Possession of Concealed Butterfly Knives and Other Dirks and Daggers

| Canyon Country Magazine | February 13, 2018

Last month, deputies were patrolling an area of Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country when they spotted a man who appeared to be riding his bicycle under the influence. Upon stopping and searching the man, deputies discovered that he was, in fact, under the influence of a drug and had in his possession prescription medication for which he did not have a prescription, counterfeit currency, and a butterfly knife. He was arrested and taken to the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station and held in lieu of $20,000 bail.

Butterfly knives are relatively common weapons found on the streets, the possession of which can sometimes be charged as a felony. However, they aren’t the only controlled knives in the state of California. Others include:

  • Air Gauge Knife – a device that appears to be an air gauge but has concealed within it a piece of metal with a sharp point used for stabbing that can be extended via gravity or by mechanical means.
  • Ballistic Knife – a knife with a detachable blade that can be fired by pressing a button or trigger on the knife’s handle. They commonly use a spring system to fire the blade, but it’s possible to find some which use compressed air or a gas propulsion system. Those that use the latter systems are more powerful than those that employ springs to fire the blade.
  • Belt Buckle Knife – a knife disguised as part of a belt buckle that can be used to deceive others into believing the wielder doesn’t have a weapon.
  • Lipstick Knife – similar to a belt buckle knife, it is disguised to look like a tube of lipstick, but when the cap is opened a small, hidden blade is revealed.
  • Writing Pen Knife – like the two types of knives listed above, it is a knife hidden within an ink pen.
  • Switchblades – this category includes butterfly knives. Any switchblade weapon that has a blade longer than 2 inches is illegal in California.
  • Concealed Dirks and Daggers – if you’re going to go out dragon slaying, know that it’s illegal to conceal your daggers and dirks from law enforcement. However, they can be openly carried in most cases, provided they are not taken to areas where carrying weapons is illegal (schools, government buildings, etc.).

Typically, possession of a switchblade is charged as a misdemeanor with the possible penalties including up to six months in county jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000. If the weapon is stored with the blade open, the charges could change and be upgraded to a felony.

Cookies and Community – Devar Ward of D.W. Cookie Co.

| Canyon Country Magazine | February 11, 2018

Whether you talk to Devar Ward about his family, his business or his background, it always comes back to one thing: community. And for four years, his specialty shop, D.W. Cookie Co., has been a part of the Canyon Country community landscape.

DW Cookie Co.
As early as 10 a.m. on a weekday, the front door is like a turnstyle – the line of happy customers never completely disappearing. Loud hellos are exchanged, many engaging in hugs with Devar Ward, or with little Darian, his son, who turns 3 years old this month.

“I got that book you told me to get,” Ward says to one of his customers who walks in the door. “I took notes like you told me to.”

All this, while the shop owner passes his new baby, 2-month-old Dacey, to another regular, who asks to hold him.

Now, that’s community.

“It’s like my second home,” said Andi Madden of Canyon Country, who comes in frequently for her morning coffee and a cookie. “I love the cookies. I love the family atmosphere. Stacy and Devar have become like family. And I like supporting an independently-run business.”

Russell Benson and Samantha Sumampong said they come into DW Cookie “as often as we can.”

“I like the warm, homey feeling,” Benson said, “and the cookies are delicious and fresh and the flavors are so incredible. Every time we come here we leave smiling.”

Stacy behind the counter

Among Benson’s and Sumampong’s favorite flavors are DW’s white chocolate cranberry, cinnamon pecan crunch, and “Just Toffee” cookies. “(I like) the strong sense of community at the shop and the conversations we have,” Sumampong said. “We like supporting small businesses.”

Besides his oldest daughter, a pre-teen named Danielle, and his sons Darian and Dacey, Devar Ward has the support of his wife Stacy, who busily helps customers from behind the counter. But the influence of family started long ago in Brooklyn, New York.

“I used to cook with my Gramma,” Devar said. “Especially holidays – Christmas, Thanksgiving. And I’ve always liked sweets.”

When he was 12 or 13 years old, Devar moved to California to be with his father. “It was going to be a summer with my dad and I ended up staying,” he said with a grin.

He went to Reseda High School and eventually landed a job with Pacific Bell, working in customer service and billing. In the company’s original business model, when Pac Bell was limited to California, Devar said it was a wonderful place of employment. But as it got larger, first when Pac Bell merged with SBC Global and then when SBC Global bought AT&T, he said the business changed for the worse.

But while the corporate climate was disappointing, the atmosphere was ripe for something better.

“One week I wanted chocolate chip cookies, so I went to the store and bought some Pillsbury, but it was no good,” Devar said. “I went to the market and bought ingredients to make them from scratch and I brought them to work. Everyone said, ‘Make these some more.’ I started selling them and it kind of blossomed from there.”

The biggest boon, according to Devar Ward, came from his leap of faith, “Trusting God,” he said. “You’ve got to have faith. It’s important.”

Personally Speaking
Despite being an ethnic minority in the Santa Clarita Valley, Devar Ward sees little difference between his life and those of others. He moved his family to Canyon Country from the San Fernando Valley for the same reasons most residents do – the schools and lower home prices.

And, of course, there’s one of Ward’s favorite words again. “Here it’s more community-oriented,” he said. “Everybody’s been great, neighbors have all been friendly. Society’s changed, so everybody’s more accepting these days. I haven’t ever had any issues.”

Ward pointed out that in California his community has included a broader mix of individuals than it did in Brooklyn. But that doesn’t mean his family saw racism up close in New York, either.

“My grandma had a story, when she worked at A&S (Abraham & Straus department store) in the art department,” he said. “There were times when they struggled to pay for the mortgage or bills, and most of the people she worked around were white. Any time they heard she needed help, they helped.”

Ward admits that things would look different to his great-great grandparents, who would have described lives affected by slavery. But, he sees everyone’s journey as a separate experience.

“I understand how people look in the past,” he explained, “but everybody walks their path, and you meet people and you experience things. Everybody lives their struggle.”

And while Devar Ward is just like any other business owner, hoping to claim the American Dream, he has perspective.

It’s nice to want things and to have big goals,” he said. “But what counts more is who you are inside. It doesn’t matter what color you are.”

Sand Canyon Journal – Local News

| Canyon Country Magazine | February 10, 2018

Valentine’s Day in Sand Canyon

Sand Canyon Country Club is creating a special menu to complement the enchantment of the Sycamore Grill dining room for Valentine’s Day guests on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. The chef will offer a prix fixe menu consisting of four courses for $54 per person, not including tax and gratuity.

First courses include a choice of red bean hummus or oysters, and the second course has options of lobster bisque or a dish called Micro Beet Red Bulls Blood. For the main course, guests will choose from salmon, mussels, steak or chicken breast. There are three choices for dessert.

There will be two seatings – at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. – and those who wish to make a reservation are requested to call 661-252-8484 by February 10. The Sycamore Grill will accept a credit card to hold reservations.


