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  • Overcoming the Challenges of Working During the Summer

    Jun 18

    Written By Ashley Carlson

    As a kid, summer is a season of pure freedom and relaxation. Sun, pools, beach vacations, popsicles… nothing is better.

    But as an adult, especially a business owner with kids, summer can be a challenging balancing act of entertaining kids, taking time off, and keeping your business running.

    It can feel a lot less like pure bliss and more like pure chaos.

    At Elevate Virtual Business Solutions, our Executive Assistants are brilliant problem solvers, so we asked them to share how they would deal with three of the most common summer challenges our clients face.

    Read on to learn how to make the most of your summer without sacrificing productivity or family time!

    How can you work remotely on vacation?

    If you have the opportunity to work remotely, like many CEOs and business owners we support, it can be tempting to extend your vacation or sneak in an extra trip while working. But how do you balance work time and relaxing time?

    • Take time completely off: If you have the option, consider just taking the vacation and checking out completely. Just because you can work doesn’t mean you have to.
    • Create an “urgent only” contact process: Set up a system and let people know how to contact you if something is truly an emergency and needs your attention.
    • Set clear boundaries: Decide ahead of time when you will work and when you will relax and enjoy time with your family. Let your family and anyone on your team who needs you know what these boundaries are.
    • Only take care of critical needs: You don’t need to worry about small tasks that can wait for later. Prioritize the truly important tasks, take care of those, and leave the rest for after vacation time!
    • Turn off your notifications: When you’re not in active work mode, make sure all notifications are turned off so you don’t get distracted.

    What to do when vacation and meetings are scheduled at the same time?

    You book a family vacation, but you also have pre-scheduled meetings on your calendar at the same time. Yikes!

    If you want to be able to enjoy your vacation without missing out on key information or letting your clients down, there are a few steps you can take.

    • Have an EA block off your time and reschedule: Our team proactively solves problems, which means they keep their clients’ calendars blocked off and protected. If you know you have time off coming up, make sure your EA knows so they can mark you as busy and move any existing commitments around so you can enjoy your vacation without any stress or worry about missing out on things.
    • See what can be taken care of via email: Oftentimes a call really can be an email. Check with the clients you have scheduled during your vacation and see if you can hash out the info over email or a quick call before your scheduled meeting. This can help keep you on track without delaying deadlines or projects.
    • Set notifications on all communication methods: If you’re going to be slower than usual to respond, make sure you have a notification of your delay set for all of your communication channels – including Slack, Voxer, email, and voicemail.

    Tips for working during the summer with kids at home

    School’s out for the summer!

    And many working parents are exhausted by trying to manage active kids who just want to play outside and their regular work commitments.

    This is arguably one of the hardest challenges to navigate, so we asked our team of EAs to bring their best ideas and strategies to this specific issue. Let’s get into them!

    • Set up your workspace where you can supervise outdoor play: Kids often just want to be outside during the summer, so make sure you can work in an area where you can see them playing without actually having to be outside… unless you want to be! A nice deck workstation could be the perfect summer solution.
    • List out your priorities on a weekly basis: Know what absolutely must get done each week so you can track your meaningful progress. You can also decide when to let less important tasks slide to prioritize spending time with your children.
    • Block work and family time – and keep them: You show up for your clients when you have scheduled time, so make sure you give your family and yourself the same respect. When it’s playtime, leave your laptop and phone out of sight so you don’t get distracted. Your kids are more likely to respect your work time if you respect their playtime.
    • Set out snacks at the beginning of the day: Give your kids their daily snacks at the start of each day and let them be in charge of how they eat them. The only rule: no asking for more snacks! This will save you from five million “I’m hungry!” distractions and help your kids learn how to manage their resources. Win-win!

    Working during the summer is challenging, but possible

    There are a number of issues that can get in your way when trying to balance work, vacation, and life throughout the summer. But you really can thrive with the right strategies and a flexible, positive attitude.

    Don’t let this summer pass you by without making time to check out, relax, and spend time with the people you love!

    And if you’re realizing how helpful it would be to have an EA managing many of these tasks for you… we’d love to chat about how we can help support your business in any season.

    ~Ashley

  • 14 Jun 2024 by Metro

    Weekly Look-Ahead: June 17 to 23, 2024

    Prepare for weeknight intermittent lane reductions in both directions between SR-14 and Parker Rd from 8pm to 6am to support all the below activities on I-5. Crews begin mobilizing at 6am and work hours are 7am to 4pm and 7pm to 6am on weekdays, and Saturdays as needed.

