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December 2014

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JCI Santa Clarita… Seeking Support for 16th Santa’s Helpers Toy Drive

JCISantaClaritaSeeking2The Santa Clarita Valley chapter of Junior Chamber International (JCI SCV) is excited to announce that our popular Santa’s Helpers toy drive is back! We have partnered with three local non-profits, Child & Family Center, Single Mothers Outreach and the Domestic Violence Center to help families in need of a little Christmas cheer.  On December 13, approximately 275 local children will receive gifts from Santa at a Christmas party hosted by JCI SCV at the Valencia Ice Station. They will also en

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December 5&6
Deck the Halls at the 34th Annual Holiday Home Tour

DecktheHalls1Three beautiful Santa Clarita Valley homes will be decked out in true holiday style during Henry Mayo’s 34th annual Home Tour on Saturday, December 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Ticket cost is $30. A Holiday Boutique will be open to the public that same day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pico Canyon Elementary School, 25255 Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Bring your friends a family to view a wide selection of creative and unique holiday items that will be for sale.

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College of the Canyons
COC Athletic Department to Host Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

COCAthleticDepartment1The College of the Canyons Athletic Department has announced its 2015 Hall of Fame class of inductees, with the college’s bi-annual Athletic Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony taking place Friday, January 30, 2015 in the lobby of the Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center.

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Good people
The SCV Sheriff’s Foundation Needs a Few Good People Nonprofit Board Seeking to Add Local Business Professionals

TheSCVSheriffsFoundation1There’s something special about the Santa Clarita Valley. As much as this community has grown over the years, it has retained a reassuring small-town feel. Nowhere is that more evident than in how individuals and businesses come together to achieve great things for the community.
That spirit of unified support is what has driven the efforts of the SCV Sheriff’s Foundation since it started as the Sheriff’s Booster Club in 1985, as we raise support for the hard-working deputies of the SCV Sh

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On the Town
Honoring the Young Men and Women of the Community

HonoringtheYoungMenandWomen2On Thursday, November 14, honorees, friends and family filled the banquet room at Robinson Ranch as the Santa Clarita Valley chapter of Junior Chamber International and The Magazine of Santa Clarita presented the 6th Annual 40 Under Forty Awards Gala.

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Assistance League
New Traditions for December

NewTraditions1The holidays are fast approaching! December is a month when time just seems to fly by. This year, hold fast to your good intentions to make holiday celebrations special, personalized, and within budget. Assistance League Resale Store, on Main Street in downtown Newhall, is a terrific place to value-shop and find surprising, unique gifts for loved ones as well as decorative items for your home. For your shopping convenience, we have extended hours on Thursdays during the month of December: 10 a.m

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Volunteer
Why I Volunteer at Single Mothers Outreach

WhyIVolunteer1I started volunteering at Single Mothers Outreach in August of 2013. I had known about the organization for a while but didn’t know much about what they did. Eight months earlier, I was coordinating our church Christmas party, to be held at the local ice rink, and my pastor asked me to contact Single Mothers Outreach and invite some of their families to attend. I knew that DaAnne Smith was the director. We had both worked for the same bank back in the 1980’s, before either of us had kids, bu

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On the Town
Lighting the Way with Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

LightingtheWaywithLeukemia1The evening sky lit up as beautiful lanterns illuminated the night while friends and family showed their support for cancer survivors and loved ones lost to blood cancer at this year’s Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk. Teams of families, friends, co-workers and local and national corporations came together to raise funds and bring hope to people battling blood cancer on Saturday, November 8 at Bridgeport Park in Valencia.

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December 20
Get Ready for the 5K/10K Holiday Run with HandsOn!

GetReadyforthe5K10K1Join HandsOn Santa Clarita for their 2nd Annual 5k/10k Holiday Run at Magic Mountain on Saturday, December 20! Sign-up to run or walk through the “Thrill Capital of the World!” Register today because this race will sell out!

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Friends of Library
SCV Public Library to Host 2nd Annual Celebration of Local Authors Friends of Santa Clarita Public Library Currently Accepting Author Applications

SCVPublicLibrarytoHost1The Santa Clarita Public Library, with support from the Friends of Santa Clarita Public Library, will once again sponsor the Celebration of Local Authors event on Saturday, January 17, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Old Town Newhall branch, located at 24500 Main Street. 
Local authors interested in applying to be part of the second annual Celebration of Local Authors event must complete and submit an application by Saturday, November 15.