SCHOA Meeting

Thursday, February 22, 2018 is the next meeting of the Sand Canyon Homeowners Association, according to an email from SCHOA last month. It is slated for 7:00 p.m. at Sand Canyon Country Club. The dining room is open for individuals who want to purchase food and drinks before the meeting.

Sand Canyon Country Club is located at 27734 Sand Canyon Road in Canyon Country. For dinner reservations, call 661-252-8484. For questions about the meeting, email SCHOA@la.twcbc.com.

Not Your Grandmother’s Girl Scouts

| Canyon Country Magazine | February 10, 2018

When Girl Scouts of the USA was founded by Juliette Gordon Low in 1912, women had very limited career opportunities and they still couldn’t vote.

A couple of generations later, when Sharon McNally joined the ranks of the growing youth program in Somers Point, New Jersey, women were becoming a much stronger force in society. And by the end of the 20th century, Sharon McNally-Mobley’s daughters became Girl Scouts at a time when women were serving on the Supreme Court and flying in space.

And now that McNally-Mobley is the mother of three young women, she can vouch for the program’s growth since her days as a Brownie Girl Scout in New Jersey.

Sharon McNally-Mobley wore her Girl Scout uniform on picture day as a fourth-grader (2nd row, fourth from the right).

“With my older sister, also a Brownie, we walked to our troop leader’s home for weekly meetings,” she says. “Highlights from those early years were making things – and summer camp, where I learned swimming, canoeing, and camp songs.”

McNally moved up the ranks to Junior Girl Scouts, which was grades 4-6, in Long Island, New York. She helped her mother run her sister’s troop in the family’s den, and her best memories include cooking campfire stew, learning songs, making s’mores, earning badges and selling Girl Scout Cookies for 35 cents a box. “I was so happy when the price of cookies went up to 50 cents a box,” says McNally-Mobley. “So much easier to count out change!”

She completed Cadette Girl Scouts, which was grades 7-9, in Canoga Park, California. “Camping was my favorite, working in patrols … earning badges, and performing camp skits,” she says.

In 1997, Sharon McNally-Mobley was living in Canyon Country, the mother to three daughters, Bailey, Bree and Bo. She was inspired to return to Girl Scouts by “fun camp counselors and creative leaders,” and she says it was her “Green Knight” (husband Phil Mobley) who made it easy for her to get involved in Girl Scouting. She left a position as art director for the Disney Channel Magazine after the birth of her second child and brought creativity to her volunteerism, which included Girl Scouting.

Sharon McNally-Mobley got an early start in Girl Scouts, pictured here at Brownie camp in New Jersey (front row, at end on the left).

She spent 18 years as a Girl Scout leader in Santa Clarita, being trained by Joshua Tree Council in Bakersfield, Lancaster,

The Mobley girls (L to R): Bree, Bo and Bailey join Sharon at the Mother/Daughter Western Round-Up

Santa Clarita and her last year with Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles. When Girl Scouts of the USA turned 100 in 2012, she brought her troop of 12th grade Ambassadors to ‘Girltopia,’ an event drawing thousands of Girl Scouts to the LA Convention Center for activities promoting leadership, STEM, outdoor adventure, healthy living and more.

Bailey: Troop 506/278 from 1994-2006
After volunteering as “cookie mom” for three years, Sharon McNally-Mobley became one of the leaders in Canyon Country. “The troop would plan out their money-earning goals, besides selling cookies, calendars, magazines and then nuts,” Sharon explains. The girls also: completed community service projects, ran badge workshops for younger girls, sang at convalescent hospitals, worked in patrols, held ceremonies, worked on Rose Parade floats, camped, kayaked, surfed and snorkeled, and visited the capitol in Sacramento. Three of the girls earned their Silver Award, which is the highest award a Cadette Girl Scout can earn. It’s the prerequisite to become a Gold Award Girl Scout, the highest honor in Girl Scouting.

(Point of fact: Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles produces the highest number of Gold Award Girl Scouts in the nation every year.)

Bree: Troop 412/416 from 1996-2008
Sharon McNally-Mobley was a back-up leader when needed, learning from Bree’s Daisy and Brownie leader Linda Hamilton, as welll as junior and senior leaders Debbie Hall and Connie Scheffler. “And I borrowed many of their ideas!” Sharon says. “They flew to San Francisco to bridge with thousands of sister Girl Scouts, a bridging event that’s still going on today. The troop also camped, kayaked and snorkeled on Catalina Island. All of the girls completed their Silver Award by planning and running a Fairytale Fun Camporee on the beach – my younger daughter’s troop was there to participate.”

Bo: Troop 106 from 1999-2012
Sharon McNally-Mobley started and finished as the troop’s leader with a partner, Noel Ruffner. “This troop was so much fun – everything I learned from others was put to use,” Sharon says. “Bronze & Silver Awards were earned by all of the Girl Scouts in this troop, and five of the girls became Gold Award Girl Scouts. Each Gold Award Girl Scout spends one to two years on a sustainable and measurable project addressing a community need.”

Activities included flying to San Francisco, Rose Parade float decorating, surf camp in San Diego, winter camp in Big Bear and Wrightwood, Color Guard for City Hall, and a unique experience: visiting the first baby girl in need who was born on the birthday of Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low. Some of the Gold Award girls went on GSGLA Destinations – a Girl Scout travel program. Two went to Europe, including Bo Mobley.

Changes in Scouting
“Girl Scouts has always been changing for the better,” McNally-Mobley says. “The entire experience builds year upon year, kindergarten through 12th grade. There is so much opportunity for girls in all levels of our program. Our council offers experiences and programs in STEM, entrepreneurship, outdoors, and life skills. We have high-adventure camping and robotics and rocketry teams – there’s even a club for Girl Scouts who love media and communications!”

You can see the programs by visiting girlscoutsla.org and girlscouts.org.

(L-R): Bree, Bo, Bailey and Sharon Mobley

Sharon McNally-Mobley is the retail manager of Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles for both the Palmdale & Santa Clarita Shops. There are seven centers within GSGLA, plus headquarters in Downtown L.A. There are teams at all locations to help with starting a troop, getting your daughter in a troop, volunteering, training, uniforms, badges, books, and support. For more information on joining GSGLA as a Girl Scout, as a volunteer or supporter, you may call 213-213-0123.


Sharon McNally-Mobley’s
Daughters Reflect

Bo, college student

Our troop was adventurous because our leaders were creative opportunists. With the encouragement of my mom, I was able to gather the funds and momentum to travel to Europe with Girl Scouts. My mom pushed us to do things we never thought we were capable of, and for that, I am forever grateful.

My mom’s creativity and optimism brought out the best in us. Many of us were inspired to travel across the country, become Gold Award Girl Scouts, and give back to our communities with hundreds of hours of service. My mom helped bring out the laughter, playfulness, and tenaciousness in all of us. And for that, I am very grateful!
Bree, RPI grad/civil engineer

My mom was heavily involved in my Girl Scout experience as a parent helper, although not my troop leader. She helped organize and inspire countless activities, crafts, workshops, and a lot of fun. She was always able to solve a last-minute problem or a seemingly impossible task by simply just asking. She had this ability to bring people together, to build a community around us – it was amazing, and solidified how valuable working together could be.

