A decorator wove ribbons and sprigs of pine together across the mantle, draping them in small twinkly lights. Natural materials adorned the Christmas tree, bringing a trendy, yet refined, rustic look to the holiday scene. Accents of burlap, birch branch and bird feathers tied the design together.
Holiday season is busy season in features. Around this time, changes in the air and little lights on roofs start reminding people of the sentiment of the season. And they reach out to share their stories.
It was a night of honor bigger than the Santa Clarita Valley as Zonta Club paid tribute to two local past presidents of international clubs at its 30th annual Celebrity Tribute Dinner.
As 17-year-old Belicia Cespedes walked up to her door, about 30 of her family and friends readied for the surprise, falling into position in the kitchen.
From her shimmery blush-toned eye shadow to her pink rubber soles, Mindy Burgess wears her passion every place she can fit it - and it doesn't fit on her sleeve.
When Wendy Thrush was diagnosed with breast cancer, she had to decide how much she would let the disease into her life.
Wine was poured and grapes were stomped - all in the name of a good cause - at Reyes Winery's fifth annual Harvest Festival to benefit the Wish Education Foundation in Agua Dulce on Sept. 6.
Bouncing up and down and chattering, 2-year-old Fiona wielded her popsicle like a staff and climbed atop her mother's lap until she felt tall enough to command the attention of the room.
For the last three years, Doug Meek dropped everything to care for his ill and immobile wife, never allowing the notion her disease could kill her.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Local "celebrities" gathered from around the world to support the SCV Senior Center during the 2015 Celebrity Waiter Dinner on Feb. 21 at the Hyatt Regency Valencia.
When Dale Sargent was 17 years old, he came home from school to find his family home ransacked. Drawers had been rifled through. Papers lay scattered on the floor.
Zachary Johnson was eating Cheetos when his parents came home from the hospital carrying scans. In a flurry of hastened explanations and frantic packing, the Johnsons were out the door in minutes - the bag of half-eaten Cheetos left sitting on the counter.
The sun was setting on a late afternoon in Valencia as 12-year-old Charlie Kayne climbed the playset at Bridgeport Park and reached for the monkey bars.
After a couple years of feature writing in the Santa Clarita Valley, I know one thing to be true: There's a story in everybody.
What are your memories of the '94 earthquake? How did it bring people together? How did you live in its wake of devastation? What was lost? Were you a first responder? Did you implement changes to make our city safer? What does it mean to you now?
More than 350 people visited local homes decked from doorstep to backyard in holiday finery at the 34th annual Holiday Home Tour benefitting Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital.
Community leaders, some with teary eyes, expressed recognition for the volunteers who make their organizations possible during the first-ever SCV Community Volunteer Recognition Luncheon, hosted by the SCV Chamber of Commerce.
Lexus of Valencia has increased sales by 130 percent from January 2012 to January 2013, in part to new management and a focus on the fundamentals.
Auto sales are frequently a driving force in any local economy, and Santa Clarita is no exception.
At Galpin Santa Clarita, more than 81 percent of employees, including the entire upper management team, are local residents.
In an industry muddled with "opportunists" and "complexities," a pair of Freds at American Family Funding strives to provide clarity, community and trust.
In 1987, Neal Weichel and his wife bought their first property – a condo in Santa Clarita. Since move in day, Weichel has raised a family, put his stamp on the local real estate market and tapped into what he feels is the pulse of the community.
When Brent Griffiths opened his first store on Lyons Avenue in 1979, Santa Clarita was just starting to take shape. Master plans were still just plans, and large-scale advertising campaigns were reserved for corporate budgets.
Despite the continuing trend of filming heading for other states, owner Monica Harrison of L.A. Film Locations is expanding her list of clients, bringing significant revenue and opportunity to local property owners, businesses and families.