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We’ve had a little taste of winter this past week and it’s been glorious! I believe we were scheduled for another drizzle of rain today… but it doesn’t look like rain to me.Kevin and Chris Dougherty of Pasco, Wash. attended the Super Bowl Champion Seahawks celebration parade in Seattle.

Seahawks win the Super Bowl!

Last Sunday I was on pins and needles as I waited for the big game to start between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks. I was born in Seattle and have been a long-suffering Seahawks fan since the team was created in 1976.  As the seemingly endless line up of pre-game events droned on and on and on I wondered which team would show up. Would it be the Seahawks team that lost to the
Arizona Cardinals on Dec. 22 or the team that won convincingly (34-7) against the New Orleans Saints on Dec. 2? I was delighted that the Seahawks Team of Destiny was the one that played in the Super Bowl. I’ve watched replays of the game about 10 times now! I imagine that for the rest of the world it was a fairly dull game, but I loved every minute! I was very jealous of my friends Chris and Kevin Dougherty of Pasco, Wash. who were able to attend the Seahawks victory parade in downtown Seattle on Wednesday. For those unfamiliar with Washington State geography, Pasco is pretty much on the other side of the state from Seattle, so that’s a serious trip! Kevin even threw a bag of Skittles to Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, who reportedly caught it! Go Hawks!

Kick-off party for Taste of the Town

Left to right, G. Marshall Hann speaks with Congressional candidate Steve Knight and Vaness Wilk during the Taste of the Town kick-off event. Photo by Michele E. Buttelman.The kick-off party for Taste of the Town attracted a nice crowd of “movers and shakers” as well as candidate for U.S. Congress Steve Knight. Event co-chairs Sandra J. Smith and Joyce Carson did a nice job of keeping the event moving while covering all the important information. Taste of the Town is the signature event of the Santa Clarita Child & Family Center. This year the event will celebrate its 26th anniversary. Taste of the Town will be held 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 4 at the Mann Biomedical Park in Valencia. The event will feature food and spirits provided by more than 40 vendors. It is expected that as many as 2,000 attendees will support the fundraiser for the Child & Family Center which provides mental health services to the families of the Santa Clarita Valley. Taste of the Town sponsorships and donations of live and silent auction items are being sought. For sponsorships or donations contact Laura Kirchhoff at 661-255-6847 ext. 3166 or

Ticket prices for this adults-only event, which is expected to attract as many as 2,000 attendees, will cost $75 for general admission. Reserved umbrella table seating is $100 per person (advance purchase only). For information on Taste of the Town and to purchase tickets (ticket sales begin Feb. 7) visit or call 661-255-6847 ext. 3018.Left to right, Frank Di Tomaso, Liz Siepel, Joyce Carson, Sandra J. Smith and Darrell Paulk at the Taste of the Town kick-off event. Photo by Michele E. Buttelman.

Kudos to Bank of Santa Clarita and Whitening Lighting

A round of applause, please for the Bank of Santa Clarita and Jennifer Gerard of Whitening Lighting who have stepped up to become presenting sponsors for Taste of the Town. Community support is so important to all Santa Clarita Valley nonprofits. Thank you for giving back!

Ready, set, go!

The social scene is gearing up quickly with the next few weekends full of great fundraisers and the chance to get out of the house and have some fun!

Night of a Thousand Stars

The annual Canyon Theater Guild fundraiser, “Night of a Thousand Stars” will host a “Wine and Roses Gala” 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Valencia Country Club. The evening will feature entertainment, dinner, dancing and a live auction. Tickets are $100 each for this fabulous black tie event. Call 661-799-2702 for your reservations!

Habitat for Humanity SF/SCV’s Builder’s Ball

The annual Habitat for Humanity SF/SCV’s Builder’s Ball will be held 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 at the Sheraton Universal Hotel, 333 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City. The fundraiser supports housing programs and helps promote awareness. For more information visit or call 818-884-8808.

