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Community invited for open house

Posted: December 2, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 2, 2012 2:00 a.m.

It feels like the holidays doesn’t it? I’ve actually been able to wear my real cashmere scarf I purchased in Scotland in September!

Gold Star Tree

Community members are invited to join Mayor Pro Tem Bob Kellar and the Santa Clarita City Council for an open house reception honoring the families of Gold Star Soldiers on Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the first floor lobby of City Hall. The open house will pay tribute to Santa Clarita Gold Star families, who are commemorated on a holiday tree in the lobby of City Hall. The tree was part of the annual Festival of Trees fundraising event for the Boys & Girls Club of the Santa Clarita Valley. The evening will include comments from Kellar at 6:45 p.m. and light refreshments.

Kudos to the sponsors of The Gold Star Tree: Kellar and the City of Santa Clarita, Larry Rasmussen, the Auto Dealers Association and Gary Condie.

Cowboys and Carols

One of my favorite events, Cowboys and Carols. Come celebrate William S. Hart’s birthday with the Western-bebop style concert performed by Cow Bop in the William S. Hart Museum on Saturday. Guests will relax in Bill Hart’s living room amongst his amazing collection of Western artwork and Native American artifacts while you listen to Cow Bop’s sweet and hot vocals with acoustic Western sensibilities. Light refreshments will be provided and tours through the Hart Museum, fully resplendent in stunning holiday decorations. Be sure not to miss this special live performance inside the iconic 1920’s era silent film star’s Mansion. Tickets are $45 each. Visit or call 661-222-9542.

‘The Nutcracker’

Another can’t-miss SCV favorite is the annual production of Santa Clarita Ballet’s celebrated production of “The Nutcracker.” This production has more heart and soul then just about “famous professional” production I’ve ever seen.

Follow Marie and her Nutcracker to the magical land of snow and sugar plums. It really is a fun-filled enchanted evening the whole family can enjoy with professional guest artists, exquisite costumes and the recognizable composition by Peter Tchaikovsky.

I know families that have been coming to this ballet for years. It is really a family and holiday tradition. The ballet is performed at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. For tickets, call 661-362-5304.

Toys for the Holidays

Get into the spirit of the season and help spread some holiday cheer. Six Flags Magic Mountain will offer free admission to anyone bringing a new, unwrapped toy valued at $20 or more to the theme park on Dec. 8 and 9 for the annual Toys for the Holidays toy drive. A price tag and/or receipt should accompany the toy. In the more than 26 years since Six Flags Magic Mountain has been implementing toy drives, more than 500,000 toys have been collected for Southland youngsters making it one of the single most successful long-running holiday toy drive campaigns in the United States. All toys collected during this year’s four-day event will be distributed with the help of UPS to thousands of children through local charities including the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern California. Six Flags Magic Mountain is located at 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia, For information visit

Help GVHS Band

The Golden Valley High School marching band, jazz band and color guard are raising funds to help keep their programs going. The goal is to raise $2,000 with a Goodwill donation fundraiser, but it will only be possible if they can fill an entire Goodwill donation truck.

Donations are being sought of clothes, small household items, shoes, blankets and jackets. If the truck is filled with boxes and bags of donations to earn the maximum funds.

Drop off donations in the Student Parking Lot in front of Band Room on Saturday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 9, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (final drop off).

Michele E. Buttelman is the features and entertainment editor of The Signal. She can be reached by email at Follow SCV Scene on Facebook and on Twitter @SCVScene.



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