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Top Things To Do This Weekend, May 11, 2011

This weekend in Santa Clarita is brought to you by our friends at Valencia Auto Center

COC – Bikes & Bites
Pet Expo 2011
SC Dodger Day
Gourmet Food Truck Festival & Classic Car Show
Jewish Food & Cultural Event
Relay for Life – Castaic
And More…

COC – Bikes & Bites
The Amgen Tour is coming to town soon, and you can get into the spirit with a family fun event: Bikes & Bites.  College of the Canyons and the City of Santa Clarita are joining in a community fun ride, and, if that isn’t enough, a food festival.  The event starts with an 8.5 mile bike ride from the COC Canyon Country Campus and goes to Discovery Park, then back again.  After the ride, there will be a community food festival with food trucks, campus events, vendor booths, prizes and giveaways – all in a festival atmosphere.  It is also a chance to see the Canyon Country campus.  The ride is open to all riders age 12 and older.  All riders must wear a helmet and observe road safety regulations.  The ride takes place Saturday starting at 9am.  The bike ride registration fee:  $25 for single rider; $10 for youth rider ages 12-17 (and COC students); $20 for groups of four or more.  Click here to register.  The free festival starts at 11:30am.    Proceeds benefit the COC Canyon Country campus improvement projects. 

Pet Expo 2011
Family fun all centered round the family pets.  Pet Expo USA is sponsoring this huge event on all things pet related.  There will pet adoption, music, famous food trucks, kid zone, free and low cost vaccinations, and so much more.  Celebrities attending are Shorty Rossi, Linda Blair, Mackenzie Phillips, Megan Blake and Champ the Skateboarding Bulldog.  Bring a new or used dog bed or blanket to support animals in shelters.  There is a new location for this year’s expo:  Central Park on Bouquet Canyon Road.  The expo takes place Saturday from 10am-4pm.  Tickets are on sale now.   Ticket prices are:  Adults $10; Seniors $5; Children under 12 $3; Family 4 Pack $20. Family pets on a leash are welcome – no retractable leashes. 

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 SC Dodger Day
The 34th Annual City of Santa Clarita Dodger Day is here!  Show your City pride and have a ton of fun while watching the Los Angeles Dodgers vs the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Dodger day is Saturday with a 4:00pm game start time.  Local residents have entered a competition to sing our National Anthem.  Money generated from this event will help support our schools and non-profit groups.  Click here for a story on Cary Quashen, Executive Director of ACTION and host of KHTS’ Families in ACTION radio show, has been selected to throw out the “1st Pitch”. Click here for the City Calendar information.    

Gourmet Food Truck Festival & Classic Car Show
Classic cars from all over the southland and 45 gourmet food trucks are coming to town for an awe inspiring event.  The Gourmet Food Truck Festival & Classic Car Show will take over the Valencia Auto Center on Creekside Road this Sunday from 11am-7pm.  Masters College Swing Band will provide classic swing music.  With gourmet truck names, like Fishlips Sushi, Fresh Fries, Crepes Bonapart, Tapa Boy, Valentino’s Pizza and Global Soul, to name a few, this extravaganza will surely fulfill your every foodie delight.  The Classic Car Show welcomes muscle cars, antique/historical vehicles, racing and exotic cars, as well as others.  Bring your family, friends and appetite for a not-to-be-missed event.  Admission is free.  VIP parking will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis for a nominal per-car fee.  Proceeds benefit the SCV Sheriff’s Foundation.
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Jewish Food & Cultural Event
The SCV Jewish Food & Cultural Festival has so much to offer, and there’s also an attempt to break the world record for the World’s Largest Falafel Ball.  Share in Jewish culture at this fun event featuring food, live Jewish entertainment, shopping, arts and crafts, children’s area and more.  Food trucks from Canter’s Deli, Yalla, Takosher, Sweet E’s Bake Shop, Bagel Boyz and more will be at the event.  Festival guests can donate blood, participate in bone marrow screening, help the homeless, send cards to soldiers, donate hair to Locks of Love and participate in activities for the American Cancer Society.   The Festival will be held Sunday from 11am-6pm at College of the Canyons, Parking Lot 7.  Children 12 and under are free, Adults $5, two for one admission with non-perishable donation to SCV Food Pantry.  Click here for a story on the Festival.   Click here for further information.

Relay for Life – Castaic
Castaic is holding its first Relay for Life event – the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising and life changing event to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember those lost and to fight back against the disease that has affected so many.  The Opening Ceremony will start at 9am on Saturday at Castaic Lake.  The Survivors Lap will be at 9:15am.  Teams will start their walk at the lower lake and take turns walking around the designated track during the 24 hour event to symbolize the reality that cancer never sleeps.  The Luminaria Ceremony will be held at 9pm.   The luminaria bags, bearing the names of loved ones lost or currently fighting cancer, are lit during the Luminaria Ceremony.  The Fight Back and Closing Ceremony will take place at 8:15am Sunday morning.

