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Free Street Festival Features
Internationally-celebrated Entertainers

Get ready for the sounds of live jazz and blues bands to once again fill Town Center Drive in Valencia. This will be the 10th year that the Keyes Lexus of Valencia Jazz & Blues Concert Series will feature regional, national and international entertainers in a quaint street party setting while offering interactive activities for adults and children.
City of Santa Clarita
4th of July Fireworks Celebration

Westfield Valencia Town Center

Bring the whole family and all your friends to the Westfield Valencia Town Center for an exciting Fireworks display on Friday, July 4, 2008 at 9:15 p.m. Set yourselves up just about anywhere at the Westfield Valencia Town Center.
The Menu: Americana with a Twist
• Mojito Snowcones with a Splash of Mint
• Melon Gazpacho
• Churrasco Style "Gaucho Grill" Filet Mignon, Chicken and Leg of Lamb
• Grilled Veggie and Quinoa Salad
• Guaymas Rock Shrimp Scampi with Soba Noodles, Sun-dried Tomatoes, Garlic, Tequila and Roasted Pablano Chilies
Are you ready to party with a purpose? Are you ready to shop - and get a possible tax write-off to boot? Are you eager to step out into the warm Santa Clarita night, wearing cleats instead of heels?

Your next "date night" is only one phone call away, and it'll do more than lift your spirits - you'll also help ensure that 3,500 SCV kids have somewhere safe, educational and fun to go after school.
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Child & Family Center's Taste of the Town combines everything any well-respecting Santa Claritan desires: delicious eats (Most of us would consider the portion sizes distributed by the restaurants "samples." Of course, the handful of 45 year old women sporting their daughter's size-0 jeans would call them "my week's allotment of food.") and a much-craved opportunity to see and be seen (Especially the paint-on-jeans set.)
Have you ever wondered how one obtains a shiny license plate holder declaring that the possessor is a SCV Man or Woman of the Year? There are substantially hearty hoops (some lit on fire) that one must toss themselves through to qualify.
A brave new breed of Santa Claritan has entered the political scene. They are loud, motivated, loud, persistent, and, well, loud. We've always had some people like this in the Valley - adamant PTA moms, defensive small business owners, outspoken politicos, Bruce McFarland - but in recent months, these motivated characters have multiplied in number and have been making their presence especially well known. Their well-placed, well-projected comments have done much to get this little City of ours moving in the desired (or demanded) direction.
Newcomers to the SCV probably think our history begins and ends with planting tract houses on denuded ridges, complaining about Napoleonic HOA management and driving pre-teens to soccer practice. Don't hate these newbies for their ignorance. Sadly, the SCV's connection to Hollywood and cowboy culture remains hidden from many. Western luminaries from William S. Hart to Harry Carey have called the SCV home and even today we remain a key player in modern movie making.
So that's it, then. There'll be no more searching for Bobby Fischer.

Those wishing to find him need only visit the town of Selfoss, Iceland, where his body was laid to rest on January 21. In kidney disease, the undisputed king of U.S. chess - the erstwhile and enigmatic world champion from Brooklyn - finally met an opponent against whom he couldn't even force a draw. He tipped his king at age 64.
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It was a busy month for Santa Clarita: We had a new park to gloat about; a philanthropist to mock; famous people to swoon over; and community show-offs to congratulate. The run down...
Cruising the World with Soroptimist and "The Love Boat's" Captain Stubing
Gavin MacLeod of "Love Boat" fame will be the celebrity host of this year's Soroptimist International of Santa Clarita Valley's 33rd annual fund raising auction on Saturday, March 8 at the Hyatt.

The club promises an amazing evening of fun and entertainment, not withstanding the chance to dine with the Captain at the Captain's Table. There will also be an opportunity for VIP guests to participate in a bridge visit and photo session with the captain.
The hosted Captain's Reception will begin at 5 p.m. for boarding guests. They will have the opportunity to tour the "ship," visit various destinations and ports of call while participating in an opportunity drawing... then it's bon voyage.
Everyone's talking about health insurance. Whether it's dealing with rising costs at open enrollment time, listening to presidential candidates pitch their universal coverage plans, or learning about a health insurer's sneaky policy rescission tactics, healthcare is one of the most important issues of 2008.
Save the Date!
Saturday, March 1
COC Honors Wayne Crawford with the Silver Spur Community Service Award


The College of the Canyons Foundation Board of Directors will honor Crawford at the Globe Theatre located at Universal Studios. Crawford's exemplary record of community service includes the Crawford Fleming Invitational Golf Tournament, raising funds for the Sheila R. Veloz Breast Imaging Center; co-chairing the Boys & Girls Club Festival of Trees; and serving as chair of Carousel Ranch's capital campaign to raise $1.5 million.
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They say that clothes make the man. And while "they" didn't show themselves at Carousel Ranch's festive Santa Day in December, their on-target philosophy held true - at least in the case of some fine gents who showed up on a blistery-cold morning to help local special-needs kids have a dreamy day filled with snow play, delicious treats and presents.
Singles Night: January 10, 2008
7 p.m. at All Corked Up
InsideSCV Singles Night at All Corked Up - Here's your chance to meet someone special before Valentine's Day! Over 1,000 SCV singles have tried our free events. This casual, fun evening begins at 7 p.m.

All Corked Up
26340 Diamond Place, Santa Clarita
Phone: 799-7979
Ask any driver in the Santa Clarita Valley what they consider the worse road in town is and you are bound to hear a variety of names: Soledad and Sierra Highway, Bouquet Canyon intersection, Valencia Boulevard and Magic Mountain Parkway or any road currently under construction.
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Nothing says "Merry Christmas" like 30 seconds with Bruce and Gloria Fortine. The Santa look alike and his brilliant, adorably elfin wife were making like the Clauses at the Boys & Girls Club's Festival of Trees. Also on hand for the celebration of all things tinsel were Bob Hudson and his fashionista squeeze Margo. We wish a belated "Happy engagement!" to the pair.
While you're out shopping for last-minute gifts, won't you consider picking up a little something (like a can of soup, or a fax machine!) for Santa Clarita's non-profits that do so much for our community?
What? New Year's Eve is bearing down on you like a mail truck full of post-holiday bills and you still don't have plans? We know most New Year's resolutions last about as long as an SCV snowfall, but did you really put off last year's resolution to stop procrastinating? Time's running out and the most important party night of the year is bearing down mightily, not to mention snagging those important fiscal year 2007 tax deductions.
It's New Year's Eve in Santa Clarita and the sun has nearly completed its descent into the sea west of Ventura. Streetlights blink on across town and, as if on cue, cell phones start sounding off.

"Are you dressed yet?"

"Is the champagne on ice?"

The worldwide party that is New Year's Eve is about to visit the west coast and SCV residents are making their final plans.
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