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Labor Day: The end of our SCV summer

Posted: September 2, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 2, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Don’t you love three day weekends? Labor Day is always considered the unofficial end of summer. Are you hosting one last pool party? Having a barbecue? Traveling this weekend out of town? Whatever your plans, enjoy! It would be nice if the weather cooperates and we get some cooling temperatures! Of course, summer temperatures usually continue to hang around the Santa Clarita Valley through the end of October.

Kudos to Cameron Smyth

This past Friday was Cameron Smyth’s last day as an assemblyman. I have admired how Smyth has grown into a true statesman. He has served the SCV well and we can be proud of his many efforts on our behalf. I’ll be curious to see what Smyth will do now, but I do hope that we’ll see more of him now that his six-year stint in Sacramento has ended.

Sister Cities concert

For those not attending the SCV Women and Men of Honor fundraiser at the Hyatt Regency Valencia on Saturday tickets are still available for the Santa Clarita Sister Cities concert.

The concert, “Journey Through Latin America,” will begin at 7 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons.

“Journey Through Latin America” features musical artist Joao Junqueira and his group Vento Sur, as well as special international guests.

The evening is a celebration of Latin American culture and includes the music, dance, stories and landscapes of several countries, including Ecuador, Colombia, Chile, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Peru, Argentina and Brazil.

Tickets: $5, $10 and $15, and are available for purchase online at

All proceeds raised from the event benefit the Santa Clarita Valley International Programs and Santa Clarita Sister Cities efforts, including the new local student ambassador program, scholarships and education, medical and literacy missions.

New to the SCV?

The city of Santa Clarita has a very informative website — — that can get you up to speed on schools, city services and other information of interest to new residents of Santa Clarita.

COC Canyon Country

Has it really been five years? The fifth anniversary Community Open House Celebration for the Canyon Country Campus of College of the Canyons will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on the COC Canyon Country Campus, 17200 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. The event will include a no-host barbecue, free raffle, giveaways, live entertainment, activities for young children, instructional/facilities tours of the campus and the opportunity to see the growth that has occurred since opening in 2007.

Find that chili recipe!

You have a month, until Oct. 6, to dream up your prize winning chili recipe for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department annual Fun in the Sun Chili Cook-off. The event includes with games, food and live music 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 6, at Jack Bones Equestrian Center, 26983 Tapia Canyon Road, Castaic. Admission is $5 for ages 14 and up, $3 for ages 7-14, free for children 6 and under. Proceeds benefit the Santa Clarita Special Olympics. Info: 661-294-6309 or

Michele E. Buttelman is the features and entertainment editor of The Signal. She can be reached at Follow SCV Scene on Facebook or on Twitter @SCVScene. 


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