first_imgOver 1000 workers of the Reclaiming Liberia Beaches and Waterways Project may have cause to laugh when part of their four-month arrears are settled through the intervention of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.A letter from President Sirleaf’s office, signed by Edward B. McClain, Jr., Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, dated April 23, 2014, appealed to the workers to “be a little bit more patient and give us a week…to make settlement of a portion of the arrears.”In another letter dated April 14, 2014, addressed to the President, a copy of which is with the Daily Observer, the four communities of New Kru Town, West Point, Mamba Point and ELWA, informed her that they are yet to be paid their salaries from January-April, 2014.“Madam President,” the letter, signed by representatives George Young (New Kru Town), Thomas Tweh (West Point), Edwin Kanneh (Mamba Point) and Matthew Greaves (ELWA), noted, “…we again write to inform you of our present situation concerning our pay for the months of January-April 2014.”“The situation is now worrying the workforce of 1,900, who told us that they are losing patience and that our payments should be made regular.”Last week Friday, (April 25), beach workers in New Kru Town presented themselves at the Juah Sarwee Memorial Institute, named after the President’s grandmother, in New Kru Town when they learned that the President was expected to honor the school’s first phase dedication.The Deputy Minister of Education, Ramses T. Kumbugah, however, deputized for the President.The Daily Observer observed dissatisfaction in the faces of the workers present. “We wanted to remind the President that we are still working and taking care of the beaches,” said a beach monitor, “And to remind her that we are waiting for our pay.”“Though the news from the President’s office gave us some hope,” commented George A. Young, “we pray that after some of the money is settled, it will be regular in the future.”The project to reclaim the beaches and waterways began in 2010 by the Liberia Maritime Authority, and promised 5,000 jobs to Liberians in slum communities.The initial two-year program is now over five years old and now providing monthly income to nearly 1,900 Liberians. The program was officially launched by LMA Commissioner, Binyah C. Kesselly, who described it as claiming “one community at a time.”Other collaborators were the Bureau of Fisheries at the Department of the Ministry of Agriculture; the Environmental Protection Agency, (EPA); the Tourism Department of the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism and the Monrovia City Corporation, (MCC).At the opening in 2010, then acting Monrovia City Mayor, Mary Broh, led journalists on a tour of the heavily polluted waterways in New Kru Town, Slipway on the bank of the Du River.“During the tour in New Kru Town beach,” reported Daily Observer’s George Kennedy, “Mayor Broh almost vomited from the sight and smell of human feces.”At a recent tour of New Kru Town, Slipway and West Point Beaches, the Daily Observer saw improved beaches in the three communities, evidence that the project has gained a measure of success.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgThe Chinese construction company, CNQC, is expected to turnover for dedication today the Chinese Ebola Treatment Unit, ETU, being constructed at the SKD Sports Complex in Paynesville.A local senior staff of the Chinese construction company, Amadou Kamara, speaking to reporters Monday, said the ETU is equipped with highly functional and complete supporting facilities.He said the 100-bed facility is expected to be manned by at least, 160-specialized medical personnel from China, in collaboration with their Liberian counterparts.                                             According to him, it will be very exciting that the ETU constructed by the Chinese Government has been completed to join into the fight against the deadly Ebola virus under the joint effort of the Chinese Peacekeeping Engineers and CNQC.At the same time, Mr. Kamara has expressed satisfaction over the level of cordiality among local staff and their Chinese counterparts.He said despite the slow pace in the country’s economy due to the widespread Ebola, CNQC has never relented to pay them their regular salaries.CNQC, a major Chinese Construction Company in the country, has undertaken several major construction projects including the Ministry of Health, Grand Royal Hotel, among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Five girls from the Fort St. John Soccer Club will represent Zone 8 at the B.C. Summer games in Abbotsford.Twenty nine girls completed for sixteen spots with Kenzie Chilcott, Emma Close, Jordynn McPherson, Claire Turner and Maelynne Wan earning a spot.  Unfortunately Maelynne had to withdraw due to other commitments leaving an opening for Leigh Hedges to join the team.The girls will be travelling to Prince George to practice and train every few weeks until the games, July 21-24.- Advertisement -On the boys side, two boys from the Fort St. John Soccer club have been called back for a second tryout at the end of May.last_img read more


