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Michele E. Buttelman: Dancing with our Stars returns in April

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Posted: December 11, 2010 11:20 p.m.
Updated: December 12, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Are you ready for Christmas yet? The New Year? Have you visited Santa? Have you seen all the glorious holiday decor around the Santa Clarita Valley? Look for The Signal’s Holiday Light Tour Escape edition on Friday where you’ll find all the best places to view the beauty of the holidays.

Dancing returns
The third annual Dancing with our Stars fundraiser will be held April 2 at the Odyssey Restaurant in Granada Hills. Following the lead of the Zonta Club of the Santa Clarita Valley and the Canyon Theatre Guild among others, the organizers of the event have chosen to locate the dance competition to raise money for SCV nonprofits at the Odyssey, which is just over the hill from the SCV.

I applaud the decision to hold the event at the Odyssey, which has great food and enough room to accommodate everyone who wants to attend.

The event has been sold out at both previous venues, the Hyatt Regency Valencia and the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City.

It would be nice to have an indoor venue in the SCV that could accommodate large events like Dancing with our Stars, but until that happens, it is more important to be able to raise as much money as possible for each nonprofit, and that means having a large enough venue to accommodate everyone who wants to attend.

Dancing nonprofits
The nonprofits chosen to benefit from the Dancing with our Stars event this year are SCV Senior Center, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, College of The Canyons, Soroptimist International of Greater SCV, American Red Cross, LARC Ranch, Carousel Ranch, American Diabetes Association, Canyon Theatre Guild, SCV Emergency Winter Shelter, Domestic Violence Center of SCV, Cystic Fibrosis, Single Mothers Outreach and Family Promise of SCV.

The names of the dancers paired with the nonprofits have not yet been released, but I understand that dancers will include Shelley Hann, Dora Zavala, Gloria Mercado-Fortine, Dana Sachs, Lori Blumenthal, Aja Alexander, Nancy Gump, DaAnne Smith, Diane Blair and Laurie Ender.

Indie film project needs support
Ramon Hamilton, executive director of the SCV Film Festival, is asking the SCV to support his latest film project: “Underdogs — The Story of a Successful Public School.” His fundraising efforts have begun and he is using Kickstarter to help reach his first goal.

Visit to pledge what you can and to find out what your support means. Any donation is appreciated, said Hamilton. For more information, call (661) 600-6320, e-mail or visit

Doug Jones on screen
Canyon Country resident and film star Doug Jones is now appearing as the Lightning Bolt in the Jimmy Dean Breakfast Bowl Commercial. I’ve seen that commercial 100 times and never realized that the Lightning Bolt was Jones. Way to go Dougie! Also, for Doug Jones fans: “The Candy Shop” — a finalist in The Doorpost Film Project, an online film competition. Watch and vote for the audience choice award, visit; “The Butterfly Circus” — last year’s winner of The Doorpost film competition is now on DVD at; “Sudden Death!”

Finally, a musical where everyone dies. Own the short film DVD and the music soundtrack on CD


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