Emblem Club Tea for Community Women and Girls

| Community, Gazette | June 26, 2014

Local women and girls are invited to the Emblem Tea hosted by the Santa Clarita Emblem Club 459, a division of the Santa Clarita Elks Lodge. Guests will get a chance to meet members of the club and learn about the opportunities available to assist local charities and enjoy activities throughout the year. The tea will be held on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Elks Lodge, 17766 Sierra Highway in Canyon Country. Admission is $10 per person. For tickets and information, contact Marianne Greenwood at (661) 251-3448.

Triumph Foundation

| Community | June 26, 2014

triumph logoLet ‘Em Roll Casino Night

Tickets are on sale now for the Fifth Annual Let ‘em Roll Casino Night fundraiser benefitting the Triumph Foundation, a local non-profit raising awareness and financial resources for people who are dealing with paralysis.

The night will feature tables with Texas Hold ‘em, Poker, Craps, Blackjack and Roulette and a dinner of prime rib, with a cash bar and silent auction opportunities. A live band will entertain guests at the event, held on July 26, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Valencia.

The Casino Night gala is Triumph’s main source of revenue that supports its outreach for the entire year. Tickets are on sale for $100 at www.Triumph-Foundation.org. There is a deal now through June 30 for a “buy 3 tickets, get 1 free” opportunity. Visit the website for more information or call (661) 803-3700.

This Weekend:
When:  Saturday, June 28 from 7:30-9:30pm

Where:  Ice Station Valencia, 27745 Smyth Drive, Valencia – across from Valencia High School

Details:  Triumph Foundation is partnering with Hollywood Curling to host a special clinic on the sport of curling at Ice Station Valencia.  This event is free and geared towards wheelchair athletes.  Patrick McDonald, a two-time Paralympic Curling athlete will be teaching the clinic.  You’ve seen it on TV. and you know you want to try it.  No experience necessary.  There is room for 40 wheelchair users to participate.  Wheelchair Curling is an internationally recognized sport, and competitive play is governed by the World Curling Federation.  Register online.  More information on the clinic, dress, registration are available by emailing Dwight@hollywoodcurling.org or Andrew@triumph-foundation.org, or online.     Learn more about the Triumph Foundation online.



Americana Folk Fest on 4th of July Weekend

| Community | June 16, 2014

la summerfest logoThe Santa Clarita ShakespeareFest and the SCV Blues Society are teaming up to present the “Americana Folk Fest” July 5 in Towsley Canyon. The free concert includes an evening of folk, blues, acoustic sounds, banjos, fiddles, guitars – an array of Americana music from logofour different performances. The event will be held at the home of ShakespeareFest in Towsley Canyon Park, 24675 The Old Road in Santa Clarita from 5-10 p.m. Gates open at 4:30 p.m.

At 5:00 it opens with Wumbloozo, an acoustic band made up of award-winning songwriter Michael Richard on vocals, guitar and harp, along with multi-instrumentalist Greg Krueger. The original songs from this group include true stories of love, humor and disappointment in a blend of folk, blues and Americana.

At 6:00 Tracy Newman & The Reinforcements takes the stage. The multi-talented Newman began playing guitar at age 14 and writing the music for her full-time performing, later becoming a successful script writer (“According to Jim”). Her current band, playing acoustic folk, is made up of Gene Lippmann (guitar and vocal), John Cartwright (bass), Paula Fong (vocal) and Doug Knoll (drums).
At 7:00 John Zipperer performs. Known for his upbeat spin on acoustic Americana music, Zipperer has been working as a musician and instructor at the world-renowned Musicians Institute in Hollywood. “John Zipperer & Friends” is the name of the group, which travels across the country with witty lyrics and touching tunes.

At 8:00 the show closes with Modal Tease, who play traditional American music, featuring fiddle, banjo, guitar, standup bass and tight vocal harmonies. Rooted in America’s old-time music tradition, the group’s fast-paced breakdowns, archaic banjo and fiddle bring country, gospel and blues songs, which appeal to kids and adults alike.

For more information and directions, visit www.LASummerFest.org.

Touch a Truck

| Community, News | June 13, 2014

Saturday, June 14! 10am to 2pm at Central Park, don’t miss it! Bring the kids to see all the cool trucks! There will be food trucks, fire trucks, monster trucks and more!! Fundraiser for our Senior Center and great fun for the whole family.

