If you consider wine and food pairing a task reserved for the rich, famous or stuffy, or worse, a skill only worth developing when an upcoming party has you panicked, you're going about this whole wine thing all wrong. Wine is a beverage to be associated with festivity, pleasure and satisfaction - all qualities worthy of more frequent incorporation into your hectic life. Slow down and taste-test these easy pairings to see what you have been missing.
Feel free to look under the hoods, be dazzled by the chrome, or talk to the owners, but don't even think of kicking any tires at the 11th Annual Oldies and Goodies Classic Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show scheduled for September 9 at Saugus Speedway. Some 500 car owners from all over the Western United States will fill the infield track with their two and four-wheeled artwork. And most of them will have spent more time detailing their cars' tires for the event than you've spent washing or cleaning your ride in the last month. So do all the looking you want, just don't do any touching - with your hands or feet.
SCV tummies have been loudly protesting the lack of gourmet burritos since Chipotle made their big entrance into the Santa Clarita scene at Taste of the Town back in May, then toyed with our emotions and didn't open for business until their benefit for Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital on July 27. Folks like Andy Gallardo and Inside SCV Magazine Publisher Kyle "I eat Chipotle everyday" Crawford helped earn the hospital a hearty $1,900, which will go towards the purchase of a new state-of-the-art CT scanner.
Most of us cannot imagine having our child diagnosed with cancer, yet for over 70 families in Santa Clarita, childhood cancer is a daily reality. For these families, and over 80 others in the surrounding valleys, The Michael Hoefflin Foundation has become a source of comfort and hope. On Saturday, September 9, we can show our support for these families by attending the 13th Annual Evening Under the Stars Gala Dinner & Charity Auction. Along with dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions, this year's event will feature a musical performance by Air Supply.
Every 12 minutes someone dies from breast cancer. There is no better way to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month than to support the third annual Bras for a Cause event sponsored by Soroptimist International of SCV. On Sunday, October 1, join in bringing awareness and raising funds for this important cause while enjoying one of the SCV's most unique events. This year's event will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Valencia Country Club. The club's ballroom will be transformed into an art gallery, filled with creations of all kinds.
With all the admiration of superheroes lately, Santa Clarita has a hero of its own which has been marveling crowds for years. It leaps over the word "impossible" with a single bound, creating a new brand of superhero whose identity is no secret. It's Carousel Ranch, a therapeutic horseback riding organization created for children with disabilities. Words like "amazing" and "miraculous" are commonly used to describe the group, which moved to an expansive 10-acre facility in Agua Dulce last year. But to create a comprehensive list of all of its miracle stories would require some of the same magic the ranch uses to overcome obstacles with its students.
Mothers, fathers, grandparents - heck- even groundhogs and flags have a day on the calendar dedicated to them. Kids, however, currently don't have a day reserved in their honor. Now before you get ahead of me and sigh to yourself, "Everyday is kids' day," hear me out.
David Garrard, a quarterback with the Jacksonville Jaguars, knows what it's like to suffer from a debilitating disease: he has battled Crohn's Disease since 2004. However, that didn't stop the football great from playing ball or hanging out with some new friends at The Painted Turtle in Lake Hughes. The nonprofit organization provides overnight camp experiences, free of charge, to kids dealing with a serious illness.
Santa Clarita's most ginormous fundraiser has again come and gone, leaving the Boys & Girls Club's storage room approximately (and we're just making an educated estimate here) 829,347 auction items lighter. The net total is estimated at $475,000. The heavy-walleted among us walked off (and by "walked" we mean carried on the shoulders of oh-so-grateful volunteers to their awaiting stretch limos) with must-have items like private movie screenings, after-hours rollercoaster parties, trips to places we can't spell and puppies evidently worth more than our first cars.
Those of us who have been caught in the traffic jam around Six Flags Magic Mountain knows what a nightmare it can be. Cars are backed up in both directions and the dividing lines in the road can be somewhat screwy. It can be especially frustrating if you happen to be behind an out-of-towner who is just looking for the way up to Magic Mountain or is trying to get back on the freeway to go home. Add to that early morning or evening rush hour when people are going to or getting off work in the Valencia Industrial Center and you've got yourself a major traffic jam.
