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Everything's coming up roses

Autumn begins in 16 days. And never mind that temperatures are still reaching into the 100s most afternoons here in Santa Clarita, it's time for you to start your fall flower care. With just a little effort you can have colorful blooms popping out from now until next summer. Two of the flower-care concerns for September are bulbs and roses. We'll get some advice on these from local experts.

November 07, 2008 | By Jim Walker Signal Staff Writer | Your Home


Carousel Ranch (Heart of the West) fundraiser

Saturday night, Aug. 23, the 12th annual Heart of the West fundraiser was held to benefit Carousel Ranch.

October 28, 2008 | By Jim Walker Webcast Producer | Signal Lifestyle


Planning a pigskin party?

So you've had a great summer, full of trips and water sports and backyard parties. The kids are back in school now, but you're not quite ready to let it all go. You find yourself lovingly brushing the grill of your barbecue and wishing the good times would roll just a little longer.

October 24, 2008 | By Jim Walker Signal Senior Writer | Your Home


Sierra Hillbillies: Dancing on the square

On the second Friday of every month, the Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club holds a dance from 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, at 22900 Market St. in Newhall.

October 19, 2008 | By Jim Walker Escape Senior Writer | Escape Cover Story


A little 'Clone' music

Composer Kevin Kiner and a handful of assistants have worked a year and a half on the musical score to "The Clone Wars," George Lucas's latest release in the Star Wars saga. Kiner and his son Sean attended the premiere last Sunday.

October 16, 2008 | By Jim Walker Signal Senior Writer | Escape Cover Story


A ticket to togetherness, part II

Dale Bolms, our dining car steward for the day, introduced us to Rosalba Alba, our onboard service manager/waitress. Alba said she has been with the F&W for five years and works in the office during the week. She was a helpful delight, carefully watching over our every need - and the playful banter between Bolms and Alba enlivened the day and made everyone feel like family.

October 16, 2008 | By Jim Walker Signal Senior Writer | Food and Fun


Your very own drive-in

Oh, boy, this is just what you need - another reason for folks to come over and judge your landscaping.

October 10, 2008 | By Jim Walker Signal Senior Writer | Your Home


Sanctuary in the suburbs

So, where do you go for a little peace in this rush-around world, for a little down time with your family? Do you haul a trailer full of motorcycles to the desert, or a boat to the river? Do you fly the family to the islands? Maybe you do. But with gas and air travel at a premium these days, maybe you do - a little less often. Besides, as great as these trips might be, they can only bring your family together for a few days a year. What you need is your own private oasis, right in your backyard ...

October 03, 2008 | By Jim Walker Signal Senior Writer | Your Home


‘Grease’ is the word

The hit Broadway musical "Grease" is the Santa Clarita Regional Theatre's latest offering at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons.

September 30, 2008 | For The Signal | Food and Fun


Historical society looks at one family’s heritage

The Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society will present the History of Native Americans of the SCV this Saturday, July 26, from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. in Mentry Hall, Room 318, at the College of the Canyons Valencia campus at 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road.

September 30, 2008 | By Jim Walker Escape Senior Writer | Food and Fun


Get rid of your hazardous waste

If you could get by the clutter, a walk past the shelves in your garage could be a trip down memory lane.

September 26, 2008 | By Jim Walker Signal Senior Writer | Your Home


Brent’s magic carpet ride

You wouldn't necessarily make the connection, but rising oil prices have increased the cost of carpet.

September 19, 2008 | By Jim Walker Signal Senior Writer | Your Home


Making senior transit a success

He's only in the office at the SCV Senior Center a few hours a day, a few days a week, but Keith Curry, 44, is always on the job. As a board member of the City of Santa Clarita Transit Accessibility Advisory Committee, he is always on the lookout for ways to improve transportation for senior citizens and the disabled in the Santa Clarita Valley.

September 14, 2008 | By Jim Walker Signal Senior Writer | Senior Living


A few tips for a greener home

Whether you were one of the first to jump on the green-wagon, or were dragged there, kicking and screaming, by government regulations, the simple facts are that conservation of natural resources and reduction of pollution have become homeowner responsibilities. And while we all realize that hosing-off the neighborhood or burning our trash in the back yard are environmental faux pas, we still may be polluting, and wasting resources, in other ways. Surprisingly, it may be happening via our plumbing.

September 05, 2008 | By Jim Walker | Your Home


Caregiver’s Resource Day offers hope and humor

'What needs to change is not what is out there…but how we look at things," said Judith Harris.

September 03, 2008 | By Jim Walker Signal Features Editor | About Town


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