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Posted: September 5, 2008 9:36 p.m.
Updated: November 7, 2008 5:00 a.m.
Local author signs books in Valencia
Local author Andrew Smith, a history teacher at Canyon High School, will sign copies of his new novel "Ghost Medicine" at 2 p.m. at Barnes and Noble in Valencia. Students in the Hart School District's summer Intensive Literacy Program read the book about teenage boys who live in ranch country. Barnes & Noble is located at the corner of Magic Mountain Parkway and Valencia Boulevard.

Free gas card winners announced
The Santa Clarita Valley Auto Dealers Association named the four winners of its gas card promotion Friday. Rudy Kuhn won a $5,000 gas card after a test drive and purchase at Power Chrysler. Dianna Lopez took home a $2,000 gas card after a test drive at BMW of Valencia. Miguel Naves received a $1,000 gas card after a test drive and purchase at Frontier Toyota. Anthony and Bennie McClellon were awarded $500 after a test drive at Valencia Nissan. The winners were named after a month-long contest that entered four area residents who took a test drive or purchased a car at a participating Valencia Auto Center dealership.

COC names recreation head
College of the Canyons has named Dr. Rhonda Hyatt director of the college's Recreation Management program. The former Santa Monica College athletic director, will help Hyatt develop and organize new recreation management courses and curriculum, carrying out student outreach and recruitment efforts, and developing community partnerships to foster other recreational programs and educational opportunities.

Nonprofit expo at COC
College of the Canyons Non-Profit Fair will host more than 30 local non-profit groups and organizations from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17 on the Valencia campus, in the outdoor area between the college's Administration Building and the Student Center.
Students and community members are encouraged to attend to learn how they can help non-profit causes and meet with representatives from these organizations. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call Jennifer Hauss at (661) 362-3422, or visit

Wine shop targets AIDS
Vino 100 Valencia is partnering with AIDS Project Los Angeles in September to raise money for the non-profit organization. Hope Wine will donate 50 percent of its profits to partner charity AIDS/Lifecycle and AIDS Project Los Angeles will receive 10 percent of Vino 100 Valencia's sale of Hope Wine Merlot. Vino 100 offers to host charity nights for individuals and teams participating in the AIDS Walk Los Angeles on October 19 and the Los Angeles AIDS Marathon on March 1, 2009. Vino 100 will donate 10 percent of sales to the AIDS Walk in the name of the sponsoring individuals or teams.


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