NASCAR Truck Series driver Ray Ciccarelli sparked a lot of attention online with comments he made on a personal Facebook page about his driving career.Ciccarelli announced he would quit racing after the 2020 season following NASCAR’s ban of Confederate flags from all events. Despite saying his wife and family “have been attacked and abused on social media,” Ciccarelli said he doesn’t regret hitting send on his post. He just wishes his point came across differently.“I feel everybody has a right to their opinion. And that was my opinion,” Ciccarelli said. “I believe people can kneel, and protest and do what they love and support and all that. I wasn’t trying to offend anybody. That’s not something that I wanted to do in any shape or form.”As for if he’ll actually follow through with giving up racing, Ciccarelli wasn’t as adament about that in this interview. He responded with “TBA,” short for “to be announced.” “Well its been a fun ride and dream come true but if this is the direction NASCAR is headed we will not participate after the 2020 season is over,” Ciccarelli wrote.#NASCAR Truck driver/owner Ray Ciccarelli says he won’t continue in NASCAR after this year. He cited his reasons in this Facebook post: pic.twitter.com/NKrgPZFvyJ— John Haverlin (@JohnHaverlin) June 10, 2020MORE: NASCAR driver quits after Confederate flag banCiccarelli received plenty of backlash online for his comments, and deleted his Twitter and Facebook accounts as a result. In an interview with Toby Christie, Ciccarelli explained why he sent that post and detailed the reaction it caused from people.In the interview, Ciccarelli said his actual viewpoints were misrepresented. He also claims he wasn’t supporting the Confederate flag.”I don’t like the fact that I was misconstrued about defending the Confederate flag. Because in no way shape or form was I defending the Confederate flag,” Ciccarelli told Toby Christie. “Everything I was saying was the fact that I understand both sides’ feelings toward the flag. My viewpoint, all I was trying to say is how do you take (the flag) from one group and help support the group that it offends and then what do you do to the group that you took it from? Now, they get outraged.”
Living Proof will present a contemporary Christmas concert under the direction of Steve Lively, 7 p.m. Wednesday at Grace Baptist Church, 22833 Copperhill Drive, Santa Clarita. Admission is free. Call (661) 296-8737. Shabbat Sounds Friday night service and Hanukkah party, 7 p.m. Friday at Temple Beth Ami, 23023 Hilse Lane, Newhall. Call (661) 255-6410. Christmas in Other Lands story time, 10 a.m. Saturday at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Holiday celebration for children ages 2-12 will feature crafts, games, a bounce house, prizes and a visit from Santa, noon-2 p.m. Saturday at Dr. Richard Rioux Memorial Park, 26233 W. Faulkner Drive, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 222-9536. Hanukkah party, 2-4 p.m. Dec. 18 at Granary Square shopping center on the corner of Arroyo Park Drive and McBean Parkway, Valencia. Co-sponsored by Temple Beth Ami. Call Linda Hollingsworth at (661) 296-3408. Sixth annual holiday show, titled “Enjoying the Holidays,” 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at Ice Station Valencia, 27745 N. Smyth Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 775-8686 for ticket information. Drive-Through Living Nativity will feature hundreds of costumed actors performing scenes from the birth of Christ, 7-9 p.m. Dec. 18-19 at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 297-3783. Family caroling party will meet in the parking lot, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. The caravan of singers will provide the gift of song and spread the holiday spirit to surrounding neighborhoods and return to the church around 8 p.m. to warm up with hot beverages and cookies. Call (661) 297-3783. Jam For Jesus will feature some of the top music artists in Southern California playing a variety of styles from pop to rock, 7-9 p.m. Dec. 21 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 27265 Luther Drive, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-0622. Animal Christmas story time, 10 a.m. Dec. 24 at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Christmas Eve services with worship led by the Living Proof Choir and Steve Lively, 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 24 at Grace Baptist Church, 22833 Copper Hill Drive, Santa Clarita. Traditional Communion celebration at 11 p.m. Call (661) 296-8737, Ext. 142. Christmas Eve service will feature the children’s musical “Once Upon a Night” at 5:30 and 7 p.m.; the adult and youth choirs, bells, dance and candlelight at 9 p.m.; and adult choirs, communion and candlelight at 11 p.m. Dec. 24 at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 297-3783. Hanukkah Party Havdalah, 6 p.m. Dec. 24 at Temple Beth Ami, 23023 Hilse Lane, Newhall. Bring a picnic lunch. Call (661) 255-6410. Hanukkah pancake breakfast will include breakfast, beverages and Hanukkah fun, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Dec. 25 at a private home in Stevenson Ranch. Cost: $15 for adults; children under 12 are free. Sponsored by Hadassah’s Kochava Group. Call Robin Bratlavsky at (661) 297-2960 or e-mail [email protected] Family Christmas service, 11 a.m. Dec. 25 at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 297-3783. Hanukkah Family Festival will feature children’s crafts, live music, entertainment, hot latkes and a raffle, 6 p.m. Dec. 28 at Westfield Valencia Town Center, 24201 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Sponsored by Chabad of SCV. Call (661) 254-3434. To submit an event for the Holiday Calendar, contact Sharon Cotal at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at [email protected] or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! International Holidays is a celebration of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Las Posadas with dances from various countries presented by The Gypsy Folk Ensemble, 2-3 p.m. today in the meeting room at the Valencia Library, 23743 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 259-8942. Christmas concert will feature the music ministry groups bringing the joy of Christmas through bells, dance and song, 6 p.m. today at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 297-3783. Follow the Star, live Nativity scene, will feature more than 100 actors re-enacting the life of Christ, 6:30-8:30 p.m. today at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 27265 Luther Drive, Canyon Country. Admission is free. Food or cash donation to the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry is encouraged. Call (661) 252-0622 or visit www.followthestar.com. “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. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “A Christmas Carol” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 22 and 6:30 p.m. today 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. Puppet show, “Polly Polar Bear and The Prince of the Sea,” will be presented by Swazzle puppeteers, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Newhall Library, 22704 9th St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-0750. Holiday stories and craft, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Valencia Library, 23743 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 259-8942. Children’s Holiday Music Program will feature holiday music performed by children from local elementary schools and performers from Vibe Performing Arts Studios, 5-7 p.m. Wednesdays through Dec. 21 outside the food court entrances at Westfield Valencia Town Center, 24201 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 298-1220. Holipalooza, a musical variety-show fundraiser, will feature talented local young people, 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $15-$25. Call (661) 799-2702.