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Michele E. Buttelman: Happy Halloween to SCV ghouls and goblins

Posted: October 28, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 28, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Does anyone else thing it will seem odd that we’re still on daylight saving time when Halloween rolls around on Wednesday? A benefit of the later change back to standard time this year is that it will be easier to spot the trick or treaters on the streets during the early evening. It’s a school night, too, so I imagine the kids won’t be out too late.

Kudos Merry Graham

Newhall resident Merry Graham was one of 25 home cooks selected to compete at the World Food Championships in Las Vegas Nov. 1-4. Recipe and coupon social network Just A Pinch Recipes ( announced that Graham won a spot to compete against professional cooks at the event. Adam Richman, star of Travel Channel’s “Man v. Food” and “Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America” will be the host.

Graham will compete against the 400 other professional competitors in Vegas for a chance to win up to $60,000 as the Grand Champion.

This is the first time the WFC has taken place, and some $250,000 in prize money is up for grabs. More information can be found at

Top 51

Robinson Ranch club house was packed on Thursday night with some of the most influential movers and shakers in the SCV. The Signal’s Top 51 dinner dance event to honor the 51 most influential in the SCV brought out the VIP crowd to enjoy a filet mignon and salmon dinner and dancing. Among those seen tearing up the dance floor were Larry and Peggy Rasmussen, Jim Ventress (with all the right moves), G. Marshall and Shelley Hann, Harold and Jacquie Petersen, Kathy Kellar, Jo Ann Vindigni, Ingrid Boydston and Debbie Heys. Also among the elegant couples on the dance floor were The Signal’s publisher, Randy Morton, and his wife, Patricia. Kudos to The Signal’s Maureen Daniels who planned the upscale event. Everyone said they enjoyed the evening, which was short on speeches and long on good food and entertainment.

Really? November?

Is it really going to be November, already? Hard to imagine that on Thursday we’re down to only two more months to celebrate 2012. Don’t think for a second that the social whirl will let up any time soon. In addition to the Zonta Club of SCV Tribute Dinner for Shelley Hann (Nov. 2) Single Mother’s Outreach Empowering Hearts (Nov. 3) and Assistance League of Santa Clarita Sunset in the Vineyard (Nov. 4), Festival of Trees is just around the corner (Nov. 9-19)!

Festival of Trees

One of my favorite events of the year is the annual Festival of Trees to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of SCV. Volunteers are being sought to work the event and to donate gingerbread houses to be sold to benefit the Boys & Girls Club. The Festival has something for everyone with the Kids Korner featuring crafts, entertainment, special events, decorated Christmas Trees, tabletop trees and wreaths and those amazing gingerbread houses! Two special events within the Festival are the Holiday Hocus Pocus — An Evening of Magic held at 6 p.m. Friday Nov. 16 and the popular Magic of the Lights Gala held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. I understand that the popular entertainers from last year, The Young Americans will be returning to entertain at the Gala! For information and tickets visit

Michele E. Buttelman is the features and entertainment editor of The Signal. She can be reached by email at


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