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Michele Buttelman: Women in high heels rock

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Posted: June 6, 2009 5:51 p.m.
Updated: June 7, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Women in high heels rock
I love June gloom — bring it on!

The small amount of rain we’ve had won’t make up for the drought conditions, but it is a nice diversion from sun, sun and more sun. Our blast furnace summer will arrive soon enough and linger through October, have no fear.

SIGSCV High Heel-a-thon
Last Sunday’s Soroptimist International of Greater Santa Clarita Valley High Heel-a-thon was an awesome event. Kudos to Jodi Stokes and Tora Brown for co-chairing such a wonderful Sunday morning event. I loved Shelley Hann’s thigh-high white boots with the platform heels — Shelley always knows how to make an entrance! The new Miss Newhall community queens, Miss Teen Newhall Kelsie Leach and Miss Newhall Emily Chetner also walked in heels the 150-yards of the High Heel-a-thon and Jodi couldn’t say nicer words about Chetner’s pre-race speech.

I read a copy of the speech and I have to say it was both moving and inspirational. What a wonderful representative Emily will be for Newhall during the coming year.

A world of thanks ...
Jodi Stokes said no event comes off without a huge amount of help, among those who dug in their heels to make the High Heel-a-thon a success were: Stacie House, Dora Zavala, Beverly Santiago, Tora Brown, Annie Schwartz, Sheryl Geraci, Rose Chegwin, Greta Boye, Sue Reynolds, Andrea Best, Jeanne Atkins, Billie Hubbard and Bobbi Jean Bell.

Kudos to EmbroidMe
EmbroidMe, located in one of those cute, yellow Victorian storefronts off Lyons Avenue and Walnut Street in Newhall, made the cute T-shirts that were given to participants of the High Heel-a-thon. Jodi Stokes credits Jim and Stephanie Graziano with giving of their time and talents in many ways to assist the High Heel-a-thon. Kudos for many jobs well done.

Wine Classic a sell-out
I’ve been attending the annual Wine Classic to benefit the SCV Youth Orchestra for nearly a decade. It seems to improve each and every year.

The only thing I missed from this year’s Wine Classic was that wonderful cold salmon with dill sauce that Le Chene has donated in past years.

However, there was so much good food, refreshments and wine this year donated by Baskin-Robbins, Bella Cucina Italian Restaurant, Bristol Farms, Castaic Lake Water Agency, Chocolates a la Carte, COC Culinary Arts Program, Frankies NY Italian Restaurant, The Frosted Tier, Jasmine Thai BBQ, Lima Limon Peruvian Cuisine, Mojito Caribbean Cuisine, Peet’s Coffee and Tea, Persia Restaurant, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, RSVP The Catering Company, Salt Creek Grille, Sam’s Flaming Grill, Stonefire Grill, Tea Zazz Sparkling Tea (have you tried this tea? I love it!), Thelma’s Morning Cafe, Whole Foods Market and Wolf Creek Restaurant and Brewing Co., that I missed the salmon only briefly.

Seen at Wine Classic

TimBen and Ingrid Boydston, Dora Zavala, Scott and Vanessa Wilk, Annie and Robert Schwartz (pouring at the Library wines table), Marlee Lauffer, Sue Bozman (who helped found the Classic with her late husband, Dave), Sally Angel, Jeff Jacobson, Modugno, John and Joni Shaffery, Ann and Bob Kerman, Kim Altobello, Elizabeth Huff, Morris Thomas and JoAnne Lindsey, Margo and Bob Hudson, Cindy Smith and Michael Forsberg of RSVP catering (awesome apricot-curry chicken and quinoa salad with caramelized onion and bacon tart).     

Michele E. Buttelman is the features editor of The Signal. She can be reached by e-mail at



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