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Santa Clarita Valley Newhall The 20th annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival is set for April 20 and 21 at the Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio in Newhall. The weekend event will feature gold panning and leather working for children, trick ropers and western-themed shopping. About a dozen live performances are booked, including Baxter Black and Grammy winners Riders in the Sky, as well as Western poetry readings. Single day tickets run $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. The festival draws about 10,000 visitors each year. San Fernando Valley Van Nuys More than 1,400 high school students participated in the eighth annual the Sky’s the Limit: Aviation Career Day at Van Nuys Airport. The event, hosted earlier this month by the airport and the Valley Economic Alliance, featured airport tours, interactive exhibits and aircraft displays, including Los Angeles Fire Department Air Rescue Unit and Children’s Hospital Ambulance Service, as well as tours of major Van Nuys Airport tenants TWC Aviation Inc. and Clay Lacy Aviation. Calabasas A restaurant with a twist is scheduled to open in Calabasas. Pedalers Fork combines a farm-to-table restaurant with an artisan coffee house and boutique bike shop. The restaurant at 23504 Calabasas Road opened for two reservation-only sittings April 10 and 11. Pedalers Fork is across the street from the Sagebrush Cantina and features craft beer, onsite coffee roasting and entrees based on local produce. Chatsworth L.A. Creamery LLC has reached agreements with several grocery chains to place its gourmet ice cream in more than 40 markets across Southern California. The Chatsworth maker of all-natural ice cream said it has struck deals with Bristol Farms Inc., Lazy Acres Market, Arden Group Inc.’s Gelson’s locations and Kroger Co.’s Albertsons. The product was previously available at some hotels, specialty markets and restaurants, including Umami Burger. Umami Chief Executive Adam Fleishmann took an ownership stake in L.A. Cremery last year. Pint-sized containers will be available in several flavors, including Salted Caramel, Honeycomb, Toasted Coconut and Peanut Butter Chocolate. Studio City Henry’s Tacos is back after a three-month closure. The historic stand reopened April 4 at 4389 Tujunga Ave., not far from the corner where it stood for 51 years in Studio City. Omar Vega, a 21-year employee at the former stand, purchased rights to the Henry’s name from Janis Hood, granddaughter of the founder. The stand was closed in January after Hood got entangled in a rent dispute after she sought the stand’s designation as a city landmark. In its final weeks of business, the stand attracted long lines, as well as an online campaign to save it that was backed by celebrities such as George Lopez. Encino The Veggie Grill, a fast-casual restaurant concept focused on vegetarian food, opened its first Valley location in Encino. The menu offers a range of soups, salads, burgers, hot sandwiches and more. All items are plant-based and free of animal fat, dairy, eggs, cholesterol, Trans fats and high-fructose corn syrup. The 3,000-square-foot location at 16542 Ventura Blvd. in Encino is the 18th restaurant the company operates in California, Washington and Oregon, with nine in L.A. County. Conejo Valley Moorpark The Moorpark Chamber of Commerce has started a program to boost local shopping. The program awards shoppers a membership card that yields rewards from participating stores. Five percent of the amount spent at a store is credited as cash. So far, Lemmo’s Grill in Moorpark is the only business to sign up, but the chamber said it has received verbal commitments from several other businesses. Each participating business pays $25 a month, with a minimum six-month commitment and $25 application fee.

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