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April 2014

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Cover Story
Taste of the Town: A Palate-Pleasing Paradise

Taste of the Town 2Picture this: Dozens of local restaurants and caterers offering delectable dishes for you to leisurely feast upon. There’s a large array of wine and beer purveyors eager to pour their finest selections. Distinctive entertainment by renowned musician Mark LeVang also awaits you, as does a fabulous live and silent auction, exciting raffles, and opportunity drawings for a one-carat Classic Designs Jewelry diamond, and a 15-day Princess Cruise for two to Hawaii.


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Publishers
A Note from The Publishers - April 2014

A Note from 1Springtime in the Santa Clarita Valley is nothing short of perfection…we are greeted with beautiful sunrises, warm spring days, tapered off with cool breezes in the evenings.  We hope you are enjoying this wonderful weather as much as we are.
As you can see on the cover of this issue of The Magazine of Santa Clarita, for the first time in 24 years, we went “sideways”!  Year after year, we are always excited to sponsor the Child & Family Center’s Taste of the Town and feature them on our cover. 


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Thursday
Old Town Newhall Is Heating Up

Old Town Newhall 1Thursday nights are heating up in Santa Clarita with a series of free events happening in Old Town Newhall, including Art SLAM, JAM Sessions, and SENSES. 
The Thursdays at Newhall event series includes the following must-enjoy events this April.


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May 3
Taking Great Strides Toward a Cure

Taking Great Strides 2Come join the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, as they will be taking steps to cure Cystic Fibrosis at their annual Great Strides event on Saturday, May 3, at the Westfield Valencia Town Center.  Join a team, form a team, donate, walk and be a part of the Foundation’s largest national fundraising event.  There will be great music, activities, food and an exciting raffle. 


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Shopping
Assistance League’s April Greeting

Assistance League 1Time to usher in the freshest season! Open the shutters; add light and the colors bursting forth in nature to your interior space. Look around; it might be time to add new life to your décor. What can be done to enliven your home and yet not create dust or bust the budget? Accessories! Use color to invigorate your mood at the start of each day with vibrantly hued placemats and coffee mugs in coordinating solids or patterns.


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Weight Loss Coffee
Changing Lives, One Cup at a Time

Changing Lives 2Everyone loves coffee, so why not lose weight while drinking your favorite cup of joe?  Javita is a company committed to enhancing the lives of millions of people by bringing together two great industries, coffee and direct selling.  Javita developed innovative great-tasting coffee blends and combined them with a business model geared toward financial success and the coffee industry. 


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May 10
Habitat for Humanity’s Women’s Empowerment Set For May 10

Habitat for Humanity 2For this year’s Women’s Empowerment Build let’s raise the money to build Dee’s home! Dee N. is a United States Army veteran. She served active duty for four years right out of High School and then served eight years in the National Guard with their post office. After service, she used her training with the National Guard to work for the United States Postal Service for 16 years.


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May 10
Hit the Greens for the 41st Annual Golf Classic!

Hit the Greens 1The 41st Annual Frontier Toyota/Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital “Drive Safe” Golf Classic will be held on Saturday, May 10, at the beautiful Valencia Country Club.
Last year $358,000 was raised from the annual Frontier Toyota/Henry Mayo “Drive Safe” Golf Classic to support emergency and trauma services in our valley - a vital, life saving service for our residents.


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April 21
Who Will Take Home the 2014 Nissan Versa? Winner Will Be Announced April 21

Who Will Take Home  1On Monday, April 21, one deserving William S. Hart Union School District student will win a brand new 2014 Nissan Versa!  Nissan of Valencia has teamed up with the district to donate a brand new car to students eligible for the program.  On April 21, at 5 p.m., Nissan of Valencia will announce the lucky winner.  The dates of the program ran from October 21, 2013 until March 21, 2014, and 11th and 12th grade students with a 97 percent attendance or higher, grade point average of 2.0 and higher

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Valencia High Captures First Jump5150 High School Dodgeball Challenge Vikings Dominate Gutty Canyon High Squad to Capture Trophy

Valencia High Captures  1Santa Clarita is quickly becoming the dodgeball capital of Southern California.
On the heels of two big dodgeball events covered by local media last week, Valencia High jumped all over Canyon High to capture the first annual Jump5150 Santa Clarita High School Dodgeball Challenge on Sunday night at the area’s top indoor trampoline facility.
“Both teams fought hard but Valencia proved to be the better team tonight,” said Jump5150 owner Kurt Bryant.


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May 17
Gentlemen for a Cause

Gentlemen for a Cause1Back by very popular demand, Soroptomist International of Santa Clarita Valley will be having its Third Annual Gentlemen for A Cause Fundraiser at the Bridgeport Clubhouse, 27002 Edgewater Lane in Valencia.  The money raised will go towards Soroptimist Community Service Projects. It is our goal to be able to help women and children both locally and worldwide.


