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Today in the SCV: Sunday, Aug. 19

Posted: August 19, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 19, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Artmaking workshop

What: Participate in the construction of a new public art sculpture at Vasquez Rocks. Bring objects to place in the rammed earth time capsule. Free; registration required.
When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Vasquez Rocks Interpretive Center construction site, Agua Dulce 91390
Contact:, 323-913-0915

USC Alumni Club open house
What: The USC SCV Alumni Association holds an open house and invites all USC alumni, students, parents, friends and fans. USC Sports memorabilia and other donations will be raffled off with the entire proceeds going to the USC SCV Scholarship fund. USC/ESPN Sports reporter will be present. Complimentary appetizers served.
When: 3-6 p.m.
Where: Gameday Grille and Sports Bar, 27430 The Old Road, Valencia 91355
Contact:,, 661-313-4478

‘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, July 28 through Aug. 31
Where: Canyon Theatre Guild Playhouse, 24242 Main St., Newhall 91321
Contact: 661-799-2702,

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Today is Sunday, Aug. 19, the 232nd day of 2012. There are 134 days left in the year.

On this date in the SCV: In 1971, the Army Corps of Engineers created a plan to protect the valley in case of a massive flood. It consisted of a series of channels that would direct floodwaters through the Santa Clara River and out to sea.

Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 19, 1812, the USS Constitution defeated the British frigate HMS Guerriere off Nova Scotia during the War of 1812, earning the nickname “Old Ironsides.”

Ten years ago: A Russian military helicopter crashed after being shot down by rebels in Chechnya, killing 127 people. An ailing and aging John Paul II bid a tearful farewell as he concluded a four-day visit to the Krakow region of Poland (it turned out to be his last visit to his homeland).

Five years ago: Hurricane Dean, which had already killed eight people on its destructive march across the Caribbean, pummeled Jamaica with gusting winds and torrential rains as a Category 4 storm. French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner paid an unannounced and highly symbolic visit to Baghdad — the first by a senior French official since the war started. Elvira Arellano, an illegal immigrant who’d taken refuge in a Chicago church to avoid being separated from her U.S.-born son, was deported to Mexico.

One year ago: Three men — Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jesse Misskelley — who’d spent nearly two decades in prison for the nightmarish slayings of three Cub Scouts in Arkansas, went free after being permitted to plead guilty to murder in exchange for time served. (The so-called West Memphis Three continue to maintain their innocence.) Kentucky beat Pennsylvania 1-0 to win the Little League World Series at South Williamsport, Pa. Danell Leyva beat two-time defending champion Jonathan Horton for his first title at the U.S. gymnastics championships in St. Paul, Minn.

Actor L.Q. Jones is 85. Actress Debra Paget is 79. USTA Eastern Tennis Hall of Famer Renee Richards is 78. Former MLB All-Star Bobby Richardson is 77. Actress Diana Muldaur is 74. Rock musician Ginger Baker (Cream, Blind Faith) is 73. Singer Johnny Nash is 72. Actress Jill St. John is 72. Actor and former U.S. senator Fred Thompson is 70. Singer Billy J. Kramer is 69. Country singer-songwriter Eddy Raven is 68. Rock singer Ian Gillan (Deep Purple) is 67. Former President Bill Clinton is 66. Tipper Gore, wife of former Vice President Al Gore, is 64. Actor Jim Carter is 64. Actor Gerald McRaney is 64. Rock musician John Deacon (Queen) is 61. Actor-director Jonathan Frakes is 60. Political consultant Mary Matalin is 59. Actor Peter Gallagher is 57. Actor Adam Arkin is 56. Singer-songwriter Gary Chapman is 55. Actor Martin Donovan is 55. Pro Football Hall-of-Famer Anthony Munoz is 54. Rhythm-and-blues singer Ivan Neville is 53. Actor Eric Lutes is 50. Actor John Stamos is 49. Actress Kyra Sedgwick is 47. Actor Kevin Dillon is 47. Country singer Lee Ann Womack is 46. TV reporter Tabitha Soren is 45. Country singer-songwriter Mark McGuinn is 44. Actor Matthew Perry is 43. Country singer Clay Walker is 43. Rapper Fat Joe is 42. Olympic gold medal tennis player Mary Joe Fernandez is 41. Actress Tracie Thoms is 37. Country singer Rissi Palmer is 31. Actress Erika Christensen is 30. Pop singer Missy Higgins is 29. Country singer Karli Osborn is 28. Olympic silver medal snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis is 27. Actor J. Evan Bonifant is 27. 


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