I remember my mom helped me paint a life-sized character cut-out backdrop for a weekend camporee my troop was planning. She taught me how to cut the image into squares and to translate each smaller square from the image onto corresponding larger squares on the wooden board. We worked all night in the garage putting it together. It was the coolest thing at the camporee by far! My mom put in so much care into each project she worked on, she really wanted it to be great.

Bailey, UCSD grad/social media mgr

My path to womanhood would have been colorless if it was not for being a Girl Scout. Girl Scouts is an organization, but it’s the leaders who create the #girlpower movement. Many don’t know that the foundation and fundamentals of the program is painted by those who lead.

The backbone of every troop is a fearless, dedicated and selfless leader. My mom volunteered countless hours inspiring, influencing and empowering young females within our community – many of whom I consider lifelong friends – to challenge themselves and strive to be the best version of themselves.

I am my mother’s daughter and will always remember to leave any place cleaner than I found it.

New Tech Features Make Recovering Stolen Gadgets Easier

| Canyon Country Magazine | January 31, 2018

On the Saturday before Christmas, a Canyon Country man approached his vehicle to discover that several items, including his tablet, had been stolen from inside. Typically, occurrences like these result in an unhappy ending for the victims, as it can be exceedingly difficult to track down the suspected perpetrator or get the stolen items back. This was not a typical occurrence.

The stolen tablet was equipped with a tracking feature that allows the owner to locate the device from a smartphone — which the victim quickly did.

The tracking software led the victim to a home on Rock Rose Lane where, upon inspection, he noticed several of his stolen items through the open garage door. He quickly called the police, who questioned the home’s occupant after their arrival. The occupant was unable to provide police with an explanation regarding how the merchandise was obtained, or any receipts for the allegedly stolen items. Upon searching the home, deputies discovered methamphetamine in one of the bedrooms. The occupant was arrested and charged with multiple felonies, including receiving stolen property.

Thefts like the one described above happen frequently, and as previously mentioned, most victims don’t get their items back. The best way to keep yourself from being the target of one of these thieves is never to keep items of any value in your vehicle where they can be plainly seen (particularly around holidays). If you must keep things in your car, lock them in the trunk where they’re harder to get to. Most thieves won’t be trying to pick the lock on someone’s trunk in the hopes that there could be something good inside. Instead, they look for easier targets where they know what they’re going to be getting.

Ask the Experts: Electric Biking

| Canyon Country Magazine | January 31, 2018

It is the time of year when everyone is looking for a new form of exercise, and ebiking is an excellent choice. It is both recreational and has many health benefits. For the weight-conscious, it burns 450 calories an hour, plus you’re contributing to your well-being by reducing your stress.

Ebiking enables you to enjoy commuting again, an easy way to fit exercise into your busy schedule. Think how nice it would be to see a reduction in traffic congestion and smog. With 20,000 new houses and 40,000 new cars coming to Santa Clarita streets, you can make use of the existing bike path system and gain a faster commute time. E-bikes get a 1,000 mile range with just four dollars worth of electricity.

Riders of all ages and abilities can ride ebikes together – no one gets left behind, everyone becomes equal and the ride is more enjoyable. Also, in hotter temperatures, the ride is easier than a regular bike.

Open Trails Ebikes is located at 22935 Soledad Canyon Road in Santa Clarita. For more information, call 661-284-5954 or visit Open-trails-ebikes-of-santa-clarita.business.site/.

Canyon Country Animal Hospital

| Canyon Country Magazine | January 30, 2018

Canyon Country pet owners have a new doctor coming to town. Pedro G. Cisneros, DVM is opening Canyon Country Animal Hospital in the Ralphs shopping center on the corner of Soledad Canyon and Whites Canyon this month. You may already know Dr. Cisneros, or one of the other veterinarians at VIP Veterinary Services on Bouquet Canyon Road in Saugus, which he opened more than 20 years ago.

Dr. Cisneros earned his degree in veterinary medicine from University of California, Davis over 35 years ago, and has been living in Santa Clarita for approximately 25 years. Initially he practiced large animal medicine, but now cares for small animals, including surgery services. He particularly likes to perform general surgery and some orthopedics.

Like VIP Veterinary Services, the new Canyon Country practice will offer low cost spaying and neutering on Thursdays. Canyon Country Animal Hospital is a full-service hospital with three doctors and is located at 19406 Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country. Call 661-347-4606 to make appointments.

New Business: Whimbys

| Canyon Country Magazine | January 29, 2018

For teens who like to buy resale clothes and other treasures, there’s a store opening in Canyon Country where the money they pay out will come back to them. Whimbys is bringing a consignment opportunity to the TJ Maxx shopping center, specifically aiming to support schools and youth programs.

“I’ve been working on this for three to four years, saving until I had enough money,” said Whimbys owner Tracey Moss, who has been in retail sales for 30-plus years and volunteered extensively for PTA and the Boy Scouts.

Non-profit organizations can sign up with Whimbys to receive earnings from donated goods.

“I know the funding in schools has gotten worse and worse and worse,” Moss said. “I like kids; it’s profitable; it’s year round. It’s kind of a no-brainer – for them.”

When a school signs up for a fundraiser through Whimbys, Moss will bring a truck to pick up and pay them for soft goods. Larger items are sold on consignment.

The store’s specialty includes women’s clothing and items for teenagers, from clothes to sporting goods. The 3,000-square-foot space will open Saturday, Jan. 13 pending approval from the L.A. Fire Department.

Located on the west side of TJ Maxx, Moss said she is on friendly terms with Hope of the Valley Thrift Store, also in the center. “I hope that we feed off of each other’s customers,” she said. “When stores are next to each other that are alike it gives people the opportunity to shop at both.”

Though Moss said she prepared the store mostly by herself, her sister-in-law created a baby section and Boy Scout families helped her haul items from her house and her storage unit.

Moss and her husband, Michael, have led Boy Scouts and their sons have been active in the organization. Colby is a student at Saugus High School; Matthew earned the Eagle Scout Award and is serving in the U.S. Marines.

Whimbys is located at 19371 Soledad Canyon in Canyon Country. It is open seven days a week, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Canyon Country Business Briefs

| Canyon Country Magazine | January 28, 2018


Storytimes and Children’s Programming
Storytimes and programming for children grades K through 6th will run from Jan. 22-April 23. Visit SantaClaritaLibrary/events.com for a complete schedule of daily activities happening at all Santa Clarita Public Library branches.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Party (family program)
Play games and participate in fun activities based on the popular series.
Saturday, January 20
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Canyon Country Meeting Room

Tutti Fruity Penny Pinchers (teens)
Construct a fruit-themed mini pouch out of felt that is perfect for carrying cash and coins or other small items.
Wednesday, January 24
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Canyon Country Teen Area

Bingo and Board Games for Adults
Join others for Bingo and board games at the library.
Tuesday, January 9 and January 23
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Canyon Country Meeting Room

Afternoon at the Movies
A popular feature film is shown every Friday at the library.
Fridays during January
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Canyon Country Meeting Room


In November, the City of Santa Clarita issued 54 film permits, which contributed to 91 film days, generating an estimated economic impact of $2,200,500.