My hat is off to the farmers. Their job is difficult, what with the weeds, the bugs and the weather conspiring against them. And that promise God made to Adam in Genesis ("And so, the ground will be under a curse ... [it] will produce thorns and thistles") adds to the challenge.
A starry night will reflect a generosity of both spirit and finances when donors, staff, clients and other guests unite to celebrate the many accomplishments of Carousel Ranch. A thousand supporters are expected to attend Heart of the West, the biggest annual fundraiser for Carousel Ranch, a therapeutic horseback riding organization for children with disabilities. One of the few times "upscale" and "Western" occur in the same breath, it's a relaxed evening where some attendees will wear cowboy duds but enjoy top-of-the-line atmosphere and gourmet fixin's.
Check out the pictures from the singles event at El Torito on May 4th. Another fun-filled evening!
Check out the pictures from the singles event at The Greens on June 8th. It was a great success!
On Saturday August 13, "Escape to Paradise" by joining the Soroptimists of Santa Clarita in their 31st Annual Charity Auction. Hawaiian music and dance will set the festive evening's mood, while guests enjoy both live and silent auctions, dinner and entertainment. Beginning at 3 p.m. at the Hyatt Valencia, guests will start the day by experiencing cool summer breezes while shopping for their favorite silent auction items. Choosing from over 150 items, including a variety of baskets and individual items, there is honestly something for everyone.
Now, no one's knocking your love of the mundane. But just like daily oatmeal breakfasts, even great, if monotonous, vacations can get a little wearing on the soul. This year, expand your horizons and plan something completely different. The old adage, "You only live once," entirely applies to travel, so call your travel agent, pack your bags and start living!
July Singles Nights
July 13, 2006
Live music, cigars, great food and the company of other fun singles! The band Blues Daddy will be playing from 7pm - midnight. Free cigars as well as chocolate cigars for the "non-cigar smokers" and drink specials all night long. Join SCV singles for a memorable evening.
Here are the specials for the singles event:
Cosmos - $5
Tap Beer & Wine - $3
Pot Stickers - $3.50
Jalapeno Poppers - $3.25
Chicken Quesadilla, Chicken Tenders and Boneless Hot Wings - $3.75
Calamari - $5
The Roast House
26532 Bouquet Canyon Road
July 20, 2006
Fine wine, appetizers and the company of other fun singles - what could be better? Join SCV singles for a memorable evening.
All Corked Up
26340 Diamond Place
What can be more relaxing than strolling through a European garden, swirling a deep red glass of merlot, enjoying a cool, fruity Sauvignon Blanc or tasting a rich buttery chardonnay? How about adding the tempting foods of the region to compliment each glass of wine. Add all of that to the knowledge that with each sip of the flavorful grape you are helping to support our valley's seniors. You'll get that feeling and more when you "Uncork Your Senses" this summer on August 19 at the Saugus Speedway.
Over 100 supporters of the Boys & Girls Club stopped by Don and Cheri Fleming's not-so-humble abode in May to check out the nonprofit's big-ticket live auction items for their annual event in June. The usual combination of yummy eats (thanks to LA Trends Catering) and free drinks had the high-credit-scored folks among us pre-signing checks for items like laser eye surgery, a horse and (say it with us, "Price is Right"-style...) a new car!
Put on your flip-flops but don't step on that pop-top. The Santa Clarita Valley's most anticipated night is closing in and everyone who is anyone will be a Parrothead for this year's 35th Annual Benefit Auction for the Boys & Girls Club of the SCV. On June 10 at the Mann Biomedical Park, the Jimmy Buffett-style "It's Five-O'clock Somewhere" theme will have Co-Chairs Don and Cheri Fleming and you breaking out that Hawaiian shirt and bidding on a 60-page catalogue of items that is straight out of paradise.