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Afternoon T

| Community | September 21, 2017

by T. Katz

Q: It seems that some of my friends and relatives can’t handle that I’m trying to live my “authentic” life. I think that is such bull. I’m not hurting anyone!
A: Dumpling, this may surprise you, but I am honestly all for living life on your terms and being true to your own doggone self. I am also pleased to hear that you’re not hurting anyone in the process. But, at the end of your day, would you please kindly put your delicate noggin on your fluffy down pillow and ask if that’s really enough? You’re not hurting anyone (and make sure you clear that with everyone you know and love, BTW) but, are you really helping anybody along your way? If not, I have to waggle my index finger at you and point out that that is what is truly bull. While I’m at it, let me point some other “ble” words: Responsible. Accountable. Reliable. Dependable. There are plenty more, but I’ll stop after this last word: Noble.

You used hashtags in your signature, such as #LivingMyTruth (along with a few others), so I decided to mouse around a bit on the world wide web just to see what likeminded human beans in your circle might be up to, as they’re living and documenting their #truth and authentic selves. Some of your people, I’m genuinely happy to say, are doing mighty nice things! Social media shots of yoga, positive self-care and people actively working toward cleaning up second (or third) chapter acts by eliminating bad habits/addictions. I love that! There were others, though, in pursuit of activities that seemed a bit self-serving and downright selfish. I’m not opposed to giving yourself “permission to say ‘No!’ to anything that makes you unhappy, and/or drains your energy.” That advice won’t fly far where jobs, co-workers, employers or family and toddlers are involved. I’m sure the volunteers mucking through the ruins of natural disasters or your neighbors who roll up their sleeves for the non-profit work they do, do so despite being drained. They’re not concerned with their own happiness, but joy arrives at the end of their duties. And, do I really have to remind anyone that breaking laws/codes/hearts for artistic self-expression isn’t the best way to win friends and influence people?

If your “authentic” life leads you away from people who care about you, you might want to make sure that there’s very little high fructose scorn syrup in that kool-aid you’re drinking. If you’ve ever heard a word I’ve said (or written), you might have noticed that I get somewhat steamed when folks justify bad behavior with bumper sticker platitudes. Again, I’m not against self-reflection, introspection and finding out who you are and what you truly believe. Those are, in fact, a few of the qualities that go into making an Excalibur human being. Once your convictions are aligned with even a handful of the above-mentioned words, yours will be a life worth following. No bull. #truth
xo – t.

Should You Begin Planning for Required Minimum Distributions in Your 60s?

| Community | September 21, 2017

by Arif Halaby

The federal and state governments give Americans an opportunity to delay paying income tax on money earned from years of working. These accounts go by the names: IRA, 401k, 403b, Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) or Deferred Compensation (457). Each of these plan names refer to where the regulations are found in the IRS code. So then, what happens at the age of 70 ½? The governments now want their tax money.

This is called a Required Minimum Distribution, or RMD. By being forced to pull out money from your retirement accounts, your taxes and tax bracket can increase. So much so, that as much as 85 percent of your social security income can become subjected to your current income tax bracket. I have seen this reduce retirement by more than $500 per month to a retiree!

Solution: A Roth IRA is exempt from the RMD rules. Consider converting some of your retirement accounts to a Roth IRA each year leading up to retirement. Meet with your tax advisor and financial professional and ask how much you can convert each year without paying huge amounts in taxes. You may be able to use business write-offs, child tax credits, or other credits that allow you to absorb some or all of your tax liability.

When you reach the age of 70 ½ your RMD is only calculated on the non-Roth IRA values. This means when you withdraw money from your Roth, it is NEVER subject to state or federal income tax again, under current law. This includes all the growth since you converted the account. There was an attempt in President Obama’s last budget submitted to Congress (quickly declined) to change this rule. Remember that the political wind may change this benefit out of your favor, so you may want to act sooner, rather than later.
Your goal should be to have a “team approach” towards this issue so that your best interest is the center of focus, which is why we help clients with this process by working with their CPAs and tax preparers. The sooner you begin to plan, the more prepared you will be financially.

Arif Halaby is a Certified Estate Planner in California and President/CEO of Total Financial Solutions, Inc., a financial and insurance services company in Santa Clarita with offices extending to San Fernando, Simi Valley, and Antelope Valley: 661-753-9683

Wolf Creek Brewery benefits the Senior Center in September

| Community | September 21, 2017

Every month, Wolf Creek Brewery hosts its Community Pints Program benefiting a non-profit every Tuesday with donations from its total sales. This month, the SCV Senior Center is receiving 10 percent of all sales at the brewery on Tuesdays in September, plus proceeds from the purchase of Golden Eagle Ale at Wolf Creek’s Restaurant.

Wolf Creek Brewery, located at 25108 Rye Canyon Loop in Valencia, will host live music and special food on the following Tuesdays in September:

Sept. 26—Jackie Beckwith Easy Rock/Swami Sandwiches
The brewery is open from 4-9 p.m., with music starting at 6 p.m. Ten percent of all Tuesday sales go to the SCV Senior Center.

The Wolf Creek Restaurant & Brewing Company, located at 27746 McBean Pkwy in Valencia, will donate 50 cents from every pint of Golden Eagle Ale purchased on Tuesdays this month.

For more information, call 661-294-9977 or visit Wolfcreekbrewingco.com.

Non Profit of the Week – Bow Wows & Meows Pet Fair

| Community | September 21, 2017

People who are looking to adopt a new four-legged family member or enjoy a day of free family fun can head to Hart Park in Newhall on Sunday, October 8, 2017. Hundreds of dogs, cats, kittens, and puppies will be available for adoption at the 17th Annual Bow-Wows & Meows Pet Fair. This year’s fair, sponsored by Animal Medical Center, Ingolstadt West German Auto Specialists and Valencia Veterinary Center, kicks off at 11 a.m.

Since it began in 2000, the Valencia-based non-profit Bow-Wows & Meows, Inc. has adopted out close to 2,300 pets at its annual fairs, which draw more than 10,000 people each year. All breeds of leashed, well-behaved dogs that are up to date on their vaccinations are welcome to attend with their humans — there is no breed discrimination at the Bow-Wows & Meows Pet Fair.

“Adoption is the most humane way to bring home a new best friend and it’s the most cost-effective too,” said Yvonne (Allbee) Hanson, founder of Bow-Wows & Meows, Inc. “Many of the adoptable dogs and cats at the fair were once part of a family, so they acclimate really well to being in a home again.”

