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December 17, 2010

‘WAR’ Declared at Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center

Wash that old “Low Rider” of yours and ask your mortal enemy “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” because legendary funk-rock-soul band WAR, is coming to the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) at College of the Canyons — and missing this show would be like “Slippin’ Into Darkness.”

After four decades of live performances, 19 studio albums and more than 50 million records sold, Los Angeles-based band WAR’s critically acclaimed music is as fresh and timely as ever.

Fusing rock, Latin rhythms, funk, blues, jazz and soul into a distinctive sound all their own, WAR’s music has resonated with baby boomers and younger generations of music fans alike. Although their lyrics are sometimes political in nature, for the most part, WAR’s music has maintained a sunny, laid-back vibe, emblematic of the band’s Southern California roots.

With 10 Top-10 Billboard Pop and R&B singles to their credit — including “Low Rider,” “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” “Spill The Wine,” “Slippin’ Into Darkness,” “All Day Music,” “The Cisco Kid” and “Outlaw” — WAR continues to have an impact on music fans and musicians, regardless of race, generation or genre. 

In the last year alone the band has performed in front of more than a million fans, while seeing their hit “Low Rider” chosen as the theme song to the late night talk show “Lopez Tonight” hosted by comedian George Lopez, proving time and again that they are the type of “WAR” that truly brings people together.

“Whether your preference is rock, jazz, blues or all of the above, this performance by WAR will be a memorable night any music lover will enjoy,” said Adam Philipson, PAC managing director. “This is just one of the many stellar shows on the winter/spring portion of our schedule, and we look forward to bringing many more memorable artists and performance to the PAC.”

WAR will take the PAC main stage at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011. Tickets range in price from $45 to $75, and can be purchased through the PAC Box Office. 

For more information about the performance by WAR or to purchase tickets please contact the PAC Box Office at (661) 362-5304 or visit www.CanyonsPAC.com.


December 17, 2010

Providence Holy Cross Presents Check to K-12 Arts Outreach Program

College of the Canyons Chancellor Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook (center) is presented a $15,000 check from Larry Bowe, Chief Executive, Providence Holy Cross (left), during a presentation ceremony in the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) at College of the Canyons.

Providence Holy Cross Medical Center recently entered into a partnership with the PAC to provide sponsorship and support of the PAC’s ongoing K-12 Arts Education Outreach Program — which is expected to reach more than 12,000 local students in the coming year alone.

“It’s because of community support like this that the PAC K-12 Arts Education Outreach Program has been able to thrive,” said Adam Philipson, PAC Managing Director.

Pictured from left to right: Jeri Goldman, owner KHTS AM 1220; Rita Garasi, Chair of the PAC K-12 Arts Education Outreach Program; Larry Bowe, Chief Executive, Providence Holy Cross Medical Center; Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook, College of the Canyons Chancellor; Brigette Loden, Vice President of Development, Providence Holy Cross Foundation; Adam Philipson, PAC Managing Director.

For more information about the PAC K-12 Arts Education Outreach Program or to become a sponsor please contact Adam Philipson at (661) 362-5305.


December 10, 2010

New Grant Will Help Gardens of the Canyons Project Grow

College of the Canyons has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation, seed money that will allow the college to grow and develop its Gardens of the Canyons project located on the COC Valencia campus.

On Monday, Dec. 6, Michael Wilding, COC Assistant Superintendent/Vice President, Student Services, and Jill Mellady, chair, COC Foundation, accepted a $5,000 check from Jim Bizzelle, Vice President of Community Development for Pardee Homes, a subsidiary of Weyerhaeuser, during an informal presentation ceremony in the college’s Circle Garden.

“Weyerhaeuser and Pardee Homes support programs that help cultivate growing minds and bodies, promote sustainable communities and nurture quality of life in the communities where we do business,” Bizzelle said. “The Gardens of the Canyons embodies all three of these ideals. We hope our contribution will inspire others to help make the Gardens project a treasure the entire Santa Clarita Valley can enjoy.”

Envisioned as a place where students, staff and community members will come for inspiration, education and enjoyment, the Gardens of the Canyons project is a collection of 15 gardens and nature areas that will eventually be connected with signs, maps and trail markers to form an hour-long nature walk through campus.

The concept for this project stems from a recent on-campus professional development program, which asked college staff members to address particular areas of need at the college by working together to develop innovative solutions. 

