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Extra time this weekend for activities

Daylight Saving Time, Day of the Dead and marathon held this weekend

Posted: November 3, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 3, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Dan LaMoore of Electric Time Company moves a clock face at their plant in Medfield, Mass on Thursday. For information on Daylight Saving Time and other weekend events, see A7.

An extra hour of sleep, two celebrations in honor of the dead and a run to “test the physical boundaries of the human body” highlight this weekend’s activities in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Sunday at 2 a.m. is officially the time to turn back the clocks an hour, gaining the hour of sleep lost last spring.

The time change means skies will lighten an hour earlier in the morning, but they will darken an hour earlier in the evening as most of the nation returns to standard time.

The time change can mean a serious adjustment for drivers who trek into downtown Los Angeles or to other distant work locations from the Santa Clarita Valley.

Traffic reporters note the change is particularly difficult for commuters who head east in the morning and face a glaring sunrise at a different time than they’re used to.

Some studies indicate conditions are safer for driving during daylight saving time than standard time. However, recent research indicates “falling back” can be particularly hazardous for pedestrians.

Pedestrian fatalities from cars increase at 6 p.m. during the weeks after clocks are set back in the fall, with those on foot three times more likely to be hit and killed by cars. Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University found a 186 percent jump in the risk of being killed by a car for every mile walked.

Walkers are less likely to be hit and killed during the time period, but their numbers are far outweighed by the increase in evening numbers of pedestrians hit, the researchers said.

The earlier daylight will be welcomed by runners and running enthusiasts who turn out Sunday morning for the Santa Clarita Marathon, an official qualifying race for the Boston Marathon.

The event, proudly sponsored by the city, “will test the physical boundaries of the human body,” the official website says.

Lots of options are available for those who don’t want to hoof it the entire 26 miles and 385 yards. Besides the full marathon, participants can race in a half-marathon, a 5K Run or a Kid K run.

Racers take off at 7 a.m. at McBean Parkway and Town Center Drive. Some road closures will be in effect, especially around the downtown Santa Clarita area.

Two separate events this weekend celebrate the Day of the Dead, a Mexican holiday celebrated in many countries. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember those who have died.

It’s a national holiday in Mexico, celebrated on Nov. 1 or Nov. 2, and is believed to originate from an ancient Aztec festival.

The Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society will celebrate a Day of the Dead Festival beginning at noon Saturday.

Eternal Valley Memorial Park and Mortuary will hold a celebration Sunday beginning at 4 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Garden, 23287 N. Sierra Highway in Newhall. The event, to which the entire community is invited, will feature a bilingual memorial and candle lighting service, face painting, traditional pan dulce, agua fresca, Aztec dancers and music.

“We are honored to have the opportunity to provide this service to our community and help families and friends celebrate and show their respect for their loved ones,” said Curtis Woods II, general manager of Eternal Valley.

For more information, call 661-259-0800.



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