College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita hosted its first TEDx event last Thursday, giving speakers in various areas of technology, business and education a chance to share their knowledge the topic of connectivity — specifically how connected communities can increase the wellbeing of individuals, and as a result, improve global welfare. TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to ideas worth spreading. It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences - the TED Conference on the West Coast each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh UK each summer - TED includes the award-winning TED Talks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.
Irwin Wiener decided not to pursue a career in the arts after studying music in college, but later in life, he made his way back to the canvas. While enjoying retirement, the 92-year-old has been painting, and he recently put on a show to support the Alzheimer’s Association. His wife was recently diagnosed with the disease.
The Newhall American Legion Post 507 partnered with the SCV Chamber of Commerce Thursday to host the Sgt. Ian Gelig Memorial Scholarship fundraiser to benefit a local veteran with a $2,000 scholarship to assist in attending college.
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.
On Saturday, April 20th, the Circle of Hope hosted their 9th annual 5K Run/Walk at Castaic Lake North Shore. There were many other events including a car show, a 1K fun run, and a competitive 5K run. People could bring their dogs to join them on their walk; the dogs even received a special bandana. For the hungry walkers and runners there was a barbeque including hamburgers. Along with the main events, there were vendors selling various wares. The car show was peoples choice, attendees could vote on their favorite car. Circle of Hope ia a nonprofit organization that assists breast cancer patients and their families in the community of Santa Clarita.
On Monday, April 15th, The Tournament Players Club in Valencia hosted a golf scramble to raise money for the Sheriff Youth Foundation. A scramble is usually played with 4 person teams. In a scramble, all 4 players tee off on each hole, the best of the tee shots is selected, and all players play their second shot from that best spot and so on until the ball is holed. The event raised $170,000. The Sheriff Youth Foundation provides after school programs for at risk youth ages 7-17. There is currently a center in Val Verde and talks are underway to have a facility within the city of Santa Clarita.
On Sunday, April 14th, The SCV All-Stars hosted a showcase to raise support and money for their trip to The Summit. The Summit is a competitive cheer competition at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Only the top 10% of all teams can get a bid to go to The Summit. Two teams from SCV All-Stars are going to The Summit, Youth Blue and Junior Black. Participants range in ages 7 to 15 years old. The showcase featured a skills and tumbling exhibition as well as a demonstration of each team's award winning routines. There was a raffle and silent auction to help raise the money for the trip. The SCV All-Stars facility is located at 28335 Constellation Road in Valencia.
On Saturday, April 13th, Fast Frame Valencia hosted an art show titled "Rock Culture: A Girl's Obession With All Things Geological" by Laurie Beth Finklestein. She creates images based on photos of rocks and boulders taken during her travels. Most of the collection is based on boulders along the Sausalito, California boardwalk, with the exception of the lava series which were inspired by the lava beds of Hilo, Hawaii. Fast Frame is located at 24204 Valencia Blvd in the Kohl's/Whole Foods center. This exhibit will be on display there until April 30th.
On Saturday, April 13th, the City of Santa Clarita hosted Earth Arbor Day celebrations at Central Part. The festival was presented by the Santa Clarita Valley Family of Water Suppliers. The theme of the event was reduce, reuse, and recycle. There was live music, a rock wall, a jumpie, and arts and crafts. There were various demonstartions geared towards water conservation and recycling. Over 1,000 trees were given away. People could collect their own free bags of mulch. Arts and crafts were geared for the kids; they could make bird houses, bird feeders, paper bag hats, and flower pots.