Getting Your Kids Involved With Internet Businesses This Summer

| Community, Gazette | June 12, 2014

By Connie Ragen Green

Janet wrote in to ask me if her children were old enough to do some of the things I discuss here in my monthly column, and also if they could make some money while doing it this summer. They are 10 and 13 years old and want to earn some money to buy their own school clothes in the fall.
Yes, now that school is almost over here in Santa Clarita it is definitely time to get the kids involved in a home-based business that can be done primarily on the Internet. Remember that you, as the parent or legal guardian, are responsible for overseeing the children in your life and for setting up any financial or legal entities that may be needed. My grandkids have been working online for four years now and have learned a tremendous amount about business, finance, and dealing with people from all over the world.
There are currently three models I am recommending for children working online, and these include affiliate marketing, retail arbitrage on Amazon, and blogging on a specific niche topic. All of these models will also encourage reading, writing, and math practice for your child, which will aid them in their academic studies once school starts again.
The first model is one that I use to this day in my own online business. Affiliate marketing is the process of “recommending what you love” to others who might be interested. This can be done with both physical and digital products, as more and more companies understand the importance of paying a commission in return for a good recommendation that results in a sale.
Finding the right products to promote begins with looking around the house and on your computer for things you have purchased that made a difference in your life. For my eldest grandson, this included his skateboard, skating accessories, and books he owned in this niche back when he was only 13 years old. It just made sense for him to tell others about these items, using his affiliate link. Once he made some money, he was then hooked on being an online entrepreneur. He recently turned 18 and now earns all of his own spending money with his multiple Internet businesses.
The second model I recommend for young people is Amazon’s retail arbitrage. This is the process of shopping locally for great deals on books, toys, food, and a variety of other products and then reselling them in the Amazon marketplace. I have done this myself and have fun shopping for bargains. The best stores in Santa Clarita to find deals are Target, Big Lots, and Rite Aid. Set a limit for how much you will spend on the items you want to resell, and then pack them up and drop them off at one of our local UPS stores. They know exactly what you need to do to get them safely to one of Amazon’s national distribution centers.
The third model involves blogging on a niche topic. My granddaughter absolutely loves soccer and has blogged about her experiences since she was 12 years old. She is able to recommend all kinds of physical and digital products related to the sport, and her writing skills have improved tremendously over the last two years. She loves being a journalist in this way and sharing what’s new in soccer around the world.
If you are familiar with blogs you know they have space around the posts (we refer to this as “virtual real estate and advertising space”) where you can display small ads and information about products and services you recommend. It doesn’t take long for you to become a trusted advisor to those seeking this type of information online. That’s when your sales will really pick up.
As you can see, there are multiple opportunities for your children to earn money with an online business. I encourage you to sit down with your children right away and discuss the three models I have described here. Once you know what their goals and interests are, you can tailor a home-based Internet business for them to get started this summer as online entrepreneurs.
Connie Ragen Green lives in Saugus and has been working exclusively on the Internet since 2006. Her ninth book, “Living the Internet Lifestyle,” was recently released by Hunter’s Moon Publishing and is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Find out more by visiting http://HugeProfitsTinyList.com and download an audio recording for 2014 at http://NewRulesforOnlineMarketing.com.
Questions? Email Connie at crgreencrgreen@yahoo.com and be sure to put Home Business Question in the subject line. Your question and answer will be included in a future article.

Old Town Newhall Classic Car Show

| Community, News | June 5, 2014

All five blocks of Old Town Newhall will be shut down for a classic car show, due to the size of the event. Newhall’s 5th Annual Classic Car Show is Sunday, June 22, when vehicles from before 1975 will be showcased for the general public.

The event will draw crowds from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., with hundreds of car enthusiasts to see the collectible cars, and others to enjoy live music and food. All of the restaurants on Main Street will be open for the show as well, including The Way Station, Persia Lounge and El Trocadero. Additional food concessions will also be there, including Maria’s Italian Deli, Nana’s Banana Bread, Epic Jerky and, new for this year, CVT Soft Serve Ice Cream, dispensing food from a vintage 1961 delivery truck.

There is an opportunity to shop at the car show at “Vendor Alley,” where you will find car accessories, memorabilia and home improvement ideas.

Admission is free of charge for spectators of all ages.

The car entry fee is $25.  You may enter your classic car on the web by visiting www.otnacarshow2014.eventbrite.com, or stop by Soundsations, located at 24300 Main Street, to pick up an application.

Sponsors of this event are Galpin Santa Clarita, The City of Santa Clarita, High Quality Auto Upholstery, Frontier Toyota, Soundsations, Whitening Lightning, Auto Fair, Impression Auto Salon, German Autohaus, Reeves Complete Auto Center, R & S Automotive, Brake Masters, Engine Dynamics, A & K Body and Fender, Big John’s, After Hours Auto Body and Paint, 3D, Twenty-Five Score, Santa Clarita Gazette, The Magazine of Santa Clarita, Elite Magazine, Burrtec, SCVLeasing.com, Home Smart Real Estate, Napa Auto Parts, Outlaw Garage, Sam Saifi with Farmers Insurance, and Newhall Ice Co.

SCAA Art Gallery Moves to Bigger Location

| Community | June 5, 2014

Providing new evidence of the expanding presence of the arts in the SCV, the Santa Clarita Artists’ art webAssociation (SCAA) has moved into a larger gallery in the Valencia Town Center Mall. The new address is Suite 110 near the mall’s roundabout, across the street from the food court.
The current exhibit in the new venue, which is open to the public, is a floral art show called Zing to Spring! All residents are invited to a wine reception on Friday, June 6, where the work of the SCAA Art Scholarship winners will be featured.

