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Old time fun at Silents

Posted: August 23, 2008 7:38 p.m.
Updated: October 25, 2008 5:02 a.m.
Is there a finer event in the Santa Clarita Valley than Silents Under the Stars? Where else can you have some of the tastiest barbecue (from Rattler’s) and watch a silent Western starring Bill Hart set to an original score, while munching popcorn as the gentle breezes caress you as they move across La Loma de los Vientos (the Hill of the Winds)?

Silents under the Stars
Kudos to Friends of Hart Park which annually hosts the always sold out Silents Under the Stars. The Friends had a boffo silent auction this year which offered some excellent deals on quality items. The food, the friends, the companions, the film, the music — and the spectacular ice cream sundaes were superb. Thanks for making my weekend!

Seen at Hot August Nights

Because I was traveling back in time at Silents Under the Stars I was unavailable for the fantastic “Hot August Nights” fundraiser for the Painted Turtle Camp in Lake Hughes. This wonderful organization provides free camperships to children with chronic and serious illnesses.

Former Signal staff writer Annemarie Donkin picked up the ball for me (or was it turtle?) and ran with it. She reported the “who’s who” seen at the event included: Chris and Jayne Fall, Dan and Heather Deffenbaugh, Cris Arklin, Dee Benson, Cherie Bryant, Tom DiPrima, Karen Erstad, Leslie Fuller, Jeff and Kiki Hacker, Denise Henderson, Cheryl Hughes, Robbie Kaylor, Sherry Lasagna, Misty Little, Kennita Medley, Nanette Marotta, Merrie Profitt, Kathi Schafer, Claudia Weaver, Bruce and Gloria Fortine, John and Debbie Heys, Scott and Vanessa Wilk, Barbara Mylar, Marlee Lauffer, Larry and Sue Mankin, Diana Sevanian, Kris and Tom Hough, Barry Zoeller, Greg and Diane Goddard, Todd and Joann Turley, Linda Jagoe, Joann Willkomen, Andy Pattanyus and Sue Peterson, and Bob Kellar.

Charity paint giveaway

The fourth annual A.Allbright Painting $7.500 Paint Charity Giveaway is now accepting nominations of deserving families or nonprofit organizations in need of painting services.

The Santa Clarita Valley-based residential painting company will select one recipient, based on need, to receive $7,500 in free paint, labor and materials.

The Charity Paint Giveaway was started in 2005 by the company’s employees and founder Joshua Abramson.

Each year the staff considers all the worthy nominations that are sent in and then votes on the family or organization that they feel is the most deserving.

In 2007, the vote was nearly unanimous for the DeLong Family in Canyon Country. Jacob DeLong, 8, was the second child in his family to be diagnosed with leukemia. His older brother Justin lost his battle with leukemia in 2000. His mom, Lisa, quit her job to care for her son while he battled the disease and underwent chemotherapy.

Because of the medical expenses, Jacob’s family was unable to afford painting services.

A.Allbright Painting was proud to be able to give their home an exterior paint makeover with fresh new colors. Dunn Edwards donated all the paint and A.Allbright’s own colorist helped choose the colors.

Send your stories, pictures and supporting materials no later than Nov. 20 to A. Allbright Painting at 27903 Smyth Drive, Valencia, CA, 91355.

For information visit or contact Joshua Abramson at or (661) 294-1159.

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


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