The following productions were filming in Canyon Country in November 2017.

Break In – Sand Canyon area home

Television Shows:
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Rancho Deluxe
Timeless – Sable Ranch

Turbo Tax – Sable Ranch

Cage (New York Film Academy) – UFC Gym
Dudeman (CSUN) – Area home

The Romantic Look of Eugenia’s

| Canyon Country Magazine | January 24, 2018

She makes blushing brides beautiful and she’s the belle of the ball at every high school prom. A local dress designer for decades, Maria Eugenia Mendez has served women and teens in the community on countless special occasions through her business known as Eugenia’s Designs.

Originally from Bolivia, Eugenia and her husband, Ernesto, moved to Michigan in 1961 and Santa Clarita in 1971. When their four children went to school, so did Eugenia – she earned a degree in fashion design from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, or FIDM, in Los Angeles.

The first Eugenia’s store was opened in 1981. As she built her customer base, Eugenia needed a larger space, so she moved to a space in Newhall, then opened her boutique at Soledad Canyon and Camp Plenty roads in Canyon Country. Her last location was near TJ Maxx. About 10 years ago she closed her shop to work from her house.

She mostly designs for brides and for girls going to high school proms.

“The girls don’t want to have a dress they have at the mall,” Eugenia explained. “They like to be different, so that’s why they want to have a design or they combine two or three designs they see at the Oscars or something.”

In all the years Eugenia has been working, she’s seen it all, but she has her favorites.

“I’m pretty classic,” she said. “I feel that the classical stays. It’s versatile too — later you can turn it to this and that.”

When it comes to fabrics, Eugenia loves laces and chiffon. “There are so many now and so beautiful,” she said. “I enjoy going to downtown to my suppliers.”

Typically, her clients will bring pictures of the styles they want, and she creates drawings, offering her expertise in regard to their body types and which shapes offer the most flattering fits. She also caters to the customer’s budget. Some customers come to Eugenia for alterations or they order something online and want to make a few changes.

But what doesn’t change is Eugenia’s reputation for creating custom designs that are red carpet ready. So, even when she’s not in attendance, the work of Maria Eugenia Mendez is the talk of the town.

You can reach Eugenia by calling 661-298-2442 or visiting Eugeniasdesigns.com.

Don Takeda: A Man for All Seasons

| Canyon Country Magazine | January 24, 2018

For the most part, organisms have the best chance of growth and development if they have a strong foundation. Don Takeda of Canyon Country is a living, breathing example of that concept.

It was exactly 46 years between the day Takeda was hired as a biology and math instructor at College of the Canyons and his retirement, which came after teaching and chairing the biology department. He is the longest serving faculty member at the college.

A graduate of University of California, Berkeley, Takeda had just completed a master’s degree in botanical science at California State University, Los Angeles when he interviewed for the job. He thought it would just be “interview experience,” but he was swiftly hired at COC, which was only three years old at the time.

“It was completely shocking,” Takeda said. “It was so casual, so informal.”

He began working at COC’s Valencia campus on Jan. 1, 1972, when there were no permanent buildings. From a young, “green” instructor, Takeda’s career grew in tandem with the growth of the college – and the Santa Clarita Valley as a whole.

“It was really exciting,” he said. “The institution correlated with the development of the community.”

The science department saw changes too. The college was originally set up to educate individuals for transfer to other institutions of higher education. But that focus began to change, even within Takeda’s department.

“Not only has it expanded, but the content, the discipline has changed,” he said. “It tends to cycle. Back then it was environmental/ecology centered. … The science has changed dramatically, but we’ve come back to sustainability.”

Takeda also met his wife, Cindee Robinson, while working at COC. They settled in Canyon Country in 1976, where they reared two children, daughter Phoebe and son Cameron, both former College of the Canyons students. Phoebe is studying fashion design at Kent State University and Cameron graduated from University of California, Berkeley and is completing a master’s degree in philosophy at California State University, Los Angeles.

Takeda believes that living in this community gave his children a solid foundation, beginning with pre-school at St. Clare Catholic Church in Canyon Country. “Everything they needed to learn from life was from pre-school,” he said. “And the teachers at Mitchell – it’s a great school.”
The eastern side of the valley has some advantages, in Takeda’s mind. “There’s a diversity out here, which is so neat,” he explained. “And when I bought in 1976, there was a pocket of educators in Sierra Hills – that was a surprise too. … It was a small development and there were very few homes – nothing like it is today.”

The retired educator believes his children benefitted from life in Santa Clarita, not just during the formative years, but beyond.

“It might seem biased, but they had the experience to go to COC and get a solid foundation, to get that pedagogy under their belt,” Takeda said. “That’s the strength of community colleges.”

Like the seasons he watched come and go while growing up on a farm in Fresno, Takeda has witnessed a lot of changes in the community, including COC’s Valencia campus growing from modules to permanent buildings, and the same pattern at the Canyon Country campus.

“We had a lot of students from the Canyon Country area. It was a logical progression,” he said. “Its uniqueness resides in the fact that Canyon Country has a lot of individuality, which is a strength. … With the science building coming up, I can go back there now and say, as a community member, that’s an achievement that’s going to be of value to the community.”

An emphasis on STEM departments – science, technology, engineering and math – gives credibility to an institution of learning, according to Takeda. It correlates to jobs and research opportunities.

Though his retirement fell before the groundbreaking of the new science building on COC’s Canyon Country campus, which is later this month, Takeda does not plan to miss out.

“As an adjunct, I’ll be able to teach there, instead of ending cold turkey after 46 years,” he said.

It is the reverse order that most College of the Canyons faculty members take, who usually hold an adjunct position before becoming full-time. But it’s a move that makes sense for Don Takeda. After all, he is a man who repeatedly serves to support the continued growth and development of those around him, taking whatever route is necessary.

The Food of Love

| Canyon Country Magazine | January 23, 2018

When you check out what’s trending in romantic food ideas, you see that you can say you love someone with something dipped, handcrafted, shaped, molten, poured, or a host of other ways. You don’t have to pony up the money for an edible arrangement to your loved one – you can make many things yourself. On the front page of Pinterest you find that shapes send the message for you. There are French toast churros in heart shapes and strawberries carved like roses and butterflies. Some talented people posted fruit flowers they created, showing a kiwi cut open and looking like a water lily.

Brides are putting their personalities on display with frosting in shapes such as cacti, skulls, skateboards and a Volkswagen Beetle. And cupcakes still seem to be in play, frosted with every color of the rainbow and topped with cookie dough, bourbon and chicken legs.

If you’re counting calories, CookingLight.com has a recipe for pots de crème (chocolate is always a good idea) and Health.com suggests a passion fruit truffle or berries and whipped cream.

