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June, 2016 - Issue #140

What You're Drinking: White Wine Sangria, because nothing says "It's summertime!" like a delicious blend of Moscato sparkling wine, peach schnapps, fresh citrus and seasonal fruit.

And the Margarita that will Ruin You for All Other Margaritas: The Jicama Cucumber Margarita with Sabor's freshly-made jicama-cucumber blend, 100-percent agave reposed tequila, homemade sour and a salted chili rim. 259-9002

Where You're Drinking: Salt Creek Grille

What You're Drinking, Round One: Mesquite-grilled Pineapple Jalapeno Margarita

What You're Drinking, Round Two: Hibiscus Margarita Martini

What You're Drinking on Thursdays: Here's news you can use at Salt Creek Grille! Thursday nights will now be themed around Tito's vodka, America's most-requested brand of vodka. This smooth liquor is gluten free and Whole30/Paleo friendly. It also happens to be made in America, which is pretty awesome!

What You're Drinking: The Mexcal Margarita from Margaritas Mexican Grill.

Why: Because you've never had a marg like this before. This seductive mix of mezcal, agave nectar, fresh-squeezed lime, lemons and oranges - plus a splash of pomegranate juice - is hand shaken and served on the rocks. By no coincidence, it will rock your world.

What You should Order Alongside: It's hard to choose, but choose you must. We opted for the Ceviche and Shrimp Salad, which is a delicious blend of ceviche, shrimp, onions, olives, cabbage, radishes, cucumbers and avocado served over crispy romaine. It's light and fab! Our entree was equally amazing; the Cochinita Pibil is succulent pork marinated overnight in achiote and fresh citrus juices, then cooked in banana leaves. It's even better than it sounds. 255-1136

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Where You should Take the Kids this Summer: Westfield Valencia Town Center's free Summertime Cinema outdoor movie nights.

What You'll Do: See free movies under the stars, including blockbusters like "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," "Minions," "Zootopia" and "Avengers: Age of Ultron." Some seating will be provided; shows start at approximately 8:15pm.

The most Exciting Words to a Santa Clarita Fan of Culture and Art: "The Santa Clarita Ballet presents Peter Pan."

What You Need to Know to Preserve your Status as a Local Cultural Icon: On June 11, guests will be swept away to Neverland as the Santa Clarita Ballet sprinkles the College of the Canyons Performing Arts Center with pixie dust in their updated presentation of "Peter Pan." Peter Pan will delight audiences of all ages with inspiring choreography and swashbuckling adventure.

The Behind-the-scenes Facts to Know to Impress your Hipster Friends: As part of this production, Santa Clarita Ballet's upper-level company dancers will perform an original short work following Peter Pan. This new work is choreographed by Artistic Director Carol Guidry and showcases the most accomplished Company dancers, many of whom have participated in prestigious ballet intensive programs and dance competitions nationwide. Included in this ensemble will be Santa Clarita Ballet Company alumni who are now part of professional companies across the country.

Get your Tickets: There will be two shows on Saturday. The matinee is at 2pm and the evening show is at 7:30pm. Advanced ticket purchase is highly recommended as shows do sell out quickly. 251-0366

What You should Do in June: Take ESCAPE Theatre up on their offer to "Be our Guest" at their production of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast."

What You Need to Know: Tickets are on sale now (Over 3,000 have already sold!) for the June 17 to June 19 event, which will be held at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons. The five public performances are: Friday, June 17 at 7pm; Saturday, June 18 at 2pm and 7pm; and Sunday, June 19 at 2pm and 7pm.

What's Extra Cool: ESCAPE Theatre is a non-profit organization that is designed to teach youth and teens about musical theatre and teamwork in a fun, supportive environment. Kyle and Elizabeth Burson are the directors and have enjoyed bringing professional youth theatre to Santa Clarita for over 13 years. ESCAPE's next season includes "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" and "Shrek." For more information on ESCAPE, their summer camps, teen acting and improv classes or tickets, give them a call or log onto

What will have them Thanking You like You're a Professor who Takes Late Papers: Grad leis and bouquets.

What will have them Thanking You like You're a Professor who Rounds Up at the End of the Semester: Ever heard of a money lei? It has all the awesomeness design style of a traditional lei, but it's made of cash. In a time when student loans are crushing our young adults with debt, a money lei is the gold standard of graduation leis. Get them at Charmaine's Bouquet Canyon Florist. 297-3100

What they Want to Eat on your Dime: Nothing Bundt Cake's customized bundts, beautifully hand decorated with your grad's school colors.

