“Beat Plastic Pollution”

first_imgStraws, plastic bags, plastic bottles, plastic utensils, plastic cups: what do these items all have in common? Besides the fact that they are made of plastic, in most cases they are used once, then disposed of. When was the last time you used one of those items? Probably just a few minutes ago, or you may even have one in your possession as you read this article. Think about it: around the world, millions of people like you are using and throwing away plastics. This problem not only presents a huge challenge to the environment and human health, but it also places enormous economic burdens on countries such as Guyana. Therefore, in an attempt to raise awareness on this escalating global issue, World Environment Day (WED) 2018 is being observed under the theme ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’, with the slogan, ‘If you can’t reuse it, refuse it’. WED is an iconic day on the environmental calendar, as it is designated to spread awareness about various environmental issues, and seek to initiate positive actions for the environment. Over the years, the focus has been on many pervasive issues, which include climate change, wildlife conservation, and pollution, among others. First observed in 1974, WED is celebrated on June 05 each year.This year’s themeThe focus of this year’s theme is on reducing plastic pollution due to the many negative impacts that can arise, especially from single-use plastics. While plastics are a convenient item, they pose significant environmental issues.Improper disposal of garbage leads to the clogging of drains; and for those who live along Guyana’s coast, which is under sea level, there is the increased risk of flooding.Plastics are non-biodegradable which means that when they are disposed of, whether in a landfill or not, they remain there for long periods of time (hundreds of years). In fact, plastics never completely go away; they are broken down into very tiny pieces that remain.Plastics are a danger to wildlife. When we dispose of plastics improperly, they make their way into the marine environment, where they can be ingested by animals such as sea turtles and marine birds. Since these animals cannot digest plastics, they eventually die of starvation.Plastics are a risk to human health since they contain a number of chemicals, many of which are toxic or disrupt hormones. These can make their way into our water supply, or can enter our bodies through food.Plastics can also serve as a magnet for other pollutants, including dioxins, metals and pesticides.Do your part to beat plastic pollution• Reduce the amount of plastics you use• Make use of alternatives, e.g., paper bags, cardboardboxes, biodegradable food containers• Refuse a plastic bag when doing shopping• Take your own reusable bag when shopping• Reuse plastic items to make craft• Take your own lunch to school/work• Take your water/juice to work in a reusable containerAt the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), we are committed to combatting this issue. Presently, we enforce the litter prevention regulations which make littering a crime. We also organise training and awareness sessions for various groups and organisations aimed at imparting practical knowledge of how plastics can be reduced. Additionally, we coordinate different programmes which highlight initiatives that are aimed at reducing the use of single-use plastics. We encourage all Guyanese to make it their motto to ‘REFUSE WHAT YOU CAN’T REUSE’, so together we can BEAT PLASTIC POLLUTION.You can also contribute to the movement against single-use plastics by attending any of the following activities:You can share your ideas and questions by sending letters to: “Our Earth, Our Environment”, C/O ECEA Programme, Environmental Protection Agency, Ganges Street, Sophia, GEORGETOWN, or email us at: eit.epaguyana@gmail.com or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.last_img read more

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Wenger eyes Higuain, Benzema, Begovic