    SR-14 to Magic Mountain Pkwy

    Gavin Canyon Undercrossing Bridge construction. Prepare for intermittent lane reductions and closures in both directions on The Old Rd between Weldon Canyon Rd and Calgrove Bl, Monday through Friday, and Saturdays as needed from 9pm to 5am. View full notice for detour routes. | Full Notice
    Electrical systems work. View full notice for ramp locations, schedule, and detour routes. | Full Notice
    Southbound outside shoulder excavation, shoring, and retaining wall work between Weldon Canyon Rd and Calgrove Bl. View full notice for schedule and detour routes. | Full Notice
    Center median retaining wall construction and concrete placement between SR-14 and Magic Mountain Pkwy. | Full Notice

    Magic Mountain Pkwy to Parker Rd

    Magic Mountain Pkwy Bridge construction. View full notice for schedule. | Full Notice
    Rye Canyon Rd bridge construction. Prepare for intermittent closures of Rye Canyon Rd between The Old Road and Avenue Stanford. View full notice for schedule and detour routes. | Full Notice
    Santa Clara Undercrossing bridge construction. | Full Notice
    Castaic Creek Bridge construction. View full notice for schedule and detour routes. | Full Notice
    Center median concrete placement between Magic Mountain Pkwy and Parker Rd. | Full Notice

    Coming Soon

    Full 30-day closure of the southbound Calgrove Bl off-ramp is postponed.

    Essential Details

    • Work hours: Monday through Friday and Saturday, as needed from 7am to 4pm and 7pm to 6am. Crews will begin to mobilize at 6am.
    • No two consecutive ramps in the same direction will be closed at the same time. Detours to the next on-ramp will be posted for each closure.
    • Traffic will be maintained in each direction.
    • All lanes will reopen by 6am each morning.
    • No lane closures will be implemented during morning or evening peak traffic hours.
    • The speed limit in construction work zones is reduced to 55 miles per hour.

    Noteworthy

    Access to emergency responders will be maintained. Construction is a dynamic process, it is subject to weather conditions, and information is subject to change, visit the project website for the most up to date information and a weekly listing.

  • 🎉 Ready for a mouthwatering meal that supports a great cause? Join us at Corner Bakery Cafe (24290 Valencia Blvd) on Monday, June 17th between 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM and make a difference! With every order you place, 25% will be donated to Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry. 🙌 Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to dine for a purpose! RSVP & details here: https://grouprai.se/s281451 🌟🍴

  • 11 Jun 2024 by SCV Water

    Project Will Restore Wells to Service and Remove PFAS and VOCs from Groundwater

    As part of its commitment to restoring local groundwater reliability, SCV Water will soon begin construction of a new treatment facility to remove per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and restore three wells to service that are currently offline due to PFAS detection. The proposed facility will also remove volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from two additional wells.

    Construction on the facility, which will be added to the current Rio Vista Intake Pump Station on Bouquet Canyon Road near the Lowe’s shopping center, will begin in the summer of 2024. Construction is anticipated to take 18 months to complete.

    PROJECT DETAILS:

    Construction Locations:

    • Rio Vista Intake Pump Station – Bouquet Canyon Road and Lowe’s Plaza
    • SCV Water well sites within the Villa Metro and near the River Village communities
    • Various pipeline locations along Bouquet Canyon Road and Newhall Ranch Road

    Start Date: MONDAY JUNE 17, 2024

    Duration: 18 Months

    Construction Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

    Impact: Businesses within the Lowe’s shopping center will remain open during construction.

    In addition to construction work at the Rio Vista Intake Pump Station, SCV Water will also perform rehabilitation work at wells near the Villa Metro community on Soledad Canyon Road and the River Village community on Newhall Ranch Road, near Duane R. Harte Park. Residents in those areas will receive direct communication with a timeline and possible impacts when those phases of the project are scheduled.

    The existing Rio Vista Intake Pump Station facility is used for various production and operational functions. It primarily pumps imported water from the State Water Project to the Rio Vista Water Treatment Plant, which is located at Central Park approximately 1.3 miles to the northeast.

    The total construction cost for the new groundwater treatment system is estimated to be $17.8 million. The project is eligible to receive up to $12.6 million in grant funding.