Your Multiple-choice Question (Where there's No Wrong Answer): What flavor to choose? You're on your own there, but know this: There's no wrong answer when it comes to Nothing Bundt Cakes' 10 different flavors and four different sizes. Can't choose? Opt for a plethora of bite-sized bundtinis.

Why this is an Extra-easy Choice: You can order Dad's sweet treat at the same time, because friends don't let friends let dads eat square cakes on Father's Day. 291-2424

What they Want to Remember the Day with: Alex & Ani Bracelets and the Graduation Cap Charm

What Makes these so Special: Each bracelet is expandable ensuring the perfect fit for every wrist. This completely original design allows everyone to have a piece of jewelry which is truly customized. With the Graduation Cap Charm, they'll never forget this time-honored ritual that transitioned them into new responsibilities, challenges and opportunities. It is the most memorable way to mark this special achievement.

Where to Get Yours: Cobblestone Cottage has an amazing selection and a staff that's ready and willing to help you choose the perfect gift. 253-0209

Why your Grad will be Grateful for Catering from Chronic Tacos Mexican Grill: Food is a huge motivator for the graduating set. It's pretty much the only thing that can get them to study groups, residence-hall meetings and planning events. But catering from their fave fresh-Mex grill? That trumps a pizza party anytime. They'll be first in line for the handcrafted burritos, flavorful meats, tacos and more.

Why You'll be Grateful: Chronic makes it so easy to order, pick up and serve. They know how to party! One quick call takes care of it all. Now the only thing you have to do is wait for the compliments to roll in. 360-1800

Your Grad will be Grateful For: A custom graduation cake from CakeGoodness.

Why: With a perfect crumb, homemade frosting and designs that inspire smiles, your creative cake will make the tastiest of centerpieces. 799-7510

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What Dad Wants: A brand-new car. And a beach house. And a boat.

What Dad Wants (That You can Afford): It takes just a little sweetness to melt the heart of the average dad, which is why you should share yours via a Father's Day cookie spread made by CakeGoodness. You'll get bonus points for doubling up on the sweet factor, both with your gesture and with your fantastic choice in baked goods.

Remember that One Time: You tried to replicate Dad's skill at the barbecue - and it ended in charred meat, singed arm hair and sadness?

Here's How You Make Up for It: RSVP for your crew to the Father's Day BBQ Lunch Buffet at Vines Restaurant & Bar in the Hyatt Regency Valencia.

Why: We could say that you should do it for Dad, but the foodie in us says, "Do it for you!" From 12pm to 2:30pm on Father's Day (June 19, for those of you living under a rock, in denial or both.), guests will dine on Slow-roasted Baby Back Ribs with Honey BBQ Sauce, Sweet Chili Glazed Shrimp Skewers, Margarita-brined Grilled Chicken, IPA-marinated Skirt Steak and Grilled Peppers, salads like the Tomato Salad with Parmesan Crisps, Watermelon Wedges, an assortment of fruit pies and so much more. Adults are $38; kids ages 5 to 12 will set you
back $16. 799-1234

What You should Do on Tuesdays: Hang with the cool kids at Wolf Creek Brewery in Valencia. They're now open on Tuesdays with live music, fab food, a live radio broadcast and their Community Pints Campaign. Drink up, because 10 percent of every sale goes to a local non-profit organization. 294-9977

What You should Do Now: Get a head start on Wolf Creek awesomeness by picking up a growler of their handcrafted brew for Father's Day or scheduling your grad party at the Brewery or restaurant. 263-9653

What makes Dad Extra Happy: Not waiting until Father's Day to get a little respect around here. (And, perhaps, jokes that reference tag lines from Rodney Dangerfield.).

How to Show him your Undying Love and Appreciation when it's not Father's Day: Take him to Marston's Restaurant in the Bridgeport Marketplace, where daily specials like Wednesday's Pesto Salmon Pot Pie with veggies, potatoes and lemon-garlic cream or Sunday's Grilled Tenderloin of Beef with a twice-baked potato and chimichurri make every day feel like Father's Day. Start Dad's meal with a Chicken Slider appetizer and end it with Butterscotch Pudding for the ultimate in Dad dining.
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