by Mayor Marsha McLean
As we head toward the fall season, families can look forward to cooler weather while easing into these first weeks of school. Though summer is winding down, our community centers are gearing up for a season filled with fun programs, so get ready to get crafty, active and entertained!
Here are a few events taking place at our Canyon Country and Newhall Community Centers this season.
Canyon Country Community Center
Have you ever wanted to learn how to dance the Boogie-Woogie, Shag or the Charleston? Well now is your chance at this year’s Swing into Fall Dance on Sept. 14. Open to adults 18 years and older, participants can look forward to FREE, step-by-step instructions during the first hour of the event, while the second hour is free for participants to dance socially. The dance runs from 7-9 p.m.
For those interested in a night of energetic fun, our family-friendly dodgeball competitions are a great place to break a sweat while learning the basic techniques of the game. Families and friends can form a team and compete against each other in a tournament on Sept. 20, from 7-9 p.m. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.
Enjoy an evening of sports, games and dinner. The Boys Night In lets boys play soccer, broomball, hockey and even use the SMART ProTrainer interactive wall. Taking place on Oct. 4, at 6 p.m., this event is open to boys six through 12 and wraps up with a pizza dinner.
Looking for a safe place to trick or treat with your little one? Look no further than our Preschool Pumpkin Party on Oct. 25, beginning at 9:15 a.m. Participants 5-years-old and younger can look forward to slightly spooky fun with Halloween-themed games, music, arts and crafts and sensory activities. Don’t forget to come dressed in your favorite costume!
Newhall Community Center
Residents near the Newhall Community Center can look forward to even more fall events, including the 25th Annual River Rally Cleanup event on Sept. 21. Each year, volunteers clean a portion of the Santa Clara River and contribute to the City’s commitment to protecting the environment. Volunteers will need to pre-register online and will be provided with gloves, collection bags and refreshments. For more information, go to santaclaritavolunteers.com.
Have a spooktacular Halloween this year by attending the Halloween Carnival on Oct. 25, at the Newhall Community Center. Whether it is a haunted toyshop, pumpkin and costume contests or a haunted house, the carnival will have something for everyone. Sponsored in part by the SCV Sunrise Rotary Club, the event is open to the public and will begin at 6 p.m.
Beat the annual flu season and get your flu shot from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. This clinic is open to children and adults who do not have health insurance, or whose healthcare does not offer flu vaccines and will be held at both community center locations.
The clinic at the Canyon Country Community Center will be on Oct. 24, from 4-7 p.m. The clinic at the Newhall Community Center will be on Oct. 29, from 4-7 p.m.
Whether it’s a fun-family night or maybe learning a new dance, the Newhall and Canyon community centers have something for everyone. So come out and enjoy a variety of fun and educational opportunities!