Elizabeth M. Hopp, the 2013 Santa Clarita Valley Woman of the Year, was nominated by the Michael Hoefflin Foundation for Children’s Cancer. She has held various positions on the Board of Directors, chaired committees, worked tirelessly, and provided invaluable insight to this highly successful nonprofit organization. Steve Sturgeon is our 2013 Santa Clarita Valley Man of the Year! He was nominated by the SCV Child & Family Center and also the Rotary Club of SCV.
The fate of a plot of land home to a 150-year-old oak tree that recently fell apart is uncertain, the property’s manager said Thursday. “It was kinda heartbreaking to see this thing fall apart the way it did,” Chris Hailstone, property manager for Intertex, “It was quite shocking the way it fell apart.”
On Sunday, April 28th, the Santa Clarita Artists' Association hosted a spring art festival and sale at Le Chene French Cuisine Gardens. Thirty different artists came to show and sell their original works of art. The mission of the Santa Clarita Artists' Association is to promote art in the Santa Clarita Valley by "making visual art visible." They have a variety of educational programs and also award scholarships to high school and college students in the SCV. Le Chene is located on Sierra Highway in Agua Dolce. Le Chene offered a 15% discount on brunch or lunch. The art show was free to the public.
On Saturday April 27th and Sunday April 28th, KHTS presented their 4th Annual Home & Garden Show & Emergency Expo at the Hyatt here in Santa Clarita. Over 100 vendors came to present and show their wares and services. There was also a blood drive hosted by Kaiser Permanente; donators received free movie tickets and a raffle entry. The KHTS Home and Garden Show offered various activities throughout the day including: drop, cover and hold demonstration, puppet show, kids crafts, how to treat snake bite and bee stings, and roving concerts. Many of the vendors were holding raffles and giving away prizes. The Emergency Expo featured many different emergency services and emergency responders. Many vendors were showing alternative eco-friendly systems for the home. The event was free to the public.
Looking to prepare women in case they are attacked, Tammy Castor, head of Campus Safety at College of the Canyons hosts a free Women’s Self Defense course every fall and spring on the COC campus. Castor describes the course stating, “This class helps women to feel empowered about themselves. It’s for all women, not just COC students. It gives women choices when defending themselves and helps them think about safety without being paranoid.”
On April 18, 2013, KHTS family and friends traveled to the Staples Center in Los Angeles to cheer on the Los Angeles Kings as they took on the Columbus Blue Jackets. Before the game, KHTS family and friends were treated with a behind the scenes tour of the Staples Center. The tour allowed KHTS family and friends to go onto the ice, step outside the Los Angeles Kings locker room, sit on the Kings' bench, and even got a chance to meet and talk with LA Kings' announcer Nick Nickson.
PK's Chocolates has been serving the Santa Clarita Valley out of their Canyon Country store since 2010. Owners Pat Dirickson and Kim Larsen first met in 1999, and after transitioning out of careers in finance, launched their chocolate business.“With every day comes new challenges and new adventures. PK's Chocolates has been in business (retail store) for two years. As our anniversary came we've decided that we could no longer support the retail business and will be closing our doors. We are very sad about this as we've met so many wonderful people, customers, networking friends, the chamber, etc. We will be moving forward to new careers but will be around for boutiques and shows." said Pat and Kim
College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita hosted its first TEDx event last Thursday, giving speakers in various areas of technology, business and education a chance to share their knowledge the topic of connectivity — specifically how connected communities can increase the wellbeing of individuals, and as a result, improve global welfare. TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to ideas worth spreading. It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences - the TED Conference on the West Coast each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh UK each summer - TED includes the award-winning TED Talks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.
Irwin Wiener decided not to pursue a career in the arts after studying music in college, but later in life, he made his way back to the canvas. While enjoying retirement, the 92-year-old has been painting, and he recently put on a show to support the Alzheimer’s Association. His wife was recently diagnosed with the disease.