Halloween might be the most fun holiday of the year, but it can also be the most dangerous. Between trick-or-treating, complicated costumes and fire hazards, it's always important to think safety first.
With his short-cropped blonde-brown hair and bright blue eyes, it's hard to believe 20-year-old Steven Cummings was a practicing junkie just 27 days before.
Now that school's back in session, how do you make the most of that after-school time for your children?
German Gonzalez, of Canyon Country, is used to the stares. It happens at the grocery store, the mall, at the park, whenever he takes his four young daughters out in public.
Some will say writing on paper is a lost art, that the personal, handwritten paper note is a rare happening.
It's the summertime refrain parents dread: "I'm bored. There's nothing to do."
Kevin Mather loved to ride his bike. On July 3, 2009, the Valencia resident pedaled along Sierra Highway with a dozen buddies on a beautiful Southern California morning.
With the longer days and hotter weather of summer, chances are you'll be heading for the beach or the local pool.
Help The Children, formerly known as Hunger Defense Fund, is passionate about helping children and their families.
Angel Castro of Newhall pets Sparky and settles in to read to the Great Dane. Sparky is curled up next to Castro on a blanket at the Santa Clarita Community Center in Newhall. The third-grader, who reads at a fifth-grade level, enjoys this bi-weekly ritual.
Unlike most kids her age, Ashley Green, 11, of Valencia, is not fond of video games. She prefers to play with physical toys, ones that challenge her mind.
It's not by coincidence that busy stay-at-home mother of three Shannon Gleason frequently can be seen, kids in tow, hanging out with her friends in the neighborhood.
One Saturday morning each month, Valencia United Methodist Church is transformed into a warehouse supermarket.
With one daughter who's a little shy, and another who's more outgoing, Carol Ballou, of Canyon Country, was thrilled to find an after-school activity both daughters could enjoy: acting.
As a general pediatrician in Southern California, I have had the good fortune to meet many children with special needs.