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Fall into fun at city community centers


Posted: August 3, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 3, 2014 2:00 a.m.
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It seems like just yesterday my fellow City Councilmembers and I cut the ribbon to open the Canyon Country Community Center.

More than a year later, both the Canyon Country and Newhall Community Centers are buzzing with residents of all ages taking classes, making friends and staying fit.

As summer comes to a close, registration is now open for a terrific lineup of fall activities and programs.

The Canyon Country Community Center is hitting its stride this year. As of July 12, nearly 4,000 residents enjoyed programs and classes at the center, compared to 2,907 in 2013. That’s a 37 percent increase over 2013, in just the first six months of the year.

The Canyon Country Community Center doesn’t show any sign of slowing down this fall. On Saturdays from 11 a.m. to noon, kids ages five to 12 will be able to take a modern approach to martial arts with Beginning Karate/XerPro Wall.

This interactive class teaches basic karate by incorporating a high-tech digital sports wall to enhance speed and reaction time. At $5 per class, kids learn martial arts fundamentals while developing confidence, strength, respect and self-discipline.

On Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., kids six to 12 can cut loose with Jazz-Funk. This combination Jazz and Hip Hop dance class teaches funky choreography in an encouraging atmosphere at $5 per class.

Kids eight to 12 can enjoy structured fun with free Saturday Drop-N-Play, including XerPro sports wall games, computer time, arts, crafts and more from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children seven and under may also attend with a parent or guardian.

Across town, the Newhall Community Center continues to serve up popular programs and new offerings for the fall. Registration is now open for several free and low-cost programs beginning the week of August 25.

The new and free Senior Active Play program will give seniors unlimited access to the center’s multipurpose room on Thursdays between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. for pick-up basketball games, ping pong and board games.
Seniors will also be able to kick up their heels with free Sassy Seniors dance time from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays.

Local youth and adults can take a swing at boxing fitness and boxing skills classes, available in several weekly sessions this fall at the Newhall Community Center.

Residents can also work on boxing technique independently with open gym, available for $5 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Boxing fitness is free for youth ages eight to 18. Boxing skills classes begin at $20.

The Newhall Community Center will also introduce a new Ballet Folklorico Academy on Monday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. this fall. At $10 per class, the program is open to intermediate and advanced students, and focuses on technique, posture, costume applications and the importance of culture.

Educational classes will be available for all ages at the Newhall Community Center this fall.

The popular Leap (Leisure Enrichment Activities Program) program returns August 18 through December 19, providing afterschool activities like homework help, arts and crafts, games, sports, family events and presentations for kids ages five to 12. Leap will be offered Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at $20 per session for city residents.

The Newhall Community Center will also help residents break down language barriers with free ESL Level 1A and ESL Level 1B classes, offered Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. through College of the Canyons. An assessment for incoming students will be held Aug. 14 at 6 p.m.

These are just a few examples of the many enriching, affordable options available this autumn at the city’s Community Centers.

Membership is free and required in order to participate in classes and programs at the centers. To sign up, visit, or drop by a Community Center in person.

Our local Community Centers provide vital services, but are also great places to meet new people, keep active and stay sharp.

For those who have not yet visited the Canyon Country or Newhall Community Centers, I welcome you to stop by this fall and see what all the fun’s about!

Marsha McLean is a member of the Santa Clarita City Council and is available at


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