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Santa Clarita Valley welcomes summer

Posted: June 21, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 21, 2013 2:00 a.m.

City of Santa Clarita Lifeguard Jessica Yamaguchi, left, and Malaya Glaze, 3, of Valencia, blow bubbles during a beginning swim class at Valencia Glen Park this week. Photo by Dan Watson.

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Welcome to the longest day of the year.

In Pacific Daylight Time, summer officially began Thursday at 10:04 p.m. — the moment when the tilt of the planet’s axis most inclines the northern hemisphere toward the sun.

That creates the longest day followed by the shortest night of the year.

In Santa Clarita Valley time, summer means it’s time to swim and play.

“We have swimming lessons and sports practices. We may go to Ventura when it’s too hot here,” said Irma Camara, Castaic resident and mother of two.

The Camara family went to Spain last summer and plans to mostly stay home this summer, Irma Camara said at Valencia Glen Park earlier this week. Mikel and Lydia Forrer, Camara’s son and daughter, 9 and 5 respectively, had swimming lessons Wednesday.

“I learned airplane on my own,” Mikel Forrer said, flinging his arms out like the wings of a plane as he demonstrated the butterfly stroke.

Malaya Glaze, age 3, also had swimming lessons at the Valencia Glen Park pool.

“We just started on Monday,” said Glaze’s father, Leo Glaze, as he dried off his shivering daughter after her swim.
“We plan on taking a couple day trips — if I can convince everyone, maybe Disneyland,” he said.

Leo Glaze grew up with fellow Canyon Country resident Rodney Pauley, whose twins, Izabella and Mia Pauley, age 4, are in the same swim class as Glaze’s daughter.

“If he goes to Disneyland, we might tag along,” Pauley said of his summer plans as his daughters wrapped matching towel wraps over their floral and princess swimsuits.

Eight-year-old Andrew Meadow plans to spend most of his summer sweating on the asphalt.

“He’s a basketball fanatic; he plays on a city team, has private lessons and is going to go to camps,” Meadow’s mother, Nicole Meadow, said, watching her son receive a private lesson from The Master’s College basketball player Travis Divita as her daughter Emily, 3, played in the sand.

“He’s doing a Michael Jordan basketball camp in Santa Barbara.”

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