Monty struts around his pen, his magnificent feathers and broad chest puffed out. Call his name, and Monty responds with a hearty gobble, making him a favorite at The Gentle Barn farm animal sanctuary in Canyon Country.
Michael Meyer, 3, has the time of his life, tossing a squishy ball into a small plastic shopping basket. Michael, who has Down syndrome, is also learning in the process.
They came for tea, laughs and understanding. More than 60 cancer survivors attended the American Cancer Society Survivor's Tea held recently at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center in Newhall, where volunteers from the SCV chapter of ACS transformed a classroom into an elegant dining room, complete with white linen tablecloths. Guests dined on finger sandwiches, fruit and scones and enjoyed an assortment of hot and iced teas as they commiserated about their cancer experiences. ...
Staci Mickelson was new to Castaic and new to being a mother in 2010. With two children under age 2 and a baby on the way, Mickelson, a former entertainment industry assistant who originally hails from Iowa, sometimes struggled in her role as a stay-at-home mom. "My husband was gone for 12 hours a day; and sometimes, I just felt so alone," Mickelson said. "I don't have family here. I was ready to leave California." ...
If he had it to do all over again, James Gilbert would have made one different choice in his life. He would have had a colonoscopy sooner.
When it came to making a donation for the Santa Clarita Emergency Winter Shelter, the knitting group at Canyon Country Senior Apartments decided to go green.
What do you do if you have 45 minutes to come up with a cupcake made from convenience store items?
They came from as far as Fontana and Long Beach, lured by the news of bridal cupids giving away free wedding gowns.
Bonny was having a bad hair day until she went to Dogs Etc. in Newhall for her regular grooming appointment. The little dog emerged from her bath and haircut a new girl, her fluffy, white locks restored.
Cute canine sisters alert! These adorable Pomeranians are looking for a home. Misty, left, is about 7, and Whisper is 9. They are very energetic and just a hoot when they play together. This is a fun duo who will make you laugh every day, as well as perfect lap dogs who love to snuggle. Misty and Whisper were dumped at the shelter together, rescued together and must stay together, as they are devoted to one another.
Thai Pepper is the quintessential mom and pop restaurant. An institution in Newhall for more than 15 years, P.C. Prinyotarn runs the front of the house while Nana Prinyotarn rules the kitchen. "My wife has been cooking for 43 years. She is fast, she has it all memorized," Prinyotarn said proudly. "We've never changed chefs. That's why our food is consistent." Originally from Bangkok, the Prinyotarns focus mainly on central Thai cuisine at their modest ...
Some beauty queens seek fortune and fame. Julie Winkle, of Canyon Country, is looking for a platform to help families with autism.
On Wednesdays at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center in Newhall, lunchtime transforms into swing time. For just $3, dancers can trip the light fantastic to the sounds of house band Fiddle Sticks & Ivory Plus.
When Cindy Salaues of Canyon Country walks the pageant runway, she's representing for women like her everywhere. The 23-year old child care provider won the Miss California Latina title in October and couldn't be prouder.
Like parents everywhere, Chris Avenessian, of Valencia, would often get frustrated with his children, especially the teenagers.