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Best Christmas ever

The year was 1958. Christmas was just around the corner. I was 17, a senior in high school and vice president of my class.

December 21, 2014 | By William “Bill” Blowers Newhall Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

The very worst Christmas, ever

"Mom, look at this one!" my three young children insisted, as they held up yet another gift from under the Christmas tree. They couldn't understand my lack of interest.

December 21, 2014 | By Judy Pittman Canyon Country Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

Happy holidays, Mom

In the dream I had for years and years, my children and my mom were drowning. I could only save one of them, and I chose to die, too. It was love without preference.

December 21, 2014 | By Anne Marie Whalley Canyon Country Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

How did the 1994 Northridge Earthquake affect you?

I was very young, but it didn't take a mature understanding of the world to recognize complete devastation. As we pushed through the kitchen by candlelight, my mother methodically repeated, "Be careful, be careful," as if to distract herself from the wreckage by focusing on our safety. But the danger was over, and we were safe.

December 21, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Features Editor | COMMUNITY

Seen Around SCV

Local photographer Doug Meek captures the magic of the holidays in a Saugus home.

December 21, 2014 | Photo by Doug Meek | COMMUNITY

Celebrities serve breakfast to homeless children

In its fifth year, the Combat Radio Christmas Event for Homeless Children gathers about 300 local children, a Santa Claus, heaps of donated presents, tons of tiny Christmas trees and a room full of celebrities at Salt Creek Grille for a fancy breakfast on Christmas morning.

December 21, 2014 | By Signal Staff Photos Courtesy of Combat Radio | COMMUNITY

Doctor Santa Claus

In December 1963, four months after my second child Cheryl Ann was born, my husband Ken and I closed escrow on our first home in Canyon country, which was considered part of Saugus at that time. It was a brand new three bedroom home in upper North Oaks.

December 21, 2014 | By Bess Barber Newhall Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

The Signal’s Holiday Lights Tour 2014

The Santa Clarita Valley has long been a festive community, celebrating the season with superior light displays and true holiday cheer. During this year's Holiday Lights Tour, these sparkling spectaculars did not disappoint.

December 21, 2014 | Photos by Bobby Aholt Multimedia Journalist | COMMUNITY

Church Party Brings Joy to DCFS Children

The Santa Clarita Valley Church of Christ made the holidays brighter for hundreds of children under the care of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) during its annual Christmas party last Saturday.

December 21, 2014 | By Carol Stevenson Stevenson Ranch Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

Fair Oak school gives back

Learning more than just reading, writing and arithmetic, Fair Oaks Community School students learned character as they worked to donate gifts to local nonprofits.

December 21, 2014 | By Signal Staff | COMMUNITY

Albert Einstein students, Home Instead support seniors

All Albert Einstein Academy Elementary students must complete 10 community service hours per year, so AEA parents are always on the lookout for rewarding opportunities within the community.

December 21, 2014 | By Rebecca Feuerman Valencia Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

Santa Is Just A Fantasy

What is that I hear? The snow is coming near.

December 21, 2014 | By Jeanne Wray Valencia Community Contributor | COMMUNITY


Each week, Our Community will feature a new visual SCV moment. Post to Instagram using #scvlife and tag @signalscv for a chance to appear in the section.

December 21, 2014 | By Signal Staff | COMMUNITY

I’m Tellin’ You Why

Golfers everywhere should know

December 21, 2014 | By Richard Myers Valencia Community Contributor | COMMUNITY


"Blushing Colors of the Season" by local artist Zony Gordon.

December 21, 2014 | Photo by Zony Gordon | COMMUNITY

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Articles by Section - COMMUNITY

Why I walk

Most people don't consider why they walk every day. It's second nature, taken for granted. But I walk because I was born with a neuromuscular disease, called Spinal Muscular Atrophy. It is a progressive nerve disease that affects all muscles in the entire body and robs people of their physical strength.

March 27, 2015 | By Carrie Habert | COMMUNITY

Local boy is ‘shining prospect’ in basketball

On February 7 and 8, Santa Clarita seventh-grade Rio Norte student and Santa Clarita resident Noah Veluzat took his basketball talents to the West Coast Elite Jr. All American camp in Southern California.

March 22, 2015 | Submitted by Daniel Veluzat | COMMUNITY

What about desert cats!

We've seen articles about the plight of desert dogs, but what about desert cats? True, they aren't as visible as desert dogs - and for very good reason.

March 22, 2015 | By Pat Willett Newhall Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

What’s your family story?

No two families are the same. It's truer than ever, and I think it's beautiful. The rewards and challenges of raising a family can be inspiring, fun or serve as a real-life lesson for other readers.

March 22, 2015 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Features Editor | COMMUNITY

Forget Me Knot

Some seniors we know have the blues

March 22, 2015 | By Richard Myers Valencia Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

The Slaters: A family that shows up and steps in – every day

Editor's note: This is the first in a weekly series of family stories, legacies and love. Look for a different family highlighted each week, and we look forward to hearing your own family story.

March 22, 2015 | By Mark Slater Saugus Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

PayForward donates to elementary science program in need, the Valencia-based social financial platform, announced today its commitment to Mountainview Elementary School's Science Camp program. Armando Rand, president of PayForward and a parent at Mountainview, was delighted to make the announcement.

March 22, 2015 | Submitted by Amy Gruberg | COMMUNITY

Seen Around SCV

Students and faculty at Sulphur Springs School sure do know how to celebrate St. Patrick's Day! All gathered to participate in the Leprechaun Leap physical education event on March 17.

March 22, 2015 | By Cassandra Farley | COMMUNITY

My ‘Heart Song’

It was six years ago when I wrote my first song. Called Heart Song, it's about a child who is longing to be adopted and have someone to love them, and I wrote it because of my own adoption at a young age.

March 20, 2015 | By J'Rose Newhall Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

Thirteen nominated for Zonta’s Women in Service Celebration

Newhall Community CThirteen outstanding community volunteers have been nominated by local nonprofit organizations to be honored at the annual Women in Service Celebration sponsored by Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley.

March 15, 2015 | By Pat Willett Newhall Community Contributor | COMMUNITY


"Raindrops" by local artist Norma Warden depicts the beauty of wildlife in rain.

March 15, 2015 | Photo by Norma Warden Castaic Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

Seen Around SCV

John Ragsdale is back – and at all hours of the night – with a shot of the smallest appearing full moon so far this year.

March 15, 2015 | Photo by John Ragsdale | COMMUNITY

A Little Bit Of Heaven

A little bitty squirrel ran up and down the tree

March 15, 2015 | By Robert F. McMeekin Newhall Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

Go Jazz is back!

Four years in the making, Go Jazz – the Golden Oak 20-piece, pro-level adult band – just gets better with time. (And they were terrific when they first started!)

March 15, 2015 | Submitted by Ron Rudzinski | COMMUNITY

Saugus hosts dance-off

The National Champion Saugus Dance Team hosted the USA (United Spirit Association) Regional Dance Competition on Saturday, Feb. 28, featuring superb dance teams and soloists from 18 high schools. Solo performances started at 8 a.m. Team performances began at 1:15 p.m., and an awards ceremony followed the performances.

March 15, 2015 | By Tedd Baron Saugus Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

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