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SCV Education Foundation’s “Last Sip of Summer”

| Community, Gazette, News | August 15, 2013

Photos and article by Andrew Thompson
Dozens gathered at Robinson Ranch in Canyon Country for the Santa Clarita Valley Education Foundation’s “Last Sip of Summer” fundraiser event last week, where they enjoyed live music, light snacks, wine, beer, and the event’s golf putting competition – all for a good cause. The event benefited the SCV Education Foundation, a nonprofit that seeks to provide support for public schools throughout the Santa Clarita Valley.

“A lot of organizations have golf outings…and a lot of organizations have wine events. So, we kind of thought that maybe we would do a mash up,” said Susan Reynolds, a board member for the foundation.

Guests gave $50 to the organization in order to mingle inside the club, where they enjoyed a wine tasting, beer provided by Wolf Creek Restaurant and Brewery, and a silent auction. They also gathered outside on the balcony overlooking the golf course to hear the live music performed by a band called Jonny B. & the Goods, featuring Jonathan LaFrance. An additional $10 won supporters entry into the fundraiser’s putting competition, where they competed for prizes.

The potential consequence of mixing alcohol with a contest involving coordination wasn’t lost on Reynolds, who laughingly pointed out that the quality of putting was likely to decrease as the afternoon progressed.

“I’m going to give it a swing,” she nevertheless punned.

But Reynolds was more serious when it came to the support being provided to the SCV Education Foundation by the event, as well as the support the organization provides for schools in the community.

“As you know, many resources have been pulled away and pulled away from our public education system, so…teachers and the administrators have less and less and less to work with,” Reynolds said. To counteract those difficulties, Reynolds noted, the Education Foundation has worked, in part, to put resources made inaccessible by budget cuts back into classrooms. The Foundation also provides scholarships for students who intend to pursue careers in education, and operates a Principal for a Day program, in which business and community leaders can learn about the challenges facing educators through direct participation. The non-profit program also presents an annual Teacher Tribute ceremony that recognizes outstanding teachers from each of the public schools in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Reynolds called the Teacher Tribute ceremony the “Academy Awards of Santa Clarita Valley teachers” and added that, even though it only honors some of the teachers throughout the local districts, she hopes it might inspire them all.

“What do they say? A rising tide raises all ships?” she asked.

It’s an expression that she found appropriate for the student beneficiaries of the Foundation’s programs, as well:

“I believe in education,” Reynolds said, “and that our youth – if we support our youth and everything that has anything to do with them, then we will raise the entire ship.”

For more information on the SCV Education Foundation, call 661-414-4465 or visit

www.scveducationfoundation.org.

City Hosts Free “Drugs Are Deadly” Workshop

| Community, Gazette | August 8, 2013

The City of Santa Clarita and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Juvenile Intervention Team (J-Team) invite residents to an interactive drug awareness workshop titled “Drugs are Deadly.” It will be held on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at the Canyon Country Community Center, located at 18792 Flying Tiger Drive.

The workshop will address important issues relating to drugs, including how drugs affect youth in Santa Clarita, how easy it is to hide drugs in the home using common household items, and how to provide resources to youth and families who are struggling with this issue. Detective William Velek of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will also address the dangers of heroin, methamphetamine, ecstasy, prescription pills, and the common household items youth are using to hide such drugs.

“The City is committed to the continued education of parents and teens about drugs, their effects, and ways to prevent drug abuse within their families,” said Mayor Bob Kellar.

The “Drugs are Deadly” workshop is led by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s J-Team, a specialized unit created to combat drug related issues. This team of investigators, detectives, and sergeants monitors and tracks juvenile drug-related cases, targets drug suppliers in the community, and educates youth about the dangers associated with drug use to improve the quality of life for juveniles in Santa Clarita.

For more information, please contact the City’s Human Services Program Coordinator Susie Cordova at (661) 286-4006 or visit Santa-Clarita.com/index.aspx?page=456 for information about family education classes and workshops offered in the City of Santa Clarita.

