Family Time
November, 2011 - Issue #85
Costume pictured here was selected from A Chorus Line.
Costume pictured here was selected from A Chorus Line.
Is there anything cuter than little kids dressed in their Halloween finest? (Yes. It's the look of surprise that children get when they see Daddy dressed up as a mummy. Priceless!) There's still time to get your ghoulish hands on the best Halloween costumes and accessories in Santa Clarita.

A Chorus Line's extensive collection of styles and sizes - plus hard-to-find wigs and accessories - is sure to impress even the grumpiest of monsters; 253-0300

Drop in and Stitch for Free
Get comfy, sit, stitch and socialize from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays at Creative U Studios. Share your projects with friends old and new while making progress on your holiday knits; 260-0800

Now is the Time to Create Heirloom holiday Gifts
Are you looking for inspiration? At Stitch Cafe, the fall issues of ALL Knit Simple, Crochet Today, and the new magazine Knit Wear have all arrived. These idea-generating reads join a collection of new patterns from Chic Knits and books from Sublime. Combined with a huge shipment of yummy yarns, there's no reason not to stop in and start knitting. You can even learn how to dye your own yarn. The "Cotton" class will be held on Saturday, October 29 and the "Wool" class will be held on Saturday, November 26; 818-980-1234

New Events for All Ages at Scratch Golf
The new, high-tech indoor golf experience is expanding its services to the community. New Scratch Golf events include "Ladies
Beginner & Social Golf Evenings" (a laid-back group of women who want to learn how to play while also having fun with friends), a men's golf league (Guys play great courses, like Pebble Beach, on state-of-the-art simulators.), "Dine & Golf" (an adult night out where couples first play a little golf while enjoying cocktails and hor d'oueveres, then dinner at a local restaurant) and no shortage of lessons and leagues for kids; 775-0578

SCV Schools want your
Support on Measure E

Voters in the Newhall School District will be asked in November to approve a $60 million bond to upgrade school facilities. The bond, Measure E, is technically an extension of an earlier bond approved by voters in 1999. Property tax assessments for homeowners would remain at current levels if the new measure passes.

Board members Christy Smith and Mike Shapiro are co-chairing the bond campaign. All 10 schools in the district, which serves Newhall, most of Valencia, Stevenson Ranch and Westridge will benefit from the bond funds, says Smith.

"Measure E would provide technology upgrades on every campus," Smith says. "Energy improvements would save the school district money on utilities."

Other improvements include replacing and repairing portables on some of the campuses; repairing or replacing deteriorated roofs, lighting and electrical systems; and providing first-class science labs at all schools in the district.

The measure would also provide the funds necessary to renovate the auditorium at Newhall Elementary School. Built in 1941 as a WPA project, the auditorium is currently used as storage space. Once restored, the district would use the building for large group instruction and fine arts programming for students and the entire community.

Measure E will benefit residents with or without children in the Newhall District, says Superintendent Marc Winger.

"This is good for our schools, but it's also good for property owners. We are proud of our high-performing and well-maintained schools and we want to keep the facilities up with the demands of a modern and balanced instructional program," Winger said. "Our success in this bond extension effort and the quality of our schools will continue to contribute to high property values in the district."

Residents will vote on the measure on November 8.
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