first_imgThe Reds have also offloaded 16 players, but Klopp confirmed that there may be more departures and/or additional arrivals.“We will see what happens,” Klopp said on the subject of potential last-minute transfers after beating Napoli 5-0 in Dublin, according to Sky Sports.“Yes,” he replied when asked whether or not he expected more business in or out of his club.“I cannot kill your D-day [Sky Sports Deadline Day] show, people sit there in front of the television all day waiting,” he added.“If any player from my team is available, then in every other situation in my life as a manager I would have bought all of them, to be honest.“They are all fantastic boys, they are able to play fantastic football.”The Reds will kick off their Premier League season against West Ham United on 12 August.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool have already added Naby Keita, Fabinho, Isaac Christie-Davies, Alisson Becker and Xherdan Shaqiri to their ranks during this off-season.LONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 5 – With the 9 August deadline for the transfer window fast apporaching, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hinted that the Reds have not yet finalised their business.Liverpool have already added Naby Keita, Fabinho, Isaac Christie-Davies, Alisson Becker and Xherdan Shaqiri to their ranks during this off-season.last_img read more


first_img“So it becomes a very expensive, very polarizing debate.” Both sides are proposing what would be the nation’s most ambitious health care reform proposal since the failure of the Clinton plan nearly 15 years ago. But before the governor can proceed with a ballot push, he must also come to terms with Democrats on some thorny issues. One is his idea to require all residents to carry insurance, which Democrats and consumer advocates say would punish working-class people who would not qualify for subsidies. Democrats want to limit workers’ health care premiums to 5percent of their wages. They are also at odds over how to treat businesses when it comes to providing insurance for employees. Democrats would require them to spend 7.5 percent of payroll on health care plans for their employees, or pay an equivalent amount into a state health insurance pool; Schwarzenegger’s plan sets a 4 percent fee. “This 7.5 percent tax is going to make sure that many hundreds of businesses across this state are going to close their doors, because they can’t afford it,” said Sen. Sam Aanestad, R-Grass Valley. “This plan does absolutely nothing to contain costs.” The Democrats’ bill would raise fees on employers and expand public programs to cover about 3.4million of the 4.9 million people who have no insurance throughout the year. The governor’s plan has a broader funding base and would cover more people, about 4.1 million. Funding would come from hospitals, doctors, employers and the federal government. Mark DiCamillo, director of the California Field Poll, said the mix of taxes could be key to deciding the measure’s fate. Voters are much more likely to endorse narrowly targeted taxes for specific purposes, DiCamillo said, than they are to back broad tax increases, such as a sales tax hike, that affect everyone. “The more people that are included, the higher levels of opposition,” DiCamillo said, “because it affects their own pocketbook.” Still, according to an August Field poll, the conditions may be ripe for a health reform initiative. Nearly seven out of 10 voters said they are somewhat or very dissatisfied with the state’s health care system, while just 28 percent said they are satisfied. Proponents of a ballot initiative also would have to educate voters about complicated issues that can be easily distorted. In 2004, voters narrowly rejected a much less expansive health care proposal after business interests spent more than $18million to defeat it. Schwarzenegger, who opposed that plan, was seen as a factor in its defeat. “The truth is sometimes a victim” of ballot battles, said Peter Harbage, an independent health care consultant who advised the governor on his plan. “At the same time, health care isn’t free. There has to be new revenue, and if there’s no way to get it out of the Legislature, you have to go to the ballot.” The Associated Press contributed to this story. mzapler@mercurynews.com (916) 441-4603 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! With his universal health care proposal