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.
Staci Mickelson was new to Castaic and new to being a mother in 2010.
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.
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.
The holidays can be a festive, yet hectic time of year. For pets, the whirlwind of activity and distracted humans can present a prime opportunity to get into mischief or worse.
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