Some last minute August adventures as the kids start school

It’s hard to believe that summer is winding down for school-age children. Most schools in the Santa Clarita Valley are set to open their doors for the 2019-20 school year this week.However, to ease the transition to the school routine, here are some fun August adventures that hopefully you can make room for in between homework and weekly spelling tests.

Actor and musician Drake Bell gets close and personal with fans
Actor and musician Drake Bell teaches fan Alex Caceres one of his songs at a meet and greet at Revenant Body Art Studio in Canyon Country Sunday afternoon. Cory Rubin/The Signal

Actor and musician Drake Bell gets close and personal with fans

It is not often that people get a chance to meet their favorite actors or heroes, but on Sunday, fans of actor Drake Bell got a chance to spend time with the star at a meet and greet at Revenant Body Art Studio in Canyon Country.

Using hard work to achieve major dreams
Hart High alum Cole Roederer said coach Jom Ozella taught him valuable lessons that he still uses today, as he works his way up the depth chart as a prospect for the Chicago Cubs. Courtesy South Bend Cubs

Using hard work to achieve major dreams

Playing baseball for Hart High School was hard work for Cole Roederer. Outside of the usual practices and games, he put in extra time to do sprints on the field or learn more tedious concepts, like the best angles when playing outfield or how to maximize information from a scouting report.

Santa Clarita Baptist Church offers a refreshing alternative to vacation bible school
Families enjoy mingling, Jenga, corn hole and other activities on a break during the Refresh one-day Bible camp. Matt Fernandez/The Signal

Santa Clarita Baptist Church offers a refreshing alternative to vacation bible school

On Sunday, Santa Clarita Baptist Church held its first Refresh conference, a one-day family Bible Camp.

Keep your city beautiful: Volunteer at the River Rally River clean-up event
City of Santa Clarita City Hall. Cory Rubin/The Signal

Keep your city beautiful: Volunteer at the River Rally River clean-up event

Whether you are biking, walking or driving through Santa Clarita, you are likely to run into lush green fields for sports games, wildflowers blooming on hillsides or spot our City’s iconic oak trees. This abundance of beauty in our valley didn’t happen by accident.

SCV supports Hart Park at Silents Under the Stars
The Grateful Dudes Western Band entertain at the Silents Under the Stars fundraising event for the Friends of Hart Park at William S. Hart Park in Newhall on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal

SCV supports Hart Park at Silents Under the Stars

Silents Under the Stars, the annual William S. Hart Park fundraiser, once again showcased a silent film from the park’s eponymous star Saturday.

Mama’s Table inspired to serve food and love, like mom does
Owner, Daivid Cho at Mama's Table restaurant in Santa Clarita. Dan Watson/The signal

Mama’s Table inspired to serve food and love, like mom does

David Cho wears many hats. Come into Mama’s Table Restaurant in Valencia and Cho, the owner, may be your greeter, server, clerk or busboy. Whatever role he plays, Cho always has a smile on his face. That’s because despite 7-day work weeks, Cho finds the restaurant business pleasurable.

Michele makes….ice cream
The finished ice cream is rich and smooth. Topped with sprinkles it makes the perfect “instant” treat.

Michele makes….ice cream

It’s summer in the Santa Clarita Valley. It’s hot. What can you do with the family that’s fun and gives you a sweet, cool treat as a reward? One of the simple joys of summer is ice cream. A great family activity is making homemade ice cream with your kids.

Cool off on the water in houseboat style
Many are content to simply cruise Lake Powell and explore the many fascinating side canyons that narrow to just a boat width as they twist away from the main channel. PHOTO COURTESY NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

Cool off on the water in houseboat style

It’s summer. It’s hot. What better way to cool off than to get on the water? Here’s five places where you can “float away” and beat the heat.

Fill trenches with slurry to avoid sink
After digging a trench through a concrete-covered area, fill it back up not with dirt but with a slurry of Portland cement and sand.

Fill trenches with slurry to avoid sink

My name is Jerry F. I live in Santa Clarita and I’m not sure if you’ve ever answered questions on commercial properties. I’m hoping you can help me on this, it’s not a big deal, but I have a concern.

This design trend is coming back
Wood paneling can add a rustic feel to a bathroom.

This design trend is coming back

Design trends come and go, but some have a funny way of resurfacing years after they first became popular. Homeowners who may have been considering renovating their home to remove a design element they believe to be passé might want to see if that feature has experienced a resurgence in popularity.

Saturated fat versus unsaturated fat
Not all fats are the same, and food typically contains both saturated and unsaturated fat.

Saturated fat versus unsaturated fat

Fat can be confusing as it pertains to diet. If asked to describe fat in a single word, many people might be inclined to say, “Bad.” However, fat is more complicated than that and is actually an essential component of a healthy diet.

Laughs, lessons and life at 100
Bernie Glass blows ou the candles on his birthday cake after being surprised for his 100th birthday by the members of the Anthro/History Club at the SCV Senior Center in Santa Clarita on Tuesday. Dan Watson/The Signal

Laughs, lessons and life at 100

When Santa Clarita resident Bernie Glass was told he would be a good standup comedian, he replied: “The toughest part of that would be to stand up.” Glass, who turned…

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