ARTree Branches Out

| Community | June 29, 2013

The successful community arts program for youth in the area has even more ideas on the horizon. While the program has long been operating out of Newhall, its classes are branching out. Both the Canyon Country and Newhall Community Centers are hosting summer art courses and events, which began earlier this month  and continue through July 23. The “Arts Sampler” is the first ARTree program offered in Canyon Country. The non-profit organization  is launching a new program involving teens building unique “bots” from Styrofoam, and creating a story for the characters, including scriptwriting to be performed at the end of the six-week class..

The community has an opportunity to support ARTree AND receive a beautiful piece of jewelry. The Brighton Collectibles on The Patios at the Valencia Westfield Center is again supporting The ARTree’s efforts to bring art education to young people. A newly-designed “Americana” bracelet will be sold, and half of the proceeds will go to non-profit programs in Santa Clarita. Last year, Brighton awarded The ARTree nearly $3,000 to be used for materials, because of customers making those purchases. Residents are asked for their support again this year.. The bracelet is available while supplies last.
Contact the ARTree at theartree@gmail.com.

Fourth of July in Santa Clarita

| Community | June 28, 2013

Residents staying in the Santa Clarita Valley will find plenty to celebrate this Fourth of July.

Runners can participate in the Independence Day 5K, presented by the Santa Clarita Runners’ Club.  All races begin at Newhall Park, located at 24933 Newhall Avenue, and end with a Jamba Juice drink for all participants at the finish line. The run stretches along the 4th of July Parade route and is open to runners of all levels. Race times include: 7:00 a.m. for the 10K; 7:45 a.m. for the Kid K; and 8:00 a.m. for the 5K race/walk. Community members must register for races at scrunners.org.
After the race, residents can enjoy the annual pancake breakfast presented by Santa Clarita Rotary Club, beginning at 6:30 a.m. in the Roger Dunn Golf parking lot on San Fernando Road between 5th and 6th streets. $4 gets you pancakes, sausages, orange juice and coffee. The event features live entertainment until the parade begins.

The Annual Santa Clarita 4th of July Parade beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Old Town Newhall. This year’s parade is themed “The Winning Spirit” and will feature horses, floats, music, classic cars, military presentations and more, as it travels down Main Street, Lyons Avenue and Orchard Village Road before finishing at 16th Street. For more information on the parade, visit scvparade.com.

The day’s festivities conclude with the City of Santa Clarita Fourth of July Fireworks Show at Westfield Valencia Town Center at 9:15 p.m. Music by KHTS AM 1220’s live soundtrack will complement the fireworks.

Be aware that  major intersections and streets will be impacted. Travel lanes will reopen following the fireworks show as conditions allow. Due to the high number of vehicles trying to exit the area and the traffic restrictions, extensive delays should be expected. Motorists heading to the east side of the City should use the exits onto Citrus Street, while motorists heading to the west side of the City should use the signalized exits onto Valencia Boulevard or Magic Mountain Parkway.

For more information about this year’s festivities, visit Arts.Santa-Clarita.com/ or contact the City of Santa Clarita’s Arts and Events Office at (661) 286-4018.

Alan Ferdman Throws Hat into the Ring

| Community, Gazette | May 30, 2013

The public is invited to celebrate with local leader Alan Ferdman, as he launches his campaign for City Council. This Monday, June 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. he and supporters will gather at Route 66 Classic Grill for a kickoff party, inviting members of the community to join them for hors d’oeuvres. Guests should feel free to donate to Ferdman’s campaign, either at the event or anytime by emailing Electalanferdman@gmail.com. Route 66 Classic Grill is located at 18730 Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country. For more information call (661) 713-9344.

See Wynonna, Sinbad, Robert Irvine, Blues Brothers and Rockapella at SCPAC

| Community, Gazette | May 30, 2013

The 2013-14 Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) season will feature a star-studded lineup of world-class musicians, respected comedic artists, entertaining family programs and spirited performers from across the globe.

Each month local residents will have the opportunity to experience an exciting and eclectic mix of internationally acclaimed acts and artists, without ever having to leave the Santa Clarita Valley.