    Grant funding will be provided in part by the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund through an agreement with the State Water Resources Control Board. California’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund is capitalized through a variety of funding sources, including grants from the United States Environmental Protection Agency and state bond proceeds.

    Grant funding will also be provided in part from the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 and through an agreement with the State Department of Water Resources.

    For any questions or concerns about this project, please do not hesitate to contact SCV Water Principal Engineer, Orlando Moreno at omoreno@scvwa.org.

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    About SCV Water:

    The Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency (SCV Water) is a full-service regional water agency

    located in the Santa Clarita Valley. SCV Water provides water service to approximately 75,000 business and residential customers. It was formed on January 1, 2018, when local water suppliers combined into one integrated, regional water provider. More information can be found at yourSCVwater.com.

    For more information, please contact:

    Kevin Strauss

    Communications Manager

    SCV Water

    kstrauss@scvwa.org

  • 07 Jun 2024 by Metro

    Weekly Look-Ahead: June 10 to 16, 2024

    Prepare for weeknight intermittent lane reductions in both directions between SR-14 and Parker Rd from 8pm to 6am to support all the below activities on I-5. Crews begin mobilizing at 6am and work hours are 7am to 4pm and 7pm to 6am on weekdays, and Saturdays as needed.

    SR-14 to Magic Mountain Pkwy

    Gavin Canyon Undercrossing Bridge construction. Prepare for intermittent lane reductions and closures in both directions on The Old Rd between Weldon Canyon Rd and Calgrove Bl, Monday through Friday from 9pm to 5am. View full notice for detour routes. | Full Notice
    Calgrove Bl Undercrossing Bridge construction. Prepare closures of southbound Calgrove Bl on- and off-ramps, and intermittent lane closures of Calgrove Bl between The Old Rd and Wiley Canyon Rd. View full notice for schedule and detour routes. | Full Notice
    Rye Canyon Rd bridge construction. Prepare for intermittent closures of Rye Canyon Rd between The Old Road and Avenue Stanford. View full notice for schedule and detour routes. | Full Notice
    Electrical systems work. View full notice for ramp locations, schedule, and detour routes. | Full Notice
    Southbound outside shoulder excavation, shoring, and retaining wall work between Weldon Canyon Rd and Calgrove Bl. View full notice for schedule and detour routes. | Full Notice
    Center median retaining wall construction and concrete placement between SR-14 and Magic Mountain Pkwy. | Full Notice

    Magic Mountain Pkwy to Parker Rd

    Magic Mountain Pkwy Bridge construction. View full notice for schedule. | Full Notice
    Castaic Creek Bridge construction. View full notice for schedule and detour routes. | Full Notice
    Center median concrete placement between Magic Mountain Pkwy and Parker Rd. | Full Notice

    Coming Soon

    Full 30-day closure of the southbound Calgrove Bl off-ramp is postponed.

    Essential Details

    • Work hours: Monday through Friday and Saturday, as needed from 7am to 4pm and 7pm to 6am. Crews will begin to mobilize at 6am.
    • No two consecutive ramps in the same direction will be closed at the same time. Detours to the next on-ramp will be posted for each closure.
    • Traffic will be maintained in each direction.
    • All lanes will reopen by 6am each morning.
    • No lane closures will be implemented during morning or evening peak traffic hours.
    • The speed limit in construction work zones is reduced to 55 miles per hour.

    Noteworthy

    Access to emergency responders will be maintained. Construction is a dynamic process, it is subject to weather conditions, and information is subject to change, visit the project website for the most up to date information and a weekly listing.

     

  • 31 May 2024 by Metro

     

    Weekly Look-Ahead: June 3 to 9, 2024

    Prepare for weeknight intermittent lane reductions in both directions between SR-14 and Parker Rd from 8pm to 6am to support all the below activities on I-5. Crews begin mobilizing at 6am and work hours are 7am to 4pm and 7pm to 6am on weekdays, and Saturdays as needed.