All seven Los Angeles County Animal Shelters will be offering discounted adoption fees of just $30 and their veterinary team will be on hand to answer questions from new county adopters. Every county pet is spayed or neutered, immunized and microchipped, and ready to go home immediately. Adopters receive a special, complimentary “I’ve Just Been Adopted” bag for their new family member, compliments of Bow-Wows & Meows sponsors and vendors. Additional adoptions will also be available from private rescues (adoption fees and policies vary).

In 2016, Bow-Wows & Meows adopted out more than 180 dogs and cats, and Hanson hopes the fair exceeds that number this year. “Our goal is to send all the shelter trucks back empty at the end of the day,” she said. “With the community’s help, we can make that happen.”

Entrance to the family-friendly fair is free and activities include:
The Fun Dog Show, with categories ranging from “Best Vocalist” to “Mystery Mutt” to “Pet/Owner Look-alike” at 1:30 p.m.
70+ Pet-Related Vendors (items and services)
Huge “Super Raffle” with prizes, at just $1 per ticket
Food Truck Court with delicious dining options (including vegan and vegetarian)
Shopping opportunities ranging from premium pet food to pet accessories
Low-cost vaccines from TAGS (free rabies shots)
County pet license renewals
Free community parking will be available in the neighborhoods surrounding Hart Park (including the Metrolink parking lots located behind the train tracks). Local pet lovers can help the fair succeed by spreading the word about Bow-Wows & Meows via Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BWMPetFair), Instagram (BowWowsPetFair), or Twitter (@BowWowsPetFair). Hart Park is located at 24151 Newhall Ave. in Newhall.
“Social media makes a big impact by bringing more adopters to the fair, helping us save as many lives as possible,” Hanson said.
For more information, visit www.BowWowsAndMeows.org or email info@BowWowsandMeows.org.

Fall Fundraisers

| Community | September 21, 2017

Oct 14
The Brittany Foundation’s A Day in Their Paws
The Brittany Foundation, a no-kill dog rescue in Agua Dulce, Calif., will bring volunteers and their animals together for “A Day in Their Paws” on October 14, 2017. Volunteers have committed to spend 24 hours in a kennel at The Brittany Foundation Animal Sanctuary with the homeless dog of their choice to raise awareness about how shelter dogs live day after day. Participants will take breaks only to eat and use the restroom, and the kenneled volunteers will raise money for the non-profit organization by having sponsors “buy their freedom” at $1 per minute.

The Brittany Foundation will also host an open house from 12 noon – 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 14, so the public has a chance to tour the sanctuary and meet their adoptable dogs. Refreshments, raffles, contests, silent auction, and a bake sale is part of the action that day.

The Brittany Foundation is located at the corner of Sierra Highway and Anthony Road in Agua Dulce. Follow signs to the sanctuary. For more information, call (661) 713-5240, email brittany_dogs@yahoo.com or visit www.brittanyfoundation.com. The Brittany Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity and all donations are tax deductible.

Oct 18
The Carole Hunt Memorial “Bingo or Bust”
It’s a night of Bingo celebrating 15 years of a special fundraiser benefiting the Sheila R. Veloz Breast Center at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital. The community is invited to buy in for $35 (pre-paid) or $45 (at the door) to enjoy two Bingo cards and an evening of refreshments.

Bingo or Bust will be held on Wednesday, October 18 from 6-9:30 p.m. at the Henry Mayo Education Center, 23803 McBean Parkway in Valencia, in 1st Floor Rooms 4 – 7.

Additional cards may be purchased at the event, and are $5 each, or 3 for $10. Seating is limited and will sell out fast! Visit https://www.henrymayo.com/foundation/programs-and-events/events/event-list?&eid=13.

Oct 28
Hoedown BBQ to Benefit The Painted Turtle
The North Los Angeles Regional Advisory Board is hosting the annual fundraising BBQ to benefit Paul Newman’s camp, The Painted Turtle, on Saturday, Oct. 28. It begins with cocktails and camp tours at 3:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 5 p.m., and includes live music from The Hit Machine and both a silent and live auction.

The event is for adults age 21 and older and proceeds support camp programs and services for children with serious medical conditions and their families. The event will be held at The Painted Turtle, 17000 Elizabeth Lake Road in Elizabeth Lake. For more information, contact Brianne Sheldon at 310-451-1353 ext. 112 or email Briannes@thepaintedturtle.org. Visit Thepaintedturtle.org/hoedownbbq.

Oct 30
Thank-a-Vet Golf Tournament
The event is sold out, but sponsorships are being sought for the Thank-a-Vet Golf Tournament. The mission of the Thank-A-Veteran Golf Foundation is to honor and embrace the spirit of the dedication and sacrifices of our military and their families by:

Organizing and implementing fun, enriching, and community-connecting events, the major event being our annual Thank-A-Vet Golf Tournament.To be able to provide a meaningful monetary contribution to organizations that benefits our local military veterans.

This year, Thank-A-Vet’s annual 18-hole scramble format golf tournament will be returning to TPC Valencia Golf Club on Monday, October 30, 2017. As expected, it is sold out, but hole sponsorships, silent auction, and raffle donations are still available. At the event, veterans are treated to a boxed lunch while on the course and a catered dinner when play is complete. The event is capped off with prizes awarded to winning teams and sponsor recognition ending with the silent auction and raffle. For more information about this golf tournament, to make a donation, or to obtain more information about the Thank-A-Vet Foundation (a 501-C-3 organization), contact Nancy Butler at thankavetgolf@gmail.com. Look for them on Facebook as well!

Now and Then – Kevin MacDonald, SCV Senior Center CEO

| Community | September 21, 2017

Mountain Lakes is a small town in New Jersey with plenty of trails and lakes for outdoor activities. And as a youngster growing up in the ‘60s, Kevin MacDonald spent a good deal of his leisure time hiking and camping with family and friends. But it was the hours spent closer to home, in his own neighborhood, that had the biggest impact on Kevin’s life. That was because one of his neighbors, a young boy named Jimmy, had Down Syndrome. Since Kevin’s parents were involved with services for the disabled, Kevin learned how to interact with Jimmy as a helpmate as well as a playmate.

Kevin’s friendship with Jimmy, coupled with his parents’ charitable activities, led to a passion for helping the disabled, motivating him to organize an extracurricular club in high school that he called the Social Action Committee. The group’s activities took many different forms, from volunteering at nursing homes to fundraising for a variety of charities.

His dedication to social work continued into Kevin’s college years at the University of Dayton in Ohio. He supplemented the courses required for a Bachelor of Science degree in Business with a number of classes dedicated to the social sciences.