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, England, May 22- With £70 million to spend, Arsenal are preparing for their most adventurous transfer window under Arsène Wenger and are conscious of the need to move quickly within a market that will become intense following all the major managerial changes.Wenger was interested in Higuaín before he even joined Real Madrid from River Plate in 2007 and there is a feeling that he could now be attainable for what would be a club-record transfer fee of £19 million. Arsenal have also watched Stevan Jovetic, the Montenegro and Fiorentina striker, but there are doubts over whether he will leave Italy. Wayne Rooney is another striker to have been considered, but he is unlikely to fit into Arsenal’s wage structure.Karim Benzema, another Real Madrid forward with an uncertain future, is also a player Wenger has long admired and it is this calibre of established forward that Arsenal want to sign.Wenger confirmed on Friday that Arsenal were in talks for Yaya Sanogo but the Auxerre forward, 20, would be seen as a signing for the long term. Arsenal are also targeting a goalkeeper, a holding midfielder and, should Bacary Sagna depart, a right-back. Asmir Begovic, Étienne Capoue and Lukasz Piszczek have all been scouted recently.Arsenal can now plan in the knowledge that they must only overcome a final play-off match to again enter the Champions League group phase but Ivan Gazidis, the chief executive, stressed on Monday that silverware remained the ultimate aim. The last of Wenger’s seven trophies at Arsenal was the 2005 FA Cup. “It is important to reiterate that for everyone at the club, qualification for the Champions League is not our ultimate ambition,” said Gazidis.“Our majority owner Stan Kroenke has made it clear that while it’s an achievement to make the Champions League our ultimate objective is to win the major trophies.“We all share that clear ambition and will be driving the club forward to achieve it. Arsène and I have already been planning what we need to do to strengthen so we are better placed next season.“The club is in a very strong position to move forward and our form of losing just one of our last 16 Premier League matches shows that we have a solid foundation on which to build for success.”New commercial deals from 2014 in the form of an extended shirt sponsorship arrangement with Emirates and a kit deal with Puma should add around £45 million to the club’s annual revenues.Wenger’s contract expires in 2014 but the issue of a potential extension will not be addressed until later in the year, according to club sources.-Daily Telegraph0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Turbines and generators contractor starts work on Site C

first_img Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier (second from left) joins delegates from BC Hydro and Voith Hydro Canada to break ground on Voith's facility at the Site C dam construction site in April. Photo by Chris Newton Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier (second from left) joins delegates from BC Hydro and Voith Hydro Canada to break ground on Voith’s facility at the Site C dam construction site in April. Photo by Chris Newton Voith Hydro Canada's facility will be located on the large rectangular gravel area in the lower right corner of this view of the Site C Dam construction site from the south bank on April 3rd. Photo by Chris Newton Voith Hydro Canada’s facility will be located on the large rectangular gravel area in the lower right corner of this view of the Site C Dam construction site from the south bank on April 3rd. Photo by Chris Newton Voith Hydro Canada, through the Construction Labour Relations Association, negotiated a labour agreement with the Bargaining Council of British Columbia Building Trades Unions, which represents construction craft unions in B.C. The labour agreement includes participation from 10 B.C. Building Trades Unions for the installation of the turbines and generators for Site C.Voith Hydro Canada will start work on a temporary on-site manufacturing facility after arriving on site. Excavation and foundation preparation for the facility will start this month, with construction expected to be completed in August. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Site C project reached another milestone today as it was announced that contractor that is fabricating the dam’s turbines and generators mobilized to the construction site.Voith Hydro Canada, which was awarded the $470-million contract in March 2016, will design, supply and install six vertical axis, Francis-style turbines, six generators and associated equipment for Site C.“This is another important step forward for the Site C project,” said Mike Bernier, MLA for Peace River South. “The turbines and generators are a critical component of this project as they’ll generate the clean electricity that will power our homes and businesses well into the future.”- Advertisement -Voith Hydro has been contracted by BC Hydro a number of times in the past few years for the Crown corporation’s projects, including: the Revelstoke Dam’s Unit 5, the Ruskin Dam and Powerhouse Upgrade, and the Gordon M. Shrum Turbine Replacement Project.“We’re thrilled to have reached this important milestone in the Site C project and to be a part of this important legacy project for British Columbia,” said Bill Malus, president and CEO of Voith Hydro Canada. “Our initial on-site work will include building a facility at the dam site to manufacture the steel structures for the turbines and generators.”About 150 workers will be on site during the peak of installation for the turbines and generators in 2022, which will occur in the dam’s powerhouse. The powerhouse housing the six turbines will measure over thirty metres in width, or wider than the BC Legislature building in Victoria. According to Malus, the dam’s six turbines themselves will be manufactured at a Voith facility in Brazil before being shipped to Texas, and then transported via truck from there to the dam site.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Manchester United set to lose out to Inter Milan for £8m defender

first_img Kamil Glik in action for Torino Inter Milan are hoping to pip Manchester United to the signing of Kamil Glik by offering £8m for the Torino defender.The Poland international has caught the eye in Serie A this season and has been scouted by several clubs.The 28-year-old has been linked with a move to Old Trafford in the past, while Bayer Leverkusen made an enquiry in January.However, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Glik could be on his way to Inter as they prepare a summer bid.The Milan side are willing to offer Torino £8m for the centre-back, who has four years remaining on his current contract.Glik is happy in Turin, but may be tempted by the prospect of European football elsewhere. 1last_img read more

