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.
Chiquita Canyon, an innovative local business with a 9.2 mega watt clean energy facility, and California Institute of the Arts (“CalArts”) announced the winners of the 2013 Found Art Scholarship Program at a gallery reception on April 11, 2013.
On Saturday April 6th and Sunday April 7th, former Laker great A.C. Green came to Real Life Church to talk about basketball and his journey with God. A.C. Green spoke at all 5 services. Each service started with a band that performed contemporary Christain songs. Green then shared his personal story through a mock interview between himself and the head pastor, Rusty George. A.C. Green talked about his relationship with God and about his personal belief in abstinence. He spoke about how he merged his life with Christianity and professional basketball. The service closed with a one minute shoot-a-thon between Pastor Rusty and Green, Green won. Real Life Church is located 23841 Newhall Ranch Road in Valencia.
Real Life Church celebrated the Easter holiday beginning on Friday, March 29th, with Good Friday services and concluded on Sunday, March 31st, with the last of 8 Easter celebrations. Thousands of worshippers gathered to celebrate Easter. Real Life Church offered accomodations to the many worshippers who were unable to find seating in the main sanctuary; as many people sat outside and watched the live feed as people who were seated indoors. Services included a message from the pastor, music from a live band, and a live sand art piece by Joe Castillo that showed the story of Easter. Outside the church, before and after the services, there was a live giraffe that guests could pet.
On Saturday, March 30th, the Santa Clarita Child and Family Center hosted a century, half-century, quarter century, and family fun bike ride. During the event there was live entertainment by different solo artists and theater groups. There were 4 different rides starting at the Valencia Town Center. All proceeds from the rides went to the Santa Clarita Child and Family Center. The century ride was 100 miles and the family fun ride was 6 miles. Local businesses were part of an expo that people could visit before and after their rides.
On Sunday, March 24th, NorthPark Community Church held an Easter event for children. There was a petting zoo with rabbits, ducks, and a lamb. A bounce house was also there for the kids after the Sunday church services. During Sunday School, the kids participated in an Easter egg hunt. Kids from ages 2 and up were able to participate in the Easter egg hunt. NorthPark offers Sunday services at 9:00, 10:30, and 11:45 A.M. They are located at 28310 Kelly Johnson Drive in Valencia.