“We award a total of $2,000 to three graduating high school seniors each year. Their work will be on display throughout the remainder of the show,” said Jeanne Iler, art instructor and co-gallery coordinator.
Events are from 6 – 9 p.m. with food, wine and classical and jazz music by guitarist Manak from 7 – 8:30 p.m.

art2 web“Out shopping or seeing a movie, stop by and enjoy the art!” said Iler.
The gallery also features jewelry, cards, small paintings priced under $100 and matted art. Gallery hours are Friday and Saturday 4 – 10 p.m. and Sunday 1 – 7 p.m.

“This year is the 25th anniversary of the SCAA,” said Iler. “We started small, but now have over 130 members working in all media. Our events throughout the year include the Art Classic in October, the Gallery and other venues in our community. Our goal is to make visual art available to our neighbors.”

New Businesses Support SMO

| Community | June 5, 2014

The opening of a women’s fashion store in Newhall is supporting Single Mothers Outreach. Via Tucci just opened inside the “Closet on Main” store, which is a resale boutique run by the non-profit organization. Via Tucci held a “soft opening” earlier in the week, where many local residents were able to see contemporary trends the new business venture was offering. Closet on Main has new extended hours. It is now open Monday-Saturday  from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. The store is located at 24335 Main Street in Newhall.

Another new business, Teriyaki Madness, opened in Valencia, and will host with a grand opening celebration on June 7 from 12-3 p.m. where 20 percent of all sales will go to SMO. KHTS will broadcast live from the new food venue, bringing the station’s 1948 vintage fire truck there for the kids to experience.

Teriyaki Madness features healthy, fresh Asian fare and is located at 28227 Newhall Ranch Road in Valencia.
Visit www.singlemothersoutreach.org

Canyon Theatre Guild’s Singin’ In The Rain

| Community | May 29, 2014

Singin in the Rain v2 r1A Joyful Romp into the Age of Talking Pictures! By Musa Wilder

On Saturday, May 24th I had the pleasure of attending the Canyon Theatre Guild production of Singin’ in the Rain, directed by Patti Finley with music direction and sound by Greg Finley. I sat 2nd row center, next to a group of wonderful ‘Red Hat’ ladies and settled in to be entertained. I was not disappointed. Set in Hollywood in the late 1920s, this toe-tapping musical presented a humorous and whimsical reflection of the pivotal time in history when sound film was first introduced to the American public. As studio heads of the fictional studio, Monumental Pictures make the transition, they find themselves dealing with unanticipated issues such as noisy cameras, syncing the actors’ mouths to the film and schooling the till now ‘silent’ movie stars in the art of working with sound. Their toughest task, however, is attempting to salvage the career of Lina Lamont, a star with a voice like a screech monkey.

Lamont, hilariously played by Renee Laramore, becomes more and more arrogantly befuddled as she deals with speech lessons, wandering microphones, stray pies in the face – and a leading man who insists he doesn’t love her. They decide to overdub Lina’s voice and hire aspiring actress Kathy Seldon, fittingly played by Amy Grace Semelsberger, to do the job – and when said leading man, Don Lockwood, charmingly played by Tim Collins, falls for Miss Seldon, there is plenty of hilarious trouble breaks out!

Each unforgettable scene was tight, light and bright with smiles and ‘laugh out loud’ moments strung throughout. Difficult song and dance numbers performed that Lockwood and his side-kick, Cosmo Brown, energetically played by Jared Pixler, were executed with great gusto. The show-stopping title number and onstage rainstorm was very reasonably crafted. The filmed ‘sound-on-film technology‘ moments were educational and side-splittingly funny.
Singin’ in the Rain is the perfect entertainment for anyone who wants to spend an evening in a happy place, with a grin on their face. I turned to the patron next to me as asked if she was enjoying the show. She said she always enjoyed the shows at CTG. I mean, look! She said. “It’s our community onstage. What could be better than that?”

Performances run through June 28, 2014, Friday & Saturday evenings @ 8 PM: 5/31, 6/6, 6/7, 6/13, 6/14, 6/20, 6/21, 6/27, 6/28, Saturday & Sunday matinees @ 2 PM: 6/1, 6/8, 6/14, 6/15, 6/21, 6/22, 6/28. Tickets: Juniors/seniors $15-$17; Adults $17-$19. Call the Canyon Theatre Guild Box Office at 661.799.2702 for more information and reservations.

Jersey Mike’s Helps The Children

| Community, Gazette | May 22, 2014

407022_369350416424548_249001708_nWhen it comes to feeding undernourished children, it only makes sense that one of the biggest advocates for a charity of this type would be in food service. Help the Children is a non-profit organization dedicated to feeding underprivileged children and their families in the United States and around the world, and leading the wave of local support is Steve Youlios, who owns five Jersey Mike’s stores in Santa Clarita.

