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The SCV welcomes springtime!

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Posted: March 23, 2008 3:14 a.m.
Updated: May 24, 2008 5:02 a.m.

Big and bold gazanias are in bloom this week at Canyon Country Park as spring has arrived. Today marks the equinox, in ancient cultures often considered the arrival of spring. On modern calendars, Thursday officially was the first day of spring.

Yes, spring HAS sprung in the Santa Clarita Valley. The hills are a beautiful, beckoning green, wildflowers adorn the hillsides with a blaze of color. It is the most wonderful time of the year! Thursday marked the official start of spring, but we've been celebrating spring in the SCV now for a few lovely weeks.

Symphony's Family Concert
If you want to spend some quality family time together, and feel good about broadening your children's life experiences, the Santa Clarita Symphony's annual family concert - 5 p.m. Saturday, April 5 - is the perfect venue. This wonderful family concert will delight children of all ages. Featuring the "Carnival of Animals" by Camille Saint-Saens, this zoological program features 14 different movements - each one a different animal - from the first movement of "March of the Royal Lion" through portraits of elephants, donkeys and swans. Humorous verses, written by Ogden Nash, accompany each musical selection and will be performed by a special guest narrator. All seats are $20.

A special children's instrument petting zoo will follow the concert - where children will get "up close and personal" with real instruments and professional musicians.

For tickets visit

Chamber mixer in C.C.
One of the best SCV Chamber of Commerce mixers to date was held Wednesday at the College of the Canyons Canyon Country campus amphitheater. The beautiful facility hosted a "Taste of Canyon Country" which included a delightful array of wonderful food provided by area restaurants and served up by COC culinary students. Among those spotted in the crowd were Bob Kellar, Scott Wilk, Tom and Julianna Curtis, Carl Goldman, Ed Masterson, Jill Mellady, Craig Duswalt, Dennis Poore, John Pramik, Sue Bozman, Eric Harnish, Larry Mankin, Dianne Van Hook and a host of others.

Soroptimist club formed
Soroptimists of Greater Santa Clarita Valley It seems that it is nearly raining Soroptimists in the Santa Clarita Valley. A new Soroptimist Club has formed, Soroptimists of Greater Santa Clarita Valley, which takes its place next to its sister club, Soroptimists of Santa Clarita Valley. The officers of the new club, which has an official charter date of April 5, include: President Dora Zavala, vice president Annie Schwartz, treasurer Rhona Jukes, recording secretary Darlene Gandara, corresponding secretary Rose Chegwin, director of membership Kris Hough, director of programs and communication Tora Brown, director of special events Shelley Hann, parliamentarian Pam Ingram and membership ambassador Sue Reynolds. I understand a few "Soropti-misters" have also joined - those would be male members of the club! Soroptimist is an international organization of business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world.

Vine to Wine
One of my favorite events of the year is just around the corner - the Vine 2 Wine fundraiser for the Betty Ferguson Foundation. This swank event is held at the Bridgeport Lake Clubhouse - a truly enchanted location. There is limited seating, so you'll want to get your tickets ASAP. The event will be held 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 6. The event features wine tasting and an art sale. Tickets are $50 per person. For more information or to secure a ticket call (661) 702-8712. The Betty Ferguson Foundation was founded in 1998 by Judy Cox and Marjanne Priest to support the personal and professional growth of women and teen girls in the SCV. More: Visit

Michele E. Buttelman is the senior columnist of The Signal and manager/editor of the specialty publications division. She can be reached by e-mail at


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