By Ken Striplin City Manager This is an exciting time for arts and culture in Santa Clarita. We have several new, thrilling public art pieces that will be installed in the next few months, our Arts Master Plan is making strides and our premier arts and entertainment district in Old Town Newhall is thriving with live theatre, galleries and soon … the much-anticipated Laemmle Theatre. Inspired by the blooming creative community, the theme for this year’s State of the City is “City of the Arts.” That means along with food and city updates, the event will also feature live musical performances, artist demonstrations and so much more. If you have not attended a State of the City Luncheon — I urge you to make this year your first. The highlight of every State of the City is the video update from your City Council, showcasing the accomplishments of the last year and highlights of what’s to come. State of the City attendees will get the very latest on progress at the site of the new Canyon Country Community Center, the new Sheriff’s Station and new developments in Old Town Newhall. Guests can learn about what the city is doing in the areas of public safety, homelessness, traffic safety, the libraries, events, maintaining our infrastructure and enhancing our 34 parks. Guests will also receive a custom, commemorative gift that is sure to inspire and inform. It is not too late to reserve your seat at State of the City. For more information, please visit santa-clarita.com or call the City of Santa Clarita at 661-255-4939. We invite the community to join us in celebration at the annual State of the City Luncheon on Thursday, October 25, 2018, at 11:30 a.m., at the Hyatt Regency Valencia.