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Today in the SCV: Saturday Aug. 18, 2012

Posted: August 18, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 18, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Water conservation class

What: Valencia Water Co. customers who want the latest valuable tips on how to conserve water inside and outside their homes can attend a free class and receive a $30 credit on their water bill.

When: 10 a.m.

Where: Community Room at Westfield Valencia Town Center, 24201 Valencia Blvd., Valencia 91355

Contact: 661-294-0828

‘Concerts in the Park’

What: The city of Santa Clarita presents Concerts in the Park. Tonight’s will feature  Latin jazz and world music group Bandidos De Amor.

When: 7 p.m.

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

Contact: 661-250-3787

‘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. 18, the 231st day of 2012. There are 135 days left in the year.

On this date in the SCV: In 2005, officials declared Santa Clarita a hot spot for the West Nile virus after two pools of mosquitos tested positive for the disease.

Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which guaranteed the right of all American women to vote, was ratified as Tennessee became the 36th state to approve it.

Ten years ago: In a tearful farewell Mass in his beloved Krakow, Pope John Paul II told more than 2 million Poles that he would like to return one day — but that “this is entirely in God’s hands.” Rich Beem beat Tiger Woods to capture the PGA Championship.

Five years ago: Alarmed tourists jammed Caribbean airports for flights out of Hurricane Dean’s path as the monster storm began sweeping past the Dominican Republic and Haiti. NASA, meanwhile, ordered space shuttle Endeavour back to Earth a day early out of fear Dean might disrupt flight operations. A seven-alarm fire ripped through an abandoned skyscraper next to ground zero in Lower Manhattan, killing two firefighters who’d responded to the blaze. Michael K. Deaver, a close adviser to President Ronald Reagan, died in Bethesda, Md., at age 69.

One year ago: President Barack Obama and European leaders demanded that Syrian President Bashar Assad resign, saying his brutal suppression of his people made him unfit to lead. Vice President Joe Biden met with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping in Beijing. A storm swept through a popular open-air music festival in Hasselt, Belgium, killing five people.



Former first lady Rosalynn Carter is 85. Academy Award-winning director Roman Polanski is 79. Attorney and author Vincent Bugliosi is 78. Olympic gold medal decathlete Rafer Johnson is 77. Actor-director Robert Redford is 76. Actor Christopher Jones is 71. Actor Henry G. Sanders is 70. Rhythm-and-blues singer Sarah Dash (LaBelle) is 69. Actor-comedian Martin Mull is 69. Actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner is 42. Rock musician Dennis Elliott is 62. Comedian Elayne Boosler is 60. Country singer Steve Wilkinson (The Wilkinsons) is 57. Actor Denis Leary is 55. Actress Madeleine Stowe is 54. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is 51. ABC News reporter Bob Woodruff is 51.


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