One chef suggests a meal making chocolate a part of every course. She also has creative ideas such as making a pizza together or holding an indoor picnic. Don’t worry, the old favorites – chocolate dipped strawberries and champagne, for instance – are still going strong. Recipes for filet mignon, crab legs and crème brulee are easy to come by online.

New Business: Medrano’s Mexican Restaurant

| Canyon Country Magazine | January 23, 2018

One of Canyon Country’s newest arrivals has a long, successful track record. The 20-year history of Medrano’s Mexican Restaurant is proof that you can accomplish a lot with family unity.

“That’s the key, that’s how we’ve succeeded,” said general manager Jose Medrano. “Being together, my mom and dad taught us, raised us in the right way, to stick together as a family.”

“Mom and Dad” are Reveca Alvarez and Ramiro Medrano, who brought their family from Guanajuato, Mexico, and pooled their money with their sons to open the first Medrano’s in Lancaster.
“We put in our savings. We started with $200 in the drawer (of the) cash register,” Jose Medrano said. “All my family has been working in restaurants our whole life – cooks, waiters, busboys, hostesses. That’s why we decided to open our own.”

The restaurant was successful from the start, and soon they opened more – one in Palmdale and another in Quartz Hill. Canyon Country is the fourth location.

“In order to succeed you have to be ‘on it’ all the time,” Jose Medrano said. “It’s a sacrifice – family, kids.”

With a family of five, including children ages 10-22, Jose is a busy man. “I’ve got a really sweet family,” he said. “I try to raise them in a good way. That’s my job as a parent.”

It’s clear that Jose Medrano is a people person, and he claims to never let business change him.

“This is all about my parents,” he underscored. “I’m very blessed to have parents like the ones I have. They put me in a position they believe I belong to. All my family believes in me. I’m really blessed with that.”

The Medranos have a March 1 target date to open in Canyon Country with everything their other restaurants offer, from football game nights and Sunday brunches to pick-up and catering services. The restaurant is located at 19319 Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country. For more information, visit Medranosmexicanfood.com.

Get Fit: Losing Weight

| Canyon Country Magazine | January 22, 2018

By Keith Michael

Several years ago my family had the opportunity to spend a week in Cancun, Mexico. There were five of us sharing a large, family-style suite in a sizable resort, where we had a great time seeing pyramids, on various excursions, and sitting on the beach. We took a lot of pictures, of course, and at one point my oldest son took a photo of me taking a nap. When I saw it I was appalled at the size of my stomach. Why it surprised me, I’m not sure, because I am 6 feet, 1 inch in height and, at the time, I weighed in at close to 240 lbs. By contrast, I was just 190 lbs. when I got married over 30 years ago.

The odd thing was I’ve been going to the gym for over 30 years, at least three times a week, doing at least the recommended half hour of cardio and some weight work. (Though, admittedly, I do like my glass of wine in the evening and I didn’t want to eat like a rabbit.) After the trip, I was at a friend’s house sitting next to the pool and asked, “Do you think we will ever be fit again”? He said, “Nope,” and that was it.

A few years later, still traumatized by the photo, I was on the phone with one of my kids and told her about my frustration. She had just lost 30 lbs. and shared her simple strategy, which ended up changing my trajectory. Initially, I thought, “Yeah, yeah, a diet where you only eat … (fill in the blank: cabbage, pineapple, protein).” It just seemed like people on those diets have success, but as soon as they return to a normal diet their bodies morph back into the one they once had.

This was different. It began like a lot of diets — figuring out what I ate and how much of it. No judgment — just keeping a record. She shared with me the free app called Myfitnesspal, which I downloaded onto my phone to get me started. The first thing it asked me was how much did I want to weigh, which I set to 200 lbs. After asking me about my activity level, etc. the program told me I was allowed 1,900 calories a day to meet this goal in one year. I was advised to use it for a couple of weeks and input every cup of coffee, breakfast bar, etc., so I did.

I already had a gym membership, which I continued to use, and inputted my workouts into the app, where my calories were calculated. For example, a half hour on the elliptical would burn 400 calories. The app now added these to my 1,900 calories for a new total of 2,300 a day to reach my goal. Once I started to keep track I was increasingly more aware of what I ate. I love sandwiches at Subway and was eating there a couple of times a week. So, I downshifted to sandwiches like ham or turkey, which were less caloric. And when I would leave for work I previously grabbed three breakfast bars, but I began thinking about how long I would have to spend on the elliptical to work it off, so I started taking one bar and a piece of fruit.

I’ve heard that having a buddy go to the gym with you is helpful, but I have never done that, because I like audible books and podcasts; they make the time go more quickly. I recommend audible.com for books.

At the beginning stages of my new program, I suffered from a fair amount of back pain, I snored terribly and I had crept up to a pant size of 38. But my lifestyle changes worked. For several years I have weighed just 204, I have a 35-inch waist, my back is much better and I virtually never snore. I still love my food, wine and dessert (which is probably why I’m at 204 instead of 200), but more importantly, I feel a lot better.

College of the Canyons Canyon Country Campus to Break Ground on Science Building

| Canyon Country Magazine | January 21, 2018

The College of the Canyons Canyon Country campus will break ground on its first permanent structure, the Science Building, on Wednesday, Jan. 24.

The approximately 55,000-square-foot facility will primarily be devoted to physical and biological sciences, housing eight labs and 10 science service rooms. But the four-level building will also house three computer labs, 24 faculty offices, seven group study rooms, open study spaces, as well as seven lecture rooms, including a lecture room with 75-seat capacity.

“As the second permanent building on the Canyon Country campus and the first major project towards the buildout of the campus, this building will effectively double the size of the existing campus when complete,” said Jim Schrage, assistant superintendent, vice president, facilities planning, operations and construction at the college. “That is a major impact, to the benefit of the students currently on wait-lists (who) cannot be accommodated due to the sheer lack of physical space currently within the District. This project will forevermore change the landscape of the CCC, from both the student and campus identity perspectives.”

Located at the center of campus, the Science Building will serve as a focal point for students and first-time visitors and will transform the campus’ landscape.

Currently, lab shortage and overcrowded classrooms place more than 4,000 students on a class waitlist every semester. The construction of the Science Building will allow the college to offer students the in-demand science courses they need to graduate and reach their educational goals.

“The Science Building project will bring in-demand science laboratory and classroom space to the very heart of the campus,” said Dr. Ryan Theule, vice president of the Canyon Country campus & grants development. “Although the Canyon Country campus is already known as a comprehensive center with complete academic pathways and student support services, the addition of the Science Building will provide new possibilities for students to complete academic pathways, especially in science disciplines. This project is a welcome addition to our campus and community and is a fitting part of ongoing 10th anniversary celebrations currently underway this 2017-18 year.”

Funding for the construction of the Science Building was made possible by Measure E, which Santa Clarita Valley voters passed in June 2016. Measure E allocated $230 million to the Santa Clarita Community College District for construction projects.

