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Today in the SCV: Saturday, July 30, 2011

Posted: July 31, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 30, 2011 1:57 a.m.
 

Foster parents’ session
What
: Children’s Bureau holds an information session for local families interested in becoming foster families.
When: 10-11:30 a.m.
Where: Westfield Valencia Town Center community room, 24201 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia 91355
Contact: (661) 272-9996

Car wash fundraiser
What: Get your car washed by the girls of FRESH Clothing Boutique. Costs $10; proceeds benefit OTNA charitable events.
When: Noon to 3 p.m.
Where: 24263 Main St., Newhall 91321
Contact: (661) 259-4166

Concerts in the Park
What: Free annual concert series. Ken O’Malley and the Twilight Lords will perform Irish music.
When: Every Saturday through Aug. 27 at 7 p.m.
Where: Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus 91350
Contact: (661) 286-4018 or www.santa-clarita.com/concerts

‘Jewtopia’
What: A comedic play by Bryan Fogel and Sam Wolfson. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $17 for students and seniors.
When: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. through July 30
Where: Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 Main St., Newhall 91321
Contact: (661) 288-0000

‘The Music Man’
What: Canyon Theatre Guild presents its production of “The Music Man,” a musical. Tickets cost $15-29.
When: Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. through Aug. 14
Where: Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia 91355
Contact: (661) 362-5304 or www.canyonspac.com

AP Odd News
Redevelopment head arrested

\WILKINSBURG, Pa. (AP) — The head of a blighted Pittsburgh suburb’s redevelopment authority has been tied to a burglary in which copper piping and fixtures were stolen from a home on a list of vacant and abandoned properties she oversaw.

Online court records do not list an attorney for 65-year-old Kate Luxemburg, who lives in Wilkinsburg where she is also chairman of the borough authority.

But those records do confirm a report by WTAE-TV that Luxemburg was charged Friday with theft, criminal conspiracy and other crimes for a break-in allegedly committed by another man, who is also being charged.

The Associated Press could not immediately locate a phone number for Luxemburg, and borough officials did not immediately return a call for comment on the charges filed against her Friday by borough police.

Abbey ends its ranching operation
RICHARDTON, N.D. (AP) — A Roman Catholic monastery in North Dakota is putting its ranching operation out to pasture because it lacks monks with cowboy skills.

Abbot Brian Wangler tells The Dickinson Press that ranching has been a part of Assumption Abbey since 1893, when it was in Devil’s Lake. He says raising cattle helped make the monastery self-sufficient.

He says two monks now care for 260 cows at the Richardton abbey, but only one has the skills to do it by himself.

Today in History

Today is Saturday, July 30, the 211th day of 2011. There are 154 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History: On July 30, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a measure making “In God We Trust” the national motto, replacing “E Pluribus Unum” (“Out of many, one”).

Ten years ago:
Robert Mueller, President George W. Bush’s choice to head the FBI, promised the Senate Judiciary Committee that if confirmed, he would move forcefully to fix problems at the agency. Typhoon Toraji churned through Taiwan, killing some 200 people.

Five years ago:
Israel agreed to a 48-hour suspension of aerial activity over southern Lebanon after its bombing of a Lebanese village that killed 29 people.

One year ago:
President Barack Obama toured Chrysler and General Motors assembly plants, where he offered an upbeat assessment of the U.S. auto industry a year after the big government bailouts.

Today's birthdays

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig is 77. Singer Paul Anka is 70. Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is 64. Actor William Atherton is 64. Actor Jean Reno is 63. Blues singer-musician Otis Taylor is 63. Actor Frank Stallone is 61. Movie director Richard Linklater is 51. Actor Laurence Fishburne is 50. Actress Lisa Kudrow is 48. Actress Vivica A. Fox is 47. Movie director Christopher Nolan is 41. Actor Tom Green is 40. Actress Jaime Pressly is 34. Actress Yvonne Strahovski is 29.

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