by Mayor Laurene Weste
I hope that you and your family are enjoying these warm summer months and using the extra daylight hours to take a walk on our local paseos and trails; enjoy a cool dip in one of the City’s pools, and most importantly, spending time together in our beautiful City.
July is a favorite month for me because of the 4th of July. For many years, I have been a part of a committee of dedicated volunteers that organize our annual 4th of July parade. The parade is held at 9 a.m. in the Newhall and Valencia areas of our city every July 4th and draws thousands every year. The 2014 parade theme is “Our Heroes: We can because they do,” and our parade Grand Marshall is Jim Ventress, long-time retiring executive director for the Boys and Girls Club of the Santa Clarita Valley. For parade route information, the parade line-up and other parade information, please visit www.scvtv.com/parade.
If you are an early riser, a great way to start off the morning of July 4th is by attending the traditional Santa Clarita Rotary Club Breakfast at 6:30 a.m. in Old Town Newhall. Pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee will be served in the Roger Dunn Golf parking lot on Main Street between 5th and 6th Street. If you enjoy a good morning run, you should definitely consider checking out the Santa Clarita Runners Club 5K/10K run-walk. The run starts at 7 a.m. for the 10K and at 8 a.m. for the 5K at Newhall Park, and the course is the 4th of July parade route. There’s also a “fun run” event for the kids. More information and sign-ups are available at www.scrunners.org
What 4th of July would be complete with a fireworks show? The City of Santa Clarita hosts a wonderful, free fireworks show at the Westfield Valencia Town Center, beginning at 9:15 p.m. The colorful display is a great way to cap off a fun day of festivities and tribute to our heroes. More information about the fireworks show is available at: www.santa-clarita.com/arts
Thank you for your interest in our City. I hope that you and your family enjoy a safe and happy 4th of July!