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David Letterman and Craig Ferguson returning to the air, complete with writers, next week

first_imgNEW YORK – After eight weeks of reruns, David Letterman should be in a joking mood next Wednesday: Not only does he join his late-night brethren back on the air, but he’ll have his writers backing him up. So Dave was the last to announce his return. Big deal – now the joke’s on Jay, Conan and the other writer-less hosts. An interim agreement with the Writers Guild of America will allow the full writing staffs for “Late Show with David Letterman” as well as “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” to return to work, even as the Hollywood writers strike continues to shutter much TV and movie production. It could prove to be a huge advantage for both these CBS late-night shows, which are produced by the Letterman-owned Worldwide Pants. “I am grateful to the WGA for granting us this agreement,” Letterman said in a statement Friday. “This is not a solution to the strike, which unfortunately continues to disrupt the lives of thousands. But I hope it will be seen as a step in the right direction.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson NBC’s “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” as well as ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” had already announced they would resume Wednesday without benefit of their writing teams. (Letterman goes head-to-head against Leno, as well as the first half-hour of Kimmel’s show.) Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and “The Colbert Report with Stephen Colbert” planned to return writer-less on Monday, Jan. 7. Resisting such an arrangement, Rob Burnett, president and CEO of Worldwide Pants, had actively sought an interim deal. The guild has been discussing agreements with several small independent producers since talks between producers and the union broke down Dec. 7. “We immediately said we were interested,” Burnett said Friday evening in a telephone interview. Guild leaders said in a letter to membership Friday that Worldwide Pants accepted “the very same proposals that the guild was prepared to present to the media conglomerates when they walked out of negotiations on December 7.” “We had no problems with the guild’s demands,” Burnett said. Now, the task for “Late Show” is “revving up the machine,” he said. “We’ll be ready Wednesday, even if it takes a few more days after that to get up to speed.” Much speculation has been focused on how the other late-night shows will fill their time deprived of monologues, skits and other prepared material. All the hosts – with the exception of NBC’s Carson Daly, who returned to the air Dec. 3 – are members of the guild, making those without an interim deal subject to union rules that would severely limit what they can do. Meanwhile, doubts have been raised about whether their shows will face a problem booking A-list guests, who may not be willing to cross a picket line. Central to the contract dispute has been compensation for work distributed via the Internet and other digital media. The guild also has called for unionization of writers working on reality shows and animation. When writers went on strike in 1988, only two late-night shows were affected: Johnny Carson’s “Tonight” show and Letterman’s “Late Night,” both on NBC. Carson made a deal with the guild shortly after returning to the air, but Letterman went weeks without his writers’ services before the strike was settled. This time, it will be funny business as usual.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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DONEGAL COMPANY SELECTED FOR GOOGLE’S PRESTIGIOUS ADOPT A START-UP PROGRAMME

