Here are some opportunities to help the less fortunate during the holidays: Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s station toy drive: Drop off new, unwrapped toys through Sunday at the sheriff’s station, 23740 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia, or at participating businesses. A storefront in the former Chamber of Commerce building will be open for weekend drop-offs. Call Deputy Gerri McCorkle at (661) 799-5164. Hunger Defense Fund food and toy drive: Drop off food, toys and monetary donations, 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays or 9-11:30 a.m. Saturdays through Dec. 24 at Hunger Defense Fund, 26450 Ruether Ave., Suite 208, Canyon Country. Call Wendi Lancy at (661) 299-9273. Michael Hoefflin Foundation for Children’s Cancer: Donate gift cards for families whose children have cancer to the Michael Hoefflin Foundation for Children’s Cancer, 28405 Sand Canyon Road, Suite A, Canyon Country, CA 91387. Call (661) 250-4100 or visit www.mhf.org. Prayer Angels for the Military: The Prayer Angels are collecting items to include in care packages that are sent throughout the year to troops overseas. For information about items that are needed or a list of drop-off sites, call Sharon Ventrice at (661) 755-8629. Barnes & Noble book drive: Visit the store at 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia, to contribute. Call (661) 254-6604. If your organization has a project designed to help the needy during the holiday season, contact Sharon Cotal at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at [email protected] or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 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 MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake SCV Senior Center “10 Bucks to a Better Future” campaign: Contribute a minimum of $10 yearly to assure that the center will be available to meet every resident’s needs. Checks made payable to “SCVSC Annual Campaign” can be dropped off at or mailed to the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall, 91321, through February. For information, call (661) 259-9444. Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry: The Food Pantry is collecting grocery store gift cards so that needy families can purchase the food necessary for a traditional holiday meal. Mail gift cards to, or drop them off at, 24133 Railroad Ave., Newhall, CA 91321. For information, call Executive Director Belinda Crawford at (661) 255-9078. S.C.V.-Newhall Optimist Club Toy and Food Drive: Donate nonperishable foods, unwrapped toys, turkeys and gift certificates. For information on drop-off locations, call Dee Gadbury at (661) 252-7313. Domino’s Pizza Thanks and Giving Campaign: Add a dollar to each order to benefit children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Visit www.stjude.org. Automobile Club of Southern California is accepting donations to benefit Orthopaedic Hospital in Los Angeles and its affiliated Southern California clinics. Those who donate $5 or more will receive a stuffed bird, and those who donate $1 or more will receive a red wristband inscribed with the words “Helping Others.” Mail donations to the Auto Club, 23770 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call Kelly Clark at (661) 288-5500.
Had Prabhas not signed Baahubali, the franchise wouldn’t have been the same. After the humongous success of SS Rajamouli’s magnum opus, it is hard to see anyone else as Amarendra Baahubali. That’s the magic of Prabhas. In the last two years, Prabhas has earned the love of fans and respect of filmmakers across the country. A dedicated actor, Prabhas has proved his acting mettle with Baahubali series.And as the actor turns 38 today, we give you a sneak-peek into a few lesser-known facts about the versatile actor.1. In the last 15 years, the Telugu actor has made a name for himself in the film industry and his fans know him as Prabhas, but not many know that his real name is Venkata Satyanarayana Prabhas Raju Uppalapati. Now, that a tongue twister.2. Prabhas revealed that if acting bug wouldn’t have bit him in the 20s, he would have been a hotelier. A big time fan of butter chicken, it would have been a dream come true for him.3. Prabhas is the first South Indian actor to have a wax statue in Madame Tussauds, Bangkok.4. Owing to his love for filmmaker SS Rajamouli and Baahubali series, Prabhas did not sign any other project during the filming of Baahubali franchise. He dedicated five years of his life of Rajamouli and his ambitious project without any questions.5. Prabhas might be a Telugu actor, but he loves Bollywood films. In fact, the 38-year-old actor has admitted to watching Munnabhai MBBS, 3 Idiots at least 20 times.6. While fans are eagerly waiting for Prabhas to make his Bollywood debut , not many know that he has already done that. Back in 2014, Prabhas was briefly seen shaking a leg with Sonakshi Sinha in a song called Surya Ast, Punjabi Mast from Action Jackson.advertisement7. Prabhas received around 6,000 marriage proposals but he turned all of them down because he wanted to be focussed on Baahubali.8. Prabhas might be very busy in his career but still finds time to devote to his passions. He is an avid reader and has a personal library at home.9. Prabhas loves sports and prefers free-hand workout as opposed to sweating it out in the gym. He got a volleyball court set up in his courtyard to improve his reflexes, as Baahubali was a war movie and he needed better reflexes. He often plays volleyball with his friends because he considers it a good stress-buster. Prabhas is a fitness freak and considers rock climbing the best form of training.10. A nature lover, Prabhas has a garden which houses many birds. The birds reside in open cages which give them the freedom to take flight and return to their respective cages. ALSO WATCH: Everything you want to know about Baahubali