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Jim Walker: The art and science of butt dialing

My outdated cellphone does this annoying thing in which, after a short period of inactivity, it locks up, and I have to press a release button, quickly followed by pressing "OK," before I can make a call, send a text or check anything. As I said, it is annoying, but it has also, I figure, prevented me from ever making a butt dial - even though I quite often sit on the phone while it is in my back pocket.

March 02, 2012 | Jim Walker Don't Take Me Seriously | Local Columns


New year, new look, new floors

Whether your old flooring is looking a bit worn, you want to upgrade or just need a new look or feel, now is a good time to install new flooring. According to Dustin Downen, one of the owners of Marty's Flooring America in Valencia, tough economic times have actually caused flooring prices to become more competitive.

February 25, 2012 | By Jim Walker Escape Editor | Your Home


Escape Events Calendar (Feb. 24, 2012)

By Jim Walker

February 24, 2012 | Jim Walker | Food and Fun


Taste the love at Sam’s

Sam's Flaming Grill is becoming a bit of a phenomenon in the Santa Clarita Valley, with the fourth local Sam's opening in Newhall this past August, following closely on the heels of the third location, in Valencia, which opened last May. (The other two locations are in Canyon Country and Saugus, opening in 2003 and 2008, respectively.)

February 24, 2012 | Jim Walker | Food and Fun


SCV, The Place to Be

The fourth weekend of every month (this month Saturday, Feb. 25 and Sunday, Feb. 26) a monthly marketplace that is fun, festive and entertaining for the entire family takes place at College of the Canyons.

February 24, 2012 | Jim Walker | Food and Fun


Jim Walker: Melting memories and Kodak moments

My friends, I have finally begun to tackle the daunting and long-belated task of scanning a trunk-full of family photos - turning them into digital images so that I can then create DVDs of my daughters' childhoods for them as keepsakes.

February 24, 2012 | By Jim Walker Don't Take Me Seriously | Local Columns


It’s beginning to look like spring

Though you may think we are out of winter and, indeed, some of your plants are thinking it, too, we are not out of the woods yet, according to Richard Green, owner of Green Landscape Nursery in Saugus - who has had many years of experience with SCV weather patterns and their effects on plants.

February 18, 2012 | By Jim Walker Escape Editor | Your Home


SCV,The Place to Be

There are free movies, discussions and snacks at the Santa Clarita-Valencia Library every third Saturday of each month, at 1:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room. This Saturday, Feb. 18, the film shown will be 2010's "Shutter Island," with the book by Denis Lehane. This film is rated R, so parents, please abide by the movie ratings for this and other films.

February 17, 2012 | Jim Walker | Food and Fun


Escape Events Calendar (Feb. 17, 2012)

By Jim Walker

February 17, 2012 | Jim Walker | Food and Fun


Jim Walker: The beach — no place to play around

My friends, we can all sleep easier on L.A.'s beaches this summer knowing we are protected from death by Frisbee. And, further, we will be protected from death by football, as well as from self-entombment.

February 17, 2012 | Jim Walker Don't Take Me Seriously | Local Columns


Jim Walker: Time for the Valentine's Day dodge

My friends, as I write this, I have been poisoned by the saccharine-sentimentality of impending Valentine's Day, and I am twitching, on the verge of a coma. You see, the other hats I wore at The Signal last week forced me to treat the big red silliness as if it were a real thing that guys actually cared about.

February 14, 2012 | By Jim Walker Don't Take Me Seriously | Local Columns


SCV, The Place to Be: Smart Gardening Workshop

The Castaic Lake Water Agency will host a beginning Smart Gardening Workshop this Saturday, Feb. 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the agency's facilities at 27234 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus, CA 91350 (above Central Park).

February 10, 2012 | Jim Walker | Food and Fun


Escape Events Calendar (Feb. 10, 2012)

By Jim Walker

February 10, 2012 | Jim Walker | Food and Fun


Valentine's Day romance

Don't panic gentlemen. Though you probably should have made your Valentine's Day plans long ago, if you haven't, Escape is here to help you out. And whether you need to schedule your romantic rendezvous for this coming Tuesday (along with everyone else), or for any of the days between now and then, you have several excellent choices available in town and nearby. From fine dining and fine wine, to a triple-act comedy show, a murder mystery train ride or a romantic harbor cruise, your options await. And there are some endearing things you can do without going ...

February 10, 2012 | By Jim Walker Escape Editor | Escape Cover Story


Good fences make good neighbors

Maybe the recent winds have blown your old, rotten wood fence down, or maybe you have new neighbors and you realize you now need a tall privacy fence so you don't have to watch the guy sunbathe in his Speedo.

February 04, 2012 | By Jim Walker Escape Editor | Your Home


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