The year was 1958. Christmas was just around the corner. I was 17, a senior in high school and vice president of my class.
"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.
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.
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.
Local photographer Doug Meek captures the magic of the holidays in a Saugus home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learning more than just reading, writing and arithmetic, Fair Oaks Community School students learned character as they worked to donate gifts to local nonprofits.
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.
What is that I hear? The snow is coming near.
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Golfers everywhere should know
"Blushing Colors of the Season" by local artist Zony Gordon.
"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere." – Albert Einstein
When I became pregnant with my first child, I was married and working. I enjoyed going to work.
"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.
Local photographer Jimmy Iniguez captures the glow of a rainy day over Six Flags Magic Mountain.
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.
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.
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.
Tackle this quad-busting workout in four moves.
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!
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.
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.
Some seniors we know have the blues
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.