“A business background was invaluable, but social work was where my heart was at,” Kevin says.

The passion for helping others prompted Kevin to apply for a job with The Arc when he returned home following graduation. The Arc, a service organization that he first became acquainted with as a high school volunteer, “promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through a number of services.”

SCV Senior Center Executive Director Kevin MacDonald holds the music for pianist Richard Roelofs during one of the daily luncheons held at the Center on Market Street.

Kevin’s responsibilities with the Morris County chapter of The Arc included finding homes for people with disabilities. His three years at the job solidified a determination to seek further education so he could one day serve as an executive director of the organization. “The more positive interactions I had with volunteers, staff, and clients, the more interested I became in finding innovative ways of managing those interactions,” says Kevin. That interest led to two years at the University of California, Berkeley pursuing a master’s degree in business administration.

Shortly after earning his degree, Kevin became a lobbyist for The Arc in Sacramento. The chance to learn the inner workings of the California disability system well compensated for the low pay, and helped him to secure a permanent position as executive director at The Arc in Downey, California.

MacDonald’s next 23 years fine-tuned his expertise in developing programming, leading fundraising projects, and integrating community and business services for the disabled. It also prepared him for a new challenge in a new town when a recruiter approached him a little over a year ago about an executive director position with the SCV Senior Center. One of the deciding factors in accepting the offer was the chance to participate in the building campaign for a new center scheduled to be built at the corner of Newhall Ranch and Golden Valley roads.

“I looked forward to leading a capital campaign because it would take my fundraising skills up a notch,” explains Kevin, “but my first priority when I took over in July 2016, was to listen to the needs expressed by the Center board, the staff, the volunteers, and the seniors themselves. I found that there was a collective desire to spruce up the county building on Market Street, which has served as the Center’s home for 40 years, and to improve and enhance the Center’s many diverse services.”

As Kevin has become better acquainted with the Santa Clarita Valley, the Center’s board (better known as the Santa Clarita Committee on Aging) its volunteers and clientele, he has been able to tick off many tasks on his “to do” list. At the same time, he credits the tireless efforts of the individual board members and the overwhelmingly positive support from the community with getting the $11 million capital campaign within 1.3 million of its goal.

“The growth of the Santa Clarita Valley and the corresponding growth of the senior citizen population has made a new, larger facility a necessity,” says Kevin. “Many residents are unaware of the administrative demands for space to house the Center’s counseling and support services in addition to its diverse recreational activities. As one example, an innovative state-of-the-art kitchen will facilitate the daily preparation of the 500 lunches which we now serve — not just to those who come to the Center, but at Friendly Valley, the Vintage Bouquet complex, and to homebound seniors as well.”

When not immersed in the whirlwind of activities at the Center, MacDonald keeps pace with his two sons’ activities: Conner has a digital marketing business in Venice, California, and Reed is finishing up his final year at UCLA. MacDonald is also transferring his 20-year association with the Downey Rotary Club to the SCV noon club.

“Rotary has been an obvious adjunct to a professional life that grew out of my childhood friendship with Jimmy,” concludes Kevin. “Rotary’s motto, Service Above Self, says it all.”

What is Malware and How can We Prevent It?

| Community | September 21, 2017

by Tina Louise Penn

Malware is an abbreviated term meaning “malicious software.” This is software that is specifically designed to gain access or damage a computer without the knowledge of the owner. There are various types of malware including spyware, keyloggers, true viruses, worms, as well as any type of malicious code that infiltrates a computer.

Generally, software is considered malware based on the intent of the creator rather than its actual features. Malware creation is on the rise due to the sheer volume of new types created daily and the lure of money that can be made through organized Internet crime. Malware was originally created as experiments and pranks, but eventually led to vandalism and destruction of targeted machines. Today, much of malware is created for profit through forced advertising (adware), stealing sensitive information (spyware), spreading email spam or child pornography (zombie computers), or to extort money (ransomware).

Various factors can make computers more vulnerable to malware attacks, including defects in the operating system design, having all of the computers on a network run the same OS, giving users too much permission, or simply using the Windows OS (due to its popularity, it gets the most malware written for it).
The best protection from malware continues to be the usual advice: Be careful about what email attachments you open, be cautious when surfing, stay away from suspicious websites, and install and maintain an updated, quality antivirus program.

Take Action Now – CCleaner Hacked!
Detected on 13 September 2017, the malicious version of CCleaner contains a multi-stage malware payload that steals data from infected computers and sends it to attackers’ remote command-and-control servers.
The malicious software was programmed to collect a large number of user data, including:

*Computer name
*List of installed software, including Windows updates
*List of all running processes
*IP and MAC addresses
*Additional information, such as whether the process is running with admin privileges and whether it is a 64-bit system.

How to Remove Malware from Your PC
According to the Talos researchers, around five million people download CCleaner (or Crap Cleaner) each week, which indicates that more than 20 million people could have been infected with the malicious version on the app.
“The impact of this attack could be severe, given the extremely high number of systems possibly affected. CCleaner claims to have over 2 billion downloads worldwide as of November 2016 and is reportedly adding new users at a rate of 5 million a week,” Talos said.

Piriform estimated, however, that up to 3 percent of its users (up to 2.27 million people) were affected by the malicious installation.

Affected users are strongly recommended to update their CCleaner software to version 5.34 or higher, in order to protect their computers from being compromised. Take action and reach out to your IT departments and local PC store for assistance, and always do your research when signing up or downloading anything into your network … Think Before You Click!

Contributors: Norton,Hackernews.com

Tina Louise Penn is a cloud technology specialist and VoIP certified technician. You can reach her at 661-210-9222 or visit Cloudplusservices.com. WBENC # 2005125700

Be The Light Charity Run/Walk to Benefit Local Charity

| Community | September 15, 2017

Santa Clarita non-profit addiction support center A Light of Hope will benefit from the 4th Annual Be The Light 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run later this month. Registration is open for community participation in the fundraiser, sponsored by Firehouse Subs and held Saturday, September 30 at 6 p.m. at West Creek Park in Valencia. Online registration will be available on-site up until 15 minutes prior to the start of the race. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit A Light of Hope, which supports individuals ages 14-26 who are battling addiction, as well as their family members.

New to the event this year is the addition of a 10K run, which will begin at 6 p.m. as a lead up to the 5K, which will begin promptly at 7 p.m. Both events follow the San Francisquito Creek Trail and begin and end at West Creek Park. At the conclusion of the 5K run/walk there will be an awards ceremony at the park for both runs.

