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Today in the SCV: Saturday July 21, 2012

Posted: July 21, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: July 20, 2012 11:00 p.m.

Today in the SCV

Water conservation class
What: Valencia Water Co. customers who want the latest valuable tips on how to conserve water inside and outside their homes can attend a free class and receive a $30 credit on their water bill.
When: 10 a.m.
Where: Community Room at Valencia Town Center, 24201 Valencia Blvd., Valencia 91355
Contact: 661-294-0828,

Watercolor, oil painting demos
What: Plein air landscape artist Frank Eber demos watercolor, and educator and author John Paul Thornton demos oil painting. Seating is limited; RSVP required.
When: Frank Eber at 1-3 p.m.; John Paul Thornton at 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Where: The Gallery of Santa Clarita Artists’ Association next to Pottery Barn, 24251 Town Center Drive, Suite 125, Valencia 91355
Contact: Laurie Morgan at 661-244-7689

What: The Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival presents a post-apocalyptic steampunk take on “Macbeth.” Free.
When: Gates open at 6:30 p.m., pre show at 7:30 p.m., curtain at 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through July 29.
Where: Towsley Canyon Park, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall 91321

‘Concerts in the Park’
What: The city of Santa Clarita presents Concerts in the Park. Tonight’s featured artist is pop/rock band The Basix.
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus 91350
Contact:, 661-250-3787

‘The Sound of Music’
What: Santa Clarita Regional Theatre presents Rodgers and Hammerstein’s hit Broadway musical “The Sound of Music.” Tickets cost between $12 and $29.
When: 8 p.m. on Saturdays, 2 p.m. on Sundays, through Aug. 12
Where: Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia 91355
Contact: 661-799-2702 for reservations;

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Singer Kay Starr is 90. Movie director Norman Jewison is 86. Former Attorney General Janet Reno is 74. Actress Patricia Elliott is 70. Actor David Downing is 69. Actor Edward Herrmann is 69. Actor Leigh Lawson is 67. Actor Wendell Burton is 65. Actor Art Hindle is 64. Singer Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens) is 64. Cartoonist Garry Trudeau is 64. Comedian-actor Robin Williams is 61. Actor Jamey Sheridan is 61. Rock singer-musician Comedian Jon Lovitz is 55. Actor Lance Guest is 52. Actor Matt Mulhern is 52. Comedian Greg Behrendt is 49. Rock singer Emerson Hart is 43. Actor Josh Hartnett is 34. Actress Sprague Grayden is 34. Reggae singer Damian Marley is 34. Country singer Brad Mates (Emerson Drive) is 34. MLB All-Star pitcher CC Sabathia is 32.

Today in history

Today is Saturday, July 21, the 203rd day of 2012. There are 163 days left in the year.

On this date in the SCV: In 1944, war bond sales in Newhall and Saugus exceeded the bond quota by more than 250 percent.

Today’s Highlight in History: On July 21, 1925, the so-called “Monkey Trial” ended in Dayton, Tenn., with John T. Scopes convicted of violating state law for teaching Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. (The conviction was later overturned on a technicality.)

Ten years ago: Telecommunications giant WorldCom Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection about a month after disclosing it had inflated profits by nearly $4 billion through deceptive accounting. Ernie Els won the British Open in the first sudden-death finish in the 142-year history of the tournament.

Five years ago: Doctors removed five small growths from President George W. Bush’s colon after he temporarily transferred the powers of his office to Vice President Dick Cheney under the rarely invoked 25th Amendment. Ruediger Diedrich, one of two Germans kidnapped in southern Afghanistan on July 18, was found dead. David Beckham made his debut with the Los Angeles Galaxy in front of a sellout crowd of 27,000. (Beckham got into the exhibition game in the 78th minute of Chelsea’s 1-0 victory.) “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” the final volume of the wizard series by J.K. Rowling, went on sale.

One year ago: The 30-year-old space shuttle program ended as Atlantis landed at Cape Canaveral, Fla., after the 135th shuttle flight. Eurozone leaders agreed to a sweeping deal that would grant Greece a massive new bailout and radically reshape the currency union’s rescue fund. The NFL canceled its Hall of Fame game between St. Louis and Chicago despite owners voting in favor of a tentative deal to end a lockout.



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