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May 4
Wings for Life World Run

Wings for Life 1There are currently three million people in the world living with a spinal cord injury and thousands more will suffer an injury each year.  
On May 4, The Wings for Life World Run will take place in 35 locations across six continents at the same exact time, with 100 percent of registration fees directly supporting spinal cord injury research.  


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Ken Striplin
Message from the City Manager Ken Striplin

Message from KenNothing beats a beautiful spring day in Santa Clarita!  I hope you and your family have an opportunity to get out into the community and enjoy some terrific events being held in our City.
The annual Earth Arbor Day Festival is being held on Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Central Park.


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April 12
World’s Largest Bunco Tournament - April 12

World’s Largest Bunco 2The 2nd Annual World’s Largest Bunco Tournament is on Saturday, April 12, at 3:30 p.m. to support athletes Special Olympics Santa Clarita and Tri-Valley athletes.  Everyone is invited.  The Bunco Tournament will be held at the Castaic Regional Sports Complex, 31230 Castaic Road in Castaic.  All money raised will help fund year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. 


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May 17 & 18
32nd Annual Pine Mountain Club Lilac Festival

32nd Annual Pine Mountain 1Take a typical Southern California spring weekend in May, add tall trees, snow-streaked mountain peaks, blue sky and pine-scented air, and you have the beginnings of a recipe for Family Fun.
What began in 1982 as a way to forget winter and welcome the approaching summer, the Lilac Festival started as little more than a bake sale and a Maypole Dance, and has grown into a full-fledged Mountain tradition.


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DADs
Tell Us Why Your Dad is Special!

Typically 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 15.  


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April 27
Assistance League® Operation School Bell 5K Run/Walk and Mutt Strutt

Assistance League® Operation School 1Assistance League’s 26th annual 5K Run is set to take place on Sunday, April 27!
This run originated after a discussion among some members in 1989 and has evolved into 26 years of a fundraising and PR event. It helps to fund our main philanthropic program, Operation School Bell ®, through which Assistance League clothes children in need in Santa Clarita.


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New Merchants
Meet The New Merchants of The Magazine of Santa Clarita April 2014

MTNM 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 Let Us Introduce You To 80,000 Homes In Our Santa Clarita Valley. 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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May 24
Grillin’ It Up for a Good Cause-1st Annual Give ‘Em Hope BBQ

Celebrating Diversity 1They are the mothers, fathers, siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, friends, neighbors, children and allies.  They come from large cities and small towns, from all faith traditions.  They are the youth. They are the elderly.  They are the members of the Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays Santa Clarita Valley (PFLAG SCV) and they are coming together to support diversity and promote equality.  

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August 7
Honoring Our Business Leaders The 3rd Annual SCV Leadership Awards

Honoring Our Business 1In 2012, The Magazine of Santa Clarita teamed up with the Valley Industry Association, SCV Chamber of Commerce and SCV Economic Development Corporation to present the first SCV Leadership Awards. The inaugural event was a huge success, and last year’s awards ceremony was even bigger and better.  Once again, we are excited to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit as we present the 3rd Annual SCV Leadership Awards. 

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April 26
Mark Your Calendars for Old Town Newhall Block Party - April 26

Mark Your Calendars for Old 2Have you perused down Main Street lately?  Old Town Newhall is becoming one of the hippest places to be.  The friendly and welcoming neighborhood coupled with the small nostalgic feel of a small downtown makes Old Town Newhall the perfect place to be.  Complete with quaint boutiques, shops and restaurants, take a stroll down the sidewalks and you’ll see what the buzz is all about.  

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COC
Being the “Ideal” Candidate

Being the Ideal 1You’ve found the perfect job opening and are ready to apply, but how you can differentiate yourself from the mass of other job seekers?  What will make you stand out and show the employer you are the “ideal” candidate?  Obviously, having the right skills for the position puts you on their radar and could land you an interview, and presenting these skills professionally in the interview is a must.  But what if your competition does the same thing?  Is there something else you can add to

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Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo Awards $25,000 in Economic Opportunity Grant Funds to COC Foundation

Wells Fargo 1Wells Fargo announced it has awarded a total of $25,000 in Economic Opportunity Grants to the College of the Canyons Foundation to help support their efforts to grow the local workforce and increase jobs and job opportunities in the region.
College of the Canyons Foundation, the non-profit auxiliary organization formed to generate philanthropic support for College of the Canyons who works to provide an affordable and accessible college education for all having the desire to succeed, was awarded

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Help out
Donate a Teddy Bear Today!

