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2Day in the SCV: Saturday, March 5, 2011

Posted: March 5, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 5, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Inaugural Mardi Gras 5K
The inaugural Mardi Gras Madness 5K and Mini Madness 1K to benefit Storm Track Club’s Students Off And Running Program, S.O.A.R, which trains at-risk youth of the Santa Clarita Valley to run a full marathon. $15 for students, military and city employees. $30 for adults.
When: 7-10 a.m.
Where: Bridgeport Marketplace, 23951 Newhall Ranch Road, Valencia 91355
Contact: Sharlene Duzick at (661) 713-7365

Synchronized swimming finals
The city of Santa Clarita hosts the U.S. Synchronized Swimming West Zone Finals. Admission is free.
When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Santa Clarita Aquatic Center, 20850 Centre Pointe Parkway, Valencia 91355
Contact: (661) 250-3767 or

Lou Gehrig’s support group
Support group for people with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), their family and friends, provided by the ALS Association Golden West Chapter. Free.
When: 1-2:30 p.m.
Where: Valencia United Methodist Church, 25718 McBean Parkway, Valencia 91355
Contact: (818) 865-8067

Silver Rose Debutante Grand Ball
Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital’s annual black-tie ball with three-course dinner, dancing and more. Costs $165. Proceeds benefit laboratory services at Newhall Memorial.
When: 6 p.m.
Where: Hyatt Regency Valencia, 24500 Town Center Drive, Valencia 91355
Contact: (661) 253-8051 or

District honor band concert
Concert featuring the top musicians from all of the district’s high schools and junior high schools. Tickets cost $10.
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Hart Auditorium, 24825 Newhall Ave., Newhall 91321

‘Musical Memories’
The Santa Clarita Concert Band performs popular music from the 1920s through the 1980s. Tickets cost $16 for adults, $14 for seniors, $9 for youth.
When: 7-10 p.m.
Where: Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 Main St., Newhall 91321
Contact: (661) 799-2702 or

Al-Anon chili cookoff
SCV Convention of AA with Al-Anon & Alateen participation hosts its annual chili cookoff, with speakers, 50/50 raffle and silent auction. Costs $20 at the door.
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus 91355
Contact: (661) 296-1976

Salsa night
El Trocadero Steakhouse hosts Salsa Night with Ino Alverez. Dancing and special drink offers.
When: 9 p.m.
Where: 24274 Main St., Newhall 91321
(661) 284-6615

Castaic Skate Park ceremony
The Castaic Sports Complex is celebrating it grand opening of the new Castaic Skate Park with a ceremony.
When: 11 a.m.
Where: Castaic Sports Complex, 31230 Castaic Road Castaic 91384

Game of the Day
Palomar at College of the Canyons
What: Softball doubleheader
When: 1 and 3 p.m.
Where: 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita

2Day's Birthdays

Actor James Noble is 89. Actor Michael Warren is 65. Actor Eddie Hodges is 64. Singer Eddy Grant is 63. Magician Penn Jillette is 56. Actress Adriana Barraza is 55. Singer Rome is 41. Actor Kevin Connolly is 37. Actress Jill Ritchie is 37. Actress Jolene Blalock is 36. Actress Eva Mendes is 36. Model Niki Taylor is 36. Actor Sterling Knight is 22. Actor Jake Lloyd is 22.

2Day in History
Today is Saturday, March 5, the 64th day of 2011. There are 301 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History: On March 5, 1946, Winston Churchill delivered his “Iron Curtain” speech Westminster College in Fulton, Mo.

Ten years ago: Vice President Dick Cheney underwent an angioplasty for a partially blocked artery after going to a hospital with chest pains.

Five years ago: “Crash” won the Best Picture Academy Award in an upset over “Brokeback Mountain.”

One year ago: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, visiting Guatemala, told reporters that demand for narcotics in the United States was fueling drug violence in Central America as she acknowledged a measure of U.S. responsibility for what she called “a terrible criminal scourge.”


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