stalled in the Legislature, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Monday he will call a special session of lawmakers to craft a framework for statewide reform. With the special session, the governor hopes to break the stalemate over his plan to extend medical coverage to the 6.6million uninsured Californians. The governor’s top priority has gotten bogged down in partisan bickering, with the Senate passing a Democratic plan that Schwarzenegger has vowed to veto, Republicans refusing to back the governor’s plan, and lawmakers facing a Friday deadline to end their session. “What everyone wants, and what we all want, is access to health care so it is affordable and so that everyone can have health care,” Schwarzenegger said at a press conference announcing a stem-cell grant at UCLA. “So we are working on this right now. We’re going to have an extended session, a special session that we are calling today.” Schwarzegger hopes a special session would result in a framework for financing healthcare reform that could then be followed up with a ballot initiative next year, when voters would be asked to impose fees on hospitals, force most employers to provide insurance for their workers and possibly raise the sales tax. But a ballot initiative would carry huge risks, as well, exposing the governor’s plan to well-heeled opponents who could spend tens of millions of dollars to defeat it. Schwarzenegger, in turn, would look to team up with Democrats, large businesses, seniors groups and other reform proponents to try and persuade voters to back a complex set of reforms. “There’s a lot of money floating around the health care system, and you can bet every interest group will be trying to have their say in that campaign,” said Larry Levitt, a vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit research organization based in Menlo Park. last_img read more


first_imgAs most everyone in the free world has surely heard by now – if you haven’t, sorry you had to hear it from me – Kobe put on a show for the ages on Sunday with a ridiculous 81 points. Read that again. Eight. One. It takes Lamar Odom a week to do that. That’s more than Andrew Bynum and Von Wafer have combined for all season. Ryan Seacrest barely has that many shows. But, because I missed most of the game (c’mon, folks, like you weren’t watching “Desperate Housewives” too), I decided to ask a few people you might’ve heard of just what they thought of the second most productive night in NBA history. Wilt Chamberlain: 81? So what? I had 10,000. Oh, you mean points? Well, I’ve got him there, too. Michael Jordan: That’s a lot of points. I’m impressed. Hold on, my hand is interrupting – something about six rings… Rafael Palmeiro: Amazing. And he turned down those vitamins I offered him. Vince Carter: I think it was bad for the NBA, because he was setting a bad example for the kids and stuff. I mean, what’s he gonna do next? Stop trying and then mope around until his team trades him to a contender? How selfish can he be? David Thompson: Hey, I scored 73. How hard could it be? Elgin Baylor, tugging his hair out: How close was he to joining us, again? And, finally, Phil Jackson: It was a solid effort. But he could involve his teammates more. And, he could shoot less. He could play within the triangle more, like I intended. But, it was a solid effort.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Allen Iverson: Look how many shots he took. I could do that too, but I’m a team player. I limit myself to just 26 shots a night. Dick Jauron: Who cares? Can you believe someone’s giving me another coaching job??? Lamar Odom: It was Kobe being Kobe. And I got to watch all of it, you know, since I was standing around so much. Umm, can I be traded please? Jim Mora, Sr.: I couldn’t believe it! Where was the defense? The Raptors couldn’t do diddly-poo out there! (Sorry, that still makes me giggle) My sister: Ewww, those white uniforms are so ugly! last_img read more


first_imgBuncrana GAA News:COMHGHAIRDEAS!!Well done to our young Clubman, Caolan O Neill, who represented his school, Scoil Iosagain, and his club when he took part in the Cumann Na mBunscoil game at half time in Sunday’s All Ireland Hurling Final. Senior Buncrana 0-9  Milford 2-10Buncrana got off to a great start scoring 3 points within the first 10 minutes, however Milford came back quick to level the scoreboard, it was then Tit for Tat until the 27th and 29th minute where Milford succeeded 2 goals and going in half time 2-6 to 0-6.  the 2nd half was a low scoring affair with Buncrana getting points in the 41st, and 44th and 57th minute was enough to close the gap with Milford coming back to score 4 pointsReserves  Buncrana 1 16   Milford 3 07Buncrana extended their winning streak to 10 games today with a 3 point victory over Milford.  