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Michele E. Buttelman: Eagle Scout project to benefit seniors

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Posted: August 19, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 19, 2012 2:00 a.m.

School is under way and teachers and students are learning about each other and getting comfortable in new classrooms and with new students. Sometimes I think it would be so much fun just to go back in time and learn about the planets and solar system for the first time, or about dinosaurs and volcanos!

Kevin Rast seeks DVDs

Boy Scout Kevin Rast, from Valencia Troop #496, is seeking to attain the highest honor in Boy Scouts, the rank of Eagle. To achieve this, he is planning an Eagle Scout project that will directly benefit (and entertain) the residents of the Summerhill Villas retirement home on Lyons Avenue in Newhall.

Kevin is collecting, organizing and building a DVD media library to be donated to Summerhill Villas. This will benefit the Summerhill residents who currently only have an outdated VHS library.

Residents have many DVD players, but no DVDs to watch.

Kevin said he would be extremely grateful and appreciative to anyone who will donate (gently) used DVDs to his project.

To make a donation contact 661-433-3088 or AnnaBanana Kevin will be glad to pick up any donations.

The Boot Ride

The Boot Campaign, a military non-profit that donates to military personnel healing from a variety of physical and emotional combat wounds, will host the second annual Boot Ride and Rally ( on Sunday, Aug. 26.

Bikers will roll out — with the stars from FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” TV series leading the way — at Route 66 Classic Grill in Canyon Country and cap the day with a 3 p.m. rally at The Happy Ending Bar & Restaurant in Hollywood with live performances by Blackberry Smoke.

“I support the Boot Campaign for what they give to those who give so much for our country every day. The first year of the Boot Ride was an amazing experience. Seeing people come out from all over, ride and, most importantly, put on their boots, was an inspiration. This year can only be better than the last. It’s an honor to be part of this movement,” said Theo Rossi, from “Sons of Anarchy.”

Also in attendance will be cast members from the Discovery Channel show “Deadliest Catch” including Edgar Hansen, Jake Anderson, and Matt Bradley, all from the vessel FV Northwestern.

Buy your ride online — registration only for riders and passengers. The fee is $150 per person (rider or passenger), which includes entry into both the Ride and Rally, Boot Ride 2012 T-shirt, Boot Ride 2012 patch, mirror tag, Boot Ride 2012 bandana, rally wristband and barbecue lunch at Route 66 Classic Grill. Visit

One August Night

Don’t miss this special evening of wine from Talley Vineyards in Arroyo Grande. Carl and Terry Kanowsky host One August Night 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Salt Creek Grille in Valencia.

The event will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of SCV and includes tasting of Talley wine, a few very special and unique auction items and hors d’oeuvres from Salt Creek Grill Catering. Join Talley Vineyards winemaker Eric Johnson in a tasting of select wines from their collection. This is a rare opportunity to meet and learn from one of the best.

No dinner will be served, but you can stay after the tasting and treat yourself to dinner from the tasty Salt Creek Grille menu in the dining room! Tickets are $75 in advance or $90 at the door. For reservations visit or call 661-254-3063.

Comics for a Cause

People who attended this wonderful fundraiser to benefit the SCV Youth Project are still talking about what a fun event and evening it was! However, one fundraiser does not make a nonprofit. Visit to learn more about this very important organization and what it does for our SCV students. Click on Say Yes to Youth to donate. You can also sign up for the Oct. 6 poker tourney.

Why the SCV is the best!

The people of the SCV have a long and proud history of supporting each other and the wonderful nonprofits that make our quality of life among the best in California. There’s no question that it is still tough out there, businesses and individuals are squeezed to the limit. Great nonprofit supporters like Vino 100 have closed their doors, which means there is more and more pressure for existing businesses to fill the gap. It’s hard, but remember, this is who we are! Giving back really rocks!

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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