Kids & Family

The El Moro Elfin Forest is home to an ancient oak grove of trees that grow only 4 to 20 feet tall. Photo El Moro Elfin Forest.

Midsummer Road Trip Time 

By Michele E. Buttelman  Signal Staff Writer  It’s hot. No, it’s really hot. It’s that time of year in the Santa Clarita Valley when everyone seems to either be in

Heritage Fire Napa will be held Aug. 20 at Charles Krug Winery in St. Helena. It is an outdoor culinary experience that brings together local chefs and memorable brands for a live-fire celebration. Photo Courtesy Heritage Fire 

Summer Fun in California 

By Michele E. Buttelman  Signal Staff Writer  There’s nothing like a California summers. As the temperature rises so do the options for fun in the sun. Beaches, golf courses, theme

Located in the Koreatown Plaza, H Mart is an Asian grocery store chain supplying imported packaged foods, housewares and ready-to-serve meals. PHOTO KOREATOWNPLAZA

Southern California Ethic Enclaves 

By Michele E. Buttelman  Signal Staff Writer  The 1980 census showed that California supplanted New York as the principal ethnic melting pot of America. The diversity of California offers residents

Volunteering can be a family affair. The River Rally is a fun family day to volunteer. Photo city of Santa Clarita.

Santa Clarita’s One-Stop Shop to Volunteer 

By Michele E. Buttelman   Signal Staff Writer  Santa Clarita is a city of volunteers. Much of Santa Clarita’s social fabric is built around the culture of volunteerism which can encompass

The Beach Boys will light up the night with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the Bowl’s legendary fireworks on July 2, 3 and 4.

July 4th Star-Spangled Celebrations 

By Michele E. Buttelman  Signal Staff Writer   The Fourth of July is like no other day in the United States and the Santa Clarita Valley. Parades, picnics, BBQs, family, fun

Best RV Parks, Campgrounds in California 

By Michele E. Buttelman  Signal Staff Writer  Whenever you talk about the “best” of any category, the term “best” is often in the eye of the beholder. Many campgrounds and


Movies, Music Under the Summer Stars  By Michele E. Buttelman  Signal Staff Writer  Summer in Southern California means outdoor film nights and concerts on star-filled summer evenings. From Castaic Lake

Catalina Island

Swaying palms, white-sand beaches, and melt-your-heart sunsets—that’s what you’ll find at island getaway Santa Catalina Island, just 22 miles off the Southern California coast. Catalina Island has all the elements

The California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento is considered the best railroad museum in North America. Photo California State Railroad Museum.

Vacation in Sacramento 

By Michele E. Buttelman  Sacramento is more than just the state capitol of California, it is a diverse region with attractions ranging from the Gold Rush-era Old Sacramento Waterfront to

“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,” which opens June 2, may be among the top grossing films of the summer. Courtesy Sony Pictures.

Summer Movie Entertainment 

By Michele E. Buttelman  The effects of the current Writers Guild of America strike won’t be felt in the movie theaters, or on television, this summer but with more job

One of the most picturesque spots for Mother’s Day brunch is Le Chene French Cuisine on Sierra Highway. Photo Le Chene.

Make it a Memorable Mother’s Day 

By Michele E. Buttelman  In 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed a measure officially establishing the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. This year’s celebration of mothers and motherhood will

Professional musician Lance Allyn plays frequently in the SCV and at Salt Creek Grille. Courtesy photo.

Santa Clarita Entertains 

By Michele E. Buttelman  The loss of the Canyon Club at Valencia Town Center struck a blow to entertainment options available to Santa Clarita Valley residents. However, the SCV is

The city of Santa Clarita will host the annual Neighborhood Cleanup on April 29. Register at to participate. Photo city of Santa Clarita.

Celebrate Earth Day April 22 

By Michele E. Buttelman  Every year it seems Earth Day events become larger and more important. Once a fringe, “tree-hugger” celebration, Earth Day has become a mainstream significant day to

Asilomar designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987 for the significant role it played in work of the YWCA and as an outstanding example of master architect Julia Morgan’s work. Born in San Francisco, Morgan was the first female architect to be licensed in California. Photo California State Parks.

California State Parks are Home to History

By Michele E. Buttelman  California State Parks are the home of 29 National Historic Landmarks, significant historic places designated by the United States Secretary of the Interior because of their

The American Robin can often be spotted in the spring at Placerita Canyon Natural Area and Vasquez Rocks Natural Area. Photo Gary Park,

Birds of a Feather… Flock to the SCV 

By Michele E. Buttelman  The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service estimates there are about 45 million birders in the United States. The number of people embracing birding as a hobby

Enjoy chef demos at the Morgan Hill Mushroom Mardi Gras Festival held Memorial Day weekend.

Foodie Festival Fun 

By Michele E. Buttelman  California’s food festivals are back! Last year many food festivals returned to operation, but some were scaled back events and other festivals relocated. In 2023 food

Aerial view of Palomar Observatory atop Palomar Mountain near San Diego. Photo Palomar/Caltech.

Take Time to Go Out of This World 

By Michele E. Buttelman   From sci-fi to fantasy to real life science Southern California has numerous destinations for your inner “geek” to explore. There is no more exciting way to

How to Attend Live Shows

A Day trip to Los Angeles is not complete without a bit of Hollywood show business on your itinerary. Luckily, there are multiple opportunities to see a taping of your

The Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival is making its return in April after a three-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival 

By Michele E. Buttelman  After three years of no cowboy peach cobbler, no cowboy trick roping, no cowboy gunslingers or cowboy crooners, the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival will mosey onto

The California Strawberry Festival, May 20-21, is a celebration off all things strawberry, including strawberry funnel cakes.

Fabulously Fun Festivals

By Michele E. Buttelman   With each passing month since the COVID-19 pandemic caused the cancellation of some of our favorite festivals and attractions more and more events are returning to