Donate a Teddy Bear 1More than 10,200 children were admitted to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department last year. You can help Henry Mayo provide comfort to children during their Emergency Room visit by donating a new, 9 to 12-inch teddy bear or other stuffed animal friend.
Santa Clarita Valley residents and businesses are invited to take the April Challenge and show how you care by donating teddy bears to this worthwhile cause.  A few have gotten an early start, according to Maria Strmsek, d

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Storm
Storm Announces Fan Club Memberships

Storm Announces 1The Futbol Club, Santa Clarita Storm announces the 2014 fan club The Santa Clarita Storm Chasers. Where there is a Storm there is someone chasing it. This is the Storm support group of fans. They are fans that dedicate themselves by showing their appreciation for the effort of the players by supporting them at each and every home game and we also have a group of fans that follows the team on the road trips as well.

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April 19
Get Ready for the 3rd Annual Special Olympics Shoot-a-Thon

Get Ready for the 3rd 2Please join in on the fun at the 3rd Annual Special Olympics Shoot-a-thon on Saturday, April 19. The first ever shoot-a-thon featured over 150 shooters and plenty more supporters all gathered at the Santa Clarita Sport Complex to raise funds for two outstanding non-profit organizations: Special Olympics Santa Clarita Valley & Tri-Valley Regions and Hoops of Hope. Last year over 400 participants and many guests gathered at the 2nd annual shoot-a-thon, which was once again held at the Santa Clarit

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March 29
WiSHing for Family Fun!

WiSHing for 1Who doesn’t love a Food Truck Festival?  The WiSH Education Foundation is partnering with The Signal for the annual HOOPS Tournament, to be held at West Ranch High School on Saturday, March 29.  This year we add a food truck festival, running from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on campus (no entry fee) – bring out the entire family for a picnic and enjoy the unique offerings that only food trucks can bring! 

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COC
Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center at College of the Canyons April 2014 Open House

Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook 1Have you been putting off getting the bachelor’s or master’s degree you need to advance in your career? Come to an Open House at the Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center located on the College of the Canyons Valencia campus and find out just how doable getting your degree really is! 

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May 17
Help Finish the Fight Against Cancer During Relay For Life SCV

Help Finish the Fight 2Join the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of The Santa Clarita Valley on May 17 to May 18, at Central Park, beginning Saturday, May 17, at 9 a.m. to Sunday May 18 at 9 a.m. and help finish the fight against cancer.
The SCV Relay For Life is a “Top 50” Relay in the world. 

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Open
William S. Hart Union School District’s New Administrative Center Now Open!

William S. Hart Union School 1More than 100 community leaders, local business partners, government officials, staff and administrators turned out to celebrate the building dedication and SCV Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting ceremony for the District’s new Administrative Center.

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VHS
Valencia Students Earn Top Honors at the Shakespeare Festival

Valencia Students Earn Top 2On February 15, fourteen students from Valencia High School Theatre competed in Chapman University’s Henry Kemp-Blair Shakespeare festival. Under the direction of Stephen Whelan, these young actors performed a scene from Shakespeare’s Pericles, Prince of Tyre.  The scene went on to win Outstanding Scene, the highest honor of the competition.

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COC
Bands Wanted for COC

COC-LOGO-541116Do you think you have what it takes to rock the hills of the College of the Canyons Canyon Country Campus?
If so, don’t miss your chance to audition to play at the college’s Battle of the Bands on Sunday, May 18!

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Captian Johnson
There’s a New Sheriff in Town! City to Host Meet and Greet for New Chief of Police

There’s a New Sheriff 1Captain Roosevelt Johnson was recently promoted and named as the new Captain for the Santa Clarita Valley station, bringing nearly 23 years of law enforcement experience with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to his new post. 
Roosevelt Johnson was named as Santa Clarita’s Police Chief, replacing Sheriff’s Captain Paul Becker who retired in February.  Becker served as the Chief of Police for the Santa Clarita Valley station since 2010.

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Dana Cop
Both Tears, but Some Laughs as Well

It had been a little more than 12 hours since I decided to shave my head.  It had gotten to the point where every time I touched it so much of it was falling out and actually I didn’t have that much to shave because so much of it I was able, along with my kids, to just run my fingers through and it would come out.  One thing that I did learn is that I had a ton of hair!  It was crazy it just kept coming out and never seemed to end.  

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April 8
Make Your Voice Heard this Election Day - Tuesday, April 8

Get out and vote, Santa Clarita!  On Tuesday, April 8, the City of Santa Clarita will be conducting the City Council election to elect three council members for a term of four years each.  The polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Election Day, so get out and vote and make your voice heard.
The following individuals are confirmed candidates in the election: Danté Acosta, Sandra L. Bull, Moazzem H. Chowdhury, Dennis Conn, Stephen Daniels, Alan J. Ferdman, Berta González-Harper, Maria

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Worship
Worship Guide April 2014

It’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 and

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