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SCV Scene: Spring has sprung in the SCV

Posted: April 7, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: April 7, 2013 2:00 a.m.

It seems that spring has sprung! I’ve enjoyed watching the trees and flowers bloom throughout the Santa Clarita Valley in recent weeks. The hills are even green. I know it won’t last, but it is lovely for the moment. I am looking forward to the yuccas that bloom in May, my favorite time of year.

We usually get a very hot spell in April, sometimes lasting for a week or more. It looks like such a spell might be on the horizon for the SCV... if the weather report hold up for next week.

I trust that everyone is home from spring break today, ready to tackle school and work tomorrow!

‘Oz’ at El Capitan
I recently had the good fortune to attend the film “Oz The Great and Powerful” at the historic El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. There’s just something about going into Hollywood to see a film. The ornate theater is a treat, too.

We were fortunate to see a live magic show on stage before the film began. It was great fun. The magic show ended on March 31, but I would still recommend seeing the film. I liked it very much and don’t understand the criticisms that some of the film critics had. Hollywood itself is always an interesting place to visit. During our short stroll down Hollywood Boulevard we observed two men posing for photos with snakes, Captain America and assorted other costumed characters including a “Charlie Chaplin.” Yes, the SCV is so tame in comparison!

Remember, the street performers expect to get tipped if they pose with you for a photo.

April in the SCV
There’s a whole calendar of worthwhile events to support in April:

The WiSH Education foundation hosts its inaugural fundraiser at the Old Town Newhall Library 7 p.m. Saturday, April 13. The event will benefit students in the William S. Hart School District, and features wine tastings and gourmet food. Tickets are $75, and the event is for those age 21 and over. Info: or 661-799-9474.

Earth Arbor Day will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. The city of Santa Clarita Earth Arbor Day celebration will include a variety of activities and entertainment. Several themed zones will be present at the event including, eco, green car, water conservation, community, and children’s zones. Arts & Events Office 661-250-3787 or

Circle of Hope ninth annual Run/Walk for Hope will be held Saturday, April 20 at the Castaic Lake Lower Lagoon, 32132 Castaic Lake Drive, Castaic. Event begins at 7:30 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m.

Cost is $35 before April 15 and $45 after April 15. Walk for Hope is a run/walk that provides assistance to individuals diagnosed with breast cancer in the Santa Clarita Valley , all money raised will provide financial assistance. The event also includes: 1K Fun Run $20; dogs can attend for a $5 fee. Car Show entries are $35 dollars before April 15 and $45 after April 15 .

For more information contact Wendy Thrush Walk Chairwoman 661-254-5218 or by email at

The 12th annual LUNAFEST fundraising film festival will be held 6 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at the Canyon Theatre Guild in Downtown Newhall. LUNAFEST, hosted by the Zonta Club of SCV, promotes awareness about women’s issues by highlighting nine short films made by women filmmakers. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Breast Cancer Fund and Zonta Club’s local and global programs. General admission is $25. Info: 661-886-5967 or or

Volunteers needed
Volunteers needed for the AngelDogs Foundation’s first annual Rock, Walk and Wag dog walk to take place Saturday, April 27 at Central Park, 27150 Boquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Those volunteering would help set up, break down, coordinate traffic, register check-ins and more. Full and part time shifts available. Info: or

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




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