2017 AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA
Beginning on May 14, 2017, the 2017 Amgen Tour of California,presented by AEG, brings the drama and excitement of professional cycling to California for the twelfth consecutive year. The Amgen Tour of California is regarded as the most internationally respected and esteemed stage race in the U.S. and one of the largest sporting events in the country. The 2017 race will mark the first year the men’s race has been elevated to UCI WorldTour status, making it the only stage race in North America to receive this prestigious classification. The men’s race will visit 12 cities from Sacramento to Pasadena.
On Wednesday, May 17, 2017, the City of Santa Clarita will host the Stage 4 Finish for the 2017 Amgen Tour of California (Men’s Race). Stage 4 will begin in host city Santa Barbara and travel 100.3 miles to the finish in Santa Clarita. Santa Clarita is returning for the ninth year, bringing the total number of stages hosted in Santa Clarita to 13.
In addition to the men’s event, top professional female cyclists from around the world will converge in Northern California three days prior to compete in the Amgen Breakaway from Heart DiseaseTM Women’s Race empowered with SRAM (May 11-14). Presented by Visit California, the route announcement includes a visual overview of the 2017 men’s and women’s courses at www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/stages.
With warm breezes coming off the beach across from the start line, it will be just as difficult to leave Santa Barbara as it was in 2015 when the riders took the same route into Santa Clarita. Winding through Montecito and Carpinteria, the riders will be getting their legs ready for two short but steep King of the Mountain (KOM) hill climbs as they approach Lake Casitas. A fast descent down Hwy 150 will take them alongside the lake and into Ojai. Following another KOM up Dennison Grade, the race will return to the town of Santa Paula, where the base of Balcom Canyon looms just a few miles away.
For many local riders, Balcom Canyon is just too steep and imposing a climb to even attempt. Walking up the top section is the only option for many. This is a unique climb where the riders can easily see the KOM from the start. A popular place to watch the race come by, slowly, crowd estimates have been as high as 5,000 fans in past editions.
Following a “white-knuckle” descent of Grimes Canyon, riders will head through the orange groves near the small town of Piru, and the race will begin its 13-mile eastward push on Hwy 126 toward Santa Clarita. A prevailing tailwind will help keep the race together, and the crowd waiting in Santa Clarita should see another massive field sprint. This stage comes in at more than 100 miles with two sprints, four KOMs and 7,700 feet of climbing.
Santa Clarita is home to some of the state’s most avid cycling communities. Race organizers are predicting an exciting group sprint finish, so residents are encouraged to attend and join in on the excitement.
“We are thrilled to once again be hosting this world-class event in Santa Clarita. The City and community loves to participate in the excitement of this one-of-a-kind race,” said Mayor Cameron Smyth. “With the Stage 4 Finish in Santa Clarita, we’re ecstatic that folks around the world watching this event will see our City.” If you are interested in learning more about the Amgen Tour of California in Santa Clarita, visit SantaClaritaTourOfCA.com. For more information about the Amgen Tour of California, including sponsorship and VIP experience opportunities, please visit amgentourofcalifornia.com.
Santa Clarita Film Office Sees Another Successful Year
The Santa Clarita Film Office experienced another great year for location filming in Santa Clarita. In 2016, the Film Office recorded 548 film permits and 1,366 film days, which generated an estimated economic impact of $33.1 million to the local community. This is the fourth year in a row the estimated economic impact generated from location filming has reached $30 million or more. Additionally, this is the third year in a row the Film Office has recorded more than 500 permits and more than 1,300 film days. Not included in the reported numbers are the film days and economic benefit from filming that takes place on certified sound stages, which does not require a film permit.
Many factors have contributed to the continued success and appeal of filming in Santa Clarita, including the City’s Movie Ranch Overlay Zone and Film Incentive Program, along with the California Film and Television Tax Credit Program that is working to keep production in the state. “We’re happy that Santa Clarita remains a top choice for productions looking to film in the Los Angeles area,” said Mayor Cameron Smyth. “We remain committed to keeping Santa Clarita a top choice for filming because it is a large part of our local economy. Local filming also provides high paying jobs for thousands of local residents and supports hundreds of local companies involved in the entertainment industry.”
For more information about filming in Santa Clarita, please visit FilmSantaClarita.com or contact the Film Office at (661) 284-1425. For an insider's view to filming in the area, follow the Santa Clarita Film Office on Instagram (@FilmSantaClarita).
