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Here are some things to do if you can’t go out of town for vacation this summer

Posted: July 22, 2011 6:00 a.m.
Updated: July 22, 2011 6:00 a.m.
Our town is no ghost town. There’s lots to do. Our town is no ghost town. There’s lots to do.
Our town is no ghost town. There’s lots to do.
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
Shakespeare Festival Shakespeare Festival
Shakespeare Festival
Castaic Lagoon Castaic Lagoon
Castaic Lagoon
Placerita Canyon Nature Center Placerita Canyon Nature Center
Placerita Canyon Nature Center

Whether it's the economy or some other limiting factor, many of you may find yourselves taking a "staycation" this summer instead of traipsing off into the wild blue yonder. But even if all your friends have left you behind, this town is no ghost town. There is still plenty to do in and around the Santa Clarita Valley this summer. From theater to outdoor concerts to amusement parks, train rides and local historical attractions, you'll have your days and nights full.

‘Music Man'
Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, CA 91355
For tickets call the SCRT box office at (661) 799-2702
The Santa Clarita Regional Theatre presents the beloved musical "The Music Man." Performances run from Saturday, July 23, at 8 p.m., through Sunday, Aug. 14, at 2 p.m.

Shakespeare Festival
Towsley Canyon Park
24255 The Old Road
Newhall, CA 91321
The Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival continues with Shakespeare's "As You Like It," set in 1960s California. There will be outdoor performances on July 23 and 24 beginning at 7:30 p.m.

SCV Space Theater
27600 Bouquet Canyon Road
Saugus, CA 91350
(661) 263-3733
Continuing in its second and last weekend at the intimate SCV Space Theater, "The Fantasticks" features such classic tunes as "Try To Remember," "Much More" and "I Can See It."

‘Always Patsy Cline'
Canyon Theatre Guild
24242 Main St., Newhall, CA 91321
Phone: (661) 799-2702  
Based on the true story of the legendary country singer, the Canyon Theatre Guild presents the musical "Always Patsy Cline" at 8 p.m. on Saturday nights, and at 2 p.m. on Sundays from July 30 to Aug. 21.

‘The Boys Next Door'
Repertory East Playhouse
24266 Main St., Newhall, CA 91321
(661) 288-0000
The current production at the REP, "Jewtopia," is sold out for the rest of its run. But the humorous and inspiring drama "The Boys Next Door" opens on Friday, Aug. 12, continuing on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through Aug. 27.

Concerts in the Park
Central Park
27150 Bouquet Canyon Road
Saugus, CA 91350
All concerts begin at 7 p.m.
Saturday, July 23 - The Spazmatics ('80s nerd rock)
Saturday, July 30 - Ken O'Malley & the Twilight Lords (Irish music)
Saturday, Aug. 6 - Boogie Knights (disco revival)
Saturday, Aug. 13 - TIZER with Karen Briggs (jazz, fusion, diverse music)
Saturday, Aug. 20 - Surf City All Stars (surf music)
Saturday, Aug. 27 - Jack Mack & the Heart Attack (high energy R&B and soul)

Lexus of Valencia Jazz & Blues
Concert Series
(661) 290-2911
Live music on Town Center Drive at McBean Parkway.
Friday, July 22, 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.: Tony Galla Band
Friday, July 29, 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.: Artwork Jamal
Friday, Aug. 5, 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.: Dona Oxford
Friday, Aug. 12, 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.: Reno Jones
Friday, Aug. 19, 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.: Michael John & the Bottom Line
Friday, Aug. 26, 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.: Tom Nolan

Valencia Marketplace Amphitheater
Concerts from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday, July 22 - Doc Rock-it (1950s and 1960s rock)
Friday, July 29 - The Red Elvises (rock with a Russian twist)
Friday, Aug. 5 - The Bruce Brothers
(classic blues and R & B)
Friday, Aug. 12 - Imagine (tribute to the Beatles)

Rockin' Summer Nights
Westfield Valencia Town Center, 24201 West Valencia Blvd., Valencia, CA 91355
(661) 287-9050
Concerts from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Tuesday, July 26 - Platinum Groove ('80s)
Tuesday, Aug. 2 - Fantastic Diamond (Neal Diamond cover)

J.R.'s Comedy Club
27630 The Old Road, Valencia, CA 91355
(661) 259-2291
Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23, 9 p.m.: Don McMillan and Tyler Boeh. Visit the website for other dates and more information.

Six Flags Magic Mountain
and Hurricane Harbor
26101 Magic Mountain Parkway
Valencia, CA 91355
(661) 255-4100, (661) 255-4527,  
With 18 roller coasters available at Magic Mountain and an incredible variety of water attractions at Hurricane Harbor, your hot summer days and balmy nights are headed for fun.

Mountasia Family Fun Center
21516 Golden Triangle Road
Saugus, CA 91350
(661) 253-4386
With miniature golf, batting cages, go karts and bumper boats outside, and lazer tag, arcade games and Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour inside, Mountasia is one-stop family fun all summer.

Castaic Lake State Recreation Area
32132 Castaic Lake Drive
Castaic, CA 91384
(661) 257-4050
With motorized watercraft on the upper lake, and a variety of recreational activities on the lower lake (lagoon), Castaic Lake State Recreation area has something for every outdoor enthusiast. Visit the website for details and an events calendar.

Placerita Canyon Natural Area
19152 Placerita Canyon Road
Newhall, CA 91321
(661) 259-7721
The park not only serves to conserve a slice of the wild environment but also endeavors to educate the public on the value of undisturbed flora and fauna through wild animal presentations, nature hikes, and self-guided educational trails.

William S. Hart Park Museum
24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall 91321
Phone: (661) 254-4584  
Open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Guided tours begin every half-hour and last 30 minutes. Admission is free.

Tesoro Adobe Historic Park
29350 Avenida Rancho Tesoro
Valencia, CA 91354
(661) 702-8953
Tesoro Adobe was built and owned by noted western film actor, Harry Carey, in the 1920's and 1930's. Park hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Tour hours are 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Ventura Harbor Village
1583 Spinnaker Drive
Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 642-8538
With Summer Sunday Concerts running through Sept. 4, art shows, harbor tours and a variety of other entertainment, much of which is free, Ventura Harbor Village will keep you busy through the rest of summer.

Fillmore & Western Railway
364 Main St.
Fillmore, CA 93015
(805) 524-2546
With weekend scenic train rides, cab rides and special dinner and murder mystery train rides, the Fillmore & Western is definitely a close-by, go-to option for summer fun.


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