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The best of everything is right here in Santa Clarita!
June, 2011 - Issue #80
Saturday > May 21
Macc Designs Boutique & Ambience Furniture Host Pre-summer Open House
Now, the best of custom furniture, decor and accessories - not to mention customer service - are together under one roof. Macc Designs and Ambience Furniture now jointly reside at 25030 Avenue Tibbitts, Suite J, off of Avenue Scott in Valencia. Take in the many sights (bedroom and dining sets; work spaces and book cases; sofas and loveseats; pillows and runners; wall art and frames; high-quality faux fur throws and much more!) and get a treat, too. The first 75 attendees receive a free gift - no purchase necessary. Incredible one-day-only specials and great refreshments are also in store. The open house runs from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.; 295-7755

Vino 100's Black Bag Wine Club Welcomes ACU Members
Beginning June 1, ACU wine club members will join Vino 100 Black Bag Wine Club as the club's newest members. Vino 100 owners Lil Lepore's and Shari Frazier's philosophy behind the Black Bag Wine Club is to enliven, enhance and educate the palate by bringing unique varietals, undiscovered wine regions, new producers and delicious wines to members each month. Simple, fun and easy to participate in, Black Bag Wine Club gives you the power to choose your monthly selections at a members'-only event on the third Tuesday of every month, where you'll have the opportunity to taste four exclusive wines and take home the two you enjoy most. New members receive a two-bottle insulated tote bag as a gift to say thank you for joining the club, along with lots of other perks including tasting notes, store discounts, referral rewards and half-off daily wine tastings; 294-6886

Green Thumb Celebrates 41 Years of Patio Comfort
The same store that sold you your first patio set is still here and still offering incredible variety for every budget. Custom patio sets are available, along with the best in outdoor furnishings. Visit today to experience the Luxe 30 collection. By OWLee, Luxe 30's sophistication and comfort are designed to bring the luxury of the indoors to exterior spaces. This durable, high-grade wrought iron aluminum frame collection incorporates the sleek lines and textures of the elegant Art Deco era and brings a chic style to any setting; 259-1072 www.greenthumb.com

Who's Up for a Sale?
Going on Now
Douglas Furniture 36th-anniverary Sale
You will find a large variety of casual to formal dining room sets, bedroom furniture and living room collections to suit any home - plus a huge collection of coffee tables, recliners, children's furniture, paintings, artwork, and many other quality-crafted accessories, on sale now; 255-8366 www.dougfurn.com

May 27 through May 30
j.serraino Memorial Day Sale
Take 20 percent off the entire store's collection of gorgeous clothing and accessories. Score deals on brands like Juicy Couture, Billy Blues, Lockheart bags and many more; 255-9944
www.jserraino.com

through June 1
La Via Bella Anniversary Sale
Take 30 percent off of everything in the store (a few exclusions apply; see store for details) and up to 75 percent off selected items. The sale is going on now, so get in there asap for the very best selection. La Via Bella is located on Town Center Drive, next to the Valencia Wine Company; 222-7006 www.laviabella.com

Now You Know! Education from Local Experts
Used-car Buying
When buying a used vehicle, you are generally safer purchasing from a reputable dealership. You may pay a little more, but if something is wrong with the purchase, you will have a better chance at a successful recourse. The smaller the "selling dealer," (the smallest being the private party), generally the better the chance you will buy a problem vehicle. Whenever possible, ask for repair records of a used car, and buy a warranty, if offered. Ask the dealership to put in writing that the car was not a daily use rental, was not a salvage and was not in any major accidents. The dealership should be sensitive to your concerns regarding used car purchases. Don't be afraid to ask the dealer if you can have your own mechanic inspect the car. Courtesy of the Law offices of Barry L. Edzant; 222-9929 www.valencialaw.com

Rifle Safety & Training
The NRA First Steps Program (Firearm Instruction, Responsibility and Safety Training) is designed for the beginning shooter or for those wishing to become familiar with a new or different .22 rifle. Hosted by The Oak Tree Gun Club and taught by Brian D. Dillon, PhD, NRA certified instructor, you will learn basic firearm safety; how to legally store and transport firearms; basic rifle parts and operation; how to shoot your rifle with confidence and accuracy; and more. This four-hour course includes both classroom instruction and shooting on the Oak Tree range. You may either bring your own gun or have one provided for you. No prior experience is necessary. Women and children (with adult present) are encouraged to attend. Class fee is $80 and includes instruction, classroom and range access, all training materials, reference literature and 100 rounds of .22 rim fire ammunition; 259-7441

photo courtesy of Connie Edward
photo courtesy of Connie Edward
Shannon Hair helps the "Invisible Children"
Shannon Hair recently hosted the "Beauty Legacy" Benefit Hair/Fashion Show. With 200 people in attendance, the evening was filled with live music, a silent auction, an inspiring special guest speaker from Uganda, as well as live hairstyling demos, appetizers and refreshments. The fourth-annual charity hair show event raised $5,961 for Invisible Children; 799-7272
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