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.
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.