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November, 2023 - Issue #225
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"If you haven't scheduled your semi-annual cleaning and checkup with your family dentist, NOW IS THE TIME. If you do need a filling or other treatment, you'll want to have ample opportunity to book that appointment, too, before the calendar year ends and you lose the opportunity to take full advantage of your dental insurance coverage for 2023. Don't wait - the best dentists are very busy this time of year!" Dr. Marvin Tong, DDS 268-6284


"I want to share my experience with the Santa Clarita School of Performing Arts. My daughter, Michela, is 12 years old. She found an announcement for the Santa Clarita School of Performing Arts Fashion Show at Macy's and begged me to apply. We live in Washington, DC, so I thought she was joking at first. Flying out to California for a fashion show? Then I got a call from the owner of SCSOPA, Mike. His enthusiasm and passion for his school was so evident that he inspired us to take the plunge and book a flight. Mike allowed Michela to take several free classes when we visited. From learning how to walk in a fashion show from a real pageant winner, to Improv and Acting classes, she threw herself in and everyone made her feel at home. It is clear that the Santa Clarita School of Performing Arts is a family with everyone rooting for each other. It is a true melting pot with actors of all shapes, sizes, ages, ethnicities, colors and creeds. We signed up for their unlimited package so she can take as many classes as she wants. Best of all, whenever she has an audition, we are able to work with the school and arrange for a fantastic acting coach to run lines with her and give her feedback. The very first audition we worked on, she booked! The staff is super responsive, professional and a joy to work with. Thank you, Mike and SCSOPA, for helping launch Michela's career!"
- The Zanini Family
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This Event will Sell Out!
Book your Private Pancake Breakfast with Santa Now

Each year, Gilchrist Farm's private Pancake Breakfast with Santa grows more and more popular - because it's become a sweet local tradition that brings big smiles to children and adults alike.
For only $20 for children and $25 for adults, Pancake Breakfast guests enjoy early entry to Gilchrist Farm's Holidays at the Farm, private entry to the Festive Petting Zoo, a reserved spot for the adorable Holiday Parade, the chance to write a letter to Santa and - of course - breakfast! Your crew will nosh on pancakes, all the toppings, coffee and orange juice while Santa mingles, tells stories and takes pictures with your whole group.
There's very limited space available, so book this memorable experience now. Dates available include December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17 and 23 from 8am to 10am. Log on for tickets.
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Learn How to Give Local Children a Safe Home for the Holidays on October 19
Children's Bureau is seeking foster families and now offers two virtual ways for individuals and/or couples to learn how to help children in foster care while reunifying with birth families or how to provide legal permanency by adoption. If you or someone you know may be interested in learning more about becoming a foster or foster-adopt parent, join Children's Bureau on October 19th from 4pm to 5pm for an online virtual orientation. 289-4231

Join your Neighbors for Make a Difference Day on Saturday, October 28
Your family can volunteer for various projects that benefit local organizations and make a difference in our community as The City of Santa Clarita joins communities across the country for "Make A Difference Day," a national day of community service.
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Treat the Kids to Santa Clarita Advanced Dentistry's Halloween Candy Buy Back for Operation Gratitude on November 1
How's this for a day-after Halloween treat!? Your kids can win prizes - and earn $1 per pound of candy donated - while playing games and meeting local troops. Support soldiers abroad with your donation while saving teeth and tummies from too much sugar!
Santa Clarita Advanced Dentistry 259-4474

Celebrate 20 Years of Scholarships at the Last Jacob Anthony Zamora Memorial Sporting Clay Shoot on November 18
In the last decade, the Jacob Zamora Memorial Foundation has awarded over $70,000 in college scholarships to SCV high school seniors. On November 18, help raise funds for our community's CHP Explorer Program, local scholarships for SCV high school students and support for families coping with tragedies. In Jacob Zamora's short but remarkable life, he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and dreamed of becoming a CHP officer. His family and friends are grateful for your support in helping dedicated students achieve their goals.
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Grab your Pup & Head to the American Cancer Society's Bark for Life Happy Halloween Fundraiser on October 29
Celebrate howl-o-ween with your dog at the American Cancer Society's fundraiser, Bark for Life, presented by Relay For Life of the Santa Clarita Valley. The event is held on Sunday, October 29, from 10am to 2pm at the Canyon Country Community Center - and it's going to be a boo-tiful day!
Bark for Life honors our canine companions and celebrates the healing role of our dogs as they relieve stress and lift our spirits. The family-friendly event features music, vendors, food trucks, a photo booth, games, contests - including a costume parade with many categories of winners and a peanut butter lick off! - and raffles. In-person registration begins at 9:30am. Guests can register one dog for $15; it's $10 for each additional dog. Online registration is available, too. Registration includes a free goody bag and guests without a dog are free to come and enjoy all the activities at no charge.
Celebrate canine companionship and support the American Cancer Society at this nationwide event for ACS that's a paws-itively fun kick-off event for Relay For Life of Santa Clarita Valley, to be held on May 4, 2024 at Central Park. All funds raised support research, and local services for cancer patients and survivors.
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