Highlighting the 2013-14 PAC schedule are performances by:

Legendary comedian and actor Sinbad — Aug. 24, 2013

Hawaiian ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro — Sept. 11, 2013

Platinum selling country artist Wynonna and the Big Noise — Sept. 20, 2013

Actor, comedian and TV personality Paul Reiser — Oct. 5, 2013

The highly acclaimed official Blues Brothers Revue —Nov. 1, 2013

American pop vocal sensations Rockapella — Nov. 17, 2013

Chart-topping country music group Lonestar — Feb. 15, 2014

Celebrity chef and Food Network star Robert Irvine — April 25, 2014

Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor Hal Holbrook — May 31, 2014

In addition, patrons will have multiple opportunities to mix and mingle with their favorite artists as part of the PAC’s meet-and-greet events, often held in support of the PAC K-12 Educational Outreach Program.
“This season is going to be so much fun,” said Evy Warshawski, PAC Executive Director. “Many of the groups visiting Santa Clarita will be on the PAC stage for the very first time, while others are back by popular demand…the variety and diversity included in this season showcases excellence on center stage, and our special ‘meet-and-greet’ events will bring these talented performers even closer to our audiences.”

The 2013-14 PAC schedule will offer shows spread across four series selections: Chancellor’s Choice, World Beat, Comedy and the Young at Heart Series. And this season patrons can also create their own series through the PAC’s new “Mix & Match” subscription program.

Other acts and artists visiting the PAC this season include: the Korean National Modern Dance Ensemble; Charlie Brown & Friends Christmas Concert starring David Benoit; Celtic Nights – A Journey of Hope; The Peking Acrobats; comedian Kathleen Madigan; Pushcart Players: “Happily Ever After – A Cinderella Tale”; Ladysmith Black Mambazo; The Glenn Miller Orchestra; “Peter Pan”; and Tiempo Libre.

As in years past, the PAC will also host a number of College of the Canyons theatre, music and dance department productions, as well as other community group performances. Those productions include “Les Miserables” (Canyon Theatre Guild), “Of Mice and Men” and “RENT” (COC Theatre Department), “The Nutcracker” (Santa Clarita Ballet), “Oliver” and “The Wizard of Oz” (ESCAPE Theatre).

PAC series subscription and individual ticket sales will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, July 15. Tickets can be purchased online, over the phone, or in person at the PAC box office.

For more information about the PAC 2013-14 season or to purchase tickets, visit www.canyonsPAC.com or call the PAC box office at (661) 362-5304.

Twilight Tour for Exotic Cats

| Community, Gazette | May 23, 2013

You can get the chance to see some extraordinary felines at an evening fundraiser in Rosamond next month. The EFBC Feline Conservation Center is hosting a “Summer Twilight Tour” on Saturday, June 22 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Guests will find out what wild cats actually do night at this special event held during evening hours.

The Twilight Tours are an integral part of EFBC’s public awareness and educational programs to promote endangered species preservation and conservation. Visitors will have a chance to see one of the world’s largest collections of rare wild feline species during their most active period and are witness to animal behaviors not ordinarily seen during normal zoo experiences. Enrichment items, “toys,” will be given to EFBC felines to pique their interest, as well as provide amusing entertainment for the center’s visitors. This is the time to bring cameras and video equipment. Felines not ordinarily on exhibit to the general public will also be available for viewing. To add to the evening’s festivities, the Lancaster Rotary will provide barbecue foods, and the American Association of Zookeepers EFBC Chapter will host a bake sale. There will also be opportunities to win a variety of items at a raffle.

All proceeds from this event will be used to continue the EFBC’s endangered wild feline species preservation and breeding programs, as well as construction and maintenance projects and animal habitat improvements.

Admission is $20 per person, and only those over the age of 18 will be admitted. For tickets purchased at the door, cash is preferred. Advance tickets are available in limited supply by contacting EFBC directly for purchase. And those who purchase advance tickets will be allowed entrance a half hour early, at 5:00 p.m. Contact EFBC at (661) 256-3793 or log on to www.wildcatzoo.org.

