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Carousel Ranch raises the roof

Carousel Ranch, an equestrian center for disabled children in Agua Dulce, raised the roof Tuesday on a long-awaited covered riding arena for its students - just in time to beat the heat.

April 23, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Lifestyle Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clarita man produces one solution to mental health stigmas

Through the lens of a camera, Pete Van watched pounds of trash pile up on the floor, as Coke bottles layered upon crumpled family records in a Santa Clarita residence.

April 20, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Lifestyle Editor | Signal Lifestyle


Engagement: Cusick and Brown

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Cusick are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Hillary Faye Cusick to Trevor Michael Brown, son of Douglas and Janet Brown of Valencia.

April 14, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Announcements


Santa Clarita musicians find the strings that bind

The Signal newsroom in Santa Clarita was quiet but for the patter of keyboards and the grit of scanner feedback.

April 13, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Lifestyle Editor | Signal Lifestyle


Wearing her heart on her canvas

Impressionist artist and Canyon Country resident Nancy Eckels will showcase her emotionally charged paintings at Southern California's largest fine arts festival, Mission Federal ArtWalk in San Diego on April 26 and 27.

April 07, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Lifestyle Editor | Signal Lifestyle


Sizzling styles, daring locals sweep the runway

Rich violet light flooded the stage. Music pulsed in cadence with the models' steps as they sauntered, strutted and stomped down the runway.

March 30, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Lifestyle Editor | Signal Lifestyle


Sending out charity on the airwaves

Canyon Country resident Ethan Dettenmaier is known for his crazy ideas, live radio candor and comical good luck.

March 22, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Lifestyle Editor | Signal Lifestyle


SCV students build robots to gain skills

Four Santa Clarita Valley high school students in black suits flanked a 120-pound robot and its driver last weekend as they made their way to "the pit" for a battle of the 'bots in Central California.

March 14, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Lifestyle Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


A Hollywood love story

Joan Staley was an actress. Dale Sheets was a Hollywood executive.

March 10, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Lifestyle Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Saugus farm owner raises family of emus, shares his love of animal caretaking

Marked by downy feathers and two curious, marble-like eyes, Edward the baby emu is set to be the friendliest emu on the farm.

March 04, 2014 | Story by Kirsten Quinn Photos by Dan Watson Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Two CalArts grads vie for same Oscar

Two California Institute of the Arts graduates will wait in anticipation tonight for the most-sought-after envelope in show business.

March 02, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Lifestyle Editor | Signal Lifestyle


Two hearts, new chance

Standing in a hospital bathroom, Bob and Roberta Bain clutched each other, praying their hearts would not fail them.

February 14, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Lifestyle Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Blazing the education trail

Vicki Cespedes sat in a leather chair in her family's living room in Canyon Country, her four daughters perched in a circle around her.

February 01, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Lifestyle Editor | Signal Lifestyle


For the certain uncertainty

Smooth winds blew across the highest hilltop garden in Eternal Valley Memorial Park and Mortuary on a clear Tuesday morning.

January 26, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Staff Writer | Signal Lifestyle


Searching for God in science

Part molecular biologist and part stand-up comedian, Mark Phillips might seem like a funny choice to lead teens to discover philosophical truths in theological discussion.

January 11, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Staff Writer | Signal Lifestyle


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Articles By Author - Kirsten Quinn


Face your fears

What fears have you faced? What has paid off, or even set you back? What did you walk away with after looking fear in the face?

July 20, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Features Editor | COMMUNITY


Face your fears

Years ago, I stood deadly still at the bottom of an escalator at LAX, strapped into my backpack and clutching a suitcase. I couldn't move. It was the first time I was truly scared to try something.

July 13, 2014 | Kirsten Quinn | COMMUNITY


Pulling back the curtain

On the first taping of his new gig, Valencia resident and producer Dave Berg stood aside the stage of "The Tonight Show," wringing his hands.

July 13, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Features Editor | COMMUNITY


Silver Star recipient shares memories from battlefield

For 93-year-old veteran Alex Varga, World War II is now a collection of stories: the rains of enemy fire, the stifling presence of death and one momentous call to heroism.

July 06, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Features Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Knowing no bounds

Enveloped by the tall pines and rocky peaks of Yosemite National Park, the Marquez boys explored the open fields and bright wildflowers as their parents watched on – this is where the Santa Clarita family came to escape.

June 29, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Features Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Burbank man to run 86 miles to benefit SCV nonprofit

On the Fourth of July in Santa Clarita, don't pay attention to the noisy firecrackers, the funny hats or the sailing Stars and Stripes - they'll be there next year.

June 21, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Features Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


It wasn’t built in a day

Stepping off a red carpet and into the building, guests were greeted by Romanesque volunteers fanning the walkway with palm fronds.

June 15, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Feature Editor | COMMUNITY


Loving in silence for 20 years

About 20 years ago, Santa Clarita residents John Kiraly and Krysta Hendrix-Davis met at the John Tracy Clinic in Los Angeles, a special preschool for children with hearing loss.

June 09, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Features Editor | COMMUNITY


SCV eighth-grader scores big

Wearing a suit complete with coattails and a cummerbund, eighth-grader Robby Good took a breath before he lowered his baton, sweeping two hands through the quiet auditorium at the Placerita Junior High Spring Concert. The soft, curious tones of flutes and strings flitted across the orchestra - 65 young musicians uniformed in black formal wear.

May 29, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Lifestyle Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


High school student fills thousands of shoes

Santa Clarita resident Kayla Tinucci has had thousands of shoes in her lifetime: pink ones, black ones, green ones, trendy ones. The list goes on.

May 24, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Lifestyle Editor | Signal Lifestyle


TV anchor, SCV resident adopts new legacy

Thousands of viewers watched April 25 as KTLA Early Edition news anchor and Stevenson Ranch resident Chris Schauble wept into the shoulder of his birth mother, her hand gently hovering over his head as she whispered in his ear.

May 23, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Lifestyle Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Taking every step toward a cure

Enveloped in a crowd of more than 1,000 runners, recovering quadriplegic Aaron Baker, 35, sat in his wheelchair at the starting line of the Wings for Life World Run in Santa Clarita last Sunday.

May 10, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Lifestyle Editor | Signal Lifestyle


Centuries-old sound finds home in SCV

Cross-legged and barefoot, 13 CalArts students sat on the floor, poised in front their instruments with their hands at the ready.

May 06, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Lifestyle Editor | Signal Lifestyle


Kim Goldman releases memoir, launches book tour

Kim Goldman, executive director of the nonprofit SCV Youth Project, releases her e-book today on the murder of her brother, Ronald, and her decades-long legal pursuit of O.J. Simpson.

May 06, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Lifestyle Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Winemakers toast local wine region

Like a toast with friends, the second annual Sierra Pelona Valley Wine Festival at Reyes Winery in Agua Dulce brought together local and regional winemakers for a convivial afternoon of sun, food and plenty of cheers.

May 03, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Lifestyle Editor | Signal Lifestyle


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