Youlios goes “above and beyond,” donating food and holding events for Help the Children, said Rebecca Fisher, volunteer and coordinator for the non-profit group, who claims that the Jersey Mike’s owner has a passion for the organization and works hard to give back.

50252_82767666753_4291477_n“In December around Christmas time they held a drive to collect baby items for Help the Children. They took in donations of baby items and entered people into a raffle and it was a lot of fun,” Fisher said. “For the final fundraiser at the Golden Valley store they had a Santa to take pictures with and they helped out a lot.”

The cold of winter inspired Youlios, when he began donating Jersey Mike’s sandwiches to the organization on a weekly basis.

“What they’ve been doing since December is they donate 40-50 sandwiches every week to Help the Children so the people who come to us can have Jersey Mike’s sandwiches,” Fisher said. “It alternates, the Valencia store will do it once a week and then the Golden Valley store will do it so that all five stores participate.”

In the coming weeks Help the Children hopes to award Jersey Mike’s plaques for the five stores as a thank you from the organization for all the help.

“We are trying to schedule with them to get together to put a plaque up in each of the stores, so that should be happening, hopefully within the next week or so,” said Fisher.
Marketing and Catering Director Amy Sandberg has been working with Youlios to begin supporting the Help the Children Organization.
“As the marketing and catering director, I met the owner and one of the managers. From there we all started talking and we agreed we really wanted to be able to help, I would say, an organization that was underpublicized,” said Sandberg. “We began talking with Help the Children in late November, early December, and thought they were doing really great work and we were wondering if there was any long-term commitment plans we could do to support their organization.”
Jersey Mike’s provides 40-50 turkey or ham mini-sandwiches to Help the Children, which are put out as fresh food for the kids.
“We have an ongoing commitment to Help the Children. All of our relationships are really personal in this valley,” said Fisher. “If other organizations would spark the inspiration, we can help them. We are involved in the schools, Henry Mayo … Child and Family Center, Circle of Hope, Boys and Girls Clubs, we help all of those.”
Ed Bernstein from SCV’s 25Score Card is also a supporter of Help the Children, and he has worked with Youlios on a number of projects for charity and says he has supported Help the Children because of the work they do.
“I think there aren’t enough charities that are helping children who are at risk if they aren’t already desolate. In order to get subsidies from the Food Pantry they need to prove that they are someone who has lost their job, who needs a hand up, not a hand out. Help the Children is a selfless organization,” said Bernstein.
When comparing the two organizations, Bernstein said he is happy donating to an entity with pure motives.
“It’s a selfless organization,” said Bernstein. “The Food Pantry delivers food for $4 a pound, while Help the Children has it at $0.04 a pound. When given the two options, why wouldn’t I donate to the one that is 10 times more efficient. One is government funded, Help the Children has no government funding because it is a religious-based organization.”
Youlios and Bernstein are friends who have both contributed to the community by holding fundraisers and events for the betterment of families and organizations in the Santa Clarita Valley.
“Steve and I are really good friends, we do a lot of charity together,” said Bernstein. “He does a lot with the schools and so do I. We have done parking lot sales and events together for the betterment of the community. He’s really generous with a lot of charities – Help the Children is one of them. We have been instrumental in making the community at large aware.”
When asked about the progress made with the organization, Bernstein praised Help the Children for the staff members’ hard work and dedication.
“They do $80 million a year without government funding. They do it all over the world and have 52 churches involved,” said Bernstein. “In Santa Clarita they feed 4,400 families every month.”

Local Talent, Jasmine Tristina Watkins

| Community, Gazette | May 17, 2014

Jasmine WatkinsJasmine is a musician living in Santa Clarita who has been developing her professional singing career here in Santa Clarita since she was 12 years old. Although she was born in Washington, D.C., her family moved to the Santa Clarita Valley in 2005 so that she and her brother could grow up in a community similar to those in the eastern United States.

Watkins took piano lessons for nine years with Elizabeth Peterson, owner of The Studio in Valencia. Other talents have come to the forefront for Watkins, including proficiency on the guitar and songwriting, along with her singing.

“My songs are typically about love and life. I try to write music people are able to relate to,” said the musician.

From a pre-teen age, Watkins worked with several well-known artists and on movie soundtracks throughout her young career.

During the summer before her senior year of high school, in 2012, Watkins attended GRAMMY Camp, a two-week, audition-based camp. The music camp is organized in several cities, including Los Angeles, where mentors and professionals from the music industry work with high school students to give them real-world experience and advice about developing a career in music.

“GRAMMY camp was such an awesome experience! On a daily basis, I learned to write, produce, and perform my own music,” said Watkins.

Since leaving GRAMMY Camp, Watkins said, she continues to keep in contact with fellow alumni.

“I attend meetings at the Recording Academy and continue to collaborate and network with fellow alumni,” she said.

While at West Ranch High School, Watkins was accepted into Berklee College of Music in Boston, through which she is currently participating in an online program. In addition, in the last year since graduating high school, the singer/songwriter has kept busy.