    SR-14 to Magic Mountain Pkwy

    Gavin Canyon Undercrossing Bridge construction. Prepare for intermittent lane reductions and closures in both directions on The Old Rd between Weldon Canyon Rd and Calgrove Bl, Monday through Friday from 9pm to 5am. View full notice for detour routes. | Full Notice
    Calgrove Bl Undercrossing Bridge construction. Prepare closures of southbound Calgrove Bl on- and off-ramps, and intermittent lane closures of Calgrove Bl between The Old Rd and Wiley Canyon Rd. View full notice for schedule and detour routes. | Full Notice
    Electrical systems work. View full notice for ramp locations, schedule, and detour routes. | Full Notice
    Southbound outside shoulder excavation, shoring, and retaining wall work between Weldon Canyon Rd and Calgrove Bl. View full notice for schedule and detour routes. | Full Notice
    Center median retaining wall construction and concrete placement between SR-14 and Magic Mountain Pkwy. | Full Notice

    Magic Mountain Pkwy to Parker Rd

    Magic Mountain Pkwy Bridge construction. View full notice for schedule. | Full Notice
    Castaic Creek Bridge construction. View full notice for schedule and detour routes. | Full Notice
    Center median concrete placement between Magic Mountain Pkwy and Parker Rd. | Full Notice

    Coming Soon

    Full 30-day closure of the southbound Calgrove Bl off-ramp, beginning on Monday, June 3, 2024 is postponed. Visit the project website for the most up to date information on the schedule. | Full Notice

    Essential Details

    • Work hours: Monday through Friday and Saturday, as needed from 7am to 4pm and 7pm to 6am. Crews will begin to mobilize at 6am.
    • No two consecutive ramps in the same direction will be closed at the same time. Detours to the next on-ramp will be posted for each closure.
    • Traffic will be maintained in each direction.
    • All lanes will reopen by 6am each morning.
    • No lane closures will be implemented during morning or evening peak traffic hours.
    • The speed limit in construction work zones is reduced to 55 miles per hour.

    Noteworthy

    Access to emergency responders will be maintained. Construction is a dynamic process, it is subject to weather conditions, and information is subject to change, visit the project website for the most up to date information and a weekly listing.

     

  • 30 May 2024 by Circle of Hope, Inc.

    Howdy, Chamber Members!

    Get ready for a fantastic evening at the Hoedown for Hope, benefiting the Circle of Hope Cancer Support Center! This incredible event promises to be an epic night filled with fun, laughter, and a great cause. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to support our community and have a memorable time.

    We’ve got an exciting lineup of activities planned, including live music, dancing, delicious food, and more. It’s going to be a night to remember, and we hope you can join us in making a difference. Purchase your tickets today at www.circleofhopeinc.org

  • 17 May 2024 by Metro

     

    Construction Update Community Meeting: Save the Date
    Join Metro’s I-5 North County Enhancements Project for the next community meeting to receive updates on the construction activities along the I-5 freeway.

    Project staff will outline upcoming construction timelines and provide an update on activities in the Santa Clarita Valley and North LA County communities, including progress for various bridges and median construction, as well as activities planned for Stage 2 of the project. We look forward to hearing your questions, comments, and to keeping you informed for the duration of construction. | More Information

    Wednesday, May 22, 2024, at 6pm
    Zoom Link: us02web.zoom.us/j/99714777647
    Webinar ID: 997 1477 7647
    Call-in: (213) 338-8477

    Special accommodations are available to the public for Metro-sponsored meetings. All requests for reasonable accommodations and translation must be made at least three working days (72 hours) in advance of the scheduled meeting date. 

    Metro seeks to Partner with two Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) to support an Equity Data Toolkit focused on Environmental Justice and Land Use. We seek CBOs with experience and expertise in research, environmental justice, equity assessments, and related topics. CBO partners will collaborate on developing the Toolkit, advise on stakeholder engagement, and review and give input on toolkit materials, such as user guides, memos, and staff training materials.
    Up to two CBOs will be chosen and compensated for assisting with this project between May 2024 and June 2025. Interested organizations can join Metro’s CBO Database, navigate to the “Opportunity Center” page, and indicate interest in the Equity Data Toolkit – Environmental Justice and Land Use Module project before May 24, 2024. More information

     

    Weekly Look-Ahead: May 20 to 26, 2024

    Prepare for weeknight intermittent lane reductions in both directions between SR-14 and Parker Rd from 8pm to 6am to support all the below activities on I-5. Crews begin mobilizing at 6am and work hours are 7am to 4pm and 7pm to 6am on weekdays, and Saturdays as needed.

