Tuesday, April 28, 2015
April 2015

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More Than Just A Feast Participants of the Taste of the Town Featured on Our Cover

MoreThanJust1Taste of the Town, the popular gourmet soiree delighting palates for 27 years, will be held on Sunday, May 3 from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. along Mann Biomedical Park lush garden setting in Valencia. Benefiting the Santa Clarita Valley Child & Family Center, the all-you-can-taste-and-drink feast will serve a vast array of delectable dishes, and fine wines and beer from more than 50 of our finest local caterers, restaurants, and wine and beer purveyors. The event also features live music from platinum

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Publishers
A Note from The Publishers - April 2015

ANotefrom1The season that signifies new life and new beginnings is in full swing, and what a wonderful time of year it is in the Santa Clarita Valley. We hope you are enjoying this weather and all the many wonderful events our town has to offer.
We always look forward to the Child & Family Center’s popular Taste of the Town event and are pleased to be sponsors once again.


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April 25-26
6th Annual KHTS Home & Garden Show and Emergency Expo

6thAnnualKHTS1Imagine climbing on-board a fire truck, hitting the siren on a sheriff patrol car, watching a demonstration of the “Jaws of Life,” by the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Or discover design, decorating and maintenance tips from the top local Santa Clarita Home and Garden specialists. See the latest local crafts and artwork by Santa Clarita Artists.


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Union Bank
Building Friendships for Life

Zonta Thanks Union Bank

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May 31
Local Bands Invited To ‘Battle’ at COC Canyon Country Campus

LocalBandsInvited1The College of the Canyons Canyon Country campus is inviting local musicians to audition for a chance to play at the college’s second annual ‘Battle of the Bands’ event taking place Sunday, May 31.
“We are so excited to once again be hosting this family-friendly event for our local music lovers,” said Dr. Ryan Theule, Vice President of the Canyon Country Campus & Grants Development at the college.


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Contest Alert
Tell Us Why Your Dad is Awesome!

TellUsWhyYourDad1Typically celebrated on the third Sunday of the month, Father’s Day is a day where we thank and honor our dads and the roles they’ve played in our life, and this year, Father’s Day will be celebrated on Sunday, June 21.


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Carrie Habert
Inspired to Give Back

InspiredtoGiveBack1Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is a genetic disease affecting the part of the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle movement.  Symptoms can range from mild to severe, involving progressive muscle wasting and mobility impairment.
For Santa Clarita resident Carrie Habert, dealing with SMA has become a way of life.  Born with SMA, it wasn’t until years progressed that she was diagnosed with the rare neuromuscular disease.  After major surgeries, she discovered she could no l

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May 2
YMCA - Celebrating Healthy Kids Healthy Kids Day and Super Y 5K & Kids Run

YMCACelebratingHealthyKids1Every year the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA joins YMCA’s across the nation to get youth in our local communities active. To kick-start physical activity and learning now and throughout the summer – a critical out-of-school time for kids – on Saturday, May 2, the Santa Clarita is celebrating Healthy Kids Day® with a free community event for kids and families.


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Lock your car
Lock It or Lose It!

LockItorLoseIt1Did you know it takes less than 30 seconds to break into a car, grab what’s in plain sight, check the usual hiding places for other items and get away?  Less if the car is unlocked, which is a whole lot of what we’re seeing in Santa Clarita.
Last year, Santa Clarita had 535 car break-ins, and over 200 of those were unlocked cars!  Car break-ins happen in shopping centers, office building parking lots and even while your car is parked in front of your home.


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Way 2 go!
Taking On a New Role – Deputy Josh Dubin Promoted to Detective

TakingOnaNewRole1He’s called Santa Clarita his home since he was five years old and was a part of the first graduating class at Valencia Valley Elementary School.  He attended Valencia High School Class of 1999 and joined the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department in November of 2005.  Deputy Josh Dubin took a moment to talk with us about the last decade of his service as well as his upcoming promotion to detective.


