- LETMESAIL Inc., (Lifestyle Enrichment Through Meaningful Exercise Social Activities and Independent Living), a nonprofit organization for individuals with disabilities, is hosting a Valentine’s Day “Cupid’s Ball” on Friday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. This fun-filled event, which will include art activities, games, dancing, refreshments, contests and prizes, will be held in Valencia High School’s Multi-Purpose Room. Valencia High School is located at 27801 N. Dickason Drive, off of Newhall Ranch Road. A donation of $5 is requested at the door. Dress is casual. The mission of LETMESAIL Inc., is to provide therapeutic, social, recreational and educational opportunities for differently-abled individuals with disabilities (and their family members) enabling them to maximize their potential to lead a more independent, healthy and enriched quality of life through a wide variety of activities held on-site at its Lifestyle Enrichment Center as well as a myriad of community based activities. Participants include individuals age 16 years old and above with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, Asperger’s syndrome, hearing and vision impairments, physical disabilities and a wide range of intellectual disabilities. LETMESAIL is a grass-roots organization that is dedicated to enriching the lives of the differently-abled. LETMESAIL provides a fun, positive, and motivating environment and opportunities for learning and growth. According to recently-hired LETMESAIL Program Director, Kristel Curameng, “The `Cupid’s Ball’ has something for everyone. Clients will be able to enjoy Valentine arts and crafts activities, a cookie-decorating station, games, and best-dance contests to a variety of songs, such as the macarena, `YMCA,’ the chicken dance, twist and `Achy Breaky Heart.”‘ In addition, volunteer dance instructors will be teaching the salsa. LETMESAIL is a rapidly growing organization serving the Santa Clarita Valley. Founded in 2005 by Gary and Maureen Spindt and Don Zennie, previous area directors of Santa Clarita Valley Special Olympics, the agency now has nearly 100 registered clients. President of the LETMESAIL board of directors, Gary Spindt, summarizes the agency’s philosophy by stating, “Instead of referring to our clients as disabled, we prefer to identify them as `differently-abled.’ When given the opportunity to do so, special-needs individuals can prove their capabilities and talents in many ways.” LETMESAIL is supported through individual and corporate donations, grants, in-kind donations and event fundraisers. The organization has already begun plans to host a large charity New Year’s Eve celebration, which will be held at Robinson Ranch. The “Cupid’s Ball” is open to all registered clients of LETMESAIL. Community members interested in joining the organization, or learning more about the year-round volunteer opportunities that exist or sponsorship opportunities, may contact Program Director Kristel Curameng at (661) 702-8555 or via e-mail at [email protected] Further information can be viewed on the LETMESAIL Web site at www.letmesail.org. To post your own stories and photos, log on to valleynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Same-store sales are sales at stores opened at least a year and are considered the best indicator of a retailer’s health. Wal-Mart and the nation’s other major retailers are to report their final November sales results Thursday. Wal-Mart said in a recorded telephone message Saturday that business at its namesake stores and Sam’s Clubs during the company’s six-hour early-bird special event exceeded company projections. The company reported “good steady traffic” throughout the stores even after the deals ended. The best-selling items were computers, dolls, portable DVD players and video games, the company said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals He added that while Black Friday – so named because the post-Thanksgiving surge of shoppers supposedly pushes stores into profitability for the year – is important to merchants, it’s not always the best indicator of consumer shopping patterns for the remainder of the season. In 2004, the Friday after Thanksgiving was the second-busiest day of the holiday shopping season, according to ShopperTrak; the busiest day was the Saturday before Christmas. In a challenging but improving economy, the nation’s retailers plied shoppers Friday with heavier discounting and earlier openings than a year ago. There were also a number of newcomers to the early bird special scene, including Disney Stores and Wal-Mart’s Sam’s Clubs. At Wal-Mart, the deep discounts and expanded hours appeared to have paid off. The world’s largest retailer said Saturday it expects to post a solid 4.3 percent gain in same-store sales for November, helped by better-than-expected sales Friday. That’s at the midpoint of its growth forecast of 3 percent to 5 percent. The sales results cover the four-week period through Friday. NEW YORK – The official holiday shopping season appears to have gotten off to a lukewarm start, according to results announced Saturday by a national research group that monitors retail sales. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. was one bright spot in the crowd, reporting that its sales exceeded expectations. According to ShopperTrak RCT Corp., which tracks total sales at more than 45,000 retail outlets, the overall sales Friday were relatively unchanged compared to a year ago, despite heavier discounting and expanded hours that drew a surge of shoppers to stores in the early-morning hours. The Chicago-based research group reported total sales Friday at $8 billion, down 0.9 percent from a year ago. “Although the Black Friday number is a bit flat, this may be misleading as we’re comparing this to a very strong 2004 performance,” said Michael P. Niemira, chief economist and director of research for the International Council of Shopping Centers, in a statement.