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Michele E. Buttelman: Rock the Rhythm, Beat the Odds

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Posted: May 6, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: May 6, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Mother’s Day is only a week away. It’s time to pamper mom with a special spa day. I don’t know any mom who wouldn’t enjoy a nice massage, facial or body wrap!

Every year, I get asked what I want for Mother’s Day. The answer is always the same, a gift certificate to Balance Point Spa in Canyon Country, 661-252-0850 (hint, hint!).

Giant drum circle


Adam Philipson, managing director of the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center on the Valencia campus of College of the Canyons, recently reminded me that drumming superstars will appear at Cougar Stadium at College of the Canyons to “Rock The Rhythm, Beat The Odds.” Among the drummers who are supporting the effort to have the world’s largest drum circle in Valencia are Mickey Hart (Grateful Dead), John Densmore (The Doors), Gorden Campbell (Jessica Simpson), Eric Hernandez (Bruno Mars), Mike Phillips (Janelle Monae) and Teddy Campbell (“Tonight Show”).

The attempt at the world’s largest drum circle — featuring more than 7,000 sixth and seventh graders and thousands more in attendance — will be held May 18.

Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead and John Densmore of The Doors were already scheduled to attend and perform, but they’ll now be sharing the stage with Jessica’s Simpson’s drummer Gorden Campbell, Bruno Mars drummer Eric Hernandez, Janelle Monae’s drummer Mike Phillips and Teddy Campbell, the drummer from Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show,” who have all committed to appear.

It’s hoped that this effort will cast a national spotlight on the SCV, celebrate the unique educational partnerships that have allowed the PAC’s K-12 Arts Education Outreach Program to thrive and show what can happen when a community comes together to make a difference in the lives of students.

Gates open at 10 a.m. and the event will begin at 11 a.m. The event is free, first come, first served. There is a reserved seating area in stadium stands with tickets going for $20. For information, visit

Good Samaritans

Kudos to Jim, his son and his son’s friends for help out Karen and Joe Esparza of Canyon Country on Saturday. Joe, disabled with Parkinson’s hasn’t been able to tend to his yard for awhile. The neighbors pitched in and did some weeding and other chores for the Esparzas without being asked.

“It’s the nicest thing anyone has ever done for us,” said Karen Esparza, tearfully. The Esparzas have been residents of the SCV for 23 years. The world needs more folks like Jim and his family. We’re lucky that the SCV has such kind and thoughtful folks.

2012 MWOY

Kudos to Myrna Condie and Tom Dierckman, the 2012 SCV Woman and Man of the Year. The duo were named Friday evening at the annual SCV Man and Woman of the Year banquet held at the Hyatt Regency Valencia. In addition to the fancy 2012 SCV Woman and Man of the Year license plate frames Condie and Dierckman will get the honor of chairing the 2012 event. Kudos to all the 2012 MWOY nominees: Diane Benjamin, Myrna Condie, Marina Contreras, Laurie Ender, Sue Endress, Cheryl Gray, Linda Hafizi, Debbie Heys, Dawn Hovhannisyan, Gerri McCorkle, Agnes Russell, Bob Benjamin, Gary Choppe, Tom Dierckman, Steve Kilker, Jim Lentini, Bill Lively, John Lutz and Steve Sturgeon.

Cheri Fleming prez-elect

Kudos to Cheri Fleming, dealer princapl of Valencia Acura for her election as president-elect of Soroptimist International of the Americas. Fleming, past president of Soroptimist International of SCV and governor of the El Camino Real region, will become president-elect in September. She will automatically advance to the presidency the following September.

I imagine she will be doing a lot of traveling during her tenure. There are 20 countires and terrirotires represented in the Soroptimist International of the Americas.

Margo: Woman of Honor

Margo will join Cameron Smyth as an honoree at the inaugeral Women and Men of Honor, Inc. Giving Back to Santa Clarita with Style event to be held Sept. 8 at the Hyatt Regency Valencia. Margo has a long history in the SCV from founder of the Miss SCV Pageant to her current work with Single Mothers Outreach.

She has dressed the models at the annual Soroptimist International of SCV and Greater SCV fashion shows and the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Health Foundation fashion shows. Two class acts, Margo and our outgoing state Assemblyman, it should be a night to remember! For more information about joining the nonprofit email

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


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