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SCV revs up for 3-day weekend

Recreation venues prepare for big crowds

Posted: August 28, 2008 9:43 p.m.
Updated: October 30, 2008 5:01 a.m.
It may be called Labor Day in honor of hard-working Americans, but for many it’s a day for carefree fun. And many Santa Clarita Valley locals were getting ready to give summer 2008 a long kiss goodbye.

Nelle and Teddy Castelucci of Stevenson Ranch have a daunting weekend planned. They are taking their son and more than 200 of his friends camping.

Nelle is a den mother for Boy Scout Troop 499 in Stevenson Ranch. The group is headed to Frazier Park for a weekend camping trip and the Castelucci’s needed one last tent.

“We got a good deal on this one,” Teddy said standing outside a local sporting goods retailer.

The weekend camping trip will last through Sunday when the Castelucci’s return home after a weekend spent with more than 200 boys ages 6 through 8. The couple has important plans for Monday.

“Recuperate,” Teddy said.

Myke Roa of Canyon Country got his weekend started early. He purchased a pair of flippers and was heading to Venice Beach to go boogie boarding.

“That’s where the waves are,” Roa said about choosing Venice over other beaches for boarding. He plans to meet family and friends in Palm Springs Saturday and will spend the rest of the weekend barbecuing.

When he isn’t noshing on hot dogs, he’ll spend some time in Spa and Agua Caliente casinos.

“I’ll probably lose money,” he said.

Labor Day will be all laughs for Joanne Lindsey of Saugus. She is going to a friend’s home in Ladera Heights for a Labor Day party where comedienne Annie McKnight is booked as the entertainment. Lindsey said she booked McKnight for a Christmas party last year and knows the comedienne will be funny. 

Lindsey is looking forward to the party, but not the drive.

“I hate traveling on the holidays. I would rather stay home,” she said. Lindsey anticipates bad traffic and a long drive.

All is not glum about leaving Santa Clarita on Labor Day.

“It will be cooler in Ladera Heights,” she said. Lindsey is looking forward to beating the heat.

Local recreation venues are preparing for big crowds as people from all over the Southland celebrate the unofficial end of summer.

Crystal Koshak of Castaic Lake Recreation Area said the lake should be full during the weekend. Full means lots of cars in the recreation area’s two parking lots.

The lower parking lot accommodates 1,346 cars, while the upper lot has room for 450 trucks with boats in tow, Koshak said. Lake Castaic offers fishing camping and swimming among its list of activities. However, beating the heat tops the list of things to do, she said.

The hotter it is in Southern California the more people will flock to the lake, Koshak said.

The National Weather Service forecast for Santa Clarita Valley calls for clear skies and highs ranging between the low to mid 90s on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday and Monday, the high should reach only into the upper 80s.

Overnight lows for the weekend will dip into mid 60s, Friday and Saturday night, and mid 50s Sunday and Monday night.


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