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Posted: October 8, 2008 3:17 p.m.
Updated: December 9, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Business Expo officials expect 5,000 attendees
The Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce expects the 24th Annual Home & Business Expo to draw more than 5,000 locals and visitors this weekend.

The event at College of the Canyons provides networking opportunities for the valley's business community.

The weekend starts with a Taste of the Expo from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. The cost is $20 and includes 10 food tickets. The Home & Business Expo is open to the public 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

The weekend includes live entertainment, DJs, fashion shows, and 120 booths including more than 25 local restaurants, caterers, and wine establishment booths.

The outdoor pavilion will present non-profit organizations from around Santa Clarita and with plenty of entertainment and things to do for kids.

The SCV Chamber of Commerce hosts this annual event to help promote its local businesses and stimulate the local economy. It is the chamber's largest event of the year.

Fore more information, visit

Weight Watchers fighting hunger and obesity
Weight Watchers in Newhall is participating in a nationwide effort to fight hunger and obesity.

The Weight Watchers "Lose for Good" program was created to empower people to get healthier while also giving back to others in need.

Now through Oct. 18, for every pound lost by Weight Watchers members at the Newhall location will donate the cost of one pound of food, said Shereelynn Manlangit of Weight Watchers in Newhall.
The funds will go to Share Our Strength, which works to make sure no child in America grows up hungry, and Action Against Hunger, which helps feed people in troubled parts of the world.

Weight Watchers is also rallying its vast community by encouraging local employees and members to participate in local food drives.

Right now, members in Santa Clarita and Newhall are collecting food for the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry, and so far they've collected enough food to line the Weight Watchers Center walls with non-perishable goods, said Manlangit.

"With the currently economy, we know food banks are struggling to meet the heightened demand of food, and our members are truly using this campaign to make their loss someone else's gain," she said.
To join the Lose for Good campaign visit

City offers emergency notifications via text messaging
The City of Santa Clarita offers a new e-Alert system that sends local emergency notifications via text messaging. Residents can text "SCEMERGENCY" to 41411 or enter their phone numbers in the "Text Message Alerts" subscription box at to receive these text updates.
The city will use this system strictly during emergencies.

"As Santa Clarita approaches the one year anniversaries of the I-5 Tunnel Accident and the Buckweed Wild Fire, the City has implemented this system that allows residents to sign-up for text services so that in the event of an emergency, subscribers will then automatically receive emergency related text alerts," said Frank Ferry, Mayor Pro-tem.

Standard phone provider texting fees will apply to the e-Alert system. For more information, email


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