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Ewart Family Tuesday Update

Here’s the latest update on the Ewart Family. In the early morning on Tuesday, December 20th, fire destroyed their Valencia home. Six family members were in the house at the time, three were seriously injured and sent to the Grossman Burn Center.  Since the fire, our Valley has jumped in to assist.  This is the latest update courtesy of neighbors, Josy and Steve Block.

Snow?  In Valencia?  Yes...but only at the Ewarts home!  We want to thank Newhall Ice for bringing a winter wonderland to this very special family!  A small gathering of neighborhood friends enjoyed throwing snowballs, sledding down the hill (okay, maybe not a hill - maybe more of a lump), and just having a good old time!  Aunt Joette, who is just a big kid, was the master snowball maker!  It was great to see Jacqui, Joette & everyone else sledding down the lump.  Heather & Jonathan had a great time with their pals!  We took lots of pictures that we can use for our scrapbooking project...and the kids had a BALL!  Even Snowball the dog had a great time (very apropos name, don't you think?)  Thank you, Michelle Crawford for setting this up!!!

I had the pleasure of seeing MICHAEL today - he looks WONDERFUL!!!!  He is in good spirits and enjoyed spending a little time with friends.  He still gets tired easily - last night he couldn't quite finish that last video game...but as time goes on, his strength will increase more & more.   His voice is getting stronger, though still a heavy growl/whisper.  He is using all of the linens that everyone so graciously donated...he does continue needing his dressings changed a few times a day, so, all those sheets & pillow cases & blankets are being put to good use!  He LOVES all the pajama bottoms!   This is not an immediate need, but for the entire next year, he is going to have to wear long sleeved shirts.  Instead of getting him shirts that may or may not fit (or may or may not be his style), we are asking that if anyone wishes to assist in this area to please get him Gift CardsHe likes to shop at Tilly's, JC Penney's, Mervyns, & Old Navy

DAVID - Today, (Monday) Michelle Crawford visited and said it was better than expected.  They fed him mangoes and smoothies and got to hug him...they made him laugh and he made them laugh.  They wrapped it up with a tap dance!  I'm told it was "awesome"!
*  Bouncing Emails - We're sorry to say that we are having another bouncing problem - We had about 45 failures last night.  If you or someone you know did not receive the email, please double check the sensitivity of your Spam alert.  Also, if your email does not go through, please check the website, as we are doing our best to update it every night or the next morning. 
*  James Foster Elementary School will be having a Wisdom Tree Night on January 20, 2006, where 10% of all sales will benefit the Catastrophe Fund.  The Wisdom Tree is a night of Native American storytelling, ventriloquism and's a husband and wife team.  Apparently they put on a pretty good show...about an hour long.  Doors open at 5:30pm and the show starts at 6:30pm.  They set up their "Trading Post" where students can buy silver jewelry, dreamcatchers and other souvenirs.   
*  Is there anyone who might be able to store a few computers/printers in their home?  We have several people wishing to donate computers (with 3 kids, they'll need a few) and our storage facility for the bigger items is just about filled up.  If we could find someone maybe with an extra room or a spacious garage, perhaps we could use the space for these items until the family is ready?  Please let us know.
*  If you have items you'd like to donate for our RAFFLE on March 19th at the Comedy Benefit, please send us an email for instructions on where to send or deliver your items.
Remember to check the websites...
* Thursday, January 19, 2006  - Blood Drive - from 8:00am to 8:00pm at the Small gym at Hart High School.  Everyone is welcome to come.  17 year olds are allowed to donate with a signed parent permission slip that they can pick up in the ASB Office, and obviously anyone 18 and over is welcome to donate blood.
* Thursday, January 19 and Friday, January 20 at 7:00pm at Hart Auditorium - Hart Show Choir "Cabaret" Show$10/premier seat, $8 for regular seats and $6 for students, children, seniors & all others.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Ewart Family.  Tickets may be purchased by Hart Show Choir members, or at the Choir Room from 9am to 1pm on Saturday, January 14, or you can contact Gail Hart at to arrange for tickets.
Sunday, January 22, 2006 - Blood Drive (for the Ewarts and Ryan Baker) and Bone Marrow Registry for Ryan Baker.  Newhall Church of the Nazarene - 23857 The Old Road, Newhall, CA 91321 (661) 259-5272 - Peggy is the secretary
Monday, January 23, 2006 - 10am to 12pm - KHTS AM-1220, Santa Clarita's Hometown Station is planning a 2-hour community radio program devoted to the Ewarts.  The program will be live from the Westfield Valencia Town Center kiosk.
Saturday, January 28, 2006 - Free Community Scrapbooking event at Remember When...Scrapbooking, located at 23407 Lyons Avenue in Valencia from 5:00pm to 10:00pm.  There are 8 spots available.  A Professional Scrapbook Designer/Teacher will be available for consultations if you are new to scrapbooking.  Products will be provided for you to work on pages for the Ewart's Scrapbook and/or you can bring your own items.  Please BRING PICTURES of the Ewarts.  
Tuesday, February, 7, 2006 - The Musicians Union, Local 47 is organizing a Blood Drive at the Local 47 Auditorium from 10am until 5pm.  It is located at 815 Vine Street in Hollywood.  The Providence Blood Donor Center will provide everything, right down to juice & cookies.  And every donor will receive a coupon for a free "pint" of ice cream from Baskin Robbins.  Please call (323) 993-3159 to sign up.  Walk-ins are available and soon there will be a web site available to sign up electronically.
Saturday, February 25, 2006 Vince Falzone's CD Release Party at SCVARTS.  Tickets are $8.00 per person if you pre-purchase, and $10.00 per person at the door.  You can pre-purchase tickets by e-mailing: with your request and you will receive detailed instructions.  50% of both pre-purchased and door ticket sales will be donated to the Ewarts' fund.  CD's are $12 regularly (on the website and retail), but $10 at the show.  The website is:  SCV Arts' website is:  They are located at:  27737 Bouquet Canyon Road, #113, Santa Clarita, CA 91350 (in Telly's plaza). 
Sunday, March 19, 2006 Benefit Comedy Show at J.R.'s Comedy Club at Marie Callendars.  "G" Rated comedy for the whole family.  $20.00 per person - the entire show amount is to be donated to the Ewart Catastrophe Fund.  Dinner (optional) at 5:30 - cost $22 or $29.  First Show:  7:00pm to 8:30pm, Late Show:  9:00pm to 10:30pm. To get your tickets, please send a check for $20.00 per person in your party.  Checks should be made payable to "David Ewart Catastrophe Fund".  Be sure to write the account number in the memo section of your check:  8606-155136.  Mail to:  Imagination Station, PO Box 220983, Newhall, CA 91321, ATTN:  Josy
     With your check, please include the following information
     * names of all the people in your party
     * your preference of early show or late show
     * Will you be coming for the 5:30 dinner/show, or just the 7pm show or 9pm show
      *Return address for us to mail your tickets to you. 
* Secondary Storage Facility - We have had such an overwhelming response for donated furniture that our 10 x 10 facility at Castaic Lake Storage will probably be filled by the end of this week.  We still have nearly 20 other pick-ups ready to be scheduled.  Is there anyone out there that has a storage facility available?  Extra space in a garage?  Part of a warehouse?  We estimate we will need this facility for 6 months, give or take a little.
We appreciate your continued concern & prayers for the family.  Although they are doing much, much better, they still have much healing to do.