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Today in the SCV: Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Posted: September 19, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 19, 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: 6:30 p.m.

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

Contact: 661-294-0828,

Advisory committee meeting

What: The Canyon Country Advisory Committee presents information on the Crime Survivors support group, the chloride issue, the city of Santa Clarita’s satisfaction survey and more.

When: 5 p.m. for dinner; 7-9 p.m.

Where: Mint Canyon Moose Family Center Banquet Room, 18000 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country 91351

Contact: 661-713-9344,

Musician workshop

What: Learn how to advance your career in music and what goes on in the business side of the live music industry at the “New Heights — Professional Artists Workshop,” part of an ongoing series of art-themed workshops.

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Century Room at City Hall, 23920 Valencia Blvd., Valencia 91355

Contact: City Arts and Events Supervisor Mike Fleming at 661-250-3777,

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Today in history

On this date in the SCV: In 2009, Volcom Stone’s Wild in the Parks contest came to the Santa Clarita Skate Park. Volcom’s stop in Santa Clarita was its first ever stop in California. More than 200 amateurs competed in the contest, with the top seven finalists in the three separate age divisions earning an opportunity to compete in Phoenix at a national showcase.

Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 19, 1982, the smiley emoticon was invented as Carnegie Mellon University professor Scott E. Fahlman proposed punctuating humorously intended computer messages by employing a colon followed by a hyphen and a parenthesis as a horizontal “smiley face.” :-)

Ten years ago: President George W. Bush asked Congress for authority to “use all means,” including military force if necessary, to disarm and overthrow Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein if he did not quickly meet United Nations demands to abandon all weapons of mass destruction. A Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up on a Tel Aviv bus, killing five victims.

Five years ago: The Senate blocked legislation that would have regulated the amount of time troops spent in combat, a blow for Democrats struggling to challenge President George W. Bush’s Iraq policies. A powerful bomb killed anti-Syria lawmaker Antoine Ghanem and six others in Beirut, Lebanon.

One year ago: In a White House address, a combative President Barack Obama demanded that the richest Americans pay higher taxes to help cut soaring U.S. deficits by more than $3 trillion. Mariano Rivera set a major league record with his 602nd save, closing out the New York Yankees’ 6-4 win over the Minnesota Twins. Dolores Hope, the sultry-voiced songstress who was married to Bob Hope for 69 years and sometimes sang on his shows for U.S. troops and on his television specials, died in Los Angeles at age 102.



Author Roger Angell is 92. TV host James Lipton (“Inside the Actors Studio”) is 86. Actress Rosemary Harris is 85. Former Defense Secretary Harold Brown is 85. College Football Hall of Famer and former NFL player Reggie Williams is 58. Actor Adam West is 82. Retired MLB All-Star pitcher Bob Turley is 82. Actor David McCallum (TV: “NCIS”) is 79. Singer-songwriter Paul Williams is 72. Singer Bill Medley is 72. Singer Sylvia Tyson (Ian and Sylvia) is 72. Singer Freda Payne is 70. Golfer Jane Blalock is 67. Singer David Bromberg is 67. Actor Randolph Mantooth is 67. Rock singer-musician Lol Creme (10cc) is 65. Former NFL running back Larry Brown is 65. Actor Jeremy Irons is 64. Actress Twiggy Lawson is 63. TV personality Joan Lunden is 62. Singer-producer Daniel Lanois is 61. Actor Scott Colomby is 60.






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