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Michele E. Buttelman: Bourdain event benefits culinary program

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Posted: January 29, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: January 29, 2012 1:55 a.m.

I was saddened to hear about the death of Clyde Smyth, one of the Santa Clarita Valley’s true “good guys.”

Each time I would run into Smyth at a function, often with his lovely wife, Sue, at his side, Smyth would always greet me with a smile and a few kind words.

Clyde and Sue have always impressed me as “class acts.” Their son Cameron Smyth appears to be a perfect example of when “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”

Bourdain appears at COC
Culinary “bad boy” Anthony Bourdain will appear Feb. 9 at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center on the Valencia campus of College of the Canyons.

After his sold-out appearance Bourdain will sign books and meet guests as a fundraiser for the College of the Canyons iCuE (Institute for the Culinary Arts).

Doors open at 9:30 p.m., and admission is $75 per person.

Barnes and Noble will be there with Bourdain’s newest book, “Medium Raw,” available for purchase.

To purchase tickets to the event, visit or call the box office at (661) 362-5304.
Heys roasted

The Jan. 21 Elks Roast of John Heys was the first major fundraiser of 2012, and I challenge the other nonprofits in the SCV to top it for fun.

Roasters Dale Heys, John Heys Jr., Duane Harte, Steve Sturgeon, Morris Thomas and Don Fleming, as well as the guest of honor, John Heys, hit all the right notes and left the audience laughing and applauding. Good job, all around.

Seen at Elks Roast
Spotted at the Elks Lodge for the roast of John Heys: Kathy and Bob Kellar, Janice and John Hoskinson, Charlotte and Frank Kleeman, Ed and Anna Bolden, Cheri and Don Fleming, Steve and Julie Sturgeon, Rose and Steve Chegwin, Morris Thomas, Jason Schaff, Richard Hilton, Sharon Bronson, Cheryl Laymon, Billie and Don Hubbard, Jeff and Kiki Hacker, Duane and Pauline Harte, Marlee and Laine Hedwell, TimBen and Ingrid Boydston and Moe Hafizi. Debbie Heys and Kathy Kellar both wore spectacular red dresses. Gorgeous.

Celebrity Waiter Dinner
Among the upcoming fundraisers is the 26th annual Celebrity Waiter Dinner. This year’s theme is “Passages in Time.” The Celebrity Waiter Dinner is one of the best events in the SCV. Not only does it benefit programs at the SCV Senior Center, the event is a chance for the grownups of the SCV to play dress up. For more information, visit

Michele E. Buttelman is the features and entertainment editor of The Signal. She can be reached by email at Follow SCV Scene on Facebook and on Twitter @scvscene.


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