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Cystic Fibrosis
Keep Breathing Until CF Stands for Cure Found

KeepBreathingUntilCF1She was born with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and is still battling the disease.
Meet Katie McCarthy.
Katie is a Saugus High School graduate who currently attends Simi Valley Career Institute and is enrolled in the Advanced Practitioner Respiratory Therapist Program.  She will be graduating in June of 2016 to become a respiratory therapist where she can work in hospitals or clinics to help others breathe the way they have helped her.


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On the Town
And the Nominees for SCV Man and Woman of the Year Are…

The Santa Clarita Valley Man and Woman of the Year nominees were announced on March 3.  Last year’s Man and Woman of the Year, Bill Lively and Cheryl Gray introduced the nominees and their nominating organizations.


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SCV Sheriff's Foundation
Don’t Be a Victim of Cyber Crime Sheriff’s Department’s Business Security Series Continues

DontBeaVictim1Is your business at risk for being hit by cyber criminals? Unfortunately, the odds may be pretty high. A recent study sponsored by antivirus firm McAfee reported that cybercrime saps nearly half a trillion dollars a year from businesses. The cost of responding to cybercrime as a business can include everything from potential fines to loss of revenue and more.


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April 9
Sign Up, Save Lives with City’s CERT Training Spring Session Begins April 9

SignUpSaveLives1Santa Clarita residents can learn life-saving emergency skills by signing up for the City’s Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) program. The next seven-week course runs April 9 through May 21 and will teach basic survival skills that can be crucial during disasters such as earthquakes, fires, floods and other life-threatening situations. 


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Zonta
Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley Improving the Lives of Women through Service, Advocacy and Awareness.

ZontaClub1Zonta’s Lunafest short films – “by, for, and about women” - was a huge success with a two night film festival showing this year! 
Zonta Club’s Lunafest filming March 5 Review - Eight films directed by women, two from California, were selected for the series this year; a favorite, TRYOUTS by Susana Casares of Los Angeles, is about a teenager, Nayla, a Muslim American girl who must keep her hair covered when in public, who wants to join her high school’s cheerleading squad and shave

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New People
COC Economic Development Division Welcomes Two New Directors

COCEconomicDevelopmentDivision1College of the Canyons will welcome two new directors to its Economic Development Division, with John Hoskinson and Larry McLaughlin stepping into director roles with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT), respectively. Both positions will begin effective March 2.


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May 3
Tatse of the Town 2015

TasteoftheTown3One of the most anticipated and well-attended events of Santa Clarita is the Child & Family Center’s popular Taste of the Town, which will take place on May 3, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.  Guests will have the opportunity to indulge in delicious food and imbibe on the finest of wine, beer and more.  Come support a great cause while indulging in the Tastes of the Town.


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New Friends
Meet The New Merchants of The Magazine of Santa Clarita - April 2015

MeetTheNewMerchants1Whether You Are A New Business or A  New Advertiser To The Magazine of Santa Clarita Or Maybe You Haven’t Advertised With Us For A While! Run Your Ad In The Next Issue and We’ll Feature You In Our “Meet The New Merchants” Section. For More Information Call Us At:  661-294-4444.


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April 25
Summer Meltdown Autism Awareness Arts and Music Festival

SummerMeltdownAutism1The “Yes I Can” program (YIC) spends the entire school year working with students with special needs, with a wide spectrum of disabilities, bringing them together with general education mentors. The YIC program spends the majority of the year working toward the common goal of planning, preparing, and producing the “Summer Meltdown Autism Awareness Arts and Music Festival.” The students, of all ability levels, work alongside hired music professionals in the live entertainment industry.

