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Michele E. Buttelman: Taste of the Town only a week away

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

It’s been an interesting few weeks in the Santa Clarita Valley. Weird weather, a changing political scene, shakeups in business and more. I guess 2012 is shaping up to be the “year of change.”


Support Child & Family

Enjoy all-you-can-eat/drink “tastes’ from 40 local restaurants, caterers, wine and ale, purveyors, and dessert makers. Taste of the Town, which benefits the important work of the Child & Family Center, will be held Sunday, May 6 at Mann Biomedical Park,  25104 Rye Canyon Loop, Valencia. Includes live entertainment and live and silent auctions. Cost: All inclusive General Admisison $75. Reserved umbrella seating (highly recommended) $125 per person. Tickets and information: or Cheryl Jones at 661-255-6847 x3018.


Cowboy Festival rides away

The annual Cowboy Festival last weekend was among the best the city has ever staged — despite  the unbearable heat on Saturday. A tip of the Stetson to Mike Fleming for all his hard work on the festival in addition to all the city staff and festival volunteers. It seemed that there was much less “reinventing the wheel” then in past years. I was beyond delighted to see my favorite performers, Jon Chandler and the Wichitones on the main festival stage as well as  the Heritage stage. I talked to many folks who had never heard Jon before and were instantly converted into major fans.

We all agreed that Jon Chandler should be invited back to the festival every year. The Quebe Sisters were another crowd favorite. It wouldn’t be a Cowboy Festival without Don Edwards. I heard that R.W. Hampton and Edwards sang Sunday morning at Cowboy Church. Everyone who attended told me it was extremely moving.


Seen at Cowboy Festival

It was great fun to see many of my favorite people at Cowboy Festival including the Dow family, John, Michelle and Jackson, Margo and Bob Hudson, Laurene Weste and James McCarthy, Marsha McLean, TimBen and Ingrid Boydston. Lois Bauccio and Judy and Doug Penman.


Mammogram special

During the month of May, the Sheila R. Veloz Breast Imaging Center is offering a special cash price of $175 for digital screening mammograms. In addition, the Center has grants and other programs available for patients who are uninsured or underinsured and need financial assistance for screenings. The Sheila R. Veloz Breast Imaging Center is designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.

Appointments can be scheduled Monday through Friday, including lunchtimes and into the evening, as well as some weekends, by calling 661-253-8822. The Imaging Center is located at 23929 McBean Parkway, Suite 101, Valencia. For more information about the Sheila R. Veloz Breast Imaging, visit


Boys & Girls Club Auction

The 41st annual Boys & Girls Club of SCV Benefit Auction will be held Saturday, June 2 at a location to be announced. This year’s theme is Heroes Among Us – A Gala Celebration. Doors open at 5 p.m., Bid boards open at 5 p.m. Dinner 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Raffle closes at 7 p.m. Live auction begins at 7:15 p.m. General admission tickets for two are $25. Dinner and table seating tickets are $85 each. Sponsor tables begin at $650.

For more information visit Check out the Foundation page and choose Benefit Auction from the drop down menu.


Kudos Ralph Frammolino

Former SCV resident and investigative journalist Ralph Frammolino recently won the 2012 Eleanor and Anthony Vallombroso Award for Art Crime Scholarship. The award was presented to Frammolino and Jason Felch, co-authors of  “Chasing Aphrodite — The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World’s Richest Museum” by ARCA (the Association for Research into Crimes against Art). Frammolino is a veteran journalist who worked at the Los Angeles Times for 25 years. He was part of the staff effort that won a Pulitzer Prize in 1994 for the coverage of the Northridge Earthquake, and was a co-finalist for a Pulitzer in 2006 for his coverage of the J. Paul Getty Museum antiquities scandal.

Since leaving the LA Times in 2008, Frammolino has been working in South Asia as a teacher, journalism trainer and media development consultant with USAID, the World Bank and other foreign aid donors. He continues to freelance and his stories have appeared in The New York Times, New York Post, LA Times, Columbia Journalism Review and, most recently, Smithsonian Magazine.


SCV Relay For Life

The annual SCV Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society will be held beginning 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 19. The event will again be held at Central Park in Saugus, 27150  Bouquet Canyon Road. The opening ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. with the survivor lap held at 9:15 a.m. The moving Luminaria Ceremony will be held at 9 p.m. Closing ceremonies will be held at 9 a.m. on Sunday, May 20. When I think of Relay for Life I think of my uncle Bill Briggs. He died of cancer nearly a year ago. He started a Relay for Life event in his tiny town of Othello, Wash. Under his watch his Relay raised an impressive amount of money for such a small town. Nearly everyone is touched by cancer in some way.

To participate or contribute in the SCV Relay for Life 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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