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Posted: March 10, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: March 10, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Did you remember to set your clocks forward one hour last night? Yes, it is daylight saving time again. My least favorite time of the year! I would much rather gain an hour of sleep, than lose one!

Kudos to MWOY nominees

It’s another amazing list of volunteers nomined for the 2013 Santa Clarita Valley Man and Woman of the Year. I’m glad I’m not on the selection committee! Hats off to: Those nominated for Man of the Year, along with their nominating organizations, are: Robert Benjamin, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Health Foundation; Al Ferdman, Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers, Inc.; Skip Henke, Santa Clarita Elks Lodge; Carl Kanowsky, Santa Clarita Valley Boys & Girls Club; Taylor Kellstrom, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles; Rick Patterson, SCV Facilities Foundation; Cary Quashen, Action Parent & Teen Support Program; and Steve Sturgeon, Child & Family Center Foundation, Rotary Club of SCV.

Nominated for Woman of the Year are: Sue Endress, Rotary Club of Santa Clarita Valley; Cheryl Gray, Santa Clarita Valley Boys & Girls Club; Karen Henke, Santa Clarita Elks Lodge; Debbie Heys, Child & Family Center Foundation; Elizabeth Hopp, Michael Hoefflin Foundation for Children’s Cancer; Kris Hough, Santa Clarita Facilities Foundation; Gail Pinsker, WiSH Foundation; Susan Reynolds, Domestic Violence Center of the SCV, Soroptimist International of Greater SCV; and Elizabeth Seipel, Circle of Hope.

Vision in Education Dinner

The fourth annual “Vision in Education Dinner,” to benefit science education for students at Santa Clarita Valley International Charter School (SCVi), a tuition-free public charter school, will be held March 16 at the Hyatt Regency Valencia.

The event will honor two women who epitomize vision in education. In addition to this year’s honoree, Marti Heinbaugh, Mission Valley Bank’s Regional Manager, SCVi has selected Jenny Williams as the 2013 Founders Vision Award recipient.

Williams is a founding teacher at SCVi who oversees a multi-age K/1 classroom and leads the school’s entire K/1 team.

“Jenny embodies the principles and philosophy of SCVi,” said Dawn Evenson, SCVi’s executive director of education. “Her quiet leadership has helped build SCVi and its sister school, iLEAD in Lancaster, into the thriving learning environments that they are today.”

Williams is in her seventh year of teaching – the last five of which have been at SCVi. She is an expert on multi-age classrooms and project-based learning.

The event will feature cocktails, dinner, entertainment, dancing, and live and silent auctions. Tickets are $90 per person and can be purchased at

Busy weekend coming

In addition to the Vision in Education Dinner, the Knights of Columbus will host their 33rd annual 5K to be held Saturday in Central Park in Saugus. Info: Tony Cota 661-259-8346 and the 36th annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance, also on Saturday at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish Hall in Newhall. Info: Steve Surjaputra 661-753-3326.

If that’s not enough fun for you, Soroptimist International of Santa Clarita Valley will host the fifth annual Poker Tournament on Saturday at Valencia Summit Clubhouse 24600 Del Monte Drive, Valencia. Info: Terra Bruns at 661-373-0151 or

On Sunday Soroptimist International of Greater SCV will host “Mischief and Malarkey” fashion show and boutique at the Hyatt Regency Valencia. For event info, including ticket pricing, call Sandi Naba at 661-645-1893 or send an email to

Whew! Who can keep up?

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 on Twitter @SCVScene.


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