With 10 points up and Buncrana playing against the Breeze in the 2nd half  allowed Milford to comeback and leave a 3 point margin at full-time Senior Ladies  Buncrana 1 10  Naomh Conaill 2 6A reason to celebrate became real on Sunday afternoon as The Scarvey ladies became Junior A County Champions.  With Buncrana going in at half time 0-5 to 1-0 with great scores from Tasha Craig, Michaela Mullan, Paula Mc Grory and Ella McLaughlin gave these ladies the confidence to go out in the 2nd half… Starting off with 3 points in the 1st three minutes set the tone for Buncrana with a goal to follow putting Buncrana in front  1-8 to 1-0 within five minutes.  However this scoreline did not deter N Conall who fought back fast and hard leaving all sides level 2-6 to 1-9  with 2 minutes to go, Tasha Craig scored the last score from a free. Within seconds of full-time N Conaill was rewarded a penalty which was saved by hero goalie Amy Casey bringing the title down the road to The ScarveyU16 Football  Buncrana 3 08  Milford 3 10Buncrana U16s played their final group game away to Milford on Monday night last.  A good start saw the away team go into a 1.1 to no score lead, however it was a false dawn as the home side grew into the game.  After goaling from a penalty the Milford lads controlled the remainder of the half against a lacklustre Buncrana team who were 2.6 to 1.2 behind at the break.  The Buncrana boys rallied well at the start of the second half and responded with 2.2 inside ten minutes.  The remainder of the game was nip and tuck and ultimately Milford’s third goal proved the decisive score and they ran out winners on a score line of 3.10 to 3.8.  The result means that the sides will meet again on Monday night (7th September) in Buncrana in the first playoff game and the Scarvey boys know that it will take a much improved all round performance to overturn the result.U16 Hurling  Bun Cranncha   Aodh Ruadh The Club’s u16 Hurlers claimed their place in the County League Final on Thursday night with a comfortable home win against a gallant Aodh Ruadh, Ballyshannon side.  Next up on Thursday evening is the final against old rivals Burt(venue to be confirmed).  Great news was also received by this squad that David Cullen, of Red C Marketing and Research,has kindly sponsored a new rig that the boys will dawn for the first time in the final.  This squad would like to pay tribute to David and all the staff at RED C for the sponsorship and to Club Equipment Officer, Elizabeth Ann Nelson, for sorting it all out.U16 Girls  Buncrana 1 09  Malin 1 06Our U16 girls played an away game against Malin on Tuesday evening.  It was a very tough but fair, tightly fought game, with each side cancelling out each other’s scores.  With the score just 0-3 to 0-4 to Buncrana at half time, we knew the second half was going to be every bit as tough.  Our girls got the second half off to a great start, scoring a point with their first attack.  Malin didn’t give up and came back at us, and the scoring went tit for tat again.  Even after we scored a goal, Malin replied with a goal.  It was a very tense and exciting game, but our girls managed to score a late three points which Malin had no reply to.  With the game finishing 1-6 to 1-9 in our favour, it was a well-earned victory.  It would be impossible to pick “a girl of the match” as every single girl, including the subs gave it their all, with Vanessa Nelson in goal and the defenders throwing their bodies in the way of every ball to keep Malin from scoring.  The defenders used the ball wisely feeding the midfield, who in turn supplied plenty of the ball to the forward line.  The scoring was shared out from the midfielders to the full forwards.  Bernie Devlin (1-2), Sophie Roe (0-4), Leah Henderson (0-2), and Lia Gallanagh (0-1).  Even if we hadn’t have won on Tuesday night, the way the girls played football was very impressive and bodes well for the future.  A big thank you to all the parents who helped supply lifts to the away games.U12 Hurlers  Buncrana 2 09  Burt 3 06 The U12 hurlers had their A final on Thursday night against Burt. It was a heart stopping match from the ball was thrown in until the final whistle. It was goal for goal and point for point, with some brilliant scores and fantastic frees taken. It was a really physical and ruthless game from the start. The Buncrana boys were extremely strong and determined and they never lost heart and this showed more so when it went to extra time. Even though the two teams fought hard for the first 40 minutes when it went into extra time, there was no easing off and it still ended up a draw when the whistle was blown.U11 BoysOur U11 boys welcomed Burt to The Scarvey on Tuesday night, A great display from our Lads helped them achieve a convincing win…..U10 GirlsThe U10 girls travelled to MacCumhaill’s on Saturday for a challenge game and, although scores aren’t kept, our girls were the stronger side and dominated for most of the game, considerably outscoring the home side.  