On Sunday, February 24th, Real Life Church held a rally to support the Annual Santa Clarita/Tri-Valley Special Olympics Hoops Of Hope Shoot-A-Thon. The event was held as part of WIRED, a 6-8th grade youth group at Real Life Church. Hoops Of Hope was started by Austin Gutwein at the age of 9 years. Austin is now in college but still heavily involved with his program. Funds raised by Hoops Of Hope provide education, water, food, and medical support to impoverished areas in Africa. The actual Shoot-A-Thon will take place March 30th at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex. Special Olympians will be actively participating. The funds raised in 2013 will go to help build a health clinic in Zambia and to provide backpacks for needy kids in the United States.
On Monday, February 18th, All Creatures Veterinary Care held a President's Day event. They offered free examinations to new clients, tours of the facility, and grooming services. KHTS was on site for fun and prizes. All Creatures will be open year round and they provide 24 hour emergency care. They offer care for cats and dogs as well as exotic creatures like reptiles and birds. All Creatures features state of the art equipment. They are located at 22722 Lyons Ave in Newhall.
On Tuesday, February 12th, Comfort Keepers In-Home Care teamed up with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive. For this blood drive, all blood donated stayed local inside the Santa Clarita Valley. The American Red Cross parked their Blood Mobile in front of the Comfort Keepers office. Comfort Keepers provides in home services including; meal preparation, transportation, light housekeeping, Alzheimer's and Dementia care, and medication monitoring. They are located at 23900 Lyons Ave in Santa Clarita.
On Saturday, February 9th, Green Thumb International hosted a class on the selection and care of fruit trees. The class was part of a series of classes called "Our Edible Garden." These classes are open to the public. A few of the main points of the class included selection, time to plant and grow, pruning, fertlizers, watering, and potting. Green Thumb International presented information about a variety of fruit trees including cherry, apricot, apple, peach, pluots (Plum/apricot), almond, and pomegranate. Green Thumb International is a full service garden center located at 23734 Newhall Ave in Santa Clarita.
On Monday, January 28th, Casa Vieja held a fundraiser for cyclist Kevin Korenthal. On December 22nd Kevin was training for a triathalon and was hit by a car and sustained major injuries. The fundraiser was held to help Kevin and his family. Casa Vieja has extended their fundraiser to Thursday January 31st. To help with the fundraiser patrons must mention Kevin's name and KHTS Radio. Come to enjoy fine Mexican cuisine and 25% of the proceeds will go to help Kevin and his family.
On Saturday, January 26th, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints hosted a family and technology fair. The event was free and open to the community. The day consisted of 5 sessions and each session had separate classes that people could attend based on their different interests. Some of the classes included: a merit badge workshop for boy scouts, how to start searching for family records, scrapbooking, Korean family history, indexing, and how to self publish your family history. Over 200 people came to the event. The event took place at 24443 McBean Pkwy. The church has a center open to the public where people can come in and begin research and use popular Internet databases for free.
The City of Santa Clarita has partnered with Soles 4 Soles to gather shoes and distribute new and gently used shoes in the United States and abroad to those in need. They are collecting from now until January 31st. There are five drop off locations; Santa Clarita City Hall, Santa Clarita Activities Center, Canyon Country Library, Old Town Newhall Library and the Valencia Library. According to Soles 4 Soles, there are an estimated 300 million children world-wide that lack an adequate pair of shoes. Soles for Soles was founded in 2004 after a tsunami hit Southeast Asia. To date Soles 4 Soles has distributed over 19 million shoes to over 127 countries.
On Saturday, January 19th, the friends of Sara Alarid hosted a benefit concert in her honor to help raise funds for her memorial service. Eight bands donated their time for the event, they were bands that Sara enjoyed. The bands were; Varsity Blues, Good Source of Fiber, CABS, No Control, Gutter Poets, Las Cochinas, The Dips, Lumberjacks. Some bands were local and others came from the Greater Los Angeles area. There was a bake sale, hamburgers and hot dogs, bracelets, and t-shirts being sold to help raise the money. The Alarid family continues to express their appreciation for the outpouring of support from the community.
On Thursday, January 17th, The Child & Family Center hosted a panel presentation about dealing with trauma and tragedy. The main focus was how to recognize signs of trauma in youth and then how to help cope them cope with it. Another focus of the presentation was mental illness; how to recognize it, how to deal with it, and how to act towards others who are afflicted. The speakers are professionals in their specific fields; Susan Wood, Gabriela Ochoa DelGaudio, Julie Tunick, and Kelly Smith. The Child and Family Center has two locations in the Santa Clarita Valley, one on Centre Pointe Parkway and one on Lyons Ave. They provide mental health, behavioral and education services to children, adults and families. The seminar was open to the public and free to all guests.
On Tuesday, January 1st, 2013, the SCV Aquatic Center hosted its 7th annual New Years Day Polar Bear Plunge. In 45 degree weather attendees were in their bathing suits and rushing through a pool that wasn't heated. Before the event, a person dressed as a polar bear walked around posing for pictures with guests and giving encouragement to everyone. Before and after the event hot chocolate was offered and there were heaters to help warm up those who had taken the plunge. As a bonus to the plunge, the aquatic center opened up the slide and people took no time in lining up to go down. In past years the event cost a small fee but this year the event was free.