It was a warm night in the Octopussy Lounge in Newhall as guests arrived "by invitation of Her Majesty's Secret Service" for "Casino Royale 008." The fundraising evening to benefit the Canyon Theatre Guild offered "mystery, adventure and intrigue" as guests dressed as their favorite characters from the "James Bond" series.
The 15th annual Signal Holiday Light Tour judges came without trolley and without limo, yet they found the Christmas spirit in cookies and cocoa. They exclaimed in awe at all the pretty lights, and soon realized the judging should have taken two nights.
1. The Tisdells
There's no question that Wakefield Court is the 800-pound gorilla of street light-decorating in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Fans of the written word should not miss the Fall Poetry Festival to be held Sunday in the Laughing Buddha Zen Garden in Newhall.
The 10,000-square-foot, 24-room Sand Canyon estate home of Wayne and Dianne Crawford was transformed into a holiday wonderland during the 28th Annual Henry Mayo Holiday Home Tour Gala held Dec. 5. Daughter-in-law Jeanna Crawford decorated the home with vintage and handmade holiday decor that gave the impressive home a cozy, personal feel, which was enjoyed by the 120 guests who paid $150 per person to support the Home Tour League. Funds from the event benefit women's services at Henry Mayo, including a new neonatal intensive-care unit.
It was an elegantly clad flock of "geese" that took flight Friday at the Agua Dulce Airport to celebrate the fourth annual Golden Goose Gala. Nearly 250 black-tie and formal-gown-attired guests paid $300 per person to enjoy an evening that included fine wine tasting, a gourmet dinner and dancing.
Seniors at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center in Newhall received a helping hand and a serving of holiday spirit on Dec. 2 when volunteers from Lockheed Federal Credit Union pitched in to help serve lunch and pie to nearly 150 seniors.
Don't forget to wish Linda Lambourne, former field representative for Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon, a very "Happy Birthday" on Wednesday!
Pet photos with Santa
If you host it they will attend - and attend they did for "Sunset in the Vineyard."
The Loose Goose Wine Festival, based on a traditional European fall festival, has always been about the wine. But this year beer will also be center stage as the Festival expands to include a beer pavilion - the Belgian Beer Cafe.
I'm glad to feel the taste of fall in the air. It would be nice if the weather stayed this mild!
The blades of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department helicopter blew dust, leaves and debris into the eager crowd anticipating a unique "first" at the "Flavors of Life" 17th annual classic benefit wine auction.
More than 300 members and guests of the Loose Goose Wine Society traveled back in time to the "roaring '20s" at downtown Los Angeles' Union Station.
It was an evening to celebrate the arts - and friends of the arts packed the Tournament Players Club to experience the artistic value of food, wine and fine art. Nearly 150 supporters of the arts in the Santa Clarita Valley attended the inaugural TPC/West Ranch art and wine gala held Sept. 20 to benefit the Joe Ranft Alumni Scholarship Fund at California Institute of the Arts.
Tomorrow is Dec. 1. Somehow - and I'm not exactly sure how this happened - 2009 is just 31 days away.