This side has come on in leaps and bounds this year and with only 3 out of the 15 overage next year, we will be a force to be reckoned with!  Mac Cumhaill’s to their credit never gave up and battled right to the end with a real comeback effort in the final quarter!Well done girls!U9 Boys.Our u9 boys got back to their winning ways on Saturday against neighbours Burt.  With good entertaining games, from start to finish with loads of good football from our future starts.  Next up St Eunans next Saturday in the Scarvey.Ongoing Repairs/Maintenance WorksThe Club is always looking for help with ongoing repairs/maintenance works.  If you have a skill that could be useful please volunteer your time if you can.  Contact Sean on 0862388071.LottoCongratulations to Club person Cathy McCarron whose numbers came up in the Club Lotto – 4, 6, 9 and 29.  Don’t spend it all in the one shop!!  Lotto draw takes place every Monday afternoon in O Flaherty’s.  If you see any of our volunteers around the pubs, please support by buying a lotto.Training Times – New and Old Players Always WelcomeFootballU14 Boys Tuesdays (indoor fitness) 5-6 and Fridays 7pm – 8pmU13 Boys Wednesday 7pm – 8pm and Fridays 7.00pmU11 Boys Fridays 6.30pmU8 & U9 Boys Fridays 6.30pmU6 Boys & Girls Fridays 6.30-7.30pmU8 & U10 Girls Saturdays 10.30-11.30amU12, 14 & 16 Girls Mondays 7-8pmHurlingU8 & U10 Sundays 11-12noonU12 Tuesdays 7- 8.30pmU16 Wednesdays 6.30pmClub MerchandiseElizabeth Anne is now taking orders on the first Tuesday of every month. She can be contacted on 086 0604075.BUNCRANA HURLER CAOLAN O NEILL REPRESENTS CLUB AT ALL-IRELAND HURLING FINAL was last modified: September 7th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Sportlast_img read more


first_imgFootball fans in Letetrkenny and the surrounding areas have breathed a collective sigh of relief after power was resyored to more than 1,000 homes.A major ESB fault had left more than 1,000 homes without power supply just after 2.30pm on the eve of today’s FA Cup Final between Liverpool and Chelsea at 5.15pm.The fault has left homes in Letterkenny, Churchill and the surrounding areas without power supply. A spokesman for the ESB said they had experienced a major fault and repair crews had since sorted out the problem.Come on The Reds – Editor!! SOCCER FANS RELIEVED AS ELECTRICITY RESTORED TO 1,000 HOMES! was last modified: May 5th, 2012 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)last_img read more


first_imgCross Border Anti Drink Driving Campaign – An Garda Síochána in partnership with the Police Service of Northern Ireland this week launched a major joint Anti Drink Driving Campaign, which will continue until January 2014. The launch took place near Belleek on the Donegal/Fermanagh border. The launch demonstrates continued cooperation between the Garda and PSNI in the area of road safety and particularly in the enforcement of Drink Driving legislation on both sides of the border. from left are Brian Richardson, PCSP, Jamie Gallagher, Road Safety Officer Donegal County Council, Garrett Monaghan, Traffice Corp, Inspector Stephen Hasslett, Senior Sergant Joe Hannigan, Inspector Michael Harrison, traffic Corp., Niall Sherran, Traffic Corp, Cllr. Harry Rutherford and Stephen Lambert, RSA. Photo Clive WassonThe head of the Garda Traffic Corps in Donegal has warned that some people continue to drink and drive on the county’s roads.Inspector Michael Harrison was speaking at the launch of the Anti-Drink Driving Campaign which will continue until January 14th.Inspector Harrison revealed that almost double the number of people have been killed on Donegal roads so far this year compared to last. A total of 12 people have lost their lives up until yesterday compared with just 7 for all of last year.Speaking at the launch in conjunction with his PSNI colleagues, Inspector Harrison warned ““A minority of drivers continue to selfishly ignore all the advice that has been offered in relation to drink driving.“Therefore, I wish to remind all drivers that the Gardaí will be increasing our focus over the festive period to ensure that anyone drinking and driving will be arrested and could face a court appearance and disqualification from driving.“Enforcement of the drink-driving legislation remains a major priority as part of our ongoing commitment to reducing road casualties.” The Milford-based Garda admitted that over the years he has witnessed some very tragic scenes in Donegal.“It is often the same when we are called to fatal accidents. People not wearing seatbelts, speeding and people drinking and driving.