If you are an architect at heart who loves design and enjoys working with sweets, then the Santa Clarita Public Library’s first annual Gingerbread House Contest is for you! All you have to do is pre-register for the free contest, create your ultimate gingerbread house, and deliver your creation to the Valencia Library on Friday, December 6 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
If you want to feel the holiday spirit, be sure to see It’s A Wonderful Life on stage at the Canyon Theatre Guild. Based on a short story, It’s A Wonderful Life became a holiday classic as the Frank Capra film starring James Stewart and Donna Reed.
If you are looking for a nice way to spend a couple of hours on your Saturday afternoon, check this out! Golden Oak Adult School’s GO JAZZ Big Band is pleased to provide our community with yet another enthusiastic performance on Saturday, December 14, beginning at 3 p.m. (doors open at 2:30 p.m.).
Bambino, lil’ baby, le divin enfant… No matter the language, they all speak of the same child and every year, the Child’s birth speaks to the possibility of new life and new light. Whether your celebrations are sacred or secular or both this time of year, the Santa Clarita Master Chorale is offering the music to accompany your festivities. We present “Comfort and Joy” on Sunday, December 15 at 4 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons.
Gettin’ hitched. Tyin’ the knot. Goin’ to the chapel. However it’s said, it’s a day you’ll remember for the rest of your life – after all, it’s your wedding day. From gowns and flowers to limousines and location, everything plays an important role in making your day perfect…. especially photography.
“Every child is an artist,” said Pablo Picasso. “The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” The College of the Canyons Art Gallery exhibit “Budding Artists” will showcase artwork created by children at the college’s Center for Early Childhood Education (ECE) from November 23 to January 9, 2014.
The Crime Prevention Unit would like you to remember and follow these theft prevention and safety tips: • Always stay alert to your surroundings! Do not walk through a parking lot with your head down or on a cell phone. • Avoid carrying a large amount of cash. Keep cash in your front pocket.
Have you ever participated in the holiday ritual of a “Secret Santa” gift exchange? Our grandkids have. They draw names on Thanksgiving and then act as a “Secret Santa” until Christmas. They text, email, snail mail (often routed through grandparents to protect secret identities) with poems, pictures, and stories.
The Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce has announced that it will hold the first ever “Santa Colorita Run”, affectionately known as the “Happiest 5k on the Planet”, on February 15, 2014, at Castaic Lake Recreational Area. Taking place all over the world, these fun community Runs have become a celebration of health, happiness, individuality, and a spirit of giving back to one’s community.
She didn’t expect to be here. For years, Melissa’s life was the opposite of what it is today. She was a wife who ran her own company, with plenty of money to spend on her four kids and others at Christmas… but this season Melissa found herself divorced, unemployed, and turning to SMO’s “Adopt-a-Family” program just to make the holidays possible.
Just last month, West Ranch High School senior Anthony Condello completed his Eagle Scout Service Project for Troop 499 at the L.A. County Department of Animal Care & Control. “I wanted to choose a project that not only helped my community, but also help the animals at the shelter.”
The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) is the successor to the Men’s Premier Soccer League (MPSL), which was formed in 2002. By 2005 it became necessary for the league to expand to a national format in order to accommodate teams from the Midwest region. The NPSL expanded further in 2007 by adding a Northeastern region. In 2011, with the addition of a Southeastern region, the National Premier Soccer League has truly become a nationwide league.
The Santa Clarita Valley International Program (SCVIP) has joined local efforts to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The local non-profit is accepting check or cash donations that will be used to provide much-needed medical supplies for the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center in Tacloban City which was the hardest hit area, and to help with relief efforts.
You are invited to attend a heartwarming ceremony at the Veteran’s Historical Plaza in Newhall on Saturday, December 7 at 6 p.m. to celebrate our military, past and present. Our heroes’ pictures will be laminated and hung on the Military Honor Christmas Tree. The red, white and blue tree lights will be lit every night through New Years.
Remember to book Zonta’s Rent-a-Santa for the holidays! A special visit from Santa, Mrs. Claus and Elves can be arranged for a tax-deductible contribution of $100 for one hour at community events, private or corporate parties, family holiday get-togethers and personal visits with local children. Santa volunteers are still needed to fill the ranks; experience the joy of seeing kids’ eyes light up at the sight of Santa. There is something about being Santa that brings out a person’s personal
It has been my honor to serve as your Mayor for 2013, and as the year comes to a close, I want to share with you some of our City’s many accomplishments. Santa Clarita is a great place to live, work and play and this year, our City was recognized locally and nationally for excellence in public safety, community involvement, technology and economic development.
Since the mid-1990’s, a local non-profit group - the Santa Clarita Valley Mayor’s Committee for Employment of Individuals with Disabilities has had, as its mission, promoting the benefits of hiring persons with disabilities.
Some of life’s most meaningful teachings come from experience, and the Every 15 Minutes Program is designed to do just that. A state funded program, Every 15 Minutes shows the reality of the consequences from drinking and driving by taking 19 students from their daily lives and normal class schedules, and simulating their deaths.