The main 5K run/walk, which drew nearly 1,000 participants in 2016, is open to competitive runners, novices and walkers, with place medals awarded to the top three male and female finishers in each age group. All participants will receive a finisher’s medal at the finish line. Runners can also sign up as teams, with trophies being awarded to the top three finishing teams. Only participants registered as “runners” will get chip-timed results.
The competitive 10K run is open for participants registered as “runners” with a minimum pace of 10 minutes per mile. All participants will get chip-timed results.

The nighttime run/walk is unique in that hundreds of community members are adorned with glowing lights that create a dazzling spectacle as they move through the night. A goody bag will be provided and some glow lights will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. Runners are asked to bring a small flashlight or headlamp to safely navigate the trail while showing their support for those battling addiction.

The course will follow a loop along both sides of the San Francisquito Creek Trail, between Copper Hill Drive and Decoro Drive. The run/walk starts where the trail adjoins West Creek Park, located at 24247 Village Circle Drive. The route will head south along the trail, cross the Decoro Drive bridge, head north on the trail, and cross the Santa Clara River along Copper Hill Drive. Participants will then continue south along the San Francisquito Creek Trail before ending with a dramatic nighttime finish at West Creek Park.

“We’re excited to add a 10K for the competitive runners in Santa Clarita who have already been so supportive of the event,” said race organizer Mark Montoya. “Combine that with the momentum that has

built up for the 5K, and we’re expecting quite a lively crowd!”

Aside from participating in the race, community members can show their support for the Be The Light 5K in other ways. Race presenters are looking for approximately 60 volunteers and supporters who can sponsor a participant or donate directly through the website at BeTheLight5k.org. Runners can also fundraise individually or as a team.

“Certainly this event supports a great cause, as most of us have been affected by addiction in one way or another,” said A Light of Hope President Tim Traurig. “But, it’s also an exhilarating way to share in the unbelievable community spirit that we have here in Santa Clarita. We expect over 1,000 participants glowing through the night, which is something truly special to be a part of.”

The Be The Light 5K, presented by Firehouse Subs, is also made possible by Gold Sponsors: Sunpower by Green Convergence, Verizon and Rapid Rentals, along with support from AMR, the Santa Clarita Runners Club, Castaic Lake Water Agency and the City of Santa Clarita.

Steve Yeager to Speak at Local Temple

| Community | September 14, 2017

A local Jewish congregation is inviting the community to meet baseball great Steve Yeager this weekend at a free event. On Sunday, September 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the public has the opportunity to get an inside look at the Dodgers’ 2017 season when Congregation Beth Shalom of Santa Clarita hosts a conversation with Dodgers’ 1981 World Series MVP Steve Yeager. In his 15-year career of major league baseball, Yeager caught 1,230 games and played in four World Series. His career has kept him with the Dodgers as their major league catching coach, where he instructs the next generation of catchers. He also spends time with the minor league catchers during spring training.

Yeager was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 6, 1967 in the fourth round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Players Draft. Known as a strong defensive catcher, Yeager first played in the majors with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1972. During his tenure, he commanded a pitching staff that included Mike Marshall, Steve Howe, Jerry Reuss, Fernando Valenzuela, and Don Sutton to World Series appearances in 1974, 1977, 1978, and 1981. He led the National League in Caught Stealing Percentage in both 1978 (46.7 percent) and 1982 (43.1 percent). After the 1986 season with the Seattle Mariners, Yeager retired and decided to teach the next generation of future baseball stars.

In 1991, Yeager converted to Judaism. He will speak about his experience and motivations behind this moment in his life, as well as his relationship with his father-in-law, who was an Auschwitz Holocaust survivor.

Yeager will also offer an insider’s view into the Dodgers’ historic run, their successful pitching staff and young talent, Kershaw’s return, and the upcoming playoffs.

Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions, take photos or have memorabilia signed. Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to congregation members and nonmembers. Congregation Beth Shalom is located at 21430 Centre Pointe Parkway in Santa Clarita. For more information, contact Hal Dash at (661) 312-7086 or hal@cerrell.com, or David Simon at (818) 512-7295 or david.simon@cbs-scv.org.

 

Worried About the Financial Wellbeing of Your Children? Never Leave Them Money!

| Community | September 14, 2017

by Arif Halaby

For many years, Americans have wanted the next generation to be better off than they were. Perhaps that means having a better life, less worry, becoming more educated, with a better job and a nicer neighborhood, and so on. However, the biggest mistakes I have seen over the years is in the exchange from one generation to the next. Is the goal to hand your children a better opportunity for a better future, or is it to just hand them money?

Currently we live in a relatively free society. There is opportunity for anyone and everyone to finish high school, and even college, plus nearly everyone has food and clean water. So, what’s left? It seems the next thing a maturing society can do is give their offspring money.

After over 21 years sitting with thousands of people in my practice as a financial professional, I have only seen this work out a handful of times. It may work for a short while, but if the foundation of sound money principles has not been taught, children will lose the house, lose the business, and eventually lose the MONEY.

Solution: If your goal is to give your kids a head start, then begin as early as possible. Teach them how money works, not just what it can buy. Have them start a business at an early age so they understand expenses, cost of goods, and taxes. Yes, taxes. Take money from them and give them what your income tax gives you. Have them experience failure when a great idea in their head turns out to be crummy in real life. There are books designed to teach kids how to manage wealth rather than just being consumers of “stuff,” and great electronic and board games giving kids a chance to save, invest and plan.

If your children are older, consider the idea of allowing them to inherit money after they prove themselves, meaning their age is of little significance, but their accomplishments are meaningful. A wealthy friend of mine has two children. Financially speaking, they couldn’t be more different. When he dies, he will likely leave behind anywhere from $50-$100 million. The only way either of his kids will see a dime is to show up at the end of each year with the tax forms and show the trust executor the numbers. If one of them earns $100,000 on her own, that’s what she receives from the trust. If the other one only earns $25,000, that’s what she gets. My friend is not worried about this phony thing called “being fair.” Instead, he is requiring respect for the money that he sacrificed to earn throughout his life.

You may not be able to leave your child millions of dollars when you die, but any money or possessions you do leave behind will never hold the same amount of respect in the mind of your kids as it did in your life. After all, it took you a lifetime to earn it and they received it in a moment. Go ahead, attach some strings to it.

