On Saturday, May 18th, Habitat for Humanity San Fernando/Santa Clarita hosted a Women Empowerment Build (WE Build). Local women gathered and built parts of a neighborhood that will later go into an 87-home community. The projects took place in the parking lot at COC. Female family members who are going to receive homes and female community members worked towards building for the new Habitat for Heroes Veteran community located here in Santa Clarita. This year female veterans, widows of the fallen, and those who have persevered through tragic losses during during wartime were honored. The women at the build were divided up into teams and worked towards specific projects including: painting, hammering, using wood saws, nailing things together, and working with drills to put pieces together.
On Saturday, May 11th, the Agua Dulce Women's Club along with Jack's Angels Foundation hosted an art show featuring art from professional, student, and child artists. Net proceeds from the event will benefit brain tumor research at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. There were also raffles, silent auctions, art workshops, and live entertainment. Jack's Angels was founded in honor of Jack Demeter who was diagnosed with a brain tumor and passed away last year before his 4th birthday. Jack's Angels is a new organization and this was their first fundraiser. Each year over 4,200 children are diagnosed with brain tumors. Art for Jack sought to raise awarness of the need for more research into child brain tumors.
On Saturday, May11th, the Placerita Canyon Nature Center hosted an Open House and Family Festival. This year's theme was celebrating the year of the snake. They offered a variety of activities including: old-fashioned clothes washing and log sawing, history stories, face painting, panning for fools gold, caricatures, and native live animal presentations. Some of the animals on display included a monkey, a rhinocerous iguana, owls, snakes, birds, and various other reptiles. Oak tree seedlings were up for adoption to take home and plant. The "Oak of the Golden Dream" found at the nature center is the site of California's orginal gold discovery in 1842. The Nature Center is located at 19152 Placerita Canyon Road in Newhall. The Nature Center offers various hiking trails for visitors and activities every weekend.
On May 9th, 2013, FastFrame Valencia hosted the eighth annual Congressional Art Competition. High School students were encouraged in the 25th Congressional District to participate in the competition. Each congressional district across the United States holds a districtwide art competition and the winning pieces of art from each district will be hanged in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol building in May. Michaela Jenkins, 17, of Palmdale, earned the top honors, which includes a trip to Washington D.C., where she will have her artwork on display at the Cannon Tunnel in the Capitol. Jenkins’ portrait painting of a great-grandfather earned a place among art from students across the country.
On Sunday, May 5th, the Santa Clarita Valley Latino Chamber of Commerce hosted a Cinco de Mayo celebration. There were performances including dancing and singing. There was also Zumba, face painting, bilingual book reading in the library, and various vendors. Cinco de Mayo is the official date when the Mexican army defeated France in 1862. It has become an American tradition and celebrated all over the country with food, parades, Mexican folk dancing, and mariachis. This event took place on Main Street in Old Town Newhall.
On Sunday morning, May 5th, the Assistance League of Santa Clarita hosted their 22nd annual 5K run/walk at Newhall Park. All proceeds from the event go to support the "Operation School Bell" program in the Santa Clarita Valley. This program provides clothing and shoes to students in elementary and junior high school in the William S. Hart, Castaic Union, Newhall, Saugus, and Sulfur Springs school districts. Last year, over 1,800 students recieved new school clothes and shoes. People showed up early Sunday morning to show support, run for a good cause, and have fun.
On Sunday, April 28th, the Santa Clarita Artists' Association hosted a spring art festival and sale at Le Chene French Cuisine Gardens. Thirty different artists came to show and sell their original works of art. The mission of the Santa Clarita Artists' Association is to promote art in the Santa Clarita Valley by "making visual art visible." They have a variety of educational programs and also award scholarships to high school and college students in the SCV. Le Chene is located on Sierra Highway in Agua Dolce. Le Chene offered a 15% discount on brunch or lunch. The art show was free to the public.
On Saturday April 27th and Sunday April 28th, KHTS presented their 4th Annual Home & Garden Show & Emergency Expo at the Hyatt here in Santa Clarita. Over 100 vendors came to present and show their wares and services. There was also a blood drive hosted by Kaiser Permanente; donators received free movie tickets and a raffle entry. The KHTS Home and Garden Show offered various activities throughout the day including: drop, cover and hold demonstration, puppet show, kids crafts, how to treat snake bite and bee stings, and roving concerts. Many of the vendors were holding raffles and giving away prizes. The Emergency Expo featured many different emergency services and emergency responders. Many vendors were showing alternative eco-friendly systems for the home. The event was free to the public.
On April 18, 2013, KHTS family and friends traveled to the Staples Center in Los Angeles to cheer on the Los Angeles Kings as they took on the Columbus Blue Jackets. Before the game, KHTS family and friends were treated with a behind the scenes tour of the Staples Center. The tour allowed KHTS family and friends to go onto the ice, step outside the Los Angeles Kings locker room, sit on the Kings' bench, and even got a chance to meet and talk with LA Kings' announcer Nick Nickson.
On Sunday, April 21st, the Santa Clarita Swap Meet celebrated its 50th anniversary. There was a live band playing, prizes to be won including a 42 inch flat screen tv, and raffles. The KHTS 1948 Mac Fire Truck made an appearance. Lovers of antiques would enjoy perusing all the various booths with their wide assortment of collectibles. Part of the swap meet is a farmers market where people can buy fresh produce. There are also food vendors and a beer garden. For the kids there were jumpies and pony rides. The Santa Clarita Swap Meet is located at the old Saugus Speedway on Soledad Canyon Road. They are open Tuesdays and Saturdays from 7 AM to 1 PM and Sundays 7 to 2.