SCV takes time to enjoy the outdoors
Cars look for parking as Stacy Dobbs, left, and her daughters Ellie, 16, and Leilani, 11, and eight-year-old terrier, Kylo, start their hike in the overflowing parking lot at Towsley Canyon Park in Newhall on Saturday, March 21, 2020. Dan Watson/The Signal

SCV takes time to enjoy the outdoors

As people all over the world practice social distancing to help stem the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the question becomes how to stay entertained and maintain some sort of…

Veteran Center to reduce hours in face of coronavirus
The Veteran Center in Newhall currently has a food pantry, computers, library and resource table. Emily Alvarenga/The Signal

Veteran Center to reduce hours in face of coronavirus

Amid numerous facility closures and health concerns across the world, the Santa Clarita Veteran Services Collaborative has announced a reduction of hours and services for their veteran center.

A different kind of bookworm
Liza Purdy, a children's librarian at the Old Town Newhall Library, conducts a worm feeding as part of an interactive activity designed to teach kids about science. March 10, 2020. Bobby Block / The Signal.

A different kind of bookworm

Every Tuesday, Liza Purdy, a children’s librarian at the Newhall Library, wheels out a box of about 50 to 100 red wiggler worms for children at the library to touch and feed with composted materials like celery, coffee grounds and avocado peel.

SCV’s comic book convention later this month
Cosplayer Ivy Doomkitty poses as The Rocekteer at the San Fernando Valley Comic Book Convention. Bob Ranken

SCV’s comic book convention later this month

San Diego Comic Con may be months away, but Santa Clarita geeks and pop culture fans can scratch that itch early as the Santa Clarita Valley Comic Book Convention comes to town for the second time.

Terry Mitchell Collier —  U.S. Navy
Terry Collier served with the US Navy in Japan before returning to the United States to pursue a career in the entertainment industry and later marketing. March 03, 2020. Bobby Block / The Signal.

Terry Mitchell Collier — U.S. Navy

In April 1981, Terry Collier enlisted in the Navy, motivated to follow in her father’s footsteps.  “Because he was in the Navy I never considered any other branch, that just would have been weird,” she said. “Watching my dad study so diligently and work so hard for advancement in ranking really helped make me better at studying.”

Local documentary filmmaker debuts in Cannes and Los Angeles
Documentary Filmmaker Laura Carlson with a poster of her documentary "Beyond Barriers". Dan Watson/The Signal

Local documentary filmmaker debuts in Cannes and Los Angeles

Laura Carlson is a professional writer by day and a documentary filmmaker on the side. Her first film “Beyond Barriers” was screened at the Cannes Short Film Festival in 2019 and made its U.S. premiere in February at the Golden State Film Festival at the TLC Chinese Theater.

Valencia High Alum helps Cirque du Soleil acrobats take flight
Valencia High School alum Sean Groves is the head of automation for Cirque du Soleil's "Volta" show.

Valencia High Alum helps Cirque du Soleil acrobats take flight

Acrobats bounce on trampolines. A man dangles from a lamp and a woman swings by her hair. BMX riders dazzle an audience. All of this is thanks to some behind-the-scenes magic from Sean Groves.

Newhall Library holds “musical instrument petting zoo” for kids and teens
Lyra Chaddick, toddler plays the keys on a electronic keyboard assisted by Marna Onnen, grandmother at the Green Eggs and Jam session hosted by the Newhall Public Library, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. Gilbert Bernal/The Signal

Newhall Library holds “musical instrument petting zoo” for kids and teens

Gone are the days when you would be shushed for making noise in the library. As librarian Liza Purdy puts it, that’s an antiquated stereotype and the Newhall Library is a “full throttle library.” On Monday, the Old Town Newhall Library was full of music as the library hosted a “musical instrument petting zoo” for children and teens as part of the monthly “Green Eggs and Jam” music program.

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