Arif Halaby is a Certified Estate Planner in California and President/CEO of Total Financial Solutions, Inc., a financial and insurance services company in Santa Clarita with offices extending to Simi Valley and Antelope Valley. 661-753-9683

Advanced Technology Careers Event with Star Power

| Community | September 14, 2017

An event next month entitled “Careers in the Making” is open to William S. Hart Union High School District students, parents and the rest of the community as well. There will be a speaker panel and displays about careers in advanced technologies at the Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons (COC) from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, October 12.

The event covers “design, engineering, fabrication, and more,” according to a press release. Celebrity host, Titan Gilroy, will be the keynote speaker. He is the owner of TITANS of CNC, an elite aerospace CNC Machine shop in Northern California. He is also the executive producer and star of the television series TITANS of CNC (formerly TITAN American Built).

Representatives from local advanced technology companies will discuss career paths in manufacturing and advanced technologies, along with displays and activities explaining opportunities in design, engineering, fabrication, robotics, and distribution.

The William S. Hart Union High School District, College of the Canyons, City of Santa Clarita, SCV Economic Development Corporation, and California Manufacturing Technology Consulting are presenting the event.

“Advanced Technologies represent a significant industry sector in Santa Clarita with job growth in highly skilled, high-wage careers,” said Dr. Mariane Doyle, director of Career & College Readiness and Adult Education for the Hart School District. “Our business partners are working closely with education so we can provide a pipeline of well-prepared future employees who appreciate the Santa Clarita quality of life while enjoying a career in an exciting industry. High school and adult students alike will benefit from participating in our celebration of the national event ‘Manufacturing Day.’”

During the day following this public event, students currently in the Hart School District’s Advanced Technologies Pathways will attend a second presentation by Gilroy, and see displays and experience activities conducted by many SCV advanced technology partners, including Advanced Bionics, Aerospace Dynamics Inc., Car Lights & Sounds, Donaldson Filtration Solutions, FMI Aerostructures, LSL Instruments (guitars), Remo Drums, Stratasys Direct Manufacturing, and Technifex. Students will meet current robotics competitors, NASA HASP (High Altitude Student Payload), and have hands-on engineering and fabrication activities in COC’s FabLab and MakerSpace.

Admission and parking are free, but you are asked to reserve seats with an RSVP on the site: www.scvedc.org/mfgday.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s October 7 at Bridgeport

| Community | September 14, 2017

From a stage show at 8 a.m. through a Kid Zone and free ice cream at the end of the day, the 2017 Santa Clarita Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be a full day for people of all ages. The Alzheimer’s Association California Southland Chapter is hosting the event on Saturday, October 7 at Bridgeport Park, located at 23520 Bridgeport Lane in Valencia, beginning at 7:30 a.m. for registration.

There will be plenty of snacks and information/exhibitor booths. Participants and their families are encouraged to attend this pup-friendly fun and informative event.

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the largest event to raise awareness and funds for support, care and research for the disease. The Alzheimer’s Association is committed to assisting the more than 5,000,000 Americans who are currently living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

The festivities start at 8 a.m. and the walk begins at 10:00 a.m. Online registration is now open at Act.alz.org/scv.

Several local businesses have signed on as sponsors of the walk, including Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, King Henry’s, Nola Aronson’s Advanced Audiology, Oakmont of Santa Clarita and Pacifica Senior Living.

Companies interested in sponsoring/exhibiting at the event should contact Walk Chair Rick Ferrante at 1-800-808-4777 or at rferrante@homecaresantaclarita.com or Brian Welch, senior Walk manager, Alzheimer’s Association California Southland Chapter at 323-486-2821 or at bwelch@alz.org.

Teen Seeking Sponsor for Pageant

| Community | September 8, 2017

A Santa Clarita teenager who has been selected to compete in the Santa Clarita Miss Jr. Teen Pageant later this month needs to line up a sponsor in the next few weeks. Christina Fielding will compete on September 24 for her share of thousands of dollars in prizes and specialty gifts earned by contestants. In each of four age divisions among young ladies age 7-20, contestants will compete through modeling routines, wearing casual and formal attire. They have to complete interviews, where panel judges often consider personality a prime factor in their opinions.

If Christina wins the local Miss Jr. Teen title, she will represent Santa Clarita at the National Pageant in Orlando, Fla. Winners receive an all-expense-paid trip to Orlando for six days and five nights. Contestants at the national level compete for $30,000 in prizes.

Community businesses, organizations and individuals will all play a part in the pageant this year. Christina is seeking an official sponsor to provide necessary training, rehearsals and financial support for her to prepare for the preliminary pageant.

If you are interested in sponsorship, contact the Miss Jr. Teen Pageant Coordinator at 877-910-4190.

Plan on Buying a Used Car in the Next Year?

| Community | September 7, 2017

by Arif Halaby

With major weather disasters like the ones we have experienced recently in this country, there will be many cars and trucks damaged or destroyed. Some estimates put that number at over 500,000! Many of these vehicles will not show up in any easily accessible database that is designed to warn you if it has been salvaged or flooded. Certain websites and the Department of Motor Vehicles can allow you to check the title of your new purchase. It may be able to only tell you the information that was originally entered in their database. If a car was not insured at the time of the disaster or purchased directly from the owner by a third party, you could be headed down a dead-end road (not to mention, flat-out fraud).

You may never be fully aware of the truth.

Many of the vehicles damaged in Hurricane Sandy and Katrina wound up back on the streets. I was driving to Las Vegas from Santa Clarita after one of these hurricanes and driving past me on Highway 15 were two car carriers with cars that had mud rings around the middle of the doors. I did not know where they were going, but I am confident there are junkyards somewhere between L.A. and New York. Some were probably sold to unsuspecting buyers.

Experts say the electrical systems of the damaged vehicle usually needs to be completely reviewed and overhauled. Additionally, mold and mildew can hide in the fabrics, undercarriage and trunk compartment of your “new” used car. This may cause health problems months, or even years, down the road.

I encourage all my clients and any Santa Clarita residents looking to purchase a used vehicle to always check the COMPLETE owner history of the used car prior to purchase. If it was registered in Southern Texas or Louisiana, look twice and then have an expert check it out. It’s still a good idea to look at the various websites that can check for an insurance claim, but don’t forget the car title itself. If the title is “salvaged” you may want to avoid buying it unless you are handy in the world of mechanics.

Speaking with your financial advisor or other trusted financial professional prior to making any vehicle purchase is a wise financial move, especially surrounding a disaster. The last thing you want to affect your financial well-being is a vehicle that doesn’t work, but requires you to go to work to make a car payment.