Celebrity Waiter Dinner

Kathy and Bob Kellar at the 2013 Celebrity Waiter Dinner. Photo by Michele E. Buttelman.The annual Celebrity Waiter Dinner to benefit the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center will be held Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Hyatt Regency Valencia. I understand that tables are going fast, so if you haven’t reserved your seats you should hurry! Celebrity Waiter is one of my favorite events because it’s a chance to dress up and have fun, while supporting services for SCV seniors. This year’s theme is Journey Through Television, which offers everyone a chance to come as their favorite television character… Hmmm… I think I’ll go as one of Charlie’s Angels! This year’s event will also feature a number of unique trips, social events and other great items in the live auction. Items will include a one-week stay at the Mayan Palace Resort near Puerto Vallarta in Mexico for four people; an entertainment package of dining and theater tickets; a barbecue for up to 30 people at the Sand Canyon home of Bob and Kathy Kellar; private flight and lunch for two from Agua Dulce to the Santa Barbara area; a week in a two-bedroom condo for a week in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; and a week in a fully equipped Maui beach house that sleeps 10 guests. Also up for bid is The Ultimate Driving Experience, an opportunity for six lucky drivers to train for and race professional NASCAR stock cars on the Toyota Speedway in Irwindale. Celebrity Waiter is one of the SCV Senior Center’s top fundraising events. Proceeds help to support such services as Home Delivered Meals, reassurance telephone calls, educational and support groups, the Handyworker Program, Supportive Services and many other programs. Individual tickets are $100 each. Table reservations or additional information are available on the event website at, by mail at SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall, CA 91321, or by calling Pamela at 661-259-9444, Ext. 141.

All proceeds will benefit the SCV Senior Center and its programs for local seniors.

College of the Canyons Foundation Silver Spur Celebration

One of the most elegant events in the SCV is the annual College of the Canyons Foundation Silver Spur Celebration. This year’s event will honor Remo and Ami Belli and will be held Saturday, March 1 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, fifth floor, 135 N. Grand Ave., in downtown Los Angeles.

For more information contact the COC Foundation at 661-362-3434.

Bob Kellar is16th Annual Elks RoasteeCity Councilman Bob Kellar with be the honored roastee at this year's annual Elks Roast.

Santa Clarita City Councilman Bob Kellar has stepped up to be the roastee at the 16th Annual Elks roast to benefit the Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers on Saturday, March 8. The event
will be held at the Santa Clarita Elks Lodge, 17766 Sierra Highway in Canyon Country. Cocktails will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner to follow at 7 p.m. The event program will begin at 8 p.m. Councilman Bob Kellar has graciously volunteered as the roastee. City Manager Ken Striplin will participate as the Master of Ceremonies and scheduled roasters will include Don Fleming, Steve Arklin, Fred Arnold and Ken Pulskamp. Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers operates three health centers in the Santa Clarita Valley: Canyon Country Health Center, Val Verde Health Center and Newhall Health Center, as well as outreach sites at College of the Canyons and California Institute of the Arts. SDFHC offers a full range of health care services-physicals, immunizations and vaccines, screenings and diagnostic tests, well baby care, and family planning. Patients pay based on their income. This past year, SDFHC provided service for 11,000 patient visits. For more information about tickets and sponsorship opportunities call 661-257-2339 ext. 302.

Sweet Charity Cake Auction/Competition

The sixth annual Sweet Charity Cake Auction/Competition will be held 6 p.m. Saturday, March 8 at the Valencia Country Club. Tickets are $45 each for the reception. Here’s your opportunity for your business, school or organization to be featured at the coolest, most unique event in the Santa Clarita Valley. Design a cake that best reflects your mission, logo, or product to donate to the SCV Youth Project. Cakes will be auctioned to raise funds for the nonprofit which serves youth in the SCV dealing with with issues they face on a daily basis such as depression, suicide, drug/alcohol abuse, pregnancy, bullying, peer pressure, domestic violence, sexual assault, neglect, divorce, blended families, motivation, goal setting, study skills, self-harm, healthy relationships, sexual identity, truancy, etc. 

Cakes will be awarded prizes based on their originality and creativity as well as the cake that raises the most money. Whitening Lightning and Clear Channel Outdoor are this year’s Fondant Sponsors. Youth Project board member Renee Kaehny will chair the event. Anyone submitting a cake to the competition must pay a $25 entry fee and must be registered with payment confirmed by Saturday, Feb. 15. All proceeds to benefit the Youth Project ( For more information visit

Will YOU be my valentine?Valentine’s Day!

I can’t believe that Friday will be Valentine’s Day! My husband and I became engaged on Valentine’s Day… ahem… let’s just say a FEW years ago (more than 30!). I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Valentine’s Day. Be sure to order your flowers early and don’t wait until the last minute to find the perfect card! Better yet, get a blank card and fill it with mushy thoughts! You’ll be a hero. Better yet, buy your sweetie a nice spa package (Balance Point Spa in Canyon Country has some wonderful deals!)


Michele E. Buttelman is the editor of , an online publication. Follow me on Facebook and on Twitter at SCV Scene and online at KHTS,

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