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Michele E. Buttelman: Not so sleepy summer in the SCV

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Posted: July 15, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: July 15, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Just as I was hoping for a little break in the nonprofit fundraising schedule, here come some late-summer entries.

Wine tasting for the Club

Terry and Carl Kanowsky will be hosting another Wine Tasting Event for the Boys & Girls Club. The featured winery is Talley Vineyards. Robert Parker describes Talley as a “winery dedicated to classy, elegant, long-lived Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs.” And, according to Parker, Talley is not a one-hit-wonder with Rosemary’s Vineyard. Carl Kanowsky said leading us in tasting some of these “world-class” offerings will be Talley’s Winemaker, Eric Johnson.

“Eric is a young and lively fan of all things Talley so he should provide us with an enjoyable and illuminating evening,” said Kanowsky. Tickets are just $75, with all proceeds going to the Club. The Tasting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at Salt Creek Grille on Town Center Drive in Valencia. For tickets contact the Boys & Girls Club of SCV Foundation office at 661-254-3063.

Comics for a Cause

The SCV Youth Project will benefit from “Comics for a Cause” to be held 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7 at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center on the Valencia campus of College of the Canyons. The event will star Jay Leno, host of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” In addition, comedy all stars Tammy Pescatelli, John Heffron and Alonzo Bodden will also perform. The emcee will be SCV comic Mark Eddie.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a VIP meet-and-greet party. At 6:30 p.m. doors to the PAC open with a 7:30 p.m. program start.

Tickets are $65 and $45. To attend the VIP party add on an additional $35. Attendance to the VIP part will be limited to 100 guests.

The SCV Youth Project is celebrating 12 years of successfully providing free services to teens in the Santa Clarita Valley. Since their doors opened in 2000, the Youth Project has assisted more than 33,000 local families, including 29,000 youth and 5,500 adults.

In 2011-12, with services on six high schools and seven junior high campuses, the SCV Youth Project provided more than 8,000 hours of service to the young adults in the SCV with serious life challenges, including depression, suicide, grief/loss, peer pressure, bullying and drug/alcohol abuse, said Kim Goldman, executive director.

“The generosity of the comics is amazing, and what a great new event for the SCV. They always say that laughing is good for the soul, this time it will also be great for our kids,” said Youth Project Board President, Jerry Citarella.

For tickets and information, visit

Silents Under the Stars

One of my favorite events is the annual Silents Under the Stars hosted by the Friends of William S. Hart Park and Museum.

This year’s event will be held 6 p.m. Aug. 11 at William S. Hart Park in Newhall.

“We are pleased to announce that the featured silent film is a rare William S. Hart film called ‘The Whistle.’ It is one of Hart’s hard-to-find non-Western movies,” said event chair Sherron Ball. “We will also be showing a good ol’ Bill Hart Western short. In addition, we’ll have our usual lip-smackin’ good dinner, a Western theme silent auction and you will enjoy the Western and Bluegrass music of the All Digital String Band.”

The silent auction will feature such rare items as William S. Hart signed and first edition books, Stuart Hamblen original sheet music of “This Old House,” framed prints by Native American artist Amado Pena, western collectable magazines, a cowhide circular rug, Disneyland tickets and more.

Further event details and ticket purchase information at $50. per person, may be found at or call 661-222- 9542.

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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