first_imgGoogle adopt A startup.Pictured are Kaitriona McBride, Ian Harkin both from Arklu.Picture by Shane O’Neill Photography.Donegal company Arklu was this week announced as one of 30 high potential Irish Startups selected by Google Ireland to participate in its Adopt a Startup programme.Arklu will now receive 12 weeks of mentoring by a dedicated Google support team.The team will work with the Letterkenny company to develop and improve their overall business strategy and at the end of the 12 weeks they will be invited to take part in a Dragons Den style competition. “The principal aim of our Adopt a Startup programme is to assist Startups to develop their business strategies and provide them with hands-on support and advice on how they can take their enterprises even further,” explains Paddy Flynn, Head of Google Ireland’s Startup programme.He added “Now in its fourth year, this is a highly effective and successful initiative for Google in Ireland. Over two cycles of the program in 2015 we had 16 finalists and a total of 52 Startup participants. Many of these companies have gone on to raise significant capital funding and greatly increased their employee numbers.”He added, “This programme is a further opportunity for Google to support the Irish Startup ecosystem in a meaningful way. The calibre of participants in the Spring programme is very strong and it’s great to see that close to half of the companies are based outside of Dublin with a large number headed by female founders and co-founders.”Previous participating companies including Bizimply, FoodCloud, Jobbio and Beats Medical have all taken the skills developed during the mentoring programme back into their companies and their continuing success is well documented. For example Bizimply recently raised €2 million in investment funds and announced plans to open an office in the UK. Each of the Startups will receive 12 weeks hands-on mentoring, access to an exclusive lecture series at Google offices and Google Apps for Work licenses, free for a year. Successful Startups will also get the opportunity to pitch their developed business plans and results of the program to members of Google Ireland’s leadership team as well as prominent figures from the Irish Startup Community at a Grand Final in Google’s European Headquarters in July.Last year’s panel included external judges Patrick Walsh, Managing Director of DogPatch Labs and Kevin Sherry, Global Business Development with Enterprise Ireland. The winner will receive €10,000 Google AdWords credit and will also become eligible for the Google Cloud Platform for Startups program which comes with $20,000 Google Cloud credits.The Adopt a Startup Programme forms part of Google’s commitment to supporting the Startup community in Ireland through mentoring events such as Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur and hosting community events with partners like Startup Weekend and Enterprise Ireland. This commitment includes the expansion of the Google Tech Hub Network to Ireland by partnering with Dogpatch Labs a physical space for startups to work from and for community events.The Google Tech Hub partnership helps to open new doors to mentorship, investment and growth opportunities, and to help developers and entrepreneurs launch new ideas and turn them into thriving young companies. Irish Startups also avail of direct support from Google for Entrepreneurs programs in Dublin, London and the US.For more information go to https://events.withgoogle.com/adoptastartup/ DONEGAL COMPANY SELECTED FOR GOOGLE’S PRESTIGIOUS ADOPT A START-UP PROGRAMME was last modified: April 22nd, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ARKLUdonegalGoogleIan Harkinlast_img read more

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Job Vacancy: HSE Donegal requires Director of Nursing

first_imgThe HSE currently has the following opportunity:Director of Nursing 4 – Disability Services – Donegal CountyThe Reference is: N.007.2019 The closing date for application for this position is 12 noon on Friday, 4th October 2019.For all further information on this post and how to apply please visit http://www.hse.ie/ jobsJob Vacancy: HSE Donegal requires Director of Nursing was last modified: September 19th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Director fo NursingdonegalHSEjobVacancylast_img read more

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Slain U.S. aid worker had been tortured, police say

first_imgBAGHDAD, Iraq – An aid worker from Virginia taken hostage with three other peace activists was found dead near a railroad line in Baghdad with gunshots to his head and chest and signs of torture on his body, Iraqi police said Saturday. Tom Fox, a 54-year-old member of Christian Peacemaker Teams from Clear Brook, Va., was the fifth American hostage killed in Iraq. There was no immediate word on his fellow captives, a Briton and two Canadians. The U.S. command in Baghdad confirmed that Fox’s body was picked up by American forces on Thursday evening, although it provided no information on the condition. Interior Ministry Lt. Col. Falah al-Mohammedawi said Fox was found with his hands tied and gunshot wounds to his head and chest. There were cuts on his body and bruises on his head, indicating torture, he said. The corpse was dressed in Iraqi-made clothing. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Fox’s body was found near a railway line in Dawoudi, a mixed Sunni-Shiite area that has been largely shielded from violence. Shocked local residents on Saturday condemned Fox’s abduction and killing. “These acts are terrorist ones and will hinder the political process and distort the reputation of Iraq,” said Dhamir al-Samaraie, who had come to see where Fox was found. The previously unknown Swords of Righteousness Brigades claimed responsibility for kidnapping the four Christian Peacemaker Teams members, who disappeared Nov. 26. Three of them – Canadians James Loney, 41, and Harmeet Singh Sooden, 32; and Briton Norman Kember, 74 – were seen in a video dated Feb. 28 that was broadcast Tuesday on Al-Jazeera television. Fox did not appear in the brief, silent videotape. “We mourn the loss of Tom Fox, who combined a lightness of spirit, a firm opposition to all oppression, and the recognition of God in everyone,” Doug Pritchard and Carol Rose, co-directors of Chicago-based Christian Peacemaker Teams, said in a statement. At least 250 foreigners have been kidnapped in the nearly three years since U.S.-led forces invaded Iraq, and at least 40 have been killed. Americans killed were Ronald Schulz, 40, an industrial electrician from Anchorage, Alaska; Jack Hensley, 48, a civil engineer from Marietta, Ga.; Eugene “Jack” Armstrong, 52, formerly of Hillsdale, Mich.; and Nicholas Berg, 26, a businessman from West Chester, Pa. Still missing is Jill Carroll, a freelance writer for The Christian Science Monitor who was kidnapped Jan. 7 in Baghdad. She has appeared in three videotapes delivered by her kidnappers to Arab satellite television stations. Carroll’s kidnappers initially threatened to kill her unless all female detainees in Iraq are released. They later amended their demands, which have not been made public. The Monitor launched a campaign on Iraqi television stations Wednesday asking Iraqis to “please help with the release of journalist Jill Carroll.” An Iraqi journalist, meanwhile, was gunned down on his way to work Saturday, becoming at least the fifth media figure killed since an outbreak of sectarian violence after the bombing late last month of a Shiite shrine north of Baghdad. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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In-N-Out co-founder Esther Snyder dies