The Gardens of the Canyons project will enhance the quality of life on campus and support the college’s many educational programs, while establishing the college’s gardens as a destination to visit in the Santa Clarita Valley.

“On behalf of College of the Canyons, I want to thank Weyerhaeuser and Pardee Homes for this generous contribution,” said COC Chancellor Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook. “The goal of this program is to demonstrate the rich variety of gardening possibilities that can thrive in Santa Clarita and share the natural beauty of the campus with college staff and the entire community. Gardens of the Canyons will create a wonderful environment for learning and be a resource that can be enjoyed by everyone.”

The first phase of the project will include the continued development of the 15-stop nature walk, which begins at the Circle Garden, near the college’s main entrance, and encompasses much of the approximately 153-acre Valencia campus. 

Subsequent plans call for the enhanced development of two garden areas to be used for outdoor classes and special events, and the eventual expansion of the Gardens of the Canyons project to the college’s Canyon Country Campus.

In addition to the Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation grant, the gardens projects will be sustained through the COC Foundation’s Friends of the Gardens (FrOG) volunteer support group.

Led by COC Foundation board member Diane Benjamin, the group is composed of people dedicated to establishing and maintaining Gardens of the Canyons as a recognized asset, and landmark, of both the college and the Santa Clarita Valley,

About Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation

The mission of the Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation, established in 1948, is to nourish the quality of life in Weyerhaeuser's communities, and foster understanding that sustainable forests meet important human needs. For more than 60 years, the Foundation has directed more than $208 million to the communities where Weyerhaeuser employees work, live and play. To learn more about the Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation, visit: www.weyerhaeuser.com/Foundation

About Pardee Homes

Established in 1921, Pardee Homes is one of the nation’s most prominent multi-regional builders. Noted for lifestyle designs that also feature energy efficiency, advanced technologies and other sustainable concepts, Pardee Homes is active in California’s San Diego, Inland Empire and Los Angeles/Ventura regional markets, and in Las Vegas. The company emphasizes master-planned communities that include schools, parks and preserved open space, and has earned wide recognition for quality construction, customer service, green and sustainable building practices and dedication to the educational and civic goals of the communities in which it builds. See: www.pardeehomes.com.

For more information about the Gardens of the Canyons project or the COC Foundation’s Friends of the Gardens (FrOG) volunteer support group, please contact Murray Wood at (661) 362-3433.


December 2, 2010

Providence Holy Cross Newest Supporter of K-12 Arts Outreach Program

Providence Holy Cross Medical Center has entered into a partnership with the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) at College of the Canyons to provide sponsorship and support of the PAC’s ongoing K-12 Arts Education Outreach Program.

Providence Health & Services is a nonprofit Catholic organization dedicated to quality, compassionate care for all, and a continued investment in the communities it serves. Through this new partnership, Providence will help sustain the PAC’s K-12 Arts Education Outreach Program, which is expected to reach more than 12,000 local students in the coming year alone.

“Providence Holy Cross is proud to sponsor this outreach program. So many of our employees live in the Santa Clarita Valley, and their children will benefit from this,” said Larry Bowe, Chief Executive of Providence Holy Cross Medical Center. “It's important to us as healthcare providers to help ensure young people are exposed to the arts, an essential part of a well-rounded healthy lifestyle.”

The PAC K-12 Arts Education Outreach Program uses College of the Canyons’ cultural and community resources to provide SCV students an opportunity to benefit from top-tier visual and performing arts (VAPA) curriculum and learning opportunities. Since its inception the K-12 Arts Outreach Program has taken a collaborative approach, with PAC organizers partnering with teachers and administrators in school districts throughout the SCV in order to reach as many students as possible. As a result, the program continues to provide arts-infused curriculum and unique educational opportunities for students throughout the SCV.

“It’s because of community support like this that the PAC K-12 Arts Education Outreach Program has been able to thrive,” said Adam Philipson, PAC managing director. “Providence Holy Cross Medical Center deserves a special thanks for helping to make this program so successful.”

About Providence Health & Services

Providence Health & Services, California, operates five award-winning medical centers in Southern California: Providence Saint Joseph, Providence Holy Cross, Providence Tarzana, Providence Little Company of Mary Torrance and Providence Little Company of Mary San Pedro medical centers. The Providence medical centers provide a full continuum of health care services.

For more information about the PAC K-12 Arts Education Outreach Program or to become a sponsor please contact Adam Philipson at (661) 362-5305.

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