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Join the City of Santa Clarita this spring for the 13th annual Cowboy Festival, held April 26 to 30, at Santa Clarita's own working movie ranch, Melody Ranch, and locations throughout the Santa Clarita Valley. he 2006 Cowboy Festival will feature the best in Western entertainers in a venue that is second to none. The city will kick off the festival with the Cowboy Couture event on April 26 at 7 p.m. at the Canyon Theatre Guild Playhouse.
You never know how much something means to you until it's gone. As a long-time resident, I still mourn the loss of Friday night car races at Saugus Speedway (A quick sidebar for Newbies: The SCV used to be home to an actual race track, where the joys of figure-eights and demolition derbies drew teenage daters and families from miles around.). I can still remember the smell of the nachos dad always splurged on (salty fake cheese), the sound of the crowd after a big crash (a mixture of excitement and concern) and the way I felt on Friday morning, knowing that my favorite family outing was only hours away (incredible anticipation).
There are only juniors and seniors on this campus. Class sizes are smaller and students get personal attention from their teachers and counselors. They also have full use of a college library, computer lab, career center and gymnasium. Half of the classes are taken for high school credit. The other half... college credit, tuition free.
Now I no longer have to ask myself, "Am I the only single person living in the SCV?" I could not believe my eyes as I checked in singles for our first event at Wolf Creek. All told, around 200 singles stopped in for great food, brews and conversation.
They might as well be wearing superhero capes. Santa Clarita's most influential leaders have come together, on their own time and dime, to make sure area residents are taken care of in the event of a local disaster.
If a rough-and-tumble football coach can be the belle of the ball, then Canyon High School's Harry Welch is it. The Signal's Newsmaker Awards not only granted the pigskin guru with the title of Newsmaker of the Year, but his team of "Are they good enough to beat Hart?" gents also stole the title of Sports Team of the Year (and to answer that pressing hypothetical question, the answer is, "Yes, in the CIF championship game, in fact.").
Being diagnosed with breast cancer can be the scariest experience of one's life; it shouldn't be the loneliest as well. Circle of Hope, a nonprofit organization dedicated to financially assisting individuals with breast cancer who either work or live in the Santa Clarita Valley, also provides a much-needed social outlet for both survivors and those still undergoing treatment for the disease.
Weekend Cowboys for Couples, Love and Wine, Embark on a Moonlight Hike, "All You Need is Love", Star Gazing at Vasquez Rocks, Horseback Riding at Sunset, Row on the Lake and The Magic of Night Skiing.

Visit www.santaclaritaguide.com for other fun in and out-of-town suggestions.
Have you often wondered, "Am I the only single person in the Santa Clarita Valley? Am I the only one in this city who has not yet found their soul mate?" I ask myself these questions all the time. I am a professional, 32-year-old, independent, fun gal looking for a long-term relationship. Although this sounds pretty simple, dating is not always an easy task when living in the SCV! Why is it so hard to meet other singles in this area?
Cheri Fleming and President George Bush now have one more thing in common: food is out to get them. No, a terrorizing pretzel wasn't the culprit with Fleming; her new arch nemesis is, drum roll please, the seemingly innocuous Brussels sprout.
Surrounded by onion fields and grazing cattle, a state-of-the-art hospital opened its doors for the first time 30 years ago in the growing Santa Clarita Valley. Today, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital continues to provide medical care for area residents of with 217 beds, trauma center, an expanding emergency department, impending cardiac cath lab, and updated imaging services.
Celebrity Waiters to Benefit Santa Clarita Committee on Aging, "CSI" Star William Petersen to Appear as Special Guest. All You Need is Love; REP's Night of Romance Boasts New Location.
With the new year come new resolutions, and while all of these pledges are made with the honest intention of being seen through, most will be broken before the first week has drawn itself out. One of the most common resolutions is to be smarter with finances, but the average American will fail in accomplishing this for a number of reasons (curse you New Year's day sales!). Luckily, Inside SCV stumbled along a business that will help you not only stick to these promises, but change the way you handle your finances long after 2006.
During the holidays, there are usually two facts of life that are at odds with each other. Fact 1: The kids are out of school for winter break. Fact 2: Because of holiday shopping, money's tight.
Guests at All Corked Up's fancy-schmancy wine tasting enjoyed more than a good bottle of Bollinger (or Gaja, Pio Cesare or Il Poggione). Besides schmoozing with a former Dodger ballplayer, Hall of Famer Eddie Murray, locals checked out the new goodies from Mercedes Benz of Valencia.
Want to meet new people with similar interests? Santa Clarita is full of literally hundreds of clubs and nonprofit organizations. Here's some new ones, plus an old favorite, worth looking into. Happy socializing!
So what is it for you? Start saving, lose weight, quit smoking, exercise more, get organized... We've all said those famous words: "This year, I'm really going to (fill in your own broken resolution here)." If your resolution success has been spotty, you aren't alone. According to a recent study, 91 percent of those who make resolutions don't keep them.
A local resident and familiar face at Valencia Library, Jocelyne Badr is ecstatic about the publication of her first book, "Alter Idem." The tome has just been picked up by Levant distributors in Lebanon and is being showcased by one of the area's major bookstores.
A night of dinner, dancing and bottles of bubbly is what's on tap in Santa Clarita this New Year's Eve. Celebrations range from Valencia to Agua Dulce, and cork-popping prices vary according to how fine the food and how long the evening. Line up a sitter, because it's pretty much an adults-only night!
Not so long ago, Christmas cards didn't come in economy-size boxes and holiday sweaters were knitted, not purchased from the mall. Oh, how times have changed. We know that you're too busy to create handmade gifts for everyone on your list, but there are still simple ways to incorporate old-fashioned values into the season.
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