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May 23
All Riders Welcome! Inaugural Memorial Ride to Benefit L.A.CoFD Widows & Orphans Fund

AllRidersWelcome2Come join the Fire Hogs M/C and fellow riders as they ride through the Santa Clarita Valley and surrounding areas for the Inaugural Memorial Ride to benefit the L.A. County Firefighter Widows & Orphans Fund on Saturday, May 23.  The day will include a two to three hour scenic ride, a ride pin for the first 100 registered riders and a delicious tri-tip lunch at Route 66 Classic Grill. 

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Closer
The Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center Brings Students Closer to Graduation, Close to Home

TheDr.DianneG.VanHook1Juggling motherhood, work and school was a challenge for Zimry Contreras.
But thanks to the flexibility of her professors and her coursework, she graduated from Brandman with a bachelor’s degree in Social Science last May.

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May 9
7th Annual Sweet Charity Cake Auction & Competition Presented by Whitening Lightning and Gerard Cosmetics on May 9

7thAnnualSweetCharity1The Youth Project is proud to announce the 7th Annual Sweet Charity Cake Auction & Competition to be held on May 9, at Robinson Ranch Golf Club.  Whitening Lightning and Gerard Cosmetics will kick it off, as the Fondant Sponsors for this unique and fun fundraising event, the first cake decorating competition of its kind in the Santa Clarita Valley.

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April 15 & 29
It’s Job Fair Time!

ItsJobFairTime1It’s that time again…College of the Canyons is holding two job and career fairs and you are invited. Here’s what you need to know before attending:
Polish up your resume: Does your resume reflect the skills and qualities you are offering? Does it target the industry you are seeking to enter? Does it show potential in what you can do to solve the company/industry’s issues and challenges?

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Assistance League
Spring Is Here

SpringIsHere1Spring is the time of year when many of us decide to clean out our closets, spruce up the yard and redecorate. Here at Assistance League Resale, we can help you with all of this.

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Moms
Mother’s Day Contest at Massage Envy Spa Santa Clarita

MothersDayContest1‘Tis the season for mom! Massage Envy Spa Santa Clarita is gearing up for Mother’s day by granting five special mothers with well-deserved M.E. time! We’re looking for submissions to be entered to win a free massage or facial for the “mom” in your life.  Kids, husbands, adult children, it’s time to nominate your mom!

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Zoe
From The Field Love Never Fails

FromTheFieldLove1Some of the children we rescue have wounds so deep that it is difficult for them to receive the love that is poured out upon them by the ZOE staff and parents. Often, the manifestations of the children’s pain are seen as they lash out in anger and disrespect through insults, rejection, and noncompliance. One teen in particular was one of the more difficult and challenging upon his arrival to ZOE.

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Vote Noe
Got Favorites? Win $200 In Dining Certificates Just For Voting. 5th Annual élite Ultimate Dining Awards

GotFavorites1Oh the many choices we have when it comes to dining out in the Santa Clarita Valley, and with a plethora of places to choose from, we all have our favorites…and we want to know yours!  Now is the time to vote!  It’s that simple!
Get ready to vote for the best of the best for the 5th Annual élite Ultimate Dining Awards.  Who serves up your favorite cocktails?  Who’s got the best sushi in town?  When you’re in the mood for a burger, where do you go?  And where to for happ

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Ken Striplin
Message From the City Manager Ken Striplin

MessageFromtheCityManager1Santa Clarita’s 8,500 acres of preserved open space, our miles of off-street bicycle and pedestrian paths, and well-maintained trails are absolutely some of the best amenities in our community.  Now that it’s spring, why not take the opportunity to enjoy them with your family?
Our City recognizes the value of protecting natural spaces where people can roam and where nature remains untouched and protected.  Our natural spaces are a big part of why people love living in Santa Clarita and

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Single Mothers
How SMO Changed This Single Parent’s Trajectory

HowSMOChanged1“Single Mothers Outreach empowers single parents and their children by providing hope, support and resources so that single parent families can become self-sustaining and thrive.” 

