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Soroptimists bring wine to community, community to local business

Soroptimist of Greater Santa Clarita Valley brought together residents and local businesses to sip, stroll and support the cause at The Wine Affair last Sunday at Westfield Valencia Town Center.

November 02, 2014 | By Signal Staff | COMMUNITY

Rotary Club partners with community center for Halloween Fiesta

The city of Santa Clarita and the Sunrise Rotary Club partnered to host the 15th annual Halloween Fiesta at the Newhall Community Center.

November 02, 2014 | Submitted by Christina McGoldrick Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

Survey results reveal residents are pleased with city

Every other year, the city of Santa Clarita performs a public opinion poll to learn how residents feel about city-provided services, programs, events and management. This year's poll, conducted in August, also included questions regarding resident's desires for future amenities in our city. I am happy to let you know that residents told us that overwhelmingly, they believe the city is successfully doing its job of making Santa Clarita one of the best cities in California.

November 02, 2014 | By City Manager Ken Striplin City of Santa Clarita | COMMUNITY

On the Road: Italy

David and Cherylyn Hegg hold up their copy of The Signal in front of the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, or Fountain of Four Rivers, in the Piazza Navona in Rome, Italy.

November 02, 2014 | Submitted by David Hegg Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

I Shoulda Taken Lessons

Some players top the little ball

November 02, 2014 | By Richard Myers Valencia Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

Local dance school doing good at Disneyland

The Gervais School of Performing Arts in Valencia is up to a bunch of "good" performing at Disneyland's California Adventure Park on Dec. 20. As a part of Disneyland's Community Arts Showcase, 33 Gervais dancers, cleverly named the "Dapper Tappers," will take the stage in California Adventure presenting a 30-minute, 1940s-inspired production number called "Anchors Away!"

November 02, 2014 | By Joanne Ainsworth Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

Local orchestra presents first concert of new season

The Santa Clarita Philharmonic is pleased to announce the first concert of the 2014-2015 season on Sunday, Nov. 16 at the Hart High School Auditorium at 3 p.m. The concert will feature music by Mozart, Vivaldi, Vaughan Williams and Schubert and is free to the public.

November 02, 2014 | Submitted by Mark Elfont 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.

November 02, 2014 | By Signal Staff | COMMUNITY


"4 Horses of the Apocalypse" by local artist Olga Kaczmar depicts the invincible animals as they walk through flames. Kaczmar works with a variety of mediums and prefers a realistic style of painting, though she works in different styles.

November 02, 2014 | Art by Olga Kaczmar Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

Engineer turned novelist

One of the blessings of being a senior citizen is the leisure of retirement. Like everyone, I faced the usual question: how to occupy my time? Golf? Sleep in? Garden? Write a book?

November 02, 2014 | By W. L. (Bill) Lyons Saugus Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

Zonta workshop covers life balance, goal setting

Zonta Club of SCV is offering a free LifeForward workshop for women on the techniques of interviewing at Savia Community Center in Newhall on Nov. 15.

November 02, 2014 | By Pat Willett Newhall Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

Autistic student achieves second-degree black belt

Jared Morrow, a 16 year-old Stevenson Ranch resident diagnosed on the autism spectrum, achieved his second-degree black belt in Taekwondo from Bright Star ATA Martial Arts on Oct. 11, simultaneously receiving the honor of State Champion in three competitive divisions in the American Taekwondo Association: forms, sparring and combat weapons.

November 02, 2014 | By Jean Morrison Bright Star Martial Arts | COMMUNITY

Going to school in an orthopedic hospital

I missed a full term in the fifth grade at a regular school. Instead, I was in an orthopedic hospital from October to the next Easter after I had polio. I was assigned to attend fifth grade in the hospital.

November 02, 2014 | By Dena (Doris) Miller Newhall Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

Send us your Veteran’s Day stories

Last year, the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall infused new life, honor and healing into our local veteran community as much of the Santa Clarita Valley came together to coordinate and celebrate its time here.

November 02, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Features Editor | COMMUNITY

Seen Around SCV

As a thank you to Signal staffer Pam Conley, subscriber Delores Galias paid a good deed forward when she gave Conley this beautiful bag and a half-dozen cupcakes. Good for the environment, as well as the soul, this bag is made up entirely of plastic grocery bags.