    SR-14 to Magic Mountain Pkwy

    Weldon Canyon Rd Bridge shoring activity. | Full Notice

    Gavin Canyon Undercrossing Bridge construction. Prepare for intermittent lane reductions and closures in both directions on The Old Rd between Weldon Canyon Rd and Calgrove Bl, Monday through Friday from 9pm to 5am. View full notice for detour routes. | Full Notice

    Electrical systems work. View full notice for ramp locations, schedule, and detour routes. | Full Notice

    Southbound outside shoulder excavation, shoring, and retaining wall work between Weldon Canyon Rd and Calgrove Bl. View full notice for schedule and detour routes. | Full Notice

    Center median retaining wall construction and concrete placement between SR-14 and Magic Mountain Pkwy. | Full Notice

    Magic Mountain Pkwy to Parker Rd

    Magic Mountain Pkwy Bridge excavation and shoring activity. | Full Notice

    Castaic Creek Bridge construction. View full notice for schedule and detour routes. | Full Notice

    Center median concrete placement between Magic Mountain Pkwy and Parker Rd. | Full Notice

    Essential Details

    • Work hours: Monday through Friday and Saturday, as needed from 7am to 4pm and 7pm to 6am. Crews will begin to mobilize at 6am.
    • No two consecutive ramps in the same direction will be closed at the same time. Detours to the next on-ramp will be posted for each closure.
    • Traffic will be maintained in each direction.
    • All lanes will reopen by 6am each morning.
    • No lane closures will be implemented during morning or evening peak traffic hours.
    • The speed limit in construction work zones is reduced to 55 miles per hour.

    Noteworthy

    Access to emergency responders will be maintained. Construction is a dynamic process, it is subject to weather conditions, and information is subject to change, visit the project website for the most up to date information and a weekly listing.

     

  • 14 May 2024 by Child & Family Center

    Looking for the ideal space to host your next community event, training session, workshop, meeting, luncheon, or conference? Look no further than the Child & Family Center's Education Building, nestled in the heart of Santa Clarita!

    Here's why our venue stands out:

    🏢 Spacious & Versatile: With a sprawling 4,500 square feet of multi-purpose space, including bathrooms and a kitchen, our venue offers the flexibility you need for any occasion.

    🛋️ Flexible Seating: Whether you're planning a banquet-style event for 150 guests, a presentation with seating for 130, or a theatre-style setup for up to 190 attendees, we've got you covered.

    🔊 Audiovisuals: Wow your audience with our top-notch audiovisual system, complete with a large projector screen in the main area, ensuring every presentation is a showstopper.

    ➡️ Customizable Layout: Need to divide the space into smaller rooms? No problem! Our venue can be easily partitioned into three separate areas for multi-purpose events.

    🪑 All-Inclusive Amenities: Say goodbye to hidden fees! Our rental package includes set up of tables and chairs, a podium, cleaning services, and complimentary parking for your guests.

    Contact us today to book your date for your next gathering! 🎉

    For more information: www.childfamilycenter.org/rent-our-education-building/

  • 10 May 2024 by Metro

    Metro seeks to Partner with two Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) to support an Equity Data Toolkit focused on Environmental Justice and Land Use. We seek CBOs with experience and expertise in research, environmental justice, equity assessments, and related topics. CBO partners will collaborate on developing the Toolkit, advise on stakeholder engagement, and review and give input on toolkit materials, such as user guides, memos, and staff training materials.
    Up to two CBOs will be chosen and compensated for assisting with this project between May 2024 and June 2025. Interested organizations can join Metro’s CBO Database, navigate to the “Opportunity Center” page, and indicate interest in the Equity Data Toolkit – Environmental Justice and Land Use Module project before May 24, 2024. More information

    Metro Budget Update
    We’re holding a public hearing on Wednesday, May 15, at 3:00 p.m. to gather input on the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2025. The meeting will be in-person in the Board Room on the third floor of Metro headquarters adjacent to Union Station. The hearing will also be live-streamed; a link will appear at this site when the hearing begins.

    Ride for Free on Bike Day 
    Mark your calendar for Bike Day: Thursday, May 16. Get ready to celebrate with FREE rides on Metro buses, trains, Bike Share and Micro. Bike riders can also track their trips on the ridematch.info commute calendar and be entered into a drawing to win a commuter bicycle or e-bike! Visit metro.net/bikemonth for more details. 

     

    Construction Update Community Meeting: Save the Date

    Join Metro’s I-5 North County Enhancements Project for the next community meeting to receive updates on the construction activities along the I-5 freeway.

