SENIORS TO BENEFIT FROM WINE EVENTS FESTIVAL, TOUR, AUCTION ARE PLANNED.Byline: Daily News
SANTA CLARITA Santa Clarita, city (1990 pop. 110,642), Los Angeles co., S Calif., suburb 30 mi (48 km) NW of downtown Los Angeles, on the Santa Clara River; inc. 1987. Situated in the Santa Clara valley and nearby canyons, Santa Clarita includes the former towns of Canyon Country, - Wine lovers can immerse themselves in the fruit of the vine this month with a wine country tour sponsored by college library supporters, a spirited annual auction benefiting area seniors and a new wine festival that organizers hope will put Santa Clarita on every oenophile's annual itinerary.
Fans of the movie ``Sideways'' will be able to visit and sample from some of the Santa Barbara Santa Barbara (săn'tə bär`brə, –bərə), city (1990 pop. 85,571), seat of Santa Barbara co., S Calif., on the Pacific Ocean; inc. 1850. County wineries featured in the movie during an Oct. 8 fundraiser for the College of the Canyons College of the Canyons is one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the state. According to the National Junior College Research Association, College of the Canyons consistently ranks in the top 50 community colleges in the nation. Library Associates.
The tour includes motor coach transportation, breakfast, wine tastings, a picnic lunch at a winery, snacks and an educational presentation during the trip up the California coastline to maximize the wine experience. The coach will leave the college at 7:30 a.m. and return at 6:30 p.m.
Selections on the tour include bottles from Kalyra, Fess Parker and Curtis wineries. Tickets are $85 for library associate members and $110 for nonmembers and can be purchased by calling (661) 362-3493. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served “FCFS” redirects here. For the figure skating competition, see Four Continents Figure Skating Championships.
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The Loose Goose Wine Festival, Oct. 13-16, is a first-time event that starts with trade tasting for professional wine buyers and wine-pairing dinners on Oct. 13, the Golden Goose The Golden Goose (Die goldene Gans) is a fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm (Tale 64). Several elements in its narrative structure follow formulaic elements in the methodology that was formulated by Antti Aarne and his translator Stith Thompson (the Gala at a secret location Oct. 14 and the main festival at Bridgeport Park from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 15 and 16.
More than 100 vineyards will be featured, all selected by festival founder Peter Goossens.
``This is a very ambitious project,'' Goossens said. ``We're hoping to create Southern California's largest wine festival. When I was growing up, I was surrounded by wine and gourmet food. Wine was so much more than something that had a wonderful bouquet.
``There were always stories, like the chardonnay that they found in Italy when they visited a farm or something they drank with new friends they'd made. Wine isn't just fermented grape juice. We've forgotten about the romance and the story behind it. I want to bring that back.''
Planning for the festival started just over a year ago, when Goossens, a native of Belgium, thought a European-flavored, post-harvest celebration might bring wine aficionados to Santa Clarita and boost tourism dollars.
``This is the kind of thing parks are made for,'' city spokeswoman Gail Ortiz said. ``It's good for tourism and good for the community. We're very supportive of this event.''
The festival will pay the city up to $10,000 for use of the park, half of which - including the children's play area - will remain open to the public.
Tickets for the wine-pairing dinners are $95 per person; tickets for the Golden Goose Gala are $250 per person (location will be revealed to ticket holders the day of the event) and weekend festival tickets are $85 for a one-day pass; two-day passes are $99. The Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Foundation will receive $10 from every ticket sold. A portion of the proceeds also will benefit the Brenda Mehling Cancer Fund.
Reservations and purchases can be made online by visiting www.loosegoosewinefestival.com; additional information about participating wineries is also available on the Web site. All those who attend must be 21 or over.
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``The home-delivered meal program has turned into an expensive process,'' said Duane Harte, auction co-chairman. ``It doesn't receive enough funding from the government and not everyone can afford to make a donation. The important thing is that even if they can't pay, we still bring them their meals.''
The event includes wine and cheese tastings as well as a gourmet buffet. Auctioneers Greg Lawler and Juan Alonso Juan Alonso Adelarpe (born 13 December 1928), sometimes called Juanito Alonso, is a Spanish footballer who played for Real Madrid and was part of their European Cup victories in 1956, 1957 and 1958. He earned 2 caps for the Spain national football team. will work the crowds to get high bids on a variety of items, including dinner for 20 provided by a local caterer, golf and vacation packages, cabins at Mammoth Lakes and Big Bear, and several lots of one-of-a-kind collectibles from Warner Bros BROS Brothers
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In addition to the special packages and collectibles, a large variety of wines will be auctioned so discerning aficionados can add to their cellars.
``There are thousands of events that support the kids in this community, which I wholeheartedly whole·heart·ed
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whole support,'' Harte said. ``But there are very few events that support our seniors, many of who are living on a fixed income or no income. Many of them are confined to their homes and we need to provide them a dignified way of living.
``How many of us will be in that situation in 10 or 20 years? We need to make sure seniors are taken care of, too.''
The senior center provides a variety of services to more than 35,000 seniors and others. Tickets for the wine auction are $60 per person and can be purchased by calling the center at (661) 259-9444.
Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252