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.
Members of the DFYIT clubs from all of the junior highs and high schools in the Hart district of the Santa Clarita Valley met Wednesday at the Santa Clarita Activities Center to celebrate the successes of the group’s first year in the city of Santa Clarita. DFYIT, or Drug Free Youth In Town, is a program that helps kids to lead a drug-free life.
After searching for several hours, Sheriff’s Station deputies and wardens with the Department of Fish and Game worked together to sedate a black bear Monday in Canyon Country. The first sightings came from local residents around 6 a.m., which were then reported to local officials.
Despite an overcast sky, thousands turned out for the Child & Family Center’s Taste of the Town on Sunday at Mann Biomedical Park in Valencia. For a $65 entry fee, visitors had about four hours to eat as much as they want from free samplings provided by local restaurants, such as Jersey Mike’s, Bella Cucina, Nana’s Banana Bread, Salt Creek, Robinson Ranch and about three dozen more. There were also VIP tickets available for $100.
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.
In an effort to foster unity among students across the Santa Clarita Valley, Yes I Can nonprofit hosted their 10th annual Summer Meltdown Autism Awareness and Social Inclusion Concert, Saturday, at the Santa Clarita Skate Park on Centre Pointe Parkway.