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Best Christmas ever

The year was 1958. Christmas was just around the corner. I was 17, a senior in high school and vice president of my class.

December 21, 2014 | By William “Bill” Blowers Newhall Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

The very worst Christmas, ever

"Mom, look at this one!" my three young children insisted, as they held up yet another gift from under the Christmas tree. They couldn't understand my lack of interest.

December 21, 2014 | By Judy Pittman Canyon Country Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

Happy holidays, Mom

In the dream I had for years and years, my children and my mom were drowning. I could only save one of them, and I chose to die, too. It was love without preference.

December 21, 2014 | By Anne Marie Whalley Canyon Country Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

How did the 1994 Northridge Earthquake affect you?

I was very young, but it didn't take a mature understanding of the world to recognize complete devastation. As we pushed through the kitchen by candlelight, my mother methodically repeated, "Be careful, be careful," as if to distract herself from the wreckage by focusing on our safety. But the danger was over, and we were safe.

December 21, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Features Editor | COMMUNITY

Seen Around SCV

Local photographer Doug Meek captures the magic of the holidays in a Saugus home.

December 21, 2014 | Photo by Doug Meek | COMMUNITY

Celebrities serve breakfast to homeless children

In its fifth year, the Combat Radio Christmas Event for Homeless Children gathers about 300 local children, a Santa Claus, heaps of donated presents, tons of tiny Christmas trees and a room full of celebrities at Salt Creek Grille for a fancy breakfast on Christmas morning.

December 21, 2014 | By Signal Staff Photos Courtesy of Combat Radio | COMMUNITY

Doctor Santa Claus

In December 1963, four months after my second child Cheryl Ann was born, my husband Ken and I closed escrow on our first home in Canyon country, which was considered part of Saugus at that time. It was a brand new three bedroom home in upper North Oaks.

December 21, 2014 | By Bess Barber Newhall Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

The Signal’s Holiday Lights Tour 2014

The Santa Clarita Valley has long been a festive community, celebrating the season with superior light displays and true holiday cheer. During this year's Holiday Lights Tour, these sparkling spectaculars did not disappoint.

December 21, 2014 | Photos by Bobby Aholt Multimedia Journalist | COMMUNITY

Church Party Brings Joy to DCFS Children

The Santa Clarita Valley Church of Christ made the holidays brighter for hundreds of children under the care of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) during its annual Christmas party last Saturday.

December 21, 2014 | By Carol Stevenson Stevenson Ranch Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

Fair Oak school gives back

Learning more than just reading, writing and arithmetic, Fair Oaks Community School students learned character as they worked to donate gifts to local nonprofits.

December 21, 2014 | By Signal Staff | COMMUNITY

Albert Einstein students, Home Instead support seniors

All Albert Einstein Academy Elementary students must complete 10 community service hours per year, so AEA parents are always on the lookout for rewarding opportunities within the community.

December 21, 2014 | By Rebecca Feuerman Valencia Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

Santa Is Just A Fantasy

What is that I hear? The snow is coming near.

December 21, 2014 | By Jeanne Wray Valencia Community Contributor | COMMUNITY


Each week, Our Community will feature a new visual SCV moment. Post to Instagram using #scvlife and tag @signalscv for a chance to appear in the section.

December 21, 2014 | By Signal Staff | COMMUNITY

I’m Tellin’ You Why

Golfers everywhere should know

December 21, 2014 | By Richard Myers Valencia Community Contributor | COMMUNITY


"Blushing Colors of the Season" by local artist Zony Gordon.

December 21, 2014 | Photo by Zony Gordon | COMMUNITY

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Articles By Author - Signal

Setting the stage for Santa Clarita’s arts master plan

"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere." – Albert Einstein

March 30, 2015 | By Councilman Dante Acosta City of Santa Clarita | COMMUNITY

Never a day without ‘I love you, Mom’

When I became pregnant with my first child, I was married and working. I enjoyed going to work.

March 29, 2015 | By Anne Marie Whalley Canyon Country Community Contributor | COMMUNITY


"A Bright Picture" by local artist Zony Gordon depicts a calm rural landscape and beautiful tree. Gordon is a contemporary impressionist artist who uses watercolor and mixed media to represent beautiful natural scenes. She is also a board member and past president of the Santa Clarita Artists Association.

March 29, 2015 | Photo by Zony Gordon Stevenson Ranch Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

Seen Around SCV

Local photographer Jimmy Iniguez captures the glow of a rainy day over Six Flags Magic Mountain.

March 29, 2015 | Photo by Jimmy Iniguez | COMMUNITY

Organization inspires women to achieve dreams for Women’s History Month

James Brown gyrated his classic song to fame in 1966 with the lyrics: "This is a man's world, this is a man's world.

March 29, 2015 | By Robin Clough Saugus Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

Movies Opening

Get Hard

March 27, 2015 | Signal | Articles

‘Spamalot’ and ‘The Three Musketeers’ hold court at the Canyon Theatre Guild

If you need a little reminder to "always look on the bright side of life," this meta-theatrical blast of British balderdash will have you grinning from the first cantankerous cow to the last bubonic plague lampoon. The sublimely-silly "Monty Python's Spamalot" is holding court at the Canyon Theatre Guild through May 2.

March 26, 2015 | Signal | Articles

SCV Says: 'Awesometown' or not?

When local Facebook group Santa Clarita Community posed the question, "Should Valencia drop Awesometown?," more than 190 people voted "Yes" while 24 opposed. Check out some of the standout comments from this candid community poll.

March 24, 2015 | By Signal Staff | Silhouette

Spring your body into summer shape

Tackle this quad-busting workout in four moves.

March 24, 2015 | By Ellen Como Owner/Inventor of BalaCore | Silhouette

Put the spring back in your skin with these 5 foods

Even though we love that Cali sun, days in the constant heat can inevitably take a toll on our bodies. This spring, eat these five foods to protect your skin from UV damage - and even help delay the signs of aging!

March 24, 2015 | By McKenzie Hall Registered Dietician, Co-founder of NourishRDs | Silhouette

Expert says: What to do with ex problems

Dear Tracy,

March 24, 2015 | Response by Tracy Taris Tracy Taris, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist | Silhouette

Local boy is ‘shining prospect’ in basketball

On February 7 and 8, Santa Clarita seventh-grade Rio Norte student and Santa Clarita resident Noah Veluzat took his basketball talents to the West Coast Elite Jr. All American camp in Southern California.

March 22, 2015 | Submitted by Daniel Veluzat | COMMUNITY

What about desert cats!

We've seen articles about the plight of desert dogs, but what about desert cats? True, they aren't as visible as desert dogs - and for very good reason.

March 22, 2015 | By Pat Willett Newhall Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

Forget Me Knot

Some seniors we know have the blues

March 22, 2015 | By Richard Myers Valencia Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

The Slaters: A family that shows up and steps in – every day

Editor's note: This is the first in a weekly series of family stories, legacies and love. Look for a different family highlighted each week, and we look forward to hearing your own family story.

March 22, 2015 | By Mark Slater Saugus Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

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