From left, Vanessa Basilio, Darcy Hubler, associate dean of the School of Art at the California Institute of Arts; Isaura Cruz, 8; and Natasha Tobler, 8; discuss the works being showcased in a gallery on the campus on a recent Thursday night. CalArts hosted a reception to showcase the work of Newhall Elementary School students in the Art Pilots program, led by CalArts students and administrators.
Pastor Stan Fix pauses during a Blue Christmas service at Friendly Valley Community Church in Newhall on Tuesday. The service recognized the longest night of the year with music and a message of light and hope. "It's not a downer. This is an attempt to lift up persons who have experienced grief of sadness of emptiness," Fix said.
Alex Grossguth, left, and Denise Hill, with her dog Grizzly, converse at Hasley Canyon Park in Castaic on Thursday. The Santa Clarita Valley got a break from the rainy weather and should see some more sun today, with a high near 65. The sun won't last long, though, as afternoon rain is forecast for Christmas Day, possibly continuing into Sunday morning.
Parent Lisa Alonso organized the party that featured food, games and a visit from Santa.
Nurses Jan Berry, left, and Cathy Butler, center, join Sally McGann, director of women's services, in smashing a wall with a sledgehammer inside Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital's old intensive care unit on Tuesday. At far right is pediatrician Krishan Vashistha, also participating in starting the demolition of the building. A wall-busting celebration was held in preparation of the hospital's new 11-bed neonatal intensive care unit, which is set to open in 2011.