“I am currently working on my first EP and was recently featured on ‘The Best Man Holiday’ movie soundtrack,” she said.

This wasn’t the first time Watkins was recording along with big names.

Watkins said, “I have performed background vocals for the Jonas Brothers, Quincy Jones, and John Legend as well as other movie soundtracks and Disney films.”

Watkins is inspired by Brandy, Sadé, and Etta James.

If you’d like to follow her journey, visit her Instagram @jassietristina.

Wings for Life World Run on SCV Roads This Sunday

| Community, Gazette | May 1, 2014

The City of Santa Clarita will serve as a host city for the Wings for Life World Run on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 3:00 a.m., impacting several local roads throughout the Santa Clarita Valley. As with any road-race running event, there will be partial to full closures for extended periods of time throughout the early morning hours.

The City strongly suggests residents avoid travel, if possible, between the hours of 2:40 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. on Sunday morning. The event is being held at a time when traffic volume is extremely low, so the inconvenience is expected to be minimal. However, motorists traveling during the time of the event may be detoured.

Residents should be advised that Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies will be deployed along the route to help ensure public safety for both participants and motorists, and will strictly enforce posted road closures. Additionally, emergency response vehicles will have unimpeded access to the entire Santa Clarita Valley for the duration of the event.

Wings for Life is a global fundraiser, encompassing 34 locations, in which everyone runs at the very same time all over the world. All proceeds from the event go to the Wings for Life foundation, which funds research toward the cure of spinal cord injuries. The run will unite athletes around the world, in one race, running for those who can’t.

Earning Extra Income with Fulfillment by Amazon

| Community, Gazette | April 11, 2014

By Connie Ragen Green

Cory wrote in to ask me about selling on Amazon. He is looking for a way to start a business without investing very much money up front and wanted to know my thoughts on this business model. At the end of the year I started a new business and began selling physical products on Amazon. This was a departure from my ongoing Internet business of selling only digital products and courses, but I was willing to jump in and see how it all worked. I source a variety of products from suppliers in the United States and then sell them on Amazon. Buying wholesale and selling retail is not a new business strategy, but Amazon’s FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon) program takes this to a new level.

The business model includes searching through the top 100 products selling currently on Amazon and choosing one that you can source from within the United States. Eventually, people source in China and other countries, but I am more interested in sticking with America for this. Some excellent categories include health and beauty, lawn and garden, and even groceries!

Last month I began doing this locally, meaning that I go into discount stores right here in Santa Clarita and purchase items that can be sold on Amazon. If you are looking for a way to earn several hundred dollars a week or more, in just a few hours each day, this is an excellent way to begin.

It all starts by downloading the Profit Bandit app to your smart phone. The cost is a one-time fee of only fifteen dollars. This app allows you to scan the bar code on any item to see if it is currently selling on Amazon, and if so, the details of how much it is selling for and how it ranks compared to all other products in that category.

On a recent trip I went to Big Lots, the 99 Cent Store, and Target looking for items that I could resell to others on Amazon. It turns out that many food items, including cereal, granola bars, and cookies are excellent ones to do this with. Toys, beauty products, and health and personal products are also good ones to choose. The idea is to be able to buy it at a low enough price to allow for shipping costs, fees, and other expenses, while also earning a nice profit for yourself.

If this sounds like something you or a family member would like to get involved in, go over to Amazon’s Seller Central and start your account. The way to earn the most is to use something called FBA, which stands for Fulfilled by Amazon. If you have Amazon’s Prime service, then you are already familiar with this. You receive free shipping on all items and also receive them within two days.

I purchase things almost every week, including vitamins, shoes, toys, books, health and beauty, and other general merchandise. Having it delivered to my door within two days saves me a trip to the store and helps me to avoid the lines and the traffic. Selling this way costs you just under $40 a month, but you get a 30-day trial to start out with. It also gives you a huge advantage when selling, as many buyers prefer to use their Amazon Prime instead of having to pay for shipping costs and waiting longer to receive their items.

This business model will not be for everyone, but if you have about 10-15 hours each week and enjoy bargain hunting, this could be perfect for you. I have friends who recently lost their business and this has been helpful to them in getting back on their feet. I also have students who want to finance the cost of starting their online business and find this a fun way to earn income quickly.

I look forward to sharing even more with you about earning extra income with Fulfillment by Amazon.

Connie Ragen Green lives in Saugus and has been working exclusively on the Internet since 2006. Her ninth book, “Living the Internet Lifestyle,” was recently released by Hunter’s Moon Publishing and is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Find out more by visiting http://HugeProfitsTinyList.com and download an audio recording for 2014 at http://NewRulesforOnlineMarketing.com.

Questions? Email Connie at crgreencrgreen@yahoo.com and be sure to put Home Business Question in the subject line. Your question and answer will be included in a future article.

Two Fundraisers for Canyon High Cheer

| Community, Gazette | April 10, 2014

Shred Truck fundraiser for Canyon High Cheer!

Saturday, April 26th from 9am to 12 noon

Bring out your documents that need to be shredded on the day of the event.

