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Today in the SCV: Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012

Posted: December 2, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 2, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Holiday Craft Faire

Placerita Nature Center – Holiday Craft Faire will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at Placerita Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Make wreaths and centerpieces from a variety of live greenery, holly, pinecones, mistletoe, dried fruit and seed pods. Kids crafts include candle dipping and pinecone art. Santa will make an appearance. Parking and admission are free. A modest fee is charged for wreath making and the children’s crafts. Visit: or call the Nature Center at 661-259-7721.

Holiday music

Join Friendly Valley Community Church at “Gary Gould — playing Holiday Music” for the Christmas and Hanukkah Seasons” 3 p.m. today at Friendly Valley Auditorium 19345 Ave. of the Oaks, Newhall. Enter at the Friendly Valley main gate off Sierra Highway on Friendly Valley Parkway. Tickets: $10 available in the church office, 19246 Ave. of the Oaks Newhall, Monday – Thursday 8:30-11:30 a m. Info: 661-251-1311.

Rescue team

Interested in becoming a member of the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team? Attend a membership driven 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Eaton Canyon Nature Center, 1750 N. Altadena Drive, in Pasadena. Learn more about the organization, meet members of the team, see rescue demonstrations, and learn how you can help. For more information, visit

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Today in history

Today is Sunday, Dec. 2, the 337th day of 2012. There are 29 days left in the year.

On this date in the SCV: In 2002, the Santa Clarita Organization for Planning the Environment filed a lawsuit against John Laing Homes, accusing the developer of reneging on a 1999 agreement to redesign the Pico Canyon road widening to preserve a 400-year-old oak tree.

Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 2, 1942, an artificially created, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction was demonstrated for the first time at the University of Chicago.

Ten years ago: A statement attributed to al-Qaida claimed responsibility for the car-bombing of an Israeli-owned hotel in Kenya and the attempted shoot-down of an Israeli airliner, both on Nov. 28. The Supreme Court agreed to decide whether minorities could be given a boost to get into universities. (A divided Court later allowed the nation’s colleges and universities to select students based in part on race, but emphasized that race could not be the overriding factor.) Italian interior designer and architect Achille Castiglioni died in Milan at age 84.

Five years ago: Venezuela President Hugo Chavez suffered defeat as voters rejected sweeping constitutional reforms by 51 to 49 percent. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s party swept 70 percent of the seats for a new parliament in a vote whose fairness was called into question by European election monitors. Brian Wilson, Martin Scorsese, Steve Martin, Diana Ross and pianist Leon Fleisher were the latest U.S. artists to receive Kennedy Center honors for their career achievements.

One year ago: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi vowed to work together to promote democratic reforms in Suu Kyi’s long-isolated and authoritarian homeland. The Labor Department announced the unemployment rate had fallen to 8.6 percent in Nov. 2011, the lowest since March 2009.


Actress Julie Harris is 87. Former Attorney General Edwin Meese III is 81. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is 73. Actress Cathy Lee Crosby is 68. Movie director Penelope Spheeris is 67. Actor Ron Raines is 63. Country singer John Wesley Ryles is 62. Actor Keith Szarabajka is 60. Actor Dan Butler is 58. Broadcast journalist Stone Phillips is 58. Actor Dennis Christopher is 57. Actor Steven Bauer is 56. Country singer Joe Henry is 52. Rock musician Rick Savage (Def Leppard) is 52. Rock musician Nate Mendel (Foo Fighters) is 44. Actress Suzy Nakamura is 44. Actress Rena Sofer is 44. Rock singer Jimi HaHa (Jimmie’s Chicken Shack) is 44. Actress Lucy Liu is 44. Rapper Treach (Naughty By Nature) is 42. Tennis player Monica Seles is 39. Singer Nelly Furtado is 34. Pop singer-celebrity judge Britney Spears is 31.



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