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Spring is in the air in the SCV

Posted: February 17, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 17, 2013 2:00 a.m.

It seems like spring in the Santa Clarita Valley! The calendar officially still says winter, but this past week has been very “spring-like.” There was some awesome kite-flying weather with the sunshine and the wind (a little too much wind on some days!) and it was easy to ditch the heavy jackets in favor of short sleeves and shorts.

Spring has always been my favorite season, and despite the rap of having only two seasons in Southern California, (summer and more summer), I have been able to see signs of spring in the flowering of the trees, the greening of the hillsides and the blooming of the tiny flowers alongside the roads.

My favorite time is always May, when the yuccas are in bloom.

My trusty iPhone weather app says that winter will return shortly, possibly as early as Monday. I enjoy our winters, but I like spring, too and welcome it back. I just hope it doesn’t transition into summer (and more summer), too soon!

Lenten Fish Fry

Speaking of my favorite things, I always enjoy the annual Lenten Fish Fry at St. Clare’s Catholic Church in Canyon Country. This past Friday was the kickoff for the six weeks of Lent and the ritual of Friday fish dinners. You’ve still got five more Fridays to enjoy the best fish and chips in the SCV (and coleslaw, rice pilaf, rolls and desserts!) Dinners (take out available) are $9.50 for a three piece and $8.50 for a two piece.

Sweetheart Gala

For those lucky enough to attend the Sweetheart Gala hosted by SCV Women and Men of Honor the elegant event featured one of the best dinners I’ve had at a charity fundraiser and fantastic music by the Jimmy Carnelli Band. It was a lovely evening, staged in first class style by event producer Shelley Hann.

Seen at Sweetheart Gala

The sweetheart couple (now who didn’t tear up when they spoke?) Linda and Moe Hafizi, Shelley and Gary Hann, Dianne and Wayne Crawford, Harold and Jacquie Petersen, Tamara and Dale Donohoe, Gregg Haglund, Doreen and Jack Shine and Darrell and Patty Paulk.

Queen of Hearts

Who doesn’t love a masquerade ball? The Canyon Theatre Guild hosted a glorious Queen of Hearts fundraising ball with fantastic fun, food and entertainment.

Seen at the ball

John and Michelle Dow, Kathy and Bill Lively, Ken Striplin, Laurene Weste and Jim McCarthy, Marsha McLean, Nancy and Phil Lantis, Ingrid and TimBen Boydston, Gary Choppe, Richard and Marian Sandnes, Thomas and Linda Pedersen, Jim Walker and Michael Millar.

Celebrity Waiter Dinner

Hundreds of revelers, dressed in costumes based on a “Beyond the Sea” theme, will fill the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt Valencia Friday evening, Feb. 23, for the SCV Senior Center’s annual Celebrity Waiter Dinner. With its elaborately decorated tables, costumes and live entertainment, the dinner is one of the most fun-filled fundraising events of the Santa Clarita social season. Proceeds will support local services for senior citizens, including home delivered meals, respite day care and supportive services.

Master of ceremonies will be singing attorney Bill Lively, who is also in charge of arranging a full program of musical entertainment for the evening, based on the event’s “Beyond the Sea” theme. The “celebrity” waiters who will preside over each table will open the evening by “surfing” around the room as they are introduced. Once at their tables, they will instigate various stunts and services to obtain “tips” from their guests, which also will support the Senior Center.

Other performances will include two production numbers from the Broadway hit “Hairspray,” performed by a troupe from Canyon Theatre Guild. A live band will perform beach themed music and other songs related to the event theme. Seniors who benefit from Senior Center services, and those who present those services, will offer short, stirring testimonials during the evening.

“We’ll have a lot of fun,” remarked event co-chair Peggy Rasmussen, “but we’ll keep in mind throughout the evening why we’re doing this–to support our local senior community.”

Table hosts have already reserved their tables and are inviting guests this week. Some individual seats may still be available, at $100 each, by calling Lisa at 259-9444.

Michele 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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