The truck will be located in the student parking lot near the baseball field

Your important documents will be shredded on site by Assurance Shredding!

The cost per box is $10. Box Size is 12inch x 12 inch x 15 inch.

Thank you in advance for supporting Canyon Cheer!!

Goodwill Fundraiser for Canyon Cheer!

Saturday, May 3rd from 9am to 1pm.

Time to clean out those closets!

The truck will be located in front of the school in the drop off area!

Bring your gently used clothes, shoes, home decor, televisions, etc. and help support our Cheer Program. (No furniture please)

Canyon High School is located at 19300 W. Nadal St., Canyon Country

Household Hazardous Waste Roundup

| Community, Gazette | April 10, 2014

When electronic waste (e-waste) and household hazardous waste are ready for disposal, it is sometimes difficult to locate an appropriate site. Santa Clarita residents are encouraged to bring unwanted household and electronic waste to the annual local Household Hazardous Waste /E-Waste Roundup this Saturday, April 12, 2014. This free community event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.at the College of the Canyons’ South Parking Lot, located at 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road.

The roundup allows residents to safely dispose of household hazardous waste and unwanted electronic equipment (e-waste). A number of household hazardous waste (HHW) items will be accepted at the event, including brake fluid, paint*, paint thinner, cleaners with acid or lye, pesticides or herbicides, household batteries and car batteries, pool chemicals, motor oil, oil filters, expired pharmaceuticals, anti-freeze and fluorescent light bulbs.

E-waste items eligible for disposal at the event include computers, monitors, televisions, computer CPU’s, keyboards, printers, cell phones, VCRs, fax machines and stereos.

Residents disposing of household hazardous waste at the event should pack items in a sturdy box, preferably in their original labeled containers. Residents should be prepared to leave containers and boxes and empty all other items from their trunks. Upon arrival at the event, residents may remain in their cars while trained personnel remove the hazardous waste from the trunk.

Items not eligible for disposal at the event include:
Hazardous waste and electronic waste from businesses
Explosives, ammunition, and radioactive materials
Garbage and tires
White goods such as refrigerators, stoves, washing machines, etc.
Controlled substances

The Household Hazardous Waste /E-Waste Roundup is open to all Los Angeles County residents. No appointments or reservations are needed to attend.

The event is sponsored by the County of Los Angeles and presented by the Department of Public Works and the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, in cooperation with the City of Santa Clarita.

For more information on the Household Hazardous Waste/E-Waste Roundup and additional Household Hazardous Waste permanent collection centers, visit www.lacsd.org or call (888) CLEAN LA.

*Residents may also recycle paint at participating retailers through the PaintCare Program. Details are available at www.PaintCare.org or by calling (855) 724-6809.

Placerita Nature Center Open House

| Community, Gazette | April 3, 2014

One local family festival has become a tradition for a lot of SCV residents. Placerita Canyon Nature Center will host its annual Open House and Family Festival on May 10, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kids and adults are welcome to pan for fools’ gold, hunt for treasures and learn from animal presentations and guided hikes.
Parking is free and there will be food and drinks for purchase, as well as face painting for the kids. Placerita Nature Center is located at 19152 Placerita Canyon Road in Newhall. Contact the non-profit organization at (661) 259-7721 or visit www.placerita.org.

Band of the Week

| Community, Gazette | March 22, 2014

Natalie and The Distractors

Natalie and The Distractors

Natalie & the Distractions

This local group is known across the Santa Clarita Valley, appearing at such events as the College of the Canyons Fall Festival, and at numerous restaurants, clubs and receptions. Their reputation reaches other parts of California, where they have headlined jazz festivals.

Natalie & the Distractions delivers mostly funk, R&B and jazz. Their versatility was evident last week when they provided entertainment at the Canyon High School

Softball fundraiser, covering decades of style, from oldies to contemporary ballads. Pictured at the fundraiser are musicians (left to right): , Brendan Coyle (guitar), Natalie Mendoza (vocals), Hunter Michael (drums) and Zephyr (bass). You can hear them on ReverbNation and find them on Facebook.

Brought to you by – Lowes Music – 661-259-5502 – 22932 Lyons, Newhall

Authority Marketing for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses

| Community, Gazette | March 22, 2014

by Connie Ragen Green

Authority marketing, according to direct marketing legend Dan Kennedy, is the act of “deliberately, systematically, methodically establishing yourself as a celebrity rapidly and dramatically, at least to your clientele and target market. Without this you’re asleep at the wheel, ignoring what is fueling the entire economy around you, and neglecting development of a measurably valuable asset.”

When I wrote a column several months ago about becoming a local celebrity, this was the idea behind it.
In its purest form, authority marketing helps you as an entrepreneur or small business owner to leverage your knowledge to gain authority status in your industry. This authority status then allows you to dramatically amplify your message and also to convert this new audience into higher paying customers. In other words, it’s the process for positioning yourself as an authority, or even a celebrity, in your marketplace.

