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Welcome to SCV’s new year of fun

Posted: January 6, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 6, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Welcome 2013! The Santa Clarita Valley is just getting back to work after a wonderful holiday season. However, some schools don’t return to the classroom until Jan. 14. I had a lovely holiday which I spent with family in Washington state.

We had a beautiful white Christmas in Othello, Wash. Snow started falling in the morning and it snowed all day.

We were lucky that there were a couple of young, strong hands that could shovel the driveway and walk.

My aunt, Nancy Briggs, has always taken pride in crafting one of the most beautiful and unique Christmas trees I’ve ever seen. I know professional designers that can’t put together a Christmas tree with the elegance and style of my aunt!

Part of our Christmas traditions lie in the food. Especially the Christmas cookies. There were Springerle cookies and Rosenmunnar (which we call Lita cakes) and a new favorite, cranberry bliss bars. We ate salmon chowder on Christmas Eve and downed a glorious prime rib on Christmas Day.

We drove back to Whidbey Island for New Year’s via the southern route along the Columbia Gorge. It was spectacular! The snow had fallen almost to the banks of the Columbia River and the sunlight on the snow combined with the rugged scenery made it a trip to remember.

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Here’s a few events you might want to keep track of during the first few months of 2013!


Canyon Country Community Center,  18792 Flying Tiger Drive, Canyon Country (and Sierra Highway). Free.

n The inaugural Sierra Pelona Valley Wine Festival will be held 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Reyes Winery to benefit Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.  The event will feature Sierra Pelona Valley Vintners, local winemakers and other wineries and breweries from all across southern California. Guests will enjoy tastings of the vintner’s best wines, gourmet food and specialty fancy food samplings from Los Angeles area chefs and artisanal goodies. General admission will include a commemorative tasting glass; specialty gift bag; a “ticketless” wine tasting; gourmet fancy food sampling; and free parking. Prepaid general admission tickets are $65 and $75 at the door. For information visit


Can Valentine’s Day be far behind?

The Queen of Hearts Masquerade Ball, will be held 6 to 11 p.m.. Friday, Feb. 8 at the Valencia Country Club and benefit the Canyon Theatre Guild. Dinner, live and silent auctions, entertainment and dancing. Tickets: $100. Valencia Country Club, 27330 Tourney Road, Valencia. Info: 661-799-2702.

Be kind to your heart and support the annual Sweetheart Gala hosted by SCV Women and Men of Honor to benefit Cardiac Care Services at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. The gala will be held 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Hyatt Regency Valencia. Dinner and dancing to the Jimmy Carnelli Orchestra. For reservations email

Before you head to the Sweetheart Gala spend Saturday, Feb. 9 with your special someone at Rancho Camulos Museum National Historic Landmark to experience “Romance at the Rancho.” Bring a picnic and blanket and enjoy the beautiful romantic setting. A special treat will also be provided. The suggested donation is $14 per couple (very affordable!). Call 805-521-1501 to make a reservation. Rancho Camulos is on Highway 126, 2 miles East of Piru and 10 miles west of the I-5 at Santa Clarita and will be open for Romance at the Rancho as well as regular tours, 1-4 p.m.


Habitat Hearts for Heroes Builders Ball will honor Carl and Jeri Goldman and The Southern California Gas Company. The fundraiser and awards dinner will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, March 1 at  Sheraton Universal Hotel, 333 Universal Drive, Universal City. Tickets are $225. Contact Sarah Steffen 818-884-8808.

College of the Canyons Foundation 2013 Silver Spur Celebration honoring Barry and Pati Gump will be held 6 p.m. Saturday, March 2 at The Globe Theater Universal Studios Hollywood, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City. The fundraiser to benefit COC includes dinner and auction. For more information contact Cindy Biehahn at or at 661-362-3737.

40th Anniversary Frontier Toyota/Henry Mayo “Drive Safe” Golf Classic to be held Monday, March 11 at Valencia Country Club, 27330 Tourney Road, Valencia. Golf, dinner and auction with all proceeds to benefit Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Emergency and Trauma services. Tickets range from $125 for a dinner ticket to $7,500 for auction or awards sponsor, with many price levels in between. Contact the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Foundation at 661-200-1200 for more information.


The 20th annual Cowboy Festival at Melody Ranch will be held April 18-21. This is always my favorite event! It doesn’t seem possible that it is the 20th event. Tickets are on sale now and will sell out quickly for some of the events including Don Edwards and Riders in the Sky performing at the intimate Hart Mansion and the Behind the Scenes Tour of Melody Ranch. This is the “must attend” event of year in the SCV. I am thrilled that Hot Club of Cowtown and Sons of the San Joaquin are returning, but heartbroken that my favorite “bad boys” of country,  Jon Chandler and the Wichitones aren’t on this year’s schedule. For more information visit

Missing in action?

I didn’t see any information  anywhere about the annual Celebrity Waiter Dinner to benefit the SCV Senior Center. I hope that fun event will continue!

I am sure there are several other events that need to be included in our community calendar and we welcome all submissions from the community. We do have a few rules, all Your Community calendar items must in some way benefit a nonprofit. We also need information several weeks in advance.

To submit information to The Signal’s community calendar 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 and Twitter @SCVScene. 


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