The EFBC’s Feline Conservation Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of endangered wild feline species. The EFBC houses over 70 rare felines representing 18 wild feline species. Guests can visit the EFBC during its regular business hours, daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed Wednesdays) and view large wildcats. Jaguars and Leopards, as well as smaller and lesser known species, like Southeast Asian Fishing Cats and Margays are housed there. Admission is nominal, and parking is free. Since 1977, and through its very successful captive breeding management programs, the EFBC has been working with other zoos and facilities worldwide, in an effort to save endangered feline species from extinction.

Meet a Member of The Chamber Board

| Community, Gazette | May 17, 2013

Sue Reynolds

Sue Reynolds’s penchant for helping others reach their full potential has extended even to her pets.

Growing up with horses in a small town in Illinois, Reynolds jumped at the highest levels of the amateur jumping world. In college, when her psychology class distributed rats, she taught hers to put a ping-pong ball through a basketball hoop. And when her family decided to get a Doberman Pinscher, she saw in it a hidden talent as well; they now go to search-and-rescue training twice a week, Reynolds says, and “Nudel” really seems to be enjoying the new career.

But it’s through bringing out the best in people that Reynolds makes her mark in the business world. Reynolds is the founder and owner of NewMarket Careers, a company that specializes in career-development and job-search assistance, working with everyone from recent graduates to veterans of the workforce to senior-level executives, recently terminated employees, business owners, and more – just about anyone, she says, who is serious about his or her job or business.

“I say to people, ‘I’m not a human resources person. I’m a marketing professional,’” Reynolds notes. “And people have to be marketed to grow effectively.”

Reynolds assists clients with résumés and interviewing strategy, as well as advocating for themselves, finding and building connections, and negotiating. She says she sometimes calls in other experts, such as speech therapists, psychologists and psychiatrists, or wardrobe consultants for their knowledge – all as part of helping her clients promote themselves successfully.

“A lot of people – either for their own businesses, their careers, or for the large businesses for which they work – they don’t do a good job of advocating for themselves,” Reynolds says.  “And that’s one of my big… mantras, if you will – is all of us need to advocate for anything that we care about.  And we probably ought to be caring about our own careers.”
But as beneficial as Reynolds knows putting one’s best foot forward can be, she also knows that advocating for oneself is useless in a vacuum. That’s why she stresses the importance of networking as an essential component of finding and building a successful career.

“Most opportunities come from unexpected sources,” Reynolds explains. “So, we think that it’s all going to come because

Sue and Nudel

we see an Internet posting for a job; that’s 10 percent of the job market. And that was true 20 years ago.”

Networking, in fact, even led Reynolds into the career she enjoys today.
While she was involved in a work-study job in the marketing department of a community college, Reynolds says, the Illinois Department of Corrections called and said that they needed someone to fill a position. Because Reynolds was in the right place and knew the right people, she says, the job became hers.

“I was recommended,” Reynolds emphasizes. “It had nothing to do with academics or applying for a job – it had everything to do [with] the referral and the networking.”

Later, when Reynolds came home with her bachelor’s degree in communications from Indiana University, it happened again. Reynolds was working in marketing for a small manufacturing company when she was recommended for a position as a speechwriter for Allied Chemical. Her experience in that capacity included helping corporate professionals with presentation, which ultimately directed her toward starting the business that she operates today.

“It wasn’t my résumé, it was that recommendation that I had,” Reynolds reiterates. “Networking, networking, networking. Connections are everything.”

Today, Reynolds’s own connections – coupled with her desire to assist whenever called upon – have resulted in her participation in the leadership of multiple organizations. Reynolds currently serves on the board of directors for the SCV Education Foundation and as president of Soroptomist of Greater SCV, as well as serving on the education committee of the Valley Industry Association and being involved with the Boy Scouts of America, in which her son has participated.

Reynolds admits that she sometimes finds the demands of serving so many organizations overwhelming, but says she doesn’t feel that’s any excuse for inaction. “Somebody’s gotta step up,” she says, adding, “I am a step-upper.”

Reynolds’s propensity to get involved led her to join the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce almost as soon as she moved to the area. But she didn’t stop there: Reynolds now serves, not only as a Board member for the organization, but also as a member of its Marketing and Ambassador Committees. And Reynolds has been rewarded for her efforts as well. Her business has become respected in the Chamber circle, she says, being nominated multiple times for Small Business of the Year, and she recently won the Special Recognition Award that the Chamber gives out annually.