This can best be done by consistently providing useful information to your market. I refer to this as “being a resource before you’re a vendor.” The information you provide solves problems, offers solutions, and addresses urgent needs. Creating content in a variety of formats makes this a doable strategy for everyone wishing to grow a business, online or offline. You will have positioned yourself as an educator and an advocate for your niche market, instead of just another person selling widgets.

Strategies which are most effective at improving your expert positioning include highlighting your media appearances and your published books, and anything else which shows that you are uniquely more qualified and credible than your competitors. Increasing what is known as the “know, like, and trust” factor is crucial to success. In your favor is the fact that most of your competitors have not been doing this, giving you the ultimate edge in the marketplace.

For instance, once you position yourself as an authority, you’ll no longer have to chase sales leads and prospects for your business. In fact, you’ll find that they will seek out your company and your offers. Once people find you they stop looking for anyone else. Traditional networking is no longer a necessity and doing business takes on a whole new meaning.

You will also increase your income with this strategy. Entrepreneurs and small business owners that are seen as authorities have a higher value position, and are therefore expected to charge higher rates. You will quickly find that people will happily pay more for services from someone who they perceive to be the top expert in a field.

Having clients that trust and respect you is yet another benefit of positioning yourself as an authority. Instead of questioning you every step of the way, they will be more likely to follow and take action on the advice you share with them. That’s an excellent feeling to experience.

Books, podcasts, radio appearances, local appearances, and blog posts become the best sources for information in your market, saving you countless dollars and endless hours for other types of marketing. I’ve written about all of these topics in recent issues of this publication. You will also gain influence in your marketplace and opportunities for speaking, joint venture partnerships with other authorities, and more will readily present themselves to you. These, in turn, increase authority further and open other doors.
Authority marketing is one of the most powerful strategies to differentiate yourself from all of your competitors. If you aren’t actively working on creating your business around becoming a local celebrity and being perceived as the “go-to” authority in your field, you are missing a huge opportunity.

Connie Ragen Green lives in Saugus and has been working exclusively on the Internet since 2006. Her ninth book, “Living the Internet Lifestyle,” was recently released by Hunter’s Moon Publishing and is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Find out more by visiting http://HugeProfitsTinyList.com and download an audio recording for 2014 at http://NewRulesforOnlineMarketing.com. Questions? Email Connie at crgreencrgreen@yahoo.com and be sure to put Home Business Question in the subject line. Your question and answer will be included in a future article.

SC Master Chorale Performs with High School Students

| Community, Gazette | March 22, 2014

Choirs from both Valencia High School and Canyon High School will join the Santa Clarita Master Chorale next week for “There Will Be Rest,” a classical concert with a full orchestra and hundreds of voices. The repertoire includes “Prayers of Kirkegaard,” by American composer Samuel Barber, described as an intimate mixture of chant, counterpoint, and orchestra that celebrate a profound hope in God. The audience will also hear Ralph Vaughan Williams’ prayerful “Dona Nobis Pacem” and Angeleno Frank Ticheli’s soulful a cappella meditation that gives the concert its title, “There Will Be Rest.”

The performance will be held on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons. There is a free pre-concert lecture at 3:00 p.m.

The COC Performing Arts Center is located at 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
in Santa Clarita. For tickets and information, call (661) 254-8886 or visit www.scmasterchorale.org.

Passover Brings a Depth of Meaning

| Community, Gazette | March 21, 2014

By Rabbi Mark Blazer
Spring is in the air, and the celebration of Passover (Pesach), which begins the evening of April 14, celebrates the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. The name Passover is taken from the Exodus story: During the tenth and ultimate plague inflicted on Pharaoh to break his will, God passed over the Israelites and struck down only the Egyptian firstborn. That night Pharaoh finally agreed to let the Israelites go; and ever since then, we gather together on Passover at our Seder meal to commemorate that time, and to contemplate the meaning of freedom.

The central meaning of Passover is liberation, and hence, it is also called zeman heiruteinu—the season of our liberation. We understand liberation, politically—the move from slavery to freedom, as well as through spiritual transformation—the transition from the idolatry of our ancestors to the religious liberation eventually experienced through the Exodus and the giving of Law at Sinai. At the root of both of these liberation experiences is God. In Judaism’s view, slavery draws legitimacy from idolatry; democracy is ultimately grounded in the God-given dignity of every human being. Totalitarianism, the total worship of any human creation, is the idolatry of our time. The God who created and loves us gives us freedom as our right and denies absolute authority to all human governments and systems.

Another name for Passover is hag ha-aviv—the holiday of spring. Following the bleakness of winter, spring marks the rebirth of the earth with the bursting forth of green life. Pesach is a celebration of rebirth and hope that annually reminds us that no matter how terrible our situation, we must not lose hope.
A favorite song during Passover is a litany called Dayenu. This rousing liturgical piece is a list of the miracles that God performed from the Egyptian Exodus through the restoration of the Israelites in their homeland.