Arif Halaby is a certified estate planner in California and president/CEO of Total Financial Solutions, Inc., a financial and insurance services company in Santa Clarita with offices extending to Simi Valley and Antelope Valley. Contact Arif at 661-753-9683.

Now and Then – Veterans Advocacy Network

| Community | September 7, 2017

It’s 2 o’clock on a summer afternoon and R.J. Kelly’s phone is ringing. A homeowner in Newhall is calling and his message is short and to the point. The caller’s backyard nectarines are ripe and ready to be picked.

Veterans Advocacy Network founder R.J. Kelly is quick to point out that his wife Patty “not only puts up with my veteran activities, but helps and shares her time with veterans as well.”

R.J. hangs up, then calls a few of his friends in the Veterans Advocacy Network and schedules a time for them to gather up their ladders and buckets for an afternoon of fruit picking. This is no pleasure excursion, although the vets do find ways to make the task fun. These nectarines will be taken to the retired Marines Canyon Country office where they will be divvied up and eventually find their way to local veterans’ kitchen tables. On this particular day it’s nectarines, however Kelly has a whole network of local homeowners with backyard fruit trees, small orchards, and large vegetable patches who make similar calls throughout the year that end up in similar harvesting outings.

In addition to the distribution of fresh produce, Kelly’s group also makes deliveries of fruits and vegetables in the form of homemade pies, cakes, and breads that are baked by church members and other charitable community volunteers.

The project began five years ago with a letter to Kelly’s fellow Sand Canyon residents that began: “Are you tired of spoiled or rotten fruit laying on the ground for days; stepping in the fruit and tracking it everywhere; fruit attracting squirrels and coyotes? Let our veterans harvest your trees and give the excess fruit to needy veterans, homeless veterans, and senior veterans, as well as the Children’s Veterans support program and the Food Pantry.”

The positive response was overwhelming and word quickly spread to home growers in other parts of the SCV. Kelly’s group found that they had more fresh fruit than they could handle. This led to a meeting with the College of the Canyons veterans program and its Culinary Arts Program and the creation of the Veterans Plantation Co-op. The joint project focused on gardening, growing, harvesting, and turning the fruit and vegetables into products that not only went to individual veterans, but could also be marketed with profits benefiting various veterans’ services.

As impressive as the produce co-op is, it is only one facet of the services provided to Santa Clarita Valley veterans by R.J.’s non-profit organization. Kelly founded the Veterans Advocacy Network, or VAN, when he began serving as a mentor to the young veterans returning from tours of duty in the Middle East.

In their confused, and sometimes troubled, faces he saw a mirror of his own feelings and experiences when he was a young veteran trying to adjust to civilian life after serving two tours of duty in Vietnam.

“I knew how hard it was for me and my buddies to compartmentalize our war experiences from the civilian life that we had returned to – a life that was now vastly different from the one we left behind when we enlisted,” said Kelly. “We had no idea of the services and resources available to not only meet our unique social, but medical needs as well.”

His generation’s negative experiences were compounded by the unpopularity of a conflict that was never declared a war and was often muddied by the Washington establishment’s political ideologies and ambitions.

“Nine-eleven was an attack on us, on our soil – it left no doubt about why our young people were fighting,” continued Kelly. “It also created a whole new patriotism, much like was felt in World War II, so the military and these returning warriors have been viewed with more understanding and compassion. And yet, many of them still had the same problems that we experienced in readjusting to civilian routines and pondering decisions about the future. I was one of many older veterans in our valley who wanted to make their adjustment easier and more positive.”

As a prominent Santa Clarita Valley businessman, Kelly was a natural to form the Veterans Advocacy Network and foster its outreach. Besides making community contacts through his CPA office and his elected position on the Castaic Lake Water Agency, he has also served on the board of the SCV Chamber of Commerce. Community activities include past commander of the DAV, past and current commander of the Canyon Country VFW Post 6885, and past president of the SCV Veterans Memorial Committee.

Likewise, fellow members of the Veterans Advocacy Network are often involved in similar Santa Clarita Valley volunteer organizations, all with the goal of providing returning vets with information and resources available to meet their educational, housing, and counseling needs. Their services supplement government programs and work with businesses and educators, as well as other business and charitable organizations.

The volunteers have been key in welcoming and providing mentoring services for the new residents of the Habitat for Heroes housing project off Centre Pointe in Saugus. The tract, a Habitat for Humanity development, will be finishing its final building phase around the end of November, comprising 78 homes in all. The Veterans Advocacy Network, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, has already planted fruit trees in the southeast corner of the development and is planning to add a community garden with 30 plots.

“We are really excited about this current project,” concluded Kelly, “It gives the veterans and their families a way of supplementing their grocery lists as well as providing for valuable family interactions.”

For more information about the Veterans Advocacy Network, you may call R.J. Kelly, 661-510-1025.

Afternoon T

| Community | September 7, 2017

by T. Katz

Q: Is it true that you can get fired, or not hired at all, because of what you post on your social media? I can’t believe that’s true. What I post in my private life is my business!
A: Since I don’t know your first name, darling reader, I’m going to call you “Naïve.” You DO realize that nothing you post on social media via the internet is private, right? Let’s break some of that down, shall we?

Social: Adj. – Relating to society or its organization. Noun – An informal gathering. Synonyms – party, gathering, soiree, etc.
Media: Noun – The main means of mass communication (broadcasting, publishing, and the internet), regarded collectively.

Even with privacy settings, once you’ve posted photos, memes, comments, or anything else it is no longer yours. You’ve released that bit of you into the wild and it is free to roam about the country (or world) and you have to take responsibility for any ramifications of that. You most especially have to take ownership, if what you’ve posted leaves you at the center of some sticky issue regarding your employment (or lack thereof). This posting of your life … where you go, what you do or eat and who you know (or what you do with them) on ANY internet platform is less about freedom of speech and your privacy, sweetie pie. It’s about your character. Say it aloud. The word CARE is the first thing you hear, isn’t it? And you should.

Once upon a time, what you did in your daily life, out in your community, directly impacted your world and the people in it. Your family, friends, employers and others looked you in the eye and communicated with you, based on the words coming outta your mouth and your behavior. That hasn’t changed. In fact, the concept of “community” has grown even larger. You still have to monitor how you conduct yourself, so that you are seen as a valuable member of society. Remember, it’s Social Media. Not Antisocial Media. You should care about what you’re posting.