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Valencia Town Center
Farm Fresh Thursdays

FarmFreshThursdays1The Westfield Valencia Town Center is proud to announce Santa Clarita’s newest farmer’s market, Town Center Farmer’s Market. Drop by each week on Thursdays from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. to check out farm fresh and organic produce from local farmers, and indulge in freshly prepared foods, all while enjoying live entertainment.  There’s something for everyone to enjoy!

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Z-Club
Z-Club Highlights

Z-ClubHighlights1March 4, the Saugus High School Z Club hosted Lunafest Student Night with an audience of approximately 50.  Students from various high schools, as well as teachers and the Mayor of Santa Clarita, Marsha McLean, were in attendance.

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Congrats
Yellow Rose Reception Honors Outstanding Donors

YellowRoseReception2Fifty members of the local community were honored by Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley Foundation at its recent Yellow Rose Reception at Tournament Players Club. Donations received by Zonta Foundation between June 2009 and May 2014 were recognized and listed in the Report to Friends and Honor Roll of Donors.

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Hope
Get “Back to the Cure” and Help Finish the Fight Against Cancer 2015 Relay For Life of The Santa Clarita Valley

GetBacktotheCure2Join the American Cancer Society’s 2015 Relay For Life of The Santa Clarita Valley at Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Rd, in Santa Clarita from Saturday May 16 at 9 a.m. to Sunday May 17, at 9 a.m. and help finish the fight against cancer.

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April 4
Free-Throwing for a Great Cause! - Shoot-a-thon

Free-Throwing1On Saturday, April 4, residence of the SCV are invited to come out and participate in a fun, unique fundraising event benefitting local Special Olympic Athletes, and AIDS orphans in Africa. 
Now, you might ask - what could Special Olympic athletes in Santa Clarita & Tri-Valley possibly have in common with AIDS orphans in Africa?  Well, if you get out to the SCV Sports Complex on April 4, anytime between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. you will find the answer is basketball free-throws.

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May 16
Get Ready for Fun - Gentlemen for a Cause-May 16

GetReadyforFunGentlemen1Back by very popular demand, Soroptimist International of Santa Clarita Valley will be having its Fourth Annual Gentlemen For A Cause Fundraiser on May 16, at the Tesoro Clubhouse in Valencia.  The monies raised will go towards Soroptimist Community Service Projects. It is our goal to be able to help women and girls both locally and worldwide.

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May 16
14th Annual Regional Games Set for May!

14thAnnualRegionalGames1Special Olympics Santa Clarita will host its 14th annual Regional Games on Saturday, May 16.  Approximately 600 athletes from the southern California area will arrive in Santa Clarita and start their day with a traditional Opening Ceremony, slated to begin at 9 a.m. on the Hart High School track.  Opening Ceremony will include a parade of athletes, presentation of the torch, and cauldron lighting. 

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Worship Season
Worship Guide April 2015

WorshipGuide3It’s that time of year again!  The pastel colors of spring decorate the Valley, an abundance of intricately painted eggs begin to appear in stores and homes, and talks of the Easter bunny begin to fill the mouths of children all across Santa Clarita.  However, beginning with the 40-day period of Lent following Ash Wednesday and ending with Holy Week including Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday before Easter Sunday, the religious season is often overlooked by the Easter bunny

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Pets
It's All About The Pets!

ItsAllAboutthePets2They tirelessly greet us when we come home.  They curl up next to us when we’re lying around the house.  They are our best friends.  This month’s magazine is definitely all about pets!  Look through our guide and do a little something for your pet by visiting one of these local businesses who share a common love for the most loyal of companions.

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Celebrities in the SCV
Celebrity Sightings - April 2015

Ahhh…Major League Baseball season has arrived!  Take us out to the ballgame, Santa Clarita, it’s time to play ball!  And just as baseball has arrived, so too have the stars! Thank you for all your celebrity sightings.  It’s always a blast to receive e-mails from all of you.  Keep ‘em coming. 
He was Def Leppard’s drummer since 1978 and despite the amputation of his left arm in 1985, he continued to play with the band.

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