“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?'”
– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Autumn – September through December – feels like a wonderful time to focus on service. Many schools integrate service and helping others into...
September is National Hunger Month, so I wanted to share some simple ways to get involved.
1. This one is easy: Join Team No Kid Hungry at nokidhungry.org.
2. Spread Awareness. One in 5 (that’s 16 million) children in the U.S. struggle with hunger. Help raise awareness. Share information about...
Through blogging and focusing on kindness, I’ve connected with Sheila of Pennies of Time, and I’m grateful for the way she reminds me daily that we can all make a difference:
“No matter your age, where you are from, your hobbies, or your background – you can help others.”
I’ve been glad to see coverage and growing interest in the Chiquita Canyon Landfill, which I think many in the Santa Clarita Valley just don’t think about too often. As a Val Verde resident, I’ve always been very aware of it, and now, with the landfill seeking to expand rather than close as it...
Fifteen years ago I arrived in Cairo, six weeks ahead of my first day of my “study abroad” program at the American University there. I would be staying in a Cairo suburb for four weeks and taking a basic Arabic class.
Upon my arrival, I knew little of the language beyond a simple “hello.” My...
As I went through the airport security line, I could tell I moved too slowly, was too deliberate in my process … laptop in this bin, shoes in another, purse in this last one, wheelie suitcase in front and push.
The eyes of the woman behind me sent the message that I should be picking up the pace, but...
When the boys and I met up with a friend for a play date at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center, I was expecting the boys to learn many things: names of plants and birds, facts about snakes, little tidbits of the history of the area, etc. What I had not expected was for Sky, age 4-1/2, to learn so much...
Seven summers ago, I was in the final months of training for a 30-mile trail race I planned to do for my 30th birthday. Through my training and run, I was raising money for charity, as well.
I was back in Northern California recently, amid some beautiful natural settings with a good friend who also came...
“Gold and Red Memories”
a poem for my dad
A Gold Self-Winding Wristwatch
hanging on the turn signal switch
of a red ’66 Ford Mustang
that I “helped you fix up”
and that you eventually sold
to help pay for me to go to college.
that I rode atop...
As we all know, the Santa Clarita Valley is very family-friendly, with special events happening every weekend. It’s also an area with a thriving nonprofit community – which means many fundraising events.
Although I support many causes, as a parent on a tight budget and with two young children,...
Feeling the need to act, members of the Santa Clarita Human Relations Roundtable, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Congregation Beth Shalom, NAACP Santa Clarita, Higher Vision Church and the Islamic Center of Santa Clarita Valley decided to gather with community members to mark and reflect on the May 14 shooting in Buffalo, N.Y.
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is working with state and national partners on an international outbreak of monkeypox. On May 19 the Centers for Disease Control confirmed a case of monkeypox in the United States in Massachusetts.
The father/son legacy continues after 40 years at Valley Institute of Prosthetics and Orthotics established in 1982. The company serves the Central Valley and the Santa Clarita Valley with the highest quality orthotic and prosthetic devices for patients to regain functionality.
The County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control is aware of the public’s desire to visit our animal care centers without an appointment. In response Animal Care and Control is adopting new public visitation hours for unscheduled visits just in time for National Pet Adoption Weekend, May 20-22.
College of the Canyons had three Women's Softball players spotlighted by the California Community College Fastpitch Coaches Association with Ashlynn Heck, Allyson Melgar and Lisa Motz selected to the All-Southern California Team.
Los Angeles County is hosting the first in-person Homeowners' Resource Fair for the public since the pandemic hit two years ago. The event will be held Saturday, May 21 9 a.m. to noon at the Huntington Park Community Center, 6925 Salt Lake Ave., Huntington Park, CA 90255.
Free business training webinars are available from the College of the Canyons Small Business Development Corporation. The SBDC is the Small Business Administration's largest service program and provides high quality business and economic development assistance to small businesses and entrepreneurs. It provides no-cost business advising and low-cost training to existing and new businesses.
After a more than a two-year wait, the Free to Be Me Music Festival will make its much-anticipated debut at the Canyon Country Community Center, located at 18410 Sierra Highway, on Sunday, June 12, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The 37th Women in Service Celebration was hosted by the Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley on Saturday, May 14. The event honored 19 women who have worked tirelessly to improve the lives of women and girls in the SCV. The honorees were nominated by SCV nonprofits.