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Margo & Brett
New Board Members for Single Mothers Outreach

NewBoardMembersforSingle1Margo Hudson, Manager for Closet on Main, joined the Single Mothers Outreach (SMO) board of directors in October 2014.
Margo helped launch the opening of Closet on Main , SMO’s upscale resale boutique, in February 2013 and currently manages the all-volunteer staff. An advocate for SMO, Margo shares the mission with friends, family and visitors to the store.

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February 21
Celebrity Waiter Dinner Will Celebrate the Cities of the World

CelebrityWaiterDinner1Supporters of the SCV Senior Center who plan to take part in this year’s Celebrity Waiter event will only have to reach back into their travel memories to come up with a table-decorating theme for this year’s dinner. The theme is “Celebrating Cities of The World,” and the event is scheduled for Saturday, February 21, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Valencia.
Sponsors get to unleash their creative side and have some fun decorating their table and having their guests dress the part as well.  

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Candy
How a Dental Team Got the SCV Community to Give Up Their Candy

HowaDentalTeamGottheSCVCommunity2Every year, Smudde Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry, an award-winning dental office based in Valencia, holds an event that helps the Santa Clarita community turn their Halloween experience into an exercise in sharing and gratitude.
2014 was no exception: On Saturday, November 1, Drs. Allen and Kelly Smudde’s team opened their doors for their 6th annual “Operation Gratitude: Halloween Candy Buyback” event.

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Saugus
Saugus Band Members Honored

SaugusBandMembers1On January 1, 2015 seventy million people will watch three Saugus Band members perform in the prestigious Tournament of Roses Parade.  Seven hundred thousand people will line the parade route as Evan Roman, Connor Griffith, and Hunter Seyforth  take their positions in the event that is known as “America’s New Year’s Celebration.” 

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Hart
Two Hart High Students Selected as 2015 U.S. Army All-Americans

TwoHartHighStudentsSelected1Only 90 high school football players in the country are selected each year by the U.S. Army to participate in the annual All-American Bowl, and this year Hart High School is honored to have two student athletes selected to participate in this program and prestigious game scheduled for January 3, 2015 at the San Antonio, Texas Alamodome.

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New Friends
Meet The New Merchants of The Magazine of Santa Clarita - Dec 2014

MTNM 1-1Whether 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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Worship
Worship Guide - December 2014

WGLogoBe it a small congregation or a large one, a location within walking distance or a few miles away, choosing a place of worship is different for everyone as the experience is very personal based on your beliefs.  Now that the holidays are here, we are pleased to feature a section dedicated to helping you find the right church.  Take a moment to read about our local pastors, rabbis and reverends in this month’s Worship Guide to discover a little more about your community and when your local ho

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New articles...
Cover Story
The Magazine of Santa Clarita Celebrating...25 years

TheMagazineofSantaClarita1In 1990, gas was only $1.34.  The City of Santa Clarita was but a mere three years old, and the average cost of a home was $123,000.  The Simpsons made its debut on Fox TV and President George H. W. Bush was in office, serving as our 41st president. 
It was also a milestone year for us as the publication of Mistletoe & Holly, made its debut in the Santa Clarita Valley in 1990.  What was once a 46-page holiday magazine with a 30,000 distribution, soon evolved into what we all have come to kno

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Pub Notes
A Note from The Publishers - Dec 2014

ANotefromThePublishers1The last 25 years here at The Magazine of Santa Clarita have been filled with hard work, dedication and a steadfast commitment from our staff, our loyal advertisers and readers.  Throughout the years we have made many incredible memories and are overjoyed to have been a part of this wonderful community we call home. 
We are thankful yet humbled to be celebrating 25 years, and as we commemorate this huge milestone, we would like to take a moment to thank our clients and the community for their

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December 13
Christmas in the Big Apple! - Circle of Hope - December 13

ChristmasintheBig1You won’t want to miss this inaugural event from Circle of Hope Inc. on Saturday, December 13 beginning at 5 p.m.
Christmas in New York is an interactive event that will bring Christmas spirit into your life.  Get away from the hustle and bustle of the season and enjoy an evening of music, food and fun on the back lot of CBS Studio Center in Studio City.  Circle of Hope Inc. is always looking at ways to provide unique and different experiences, while assisting cancer clients through your att

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December 13
Santa Claus Is Coming to Santa Clarita Plaza!

