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SCV Scene for November 24, 2013

 It’s been a chilly, blustery few days! I love this weather! It just feels right for the season! Speaking of the holidays… Happy Thanksgiving and safe travels to everyone heading out of town to be with loved ones! Enjoy the turkey, but cherish your friends and family even more!

Speaking of holidays…

Hanukkah 2013 begins the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 27. It’s a once in more than 70,000-year event: The first day of Hanukkah this year coincides with Thanksgiving. The eight-day celebration of Hanukkah celebrates the triumph of Jewish warriors called maccabees over their Seleucid occupiers more than 2,000 years ago. Hanukkah Sameach!

Festival of TreesDante Acosta and Santa Clarita Mayor Bob Kellar. Photo by Michele E. Buttelman.

Today is the last day to celebrate the Festival of Trees to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of SCV. The “last chance” auction of the silent auction trees and gingerbread houses will occur at 5 p.m. Head over to the Festival on The Patios at Westfield Town Center today between noon and 6 p.m. If you have your eye on a particular tree or gingerbread house you might want to be there at 5 p.m. to make sure no one snatches it away from you! For more information visit

Magic of the Lights Gala

Last night’s Magic of the Lights Gala was a wonderful evening of fun, beautiful trees and fantastic fundraising! The hors d’oeuvres and desserts from Wolf Creek Restaurant and Brewing Co. were spectacular! I really enjoyed the pumpkin pie squares and the little peppermint chocolate cups! Yum!

Miss SCV Kelsie Leach at the Magic of the Lights Gala. Photo by Michele E. Buttelman.Seen at Magic of the Lights Gala

Among those spotted in the nearly 400 person crowd at the Magic of the Lights Gala: Myrna and Gary Condie, Michelle and John Dow, Miss SCV Kelsie Leach, Santa Clarita Mayor Bob Kellar, City Councilwoman Laurene Weste and James McCarthy, Six Flags Magic Mountain President Bonnie Rabjohn and Al Weber, Dennis Poore, Carl Goldman and Jeri Seratti-Goldman, Tracey Gold and Robbie Marshall, Janice Murray, Dante Acosta, Gloria Mercado-Fortine and Bruce Fortine, Chris and Jayne Fall, Harold and Jacquie Petersen, Richard and Marian Sandnes, Jim Ventress, Ronda Chobanian, Elizabeth Hopp, Barbara C. Morris, Chuck and Barbara Morris, Dr. Greggory and Dorothy DeVore, Marlee Lauffer and Laine Hedwall and Ed Masterson.

Holiday Light Tour

Do you have the best and the brightest lights in the SCV? Enter the annual Holiday Light Tour contest and have your home visited by Holiday Light Tour judges on Saturday, Dec. 7! Send an email to me at to enter!Michelle and John Dow at the Magic of the Lights Gala. Photo by Michele E. Buttelman.

Holiday Home Tour

The annual Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Holiday Home Tour will feature four beautiful homes this year. The Home Tour Preview Gala will be held on Friday, Dec. 6 and the Home Tour on Saturday, Dec. 7. This is the 33rd annual Holiday Home Tour and will benefit Henry Mayo’s Women’s Services.

During this spectacular holiday event, visitors will have an opportunity to tour four homes decorated in unique themes of festive holiday décor in the heart of Santa Clarita Valley neighborhoods including Westridge, Stevenson Ranch and Wiley Canyon.

The tour is hosted by the hospital’s Home Tour League. As in past Home Tour events, professional designers, in collaboration with the homeowners, will showcase their unique themes to the homes.

Holiday shoppers looking for unique gifts will find the Home Tour’s indoor holiday gift boutique open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at Pico Canyon Elementary School, 25255 Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. The Holiday Home Tour will be held that same day from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The tour is open to all adults and children over 12 years of age. For safety reasons, guests are requested to wear flat shoes only. Tour and Gala tickets can be purchased by calling 661-253-8051. For more information, visit

Michele E. Buttelman is the executive editor of, an online publication debuting soon. She is also a correspondent for KHTS AM1220,

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Source: Santa Clarita News by Michele E. Buttelman for November 24, 2013

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