And More…

What:  SCV Homeless Shelter – Comedy Fundraiser
When:  Sunday, May 15 at 3:30pm
Where:  Blessed Kateri’s Slattery Hall, 22508 Copperhill
Details: An evening of laughter, all for a good cause, the SCV Homeless Shelter.  This family friendly event will feature Don Friesen, two-time winner of the San Francisco Comedy Competition; Phil Perrier, a writer for the Tonight Show; and Frank Lucero, who has starred on Comics Unleashed, Que Loco and HBO.  Tickets are $15 and can be purchased on-line. 

What:  “Three Piggy Be Bopera” – Pops Concert
When:  Friday, May 13 at 7:30pm
Where:  Perfoming Arts Center at COC
Details:  Three Piggy Opera is a children’s opera written by Virginia Stewart.  It has been nominated for Children’s Music Award from the Independent Music Awards.  It features ten of the most popular hits from classical music and sung by children.  For this event, Three Piggy Be Bopera, each piece of music has been arranged into a jazz style and will be sung by Broadway veterans and opera professionals.  This family friendly concert will play for one night only.  Tickets are $5 and $10.  Keep an eye out for KHTS host of Thursday Matinee, Paul Strickland.

What:  Valley View School Spring Spectacular
When:  Saturday, May 14 from Noon-4pm
Where:   Valley View Community School, 19414 W. Sierra Estates Drive in Newhall
Details:  This family event will have pony rides, live music, giant slides and obstacle courses, an art walk, caricaturist, face painting and more.  The Q Spot will bring their Texas BBQ to the event.  Proceeds benefit student programs.

What:  Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger”
When:  Saturday, May 14
Where:  Your Mailbox
Details:  Local letter carriers will be taking part in the National Association of Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive.  The food collected will be donated to our local food bank, the SCV Food Pantry.  Leave non-perishable, non-breakable food items in a bag and put it next to your mailbox.  Click here for a story by KHTS’ Carol Rock which includes a list of food items needed. 

What:  FastFrame for Congressional Art
When:  During FastFrame Valencia store hours.  Call FastFrame at 291-1325.
Where:  FastFrame Valencia, near the Whole Foods/Kohl’s shopping center on Valencia Boulevard.
Details:    The entries for this year’s Congressional Art competition will be on display at FastFrame Valencia.  Click here for a story on the competition.     Click here for a story on the winner of the competition, Valencia High senior, Tyler Recchia.  

What:  Zonta LifeForward Workshop – Interviewing Skills
When:  Saturday, May 14 from 10am-12:30pm
Where:  Desert Streams Church, 26873 Ruether Avenue, Canyon Country
Details:  Topics that will be covered are steps a job seeker needs to take to prepare for an interview, such as, appropriate answers to common interview questions and questions to ask the interviewer.  Participants are encouraged to bring a resume to practice their interviewing skills with a panel of Human Relations professionals.  Click here for a story on Zonta’s workshops.  Click here for more information.   

What:  Rancho Camulos – Spring Plein Air Artist Day
When:  Monday, May 16 from 8am-6pm
Where:  Rancho Camulos Museum on Highway 126, 10miles east of I-5
Details:  Artists are invited to spend the day capturing spring in all its glory on the grounds of Rancho Camulos.  The museum docents are planning a morning coffee and treats, beverages and a luncheon.  Docents will be in costume for tours and posing at the museum’s historic views.  Reservations must be made by Friday, May 13 to: or Hillary at 805-832-9435.  A rain date is set for Monday, May 23. 

Click here for other events listed on the KHTS Community Calendar.

Upcoming Events:
What:  State of the County Luncheon
When:  Wednesday, May 18 at 11:30am.
Where:  Hyatt Regency Valencia on Town Center at McBean Parkway
Details:  Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich will address SCV business and community leaders on the State of the County.  Antonovich will discuss the state’s current budget crisis and goals and predictions for the coming year.  RVSP no later than 5pm on Monday, May 16.  For reservations email  Click here for a flyer on the luncheon.

What:  California Strawberry Festival
When:  Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22
Where:  Strawberry Meadows of College Park, 3250 South Rose Ave in Oxnard
Details:   Need an excuse to toss a strawberry tart at Mom or Dad?  You can find it at this year’s California Strawberry Festival.  The fun begins with over 40 food booths brimming with all things berry.  Add live concerts, rides and attractions, cooking presentations, gooey contests, 200 Fine Arts & Crafts booths, and you have a Festival.  Affordable family fun never tasted so sweet.  Buy tickets at KHTS at half price – value $12, your cost $6.  Call 661-298-1220 for ticket information.

Also brought to you by our friends at Facey Medical Center.

Add your own event to our Community Calendar at  Please give us at least two weeks notice.

Top Things To Do This Weekend, May 11, 2011

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