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Posted: October 16, 2008 9:43 p.m.
Updated: December 18, 2008 5:00 a.m.
 

Counselor’s pretrial delayed again
An absent judge and lawyers with busy schedules led to another continuance of the pre-trial hearing for former Golden Valley High School counselor Roselyn Hubbell. Judge Lloyd Nash, filling in for Judge Harold Vites on Wednesday, granted the request for rescheduling the pretrial to Nov. 19.

Hubbell pleaded not guilty to charges of one misdemeanor count of annoying or molesting a child under the age of 18. Deputies arrested the former Hart district employee in June while she attempted to check into a hotel with a minor. She is also under investigation for an inappropriate relationship with another minor.

City snags grant for Safe Routes

Santa Clarita received a grant worth $637,270 from the federal Safe Routes to School program to make physical improvements in and around Peachland, Mitchell and Rosedell elementary schools. The project is designed to reduce vehicle speed around the local schools and increase the visibility of school crossings through the use of bulb-outs, speed feedback signs, enhanced crosswalks, pedestrian countdown signals and upgraded school area signage. The goal of the federal program is to enable and encourage children to walk and bike to school. It marks the third year the city won the grant money.

‘Green’ science fair at COC
The College of the Canyons Sustainable Development Committee will host an environmental science fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Valencia campus student center. The fair is themed “Kids on Sustainability and Solutions” and will feature projects presented by local students. The event, sponsored by the SDC and Whole Foods Market in Valencia, will also include a variety of vender booths featuring “green” and earth-friendly products. Call (661) 362-5806 for more information.

Hooray for local oak trees

Santa Clarita’s Urban Forestry Division hosts an oak tree giveaway from 8-10 a.m. Oct. 24 at the Central Park Nursery, located at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road in Saugus. Residents can pick up a free oak tree. The city will host another oak tree giveaway at 9 a.m. Oct. 25 at Todd Longshore Park, located at 28151 Whites Canyon Road on Canyon Country. The events are part of Oaktober, the city’s monthlong celebration of oak trees.

Trick or truck at the park
Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation hosts a free Halloween “Trick or Truck” event from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Richard Rioux Park in Stevenson Ranch. Kids ages 1 to 14 can take part in a costume contest, judged by age group. Residents can decorate their vehicles and pass out candy to kids. Participants must pre-register their vehicles with park staff by 5 p.m. Oct. 23. Call (661) 222-9536 for more information.

Kids, get ready for a disaster
The William S. Hart Union High School District will host a Disaster Preparedness Summit at 7 p.m., Oct. 28, at the Valencia High School gymnasium.  This event will bring together all the first responders to share with schools and parents the services they can provide after a major earthquake.  Each participating organization will have five to 10 minutes to relay information followed by a question-and-answer period. The event will be filmed and aired on Channel 20 to promote community awareness. Call (661) 510-2969, e-mail rfw@hartdistrict.org, or visit www.shakeout.org for more information.

Get disaster texts from the city

The city of Santa Clarita offers a new e-Alert system that will send local emergency notifications via text messaging. Residents can text “SCEMERGENCY” to 41411 or enter their phone numbers in the “Text Message Alerts” subscription box at www.santa-clarita.com/emergency to receive these text updates.  The city will use this system strictly during emergencies.  Standard phone provider texting fees will apply to the e-Alert system. For more information, email webmaster@santa-clarita.com.

It’s fishing derby time in the AV

The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation hosts the 2008 Fall Classic Adult Fishing Derby from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at Apollo Park in Lancaster. Participants will compete in trout fishing for first- through 10th-place cash prizes for the heaviest trout caught. Participants must bring their own fishing gear and strings and must have a fishing license. Admission is $15 pre-sale, ending at 2 p.m. Oct. 31, and $20 at the door. The event will include games and crafts for kids. Call (661) 722-7780 in the Antelope Valley or (661) 775-8865 in the Santa Clarita Valley for more information.

Adoption event at Mountasia
Mountasia Family Fun Center will sponsor an adoption awareness event from 5-8 p.m., Nov. 20, in conjunction with Penny Lane Centers and the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.  A celebration of National Adoption Awareness Month, the event will showcase a photo exhibit of adoptable children. Penny Lane Staff will answer questions and provide additional information. Mountasia will admit the first 100 children with a paying adult for free.

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