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UPDATE: Seasonal activities tantalize this weekend in SCV

Adds Canyon Country event; updates throughout

Posted: October 12, 2012 2:46 p.m.
Updated: October 12, 2012 6:13 p.m.

The Santa Clarita Valley will be fairly brimming with seasonal festivities and charity fundraisers this weekend. Santa Clarita Valley families are sure to find ghouls, generosity and fun at every turn.

The weather will be cooperating, too, according to the National Weather Service.

Highs are due to be 80 Saturday and as high as 89 on Sunday under sunny skies for what may be a last shot at summertime weather while fall festivities commence.


- Families will shriek, laugh, carve and be painted during the Heritage Junction’s Pumpkin Festival at William S. Hart Park in Newhall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday with a pumpkin-carving contest, Halloween Horror Movie Museum, a Halloween makeup station and ghoul-themed shows. Dragging their way from the Newhall jailhouse, professionally painted zombies will shamble down Main Street to haunt festival-goers at Hart Park during the Zombie March at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to shamble, and unbloodied zombies should arrive early for makeup.

Using their feet to support two causes on Saturday, residents can walk to fight diabetes and blood cancers.

- Walkers favoring a morning stroll can wander through the Mann Biomedical Park for Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes on a scenic four-mile walk, or a shorter two-mile walk for families to benefit the American Diabetes Association at 8 a.m. Saturday. For more information, contact 661-295-0081.

- Creating a trail of illuminated balloons like stars at Bridgeport Park, participants in the Light the Night Walk will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society with a remembrance ceremony and leisurely walk at 5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, contact 310-846-4731.

- The city of Santa Clarita will officially welcome newly annexed residents into its limits during an event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the green space on the left of Jakes Way before the railroad tracks in Canyon Country. The city completed the annexation of Jakes Way and Sand Canyon neighborhoods on Sept. 11, a move that grew the city by 2,440 acres and 14,900 residents.

- Stars will fill the Hart High School auditorium on Saturday, but it won’t be the twinkling kind. Celebrities from “Dancing with the Stars,” “So You Think You Can Dance” and “American Idol” will appear at the WiSH Foundation Starry Night event, hosted by “That’s so Raven” star Kyle Massey, to benefit the William S. Hart Union High School District at 7:30 p.m. To purchase $40 general-admission or $100 VIP tickets, visit, or call 661-799-9474 for more information.

- Residents can learn about local business products and services at the 28th annual Community Expo on Main Street in Newhall on Saturday. From 12-9 p.m., the event offers more than the traditional spread of business mingling, including bands and a sub sandwich eating contest.

- Law enforcement officers and department personnel will take orders from local residents at Red Robin in Valencia on Saturday for “Tip-A-Cop,” a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and Special Olympics fundraiser benefiting the Antelope Valley chapter of Special Olympics Southern California. The “Celebrity Waiters” will collect tips from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch and 3:30-8 p.m. for dinner.


- Children will beg and parents will consider as they stare into the irresistible furry faces of Bow-wows & Meows adoptive pets at the Sunday pet fair at the William S. Hart Park. More than 160 animals were adopted at last year’s event, and pets from Los Angeles County shelters will be vying for love beginning at 11 a.m. For more information, contact 661-297-5961.

- Locals can step into their boots and an old-fashioned country party at LARC Ranch’s Country Western Carnival in Saugus on Sunday, featuring carnival games and live music at 1 p.m. All proceeds benefit the ranch. For tickets or more information, contact 661-296-8636.

- Kids won’t only be picky with their food as they peruse a diverse offering of local business products and services at the 9th annual Kid Expo at Golden Valley High School on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Over 100 tables will allow kids to explore karate, dance, art, gymnastics, books and tutors. Kids attend free and adults pay a $3 entrance fee, all proceeds benefiting the Child & Family Center. For more information, visit or contact 255-6847 x3166.




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