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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.
Check out Kevin Oliff's rockstar-inspired fashion statement. Always the multi-tasker, it seems that Kevin (or K-O, as we now like to call him) is prepped for both a day on the course and a quick jog. Oliff, the GM for Power Chrysler, Jeep Valencia, showed off his stylish side at the Crawford-Fleming Breast Cancer Awareness Tournament, which raised over $100,000 for our local hospital.
What if you couldn't afford to buy gifts for your kids this holiday? How would they feel? How would you feel? Yes, the holidays are about more than the gifts under the tree, but that's easy to say when you're financially secure enough to have at least a few presents planned for your kids. While on the outside, Santa Clarita may seem to be an affluent-enough town, there are hundreds of families in our community that must choose between paying for rent and paying for presents.
When you work at a local magazine, knowing about the coolest places and things in your town is, well, your job! The following restaurants, shopping, craft stores and more make up our Favorite Things in 2005.
In celebration of 25 years of inviting the community to tour spectacular Santa Clarita Valley homes professionally decorated for the holidays, the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Home Tour League will theme its Silver Anniversary Tour, held on December 3, "25 Years of Tradition."
Just as Soledad Canyon passes under the 14 Freeway at the east end of Canyon Country, you'll find the historical site of Lang Station. Not much more than a blip on the historical timeline of Santa Clarita to the average resident, it was here that Santa Clarita went from a secluded ranch settlement to the beginnings of the metropolis we all know today.
Holiday-time is about happy family gatherings. But what about families that have lost children? How do they find a reason to celebrate the season? The table is festively set. Candles softly glow. Brightly wrapped gifts lay waiting to be opened. Sumptuous aromas beckon from the kitchen. The family is gathered. Everyone is there - all except for those precious children that are missing. Car crashes, illness, accidents, murder, suicide, whatever the reason that took them away, they are forever gone.
I've seen miracles, lots of them, because I work with children who have cancer. When Manny was 6, his doctors did surgery to remove a cancerous brain tumor; he did well for a year and a half and then relapsed at the age of 8.
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita have affected left us asking, "How can we help?" A group of Santa Clarita individuals have come together to organize community support to host two families left homeless by these disasters for up to 12 months. The group is called Project Town Angels and was started by Shauna Hoffman, a local therapist, who felt compelled to find a way to help.
Now THAT'S a Bat Mitzvah! What, your mom didn't plan a party for 350 at The Plaza in Beverly Hills to mark your passage into womanhood, you say? Too bad your mom isn't Shelley Hann. Well, let us help you live vicariously through the well-mannered Miss Ashley Hann for a moment. Her Bat Mitzvah party included stretch Hummer limos for her friends and a party to rival any luxe affair this side of Rio.
'Twas the month before Christmas and all through the city, talk of trees buzzed about: "Oh, how pretty!" The Boys and Girls Club of the SCV will, for the third time, host their annual Festival of Trees (poor twists on classic holiday poems not included) on November 18 through November 20.
For Cal Poly San Luis Obispo students, the Central Coast is like a nest. You get spoiled enjoying the area's amenities, but sooner or later, you are forced to fly away and settle elsewhere. And it's only then you realize just how great you had it.
In charge of the office party? Desperate to avoid the kitchen for your own festivities? Whether you plan on supplementing your own spread with some outside help or just want to show up and have someone else do all the work, we've started the process for you by compiling all the needed info. Happy eating!
Don't have time to cook? Tired of spending hard-earned cash on expensive meals out? Think that fast food is making you a little too thick around the middle? You aren't alone, and enterprising companies have started to take notice. In Santa Clarita, a new business called Dream Dinners hopes to make the process of feeding your family easier, healthier, and less expensive.
With influences from the kitchens of Latin America, Italy, and Spain, the ingredients that comprise Argentine cuisine make for a dynamic and interesting gastronomic palate. At South Point Argentine Grill in Valencia, this melting pot of cultures and flavors is evident on South Point's vast and eclectic menu.
Estimates show that the average American produces about 1,600 pounds of trash a year. Using that figure, the city of Santa Clarita alone disposes over 300,000 tons of trash annually. All that waste is buried in landfills located near city limits and those landfills are getting full.
The Seventh Annual Crawford/Fleming Breast Cancer Awareness Golf Invitational will take place on Monday, October 24 at the Valencia Country Club. Proceeds from the annual event will benefit the Sheila R. Veloz Breast Imaging Center at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.
One small step into ConsignerDesigner is a giant leap into a world where earthly goods meet heavenly prices. In this hybrid universe, dark wood antiques sit alongside contemporary canvas couches, offering buyers a wide selection of upscale home furnishings and accessories. With a steady supply of armoires, bedroom sets, dining tables and overstuffed chairs, anyone who isn't tempted must be on another planet.
Yes, that's Mayor Cameron Smyth so adeptly balancing on a fitness ball. When he's not touting the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, Smyth's playing papa with son Gavin, who's soon to have more kid company. Yup, Cameron and his wife Lena are expecting their second child next year.
October is both Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Do your part and show support with the help of local nonprofits, businesses and individuals who want to make a difference in the lives of women.
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