    Project staff will outline upcoming construction timelines and provide an update on activities in the Santa Clarita Valley and North LA County communities, including progress for various bridges and median construction, as well as activities planned for Stage 2 of the project. We look forward to hearing your questions, comments, and to keeping you informed for the duration of construction. | More Information

    Wednesday, May 22, 2024, at 6pm
    Zoom Link: us02web.zoom.us/j/99714777647
    Webinar ID: 997 1477 7647
    Call-in: (213) 338-8477

    Special accommodations are available to the public for Metro-sponsored meetings. All requests for reasonable accommodations and translation must be made at least three working days (72 hours) in advance of the scheduled meeting date. 

     

    Weekly Look-Ahead: May 13 to 19, 2024

    Prepare for weeknight intermittent lane reductions in both directions between SR-14 and Parker Rd from 8pm to 6am to support all the below activities on I-5. Crews begin mobilizing at 6am and work hours are 7am to 4pm and 7pm to 6am on weekdays, and Saturdays as needed.

    SR-14 to Magic Mountain Pkwy

    Weldon Canyon Rd Bridge shoring activity. | Full Notice

    Gavin Canyon Undercrossing Bridge construction. Prepare for intermittent lane reductions and closures in both directions on The Old Rd between Weldon Canyon Rd and Calgrove Bl, Monday through Friday from 9pm to 5am. View full notice for detour routes. | Full Notice

    Electrical systems work, requiring nightly closures from 7pm to 6am. View full notice for ramp locations, schedule, and detour routes. | Full Notice

    Southbound outside shoulder excavation, shoring, and retaining wall work between Weldon Canyon Rd and Calgrove Bl. View full notice for schedule and detour routes. | Full Notice

    Center median retaining wall construction and concrete placement between SR-14 and Magic Mountain Pkwy. | Full Notice

    Magic Mountain Pkwy to Parker Rd

    Castaic Creek Bridge construction. View full notice for schedule and detour routes. | Full Notice

    Center median concrete placement between Magic Mountain Pkwy and Parker Rd. | Full Notice

    Essential Details

    • Work hours: Monday through Friday and Saturday, as needed from 7am to 4pm and 7pm to 6am. Crews will begin to mobilize at 6am.
    • No two consecutive ramps in the same direction will be closed at the same time. Detours to the next on-ramp will be posted for each closure.
    • Traffic will be maintained in each direction.
    • All lanes will reopen by 6am each morning.
    • No lane closures will be implemented during morning or evening peak traffic hours.
    • The speed limit in construction work zones is reduced to 55 miles per hour.

    Noteworthy

    Access to emergency responders will be maintained. Construction is a dynamic process, it is subject to weather conditions, and information is subject to change, visit the project website for the most up to date information and a weekly listing.

     

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  • 29 Apr 2024 by Metro

    8th Annual Older Adult Transportation Expo 
    Join us at the Pasadena Convention Center on Tuesday, May 7 from 9 am to 2:30 pm for a day filled with information, resources, and fun activities all focused on helping older adults with their transportation needs. Whether you're looking for tips on using public transportation, exploring alternative transportation options, or simply want to connect with others in your community, this event is perfect for you. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to learn and engage with experts in the field. RSVP today

    Weekly Look-Ahead: April 29 to May 5, 2024

    Prepare for weeknight intermittent lane reductions in both directions between SR-14 and Parker Rd from 8pm to 6am to support all the below activities on I-5. Crews begin mobilizing at 6am and work hours are 7am to 4pm and 7pm to 6am on weekdays, and Saturdays as needed.

    SR-14 to Magic Mountain Pkwy

    Weldon Canyon Rd Bridge shoring activity. | Full Notice
    Gavin Canyon Undercrossing Bridge construction. Prepare for intermittent lane reductions and closures in both directions on The Old Rd between Weldon Canyon Rd and Calgrove Bl, Monday through Friday from 9pm to 5am. View full notice for detour routes. | Full Notice
    Calgrove Bl Undercrossing Bridge construction. Prepare for intermittent lane closures of Calgrove Bl between The Old Rd and Wiley Canyon Rd, Monday through Friday from 9pm to 6am. View full notice for detour routes. | Full Notice
    Electrical systems work. Prepare for nightly closures of northbound McBean Pkwy on-ramp and southbound McBean Pkwy from 7pm to 6am. View full notice for detour routes. Full Notice
    Southbound outside shoulder excavation, shoring, and retaining wall work between Weldon Canyon Rd and Calgrove Bl. View full notice for schedule and detour routes. | Full Notice
    Center median retaining wall construction and concrete placement between SR-14 and Magic Mountain Pkwy. | Full Notice
    Magic Mountain Pkwy Bridge shoring, striping, and signage and k-rail placement. | Full Notice