first_img 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Esther Snyder, who with her husband Harry, founded In-N-Out Burgers, died today, family members said. She was 86. “She was a great lady and a wonderful, warm, loving grandmother,” said her granddaughter, Lynsi Martinez. Funeral arrangements are pending. She and her husband started their first In-N-Out Burger chain in Baldwin Park in 1948. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeleslast_img read more

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Things to Do

first_imgFamily Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m. every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Star Party will feature telescopes set up for public viewing of the night sky, sunset Saturday at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Hosted by the Local Group Astronomy Club. Call Steve Petzold at (661) 609-1739 or visit www.LGSCV.org. Hang Loose Night for individuals with disabilities will feature karoake, movies, games and ice cream sundaes, 7-9 p.m. Saturday at the LETMESAIL Lifestyle Enrichment Center, 28304 Constellation Road, Valencia. Cost: $5. Call (661) 702-8555 or visit www.letmesail.org. Grateful Dudes will perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. Hollywood U2 will perform songs by U2 as part of the city’s free Concerts in the Park series, 7 p.m. Saturday at Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. “Fiddler on the Roof” will be presented by the Canyon Theatre Guild, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays July 29 through Aug. 20 at the Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets: $10-$24. Call (661) 799-2702. Ranger-led nature hike, 11 a.m. the second, third and fourth Sundays of each month at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. Community Family Picnic will feature free food and drinks, music and games, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday at Congregation Beth Shalom, 21430 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita. Call (661) 254-2411. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA, 91355.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Santa Clarita Pop Star competition, 6 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 24 at Panera Bread, 24133 Baywood Lane, Valencia. Visit www.santaclaritapopstar.com. Cross Country Summer Series 3-mile run, 7 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 17 at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Cost: $3 for adults and $2 for kids. Call Lindie Kane at (661) 362-3205. The Jeff Jensen Band will perform as part of the Jazz & Blues Concert Series, 7-9:30 p.m. Friday outside the Hyatt Valencia on the corner of Town Center Drive and McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 290-2911. “Grease” will be performed, 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Hart High School Auditorium, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Tickets: $10. Call (661) 299-5264. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmatesRock This Town Dance, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Friday at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-9444. “Meshuggah-Nuns” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays with some 2 p.m. Sunday matinees through Aug. 27 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $11-$17. Call (661) 799-2702. “Black Comedy” and “The Real Inspector Hound” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 2 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. Christmas in July will feature 20 tons of snow and free miniature golf and game tokens for those donating a toy to the SCV Sheriff’s Department Toy Drive, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Mountasia Family Fun Center, 21516 Golden Triangle Road, Santa Clarita. Call Deputy Gerri McCorkel at (661) 799-5164. Tesoro Adobe Historic Park is open to the public, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday with guided tours of the Harry Carey/Farmer John Ranch House, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Call (661) 702-8953. last_img read more

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