A mother orphaned at age 11. A grandfather murdered.
Do you have a checklist of the people who deserve a thank-you note from you for holiday gifts? Whether you'll be writing notes of cheer and happy thanks, or some more serious correspondence like condolences, apologies or "Dear Johns," you can put words together with a polite pen that make your communication a positive experience.
The past year was a tough year here in the Santa Clarita Valley, especially when it came to our teenagers.
Carmen, who's blind from cataracts, is looking for a special person to live with the rest of her life. She's a 9-year-old Lhasa Apso in good physical health. Carmen loves to go on walks and has a slight amount of shadow vision. It would be best for Carmen to be in a quiet home with no other animals or young children.
It was an ideal fundraiser for families with small children, an evening out at Scooter's Jungle in Valencia where kids could be kids and parents could visit - or play along.
"This is a free gift for you from the GRANDS Project" was the refrain as local Girl Scouts and Santa Clarita volunteers delivered more than 700 shoe boxes of blessings to local seniors who were either shut-ins or residing in an assisted living home here in the Santa Clarita Valley.
We've got our own little Harvey Dent here at New Leash on Life Animal Rescue.
If you spend much time in airports, you know how fun it is to watch all of the people milling around before and after their flights. It's a real view of how unique human beings are, and how each person has their individual way of living - and traveling.
I can remember standing in a schoolyard screaming a childhood refrain "sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me." In retrospect, as an adult and a high-risk teen counselor (that's what I do for a living), I know that's not true. I know that bullying leaves bruises on the inside and sometimes for a lifetime. Bullying leaves everyone bruised, both kids and parents.
I went running this morning and it was intolerably cold as the wind was whipping up an artic chill. My face hurt and my legs burned. I so want to be in shape, but darn if it does not require some pain and constant work. I was just commiserating with a friend wondering why Ben and Jerry's could not replace dark green vegetables as a viable source of nutrition.
Pet dogs are available from The Brittany Foundation, a nonprofit humane organization dedicated to the rescue, care and placement of homeless dogs.
The Valencia High School Vikings Cheer Squad helped kick off the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's 10th annual Light the Night Walk in Bridgeport Park.
Hundreds of local women who have no health insurance or have coverage that doesn't include routine health screenings are expected to take advantage of the seventh annual Healthy Woman's Day sponsored by Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley and Samuel Dixon Family Health Center. This year's screening is scheduled to be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Boys & Girls Club in Canyon Country.
The William S. Hart High School's award-winning marching band and colorguard, Hart Regiment, won the "Tournament Grand Champion" title at the Artistry in Motion Field Show Tournament held Oct. 11 at Riverside Community College.
"Santa" presented gifts Sunday and listened to the Christmas wishes of children served by the ranch, which offers therapeutic riding sessions to nearly 100 physically and mentally challenged clients of the ranch.