The Science Building is expected to be completed by fall 2019.

The building’s groundbreaking event will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 24, weather permitting, at Cougar Way, 17200 Sierra Highway in Canyon Country.

Business Spotlight: Automotive Key

| Canyon Country Magazine | January 20, 2018

When you’re dealing with the frustration of a broken remote to unlock your car, or you’ve locked yours inside and can’t open the door, a car dealer is not the only one who holds the key. At least, not since Luis Vega opened Automotive Key.

Some of the most frequent jobs that come Vega’s way include clients whose remotes are cracked or drivers with only one set of car keys and need duplicates. He also has a mobile service for individuals who lock their keys inside their vehicles.

It was 22 years ago when Luis Vega left Mexico City

“I was tired of the corruption,” he said. “My father sacrificed all his money to give me an education. … I saw the American flag and I (thought) ‘I’ve got to go there,’ and I started from the bottom.”

Vega learned his trade from working for Valencia Lexus for 15 years. Four years ago he struck out on his own, and established Automotive Key at its current location.

“When I can’t get a car open l don’t give up,” Vega said. “We use a special computer to get a program we call advanced diagnostics.”

It typically takes 20-25 minutes for him to program a new key.

“The dealers charge too much; that’s one of the things people like about us,” he said.

Vega used all of his savings to start his business. And though it was hard at first, business is improving for him and his wife, Fatima. They have two sons, 19-year-old Jonathan, who went to Canyon Springs, Sierra Vista and Canyon High School, and will soon be leaving for a Mormon mission. Fourteen-year-old Hyram attended the same elementary school and junior high and is currently at Canyon.

“This area is so quiet and so secure – one of the reasons I try to do business here,” said Luis Vega. “People are so great, so helpful, so friendly.”

Automotive Key is open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. It is located at 18928 Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country. For more information, call 661-313-0588 or visit Automotivekeysc.com.

Sand Canyon Christmas Gift – SRD Straightening Reins

| Canyon Country Magazine, Sand Canyon Journal | December 13, 2017

In this season of giving there are many examples of generosity, and here in Sand Canyon, a local non-profit is grateful for a new home. If you’ve noticed a sudden flurry in the corrals at the ranch on Sand Canyon and Lost Canyon roads, it may be the presence of SRD Straightening Reins. The organization offers mental well-being and hope to at-risk teens through equine therapy.

Previously located on the other side of the Santa Clarita Valley, the SRD board of directors completed a yearlong review of finances and programs, finding a Canyon Country property that better met their needs.

“After reviewing multiple ranch locations, our Sand Canyon facility met the criteria — improved accessibility, transition feasibility, and a decrease in overhead costs,” said Deborah S. Rocha, SRD Straightening Reins executive director.

Rocha founded the non-profit in 2011 after the death of her daughter, Samantha Rocha Dyer, who had struggled with mental illness. Her initials became the moniker for the organization — SRD.

Clients are from the Santa Clarita Valley, students at many of the middle schools and high schools. Both the teens and their families take advantage of SRD’s programs. Youth who participate there range in age from 5 through 22 years, in addition to parents. Currently, there are 14 participating in equine-assisted psychotherapy, known as EAP. There are weekly groups for foster youth, domestic violence center clients, individuals from the department of children and family services, and teens known as Ranch Crew.

About 6-10 young people and 6-8 adults volunteer their time every week, providing supervision, maintenance of animals and the facility, advertising, data entry, a food recovery program, and fundraising, among other tasks.

SRD board member Susan Lopez became involved when her son, Eric, needed hours for Honor Society at Canyon High School.

“SRD is a wonderful place for children 8-18 to volunteer and give back to the community,” Susan Lopez said. “There weren’t very many non-profits in SCV (at that time) that had ongoing opportunities to volunteer for students under 14 years of age. After the first year, I fell in love with the cause and difference SRD made, and continues to make, in the lives of those who become involved, either as a volunteer or recipient of services.”

Deborah Rocha and her son live on the property as caretakers for SRD’s herd.

“The Hanson family has been wonderful and have already become part of our SRD programs,” Rocha said. “Our herd came with us from our original facility, as they’ve been chosen specifically for helping others heal.”

Like most charities, SRD Straightening Reins relies on donations to survive.

“Without our donors we’d be nothing. They’re the peanut butter to our jelly,” Rocha said. “Just because we have a great mission doesn’t guarantee that we’ll be around for years. It’s a harsh reality, but it’s just that: reality.”

The SRD Straightening Reins board made decisions that cut expenses by a third, Rocha said, including pulling up stakes in San Francisquito Canyon. It was a big job with a team of people assisting.

“We are fortunate to find an owner of a location that believes in our mission that we can afford,” Lopez said. “Moving to a new location was more out of necessity, rather than desire. Sustainable funding is a challenge for any nonprofit, especially one that has only been in existence five years.”

Rocha has been able to continue by forming partnerships and seeking out businesses, organizations and individuals who have like-minded goals about mental health education and treatment.

“Honestly, most other challenges pale in comparison to our need for funding to keep our doors open and accomplish our mission,” she said.

The organization has worked in the lives of many local families to address behavioral issues and reduce teen suicide.

“I’m not sure those who hear about SRD understand the multitude of benefits this nonprofit provides to youth in need of services or a safe place  to hang out, do homework or ranch chores,” Lopez explained, “where kids can be themselves without judgment.”

Rocha wants to bring the problem of mental health challenges into the open and garner more community awareness.

“We work with mental health in our community, and we have a difficult time getting media/community support,” she said. “Mental health is a very sensitive subject … and the dirty little secret of many families.”

For more information, visit srdstraighteningreins.org.

Ask the Experts

| Canyon Country Magazine | December 12, 2017

Earthquake Insurance

Question: In the event of “The Big One” which earthquake insurance policy is right for you?

Robb Nelson: As always, it depends on what earthquake insurance policy will get your home and personal items back to the way they were. Many homeowners are confused by earthquake insurance due to two main misconceptions: The federal government will help with repairs and deductibles are not affordable.

Misconception One: Yes, the federal government helps in times of disasters, but their funds are limited, not to mention the time it will take to even get the federal government/FEMA to start working on assisting you.

Misconception Two: Homeowners cannot afford the deductible. Deductibles on earthquake policies are generally 15 percent of each line of coverage. If your home has an estimated reconstruction value of $300,000, the deductible will be $45,000. Then I normally recommend $100,000 of Personal Property Coverage, which means the deductible would be an additional $15,000. Not a whole lot of people have $60,000 to just pay out. But keep in mind that the insurance company would subtract the deductible from the total loss and you are responsible for the difference. Then, with the money in hand, you can decide how you want to fix the damage. So, think of it this way. If your house suffers $200,000 in damage and you suffer $100,000 in Personal Property damage, your deductible ($60,000) is subtracted, so you would receive a check for $240,000. That would give you the $200,000 to repair your entire house. Then you have $40,000 to replace some of the personal property, but with no money out of your pocket.

