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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
296-3866

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
799-7979
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.
It's time for Michael Berger and Diana Cusumano to switch their license plate holders. The two have been bestowed with the coveted title of Man & Woman of the Year, complete with fancy-schmancy license plate holders declaring their new positions to all traffic passerby.
Teri and Chuck Maier's relocation from Louisiana to the Santa Clarita Valley in 2004 proved to be far more challenging than they ever could have imagined. One month after moving to Valencia, MacKenzie, the middle of their three daughters, was stricken with severe left hip and leg pain and had difficulty walking.
The City of Santa Clarita hosted its annual Arbor Day festivities at Central Park on May 6. The event is meant to educate residents about the benefits of trees as part of the world-recognized Arbor Day holiday. Mayor Laurene Weste accepted the Tree City USA award on behalf of the city, a prestigious honor bestowed by the National Arbor Day Foundation given to cities that consistently have a viable tree management plan and program.
Revolution. Colossus. X. Viper. Scream. And now, Tatsu. Sometimes it only takes one word to describe a thrill of a lifetime and for Santa Clarita residents that thrill has come from Six Flags Magic Mountain. For the past 35 years, the theme park is much more than a place to take weekend visitors. Six Flags Magic Mountain employs our youth and has given the Santa Clarita Valley its mark on the map.
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