Group Theatre Tickets – A Fabulous Way to Plan an Evening
If you've ever needed to entertain a group of guests and felt unsure on how best to do it, you probably felt like you were sailing in rough seas. A dinner with a wine tasting is always nice, but can be quite expensive and not extremely exciting. So, why not host your guests for a wonderful theatrical performance? Purchasing group theatre tickets can make for a very enjoyable evening. Whether it is a theatrical classic, a new Tony award winner, or an up-and-coming debut, the theatre is certain to be a crowd-pleasing favorite for the whole group. And some theatres include amenities such as:
- Complimentary coat check for larger garments
- Additional savings and preferred seating for booking a larger number of tickets
- Event planning assistance with experienced theatre administrators and staff
- Comfortable private seating areas with extraordinary views of the stage
- VIP reception areas after the production comes to a close for meet-and-greets with catering and a bar
A night out at the movies may be enjoyable, but it lacks the depth and warmth of live entertainment, and there is an enriching immediacy that just isn't possible when you're staring at a movie screen. And pre-show chats allow you and your guests to ask questions and gain a behind-the-scenes insight into the world of theatrical performance. So, if your guests are already lovers of drama, then they will need no further enticement for a night out at the theatre!
How To Avoid Harmful Toxins in Candles
There is nothing more romantic and relaxing than a scented candle burning and filling your home with delicate aroma. Except the fact that the candle might actually be filling your home with toxic chemicals. Unfortunately toxins in candles are more common than expected and may include:
•Paraffin, which is a sludge waste product that releases carcinogenic chemicals when burned. The soot/fumes are similar to that from a diesel engine and can be as dangerous as second-hand cigarette smoke and contribute to asthma.
•Scented candles may have lead or lead cores in the wick, which releases dangerous amounts of lead into your home through the candle soot. Candle wicks are supposed to be made from pure paper or cotton.
•Benzene and toluene, are found in the sooty residue from burning candles. Benzene is cancer-causing and toluene affects the central nervous system.
•Artificial scents and colors may be irritants to some people and/or trigger allergic reactions. Make sure to burn candles what are scented with premium quality fragrance oils.
•Other toxins in candles that may be present include: Acetone, Trichlorofluoromethane, Carbon Disulfide, 2-Butanone, Trichloroethane, Trichloroethene, Carbon Tetrachloride, Tetrachloroethene, Chlorobenzene, Ethylbenzene, Styrene, Xylene, Phenol, Cresol, Cyclopentene. Some of the toxins are found in other products such as paint, laquer and varnish removers. Even amongst conventional candles, there are those that are better or worse than others. Here’s some tips:
• Dollar store or super-cheap candles
• Any candle that appears to have a metal-core wick
• Gel candles
• Cheap "aromatherapy" candles
PURCHASE Non-GMO SOY
Soy wax candles are the best, healthiest option for you and your family. They burn clean, with no harmful fumes, and have a very long burning time. There is no physical harm from using candles made from non-GMO soy wax. Use candles which are made with quality fragrance oils and have a cotton or paper wick. All JOIK candles are made with premium grade biodegradable non-GMO soy wax, a cotton wick and scented with selected premium quality fragrance oils.
Injuries That Can Cause Limping in Dogs
Canine limping is a common thing and not always due to old age. Even a slight leg limp can be signs of a trauma, subtle chronic condition or even a life threatening condition. Here are some of the injuries that can cause limping in dogs:
Soft Tissue - Muscle pull, trauma or sprain which can be treated with adequate rest for a couple of days and analgesics.
Arthritis - Finds it difficult to get up after lying or trouble climbing stairs. Large breed dog, could also have hip dysplasia.
Paw Injuries – Broken claws, objects embedded in footpads/toes, or cuts on the footpads due to weather conditions.
Closed Fracture - Bone fractures where skin is unbroken and no sign of deformity of the leg and cannot be detected.
Compound Fractures - Critical broken bone that punctures the skin. Can cause life-threatening infections to the bones.
Ligament Injuries - Ligament unites bones and joints. Joint stability gets compromised and will get worse over time.
Tumors - In or on bones or in the brain or central nervous system. Symptoms accompanied by limping that can be due to tumor: Dizziness, Disorientation, Odd lumps or masses. Tumors can be life-threatening so seek immediate treatment.
Kneecap Dislocation - Can suddenly move dangerously side-to-side and slip out of alignment for different reasons like trauma and infection and pop back into alignment very swiftly, yet be a reoccurring problem, especially in small dogs.
Always seek immediate medical attention from your veterinarian when your pet is limping.