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Don and Cheri Fleming, immortalized forever in the life-sized poster pictured here, again acted as co-chairs for the Boys and Girls Club's wildly successful annual auction. This year's disco inferno raised $500,000 and was by far the highest grossing B&G auction to date. Big dollars were dropped on a too-cute puppy, lots of unique furniture pieces, boxing lessons with a pro and more.
Starpups Depot is to Doggywood what hip boutiques like Kitson, Madison and Lisa Kline are to Hollywood. The store carries the necessary tools to transform your dog into an instant star. Preening pet owners can engulf themselves in a playground of lavish outfits like a metallic pink harness in a snake-like material, trendy totes like the Pet Flys Lucky Horseshoe Pet Carrier (in a to-die-for teal and faux giraffe print) and chew toys with a purpose (proceeds are donated to cancer funds).
Sometimes, good things happen to good people, and the same can be said for organizations. But other times... That's how I feel about Carousel Ranch. The nonprofit equestrian therapy program provides much-needed assistance to over 80 local families. There are kids in this town, sick kids, disabled kids, that can walk and talk because of the skills learned on the back of a Carousel Ranch horse. As a board member, I see the tireless dedication that executive directors Denise Tomey and Becky Graham invest in the program, but more importantly, I see the energy - emotional and physical - that the entire Carousel Ranch staff puts into the children.
After an afternoon boating expedition on Paradise Cove at Castaic Lake, I realized that speeding along the water is one of the most relaxing past times - especially accompanied by three handsome Castaic regulars.
At the grand opening of All Corked Up, SCV Chamber of Commerce Chairman Ed Masterson was overheard complaining that he didn't look good in pictures: "I look at myself and think, 'I really look better than that in person... I hope!'" Inside SCV decided to test his theory by snapping an impromptu pic of Ed and Pam Ingram. Our staffers agree - the jovial Masterson photographs well. It's just that being in print adds 10 pounds.
Tippi Hedren, a cinema icon from days gone by (think Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds"), is mad, but not for the same reasons her contemporaries seem to be. There's no made-for-TV movie she feels left out of, no co-star she feels slighted by. No, Tippi has more important things on her mind. She has a foundation to run, and that doesn't leave a lot of time for the drama of show business.
One thing Santa Clarita should be proud of is its passionate pursuit of arts and culture. A newcomer to our artistic society is ESCAPE Theatre, a non-profit children's theater company; and with their last production, "The Wizard of Oz," founder Elizabeth Burson had no problem finding enough munchkins to point Dorothy towards the yellow brick road.
Sweltering temperatures, unforgiving heat waves and scorching pavement are all signs that summer is in full effect and the battle to stay cool has begun. It is never an easy feat in the Santa Clarita to beat the burning sensation of the desert sun, but this month's Great Find is this season's secret weapon to chilling out, literally.
Good music, some picnic munchies, family and friends... What better way to enjoy a warm summer evening? Santa Clarita is home to three major summer concert series: The City of Santa Clarita's Concerts in the Park, Valencia Town Center's Summer Concert Series, and the Lexus of Valencia Jazz & Blues Concert Series. Pick your pleasure - we'll see you there!
Enjoy Independence Day with family and friends without fighting traffic. Stay close to home, grab a flag, and choose a prime fireworks-watching location. This year, it's all about simplicity, which is why we've organized the day's events from beginning to end. Whether you choose one activity or all of them, you'll be reminded that living in a "small" American town can be a beautiful thing.
After driving miles on a quiet two-lane highway, the white-washed rock structure seems to come out of nowhere. Once the home of a neighborhood beer bar frequented by Mint Canyon and Agua Dulce residents, The Oaks underwent a transformation 25 years ago when it acquired a new owner, an upscale look, an elegant menu and a French translation of its name - Le Chene.
Almost 130 years ago, the first commercially successful oil well in the Western United States began pumping in Pico Canyon west of the current Lyons Avenue/Interstate 5 intersection. In current U.S. dollars, the price per barrel was at $2.56 when the Pico #4 well began pumping, but dropped to a low of $.56 in 1892, during the height of oil production in Santa Clarita. Now, the cost of oil hovers around $50 a barrel.
While the first words out of the doctor's mouth were, "This will not kill you," the experience was very frightening. At age 18, Emily Weirich was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer. She had her thyroid removed and received a clean bill of health until she turned 23, when the cancer came back. Far from her family and friends and had difficulty managing her part-time job as a figure-skating coach while dealing with the cancer treatment and the subsequent financial burden created by her illness.
Imagine a place where kids can go to have fun and be themselves while their parents are at work. A place that makes education its number one priority and molds children into mature, responsible adults. Pair this with a devoted staff of role models and you've got The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita.
Ok, so maybe you've personally never shot a friend or family member with "bullets" made of paint, but unless you reside in a cave, you've at least heard of the paintball phenomena. For those that are into the activity (or are interested on how to get started), do we have a great find for you - The Proving Groundz. This SCV-located 30,000-square-foot indoor paintball arena guarantees plenty of adrenaline-packed entertainment for both paintball veterans and beginners.
"Step out of the way," directed the security officer in front of Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA. It was a brisk November morning and the hustle and bustle of a thriving hospital community was reflected by the white coats, multicolored scrubs and business-attired personnel buzzing around the main entrance to the outpatient facility of one of the largest hospitals in the United States. To add to the surreal experience, ambulances pulled up in droves to greet passerby with a loud wailing siren and flash of bright lights. We were only there ten minutes, but we couldn't wait to get inside.
Created in 1975, Santa Clarita's only emergency room was designed to treat 17,000 patients annually. Last year, more than 38,000 patients were treated, and by 2010, the hospital anticipates that annual visits will grow to 55,000.
The Santa Clarita Symphony is a group of 75 professional musicians, many of whom live locally and perform with nationally recognized orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Led by maestro and music director Robert E. Lawson, the Symphony's goal is to provide a world-class orchestral experience that will enrich lives.
Bella Notte Fashio Show
Join the staff of Plantation Home and Garden on May 1 for a Bella Notte Fashion Show, food, wine tasting, and more. Call 299-1600 to RSVP or visit www.plantationhomeandgarden.com.

On May 1, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Child and Family Center will again host Santa Clarita's premier food-tasting event - The Taste of the Town. Seen by many SCV residents as the "must-attend" event of the year, Taste of the Town is an all-inclusive, all you can taste and drink fest featuring over 40 local restaurants and caterers. To add to the food-driven fun, live entertainment will keep guests young and old swaying in the sun as they enjoy "Margaritaville"-inspired sounds. Held this year at the Mann Biomedical Park in Valencia, Taste of the Town's new venue boasts better parking and convenience, so the relaxed ambiance of the islands will be easy to achieve.
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