    Magic Mountain Pkwy to Parker Rd

    Castaic Creek Bridge construction. View full notice for schedule and detour routes. Full Notice
    Center median concrete placement between Magic Mountain Pkwy and Parker Rd. | Full Notice

    Essential Details

    • Work hours: Monday through Friday and Saturday, as needed from 7am to 4pm and 7pm to 6am. Crews will begin to mobilize at 6am.
    • No two consecutive ramps in the same direction will be closed at the same time. Detours to the next on-ramp will be posted for each closure.
    • Traffic will be maintained in each direction.
    • All lanes will reopen by 6am each morning.
    • No lane closures will be implemented during morning or evening peak traffic hours.
    • The speed limit in construction work zones is reduced to 55 miles per hour.

    Noteworthy

    Access to emergency responders will be maintained. Construction is a dynamic process, it is subject to weather conditions, and information is subject to change, visit the project website for the most up to date information and a weekly listing.

     

  • 23 Apr 2024 by Princess Cruises

    BARCELONA, Spain – In a celebration held Tuesday, April 23 at the Port of Barcelona, award-winning actress and performer Hannah Waddingham officially welcomed the newest and most innovative Princess Cruises ship, Sun Princess, serving as godmother during a star-studded naming ceremony.

    The Sun Princess is the latest addition to the Princess Cruises fleet of cruise ships. Princess Cruises is headquartered in Valencia on Town Center Drive.

    The time-honored maritime naming tradition took place onboard Sun Princess in the all-new Princess Arena and Waddingham, alongside the ship’s Captain Craig Street, as she pronounced, “I name this ship Sun Princess. May God bless her and all who sail on her.”

    She then released the celebratory bottle of Champagne to smash against the ship wishing good fortune to all of the ship’s guests and crew sailing to destinations all over the world.

    “Hannah is globally admired and adored for her immense talent and determination. Those qualities coupled with her family’s deep connection and love for the sea make her the perfect godmother for our sensational new Sun Princess,” said John Padgett, Princess Cruises president. “We are honored that she has joined us for this pinnacle moment, and that she will remain a treasured part of the ship’s legacy forever.”

    Known for her role as Rebecca Welton in “Ted Lasso,” Waddingham said being named Sun Princess godmother is a “pinch me” moment as she joins an esteemed group of women, including members of the Royal Family, who have also served as godmothers to Princess ships: Diana, Princess of Wales (Royal Princess, 1984); Kate Middleton, Princess of Wales (Royal Princess 2013); Audrey Hepburn (Star Princess, 1989); Sophia Loren (Crown Princess, 1990); Martha Stewart (Crown Princess, 2006); among many notable celebrities and dignitaries.

    Waddingham grew up boating and has fond memories of weekends in Dunkirk. In addition, her grandfather served in the Royal Navy during World War II.

    “As much as theatre has always rippled through my bloodstream so too has a strong, historic familial connection with the Royal Navy and all things nautical,” said Waddingham. “I have of course seen over the years the iconic godmothers who have been asked to represent these magnificent ships and looked on in awe. It is therefore such a great privilege to have been asked to act as Godmother to the Sun Princess, first of her class. I can’t quite believe it.”

    British actress and singer Waddingham won a Primtime Emmy for her role on “Ted Lasso,” as well as a Critics Choice Television Award and Screen Actors Guild Award. She also captured two individual Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations. She will next be seen in the Universal film “The Fall Guy” opposite Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt in theaters on May 3.

    Earlier this year, Waddingham earned a BAFTA TV Award nomination for her Apple TV+ holiday special “Hannah Waddingham: Home for Christmas.” Her upcoming films include the Sony Animation film “Garfield” out May 24 and in 2025 “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two.”

    Actor and magician Michael Carbonaro served as master of ceremonies for the event and was joined by a host of celebrities and TV personalities including Tyra Banks, Romero Britto, Randy Fenoli, Jeff Corwin, Rob Floyd, along with celebrated chefs Dario Cecchini, Makoto Okuwa and original “Love Boat” cast members Jill Whelan (Vicki Stubing), Ted Lange (Isaac) and Bernie Kopell (Doc).