For these reasons I do not recommend just basic earthquake insurance. Basic coverage will insure the house, but only $5,000 in personal property and $1,500 in loss of use, on average. It is not enough to cover all of your losses. Your home is your investment and it pays to make sure it is protected by the right policy.
Robb Nelson • RNI Agency

Real Estate – What Areas of Canyon Country are Most Affordable?

The great thing about Canyon Country is that we have homes for every buyer. This is such a wonderful community, with great schools, parks, shopping, dining and it is safe for families to enjoy, yet very affordable and close to work. Canyon Country is made up of five areas (Canyon Country 1, 2 & 3, plus Rainbow Glen and Sand Canyon).\

In Canyon Country 1 & 2 many of the older homes are perfect for first-time buyers, as they are affordable and usually have no Mello Roos taxes and no HOAs. They run from $425k – $500k for a 3-bedroom, 2-bath home between 1,000 and 1,500 square feet. Many of these homes will need some updating and are perfect for a buyer to fix up and add instant equity.

Canyon Country 3 is a newer area built in 1999 and later, consisting of Fair Oaks Ranch, which has an HOA, and the Ranch at Fair Oaks, which has an HOA plus Mello Roos tax. These are quality houses built by Pardee Homes and are perfect for the move-up buyer. The cost is $525k – $750k for a 3- to 6-bedroom home and they are as big as 2,300-3,800 square feet.

Sand Canyon is perfect for the high-end buyer. These homes tend to have large lots, pools and room for a guest house or corral for horses, etc. They tend to sell for $750k – $1.5m and can be as big as 5,000 square feet.

Also, a few other wonderful subdivisions are Rainbow Glen, Shangri La, Canyon Crest, Stetson Ranch, Sunset Heights and Stonecrest, which sell for $500k – $700k on average. Lastly, there are several affordable condos & townhomes that run between $250k – $400k that are a perfect place to begin homeownership, build equity and move up in 3-5 years to your dream home!!

With new developments like Aliento, Skyline Ranch, Vista Canyon (shops, dining, parks etc.) and the new Disney Studios to be built, Canyon Country is going to be the place to be and should continue to see values rise for many years to come.

I specialize in the Canyon Country area helping home buyers and all of my services are free. I offer up to $5,000 towards your closing costs and a free local move when I help you purchase a home.

CRAIG MARTIN – Realty One Group – 661-361-6843

How to Create a Strong, Secure Password in 2018

Here are a few tips for password security:
Keep your passwords private – never share a password with anyone else.
Do not write down your passwords.
Use passwords of at least eight (8) characters or more (longer is better).
Use a combination of upper case letters, lower case letters, numbers, and special characters (for example: !, @, &, %, +) in all passwords.
Avoid using people’s or pets’ names, or words found in the dictionary.
It’s also best to avoid using key dates (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.).
Substituting look-alike characters for letters or numbers is no longer sufficient (for example, Password” and “P@ssw0rd”).
A strong password should look like a series of random characters.

How to Create A Strong, Complex Password
Here’s a way to make a strong password that’s very hard to crack:

Think of a phrase or sentence with at least eight words. It should be something easy for you to remember, but hard for someone who knows you to guess. It could be a line from a favorite poem, story, movie, song lyric, or quotation you like.

I Want To Put A Dent In The Universe

Remove all but the first letter of each word in your phrase:

Replace several of the upper-case letters with lower case ones, at random:

Now substitute a number for at least one of the letters:
iWtpAD1tU (Here we’ve changed the capital “I” to the numeral 1.)

Finally, use special characters ( $, &, +, !, @) to replace a letter or two — preferably a letter that is repeated in the phrase. You can also add an extra character to the mix:
iW+pAD1tU! (Here we’ve replaced the “t” with “+” and
added an exclamation point at the end.)

Think Before You Click!
Tina Louise Penn is a cloud technology specialist and VoIP certified technician. You can reach her at 661-210-9222 or visit Cloudplusservices.com.
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Keeping Safe During the Holidays

| Canyon Country Magazine | December 11, 2017

The holiday shopping season is upon us, and the closer we get to Christmas, the busier things will get. When our lives start to move faster and get more stressful, our awareness and concentration becomes spread pretty thin, and things can — and often do — fall through the cracks.

Here in Canyon Country, any would-be thieves are well-aware of the fact that people are going to be doing some significant shopping, and that there will be a lot of coming and going to and from the house, and unfortunately, people are going to make mistakes. Most criminals are opportunists, and those who work this time of year are no different. No matter how crazy things may get, remember that keeping you and your loved ones safe from becoming victimized by these people is a top priority. Here are a few tips to help you work toward that end.

The car might seem like a good place to hide Christmas presents, but locations like that are a prime target for the old smash-and-grab. Never leave shopping bags, gifts, or anything of value visible in your car when you’re not in it.
Try to park in well-lit areas. If you have motion-triggered lights in your driveway, all the better. However, if you must park on the street, try to park under a street light. Thieves tend to avoid areas where the odds of being caught are higher.
Always double check to make sure all your doors and windows are closed and locked before you leave the home. Thieves know that there will be unopened gifts inside, and homes are prime targets during this time period.
After the presents are opened, don’t leave boxes of expensive gifts outside for the trash pickup. Boxes for televisions, stereos and computers sitting outside by the curb telegraph to thieves exactly what the home has to offer should they decide to break in.
Last, but not least, whether you do a lot of online shopping or not, pay close attention to your credit and debit card charges for the next couple months. Watch for any suspicious purchases or activity, and contact your credit card company or financial institution immediately if you see anything that seems questionable.
This time of year is supposed to be one of joy and gratitude, and it can be if you remember to take care of yourself. From all of us to you, have a safe and happy holiday!

If you have questions about any Canyon Country bail related subject, or if you want to suggest a topic, visit Robin at Santaclaritagond.com or call 661-299-BOND(2663).

Canyon Country Magazine Looks Back on 2017

| Canyon Country Magazine | December 9, 2017

Every year has its drama, and 2017 was no different. In “Canyon Country Magazine” we sought to keep you informed and invited dialogue about issues facing local residents. We saw home values rise and the first Tiny House brought to Canyon Country.

The Elks began celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Lodge #2379 and Opportunities for Learning moved into its new digs near the Edwards Canyon Country movie theater.

We featured the Santa Clarita Valley Photographers Association and caught art exhibits at the library, plus events at Mugzey Muzic and College of the Canyons Canyon Country campus.

High profile people made the pages too. Canyon High School’s longtime director Mary Purdy retired and millions watched as Karli Webster of Canyon Country climbed the ladder of fame on “The Voice.”

Another high profile resident — Robinson Ranch Golf Club — reopened its course and changed its name to Sand Canyon Country Club this year also. The Sand Canyon section started the year discussing the bark beetle infestation and received some drought relief by February, along with flooding. We were introduced to a new non-profit, Oaks of Hope, and learned about the plight of wild mustangs, while catching up with the Michael Hoefflin Foundation and St. Bonnie’s Sanctuary.