Reynolds says that her involvement with the Chamber of Commerce has been a positive force in her own networking, citing multiple examples of business connections she’s made through the Chamber, members whom she now also considers to be dear friends. That itself, she argues, is a good reason for any local business owners to want to participate.

But Reynolds’s belief in getting involved with organizations such as the Chamber goes a little deeper than just the immediate rewards.

“It’s the right thing to do,” she says. “If you’re a business person in this community, or you’re representing a business in this community, then it’s your responsibility to step up, and be part of this. Even if you don’t think you’d get leads from Chamber, Chamber’s advocacy in Sacramento and Washington D.C. still ought [to] mean something to you as a citizen of the business community,” she adds.

“There’s that Boy Scout mom coming out again. ‘Be a good citizen!’” Reynolds says, laughing, but she has made her point: a business owner, in Reynolds’s eyes, has a responsibility to be an active and constructive member of the business community as a whole.

“Be a good business citizen,” Reynolds says again. “Join Chamber, participate, you’ll reap the rewards…be a good business citizen.”

For more information on Reynolds or NewMarket Careers, please visit www.newmarketcareers.com, e-mail sreynolds@newmarketcareers.com, or call 661-702-1345. You can also find NewMarket Careers on Facebook and visit Reynolds on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/newmarketcareers. For more information on the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce, please visit www.scvchamber.com, e-mail info@scvchamber.com, or call 661-702-6977.

Pet Adoptions Information on any of these pets, ROTR Rescue at 661-305-5700

| Community | May 15, 2013

Hello I’m Daisy:) My Foster Mommy calls me ‘Daisy Doo’.  I am now 1 year old! My Foster Mom says I’m the drop and roll girl.. cause that’s what I do when I come to you, I drop on the floor and roll over for you. I am humble and sweet and love all animals, people and kids. She says that I AM THE PERFECT PET and Miss Congeniality! I am only about 6 lbs. I live inside but love to run in a big yard or a doggy park! I love toys and absolutely love, love love to cuddle and sit on your lap till I fall asleep:) I dream of being loved and held and sleeping in a bed with a human who loves me…. and by the way, my foster Mom says I’m a great kisser:) shhhhhh its a secret:)  Please come and meet me, I am very special and will love you for ever and ever….  XXOOX   Daisy Doo

 

Milo

 

 

Milo is an adorable little guy. He’s about 11 months old, six pounds and as sweet as can be. His amber colored eyes melt your heart. He is sweet and not a barker. He is delicate and loves to play. Milo is one that you’ll love to hold:) He gives sweet kisses..sweet  sweet boy:) Everyone who meets Milo loves him. He is truly the most darling little guy just waiting for someone to love him….
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi my name is Teddy! As you can see I’m adorable! I’m about 11 months old:)  I am a spunky little guy who is friendly

Teddy

with every dog, cat, kids and people!  I’m a little Mr. Congeniality and I got my name Teddy because I’m so cuddly like a Teddy Bear! I guess that’s what makes me so special. I love my tummy rubbed:)  Now I’m just waiting for my new family. I’m a really good boy and fun too! I’m highly intelligent and like to learn tricks. Will you adopt me? I  will fill your heart with joy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Darla

Darling Darla is a 4 year old Deer Chihuahua. She is spayed, has all shots, her teeth were cleaned and she is micro- chipped.  Darla is a cheerful, lively girl who loves her morning and nightly walks; in general she loves life!! She’s great with kids, dogs and other animals. Like a typical Deer Chihuahua, she is lean and on the taller side. She is tri color (brown, white, black) with an adorable marking shaped as a bow tie on her side, and don’t forget her beautiful almond shaped brown eyes! Please call to meet sweet Darla.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toby

Here’s a sweet 8 month old cutie named Toby! He is sweet natured and loving. Gives great kisses!! Toby Loves to play and run:) Ready for lots of fun! Great family boy:) He’s a wirehaired Terrier that weighs about 10 lbs. but needs to gain some weight. Call now to meet Toby, the perfect boy:)

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