A traditional Ukrainian custom at Easter is exchanging highly ornamental Easter eggs, called "pysanky" (from the Ukrainian word "pysaty," which means to write). The Ukrainians bring their pysanky and other traditional food delicacies in baskets to church for blessing and thanksgiving prayers. Then these baskets are exchanged with family and friends during festive banquets - with the customary greeting "Christ is risen."
Smiling has a lot of power. It's always good to smile when you're having your picture taken. It's easy to smile when you are having fun, and it's also good to smile when you have something sensitive or difficult to say to another person. Smiling sends a good message. It sets a tone of ease. It helps open up a conversation. There are times when you may have wanted to discuss something with another person, but you felt it was too difficult to talk about, so you didn't bring it up. You may have removed ...
It was Viva Las Vegas, baby, at the Hyatt Valencia Saturday night, as the annual Celebrity Waiter Dinner gave a number of our local notables the opportunity to serve, and the rest of the lively crowd the opportunity to party and exercise their alter-egos. The variety of takes on the Las Vegas theme ranged from a table full of Elvis-es to female-impersonation to the Renaissance. Anything worked as it was all for fun and a good cause - raising money for the Respite Adult Day Care at the SCV Senior Center.
When it comes to the blues, Teresa James isn't fresh off the boat. But then, again, she actually is. With nearly her whole life spent in music, including the blues and country, Teresa James and her band, The Rhythm Tramps, have just returned from another successful tour on Delbert McClinton's Sandy Beaches Blues Cruise.
Soroptimist is an international organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. Almost 95,000 Soroptimists in about 120 countries and territories contribute time and financial support to community-based and international projects that benefit women and girls.
There is a peculiar ritual in the Santa Clarita Valley. It involves the continuous circulation of carbon-copies of multi-colored paper. It is called "Fundraising."
On Sunday, there weren't enough seats to go around at the SCV Senior Center when the classic Buster Keaton silent film "The General" was shown. But that had more to do with the music than the movie, as Bob Mitchell, 95, the last living organist/pianist from the silent movie era, offered the accompaniment to an enthusiastic crowd of seniors and others.
The opportunities for theater students at College of the Canyons are growing. The Performing Arts Center and Black Box Theater have given students ways to showcase their talents while offering the Santa Clarita Valley a means to appreciate the arts.
With the spring semester underway at College of the Canyons, students are looking forward to the opportunities that the newest general theater and performance theater degree programs will create for their growing careers.
"I first started tracing my genealogy. I was intrigued about what my family was doing in Germany. I found it was a heartbreaking story - that no one is telling - about the millions of people of other nationalities, besides the Jews," said Olga Kaczmar.
China will be the center of all the grace and glory in the sporting world in August as Beijing plays host to the 29th Summer Olympiad. Six months before that, the Chinese will welcome in the Rat.
Looking through tabloid magazines and watching the nightly entertainment reports, it seems that today's pop stars and female role models are slipping up. Many have been arrested for drug and alcohol-related offenses while others are seeking refuge at rehabilitation clinics to clean up.
• Elks put the roast on Wayne Crawford to benefit the Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers.
• 2008 Daffodil Days Fundraiser Underway in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Agnes Russell got involved after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Nancy Coulter does it as a way to offer support to her daughter, Heather Warrick, a nine-time cancer survivor. Diana Sevanian and Holly Feneht serve as co-chairs as a way to acknowledge their family members who battled the disease.
The yells of "re-buy" at a poker tournament are about as commonplace as the rains in Seattle. For most poker players, re-buying additional chips is all for naught - it usually ends up going into the pockets of the casino and the tournament winner.
THE THEATER - May gave us some great flicks in the form of "X-Men: Days of Future Past," and "Maleficent," but June seems to be offering even more.
Santa Clarita resident Kayla Tinucci has had thousands of shoes in her lifetime: pink ones, black ones, green ones, trendy ones. The list goes on.
Enveloped in a crowd of more than 1,000 runners, recovering quadriplegic Aaron Baker, 35, sat in his wheelchair at the starting line of the Wings for Life World Run in Santa Clarita last Sunday.
Cross-legged and barefoot, 13 CalArts students sat on the floor, poised in front their instruments with their hands at the ready.
Like a toast with friends, the second annual Sierra Pelona Valley Wine Festival at Reyes Winery in Agua Dulce brought together local and regional winemakers for a convivial afternoon of sun, food and plenty of cheers.
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