santa Clarita Mayor Marsha McLean

Many visitors stopped by to have their photos taken in our photo booth. To see all the great photos from the photo booth, click here.

Free Fall Activities in Santa Clarita Libraries

October 5, 2015

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The City Libraries are kicking off fall with a series of fun and FREE events.This month, the library will include the following fall and Halloween-inspired activities:

  • Survival: Zombie Apocalypse Edition – From 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at the Newhall branch, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at the Canyon Country branch and from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at the Valencia branch, children ages 11 to 18 can learn the skills they need to survive a zombie apocalypse.

Canyon Country Library

  • Everyday Heroes: FirefightersFrom 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 7, 2015, the Valencia branch invites children grades kindergarten to sixth and their families to meet real live heroes: the firefighters that serve the Santa Clarita Valley. Participants can ask the firefighters questions and enjoy a craft time.
  • Everyday Heroes: Nurses From 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 7, 2015, the Canyon Country branch will honor another brand of everyday heroes: nurses. Children grades kindergarten to sixth and their families are invited to this question and answer and craft time program.Library Books

For more information about themed programs and activities for tweens, teens and adults at the Santa Clarita Public Library, visit

Students Tour Local Manufacturing Companies for National Manufacturing Day

October 2, 2015


More than 180 William S. Hart Union high school students toured the facilities of eight local manufacturing companies to experience careers in manufacturing.


The students got a first-hand look at all the different items manufactured here locally in Santa Clarita.


This as part of an ongoing effort to educate prospective workers on the lucrative career opportunities available to them in the growing American manufacturing industry.

City wins Helen Putnam Award for the 10th Year

October 1, 2015

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The City has received the League of California Cities’ Helen Putnam Award for Excellence in the category of Economic Development through the Arts for the Old Town Newhall Arts and Entertainment District.This marks the City’s 12th Helen Putnam Award.

The following criteria judge category:

  • Successful programs that illustrate how investment in the arts has stimulated the local economy through tourism, festivals, and cultural attractions including performing arts
  • Innovative arts programs (i.e. music, dance, theatre, visual arts, museums, etc.) that were established through a collaborative partnership
  • Adopted city policies or ordinances that integrate the arts and culture into their General Plans, specific plans, or other city council adopted policies

Old Town Newhall Library Front Side

The City has been working to revitalize Newhall through public infrastructure, economic development, and the arts. The goal was to create a vibrant Old Town Newhall and Entertainment District, rebranding the historic identity of Old Town Newhall to attract new visitors, shoppers, and businesses.These efforts resulted in new rail and walkway alignments, the Veterans Historical Plaza, the 17,000 square-foot Community Center and the LEED Gold-certified 30,000 square-foot Old Town Newhall Library.

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In 2011, when the state of California halted Redevelopment funding for cities, Santa Clarita was undaunted in its push forward to boost the area’s economy. Focusing on encouraging arts and entertainment, local business and retail spending, the City worked to change perceptions about Old Town Newhall with the development of Thursdays@Newhall. Featuring ArtSLAM, JAM Sessions, SENSES and Revved Up, along with community events, Thursdays@Newhall integrates the arts into the culture of Newhall, attracting new developers and retailers and providing a nightlife opportunity for visitors.

For more information about the Helen Putman Award for Excellence Program, please visit

For more information about the City of Santa Clarita’s economic development efforts in the Old Town Newhall Arts and Entertainment District, please contact Communications Manager Gail Morgan at (661) 255-4314 or or visit

Sign up for a Trip to the Pantages Theatre!

September 30, 2015


The City invites residents to sign up for a Trips & Tours excursion with the City’s Recreation Department to the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood to see Annie the musical. The charter bus will depart at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 18, 2015 from the Santa Clarita Activities Center.

The bus will leave from the Activities Center early to allow patrons the opportunity to dine at the restaurant of their choice before enjoying the show at 1:00 p.m. The trip cost includes transportation to the Pantages Theatre and reserved seating in the mezzanine. The bus will return to Santa Clarita at 5:00 p.m.

Tickets are $80 per person for residents and $95 for non-residents. The last day to register is Friday, October 9, 2015. Registration is available at

For more information on the City’s Recreation Department’s Tours & Trips excursions, including the Pantages Theatre trip, contact Recreation Coordinator Jennifer Lindstrom at (661) 290-2262.

Win BACKSTAGE Parking Pass! City Seeking Input on Concerts in the Park

September 29, 2015


The City is seeking your feedback in a short survey on the Concerts in the Park presented by First Entertainment Credit Union. After completing the survey enter your name & phone number, and you will be entered to win a backstage parking pass for the 2016 Concerts in the Park Series! Click below to be directed to the survey or click hereConcerts Survey

Annual Walk of Remembrance RESCHEDULED for October 14, 2015

September 28, 2015

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The 2015 Walk of Remembrance and Evening of Remembrance was cancelled earlier this month, due to weather concerns, but has now been rescheduled to Wednesday, October 14, 2015.

Residents are invited to attend the Walk of Remembrance to promote safe driving and show support for families who lost loved ones in traffic-related incidents. The community walk will be held at 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14 to be followed by the tenth anniversary of the City’s annual Youth Grove Evening of Remembrance at Central Park.

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Each year, the City of Santa Clarita and the Blue Ribbon Task Force host the Evening of Remembrance to help local families honor youth ages 24 and younger who lost their lives in traffic-related incidents. For more information on the Youth Grove and the inaugural Walk of Remembrance, contact the City’s Community Services Division at (661) 250-3727 or visit

1,200 Volunteers Collect 13,500 Pounds of Trash at the 21st Annual Santa Clarita River Rally

September 24, 2015


On Saturday, September 19th, over 1,200 community members participated in the 21st Annual Santa Clarita River Rally.


There was also the Environmental Expo at the event, with over 20 vendors sharing environmental tips to residents. Participants went through a safety and training course before heading to the river.


For more information about future green events,

Now Hiring: America’s Job Center of California in Santa Clarita (formerly the WorkSource Center)

September 23, 2015


America’s Job Center of California (formerly the WorkSource Center) is hosting a hiring fest Friday, September 25, from 9 a.m to 12 p.m. The event will be held at the College of the Canyons University Center main lobby 1st Floor.

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To attend this free event, register at American’s Job Center of California or call (661) 799-WORK (9675). Job seekers are encouraged to dress to impress, have multiple copies of their resume, and bring a State ID such as Driver’s License, and Social Security Card or Passport to the recruitment. FREE parking will be available in Lot 14 in the unmarked parking spots. 


For more information about recruitment events and services available through American’s Job Center of California (formerly the WorkSource Center), visit or call (661) 799-WORK (9675).

Board of Equalization to Host FREE Small Business Seminar and Resource Expo

September 22, 2015


The Board of Equalization is hosting a free Small Business Seminar and Resource Expo Monday, September 28, from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Santa Clarita Activities Center. Check-in for the event begins at 8:30 a.m.

Topics will include: Avoiding common sales and use tax problems, forms of ownership, social media and more!

Register for this event by clicking here or 888-847-9652


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