As the fishing boats converged upon the dock at the Castaic Lake lagoon Saturday, there was the heightened sense of anticipation you might find at a competitive fishing tournament: Who's going to catch the big one?
Bow-Wows & Mows Pet Fair is celebrating its 10th anniversary with an exciting lineup of entertainment, pet-related vendors and adoptable dogs and cats from Los Angeles County shelters at Newhall's William S. Hart Park on Sunday.
The third Annual Castaic Days Outdoor Festival will take place the weekend of September 25 & 26, 2010 at the Castaic Lake Recreational Area in Castaic.
Moriah Levy is 13 now, but she still remembers the harsh words of a third-grade peer. "At least I have real parents and a real sister," the child told Moriah, a Canyon Country girl adopted at age 3. The comment bothered Moriah but its sting was not long-lasting. Moriah knows that she does have real parents and siblings, she said. They may not be her biological family, but they are "real." "Even when you're adopted, ...
DEAR SMARTIES: I feel very sorry for all people who were caught in Bernard Madoff's scheme. Obviously, some very smart people were completely fooled by him, such as advisors to Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg.
Patti Handy has heard the story all too often - a teenager overdrafts several times in one day after swiping their debit card at the mall, Starbucks Coffee and lunch with friends. All the while, the teen is unaware they didn't have enough money in their bank account. A $4 vanilla latte becomes a $49 pain-in-the-wallet fee owed to the bank, added to four more $25-35 fees.
Just because a toast is usually shorter than a regular speech does not mean it won't bring up those frightening feelings of public speaking - fear, nervousness and next-to-death panic. Being on the receiving end of a toast can bring up some self-conscious feelings, too.
Alexa Sutherland, 12, cannot participate in physical education with the rest of her class. Caitlin Ryan, 12, has already had a hip replacement. Mikayla Minnig, 12, had to stop cheerleading for a while.
Many parents are expressing their concern about their teens' exposure to media, which hinders communication. Studies indicate teens spend 53 hours a week immersed in electronic media, and many parents are finding it more difficult to talk with their teens.
Come spring in the Santa Clarita Valley, butterflies fly free across the schoolyards as teachers at area elementary schools release hundreds grown in classrooms - part of the life-cycle science-education curriculum.
What does breakfast look like at your house? A quick toaster pastry or fast food sandwich? Or, perhaps there's no breakfast at all.
The Tilles family walked by mud pots as the sulfuric stench surrounded them at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.
Since manners don't take a summer vacation, it's helpful to think about how we can manage through these warm months.
Dear Smarties: I've been feeling kind of guilty that I've been cutting back on my spending, as far as the economy is concerned. After 9/11, we thought it was our patriotic duty to go out and spend. We probably overdid it. But what about now, that the economy is sluggish? I read that economists are upset that consumers aren't spending enough. - Guilty in Glendale
DEAR SMARTIES: My husband and I both came from very poor families. Our childhoods were miserable. We both worked hard all our lives, and now are retired and fairly secure.