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Taste of the Town

Now in its 22nd year, the annual Taste of the Town has become one of the SCV's premier events, with locals attending as much to see each other as to enjoy the best food and drink from the valley's top vendors.

April 30, 2010 | Jim Walker | Escape Cover Story


Renaissance Pleasure Faire carrying on through May 23

After the past few years the allure of simpler times is almost irresistible. Luckily, Port Deptford, England, circa the late 1500s, is just an hour away.

April 23, 2010 | By Michele E. Buttelman Faire Lady | Escape Cover Story


Cowboy Festival: SCV gets its spurs on

Yee haw! It's my favorite time of year - the Cowboy Festival at Melody Ranch April 24 - 25.

April 16, 2010 | By Michele E. Buttelman Signal Features and Entertainment Editor | Escape Cover Story


Toyota Grand Prix comes to Long Beach

The 36th annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach roars into action next weekend, Friday, April 16 through Sunday, April 18, featuring the fourth round of the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series. (There will also be a few earlier events.)

April 09, 2010 | Signal Staff | Escape Cover Story


Easter brunch for the bunch

Whether you get to sleep in on Easter Sunday or finish up at church with a growling stomach, going out for brunch on the day is a tradition that most of us happily follow. Around town several restaurants are offering special menus and activities during the brunch hours this Sunday. The "Easter" brunches at other restaurants actually happen every Sunday, but who cares? It only means you'll be spilling your usual maple syrup on your Easter slacks.

April 02, 2010 | Signal Staff | Escape Cover Story


Railfest 2010

The Santa Clara River Valley Railroad Historical Society (SCRVRHS) will present its 15th annual Railfest this Saturday and Sunday, March 27 and 28, and the society's director, Jim Mendrala, emphasized that "This year's Railfest theme is 'Trains - Fun for All Ages.'" The Railfest has become a regional event in the Santa Clara River Valley, with the center of activities at Central Park in Fillmore.

March 26, 2010 | Signal Staff | Escape Cover Story


Vasquez Rocks: A Natural Star

The display at the start of the trails at the Vasquez Rocks Natural Area offers a quick glimpse into the history of the movies and television programs that have been shot at the famous location. There are photos and flyers from recent, well-known productions to those so old they are barely remembered by film historians.

March 19, 2010 | By Jim Walker Escape Editor | Escape Cover Story


St. Patty's Day fun around town

UPDATE, March 17:

March 17, 2010 | By Jim Walker Escape Editor | Escape Cover Story


It’s Oscar time: Roger Ebert's preview and picks

I can't remember a year when it seemed easier to predict the Oscars. Those words may come back to haunt me, but there you have it. Of the top eight categories, seven look like sure things. The only dicey one is best picture, and although "Avatar" may roll in on its record-breaking profits, I think it's a win for "The Hurt Locker."

March 07, 2010 | By Roger Ebert The Critic's Critic | Escape Cover Story


Receive your just desserts -- the best sweet treats in the SCV

We will accept no appetizers, lettuce have no salads and you eschew the entrées, too - our souls need soothing. Decadent desserts are in order, and Escape's panel of sweet tooths has put together a list of some of the SCV's most popular sugary delights.

February 26, 2010 | By Jim Walker Escape Editor | Escape Cover Story


It's hiking season in the SCV

Around here, you have to catch "spring" when you can. The combination of winter rains, warm weather and almost-spring has our hills going green and flowers beginning to pop. With some gorgeous days appearing between storms, now may be the perfect time to set boots to the trails in our local hills and valleys. It may not be true spring yet, but hiking season has begun!

February 19, 2010 | By Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel Director, Community Hiking Club | Escape Cover Story


Very Valentine’s Day: Ideas for those who waited until the last minute

If you are one of those people who waits until the last minute to make your Valentine's Day plans, take heart. Here are some relationship-saving ideas, including the kind (Singing Valentine) that allow you to stay home and avoid the crowds. And several of these choices are available on Friday or Saturday so you don't have to worry about getting home late Sunday night.

February 12, 2010 | By Jim Walker Escape Editor | Escape Cover Story


Olympic Winter Games are flying in

Ski Jumping, Ice Dancing, Slalom, Downhill, Biathlon, Hockey and Curling, Curling, Curling, the 2010 Winter Olympic Games will offer 17 days of drama and thrills on the slippery stuff in Vancouver - and NBC's coverage will show you quite a bit of it. Sadly, Curling does not appear on the broadcast schedule. But maybe there will be an "international incident" on the Curling ice that will draw the news cameras there.

February 05, 2010 | By Jim Walker Escape Editor | Escape Cover Story


Riding the rails in SoCal

Years ago Amtrak used the advertising catch-phrase, "there's something about a train" to entice riders aboard. Trains were seen as quaint, nostalgic relics of the past - the freedom of the automobile and the speed of the airplane had nearly doomed passenger trains to extinction.

January 29, 2010 | By Michele E. Buttelman Signal Features and Entertainment Editor | Escape Cover Story


Escape's Kid-fun in the SCV

Certainly you are aware of the kid-fun available at Six Flags Magic Mountain. However, if your family is new to the SCV, you might be surprised how many other excellent entertainment opportunities await your children locally - both indoors and outdoors. Several of these venues have been offering good times for decades. So here is kid-fun in the SCV.

January 22, 2010 | By Jim Walker Escape Editor | Escape Cover Story


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