November 02, 2014 | Photo by Dan Watson Signal Photo Editor | COMMUNITY

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Articles by Section - COMMUNITY

Student group returns from exchange visit to India

A group of Santa Clarita Valley students recently returned from a hosted exchange visit to northern India.

February 01, 2015 | By Carl Boyer Newhall Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

Seen Around SCV

Local resident Carol Quan captures this colorful shot of a sunrise near Vista Valencia Golf Course.

February 01, 2015 | Photo by Carol Quan Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

We shall overcome

Lanier Phillips became the first African American Sonar Technician in the United States Navy. Born in Georgia in 1923, the Ku Klux Klan dominated his hometown and even burned down the only school for black children in 1929.

February 01, 2015 | By Veronica Pinckard Valencia Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

Cheerleaders perform in London parade

Valencia High School Varsity Cheerleaders Kieley Hicks and Audrey Hixon have been sitting next to each other or standing in line with each other in class or other school events since the 6th grade by virtue of the alphabet and their last names.

February 01, 2015 | By Derik Hixon Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

My Valentine 2015

The day was cool the wind blew strong

February 01, 2015 | By Carroll “Cal” Greenfield Newhall (Friendly Valley) Community Contributor | COMMUNITY


"Rhythm of the Waterfall" by local artist Zony Gordon depicts a serene waterfall landscape. Gordon is a contemporary impressionist artist who uses watercolor and mixed media to represent beautiful natural scenes. She is also a board member and past president of the Santa Clarita Artists Association.

February 01, 2015 | Photo by Zony Gordon Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

Local author releases second book

"My Redcoat Ancestor and other stories" is a true story of a Revolutionary War British Soldier. Charles Mawhood was Colonel of his Regiment coming face-to-face with George Washington at the Battle of Princeton, which victory incidentally turned the tide of war for the Americans. Colonel Charles Mawhood was cited for his bravery and valor by General Washington in Congress – quotes that live on in the Library of Congress.

February 01, 2015 | By Veronica Pinckard Valencia Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

Become a principal for a day!

Business leaders, community members and parents are invited to spend the morning shadowing a local public school principal or district administrator by registering for the upcoming Principal for a Day event, sponsored annually by the SCV Education Foundation.

February 01, 2015 | By Ann Unger SCV Education Foundation | 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.

February 01, 2015 | By Signal Staff | COMMUNITY

A new agenda for City Council meetings

Open government has remained a cornerstone of the Santa Clarita City Council since our city's 1987 inception. Our regular City Council meetings are one of the most vital ways we maintain this commitment to transparency.

February 01, 2015 | By Councilman Dante Acosta City of Santa Clarita | COMMUNITY

Youth orchestra opens auditions

The Santa Clarita Valley Youth Orchestra will be holding auditions for the spring semester on Monday, Feb. 2 from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 7, at 9 a.m. at College of the Canyons.

February 01, 2015 | By Bess Knight Santa Clarita Valley Youth Orchestra Foundation | COMMUNITY

Crowds come out for Rampage band tournament

As many as 7,000 spectators and performers filled the College of the Canyons Cougar Stadium on Nov. 1 for the 31st annual Hart High Rampage Marching and Colorguard Field Show Tournament.

February 01, 2015 | By Debbie Ficarra Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

Hart Park hosts date night

Giving adults the opportunity to enjoy a romantic night out for Valentine's Day, the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation has planned a fun-filled evening exclusively for kids on Feb. 14 at William S. Hart Regional Park in Newhall.

February 01, 2015 | By Albert Ewing Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

Calling all amateur chili chefs!

Last year some of Santa Clarita's community members and business professionals came together to spice things up for a select group of local charities. No one, especially the amateur chefs, expected such rave reviews for their crock pot cookery.

January 25, 2015 | By Nicole Stinson Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

Kicking off a faithful adventure

Editor's Note: When Newhall resident Erika Christopher first wrote in to Our Community in July 2014, she was gearing up for a nine-month mission trip, traveling the U.S. by van with 135 other young adults – but she hadn't yet reached her fundraising goal. Well, the community responded, and within a month, she was on the road, hosting youth retreats and for roughly 160,000 teenagers. Here's an update from her travels.

January 25, 2015 | By Erika Christopher Newhall Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

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