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There are just some things you grow to count on in the movin' and shakin' world of Santa Clarita. Dessert in the Hyatt ballroom will always taste like cheesecake, even if it's called Peach Flan Fondue. Cheri and Don Fleming will always be the first to leave an event so that Don can get his beauty sleep. And Shelley Hann's hair will always be longer than Bob Hudson's bar tab. Except that Hann turned our world of truisms upside down on New Year's Eve at Tournament Players Club when she arrived without her signature uber-long strands.
If you have reason to visit the Providence Holy Cross Health Center in Valencia anytime soon, you're going to catch an interesting sight inside the center's main lobby. You're going to see 16 pieces of very special art, created by very special people for a very special cause. The art pieces represent the best of a wealth of pieces created by nearly 150 children from Santa Clarita's Sulpher Springs School District as part of the newly-formed Art of Healing program.
Love. We all want it. More addictive than illegal narcotics and tougher to find, love is the most intense emotion. From the roller coaster ride of a budding romance to the favorite-jeans feel of a long-established relationship, love has led to wars, dethroned kings and inspired poems. Without love our world would be as gray as cloudy winter's day. Love confounds us. We celebrate Saint Valentine's Day, but scholars aren't sure which Saint Valentine prompted the holiday. The origins are shrouded in mystery like love itself; we can't describe how to create love any more than we can explain how to dream. For something everyone has experienced love is awfully puzzling.
With food this good, you'll wish that Cupid's mandatory meal out came more than once a year.

Yummy "to-go" call-ahead breakfasts Jodi's Breakfast Burrito (scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage or chorrizo, potatoes, cheese and black beans with sides of sour cream, guacamole and salsa). Abbey Lane Cafe is located at 25810 West Hemingway Avenue in Stevenson Ranch; 661-254-3090
Singles Night - February 7, 2007
7pm at the Roast House
Cupid might strike early this year if you attend our popular singles events! Join the fun at the Roast House as over 100 fantastic singles mix and mingle while enjoying appetizer and drink specials, live music and more.

Roast House
26532 Bouquet Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, 91350
661-296-3866
What can $10 buy you these days? Perhaps lunch, or coffee for a couple of days, or maybe a few gallons of gas. It seems like an almost insignificant amount of money when measured against everyday living expenses. But $10 goes a long way at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, which offers a wide array of services designed to help more than 30,000 local seniors maintain their independence, dignity and quality of life. So, it's not surprising why the center's annual campaign currently under way is named $10 Bucks to a Better Future.
It's Friday evening and you're thumbing through the local movie theater listings. Nothing new there - a pair of predictable sequels, another inane romantic comedy and a handful of big-on-the-budget, small-on-the-story "blockbusters" you'd rather wait to catch on DVD. Disappointed, you set the paper aside and resign yourself to another Friday-night pilgrimage to Blockbuster or worse, another night sacrificed on the altar of cable or satellite TV. But it doesn't have to end like this.
It's the new year! Time to get back into the swing of things and make a resolution to enjoy delicious meals out on the town at the many fine Santa Clarita Valley restaurants listed below. This month's selections will make your mouth water; dine on!
At this time of year we joyfully revel in tradition. Decorating a tree, sharing a family meal, singing carols; they're all part of the season. But the carols were written long ago. This is the 21st century. Our modern world has lost the meaning of those songs from bygone eras. Look at "The Twelve Days of Christmas." In our super-sized society, it's unlikely any lords, much less 10 of them, will leap any appreciable distance. And no one gives birds as gifts anymore. Geese? Not only does the humane society recommend against animal gifts, but have you looked at a modern SCV tract house lot lately?
Yeah, there were plenty of photogenic people who attended the Boys & Girls Club's Festival of Trees this year, but the award for "best dressed" didn't go to any of them; it went to the stars of the fest: the trees. Still, since this column is called "Movers & Shakers," we figured that the tree closest to our theme was the Loose Goose/RSVP wine tree. See, after you partake in its grapey goodness, you'll be a'movin' and a'shakin'. Ha! Ha?
New Year's Eve is the most important date night of the year. It's more than just the lead-in to scratching out "2006" on your checks for the next few weeks; it measures your success as a social animal. If you only go out once this year, New Year's Eve is a must. Don't spend another New Year's Eve watching tape-delayed coverage of Ryan Seacrest describing a bunch of shivering New Yorkers crowded into Times Square as some gaudy trinket slides down a pole. Let's try to start 2007 with something that won't have us mumbling into our sleeves when friends ask how we spent this most important of date nights.
Singles Night - January 11, 2007
7pm at Robinson Ranch
Here are the specials for the singles event:
• $9 Appetizers - Coconut Shrimp Skewers, Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms, and Baby Back Ribs
• $6 Wine Specials
• $6 Apple Martinis and Cosmos
• $5 A large variety of On-Tapped Beers

