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Today in the SCV: Saturday Aug. 4, 2012

Posted: August 3, 2012 8:01 p.m.
Updated: August 3, 2012 8:01 p.m.

Today in the SCV

Help The Children fundraiser

What: Fundraiser with music and attractions benefiting local nonprofit Help The Children. Canned food donations accepted, especially peanut butter, jelly, canned fruit, canned meats such as chili/stew/hash and oatmeal.

When: 8-11 a.m.

Where: Chick-fil-A, 24180 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia 91355

Contact: 661-702-8852,

ALS support group

What: Information and support for those with Lou Gehrig’s disease, their families and friends. Free.

When: 1-2:30 p.m.

Where: Valencia United Methodist Church, 25718 McBean Parkway, Valencia 91355

Contact: 818-865-8067

Pool party

What: Single Mothers Outreach hosts a pool party with games, barbecue dinner, live entertainment and raffles. Admission is $10.

When: 3-8 p.m.

Where: Santa Clarita Aquatic Center, 20850 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita 91390

Contact: 661-288-0117, buy tickets at

‘Concerts in the Park’

What: The city of Santa Clarita presents Concerts in the Park. Tonight’s featured artist is Johnny Cash Tribute band The Walking Phoenixes.

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus 91350


‘The Sound of Music’

What: Santa Clarita Regional Theater presents Rodgers and Hammerstein’s hit Broadway musical “The Sound of Music.” Tickets cost $12-29.

When: 8 p.m. on Saturdays, 2 p.m. on Sundays, through Aug. 12

Where: Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia 91355

Contact: 661-799-2702 for reservations;

‘The Marvelous Wonderettes’

What: Canyon Theatre Guild presents jukebox musical “The Marvelous Wonderettes.” Tickets cost $15-17.

When: 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. on Sundays, through Aug. 31

Where: Canyon Theatre Guild Playhouse, 24242 Main St., Newhall 91321

Contact: 661-799-2702,

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Today in history

Today is Saturday, Aug. 4, the 217th day of 2012. There are 149 days left in the year.

On this date in the SCV: In 1998, a Canyon Country tow-truck driver pleaded guilty to killing a hitchhiker he picked up on a freeway onramp in Valencia.

Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 4, 1892, Andrew and Abby Borden were axed to death in their home in Fall River, Mass. Lizzie Borden, Andrew’s daughter from a previous marriage, was accused of the killings, but acquitted at trial.

Ten years ago: A Palestinian suicide bomber blew up a bus in northern Israel during rush hour, killing himself and nine passengers. Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada won the presidency of Bolivia for a second time.

Five years ago: President George W. Bush toured the site of a collapsed highway bridge in Minneapolis, pledging to cut red tape that could delay rebuilding. Three students, Iofemi Hightower, Terrance Aeriel and Dashon Harvey, were shot to death execution-style in a Newark, N.J., schoolyard. (Five defendants have since been sentenced to prison; a sixth is awaiting trial.) Barry Bonds tied Hank Aaron’s 755 career home runs as his San Francisco Giants lost 3-2 to the San Diego Padres. Alex Rodriguez became at age 32 the youngest player in major league history to hit 500 home runs with a first-inning homer in a 16-8 Yankees victory over Kansas City.

One year ago: A Texas jury convicted polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs of child sexual assault in a case stemming from two young followers he’d taken as brides in what his church called “spiritual marriages.” (Jeffs was sentenced to life in prison.)


Journalist Helen Thomas is 92. Singer Frankie Ford is 73. Actress-singer Tina Cole is 69. Actor-comedian Richard Belzer is 68. Football Hall-of-Famer John Riggins is 63. Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is 57. Actor-screenwriter Billy Bob Thornton is 57. Actress Kym Karath (“The Sound of Music”) is 54. Track star Mary Decker Slaney is 54. Actress Lauren Tom is 53. President Barack Obama is 51. TV producer Michael Gelman (“Live! With Kelly”) is 51. Retired MLB All-Star pitcher Roger Clemens is 50. Actress Crystal Chappell is 47. Author Dennis Lehane is 47. Rock musician Rob Cieka (Boo Radleys) is 44. Actor Daniel Dae Kim is 44.



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