CarFit program helps keep seniors safe behind the wheel

The Bella Vida senior center hosted a CarFit class on Tuesday to help make car travel safer for seniors.
CarFit is an educational program hosted by the AARP and the California Highway Patrol to provide comprehensive reviews of how drivers of advanced age can better optimize the safety of their driving experience.

Iconography ministry brings new life to an ancient art

When people want to learn about ancient art, they usually take a class or go to a museum. The members of the Saint Kateri Iconography Ministry learn by doing. On the third Saturday of every month, the members of the iconography ministry gather in one of the church’s meeting rooms to share news, learn new techniques and to work on their own icons.

How the SCV figured into the Oscars landscape

Throughout the years, the city has maintained its close ties to Hollywood, so when the nominations for the 2020 Academy Awards season were released Jan. 13, it was no surprise Santa Clarita was an integral part of seven of this year’s distinguished films.

An SCV ‘Imagineer’ shares his inspiration

Larry Nikolai, an artist and Disney Imagineer, had always been a fan of Disneyland, but seeing the park’s animatronic Abraham Lincoln captured his attention, while the later introduction of “Pirates of the Caribbean” cemented his fascination with animatronics.

SCV residents dance for desks

On Saturday morning, over 100 people gathered at The Centre to dance and raise money at the Santa Clarita Valley International Program’s first “Dollars For Desks” Zumba fundraiser. For $20, or $30 for a VIP spot in the first two rows, participants were given a three-hour Zumba class with 16 different instructors.

A new music scene comes to The MAIN

SCENES will explore different music scenes from various cultures, time periods and regions of the globe and is meant as a replacement for the “Sidecar Music Series.”

Santa Clarita Encore Chorale seeks senior fans of showtunes

The Santa Clarita Encore Chorale will begin rehearsals Jan. 10 for the group’s spring semester concert, “Encore Goes to the Theater.” Featuring songs selections from both Broadway productions and Hollywood hits, the concert caters to lovers of musical theater and film.

Floating in the New Year the California way

Originally from Georgia, Linda and Mike Thompson moved to California with their children Maddie and Craig. The family wanted to gain some “California experiences,” so after Linda saw a call for volunteers to work on the Sierra Madre Rose Float Association’s entry in this year’s parade, she jumped at the chance to sign up.

New year, new you, same challenges

A new year is about to begin, bringing with it the New Year’s parties, the Rose Parade and the dreaded “new year, new me” resolutions.

Drifters makes annual toy donation

Drifters Cocktail Lounge may not allow anyone under 21 to enter the bar, but that doesn’t mean that they’ve forgotten about the kids during the holidays. On Monday, Santa’s sleigh took the form of a fire engine and utility truck from Los Angeles County Fire Station No. 107 as they pulled into the parking lot in front of Drifters to collect dozens of toys donated by Drifters and VFW Post No. 6885.

SCV Senior Center to send off 2019 in style

On Dec. 23, the senior center is scheduled to host the Innovation Show Choir for a lunchtime performance. Children aged 8 to 18 will put on a special performance of holiday music favorites with accompanying choreography. Then on Dec. 31, the senior center will host a lunchtime Roaring ’20s-themed New Year’s Eve party. Guests donning their fedoras, flapper headbands and best 1920s attire will be treated to a video about the 1920s, live music, a Charleston dance lesson, a noon ball drop and a sparkling cider toast, since the ’20s were the era of Prohibition, after all.

Senior Center thanks volunteers with holiday party

On Tuesday afternoon, SCV Senior Center welcomed about 200 of its volunteers to a holiday part to thank them for their efforts to make the senior community more comfortable. Though the senior center has hosted many thank you parties for its volunteers, this year had the distinction of being the first one at the new facility.

Glowhouse Gaming to host ‘Star Wars’ celebration

In anticipation of the “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” the final film in the “Skywalker saga,” Glowhouse Gaming is hosting a “Star Wars” party to give local fans a way to celebrate their fandom.

Charlie Brown comes to town

“Good grief!” As Christmas draws ever closer and classic holiday specials play across countless television networks all day long, fans of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” will have another way to enjoy the classic cartoon.

Valencia Christian Center to host first Jazz & Comedy Concert

On Dec. 15, the Valencia Christian Center (VCC) will host their first Jazz & Comedy Concert Experience at the senior center. The night will open with performances of jazz gospel music performed by a variety of artists including violinist Karen Briggs, drummer Laval Belle and pianist Myron McKinley, who also works as the musical director for Earth Wind & Fire. The second half of the night will be devoted to a comedy show by Broderick E. Rice, who will also emcee the evening.

An offer of meals, murder, mystery and more

From C. Auguste Dupin to Nancy Drew, there are few things more satisfying that a classic “whodunnit” mystery. How about stepping into the detective’s shoes and cracking the case open yourself? Here are some local upcoming opportunities for Santa Clarita to get their inner “Sherlock Holmes” on.