As calendar year 2013 draws to a close, I want to personally wish you and your family a very happy holiday season. It’s hard to believe the year is nearly over and here at City Hall, we are already looking at programs, projects and activities for 2014. A number of awards and recognitions were bestowed on Santa Clarita this year and I thought you may be interested to learn about them.
We are pleased to feature the homeowners and committee members involved in Henry Mayo’s Holiday Home Tour on the cover of this issue. Pictured on the cover are: Back Row (L-R) Patrick Tremblay, decorator of the McDonald home, Brian Daly, John McDonald, David Cantrell, Andrew Wedemeyer, Barbara Sanguinetti, Tami Reyna. Front Row (L-R) Sarah Daly, Ellen McDonald, Lori Cantrell, and Jennie Guthrie.
Our cover features some of the SCV Jaycees as well as their families showing support for the Santa’s Helpers Toy Drive. Pictured on the cover are Back Row (L-R) Caren Kahan, Co-Chair; Neil Fitzgerald, President; Chris Kahan, co-chair and Jaycees Tiffany Grummer, Shauna Criner, Nate Criner. Front Row (L-R) Jaycees Carlo and Melissa Pietrosanti, Jenny Ketchepaw, Rebecca and Tim DeLuca and Chad Shamrock, Great American Deals sponsor.
As we reflect on all the magnificent events we have covered in our magazine, we are so thankful to all the non-profit organizations that have allowed us to be a part of their fundraising efforts. It is truly a joy to be a part of helping make our community a great place to live, and the generosity of the people who live in this valley never ceases to amaze us. Looking back at 2013, we kicked off the year with the Senior Center’s Celebrity Waiter. The “Under the Sea” event was a hit,
The Justin Time Children’s House is dedicated to providing grieving families with a safe place to share their experiences of loss through art and creative expression in a non-clinical environment. A drop-in community space, the Justin Time Children’s house is used for after school tutoring, art therapy, writing workshops and grief support activities.
The Nutcracker ballet is performed worldwide through the month of December. Community and national ballet companies cast their most prominent dancers for the treasured roles portrayed in this beloved holiday story. This December 20 and 21, the Santa Clarita Ballet will proudly bring to the stage at the Performing Arts Center a cast of highly accomplished dancers. SC Ballet Academy students will perform alongside the Company’s upper level dancers, all of whom call Santa Clarita their home.
College of the Canyons Chancellor Dr. Dianne Van Hook has received the Key to the City of Santa Clarita in recognition of her 25 years of dedicated leadership to COC and the Santa Clarita Valley. Mayor Bob Kellar bestowed the honor on Dr. Van Hook during the college’s annual Chancellor’s Circle Dinner.
Condors. With a wingspan of nearly 10 feet, they are the largest birds in North America, and have once dominated the western skies. Sadly, the California condor population has declined over the years. In fact, between 1988 and 1991, there were no California condors living in the wild. Over the last few decades, however, there have not only been efforts to save the species from extinction but also successful attempts to reintroduce them into the wild. Condors are now flying free and wild
NorthPark Community Church invites you and your young children to attend our annual “Breakfast with Santa: A Whoville Christmas” on Saturday, December 21. Santa will be arriving at 8:30 a.m. and breakfast served 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. This year’s whimsical themed event will feature games, crafts, face painting, and pictures with Santa (bring your camera!).
Colleagues, friends and family came together on Friday, November 8 for this year’s Zonta Tribute to honor Newhall Land and Farm’s Marlee Lauffer. Hundreds of guests packed the ballroom at the Hyatt Valencia to pay tribute to Marlee and her contributions to our community.
January 5, 2014 at the Hyatt in Valencia - The greatest Bridal Event in SCV will be on the first Sunday of the year… January 5, 2014. Bridalfaire Extraordinaire is hosting an upscale bridal event featuring SCV’s finest wedding professionals.
Each year we say to ourselves we’re going to help save animals, then our lives become so busy we forget. The holidays is a time for ‘paws’ to give a helping hand to shelter animals. Rescues On The Runway is an 501 c 3 non-profit organization that has saved hundreds of shelter animals for the past six years, with medical, dental, food, housing and re-homing. It’s a never ending process. We have a 100 percent success rate with adoptions! With our calendar of fun events coming up, it
Three top Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeons are hosting an open house at the Ivy Day Spa on Thursday, December 5 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dr. Robert Applebaum, Dr. Payman Danielpour and Dr. John Layke share a passion for bringing the latest technology and surgical rejuvenation techniques to the Santa Clarita Valley area to achieve optimal outcomes for their patients.
In 2006, the United Sports International was formed as a family owned corporation in the field of sports entertainment. The Corp form the team that is now known as the Santa Clarita Storm, a Men’s Professional Soccer team that operates in the club Futbol Club Santa Clarita ( FCSC). It operates under the guidelines of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL).