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Where to golf in the SCV

Golf is big in the Santa Clarita Valley, and whether your backyard overlooks a sand trap or you're a lifetime member of a country club or you "know a guy" or you just ante up on weekends at a public course, beautiful, challenging facilities await you locally.

August 06, 2010 | By Jim Walker Escape Editor | Escape Cover Story


Annual Citrus Classic Balloon Festival takes flight in Santa Paula

Starting tonight at 5 p.m., with the Friday evening Balloon Glow, followed by the sunset dinner, and continuing through tomorrow evening at 10 p.m., the 2010 Citrus Classic Balloon Festival will bring color, music, food and family fun to Santa Paula and surrounds.

July 30, 2010 | By Jim Walker Escape Editor | Escape Cover Story


Get a dash of splash at the water park

The heat is on and cool water is calling. But why not combine the wet with some wild at one of the SoCal water parks?

July 23, 2010 | By Jim Walker Escape Editor | Escape Cover Story


Beachin' in Ventura: The coolest local beaches

Enough with the extended June gloom, already. It's mid-July, we're finally broiling in the summer's first major heat wave, and anyplace wet looks pretty good right now.

July 16, 2010 | By Stephen K. Peeples Signal Online Editor | Escape Cover Story


King Kong

Get ready to rumble! If attending a "celebrity death match" between King Kong and T-Rex is your idea of a perfect day at the theme park, then Universal Studios Hollywood has a new attraction made for you.

July 09, 2010 | By Michele E. Buttelman Signal Features and Entertainment Editor | Escape Cover Story


Fun on the Fourth

So, OK, the Fourth of July comes on a Sunday this year. But don't let that hold you back. The concerts and fireworks displays are all pretty much over by 9:30 p.m., so you can still get enough sleep before Monday - and many of you are fortunate enough to have Monday off, anyway.

July 02, 2010 | By Jim Walker Escape Editor | Escape Cover Story


Summer outdoor concerts in the SCV

Why go over the hill and through the ringer to enjoy outdoor concerts this summer? As always, we've got a bunch right here in the SCV - and best of all they're free!

June 25, 2010 | By Jim Walker Escape Editor | Escape Cover Story


Favorite SCV Restaurants

Last week Escape took a look at the newer restaurants in the SCV, and this week we take a look at established restaurants that have become favorites with local diners. Great food, good prices, terrific service and friendly atmosphere are the hallmarks of these businesses, which makes sense, as they couldn't survive in these economic times without these qualities.

June 18, 2010 | Text and Photography by Jim Walker | Escape Cover Story


The Santa Clarita Valley's newest restaurants

People need to eat, and, apparently, people in the SCV need to eat out. Or someone thinks so, anyway, because new restaurants are popping up around every corner in town. Some of these are reincarnations of previous establishments and others are tempting us for the very first time. Some of them offer fine dining and others barely offer space for one family to sit. You have everything from wings and tacos to upscale tapas and Italian.

June 11, 2010 | Text and Photography by Jim Walker Escape Editor | Escape Cover Story


Summer movie madness

Though it isn't anything official, calendar-wise, the Memorial Day weekend began the "summer" in the minds of moviegoers. And June, July and August will bring us, hopefully, the kinds of films that will make the summer special. On tap are romances, comedies, horror films, spy thrillers and toy stories, some of which might one day become classics - and then you can say you were there when they first opened.

June 04, 2010 | By David Germain Associated Press Movie Writer | Escape Cover Story


Memorial Day Weekend in the SCV

Though gas prices aren't, at the moment, through the roof, spending money may be through the floor for most people. And if your budget is insisting you keep it close to the SCV this long weekend, you'll be pleased to know there is no lack of good times you can enjoy locally.

May 30, 2010 | Jim Walker | Escape Cover Story


Hidden places ... secret spaces

We rush here and there, children to get to school, appointments to keep, a boss to make happy. We're in such a hurry in our daily lives we often forget to take in the amazing spaces and places that surround us in the Santa Clarita Valley.

May 21, 2010 | By Michele E. Buttelman Signal Features and Entertainment Editor | Escape Cover Story


Topanga Banjo, Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival

It was 1961 when the Banjo Pickers and Open Fiddling Contest was created by Margot Slocum and Peg Benpe as a fund raiser for the Santa Monica Friends Meeting House. At that first "festival" there were 26 banjo pickers, five fiddlers, four judges and more than 500 in attendance. Over the years the festival has been held at various locations, but since 1990 it has found a home at the Paramount Ranch - still close to its Topanga Canyon roots - and what is now known as the Topanga Banjo, Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival has grown to be one of the premier ...

May 14, 2010 | By Jim Walker Escape Editor | Escape Cover Story


California Strawberry Festival comes to Oxnard

The 27th annual California Strawberry Festival comes to Oxnard this Saturday and Sunday, with delicious food, 200-plus arts and crafts booths, Strawberryland for Kids, the Strawberry Promenade, gooey contests and headline entertainment on two stages. This will be a weekend of sweet family entertainment.

May 14, 2010 | By Jim Walker Escape Editor | Escape Cover Story


Placerita Canyon Nature Center: Where the wild things are

"It's about educating people on the natural environment, and here we emphasize the interface between people and the natural open spaces. We want to take the roughness off the "urban edge," said Frank Hoffman. As acting regional park superintendent I, Hoffman orchestrates the goings-on at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center in Placerita Canyon, where, for 38 years, SCV residents and anyone else who visits have been meeting and learning to appreciate the wild animals and native plants that exist just beyond the borders of our neighborhoods.

May 07, 2010 | By Jim Walker Escape Editor | Escape Cover Story


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