    In addition, Natasha Bedingfield was on hand to perform her hit “Pocket Full of Sunshine,” along with other award-winning hits including “Unwritten.”

    Princess Cruises has also revealed its newest indulgence, the “Love Line Premium Liquors” collection. Crafted in collaboration with renowned celebrities Pitbull, Jason Aldean and Romero Britto, this exclusive line of wines and spirits promises an unparalleled experience for guests sailing aboard ships from the Love Boat. The new premium collection features meticulously selected wines and spirits, each bearing the unique touch of its celebrity partner including Voli Vodka by Pitbull, Love Prosecco by Britto, and Melorosa Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon from Jason Aldean. The Love Line collection is currently available aboard Sun Princess, and will roll out to all the ships in the Princess fleets throughout the summer.

    During the day’s festivities, Love by Britto, an artistic-inspired dining experience from world-renowned artist Romero Britto, made its debut. Known for his bold, colorful, and joyful style and a global advocate for happiness, Britto has created a dining concept that serves as a showcase of the artist’s iconic and joyful designs against the backdrop of a boutique restaurant designed to immerse couples in a world of vivid colors, bold patterns and heartfelt emotions. The venue also highlights the talents of Princess Cruises’ Head of Culinary Arts Rudi Sodamin who has created a seven-course, prix fixe menu ($149 per person) that begins with a flute of Champagne upon arrival and features luxury ingredients including lobster, caviar and truffles and dessert options that include chocolate fondue.

    The new 177,882-ton, 4,300-guest Sun Princess introduces an innovative new ship platform designed exclusively for Princess Cruises. The Sun Princess officially started its inaugural cruise season on Feb. 28 and currently is sailing a series of Mediterranean voyages before debuting in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., in October for the ship’s first Caribbean season.

    Sun Princess debuts new experience venues including The Dome, a geodesic, glass-enclosed structure at the top of the ship inspired by the terraces of Santorini. The outward and suspended Sphere Atrium, the namesake of this new class of ship, takes the central Piazza hub of the ship into a new dimension where guests are enveloped with expansive ocean views and an open concept.

    Sun Princess also serves up 30 restaurant and bar venues with a collection of celebrity collaborators, high-end ingredients and culinary experiences from:

    Spellbound by Magic Castle: Blending the world of magic with the art of culinary and mixology to create an innovative and immersive dining experience, steeped in magic and adventure.

    Makoto Ocean: Reshaping traditional sushi with a creative approach, the Master of Edomae-style sushi, Chef Makoto Okuwa brings his 25 years of experience with a new concept crafting playful dishes paying tribute to Japanese traditions.

    Love by Britto: A high-end boutique restaurant with a romantic view from the ship celebrating love and art from world-renowned artist Romero Britto.

    The Butcher’s Block by Dario: A new specialty pop-up restaurant from the world’s most famous butcher Dario Cecchini.

    The Catch by Rudi: A dinner concept from renowned Chef Rudi Sodamin showcasing treasures from the sea.

    Good Spirits at Sea with Rob Floyd: Destination-inspired, one-of-a-kind cocktail creations from celebrity mixologist Rob Floyd.

    Debuting a three-story dining room with endless aft views, inaugural menus have been created in collaboration with the Culinary Institute of America. The ship also features favorites like Crown Grill, Sabatini’s and Crooners.

    The Princess Arena is the most technologically advanced theater at sea, offering showstopping and original productions including performances in the round. At night, The Dome entertains audiences with acrobatic Cirque Éloize performances while the Piazza offers a retractable stage and immersive Champagne Waterfall.

    Sun Princess also features the cruise line’s largest casino, two-story Lotus Spa and an expanded retail environment with more than 200 premium brands. The retail space also includes several firsts a sea including an upscale showroom dedicated to luxury horology showcasing TAG Heuer and Breitling and more than 25 new brands available to cruise guests like Italian handbag brand Pinko and athleisure favorites Beyond Yoga and Varley.

    The shop offers more than 1,500 cabins with balcony views, re-imagined staterooms and new Cabana Mini-Suites with extra space for secluded outdoor relaxation.

    Sun Princess is the first LNG (liquefied natural gas) vessel for Princess Cruises, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and features energy recovery systems for eco-conscious cruising.

    More information about Princess Cruises visit www.princess.com.

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