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Laurene Weste: Events with benefits: fun for a cause in the SCV

Posted: June 13, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 13, 2014 2:00 a.m.

The city of Santa Clarita is home to numerous nonprofit organizations that benefit residents from all walks of life.

Each year, these hard-working local groups deliver meaningful resources and support to thousands and thousands of people in our community, lifting spirits and enriching lives along the way.

The impact made by these nonprofits would not be possible without the support of our community. I am so proud to be part of a city whose residents regularly come together to make a difference in the lives of others.

On Saturday, Santa Clarita families can attend two fun events for good causes: Touch-a-Truck benefiting the SCV Senior Center, and the Santa Clarita Century Ride & Expo benefiting the Santa Clarita Child & Family Center.

The fun begins at Central Park at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 14, with the 2014 Touch-a-Truck event. Touch-a-Truck is a family-friendly fundraiser that provides kids with the opportunity to see some of Santa Clarita’s biggest and baddest vehicles up close and personal, with all proceeds benefiting the SCV Senior Center.

From 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., families will be able to view fire engines, police cars, movie cars, military vehicles, construction machines and more, and meet the people who drive them. A city dump truck will also unload hundreds of beach balls to celebrate the recent launch of the city’s popular Summer Beach Bus.

The typical “look-but-don’t touch” rule doesn’t apply here, as kids are welcome to sit in the vehicles, honk horns, ring sirens, turn knobs and push buttons to their hearts’ content.

Music, entertainment, food trucks, exhibits and more will also be included throughout the day.

Last year, kids had a blast just playing inside an empty moving van truck.

Touch-a-Truck also provides an excellent, affordable opportunity for the family to get together for Father’s Day. Admission is just $5, and dads get in for free.

All proceeds from the 2014 Touch-a-Truck event benefit the SCV Senior Center, which is dedicated to ensuring the independence, dignity and quality of life for Santa Clarita seniors by providing important resources, advocacy and services.

The sixth annual Santa Clarita Century Ride & Expo will also be held Saturday, June 14, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Westfield Valencia Town Center.

The event will include four different rides kicking off from the same start point at Westfield: the 100-mile Century Ride, the 50-mile Half-Century, the 25-mile Quarter-Century and the six-mile Family Ride.

All rides will end back at the Westfield Valencia Town Center.

The Century Ride will depart at 7 a.m. from the corner of Magic Mountain Parkway and Citrus Street, followed by the Half-Century at 8 a.m. and the Quarter-Century at 9 a.m.

The races culminate at 12 noon with the fun Family Ride, which will cruise on a moderate six-mile course through our city’s trails and paseos.

On-site registration will be available. As we all know, Santa Clarita loves its bicycle events, and this is one not to be missed.

Bicycle John’s Santa Clarita will also provide bike checks before each ride, and all riders will finish back at the Westfield Valencia Town Center with a family-friendly expo featuring a variety of active events, athletic demonstrations, live music and gourmet food trucks all afternoon.

All proceeds from the Santa Clarita Century Ride benefit the Santa Clarita Child & Family Center, which is dedicated to providing mental health, behavioral and education services to kids, adults and families throughout the Santa Clarita Valley.

For more information on the Child & Family Center, visit

No matter how you choose to spend your Father’s Day weekend, I hope you’ll consider stopping by one of these excellent community events to benefit families throughout Santa Clarita.

For more information on the Santa Clarita Century Ride & Expo, visit

For more information on Touch-a-Truck, call the SCV Senior Center at (661) 259-9444 or “like” the official event Facebook page at

Laurene Weste is a member of the Santa Clarita City Council and can be reached at



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