The internet is a marvelous instrument for communication and self-expression and I’m all for that! In fact, the more diversity we are able to experience through social media, and the various other platforms associated with the online world, I believe the bandwidth of our hearts and minds will expand. But, every one of us needs to be logical and understanding about how we choose to live our lives and the documentation and posting of these lives via social media. You don’t live in a bubble. You live in a snowglobe, where everyone can see you shake things up.

Your footprint, and I’m not talking about your carbon imprint, leaves marks wherever you walk. Don’t kid yourself that it doesn’t. Whether you walk in virtual reality or in the real world, you make a move — you leave a mark. You have to decide if you want to be followed in those footsteps, or implicated in crime.

COC Body Mind Wellness Fair

| Community | September 7, 2017

The College of the Canyons Body Mind Wellness Coalition will be hosting its annual Community Resource Fair to raise awareness about the many local services and resources that promote physical, mental, social, and spiritual health.

The festivities will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 2 in the COC Honor Grove, located on the college’s Valencia Campus. The fair will serve as a kick-off event for a series of wellness-related seminars and events being hosted by the BMW Coalition throughout the year.

“We are very excited to offer students and community members the knowledge, tools, and support services they need to be healthy and happy,” said Sheri Barke, sports and wellness dietitian at the COC Student Health Center and one of the event organizers.

Fair attendees will have an opportunity to enjoy free food, music, and the annual “Everybody is Beautiful” fashion show at 12:30 p.m., which aims to challenge superficial beauty ideals.

The fair will also help inform students and community members about other body mind wellness seminars and events being presented on campus this semester. A full list of upcoming event dates/times is listed below:

* Mental Health and Substance Abuse
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7
University Center, Room 258

* Listening: The Bridge Between Suicide and Life
Presentation with Kevin Berthia and Kevin Briggs
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13
Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center

 

* Domestic Violence Summit
Patricia Wenskunas (Keynote speaker)
8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15
University Center

* No Texting & Driving
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20
Student Center, Atrium

* Human Trafficking Conference: It Still Happens Right Here
8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22
East PE Gym

* Art with Impact
Noon – 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27
East PE Gym

* Healthy College Cooking Workshop Series
Noon – 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10; Tuesday, Oct. 24 and Tues. Nov. 7
Student Center, Room 128

* Minute Mediation Series
Noon -1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17; Tuesday, Oct. 31 and Tuesday, Nov. 14
Student Center, Room 129

* Building Your Immune System with Sunshine
12:30 – 1: 30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12
Boykin Hall, Room 105

* Domestic Violence Center Purple Walk of Strength (Tickets are $10-$60)
7 a.m. – Noon, Saturday, Oct. 21 (Race begins at 9 a.m.)
Cougar Stadium Track

* Breast Cancer Awareness
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25
Student Center Atrium

* Safe Zone Training
2 – 4 p.m. Thursday, November 9
Mentry Hall, Room 343

* Autism Awareness Seminar
6 – 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15
Mentry Hall, Room 343

* Great American Smoke Out
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16
Student Center Atrium

* Paws for a While with Therapy Dogs
11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 29
Flag Pole

* Mental Health First Aid Training
8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 7
University Center, Room 258

The Body Mind Wellness Community Resource Fair and all scheduled seminars are free and open to the public, unless otherwise specified.

Many of these events are made possible under grant number SM061818 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and presenters and do not necessarily express those of SAMHSA or HHS.

For more information about the upcoming Community Resource Fair or seminar series, visit the fair’s web page at http://www.canyons.edu/Offices/Health/BMW/Pages/default.aspx or contact Sheri Barke at (661) 362-3244.

Nanci Olmos Celebrates 30 Years of Ownership at Clarice’s

| Community | September 7, 2017

For more than 35 years, Santa Clarita residents have turned to Clarice’s for cakes and candy supplies. In 1987, Nanci Olmos bought the business from founder Clarice Secrest, but kept the name in tribute to the original owner’s expertise.

This year, Olmos is celebrating 30 years of business in the Newhall store, where she is known for baking high quality custom cakes and teaching numerous cooking classes.

From the time it opened its doors, Clarice’s has featured specialty cakes, cookies and candy, all made to order, as well as cake and candy making supplies. Olmos offers classes for both kids and adults in her new classroom, which was completed in 2012. From beginning and advanced cake decorating to candy making and cupcake decorating, Olmos has now taught multiple generations of Santa Clarita residents. Specialty classes are also offered for fondant, cake sculpting, Topsy-Turvy cakes, Marzipan fruit and sugar snowballs, among others. A complete list of the available classes can be found on Clarice’s website at www.claricescakes.com.

Nanci Olmos is a 49-year resident of the Santa Clarita Valley, with 30 of those spent serving the residents and business community of the Santa Clarita Valley. Clarice’s Cake and Candy Supplies has participated in the Child and Family Center’s “Taste of the Town” for 29 years. The business is also an original participant of “Festival of Trees,” including Olmos’ 14 years as chairperson of the Gingerbread House Contest and Auction.

Olmos has done cake decorating demos at Hart, Valencia and West Ranch high schools and for more than 30 years she has donated prizes for winners at the Antelope Valley Fair’s cake decorating contest. To keep up her service to the community, she has offered chocolate and cupcake classes for special needs children, spoken at Career Days throughout the Hart District, and taught chocolate classes at Tutor Time Preschools in both the Santa Clarita Valley and Palmdale. She has also donated to Legacy Christian School and Carousel Ranch, and donated supplies for Our Lady of Perpetual Help’s caramel apple booth for over 15 years.

As a member of the California Cake Club and International Cake Society, Olmos has also taught classes for the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Christian Women’s Club and many youth, church and home school groups. From 1997 through 2004 she served on the “Noel to Newhall” committee, an event put on by the small businesses in Newhall to bring the community together for the holiday season.

Clarice’s Cake and Candy Supplies is located at 22936 Lyons Avenue in Newhall. You can reach Nanci Olmos at 661-259-0352.

Residents Head to Solvang for Danish Days

| Community | September 1, 2017

Residents age 21 and older are invited to join other Santa Claritans on an all-day trip to Solvang and Chumash Casino on Saturday, September 16, 2017. The Recreation and Community Services Division is organizing the event to visit Solvang’s popular Danish Days celebration.

Guests will spend the morning in the Santa Ynez Valley at the festival and experience the sights, sounds, food and Danish culture that make Solvang famous. They will explore local shops, restaurants, tasting rooms and more during the visit and head to nearby Chumash Casino for a buffet dinner before the night is through.

Registration is $57 per person for residents of Santa Clarita and $63 for non-residents. The cost includes transportation by charter bus and a buffet dinner at Chumash Casino. Attendees are encouraged to bring spending money for food and shopping in Solvang, as well as for use at the casino.