Surely 2018 has more excitement on the way. We welcome your thoughts and special requests!

Golden Valley Football Team Has Best Season in School’s History

| Canyon Country Magazine | December 8, 2017

The Golden Valley Grizzlies have a reason to celebrate this year. The football team reached the CIF Southern Section Division 6 finals — the first time since the program began more than a dozen years ago.

“They were a very talented group eager to play the game of football,” said Golden Valley Grizzlies coach, Daniel Kelley, “a lot of hard work, dedication and accountability towards playing the game perfectly.”

The players aren’t the only ones who have gained yardage over the years. The parent booster club has increased its involvement and the fans have energized the team, especially the student body, which is called “The Den.”

Coach Kelley’s favorite part? “Watching the program grow and the players develop over time,” he said. “We are headed in the right direction as a program. The players and coaches are all-in and when you have that combination, the sky’s the limit.”

Canyon Country Business Briefs

| Canyon Country Magazine | December 7, 2017

Citywide Filming
In October, the City of Santa Clarita issued 49 film permits, which contributed to 115 film days, generating an estimated economic impact of $2,961,000.
The following productions were filming in Canyon Country in October 2017.
Jackie’s Revenge – Sand Canyon area homes, Sierra Crest Center
Television Shows:
Ghosted – Rancho Deluxe
Home Made Simple – area home
Reverie – Sable Ranch
S.W.A.T. – area home
Shut Eye – area shopping center
Walmart – Walmart
Still Photo:
Oshkosh Kids – Santa Clarita Skatepark
RMD 4×4 Project – Rancho Deluxe

Canyon Country Community Center
Hot Cocoa & Movies
Get in the wintry holiday spirit and cozy up with hot cocoa and a movie. You can relax, enjoy your family and de-stress from the holidays at the hot cocoa bar as you enjoy movies from the Christmas Classics series. Holiday crafts and activities will be included.
Friday, December 1
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Milk & Cookies with Santa
This event allows children ages up to 12 years old to enjoy a visit with Santa, listen to his stories from the North Pole and tell him all of their holiday wishes. Guests will enjoy holiday cookies and milk. Space is limited. Don’t forget your camera for this special event.
Monday & Tuesday, December 11-12
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Fee: $10 per child
Holiday Dance
“Let’s Celebrate”
Whether you are naughty or nice, grab your jingle bells and join us for a fun night of social dancing!
Saturday, December 16
Social Dancing: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Visit santa-clarita.com/cccc or call (661) 290-2266 for more information and to view a complete listing of activities happening at the Canyon Country Community Center.

Santa Clarita Public Library
Cookie Decorating
Children should bring creative ideas and a desire to munch on their own creations! All supplies will be provided.
Monday, December 18
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library
Canyon Country Meeting Room

Elf Ball
Celebrate your love of elves through crafts and activities.
Wednesday, December 20
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library
Canyon Country Meeting Room

Geeky Gifts
Teens will create assorted tech cozies to keep for themselves or give as gifts.
Wednesday, December 6
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library
Canyon Country Meeting Room

Deck the Halls
Create ornaments or a felt garland to decorate your home. Keep for yourself or use as part of an ornament exchange with friends and family.
Thursday, December 14
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library
Teen Area

Afternoon at the Movies – Holiday Edition
Enjoy a holiday film along with holiday treats!
Today’s movie: “Love Actually”
Stars: Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson and Emma Thompson
Friday, December 8
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library
Canyon Country Meeting Room

Craft It for Adults
Easy DIY crafts for adults are a fun way to relieve stress and rediscover your creative spark!
Supplies are provided.
Today’s craft: Pop-Up Holiday Cards
Tuesday, December 5
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library
Canyon Country Meeting Room

Please visit SantaClaritaLibrary.com for more information and to view a complete listing of activities happening at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library.

Thanksgiving Day

| Canyon Country Magazine | November 15, 2017

When you gather with family for Thanksgiving this month, recognize the weight of history that comes with it. It may even enhance the rich flavors of cranberry, turkey and pumpkin. Think back to 1621 and imagine the feast shared by the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians. For the first 200 years after that first “Thanksgiving,” colonies and states celebrated individually, but in1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day in November.

Recipe for Squash Casserole
Considered by Southern Living to be one of their top 50 Thanksgiving recipes, serve up veggies a little bit differently this year with a squash casserole.
4 lbs. yellow squash, sliced
1 lg. sweet onion, finely chopped
1 cup freshly shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup mayonnaise
2 Tbl chopped fresh basil
1 tsp. garlic salt
1 tsp. freshly ground pepper
2 lg. eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups soft, fresh breadcrumbs, divided
1 ¼ cups freshly shredded parmesan cheese, divided
2 Tbl. butter, melted
½ cup crushed French fried onions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cook yellow squash and sweet onion in boiling water to cover in a Dutch oven 8 minutes or just until vegetables are tender; drain squash mixture well.
Combine squash mixture, freshly shredded Cheddar cheese, next 5 ingredients, 1 cup breadcrumbs, and 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Spoon into a lightly greased 13 x 9 inch baking dish.
Stir together melted butter, French fried onions, and remaining 1 cup breadcrumbs and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle over squash mixture.
Bake at 350° for 35 to 40 minutes or until set.

COC Canyon Country Campus 10-Year Anniversary

| Canyon Country Magazine | November 14, 2017

In honor of its 10-year anniversary, the College of the Canyons Canyon Country campus hosted an open house celebration on Saturday, Oct. 14.

Kids enjoy activities at the event

Nearly 300 people attended the event, which featured campus tours, food trucks, chalk art, children’s activities, student exhibits, a portable planetarium, a Makerspace exhibit and many other engaging activities.

“It was very exciting to celebrate our 10-year anniversary with our community,” said Dr. Ryan Theule, vice president of the Canyon Country campus and grants development at the college. “The campus has benefited from invaluable community support these past 10 years and has become a vital part of College of the Canyons. As we reflect upon where we have been and where the campus is headed, we are proud that the campus has provided substantial academic and workforce training for our valley.”

Guests enjoyed the amazing vocal stylings of local country music star Savannah Burrows, the 2016 winner of Santa Clarita’s 35th Local Nationwide Country Showdown Contest.
A variety of self-paced and guided activities were also part of the open house festivities, including a guided garden walk highlighting the trees, plants and wildlife that are native to the Canyon Country campus.

“Our garden walks are a great opportunity to introduce visitors to the diverse flora at the Canyon Country campus,” said Anthony Michaelides, dean of campus services and operations at the Canyon Country campus. “This popular event attracts people of all ages.”

Savannah Burrows entertained the crowd

To commemorate the campus’s 10-year anniversary, a variety of events and student-centered activities are planned throughout the year to help celebrate and continue the progress at COC’s comprehensive second campus.

“We look forward to continue celebrating this milestone with our community, staff, and students, and we know that the next 10 years will be tremendously exciting,” said Theule.

For more information about events related to the Canyon Country campus’s 10-year anniversary, visit www.canyons.edu/ccc10.

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