The Santa Clarita Ballet Company presents "Tales of Beatrix Potter," "Dvorak's Serenade" and "G Song/B Side" Saturday at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center on the Valencia campus of College of the Canyons in two performances, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
It's an hour filled with the regular "pring" of aluminum bats on balls, followed by the rapid scraping of feet turning the base paths, the pops of balls in mitts - and a lot of heavy breathing. This is Adult League Summer Softball, and with those bat-prings adding up to total scores in the neighborhood of 30 runs, there is a lot of opportunity to get out of breath. But it's worth it - for the camaraderie, the exercise and for stress relief.
Summer may not arrive technically until June 21, the longest day of the year, but the summer film season is well underway.
Resistance fighters in olive drab bark orders at you as Harvesters close in outside. Gunfire sounds and explosions rattle the assembly bunker. The machines are coming for you and your only escape is to board the train.
For those of you holding down the fort this long Memorial Day weekend and staying in the SCV, there is a whole lot more going on than you might think. Shiiishh. Keep it on the downlow and let the other folks make their exhausting drives.
There's something about baseball season that speaks of a gentler pace, warm evenings and good times that linger. It speaks of memories and barbecues, dads and kids, buddies and heroes.
This Sunday all the right flavors come together as the 21st annual Taste of the Town returns to the Mann Biomedical Park in Valencia. Anticipated as one of the SCV's highlight events each year, the festival-like outdoor gathering allows the SCV's top food and beverage purveyors to introduce the public to their tastiest offerings.
It's hard to imagine that on April 25-26 the 16th annual Cowboy Festival will ride into Melody Ranch. It seems like only yesterday that I was sitting under a spreading oak and enjoying a cowboy breakfast of biscuits and gravy.
California Poppy Festival
I always find it hard to pass up an opportunity to travel back in time to the Renaissance. I know our modern take on Renaissance life is much cleaner and more romantic than the original 16th century model, but it entices and seduces nonetheless.
The sun is bright overhead and I breathe deeply the heady perfume of lilacs. I am surrounded by lilacs - lavender lilacs, white lilacs, deep, deep purple lilacs, soft purple lilacs and lilacs with a touch of blue.
You start with vintage train rides, speeder rides, engineer lessons, turntable demonstrations, model trains, historic train engines, cabooses and cars.
It used to be that, if you were traveling east or west across the city of Santa Clarita, you had to do it on Soledad Canyon Road and you had to pass by Mountasia Family Fun Center. Your kids would howl, "I want to go to Mountasia," every time you passed and you had no choice but to stop in now and then.
Sure, and it's a shame, laddie, but that most Irish of holidays, St. Patrick's Day, falls on a scrawny little Tuesday this year. That means if ye don't keep yer wits about ye, ye'll be a-going to work on Wednesday with the green a-showin' in yer face. So boyo, maybe ye should stay a little closer and party a wee bit less this year. St. Patrick will forgive ye. Either way, here's what's coming up shamrocks in the days ahead.