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.
On Friday, December 14th, and Saturday, December 15, Real Life Church hosted a Christmas Concert. The concert featured musical talents of all genres. Over 45 members of the congregation performed along with 60 children. The event included over 125 people who volunteered to help with the program. The concert was performed to a full house, and overflow rooms were provided so guests could see the various performances on the television monitors. The concert was a free event for all guests.
On Sunday, December 9th, The Church On The Way presented a Christmas program hosted by the children of the congregation. The theme was "An Unexpected Gift," and it was centered around the birth of Jesus. Over 80 children performed during the service, ages ranging from toddlers to pre-teens. The children practiced for months preparing for this service. The Church On The Way is located in Santa Clarita at 23415 Cinema Drive.
On December 7th, 8th, and 9th, Grace Baptist Church held their annual Candlelight Christmas Concerts. The Sanctuary Choir sang accompanied by their live orchestra, called the Praise Orchestra. The childrens choir also made an appearance. Pastor David W. Hegg delivered the message for the evening. The message talked about Christina Rossetti, the woman who wrote the poem that has become the christmas carol In the Bleak Midwinter. Pastor Hegg talked about how the poem read like her autobiography and how she lived her life through God. Grace Baptist Church is located here in Santa Clarita at 22833 Copper Hill Drive.
On Friday, December 7th, Real Life Church hosted their RLK Jingle Jam. The evening consisted of musical talents, multiple skits, and dance to help share the meaning of Christmas and the story of Christmas. The themes of the evening were “God gave us the greatest gift. What will you give?” and “Compassion; caring enough to do something someone else’s needs.” In addition to the Jingle Jam, there was the Habit food truck, real snow, and a photo booth. Admission was free to all attendees. There was also a raffle to win prizes like 4 tickets to Universal Studios, a CPK gift card, and a gift card to the movie theaters.
On Wednesday, December 5th, Power Chevrolet hosted a kick-off for the Sheriff’s toy drive. To help kick-off the event various elementary school choirs performed different Christmas songs at half hour intervals. The collection of toys will be continuing until December 19th. Gifts can be dropped off at KHTS kiosk at Westfield Valencia Town Center Mall, Power Chevrolet, Power Ford, Power Honda, BMW of Valencia, Travel Leaders, Pico Canyon Elementary School, Adventure Dental, Dr. Zack’s Dental Office, and at Eternal Valley Memorial Park. Donations will benefit families registered with the SCV Food Pantry and The Child and Family Center. Go to the KHTS Sheriff Toy Drive page for a list and photos of schools that participated.
On Saturday, December 1st, Action Family Zone hosted a holiday boutique. The event had over 20 different vendors selling a variety of different items such as Scentsys, candles, treats, blankets, holiday items, jewelry, purses, and more. They offered gift wrapping for all of the items. For the kids there were pictures with Santa, a bounce house, and face painting. Funds raised and donated went to educational programs for teenagers. Action Family Zone is a non-profit organization that aims to provide a safe place for teenagers.
On Saturday, December 1st, the Bouquet Shopping Center hosted a holiday remote from noon til 3pm with the KHTS antique fire truck, kid’s choir performances and plenty of incredible sales. KHTS joined the Bouquet Center to celebrate the holidays with a stash of prizes including San Diego Zoo tickets, restaurants certificates and more.
On Friday, November 30th, and Saturday, December 1st, Beijo Bags held a holiday warehouse sale. Over a hundred different designer bags were on sale at a discounted price. Beijo Bags are typically sold through house parties, where people are invited to come shop in the comfort of a home. Beijo Bags offers purses, wallets, belts, sunglasses, and a variety of other fashion accessories. Beijo Bags fashion consultants sell the items and set up the parties. Parties can be held nationwide. Many of the bags at the warehouse sale can still be purchased through a local Beijo fashion consultant.