“It is so frustrating to arrive at the scene of a fatal accident and to realise that people have lost their lives and a family has lost a loved one because people continue to make these mistakes,” he said.The launch took place near Belleek on the Donegal/Fermanagh border.The launch demonstrates continued cooperation between the Garda and PSNI in the area of road safety and particularly in the enforcement of Drink Driving legislation on both sides of the border. The campaign is backed by the Donegal Road Safety Working Group (DRSWG) as part of their ongoing road safety awareness programme. Stephen Lambert, Chairman of the DRSWG said, “If you’re going out this Christmas with friends, make the most of the festive season, but don’t chance drinking and driving. Leave your car at home and don’t risk your life and the lives of others.”The Donegal Road Safety Working Group has also issued the following advice to road users especially over the festive period.DriversDrive at a safe speed appropriate to the changeable wintry conditions Do not drink and drive and don’t let others drink and drive. Use an alternative form of transport or appoint a designated driverEnsure that all passengers – front and rear – are wearing a seatbeltDrive with dipped headlights even during day light hoursWhen it is safe to do so always pull in to the road side to use a mobile phoneMake sure your vehicle is in good working order, i.e. your lights and brakes are in good working order and your tyres are the proper tread depth (1.6 mm)Pre-plan your journey home and take frequent breaks to avoid driving when tiredPedestrians, CyclistsWear bright clothing or reflective material such as a high visibility vest to be safe and be seen by driversRemember drunken pedestrians are also a danger to themselves. If necessary make arrangements to get home safely if you are planning to walk home after a trip to the pub.ROAD DEATHS IN DONEGAL ALMOST DOUBLE THIS YEAR AS GARDAI ISSUE DRINK-DRIVE WARNING was last modified: December 14th, 2013 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:donegalInspector Michael Harrisonroad deathslast_img read more


first_img Winter concert, 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday in the Hart Auditorium, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-7575. By the Light of the Silvery Moon Hike, 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Towsley Canyon, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Call Wendy Langhans at (310) 858-7272, Ext. 115. Winter band and choir concert, 7 p.m. Thursday in the Valencia Theater at Valencia High School, 27801 N. Dickason Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 294-1188. Cirque Sur Glace theatrical ice spectacular will feature stars from the world of figure skating, gymnastics, acrobatics and comedy, 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 17 at Ice Station Valencia, 27745 N. Smyth Drive, Valencia. Tickets: $50. Call (866) 468-3399 or visit http://www.TicketWeb.com. 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. Holiday art exhibition and sale, today in the Art Gallery at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 362-3612. Family 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. Grateful Dudes perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. “The Little Prince” will be performed, 7 p.m. today in the Black Box Theatre at the Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and students. Call (661) 362-5304 or visit www.vitalexpresscenter.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “Convergence” will be presented by the Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance, 8 p.m. today in the Walt Disney Modular Theater at California Institute of the Arts, 24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Tickets: $15 general admission, $3 for alumni and $2 for students and seniors. Call (661) 253-7800. “A Christmas Carol” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 22 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 18 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $13-$17 for adults and $10-$13 for students and seniors. Call (661) 799-2702. “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of A Christmas Carol” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 23 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. Dave Storm & The Thunder Creek Band will perform country music, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday at the Santa Clarita Open Air Market at Saugus Speedway, 22500 Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus. Admission: $1.50 for adults, children 11 and under are free. Call (661) 259-3886. Holiday review, 7 p.m. Tuesday at Rio Norte Junior High, 28771 Rio Norte Drive, Valencia. Admission: $5. Call (661) 295-3700. last_img read more