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Positive outlook key to longevity for Julia Jay

The band is playing, people are cheering and Julia Jay of Valencia is clapping along at her 100th birthday at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center. Dressed in a snappy red suit, Jay, who turned the century mark on Oct. 16, blew out her candles with ease and seemed genuinely surprised at all the fuss.

November 09, 2009 | By Michelle Sathe Signal Senior Staff Writer | Senior Living


Wishbone for Pets to grant pets happy holidays

Wish lists for pet rescues are lengthy: Soft, warm beds for the kennels. Food, treats, and toys. Collars and leashes. Funds to keep the doors open.

November 08, 2009 | By Michelle Sathe Signal Senior Staff Writer | Signal Lifestyle


Filmmaker leaves ‘Mark’ with documentary

As a child, Diane Israel's home life was unmanageable - clinically depressed mother, mentally disabled brother and a domineering father who pushed her to the emotional brink.

November 06, 2009 | By Michelle Sathe Signal Senior Staff Writer | Healthy Living


Alden ‘rocks the denim’

Party like a rock star? How about dress like a rock star - and help talented bands find their way to the spotlight at the same time.

November 01, 2009 | By Michelle Sathe Signal Senior Staff Writer | Signal Lifestyle


Fired up for Red Brick

Honestly, pizza doesn't really ring my chimes. Dough, tomato sauce, cheese...yawn. Usually, I just eat the cheesy, saucy part and leave the soppy crust behind.

October 30, 2009 | By Michele Sathe Foodie | Food and Fun


Seniors live, laugh, love together

From pit bulls to poodle skirts, no topic is too hot for the participants of "Live, Laugh, Love," a weekly group that meets at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center.

October 26, 2009 | By Michelle Sathe Signal Senior Staff Writer | Senior Living


Tai Chi Chuan — gentle, poetic, effective

They move as if one, a half dozen actors from a silent, slow-motion kung fu movie. Arms unfurl into graceful characters, while legs pivot the torso to the next scene.

October 19, 2009 | By Michelle Sathe Signal Senior Staff Writer | Senior Living


Latin mix at La Rumba

In the mood for something Latin, but not quite sure what? Mexican, Cuban, Peruvian? Any of those caliente cravings can be satisfied at La Rumba Latin Mix in Saugus.

October 16, 2009 | By Michelle Sathe Foodie | Food and Fun


A survivor’s message of hope

At 41, Kim Smith had it all - loving family, flourishing career, and a body so fine, she was a regular model in "Shape" magazine.

October 16, 2009 | By Michelle Sathe Signal Senior Staff Writer | Healthy Living


It’s all in the ‘family’ at senior home

It was just about lunchtime when the impromptu dance broke out.

October 12, 2009 | By Michelle Sathe Signal Senior Staff Writer | Senior Living


Shelter dogs given new leash on life

Bonnie and Clyde were lucky to make a getaway. Instead of being gunned down by cops, the brother and sister miniature pinscher-Manchester terrier mixes were waiting on death row at the Baldwin Park shelter before being rescued by New Leash on Life.

October 11, 2009 | By Michelle Sathe Signal Senior Staff Writer | Signal Lifestyle


Get some Grill Kabob

In a valley of franchised fast food, authentic ethnic joints like Grill Kabob often get overlooked.

October 09, 2009 | Michelle Sathe | Food and Fun


Home, safe home: Handyworker program

The stairs were becoming a problem for Jennifer Duke and her husband Errol Adams. Too steep for her multiple sclerosis, the shaky railing unsafe for his cognitive disability.

October 05, 2009 | By Michelle Sathe Signal Senior Writer | Senior Living


Social Distortion still rocks

Though he looks more like a '50s auto mechanic than a modern-day punk rocker, Mike Ness still has the chops and the heart to keep fans young and old clamoring for more.

October 02, 2009 | Michelle Sathe Signal Senior Staff Writer | Food and Fun


'Vozdu' creates suspense

Most workouts don't advocate just hanging around.

October 02, 2009 | By Michelle Sathe Signal Senior Writer | Healthy Living


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