Santa Clarita Valley’s Relay for Life participants started their walk to beating cancer Saturday morning. So far there are 136 teams with 1,566 participants who have raised $294,378 to help fund cancer research to “put the American Cancer Society out of business.” The walk started at 10:30am with the Survivor’s Walk after the Opening Ceremony. Throughout the day, hundreds of people have come to walk in support of loved ones or themselves. Locals gathered at this inspiring event to celebrate the lives of survivors, and remember those who were lost. Participants showed great motivation to fight back against this terrible disease whether they knew someone with cancer or not. Saturday's event contributed to the success of this global movement which is raising more than four billion dollars to fight cancer. Central Park, off of Bouquet Canyon Road, provided a great setting for this Relay for Life event with plenty of space for the over 1,000 participants that walked.
In response to the impact of the Powerhouse Fire, Fifth District county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich hosted a recovery workshop for the fire’s victims Tuesday. “The idea was to set up a one-stop shop to get questions answered,” said Anthony Akins, Los Angeles County Fire Inspector.
The 19th Annual Thunder on the Lot charity event was held Saturday in Antelope Valley. “Our mission remains firm, to help the kids in our community who truly need it the most,” Ron and Yvette Emard, Thunder on the Lot officials, said.
Los Angeles County Fire Department Fire Station #126officials presented the 3rd Annual Water Safety Expo in Valencia on Saturday. “This is the 3rd Annual Water Safety event at Fire Station 126 and we will get well over 1,000 people here today, maybe even more,” Battalion Chief Mark Savage said. “The topic is drowning prevention. What children, parents and adults can do to prevent a tragedy at their pool or bathtub.”
The Powerhouse Fire continues to blaze as the damage toll rises, but the 30,000 acre flames are nearly contained, said a leading official. 30 homes were destroyed, according to the latest count, in addition to 28 outbuildings. The total cost of the operation has risen to $20 million. The fire is 84 percent contained, and is not expected to grow beyond its current size.
The Santa Clarita WorkSource Center officials held a free recruitment event on Friday for people seeking careers in industrial, clerical or transportation services. “We work with the WorkSource Center to help recruit employees to help support the local businesses in the community. We have partnered with them several times now and always had a great turnout. Great employees have come from this program and we would like to continue the partnership with the Worksource Center” said Erica Caban, Branch Manager for Staffmark.
Over 1,300 College of the Canyons students graduated on Friday at the Valencia COC Campus. “This is the largest graduating class we’ve ever had” said Chancellor Dianne G. Van Hook. Speakers included Dr. Michael Wilding, Dr. Renard Thomas, Michael Kramer, Megan Dinsmore, Natalie Mendoza, Ally Kidd, Justin Tillit, Aidan Munoz-Went, Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook, Edel Alonso, Sydney Shanks, Joe Gerda, Casey Jennerson, Kristina Smolenski and Michael Berger.
Placerita Canyon Nature Center officials and the Community Hiking Club members presented a Creepy Crawlies of the Natural World class Sunday. “We want to try and show people that creepy crawlies are not really that scary,” said Paul Levine, who led the class. “They’re all around us. We have more insects around us than anything else. They’re very gorgeous.” Levine showed the class that “creepy crawlies” are really very beautiful and nothing to be afraid of, he said.
On Friday, the Santa Clarita Valley Small Business Development Center officials put on a Virtual Hangout Wth Brad Feld at the College of the Canyons University Center. Feld talked via video chat about entrepreneurships and how to buld an entrepreneurial ecosytem in the Santa Clarita Valley.
On Thursday, May 23rd, Straightening Reins hosted an open house. Straightening Reins is an organization that uses horses and other animals as tools to help promote emotional growth. To help raise awareness about their new organization, Straightening Reins held an Open Barn to show the community about their programs. They have classes that help teenagers express their creativity through painting and photography. Through interactions with horses and barnyard animals, teenagers are taught to understand their feelings and struggles. Sraightening Reins offers programs to help teens cope with the stresses of school. Teens are taught valuable lessons like how to handle bullying. Staightening Reins offers tutoring for its students as well. "Straightening Reins' mission is to transform the lives of at-risk youth and their families by providing the building blocks to deal with life on life’s terms." Their summer program includes: horse grooming care and riding, art w/ colored pencils chalk charcoal paint watercolors & collage materials, reading - fiction/ non-fiction/ multi-media, and writing processes including note taking, outlines, summarizing and editing. They are located at 30255 Quail Trail Road, near Vasquez Canyon, on the left along San Francisquito Canyon – 2.6 miles from Copper Hill.