Robinson Ranch
27734 Sand Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, 91387
661-252-8484
The holidays are a wonderful to time give and finding the perfect present for your loved one is a good feeling. While in the holiday mood, it is a good time to look at the many nonprofits in the community. Volunteers are always the number-one-requested item on a nonprofit's wish list, but if time restraints are a problem for you, there are other things you can do to help these hard-working organizations. Toy drives and canned food donations are a common sight during the holiday season and residents of Santa Clarita are a giving group. The SCV Food Pantry, for example, receives 40 percent of their goods for the entire year during the months of November and December, according to Executive Director Belinda Crawford. "We have many individuals in this community who are grateful for what they have and they also realize there are those in the community who are in need," Crawford said. "You think we are an affluent community, but there are pockets of poverty."
There is plenty of holiday entertainment this season at some of Santa Clarita's local venues. Beginning with the ever-popular Nutcracker Ballet to some funny and heartwarming plays, the spirit of the season will come alive for everyone in the family.
It seems that the politicos are out in full force. Case in point: the Boy Scouts' Leaders of Character dinner sponsored by Total Financial Solutions. SCV council peeps like Bob Kellar and Cameron Smyth were there with "Last Boy Scout" Wayne Crawford (He has his own tractor!) and honoree Kevin "I've worked for the Dodgers and The Master's College and now I own a fancy car dealership with a hall of famer!" Malone (somewhere, an over-achiever feels shame).
Get a jump on the holiday season and a few inspirational ideas by wandering through four spectacularly decorated homes as the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Home Tour League kicks off the holiday with its annual Holiday Home Tour. This year's theme, "A Holiday Renaissance," will mark the 26th anniversary of the event and the celebration of more than 100 homes that have participated over the years.
Mac's Project, Inc. has announced its "Recycle for Life" program and the collection of aluminum, plastic and glass beverage containers. Proceeds from recycling efforts will raise money to benefit area children being treated at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and their families. By donating your recyclable beverage containers to the program, businesses are not only donating for the benefit of our area children but are doing something about our environment and helping to keep California beautiful.
Perhaps the best way to describe the Boys & Girls Club's Festival of Trees is to say that spending time there is like spending time inside your favorite Christmas card. And it's accurate to say that the families who have made the festival such an endearing part of their winter celebration don't just come to sample a taste of the holidays. They come to feast. They come for a holiday immersion and that's precisely what they get. First, the eyes are overwhelmed; more than 100 trees are on display, all meticulously decorated by some of the area's most inspired and creative artists. There are wreaths and table displays, and many of the trees themselves are fashioned as part of a vignette - a unique theme bound only by the imagination of the artist.
Cliche-speaking, a picture is worth a thousand words, but on November 5, they'll be worth some quested-after ribbons and much-needed funds to boot. The Santa Clarita Valley's Photographers Association will be hosting their fifth annual Photo Expo and Fall Print Competition at the Hyatt from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and this year's event brings multiple cultural and practical learning opportunities with it.
To doctors, it's known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, ALS for short. To most people, it's known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. But to ALS patients and their loved ones, the disease is known more for what it inflicts than by what it is called. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Over time, it robs patients of muscle coordination and physical mobility, while usually leaving their minds intact.
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