On one level, Dayenu reminds us of the cumulative manifested power of God during this experience of liberation, but on another, it also reminds us that there were stages in this historical drama. Taken further, Dayenu, reminds us that even in our own lives we need to take one day at a time. All change takes time, and occurs incrementally, a little bit each day. Whether its rehabilitation from illness, recovery from addiction or reaching any of our personal goals, after each step we say Dayenu—this was a good day and I’ll take it.

But, we never forget our final vision. We can’t be trapped being self-congratulatory, and we cannot make our steps, our transitory stages, our final stop. We must always remind ourselves that for all our successes, we haven’t completely realized our dreams. And that’s why the last words of the seder are always “L’Shana Haba’ah B’Yerushalayim-Next Year in Jerusalem.” Tomorrow will be even greater.

Temple Beth Ami will be celebrating a FREE community Seder the second night of Passover, Tuesday night, April 15 at 6:00 p.m., led by Rabbi Mark Blazer and Cantor Kenny Ellis. Call (661) 255-6410 for information and reservations or visit www.eventbrite.com/e/santa-clarita-community-seder-free-tickets-2509100788.

Hero of The Week

| Community, Gazette | March 21, 2014

Scott Hodgson

Tim Davis, executive director of Bridge to Home, received a letter of gratitude recently. A client of the shelter was praising the services he received, and had extra kudos for staff member Scott Hodgson.

While all of the staff here have been instrumental in helping with my transition, there is one person in particular who has stood out above the rest. His name is SCOTT HODGSON.

I’ve had the opportunity to observe Mr. Hodgson in his daily duties and he is indeed a class act. I’ve watched on MANY occasions as he is overwhelmed by rude and often impatient clients asking for blankets, towels, clothes or a cot to sleep on.

Mr. Hodgson is always the diplomat in calmly, yet courteously assuring them that their request will be handled in a quick and timely manner. His compassion for the job and its people is apparent and he constantly goes the extra mile to ensure the well-being of everyone here.

He is also the constant workhorse, tirelessly roaming from one end of the building to the other in performing his duties and assisting other staff members.

In a town like Los Angeles, which I’ve jokingly described as ground zero for narcissism, materialism and hedonism, his unselfishness and dedication is all the more amazing. In a town where most are in a self-absorbed bubble and obsessed with themselves – he is the rare anomaly who isn’t.

It is reassuring to know that in this day and age there are STILL individuals like Mr. Hodgson who place customer service and satisfaction as their number one priority.

Brought to you by: Dr. Fang, DDS 253-0588

Non-Profit of the Week

| Community, Gazette | March 20, 2014

Bridge to Home
Santa Clarita Homeless Shelter

Designed to accommodate 54 homeless singles with a safe, warm place to sleep, shower and three meals a day, the Santa Clarita Homeless Shelter is filled to capacity from November through March. The operation provides social services to move shelter clients from homelessness to housed after offering short-term assistance.

This year, families who came to either the shelter or The Bridge (counseling center) were immediately housed in a motel. Once off the street, they were surrounded with community. The City of Santa Clarita and County of Los Angeles supported programs to find them a place to live and get them the counseling necessary to keep them from returning to homelessness. More than a dozen families were served in this way, often spending less than two weeks in the motel before permanent housing was arranged.

Shelter clients are now making plans for the summer. Some have saved sufficient money staying at the shelter, and received enough guidance that they are looking for apartments. Some are making plans to camp in the washes. Others are looking to sleep in their cars or, in some cases, places not meant for people to reside. The Bridge to Home board of directors and staff are making plans for a year round program that hopefully will be realized by 2016.

Jazz Pop Concert This Weekend

| Community, Gazette | March 20, 2014

This Friday and Saturday at the Canyon High School Gym there will be the sound of music – not referees’ whistles and bouncing basketballs. “Jazz Pop” is a lively concert performed by the Canyon High School Choirs each year.

The public is welcome to attend the concerts, held both this Friday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.canyonhighcowboys.com or call CHS at (661) 252-6110.

Gracefest SCV

| Community, Gazette | March 20, 2014

GraceFest SCV Preview Event at The Sanctuary

Music groups will come together Saturday in a “preview” jam in Santa Clarita, before the large GraceFest SCV event, a Christian music festival in Central Park, which is slated for May 31. The Sanctuary Church is hosting the worship jam from 6-8 p.m., where several musicians will be featured, including Matterband, Andy Gregory, Imagine Tomorrow and Truth Jones. The Sanctuary is located at 26444 Friendly Valley Parkway in Canyon Country. Visit www.worshipjamscv.com.

GraceFest SCV Held May 31 in Central Park

A Christian festival making its debut this year, GraceFest SCV is an eight-hour event combining a gathering of ministries and merchants with a series of worship bands, including the Grammy Award-nominated We Won’t Be Shaken. The public is invited to Central Park on Saturday, May 31 from 1:00-9:00 p.m. for the event. Tickets and more information are available by calling (661) 367-1GOD or visit www.Gracefestscv.org.

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