Participants will meet at The Centre, located at 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, for a prompt departure at 7:30 a.m. The bus will return to The Centre in Santa Clarita at approximately 8 p.m.

Registration is available online at santa-clarita.com/Seasons and the last day to register is September 11. For more information, contact Jennifer Lindstrom, recreation coordinator, at (661) 250-3731.

Tribute Decals Support Memory of Teen

| Community | September 1, 2017

William S. Hart High School is using a football tradition to honor the memory of a recent graduate who died in a car accident in July. The Associated Student Body at Hart chooses a theme for each of the football games and at this year’s first game on Friday, Sept. 1 against Downey High School students will honor Collin Gore, an 18-year-old former classmate and member of the swim team.

Local residents and parents of a Hart High School student, Ed and Valerie Masterson, created “tribute decals” for the community as a way to publicly display respect for Gore. Hart sports teams will likely display them on their equipment this year, from football and baseball helmets to cheerleaders’ megaphones. Wristbands, T-shirts and other memorabilia are being sold by Hart ASB to honor the teen.

LifeForward Workshop Covers Anger Management

| Community | September 1, 2017

Local women are invited to attend a free workshop aimed at informing them about dealing with conflict and anger issues. The Zonta Club of SCV’s September LifeForward workshop is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 16 from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m at Savia Community Center, 23780 Newhall Ave. The workshop offers help with resolving personal anger issues and conflicts in the home.

The speaker is Patricia Patton, Ph.D., a local clinical psychologist, marriage and family counselor. She is a staff member with Emerge from Anger and co-author of numerous books and workbooks on anger management.

The workshop will offer participants 10 quick tips to manage daily frustration and avoid angry outbursts, and seven meditative techniques and creative activities to de-stress. Dr. Patton also will present five practical ways to cope with family conflict and challenging parenting situations, and essential steps to replace resentment and grudges with genuine forgiveness.

Free childcare is available through Single Mothers Outreach for women who register in advance at (661) 288-0117. Spanish translation also can be provided with advance request. The topic is expected to be a popular one.

Previous workshops in the series have helped women select career options and pursue meaningful employment, work on goal-setting and time management, deal with anger management, set budgets and file taxes, deal with drug and cyber bullying issues, establish a career path and get a job, maintain healthy eating and exercise habits, and go after financial support after a divorce. Workshops are designed to help participants believe in their unlimited power and potential, and build the skills necessary to succeed.

Zonta offers the free LifeForward workshops, usually on a monthly basis (although the series is dark during July and December), in collaboration with Single Mothers Outreach, Domestic Violence Center, Returning Women Veterans and Veterans’ Wives, and the Los Angeles County Department of Child & Family Services serving foster mothers.

Workshops are organized by topics in which women express interest. A schedule of upcoming workshops is posted on www.scvzonta.org for women who are interested in a particular topic. Pre-registration or further information on the upcoming workshop are available at (661) 288-0117.

Now and Then – Game On!

| Community | August 31, 2017

Games can intensify rivalries, entertain us when we’re bored, and sharpen our senses. They can also play an important role in opening up injured psyches and stimulating communication. Counselors at the Child & Family Center use the therapy of games every day to soothe and rehabilitate the children who come to them with damaged emotions and/or abused bodies.

In their quest to keep the Center’s therapists well supplied with the games they need to create a safe and friendly atmosphere for their young clients, the Child & Family Auxiliary members decided to choose a popular adult game as a fundraising theme.

The group hosted a Summer Bunco Bash last Thursday evening, which began with wine and hors d’oeuvres then transitioned to a gourmet Italian meal prepared by Chef Walter Kiczek, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Kiczek has worked as head chef in restaurants, hotels, and resorts across the country and, happily for those gathered in the Center’s Education Room last week, just happens to be the husband of Auxiliary chair Jean LaCorte, an accomplished cook in her own right.

The meal was complemented by wines selected by sommelier Randy Moore, the husband of member Barbara Moore, who created the popular children’s dress that was featured at the Bunco raffle table.

Bunco enthusiasts topped off their meals with sweet treats baked by Betty Rabin-Fung, then put on their best game faces and began rolling the dice. The following were the winners for the evening. Most Buncos: a tie between Candice Falk and Adele Macpherson; Highest Score, Laurie Morse; and Lowest Score, Sherill Mayo. Each winner went home with two tickets to the Child & Family Center’s Taste of the Town event next May.

There were also chances to win door prizes, as well as packaged items at the raffle table. No one went home empty-handed, thanks to Fran Fiel

Rolling winning combinations was serious business.

Players fuel up for the Bunco competition.

Auxiliary member Dottie Sander gets a sample of the donated wine poured by sommelier Randy Moore.

Chef Walter Kiczek prepared the special Italian dishes served at the Auxiliary fund-raiser.

C&F Center Auxiliary chairman Jean LaCorte and Betty Rabin-Fung show off some of the desserts they prepared for the Summer Bunco Bash dinner.

Auxiliary member Barbara Moore’s Dream Dress creation was a favorite item on the drawing that took place after the Bunco competition.

Sherill Mayo came ready to play at the Child & Family Center Summer Bunco Bash Aug. 24. Her enthusiasm paid off, she was one of the evening winners.

, owner of Celebrity Beauty Supply, who had prepared goody bags for each guest.

Library Fines Reduced with Donation to Food Pantry – Waive up to $20 in Fines

| Community | August 31, 2017

During the month of September, the Santa Clarita Public Library, in partnership with the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry, will be bringing back their Food for Fines program, which allows customers to donate one food item to waive up to $20 of overdue library fines or replacement card fees.

All of the donations will be turned over to the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry, a local non-profit that works to collect and distribute donated foods to those in need in the community.

Each Santa Clarita Public Library branch will have a collection barrel set up near the service desk. Patrons are encouraged to donate as many food and non-food items as they want, however $20 is the maximum fee that will be waived per account.

“We have customers who would like to access our library services but are unable to because of overdue fines. This is a great way to allow them to begin using library resources again while also helping to alleviate hunger in the community,“ said City Librarian Matt Hortt.

The Santa Clarita Public Library asks that customers review the “needed items” list on the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry website (SCVFoodPantry.org), which lists requested food and non-food items.

For more information about the Food for Fines program, visit SantaClaritaLibrary.com or contact Santa Clarita Public Library Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator, Stacy Schlesinger at (661) 799-6136 or at SSchlesinger@santaclaritalibrary.com.

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