SantaClausIsComing1The Santa Clarita Plaza was used for many years as a school.  Some of you may have attended that school many years ago.  Well, that school is now the very pretty Santa Clarita Plaza with nice shops such as Jill’s Cake Creations, ‘N Style Hair Salon, The Tea Elle Garden Cafe, Math Support, Santa Clarita Flooring, Finailly the Right Nail Salon, Gold Buyer Depot, Numero Uno Pizza, and just now opening, Om...Healing Body Work to name a few.


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Westfield
The PayForward Ice Rink Is Here! - Westfield Valencia Town Center

ThePayForwardIceRink1The snow may not be falling but the magic of winter is in the air at Westfield Valencia Town Center. Westfield Valencia Town Center will host an outdoor ice skating rink this holiday season! The PayForward Ice Rink at Westfield Valencia Town Center is located on Town Center Drive and features real ice, skate rentals, and events in an ambient atmosphere for skaters of all ages to enjoy. 


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December 14
Rolling a Strike for a Good Cause

RollingaStrike1Taylor Kellstrom and the SCV Book Exchange proudly presents the 3rd Annual Bowling for Kids charity event with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles!
This exciting event will be held at Valencia Lanes located at 23700 Lyons Ave. in Santa Clarita on Sunday, December 14, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.


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Zoe
Christmas in Thailand

ChristmasinThailand1Christmas time at ZOE Children’s Homes in Thailand is a special time for our kids! We celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ with much anticipated special family activities and meals. Last Christmas, some of our children were in a very lonely place. Enslaved, mistreated, and in situations of extreme neglect and abuse. But now, they are safe and free, being cared for by their new ZOE families. For these children, this Christmas is going to be extra special! This is where you can help.


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On the Town
Strolling Down Town Center Drive 7th Annual Wine Affair

StrollingDownTownCenterDrive2It’s always a fun time when you get to spend the afternoon with the Soroptimist International of Greater Santa Clarita Valley and Comfort Keepers In-Home Care as they Sipped, Strolled and Savored the Sounds at their annual Wine Affair.  Wine connoisseurs had the opportunity to stroll down Town Center Drive sipping wine, enjoying live music and dabbling in the tastes of delicious foods on Sunday, October 26, all to support a great cause.  


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SC Master Chorale
We Are Your Personal Christmas Carolers!

WeAreYourPersonalChristmas1That’s the lovely thing about holiday traditions: they remind us of what we love and how important it is to stop and celebrate. At the top of the Chorale’s gratitude list is the tremendous growth in our children and youth choirs, especially now when children’s voices are such a delightful addition to the season.


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DVC
The Domestic Violence Center’s Adopt-A-Family Program to Help Improve Lives

TheDomesticViolenceCenter1Imagine…You have finally mustered up the strength to get yourself out of a turbulent, violent relationship to help protect you and your young children.  Just when you think things might start smoothing out, the unimaginable happens – your house burns down to the ground.  Now you and your children are left with the clothes on your back and the few belongings you were able to salvage.  Just when you feel you have nowhere to turn, a friend tells you about the Domestic Violence Center of Sant

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98 the new 21
A 98-Year-Old COC Student Tackles New Challenge

A98-YearOldCOCStudent1During her lifetime, 98-year-old Agua Dulce resident Doreetha Daniels has seen the United States overcome the Great Depression, the fall of Nazi Germany, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the collapse of the Berlin Wall.
But with all the drama the past has offered her, Daniels has never been presented with a challenge quite like the one she’s taking on in the year 2014 — passing a college statistics class.


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Scott Spackey
Change Your Life - A 2015 New Year’s Resolution Workshop

ChangeYourLife1Announcing the Change Your Life Resolution Workshop: a two-hour workshop that will teach you what that hidden, unknown force is that keeps you from reaching your goals This workshop reveals that secret and how to rework it, reprogram yourself and succeed where you were never able to before!
If you want to make a change: Quit smoking, lose weight, get fit, manage money, reduce debt, improve love or sex or anything else, this workshop is for you.


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Doing good
Have You Heard of the Allbright Paint-It-Forward Program?

HaveYouHeardoftheAllbright1While this is a wonderful time for many, we know that there are a huge number of struggling people in our community who could use some real encouragement. With this in mind, we are looking for nominations for our Paint-It-Forward program! Our goal is to find a person or non-profit organization who could use a boost, then brighten their day with fresh paint, on the interior and/or exterior, at absolutely no cost to them.
Do You Know of Someone In Need?


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