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A perfect weekend for the Oscars

Posted: February 25, 2013 12:11 p.m.
Updated: February 25, 2013 12:11 p.m.

Who has money on "Argo to win it all at tonight’s 85th annual Academy Awards? This is the first year I’ve not seen a majority of the Oscar contenders. I am hoping to watch a few on pay-per-few and DVD before the Awards begin tomorrow evening.

The weather seems to be cooperating as well, and I imagine that scenes of warm, sunny California will entice some folks from the blizzard-covered mid_West to head out our way.

It looks like the weather, and the wind, will be ramping up in the next week. It’s time to find a kite to fly!

I remember flying kites as a child. It was always great fun. I remember working for weeks on a bright, green kite. I balanced the tail, got the string to flow effortlessly and this was a kite among kites! It flew higher than any kite I had ever owned. It was an amazing kite.

A friend stopped by my house one day and accidently stepped on the kite — snapping it’s fragile infrastructure.

So much for my magic, wonderful kite. I tried to repair it. But it never flew the same again.

March in our sights

February seems even shorter than its 28 days this year!

March is around the corner and the high social season will be upon us!

March 2, a busy day

How to chose what to attend? Saturday, March 2 will offer a choice of fundraisers and events for Santa Clarita Valley residents. Begin the day with the third annual "Mardi Gras Madness 5K" and "Mini Madness 1K", benefiting SOAR (Students Off And Running) This 5K/1K event is open to walkers and runners of all abilities…and their canine companions, too! The event will be held at the Bridgeport Marketplace. For more information & to Register for this event, visit

The Santa Clarita Wine Festival will be held 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. also at Bridgeport Marketplace in Valencia.

After running, walking and wine you’ll have to make a choice between the fifth annual Sweet Charity Cake Auction to benefit the SCV Youth Project at 6:30 p.m. at Tournament Players Club or the College of the Canyons Foundation 2013 Silver Spur Celebration honoring Barry and Pati Gump beginning at 6 p.m. at The Globe Theater in Universal Studios Hollywood. Whew!

Looking for Miss SCV

The 34th Miss Santa Clarita Valley Scholarship Pageant orientation will be held 5 p.m. March 3 at the Hyatt Regency Valencia, 24500 Town Center Drive, Valencia. A $5,000 scholarship is waiting for the next Miss SCV. To submit your application go to or emails to For more information call 661- 252-3232.

Old Town Farmers Market

Each Thursday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. the Old Town Newhall Farmers Market features some of the region’s best farm-fresh fruits and vegetables and other specialty food items. Last year I really enjoy the tamales, the bread and the pulled pork. I hope those vendors return this year!

The Elks Roast

This year’s toastee to benefit the Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers will be Ken Pulskamp, former City Manager of Santa Clarita.

Roasters include: Don Fleming, Steve Arklin, Ken Striplen and John Heys. Bob Kellar will serve as emcee.

For tables and tickets contact Donna Schmidt at 661-252-8424,

Also on March 23

March 23 is another popular event day with the Women in Service Brunch hosted by Zonta Club of SCV beginning at 10 a.m. at Robinson Ranch Clubhouse in Sand Canyon and the Michael Hoefflin Foundation Walk for Kids beginning at 8 a.m. at College of the Canyons Cougar Stadium.

For further information on the Zonta Women in Service Brunch call the Zonta information line at 661-252-9351 and leave a message.

The Michael Hoefflin Foundation’s Walk for Kids with Cancer is a celebration of the lives of children and their families who have been affected by children’s cancer.

For information on the Walk for Kids call Gillian Stone at 661-250-4100 or email at


March ends with Easter in its sights. Saturday, March 30 at 10 a.m. is Eggstravaganza, the annual egg hunt at Central Park in Saugus.

Michele E. Buttelman is the features and entertainment editor of The Signal. She can be reached by email at Follow SCV Scene on Facebook or on Twitter @SCV Scene.


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