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Literary & Arts get festive

Holiday celebrations Newhall style

Posted: December 4, 2008 10:03 p.m.
Updated: December 5, 2008 9:00 a.m.

The city of Santa Clarita and the Santa Clarita Valley Education Foundation opens its Literacy & Arts Festival with three Christmas activities beginning Friday.

Santa's arrival to collect toys for underprivileged children is the highlight of the "Paint the Town" event from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday on Main Street in Newhall.

The annual Holiday Parade will begin at 9:30 p.m. Saturday in Newhall and will end at William S. Hart Park at 10 a.m., signifying the start of Santa Clarita's day-long Literary Arts Festival.

The festival will feature snow, entertainment and storytelling. Noted cartoonist Phil Yeh will give out copies of his newest comic book, "Dinosaurs Across California," which has special interest for fourth-graders.

Guest-celebrity readers including Mayor Bob Kellar will read favorite stories.

Other authors scheduled to appear are: Andrew Smith, "Ghost Medicine"; Barbara Jean Hicks, "Secret Life of Walter the Kitty"; Sherry Shahan, "That's Not How You Play Soccer Daddy!"; Leonard Felder, Ph.D., "Fitting In is Overrated"; Janet Squires, "Gingerbread Cowboy"; Richard Myers, "Snapping Schneds, Blosits"; Adam Schomer, "Becka and the Big Bubble"; and Chris A. Shoemaker, "The Great Mrs. Santa Claus."

Special features include the Instrument Petting Zoo presented by the Santa Clarita Symphony, Pierre Cruzatte's Musical Journey along the Lewis and Clark Trail, Make Your Own Comic Book and Draw the Simpsons.

An array of food and non-food vendors will round out the festival's offerings.


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